Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Our New Favorite Candle

There is no hiding the fact that we love candles in this office. We find the scents soothing and wonderful although the running joke is that Elizabeth lights them and Pam (the worrier) goes around behind her blowing them out so that we don't accidentally leave one lit overnight.

The new candle around here is Diptyque, an indulgence that is hard to justify until you get a whiff. The candles burn forever and have a clean, not coy fragrance.

We looked up the history of Diptyque Paris and learned that three artisans (Christiane Gautrot, Yves Coueslant and Desmond Knox-Leet), united by a passion for creativity and design, became friends and business associates and opened a shop at 34 boulevard Saint-Germain to showcase their avant-garde fabric designs and decorative items from their travels.
In 1963, they introduce the first diptyque scented candle. In 1968, the first line of diptyque fragrances is launched. Today, the three Parisian artists are world-renown purveyors of fragrance and scented candles.

Our fragrance of choice is Baies (berries) and we are looking forward to trying the other fragrances as well. Although the candles are not recommended for events where food is served (we always use unscented for that), the Diptyque candles would make the perfect gift for someone who has everything.

A Perfect Toast

In our years of wedding planning, we've seen the good and the bad, the pretty and the ugly. Surprisingly enough, a lot of that comes in the form of the toasts given to the bride and groom. Instead of doing the bride and groom and yourself a disservice, let us give some pointers to help guide you along.
  1. The term "short and sweet" exists for a reason. People have the attention span of a gnat. There's no such thing as a bad 10 second toast and there's no such thing as a good 10 minute toast. No one in the history of people speaking, has ever muttered "I wish that speech had been longer."
  2. We mean it - that toast better be so sweet our teeth hurt. This isn't Comedy Central doing a roast, it's a wedding. Tasteless humor will not be met with thunderous applause. Aunt Cindy doesn't want to hear about your crazy shenanigans so whatever happened "that crazy night" needs not be spoken of. Keep grandma and grandpas' vision of their little angels intact.
  3. Trial run (and error)/practice makes perfect. Give this speech a try on actual human beings. Your reflection in your bathroom mirror won't tell you that you aren't as hilarious as you think you are but your friends will, that's why we love them - for their honesty.
  4. Mean it. Every word of your speech should be sincere, heartfelt and specific. Don't just tell the bride she's "totally awesome" - that's a given. Tell her she's a role model, you admire her and she's been an inspiration. You were hand-picked by the bride and/or groom, they're counting on you to say something original and loving.
  5. Alcoholic beverages help us lighten up, everyone knows that. But you see that champagne glass in your hand? Yes, the one you're pointing at the guests of honor. That glass doesn't have to be the first one you've held that night but it better not be your seventh.
We know it's easier said that done but you can do it. We believe in you.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Saks Jandel Sale