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A “Farm to Feast” Wedding and Reception

Posted by on Sep 1, 2012 in Blog Entries, Whimsical Ideas | Comments Off on A “Farm to Feast” Wedding and Reception

Photo by Genevieve Munoz

Anyone who gets married on a farm can actually see and appreciate where food comes from. Having friends and family create wonderful dishes to feast upon for the reception part of the wedding day adds a great touch. Just like they do for real farm to feast meals, tables could be set up end to end where everyone enjoys the “Bounty of Love,” as well as the food, prepared with love and meaningful intention. This could even be a wedding gift to the couple, where everything is set up at the farm – the tables, chairs, tableware (plates, glasses, silverware, etc). Perhaps even a gift HANDMAKING some simple cloth napkins for each guest to take home as a special “keepsake” from the day could be included.

Hmmm…I hope I get to do a farm wedding now, someday!  That would be awesome! 🙂

Whimsical Ideas for Fall Ceremonies

Posted by on Aug 30, 2012 in Blog Entries, Whimsical Ideas | Comments Off on Whimsical Ideas for Fall Ceremonies

Continuing on my “whimsical ideas” theme, I thought I’d share some great decorative ideas from facebook for Fall that could add to any ceremony, wedding, or reception of the season.

1) From Homestead Survival’s Facebook Page – In this photo of a pumpkin, you can simply apply glue and sprinkle epsom salts to create this elegant effect. Great for any Autumn wedding!!

2) From The Fleas Knees – A large pumpkin hollowed out so that you can insert a punch bowl to serve cider or any other fun Fall beverage.

3) Also from The Fleas Knees – A mason jar that you can apply stickers to, spray paint, let dry, remove the stickers, insert tea light, and you have a lovely luminier.

Be sure to check out more of my “Whimsical Ideas” on Minnesota North Shore Weddings!

Ideas for a Garden Wedding

Posted by on Aug 30, 2012 in Blog Entries, Whimsical Ideas | Comments Off on Ideas for a Garden Wedding

by Genevieve Munoz

More and more, folks are choosing meaningful outdoor ceremonies, and even ceremonies that celebrate Nature and the Earth! Having a “Garden Theme” in your overall decor (or your reception) can also be a lot of fun.

I wanted to share with you some lovely ideas I used for my own daughter’s wedding.

1) An Asparagus Vase

If you’re having a garden wedding, consider making something beautiful from the earth. An asparagus lined vase can hold the Bride’s bouquet until she is ready to use it, then afterward, she can place it back into the vase and use as a table display/centerpiece. (If there are bridesmaids, they can do the same.)

photo by Genevieve Munoz

2) Artichoke Name Cards

Another idea on the same theme – why not use an artichoke (with center hollowed out, floral foam cut to size and soaked in water, then stems placed into the foam) to showcase a simple yet lovely flower bouquet with name card placed inside the petals for the Bride and Groom. Unique and fresh!

photo by Genevieve Munoz

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Whimsical Ideas for Ceremonies and Receptions

Posted by on Aug 11, 2012 in Blog Entries, Whimsical Ideas | Comments Off on Whimsical Ideas for Ceremonies and Receptions

By Genevieve Munoz

You’ll probably agree when I say “It’s amazing the things you can find on Facebook.

I wanted to share some very creative and whimsical ideas with you from my Facebook finds!

1) Hanging Glowing Lights  and Branches in water from Flea’s Knees

For Glowing Lights – Place a water balloon with a glow-stick inside into a stocking, and hang from trees or a ceiling.

 

2) Water Balloon Luminiers from Spice of Life and Rooftop Birdhouses from The Urban Farm & Garden

3) Fun with Watermelon! Watermelon Fruit “Cake” by RawFoodRevolution
and a Watermelon punch bowl from The Urban Farm & Garden.

 

Now, let’s see what great ideas YOU can come up with, and have fun with it! ~Genevieve

Consider the Experience When You Choose a Celebrant

Posted by on Jun 5, 2012 in Blog Entries | Comments Off on Consider the Experience When You Choose a Celebrant

Recently, I came across an article by Christine Dyer entitled “5 Things Brides Consider When Choosing Vendors & It’s Not Price” – and thought that it illustrated so much the value of a Celebrant led wedding.

Dyer mentions in her article, how more and more, couples are choosing aspects of their wedding and ceremony that reflect a greater experience. They also choose to work with people whom they relate well to on a more personal level. Price is not the only consideration.

We celebrants can play a vital role in creating an authentic and memorable experience. Because we are versed in the rituals and customs of many traditions (and we often weave this into the story of a couple’s journey), no two ceremonies are identical. Plus, through consultation and conversation, we take the time to get to know you more personally – how you as a couple are similar, how you are different, and how those aspects bring you closer together.

When choosing aspects of your wedding or commitment ceremony, take time to consider your ceremony, and even perhaps the value and experience that a Celebrant can bring!

How To Refer an Officiant

Posted by on May 23, 2012 in Blog Entries | Comments Off on How To Refer an Officiant

I wanted to take some time to share this great article on Sage Wedding Pros, written by one of my instructors and colleague from the Celebrant Foundation & Institute®, Jessie Blum-Gabriel.

This article very eloquently speaks to how a certified Life-Cycle Celebrant® can add so much value to any couple’s wedding experience.  Jessie explains so well how we celebrants can provide “Peace of Mind, A Team Approach (working with the other wedding professionals for your special day), Guidance and Suggestions, etc.”  Moreover, as Life-Cycle Celebrants®, we are trained in ritual, theory, and ceremony creation. We’re here for the couple every step of the way.

Click here to read Jessie’s Article on Sage Wedding Pros.

President Obama’s Support for Gay Marriage

Posted by on May 11, 2012 in Blog Entries | Comments Off on President Obama’s Support for Gay Marriage

Just a few days ago, President Obama told the world that he is in favor of equal marriage for same-sex couples! Below is a clip from the Ellen show that I wanted to share! Ellen talks about the importance of this day and of President Obama standing up to support marriage equality.

How to choose a celebrant

Posted by on May 5, 2012 in Blog Entries | Comments Off on How to choose a celebrant

A Celebrant wedding ceremony is uniquely created for you; who you are as an individual and couple, the story of your love and how you arrived at this moment. It is a beautiful and meaningful ceremony where you and your guests will always remember that day and how it made you feel.

It’s great to see articles about choosing a celebrant showing up in various places. Here are two from The Huffington Post!

Wedding Cereomony: How to Choose a Celebrant

Here’s another article on How to Choose a Celebrant for a Same-Sex Marriage.

Also, enjoy the video included in their article below! You’ll also see related videos available at the end that talk about choosing a wedding planner, weddings on a budget, picking a venue, and following your heart with your wedding ceremony! Enjoy!

The 10 Most Romantic Places in Duluth

Posted by on Feb 18, 2012 in Blog Entries | Comments Off on The 10 Most Romantic Places in Duluth

Duluth has a tremendous treasure of romantic attractions and activities for all couples!

Enjoy this article by Ken Hayes of B105 Radio on the Ten most romantic places in the Duluth/Superior area!

Duluth Is Romantic

Posted by on Feb 18, 2012 in Blog Entries | Comments Off on Duluth Is Romantic

Recently, the Northland News ran a story about how the Duluth, MN area received the least check-ins for romantic getaways on the social networking site, Foursquare.

I have to agree with one of the notions in the video article. I believe that people who come to Duluth and the North Shore of Minnesota for romantic getaways are simply too busy to use social networking!

Check out the article and video and tell me what you think!

-Genevieve