Special Memories

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Something old, Something new

We are coming upon the end of the first week of Artisan Fair! and it has been fun! I've gotten to feature some wonderful Artisans in my shop blog and some of the participants have been making collections featuring beautiful items that you can view here and  just click an item of interst and go directly to that shop!
I will be changing the above collection every other day!

and Shannon of Canterbury Vines has written a new blog for you to read:
Something old, Something new! Here's an interesting article just for you!

January 22, 2011

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue

Tradition of “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.”
By Shannon Mannone of Canterbury Vines Studios.image
I did a little research to see where this saying and tradition came from.  What I found is there is actually another line to the saying.  It originally goes:  “Something old, something new, something borrowed something blue, and a silver sixpence in her shoe.”  This is an English tradition that if followed is suppose to bring good luck to the Bride and the couple.  
A sixpence is a coin that was minted in Britain from 1551 to 1967. It was made of silver and worth six pennies. So this wedding tradition is definitely English, and many sources say that it began in the Victorian era.
Each item in this poem represents a good-luck token for the bride. If she carries all of them on her wedding day, her marriage will be happy. "Something old" symbolizes continuity with the bride's family and the past. "Something new" means optimism and hope for the bride's new life ahead. "Something borrowed" is usually an item from a happily married friend or family member, whose good fortune in marriage is supposed to carry over to the new bride. The borrowed item also reminds the bride that she can depend on her friends and family.
imageAs for the colorful item, blue has been connected to weddings for centuries. In ancient Rome, brides wore blue to symbolize love, modesty, and fidelity. Christianity has long dressed the Virgin Mary in blue, so purity was associated with the color. Before the late 19th century, blue was a popular color for wedding gowns, as evidenced in proverbs like, "Marry in blue, lover be true."
And finally, a silver sixpence in the bride's shoe represents wealth and financial security. It may date back to a Scottish custom of a groom putting a silver coin under his foot for good luck. For optimum fortune, the sixpence should be in the left shoe. These days, a dime or a copper penny is sometimes substituted, and many companies sell keepsake sixpences for weddings.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Welcome to Our First Online Artisan Wedding Fair!

Welcome to the First ever Online Artisan Wedding Fair!
Below you will find 80 wonderful Shops ready and willing to help you with your Wedding Day details!
Please feel free to browse through their shops, ask questions and go shopping for some of the finest Handcrafted Wedding merchandise available to you!
Please, contact the Artisans, if you have any questions regarding an item….they are ready and willing to assist you.
The list of Artisans is set up by the type of merchandise they offer and any specials they are offering is listed below the link!  If a coupon code is provided, please use the code to receive the sale price….
Above all we hope your Wedding Day is all that you imagine and more! We wish you a blessed and stress free Wedding.
Thank you for shopping with us and joining us for our Artisan Wedding Fair!
Bridal Jewelry and Gifts:   Wedding Necklaces, earring, bracelets, and even Wedding Rings!
http://www.artfire.com/users/CrystalPearl   All items 10% off until Jan 31st!
http://www.artfire.com/users/LindaLandigJewelry    All items reflect a 10% discount!
http://www.artfire.com/users/JudyCogoDesigns    everything is marked at 10% off!
http://www.artfire.com/users/PatriciaCVener    Look for the Sale tag on specially priced items!
http://www.artfire.com/users/ErinsInspirations     special for bridesmaids  orders - 50%  off the
                                                            regular priced necklaces and/or earrings, when you buy 4+ of any item.
Dresses,Fragrances, Headpieces, Footware and more:
http://www.artfire.com/users/AbsintheDragonfly   10% off select Frangance Packages!
Bouquets, Flowers and more:

Cards, Invitations, Placecards and Holders, Guest Books :

Handbags and Gifts:

Centerpieces, Favors , Cake Toppers, and Gifts:
http://www.artfire.com/users/TheSpecialOccasionShop  Free shipping for orders over $150.00!
                                                                        Additional discounts may apply, see shop for details!

Tablecloths, Napkins and gifts:
Other Merchandise of Special Interest! Great assortment of Merchandise for Gifts for your Wedding Party and more! :
http://www.artfire.com/users/OBXPuparazzi      15% off my Special Occasions section.
                                                                              Use coupon code is "WeddingFair"
Create your Own:

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Including Your Dog in Your Wedding by Lisa Penosky

For many of us, our pets are very special and we want to include the in all we do.
Here is a great article written by Lisa Penosky who owns Puparazzi!
 her shop is one of the vendor participating in our Artisan Fair!
Including Your Dog in Your Wedding

           Congratulations on your upcoming wedding! This is an exciting time for you and your beloved. Many people are including their dogs in their celebrations, as pets are considered just as much a member of the family as human relatives. Here are some suggestions for your consideration to make the most of your dog sharing your special day.
          One of the first considerations is how your dog will participate. They can participate as a bridesmaid or groomsman, or even as a ring bearer. The options are only limited by your imagination! Once you have found the perfect role for them in your wedding, there are a few more things to think about before the big day.
           Will your dog need to be walked in by another member of the wedding party, or are they trained well enough to perform their role off-lead? You will want to rehearse your dog’s responsibilities for the big day well in advance, so the dog knows what is expected of him or her. Including the dog in the formal rehearsal will be important, so the dog is less surprised by all the extra people.
         Who will be responsible for getting the dog to the ceremony, taking care of the dog during the ceremony and afterwards? You will be quite busy with all the other details of the day, so delegating this will be one less worry for you on the big day.
          Will your dog be dressing for the occasion? It is possible to get everything from custom designed dog clothing to match the color theme, to buying something pre-made at a pet store. Will your dog be wearing something simple, like a bandana, or something more elaborate, like a tuxedo or dress? Ring bearer pillows for dogs are also available, either custom made or from a store. If you are going with a more elaborate outfit, it is a good idea to be sure that the dog has time to get used to the concept of wearing it! Some dogs freeze up when they are in clothes, and the day of your wedding is not the time to discover that!
           Custom made items do not have to be prohibitively expensive. They can be made to match the outfits of other members of the wedding party. It is possible to choose a close match on the fabric, or if it is possible to get yardage of the actual dress fabric, an exact match is possible. These items can be made to fit your dog’s measurements, and will be comfortable on them.
          Store bought items are often made overseas, and can fit poorly or not be the right size. If at all possible, it is a good idea to try them on your dog to ensure a good fit. The better the clothing fits, the more comfortable your dog will be with dressing up. You will want to be sure that the legs of the clothing do not restrict your dog’s ability to walk normally.
           A few supplies will go a long way toward making the big day go off smoothly. You may wish to pack your dog a small kit with some clean up bags, a favorite toy to amuse the dog when he or she has to wait, and a bowl and some water for drinking, and maybe some treats for a job well done.
           Taking these things into consideration should help your big day be a happy and smooth experience for all of you. Congratulations and all the best to you and your intended!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Music, Food and Memories!

Okay so the budget, date, venue are all set. We know what we want for attire. We know who are attendants will be and who going to print the invitations for all those special people we want to share our memories with!
What are you going to feed them?
Who's going to record those memories?
Music---yes we need that too!

The venue is all set....are they going to provide the meal and what should you serve?
If the menu is taken care of by the hall---Great! 
But if you need to you should check out some of your areas caterers!  don't be afraid to ask for references, samples of the menus and a taste of the food!
The same goes for the cake.....don't just assume that because they are in business all will be to your liking!
ask other people you know if they have any knowledge of your choices...

When you plan the menu, try to get at least to main choices of dinner.
There may be people on your list who don't eat certain foods......don't go crazy here now usually a choice of beef and chicken  will suffice or maybe a fish instead of the beef.....no one will expect you to cater to their every dietary wants!
meals usually consist of  a salad or soup, a main dish, a vegetable and potato, desert and/or the wedding cake.

The photographer:
again ask around people are usually willing to tell you who's good and who's bad! But don't forget everyone has a bad day now and again so if the person you get has one of those days,....don't blame the person who recommended them!
are you going to want video? then you will also need a videographer. the Photographer you use may have someone they will recommend.

DJ or Band:  another one of those personal choice things.
If you are going to look at bands, get  a list of where they will be playing and don't be afraid to go and check them out! ( of course don't crash someone else's wedding!)

Whatever you choose to do, and this includes the venue where the wedding will be held, Make  sure you get and have signed contracts with the vendors to insure that what you want is what they will provide!   If something goes wrong, then you will have recourse to get your money or part of it returned......

Friday, January 7, 2011

The Wedding Party, the Invites, and of couse the Guest List!

1. Who do you want to invite to your wedding?
Begin building your guest list with these steps:
·         You, your fiancĂ©, and both sets of parents―should make up a wish list of people they'd really like to include.
·         Assign each potential guest as A, B, or C. Your A's are those family members and close, close friends that you need to invite.
·         Begin adding guests from the list as your numbers will allow.

  Stress-saving tips: decide on the number of people you can afford and stick to it!

2. How Will You Spread the Word?
Think about your personality. Choose your invitations to fit your style and personality!
Don’t forget the return cards, envelops, stamps……
3. Who Will Participate in Your Wedding Party? 
·         Maid of Honor (or Matron of Honor)
·         Bridesmaids
·         Best Man
·         Groomsmen
·         Flower Girl
·         Ring Bearer
·         Ushers (optional)
·         This is the list of the usual order of the wedding party
You can also ask other family and /or friends to readings during the service.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Let's Talk Wedding Attire!

Hmmmm,   what's your style?
Do you want white, off white, a color?
How much do you want to spend?
Bridal Party attire?
Lots here to think about!

first your wedding attire:
Bridal dress
headpiece,veil, hat or flowers
Grooms suit

White, off white or color?
do  what you want do here! It's your wedding. Look at the different style dresses out there.
Don't walk into shop and pick the first one you see unless you try it on and you look at yourself and see a beautiful bride standing in the mirror!
It's your wedding and you need to comfortable in your dress!
my niece-in-law came out in a slightly off white almose peach color dress with delicate hand embroyied flowers accented with beads.....and she got it at a bargain price......
the whole upshot is you don't have to pay the hightest prices, or have the fanciest gown to be beautiful!

Shop around, have fun trying on dresses, take your Mom or Mom-in-law to be, or your best friend, bridesmaids along to enjoy the fun.....make it fun and not a chore you will feel great about your choice when your done!

Bridal party Attire:

So you are set on your gown.....the bridal party now needs to be dressed.
one of my Maid of Honor gowns was chosen to match the Brides dress.....it didn't suit me at all! and I was very uncomfortable in it all day.....
do try to get the party together to go dress shopping......and relax while your doing this don't stress over it.....pick a color and have the party chose their style....they will be happier, and look beautiful in end. ( you can't look beautiful if your dress make you look frumpy,lumpy, and messy!)

The Groom and his attendants:

you and the groom should decide on the suit colors and things like cumber buns type of suit etc...
then let him and his groomsmen go shopping and have fun too!

Don't forget......
Shoes----yours, his and theirs!
your veil----do you want one?  ( made one for a customers that was 6 ft long double veil with pearls sewn on the edge and sprinkled over the veil) make sure again that it suits you!
your headpiece---- simple or complex...choose what looks good on you!
maybe you want to forgo the headpiece and veil and use a hat instead!

what about a purse, something small for your lipstick small comb etc!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Wedding Flowers, Centerpieces and Favors

Themed Weddings......are you going to have one?
Decide on your theme.....I have had wedding parties with Cherubs, SeaShells, Sand Castles, Gothic, Cinderella, and more.  That will make your choices of Flowers, Centerpieces, and Favors easier to decide on!

  1. The FLowers ....do you want fresh, silk or a Mix?

Whether you chose silk or real, make your choice based on your budget and what type of wedding you are having. Silk wedding flowers do have the advantage of not wilting and  they won't freeze in cold weather. Silk wedding flowers are very lightweight, making bouquets much easier to handle and to transport. They don't need watering and are much more durable.
And, silk flowers can be scented to smell like the real thing!
and if you have algeries, no Worries!
 Another plus -- a silk bridal bouquet will retain it's beauty and look just as gorgeous on your 25th anniversary as it did on your wedding day.
Look at what you like and what you can afford.
You will need:
  • your bouquet
  • bridemaids bouquet
  • a throwaway bouquet
  • flower girl baskets or bouquets
  • boutineers
  • pew or row bows
  • flowers for the Church or venue
  • flowers for the venue
  • do you or any of the Bridesmaids need flowers for your hair?

2.   Centerpeices
options here are get what you want, make your own, or use what the venue has on hand.

If you have someone custom make what you want the options are limitless!
Seahells with silks or real flowers, simple or complex vases with silks or fresh flowers choose what you like and in the colors you want!
If you choose to make these youself, remember they actually could cost you more in the end......so weight the costs and the aggrevation of "doing it yourself"......you've got enough to do!
you will need---
  • Centerpieces for each table
  • at least one for the Head table depending on the lenght  and how many people are to be seated there...if it's a long table with 10 or more people---plan on three centerpieces.
  • one for the table with your placement cards
  • and maybe one for your Cake table.

3.  Favors

okay so here is an item you could "do it yourself".   What's your theme, can you get enough of the supplies, do you have the time to make them?  is it going to be a money saver in the end?
you will need to plan on---
  • one favor for each couple or family
  • one favor for each single guest
  • you could always opt to have one favor per person
and some don't forgets!
  • Bride and Groom Glasses
  • Cut the Cake Knife
  • Sign in Guest Book
  • Pen for the Sign in Book
  • Place card Holder
  • Table Number Holders