Now & Forever

Time to Get Crafty

Looking for a way to add a special touch to your wedding? It is time to roll up your sleeves and get crafty!

For your ceremony recessional or send off, cut out pages from a copy of your favorite book, roll into a cone shape, and fill with flower petals of your choice. Wanting to add some extra sparkle to your wedding ensemble? Create a brooch bouquet out of your most treasured trinkets from your mother or grandmother’s jewelry box. One way to make your guests feel special is putting together welcome bags filled with an itinerary for the weekend, a map of the town highlighting restaurants and attractions, local goodies like a jar of honey or pecan pralines, and anything else you may think that your guests would enjoy. Need something to make your wedding day extra personal? Make unique place card holders out of unconventional items such as, tree branches or wine corks. Have fun getting crafty!

 

xoxo,

 

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Spread the Word & Save the Date

Who doesn’t love getting a save the date in the mail?! Many couples like to personalize their save the dates with a photograph. Not sure what to do? Here are some examples to create fun and special save the dates to send to your guests. Love your engagement ring? Showcase it in your save the dates! Or hit the outdoors and create a unique backdrop that will bring a smile to your guests’ faces.  The sky’s the limit — just try to create something that resonates with you and your fiancé. And of course be sure to have fun!

 

xoxo,

 

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A Twist on Typical Centerpieces

Not a big fan of flowers? There are many ways to style centerpieces without flowers that are just as visually appealing. You can bring a pop of color to your centerpieces by using different colored vintage bottles, variations of patinated candle sticks or a diverse collection of antiqued books. Do not want to completely eliminate the use of flowers? Consider using succulents or different types of greenery as an alternative that can add a natural touch to the  centerpieces. Candles can help add warmth to the reception that can be displayed with antique candle sticks or centered in a lantern or birdcage.

 

Overall, non-floral centerpieces can still be eye catching with varying heights of accessories and different textures and colors.  Have fun with styling the center of the tables for your reception and don’t forget to add any personal touches that will make your centerpieces even more special!

 

xoxo,

 

From This Day Forward

 

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Unique Guestbook Ideas

Looking for creative ways to remember the guests who attended your wedding? Here are a few ideas to commemorate your special day and the people who came to support you.

 

For the the artsy couple there are a couple of ways to create a guestbook. Make a quilt from individual fabric squares signed by each guest, and after the wedding the bride and groom put the lovely quilt on display by hanging it on a wall or using it as bedding for their guest room. Using a Polaroid camera, each guest snaps a picture of themselves and personalizes the photo by writing a message along the white border. These photos are placed in a scrapbook to preserve the memory of each wedding guest.

 

For the couple who loves to write, find an antique typewriter and guests type their words of advice for the bride and groom on archival paper. Then, place the inscribed paper in a scrapbook using photo corners to be enjoyed for years to come. For a winter wedding, guests can sign Christmas ornaments to be used in decorating the newly wedded couple’s Christmas tree. The music loving couple might provide old records from their favorite bands to be “autographed” by their guests and later framed or directly hung on walls at the couple’s home. Guests can also personalize Jenga game pieces and used during future game nights hosted by the bride and groom.

 

It’s fun to get creative with your guestbook! Your family and friends will love your DIY skills and it adds a personal touch to your wedding.

 

xoxo,

 

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Food Trend Friday: Warm up for the Winter

Trying to think of creative ways to warm up your guests at your winter wedding? Incorporating stations with warm beverages like egg nog or apple cider is a great way to keep your guests feeling warm and cozy.  Try a station with different types of egg nog; dairy free, spiked with your favorite bourbon or spiced rum, or old fashioned for the children. Not a fan of egg nog? Try the same concept with apple cider! The cider can be mulled with various spices, spiked with brandy or spiced rum, or paired with other fruits, such as apricots, oranges, or cranberries, to infuse an additional flavor to this classic drink. Freshly baked cookies and milk can also bring in some warmth and provide a tasty late night snack for everyone of all ages at your wedding from children to your grandparents.

 

xoxo,

 

From This Day Forward

 

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Bachelorette Getaway

We’re closing out another Breast Cancer Awareness month and we just love the pink-splosion we saw everywhere so we though you’d appreciate this pink themed inspiration board for our bachelorette getaway suggestions!

 

Are you looking for ideas for a great bachelorette weekend getaway with the girls?  Well, look no further! Here is a short list to get your planning started.

 

Las Vegas, Nevada is the most popular destination for a bachelorette party. You can enjoy the spa, great shows, fabulous restaurants, a little gambling (if you’re so inclined), or just party the night away on the Vegas strip.

 

Miami Beach, Florida has some of the hottest night clubs (and temperatures, so check out those trends before you get your flights) like LIV, white sandy beaches, and the most interesting drink menus.  If you’re looking for a great cuban restaurant to visit while you’re in Miami, be sure to visit Versaille Restaurant.

 

New York, New York is known best for exceptional shows, shopping, and extravagant restaurants. No wonder the Big Apple is called “the city that never sleeps” – you need time to fit it all into your schedule! For a great shopping experience, visit 25 Park, and check out Minus 5 Bar for an interesting night out.

 

New Orleans, Louisiana is perfect if you’re looking for a more music centered weekend. With the very best Cajun cuisine and jazz musicians in the country, what’s not to love with this spicy city? Visit the Palace Cafe for some of their infamous cajun cuisine, and if you plan to have a splurge night, Commander’s Palace is a New Orleans institution! And, we can’t not mention Cafe Du Monde…you simply must enjoy a cafe au lait and a beignet (or three) before heading home.

 

Orlando, Florida is filled with theme parks if you’re looking for more of a thrill on your bachelorette weekend with both Disney World and Universal Studios.  Make sure you visit the rooftop bar Sky Sixty for a great girl’s night out on the town!

 

Napa Valley, California is a great spot to indulge in delicious wine and food, hot air balloon rides, and spa treatments.  This is the perfect choice if you are looking for more of a relaxing and wine inspired weekend.  Click here for more information on balloon rides, and check out the Hess Collection Winery – one of the MANY wine tour options in the area.

 

Scottsdale, Arizona is known for its great spa treatments, outdoor activities, and luxury resorts. This is a great spot for a “zen” weekend of relaxation and getting closer to Mother Nature.  Check out these two fabulous resorts – Kierland Resort and The Hermosa Inn.

 

If you’re looking for a more southern charm bachelorette weekend then stop by Charleston, South Carolina.  Charleston has the most gorgeous boutique hotels, beach houses, southern style nightlife, and southern cuisine.

 

Looking to get out of the states for a fun trip?  Try visiting Cabo San Lucas, Mexico it’s great for a little fun in the sun at the beach or enjoying the wild nightlife at the Cabo Blue Bar.  Make sure you take a look at this great ocean front resort the Pueblo Bonito when booking your trip.

 

Of course, we can’t forget our hometown of Savannah, Georgia!  Savannah is full of things to do and if you are interested in fun ghost stories and drinks then the Creepy Crawl haunted pub tour is for you. As far as where to stay, a bed and breakfast is your best bet – not only do you get to enjoy the charming architecture of the city, but you have the opportunity to experience our warm southern hospitality. We’re not called “The Hostess City” for nothing!!

 

There are so many great locations to visit for a fun bachelorette weekend.  Whatever location you choose make sure it’s ideal for you and your bridesmaids and most importantly a place to have fun!

 

xoxo,

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Food Trend Friday: Lights, Camera, Action!

Curious how to make your reception more of a food production?  We can help with relatively easy ways to enhance your event by jazzing up some foods you often see at weddings or other special events.  If your city doesn’t have any local food trucks like we mentioned last week, try these to get you started.

 

Serve up fresh oysters with a chef shucking them to order for your guests – a bit more exciting than just serving them on ice.  Oysters aren’t for everyone, but if Mexican flavors are more your style, setup a guacamole station with different types of ingredients to give this side dish a makeover as a focal point.  Why not invite a local sommelier or wine shop owner to give your guests a private wine tasting at your cocktail reception?  You can provide your guests their own tasting notebook with flavor notes for the different wines. Then, have them leave a note in your tasting book with their favorites along with warm wishes, and voila – instant guest book!  Another fall wedding favorite is a coffee, hot chocolate, and smore’s station, complete with all of the trimmings like marshmallows, flavors, and options for making an “adult” version of these warm drinks (bring on the Bailey’s and Jameson, please!). Make the station extra cozy by providing guests with a lounge area for an authentic campfire feel – without the stinky clothes, though!

 

Regardless what you do, your food and drinks will play a big role in your reception…why not give it an extra boost?!?

 

xoxo,

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Let’s Get Crafty!

What could be more satisfying than making your own party favors and gifts for your guests?  There are tons of fun and creative ideas you can implement to show your guests how grateful you are to have them by your side on your big day.  Food favors are incredibly popular and easy to personalize.  You can create anything from local marinated cheese, cupcakes in a jar, homemade pies, candy bags, to an apple roasting kit, which is ideal for a fall wedding.  If you’re feeling crafty there are plenty of fun and cute ways to impress your guests.  Make your own wedding crackers which can double as escort cards, custom matchbooks, pinwheels, coasters, or (for the food lovers) a personalized recipe book.  The sky’s the limit so roll up your sleeves and get crafty!

 

xoxo,

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Food Trend Friday: Food Truck Fun

Looking for a food idea off the beaten path?  Have a food truck at your reception! Food trucks are a fun and interesting twist to the buffet style wedding reception.  The best part about having a food truck at your wedding is you get to serve your favorite late night meals.  Tacos, burgers, hotdogs, pizza, and ice cream are a few of the most popular food truck choices.  The food truck option does not have to be your main source of food but it will definitely be the highlight of the reception with your guests.

 

xoxo,

From This Day Forward

 

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Shower Me With Color!

Do you love color as much as we do?!? You can add  a little color to your bridal shower with a touch of bohemian elegance by using bold textures, patterns, and jewel tones. Bright flowers also make a statement – like peonies, garden roses, wild iris, orchids and anemones – and use mis-matched, colorful vases to complement the flowers. You can also include a few colorful lanterns hanging above the table for a more dramatic touch.  Color is key with a bohemian look, and it’s the perfect way to bring some excitement to a bridal shower!

 

xoxo,

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