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Food For Thought for Newlyweds | Advice from MissNowMrs

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

Staring at a pile of unopened wedding gifts thinking … what in the world am i going to do with all of this can be a bit overwhelming.  MissNowMrs wrote a great expert advice article explaining a few things you can do/make/create with some of your wedding gifts.  Look below for some great advice and visit my Kate Parker Wedding for more by MissNowMrs!

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Food for thought for Newlyweds

Newlywed bliss and tons of newlywed gifts…sounds great right?  Now that you’re moved in and opened all the wedding gifts, you may be wondering “Why did I ever register for this?”.  Most newlywed couples will agree that they might have gotten a tiny bit overzealous with the registry gun and may have even ended up with everything they asked for!  Not to worry…we’ve come up with a few tips and ideas on how to utilize all the sparkly new kitchen equipment stuffed in your cabinets.

Blender: So you’re looking at your top-of-the-line blending technology in awe and wonder….and possibly wondering what to make first.  While your first inclination might be a margarita, there are so many things you can make instead!  Work your inner kitchen diva and whip up a batch of spicy summer gazpacho shooters.  Williams-Sonoma has a great recipe that you can use the next time you end up hosting a neighborhood BBQ.  You could also use your new blender to jump start a healthy summer diet with fresh fruit protein smoothies in the morning.  Missing your girlfriends?  Blend up one or more of the facial recipes at HomeBeautyRecipes.com and invite them over for a fun face mask and a movie!  If that margarita still sounds best…..you could surprise your best friend or hubby with an impromptu fiesta and let go amigo!  You can also check out the drink recipe box at Hostess with the Mostess for some fantastic frozen beverage ideas.

Panini Press: These great little machines elevate the sandwich from boring lunch option to savory party fare.  Panini parties make for really simple and really fun entertaining!  Invite a few friends over and lay out several sandwich ingredients for them to choose from.  You can pick a theme to make the entire party/meal flow together, such as Italian Summer or All American.  With the Italian theme you could serve any of the following: Italian sodas and wine for beverages, chicken, prosciutto, salami, any selection of Italian cheeses, roasted red peppers, fresh basil or fresh sage for sandwiches and then tiramisu for dessert!  Worried you don’t know how to use your press?  Sounds like a great time to do a test run dinner with your husband.  Have him read the instructions while you assemble two sandwiches.  Pop them in the press and watch the clock.  You’ll have a mini dinner party for two in minutes! NapaStyle.com has some great recipes and goodies that will instantly update your ideas on “sandwiches”!

Wine Decanter: – Not only does this glassware improve the taste and bouquet of red wine, it also looks great as a wine bar or kitchen shelf decoration.  Don’t pack your decanter away somewhere.  Display it and be inspired to enjoy a nice glass of wine with your husband.  Decanters improve even inexpensive bottles of wine, so take twenty minutes and unwind with your man tonight after work…just because you can!

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New England, Florida, and Washington D.C. name changing service, MissNowMrs is a memeber of my Kate Parker Wedding your online wedding resource guide geared towards directing couples to quality vendors based on their price range and state.

*previously posted on 9.28.10

Custom-Made verses Salon Wedding Gowns | Expert Advice from Wynne Bailey

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

Have you envisioned the style, color, and fit of your wedding gown ever since you were a little girl? There is much uncertainty about whether or not that dress will be found at a bridal salon. However, Wynne Bailey Custom Made Wedding Gowns of Rhode Island can create that dress for you! Wynne Bailey aims to fit your body type, personality, and style while designing the dress of your dreams. Look below for a few key questions in deciding between custom-made and bridal salon dresses. Then be sure to check out the full expert advice article on myKPW!

Q.     What is the difference between buying a dress in a salon vs. going to a designer?

A.     The kind of individual attention you receive from a designer. The focus is entirely on YOU. The designer is there to create the dress of your dreams. They work with you to create your dress.

Q.     Is having a dress custom made for you more expensive than buying a ready made dress?

A.     Well, yes and no.  Wynne Bailey Custom Made Wedding Gowns start at $3000, the prices varies based on the amount of work and detail you want. Designers are able to adapt designs to your budget – add a detail here, take out a little something there – which is another benefit of going the custom made route.

Q.     How does the process of creating a wedding gown begin and end?

A.     I love the bride’s ideas and pictures, they give us a starting point.  We discuss her likes and desires, then I begin to sketch some of these ideas.  A pattern is created and a toile is sewn and fitted. After the toile – a white muslin garment that is a copy of the dress – fits to perfection, then the beautiful fashion fabric is cut and sewn. It takes 3 or 4 fittings to create the dress and three to four months to complete. The final fitting is so moving, as the bride-to-be’s sense of becoming a bride becomes a reality. A very special moment for all present.

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Wynne Bailey Custom Made Wedding Gowns of Rhode Island is a member of my Kate Parker Wedding your online wedding resource guide geared towards directing couples to quality vendors based on their price range and state.

*previously posted on 9.29.1o

Chad Michael Peters | Real Wedding

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

This beautiful classic wedding was featured by Chad Michael Peters on my Kate Parker Wedding.  The gorgeous floral decor is elegant and perfectly designed. The mix of roses and lilies is a perfect combination for the design and the lighting is just amazing.  It brings out the centerpieces and the dessert buffet which makes the space shine.  Also … love those little mini wedding cake favors!  Check out the wedding below and see the full featured wedding by Chad Michael Peters on my Kate Parker Wedding.

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Massachusetts wedding floral & event designer, Chad Michael Peters is a memeber of my Kate Parker Wedding your online wedding resource guide geared towards directing couples to quality vendors based on their price range and state.

*Previously posted on 10.01.10

Expert Wedding Planning Advice | Anderson Green Events

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

Anderson Green Events featured this great advice on myKPW sharing insight into the wedding planning process.   Although it can be daunting to do yourself, or even with a little help, getting advice from the pro’s can make a world of difference in your stress level during the process!  Below are a few tips from the full article on the early stages of the planning operations.  Read the full expert advice article to see all 30 wedding planning tips by Anderson Green Events on my Kate Parker Wedding.

5 Tips on Planning Your Wedding

Begin Planning a Wedding:

First two items on the agenda: Pick a Place, Pick a Date. While everyone is going to chime in on location and dates, trust your instincts and pick a place and a time of year that is meaningful to only you and your betrothed.. When picking a date, think logically about what fits your schedule ~ wedding planning takes time and energy, therefore, make sure you have time to plan your wedding & pick a date that suits your schedule. As for the place ~ pick something meaningful and within your means. Think about where your guests will be traveling from and the location’s convenience.

Creating your Wedding Guest List:

Another important factor into your wedding budget and location is how many of your nearest and dearest will be coming to celebrate your vows. Creating your master guest list takes time, so don’t expect to finalize the list overnight. There are essentially three sides (more if you involve Step Parents) to the guest list:

Bride / Groom
Bride’s Parents
Groom’s Parents

Have an honest conversation about what the goal of the wedding is. Is it just family? Is it just family and close friends? Is it not all family, just close family? Or, is it everyone you’ve ever encountered in your entire life?  Please keep in mind that you’ll probably trim the ‘fat’ off the list before it is truly final, but this number will be a large indicator on what is a suitable venue for you

Deciding on Your Wedding Style?

Style is an individual experience. The one thing that is a definite though, is that you need to find YOUR wedding style. Something that captures and embodies what you want the wedding to be. Whether it is a traditional or modern feeling, a specific theme, something beachy, fun, city like or rustic and charming, spend time with your soon to be and put thought into your wedding style. Start by defining your personal couple style. Next, start to think about how you visualize the wedding day.  Clip images of things you like. All this information will help your vendors enormously when it comes time to design the wedding day.

Décor, Details & Design:

Once you’ve gotten your venue booked and your wedding style decided, its time to fuse those two and decide on your décor design. The optimal goal in design is to encapsulate elements from many sources:

Venue ~ what does the room look like? What elements should you play to? Is it formal/informal? Is it light and airy or dark and romantic? How does the location play into the venue? Is there a ton of history or something that the area is well known for?

Couple Wedding Style ~ are you really into flowers or not? Do you want something sophisticated, elegant, modern or over the top? Do you prefer non floral elements like berries & fruits? Are you more ethereal and into candles to set the mood?

These are all questions that will come into play as you decide on your décor design. Weddings are meant to be cohesive (i.e. have some element that runs throughout from your Save the Dates/Invites through to the end of the wedding evening), therefore, what can you do in the design concept to run throughout the wedding experience?

Amass your inspiration boards, cut outs and other items that you love into a large collection. Spend time with each image ~ what do you love about it? When you start to meet with Florists, bring a list of Flowers you love (and that are hopefully in season when you are getting married) as well as a list of flowers you dislike. Bring your images to show what you like … even if it’s a simple detail like the color of a ribbon ~ your florist can find inspiration in that.

Savor the Moment the Wedding Can Wait:

Regardless of whether you’ve dreamt about your wedding your entire life, or you’ve never given it a thought, take time to let the good news settle in. Don’t be swayed by family and friends who immediately start asking about wedding dates, wedding dresses, wedding planning … even if you are getting married in only a short time, relax and savor the moment!

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NYC/Westchester County wedding planner, Anderson Green Events, is a member of my Kate Parker Wedding, your online wedding resource guide geared towards directing couples to quality vendors based on their price range and state.

*Previously posted 10.13.10

A Modern Wedding | Petal’s Edge Floral Design

Friday, November 4th, 2011

This modern wedding featured Petal’s Edge Floral Design of the greater Washington, DC metropolitan area. The wedding took place at the Kennedy Center . A modern color scheme of black, gray, canary, and silver created an eclectic design for the ceremony. All bouquets incorporated the yellow color palette. Each table had a modern appeal adorned with rectangular glass vases at varying heights banded with black and silver gray ribbons. Look below to see a selection of photos from this wedding and visit my Kate Parker Wedding to see the full featured wedding!

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Thanks to Petal’s Edge Floral Design for sharing this fabulous modern wedding!

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Metropolitan area Petal’s Edge Floral Design is a member of my Kate Parker Wedding, your online wedding resource guide geared towards directing couples to quality vendors based on their price range and state.

*Previously posted on 10.7.10