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Use Colors to Express Your Specific and Unique DIY Wedding Flowers and Accent Ideas

Posted by Michael on August 23, 2009

Tracey Smith’s blog on Thoughtfully Simple earlier today was titled Express Yourself with Color on Your Wedding Day

She began by writing: “Did you know that every color has a specific meaning or symbolism? Just like horoscopes, some people believe in these symbols and meanings and others do not. Whether you believe it or not, certain colors certainly do exude specific energies (red is hot, yellow is cheerful, etc) and the colors that you choose for your wedding theme can have a big impact on the overall success of your big day. Here is a closer look at what the specific meanings are behind the most popular wedding colors…”

For instance, she continued to explain:  “The color RED signifies passionate love….. The color PURPLE signifies magical, mysterious love…. The color YELLOW signifies happy and wise love.”

Read what these and other colors represent in the rest of the story.


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Sharing a Party as a Means of Cost cutting for Bat Mitzvahs, Quinceanos and Sweet 16’s

Posted by Michael on July 31, 2009

Ileana Morales’ article for Entertainment Daily appeared earlier today.  The article was titled  Teens party on as families cut thousands off budgets to host coming-of-age celebrations

Ms. Morales asks:  “Planning a quinceanera? Think about choreographing your own dance routine. Feeding a Sweet 16? Hope you know how to bake. Bat mitzvah on the way? You might want to share your party with a neighbor.”

She went on to comment that other families “…are cutting thousands from the budgets for teenage girls’ coming-of-age celebrations because of the sour economy, party planners said, but stopping short of canceling the bashes. After all, the parties mark a milestone in otherwise uncertain times.”

She also talked about vendors reacting to the cost consciousness of their customers.  Read the rest of the article.

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More say ‘I do’ to do-it-yourself nuptials

Posted by Michael on July 22, 2009

Mary Meehan of  McClatchy Newspapers, as reported by The Philadelphia Inquirer, quoted Anja Winikka, editor of theknot.com, an online resource for weddings:  “The DIY thing is indicative of the economy…A lot of people now feel comfortable talking about how they are going to be saving on their weddings.”

Read the rest of the article.

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Recession Diary: DIY Wedding Way to Go

Posted by Michael on July 20, 2009

An interesting article appeared earlier today on UPI.com.  It talks about do it yourself weddings in times of recession.  I think it’s about getting back to roots….

“I’ve attended many a formal wedding but think the communal route we took for my daughter’s wedding is the way to go.

“The efforts of so many people made the celebration unbelievably joyous, electric and rollicking. The love in the room was palpable.

“With the exception of the officiating rabbi and my close friend’s string quartet at the ceremony, the wedding was completely non-professional. If all weddings were like this, the outrageously costly industrial wedding machine would come to a screeching halt.”

Read the rest of the article

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Budget Bat Mitzvah Ideas by Going Theme Less

Posted by Michael on July 11, 2009

Lois Solomon wrote in Moms and Dads on the SunSentinal site about a theme-less bat mitzvah party.

In it she writes:  “To reduce costs but still make a party that is classy and fun, I’m hiring a DJ and buying some centerpieces. I bought invitations on-line and created an e-mail address for people to RSVP. In this economy, I’m not sure guests should expect much more.”  Read the rest of the article

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Practical Approach Article on Budget Weddings

Posted by Michael on July 8, 2009

Heidi Kurpiela posted a blog called Lessons Learned Between To-Do and “I Do” earlier today on The Stimulist. In it she described it as “…CliffsNotes version of what this one learned in the first six months of her engagement..”

She covers various topics on saving on your wedding including… handwriting invitation envelopes…breaking with tradition….and several other practical approaches to a budget wedding. Read the rest of the article

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Press Release on Baby Boy and Baby Girl Wall Decor Items

Posted by Michael on June 25, 2009

Read the entire press release issued on the new baby boy and baby girl wall decor items.

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“A DIY Wedding with a Forest Theme” offers Great Guest Name Tags for the Handy!

Posted by Michael on June 17, 2009

I just picked up this post by Cristina in which the bride

DIY Wooden Name Cards

DIY Wooden Name Cards

“I made these by renting a mitre saw from a tool rental facility to cut a eucalyptus branch one of the gardeners at Stern Grove gave to me from the mulch pile. I had my husband carry it up the stairs (it weighed nearly 100 pounds), fired it up, and had 90 cross-section disks in about 20 minutes. The dust gets everywhere despite the dust bag, so I put down a tarp to do this (we don’t have outdoor space) and wore a respirator mask. The disks that were cut a little too roughly I sanded down with my Dremel tool. I then printed the text for both sides onto clear inkjet labels and cut them out with a circle cutter. I stuck the labels in place and smoothed them down. Our florist brought a tray with moss in it for me to display them,” explains Lauren.

Read the rest of the article at intimate weddings.

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Cheap Do It Yourself (Green) Eco-Friendly Wheatgrass Centerpiece

Posted by Michael on April 4, 2009

I found this charming and colorful idea for wedding centerpieces by Happy Girl at Happy Hour Bride. Not only are they cheap, but they are friendly to the environment, chic as well as great looking!

Do It Yourself Wheatgrass Centerpiece

Do It Yourself Wheatgrass Centerpiece

Get the full directions to grow your own at DIY: Eco-Friendly Wheatgrass Centerpieces.

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Building a Web Business with Web 2.0 Marketing, Part 1

Posted by Michael on January 25, 2009

Michael (my Webmaster and E-Marketer) wrote this article on his Blog…we generally do not mix our areas of expertise, but I thought any of you who might be interested in Web based businesses might enjoy reading it. He has other insights available.

Web2.0 is social networking. And social networking can be, and is being, used for business, point blank. You can use Facebook, LinkedIn, MySpace, TBD, etc., to only socialize. You can share events, play games, meet old and new friends, post photos, etc., and waste a lot of time. You can post videos on YouTube for humor, shock, information, etc.

Or you can use these, and other Web2.0 avenues, to get people to visit your Website. And most of these avenues are FREE advertising and demand only sweat equity. Some are better than others. The point is if you want to generate sales through social networking, you can. If you get more people to visit, more people will purchase. Increase traffic, increase sales. Point blank, end of story.

The old rule of thumb in retailing was you either have traffic or you build traffic. In either case you pay for it. One option was to rent in a mall or street location where there was a lot of traffic, and a lot of rent. Or to start in a low traffic (i.e. home based, garage, industrial park, etc.) and spend money on advertising for traffic.

That day is passé.

Some of you spent a lot of time, money, and energy at last week’s Party Planning Showcase in a Northwest Chicago Suburb. Judy and I strolled the show talking with our friends. We asked ourselves “why continue?” five years ago and could not find a reason to. We found the reason.

Glance at the Web statistics I provided you free, or request another or a new one. It compares your recent Website activities and search engine rankings with those of A-BnC Parties and More, Inc. Visitor hits on Judy’s sites, including www.abncparties.com have DOUBLED on a daily basis from December, 2008 to January, 2009. Sales have also increased over last year’s comparisons. I will not divulge by how much.

The invitation is there, join the Facebook discussion. The information is Free. Or should I charge for it? Will it be more valuable? Judy’s new V-P and national sales manager asked: “Why is it so cheap?”

Bookmark Building a Web Business with Web 2.0 Marketing, Part 1

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