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Fashion Monday: Jenny Yoo Gown Giveaway

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Art of Imagination, Chicago’s leading source for creative yet functional weddings and event design, is hosting a Bridal Gown Giveaway!

To reward all you creative, imaginative brides, Art of Imagination has partnered with the Jenny Yoo Collection, the Left Bank Jewelry and Crowne Plaza Hotel in this Bridal Gown Giveaway!

All you have to do is tell us: How are you bringing creativity and imagination to your wedding day?

To be considered, you must enter yourself on the website, share your story and include an image of you & your fiancé. The top five most creative entries showcasing their ideas will be selected by the Creative Team at Art of Imagination and posted to their website. To find the winner, it will be up to the finalists to gather votes from friends and family.

On Thursday, April 4th, Art of Imagination will be throwing a fabulous Announcement Party at their creative offices, where the five finalists will bring their fiancés and up to four guests to enjoy bites and champagne. The winner will be announced and one lucky bride will win the luxurious, couture Jenny Yoo gown valued at $3,000! All contestants will be winners that night with additional prizes furnished by the sponsors!

Here are just a few of the gorgeous wedding dresses from Jenny Yoo:

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Jenny Yoo Wedding Dress Giveaway

Good luck to all who enter!

Local Love: Our Favorite Jekyll Island Wedding Venues

Jekyll Island Wedding Venues

Photos by Scarlett Loves Stephen

Our area has some of the most beautiful wedding ceremony  and wedding reception venues for your event.  Everything from outdoor gardens to ballrooms, cottages to seaside tents, there is something here for every one and we can make it beautiful.

Beachview Club

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Photos by Brooke Roberts

 

Cherokee Cottage

Cherokee Cottage Jekyll island Wedding reception Venue

Crane Cottage

Crane Cottage Wedding Reception Venue Jekyll island

Crane Cottage Wedding Venue Jekyll Island

Photo by Scarlett Loves Stephen

 

Jekyll Island Convention Center

Jekyll Island wedding reception venue convention center

Jekyll Island Reception Wedding Venue Convention Center

 

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Photo by Brooke Roberts

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Jekyll island reception venues latitude 31

Villa Marianna

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Villa Ospo

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We Likey: Ink

Everyone knows I am such a technophile– if there is an app for it, I’ve probably got it.  This is why I think the new app  Ink Cards is perfect for couples who engage through technology with family and friends.
Apps for Wedding Invitations, Save the Dates Announcements

Why not share your  BIG news a little more physically this year, instead of announcing it on Facebook or sending a mass text message. Try sharing your news with a cool new app!

Ink is a card app that marries digital with snail mail. You can customize and mail unique Save the Dates or Announcements straight from your phone. You can add your own photos, special notes, and other personal touches with just a few clicks, and then a few days later a totally custom card arrives in the recipient’s mailbox! Best of all, you can skip a trip to the post office and let Ink Cards take care of all postage, printing, and shipping.

Apps for Wedding Invitations, Save the Dates Announcements

Ink Cards is all about making your wedding planning even easier. All of your sent cards are saved, just in case you’re in line at the grocery store and realize that you forgot to notify Aunt Marjorie about your wedding- just open the app, pull up the card on your phone and send away. Once addresses are entered they are saved, so sending Thank You notes from a beach during your honeymoon is an absolute breeze.

Apps for Wedding Invitations, Save the Dates Announcements

It’s the perfect new way to share the big announcement or even send your save- the- dates for the bigger day! Here is a great video showing you how it works:

Ink was so kind to offer Cocktails & Details readers 20 free credits. Get started on yours today!

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Feb 26 2013

How to Have an Awesome Cocktail Style Reception

 

 

I’ve been talking to a few colleagues about this growing trend of brides wanting to do a cocktail style reception, yet having very heavy “buffets” that could be classified as a full meal instead of great hors d’oeuvres known as small plates.  We all came to the agreement that some couples unknowingly do their guests a disservice and  “if they have feet, they need a seat

Cocktail Style Reception ideas Photo by Harwell Photography

Photo by Harwell Photography

While I know there are differing opinions on this, but let’s consider the following:

•  If your food requires heavy dinner plates, it’s not necessarily a cocktail style reception, and a table should be offered to accommodate your guests.

•  It is absolutely horrid for guests to arrive at a reception without a seating chart or enough seating.  From someone who sees this a lot– they are very confused and at times frustrated.  From guests who want to sit together may find a table that lacks enough chairs to accommodate their party to being stuck  in an undesirable area that is far away from all the action.  Confusion grows deeper as it is not clearly communicated as to exactly whom is entitled to have one of the coveted tables. People get up and lose their seats which can be even more frustrating.

•  A lot of brides say, “We don’t need seating for every one because… my friends are young” or “they’ll be too busy dancing!” or “I don’t want it to be too formal”.  No one stands the entire time while drinking and dancing at some of the hottest clubs in Hollywood.  Why would you expect them to at your wedding, where they are expected to be treated as guests.  Expecting guests to stand for four hours is unrealistic.

•  It is extremely hard for some guests to juggle a plate of food, drinks, purse and whatever else they are trying to carry and enjoy themselves.  If most of the seated tables and cocktail tables are full, you have guests standing in open spaces trying to find a respite.  With non-wedding cocktail parties, this can work to an advantage, because not everyone is eating at the same time. People may be mingling, dancing, or participating in some other activity. With a wedding, most of your guests will be doing the same thing at the same time.  Be prepared for some guests to leave early.

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To be clear, I’m not against cocktail receptions– I think they’re gorgeous, fun and allow for more mingling.  Most cocktail receptions, while lacking formal seating, does offer rest/lounge areas for their guests.  Brides believe that if their venue is small and they overinvite, they can switch to this style seating, under the premise of “not everyone needs a seat”.  A formal seat, no– not necessarily.  Somewhere to sit, absolutely. Here’s how to make it fabulous, but still with the vibrant cocktail party type atmosphere you want:

• You should have tables for at least 75% of your guest list.  You are not just limited full five and six foot tables. Incorporate a mix of different table sizes like cocktail tables, bistro tables  and even a banquet table or two to mix it up.  Offer a few with chairs and stools to give those a break if they need it.

Cocktail Style Reception Ideas

Cocktail Style Reception Seating Ideas

• If you don’t offer seating for everyone, then offer a lounge area where people can still relax, regroup and enjoy a cocktail and food.  Rent lounge furniture or incorporate furniture from your venue.  Make it your own by bringing in your own cushions and centerpieces to complement their furniture.

Wedding Lounge for Cocktail Style Reception

Wedding Lounge for Cocktail Style Reception

Outdoor Wedding Lounge for Cocktail Style Reception Ideas

• Don’t let this become a money issue.  Your guests would probably enjoy being comfortable more than a welcome bag or favor.  When we ask most of our couples what is most important to them on their wedding day, they say, “good food, good music and for everyone to have a good time”.  It can be hard to enjoy the good food from the five star caterer you hired or enjoy the smooth crooning of your 10 piece band if your guests are uncomfortable and frustrated.

•  Have a cocktail style reception because you want to. Not because you have to.  If your space dictates that only a certain amount of people can fit in your venue, be prepared to make the sacrifice.  With cocktail receptions, space and food are major issues.  You need enough room for people to flow in and out of the space comfortably, not spilling out and displaced.  You may have to sacrifice on the full dinner you wanted or cut your guest list down.  If you make the sacrifice, you still have many hearty options available to serve to your guests without them going away hungry.

Mini Burger Mini Grilled Cheese Mini Beer for Cocktail Hour Reception

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• Be sure there is something to do to keep people active and happy.  Naturally, you have your dance floor and your bar.  Some sort of table or seat will keep them busy and give them a place to keep their belongings, but get them to be interactive with games, a photo or video booth, a dessert or popcorn bar  or even a tour of your venue.  The more people have to do, the less they are standing in one spot.

Custom Cornhole for Weddings

Photo by Anna Pociask Photography

Chocolate Dessert Bar for Wedding

Photobooth for Weddings

Great Gatsby Wedding Inspiration
Feb 25 2013

Great Gatsby Wedding Inspiration

With Leonardo DiCaprio’s new Great Gatsby movie coming soon in theaters and Boardwalk Empire still going strong, you can expect to see a lot of Roaring ’20s inspired weddings coming up this year.   Translating this age of indulgence and decadence into a design offers you many options to make your event unique and fun.

Wedding Gown

These gowns from Cymbeline are absolutely to die for.  While being a glamorous homage to this era, it still embraces some of the modern lines of contemporary fashion.

Art Deco Vintage Wedding Gowns by Cymbeline

Flapper Inspired Wedding Gowns by Cymbeline

Vera Wang‘s White Label features deco details, tassel trims, beading and drop wasists, while still giving off an ethereal feel.

Vera Wang White Great Gatsby Inspired Wedding Dress

Vera Wang White Great Gatsby Inspired Wedding Dress
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Go all the way!  Whether you use finger waves or loose waves adorned with a brooch or feather, these styles shout for attention.  Not wanting to go that formal?  Consider a faux bob that frames your face and features.

Great Gatsby Flapper Inspired Hair

Wedding Invitations and Save the Dates

Here is an opportunity to tell/show your guests exactly the type of wedding they are in for.  These not only set the tone for your wedding, but allows you to flesh out details of the theme that you love and want to carry throughout– the art deco shapes and patterns, fonts, colors, etc.

Great Gatsby Inspired Save the Date

Art Deco Great Gatsby Inspired Wedding Invitations

Art Deco Great Gatsby Inspired Wedding Invitations

Flowers

Take a cue from the flappers and add feathers and/or brooches to your bouquet.  Go for lush florals like peonies, orchids and hydrangeas with a cascading design.

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The Wedding Cake

I love these art deco style wedding cakes!  I love the use of color, metal tones and bling that make it a bit more modern.

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The Experience

The  theme is the overall concept or inspiration for your event. Making it come to life is the experience.  With period piece themes, you actually want to transport your guests into that era through decor, music and lighting.  This is experience can be really easy to duplicate with simple, quality linens in simple colors.  Feather centerpieces would make a wonderful addition to any table, including cocktail tables as they add drama and glamour.  Crystal or tinsel-type curtains do the same to cordon off areas.  Don’t like feathers? Consider leafy palms or clusters of orchids in tall containers.

Speakeasy Great Gatsby Wedding Party Decor Spandex linen

Cigarette Girls Flapper Servers Great Gatsby Wedding

Go interactive!  Hire models, waitstaff or get friends to act as cigarette girls to greet guests with seating chart, escort cards, hors d’oeuvres.

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If you’re going for more of the Great Gatsby feel, consider having white jacket waitstaff serve your cocktails during the cocktail hour or champagne during your toast.

Great Gatsby Inspired Wedding

The black and white dance floor with the right lighting could totally transform your event space.

Speakeasy Great Gatsby Wedding Inspiration

Naturally, A central point of a 20s speakeasy was the bar.  Here are some fun ways to customize yours to tie in with the experience:

Vintage Speakeasy Menu

Create vintage style poster of available drinks, as seen above.  Include your wedding date, names and any funny stories about the drinks and what they mean to you. It makes a great conversation starter as guests are waiting in line or enjoying the cocktail hour.

Great Gatsby Speakeasy Bar Inspiration for Wedding Have your bar go vintage! Stage a few prohibition style boxes or crates on or behind the bar full of dark bottles and jugs.  Pair them with custom vintage labeled bottles and  mix and match  jars for an authentic feel.

This is a great place to start for inspiration for your Great Gatsby, Roaring 20s style wedding!

Celebrity Fête: Preston Bailey’s Wedding

Preston Bailey Wedding

The guru of wedding design, Preston Bailey, tied the knot last week at midnight in New York’s iconic Empire State Building. Preston’s weddings are always seen as effortless, fashionable and over the top. It is absolutely no wonder that is very own wedding turned out to be the same way.

King Kong Floral StatuePreston Bailey Wedding Getting married at the Empire State Building alone is bragworthy, but what would the New York landmark be without its partner in crime, King Kong? Known for his large floral arrangements of animals and other natural elements, this particular beauty was there to greet guests as they entered the wedding. Not to be outdone by one of his fabulous creations, when it was time to come down the aisle, Preston emerged from what appeared to be a 12 foot bride drenched in orchids and a Reem Acra gown, donning a dapper black tuxedo and carrying a white bouquet.

All white ceremony draped  with florals
The ceremony altar as quite regal, with clusters of hanging flowers and crystals. The chair covers gave the same lush look as the florals that were the focal point of the ceremony, tying the look all together. The ceremony altar itself, was draped as guests arrived, to add to the mystery of the affair.

Wedding Cocktail Hour Decor
One thing you could tell, by both the set up and decor, was that preston and Theo wanted their wedding to be gorgeous, but also fun and personal. The hallways and rooms had hanging crystals and beautiful shades of purple florals, but also their favorite images of attending guests.

Gold Hanging Boxes of Chocolates as Wedding FavorsPink centerpieces for cocktail tables
As favors, the couple hung gold boxes from a gold tree of gourmet chocolates. As opposed to having a sit down dinner, they opted for a cocktail party full of delicious fare, including an after-party with breakfast finger foods. As it was a cocktail party, there was no formal seating. Instead, there were high top tables with Chiavari stools and gorgeous cascading arrangements.

Reception Menu for Food
In addition to great entertainment and décor, food makes the party. Playing on famous pairs, their delightfully designed menu (in both the culinary and artistic sense) consisted of what we call “small plates”. These little, but savory, bites are perfect for you to get creative for your cocktail hour or party.

Pink Lighting for Wedding Reception
It was definitely a party atmosphere with a pink wash thrown over the room with speciality lighting. As a special touch, the dance floor displayed orchids, mimicking the floral details of the wedding.

Photos :: Robert Evans via BizBash

We Likey: The Paris Wedding

The Paris Wedding Book by Kim Petyt

Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve been in love with all things French– especially Paris. This love has been passed down to my own little girl, who collects Eiffel Towers, had a Parisian birthday party, and knows possibly every fashion house in Paris. It is absolutely no wonder that when I began my business and met the beautiful soul, Kimberly Petyt of Parisian Events, I was completely enamored.

An American transplant in Paris, Kim has created a world-renowned wedding company that specializes and caters to Americans getting married in Paris. Her acute eye for design, effervescent personality and unparalleled drive for service mas made her a favorite and must-have for those getting married abroad.

getting married in paris inspiration

Kim has now taken the next logical step– sharing her expertise, love for her work and the beauty of her couples in a book entitled, Paris Wedding . The Paris Wedding, which will be released this coming April, is a full-color, idea-packed, “go-to guide” for globally minded trendsetters who are in love with the style and romance of Paris. Half of the book focuses on the logistical “nitty-gritty” behind planning a wedding in Paris (but also includes plenty of gorgeous Real Parisian Wedding eye-candy). The other half is geared towards brides who want to plan a Parisian-INSPIRED wedding in their own hometown, and includes stylized photo shoots (shot on location, naturally!) as well as chapters on things like lingerie, wedding gown and shoe shopping in Paris, and resources for finding French touches like macarons and croquembouche in cities all over the world.

If you are going to Paris to marry or are strongly leaning towards a Paris styled event in your area, I truly cannot think of a better resource, guide and expert to assist you than Kim and her new book!

P.S.– Also check out her awesome blog, Parisian Party: Tales of an American Wedding Planner in Paris for more inspiration!

What the Superbowl and Grammys Have to Do with Your Wedding

Yes, I know this is a bit late. You’ll have to forgive me– we’re ve been in complete Euphoria with my Baltimore Ravens’ win!  As well yelled, cried, cheered, stressed and danced our way around the house that fateful night, I couldn’t help to be struck by some things that made me gasp, sigh and admire in terms of pulling off an event.  I thought, “I havegot to tell my brides this!” Your wedding, in essence, is the Superbowl of your  life.  You’ve worked hard in your relationship to get there. You’ve invested quite a bit of money for it to turn out splendidly.  There can be no margin for error.

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To ensure we are all on the same page, let’s agree that Beyoncé rocked it.  With the stakes already high with the “Harbowl” (the first time in history two brothers, in our case, the Harbaughs, have battled for a championship), the pressure was on to pull off an exquisite performance.  The challenge was accepted and met.  What did we learn, luxelings?

Special Effects Can Change Everything.    A show with fire, sparks, lights and unique staging, the running joke was that “I went to a Beyoncé concert and a football game broke out”.  Her performance made you forget you were at a football game in a closed stadium.  Special effects and lighting can do the same thing for your venue as well. If you love your venue location, but let’s say, the room makes your vodka curdle, consider bringing in some spot and uplighting.  A soft color wash of your room, even when coupled with a few gobos can truly transform your space.

Be Prepared.  Clearly, the power company and those at the Superdome were not. With my team on the cusp of a huge blow out, the power cuts off.  In my buffalo wing and martini rage, I’ll admit, I blamed Beyoncé.  But it turns out, she had her own generator for her performance.  For whatever reason, what happened at the Superdome was their snafu and theirs alone.  Can you imagine– in the middle of your wedding the power just cuts off?  Or the caterer runs out of food?  The bartender shrugs and says the rum is gone (makes me giggle and think of this clip from Pirates of the Caribbean– “Why is the rum gone!?”) Accidents can happen, but an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.  If you have a power heavy event, especially in a historic or outdoor venue, consider bringing additional power.  What good is your band or DJ if no one can hear them?  Check with your caterer to discuss their policies for overages.  Plan accordingly for your bar, especially if you want to incorporate signature drinks.  Many signature cocktails consist of several liquors, you will want to make sure they are easily replenished throughout the evening.

Not to be outdone, the Grammy’s put on some great collaborative performances, but it was their after-party’s that got my attention.  I absolutely adored the Recording Academy’s Bollywood inspired affair, as  Red Line Management’s after party.

belly dancers for wedding with themed tent

You’re Not Limited to Just a Band or DJ for Your Entertainment.  With the Recording Academy’s party, their entertainment matched their theme. Belly dancers performed as well as danced through the aisles of the tables and lounge areas with acrobats and musicians. It gave the feel of an old eastern celebration, not only transforming the space, but transporting your guests as well. You can’t beat that kind of experience.

jewel tone bollywood event inspiration

Don’t Be Afraid of Color.  If you’re daring, explore beautiful jewel tones for your tables and chairs, especially if your event space is extremely large or dark.  These pops of color keep your event from looking overly sparse and adds tremendous character. Also look to create a unique lounge area for your guests– rentals from gorgeous places like Raj Tents  can help you duplicate this sultan type affair with these vivid tents.  You can also create other unique lounge areas with plush sofas and ottomans.

modern style glass tent for weddings

Modern is the New Black.  I love, love, love this clean look at the Mondrian.  In addition to the SAG Awards Deco Glam party, I’ll admit I am very happy to see the shift from the vintage and rustic styles head toward a more lush glam and streamlined modern look. Going modern is truly not that hard, as you can see with this clear tent and monochromatic theme.  What makes it stand out re the lines and styles of the furniture and the details.  The key with the less is more approach is to make it look intentional, not sparse.  Find great containers for your centerpieces, add a pattern, or bring in lighting — the possibilities are endless!

P.S.– Also from the superbowl, want to know why your photographer won’t send you all of your pictures?  This guy will tell you.

 

 

Great Guestbook Ideas and Alternatives

Guestbook Wine Bottle for Weddings

Ready to ditch the traditional “sign in” type guestbooks for your wedding?  Looking for something more meaningful and aesthetic for your home?  Here are some outstanding options!

In addition to the wine guestbook bottles featured above or vintage postcards in an antique suitcase, where guests sign their name to specifically numbered bottles to be opened on your anniversaries, there are other many non-traditional (read: boring) ways of commemorating your guests’ attendance and affection for you on your special day.

Notes and Polaroids

polaroid and notes for guestbook wedding

Create a scrapbook with small envelopes, where guests can leave notes on cards for you to open after your honeymoon.  Another fun way is to have your guests take polaroid pictures where they can snap a photo at a designated area, leave a sweet message and post it in your book.

wedding monogram and thumbprint trees for guestbook at weddings

Looking for something to display in your home?  These beautiful wooden monograms and guestbook trees are amazing conversation and decor pieces for your home.  Other great home decor ideas are the jars of stones where guests can write their names or messages on them.  Signed paper with decal numbers of your wedding day would look beautiful framed in your foyer or hallways.  If you’re the rustic type, a wooden slab  will look great perched on a shelf or on your mantle.

guestbook alternatives

Have a favorite hobby you love to do together?  Get a commemorative piece that guests can sign for you to display in your home.  This always makes a welcome addition to your home and will be far more revered than a book that will collect dust.
Unique Guestbook Ideas for Weddings

Hopefully these great ideas will inspire you to do something truly unique for your guestbook!