Monday, November 8, 2010

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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Walking Down the Shoe Aisle: A T.J. Maxx Wedding

Everyone wants their wedding to be unique...but where is the line? Walking down the shoe aisle at TJ Maxx? Or having your ceremony at the local Home Depot? What do you think?

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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Our New Board of Directors

The Central Minnesota Wedding Association elected its new board of directors at their meeting on July 27, 2010 at Blackberry Ridge in Sartell, MN.

The 2010-2012 board includes (from left to right)

CMWA Board of Directors

Dennis Zerwas, Jr., DZ Photography

Megan Cyzcalla, Reichel's Catering and Event Center

Rollie Carlson, St. Cloud Country Club

Gina Artisensi-Skime, The Crown Room Banquet Center

Jim Beck, Blooming Creations

Shannon Kritzeck, JF Kruse Jewelers

The board of directors votes on new member applications to the association and helps guide the direction of the CMWA along with Adam Welz (President) and Jake Sturgis (Vice President).

Monday, July 12, 2010

Average Cost of Wedding is on the Rise

In the first half of 2010 the average cost of a wedding increased 21.9% from $19,581 (2009) to $23,867. 45 product and services saw gains in spending while 26 saw declines. Planner/Consultant A La Carte Services (up 84.2% at $1,171), Gift/s for the Bride (up 53.1% at $253), and Planner/Consultant For Getting Started (up 50.4% at $920) saw the biggest gain in spending. Other Jewelry (down 61.7% at $304), Reception Accessories (down 55.3% at $200), and Ceremony Accessories (down 49.7% at $207) saw the biggest decline in spending.

The biggest difference was the increase in demand for products and services. 53 products and services saw gains in demand, 4 saw no change, while 13 saw declines. Other Travel/Transportation (up 178.6%), Musician/s, Soloist, or Ensemble (up 66.7%), and Other Jewelry (up 65.2%) saw the biggest gain in demand. Facial (down 15.2%), Manicure & Pedicure (down 8.4%), and Teeth Whitening (down 8.1%) saw the biggest decline in demand.

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Information courtesy of The Wedding Report.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Today's Tip: Don't Leave an Envelope of Wedding Cash on Top of Your Car

A newlywed couple from Pennsylvania lost their envelope of wedding cash after their reception. The groom placed the envelope along with a photo album on the roof of his wife's car. He says he didn't know she was leaving.

A good Samaritan found the envelope and returned it to the couple a day later.

I thought these things kind of went without saying...but I'll say it anyway.

Don't leave an envelope with $3,600 cash on top of a car!

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Monday, June 21, 2010

The New Way to Deliver a Wedding Toast

If you are one of those people who is terrified of speaking in front of a room of people for a wedding toast, we may have a solution for you.

Make a rap video.

Adam Welz recently saw someone put together a pretty cool video that was delivered as a toast at the wedding reception.

If you cannot access the video, use the direct link to the YouTube page.

If you like the idea, but can't pull the video and editing pieces together, contact one of our Videographers in the Central Minnesota Wedding Association.

There are three great videography companies that are part of the group:

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Fun with Flowers

You've scheduled your first meeting with a florist, but perhaps you feel a little intimidated – you don't know anything about flowers. Or maybe you have a few favorites, but are just not sure how to pull it all together. Relax! Your florist will love the opportunity to make suggestions and recommendations for your wedding.

It is important for you to have photos and color swatches of your dress and the attendants’ dresses for your first flower meeting. Seeing your dress helps the florist determine the style of bouquet and types of flowers. Your attendants' dresses can sometimes change your color theme. Make sure you have finalized your color choices for all the dresses, since changes may affect the use of certain flowers.

Aside from your personal preference and style, the location of the wedding and reception are factors to consider when determining your colors. When you have chosen your reception venue, remember its d├ęcor – you don’t want your flowers or style of design to clash.

You may find it helpful to think of colors you see in nature and the flowers that are available during the season your wedding is planned. Pinks, greens, lavender and yellows are great springtime colors. The bright colors of summer are deep pinks, reds, oranges, yellows and blues. Autumn colors are rich and fiery reds, orange, turquoise, golds and mahogany. Winter colors shade toward white, silver, green, red, purple and brown.

The color wheel can also guide your decisions, and there are three types of combinations that work particularly well for weddings. Monochromatic is a variation of one color in tints, tones and shades. This is often considered the most subtle and pleasing color combination. An analogous combination consists of any three colors next to each other on the color wheel, and is one of the more popular color groupings. Complimentary colors are any two that are directly opposite each other on the color wheel, and will give you a more dramatic effect.

Orange is becoming increasingly popular – and not just for fall events. It can be paired with many colors, including purple, lilac, lime green, burgundy, magenta, turquoise, sky blue, brown, gold, silver and pewter. Many brides are using bold colors for their bouquets. If bold colors are not for you, look at using shades of white, and bringing in touches of colors that are in your attendants’ bouquets.

Lucky for all of us, there are no rules dictating colors for your flowers. It is all about your personal style and what you like.

When you are browsing Web sites or magazines, collect photos of bouquets or flowers that you like and bring them to your meeting. This will help the florist recommend flowers and materials to match the style and look you desire, while keeping in mind the availability of flowers for the season.

Have fun choosing your flowers. Rely on your floral designer’s creativity and experience to make your wedding florals as individual as you are!

By Debbie Rogers of Distinctly Debbie