April Showers Bring May Flowers!!
Setting a formal table correctly for your wedding reception is an essential part of etiquette for your big day. It will also come in handy if you are hosting any dinners or other parties during your planning. There are a few tips we would like to share with you to make sure to impress the guests.
When it comes to Silverware there is an order in which each piece should be placed. The piece of silverware that is to be used first should be placed on the outside, furthest from the center plate. For example if you are planning on serving a salad as the first course, the salad fork (usually smaller) should be placed on the outside. Just remember, forks on the left side and spoons and knives with cutting edge facing the plate on right. The butter knife should be placed across the bread plate, which is placed at the top left corner of the main dinner plate.
The Cups are to be placed at the top right corner of the main dish. The water glass is above the knife and the wine and champagne glasses go to the right of water. Coffee cup and saucer are placed to the right of knife and spoon. The dessert fork and spoon, smaller in size, are placed at the top center of the dish right below the place setting card. The fork belongs below the spoon facing in the opposite direction.
The Napkin is placed on top of the main plate or to the left of the forks.
Knowing how to set a proper table is a skill you will use even after your wedding. Think about all the dinner parties you will be having after receiving the beautiful china plates you registered for! Your guests will notice and appreciate the time you took to set the table perfectly.
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More than decoration, the flowers you choose for your wedding are very symbolic in weddings. They also hold meaning and represent your love, friendship, abundance, and passion. Sometimes deciding which flowers to use can feel like an impossible task; it pays to enlist the help of a professional to help you sort through the possibilities and bring your vision to life.
Tip #1: One mistake that brides make is to not have a budget in mind when they first meet with their florist. You should give your florist an idea of what you want to spend on flowers so that you aren’t wasting your time or the florists.
Tip #2: You have to be realistic about your decor, in line with your budget, just like everything else in your planning. What I usually recommend is to concentrate on the areas that show the most and are the most important to You. For example, if you want to get more bang for you buck, you want to concentrate on the focal area of the ceremony. You may want to pull back a little bit on the aisle. Your guests main focus will be towards the alter as well as many of your pictures.
Tip #3: If you don’t have much to spend on flowers, don’t despair. There are ways to stretch your budget:
Buy flowers that are in season: For an August wedding, asters and Gerbera grown locally will be significantly less expensive than peonies, which are out of season at that time. Use less-expensive varieties. For example, thousands of daisies can make a wonderful display for the cost of two or three elaborate orchid arrangements. Also carnations are making a come back! Find ways to make flowers do double duty. Bring the arrangements from the church or ceremony location to the reception, or place the bridesmaids’ bouquets around the cake or head table. Avoid a wedding date that coincides with holidays such as Christmas, Valentine’s Day, and Mother’s Day, when flowers are at a premium.
Tip #4: If you decide to hire a professional, talk to a few different florists to contrast what they offer, and how well they would fit your needs, style and personality. Tell them about your ideas, listen to theirs, and have your questions prepared in advance so you won’t forget anything important. In addition to questions about rates and offers, ask if you can change your order later if you’re inspired by a new idea, or if you would be stuck with your initial order.
Tip #5: Even if you plan to create and arrange your own wedding flowers, consulting with a florist first is still a good idea. A florist’s first-hand knowledge and years of experience can prove extremely useful, ensuring you don’t overlook small but important details and that your floral scheme matches your wedding style. I will suggest that if you choose to do your own flowers that you designate a friend that is not part of the bridal party and certainly don’t volunteer a family member to assist with the set-up on the day of your wedding. This is a day that I recommend you hire all professionals, no matter how tempted you are to go downtown and do it yourself!
LaDawn Williams is the CEO/Executive Director and Certified Wedding Planner and Designer of Platinum Lining Events, an event planning and design company located in Southern California. She is also an award winning Wedding Planner, 5 Star Rated with Wedding Wire and a Certified Wedding Consultant from the American Academy of Wedding Professionals. She is a Member of the Association of Bridal Consultants and has earned the designation of Professional Bridal Consultant™.
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