Friday, November 28, 2008

Fun Find: Seashell Candles

Ah, Black Friday – the official start of the holiday season. I am not, never have been, and probably never will be one of those die-hards who camps out at Walmart on Thanksgiving night to be one of the first through the doors when they open at some ungodly hour the next morning. I much prefer the convenience of online shopping, after a cozy night’s sleep in my warm bed.

So as I was browsing for Christmas gifts this morning from the comfort of my home, imagine my delight to come across these adorable seashell candles at Wisteria.com. These would make a lovely addition to any beach-themed reception d├ęcor. Use them on guest tables as a centerpiece accent or to dress up the cake table, place card table, guestbook table, etc. And the best part is, they’re currently on sale! Click here to order a set of 6 for $24.48.

[photo source: http://www.wisteria.com/]

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Perspective

On the eve of Thanksgiving, as I take a moment to reflect on all that I have to be thankful for in my life, I am reminded of an email that passed through my inbox some time ago. It contained a PowerPoint presentation that provided an enlightening view of how the world would look if the earth’s population was condensed to 100 people. I don’t know where the email originated, as it had been forwarded a number of times before it found its way to me, but after a quick Google search, I came across something very similar at miniature-earth.com.

In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, we often become so wrapped up in our own circumstances that it can be easy to lose sight of just how fortunate we really are in comparison to the majority of the world. In honor of Thanksgiving, I wanted to share a few of the eye-opening statistics from the Miniature Earth presentation that really help to put things in perspective:

“53 [of the 100 people] struggle to live on $2.00 per day or less.”

“If you keep your food in a refrigerator, your clothes in a closet . . . if you have a bed to sleep in and a roof over your head, you are richer than 75% of the entire world population.”

“If you have a bank account, you’re one of the 30 wealthiest people in the world.”

Keep these statistics in mind the next time you find yourself complaining about your stressful job, or cursing the long lines at the grocery store. Instead, be grateful that you have the means to earn a living and enough money to put food on your table. I urge you to visit the Miniature Earth website and view the full presentation (currently available in five different languages), which also includes a demographic profile of the 100-person population. It’s only a couple of minutes long and very interesting.

~Wishing you a safe and happy Thanksgiving~

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Blissfully Inspired

With the advent of Bliss' recent facelift, I felt compelled to create a storyboard inspired by our new logo! As I mentioned in a previous blog entry Inspiration Everywhere, ideas can come from every day, non-traditional sources. In this case, our new logo led me to envision an event decorated with light blues and creamy oranges. For your viewing pleasure, I present to you the Bliss Weddings Inspiration Storyboard.


We invite you to submit your logo as a muse for an inspiration storyboard! Email your request and a jpeg of your logo to elizabeth@blissweddingsllc.com. We will post your storyboard with your business name and contact information. It might give you a new perspective on your company's vision and provide ideas for future marketing concepts!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Create your own font

With literally thousands of fonts out there, it can be a daunting task to choose the perfect one for your wedding stationery. Why not create something completely unique by having your own handwriting turned into a font? This can be a wonderful way to personalize your invitations, ceremony programs, favor tags, and more. It can also be great, cost-effective alternative to hiring a calligrapher to address your invitations while still maintaining that personal touch. And if you’re not a fan of your own handwriting, why not call upon a friend whose penmanship you admire?

If you are interested in creating your own font, check out these sources: www.vletter.com, www.fontgod.com, or www.fontshop.com. All offer custom font creation for under $250.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

New website is up!

A few weeks ago, we introduced our new logo on the blog and gave you a sneak preview of our newly redesigned website. We are very excited to announce that the new site is now up and running! If you subscribe to the blog and haven’t checked out our site lately, have a look: www.blissweddingsllc.com. You’ll see that we also gave the blog some love with a new name and a new header.

We need to give a huge shout-out to Eric Langlois of Raw Photo Design for providing us with tons of great images for our new site. Eric is an amazing photographer with a very artistic style. If you are a bride (or groom) planning a wedding, you should definitely check out his work on the Raw blog.

Please note that if you are still seeing our old site, you may have to clear out your temporary internet files (cookies) in order for the new site to become visible.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Fun Centerpiece Find

At some point, you've probably been invited to a PartyLite party hosted by friends, family or co-workers. PartyLite specializes in candles and decor accessories for the home.

The other day, I was leafing through their Autumn-Winter 2008 catalog and came across two items that I thought would be great as wedding reception centerpieces.



Use this candleholder to design and create your own centerpiece. These can be personalized to express any theme or vision that you have for your tablescape. At the end of the night, allow one guest at each table to take home the Creative Capers candleholder- so they can enjoy this at their own dining table for years to come.



This luminary kit is perfect for your reception. Provide your own inserts to ensure that your table decor conveys your event theme. Another option is to insert various photos of you and your fiance and place at the guest book or cake table. This item provides yet another fun opportunity for personalization at your wedding.

If you are interested in using these candleholders for your event decor, complete PartyLite's "Find a Consultant" form to locate a PartyLite consultant in your area!