Six.Ways.To.Save

I came across a wonderful article on In Style Weddings. 6 Chic Decor Ideas (or 6 Ways to Save). Fabulous ideas that I couldn’t pass up on informing my readers. Enjoy!

Be Flexible on Flowers

You’ve just discovered the centerpiece of your dreams is prohibitively expensive. No matter. Think about the color, height and texture you’d like and ask your florist to suggest another option. French tulips may be your first choice, but gladioli would give you a similar look for half the price, says Jung Lee of Fete, an N.Y.C. planning service. And remember, you can get away with fewer stems if you display them dramatically. Rent tall containers, fill them with water, and submerge a few French tulips, cymbidium orchids or amaryllis, or a branch of berries inside, says Bill Heffernan of Chicago’s Flowers by Heffernan Morgan.

Go for the Glow

Candles are one of the simplest and least expensive ways to enhance the ambience in a room. However, the cost of tall, thick pillar candles can add up quickly, often running $10 to $20 each, says Heffernan. He advises making the most of votives, which are significantly less pricey. If you wear a dress without a train, you can even use votives in glass hurricanes to line the aisle, suggests Lee. “They give off beautiful light as the bride walks in.”

Work Your Theme

Whether it’s something as straightforward as the season, a theme gives your wedding a cohesive look while limiting your choices—both of which can end up saving you money, says N.Y.C. planner Marcy Blum. A theme also provides a springboard for finding alternatives to expensive big-day items. For example, a full bar can tack zeros onto your total bill. Instead, try serving only a few cocktails, along with wine and soft drinks. For a wedding with a vintage feel, old-fashioned but hip rum drinks, such as mojitos and Havana coolers, provide a sophisticated twist on the signature cocktail.

Stick to a Favorite Hue

On any budget a monochromatic color scheme can pull a room together, adding up to a result that depends less on individual elements than on the overall look. Few will notice, for instance, if the pink flowers are carnations and chrysanthemums instead of more expensive roses or peonies, as long as the other similarly hued details work well together. “Using a beautiful pale pink tablecloth, napkins and flowers can look more powerful and substantial than having several colors,” says N.Y.C. planner Jennifer Brisman.

Economize on Favors

During dinner have the staff set up a table with your favorite desserts, along with extra servings that guests can box and take home. “I’m partial to dessert buffets,” planner Marcy Blum says, “and people are just tickled by them.” For a few recent New York City weddings, Blum gathered goodies—including cookies, cupcakes, cream puffs and key lime tarts—from local bakeries the couples liked to frequent. To dress up and personalize the boxes, have stickers printed with your names and wedding date, and tie packages with ribbon.

Use Recycled Cards

Send postcards that evoke the theme or locale of your wedding, instead of save-the-date cards, planner Yifat Oren says. If you’re getting married at a resort or historic inn, inquire whether there are postcards of the site that you could buy or have for free. (Blank vintage cards, available online and at flea markets, make especially charming choices but cost a bit more.) Either handwrite the essentials on the back or use a laser printer.
{credits: article from in style weddings, photos by: charles schiller}

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Andrew Firestone & Ivana Bozilovic – Celebrity Wedding

Being that I’m a HUGE fan of the Bachelor & Bachelorette reality shows I couldn’t think of anything better than to feature Andrew Firestone’s wedding details. The wedding took place on July 5th at Crossroads, the Firestone family home in Los Olivos, California. And Mi Belle Photographers sure know how to capture an event such as spectacular as this…

Just before Andrew and Ivana became man and wife, the ushers handed out lyrics to Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ On a Prayer” and the entire congregation serenaded the couple as they departed the church. The bride wore a stunning ivory Reem Acra silk A-line gown with a low-cut back and lace-illusion antique gold embroidery on the bodice. While Andrew showed off his custom-made suit by Tom James.

Her bouquet was created by florist Mindy Rice of Mindy Rice Floral Designs, which consisted of delicate lily of the valley, garden rose, peony, ranunculus, hydrangea and gardenias. A stunning grouping of flowers if I’ve ever seen. During the reception they served their family’s Sauvignon Blanc. Tonya Szele of Soigne Productions was their wedding planner and she created a fabulous warm event. She turned the Pole Barn into an elegant indoor/outdoor ballroom.

The tables were adorned in ivory satin linens… and five chandeliers were suspended above the head table using drop chains wrapped with Tiffany-blue fabric. The guest tables were decorated with alternating tall and short vases overflowing with white hydrangeas. The perimeter was covered in ivory chiffon fabric, which opened up on one side revealing an outdoor dance beneath a 100-year-old oak tree.

The L.A. All Stars performed David Grey’s “This Year’s Love,” to celebrate the couples first dance as husband & wife. It looked like a lovely event.

{credits: photography: mi belle inc, images & wedding info: in style weddings}

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Fashionable.Bouts

Who said the groom doesn’t have to be fashionable & hip…In Style Weddings shows you exactly how to add some chic style to the men’s boutonnieres. Jo Gartin has created some interesting bouts that any man will be proud to wear on the special day.

{credits: design: jo gartin, images: instyle weddings, photos: pornchai mittongtare}

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Guest.Blogger.Wishpot

Working with Christine from Wishpot has been amazing. We will be doing monthly write-ups on Wishpot and we couldn’t be more thrilled with the growing relationship.

Come check us out on Wishpot!!!

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Kristen & George – Featured Wedding

I came across this beautiful & elegant wedding at Casey Cunningham Photography…and immediately fell in love with the way it was photographed. This wedding was their featured wedding so I had to feature it on our site. A classic ivory wedding never goes out of style…

{images & wedding featured on casey cunningham}

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Shower.Bow.Bouquet

Don’t know how to organize those wonderful bows from the bridal shower? Well Organize.com has just the solution…

Now you can throw away that paper plate with holes in it that you’ve been using all this time!

{purchase for $13.49 at Organize.com}

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Premier.Invitations

You receive a package…it’s a wedding invitation…but not just any invitation, but a stunning and unique creation by Bella Invites. You know the bride has put extra thought into this event with an invitation like this. I came across this vendor and was amazed by what they create. Elaborate designs, jewel embellishments…everything you would want to see from an invitation designer. I absolutely fell in love with their creations and I know you will too…

{invitations available at: bella invites}

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Sinfully.Red – IB #18

A wonderful color palette is red & aqua..it’s bold, bright & modern. Bring fire & ice together to create a spectacular event…

{credits: top table setting: martha stewart, right centerpiece: la partier events, bouquet: the knot, dress: jim helm, middle table setting& cake: martha stewart, bout: the knot, invitation: jean m, lower left images: martha stewart}

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Sky.Is.The.Limit – IB #17

What do you get when you combine a loft studio with a wonderful design team? A spectacular wedding!

Artfool Designers combined with Sky Studios in NYC created a chic and elegant wedding with pink, brown & ivory accents…

{images: artfool}

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Our.Favorite.Favors

So cute…so unique…and can be useful. Here are a few of my favorite favors…ones that I particularly wouldn’t mind getting…Check out Estilo Weddings top sellers with prices as low as $.99!

{check out items at estilo weddings}

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An.Indian.Affair – IB #16

I truly love the spectacular colors of an Indian Wedding. Artfool Designs created this amazing wedding at Tribeca Rooftop that popped and at the same time made you feel warm inside. Check out this inspiration real wedding.

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Add.Some.Light

Paper lanterns are a stylish item to add to any event. Bring some glow into a room or add them to a table to make a striking centerpiece. Estilo Weddings has vibrant lanterns in plain colors or with patterns. These lanterns can become a wonderful alternative to floral centerpieces.

{lanterns: estilo weddings – $7.95}

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From.Grocery.To.Isle

Don’t think that you can’t create an amazing bridal bouquet yourself. Not only can you take pride in the fact that you are walking down the isle with an original made by you…but it’s budget conscious as well! Your local grocery store can be a great place to pick up a few flowers and with just some wire, green floral tape & a beautiful ribbon bought at your local craft store…you can create a stunning bouquet for a quarter of the price. Real Simple Weddings shows you exactly how this can be done. Here are a few examples…

{images: real simple weddings}

Type.Of.Bride – IB #14

Are you a classic, modern or global bride?

{reception, cake, bout, napkin, bouquet & bell: theknot}

{Estilo Classic Items}

{images: the knot}

{pillow, candle holder & guestbook: estilo weddings}

{first & third row images: theknot}

{second row: estilo wedding global items}

At.The.Hill – IB #13

Wave Hill offers some incredible views and a wonderful place to hold a wedding. The location has incredible gardens to take pictures in and an old world feel to the indoor venue with Cathedral Ceilings and rich wood interiors. Artfool Designs shows you that even with a historical building you can make it modern and fresh.

Get.Creative – IB #12

Hatch Creative Studios brings to life..sophistication & creativity to their floral design…Here are a few inspirational pieces that I wanted to share…

Gift.For.Maids

Want to give your girls a gift that they’ll wear again even after the big event? Jennifer Fisher creates fashion forward charm necklaces that your bridesmaids will absolutely love. Customize the chain you want and the charms for a real personalized approach to your gift.

{charms available @ jennifer fisher}

{charms featured in sex and the city movie}

Up.Top.Wedding – IB #11

Artfool Designers sure know how to throw a party. Tribeca Rooftop was the wedding location and with it’s clean modern palette Artfool had a clean slate to make this wedding just feel like you were floating on air.

Southern.Comfort.Wedding – IB #10

Randomly going through to get inspired I came across Southern Weddings, their wedding of the week was fabulous, looked lively & comfortable I had to share their inspirational board with my readers.

{image from southern wedding}

{vendors: claxton farms, cake: cakes by jane, photographer: tine hofmann}

Wedding.Day.Makeup

VOW Weddings exclusive makeup artist Michelle of Wedding Makeup by Michelle was kind enough to share some of her professional makeup expertise with us. So we wanted to post this wonderful article she wrote.

What bride doesn’t want to be simply gorgeous on her wedding day?!

With all the effort going into one of the most special days of your life, one of the most crucial details, after the gown itself, is the bride’s makeup and hair.

So many ideas, where to begin?! First think about the basic elements of the wedding day. The season in which you will be getting married (hot, humid summer or crisp winter) and the time of day of the reception (morning or evening) and last but not least, the style of your gown. Are you wearing a full ball gown with crystal embellishments, or sleek and simply classic? How will you be wearing your hair? Swept up do or long and cascading?

I think the best bet is to strike a balance between head and body. A full gown/ evening wedding needs a bit more detail and glamour with makeup. Try a false lash to add sexiness and focus to the eyes. An extra drop of blush or gloss will make you glow in the pictures! Don’t be afraid to go a bit more than your everyday look. This is a special (expensive!) day, why not try something new?

Try the makeup and hair looks, in the season of which you are getting married. If its summer and your wedding during the winter, your skin tone and texture will change with the climate. No use trying to straighten your hair in the heat of the summer. Ideally 2 to 3 months before the wedding is best. You can reserve a trial date with a makeup artist and hairstylist before hand, some days are booked faster than others, you may want to start your search 6 months in advance.

Don’t forget about skincare. Even the most natural of brides can benefit from simple, inexpensive skincare products. Try getting in the good habit of using an eye-cream, moisturizer, and exfoliant. Exfoliation is the key to smooth, youthful and glowing skin. I am wild about the St. Ives apricot scrub, found in most drugstores, and a steal at under $5. Keep it in the shower to remind yourself to use it. Try switching to an AHA or equivalent acid based skincare cream at night, to renew and refine the skin. You will wake up to new, fresh, smoothed skin each day.

No need to look or feel overly made up! Airbrush foundation, either professionally applied or store bought, in aerosol form, is one of the biggest break through in makeup today. It feels nearly weightless and doesn’t look cakey or mask like. It lasts longer and requires little to no maintenance, one less thing to worry about on your wedding day, is a good thing! Don’t forget to switch to waterproof formulas for makeup lasting power. Even if you swear you are not going to get emotional, one look at a family member with tears in their eyes is all it takes to start a river!

Most importantly, enjoy your special day; you worked so hard to make a beautiful one!

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