Wedding Wednesday- Flower Edition

It’s Wednesday already!

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Last week, we talked about popping the question and we had a lot of great responses to that post! Thank you all for reading and getting involved in our posts. We want to post ideas and articles that are relevant to you, so we encourage you to leave your thoughts and questions in the comment section below!

Today we are talking about Floral Trends, so this is kind of a joint Wedding Wednesday and Wedding Trend post in one.

While there are an unlimited number of options for decorating venues, floral arrangements can really set the tone for the entire event. The trending color in 2013 was green and many couples incorporated various shades of green through their floral arrangements. We have discussed that 2014 will be the year of blue, so here are a few examples of ways to incorporate blue flowers during the different seasons:

1) Spring

Some great choices: Anemone, Delphinium, Hyacinth, Iris, Lilac, Peony, Allium, Hydrangea, Gerbera Daisy, and Pansies (to name a few)

Photo From: Pinterest (Blue and White Anemone)

2) Summer

Hydrangea, Bachelor’s Button, Blue Lilac, Gerbera Daisies, Delphinium, Blue Pimpernel, Willow Blue-Star, and Blue-tined roses

Photo From: Annie’s Annuals (Blue Pimpernel)

3) Fall

Salvias, Blue Throatwort, Cornflower, Blue Thistle, Morning Glory, Sea Holly, Veronica, Plumbago, Monkshood, and Lupine

Photo From: Pinterest (Blue Sea Holly)

4) Winter

Forget-me-nots, Winter Iris, Violas, Pansies, Larkspur, William, Dusty Miller, Candytuft, Cornflower, Hydrangea, and Amaryllis

Photo From: Flower Info (Candytuft)

 Other trends that are very hot for 2014 are:

1) Textured Arrangements

Photo From: Pinterest

2) Baby’s Breath

Photo From: Belle the Magazine

3) Succulents

Photo From: It’s a Bride’s Life

4) Single Flower Boutonnière

Photo From: Pinterest

5) Carnations in Muted Colors*

Photo From: Real Simple

* Carnations are making a huge comeback as an inexpensive substitute for peonies

What do you think about the floral trends for 2014? Let us know! Make sure you Contact Us today to schedule a complimentary consultation for your big day!

Weekly Feature August 19th- Children’s Parties

This week on our website’s “Weekly Feature” :

Children’s Birthday Parties!

Events by Victoria Lee is your planner for more than just weddings. Do you have a child getting ready to celebrate a birthday? This post is just for you.

Birthday parties for children are so much more than they used to be. While the emphasis these days is on bigger and better, we can show you how to make a top-notch party without breaking the bank!

The theme for this year, that is continuing to make waves into next year is “creativity”. Parties aren’t just about cake and pin-the-tail on the donkey anymore. You can really let your imagination run wild when you create a birthday party. Here are just a few of the birthday party themes we love!

1) Little Chef

A little chef party can mean anything from creating your own pizza and ice cream at home, to taking a trip to a cooking  school, to providing chef hats and aprons for everyone and letting them decorate their own cupcakes. This theme is adaptable for boys and girls of any age!

Photo From: Love The Day

2) Arts and Crafts Party

It can be stressful trying to plan all of the details of a birthday party, so having an all-inclusive venue is a great idea! An arts and crafts studio is ideal for a child’s birthday party as you get the venue, supplies,  activity, and favors all taken care of. A Paint Your Own Pottery studio is a great choice, where the kids get to select a piece of pottery, or in some cases make their own, then paint it, and have it fired for them to take home. Again, this party is great for boys or girls of all ages.

Photo From: Arts Ultd

3) Tie-Dye Parties

We have discussed these on our blog before, but they are just too much fun to not mention again! Just like the Arts and Crafts party, the tie-dye party helps cut down on details to plan, because you have already planned the activity and favor just by picking this as a theme. You can either ask parents to send an item to tie-dye or provide each guest with a  shirt, handkerchief, or one of our personal favorites, shoe laces! You can utilize the theme throughout the party with tie-dyed cupcakes, food, and decorations!

Photo From: The Little Style File

4) Pirate Birthday Party

It’s impossible to not find something to love about a Pirate Party! From the fantastic (and easy to create/inexpensive to buy) costumes and props, the endless decoration options, and the huge smile it will put on your child’s face, we guarantee a Pirate Party will be a huge hit. While there are plenty of venues that offer Pirate parties, this one is simple enough to create at home!

Photo From: Pinterest

5) Cowboy and Cowgirl Parties

Yee-haw! This theme is sure to be a hit with everyone who attends. You can build your own backyard ranch or rent a barn or real ranch to host your party. Your little cowgirl or cowboy will be the star of their own rodeo. You can have lasso contests, play horseshoes, have pony rides, or learn how to milk goats. Many farms offer great educational parties where the guests get to learn about all of the animals, what it takes to care for them, and how to grow the food they eat.

Photo From: Pinterest

 

We have so many unique ideas for making your child’s party special! Contact us today for a complimentary consultation!

Wedding Trends- Bridesmaid Edition

We wanted to add to our posts on wedding trends today. We have already discussed color trends and bridal gown trends for 2014, so today we wanted to focus on Bridesmaid trends.

There is so much to love about the 2014 Bridesmaid trends, we will let the pictures do the talking!

1) Lace Dresses

Lace BridesmaidPhoto From: Pinterest

2) Blush Dresses

Blush BridesmaidPhoto From: Etsy

3) Purple Dresses

Purple BridesmaidPhoto From: Discount Dress Shop

4) Ombre Dresses

Ombre DressPhoto From: After Six

5) Asymmetric Neckline and Hemline Dresses

Asymmetric BridesmaidPhoto From: Dress For Me

6) Illusion neckline dresses

Illusion BridesmaidPhoto From: She Finds

7) A little bit of sparkle dresses

SparklePhoto From: Pinterest

8) Peplum dresses

Peplum BridesmaidPhoto From: Jim Hjelm

9) Pretty-Back Dresses

Pretty Back bridesmaidPhoto From: alice+olivia

10) Black and White Dresses

Black and White BridesmaidPhoto From: Bridesmaid Look

We have one more dress style we would like to share with you that isn’t being called a “trend” yet, but we really think by the 2014 winter wedding season you will see a lot of weddings featuring them:

Velvet Bridesmaid Dresses

Velvet BridesmaidPhoto From: Donna Morgan

What do you think of the 2014 Bridesmaid trends? Which one is your favorite?

Don’t forget to Contact Us today to schedule your complimentary consultation, dates are booking fast for 2014!

 

Wedding Wednesday- Proposals

We are half way through the week, so it’s time for another Wedding Wednesday post!

weddingwednesdayWe were inspired this morning by a beautiful proposal that we shared on our Facebook Page. This post is dedicated to all things marriage proposals!

Asking your significant other to spend the rest of their life with you is one of the most important questions you will ever ask or be asked. (Notice how we say significant other instead of girlfriend- we believe proposals can be done by anyone of any gender to anyone of any gender.) A proposal should be meaningful to both of you- whether that means a romantic walk in the park where you first met, proposing on the ferris wheel at your favorite amusement park, coordinating a flash mob, or proposing at home surrounded by family and friends, you should take time to consider what is meaningful in your relationship and build the proposal around it.

1) Rings.

When beginning to plan your proposal you first want to consider a ring and the cost associated. Make sure you know your significant other’s preferences (you don’t actually have to ask them, you can talk to family and friends or take a look at what jewelry they wear for inspiration) and then begin your search! A ring doesn’t just have to be a diamond solitaire, there are thousands upon thousands of great options!

  • Gemstone rings are beautiful and unique; they can also be very sentimental. You can choose their birthstone, your birthstone, or a gem that is otherwise meaningful to them.

topaz ringPhoto From: Gemvara

  • Delicate Bands. There are a lot more couples choosing a band with beautiful detail as an engagement ring/wedding band. The ring becomes extra special as it is the on you will propose with and marry your significant other with!

band engagement ringPhoto From: Etsy

  • Engagement Rings for Guys. More and more men are the ones being proposed to these days, which is pretty fabulous, if you ask our opinion! We are seeing so many great options for male engagement rings now that you shouldn’t have any trouble finding one for your significant other!

trillion bandPhoto From: Love and Pride

2) Location.

As we mentioned before, it is important to pick a meaningful location for your proposal. Perhaps there is a cafe you both love to go to for breakfast or a favorite painting at a museum- ultimately what matter is that the location is special to you both.

  • Perhaps you want to propose in front of your favorite fountain in Central Park. (Clicking on this link will take you to the Youtube video where you can witness the whole proposal that includes an incredible flash mob!)

Carl ProposalPhoto From: Go See Do Arts

  • Maybe your significant other has been away for an extended period and you want to catch them off guard at the airport to signify their return and the start of your new life together.

woman proposing to a manPhoto From: Shine Yahoo

  • Sporting events can be amazing places to propose. Take this fantastic couple who got engaged at an NHL Game on the ice! Alicia (the one being proposed to) is a HUGE Ottawa fan and her girlfriend knew this would be the perfect place to propose. How sweet is this! (If you click on the link under the photo, you can even watch the amazing proposal!)

hockey proposalPhoto From: Equally Wed

3) Who?

Deciding who to involve in the proposal and who to tell can be a very difficult decision to make. You want to make sure to think about how your significant other will feel about other people being involved, as some people would rather it just be an intimate moment. Other people, however, would just love to have their family and friends involved!

  • Proposing in front of family at an event can make the proposal that much more special. Being able to celebrate such a big milestone with your family is such a special treat!

public proposalPhoto From: Pinterest

  • Flash Mob proposals are very trendy right now. They are a great way to set the stage for a proposal your significant other will never forget!

Flash mob ProposalPhoto From: The Heart Bandits

  • We featured this proposal this morning on our Facebook page. We absolutely love everything about this proposal! He makes up a story about how she needs to take care of his nephew that night while he works. She arrives at her soon-to-be Brother-in-law’s house to find a dress, necklace, and roses next to a laptop. She pushes play to find a video of her soon-to-be husband telling her he isn’t at work and that a car will be there in 10 minutes to pick her up and that there is a surprise in the car for her to look at during the 10 minute drive. When she gets in the limo, she finds a book he had made dedicated to their relationship. The last few pages are perhaps the most important though, because they are pictures of her parents, brother, grandparents, best friends, and his family holding signs congratulating her on her engagement. We love that he kept the proposal intimate between the two of them, but still had all of their family and friends involved! Watch the proposal here: Youtube Video

What will you say?

For most people, planning exactly what they will say when they propose is the hardest part. Some choose to write a poem or a song or even memorize a speech. Other people choose to say whatever they feel at the moment. Still others prefer to let a song or a sign do the asking. No matter how you decide to propose, choosing what you will say is one of the most important parts!

Here are some great tips from The Knot on how to decide what you will say: The Knot Article

 

There is a lot of work that goes into planning a proposal, but it will all be worth it when you see the smile on their face and hear them say yes!

For help planning the perfect proposal, Contact us today and schedule a complimentary consultation!

 

 

Holiday Parties- Halloween Edition

We know it’s still summer, but now is the perfect time to start planning your holiday gatherings. They will be here before you know it! Whether you want to throw a spooky Halloween bash, a rustic Thanksgiving feast, a vintage Christmas family gathering, or a rockin’ New Years Eve celebration- Events by Victoria Lee can help you make your party the best of the season.

Today, we wanted to talk about Halloween parties, since Halloween is right around the corner.

Halloween can be one of the most fun holidays to get family and friends together; when else can you dress-up in crazy costumes, make brains out of jello, and get excited about bats and ghosts? Halloween parties can include the whole family or they can be adult-only or kid-only.

Here are a few fun ideas for Halloween gatherings this year:

For an adult-party, you can get very creative with drinks you serve. We love the martini glasses garnished with “eyes”, the creative bottle stoppers, the amazing skeleton hand drink stand, and the Crystal Head Vodka (in the skull bottle).

Halloween DrinksPhoto From: Pinterest

Table settings really make a Halloween party come alive. From a table constructed from a wood slab and a galvanized trough, to the tablecloth made from torn cheesecloth , to paper-mache pumpkins, to halloween-themed plates and noisemakers,  to the fantastic (and simple!) candelabra and branch decor accented with crows- this entire table setting truly encompasses the spirit of Halloween.

Halloween Table SettingsPhoto From: Delish

The food served is another great opportunity to really wow your guests. Check out these eerily realistic “finger” cookies.

Finger CookiePhoto From: Hub Pages

This amazing eyeball platter is a must-have at any Halloween Party. The tray includes mini-meatball eyeballs, mozzarella eyeballs, olive eyeballs, and more- all served in creative ways. You can really use your imagination to create a million different combinations.

eyeball trayPhoto From: Better Homes and Gardens

Of course, if you want to go the extra mile, decorating your whole house with little surprises is a great way to get everyone excited!

bloody bathroomPhoto From: Pinterest

stair rats

Photo From: Pinterest

Skeleton groundPhoto From: Pinterest

house decor

Photo From: Pinterest

Of course, you may want your party to be more kid-friendly, so here are some great ideas for kid-friendly Halloween parties!

Mummy Hot Dogs, spider Oreos, monster cupcakes, and poison trail mix are some fun twists on traditional party foods.

kid foodPhoto From: Pinterest

Your decor can be a little more subtle, but just as much fun! I love how the traditional Halloween colors are incorporated in a modern way with touches of pink and green!

Kids halloween decorPhoto From: Hostess with the Mostess

Games are very important for any child’s party and playing games like “Pin the Leg on the Spider”, bobbing for apples, and halloween-themed scavenger hunts, are great ways to make sure everyone has a great time! We also love the monster-bag sack races. This may be a perfect game after trick-or-treating to make sure everyone is tired before bed.

halloween gamesPhoto From:  Passion for Parties

We have so many other fun and exciting ideas for Halloween parties, so Contact Us today to schedule a complimentary consultation. Let us help you plan the Halloween Party everyone will be talking about!

 

Weekly Feature- August 12th-19th- Ceremony Ideas

This week on “Weekly Feature” :

Unique Ceremony Ideas!

Last week, we featured some amazing venues, so this week we wanted to share some unique ceremony ideas you could use at any of those (or other!) venues.

1) Unique seating arrangements.

Many of our clients have expressed an interest in wanting to change up the traditional seating arrangement of straight pews or straight chairs. Here are just a few of the ideas we have found:

  • Spiral pattern. Instead of the traditional straight rows, we love the idea of setting up the chairs in a spiral pattern. This set-up allows each guest to feel close to the person walking down the aisle. It also allows the person walking down the aisle to have a moment with each guest, even if it’s just making eye contact and smiling. The walk down the aisle is such a special moment and this set-up helps it last just a little bit longer.

serpentine chairs

Photo From: Pinterest

  • Half Circle on each side of the altar. We absolutely adore everything about this ceremony site, but we are particularly fond of the chair set-up. Your friends and family have surrounded you with their love and support for your whole life, so it only makes sense to have them all around you on one of the most important days of your life!

circle ceremony

Photo From: Weddings in Iowa

  • Unique Chairs. If you want to have the traditional aisle, you can still change up the seating to make it unique. We love the strong presence of the wrought iron chairs, made more feminine with pillows in the wedding colors. The use of iron and the various colored pillows makes for beautiful photos and comfortable guests.

iron chair seatin

Photo From: Sincerity Bridal

2) New Traditions.

Over the last few wedding seasons, we have become more familiar with the wine box ceremony, the sand ceremony, and the hand-fasting ceremony. Couples are always seeking new ways to showcase their one-of-a-kind love with a unique unity ceremony. Here are a few of our favorites:

  • Irish Stone Blessing. In Ireland, it is traditional for couples to marry by the water as it is considered a sacred place. Guests are given stones, asked to make a wish for the couple, and toss the stones into the water to bless the couple. As a little twist, have the guests write their names on one side of a stone and a blessing on the other and keep them with them during the ceremony.  The couple should also write their own wishes on stones and have the officiant say a unity prayer or blessing over them. Towards the end of the ceremony, have the officiant perform a special prayer or blessing for the wishes the guests have made and as the guests exit the ceremony, have them drop the stone into a decorated hurricane vase filled with water. This can be used in place of or in addition to a guest book at the reception.

Irish Stone Blessing

Photo From: Pinterest

  • Salt Covenant. In the old days, agreements were sealed with a salt covenant; each party in the agreement would have a bag of salt and place a pinch of their salt in the other party(ies) bag(s). The agreement was considered binding, unless one party could retrieve their own grains of salt from another party’s bag. This is a perfect unity ceremony, because just as you could not remove your own grains of salt, you will not be able to remove the love in your heart and the bonds of marriage. For this ceremony, the couple would each have their own bag of salt and combine it into a special container to be displayed (or even used) in their home.

Salt Covenant

Photo From: Etsy

  • Plant Ceremony. For this ceremony, a young plant is symbolic of your love and relationship. During the ceremony, the couple adds a cup of soil from their hometown and then waters the plant together. You could also add a cup of soil from your new home to it as well. The plant will be a lasting reminder of your wedding day and you can watch it grow as you both grow together.

Plant Ceremony

Photo From: Brett & Emily Photographers

3) Non-Floral Displays.

Perhaps floral arrangements aren’t in your budget, or one of you is allergic, or maybe you just want something different. We have several great ideas for ceremony decor that does not include flowers!

  • Picture Frames. You can paint picture frames of various sizes and shapes in one or multiple wedding colors and hang them as a backdrop for the altar, put pictures in them to hang on the chairs along the aisle, or place glitter frames on the ground on top of tulle and candles for a romantic effect.

Frame Decor

Photo From: Wedding Gawker

  • Books. Using books in place of florals is a great way to bring color to your ceremony! We love everything about this arch made of books.

Book Decor

Photo From: Done Brilliantly

                 And how about having the bridal party carry books instead of flowers and have boutonnieres and corsages made

out of pages from your favorite books?

bridesmaid books

Photo From: Emmaline Bride

  • Lantern Decor. Paper lanterns make beautiful decorations. They come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and designs. From solid colors to doily patterns, you can find exactly what you need to match your ceremony. Not only are the stunning and reusable for the reception and at home, but they are inexpensive, too!

Lantern

Photo From: Lover.ly

We have so many unique ideas for making your wedding ceremony special! Contact us today for a complimentary consultation!

Celebration Friday- The Children’s Edition

It’s Friday!! Who is ready for the weekend??

friday-i-love-you1Happy Celebration Friday! This week we wanted to dedicate the blog post to children. There is nothing sweeter than the look of excitement and surprise on a child’s face on their birthday or other important holiday.

There are so many ideas and options out there for themes and there is a lot of pressure to make each birthday bigger and better than the last. We want to show you ways to make birthdays amazing and memorable without breaking the bank or your sanity!

1) Pick an easy theme.

Sometimes picking a detailed theme can make the party even more difficult, because then you have to stop and ask yourself if it all really goes together. We suggest picking something easy that you can quickly apply to all aspects of the party.

For example, toddlers love shapes! Why not have a circle themed birthday party? There are so many things that are circles, it will make your job that much easier. Cups and plates are already circles, there are many foods that are already circles or can easily be formed into a circle, and banners and decor can quickly be made into circles. By choosing something like a shape as a theme, you aren’t limiting yourself on color or one style, you can do a rainbow of colors or incorporate baseballs and basketballs and have it all still go together.

circlePhoto From: Real Simple

How about picking a main color and an accent color as the theme? Picking one main color and one accent color and making everything shades of those colors simplifies every aspect of the party. For example, here is a great picture of a green and grey 1st birthday party:

green partyPhoto From: Pinterest

One more idea for theme options: pick an activity your child loves. A great example- making a mess! Most children love to get messy and having a birthday party centered around being messy is a dream come true! For food, you can have a cake splattered with various colored frosting and gel and let the kids decorate their own cupcakes to take home with different colored frosting. Sloppy Joes can be the main course, served with corn chips and guacamole. Activities are so simple- ask the kids to come in clothes the parents don’t mind getting dirty. You can start with a pinata filled with cooked spaghetti, a silly string war, bobbing for apples, set up tarps and rolls of paper the kids can splatter paint filled balloons on, fill a baby pool with potting soil and water for a great mud puddle, and at the end, hose everyone off!

messy party 1Photo From: Pinterest

2) Location, location, location!!!

Have the party at your house or a friend’s house, if possible. Free venues are sometimes the best! You can also look into nearby State, Federal, and local parks for pavilion and other space rentals. They are typically inexpensive to rent and give you the entire day to set-up, have the party, and tear down. Another option is to check out some of the local museums for party options. Philadelphia has the amazing Please Touch Museum, specifically designed with children in mind. Their party packages include a room for the party, all-day admission for all of the guests, food, themed decorations, and much more. If you don’t want to have to worry about set-up, clean-up, or activity planning- this is the perfect option! Check out the Please Touch Museum by clicking here.

please touchPhoto From: Visit Philly

3) Choose a menu that is easy.

While there are many children who eat a very wide range of foods, why stress about a gourmet menu? First, check for guest allergies, you want to make sure you don’t serve something that will make someone sick. Next, pick items you can make ahead or items that are simple to whip up. We suggested sloppy joes earlier, so simple in a crock pot. Pizza, macaroni and cheese, veggie burgers, grilled chicken, wraps, the list of simple options goes on and on. The kids are going to be so busy playing, they won’t want to stop to eat anyhow! You want to pick foods that will be quick to eat.

wrap

Photo From: TLC

Over the coming weeks, we will be sharing specific party themes in detail with you, so you will need to stay-tuned for that!

Interested in having us help you plan the perfect birthday party? Contact us today to schedule your complimentary consultation!