DIY: Fabric pomanders

When hosting an event, you try to save money where you can. With help from the blogosphere, it’s easier than ever to find detailed instructions for DIY projects to give your event an edge. After stumbling upon this picture from another design blog, I knew I had to find out how to make these fabric pomander, and see just how much work they really required.
Here, they used a mix of fabric and floral pomanders.
After lots of Googling, i finally found a tutorial that I thought could help me. I found my instructions on WeddingBee. From there I went to work buying my supplies. Although I loved the patterned pomanders this couple used, I decided to go with a simple bright pink.

StudioWed Event: The Inspired Bride

Are you recently engaged and want to get some ideas for your wedding day?
Come to this great event hosted by StudioWed on September 11, 2011.
The Inspired Bride
at the Biltmore Ballrooms
It is going to be a fun, interactive day with lots of giveaways, and ideas for your day.
Here are some of the things you will experience:
Inspiring Wedding Design Tablescapes
Catering and Cake Tastings
Makeovers in the Beauty Suite
Bridal Attire Ideas
Mini Photo Sessions with our Photographers
Create Your Own Wedding Inspiration Board
Design a Tablescape with Linen, Floral, and Rental Options
Win Giveaways and Fill Your Swag Bag
Go online and register today! When you register, you are entered to win some amazing
prizes starting August 8th. Check it out at the link below!
We hope to see you there!!

Wedding Experience at StudioWed

We were honored to be part of StudioWed Atlanta’s recent Wedding Experience Event on Saturday, February 26, 2011.  It was a jam-packed day of seminars and hands on workshops led by Atlanta’s elite wedding vendors.  
Watch this video for a recap of the day.
(Thanks JAR Films for this amazing footage!)

The Wedding Experience from JARfilms on Vimeo.

Holiday Parties

Holiday parties will be here before you know it. Before you turn around, Thanksgiving will be gone and you will already be getting a late start on your holiday party planning. Here is a great article written by our very own Erica Prewett on Four Ways to Make Your Holiday Party Better Than Ever. 
Perhaps your holiday season will be a little different this year because of current economic weirdness. But you don’t have to compromise on style and fun to uphold holiday traditions, and enjoy the season. Erica Prewett, chief event planner with A Big To Do Event, shares four ways to make this holiday season better than ever.
1. Use what you have. Do you have Grandma’s old milk-glass collection in your attic and have you been wondering what in the world to do with them? Use them on your buffet. Also, instead of renting high-priced specialty linen, consider using a curtain in your “pop” color. I have even used a long dress to brighten my table. Just turn under the edges and fluff the fabric. No one will know.
2. Don’t be too matchy-matchy. It’s perfectly fine to use different patterned plates, different-sized glassware, and even different-colored cloth napkins at your parties especially when the party is in your home. You are inviting your guests into your personal space. What better way to make them feel at home and like family? Planning a party-common mistakes
3. Identify a “Greeter.” We’ve all got a friend who has never met a stranger. Use him/her as your door greeter. His/Her job is to greet guests as they arrive, bring them to the bar, and introduce them to another couple along the way. Everyone feels included and comfortable.
4. Super Woman doesn’t exist. We all want to do it all. Until right before the guests arrive, we still think we can. Prevent panic by allowing friends or a professional to handle the last-minute details. You’ll be glad you were able to mingle with your friends versus kitchen duty.
images via Just Be Splendid

Guest Blogger: Image Crafters Weddings

This week we are thrilled to have Patrice Coleman from Image Crafters Weddings for our guest blog. Patrice has years and years of experience, and I cant speak from experience when I say she is a pleasure to work with. Below you will find some great tips of getting your skin ready for your big day!

Beauty Basics

Beauty Basics start with a good skincare regiment.

WARNING: Don’t wait until the last minute to take care of skincare problems! If you have skin issues begin working on them as soon as possible, at least 3 to 6 months before your big day!

Internally~ Feed It, Water It, and Cleanse It!

1. Nutrition

– Fruits

– Vegetables

  • These provide vitamins, minerals and aid in the flushing of impurities.

-Lean Meats


-Healthy Fats

  • Lean proteins and healthy fats (like omega 3 rich fish and avocados) nourish and help the skin’s elasticity.

2. Hydration and Cleansing

– Fruits

– Vegetables

– Water

  • Eating fruits and vegetables actually help to achieve optimal hydration

Externally~ Clean it, Exfoliate It, and Hydrate It!

1. Cleansers

– Oily

– Creamy

– Foaming

2. Exfoliants


– Acidic

3. Moisturizers

– Oil based

– Oil-Free

4. Sunscreen

– Should be 15 to 30 SPF depending on the amount of sun exposure.

*Tip 15 minutes of sun exposure will increase the body’s vitamin D levels.

Always remember, take time to maintain super skin inside and out!

To all you lucky ladies preparing for your special day I say, “Hooray”!!! I found my love and passion in the beauty industry. With many years of experience in beauty and fashion, I’ve acquired a lot of knowledge along the way. I’d like to share some of those tidbits of wisdom with you now! Image Crafters Weddings provides makeup and hair services for brides and her wedding party. I hope you find this information helpful.

Best Wishes,

Patrice Coleman

Image Crafters Weddings

Patrice G. Coleman is president and CEO of Patrice G. Coleman Enterprises, a professional make-up artistry, image consulting and skincare products company. She has been one the nation’s most highly sought after professional make up and hair artist for film, television, stage and print mediums for more than 20 years. To find out more, check out her website at

Images found at 100layercake, a great bridal resource!

Going to the Chapel… Not without the marriage license!

3 Common Misconceptions About Marriage Licenses in Georgia

**Back by popular demand – here are some answers to questions we get all the time about getting your marriage license in Georgia. Enjoy!**
Common Misconceptions #1: “Blood Tests are required in Georgia.” The real answer is no. As of July 1, 2003 blood tests are no longer required in the state of Georgia.

Common Misconceptions # 2: “You have to register in the county you are getting married in.” If either the bride or groom is a Georgia resident you can get your marriage license in any probate court in Georgia. If neither the bride nor groom is a Georgia resident you do have to get your marriage license in the county you will be married in.

Common Misconceptions # 3: “You can just show up at a probate court and get your license.” Come Prepared. Here’s a quick checklist for things to bring with you: both the bride and groom’s birth certificate, driver’s licenses, passports, and social security cards. Original forms of all of these things are required.

Fees for marriage licenses range from $50 to $100. Make sure you call the probate court you are planning to go to well in advance to determine the specific requirements for that county. In Georgia if a couple completes a premarital education program the marriage license fee will be waved. Check out the Georgia probate court website for more information on requirements for premarital education and other information.

Probate Courts in Georgia:
Clayton County:
21 South McDonough St.
Jonesboro, GA

Cherokee County:
90 North St. Suite 340
Canton, GA

Clarke County:
325 E. Washington St.
Athens, GA
Cobb County:
32 Waddel St., Bldg D, Probate Court
Marietta, GA
Coweta County:
22 East Broad St.
Newnan, GA
Dekalb County:
556 North McDonough St., Rm G1B
Decatur, GA
Douglas County:
8700 Hospital Dr.
Douglasville, GA
Fayette County:
One Center Ave.
Fayetteville, GA
Forsyth County:
112 West Maple St., Suite 101
Cumming, GA
Fulton County:
136 Pryor St., Suite C230
Atlanta, GA
Gwinnett County:
75 Langley Dr.
Lawrenceville, GA
Hall County:
225 Green St.
Gainesville, GA
Henry County:
99 Sims St.
McDonough, GA
Newton County:
1132 Usher St., Room 107
Covington, GA
Rockdale County:
922 Court St., Room 107
Conyers, GA
Oconee County:
23 N. Main St
Watkinsville, GA

Wednesday Showers

For the next few weeks, we will be featuring a different “shower” every Wednesday. First up on the list: Engagement Shower
An engagement shower will be the first shower a couple receives together. Most are couples showers, which means women, as well as men attend.

Because this is the couples first shower, and men may get intimidated by this easily, keep it casual. If you want to use a theme, keep it unisex. Some of our favorite ideas for engagement showers?

-“Stock the Bar”
This is fun because it gives your guests some variety in their gift. Planning the shower, it also helps you keep it causal. Guests can bring them the ingredients to the couples favorite drink, or get them wine, beer, or martini glasses. Also, keep it casual by grabbing a keg for your guests or have some fun informal drinking games to keep your guests busy.

-“Party Games”
As newlyweds, the couple will likely want to have friends over. Having board games for a party theme is always a fun idea. Guests can bring their favorite party game as a gift for the couple, and some can be played as a group. This may not be the best idea for a large party. As fun as board games are, couples do not want 100’s of games to store.
-“Memory Mat”
This will just require you have a large mat with the engaged couple’s picture inside. Guests can write their favorite memory on the mat for the couple to keep. You can also spice this up by using a “wishing wall” instead. Use chicken wire to create a board and gave guests roll up notes to put inside.
-“Love is sweet”
This shower makes it especially easy for the host to provide a fun event for all. By providing different “sweets” the food is simple and set up is easy. This shower is also easy to decorate with cute banners and signs.

Most of all, you want the newly engaged, as well as the guests to have a blast! Remember to keep things specific to your couple, and the environment they want to set up.

Saying Thank You

One of the most common faux pas committed by brides is the failure to say thank you in a timely manner.
According to The Emily Post Institute, thank you notes should be written as soon as possible and thank you’s for wedding gifts should be written within three months of the gift’s receipt.
The White Aisle stationery store makes it easy. Check out these beautiful thank you cards:

Some more of our favorites:
Lifeguard press makes it easy to get your favorite Jonathan Adler or Lilly Pulitzer notecards customized. Find your favorite print, then just add your monogram to the front. Try getting your monogram as a couple for thank you’s after the wedding.
There is something timeless about an ivory embossed notecard. Paired with your monogram, this makes for a perfect thank you. The Stationary Studio has these perfectly simply, fold over notecards. Great idea to go with a shower gift? I think so too.
Things to remember when writing a Thank You:
– Make it timely.
– Make it sincere. Try to keep some variations to each thank you so recipients do not feel like it is a cookie cutter thank you.
– Tell the recipient how you will use their gift.
– Try to make the thank you from the bride and groom by saying things like, “I cannot wait to try out some new recipes in our crock-pot. Kyle is excited that this will keep his clean-up duty easy!”
– Make it neat. Only write a few cards per day to keep your writing from getting sloppy.
– If applicable, include thanks for attending the wedding.

As you jump into your weekend, check out one of our summer weddings featured on Atlanta Occasions this week!

Questions To Ask Your Wedding Florist

Flowers, can be one of the most vital parts of an event. Flowers can turn an ordinarily boring space, into a beautiful vivacious venue. But who can turn your dreams into a reality? And how do you make sure they’re going to give you what you want? I’ve seen the mistakes people make when dealing with a florist. To help, here is a fool-proof list of what to ask your florist!