Have an Angel Party for Your Bridal Shower

Tune in as Molly Friedenfeld and Marie Langlie hosts of the Violet Wisdom Inspiration Radio Show speak with Angel artist Paulette Salo.  Hear Paulette’s story of how she learned about her life’s mission after surviving 3 near death experiences.  Paulette is a local Minnesota artist who draws personal Angels and channels messages from Divine Angels.  Each message is filled with hope, peace, happiness, inspiration and unconditional love.

Angels come through in drawings and channeled messages to deliver important messages that are uniquely designed for that specific time in your life.  Angels are creative and fun.  They know exactly what specific message you need to hear at that moment.  Angels know humans need proof and something to hold onto after a spiritual encounter in order to make the experience real and get us out of our logical minds. The Angel drawing keeps your connection strong after your initial encounter.

  • No message is ever the same.  Each person’s message is completely different than another.  
  • Each person has their own Angels.
  • You must give your Angels permission to speak with you and help you.  All you have to do is start talking to them.  They are always here to help you!

Angels come through in drawings, paintings, channeled messages and readings to give you a specific message:

  • Spirituality
  • Your life mission or life purpose
  • Healing
  • Messages of hope, peace, joy, how to take care of yourself and feel unconditional love
  • Help you feel connected to Source

You are never left to wander alone.  Angels and God are always with you.

Angels want us all to know that love conquers everything!  Go to a place of love and stay in your heart to conquer fear, anxiety, despair, worry, anger, frustration – anything – love conquers it!

Angel Party Ideas:

Send in the Angels to draw on their incredible loving energy and inspirational messages for any occasion or occasions of new beginnings.

Bridal Showers
Baby Showers
Baby Baptism
Graduation Party
Holidays
Going Away Party
Retirement Party

Book an Angel party with Paulette and the host receives an Angel drawing as a thank you gift!

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“God not only sends special angels into our lives, but sometimes He even sends them back again if we forget to take notes the first time!”

~ Quoted in The Angels’ Little Instruction Book by Eileen Elias Freeman, 1994 ~

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Click on the Blog Talk Radio Picture to listen to Molly Friedenfeld, Marie Langlie and Paulette Salo on Violet Wisdom Inspiration Radio – 4/23/12 Angelic Impressions and Angel Drawings.

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Violet Wisdom Inspiration Radio was designed to to keep you motivated in your pursuit of finding your purpose for this lifetime and to leave you feeling inspired in becoming the best human and Spiritual Samaritan you can be!

Live truthfully, forgive freely and spread the love. 

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Hosts:  Molly Friedenfeld and Marie Langlie

Guest:  Paulette Salo

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The Intentional Relationship Based Life Of Love

Today’s show topic on Violet Wisdom Inspiration Radio with hosts Molly Friedenfeld and Marie Langle is all about the importance of living an Intentional Relationship Based Life of Love.  Life is all about relationships – it’s not about the cars, the clothes, the cash. Life truly is all about relationships. When we leave this earth we all know the material things that have taken a lifetime to acquire must stay behind.  So why not put the focus and energy on those things that you do get to pack in your spiritual bags when you leave this dimension – those very memories of the relationships that were formed along the way.

Today’s radio show – The Intentional Relationship Based Life of Love:

  • How to have an intentional relationship based, event or family get together.
  • How to have live a life that is full of love and light.
  • How to create a “pay it forward” movement instead receiving gifts.
  • How to have a wedding that leaves the guests thanking you for the opportunity of being present at your union instead of viewing it as an obligation.
  • Making a conscious decision to live a life in which relationships come first.

In India, the Hindu marriage ceremony is over 5,000 years old. The marriage ceremony is performed in the presence of a sacred fire and an assembly of family and friends. There are many different steps in the ceremony but it’s the same basic concept.  The valuing of the relationship between all the people not just the bride and groom is what is important.

Saptapadi meaning Seven steps and Seven vows.  Here are just a few of these steps:

▪   Together we live with honor and respect, providing the necessities of life for each other and our family members.

▪   Together we will develop mental, physical and spiritual balance.

▪   Together we walk acquire knowledge, happiness and harmony through mutual love, trust and respect for our elders.

▪   Together we will maintain self restraint and longevity.

These principles really are synonymous across all religions.  If you break this all down again it’s all about valuing relationships of all those around you.

Intentional Relationship Based Wedding Tips:

  • Create a wedding day that is relationship based and not event based.
  • Make your event personal by keeping your guest numbers down.
  • Keep your stress level down on the big day by making it a point to stay within your bridal budget.

Click on the Blog Talk Radio Picture to listen to Molly Friedenfeld and Marie Langlie on Blog Talk Radio – 12/28/11 The Intentional Relationship Based Life of Love.

Tune in as Molly Friedenfeld and Marie Langlie hosts of the Violet Wisdom Inspiration Radio Show talk about how to live and Intentional Relationship Based Life of Love.

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Quotes of the Week 

Here’s a quote that backs up why to love your husband unconditionally. Love your wife unconditionally. The future of your children depend on it…

“What must it be like for a little boy to read that daddy never loved mummy?

~ Princess Diana

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“If we live good lives, the times are also good.  As we are, such are the times.”

Saint Augustine of Hippo (354-430)

Host:  Molly Friedenfeld

Guest Host:  Marie Langlie

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Unity Candle Ideas For Under $20

The Simply Chic Spiritual Bride is beginning a series in how you can have an intentional relationship based wedding for under $5,000.  One of the easy ways you can do this is by having fun planning your wedding and finding bargains at the same time.  This post is all about how you can find a beautiful unity candle set for your big day for under $20.  Here’s how we did it:

We went to Michael’s Arts and Crafts and Ikea in search of the best bargains.

Michael’s Arts and Crafts options:

*$20 for the main candle and two tapered candles.

*Or you can buy a separate white candle at Michael’s for $4 and add the pedastal holder from Ikea for $12.00-15.00.

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Ikea has many great options:

*Pedestal candle holder $12.00-15.00

*Box of tapered candles $3.99

*Candle holders .49 cents each

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Handmade Tulle Pew Bows for Wedding Ceremony Under $100

Keep your wedding decorating costs down by using pew bows instead of real flowers to decoration your location during the ceremony.

There are many great reasons to use pew bows: 

  • They are reusable
  • They are re-sellable
  • They are easily transportable
  • They won’t wilt or die

Here’s how easy it is to do:

You can buy the pew bows online or purchase pre-made from a store.

We found the handmade tulle and ribbon pew bows (pictured) on Craig’s List for only $60.  This was 50% off what they would have cost if we were to purchase them at a store and they were much more elegant.  There were 18 pew bows total.  We purchased them as “second hand” bows from a bride who was selling items such as her gift card box, unity candle holder, rose petals and pew bows after her wedding.  The bride we bought them from a told us she came up with an idea to have a “bridesmaid bow making party” about one month before her wedding. What fun!

Here’s How To Have a Pew Bow Making Party:

  1. Go to Michael’s Arts and Crafts or Party City and buy the tulle and ribbon.  Keep an eye out for coupons in your Sunday paper for 20% off materials.  The bow making “how to” instructions are marked clearly on each package.
  2. Pre-cut the tulle and ribbon so everything is ready when your friends and family arrive for the “bow making” event.
  3. Serve simple appetizers and drinks for the “bow makers.”
  4. Maybe even watch a fun wedding themed movie while making bows such as Bridesmaids, Runaway BrideFour Weddings and A Funeral or Wedding Crashers.

Simply Chic Bride Suggestion:  At the end of the event perhaps have all the bow makers drop their name in a hat for a drawing as a thank you and give away a gift card, a music CD or a gift basket filled with great smelling lotions and soaps.

Pew Bow Storage, Transportation and Pew Bow Clips:

**Important Tip**   Most churches will not allow anything to be taped or affixed to the church pews.  The clips slide over the top of the pews for easy preparation and dismantling after the service.

  • Once the service is over have your storage tubs handy and a person designated to carefully place the bows back in the tubs to avoid wrinkling for easy resale.

What a wonderful, Simply Chic Bride way for your family and friends to create a great pre-wedding memory and keeping costs down at the same time!

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Romantically Chic Wedding and Reception Sites – Minnesota

Today’s tough economy has many brides and grooms completely changing the process of how their big wedding day will be planned.  Newly engaged couples are now becoming their own “wedding planners” and “creative wedding architects” by utilizing the resources available on the internet and designing that perfect wedding themselves without utilizing the services of an expensive wedding planner.

Whether you and your beloved envision a grand cathedral wedding followed by a reception at an exclusive country club or perhaps you plan to have an intimate wedding ceremony performed on a boat followed by a reception/boat tour on a river or lake, whatever it is you decide upon, you are in luck because the affordable wedding and reception site options in the Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota area are endless.

Here’s an example of how Simply Chic and easy your wedding day can be:

For our upcoming wedding my fiancé and I are getting married at an adorable little church in Golden Valley, Minnesota, called The Golden Valley Historical Society, Historic Church.  It’s run by volunteers who are all exceptionally great people that want to preserve the history of this quaint little church built back in the 1800’s.

We made an appointment to see the church and when we pulled into the parking lot we knew right away before even stepping inside that it would perfectly fit our needs for the wedding ceremony we envisioned.  This quaint little church seats only 80 people, and or our guest list total came to 75 guests.  It was a match made in Simply Chic heaven🙂

The next step was deciding on the location for our wedding reception.  My fiance’s sister suggested that since we both love to cook and entertain that perhaps a home reception would be a good fit.  And, the more we thought about it, the more the idea seemed absolutely perfect for it accomplished four very big things:

  • It matched our vision perfectly.
  • It saved us a lot of money on site rental.
  • It saved us a lot of money on minimum food ordering requirements.
  • It allowed us to stay within our wedding budget.

We then hired a friend of my brother, (blessing someone within our friend network with employment for the day in this tough economy), who works in the catering business to take care of the food and serving so we don’t have to.

So as you see, once you define how you want your wedding to look, your wedding budget, the size of your guest list and the general geographic area where you want to perform your nuptials, your wedding location and reception decisions should all fall into place relatively easy.

Simply Chic Wedding Fun Facts:

Did you know:

  • Every year in the United States there are approximately 2.5 million weddings.
  • The average wedding in 2007 cost $29,000.
  • The average wedding cost in 2010 was $20,000.
  • The average cost for the wedding ceremony is $2,500.

As our wedding gift to you, The Simply Chic Bride has compiled a list of beautifully romantic wedding and reception venue options in the Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota area to get you kick started in designing your perfect day.  We are adding to this list all the time, if you have any great ideas on websites that you would like to contribute we’d love to hear from you.  Please email us at:  thesimplychicbride@gmail.com

Wedding and Reception locations around Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota:

Bearpath Golf & Country Club – Eden Prairie, MN

Blaisdell Manor – Minneapolis, MN

Café Lucrat – Minneapolis, MN

Calhoun Beach Club – Minneapolis, MN

Como Park Zoo and Conservatory – St. Paul, MN

Conservatory at Carlson Center – Minnetonka, MN

Earle Browne Center – Brooklyn Park, MN

Edinburgh Usa – Brooklyn Park, MN

Fort Snelling Club – St. Paul, MN

Gale Mansion – Minneapolis, MN

Golden Valley Country Club – Golden Valley, MN

Golden Valley Historical Society, Historic Church – Golden Valley, MN

Grand Hotel – Minneapolis, MN

Harrington Mansion/Zurah Shrine – Minneapolis, MN

Hazeltine National Golf Club – Chaska,  MN

Hotel Sofitel – Minneapolis, MN

Interlachen Country Club – Edina, MN

International Market Square – Minneapolis, MN

 James J. Hill Reference Library  – St. Paul, MN

Landmark Center – St. Paul, MN

Legends Golf Club – Prior Lake, MN

Paradise Charter Cruise – Minneapolis, MN

McNamara Alumni Center – St. Paul, MN

Metropolitan State University – St. Paul, MN

Midland Hills Country Club – Roseville, MN

Mill City Museum – Minneapolis, MN

Minneapolis Club – Minneapolis, MN

Minikahada Club – Minneapolis, MN

Minnesota Boat Club- St. Paul, MN

Minnesota History Center – St. Paul, MN

Minnesota Historical Society – Historical Venue Locations

Nicollet Island Inn – Minneapolis, MN

Nicollet Island Pavillion – Minneapolis, MN

Northwestern College (Nazareth Chapel) – St. Paul, MN

Padelford Riverboats – Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN

St. Anthony Main Event Center – Minneapolis, MN

St. Paul Hotel – St. Paul, MN

Science Museum of MN – St. Paul, MN

Summit Manor Reception House

Union Depot – St. Paul, MN

Walker Art Center – Minneapolis, MN

 Weisman Art Museum – Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN

 

 

Copy and paste the condensed list below for easy reference and printing:

Bearpath Golf & Country Club – Eden Prairie, MN

Blaisdell Manor – Minneapolis, MN

 Café Lucrat – Minneapolis, MN

Calhoun Beach Club – Minneapolis, MN

Como Park Zoo and Conservatory – St. Paul, MN

Conservatory at Carlson Center – Minnetonka, MN

Earle Browne Center – Brooklyn Park, MN

Edinburgh Usa – Brooklyn Park, MN

Fort Snelling Club – St. Paul, MN

Gale Mansion – Minneapolis, MN

Golden Valley Country Club – Golden Valley, MN

Grand Hotel – Minneapolis, MN

Harrington Mansion/Zurah Shrine – Minneapolis, MN

Hazeltine National Golf Club – Chaska,  MN

Hotel Sofitel – Minneapolis, MN

Interlachen Country Club – Edina, MN

International Market Square – Minneapolis, MN

James J. Hill Reference Library  – St. Paul, MN

Landmark Center – St. Paul, MN

Legends Golf Club – Prior Lake, MN

Paradise Charter Cruise – Minneapolis, MN

McNamara Alumni Center – St. Paul, MN

Metropolitan State University – St. Paul, MN

Midland Hills Country Club – Roseville, MN

Mill City Museum – Minneapolis, MNMinneapolis Club – Minneapolis, MN

Minikahada Club – Minneapolis, MN

Minnesota Boat Club- St. Paul, MN

Minnesota History Center – St. Paul, MN

Minnesota Historical Society – Historical Venue Locations

Nicollet Island Inn – Minneapolis, MN

Nicollet Island Pavillion – Minneapolis, MN

Northwestern College (Nazareth Chapel) – St. Paul, MN

Padelford Riverboats – Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN

St. Anthony Main Event Center – Minneapolis, MN

St. Paul Hotel – St. Paul, MN

Science Museum of MN – St. Paul, MN

Summit Manor Reception House

Union Depot – St. Paul, MN

Walker Art Center – Minneapolis, MN

Weisman Art Museum – Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN

 

“Love and kindness are never wasted. They always make a difference.”
                                                      ~ Barbara DeAngelis

 

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Say Yes To The Under $50 Flower Girl Dress

 

 

 

Do you need to find a flower girl dress for your upcoming wedding, but you don’t want to spend a fortune, then today’s Simply Chic blog post is for you.

 

A flower girl dress purchased through a retail store can cost anywhere from $100-$150, with additional charges for alterations.  By using The Simply Chic Bride concept you can find a similar dress for under $50.

 

Think of it this way…Flower girl dresses are kind of like pianos, when you want a piano, you just gotta have it, but when you are tired of dusting the dang thing, using it as a bookshelf and having it take up half your living room,  you can think of only one thing, you want it “gone.” I found the same desire to want it “gone” applies for flower girl dresses – for once the wedding is over, most people want that cute little dress that came with the big price tag out of their closet. 

 

By utilizing the power of the internet and your friend/family network you can find that perfect flower girl dress for a fraction of the price or even better yet, for FREE!

 

Steps to finding a flower girl dress under $50: 

 

Define how you want your flower girl dress to look, consider these factors – style, size, color, and the choice of material then, start your search using the following steps:

 

1.  Network, Network, Network  – Ask friends, family members or coworkers if they know someone who may have had a child as a flower girl from a recent wedding and if they would be interested in selling their dress.

 

 Example:  I did a favor for a friend and found a flower girl dress for her bride on a budget wedding by just asking those within my friend network if they knew anyone that had recently been married.  Then, a friend of a friend said she had a wedding 1 year ago and after a short conversation she divulged that she would like nothing more than to have the flower girl dress out of her closet.  A light bulb went off in my head and I asked her if she wouldn’t mind donating the dress for a bride on a budget wedding, as she was trying to save money due to this tough economy.  This lovely woman donated the dress for the event for free and said she felt wonderful about blessing the bride with her flower girl dress contribution.

2.  Facebook it – By utilizing the power of your “status update” on Facebook you can immediately connect with people who can also pass the word on to their friends list regarding the search for a flower girl dress.  It’s like that Herbal Essence shampoo commercial from the ‘70’s, “you tell two friends, then they tell two friends, and so on, and so on…”  You’ll be amazed at how many people come forward.  People want to help. It feels great for everyone involved.

3.  Buy a dress through a guy named Craig – If you can’t find a dress through Facebooking, or networking with immediate friends/family or coworkers use Craig’s List.  Craig’s List is a great tool that brings people that want to get rid of something together with people that want what you don’t want.  The Craig’s List equation works something like this,  you can expect to pay about 50-60% below retail pricing.

 

I found this flower girl dress on Craigs List (with an off white bow) for my upcoming wedding for $30.  My winter themed wedding colors are black and white.  I then changed the look of the dress by purchasing a black bow for $15 from David’s Bridal in order to match our wedding colors.  The grand total was $45!   See how a different bow totally changes the look of the dress?

 

Simply Chic Craig’s List Shopping Tips:

 

1.  Go to http://craigslist.com  and search in the specific area where you are willing to travel to look at the dress. 

 

2.  Narrow your flower girl dress search by using words such as wedding, flower girl dress or new with tags flower girl (NWT), or never worn. You can also get great deals on dresses that might have been worn once, but dry cleaned, or they will be sold cheap enough that you dry clean them and still get them for half the price as purchased in a store. The options are endless, but “be warned” finding Craig’s List bargains can be habit forming J

3.  Bring your flower girl with you to your Craig’s List dress appointment to ensure the dress fits correctly. 

 

Simply Chic Great Idea:  When my daughter was five, she was the flower girl in my sister’s wedding.  She loved her flower girl dress so much she insisted on wearing it for her school picture that year.  It turned out to be the cutest school picture she ever took and we saved $30 on buying a new outfit for photos that year too!

 

 

Flower girl fun fact:

 

The flower girl and the tradition of walking before the bride and tossing petals dates back to old English tradition. It was customary back then to have the entire bridal party walk behind a small girl as she tossed flowers . . . all the way to the church.

 

Do you have any inexpensive wedding decorating ideas to pass along?  Email us with your photos and tips! 

  

  Simply Chic Quote:

 “The obvious is that which is never seen until someone expresses it simply.”
                                                             ~Kahlil Gibran
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Branch Out With Inexpensive Holiday Wedding Decorating Ideas

If you are having an upcoming winter wedding this blog post is for you!  Today’s Simply Chic tip focuses on decorating the outside of your home or small wedding venue for under $50.

Here’s how The Simply Chic concept works for this particular tip.  Last summer during a spell of sweltering 90 degree heat I helped my sister weed her large flower garden which was being taken over by daisies and white yarrow.  (If you are a gardener, you know how daisies and white yarrow can make a gardener crazier than Lizzie Borden).   My sister loves decorating for Christmas and she just so happens to have more pine trees on her property than Mr. and Mrs. Claus have at the North Pole.  So we did what any loving sisters would do – we traded our skills and services and blessed each other.  I helped my sister weed her garden and she in turn helped me decorate my window boxes.

Here’s what you’ll need for this simple project:

  • A friend or family member with some pine trees.
  • Approximately 2 hours of time out of your busy schedule.
  • A good pair of gloves, an old coat (that you don’t mind if you get pine sap on), your Ipod with holiday music to get you in the mood, a visiting neighbor dog to keep you company.
  • A home or small venue reception site.
  • Window boxes and outdoor pots.
  • Strings of white or colored Christmas lights.
  • Spray painted ice skates, old fashioned sled, old fashioned letter box.
  • Dried hydrangea, dogwood branches, any of your favorite dried tall stemmed flowers and large pine cones.
  • Outdoor ice lantern mold.

Easy Steps For Beautiful Holiday Window Boxes

 

  1. Unload and lay out all your pine branches
  2. Place the pine branches in your window boxes to ensure you have enough for the areas you want to cover.  To add texture, place the pine hanging over the edge of the window boxes.
  3. Lay down your Christmas lights evenly dispersed throughout the pine boughs.
  4. Fill in large empty spaces with cute Christmas or holiday winter decorations such as an old fashioned sled or cute children’s skates.
  5. Reduce large boring spots by drawing your eye toward an old toboggan or old fashioned skis.
  6. Add tall dogwood branches, grasses, dried flowers or stiff pine branches for added texture at the back of your boxes.

And there you have it, beautiful Simply Chic outdoor decorations for your winter wedding, all for under $50.

Where items mentioned in this blog can be found:

Bundles of pine cones can be found at Michael’s Stores or arts and crafts stores for under $5.

The skates, skiis, old fashioned sled and toboggan, even the Christmas lights can all be found at local thrift stores or garage sales $30.

The free pine boughs were cut from my sister’s trees.  The free hydrangea and pussy willows were collected at the end of summer from her garden and then dried and stored in her garage until winter.

The ice lantern mold can be found online by googling “Outdoor Ice Lanterns,” or visit European Garden.com.  If you are in Minnesota, I found this one at Otten Brothers Garden  Landscape Center $20.

Do you have any inexpensive outdoor decorating ideas to pass along?  Email us with your photos and tips!

“You are wealthy when you have something money can’t buy.”

~ Garth Brooks

Cheers!

   

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