Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Courtney & Jamie's wedding | Toledo/Perrysburg Wedding Planner

Your Perfect Day was honored to be a part of Courtney & Jamie's BIG day. This couple is such a fun couple & so laid back. Courtney trusted us to pick out all the decorations and she kept saying "Your the expert!" The look on Courtney's face when she first saw the reception hall decorated was priceless and we knew that we decorated exactly what she had dreamed of.

We got to work some amazing vendors that day:
Reception: St. George
Photographer: Serendipity by Gerri
Decorations: Your Perfect Day
DJ: Ultimate Nights
Florist- Hirzel Bros
Catering- Blackberry Corners
Cake- Sherri Adams
Church- Our Lady of Lourdes
Wedding Coordinator: Your Perfect Day

Thank you again to Courtney & Jamie!
You two were great to work with!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Fallen Soldier Table | Toledo/Perrysburg Wedding Planner

We are pleased to say that one of our August couples is having a Fallen Soldier Table at their wedding reception.

Missing Soldiers Table

There is a special, memorable ceremony held for those that cannot attend dinner functions. This ceremony is presented to acknowledge the inability of the missing, prisoners of war, or deceased to be at the function in celebration. It is held in honor of their sacrifices for our country. It is a very moving ceremony.
The table is reserved to honor the missing loved ones. It symbolizes that they are attending in spirit. They should never be forgotten.

The table is set as follows*:
The table is round -- to show everlasting concern for those missing and fallen comrades.
The tablecloth is white -- symbolizing the purity of their motives when answering the call to duty and the purity of America.
A single red rose -- in a vase, reminds us of the blood given, the life of each of the missing, and the loved ones and friends who miss them daily.
The vase is tied with a red ribbon -- symbol of continued determination to remember our fallen, account for our missing, and display the Patriotism that is America.
A slice of lemon on the bread plate -- is to remind us of the bitter fate of those who will never return.
A pinch of salt -- symbolizes the tears endured by the families of those who have fallen or who have not returned.
The Bible -- represents the strength gained through faith to sustain those lost and to find peace.
The candle -- is reminiscent of the light of hope which lives on in one's heart, the light of America will always be the light in a world of darkness.
The glass is inverted -- to symbolize their inability to share this evening's toast.
The chair is empty -- they are missing, they are not with us.

Fallen Soldiers Table

During the ceremony all are asked to stand and raise their glass, do not drink, as all toast friends, family, and countrymen who cannot be there.
The closing of the ceremony consists of the playing of Taps.

Why hold this ceremony? To make one Remember.
Remember they gave their freedom or their lives to ensure the freedom of our beloved United States of America.
It is for the Comrades, the Brothers, and for all those who have served and unable to be at the function.
Remember them all.

Thank you to Nancy and Sunshine for this article.

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Inspiration Boards | Toledo/Perrysburg Wedding Planner

Lately, I have had a lot of people ask me "What is an inspiration board?"

In wedding terms, it is just like the collages you did as a child, but with a grown-up twist.
You find items you want to incorporate into your wedding
and you arrange them on cardboard, paper, anything you will continue to look at for ideas.
You can get pictures from bridal magazines, old pictures, photo websites,
anywhere you get your inspirations from.

Below are a few inspiration boards we have made for some of our clients!

Want an inspiration board?
Just contact Your Perfect Day for your 1-hour consultation
and we will make you one for FREE!

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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Unique Reception Ideas | Toledo/Perrysburg Wedding Planner

Here are some unique reception ideas
that will help separate yours from all the others!

Crepe Flower Escort Cards

Okay, we're using the "flower" term loosely here,
but we love the way these crepe flowers make
for a colorful escort card display --
especially when set on top of a fresh bed of green grass.

Hydrangea Escort Card Display

A layer of fresh hydrangeas set into a stressed, vintage wooden container creates an elegant look with a twist of shabby-chic.

Wheat Stalk Escort Displays

For a fall wedding, these tall stalks of wheat make quite the display. Even better, they can work double-duty at the ceremony.

Added Props

Don't be shy about adding in fun props to the table, especially if it works with your reception venue and theme, like this nautical-themed wedding in Virginia Beach.

Yarn Flowers

We're not suggesting you cover your reception in
yarn -- but these bright red yarn-made flowers were a great way to spruce up the cocktail hour space at Kim and Zak’s wedding in Dallas, Texas.

A Mix of Votives

Who said votives have to look uniform? We like the way this couple from Oceanside, California mixed it up for a fun eclectic look.

Patterned Tablecloths

Patterned tablecloths are a great way to transform a not-so-typical reception space. One decor trick to keep in mind: Stick with simple flowers so that they complement (and don't clash with!) the room.

Flower-Accented Antique Furniture

Using old furniture pieces (like shuttered windows, antique dressers, and coffee tables) is hugely popular as wedding reception decor -- and we love the way this display of white glass window shutters, trimmed with a little greenery, pulls off the trend.

Thank you to The Knot for the tips!

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Sunday, July 11, 2010

New Wedding Dress Trend | Toledo/Perrysburg Wedding Planner

The newest trend to hit the wedding world is short wedding dresses!

From ballerina-inspired tulle to nature-girl hemp, asymmetrical and modern to swingy, 1950s-style, and sweet, there's never been a wider diversity of short wedding dress styles on the market. We're seeing barely-there minis, tea-length frocks, and pencil-skirted knee-length numbers, depending on how much leg you'd like to show, and a variety of necklines, too. Short dresses were once relegated to "second dress" status, worn only at receptions or rehearsal dinners, but now we're seeing brides embrace the style, wearing these little numbers for the whole shebang—usually at more informal affairs in backyards or at restaurants, but the more bejeweled dresses can work for ritzier events. Here are some of our favorite short dresses of the season.

Monday, July 5, 2010

10 Beauty Rules Every Bride Should Know | Perrysburg/ToledoWedding Planner

Here are 10 easy ways to look your best on your wedding!

1. I Will Not Over-Accessorize

Instead of piling it on, choose one memorable piece (heirloom earrings, a rocking birdcage veil) and work simple accessories around it for a balanced look. Your veil, bouquet, and even your gown's embellishment count as accessories!

2. I Will Play Up My Best Feature.

You know your best feature. Maximize it! Accentuate radiant skin with a light-reflecting lotion; open up gorgeous eyes with a few loose false lashes instead of a whole set; or find the perfect lip stain to enhance your smile.

Knot Note: Even if you never ever wear makeup, consider your wedding day the exception. A bit of mascara, blush, and lip gloss goes a long way in making your features stand out in wedding photos.

3. I Will Find a Veil That Works With the Shape of My Face.

Figuring out the right veil and hairstyle combo can be tricky. Here's the bottom line: With hair and veils, width adds width and length adds length. If your face is round, pick a narrow veil or hairstyle; if your face is long, choose one with more volume.

4. I Won't Limit Myself to a Strapless Dress.

Strapless is by far the most popular neckline but pardon us for sounding snarky: There's nothing worse than watching a bride on her wedding day constantly tug and pull on her dress because the neckline doesn't fit her right. If you have a full bust, consider an off-the-shoulder or sweetheart style; if you're not well-endowed, opt for a V or Sabrina neckline.

5. I Will Wear Metals that Match.

This one is a little technical yet important: The accessories you choose to wear should depend on your wedding dress hue. If you're wearing a bright white dress, stay away from gold (which could clash) and stick to pearl and platinum. For a diamond white dress (slightly off-white), gold and silver works; and an ivory wedding dress calls for gold and warmer metals. The exception: Don't ditch your engagement ring if it doesn't match.

6. I Won't Hold My Bouquet Like a Trophy.

How to hold the bouquet is one of those little minor details that no one ever talks about. Your bouquet should complement your look, not overtake it. So to avoid the stiffly held bouquet look as you walk down the aisle, simply grasp the stems with both hands, hold your thumbs against your navel, and relax your arms.

7. I Won't Slouch At the Ceremony Altar.

Not to make you nervous, but all eyes will be on you during the ceremony. So at the risk of sounding like a mom, pull those shoulders back and stand up straight. It's the difference between a beautiful confident bride and one who looks uncomfortable.

8. I Will Dance Confidently

Speaking of all eyes on you, your first dance is another spotlight moment to be aware of. Even if you don't have a complicated, choreographed number planned for the first dance (and more of the bear hug swing dance thing), make a conscious effort to stand up tall with your new spouse.

9. I Will Not Crash Diet.

Sure, you're likely to shed a couple of pounds in the weeks before the wedding due to a packed schedule and jitters but consider that a bonus. Don't strive to lose any more than that at the last minute. Crash dieting will make you exhausted, and no number on the scale will compensate if you're too weak to handle the demands and savor the excitement of your wedding day.

10. I Will Rock My Smile.

This will most likely be impossible not to do -- but we had to put it in here because, honestly, there's no easier way to look more beautiful. A natural smile starts with your eyes (very few people can voluntarily move the muscles around their eyes while smiling) and involves your whole face (jaw, cheek, forehead, and mouth of course).

Thank you to The Knot for these great tips!

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Thursday, July 1, 2010

Enhanced Boutonnieres | Perrysburg Wedding Planner

How many of you always notice that when you are at a wedding, you notice that the groom and groomsmen’s boutonnieres are huge, ugly, flopping to the side, and breaking off?

There is an easy way to avoid this unsightly nightmare!

Step 1: Refuse any suggestion by the florist to use roses, large or small.

Step 2: Insist on calla lilies for the men. Insist on hat pins to attach the boutonniere to the men’s jackets, pinning from behind.

Step 3: If the calla lilies are purchased from a wholesaler or grocery store, wrap the calla lily along with a small amount of greenery in a small piece of ribbon. Secure the small package with a small piece of floral arrangement wire.

Step 4: Hold the calla lily boutonniere at a slight angle, top of the flower pointing slightly to the man’s left shoulder, wrap the lapel around the flower, and pin from behind with a long hatpin.

Reference: ehow.com

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