Sunday, August 22, 2010

I Love Strange Unusual and Fun Wedding Pictures!

I collect unusual and fun wedding pictures. 
We are used to seeing the posed
smiling wedding pictures of everyone
happy and smiling..and rigidly posed. When something
in a picture speaks to me, I keep it and
now I'm updating some of my faves. 
If you have any great pics, feel free to share them with me.  

It works, even the makeup!

This is a great wedding hat!

Are they standing behind a garbage can? 

Marge Simpson?

Flying high on the wings of love!

Are those police men in the background?

All wedding receptions should be this fun!! Everyone is having a good old time! I'd love to be a guest here, fun, fun, fun!!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Who Should Make The Wedding Guest List and Who To Cut

Gone are the days when you could post a wedding invitation on the bulletin board at work and not worry about how many guests are coming to the wedding.  Budget, cost per guest and a bad economy mean you have to keep your guest list in check.  Cutting the guest list is a PIA, but its something that have to be done.  Here's some tips on how to decide who makes the cut.  

  • Casual friends, cut them.  Only invite your besties.
  • Co Workers, cut them.  You don't have to invite the boss and your co workers, unless you are especially close with them.  
  • Distant relatives you only see at funerals and family reunions.   Cut, cut, cut regardless of what both sets of parents say. 
  • Neighbors, unless you are very close.
  • Gym or workout buddies unless you are best buds.  Ditto for softball, volleyball and any other teams you both enjoy. 
  • Exes, don't even consider inviting them! 
  • Relatives you aren't close to,  there's no law that you have to invite someone who is related by blood if you aren't close.
  • Friends of your parents they want to invite because your parents gave THEIR kids gifts.  If you are close to their friends, you might reconsider.  Ditto for their bridge club, neighbors, etc.  
  • Your beautician, barber, nail tech, etc.  You pay for their services, they probably wouldn't dream of going to your wedding anyway.

Decide how many invitations will be allocated to each family, yours and his, and then to  both of your friends.  Have them make lists of who they want to invite, then start cutting.  You'll probably hear a lot of protesting, but do what you have to do to stay in budget. 

When people ask if they are invited to the wedding, just smile and say " We have had to keep the guest list to immediate family.  The wedding will very intimate because of space restrictions."   

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Out of The Box Alternative Unique Wedding Bouquets

I love out of the box, unusual and unique touches to weddings, that little touch that takes an ordinary wedding and shoots it into the stratosphere.  I came across these unusual wedding bouquets on Etsy.   Some you may have seen variations of before, a couple are just mind blowing.  I love them all, so here goes!

 This bouquet is from the Refinerii on Etsy and I LOVE LOVE LOVE it!  The bouquet is made from upcycled copper and strung with crystals.   It makes it eco friendly as well!  Use it as it is or add flowers, it comes with a bouquet holder. can use it as a decorative accessory in your home, so you'll have it as a forever reminder of your wedding day. 

Butterflies make up this unique wedding bouquet by idotakeu on Etsy and are handmade in the UK.   If you are doing a butterfly theme, this bouquet is a must do.  Something in the color palette catches my eye, it would blend with anything!

Croska on Etsy calls this bouquet  Vintage Obsession Feather Bridal Bouquet.  This bouquet is made of dupioni silk roses with vintage jewelry for bling and feathers.  Just perfect for a vintage wedding theme!

Floating Dream Feather Bridal Bouquet by eeekdesigns in Toronto is also on Etsy...don't you love that name?  The coque feathers remind me of a fascinator.  


Pretty In Pink Button Bouquet is by reallybadkitty  or RBK Designs on Etsy.  Another name that cracks me up, not only are the designers talented, but they have great shop names, too.  RBK does button bouquets and one of there photos is a twist on the other button bouquets I've seen,  RBK added green leaves which takes the bouquet into another direction.  

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Wedding Quiz: What's Your Wedding Style?

What’s Your Wedding Style? Take the fun quiz and find out!

When I close my eyes and picture my dream wedding, I see:
A: Myself walking down the aisle on my Dad’s arm in a church and seeing my husband to be waiting for me at the end of the aisle.
B: Outdoors in a garden surrounded by flowers on a sunny afternoon.
C: On a beach at sunset.
D: A stage in a theater, with your friends and family in the audience.
E: In a parlor at a bed and breakfast or in a historic church.

I am wearing:
A: A ball gown with sparkles and lace and a long cathedral veil.
B. A feminine wedding dress DEFINITELY without a train.
C: A flowy chiffon dress.
D: Something totally unexpected and definitely NOT white!
E: A vintage lacy wedding dress or a wedding suit with a face veil and gloves.

My wedding attendants are:
A: My sister, his sister and my very best girlfriends, it’s so hard to choose!
B. My besties wearing floral sun dresses.
C: I need attendants?
D: My best guy friend is my man of honor, our dog is the best man.
E: Our sisters and cousins.

My reception is:
A: A sit down dinner with candlelight, flowers and chandileres.
B. Brunch and mimosas, tables in a garden setting with centerpieces of flowers in season.
C: Candlelight dinner on the beach, just the two of us.
D: Entertainment on stage by my theater friends, followed by a pot luck supper and cupcakes.
E: At a bed and breakfast or in a historic restaurant or hall.

Our first dance as husband and wife will be:
A: At Last by Etta James
B. How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You by James Taylor
C: Kokomo by the Beach Boys
D: Whatever the spirit moves at that moment. It could be performance art, who knows?
E: Our Love is Here to Stay by Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald

The shoes I’m wearing for the wedding are:
A: The perfect silk and pearl embellished wedding shoe!
B: Sexy flat sandals instead of heels, they are a lot easier to maneuver around outside.
C: Shoes? I’m going barefoot!
D: Boots, stilettos or Birkenstocks.
E: Platform pumps or mary janes.

Count up the number of each letter. The majority of letters will indicate your personal wedding style.

If the majority of your answers are A: you are a traditional bride. 
You want church wedding with lots of attendants, traditional church music and tears. You’ll enjoy greeting all your guests in a reception line after the ceremony with lots of hugs and well wishers. You want your reception to have great food, drinks and traditional toasts, cake cutting and garter tossing. You want to be princess for the day and you want all your family and friends around to share in your joy.

If most of your answers are B, you are a garden bride. 
You love flowers, traditional gardens and the smell of summer wafting in the breeze. Flowers mean romance and it’s always been your dream to marry outdoors surrounded by flowers. There’s something about the summer that rings your bell. The informality of the reception means everyone can mix and mingle and enjoy the afternoon. As evening rolls around, it’s off on the honeymoon!

If most of your answers are C, you are a Paradise bride.
It’s just the two of you, eloping to a fabulous exotic resort in the Caribbean, Mexico, Hawaii or Bali. You are on the beach declaring your undying love, in the beauty of nature, surrounded by orchids and tropical plants. Why spend months planning when their coordinator can do it all for you? Get a passport, fly in and say I do….and you’re automatically on your honeymoon. Romance and fun and not having to deal with family squabbles make this your choice. You’ll share with photos on Facebook when the spirit moves you and stream the wedding on the internet for your parents and friends. Who hasn’t thought of running away to paradise? And, yes, you can involve family and friends at a paradise wedding, click here for information on a destination wedding.

If most of your answers are D: You’re a nontraditional bride who does things her own way. 
It doesn’t matter what Mom or Grandma thinks, it’s what we want and it will be amazing! You’ve never wanted to wear lace and tulle, you’ve never had fairytale wedding dreams. You are a free thinker who dances to the beat of your own drum. If you are going down the path of solemnizing your relationship with marriage, it will be on your own terms. You may make each wedding invitation by hand and each will be a work of art. You might carry a bouquet of wildflowers or handmade button and feather flowers. This wedding will not be comparable to any other and it will be unforgettable!

If most of your answers are E: You are a vintage bride.
Dolly Couture
Whether you aspire to a Victorian theme or want to be a 40’s or 50’s bride, you love the eras of time gone by. You might marry in an ivory lace Victorian gown or a 1950’s tea length ball gown dress with a belt, pill box hat and a face veil that you found in a vintage store. You adore music from Frank Sinatra and other songs that were made to slow dance the night away cheek to cheek. You love lace hankies and violet corsages, floral invitations and cocktails.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Insuring Your Wedding Reception Safety

Admit it, you’ve never thought about safety at your wedding. Safety at the wedding isn’t on the top of any wedding’s to do list. It’s something most people don’t think about until something happens and the wedding is splashed on the news and on U Tube.

Safety at the reception means hiring security to insure your safety and the safety of your guests at the reception, especially if alcohol is being served. Most wedding and event centers make it a requirement that you provide security. Yikes, another dent in the budget that wasn’t planned. Most times you hire off duty police and it’s arranged through the hall coordinator. It IS an extra cost. Some event centers will also require you to take out a one day insurance policy to insure your wedding. Compare their policy with your own insurance company before you sign anything. And ask before you book any reception venue as to what they require for security so you don’t get blindsided at the last minute.

If you, your fiancĂ©, a relative or friend has a problem with alcohol, decide if you want to serve alcohol at the reception. You don’t owe your guests a drunken time. Put someone in charge of the potential offender and have them watch them. Get someone to discretely alert security so that if the person starts to get out of hand that they are quietly taken home before they disrupt the party.

Security will also keep out wedding crashers, exes with an agenda and from having your wedding gifts and cash envelopes pilfered. Your gift table should be away from the exit and entrance door so someone can’t help themselves to a handful of wedding envelopes and make a fast get away. It has happened to people I know and it’s heartbreaking. You need someone to be in charge of getting the gifts and envelopes home safely. Secure the envelopes in a container where someone can’t put their hand inside. The opening should ideally be no larger than a slit wide enough to pass in an envelope and it should be in a place where it can be seen at all times.

Safety also concerns things like drinks spilled on the dance floor. You don’t want to take a tumble and you sure don’t want your guests to fall. Have the DJ alert the hall if they see anything spilled on the floors and have it taken care of immediately.

If you are having an outdoor wedding, safety means easy access to the location for all your guests. If you have guests that are seniors with mobility problems, plan an easy access for them and a comfortable place for them to sit and enjoy. If you are getting married on a hot, humid day, Rent a tent to provide some shade for your guests and have coolers of bottled water on hand so that no one gets heat stroke.

Safety is a must for a great party, you and your guests need to feel safe and secure in a fun party atmosphere!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Will I Get Married?

I came across this article on the Daily Beast : 'Will I ever get married? Fifteen signs you'll tie the knot.' A really interesting read based on statistics. If you live in the USA, your chances are good...and if you have a high IQ, statistics are in your favor. I know there are people who love stats, but I never knew that there were statistics on your chances to marry. I found it fascinating.

Check it out here.
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