May 12, 2018

"Knock, knock!"

"Who's there?"

"My Mother."

"My Mother, WHO?"

"It looks like My Mother isn't getting anything for Mother's Day tomorrow."

SMH.

Whether it's a hectic work schedule, wrapping up your final semester, stringent funds or a lack of common sense -- Mother's Day is less than 24 hours away! You find yourself with nothing wrapped, nothing shipped and nothing planned. Granted, appreciating the 'MOTHER' in your life should be a mindset you possess throughout the entire year. But if you are looking for prompt and practical gestures to show your Mom that she is ultimately valued, keep reading...

We don't have much time, so let's get started:

1. A CRAFTY PURSUIT

Is your Mom or Grandmother a caffeine fiene? Does she share her quiet time with a cup of tea? If so, bestow the gift that keeps on giving by flexing your arts-n-craft skills and baking her a mug.

Th...

October 28, 2017

Witches. Warlocks. Voodoo. Satan. 

Some refuse to participate in Halloween-connoted activities and even loathe its’ existence due to its’ negative association with horror, the dark arts and the underworld.  

However, the history of Halloween goes far beyond fake vampire teeth and candy corn. 

In Mexico, it’s Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead). 

In Egypt, it’s the mummification process and other funerary customs. 

Around the Globe, Christians reserve ‘Good Friday’ as a day to commemorate the crucifixion (and resurrection) of Jesus Christ and His ultimate sacrifice for the World. 

Whether it’s a time of the year, a singular day or a moment of reflection, one thing is certain: various cultures, as diverse as they are, all find unique methods of eulogizing, extoling and remembering those who have passed on. 

For Western Christianity and the Roman Catholic...

February 12, 2016

VALENTINE'S DAY.

 

Some believe it's a theoretical joke.

Some feel it's a fun gesture of how much they care.

Some find themselves disappointed the following day.

Some adore it as an annual tradition while others don't consider it a holiday at all.

 

Although we believe that meaningful relationships require 'affection' all year round, we don't mind sympathizing with hopeless romantics (and those who are just hopeless) with the upcoming "day of love". Whatever your definition of "February 14th" is, if you're looking for a few suggestions this year, this SMART-icle is for you!

 

HEART-STOPPING CREATIVITY

The element of 'surprise' when partnered with 'thoughtfulness' can be an extraordinary experience for all parties involved. Arranging handwritten notes for your sweetheart about all of the things you adore about them in shapes like arrows, anchors or hearts on...

January 7, 2016

 

 

THE BRIDAL WORLD is a booming industry because millions of dollars are spent on executing an idea. Whether it's your dress, the food, your centerpieces or the venue itself, your main concern is to host an event your guests will enjoy and one that you will remember. The only issue with the utopian idea of having a PERFECT wedding is that it doesn't exist!

 

Countless Brides look back at their Big Day and frown at the thought of mishaps and mistakes that occured. The promise of a 'dream' wedding will always fall short to reality because we all have to WAKE UP from dreams (lol). What makes quality event vendors essential to having a successful event is trusting in their ability to effectively plan and produce what they've planned. What makes an event feel 'perfect' is the talent of dealing with unexpected situations that may arise. Whether it's the we...

December 9, 2015

Your Wedding Day outfit is the CENTERPIECE of the entire Event! Knowing what colors, styles and cuts work best with your body will result in a dress that not only fits you like a dream, but a look that compliments YOU! However, shopping for your gown can be stressful, especially if you're not aware of different types of fabrics there are available. Doing a bit of research before swiping that credit card can not only inform you of what you like and don't like, but prevent you from wasting time sifting through gowns you'll never wear.

 

This WEDDED WEDNESDAY, we concentrate on popular fabrics by category, and their distinct characteristics that will guide you into selecting the most important dress you'll ever wear!

 

 

 

LACES

'Lace' materials have traditional connotations that spark the interest of Brides who are looking for a more classical look. This ti...

November 20, 2015

FACT: People love their dogs.

 

When planning a wedding, it's essential to incorporate elements of your life to not only personalize the event, but ensure it is a true reflection of yourself. If you have a family dog, take care of your own or share one with your partner, why not tastefully add them into your Wedding Design? There's a plethora of methods that seem tacky and inappropriate, but here are a few functional and adorable ideas to ditch the leash and share your Celebration with your four-legged treasure:

 

 

BEFORE THE CEREMONY

Adorable ways to add your dog into your engagement shoot a

nd save-the-date notifications

 

 

DURING THE CEREMONY

A fresh take on one of the most widely used methods

of adding your dog into the festivities

 

 

AFTER THE CEREMONY

A spotlight during your cocktail hour photo session,

reception cake and even thank you cards

 

 

 

Building...

October 15, 2015

Truth be told: One of the most important outfits you will ever wear in your life will be your Wedding Day attire! Knowing how to choose your accessories, such as your floral bouquet, will be essential in building your overall look. This week on WEDDED WEDNESDAYS, we focus on defining the different types of bouquets in simple, comprehensive terms and provide tips on selecting the right floral accessory for your BIG day...

 

 

POSY BOUQUET

Most popular

Small bouquet, usually tied with ribbon

 

 

 

HAND TIED BOUQUET

Classic selection

Dense bunch of flowers, loosely tied together

 

 

 

ROUND BOUQUET

Similar to hand tied, but bound tighter to keep shape

Distinct round floral arrangement

 

 

 

NOSEGAY BOUQUET

Compact cluster of flowers, tightly wrapped

Uniform stem length

 

 

 

POMANDER BOUQUET

Flower-covered ball bouquet

Tied with ribbon

Great for decor, bridal party...

October 2, 2015

A BABY SHOWER.

It not only honors the mother-to-be, but welcomes the coming of her bundle of joy by surrounding her with family and friends. She gets diapers, wipes, toys, plenty of clothes the baby won't get a chance to wear and gift cards to Babies R US and Walmart. There's food, games and plenty pictures of THE BELLY! It's not a shock to see either a cake or another baked good served towards the end of the celebration, but it is a shock to see what people are putting on the dessert table!

 

Here are (unfortunately) ACTUAL cakes presented at a baby shower:

 

People will appreciate your effort, but this design holds no value in theme or design. Stray away from cakes that resemble human body parts--it makes the cutting process very weird...

 

 

 

Believe it or not, you can think 'outside of the box' without presenting a cake with a baby outside of the belly...

September 24, 2015

UNIQUE     [yoo-neek]

adjective - the sole example; single; solitary in type or characteristics; incomparable

 

Every Bride looks for ways to make her wedding unique. Whether it's the style of the invitations, theme or the activities during the reception, an engaged couple deserves to make their BIG DAY their own! With bridal blogs, wedding magazines and even newspapers showcasing real weddings, it can seem as if nothing is "new"...

 

Surprisingly, musical instruments have great potential to giving your event the distinctive flare you're searching for! Music serves as a key element to your event because it not only serves as the heartbeat of your reception, but charactertizes your wedding's mood and tone. Few sources discuss the effects instruments can have on event design. Here are FIVE ways to use musical instruments to set your wedding...

September 17, 2015

Selecting vendors, submitting deposits, visiting venues and hearing "congratulations" for the hundredth time: you've been hard at work ever since that round thing was placed on your ring finger! In spite of your sea of 'event details', you have to dedicate time and effort into giving people an excerpt of your event details.

 

"Save The Date" is a term used to describe the notifications given to your wedding guests to officially release your wedding date. It is imperative to send the notifications well before your wedding. The earlier you send this information, the more time your guests will have to work your festivities into their schedule. A rule of thumb for timing is (6) months for non-destination weddinngs and AT LEAST (8) months for destination celebrations. Your objective is to have your guests SAVE your DATE on their calendars to ensure their...

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