Friday Floral – Ivy

When you look around your house or your mothers house you never imagine using those simple flowers in your wedding day but they make for an incredible addition to your flower decor. Ivy is one that you may not think is a must have but it adds excellent detail to all aspects of your big day including altar structure, bouquets, and hair pieces. Below I have added a combination of multiple wedding photos to show you just how much of an impact Ivy can have on your big day.

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This hair piece is perfection. Not an overwhelming amount of flowers!

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Take your cake or chandelier to the next level with hanging Ivy or draping it around the edges.

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For your ceremony not only can you use them for your altar structure but also draped along the chairs and signage.

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When you don’t want to use the traditional Mr. & Mrs. Signage try using small gatherings of ivy with flowers to mark your seat!

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When you have a low impact vase like a singular vase try using ivy to stretch that arrangement out on the table more.

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These urns are fantastic! When you don’t want the base of your urn to be bare use greenery to create a natural flow.

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Whether using the Ivy to fall beyond your bouquet or for height and character it can add great detail to your photos.

When Ivy grows naturally from the ground it typically doesn’t exceed 5-20cm. It has a delicate aspect to it that you cannot receive with other large leaf greenery pieces. Be sure to chat with your florist about the impact simple Ivy can have on your flower plan!

Laker

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Bridal Shower Themes For The Soon To Be Bride

The bridal shower, the bachelorette party, the rehearsal dinner, and the post-wedding bunch, are all sorts of the peripheral celebration surrounding the actual wedding. Each event has its own distinct flavor, custom, and purpose. The bridal shower is the party held two to three months before the wedding, during which you’ll be showered with gifts to help you set up your new home. Shower themes sprout faster than weeds, but these ten are perennial winners. Play them straight, put your own twist on them, or use the list to get your own ideas flowing.

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Alphabet Shower

Every guest is assigned a letter of the alphabet and asked to bring a gift that starts with that letter.

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Around-the-Clock Shower

Guests are assigned a time of day and asked to bring a corresponding gift. Eight in the morning might elicit eggcups of juice glasses or midnight means a nightie.

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Around-the-House Shower

Each guest is assigned a room and brings a gift for it. The living room might prompt a throw for the couch, while the bathroom might get you his-and-hers bathrobes.

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Holiday Shower

Not a good shower for basics, but a festive option if you’re having multiple showers. Everyone is given a holiday and chooses a gift in keeping with the day.

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Kitchen Shower

Guests are asked to bring a gift to help outfit the kitchen. That could mean simple gifts like a set of dishtowels or a lemon zester, or a more elaborate pick like a mixer.

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Lingerie Shower

Another perennial favorite, the lingerie shower is ideal as a second shower. Let the host know key sizes in case guests ask for guidance.

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 Recipe Shower

Guests are asked to bring a favorite recipe and the key kitchen tools needed to make it.

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Home Improvement Shower

Also popular for couples’ shower, this theme allows the couple to get all the screwdrivers, drills, flashlights, ladders, and other gear they’ll need around the house.

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Gadget Shower

Guests are asked to bring a gadget that changed their lives for the better.

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Stock-the-Bar Shower

A popular option at couples’ showers. Guests help fully outfit a bar.

Themes aren’t necessary, they just set the bar for the rest of the wedding festivities. Have fun with it, as it’s an event that requires less work on your part. Along with shower themes, it’s always good to provide a few games. Games can be a great icebreaker for the friends who have never met.

Best of luck planning!

Stacey B.

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Your Guide To Picking The Perfect Wedding Cake

When it comes to wedding cake decorations, frosting and the type of cake are just the beginning. Additional decorations can range from fresh flowers to hand-made sugar flowers, to fruit, and jewelry. If you’re feeling a budget pinch, stick to fresh flowers or fruit, which cost considerable less than custom sugar flowers.  Here are some of my favorite ways to tie the cake to the couple.

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Use a family heirloom as a cake topper. It could be a cake topper from your parents’ cake, but it could also be a vintage piece from your grandmothers’ china collection. Not only will this save you money, but it will also make your cake have some meaningful character.

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Have the bake use a family recipe. Let your guests know on the menu, or in your toast, make everyone aware of the connection.

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Choose your favorite cake flavor. If you’re stumped on making a decision, think back to what you loved as a child. If you and your loved one can’t agree on one flavor, ask the baker to do alternating tiers.

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Decorate the cake with your favorite flowers, whether they’re real or made of sugar paste. The flowers on the cake can also reference your bridal bouquet.

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Incorporate your favorite colors, either in the frosting or in the decorations. You can even incorporate “something blue” into the cake, or it could reflect the colors of the wedding.

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Tie the cake to the theme, season, or location of the wedding. For a beach wedding, consider sugar-dough seashells and starfish, edging the layers.

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Choose a cake that reflects your cultural or ethic heritage. Almonds are part of the wedding tradition in many Mediterranean countries; so if you’re Italian or Greek, think about marzipan frosting or decorations.

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Incorporating your initials or monogram into the cake design is always a great idea. You can incorporate your initials or monogram to the top of the cake, or an elaborate monogram can grace the bottom tier.

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Use your wedding gown as an inspiration, borrowing the buttons, lace pattern, embroidery, sash, or corset lacing as a design element to your cake.

The cake design should be collaboration between you and your cake maker. Consider the setting, the flavors you like, the meal you’re serving, and the cost.  Also talk to your cake maker about your wedding elements. A wedding cake usually sits on display for hours before serving, so buttercream frosting, whipped cream, custard, or mousse are delicate frostings that is hard to withstand heat for any length of time, making it not the best for an outdoor summer wedding.

Best of luck planning,

Stacey B.

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Grand Exit Options For The Newly Weds

The Getaway vehicle is a wedding tradition that has been around for several years, and in my opinion it is a tradition that is worth preserving.  There are several options to choose from when it comes to deciding which getaway option is best for your wedding.  If you’re looking for an over the top getaway method, take a look through some of these options that will leave your guests speechless.

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Vintage cars can really make an everlasting impression. There are so many options that could really tie into pretty much any style wedding.

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Take off on some awesome vintage bikes.

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I’m in love with these vintages mopeds. Great idea for a city wedding!

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For those mountain lovers, skiing or snowboarding the slopes, as your getaway transportation might be right up your alley.

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For an over the top winter wedding, exiting in a sleigh or snowmobile would be a great finishing touch.

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If you live in a major city like New Orleans, San Francisco, or New York, exiting in a Street Car or Subway would be an amazing grand exit.

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Exiting in a canoe would be the perfect idea for a Colorado wedding on the lake.

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Riding off on a horse-drawn carriage is so romantic!

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Drop the Carriage and ride off with your loved one on horseback.

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Perfect for transportation for the brides and grooms that are getting hitched at a resort or golf club.

Your getaway options are endless. Find what works you! The season and location of your wedding can play a major role in what will fit best. If you’re getting married in a destination location, surfing off into the sunset, or riding a camel might be the best option. If you’re planning a Colorado wedding then a horse-drawn carriage, horseback, or a canoe, would be a romantic fit. Make sure to make an everlasting impression that your guests will never forget!

Best of luck planning,

Stacey B.

 

 

 

 

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Rustic to Modern Wood Table Numbers

Mountain elegance is my favorite wedding theme decor and using wood table numbers helps make this possible. You can either make them yourself or search Etsy for unlimited possibilities. Here are a few that I have come to admire!

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While I enjoy the sleek modern look on the left the hammered look on the right I adore!

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I have created the one on the right and it is a very simple DIY. I can’t imagine the one on the left would be much harder!

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These are simple address numbers and stained wood.

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I love both of these rustic vibes.

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These are available all on Etsy and rightfully so because they are adorable!

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Use a simple sander to create this white wash look.

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Whether spelling it out or having a simple number the wood table number looks great on any linen color or wood table.

All of these can simply be made or you can purchase them online. Although you may have an elegant flower plan adding wood accents create a Colorado mountain vibe that allows your guests to feel right at home. I enjoy switching things up for our clients and creating new numbers so if I can do it, so can you!

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