Saturday, September 06, 2008

Friday, September 05, 2008

Fall Wedding Ideas: How to Plan an Autumn Wedding You'll Absolutely Fall in Love With - Lesley Mattos

Our renewal ceremony date is quickly approaching.

The dog days of summer have passed but Jack Frost isn't nipping at your nose just yet! The days may be getting shorter, but there's still plenty of time to plan a fantastic fall wedding!

Autumn colors are bold, vibrant, warm and inviting making fall time a perfect theme for the beginning of your marriage adventure. By scheduling your wedding at this time of year you'll reap the benefits of off-season planning and no extreme weather.

Here Are 5 Fall Wedding Ideas I Harvested to Help You Plan for Your Special Day:

1. Customize your Fall Wedding with Polaroid Instant Photo Guest Books

Capture every moment of your wedding day with Polaroid instant pictures and hand-written sentiments from your guests! Instant photo guest books, like Adesso's Polaroid Instant Photo guest book, buck the digital trend.

When they're combined with notes from all your friends and family, the instant photo guest book becomes a valued keepsake filled with memories that will last forever! Customize your autumn-themed wedding photo guest book by using pens with gold, brown or rust-colored ink, and for added seasonal pizzazz, you can even trim the cover with ribbons in colorful fall shades.

Fall Wedding Idea: Choose a fall-colored instant photo guest book that will accompany your autumn-themed wedding colors!

2. Autumn in New York? Choose Your Fall Wedding Destination

Frank Sinatra and other singers have immortalized the romantic notion of autumn in the Big Apple. And the vivid changing colors of New England always come to mind when thinking about the season.

Many locations hit the spot just right for an autumn wedding: a country inn, an old church, a vineyard, a local park and that's just to name a few! Is there a friend or family member whose big backyard has lots of trees? Remember, it's not the setting itself. It's the spirit you bring to the setting that makes your fall wedding so memorable you'll want to capture it both in pictures and in word.

Fall Wedding Idea: If traveling out of town isn't in your budget, you can transform any venue into a fall fantasy. Look in travel or bridal magazines for fall wedding ideas, and visit your local craft store to find faux flowers, foliage and other items to help with inspiration!

3. Set the Stage for Your Autumn Wedding

Autumn's trademark colors can be incorporated easily into every part of your wedding d├ęcor. Instead of bright white, try a gown in raw silk or a subtle cream shade? Bridesmaids and your maid of honor can wear a bouquet of lush fall shades like gold, burgundy, hunter green or chocolate brown. Select complementary ties or vests for the groom, best man and groomsmen.

If the flower girl is going to sprinkle the aisle with rose petals, use dried flowers or autumn leaves instead. Depending on the time of day, you might be able to have the ceremony by candlelight. And don't forge to decorate the reception tables with seasonally-colored linens, mini pumpkins, dried flowers, acorns and colorful gourds.

Fall Wedding Idea: Assign someone you can count on to take pictures of the festive table settings before the reception to include in your instant wedding photo guest book!

4. Plan Your Menu with Autumn Foods In Mind

Many delicious foods conjure up images of crisp autumn days and nights. For starters, greet guests with a glass of warmed, mulled cider spiked with something festive like Tuaca liquer from Tuscany! Nuts and dried fruits can be available for nibbling before and after the ceremony.

For your main course, there are the staples like a Thanksgiving dinner theme. Serve the turkey with all the trimmings or try roast chicken or Cornish hen with cranberry garnish. For more hearty fare, there's prime rib. Or be creative and try a game bird like quail or pheasant. And you can even "spice" up the wedding cake by choosing carrot, pumpkin-flavored or spice cake. If it's got to be chocolate, added seasonings will give it an extra flair.

Fall Wedding Idea: In addition to serving a traditional wedding cake, you can also offer your guests dessert treats like apple, pecan or pumpkin pie.

5. Pick Your Autumn Wedding Favors

Send your guests home with some of the "flavor" of your wedding by favoring them with autumn wedding favors such as sachets and potpourri in seasonal scents. If there's a farm stand or local specialty shop in the area, give a jar of homemade
jam, preserves or chutney. Scented fall-colored candles are sure to be appreciated and enjoyed.

And since your wedding is all about the future, you can give your guests something to look forward to: flower bulbs that will bloom next spring. When it's time to wrap it all up, package the autumn-themed wedding favors in a fabric bag (muslin, burlap, calico-designed cotton) tied with a raffia bow.

Fall Wedding Idea: How about an autumn wedding favor that's good enough to eat? Thanks to the Internet, it's easy to order unique, custom-made sweets, like jelly beans in fall colors or personalized M&Ms.

Article by:


Lesley Mattos, Founder of Adesso Albums helps brides and grooms all over the world capture their autumn wedding memories forever. Her Adesso Instant Wedding Photo Guest Book is the only guest book alternative that provides an instant memory of your wedding event in both pictures and words. Shop the complete photo guest book package - including Polaroid camera and film at: www.adessoalbums.com/shop.html

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Housing Downturn Brings Self-Storage Boom - Las Vegas Business Press


In Southern Nevada the hot news for self storage is the 6.1% increase in rents. What could that mean for you? How about a career change? Self storage facilities are looking for people with sales and customer service background that have commitment, multi-taskers, and looking for a challenge.

Benefits can include free apartment and utilites, monthly bonuses, health benefits and lots more.

For more about the growing self storage business in Southern Nevada click here to read the article in the Las Vegas Business Press, September 1-7, 2008 issue.

Monday, September 01, 2008

Shoe Shopping with Marcus


Marcus needs a pair of dress shoes for the ceremony. We took a look at Zappos.com to see if they can accommodate his size 15.

We found a pair of Deer Stags in black. The price is very compariable to what I would spend in a shoe store.

Product Review: Weight Watchers Golden Sponge Cake

Yummy Snack Cakes

My family and I recently discovered Weight Watchers Golden Sponge Cakes. The golden cake is very moist and the creamy filling has just the right amount of sweetness. And guess what? It's less then 100 calories. You could definitely add some raspberries or strawberries to make it extra special.

Charles and Marcus have added them to the most-haves on the grocery list.

Sunday, August 31, 2008

New Orleans- Our prayers are with You

Hurricane Gustauv is approaching the Gulf Coast. Our prayers and thoughts are with those in the path of the hurricane.

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