Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Congratulations To Sara and Jeff!

The table linen was gone, almost every guest had left, the music had stopped, but Sara and Jeff didn't care.  They only had eyes for each other!  This couple married in 2009 and today they are expecting their first child.  Congratulations Sara and Jeff!

Photograph by Llanes Photography

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Monday, June 27, 2011

Monique Lhuillier Sample Sale

A sample sale you don't want to miss!

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The New Wedding Fad: Dessert Bars and Dessert Buffets

Dessert bars and buffets seem to be a new fad in the wedding world. They’re fun, easy on the wallet, and add some “eye-candy” at your reception. The best part—this DIY project can be made match your specific wedding theme or color scheme!

But why leave this sweet piece of art in the corner of the room? Incorporating the dessert buffet into each table as part of the centerpiece could be a fun way to not only make the centerpiece look “fuller”, but also a way to entertain guests while they are waiting for the night’s festivities. You can also include personalized paper bags (think “The Sweet Factory” store at your local shopping mall) at each setting, for guests to pick and choose their own goodies to-go as their party favors

Guest post by: Winnie Phung

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Friday, June 24, 2011

Men Look! Engagement Rings In All Colors

Wait men before you go out and purchase that same ole traditional engagement ring, because I've found some stunning engagement rings in all colors!  Take a look.

Yellow cushion-cut diamond ring with white pear-shaped diamond shoulders from Graff

Ruby diamond ring set in platinum from Oscar Heyman

Pink Marquise diamond engagement ring from OGI Ltd.

Asscher-cut yellow diamond in a platinum setting from Harry Winston

Extremely rare fancy-intense pink-diamond ring in platinum setting from Harry Winson

Antique pear-shaped yellow diamond ring from Paolo Costagli

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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Wedding Inspiration: Place Cards Used As Wedding Favors

Here's a great idea on how you can save money by killing two birds with one stone (well not really killing any birds...just a phrase).  My fabulous clients came up with a brilliant way to use their place cards also for wedding favors.  They used mini champagne bottles as place cards and the wedding favor.  Keeping with the theme, they used a large bottle of champagne as the table number.  The guest loved the idea of taking champagne home and it was definitely a change from the usual candy, coasters, etc.  This idea was a major hit with the guest and definitely a conversation piece. Be creative and have fun planning your wedding!

Photographed by: Donald Norris Photography

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Transportation: Classic Limos Chauffeured in Style

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Saturday, June 18, 2011

Unconventional Venues

On a tight budget? First-choice venue booked? Looking to have that one-of-a-kind wedding? Whatever your circumstance, everyone wants their big day to be unique and memorable. Consider some alternatives to take advantage of potentially lower costs and unique photo backdrops.

Keep in mind, that opting out of the all-inclusive hotel package means that you’ll have to do a lot of legwork yourself and costs of hiring independent vendors yourself can be pricey. In addition, it’ll take some negotiating and lots of creativity to use venues that do not normally host large parties or events.

This post is provided by Winnie Phung

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Saturday, June 4, 2011

Wedding Inspiration Board: Urban Wedding Theme - Color Palette: Red, Black and White

The other day, I met with a friend and we were discussing the beautiful inspiration boards I see featured on so many wedding blogs. I got to thinking, “What is an Inspiration Board”? 

Well, it's anything you want it to be! But, basically it's a photo collage that inspires you, drives you, helps you reach your goals, keeps you focused, organizes, makes you happy or just makes you laugh! 

I look at it as a small work of art made up of fabulous wedding items that link incredibly together.

So today, I decided to create my first inspiration board.  Below are the 4 steps that made this happen.

Step 1: Think of a Theme
Think of somethingno matter how abstract—that you’re drawn to or which holds a special meaning. It could be a wedding location, song, food, painting, anythingI decided to go with an Urban Wedding Theme. It's been something I've wanted to do for a while.

Step 2: Collect Inspiration
This is the fun part. Over the course of a week or two, start collecting anything that makes you think of your focus point and put it into a little folder or envelope.  You can even go to Google image searches and stroll through sites like Amazon, Overstock, Crate & Barrel, etc.  If you get a catalog in the mail, cut out related pieces that you're drawn to. 

Once you’ve got a nice little collection, lay them all out in front of you. My collection is small, but it will do.

Step 3: Focus
Now that you have it all right in your face, it’s a lot easier to start answering some questions about your theme that you can translate into something much more tangible. The questions I've come up with are a great way to put a spotlight on what you’re really drawn to—and what might be perfect for a wedding!

Is there a color story that pops out at you?  With my small little collection of inspiration, the color story is Red, Black and White. These colors will work with everything from invitations and flowers to suits and table decor. Bright lights, big wedding!  A Red, Black and White palette blends classic elegance with dramatic fashion - absolutely perfect for a downtown, big city lights wedding. 

Are there any textures or fabrics that show up again and again? Satin shows up a lot in the pictures I collected!

Is there anything else that stands out? I can’t help but notice the crystals in the bouquet, the bride’s dress and floral centrepiece.  Also, when you think of red, you have to have red roses.  Lastly, to add that “pop” the Damask on the Save the Date and wedding cake really stands out and pulls the solid Red, Black and Whites all together.

Is there anything you feel is missing from your collection of inspiration? When I think of Red, Black and White, I think of GLAMOUR, CLASSIC AND ELEGANCE. Adding some bright lights and maybe even a black or white city skyline on the invitations may be nice. Also, I would probably drape some light weight fabric in the ceiling. Even with a relatively small list of focus points like this one, you can gain a lot of direction.

Step 4: Shop til You Drop
Here's another the fun part, finding "The Dress".  The first thing the bride should do is look for a wedding gown. Try to find one that is reminiscent of the theme.

So. What do you think? I always thought creating an inspiration board would be hard work, but it wasn't too difficult or time consuming? I think that creating an inspiration board is a great way to help you and your clients get focused!  Stay tuned for my next inspiration board. I can't wait!

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