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  Fall is one of the best times for a wedding. The weather can be beautiful, more guests can usually attend and you have so…more

 

Top Tips for a Fall Wedding

Top Tips for a Fall Wedding

Fall is one of the best times for a wedding. The weather can be beautiful, more guests can usually attend and you have so many options for themes and colors. That planning process can be overwhelming as every bride will tell you. Here are just a few top tips for a fall wedding;

Take advantage of the outdoors. During this time of year there are so many beautiful days and evenings to choose from. Instead of spending time and money on decorations, let nature be your backdrop. You will still want flowers and maybe even a few bows, but instead of going all out with ribbons and materials, use some of the surrounding plant life as a way to bring the event together.

Whether you have an open bar inside or outside there is a good chance that you are going to end up with lots of bottles and cans. Instead of just tossing these in the trash, set up a few recycling bins for the bartender and for your guests. The Fall weather makes everyone more mindful of the environment and people may be more likely to make the right decision when it comes to their trash, especially if you make it easy!

Another top tip for a fall wedding is to skip over traditional centerpieces. So many times at the end of a wedding the bride realizes that she has several centerpieces and has no place to put them. Consider something simple like flowers in a vase, an arrangement of cones and botanicals or a small plant or tree. One guests at each table can take the centerpiece home and continue to enjoy it .

Replace the rice with bird seed. A bride and groom traditionally run through a receiving line of guests tossing rice in their direction. However, what happens to the rice when they are done? Consider something more environmentally friendly like bird seed. With almost the same texture and feel it won`t take away from the tradition, but it will be better for the birds that are keeping watch over your event.

For many Fall represents a time of harvest and plenty. Give your guests the gift of plenty with seeds instead of a more traditional favor. Guests leave weddings with all types of  favors and mementos that just end up in the trash. It isn`t that they didn`t enjoy your big day, they just have no place for another container, magnet, or cookie cutter with your name on it. With flower, herb , tree seeds  or tree seedlings your guests will be able to go home, plant something in their front or backyard and have a more lasting memory of the special day.

No matter how many people attend, you know that thank you cards are a must. You want your guests to know that you appreciate their attendance as well as their gifts. Make a real statement by choosing Hallmark greeting cards that go well with your Fall theme. Choose classic colors that represent the season. You can even look for cards made from recycled paper to give your wedding a green touch.

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wood place cards holders are easy Fall weddings are always a treat. The weather is cooler and the natural background is full of color. Let…more

go green weddings - gifts that last!
wood place cards holders are easy

Fall weddings are always a treat. The weather is cooler and the natural background is full of color.

Let nature be your decorator for wonderful pictures and spectacular special effects.
These wooden favor /place card holders are a simple earth-friendly touch with seed favors.
All you need is a tree limb and cut it into 1″ pieces.
Then in half. There you go, wonderful place card/favor holders that look great and are heavy enough that they will stay in place regardless of the weather.
Check out other ideas & trends on our website. www.treebeginnings.com
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proposal stories

marriage proposal

will you marry me!

Will you marry me!
From proposal to the wedding it should be about YOU TWO ! Include your own ideas, style and imagination in your wedding day , this will create a unique celebration of past to the present and hopes for the future in the joining of two lives, hearts and dreams.We would love to hear all about your unique proposal strategies: what worked, what said “I love you” in your own special way.Here is one couple who shared their LOVE with us: love gerber daisy style 
love gerber daisy style

love gerber daisy style

Kathy and Alex were kind enough to share their story with us:
We love it!
We would love to hear your story . Let us know if we can share.
Will you marry me.
Regards, Sheila, Robin, Amy, Allie
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wedding centerpieces with gerber daisies

potted plants for centerpieces
Growing Trend

Potted Plants as Wedding Centerpieces – a “Growing” Trend

 Bring Mother Nature in and inspire your guests with living potted flowers and herbs.  The remarkable thing about using plant centerpieces is that they are a growing symbol of your new life together, inspirational for your guests and project your eco-commitment from this day forward.

Gerber Daisies are our favorite potted plants because their brilliant colors pop on the reception tables. Forget-me-not’s, roses and lavender are attractive centerpieces. These flowers work well because they are a popular nursery plant which makes them easy to find. Rosemary and   basil are wonderful plotted herbs and are guest favorites, with an abundance of “green” points due to their culinary popularity and familiar scents.

Advantages of potted plant centerpieces in your wedding:

- They are surprisingly affordable from your local florist / nursery or can be planted far in advance

- Potted flower or herbs as centerpieces are unique table name/number holders

- There is no risk of the flower getting fatigued with weather and sitting for long periods of time.   They can be arranged days in advance, avoiding the last minute rush.

- Plants can be placed in decorative containers and finished with complementary ribbon to complement your colors or theme.

- They are available in a massive selection of colors, sizes, shapes that can tie in with the overall style or theme.

     Flowers and herbs embrace the something “green” trend in 2009 as we become more aware of the natural world around us. Complement with eco-friendly seed favor guest gifts for a wedding they will remember forever.

Sheila Sheffield,
Plant a Memory for a greener tomorrow.

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sign of spring In the past 12 years since we have been offering tulip bulb wedding favors they have been the most popular flower bulb…more

spring has sprung
sign of spring

In the past 12 years since we have been offering tulip bulb wedding favors they have been the most popular flower bulb we carry.

The colors are brilliant and they can be boxed to suit any color the brides desire.
Beautiful flower bulb favors are unique, personalized and include this poem. “The earth laughs in flowers”.
Representing eternal happiness tulips are always a wonderful addition to your garden. Planted in the fall, the bulbs will blossom with new life every sping for years to come.  They are a true sign of spring every year bring new life, new energy and reminding us or your Wedding Day and all the joy we all shared. Plant a Memory with brillilant tulip bulb wedding favors and your guests will remember your special day for years to come. More flower favors .
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Tips for seasonal outdoor weddings

TIPS FOR SEASONAL WEDDINGS




Wedding Planner’s Advice

by Shelley Waugh
The outdoor wedding is more popular than ever, they’re very different from the traditional indoor affair and offer more options, with only the weather as a variable.

Ten tips for an outdoor wedding either at a venue or in your back yard.

1. BUDGET: Have an exact budget or specific dollar amount when you meet with your wedding planner. Make a prioritized list of what is necessary to create your wedding the way you envision it. This will help in deciding between calligraphy invitations and live music. It can be disappointing to make big plans and then have to cancel them because they’re not affordable.

2. DATE: Planning the date is extremely important. Have several in mind, since popular wedding months such as May, June, September and October may limit the choice of dates. Depending on where you live, winter weddings for better value. They can be spectacular at this time of year.

3. COMFORT: Remember to ensure your guests’ comfort by considering weather conditions on the big day. If hot, have ushers offer ice-cold water bottles as guests are seated, or print your wedding program on a hand-held fan to keep your guests cool.  Colorful paper umbrellas shade the sun and add beautiful color as well.

4. BACKUP PLAN: What if it rains? The ideal outdoor wedding location should have an indoor plan just in case. However, an outdoor tent is another option, but only for light to moderate rainstorms. Or, the couple might have the ceremony outside and reception inside as a way to minimize the risk of bad weather.

5. PLAN FOR WIND: Windy conditions can wreak havoc on attire, hair, and décor. If the location is typically windy, avoid fabrics such as chiffons or silks. Also, advise your hairstylist that your wedding is outdoors so she/he can design an appropriate style for you and the bridal party. While unity ceremonies are important, wind can have an ill effect on the traditional unity candle. More recent ideas include the sand ceremony and water ceremony.

6. DECOR: With natural beauty all around, outdoor weddings often use fewer decorations. Some to be considered, however, include an arch or trellis, strings of lights or lanterns in the trees, torches, and luminarias or farolitas. A flower petal walkway dense with deep colored rose petals creates a dramatic contrast to green grass. Note: for weddings on grassy areas, ensure the sprinkler system is disabled so guests don’t receive an unwanted shower!

7. FOOD: A reception with food stations with delicious and beautiful options that are prepared and refreshed on a continual basis. Guests can enjoy the reception without worrying if the food is getting cold or that they’ll miss a served food course.

8. BUGS: One way to limit bug disturbances is to use citronella candles placed around the border of the event disguised with red rocks or other natural elements just in case.

9. SUNLIGHT: Couples who consider timing their outdoor wedding to a beautiful sunset should ensure that chairs are oriented away from the sun so it won’t shine directly in the eyes of their guests during the ceremony.

10. ATTIRE: If hot weather is in the forecast, wear light fabrics to avoid unnecessary overheating or perspiration. Brides wearing trains should consider the ground they will be walking on to avoid grass and dirt. An aisle runner can be helpful in avoiding stains. Consult a makeup professional for makeup that won’t cake, streak, or shine and will hold up well for photographs and throughout the event.

Tips and photos courtesy: Wedding Planner at the L’Auberge de Sedona in Sedona, Arizona, that offers luxury accommodations, fine dining, wedding facilities and spa treatments. Visit www.lauberge.com.

We loved this article because it discusses REAL issues. Don’t forget to thank you guests with a touch of nature , eco favors.

 Regards, Sheila
Plant a Memory for a Greener Tomorrow!


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