giovedì 18 ottobre 2012

Stasera non esco! - At home tonight!

STASERA NON ESCO! CORSI ITINERANTI DI DECORAZIONI
 by LUNGARNO SPECIAL WEDDINGS
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

STASERA NON ESCO!
(e mi diverto con LUNGARNO Special Weddings)
 
Corsi itineranti di decorazioni -
Vuoi ospitare anche tu il corso di decorazione  itinerante di cupcakes, biscottini e altre decorazioni a casa tua?
Allora divertiti a non uscire!!! Ne vedremo di tutti i colori e metteremo le mani in pasta proprio da te!!!
Quota di partecipazione gratuita per chi “Stasera non esce”! 
Per info e dettagli scrivi a info@lungarnoweddings.it
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AT HOME TONIGHT!
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venerdì 5 ottobre 2012

lunedì 24 settembre 2012

Wedding favors


Wedding favor - by Lungarno Special Weddings

Bomboniere also known as "favors", are gifts given out on special occasions to thank their guests, such as a Wedding, Baptism, Communion, Confirmation, to the guests. They usually come with Jordan almonds, known in Italian as Confetti. Five sugared almonds, which for wedding, symbolise health, wealth, happiness, fertility and long life.
Confettis can be made in many forms using several different ingredients.
Sugared almonds are put inside a bag made of tulle or satin and tied with ribbons in assorted colors. The colour of sugared almonds is white for a wedding, First Communion or Confirmation; pink or light-blue for birthday or Baptism of a baby girl or baby boy, respectively, red for a graduation, and silver or gold for 25 or 50 year anniversaries.
Often they are adorned with dried natural flowers or artificial flowers made of silk or paper. The bag is often given stored inside a small vessel made of silver, crystal or porcelain.
 
OCCASIONS
It is traditional in some Western cultures for the guests at bridal showers and weddings to receive party favors; these vary in price and durability in accordance with the desires and budget of the host or hostess. This practice has spread to many other formal occasions such as baby showers, engagement parties, retirement parties, anniversaries, and holiday gatherings.
For small social gatherings such as birthday parties, guests may receive a simple and inexpensive favor such as a small toy. In some cases guests might receive a small "gift bag" with a handful of favors toys or trinkets, candy, pencils or other small gifts. Occasions such as birthday parties, seasonal parties, unique events such as a Bar/Bat Mitzvah or Christening are a few social gatherings where favors may be appropriate.

Wedding favors are small gifts given as a gesture of appreciation or gratitude to guests from the bride and groom during a wedding ceremony or a wedding reception.
The tradition of distributing wedding favors is a very old one. It is believed that the first wedding favor, common amongst European aristocrats, was known as a bonboniere. A bonbonniere is a small trinket box made of crystal, porcelain, and/or precious stones. The contents of these precious boxes were generally sugar cubes or delicate confections, which symbolize wealth and royalty. (In this era, sugar was an expensive commodity and was treasured only among the wealthy. It was believed that sugar contained medical benefits). As the price of sugar decreased throughout centuries, the tradition of providing gifts to guests reached the general populace and was embraced by couples of modest means.
As sugar became more affordable, bonbonieres were replaced with almonds. For centuries, almonds were commonly distributed to wedding guests to signify well wishes on the bridegroom’s new life. In the thirteenth century, almonds coated with sugar, known as confetti, were introduced. Confetti soon transformed to sugared almonds, which later evolved into the wedding favor for modern day weddings. Traditionally, five Jordan almonds are presented in a confection box or wrapped in elegant fabric to represent fertility, longevity, wealth, health and happiness. The bitterness of the almond and the sweetness of the coated candy exemplify the bitter sweetness of a marriage.
Today, gifts to guests are commonly known as wedding favors and are shared in cultures worldwide.

Wedding favors have become a part of wedding reception planning, especially in the United States and Canada. Wedding favors are diverse and usually complement the theme or season of the event. Classic favors can range from the classic sugared almonds or individual chocolates to candles and scented soaps. Modern gift trends include: CDs with the favorite music of the bride and groom, shot glasses filled with colored candy or silver picture frames with a photo of the couple. Gifts may also be personalized with the couple's names, initials or wedding date.
A host or hostess has the option to make or buy party favors for their event. The main factors in this decision are budget, longevity of favor, and time allotted for the task.
A typical party favor budget is computed by allotting a specific percentage of the overall event budget to favors. Traditionally, a bigger event such as a wedding or baby shower would allow for 20% of the overall budget to cover party favors. For a smaller event such as a birthday party or seasonal party, 5%-10% of the overall budget is customary.
The longevity of the favor depends on whether or not it is edible. If the host or hostess chooses to give an edible favor, they have the option to make it themselves or buy it from a favor company. The decision about longevity is personal to the host/hostess. For example, if the party is for a child, giving a party favor bag with a few themed items that the child will be able to play with is appropriate. If the party is for Halloween, giving edible "treats" is appropriate. If the party is for an anniversary, giving an item that can be taken home to commemorate the occasion such as a key chain or ornament is appropriate.
Time allotted for the task will also determine whether a host/hostess makes or buys their party favors. If the party is scheduled months in advance, time may be available for a handmade favor. If the guest list is large then buying the favors may be more efficient.

Other items considered party favors
Party favors may also refer to ephemeral items which help partygoers celebrate, but which are not meant to be lasting souvenirs. Examples include but are not limited to party hats, balloons, noisemakers, blowouts (paper tubes that unroll when blown into), Christmas crackers, plastic leis, glow sticks, streamers, deely bobbers and confetti.

(Source, Wikipedia)

 

 

sabato 1 settembre 2012

Idee originali e dolcissime per il vostro matrimonio

Real weddings: confetti's table - by Lungarno Special Weddings














Eccoci dopo la lunga pausa estiva, fatta di matrimoni, eventi e tanta gioia...
Un'idea che nasce in America, il regno dei matrimoni creativi e non convenzionali, per chi ama lasciare un bel ricordo ai propri invitati, senza spendere molti soldi in bomboniere poi gettate nel cassetto del dimenticatoio.. si chiama SWEET TABLE, un termine che la dice tutta sull'allestimento del tavolo!
Lo Sweet Table, degno sostituto delle tradizionali bomboniere, puo' essere abbinato alla confettata per chi e' piu' legato alle tradizioni. Ebbene si, un tavolo carico di dolci, marshmallows, lecca lecca, confetti, decoratissime cupcakes, tutto rigorosamente in tema matrimonio!
Agli invitati sara' offerto un grazioso packaging con i vostri nomi e la data del vostro matrimonio, in stile spiritoso, formale o Shabby Chic!
"Francesca & Luca 23 Settembre 2012"; saranno proprio loro, gli invitati, che sceglieranno quale dolcetto decorato, gustoso e decisamente commestibile portarsi a casa, un po' come si faceva da bambini di fronte ad uno scaffale pieno di giochi!
Il vostro dolcetto difficilmente andra' nel cassetto del dimenticatoio ed i vostri soldi saranno ben spesi e lasceranno un dolcissimo ricordo del vostro meraviglioso giorno!

E allora...Buon Sweet Table a tutti!

Francesca

martedì 29 maggio 2012

Primo corso di decorazione di cupcakes by LUNGARNO Special Weddings

Ciao a tutti,
finalmente ci siamo: "I ninnoli" con "Lungarno special weddings" sono liete di presentare il primo corso "Decoriamo le cupcakes".
Decorerete le cupcakes e, a fine corso, le potrete portare ai vostri amici o, per i piu' golosi, potrete mangiarle!
Per info, promozione e per dare conferma di adesione, entro e non oltre domenica 3 Giugno 2012 scrivere email a info@lungarnoweddings.it


Ciaoooooo

mercoledì 18 aprile 2012

I sogni hanno bisogno di sapere che siamo coraggiosi

Fabio Volo • Fai vedere al tuo sogno che veramente ci tieni a incontrarlo, senza pretendere che lui faccia tutta la strada da solo per arrivare fino a te, poi le cose accadono. I sogni hanno bisogno di sapere che siamo coraggiosi.

martedì 17 aprile 2012

Toscana e pop corn

Guardate cosa ho scovato cercando alcune informaizoni per un matrimonio che sto curando... Veramente interessante... Sarebbe bello andare a vedere quali scorci hanno incuriosito e attratto i migliori registi del mondo... Buona giornata a tutti!
Lungarno Florence
Francesca

mercoledì 14 marzo 2012

New York golosa e trendy a tavola

New York golosa e trendy a tavola
Moda e tendenze nella Grande Mela sono il pane quotidiano. Oltre allo shopping è ormai un must anche godersi New York seduti a tavola di fronte ad un buon piatto.
Fonte: Dove Viaggi

venerdì 2 marzo 2012

Antico Sposalizio Selargino - Il piacere delle tradizioni

Per non perdere il "vizio", lo scorso settembre ho partecipato come visitatore ad un matrimonio speciale: il matrimonio tradizionale selargino (Sardegna).
La mia deformazione professionale mi ha portato tanti chilometri lontano dal mio luogo di vacanza perché le tradizioni mi hanno sempre attratta ed affascinato ed in più, in questo caso, si trattava di una tradizione speciale perché speciale è il matrimonio per tutti i significati che porta con sé.
La rievocazione dell'Antico Sposalizio Selargino è una grande festa di folklore ma, nel suo significato più autentico, è un ritorno al passato delle tradizioni della Sardegna.
A Selargius, infatti, rivivono per un giorno lo sfarzo ed i colori delle cerimonie nuziali di una volta in quello stesso scenario che, per la prosperità contadina e mercantizia, fu sempre teatro di esaltanti manifestazioni di vita e di popolo.
Si rivedono come in una toccante sequenza filmica, quei momenti e gesti del matrimonio codificati nella memoria storica della Sardegna, che furono espressione di una cultura permeata di profonda sacralità e dello spirito di una comunità che viveva sempre, come fatto proprio, ogni accadimento della vita dei singoli cittadini.
Anche se oggi come oggi certe situazioni, parole e significati possono essere più o meno condivisi e anche criticati (nel vero senso del termine), tuttavia i vari passaggi e momenti della giornata di questo sposalizio sono veramente toccanti e sicuramente unici.
Il coinvolgimento e la coralità di tutto il paese sono le prime cose che saltano agli occhi: strade piene di persone che salutano e fanno auguri agli sposi (autentici neosposi rigorosamente di Selargius) ed ai loro ospiti stranieri (una coppia italiana ed una coppia straniera), gruppi folkloristici che arrivano da tutta la Sardegna e dai paesi delle coppie di sposi ospiti, case addobbate a festa, fiori e menta profumata sparsi lungo tutto il percorso che gli sposi faranno dalla casa dei genitori, alla chiesa, alla chiesetta medievale e poi al luogo del ricevimento nuziale che concluderà la giornata con fuochi d'artificio e canti e balli.
Un percorso lungo tutta una giornata che simboleggia il percorso di una vita insieme: momenti, colori, suoni e profumi indimenticabili ed indelebili anche nella nostra memoria di spettatori.
Francesca

The engagement ring - Part II

If you purchase a ring with a new diamond of one carat or larger from a reputable jeweler, it will come with a grading report from the gemological Institute  which lists the diamond's carat size, as well its color and clarity rankings.(Some jewelers such as Tiffany &and Co. issue their own reports), you should know that these reports are expert opinions, non actual guarantees, of the gem's quality, howeever, they do offer some measure of consumer protection.
Wedding ring - photo by LUNGARNO Special Weddings
Of course, there's nothing that says you have to wear an engagement ring at all. Though the wedding ring's origins - and the evolution of its meaning as a symbol of commitment rather than a claim of ownership - are debatable, it probably dates back millennia: in ancient Rome brides wore bands of iron on their fingers. Rings worn to signify both engagemente and marriage have been popular since the Middle Ages, which is when styles showcasing diamonds became popular. it was only in the 18th century that the combination of an engagement and wedding ring became costumary. If you decide to go with two rings, you may pick a traditionally matched set, either plain metal or set with stones, though these days many brides like to combine different styles for a more casual, electric look. With bands, too, you can opt for something showy or a style that's very simple.
It may not be as flashy as some rings and it doesn't cost the traditional two month's salary, but it serves what is, after all, the purpose of a wedding ring: to be a constant reminder of a spouse's constant love, and you can't put a price on that!
Wedding ring - photo by Walter Moretti
 for LUNGARNO Special Weddings

The engagement ring - Part I

"My mother says I didn't open my eyes for eight days after I was born, but when I did, the first thing I saw was an engagement ring. I was hooked." - Liz Taylor
Wedding ring - photo by Francesco Di Garbo
for LUNGARNO Special Weddings

Not many women can claim the very first object they ever laid eyes on was a dazzling diamond, but plenty will agree with Ms. Tylor that the allure of a diamond engagement ring is hard to resist,m weather you're 8 days old or 32 years. Wih a band mere millimeters wide and stone roughly three billion years old, this ring possesses a powerful symbolism, evoking not only the eternity of true love but also the fire and intensity of true passion.
Your engagement and wedding rongs are the tokens of true commitment that touch you-litterally-every day of your life. Add the fact that a diamond engagement ring usually represents one of the most expensive items an engaded couple will buy, and this emblem of security can cause quite a bit of anxiety. Even a star used to wearing millions of dollars worth of borrowed jewels for the night can be rattled by an impeccable piece of glittering crystalline carbon resting on her ring finger.
Though there are exacting standards that measure how flawless a diamond really is, when it comes to a diamond ring it's as hard to pinpoint perfection as it is to capture the light that bounces off its many facets.
For some women perfection in a ring has as much to do with its style as it does with the gem it holds. Audrey Hepburn's ring was as slim and understatedly elegant as she was: an eternity band channel-set with diamond baguettes.
For other brides to be it's the shape of the stone that appeals. Of course for some women, size trumps all. When Prince Charles proposed to Diana Spencer over an intimate dinner at Buckingham Palace, she was shown a tray of rings from British crown jeweler Garrard. She settled on an 18-carat oval sapphire surrounded by diamonds, sparking an instant trend for sapphire engagement rings. When asked why she picked that particular ring, she reportedly said, "Because it was the biggest". Now that ring it's Kate's Middleton...
While men often still surprise their girlfriends, and heirloom rings are still passed down from generation to generation, these days a ring usually involves a shopping expedition that's often undertaken together. Whatever guides your choice, you or your fiancé should learn a few basics before buying. The four c's represent the basic guidelines: carat, clarity, cut and color-all of which affect the price of a diamond greatly. You're advised to consult with a reputable jeweler, though depending on the style of ring you're looking for, you may also want to visit antiques stores, estate sales and auction houses.
..... to be continued ...
Have a good night!
Francesca
Tiffany rings

lunedì 9 gennaio 2012

Buon anno nuovo! E' tempo di dichiararsi!

Benvenuti nel 2012! Finalmente eccoci qua, dopo tutti i festeggiamenti di Natale e Capodanno siamo tornati ai matrimoni! Ed eccoci di nuovo in pieno movimento, telefonate, giri in auto con i futuri sposi, visite a locations e appuntamenti con catering, flower designers, sartorie e chi più ne ha più ne metta.Lavoro interessantissimo quello della wedding planner ma sempre più "complicato"... Spesso ci troviamo a dover combattere ad armi anche impari con i presunti collaboratori... Ma noi andiamo avanti, imperterrite e sempre più affascinate dal mondo wedding, dalla freschezza delle future sposine e dai matrimoni che stanno crescendo nelle nostre mani come dei fiori che stanno per sbocciare... A proposito, lo sapevate che tra poco più di un mese è San Valentino? Bene, cari fidanzati ritardatari, affrettatevi a fare la vostra dichiarazione di matrimonio perché le vostre fidanzate sono lì che aspettano da tempo e non ne possono proprio più di aspettare! Se io fossi in voi inizierei a pensare a prenotare un bel tavolo per due in un ristorantino romantico e, perché no, farei seguire la dichiarazione con una sorprendente prenotazione in un emozionante piccolo hotel di charme... Pensateci, e se poi vi mancano le idee contattatemi che saprò darvi i suggerimenti più adatti ad una dichiarazione che si rispetti!
Per adesso vi auguro buona serata e buona settimana!
A presto!
Francesca
Buffet rustico





Happy new year! It's time to propose and Say Yes! Now that all the Christmas festivities are over, everyone is thinking about planning their weddings. The phones are ringing, the emails are flowing and everybody is asking where they can get married. The caterers are preparing their menus, the florists are creating new arrangements, the dress makers are designing stunning new styles... All this to make your very special day unforgettable! We love creating unique weddings... Husbands to be, propose and brides to be, say yes and we'll organize a romantic wedding perhaps for San Valentino, next month...
Why not?
We have beautiful locations from ancient villas, enchanting country churches to pictoresqe weddings in old villages to fit any price range.
So, get in contact with me and I'll give you all the information you need.
Hope to hear from you soon,
Francesca