Archive for May, 2012
Memorial Day Weekend is the unofficial start of summer for us here in Southern California, and with a day off during the week I find myself wanting to just be lazy and lounge around the house. Of course I’m indulging myself with wedding stuff on my day off, but sometimes I just can’t help it!
I ran across this darling wedding on Green Wedding Shoes and thought you might enjoy photos of these brightly colored parasols to get you in the mood for summer too! If you’re planning a summer wedding, what better of a wedding favor to give your guests than parasols? Not only will they help to keep your guests cool under the warm summer sun, but they’ll add an explosion of color to your photos!
Although I was unable to find out where they got their paper parasols from on the Green Wedding Shoes post, I did located some that look very similar on Luna Bazaar: www.lunabazaar.com/paper-parasols.
I first met Mindy Weiss, famous event planner and wedding planner to the stars, while working at The Beverly Hills Hotel earlier in my career. Over the years, I have seen both her business and brand explode! She is the undisputed expert in weddings in our area, if not the country.
I was excited to find out recently that Mindy now has an online store, where you can shop for some of the most adorable wedding items!
My favorite is this stunning cake knife set…
There’s also the book The Flower Girl, which makes a perfect gift for your little flower girls…
And there adorable something blue I Do stickers for the bottom of your shoes…
While you’re shopping– don’t forget to drop a copy of The Wedding Book into your shopping cart.
With so many decisions to make and opinions to consider, not to mention trying to stay true to your budget, you’ll love the gracious and spot-on advice that Mindy shares in this book, which is worth every penny of the reasonable $20 price tag!
In Mindy’s words “talk to any happily married couple about their wedding day and I can guarantee you that it’s not the lukewarm entrée or the stutter during the vows they remember, but the ecstatic feeling of committing for life to the person they love, and having all their closest friends and family gathered to witness it.”
One of the important things our brides are looking for when selecting a wedding venue is that it’s all inclusive. To be convenient for both themselves and their guests, they look for a venue where all of their activities can take place in one location.
Although our enchanting gardens and historic ballrooms are great selling points for having a wedding here, we do offer another great benefit that sometimes can be overlooked: The Huntington Spa! The Huntington Spa recently launched an entire bridal menu, designed to fit not only you and your fiancée’s needs, but those of your bridal party, family and guests as well.
The Huntington Spa has a talented staff of seasoned practitioners in our onsite salon for your hair, makeup and mani/pedi needs for the big day. And the best part? They’re located here on property, so you have access to everything you need in one location. Plus, complimentary champagne is provided for all bridal and wedding party treatments!
There’s no better gift for your fiancée than a 60-minute Huntington Signature Massage and a Spa Manicure – perfect for those many hours of down time before the wedding. When the attention is all on you, he will feel loved, pampered, refreshed and ready for the big day!
We are also happy to arrange a delightful brunch, lunch or afternoon tea to be added to your spa experience, to make it a true all inclusive event.
Click here for The Huntington Spa’s Bridal & Wedding Party Menu
There was a great article recently in the LA times about eclectic wedding florals. Jennifer McGaqrigle, owner of Floral Art in Venice said “flowers never go out of style, but the way they are arranged can look dated.” She goes on to say that “a long cascading Princess Diana bouquet would not exactly be hip or modern” and that “curly willow coming out of an arrangement and reaching to the sky would be way over the top” at a wedding today.
Alyson Fox of Levine Fox Events seems to agree, saying “floral designers are using texture and color in ways they have never done in the past.”
We see so many amazing floral designs at the hotel every weekend that I think we may be somewhat jaded by the constant creativity that surrounds us. What impresses me is when a bride selects a florist based on their reputation and then completely turns over the design elements to her professional.
The results can be remarkably memorable, as evident in the images below:
Florists Referenced in this Post:
Floral Art - http://www.floralartla.com/
Tic-Tock Couture – http://www.tictock.com/
Little World Design – http://www.littleworlddesign.com/
R. Jack Balthazar - http://rjackbalthazar.com/home.html
Yifat Oren & Associates - http://yifatoren.com/events_los_angeles_verdant.html
Are you looking to spice up your wedding reception in a fun and unique way? If so, you may want to consider adding a creative action station to your wedding menu.
The Langham Huntington can offer a variety of unique and fun stations that are sure to be the hit of any party. The Chefs are also more than willing to customize a station based on your preferences, so let the creative juices start flowing!
One of the most popular recent additions to a traditional Cocktail Hour has been our Sushi and Sashimi Station, which is run by an authentic Sushi Chef. This is always a great way to start the party and to get the guests talking!
Another unique twist on the typical plated dessert, or now common dessert station, would be to have a dessert action station after dinner. The Chefs at The Langham have created the new Sweet Surrender Menu which features a variety of new dessert station ideas. The Crepe Station has quickly become a hit with our couples!
An interactive Dessert Station is a great way to make a lasting impression on your guests and have them talking about your wedding for years to come! Be sure to check out the new Sweet Surrender Menu for other great options, or feel free to speak to your Langham Meetings and Special Events Manager about customizing a station with the Chefs. What ideas will you come up with?
As summer quickly approaches, Fuchsia and Taupe are beginning to stand out as one of the top color combinations for Brides and Grooms everywhere! These two hues complement each other perfectly, while giving you that burst of color that is appropriate for summer months, yet still maintaining a classy and sophisticated elegance.
This color duo allows you to keep that refined simplicity in the table linens and arrangements, and then really showcase the burst of fuchsia in the floral arrangements.
When it comes to flowers in this color palette, the choices are extremely diverse. There are so many options! For a less dramatic color choice, you may also consider combining bright fuchsia florals with other lighter pink options to make stunning arrangements.
A simple spray-rose boutonniere is a nice option to make a big color statement when set against a Taupe or pale khaki jacket. This is sure to go over well with the Groom as well, since although it is “pink,” it is still masculine and vibrant.
Specialty drinks are another common area to infuse your color scheme for the wedding. Instead of going with a more traditional fuchsia or pink specialty drink, why not consider doing a Taupe colored specialty drink and then possibly providing a fuchsia napkin or garnish? It would be a unique and fun twist on this tradition! A White Russian is just one idea of a Taupe drink, but have your Beverage Specialists help you create a custom cocktail to fit your personalities and color scheme! The possibilities are endless!
While paying a visit to one of my favorite wedding blogs, Kiss the Groom, I discovered another amazing blog, Inspired by This! Inspired by This is where I found Katrina + Zak’s awesome love shoot taken by Heather Kincaid at Oldfields Liquor Room in Culver City.
I LOVE the vintage 50’s theme!
To view the entire inspiring shoot, click here.
And when you’re done being inspired, head on over to Ruche Blog, where they share tips on how to choose a wedding photographer!
Flipping through wedding magazines, it’s not hard to figure out that lace is 2012’s most current trend, and I can’t believe how much I’m loving it! I’ve never particularly been a fan of lace, but I have seen so many fun and whimsical ways to incorporate it into your décor…
What’s really great about lace is that it matches so well with the rustic feel, which is also trending now. Pairing the two makes a really cool country-chic design!
And don’t be afraid to break out the cowboy boots to add some extra fun with this trend!
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