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Winter Wedding Details And Ideas

Submitted by: Janet R.

Summer and Fall are popular season to get married. When we think of weddings, we basically look forward of having a puffy white clouds and fine weather celebration, where in fact very ideal for any occasion. Then we include different colorful flowers and spring like-colors. This may seem to be favorable for couples whose wedding schedule falls on the months of June July and August, but how about for the soon-to-be brides and grooms who preferred the months of December January, February? Can they also experience a wedding of a lifetime?

To decorate a winter wedding theme is no longer an issue for it can hold its own unique beauty that many often missed out. Winter can give a cozy and romantic ambiance, a setting for your wedding. Winter can give way for a great opportunity to experience all the possibilities a winter wedding can bear. Unlike with other seasonal weddings, you can find more availability of venues where to hold your wedding reception and not a peak season for caterers and photographers as well, therefore it can’t cost so much for you. Although it seem to be more of an indoor celebration, a landscape of drifts of powdery white snow can make a perfect backdrop for your photographs. You may want to use a horse or reindeer-drawn instead of a limo ride a fantasy-like, romantic just-married ride for you and your behalf.

To divert your reception from cold weather, choose warm and rich colors for decorations. Warm and rich colors you can use are reds, oranges, violets, blues and even earth toned colors like brown, golden yellow and tans. White is also a well-known classic winter color. For your bridal gown, it should include layers, heavier fabrics and elegant, inspired with classic and traditional styles. You can incorporate cloaks or shawls to keep you warm, an elegant accent also to your bridal gown.

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Winter wedding decorations include very popular flower arrangement, you can use flowers like amaryllis, poinsettias, asters, calla lilies, orchids, iris, roses, tulips and even mistletoe. If your wedding schedule near Christmas, you Christmas lights can be your lightings to add some sparkling effect. For your centerpieces, you can have ice sculptures or winter themed place cards and favors. Winter themed favor can be snowmen or snowflakes, or perhaps Christmas themed cookies like gingerbread men or candy cane can make a delightful treat.

However, a popular choice to symbolize a winter season is snowflakes. Snowflakes, a simply elegant decoration to display on your winter wedding, a good combination of uniqueness and classiness. You can find favors like Snowflake Bottle Stopper Wedding Favors, Snowflake Gel Candle Wedding Favors and Snowflake Place Card Holders/Ornaments that are simply fabulous on your table centerpiece, a perfect attraction to complete your winter wedding atmosphere. Also, other choices could personalized items which can make a unique wedding gifts for your guests, like wedding albums and picture frames, coaster favors and other personalized themed wedding favors.

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Top Ten Ways To Reuse Flower Vases

By Sarah Simmons

Flowers are great gifts on birthdays, anniversaries and other special occasions, but what do you do with the vases once the flowers have died? Although its always a good idea to keep a few vases around, after a while they can add up. Try these top ten ways to reuse your old flower containers!

1. Design a Centerpiece

You can reuse plain cylinder floral vases by filling them with something colorful. Oranges, lemons or limes make a great eye-catching summertime centerpiece, or fill a vase with pinecones and dried berries for a festive winter look.

2. Create a Candleholder

Wide-mouthed vases make lovely candleholders. Just fill the bottom half with items sturdy enough to hold-up a candle (stones, beads or coffee beans are also great ideas), then work the candle down into the container.

3. Give a Gift

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Dont go to that next party empty handed! Fill a vase with relevant items (i.e. Christmas decorations, holiday themed candy such as candy corn for Halloween, or seashells for a beach party) for the host or hostess as a thank you.

4. Make Bookends

Decorate the exterior of your flower vase to match the area of the bookcase and fill the vase with something heavy, like sand or rocks, so it can be used as a bookend.

5. Organize your Home

Smaller flower vases are great for holding pens and pencils or loose change. In addition, empty vases are great for kitchen utensils. Have a square vase? Try using it to hold all your remote controls.

6. Donate to a Good Cause

Fill your old flower containers with dried or artificial flowers, and donate them to hospitals or retirement homes and help brighten someone elses day.

7. Produce a Planter

Try planting herbs or small flowers in a clear vase for a prettier alternative to plastic containers. Put rocks in the bottom third of the vase for drainage and fill the rest with soil. You can plant a variety of herbs for a kitchen window garden or small flowers to brighten up your office. The best part youll always know when your plants need watering!

8. Showcase Something Special

Have a special memento or souvenir from a recent vacation? Tall floral containers are a great way to call attention to smaller items that might otherwise get lost on bookcases. Cover it with the vase by itself, or add similar themed dcor along with the keepsake for a more intricate display.

9. Put Pastries on a Pedestal

Wide based, wide mouthed vases make great cake stands! Just turn your vase upside down (or keep it right side up if the base is wider than the mouth), and secure a plate on top. These stands can be used to display special pies, cupcakes, cookies and more.

10. Apply it to Art

If all else fails, and you cant find any other uses for your flower vases, you can always break them up, and use the colored broken glass in mosaics or tile works.

Receiving floral gifts is only half the fun when it comes to all the different ways you can reuse the vases. Remember: dont just throw away your old containers, keep it green and reuse them!

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