5 Centerpiece Ideas That Aren’t Flowers

When people think of weddings, images of big, beautiful bouquets, elegant floral decorations, and roses down the aisle often come to mind. But from some brides, their big day doesn’t involve flowers in every nook and cranny (especially if a guest has sever allergies!). Consider some of these centerpiece ideas that don’t involve flowers for your wedding.

1. Books

Books may not come to mind immediately as wedding decor, but when stacked artfully, old books and books with beautiful covers can really work well as centerpieces. For a personal touch, incorporate some of your or your finance’s favorite books in the centerpieces, or design all of the pieces around your favorite genre.Books

2. Birdcages

Birdcages can really look beautiful and add a rustic touch to your wedding. Fill and decorate them with candles, ribbons, burlap, or lace, or let them stand on their own for a simple but tasteful look.

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3. Candles

Candles are elegant and create a great lighting for your reception. Bunch candles with different heights together to add dimension or place tealight candles in vases filled with water to give your reception a cool modern look. Candles are also a great addition to any centerpiece idea!Candle

4. Succulents

Succulents are all the rage these days and incorporating them into your wedding would add a soothing natural touch. You can buy succulents that have already been grouped together in a vase or you can build your own centerpieces by buying them separately and arranging them in wooden crates or deep glass fish bowls. They come in all different shapes, sizes, and colors and work well with almost any theme!

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5. Fruit

Using fruit as wedding decor may seem a little odd at first, but fruit works surprisingly well in centerpieces. It’s cheap, it takes up a lot of space, and it can work well with any color scheme and in any season. Make big fruit baskets of seasonal or local fruits to put in the middle of round tables or lay fruits such as grapes out like a table runner along with lush greenery on long, rectangular tables. You might be amazed at how great fruit can look in a wedding!

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4 Ways to Have a Beautiful Budget Wedding

Today, the average cost of a wedding is around $26,500, with many weddings approaching the $100,000 mark. But if you don’t feel like dishing out thousands of dollars for one day, consider these tips that will help you have a beautiful wedding on a tight budget. 

1. Manage your guest list

It’s easy to feel obligated to invite everyone you know to your wedding, but at the end of the day, the more people you add to your guest list, the more the cost of your wedding goes up. A wedding is a celebration, but it is also a day where the bride and groom share one of the most intimate moments of their relationship. Consider the people you truly want to share that moment with and who you would be happy to see on your wedding day. This will not only make your wedding day special and unforgettable, but will also help you save on the overall cost of the event.

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2. Be smart about decorations

Lots of flowers and fancy decorations may look nice in pictures, but overdoing decorations can be a budget nightmare. For flowers, considering buying them on the cheap yourself from a grocery store or local flower mart and recruiting friends to make the arrangements for centerpieces and other decorations. Look for inexpensive flowers such as Baby’s breath and Carnations, and use greenery to fill the empty space since it is much cheaper (and just as pretty) as flowers. Also, look for decorations such as books, vases, and lights in second-hand stores and online. There are many websites that buy decor from real weddings and sell it used at a fraction of the cost.

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3. Timing is everything 

The classic dinner party reception is tried and true, but it also expected and predictable. Having a brunch or lunch reception can be a fun way to change things up a bit, and can save you major cash on your reception bill. Also, think about not only the time of day but the day of the week you want to have your wedding. Typically, most venues have cheaper rates for weekday, Friday, and Sunday weddings. But the best way to save money is to have an off-season wedding. Venues will usually offer major discounts for brides who schedule their wedding in late fall or winter.  

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4. Save on your venue

Most ceremony and reception venues will take out a large chunk of your budget, but don’t settle for spaces that will cost you an arm and a leg. Many conventional, all-inclusive venues can give you the vision and feel you are looking for, but end up costing more than if you create the vision yourself. Consider having your ceremony outdoors and allowing nature to serve as your decor, then rent a simple space for your reception. Renting a space that is a blank slate gives you a lot of creative freedom, and with a little help from friends and family (and maybe Pinterest), a DIY wedding is easier to pull off than you think.

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Hopefully these tips will give you some ideas on how to slash your wedding budget and save a few bucks on your big day. Happy planning!

Creative & Unique Guestbook Ideas

How often do couples really go through their guestbook and display it in our home? Chances are that the happy couple reads it once or twice and then puts it in storage with the rest of the wedding decorations. Here are some fun and unique ways for your guests to enjoy being welcomed to your wedding and also double as adorable home decor for you and guest to enjoy.

 

1.Game Pieces- If game night is a regular night at your house then this idea is for you. Whenever you have guest over make sure to play and look over all the thoughtful messages.

2. Puzzle Pieces- Instead of using a random puzzle, you can personalize the puzzle so that when the puzzle is completed it forms a picture(s) of the happy couple!

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3. Artwork/Thumbprint- This idea is great for an artsy couple. The thumbprint can get a little messy and sometime hard to see the guests signature so I suggest this idea for a smaller wedding.

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4. Wine Corks- If you and your man are wine lovers then this guestbook idea is perfect! Start collecting!!!

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5.Globe- Couples that love traveling or are from two different countries, this is for you.  Guests can sign by where they are from, love to travel to, or where they wish to go. This can also help you decide where your next vacation will be.

6. Photo Booth Book- If you are having a photo booth at your wedding, why not ask your guest to place their picture stripe in the book and sign it.

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10 Tips to Conquer a Bridal Show

So you have the man, the ring, and the biggest smile on your face…what else could you possibly need??

Well everything, of course. Luckily there is a one stop shop for all things wedding- the Annual Georgetown Bridal Show! It may sound overwhelming, but with these tips, you can walk out knowing that you have everything under control.

1. Pre-Register

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The link to our Bridal Show on February 22nd is http://georgetownbridalshow.com/register/ (You can also win prizes by registering early!)

2. Eat a Small Meal Beforehand

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You know you are in for a ton of samples, but have a small meal before you head out. That way you will know what really tastes good if you aren’t a ravenous beast!

3. Wear Comfy Shoes

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You will be doing a ton of walking. Save the heels for your big day! Comfort is key.

4. Bring a Friend

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You will want second (or maybe even third and fourth opinions) on each vendor you see. Of course the choice is all yours, but friends can be helpful to bounce ideas off of, and to cover more ground!

5. Make a Check-list

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Venues, caterers, cakes, honeymoon, decorations…the list seems to go on and on! But with a guideline, you know for sure you can hit all of the essentials.

6. Bring Business Cards

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Don’t waste time writing down your contact information at every booth! Have a supply of cards handy to make the info swap less of a hassle!

7. Bring a Color Swatch

Fabric swatches of your wedding colors can always come in handy if you come across and accessory booth, so you can find the perfect bridesmaid necklaces, or flower girl basket!

8. Have your planner or Calendar app handy

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You may need to set up other tastings and meetings with each vendor, so to be sure you don’t forget about all your obligations, use your calendar app or planner!

9. Leave Before You Can’t Take Anymore-

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Don’t leave wishing you never have to think about weddings again! It’s inevitable that you will need to sort through all of the brochures and handouts you collected once you get home. So shop around until you almost drop!

10. Demand a Foot Rub-

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You have had a long, successful and conquering day! The only thing you need now is a foot rub for a job well done.

Looking for a beautiful yet affordable wedding venue? Georgetown Event Center is the perfect place for you! We even have an area where you and your bridesmaids can relax and get in the zone! Located near Austin, Georgetown Event Center in Georgetown, TX is a great place to have your wedding reception. Find out more at www.GeorgetownEventCenter.com.

4 Life Saving Apps for your Big Day

There’s an app for that! No, really…there is. Whoever the tech geniuses are that developed these incredible apps deserve a round of applause from every lovely bride-to-be. Though not all of them are free, (but thank goodness for those that are) these smartphone applications will become your own personal wedding planners with ease!

1. Wedding Budget Calculator ($2.99)

Well, weddings aren’t free. Everyone knows that. But with the help of this app, you no longer have to worry about starting off your beautiful marriage with a load of debt. It flexibly keeps track of standard expense items and offers a feature that you can share your budget with any friends or family.

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2. iWedding Deluxe- The Wedding Planner ($9.99)

Don’t keep scrolling down because of the price! Weddings aren’t free, remember? But this is a purchase that you won’t regret. (Was that ice sculpture really necessary?) This is the most comprehensive planning app that I have ever come across. Keep track of to-do lists, guest invites, seating charts, menu choices, gifts, and more.

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  1. Wedding 911- by The Knot (FREE)

We all know that mom knows the answer to everything. But when that phone call just can’t happen, we have your solution. This app answers all your questions about etiquette, the ceremony, reception, fashion, DIY, and answers to nearly any other potential problem that may be thrown your way. With the answers from “Ask Carley,” you will know that you are getting up-to-date information, so there will be no need to rely on mom’s “back in my day” advice.

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  1. The Wedding Snap App (FREE)

How many times have you heard yourself asking your friends to send you the pictures y’all had taken on their phone? Or people asking the same of you? I feel like I am not the only one that struggles with this ALL THE TIME. Even with the simplicity of messaging, it still seems like such a pain. Luckily with the use of this app, all of your guests’ photos go straight to an online album. You won’t miss a single moment. The app even sends reminders to keep taking pictures if they haven’t done so in a while. PLUS it has the capabilities of sending the photos to a live stream that can be showing on the big screen throughout the reception!

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Looking for a beautiful yet affordable wedding venue? Georgetown Event Center is the perfect place for you! We even have an area where you and your bridesmaids can relax and get in the zone! Located near Austin, Georgetown Event Center in Georgetown, TX is a great place to have your wedding reception. Find out more at www.GeorgetownEventCenter.com.

Midweek Mumbles: Picking Sides

“Mawwage. Mawwage is what bwings us together today.”

 

A wedding is the joining of two lovers by heart, body, mind, and soul.  And that is great, but what about family? I don’t know about you, but often times when I think of, or more see on TV, couples around holiday times, they often choose one side of the family to visit for one holiday and the other for the next. So I ask,

It makes sense, in all reality that the couple not only join together themselves but the family as well. Kind of like as a show of support. How can we address this in planning your wedding?

BY MOVING AWAY FROM BRIDES SIDE RIGHT | GROOM SIDE LEFT!

I realize that it’s a tradition to set it up this way, but recently I’ve seen signs telling guests to choose a seat rather than a side. It’s a small gesture but it’s a great way to get family and friends to start mingling and getting to know each other (especially if they don’t already). Sure it’s only one night, but perhaps new friendships will be formed in between families and you won’t have to pick which side to visit during the holidays. Or maybe knowing that the families have gotten to know each other, you could host during the holidays and not have to worry about awkward introductions!

Below are some of my favorite signs:

Chalkboard is big! And in case you want to change your saying last minute, this makes it easy to do so!

This would be super easy to DIY!

This one is perfect for the reception!

Easy DIY Centerpieces for Any Season

Recently we had a photo shoot to get great pictures of our brand new icicle lights!

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We also had a representative from Google come to shoot a virtual tour!

We wanted to set up the Georgetown Event Center like a wedding reception to give you an idea about what it can look like for your reception. In order to do that we needed some great centerpieces, so we enlisted the help of our friends at Casa Linda Florals! The owner created some amazing centerpieces and was kind enough to show us how to do them! I was amazed at how easy they were to create and how you could use them for a wedding in any season!

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The first centerpiece is a sunken glowing rose centerpiece. It looks beautiful and guests will be asking how you did it! You can use any kind of flower that you want to make it match your reception!

So here is what you will need:
– A vase
– Clear stones or beads
– A submersible LED light
– A rose (or any flower of your choice)
– A pin
– Water

First attach the bottom of the rose stem to the led light (that is already turned on) and put in the vase. Then carefully add as many clear stones as you would like without harming the rose. Next, VERY CAREFULLY and slowly add water to the vase making sure to pour from the side of the vase so as not to hit the petals. Pour until the flower is completely covered by the water. And Viola! You have your very own glowing sunken flower centerpiece!

Glowing Sunken Rose Centerpiece! You need a vase, clear stones or beads, a submersible led light, a rose and water. First attach the rose to the led light and put in the vase. Then carefully add as many clear stones as you would like without harming the rose. Next, VERY CAREFULLY and slowly add water to the vase making sure to pour from the side of the vase so as not to hit the petals.

It looks great with the lights on and the lights off!

The next centerpiece is EVEN easier!

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I like to call this a beautiful branches centerpiece. It is so easy yet so beautiful and elegant and could work for any kind of wedding. The pebbles could be traded out for stones in any color. Also these birch branches could be traded out for branches from a flowering tree during your wedding season (maybe branches from a cherry tree that has cherry blossoms on it!)

So here is what you will need:
– A vase
– Gravel or pebbles (or any kind of stone you want)
– Tree branches (birch is pictured but you can use any kind you want)
– Hanging votive or tealight candle holders
– Votive or tealight candles (real or LED)

Fill the vase as full as you want with your stones. Then insert as many branches as you want into vase. Next hang the candle holders on the branches. Then place the candles in the holders and light them or turn them on (if they are LED candles). And TA DA! You have a beautiful branches centerpiece!

Easy, beautiful centerpieces. All you need is vases, pea gravel (or any stones really), tree branches (these are birch), hanging votive holders, and candles (these are led candles).

I love both of the centerpiece ideas because they can be used for weddings in any season, are inexpensive to make, and EASY to make!

If you choose to use them in your wedding, please feel free to share your photos!