Wedding Ideas – What’s New, Fun, and Gaining Popularity?

After seeing more “what’s the latest trend” articles, I wanted to see what is new and popular in our area (Dayton, Ohio). And where best to find this out, but to go right to the source.

Thanks to some of our local wedding pros, here’s what’s new in their areas of expertise.

Textured Wedding Cakes

Textured wedding cakes are still quite popular, from structured art deco-ish designs to an icing with a rough finish.

Textured Wedding Cake

Bobbi and Brittany with ele Cake Co. tells us that one of the more unexpected, yet popular wedding cake designs (and a unique texture) is their Geode Wedding Cake.

Geode Wedding Cake

Elegant. Stunning. Simple. And totally gorgeous!

Geode wedding cakes look like the real thing, but are completely edible, made from rock candy and granulated sugar.

Slow-Motion Video Booths

Photo booths combine a fun activity with a nice take-home for wedding guests.

So, what’s better than a photo booth? A 240 frame per second HD Slow-Motion Video Booth, of course!

Mark’s Camera Bag’s Slo-Mo Video Booths are a big hit , with guests showing their best dance moves, tossing confetti, making outrageous faces, and overall, having an awesome fun time. A 40” monitor that sits outside the booth allows all of your guests to enjoy the live action.

Check it out here –

Yes, guests get a ‘take-home,’ receiving a download of their slow-mo session. And the happy couple get a final edited production of all sessions with special edits and music on DVD.

Thematic Elements in Unexpected Places

Themed weddings are still popular, with the theme commonly being expressed in the couples’ choice of color pallette, centerpieces, and menu choices.

But what about your ceremony?

Rev. Cindy Lee Carver embraces different themes by donning coordinating attire – including Cosplay, Halloween, Steampunk, and recently Gandalf from Lord of the Rings.

Steampunk
Gandalf

Besides the off-beat and themed weddings, she also specializes in officiating traditional, inter-faith, humanistic, alternative, non-traditional, and LGBTQ weddings.

Up In Lights

Sure, you can put your initials on top of your cake, and have your monogram projected on your dance floor or printed on your programs.

Why not put your initials up in lights – classic theater marquee letter lights?

Initials
L-O-V-E

Event Lites specializes in these unique, four feet tall décor pieces – including numbers, letters, and some symbols.

Light up your night with your initials. Spell out Mr. & Mrs., Love, or even your names.

The possibilities are endless.

Perfect for helping you build the right environment and decor for your event. Use them for:

• A modern ceremony backdrop
• A fun, diy photo booth backdrop
• A cool prop for your engagement photos
• Reception décor

Looking for fun ideas for your wedding? Weddings From The Heart can help. Contact me today at jean@weddingsfromtheheart.net or at 937-235-2586 or 937-581-3647!

Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean

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Happy Book Lovers Day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today (August 9) is National Book Lovers Day.

With books we can journey to faraway lands, meet fantastical creatures. Books make us feel a myriad of emotions.

We’ve all got our favorite styles – romance, horror, biographical… even cookbooks! So whatever form your favorite printed word comes in (or even no words – one of my favorites is Stairs by Rein Jansma – a serene and relaxing pop-up book featuring 10 pop-up stairs), open up that cover and enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ways to celebrate Book Lovers Day:

* Visit a library
* Reread an old favorite
* Attend (or host) a book club meeting
* Read aloud to someone
* Read that book you’ve been wanting to read but haven’t gotten around to yet

Are you a book lover who is planning a wedding? There are many ways to show off your love of the page.

Ways to incorporate books in your wedding

* Stacks of books in your centerpieces

 

 

 

 

 

 

* Tables named after book titles or characters

* Accent for a memory table

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Alice in Wonderland memorial table designed by Weddings From The Heart)
* Used books as wedding favors

* Pages used in table swags, confetti, or table runners

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Alice in Wonderland table swag designed by Weddings From The Heart)
* Holding your ceremony in a library

* Card catalog escort cards

* A library book card wedding invitation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

* Book themed wedding (popular choices are Alice in Wonderland, The Great Gatsby, Harry Potter, The Princess Bride)

Other ways to embrace your love of books is to incorporate quotes from your favorite works of literature into your vows or ceremony readings. They can be romantic, whimsical, or even quirky.

Love Quotes from Literature

Piglet: “How do you spell love?”
Pooh: “You don’t spell it, you feel it.”
~ by A. A. Milne

“Once upon a time there was a boy who loved a girl and her laughter was a question he wanted to spend his whole life answering.” ~ The History of Love by Nicole Krauss

“As You Wish.” ~ The Princess Bride by William Goldman

“Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” ~ Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling

“I would rather share one lifetime with you than face all the ages of this world alone.” ~ The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien

“Now join your hands, and with your hands your hearts.” ~ King Henry ” by William Shakespeare

“Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.” ~ Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

For more fun ideas for your wedding day, contact me today at jean@weddingsfromtheheart.net or at 937-235-2586 or 937-581-3647!

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Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean

Photo Credits
Heart-Shaped Pages: 353/365 – 9/26/2011 via photopin (license)
Stairs: unknown
Centerpiece: Weddings From The Heart
Memory Table: Prima Vista Photography
Just Married Swag: Weddings From The Heart
Library Card Invitation: kraphix / 123RF Stock Photo

4 Tips to Help Manage Your Reception Costs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We all know that weddings cost a lot of money. The best advice we offer brides and grooms on budgets is “Spend where you need to, save where you can.”

Receptions tend to be the biggest ticket item of the entire wedding budget, and major savings can be realized through some minor adjustments.

There are many wonderful and practical ways to save money without crushing your wedding dreams and vision. Done in the right places, these money saving ideas will take nothing away from the wedding you are dreaming of.

Consider these!

    1. Find a location that requires very little decoration. If you do want to add a little something extra to the decor, create one large decorative element. Not only is it dramatic, but it’s also more budget friendly than a dozen or so smaller elements scattered about the room.
    2. When planning your decor, always imagine the way your guests will be looking at it. What do they typically look at/see? Three main things – 1) The tablescape in front of them, 2) where the bride/groom are sitting, and 3) the cake table. Don’t spend money on decor items that won’t enhance the overall effect. Except for the head/sweetheart table and cake table, which are seen from the front, don’t worry about decorating the skirting of any other tables. For the rest, think tabletop and up!
    3. People tend to take less food if it is passed by the wait staff than if it is placed on a buffet table. The good news is that less food can be ordered, but your guests will still feel pampered.
    4. If you are having a sit down dinner, instead of ordering one high end entree consider half portions of two main entree items. For example ordering half portions each of prime rib and chicken breast, you may be able to bring down the cost per plate while still offering guests a wonderful selection.

 

 

 

Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean

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Looking for unique wedding ideas that won’t break the bank?Weddings From The Heart can help. Contact me today at jean@weddingsfromtheheart.net or at 937-235-2586 or 937-581-3647!

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Your Wedding Experience presented by David Tutera (Philadelphia, February 2016)

 

 

 

Wow. It doesn’t seem like it’s been over a month since I attended Your Wedding Experience presented by David Tutera in Philadelphia last.

I’ve been wanting to share with you, as Your Wedding Experience is more than just a bridal show.

This wedding inspiration show is presented by the one and only David Tutera (American celebrity wedding planner, bridal fashion designer, designer, author and professional speaker).

When asked why he came up with the concept for Your Wedding Experience, he said that he had attended/spoke at other bridal shows in the past, but wanted to offer an experience. He wanted a bridal show that was a “place where [couples] can experience ideas and vendors to help you create your own unique wedding.”

And yes, this show is sooooo much more than picking up brochures from local vendors.

At Your Wedding Experience you can:

  • Take Ring Selfies (with Bernie Robbins Jewelers) Where brides-to-be get their rings professionally cleaned, then snap and share the pic on instagram.
  • The Rock-It Experience bar and lounge, a blend of musicians, djs, video and more.

     

  • Live wedding band showcase
  • Live cake decorating by Desserts by Dana

     

  • Get glammed up at the Beauty Studio

Create your own signature scent at the DIY Fragrance Bar, with Scenterprises Inc.. Pick out 2-3 scents, and get to take home a bottle of your unique blend.

 

Watch and learn from wedding experts at the Tips & Trends Stage.

 

Topics covered Catering: Choosing the Right Style of Dinner Service for your Reception, 5 Tips for a Memorable Destination Wedding, and (the session I attended) Cake Tips & Trends / How to Pick Your Baker, and more!

 

  • Win great prizes including a private consultation from David Tutera himself!
  • And of course the Fashion Show, featuring ‘Project Wedding Dress,’ where Philadelphia University Fashion Design students were challenged “to create the most innovative and wearable bridal look out of unconventional materials,” including paper and invitations by Invitations by Dawn.

Before the show floor opened, wedding professionals had the opportunity to participate in Industry Sessions by David Tutera and Preston Bailey,

 

 

 

 

and photo ops afterwards.

 

 

 

 

During the trade show, David himself visited all the vendors and their booths/displays at the trade show, and judged the trade show contest winners including:

Best of Show Sweetheart Table – Let’s Do Linens

Best Booth Sampling – Desserts by Dana

 

 

 

 

 

 

and Best New Products – Bridal Buddy

There are more opportunities this year to attend Your Wedding Experience as upcoming shows will be in Houston on April 17th, Ft. Lauderdale on May 22nd, Atlanta on August 12th, and back in Philadelphia on August 28th.

Whether you’re planning a wedding, helping someone plan one, or a wedding pro, this is definitely the place to be.

Want to see more photos & video from this (and past) Your Wedding Experience shows? Then check it out here.

Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean

Are you looking for unique ideas for your wedding? Weddings From The Heart can help. Contact me today at at 937-235-2586 or 937-581-3647 or at jean@weddingsfromtheheart.net!

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2016 Wedding Trend Predictions

It’s time to gaze into the crystal ball, read the tea leaves, pull out the tarot cards . . .

Here’s what we’ll be seeing at weddings this year.

  • Metallics
    This year we will be seeing more shine in table linens, vases, and invitations.
  • Sparkle
    Bling is still “in.” Accenting centerpieces, invitations, wedding gowns.
  • Non-floral centerpieces
    Candelabras, manzanita trees/branches, tall vases filled with fresh fruit, paper flowers.
  • Specialty/His-Hers Cocktails
    Couples will add some personality (and help keep the bar cost down) by offering special drinks.
  • Barn weddings
    The rustic look and feel is still very popular.
  • Evolution of the photo booth
    We’ll still see the traditional photo booths, but more couples will be opting for those that offer open air style, green screens, and flip books.
  • Creative seating arrangements
    Couples will mix things up with a combination of square and round tables.

Photo credit: Anyone see anything here? via photopin (license)

Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean

For more ideas, Weddings From The Heart can help. Contact me at jean@weddingsfromtheheart.net or at 937-235-2586 or 937-581-3647!

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Real Wedding by Weddings From The Heart Sara and Quentin

Happy 1st Anniversary to Sara and Quentin!

These high school sweethearts were married on a sunny fall day at Country Club of the North.

Lovers of all things Disney – especially Alice in Wonderland – decor was inspired by events that took place “through the looking glass.”

Even her wedding gown, by Alfred Angelo, was Disney inspired (it was the “Sleeping Beauty” style).

photo by Prima Vista Photography

photo by Prima Vista Photography

photo by Prima Vista Photography

photo by Weddings From The Heart

photo by Weddings From The Heart

photo by Weddings From The Heart

photo by Weddings From The Heart

photo by Weddings From The Heart

photo by Prima Vista Photography

photo by J. Renee Creations

photo by Prima Vista Photography

Vendor Team:

Venue – Country Club of the North
Hair & Make-Up – Ebony Stargell Newcomb Shear Hotness
Baker – The Cakery
Photographer – Ana Corsmeier Prima Vista Photography
DJ for ceremony & reception – Willie Williams DJ Willie
Photo Booth – Jamie Cox J. Renee Creations
Reception Decor (including card box, sweetheart table swag, and cake topper) – Weddings From The Heart

Themes and Centerpieces

Planning a wedding can be fun and exciting. We love to help brides plan all parts of their upcoming wedding, but centerpieces and party themes are among our favorites.

Selecting the flowers and other interesting pieces to decorate your celebration can be a daunting task, but carefully chosen centerpieces can be a dramatic way to pull together the theme of your wedding.

If your wedding is around a holiday, the theme and its expression is obvious. Christmas, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Independence Day all suggest certain colors and elements.

Other themes require more thought but are just as fun to create.

Is your wedding and reception near water? If so, use ship’s lanterns or bowls with tropical fish swimming over shells and sand in the bottom.

Is your reception in the country at a farm house or barn? Use checkered tablecloths and make a ceramic or straw rooster the center of each table. Add miniature bales of hay and/or summer flowers and greens in milk bottles or canning jars.

Incorporate seasonal fruits in centerpieces. Big bunches of strawberries in the summer, gingham tied baskets of apples in the early fall, pumpkins and gourds with fall leaves would also work.

Celebrate your heritage with national colors, flags, patterns and fabrics. Oriental poppies, tartan plaid table linens, silver trays piled high with Mexican wedding cakes all make a statement.

Create a circus atmosphere with balloons, candied apples, popcorn and candy floss.

If both the bride and groom are teachers, the school house theme is perfect with paper chains, chalk boards, posters, report cards and lots of numbers and letters.

Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean

Contact me at jean@weddingsfromtheheart.net or at 937-235-2586 for ideas of how to make your celebration special.

Trends – What’s Out (And What This Means For You and Your Wedding)

Every year we hear about the newest trends and what is up-and-coming for the following wedding season.

But after a while trends lose their luster as their popularity diminishes.

Some trends that seem to be losing steam are:

Chalkboards
Chalkboards were a fun and easy way to provide signage at your reception. They have been used in a variety of ways including menus, table numbers, and in lieu of ceremony programs. Recently though, couples are staring to go back to simple cardstock when using signage at their reception.

“Traditional” Cocktail and Dinner Music
Light jazz and soft instrumentals used to be de rigeur for the cocktail hour and during dinner.

These days, couples are choosing a more eclectic playlist to set a fun mood for their guests, such as “Suit and Tie” by Justin Timberlake, “Fever” by Peggy Lee or “California Dreamin’” by the Mamas and the Papas.

Photo Booths
Big photo booths with goofy props like feather boas and crazy hats are still fun, but we’re seeing more open-air photo “booths” with props with a more upscale feel (such as bowler hats, mustaches, hearts, and champagne flutes).

Candy Buffets
Anything edible is always a bit hit, and candy buffets were a fun way to incorporate the wedding color palette and send guests off with a tasty treat. But, for whatever reason, candy buffets just aren’t used at wedding receptions very often anymore.

So, what does this mean for your wedding?

In reality, not much.

Your wedding vision is determined by you and your fiancé, what you both like (and dislike), and what holds meaning and is representative to you.

So, unless your style is to follow the current trends, what’s in and what’s out should never be a determining factor for what you choose to have for your wedding.

A side note though: sometimes it can be easier to find something that follows the current trends. For example, before the chalkboard craze was embraced, finding suitable chalkboards was tricky. You were pretty much stuck with large boards or none at all.

These days not only can you find them in a variety of shapes and sizes, but there is chalkboard paint so you can tun just about anything into a chalkboard.

Photo credit: Ruth Hartnup

Looking for unique ideas for your wedding? Weddings From The Heart can help. Contact me at jean@weddingsfromtheheart.net or at 937-235-2586!

Wedding Flower Ideas That Won’t Break The Bank

Carnations

photo credit: AJanega via photopin cc
Don’t dismiss the power of the carnation. These beautiful flowers have gotten a bad rap through years, but can be very sophisticated (change this word). These inexpensive flowers come in an abundant array of colors, and three main types – Large Carnations, Spray (or Mini) Carnations, and Dwarf Carnations.

Baby’s Breath

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Baby’s Breath is usually used as filler flowers. But imagine how elegant a large grouping would be in a vase. Very grand, but without the price tag of other blooms.

Autumn Centerpiece

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Want an easy, yet inexpensive seasonal centerpiece for your fall wedding? Try a bundle of wheat and dried grasses either placed in a pretty vase, or just tied together.

Floating Flowers

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A few beautiful blooms can make a big impact. Float a few in pretty bowls of water, or submerge them in a taller vase.

Fruits

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Bright lemons or limes add a big pop of color at a minimal cost. Place a few in a low bowl, or fill a tall vase. This works for all fruits – apples, grapes, pears . . .

For more money saving tips and planning ideas, contact me at jean@weddingsfromtheheart.net or at 937-235-2586.

Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean

Earth Day

April 22 is Earth Day. This worldwide event, first celebrated in 1970, shows support for environmental protection and action to save our planet.

In honor of this day, here are some easy wedding ideas:

Limit the number of glasses used by your guests
It takes water and other resources to wash glasses to keep them available for your guests. Save these precious resources by having each guest only use one glass. Put a sign at the bar so your guests will know to hold on to their glass, and put a cute little tag for guests to write their names on it so they can identify their glass throughout the evening.

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Give edible favors
When it comes to favors most wedding planners and wedding guests will agree that edible is best. While personalized coasters or bottle openers or some other little tchotchkes are fun and creative, the type of favor that will actually be used by your guests are the kind that they can eat.

photo credit: Regal Ribbons via photopin cc

Repurpose “Trash” into beautiful wedding decor
The old saying “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” certainly holds true for wedding decorations and accessories.

– Turn old light bulbs into hanging flower containers

– Instead of using flowers, create a bouquet out of buttons

– Flowers or other decor can be made from pages of old books

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– Paint old food cans and use as vases

Instead of favors, make a donation to the Carbon Fund
CarbonFund.org has many projects, including Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency & Carbon Credits, and Reforestation projects.

Looking for fun ideas, or need help with your wedding plans? Contact me at jean@weddingsfromtheheart.net or at 937-235-2586.