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The Perfect Garden For Your Wedding

Monday, March 26th, 2012

An outdoor wedding in a garden is a wonderful location choice for your big day. With a little hard work and some help from Mother Nature, your wedding can be as beautiful as the one in your dreams. Here are a few tips to make it even more so and help you on you way to an unforgettable event.

One option is to have your wedding ceremony in the evening so your guests can enjoy the beauty a garden flower affords and with the reception held in the oncoming dusk, you have an opportunity to show off your favorite parts of the flower garden with lighting. Strings of white lights hung in smaller trees and shrubbery add luster to the affair and solar panel stake lights can light the way down pathways to help you navigate your guests to food or dance areas. Have ushers in attendance to help older guests to the bathroom and back to their seats.

Having your reception out of doors saves your budget on food as you grill for hungry guests. For larger weddings, have several grills set up and dedicate one to children’s favorites like hamburgers and hot dogs. Volunteers from friends or family can cook or you can hire professional grillers for your reception. This is less expensive than you would think and much less expensive than having the entire reception catered. You will afford your guests freshly cooked food, right off the grill.

Sound carries better at night and a live band will afford more quality than a D J. Make sure to have the band set up as far away from the food area as possible to avoid too much traffic in one area. A patch of grassy lawn makes the perfect dance floor or you can have one made from wood and linoleum that is fairly inexpensive. Surround you band and dance area with round tables and reserve a long rectangular table for the bride and groom and the wedding party. These tables are the perfect place to present your guests with spring wedding favors or garden wedding favors.

Most weddings have up to a year of preparation time so plan your garden accordingly. Cover less desirable areas with wildflowers; which are inexpensive and will grow in shade or sun. This will keep your guests out of trouble spots and children can be occupied by making bouquets from these as they are easily replaced.

Lakes and ponds are beautiful and inviting but do not be tempted to set up your reception too close. Large bodies of water are bug fests and mosquitoes and snakes love a good party. Protect your guests by putting some distance between you and water. Spay for bugs a day or two before the event and set up a barrier with a line of citronella candles. Certain flowers also repel mosquitoes and your region might support this so check with your local Department of Parks and Recreations for a list.

A makeshift wishing well is the perfect opportunity to get your guests to participate. As they arrive, have the ushers give each guest two shiny pennies and inform them they can make a wishing well wish. Let them know that one penny is for good wishes for the bride and groom and one is for them. You can then set up a camera and microphone so you can make a video of your well-wisher’s sentiments.

Jim Gibbs is the retired President and founder of Gibbs Landscape Company, one of Atlanta’s leading landscape companies for more than 40 years. He and his company are the recipient of more than 250 awards. Mr. Gibbs began his career after graduating from The University of Georgia in 1965 with a B.S. Degree and a major in horticulture and a minor in landscape architecture. Ceremonies to present two of his national landscape awards were held at gala White House receptions. Gibbs Gardens is the perfect setting for that special day in the life of a bride and groom. They have several sites appropriate for the ceremony and tented receptions.

Useful Tips for Traveling with Young Children

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

It is likely that you often see people rolling suitcases around especially in the airport or, if you live in an urban area, you probably see quite a few people rolling their briefcases to work. Telescoping hand carts are an essential tool for those who cannot manage carrying heavy loads but nevertheless have quite a lot to carry around with them. Regardless of whether you plan on taking a long or short trip, any kind of case that comes equipped with telescoping handles is a necessary tool for anyone who can’t handle the strain of lifting and lugging heavy bags around.

New mothers may become overwhelmed with all that they must carry around for their babies. Indeed, any parent can easily become stressed due to all of their newly acquired material responsibilities. It may become impossible to keep track of a collection of luggage when traveling with the family, and rolling suitcases can make life easier for everyone, all of the time. Even if you do not plan on traveling with your young children anytime soon, having a cart on wheels will make a simple trip to the grocery store a million times easier.

Going on vacation can be most fun for kids, so parents would not want to put off family fun time because of the obstacle created by hard-to-carry luggage. If you have an especially young child or infant, keeping track of extra bags can become all the more difficult. As a parent, you’ll likely find yourself not only keeping track of your children, but all of their possessions too. Keeping everything in order is much more difficult if you’re taking a plane to your final destination. Packing snacks, entertainment and essentials and keeping track of it all are quite a task if it cannot all be contained by a car.

To make air travel easier on your kids, let them pack their own suitcase, but ensure that it is light enough for them to carry or wheel on their own. And since you may be the one who ends up carrying all of the kids’ suitcases, make sure that you can easily transport them. Help your children pack. They will likely want to do it themselves, but often won’t be able to discern what is essential for the trip and what is not. You do not want to end up at the beach with no bathing suits or at the slopes without skis. Look out for their best interests. If your children are very small, you will have to do the packing yourself.

Elk Forge opened its doors in October 2000 as a Luxury Bed & Breakfast Inn. They are conveniently located between Elkton, Maryland and Newark, Delaware. Within 10 minutes, guests can access downtown Elkton or Newark, the University of Delaware, W.L.Gore, DuPont and many area businesses and attractions.

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