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Today I have for you Option 2 for my friend Alicia’s 2010 Arizona wedding. If succulents aren’t perfect for an AZ wedding, I don’t know what are! When I heard Alicia’s bridesmaid dresses were slate color, my mind automatically went to yellow. Yellow and gray are so popular right now. But throw in the beautiful muted greens of  various succulents (and the fact that Alicia isn’t the biggest fan of flowers), and you have a color palette that is fun, sophisticated, and totally stylish. I love love love how well the yellow billy balls plays against the textures of the succulents. So, what do you think? Slate, hot pink, and creamsicle? Slate, yellow, and green? Neither? What colors do you see when you think “fun, outdoor, Arizona wedding?”

p.s. Need color inspiration? E-mail me! andreaskaar@gmail.com 🙂

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Centerpieces! Every day across the country couples are making decisions on the inanimate table bunchings that are commonly referred to as centerpieces. Since it is far too easy to spend the equivalent of a 2004 Hyundai on the centerpieces, it becomes important to take another look at centerpieces and what THEY can do for YOU.

SIDE NOTE: A wedding is a major life event that encompasses so many elements, personalities and preferences that it can be completely overwhelming to tackle every aspect – as well as give the proper attention to some crucial aspects. It only seems appropriate that, with our eternal logic and practicality, a man offers his perspective. I am here to bring a healthy dose of mansight into this massive world of weddings. This is usually where Andrea rolls her eyes at me, so back to the subject at hand…

All too often, couples jump to the decision of what color flower to use or what kind of decorative (see glossary) glass to display at the center of the tables without asking the question of ‘what can our centerpieces do for our guests’? At best, your centerpiece will have a beautiful flower display that is pleasant to look at. And since your guests will be staring at the tables for several hours, it is only appropriate that it is pleasant to look at. What if that centerpiece can not only be aesthetically pleasing but also FEED and ENTERTAIN you?? I propose a fully interactive and yes, pleasant looking centerpiece that incorporates flowers and food.

I am still in debate about which food would be best for this new breed of centerpiece. Personally I don’t think there is a better food on the planet than meatballs. A simmering cauldron of meatballs and lil-smokies amongst a small gathering of flowers and shrubbery? Are you kidding me? That would rock my world as a wedding guest. I would unravel my napkin to find a small silver two-pronged poker just begging to impale the simmering meat products – it would be at that moment I would know I was at the greatest wedding of all time. Realistically however, keeping meatballs and lil smokies at the proper temperature would be difficult because it would require an outlet underneath every table and a hole in the middle of each table. That is just not practical.

Transform this spectacle into the greatest centerpiece of 2010

This leads me to a room temperature food option. Since the second best food option on the planet is a meat and cheese platter, I propose (pun intended) an impressive array of ham, salami and various cheeses on an elevated platform at the center of the table. Surrounding the platter is a combination of small flowers and greens making a beautiful jungle surrounding the glory. You really want to dazzle? Throw in some lil smokies wrapped in crescent rolls stabbed on a kabob with assorted sauces hidden among the flowers. Healthy items like veggies and fruit can also be kabob’d and dispersed in the centerpiece. However you do it, your guests will be so excited to see that they don’t have to wait for the buffet line to get started on the best part of the wedding (appetizers).

A delightful blend of classy and tacky. Yes, it can be done.


Glossary:

Decorative: an adjective given to an item or collection of items which if purchased separately would be inexpensive and common. For example, potpourri; this stuff is made of pinecones and dried leaves. Both of which are things most people are forced to irritatingly rake from their yard. Combine them with powerful scents and you get to pay $6.99 per pound!

“Only if you like it too”: you will begin to love this starting immediately

More glossary terms to come…

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Winter bouquets

The weather outside is frightful, but the floral options for your winter wedding are so delightful! Take a look at these awesome winter bouquets, featuring flowers in bloom this season, ensuring the lowest cost for your floral arrangements. Enjoy!

pink roses, mini paperwhites, and pinecones make this bouquet dreamy, romantic, and perfect for winter

This cascade of amaryllis, hypericum berries, and sprigs of arborvitae is perfect for the Christmas bride.

For the New Years bride, this bouquet of white hydrangeas dotted with black-beaded flowers is sophisticated and classy. And looks great with a glass of bubbly.

Casablanca lilies along with silver mesh leaves make for that perfect winter white bouquet. And Casablanca lilies are large, requiring less blooms (and less money) to make a beautiful, full bouquet.

Calla lilies are in their second bloom in the winter, and blooms in dark mauves and purples are gorgeous during this season

Other flowers in bloom this season:

Bachelor’s Button


What more appropriate flower for a wedding than a Bachelor’s Button?  Botanically, it is called Centaurea. It is one of the rare, strikingly blue flowers.  It is appropriately used at weddings since the groom is no longer a bachelor and no longer blue. Ushers frequently wear this flower in their lapels.

Freesias

Freesia is one of the most popular flowers, possibly because it is so distinctive. Freesia have long, narrow, sword-shaped leaves which grow in two rows.The flower stalk is branched with 8-14 flowers growing from the top of the stalk at a 90 degree angle, forming a comb.  Some compare this comb of flowers to a wedding party, with the two largest blossoms signifying the bride and groom and the remaining buds the attendants.

Star of Bethlehem


The Star of Bethlehem, botanically known as Ornithogalum, features white flowers with either a white-green or a black-grey center. The Star of Bethlehem was so named because it reminded the priests of flowers that were found in churches of the sacred city of Bethlehem. In medieval times, this flower was used to signify the religious commitment of the bride to the groom.

Happy planning!

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Today’s board comes to you inspired by one of my ASU sorority sisters who’s getting married next May in Peoria, AZ (congratulations Alicia!).  Her bridesmaid dresses are a luminescent slate color, just dying for bright, summery colors to pop against it. I remember the sunsets in AZ…orange, pink, and all around gorgeous. Now, hot pink can be a little…harsh. But played against the creamsicle orange and silvery gray, the pink is toned down, yet still provides the “pizazz,” if you will. I love how this board turned out…but I have another color scheme in mind that I want to show her (and you!)…just to make the decision even more difficult (or easier!). Stay tuned! 🙂

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Favors you can feel good about

Hello all! I’m back! And it’s December! I can’t believe the holidays are coming and going so quickly. And if you’re lucky (unlucky?) enough to be planning a wedding mid-holidays, I hope you’re staying calm. You can do it and I’m here to help you get through it…on (under?) budget. 🙂

Today I bring you an awesomely cool website to find yummy foods from local artisan producers…most of which would be perfect for favors!– it’s called Foodzie…and it’s amazing. Since I’m all for edible favors, this site lists products from gourmet marshmallows, to homemade jams, to cookies, truffles, popcorn, and so much more! But perhaps what I love most about it is that is supports local, small artisan producers. In these times, it means so much to keep our small business owners afloat. Use the cool “Discover” tool to find artisans in your area (or the area of your wedding), so your favors are not only representative of where you are, but are free of shipping costs. Yay!

Remember those brownie pops I posted about a few months ago?


Well, they’re here (already made for you…yeessss) from Hermosa Beach, CA, at $36.00 for 24 of them. That is what we call in bargainista land, a steal.

Or how about some raspberry bars, or pecan coconut bars from Warwick, NY, 5 for $7.50, that you can wrap individually or serve in your dessert bar.

These Razzle Heart cookies from Long Beach, CA would look so cute wrapped in cellophane with a custom tag…and they’ll taste delicious too with their raspberry filling sandwiched between two pecan crusts and topped with dark and white chocolate. YUM!!

From my neck of the woods in Portland, OR are these seasonal handmade marshmallows in flavors like caramel apple, pumpkin spice, and cranberry for fall/winter. your guests are sure to love these tasty, pillowy treats, and your budget will love them even more at only $7.00 for 12 of them!

Foodzie is like the coolest Farmer’s Market you’ve ever seen, without having to get out of your pajamas to experience all of it’s hand-crafted yumminess. Chic, cheap, and unique! Now that’s a strike-out. 🙂

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