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06 wedding in a box
the art of the party
flower girls Dresses
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Greg and Suzanne Fox
Claudia Hanlin Mary Sharp Madeline Gardner Loria Clarenden Riley Anderson Susan Manning
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contents 5 wedding invitations: botanicals, monograms and seeded invites
The Other White Dress
wedding in a box
wedding jewelry not just the ring
deadlines & details
20 the wedding budget 22 Flowers are the art oF the party 24 Flower girls 26 wedding arches
wedding invitations botanical styles
Plant this invitation and wildflowers will grow By Riley Anderson MonograM monograms are a wonderful way of adding a personal touch while keeping your botanical invites simplistic and classy. Match your wedding flowers to your botanical invites. The wife's initial is first in the monogram, followed by the initial of the couple's last name and completed with the groom's first initial. While marriage monograms are not as common as personal monograms, they are the perfect detail to add to any wedding or celebration of newlyweds!
SuStainability Sustainability is a major trend throughout wedding planning and it's coming into wedding stationery, too. Use recycled and plantable seed paper for your invitations. it's a great way to share the growth of your union with your friends and family. Be sure to print on the card, "This paper is embedded with plantable seeds. Plant with care and sow the love and joy we have for each other."
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this elegant small wedding designed by Claudia’s Wedding library displays the perfect way to use Freshly Set’s designer tabletop products to add charm, elegance and detail that is fit to your personal style. Claudia explains her inspiration and design thought process when she designed this beautiful reception dinner in tuxedo Park, new york.
Wedding in a box
Top Tips for Designing a Small Wedding by Claudia Hanlin
freshly set is an e-commerce service offering brides the opportunity to rent designer tabletop pieces for their small wedding or party. “I created an opulent lakeside dinner, evoking a glamorous party that I imagined at a villa overlooking Lake Como. I love the combination of pinks and burgundy, and the Penny Morrison linen evoked the handmade, informal and cheeky look I was going for. An added bonus was the complex color combinations that challenged me and I think in the end worked really well! I wanted it to feel slightly homespun, complete with tarnished silver containers and (slightly) kitschy candle shades."
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claUdia's tiPs! • Throw out your pre-conceived design ideas that you might have for a big party. It’s the perfect opportunity to make it personal, not cookie cutter! • Think home entertaining: time to break out the fine linens, antique silver and heirloom china. Don’t have enough? No problem. Mix and match to make it super personal.
• Individualize! Use place cards, hand write menu cards, leave a personal note at each place setting. Toast every guest! • Don’t skimp on flowers. This is not the time for a DiY project. hire your dream designer and get a few lush centerpieces. • Make it comfortable. If it’s outside, make sure you have cozy blankets available or pashminas, pillows and a few fire pits.
i wanted it to feel comPletely
homesPUn, with tarnished silver containers and kitschy candle shades.
• Don’t forget pacing. You might not have a planner, maitre d’ or band leader to keep the party going. have someone watch the clock and keep the timing and pacing lively. We like having a little surprise or “moment” every half hour or so. (This could be a toast, cake cutting, tequila shots, first dance or sparklers). Make it fun!
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Glamorous weddingEntertaining By Mary Sharp SiGnature CoCktail Make your day memorable and easy at the same time. Create a signature cocktail that will satisfy the masses and serve it in pitchers on each table. this will keep the line shorter at the bar and save money on alcohol. the same is true if you are having a non-alcoholic event. Use antique and etched glass pitchers to serve mocktails that even your most critical aunt will love. Strawberry CoCktail strawberry Lemonade Vodka triple sec prosecco sparkling Water Lime Juice (for mocktail, leave out the alcohol)
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FreSh oFF the Grill Grilled anything is the perfect wedding food for lunch or dinner. shrimp with a side of cous cous is light and filling. Be careful not to serve heavy foods at your wedding. Keep your guests and your fare light.
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a SeCond option another light and tasty grilled favorite is blackened scallops on top of a bed of spinach. always have two options for your guests. a carb-free option has become very popular in the days of keto, fasting and lean and green diets!
StarterS Equally pretty and delicious, a salad is probably the most cost effective starter to a premium meal. Make it colorful and tasty with different textures. Here, we have arugula, strawberries, feta cheese and pecans. Mix with strawberry vinaigrette dressing and it pairs lovely with your signature cocktail.
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weddinG jewelry not juSt the rinG! weddinG jewelry doeSn't have to break the bank and it doeSn't have to be royal CryStalS. eleGant, timeleSS jewelry iS meant For all oF your weddinG eventS, From the Shower to the honeymoon. Today's bride is elegant and practical. she understands the value of money and planning a wedding on a budget. This makes today's weddings some of the most memorable events to come. There will be special mementos and family heirlooms; the traditional more than the outrageous.
Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. These words mean more to today's bride than they did five or even ten years ago. The value of every purchase for your wedding should be scrutinized. That's why your wedding jewelry should be versatile, timeless and
elegant. It doesn't have to be expensive, but it should follow your everyday style. You may wear it to your wedding, your shower and your honeymoon, but you should be able to wear it for many years to come. Make it practical. Jewelry pictured is from Ring Concierge, a line of vintageinspired jewelry.
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StyliStiCally SpeakinG Brides can look forward to a flirty, Jackie O, tea-length style dress, a jaw dropping silky chiffon column dress with plunging low back, a wide leg jumpsuit which perfectly cinches the waist & romantic billowy sleeves that catch flight to have gorgeous movement to them. The iconic pieces all hold a timeless style infused with endless inspiration.
“i’ve designed The Other White Dress collection with personalization at the forefront of each style. a blank canvas for my brides to make their own, and bring their wedding day vision to life. from effortlessly chic to sophisticated and ultra-glamorous, this collection provides simple, sleek looks that can be versatility styled to beautifully complement any type of wedding setting. The perfect modern-day dresses for today’s everevolving bride.” –Madeline Gardner
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Select date, time and place.Then reserve venues! Decide on wedding size and style. hire wedding consultant (if applicable) and create wedding website. shop for gown. Begin guest list.
r research honeymoon destinations. Book musicians, DJ, florist, photographer, videographer and limousines. order invitations. Purchase gown and begin alterations. ask friends to be in wedding party and order bridesmaid dresses.
Finalize guest list and send save-the-date cards. Book appointments for hair, nails and make-up. r reserve attire for groom and groomsmen. order cake(s). Purchase rings.
Secure bridal accessories (such as shoes, jewelry, garter and mementos) Give musicians a list of songs you want them to play (or to avoid). Make food choices with venue.
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Ceremony Location fee___________________ Officiant fee___________________ Marriage License_______________ Rings________________________ Music________________________ Miscellaneous__________________ TOTAL______________________
Photography Photography___________________ Videography___________________ Albums_______________________ Miscellaneous__________________ TOTAL______________________
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Green hydranGeaS & white ranunCuluS One of the most cherished flowers, hydrangeas blossom in well-tended gardens and grace floral arrangements around the world. They symbolize sincere emotions, gratitude, and deep understanding. In particular, Green Hydrangea flowers symbolize renewal and rebirth. The white ranunculus are a staple in high-end flower shops and wedding bouquets. The tissue-thin petals of the ranunuculus create a delicate addition to the bolder green hydrangea. Together, the two are a stark statement to your bouquet.
peonieS a peony represents wealth and honor. it also embodies romance and love, and is regarded as the omen of good fortune and happy marriage. Peony plants can live to be 100 years and still produce flowers. They are an excellent addition to a bi-color ensemble of green and white.
what iS inSpirinG you? find inspiration in layering patterns. from bold geometrics to feminine florals, have fun piecing together unexpected patterns from the linens and flowers, to place settings. Let your floral linens steal the show.
Silver pitCherS Gold, silver or even patina vases and pitchers filled with pink peonies, green hydrangeas and accented with shades of bold pink filler flowers create the ultimate vintage look. save money on vases and ask relatives to let you "borrow" a family heirloom. Place a card on the table with credit to the contributor.
vintaGe The vintage bouquet of variegated dark and light pink garden roses and draped with wisteria in a tarnished antique urn. The wisp of green ruscus gives this bouquet balance. This bouquet can accent an intimate candlelight ceremony or a formal dinner with ease.
Formal or intimate wedding, vintage flower girl dresses are clearly the most elegant for your small attendees.
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vintage leads the way There is actually a significance behind the flower girl. Her purpose is to lead the bride forward and symbolize the innocence fading away, and her role as a mother and wife coming forward. The tradition began in Ancient Rome, where the flower girl serviced the bride and groom by carrying wheat and herbs. This is the perfect flower girl dress for your intimate wedding, large or small. Now you can dress your little princess in a vintage style dress everyone will love. The dress is beautifully crafted in Feltman Brother’s classic styling featuring exquisite hand embroidered detailing.
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WiSteria and garden roSeS start with a grapevine arch and decorate with garden roses draped with hanging wisteria vines. This arch will make a statement with your romantic, elegant wedding.
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