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: DIY Projects

Not all DIY projects are created equal.   DIY can save you money, but they can also end up being more expensive.  My projects tend to be because I end up finding more than I need because there is so much fun stuff in the craft store!  Planning ahead is key.  Set a budget and make a list of the things you need.

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1. Start looking early. I find that doing things early not only cut stress in half, but I then you are able to shop around and find deals on all of the materials you need.

2. Pick materials that are inexpensive. If you have a decent size wedding, you are going to find that you are probably going to have to make more than a few centerpieces.  The cost of materials can add up quickly.   Your wedding is a great time to repurpose things you have lying around the house and make them beautiful again.  Plus it saves you a lot of money if you do.

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Wedding Planning 101: Finding your bridal style

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Before you start thinking about all the details that make up your wedding day,  you should determine your bridal style.  It can be as simple as incorporating your favorite color or having a theme as specific as The Great Gatsby.  One of the best ways to start is to gather inspiration.  You can take ideas from everything to a piece of wallpaper, paint chip or fabric pattern.  Once you start collecting things, you will probably see a theme or color pattern begin to emerge.  If you are stuck coming up with ideas, think about interests and hobbies you both have or places and experiences that were meaningful to you.

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Try not to fall victim to obvious design trends. “Being current is important, but looking timeless is even better. Don’t ruin your photos by getting too caught up in overly trendy ideas.” Don’t overdo it. “Focus on a mood or broad statements in the design, rather than an obvious theme or anything too specific. You can tell a story without making things obvious. Everything does not have to be perfect. “Remember you will never find an image of exactly what you want your wedding to look like.  Stop looking so hard and simply create your own: “Consider the images and ideas you might pull together as suggestions rather than literal picture of your own design plans.”

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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.