July 24, 2009

Hilarious Wedding Entrance!

Lantern Wedding Centerpieces

The image above was taken at Michelle & Dan's wedding last weekend at the Stone House at Stirling Ridge. Their flowers were done by the incredible, sweet, lovely Laura Clare. I loved that Michelle incorporated lanterns into her centerpieces. I had been checking out these gorgeous Moroccan Lanterns from Wedding Table Decor and Michelle's centerpieces are the perfect inspiration and time to share them!

Mid White Moroccan Lantern

Moroccan Design Amber Glass Lantern

Moroccan Lantern with Blue Glass

White Fancy Lantern with Stand

Yellow Glass Moroccan Lantern

Don't be afraid to incorporate non-floral items and splashes of color into your centerpieces! I love the amber and blue glass in these!

Head over to check out more photo's of Michelle & Dan's wedding by the fabulous Kella MacPhee. I love the sparkler pictures!

July 23, 2009

Vendor Meal Etiquette

Q: "Do I need to have a table in the main ballroom for the vendors?"

A: Nope! It is not necessary or expected. Your vendors have very little time to sit down and eat during your wedding, so the majority of the night, you'll have an empty table. This is also a good time for the vendors to sit, chat, and network about the business, which we may not be able to do as easily in the ballroom. There's no need to purchase additional escort cards, centerpieces, linens, china, etc. to accommodate your vendors. Speak with your venue contact in advance and set up a vendor table in a back room or in the cocktail space. What you feed your vendors is also up to you and your venue. Some venues give the option of the same food as the guests are eating, while others opt for a boxed-meal for a smaller fee. Make sure to check your contracts, as many wedding professionals have clauses about meals.

July 22, 2009

Cupcake Photography Contest

My friends Jannet, Angela, and I are obsessed with cupcakes. Everywhere we go, we eat cupcakes. It's a topic of conversation every time we get together. We have a plan to someday travel the country eating cupcakes and blogging about it. A regular feature on this blog will be cupcakes - so this post is just the beginning. I can't think of a better way to spend Wellness Wednesday than by looking at (and hopefully eating!) cupcakes. This week, I want to share a cupcake contest. Baked By Melissa bakes mini-cupcakes that are to-die-for. I love their small size because you get to indulge without completely over doing it.

Baked By Melissa is running a photography contest. Take a picture with their cupcakes and you could win $500 and 100 cupcakes! Entries must be sent in by August 15. I am going on a Caribbean cruise for vacation on August 13th and am planning to bring the cupcakes with me on board and get some awesome shots to send in! This contest is the perfect excuse to indulge!

If you know of any great cupcake recipes or bakeries anywhere in the country, please let me know! There will be many more cupcake posts to come! I hope you enjoy your Wellness Wednesdays and take a little time for YOU!

photo courtesy of killahbeez.com

July 20, 2009

Cut Down Your Guest List!

When you are planning a wedding on a budget, the very first thing you should look at is your guest list. Keep in mind that there is more to a per-guest price than just food. Even adding one or two guests can throw off the balance of an entire room. You'll need more tables, additional centerpieces, favors, invitations, menu cards, programs, and place cards. Suddenly, what looked like a quick add just made your overall budget jump. Weddings are no longer a race to see who can fill the largest church. Couples are looking for small, intimate time with the people most important to them. Try to keep your list to people that you know well. If you think you'll look back on your wedding photographs in ten years and not know who the people are nor think you'll still be in touch with them, this budget cut should be an easy decision.