Green is such an adaptable color. Think about it: a spring wedding party can wear radiant emerald-green, a summer event can be shades of grass and lime, a fall party can take on many different tones of olive with browns and golds, and a winter wedding can use evergreens as stunning centerpieces.
A bridal bouquet made up of yellow and white gerbera daisies, green Hypericum berries, white freesia, green roses, and lime button mums
Yellow painted tin buckets to line the bridal isle
A bright yellow fondant wedding cake with a lime green polka dot ribbon accent
Elegant, & Simple Tablescape
A Max Azria draped gown in a brilliant lime color. This is elegant, classy and a stand-out piece!
Lime Green & Yellow Flower Cupcakes
Carry the green throughout your event by creating a dessert buffet to surround the wedding cake.
Gorgeous strapless dress with an empire waist insert. A-line skirt with a bow-tie back
Gina goes out on a girls night to the movies where she thinks she’s going to see “Think Like a Man.” They conveniently arrive after the previews have begun playing. She doesn’t realize it but she’s about to watch an engagement trailer made for her by boyfriend Aris. After the second preview the engagement trailer comes on and is followed by a live proposal in front of family and close friends.
While this proposal idea may not be unique it’s most definitely their own!
1.Consider your budget and venue. Before you analyze your guest list, take a step back and talk to your fiancé about your highest priorities as a couple. Are you hoping for a specific venue? Worried about staying under budget? Those guidelines will help you decide how long your list can be and whether you need to cut back in other areas.
2.Agree on a fair split point. Keep things equal by compromising on a guest list ratio. Is it important that your guests are split 50/50, bride’s side and groom’s? Or do you have tons of mutual friends, making it more of a joint effort? It’s important to have an open dialogue about your expectations so that you can avoid any drama or resentment later on — both between each other and among your family members.
3.Cut by category. Divide your guests into groups: immediate family, closest relatives, extended relatives, family friends, friends, acquaintances, kids, etc. Once you’ve both classified your lists, see if you can trim the list by removing entire categories. Maybe you can both nix the young kids, the acquaintances, and the co-workers. Keep going until exceptions start to pop up, then evaluate each possible guest individually.
4.Stick to the present. If you haven’t seen someone in a long, long time, they can probably be considered for your cut list. (Think childhood friends and old acquaintances.) A good rule of thumb: You should invite the people who know your fiancé — the people who have spent time with you as a couple, who play a part in your present lifestyle.
5. Hold to your hard-and-fast rules. Tight on space? If you’ve decided that only your bridal party and engaged pals can bring plus-ones, you should try to stick to that rule. It’s the best way to avoid offending your loved ones, and an easy way to limit extra add-ons.
These simple, straightforward tips are just a starting point — complications are bound to come up. Reach out to both sets of parents for advice, because even if you don’t adhere to all their suggestions, it’s a great way to double-check your list and come to a settling point. Plus, throughout the process, remember to be practical, considerate, and sensitive. Even more important? Step back and enjoy it: you’re bringing together all the people you love to celebrate one of the most special days of your life.
Today I wanted to share with you an article that is so well-written and answers many of the questions I get asked frequently. It was written by the owner of Lion In The Sun Paperie in Park Slope, Brooklyn and appeared in The Huffington Post Weddings section on April 20, 2012.
In my opinion it’s an important read for anyone looking to make a stationery/invitation purchase. Here are the highlights but please follow the link to read the article in full here.
10 Things You Should Never Say To Your Stationer
1. ”They are just going to end up in the garbage anyway”
2. ”It’s only paper, why is it so expensive?”
3. ”I could do that myself on my home computer and print it.”
4. ”Can you just make me one and I can just photocopy or email a scan of it to everyone?”
5. ”I know I approved the proof, but we changed the time of the wedding.”
6. ”But we only need eight more invitations.”
7. ”I left the invitations in the trunk of my car and then went to the car wash” or “We were drinking red wine while assembling the invitations…”
8. “We’ve addressed all our envelopes already, but I mail-merged the guest list incorrectly and all the zip codes are incorrect, what do you mean you don’t check each of our guests’ zip codes for us?”
9. ”I sealed the envelopes and I realized I forgot to stamp the reply cards” or “We just used regular postage and dropped them in the mailbox on the street.”
10. ”We would like to put ‘monetary gift only’ on the invitation.”
(1 month ahead for a formal party; 2 weeks ahead for a casual gathering)
__Decide on the date, place, and style of party.
__Make up the guest list.
__Plan the menu.
__For formal parties, mail invitations. For casual parties, mail invitations or telephone your guests to invite them.
__Decide what table settings, decorations, centerpieces, and music you’ll use.
__Make arrangements for any items you’ll need to rent or borrow.
(1 to 2 weeks ahead)
__Telephone any guests who have not responded to your invitations so you can get a definite guest count.
__Do preliminary housecleaning, especially any time-consuming tasks. Make sure all appliances that you’ll be using work. If you’re grilling, don’t forget to buy charcoal or fill the gas canister.
__Compile your grocery-shopping list. Check on items such as matches, candles, and liquor, and
add the things you’ll need to your shopping list. Don’t forget ice.
__Check that table linens are clean and ready to go. Decide on tableware and serving pieces.
__Order any special flowers, meats, seafood, or other ingredients you’ll need.
__If you’re making decorations or centerpieces yourself, now’s the time to get started.
__If possible, make some foods ahead and freeze them.
(2 to 3 days ahead)
__Shop for everything but the most perishable items.
__After you return from shopping, recheck your recipes to make sure you have everything you need.
__Plan your timetable for cooking the foods.
__If possible, make non-perishable items, such as snack mixes, ahead.
Down to the Nitty Gritty
(1 day ahead)
__Shop for perishable and last-minute items.
__Reclean the house as necessary.
__Decorate for the party. Prepare an area for coats and umbrellas.
__If possible, arrange and set your table(s) and serving areas.
__Prepare as many recipes and ingredients as possible. For example, chop vegetables you’ll cook as part of a recipe. Some chores, however, such as cleaning salad greens, should wait until party day.
__Thaw frozen items. If the items are perishable, thaw them in the refrigerator.
__Go over the house again for a final cleaning check. If necessary, move furniture.
__Prepare the foods according to your timetable so everything will finish when needed. (Wash dishes as you go along to save cleanup time later. Don’t forget to run the dishwasher, so it’ll be empty and ready for party dishes.)
__Make sure all foods and beverages to be served cold will be well chilled by party time.
(1 hour ahead)
__Put all the finishing touches on the meal and tables.
__Clear a spot for placing used dishes as guests finish with them, and provide an easily accessible place for garbage.
__Set out cheese and non-perishable appetizers or snacks, if using.
As the Doorbell Rings
(5 to 15 minutes ahead)
__Open wine, if serving. Set out remaining appetizers and snacks, if using.