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Wedding Trend: Using Pillows

Lounge furniture is fabulous for weddings of all sizes.  But it often looks awkward when not tied in to the rest of the design. So how do you make it work?

Pillows!

That’s right, just like you use pillows on your sofa at home for a pop of color,  add pillows to your lounge furniture to do the same. And even better – use them to add texture!

Creative Coverings has an easy solution – they rent pillows that match their linens! Rather than buying a bunch of pillows that may not match your home decor, rent them. The photo above is from the Creative Coverings website. What a fun look!

How could you incorporate pillows into your wedding design?

Wedding Trend: Curated Food Stations

curated food stationsRecently, I attended the National Association For Catering and Events’ Experience! 2015 Conference, where I learned about trends and techniques to enhance our events in the coming year.

The amazing celebrity event designer Colin Cowie was the keynote speaker, and I loved all the ideas he shared. One that stuck out was the use of Curated Food Stations. I know what you’re thinking – what the heck is that?!

You’re probably familiar with the concept of food stations. A mashed potato bar, a carved meat, maybe a pasta station. Now take that concept, and kick it up a notch!

Each station should be an experience for the senses.  Work with your caterer to create 2 or 3 unique items for each station. Then, add to that station an incredible wine pairing!

Food may be pre-plated on small appetizer-size china, rather than larger plates like a traditional buffet. When food is beautifully displayed, it cuts down on the lines too!

We actually got to experience this effect during the cocktail reception for 650 conference attendees. Each station had two items, pre-plated, so all you had to do was walk up and grab one! I can personally attest that it was fabulous.

Would you like to see this concept come to life at your wedding?

ABC Florida State Conference Recap #BeBoldABC

This week, I had the pleasure of working with my dear friends and fellow Master Wedding Planners Carmen Mesa of Carmen Mesa Events and Tammy Waterman of Special Moments Event Planning to produce a fabulous conference for wedding professionals. The Association of Bridal Consultants’ Florida State Conference is always a labor of love, but hearing each and every attendee walk away saying how much they had learned makes it all worth it! Here’s a little recap:

Saturday night, we treated our amazing speakers to a fun evening at Sweet Pete’s and The Candy Apple Cafe and Cocktails.

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Sunday morning kicked off with brunch, where I got to tell everyone some interesting facts about Jacksonville. (#ILoveJax)

brunch collage(thanks to Rose of Sharon European Florist for the centerpieces, Beachview Event Rentals for the chairs, and PRI Productions for the super cool Jacksonville backdrop)

general session

After brunch, we went into our general session room for lots of great educational content:

And then it was on to the poolside cocktail reception! The weather could not have been more amazing. As event planners, we always worry about the weather when planning outdoor events – especially in August in Florida! But there was not a drop of rain that day, and the breeze made the rooftop deck quite comfortable.

Omni hotel Jacksonville poolside reception

Day 2 of the conference started with a casual breakfast. How cool are these centerpieces from Rose of Sharon European Florist?

breakfast centerpieces

And the Omni Hotel Jacksonville staff created the letters “ABC” out of the parfaits!

parfaits

For Tuesday’s lunch, each speaker was assigned a table. Lauren from Ten23 Designs created these adorable signs with their names! She also made tons of other cute decor pieces that were used throughout the conference.

lunch table

Monday’s educational sessions were just as amazing as Sunday’s:

  • Meghan Ely, OFD Consulting – Attaining Expert Status: How to Become on Expert Industry Leader
  • Susan Southerland, Just Marry! – Selling to Couples at Every Planning Phase
  • Charlene Shirk, C. Shirk Productions – Pitch Perfect: How to Deliver A Great Media Interview
  • Bryan Glynn, BGPictures – Critical Website & Internet Tips for Your Business and Making $$ with YouTube
  • Donnie Brown & Steve Kemble – Social Media As Your PR Consultant (Round Table)

Sadly, it was time to say good bye to all of our friends, new and old. These little snack packs had water, chips, and sweets for the drive/flight home.

take home snack boxes

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It was an amazing (and exhausting!) three days, and I am so thankful for everyone that attended. Want to see more photos? Check out the ABC Florida Facebook page.

Wedding Trend: Two Aisles for Same-Sex Ceremonies

As same-sex couples prepare for their wedding ceremonies, the question often arises about the processional. Traditionally, a groom may enter from the side while a bride may walk down a center aisle. But what if there are two brides or two grooms? Who walks where and when?

same sex wedding ceremony
A recent trend involves creating two aisles for the couple to process down simultaneously.
  • If you are marrying in an outdoor space with lots of room to play with, the two partners could walk in from the sides to meet in the middle.
  • Or, create two sections of chairs rather than two, creating two aisles from back to front.
  • If escorts will be walking the couple down the aisle(s), consider having an extra-wide aisle for both pairs to walk down together. This is a great symbol of families uniting together.
The great thing about personalizing your wedding ceremony is that it can be a true reflection of your relationship. There are no strict rules – get creative!

Wedding Trend: Glam It Up!

Purple glam wedding

Adding shiny and sparkly elements to celebrations is a continuing trend! Whether you want an over-the-top  bling-fest, or subtle touches of gold or silver, add a touch of glam to any color palette or theme.

Are you drawn to pale pink, blush, ivory? These are the perfect colors to add gold accents to.  If you are going for a blend of cobalt, teal and navy, add some rhinestone touches to brighten it up.

How are you adding metallics or bling to your wedding?