Friday, October 30, 2009
Question: I've been busy with school, so I"m a bit behind with planning. Is five months before the wedding too late to send out save-the-dates?
Answer: It's cutting it close, but you can definitely still send them-especially if you already did all of the work and just need to address them! We typically suggest sending save-the-dates at least six months before the wedding, but since they're not required, you can do it whenever! There are really just two "rules" The first is to make sure that there's more than one month between when guests get the save-the-date and when they receive their invitation. The second is to send the save-the-dates early if you're having a destination event-at least six months before your wedding. You want to give people as much time as possible to book their trip. If you're marrying closer to home, a save-the-date tends to be more of an extra, so if you don't have the time to send them, don't worry. Spread the date by word of mouth instead.
I just love this! Her husband actually did the work, we just provided the instructions. I think it turned out great.
I painted wooden wall letters to spell "Boo" and threaded them with an orange Halloween ribbon. I stained cheese cloth in tea to give it the mummified appeal and stationed felt spiders on top; A hit with the little ones!
- Swedish meatballs
- Black Bean Salsa
- Seven Layer Dip
- Mummy Munch (Puppy Chow)
It may remind you of this
I colored the water, added floating candles and painted letters to spell "EEK". These were placed at the bottom to help anchor the silk web.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Can’t Hardly Wait: Just like many other cultures, Middle Easterners love to start the wedding festivities as soon as possible. And who can blame them? An engagement is certainly a good reason to celebrate. The first of five wedding parties starts with the engagement party, where friends and family get together for food, drinks, music, and dancing that can last well into the night. At this party, the to-be bride can change her dress up to five times! There is a second similar celebration called the “mahar” held when the bride and groom sign their marriage license. The second to biggest party is the third one, called the “henna” party. Sound familiar? Yes, getting henna tattoos was a fad several years ago, but it all started from this very Middle Eastern tradition. At the henna party, the bride’s hands and feet are painted to ward off evil spirits. The bride wears a green dress at this party and it goes on until the dawn of the wedding day.
The Biggest Bash: By far the most extravagant of the five celebrations is the fourth one, which is like a traditional reception in other cultures. There are speeches, dancing, singing, and traditional Middle Eastern music. Very often, each guest is given five almond pieces to symbolize the five sacred wedding wishes: health, happiness, wealth, fertility, and longevity.
A Modest Finale: The fifth and final party resembles the wedding shower of the U.S. and Europe. It is called “sabaa”, which means “seven”, because it is traditionally held seven days after the wedding.
Saturday, October 24, 2009
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Thursday, October 22, 2009
If you do not know already, I do candy buffets! This isn't the limit, oh no! With the fall weather approaching it always makes me think of sitting by the fireplace with a cup of hot cocoa filled to the top with marshmallows! For those who are planning a Fall Wedding or Holiday party, why not offer these great pairings with cocoa?
- Peppermint sticks
- Cinnamon sticks
- Chocolate coated spoons
- Ginger snap cookies
- Marshmallows (big and small)
- Doughnuts (cinnamon and sugar and regular cake, oh yum!)
- Rock Candy Sticks
- Chocolate chips
- Mint Sticks/Leaves/Chips/Chocolates
- Whipped Cream
- Nutmeg and other spices to dust on top
- Candy crumbles: chocolate bars, cookies, peppermint
- For the Adults: Bailey's, Kahlua, Peppermint Schnapps
An assortment of cookies and biscotti would be a great accompaniment. You can also create favors for your guests by filling mugs with a packet of hot cocoa, marshmallows and a dipped spoon wrapped beautifully for your guests.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Answer: Traditionally, the hosts of the wedding were the bride's parents and they picked up a majority of the financial responsibility. The groom and his parents were responsible for:
The engagement and wedding rings
The boutonnieres and bride's bouquet
The transportation from the reception/ceremony
A wedding gift for the bride
The marriage license and any other legal or official fees
The officiant's fee
Flowers for both mothers
Housing for his out of town guests
The rehearsal dinner
But, times are changing! Many couples are contributing financially to their wedding or paying for it all. These are just the items that are traditionally paid for by the groom and his parents. The key is to make sure that everyone contributing is comfortable with the agreed upon terms and that the final decision should be that of the Bride and Groom.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Hayworth Feather Comb:
Spring Feather Comb:
Silk Feather Comb:
Monday, October 19, 2009
1) Just Breathe.
It helps to relax the face. And you can't smile naturally if you're holding your breath.
2) Avoid the beauty-pageant stance.
So many of us are guilty of this! My older sister has her signature stance deemed "The Arkansas Curve"!
Avoid the beauty pageant stance, where shoulders are square and the hips are angled away from the camera to appear narrower. Instead of having your feet at 11 and 6, try 11 and 2 for a more natural (but still streamlined) look.
3) Be aware of your upper arms.
It is best if they are held slightly away from the body. When you pose with your bouquet, rest your lower arms gently against the hip bones with your hands relaxed and pointing down.
4) Be extra aware of your posture.
Especially if you go the strapless route. Keep your shoulders down and back but don't stick your chest out.
5) A great way to keep from squinting: If the sun's glare is an issue, look at something dark (or keep eye's closed) until your photographer lets you know they are ready to shoot.
*Tip* Place a dark blanket, groomsman's jacket, etc. on the ground in front of you to help with the sunlight.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
The Bride and her Bridesmaids all wore dresses by Vera Wang.
I just love all of the stripes!
The bride designed all of the nautical stationary from her company Three Peas.
The site lets you pick out your toe style, heel shape, heel height, fabric, color, rossettes or bows, and so on.
I need a smaller heel because I"m already six feet tall
I always love a leather or animal print
Peep toe or closed
Rosettes, you bet!
Maybe you want something that will pop underneath those gorgeous silver gowns!
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Answer: A man or woman can serve as honor attendant for the opposite sex, if the duties are adapted appropriately ( for instance, the man shouldn't help the bride dress!)
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Monday=Organized Mondays (also offering tips)
I will help to keep you organized as your plan your wedding. I will offer great advice, gadgets, books, etc. that will help you stay organized, on task and focused on preparing for your big day.
I will find great dresses, accessories, centerpieces, ceremony decor, reception ideas, cakes, flowers and so much more! Anything that's making the scene will be covered here.
I will address the Q&A's of planning. I will either address etiquette rules or be answering your etiquette questions! If you have a question, make sure to email me at Shannon_Langsto@cox.net to see it answered.
I will show photos from Real Weddings that caught my attention all across the globe. These could be southern, vintage, modern, casual, flamboyant, etc.
I will touch on any interesting topics that pertain to planning your event, fabulous honeymoon destinations, websites, blogs, books and whatever else.
So, we will start tomorrow with Etiquette. If you have any questions you would like to have answered, make sure to email me or leave a comment!
Thursday, October 8, 2009
When: Saturday October 11th, 2009 12:oo-5:00 pm
What: Kiss the Brides Expo
Where: Clarion Inn in Bentonville, AR
When: Tuesday October 20th, 2009
What: Wedding Planner Showcase
Where: University of Arkansas Fayetteville, AR
When: Sunday November 1st, 2009
What: Morning News Bridal Show
Where: Holiday Inn Convention Center in Springdale, AR
Please contact me to schedule a free consultation to discuss your upcoming wedding or event needs!