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Think Outside The Box ~ Paper Flowers!

6 May

This crafty idea has been around for years, but as more brides get hands-on with their wedding decor we are starting to see paper flowers become very popular.   Create beautiful paper flowers for all kinds of events, or for your own home. You can put your own personal touch into your project by adding different colors & textures, plus you will be saving money on your decor by using paper flowers instead of the real thing! Give your guests something to talk about, and use paper flowers as a favor, write your names & wedding date or your monogram on either the petals or on a leaf.  This memento will last much longer than a live flower and it is unique! We have compiled some photos of various floral designs and have included instructions for creating your own paper flowers!


Inspired Yet?

Check out the master Martha Stewarts paper flower bouquet instructions…

Double Leaf
To make three double leaves, stack tissue in three hues of green. Cut 2-by-3-inch rectangles through all layers; fold in half. Trim tips into points; unfold. Twist each sheet at center. Fold 18-inch floral wire in half, slip over center of leaf, and twist. Fold tips toward each other, and curl.

Long Leaf
Stack tissue in two hues of green. Cut 2-by-3-inch rectangles through both layers. Apply glue along the upper third of a 9-inch piece of floral wire; sandwich between tissue layers. Let dry. Cut a leaf shape. Separate layers of tissue.

Folded Petal
Cut several 1 3/4-by-2 3/4-inch and 1 1/4-by-2-inch rectangles from tissue paper; fold each in half lengthwise; cut one end to be rounded, and twist other end to shape. For the center, roll white tissue paper into a tiny ball; cut out a square from white tissue paper, and wrap it around the ball, twisting tissue at its base. Attach the twisted end of the ball to a piece of floral wire by wrapping with green floral tape; add petals one at a time (start with small petals and end with large ones), taping twisted ends onto floral wire. Trim floral tape; spread out petals.

Bubble Petal
Each bloom requires 12 (or six pairs) stamens attached to floral wire with floral tape and five 4-by-2 1/4-inch pieces of tissue paper. For each petal, wrap tissue halfway around 1 1/2-inch Styrofoam ball, forming a half-sphere; twist ends, and remove ball. Attach one end of a petal to the base of stamen with floral tape. Add the other petals one at a time. Trim pointy ends. Gently pull petals away from center.

Rolled Petal
Cut a 16-by-3 1/2-inch strip of tissue paper; make 2-inch accordion folds. Trim and notch one end of tissue through all layers, as shown; unfold. Insert floral wire into a 1-inch Styrofoam ball; place ball near bottom of tissue strip. Roll tissue around ball; twist bottom. Remove the ball with tweezers. Wrap floral tape around the twisted tissue and wire. Trim the floral tape.

Curly Petal
Cut a 16-by-3 1/2-inch strip of tissue paper; make 2-inch-wide accordion folds. Make 3-inch-deep snips in tissue to create fringe. Wrap unfringed end around floral wire. Secure with floral tape. Run scissors blade along pieces of fringe to curl; fluff.

Read more at Marthastewartweddings.com: Crafted Bouquet

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DIY Wedding Favors

28 Apr

Cherry FavorsSure you can pick up just about any wedding catalog and choose from thousands of pre-made wedding favors, but we at The 530 Bride think that the best wedding favors are made by hand and with love! What better way to capture your personality, wedding theme, and the memory of your day than to create a wedding favor that tells a story.
These boxes of fresh cherries, fit perfectly into an outdoor event in the spring or summer time.  They not only have a simple charm, but they feel more personal and thoughtful than something you could order from a catalog.
(Photo: IntimateWeddings.com)

There are so many different interpretations of this idea, so checkout which fruits are in season during your wedding month! Create personal touches like adding your names and wedding date on each box, or a short message to thank your guests.

Mark Your Calendars

26 Apr

The Palms Pavilion in Chico will be having an open house at their beautiful venue, on May 10th, 2011.  The admission is free, and as if that wasn’t exciting enough, each couple will each receive a free engagement photo!  If you have never visited The Palms, check out all of these great amenities included in their wedding package.

AMENITIES:
•   Luxuriously furnished, private bride and groom dressing rooms •   Fully equipped catering kitchen • Air-conditioned and fully lighted pavilion space, accommodating up to 300 guests •   Built-in beverage service bar •   Portable stage with overhead lighting •   Parking spaces for 250 automobiles •   Multiple ceremony spaces throughout the landscaped gardens •   Tiki torches light up evening celebrations •   Koi ponds and fountains provide water features.

Enjoy h’orderves and champagne, while you take in the scenery and  mingle with other engaged couples.  WeDo Designs is the on-site wedding designer, and Rabina Khan along with her team are sure to wow you with their elegant designs and modern innovations to wedding decor.   Many brides watch shows like Platinum Weddings, or My Fair Wedding with David Tutera and feel like those weddings are just a fairytale. Let us assure you that with the right vendors, you can have the Platinum Wedding you have dreamed of without breaking the bank! Check out WeDo Designs, for picture galleries, pricing and available services.


So mark you calendars, and make sure to attend this great Open House at The Palms Pavilion.  May 10th, 2011 from 4 to 7pm.

The Palms Pavilion is located at 2947 Nord Avenue, Chico CA 95973

For more information contact:

Rabina Khan, WeDo Designs
(530) 566 – 7603
2947 Nord Ave
Chico, CA 95973

Style Trend: Peacock Feathers

22 Apr

This year we have seen Peacock Feathers really start to pop up not only in apparel and jewelry but also in the wedding industry. From invitations, centerpieces, and hair accessories to wedding clutch purses & Bridal Bouquets. With all of the beautiful colors in a peacock feather, you have many options for color patterns and accents. Teals, purples, greens and blues you can really make this unique to fit your style.

Below are some of the photos that we have seen the Peacock Feather theme work really well (and yes, you can take the peacock theme too far if you aren’t careful!) Our advice is to keep a cohesive pattern throughout your decor so that everything flows.

Peacock Wedding Stationary

Peacock Wedding Cakes

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Peacock Hair Accessories

Peacock Bouquets & Decor

The moral of this story is to not be afraid to think outside of the box, use creativity, and really show both of your personalities through your decor.  If your Fiance’s favorite color is blue, or green etc and wants to wear a blue vest/dress shirt this is a way to have a fun theme, while coordinating other wedding details like the bridemaid dresses and groomsmen’s attire.

Real Northern California Weddings

21 Apr

Veronica & Daniel
Chico, CA
10.10.10

With all of the planning leading up to my wedding day in October, I had begun to get overwhelmed with all of the details. Eventually, I let myself stop stressing and try to enjoy everything that was happening. I knew my vendors had everything under control so it was time for me to just be a Bride!

Initially I had wanted to hire a wedding coordinator, but I had confidence that I could handle organizing the details myself, and although there were a few rough patches I must say everything went rather smooth!  (Believe me when I say I was far from a DIY Bride)

My theme was black and white damask, with an accent of red. (Oh and of course some bling)  When I booked WeDo Designs, I knew that the owner, Rabina Khan really understood my vision and from samples of her work I knew she would be able to exceed my expectations.

The wedding venue was The Card Center in Chico, which offers an outdoor area for the ceremony as well as indoor reception area with a patio for the cocktail hour.   The Card Center staff provided me with a floor plan of the reception area, and we were able to work on the layout
and plan out how the tables and chairs would be set up.  We also decided we would use floor to ceiling fabric, and up-lighting to really transform the room. See the before and after photos below.

When I met Lisa Hunter of Lisa’s Flor Décor, I was hooked on her artistic creations with flowers and centerpieces. I had so many different pictures of designs I liked, but she was able to choose designs and flowers that were cohesive with my wedding theme. She made sure that the centerpieces were an appropriate height for the room and really accomplished what I had asked of her. I loved that she was willing to mix things up and play with different heights and centerpiece ideas.
When it came to the altar, Lisa brought my vision to life and I couldn’t have been happier with how it turned out.

I really loved our aisle, and Lisa’s Flor Decor made a beautiful Monogrammed “E” covered in Roses.

Speaking of flowers, every bride dreams of walking down the aisle holding her beautiful bouquet! I loved the mix of flowers used in the my bouquet, and the Gerbera Daisy’s had a dark center which matched the bridesmaid dresses.

I wore a Casa Blanca wedding gown and the Bridesmaids wore Black Alfred Angelo gowns with Red Accents.

Daniel wore a black Tuxedo with a White Vest, and the Groomsmen wore Black Tuxedos with Red Accents from Mens Wearhouse.

What is a wedding celebration without appetizers and a delicious dinnner? Leslie with Shelly’s Creative Catering really brought her A game to the wedding and not only was the food amazing but she was also great at keeping the festivities on schedule. The cocktail hour consisted of an open bar, fruits, cheese and crackers, and veggies, followed by a tri-tip and chicken buffet dinner.

Christy, with Christy’s Creations created a cake that tasted amazing and fit perfectly into our theme. It was a three-tierd white cake with fondant.

The photo-booth was a blast, and the photos served as our wedding favors. Chico Photo and Video brought the booth to the reception, provided props and also a cd of the photos for us to be able to see all of the pictures. Having the props really added to the fun, and since there was no limit on how many pictures we could take I think the kids at the wedding probably went in the booth over 20 times!


Tracy with Tracy Lynn Photography captured some great shots, and really made us feel comfortable in front of the camera. She knew I wasn’t a picture person so she really had a challenge on her hands!

Cheers!

Planning your wedding on a Budget? Do it yourself!

19 Apr

Our lovely Featured Bride Melissa gave us some great tips for lowering your wedding costs by Doing some things yourself!

DIY Tips:
(ways to save hundreds or even thousands of dollars)

  • Buy invitation kits online or at a store like Michael’s or Bed Bath and Beyond and print them yourself.
  • Use your photographers pictures from the engagement session to make your own Save the dates. Print them somewhere like Walgreens or Walmart
  • Buy your linens online for cheaper than renting them through a company
  • Find a venue location that is pretty all by itself and save on extra decorating expenses and time you would spend to make your own decor
  • Order your flowers from Raley’s or Safeway and put them all together yourself one to two days before the wedding
  • Have a friend or relative cook your meal and save tons on catering costs
  • Make your own centerpieces. Go online and look up wedding centerpieces and find what you like. Then recreate it. Stores like Michaels, Joann’s, Ross, TJ Maxx, and Home Goods sell glass vases and products needed to create wonderful centerpieces. (Use their coupons Michael’s and Joann’s are always having 40 to 50% off one regular priced item or 20% off entire purchase)
  • Meet with many vendors to compare prices to find the best fit for your money

Lisa’s Flor Decor

14 Apr
Lisa and Greg Hunter of Lisa’s Flor Decor

If you are looking for a florist you can depend on to take your floral arrangements and decor to the next level, chances are you have heard of Lisa Hunter and her amazing work.  Lisa is the owner/operator of Lisa’s Flor Decor and she puts her all into making your day, even more fabulous than you could have imagined.  I can say this because she transformed me from a bride who wasn’t into flowers, to the girl who couldnt take her eyes of her centerpieces at her wedding because they were breathtaking.  With the help of her husband Greg, she constructs pillars, altars, aisle runners,  flower boxes and anything else you can dream up. In addition to Weddings she can also be booked for Bridal Showers, Prom, Valentines Day, or any other special event.
Dont take my word for it though just let her work speak for itself.
Check out Lisa’s Flor Decor!

Are You a Spring Bride?

11 Apr

Spring is the time of year that just makes you appreciate mother nature and all of her beauty.  The grass is at its greenest, the birds are chirping, everything is blooming and chances are love is in the air.  So why not plan your blissful day in the spring time and take advantage of the lovely backdrop of nature! A great way to plan a successful spring wedding is to book a venue with both indoor and outdoor areas for your ceremony and reception.  This ensures that if the weather takes a sudden turn for the worst you are still covered (literally, who wants to get rained on in their wedding dress?)

Another positive, is that you should be able to have a wide array of floral options because most of popular flowers are going to be in season.  A great way to lower your cost and keep your floral budget in check is to consider which flowers are in season and readily available in your area.  If your florist has to have flowers shipped from out of the country, chances are your budget will be busted! A few of the top spring flowers are Tulips, Hyacinths, Peonies, Forsythia, Lily of the Valley, Freesia, Pansies, Poppies, Ranunculus, Roses, and Violets.

Check out a few of these spring beauties!

Hyacinth

Peonies

FreesiaPeonies

The Bridal Shower… Let the Games Begin!!

9 Apr

As a bride-to-be, the Bridal Shower is pretty exciting because it means you are getting pretty close to the big day and your friends and family want to help you prepare for your new life with your hubby-to-be.   There are endless ways to celebrate this fun day, and chances are your Bridesmaids or Maid of Honor are pretty excited to get to plan this for you so let them make all of the plans!

Bridesmaids/Maids of Honor – if you are here because you are getting the ball rolling in planning this event you are in the right place.  Lets get some pointers out there to make sure you have your bases covered.

♥ Set the Date (which means you have to make sure the bride and her family members can make it) so give yourself a lot of time for planning and for collecting all of the addresses for the invitations. Shoot for having the invitations out at least 4 weeks in advance.
♥ Choose a location – do you have a large family room or outdoor area at your home? If not try to network with other friends or family members of the bride to find a spot that works for you and the number of guests you think will be attending.  See our list of venues both big and small to find a location that can accommodate you.
♥ Delegate! We all have a life outside of being an awesome bridesmaid or maid of honor so don’t try to take it all on by yourself.  Ask the other girls in the bridal party or family members to pitch in to ensure everything goes smoothly.
♥ Decor – Consider a theme, colors & patterns, flowers or other decorations.  Although you do not have to stick to the brides wedding colors, it is nice for everyone to get a sneek peek before her big day.  Incorporate interactive decor something that will create chatter to break the ice, such as large feathers, a wishing tree, a scrapbook with supplies for guests, a candy buffet etc.
♥ Food – Depending on how many guests are expected to attend you should consider selecting snacks and foods that will appease the entire group, so try to give options.  Veggie, Fruit, or Meat/cheese platters go over pretty well.   If the event is near the lunch or dinner hour make sure to provide a sufficient amount of food because your guests will come hungry! For a large group, catering is often your best bet because they can make sure that all of the food is prepared accordingly and kept at the right temperatures.  The last thing you want to do is slave away in the kitchen and miss all of the kodak moments.  Don’t forget the sweets, it wouldn’t be a party without cake, cupcakes or candy.
♥ Entertainment/Games – Keep your guests entertained and keep your bride happy! If the games and entertainment flows smoothly the entire event will be a hit. Offer game prizes to get people into the games, they dont have to be expensive but anything from a candle, perfume, picture frame, gift certificate etc. Now before you start planning anything too spicy just make sure everything is age appropriate so that no one is offended or feels uncomfortable (save that for the bachelorette party!)
♥ Gifts – help your bride keep track of all of the gifts that she recieves to ensure that she has no problems writing thank-you cards to all of her guests.
♥ Have Fun and know that all of your hardwork means the world to the bride, so enjoy the party!

*For some Bridal Shower game ideas check out this post with a list of fun games!

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