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!

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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!

 

 

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!

Wedding Wednesday- Biggest Bang for Your Buck

Happy Wedding Wednesday, everyone!

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This week on Wedding, Wednesday, we wanted to offer several ways to stretch your money as far as you can. These ideas are great for any couple, no matter your budget; because who doesn’t want to save money?

  • Uplighting– This morning on our Facebook page, we shared uplighting ideas. In case you aren’t familiar, uplighting is the use of different colored spotlights (or other lighting equipment) to add color to a space and highlight specific areas. Uplighting is also one of the least expensive ways to completely transform a room. If you have a big space to fill, it can get expensive to buy all of the draping or other decor needed to make the room look complete. By utilizing white as a base color for linens and chair covers along with candles, mirrors, and or crystals, you can use uplighting to make to make the space look any way you want. The best part is most DJ’s offer upgraded packages or add-ons to their packages to include uplighting. Often times these packages range between $199 and $299, whereas more decor to fill the space could cost more than double or even triple. Here are some great pictures of uplighting transforming a room:

uplighting 1

Photo From: Superlative Events

uplighting 2Photo From: Seward Park Tech

  • Reusing florals– Flowers can be extremely expensive, especially when you want specific flowers or have a large space to fill. One of our secrets is to work with florists to create floral arrangements for the ceremony that also can be used in the reception space. We recently had a couple who had mason jars filled with flowers hanging from shepherd hooks down the aisle. The flowers and mason jars were then used as centerpieces on the tables along with candles. The same couple also had a floral spray as part of their altar decor that they placed on the escort card table. The couple saved almost $2,000.00 by choosing multi-purpose arrangements!

shepherd hooksPhoto From: Personal Photo

  • Beauty School Hair and Makeup– There are beauty schools across the country and many are looking to give their students additional experience. Right here in Chester County, we have several schools that offer one day a week where you can come in and get your hair cut, colored, and styled for pennies on the dollar. I know it may sound a little scary, but they have expert hairstylists working with them on every move, so you know someone who has truly mastered the art of hair is making sure you leave there looking nothing less than perfect. For your wedding, you can contact the schools to set-up hair and makeup trials and day-of services. For a professional stand-alone company, you might pay over $300.00 for your hair and makeup, whereas going through the school will save you around $200.00.

hair and makeup

Photo From: True Photography

  • Friday or Sunday Dates– If you are open to getting married on a Friday or Sunday, many venues offer packages that cost as much at 30% less!! Not only will you save money on the venue, but many other vendors (DJ’s, Caterers, Photographers, etc) offer discounts for days other than Saturdays as well. While there are some important factors to keep in mind, such as out-of-town guest travel, having a Friday or Sunday wedding may allow you to book your dream venue and stay within or under your budget!

fridayPhoto From: Pinterest

What other ideas do you have to help save money? Contact us today for more great money saving ideas!

The World of DIY

D.I.Y. This acronym has the ability to delight and terrify even the most experienced and savvy crafter. There is just something about your own wedding that makes D.I.Y projects 100x more overwhelming.

The “Wedding Machine” will show you pictures of miles of handcrafted bunting, perfectly painted mason jars, paper flower bouquets that look so sweet and simple. Pinterest will give you the impression that EVERY couple in the ENTIRE world carefully crafts every little of their wedding and that if you don’t, your wedding isn’t good enough or on their level.

Well, we at Events by Victoria Lee are here to tell you this just isn’t true! There are plenty of couples who turn to Etsy to get special touches or hire/enlist friends and family to complete the tasks. There are also just as many couples who don’t D.I.Y or purchase anything handmade and have a spectacular wedding that everyone talks about!

We previously discussed how important it is for couples to enjoy the planning process. We truly believe it is important to have a realistic conversation and decide what elements are truly important to you as a couple and what actually have the time and resources to tackle on your own. We advise our clients not to take on more than one project per month- and if you are making your own invitations, to allow yourself two months to complete them. If you do finish your project early and have time, then you can start another project, but it alleviates the pressure and the the unknown of what is next.

For each project, ask yourself this simple set of questions to help you determine if you should D.I.Y, Buy, Or Forget it.

  1. How much will this project cost me? (Factor in supplies, tools you may need to purchase, and shipping. For invitations, don’t forget to include postage on for each invitation AND RSVP Card)
  2. How much time will this project take? (This is a question you can ask your Wedding Planner and family and/or friends. Weddingbee is also a great resource as many of the participants are very invested in D.I.Y and they provide tutorials, tips and tricks, and give you a good idea for how long things take to complete. Don’t forget to consider what your time is worth!)
  3. How much would it cost me to buy the item or purchase it partially finished for me to complete? (Sometimes it really is less expensive to purchase the item(s), so don’t just assume that because it is D.I.Y that equals cheaper! You can find great deals on Etsy, Wedding Bee Classifieds, and Tradesy (Formerly Recycled Bride).)
  4. Do I have experience and skills related to the project? (If you are really good with design, but not as good with stamping and embossing, perhaps you could consider designing and printing your invitations, but having a friend or outside source complete the embossing for you.)
  5. Is this a crucial element to the design of the wedding? (For example, the stained jars for the centerpieces may be more important than the homemade frames for the dessert table.)
  6. Is this something we have to have or would we be okay with something else? (Maybe you would really like a homemade origami crane backdrop for the ceremony, but you also love the  idea of a ribbon and lace backdrop. While they both may have similar costs, the amount of time saved doing the ribbon and lace backdrop may allow you the time to complete other projects.

The most important thing to keep in mind is that you want to enjoy every second of being engaged and not feel overwhelmed to the point of wanting it all to be over (believe us, this happens more often than you would think!!!).

With that in mind, here are three great touches you can easily DIY or purchase to add a little touch of homemade to your big day:

1) Custom Monogram Stamp- you can purchase the stamp and add it as a personal touch to your invitations, escort cards, drink napkins, and so much more!  You can change all of the details about the stamp to really make it your own and it truly is a very simple way to add flair to anything for your wedding!

monogramPhoto From: Rubber Stamps

2) Pressed Flowers- Want a design that adds dimension to your paper products, but don’t want to pay a fortune to buy it or spend a ton of time pressing flowers in books? The Microfleur is the perfect solution! It is a microwavable and reusable flower press that allows you to use the flowers the same day you press them. You can even press foliage. Add the pressed flowers to table numbers, programs, ceremony and reception signs, or escort cards for a beautiful look that takes very little time! Available on Amazon for only $27.99, it is definitely well worth the investment!

pressed flowersPhoto From:  Pinterest

3) Olive oil and herb infused favors- These favors are a huge hit at any wedding as men and women both love them. They are thoughtful and simple to whip up. Simply purchase fresh herbs like rosemary, garlic, and thyme and add the herbs and olive oil to a beautiful bottle. Add a ribbon, bakers twine, or a tag and you are all set. Every time the guest uses the oil to cook, they will be brought back to your special day!

olive oil

Photo From: Martha Stewart Weddings

Do you have some great DIY ideas? Let us know! You can also Contact Us to schedule a free consultation so we can help make your dreams come true!

Weekly Feature- August 1st- August 8th- Venues

Over on our Main Page, we are featuring venues from around Southeastern, PA that we think are unique and offer amazing options for couples planning their wedding.

Here is the weekly feature!

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This week on “Weekly Feature” :

Venues!

We are already working on several beautiful weddings for next year and all of our couples are very focused on the venue. Over on our Blog, we gave you 10 great tips for selecting the perfect venue, so we thought we would showcase some of our favorites from around the area on our Weekly Feature.

First Up:

Chester County’s: Downingtown Country Club

The Downingtown Country Club is tucked into the woods in Downingtown, PA, and while it is close to everything, it feels like it is in it’s own world. Everything about the Country Club is beautiful- from the grounds, to the building, to the layout of the ballroom, to the landscaping in the outdoor ceremony area. One of the best things about Downingtown Country Club, besides the service, is that they offer all-inclusive packages for your planning convenience. Their packages include; food, alcohol, ceremony site options, cocktail hour site options, reception, linens, cake, centerpieces, discounted hotel rooms and transportation through a nearby hotel, and amazing service. Victoria Lee can personally attest to the fantastic experience you receive at DCC as she and her husband were married there. They have packages to accommodate all budgets and are willing to work with you throughout the entire process to ensure a perfect day. Check out their website here: Downingtown Country Club

Downingtown CCPhoto From: Weddingbee

Delaware County’s “The Old Mill”

Speaking of gorgeous places that feel like they are in their own world, The Old Mill  in Rose Valley is a hidden gem. Not only does The Old Mill offer an indoor ceremony option, but they also have 3 unique outdoor ceremony locations. They have a gorgeous ballroom and tented courtyards that are heated and cooled for year round use. There are so many couples who would love to have an outdoor ceremony but are nervous that in the event of inclement weather, they won’t have an indoor option that is as beautiful as the outdoor. The Old Mill has made sure everything about the property, both inside and out, is equally breathtaking and it can be customized to fit any theme or wish. They also work with award-winning Conner Catering for food, so you know you will not be disappointed. Check out The Old Mill here: The Old Mill  and Conner Catering here: Conner Catering.

The Old MillPhoto From: Main Line Events

Philadelphia County’s: “The TRUST Venue”

Another incredibly unique location, The TRUST Venue is elegant, historic, and modern, rolled into one. The building was originally constructed as a bank in 1902. Eventually, it was sold in the ’70′s to a church to act as housing for people visiting from all over the world. Perhaps most notable in recent memory, this building was home to the MTV reality show “The Real World” in 2004. Since then, several million dollars in renovations have made this venue one of the premier choices for couples getting married. Another huge plus is the in-house catering, making this the perfect venue for couples who want to have everything in one place.

TrustPhoto From: TRUST Twitter

 Lancaster County’s: Drumore Estates

We all know The Great Gatsby theme is spreading like wildfire, and hidden in rustic Lancaster County is the Drumore Estates. This home is truly something out of The Great Gatsby. The 70-acre Estate features numerous mature gardens, fountain gardens, beautiful views of the Susquehanna Valley, and a 16,000 sq. ft. home. The back of the home is tented for the reception and you have numerous options for ceremony location. If you can dream it, you can make it happen at the Drumore Estates! Their full-service, in-house catering makes this one of the premier wedding venues. Check out their website: Drumore Estates

Drumore EstatesPhoto From: Leslie Gilbert Photography

Montgomery County’s: Normandy Farm and Hotel

If you love history, you will absolutely love the Normandy Farm and Hotel. Originally started in 1730 on 68 acres, the land and  property structures have grown through the years while being bought and sold by various families until it was bought in the early 90′s by the current owners, Hansen Properties, Inc. The historic buildings and barn have been restored to their former glory. The property includes the hotel, the barn, a country club, and a beautiful golf course, among other structures. Offering both indoor and outdoor options with all-inclusive packages, the Normandy Farm and Hotel is a very special link to the area’s rich history.

Normandy Farm HotelPhoto From: Candid Moments Photography

Bucks County’s: Holly Hedge Estate

There are so many things to love about Holly Hedge Estate, but one of our top reasons to love HHE is the true ability to customize your ceremony and reception to fit your needs. Indoor or outdoor, Holly Hedge offers multiple options for ceremony and reception locations. Their all-inclusive packages can fit any need and their 15 private guest rooms give bridal party and family members easy access to the events. You and your guests are treated like royalty with valet parking the moment you set foot on the beautiful grounds. HHE feels like a secret garden, which is perfect for one of the most important days of your lives. The old English Charm of Holly Hedge Estate is sure to please, so check out their website: Holly Hedge Estate

Holly HedgePhoto From: Rebecca Barger

Interested in learning more about any of these venues or having us help you make your dreams come true? contact us today for a complimentary consultation!