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{be inspired} old.new.borrowed.blue.

Hi Inspired readers!

Have you ever wondered where the saying {Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue} came from? We are here to share the background of this saying/poem and some ideas of what you can use to apply this to your wedding day!

The meaning of this popular saying came from the Victorian era and is intended to bring the Bride good luck for her marriage. Something old is to symbolize continuity with the Bride’s family & past. Something new represents brightness and hope for her and her husbands new life together. Something borrowed is usually an item from a family member who has had a lasting & strong marriage. The blue portion {something blue} comes from many different cultures in which blue was seen as a “bridal” color. It symbolizes purity, love, modesty etc.

You can choose almost anything as your something old, new, borrowed or blue. Here are some trendy/classic ideas to help you as you prepare your items!

{Something Old}:

*Decorate the Bride’s bouquet with a vintage brooch, ring or lace
*Display wedding photographs of family at the wedding
*Vintage clutch to match the Bride’s gown
*Use material from Mother of Brides wedding gown to make ring bearer pillow
*Lace handkerchief from grandma or grandpa

{Something New}:

*The Bride’s gown
*The Bride’s shoes
* A garter
*A new necklace or bracelet to wear
*A new clutch
*Toasting flutes

{Something Borrowed}:

*A family members piece of jewelry (ring, necklace, earrings, bracelet)
* Someone’s silver knife set to cut the cake
*A veil from a family member or friend that they wore at their wedding
*A Bible from a family member for the pastor to read during the wedding or use it as a ring bearer pillow

{ Something Blue}:

*Blue flowers in the Bride’s bouquet
*Blue shoes
*Blue decals for the bottom of your shoes
*Blue toss/keep garter
*Blue vintage ring
*Blue undergarments under her gown
*Blue nailpolish for her toes
*Blue ribbon on her bouquet
Have fun with planning this! Whether you are a family member, bridesmaid, friend or you are the Bride planning these out we hope that this helps you as you narrow down your options for the Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue!

love, danielle & cecily

http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/327600.html

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{be inspired} wedding colors

{be inspired} will be posted every Wednesday featuring vendors, trends, and DIY projects! Our goal is to inspire the brides-to-be and friends/family who may know a bride-to-be!
Inspired from the Heart reserves the right to remove any content (comments) that are self promoting as this day is all about our brides. Thanks for understanding!

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We would like to introduce to you an amazing website that is a great tool for choosing your wedding colors, or overall theme! www.design-seeds.com

We can’t get enough of this site! You can search by color value or search by theme. The images below are from the website.
Another great way to decide which colors to choose is by picking up an interior design magazine and seeing the different color combinations used to decorate a space.

 

We hope this website is a helpful tool for you! Hope you have an {inspired} day!

Love,

Danielle & Cecily

{be inspired} bridal showers

{be inspired} will be posted every Wednesday featuring vendors, trends, and DIY projects! Our goal is to inspire the brides-to-be and friends/family who may know a bride-to-be!
Inspired from the Heart reserves the right to remove any content (comments) that are self promoting as this day is all about our brides. Thanks for understanding!
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Happy Wednesday {be inspired} readers! Today we want to focus on bridalshowers and different themes and ideas. You can be very creative when planning these soirees! Here are some fun themes to help you plan. Be sure to check out the links below each theme, they will give you great details and ideas for that particular theme! Happy planning!
Kitchen shower- A kitchen shower is
perfect for the bride who has everything except for kitchen items! Afterall, the Bride to be needs all of her cooking utensils and supplies so she can make her hubby happy!
Here are some great tips on planning a kitchen shower:
Couples shower- Couples showers are becoming increasingly popular these days! Who said the groom didn’t like being involved?! Make it ultra fun by having it down by the beach or rent a party bus! Below are some great ideas for couples showers.
Around the clock- An around the clock theme can be somewhat different but very cute and creative! Think “dinner time” “bbq time” “tea time” “bed time”. Find tips below on how to throw an around the clock party!
Tea party- Tea parties are perhaps the most common for bridal showers. Even though they are common they are still fun, girly and classic! Its a perfect excuse to wear a fun hat!They are held in the mid morning and can run into the early afternoon. For the more traditional bride, stick to this theme! Here is an example of a pretty tea party bridal shower.
Lingerie shower- Lingerie showers are perfectly fun for an excuse to have a girls night in! If you have other showers that are being planned for you and you feel you may get all you need(for the home) in one shower this party will be perfect for you! Lingerie showers can be romantic and girly or sexy and red hot! Here are some tips on throwing this intimate party.
For more themes:
We hope this inspires you today! Remember, a lot of decor can be found at rummage sales and around your home! For food and drinks have bridesmaids or close family pitch in, they are more than happy to help you!!! Have fun!
Love Danielle & Cecily

{be inspired} cake toppers

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Inspired from the Heart reserves the right to remove any content (comments) that are self promoting as this day is all about our brides. Thanks for understanding!

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Hey there {inspired} readers! Have you chosen a cake topper yet? The cake topper is often times a detail that a lot of couples forget about. We want to encourage you to be unique, and to choose something that describes you as a couple. Some great ways to show off the both of your personalities or style is by incorporating your favorite hobby to do together, or something that symbolizes how you met!

Paper hearts on wooden skewers that stick right into the cake! These are simple and easy to create, fabric can also be used instead of paper.

Take pictures of you and your fiance, separate like shown, or choose a picture of the both of you that you love - like when he purposed!

Add succulents as your topper!

Place a flower on the side of your cake - there is no need for a topper!

Monogram, choose the letter of your last name as husband & wife!

A beach themed cake decorated on the top instead of a topper!

Sugar rose as topper, beautiful and edible!

Some cakes you simply do not need a topper because it is a themed cake, this one is button themed!

Favorite hobby cake topper, in this case it's fishing!

Have an {inspired} day!
Love,
Danielle & Cecily

{photo credits}
Heart topper- http://pinterest.com/pin/49610033365236703/}
Picture topper- http://pinterest.com/pin/49610033365236696/
Succulent topper- http://pinterest.com/pin/49610033365236734/
Flower – http://pinterest.com/pin/49610033365236739/
Monogram topper- http://pinterest.com/pin/49610033365237166/
Beach topper- http://pinterest.com/pin/49610033365236758/
Sugar rose topper- http://pinterest.com/pin/203295370648751354/
Fishing topper- http://pinterest.com/pin/66428163223204342/

{be inspired} DJ’s

{be inspired} will be posted every Wednesday featuring vendors, trends, and DIY projects! Our goal is to inspire the brides-to-be and friends/family who may know a bride-to-be!
Inspired from the Heart reserves the right to remove any content (comments) that are self promoting as this day is all about our brides. Thanks for understanding!

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Happy Leap Year, {inspired} readers!

Have you ever been to a wedding where you thought “WOW”, and you keep thinking about it weeks & weeks on end. The wedding didn’t have spectacular flowers, or unique favors, nor was it your ideal venue.  The wedding also didn’t have an extravagent thirteen tiered wedding cake or floral centerpieces that reached to the ceilings.  The one thing that your mind is being held captive by is the fact that you found yourself enjoying each and every moment celebrating with the Bride and Groom. The most important aspect that delivered this minute by minute sensation was because of the atmosphere and environment the DJ created that accentuated the beauty of the love being celebrated.

DJ’s…They can be considered the most important part to planning a wedding (after the coordinator of course) yet often times are the last vendor that are booked…and can “fit within the budget”. Here are some tips to help you along the way as you look or book your DJ!

So where do you begin? You first want to look for the right DJ for you and your Fiance. Some thoughts that you should be considering is first of all the price. If you take our advice, we would suggest that you find your budget overall for the wedding and then categorize the DJ at a level of importance between numbers 1-3. With that said, the DJ can take a medium sized portion of your budget. Start looking at prices of DJ’s. We suggest that you compare prices between 3-5 DJ’s, any more than that can become confusing and somewhat overwhelming. Not only do you want your DJ to be flexible with your time and date (availabilty) but you also want to know the style and personality of the DJ. Are they normally wedding DJ’s or strictly club DJ’s…maybe they do both? It’s in your best interest to find out! All in all, you want a DJ that is going to cater to the atmosphere and what works for the crowd, not what benefits him & his current playlist!

Next step is interviewing which DJ’s you feel is right for you. When interviewing, be prepared to ask questions and make a list so that you don’t forget anything that you feel is an important question to ask. We stumbled upon a website that we feel would prepare any Bride for which questions to ask: http://www.mydeejay.com/wedding-advice/questions-to-ask-a-dj-wedding. From this website we pulled eight questions that we think are among the most important questions to ask while interviewing a DJ.

1)Will you be the DJ at our wedding: many DJ companies employ several DJ’s.
Know which DJ is going to be at your wedding. If they tell you they aren’t sure who will be your DJ then maybe reconsider booking them or ask them boldly, how you will know they will be right for you and your crowd.

2)What makes you different from your competitors: DJ’s have to differentiate themselves somehow! So how does this prospective DJ set themselves apart from the rest? Do they use props? Do they scan the crowd to see what the mood is? Do they separate themselves by a special light show? Its up to you to ask!

3)Have you played at our reception site before:

This will help with sound issues, how they cooperate with staff, where the best place to set up is etc.

4)Do you act as an Emcee for our event?
This is important because you will need someone to annouce each event, such as the first dance, etc. Your guests will want to know and hear what event is happening, especially the ones not seated close to the dance floor.

5)How would you define your style when making announcments? (This is assuming they will Emcee).
This is important because you want to make sure the DJ has the same style as you, or what you and your fiance are looking for. Some people like their DJ to make jokes, others want them to stricky announce something and talk as less as possible.

6)Do you take requests from our guests?
This is important to know upfront, and gives you an idea of the DJ’s style as well.

7) What is included in the cost of my event?
This is important because it is always good to understand what exactly you are paying for!

8) Do you provide any “extras”?
Such as uplighting, monograms for the dance floor, slideshows etc.

This should get you a leg up when you are planning your wedding and fitting the right DJ into your plans. It can be hard to find someone that you trust so if you have any questions about DJ’s feel free to ask us. We have worked with great DJ’s and have met some awesome ones too. Look to us for a book of references and we can help you out! Afterall, it is all about connections and who you know.

We hope this information helps you find a great DJ for your Big Day!

Have an INSPIRED Wednesday!
Love,
Danielle & Cecily

{be inspired} paper scissors print

{be inspired} will be posted every Wednesday featuring vendors, trends, and DIY projects! Our goal is to inspire the brides-to-be and friends/family who may know a bride-to-be!
Inspired from the Heart reserves the right to remove any content (comments) that are self promoting as this day is all about our brides. Thanks for understanding!

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Happy Wednesday {be inspired} readers!

We have had a few clients recently ask us about who we would recommend for custom paper products whether its invitations, place cards, menu’s, or save the dates, Paper Scissors Print is always the vendor that comes to our mind. Nicole, the owner, has an amazing talent and creates beautiful and unique designs!

A message from Nicole herself…

Creating stunning visual announcements for the most important events in your life…
I started as a bride producing graphic design elements for my own wedding and realized design was my true passion.I LOVE designing custom pieces that leave an impression and reflect our client’s personal style. Each design should have unexpected elements that make each piece memorable.

Our designs are clean and modern. Simple and elegant. We like combining quality paper, hand-placed details and unique design to create stunning wedding invitations, save-the-dates, birth announcements, party invitations and holiday cards.

If you have a vision we can help bring it to life. If you have no idea what you want we can help you with that too! Even if you are on a tight budget we can work with you to create exactly what you want. After all, it’s all about you!

Some samples of her work –
Nicole is truly amazing and one of our very trusted vendors! We hope you like what you saw and give her a call. Let her know that we sent you!
Nicole Ladegaard
858.692.1088
www.paperscissorsprint.com you can also follow her on facebook!
We hope you have an {inspired} day!
Love,
Danielle & Cecily
photo credit: silver and white invitation with the rhinestone brooch taken by Scott Lawrence

{be inspired} Wedding Flowers by Season

{be inspired} will be posted every Tuesday featuring vendors, trends, and DIY projects! Our goal is to inspire the brides-to-be and friends/family who may know a bride-to-be!
Inspired from the Heart reserves the right to remove any content (comments) that are self promoting as this day is all about our brides. Thanks for understanding!

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Happy Valentines Day {be inspired} Readers!

Since its Valentines Day, we thought that flowers would be a perfect topic to write about, since they are one of the most popular Valentines gifts known to man kind (besides chocolate!) and also a very important detail to any wedding. What many Brides don’t think about before going into a floral consultation or buying their flowers is which ones are actually in season. This post will equip you with information about flowers and also how buying your flowers in season may save you money!

Hydrangeas  From:tinywhitedaisies.tumblr.com                                                 

Spring- Winter is over and summer is near, life is back in the air! Tulips, Lilacs, Roses, Daisies, Sweet Peas, Hydrangeas, Anenomes, Ranunculas & Peonies are among the most popular wedding flowers in season.

Summer- Many flowers that are in season in Spring are not in season during summer, which is important to note! The flowers that are in season are, Roses, Hydrangeas, Snap Dragons, Calla Lilies, Stephanotis, Gerbera Daisy, Peruvian Lily, Zinnia, Poppies and Orchids!

Fall- With the air getting a bit more chilly and the leaves changing on the trees (ever so slightly in Southern California) so do wedding colors & flowers. There are several different kinds of roses available such as, Terra Cotta, Leonidas, Sari, Red Berlin, Star 2000, Black Magic, and Hocus Pocus. The flowers in season are Viburnum, Montibretia, Aster, Dahlias, Marigold, Statice, Chrysanthemum, Zinnia, Iris, and Winter Jasmine. (Don’t you love the funky names of these flowers?!)

Winter- Just because winter weddings tend to have the reputation of being themed after Christmas or winter white & blue doesn’t mean you have to continue that theme! Think of outside of the box aside from Christmas and winter wonderland colors. Here are some of the flowers in season for winter,  Ivy, Amaryllis, Freesia, Magnolia, Hydrangea, Carnations, Snowball Mums, and Gardenias, Poinsettia, Holly, Evergreens, Anenomes, Dahlias & more.

 

We know that the names of these flowers can get confusing and a bit overwhelming when trying to think of which flowers to pick. We didn’t want to overwhelm you with too many pictures…the best trick is to google some of the names of the flowers to see if you like them. If you do like them search to see what colors they come in and then search for bouquet/boutonniere/corsage/centerpiece/decor ideas with that particular picture or idea.

If you are trying to save money on flowers, let your florist know that you want to stick within a budget. Give the florist your budget, an idea of what you are looking for (give them up to 3-5 looks you are going for) and some flowers that you want to have in your wedding. You may surprise them when you already know which ones are in season too! This is a great way to cut costs in your budget. Another helpful tip that is aside from seasonal flowers for saving money is ask your florist if they could transition the ceremony flowers into the reception for centerpieces or other decor. This may cut your cost in half!

We hope that these tips & advice helped you today! Have a great Tuesday & Happy Valentines Day!!!

Love,

Danielle & Cecily