June 30, 2011

{Sponsored Post}: Introducing Seating Chart Boutique!

June 30, 2011
When it comes to weddings, I can't stress to you how important the idea of assigned seating is at your wedding reception. And here's why! One of my friends recently tied the knot and although I couldn't make it to her wedding, she was sure to share with me her wedding re-cap! Although her wedding day was absolutely lovely, she did have a couple of things she would have done differently if given the opportunity!

One of her biggest regrets, she said, was not having assigned seating. She said it was very chaotic not having assigned seats. Families ended up getting split up, and were sitting with old college friends. The bridal party ended up sitting at different tables. There was even one instance where a couple was split up! And although that might not seem like the end of the world, believe it or not, it's important to your guests to be seated next to the people who they are closest to.

Seating charts are a lovely way to not only tell your guests which table they are to be seated at, but they also give you the opportunity to incorporate your color palette and/or any theme that you may have. So you might be thinking to yourself, where do you even purchase seating charts? Well, I'm here to let you in on this little secret of mine. There is a shop called the Seating Chart Boutique and it's full of lovely designs!

Their collection is truly a lovely one. With 23 standard colors and 250 custom colors, they actually encourage you to request their free color palette! As we all know, colors can vary widely from monitor to monitor, but their printed charts will show you the exact colors so you can be sure you’re ordering the right color! Totally helpful, right?

Some brides choose to go with escort cards instead of seating charts. And while either option is does the job, it's important to note escort card tables look nice initially, however, once guests start picking up their cards, the display isn't as impactful and you are left with a sparse array of cards. So if you're on the fence, perhaps this will give you something to think about.

Also something important to keep in mind is that depending on the number of guests, seating charts can actually be a more cost effective alternative to escort cards. So if money is tight, you might want to consider a customized seating chart display that incorporates your personal color palette. Oh, and don't worry, if you're looking for a custom design, they do those too!

Great for any event with seating assignments — weddings, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, corporate parties, or holiday parties, the Seating Chart Boutique is your one stop shop!

What do I love most about the Seating Chart Boutique? That would definitely be the fact that they have so many color, graphics, and font choices as well as finishing options like mounting & framing! Oh, and who doesn't love a shop that has a fast turnaround time?

If you haven't figured out your seating chart already, it's definitely something that needs to go on your to-do list! Believe me, my friend is seriously kicking herself for not having worked out a seating chart. I think it's just one of those things that brides tend to push off 'til the very end of their planning and then they a lot of times never get around to it. Don't let this happen to you! Want a beautiful presentation that will 'wow' your guests? Well, then you need to stop by the Seating Chart Boutique. xo

{Color Conundrum}: Combining Shades of Red + Green?

{Cranberry, Light Sage, Camel, Taupe, Ivory + White}

Recently I had a request that can only be described as a 'color conundrum.' Lainey's problem, she told me, was that she was desperate to try to find a way to combine the colors red + green. She explained to me that she was dead set on wanting red as one of the main colors and her husband on the other hand was dead set on having some green incorporated in some way. Naturally, the concern was this combination would automatically scream 'Christmas!' So my challenge was to create a palette that incorporated green and red in some fashion and also create a look that was far from holiday inspired. So off to the drawing board I went! And here is my design! {continued...}

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Pretty Portrait + Favor Bags!

I have to admit, it's a true challenge to create a green + red palette and have it turn out not looking holiday-ish. However, I have to say that I'm pretty happy with how this turned out. What I discovered was that in order to marry these colors successfully it's important to use a deeper cranberry shade, not a traditional, bright red. Also the use of a light and creamy shade of sage green is crucial. Did you notice this is actually a new color we've added to our palette?

Now, it's true, I didn't add a lot of green into this palette. It's used very sparingly on invitations and in the floral arrangements. Oh, and you even see a little bit in the curtains featured here. This is not to say you should have curtains custom made for your wedding, ladies! Some of the ideas I'm loving in this board are the red bistro chairs, the stationery by Ruby + Willow and that adorable hand stitched ring pillow! So what do you think? Did I manage to pull it off?

And what about you? Do you have a color conundrum? If you do, be sure to stop by our request page and leave us yours! I'm looking forward to working through your 'Color Conundrums' with you! xo

June 29, 2011

{Color Me Inspired!}: Celebrating Fuchsia in Weddings!

June 29, 2011

Today I'm celebrating the color Fuchsia! I don't know about you, but I absolutely love this color. Somehow this bright + cheery hue manages to come across as both fun + romantic! When a color has the ability to do that, I'm definitely a fan!

I hope you don't mind me taking some time to celebrate this fabulous color? I just thought it might be fun to put together some new types of posts that really showcase a color in all it's glory! There's really so much you can do with fuchsia! Not sure what to pair it with? How about making it simple and pairing it with ivory and white? This type of simplicity really allows you to appreciate the bright, vibrant color that is fuchsia! Oh, and aren't you loving these bridesmaid dresses?

I'm absolutely loving the sweetheart neckline on this bridesmaid dress. And what could be sweeter than this lovely chair idea? I really adore the idea of adding a splash of color to any neutral wedding element.

Oh, and what do you think about the way that fuchsia was incorporated into this lovely invitation suite? I love the floral motif and the gorgeous calligraphy. Looking for a way to 'wow' your guests? How about choosing a signature drink in your color palette? I love the way this IZZE drink fits right into this wedding day look!

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So are there any other fuchsia lovers out there? I know I can't be the only one who is smitten with this bright shade of pink! I think when combined with the right palette, you can really use this color for any season. Of course, I mostly love it for the warmer months like Spring + Summer. By the way, how's Summer treating everyone so far? Has anybody been doing anything fun? I hope you enjoyed this new series of mine. Next week I'll be celebrating another one of my favorite colors...yellow! So check back in to see more! xo

June 28, 2011

{Palette Love}: Orange + Yellow

June 28, 2011

I don't think it's any secret that I'm all kinds of 'in love' with bright, vibrant colors like orange + yellow. Positive, uplifting, fun and modern, these are the kind of colors that make me happy. Are these colors that I would like to see everyday, for instance, in my house? No, definitely not. I think that's why they're so appealing to me. They are a far cry from the everyday colors I surround myself with. They're exciting! Looking for an unexpected palette for your Spring or Summer wedding? Consider choosing this modern & lively color palette!

1. bridal party 2. wedding cake design 3. bowls 4. calligraphy 5. invitation suite

We first shared this palette back in October of 2009...here. And although we put a Fall spin on it, and added a touch of ivory... it really surprised me in terms of the number of people who seemed to really adore this palette. I have to admit, I can definitely see why! This palette is just bursting at the seems with fun energy! Let's just say...this is definitely not your grandma's color palette. So what do you think? Is this unexpected palette catching your eye?

{Color Tip:} The best locations to use bright, vibrant colors are definitely places like beaches, destination weddings, and/or anywhere tropical! These colors also work great for any season, but are most perfect for Spring, Summer and Autumn.

So are you loving this palette? Dare to use it at your upcoming wedding? We love this fun palette and we hope you do too! Tell us all about it!

June 27, 2011

{Sponsored Post}: Introducing Bottle Your Brand!

June 27, 2011

What out-of-town bag would be complete without a couple bottles of water? You know…the kind with custom labels that actually have your names and wedding date on them? I don't know about you, but I was ALL about personalization when it came to our wedding.

I'll be honest with you...it was kind of crazy the amount of DIY projects I took on. First, it started off with wanting custom tags for my favors. Then I wanted custom labels for the family wine that I was leaving in each of my guest's rooms. Then came custom programs, coasters, dinner menus... You get the idea. I was the DIY queen! Sure I had my mom's help and what a help she was. But in the end, I had to be honest about the time I had left and the amount of projects I was trying to accomplish.

I had so many great ideas, but at the time I was also working a 9-5 corporate job, not to mention starting the Perfect Palette. Have I mentioned that I don't miss my corporate 9-5? he he! Needless to say, I had my hands full. In the end I had to realize that I could not do it all. And let me tell you...that was hard to admit.

Don't get me wrong, I did end up doing about 95 % of the DIY projects on my own. But lucky for me, I also had enough sense to delegate some of the projects to others. Especially in those last months! And that included working with companies like Bottle Your Brand!

Bottle Your Brand offers custom labels for every occasion, including labels for water, wine, and even beer in a huge variety of shapes, sizes and most importantly…colors!

What I love most about Bottle Your Brand is the fact that not only do they offer all sorts of lovely designs, but they also deal with custom designs all of the time. Let me just tell you...the art major in me loves that!!

Have a design you're already using throughout your wedding day décor? Why not carry the same motif throughout by using custom labels? Bottle Your Brand can actually take your own design and incorporate it right onto their labels. Pretty cool, right? And so easy too!

Oh, and if you’re pressed for time like most brides, they also offer a service where they will actually apply the labels to your water bottles and your water will arrive on your doorstep, perfectly labeled, and ready to go. Talk about excellent service! I can't say enough about Bottle Your Brand. They really do make it so easy. So say 'no' to yet another DIY project and say 'yes' to a little help. Because did I mention that these labels are waterproof? Yep! They sure are!

Not to burst your bubble, but printing your own labels at home on an ink jet printer might sound great on paper. But let's face it...condensation is going to make for a messy and embarrassing presentation. The minute your labels get wet...the ink is going to smear. Hate to break it to you, but runny ink is never pretty. But no worries! I invite you to hop on over to Bottle Your Brand to see all the lovely designs.

Here I'm featuring some of my favorite labels from Bottle Your Brand's collection along side some of the palettes I created to coordinate. Many of these are actually wine labels. And some of them are actually food labels! I've always loved the idea of making your own jams and adding a cute and charming label to the front of the jar!

So if you're in the market for some labels that are seriously sweet... please do yourself a favor and check out Bottle Your Brand! I promise...you'll thank me! So tell me, is there anyone else up to their elbows in DIY projects?