Posts made in December, 2010

With the new year a few days away, people begin to prepare by making resolutions and setting new goals. Basically, wiping the slate clean to start a new. But in the wedding industry, the start of a new year means a whole lot of 2011 wedding dates and preparation for the 2011 wedding season.

Apparently, the U.S. Postal Service also has brides-to-be in mind, because come 2011 they will issue the Wedding Roses stamp as part of its Weddings series. The stamp is meant for use on the RSVP envelope often enclosed with a wedding invitation and on announcements, thank-you notes, and other correspondence. Stamps may be purchased at local Post Offices, at The Postal Store website at www.usps.com/shop, or by calling 800-STAMP-24.

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My Favorite Flower Trends of 2010


Posted By on Dec 28, 2010

As we wrap up another year, I can’t help but look back on some of my personal favorite flower trends of 2010. I hope to see them again in 2011, but with the new year comes new trends, so we’ll just have to wait and see. Anyway, here’s my top five.

1. Texture

This year both brides and their floral designers seemed to pay a lot of attention to texture in both bouquets and arrangements. The monofloral bouquet seemed to be long forgotten, as fillers and greenery accented most bridal bouquets.

Image courtesy of Style Me Pretty & Smitten Photography

Image courtesy of Style Me Pretty & Smitten Photography

2. Bouquet wraps and charms

In 2010, the exposed stem look went out the window as brides wrapped their bouquets in ribbon, or even a family heirloom. Brides also paid even more attention to detail this year, as bouquet charms were exceedingly popular.

Image courtesy of Style Me Pretty & Amy Rae Photography

Image courtesy of Style Me Pretty & Amy Rae Photography

Image courtesy of Style Me Pretty & Lane Dittoe Photography

Image courtesy of Style Me Pretty & Lane Dittoe Photography

3. Smaller floral arrangements

Instead of tall, lavish certerpieces, brides of 2010 opted for smaller, elegant floral arrangements. A flower in a single vase here, an arrangement there, this year’s brides seemed to incorporate more than one arrangement style in their reception.

Image courtesy of Style Me Pretty & Scott Lawrence Photography

Image courtesy of Style Me Pretty & Scott Lawrence Photography

4. Assorted vases

This trend goes hand in hand with trend #3. In 2010, some brides used less flowers in their centerpieces, so in order to make their “less” look “more” the use of different vases was essential. Instead of just one vase holding one floral arrangement, brides used multiples of different heights and shapes.

Image courtesy of Style Me Pretty & Sylvie Gil

Image courtesy of Style Me Pretty & Sylvie Gil

Image courtesy of Style Me Pretty & Open Light Studio

Image courtesy of Style Me Pretty & Open Light Studio

And last, but definitely not least…

5. DIY (ofcourse!)

Out of all the trends I have previously listed, I’m positive this one is going to stick around for years to come. DIY was overwhelmingly popular in 2010, because, well let’s face it… time’s were tough and brides had to get creative. Some brides had to go the DIY route to save money, while others just wanted to be crafty. Either way, there were some of the most gorgeous DIY weddings this year!

Image courtesy of Style Me Pretty & Tanja Lippert Photography

Image courtesy of Style Me Pretty & Tanja Lippert Photography

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Craving for 100 Layer Cake


Posted By on Dec 17, 2010

Image courtesy of 100layercake.com & apracticalwedding.com
Image courtesy of 100layercake.com & apracticalwedding.com

The only thing I can compare the new 100 layer cake wesbite to is chocolate, because it is simply blissful (and definitely less calories)! All I can say is WOW!!! And thank you Jillian, Amanda, and Kristina for this more than amazing resource for brides-to-be and post brides alike.

If you didn’t know already know 100 layer cake is a blog created by friends and fellow designers Amanda, Jillian, and Kristina. Not only do they post the most jaw-dropping, gorgeous weddings (Click here to see what I’m taking about), but they also feature the best DIY wedding projects I’ve ever seen. Oh, and a major bonus, they provide templates for the majority of their DIY projects! All you have to do is click download and voila, those escort cards that you were gushing over are yours!

Obviously, this blog proved to be a phenomenon, so just recently 100 layer cake decided to create a comprehensive wedding website (100layercake.com), or as I like to call it, “Bridal Mecca”. At 100layercake.com, brides can buy and sell items for their wedding at the Marketplace, find the most fabulous vendors in the Vedors + Venues section, and lastly, get ideas from an archive of DIY projects from their blog and other resources in DIY Resources.

Can you say amazing?! Finally, brides-to-be can get inspired, find the perfect venue, download templates for their DIY projects, and buy their veil all in one place, with a click of a mouse.

My personal favorite part of the new website is the Marketplace. It’s basically the child of Etsy and Craigslist. I love how brides who just got married can “recycle” their wedding by helping those in the process of planning their wedding. But I have to say what I love most is the vendor requests. Here’s how they work…

Let’s say you need a DJ. All you do is log in and post what you need as a vendor request (i.e. 70’s rock lovers seek DJ in New York City Area), then specify your location, budget, and wedding date. With a click of a mouse your vendor request will be featured on the main page of the marketplace so vendors can come to you, instead of the other way around :). So awesome, right?!

So, whether your a bride-to-be or recently tied the knot, you should definitely try 100 layer cake. I know you’ll love every single bite ;)!

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Walking in a Winter Weddingland


Posted By on Dec 10, 2010

Here’s an early Christmas gift for all you brides-to-be… Winter Wedding Inspiration Boards! Although not in the peak of the wedding season, winter weddings personify an enchanting atmosphere and elegance that can only be captured during the colder months. Enjoy!

Image courtesy of www.herecomestheblog.com

Image courtesy of www.herecomestheblog.com

Image courtesy of Kelly Oshiro Design

Image courtesy of Kelly Oshiro Design

Image courtesy of Bella Fiore Floral Design

Image courtesy of Bella Fiore Floral Design

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