For the Love of Penguins

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Have you ever wondered what do penguins know about love? Let me tell you…they know quite a bit and we could learn a lot from them.

Penguins will quite often dance for joy at the sight of their LOVED one.(Thus the wonderful movie Happy Feet comes to mind)

Penguins aren’t shy about sharing their love and will often sing their love for each other. Just like people in a lasting relationship, they find that hanging out with their partner or loved one is one of the greatest joy in life.

Did you know that Penguins stay with their mate for life? When Penguins find their soul mate, they stay their entire life with them, to the end. Penguins are monogamous, just like humans. They mate for life.

We show our affection for our spouse or girlfriend/boyfriend by kissing.  Penguins do the same thing, only with their beaks. They rub their beaks on their mate or preen their mates feathers as a sign of love.  Just like you or me, they close their eyes when they kiss.

So let’s love like a Penguin.  Love for life. Kiss with your eyes closed.

Mary Homer

Fairy Tale Weddings by Mary

http://www.fairytaleweddingsbymary.com

 

 

Favorite Valentine Gifts

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What’s your FAVORITE Valentine gift?  Is is a red heart shaped box of chocolates?  Or does your special someone give you a special piece of jewelry to show his love and appreciation?

The most popular gifts include:

  • Chocolates (candy makes the top of the list)
  • Hallmark greeting card (full of sentiment and emotion)
  • Going out for dinner or a movie (a little alone time never hurts)
  • Flowers, particularly red roses are the flower of choice at this time of year, however tulips are becoming popular
  • Jewelry rounds out the top 5 Valentine gifts (a sure winner for any special girl in your life)

Thoughtful and romantic Valentine gifts are perfect for your wife or girlfriend, but don’t forget your mom, daughter(s) or a special friend or family member.  Remember Valentines day isn’t about gifts, but about spending time with the ones you love.

Wishing you a fabulous Valentine Day my friends!

Mary Homer

Fairy Tale Weddings by Mary

http://www.fairytaleweddingsbymary.com

 

Top 8 Wedding Trends in 2019

The 2019 Wedding Season is in full gear and so are this years wedding trends. Here are the top 8 wedding trends we see for the upcoming season.

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Cakes and desserts will have an artistic flair to their edible displays.  Macaroon towers provides height and drama while Croquembouche is elegant and enticing.  And let’s not forget the ever favorite cake pop displays, which can be ornate and lavish.  The visual interest will make these displays fun for your guests.

Grazing tables have been around for awhile, however they will become more elaborate.  My favorite include a wonderful array of breads, cheeses, meats, nuts, fruits and some sweet delights for sure.

Interactive Food Stations are staples for any wedding.  Entertaining your guests while they make a choice of food options keeps them engaged and makes their experience memorable.

Floral displays will be dramatic with gold rings and wooden beams.  They add that touch of drama you want for interest and depth.

circular arbor      courtesy of Pretty Little Vintage Company

Custom signs are always a necessity for your guests.  This includes seating charts and mirrors, letter boards and inspirational escort cards.  Being creative is the best part for brides and grooms, as you get to show your personality.  Our recent clients traveled a lot and chose to use custom postcards for their guests escort cards.  It was personal to the couple and so much fun for their guests.

Copper will be oh so popular this wedding season.  Copper adds a modern touch and is so versatile with so many color schemes, including “Pantone’s Color of the Year” of Coral.  Whether it’s Coral or your favorite shade of Lilac or Pale Pink, Copper has the ability to incorporate itself effortlessly.

Centerpieces in wooden boxes will be popular and are chic.  They are simply so versatile.  They work well with weddings which are elegant, rustic or simply romantic.  They offer natural elements including plants, succulents, flowers, crystals and stones.

Favors are always a question I receive from clients. Should I or shouldn’t I?  Favors are still very popular, in particular edible favors.  Guests love something they can eat and enjoy.  So when thinking of favors don’t be afraid to think outside of the box with options like popcorn, maple syrups, spices, or oils.  Truffles are always a great favor, but thinking outside the box makes that favor fabulous!

So when planning your wedding, be sure it reflects you and is personal.  This is your day to share with family and friends and it should always be about you as a couple.

Happy planning!

Mary Homer

Fairy Tale Weddings and Events – http://www.fairytaleweddingsandeventsbymary.com

*article contributions from WeddingWire

*photo contribution by Pretty Little Vintage Company

 

 

You Can Rent That???

Are you planning a wedding or special event?  Looking for gorgeous, expensive centerpieces but are deterred by the initial sticker shock associated with purchasing each and every one of them? How will you ever afford them?  The answer is rentals.  If you can think of it, someone likely has it for rent, whether it’s centerpieces, stylish or modern furniture, or elegant linens.  Rentals are the perfect option.

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(courtesy of Brianna Pisani @ The Pretty Little Vintage Company http://www.prettylittlevintageco.com)

We all know how expensive it can be to purchase a piece of furniture or elaborate linens for the holidays.  So think outside of the box.  What kind of items you may ask?  The sky’s the limit for rentals!  You will find furniture (numerous styles, colors and generations), accessories galore (suitcases, candle holders, pillows, books, boxes, tables and chairs, china, flatware, glassware and chargers to name a few) and lets not forget linens (whether elaborate or simple you will find many, many options).

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(Photo courtesy of Alexandra Reed Photography/ Furniture courtesy of The Pretty Little Vintage Company http://www.prettylittlevintageco.com)

There are many companies providing you with the items you may need or want.  Local and out of town companies have a variety of items to view and rent.  So explore your options and if possible be sure to view the items prior to renting them.  This allows you to know the condition the items are in.  If you can’t inspect them, be sure to view a picture of the item and inspect it upon arrival.

This is a field that is growing exponentially. This option will allow you to stretch your budget with fabulous choices.  So be sure to dream big, even on a budget.

Love the photos in this post, be sure to check out http://www.prettylittlevintageco.com.

Happy planning!

Mary Homer – Fairy Tale Weddings & Events

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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

Spring is in the Air

Spring is in the Air

Brides are planning their weddings for this Spring and Summer.  I thought this would be the perfect time to provide you with our top 10 ideas for your big day.  A Spring wedding is the perfect time to start new, whether it’s in starting to plan your wedding day or you’re already prepared for your big day in the next few months.

  1. A tea length wedding dress is fresh and is perfect for any rustic or back yard style wedding this Spring.
  2. Bow ties have made a huge comeback.  They now come in a large variety of colors and patterns and can provide the groom with that something extra he’s looking for.
  3. Groomsmen can overheat on a very warm day, so consider a lightweight, light colored suit for them.  They’ll thank you for it.
  4. Glam up any wedding ceremony or reception with chandeliers.  They come in all sizes and can typically be easily installed, even for outside locations (gardens, trellis, and any backyard).
  5. Spring florals are fresh, bright and beautiful.  Lillies and Gerber Daises are perfect and they come in a multiple number of colors. Pick a color, it’s your day!
  6. Are you looking for that special getaway after the ceremony? Try a two seated bicycle or mo-ped.  Non-traditional for sure, but very memorable and unexpected for you and your guests.
  7. Lighting is pretty special and changes the whole aviance in your reception.  Up lighting is everywhere, so why not try something a little more Spring like, like colorful lanterns or use crystal chandeliers everywhere! It will make a powerful impact on your lighting and the tone set for your room.
  8. Spring is in the air, so check into an ice cream truck as your dessert or part of your dessert.  We all have great memories of the ice cream truck coming down the street when we were kids and running to get it.  This will bring back memories for everyone and is fun and unexpected.
  9. Don’t’ forget your “must have” photos. Something special for the two of you. Try a photo with you wedding party that’s different and new.  You’re photographer will have a list of ideas for you and if you have something special in mind, share the idea with him.  These are your pictures and you want them to last a life time.
  10. Favors are always fun to give to their guests.  It’s Spring so give your guests pretty packets of garden seeds or bulbs, mini trees or even mini florals.   The seeds will grow as your love grows for one another.

Wishing you much happiness as you enjoy the colors, the smells and everything Spring!

Happy planning!

Mary Homer

Fairy Tale Weddings and Events

www.fairytaleweddingsandeventsbymary.com

 

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