Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Creative & Inexpensive Centerpieces

For Wine Lovers: Have wine bottles do double duty by covering existing labels with large, graphic numbers. Guests can drink to your good fortune--& your good taste!

Citrus Arrangement: Tie taffeta ribbons secured with pins around ripe lemons & grapefruits & pile them into a beautiful glass compote. Coordinate them with your menu for a colorful and bright arrangement!

Cup of Tea: Flowers fade but beautiful china is forever! Collect teacups & saucers at flea markets, or for a sweeter touch borrow from family members. Stack & secure with museum wax, place votive in the cups & embellish with a rose or two. Cheers to an elegant & super inexpensive centerpiece!

Ripe Fruit Centerpiece: Let fresh tomatoes from your local farmers markets double as centerpieces & wedding favors. Display in cute baskets & tag with each guest or family name. Enjoy!

Tapered Candles: In lieu of floral arrangements, create a centerpiece of sleek tapers in a variety of shapely glass candlesticks. Find unique, inexpensive styles at your local home decor stores.

Visit Martha Stewart Weddings at for more centerpiece ideas.


Saturday, July 10, 2010


Here's how to address your invitation to some interesting guests for your wedding. Once you hear back from them, display their responses on your sign in table.

The Honorable Barack Obama and Mrs. Obama

The White House
Greetings Office Rm. 39
1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
Washington, DC 20500

Wedding invitations to the President can also be faxed to: (202) 395-1232

Invitation Tip: The White House greetings office handles as many wedding invitation requests as they can. Send your wedding invitation at least six weeks in advance. Be sure to include your old and new mailing address in case the RSVP comes later.

Mickey and Minnie Mouse
The Walt Disney Company
500 South Buena Vista Street
Burbank, California 91521

[for CA residents]

The Governor & Mrs. Arnold Schwarzenegger
State Capitol Building
Sacramento, California 95814

[for Catholics]

Pope Benedictus XVI
Prefettura della Casa Pontifica
00210 Citta del Vaticano, Italia

[for Brits -- you won't get anything back unless you are a British citizen]

The Secretary to Her Majesty
Queen Elizabeth II
Buckingham Palace
London, England SW1A 1AA