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.

By: Anthony Lee

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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.

Karon Beach, Phuket where real vacations come true

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thailand is home to countless features that any tourist will easily be endeared to. The wonderful and ever inviting vibrant culture of the Thai people along with the heavenly prepared mouth watering Thai cuisine that has delighted many food lovers over the years are some of the few things that are certain to impress even the most hard-hearted of tourists. The mesmerizing beaches of Thailand and the feeling of the warm sand under your feet will intrigue you in every way from the onset of your holiday. One beach that perfectly brings all these feature to life is the Karon Beach in Phuket.

Phuket is one of the most loved islands in Thailand and therein lays a strip of white sand, the Karon Beach, which contains everything that any tourist would need for a perfect holiday. Budget and luxury travellers, couples and families will all find accommodation and facilities that fit their holidaying needs, preferences and budget to make their stay a comfortable and memorable one. For the budget traveller there are affordable accommodations available at the south end of the beach. Simple accommodation they may be termed but with the sort of hospitality – that is the trademark of the Thai people – offered here, you will experience something that is hardly found anywhere else. In essence you will get more than value for your money.

For those after pure luxury and pleasure, the Karon Beach will not fail in providing you with a variety of sophisticated high end accommodation. There are world class luxury hotels which will spoil you with their courteous services topped up with delectable Thai cuisines and the world appreciated Thai massage. Nightlife in Phuket is simply awesome and it varies; there are wild parties here and there but the most beautiful Thai nights are characterised by a laid back ambience, good food, chilled drinks and some good company.

Vacations in Karon Beach Phuket are not just spent sunbathing at the beach rather there are several other delightful activities you may involve yourself in. Nature lovers will most definitely love the nature trails where you can take a walk or do so onboard an elephant – pure Thai style! You can also learn how to prepare Thai cuisines by taking classes available at several hotels. Yoga classes are available for those seeking some inner peace during the holiday.

If you would like to incorporate all these in your overdue holiday, you can easily do that by using the internet to make travelling arrangements as well as to check and make room reservations. Easy to navigate travel websites like Phuketbooknow.log make it easy for you to locate and book that perfect accommodation on Karon Beach Thailand.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information about the Karon Beach Thailand please visit www.karon-phuket-hotels.com.

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How To Show Appreciation To The Bridesmaids

Without the bridesmaids, planning your wedding would really be very difficult. With so many things to do to plan your big day, you will most likely give some of them to your bridesmaids. You have chosen these girls to play an important role to your wedding, and that includes helping you out in all possible ways they can. These make your bridesmaids deserving of wonderful gifts from you. Giving gifts to them can make them feel appreciated and it makes them feel they are truly valued.

Traditionally, it is the bride who should come up with bridesmaids gifts. So it is your responsibility to buy and give gifts to your bridesmaids, and you have to plan for it in advance to make it a successful gift-giving before your wedding comes. Before you buy anything, consider some deciding factors to be able to give the best gifts that your bridesmaids will surely appreciate.

By giving gifts, you can express your heart-felt gratitude to your bridesmaids. However, this doesn’t mean that gifts should be expensive. Your attendants are priceless, but this don’t mean that you have to buy them lavish or something extravagant. Always keep in mind your budget. Planning a wedding these days can really be very expensive, that is why it is wise to set up a budget first before buying anything. Stick to inexpensive items if you can’t afford to buy expensive gifts, but make sure that your choices don’t look literally cheap. Consider the quality, because your bridesmaids are not just some people whom you have just met somewhere out there. They are close to your heart, therefore gifts for them should reflect their value to you.

There are thousands of places where you can find and purchase anything for your bridesmaids. In fact, it can be a bit tricky to pick one from a line of so many beautiful choices to choose from. There are also online sources that offer a much wider options for bridesmaids gifts today. Many brides prefer to shop online not only for bridesmaids gifts but also for other essential items that their wedding needs, because it is a lot easier and cheaper buying things online than shopping at a local store or mall. Anytime of the day, you can hunt and order gifts for your attendants without leaving your home and spending too much.

Good bridesmaids gifts could be anything made personalized. Today when almost anything is possible to personalize through the themed the we have, you don’t have to worry about adding the names, initials, or even the photo of your bridesmaids onto your gifts. Some of the most popular personalized bridesmaids gifts include embroidered handbags, engraved jewelry gifts, monogrammed leathera journals, embroidered bath robes, embroidered cosmetic bags, engraved compact mirrors, engraved jewelry boxes, personalized shirts and a lot more. You can find so many choices for these items online. Just simply surf the web and then visit different sites that specialize on personalized bridesmaids gifts and other gifts related to weddings and bridal showers.

Jnet is an author for a variety of lifestyle issues and topics including weddings. If you’re looking for engraved picture frames, visit the website Mybridesmaidsgifts.com and browse their extensive collection. Find engraved compacts to make it extra special!

Make Everyone Feel Included in Your Wedding Day

These summer months are jam-packed with wedding celebrations for my spouse and me. Family members and friends have chosen this sunny season to tie the knot all over the country. As I’ve aided in the planning with several of these brides-to-be, I realize the reality that not all hoped-for guests will actually make it to the nuptials.

The reasons are varied–health complications, prior obligations, family commitments, and so on–but there are genuine regrets on both sides. But there are still ways to make everyone feel included in your joy. These tips can help.

Try to communicate personally with those that RSVP with their regrets, especially those closest to you. Doing so can be difficult because of the stress of putting together your big day, but try to spare a few minutes for a phone call. “Grandma, I am so sorry you can’t fly out from Chicago for my wedding, but I want you to know I’ll be thinking about you, and I hope you feel better soon.”

If possible, follow up with a “Get Well Soon” card. The people in your life will remember that you weren’t so focused on being a bride that you had no compassion for everyone else.

Invitees unable to attend will often still send a gift, so after you have gotten settled, make them your first priority when you write thank you notes.

Pictures, pictures, pictures. Digital scrapbooking is a wonderful way to help everyone feel as though they are right in the middle of the action. If you want to have a little fun, use photo editing software to insert other pictures of missing guests. Many of us prefer to share these things through social networking, but digital scrapbooking allows you to dress up basic photos and engage the mind and heart even more.

If you elect to have your wedding recorded on video, make copies for your absent intimates so they can truly feel as though they were there to share the day.

When in doubt, just ask! “Auntie Linda, I am so bummed that you won’t be able to make it to our wedding, but I understand that Josh’s graduation is more important. Sorry about the timing of it all! What can I do to make you feel included?” Trust me, this question alone will go a long way.

Life is great!

Modern Graduation Etiquette: Wording Ideas For Graduation Announcements, Invitations & More

Courtesy never goes out of style. However, many people in today’s casual, cell phone and email society have forgotten just how pleasant it is to receive a formal correspondence, be it an embossed thank you card, an old fashioned red, gold, and green Christmas card, or a paper and ink invitation. These more traditional methods of correspondence are regaining their popularity as simple ways to let others know that you care enough to take the time to put pen to paper. You can create graduation announcements and graduation invitations that take this extra measure of courtesy one step further, while enjoying modern convenience, by creating unique announcements and invites with the help of an online service that integrates family photographs, personal messages, and custom color schemes while maintaining high quality paper and printing standards.

To ensure that they look and perform their very best, there are some basic rules of etiquette that should always be followed and some special touches that only you can add, making your correspondence both memorable and unique. Timing, content, and a list of recipients are three factors that deserve your attention when creating these mementos.
Proper Timing For Graduation Announcements & Invitations

The first step to creating thoughtful, attractive correspondence is planning. While announcements are merely informative, sharing the news of this grand accomplishment with family and friends across the board, an invitation requires some planning on the part of your guests and they should be given enough time. Generally speaking, local invites are sent out three weeks in advance. If travel or other extensive planning will be required, they should be mailed six weeks ahead of time. By ordering graduation announcements and invitations early enough, there will be plenty of time for other details, such as final exams. To save even more time, order matching thank you cards and convenient preprinted address labels.

Lists Are Handy Tools

Create different lists for announcements and invitations. Announcements go to family, friends, coworkers, neighbors, coaches, teachers, tutors — just about everybody! This is exciting news and everyone will want to hear about it. There are two separate sets of invitations and they are handled differently. Schools have very strict rules about how many guests each grad is allowed to attend and, very often, the schools themselves provide those invitations, which tend to be very simple, elegant, and utilitarian. The graduation party invitations, however, can be as wild and crazy, innocent and sweet, modern, traditional, artistic or anything else. Invitations set the tone for any event. The words used, the color scheme selected, and the photographs integrated can completely change what people will expect at this party.

A Picture Says A Thousand Words

Make your invitations and announcements ‘pop’ by adding family photographs that tell a story of how you reached graduation day, that show how much you have grown, or that share some of your academic activities. Clear, simple, high quality photos can transform a graduation invitation or announcement into a memento that recipients will treasure for years. The graduation invitations can incorporate academic motifs, sports insignia, school colors, club mementos, or whatever else will set the stage for your celebration.
Just The Facts, Ma’am

Graduation announcements should always include the grad’s name, the name of the institution issuing the degree, the type of degree, and the date the degree was conferred. For invitations to the ceremony, the same information is used that was put in the announcements, with the addition of the date, location, and time of the ceremony. The date the degree was conferred should be omitted from the ceremony invitation to prevent confusion. Directions to the event can also be included, as well as information about any activities planned following the ceremony, such as a reception, party, or other get together. Invitations to the party must include the standard fare: date, day, location, and time.

When addressing envelopes, the etiquette depends largely upon the formality of the event. Formal gatherings require that full names and number words be written out on the envelope, with the last name and salutation used on an inner envelope, if one is employed. Less formal gatherings still require neat penmanship, correct postage, and timely mailing.

It helps your guests prepare appropriately when they know what to expect. If a meal is to be served at any of the festivities, be sure to mention that in your correspondence. An RSVP contact is mandatory, be it a formal response card enclosed with the invite, or a more casual phone number or email address to which guests can respond. Finally, buy a few extras. They are cheaper when bought with the original order and there are nearly always penmanship errors, addressing errors, and forgotten guests you simply must invite.

You have worked hard to achieve this goal. Enjoy the ease with which you can create memorable graduation announcements and graduation invitations that family and friends will treasure for years.

Chris Harmen enjoys creating graduation announcements and graduation invitations personalized with family photos.

Finding Bridal & Wedding Shower Favors With Meaning

Many of those taking on the task of arranging a wedding shower are confused about proper shower party etiquette. Are bridal shower favors necessary? How elaborate or simple should they be? Not everyone agrees on the necessity of bridal shower party favors. Some believe that since the guests are there to give gifts to the bride, guest favor gifts are not necessary. Others prefer to give out favors as a token of friendship and appreciation. The custom may vary from place to place, but if you’re not sure about whether bridal or wedding shower favors are needed, it may be best to choose some simple ones just to be safe.

Bridal parties are special events to honor the bride and present her with gifts. These parties tend to be fairly casual compared to the big wedding, and usually involve a group of close female friends. The event is planned by the maid-of-honor, and often has a cute theme related to the wedding or the bride’s interests. While some couples these days opt for a combined shower party honoring both the bride and groom, the traditional female-only shower is still the dominant model. The bride-to-be’s shower favors should typically reflect the nature of the party, as well as any theme that the maid-of-honor decides on. Once a theme is chosen, affordable and creative party favors that compliment that theme can be fairly easy to find.

The great thing about bridal or wedding shower favors is that they can have a more personal touch. A bride’s shower gathers together the her closest friends, who know her the best and they likely know each other fairly well also. The event can be quite casual and humorous, and shower favor gifts can run the gamut from amusing to sentimental. Favors for the Bridal shower generally match the chosen theme for the party but often also try to incorporate some aspect of the bride that guests will understand. When selecting wedding shower guest gifts keep an eye out for something unique and personal, it’s always a good idea to do that.

Once you know what your theme is, it becomes much easier to pick out favor gifts. The bride may love everything related to Greece. Selecting gifts with a Greek color scheme or famous landmarks would work out pretty well. Or perhaps the bride loves poetry. Bridal shower favors with a poetic flair could be just the ticket. For a bride that adores chocolate, make the theme based on the worship of those delectable beans. Following a particular theme can make favors for the shower highly entertaining and unique.

Once you have the theme set, it’s a good idea to pick out favors that guests can use. Even the nicest favors might end up at the back of the closet if they’re not useful, and useful certainly doesn’t have to mean boring! Consider giving coasters, candles or notebooks as bridal shower favors. These are not only useful, they can be personalized to fit any theme imaginable!

You may want to find the perfect bridal shower favors, but are afraid of going overboard on price. These gifts for guests should not be overly expensive. After all, the party is all about the bride. Figuring out your options for favors requires thinking about how many people are invited to the party. There might be more wiggle room with smaller shower parties, but larger events often require simpler wedding shower favors. Still, it’s possible to find entertaining and useful shower gifts at a low price, and can make a great contribution to planning a successful party.

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