It’s my favorite week in New York, FASHION WEEK! And there’s not another second to waste. Here are some trends that we’re seeing on the runways:
Gone are the days of champagne and soft pink hues for your Wedding Dress. Pure White is back, and it’s gorgeous if you ask me!
While everyone else is saying ‘White,’ Vera Wang is saying BLACK and BEIGE!
The skirts on these dresses are airy and have movement. Goodbye 100lb dresses!
These dresses speak for themselves. They are sexy, yet sophisticated.
I love how edgy this is. Notice how the tulle and sheer organza have ragged-looking edges which were laser cut!
Thank you Angelina Jolie!
3D Floral Detail
So feminine; I just adore these!
And there you have it, hot off the runway!
In my mind, Fall is always such an exciting time for Weddings because of the cooler weather and vibrant colors. Fortunately for this year’s Fall Brides, the current trends certainly do not disappoint.
While looking through magazines and surfing the web, there seems to be an unending amount of Ombre – everywhere from the Cake to the centerpieces, the place cards to even the Dress!
The big color trend this fall seems to be tangerine, yellow, and orange mixed with gray, gold or silver.
I’m also seeing metallic and glitter on everything, again from nails all the way to the cake.
And if you’re having trouble trying to figure out how to incorporate your most favorite bold color into your special day, take a look at this fabulous website, www.theperfectpalette.com. When my sister was getting married, this was the most resourceful tool for her. It has loads of beautiful pictures of real weddings showing how you can match even the most vibrant of colors together with softer tones that result in elegant color schemes. The possibilities seem endless. It’s a site that I love to peruse just for fun.
Cheers to Fall!
I received this picture from a recent wedding that I had the pleasure of working on, and loved the style they chose for their wedding cake so much I had to share! I love that they layered the crystal ribbon over the pink ribbon to soften the crystals and create an elegant bling look. The cake was also enhanced by a crystal beaded cake stand, specialty linen for the cake table with small beads and crystals, and matching crystal beaded votives as added decor. It is a beautiful cake table that matched an even more amazing wedding!
One trend that seems to be here to stay is the signature cocktail; which is great since everyone knows the best part of any good party is the bar!
To get started on planning your signature drink, think about what you and your honey love to drink when you go out. Signature cocktails can be made with any liquor, so you can just add your own twist to the alcohol you’re already serving. I always enjoy a wedding theme name for the drink – like the Lindstini or Monica-jito!
Here are a few of my favorite news ideas, which I found on the Martha Stewart Weddings website:
Serve the ultimate country-club libation: gimlets. Swap out vodka and Rose’s lime juice for cucumber gin, fresh lime, and simple syrup tinged with mint.
A delicious concoction of gin, lime juice, and Champagne topped off with a splash of grenadine for a pink glow. Dip the rim in lime juice and fine sanding sugar for a 1-inch-wide band of sparkle!
A sprinkling of the fruit’s juicy seeds adds bright flavor to vodka, lime, seltzer, and sugar.
Is anything more refreshing than a minty mojito? Yep, a grapefruit and mint one! Just add ruby-red grapefruit to the mix for a sweet-and-sour twist.
And don’t forget your monogrammed cocktail napkins!
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.
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!
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!
Last week I posted about Shanna and Brian’s March wedding, and mentioned their surprise flash mob orchestrated by all of the wedding guests. Shanna has provided me with the video of the flash mob, and it was so fun to watch that I had to share!
As you can see in the video, it took Shanna a while before she realized that everyone knew the dance and they weren’t all just copying her moves. Although it’s not until almost the end of the video, the look on Shanna’s face when she realized what was going on was priceless!
Thank you so much Shanna and Brian for sharing your special day with us!
After your venue has been chosen, your dress has been picked out, and you have more control of your guest list (or less control?)…..it’s time to start thinking about your menu!
I was recently reading an article in Ceremony Magazine for 2012 where they interviewed 24 Carrots Catering and Events. They had such great and fun ideas to make your menu unique! They talked about doing fusion menus to incorporate the different cultural backgrounds of both cultures and mentioned how couples these days are loving miniature versions of their favorite foods for late night snacks (think mini grilled cheese sandwiches with smoked tomato dipping sauce or a taco station).
My most favorite idea was instead of doing the traditional protein, starch, and vegetable medley for your dinner, to do gourmet mini burgers with fresh cut fries. Doesn’t that sound yummy with some truffle or parmesan added in? If you’re worried about the vegetarian crowd, you could have a vegetarian version as well with edamame and black bean veggie burgers!
Click here to read the full article.
There are so many fun things you can do with your menu if you think outside of the box. Do things that represent you as a couple, as tradition isn’t always a must have. It’s YOUR Wedding! Make your guests remember it and more importantly, keep yourselves happy!
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