Pink and Turquoise Inspiration Board for Starfish Themed Beach Wedding

Looking for a fun, bright, and sweet beach wedding? This wedding inspiration board with pink and turquoise wedding colors compliments the sparkling waters and sandy beaches.

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Pink and Turquoise Inspiration for a Starfish Beach Wedding

The wedding invitation from Moore Creative is turquoise and pink with a woven texture that is the color of sand. The invitation has a starfish that can be slipped into your wedding day style to create a theme. These stunning starfish earrings with turquoise are one way to bring the detail into the bride’s accessories.

Turquoise stones lined up on the beach forms a unique aisle. This groom wears a very casual look with shorts and button down shirt in a neutral sand color. A starfish can be used in place of the boutonniere. The bridesmaids are the opposite in vibrant turquoise dresses and pink sandals.

Brighten up a sandy cream and pink bouquet with a turquoise ribbon. The pink takes the stage for the table decor pink and white linens. Pink flower arrangements are in turquoise vases that are for perfect a destination wedding.  Decorated starfish cookies are placed at the reception as a wedding favor for the guests.

This color palette combines unique turquoise details with vibrant pink for a romantic, but fun beach wedding.

Credits: bridal party Christina Montemurro Photography, stone aisle Carrie Wildes Photography, table scape Troy Grover Photographers, starfish wedding invitation Moore Creative, starfish earrings Stella & Dot, starfish cookies Sugarsweet Dreams, bouquet Style Me Pretty designed by Peony + Plum, groom Southern Weddings

Turquoise and Copper Wedding Inspiration Board: Destination Wedding with Glam

Hello, brides and fellow wedding lovers. I have for you a wedding inspiration board in turquoise, copper, and brown for a gorgeous destination affair.

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Wedding Inspiration in Turquoise and Copper

This wedding inspiration board is inspired by some of Moore Creative’s recent beach invitation designs that combines natural metallic palette with vibrant turquoise.

Add a touch of glamour to a flowing wedding dress with metallic details and embroidery. Carry over the embellishments in your cake by incorporating a similar design.

Bridesmaids wear a silky copper toned dress.  Paired with a soft neutral scarf this would be great for a fall. (And a big plus is not so expensive  at $65.) They carry a bouquet of roses, orchids, and scabiosa in various natural shades and copper complemented by a turquoise bow.

Incorporating the copper into your wedding bands adds a personal touch. Even for the guys there are so many options today on rings, it’s no longer just silver or gold.

Tables are quite a display with metallic chairs and turquoise liens. Vary the heights of centerpiece displays with low copper vases and tall clear ones for a dramatic effect. Fill them with the soft cream and white roses and orchids cascading out.

The use of metallic is great if you are looking to add a touch of glamour to your wedding day palette.

Hope everyone is enjoying fall. It is really getting cool. (I am considering moving to an island that is warm year round. I dislike the cold.) I am taking a mini-vacation this weekend to relax on the beach.

Credits: bridesmaid dress ModCloth, copper destination wedding invitation Moore Creative, wedding dress Wedding Chicks photographed by Andrew Weeks Photography, wedding band BD Designs, bouquet The Knot, copper escort card Moore Creative

Merry Christmas!

Stopping by to share a few Christmas lovelies with you for a beautiful holiday winter wedding. Wishing everyone a joyous holiday season and a happy new year!

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Happy Holidays!

 

Credits: winter bouquet Martha Stewart Weddings, cake Intimate Weddings, centerpiece Sweet Something Designs, chairs The Cinderella Project, red bouquet  basket Min Svenska Landgard, walkway Better Homes and Gardens

My Favorite Things- Southern Wedding Details

As a southern girl, I am loving all the southern wedding details that are emerging with the rustic trend. There are many styles of the south that can be incorporated into the wedding day (no matter the destination), and I found a few to share from Pinterest.

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Southern Wedding Details

Cotton adds a southern touch to floral decor. The bridal bouquet with a stunning gathering of flowers and cotton wrapped with lace makes a gorgeous statement. Combine a single cotton boutonniere with a sweet bow tie and you’ve got a look for a southern gentleman.

Being from Georgia, the peach state, I absolutely love peaches. They do not only make delicious desserts (oh, peach cobbler) but beautiful centerpiece or escort cards. Peaches are tender and delicate fruit that offers a beautiful texture. This fruit lends to a comforting and rich wedding decor.

Monograms are big part of southern culture. Display your new-shared monogram with moss-covered letters. If you prefer a not so rustic display a sophisticated wooden monogram. Or, wear your monogram by having beautiful custom necklace made for on your wedding day. Honor someone special with his or her monogrammed handkerchief wrapped around your bouquet.

Boots make fun country photos. You could wear those beautiful heels you have been dying for the ceremony, and then switch it up for a casual reception. And, who could resist a big bouquet of sunflowers.

Southern traditions can be incorporated into any wedding. I wanted to share a few more traditions that anyone can take cues from: pearlscokes, barbequesweet tea, and red velvet cake.

Credits: cotton bouquet via Lauren from Belle Magazine, cotton boutonniere via Jocelyn from Style Me Pretty, peach escort cards via Southern Weddings Magazine from Southern Weddings, monogram via Jane from Restruct 3, bride in boots via Cree from Elizabeth Anne Designs

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Modern Orange and Green Destination Wedding Inspiration Board

This inspiration board is a modern destination wedding. The wedding colors of orange, lime green, and gray creates a great color palette for beach weddings year round.

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Modern Orange and Green Destination Wedding

In this inspiration board loved ones receive a lime green invitation topped with a starfish. When they arrive to our modern destination they are invited in with orange paper lanterns. The ceremony is held on the beach with a rooftop reception to follow.

The bridal party is dressed in a sleek gray. Green ties for the men brighten the look. A chevron strip pattern for the flower girl’s dress adds fun. The bride carries a bouquet of orange, green, and white flowers. (I like the green leaves forming the outside of the bouquet.) While the bridesmaids carry bouquets of white and green. Green floral creates accents throughout the wedding decor.

The rooftop reception has a view of the ocean. Modern tablescape includes a solid orange tablecloth and white chairs. Unique candleholders provide ambiance.

Make a statement with your food. These cupcakes’ presentation not only makes it look so delicious, but sophisticated. (The link below includes the recipe!) Porcelain white plates would contrast will against the orange tablecloth. I might suggest place settings with square dinner plates, orange and white patterned napkins, and gray napkin rings.

Many people worry over the color palette of a beach wedding in the fall. This board takes typical fall colors of orange and green, but uses lively tones for the beach. My advice if there is color you must have, go for it no matter the season. You can always throw in a rich complimentary color for the cooler months.

Credits: starfish wedding invitation Moore Creative, orange beach aisle Princess Wedding Co, bouquet Bunches of Bliss, chevron dress Bitty Bambuwedding party We Heart Photography, cupcakes Bakingdomrooftop tablescape photographed by Michael Howard designed by Big Events Wedding

Fall Wedding Color and Theme Inspiration

Fall is on its way, and it is becoming the most popular wedding season. September has beat out June as most popular month to have a wedding. So today I have highlighted a few fall wedding themes.

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Fall Wedding Themes

The popular rustic wedding theme is perfect for fall. This theme can vary greatly from vintage rustic to rustic elegance. Details can include burlap, wood, and milk glass. Also, notice they have added red and green to the color palette for the fall table setting. You may think the warm color palette of red and green is for December, but red mimics the color of apples and green is found everywhere in nature which makes it great for fall too.

For an eco vibe you can use fresh fall vegetables and fruits for decor. The natural hues of these foods will complement many wedding colors for autumn. (And, you will have dinner.) Visit an antique or second hand store for pots and vases to arrange them with.

Of course, one of the obvious fall choices is orange with pumpkins. I am not saying this is a bad choice there are many beautiful things to do with the pumpkin theme. Offset all the orange with white pumpkins. Or even use white pumpkins for an elegant black and white affair. With the pumpkins you can monogram them, use for a flower vase, or use a tiny one for place cards.

Modernize a classic fall wedding with white flowers in contemporary vases. Small tea light candles complete this elegant modern look.

If you wanting to steer clear of the typical colors you may want to consider a plum color palette. Pair a purple with gold for a formal fall wedding. Dark glassware, gold china and chargers, with lush plum flowers create an elegant atmosphere. Other colors that pair well with plum are ivory and silver.

Create a chic fall atmosphere with vintage details. Combine old country style with pink, gold, and brown for a fall wedding with feminine flair.

We are planning lots of exciting things, so stay tuned! Including, new invitation designs and inspiration boards that feature Moore Creative’s fall wedding invitations.

Credits: warm and rustic Style Me Pretty, fall eco-love Martha Stewart Weddings, perfectly pumpkin Martha Stewart Weddings, modern for fall The Knot, plums for fall 100 Layer Cake, country vintage Brides

Vintage Blue and Lemon Yellow Wedding Inspiration Board for Beach

With a color palette of blue and lemon yellow this wedding inspiration board was made for a chic beach house wedding. Incorporated into this inspiration board are two are my favorite trends, vintage details and the use of lemons for decoration.

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Blue and Yellow Wedding Inspiration

This beach wedding style begins with a simple blue and yellow invitation from Moore Creative. For a beach chic style this invitation includes a woven mat.

The ceremony takes place beachside with a rustic altar topped with a vintage chandelier. Leading up to the altar is an aisle flanked with lemons. Vintage birdcages and white and yellow buds in porcelain vases top the lemon aisle way.

Blue and yellow wrap dresses for the bridesmaids have a little vintage flair. For a vintage touch for the males accent boutonnieres with a button. A blue tie compliments the yellow Craspedia boutonniere pulled together with blue ribbon. The Craspedia flower can also be used for a small sweet and simple bouquet for the bridesmaids.

Tables are set with blue and white china to give that beach house chic feeling. You can place individual lemon cakes at each table for decor and dessert. Lemons are placed in vintage porcelain bowls for easy centerpieces. If you are able to get your hands extra china, placed on the wall they can make a beautiful backdrop. I love this wall at the The Viceroy boutique hotel in Santa Monica.

Credits: blue and yellow invitation Moore Creative, beach lemon altar Wedding Chicks, bridesmaids Project Wedding, boutonnière Cori Cook Floral Design, vintage place setting A Vintage Affair, lemon cake Heather Bullard, china backdrop Merriment Events photographed by Meg Perotti

Wedding Inspiration Board Pink, Gray, and Black Beach Resort Wedding

Wedding inspiration board for a blush pink, gray, and black wedding proves getting married at the beach doesn’t have to be all about bright colors. This pale pink wedding color palette is perfect for sophisticated beach resort soiree.

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Wedding Inspiration Board for Pink, Gray, and Black Wedding

For this beachside resort wedding guests receive a package that contains your layered pink and gray invitation topped with a starfish. Inside there is a pocket where you can include details, such as rsvp cards, accommodations, and directions.

Blush is such a subtle color it incorporates well into a wedding gown accented with a black ribbon for unique elegant look.

For those chilly beach evenings you may want to have shrug on hand. This classic bride looks so beautiful in her soft pink shrug and matching pink pearls.

Guests are swept away by elegant decorations of pink flowers and black accents with a touch of lace. The pink and gray flower arrangement is so dreamy. It would look so perfect on the table with the contrasting black. The cake pulls this all together  with lace and ribbon basing each layer topped with the pink flowers with neutral leaves. This dreamy color palette blends neutrals with a blush to create an elegant wedding day perfect for an evening wedding at the beach.

Credits: pink and gray layered starfish invitation Moore Creative, bride in pink pearls and shrug Erin Hearts Court Photography, wedding party Kristin Vining Photography, pink and black wedding gown A Picture Life dress made by Ouma, pink and gray flower arrangement JL Designs,

My Favorite Things- Wedding Balloons Via Pinterest

I love all the wedding balloons I have seen recently. Balloons are being used for wedding decor and portrait props. Who knew balloons could be so classy?

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Wedding Balloon Ideas found on Pinterest

Create a chandelier effect with balloons by hanging them down from the ceiling. Gather them in groups over tables or mix them throughout with paper lanterns. For a bubbly effect tape them to the wall. These pearlized latex balloons are perfect for a sparkly drink table or perhaps a fun photo booth background.

The fun balloons with streamers are from Geronimo Balloons. They are a new company that decorates balloons with streamers, ribbons, and, paper uniquely designed for you. Gives a beautiful sparkle to simple balloons.

If you are not into balloons as part of the decor, incorporating them into your portraits are another option. The wedding portrait is stunning and the big pink balloons makes it pop. Balloon portraits can also be used to send a message to your guests, like these save the dates.

Balloons can add a fun atmosphere to any special occasion. They are no longer reserved for the kids.

Happy weekend!

Credits: balloon chandelier via Ashley from Simply Perfect Weddings, balloon bubbles via Mary from Everything Fabulous, balloon streamers via Ashley from Cynthia Martyn by Geronimo Balloons, big pink balloon portrait via Megan from Style Me Pretty, balloon save the date via Megan from Erin Ever After photographed by Sarah Layne

Wedding Inspiration for Tropical Aqua and Green Wedding

This wedding inspiration board is perfect for a tropical destination. The color palette is a combination of aqua and greens in tropical hues. Featuring a blue and green seahorse invitation this wedding screams fun to me!

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This wedding is all about the combination of hues. This is the perfect wedding to have the bridesmaid choose a style and color for their dress. The combination continues with flowers to create beautiful bouquets and centerpieces. Hydrangeas and orchids are both available in blue and green hues which brings together the beachside atmosphere.

Ribbons in the oceanside canopy provide a fun backdrop that compliments the blue sea. The reception table is also filled with blue and green fun, with drink flags and beautiful aqua cake. The unique piped design and ribbon makes this cake seem so lively. This beachside wedding with a casual backyard reception would be perfect for a fun and vibrant couple.

Credits: seahorse invite Moore Creative , boutonniere Brides.com, wedding canopy Brides.com, cake Sugar and Spice Photography, drinks Martha Stewart Weddings, bouquets source unknown, aqua bridesmaid dress J. Crew, green bridesmaid dress Alfred Angelo

Wedding Inspiration Board for a Navy and Yellow Nautical Beach Wedding

This weeks inspiration board is for a nautical beach wedding. The navy and yellow wedding palette is perfect for a seaside occasion.

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With beautiful nautical wedding invitations by Moore Creative guests are in a seafaring mood when they arrive at your beach affair of navy, yellow, and white. I love how these colors are combined in this nautical table scape. This is my one of my favorite table designs. (Of course, as I mentioned in my intro I love blue glass.)

Colorful striped cakes are a simply beautiful representation of the nautical theme. For a more literal interpretation of the nautical theme include an anchor into some of the details, such as anchor charm for the bouquet and the ring bearer pillow. After this sea inspired wedding everyone will be set on sailing.

I hope everyone is enjoying Memorial Day! I would like to thank all who have sacrificed for our country.

Credits: table scape Occasions image by Altmix Photography, cake My Sweet and Saucy, menu Moore Creativenautical invitation Moore Creative, shoes BHLDN, bouquet BRIDES, ring bearer pillow Tallulah G, groomsmen Destination Inspirations

Wedding Inspiration Board for Beach and Starfish Wedding

This wedding inspiration board features a casual beach wedding with a starfish theme. The wedding color palette incorporates turquoise, chocolate, sand, and white.

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As your wedding guests arrive guide them to your beach with a rustic sign. For a cozy feel have them lay out a blanket on the beach for seating. As for you, a light flowing dress is always a great choice for a bride marrying on the beach. Turquoise bridesmaid dresses pop against all the subtle neutrals. Starfish can be used to tie everything to the theme with Lahaula favor box and hair accessories for the girls. For the party that goes into the evening keep the mood with twine chandeliers.

Credits: lighting Watson Studios via Style Me Pretty; sign Jose Villa Wedding Photography; bridesmaid Captured Photography by Jenny; lahaula favor box Moore Creative; trunk styled by Salt Harbor Design photographed by Millie Holloman Photography; dress Angels Bridal Boutique; starfish barrette Landlocked Mermaids; starfish invitations Moore Creative

Introduction- My Favorite Things

Hello everyone! My name is Kendra and I am excited to introduce myself as the new intern here at Moore Creative. I will be sharing inspiration and more with you each week.

To tell you a little about myself, I graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Advertising from the Art Institute of Atlanta. My passion is stationery design, and as a freelancer I design invitations and business collateral. I love paper products, and I am obsessed with fonts.

When I have the opportunity, I enjoy reading (even business books), photography, and baking. I could eat cereal for every meal, but also enjoy discovering new restaurants with my boyfriend. I have also started taking classes on different printing methods, which is something I have always wanted to learn.

I look forward to sharing my creative side with you!

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A few of my favorite things via Pinterest.

Cereal: Joey Kennedy Photography,  Books: ElizabethAnne Designs via Bikey,  Blue Glass: Pretty Little World via Kate,  Photography: photograph taken by me,  Baking: Brown Eyed Baker Paper: Whether Paperworks via Linda

Planning and Tips for Destination Wedding Invitations

Tips & Planning Advice

When you decide to plan a destination wedding, your invitations take on a whole new meaning because you are now planning a mini-vacation for your guests.  Below are some suggestions that will assist you in your planning.

  1. Think about the timing of your wedding: Book your invitation designer as soon as you book your venue and wedding date. You want to make sure they’re reserved for your wedding date and you have plenty of time for the creative process as well as production of your invitations. A great invitation designer works with you for the entire process, starting from the collaborative efforts and consultations to then creating your save the dates (which should be mailed 6-8 months before your wedding date) to the invitation suite (mailed out 2-3 months before your wedding date) as well as all of your wedding day paper accessories like menus, hotel welcome letters, place cards and favors. If you allow ample time for the creative process it makes for a stress-free and enjoyable experience.
  2. Find inspiration in your chosen destination wedding location: Look to the culture of the location, artists that are popular in the area and the history of your venue.  These are ways that bring your wedding to life through your invitations, which are art in the paper form. Why did you choose this location? For example, look at patterns of the traditional Mexican ceramic tiles and the vibrant colors.
  3. Make certain the Invitation Text is clear and informative: Make sure you include all travel details, recommended hotels and a complete itinerary of your wedding weekend festivities in your save the dates so guests will know when to book their travel. Also direct them to your wedding website if you have created one.  When you send your invitations, make certain you reiterate the itinerary and plans, so your guests don’t take the first flight home and miss your farewell brunch or post-wedding catamaran cruise because you forgot to include that information for them.
  4. Create a clear and concise Invitation with all enclosures included: Consider your guests’ experience of receiving a beautifully designed, cohesive package all at one time. I recommend thinking about your whole weekend lineup and sending out a unique destination invitation set that informs guests of all that they’re invited to do at your wedding. You don’t want to confuse their experience by sending too many mailings because it will be hard for your guests to stay organized for the event and ends up being more work and money for you.
  5. Choose unique embellishments or woven bamboo paper for your invitations: Your invitations will really stand out in the pile of every day mail if your guests receive a boxed invitation with a real starfish embellishment adorned to a bamboo pocket fold.  Imagine the excitement on your guests face when they open their personalized one of a kind invitation suite.  View some Moore Creative’s Destination wedding invitations by visiting our Invitation Design Gallery.
Destination Wedding Invitations

Unique Destination Wedding Invitations

Beach Wedding Inspiration Board from Vogue Living Australia

According to the calendar it is still summer here. So before featuring autumn and winter inspired wedding inspiration posts with darker colors, I’d like to share with you these beautiful pictures that where featured in Vogue Living Australia. Loving the beach wedding sea colors! I hope you will be enjoying the last days of summer!

Beautiful Summer Wedding Colors for a Beach Wedding

Beautiful Summer Wedding Colors for a Beach Wedding

Destination Wedding Invitations and Inspiration Board

Destination Wedding Invitations and Inspiration Board

Don’t you just love all of the Sea Inspired images and designs that have been created for Tropical Weddings, Beach Weddings, and Destination Weddings.
CREDITS:  The Style Files
Vogue Living Australia

Fall 2010 and 2011 Color Trends for Fashion and Wedding Industry

2010 and 2011 Color Trends for Fashion and Wedding Industry

Each season I look forward to the release of the Pantone Fashion Colour Report. It highlights the colour trends in fashion for the coming season. Even though I am not a fashion designer I use the report for inspiration for colour palettes in our couture beach invitations.

The booklet features sketches, head shots and quotes from designers for top brands like Baby Phat, Miss Sixty, Lacoste and Tommy Hilfiger. You can download it from the Pantone website at www.pantone.com/fall2010.

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The top colours for women’s fashion for fall(US) 2010 are

Top:

PANTONE 13-0632 Endive
PANTONE 15-1050 Golden Glow
PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral
PANTONE 19-1764 Lipstick Red
PANTONE 18-3027 Purple Orchid

Bottom:

PANTONE 19-1526 Chocolate Truffle
PANTONE 16-5418 Lagoon
PANTONE 18-0538 Woodbine
PANTONE 14-1107 Oyster Gray
PANTONE 14-1307 Rose Dust

 Keep your eye on our invitation range for Lagoon, Golden Glow and chocolate truffle, my favorites of the bunch. Comment below and let us know your favorite colour from the report.

From the official press release:

“Mindful of consumers’ need for practicality, plus their desire for newness, designers offer many options for women to extend and embellish their wardrobes this fall,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “Building on the color palette from spring, this season’s offerings include innovative takes on fundamental basics, as well as transporting, lively colors that conjure images of travel and adventure, whether real or aspirational.”

In addition to designer contributions, the report features commentary from fashion insiders and leading retailers regarding current fashion trends and new color rules for 2010. Industry gurus highlighted in the report include: India Hicks, creative partner at Crabtree & Evelyn; Cate Adair, costume designer for “Desperate Housewives”; Collier Strong, celebrity make-up artist; Eric Sauma, owner of Mood Fabrics (featured on “Project Runway”); and Constance White, style director at eBay. Contributors from Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and Macy’s also offer their insights.

Fashion designers continue to exhibit a degree of caution for fall 2010, yet offer a palette of beauty and excitement with a blending of colors, some with similar undertones, in surprising and intriguing combinations. Inspired by the ongoing phenomena of film animation, vivid colors are often juxtaposed in inventive ways, creating arresting and extraordinary color combinations.

Exotic Purple Orchid, a purple leaning to fuchsia, is an unexpected choice for fall, imbuing a bit of magic and vibrancy to the season. Elegant Chocolate Truffle, evocative of delicious treats, is a rich brown with piquant plum undertones, that pairs tastefully with Purple Orchid. Not your mother’s avocado green, Woodbine takes last season’s neutral greens to a whole new level, and when mixed with Purple Orchid and Chocolate Truffle, results in a stunning combination.

Lagoon, this season’s turquoise – Pantone’s 2010 color of the year – is guaranteed to add a tropical splash. A great color for fall and winter escapes, Lagoon is a popular hue, especially in accessories, pairing dynamically with all shades of red. Lipstick Red, a deeper, more dramatic sensual red, makes its imprint on fall, particularly in cosmetics.

Reminiscent of a radiant sunset on a brisk autumn evening, Golden Glow, an earthy, deepened shade of yellow, creates a retro look with Purple Orchid or Woodbine. A softer, more inviting orange with a hint of pink undertone, Living Coral is the perfect complement to Lagoon, whether heading for a tropical destination or just fantasizing about it. Crisp Endive, a revitalizing yellow-green, adds freshness to this season’s top ten, and will enliven any wardrobe. Add it to Lagoon, Chocolate Truffle and Purple Orchid for an invigorating fall look.

Oyster Gray, a classic neutral that grounds the palette, is a lighter take on the traditional fall gray, as designers heed consumers’ concern about the economy and deliver investment pieces that carry through to spring 2011. Rose Dust, a flattering beige, offers an ethereal, romantic, wispy option to span the seasons.

The colors featured in the PANTONE Fashion Color Report are culled from the PANTONE FASHION + HOME Color System, the most widely used and recognized color standards system in the world. Each season, Pantone surveys the designers of New York Fashion Week to collect feedback on prominent collection colors, color inspiration and color philosophy. This information is used to create the PANTONE Fashion Color Report, which serves as a reference tool throughout the year for fashion enthusiasts, reporters and retailers.

Informal Beach Wedding Dresses

More and more couples go for beach weddings because the ocean compliments the surroundings their wedding guests are in. They also find that the nature can serve as the perfect inspiration for the casual beach wedding dress that they are wearing.

In most beach wedding, the brides wear a cut that if floor length and made of silk. Then she doesn’t wear shoes because these will only get sand in them. Instead she walks barefoot. As for her hair, she has a short veil and a flower garland that adds elegance to her informal beach wedding dress.

Beach weddings may be informal when set alongside the traditional church weddings. Therefore, the bride does not need those formal skirts or poufy headpieces. What she needs is the sleek, casual and informal style that go hand in hand with the shores, the sun and the sand.

Despite the bride wearing an informal beach wedding dress, the wedding itself can still be special and glamorous – just as those held in the church. A beach wedding only means that the bride would have to wear something less formal than what she would have been wearing if she were walking down a carpeted aisle in a church or house of worship.

Informal beach wedding dresses can be a halter or a strapless top. The bride can also have sleeveless dresses if she wants to show some skin and feel the sea breeze or she can have a wrap so she can cover herself and protect her from the sunlight. She just has to make sure that the informal beach wedding dress flows so that it would give her a slim look.

Searching for the perfect informal beach wedding dress can be done by scheduling appointments with sales person who can help you look it. Just show him or her pictures of the wedding gown you have in mind. Be clear about the style and the design you want. Get inspiration from bridal magazines. Tell the sales person your budget. In that way, he or she will limit the search within that range. It will save both of you not only money but time too.

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5 Tips on How to Impress Your Guests

    

 Let’s face it, as human beings we worry about what people think.  And most brides on their wedding day are usually preoccupied of not only feeling and looking their best and having a perfect day, but they also want to make a good impression on their guests.  They want guests to be comfortable, have a great time and talk about their wedding for years to come.

 

Tip #1- Choosing the Right Location

         Whether you dream of a beautiful beach ceremony at sunset, or having a horse drawn carriage take you up to a castle reception, choosing the perfect location will leave an impression on your guests.

      Anybody can book the local banquet hall, but it’s always those “diamonds in the rough” venues that will create memories.  These venue require extra research, and will usually not come up on a google search.  So how will you know when you’ve found the right venue?  When it’s right you just know, you will feel it in your gut.   While you are there you need to ask yourself, “Can we picture ourselves getting married here?”  If not, then you need to move on to the next location. 

     And remember not only should the location be beautiful, reflect your theme and fit your budget, but does it flow well with the events you would like to include at your wedding? And will it fit the number of guests who will be attending?  Some venues try and squeeze 100 guests or more into a space not truly meant for that many people and after dinner and speeches they will tear down the head table and take away a few tables away to make way for the dance floor.  I’m really not a fan of this practice and I’ll tell you why…

It’s very uncomfortable for guests 

Imagine you’re sitting there eating your cake and someone asks you if you wouldn’t mind to get up as they are taking away your table.  Seriously?  Where are these people going to sit now?  More than liking they will be insulted and end up leaving your wedding earlier then they intended.  Not everyone dances and most people once they have a seat claim this seat as their own and are very comfortable where they are.  Why ruin that for them?

Your guests should never see the mechanics set up/ tear down of a wedding

If you want to ruin the magic of your wedding day and the flawlessness of the event, have a bunch of black and white uniforms come in and start pulling things apart, clanking dishes and moving tables out of the way.

 

Tip #2- Personalize Your Wedding

      Every couple has a story that should unfold at your wedding.  How you met, your likes and dislikes, your quirks, traditions, beliefs etc.  Take some of these elements and find ways to incorporate them into your wedding.  Personalizing your wedding day will invite your guests not only to share your love, some food but also into your love and the unique relationship you share.  A wedding that truly reflects you and contains unique personal touches will ensure your wedding will be unforgettable.

 

Tip #3- Choosing a Theme & Ensuring It Flows Well

     Selecting and incorporating your theme is my favourite part of planning a wedding.  Your theme is the basis on which all elements will be created.  It starts with the design of your save the date cards or invitations, hinting to your guests as to what to expect come your wedding day.  It is also incorporated in all other elements from your venue decor, to the food, and the cake creating a harmonious flow in all elements, reflecting your own personal touches.

   So how do you decide on a theme for your wedding?  Ask yourself a few simple questions like what’s your style?  What time of year is your wedding?  Is there a certain period in history that you love?  Or maybe a certain type of flower? Or you could base it on your personalities from tip #2 (incorporating your favourite colours, hobbies etc).  Or perhaps you saw something in a magazine or on the internet inspires you. 

*Check out www.bridalcanvas.com, this is a great new tool where you can pull together some inspiration for your wedding day all on one inspiration board. 

(Have fun with this one, but be careful though it’s addictive)

  Tip #4- Fabulous Food & Excellent Entertainment

    The two major elements that your guests will always look forward to and not soon forget is the food that is served and the entertainment.  Not only do you need to ensure the quality of the food; you also need to consider other things such as will your guest be able to eat while having cocktails?  What time will the food be served to ensure no one is starving, and how will the food be displayed or served to your guests.  Shot glasses, skewers, chef carving stations or even an ice luge for chilled martinis can add excitement.  And to keep the party going great entertainment is a necessity.  (And no an iPod does not replace a DJ, don’t believe me check this video I came across on youtube www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXj4P3iz2yg . ) Before booking a DJ or band watch them in action, do they respond to the crowd, and do they play requests?  A good DJ can be the difference between your guests leaving because they are bored or living it up until the wee hours of the morning.  

 

Tip #5- Benefit From a Wedding Designer 

     An experienced wedding designer has done all the research for you and has a network of quality vendors who’s professional experience and body of work will really add to the quality of your wedding and surely impress your guests.  

     A wedding designer will really get to know the couple inside and out, knowing what their dream wedding looks like, incorporating the couples personality, wishes and desires into the event.  We also find ways to really make an IMPACT that will just shock and aw your guests and leave them completely surprised and excited all at the same time.  These people will be so impressed you will never hear the end of how excellent your wedding was.

 

   Stephanie Thompson WPICC

Certified Wedding Coordinator

 

 

Ever since I was young I had a passion for the creative arts, and I have always enjoyed planning over the top events for friends and family, I just never imagined that it was possible to have a career in planning events. So instead I followed my love of biology and helping people and became a registered nurse by trade and worked on a busy medical/surgical ward for 5 years.

It was only after planning my own wedding that I realized I had the drive, passion and talent for planning and decorating events. So I began taking courses and gaining work related experience in wedding decor, floral design and wedding coordination.

I am now a certified wedding coordinator through the Wedding Planners Institute of Canada and began my first decorating company www.athompsonwedding.com, and now my couture wedding design company www.stephaniethompson.ca.

When I’m not helping brides create the wedding they’ve always wished for I also coach others who are changing careers into the wedding industry as well as coaching other wedding planners to reach their full potential.

I’m enthusiastic and passionate about designing and creating beautiful weddings, helping others and wanting others to succeed in life and in personal happiness.

Grandma’s Apron Pockets Held Treasures For Children

I think the reason my Grandma, an early Idaho pioneer homesteader, wore the long cotton apron with big pockets and ties around the neck and waist was to protect one of the two dresses she owned. She probably thought she would just put it on to do chores and then her dress and demeanor would be fresh for visitors. Only problem is Grandma’s chores were never done. She was first one up and last one down every day. She worked hard and so did her various aprons in small patterned print, brightened by ric rac or primary colored bias tape around the edges.

There were many uses for the apron besides protecting the dress underneath:

Pot holder to get hot pans of cookies or chicken from the oven
Tear dryer for children who had hit by a tree branch or brother
Face wiper, after a bit of spit on the finger had washed the dirt off
Hiding place for little kids
Carrying eggs to the house, baby chickens back to the coop
Carrying kindling, logs and twigs to the house for the wood stove
Carrying garden seed in the pockets, produce in the upturned material and strips of ancient ones were used to tie tomato plants up to stakes in the garden.
After the peas had been shelled or the corn shucked for dinner, the remains were gathered in the apron and carried out to the “pile” She didn’t know the word compost then. But she did it.
In the fall, the apron held apples, peaches, apricots and cherries into the house to be “preserved” for the winter enjoyment.
The apron corner was used to tighten every jar of fruit and jam. It gave just the right leverage to the hand.
It provided warmth on chilly night by wrapping the edges upward over Grandma’s arms or downward over a small child.

Ahh, But The Pockets held the treasures

Clothes pins to hold the wash on the clothes line.
A tiny tin of aspirin in case the arthritis acted up.
Safety pins
A hankie to wipe the eyes or blow the nose
Peppermint candies
Unusual small rocks with lines in them, good for a teaching moment on how the earth was formed.
Small feathers, buttons, driftwood to be used someday for an art project.
Anything that her grandchildren had brought to show her and she vowed to keep forever.

Nothing Lasts Forever Not sweet, warm, loving Grandma who died of cancer, while everyone else was instructed not to talk about it. We were to “play like” Grandma would get better soon.

Not Grandma’s aprons which were divided among her daughters after her death and ultimately ended up in the rag bag.

Not the little things that she treasured and was going to make art projects with. Not the candies, clothes pins or rocks.

Not the fruit, jam, jellies. They were all consumed that year.

Except For Memories and Stories

Only the memories of Grandma in her pretty apron with her busy hands but open arms remain. Only the stories that we tell of her strength, wisdom and sweet spirit remain to remind us of who we came from. Only the stories and memories remind us of the time in our childhood when all problems could seemingly be solved with a yard of cotton and a beautiful woman. How blessed we were to have a grandma who wore an apron and taught us about life.

(c) Judy H. Wright http://www.ArtichokePress.com You have permission to reprint this article in your blog, ezine or offline magazine as long as you keep the content and contact information intact. Thank You.

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All You Want in Punta Cana Hotels

When you are given the opportunity to tour the Dominican Republic, you will certainly have a memorable and grand time if you book in to one of the fine wide-ranged Punta Cana hotels. Reviews and testimonials from guests and sightseers who have gone around are just very pleasing and tell how much people wish they could visit the place again because of the spacious suites and first rate service. There are also various delectable cuisines, and hotel personnel are nothing but approachable and very helpful, completing a package of excellent food, beautifully crafted edifices, and great personnel service. They are situated in such a way that recreational activities, family events, and special occasions are possible. Eat All You Can packages are offered to guests, with no limit on drinks and sandwiches. Evening getaways are everywhere, from night shows and clubs to restobars that guests can choose from. Come to the tropical paradise of Punta Cana.

Punta Cana Hotels by the Bay

Would you like to wake up being able to hear the waves of the serene waters?Dreaming of a soothing and awe-inspiring haven?All these you will certainly achieve by staying in one of the top rated Punta Cana hotels, the Tortuga Bay. This breathtaking place is designed with impeccable taste that adds to its elegance and beauty. When families and friends arrive at the crowded international airport of Punta Cana, they are met by hospitable service through a private car that takes them to the resort. As a guest, you are also entitled access to the Bamboo Restaurant, La Cana Golf Club House, and the relaxing Six Senses Spa. Whether youre a nature lover or not, the ecological park will truly amuse you with its local wildlife and clear white waters just a peak away from your villa window. Tortuga Bay provides golf, wedding, and other special deals for guests who wish to make a booking ahead or online.

Nighttime diversion in Punta Cana Hotels

A complete vacation in the colorful Punta Cana not only involves having to bask in the sun and take exciting day trips, but also having to experience what the Dominican nightlife is all about. Most of the teen generation love to party and Punta Cana hotels offer great indoor jamming and also evening fun beside the sea. The Mangu Disco is a two-floor indoor club in Occidental Grand Flamenco where techno music is predominant. The Arieto has been dubbed by many to be one of the best nightclubs in Punta Cana. It is a new Aborigine-designed night spot located within Club Princess Resort. It plays a variety of music from hip-hop and R&B to reggae and disco, the exact reason why people of different ages and different nationalities find it a very exciting place to unwind. For those who prefer to play cards or watch local and international performances, there are always the casinos and the night entertainment that can sum up to a lovely evening.

Extravagant Punta Cana Hotels

Planning to go to Punta Cana for business or leisure would be one of the nicest ways to start or end your year, and spending it one of the luxurious Punta Cana hotels would be the best decision to make to have the perfect Caribbean vacation. Theyre usually easy to find, as they are situated alongside the vast beachfronts of the eastern Dominican Republic. The Paradisus, Tortuga Bay, and the Sivory Punta Cana are some of the most famous hotels that represent extravagance and provide high standard services. Each of these watchfully constructed five star resorts present large apartments and condos with lovely openings to the ocean. The food is a blend of cultures and its available in the various restaurants, not to mention the expensive facilities like pools Jacuzzis or baths which are always attracting people. The calm and comforting ambiance makes you feel awesome. The peaceful and relaxing environment makes you feel like youre in paradise.

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Nightlife in Punta Cana Hotels

A complete vacation in the colorful Punta Cana not only involves having to bask in the sun and take exciting day trips, but also having to experience what the Dominican nightlife is all about. Most of the teen generation love to party and Punta Cana hotels offer great indoor jamming and also evening fun beside the sea. There is this two-level club called The Mangu Disco where techno music fans can feel good, and it is somewhere inside the Occidental Grand Flamenco hotel. One of the best clubs in Punta Cana is undoubtedly the Arieto. It can be found inside the Club Princess Resort and the music played in this club is very diverse, from Hip-Hop to Dance, plus its tribal design which is another element that makes this club unique. It plays a variety of music from hip-hop and R&B to reggae and disco, the exact reason why people of different ages and different nationalities find it a very exciting place to unwind. For those who prefer to play cards or watch local and international performances, there are always the casinos and the night entertainment that can sum up to a lovely evening.

Special Bargains in Punta Cana Hotels

Nowadays, if you are yearning to go to the well-renowned marvel in the Dominican Republic, Punta Can hotels are there to lend a helping hand so you will realize your dream. When it is not the busiest time of the year, accommodations from both ends of the country present huge down-graded holiday deals for lovers, peers, or families wanting to step on this magnificent city and are on a tight budget. Occidental Grand Punta Cana, an elegant top rated hotel, welcomes you with open arms. It has 800 large and sizeable rooms, among them supersaver rooms that would comfortably fit a family or a group of friends who would like to experience fun in a beautiful beachfront and be able to afford it. Secondly, the Occidental Grand offers half the price of their suites from January to March, which is made possible for those who have been planning to treat themselves or their families to a wonderful experience at this well renowned country. Room rates are at $ 79 per person, inclusive of meals, cocktails, and a few recreational activities such as horseback riding.

Winter Sale in Punta Cana Hotels

Do you imagine treating your loved ones to the well-known beachfronts and vacation spots of Punta Cana Dominican Republic?Where would you want to place them so they can have a fun-filled experience?Imagine no more. You and your family can happily stay in one of the Punta Cana hotels on its Crazy room bargains during the winter. If dad and mom love to golf, you can book the family at the Majestic Colonial, an all inclusive four-star hotel which offers a big drop in its regular rates plus one complimentary round of golf and free drive range and Green fee at the Punta Cana Golf Club. This special offer is available from December 25, 2009 to December 25, 2010. This is a whole year round offer. On the other hand, the Iberostar Bavaro Hotel delights you with its winter discounted room rates and elegant accommodations, being one of the top ten resorts in Punta Cana. Promo is ongoing until the end of January. Both promise an unforgettable winter holiday.

Avail of Wedding Packages at the Punta Cana Hotels

Since many years ago, the municipality of Punta Cana has always been a favorite hot spot of vacationers from all over the world, and has been preferred among those who plan to take their vows or spend their anniversary. And you wouldnt actually wonder why, especially when you get to behold what the Punta Cana hotels and its wonders have in store for you. They are just so inspired by the positive feedbacks and testimonials from people who have visited the place, and perhaps they have been there once before and cant wait to go back and get married at this paradise. Most couples usually hire wedding planners, who are readily available at their service in almost all the Punta Cana hotels. Now, they need only to sit back and enjoy the sun and the ocean with their loved ones. One particular thing that makes it the choice for to-be-weds, is that Punta Cana is a tropical country and its almost always sunny. And the food just extraordinary! Check out unbelievable wedding packages online, and have the grandest and most memorable wedding you have never imagined.

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Get More Distance With Your Driver – Pull Up Reliable Information the Easy Way

You want to get more distance with your driver, so you turn to the internet for knowledge. While the web is always going to supply you with tons of info on the subject, how do you know which of the hundreds of techniques, tips and guides are actually going to “work”? That’s the dilemma, but a simple trick can lead you right to the pin point info that is actually getting the job done for other golfers, who were in the same position you are in now.

I remember when I first started looking to increases distances on many of my clubs. I, like many golfers, went straight over to a search engine to look through the lists of sites they recommended. This was a big mistake, as many of us find out. Each and every website had a different set of info and tips and there was no telling which ones were better than the others. Needless to say, many golfers try tons of different techniques on the course over the following months, but end up with nothing to show for it. If you want to get more distance with your driver, you need the following tip.

Use the assistance of the good golfing forums around the web. Not the whole thing, though. You can actually get everything you need from the archives of these forums, because you can yank up hundreds of various topics on improving distances. It’s the easy way to get more distance with your driver, because you can see the tools, guides and tips that have truly been working for other golfers. It takes so much of the guess work out of it for you and it only takes a little bit of reading on your part.

It gets you informed as to the best way to get more distance with your driver, without wasting time using useless tips.

Here is the revolutionary, most original tutorial/guide which includes step-by-step ways to get more distance with your driver. Tips, tons of video and step-by-step instructions.

New Pocket Bike? Break it in First

Once you bring home a new pocket bike, there are breaking in procedures that need to be done. It is easy to get excited and want to ride around at top speed but if you do not properly break in the bike you risk cutting the engine life by almost half. That means you will be pouring money to maintain the bike much earlier than you should. There are many techniques to properly break in your new bike but two of the most popular strategies stand out.

The first method for breaking in new pocket bikes is heat cycling. To start you would run the bike at idle or just above idle for five to ten minutes. Once the time is up your engine should be below normal operating temperature. Then, turn off the bike and let the engine cool down. Once the engine has cooled down, turn it back on for another ten minutes then turn it off. Do this three more times for a total of four cycles.

Once that is done and the engine has cooled for the final cycle, it is time to take the bike for a cruise. It is important not to rev the engine or speed up on this run because you don’t want to put too much stress on the engine. Just take it for a ride at a very easy pace for an entire tank of gas. Once the tank of gas is used up, you can refill and the bike will be ready for riding at normal speeds.

The second method is less used but some people think it is more fun since you actually get to ride the bike. Begin warming up the engine by letting it idle for about five minutes. After the five minutes is up, slowly and gently bring up the throttle to where the clutch engages. This will keep the bike from lurching and throwing you off if you apply too much throttle while riding.

Now it is time to take the bike for a ride. Do a lap around the tracks at a very slow speed below normal. This helps to break in the tires. Then you can start to give it a little more gas and focus on hitting as wide a range of RPMs as possible by accelerating and decelerating. Do this for about fifteen minutes but make sure the engine is warmed up enough before beginning. It is important not to ride the bike too hard or too slowly during the fifteen minutes, just keep the clutch from engaging completely or it will burn. If the clutch is fully engaged you will know by feeling for it on the bike or by hearing its effect on the engine.

Now that your bike is ready it is time to hit the tracks hard and appreciate the full potential of your pocket bike. Remember to always follow safety instructions and wear proper gear when riding.

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