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

 

The Hottest Trends In Weddings For 2015

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What are the hottest trends in weddings right now?

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Happy Planning!

Mary Homer – Fairy Tale Weddings and Events

Wedding Colors We’re Crushing

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Wedding Colors We’re Crushing On

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Lights, Camera. Action

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When you’re a bride, so much planning goes into your big day.  You want every detail to be perfect.  You’ve been planning your wedding since you were a little girl watching Cinderella.  After all, you found your Prince Charming and now it’s your big day.

Are you personalizing your wedding with things that are important to you?  Is it the names of your important dates as table names (your first date at Lugiu’s Pizza Shop or your first trip to Maine), vs. table numbers? or is your favor that “favorite” thing you love as a couple (honey from your local bee keeper, jam from grandma)?

What’s the latest personal touch for weddings? Try lighting…yes lighting.  But this isn’t your typical lighting.  Everyone has seen street lights, string lights and colorful up lighting.  Trending is “Your Love  Story”, your favorite phrase that you use or your pet names for each other, or even a design that represents you as a couple, light it up in lights.  Be creative and use lighting.  This is your day so make it special and make it personal.  A cookie cutter wedding is easy, but you aren’t a cookie cutter  bride. You’re a beautiful, inspired and inspirational woman who has creativity to make this big day your own! Reach for the stars!

Happy Planning!

Mary Homer, Fairy Tale Weddings & Events

http://www.fairytaleweddingsandeventsbymary.com

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Money is Key to Small Business Success

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Business advice for women entrepreneurs and small businesses

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Money is something everyone needs in their life whether it’s to maintain a household, buy a car or put yourself or children through college. Most people would agree they don’t need to be wealthy to enjoy a good life but having money helps ease the stress allowing them to feel secure and happy.

Women entrepreneurs and small business owners value money similarly. We need cash to open up our doors, cash flow to keep the doors open, lines of credit to add staff and loans to expand operations. Entrepreneurs are known to boot strap their operations in the beginning of their entrepreneurial endeavors because they need a proven track record of increasing revenue and sales and a strong business plan to obtain financing from a financial institution. Business growth hinges on the ability to obtain backing.

Small businesses need to remember our…

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