Archive | July 2009

Not Just Wedding Gowns

Here at Occasions, we enjoy watching the trends in wedding invitations. Right now, papers pressed with leaves or petals, rifer ribbons, botanical drawings, tropical watercolors, abstract floral sketches, flowers including orchids, lilies, hydrangea, or sunflowers, seashells and butterflies head the top of the list. How neat to have seashells on invitations when the wedding will be at the beach, or perhaps for the couple who met at the beach. For the artistic, an abstraxt floral sketch is perfect.

Trends come and go and they often edge in quietly. “Plain Jane” white or ecru, with formal wording is gradually coming back.

Many invitations depict rich similarity – pearlized white, gilded edged, metallic accents, layered, often vellum over colored flat panels, and many fold-over styles are popular.

Save-the-date announcements are so popular some companies are introducing books showing noting but these informational cards. So there is a style for everyone. Do come in and see for yourself. Occasions is your one stop shop for all your wedding needs.

Concerned About the Budget?

Here at Occasions, we encourage brides not to spend more than they can afford. We offer these tips for staying within a formalized budget, once it has been determined.

Allow some money to any emergencies, expected or not. They will always show up.

Keep track of all expenses. If the gown goes over budget $400, you must cut costs elsewhere – $100 less on flowers, food and accessories, $50 less for invitation and party favors.

Learn to improvise. If your dream is a band, cut back a couple of hours. If your dream is to have the reception at a luxurious location, have it an hour when hor d’oeuvres rather than a sit-down dinner are sufficient.

Have an off-season wedding when things are less expensive. Keep it simple. Quiet elegance is always in style.

Do come in and let us help you plan a truly memorable event! Remember to book you appointment now to take advantage of our special sales and events.