Events by Divine Creations | April 2009
Events by Divine Creations

Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

by Valerie DiVecchio 29. April 2009 10:57
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We've been hearing about "going green" for years as a way to help save our Earth's resources, and today, green or organic weddings are a strong trend.  More and more couples are excited to incorporate eco-friendly ideas into their wedding ceremonies and receptions.  There are many ways to acoomplish this, including:

1) Save some trees by using recycled paper goods for invitations, announcements and stationary.  An increasing number of suppliers are carrying recycled, handmade and tree-free invitations.

2) Considering using plants instead of cut flowers for centerpieces.  Guests can then plant them when they return home and as your love grows over time, so does the plant!

3) Favors can be packets of plant or tree seeds, or organic chocolates and candies.

4) Decorate with nature... Incorporate eco-friendly fabrics into your decor such as bamboo and natural cottons.  You can also opt to use branches, greenery, stones and seashells as decor.  Also for venues, the great outdoors is often already decorated thanks to Mother Nature and make beautiful ceremony sites!

Going green has a lot of benefits besides being environmentally friendly.  It can help save money during these tough economic times and be inspirational as well.  Whether you incorporate small touches or go green all the way, Mother Earth will thank you!

Do You Know...

by Valerie DiVecchio 21. April 2009 17:25
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I'm always fascinated by the history behind traditions.  There are certain traditions that we all take for granted in a wedding; things such as the first dance, cake cutting, bouquet and garter toss.  How did these things come about?  Well, I decided to incorporate some wedding trivia into my blog.  So for fun fact number one and two... here we go!

Do you know the tradition behind wearing a veil?   In America, Nellie Curtis, the daughter of Martha Curtis Washington, reportedly started the tradition of wearing a white lace veil after her fiance caught a glimpse of her through a lace-curtained window.

Do you know why the bride and bridesmaids carry bouquets?  Early bouquets were made of pungent herbs such as rosemary and garlic - not flowers.  The smell was supposed to drive away any evil spirits eyeing the bridal party.  (Here's hoping the smell didn't also drive away the groom!) 

I hope you find these trivia facts interesting and thanks to The Bride's Book of Etiquette by the editors of Bride's Magazine for sharing them.  And now you know!

Events By Divine Creations is Now on Facebook!

by Valerie DiVecchio 17. April 2009 15:10
Share on FacebookYes, I'm jumping into the 21st century... slowly!  Events by Divine Creations now has a Facebook page and I'd love to see all of the blog readers become a "fan"!  I will be posting pictures of recent events, seminar information and some great event news.  Simply click on the link on the home page (right side) and join the fun! 

Cool Ideas for the Florida Heat

by Valerie DiVecchio 14. April 2009 15:39
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Let's face it, Florida is considered paradise, but it can be a rather hot paradise!  Often times that's when you get your best deals though... during the summer months.  It's a great way to save some money because it is off-season for events in Florida.  As we approach the summer months, there is no need to shy away simply because it's too hot.  Between good old fashioned air conditioning and these cool ideas, you'll beat the summer heat and impress your guests all at the same time! 

Consider using ice globes as centerpieces instead of the traditional floral arrangements.  The great things about these globes is that you can put almost anything inside them... pictures, themed objects, even flowers.  I had a bat mitzvah client who used these ice globes as centerpieces and because it was a sports theme, they placed inside plastic mini basketballs, soccer and footballs too.  It tied the theme into the centerpieces and really made a statement.

Ice bars are all the rage these days.  I had a wedding client who recently did one for their reception which had their monogram etched into the bar itself.  It was lit up with red accent lighting and placed inside a draped area (red of course!) and it was the talk of the evening.  Adding an ice luge for vodka martinis is a bonus that will impress most guests!

And lastly, don't forget about traditional ice sculptures.  They don't have to be swans or doves anymore.  Recently we did one for a client that was a vase and on top was the most impressive arrangement of fresh florals.  We placed this sculpture in the center of a seafood raw bar and it could not be missed.  Even grown adults couldn't resist touching it to see if it was real!

                                           

Personalizing Your Guest Tables

by Valerie DiVecchio 13. April 2009 14:46
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Much like real estate is location, location location... wedding planning is details, details, details.  Adding even the smallest detail to personalize your wedding to fit your style or personality can make a lasting impression. 

One example of personalizing your guest tables is to use table names instead of numbers.  The names can be places or things that are meaningful to you as a couple.  Maybe they are places you have visited together or special songs that have a "story" behind it.  So for example, let's say you have visited Rome together, the table name can simply be Rome or maybe The Coliseum or Trevi Fountain.  And to add another detail to personalize it even further, you can place a picture of the two of you in that country or at that landmark next to that table name.  Or if it's the song method you prefer, you can write up a brief summary of the meaning behind the song's importance and attach it to the table name.  It's a great way for your guests to learn even more about your relationship through these special personal touches.

If you found this tip to be interesting, be sure to register for the free educational seminar being held on April 21st from 6 - 7:30 p.m. so you can learn more ways to personalize and customize your wedding.  Simply call 813-839-5824 to reserve a seat!

The Newest Color Trend for 2009

by Valerie DiVecchio 7. April 2009 13:05
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The results are in and the hottest new color for weddings according to major bridal publications is gray!  That's right, gray.  It's hip, it's neutral and it can be combined with any other color and look fabulous!  I know what you're thinking, "but that can be a depressing color".  Maybe so, but remember that's what people said about chocolate brown which became a major trend of 2007-2008.  It's all about using these colors in the right way.

Consider using metals such as silver, aluminum and brushed nickel to express the color gray.  Incorporating a brushed nickel urn or candelabras into your centerpiece or placing silver charger plates at your guests' seats would bring in this color as a beautiful accent without being dreary or drab.  And what's great about gray is that it would fit in whether you wanted a vintage feel or a cool and contemporary look.

If you found this tip to be interesting, be sure to register for the free educational seminar being held on April 21st from 6 - 7:30 p.m. so you can find out more about the newest trends for weddings.  Simply call 813-839-5824 to reserve a seat!

Free Educational Seminar... No Fooling!

by Valerie DiVecchio 1. April 2009 16:04
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I know it's April Fools Day, but this is no joke!  I will be hosting a Wedding Planning 101 educational seminar in my studio on Tuesday, April 21st from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.  I understand that times are a little tougher, but that shouldn't mean you have to sacrifice your dream wedding.  Topics will include: how to set a budget, how to identify quality vendors, cost saving tips and techniques, timeline and strategies to wedding planning, and how to personalize and customize your wedding.  There will also be an opportunity for a question and answer session.

Seating is limited so reservations are required.  Simply call 813-839-5824 to reserve your seat!

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