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Get in Shape with Ballroom Dancing

Get in Shape with Ballroom Dancing

Nearly everyone got caught up in the dance craze by watching “Dancing with the Stars” this past season. There’s just something about the music, the dances, the level of competition, and the sarcastic responses from the judges. But there is also something else to be noticed with the professional dancers – their bodies. Not one single professional dancer had an ounce of fat anywhere on their body. What you saw was lean, toned, and muscular abs, arms, and legs. You probably would never think that ballroom dancing can produce such a workout, but it’s actually one of the best physical fitness programs available.

Ballroom dancing is much more than a slow dance around a moonlit dance floor. There are several types of dances involved with ballroom dancing, ones that involve twirls, kicks, twists, and bends. In fact, ballroom dancing gives you the opportunity to move your body in a way that you would otherwise never experience – not even in an aerobics class.

It’s no secret that most people looking to get fit or lose weight are intimidated by the gym. Not only are you surrounded by people with a better body than you, but often you find yourself having to wait for a machine or struggling to keep up in a class. Ballroom dancing is a great way of making exercise fun, and it’s an activity you can do together with your partner or spouse. Unfortunately, some people continue to live inactive lifestyles because they just can’t find a physical activity they like to do.

You may be surprised to learn that ballroom dancing can burn just as much fat and calories (if not more) than a session at the gym. Depending upon the style of dance, you can easily burn between 200 and 400 calories. For example, the foxtrot or the waltz provide an easy and gentle workout and will burn around 200 calories. This is comparable to a brisk walk in the park or thirty minutes on the elliptical. On the other hand, dances like the jive or paso doble can burn over 400 calories, which is comparable to an intense step aerobics class.

While walking on a treadmill or doing crunches are well-known exercises, they only work certain parts of your body – which leave you to workout longer in order to cover the rest. Ballroom dancing literally works every part of your body and every major muscle group. You are more likely to see results faster due to the challenge your body endures with dancing.

And if you don’t have a partner to take with you to dance class, don’t let that stop you from experiencing the glide around the dance floor. Many classes will pair you up once you arrive, and you may meet some great friends or something more! Most people who get into ballroom dancing have lots of fun, and are more likely to dance longer which extends the duration of their workout. So trade in your walking shoes for some dance shoes, and dance your way into better shape!

Wedding Cake Activities

Wedding Cake Activities

Upon arrival at the wedding reception, many guests head for the cake table so they can admire the cake. Some time later, the bride and groom come along for a picture opportunity and the grand cutting of the cake. Then everyone enjoys cake and it’s gone. Believe it or not, there are many more activities that can make the wedding cake more about fun and less about tradition.

Of course, watching the bride and groom push cake into each other’s mouths is a long-enjoyed tradition, but there are many more fun – and less messy – activities to consider as well.

One new option that’s gaining popularity is to have cupcakes instead of a cake. This is a method that is usually more affordable than having a cake and it can be a lot of fun. Cupcakes are decorated in alignment with the wedding theme, just as a cake is, but the cupcakes are instead arranged on tiered cake plates and displayed on a cake table until it’s time to eat them. The cupcakes can be simply handed out on plates to each wedding guest.

Now, what’s fun about using cupcakes instead of a whole wedding cake is you can save money, certainly, as many reception halls and caterers charge a per slice fee to cut and serve the wedding cake, but you can also build activities into the cupcake presentation. For example, the cupcakes that are for the bride and groom can have a different decoration than the ones for the guests.

As an extra touch, you can have the baker include a special prize in one or several cupcakes. A small charm or tiny toy can be baked into the cupcake. Whoever gets the charm wins a special prize. These prizes can range from a gift basket or gift certificate to a restaurant to a dance with the bride or groom.

Some brides like to use a Southern tradition and have charms baked into the wedding cake. Similar to the idea above for cupcakes, this involves baking small charms or tiny toys (but usually charms) into the cake. Those who get one of the charms are said to have good luck. You might even consider having charm bracelet charms baked into the cake, which are then made into a charm bracelet for the bride.

Not everyone enjoys cake. How about an activity for those who won’t be eating cake? They can be required to do the “Macarena” or the chicken dance during the time when everyone else is eating cake. If they manage to do the dance continuously while the other guests enjoy cake, they win a prize. Or they simply get to sit down, as now they are tired!

In keeping with the dance during cake theme, how about a requirement that in order to get cake, a guest must perform an impromptu dance first? Or there could be trivia questions about the bride and groom or about popular culture. Guests must correctly answer the questions before getting their cake. There could be competitions among tables or individuals for most questions answered correctly.

Many people believe that once the cake is cut, they are free to leave if they wish. Since cake cutting usually comes after the meal and after dancing and other traditional celebration activities, many people take the opportunity to leave the party after the cake is cut and enjoyed.

If the bride and groom want their guests to stay after the cake is eaten, it is worth some extra effort to build some activities into the cake-cutting event so people will stick around longer. This can be as simple as telling people not to leave, or can be more subtle and fun.

For example, each person could receive a slip of paper with his or her cake. These slips of paper could be prepared ahead and provided to the catering company with instructions that one folded strip of paper be placed on each plate with the cake. The paper might give an agenda for the rest of the evening or might ask its recipient to perform a little dance, to head over to give the groom or bride a kiss, or might ask them to take the flower girl out on the dance floor for a spin. The unknown will keep all the guests guessing and provide some entertainment as the instructions are carried out.

Dance to the lights – Club lighting

Dance to the lights – Club lighting

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Lighting may just be one aspect in the club business, but its impact on a business’ success is vital. It’s a huge challenge to make your club looking different each night because let’s face it, club-goers are fickle and they always look for the next best club out there. Club lighting can set the mood and impression of your club. Changing your club lighting for a varied look each night helps in maintaining or increasing patronage from people.

There are things to consider when setting up your club lighting system aside from aesthetics. Some club owners often forget about U.S. regulations on the use of laser lights. Although lasers are among your club lighting’s special effects, ultra high intense lasers could hurt people. You can get the programmable laser fixtures, which could cost $5,000 these days, but the intangible benefits can’t be measured

Another effect you can use in your club is LED lighting. LED lighting provides great effects and is getting more popular than neon lights. The general lifetime of LED exceeds 40,000 hrs, which makes it ideal for places that are hard to reach for re-lamping like color wash bar backs and alcoves.

You can also add up technology’s latest for club lighting – video walls and dance floors. The possibilities are endless if you link up a graphics generator or PC to a video wall or dance floor. LED dance floors (developed by Avr) provide LED color changing dance floor that is water resistant and load bearing. Using this side by side with the Avr sealing system, the floor can survive impacts from fallen bottles/glasses and liquids.

Also available as an alternative to your club lighting system are mood lighting and effect projectors. These devices are able to transform the style and atmosphere of your club using programmed lighting systems or general color changing units such as oil projectors, water effects, and other color generating units.

The iBall can be used as one of your club lighting effects or an all round advertising and information tool. The iBall can be installed on/behind a bar or mounted on the ceiling. It produces a 360-degree display for advertisements and information. Wall screens can be used in place of poster and flyers and among other club lighting effects. An addition to club lighting effects is Outdoor Colour Wash lighting. It can project a wash of color over any structure giving it a different and varied look. It’s great to use over the building, club or bar garden.

If you want your club show to be unforgettable for your audience, you can use a set of special effects units like fog and snow machines, lasers and sky scanners, to pyros. Maximizing today’s technology on lighting effects not only maximizes your revenues, it can be an expression of arts through lights.

Tips for Choosing Wedding Decorations

Tips for Choosing Wedding Decorations

The first thing that guests notice when they attend a wedding ceremony or reception are the decorations. Therefore, every bride and groom wants to have the decorations very attractive, memorable and to have these represent the interests or the couple.

Usually, the task of choosing the wedding decorations is delegated to the bride and the female members of the family and entourage. However, it is still preferred that the groom should also help in conceptualizing the decorations to be used for the wedding.

Here are some aspects to consider when deciding on what decorations to be used in the wedding:

* Mood

Will the wedding be formal or casual? Do you want it to be traditional or contemporary? This will help in deciding what candles, flowers, balloons, and other venue enhancements will you be needing.

* Color Scheme

Consider the main color to be used for the decorations. This may be the couple’s favorite color, a color that can be associated with their hobby or the color that is preferred during the season. Make sure that the color of the decorations will go well with what the members of the entourage and the guests will be wearing.

* Site

Take pictures of the wedding site as early as possible so that you can check the pictures while considering a decorating idea.

* Time

Usually, decorations can only be set at the church and at the reception within one to two hours before the event. Therefore, you must consider decorations that don’t take much time to mount. Also, these decorations should also be taken down right after the event.

* Guests

Consider how many will attend the wedding reception and how big is the site. With the number of guests that you will be having, can you still set-up bigger decorations that will take some floor space?

If you have a large number of guests, you may just want to set-up floor decorations near the stage and dance floor where most of the program will take place. Also, you might want to opt for smaller but finely detailed table decorations.

Also consider if there will be kids who will be attending the wedding reception. Kids may get bored during the program and start playing with the decorations that can cause an unsightly mess. So you may just get decorations that are not so fragile.

Another tip, if you will be having several kids as guests, you may have a kids area, where they can mingle with other kids and where the decorations and food are more suited for their age.

* Budget

Improperly chosen decorating ideas will not look well even if these cost much. Also, choosing just two or three decorating ideas, as long as these are implemented well can make a ceremony and reception look lavish.

Also, it is not necessary to buy every item that will be used as decorations. Some professional decorators can give you information on vases, mirrors, table centerpieces, dried flower arrangements, arc ways, pedestals and plants that will only be used for one day.

With these, just adding a few candles, laces and fresh flowers will make your wedding site and reception exquisite.

A final budgeting advice, check with the wedding rite venue director if there are other weddings that will take place during the day. If so, you may want to coordinate with the couple that will be using the venue before or after you. The may agree with your decorating ideas or add some of their own, and agree to just split the decorating expenses with you.

Ballroom Dancing – The Handicapped and the Disabled

Ballroom Dancing – The Handicapped and the Disabled

Dancing is good for your overall health, for weight loss and for mental relaxation. Everyone loves to dance, including those people who just happen to be blind, deaf, missing limbs or confined to a wheelchair. Many groups have formed classes to teach these people ballroom, line dances, jazz ballet and anything else they may want to learn.

The Malta Wheelchair Dancesport Association is one of those groups. Wheelchair dancing had been practiced in parts of the world since the 1970’s but wasn’t started in Malta until 1999. The group holds classes to teach dance to disabled people using a format very similar to that used to teach non-disabled people. The classes are open to people who just want to learn to dance and those who want to dance competitively.

When it comes to the competitive dances there are two groups, Combi (one partner is in a wheelchair the other is not) or Duo (both parties are in wheelchairs). They learn all the Standard Ballroom dances and the Latin American Ballroom dances. For those who are just interested in social dancing they offer courses for line and solo dances.

Wheelchair dancers use their upper bodies and arms to perform the same movements in the same manner as non-disabled dancers. Also, no different from non-disabled dancers, some are good and some aren’t but ALL dance because they love it. The dance classes have the added benefit of teaching both the wheelchair users and their helpers more and better uses of their chairs encouraging them to become more independent

The Gallaudet Dance Company is comprised of about 15 students all of whom are deaf or hard of hearing. Gallaudet is the worlds only accredited Liberal Arts University for the hearing impaired. The dancers rely on many things using their vision and sign language to communicate.

For years hearing people have bought into the theory that the deaf “hear’ by feeling vibrations through the floor. Although that may work when standing still on a surface that will conduct the vibrations it wouldn’t do much good when you are moving, jumping, or standing on a concrete floor. The Gallaudet Dancers practice for hours on end to develop an inner sense of the timing for each dance. This is accomplished in part by watching an instructors counting out the rhythm of the dance. The instructor will give a sign for each step in much the same way hearing dancers will get a vocal count from their instructor.

Deaf and hearing-impaired dance students work had to remain “in time” with or without music. The most important things for teaching these students to dance are a visual count, high quality sound systems and use of sign language.
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Hundreds of viewers watched fascinated as Heather Mills competed for several weeks on Dancing with the Stars with one prosthetic leg. Not only was it difficult to tell which leg it was most of the time but she performed some high difficulty moves that the other dancers didn’t even attempt!

Smoke & Fog Machines

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Smoke & fog machines were very popular at school dances in the 1980’s. They didn’t seem to be very popular into the 90’s but they have certainly reappeared as a way to offer special effects. They are affordable machines that you can buy if you plan to use them on a regular basis. Many nightclubs have them and turn them on at regular intervals throughout the night. They tend to get the audience excited and those that have been lining the walls may be more likely to get out there on the dance floor.

Smoke & fog machines can also be used for Halloween parties and any type of dance you want to host. They can be used for large engagements or small affairs. There are many sizes of them too so make sure you get what will work well for your event. You can always rent a larger size smoke or fog machine if what you own won’t cover the space that you have readily available.

These types of added affects are very safe too as most people don’t have any problems with them. They aren’t as dangerous as pyrotechnics or other types of affects. This means the insurance for the business will be lower than with those other features. It also means they are safe machines that people can use on their own without any type of certification.

It is important that you only use a smoke or fog machine as it is indicated though. Don’t add anything to it but approved fluids. Make sure there is the right amount of fluid in the machine too. If you have too much or too little you will end up with some problems with the operational functioning of the smoke & fog machine.

If you rent a smoke or fog machine you need to make sure you inspect it before you leave with it. This way you won’t be charged for any problems it has upon the return of it. You want your experience with such a machine to be one that is fun and memorable so make sure you are responsible with it. You also want to be able to get the most use out of it if you do decide to buy one.

Sonar festival in barcelona june 19 to 21

Sonar celebration in barcelona june 19 to 21

Bredna, Editor of The Journal of Gemmology, interviewed by Japanese TV, Gem Fair, AGTA, Tucson, Az, Feb 2018
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Considering that 1993 this event has been developing year by year until ending up being an international identified meeting celebration for music fans from all Europe. Actually that draws in renown global musicians, popular music market experts, releasing organizations as well as Digital Music followers. Barcelona can not be actually any a lot better to attendee such a terrific occasion! Each evening there are actually gatherings flooding in the calles (streets), clubs and crowded parks (Calle Botanica) of the Spanish metropolitan area!

As a multi-dimensional and international activity, the Finder brings together Contemporary Craft innovation, Songs reside shows and best Dj set. The festival stages all kinds of digital popular music categories, from Hip Jump to Blog Post Stone, Speculative Jazz Music Popular Music, Digital Pop, and so much more. Thus forth, expect to discover on your own in crowded shows, audio visual assessments, exhibitions and also meetings in essential Barcelona’s places as the Centre of Contemporary Lifestyle as well as the Museu D’art Contemporani (Contemporary Art Gallery). Opening up 19 June, the celebration competes 3 days up until 21 June. At the sonar.es web site you can discover far more information regarding musicians, programs and also tickets.

If you planning a visit to the city, you might consult with as well flashbooking for fast internet booking in budget cottage. Listed below a list where you can find a suitable hotels without paying out way too much split in flats, (among the greatest possibilities in Barcelona), hostel (affluent in fun as well as young people) and also family operate or even private bed and breakfast. Barcelona flats, which in the last few years have been developing everywhere allowing visitors to have a private comfort and a relevant loan sparing. A home can typically visitor up to 6/8 people and typically prices off 80-120 euros every day. Check the Grandmother Via Apartments, the BCN Dreams house, the Barcelona Property as well as flats, the Corsega Condo and a lot more available on line or even attempt even more acquainted B and b in Barcelona as the Barna Bed and breakfast BB or the Sleepy Beds B&B.

For more affordable accommodation Barcelona has a whole lot to give in regards to youth hostels, (albergues de la juventud) like Somnio Hostal, Pere Tarres hostel, Residencia Universitaria San Marius hotel, Los angeles Trajinera hostel. While there in Barcelona, if Finder is actually still certainly not enough to cover your night hours, listed here a few ideas where to obtain some cocktails as well as expect the sunup. The Bikini nightclub, for instance, broken down in to three areas one for salsa and also latin, an additional for nightclub classics, rut as well as stone, and the 3rd for loosen up popular music, is located in C/Deu I Mata 105 and also this levels Tuesday to Sunday 12am to 5am. The entry is around 14EUR and also you can simply reach that with Metro 3 Eco-friendly, cease at Les Corts terminal.

Another super-popular nightclub is actually the Razzmatazz. Top performance place and mega-club along with five major areas, the Razzmatazz will definitely provide you Indie songs as well as breather beats in its principal dance floors, techno as well as stand out on the 1st flooring, as well as gothic popular music on the top floor. Take City 1 Reddish and quit at Port station at C/Almogavers. This is open Friday to Sunday 1am to 5am, and also the doorway is about 12EUR consisting of one cocktail. Thus appreciate la noche in Barcelona for the Sonar Celebration and acquire home filled with songs!

Ballroom Dancing – The Viennese Waltz and the Quick Step

Ball room Dance – The Viennese Waltz and also the Quick Step

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The Viennese Waltz which was actually originated from the Austrian Landler is actually a classy fast paced, swirling dancing where the partners hold one another as if in a romantic embrace. This brought up over a couple of eyebrows of “considerate” culture. The growth in level of popularity of the Viennese Waltz, like the standard march, could at least in part be added to the songs from Johann Strauss as well as toVienna’s well-known ballrooms. Like the typical waltz the popular music may be either voice or instrumental and may be classic, nation, or maybe rock.

The Viennese Waltz is actually a faster paced dance than the basic waltz which likewise creates it relatively extra daunting to perform. Like the basic march the Viennese March incorporates a basic, classy turning as well as swinging actions, though there need to be actually no feet increase on the inner twists. The Viennese March likewise calls for a deal from endurance, the equivalent, in fact of the quantity from power that would be actually must dance a polka.

The Viennese Waltz utilizes an ideal spin (natural turn), a remaining twist (reverse spin) as well as 2 change steps that link the steps in between the twists. Dancing free throw line of dancing (instructions from visitor traffic – turning left behind at the edges of the dancing flooring) and also rotating in a right direction is actually the All-natural Spin. Following free throw line of dancing and switching in a counter-clockwise path is the Reverse Twist. The step links (adjustment steps) enable you to alter instructions while still adhering to the line from dancing.

The measure hyperlinks are just pair of regular leave the line of dancing complied with by a 3rd measure gliding the relocating feet to the status feet. By performing a string of change amounts you can easily function your way by means of the tight spots on a busy dancing floor at that point resume the rotation. The “swing” is actually simply bending somewhat in the contrary path of the line from dancing action
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Ball room Dance – The Quick Step

The Quick Measure: The Charleston, the Dark Bottom, the Shimmy and also possibly a few other dancings all united in to a quicker model of the Fox Trot, which in 1923 ended up being known as the Quick Step. The progression from the Quick Step finished with a dancing that makes use of a bunch of action, hops, runs, Quick Measures and rotation. That is actually an incredibly vigorous, lively dance that was built with extremely swift paced jazz popular music coming from the jazz age.

The Quick Step is actually a fast, satisfied, light-hearted dancing, the footwork could be a little facility utilizing a sluggish, quick, quick, sluggish, quick, quick pace. Like various other dances the slow-moving steps on the heel, Quick Tromps the feet.

The Quick Action utilizes a fast paced backwards and forwards swing motion. That’s important to appear lighting on your shoes despite the fact that the actions are effective. Due to the speed from the dancing inhibiting sync along with your partner and also aiming to always keep identical stress in the lower legs is a necessity. More so in comparison to the other dancings facial expression is vital to express the fun part of the dance.

Fun Wedding Music Activities

Enjoyable Wedding Music Tasks

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Music is actually as a lot a component of a good wedding event as meals and drink. You may possess a wedding without music, but it’s very likely this will definitely appear a little quiet and also dull. So whether you have a total live band, a strand quartet, a DJ rotating tunes or documented songs off a boom container, that ought to be actually featured.

Yet popular music’s not just for dancing. There are a myriad of tasks you may intend around the popular music that will add a factor of exciting to your wedding celebration.

One prominent idea is to participate in music chairs. Certain, this is actually a fun child’s activity as well as you don’t would like to disrespect your guests at all, yet you could have some exciting through this version of music chairs. The seats may be almost anything, off office chairs aligned off the meals tables, to the flooring, if you believe your guests could be ready for sitting on the floor (and after that must get out of bed as well as down once again). One enjoyable option is actually to use the males as the office chairs – they stoop on the flooring, with one knee on the flooring and also the other arched. The females rest gently on the men’s’ knees as they are playing musical office chairs. When either the man or lady stumbles, that couple is out, until one married couple is left.

Some couples want to play musical chairs if you want to distribute the table focal point, which numerous attendees like to take away. As opposed to delegating a number and rewarding the focal point to the person in things from that variety, you have each table stage show musical seats until the individual left behind status is the one that reaches take away the main feature.

Exactly how around a rousing activity from “name that tune”? This is an activity that is actually absolute best for a much smaller, close wedding ceremony where everyone knows the groom and bride properly. Just before the wedding, whoever is preparing the wedding event ought to acquire a list from favorite tunes from both the bride and groom. Create a CD of those songs, and then produce a game of “name that tune”. Guests can be portioned into teams and then be played just a tiny snippet of each song.

After visitors listen to that 1st bit, they can easily then “offer” on how quickly they can name the song. Therefore one group could claim they could name the listen 10 few seconds, while the various other team could say 5 few seconds. The moment one group has actually bowed out, the other group will definitely then have to “name that song”. This is a fun activity that gets everyone entailed and also which the groom and bride are specifically pleased through.

Relying on the style of the wedding celebration, there are actually numerous exciting activities you can play to obtain the couple out on the dancing flooring. Now, if this is actually a very large and extremely stylish wedding event, this possibility may certainly not operate because there is certain protocol to keep, but for a laid-back, exciting, family-centered wedding event a few of these video games may be fun.

If visitors desire to “call out” the wedding pair over the dancing floor, they could be inquired to obtain out on the dancing floor themselves to begin with as well as hula hoop or even execute their personal version of a rest dancing. Much in the method attendees often need to “carry out” to get the bride and groom the caress this is another means to obtain the attendees included and also enjoying to develop fun wedding celebration moments for the groom and bride.

Wedding Decorations: Making Your Wedding Day Beautiful

Wedding Decorations: Making Your Wedding Day Beautiful

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Usually, the task of choosing the wedding decorations is delegated to the bride and the female members of the family and entourage. However, it is still preferred that the groom should also help in conceptualizing the decorations to be used for the wedding.

Here are some aspects to consider when deciding on what decorations to be used in the wedding:

* Mood

Will the wedding be formal or casual? Do you want it to be traditional or contemporary? This will help in deciding what candles, flowers, balloons, and other venue enhancements will you be needing.

* Color Scheme

Consider the main color to be used for the decorations. This may be the couple’s favorite color, a color that can be associated with their hobby or the color that is preferred during the season. Make sure that the color of the decorations will go well with what the members of the entourage and the guests will be wearing.

* Site

Take pictures of the wedding site as early as possible so that you can check the pictures while considering a decorating idea.

* Time

Usually, decorations can only be set at the church and at the reception within one to two hours before the event. Therefore, you must consider decorations that don’t take much time to mount. Also, these decorations should also be taken down right after the event.

* Guests

Consider how many will attend the wedding reception and how big is the site. With the number of guests that you will be having, can you still set-up bigger decorations that will take some floor space?

If you have a large number of guests, you may just want to set-up floor decorations near the stage and dance floor where most of the program will take place. Also, you might want to opt for smaller but finely detailed table decorations.

Also consider if there will be kids who will be attending the wedding reception. Kids may get bored during the program and start playing with the decorations that can cause an unsightly mess. So you may just get decorations that are not so fragile.

Another tip, if you will be having several kids as guests, you may have a kids area, where they can mingle with other kids and where the decorations and food are more suited for their age.

* Budget

Improperly chosen decorating ideas will not look well even if these cost much. Also, choosing just two or three decorating ideas, as long as these are implemented well can make a ceremony and reception look lavish.

Also, it is not necessary to buy every item that will be used as decorations. Some professional decorators can give you information on vases, mirrors, table centerpieces, dried flower arrangements, arc ways, pedestals and plants that will only be used for one day.

With these, just adding a few candles, laces and fresh flowers will make your wedding site and reception exquisite.

A final budgeting advice, check with the wedding rite venue director if there are other weddings that will take place during the day. If so, you may want to coordinate with the couple that will be using the venue before or after you. The may agree with your decorating ideas or add some of their own, and agree to just split the decorating expenses with you.