Summer Wedding

This was a wedding that we did at the end of July. The bride really wanted lights behind the head table but did not have a chance to get any. We surprised her with some of our own to use for the evening. The guests watched the sunset over the golf course and the bride and groom left to a sparkler send off. It was a beautiful evening!
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Rustic Elegance Outdoor Wedding

Here are some beautiful pictures from a wedding I coordinated last month. The couple was very outdoorsy and they added quite a few personal touches for the décor. One of my favorite things was the ski poles on the cake.
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WNY Fall Wedding: Blue and Yellow

Here are some pictures from my recent wedding that took place at the Cattaraugus County Fairgrounds.
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It was a really big transformation from an empty hall to the after which was beautiful especially with the candlelight and soft lighting.
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My oldest daughter put on chair covers and tied sashes for the 250 guests. She is not anxious to see any of those any time soon.
We hung lots of lanterns which really added to the overall ambiance and wedding feel in the space. I used some of the extra chair sashes to make a focal point behind the head table.
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Tent Weddings

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Outdoor weddings in tents can be some of the most beautiful but at the same time one of the most challenging weddings. It basically comes down to a choice about the style of wedding you want. If you want to rent all the flooring, fancy lights, flowers, caterers and tables and chairs you can expect to have it cost about as much as a hotel or venue reception.
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When choosing to have a tent wedding make sure you take into consideration the space. You need a field or yard big enough to accommodate the tent. They come in a variety of styles, but you will need a tent roughly 46 by 66 feet for 125 guests to have a formal sit down meal. Go into the space with a red string ( so you can see it in the grass) and measure out the size you think you will need. Then discuss with the rental company about what you can do with the available space. You can also tell them the number of guests you will be having and they can tell you what size space you will need. They can make a trip to the site to help you plan if needed. Tents usually are erected 2 to 3 days before the wedding as to give some time to set up and decorate.
Also don’t forget, that if you are having a dance floor, buffet tables, bar, band or DJ, they also need to have a space in the tent. The tent will be empty so don’t forget to take into consideration that you need to tables, chairs, lighting, flowers, linens ect. to have the wedding meet your style expectations.
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Wedding Planning 101- Get Organized

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Getting organized is probably the most important piece of advice you can have when planning your wedding.  Make lists, write out everything, and settle on a definite budget. If you don’t, I truly believe you are setting your self up for a lot of extra stress.

The first thing you should always do is settle on your budget. You need to know how much you can realistically spend. It is so easy to get carried away and lose track of how much you are spending.  You find something you think is a good deal on sale, and the next thing you know you have spent more on things that you were not even planning on buying.

Yes, these days brides are keeping all their plans on phones, computers ect.  I am one of those people who want a tangible way of organizing.  I recommend still keeping a binder of all your wedding details.  You can keep everything in there from inspiration pictures, checklists, budget tracking, brochures and anything wedding related.  Besides, if you love office supplies and organizing like me you can get a prettiful binder, daily planner and clips to make it even more fun. 🙂

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Elegant and Affordable Wedding Decor

I am always on the lookout for great deals and things to offer brides to make their planning easier on them and on their budget.  I was really excited with my latest find at the Salvation Army Thrift Store.  26 crystal bud vases.   Add flowers in your wedding colors, some candles and you have beautiful and elegant look for your reception.  Come on in to the design center and see about renting décor for your wedding!

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All about Fall : Wedding Decorations

Even though it is winding down a little here in Arcade, Fall has always been one of my favorite seasons and Fall wedding décor is not an exception.  There are so many color and accessory options you can choose from.

If you don’t have a lot in your budget for décor, concentrate on places like the head table or sweetheart table.  Get a decorative tablecloth and chargers to bring in the theme.

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Add some decorative table numbers even if you are not using escort cards.  Use seasonal object such as gourds, wheat and leaf garlands.  You can even reuse the chargers in your home later on for a holiday dinner party.