Fabulous Wedding Favors

Wedding favors are one of those things you don’t want your guests to throw away.  So be thoughtful in choosing your wedding favor.  Here’s a few Favor ideas that are sure to get your guests attention.

Everyone loves ooey gooey foods, so why not give them as favors?  Try Cinnamon Buns,Pie Pops or salty, soft Pretzels. Pie pops

Home baked goods are great if you have a baker in your family.  Allow them to participate by making their famous cookie or truffles.  They box easily and everyone loves something sweet at the end of the night.

Having a country wedding?  Think about a favor from the heart like homemade jam or salsa.  Who doesn’t love salsa or maybe jam on their toast.  They’ll think of you and your wedding for days to come.

Are you looking for something a little more down to earth?  Seedlings have been around for some time but there are so many ways to display them for your guests and encourage us all to plant flowers or greenery.  Whether its seeds or mini plants and/or trees, planting is always a great gift to give back to our environment.

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Candy is always a crowd pleaser. Whether you choose a candy bar or you jar mints, your guests will enjoy them.

Looking for something unique? Try custom fortune cookies with chocolate and sprinkles! Having an Adult wedding? Try adult beverage favors from mini liquors to hard soda.

Fun and unique ideas are around every corner.  What are you passionate about? Love to do? Or is there something special to you as a couple?  Make your wedding memorable with a special favor to thank your guests for coming and being a part of such a very special day.

Happy planning!

Mary Homer – Fairy Tale Weddings and Events

2016 Wedding Trends

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New Years has come and gone, so bring on the business of weddings! Let’s ring in 2016 with all the new trends we can expect to see this year! Elegance is back in style, although I doubt it really ever went out of style.

The Pantone Color for 2016 was actually two colors, Rose Quartz and Serenity Blue. Very soft and muted colors by far. However mixed in with these lovely colors are shades of Metallics including Gold, Silver, Bronze and Cooper. These metallics punch up your color scheme to that next level of elegance. It’s fun and there’s so many ways of incorporating these metallic colors.

Along with this color scheme are Specialty Venues being sought out by brides and grooms. These couples are looking for something a little different and bit more intimate. No longer are the huge ball rooms in great demand. Instead there’s a trend for “old world” barns, which we have seen for a few years now, along with other “out of the norm” venues. Look into local industrial lofts, a roof top building that can accommodate your celebration or even your favorite Bed and Breakfast. These are smaller venues than the traditional, large ball room, however by down sizing your guests list, you spend time with close family and friends and maintain control of your budget. You’re able to take a deep breath and be in the presence of your favorite people and know that you are loved.

Do you love flowers? Then this season is for you with soft hues of rose gold and blues, stunning champagne and pink tones and don’t forget the candle light! Votives are always a wonderful staple, but add a splash of fun with hanging candles or the ever classic taper candle in silver candle holders. Your florals will go from pretty to stunningly beautiful in no time.

Have you tried on wedding gowns yet? Whatever your wedding gown style may be, an A-Line or Princess cut, Mermaid or Trumpet, or even the ever classic Ball Gown, lace and appliqués will be the hot trend this season. Lace and appliqués can be used in so many parts of your gown from your sleeves, the back of your dress or even simply to cover just a little bit across your shoulders. Don’t forget to add a touch of your personality, whether it’s a special broche from your Grandma, a beautiful hair piece or a piece of your mother’s wedding dress for added pockets. Remember to put your personal touch on it.

 Photo Booths and DJ’s have been around for some time. However, there is a trend leaning toward live entertainment for your ceremony, as well as your reception. If you’re budget allows, live entertainment should be a consideration. The MC for the band is just as entertaining as a DJ. They make announcements, sing and dance on the dance floor with you and even have a knack for getting your guests up and dancing, having a memorable time. Photo Booths are not just your “old” photo booths any more either. They are expanding with many creative options including more interactive booths, including flip books and green screens and they make perfect favors for your guests.

Have you been to a wedding lately? Did they have a traditional wedding cake? Most likely it was something a bit more untraditional and rustic. The love for the “naked” cake is going strong. A naked cake essentially has no frosting on the outside of the cake but can still be beautifully designed and decorated with live flowers and fruit. However a large wedding trend we are seeing are dessert options for your guests. Do you like pie? Or maybe cheese cake? Then consider a dessert display or mini pies and cheese cakes. Or maybe you’d prefer mini cannolis for your guests. The skies the limit when designing a dessert table, so go ahead, be creative!

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 Last but not least, don’t forget your invitations. Things are changing this season with the use of metallics. Foil, black and gold are hot this year in invitations. Brides are looking to upgrade their invitation stock, linings and embellishments. You’re able to use gorgeous handmade papers for inserts and layering your invitation. And yes ladies, there are affordable options.

With all the new ideas, color schemes and options available this wedding season, you can expect to see some very glamorous and fabulous weddings this season! I’m so excited to see what ideas you come up with and how stunningly beautiful they will be.

Happy planning!

Mary Homer

Fairy Tale Weddings & Events

www.fairytaleweddingsandeventbymary.com

315-575-1319

 

Wedding Wire Couples Choice Award 2015!

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Cicero’s Own Fairy Tale Weddings & Events wins a WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award® 2015.

Cicero, New York – January 8, 2015 – WeddingWire, the nation’s leading online wedding marketplace, named Fairy Tale Weddings & Events  as a winner of the prestigious WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® 2015 for Wedding Planning in Cicero, New York!

The WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® 2015 recognizes the top five percent of wedding professionals in the WeddingWire Network who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism. The esteemed awards are given to the top local wedding vendors in more than 20 service categories, from wedding venues to wedding photographers, based on their professional achievements from the previous year.

While many industry award winners are selected by the host organization, the WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® winners are determined solely based on reviews from real newlyweds and their experiences working with Fairy Tale Weddings & Events. Award-winning vendors are distinguished for the quality, quantity, consistency and timeliness of the reviews they have received from their past clients.

“It’s always exciting to start the year by honoring the top-rated wedding professionals within the WeddingWire Network who represent more than two million reviews on our website,” said Timothy Chi, CEO, WeddingWire. “Each of the businesses recognized are committed to quality, professionalism and all around top-notch service. We applaud {Enter Your Business Name} for their impressive achievements within the wedding industry.”

As a Couples’ Choice Awards® winner, Fairy Tale Weddings & Events is highlighted within the WeddingWire Network, which is comprised of more than 200,000 wedding professionals throughout North America and abroad.

Fairy Tale Weddings & Events is proud to be one of the top Wedding Planners in Cicero, NY and surrounding areas in the WeddingWire Network, which includes leading wedding sites such as WeddingWire, Project Wedding, Brides.com, Martha Stewart Weddings, and Weddingbee. We would like to thank our past clients for taking the time to review our business on WeddingWire. We value all of our clients and truly appreciate the positive feedback that helped us earn the WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® 2015.

For more information about Fairy Tale Weddings & Events, please visit our WeddingWire Storefront today at http://www.weddingwire.com/fairytaleweddingsandeventsbymary.

To learn more about the Couple’s Choice Awards®, please visit www.weddingwire.com/couples-choice-awards.

About WeddingWire
WeddingWire, the leading technology company serving the $100 billion wedding and events industry, is the largest online vertical marketplace connecting engaged couples with event professionals. With more than two million consumer reviews, it is the industry leader in consumer reviews. The site enables engaged couples to search, compare and book from an extensive database of more than 200,000 recently reviewed event professionals, from venues to photographers. WeddingWire provides event professionals with the technology they need to serve their clients, including a SaaS platform, which powers advertising, marketing, and CRM needs of local wedding and events businesses nationwide.

Happy Planning,

Mary Homer, Fairy Tale Weddings & Events

http://www.fairytaleweddingsandeventsbymary.com

photo courtesy of Vasili Photography

Up & Coming Bridal Shows in Central New York

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It’s that time of year again when there are several Bridal Shows going on.  There was even one this past weekend!  These shows are full of wonderful and experienced vendors.  So go and take in the all the expertise these vendors have to offer, their ideas and creativity.  You may find just the right vendor you’ve been looking for.  So in honor of all the shows that  are up coming I thought I would list them for our fabulous clients:

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SAVE THE DATE

CNY BRIDAL BALL

Sunday, October 12, 2014 / The Best Western on Carrier Circle, Syracuse, NY

12 – 4pm / FREE Admission and Parking

CNY BRIDAL SHOW
SPONSORED BY
WSYR News Channel 9
Auburn Party Rental
BACH Photo Images
Baker Me a Cake
Bed Bath and Beyond
Soft Acoustic Trio by PEP
Proctor Entertainment & Event Services

The Best Western (Carrier Circle)

FASHIONS BY
Rebecca’s Bridal Boutique

Brides { Pre-Register }

– LIVE Wedding Give-away
– MC by Proctor Entertainment
– Background music by PEP
{ Acoustic Trio }
– FREE Photo Booth pictures
– Cash Bar (Cocktail Hour)
– Food Stations of Hor’derves
– Wedding Door Prizes

CNY BRIDAL SHOW is a production of CNY EVENTS COMPANY
If you have any questions please contact kim@cnyeventscompany.com

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CNY Show Promoters presents: Wedding World Expo at The NYS Fair

Join CNY’s LARGEST Wedding Event, October 26th, 2017 Register for your FREE tickets at http://www.CNYWeddingWorldExpo.com

The NYS Fair Grounds, Syracuse, NY www.cnyshowpromoters.com

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About 1/25/2015 A Perfect Syracuse Bridal Show at The Oncenter

Don’t Miss Syracuse’s Largest Bridal Show

See, hear and taste all that CNY Wedding professionals have to offer when planning your perfect Syracuse Wedding.

Don’t miss Syracuse’s most elegant bridal show…

Over 100 Wedding Professionals Showcasing!

One Lucky Bride will win a Wedding LIVE at this show!

A Perfect Bridal Show at The Oncenter – Sunday, January 25th from 12:00 – 5:00

Happy Planning!

Mary Homer – Fairy Tale Weddings & Events

http://www.fairytaleweddingsandeventsbymary.com

Do I REALLY Need A Professional?

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This weekend was a beautiful weekend as we move into Fall.  My granddaughter Devynn and I decided we would make some cake pops.  Anyone who knows Devynn and I know we love to bake!  Whether it’s the family Christmas Cookies we make every year or just a fabulous pan of brownies, baking is in our blood.  We even kid we’re going to open a bakery together some day.  So this weekend we decided to make cake pops and yes we now know cake pops are definitely not “our thing”.  We made the pops too big, then too small, burned some of the chocolate and had such a hard time trying to cover the pops with chocolate, let alone the ones that fell down the sticks because they were too heavy.  We decided we’d leave the cake pops to the Professional Bakers.  Buddy Valastro (Cake Boss) where are you when we needed you?

When you’re planning your wedding, you always think, “I can do that” or “I don’t need to hire someone to do that”.  Not everyone has the eye of a photographer or a florist who designs gorgeous floral arrangements.  Whether it’s your centerpieces, your wedding dress or your invitations you really should consider a Professional.

A Professional’s expertise is priceless!  You’re not only hiring them for your wedding, you’re hiring their expertise, their experience and their creativity.

If you know a Professional or you have a family member or friend who is a Professional in their field, by all means talk to them.  Their input and recommendations as experts in their field will help guide you in your decisions as to who to hire.  Or your friend may be taking photography classes at your local college, but does he have the eye and ideas of a Professional Photographer?  You can purchase your flowers from your local grocery store, but a Professional Florist can design and bring your vision to life, even on a budget.

Keep an open mind when you speaking with Professionals. Be honest and share with them what you’re looking for and your expectations.  Not every Professional will be a good fit, so if you don’t find a good match in one field, reach out to someone who is more your style.

Happy Planning!

Mary Homer – Fairy Tale Weddings & Events

http://www.fairytaleweddingsandeventsbymary.com

Wedding Cake Trends

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Wedding cakes have been around for as long as most people can remember.  Over the past several years cupcake towers have had quite a run instead of cakes.  But the trend is changing and couples are leaning toward wedding cakes again.  This is very evident if you follow Pinterest, with loads of inspiration, colors and ideas.

So what are the current trends in wedding cakes?  Here are a few for you to consider:

  1. Metallic cakes are very popular for an evening or elegant affair.  It can range any where from gold and silver to bronze, copper or pewter.
  2. Ruffled cakes you will see everywhere on Pinterest. It’s fun, romantic and unexpected.  This style cake can be used in every style wedding or celebration.
  3. Ombre’ cakes are currently on trend.  Regardless of your color scheme, there’s an ombre’ cake for you.  This style cake is fun and adventurous.
  4. Naked cakes have made a splash this year.  This is a basic cake without any exterior frosting, which will work perfectly in a rustic style wedding.  Now you may think because the cake is naked, that it won’t taste very good.  You would be wrong.  Although there is no frosting on the exterior of this case, it certainly can pack a punch with flavor.  Depending on your style, this may be the perfect fit for you.

Regardless of your style, theme or color scheme, your cake is an expression of who you are as a couple.  So be adventurous and daring.  Is it a little nontraditional at times, certainly, but if it reflects who you are, it will be perfect!

Happy Planning!

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Mary Homer – Fairy Tale Weddings & Events

http://www.fairytaleweddingsandeventsbymary.com

The Cool Air of Fall

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Fall is in the air.  Today and the last couple of days have been a bit cooler than normal for this time of year.  But it does allow us to prepare for the cooler weather that fall brings.  If you’re planning a fall wedding or event, the cooler weather certainly plays a factor in your guests needs.

A Fall wedding can certainly be held outdoors.  But to do so, you do need to plan ahead to ensure your guests are well taken care of. Planning your celebration in a beautiful white tent will cause there to be a need to be sure you have enough lighting, as we all know it will start to get darker out sooner. The use of several chandeliers, string lighting around the perimeter and uplighting will help set the mood.  Don’t forget about candles….whether they are simple votive candles or substantial pillars.  All of this will be factored in the aviance you are building in the tent.

As Fall comes upon us, it becomes cooler.  So don’t forget you will likely need a few portable heaters to ensure your guests are comfortable.  Although dancing will certainly keep you warm on a cool evening, not everyone care to dance.

If you’re planning your celebration at a traditional venue, why not bring in some aspects of Fall to your event?  Fall colors include forest greens, oranges and browns. Play with these colors to develop a one of a kind and inviting room.  Crisp apples and the color are is a fun way to bring in a punch of color.  Use apples or oranges in your centerpieces, by filling your vessel full of them and having a beautiful fall centerpiece of florals on top allowing you to have a beautiful centerpiece on your tables. Cranberries are another fun way to bring in the fall feel.  Fill your clear vessel full of cranberries and use branches with crystals to elevate your fall theme.  The hanging strands of crystals will add a hint of grandeur to your room.  By adding colorful leaves, greens or branches you bring in a custom rustic feel to your venue.

You can find inspiration for a rustic or fall decor for your event.  Look around you, inspiration is everywhere this time of year!

Happy Planning!

Mary Homer, Fairy Tale Weddings & Events

http://www.fairytaleweddingsandeventsbymary.com

Celebrity Weddings – Do They Impact Your Wedding?

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We’ve all seen the headlines, “Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt marry”.  All the details of their special day was kept under wraps until after their intimate celebration.  Do we take any ideas away from celebrity weddings?  The answer would be yes.

People Magazine was one of the first magazines to report that Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt recently married at their home at the Chateau Miraval in Correns, France.  They had the typical ring bearers and flower girls, being their beautiful children and they made if very personal for them.  Maddox and Pax walked their mom down the aisle to their dad. Even with six children, the Pitt family made their wedding day as normal as you or I would.  We have our family in attendance and are surrounded by the people we love.

Angelina had a one of kind dress, just like every bride seeks to achieve.  She had a dress made just for her by Versace.  While a typical bride won’t have a dress made by Versace, we are looking for that special dress.  One that speaks to you and makes you feel stunningly gorgeous.  That’s what the dress is about.  Whether you customize your wedding gown like Angelina did with the hand prints of her children or not is a personal decision.  Remember what works for one bride, even Angelina, may not work for you.  So if you find something special you want on your wedding gown, in your reception venue or even in your bouquet, don’t be afraid to make it personal.  This is your big day.  It’s about you and personal touches are so very important.  It’s the little details that make it such a fabulous day special for you, your family and friends.

So take inspirational ideas from the many celebrities who marry.  Their weddings may be over the top, but there are ways to bring your ideas into your wedding.  Remember your wedding day is about you and your betroth, not celebrities.  But it sure is fun to see what the celebrities do for their big days.

Happy Planning!

Mary Homer – Fairy Tale Weddings and Events

http://www.fairytaleweddingsandeventsbymary.com

http://www.marysfairytaleweddings.wordpress.com

Bridal Shows – Do They Help The Bride?

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There are numerous Bridal Shows going on at this time of year.  We’re going into the fall and with the holidays coming up many women will become engaged.  They will usually find inspiration in the wedding magazines you find at the check out in your local grocery stores and of course there are numerous on line options.  But what about Bridal Shows? Do they help the bride and family? Or do they complicate the planning process?

As a Wedding Planner I’ve had the pleasure of participating in many bridal shows. The purpose of wedding vendors participation is meet new potential clients and to find a way to help these brides and their families in the planning process.  So you register for your local bridal show and attend on the big day.  But there’s so many vendors!  What’s a bride to do?

Here’s a few tips to help you navigate your local bridal show:

  • Take everything in.  There are numerous vendors to stop and look at and decide if their business or product is what you need on your big day;
  • Ask questions.  What does the vendor offer? Is it a necessity for your big day? and if the answer is yes, what is the expense associated with their services or product;
  • Gorgeous flowers and cake samples will be offered. Take in the inspiration you see.  If you find something you’ve fallen in love with, is it something which will fit in your budget?
  • You’ll find the newest trends at bridal shows.  That’s exciting because now you’re on the cutting edge of what’s new and trending.  A new trend for 2015 is using a Caricature Artist to draw pictures of your guests.  How much fun is that and you can also use this as your favor.  It serves a dual purpose, it’s interactive and it gives your guests a keepsake to take home with them.  It’s a win, win!
  • Collect information from the vendors. You’ll have time to sort through everything when you get home and have the time to review any offers, company info and to determine who, if anyone, you’d like to work with and set up a consultation appointment with.

When you’re at a bridal show you’ll see alot going on around you.  Take your time working around the room and talk to vendors.  Find out if they’re a right match for your wedding and your ideas.  A bridal show can give you so much information and a starting platform to work from in planning your big day.

One of our local upcoming bridal shows is the CNY Bridal Ball, on October 12, 2014 and can be found at the Best Western on Carrier Circle, East Syracuse, New York.  You will find free admission and free parking.  It will run from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. We look forward to see everyone there!    12, 2014  /

Happy Planning!

Mary Homer, Fairy Tale Weddings and Events

http://www.fairytaleweddingsandeventsbymary.com

http://www.marysfairytaleweddings.wordpress.com

Sweets For My Sweet

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Have you ever been at a fabulous event and come across an over the top Dessert Table?  Have you wondered how they do it?  Dessert tables are pretty easy for even the most challenged of us. However to put together a great dessert table you need a plan.  So here’s a few tips for you to follow.

  • Plan ahead.  If you plan ahead things will come together seamlessly.
  • Choose a color or theme.  This will help you decide on the many choices you will have and give you a cohesive look.
  • Bake and freeze your goodies ahead of time.  The last thing you want to think about on your wedding day or for any celebration is worrying about baking.
  • Mix in store bought bake goods.  Whether you purchase them from your local bakery or the grocery store, they will look wonderful mixed in together.
  • Think outside the box.  Use what you already have.  Don’t be afraid to attach a beautiful plate to a substantial candle stick; use your white vessels (plates, bowls, platters and trays) they’ll look uniformed; experiment with different shapes and sizes.
  • Have a design plan as this will give you a custom look and don’t be afraid to dress it up.
  • Shop your closet and use what you already have.  Think about fabrics (scarves, runners, linens, pretty paper, etc) to every day vases in your cupboards, as you’re building a scene for everyone to “ouhhh” and “ahhh” over.
  • Use different heights to create dimension and visual interest.

By following these simple tips, you’ll find you’re able to create a memorable sweets table everyone will be talking about for some time to come. Be creative, be fearless and have fun!

Happy Planning

Mary Homer – Fairy Tale Weddings & Events – http://www.fairytaleweddingsandeventsbymary.com

contributions from The Knot and Amy Atlas, author of “Sweet Designs”