Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Studio Wed - What's Up in Fall Table Trends

Studio Wed creates some wonderful inspiration boards. I couldn't wait to share these adorable fall table trends with you that Peachtree Weddings out of Atlanta created. She is a vendor member of Studio Wed and at the grand opening in August, she created this incredible tablescape. Enjoy the beautiful elements brought to you by the following Studio Wed Atlanta


Thanks to Andrea Taylor Studio for capturing all the details!

Contributing Vendors:

Flowers - Tulip

Linens - I Do Linens

China - Owen Lawrence

Cake - Sugarplum Visions

Stationery - Ink & Paint

Rentals - Event Rentals Unlimited

Apple Favors - Dreamy Gelato & Chocolates

Table Design - Lemiga Events

Table Coordination & Set Up - Peachtree Weddings

Happy Planning, and look for more inspiration ahead!

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Birthday Parties!!

Simply a Perfect Planning Day! I always enjoy attending a good party. What I enjoy even more is PLANNING/COORDINATING a great party!. This weekend I'm excited about the 45th Birthday of LORNA! and a Soothing Saturday Evening with Shay, "Partying with Parkey". Both invitations were created around a theme and that theme will carry on throughout their events. For those attending, it's going to be a fantastic party weekend!!! Look for photo's soon after the partying ends.

I'm sure most have had the opportunity to view the show "Sweet 16", well Simply Perfect Peace has the distinct honor of planning a high end celebration February, 2010. Cant give away too many details, but believe me when I say it's going to be a very fashionable event. So... since I cant reveal their details, out of the fun of what the Sweet 16 represents my birthday party posting inspiration comes from a very swanky Sweet 16 that was featured a while back on The Knot's sister site PartySpot.

Real Parties: South Beach Sweet 16

Whatever event you're planning, make the invite entice people to want to come. This invite set off the tone for aquas, Miami Beach vibe, and a lounge feel.

The party was held at Studio 450 in New York City, which covered the entire top floor of the building, complete with a wraparound terrace and amazing floor-to-ceiling windows.

I love taking a theme, like crystals, and using them in all spots possible.

Two of Nora’s favorite colors, pink and blue, set the tone for the party. One side of the venue was drenched in cool blue tones with ice, crystals, water accents, and blue and white flowers.

Use your colors in all ways possible, especially with lighting. Lighting has such an incredible look and creates pictures with depth.

Opposite the blue side, the hot pink area was ultrafeminine and overflowed with feathers, jewels, billowy fabric, and chandeliers. It also had a hidden area that featured a long banquet table where guests could eat and relax.

To capture all the memories of the night, a photo booth was on hand, which also projected the pictures onto a wall so everyone could see them. The birthday girl got to take home a bound book of all the photos from her amazing Sweet 16.

Bartenders made mocktinis including virgin mojitos, pina coladas, daiquiris, cosmos, and more. Each was topped off with a hot pink straw.

Even though it's a Sweet 16, bartenders created "mocktini's" for the teenagers. You could carry that over into your wedding or event where alcohol will not be used. It creates a fun vibe and you can incorporate your favorite flavors or the events colors.

This display of favorite candies at a bat mitzvah might be a dentist‘s worst nightmare -- or a 13-year-old‘s dream come true!

Fun favors like the Candy Bar are always a hit! Invite your guests to go home with a little momento of their evening.

photo by Cain Creative Photography

Portraits are a great way to personalize any event. Have a 16x20 at the entrance of your event (because it is all about you) and afterwards take the portrait and hang it on your favorite wall to last forever.

No matter what type of event you're planning, birthday party, shower, wedding, always personalize. It lets your guests know that you're celebrating who you are and allowing them to be apart of it!

Source: Partyspot.com

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Monday, October 19, 2009

Mini Wedding Cakes..

Happy Monday..

I was watching the wedding channel and they did a segment on miniature wedding cakes. How much fun is that? Mini wedding cakes look so impressive as wedding table decorations. Miniature wedding cakes can be individually packed in a clear boxed or served as wedding dessert at the wedding reception.

When mini cakes are beautifully boxed and decorated with ribbon, they make very elegant wedding favors, the perfect sweet treat for your wedding guests to take home. A lovely token of thanks and remembrance for your special day.

If you're not concerned about cost, you can have your miniature wedding cakes made to look like a miniature version of your larger wedding reception cake. Your miniature cake favors will be the talk of the party.

Enjoy some photo ideas..

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Friday, October 16, 2009

2010 Here We Come!!!

Good day! I know I just posted about what's up for 2009 FALL but 2010 is right around the corner and many of my brides are deep into their planning process. I figured I'd share some trends for the upcoming year. The more things change, the more they stay the same!

With Bridezillas, Platinum Weddings and the more, Weddings have taken on a whole new world of their own in the past decade. Now weddings are all about the biggest, most extravagant this and that, it’s overwhelming. All of this has made the wedding industry a multi-billion dollar wedding planning industry so like every other big business industry it has developed trends that change from year to year. These trends include everything from the day of attire to flowers, colors, styles of photography, favors and invitation designs. Like cars, the wedding trends for the coming year tend to emerge during the beginning to middle of the current year. As previously posted, the trends for 2009 included purple and teal as popular colors, brides wearing no veils, wedding parties with more groomsmen then bridesmaids and email invitations. This year the trends have once again changed, here’s a look at some of the hottest wedding related items, themes and styles for 2010. (this by no means is saying what you choose is right or wrong, just what's going on iright now..)

1. Traditionally, first time young brides wear white, while frequently second marriages and older women will wear ivory or some off white color to their wedding. Etiquette currently says any color goes. NEWS ALERT! Sassy is back! Brides are showing some skin.
Off-the-shoulder dresses – So feminine, dropped boat neck looks, highlighting upper shoulders and clavicle are revealing without being raunchy. They can go from symbolic sleeves on what was a strapless dress to being part of the bodice design.
  • Sheer fabrics – while lace was very 2009, 2010 is tulle and net. Over your skirt or your whole dress, sheer fabrics add texture and make for a romantic, princess-like look, as predicted by famous designer Vera Wang.

2. Local destination weddings/Destination weddings are usually thought of as exotic and tropical getaways where air travel is absolutely necessary. Not anymore. Now couples are opting for weekend getaways within a couple hours of their home. These weekend cruises and bed and bath style destinations are making it easier for more guests to attend and cutting down the costs of having a destination wedding.

3. The wedding veil has returned. While the long veils still aren’t in fashion just yet, short and birdcage style have made a comeback and are a sweet addition to that shortened dress look.
4. Instead of bold and bright colors the newest thing is metallic colors. Think silver, grey, steel blue, gold and darkened rust. They can be elegant or dressed down for a more casual affair. How you use the colors is completely up to you.

Gone are the traditional roses and in their place are vine bouquets and plant or greenhouse centerpieces. With the green movement has come a responsible form of decorating and use of more natural plants commonly found in the wild not in florist shops.

The Southern tradition of having a groom’s cake which symbolizes something he loves or a favorite hobby is back. These cakes are usually custom made creations and make for great photos. Traditionally the bride surprises the groom with the cake but nowadays anything goes!

7. For shoes and accessories, the bolder-is-better motto runs strong. The goal is to create a high-impact, dramatic ensemble whether you're a bridesmaid or the mother of the bride, and the top color schemes in the shoe and accessory department are bright orange, hot pink, red and black, and turquoise. For the 2010 wedding season, you can go overboard with accessories designed with over sized gemstones, glistening sequins and large pearls.

sources: brides.com, in-style weddings

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Fall Trends

This is fun for me because I love COLOR! Thanks to the many collective minds for putting these color patterns together.

For winter, consider a less-is-more approach to your color palette: Silver and white with crystal accents can add some serious glamour to your winter wedding. For your ceremony, try a white velvet aisle runner trimmed with white satin ribbon, or decorate the altar with a crystal curtain backdrop adorned with hanging strands of elegant white phalaenopsis orchids.

This first one is American Beauty. A a natural choice during uncertain times. Patriotic American Beauty is a wonderfully balanced true red and speaks to the need for cohesiveness. It is perfect for all skin tones and most certainly a feel-good color.

PROMINENT COLORS are Translucent Reds, Purples and Magentas with some hints of Deep Crimsons and Resonant Purples, Creams and Dusty Mustards, Cool Ocean Blues, Turquoise and Greens with hints of Black.

Purple Heart, which is my FAVORITE and connotes a sense of refinement and sensuality, adding an air of creativity and excitement to the top 10 color palette, especially when paired with American Beauty.

PROMINENT COLORS to incorporate into your wedding are lush saturated shades paired with earthy neutrals like Merlot and Deep Plum with Raven and Gilt.

A warmer and more subdued Honey Yellow which carries the 2009 color of the year, PANTONE 14-0848 Mimosa, through to fall and winter with its warm and golden tones. Pairing Honey Yellow with Purple Heart, will surely add a surprising flair to your fall wedding colors. Or, if you want, for a more typical fall combination, group Honey Yellow with Burnt Sienna and Iron together.

PROMINENT COLORS are Golden Topaz, Warm Onyx, Smoky Quartz, Jade, Garnet and Cool Carnelian with the MOST IMPORTANT COLOR being Smoky Quartz which adds warmth to highlight the other colors in your fall wedding.

Use Creme Brulee, a grayed-down beige, and Nomad, which bridges the gap between beige and light gray and also speaks to the need for timeless neutrals. All three classics can stand alone or serve as anchors when paired with other colors in your Wedding.

PROMINENT COLORS are Black with pop colors like White, Fuchsia, Lilac and Grape tones of Purple, Mint Green, Burnt Orange and Electric Blue

MOST IMPORTANT COLOR is Black which is the perfect background for pops of vibrant and warm color and is eminently wearable and simultaneously edgy and polished for a 2009 fall wedding.

This would not be complete without a seasonal favorite like Burnt Sienna which is a deepened and earthy shade of orange, reminiscent of an autumn sunset. Pair this warm and versatile hue with Nomad and Rapture Rose for a different twist.

The PROMINENT COLORS are classic textured Black and Moonlight, accented by smoky and cool Celadon Green and a cold Brick Red.

Adding spark to the fall wedding palette, Rapture Rose. It artfully captures the vibrancy of fuchsia and the softness of pink. The addition of Rapture Rose will enliven the more traditionally subdued wedding fall hues. Remember to look for it in cosmetics as well as bridal clothing and accessories.

Another trend, like the olive in a martini, Warm Olive which is a rich yellow-green and adds a touch of elegance and sophistication to the fall wedding. When combined with other colors, this tangy and intriguing hue makes all other colors come alive.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Holiday Party Planning Tips

It's the time of year when families and friends get together to celebrate the holiday's. So I thought I'd help you out with a few tips on setting a great table!!! ENJOY

1. Start your table with a lovely linen to cover the length of the table. (A 10-15 inch drop around the table is recommended). Cotton, silk, and Linen tablecloths are used for more formal settings while cotton/polyester blends are used for casual dining. NOT PLASTIC!!! There are many economical local linen companies that can accommodate this need.

Arrange dinner plates in the center of each guests dining area and garnish the plate with a folded cloth napkin (unless you are serving a salad or soup dish, you may place the napkin to the far left of your serving). For the centerpiece, it is important that your guests can easily see each other from across the table. You don't want them straining to see other guests or feel "blocked" out of the conversation. I recommend a display of unscented candles (making sure the wick is below eye level), greenery/small floral arrangements, or any decorative holiday delights.

2. When it comes to the utensils, forks to the left, knives and spoons to the right is the old saying. Here is a more detailed description of the place setting. Always start utensils about 1 inch from the edge of the table. For a more casual setting, starting from the left side of the guests setting, you will have a dinner fork, salad fork, plate with napkin folded on top, butter knife, and spoon. For a more formal setting you may have from left to right again, a folded cloth napkin, fish fork, dinner fork, salad fork, dinner plate with soup or salad dish setting inside, dinner knife, fish knife and soup spoon. Place the desert spoon or fork directly behind your plate parallel to the setting. Your bread plate is off the left adorned with a butter knife. Your goblets off to the right side of the setting starting with the water goblet, red wine goblet and white wine goblet. Remember that if you are not serving wine, you will eliminate those goblets from your table settings, as well as any utensils that will not be needed. If you leave unneeded utensils on the table, your guests may become confused causing unnecessary embarrassment.

3. Before your guests arrive, water goblets are the only glass to be pre-filled and salad and/or bread should be the only food to be set on the table. If you choose to have music at your dinner party, choose something that compliments the experience you are creating for your guests and keep the volume low.

4. Lastly, hire a qualified planner to orchestrate the above, greet your guests with a warm welcome and allow YOU, the hostess to be seated and enjoy! Cheers:}

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Simply Perfect Perfect Peace and Designs by Shay in conjunction with Cain Creative Photography is offering a special on our Day of Coordination AND Social Events services for the months of November, December January and February. We are offering a combined (event & photography special) $200 discount for all Chicago and surrounding suburbs!! This package will consist of:
-2 hours of in-person consultation to develop a time line for your event day and discuss details and vendors. Email and phone conversations can occur as needed!
-Send the timeline to your vendors so they are aware of the schedule.
- create custom made invitations
- manage guest list
- contact event vendors to confirm their services (linen, caterer, etc)
- create floor plan with venue and seating chart (if applicable)
- arrange for additional assistants so you and your guests are able to enjoy
- Overseeing, setting up, managing, orchestrating, trouble-shooting, and assisting to make your special event go smoothly!
- Prepare a bridal party letter to inform your bridal party members of where they need to be and when for the weekend.
- We will contact all of your wedding vendors 7-10 days prior to the wedding to confirm their services.
- We will oversee and manage your ceremony rehearsal.
- We are there on your wedding day for 8-10 hours. Overseeing, setting up, managing, orchestrating, trouble-shooting, and assisting to make your wedding day go smoothly!
These jobs are often assigned to friends and family…but why make them work at your wedding. They want to have fun and be stress-free. Sometimes the bride is even running around on the day of her wedding deal with the details. Have confidence in your day by knowing that someone else knows all of your details and can ensure they are in place and ready to go…just as you have envisioned them. You have been planning for months and want to enjoy your hard work coming together. We are professionals that do this just about every weekend of the year!
Mention this post for your discounted price. We will only be taking one wedding and one social event per weekend during this time! Call or email us today to set up a free consultation- 708-872-SHAY (7429) spatrice@perfectpeace.biz.
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Destination Weddings

Destination Weddings are about memories. The wedding couple will have theirs, and the guests will have theirs. Since its a more intimate occasion, and usually in an incredible location, there are many things that couples and guests tell me that they remember.

What are the usual things that people remember after a DW? (in no particular order):

1. Water. You see it in all the photos, the water at many destinations makes for an incredible backdrop - the colors are incredible.

2. Surroundings. Again, most destinations have something interesting around the destination wedding package location. It may be as simple as just a gorgeous beach, or tropical canopies, etc.

3. The wedding officiant. Most couples choose to use an officiant at the destination that is included in their destination wedding package, which I HIGHLY recommend. They bring a great local "flair" to everything and really make it special. Most of them are extremely personable and really love what they do, which comes out in their ceremonies.

4. Sandals has a nice wedding/honeymoon package. Planning your Honeymoon? Discover Sandals 11 all-inclusive resort destinations in the Caribbean


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