Friday, May 27, 2011

Quick Tip: Wedding Reception Lighting

Even if you're not hiring a lighting designer for your wedding reception, you'll still want to think about lighting.  Many venues have their lights on dimmers, which means you'll have some lighting decisions to make.  You may want the lights dimmed throughout the entire reception.  Or, you may want to bring the lights up for dinner and bring them down for dancing.  Maybe you want to brighten the room for the "mini-events" throughout the night, such as the cake cutting or bouquet toss.  If you don't bring up the topic with your vendors, you may be surprised when they bring up the lights during the first dance, when you had assumed it would be romantically dim in the room.  No matter what your decisions, don't forget to discuss your lighting preferences with your wedding coordinator or site manager.

Friday, May 13, 2011

DIY Teacup Favors & GIVEAWAY!

For the DIY brides out there, here is a fun and easy DIY project to create cute teacup planters as favors for your wedding guests.

 Materials Needed:

An Assortment of Teacups
Spray Paint or Ceramic Paint
Small Potted Plants
Card Stock for personal message
Bamboo Skewers
Dust Mask


1. Wash and dry each teacup to ensure they are free of dust.

2. Spray paint each teacup with several coats of paint on all sides. (Wear dust mask while doing this.)

3. When dry, fit a small potted plant inside each teacup.

4. Add your personal message, printed on cardstock and attached to the bamboo skewers.

And you're done!

This DIY idea came from Savers, the international chain of thrift stores.  For this and other DIY wedding projects, go to:


If you're on a budget but want to try out this fun project, you're in luck! Savers has provided a $25 gift certificate for one of my lucky readers! There are Savers stores all over the United States, including one that just opened in Downers Grove and one that will be opening on May 19th in Naperville. You can scour the store for the teacups for this project or the materials for any DIY projects you plan to tackle.

To enter to win the Savers gift certificate, simply leave a comment to this post by May 31st with an e-mail address to contact if you win.  You'll receive an additional entry if you become a follower on twitter and tweet the words "DIY" to us at @CamilleMcLamb.  Increase your chances even more with another entry by becoming a fan of Camille Victoria Weddings on Facebook and posting "DIY Bride" on our wall. 

We will randomly select a winner on June 1st.  If we don't hear back from the winner within one week, we will randomly select a new winner to make sure someone gets the prize!  No purchase is necessary to enter.

Disclosure: Savers provided the $25 gift certificate for this giveaway.