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Bridezilla

Planning a wedding can be stressful, there’s no doubt about it. It’s expensive and time-consuming and no one seems to care about it quite as much as you do. With all of the added stress, it’s easy to become a little irrational and difficult to deal with, despite your best intentions. Here are a few ways to avoid becoming a total bridezilla in the months leading up to your nuptials…

Keep Your Priorities Straight: Yes, there are invitations to be mailed, flowers to be arranged, dresses to be ordered, food to be selected, but what’s the point of all of that? This wedding, above everything else, is about uniting your life with another, making a public declaration of your love, and committing to become husband and wife. As important as the favors or centerpieces or seating chart might seem right now, at the end of the day, your wedding is about you and your fiancé. When you feel the pressure of wedding planning creeping up on you, take a moment to remember why you’re putting together a wedding in the first place.

Keep Yourself Organized: Regardless of how big or small your wedding day is going to be, there are still tasks to be done. One of the biggest causes of bridezilladom is overwhelming stress. Avoid the added anxiety by staying on top of things. Buy a wedding planner, make checklists, and plan your time efficiently.

Continue Living Your Life: Although it may feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day or days in the month to get everything done before saying “I do,” it simply can’t be all wedding, all the time. You (and most definitely your fiancé) need a break from the wedding stress from time to time. Set aside non-wedding hours each week where you can spend an evening with your partner having fun and talking about anything but the upcoming nuptials. Or set up a girls’ night with some friends or an afternoon of solitary pampering.

Ask for Help: You don’t need to carry the full weight the wedding on your shoulders. Don’t be afraid to ask for help from your friends, family, and most certainly, your fiancé (Operation Groom Involvement). Even if you’re a total control freak, there are always tasks that can be done by others, you just need to reach out to the people in your life. However, when you ask…

Be Respectful of Others: Be considerate of time and expense when asking friends and family for help. Your maid of honor and bridesmaids should be there for you in your time of need, but it’s unreasonable to expect them to be at your beck and call 24 hours a day. Be honest with them about your needs and schedule a time that’s convenient for them. Be thoughtful about their budgetary concerns and limitations when picking out dresses, shoes, and activities they’re expected to participate in. Wedding Timelines.

Show Your Appreciation: Don’t forget to say ‘thanks’ to everyone who’s lent a helping hand throughout the planning process. Nothing says bridezilla more than an ungrateful or entitled bride. Be sure to express your sincerest gratitude to everyone—friends, relatives, vendors—who give of their time and finances to help make your wedding day a beautiful reality. Thank you card etiquette.

Vendor Spotlight – Elizabeth Wray Design

The Elizabeth Wray Design staff invites you to visit their boutique design studio located in Geneva, IL. Weddings have been their passion since 1992. The EWD gals have all been brides…they know the trials and joys that come with planning a beautiful wedding. Their artful design aesthetic, knowledge of the hottest trends, and their sassy sensibility, has created a niche in the Chicago wedding market. Designing flowers is their specialty… fresh & fragrant, extraordinary & elegant, lavish & luxurious, crisp & clean, charming & graceful, funky & fun.

What’s your vision/mission statement at Elizabeth Wray Design?

What ever you imagine, we’ll make it happen!

We strive to create every bride’s dream wedding, exactly how she envisioned it!

How has the company grown and changed since it began in 1992?

Although we’ve always been in Geneva, I started working out a space in my house. The area was large enough to have staff working with me, but for the bigger events we had to use the spare bedroom for extra space.

In 2002 we moved into our urban chic loft studio. We renovated the space in 2006 and added a wedding planning staff and a design staff for custom paper goods.

What can a bride expect from her experience with Elizabeth Wray Design?

Brides that come to Elizabeth Wray Design can expect the whole custom wedding design experience. Every wedding we do is different, so we love to work with your ideas and inspirations to create a beautiful event! We’ll create your design and you’ll be able to pick out flower types & colors. You can also choose from all of our many rental containers, custom printed items, and other services.

What sets you apart from other florists in the Chicago area?

We are a full service wedding and event florist. We take care of you by taking care of the details…all of your wedding flowers and decor elements. We distribute your wedding party’s personal flowers and stay until the ceremony ends. One of our signature services is re-purposing your ceremony flowers. We combine, redesign & add other elements to present them differently from ceremony to reception. Before we leave your reception, we make sure everything is in place.

What’s the design team like at Elizabeth Wray Design?

Our fabulous team of designers is very diverse in their ages and strengths. Some designers do the florals; some do graphic design, and some do wedding planning design. Collectively we have a very similar design aesthetic, but our different personalities allows us to view our designs in different lights to make sure every wedding event is completely unique.

Can you tell us a little more about your wedding planning services?

We’re available for full wedding planning and day of wedding planning. We’ve become experts in knowing all of the best vendors, and have the experience to anticipate your needs. We never receive referral fees so we have the unique ability to negotiate the best value on your behalf. Wedding planning is perfect for the busy bride who doesn’t want an ounce of stress on her wedding day!

Elizabeth Wray Design
15 West State Street, Ste. B
Geneva, IL 60134-2253
(630) 232-1975

Please enjoy the following creations by Elizabeth Wray Design.

Favorable Centerpieces

Buying centerpieces for the wedding reception can put a serious dent in your budget, while personalized favors can do the same. Why not combine the two? Make favors serve double duty as the table centerpieces. Here are some classy and creative ways to turn favors into beautiful arrangements:

1. Candles: Offer guests a practical memento from the wedding with personalized or stamped glass candle holders. Arrange a variety of sizes and shapes across tables to create a beautiful, elegant ambiance during the reception.

2. Potted plants: Small potted plants or flowers are a gift that keeps on giving. When arranged artfully, the plants can make a lush and gorgeous centerpiece that will garnish guests’ homes for months or years to come.

3. Boxed gifts: Provide guests with tasty treats, carefully housed in matching boxes adorned with ribbons or flowers. Stack the boxes in tiers to create a clever collection on each table.

4. Fruits/Veggies: Add charm to a rustic wedding with baskets of fresh fruit or vegetables on each table. Adorn baskets with ribbons or bows in wedding colors or pick food in complementary colors.

5. Paper cones: Homemade paper cones are not only cost effective, they ‘re also adorable, creative, and colorful. Use scrapbook paper or craft paper to create cones to hold flowers or candy and position them upright in a tray in the middle of each table for guests to admire and enjoy.

6. Flowers: Create individual flower bouquets for guests to take home. Tie together small bundles of flowers with string or ribbon and arrange them together in a giant vase or in several smaller glass bottles or containers.

7. Trees: Give a starter tree to guests at your wedding to signify the continued growth of your love and marriage. Combine the seedlings in the center of the table for a rustic and charming centerpiece.

8. Themed Gift: Lump together a collection of seasonal/themed favors to wow guests. Anything from jars of jam to gingerbread cookies to ornaments will suffice as an appropriate favor and beautiful showpiece.

Flower Power

Flowers can add drama, romance, or a simple splash of color to your ceremony and reception. With literally thousands to choose from, flowers can make a unique and beautiful statement at your wedding. Here are a few helpful tips to consider when planning your floral motif:

Book in Advance: Since many flowers need to be shipped from other continents, it’s important that you give your florist ample notice about your wedding and your preferences. Your florist should have at least six weeks to order flowers and have them shipped. As an added bonus, ordering in advance can often save money.

Multitask: Many brides order elaborate flower arrangements for the wedding ceremony with no plans to use them again. When meeting with your florist and brainstorming ideas, think of ways to reuse flowers for both the ceremony and reception. This will save you cash and keep the gorgeous bouquets on display. Arrangements used down aisles can double as centerpieces while larger displays can serve on the buffet table, head table, or alongside favors or place cards.

Trust the Experts: It’s wise of you as a bride to assemble photos and ideas of flowers or arrangements that you like. However, when you sit down with the florist, trust his/her instincts. Communicate your vision, likes, and dislikes but be open to suggestions the florist may offer.

Budget: Flowers are not always cheap so be sure to budget accordingly, especially if you have your heart set on elaborate arrangements and bouquets or particularly pricey buds. Talk to your florist about ways to incorporate more expensive flowers, but offsetting the price by coupling them with less expensive blooms.

Size: Contrary to what they say, size does matter. Large arrangements, bouquets, or centerpieces can be a major wow factor at your wedding, but they can also take away from the day as well. A massive bouquet for the bride or bridesmaids can be heavy, distracting, and can actually hide the beautiful dresses. Tall centerpieces at the reception can overpower an intimate space, prohibit guests from visiting with one another, or obstruct otherwise beautiful views. Elizabeth Wray Designs can help you with these types of decisions.

Accent: Just because you love the color pink doesn’t necessarily mean that every dress, accessory, and flower needs to be in various shades of the hue. Don’t be afraid to use accent colors for a dramatic pop. While the monochromatic look can be stunning, it’s not always easily achieved. When you see your wedding photos, you might be disappointed to see bland bridesmaids whose flowers blend into their dresses. Look through magazines and discuss ideas with your florists to incorporate an unexpected accent color in your floral arrangements.

Flowers By Season

More About Wedding Flowers

All About Wedding Flowers

Aside from the bouquet you spring for each Mother’s Day, chances are you’re a novice when it comes to flowers. However, now you are a bride–to–be planning your dream wedding, and suddenly you must make decisions on bouquets, boutonnieres, reception centerpieces and ceremony arrangements. Overwhelming? We know! Fortunately, we are here to guide you through this process so you can enjoy planning your wedding flowers without wilting from the stress. Read through these useful tips gathered from experts in the field.

Discover Your Style

Close your eyes and envision the perfect look to your wedding. Will it be formal or casual? Elaborate or simple? Bold or neutral colors? Are you a traditionalist in favor of roses or lilies, or do you favor a more contemporary floral theme incorporating grasses, fruits and herbs? Your wedding flowers are more than eye candy; they set the ambiance for the entire event. Knowing your wedding style is a start in the right direction, because you’ll want to choose blossoms that match the formality of your wedding day. Get tons of wedding flower ideas.

Pick Your Palette

Your color scheme should flow directly from your desired style. Today’s floral trends embrace an anything goes mentality, from wedding flowers in traditional whites and pastels to modern and adventurous dark hues and citrus shades. Flowers in matching shades or cool contrasts are breathtaking, but make sure they coordinate with your overall wedding theme. Choose your wedding colors accordingly, and your wedding will express your spirit. If you are still not sure where to begin, bring a bridesmaid dress fabric swatch when you meet with your florist and choose coordinating shades.

Seasonal Wedding Flowers

You know your floral theme and you’ve chosen your color scheme. When deciding on the specific blooms your want in your arrangements, be sure to consider the season in which you are marrying. Consult the following seasonal flower guide for tips.

Hiring a Florist

Even the most creative and artistic bride will benefit from a florist’s professional capabilities. Your wedding day will be full of activity, and you won’t want to spend vital hours fumbling with the wiring of each bouquet. A florist is not necessarily a budget breaker; a good one should be able to work with any floral budget. Check out Town & Country Gardens in Geneva, IL.

Your Floral Budget

Let’s face it: Determining how much wedding flowers cost is probably not the aspect of your wedding you’ve been dreaming of since grade school. You may see your floral budget as the biggest nemesis between you and your wedding flowers. If you plan wisely, however, you should have enough money to create the floral theme of your desires. Expect to spend about 8-10% of your overall budget on wedding flowers.

source: Elegala.com



Wedding Flowers By Season

SpringWedding Flowers In Season

Apple or cherry blossoms
Daffodils
Dogwoods
Forsythia branches
Hyacinth
Iris
Larkspur
Lilies
Lilacs
Lily of the Valley
Pansies
Peonies
Sweet Peas
Tulips

Summer Wedding Flowers In Season

Asters
Calla Lilies
Dahlias
Daisies
Delphinium
Geraniums
Hydrangeas
Iris
Jacobs Ladder
Larkspur
Queen Anne’s Lace
Roses
Shasta daises
Stock
Sunflower
Zinnias

Fall Wedding Flowers In Season

Asters
Chrysanthemums
Zinnias
Gerbera daisies
Marigolds
Roses
Sunflowers

Winter Wedding Flowers In Season

maryllis
Camellias
Forget-me-nots
Jasmine
Orchids
Poinsettias
Holly

sources: elegala.com / wikipedia.com