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Edible flowers can take the cake

By Debbi Snook, The Plain Dealer

Who knew that violas — bigger than a violet, smaller than a pansy — had such a heady fragrance? Yet when Mark Toocheck lifts the plastic tarp from a raised bed of the perky-faced flowers, the lilac-like scent of a flower garden whooshes out.

The taste comes later.

Edible Flowers by Crystallized Flower

Yes, taste. These yellow and purple flowers are edible, something we might not think about until we learn that Mark’s wife, Karen, washes and sugarcoats them for as much as a year of extended life. Most will end up on cakes or cupcakes at special occasions across the country, delivering the surprise factor that Karen loves.

“Everybody says, ‘I didn’t know you could eat these,'” she said.

You can eat some flower species, but not all of them, a difference that can get tricky. Karen uses day lilies, which are edible, but not Asiatic lilies, which are poisonous. Click here for a long list of edible flowers and herbs.

Every flower Karen makes in her home business, Crystallized Flower Co. in Willoughby, has a delicate snap and a little different flavor, some harder to detect than others.

“The day lilies are a little sweet and sour,” she said. “The violas are a little like parsley, and the borage like cucumber.”

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How To Preserve Your Wedding Bouquet For A Lifetime

When you imagine your wedding bouquet sailing through the air as you toss it toward eagerly waving hands, how do you see it?

Floral arrangment by Flowerama

Flowers by Flowerama

There are thousands of different types of bouquets, each one stunning and unique. There are a lot of choices to make when it comes to creating the wedding bouquets, the flowers and accents play a big part, but also if they will have long or short stems, how the bouquet will be wired together or if it will be placed in a holder. Every little detail is thought of by the florist and needs your approval.

The whole point of a bridal bouquet is to accentuate the wedding gown. You do not want the bunch of flowers to take focus away from the dress. If you have a Victorian style dress or one that is on the petite side, a small elegant short-stemmed one tied with a ribbon will accent the gown and bring it all together.

If your wedding gown is elaborately made out of layers of satin and lace with a long train, you may want to choose a wedding bouquet of larger flowers known as cascade style. The petals of the flowers are tear shaped and flow downward toward the gown.

You should also consider the brides body frame when choosing a wedding bouquet. There are certain types that do not compliment certain body types.

Timeless Moments Flower Preservation

Most brides want to preserve their wedding flowers. There are several ways that you can do this. Air drying and pressing the bunch is the oldest used method of preservation today. When you use these methods, your flowers will not look fresh; they will lose their color and finally wither away. This will also happen if you use dry silica gel.

The best way to preserve the flowers is to freeze dry it. This not only preserves the colors, but also helps it hold its shape. This method needs to be done by a professional, but your bouquet will last a lifetime.

When considering preservation of your wedding flowers, remember to avoid putting in certain flowers like some orchids to make the flowers stay as fresh looking as possible.

Summary:
The most important part of choosing a wedding bouquet is the final arrangement. You can go with the traditional one or an unconventional one-of-a-kind work of art.  It is your decision. Those who have a wild side have often chosen the unconventional! Just remember, your bouquet will be in your wedding photos forever, so choose correctly.

For more information on preserving your bridal bouquet, visit Timeless Moments Flower Preservation in the Greater Cleveland/Akron/Canton area.

Visit our list of area florists here.  Each one is looking forward to speaking with you about your ideas!

Source: Brooke Hayles,  Free Articles

After the Vows: A Wedding Reception Checklist and Information

A wedding reception checklist is an ideal organizing tool to ensure everything gets done before your ceremony. With a wedding reception checklist, you can check off everything from wedding reception table decorations to the wedding reception rentals as you accomplish them. Many books and wedding software programs offer comprehensive wedding reception checklists to make your planning more convenient.

Decor by Neil Leeson Floral & Decor

While a wedding reception schedule does not need to be strictly planned out, having an order of events that flows smoothly will keep your guests sticking around. Besides the time for open dancing, the only break in activities should be between the toast and the cake-cutting because to allow time for eating. After dinner, your wedding reception schedule should move along quickly so the people who have attended your reception can enjoy all of the festivities, including: the cake cutting ceremony, the garter removal, and everything else that is typical of a wedding reception.

With your wedding reception checklist, you can organize your wedding reception rentals and equipment. First and foremost, the reception hall is the most important of decision — unless you have made other venue arrangements. Wherever you decide to hold your reception, tables and chairs might be another concern on your list of wedding reception rentals. If you are looking for a more sophisticated touch, you can also get linens and seat covers for added accents and styles. Other wedding reception rentals include a variety of decorations, such as: a decorative arch, a stage and a backdrop behind the head table.

Decor by Neil Leeson, Lighting by Event Lighting

Decor by Neil Leeson; Lighting by Event Lighting

In some cases, you may want to rent table decorations for the reception tables. Since your wedding reception table decorations will be a focal point for the guests at each table, you’ll want to have an impressive conversation piece to get people talking. Creative and unique centerpieces can be an expensive addition to your wedding budget, but some companies specializing in wedding reception rentals have options for wedding table decorations, too. This can be an affordable way to give your reception an added appearance that you spared no expense — even though you may, in fact, be saving money.

Receptions can be fun and exciting, but they can also be a lot of work for the soon-to-be-married couple. To help you get organized, a wedding reception checklist can help you feel less overwhelmed by the tasks involved. From rentals to table decorations, a wedding reception checklist is a vital tool when planning your reception. With the popularity of wedding websites and wedding planning books, you can find help to accomplish all your important tasks.

For decorating ideas check out our Reception Table Gallery, Real Weddings page and our list of local Decorating/Rental vendors.

Click here to download a copy of our 48pg Wedding Planner

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Today’s Bride Announces 2010-2011 Bridal Show Schedule

CLEVELAND OCTOBER 2010 SHOW
Sun, Oct 17, 2010
Embassy Suites, Independence
5800 Rockside Woods Blvd., Independence, OH
Doors Open:  10am – 4pm
Fashion Shows: 11:30am, 1:00pm, & 2:30pm

AKRON/CANTON OCTOBER 2010 SHOW
Sun, Oct. 24, 2010
Sheraton Suites
1989 Front Street, Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Doors open: 10 – 4pm.
Fashion Shows: 11:30am, 1:00pm, & 2:30pm

Each event has OVER 80 Exhibitors, Henri’s Discount Gown Showroom, Battle of the Grooms, Make-Over Bride, Prizes, Discounts, and Giveaways!  Each attending bride will receive a current copy Today’s Bride Magazine (while supplies last)
$10 Admission.  Purchase Tickets online at http://www.todaysbride.com at 50% off!

AKRON/CANTON JANUARY 2011 SHOW
Sun, January 9, 2011
John S. Knight Center, Akron, OH
77 E. Mill St., Akron, OH
Doors open: 10 – 5pm.

Fashion Shows: 11:00am, 12:30pm, 2:00pm & 3:30pm, American Commodore Tuxedo Dancers, latest fashions in Bridal gowns, Veils, Mother-of dresses, Bridesmaids dresses and more!

Over 150 Wedding Professionals to help you plan your BIG day!  Henri’s Discount Gown Showroom, Gallery of Reception Table Ideas, Gallery of Wedding Cakes, Portrait Gallery, Prizes, Discounts, and so much more!  Each attending bride will receive a current copy Today’s Bride Magazine (while supplies last).
$10 admission.  Purchase tickets at 50% off by registering at www.todaysbride.com

CLEVELAND JANUARY 2010 SHOW – Now 2 Days!
Sat. & Sun, January 15 & 16, 2011
I-X Center, Cleveland, OH
One I-X Center Dr., Cleveland, OH
Doors open: 1/16/11 from 4-8pm
1/15/11 from 10 – 5pm.

Fashion Shows on Sunday:  11:00am, 12:30pm, 2:00pm & 3:30pm, American Commodore Tuxedo Dancers, latest fashions in Bridal gowns, Veils, Mother-of dresses, Bridesmaids dresses and more!

Over 200 Wedding Professionals to help you plan your BIG day!  Henri’s Discount Gown Showroom, Gallery of Reception Table Ideas, Gallery of Wedding Cakes, Portrait Gallery, Prizes, Discounts, and so much more!  Each attending bride will receive a current copy Today’s Bride Magazine (while supplies last)
$8 parking, $10 Admission. Purchase Tickets at 50% off online at www.todaysbride.com.

Experienced Wedding Planner Can Save You Valuable Time & Money

An Experienced Wedding Planner Can Save You Valuable Time & Money, All the While Making Your Dreams Come True

As couples begin thinking about their wedding, they are often overwhelmed deciding how much to spend, where to obtain specialized services, and how to choose vendors. These worries can mount as quickly as the cost of the wedding does. And after the euphoria wears off and the reality settles in, it’s shocking to discover of how much preparation is involved in planning a wedding.

Faced with decisions about everything from invitation wording to planning their honeymoon, combined with full-time careers and limited time to devote to planning details, couples often find they want the help of a professional wedding planner.

Not long ago, a wedding coordinator was thought of as a luxury, only considered practical for couples with unlimited budgets. Now wedding planners are nearly essential to a well planned affair, having become indispensable today to many brides and grooms who find their services well worth the investment.

A wedding consultant guides you through the planning process and the wedding day itself, assisting in whatever capacity you need. He or she can help you refine your ideas, connect you to the appropriate vendors, advise you on proper etiquette, and suggest ways to use your budget wisely.

Read more about Wedding Consultants and Planners HERE

For a list of wedding planners & consultants in the Greater Cleveland and Akron/Canton areas, visit our website

Brides-to-be…What to do After the Bridal Show

Ok, so you went to the bridal show and talked to a lot of people, picked up a lot of literature, saw great fashions shows with the latest in wedding and bridesmaid gown design, awesome wedding cake ideas and so much that you are getting dizzy.  Hold on!  We made it happen, we will help you through it!  Great organization, follow through and planning can turn piles of brochures into a well thought out and perfect wedding day. 

1) Dump & Categorize

Dump your bag out and separate the brochures by category; DJs, cake companies, photographers, bands/live music, flowers, reception halls, etc.  Once you’ve done that, take each pile and pull out the company, or companies,  you actually had the opportunity to talk to.  These will be the first people to review.  From that group, chose one to three companies from each category, paying attention to any coupon or show pricing deadlines, that made the biggest impression on you when you spoke, i.e. personality of the representative, overall look of their booth – samples, photos, etc – and any offers they presented.  These will be the first people you want to consider for your wedding.

2) Contact them

Now that you’ve narrowed it down, the next step is to contact them and set up an appointment to talk about what you’re looking for, what your budget is for that particular service, availability on your date, etc.  The one thing we do not recommend is just calling up a company and asking what they charge.  That doesn’t give you a true idea of what that company can offer you.  Here’s something to think about, just because a company may LOOK expensive, i.e. high quality ads, brochures, booth displays, etc. doesn’t mean they are expensive, that they aren’t willing to work within your budget.  You’d be surprised how many companies can offer you their best work and still won’t break the bank.  Give them a chance. 

3)Research what you need to ask

After you set the appointment, print out  a copy of our wedding
planner  http://www.todaysbrideonline.com/planning_tools.phtml.  It contains great information and just about every question you should ask.   You may want to check out their website too.  Many companies will list their services and possibly a price list.  But don’t let that be the end of your research.  A true measure of a company is not necessarily what they look like online or what their brochure look like, it’s the people and how they interact with you.  Which brings us to the next step…

3)Get to know them personally

While talking with the vendor, make sure everything they will do for you will be written in the contract and that every aspect is covered.  Yes, they know what they need to do, but you need to know too!  They do this for a living and it’s second nature to them.  What you might assume will be included, often times is not and could be an issue later on down the line.  Don’t be afraid to ask questions and don’t be afraid to ask for it in writing!

4)  Time to Make a Choice

You’ve “interviewed” your top choices. Now comes the hard part, choosing that one company that will make your day perfect.  Review all of the information you collected when you spoke.  Take into consideration the personality of the person you spoke to, the atmosphere of where you met, any testimonials or recommendations from others that have used their service, etc and the choice should be obvious.

5) File It Away

Once you have made your final decisions and booked your wedding professionals, don’t throw away your research!  File it away for a future use.  You never know when you’ll need the services of a company you talked to or received literature from but didn’t use. 

Your wedding day is the most important day of your life and the companies you choose to help you celebrate play a big role in making it perfect.  Follow your heart, after all, it brought you to this point and hasn’t been wrong yet.

Money Can’t Buy Love: Northeast Ohio weddings still going strong despite economic downturn

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by Jennifer Boresz on January 20, 2010

Weddings tend to boom during decade years.

Who knew?

My fiancé, Brian, and I sure didn’t plan to get married in 2010 for any particular reason. It’s just the way things worked out. But bridal vendors throughout Northeast Ohio are hoping others will also choose this decade year to plan their big day. It would give their businesses a boost, following a not-so-great 2009.

It seems that just about everyone has been impacted by the struggling economy. Even though some couples in 2009 worked within a budget to throw the weddings of their dreams, others decided to postpone their big days. A decrease in wedding funds may delay plans, but bridal vendors can count on one thing: People will still continue to fall in love and get married.

This Friday night (January 22, 2009)  at 8:30 on NEOtropolis, we’ll talk about the economic impact of Northeast Ohio weddings. If you think about it, just one wedding — one single day — touches many different vendors. By having your wedding here in the region, instead of a “destination wedding” out of the state or even the country, you’re actually helping the local economy.

According to the Wedding Report through the Bridal Association of America, the average U.S. wedding cost more than $30,000 in 2009! (Now I’m not saying everyone pays that much, but can you imagine the impact thousands of weddings have on Northeast Ohio businesses each year?)

Here are some interesting statistics from the same 2009 study that I thought you might enjoy:

17 months = average engagement time

169 = average number of guests

26 = average age of bride

28 = average age of groom

2,326,485 = numbers of weddings in the United States (a 2.37 percent increase from 2008)

I’m proud to say that since Brian and I are both native Northeast Ohio residents, we are using all local vendors for our June wedding. We’re even incorporating elements from the Lake Erie shore into our centerpieces and decor to reflect the region we love.

What about you? Are you a bride or groom who is planning a wedding? Will it take place in the region? Or, if you’ve been to a wedding recently, did you notice that it was less extravagant due to the economy? What stood out? And who are your favorite Northeast Ohio vendors?

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See Today’s Bride’s own Jim Frericks and Jennifer Fyffe discuss the outlook for the Northeast Ohio bridal industry on this episode of NEOtropolis.

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via Episode 112: The Business of Brides.