Traditional VS Modern

Traditional VS Modern anniversary gifts.

Most people are familiar with the traditional materials list that good etiquette requires us use as a guide when selecting a gift to commemorate a wedding anniversary. This can be a bit challenging to convert the materials on the list into an acceptable gift idea. There may be more choices available to you than you think. Do you know that an updated “modern” gift list is available which is becoming more and more popular? So do you go Traditional or Modern?

Parts of the traditional list have existed since medieval times. Historians can trace the origins of silver and golden anniversaries to medieval Germany, where garlands made of these metals were presented as gifts for the 25th and 50th years of marriage. The modern anniversary materials list presents us with a contemporary, easier to use alternative. The modern list has no clear beginning, but like the original, each year’s gift is more precious than the last.

Take a look at the difference below.  Traditional will be on the left and Modern will be on the right:

1st year is Paper (Source) or Clocks (source)

Second year is Cotton (source) or China (source)

 

Third year is Leather (source) or Crystal (source)

Fourth year is Linen (source) or Appliances (source)

Fifth year is wood (source) or Silverware (source)

Sixth year is Iron (source) or Wood Objects

Seventh year is Cooper (source) or Desk Sets

Eighth year is Bronze (source) or Lace (source)

Ninth year is Pottery (source) or Leather Goods (source)

THE BIG 10 YEAR!

Tin (source) or  Diamonds (source)

Now we are going to look at the milestone anniversaries:

Fifteenth Year is Crystal (source) or Watches (source)

The Twentieth is China (source) or Platinum (source)

Twenty Five YEARS! That’s silver all around!

Thirtieth is Pearls (source) vs Diamonds (source) This could go either way here.

Fortieth is the big beautiful RUBY. And that’s both traditional and modern.

And unless you live in a cave, you know that GOLD is the big 5-0 Anniversary!

I think it’s fun to find creative gifts based on both the traditional and modern list so neither won nor lost.  Have fun!

xoxo

Autumn

 

 

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The Traveling Bride and her Wedding Planner

The Traveling Bride and her Wedding Planner

As another growing trend in the wedding world, more and more couples each year are opting for a destination wedding outside of the US. However, the logistics of planning a wedding when you live in another country can be overwhelming and frustrating. Therefore, hiring a destination wedding planner who works within the wedding planning network is a really good idea.

A wedding planner can bare the staggering task of researching and securing local vendors and happily take the stress off  your hands. We deal with logistics like venues, tent rentals,  lighting and putting out any last-minute fires that may start in the weeks leading up to the wedding. Wedding planners can also act as a  behind-the-scenes master, creating gift bags for guests, greeting folks at the airport, keeping people busy with fun activities once there, taking care of the “special requests” and getting everyone where they need to be on-time.  Building a relationship with a planner from back home can help you save money in the long run and create your dream day overseas!  All you have to do is grab your Groom, dress and passport!

Paris je t’aime! La ville de l’amour! It’s only fitting that we start with the most romantic city in the world.  Here are my favorite Paris wedding inspirations which I j’dore!

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There is a saying in Italy ” Amor non conosce travaglio!” Love never tires, and any location in Italy is stunning and rich with history. Following are my favorite Italian Wedding inspirations.

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Or perhaps, channel your inner royalty in British Monarchy and wed in London.

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“If European cities were a necklace, Prague would be a diamond among the pearls” –Anynymous

Krasny!

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Or visit the simply breathtaking poetic Emerald Isle aka, Ireland.

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Oh lovely Santorini, classically Thera, and officially Thira; an island in the southern Aegean Sea.

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Elephants are one of the most amazing and beautiful creatures in the world, and in Thailand,  you can have one in your wedding party, and that is very special.

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Bali.  Need I say more?

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All and all, have that wedding in that exotic location you’ve always dreamed of. We are here to help!

Bon Voyage!

xoxo

Autumn

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Ingenious Invites

Spread the love with these “out of the box” wedding invite ideas for the couple that live life off the beaten path and travel the road less traveled. These invites are bursting with excitement as I love more fun, more personality, and less stodgyness. Following are my favorite  fun, modern. heart warming, funny, and anti-traditional wedding invitations:

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Simple and so cute!

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This is one of my favorites.  I love this hole punch idea and the fact that your invitees can create their own design on your invites.

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Concert and Theater tickets are such a great idea for that couple who really embrace the arts.

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Great ideas for a destination wedding!

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I absolutely adore this cootie catcher invite! It’s so creative and fun!

All in all, breaking out of the traditional wedding invite is a fun way to show your personality as a couple.  Enjoy and get creative!

xoxo,

Autumn

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Friday Florals: Succulents

I discovered a new found love about six months ago, when I was walking through a home improvement store. I have never had a green thumb but there were plants sitting on the self that I had never really paid attention to.

Well, today’s Friday Floral is all about that new found love, succulents!

Succulents are also known as fat plants that are thick and fleshy, I like to think of the texture like a super firm grape.

One of the awesome benefits to succulents is that they are HARD to kill! Perfect for bouquest, especially since they will be out of water all day!

These plants retain water in arid climates or great soil conditions. Succulents belong to one of many diverse familes among the species of catus, aloe, houseleek, agave, and yucca.

Fat plants come in lots of pretty colors, perfect for your wedding day! If you are looking for some dark purple, magenta, lime green, forest green, or a light seafoam green and would like some unique plants around your big day, then add some succulents!

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This front succulent is GIGANTIC! Normally, succulents do not get this big but this bad boy must of had lots of love!

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This bouquet really shows off the dramatic purples that succulents embody.

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I love this bouquet and these boutonnieres!

The colors of the plant flow perfectly with the rest of the arrangements!

Stunning!

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Super cute idea for a take home gift for your guests.

The tag says, “Love Grows”!

A very fun and thoughtful gift for your guests to enjoy! It’s always a good idea to thank your guest!

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I love this picture! It proves that succulents can truly go with anything! Cakes, boutonnieres, centerpieces, you name it!

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One of my favorite facts about succulents are their ability to regrow from smaller clippings in a cup with some good ol’ dirt and water. If you want some succulents in your home, no need for worry about disease or pest- they are 100% resistant!

Add some succulents for a innovative look at your event!

Happy Weekend!

Cheers,

Ash

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Shades and Metal Elements: Black & Gold Color Pallet

Gold has been a star feature in a lot of our weddings this year and what better color to pair it other than the sexy and always classy, black. That’s right! Today’s blog is all about the gold and black color board.

These colors are commonly used for a New Year’s Wedding but I can’t help but to love them for anytime of the year. There is a special technique for using these bold colors at wedding, though. Make sure that you are not playing with the crazy-overdone line and staying on the chic side.

Dress up your matrimony with these stunning colors!

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This shows the versatility of black and gold in a wedding.

You can do the traditional black and gold with a chic and clean look…OR you can do the rustic version like this picture here, above.

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I lOVE this invitation! Very modern and dressed up!

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Keeping the flower arrangement simple with some white hydrangeas is a fantastic idea!

This draws attention to the table in a positive aspect without being too overdone.

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Clearly, black and gold are a favorite at Alexan Events! We would love to bring our skills to your big day and design your envision of polished black and gold wedding.

Happy Hump Day!

Love & Smiles,

Ash

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