Archive for August, 2010

Chicago Wedding at the River East Art Center

Monday, August 30th, 2010

Definitely one of the most fun weddings we’ve had in a long time. Last Saturday we were honored to plan Jennifer and Jean Nat’s wedding at the River East Arts Center with some of our favorite vendors. We played with yellows, limes, blacks and whites for a playful but also elegant look. The clients wanted a very fun and progressive event were guests could dance, mingle, eat and enjoy libations thru out the night therefore we opted for a few food stations.

Floral and decor provided by Kehoe Designs.

We will post professional pictures at a later time. Until then, we hope you enjoy these as much as we enjoyed planning this wedding.

Quick Fire Post ~ Queen for a Day

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

Do you ever ask yourself why do brides wear something blue on their wedding day? Or why do all the guests are asked to rise when a bride walks down the aisle?

The simple answer is on their wedding day a bride gets to be “queen for a day”. Blue is the color of royalty and guests rising from their seats as a bride walks down the aisle is a way to honor her on her wedding day.

To all brides out there….Enjoy your reign as short as it may be.

Blue Soled Bridal Shoes by Christian Louboutin

Entertainment at Weddings ~ Switch it up!

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

We all love a good band or a DJ at a wedding, because let’s face it… what’s a good wedding without amazing music. But I’m here to tell you that you can switch it up at weddings and add a little more interest to your entertainment for the evening. Here are a few ideas you can steal!

A. Add performers such as fire dancers or Cirque du Soleil acrobats. You will have to take some additional precautions and take on additional insurance but it’s definitely worth it.

Fire Performers

B. Caricaturists, it’s cost effective and a great keepsake that will most likely end up on your guest’s wall vs. the garbage can with the rest of the trinkets.

C. Photobooths, we really like Shutterbooth. They bring props, in addition to a scrapbook (forget the boring sign in guest book that you will never look at in your lifetime) and they can even provide you a CD with pictures after the wedding.

D. Flipbooks, what’s old is new! It works when your guests  make small movements over 6 second duration, while the video camera captures 60 individual shots of their movement. These get printed, collated, and stapled together. The final product is your own “little story” and created in five minutes.

What other types of entertainment will you provide at your wedding?

Alice in Wonderland

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

I’ve always as myself how can we incorporate our client’s personalities into their weddings and also do something a little different from the usual. After all we want guests to say “I’ve never seen it before” or “I’ve never experienced anything like it”. Something different can be a simple as changing the shape of the tables from the usual round tables. Have you ever thought of borrowing a few ideas  from Alice in Wonderland and using long head tables and bold colors as inspiration? Here are a few pictures from a past tradeshow that may just do the trick.

Photo Credit: Barnett Photo

Going Green!

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

I was looking at past industry tradeshows and came upon a picture of this tablescape. The look of green and white is always stunning. There is a little more to this tablescape …. Notice the leaves covering the tablecloth. It’s a tablecloth made out of leaves! I certainly wouldn’t suggest you do all your tables with this treatment as it is labor intensive (and it could get costly) but do use it in one focal piece. The escort card table is one table were you should do one focal (as I like to say shock and awe) arrangement.

Photo Credit: Barnett Photo

Selecting flowers that will make it during the hot summer months

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

It is hot out there and it is always a good idea to select flowers for your bridal and bridesmaids bouquets that will stand the heat of the summer months.  Here are a few of my favorites that can take a little abuse!

Orchids ~ Just about any kind of orchids can take the hot weather.  My favorites are mokaras and denodobrium orchids.

Purple Vanda Orchids

Calla Lilies ~ Available in white, pink, mango, dark burgundy and canary yellow. The look great by themselves or as an accent to any bridal bouquet.

Red Calla Lilies Bouquet

Red Calla Lilies Bouquet

Roses ~ The mighty rose comes in every color under the rainbow. Not only it’s a hearty flower but also fragrant. It can’t get any better than that.

White Roses Bridal Bouquet

Although these flowers can take the hot weather and humidity during these summer months… be kind to them and don’t set them up for total failure.