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Most everyone has heard the saying, “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue,” and most know it’s supposed to be good luck to incorporate all four into your wedding attire in some way. Not sure how to do it? Here are some ideas. 

Something Old

“Something old” and “something blue” were, according to English folklore, intended to battle the Evil Eye! Today, the “old” is usually used to honor a relative on either the bride’s or groom’s side of the family. Consider wearing the veil or gloves worn by your mom or grandmother, or incorporate wedding charms into your bouquet, featuring pictures of family members you want to honor.

Something New

For many brides, this is the gown, the shoes, or the veil. But you might also consider buying a locket, filling it with pictures of you and your husband-to-be, and wearing it near your heart or wrapping it around your bouquet. Or slip in photos of your parents, and then it can serve as your “something old” and “something new.”
Something Borrowed

According to tradition – really old tradition – wearing the underwear of a fertile woman was supposed to help ensure lots of children for the new bride. For less skeevy options, borrow a piece of jewelry from your mother, grandmother, maid of honor, or mother-in-law-to-be (brownie points!). Or slip on your dad’s or grandfather’s watch for a memorable and sentimental statement.

Something Blue

Blue represents fidelity, and traditionalists will choose a blue garter. But you can also wear blue pumps or paint your nails blue, or add a spray of blue flowers to your bouquet. For a subtler touch, consider carrying a handkerchief with blue lace or your new initials embroidered in blue.

The last line of the rhyme – “And a sixpence in your shoe” – is often overlooked, but it’s a tradition meant to bring wealth to the new couple. If those wedding bills are adding up, it’s a tradition that just might be worth trying!

 To write or not to write? That is the question. Interestingly, although public speaking is often cited as the biggest fear among all adults – experts say between 74 percent and 90 percent suffer from fear of speaking in public – many couples are very comfortable writing and reciting their own vows. Maybe that’s because despite the audience, the focus is on speaking to just one person – your life mate.

If you’ve decided to write your own vows, we have a few tips to make sure they make the impression you’re aiming for:

• Do your homework: read examples of vows on the Internet and elsewhere to learn what “works” and what doesn’t and to get an idea of the length and tone you like.
• Collaborate: Talk to your fiancé about the tone of your vows – funny, romantic, serious? Will you keep them secret from each other or work on them together? Do you want them to have any similar elements or promises?
• Walk down memory lane: Write down any events in your relationship you want to include, as well as any other memories.
• Be prepared to write… and write and write. Develop a few drafts to see which one you like the most, then focus on refining that one.
• Be critical: Read it out loud and get rid of anything that sounds too “corny” or clichéd.
• Limit the time: Keep your vows to no more than a couple minutes – or less – if possible so you don’t sound like you’re rambling.

Above all, be relaxed; writing vows is about the promises you’re making, not perfect wording. Focus on the meaning and be sincere in your promises, and your vows could turn out to be the most memorable part of your day.

Assigned Seating or Not

February 13th, 2015

  The biggest benefit to assigned seating comes if you are having food service. It is much easier to deliver the food to the table when you know who is sitting where and have a seating chart to back this up. Additionally, if you have relatives or ex-relatives who don’t get along, a seating chart allows you to make it easier for these guests to avoid each other. Finally, you can prevent awkward moments such as when the casual work acquaintance winds up seated at the table with the bride’s parents when you have assigned seating. The drawbacks to assigned seating are the time that it takes to set up the seating chart and the hurt feelings that can occur when guests do not get to sit where they want to sit.


Seat Yourself 

 The other option is to allow your guests to seat themselves. On your part, this is easier. You do not have to build a chart ahead of time, and guests can mingle and move around the room. If you are NOT doing a buffet-style meal, it can be difficult to serve the meal, though. Another difficulty occurs when guests show up late and wind up sitting at a table with people they do not know well.
As you can see, there are pros and cons to both assigned seating and “seat yourself” receptions. Think about your dream reception: Will you have a buffet or served food? Do you have certain family members you need to keep apart or seat together? Each of these elements is key in determining which option is best for you.

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Seventy percent of U.S. men and women believe a new bride should take her husband’s last name. Purple is an ever-popular wedding color, monopolizing one-fifth of all weddings. And the average woman will say I do (for the first time, at least) at age 25. Don’t feel tied down by these numbers. Tradition is nice, but a growing number of brides- and grooms-to-be are breaking away from it, and making their big day truly their own. Throw a wedding to remember — and do it with these new and unique decorating ideas.

Go For An All-White Cake… Really
An all-white, tiered wedding cake costs less, and it can look spectacular, too. How can you possibly make a unadorned white cake the star of your wedding? …with “projected moving images!” Bridal Guide advises. Disney originally came up with the idea, and, in one of many demonstrations, you can “watch Tinker Bell sprinkle pixie dust across all of the tiers, and Cinderella arrive at the ball in her horse-drawn carriage,” Bridal Guide continues. The trend is not just for Disney enthusiasts; wedding cakes can come to life with all kinds of moving images.

Go (A Little) Nuts With The Seating Chart
Whether you host your reception in a royal banquet hall, wedding ballrooms, or outdoor wedding venues, you can easily cut costs and maximize space by getting a little creative with the seating chart. Bridal Guide recommends arranging tables in an X, instead of opting for standard round or rectangular tables. This allows you to seat more people in one area, and it enables you to use just one centerpiece (instead of two or four for the same amount of tables).

It’s your wedding day. Do something different. Break out of the mold. Transform the cake cutting ceremony into a dazzling light show, or save costs and make compelling use of space with tables (whether they are in a tent or a banquet hall) in an X formation.

When a woman is expecting a baby, it only makes sense that her friends and family may want to hold a party (or two) to celebrate the upcoming birth. There are two different parties that are particularly popular options for the baby shower and the gender reveal party. Whether you are the mom-to-be or you are planning a party for a loved one, it is important that you understand the differences between these events so that you can start planning!

Baby Showers

Baby showers are events that are designed to shower the mom-to-be and baby with gifts of things they will need when baby is born. These events normally offer games or other entertainment for all the attendees, as well as cake and other snacks. Toward the end of the party, the mom will normally open the gifts so the party-goers can all ooh and ahh over all the cute little baby things!

Gender Reveal Parties

Another event that has become popular in recent years is the gender reveal party. With more and more women finding out the gender of the baby long before the baby is born, this event offers a fun way for moms to share this information with friends, family and loved ones in one fell swoop. This party often has just simple snacks or a cake. Sometimes guests bring a small, token gift, but it is not a big part of the event.

No matter what type of party you are planning for an upcoming birth, you can make your event as big and bold or as small and cozy as you’d like. Find the perfect location, put together some great snacks, decide what entertainment will work best for your crowd, and send out those invitations a baby is on the way!

When Pantone announced marsala as its Color of the Year for 2015, brides began scrambling for ways to add the hue to their weddings. And while bridesmaid gowns, table linens, chair bows and flowers are all the usual suspects when it comes to adding color to weddings, there are plenty of other, sometimes unexpected, ways to bring color into your ceremony or reception. Here’s a roundup of a few ideas to inspire you:

* Add a candy snack bar for lots of pops of brights colors. Provide take-home containers so guests can build their own favors.
* Line up a row of colorful drink garnishes on the edge of the bar so guests can help themselves to a burst of flavor and color.
* Use a colorful canopy as a backdrop for the actual ceremony.
* Wear a colorful crinoline or underskirt. Sure, the gown may be white, but no one says you can’t add some color underneath that will peak through when you’re walking down the aisle or dancing. Go the extra distance, and have the groom wear matching socks.
* Use sashes to add color to black bridesmaids’ gowns and have shoes dyed to match.
* Use a faux flower in your hair or carry a colorful clutch or wrap.
* Don’t forget your manicure — it’s a great way to add a small touch of color and coordinate your whole look.
No matter what colorful elements you choose, the key is to add color tastefully without overdoing it or verging on the garish. At Renaissance, our wedding and event planners understand the impact color can have on a wedding and its mood. Let us help you decide the best ways to bring color into your ceremony or reception. Give us a call today at 305.261.2001 and schedule your one-on-one consultation.

When you choose Valentine Day for your wedding, your marriage starts on the most romantic day of the year. Share your love with all your guests when you use four romantic wedding reception decorations.


1. Lace Table Cloths

Beautiful lace oozes romance, and it’s a welcome addition to your reception tables. Layer a white lace table cloth over a red or pink one, or use a single colored lace table cloth by itself.

2. Floating Candle and Flower Centerpieces

Every reception table needs a centerpiece. Increase the romance when you arrange pink, red and white rocks, flameless candles and flower petals in beautiful glass bowls or vases. The end result is a romantic centerpiece that will fan the flames of love all evening.

3. Heart-Shaped Place Cards

A small decorative element, place cards show your guests where to sit. Instead of traditional rectangles, write your guests’ names on red or pink cardstock hearts. Add your names, wedding date and a favorite love quote to turn these place cards into a multifunctional wedding favor for your guests.

4. Kissing Booth

Every wedding reception needs a little fun. After all, you’re there to party! A kissing booth helps your guests have fun, and it’s romantic. You could rent a professional kissing booth or set up a homemade booth in the corner with:

*Single-use cameras
*Pink boas
*Rose stems
*Red and white hats

Not only will your guests have fun participating in this romantic activity, but you’ll gain cute guest snapshots for your wedding scrapbook.

A valentine’s wedding starts your marriage off on a romantic foot. Boost the love with romantic decorations. They add ambiance you and your guests are sure to remember for many happy years.

Wedding Cake Trends for 2015

January 5th, 2015

Planning a wedding involves a lot of decision-making. However, few choices are as important as picking the right cake. While the traditional multi-tier wedding cake will always be popular, new trends come and go. As we move from 2014 to 2015 and beyond, you may want to consider one of these trendy options!

* Unique Shapes — If your color palette dictates a white or other simple color for the cake, you can add style and whimsy by changing up the shapes. Instead of a round cake, why not a diamond? Or a square base, round center and triangle top? Different shapes are eye catching and a lot of fun.

* Bling — Adding sparkle and shine is a lot of fun. There are plenty of edible ways you can add bling to your cake. Shiny fondant or sparkling sugar sprinkle makes a cake fun and gives it a modern feel.

* Ombre — Look no further than trends in hair color to find one of the big cake color trends in 2015. Starting with a dark top or dark bottom and moving toward lighter colors throughout the layers gives a colored cake a completely new feel. This can be a fun way to offer chocolate and vanilla in the same cake too.

As you can see, these cakes run the gamut hitting on many different styles. The most important thing is choosing a cake that fits with the style demands of the bride and groom. Don’t be afraid to try something new — it could be the one aspect of the wedding that the guests never forget!

Most Sweet 16 parties are all about the music, dancing, and delicious food, but many people often forget about the games. Just because your daughter is not a little girl anymore doesn’t mean she doesn’t like to have fun. When you include some games in the festivities, you will help make your daughter’s party even more memorable. Here are some entertaining Sweet 16 party game ideas that are age-appropriate and easy to pull off.

Spot the Lie

This one is pretty easy. Each guest writes down three facts about herself on an index card. There’s just one catch: One of the “facts” is actually made up. After everyone has made their list, go around the room and have the group figure out which one is fake. Not only is it fun, it will also help your daughter and her friends get to know each other a little better.

Lip Sync Showdown

Create a playlist of popular songs, and then have each guest (or groups of guests if there are a lot of attendees) put on a lip-syncing performance to rival the original artist. Appoint a few adults to be the judges, and have them award prizes for the most believable performance, the funniest one, the one with the most dramatic flare, etc.

Do You Know the Birthday Girl?

For this game, it is all about the guest of honor, literally. Create a quiz asking the guests about all of your daughter’s favorite things or little facts about her (favorite song, dream vacation, eye color, etc.). Design a visually appealing one-page form, complete with a spot to tally the questions answered correctly. Whoever can answer the most questions correctly wins a prize.

If you or someone you know will be having a baby in the next few months, the idea of a baby shower may be running through your head. The main purpose is to get together with friends and family and “shower” the mom-to-be (and possibly dad) with things they may need for the baby. However, most baby showers will have some form of entertainment. If you are at loss for what type of entertainment will work best for your party, consider these three ideas as a place to begin.

* Play a simple game — While you may not want to do anything complex, there are a number of simple games that are plenty of fun too. One super-easy activity involves putting a diaper pin on each person when they enter the party. Then, if someone catches you saying the word “baby” they get to take your pin (or one of your pins if you’ve gotten any extras.) The person who has the most at the end of the event wins a prize!

* Make food fun — An easy way to entertain the guests is to make food the focus. Let everyone make mini pizzas, specialty cookies or cupcakes at the event. It’s a lot of fun to bond over food.

* Crafts — In today’s Pinterest lifestyle, it’s not hard to find fun craft ideas. Get crafty as a group. You could even do something like decorate bibs and wind up with a nice gift for the mom-to-be at the end of the party.
These ideas are only the beginning when it comes to the fun you can have at a baby shower. Ask around among those who may be attending, and especially the mom, and come up with some ideas that fit your particular event perfectly.

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