Idea of the Week

Idea of the Week
Purses and Clutches by Ikestaedt

Friday, August 10, 2007

Design Inspiration: Calla Lily Sculpture

I saw this on the cover of BizBash Florida today and had to share it. What a romantic, yet modern, and truly innovative way to do callas! I love it. I wanted to give design credit, but they didn't list it. Please excuse the quality, this is scanned from a copy of the mag (and it was rather rainy and wet today when they delivered it)!

Updated on July 24, 2008: Design was created by Always Flowers. Original design by Preston Bailey, but this was the miami design house version.

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Quick Update: Cute Gifts from Sephora

Wondering what you can give as a shower favor? At the bridal luncheon? Or as part of your bridesmaids' gifts? I just saw this adorable new product from Sephora. Are you thinking about going green with your wedding - or just always looking for small ways that you can help the environment?

Check out Sephora's new PlantLove (TM) Botanical Lipstick. It comes in 15 shades and is about $20.

Just moisten the tube, PLANT it and you have a bouquet of wildflower! The outer carton is made of flower paper embedded with seeds.

$2 from ever sale will be donated to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital!

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Creative Unions: Re-invent Your Unity Ceremony

Unity ceremonies are a staple in today's weddings. Couples love being able to use this ceremony as a symbol of joining their families together. It adds another element to a "standard" ceremony (which sometimes lasts only 15 minutes), and is a great way to include close family members.

Traditional unity ceremonies surround candles. The after the MOB (Mother of the Bride) and MOG (Mother of the Groom) come down the aisle, they light a candle (usually a single taper each) located to the side of the altar. Each candle represents the family of the Bride or Groom. After reciting vows, the couple will each take another, smaller candle or stick, light this with their family's candle and then both light the unity candle (large candle in center) together. This symbolizes the joining of their families. Sometimes they blow out the family candles, symbolizing leaving their families to create a new unit. Sometimes they leave all candles light, usually indicating not just the creation of one new unit but the joining of all families. Then they return to the altar to exchange rings.

Many, many new options exist to express yourself in a unity ceremony. A whole host of unity candle products are on the market. You can pick a variety of themes for your candle (are you an Irish bride - grab a candle with green trim and a shamrock charm; are you having a beach wedding - how about a candle that looks like seashells?). I challenge you to unite the theme of your wedding, your interests, and your creativity to include your own unique unity ceremony.

Here are some examples:

* Wine ceremony: parents fill family wine glasses and then you both pour into a joint cup and drink; or parents and couple all drink from one glass.

* Flower ceremony: MOB and MOG each carry a bouquet down the aisle, placing it in two waiting large vases. The Bride and Groom each take a flower from their family bouquet (or break off a flower from the bouquet) and place them together in a smaller vase or bud vase.

* Colored Water ceremony: Have three vessels on the table; one empty and two filled with different colored water. The MOB and MOG will each add more water to family vessel (carrying in attractive cup down the aisle) or they can throw in flower petals, shells, etc. Bride and Groom will fill a main vessel with the water from their family vessels. Points to you if you can join the two colors together to create one of your wedding colors! When all else fails - try to create blue - something blue for your wedding day.

* Sand ceremony: This has become very popular for beach weddings or nautical/beach/sea-themed weddings. Again there are family containers of sand that are combined to join one body of sand. You can use all natural-colored sand, or you can highlight the mixture by choosing two colors of sand.

* Concrete ceremony: Sounds a little too out there? With careful planning, this ceremony will have a lasting effect! Task a close friend or relative, not in the wedding party, to be in charge of this unity ceremony. The easiest way is to buy a standard garden stone-making kit at a local craft store. These usually come with a cement mix, tray and decorative items. Have your attendant prepare the cement mix and place it in the tray on a table just before the ceremony starts. If you wish, create a decorative holder for the cement tray (this will certainly make it look nicer), and ask your attendant to carry the tray or have the MOG and MOB carry the tray in together. The Bride and Groom will interlock hands and create hand prints in the cement. After the ceremony, have the attendant remove the tray and give it some finishing touches (write your names, the date, and put in some stones, etc.) Also make sure to have two towels on hand to quickly wash off! In this instance, it will take more planning and more patience. You will probably need to do this ceremony after the giving of rings (and make sure NOT to use your ring hand). But you will come away with a beautiful stone that symbolizes your union, that can stay in your house or in your garden for the rest of your lives.

* Butterfly or Dove release: Consider gathering your parents and all releasing butterflies or doves together. When they hit the sky, they will all be united, symbolizing the joining of your families. Work with your professional planner, as their are logistics involved in both of these releases. Especially with butterflies, many stage regulations exist for purchasing and you have to have the right weather conditions. (I'm butterfly-released certified, so if you have a question email me!)

Less of a unity ceremony, but still a beautiful symbol of the joining of families, consider this: Have the MOB and MOG each bring an 8" square piece of their wedding dress. Take a pin for your dress, or a pin provided for the ceremony, and join the two pieces together. You might also consider pinning them symbolically to your dress (whether on the outside for a minute, or underneath the bottom portion of the skirt). You can also consider doing in this in private, before your wedding - a beautiful gesture to both your mother and future mother-in-law. In the same manner, ask the Father of the Groom (FOG) and Father of the Bride (FOB) to both bring a handkerchief and join those with a pin or tie tack.

If either of you have children, you can include your children in the unity ceremony. Ask one or more of your children to bring up a ribbon. They will bind your hang together, symbolizing their blessing on your union. It is best to do this after you exchange rings!

In all instances, even if you perform the traditional candle unity ceremony, do two things:

1) Pay close attention to the setup of your ceremony. If you will have a table next to the altar, make sure that you ask the MOB and MOG to light the candles, etc. while standing BEHIND the table (and facing the guests). As well, when you light your join candle, make sure you do so from BEHIND the table! It is a beautiful sentiment, and I hate having to watch couples' backs from the audience. Place the table on a riser to allow people to see it better. Leave amble room behind the table for everyone who will participate. (The pictures will be better if you do this as well!)

2) Put your stamp on the unity ceremony. If you use candles, wrap them in the colors of your wedding, have them monogrammed, have a candle printed with a personal message, part of your vows, etc. Millions of options exist for personalization. If you will do a sand ceremony, make sure that the vase you use ties in with the theme of the wedding. Rent beautiful table linens when you do the rentals for your reception. If you will have a child bind you hand with ribbon, ask your child to write a message on the ribbon or ask guests to sign their names (symbolizing the support of everyone present). Use a unity candle passed down from a family member. Or even MAKE the candles while having wine and cheese with your bridesmaids (it isn't as hard as you think).

Regardless of your choice, put your personal spin and creativity into your unity ceremony. The breaks in your ceremony for readings, for personal vows, for this ceremony are the ways that you will show your personality as a couple. The more you put in to this special moment, the more it will reflect in the pictures and in your memories as the years go by.

Quick Update: BBJ Linen Chair Designs

Interesting new ideas from BBJ Linen (national rental company). Click here ( to see this month's newsletter, including featured designs and info on their new elastic chair pad covers. Click here ( to read their featured article about getting creative with chair covers. They offer great money-saving suggestions for using chair bands or ties, in lieu of more expensive chair covers, to make your reception look fantastic!

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Quick Update: Egg Hanging Planters

New Ceramic Egg Hanging Planters from Uncommon Goods. "Eggs have always been a symbol of new life, and these brilliantly colored egg planters by Jim Schatz are the perfect place for new plant life. Each planter comes ready-to-hang and is made of ceramic with a unique textured line design for extra detail." See more information at:

Monday, August 6, 2007

Quick Update: Accent Decor

A quick idea straight from the "Top 10 Best Sellers" email I just received from Rebecca at Accent Decor. Accent Decor is wholesale only, so your wedding consultant or decorator will have to purchase these supplies for you. They have a ton of stuff to compliment any wedding design!

Accent Decor's web exclusive this week. A great example of a unique way to use their products for centerpieces. You don't have to do only floral centerpieces, glassware with unique items on display can be an alternative.