Monthly Archives: December 2010

Ringing in a New Year

Today is the last day of 2010 and whether you are thrilled to say goodbye to the past year or you’re looking forward to the promise of a clean slate in 2011 I wish you a very, very happy year to come! A lot of people make resolutions and many people confess to breaking those

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Planning an ideal wedding

I am sure that most people have been to a wedding ceremony or reception and thought to themselves, “I would do THIS differently!”  While it’s probably impossible to please all of your guests all of the time I think an ideal wedding from a guest’s perspective (ie. moi!) would go a little something like this: –The hotel room

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Happy Holiday Wishes

I have been counting down the days to Christmas this year in anticipation of a big family gathering at our house and I cannot believe it is almost here!  2010 was a pretty sweet little year in the Ellis household.  We had the privilege of working with some fantastic couples on their weddings throughout Vermont,

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Wedding Planning: Back to Basics

What if you had never been to a wedding, flipped through a wedding magazine or seen an episode of one of those pimp-my-wedding-like shows on TV?  How would you plan your wedding if you had no preconceived notions about how it should go? Would you want a $4,000 designer dress? Would your guest list have 200 names on

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Bridesmaids gifts

I’ve made a few suggestions when it comes to your bridesmaids’ attire, but I’ve also got a few ideas about gifts for your girlfriends.  There are a lot of cheesy bridesmaids gifts floating around on wedding websites.  Just so we’re clear–ordering from a website just because something is “personalized” doesn’t make it cool and in most cases

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It’s your wedding, you can do what you want to

Every year I meet with a bride who tells me that she absolutely loves hydrangea (just for example), but her best friend just had/is going to have hydrangea at her wedding so she doesn’t want to “copy”. While I understand and respect this sentiment–I have a younger sister so copying/borrowing style was a sore subject in our pre-teen years

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Alison’s favorite things (vol. 23) Holiday Gift Ideas

There are 12 days until Christmas and today I have a compilation of my favorite things from the past year that I think make great gifts for your loved ones…and quite possibly for YOU, too! Today, 12/13, is the last day to get your holiday orders in to Paloma’s Nest for thoughtful, custom ornaments. While we’re talking about

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More Practical Wedding Planning Tips

Over the past few weeks I’ve been working on a rundown of your wedding checklist to help jump start your planning.  I started with the first 3 things you should do when planning your wedding…and then a few things to consider 8-10 months before your big day…and now, even though it’s December here in Vermont, you’re getting warmer! Your wedding day

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Alison’s favorite things (vol. 22)

OK, so I haven’t done any official research on this, but I’m pretty sure it’s a scientific fact that 100% of wedding bloggers love Paloma’s Nest.  I have to put their adorable ring bearer bowls on my list of favorite things.  I love the look, the size and shape, and the fact that you can use it to

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Vintage-inspired Stationery

I’m a sucker for nice stationery.  I have a desk drawer dedicated to an array of notecards, birthday cards, quirky Anne Taintor cards and fancy, colorful envelopes.  Name an occasion and I’ve got a card for it.  If you are a stationery junkie or happen to be shopping for stationery for your wedding or the holidays check out these Etsy finds…

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