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Lisa Beth Miller is the Entertaining & Weddings Editor for Miss A. She has been involved in the wedding industry for several years. Lisa is a bridal consultant and director of marketing and public relations for Blush Bridal Boutique and an event designer at Main Street Weddings, both local wedding businesses. In this capacity, Lisa writes the blog, website copy, and promotional materials for these businesses and assists with event planning. She was formerly a bridal consultant and did marketing and public relations work for A Formal Affair Bridal and Formalwear Boutique and was the creator of their Bridal University workshops. Additionally, Lisa teaches English, journalism, and photojournalism classes at Liberty High School in Bealeton, Virginia. She advises the school's award-winning publications, Talon yearbook and Patriot Press newspaper. As junior class sponsor, she also assists in planning Liberty's prom. Lisa has written several published articles. These include an article about advising student publications for Accents (Southern Interscholastic Press Association’s journal),an article about the royal wedding for Northern Virginia Magazine, an article about local proms for Warrenton Lifestyle magazine, and four stories about wedding planning and wedding fashion for the 2012 Northern Virginia Bridal Guide. Lisa holds an undergraduate degree in English and journalism education from Millersville University of Pennsylvania and a graduate degree in education and library science from Longwood University.

Host An Art Shower For The Bride And Groom

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(Photo Credit: overstockart.com)

Engaged couples are often in search of creative ideas for their pre-wedding “showers”. Gone are the days of assuming that every bride-to-be wants a blender and some china! Couples who are career-oriented and established often already have the basics for setting up a home together. So why not host a shower with a creative, artsy twist?

Instead of standard household items, a couple could bond by working together to establish a shared aesthetic.  As they develop their taste in art and style that they will use in their shared home, the couple could select decorative pieces of artwork to reflect this creative decision.

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(Photo Credit: overstockart.com)

Obviously, original works of art are not in the budget for most wedding shower guests, but ingenious art lovers have developed ways to bring great works of art into your living room at an affordable price. One such company is Overstock Art.

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(Photo Credit: overstockart.com)

Overstock Art was among the earliest online galleries of hand painted oil paintings and the first to focus on art reproductions of great masters such as Van Gogh, Monet and Picasso. The company’s early years coincided with an explosion in the popularity of Impressionist art and the development of exciting new relationships with overseas art studios. As the Modern Art movement was conquering the auction floors getting record breaking numbers in Sotheby’s and Christie’s, overstockArt.com was slowly becoming a destination for art lovers who could not afford the high price tags of galleries, but wanted to enjoy hand painted art of great masters in their homes.

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(Photo Credit: overstockart.com)

As the Internet becomes increasingly more appealing and accessible to interior decorators and home owners, overstockArt.com is finding new and exciting ways to engage customers via the web. The company has led the way in creating a decorator-friendly website that makes the process of finding and ordering the right art for your space a matter of a few clicks.

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(Photo Credit: overstockart.com)

Today, overstockArt.com is a successful art gallery. The company offers the most comprehensive selection of oil paintings and frames to choose from in the online oil painting industry — currently over 90,000 decorating combinations — including works by Matisse, Magritte, Dali, Renoir, Klimt, Degas, Rothko, O’Keeffe, Munch, Miro, and many more.

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(Photo Credit: overstockart.com)

To host an “art shower,” a couple needs only to select paintings that will suit their impeccably developed taste, plus select a style of frame. Although the reproductions offered are hand painted and framed, pricing is quite reasonable. The average cost for a framed print is a just around $300.00. Although the website itself does not offer a registry feature, couples can create their art “wish list” via social media tools such as Pinterest. Simply let guests know where to find the saved art and frame selections.

Another option for this type of shower is to select a few paintings to purchase, then request that other guests gift the couple with accent pieces to match the paintings. Vases, pillows, and table linens are all stylish possibilities.

In any case, gifts that help a newly married couple to develop their personal style will be appreciated for many years. Consider this idea for any couple striving to create a beautiful and inspiring home!

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