Idea of the Week

Idea of the Week
Purses and Clutches by Ikestaedt

Thursday, November 6, 2008

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Monday, November 3, 2008

Customize Your Wedding Organization

Are you tired of the one-size-fits all wedding organizers or the boring white binders from Staples with clear plastic sheets? Do you want to jazz up your wedding organization? Check out these *free* templates from Russel+Hazel to help with all of your wedding organization needs. Pair it with one of their fab binders (like the ones pictures below) or with your own amazing binder.

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While your visiting their website, check our personalized embossers, adorably cute rubber bands, or even a groom's workbook :-)

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Sunday, November 2, 2008

Fall-Inspired Vases

Fall is a great season for weddings. The darker color palette instantly separates it from a summer or spring wedding. Why not use Mother Nature's vases to help bring the season to your reception tables.

These gourd vases are straight from the pages of Better Homes and Gardens. Each has a different texture (and each gourd is different from the next!) and mixes well with elegant or casual flowers.

This is something to embrace if you really want to bring the fall season into your decor. Pair it with loose leaves in bright fall oranges or reds, or use branches with fall leaves to accent your escort card tables or behind bars. Add in berries to the arrangements or use them as accents on napkins. Pair with brown, orange or copper table linens. Incorporate heartier spices into your menu like cinnamon or nutmeg.

Adorable Garters

Fantastic custom garters from Julianne Smith. Her store is located in Washington DC but you can order over the internet. You can also get a gift certificate for upcoming bridal showers! Each purchase comes with a free toss garter. Classic to sexy & modern styles are available (like this zebra grosgrain with hot pink accent above). See some below that I thought you might like:

Ivory satin with leopard print

Brown and turquoise polka dot

Blue grosgrain with white satin ribbon

Black and white polka dot with white grosgrain and hot pink accents

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Mouthwatering Dessert Displays

Amy Atlas (of Amy Atlas Events) is known for her signature dessert tables. Here are some pictures that can help inspire you. Aside from the bride, the wedding cake is usually a focal point of the reception. So you have to make sure that your dessert table is not only appealing to the stomach, but appealing to the eye. Tables like the one above (Mod Dessert Table design) have many ideas that you can pull from for your own wedding. The use of bold graphics above, in the wallpaper and the cake, really pop and catch the eye of your guests. Golden Gerbera daisies are a whimsical and less-expensive flower option. Adding the black glassware creates a very sophisticated design.

This Seasonal Dessert Table is dressed for Halloween, but with a few quick changes, it can accommodate your fall wedding. Inexpensive paper fans are hung together to create a sculptural look. You can create the same style with any type of paper lantern. Check to find a variety of styles straight from NYC's Chinatown. The dark iron urn could easily be holding willow branches in copper or silver to create a more seasonal (and not Halloween) feel. You might even want to incorporate this into your escort card table. Replace the sweets with favors, or give guests a pre-dinner snack!

This design was created for a birthday, but can easily take on many different wedding colors. The whimsical boards are easy to create. Buy a standard bulletin board and cover it with your favorite fabric or wrapping paper. Straight pins hold pre-assembled bags of candy (these could be escort cards), while more bags can be available to encourage guests to create their own assortment. I love the "Take a Sweet" message created with sugar cookies. What better way to let your guests know they are invited to partake than with cookies! Just be careful that the ring bearer doesn't steal a letter before the reception begins :-)

For more information on Amy Atlas Events, or to see more examples of her beautiful dessert table designs, go to