Posts Tagged ‘color’

An outdoor affair, love in the air.  What better theme for a garden reception than blue birds.  These save the date cards can double as an invite for a less formal soiree.  Seersucker suits for the men and seersucker table runners for the sweetheart, cake, and gift table at $25 a piece.  Shepherd’s hooks line driveways or aisles with blue hydrangea balls.  Blueberry Hill cupcakes serve as a visual point of interest and a sweet treat.  For a day time wedding, hang bird cages with yellow flowers in trees rather than lights and use a bird-cage as a place to keep guests’ cards.  Accent your tent with paper laterns in blue, white and an accent color.  Yellow looks great outdoors for a pop of color or lime green keeps the pallet in tune with the plants and sky of your venue a la Mother Nature.


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A printed or patterned fabric dress does not scream bridesmaid to me, but isn’t that what budget-conscious bridesmaids are screaming?  No more dresses that I can’t wear again! In this case, it’s a do.  With so many awesome cocktail dresses in holiday colors galore, why not mix it up even more and have different colors, different patterns, different sillouettes, but all coordinated with your wedding colors.  Photos will look more natural but still aesthetic.

The Blues Sisters

Carmen Marc Valvo’s peacock frock, ML Abstract floral, J. Crew navy cap sleeve, and Jones NY make a cool quartet.




J. Crew



Seeing red this holiday season?


Banana Republic


Ann Klein


White House Black Market


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When it comes to DIY centerpieces as the bride, you have to weigh two factors.  What do you value more: time with family and friends or time arranging centerpieces?  Here are some further questions to ask yourself.  1) How far ahead of time can it be created assembled?  2) How much time do I have to create between now and the wedding?  3) How much time the day before the wedding will I have to assemble and arrange?  4) How much help do I have?  5) Would I use any pieces again?  6) Are fresh flowers important to me? 7) How much money am I willing to spend?  8) How far ahead of time can I be in my reception site?  9) Does my vendor (florist, caterer, host site) offer set-up help, linens, glassware, votives, or candles?

The farther ahead of time a centerpiece can be created and/or assembled, the less stressful your wedding week will be.  I am totally a DIYourselfer, but I was unpleasantly surprised how much time fresh flowers take to assemble and arrange.  Plus, the day before is the earliest I suggest doing them.  Afterall, it’s a lot of money to spend for them not to look their best.  After weighing all options, here’s my advice for each of the following winter centerpieces.

Let’s Get it Started . . . Now!

If you want to do it now, and forget about it later, think about all glass and mirrors.  No one looks prettier than in candle-light.  The warm glow softens the face like a Glamour Shot.  See what your venue offers first, then hit The Dollar Tree.  They have  glass holders and mirrors in the candle aisle for a $1 a piece.  And, if you’re a true DIYourselfer, you will use the glass and mirrors again.  I use them under every candle in my house to reflect the glow.  I also use them as tiny serving trays under salt and pepper shakers, toothpick holders, and candy dishes.  For more of a nostalgic feel, check out antique stores, flea markets, and yard sales.  I buy every framed mirror that seems salvageable.  Then I use painters tape and newspaper to cover the glass and spray paint all the frames the wedding color, or gold, or ivory. 

Grouping all of these candles under an antique framed mirror would take it from engagement party to wedding centerpiece.

Roses are a Girl’s BF

If you insist on DIY fresh roses,  I don’t blame you. Nothing says classy like fresh flower centerpieces, but please enlist some help.  For a wedding of 100 people, we ordered 2 boxes of white roses from Cost-Co.  The afternoon before the wedding, we poured champagne and had a de-thorning party.  It took 4 girls 3 hours to prep  and arrange the roses. 

For prep, we 1) removed the thorns with knife or just pick off with your fingers,  and 2) remove the bottom 3/4 of leaves (or whatever will be in water) and any browning, wilting, or bruised petals.  3) Cut the bottom of the stem to desired length at an angle and 4) IMMEDIATELY immerse stem in water.  (You can even cut the stem at an angle while the stem is under water by having a doggie-type water bowl at your station). 

For a modern, elegant look, just use the roses.  Start with the biggest, prettiest rose from the dozen, and then circle around that rose chosing from next biggest, prettiest, until all twelve are encircled.  Place in tall, cylinder vase.  When buying your vase, realize that the size of the opening is going to determine how many flowers it takes to fill it.  The smaller the opening, the cheaper the arrangement.  You could use floral wire or waterproof tape to achieve a modern look in the “wrong” vase.

For more drama, lace or weave the greenery and arrange roses an inch apart.  Greenery not only fills your vase for less money, but adds to visual interest but adding texture.  Mistletoe or seeded eucalyptus are perfect winter fillers for roses, and for even more budget=friendly, only use roses on every other table because these are breathtaking stand alone. 

eucalyptus leaves and buds

Seeded eucalyptus is a beautiful texture to add to white roses for a winter wedding

Breathtaking Purity

You’re like Subway, you want it fresh, but it doesn’t have to be high-maintenance.  Nothing says “wedding”, like the simple elegance of a pure Baby’s Breath arrangement.  It appears on the table as a soft snowfall.  Use it in different height vases with white candles as your centerpiece.  You can have fresh and do it ahead of time.  It’s perfect for your winter wedding.  Ask your reception venue what they offer in terms of mirrors, vases, and candles.  You may only have to buy the baby’s breath (next to nothing, so get a lot!).  If you do have to purchase vases, you can monogram the one at the sweetheart table for a personalized look, but I would keep the rest unadorned b/c you can use them again for a friend’s wedding or your  baby shower (upcoming or before the wedding, whatever).  Check the cost difference of renting vs. buying.  You can find clear glass and mirrors at the dollar store for only a $1 a piece, so if they ask more than that, forget it.  Use your excess baby’s breath to frame your cake table, gift table, DJ table, etc.

very tall white vase with baby's breath shaped in a topiary ball

Baby's breath speaks for itself. Use clear or white vases. Branches add DIY drama. http://ruffledblog.com/white-lace-clouds/

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Take a Shot

Taking great photos is easy if you follow a few guidelines

1. Use the rule of thirds.

  • Split your frame into thirds vertically. If outside, the sky should be in the upper 1/3 and your subjects in the lower 2/3.
  • Split your frame into thirds horizontally. Your subject should be in 2/3 leaving 1/3 on one side.  Perfectly centered is not as appealing

2.  Look at your background

  • Light should come from in front of the subject.  Coming from behind will creat a silhouette.  Use backlight setting if need be.
  • Make sure your background colors compliment or create an interesting contrast to the colors in your subject.  If a person is wearing all black, shooting them in front of a dark hall will make them look like a floating head.  A bridesmaid dressed in a hot pink dress will clash with a brick wall background.
  • Remove any trash or debris (or other people) from the background making sure it looks clean.

3.  Get close or use zoom.

  • People have a tendency to shoot with too much “margin” in their picture.  You don’t need blank space. However, you can use objects to frame a subject, for example, a tree trunk and branch can form an upsidedown L over your subject.
  • Don’t be afraid to move your body.  Move closer if need be.

4.  Look for action or emotion.  Every good photograph tells a story.

  • Use the sports setting when shooting moving objects or children
  • You want to be able to see the expression on people’s faces in your photos.  Take close-ups of just people’s faces to show intimacy.

5.  You have automatic and digital, so take a couple of each shot.  Take one zoomed in.  Take one with a flash.  Try a few settings to make sure you get the best shot.

This shot uses rule of thirds (I'm not centered), is close enough, and shows action. However, the lady directly behind my arm creates a distracting background.

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white fondant with black designMy cousin’s wedding this Saturday was fun and modern with a black and white theme. The simplicity of the black and white kept the scene focused on fun and not formality, especially when she added just the right amount = a small amount, of hot pink and lime green. Too much pink and green would have made the wedding feel more like a Sweet Sixteen birthday party. Instead most of the decor was white: chair covers, table cloths, linens, and lights. So as not to camouflage the bride, most tables had black cloths, which also made for a party atmosphere, as well as black bows on the chairs.
white chair cover with black bow

And most of the wedding party was in black. The bridesmaids wore black dresses and carried small bouquets of hot pink roses and lime green hypericum berries, while the men wore black tuxedos and cummerbunds with lime green ties and cymbidium orchids. Added bonus, a black cocktail dress for the mother-of-the bride was not only an easy, affordable find, but she’ll be able to wear it again and again. That’s right, don’t be afraid of wearing black to a wedding anymore. It’s not only trendy, it’s practical.

A bride could easily get lost amongst all the black and white, but that is ok for a girl who doesn’t enjoy being the center-of-attention. She still caught every one’s eye as she sparkled in a white beaded gown with a large bouquet filled with white roses, hot pink roses, lime green hypericum berries, and cymbidium orchids. Her bouquet brought the entire wedding party’s ensembles together.

white round table cloth with 12 inch wide damask runner over center

Simple, modern, and elegant

Adding a deeper level to the black and white theme, my cousin used damask on the invitations, programs, table runners, cake and flower girls’ dresses.  The Damask created a fresh, trendy yet elegant vibe, perfect for a dinner/dance reception.

flower girl black and white dress

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A New Year’s Wedding

What says New Years better than champagne?  So use it everywhere: champagne bridesmaids’ dresses, champagne sash on your dress, personalized flutes as favors, bubbles instead of birdseed, champagne looking bottles filled with bubble bath in the welcome bags, strawberries on the cake or chocolate coated on the tables.

So what champagne is best to serve? IF you’re looking for quality try this blog  http://www.thewinecellarinsider.com/2010/12/champagne-tips-holiday-buys-brad-baker/

IF you’re looking for dazzle, try MArtha Stewart’s Champagne Tower!

Are you looking for a simple but stunning idea for your reception? Try a glamorous Champagne tower. Aisha Thompson (Veuve Clicquot brand manager) and John Wyatt (Tentation Potel and Chabot event director) share tips on how to recreate one for your event.

Champagne Tower How-To
1. Start with a firm, solid base for your tower (a separate table is best, with spillage tray at the base or underneath to catch any overflow.)

2. Always use coupe Champagne glasses (retro rounded saucer cups), not flutes. All of the coupe glasses in the tower should be identical. Most party rental places will have coupe glasses on hand for weddings.

3. The tower is essentially made up of successively smaller layers of squares. For example, if the bottom layer is 10 glasses by 10 glasses, the layer above that would be nine by nine, the layer above that eight by eight, and so on.

4. Make sure each glass touches the surrounding glasses. When done right, you’ll see a diamond-shaped gap between each glass.

5. When building the next layer, center the stem of the glass over the diamond openings that were created by the layer below. Gingerly fill in the layer with glasses.

6. Repeat this assembly process until there is a single coupe glass on top.

7. Once fully assembled, begin slowly pouring Champagne from the the top glass and it will trickle downward. Larger-size Champagne bottles or magnums work best here.

8. If you’re using the tower for decorative purposes only, assemble and fill with Champagne before the celebration. Then have trays filled with fresh Champagne at the base or passed to your guests.  Read more at Marthastewartweddings.com: How To Build a Champagne Tower

Other ideas include using clock faces on your invitations, kisses (for midnight) can be the Hershey’s variety, and resolutions during the ceremony.

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Choosing your color can be a hard decision. Chosing a color scheme can help you make a lot of complicated decisions but cutting down the thousands of choices to just simply hundreds. (I know, still overwhleming).  There are sooooo many gorgeous dresses, beautiful flowers, and lovely centerpieces, that having a color scheme helps you decide on each element.

Color can be your theme, your unifying element. If so think about the mood you want to set and choose accordingly.
Bold: Apple Red
Fun and Trendy: Lime  or Hot Pink and Orange
Romantic: Pink
Elegant: Champagne
Modern: Black and White
Natural:Sage Green
Shabby Chic: Brown and pink
Tropical: Orchid
Cool: Turquoise, lime green, and violet
Warm: Hot Pink, coral, and yellow
You may also want to choose your date based on what color scheme you’d like. Or, chose your color based on the season.
Christmas: Forest Green, Holiday Red, Metallic Gold
Winter: Silver, Ice Blue, Aqua, Navy blue, Deep Purple, Any combination of those
Valentine’s: Red, Pink
Spring: Pastel Pink, Soft Yellow and Gray, Baby Blue, Turquoise and Gray, Lavendar
Summer: Lemon Yellow, Grass Green, Cornflower Blue, Tiffany Blue, Coral, Magenta
Fall: Maroon, Eggplant, Orange, Gold, Purple
When choosing color, think about all of the elements needing a color decision:
1.  Bridesmaids’ dresses
2.  flower girls’ dresses
3.  Men’s ties
4.  Mother’s dresses
5.  Cake icing
6.  Your flowers
7.  Ribbon of your flowers (often florists want to use a color that blends into the flowers or the same color as your dress so the attention is on you and not a ribbon)
8.  Centerpieces
9. Flowers at the ceremony site
10. Favors
11. Invitations
12. Pre-wedding celebrations (If you don’t want your colors used at the shower or engagement party, inform the host of your wishes.  Traditionally, the wedding color is used to decorate.)

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