April Showers Bring May Flowers

Flowers have been a wedding staple for a long time, from the 15th century when bouquets were used to mask body odor, to today, when flowers can be hung from the ceiling to create upside-down gardens.

Thanks to better hygiene and the Internet’s plethora of ideas, we can afford to get a little creative with flowers, and the possibilities are endless.

Here are 5 ways you can incorporate more flowers into your wedding. The best part is, you can do all of them yourself, which is fun for you AND your wallet. Get the bridal party together and have fun with these beautiful floral projects that will “spring” up any wedding!

  1. Flower Crowns

Flower crowns have been donning heads since ancient Greece. Whether you’re going for a polished, simple look for the bride, or a wild and vibrant piece for the flower girl, a crown of flowers looks great on any gal’s head. Find a look that fits your theme, pick the perfect flowers to compliment your color scheme, and follow a few easy steps to create a crown that’s all your own!

Get instructions and tips that will help you create the perfect flower crown here: cosmopolitan.com

  1. Embellished Drinks

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Add a sprig of spring with edible flowers. You can use floral ice cubes in your guests’ drinks, or put them in an ice bucket to keep the champagne bottles cool to the taste, and the eye.

Learn how to make floral ice cubes here: tablespoon.com

Another cool way to keep your champagne or spirits chilled is with a floral ice bucket: blog.buggydesigns.com

Or, skip the freezing process altogether and garnish drinking glasses with fresh edible flowers, or a sprig of lavender.

*Make sure your edible flowers were grown pesticide-free! If you can’t find them at a local store or florist, they are available to buy online. Or, even better, grow them in your own back yard!

 

 

 

  1. Chair Garlands

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Make the chairs for the bride and groom stand out by adorning it with a garland of greenery and flowers. Here’s two ways you can construct a beautiful garland:

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  1. Floral Table Runners

Ditch the fabric and use a runner of greenery with accent flowers, or a drape of full blooms. Click here to learn how you can make your own floral table runner.

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  1. Flower Chandeliers

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Flowers do not have to be bound to the ground. You can hang them in glass bulbs or bottles, or make flower chandeliers. Like all the projects above, there are several ways to do this, depending on the look you’re going for. You can use a piece of wood to create a beautiful hanging garden, drape a hula hoop, or make a floral lampshade with a wire basket.

Here are a few examples of flower chandeliers you can make yourself:

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When picking flowers and plants for any of these projects, be sure to take into account the proper care and time required to ensure all the flowers look fresh on the big day. Consider ways to maintain their freshness, like using water tubes in the arrangements.

Spring Showers with RSVP

Spring is certainly here and that means a chance of showers (and we’re not just talking about rain).  From bridal showers to baby showers, RSVP has everything you need to host an amazing shower! When it comes to decorating for the shower, start with these four steps.

Select a Theme

Whether you’re going for a rustic, modern or boho chic look, step one to planning the perfect shower is selecting a theme.  The theme is important to establish first because it will dictate other shower details, including decorations, venue, food and more.

Pick the Venue

When selecting a venue, it’s important to choose a space that will enhance your theme. Follow the links below for popular shower venues in the area.

Michael’s Mansion

Clayton House

Bonneville House

Adelaide Hall

Lay the Foundation

Before you make the venue look beautiful, you have to lay the foundation. Select the tables, chairs and any other basic furniture pieces you’ll need. Click here to view our selection of tables and chairs!

Decorate!

You’ve already done the hard work, now it’s time for the fun! Dress up the space with linens, lighting, dinnerware, decor and more. Don’t know where to start? Our event rental coordinators are trained to help design your perfect event. Contact RSVP today to learn more!

St. Patty’s Day Party Ideas

March 17 will be here before we know it and that means it’s time to start thinking about your St. Patrick’s Day party! Here are some fun party ideas your guests will love.

Luck of the Irish Shots
What is a St. Patty’s celebration without booze? Try this easy drink recipe.


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Irish Potato Bites
These tasty potato bites are easy to prepare and will impress your guests.


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St. Patty’s Day Photo Frame
This easy-to-make photo frame is all you need for an awesome photo booth. Click here for instructions!


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Green Velvet Cupcakes
These delicious cupcakes have everything your love about Red Velvet but with a festive St. Patty’s hue. Click here for the recipe.


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Whatever your St. Patrick’s Day party plans, surround yourself with good friends and have a good time. For all your party needs, contact RSVP Event Rentals!

2017 Weddings: New Trends for a New Year

It’s a new year and that means it’s time for some fresh wedding ideas! If you’re planning a 2017 wedding, give these trends a try.

Removable Skirt Wedding Dresses
2017’s brides are looking for wedding dresses with double the impact.  Convertible wedding dresses allow one look for the ceremony and one for the reception.  Walk down the aisle in a princess ballgown and dance the night away in a stunning sheath dress!


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Tech Savvy Ceremonies & Receptions
From custom Snapchat filters to live streaming ceremonies, 2017’s brides and grooms are upping their tech game. Incorporating technology is a fun way to put a personal touch on this special day.

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Charity Registries
Brides and grooms are looking for ways to use their big day to give back. Charity registries are one of the ways they’re accomplishing this. Websites like JustGive.org allow users to conveniently set up a registry for their favorite charity. This is a great alternative to traditional registries!


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Plated Dinners
The last few years have shown a rise in casual reception dinners. However, 2017 is doing away with buffets, food stations and food trucks and returning to more elegant plated dinners. The look is timeless and is a way to treat your guests with class.


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What 2017 wedding trend will you try?

Holiday Parties: Creative Ideas & Themes

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Are you planning your annual Christmas party, but don’t want to go with a traditional theme? We’ve gathered the perfect ideas to put a creative spin on your holiday celebration.

Christmas Carol Karaoke

In the words of Buddy the Elf, “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear!” You can do just that with your own Christmas Carol Karaoke party. Grab your karaoke machine, some classic Christmas songs and you’re set! Your friends will love singing together and reminiscing on their favorite holiday tunes. Click here for a list of holiday classics.

White Christmas

Ditch the traditional red and green for all white. The look is clean and will have your guests feeling the magic of the holidays. Have an all white dessert bar, make your signature drink a White Chocolate Snowflake Martini and decorate with handmade snowflakes.  And when in doubt, just put white twinkle lights everywhere! Check out our selection of linens for the perfect all-white party tables.

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Christmas Craft Night

Not only is holiday crafting fun, it’s a great way to make handmade gifts for the people on your gift list. Have your guests bring their own supplies to make a craft of their choice or plan your party around making a specific craft as a group (for example: Christmas wreaths, hand-painted holiday mugs, etc.). Click here for a list of DIY holiday gifts to get you started.

At the end of the day, the best thing you can do to ensure an amazing Christmas party is to invite and surround yourself with the people you love.  That’s what the holiday season is all about.  Click here to select the perfect party supplies for your Christmas get together!

Ideas for Your Halloween Party

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Halloween will be here before we know it!  That means it’s time to start planning your party.  Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Perfect Party Table
Set the tone for your party with a decked out party table! This black table cloth makes the other decorations pop. Browse through our selection of tables and linens to find the right matches for your party.
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Popcorn Caldrons
A popcorn bar will be a hit with your guests! Besides, who can resist these creepy caldrons?
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Colorful Candy Display
Make your sweet treats double as decor by displaying them.  Our selection of apothecary jars are perfect for holding your Halloween candies!
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Creepy Cocktails
A good party needs good drinks! This Witch’s Brew Cocktail will have your guests raving.  Click here for the full recipe.
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Candy Vial Favors
Fill vials with candy and label them with creative names like these black licorice “bat droppings.” It’s a creative way to thank your guests for attending your party!
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Need something to put the finishing touch on your Halloween party? Contact RSVP Event Rentals today!

5 Wedding Favors to Fall in Love With

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A fall wedding is the perfect time to gift your guests some of your fall favorites. The fall-inspired favors below are creative, simple and will take your autumn wedding to the next level!

  1. Pumpkin Spice Soap
    There’s nothing more “fall” than the smell of pumpkin spice.  Click here for instructions on how to make these simple soaps in just 10 minutes.
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  2. Flavored Apple Cider Mix
    This cranberry apple cider mix combines not one, but TWO fall flavors! This simple mix is easy to make ahead of time and the packaging is adorable.
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  3. Toasted Pumpkin Seeds
    Make these delicious treats sweet or savory!  For instructions on how to make your own, click here.
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  4. Cozy Blankets
    These blanket favors are perfect for chilly, outdoor fall weddings and your guests will use them for years to come.
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  5. Soy Candles
    Send your guests home with personalized soy candles like these from lulusugar. Choose a chilly weather scent like “Enchanted Forest” or “Eucalyptis + Spearmint.”
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Planning a fall wedding? Browse our decor and specialty items to enhance your ceremony or reception.

DIY Bouquets : Tips, Tricks & Instructions

 

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Today’s budget brides are opting for DIY weddings, and this includes DIY bouquets.  Besides saving money, creating your own bouquets is fun! Gather your bridesmaids or friends a day or two before the wedding for a bouquet making party following the instructions below!

Instructions accessed from : The Knot

What You’ll Need:

  • 30 to 60 stems of a hardy flower like the rose (20 to 40 for each bridesmaid bouquet).
  • Bucket
  • Paper towels
  • Ribbon (in a complementary color), 1 to 2 inches wide
  • Rubber bands or green waxed floral tape
  • Stem cutter or very sharp knife
  • Stem stripper
  • Straight pins or pearl-tipped corsage pins

Step 1: Preparing the Flowers

  • Use your hands or a stem stripper to remove excess foliage and thorns, and pull off damaged or unattractive outer petals.
  • Fill a sink or bucket with water, and holding the stems underwater use the stem cutter or knife to cut the stems at an angle about 2 inches from the bottom.
  • Allow the flowers to drink for a few seconds with the stem ends underwater, then place the stems in a bucket filled halfway with cool water until you are ready to use them.
  • Keep the stems long while you work with them and trim them to a shorter length when you’ve finished constructing the bouquet.

Step 2: Assembling the Flowers

  • Take one stem at a time with one hand, and use your other hand to hold the flowers in place.
  • Assemble four flowers at an even height in a square shape — these will be at the center of the dome.
  • Arrange the other flowers one by one around the center flowers to create a dome shape.

Step 3: Securing the Bouquet

  • Use a rubber band or floral tape to bind the stems at the spot where they naturally join (about 3 to 4 inches below the flower heads).
  • Repeat the binding toward the end of the stems, leaving about 2 inches of excess stem beneath the bind to trim later.
  • Either place the stems in water and wrap them later or continue to Step 4.

Step 4: Finish the Handle

  • Cut the stem ends so they are all the same length, about 7 to 8 inches long.
  • Dry off the stems with a paper towel.
  • Cut a length of ribbon about three times as long as the length of the stems.
  • Tuck the end of the ribbon inside the top bind and start wrapping in a spiral down the length of the stem.
  • When you reach the bottom, wrap in a spiral back up the stem.
  • At the top, tuck the cut end of the ribbon underneath and secure with a couple of pins pushed through the ribbon and into the stems. If you’d like a bow, cut a separate length of ribbon and tie it just beneath the flower heads.

 

Summer 2016 Wedding Trends

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Less is More Decor

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One of summer 2016’s hottest wedding trends is simplicity.  Whether you’re going for cool industrial or warm and woodsy, no need to go overboard with the decorations.  Choose a few things you really love (pretty florals, greenery, unique glassware) and let them speak make their own statement.

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Printed Bridesmaid Dresses

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You won’t have to worry about having stereotypical ugly bridesmaid dresses with these fun frocks! Whether it be a soft floral pattern or bold stripes, the right print will set your bridesmaid dresses apart from the norm.

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Open Back Wedding Dresses

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The open back wedding dress might be this year’s most beautiful summer wedding trend.  The look is elegant, not to mention, cool in warm summer temps!

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Pops of Color

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Although “less is more” is trending, that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice color.  Whether you incorporate them in your bridesmaid dresses, floral arrangements or your own wedding day accessories, don’t be afraid to use bold, summer colors!

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Cakeless Receptions

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Brides and grooms are getting creative with the desserts they offer their reception guests.  Ice cream in a classic waffle cone is perfect for an outdoor reception, mini pies are delicious and easy to eat and donuts are perfect for a brunch wedding. Really, donuts are good any time of the day!

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Your Guide to the Perfect Wedding Music

Wedding Music

Selecting the right tunes for your big day can be difficult.  You want songs that reflect the personalities of you and your spouse and that enhance the beauty of this special day.  Listed below are our top wedding song selections!

Alternative Processional Songs
Take the World (Johnnyswim)
Can’t Help Falling in Love (Haley Reinhart)
The Thief (Brooke Fraser)
Breathe* (Stanton Lanier)
In My Life* (Jake Shimabukuro)

*Instrumental

First Dance Songs
Classic: Unforgettable (Nat King Cole)
Trendy: Thinking Out Loud (Ed Sheeran)
Fun: You are the Best Thing (Ray LaMontagne)
Alternative: Something About Your Love (Mason Jennings)
Folksy: Live Forever (Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors)

Father-Daughter Dance Songs
Classic: The Way You Look Tonight (Frank Sinatra)
Trendy: Imaginary Tea (Jon McLaughlin)
Fun: Isn’t She Lovely (Stevie Wonder)
Alternative: Dream (Priscilla Ahn)
Folksy: When You Need Me (Bruce Springsteen)

Mother-Son Dance Songs
Classic: Just the Way You Are (Billy Joel)
Trendy: 93 Million Miles (Jason Mraz)
Fun:  How Sweet it Is (James Taylor)
Alternative: I Will (The Beatles)
Folksy: Forever Young (Audra Mae & The Forest Rangers)