Monday, February 21, 2011

Arts Live Theatre and Rose of Sharon

This past weekend we started a new program with Arts Live Theatre, Northwest Arkansas' children and youth theatre company.  Small bouquets will be available for purchase before each show, and a portion of the profits from each sale will be donated to ALT.  

ALT just finished 'Anne Frank and Me.'  My stepdaughter's best friend was in this play, and it was riveting!  We went on Thursday night (the 2nd performance of five).  It really is amazing what these kids can do with just a few props and a stage.  

I had a great time watching the cast and crew prepare before each show.  I could see how much fun they were having and how close the group had become.  And these kids really put a lot of effort into the productions!   By Sunday, you could see that everyone was tired--5 performances in 4 days is tough!  And they do it on top of school and other obligations as well.  

The next performance will be 'Oliver Twist' with performances March 10th, 11th, 12th, and 13th.  'The Secret Garden'  will be April 14-17, 2011.  We'll be there with flowers and support...hope you will be, too!

1st night: buckets of flowers and materials.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Sweet Words!

After a long weekend that began with cancellations and rescheduling due to snow, we've completed the first wedding of the year and made it through Valentine's Day.

I woke up this morning this in my inbox:
      "Thanks so much! I heard they were beautiful! They stayed at the office.  I guess the receptionist thought so too since she had the arrangement alone on her desk away from the table full of others and the card was facing her.  It took my wife a little long to find it because it looked like it was hers!"

Words like this make it all worthwhile!

A few designs from yesterday...



Sunday, February 6, 2011

Our Events: Ashley and Josh, November 2010

One of our favorite weddings we worked on last year...great venue, great vendors, and of course, AWESOME couple!
Design / Coordination: Details Weddings and Events
Rental Items: Eventures


Tuesday, February 1, 2011

DIY--Is it for you? + Favorite Event Photos of 2010

DIY--Is it for you?
It's wedding planning season again.  Wedding season starts somewhere around May; planning season starts with the new year. Wedding planning means client consultations for us.  Lots and lots of consultations.

And in almost every consultation we discuss DIY (do-it-yourself) items.

Two things seem to be feeding this.  First is, of course, the economy.  DIY is seen as a way to cut costs and save a bit of money.  But also, there seems to be a trend towards making wedding more personal.  

What could be more personal than being surrounded by items hand-made by you, your friends, and your family?  Whenever I meet with a client who feels this way, I applaud them.  These are the clients I want to help and to work with.  Bring me your ideas, bring me your creativity.  Let me work with you on securing the materials you need.  Ask me questions about how to do something.  Your day will be meaningful and beautiful because of your passion, your vision; because of YOU!

But for the client who is trying to save money, I ask this:  Is it really worth it?  After you add up all the costs of purchasing ALL the materials; after the stress that is added by putting ONE more thing on your to-do list; after you spend hours working on something, only to realize you don't have a creative bone in your it worth it?  If so, go for it!  You will be adding a part of YOU to your wedding; something few (any?) couples regret.  And if it's not worth it, good for you for realizing it!  Hire a professional to handle it (whatever 'it' is) and save the yourself the added stress that can come with trying to do something you don't want to do, don't like doing, or just don't know how to do.

Sometimes, in the long run, cheaper isn't less expensive after all.


Some of my favorite items from 2010