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Ethics in Event Planning: 5 Things That Are Just Morally Wrong!

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

One thing that I love about being in the event planning industry is that I get to meet some very wonderful people. There is nothing like sharing ideas with others, learning from each other, helping each other, and seeing the wow factor on the faces of those we plan for. We have met many wonderful brides and event planners alike. However, every now and then we just meet people who in my opinion don’t have enough integrity to be a part of this wonderful industry. You know, the kind of people who seem not to have any moral boundaries whatsoever. Here are 5 lines that I believe should not be crossed.

1. If you work for someone and decide go out on your own, don’t target their customers!

This is just wrong, but from what I hear it is becoming commonplace in this industry. This is stealing in my book. You can call it competing, but it is theft. It is taking advantage of a resource that you would not have had except that someone misplaced their trust in you. If you have done this, then you are a thief. Many times you will find that your former employer will mentor you and even help you to go out on your own if you do it in the right way.

Instead, spread out from your former employer. Go to the next town or city. Again, if you have a good relationship with your former employer, they will bend over backwards to help you succeed. Else, you just make an enemy in the industry out of the people who could have helped you the most.

2. Do not take anything from your former employer, misuse company information or resources, or delete company files.

This is a big one! It is illegal (a felony in some cases)! Don’t do it! Don’t take a customer list. Do not contact any of their current customers. Be careful not to take any of their designs, projects, or ideas even if you collaborated on them. Remember, they were paying you for those ideas at the time. Therefore, they belong to that company. Make sure that you don’t delete anything like files, emails, or browsing history from their computers. If you do, you could end up getting sued or even worse, prosecuted for it. Keep in mind that deleting files does not really get rid of them. A computer forensics expert can recover those deleted files in no time flat. If you have used company time and resources or have taken anything from them, they will still be able to prove it in court. At first your former employer may not find you worth the cost of taking legal action. However, if you start making enough progress to make them feel threatened they will take some form of legal action. In many cases they will find it more cost effective to prosecute you rather than suing you! And if you were ever engaged in illegal activities on their computer, you never know when they may recover it. Imagine thinking that you got away with something only to have the police show up at your door with wither a court summons or even an arrest warrant a year or two later. It is easier to just do things the right way than it is to go to jail for taking something that isn’t yours or for activities intended to defraud your former employer. These can show up in recovered emails, browser history, recorded keystrokes, computer codes showing downloaded information, or just about anywhere. You may be surprised at what violates criminal law.

 

 

 

3. Don’t make your company look like someone else’s.

What does it say about your moral fiber if you are trying to fool prospective customers into thinking you are someone else? This happens a lot with Internet-based companies in the wedding industry. A lot of parasites like to create hyphenated versions of the domain names of real companies. Again, this is stealing from someone else. Plus, people will see through it in the long run. More than that, you could get sued for copyright and trademark infringement. Be yourself. Be original. Don’t be a leech. This industry takes knowhow and creativity. If you can’t even come up with your own identity, chances are you will never make it in this business anyway.

4. Do not lie about your experience in the industry.

I know of someone who started an event planning business about a year ago. Since then she has posted online that she has “over 20 years of experience in the event planning industry”. I know this to be false. She did work as a customer service rep for an event planning company for three years. But, according to her former employer, she had no experience whatsoever when they hired her a few years ago. Before working for them, she ran a small dog breeding company and worked a short time as a school cafeteria worker. I would say that claiming 20 years of experience in the industry is stretching things a little. If you make false claims, whether they be about your products or your experience in the industry you are asking for legal trouble. All it takes is a report to the Federal Trade Commission and you are looking a possible fine and a large one at that. It isn’t worth the risk.

5. Don’t steal ideas from other event planning companies!

One thing I see all the time in social media is stolen content and stolen photographs. Pinterest and Facebook are places where people love to post photos and content like it was their own when the truth is that they ripped it from someone else’s website. We often have pictures of our product photos stolen from our websites and posted on our competitors’ websites! It happens all the time! What does it say about the quality of your product when you have to steal product photos from other companies? This is really unnecessary. The truth is that most companies love for their content to be shared by others. They just get upset when you don’t give them credit for their work. Wedding photographers in particular are cracking down on this. If you don’t want to risk a lawsuit (or at least an angry letter) don’t do it. Many people do this by pure accident by copying and pasting from Pinterest.

Have you ever had your ideas stolen by others in the industry? Share your experiences by commenting below, but don’t name names! 🙂

A Very Pinteresting Approach To Event Planning

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

Event planning is at least 25% easier than it was just two years ago. I say this because two years ago, we had to spend five times the amount of time we do today thumbing through magazines and surfing the web to get an idea of what products, projects, and advice to incorporate into our events. Those days are quickly coming to an end. Thanks to Pinterest, we can do a quick search and go through hundreds of images in mere minutes. Instead of looking through dozens of magazines to find three or four useful ideas, we can find dozens of useful ideas within just a few minutes. Times have changed indeed.

A Pinteresting Warning:

If you search Pinterest aimlessly and without a plan, you will waste more time than ever. There is so much to see on Pinterest, that it can be overwhelming. If you are not careful, you will waste hours scrolling without a clue. Also, there is plenty of bad advice out there and projects that simply won’t work. Here are six simple steps to save time, get more out of Pinterest, and really enjoy the process of planning your event.

1. Use Your Boards To Create Categories

For the purpose of this example, we will use a wedding for our demonstration. What are the different aspects that we need to think about? Wedding themes, wedding dresses, bridesmaids dresses, wedding centerpieces, etc. Spend some time brainstorming and jot down all the categories that you can think of. Then, create boards based on all of those categories.

To create a board, click on the “Add +” button at the top right of your screen.

Pinterest Add Button

To add a category page the first thing you need to do is click “Add+”.

Then, simply click “Create A Board”.

Create A Board On Pinterest

Here are some of our category pages:

EventsWholesale Pinterest categories

A few of the categories on the EventsWholesale.com Pinterest page.

 

2. Authorize The Right People to Help You Pin To Those Boards

This is a great way to include your bridesmaids, your family, and even your new in-laws in on the planning process. To do this, click on the board you want to invite people to pin to. Then, click on the button that says “Edit Board”.

Click edit if you want to give people permission to pin to your board.

Finally, add whoever you want to the “Who Can Pin?” box and click “Invite”. Don’t forget to click “Save Settings”.

giving pinners permissio

Tip #1: Plan ahead and send Pinterest invitations to those who are not on Pinterest yet.

Tip #2: Copy and paste your “Who Can Pin List?” into a word document so you can paste it into all of your boards. This way you won’t have to type them in over and over again.

3. Use Pinterest’s Search Engine and Teach Your Helpers To Do So

Let’s go back to our wedding example. If you simply browse through Pinterest’s Weddings category, then you are going to waste all kinds of time. You are better off using the search box up at the top left corner.

The wrong way to search!

Let’s say that we are looking for a wedding dress for a vintage style wedding. Go and type in “wedding dresses” in the search engine. What do you see?

 

How many of these dresses are vintage? Not many! This search was not specific enough!

The right way to search!

This time, type in “vintage wedding dresses”.

vintage wedding dresses

Now, we are getting a bit closer to what we are looking for. This is where you repin everything you like into your “wedding dress” category. Now, get even more specific with your search. Type in “1950s vintage wedding dresses” and take a look.

1950s vintage wedding dresses

Are you a little surprised at how many pictures came up for something this specific? You can find almost anything on Pinterest!

Tip #3 – Also Visit the Pinterest Pages of Companies With Products You Like

For example: Let’s say you see a feather centerpiece from EventsWholesale.com that you love. Then we should browse through our ostrich feather centerpiece page on Pinterest for inspiration.

4. Use Skype or Google Hangouts to Collaborate With Your Pinners

In this day and age, I don’t understand why anyone would use long distance telephone service. It is not longer necessary. With a free Skype account or a Google+ account, you can video chat with anyone, anywhere in the world for free!

This step is for your core group here. This is something you want to do with the pinners with the best ideas and the best grasp of what you are looking for. I really recommend Google hangouts. You can do a group video chat and share your computer screen with everyone. This gives you the opportunity to show your pinner entourage exactly what you like and don’t like.

5. Throw a Party For Your Pinners

This is the part where you get away from the computer for a while. If you are considering a lot of DIY projects for your event, assign one to each friend. Have them test the project to see if it really works and then bring it to the party to teach everyone else how to do it.

6. Don’t Forget About the Old School Methods!

Last of all, don’t forget about surfing the web and thumbing through those wedding magazines. You never know where you might find something that will inspire another Pinterest search.

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The Obnoxious Bride’s Guide to Offending Bridesmaids

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

One Obnoxious Bride

I am sure that many of you have heard of the bride who went all totalitarian on her bridesmaids recently. Unfortunately, this is more common than you might think. While, most brides aren’t this bad, many brides do things that are a lot more subtle. Many others offend their bridesmaids without intending to and don’t even realize it.

But, for those of you who want to be bridezillas, here is how you can offend all your bridesmaids and ensure that they won’t want anything do with you after your wedding.

Do Act Like You Are Doing Them A Favor

You are the center of the event after all. Isn’t it a privilege to be your bridesmaid? I mean they get to do your hair, send you gifts, wear the dresses that you picked out, give you pedicures, and all sorts of other fun stuff. Why wouldn’t they want to do that?

Don’t Treat Them Like They Are Appreciated

What is so hard about being a bridesmaid? Make sure to never say “Thank you” for anything. Never treat them to dinner, but make sure they attend every party or get together that you set. If they miss one thing, then they don’t deserve to be your bridesmaids. Never send cards of appreciation because it is all about you anyway. And while you are throwing parties leading up to your event, never make one of them a bridesmaids’ appreciation party.

Do Use A Condescending Tone

Why should you use your valuable energy being nice. After all, the florist just messed up your centerpieces and you need someone to take it out on. Plus, you babysitted for one of your bridesmaids once. She owes you eternally now.

Don’t Speak To Them Like Human Beings

Never use phrases like “I appreciate what you are doing” or “That is a great idea.” Those phrases are overdone and so cliche.

Do Expect Them To Meet Every One Of Your Demands

Bridesmaids are there to do your bidding. Think of them as magic genies. Your wishes are their commands! Never let them miss a rehearsal and make sure they mark every event leading up to your wedding on their calendars. Better yet, go to their houses in person and write it on their calendars for them. Make sure they respond to every email you send them and copy you on every email that they send to each other. You need to make sure they aren’t talking bad about you behind your back if you are going to be a true obnoxious bride. And make sure you email them daily to make sure they make room in their schedules for all of your plans.

Don’t Take Any Aspect Of Their Lives Into Consideration

Never ask them ahead of time what their plans may be. They can’t go vacation until after your wedding. They need to be at your beck and call 24/7. Never mind that your wedding is still nine months away. You may need them to come over at anytime and help you pick a hairstyle or to help you figure out how to make that DIY project look right.

Do Expect Them To Make Budget Cuts

This is for you. True friends will make any sacrifice necessary. So what if they have to take a second job to finance being your bridesmaid. That’s what friends do!

Don’t Ask Their Input Into Anything

No one knows how your wedding should be better than you. Your wedding planner and your bridesmaids are there just to say yes to everything you like. If you ask how something looks on you, they are supposed to tell you how brilliant you are and how stunning you look. They are not there to give you an honest opinion. Whose ideas are better than your own?

So There You Have It

I hope that you enjoyed The Obnoxious Bride’s Guide To Offending Bridesmaids. I sincerely hope that you won’t really use it. Please girls, treat everyone involved in your wedding with love and respect. Your special day involves some very special people.

DIY Killed The Event Planner?

Monday, October 8th, 2012

Don’t you just envy brides who seem to put their own weddings together and still have them look very professional? In today’s economy it is no wonder that brides are looking to get more for their money any way they can. DIY sites are popping up all over the web. They tell us, “You don’t need a wedding planner. Just do everything yourself.”

Are Event Planners Headed For Extinction?

Are we headed for a time where event planners are no longer needed? I say no! In fact, all the information on the web has made event planning more overwhelming than ever! This is one of the reasons why the event planning industry is defying the economy and fortunately the popularity of DIY hasn’t hurt most wedding planners one bit.

Many brides are capable of planning their own weddings and enjoy doing so, but for many it can lead to disaster and make them absolutely miserable. You also need to realize that while the Internet is packed full of great ideas, there is a lot of bad advice out there.

Unbelievably Bad Advice

I have been working on a blog series called “The Best of the Event Planning Web” where I have been sharing sites that I think are wonderful and inspiring. Today, I am going to take a break from that and share a little of the worst. Don’t worry, I won’t name names.

The other day I was browsing through different blogs and social media sites and I saw one company just giving terrible advice to brides. I mean just terrible, terrible advice. The company claims to have “years of experience” even though their site went up recently. These “experienced” people were recommending using candy sprinkles as a substitute for throwing rice. Has anyone tried holding candy in sweaty palms on a warm summer day? What is going to happen? It is going to melt of course! Then they want you to throw this melting candy at a bride’s white wedding dress? Seriously?

I couldn’t help myself so I looked further down this Facebook page of incompetence and then it got even worse. The page suggested that a bride could save money on helium by making her own! No joke! I am not kidding you! They said a bride could simply use baking soda and vinegar to make helium by inflating the balloon on a bottle where the reaction was taking place. First of all, the reaction produces carbon dioxide (the same gas we exhale) and not helium. Carbon dioxide is not lighter than air and therefore will not float a balloon. Second, even if you discovered a magic vinegar that made helium, how much would you have to buy? Save money? Hardly! Where do they come up with this stuff?

Watch where you get your advice. Of course, most people wouldn’t follow advice as ridiculous as the second example I gave above.  However, I could see someone using the candy sprinkles idea and ruining her dress! Beware of DIY and event planner wannabes. That leads me to my next point (Finished with my rant now. Please accept my apologies.)

DIY Can Do You In

Source: google.ca via Liane on Pinterest

 

Don’t get me wrong. I love DIY projects. DIY projects are wonderful but, DIY tips and advice scare me. The vast majority of DIY tips are pretty good and are a matter of taste. But some of it is pure garbage. Also, there is so much out there that it can be very difficult to coordinate it with your other decor and before you know it you have gotten away from your theme. If you have looked through wedding DIY ideas long enough, I am sure you have seen some tacky stuff yourself. It still helps to have a wedding planner to bounce ideas off of. Avoid being tacky!

Why You Still Need An Event Planner

Honestly, you can save a lot of money by doing things on your own. There are many helpful sites like The Budget Savvy Bride that give sound advice on trimming that budget down. I will do a future post on DIY sites that you can trust for sound advice.

Here are a few reasons to still hire an event planner.

  1. An event planner has more experience than you do.
  2. Event planners have connections that you do not!
  3. Event planners know how to save you money. For example, you may be able to find a venue at an affordable price, but your event planner may have the connections for a better venue at a similar price.
  4. Most event planners know a lot about DIY advice themselves. They can give you sound advice on what you should and should not do on your own.

My point is this. The right event planner can often save you more money than you pay them. Be sure you don’t DIY yourself to disaster.

What is your opinion on this issue? Any DIY disaster stories out there? Leave you comments below.

4 Reasons Not To Rent Ostrich Feather Centerpieces

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

Do you like to throw money away? If you do then go and rent ostrich feather centerpieces. It is one of the most rented products for weddings and I do not understand why. They are one of the worst items that you can rent. You come out much better buying them instead. Here are 4 reasons why:

buying vs renting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. Rental prices are just as high as the cost of buying them.

Actually, rental prices can be even higher than the cost of buying new centerpieces. This is a no brainer. Why would you want to rent anything for the same price you can own it? You wouldn’t. I know what some of you are thinking? What would I do with them after my event is over?

2. You can resell them and get most of your money back.

Chances are that you won’t decorate your houses with over a dozen centerpieces. You can resell them for almost as much as you paid for them. I have even seen brides make a profit in some cases. This really makes more sense than paying the rental prices and having nothing to show for it. You can resell them easily on wedding sites like WeddingBee. I see them sell all the time on Craigslist.

3. New feathers are better than used ones.

Ostrich feathers usually hold up well and can be used over and over again. However, you are taking the risk of getting feathers that have been over handled or improperly stored if you rent. If you rent from a company that rents nationwide, then the feathers may have been shipped back and forth a lot. Improper packing can really make the feathers look wilted.

4. You pay twice the shipping cost if the company is not local.

If you rent from a national company, chances are you will have to pay shipping twice. You will have to pay to have them shipped to you and then you will pay again to ship them back. Not to mention that you will be responsible for any damage done to the feathers if something happens to them on the way back. In that case, with some companies you will end up renting them and buying them. Ouch!

So the moral of the story is this. Never rent anything that you can buy and resell. Instead, resell anything you can and use the extra money to put towards your honeymoon or first wedding anniversary.

 

 

Including Others

Friday, July 13th, 2012

My previous post discussed the seasonal challenges of event planning, but another challenge is how to plan your event so that it reflects you while also including and accommodating other special people.

Most brides have spent at least a few years thinking about and planning the details of their special day, but many brides often forget the fact that they will have to include input from others, specifically, the mother of the bride and the mother of the groom.

A friend of mine faced two challenges.  One challenge was that her mother and the groom’s mother were not friendly with each other.  The other challenge involved the fact that the groom’s mother wanted the wedding to be a large, formal, church event.  In order to circumvent inevitable tension, the groom planned the entire wedding, and he planned it as a Vegas event.  However, his mother was allowed the opportunity to plan a special post-wedding reception in the couple’s hometown.  This same friend has a brother who is currently planning a destination wedding at Walt Disney World.  In order to include guests who are unable to make the trip to the actual wedding, the bride’s mother is planning a special engagement reception.

It is inevitable that with all of the planning a wedding entails that someone is bound to feel ignored or even offended, but the truth is, with compromise, most interested parties can be involved as much as they want to be.  It is also important to note that the compromise does not have to be a costly one.  The mother who is planning the special engagement reception is planning an informal backyard barbecue which is a less expensive solution to the engagement party issue.

Follow Your Instincts; Choose What You Love

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

Interior decorators have a tip.  Buy what you love, and your choices will complement each other.  See an antique side table you love?  See a trendy new lamp that you also love?  If you stay true to your tastes, your selections will work together, even (or especially) when they are from different eras.

Planning a wedding should be the same fun and unique experience.  Choose what you love for your colors, your dress, your centerpieces, and your ceremony.  The result will be a reflection of you and your special tastes and preferences, and your wedding will be a memorable experience for everyone involved.

If you like yellow, choose yellow, even if the formal magazines say bright orange is the current trend.  If you want orchids, have orchids.  If you want three flower girls, have three flower girls.

One trend with weddings is that you don’t have to follow all of the traditional rules, but you can, instead, create your own traditions.  Consider a sand ceremony instead of the unity candle, especially for an outdoor wedding when the candle could easily blow out.  If you have two nephews that you don’t want to choose between for ring bearers, then have them both.  That’s what I did, and it worked out beautifully.

The pouring of sand symbolizes families coming together.

 

Selecting the venue, the caterer, the photographer – these are major decisions based on what you love but also on vendor availability.  However, where you can leave your mark is with those personal choices that are not dependent on others – colors, flowers, music, family traditions, and creating your own traditions.  These are the choices that will complement each other and leave you and your guests with the memory of a beautiful and unique wedding.  Surround yourself with what you love.

A Gasp-Guaranteed Vintage Wedding Reception: 7 Tips Eclectic-Style

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

Vintage Weddings Part 1: Eclectic

Planning a winter or spring vintage wedding? Don’t be overwhelmed by the myriad ideas and facts online! It’s easy to organize your planning to create a stunning reception for your guests, whether you’re a purist Victorian with a morning wedding and breakfast reception (don’t forget to create a special corner where the bridal couple can welcome guests – perhaps using a colonnade or arches) or a later, more traditional afternoon wedding with finger foods or seated dinner.

Really there are two ways you can go: eclectic (think worn patinas on furniture and decorations, whimsical, shabby chic – with the occasional glitter of crystal or the muted shine of a silver service) or elegant (picture formal candelabras and centerpieces in silver or gold with organza chair sashes or pintuck table overlays reminiscent of a Victorian gentleman’s waistcoat). Either way there’s a common starting point: the fresh palette of whites and creams that echo the purity of a formal vintage wedding.

If you’re going eclectic, add one or at the most two colors in complimentary color families. For winter, what about the blues and silvers brought to mind by a sharp, frosty day? For spring, we like pale coral and terra cotta, with dark coral chair sashes. Consider mingling minor touches of sage green. Imagine a 45” candelabra topped with an arrangement of white and pale coral roses spilling ivy, and your table set with tiny topiary photo holder place cards!

Here are some fun, whimsical decoration ideas for your eclectic vintage reception:

  1. Mix-n-match antique chairs at your tables.
  2. Vintage tea cups filled with mini tussie-mussie guest favors, or simply with roses and baby’s breath.
  3. White bird house centerpieces (plain, filled with multi-sized white candles, or burgeoning with flowers). Bird houses hung from trees at an outdoor reception.
  4. Old buttons in the same color family filling apothecary jars.
  5. Favors of one-hued hard candy in apothecary jars and block vases.
  6. Vintage suitcases and hat boxes reminding everyone that the bride and groom are starting their first voyage together – and not just the honeymoon!
  7. Silver service with teapots crowned by white roses, surrounded by white votives.

Check back for some beautiful ideas for an elegant vintage-styled wedding!

The Napkin That Talks

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

A napkin: just an unimportant piece of cloth in the grand scheme of your wedding reception or party. Right? Actually, this unassuming bit of fabric is a little item that, presented properly, can pack a big punch! Boldly colored amid snowy linens, folded creatively and standing tall, or offering your guest a surprising trinket to take home, the napkin can go a long way toward making the lasting impression you desire.

Basically there are two options to consider when you’re urging that limp little napkin to “talk” to your guests: beautiful folding techniques or unique embellishments. If you choose an unadorned, folded napkin, it’s easy to find a number of photo-illustrated, step-by-step instructions online for creating French or diamond pleats, goblet or opera fans, various pouches to cradle your silverware, or a plethora of stunning shapes like the rose, crown or cardinal hat.

Impressively folded napkins like this crown style can steal the show.

If you’re the type that likes a personal or themed touch, perhaps one of these suggestions will pique your interest:

  • For autumn, encircle napkins in 3” grapevine twig rings intertwined with wired mini-falls leaves. Or wrap in ribbon with acorns perched on top.
  • Christmas parties or weddings abound with fun ideas, including gluing spray-painted cedar roses with fresh boxwood sprigs to ribbon or attaching a tiny holly berry wreath to the bow of a gingham or striped ribbon around the napkin.
  • Imagine a vintage-themed reception accented by napkins wrapped in old wallpaper strips tied off with thin twine. Or try dangling a jewel from ribbon and placing the napkin atop printed antique china.
  • Beach party or wedding? Consider neutral napkin rings with a starfish glued to the top, or seashells glued atop twine.

If you’re looking for a way to present a favor to your guests, some creative napkin rings can do the trick. What about photos of the wedding couple in small silver frames attached to ribbon? Another idea that’s sure to be a hit is to wrap napkins in the leather band of a luggage tag with a classy silver nameplate!

Whatever you choose, remember that your napkins can provide the “pop” to any place setting. Explore your creative side, and feel free to share your ideas with us!

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!