Monday, March 28, 2011

edible D•I•Y favor ideas

Most clients ask advice on favors. I almost always recommend giving away something edible. Why? Well, edibles are cost efficient and functional -- people will eat them! Big or small budget, I would advise against spending an arm and a leg on favors. So many ideas for DIY (do-it-yourself) favors can be found online, in books, and from friends. If you've got a thing for baking, or have friends/family who love to dish out some sweets for parties, be resourceful and DIY! These favors will be more personal, original, and appreciated (and they most likely won't end up collecting dust on a shelf).

For our last wedding, the groom and his close buds home brewed their own beer (a chocolate porter) for the adult guests. We created custom beer labels to attach to the bottles to create a cohesive look with the rest of the paper goods. The beer was distributed at the end of night along with another box of chocolate treats, and were gone within minutes!

(these came straight from the they're chilled...)

Here are more creative DIY favor ideas I found online. Again, it's down to execution, so get in touch with a creative person to help with labeling, or email us -- we can help you!

Packaged S'mores Kit (found on Thig & Thistle)

Cupcakes in a Jar by Cakies (recipe can be found here)

Creatively packaged individual goodies (photo from Wedding Paper Divas)

Hot Chocolate w/Marshmallows (found on BudgetMindedBride)
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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

fabulous tent displays by skyline tent company

When it comes to finding the perfect venue to host your reception, there are plenty of factors to consider. Am I getting married during summer? Can the venue accommodate more than 300 guests? Will the venue require insurance? Etc, etc. But when I consult with clients, the first thing I ask is whether or not the venue fits their general style. With the growing popularity of modern and non-traditional weddings, many are opting to select a venue other than a ballroom setting. Folks who are outdoorsy people are looking for open gardens or grassy areas, even barnyard settings. Others who are into music, art or the night life are looking for industrial spaces featuring artistic decor and architecture. Some may want something grand but intimate and opt for the rental of an estate. But there is another avenue that many forget they can select--a tented wedding. For me, it's a compromise between having a ballroom setting and also an outdoor wedding. Sometimes just the height of these tents creates a much larger space. And if you are getting married in a city that boasts great weather, why not take advantage of it?! Some large hotels even have open grass areas outside that you can rent at a much lower rate.

Skyline Tents Company, a tenting and decor company from Virginia, creates some of the most dazzling tented weddings using tents, lighting, and amazing draping. Yes, I know, most of you are probably from So Cal, but at least you can see just how magnificent a reception can look just by tenting and lighting alone. Key ingredient, again is execution. Work with a designer to create a "designed" layout. He/she will also be able to help create the magnificent ambiance. Take a peek at their creations and all the "wow" factor these set ups create.

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Monday, March 7, 2011

sassy wedding booties

Want a shoe with more coverage, a thicker sole, or one that will keep your toes from spilling out? How about a sassy bootie? I've seen brides wear all sorts of sexy heels, but I know there are plenty of boot-wearing divas who could effortlessly pull off any of these styles. Here are some finds I spotted while browsing online.

Photos (top to bottom): booties from Christian Louboutin, Steve Madden, Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Dior, Sergio Rossi, Prada, Badgley Mischka, Tory Burch . . .(click for full post)