3 Money Saving Tips Without Sacrificing Style for Your Wedding

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Looking for ways to save money without sacrificing the overall feel of your wedding? Check out these tips.

Decor

Greenery and candles are still one of the best ways to save money on centerpieces. It’s elegant and cost effective.

Want something with big impact, but not the big price tag? How about a graceful candelabra,
Silver Light Brass Candelabraor a large, elegant vase or candle holder? Gorgeous, but costs a fraction of a large floral arrangement.

You can also add some pizzazz by easily dressing up plain glass candle holders with adhesive rhinestones, ribbon, lace, glitter or paint.

Word of caution: If you do use real candles, get the unscented kind. When you get a room full of candles, a scent will get overpowering, can aggravate someone’s allergies, and (believe it or not) will affect the taste of the food.

Dessert

Serve cupcakes or cake pops rather than a traditional tiered wedding cake.

Chocolate and Pink Cake Pops
You’ll save money per serving (cupcakes & cake pops are often .50 – $1 less per serving than cake). You won’t be paying a cake cutting fee (that most venues charge).

And you’ll be able to order just the amount you need.

For example, if you have 100 guests, you’ll want 100 servings. For a tiered cake, you’ll end up with at least 118 servings as an 8″ tier serves 24, a 10″ serves 38, and a 12″ serves 56. Not that there’s anything wrong with having extra leftover cake, some couples do so on purpose, but if you need to shave something off your budget, this is an easy way to do so.

Fun Stuff

Photo booths are still popular. And with good reason – they’re fun, a great activity for your guests, people can be silly or or serious . . .

However, many couples whose budget doesn’t allow for a traditional photo booth are changing it up.

photo booth wedding party bridesmaids girls

Ok, DIY Photo Booths are a bit more effort on your part than having a professional photo booth, (not to mention that there won’t be the fun extras that the pros offer, such as a custom logo, booth attendant, professional equipment, and on-site prints). However the DIY route can be relatively easy. Get a digital camera on a tripod, and guests can snap away. You’ll have to wait until after the event to load up all the photos online for you and your guests to see.

A relatively new service is perfect for use with a DIY photo booth. Veri is a photo and video sharing product which was created specifically for weddings. Before your wedding day, your guests will get a link for the Veri app. Then any photos and videos they take at your wedding will be shared instantly. Unlike a hashtag where the photo has to be uploaded, with this app your guests won’t have to do anything other than snap the picture. Be sure to check out www.veri.com for more details.

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

Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean

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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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National Chocolate Cupcake Day

 

 

 

 

 

It’s time for chocolate and dessert lovers to celebrate! Today is National Chocolate Cupcake Day.

Ways to observe this delicious holiday include:

* Mix up a batch of your favorite chocolate cupcakes – grab a friend or two and bake some together

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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* Go to your local bakery and pick up a variety – how about devil’s food, German chocolate, white chocolate, or turtle?

* Do you collect cookbooks? Add a couple cupcake books to your collection, maybe The Betty Crocker The Big Book of Cupcakes, or Hello, Cupcake! by Karen Tack and Alan Richardson.

Planning a wedding?

Consider serving cupcakes instead of a traditional wedding cake. You can still have a small tier for the cake cutting ceremony, or get a jumbo cupcake.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo credit: Prima Vista Photography

Cupcakes can be as elegant or as whimsical as you want!

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For 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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Jean

National Fossil Day

 

 

 

 

 

Today (October 12) is National Fossil Day

National Fossil Day is observed on the Wednesday of the second full week in October, and was established to promote the scientific and educational values of fossils.

How to observe? Easy.

Simply visit a local museum or do some research about fossils. Don’t forget to add the hashtag #NationalFossilDay on any of social media posts.

Thinking about incorporating your love of fossils into your wedding decor?

Check out these photos (I found them on pinterest – to find these and others search for “fossil,” “wedding,” “cake,” “centerpiece”).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chocolate Dinosaur Heads

Dinosaur Topiary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dino Cake Topper

 

“Fossil” Hiding in Wedding Cake

Want to hold your wedding in a natural history museum? Many museums offer their facility for events. In Dayton, we’ve got the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, Dayton, Ohio https://www.boonshoftmuseum.org/visit/private-events-rentals/weddings-receptions/

Aren’t lucky enough to have a museum in your town? Do a Google search on “natural history museum weddings near” and add your city and state.

Looking for 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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Jean

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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Top 7 Alternatives to a Traditional Wedding Cake

A tiered cake is a common sight at many weddings. But what if you just happen to not like cake? Or another type of dessert is your favorite? Or you just want something different?

Offer your guests a tasty treat with one of these delicious alternatives to the traditional wedding cake.

1. Cake pops
Photo credit: Sharis’ Berries
Cake pops are still a popular choice for weddings. They can be decorated to fit your wedding color palette, and come in the same delicious flavors as a traditional cake.

2. Doughnuts
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Glazed, filled, iced. Stacked them on a pretty cake stand, or displayed on trays. Doughnuts are a perennial favorite. Try a doughnut tower with Krispy Kreme doughnuts.

3. Cupcakes

Don’t let other articles fool you. (You know, the one’s that say cupcakes are on their way out). Cupcakes served at weddings is still a popular choice. Mix and match flavors.

4. Cheesecakes
Photo credit: Micah Sittig
Many people prefer cheesecake over cake. If this is you, why not serve cheesecake at your reception? You can do full-sized cakes or serve mini ones. Offer a variety of flavors.

5. Cookies & Milk
Photo credit: Michael Savino
What a better way to end the day than with a tall glass of milk and cookies? Yum!

6. Pancakes
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Having a wedding breakfast or brunch? Then how about a stack of pancakes with delicious layers of maple syrup, seasonal fruits, and cream?

7. Ice Cream
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Ice cream is a favorite with all ages. A make-your-own sundae bar with different flavors and multiple toppings will be a bit hit.

Can’t Pick?

Who says you have to pick just one? Serve multiple types of sweet treats with a dessert buffet.

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Cake Cutting 101

Choosing the wedding cake is most couples’ favorite part of wedding planning.

Many couples prefer a traditional tiered cake, but even those who choose a non-traditional dessert alternative will often have a small display cake for the cake cutting ceremony.

If you are choosing to include a wedding cake in your reception, keep these tips in mind.

When to cut the cake
Do you want to cut the cake at the beginning of the reception just before dinner or just after dinner before the dancing starts? Make sure you communicate that decision to your wedding coordinator, the catering staff, your DJ and your photographer.

If (and how) to announce the cake cutting
You may wish to do it quietly and include just close family and the photographer, but most couples have the DJ make an announcement so all of your can watch. Many couples choose a special song to be played during the cake cutting ceremony.

Be prepared
Your caterer or wedding coordinator will make sure that a cake knife and server, a dessert plate and napkins are at the ready.

Cutting the cake is very easy. You’ll both hold the cake knife (hand over hand), cut a small piece (cutting a thin triangular piece is easiest), and feed each other a bit of cake. Most couples will feed each other at the same time, others prefer to take turns.

If you have questions about cake cutting or cake/dessert options, I’d love to chat with you.

Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean

Have any questions or looking for fun ideas? Weddings From The Heart can help. Contact me at jean@weddingsfromtheheart.net or at 937-235-2586.

photo credit: Cutting the cake via photopin

Wedding Cake Q & A

Q. – Should my cake match my dress or will that be too much?

A. – As long as your wedding cake looks like a cake and not a mini person in a wedding gown it should be fine.

Unique embellishments, like beading, lace, or ruffles, look beautiful on a wedding cake, as do mini rosettes and appliques.

However your cake doesn’t have to match your dress if you don’t want it to.

photo credit of cake with blue flowers: Ceressa Bateman via photopin
photo credit of wedding gowns: Maegan Tintari via photopin
photo credit of ruffled cake: wetwebwork via photopin

Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean

Do you have a question or wedding concern? Let me know. I’d be happy to help. Contact me at jean@weddingsfromtheheart.net or at 937-235-2586.

Four Wedding Trends That Should Never Go Away

Lately I’ve been seeing a lot of wedding articles that say something like “Wedding Trends We Want To Go Away” or “Wedding Trends We Wish They Would Retire.”

Let’s turn that around to something positive! There are certainly many fabulous wedding trends and practices that we’d love to see for a loooong time.

These are my 4 top favorites!

  1. Non-Identical Bridesmaid Gowns
    Your ladies have different personalities, and probably aren’t the same size or body type. Making them dress in identical dresses isn’t as common as it used to be.

    Choose a color (or color family) and give your ladies a few “guidelines” to follow, such as not full-length, or no strapless. Or choose a few different styles that coordinate and let your ladies choose which style each would like to wear.

  2. The “First Look”
    Most couples still follow the tradition of the groom not being allowed to see his bride before she walks down the aisle. However, a “First Look” is so special, and gives you both a moment together before the celebration of the day begins.
  3. Unplugged Weddings
    Your friends and family are excited to share your day and want photos to remember the day – I get that. But, if they’re watching through a viewfinder is distracting. They aren’t fully “in the moment.” Being “unplugged” allows your guests to truly “feel” the day, instead of collecting pictures to look at later.
  4. No Wedding Cake
    Ok, I love cake, but I have seen my share of couples who don’t, or just want to serve something different to their guests. Pies, ice cream, candy buffets, donuts . . . The possibilities are endless, so choose your favorite!

    (P.S. – This doesn’t mean I want to do away with wedding cakes. Instead, I want to encourage couples to do what feels right for them!)

Photo credits: Bridesmaids Dresses – © MNStudio | Fotolia.com
Wedding Desserts – © Antonio Gravante | Dreamstime.com

To see how Weddings From The Heart can make your wedding day stress-free, enjoyable, and just the way you want, contact me at 937-235-2586, 937-581-3647, or by email at jean@weddingsfromtheheart.net and schedule your free, initial appointment!

Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean

2015 Wedding Trend Predictions

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Wondering what we’re going to be seeing this wedding season?

Here are my predictions:

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  1. Wedding cakes that make a statement through grand size and/or design. Guests will be looking at your cake so make it a focal point that really says “Wow!”
  2. Beautiful deep, rich blues – Navy, Indigo, Midnight. They’ll be paired with metallics (gold and silver) and neutrals (grey and ivory).
  3. We’ll also be seeing a lot of neutrals – whites, ivories, champagne, blush. Very elegant and sophisticated.
  4. Unique processional music – “Canon in D” and “Bridal Chorus” are still popular traditional choices, but brides are choosing more modern song selections like “Ho Hey” by The Lumineers, “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri, and “All of Me” by John Legend for their walk down the aisle.
  5. Wedding gowns will have all-over lace. Retro-ish without feeling like it’s from another era, these dresses will be romantic and classic.

    photo credit: Innisfree Hotels via photopin cc

  6. Signature drinks will still be popular. A fun to way easily add some personalization to your wedding reception, and more economical than an open bar with several types mixed drinks.

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Do you have questions or are looking for unique ideas for your wedding? Weddings From The Heart can help. Contact me at jean@weddingsfromtheheart.net or at 937-235-2586!

Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean