Bouquet: To Show & To Throw (2 of 2)

So you’ve spent the time, thought, and money to create your perfect bouquet…now what? Not to worry, CBE has some great ideas on how to save your bouquet after the ceremony!

1. Instead of tossing the actual bouquet you carry down the aisle, ask your florist to make a similar but lighter arrangement to toss. Better yet, a new and fun trend is to create a miniature version of your own bouquet that breaks apart when tossed! They can be made to break into 3-5 separate bouquets which is surprising for your guests and makes more than one lucky lady happy!


2. After your wedding, the flowers from your bouquet will not stay fresh for long. Save and dry some of the petals, and then you can create your own wedding memory capsule Christmas ornament. All you have to do is remove the cap, gently deposit the petals inside, replace the cap, and tie it to a bow. For the especially crafty brides, you could even etch your wedding date onto the glass bulb. This is a simple and sweet reminder of your wedding day!


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Bouquet: To Show & To Throw (1 of 2)

These April showers have us thinking about May flowers! The flower bouquet is an essential part of the bride’s look, but there are so many different options. Big bouquets with multiple kinds of flowers and cascades can be gorgeous, but they can also be overwhelming to a detailed dress, (not to mention expensive!) We love working with fresh floral, but if you are looking for a different twist, replace your bouquet with one large flower! This brings a dramatic and romantic feel to a bride’s appearance. It’s sure to look great in pictures and you can make it yourself! Check out this blog for a DIY tutorial on making a giant paper rose.


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Meet our 2014 Spring Interns!

Meet our 2014 Spring Interns!  We are excited to have them on board for our wedding season! Looking forward to lots of fun and more creative minds and ideas!

Hallie Evenson


What does your dream wedding look like?
My dream wedding would take place during the summer with my future Prince
Charming (who has yet to find me).   I would have a church wedding followed
by an outdoor wedding reception.  The color theme would be mint and coral; I
love how those colors complement each other so perfectly.  Now, for my dream
dress:  it would be white, with a sweetheart neckline, lace top, and a
beaded waist.  The dress would flow to the ground and have a small train.
My reception would be filled with music, laughter, fun and lots of food,
especially pasta.

What is one thing you can’t live without?
I would never be able to live without my family.  They are my rocks; they
support me in everything I do.

When you were a little girl what did you want to be when you grew up?
When I was a little girl, I wanted to be a hairstylist.  Since I had my
first haircut, I have had the same stylist.  I wanted to be just like her.
I even made a book for my hairstylist with drawings of me cutting hair when
I grew up.

If you could plan a destination wedding anywhere in the world where would it
For the longest time, I wanted to have a destination wedding in Hawaii.
That beautiful place is still high on the list, however, I recently traveled
to New Zealand, and I fell in love with the country.  I would love to have a
beach wedding there, with the bluest ocean in the background.

What is your favorite wedding trend of the moment?
My favorite wedding trend is cupcakes at a wedding reception.  Cupcakes are
my favorite dessert, hands down.  They are easy to eat, and they have
endless possibilities.  They are delicious – for the palate and the eyes.  I
am very glad others have also realized that cupcakes are so perfect for

Nicole Long


What does your dream wedding look like?

Even though I want to be a wedding planner…I haven’t planned my own dream wedding yet. I want it to be inspired by my relationship with the man I will spend the rest of my life with. After all, it is his wedding too! 

What is one thing you can’t live without?

I cannot live without my iPhone. I use it as my alarm clock, calendar, camera, GPS, and of course for texting, social media, and email. I would be lost without it!

When you were a little girl what did you want to be when you grew up?

When I was a little girl, I wanted to be a lawyer. My mom is a lawyer, and I wanted to be exactly like her.

If you could plan a destination wedding anywhere in the world where would it be?

As fun as a beach destination wedding would be, everyone does that. I pick Ireland! (I’ve never been, but P.S. I Love You was enough to make me fall in love with the scenery.) Not only am I Irish, but I could get married in a castle—what girl doesn’t want to feel like a princess on their wedding day?! 

What is your favorite wedding trend of the moment?

My favorite wedding trend right now is a rose gold engagement ring! I’ll skip the classic gold and silver for the soft blush color that feels vintage and exclusive. Now I just have to find the man that goes along with it!


There’s an App for That!

Smartphones have made it easier than ever to plan wedding festivities, make your guests feel more involved, and help you remember your special day! Check out these must-have apps and ideas:

1. WeddingDJWant to save money on a DJ? This app lets you organize music by portions of your day and you can control it from your iPod or iPhone. iTunes sells this app for just $4.99. You can even put a line for requested songs on your RSVPs—not only will this make your guests feel more involved, but it will also help you create the perfect playlist!


2. WedPicsYou can bet that your guests will be taking pictures on their phones at your wedding, why not share them? WedPics works on iPhones and Androids, you can invite an unlimited amount of guests to your private wedding album, access the real-time high-resolution photo feed with comments, and it’s all free! Instead of having a traditional wedding guest book, encourage your guests to take a picture of themselves with a nice note on this app!


3. #Hashtag Your Wedding — Want to discover all the fun moments your guests have to share from your wedding? Create a special hashtag for your wedding and encourage your guests to use it so you can easily find everyone’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Vine posts later. Make it even more special by asking your guests to tweet and post their best newly wed advice!


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The It Bag

Every Maid of Honor needs to have an ‘It Bag.’  This ‘bag of tricks’ essentially keeps the bride in top form and holds the wedding together.  From tears, to tears, to spills—you will be 100% prepared. 

What you need: 

-A Bag

A cute bag that will be light enough to carry around all night, but that will hold everything you need. 

-A Bottle of Mini Hairspray, a Comb, and Bobby Pins. 

Theres bound to be some type of hair malfunction, but with the It Bag, youll be prepared. 

-Waterproof Mascara and Kleenex 

Weddings are full of emotion, so be prepared for the waterworks.  

-Cover Up

You never know when a pimple might put a sneak attack on the bride, you or anyone else in the bridal party.  Get ready to fight back!

-Sunscreen and a Fan 

If it is a hot summer day, a simple paper fan will cool of the bride.  Also, you dont want the beautiful bride to be burning up, so a travel-sized sunscreen    would do the trick.  The bride needs a warm glow, not red face.

-Deodorant and Body Spray 

Running around all day, the bride (and you) may get a little sweaty.  Be prepared with some deodorant and a spritz of body spray to freshen up. 


Oh no, the bride spilled a little red wine on her dress! Luckily, youll have a Tide-to-Go pen to help.

-Mini Sewing Kit

Heaven forbid there should be a tear, but if there is one, youll be ready to stitch it up!  (Sew handy!)


Weddings can create some chaos, so the bride (or anyone in the bridal party) may start to get a headache, having a some pain reliever in your It Bag will come in handy!

-A Snack

Fruit snacks, crackers, pretzels, you name it.  Having a snack on hand will help calm the nerves. 

Now that you have the essential It Bag; you will be the most prepared and the best maid of honor a bride could ask for.  The greatest part is, when you work with CBE, we will provide you an emergency kit with all of these essential items!  


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Guest Book Alternatives (3 of 3)

Pout your lips and get ready to pull the funniest face you’ve ever made! This idea is all about the #selfie, yes I said it. Load a polaroid camera with plenty of film and set up a photo station for your guests to snap a quick picture of themselves or with their friends! Set out a guest book with empty pages and some double stick tape, so that your guests can simply attach their developed picture onto a page. Your guests can accompany their photo with a heartfelt note or a congratulatory message to accompany the photo. This is a cute and quirky way to remember your guests and capture the moment.