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Out with the rice and in with the wedding wands! Wedding wands are fun and add a splash of color as you’re exiting the ceremony or your reception with your Groom in tow. You want to know a little secret? They’re also really easy to make!
What you need to get the job done:
- Wood Dowels (You can purchase a pack of 50 from Wal-Mart or Hobby Lobby for around $9.97)
- Ribbon (Satin looks the best and a medium width works well but if you want to add a bell we recommend getting ribbon that is slim in size to easily secure the bell. We like using several colors that are in the wedding palette for added “pop”)
- Bells (optional)
Those items are easy to gather and they can all be found at Wal-Mart and/or Hobby Lobby right there in the craft section. The ribbon can vary in price depending on the type you decide to go with but can usually be purchased for under $5 per spool.
- Cut pieces of ribbon to be about 2ft long. (This doesn’t have to be exact but make sure your ribbon is long enough to tie a knot and still have plenty of ribbon to wave around.)
- Tie a piece of ribbon at the top of your wood dowel. (I recommend tying (separately) three pieces of ribbon to each dowel).
- Add a bell! Just slide a piece of ribbon that is already secured to the dowel through the loop of the bell and tie a knot to secure the bell. (Remember to use the slim ribbon to tie the knot!)
- Give that wedding wand a try and wave it around!
Warning: Making wedding wands can be very time consuming so leave yourself plenty of time! Tying wedding wands before the day of your “I do’s” is not recommended and the looks you will receive from your bridal party are not worth it!
Extras:The saying, “Give a wave for the new Mr. and Mrs.” can be printed on cardstock and attached to each wedding wand or displayed by your wedding wands to give your guests a little hint of what to do with these things!
Good luck! Post pictures of your wedding wands to our Facebook page. We love to see your work!
Here are some great tips from one of our best resources www.marthastewartweddings.com
For a Religious Ceremony
Any clergy person who officiates will want the couple’s interests to be deep-seated and to extend beyond the architecture of the church. If the couple practices the same religion and are members of a church or synagogue, then the choice of officiate is probably clear. Someone who is not a member of a church or synagogue can find a clergy person by calling local churches and a religion’s national headquarters for referrals.
What to Ask
During the first meeting with a religious officiate, start by asking questions about his or her approach to the service and what the ceremony will entail — whether there will be a speech or a sermon, and whether the couple can offer input on the subject. Should the couple choose to add some personal touches to the ceremony, such as writing their own vows, they can ask the officiate for suggestions and advice.
Religious Officiate Budget
If either the bride or groom is a member of the congregation, the couple may not need to pay a fee to be married by a clergy person. It is appropriate, however, to give him or her a gift of appreciation and gratitude. For nonmembers, the fee for a religious officiate can range from $100 to $250, especially if there are prenuptial meetings. Payment is expected for all of the officiate’s travel expenses. Sometimes the fee for having the wedding at a house of worship is taken in the form of a donation, which can range from $50 to $1,000. It is customary for the best man to hand over the payment immediately after the ceremony.
For an Interfaith Marriage
Not too long ago, it was nearly impossible to find an ordained officiate to perform an interfaith ceremony. Today, although there are some hurdles, the climate for an interfaith ceremony is much warmer. Many clergy will perform this type of ceremony alone, or with an officiate of another faith. Couples who are met with resistance from within their own religions can turn to a third, more liberal religion, such as the Unitarian Universalist Association, which is supportive of interfaith marriages across any lines, regardless of whether the bride or groom is a member of its church. Some couples choose to celebrate their vows in the tradition of both religions and have two ceremonies, in which case only the date of one and one signature will appear on the official wedding certificate.
For a Civil Ceremony
A nonreligious ceremony can be just as expressive as a religious one. If it has been cleared with the officiate, the couple may write their own vows and incorporate readings, music, and themes into the ceremony. Exactly who qualifies to be a certified officiate varies from state to state, so be sure to check with the local marriage-license bureau for its rules. Some government officials may perform weddings outside government offices, but the rules for this also vary widely, so check with the local government to find out what is permissible.
The cost of having a judge, a county clerk, or another government official perform the ceremony depends on the locality. The fee may vary if the officiate goes to the site, or if the ceremony takes place at a city hall. As for a religious service, it is customary for the best man to hand over payment after the ceremony.
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What’s the best RX prescription for happily ever after? Two doctors falling in love!
What a great experience to work with Drs. Fred and Yelena Makori on their wedding. We first met Yelena and her mother a year prior to the wedding. Yelena and Fred were so busy working on their medical residencies and living apart. It was trying times, but they had one thing to really look forward to; their marriage.
It was so much fun to partner with Yelena and her mom, working from a distance, on a a big day back here in Indy. Regular calls and lots of our coordination services were just the right prescription for this busy bride. We tried to make all of her planning “appointments” easy and get lots done in big “doses”.
We were thrilled to help Yelena not only with the coordination services, but design too. Both the ceremony and reception were held at the Marriott North. Yelena had chosen beautiful white linens and chair covers accented with black satin. We added gold chargers, lots of golden mercury glass candlelight and beautiful pale pink posies for a romantic and elegant look.
We were able to incorporate a lot of personalization into the wedding; especially with Fred’s Kenyan (Africa) background. I so admired Fred and his family. Leaving Kenya and coming to the USA to live and to work had a lot of challenges; not one challenge that Fred nor his family would not overcome. What a story, what a family! <3
We wanted everyone to have a good time. We added spices and flavors to the food, made sure the music was familiar to the guests and fantastic, plus provided a great venue for all those travelling out-of-state and out of county. Our guests loved every minute. The DJ played many unfamiliar tunes to us, but really familiar to our guests. It was fun to hear and feel the beat of the drums as the DJ called out the music that everyone loved to dance to and enjoy- a great prescription. The late night dessert bar was pink and perfect as well. Tiny bites of pastries and cups of fluff lured guests to enjoy one more moment of this grand and unforgettable day.
We are so happy for Yelena and Fred. They made us so very proud of them and we hope we made them so very happy!
Coordination and Design: Kim King Smith Events
Venue: Marriott North http://www.marriott.com/hotels/hotel-rooms/indno-indianapolis-marriott-north/
Stationery: Kim King Smith Events/Carlson Craft
Different uses for Mason Jars at your wedding
Vintage styling is very popular today among clothing and accessories, but it is especially characterized for country inspired weddings. There are many ways you can decorate your venue and reception with unique items, such as Mason Jars, barn wood, old iron works, fencing and containers. The Mason jar is so popular and has a lot of uses. Did you know that Mason jars were invented by John Mason to improve the process for preserving and canning food? Your grandmother’s food, as a child, was probably prepared in a Mason jar.
Today, they are used as decoration, and make for very unique, cute décor for many brides. Whether you use 10 or 100, they add a nice DIY (do it yourself) look that fits perfectly into a vintage/ rustic theme wedding. Here are some great ways to use them:
Centerpieces for tables
Hanging Mason jar candle holders
All aboard! Destination, Happily Ever After! Our October 8, 2011 wedding at St. Luke’s Catholic Church
and the Grand Hall/ Union Station, Indianapolis was definitely a dream trip for our Bride and Groom, Josh and Leslie. Their love story
begins upon meeting at their alma mater, Butler University. The friendship grew into a romance that has been filled with joy and love! When the couple became engaged they immediately came to us to begin design of their
wedding. They had two details in place; the church, St. Luke’s Catholic Church and the reception, Grand Hall/Union Station a historic train station located downtown in Indianapolis.
Our wheels began rolling and we went right on track to givethis couple a ride of a lifetime! Beginning with the save the dates, we loved our designers creation of a train ticket to attend the couple’s wedding in hues of their wedding palette-midnight blue and sunny yellow.
After months of planning, the arrival day is here and the guests begin checking in to St. Luke’s for a full Mass. After the intimate vows and well wishes, the wedding party departs onto a trolley to take them to a destination of special sites for pictures on Butler’s Campus the Indianapolis Art Museum and at the Holcomb Gardens, while their guests begin “rolling” into the Grand Hall
As their guests arrive they are greeted by a huge ice luge carved into a train engine. Guests gathered to view it and grab a signature drink, the Tarble Tini (named after the new Mr.and Mrs. Tarble). The majestic carved wooden bar with marble and leaded glass lured guests to enjoy the moment before the “last call” for dinner.
Next, guests filed into the ball room and were “directed” to their “assigned seats”. Each seat had a special place card with a small ticket assuring the guests “great service” and their selected meal. The crisp white linens and midnight blue napkins were the perfect accents for the array of sunny blooms and twinklingcandlelight that the tables offered.
What a treat it was to have the Bride’s father and his band play for dancing and celebration. The
Atlanta, Georgia based band, Gypsy Union, journeyed to Indianapolis to provide an out of state and extraordinary experience for the guests.
Much too soon the last call was sounding as guests knew the final destination was in sight. Scurrying outside to see the Bride and Groom depart for their journey, guests grabbed sparklers that ignited against the midnight blue velvet skies like shooting stars. The Bride and Groom jumped on to a rickshaw and headed for their final destination; Happily Ever After!
Coordination: Kim King Smith, Kim King Smith Events www.kimkingsmithevents.com
Photography: Megelaine Photography www.megelaine.com
Floral: Jim Sims, Kim King Smith Events, www.kimkingsmithevents.com
Makeup: Makeup by Sparkle www.makeupbysparkle.com
Hair: Trilogy Salon www.trilogyindy.com
Band:Gypsy Union www.gypsyunionstudios.com
Emcee: DJ Ted Breen, Party Time Sound www.partytimesound.com
AV: Evans Audio Visual www.evansav.com
Invitations: Lemonseed and Co www.lemonseedandco.com
Ice Sculptures: Jose Hernandez www.hernandezicesculptors.com
Venu and Catering: Crowne Plaza, Grand Hall Historic Union Station www.ichotelsgroup.com
Church: St. Luke’s Catholic Church www.stluke.org
Gown: Watters Design, Brides by Lori www.bridesbylori.com
Linen:: BBJ Linens www.bbjlinens.com
Rickshaw: Circle City Pedi Cabs www.circlecitypedicabs.com
A lake, a love, one magical afternoon…..that’s how we describe Andy and Kate’s Lake Wawasee Wedding. Kate and Andy planned with us via California and Chicago for a sunny, romantic, detailed day and it happened indeed. The design was crisp white linens with sandy colored runners, a large tent with small retro globe lights that would glow throughout the evening, a dessert buffet with fun desserts, food stations with fresh produce and beautiful color, a band that packed the dance floor and an all day and night celebration. Add to that the ceremony and vows at the tip of the pier- floating on the deep blue lake, a ukelele instrumentalist, floral chandeliers hanging from the trees, childhood plus college friends from far and near as attendants and everyone you ever loved nearby. To top it off a beautiful bride and groom that had the brightest smiles, warmest hearts and lots of hugs for everyone.
Coordination: Kim King Smith, Kim King Smith Events www.kimkingsmithevents.com
Photography: Kenton Dixon, Dixon Digital Photography www.dixondigitalphotography.com/#!weddings
Flowers: Kim King Smith Events Floral Division www.kimkingsmithevents.com
Jewelry: October Anniversary www.octoberanniversary.com
Pastries: Blu Gate Bakery www.www.bluegaterestaurant.com/php/blue_
Tent and linens: All Occasion Party Rentals www.alloccasionpartyrentals.com
Caterer: Catablu Restaurant www.thecatablugrille.com
Makeup; Makeup by Sparkle www.makeupbysparkle.com
Hair: JW Salon www.jwhairsalon.com
Band: Aberdeen Project www.aberdeenproject.4t.com/about.html
Ceremony Music: Vince Early
Valet Service: Syracuse High School FFA
Invitations: Lemonseed and Co www.lemonseedandco.com
Cake: Taylor’s Bakery www.taylorsbakery.com
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Lauren and Evan wowed everyone with their summer wedding at the Westin downtown Indianapolis. Each personal detail from the electric blue wedding palette to the IU Basketball Groom’s Cake made it fun and very special for them. The ceremony and reception were both held in the ballroom. After an elegant dinner, the dancing began and did not stop all night. Thanks to the Westin for providing a beautiful venue with the best in service.
Lindsay and Jary had a wedding that glimmered with gold. Their wedding was a mix of two cultures, two families and one amazing love. Candlelight, salsa and spectacular cityscapes were all part of this grand occasion. Good luck, you two! May you live happily ever after!
What a gorgeous sunny day for a beautiful wedding in downtown Indianapolis. Scott and Catherine were such a fun couple to work with. They had vision and style that made their wedding elegant and gorgeous.
Posing for pictures at Monument Circle and in front of the wedding site at the Conrad were just the beginning of an evening filled with photos, fun and beautiful memories.