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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: caketoppers.com and justcaketoppers.com.  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 weddingaccessories.net.  Now where was that one when I got married?!

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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 clinkclinkapp.com to your iPhone today.  Happy toasting!

 

A Platinum Production!

by Valerie DiVecchio 21. May 2010 11:56
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On the night of January 16th, I saw more than a year's worth of planning come to life in the most amazing way.  It was Zoe's bat mitzvah and it was spectacular.  I reflected back on the day when Zoe's mom Mary Ann walked into my office and pulled a pair of pajamas out of her purse.  That's how it all began. 

You see Zoe loves polka dots and animals - especially dogs.  The pajamas Mary Ann showed me were polka dotted in many of Zoe's favorite colors.  So that's how we got her theme - polka dots and puppies.  I was a little nervous at first thinking how I was going to pull those two elements together, but not for long.  The fun, creative side took over!  We paired up with some amazing vendors and that night turned A La Carte Event Pavilion into Zoe's Dog Park complete with floor to ceiling draped walls, amazing lighting effects and the most adorable centerpieces - all to be donated to the children's hospital afterwards.  The night featured an incredible dinner for the approximately 100 kids and 250 adults, as well as a DJ and 16-piece band that kept everyone up and dancing.

Of course it wouldn't be a party without a few glitches.  Thankfully the glitches were during the day and none of the guests knew anything about them.  You see, the Shriners had their annual meeting at A La Carte the same day, and Zoe's party was to begin at 6:00... the Shriners' meeting ended at 3!  Luckily they were gracious enough to allow us to drape the room in fabric the day before otherwise that would have never happened.  So that morning our team of talent arrived to start setting up.  We had the Great Hall and Terrace Room empty but only the smallest, back section of the ballroom.  Imagine about 25 tables crammed in this little space as we try to cover them with spandex.  It was a sight!  It was also a little painful when one of the large round tables collapsed as I was stretching spandex over the top... and I caught it with my thighs!  Thankfully the adrenaline was pumping and I didn't feel it - until the next day! 

So once the Shriners' meeting broke, it was mayhem!  The band had to load in, the special dance floor had to be placed and then covered in polka dots, the AV wall and plasmas had to be installed, all of the tables and chairs had to be dropped in place and then set... you get the picture.  I don't think we stopped moving for a second.  And then the magic happened.  As the first guests began arriving, the room was finished.  You could actually hear a collective sigh of relief from all of the vendors who worked so hard in helping to pull all of the pieces together.  And you know what made it all worth every second... when Zoe threw her arms around me and gave me the biggest hug and said two little words - thank you!  The smile on her and her family's face was all the thanks I needed!

Pictures Below: 1) View of corner of room with custom made bar and tables, 2) Close up of centerpiece, 3) One of the dog park settings in the Great Hall, 4) Entrance to building, 5) Gift table, 6) Place card table

           

           

Free HealthCare Symposium for Women Returns to Tampa

by Valerie DiVecchio 10. March 2010 09:05
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Have you heard the buzz about Focus on Females?  It's a women's healthcare symposium in its fifth year that is free and open to the public.  That's right, on Saturday, March 27th at the Tampa Convention Center, there will be 22 different seminars about a wide range of women's health topics all presented by local, area physicians who speak in plain English, provide practical, relevant and ready-to-use health information and even give you a chance to ask your questions.  There are also health screenings, fitness class demonstrations and chair massages - all FREE! This event has proven to have immediate impact, save lives and protect families.  You can register on-line at www.focusonfemales.com.

Oh, and I heard the event planner is AWESOME!  Guess who?  Come by and say hi!

Sweet 16

by Valerie DiVecchio 8. March 2010 16:06
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So I'll ask for forgiveness upfront on the corny blog post today, but I couldn't let this milestone occasion go by without some acknowledgement!  I have posted on my four-legged sweeties before and yesterday Kenya turned 16!  Here she is posing for her driver's license picture... watch out Tampa, here comes Kenya!

An Affordable Option to Dress Up Your Tables

by Valerie DiVecchio 3. March 2010 17:57
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One of the biggest impressions that you can make at an event is the way you set up your guest tables.  I mean after all this is where your guests spend a good portion of their time whether it be eating, drinking, taking a break from all of that dancing or talking with other guests.  They look at the linen, the centerpiece, the little votive candles - all of those special touches, but sometimes, especially when it is a buffet or action stations for dinner, the table can look incomplete without a full place setting.

There is a great alternative that dresses up a table wonderfully - charger plates.  Generally seen in gold or silver (but you can also find them in other colors), charger plates do wonders to make your table appear more elegant and complete.  And they are totally affordable to rent!

Divine Creations is pleased to announce that we now rent charger plates in gold and silver.  The cost is only $1.50 each (plus local sales tax) and if you mention that you learned about it by reading this blog, we'll give you a 10% discount! 

A Different Kind of Reunion

by Valerie DiVecchio 23. February 2010 18:33
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Carol and Mike were married 30 years ago and unfortunately things didn't work out.  They divorced and went their separate ways and on with their lives.  Years go by, they each get remarried and what once was seemed like a blip in the radar screen.  Then out of the blue, 30 years later they found each other again.  The sparks of first love flew and last summer Carol and Mike were remarried by a friend at the courthouse who knew them "back then". 

On January 9th, before moving away to start their new life in California, Carol and Mike threw a grand celebration to celebrate their reunion with about 50 of their closest family and friends.  They had the most perfect invitations - "sometimes it ends where it all began" and I had my first expereince with arranging centerpieces!  Thank goodness Carol went with simple loose stems!  Held at the Davis Islands Garden Club, the party was to take place outside on the patio overlooking the water.  We had plans for stringing white lanterns across the ceiling, uplighting the trees and having delicate drapes blowing in the breeze.  Well, January 9th turned out to be one of the coldest nights of the year with the temperature dipping down into the 30s.  So... Plan B!  Everything was moved inside - lounge area and tables on one side, food on the other and dancing in between.  It turned out to be a great evening, filled with dancing and laughter and love. 

So it just goes to show you that sometimes love never does die... it just needs to be rekindled.  Best wishes Carol and Mike for a lifetime of happiness!

                   

                                                

 

2010... Off to a Flying Start!

by Valerie DiVecchio 17. February 2010 17:37
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I know I seem absent as of late, but 2010 has been hopping (and I'm NOT complaining!).  With 4 events in January, the month totally flew by!  And February and March are just as jammed packed!  I want to thank all of my past and current clients for helping me to have the best start of a year ever, and I promise that I will be posting pictures of recent events very soon so check back often!

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