1. Hold the corsage/boutonniere by its stem, with the flower facing away from your date and toward you.
2. Place the corsage or boutonniere at a slight angle on your date’s lapel, approximately 4 inches in from the tip of the left shoulder.
3. Make sure that the flower is evenly placed on the lapel before attempting to pin it.
4. Take a strong and sturdy stickpin in the hand that is not holding the flower.
5. Stick the pin into the fabric at the bottom left corner of the stem.
6. Weave the pin back out from under the fabric. Push it through about 1 inch, laying it at an angle over the top of the stem.
7. Stick the tip of the pin back into the fabric on the other side of the stem. Insure that the stem is tightly in place with the length of the pin pushing it down.
8. Weave the pin back out of the fabric once more. Be sure that the very tip of the pin does not stick out, nor does it poke under the fabric and touch the skin.
9. Readjust the flower’s angle a bit after pinning, if necessary. You can re-fluff any petals that may have become matted during the pinning.
10. When sticking the pin into the fabric, use only the very tip and avoid digging too deeply downward. Steadiness is helpful.
Jennifer & Jonathan are Married!!Read Now
Jennifer and Jonathan were married November 7th at Studio 450 in Manhattan. This space is just beautiful with such a nice view of the city.
It was an elegant, intimate wedding full of details that reflected the personalities of the bride and groom. Like this cool guestbook idea where guests took pictures and then glued them in the book with a message for the happy couple.
After the ceremony guests went upstairs for cocktail hour....
while downstairs was transformed for the reception. Everyone had a blast! Congratulations Jen & Jonathan!
Meghan & Benjamin are married!!Read Now
I had the pleasure of being there to be a part of Meghan & Ben's wedding on November 6th. They hired me a week before the wedding when the bride's mom found me online but I felt like I had known them for much longer. They are warm and amazing people and so easy to work with. I truly feel blessed for having met them. Congratulations Meghan & Ben! May your life together be filled with much happiness.
The ceremony was held at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens. It was a simple ceremony chock full of love and beautiful emotions. I know I cried!
The reception was held at the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture. Everyone had a great time.
Budget Wednesday!Read Now
Sorry I haven't blogged lately. I have been super busy getting ready for November's weddings.
Since today is Budget Wednesday I thought it would be a great time to talk about RecycledBride.com
They are the world's first eco-resale wedding marketplace. -You can buy wedding dresses, accessories, bridesmaids shoes, décor, anything you need for your big day. The beauty of it is it's all green! This way you not only save money but you help the environment as well and Recycled Bride donates 15% of all advertising revenue to Global Green USA. How cool is that?
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Saving money on your wedding flowers
1. Don't hold your wedding during the month of February when flower prices go up because of Valentine's Day. Instead think of having your wedding during Easter or Christmas. The church will be already decorated for the holiday and you wont have to spend money on flowers for the church.
2. Consider having your wedding in a garden or park. The surroundings will already be beautiful eliminating the need for floral arrangements.
3. Ask your church or venue if they have another wedding booked for the same day as yours. You can talk to the other bride and see if you can coordinate your flowers and split the cost.
4. Consider ordering flowers from an online wholesaler and putting them together with your bridal party.
5. Use carnations for your centerpieces. When used in bulk they can be breathtaking and they are cheap.
Wish Upon a Wedding is the world's first nonprofit wish granting organization that provides weddings and vow renewals for couples facing terminal illness or other serious life-altering circumstances. Less than one year old, the organization has 16 active chapters, and will have granted 12 wishes by the end of 2010.
During the month of November, they are hosting severalfund raising galasand auctions throughout the country, and would like to invite you to participate.
Whether you are a bride or groom to be, a wedding industry professional, or you simply love the concept behind their mission... YOU can help make Wedding Wishes come true, while raising crucial funding needed to sustain this wonderful, new nonprofit organization.
Attend the Blissful Wishes Ball!
A Gala Celebration to Benefit Wish Upon a Wedding
Chicago November 1
LA November 4
San Francisco November 10
Houston November 11
Charlotte November 12
Orlando November 14
St Louis November 14
Baltimore November 17
Portland November 18
Atlanta November 21
The Blissful Wishes Ball is a festive way to support Wish Upon a Wedding. Enjoy a nice night out on the town with an elegant dinner, entertainment, music, dancing and incredible auction items.
Buy your tickets today!!
Jessica & Lenin are married!Read Now
Cavo Astoria Retaurant
October 3rd, 2010
Jessica had her heart set on an outdoor ceremony in the garden but the whole week before the wedding it rained and rained and things didn't look good. So after much praying guess what? The wedding day was sunny and beautiful and Jessica had the outdoor ceremony she so wanted.
The bride hired a Peruvian flautist to play during the ceremony which was amazing and so beautiful!
The reception was beautifully decorated in fall colors. It was full of little details that the bride and her family went to alot of trouble to create. Like this beautiful seating chart
and these lovely programs:
The cake was made by the brides mom Lucy. It was beautiful and delicious!
Especially touching was the bride's dance with her mom. You could just feel the love between them as they danced to "You Lift Me Up" by Josh Groban. I don't think there was a dry eye in the house. I know I cried!
Congratulations Jessica & Lenin! So happy your day turned out to be everything you wanted and that we were able to be a part of it!
Alot of brides have a hard time finding a way to honor loved ones that have passed because they don't want to dampen this joyous occasion with sad memories. But it doesn't have to be sad. Here are some simple, elegant and uplifting ways to honor those who are no longer with us.
Seat of Honor
An empty chair can be left in the front row and then the bride or groom can place a single white rose on it when they walk down the aisle. This is a very sweet and moving gesture.
Memory candles like this one from Rexcraft are a lovely way to honor the memory of your loved one. You can light it during the ceremony and then place it on a remembrance table at the reception..
Special Reading, Song or Poem
During the ceremony or reception, have someone read the loved one’s favorite scripture or poem or a personal letter written by them during their life. Or someone can sing their favorite song.
Wear or carry something that belonged to your loved one. It can be a rosary, jewelry, handkerchief or a picture in a locket.
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Fall is becoming a very popular season for weddings. With the drop in temperature and the beautiful Autumn colors I can see why. Check out these fall-inspired wedding favors that will accent your fall theme perfectly.
These can be packaged individually and tied with a ribbon in your wedding colors. You can add a cute little saying like "Love is Sweet" or just put your monograms on them.
Apple Cider Mix
You can buy these prepackaged like you see in the picture above or buy some glassine envelopes from somewhere like Michael's and put them together yourself.
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Every wednesday we will have some money saving ideas so you can have an awesome wedding without breaking the bank!
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Just wanted to share some of my favorite ceremony readings with all of you.
"You were born together"
"by Kahlil Gibran
"You were born together, and together you shall be forevermore. You shall be together when the white wings of death scatter your days. Aye, you shall be together even in the silent memory of God. But let there be spades in your togetherness. And let the winds of the heavens dance between you. Love one another but make not a bond of love. Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls. Fill each other’s cup but drink not from one cup. Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf. Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each of you be alone, even as the strings of the lute are alone though they quiver with the same music. Give your hearts, but not into each other’s keeping. For only the land of Life can contain your hearts. And stand together, yet not too near together, for the pillars of the temple stand apart, and the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s shadow."
A Lovely Love Story
by Edward Monkton
The fierce Dinosaur was trapped inside his cage of ice. Although it was cold he was happy in there. It was, after all, HIS cage.
Then along came the Lovely Other Dinosaur.
The Lovely Other Dinosaur melted the Dinosaur's cage with kind words and loving thoughts.
I like this Dionsaur, thought the Lovely Other Dinosaur. Although he is fierce he is also tender and he is funny. He is also quite clever though I will not tell him this for now.
I like this Lovely Other Dinosaur, thought the Dinosaur. She is beautiful and she is different and she smells so nice. She is also a free spirit which is a quality I much admire in a dinosaur.
But he can be so distant and so peculiar at times, thought the Lovely Other Dinosaur.
He is also overly fond of Things. Are all Dinosaurs so overly fond of Things?
But her mind skips from here to there so quickly, thought the Dinosaur. She is also uncommonly keen on Shopping. Are all Lovely Other Dinosaurs so uncommonly keen on shopping?
I will forgive his peculiarity and his concern for Things, thought the Lovely Other Dinosaur. For they are part of what makes him a richly charactered individual.
I will forgive her skipping mind and her fondness for shopping, thought the Dinosaur. For she fills our life with beautiful thought and wonderful surprises. Besides, I am not unkeen on shopping either.
Now the Dinosaur and the Lovely Other Dinosaur are old. Look at them.
Together they stand on the hill telling each other stories and feeling the warmth of the sun on their backs.
And that, my frends, is how it is with love. Let us all be Dinosaurs and Lovely Other Dinosaurs together.
For the sun is warm. And the world is a beautiful place.
A reading from Pooh Bear ~
By AA Milne
"Wherever I am, there's always Pooh; there's always Pooh and me. Whatever I do, he wants to do, "where are you going today?" says Pooh... "Well, that's very odd 'cos I was too.
"Let's go together," says Pooh, says he. "Let's go together", says Pooh. "What's twice eleven?" I said to Pooh, "Twice what?" said Pooh to Me. "I think it ought to be twenty two", "Just what I think myself," said Pooh. "It wasn't an easy sum to do, But that's what it is," said Pooh, said he. "That's what it is," said Pooh.
"Let's look for the dragons," I said to Pooh. "Yes, let's," said Pooh to Me. We crossed the river and found a few... "Yes those are dragons all right," said Pooh. "As soon as I saw their beaks I knew. That's what they are," said Pooh, said he. "That's what they are," said Pooh.
"Let's frighten the dragons," I said to Pooh. "That's right," said Pooh to Me. "I'm not afraid," I said to Pooh, And held his paw and shouted "Shoo! Silly old dragons!" and off they flew. "I wasn't afraid," said Pooh, said he, "I'm never afraid with you."
So wherever I am, there's always Pooh; there's always Pooh and me. "What would I do?" I said to Pooh, "If it wasn't for you," and Pooh said... "True, It isn't much fun for One, but Two can stick together," says Pooh, says he. "That's how it is," says Pooh.
We had the best time working with this beautiful couple and their loving families. Their wedding was held on a beautiful late summer day at The Royal Manor in Garfield, NJ. It was a ceremony and reception full of tradition, symbolism, customs and great humor! Here are some pics from their awesome day! Will post more once the professional pics are in. Congratulations to the beautiful couple!