Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Wedding Insurance

Should You Purchase Wedding Insurance?
Wedding insurance is always a good thing to have but not a necessity in most cases.
 It is a great thing to have to protect your investments and some wedding venues require
you to purchase insurance for the day of your wedding at least thirty days prior
to your wedding date. To get full details, a quote, or to purchase event insurance
you can request information from your home or renter insurance provider or contact an
event insurance company directly. Two online resources that we often recommend to our
brides are noted below. Also noted below is a list of items that your event insurance can
insure depending on your provider and the level of coverage your choose to purchase
Attire Accidents
If the bride's gown or the groom's tuxedo is lost or damaged you are provided money to repair the items or get a check for the replacement cost of these items.

Lost Deposits
If a vendor goes out of business, declare bankruptcy before your wedding, or simply fails to show up or deliver on services purchased you are reimbursed the cost of the service and any products they were paid to provide.

Lost Rings
You can receive repair or replacement cost if the bride's or groom's wedding band is lost or damaged.

Severe Weather
If severe weather (such as a hurricane) forces you to postpone or cancel your wedding you are provided with reimbursement for non-recoverable expenses.

Ruined Photos
If you photographer fails to deliver on the purchased package or has defective equipment you will be able to get a new photo session or video to recover the lost footage.

Call To Duty
If the bride or groom in unexpectedly called to duty, or her or his military leave is revoked, forcing you to postpone the wedding a reimbursement for non-recoverable expenses will be dispensed.

Damaged Gifts
You are allowed replacement or repair of damaged or lost gifts.

Sudden Illness
If the weddings needs to be postponed because of sudden illness preventing the bride, groom, or parents from attending you can receive a reimbursement for non-recoverable expenses.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Wedding Inspiration

One of our favorite YouTube stars got married and it was fabulous!
If you consider yourself an alternative bride and have a love for 
music festivals and carnivals you will adore this wedding.
 Check out Helen Anderson's videos below and be inspired!


Friday, August 25, 2017

Our Views, Your Vision

Rolling Meadows Clubhouse and Gardens, LLC
Our views are so incredible we must share them!
We will continue to update our social media with changes,
additions, renovations, and exciting announcements.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Wedding Favor Ideas

 Eight Practical Wedding Favor Ideas
Guests will value these practical favors and appreciate your thoughtfulness!
1.) Personalizing Items - By simply putting your names and date on the item will create the
perfect wedding favor, reminding the guests of this special day.

2.) Tea Bags or Coffee Beans – These items are easy to buy in bulk, with more than plenty of
options. There is also a great opportunity to create a casing and personal tag for this item.

3.) Candles – This item can be personally made, with different scents, and containers.
Everyone loves candles!
4.) Hangover Kit – An open bar can mean trouble for some of the wedding guests, but a
hangover kit can do the trick. Simply make or buy a casing to fill with: a small water
bottle, a small sack (granola bar, fruit snacks, or crackers), and some Advil.
5.) Succulents or Plant Seeds – Succulents can be a lovely wedding favor and can even
contribute to the center pieces until the reception. A packet of flower or plant seeds
can be a cheaper option if succulents are outside of your budget.

6.) Midnight Snack – As most weddings go on until 10 or 11 PM, so a small snack is a great idea.
This is another opportunity to create a beautiful, unique casing to throw Grandma’s
famous cookies into!

7.) Dancing Shoes or Flip Flops – Everyone loves looking their best at events, but heels and
other shoes get uncomfortable after just a short amount of time. If you know that your
guests love to dance, a simple pair of flip flops for the guest (that they can take home)
will be more than helpful.
8.) Soap Bars – Personally, I love those fancy, scented soap bars and they can be simple to
make! This project will let you be creative with the colors and scents that can even match
the wedding.

Thank You Guest Blogger Caitlyn Gatchel!!!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Vendor Alert! Salon and Spa

Check out one of our latest YouTube videos.
Learn more about Bell Tower Salon and Spa
and tell them Designing Memories sent you!

Click the link below for even more details.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

DIY Sweet and Smart Rustic Centerpiece

Get The Look
This designer centerpiece incorporates two different centerpieces
but we promise it is not hard to achieve this beautiful look!
Combine your wedding colors and style with the instructions below
to create your own smart and sweet wedding centerpieces.
Centerpiece 1
Supplies Needed Per Table: ~Glass Oil per table standard bottle per four oil lamps per oil lamp (this can also be found as a spool that you cut to size)
~Accent Mirrors...larger than the size of the oil lamp bases
~Small Sunflowers or per table...bring Scissors to cut stems
~Scatter bag per two tables
~Small Photo per table...insert a printed quote from your favorite book
~Votive Candles...four per table
Centerpiece 2
Supplies Needed Per Table:
~Wooden Pillar Candle Stands...two (one short and one tall) per table
~Pillar Candles...two same size
~Books...two to three per table
~Small Sunflowers or per table...bring Scissors to cut stems
~Scatter bag per two tables
~Small Photo per table...insert a printed quote from your favorite book
~Votive Candles...four per table
All supplies can be found at your local craft store, yard sales, antique stores, rental companies, or Save On Crafts online.
This centerpiece allows for creativity and your very own personal touch to be added to each centerpiece. Be sure to wait to cut your sunflower or daisy stems until you are ready to actually start setting the centerpieces. Leave about two to three inches of stem, so they sit up on their own and don't wilt too quickly. After inserting wicks into your oil lamps and filling them with oil have fun arranging the supplies any way that makes you smile. Below are photos of the way we chose to arrange our supplies. The most important thing to keep in mind is that you want to layer your items with different heights to create visual interest.


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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Traveling Wedding Dress

Three Ways To Travel With Your Wedding Dress
1.) Buy your dress a seat. This is the most secure way to travel with your wedding dress. It is also possibly the most expensive way, but if you want to take no chances it is well worth the money. Purchasing an extra seat will allow you to keep an eye on your dress the entire flight and give you the piece of mind that it won't get damaged, scrunched into a small space, or wrinkled in transit.
2.) Purchase priority boarding or fly first class so you do board first. There is often a front closet (aka captain's closet) on a plane in which guests may be allowed to hang items. Call the airport ahead of time to find out if the plane you are taking has this feature. When it does exist it usually fills up very quickly so you want to be one of the first to board and ask to use it. Politeness will mean the world to your flight attendants so be sure to be kind when asking to use such an exclusive area of the plane. If this closet feature does not exist on the plane you are taking you will benefit by boarding early anyhow, because you will allow you to have access to the overhead compartments first.

3.) Check the size you are allotted for a carry on bag. There will be exact measurements noted on the airline's website and they will check to make sure your bags meet the requirements. Also, check into the number of carry on bags you are allowed to bring on the plane with you. Garment bags that will easily fit into an overhead compartment can be found in department stores or on Amazon. It is recommended to purchase a garment bag that folds and has a semi hard shell to protect your wedding dress. Don't forget to call ahead to your destination location to request access to a steamer in case your wedding dress becomes wrinkled in transit.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Vendor Alert! Hotels and Accomodations

Check out one of our latest YouTube videos.
Learn more about the Holiday Inn Express in Wyomissing
and tell them Designing Memories sent you!
Click the link below for even more details.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Fresh Flowers

Caring For Fresh Wedding Flowers
Cut Flower Stems On A Diagonal...
This will prevent and alleviate air bubbles in the stems. It also gives the stem more surface to take in water. Use a sharp knife or scissors to cut the stem on a forty five degree angle about an inch from the bottom for the best results.

Cold Not Warm Water...
Prevent your flowers from drooping early by placing them in cool water. Warm water makes it difficult for most flowers to take in the water and may cause blockage in the stems. Submerge the stems in no more than six inches of water and make sure the temperature of the water you are submerging them into is about the same as the air in your refrigerator.

Do Not Place In A Refrigerator...
Placing flowers in a refrigerator may sound like a great idea on face value but it is definitely not. Unless you happen to have an extra refrigerator with nothing in it, your flowers will die faster than if left in a warm room. This is because things like fruits and vegetables (and other foods) that are typically found in a refrigerator give off gases that wilt and decompose flowers. Chemicals used to clean appliances can effect them in a negative way as well. It is best to leave flowers in a dark and cool place. If you have an unfinished basement or a guest room with air conditioning they are much better places for your cut flowers.

Add Lemon Juice and Sugar...
Keep the blooms on your flowers perky and lasting longer with a little acid and sugar combination. Add just a teaspoon or two of lemon juice or vinegar along with a couple pinches of sugar to the water in your vase and stir before adding your flowers. A little goes a long way and more is not better. You can also use Sprite to accomplish the same goal of keeping your flowers alive and perky.