Thursday, December 24, 2009

Does Santa Like Spring?

With all the Christmas colors around me I had to think about our upcoming Spring Weddings that we are planning for two different couples. Wow....back to my hot chocolate and waiting on Santa

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

If Winter Blue is Your Color...Enjoy

CREDITS: Occasion jewelery by Originals by Lynnette on etsy, flowergirl ring by ZsB Creations on etsy, butterfly embellishment from, memory wire bracelet by AMI designs on etsy, blue wedding garter by, bridesmaid dress from, teardrop bridal bouquet by, scroll wedding invite by, wedding dress by, cupcakes by, guest book and pen from, table plan by, tea roses from, favour box from, votives from

Sunday, December 13, 2009


Adding a unique touch to your wedding reception can be as simple as how you tie a chair cover. Some great products from Chair Covers and Linens can add pops of color along with stylish techniques to your decor. Try some of these color trends for 2010: lemon, lime, peacock, lavender, and teal. You can also save money buy using a chair sash for table runners! They will be a lot less inexpensive to supply. Visit Chair Covers and Linens and see what personal design that can add your to your wedding day.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Christmas Weddings

With Christmas right around the corner, we wanted to show some of the beautiful decor popping up this year for Christmas Brides. Here are just a few of the favorite photos sent to us from our brides....

Beautiful Feet for Your Wedding

We love to stumble upon really cute ideas for the bride. For those planning a beach wedding this may be something for you.

Beautiful Barefoot Sandals takes the simple and make it pretty. This jewels can be worn on a beach, in a hotel room or for that special honeymoon night.

The Team at Beautiful Barefoot Sandals has been busy in 2009 with the most beautiful Beach Weddings and Garden Weddings from all over the world.

Their Wedding Collection of Foot Jewelry has been very popular with all brides, Maid of Honor, Bridesmaids, Flower Girl, Mother, and Mother in Law.

The latest Barefoot Jewelry designs are now available for 2010. If you are bride or know a bride looking for that special something check them out!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

WE Did It Again!

Thank you brides! We appreciate you as much as you appreciate us. Jameson Creations has ranked another 5-star rating!

5 Star Vendor on Wedding Mapper

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Do You REALLY Need a Wedding Planner

Of course, asking anyone at Jameson Creations this question, you can almost be assured what we will respond but I found it most gratifying in reading the blog of Cater It Simple and found they, too, also believe getting a planner is a pretty good idea. Keep reading:

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Do You REALLY Need a Wedding Planner? I say, "Heck, YEAH!"

In this era of cutting back and pinching pennies, it’s only natural for brides to look at what costs they can cut from the budget. And since most of us have been planning our wedding since we were, oh I don’t know …… FOUR!!!! …… we tend to think “oh, it’s just a wedding! Anyone can throw one of those together!” So it’s also natural to think a wedding planner is just an extra expense.

Want to know what I think? Well, I’m going to tell you anyway.

“In today’s economy” (a phrase I’ve come to hate more and more each day), it is more important than ever to have a wedding planner.

Planners are the ones who actually SAVE you money:

· They review your contracts to be sure that what you THINK you’re getting is what you’re actually getting.

· They have a huge Rolodex of wedding vendors and can match you up to the ones who can do what you want on the budget you have.

· When touring a venue, the bride is caught up in the emotion of the moment and is only seeing how pretty everything will look. The planner is looking at parking spaces, what condition the restrooms are and where they are located, how and where the bar and the caterer will set up, and are there enough outlets for the DJ and the caterer’s carving station?

· When a bride is talking to the caterer, the bride is in turmoil trying to decide between chicken and fish. The planner is asking what the server/guest ratio is and how much is the cost of each server?

Let me share some stories on how planners have helped brides.

- Bride hires wedding planner after selecting the venue but before signing the venue contract. When planner reviews the contract, she finds the bride has contracted for the use of the building ONLY. Bride thought she was getting tables, chairs, linens and lots of other things that the bride thought “were always included” at a reception. The planner saved the bride over $6000 on a bad contract. Well worth the $2000 the bride paid the planner.

- Bride decides to forego the professional planner and use her best friend, who after all, was a bridesmaid three times, so she knows ALL about planning weddings! The friend failed to take note of the facility’s $2000 fee for turning on the air conditioning and the newly married couple had to come up with this money at the very, VERY last minute, which was a severe cut into their honeymoon fund.

- The band hired by the bride was telling bride and planner where they would be setting up, what time they would be there and where the wives’ table would be. Planner corrected band member by showing him the already-decided place they would set up, giving him the actual time he would be there and asked him what he meant by a wives’ table? Band member says, “Oh the wives always come to all of our gigs.”  Planner told him this was not a “gig”, this was a wedding, the wives were not on the guest list, and there would be no wives table because there would be no wives. Band member began to argue the point. Planner fired the band and hired a professional DJ. Bride was relieved.

When times are good and people have good jobs, they don’t worry about costs as much. I’m not saying they don’t comparison shop, but they tend to buy bells and whistles instead of staying in a budget. It’s easy to plan a wedding when you’re not paying attention to every penny.

When times are tough, a couple just can’t afford last minute surprises. But they’ve never planned a party for 200+ people before and there are questions they just don’t know to ask. An event planner knows those questions and when he/she asks them, the bride saves money.

As a caterer, I’m always relieved to see a professional planner walk into the room. I know the details are going to be handled, things will run on schedule, and it will be a very pleasant event for everyone. If you have a tight budget, you NEED a wedding planner. Today, more than ever, it’s the best investment you can make in your wedding. Remember, it’s your wedding. You have ONE SHOT to get it right. Get a professional on your side who is going to be looking out for you on your very special day.

How To Cut A Wedding Cake

One of the biggest anticipations at a wedding [after the bride's entrance] is the wedding cake! What will it look like and more importantly how will it taste. Debi Brim of Cater It Simple has been creating masterpieces in the art of cake making. Below is a tip from her on how to actually cut the cake:

After disassembling the wedding cake, start cutting the largest tier first. This way, if you have any leftover cake, it will be the smaller, easier-to-store tiers. Cut a 2" strip down one side of the cake. This part is optional, but it makes for a cleaner cut of cake. Gently tip the 2" strip of cake onto it's side. Don't worry .... the cake is very sturdy and won't shatter! You can leave the 2" strip standing and cut it as shown in the next steps.

Once the 2" strip is on it's side, start cutting pieces 1" wide. (A standard wedding cake serving is 1" x 2" x 4"). Using a cake cutting comb (as shown in the picture) or a gloved hand will help keep the cake "hands free" and less messy for the person cutting the cake. Transfer the cut piece of cake to a plate. Notice how using the cake cutting comb prevents your hands from getting all sticky with icing!

Continue cutting 1" pieces from the 2" strip. When the 2" strip is gone, cut another 2" strip from the remaining cake and repeat the process. When you get to the last 2" strip, it is strongly recommended that it be placed on it's side for cutting. Since it's the last strip, it doesn't have anything to lean against and it could fall over during the cutting of the last few pieces. Take a few minutes to visit Debi's site! Better yet, get some of her desserts and be wowed!

Monday, November 23, 2009

The Details of Your Big Day

With so many ideas, trends and personal touches that can be added to your wedding day, it can become overwhelming trying to decide what you want to have as a part of your big day and what the bridal magazines can keep to themselves. Some 'extras' added to your big day that are certainly not a necessity can be:

  • Bathroom Baskets - those pretty little holders of personal grooming and refreshing packets that are laid out in the restrooms for your guests
  • Signage leading to the ceremony site - some creative couples have posted signs along the pathway showing guests where the main event will be held
  • Programs, menus and posted signs - expressing your theme in more subtle touches, these extras can be a way of expressing your own personal style as well as mentioning special guests or ceremony rituals that some may not follow very easily
  • Photobooths and Candy Buffets - these hot trends can often 'wow' your guests and give them something to do in addition to visiting and dancing during the reception. They can also serve as a take home favor that most people will truly enjoy
  • Kids Activity Rooms - this concept can often be a saving grace for parents looking to have a good time and misbehaving or bored children looking to go home. Creating an area with party supplies for the little ones to keep them occupied while other festivities are going on. This can include activity books, games, toys, and even a face painter or magician.
Look at these "wow" details:

Saturday, November 21, 2009

How to make iced branches for centerpieces

You can create incredible iced branch displays for weddings, receptions, windows and home decorating by using branches. You can even add lights if you want to make them twinkle in the candlelight.

Materials needed:

Tree branches [artificial or real]
Tacky Glue
Colorfill Diamond Vase Filler [1 lb or 2 lb size]

Step 1.

Place a sheet of newspaper down for a work area. Pour a pile of Colorfill Diamonds (add German glass glitter for extra sparkle) in the center.

Step 2.

Place tacky glue on the branches and smooth it out along the branch(not in big clumps). Then fold the paper slightly up to keep the contents in the center. Roll the branch in the Diamonds (and glitter). Let set for about 45 minutes. Now work on the opposite side of the branch. Wait 1/2 hour and you have ice covered branches. easy as that!

You can also add artificial moss or red berries to some of the branches or even pine cones to add some special effects.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

BRIDES: Questions You Should Ask Your Videographer

One of the biggest crazes that never seems to fade is the use of a videographer to capture your most treasured day. With so many vendors to choose from, how do you narrow down your selection and get the most for your money? Make sure you cover these questions when meeting with your videographer one on one:

1) How long have you been in business and how many videos have you produced to date?

2) May I see samples of each kind of  'style' you produce such as vintage, documentary, cinematic?

3) If not you, who exactly will be filming my day and how many people and cameras will be used?

4) Have you ever filmed at my particular wedding site? [If so, view the film]

5) What kind of equipment do you use and how old is it? [Educate yourself on what you want used]

6) Do you do special effects with the film? Can I add my own music? Can I advise you on who to interview and specific shots I want included in my final dvd?

7) What exactly is your rate and payment schedule, travel and overtime fees and can I review your contract?

8) How many dvd's will I receive in  my package? Will the raw footage be available for purchase?

9) What kind of back up plan do you have in case your equipment fails to operate that day?

10) When can I expect my final product to be delivered to me and I can I speak to some of your past clients?

Saturday, November 7, 2009

The Road to the Aisle

Do these aisles add a new pizazz to the event? You bet! don't be afraid to curve out a bit and make some of your decor simply be the way to get there. These looks will a new wow to any event and can often make a smaller area appear bigger just by curving things up. Photos by Firefly Occasions

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Wedding Cakes That Say Wow

Each tier is frosted in delightful designs and have original shapes!  Love the brown and green combos to highlight a "Go Green" Wedding Theme
Photo by: Get Married 
Cake by: Sugar Chefs

This ensemble will surely be talked about many months after the wedding. This decadent death by chocolate cake dreamed up by Ron Ben Israel, has chocolate filling surrounded by chocolate and adorned with flowers made entirely of sugar.        Photo by: Israel

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

The Ring Bowl

Making your wedding unique can often be a challenge. This spin off on the typical ring bearer's pillow is from Paloma's Nest-the work of Caroline Colom Vasquez. Each piece made by her is hand-crafted out of the finest and most natural materials like wood, cloth, porcelain, and paper and is meant to be an heirloom piece to pass down from generation to generation. If you are looking to add some uniqueness to your special day, visit their site to see all the different items that are now becoming trends!

A Picture Says It All

About a year ago, my artistic husband [Antonio of A Pope Design] drew a picture of he and I that I simply adored. Within my own wedding planning I further took the 'sketch' idea and incorporated it throughout our whole fall wedding theme. We used these photos on top of our Save-The-Date boxes, the back side of our rehearsal dinner invites, inside our wedding programs and as a lead in to our wedding website

In addition, for our bridal party gifts, he drew a 16x20 self portrait of each member on cloth and we had it framed with our fall theme and gave it to them at our rehearsal dinner. They were shocked and amazed and I believe they like the personal touch we showed them on our special day. They were generous enough to allow us to display their photos on easels surrounding our sign in table at the wedding before taking them home after the big celebration.

Make This UP!

Stacey Mayo is a make up artist expert! She can transform, highlight, minimize and change a canvas to make any one feel the most beautiful they can be! Recently, I had the pleasure of working with Stacey for my own wedding [October 24, 2009] and she was phenominal! She transformed me into a bride that made me feel like a princess all day long. Thanks Stacey for making me and my girls feel so beautiful on my wedding!

Some sage advice from Stacey:   Bridal makeup should be a natural, timeless and flawless look. The makeup should enhance your features to make you look picture perfect. Stay away from trendy makeup that will "date" you in your wedding day photos. False eyelashes, whether strip or individual, are a perfect way to add drama to your eyes, without adding more makeup.
Photo by Jet Kaiser of Kasier Productions

You and Your Videographer

My own personal wedding was this past October 24th [2009]. Our videographer team was outstanding! Jet and Dani Kaiser of Kaiser Productions are such an awesome husband and wife team to work with in the Indiana area. Their attention to detail, professional image and outstanding abilities made all the precious moments come to life. We hardly knew they were ever there however the sneak peeks we have received of our special day lets us know they have captured every memory for us. Soon we will have our dvd to show, but here are a few shots of their spectacular work!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Bridal Bombshell

Modern Bride and Elegant Bride will no longer be available. Due the economy and many corporations trying to cut their losses and streamline operations, these two wonderful resources got the ax.

Like so many today, how horrible it is that so many families will be affected especially so close to the holidays. You can reado more information on the closings here.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Biggest Mistakes Wedding Guests Make

Are you planning your wedding? Is it time to get those invitation RSVP's so you can finish your catering order and layout that seating chart? Here are some of the rules guests' break without even realizing it!

1) Don't bother to send in RSVP card
Some guests don't realize the importance of sending in their rsvp cards by the deadline specified. They treat it as a novelty instead of a useful planning tool in order to finish the planning process. If you are battling this, wait a week after the deadline and then get on the phone to get an actual confirmation on who is coming.

2) Sending RSVP's with added guests
Don't be surprised if many of your rsvp's will have two, three or even more added guests. Although the intentions may be good, financially if you can't foot the bill for the addeded guests you will have to all and advise your guests that you simply to not have room in the budget or the facility to accomodate the additions but you still hope they will come.

3) Drinking too much
Although an open bar may be provided, it doesn't mean you have to consume all the contents. Guests can not always control how they act after too much alcohol and can embarress the bride and groom as well as themselves.

For more guests mistakes,  visit the Knot at

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Felt Acorns

These little gems can be a nice detail on invitations or adornment on any paper product for your wedding. You can make them any exciting fall colors or even use them for a winter wonderland display.

To find out more about these items, check out our friends at the Do-It-Yourself blog and see what other fun ideas they can share.

Do you have your own Do-It-Yourself idea that made your wedding special to you and your groom? If so, contact us so we can feature it on our blog for other brides to see.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

American Idol Wedding

Photo by Steve Brown of Looking Glass Photogrpahy

American Idol runner up Justin Guarini wed his highschool sweetheart in a lavish affair at his parents estate. The bride chose a peacock feather theme and the couple both included her daughter Lola in the festivities to united the threesome as one family.

They dines on salmon and asparagus and had a DJ to keep the music pumping all evening. The bride and groom chose their first dance to the tune of "Samson" by Regina Specktor and included Lola.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Astounding Autumn Cakes

These Autumn cakes set the new trend for how a wedding cake can "wow" your wedding guests. These masterpieces are created by the folks at Couture Cakes. See more on          

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

How Yummy Does This Look?

TWISTED TIERS of silver and white confection create this autumn masterpiece by Ron Ben-Israel His cakes have been featured in many magazines including InStyle.