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Dressed to Impress on the Last Night of 2014

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The last holiday of 2014 is approaching! This fantastic year led us to many beautiful weddings and fabulous people. We are ready to celebrate! As you prepare to ring in the New Year, these are some party trends we love so you can do so with style.

Classy

NYE Blog 1If you want one last fashion splurge of the year…this scooped neck sequin dress is $350.00 at www.urbanoutfitters.com and bound to be a show stopper.

Bold

NYE Gold halter dressFor an edgier look, go for this gold, halter skater dress from nordstrom.com for $90.00

Fun and Flirty

NYE blog fun dressSpice it up with a sexy black dress. This is a sequin strap crepe body-con dress from nordstrom.com for $198.00

Chic

NYE velvet jumpsuitDress up an item in your closet! By adding stilettos and the perfect sequin bag to this jumpsuit, you go from casual to chic in minutes. Found on nordstrom.com for $80.00

Accessories

NYE Blog accessoriesGet the look: Black shoulder bag from www.hm.com $17.95, lower left gold cuff from www.urbanoutfitters.com $20, lower right curved gold barrette $12 from www.urbanoutfitters.com

To Top it Off

NYE fur jacketNever go wrong (and stay warm) by throwing a (faux) fur coat over your shoulders. This black fur jacket is from www.hm.com for $69.95

With the right pairing and imagination, you probably have most of these items in your closet already. If not, lucky you! you get to go shopping:) Whatever you wear, we hope you have a fun, safe, and memorable New Year’s Eve in style!

XOXO,

Your VIP Team

Thing are a Few of Our Favorite Things

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Winter Wedding Color Palettes 

It’s beginning to look a lot like…winter. Finally! We are thirsty for some rain and weather change here in Southern California and the weddings are ready to change right along with mother nature. The cozy months of winter allow for so many great color options that are inviting and just as beautiful as any spring or summer palette.

Rosey Reds- Reds are a traditional favorite for the winter time; but traditional doesn’t mean boring. Red is the color of love and passion. With compliments of blue hues, blush’s, or greens it softens the red making this palette completely winter appropriate.

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Icy Blues- The best part about colors is that there are so many! We love that different shades evoke different feelings and atmosphere’s. If you’re wanting to be a Frozen Princess, you don’t have to “let it go” just because there is no white on the ground; the ice blue color ties in the winter feel without the snow fall.

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Midnight blues- For a more dramatic flair, go for a deeper blue palette. This is the perfect compliment to the night sky looking at the stars.

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Natural Greens- Have you ever heard the term, “shake what your mama gave you?” Well the same principle applies here! Use the inspiration of nature in everything you do. From green pines to adorable pine cones, we love natural!

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There are so many possibilities with colors (not all listed here) and winter time makes it that much more fun! Enjoy your holiday season!

XOXO,

Your VIP Team

A Way to Say, “Thank You”

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So in the spirit of “thanks” and “giving,” there are people that are sometimes overlooked when it comes to the wedding day. People who have been there for you in your lives individually or as a couple, and now they are there as witnesses on your big day…your guests!

Thank you sign

Even with the honor of being invited, the great food, drinks, and fun that come a long with your wedding it’s special to go an extra mile to say “thank you for coming” to your guests. Here are some simple ideas that make your guests feel like you were thinking about them.

  1. Personalized Cup-Whether it’s their own wine glass for the night, water goblet, or mug, a cute drinking glass is a great way to go! At this wedding at the Hamilton Oaks Winery, each place setting was fixed with a “mustache mug” with the couple’s name and wedding date printed on.                                                               View More: http://photos.pass.us/chelsey-and-chris-vendor-photos
  2. Late Night Snack- Keep it simple with grab bags for guests on the way out! Fill it with cookies and milk, some protein bars, or even gum!                              late night snack
  3. Mixed-CD for the ride home- This is a fun surprise for guests that they won’t expect! Put together some of your favorite songs as a couple or even the playlist of your ceremony to keep it in their memories for the drive home.             soundtrack
  4. Photo Booth- Definitely a wedding favorite! And now there are so many options: you can print strips, 5”X7” pictures, mini-books, and even little videos.         photo booth
  5. Stuffed Jars- Filling jars with anything small is a winner. Popcorn, coffee beans, jelly beans, (just keep thinking of little beans)…                         thank you jars

These are some DIY projects that will be fun to do with your Bridesmaids! Have a favor party while you form an assembly line and prepare for the big day. These little details seem tedious but actually say a HUGE “thank you.”

Happy Thanksgiving!!

XOXO,

Your VIP Team

Pinterest is Your New Best Friend

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So the amazing thing about the internet is the endless amount of options and variations of ideas we are presented with! Now we have thousands of wedding blogs, websites, and search engines to help us plan the big day. This could get a tad overwhelming since most brides love A LOT of different things. Hopefully, you have heard of this great website called “Pinterest.” 😉 Now is the time to use Pinterest to your advantage! If you are having a hard time nailing down a theme or consistent ideas, it’s so easy to create a couple different boards that you can contrast and compare themes to! Here are some wedding themes I love and used my Pinterest to compare them:

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Industrial Wedding- Exposed brick, pipes, minimal florals, mismatched chairs, think, “Less is more.” This style allows the venue space to be a blank canvas and for the decor to ‘paint’ on the simplicity of the walls. Get creative and think out of the box; industrial weddings are all about turning nothing into something to really catch your eye like that wooden crate turned floral chandelier on one of my pins.

Industrial photo grid

Old World Wedding- Every last detail is completely ornate yet delicate at the same time. (Make’s me think of Rose from Titanic: extremely intricate and complicated, yet she had the most graceful beauty.) That’s the look you’re going for with an Old World Wedding! Bring in old books, maps, your grandmother’s china, old passports, etc. It’s in the tiniest of details that bring this style to life.

Old World Photo Grid

Bohemian Wedding- Be one with nature with lots of wildflowers, tall grass, trees, and maybe even opt for no shoes!  This type of wedding is made to look effortless (even though there is much effort applied). Let your hair and decor fly with the wind with ribbon in trees, relaxed fit dresses, the more ‘thrown together’ the better!

Bohemian Photo Grid

Glam Wedding- Time to get your Gatsby on: glitter, sparkle, spot lights, shine…there is no limit here! You want glitz, lace, pearls, AND feathers? GO FOR IT. Love the idea of sparkly bottle of champagne as a favor.

Glam Photo Grid

Western Wedding- Western weddings are so fun and cutesy but can still bring that glam to a wedding! Using boots as a floral vase and a symbol like a horseshoe for all your paper goods gives the western vibe a cohesiveness.

Western photo grid

Tuscan Wedding- There is something so romantic and simple about olive branches, speaking Italian, and long tables with a view of the sunset. Wine, pasta, and food food food everywhere!

Tuscan Photo Grid

Timeless, Classic Wedding- All weddings are beautiful; and of course when it is your own it is absolutely unforgettable. For those who love the classic looks of white, lace, splashes of pinks and gold these timeless elements can last forever. Candles and simple colors are easy on the eye and draw all the attention to the Bride and Groom.

Timeless Photo Grid

Bright Wedding- Colors are a great feature for any wedding! They make statements and add pops that bring a fun element without saying, “Welcome to Wonderland.” To incorporate these pops of colors, focus on a core group of 4-5 colors and put them in your accents. (i.e. flowers, escort cards, ribbons, shoes, etc.) The rest of your decor can be a backdrop for these gorgeous hues to shine!

Bright Photo Grid

Being engaged is one of the most testing times in decision making. So many decisions are made (hopefully with your fiancé) in a short amount of time, it’s tempting to want to second guess yourself. But don’t look back! Choosing a central theme and gathering all of your elements around it, make your day that much more unique and memorable and help push you to keep moving forward to the big day! Happy Planning!

XOXO,

Your VIP Team