Monday, January 9, 2012

{DIY- Boutonnieres}

I made all the boutonnieres for our wedding, attempting to replicate what "rose" boutonniers would look like.  I was happy with them- but  I will say if your going for fresh flowers which are always classic and beautiful!  Hire a floral designer!
BUT- Going along with today's weddings being personalized and filled with DIY{do it yourself}....I'd say create some boutonnieres with some personable style. Wow- I've seen some really neat ideas you can use as inspiration for this type of "craft"

~tie fresh herbs together
Artwork/Herb-Boutonnieres-diagram.jpg ...

~ Sew colorful buttons of varying shapes/sizes and use funky wiring for the stems

~ Use colorful ribbon, fabrics, and patterns to create brilliant petals

Friday, January 6, 2012

{It's 2012}

Happy New Years to all the new 2012 beautiful brides, brides who have just started to plan and brides who have been planning for quite awhile. 

2012 is going to continue the trend of originality, personable expression, and true thoughtfulness from the Bride and Groom. 

Bridal Fashion will continue to add detail to gowns with georgeous sashes and layered fabrics. Blush toned gowns will also emerge for those wishing for an extremely soft look.
Jim Hjelm Collection

"Texture" is all over this New Years Bridal Trends, which can bring in some really vintage and classic pieces or show off the couples modern style.

Photobooths will remain popular with added props to create a fun memory- but now don't be suprised if you see "backdrops" set up for the evening- This could be fun for both your guest and your photographer :)  Speaking of Photographers, their becoming more and more creative...always finding new "perfect shots" new poses, new locations to shoot at - and the stuff they do is simply amazing. Hiring one of those fresh and "always thinking out of the box" photographers is a trend I think will stay strong.  Who wants to look back at boring wedding photos?

Finally- The "IT" color has been designated by pantone this year as "Tangerine Tango" Weddings are going to look H.O.T this summer!

Well- there's so many more but just wanted to start you off with a few ideas to get those thoughts flowing if you were wondering where your wedding falls with the top trends or where you want to take your wedding with the inspirations you'll be seeing in the coming months. 

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Happy Holidays...

The Holiday Engagement

California Christmas Party here via Green Wedding Shoes, photography by Leo Patrone
Winter Wedding inspiration via Style Me Pretty here, photography by West Park Photography

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Let it snow, Let it snow, Let it snow

A little Something Blue

A pop of bold color!

Warm up your guest with a cup of cocoa....





Monday, November 14, 2011

{A Toast to the New Mr & Mrs...}

A reception toast, whether it be emotional, humorous, or just simply BAD, is a time for some reminiscing, thanking guest and wishing happiness to the newlyweds.  Below are some tips for the "toastee"
-According to the Emily Post Insistute, a toast should be short and to the point-not drone on in a way that takes attention from the couple and bores guest.
-Write down your speech and practice beforehand.
-Funny childhood stories, a time when the person was there for you, or a tasteful college incident will all work.
-If your completely unsure as to what you should say, Check out the vast amount of wedding toast websites available or check out a book at the library that might have info like this in it.  There is even professional wedding speechwriters if your wanting to go down that route.
-It's going to make you nervous, but throwing back a few drinks is never the way to go to alleviate pre-toast jitters.  You never know what might be said that's going to be regretted or not remembered later.
- Never use profanities, your sure to offend somebody.
-It doesn't need to be formal, poems, favorite songs, raps...all can make a speech creativily interesting. Inlist your DJ to help you when you "que" the music. 
-Although traditionally the best man then the maid of honor toast, there is no particular order you must follow and sometimes the Father of the Bride or other guest of honor may have prepared something special.
-Both the bride and groom might want to write their own toasts to give thanks to friends and family.
-Having the bride and groom toast each other adds a romantic touch to the occassion. 
Some of my favorite wedding speeches :)

Wedding Crashers

Michael Scott

The Wedding Singer

Tuesday, November 8, 2011


Ever wonder how those swanky looking weddings in the bridal magazines somehow came about, even though they were being held in venues that still had the busy burgundy carpet throughout or the blah brick walls and panel dividers?  One word... Uplighting!  It's amazing what color can add to a sash, bridesmaid dress, and oh yes even the walls of your venue.  Now available from Marien Mae Bridal Boutique & Events and  Guys on the Radio - you can have that extra something that was missing. 

black, white, yellow, decorations

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

{It's November}

I seriously can not believe it's November already.
 Summer and early fall went so fast.
It seems November can be a very tricky month to bring together a wedding.  There is such unpredictability with the weather, families are usually making travel plans, and it seems that Christmas decor is placed out in the stores sooner and sooner every year.  I always question myself, if I should leave my pumpkins and fall foilege decor up in the house because I can't decide if pumpkins represent Halloween or if they are simply a part of fall.  So, as I was doing my own little searching- I thought I'd share with you some inspirational ideas for if you do find yourself planning a November wedding and your looking for ways to incorporate color, decor, and design.


Wedding Planners Tip: Many times, local reception sites and other vendors lower their costs because it is getting into the slower season of the wedding industry. This is the perfect opportunity for you to take advantage and either save a little bit of money or add-on that sweets table you were wanting.