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Friday, September 29, 2017

Caring for Fine Porcelain

Fine porcelain is a mark of class and taste. Its beauty works as well on display in a china cabinet as it does on the table with a delicious meal. A great set of porcelain dinnerware can be passed down from generation to generation - provided, of course, that each generation treats it with some care! But how do you care for fine porcelain? Here are a few essential tips.

Storing porcelain

Porcelain can break, of course, which is why it’s important to store it properly. Take extra care if you’re packing porcelain for a move - use plenty of cushioning, and consider insuring it in case anything happens to it.

At home, many people prefer to store their porcelain on display. For this purpose, a china cabinet is best. Glass doors on a sturdy china cabinet keep away fingers, pet cats, and even gusts of wind. Locks on the doors will keep the kids (and nosy dinner guests) away from the good stuff. You’ll want a sturdy china cabinet with a hefty bottom that helps it resist tipping and shaking. Don’t skimp on plate holders if you’re displaying your porcelain upright, and consider padding stacks of plates.

Using porcelain

Of course, you may want to actually use these beautiful plates! But if you don’t want them damaged, you may want to be careful about who you let use them and what kind of food you serve.

Porcelain is best used for special occasions, when everyone is on their best behavior (and, perhaps, the kids aren’t around!). And as for what you serve, now might not be the best time to grill up the steaks - unless you want everyone sawing away with steak knives on your best plates.

Cleaning porcelain

Once everyone has filled up on your fantastic meal, it’s time to clean the porcelain. Bad news, though: using the dishwasher isn’t a good idea. Your fancy appliances and great plumbing system are wonderful things, but dishwashers can be rough on fine porcelain, so cleaning porcelain is a job that’s best done by hand.

You’ll want to avoid the steel wool, as well, unless you prefer your porcelain all scratched up. In fact, try to avoid any kind of tough cleaning tool - if it’s designed to be abrasive, you don’t want it anywhere near your porcelain. Use a soft sponge or dishcloth that you’re sure won’t scratch up your fine porcelain dinnerware. The same goes for the cleaner itself: don’t use abrasive stuff like bleach. Stick to mild soaps. You’ll also want to use warm (not hot!) water. Air drying is fine. Be careful about how you manage the plates as you wash and dry. For instance, if you stack them up in the sink, one dropped plate can smash through a whole bunch of its compatriots, so it’s wiser to keep the sink clear as you work.

If you’re careful with how you store, use, and wash your porcelain dinnerware, there’s no reason that one set can’t last you a lifetime - or last your family several lifetimes! If you know how to care for it, you can both use and enjoy your porcelain while also keeping it safe.

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

The Ultimate Guide To Groomsmen Gifting Etiquette

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A wedding is a blessed and happy occasion, but it can also be a very stressful time in a couple's life. Being up to speed on wedding etiquette is necessary to avoid committing social faux pas that can cause anxiety, frustration, and even hurt feelings among your friends and family.

Among the newest wedding traditions is giving out thank-you gifts to the wedding party. If you are not sure how to go about giving gifts to your groomsmen, here is a handy-dandy guide for you:

Why Do I Need To Give Gifts?

You want to make sure that the people you choose to surround yourself with know how special their presence is in making your big day possible. Bridesmaids and groomsmen have unique roles that involve a lot of little details behind the scenes. You will want to thank your groomsmen with gifts that make them feel valued.

When Do I Buy?

Do yourself a favor as you embark on this wedding planning process -- do not leave little details such as this until the last minute. Begin looking far in advance for items that are on sale. Think about what would be meaningful to each of your groomsmen, and purchase ahead of time so you can cross this item off your list. You will save yourself an awkward wedding etiquette moment of forgetting traditional gift giving by planning these presentations in advance.

How Much Do I Need To Spend?

You can put some careful thought into the gifts that you choose for your groomsmen, but make sure that those gifts stay within your budget. You don't need to add to pre wedding stress by going over budget on items that can actually be taken care of quite simply. Look online for clever and sentimental gift giving ideas that won't break the bank. The average cost of groomsmen gifts nowadays ranges from $20-$50, depending on the item.

When Is It Appropriate To Exchange These Gifts?

Choosing a time to present your gifts that means something to you and to them. Some couples prefer to exchange their gifts with wedding party members at a family celebration or grooms dinner before the wedding. Others prefer a more private setting to present gifts individually. Whatever you choose, it is sure to be a memorable occasion for you and for your wedding party.

What Do I Give?

Choosing gifts with practical uses and a little bit of sentimental value add meaning to your special day. Having items such as wallets or travel bags embossed with a school logo or each person's initials personalize the gift giving experience. Of course, choosing updated versions of homemade gifts are always welcome too, such as an adult version of a friendship bracelet or keychain.

Whatever the gift, whatever your circumstance, there is a wealth of information out there to ensure that you follow proper gift giving etiquette while creating a unique experience for your friends and family. Let the celebration begin!

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The 3 Factors To Sort Out ASAP When Planning Your Wedding

Congratulations on your upcoming big day; the fun is about to begin, as you’ll be planning and organizing one of the most important events in your life. Some find it challenging to make sure they have everything they need, and to ensure that everything is perfect for them and their future spouse. However, with time and effort invested from the get-go; there’s no reason your wedding won’t be a stress-free and seamlessly-run occasion, which everyone will enjoy and remember.

There are some key elements that are crucial to the success of a wedding day, so the sooner you lock them down, the better. Knowing that you have the major areas of your wedding booked and sorted out, with help to take a weight off your shoulders, and you can start to enjoy the rest of the planning, like decorations and food choices. The following are three things that you can’t afford to be lazy with; so make sure they’re top of your priority list when it comes to planning your wedding.


The Guest List

It’s easy to know who will be sitting at your top table with you, and perhaps filling up a couple of the other tables is a breeze too. However, sometimes, handling the rest of the guest list can be more challenging. The best thing you can do is to start with your budget and a set number of guests that you’ll be able to invite.

Discuss with your other half the importance of not going over the limit or number of people you want on your big day. Start with your closest family and friends; they will begin to fill out the numbers. If you have room left over, you might have to dedicate those spaces to people’s partners, or those friends that you can’t imagine not being there. Be strict; people will understand that you have a budget, and if they don’t, you’ve made a great call in not inviting them in the first place.

The Venue

Once you’ve decided who’s coming, you can move forward with researching into venues and choosing somewhere that has a suitable capacity and amenities for your guests. Take into consideration the location and if your guests will be able to access it with ease. A place that fits a couple’s character and personality will also be the perfect backdrop for your wedding and all those treasured photos you’ll have. The style and era of your venue will also influence the look of your wedding, and most come with catering options, so it’s a decision that needs sorting out early on in the planning process.

The Dress

You want your wedding dress to help make you the star of the show; choosing one early on in the planning process will help you make further decisions regarding the style and colors of your decorations, themes, and bridesmaids dresses. Therefore, start enjoying the process of try on dresses as soon as possible; ensure you’ll be able to dance, eat, and enjoy your big day in beautiful style and comfort.

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Save Money For Your Big Day

Every bride wants her fairytale wedding, but some brides think they can’t have that because of one factor: MONEY. When planning a wedding, no one wants to take out a loan or be in crazy debt from one night. Every family is different and can afford certain things, while others can’t. The good news is you don’t have to sacrifice you’re dream wedding, you just have to make some small changes in your plans. Here are 5 ways you can save money on your big day:

11.  Hold your ceremony and reception in the same spot- make sure the reception hall has catering too! You don’t want to spend the extra money on catering outside the company!
  2.   Less yet bigger tables- once you tie the knot you are all family! Have fewer tables, have a few extra people at them comfortably and you’ll save money by not having the extra tables, chairs, linen, chair covers, centerpieces, etc.
  3.   Don’t use flowers for every center piece- everyone knows the total cost of flowers really adds up, more than you’d think! If you were to use flowers for half the centerpieces and props for others (example candles), you’d save a ton of money! You can make this look clean, classy and unique, it wouldn’t look odd!
44.  One-page invitations- you can kill two birds with one stone by saving money AND trees (who doesn’t love saving the environment?). Put all information that is needed on one invitation! You can easily fit all information regarding the reception and ceremony on one piece of paper, do front and back if needed!
55.  DIY- Do It Yourself! Nowadays, between Pinterest and Google and everyone’s creative imagination, you can easily make a good chunk of your wedding yourself! Your menus, the centerpieces, the little favors, signs, etc. The opportunities are endless of what you can create, it’s just a matter of how much time you have and patience! Yes, it will take longer than just ordering the menus on the computer, but you can also use this time to bond with family and friends! Imagine how much money you’d save making your own center pieces from Michael’s than ordering 100+ of the same thing on Amazon or EBay?

You don’t have to sacrifice your bank account and you sure don’t have to sacrifice your dream wedding! Save money and look beautiful all at once, you deserve nothing less!

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Happy 49th Wedding Anniversary to Tracie's parents! Looks like someone will be planning a party next year. 👰🏻💍

The 3 Most Important Wedding Factors!

Your wedding is going to be one of the most important, exciting and heart-swelling moments of your life. It’s the culmination of years with your partner, finally solidifying your relationship under the law! Because of this, you’re going to want to absolutely nail it, so what are the most important things about a wedding and what have you got to do to make sure it’s a good day for everyone? Well, read on and you’ll find out!

The Venue

Your wedding venue is one of the 3 most important things about it, arguably the most important out of all of them! There are loads of different venues that you can choose from, but the trick is getting one that you really love.You’re going to want to visit all of the venues before you make your choice because nothing can substitute for seeing it in person, so make sure you visit all of the potential areas where you could get married. You’re going to want to think long and hard because your venue totally dictates the mood of your wedding, so make sure you pick the one that has the right effect for you!

The Food

Food is a big part of a wedding. It’s served right after the marriage has took place, and it’s the signal for the speeches and first dance to occur! Because of this, you need to make sure that the food you’re giving to people is top quality otherwise the people you’ve invited and you won’t enjoy the food as much as you should do! This is why you need to rent the services of top quality caterers for your wedding so everyone in attendance would think they’re eating at a restaraunt!

The After Party

What makes the night extra memorable? The after party. It’s where all of the silly and fun stuff happens, so you’re going to want to make it as memorable as possible, even though you might not remember all of it yourself! Hiring out the right venue for this is important, there is going to be a lot of people who attend the after party so you need to make sure that you’ve got enough snacks and alcohol for everyone, not to mention the space for them! This is why after parties have to be done on rented property because of the sheer amount of people that will be there. You’ll not be able to have them all in your house, so rent a proper venue out for it instead.

As long as you nail all of these 3 things, your wedding is going to be one for everyone to remember! You’ll have a venue that you love and sets the mood that you want, you’ll have top quality food for everyone to enjoy and you’ll have an after party that is perfect for how many people you plan on having! Part of getting married is obviously the ring, and you’re going to want to get this right on the first try because you’ll not have another go at it, so read this to see what you can do!

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Waldenwoods ~ Ashley + Anthony ~ May 6, 2017

The Mother of the bride, Debbie, contacted Tracie about helping with Ashley's wedding. She wanted to make sure she had everything in order and wasn't forgetting anything....our specialty! Ashley, lives in Pennsylvania and between moving and starting a new job things were a bit crazy for her so Tracie worked with Debbie on the details. She hired us for Day of Wedding Management. 

The dress worn by Ashley was simply amazing!

We don't get to see tulips very often so it was nice to see a bride that chose them for her bouquet.

Ashley and Anthony went with a Clock theme. I love how they incorporated clocks into the wedding day design and you will too....stay  tuned for more pictures below. 

Mom, Debbie making sure her beautiful daughter is ready in her dress.

There she is...a stunning beauty !

Tracie always enjoys the time wrangling the guys and pinning on their bouts. It is always the best time to remind them about turning off their phones so they don't disrupt the ceremony.

The "First Look" is always a tender and exciting moment for our couples!

Helping my brides prepare to make their walk down the aisle is such a special moment.

Now it is up to the proud parents to get her down the rest of the way!

It was definitely a chilly day in May for photos but the shawls Ashley chose for her maids came in handy for the cool unpredictable Michigan weather!

Since it was very windy my assistant Samm, came up with a brilliant idea to re-use the program basket for the wine ceremony. Placing the items inside helped keep the wine glasses standing upright as they kept tipping over.

The famous porch  picture!

Love the little clocks on the place cards.

More clocks used to decorate the entrance table.

The room looked amazing! Love the purple!

The clocks at each table represented a table number by the time it was set to, very clever!

What a great use for an old vintage suitcase...a card box!

In Pennsylvania it is a common practice to have a "Cookie Table"....I have never seen so many cookies!

We placed little touches to personalize the room for our couple.

The Grand Entrance is always so much fun!

The New Mr. and Mrs. learned a dance and they were good!


Officiant:  Dr. Stefan Smith  

Ceremony/Venue: Waldenwoods

Hair and makeup: Bella Rae Salon

Flowers:  Bella I’venti

Wedding Planner: You’re The Bride

Transportation: Royal Limousine

Hotel: Fairfield Inn

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