Friday, February 26, 2010

A couples love story told in the favors

So I have a dear friend who is getting married this summer in Florida. She and her fiance are both chefs. I just love their theme and I wanted to share it with all of you! Early on in their relationship they had a discussion on what spice best described them. The bride chose red pepper and the groom chose cumin. This is a part of their love story and they have decided to share it with the guests at their wedding. For their favors they are mixing up a spice rub that will have the predominate flavors of red pepper and cumin. SO FUN! In carrying this theme throughout their wedding they have chosen to have the flowers contain fresh herbs. The fragrance will be breathtaking. Their wedding is tailored to who they are as a couple and because of all of these personal touches their wedding will be unforgettable! Make sure that your love story and your theme carries throughout your entire wedding and it will be a day to remember.

Quick wedding tip: If your reception or event is outdoors then you might get those pesky flies bothering you and the food. Flies hate the smell of bay leaves. Make sure to place beautiful displays of bay leaves around each table and near the food and they should leave you alone!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

An Ode to Valentine's Day

This is my favorite love poem of all time...enjoy it on this wonderful Valentine's Day.

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.
I love thee to the level of everyday's
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;
I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.
I love thee with a passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood's faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints, --- I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life! --- and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.

Elzabeth Barrett Browning

Notes on "How do I love thee? Let me count the ways"

This is poem number XLIII (43) of Sonnets from the Portuguese, written by Elizabeth Barrett for Robert Browning in the 1840s, during their courtship. It is the most famous of the Sonnets from the Portuguese, and one of the best known love poems in the English language. It hardly seems to require explanation, except to remind those who don't know that "my old griefs" refers to the sorrows of her long period of invalidism and perhaps to mourning for her drowned brother.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861) is now best remembered for her "Sonnets from the Portuguese," a cycle of sonnets written during her courtship with Robert Browning. In fact however, she was an accomplished poet before she met Browning. Most of her poems were not about romantic love. They were topical poems about political issues such as child labor, slavery and the Italian national cause. Elizabeth Barrett was a "hopeless" invalid and recluse, six years older than Robert Browning. They were happily married and had a son. The fame of the poets, and the fairy-tale story of the girl who was thought to be doomed to be an old maid, rescued from a loveless existence and brought back to life and the world by a gallant suitor, kindled the imagination of the public.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

This info is from another Association of Bridal Consultants member ("The I-Do View"). As many of my couples are planning their wedding the question of an open bar always comes up. This is great information to help couples determine what type of bar they should opt for at their wedding.

Open Bar vs. Consumption – Who wins?


In these uncertain times, it is more important than ever to spend your wedding dollars wisely. When trying to decide between a flat rate per guest for 4 hours of open bar or being billed by the drink, consider:

  1. Your guest list (Will there be an even mix of drinkers and non drinkers? Will there be any children? )
  2. Your comfort level with not knowing the bill until the end of the night
  3. People consume an average of 3-4 drinks at a four hour reception

If you have a group of heavy drinkers who will consume more than 4 drinks at the reception, and you don’t want any surprises – the flat rate open bar is probably best for you. However, if you are like many of my clients, you have a diverse mix of people coming to your wedding. Some wedding guests may have 6-8 drinks that night, but others may have none. When I first started planning weddings, the catering manager at a very high end venue told me when clients choose a flat rate open bar, “Nine times out of ten, the house wins.” Over the years, most catering managers I have surveyed have agreed with that statement.

With that in mind, you will probably save money on the bar with consumption billing. If your venue does not offer a consumption bar option, there are still ways to reduce the bar bill. One easy way is to skip the champagne for the toasts. In my experience, many people take a sip of champagne from their glass for the toast and then go back to drinking their beverage of choice. By offering champagne as an option at the bar, those who want champagne can still have it and those who don’t raise the glass they already have in hand. Be sure to tell your venue how many guests under age 21 will be attending the reception.

Another way to control bar costs is to offer a limited selection. Some brides choose to serve beer, wine and a signature cocktail vs. a full assortment of top shelf liquor. Many of my clients choose to close the bar during dinner – especially if wine is offered with the meal. You may also want to consider closing the bar thirty minutes before the end of the reception. If you choose to do this, it is not wise to make an announcement that the bar is closing because the “last call” drink orders will defeat the purpose.

Finally, consider the music. When French researcher Nicolas Guéguen, Ph.D. secretly monitored 40 customers at two bars, he found that cranking up the volume on Top 40 songs led to more and faster guzzling of drinks. One reason may have been that the bar patrons could not engage in conversation because of the noise and instead focused on their drinks. Some previous studies have also found that faster music results in faster drinking. Dr. Guéguen’s advice: consider lower volumes and slower music during cocktail hour if you want guests to sip and not gulp!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

A hot trend in 2010.

Here is a beautiful bouquet incorporating peacock feathers from
One of the hottest trends in 2010 is using the colors and textures of the peacock feather. It is both elegant and fun. I LOVE how it is used simply in this bouquet and yet still makes a statement. What are some of the fun things you are incorporating in your 2010 wedding?

Monday, February 1, 2010

Here We Go

Hi everyone! Thanks for stopping by Emily Weddings' blog.

So this whole blogging thing is new to me, but I am very excited about it. My desire is to keep you up-to-date with the latest wedding trends and happenings. I look forward to posting pictures of our current weddings as well as some of the amazing details that our brides are choosing to incorporate in their weddings. 2010 has already started out with a bang and looks like it is going to be an exciting year. I hope each of you enjoys the journey with us! Here we go...