Creative Table + Name Cards

Place cards and table numbers are yet another way that brides and grooms are making their events unique and personalized.  Maybe you will find these ideas useful or perhaps they will spark an idea of your own!

Bells at a wedding is an idea that you can TAKE AND RUN WITH! There are so many captivating ways to have bells at your wedding.  So here is the first idea: if you are having an outside wedding, place bells either on your guest’s chairs or beneath, so when you and your groom are recessing, everybody can ring the bells.  If you attach ribbons to the bells, this will create beautiful pictures as you both are exiting! This will make your ceremony feel MAGICAL and it’s a wonderful way to have your guests involved. You can also use this idea for your table numbers and seating arrangements. You can use it in a simple way and just have their name and table number attached to the bell on a ribbon or card. Another idea, is to possibly use an even smaller bell, so the noise will sound very gentle instead of overwhelming. Make it known that every time your guests ring these bells, that you and your groom kiss. This is stepping outside of the traditional tapping of the glass!

If you like to have things with meaning during your wedding, the wedding bells have a great meaning behind them. Ringing of bells at weddings is a long tradition that can be found in many parts of the world. In Scotland, while married couples exit the church, wedding bells are rung at the conclusion. Though the tradition of getting married in the church is slowly starting to reduce, outside weddings in the summer are becoming more popular. No matter where the ceremony is taking place, the tradition of using bells in weddings have survived. Ringing of bells both small and large is viewed as a symbol of happiness and the celebration of the couple’s new life together.

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Sharing fun facts on your table numbers is a great way for your side of the family to get to know your groom on a more personal level, if they have not had too much time to spend with him yet. For example, at table four you could put four of his favorite athletes and teams. If you really want to get into this idea, consider putting specific facts on tables that you know the guests that are seated there will enjoy.  Then of course you can put facts about yourself at the groom’s family tables. This can be a fun project that you and your groom can do together, and during the process you may start learning a little more about his distant family. Another idea for table numbers, instead of separating facts about you and the groom, put facts about you both as a couple. At table 12, “12 months until (groom’s name) got me the puppy I always wanted” You can make these facts as lengthy as you wish, your guests will appreciate learning something new!

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This next idea stems from our previous idea of sharing FUN FACTS that are relevant to the table number at your rehearsal dinner. Using tables names instead of numbers is untraditional and fun! You can put the name of the street where you first lived together, or the restaurant where he proposed. With this idea you can make it simple with decorative paper, or make it part of your centerpiece just like how the oak street table name uses it.

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I absolutely LOVE the idea of incorporating wine bottles into your wedding. There are so many different ways to use wine bottles, that even if another wedding uses it as well, it will not be used the same way that you did. You can start off with using wine bottles as your table numbers. You can use any shape, size, design, paint them, or add details to these bottles. Maybe even leave a message in the bottle (that can easily be taken out) for the guests seated at each table. These bottles will blend nicely with any flower centerpiece and it will add a winsome rustic look to your tables. Now with seating arrangements, you can use a wine stopper with a place cards attached with ribbon. These stoppers would also be their thank you gift and something that many of your guest will continuously use.  Okay, I’m not done with this idea yet! Use wine corks as your place card holders. This is an easy DIY; all you need is a razor and construction paper. Last but not least, you can use a larger wine jug to have your guests write advice, best wishes; anything they want on a small colored paper. Then have your guests tie it in a thin ribbon of your choice and drop it into the wine jug. This jug can be a decorative addition to your home, filled with positive energy, and a perpetual reminder of the love that each side of your families have for the both of you.

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If you are looking for something that is a little more on the simple side, all you need is a decorative holder and a appealing font. It is still going to look like you put a great deal of time and attention to detail with these table numbers and/or place cards.  All of the other ideas that we brought up involve some type of object, but what about just adding pops of color? The picture to the bottom left is very simple, yet it looks AMAZING! Find a print that compliments your wedding theme and a vibrant color(s). A place card setup like this will photograph well, and will have all of your engaged friends wanting to do something just as unique.

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Overall, there are so many ideas out there for you to choose from. Table numbers and name cards are great ways to let you and your fiance’s personalities really shine. Other great websites for inspiration are weddingpaperdivas.com, weddingstar.com, and of course marthastewartweddings.com.

Jennifer + Scott – Boston Park Plaza, Boston, MA

The feeling you get when you listen to Christina Perri’s, A Thousand Years perfectly describes the atmosphere of Jennifer and Scott’s wedding; magical and romantic. This song also so happens to be their choice for their first dance.

Jennifer and Scott got married in the Fall on a beautiful Sunday evening at the Boston Park Plaza. They observed many Jewish Orthodox traditions in order to honor their families’ traditional backgrounds. The groom’s Tisch and bride’s Bedeken took place right after the couples first look in the public garden. The bridal party and groomsmen were able to witness the couples first look from afar! Following that special moment the couple and their bridal party gathered together for some stunning pictures, and my favorite shots were the ones from under the willow tree. What I think made these pictures even better is the symbolism behind a willow tree. Many say that a willow tree represents powerful energy and love. Some also look at this tree like no other; the willow is flexible and can bend, but continues to grow stronger with every year that passes, without breaking; unlike any other tree. So what is better than having pictures under a tree that has such a powerful meaning and can be related back to what marriage is all about.

While Scott was in the Clarendon room at the Boston Park Plaza, he was being greeted by his male guests, the Ketubah was signed and both mothers broke the plate. Simultaneously, Jennifer was being greeted by the women, as she sat on an over-sized, grand red chair. During their actual ceremony Jennifer followed the Jewish tradition of circling her groom seven times. Seven is the number of days of creation, and the wedding ceremony is the creation of a new household. To represent both families coming together as one, while Jennifer was circling Scott, both mothers held her veil to be part of this tradition. Jennifer was not the only one partaking in Jewish traditions during their ceremony, Scott wore a tallit.  Traditionally a tallit is worn during a Jewish wedding; this is something that a bride gives to her groom that is never worn until he is married. The tallit has four corners on it with specially knotted fringes, called tzitzits; worn as a reminder to live a mitzvah-centered life.

After the ceremony all 273 guest enjoyed a cocktail hour, while Jennifer had a quick change. She bustled her gown and changed her hair style from loose curls to a low bun. Finally their guests started filling the Imperial ballroom where uplights enhanced the many columns, and the Kahootz was playing on the stage.  The rest of the night consisted of AMAZING music, a beautiful first dance, the traditional 30 min Hora, and the classic cutting of the cake.

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Event Coordination: The Day Of

Hair and Makeup: The Makeup Artists

Ceremony and Reception: Boston Park Plaza

Music: Kahootz

Photographer: Zev Fisher Photography

Videographer: Long Haul Films

Florist: Blue Guava

Officiant: Rabi JP Katz

Cake: World of Chantilly

In Fitness and In Health

This week’s blog we will be talking about what you can do to not only look and feel healthy on your BIG DAY, but you will be saying “in fitness and in health” instead!

  Diet   Make healthy choices: My first tip to lead you on your way to a healthy wedding and life is to never use the word diet again. Instead try to start using the term Healthy CHOICES. Diet is just a dreadful four letter word. Whenever we say that we are on the “D” word, we sometimes take it almost as a punishment and we can not wait for it to be over with. Now, when we decide to make healthy choices, we are prone to stick to better choices and turn healthy eating into a lifestyle, instead of just a two week desperate attempt before your wedding day. Some of the ways to start off your healthy lifestyle is to eat breakfast every morning. By eating breakfast you are kick-starting your body’s metabolism after a night of rest, which means you will burn off your breakfast faster. Eating breakfast can also help you make healthier food choices for the rest of the day, as you are then less likely to overeat at lunch, dinner, or in between. Here is another helpful idea, prepare smoothies either the night before or the morning before work to keep in your office fridge throughout the day. These smoothies are going to be like liquid gold to you. Now you can politely decline the offer from one of your co-workers who offered to “grab you something” on that 2 o’clock coffee/snack run. Instead you can walk over to your fridge with your shoulders back and head held high, and revive your energy with that light, refreshing, natural vitamin packed smoothie that you made. Just by making simple lifestyle adjustments like this, will guarantee you to be a on a steady, healthy path towards your wedding day.  You will feel refreshed/energized and on your way to a healthy life with your new partner.

Instead of : Substitute with:
Cooking oil in baking Applesauce
Sour cream on baked potatoes Fat-free yogurt
Whole milk Skim Milk
Ice-cream Fat-free frozen yogurt
Salad dressing Red wine vinegar
Soda Chilled tea
Croutons Almonds
Rice Quinoa

 

Powerhouse Smoothie
1 c unsweetened vanilla almond milk 1 Tbsp chia seed
1 Tbsp almond butter Ice (about 1/2 cup)
1 banana 1 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1 c kale or spinach leaves *Combine all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth

Exercise anyway that you can: When you exercise you help flush toxins out of your body, that you are already trying to get rid of, by changing your eating habits.  You also improve your circulation, by bringing more blood to the surface of the skin. This not only gives you a healthy glow for your wedding day, but it also keeps your skin cells healthier in the long run, so you have a natural glow. To stay active, besides going to the gym, try yoga, hiking, biking, running—whatever feels best for your body! Do something that you love so you’ll feel as if exercise is something you get to do, rather than one more thing on your “to do” list.  If your wedding is stressing you out, (which it shouldn’t because WE ARE HERE TO HELP) exercise is a great way to release some of that anxiety. The results? Glowing skin, a better mood, and more clarity.  All of these things will help you look beautiful, calm, and happy on your wedding day (plus of course the fact that we are there making sure everything runs smoothly). You can also get your new hubby to be involved with this as well. High five to you if you can get him into a hot yoga class, but if he is just not all for laying in 104 degree room for an hour, try rock climbing, kayaking, an early spin class (so you both can start off your day in a healthy way), or even wash your car together followed by a quick jog or walk with your dog.  There are many ways to stay active, outside of going to the gym, and it is going to be a great chance to spend time with your husband to be, too!

WATER,water and you guessed it, More WATERYour body needs plenty of water to function well, and though you want to make sure you’re drinking enough so that you’re not dehydrated, you should try to eat fruits with high water content too! Being dehydrated can cause your energy meter to go past empty.  If you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrated and this can lead to fatigue, muscle weakness, dizziness and other symptoms. Simple water is also a huge factor that will help you achieve every brides to be goal: healthy skin. Drinking water can clear up your skin and people often report a healthy glow after drinking water.  Now ladies, it won’t happen overnight, of course, but just a couple of weeks of drinking a healthy amount of water can have noticeable effects on your skin. Carry around an 8 oz water bottle or start filling your “healthy choice” snacks with cucumbers, pineapples, zucchini and grapefruit (all four examples are made-up of over 84% water).

Facials and exfoliants: Facials are a great to enhance your skin’s clarity and tone, but trust me the last thing you want to do is get a facial a week or week and a half before your wedding day. You want to allow pimples and toxins that are just underneath the epidermis layer to have time to come up and clear. When it comes facials, not all products and treatments are meant for all skin types.  Microderm abrasion has been a popular topic lately and this blog really walks you through the ins and outs…http://skintighteningsage.com/fantastic-world-microdermabrasion-skin-treatment/

♦Dry skin? Dry skin has a range of treatments. Dry skin lacks natural oils, making it prone to dehydration. Because of this lack of water in your skin, your bodies natural exfoliating cycle slows down. Facials that include gentle exfoliation or a plant stem facial are a great way to take your skin from dried out to gleaming, take a picture of me skin!

♦Oily skin? Oily skin becomes…well oily…because it produces more oil than it actually needs. Oil on your face can act like a magnet for skin cells and pollution which can cause unwanted clogging inside your pores. For your skin type look for facials that include a chemical exfoliant, which have key ingredients like glycolic or salicylic acid. Oily skin also needs extractions to remove any hardened debris within the pores; aka get rid of those despised blackheads. When an extractions is needed, a couple weeks before your wedding is a perfect time to stop by your dermatologist’s office. If you do not have time to setup an appointment there are plenty of products that you can find at your local CVS for a quick fix. Charcoal is great for removing excess oil, deep cleaning your pores, plus preventing and clearing up blackheads. Check out the Clean and Clear charcoal masks. Apparently, this is the up and coming “new treatment” to use that sucks out all blackheads and excessive oils with just one use.

♦Combination of BOTH? Microdermabrasion exfoliants work very well with this type of skin. Before I continue, some of you may be wondering what a microdermabrasion is exactly; it is a general term for the application of tiny rough grains to buff away the surface layer of skin, so your new layer of skin will be baby skin soft and healthy. Extractions is another option that will most likely be used on your t-zone to remove congestion. Now, to treat the other part of your skin (the dry parts) a professional treatment mask, such as freeze-dried collagen will replenish lost water and soothe the skin with just one treatment.

Body Scrub: A full body scrub is something great to do a few days before your wedding to have totally touchable honeymoon skin. A good salt scrub uses organic products and should feel abrasive on the body. It’s the easiest and best way to invigorate the body as it shifts dead skin cells, increases circulation and oxygenates the blood for super glowing skin. Just a hint when it comes to using at home body scrubs…do not over do it. Frequent scrubbing can damage the new layer of skin since you already scrubbed off the old skin cells. For everyone that would classify themselves under the dry skin category, select gentle scrubs. Rough body scrubs, even if you had a lot of dead skin cells, will cause you to have even dryer and irritated skin.

Homemade body scrub
  1.  ½ cup + 2 tablespoons Epsom salt or coarse salt crystals
  2. 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  3. Juice of one lemon or lime
Scrub in shower and rinse with warm water.
Will scrub off dead skin cells, leave your skin glowing, and with a lingering fresh scent

 

Fun Health FACT: NOTHING is better than Red Wine!  
Grapes contain resveratrol, which is one of the most powerful anti-ageing antioxidants yet discovered. Studies suggest it can help maintain a youthful complexion by fighting damaging free radicals. A small glass of red wine every other day will boost your intake. Don’t overdo it though, for obvious reasons. So pour yourself a glass, relax, put your feet up, and read some more of our blogs.

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References:

Everyday Health

Time

HubPages

DietDeepDish

WebMD

The Times of India

This blog should be used to help you generate ideas for living a healthy lifestyle, but not to go against anything that a doctor has recommended. We are not doctors, nor are we trying to be. This advice should be taken into possible consideration, and discussed further more with a doctor if need be.