Expressing the 2017 Color Trends in Your Spring Wedding Style

Blue Color Palette

Spring is finally here and it’s time to celebrate the upcoming wedding season, and the fabulous color palettes that express the freshness of the season.

Of the top color schemes of 2017, several incorporate shades of blue. Blue is such a versatile color, evoking feelings of such as sophistication, playfulness, and sweetness.

blue color palette

From deep midnight blue and sapphire to pale shades such as aqua or French blue, there is the perfect blue hue for every taste and wedding style – whether it’s rustic and more causal to an event that is elegant, which is further expressed in the choice of accent colors.

Blush, French Blue, and Gold

Fuchsia, Grape, and Dark Turquoise

Navy, Gold, Coral Navy, Gold, and Coral

What’s one of the first things couples think of?

What they’re going to wear, of course!

Attire

For Her

How about a white wedding gown with blue accents?

wedding gown with blue sash

Or for something more daring, walk down the aisle in a wedding gown that is entirely blue.

blue wedding gown

Accessories

blue swarovski crystal earrings

blue nail polish

blue bridal shoes

For Him

Grooms and men in the wedding party will need a tuxedo or suit fitting with the formality of your wedding.

The Black Tux offers several stylish attire for the men, as well as ties, vests and shoes.

Here are some fashionably elegant and sophisticated choices that will coordinate with your blue color scheme.

royal navy blue suit Royal Navy Blue Suit

midnight blue tuxedo Midnight Blue Tuxedo

midnight pin dot tuxedo Midnight Blue Pin Dot Tuxedo

navy suit Navy Blue Suit

Flowers

Let’s start with the bridal bouquet. This gorgeous blue bouquet is a show-stopper with orchids accented with a few white roses.

blue bridal bouquet
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If your taste leans more toward a traditional bouquet, accent a white bouquet with a few blue blooms.

White and Blue Bridal Bouquet

If your wedding party will be in blue, bouquets with lighter colored blooms will look fabulous and really pop against the blue fabric.

blue bridesmaids dresses

For your centerpieces and decor, you have many options –

Floral arrangements that are pink . . .

Pink roses

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shades of blue . . .

white and blue floral centerpiece

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or a mix of colors.

pink roses, ranunculus, and grape hyacinth

Photo credit: funlovingvolvo / 123RF Stock Photo

Color Tip: When talking with your wedding pros, don’t rely on color name only. One person’s idea of Indigo for example will be way different than the next person’s. Bring color swatches, photos, paint chips, whatever it takes to show them the color you are actually thinking of.

Other Decor

Seating Chart
blue wedding seating chart Seating chart by Yellow Belly Project

Lighting
blue lighting wedding reception

Linens
blue wedding reception table linens

Napkins
blue napkin folds

Cake

Just a touch color . . .

wedding cake with blue fondant swirls

or in full color.

tiffany blue wedding cake

Of course there are a gazillion more ways to incorporate your color scheme into your wedding. How have you chosen to express your color palette for your wedding day?

Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean

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3 Money Saving Tips Without Sacrificing Style for Your Wedding

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Looking for ways to save money without sacrificing the overall feel of your wedding? Check out these tips.

Decor

Greenery and candles are still one of the best ways to save money on centerpieces. It’s elegant and cost effective.

Want something with big impact, but not the big price tag? How about a graceful candelabra,
Silver Light Brass Candelabraor a large, elegant vase or candle holder? Gorgeous, but costs a fraction of a large floral arrangement.

You can also add some pizzazz by easily dressing up plain glass candle holders with adhesive rhinestones, ribbon, lace, glitter or paint.

Word of caution: If you do use real candles, get the unscented kind. When you get a room full of candles, a scent will get overpowering, can aggravate someone’s allergies, and (believe it or not) will affect the taste of the food.

Dessert

Serve cupcakes or cake pops rather than a traditional tiered wedding cake.

Chocolate and Pink Cake Pops
You’ll save money per serving (cupcakes & cake pops are often .50 – $1 less per serving than cake). You won’t be paying a cake cutting fee (that most venues charge).

And you’ll be able to order just the amount you need.

For example, if you have 100 guests, you’ll want 100 servings. For a tiered cake, you’ll end up with at least 118 servings as an 8″ tier serves 24, a 10″ serves 38, and a 12″ serves 56. Not that there’s anything wrong with having extra leftover cake, some couples do so on purpose, but if you need to shave something off your budget, this is an easy way to do so.

Fun Stuff

Photo booths are still popular. And with good reason – they’re fun, a great activity for your guests, people can be silly or or serious . . .

However, many couples whose budget doesn’t allow for a traditional photo booth are changing it up.

photo booth wedding party bridesmaids girls

Ok, DIY Photo Booths are a bit more effort on your part than having a professional photo booth, (not to mention that there won’t be the fun extras that the pros offer, such as a custom logo, booth attendant, professional equipment, and on-site prints). However the DIY route can be relatively easy. Get a digital camera on a tripod, and guests can snap away. You’ll have to wait until after the event to load up all the photos online for you and your guests to see.

A relatively new service is perfect for use with a DIY photo booth. Veri is a photo and video sharing product which was created specifically for weddings. Before your wedding day, your guests will get a link for the Veri app. Then any photos and videos they take at your wedding will be shared instantly. Unlike a hashtag where the photo has to be uploaded, with this app your guests won’t have to do anything other than snap the picture. Be sure to check out www.veri.com for more details.

For more money saving tips, or unique ideas for your wedding, contact me today at jean@weddingsfromtheheart.net or at 937-235-2586 or 937-581-3647!

Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean

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Wedding Ideas – What’s New, Fun, and Gaining Popularity?

After seeing more “what’s the latest trend” articles, I wanted to see what is new and popular in our area (Dayton, Ohio). And where best to find this out, but to go right to the source.

Thanks to some of our local wedding pros, here’s what’s new in their areas of expertise.

Textured Wedding Cakes

Textured wedding cakes are still quite popular, from structured art deco-ish designs to an icing with a rough finish.

Textured Wedding Cake

Bobbi and Brittany with ele Cake Co. tells us that one of the more unexpected, yet popular wedding cake designs (and a unique texture) is their Geode Wedding Cake.

Geode Wedding Cake

Elegant. Stunning. Simple. And totally gorgeous!

Geode wedding cakes look like the real thing, but are completely edible, made from rock candy and granulated sugar.

Slow-Motion Video Booths

Photo booths combine a fun activity with a nice take-home for wedding guests.

So, what’s better than a photo booth? A 240 frame per second HD Slow-Motion Video Booth, of course!

Mark’s Camera Bag’s Slo-Mo Video Booths are a big hit , with guests showing their best dance moves, tossing confetti, making outrageous faces, and overall, having an awesome fun time. A 40” monitor that sits outside the booth allows all of your guests to enjoy the live action.

Check it out here –

Yes, guests get a ‘take-home,’ receiving a download of their slow-mo session. And the happy couple get a final edited production of all sessions with special edits and music on DVD.

Thematic Elements in Unexpected Places

Themed weddings are still popular, with the theme commonly being expressed in the couples’ choice of color pallette, centerpieces, and menu choices.

But what about your ceremony?

Rev. Cindy Lee Carver embraces different themes by donning coordinating attire – including Cosplay, Halloween, Steampunk, and recently Gandalf from Lord of the Rings.

Steampunk
Gandalf

Besides the off-beat and themed weddings, she also specializes in officiating traditional, inter-faith, humanistic, alternative, non-traditional, and LGBTQ weddings.

Up In Lights

Sure, you can put your initials on top of your cake, and have your monogram projected on your dance floor or printed on your programs.

Why not put your initials up in lights – classic theater marquee letter lights?

Initials
L-O-V-E

Event Lites specializes in these unique, four feet tall décor pieces – including numbers, letters, and some symbols.

Light up your night with your initials. Spell out Mr. & Mrs., Love, or even your names.

The possibilities are endless.

Perfect for helping you build the right environment and decor for your event. Use them for:

• A modern ceremony backdrop
• A fun, diy photo booth backdrop
• A cool prop for your engagement photos
• Reception décor

Looking for fun ideas for your wedding? Weddings From The Heart can help. Contact me today at jean@weddingsfromtheheart.net or at 937-235-2586 or 937-581-3647!

Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean

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National Chocolate Cupcake Day

 

 

 

 

 

It’s time for chocolate and dessert lovers to celebrate! Today is National Chocolate Cupcake Day.

Ways to observe this delicious holiday include:

* Mix up a batch of your favorite chocolate cupcakes – grab a friend or two and bake some together

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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* Go to your local bakery and pick up a variety – how about devil’s food, German chocolate, white chocolate, or turtle?

* Do you collect cookbooks? Add a couple cupcake books to your collection, maybe The Betty Crocker The Big Book of Cupcakes, or Hello, Cupcake! by Karen Tack and Alan Richardson.

Planning a wedding?

Consider serving cupcakes instead of a traditional wedding cake. You can still have a small tier for the cake cutting ceremony, or get a jumbo cupcake.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo credit: Prima Vista Photography

Cupcakes can be as elegant or as whimsical as you want!

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For fun ideas for your wedding day, contact me today at jean@weddingsfromtheheart.net or at 937-235-2586 or 937-581-3647!

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Jean

National Fossil Day

 

 

 

 

 

Today (October 12) is National Fossil Day

National Fossil Day is observed on the Wednesday of the second full week in October, and was established to promote the scientific and educational values of fossils.

How to observe? Easy.

Simply visit a local museum or do some research about fossils. Don’t forget to add the hashtag #NationalFossilDay on any of social media posts.

Thinking about incorporating your love of fossils into your wedding decor?

Check out these photos (I found them on pinterest – to find these and others search for “fossil,” “wedding,” “cake,” “centerpiece”).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chocolate Dinosaur Heads

Dinosaur Topiary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dino Cake Topper

 

“Fossil” Hiding in Wedding Cake

Want to hold your wedding in a natural history museum? Many museums offer their facility for events. In Dayton, we’ve got the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, Dayton, Ohio https://www.boonshoftmuseum.org/visit/private-events-rentals/weddings-receptions/

Aren’t lucky enough to have a museum in your town? Do a Google search on “natural history museum weddings near” and add your city and state.

Looking for fun ideas for your wedding day? Contact me today at jean@weddingsfromtheheart.net or at 937-235-2586 or 937-581-3647!

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Jean

Cake Cutting 101

Choosing the wedding cake is most couples’ favorite part of wedding planning.

Many couples prefer a traditional tiered cake, but even those who choose a non-traditional dessert alternative will often have a small display cake for the cake cutting ceremony.

If you are choosing to include a wedding cake in your reception, keep these tips in mind.

When to cut the cake
Do you want to cut the cake at the beginning of the reception just before dinner or just after dinner before the dancing starts? Make sure you communicate that decision to your wedding coordinator, the catering staff, your DJ and your photographer.

If (and how) to announce the cake cutting
You may wish to do it quietly and include just close family and the photographer, but most couples have the DJ make an announcement so all of your can watch. Many couples choose a special song to be played during the cake cutting ceremony.

Be prepared
Your caterer or wedding coordinator will make sure that a cake knife and server, a dessert plate and napkins are at the ready.

Cutting the cake is very easy. You’ll both hold the cake knife (hand over hand), cut a small piece (cutting a thin triangular piece is easiest), and feed each other a bit of cake. Most couples will feed each other at the same time, others prefer to take turns.

If you have questions about cake cutting or cake/dessert options, I’d love to chat with you.

Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean

Have any questions or looking for fun ideas? Weddings From The Heart can help. Contact me at jean@weddingsfromtheheart.net or at 937-235-2586.

photo credit: Cutting the cake via photopin

Wedding Cake Q & A

Q. – Should my cake match my dress or will that be too much?

A. – As long as your wedding cake looks like a cake and not a mini person in a wedding gown it should be fine.

Unique embellishments, like beading, lace, or ruffles, look beautiful on a wedding cake, as do mini rosettes and appliques.

However your cake doesn’t have to match your dress if you don’t want it to.

photo credit of cake with blue flowers: Ceressa Bateman via photopin
photo credit of wedding gowns: Maegan Tintari via photopin
photo credit of ruffled cake: wetwebwork via photopin

Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean

Do you have a question or wedding concern? Let me know. I’d be happy to help. Contact me at jean@weddingsfromtheheart.net or at 937-235-2586.

2015 Wedding Trend Predictions

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Wondering what we’re going to be seeing this wedding season?

Here are my predictions:

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  1. Wedding cakes that make a statement through grand size and/or design. Guests will be looking at your cake so make it a focal point that really says “Wow!”
  2. Beautiful deep, rich blues – Navy, Indigo, Midnight. They’ll be paired with metallics (gold and silver) and neutrals (grey and ivory).
  3. We’ll also be seeing a lot of neutrals – whites, ivories, champagne, blush. Very elegant and sophisticated.
  4. Unique processional music – “Canon in D” and “Bridal Chorus” are still popular traditional choices, but brides are choosing more modern song selections like “Ho Hey” by The Lumineers, “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri, and “All of Me” by John Legend for their walk down the aisle.
  5. Wedding gowns will have all-over lace. Retro-ish without feeling like it’s from another era, these dresses will be romantic and classic.

    photo credit: Innisfree Hotels via photopin cc

  6. Signature drinks will still be popular. A fun to way easily add some personalization to your wedding reception, and more economical than an open bar with several types mixed drinks.

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Do you have questions or are looking for unique ideas for your wedding? Weddings From The Heart can help. Contact me at jean@weddingsfromtheheart.net or at 937-235-2586!

Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean

Bride & Groom Q & A – Cake Toppers

Traditional Wedding Cake Topper

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Q. – I don’t know what cake topper to get. Some look so heavy.

A. – Cake toppers come in just about every style – monograms, bride and grooms, doves. Even dragons, the Chinese Double Happiness symbol, a pair of dogs. The possibilities are endless.

So, how to decide what type of cake topper to get?

Easy. Choose a topper that coordinates with your wedding theme and style. You can go traditional with a bride and groom, or choose something more stylized to fit your wedding theme. For Dr. Who fans, have a pair of daleks. And a castle is the perfect topper for a princess theme.

Dalek Wedding Cake Topper - Perfect for Dr. Who Fans

photo credit: FrozenCapybara via photopin cc

Castle Wedding Cake Topper

Flowers are a popular choice for a wedding cake topper. You can have your florist create a small arrangement. Or you can use your toss bouquet.

Floral Wedding Cake Topper

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While most cake toppers are made with their purpose in mind – to sit atop a cake – some can be a bit too heavy, unless additional support is in the cake. You certainly won’t want your cake topper to sink down into your cake, or to fall off!

The only way to know for sure is to have your baker the topper do a trial run of just the top tier. That way she can see if any extra dowels or other support methods will need to be inserted into the wedding cake.

Then again, there’s no rule that says you have to have a cake topper. Some wedding cakes are quite lovely with nothing at all on the very top.

Sometimes the Best Wedding Cake Topper is No Topper At All

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If you do decide to use a cake topper and it ends up that it will still be too heavy for your cake, you can always set it on the table next to your cake.

Good luck!

Do you have a question or wedding dilemma? Let me know. I’d be happy to help. Contact me at jean@weddingsfromtheheart.net or at 937-235-2586.

C is for Cupcakes


To cupcake or not to cupcake.

Many people don’t feel that cupcakes are appropriate for a wedding. After all, they are more commonly associated with childrens treats than a bridal confection.

However, if you’re going to serve these versatile little cakes as your wedding day dessert here are a few tips to make them more “grown up.”

  • Skip the ho-hum cupcake liner and choose one in an amazing color and/or design to complement your wedding day.
  • Instead of the simple chocolate and vanilla, experiment with different flavors. How about key lime pie, caramel apple or blueberry.
  • But if you like chocolate and vanilla, go for an unexpected frosting flavor – maybe chocolate mocha, strawberry buttercream or dark chocolate ganache.
  • Make the presentation spectacular. As are wedding cakes, your cupcakes will be on display until they are to be served. Cupcake stands come in different shapes, sizes and styles. Make sure your baker actually uses a stand for cupcakes, not regular cakes. Although both make for a more dramatic presentation than just sitting all the cupcakes flat on the table, the proportions of a regular cake stand are too big, and there will be a lot of open “lost” space.