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    Happy Easter Everyone!

    I love these cute decorated strawberries from Tasteful Cakes (I’m not affiliated with them.)

    You can have strawberries decorated to suit the style of your wedding and place them on a silver tray on your dessert table. Or, put them in individual boxes and use them as favors

    Ask your caterer or cake designer if they can make these for you.

    Happy Easter

    Posted by Tasteful Cakes on Sunday, April 5, 2015

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    Get Wedding Planning Ideas from Get Married Magazine

     

    With many bridal magazines closing (the last edition of one of my favorites, InStyle Weddings, comes out on Christmas), you wouldn’t expect a new magazine to launch. But one did and I just received a free copy. The magazine is published by GetMarried.com and is filled with ideas for carrying out themes and colors in your wedding, destination weddings, gift registry ideas, and bridal fashions. -o-

    If you like any of the items in the magazine you can easily find them online because they give you the address of the websites where you can buy them (many things are at the etMArriedsite). I found items in the magazine that I hadn’t seen elsewhere, like the Love-sicle Scented Popsicle Soaps that can be used as favors (I suggest adding a personalized sticker to it that gives your names and the wedding date).

    You can read the magazine online or request a complimentary copy on the GetMarried.com website. It’s definitely worth a look.

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    Using Your Mother's Wedding Dress

    Are you planning to wear your mother’s wedding dress at your wedding?  Though it may be a beautiful dress, you may decide to chose one of your own.  But if you still would like to use her dress in the wedding, there are ways of doing it, if you and your mother willing to take the dress apart.

    Here are some ideas for using pieces of the dress:

    • Make the ringbearer’s pillow
    • Create a handkerchief to carry during the ceremony
    • If you will be carrying a bible, cover it with fabric from the dress
    • If you will be wearing gloves, remove lace or appliques and sew them onto your gloves (celebrity wedding planner David Tutera did this)
    • If you are wearing satin pumps, see if a cobbler can attach appliques from the dress to your shoes
    • Make a sleeve for your hand-tied bouquet (another idea from David Tutera)
    • Sew a piece of the dress inside the lining of your dress. Make it more special by embroidering your parent’s wedding date on it

    It is best if you have a skilled seamstress help you cut up the wedding dress.  A seamstress will know how to carefully save appliques and beading and how to work with delicate fabric that may be decades old.

    If you want to keep the dress intact, but still use it in your wedding, consider wearing it in engagement photographs or wearing  it to your wedding rehearsal and having a photographer snap photos of you, your groom, and your mother that you can give to her as a keepsake.

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    Plan Ahead for Wedding Fireworks

    A recent episode of the WeTV show, “My Fair Wedding”, featured a couple who had planned to have a destination wedding in Mexico but canceled because of  the Swine Flu.  Celebrity wedding planner, David Tutera, saved the day by giving them a wedding in Staten Island, New York that captured the feeling of a beach in Mexico.

    Steal his ideas to make a Mexican themed wedding of your own:

    Venue

    David chose a a venue on the beach in Staten Island, the Vanderbilt at South Beach.  The wedding ceremony was held on the beach.  He set up poles with ivory fabric to create a private space on a public beach.  The sand was covered with astroturf so the guests and the wedding party did not have to walk on sand and white carpet was set out as the aisle runner.  The reception was indoors.

    If you select a beach wedding, whether you have a Mexican theme or not, you can set down astroturf and a white carpet with the help of your florist.

    Food and Drink

    David gave the bride a tasting from a chic Mexican restaurant.  She sampled guacamole, churros and sangria.  David later selected the Mexican menu for her.

    If your theme is a country, like Mexico, or any location, try to incorporate food from the region.

    Bridesmaid Dresses

    The bride originally had the bridesmaids all in yellow but in different style dresses.  To give the women a more festive look, David selected pink strapless floral dresses and gave them all the same dress.

    If you decide to use the same color but different dress styles for each of the attendants, be sure the fabric is the same weight and texture.  For example, don’t have one bridesmaid in chiffon and another in velvet.

    Colors

    David chose the shades of a sunset in Mexico and used it in the linens, table runners, chairbacks, flowers, and even the edible flowers on the cake.

    Be sure you incorporate the theme and colors of your wedding in everything from your save-the-date-cards, invitations, attendant attire and decor.

    Spectacular Ending

    The night ended with fireworks. If you want to end in fireworks, work with a reputable pyrotechnic company that purchases the proper permits and insurance for your wedding.

    You can see David Tutera’s video wedding tips on the WeTV website.

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    If you are looking new floral ideas while you are planning your wedding, watch the new show on The Learning Channel (TLC) television network, “Flowers Uncut with Jeff Leatham”.  Jeff was the artist director for the Four Seasons Hotel in Paris an did the flowers for Eva Longoria Parker’s wedding.

    Here is a clip from last week’s show in which he designed floral arrangements for a wedding with a large budget.  Notice that you will not only get ideas on floral design but also how to handle flowers.

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    Tonight the show doesn’t feature a wedding but you can still get wedding ideas from the fundraising event centerpieces that he designs.

    Here is a clip from the show that runs tonight.  It will also be repeated later i the week.

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    Bride Getting Fit While Planning Her Wedding

    Planning to shape up before your wedding day?  Be sure you don’t overdo it.  The November 2009 issue of Marie Claire magazine featured a short article, “Trendwatch: Here Limps the Bride”.  They say that brides today, concerned about looking perfect for the photographs taken on the wedding day, are pushing themselves so hard they are ending up with shoulder, neck, leg and hip pain and fractures.

    Of course you want to look great on your wedding day.  But if you decide to lose weight and get toned, do it intelligently. Talk to health and fitness professionals rather than just trying the latest trends.  Remember that this can be a very busy and stressful time, you want to eat properly, get plenty of rest, drink plenty of water to stay hydrated, exercise safely, and take the time to relax with your fiance and by yourself.

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    Wedding Planning - The Candy Buffet

    Not interested in having flowers as centerpieces at your wedding reception?  Many couples today are decorating with their tabletops with containers of candy, perfect if you or your groom are known for having a sweet tooth and want to keep a casual feeling at your reception.

    Here are some ideas for your candy centerpieces:

    • Select candy in a variety of colors, shapes and sizes.  At her recent wedding, Khloe Kardashian used gummy bears, ring pops, candy necklaces, M&M’s and Hershey’s chocolate bars.
    • Use clear glass containers that show off the contents.
    • For visual interest, vary the width and height of the containers.
    • Besides traditional glass jars and bowls, try filling old-fashion milkshake and soda glasses, martini glasses, and water goblets.
    • Provide small scoops so people don’t have to use their hands.

    If you want candy but not as centerpieces, have a candy buffet.  Set a table full of jars or bowls of candy and provide small cellophane bags for guests to fill with the candies of their choice.

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    Fred Marcus Photography, Brian Marcus

    Fred Marcus Photography, Brian Marcus

    Ivanka Trump, real estate developer, former model, and daughter of Donald Trump, married publisher Jared Kushner in a Jewish ceremony (Ivanka converted to her husband’s religion) on October 25, 2009 at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminister, New Jersey in front of 550 guests.

    Here are some ideas you can steal and scale to your budget:

    Bridal Attire

    Her wedding gown (custom lace and tulle by Vera Wang), hair, and makeup were inspired by Grace Kelly.
    Look in vintage clothing stores for wedding gowns from previous eras. Bridal stores also have vintage inspired gowns and many may have “knock-offs” of Ivanka’s gown very shortly.

    Ivanka’s wedding jewelry, hair accessory, drop earrings and Art-Deco inspired bracelet was from her own jewelry line, Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry.
    Bridal stores and fashion jewelry stores have simialr items if you can’t afford to buy from Ivanka’s line. You could also check online for bridal jewelry rental.

    Ceremony

    Each guest was greeted with a gardenia.
    Gardenias are beautiful, fragrant flowers which can be expensive.  You may select a different flower or give a wedding program to your guests when they enter. Use it to list the order of events, names of the wedding party, or explain rituals you are doing in your ceremony.

    The chuppah, the Jewish Wedding canopy, was decorated with crystals and flowers.
    Ivanka’s chuppah was very lavishly decorated. Talk to your florist and about locally grown flowers that are in season and ask to see other chuppahs they have decorated.

    Reception

    Tables were decorated with white lilies of the valley, ranunculus, roses, and floating gardenias. The china was white with gold trim and glassware had gold trim. Chairs were gold chevalier chairs.
    Again, talk to your florist about white flowers that are in season for the best prices. Party rental companies have a china, glassware, and chevalier chairs in a variety of colors. Your venue, if they provide these items, may also have these items.

    13 layer cake for 550 guests was 70-inch tall carrot, chocolate, and almond topped with sugar flowers
    You probably don’t need a 13 layer cake. But, if you want a tall cake and are not having very many guests, you can have your baker put in some faux cakes to make it taller. Also, like Ivanka, you can have each real cake be a different flavor.

    The first dance was “This Years Love” by David Gray.
    You can request your DJ or musicians play the same song.

    18 piece Hank Lane orchestra played at the reception.
    Use a DJ or find a local orchestra or band to play are your reception.

    Favors were flip flops customized with Ivanka and Jared’s names.
    You can find stores online that sell personalized flip flops. Instead of using them as favors, which can be expensive, you might want to have them made as one of the gifts for your attendants.

    Ivanka’s wedding planner was Preston Bailey.
    Preston Bailey, who also planned Donald Trump’s wedding to Melania, has written books featuring his event designs including one on fantasy weddings. Using a wedding planner is a necessity when you are trying to plan an elaborate wedding.

    Photos from the wedding can be found in the November 9, 2009 issue of Us Weekly Magazine and at popsugar.com.

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    Well-Planned Wedding and Marriage

    Much was written last week about the prenuptial agreement between reality star Khloe Kardashian and Lakers’ star Lamar Odom and you can bet that Ivanka Trump had an agreement when she married Jared Kushner.  But you don’t have to have millions of dollars and a lavish lifestyle to need a prenuptial agreement.

    Here are 5 reasons why you might want to have one:

    • You have children from previous relationships
    • You have assets; money, real estate, family heirlooms, etc., which you want to keep for yourself
    • You own your own business or are a partner in a business
    • You earn much more or much less than your fiance
    • You plan to quit working outside the home when you have children

    Your prenuptial agreement can outline what should be done not only in case of a divorce but also in case of death.  Some famous prenuptial agreements have also include such specifics as to how much weight each party can gain and how many children are planned.

    Talk to your attorney about your situation, she or he can advise you about a prenup and what it can include in your state.  Each person must voluntarily sign in order for it to be legal.

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    Bride Photographed Smoking at Her Wedding

    Are you a smoker?  You might want to give this habit up on your wedding day.  Even if everyone knows, think about how you will look in your wedding photographs and videos smoking  while wearing your beautiful wedding gown.  Also, there is the possibility of  ruining your dress by dropping ashes and having it smell like smoke at the end of the day.

    Granted, if you smoke, it is difficult to suddenly stop for a day.  So, while you’re planning your wedding, talk to a health care professional to see if there is anything she or he can do to help you get through the day with minimal number of cigarettes or without smoking at all.   Ask the members of your wedding party to refrain also, so everyone looks their best on the wedding day.

    You might also want to talk to your photographer and videographer and tell them to stay away from any designated smoking areas and not capture any shots of  the wedding party smoking, even in candid shots.

    By the way, sorry I haven’t blogged in a few weeks, I got hacked and had to have some work done to put this blog back together.  Many thanks to Cathy Perkins, The WordPress Wizard, for her time, patience, and expertise.

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