Thursday, April 24, 2008

Fresh Vs. Silk Flowers for Your Wedding

Pros & Cons of Silk: Silk will not wilt, does not need watering, is easy to transport, will not cause anyone an allergic reaction, and will have all flowers in season for your wedding day. However, the cost of Silk is often a big turn off though the flowers will last forever the cost may hurt your wedding budget.

Fresh flowers are more delicate however, the overall effect of fresh flowers can be stunning you decide which will work best for your wedding day.

Fresh or Silk we all agree flowers are a must at every wedding...

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Casual or Formal Wedding

I remember when my husband and I started planning our wedding. We were in our early 20's and had very little money so for us a pig roast came to mind. Casual shorts & t-shirts as the attire, backyard setting it seemed appropriate at the time but soon our low budget wedding idea was being thrown out, the opinions were out and we wanted to please our parents. So we did the formal wedding, banquet hall, dress, tux the whole deal. Do I look back with regrets? Yes & No...

I loved our wedding because my husband and I planned it and paid for it all by ourselves, and it turned out to be an awesome wedding, but I must admit we were influenced by our parents and had I do it over again I would have done an intimate wedding and worried more about having fun on our special day.

So casual or formal - I say do what your heart and budget say. We were recently invited to a morning wedding at a hall but casual attire a must I have to say I am really looking forward to this wedding it's unique, fun, and best of all I get to wear JEANS!!!!

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Save The Date


Many couples are sending out Save The Date Magnets, Post Cards, & Pictures.

Visit our large selection at and order online it's secure, & it's done in the comfort of your own home.

With Summer being a busy time of year many brides and grooms have learned that a large percentage of their guest list have plans to go out of town during the time of their wedding date.

If you have your wedding plans underway and know that you will be able to give them 3-6 months heads up a Save The Date mailing may ensure a larger turn out at your upcoming wedding.

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Preferred Vendors

Check out our Preferred Vendor Links - These vendors have talent, and have strong customer service. If you have a vendor or are a vendor that would like to be put on our Blog please e-mail me for consideration.

Or leave a comment on our Blog.

Friday, April 4, 2008

Honeymoon Ideas

Planning your honeymoon is often the highlight of every wedding -

Here are a few links to get you started:

Some things to avoid as mentioned on

For the most romantic vacation, avoid the tourist-packed months of July and

Avoid the touristy Cancun, and instead head for surfer hotspots like Puerto
Escondido, Puerto Vallarta or Tulum.

Here are some other helpful tips re: your honeymoon day:

Not realizing that most tours and cruises depart on SaturdaysAt least the
7-day cruises that is, and with Saturday being the most popular day to marry…
hmmm… can see the conflict, can’t you? Most of the 3-day sailings depart on
Fridays, most 4-day sailings depart on Mondays, and there are even 10- and
11-day sailings and longer! So if you’ve always dreamed of taking a cruise
honeymoon, be sure to book your cruise first, and take the departure date into
account when choosing the wedding date and location. And unless you live within
driving distance of the port of departure, you’ll have a flight too (normally
booked at the time you book your cruise), so keep in mind that you’ll need extra
time to get to the port city, allowing for a leisurely (not rushed!)

Traveling out of the country? Be sure you have a current Passport. It can
take 6 to 8 weeks (including mailing time) to get a new or renewed Passport,
2 to 3 weeks if you pay hefty additional fees for expedited service. For
information on fees, passport office locations, and to download application
forms and instructions, visit the U.S. Department of States website at

It’s not just a commercial, it’s true – not everywhere takes American
Express, or VISA or MasterCard for that matter (although many places do). But
it’s best to have some small-denomination traveler’s checks stashed in your
security-style money belt for that little souvenir you just can’t live without.
Small-denomination because in many foreign countries they won't want to give you
change in US Dollars. And you’ll want to have some cash (again in small
bills) on hand to tip those hard working folks who carry your bags, bring you
drinks, etc.

If you have some great advice feel free to comment on this site!

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Self Mailer Invitations Unique & Save Money!!

Cherry Self-Mailer with a White Card
Wrap it up. All those invitation ensemble pieces, gathered together. Uniquely. Attractively. Conveniently (which may be the most important of all).
$285.90 for 100
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Wednesday, April 2, 2008

How To Get in Shape For Your Big Day...

The Super-Tough Workout
Seven moves that make two killer workout routines
A. Front Squat And Push-Press Combo

Grab a barbell with an overhand grip, with your hands slightly wider than shoulder width. Position your feet shoulder-width apart. Bend your elbows, bringing your knuckles toward your body until they're touching the outside of your shoulders (A). Lower your hips until your thighs are parallel to the floor (B). Straighten your legs and use your momentum to press the bar overhead (you'll need to move your chin back a bit) (C). Pause, then lower the bar. That's 1 rep.

Grab a pair of dumbbells and stand up to 2 feet from a step or exercise bench, with weights at your sides and feet hip-width apart. Place your left foot on the step (A) and press up through the leg. Allow your right leg to come up and brush the bench (B), but don't put any weight on it. Step down with your right leg, then your left. Complete all reps, then repeat, stepping up with your right leg. That's 1 set. Go to B2.

Grab a pair of dumbbells and stand with your feet hip-width apart, weights at your sides. Bend forward at the hips while lifting your right leg straight behind you until your body forms a T. Your left knee should be slightly bent. Let your arms hang straight down, palms facing each other (A). Squeeze your shoulder blades together and bring your elbows toward the ceiling until they pass your torso (B). Do half the reps, then switch legs and finish the set. Return to B1 after a rest.

More excercises like this can be found at:

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Wedding Invitations

Decide what kind of wedding you are planning to have - Casual - Elegant - Country Western Theme- Fun - Unique. Once you have decided your theme, then decide what you can afford.

For relatives that live out of the country or are home bound announcements are very common.

If you do not have time to address and mail your invitations we offer that service for a nominal fee. We sell invitations - accessories - favors - gifts & more...

View our large selection online we are up and running and would love to help you choose from our Carlson Craft products.

Or call us at 815-603-2324