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The Bouquet

Flowers were introduced as a bouquet only when Queen Victoria married Prince Albert in the form of marigolds. The significance of the bouquet then changed slightly to symbolise a beautiful bride in full bloom, just like the flowers, as she weds. The fragrance of flowers was to also remind the couple of their happy day if they were to come across the smell again.

While the tradition of carrying a bouquet of fresh flowers down the aisle is very common, I’m starting to notice a unique trend.  More and more artisans are creating handmade bouquets made of fabric, yarn, jewels, and even paper.  These unique arrangements are gorgeous and they can be kept as keepsakes without the added cost of freeze-drying fresh flowers.  Besides, why not take the opportunity to be unique?  Many artisans can create bouquets for your bridesmaids and boutonnieres  for your groomsmen to compliment your bouquet.  Believe it or not, you can have these items made for less than it would cost to have fresh flowers.  Not only is it completely different, it’s also cost effective.

Below are a couple photos of bouquets.  A fabric one, and a crocheted one.

For more information on either, leave me a comment and I’ll tell you where you can find them!

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Quote of the Day

I dreamed of a wedding of elaborate elegance,
A church filled with family and friends.
I asked him what kind of a wedding he wished for,
He said one that would make me his wife.
~Author Unknown

My Favorite Things-Birds

In the warmer months, weddings start to take place outside.  Appropriately, inspiration can come from things we find in nature.  Birds have been on trend for a little while, but I just love how the theme has sparked so many imaginations and how so many wonderful bird-like details are being used in wedding decor.

Quote of The Day

Now you will feel no rain, for each of you will be shelter for the other.
Now you will feel no cold, for each of you will be warmth for the other.
Now there is no more loneliness, for each of you will be companion for the other.
Now you are two persons, but there is only one life before you.
Go now to your dwelling place to begin the days of your life together.
May your days together be good and long upon the earth.
Apache Blessing

Venue Report: San Juan Capistrano Edition

San Juan Capistrano is one of my very favorite places.  Its history is rich, and the scenery is rustic and breathtaking.  It’s no wonder this city is such a popular spot to get married.  Here’s a look at some of the venues in SJC that are wedding perfect.

The Villa

Located near the mission, The Villa is an absolutely divine venue to have an event.  The chapel is gorgeous, and the courtyards serve as serene backdrop for receptions.  They are exclusively catered by the Ramos House Café and have a full list of preferred vendors, however you can use your own if there’s one you just can’t live without.  Receptions here are relatively small as they are restricted to 150 guests.  This is also a great venue for a bridal shower.  Visit The Villa Website for more information.

The Tea House on Los Rios

This is a personal favorite.  This historic home has been transformed into a quaint restaurant.  Don’t be fooled by its size though; the beautiful Victoria garden will seat up to 200 guests and serve as both a wedding and a reception venue.  This is also the perfect place to have bridal/baby showers, anniversary and birthday parties.  Visit The Tea House for more details.

The Forster Mansion

For a more luxurious wedding, you can spend your special day at this 100-year-old historic landmark.  You have the option of an indoor or outdoor event at this venue.  They do have a caterer they work with, however you can use outside vendors if you wish.  You can have larger wedding at this location: up to 350 guests.  To see photos and a price menu, please visit  The Forster Mansion

Café Mozart

Café Mozart serves as a full service restaurant what specializes in weddings and banquets.  Holding a max capacity of 180, this venue can serve as both a wedding and reception location. Catering, bar, linens and place settings are all provided, there’s plenty of parking, and they have a dressing area for the Bride and bridal party only (sorry guys, you’ll have to come dressed in your wedding garb.)  To see a complete list of accommodations, please visit their Website.

These are just some of the amazing places to have your reception.  There are also the Mission (though you must be Roman Catholic to be married here), Serra Plaza (holds up to 450 guests) and El Adobe Restaurant.  All locations have a rustic charm, and all are close to the historic district, which serves as a wonderfully unique backdrop for amazing wedding photos.

Stay tuned for next week’s Venue Report: Downtown Fullerton.

Gifts Define, Inc.

A company started by Irma Niekum, Gifts Define, Inc. creates handmade characters for all kinds of occasions from weddings and birthday parties to baby showers and nursery decor.  Their perfectly hand-stitched adorable works of art are great for cake-toppers, mobiles, party favors, and gifts.

Go to their website or “Like” them on Facebook to see all of their creations.

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