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Style Trend: Manzanita Branches & Wishing Trees

9 May

Wishing trees have become a popular feature of event decor for baby showers and weddings.  Have you ever wondered where the tradition of wishing trees came from?  Some say that it is a Dutch tradition, but we have seen many styles of wishing trees from various cultures for many different reasons aside from weddings. For example, we found that as part of a Lam Tsuen tradition, Wish-makers write their wishes on red paper “josses,” which are offerings dedicated to Chinese deities.

No matter where the tradition comes from, it is a beautiful sight to see a tree filled with thoughts and well-wishes dedicated to your new life as husband and wife!  With so many fun ways to decorate and make it your own, a wishing tree can be a great focal point for your event.  A word of advice is to leave instructions for your guests, so that they know that you would like them to write on the cards and hang it on the tree. 

Whether you are using manzanita branches, or a living tree you should be able to find relatively inexpensive ways to decorate it.  Although if you plan to use crystals, you may want to opt to rent the strings of crystals rather than buying them yourself (they can get pricey!)

We found these photos inspiring!


Manzanita Branches can be painted to match your decor, and you can use them as centerpieces as well.

Many Decor & Event Staging vendors will have wishing trees available to rent, but if you would like to make one yourself here is what you will need.  Most of the materials can be found at your local craft store, or for large amounts of manzanita branches check out this website: Blooms and Branches.  They also have moss, curly willow, votive candles, vases, birch branches & centerpiece kits.

– Large manzanita branch or several small branches, which can be painted to match your decor.  If you are having a more      natural style theme, you won’t need to paint the branches because they are a nice deep red color on their own.
– Paint for the branches
– Glitter, if you would like the tree to really shine!
– Strands of Crystals, (or create your own with fishing wire & crystals or beads.)
– Add flowers or greenery depending on your theme.
– Vase, try to find a sturdy vase with a wide base so that it is less likely to tip over.

Okay now you have created your own wishing tree!

For some great aisle decor ideas, check out this great website Koyal Wholesale.  They have some couture designs for walking down the aisle!

Sources:

Lam Tsuen Tradition ( http://www.com.cuhk.edu.hk/varsity/0003/culture2.htm)
http://www.herecomesthebride.com
http://www.theoaks.com
http://www.cupidsarrow.com

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

Wedding Planning 101: Timeline!

19 Apr

No matter where you are in your wedding planning, staying organized is important.  Part of being organized is to refer to a timeline and checklist to make sure you don’t have a last-minute wedding crisis on your hands.  If you have a wedding coordinator they should be assisting you with creating an outline of the planning process, and helping you stay on track.  There are many wedding planning resources and tools out there, so you don’t have to reinvent the wheel.

Depending on how far out your wedding date is, you should be able to space out the time-line so that you don’t feel overwhelmed.  Word of advice: ask your fiance to help you with the parts that he can help you with because it is his wedding too! If he can’t help you then look to your friends and family because chances are they are pretty excited for you and would love to help.

Below is a checklist that we found online, and thought it was very helpful.  Depending on how large or small your wedding is, some of the items may or may not apply.  Click here to download or print this checklist.

Check back for next weeks article, “Wedding Planning 101: Wedding Budget”

9-12 months before the wedding

  • Officially announce your engagement
  • Decide on who pays for what and set an overall budget
  • Set a wedding date (consult with registry office and officiant)
  • Decide on the type of wedding (formal, semi-formal, informal…)
  • Book reception site (liability insurance necessary?) and arrange parking
  • Book ceremony location (liability insurance necessary?)
  • Decide whether you need/want pre-marital counseling
  • Get some useful wedding checklists or prepare your own ones
  • Hire wedding planner if you wish
  • Start first draft of your guest list

6-9 months before the wedding

  • Announce wedding date (especially for out-of-town guests)
  • Start shopping for wedding dress, shoes, jewelry etc.
  • Decide on bridesmaids dresses
  • Organize (flower) decoration and bouquets
  • Hire catering service
  • Hire wedding photographer/videographer
  • Hire DJ/band
  • Choose officiant and discuss ceremony process
  • Start thinking about gift registry options
  • Reserve hotel rooms (in varying price ranges) for out-of-town guests
  • Have an engagement party if you wish
  • Book honeymoon

4-6 months before the wedding

  • Select and order wedding invitations and stationery
  • Choose wedding cake
  • Discuss menu ideas with catering service
  • Arrange for rental items (arches, candelabras, china, crystal, flatware…)
  • Buy wedding rings
  • Organize groom’s tux and decide what groomsmen will wear
  • Make sure bridesmaids ordered their gowns and decide on accessories
  • Look for wedding favors
  • Confirm dates for bridal shower and bachelorette parties
  • Start registry (before sending bridal shower invitations)
  • Get ideas for wedding hair and makeup
  • Organize helpers (readers, musicians, guest book attendant etc.)
  • Organize additional management staff, babysitters etc.
  • Give guest list to shower hostesses
  • Decide whether you want wedding insurance

2-4 months before the wedding

  • Finalize guest list and send invitations
  • Select place for rehearsal dinner
  • Finalize rehearsal dinner plans
  • Finalize menu
  • Select music for ceremony, reception etc.
  • Book makeup artist and hairstylist
  • Check tuxes for groom and groomsmen have been ordered
  • Organize wedding transportation (for you and your guests)
  • Order wedding favors
  • Find gifts for each other, your attendants, shower hostess, parents etc.
  • Purchase bridal party gifts
  • Purchase wedding accessories (candles, baskets, ring pillow etc.)
  • Check registry regularly (there always have to be enough options left)
  • Joint bank accounts, insurance, merging of money…
  • Start preparations for honeymoon
  • Send invitations 8 weeks before wedding date

1-2 months before the wedding

  • Have first bridal gown fitting
  • Schedule a final fitting for your gown so it can be ready for formal bridal portrait
  • Finalize ceremony readings, songs, etc.
  • Design wedding programs
  • Meet with officiant to finalize ceremony
  • Arrange “Bridesmaid Luncheon” and other “Pre-Wedding Parties”
  • Write vows
  • Set appointment with photographer for your formal bridal portrait.
  • Prepare photo and video shot list
  • Check requirements for blood test and marriage license in your state
  • Discuss and finalize details with wedding service providers

3-4 weeks before the wedding

  • Get marriage license (normally no earlier than 30 days before wedding)
  • Arrange name change
  • Mail rehearsal-dinner invitations
  • Meet with stylist to discuss makeup and hair
  • Confirm hotel arrangements for out-of-town guests

1-2 weeks before the wedding

  • Call guests who have not responded to invitation
  • Make final payments for all services that require payment
  • Have final wedding gown fitting
  • Finalize wedding-day schedule and share with attendants, parents and all vendors
  • Pick up wedding dress and make sure all accessories are together
  • Reconfirm all wedding plans: ceremony, reception site, florist, photo/videographer, musicians, DJ, baker, honeymoon
  • Give caterer/reception site final head count
  • Provide wedding party and out-of-town guests with itinerary and maps
  • Prepare emergency kit with needle, thread, safety pins, tape, mirror, etc.
  • Give someone at home emergency numbers of honeymoon locations, credit card numbers etc.
  • Finalize seating arrangements
  • Prepare place cards
  • Prepare “wedding box” for ceremony accessories
  • Prepare “reception box” for reception accessories
  • Prepare wedding favors for transportation
  • Complete seating plan for reception
  • Confirm all rental and floral delivery dates and times
  • Confirm arrival times for attendants
  • Pack for wedding night and honeymoon

The day before the wedding

  • Prepare payment envelopes, choosing who is responsible for each one
  • Hand out assignment lists and checklists to ensure everyone knows their tasks
  • Hand out ceremony box to appropriate person
  • Hand out reception box to appropriate person
  • Hand out favor box to appropriate person
  • Give rings to best man
  • Gather wedding dress and all accessories
  • Get a manicure, pedicure, massage
  • Rehearse ceremony with officiant and wedding party
  • Confirm flight arrangements for honeymoon
  • Compile an emergency list of all wedding vendors with phone numbers

The wedding day

  • Try to eat breakfast
  • See hairdresser
  • Have makeup applied
  • Don’t forget rings (if you haven’t given them to best man) and wedding license
  • Take a relaxing bath

After wedding

  • Get wedding gown cleaned and preserved
  • Preserve bouquet
  • Write and send thank-you notes
  • Complete process of name change
  • Finalize gift registry
  • Meet with photographer/videographer to finalize albums/video

(Photo Credit: weddingbycolor.com/Timeline Courtesy of http://www.myweddingchecklist.net/wedding-timeline-checklist)

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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