Posts Tagged ‘wedding decorations’

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.

101 Things To Think About When Planning Your Wedding

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

So, you said “Yes!” Now what?

Welcome to one of the happiest and yet, most stressful seasons of your life. You have so much to do and so much to think about. Getting started may be the most difficult part. Here are a few (101 is a few?) things to help you start organizing your thoughts.

Wedding To Do ListThings to do first

1. Decide whether or not to hire an event planner. This is an important step. Too many brides end up losing money by skipping this. DIY weddings are for brides with a special abilities. Wedding planners can prevent you from making expensive mistakes that you may make on your own. After all, they have experience!

2. Make a running To-Do-List that you can add to and check off.

3. Obtain a marriage license.

4. Set the date. Do you want a spring wedding? The church is already decorated at Christmas time which can save you money. Maybe a fall wedding?

5.  Throw an engagement party. A little fun in the early stages can do a lot for stress. Plus it will be a learning experience for planning the big day.

6. Pick your wedding theme. Vintage? Modern? Trendy? Traditional?

7. Again trendy or traditional? If trendy, will it be something people laugh at twenty years from now when you are showing them your wedding photos. Bell bottoms anyone?

8. What are your wedding colors going to be? The Perfect Palette is a great place to look for inspiration.

9. Where are you going to have the wedding? Keep this in mind when choosing your theme and colors. Will your guests be able to attend a destination wedding across the country?

10. Check out the venue before making your final decision. Does it fit your theme?

11. Immediately get to work on the guest list! How big is your wedding going to be?

12. Go ahead and register at your favorite stores. Don’t make people rush to find you a gift.

13. How can you make your wedding more eco-friendly?

14. Find a travel agent for your honeymoon. This can be skipped if you need to make room on your budget.

Wedding BudgetMoney Matters

15. Decide how much you can spend on your wedding.

16. Prioritize what is important to you. You may need to give up on a few ideas.

17. Decide what can be rented. There are items that can be purchased for about the same price as they rent for. In those cases, they may make good gifts for your guests or …..

18. You can resell some items to make your money back. Ostrich feather centerpieces are a good example of this. You can purchase them for about the same price as you can rent them. Plus, they often resell for almost 70% of their purchase price! So there is no need to risk renting worn, rented feathers when you can get new ones and make most of your money back.

19. Choose your wedding vendors. Cheaper isn’t always cheaper, if you have to send stuff back and pay restocking fees. Avoid companies that are just cheap knockoffs of reputable businesses.

Black and White Ostrich Feather CenterpieceWedding Decor

20. Escort card displays

21. Wedding Centerpieces

22. Choose the color of your tablecloths.

23. Are you using round tables or rectangular tables?

24. Make sure your chair covers match.

25. What backdrops will you use for your wedding? Wedding Arches and Columns?

26. Choose a florist.

27. Lighting and staging.

28. Cake toppers

29. Napkins. Make sure they match the tablecloths properly.

30. Napkin rings

31. Choose a cake stand.

32. Flameless candles versus real candles. Flameless candles are not as messy, work better outdoors, and make wonderful gifts for your guests.

33. Accenting your decor. What colors are you using tor accents? Search for decorations that match your color scheme and fit in with your theme.

34. Looking vintage or looking dated? If your theme is vintage, make sure that your decor is classy. You don’t want to look out of style.

Planning for the unexpected

35. Allow time for mistakes. Something will go wrong somewhere. Trust me. Don’t do anything at the last minute if you can help it. Allow time for fixing stuff.

36. Order anything that is breakable early. Items like vases can be broken during shipping. No matter how well they are packed, FedEx and UPS can be careless at times. Open up everything as soon as it gets to you. rarely has trouble with breakage, but in the rare cases that we do, we will ship out replacements to you at no extra cost to you.

37. Avoid looking cheesy by bouncing your ideas off others. Run things by your friends and family.

38. Insure your wedding rings! You never know when a diamond may fall out.

39. Wedding tents. Plan for rain! I don’t care what the weatherman said!

40. Measure your tablecloths properly. Click here to learn how!

wedding photographerPeople to Think About

41. Bridesmaids

42. Bridesmaid dresses. What would they want to wear?

43. Choosing the bridal party.

44. Groomsmen

45. Find a photographer

46. Engagement photos

47. Location for engagement shoot

48. Poses for engagement photos

49. Poses for wedding photos

50. Trashy photos??? Think again. Not as funny as you think. I don’t know about you, but I am sick of seeing photos with dresses hiked up and butts being grabbed. It looks dumb and the people in the photos come across looking unintelligent. Your children will see this one day. Don’t do it.  Classy is better!

51. Find a videographer

52. Decide who to exclude from your guest list. I have a simple formula for this. Will there be more drama caused by excluding them or more caused by including them?

53. Find a band or a wedding singer. See them perform first! Remember this movie scene?

54. Choose your flower girl

55. Find a flower girl dress

56. The wedding officiant

57. Seating at the wedding

58. Family participation

59. Transportation to the wedding

Where to Look for Inspiration

60. Pinterest – Enough said.

61. Wedding Forums

62. Visit wedding blogs

63. Avoid bad advice online. See this article I wrote for more!

64. Green wedding inspiration. You can be eco-friendly and still have a beautiful wedding.

65. Check out these places for vintage wedding inspiration:

Don’t Forget To Look Good!

66. Find the perfect wedding dress

67. Don’t forget that dress alterations will need to be made. Everyone goes through this. Don’t cry!

68. Wedding Hairstyle? Updo? Wear it down?

68. Find a hairstylist. Don’t be afraid to say, “I don’t like it!”

69. Wedding makeup. Are you going to hire a makeup consultant? If so, don’t be afraid to say “I don’t like it!”

70. Jewelry! What are you going to accessorize with.

71. Shoes

72. The bouquet!

73. Boutonnieres

74. Losing weight or not. Go to the mirror and look right now! See that? He proposed to you just like that. Use sanity here.

75. Do not crash diet. If you decide to shed a few pounds do it for your health and in a healthy manner.


76. Wedding Cake

77. The wedding reception menu

78. The groom’s cake

79. Hors D’oeuvres

Odds and Ends

80. Wedding favors

81. Make a website. This is a great way to keep everyone informed.

82. Wedding apps! Your wedding… There is an app for that.

83. Choose your wedding Invitations.

84. Decide how to word your invitations.

85. Send out “Save-the-dates”.

86. Plan your reception activities.

87. Write your wedding vows

88. Choose songs for the wedding

89. What song will you do your first dance to?

90. Don’t forget the father-daughter dance!

91. Disposable cameras. Buy several of these for your guests to use. This way, you will have photos from many angles.

92. How long will your wedding ceremony be?

93. Welcome bags

94. Plan the getaway. Wedding sparklers make for a sensational exit. What car are you getting away in?

95. Wedding stationery

96. The guest book

After the Wedding:

97. Choosing a honeymoon location

98. Thank you cards

99. Relax. You made it! Allow yourself to chill out now.

100. Prepare to refocus when going back to work.

101. Have a post-honeymoon date night. Sometimes, there is a little post-honeymoon depression that sets in. You are back at your job and all the attention you were getting fades away. Make a few more special nights and keep celebrating your new life together.

Home or Event: Decorating with Feathers

Friday, January 20th, 2012

Looking for some fun decorating ideas that haven’t been done and redone? Don’t get your feathers ruffled – we have some ideas for you whether you are looking for a rustic touch to accent your home’s or cabin’s outdoor motif or an event setting that your guests will always remember. Whether you prefer bold and sassy or natural and understated, feathers can fluff your nest year-round or seasonally. Consider all the potentially be-deckable accent areas

A simple feather border takes a lamp from understated to elegant.

in your home: lamp shades (if all-over is too much think a border attached with clear craft glue finished with decorative cording), mirrors and photo frames (accent one corner with a tuft of pheasant feathers anchored with a cluster of small beads or berries). Touches of feathers here and there also work well: for instance, a few pheasant feathers in a pottery jar on the mantel appear cheerfully rustic, while tall peacock plumes reaching out of an antique urn bespeak the height of Victorian elegance. Feathers can help you create the look of a winter wonderland. Picture your mantel cushioned with a snow-like layer of a white boa, sprinkled with glittered snowflakes and white and cream candles – or a wreath in the same theme using small white feathers. For a more vivid punch of color, what about a green foam wreath base twined with peacock feathers and hung with a vibrant satin bow?

If you are hosting a reception, nothing makes a bolder or more unforgettable statement than our ostrich feather centerpieces. If your plan already includes the use of flowers, try bringing out your arrangements’ subtle shades by accenting with brighter feathers in the same color family. Wow! Other ways to include feathers in your event decorating might be:

Holiday and winter decorations provide perfect opportunity to add interest with feathers.

  • a single peacock feather secured inside your napkin ring
  • a single peacock feather glued to the front of your folded place cards
  • feathers in the up-dos of the bridesmaids at a wedding
  • creating a feather collar for the bridal bouquet at a winter wedding
  • hot gluing feather boas onto foam styrofoam balls, then hanging them (also think red boas on a heart-shaped foam base for Valentine’s) – or placing them in our jeweled crystal candleholders
  • forming feather festoons for one side of accent chairs, like those at the end of the aisle at a wedding, by trailing feathers along with the tails of a fabric bow (remember you can accent the center of the bow creatively with a brooch, buckle, mini-fruit or -pumpkins, or bud rosettes)

Not only beautiful and unique, the reusability of feathers makes them actually practical! Just don’t place them in kitchens or baths where they will be exposed to constant moisture. Mothballs can help keep away pests. To clean, gently go over feathers with a soft vacuum attachment.

For an unforgettable punch of color, accent wedding decorations with festive fluff!