Monday, January 4, 2010

Fresh Start...

There are few things in life I enjoy more than a new year. The idea of a fresh start and a clean slate has alway excited me! When I was in school I always loved going to the store and picking out new school supplies that were going to help me be organized and efficient. There was and is something magical about making the first notes on a new page of a new book. Luckily for me, I work in a profession that allows me to make fresh notes on the new pages of bride's lives everyday!! Here are a few resolutions for wedding planning in 2010...

#1 Don't be afraid of color! You can use color in so many different ways from linen on tables and bars to throw pillows on lounges to cocktails in hand! Take your colors and milk them for all they are worth! If you are not sure about pairing colors then let the artists pave the way for you...check out a color can use colors side by side together or you can use colors directly across the color wheel from each other!

#2 Be Inspired! Willie Wonka had it right when he said "if you want to view paradise, simply look around and view it." Inspiration is everywhere...a flower, a painting, an album cover, a throw pillow, a candy wrapper, ect. Here are a couple inspirations that I plan on using this year...

I love the mixture of rustic barrels and modern sofas!

I adore this painting by VanGogh - "Peach Tree in Bloom." I can see ice peach linens with natural wood chivari chairs with mercury glass containers spilling with white and ivory blooms. I can see using branches to display placecards
and having baskets of fresh peaches as favors...

#3 Learn something NEW everyday! When you are planning a wedding it is the perfect time to do research and really to ask questions! You could sign up for a subscription to a new wedding magazine, read a new blog every week, attend a local truck show or just take notice at an event you attend! When I attend an event, I am looking at everything from the lighting to the flowers to the trays the food is passed on!

#4 Be 10 Minutes Early! Always a good rule of thumb. It shows respect for the person you are meeting or the appointment you have and it will keep your heart rate down because you won't be stressed about being late causing you to be healthier in the long run!

#5 Make it personal! Your personality is reflected in your home, your clothes and should definately be reflected in your wedding! Take a moment and make a list of some of the special moments in your relationship...where did you get meet, where did you get engaged, was there a special treat that he always brought you, ect? Then find a way to bring those items into the wedding. For example, my husband (Kyle) and I met at the Piggly Wiggly Grocery Store so as a surprise I had the Piggly Wiggly Mascot at the rehearsal dinner to greet guests!

The most important thing to keep in mind when starting a new year or a new chapter of your lives...look around and be thankful for the Blessings each day brings!!

Thank you for an amazing 2009 and best wishes for an amazing 2010!!

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