Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Fall Wedding Trends

As summer comes to a close and fall ushers in cooler temperatures and falling leaves, autumn wedding trends are showing up more and more.  This year, we will see several repeating themes from previous years, with some new updates thrown in.  

Jewel tones in traditional fall colors are very popular this year.  Couples are still choosing cranberry, brown and orange, but are also displaying teal, gold and shimmering purples in their weddings.

Bridal dresses, shoes and makeup are a great way to incorporate jewel-tone fall colors.

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Another popular trend in fall weddings is incorporating elements from nature.  Wood, pine cones and acorns are often used in floral design and decor.

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Fall wouldn't be fall without pumpkins and apples.  Not just for carving or baking, we are seeing these autumn staples at ceremonies and receptions too.

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Insta-Lately

Shared some event planner humor.

Pics of a recent event.  Also on the blog.

Did some shopping for an upcoming party.

Advice from one of our favorite event designers...Colin Cowie!

We love David Tutera!

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Teal, Black & White Wedding Decor

Dropping in the share the reception decor from a wedding we did in June.  I loved the colors the couple chose.  Simple and elegant!








Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A Day of Beauty

Today is National Lipstick Day (what you didn't know?)!  In honor of this day of beauty, we are sharing some of our favorite celebrity wedding makeup looks.  


 Gwen Stefani rocks a bold lip like no other.  For her wedding day, she chose a pretty pink shade.





Love her or hate her, Kim Kardashian makes a gorgeous bride.  For her most recent nuptials, she chose a smokey eye and nude lip.
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  Her Royal Highness, the Duchess of Cambridge, was the epitome of understated elegance on her wedding day. 


Former childhood actress Tia Mowry made a stunning bride with this classic makeup look.


 In true supermodel fashion, Cynthia Bailey was beautiful for her wedding, wearing a sultry smokey eye and metallic lipstick.


Friday, July 25, 2014

Thomas the Train Party - 3 Years

Hi, It's Melissa here coming to share pictures of my little boy's third birthday party.  He is all about Thomas the Train right now, so what better theme to choose.  We rented a room at the Children's Museum of Richmond.  The kids had an awesome time and I'm sure my son will remember this birthday for years to come!








 







Location: Children's Museum of Richmond Central
All decor and signage:  Elite Event Management LLC
Cake:  Kakealicious

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Wedding Planning Tips from the Experts


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Other than the birth of a new baby, no event in life draws more unsolicited opinions and advice than planning a wedding.  Many a bride and groom have become overwhelmed by the magnitude of opinions given to them leading up to their wedding.  There are always conflicting ideas about what is necessary or appropriate, whether to hire a planner, or how much to spend.  Here's some advice from our team that may help put all the guesswork to rest.

Ushers/Escorts

If you are confused as to whether you need ushers at your ceremony or not, it's completely optional. It's not mandatory (what is, really?) And if you aren't sure what exactly ushers do, it's really pretty simple. Ushers are the main greeters at your ceremony and walk guests to their seats (or at least their row) at weddings. Ushers generally walk arm in arm with female guests while any male accompanying guests follow behind.


Choosing a Dress

Don’t just fixate on a dress you saw in a wedding magazine. Understand what dress style looks best on YOU and focus on that. If you are under 5″4′, step away from the normal dress section and make a beeline for the petite dresses. After it is all said and done, you’ll be pleased with yourself for making this choice.


Selecting Flowers

One of the best ways to incorporate affordable flowers into your budget is to try and choose flowers that are in season. These are often much more available, which means they end up costing far less. If you are in love with a certain flower that doesn’t happen to be in season, you can still opt to incorporate them.  Just make sure that they are not the main wedding flowers that are used for the big day. 


Budgeting

When you set the budget for your wedding, it’s always smart to allow for some “wiggle room.” The more you delve into your wedding planning, the more unexpected costs you will find. Most likely, you will not only end up underestimating costs, but also completely forgetting minor items, such as tips for vendors. We recommend “rounding up” on all line items to give you that little extra bumper to take care of unforeseen or neglected expenses. Before you book your venue and vendors, use our checklist and budget tools to make sure you have accounted for all costs. 


The Groom's Involvement 

Grooms I'm talking to you. The bride has enough to worry about, so the groom can definitely take the lead on the parts of the wedding that involve him most. This includes the groom's and groomsmen attire, his wedding ring and the groomsmen gifts. Tell her you care. If she doesn't know wedding planning is something you'd like to be involved in, she probably won't even consider asking for your opinion. At the beginning of the planning process, make it clear that you want input on certain things or everything. Practice good communication from the start and figure out who will be handling what. That way, everything will run smoothly and you can get the most out of your wedding planning experience. You two make a great team; that's why you're getting married! So join forces on this one and don't stress. Plan, bond and fall deeper in love along the way. 


Hiring a Caterer

Whether you are into farm-to-table, buffet style or a black-tie sit down dinner, make sure you have your caterer on board! Also, remember to taste, taste, taste—guests are going to remember your food! 


The Wedding Planner

HIRE AN EXPERT: Save money by spending it on a planner? It sounds counter intuitive, but wedding planners 1) are not shy when it comes to haggling, 2) can draw from years of experience working with brides on budgets, and 3) have working relationships with vendors -- all of which can amount to big bucks shaved off your final bill. 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Event Planner Essentials

As event planners we are constantly on the go, attending meetings with vendors, consulting with clients or shopping for materials and supplies.  In this hectic industry, we know the key to overall success is organization.  When planning and executing events, we have to be ready for any and everything.  Here are some essentials we can't plan without.

Ipad

An Ipad (or your tablet of choice) is tremendously convenient when running around town attending meetings.  We also use Ipad apps specifically designed for event planning.  Contacts, photos, calendars, files and notes are always within arms reach.
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Tote Bag

Ok, this one may just be for the ladies, but a sturdy tote bag is a must!  No one wants to lug around two or three (or more) bags all day.  Toss in your tablet, makeup case and a comfy pair of flats.  Just make sure it's a bag that's well made, and of course, stylish.
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An Emergency Kit

With just about every event, something goes wrong.  It may not be a huge mishap, but things are forgotten, misplaced or damaged.  A good event planner is always prepared for such times by having an emergency kit.  Your kit can include whatever you feel may be needed, but should have certain basics, including a stain removal stick, safety pins, pain relievers and band-aids.
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Tools of the Trade

When scouting venues, meeting with clients or vendors, and executing events, there are several tools event planners should have with them.  We have learned by experience that these items are often forgotten, but always necessary.  

Camera - It can be a professional, smart phone or small digital camera, but we always find ourselves needing to snap pictures.  Also, social media can be quickly updated at any time when you have a camera handy.

Calculator - It may not be necessary to carry a separate calculator since smart phones and tablets all have one built-in, but just in case you're anti-technology, make sure you have one with you.  

Scissors - These are very important when decorating for events.  It's a good idea to have more than one pair since they can easily be misplaced.

Measuring tape - This is a very important item to have with you when visiting venues or shopping for events.  We always have measuring tape to estimate for fabric, linen and other decor.



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