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Signed, Sealed and ... Nailed?

by Valerie DiVecchio 24. June 2014 10:03
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Cute idea I found buried in an article on someone's Facebook page.  They call it a fight box.  Simple concept actually... Write love letters to each other and place into a box along with a bottle of wine during your wedding ceremony, then nail it shut. When you have your first fight (hopefully not for a very long time!), open it up, pour the wine (and if it's not for a very long time, you may have to get another bottle of wine unless you like the taste of vinegar!), go to separate corners and read the love letters, and remember what it’s all about.

One word of advice... you may want to drill a little hole in the box where you intend to nail it shut.  Slipping and nailing your finger and yelling out an expletive might not be looked happily upon by your priest, reverend or rabbi... not to mention your grandparents, parents and other relatives.  You want to have everyone remembering your wedding day, but probably not for dropping the F-Bomb in the middle of your ceremony!

New Twists to the Traditional

by Valerie DiVecchio 28. July 2010 11:53
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There are several new trends showing up in wedding day attire for brides that are sure to turn heads.  As the center of attention for your special day, check out some new twists on the traditional wedding day dress according to Brides.comimage:

Metallics - Metallic fabrics give the gown a luxurious feel while radiating tones of platinum, silver and gold. The style of the dress may be simple, but the shining  effect of the fabric is enough to light up the room. These dresses look amazing when embellished with diamond jewelry, too!

Black image Accents - Black-on-white accents for wedding gowns create a gorgeous contrast between light and dark shades. There are so  many options for black accents, including waistline, dress straps, and chic embellishments. This new trend is definitely edgier than many of the others, as recently more brides have been introducing dark colors into traditionally white gowns.

Tea-length dresses - The short dress is one of the hottest non-traditional fashion statements, perfect for the quirky bride, beach weddings, or as a second wedding dress that a bride can change into for the reception. The tea-length dress has a cute 1950’s twist and finally gives brides the opportunity to show off some stylish bridal shoes and perfect pedicures!


A Guest Book with a Purpose

by Valerie DiVecchio 13. July 2010 15:02
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Ask your friends and family who have gotten married where their guest book is today.  Chances are, if they are like me, the reply might be something like this, "in the hall closet in a box marked "wedding stuff'".  These days people have gotten smarter and gone to alternative guest books like the photo signature mat or the Polaroid picture/ photo booth picture scrapbook... something that you are comfortable placing on a coffee table and not look out of place. 

I recently found another great alternative - engravable platters!  And before you cringe by imagining some old fashioned electric engraving pen that makes a horrible noise, the guests actually use a diamond-tip Signature Engraving Scribe to leave their special message that will last forever with no risk of being ripped or torn!  Check out: where you can find the perfect engravable wedding platter for as low as $65.  That's about the same price as a matching guest book and pen!

Picture serving your first Thanksgiving turkey on this special platter or using it for breakfast in bed on your first anniversary.  Special memories and functional all in one - what a great idea!

A Twist on the Traditional Boutonniere

by Valerie DiVecchio 20. June 2010 12:00
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Flower boutonnieres are great - and probably the most cost effective way to go - but if you want to get a little creative or you have a groom who refuses to wear a "girly flower", there are always personalized options you can consider to play up to their personalities.  Some suggestions from The Perfect Wedding Guide are to create a little fixture of poker chips and mini-playing cards for the gambler in your life or a sand dollar or seashell collection for the ever-popular Florida beach wedding - both cute ideas.

For the most cost effective way to do this, it would be a great "do-it-yourself" project, but if that's not your style, you can have a specialty store create it for you.  Of course if budget is a factor and you're just not the arts and crafts type, you may just want to tell him to man up and wear the flower!

The Infamous Cake Topper

by Valerie DiVecchio 16. June 2010 19:56
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We've been talking so much about personalization on this blog these days, I figured why stop now!  Say goodbye traditional Bride & Groom Wedding Cake Toppers! Many couples today are ditching the stoic, perfect looking - yet generic - Bride and Groom topper for one that’s more customized.  Maybe it’s an object that illustrates a hobby or interest that the two of you share or even a custom creation that looks like the two of you in bobble head form (check out previous blog titled, "Dade City Finest Show Up in Full Force").  Some couples choose to forego the cake topper altogether and opting for a cake design that matches the color scheme and/or theme of the evening. Either way, get creative!

If you're the topper type, here are a couple of websites to get you started: and  They’ve got everything from elegant monograms to Las Vegas-themed toppers, as well as some really funny twists on the conventional bride and groom figures. I'm still laughing at one that I found below that's a personal favorite from  Now where was that one when I got married?!


Personalization Through New Traditions

by Valerie DiVecchio 1. June 2010 16:15
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Today's weddings are all about personalization, and the May 2010 issue of BRIDES Magazine has tons of great suggestions for doing just that!  With some of these distinctive new traditions, you and your fiance can give guests a special peak into your life as a couple and the family customs that have brought the two of you closer.  Here is the top 10 list of New Traditions, all of which are very creative ways to make your wedding day uniquely yours... and of course I had to add my own two cents!

1.  Group photo of all the guests - very cute addition to your thank you note cards.

2. Menu of Grandma's recipes - each table can be a different recipe of Grandma's secret dishes or you can bundle several together on a CD and make it a favor.

3. Family Serenades - well, if your family is like mine and can't carry a tune, might not be the best idea, but on the other hand that's what makes your wedding video memorable!

4. Combined Ethnic Cuisines - maybe you are of Mexican decent and he's Italian... makes for awesome food like make your own fajita station and a gelato bar - yum!

5. Favorite Professors as Officiants - or a family member or friend.  It's always more personal when the person marrying you has actually known you for more than a month!

6. Presenting the Bouquet to Mom instead of Tossing it to the Girls - Great way to express your love and gratitude to a very special woman in your life.  You can also consider the anniversary dance instead of the bouquet and garter toss.  Don't know what that is?  I'll blog on it next!

7. Dancing to your parents' first dance song - sure to bring a tear to Mom and Dad's eye.

8. Using herbs from your backyard in your bouquet - early bridesmaids' 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.  Provides personalization and safety - double bonus!

9.  Toasts by friends from each stage of life: childhood, elementary school, high school, college, work - I would actually recommend doing this during the rehearsal dinner otherwise you could spend your entire evening listening to toasts instead of dancing!

10. Table of family photos - I recently had a client do this and it was fantastic.  They had every single wedding picture from both sides of the family all the way back to the great grandparents.  Very much an attention grabber and conversation starter!

There's An App For That!

by Valerie DiVecchio 26. May 2010 10:36
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It seems like almost every uncertainty can be answered by a smart phone application these days, and the wedding industry is no exception.  Are you tired of hearing the phrase “there’s an app for that”?  Well, just wait until you see this new lifesaver for your Maid/ Matron of Honor and Best Man! 


Waterford Crystal has recently introduced the new “Clink-Clink” app for the  iPhone.  The Clink Clink app is tons of fun and contains over 100 hysterical and heartwarming toasts for a number of different occasions!  Users can “clink” their glasses (you have a choice between 5 beautiful Waterford Crystal Glasses to appear on your screen for the toasts) to exchange toasts with friends or to share contact info with each other.  The app even has a Facebook Connect Application option, so that any toasts you share with existing friends can be also shared on your Facebook walls.


The best part about the Clink-Clink app... it’s FREE!  Download the application from to your iPhone today.  Happy toasting!


Weddings Photos, Warhol Style

by Valerie DiVecchio 16. December 2009 16:25
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Does your inner artist long for something unique to display your favorite wedding photo?  Well, check out where you can get a customized canvas for under $200.  It's incredibly simple: select a style (many to choose from), select a layout (anywhere from one to six panels per canvas), pick your preferred size (anywhere from 16x20 for $199 all the way up to 40x40 for $455), add a floating frame if you want, upload a photo and pay - all on-line and all very user friendly!  And it's super fast... within 3 days your creation will be on its way!  Sorry to those of you who just thought this would be a great gift for December 25th... they are no longer taking orders that will be delivered before then!


Popular Wedding Magazine Coming to an End

by Valerie DiVecchio 9. December 2009 09:26
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Time, Inc. has decided to close InStyle Wedding magazine and its last issue will hit the newsstands on December 25th.  A few of my blogs in the past have been on information found in this magazine and I will be sad to see it go.  Below is some great information pulled from its current fall edition regarding different ideas for your bridesmaids' attire.

At one time or another, most ladies have been a bridesmaid or two.  It's at that time you realize whether your best friends have good taste in clothing... or not.  The days of all bridesmaids needing to look all matchy-matchy are behind us and the best gift we can now give to our closest friends is options.  Now, that doesn't mean that they can all go pick out whatever they want... after all there are professional photos that must be considered.  But here are a few tips from InStyle Weddings magazine on options that will look cute and coordinated:

1) Different Styles, Different Shades - You choose a base color then let your bridal party pick out their own dresses in shades of the same color family.  Honestly, not my favorite option to give them... this is when you, the bride, may find out whether or not your friends have good taste in clothing if you didn't already know...

2) One Style, Different Shades - Pick one dress all the same, but open up a rainbow of opportunities.

3) One Color, Different Styles - Bridesmaids aren't one size fits all.  Why not let your friends choose the cut that flatters her frame the best.  Personally, this is my favorite option!  What a concept... maybe your bridesmaids would actually wear the dress again!

4) One Dress, Different Accents - Why not customize the dress with a different color sash as an accent or for those fall or winter weddings, a shawl could be a cool accent too.

Now there are a couple of other ideas for options you can also give them:

A) Jewelry: You pick the one element to keep the look coordinated like pearls or crystals, then let the wedding party pick their own individual pieces.

B) Shoes: Provide them with the shade they should be - most popular are metallic like silver or gold or a simple black - and then let them pick out a shoe that will be comfortable and one they may actually wear again.

C) Hair: Rather than having all matching updos, why not let them wear their hair the way they like to so they feel like they look their best?  Lord knows that I wish someone told me that it is not a requirement to have an updo in order to get married... what was I thinking?!

Powerful Paper Pointers

by Valerie DiVecchio 1. July 2009 11:05
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Recently I was flipping through the most recent edition of InStyle Weddings magazine and they did a story on the newest stationary trends.  Whether you are getting married, having a bar/ bat mitzvah or just a good ol' fashioned fun party, everyone needs invitations and there were several great tips that I wanted to share.  And of course, I have to throw in my own two cents as well!

1) Go Bold and Graphic - Strong patterns, bright colors and a clean font are the up and coming trends for invitations.  Blues and greens are topping the color palette for 2009 as the hottest trends.

2) Get Nature-Inspired - Instead of the traditional flowers that are often seen on wedding invitations, if you are having a more contemporary event, you may want to consider branches, leaves or coral (not the color, but what you find in the ocean).  Recently I had a couple select an invitation with a bamboo motif which was very cool and modern.

3) Personalize Your Stamp - the envelope is the first thing your guest sees; why not make the stamp memorable?  The theme logo if it's a bar or bat mitzvah or a picture of the couple if it's a wedding makes a lasting impression.

4) And last but not least, they suggest creating a calling card so that guests can reach you after the wedding.  These days texting or connecting via social networking like Facebook or Twitter can keep you connected better than ever.  About the size of a business card that can be inserted into your thank you notes you can communicate your new address, phone number and e-mail addresses.

A Favor With A Cause

by Valerie DiVecchio 23. June 2009 21:23
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Wedding favors are great, but honestly a person only needs one wine stopper and all of that candy - although delicious - can lead you astray from the healthy eating lifestyle you keep vowing to stick to over and over.  For an alternative consider making a donation to a favorite charity - maybe one that you volunteer for or benefitted someone you know in the past or one that focus on research of a disease that you lost a loved one to.  To signify your donation, print up cards that let guests know you have made a donation in their honor to XYZ charity and a brief description about the services that they provide to those in need.  It's something that you, and your guests, can feel really good about.

Cool Ideas for Hot Summer Ceremonies

by Valerie DiVecchio 16. June 2009 16:00
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As we enter into the hot Florida summer months, there are still plenty of brides who want to have their wedding ceremonies outside enjoying the sun, fresh air and the gorgeous view of the Gulf or garden.  And while it is picture perfect, the heat can sometimes be a little too hot to handle.  Here are some cool ideas on how to keep you and your guests more comfortable:

1)  It's not customary to serve drinks to your guests prior to a wedding ceremony, however, when the ceremony is outside it is a good idea to have pitchers of water (at a minimum) for guests to keep hydrated.  You can even get water bottles with customized labels.  Or consider spicing it up a bit by including lemonade, fruit punch or even a non-alcoholic signature drink. 

2) Turn your ceremony program into a fan.  There are lots of great styles of fans that serve a dual function - keep you cool and informed!  List your bridal party names, key information, the outline of the ceremony just like a normal program, but this one will let your guests keep a cool head!

3) Provide flips flops... ceremonies on the sand are a perk of having them in Florida, but that sand can be hot on the feet.  Purchasing a wide range of flip flops sizes that match your color scheme can help the feet and double as a favor.  You can even have them personalized with your names and wedding date!

Yummy Centerpieces

by Valerie DiVecchio 19. May 2009 16:40
Share on FacebookWhat to do with all of those leftover centerpiece flowers after the party is over?  Sure, your house will smell great for a couple of days, but you'll also be picking up fallen petals and changing out some icky water in the vases.  Don't get me wrong, I'm a huge flower lover and advocate, but what about edible centerpiece as an alternative?  There are several companies that make arrangements out of fruit, vegetables and even chocolate (yum!) which are not only attractive as a centerpiece, but they can also double as dessert or a great snack when the evening kicks into high gear and the desire for munchies also kick in.  In today's economy, we're all looking for ways to save, and for a small party, this is a great solution!

Patterns That Pop!

by Valerie DiVecchio 11. May 2009 10:48
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That's right... bright, colorful patterns are making a come back in a big way!  Checkered, polka-dotted, damask, even themed prints are becoming very popular.  Using them as an overlay on your guest tables can instantly perk up a room.  According to The Knot, one of the best parts about this trend is that it lets you throw around a lot of different colors, but still keep a cohesive look and feel.  From your invitations to your table linens, picking a pattern that pops will surely leave a lasting impression!


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!

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!

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