monogram etiquette

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

wedding monogram

Monograms are a staple in the south. You’ll see them on cars (yes, cars), pillow cases, embroidered cocktail napkins, and, of course, at weddings. But, did you know that it is a breech of etiquette to use a “duo-gram” (a monogram that uses the bride and groom’s first name initials and the initial of his last name) on any printed materials prior to your marriage? A duo-gram should be reserved for printed materials following the ceremony (cocktail napkins at the reception, like above, or thank you notes). If you’d like to use a monogram on your invitation or programs, it is most appropriate to use the initials of the bride and groom’s first names (see the wooden stirrer above for an example).

photo by Melissa Musgrove via Martha Stewart Weddings

organizing your day of list

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

day of wedding organization

Organizing your day of deliveries is one of the most important things you can do to prepare for your wedding weekend, especially if you’re having a large event with lots of moving parts. When we work with clients, we create a detailed production spreadsheet that lists each item coming into the event. Each and every single item that is needed for the ceremony or reception is captured on our spreadsheet along with all pertinent details. For smaller events with less production, you don’t need an elaborate spreadsheet, but you do need to communicate who is responsible for all items during their life at the reception so there is no confusion during installation or at the end of the night.

Photo: loving the way these items are organized via martha stewart weddings; also love these day of organization tips from Ritzy Bee

clever ceremony send-offs

Monday, April 4th, 2011

Love these sweet ideas for ceremony recessionals (and wouldn’t some of them be lovely for grand getaways at the end of the evening too?).

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photos: flags by jordan ferney at oh happy day!; calder clark designs and leigh weber photography; ritzy bee event design and kate headley photography; confetti exit via martha stewart weddings; ritzy bee event design, paper moss and kate headley photography as featured in martha stewart weddings

romantic, rustic runners

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

garland runner

Whether they’re made of bay leaf, laurel or magnolia leaves and whether they’re complemented by dahlia, garden roses or fruit, runners always look so lush and romantic.

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photos: 1- Photographed by Meg Perotti via Camille Styles, originally featured on Style Me Pretty; 2- Runner designed by Lily Lodge; 3- Scott Clark Photography via Brooklyn Bride; 4- runners designed by Lily Lodge and photographed by Gertrude & Mabel via Martha Stewart Weddings; 5- Sunday Suppers, Saipua and paperfinger collaboration for Martha Stewart Living via paperfinger

banner day

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

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photos: 1- via Martha Stewart; 2- programs by Bird & Banner featured in Martha Stewart via Invitation Crush; 3- Weather balloon sign by Jordan Ferney at Oh Happy Day; 4- Letterpress cards by Seesaw Designs via Paper Crave; 5- Banner via Green Wedding Shoes photographed by Ali Degraff Photography}

brilliant backgrounds

Monday, March 28th, 2011

We’re working on some photo booth concepts for a client, and, really, the options are endless. When you’re working with a blank 9′ wide space there’s so much you can do!

Garlands + streamers…the first two ideas by Jordan Ferney are so much fun!

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Fringe walls are always great backgrounds…

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Paper daises, honeycombs and pinwheels, oh my…

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photos: Garlands and streamers…zig zag streamers and fringe streamers by Jordan Ferney at Oh Happy Day, Green garlands photographed by StudioBooth at Urban Wed; Fringe… wall by Confetti System via Oh Joy!, Smilebooth at Martha Stewart market party, Smilebooth at Hitched 2010; Pinwheels…. Rebecca Thuss for Simple Silhouettes, pink and orange pinwheels photographed by Rebekah Westover, Pom Pom cluster photographed by Sarah Rhoads via Style Me Pretty

strawberry fields

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

Strawberry season starts in Virginia in April. Loving these sweet berry details, especially the story behind Jenny’s bouquet…so sweet!

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photos: 1- bouquet designed by Shawn Cosette, photographed by Katie Stoops; 2 -photographed by Jonathan Ong for Eat Drink Chic; 3 – bouquet designed by Shawn Cosette, photographed by Katie Stoops; 4 – Martha Stewart Weddings; 5- via The Bride’s Cafe tumblr

Three things that will make your party a success (and they have nothing to do with pretty details, although I’m a fan of those too)

Monday, March 21st, 2011

merriment events

1. Your guests and their experience are paramount. Keep your guests in the forefront of your mind as you plan. That means keeping cocktail hour to an hour; starting the ceremony on time; anticipating your guests’ needs — if it’s going to be hot during your outdoor ceremony, have cool drinks waiting for your guests.

2. Edit, edit, edit. Style does not come from adding on. It comes from editing and being true to your vision.

3. Don’t establish a vision for your event and a guest list before you know what things cost in your area. Do educate yourself on what things cost in your market and establish a budget and a guest list based on that information.

photo: Leo Patrone with styling by Merriment and flowers by JM Flora

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

fan programs with silhouettes

I’m not wearing green today, but this post makes up for it, I’m sure. Paired with blue, yellow or with white (always a classic combo), green couldn’t be more perfect for weddings. It’s such a happy color. Grace of Design*Sponge and Vané of Brooklyn Bride both used green in such beautiful ways at their weddings (like Grace’s programs above, featured in Martha Stewart Weddings and Vane’s bouquet below featured on Once Wed).

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photos: 1 + 2 via Martha Stewart; 3 Studio Booth at Urban Wed; 4 via Martha Stewart; 5 photographed by Belathée Photography via Once Wed

shades of green

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

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Polly Wreford is such an inspiration. I love these images in shades of green…lime, chartreuse, kelly green and emerald. Stay tuned. I’ll be back in a bit with some of my favorite green wedding day details.

photos: Polly Wreford via Sarah Kaye Represents