December 23rd, 2018
Thinking of having a Vintage Theme Wedding, Afternoon Tea Party or Event?
There is something that is so romantic and nostalgic about having a vintage themed wedding or event. I don't know if it's because it is a reminder of our grandparents era. Everything is so far back and separate that it's easy to see it through a haze of positivity and disregard for the harsher realities. After all, our grandparents are often so much fun and our best supporters, choosing to ignore our faults and love us as perfect specimens of their seed.
The first thing to do if you want to go vintage is to decide on which era. Will it be The Art Deco twenties, the Hollywood Glamour thirties or the Swinging sixties? Each era has it's distinctive style and you and your guests can enter the fun with gusto.
Here's a few tips if you're thinking of afternoon tea, garden roses and relaxed elegance.
Hand tied, cascading or a simple posy are ideal choices for your vintage wedding bouquet. Decorate with pearls and brooches for a nostalgic finishing touch.
Compliment your bouquet with matching bridesmaids bouquets and pretty pomanders or flower baskets for little flower girls to hold.
2 VINTAGE FLORAL DECORATIONS
Hanging a wreath at the entrance is such a lovely tradition and sets the scene for
your vintage themed reception.
Continue the effect with flowery willow hearts hanging on walls, chair backs or along your top table
Decorating your reception tables couldn't be simpler. Choose topiaries, bowls of big bloom roses, birdcages, jam jars, cupcakes and sprigs of flowers to match your colour scheme. Add bunting dangling from the ceiling and walls and lacy tablecloths to give your theme cohesiveness.
You really can have fun with a vintage themed event and a create the prettiest table scapes.
All photos and designs belong to Marlene Brown at Love Floral Boutique.
Do you have a funeral to attend and have no idea what floral arrangement is appropriate to send? Unsure whether to send flowers or take them to the funeral? Where are you suppose to send them anyway?
It wasn't until I had to send some flowers on behalf of my family to bereaved friends that I realised these questions and more needed answering first. Here's some tips from what I learnt.
1 Should you send flowers?
2 Does it matter what type of arrangement you send?
3 What type of arrangements are there?
Now this is where it becomes complex as some arrangements seem to have different names. I hope to simplify this for you. Some you're probably already familiar with, but others might be new to you (as it was for me).
4 Where do you send the floral tribute?
HOME OF THE BEREAVED
5 When do you send the floral tribute?
Condolence flowers can be sent at anytime to the home of the bereaved family even after the funeral of the deceased, to let them know you're still thinking about them.
Tribute flowers which are being sent for the deceased should be ordered 48 hours before the funeral, at the latest.
A Final Note
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7 VENUE DECOR TIPS
One of the biggest challenges when planning your wedding is how to decorate your venue. It helps if you know whether you're looking for the "wow" factor or you want your guests to feel relaxed and chilled in an informal setting. Whatever your image of your wedding reception there will be certain elements to keep in mind, to ensure you and your guests will have a great time, whatever the setting. Here are 7 things to consider:
1 KNOW YOUR VENUE
2 KNOW YOUR BUDGET
3 KNOW YOUR NUMBERS
4 KNOW YOUR CATERING METHOD
5 KNOW YOUR TEAM
6 KNOW YOUR THEME/COLOURS
7 KNOW SOME FAIL SAFE IDEAS
QUICK SHABBY CHIC PROJECT
Creating a shabby chic look with just a few elements. A D.I.Y project for you to try and adapt to fit your own style and taste. Add your favourite flowers, vase and ornaments for a personalised look.
Give it a try. Transform a room in your home with this easy display.
Choosing your wedding dress should be a lovely part of planning your wedding but can be fraught with all kinds of worry and fear. You may not understand why you have become so emotional, but it could be related to some aspects, listed below.
Before going wedding dress shopping or employing a seamstress for your bespoke dress, think about the following:
1. WHAT DO YOU LIKE?
2. WHAT IS YOUR BODY SHAPE?
3. WHAT ACCESSORIES?
4.WHAT IS COMFORTABLE?
5. WHAT UNDERWEAR IS BEST?
6. WHAT FOOTWEAR?
7. WHAT DRESS STYLE?
8. WHAT LOCATION?
I discovered this article that covers every aspect of choosing your wedding dress. See link below:
My goodness! There seems to be so much discrepancies around the cost of wedding flowers. How many times have you heard and read comments such as:
"as soon as you mention wedding the price doubles"
"negotiate with the florist on the price of your wedding flowers",
"this is how to d.i.y your wedding bouquet and cut the cost of your arrangements"
The impression we are left with is that wedding florist tend to rip you off and you can really get what you want for so much less or even do it yourself for a fraction of the cost.
So as you consider ordering flowers for your wedding, I suggest you ask yourself the following:
1 WHY DO I WANT THAT BOUQUET?
2 WHY DO I WANT THOSE ARRANGEMENTS?
3 WHY DO I WANT THOSE FLOWERS?
4 WHY DO I WANT THAT PROP?
5 WHY DO I WANT TO D.I.Y?
6 WHY DO I WANT THOSE PLACE SETTINGS?
7 WHY DO I WANT FRESH FLOWERS?
8 WHY DO I THINK MY WEDDING FLOWERS ARE TOO EXPENSIVE?
As with most things, there are no hard and fast rules and by keeping the end result in mind, you can achieve your vision.
Deciding who to invite to your wedding is almost of United Nations proportions in the mind of some people, regarding the need for diplomacy.
Have some perimeters and hopefully make the culling of your guest list a non-brainer instead of sleepless nights and traumatised nerves.
There will be those you wish you could invite or wish they could make it, but can't.
Below is a link to an article regarding Pippa Middleton's wedding list. Even though this is a high profile and wealthy couple, the guest list cull has to be applied and not everyone will be happy about it.
It's been said that guests won't remember your vows but they will remember the food at your wedding. Think about it, it's one part of most weddings that someone is left feeling upset. While you can't please everyone, you can try and do your best to make your wedding catering a good experience.
1 GET A CATERER THAT YOU KNOW CAN DO THE JOB
2 GET A VENUE THAT CAN ACCOMMODATE THE TYPE OF CATERING THAT YOU WANT
3 GET A CLEAR MENU SELECTION
4 GET A BREAKDOWN OF WHAT YOU CATERER IS PROVIDING
Particularly if the venue is not catering, you need to know if the caterer will also be responsible for:
5 GET A TASTE OF THE FOOD ON YOUR MENU
6 GET A COPY OF THE CATERER'S LICENCE/INSURANCE
7 GET A VIDEO OR PHOTOS OF PREVIOUS EVENTS
Ask to see any photos or videos the caterer has of previous work. These will hopefully give you an idea of:
8 GET A CONTACT LIST OF PREVIOUS CUSTOMERS
9 GET A LIST OF WHO WILL BE IN CHARGE ON THE DAY AND THEIR TEAM
10 GET A TIMETABLE FOR YOUR DAY AND HOW THE CATERERS WILL FIT IN
Brides magazine created this helpful checklist of questions to ask any potential caterer. Remember to check out at least three caterers before making a decision, after you have had time to look over their answers.