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.

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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.

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

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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!

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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.

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Ingenious Ideas for Outdoor Weddings

Buzzfee.com wrote a nice article about Ingenious Ideas for Outdoor Weddings.  I have picked a few of my favorite ideas from the article to share with you. If you’d like to read the whole article, click on the provided link…Buzzfeed.com…but my take on the article is really all you need.  🙂

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Advise your female guests about the best footwear for your outdoor affair.  And for your bridesmaids and other important female guests, spring for these nifty little heel supporters.  They’re great!  I have long been an advocate for these gems.  None of us like our heels ruined in the grass…

Offer ice cold drinks to waiting guests.  Summer weddings can be brutal on guests waiting for the start of your wedding, especially if there’s no shade.

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Behold, an almost empty tub from a wedding I worked this summer.  It was once full of ice and chilled water bottles, but the guests took good advantage of the thoughtful gesture.

Individual inset repellent. I LOVE this idea.  I always encouraged my brides to provide cans of bug spray for their guests, but it’s messy, and takes awhile to make the rounds of the guests.  To have a vat of individual applications is nothing short of genius.

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If you anticipate a REALLY hot day, ask your florist to mist the wedding flowers periodically throughout the day.  If you live in hot climes, consider writing that in your floral contract.  If your florist balks, recruit a family member to do the chore.

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This is a big one… Choose a strong make-up fixative/setting spray that will hold up to the heat.  This is not an occasion where you want your make-up running.  There are too many important photos at stake!

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There are many more wonderful ideas…next post, I’ll share additional items!

Great Outdoor Wedding Advice

Outdoor Wedding Advice

Every single wedding I worked on this summer was an outdoor affair…every single one!  Not only were the ceremonies outside but the receptions as well.  When my daughters, Kathleen and Maggie married, their ceremonies were in a church.  So even if we had inclement weather, (we did for Maggie), there was some sort or respite for part of the day.

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One must be truly brave too hold her ceremony AND reception outdoors in summer.  But I’m glad to say that all my events this season were wonderful.  The brides did their research and prepared for the worst.  Today I’ll be sharing some tips I found on shefinds.com, along with pointers I acquired from my brides.

  1. Don’t forget the bug spray!  And if you’re health conscience, consider an organic, non-toxic product like poofy organics.  Just click on the link above if you’d like to order.  My friend and neighbor is actually a rep for the company.  I use their products and love them, and the care for the environment they support.

Although probably not good for the environment, one venue did a “Yard Bomb”.  This venue had the least bugs and itchy guests.

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2.  I know from personal experience that if your weather will be warm, PLEASE insist your cake baker use fondant to cover the cake.  If you use this product, your frosting won’t melt!  One bride, not mine, even went as far as to get a “cake net” to cover her cake.  A GREAT idea.  If you’re interested, you can click on the link and order up!

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3.  A tent option is good rain or shine.  If if rains, your guests have somewhere to go to stay dry.  If it is sunny and hot, a respite from the heat.  This is a win-win option.  Some venues include the tents in the price of their rental fee, others don’t.  Find out up front so you don’t have any last minute surprises.

 

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4. I have used the above “Chilly Pads” for my daughter’s sporting events.  It’s a miracle!  You wet the cloth pictured above, and it’s super cool.  It really brings down one’s body temp.  My most recent bride found tiny ones and had several available for overheated guests. Brilliant!

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5.  Could you ask for a cuter favor?  If you’re having an outdoor wedding, consider ordering sunscreen with your names and wedding date printed on them.  Then provide it to your guests as a favor!  (This is from shefinds.com, as are the watermelon pops below).

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6.  Don’t forget to keep your guests hydrated.  My brides this summer made sure their guests had water and/or lemonade at the ceremony site to keep hydrated as they waited for the wedding to begin.  Smart.  And the watermelon pops above…adorable!