How to Choose the PERFECT Centerpiece!

Whether you are having a wedding, bridal shower, birthday celebration or corporate function centerpiece is a very important aspect. Centerpieces help tie together the entire décor of the.

Here are some tips on choosing centerpieces:

1. Numbers! If you are using more than one item in the centerpiece go with odd numbers it is eye catching.

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2. Layer! Positioning is everything.

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3. Height! Creates great visual!

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4. Space! Do not over crowd your table with favors, place cards, formal place settings. Make sure you have room for the centerpiece.

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5. Venue! Make sure you are aware of ALL the restrictions of your venue.

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6. Setting! Take into consideration your environment. Surrounding and temperature is key.

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Centerpieces add a special touch to an event. Be sure to think your ideas through in order to have an event that is a vision of excellence.

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The Proposal: Valentine’s Day Edition

The Proposal: Valentine’s Day Edition

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Regardless what day of the week Valentine’s Day falls on: Couples all around the world chose this

romantic day to declare their L O V E to each other and the world.

Here are four proposal ideas for anyone looking to make it official on February 14th, 2013

Proposal # 1- Scrapbook It!

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Create a scrapbook of memories – Gather ticket stubs, photos, restaurant takeout menus, and event programs – anything that represents your journey of love. On the last page of the scrapbook, have the words “Will You Marry Me” at the top and then present the ring.  Be sure to take a picture after the proposal to complete the last page of the scrapbook.

Proposal # 2- Dining In

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Create an intimate and personal setting in your home. Sprinkle roses from the doorway leading into the dining room where there is a romantic table set for two. Have her take a seat. Enter the room with a serving tray with a bottle of champagne or wine with two glasses and the ring box.

Proposal # 3- Menu of Love

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Make reservations at a romantic restaurant. Plan ahead and ask the manager for his cooperation. Print up a “special” menu that lists 10 reasons why you love her. After the final number, instruct her to turn over the menu where she will read the words, “Will you marry me”?

Proposal # 4 – Love is in a box of chocolate

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Purchase a Valentine’s Day Box of Chocolate. Replace one of the chocolates with the engagement ring. Leave the box of chocolate with a bouquet of flowers on the bed.

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Holiday Decorations: Not Your Typical Green, Red & White

It’s beginning to feel a lot like winter! You know what that means…..HOLIDAY SEASON IS NEAR!!! Each year I get more and more excited about the holiday season because of all the modern and chic decorations. The typical green, white and red decorations are out the door and now the Holidays have a bit of a POP. So we decided to share a few of our favorite nontraditional holiday color combinations.

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Pink, Blue & White Holiday Combination

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Champagne & White Holiday Combination

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White & Various Shades of Blue Holiday Combination

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Teal & White Holiday Combination

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Purple, Blue & Berry Red Holiday Combination

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Yellow, Pink, Orange, Blue Holiday Combination

Orange: The Fall “IN” Color

Choosing wedding colors can be a difficult decision unless you are getting married in the Fall. As the weather and leaves change, there is no better color than ORANGE to incorporate in your Fall Wedding. Here are a few color schemes we like: 

ORANGE & BROWN COLOR SCHEME

ORANGE & ELECTRIC BLUE

ORANGE & PURPLE COLOR SCHEME

WHICH COLOR SCHEME IS YOUR FAVORITE?

Photo Credits:

Orange & Brown Collage:

Invitation: http://lavitabellaeventsandweddings.wordpress.com/tag/brown-wedding/

Reception: http://www.projectwedding.com/photo/browse?photo_to_show=1726841&tag=bronze

Candy Buffet:  http://www.mclellanblog.com/weddings/urban-wedding-flair-part-deux/

Orange & Electric Blue:
Orange and Purple:

Oh Baby!

Nothing is more exciting than finding out you have been blessed with a new bundle of joy. So why not share this exciting news with your family and friends in a fun way. Forget about phone calls, text messages and emails check out some cute ways to announce your big news

 

There’s a bump ahead in the road: A Good One That Is

Daddy gives morning sickness a thumps up!

Prego Anyone!!!!!!!

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Steven B Photography’s Q & A Interview!

Steven B Photography

Serving the New York City, New Jersey, Pennsylvania

Brief description of business:

Steven B Photography offers a wide variety of Professional Photography, Video Services for Weddings, Special Events & Business services. Providing services to New York City, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Destination photography in the entire East Coast.

Tell us a little bit about yourself and when you first became interested in photography:

I was raised in the Bronx, NY. I’ve been taking pictures for about 11 years. Photography was always important to me, because it’s the only way to capture a special moment in time. People always complimented my pictures, but I didn’t notice that it was a gift until I took classes, and the instructor discussed one of the most important parts of taking a picture. And that was the “Rule of Thirds”. I was using this rule in my pictures before I took pictures professional.

What was your #1 favorite photography moments from this past year?  

I did a photo shoot with a few people. All of the people were used to posing except for one of the females. This seemed like it would be a challenge. But I brought the best out of her, because her poses was better than everyone else’s. It was her 1st time modeling.


Black & white Vs. Color photography – your thoughts:

I like both. To me every picture is different. When I’m doing a wedding or photo shoot, I know what color I’m going to use on the picture in before I start working on them because of the type of shot. Black looks good when you bring out the story in it. Color is good for showing the vividness of the photo. Not every picture looks good in black & white, same with color.

Whose wedding (dead or alive) would you have liked the opportunity to photograph and why? 

It would have to be my mother’s wedding. I was too young to shoot. My mom is from the West Indies, and the water is so clear you can see the fish swimming pass your feet. The colors are so vivid in the West Indies. I would have loved to bring all of it out in her wedding to make it extra special.

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Save the Date!

Do I really need to send out Save the Date Cards?

What is the purpose of sending out Save the Date Cards?

If you will have guest traveling long distance or are you having a destination wedding then YES you should send out save the date cards. Even if those do not apply save the date cards are simply a way to announce to family and friends your wedding date and to ask them to respectfully reserve the date for your union. Typically save the date cards are mailed out at least 4 to 6 months before the wedding and maximum 12 to 15 months. Giving all guest ample time to make arrangements.

Save the Date Cards are not meant to be formal.Most brides prefer the Save the Date Magnets because your guests can put it on their refrigerator and it serves as a constant reminder. And the best part  about picture personalized save the date magnets you do not have to throw them away.

Little Borrowed Dress

If you are a bride who is concerned about your bridesmaid’s pockets and closets space: Little Borrowed Dress is the wedding boutique for you!!!

Little Borrowed Dress is an e-rental business that was built to help brides plan a more practical wedding without compromising their style. We offer stunning bridesmaid dress rentals for a fraction of the price to help ease the financial burden of being part of a bridal party

How do I rent from Little Borrowed Dress?

Find your favorite bridesmaid dress looks while browsing our online look book.

RSVP online for a trunk show in your area.

Bring your girlfriends to try on your favorite dresses.

Place your rental order and we’ll send you a confirmation.

Wear the dress on the big day

Simply place the dress in the return shipping envelope provided and drop it at your Post Office or in the nearest blue USPS mailbox—simple!

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Fairy Lens: Q & A Interview!

Q & A Interview with Iryna

Lead Professional Wedding Photographer of FairyLens.com 

Located in the heart of New York

Tell us a bit about yourself and when you first became interested in photography… what/who inspires you?

Today I have 7 years of experience in professional photography. My father used to be a very good photographer when I was child. I guess I inherited it.

What was your #1 favorite photography moment from this past year?

I cannot choose #1 favorite moment from all photo sessions. Moments of happiness from smile to tears are unique! I enjoyed every photo session I had.

Black & white Vs. Color photography -your thoughts

I love colors. Since the evolution of digital cameras people can enjoy the bright colors of photographs. However, if my clients like Black & white photos, I always do Black & White. Some photos can be beautiful in monochrome because Black & white gives a real sense of a classic moment and a photojournalistic approach.

Whose wedding (dead or alive) would you have liked the opportunity to photograph and why?

If I had a chance I would take photos of wedding of my grandmother and grandfather. I do not have their wedding photographs at all. I think photographs are very important for every family because they help to remember the happiest moments of their life. FairyLens makes your memories last forever!

What advice would you offer to brides and grooms looking for a great photographer?

Bride and groom should choose the photographer after checking photographer’s portfolio.  The couple has to be sure they like their photographer’s work. Once they have found a photographer whose style they like, they should contact that photographer.

Bride and groom should meet their photographer face to face before the event to discuss details. Photographers of FairyLens.com always make a free presentation for the clients. During the presentation, bride and groom can see more photographers’ works and ask all possible questions about photography.

Another advice is the budget process. Couple should determine their budget for the wedding, how much they want to spend on their photography. FairyLens.com always customizes its packages according to the clients’ needs.

See More of Fairy Lens

Go to http://www.fairylens.com

Q & A with A Floral Story

A Floral Story is a full-service floral design company based out of Lindenwold, New Jersey servicing the greater Tri-State Area. We offer custom floral design for all size and type events – weddings, parties, sweet 16s, funerals, and more.

Owner & Lead Designer Carolyn and daughter Annie,

Tell us a bit about yourself and when you first became interested in becoming a Florist… what/who inspires you?

My mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother have always loved and appreciated flowers and I just grew up watching my mom working tirelessly in her garden. Each of them always spent countless hours maintaining their gardens, which were full of wild flowers and had a natural feel. I suppose I just grew up with that same appreciation having been around such talented women with such green thumbs! Later in life Ion one of my frequent visits to Longwood Gardens in Kenneth Square, PA I instinctively decided to enroll in floral design classes, more out of the desire to work with botanicals and flowers than as a career. I loved what I did so much, here I am today!

What is your favorite flower?

Currently my favorite flower is the dahilia. They come in so many vibrant colors and are very versatile in wedding work – pinks and purples for spring weddings, burnt orange and burgundy for fall and creamy white for winter weddings. They are less traditional that the familiar rose, and lily and just add a beautiful unexpected touch to every arrangement.

Where do you get inspiration for your floral designs?

I get my inspiration from the bride. I really listen to her “vision” and then try to translate that as best I can with the flowers. I love creating non-traditional, almost whimsical designs, ones that truly mimic the themes and ideas a bride desires.

How would you describe your style?

I would describe my style as asymmetrical and artistic, deriving from my art background – I was a design major at Moore College of Art in Philadelphia. I like to treat my work as individual pieces of art – each is unique and aims to convey a message or idea. I also often incorporate different mediums into the floral designs for extra details, anything to break the traditional mold of “flower arrangements” and offer a new take on floral design. What advice would you offer to brides looking for an amazing florist for their wedding day?

A bride’s vision of her “big day” will never become a reality unless the vendors hired truly understand and share that vision and can use their expertise to translate those ideas into their work. Bride’s should hire a florist who is willing and able to comprehend a bride’s conceptual ideas and use floral design to express them. If a florist seems unwilling to think outside the box with their designs, is dismissive of a bride’s ideas, or pushes a bride into a pre-designated “wedding package” – stay away! Every wedding is an entirely unique event and the creative designs that help make it such should be too.

CHECK OUT A FLORAL STORY