Honor Thy Mother: Thank You Gifts for Mom (1 of 2)

Family is a big part of who you are, and on your big day you want your parents to know how much you really appreciate them. There are not enough words to tell them what they mean to you, so be sure to give them something to show them. Here are some awesome gifts for Mom to express your love and affection for all she has done over the years.

A customized handkerchief is an excellent idea for mothers who tend to easily get teary-eyed. If you give your mom the handkerchief before the ceremony, she will be sure to get great use out of it. It is also something that could become tradition and get passed down for generations.

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For mothers who worry and stress a lot, a massage or spa day will be well deserved after trying to make sure everything with the wedding proceeds smoothly and on time. Treat your mom with a trip to the spa to help her relax after your big day.

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Another idea is a customized wine glass, so she can unwind after the big event. This is a great idea for moms who love a bit of wine, and advertising their daughter’s marital status. Just be sure to also include a bottle of wine so she can enjoy her gift in style right away.

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Real CBE Wedding: Ali and Andy//August 2, 2014

Cherry Blossom Events loved being a part of Ali and Andy’s beautiful wedding day! The couple tied the knot at Madison’s Overture Center for the Arts on the Overture Stage with reception in Main Lobby. Madison sky blue with pops of yellow played perfectly with the modern design of the Overture to create a whimsical and elegant tone. Paper Antler did a fantastic job of capturing every blissful moment and the lake Mendota area. The love this couple shares is truly special and reflected in every aspect of their wedding. Thank you for letting Cherry Blossom Events be a part of your big day. Congrats again to the wonderful couple, Ali and Andy! ali + andy #4 setting #3 setting #4 cocktail hour #1 bridal party #1       ali + andy #3                         setting #7           setting #5 setting #1             setting #8   ceremony #3           cocktail hour #2 ali + andy #2           dancing #1

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Also check out their beautiful wedding video created by One Fine Day Productions: https://vimeo.com/116827943


Photography Credit: Paper Antler


Videography Credit: One Fine Day Productions


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Vendor Spotlight: Overture Center for the Arts

If you’re looking for a modern and romantic venue, the Overture Center is the place for you. Whether you want your wedding to be center stage in 1 of 5 theaters or  take advantage of the modern white marble space in Main Lobby, you’ll be thrilled with all they have to offer. The Overture houses 15 different locations including, The Capitol Theater, Playhouse Theater, Overture Stage, Promenade Hall, Main Lobby, and various hallways and lounge spaces. Each space offers it’s own unique style, whether you prefer a classical and elegant backdrop or take advantage of the breathtaking views of downtown Madison. The Overture Center offers space for groups of any size and they’ll take care of your catering too with their on-site kitchen. With so much to offer, no wonder they were voted Weddingwire Couple’s Choice Award for 2015! To book your event today call 608.258.4174 or visit http://www.overturecenter.org/host/weddings . o1.html overature overature 1 overaure 2 Photography credit: http://www.overturecenter.org/host/venues

Guestbook Alternatives: Advice Cards

All throughout your life those close to you have been giving you their advice. Instead of trying to remember it all, give your guests the opportunity to write down all the do’s and don’ts of marriage for you. This is a great way to let your friends have a little fun, while your grandma thoughtfully reminds you to always iron his pants.

Leave them out on the tables for guests to sign as the night goes on. Or set up a table that matches your wedding theme. You can even set up a script to get their creative juices flowing.


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Spreading the Word: Fun Ways of Announcing Your Engagement

It has finally happened: the two of you have agreed to get married and start a new part of your life together. After the joy and glow from the engagement, how do you decide to share the big news with everyone? Here are some fun engagement announcement photoshoot ideas that will get all of your friends and family excited for your big day too!

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One option would be to focus on the ‘knot’ that binds the two of you together for all the world to see. It’s a fun way to share the news and show off the gorgeous ring that now has a special place on your hand.


Another way would be to recruit others to help share the news, like a cherished family pet who also stole your hearts. Now you can really show off how much of a family you will be.
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Or there are always cute signs and drawings to help spread the word and make the news a little more special. This is a great way to have fun with the announcement and incorporate a bit of both of your personalities.


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Meet the New CBE Interns – 2015

We are excited to welcome 4 new interns this Spring to the CBE team. Our internship has developed over the years and we are happy to announce many success stories of interns who now have jobs in the event industry world – such as working for a planner on the east coast, another doing Destination Weddings in Puerto Rico, working for DreamBank, and another working for the UW Business school in events. We are always excited to add fresh creative minds to the CBE team and welcome these ladies!

Alyssa Bruce
Use 5 words to describe what your own wedding would be?
“Vintage with plenty of pearls and lace, earthy and natural, lots of sparkle, turquoise colors, outdoors.”
What celebrity wedding would you have wanted to be an attendee at? 
“I would love to have Maroon 5 be my band! Or Beyonce, but she might out dress me and that’s not acceptable.”
What is your favorite wedding detail or trend? 
“I really love outdoor weddings! They’re so open and inviting! Also they’re natural and beautiful!”
What do you like to do when you’re not dreaming about beautiful weddings and events? 
“I have a huge passion for dance! You can also catch me wondering around the Duck Pond as Millie!”
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Meghan Hollar
Use 5 words to describe what your own wedding would be?
“I want my wedding to be soft, whimsical, intimate, joyful, and vintage.”
What celebrity wedding would you have wanted to be an attendee at? 
“I wish I could have attended the wedding of Lauren Conrad and William Tell. I have always been a fan of Lauren Conrad and because she is a designer, I knew her wedding would be nothing short of perfection. The soft neutral colors with accents of blush used throughout her wedding perfectly accented her rustic vineyard venue. Also, William used to be in a band so he sang and played guitar for the guests, which I am sure turned the dance floor into a big party. Dancing is my favorite part of every wedding, so I would have loved to be able to join them in celebrating their big day!”
What is your favorite wedding detail or trend? 
“My favorite wedding trend right now is the use of a pastel color theme. I love weddings where pastels are incorporated in the bridesmaids dresses, flowers, and linens. These colors create a soft and romantic feel that I have always enjoyed. Adding a hint of sparkle with a gold or silver accent color completes this look for me.”
What do you like to do when you’re not dreaming about beautiful weddings and events? 
“When I am not stuck in a wedding dreamland, I love to spend time with my family, friends, and golden retriever, Milo. I also love to dance, read, and cook up new dishes in the kitchen.”
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Katie Robertson
Use 5 words to describe what your own wedding would be?
“Classic & elegant, with lots of candles!”
What celebrity wedding would you have wanted to be an attendee at? 
“George Clooney and Amal Alamudden. What celebrity would’t be there?”
What is your favorite wedding detail or trend? 
“Definitely the flowers! They really pull it all together.”
What do you like to do when you’re not dreaming about beautiful weddings and events? 
“I’m sometimes running, usually reading, and always eating candy.”
Megan Voakes
Use 5 words to describe what your own wedding would be?
“Romantic, glamorous, energetic, bright, and artistic.”
What celebrity wedding would you have wanted to be an attendee at? 
“Lauren Conrad and William Tell”
What is your favorite wedding detail or trend? 
“Flower arches and Chandeliers”
What do you like to do when you’re not dreaming about beautiful weddings and events? 
“Be with my friends; watch movies; listen to music; dance.”

Lets Hear it for the Boys: Ideas your Groom Will Love

The blushing bride will always be the focal point in any wedding but brides are now trying their hardest to make their groom feel just as special as they do on their big day. Here are a few ideas to show your groom how much you love him and make your wedding a day to remember for the two of you.


Cake is arguably the most delicious part of any wedding so why not spread more joy by having two cakes? Your groom is sure to feel your love when he sees a cake decorated just for him. This cake could include his favorite hobbies, sports teams, or games. Don’t forget it does not have to be cake! Including any one of his favorite desserts will make him feel like the luckiest man in the room.

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Incorporating your groom’s favorite drink will put a unique spin on any wedding. Not only will your groom love being able to sip his favorite drink all night, your guests will appreciate the personalized touch as well. Also, creating a unique name for your groom’s specialty drink will leave guests talking about your wedding for weeks afterwards.

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Giving your groom a gift before you walk down the aisle is the perfect way to let him know how excited you are to be marrying him. It is also a great way to create a keepsake that will mean so much to him for all the years to come. No matter how big or small the gift, your groom will surely be feeling the strength of your love even before you say, “I do”.

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