My favorite part of wedding design is the reception layout. The layout you choose has a huge impact on the overall "feel" of the space. It can add interest and dimension, and it can turn an ordinary room into something extraordinary. Here are some of my favorite layouts from weddings past. Enjoy (and get inspired) :)
Step aside Emerald, Pantone has announced its color of the year for 2014- Radiant Orchid! This pinky purple hue will definitely add some warmth and vibrancy to your color palette. The versatility and ways of incorporating this beautiful shade are endless. I can not wait!
The aisle is where you make your grand entrance for everyone to see you on the big day, so don't forget to make it look special! There are so many ways to decorate the aisle, from something simple and elegant to something colorful and extravagant. Below is a collection of different styles to give you some inspiration!
Cake toppers are fun way to bring your interest and personality to your wedding. There are tons of different styles to make sure that your cake topper truly represents you and your fiancé's taste. You can choose from fresh flowers, fresh fruit or sugar flowers, which are all stunningly beautiful, or you can pick a topper that can be saved and used for a later date, such as an anniversary, renewing of the vows or your children's weddings. The keepsake toppers can range from a monogram to a Disney couple and everything in-between.
Many times the word pumpkin leads to thoughts of Halloween and the color orange, but pumpkins can be so much more than that. They are great for fall because of there variety of colors, shapes, and sizes. This makes them wonderful to use in many areas of decor for weddings!
Because of there great colors and shapes they can be used alone as center pieces,
Or they can be used as vases.
Smaller pumpkins make adorable place care holders,
and pumpkin candles make great favors for your guest.
*All photos were found on Pinterest, with the exception of the candles, which were found here.
Who doesn't love cake? For me it's one of my favorite parts of a wedding. Not only are cakes super yummy, they are also beautiful! To find the perfect cake for your wedding choose something that matches your personality and the style of your wedding. There are so many ways to jazz up a traditional white cake and still keep it simple and elegant, such as adding ribbon, flowers or designs in the icing. Those that are looking for something a little more bold, go for a cake full of color and fun. Here are some lovely examples I found on Pinterest.
Being an Event Coordinator can be tough in one respect: You have to work HARD (or at least I do) not to go over-board on things like your childrens' birthday parties, friends' showers, etc. I, like so many other people these days, am on a budget. While I would love nothing more than to throw the most outrageous parties, I still have to write the check (and explain the expense to my hubby) at the end of the day.
Well...my baby sister is expecting her first baby in March. She is the best sister a girl could ask for ... close doesn't begin to describe our relationship. Throwing her a shower was a no-brainer. But what's a girl on a budget to do?? Here is what I did. It was simple. But elegant. And oh so fun. :-)
Invitations - I went "green." I sent a really cute electronic invitation from Evite's new website: Postmark. If you haven't seen it yet, you should check it out.
Food - I opted for a brunch shower. Breakfast foods are typically less expensive than other alternatives. And it helps that my sister loves a good brunch. :-) I served french toast shooters, fruit skewers, my Mother's famous chicken salad with crackers, and pigs-in-a-blanket.
Beverages - Who doesn't love a good mimosa? We had them, of course. Along with orange juice for the mommies-to-be and sparkling water for anyone who preferred a non-juice alternative.
Flowers - It took going to four different grocery stores, but I finally found white stock (love) and white tulips. Yes, you did read that correctly. I said grocery store. I got 8 stems of stock and 20 tulips for less than $30. I used two vases and one coffee mug that I already owned.
Other decor - I am all about using what you already have. I own 20 beautiful wood mingling plates and 10 champagne flutes. I borrowed 10 more flutes from my sister (they didn't match mine, but they didn't need to). Throw in a few colorful napkins, some existing placemats and an old baby-blanket, and you're all set. The mingling plates allowed guests to wonder around without feeling the need to sit down. If you don't know what I'm talking about, google them. They are my go-to choice for any party I throw. Best.Buy.Ever.
Favors - My sister loves macaroons, so I opted to splurge on them. We didn't serve cake or any other sweet during the shower (with french toast & fruit, I thought it would be sugar over-kill), and I thought they would make a great little take-home. I threw them on top of two cake plates I already owned, and they made for another great decor piece.
Here are a couple of pictures I snapped with my iphone that day. I know they aren't the best quality, but I was busy playing hostess :-)
Well, the fall weather has FINALLY kicked in here in Texas. It's been cool every morning this week! In honor of this season, and because the cool temps have inspired me...here are a few pictures I hope inspire you...
All of the pictures were found on Pinterest. If you haven't been properly introduced, you should be. It's a fantastic site!
Whether it's because you're on a budget, or simply because you are crafty, there are a ton of fun do-it-yourself projects that you could use for your wedding.
These candle-holders can be used to set your tables and are very quick and easy to make. You just need some old jars, yarn, masking tape, spray paint and fabric, as well as candles to put inside. Photo credit and tutorial found here.
These beautiful chiffon and tulle flowers can be used in your hair, on your bridesmaids' dresses, as a cake decoration, or as decor for your wedding venue. Photo credit and tutorial found here.
If you're into flowers, creating your own bouquet could be a great way to add a personal touch to your wedding. Photo credit and tutorial found here.
If you want to send your guests home with favors that you can make yourself, or even just favors for your bridal party and special guests, these bottles are a great way to show your appreciation by including personalized notes inside. Photo credit and tutorial found here.
For outdoor weddings, monogrammed luminaries are a creative way to light up the pathway with your initials or a nice message. Photo credit and tutorial found here.
If you like to sew, then you probably have most of the materials needed to make this garter for your wedding day. This could be a fun project and maybe even a stress-reliever. Photo credit and tutorial found here.
Finally, these do-it-yourself wedding fan programs are so pretty if you have the time to create them yourself. All you need besides a computer and printer are some scissors, cover stock, and some eyelets and eyelet-setter tools. Photo credit and tutorial found here.
These are just a few ways to add some personal touches to your wedding if you like to be hands-on. They are also great for keeping costs down and making space in your budget for something else. There are so many fun projects for your wedding that you could do yourself if you just get creative. If you have trouble coming up with fresh, new ideas, browsing the internet is always great for inspiration.
Thinking about your table settings is a small detail that often gets over-looked. I think that your place settings allow you to add extra charm to your event. You can add an element unique to you and your wedding. For example, a small flower tucked into each napkin, a menu card, your favor placed at each setting set on top of a beautiful colored napkin. There are so many things you can do!
This allows you to welcome each individual guest and make them feel special when they arrive at their seat for the evening. Happy Planning!
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Books, books and more books! 📚Matt + Katy's decor utilized books in the tablescapes and for the cake base. We absolutely love it! Not only was it fitting for the venue (The Julia Ideson Library), but it's hard to imagine that anything else would have worked better for the literary loving duo!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Planner: Something To Celebrate⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Venue: Julia Ideson Library⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Caterer: City View Catering⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Transportation: Trans. Consultants, Monarch British Limos, Sovereign Services⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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The best way to warm up on a frigid wedding day is to cozy up with your sweetie! The run inside to get a cocktail or hot cocoa 😂⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Don’t miss this stunner of a wedding on the blog (link in profile)! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Absolutely love these precious moments with Katie and her dad & Ryan with his mom before their ceremony. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Ceremony: St. Luke’s Methodist Church
Grooms Cake: @whomadethecakehouston
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