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Theme Weddings – Part Seven February 4, 2011


Tried & True – Fleur de Lis Theme



The Fleur de Lis has a lot of history, which we won’t bore you with here.  It can be a great theme for your wedding if you have a French heritage, love New Orleans sports or just think it’s pretty.  If one of these reasons fits you, we have some great suggestions for your wedding.


There are tons of options for wedding invitations with the Fleur de Lis design, and many have matching programs, menu cards and thank you notes.  Here are two examples for you; one classic and one modern.



There are subtle ways for your wedding party to show off the design, too.  Your groomsmen can wear ties with a Fleur de Lis pattern, or you can tie charms to the bridesmaid bouquets.  There’s even Fleur de Lis jewelry.  Can you picture your bridal party wearing these matching rings?



If you want to carry the theme into the reception venue, look for a fun alternative to the everyday card box.  You could probably find a Fleur de Lis print hat box at Hobby Lobby, Garden Ridge, Old Time Pottery or a similar store.  Cut a hole in the top and you have a custom card box!  You can also order custom color decals to put on votive holders for an inexpensive addition to your centerpieces.



We also came across two useful favors – a bottle opener and mints!



And now…cake!  If you do an internet search for Fleur de Lis wedding cakes, you could spend days looking at images.  Several were pretty but similar, so here are a couple of different options.


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Quirky – 80’s Theme


 Okay, so we don’t know too many brides who want to have an 80’s Flashback wedding, but it has been done.  If you love the idea but want a traditional wedding, think about using some of these ideas for a couples shower instead.


Invites – the wilder, the better!  Below are a couple of colorful options, and why not seal the envelopes with scratch n’ sniff stickers?


Now that you’ve tipped your guests off to the theme, be sure to incorporate the theme into your decorations.  Make 80’s trivia cards with the questions on one side and answers on the back, and leave stacks on every guest table, or one at each place setting.  Several old school board games and toys now come as miniatures on keychains.  Why not use these as guest favors?


 You can also use an 80’s beverage for your toast.  How funny would it be for the head table to all raise bottles of Tab soda for the toast?  The most obvious way to tie in the 80’s is to choose songs from the decade for all of your special dances.  Need a reminder of what the Billboard Number One Hits were?


Be sure to go all out for the cake…the more neon, the better!  We love this cake, but we’re not so sure about the Ken & Barbie toppers.  What would you use for the topper?



Who can resist an 80’s themed candy station.  For some inspiration, head to Candy Warehouse.  Still want more ideas and decorations?  We found a great list of 80’s party supplies at Party Supplies Hut


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Money Saving Tips November 15, 2010


You always hear that weddings are expensive, but it sure hits home when you start planning your own!  Here are some ways to save a few bucks along the way without sacrificing your dream wedding.


Schedule your wedding during an off-peak time.  Weddings planned for November through March can often receive discounts because wedding vendors are not as in-demand during those months.  During the peak months, Friday and Sunday weddings are becoming more popular for the same reason.


Have the wedding and reception at the same location.  You won’t have to buy or rent twice the amount of decorations, and fancy transportation is no longer expected.


Open a credit card that does cash back on purchases, and charge all wedding expenses to the card.  Just be sure to pay it off every month!  By the time your wedding rolls, around, you will be able to use your cash back to credit your account.  Who knew you could make money planning your wedding?!


Trim your guest list.  There is no need to invite everyone you’ve ever met to your wedding.  You don’t need to invite your great aunt’s hairdresser’s cousin, either.  When you make your guest list, first write down everyone you would like to invite.  If the list is too large, start looking for ways to cut back.


 Make your own invitations.  Having them made used to be the thing to do, but more and more couples are sending out DIY invites.  There are kits available if you want to make traditional invitations, and tons of cute blank wedding invitations you can order and print the info on at home.


Plan early.  Make a list of everything you’re going to need to purchase, then keep an eye out for sales.  Need white lights?  Buy them right after Christmas when everything goes on clearance.  Ordering favors?  Find ones you like on The Knot and wait for them to go on sale.


Don’t hire live musicians to play your ceremony music.  Make sure your ceremony site has a decent speaker system, and put all of your ceremony songs on CD.  If the ceremony and reception are at the same location, ask the DJ to play the music through their system.


Having a buffet?  Instead of two meat entrees, have one meat and one vegetarian.  You should be able to get better pricing from your caterer.


If you have 300 guests at your wedding reception, ask your baker to design a wedding cake that only feeds 150.  You will still have a beautiful cake for photos, and you can have sheet cakes, or “kitchen cakes” in the back to feed everyone else.  Once the official cake is cut, the caterer can bring out the sheet cakes, which have already been cut and plated out of sight.


Limit your bar options.  Pay for your guests to have beer and wine, but have mixed drinks available on a cash only basis.  This way you are still providing your guests a great party atmosphere, but not breaking the bank on liquor.


Where to Splurge


There are two areas you should plan on spending money for your wedding – professional photography and a professional DJ.  If you enlist friends to provide either one of these services, be prepared.  We have lived through horrror story after horror story of equipment not working, photos being erased, first dance song files being corrupted…


You’re spending a lot of money on your wedding, and these two vendors can make or break your memories of the day.  Trust us and hire a professional.


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Music Monday August 16, 2010

First Dance Songs – Round Two

Our intention today was to share a few new ideas with you for wedding party dance songs.  But, we’re not happy with that list yet, so here are a few more options for first dance songs!  Some are new, some are old, but most are not ones we hear every Saturday night.


 “The One I Love” by David Gray

“I’d Rather Be With You” by Joshua Radin

“Somebody Loved” by The Weepies

“Collide” by Howie Day

“Hold You In My Arms” by Ray Lamontagne

“I’m Glad There Is You” by Jamie Cullum


What have you chosen for your first dance song?  Let us know and you may get a mention on a future blog post!


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Music Monday July 12, 2010

Reception Party Music

It’s another Music Monday!  Today we’re going to talk about the playlist you should have ready to go as soon as you are finished with all of the formalities.  Before we get too far, know that it is okay to have a No Play List!  Do you cringe when you hear “Celebrate” or “Electric Slide”?  Make sure your DJ knows that your least favorite songs, whatever they may be, are forbidden.  No exceptions.

When planning the reception with your DJ, you always have the option to let them take the reigns.  Most are pretty good at reading a crowd, and playing the songs that keep the guests on the dance floor.  However, it is helpful for the DJ to know what you and your friends like ahead of time.  Why not poll the wedding party?  Get five or ten requests from each of them, and share them with your DJ.

Another great way to keep your friends dancing is to go old school.  Give the DJ a list of songs from the year you graduated high school and ask him to mix those in with the current music.  Here are a couple of site to get you started:



 There is one great way to please a diverse crowd.  Typically at a wedding reception, the older guests are the first to leave, and your closest friends are there to close the place down with you.  Why not let the music follow that pattern?  Start the party with a few oldies, then move to some dance music from the 70’s, going through each decade until you get to the current party music at the end of the night.

Leave us a comment if you have other ideas to share with our brides.  Don’t forget to subscribe at the bottom of the page to keep up with all the latest posts!

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Theme Weddings – Part One June 24, 2010

In these posts we’re going to try to focus on one theme that’s been around for awhile, and one that’s a little more quirky, or “now”.  Are there themes you would like to see discussed?  Send us your ideas!

Tried & True – Asian Theme

For this theme there is no end to how you can tie it into your wedding and reception.  This theme can flow through the clothing, food, decor…you name it.  What about a sake toast instead of a champagne toast?  In no particular order, here’s what we love now. 

We have seen custom fortune cookies before, but this site has them in every color and flavor!  We really love the sound of the cherry flavored chocolate covered ones.  They even have pink, yellow and purple ones!

If you are worried that serving a full Asian menu to your crowd won’t go over well, just serve Asian hors d’oeuvres and a more traditional meal.  Check with your caterer to see what Asian inspired hors d’oeuvres they do well.  These edamame dumplings look fantastic!

http://www.flickr.com (jamieanderson)

http://www.flickr.com (abbietabbie)

These cakes are Asian inspired without being overdone.  The cherry blossoms are an accent that is easy to carry throughout with your invitations and decorations, but we love the unique fondant bamboo layered between the tiers of the second cake.

 Here are a couple of websites that have sections devoted to Asian wedding decorations and favors:



Quirky – Beatles Theme

 This is a really fun theme, but both of you need to be die hard fans!  You can pick an album, an era, or just some of your favorite Beatles elements.  Here is what some other creative couples have done.

 This couple started with the invitation and carried the theme throughout the day with style.  We love these boxed invites!

http://www.flickr.com (Mark Klukowski)

 A happy couple with their maid of honor and best man, recreating the famous Abbey Road photo.  An absolute must for a Beatles inspired wedding!

 You can also tie the theme into the menu.  Start the meal with a “Strawberry Fields Salad”.  The above salad was created by our chefs at Oasis Conference Center!  What about “Savoy Truffles” as an after dinner treat, or in a small box as the wedding favor?

This Beatles themed wedding cake may be a little over the top, but it certainly conveys the theme!  If you want a more traditional wedding cake, you could always have a Beatles groom’s cake shaped and decorated like one of their records.

There are several other ways to tie in this theme, with music being the simplest and most obvious.  You can make all of your special dances Beatles songs, or have a Beatles tribute band instead of a DJ.  You can also use lava lamps to decorate the bar area, or even as centerpieces if you can find battery operated ones.  Let us know what other ideas you have! 

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Music Monday June 21, 2010

Father/Daughter & Mother/Son Dances

There are so many songs out there that at first listen sound like they would be perfect for the father/daughter or mother/son dance at your wedding.  But when you look at the lyrics (which you should always do before settling on a song), too many times they end up being a little creepy!  It seems like 99% of the love songs that are out there are specifically written for a partner, and not just about love in general.  We have been scouring the music sites for you to come up with a few (non-creepy) options – some old, some new.


  • Isn’t She Lovely – Stevie Wonder
  • My Girl – The Temptations
  • Father and Daughter – Paul Simon
  • Gracie – Ben Folds
  • I Wish You Love – Dean Martin
  • You Can Have It All – Yo La Tengo
  • Kind and Generous – Natalie Merchant
  • Little Miss Magic – Jimmy Buffet
  • Constellations – Jack Johnson


  • Stand by Me – Ben E. King
  • What a Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
  • Beautiful Boy – John Lennon
  • Sweet Child of Mine – Taken By Trees
  • Younger Than Today – Ben Harper
  • In My Life – The Beatles

Several of these would work for either category, or if you want to do these special dances at the same time.  We would love to hear what you chose for your wedding, especially if it’s something a little off the beaten path.

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Music Monday June 7, 2010

First Dance

These days it seems like most couples don’t have a song they consider to be “their song”.  This can making choosing the song for your first dance difficult, especially if your music tastes range from one end of the spectrum to the other.

 Sure, you could go with one of the classics.  This is a great choice if you have been taking dance lessons, and you want your guests to focus on your moves instead of the song.  But why not try something new?  The songs in this list all have great lyrics and a mellow sound.  Some you probably know, others you may not, but one of them may be the perfect song to be “your song”.

 “You Give Me Something” by James Morrison

“Better Together” by Jack Johnson

“Dance All Night” by Ryan Adams

“You & Me” by Dave Matthews Band

“I’m Yours” by The Script

“Let My Love Open the Door” by Sondre Lerche

“Until I Die” by Ben Kweller

“Heart of Mine” by Peter Salett

“Lucky” by Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillet

“Signal Fire” by Snow Patrol

What song will you and yours be dancing to?


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