Interesting Ways To Use Perishables At Your Wedding

Have you thought of this?  Interesting ways to use perishables at your wedding!  We all know “wristlets” are an iconic way to display flowers for you attendants or honored guests.  But have you ever seen something like the photo below?  Not only is it a very cool bracelet, but the “flowers” of choice are succulents.  I LOVE this.  Would I pick this option?  Probably not.  But I’d love to see it at a wedding.


How about the bow tie below?  It could serve as the gentlemen’s tie AND their flowers!  No need for a boutonnière.  I find it surprising how few men AND women know how to attach a boutonnière.  Remember, use two pins, cross them, and go in through the BACK of the lapel.


It’s quite common for couples to use their dogs as ring bearer/flower girl attendants.  The large wreath on the pup below is rather novel, however. What a cutie!




While using flowers as table decor is not new, the extravagance of the photo above is.  I love the opulence of this.

In my opinion…mason jars can not be overused.  Unless you are having a formal affair, that is.  The above jars offer triple service: a lovely centerpiece, an aromatic device and a candle!  And I bet they weren’t cost prohibitive, either!

We’ve all seen photos of brides with flowers in their hair, from Sarah, Duchess of York’s orange blossom wreath, to gentle halos.  But how about the full-blown roses in this bride’s hair?  One would need to have long and full hair to pull it off, but I think it’s spectacular.

Just think outside the box when considering perishable/natural products and you will amaze even yourself at your options!

Why Didn’t I Think of That? Innovative Wedding Ideas

I so often attend weddings and ask myself, “Why didn’t I think of that?”  I am constantly amazed at the creativity of others.  Frequently, an innovative wedding idea is born from using products in a way that is different from their original intent.  Take the “Cake Canopy” below.  It is an after market bed canopy.  I recognize it, as I purchased one many moons ago for one of my daughters. She felt like a “princess” in it.  🙂  But this product is also the perfect covering for a wedding cake.  It protects your cake from the elements, while still being able to be seen.

While the two heel protector products below are not new, I couldn’t write a blog post about innovative ideas and not include them. I think the concept is brilliant, but according to brides who have used them, they are less then perfect.

And below, behold…and old wash tub, a little water, candles and flowers and pow…you have a beautiful decorating item.

How cute are these champagne flutes below?  I’m not positive how to create these delightful glasses, but I imagine a little black electrical tape, white ribbon, a hot glue gun, a gold pipe cleaner, and white tulle – done!  Adorable!

If you’re planning an outdoor wedding, bug spray is a must. But I’ve noticed that guests get a wee bit impatient waiting for the spray bottles.  The option below, providing individual packets, is fabulous!  It’s always a good idea to purchase extras too.  If you have 100 guests in attendance, make sure you purchase at least 150 bug repellent packets.  Someone will want to reapply.



Four Fun Reception Ideas

There’s always something new out there…

Post by Donvan Mauer (a portion of the article)

Four Fun Reception Ideas

“Forget stuffy. Be sure your guests let loose and truly enjoy your wedding with these entertaining ideas — straight from the pros!”
1. Walk Down Memory Lane
Make the guest feel like integral parts of the day by incorporating them into the décor — in a gallery of meaningful photos. “We do something we like to call ‘memory lane,'” says Northern California event planner Sasha Souza. “We hang pictures of the bride and groom with friends and family along the walk from the ceremony to the reception. It’s a fun cocktail party conversation starter.” As guests take a leisurely stroll and find pictures of themselves with you, they can reminisce and socialize.


Photo Credit: Rochelle Mort Photography

2. Break the Ice Creatively
When you enter your reception for the first time as husband and wife, don’t just take a conventional arm-in-arm stroll. “Run. Skip. Dance. Swoop in on a rope swing!” suggests Alyssa Brown of AE Planning+Design in San Francisco. Brainstorm with your groom about the most creative, appropriate way to make a big impression. This is a great way to break the ice and set up for a fun vibe for the rest of the event.

3. Play Party Games
“We did a wedding where the menus were puzzles, so each person got one piece of the puzzle at their place setting, then everyone had to put the pieces together to get the full menu description,” says Brown. “Crossword puzzles are fun for the back of a program or if you have guests going on a long bus ride to get to the reception venue.”

Photo Credit: Sweet Potato Shop/Etsy

4. Be Entertaining
Guests always love the energy of a live band but it has to be a good one, I suggest searching online for a live band for hire, the reason for this is that many live bands will have videos of themselves that you can view and see if you like their style of music, but not only that you may also get a chance to read some reviews from people that have hired the band in the past that way you can gauge what other people think of the band too. There are however some people that want to hear the original artist sing their favorite tunes. As a compromise, a bride may hire a dance band but also play DJ’ed music during the breaks, or she’ll arrange to have live music during some parts of the event and recorded music during others. What really needs to be on point is the sound systems and audio equipment, researching the best ones and seeing what will fit your wedding venue is important, checking out online sites such as Graham Slee HiFi, will get you to see which equipment will work best. Souza suggests combining the best of both worlds — at the same time. “We’ve worked with a band called The Infusion Experience,” says Souza. “The DJ plays the original music while the percussion players play live. It’s a huge crowd pleaser!”

5. Surprise ’em!
“Pablo Neruda is the world’s most romantic poet,” sats Bussen. “And a modern, pretty paperback edition of his love poems makes a wonderful, lasting guest favor that’s much more meaningful that a bag of Jordan almonds! If you buy in bulk, you might get a discount — contact your bookseller directly. And don’t forget to add a personalized bookmark thanking your friends and family for sharing your big day with you.”

book centerpiece

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All New Wedding Ideas!

All New Wedding Ideas!  Care to experiment with something new?  Are you brave enough?  Well… how do you think new things become trends?  Someone is willing to try an innovative idea.

Love the Polaroid guestbook below.  I have seen this done once before, but I really like the black scrapbook pages that accompany it.  I do know that Polaroids fade, so maybe a few inexpensive throw away cameras can go with this theme.  Take a few instant shots, and at the same time have the guests take a duplicate with a disposable camera.  That way, you can replace the Polaroids after the wedding.  Developed film will hold up better.



LOVE the Jenga pieces as a guestbook.  I saw this done at a family wedding this summer, Jennifer and Fred’s, (see the photo below), and it’s every bit as cute as it looks.  And if you use permeant ink, you’ll always have your wedding guest memories, and a game to boot!  Jenn and Fred also had the Coolest Cake Ever!  If you’d like to read my post about THAT, click on the link.


photo: Mary P Karnes

Love, LOVE the ladies room decorated stall doors below!  What a darling idea.  Not saying I’d ever have the energy to do it, but I sure would enjoy it at someone else’s wedding.  What do you want to bet that red and black were the wedding colors?  (They were mine!)


And the photo below!  How cool is that?  Instead of tables, guests are invited to sit on blankets for a “picnic” feel!  One would have to have great confidence and planning to pull this off. One – reliable good weather, Two – lots of land AND blankets 🙂 Three – advance notice to guests so they could dress accordingly.


And if you choose to be scattered with confetti as your bridal send off, why not allow the guests to “make their own” concoction?  Just remember…someone has to clean it all up.  Check with your venue site coordinator to make sure this is a good idea…

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