4 Amazingly Easy Tips For Your Vintage Wedding

If you’re the type of person who loves a bit of vintage, and you’re also a person that is currently planning their wedding, then why not combine the two and plan a vintage wedding? Doing so will make your wedding more memorable, as all vintage things do, for all those attend, while making your wedding the day you’ve always dreamed of.

So, if you’re thinking about going vintage with your wedding, and check out the advice below.

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Select Invitations That Set The Vintage Tone
Carry your theme through right from the beginning with your invitations so they’ll set the tone of your wedding. So, with a vintage theme, you’ll want to have vintage inspired invitations. It’s very easy to achieve this. You can get in touch with a professional stationery designer who deals with a multitude of styles, including pre-designed and bespoke, or you can DIY them. Check out the easy step-by-step instructions here.

Go Grace Kelly With Your Flowers
Is there anything more stylish and vintage than the Princess of Monaco herself, Grace Kelly? No, there isn’t, so you simply have to include an air of her in your wedding plans to help make it a vintage day to remember!

Why not create this air with your floral arrangement choices? You can do so by buying bouquets from https://camelbackflowershop.com that are inspired by and named after Grace Kelly herself, (or talk with your local florist if you are out of their delivery area). Your flowers will be stunning and unrivaled by any wedding flower arrangements you will ever see again, that much is for certain!

Opt For Lace Decorations
What is one constant with vintage decor? Lace! So turn to lace decorations for your ceremony (such as chair decor down the aisle) and reception (try table runners or embellishments on vases). Depending on your tastes, you can use it in abundance or just a bit here and there.

What is another constant with vintage decor? Pearls!

Classic pearls, whether used in centerpieces or draped over a pretty candelabra instantly give any wedding decor a vintage feel. Use long strings of pearls, a la the Roaring Twenties (one of the most classy and vintage time periods of them all)!

Use Rustic Signs As Ways Of Direction
Rustic, while not the same as vintage (“vintage” is more of an era, where “rustic” is more of a locale), can be vintage. If your version of vintage also embodies rustic, you can incorporate items such as hobnail vases in your centerpieces, farm tables, and wooden signage to help direct your guests from A to B. Make fun escort cards using skeleton keys attached to tags with the guest’s name and table number.

As you can see, vintage weddings are achievable, you just have to have an eye and attention for detail in order to achieve them. And, if you follow the advice above and achieve the vintage wedding you were hoping for then, who knows, you might even outdo HRH Prince Harry and Megan Markle!

* This is a contributed post

I hope you found this information useful!

Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean

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It’s Fiesta Time – Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo dancers
Mexican Dancer

Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner.

This celebration commemorates the Mexican army’s victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.

Battle of Puebla , May 5, 1862
Battle of Puebla, May 5, 1862

Although a Mexican holiday, it has been celebrated in the United States right from the start.

It is said that when Mexican miners in the gold country town of Columbia (in California) heard the news, they celebrated by firing rifles, shooting off fireworks, singing patriotic songs and making speeches.

fireworks
Fireworks

To celebrate this historic event, for a simple home get-together, or at your wedding (May 5 falls on a Saturday in 2018), here are some “must haves.”

Food & Beverages
Cuisine

Burritos, tostadas, or enchiladas. How about a taco bar?

tacos
Tacos

Serve elote (Mexican corn on the cob) on the side, topped with salt, chili powder, lime, butter, cheese, mayonnaise and sour cream. It is traditionally served on a stick, with the husks pulled back as a handle, or cut the kernels into a bowl.

elote
Elote

Have plenty of homemade tortilla chips and dishes of guacamole and salsa.

And don’t forget dessert – rice pudding, flan (caramel custard), sopapillas (a crispy, fried flatbread), and churros are all delicious choices.

Beverages
Mojitos, Margaritas, Sangria often come to mind. Other delicious options are:

• Paloma – a mix of tequila, grapefruit, lime and soda
• Michelada – a classic “cerveza preparada” (beer cocktail)
• Horchata – made of almonds, rice and cinnamon

frozen horchata
Frozen Horchata

Non-alcoholic drinks:
• Agua Fresca – a blend of water and sugar with fruits, cereals, flowers, or seeds
• Mexican soda – enjoy delicious flavors, like Tutifruti (fruit punch), Toronja (grapefruit), Guayaba (guava), Jamaica (hibiscus), Limón (lime), and Mandarina (mandarin)

mexican soda
Mexican Soda
• Virgin Margaritas – with frozen limeade, orange juice, and grapefruit juice

Decor
Color Palette
Incorporate the colors of the Mexican flag (green, white, and red) into your decor.

Table Runners/Linens
Place table runners of green, white, and red on your tables. Or, instead of a runner, use a Mexican rug or blanket as a fun table overlay.

Decorations
What else is more iconically Mexican than colorful pinatas, maracas, or papel picado (perforated paper) banners? Also use colored plates or utensils, colored vases or pottery, tissue paper flowers.

PIÑATA
Colorful Pinata
Mexican paper banners
Paper Banners
tissue paper flowers
Tissue paper flowers
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Jean

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Meet the Pros – Interview with Rev. Cindy Lee Carver

 

 

 

 

 

1. Tell us a bit about yourself.

I am a minister of 20+ years. Over the years, I noticed that rent-a-minister, now called off site minister or wedding officiant more difficult to find, especially those who specialize in alternative, CosPlay, non-traditional, and LGBT weddings.

Often I’m asked about my religious affiliation, which is indigenous. Indigenous often times means Native American. I’m Métis (May-tee) which is a Canadian recognized First Nations People. In the United States we are non-federal recognized Native American. If you are interested in an authentic Eastern Woodland style wedding, it would be my pleasure to help you plan and execute it with all the fine details. My non-denominational training is that of a Spiritualist, making my abilities very adaptable for your wedding ceremony.

2. How did you get into officiating for wedding ceremonies?

My mother and daughters told me to put up a website and offer my non-traditional services. After that, I added traditional services and began answering emails and telephone calls. I’m glad I did it. I enjoy the smiles, the love that shines in their eyes when they look at each other or talk about one another, and the vows are amazing.

3. What is your favorite part of a wedding ceremony?

The vows. Whether I write them or the couple write their own, the emotion that overwhelms them as they gaze into each others eyes is wonderful. We think of the Mothers of the couple as the people with tears in their eyes. But, the couple often have their own tears, choke up while trying to speak, or taking laughing fits. This is the part I adore, their emotion bubbling outward.

4. Are you seeing any new trends for wedding ceremonies, and if so, what are they?

CosPlay and Off beat themes are more popular now, than any other time in history. My blog contains photos of the Halloween themes and Steampunk from 2014. I’m continue to wait for the photos from other wedding couples. 2015 weddings have included CosPlay as the Penguin from the game, Arkham Asylum, Off Beat as a Steampunk clockmaker. 2016 is gearing up for a totally Dr. Who wedding and I’ll dress as the very first Doctor.

The photos I still wait for are the Penguin, a couple of the steampunk weddings, along with me as a Plainswalker. Often Rule 63 is invoked when I officiate a CosPlay wedding.

5. What is your favorite venue and why?

For Steampunk, I like the Boonshoft Museum Space Theater. For CosPlay any outdoor venue. For more of a Masquerade style or a traditional wedding, I like The Event Connection. I look forward to officiating a wedding at the Dayton Art Institute and The Victoria Theater.

6. What are some of your top tips for a stress-free wedding ceremony?

Design an itinerary and stick to it. Develop your itinerary with your wedding planner or your day of the event coordinator, officiant, and DJ. Let the people you hire do their jobs. When you try to micro-manage it over stresses your emotions and it gets overwhelming fast, so allow the people you hire to do their jobs.

7. If you could officiate at any celebrity wedding (past, present or future), who would be the lucky couple?

Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi, I admire Mrs. DeGeneres’ go-give attributes and her natural ability to be entertaining. Brooke Elliott for the confidence she exudes. Bruce Campbell in case he would like to show up as one of his many characters. My list continues on.

8. Anything else you want to share with us?

Every wedding couple should get contracts from each vendor they hire. Whether it is a minister or a friend of the family. Contracts are the glue that provides you with peace of mind that you are hiring a professional that will have a backup plan if something would happen and they could not honor their agreement. I have a network of associate ministers that will deliver your ceremonial service if I am in the emergency room.

The second part of the contract issue is to make sure there is not a non-disparagement clause. A Non-Disparagement clause restricts a person from writing a negative review. In simple non legalese, it means you can not write on facebook, or other social media about how so and so didn’t hold up the contract with you.

While you have hired your vendors, it is polite to offer them a monetary tip the day of the event or in a thank you card the week after to let them know you appreciated their hard work on your behalf.

You can contact Rev. Cindy Lee at
937- 985-7956
Email cindylee@revcindylee.com
Website http://revcindylee.com/