With spring in full swing, wedding season is blossoming as the first warm weather nuptials take place. With that, the Aisle Say blog on Brides.com has compiled a list of 2011’s best wedding trends. Enjoy!
As I have said many, many times on this blog, I am a sucker for Asian culture. With that established, I just want to give you something to consider for your reception decor. Enter: ikebana.
Ikebana is the Japanese art of flower arranging that uses minimalism and irregularity to create truly unique arrangements. Unlike traditional flower arrangements where the actual bloom is the star of the show, ikebana highlights the beauty of the other parts, namely the stems and leaves, focusing on line, shape and form rather than size and color. This could be a great alternative for modern, minimalist brides, or even brides with severe allergies as flowers are used very sparingly.
When it comes to drafting a guest list, some people quickly find that their network of family and friends is much larger than they anticipated-and, unfortunately can afford. So, unless they want to impose a cover charge on the guests, they must cut the list.
Fifth cousin (thrice removed) you just found out about yesterday? Gone
Coworkers (that, face it, you don’t even like to begin with)? Buh-bye.
Your friend’s boyfriend? Umm…
Yes, many couples balk as disinviting a friend’s significant other. After all, that’s their baby, their boo. They’ll be lonely without them-I mean, who are they going to dance with when the DJ starts playing the slow jams?
In my eyes, the babes deserves an invite if…
*They are in a committed relationship (a year together, living together, engaged themselves)
*They are also a part of a close circle of friends
*You actually like them
If this just so happens to be a flavor of the week, then don’t even bother extending an invitation.
Also, what if they break up during the planning phase? Well, that’s a case-by-case basis. In some cases, they may excuse themselves from the guest list. If, however, they still have a spot make sure that A) BOTH parties will act civil and not bring their relationship drama to your big day and B) reassign their seats so that they don’t have an awkward moment during the toasts.
If they have a problem with it? Well, maybe you’ll have room to invite that obscure cousin after all…
Enjoy and happy weekend!
In years’ past, bouquets that were made of anything but authentic blooms were considered tacky and tasteless. But, with a bit of innovation and creativity, paper bouquets have become a welcome sight at weddings. In fact, paper details of all sorts, such as napkin rings and hanging poms, are showing up at receptions with styles ranging from homespun to whimsical elegance. This economical option is best suited for the more crafty among us (or at least those of us with crafty friends) who want to make the seeming ordinary material of tissue paper and turn it into something spectacular.
The following photos and projects are taken from MarthaStewartWeddings.com:
I’ve already gushed about issue #4 of Nonpareil, an online wedding decor magazine. However, I would like to highlight one of my favorite articles. This Breakfast At Tiffany’s-inspired look is a lovely example of how to look equally fresh-faced and polished on the big day. especially since the shades used are easily adaptable to a wide range of skin tones. Besides, who doesn’t love Audrey Hepburn in this iconic role?
Remember my post on Zazzle.com, especially the part about how it’s a great resource for creating DIY invitations for a low price?
Well, I have decided to open up my own Zazzle invitation shop! So far, my collection is limited, but I plan of expanding it in the coming months. Until then, please visit my shop and let me know what you think so far.
This tropical spirit is known for being a sugary base to refreshing drinks such as mojitos, daiquiris, and piña colada. While all of these are more than welcome at a wedding reception (especially one with a tropical theme), here are a few more rum-based cocktails that should be taken into serious consideration for a more sophisticated affair.
Tequila is the quintessential Mexican spirit used in drinks that are meant for those who want a South-of-the-Border flair added to their celebrations. The following cocktails deliver just that. Serve these up at a summer wedding and your guests will ride off into the sunset with a smile on their faces.
All photos and recipes taken from Chow.com