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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

National Chocolate Cupcake Day

It’s time for chocolate and dessert lovers to celebrate! Today is National Chocolate Cupcake Day.

Ways to observe this delicious holiday include:

* Mix up a batch of your favorite chocolate cupcakes - grab a friend or two and bake some together

Photo credit: lenyvavsha / 123RF Stock Photo

* Go to your local bakery and pick up a variety - how about devil’s food, German chocolate, white chocolate, or turtle?

* Do you collect cookbooks? Add a couple cupcake books to your collection, maybe The Betty Crocker The Big Book of Cupcakes, or Hello, Cupcake! by Karen Tack and Alan Richardson.

Planning a wedding?

Consider serving cupcakes instead of a traditional wedding cake. You can still have a small tier for the cake cutting ceremony, or get a jumbo cupcake.

Photo credit: Prima Vista Photography

Cupcakes can be as elegant or as whimsical as you want!

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

National Fossil Day

Today (October 12) is National Fossil Day

National Fossil Day is observed on the Wednesday of the second full week in October, and was established to promote the scientific and educational values of fossils.

How to observe? Easy.

Simply visit a local museum or do some research about fossils. Don’t forget to add the hashtag #NationalFossilDay on any of social media posts.

Thinking about incorporating your love of fossils into your wedding decor?

Check out these photos (I found them on pinterest - to find these and others search for “fossil,” “wedding,” “cake,” “centerpiece”).

Chocolate Dinosaur Heads

Dinosaur Topiary

Dino Cake Topper

"Fossil" Hiding in Wedding Cake

Want to hold your wedding in a natural history museum? Many museums offer their facility for events. In Dayton, we’ve got the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, Dayton, Ohio https://www.boonshoftmuseum.org/visit/private-events-rentals/weddings-receptions/

Aren’t lucky enough to have a museum in your town? Do a Google search on “natural history museum weddings near” and add your city and state.

Looking for fun ideas for your wedding day? Contact me today at jean@weddingsfromtheheart.net or at 937-235-2586 or 937-581-3647!

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Your Wedding Planning Timeline
by Erica Bond, Adorn Wedding Invitations

Between the time your partner asks “will you?” to the moment you both say “I do,” so many decisions need to be made.

Before you feel completely overwhelmed by the massive task ahead of you, have a glass of wine and check out our wedding timeline infographic.


Your wedding binder is going to be your new best friend. Budgets, timelines, and contact details need to be easy to find at all times.

Always remember your budget. Your day needs to be special but that four-tier cake is not worth selling your first-born child for. Plan with your partner early where you will be spending the big bucks.

To give you an idea of a typical budget break down:
  • 48 to 50 percent of total budget to reception
  • 8 to 10 percent for flowers
  • 8 to 10 percent for attire
  • 8 to 10 percent for entertainment/music
  • 10 to 12 percent for photo/video
  • 2 to 3 percent for invites; 2 to 3 percent for gifts
  • 8 percent for a wedding coordinator
Keep an extra 5-10% of your budget tucked away for any extra expenses like reprinting additional invites.

Contact details:
Having these listed for all vendors can help you delegate, ask a bridesmaid or your future hubby to chase up vendors.

DIY jobs may help your budget woes, but make sure you don’t stretch your time too thin. Taking on too much can cause a lot of extra stress and sleepless nights leading up to your big day. Make sure you have a good understanding of just how much these DIY jobs will cost (are they really saving you money?) and how long they will take.

Brides need their beauty sleep.


Before setting out on your quest to find that perfect venue, be prepared with a list of questions, that are as detailed as possible. Many brides get wrapped up in the overall feel of the venue and book, only to find many restrictions will hinder their planning later on.

Remember the big questions like:
  • Number of guests: are you restricted to a cocktail party rather then a sit down meal to squeeze all your guests in the door?
  • Date availability: this may be a deal breaker if your date is already set
  • What exactly is included in the price: catering, linen, decorations, A/V equipment?
  • Restrictions: number of children, end time, noise restrictions, public transport, parking?
  • Weather options: what wet weather options are available for outdoor ceremonies or is shade adequate enough for hot days?
Research is the key here ladies.


Carefully consider having your wedding date shared with a holiday. Extra costs may be involved for both you and your guests, vendors may be harder to book in over the holiday periods. If guests are traveling, consider accommodation and transport availability at this time of year.

Weather will influence the style and mood of the wedding. If you’re planning an outdoor cocktail party in the middle of summer, your bar tab may also be higher than expected.

Adorn Biography
With branches in the UK, Australia and soon to be in the U.S – Adorn Invitations is the leading supplier of exquisite wedding invitations and stationary for brides looking for exclusive and remarkable designs. Initially established off of the back of a global graphic design studio, Adorn’s design team boasts over 20 years of design and print experience. With a rare combination of incomparable design ability and with the resources to produce and manufacture high quality pieces – Adorn is truly a trailblazer in its field in delivering beautifully crafted wedding stationary.

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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Are You Coming? - What to Do When Your Guests Don’t RSVP

Sadly it’s not unusual when seemingly well informed people don't RSVP when the invitation clearly requests it.

Having an accurate number of expected guests is critical at weddings and other large events. You need this for:
  • your caterer for meal planning and preparation
  • for your rental company for accurate quantities of chairs, linens, etc.
  • for your florist for quantities of centerpieces
  • your bartender for accurate numbers of alcohol and other beverages
  • making a seating chart
You may wonder why some people don't feel the need to reply. In reality it’s probably more of an “I’ll take care of that later” than an “I don’t have to.” It’s so easy to get caught up in the everyday goings on, that filling in and sending back an RSVP gets forgotten.

Emily Post has said, “No one is obligated to accept an invitation or to explain their reasons for not accepting. However, when someone is kind enough to extend an invitation, one should be just as kind and reply to the invitation.”

Unfortunately not everyone gets it!

You’ve sent an RSVP card with the “reply by” date clearly on it, and have included a pre-addressed and stamped envelope. You’d think that it couldn’t be any easier, but lo and behold, you still haven't heard from them by the time the return date that is on the card.

What to do?

Easy! You need to contact those people who have yet to reply and find out if they will be attending.

The simplest way is to make a phone call. All you have to say is, “Hi ______. We're looking forward to seeing you at our wedding, but haven’t gotten your RSVP back yet. Will you be able to make it?” Also ask their desired menu selections if you are offering a choice of entree options.

Don’t say anything like, “You haven’t sent the RSVP card back,” because they may have, but it got lost in the mail. (Even if they haven't mailed it back, you don't want to put them on the defensive). There’s also an off chance that they never received your invitation in the first place. Again, it may have gotten lost in the mail, or the address you have for them is incorrect.

Anyway, stick to “We’re looking forward to celebrating with you. Will you be there?”

Make sure you get a definite yes or no, not a maybe. Your caterer needs definite numbers, not “maybes.”

If you feel that if you make the calls yourself that you will end up stuck in big conversations, enlist for help of others to make some phone calls for you. Family members, your bridesmaids, and your wedding planner can all call on your behalf.

If you are an invited guest, here are a few helpful hints for you to remember.
  • Reply as soon as possible. Don't put the invitation in your “to do” pile unless you need to ask the availability of another person whose name may be on the invitation with yours.

  • Keep your reply brief. If you cannot attend, there is no need to go into great detail about why you can't be there.

  • If a reply is not requested, it is not necessary to respond. However, it is nice to let the host know when you cannot attend.

Weddings From The Heart offers affordable guest list and RSVP management. Contact me today at at 937-235-2586, 937-581-3647, or jean@weddingsfromtheheart.net to see how!

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Wedding Rings -
Why Are They Placed on the Left Hand Ring Finger?

The symbolism of exchanging wedding rings originates with the ancient Egyptians.

Egyptians are one of the first cultures to use rings in their wedding ceremonies because of what the shape of the ring, a circle, represents.

A circle represents eternity because it has no beginning nor end. This makes a ring the perfect symbol for a long-lasting marriage.

Egyptians were also the first to designate the third finger as the “ring finger,” and the ring finger of the left hand as the finger where the wedding ring is to be worn. They believed that a vein from this finger went directly to the heart and if this finger were circled with a ring, the love was captured and would not escape.

And they believed that the third finger of the left hand is the weakest. (Technically it’s not the weakest, but its movement is limited due to the way the muscles and tendons are connected).

Anyway . . . What “does a weak finger have to do with weddings” you ask?

Because of this perceived weakness, the Egyptians felt this finger is the most dependent on the others for help in lifting and holding. For couples who are marrying, this is a symbol of their dependence on each other and combined strength as a couple.

Alone they can do many things, but together they can do even more.

The double ring ceremony, where both partners give and receive a ring came into practice in the 20th century. There has never been a law requiring the exchange of rings, but this is one tradition that remains strong.

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Photo credits
Two rings: rasoft / 123RF Stock Photo
Egyptians: mohamedifm / 123RF Stock Photo
Rings on left hands: wajan / 123RF Stock Photo
Rings on pumpkin: Faye Sommer Photography

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Say No to Blisters -
Keeping Your Feet Comfortable in Your Wedding Shoes

Shoes . . .

We all wear them. And no pair will be more important, or have more thought put into, than the ones you’ll wear on your wedding day.

Your wedding shoes:
  • are the perfect accessory for your wedding gown

  • will be photographed

  • will be oohed and aahed over by your guests

But you’re going to be on your feet for seven to eight hours straight easy, and . . .

There’s nothing worse than painful blisters, pinched toes, and hurting feet, especially on your wedding day.

Avoid hobbling around the next morning by:
  • Skipping narrow styles and opt for a pair with a wide toe box

  • Choosing a moderate heel (2 - 2 ½ inches is good)

  • Wearing those stilettos you’ve been dying to wear for the ceremony, then switching to something lower for the reception

  • Practicing walking in your shoes before your wedding day

  • Using cushiony insoles to help protect the bottoms of your feet

  • If you frequently get blisters, applying a blister preventative (try Dr. Scholl’s Blister Treatment or Sole Goddess Blister Protection Foot Balm), before putting on your shoes

  • Having blister treatment, such as Band-Aid Advanced Healing Blister Cushions, on hand in case your feet do start to rub
Looking for fun ideas, or need help with your wedding plans? Weddings From The Heart can help. Contact me today at jean@weddingsfromtheheart.net or at 937-235-2586 or 937-581-3647!

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Photo credit: Faye Sommer Photography

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Why We Do That - Origins of Popular Wedding Ceremony Traditions

A wedding ceremony is a wonderful event - a rite-of-passage full of ritual and symbolism.

Have you ever wondered where these rituals and practices come from and why we do these things? Then read on.

The White Wedding Gown

We can thank Queen Victoria for the tradition of wearing a white wedding gown. She was the first to wear a white satin and lace dress for her wedding to Prince Albert in 1840.

Colored gowns were common at the time as white fabric was considered impractical (hard to come by, and hard to keep clean). Many brides wore their "Sunday Best."

Enter Queen Victoria. She had some beautiful lace that she wanted incorporated into her wedding gown. The final product was made of white satin. Although she wasn't the first royal bride to wear a white gown, it was her choice of attire that caught on and inspired brides to be married in white.

Today, while most brides still opt for the white gown, it’s not unusual to see non-white wedding gowns. Vera Wang’s fall 2014 bridal collection featured various shades of pink, including rose, coral and peony; and she also created bridal collections of red and black.

Bridesmaids Dressing Alike

Centuries ago, all of the women, including the bride, dressed alike, not just the bridesmaids. This was to confuse the evil spirits who lurked around. The evil spirits intended to cause harm and ill will to the bride. Since everyone was dressed the same, the evil spirits couldn't tell who was the bride, and so were unable to cause any harm or mischief.

The Ceremony Processional

The ceremony starts with the processional, the formal entering of the wedding party.

Many couples have only the bride's attendants walk in during the processional (with the groom's attendants coming out with the groom and officiant), however having the entire wedding party enter as couples is perfectly acceptable. It's your preference.

The processional dates back hundreds of years ago when a wedding ceremony was preceded by dancing (celebrating the joy of life) to the ceremony locale. Through the years the dancing evolved into the modern processional.

With This Ring

During the ceremony, couples exchange wedding rings.

The practice of exchanging wedding rings dates back thousands of years to the Romans, Egyptians, and Greeks.

The symbolism of the wedding ring originated with the Egyptians. A ring is round, with no beginning and no end. It represents eternity and the never-ending love of the couple.

In ancient Rome and Greece, wedding rings were used to represent a promise of fidelity.

Sealed With A Kiss

Who can forget the kiss when the couple are pronounced husband and wife? We can thank the Ancient Romans for this as they sealed contracts with a kiss. Also, it was believed that as a couple kiss, their breath intermingles, therefore giving each other a little bit of their souls.

Decorating The Getaway Car

Tying shoes to the back of the getaway car dates back to ancient Assyrian, Hebrew and Egyptian cultures where exchanging shoes sealed an agreement or contract.

Tin cans were later used although it is unclear as to when this practice began). It was thought that the clanking sound would scare away any evil spirits.

If you’re looking for fun ideas or help with your wedding plans, contact me today at jean@weddingsfromtheheart.net or at 937-235-2586 or 937-581-3647!

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Photo Credits:

Queen Victoria - unknown

Bridesmaid walking down aisle, and
Bride and father walking down aisle
Jeff Schaefer

Stargazer lily with rings, and
First kiss
Sandra Reed

Bride with bridesmaids,
Wedding party lined up for processional, and
Decorated vehicle
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