Where oh where is my wedding decor?

Weddings are all about decor right?  Well not really, but the decor was one of my priorities when I planned my wedding. Even today I am always looking for new things to add to my current collection.  Sometimes all the details can get overwhelming and you may get so caught up in the table centerpieces that you forget there are other areas guests will see as well.   Here is a quick checklist of other places to consider before you go shopping.

  • Rehearsal dinner centerpieces
  • Bridal bouquet
  • Toss bouquet
  • Boutonnieres
  • Corsages
  • Grandmother flowers
  • Flower girl bouquet or basket
  • Altar arrangements
  • Wedding arch or canopy
  • Ceremony entryway arrangements
  • Pew/chair decorations
  • Aisle runner/flowers
  • Custom linens
  • Head table arrangement
  • Cake topper and cake table décor
  • Plants or other fillers
  • Entry area arrangements

Call or come in for a Complimentary Design Consultation to see how your ideas can truly become a wedding that combines value with style!  (716) 592-2131.


Something old, new borrowed and blue

You’ve witnessed countless brides interpret these words in the same old conventional fashion (the handkerchief is old, the dress is new, the earrings are borrowed and  the garter is blue). But this is your wedding, and you’ve never been one to follow the crowd. Take heart. Here are some ideas to make your wedding unique and memorable.

Something Old

If you are pressed for time, you can always throw on a pair of old stockings to take care of this part of the rhyme… but you don’t want to do that. You may be lucky enough to wear your mother’s wedding gown, but if not, the following suggestions are as apropos as they are old.

  • A vintage engagement ring or wedding band
  • The veil your grandmother wore in her wedding
  • Antique or heirloom earrings or bracelet
  • A tiny vintage purse
  • Vintage buttons on your wedding dress
  • Your favorite lipstick
  • Your signature perfume
  • Antique lace tied around your bouquet

Something New

This is where it can get really fun; after all, who could deny you a perfectly sensible excuse to go shopping? Think of the possibilities…

  • Your wedding gown
  • A veil that makes the dress
  • Luxurious lingerie
  • A brand new lipstick or eyeshadow
  • Jewelry: a sparkling bracelet, earrings or a classic pearl necklace (if not a gift from your groom, then one to yourself — you deserve it)
  • The perfect shoes
  • Elegant silk gloves
  • A glittering tiara (what better time to be princess for a day)
  • A silk or cashmere shawl (for a fall or winter wedding)

Just because it’s new doesn’t mean you have to purchase it.

  • A brand new penny for your shoe
  • Freshly picked garden flowers for your bouquet

Something Borrowed

Your friends and family will be thrilled to help you with this item; however, it may be a bit tricky deciding what to borrow from whom. One of the most traditional choices is also one of the loveliest — borrowing a gown from your mother or grandmother. If that is not an option, read on.

  • Mom’s pearl necklace
  • The earrings your grandmother wore at her wedding
  • The adorable little bag your best friend carried at hers
  • Your aunt’s veil or headpiece
  • Your sister’s wedding shoes
  • Your parents’ (or a friend’s) home for the wedding or reception
  • An elegant wrap from your future mother-in-law
  • Your grandfather’s Bible or book of poetry
  • Money from your parents or his (for the wedding or honeymoon)

Something Blue

We aren’t sure who launched the blue garter craze, but we do know it’s still alive in the 21st century. While a lacy blue garter is a viable option, the following are a few fresh alternatives.

  • Blue flowers in your bouquet, such as hydrangeas
  • Lingerie with touches of blue
  • Ice blue toenail polish
  • A dramatic blue-red lipstick
  • Tiny blue details, such as flowers, scattered on a long veil
  • A delicate pale blue barrette
  • A beautiful blue Austrian crystal
  • A blues band at your reception
  • A silk, midnight blue wedding gown (who says it has to be white?)


12 Days of Engagement Season Celebration

I really love Christmas and all the sales leading up to it.  But, I am in the bridal business.  Christmas sales for the most part do not benefit the brides to be, for wedding things that is.  So I decided to create my own celebration.  My version of the 12 Days of Christmas.   The 12 Days of Engagement Season Celebration!

January 12-24th, 2012

• Door Prizes

• Specials on Planning Packages

• In store specials on Gowns and Accessories

• Refreshments

DIY Burlap Flower Bouquet

I truly do love my job.  Surrounding myself with beautiful gowns, searching for wedding ideas, helping brides plan the day of their dreams, how could it get better?  Finding a really cool idea to share is how.



Wedding Planning Countdown

All the details of planning a wedding can be overwhelming if you are looking at doing everything at once.  Getting organized and breaking down the tasks into manageable chunks can help.

9-12 months before

  • Announce your engagement
  • Have the families meet/get together
  • Figure out your budget and who will be paying
  • Interview wedding coordinator
  • Pick your ceremony site and reserve the date
  • Visit reception sites and reserve
  • Start putting together your guest list
  • Shop for your wedding gown

6-9 months before

  • Choose your bridal party
  • Choose gifts for your gift registry
  • Shop for your bridal party dresses
  • Choose and hire your florist
  • Choose and hire your photographer
  • Choose and hire the DJ/band
  • Start planning your honeymoon
  • Mail your save the dates

4-6 months before

  • Choose your wedding cake
  • Pick your invitations and order
  • Choose and hire your transportation
  • Have a hair and make-up trial and book the date
  • Arrange for room blocks for your out of town guests
  • Plan the rehearsal dinner

2-4 months before

  • Call your county to find out the marriage license requirements
  • Choose and order the tuxedos
  • Have a tasting with venue or caterer to finalize menu
  • Select your play and do not play lists for the DJ
  • Order your wedding cake
  • Purchase any thank you gifts for bridal parties or shower hosts
  • Choose favors and welcome baskets
  • Shop for your wedding bands

4-8 weeks before

  • Mail invitations 6 to 8 weeks before the wedding date
  • Maintain a record of RSVP’s, gifts and send out thank you notes
  • Confirm ceremony details

2-4 weeks before

  • Make your seating chart for the reception
  • Confirm the details with your vendors
  • Have a final dress fitting

1 week before

  • Put in labeled envelopes any fees due on the wedding day
  • Give your venue/caterer the final guest count
  • Appoint someone to transport gifts and cake cutter ect. after the reception

Pack for your honeymoon