Idea of the Week

Idea of the Week
Purses and Clutches by Ikestaedt

Friday, August 3, 2007

Quick Update: Bloombox

I just received the August e-newsletter from Whitney at Bloombox. I wanted to share some of the great pictures in their gallery. Bloombox is a cool alternative to the standard glass vase. It is a 100% recyclable, box with interior heavy-duty plastic liner. You pop open the box (they ship flat), put in the bag, fill with water and arrange your blooms.

They now have a ton of accessories to customize along with your color scheme - including belly bands that go around the middle of the box and boas that go around the top of the box. They also now carry Blumebuds, which are buds vases and place cards at the same time!

What I love most about these is that you can really be creative. If you are crafty or artistic (or someone in your family or wedding party is) you can do just about anything with these boxes and really personalize them for your day! They are also inexpensive and you don't have the hassle of trying to figure out what to do with 40 glass vases after the wedding!

Check out some of the images below. You can find more at and you can sign up for their monthly newsletter!

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Quick Update: New Rental Chairs

I'm not particularly partial to Party Rental, Ltd., however I got this in an email tonight. They have outstanding new chairs in their rental line that will really lend a punch of color or style to any shower or reception.

The pink chair is the "Hot Pink Reception Chair" and the gold in the middle with the detail shown at the top is the "President Chair Gold."

I think these stools are really cool. Bright colors and great is you have a use for them. "Red, Orange and Hot Pink Bar Stool", respectively.

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Quick Update: Party Rental, Ltd.

I was just visiting the Party Rental Showroom in New York City. They hosted an open house today to showcase some of their pieces perfect for fall - both new and old. I wanted to share some of the new trends and products with you.

I love this charger and the presentation of the one calla lily in the white bowl with a touch of moss. New Items Shown: Sunburst pewter charger, 12"; scallop platinum rim dinner plate; cubist rock glass - single; cubist rock glass - double; cubist highball.

More than anything else, what I love above this is the napkin ring. I like the sassy beads that are still classy, topped with the elegant peach rose. Napkin rings are a way to really jazz up a place setting (or the boring - sometimes cheaper - linens). New Items Shown: scallop gold rim dinner plate; origami gold rim soup bowl; Rosemount tablecloth, available in 108" rd., 120" rd., and 132" rd.

I probably wouldn't put this whole look together for a wedding - though you certainly could with a black- or white-tie affair, in the evening, with the right venue - but I loved some of the pieces of this table setting. The new black and white goblets are really great, especially the black ones, and would be very dramatic and different on any table. I really like highlighting the bright pink rose in the black candle holder - a great way to tie in the signature colors of your wedding. New Items Shown: Black goblet, 160z.; Black goblet, 12oz.; White goblet 16 oz.; White goblet, 12oz.; Black & White stripe (1") 3/4 chair back cover; Titanium wide rim square dinner plate; Simply Black Quilt tablecloth, available in 72" x 90", 120" rd., and 132" rd.

I took this picture on my phone because I loved the way they had this table set up. Why not create a very different look at your reception with low tables (or shorter tables on a riser like pictured) and cushions for seats. This won't work for everything - Grandma probably won't want to settle on the ground in a cushion - but in the right venue could work mixed in with regular tables. It would also work well with a smaller crowd. Provide a variety of cushions for guests to choose from.
Party Rental has showrooms in Bridgehampton (Long Island) NY, New York City, Greenwich CT, Teterboro NJ, Pennsauken NJ, Philadelphia PA, and Washington DC. They have warehouses in Maryland, New Jersey and New York. So they can serve those and the surrounding areas. You can find out more about the products above at their website, If you have seen a big pink hippo on a truck - you have seen Party Rental!
Using a rental company is great when working with a wedding planner or designer. You can augment the collection that your catering hall or venue already has, or you can build an entire event (working with your caterer) in a totally blank space.

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Incorporating Languages & Cultures

More and more couples have the task of not only blending two families, but blending two cultures, two (or more) languages, two nationalities. A wedding is the symbolization of you joining together and creating your own new traditions. What better way to start than honoring the traditions of your families - with a twist!

The first place to start is by gathering your family together. Speak with your parents and your future in-laws about wedding traditions - be they particular to the family or to the culture/religion as a whole. This is a great opportunity for you to learn about each other! Parents will feel honored to be included, and you will be sure not to exclude special family traditions. Perhaps his mother thinks that it is very important to honor the Jewish tradition of stamping the glass at the end of your ceremony, while your Irish father wants you to incorporate a claddagh ring somehow. Listening to everyone's ideas is the first part of your planning.

Pay special attention to wedding traditions from each of your cultures. Perhaps you will have two ceremonies, one being the typical "American" ceremony and one celebrating Chinese/Persian/Greek heritage. Two ceremonies (and sometimes two receptions!) is the most extreme way to honor family and cultural traditions. Brides often wear separate outfits, and at times, the bridal party must have a change of clothing as well. A less costly way of honoring both traditions is to highlight one culture during the ceremony and the other during the reception.

Blending two cultures throughout the entire wedding can be tricky, but the most gratifying. This demonstrates your commitment to blending your cultures throughout your lives. Highlight both cultures in your decor, your music, and your favors. Do you have Hawaiian roots - perhaps let your bridal party wear traditional leis (the Hawaiian symbol of love) rather than bouquets and boutonnieres.

Sometimes the hardest thing to deal with is if your families speak two entirely different languages. Sometimes this means that only you and your fiances (or gasp, even just one of you!) will be able to talk to everyone at the wedding. Maybe you have guests flying in from Italy, or grand parents that are coming from Greece. Regardless, it will touch your family or your guests to incorporate their language.

If your families speak different languages, think about giving them a "cheat sheet." If they have never met before, make sure that you bring them together before your big day. Don't combine the awkwardness of a first meeting with the inability to communicate! Make sure that your parents know the basics in each language, and practice saying it with them so they know how to pronounce the words. Include wedding-related words too, like "what a beautiful day," "welcome to our family," and "would you like to dance". Think about providing a cheat sheet for the entire wedding (with your programs). Also be very meticulous with your seating chart - trying to place those who can act as interpreters at each table.

The most important part of your wedding is reciting your vows to one another. Include your family heritage (and everyone at your ceremony) by reciting your vows in both languages, or incorporating both languages into different parts of your vows. Perhaps you will recite your vows in English, but your fiance will recite his in Spanish (just make sure you can understand both!).

Programs are another great place to incorporate both languages. Have double-sided programs or create a design that uses both languages in one printing. You may just want to incorporate a welcome to your guests in their language, and an explanation of when you will be using Japanese/Greek/Arabic in your ceremony. Even if you choose to have an entirely English ceremony, explaining the proceedings in another language on your program will make your guests feel special and included.

There are many other areas where you can incorporate cultural traditions and different languages. Start with your wedding website - have a page dedicated to explaining your traditions or have a button that converts to a Chinese version. Hire a planner who is familiar with all of your traditions. There are many officiants out there who now advertise themselves as bilingual. Many MCs or DJs do the same. Hiring your vendors with cultural traditions and languages in mind help your goal of uniting your families, as the officiant and the DJ/MC really set the pace for your ceremony and reception, respectively.

Most importantly, stay true to who you are as a couple. You do not have to please everyone, but trying to incorporate traditions will let everyone feel like they are being heard. Honor how both of you grew up, and you will build a great foundation for your new life together!