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Seasonal Trends

Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall…all you have to do is call…Depending on the season, the theme and colors of your event can change…however the color of the year can be woven through each for a nice POP of color

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Behind the scenes

We’re usually posting the end result of our planning, but before the big day our team heads a detailed design process, during which we’re running around gathering inspiration, pulling samples, folding napkins, paper flowers…cutting. pasting, gluing, the works!

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New Month…New Goals

July isn’t exactly the month most of us think about setting goals. In fact, July is probably the time of the year when goals are farthest from our minds. After all, we’re a full six months past the goals we set in January and six months away from the goals we’ll set next January.

Not only is it not goal-setting season, it’s the middle of summer.
And summer means our lives are slowing down for a bit—especially since kids are out of school.

Maybe you’re slowing down the weekly routine in your personal life. You might be hanging out at the pool more, planning a trip to the beach, or leaving the office a little early to catch a baseball game.

Maybe things are slowing down professionally, too. Maybe Sunday morning attendance is sporadic at church..Whatever a “slow season” looks like for you, you’re probably in the middle of it. But a slow season doesn’t have to equal a wasted season.

Summer doesn’t have to be a season of “meh” Sundays, “I’ll do it tomorrow” Mondays, and “I’ll think about that in the fall” Fridays.
In fact, a slow season is often the best time to set goals, plan, and be intentional. If you think about it, in reality December and January are really difficult months to set goals. While the calendar reset in January is nice, those months are some of our busiest of the year. The holidays, family, friends, food…BUSY

But what does July look like for you? Have some downtime? If so, this might be the best time of the year to think about your goals and plans for the future—for yourself and your family.
Don’t waste this slower-paced season, embrace it. Are you going to relax? Of course. But relaxing doesn’t have to be a synonym for slacking. So . . .

What goals do you need to set for yourself this season or next season?

What goals have dropped off your radar since January that you need to pick back up?

Do it now!

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Ways to Honor Lost Loved Ones

During your special event you may want to honor some of your special loved ones who are no longer here to share in the joy and love of your wedding day.

Let’s discuss a few unique ways to honor your loved ones

Another common way is to leave a photo, flower or reserved sign at the ceremony to save a spot for them.

mark their seat with an item that was important to them, deceased loved ones at wedding | InkedWeddings.com

Rather than a flower or photo, use something meaningful to them such as a special baseball cap, a musical instrument that they played, or even a ball of yarn and crocheting needles – anything that will make you remember them.

balloon release in memory of deceased loved ones at your wedding | InkedWeddings.com

A balloon release at the end of the ceremony is a special touch, release one for each loved one lost.

butterfly release to honor deceased loved ones at your wedding | InkedWeddings.com

If balloons aren’t your thing, you could also have a butterfly release to honor them. Reserve a moment of silence as they flutter away.

honoring loved ones at your wedding: wind chimes during the ceremony | InkedWeddings.com

If you loved one was a member of the military or law enforcement (we salute them for their service), you can display their flag at your reception table.

honoring a loved one at your wedding: sharing a family recipe | InkedWeddings.com

Did grandma have a secret recipe? Why not share it with those at your wedding by whipping up a batch of her famous treats.

forget me not wedding favors | honoring a lost loved one | InkedWeddings.com

Give guests Forget Me Not seeds to plant in honor of your loved one. Great idea for favors for your wedding.

wedding programs with memorial tag | InkedWeddings.com

A simple way to remind your guests without making a fuss: memorial tags to tie onto your wedding programs

Photo charms are a charming way to have loved ones walk you down the aisle.  And if you like that idea, your groom can also incorporate photo charms in his wedding ensemble.

photo wall entrance to wedding ceremony | InkedWeddings.com

Up-cycle old wooden palettes to make a unique entrance to your outdoor wedding ceremony and line them with old photos.

wedding leis - honoring deceased loved ones at your wedding | InkedWeddings.com

For a beach wedding, use leis to honor loved ones – give one to each guest as they enter the wedding ceremony.

a dance to honor a loved one at your wedding | InkedWeddings.com

If you’ve lost a parent or grandparent, dance with their spouse to a special song during your reception.

wear a loved one's jewelry to remember them on your wedding | InkedWeddings.com

Honor those you miss by wearing a piece of their jewelry for your wedding.

lantern floating ceremony | InkedWeddings.com

Have a Japanese lantern lighting ceremony if your venue is by a body of water.

Or if you’re landlocked, you could honor them with a Chinese lantern lighting ceremony

wedding toast to honor lost loved ones wedding | InkedWeddings.com

You can raise your glasses in a toast before the reception really starts, or have a toasting station. (Just keep the speech short and sweet).

cigar bar for honoring a deceased relative | InkedWeddings.com

Or share a favorite pastime with your guests such as having a cigar bar (or wine bar)

sew fabric into your dress to honor a deceased relative | InkedWeddings.com

You could sew a piece of fabric from your loved one into your wedding dress.

mendhi to honor deceased grandfather | InkedWeddings.com

This bride had Mehndi (Henna) put on her hands to honor her deceased Indian grandfather

garter made of lace from grandmothers dress | InkedWeddings.com

This bride had a garter made out of lacefrom her grandmother’s wedding dress

honoring deceased loved ones DIY wedding | InkedWeddings.com

Or with a bit of Modpodge, old photos and crystals you could make these DIY crystal family photo ornaments to hang from bouquets or centerpieces. Find the tutorial here

bride and groom at altar | InkedWeddings.com

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Finally, have a moment of silence to remember them before your ceremony begins. You don’t need to have a church wedding to observe a moment of reflection.

Finally, When you settle on a way to celebrate your loved ones, check with those closest to them to be sure they will be ok with what you chose. This can be a sensitive subject and you wouldn’t want to catch anyone off-guard during your big day.

If you are planning on honoring a deceased love one, tell me how you will be honoring them – I’d love to hear from you!

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Lemons – will you make Ade or Pie??

So sometimes life hands you lemons and you can only think to make lemonade…othertimes you have to take the bitter taste and just make due, and you only think to eat the lemons….then there are those special bittersweet moments when you realize, that what you have is really the ingredients for lemon meringue pie – you just have to do a little more work and put in more effort.

This week, one of the staff at, MDM Associates got thrown a bag of eggs AND lemons – at first there was no bright side – all she could see was to fry the eggs and make lemonade..when from a relatively surprising source came the idea to use those ingredients in a recipe to make lemon meringue pie! Now it wasn’t easy – they weren’t the freshest eggs or lemons – but with much effort and elbow grease – we have THE absolute best lemon meringue pie to snack on around here….

I can hear you thinking – “What on EARTH does this have to do with the price of tea in China?” This is simply a metaphor for a situation that was horribly wrong and unfair from the onset – not to mention mean and spiteful – BUT in the end, it turned out to be a blessing. When someone does something unkind to you – or your day just isn’t going right – before you start to harp on the negative and bury yourself deeper and deeper into a pit of despair – find the one truth – the one good thing about the situation and instead of drinking bitter lemonade – make a lemon meringue pie!

Remember at MDM Associates, the DIFFERENCE is in the details!