Archive for September, 2014

The Scottish Wedding

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

Continuing our world exploration of wedding customs, our tour takes us now to a country the nuptial roots of which wend back to ancient times. Some of these traditions prove quite unique and unexpected. No, we do not visit the Far East, or the vast reaches of Africa. We stop for this blog in Scotland. When I propose certain Scottish wedding traditions seem more Medieval than modern European, I can do so safely and without judgement, for this blogger’s own Celtic grandfather boasts a profile as craggy as the Highlands from which his people came.

Two church traditions are prevalent in modern Scotland, the Christian Presbyterian Church of Scotland and the Scottish Catholic Church. Many marriages combine these two backgrounds, and many ceremonies reflect current trends. But there are also numerous historic touches that still color marriages in that beautiful country, as sure as a vein of gold in a tartan plaid. Here are some of them:

  • “Reeling”: No, not the dance, fun as that is. This is the custom of an engaged man stumbling around under the heavy weight of rocks in a basket tied to his back, courtesy of his friends. He can only escape when his bride-to-be consents to kiss him.
  • A bride’s feet may be washed in a basin of water containing a ring. The first girl to find the ring will be next to wed.
  • “A showing of presents” may take place at the bride’s home, with tea, sandwiches and cakes being served, or there may be a “spree,” the equivalent of a shower.
  • “Taking out the bride” may occur after the “showing” or “spree.” Sometimes the bride is dressed in a costume. She may carry a baby doll, but she and her friends definitely carry pots and pans, on which they loudly beat and sing as they walk through their town. The bride kisses villagers in exchange for money in her pot, which may also contain salt, a symbol of prosperity.
  • The groom gets a “stag night.” You can guess this often involves drinking with his friends, but what you probably won’t guess is that he’s often padded to look pregnant – and may have other embarrassing jokes played on him that could involve the stealing of his clothing!
  • Confetti and bagpipes may serenade the nuptial couple on their way to the ceremony.
  • Shortbread may be broken over the bride’s head for good luck.
  • The groom may give the bride a silver spoon engraved with the couple’s initials.
  • The reception often features more traditional music and dancing.

Wedding Columns: Which Column Finish is Best for Your Event?

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

The possibilities are nearly limitless when choosing a custom color for your wedding columns. That being said, there are also many versatile standard finishes you can choose from that look gorgeous. When selecting the best standard color for your wedding columns, it’s important to choose something that will match the venue and tone of the event. Below you will find a list of all standard column colors with suggestions for use and display.

White Wedding Column

White Columns

The white column is very practical because it goes with any color scheme or setting. It’s particularly popular at weddings, but can be used at other events. Business owners take note: white is a great choice when buying columns you plan to use often for different types of celebrations.

Ivory Wedding Column

Ivory Columns

Ivory is a lot like white in terms of lightness and compatibility with other hues. It’s basically a warmer version of white, so it may be preferred for events that will use a warmer color scheme.

Granite Wedding ColumnGranite Columns

Granite is a cool color that’s light in tone. It’s a great choice for venues with stone walls or sculpture. Granite can also be very versatile and looks gorgeous indoors and outdoors.

Millstone Wedding Column

Millstone Columns

Millstone features a darker shade than granite. It’s earthier, which is great for events that will include a lot of organically colored décor.

Sandstone Wedding Column

Sandstone Columns

Sandstone has a more brick-like quality, which might look better with warmer color schemes and settings that feature more brick than stone. It’s also very earthy like Millstone, making it another great option for organic color schemes.

Terra Cotta Wedding Column

Terra Cotta Columns

Terra cotta is a very distinctive finish that’s the fieriest of all standard wedding column colors. Be careful when choosing terra cotta because it may not work in every setting. The more vibrant red hue is better suited to warmer color schemes.

Blackstone Wedding Column

Blackstone Columns

Blackstone is the darkest of all the standard column colors. It’s a lovely textured black finish that adds a touch of drama to any display. Blackstone works with just about any color scheme and is perfect to add a hint of severity and contrast to your venue.

Tying Your Chair Sash 7 Ways

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

Whether you favor traditional or innovative, frilly or functional, fun or elegant, there’s a way to tie your organza or satin chair sash that’s sure to seal the deal for your event! Here we offer a stew of 7 tying styles, with some spicy extra tips thrown into the pot.

1.  Square knot. The most basic and obvious option. Just place material centered where the guest’s back will rest, stand behind the chair and hold both ends evenly in your hands. Proceed to create a plain knot. But you don’t have to leave it plain. Consider inserting:

Accenting with a brooch can add interest to your chair sash.

  • A fresh or silk flower
  • A tassel
  • An ornament or jewel
  • A brooch or buckle

2.  Flip knot. Make a square knot, then hold both ends of trailing fabric in one hand, sliding them upwards UNDER your knot and then letting them droop over the top to cover it. Flatten the material so that it looks neat.

3.  Plain bow. Yep, just like you would tie your shoe.

4.  Rosette. To create this unique look, start by creating the square knot. Then begin twisting one end of the trailing fabric over the other repeatedly, making a single long cord until only 2-4” inches of both strands are left at the end. Now wind the cord around the knot in a flat circle until you come to the 2-4”, tucking the cord in and leaving those ends to hand from the “rose” like leaves.

5.  The X. If you prefer to avoid knots and bows, you can wrap your covered chair with the organza or satin sash, creating an “X” on the back and securing the ends at the edges of the chair by pinning on brooches or small flowers. Just make sure the pins are secure and not positioned where they could possibly jeopardize your guests!

If you have wooden instead of covered chairs, a couple more delightful options are available to you:

6.  Consider making the tie vertically instead of horizontally.

7.  Wind the sash around and around the post on one side, maypole-style, tying a small knot at the bottom of the rungs and leaving plenty of extra material trailing. Picture how pretty this would look with not one but TWO organza sashes, twirled together! (Bi-color would also work well for square or flip knots.)

Check out our wholesale tablecloths department for our complete line of chair covers, sashes, and banquet tablecloths.

Centerpiece Lighting the Easy Way: Brilliant Wedding Décor with Floralytes

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Floralytes are truly one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to add accent lighting to centerpieces and other wedding décor. Even if you’re planning a different kind of party or event, the colorful illumination of Floralytes can really make tables shine. So what are Floralytes and how can you use them to make a gorgeous glowing centerpiece?

Centerpiece Lights

Floralytes come
in many colors

Floralyte Centerpiece Lighting Basics

Floralytes consist of a small power source attached to a tiny bulb. They are available in a rainbow of colors, including amber, teal, green, blue, red, pink, UV purple, orange and pure white. They are designed for one-time use, which means you can throw them away after the event. To get the most out of your Floralytes, you should create a centerpiece design that allows the tiny light to be hidden within or among other décor. This produces a natural looking glow that seems emanate from flowers, vases, vase fillers or whatever you are lighting up.

Building Illuminated Centerpieces with Floralytes

One of the easiest and most eye-catching ways to build a handmade centerpiece that uses Floralytes is to start with an ostrich feather kit. Each kit contains everything you need to assemble a full ostrich feather centerpiece – just add the light! Floralytes come with a long string that can be tied to the bottom of the foam bouquet holder handle included in the kit. Just attach then slide carefully into the vase. The bulb stays hidden yet emits a gorgeous glow that will really grab attention!