Thursday, January 26, 2017

Ashi Studio Spring/Summer 2017 Couture Collection

When it comes to couture bridal gowns, Ashi Studio never fails to take my breath away.   His gowns are nothing less than wearable works of art.   It's no wonder they're coveted by those who grace the Red Carpet.






Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Tax Deductible Wedding Expenses: Say "I Don't" To The Tax Man

At Things Festive, we believe that saving money can be a beautiful thing.   Tax season is underway so if you got married in 2016, here are some tax deductible wedding expenses that you may not have considered.

If you're still in the wedding planning stages, use the information below when selecting vendors for your celebration of love.   This will help you to have the wedding of your dreams and keep Uncle Sam from dipping too far into your wallet.



VENUE

Have your heart set on tying the knot at a historical residence, garden, or museum?   How about a national or state park?   Before booking, check with the venue to see if the rental fee can be deducted as a donation.

FLOWERS & FOOD

Once the festivities have ended, have someone transport any leftover food and floral arrangements to a homeless or women's shelter.   Not only will you get a warm, fuzzy feeling from helping someone in need but you could also deduct the value of the donated items.

WEDDING DRESS

Your wedding dress purchase provides opportunities for helping others in need and lowering your tax bill.   Feel free to get totally glam on your Big Day and know that you'll feel pretty inside, too.   Donate your dress to a nonprofit such as Brides Against Breast Cancer.    Flower girl and bridesmaid dresses can be donated as well.

WEDDING FAVORS

Make a donation to your favorite charity in honor of your guests or in memory of a loved one.   Such a wonderful way to help others!   A favor card at each guests' place setting will inform guests of the special donation favor.

GIFT REGISTRY

Create your wedding gift registry at IDoFoundation.org and up to 10% of all gift purchases will be donated to your charity of choice.


Hold on to all receipts and contracts so that your expenses are well documented.    Consult a tax professional if you're unsure of an expense's deduction status.




Monday, January 23, 2017

Bridesmaid Gifts: Practical & Personalized

When it comes to bridesmaid gifts, you can't beat gifts with a personal touch (and that your girls will actually use). Conveniently packaged in a personalized carry case, how pretty and practical are these foldable flats? After your girls have danced the night away at your reception, these babies will be lifesavers. Both they and their aching tootsies will thank you.

See more bridesmaid gifts.







Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Wedding Inspiration: Get Your Themes Festive Sample Box Today!

How do you envision your wedding day?   A classic affair complete with a traditional ball gown and veil?    How about a charming event with rustic appeal?

At Things Festive, we believe that the perfect event is attainable with the right amount of inspiration.   We’re pleased to introduce the Themes Festive Box.    Each of the six boxed collections ($50+ value) contains items that were carefully curated by wedding experts to spark creativity and provide inspiration.  You'll find samples of some of the loveliest favors, invitations, decor, bridal party gifts and more.   Sort of like getting your very own wedding planner.




Order the collection that corresponds to your wedding theme by August 13, 2016 and we’ll ship it + a $25 gift certificate.    If you fall in love with something in your box, you can use the certificate to get more of it but hurry, because this offer won't last long.












Monday, April 18, 2016

Literary-Inspired Wedding Favors: Perfect for Book-Loving Couples

If you're a couple of bookworms, flaunt it at your wedding with literary-inspired favors. In addition to choosing a library as your venue, offering favors that resemble vintage books will share your love of reading.




Monday, January 18, 2016

Bridal Beauty: David Tutera Gel Manicure

David Tutera is constantly adding to his creative empire and now he has the solution to the perfect gel manicure for your wedding day. And, it can be done right in the comfort of your own home. Easy to apply and remove!


Sunday, November 8, 2015

Costing a Bar or Bat Mitzvah Celebration

Here's a great infographic that depicts the average costs of the main elements of a Bar or Bat Mitzvah celebration. It's based on interviews with event planners and synagogue staff across the U.S.


Average Cost of a Bar or Bat Mitzvah Infographic

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Engagement Party Favors: She Said Yes!

Engagement season is just around the corner since 38% of all proposals take place between November and February. "He Asked, She Said Yes" themed favors and decor in icy blue and silver will set the proper mood for the engagement party or bridal shower.




Friday, October 16, 2015

Handpainted Wedding Shoes: Another Way to Personalize Your Day

There are ways to personalize your wedding day, but Deborah Thomson of Figgie Shoes is genius at it. She creates unique, handpainted shoes that are specific to your wedding theme. You can add your wedding date, special quotes, and other details and embellishments that tell your love story. For $598+ you can have an eye-catching pair of shoes to wear on your wedding day and a treasured keepsake.


handpainted wedding shoes

handpainted wedding shoes

Friday, October 9, 2015

Lavender Wedding Color Palette: Pantone's Smoky Grape

Here's another soft purplish hue for those desiring a lavender wedding color palette. Pantone's Smoky Grape exudes feelings of creativity and festivity. The dress is a celebration in itself.




Favor ribbon :: Cake w/cupcakes (cakesdecor.com) :: Wedding dress

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