spice up your reception décor …

On a tight budget?

Forgo the expensive floral arrangements and go for bold color! It’s the least expensive option and will leave the biggest impact on your guests. Ditch the white table cloths and spend your money on some cool linens. Anything with texture or satin will give the most impact; however, colored poly linens are just as good.Don’t be afraid to really mix it up – magenta, hot orange and pale pink. Having a fall wedding? You’re in luck – chocolate is the next black! Anything can go with chocolate – chartreuse, pink, orange.

If you envision an elegant white wedding – remember to include different colors of white – which will include bright white, off-white, champagne white, ivory, etc. Whatever look you want to achieve – you want to be sure you have depth of color.

Have fun and most important…break the rules!

featured photo credit: equinox photography

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top 10 ways to stop stressing out about your wedding

(why do people always have ten reasons?)

  1. Make lists. Keep a notepad by your bed so when you wake up at 2am, write down what you are thinking about and then you can roll over and get some beauty rest.
  2. Delegate. No seriously. Delegate.
  3. Don’t freak out if your fiancé is not excited about the flowers. There is a strong possibility that he may never will be.
  4. Create deadlines for yourself, stick to them and then give yourself a treat!
  5. Tackle your DIY projects as early as possible. Are you making your 400 favors? Then make 50 a week and in 8 weeks you are done! Are you way behind? Then have a party and get some help!
  6. Work out or take walks. It will help you relieve your stress.
  7. Pick your battles. It usually is not worth all the fuss.
  8. Regular massages or pedi’s are always a plus as the day gets closer.
  9. Hire a planner/coordinator. (don’t hate me, how could I resist?)
  10. It’s not that serious, lighten up and laugh. Even if it is at your expense. You’ll enjoy the whole process so much more.

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What’s In…What’s Out?

I love it when the magazines will update us on what is hot and what is not from the coasts. This just in from Brides magazine March/April 2006 edition.

In:
Natural, loose bouquets
Small clutches of mixed flowers for bridesmaids
Cake jewelry toppers
Cakes displayed under mini tents or gazebos
Signature Cocktails
Monograms on everything
Invitations in a modern font on colored paper
Simple wedding programs enclosed in a monogrammed cover
Formal seated dinners
Stretch limousines for the getaway
Swing music and jazz standards
Salsa band during the cocktail hour
Hiring a lighting expert (my personal favorite – and I’ve got one!)
The Beatles’ “In My Life” as the processional
After-party in a lounge setting

Out:
Tight, round bouquets
A single flower for the bridesmaids’ bouquets
Sugar-paste flower toppers
Simple cake tables next to dance floor
Martini bars
Flowers on everything
invitations in a formal script on white paper
Booklike wedding programs that include bios, readings, song lyrics, thank you’s, etc
Food stations with open seating
Vintage cars or boats for the getaway
Motown, funk and disco
String quartet during the cocktail hour
Relying on existing lighting
Pachelbel’s Canon in D Major as the processional
Going straight home

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