Fancy Party Planning

Planning a fancy party may not be a regular event for us, but once in a while we may have to plan one. Graduation parties, wedding receptions, your first book published are just a few of the possible reasons for an extraordinary party.

Such a party will require more than ten dollars per person and you are not going to get away with just a potluck.

This time you are going to have to go all out. Most likely you are going to need to plan for a formal dinner. You have the option of going with a formal sit down dinner or a buffet style dinner.

One is not necessarily better than the other, but you need to decide which one makes sense for you and your particular occasion.

Formal dinners can create stunning memory for you and your guests. They can become memories that last a lifetime. Planning a formal dinner is about as complicated as a wedding reception, and intense planning is required.  You may need to hire an event planner to get the job done right without spending too much time.

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If you can afford it hire a party planner. Party planners cost money, but due to their expertise they may be able to save you money. They can help you negotiate better prices on catering, the venue, and entertainment.

They may also be able to offer you with several options for catering and venues for your event.

You may not think you need an event planner, but you may find them absolutely necessary. If you have a busy life, you may not be able to take on such a large project on your own.

A qualified event planner can help you look at the big picture while she takes care of the small details for you.

There are a many factors that influence the food served at your dinner party. A couple of things to consider are the theme of your party, your guests’ tastes and nationality if that is an issue.

A diverse menu will take all these factors into consideration and will be well rounded. Try to have a good balance of healthy and indulgent foods.



Etiquette For A Morning Wedding

A morning wedding can be formal, semi-formal or informal. The bride can be outfitted with a short wedding dress, a gown with chiffon and lace or a suit. In a formal morning wedding, the bride’s gown should touch the floor and veil fingertip or slightly below the middle knuckle of the mid finger.   

A fingertip veil becomes more attractive when it is used with an elbow length blusher. For a semi-formal morning wedding, the gloves and blusher veils are optional.  The wedding hat could have some flowers, a bow with some tulle or a piece of lace across the top

The groom’s attire is typically composed of a business, sport coat or morning suit in accordance to the level of formality. In a semi-formal morning wedding, proper etiquette dictates that the groom can sport a dark stroller or suit without black or gray tails.

In a formal wedding, a morning suit, which is composed of gray pinstripe trousers, ascot, gray vest and a cutaway coat, is sufficient. The groom also has the option to wear a tuxedo if he wants to.

The groom and bride’s attire should complement each other. If the bride is wearing a casual short wedding dress, then the groom should wear a business suit or sport coat instead of a tuxedo.  Regardless whether the wedding is during the morning or late in the evening, there is a certain etiquette that should be followed in the ceremony.

Bridesmaids and groomsmen should assist in the ceremonies if the morning wedding is not held strictly in private.   The bridesmaids should not have dresses that are too eye catching but will match the wedding dress.

The dresses can contain ornaments and should consist of some light and graceful fabric.  Flowers should serve as the main decoration.  The bridesmaids can wear a hat that is suited to match the theme and colors of their gowns.

The wedding dress should be simple but elegant and can be decorated with few ornaments or jewels that come from the parents or the bridegroom. The dress needs to have an attractive veil and garland or a fancy summer hat or hairpiece.

The bride needs to be assisted by her bridesmaids in wearing the wedding dress, receiving visitors and locate themselves at her left side. The first bridesmaid for easy access should keep the bouquet and gloves.

The clergyman should be received by the groomsmen and led to the couple that will be married. They will also serve as assistants for the bridegroom, during the occasion.

Guests should wear something light and fresh. A breezy dress or a light-colored suit with a nice hat would be appropriate. Those who are fond of hats are in luck in a morning wedding, as wearing one will complement the ease and energy of the ceremony.

Once the cake has been cut and every one has eaten and offered a toast to the new couple and giving acknowledgements, the bride and groom meet with their friends and eventually exit from the ceremony.  

The newlyweds can start in their wedding journey at around two or three o’clock, while the rest of the guests and family members depart from the reception area shortly after.

A morning wedding followed by a luncheon reception is ideal and it will give the couple enough time for their honeymoon and have enough energy left to perform immediate post wedding activities.  

A morning wedding will also help the couple save money and more than half a day to savor the moment of being the center of attention at their party.  Some advice for making a wedding romantic and truly special is to make the ceremony as affordable and low key as possible.



A Wedding Flower Guide

When it comes to choosing wedding flowers many brides know which wedding flowers they want in their own bouquet, but many brides to be are a little mystified about the rest of the wedding flowers needed to fill out the ceremony and reception.

 While you can leave all your wedding flower selections in the hands of a capable professional florist and get great results, you may want to take a more hands on approach when choosing your bouquets and floral arrangements for the ceremony and the reception.  We hope this wedding flower guide will help making planning your most special day a little easier.

Your first decision should be whether you plan to use a professional florist to create a wedding flower arrangement and bouquets or if you would rather order the flowers to make your own bridal bouquets, boutonnieres and flower decorations.

If you are the creative type, a simple floral craft book will give you all the tips and tools necessary to create your own custom wedding flowers that reflect your own personal style.

It’s a good idea to purchase some flowers to practice with ahead of time to make sure that you will be happy with your results. Whatever you decide, there are some standard traditions and suggestions to help make sure you’ve covered all your wedding flower needs.


A Wedding Flower Guide


Wedding flowers for the church would include:


Altar wedding flower arrangements – Pew markers and decorations


Wedding flowers for the reception would include:


Wedding flower arrangement for the bridal table – Table centerpieces – Buffet table decorations


Wedding flowers for the bridal party would include:


Bridal bouquet

Small Bridal bouquet to toss

Groom’s boutonniere

Maid & Matron of Honor bouquet

Bridesmaid bouquets

Best Man boutonniere

Groomsman boutonnieres

Flower Girl bouquet or petal basket

Mother of the Bride/Groom corsages

Father of the Bride/Groom boutonnieres

Step-parent corsages & boutonnieres

Grandparent corsages & boutonnieres


A Wedding Flower Guide

A Few Extra Wedding Flower Tips

Maid & Matron of Honor wedding bouquets should be slightly more elaborate or in a different color shade than the rest of the bridesmaid wedding bouquets.

The Best Man boutonniere should be slightly more elaborate than the rest of the groomsmen boutonnieres.


The corsages & boutonnieres for the parents should differ slightly from the step-parents, and all grandparent corsages & boutonnieres should be different as well. It makes it easier for guests  to keep track of who’s who.

Wedding flower arrangements from the church can be transferred to the reception hall for double duty.

Bridesmaid wedding bouquets could be set in waiting vases and used as decoration for the bridal table.

These are just a few wedding flower guidelines. When it comes to your special day, your wedding flower selections and arrangements should reflect your personal taste and style.

You can keep things simple or get as elaborate as you like, as long as your wedding flowers help you create the perfectly romantic wedding day you’ve always dreamed of.


 A Wedding for All Seasons


Each season brings its own style and flavor to a wedding and the time of year that you choose to get married will indeed affect the style and economics of the wedding in many ways including location of the reception, honeymoon destinations, wedding theme and price. Whatever type of wedding you desire there will be a season to suit you.


An autumn wedding brings to mind golden and copper themes through the fabrics and the flowers. Flowers of this season are earthy yet rich. Take bold colors in purples russets, yellow and reds. Add a natural twist with dark leafy foliage and wood containers. If you choose flowers that are in season this will bring down the cost a little.


Seasonal fruits that you can include on the menu are Apples and Pears; these are in season all year round. All these factors combined will bring a nice autumn breeze to the day. Bear in mind that August is quite popular for weddings, if you are having the reception in a hotel book well in advance. The weather is also superb if you are thinking of honeymooning in Europe.


The winter wonderland wedding is a very romantic setting of burning log fires, mulled wine receptions and Christmas card settings. This would definitely be an indoor wedding maybe in a castle or Hotel adorned with rich reds and golden glowing candles.

A Wedding for All Seasons


A December wedding is a good idea as the wedding reception price is dropped in many hotels in the first few days after Christmas. The holiday spirit that is still lingering at this time will add to the atmosphere. Snowdrops, Tulips, Amaryllis and White geisha include some of the winter blooms. Seasonal fruits to be enjoyed include winterberries, Apricots, Cherries and dates.


A New Years Eve wedding can be a good idea with ringing in the New Year that will be a festive and fun time for all involved. Honeymoon destinations for the winter months vary, you can opt for a skiing holiday with a romantic log cabin accommodation or maybe head for the sun kissed beached of Thailand. Keeping in mind flights are usually scarce and pricey around Christmas so book your honeymoon well in advance.


A Wedding for All Seasons

Spring and summer sun will provide for beautiful garden weddings adorned with all of Mother Nature’s glory and this is a fabulous season for a wedding. The colors and flowers to choose from are in abundance from roses to the petals of the cherry blossom, the look of this season is relaxed and simple taking bold flowers and strong colors softening them with driftwood or delicate wisps of grass and raffia.  Some of the fruits in season are Peaches, passion fruit, Citrus fruits, and Quinces.


Freshly picked chocolate dipped strawberries would go down well with a champagne reception. A marquee would be a wonderful idea for this season allowing everyone to soak up the atmosphere, remember to include catering and furniture hire as part of the costs if you are watching the budget.

The world is your oyster as far as honeymoons go but remember our summer is winter in most of the southern hemisphere including Australia.   Whatever your plans don’t stress yourself and take as much help from friends and family to make the big day one to remember for all.



Wedding Crafts Ideas

Weddings are a joyous occasion but can get expensive in a hurry.  With wedding crafts you can insert a personal touch and hold the price down as well.  Here are a few ideas for wedding crafts to add sparkle and creativity to your big day.


The bouquets and floral arrangements can also be personally crafted.  For a simple outdoor wedding, consider wild flowers.  They are free and have a charm all their own.  Bouquets can be arranged in large clear vases, with a bow tied elegantly around.


Bows for the ends of the pews or rows make simple wedding crafts.  Wide velvet ribbons are nice for fall and winter weddings, while satin is more appropriate for spring and summer weddings.  Loop some flat lace in with the ribbons.  In the center of the completed bow, attach some silk flowers and pearl sprays with a hot glue gun.  In any event, crafting your own wedding items is a way to have a personal, beautiful, and less expensive wedding.


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What is Vogue in Flowers and Fashion for the 2016 Brides?

A symbol of love and beauty, flowers have never gone out of style no matter the seasons or the years that have passed and yet some flower colors, varieties and designs are especially more popular among the more sophisticated decorators and wedding planners.  So, while the best advice may be to follow your own personal taste and good sense, here is what experts predict will be cutting edge this coming year for fashion conscious flower lovers everywhere.


Seasonal Floral

Summer 2015 looks bright, with flashy colors, especially greens, oranges and yellows, dominating the scene. Gerber daisies, sunflowers, lilies and a spectacular array of colored roses is the mainstay.  Designs are casual, contemporary, dramatic or even outrageous with blazing tropical style floral might be growing in popularity.


The coming Fall color palettes will be more refined, with a variety of rich textures gaining in importance so look for dried grasses and berries accenting mini callas, Leonidas  roses and Asiatic lilies.  Color selections are graced by rust, bronze, amber or copper hues and the wedding centerpieces will be natural yet elegant with deeper color accents.


What is Vogue in Flowers and Fashion for the 2016 Brides?

Traditional red will dominate the Christmas season again this year, but watch for a greater variety of fresh evergreens, berries, roes and accents and these can be blended with some ivory or pale white as an added touch to the floral decorations or the bridal bouquets.   Other popular color schemes include darker reds and crimson shades as well as non traditional palettes such as purple and turquoise. 

Textures will continue to play an important role with flower arrangements featuring everything from pinecones and cedar to intricate handmade ornaments. Expect to see more glass bowls, cubes and vases of every size, especially in colors.  With an emphasis on home and hearth, decorator cachepots and family heirloom containers will also play a part.

Spring will burst forth with a flurry of color and all the variety of an English garden.  Tulips, iris, hyacinth, freesia, lisianthus, ranunculus and asters are just some of the season’s best choices.  Fashionable designs may include simple clusters with just one type of bloom, compact nosegays with an abundance of varied blossoms and tall vased bouquets with stylish blooming branches. 

Traditional pastels will be back and pastels have always been my personal favorites along with a decidedly feminine flair that boasts a generous touch of satin, tulle or chiffon added to the flower arrangement or the wedding bouquets,  but don’t be surprised by occasional accents in bright fashion colors.


Wedding Flowers

What is Vogue in Flowers and Fashion for the 2016 Brides you ask; Simple. Elegant and Unique is the key to planning a stylish wedding this year and for 2016.   While traditional tones and flowers are still popular, trends are moving toward bouquets with only one type of flower for a clean, contemporary look. Roses are particularly popular with orchids, Calla lilies, cymbidiums and hydrangea making frequent appearances.


Colors are leaning toward monochromatic, for strong identity and style. Red and white are popular all year.  Bright colors, like greens and oranges will flow in the summer months and quite possibly the Bohemian look consisting of metals, browns, oranges and greens will emerge in the fall.

Combinations like “Khaki and Cream” are a good example of this autumn vogue.  Whites, creams, peaches and soft pinks still remain but bolder colors will come shining through. So don’t be afraid to try something different just remember to keep it simple, elegant and unique. 

You can also match the wedding colors of your bridal bouquet or floral decorations to the bridal theme of your wedding including the bridesmaid dresses and the wedding cake.


What is Vogue in Flowers and Fashion for the 2016 Brides?

Flower Design Trends

From apple and lime to sage and celery, greens are definitely hot Watch for cymbidiums, hydrangea, Kermit button poms and roses in a variety of gorgeous green shades all year.  In warmer months, look for hot pinks, bright oranges and sunny yellows in the mix. 

In the cooler months, expect richer tones and deeper hues.  The emphasis on design is texture and detail with the best floral artists not only featuring unusual flower varieties but also other materials in their designs, such as grasses, berries, branches and even metals. 

Design styles may vary from the streamlined elegance of just a few unusual blooms to the lush opulence of many different flowers combined, but regardless of style, it will be the small details and unusual accents that make all the difference this year.


Timeless Flower Beauty

So what is Vogue in Flowers and Fashion for the 2016 Brides?  Well, flowers are timeless and their popularity dates back ages and yet, like anything else, flowers are subject to the ebb and flow of fashion trends.  For the hottest colors, textures and design styles, keep an eye on your favorite decorating magazines and clip a few of your favorite pictures. 

Then, consult your local florist and no matter what you have in mind, a professional florist can bring it to life for you.  With an eye on design and a great florist partner, you’ll find it’s easy to make your floral wedding bouquets and decorating more beautiful than ever and fashionably fresh any time of the year.













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