Planning A Wedding? 5 Tips To Get You Started

October 22, 2015 at 2:29 pm (Uncategorized) ()

Planning a wedding is an amazing time in your life, but it can also be overwhelming. There are so many little details to think about and you still have to go about your daily routine.

Here are five tips to get you started:

  1. Enlist the help of your bridal party and/or friends and family members. You could ask each bridesmaid to help you research one aspect of the wedding: venues, flowers, DJs, photographers. It gives them a chance to be a part of the planning and helps you by seeing all their research, coupled with your own.
  2. Use an app. Ones like Pinterest can you get you started thinking about themes, colors, inspiration, everything! You can even add people to your boards so that your bridal party or friends and family can pin things that they think might be of interest to you.
  3. Visit wedding websites. There are a ton! The Knot, Wedding Wire, MyWed, the list goes on and on. Use these sites to help you research vendors, read reviews from other couples, schedule appointments or request information. Information is right at our fingertips.
  4. Talk to those who have been married recently or work in the industry. Have a friend that works in a flower shop or know someone from work that recently got married? Ask about their experiences and opinions. Sometimes you have no idea what people you see every single day can tell you about vendors, locations, favors, etc.
  5. Try to de-stress. We know this is tough. But try setting aside dedicated time to work on planning, so you can focus the rest of your time on other things you love doing. Date nights, visits with family, etc. Try not to have wedding on the mind all the time.

We wish you happy and fun planning!!!

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Our New Wedding Package! ~$10,000 ALL-INCLUSIVE ~ A Deal You Will Not Believe!

May 7, 2015 at 6:58 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , )

We have an awesome special to share with all of you! It’s our new $10,000 all-inclusive wedding package. Priced for up to 100 people and it includes tax and service charge!!

Your Package includes:
Venue for 5 hours
Bridal Suite with Bridal Butler
White Ivory or Black Linens and choice of Napkin
House Bar Package
Champagne Toast for Bridal Party
Choice of Soup or Salad
Two Single or One Duo Entrée
Custom Wedding Cake with Cutting and Service
Coffee Station
Fresh Floral Centerpieces
DJ (up to 5 hours)
Photographer (up to 8 hours)
Bridal dance with Attendant
Customized Room Layout and Design
Professional Vendor References
Invitation for Two to Tasting Event

This package is valid for any new clients booking weddings in 2015 but it must be booked by May 31, 2015 to receive the discounted rate. Call Cara at 724-379-5666 or email gm@thewillowroom.com today to schedule a tour, ask questions, or check date availability!

Photos Courtesy of Laurel Mountain Photography.

Courtesy of Laurel Mountain Photography

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Preferred Vendor Spotlight: Lethal DJ Services!

April 22, 2015 at 1:30 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

For the past 15 years, Lethal DJ Services has provided the ultimate entertainment experience for wedding and all other private events by providing innovative sound and lighting packages with the latest technologies in sound, lighting and video equipment.

Wedding packages are designed to fit any budget providing up to 6 hours without compromising quality!

Lethal DJ Services performs at the highest level of professionalism with great musical knowledge and personalities that will motivate you to dance! They believe that clients’ and their guests should have an experience like no other when they are performing!

They offer unique and creative features and services such as:  ‘Text Request’ feature, and each DJ comes equipped with their own personalized DJ booth with a large display label on the front with their name and phone number. They also offer L.E.D. up-lighting with vibrant fixtures that can display over 75 different colors.

They offer personalized monograms that can display a large L.E.D. image on the dance floor or wall and they offer, ‘Love Story’ movie that displays a short HD film created, captured and directed by Lethal DJ Services owner, Jeremy Gerba. This movie is approximately 25-30 minutes in length and makes the bride and groom the lead actors, telling their love story for their guests displayed on 55” or 65” L.E.D. TV’s or projectors at The Willow Room ballroom.

Copies of the movie are also provided to the bride and groom with full personalized graphic cover and light-scribe DVD or Blu-Ray.

Additionally, Lethal DJ Services offers HD Video – Video Montages, Bride and Groom Grand Introduction Videos, and GoPro Live HD Video Feed where the dance floor is broadcast live on the big screen HD TV’s with custom background and effects.

Live music can also be performed with Lethal DJ Services full band that includes sound stage and effect lighting and couples can select Full Band/DJ Combo Package, giving them an experience like no other!  They also have a guitarist and vocalist that can be booked for cocktail hour.

Lethal DJ Services has a 5 Star rating on Facebook, The Knot, and Wedding Wire!

For more information, please visit their website or check them out on Facebook. Here are some photos of Lethal DJ Services performing at The Willow Room and more. All photos courtesy of Lethal DJ Services.

Photos Courtesy Of Lethal DJ Services

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Bringing The Outdoors In – Theme Wedding Ideas

April 17, 2015 at 1:51 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , )

Just because your wedding reception includes a roof and four walls doesn’t mean you can’t find elements of the outdoors – both big and small – to make it feel like you’re celebrating the day away with Mother Nature. No need for a green thumb here – your guests will delight in touches of the beauty of nature without the bugs!

Escort Cards
Upon entering the reception, direct your guests to their seats with sweet succulents adorned with flags. These readily available mini greenery can also double as an easy-to-carry and hard to forget wedding favor.

Photo Credit: She Wanders

Photo Credit: She Wanders

Barn Wood Signage
Give your seat at the head of the table a rustic touch with hand-painted signs touting your new titles made from old barn wood.

Photo Credit: Nancy Ray Photography

Photo Credit: Nancy Ray Photography

Display meaningful quotes or dates in your journey to marriage on painted barn wood.

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Photo Found on Etsy Shop Angtiques

Décor
Try the next best thing to having live trees at your reception with fresh baby’s breath atop a slab of wood. This makes for an ultra-affordable centerpiece, especially if you or a family member has a tree that’s willing to part with a few branches.

If you’ve only got larger pieces to work with, these discs make perfect cake stands and displays for desserts, too!

Or, literally marry two of these ideas together for your cake.

Favors
Nature isn’t just limited to things that are grown. Contact a local beekeeper or vineyard and send your guests home with local honey or wine.

We’d love to hear your ideas! Please share.

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All About Flowers: Wedding Ideas

March 18, 2015 at 5:56 pm (Wedding Planning Tips) (, , , , , , , , , , )

No doubt about it – flowers are quintessential to a wedding. Whether you’ve got a green thumb or you can’t keep a houseplant alive, the centerpiece and bouquet are not the only way to spread their beauty throughout your big day.

Ceremony
Adorn the pews or seating with sweet bunches of baby’s breath or wild flowers.

Create a romantic aisle with loose petals and candles.

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Photo Found Here.

Decor

If you like the idea of flowers, but find the scent to be overwhelming, try incorporating them into art and decoration. This works anywhere from the dessert table to signage.

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Photo Credit: Greer G. Photography

 

Embrace your inner craft queen and try your hand at paper flowers.

 

Photo Credit: http://liagriffith.com/diy-metallic-paper-camellias/

Photo Credit: Lia Griffith

Photo Credit: Tara Dennis http://www.taradennis.com/create/accessorise/tissue-paper-pom-poms.html

Photo Credit: Tara Dennis 

Cake
Whether you prefer fondant or the real thing, flowers can add elegance or whimsy to your cake.

Photo Credit: SMS Photography

Photo Credit: SMS Photography

 

Photo Credit: Cotton and Crumbs

Photo Credit: Cotton and Crumbs

Favors
Send your guests home with an eco-friendly (and budget friendly!) reminder of your day with a packet of seeds. Easy-to-plant options include poppies and sunflowers. Or make the flower memorable – literally – with forget-me-nots. Include a sweet phrase and your wedding date to add a personal touch.

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Sports-Themed Weddings – Part 2

February 25, 2015 at 5:52 pm (Wedding Planning Tips) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , )

We wrote a blog a few weeks ago featuring some awesome sports-related wedding ideas. This week, we take a look at basketball, hockey, tennis, and running.

Basketball
Check out this awesome centerpiece for a basketball-themed wedding. It’s illuminated from below! It won’t interfere with your guests’ space at the table either!

Image courtesy of http://www.sportsthemedweddings.com/Sports-Themed-Wedding-Reception-Centerpieces.htm

Image courtesy of Sports Themed Weddings

If you want a more subtle approach to your sports theme, how about this basketball inspired ring bearer pillow? You can custom order a lot of great items from this Etsy shop!

Image courtesy of jbconaway Etsy https://www.etsy.com/listing/182212489/basketball-orange-fabric-royal-purple

Image courtesy of jbconaway Etsy

Hockey
These gold puck escort cards are a perfect way to add hockey action into your wedding. And what a cool souvenir for your guests!

How about this prop for the back of your Mr. and Mrs. chairs? Use a men’s skate for the groom and a women’s skate for the bride.

Photo Courtesy of Elizabeth Anne Designs http://www.elizabethannedesigns.com/blog/2010/06/09/hockey-inspired-wedding-ideas/

Photo Courtesy of Elizabeth Anne Designs 

Tennis
Favors are a great way to incorporate your theme and give your guests a gift to take home. These tennis-inspired favors included favor packets of Sugarpova gumballs and a deck of racket-adorned playing cards.

Photo Courtesy of Martha Stewart Weddings http://www.marthastewartweddings.com/360764/tennis-themed-st-louis-wedding/@center/272446/real-weddings#358232

Photo Courtesy of Martha Stewart Weddings 

And how adorable is this cake topper? Such a personalized way to show your love of the game. Find Genefy on Facebook.

Image courtesy of Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/pin/477029785504402110/

Image courtesy of Pinterest 

Running
We love this shoe box card holder. A simple way to add a running element to the big day!

Photo found here. http://lindsaycb.blogspot.com/2013/06/2-hearts-racing-race-report-aka-wedding.html

Photo found here.

And here is a really cool cake with a running theme. A sweet way to show your love of the sport!

Image found here. http://terinaandtim.blogspot.com/2010/11/wedding-day.html

Image found here

Well, we hope you enjoyed our sports-themed blog part 2. If you want to see a certain theme or idea explored, let us know! Thank you for reading!

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Willow Writer Jenna found her dress and bridesmaid dresses!

February 23, 2015 at 2:21 pm (Willow Writers) (, , , , , , , , , , )

When I got engaged in September of last year, one of my first thoughts about my wedding was finding my wedding dress. I had been watching TV shows like David Tutera’s My Fair Wedding and Say Yes to the Dress and I knew how excited brides would get when they found the one dress that made them feel like a bride. I couldn’t wait to go out with my mom and my bridesmaids and try on hundreds of dresses to find the one.

Not long after I had got engaged, my mom, Jodie, Ashley, and I had gone out shopping to a few craft stores to get ideas for the wedding. While we were out, we decided to stop at a bridal store to get ideas for bridesmaid dresses. I had no intention of looking for my dress that day, but as soon as we walked in, we saw a beautiful princess dress hanging in the middle of the store.

            “Jenna, it is so beautiful. You have to try it on,” Jodie exclaimed.

So I agreed and we got a changing room for me so I could try the dress on. For as beautiful as the dress was, I hated it on me. I did not feel like a princess or a bride. I was disappointed and Jodie and Ashley picked out a few more for me to try. Everything I tried on that day I hated. I did not like how I looked and even though I probably only tried on five to ten that day I felt discouraged.

One evening a few weeks later, my mom and I went to Alfred Angelo’s just to have fun trying on dresses.  I did not go with any intentions of finding a dress. This night was purely a girl’s night out with my mom.  The girls at Alfred Angelo’s in Monroeville were very nice and really helpful. They gave me a catalog to look through and I marked the dresses I wanted to try. I knew I was looking for a ball gown type dress because I wanted to look like a princess on my wedding day. Alfred Angelo’s had this line of dresses called the Disney Collection and I was determined to try all of them on.

Danielle, the girl who was helping me in the dressing room, was super nice. Based on my choices she was able to select other options that she thought I would like. My mom and I were having a fun time and I liked the dresses at Alfred Angelo’s a lot better than the other bridal store. I felt pretty in the dresses, but I hadn’t got any special feelings with the first few dresses I tried on. I didn’t think I would cry when I found my dress, but I was expecting to feel something. I tried my way through the Disney Collection and I really liked the Snow White dress, but I still wasn’t sure. I found a dress in the catalog that I liked, but it was not in the Disney Collection so I decided to go out of the box and try it on. Danielle helped me get into it and I came out to look in the full-length mirror. The dress was amazingly beautiful and I loved it on me. The dress was strapless and it had embroidered lace with metallic accents and crystal beading.  The train was longer and is considered a semi-cathedral train and the lace and beading covered the whole train. I spun around in front of the mirror and my mom looked like she was going to cry. I did not feel overly emotional about it, but I knew I really liked it. My mom picked out some veils just to see what the dress would look like with one. I stress the fact that I really liked it, but I still wasn’t sure. I had also liked the Snow White dress. I continued to try on dresses until Alfred Angelo’s was about to close, still unsure of the dresses I had tried on.

As I was leaving Danielle said, “You’ll know you found your dress when it’s the one you can’t stop thinking about.”

When I went home I thought about the Snow White dress and the other dress that I had really liked. I couldn’t decide if I liked one more than the other so I called Jodie and Ashley and asked them to come to Alfred Angelo’s to see both dresses. I wanted to see what their opinions were. That night when I fell asleep I dreamt of my wedding and in the dream I was wearing one of the dresses.

So on Saturday, Jodie and Ashley went with me to Alfred Angelo’s. I tried on the Snow White dress first and they both agreed that it was pretty and that they liked it. Looking at the dress on again, I did like it, but I felt like a little girl that was about to get married. Then I put on the other dress. When I came out of the dressing room I had a huge smile on my face. This was the dress I had dreamed about. Looking at this dress again I felt like a woman not a child. I felt like a bride who was about to get married.

Both Ashley and Jodie were smiling and my mom was crying again.

“You’re glowing in that dress,” Jodie commented.

“I don’t think she could smile any bigger,” Ashley said.

“I really love this dress,” I admitted.

I twirled in front of the mirror again feeling beautiful and like a bride. “I think this is my dress.”

“Are you sure?” my mom asked. “This is only the second place we looked.”

I nodded.  This was the dress I had not stopped thinking about.

Since I got my dress from Alfred Angelo’s, my bridesmaids would get a discount on their dresses if we found them there. I ended up finding two styles of bridesmaids’ dresses that I really liked and I felt they would go with the formal theme of my wedding. Plus both styles complimented my wedding dress. I told my bridesmaids that they could pick either of the dress since they were very similar in style. I just didn’t want three girls in the one style and only one girl in the other style unless Jodie, my matron of honor, was the only one in a different dress.

No matter what dress they picked, I knew we could get it in the cherry red to match my wedding colors.  The first dress was strapless with a sweetheart neckline and a diamond broach on the waistline. It was made of satin and had pockets on the sides of the dress. The second dress was a satin A-line gown with a white ribbon that was tied around the waist. When all my bridesmaids tried on both dresses I was surprised that they all liked the same dress.

For my wedding all my bridesmaids chose the first dress, number 7166 in Alfred Angelo’s catalog. I was glad that everyone had actually had the same opinion on the dresses. I knew shoes were going to be another matter. Some of my bridesmaids loved wearing stiletto heels and I knew that others would be more comfortable in flats or low heel shoes. To keep everyone happy and comfortable, I told my girls that they could pick whatever shoes they wanted as long as they were silver sandals.

I am very fortunate that I have been able to find my dress and that my bridesmaids have been able to agree on a dress. With the bridal fashions taken care of we can concentrate on other aspects of the wedding.

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Willow Writer Jenna Shares Why She Chose The Willow Room!

October 27, 2014 at 12:28 pm (Willow Writers) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

The first thing a person must do after getting engaged is start looking around at wedding venues. Booking a place for the reception is the most important part of planning the wedding.  Christopher and I began looking right after he proposed even though we gave ourselves two years to plan our wedding. I really didn’t want to find the perfect place and have disappointing news that my wedding date had already been booked. I knew we needed to plan in advance so that we could achieve everything we wanted for our big day. At first, I had no idea where to look. I had never planned a big party, let alone a wedding before. knot1

My biggest help for planning my wedding has been The Knot Wedding Website. On The Knot, there are so many different wedding vendors to look at and gain the contact information for. Plus, the website is so helpful since brides can get ideas, save ideas, and create a wedding checklist right on the site. The app is also great to use since you can access your wedding checklist right on your phone and within the list, The Knot has a suggested timeline that a bride should follow to complete everything for her wedding on time. The checklist can be personalized to add tasks that pertain to your wedding or you can delete the ones that do not. I swear I look at my checklist on the app at least once a week.

Using The Knot website, Christopher and I began looking at venues. We visited several venues in and around Pittsburgh, but nothing really seemed to catch our eye. There were a few that we considered, but they didn’t have everything we wanted so we continued to look.  Then, I came across The Willow Room! I used to work at the Dollar Tree in Belle Vernon when I was in knot2college, so I was very familiar with the area. The minute I stepped off of the elevator I was excited. I noticed the beautiful crystal chandeliers and scones on the walls, perfect for the vision of my wedding and my crystal diamond theme. Even the floor in the front entry sparkled. Chris and I met with Melody and she took us for a tour of the rest of the venue. She explained for the amount of people we were having, we would have the entire venue space! I was very excited because the other venues we knot3looked at seemed so small and you had to have a large number of people to have access to any of the bigger rooms. I really didn’t want my guests to feel uncomfortable and squeezed into a space that felt too small. The Willow Room was perfect for my number of guests. When we walked past the kitchen it smelled wonderful. Chris and I have yet to taste any of the food options, but I am sure they will be delicious. I really liked that I could have both stationed and passed hors d’oeuvres during the cocktail hour.

When Melody explained to us the package choices I was even more enthralled with the venue. There were certain things I really wanted to have at my wedding that other vendors were not going to allow. I had always had my heart set on a chocolate fountain, and when I saw that one could be added, I was in heaven. When I discovered it was Sarris Chocolate, I was completely sold. Chris really liked the idea of the ice sculpture bar which is another add on at The Willow Room. Everything seemed to be adding into exactly what we wanted. Melody was very nice and she answered all the questions I had. She explained that the staff at The Willow Room would do their best to make my vision for my wedding come true.

Laurel Mountain Photography

Laurel Mountain Photography

Laurel Mountain Photography

Laurel Mountain Photography

When we went back into the office to look at the examples of other weddings, I noticed they had a table set up with a very glittery overlay on top of the table cloth. I loved how it looked and then Melody showed me the book of fabrics that I could pick from for my table linens. I was officially in awe with The Willow Room. No other venue that we had looked at had that many options for tablecloths and chair covers. All other venues only had basic colors and nothing with patterns. Even though I did not have a chance to completely look through the fabric book, I could tell that different patterns and colors were available to choose from.  Melody did explain that prices varied depending on the fabric I would choose, but I was so excited to have more options than just a few basic colors.  After viewing The Willow Room and its packages and options I absolutely loved it.

As Chris and I got into our car, I looked over at him and said “I believe this is our venue, hon. I really love it!”

Melody and the other staff at The Willow Room have been so nice and accommodating.  After booking the venue, my mother and I have stopped down at The Willow Room several times to view the reception space and try to figure out where we might want some of our decorations to go. Every time Melody was always there to answer our questions. Not long after booking The Willow Room, I saw Melody at a bridal show and she remembered the theme of my wedding and even saved some crystal vases for me that another bride had left at The Willow Room. I am so glad that I chose The Willow Room as my venue because it is the perfect place for my wedding. I have been nothing but impressed with everything they have to offer and how helpful the staff has been at answering my questions. I feel so honored that I was asked to write this blog for them and I would highly recommend The Willow Room to any bride still in need of a reception location.

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Willow Writer Jenna shares her wedding theme, ideas, and photos!

August 12, 2014 at 7:38 pm (Willow Writers) (, , , , , , , , , , )

Planning my wedding has been exciting and fun so far.  I’ve always had a vision of how I wanted my wedding and now I get to try to make that vision come to life. My family was definitely surprised and confused by the colors that I picked for the wedding. When I was a little girl, I always liked the color purple and I still do, so that is why my family was shocked when I decided on red, black, and white as my color scheme. My inspiration for this choice came from watching My Fair Wedding with David Tutera. I had begun watching that show after Chris and I had been dating for a while and it became one of my favorite shows. Chris always used to sigh on the Sunday nights when I would flip through the channels and see that several episodes would be on in a row on WE TV. I had watched multiple episodes where the brides had red, black, and white color schemes and David always ended up making them look so elegant and formal. I knew I wanted my wedding to be just like that and I loved how the big red roses looked in the centerpieces and in the brides’ bouquet. My other inspiration for my theme also came from David Tutera. I have always been a diamond and glitter girl; the more it sparkles, the more I like it. I was completely enthralled by the My Fair Wedding episode called Diamond White Wedding. In the show, David uses glass diamonds as place cards for all the guests and he had each guest’s name engraved on the diamond glass paper weights. When I first began planning my wedding, I re-watched that episode with my mom.

“Can we do that?” I asked excitedly.

“I’ll see what I can do,” she replied. She was able to find them and have them shipped. I was on the road to making my dream wedding come true.

From the same show, I also liked the idea for the cake topper. Instead of a bride and a groom, on the top of the cake was a huge diamond to match the place cards. I wanted to do that too. For the Diamond White Wedding, David Tutera also had tons of diamonds hanging off the flowers in the reception space and it made the whole room sparkle. I want my wedding to be glitter, sparkle, and elegant red roses so I decided to call the theme of my wedding Diamond Red Wedding.

My mother is very creative and she has been helping me a tremendous amount with creating the decorations for my wedding. She started by designing the bouquets for my bridesmaids. We had been to a bridal show and had seen a sample for a bouquet made out of ribbons with diamonds. I loved it and thought it was very different.

“I think I could make that,” my mother said as we walked away from the booth.

Not only did my mom recreate the bouquet, I think she made it 10x better. She added some red crystals to it and on the day of my wedding, five red roses are going to be put into it. I really liked this idea of the bouquets for my bridesmaids. I have never seen anyone else create a bouquet like this. I think the idea is unique and I can’t wait to see them all come together on the day of my wedding.

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Creating the decorations for the reception has made me excited to see how all of it will look on the day of my wedding. When first entering The Willow Room, my escort cards will be on the half-moon table to the right of the elevators. My escort cards will be placed on little diamond card holders with the name of each guest and the table at which they will be seated. Also on the escort card table will be three black vases that hold a lighted tree with black and red feathers and of course crystals. This table will be adorned with black glitter tulle and diamond lights.

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Directly in front of the elevators will be our hors d’oeuvres table. This will be adorned in red glitter tulle and diamond lights. Among the trays of delicious food will be flower arrangements and diamonds.

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Instead of just numbering each table, I decided to give each table the name of a gemstone. Since I am a Geologist, this fits my crystal theme and it also adds a piece of me into the decorations.

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When entering the reception room, everyone will walk under two tall trees that my mom created by connecting branches together. These trees will be silver with white crystal flakes, crystals will be hanging from the branches, and diamond lights will be entwined around the limbs. Along the wall with the windows to the right, we plan on draping white glitter tulle with white lights. On the middle of each marble windowsill we will place small white bushes that light up.

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Along the wall in the corner will be our cookie/candy table. Again, each table will be adorned with white diamond lights and glitter tulle. The cookie table will have flower arrangements and tiered crystal plate holders. I am also having a memory table. This table is to signify our grandparents who are no longer with us. There will be pictures of them; along with a candelabra that holds a sconce for each set of grandparents. These candles will be lit by Chris and I after grace is said before dinner is served. All of our guest’s at this time will light the candles on their tables.

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On my gift table there will be a card box that looks like a cake. My mom redecorated it, but it is very special because my grandmother made it, and used it at many weddings and anniversaries in our family. It is a family heirloom and I am excited that it is part of my wedding.

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Each table will have a tall centerpiece created by McShane’s Florist and the flower arrangement will contain red roses, white lilies, hydrangeas, white stalk, white caspia, and silver ting. Of course my centerpieces will have crystals hanging from them! These center pieces will be placed in the center of a mirror and on the mirror, white and red crystals will be scattered. My mom had decorated tea light holders which will be placed around the edges of the mirror.

A menu card will be placed on each place setting. These will be decorated according to the entrée that the guest has selected.  On top of the menu card will be each guests’ place card: the glass diamond paperweight engraved with their name.  Above the plate, will be a black decorated thank you box with which the guests can take their diamonds home at the end of the evening.

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I am very excited about picking my linens for the tables and I cannot wait to look through the huge fabric book at The Willow Room. I am hoping to make the tablecloths white with a glitter overlay and have the chairs covered in black with a red bow tied onto the back.

For the bridal table, I bought crystal candle holders from Hobby Lobby and they will be arranged with the tallest in the middle to the shortest on the ends. The middle of the table will hold a 3 diamond candle holder in which my bouquet will be placed around.  A row of red roses will be placed along the edge of the table. The girls’ bouquets will also act as decorations on the front of the bridal table, and there will be lights under that table. Behind the bridal table will be two trees lit up with white lights and crystals hanging from the branches.  Also, there will be two other crystal trees set around to decorate our room. I want the room to have an ambient glow and I want all the diamonds to catch the lights and sparkle.

I hope all these elements will capture the theme of my wedding and I am anticipating seeing everything set up in The Willow Room.  My mom and I have a year until the big day and who knows what else we can come up with during that time period. I love everything that we have put together so far and I am certain that we will make The Willow Room sparkle. My vision for my wedding is coming together, and no David, I don’t think we will need any revisions.

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Willow Writer Melissa found her shoes!

July 14, 2014 at 7:47 pm (Willow Writers) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )

Happy Summer Everyone!!

It’s now July and that means in just 4 short months, Chad and I will be married! I have a feeling these last 4 months will not only be the busiest months of our engagement, but definitely also the best! Last week, Chad and I went to the Outer Banks for the 4th of July and we came home much more relaxed and recharged and ready to plan! So here’s what we have going on.

So in my last post 2 months ago, I was having a bit of trouble finding jewelry and shoes for not only me, but my bridesmaids as well, but recently I checked that all of my list. Here’s a picture of my shoes, I love them because the wedge makes them extremely comfortable and the bow in the back is absolutely adorable. They remind me of a ballerina slipper, but a little more daring.

Since we returned home from vacation, we’ve started the process of ordering our invitations. Since many of our guests will be from out-of-town, we wanted to try to send our invites out a little sooner than the typical 6-8 week deadline, to allow them to make travel arrangements. We are working with the incredible team at RSVP in Greensburg, and I highly recommend them. They have been so helpful, they are pretty much creating custom invites from scratch, in addition to helping with the wording, proper etiquette, etc.  Our invites will be white, with blue script to match our colors and I can’t wait to see them when they are done.

So the next few weeks I’ll be starting to work on some new things that I am so excited about. First up, we are meeting with McShane’s Florist to discuss our centerpieces. Our theme is taking shape to be what I call a “Frosted Fairytale,” think Cinderella’s castle covered in snow. So for centerpieces, I would like to combine white flowers in a low fluffy ball like shape, like a snow ball almost, mixed in with frosted branches and candlelight.  I’ve been thinking about bouquets for my bridesmaids and I, and would like them to match the centerpieces but perhaps with different flowers.

I have lots of details that need to be worked on still, I’ll keep you all posted!

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