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Inspiration: Black Swan

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Sexy yet fashionable thriller, Black Swan has sparked creativity everywhere.  From ballerinas, glittering tiaras and bountiful feathers, there is much inspiration for those looking to dress their event up with a flair of the dramatic.

black swan feather wedding event inspiration board ideas  feather wedding cake feather dress feather centerpiece feather bouquet

Clockwise:  Stacked Feather Cake from Cakes 4 Fun; Black Feather Halter Dress from Unique Vintage; Rose, rhinestone feather and satin bridal bouquet; Topsy Turvy Handmade Missy White Feather Headband from Unique Vintage; Beautiful gilded branch draped in crystals and accompanied by feathers in an oversized snifter of feathers and rose petals styled by Liza Chung photographed by Agnes Lopez

When working with feathers and rhinestones or crystals, the concept within itself is already “big”; there can be a thin line between glamorous and downright gaudy.  It can be tempting, and at times almost oblivious to cross, but remember that less can mean more.  Beautiful ostrich plumes can be purchased in various colors rather inexpensively if you have your vision in mind.   You can create masterpieces like this beautiful centerpiece below, or inspire your design by going with a modern, artful concept like this angel feathers wedding cake.

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Nora Bohannon Liz Russell, Flickr

If you’re inspired, remember a swan is beautiful for its simplicity in color and grace.  But don’t be afraid to be daring with color and lighting (as shown above) or make a statement with quality workmanship and detail.

We Likey: Nesting Newbies

Online magazine Nesting Newbies Issue  Winter 2010

 

Looking for inspiration and ideas for your home registry?  You will absolutely love Nesting Newbies.  Not only is the magazine fabulous, but their website is equally fabulous being full of great pictures, articles and more.  The magazine’s issue features delicious recipes such as the Pineapple Teriyaki Meatballs and the Smoky Sweet Jalapeno Pork….

Nesting for Newbies

 

I think what I fell in love with the most are the tablescaping ideas.  Sitting down?  Good.

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modern vintage nesting for newbies tablescaping winter 2010

urban femme decor inspiration idea nesting newbies winter 2010

nesting for newbies tablescaping

If you are looking for more ideas, check out some past issues (here is Fall 2009…the garage transformation is amazing!)

We Likey: Mochatini

Mochatini decor style photography and travel blog

 

 

I am simply enamored by the Mochatini blog!  All of the posts are invigorating when it comes to style and culture and are infused with chic concepts and composition.  Don’t believe me?  Look…

 

From the tropical bliss guest post by Charlotta at Space for Inspiration

 

tropical bliss inspiration guest post by Charlotta at Space for Inspiration

 

Or the gorgeous shades in this strawberry lemonade post:

 

 

I and absolutely adore the nautical lines and shades here:

 

 

 

If you are looking for depth and inspiration, definitely check out Mochatini!

5 Venue Assets that Will Fabuluxe Your Wedding

zaza I know what the mags tell you– they tell you to ask these incessant (and sometimes unnecessary) questions when looking for your venue space.  You may have an idea as to what you are looking at or looking for in a venue– but do you know how to capitalize on what is there to make your event the envy of your friends?

 

You want your venue to have:

 

1.)  Personality–  Boring events start with boring venues.  If a site jumps out at you, it will also jump out at your guests.  And of course, boring is all relative.  Nevertheless, you still want a venue that reflects your personality and adds panache to your event overall. It should jump out at you and say "I’M THE ONE!" as soon as you walk in the door.  Is it an old mansion?  A trendy art and history museum?  A chartered boat?  You want something that looks like it is well-kept and up-to-date.  When you go into look at the place, look at the fixtures, the floors, windows, etc.  What are some things that you could incorporate into your design scheme?  Art work on the walls?  Winding staircases?  What are some things you can live without?  You want something that complements your fete, not take it over.

2.)  Great Staff–The same personality that you love in your venue should roll over into its staff.  The staff should be engaging, dynamic and professional.  It has always been my position that regardless of how much you spend, be it one dollar or one hundred thousand, you are always the rockstar.  Period.  There are some venues who allow their status to go to their heads, which results in a poor showing to clients.  I can’t remember the last time someone paid me tens of thousands of dollars to mistreat them or give substandard service.  That’s because they haven’t.  You want a staff that provides stellar service– not over the top, but plenty attentive and always with a smile.

3.)  Great Lighting– I can remember many many many moons ago, there was a song by a group called Black Sheep entitled "Strobelight Honey".  A strobelight honey is a person who only looks good under the strobelight.  That being said, lighting does wonders.  It can complement textures and architecture as well as create shadows and depth in your venue.  Lighting adds dimension and character to an event– even on a natural level.  You don’t want your event to look warehoused or completely dark without some sort of complementary lighting.  Lighting can come from strategically placed windows, skylights, open doors and even fireplaces.  To enhance  lighting that is already there naturally, you can add special effect lighting in the form of spotlighting or pinlighting.  This is perfect for showcasing a cake table, sweetheart table or centerpieces.

4.)  Flexibility and Space–  Some of my favorite venues have space upon space that is at the clients’ disposal during their event. This could include a lawn outside of the venue, a covered veranda or a courtyard.  This works in your favor when you are creating that luxury event experience for your guests.  You can have separate, yet spacious, areas for your cocktail hour, dinner, dancing, etc.  This allows you to design your space according your event’s theme or vision.  That could include creating an elegant pre-reception area for meet and greets to a swanky lounge area for guests to relax in during the festivities.  When you aren’t boxed into one particular room, your possibilities are endless.  If you do find yourself with minimum space, you want to make sure that your design scheme will not be too cumbersome for the staff to turnover in as little time as possible to avoid those gaps between scheduled events.

5.) An Extensive PVL (Preferred Vendors List)Some venues don’t call it a PVL, but may give you a list of vendors that they work with frequently.   If you run into a situation where your venue is also your exclusive caterer and baker, that of course, leaves you with other vendors that you must hire.  There is no better place to start than a list of vendors that the venue has done business with before. In this case, you are sure to build an event team that is familiar with your venue and can help you troubleshoot and design through your current vision.  Of course, you want to fact check both ways:  Ask the venue about vendors you are interested in prior to booking them, and vice versa.  You want a team that can work together seamlessly without playing a game of "Quien es mas macho" (who is more macho).

A few other tips on choosing that perfect venue:

  • Never look at more than five venues for your event.  After a while, they all start to look the same.  Do preliminary searches via the internet, ask exploratory questions of vendors and the venue’s staff to narrow down which ones will work for you and what you have planned.
  • I would encourage you to go back a second time to look at a venue. Even if your site is away from home– try to visit it twice during your initial stay. You will find that you will see things that you did not see the first time around. 
  • Take great notes so you can compare after you visit your sites.  Before you visit any, write down key words you want to describe your event, and then revisit those notes to see which venues come close.

 

{Photo: Hotel ZaZa}

Welcome to FABULUXE!

375528reg.jpgWhy, hello there!

Welcome to our new home! And this, my friends, was my great surprise!

Once Upon Your Wedding is now Fabuluxe Events, Inc., a full service event planning firm. Additionally, we have extended our service area to Savannah, Georgia and Jacksonville, Florida. Of course, we will still service our fabulous home town of the Golden Isles– St. Simons, Jekyll Island and Sea Island. Now, we can offer more as we expand in to other social and corporate events.

So there it is!

Ta da!

Everything is where you left it! Same categories, posts, etc.

Welcome home!

Cake Table Couture

Is your cake table design “blah”?  Do you have everything figured out but your cake table decor?  Have no fear, darlings! BBJ has new ideas in its bridal and cake table ideas gallery.  For example, how absolutely cute (and different) is this skirted (literally) cake table?  It adds texture and a cool, yet different design to the otherwise standard “white on white” fluffed cake table.  BBJ did another rendition of this skirted table, which is equally gorgeous, with even more depth.