FTD announced on Monday, March 18, 2019, in a regulatory filing, that they expect to have the funds necessary to remain afloat in July, but not beyond then, according to an article in the Chicago Tribune.
This is unsettling news for everyone in the floral industry. Due to the influx of competition they all face, it’s unfortunate that this could be a reality for anyone. Florists and vendors alike have to keep up with ever-changing technology in order to grow and thrive. We have to adapt to new generations that come with new expectations.
John, I accept you as my husband. I Tracy, embrace you, Susan, as my partner for life.
Blessings on you and on your union ~ Rev. Dr. M. Maureen Killoran, MA, DMin Life Coach & Spiritual Guide
About the author: Maureen Killoran is a life coach and Unitarian Universalist minister who has performed over 300 wedding ceremonies. After 20 years in the parish, she is now a life coach in private practice in Western North Carolina -- where she is delighted to be performing weddings & services of union. Learn more at www.spiritquest.ws
As much as you love your nieces, nephews and even your own children, some of you know that an otherwise perfect day can be tarnished by a misbehaving little one. You don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings, so what should you do? If you don’t mind kids at your wedding, then this article is not for you. If your are in the other group, read on…If you are reading this, you are probably afraid of being labeled as selfish or a child hater, but this is your day. You planned for it, paid for it and deserve to have it the way you want. Even if you are being selfish, having paid a few thousand dollars or more says you have the right to be!Well enough of the pep talk. You must be open and honest from the very beginning. Waiting to long in fear of causing trouble will only make matters worse and leave you feeling even more “guilty” when some people were expecting to bring their little ones from the start. Most people will understand and some have asked it for their own weddings, but there are still a few that need to be told.
Here are some of the ways to get the message across early:
1. Send it with the invitation. That’s right! You could put it on a separate card and make a reference to it being an adults only event. You may not want to say “no kids please” because the words “adults only” is less likely to be seen negatively.
2. Call each and every person who you believe is coming and be honest and upfront. Don’t take too long with the small talk and try to end on a positive note. It would also be a good idea to have babysitters in a separate room at the wedding in case someone forgets or just had to bring little Mark.
3. On that same note. If you just don’t want to feel like you are a kid-hater, just make a point to have babysitters at your wedding. This way no one will feel left out or “betrayed”. You still have to contend with those parents AND children that have separation anxiety. You will have to make sure to tell them that if they plan to bring children with them, they must be placed with the babysitter you or they have provided, in a separate room, no exceptions. Having a room with toys and bright colors could peak a child’s interest, but there is no guarantee.
4. Use psychology. The statement, “This is a day to enjoy yourself too. Leave the kids at home (with our babysitter)”, will definitely bring some of those not-so-understanding parents to your corner. The parents with the most misbehaved kids will be the first to identify with this statement.
If all else fails, just remember the important thing is that you are marrying the one you love and that nothing can change that!
About the author: Victoria Williams is the editor of the online magazine www.nuptialparadise.com
The wedding cake you’ve fantasized about can also be the one your wallet says “yes” to. Here are some great ideas for a more affordable – but still gorgeous – wedding cake.
Once you have decided on a wedding budget, do your best to stick to it. Record your expenses on the charts we have developed, to help keep track of costs as you plan the details of your wedding day.
Your budget should be flexible enough so that an unexpected expense will not ruin it.
The following are estimates to help guide you in setting a budget for your wedding. You can increase or decrease any item depending on what aspects of the wedding you would like to emphasize.
Psst! Want us to let you in on a little secret? Wedding guests tend to care more about good booze at your big day than fancy favors (that they’re likely to forget to take home anyway!).
While your wedding is, of course, about what you and your fiancé want, keeping the guest experience in mind will go a long way in creating your happily ever after. With that in mind, here are eight things friends and family secretly wish you’d do at your wedding.
The Wish List
Read the full list and expanded information at the source, www.brides.com
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Approximately 3″L x 2″H
With this set of decorative wedding cake favor boxes, now your guests can take home a slice of your cake figuratively speaking. Imported directly from Italy, these off-white embossed boxes are shaped to perfectly form a wedding cake. Each of the boxes are wrapped with a satin ribbon and accented with an ivory flower. Inside waits a surprise treat for your wedding guests in the form of candy.
Display the wedding cake favor boxes in a circular pattern to form a two tiered cake. This arrangement makes a beautiful presentation as a centerpiece for each table. Approximate number of boxes needed to form a cake: 40-50 cake boxes. These favors are great for more than just a wedding; you can use them for any type of party.
Include a personalized card with your names and wedding or party date to add a special touch. Our lovely satin ribbon comes in your choice of 14 beautiful colors. The candy filling included in our favor boxes is available in your choice of 12 different types of candy.
Traditionally, veils were made from white or ivory tulle with plain, pencil or satin cord edging. This allowed the focus to be on the bride’s face, her headpiece and wedding gown. Now custom designer veils have an abundance of embroidered appliqués, rhinestones, bugle beads, sequins, crystals and pearls. Besides the traditional edging, now the bride can select colored ribbon edging to match her colored wedding gown. Many online companies even offer to dye the tulle to match the wedding gown. Other edging options are Venetian lace, pearls, rhinestones, bugle beads and gold and silver filament.
Accents can also be added to the wedding veil and most companies are happy to do it. The bride can order a veil with scattered rhinestones and pay for scattered pearls as well. She can have those pearls in color to match her gown. She can choose a garnet ribbon edged veil to match the upside down garnet “V” at the back of her train. Unfortunately, this will make a dark bar across her back and distract from the loveliness of her gown.
A heavily decorated veil will also take away from the bride’s headpiece and jewelry. A dainty tiara will look overpowered with a heavily embroidered veil and the bride’s earrings will be lost under the edging. In some cases, the veil can distract from the embellishment of the wedding gown. A charming, corset back on a wedding gown would best be served by a plain veil or no veil at all.
Many brides are now choosing to go without a veil. Bridal fashions have been clean and simple in recent years. Gowns are strapless, or have spagetti straps with plain matte satin fabric. Trains are shorter and less elaborate (although lace is starting to make a comeback). The bride is now using a detachable veil and removing it completely at the reception, wearing only a beautiful tiara. A simple veil, with scattered pearls or rhinestones to match the wedding gown, will make the bride look perfect.
About the author: Kathleen Terrana is the owner of www.beautiful-bridal.com Beautiful Bridal specializing in discount tiaras, veils, bridal and bridesmaid jewelry. Visit our site for additional wedding tips, advice and information.