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: (more…)

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.  (more…)

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

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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.  (more…)