Lauren Bacall’s Bouquet Toss

In honor of her passing, TheWeek.com posted this priceless footage of Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart on their wedding weekend – including a classic bouquet toss. Back in the forties, the bouquet toss had yet to devolve into the single-woman shaming exercise that it has often become today (we at My Little Flower Shop are advocates of the bouquet presentation- a very sweet tradition.)

I am guessing that this was all staged for the cameras.  Movie studios had a way of capiatalizing on a good love story, making stars under contract “date” each other, so a re-enactment of these events wouldn’t surprise me.  But, somehow I don’t think a couple that much in love would have allowed cameras at the real events. In noir parlance- I bet you dollars to donuts that kind of dame would have been looking for romance.

RIP Lauren Bacall.

How to keep track of wedding planning meetings

Keeping track of the wedding vendors you meet and options you see is the key to effective wedding planning.  Referring back to your notes from different meetings will be handy, so read on for tips on keeping wedding meeting information organized and accessible while on the go.

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A table setting at a Palm Springs wedding – centerpieces by My Little Flower Shop, photo by True Photography Weddings

1)   Always carry a small notebook and pen.  This is a good rule for life in general –messenger bags have those little tubular holders sewn in for a reason.  Sure there’s “an app for that” but the old fashioned method is the simplest and fastest way to jot down notes when touring a venue or tasting cakes.  Later on your thoughts are easy to find, just flip through.  No scrolling or squinting required.

2)   Use your phone – as a camera!  Before cell phones became essential accessories that run our lives, a camera on a phone was a very fancy feature. It’s still super useful. Capture a table setting, colors that inspire,  or the hours on the window of a store you need to come back to.

3)   Don’t forget to KISS! Definitely kiss your sweetie, but also Keep It Simple Silly! Worrying about elaborate notebooks and apps for tracking information take away from what really is a fun process if you let go a little.  So relax, remember your pen, and plan away!

Tuesday Reviews-Day! App – FlipBoard

Apps have become part of our lives- and part of planning weddings.  One we love for help keeping up with all our other sites and blogs is FlipBoard.  A sort of “magazine” that you create, FlipBoard can be customized to contain the sources of information and entertainment you need and want. They have different categories, or you can choose to get content from a particular source, including your own Twitter and Facebook pages.  Everything comes in one app, in a unique “flippable” format that’s very easy to navigate. Our sources include The Knot, Travel & Leisure magazine (handy for Honeymoon ideas) Martha Stewart Living, a style section FlipBoard puts together for us, our social media pages, and so on.  Check out FlipBoard, and see if the format pulls together disparate sources for you!

Wedding planning and time management

As kids, time moves like molasses.  Between birthdays was an eternity! When weddings are scheduled far in advance, they seem far away (sometimes literally)– but this is grown up stuff folks- the months will slip through your fingers like sand.

photo by Chris Miller

photo by Chris Miller

The trick is to keep the kid in you alive!  Remember how special it was to anticipate your birthday party, and try to embrace that feeling over the stress of details and family nonsense.  Remember- you’re doing all of this to marry the love of your life!  And it’s going to be amazing.

Be well, and love well.

Dinah

Wedding Video Etiquette: A Poll! Vote Now!

Often overexcited newlyweds are dying, DYING to show friends their wedding video. Meanwhile, many friends squirm. They were there! In real time! So how do you handle being asked to watch someone’s wedding movie? Vote in our poll!

BEST WEDDING PLANNING BOOKS! We cooked up a good one…

Our recommendations for the best wedding books are not traditional. They’re more about keeping you and your partner in crime on the same page. (Page! Get it? hah!) You’ve got to stay in close emotional touch with the person you’re marrying!  Here’s a book to help you do just that.

How To Cook Everything by Mark Bittman is designed to get you into the kitchen – together!  Mark, longtime food writer for the New York Times and Gourmet Magazine explains ingredients, techniques and cooking terms in no-nonsense language.   Time in the kitchen is an ideal way to remember how much you love to be together without worrying about place cards and ceremony details. Pick a dish and create something delicious together.

Be well, and love well.

-Dinah

Wedding Movies We Love! The Sound of Music

The Sound of Music, 1964 Technicolor musical starring a fresh-faced Julie Andrews has such a dramatic movie wedding! In a dark and shadowy abbey, wearing a dress that falls somewhere between nun’s habit and Princess Grace, Fraulein Maria ties the knot. A widowed dad marrying the nanny is a tired plot device nowadays. In this case, it’s the true story.  And such a crazy one, what with singing families, runaway nuns and nazis, it would be hard to make this up.

We urge everyone to revisit this charming tale you may not have seen since childhood. But in case you don’t have that kind of time, don’t skip the wedding scene clip below, because we are living for that veil!!!

PS – if you’re itching to channel the Fraulein, or Liesel, check out this Pinterest board for options.

Wedding planning help not required? Think again.

Whenever someone in my family announces they are engaged, I say two things.  “Congratulations! I vote for a destination wedding in Palm Springs!” and “If you need any help, call me.” No one ever calls. Why? The reason is something that trips up many couples planning weddings.

Engaged couples are convinced they don’t need anyone’s input. This wedding thing? They’ve got it down. They’re educated consumers, and no one’s going to pull a fast one on them.  0508Holly_AmirBut the thing is, and I hate to say it, but the wedding industry has made planning a wedding frustratingly complicated. Contracts can be long, and skilled salespeople up-sell things you don’t need.  Simplifying the process is one of the attractions many couples have to planning a destination wedding in Palm Springs. Our vendors know each other, and help create a seamless experience within your budget.

So yes, maybe you know what you want.  But take a moment and think about the people in your life who’ve offered help or advice.  Did you listen, or brush them off? Don’t go this one alone, folks.  The people you trust and listen to will help you get the celebration you want – and beyond.

Be well, and love well.

Dinah

BEST WEDDING PLANNING BOOKS – #1 more to come!

Sometimes books that help you plan your wedding aren’t about weddings at all- but about relationships. Keeping in emotional touch with your partner during this stressful time is incredibly important.

“Men are from Mars Women are from Venus” sounded like the kind of self help drivel I normally wouldn’t touch, but a trusted friend told me there was some wisdom in there worth checking out. Boy was she right! Learning how men and women have different needs when it comes to lasting love strengthens my husband and my relationship to this day. I highly recommend checking this book out before you get married, to make sure you’re both ready for interplanetary travel.

More book recs to come – sign up for blog updates in the upper right hand corner to get them delivered to you!

Be well and love well.

-Dinah

Real Weddings: Kellie and John

This gorgeous wedding at the Riviera Palm Springs was a day full of so much love it just oozes out of the pictures.  Enjoy these gorgeous pictures, from Chris Miller at Imagine Imagery.