Wedding Wednesday: Day of Coordinator?

A reader contacted us with this inquiry below. Her daughter is getting married next spring. Let us know what you think!

I have an acquaintance who is insistent that we have to have a wedding coordinator at the wedding, so that "the girls will know how to walk down the aisle." Do you think it is silly to assume that bridesmaids who have been in countless weddings will know how to properly walk down the aisle? Would a day-of coordinator be helpful in overseeing details that I won't necessarily have time to manage on that day (transportation, deliveries, etc)?

Reader's Request: Couples Showers

A reader wrote in with the inquiry below:

When you are invited to a couples' shower (bridal, baby, etc), should your gift be double the cost/value of what you would usually spend for a shower of just ladies? Or, do you stick with the usual amount that you would spend, regardless of the number of attendees in your party?

What are your thoughts on the matter?

Sycamore Street Press

A reader sent along a link to Sycamore Street Press today, and we love everything we have seen on their site! They print with soy-based inks and nontoxic solvents and use recycled card stock, so if you are looking for something a little more green, it is perfect!

Oreo Cupcakes

I am actually not a huge Oreo fan, but I saw these cupcakes on a blog a while ago and have made them for a few BBQs over the years. I have a few variations - I make my own whipped vanilla frosting, use lowfat cream cheese for the filling mixture, etc. They are always a crowd pleaser and appeal to kids and adults alike.

Whip some up for your next casual social occassion!

One Kings Lane

Is everyone signed up for One Kings Lane? If not, shoot us an email and we will invite you. In the meantime, I am off to VA, FL, and KS- busy 10 days! - LG


Coren Moore has a lovely post about yellow weddings on her blog today, which is where I found this lovely picture.

Recession Garden

So, we are giving a recession garden a go at our house this Spring. Since we aren't totally sure how it will work out, we started small with herbs and a few basic veggies, but I am excited to see how it all works out as time goes on!

Wedding Wednesday: Lunch Hour Edition

Hi everyone! I know we have been away forever. My mom suggested that I give compliments to some of the great vendors I have found already (mostly all in Richmond), so here goes:

You already know my thoughts about Coren Moore.

So far the staff at The Jefferson Hotel has been very nice, and I feel like there is nothing to worry about.

Ditto for Blooms at the Jefferson, which will probably handle my flowers.

I will be visiting Wendell Powell Studio in the next few weeks and I bet we will use them too. Again, very nice on the phone.

I have worked with Paper on the Avenue once before and Megan is great- sweet and helpful without being pushy.

I have been very impressed by the follow through from Andy at Sam Hill Entertainment. He is sending dvds for six different bands and I cannot wait to watch- this is such a fun part of the planning.

As you can see, a lot of stuff is wrapped up already and we are a full year out! I don't know if I am an "older" bride or what, but I haven't found this process too difficult so far. I think the key is to limit the number of vendors you consider, and then just pick the one that is the nicest. For example, we are considering two different entertainment companies. However, Andy was just so nice right off the bat, and since the options are all basically the same, why not go with the easy/nice vendor?

I do have to admit though that I am having some second and third thoughts about color. The non-negotiable is that navy blue bridesmaid dresses and yellow flowers will be incorporated in some way. However, I am concerned that a strict navy and yellow theme is going to be a bit too nautical and/or unsophisticated. So what I am thinking today (my mom is going to kill me : ) is that it would be nice to throw a good dose of green in there with the yellow and keep the colors soft and Virginia springtime rather than "themed". I guess I was really inspired by the centerpiece Farrell posted last time! I am open to any thoughts!