Planning a wedding? Expert gives tips for blissful event
Feb 07, 2013 (Boston Herald - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
Wedding season may be months away, but the planning is feverishly under way as couples try to personalize all aspects of their nuptials.
Abby Larson, author of the new book "Style Me Pretty Weddings" (Potter Style, $30) and founder of the wildly successful site www.stylemepretty.com, said every budget can create memorable moments worthy of the Big Day. The Wayland-based wedding expert weighed in on everything from tablescapes and tents to technology and -- yes! -- a return to "themes."
-- Create a home party vibe with "family-style dining where you're passing big side dishes." "Guests feel like they're at something approachable," she said.
-- Tablescapes are getting cozier. Use less opulent blooms. Think garden roses.
-- Make a statement with lighting. "Chandeliers are becoming a design focal point," Larson said. Extravagant affairs may feature a dozen in a tented space. Budget-conscious brides can scoop up vintage ones at flea and antique markets for little money.
-- Personalize the dessert table. Entice guests with home-inspired pies, custards and jams. "Include family recipes and (gifts) to take away," she said.
-- Say "I do" to social media. Technology isn't just about sending electronic save-the-dates. Larson said some couples put hashtags on the menus so guests can tweet and post updates on Facebook and Instagram.
-- Mix musical tastes. While most couples cue up the classics for the ceremony, brides and grooms are replacing older tunes (Frank Sinatra's "It Had to Be You") with contemporary ballads (Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat's "Lucky"). "It's less about standards and more about having fun," Larson said.
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