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Friday, September 27, 2013

Wedding Frustrations That You’re Not Allowed To Freak Out About

Val Vista Lakes, Guest Author

Weddings don’t always go as planned, even here at the award-winning Gilbert, Arizona wedding venue Val Vista Lakes. There are always things that are going to be out of your hands, and many of those things are details that as the bride, or the groom, you are not allowed to freak out about. There are aspects to a wedding that are going to drive you up a wall, aspects that you are allowed to be upset about, and aspects that you are not really allowed to have a meltdown over. Let me explain what I’m talking about…

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This is a big one, and one that can sometimes show a couples’ true colors. After your Gilbert wedding, and sometimes before, you’ll receive a bunch of wedding gifts in the mail. Many of them will be exactly what you registered for, what you needed, and you’re thrilled. Most of them will not be what you registered for, and will probably be things you don’t need. This is one of those occasions when we say that you are not allowed to freak out.

Someone put their money and time into buying a gift for you, and getting that gift out to you in the mail. Be thankful that they made this accomplishment. If it’s not what you wanted, return it, but thank them graciously and kindly.

DIY Wedding Help

So you want to save some money on your wedding and have decided to go all DIY. That’s great, but don’t expect a bunch of help. Family and friends can typically disappear or get busy when it comes to tedious tasks like invitations, centerpieces and flower arrangements. This is why you need to give yourself plenty of wedding planning time if you’re having a DIY wedding. Don’t freak out when everyone says ‘no thanks’ when you ask for help. Schedule fun evenings with drinks and food where friends can help with invitations.

Sunday Weddings

Sunday weddings are also popular for the DIY’ers simply because they are most often more affordable. Vendors and wedding venues usually have a lesser fee for Sunday weddings. With that said, if your friends and family still have to work on Monday morning and have to leave early, it’s not a time to freak out. They saw the ceremony, danced with you for a song or two, and must be on their way. Your wedding is about you and your partner, and the fact that some guests need to leave early shouldn’t spoil your perfect day.

Social Media

This is another big one for modern weddings, especially for those couples who have a wedding Facebook page, Instagram account and Twitter feed. If you supplied hashtags in your wedding invitations and do not provide guidelines for your guests to follow, you definitely cannot freak out should they post unflattering photos of you and your partner.

Your wedding will be the best day of your life, but one of the things you’ll have to come to terms with before the big day is what will impact the outcome of that day. Don’t let anything ruin your wedding day!

Larry’s NOTE: I would add one more…

You’re not allowed to freak out if a friend goes online, gets ordained for one wedding and offers to perform your ceremony for free and he/she totally screws up your wedding ceremony. In this case you really do get what you pay for. If you know someone thinking of doing this or if you are thinking going the “cheap” route, be sure to read: “No Thanks! A Family Friend Will Perform Our Wedding Ceremony!

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Monday, September 23, 2013

Wise Words from Wedding Vendor Wizards

Filed under: Wedding Tips — Larry James @ 7:30 am
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Arizona Weddings Magazine, Guest Author

Here are are wide variety of tips for your wedding from some of Arizona’s top wedding vendors.

• Create your guest list early. It willl help determine your potential guest count and ensure your location search is size and budget appropriate. ~ Karen Doan, Catering Manager, Arizona Biltmore

• Don’t stress out about the little details. It won’t matter if it is windier than expected, of if your linens don’t match the napkins perfectly, or if a few flowers are not standing at fresh-cut attention. It matters that you have a good time and allow your friends and family to celebrate with you. ~ Jesse Thompson, Director of Sales and Marketing, Hotel Valley Ho

HydrationStation• Choose quality vendors. Do your research, read blogs, testimonials and reviews on each vendor you are considering. You will quickly realize that if you have great vendors you can truly enjoy the wedding planning process and most of your special day. ~ Amber Hahn, Social Event Sales Coordinator, Desert Botanical Gardens

• Employing a wedding planner can help alleviate any [negative] situations. The are able to intercept any of those minor things that might pop up – that way, you may never even know about them. Enjoying the day is the most important thing you can do. ~ Kelly Masten, Catering Sales Manager, Four Seasons Scottsdale

• Find something close to where your guests will be staying. One less thing to worry about if you don’t have scheduled transportation for those out-of-town guests. ~ Carrie Bayless, Sales Director, Clayton on the Park

• Plenty of greenery and heartier flowers work well during the heat of summer. Submerging orchids and other beautiful flowers in water can be a nice touch for centerpieces since they’ll last all night long. ~ Elizabeth Palacio, Manager, Lena’s Flowers and Catering

• Despite the heat, many brides are planning summer weddings! Venues and vendors offer competitive pricing during the [slower] summer months. Another consideration is to have a destination wedding in Sedona or Flagstaff to escape the summer heat of the Valley [AZ]. ~ Carrie Schmidt, Owner, Sterling Event Design

* Wedding cakes in the summer can be tricky due to the [AZ] heat. Be sure to place the cake in a shaded area or indoors, if possible. Using Swiss meringue and fondant as the frosting will hold up well in the heat. Cutting the cake as soon as possible is also recommended for summer wedding – just plan the cake cutting ceremony for earlier than normal to avoid excessive heat exposure. ~ Barbara Gardner, Owner, Let Them Eat Cake, Inc.

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• It’s hard to do it alone with so many components to planning your biggest party ever. It would be wise to bring someone on who has the knowledge and understanding of hosting such an event. Keep in mind that a venue coordinator is not the same thing as a wedding or event planner. A wedding planner works for and represents you, while the venue coordinator’s first loyaty is to the venue. ~ Michelle Scarzone, Simply Refined Events

• Arizona brides, take note. In the Valley of the Sun, brides always have to be concerned with high temperatures, as well as dust storms. Typically the first weekend in June is the absolute latest you want to plan an outdoor wedding. ~ Zoe Hancock, Owner, Mrs. Handcock’s, Inc.

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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Do Me a “Favor”

Filed under: Favors,Wedding Tips — Larry James @ 7:30 am
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Here are a few ideas for favors at your reception. It’s important that your day is not only a reflection of your love as a couple; but it’s also important to show your gratitude to your guests from coming and being part of your celebration. Your selection of unique wedding favors will be a great way to show your guests how much you appreciate their support. Not many of us want to go home with a trinket that will gather dust in our home or be thrown away the next day. Give guests something they can have fun with long after the wedding is over – something they can use.

• Everyone loves to listen to music and photos. Purchase a bunch of USB flash drives in your wedding colors. Upload a slideshow filled with photos of the two of you over the years and have your DJ set it to music from your music playlist.

flashDrives• Add a burst of color to your reception tables with coasters. Coordinate them with your day-of-décor and tie a set of two together with colored baker’s twine for your guests to take home.

• Say “bon voyage” to guests with luggage tags that will remind them of your day on all their future travels. Customizable colors, monograms and patterns let you personalize these useful and stylish favors. You may want to go with colorful passport covers for an affair hosted abroad.

• Celebrating your Love in Arizona? Give your traveling guests a practical gift that will keep them well-protected while they’re in town and spending time in the Arizona sun. Purchase travel-size bottles of sunblock and customize the label with your names, wedding date and colors.

Shakers• Give your guests something to keep them entertained on the way home. Personalize decks of cards with photos of you and your partner.

• Looking for a festive favor for you Mexican themed wedding? Give shakers out at the ceremony for guests to shake as you walk back down the aisle. Use them again at the reception for a fun dance-floor accessory. Throw in some sombreros and place some extra maracas in your photo booth as props.

sandtubes• If your wedding is in Arizona be sure to let guests know that they need to keep hydrated. Give them customized water bottles with your names and date of your wedding. Personalized lip balm is also great as a favor.

• Getting married on a beach? Make some little tubes of beach sand – a perfect little keepsake!

• Cookies in CD sleeves. Love the idea of giving out baked goods but not sure how to package them? Try using paper CD sleeves! Bake or buy your favorite cookies, slip them into the CD sleeve, and smack a cute label on them with your names and wedding date.

• How about a “Thank you!” CD? Before the wedding, film a short video of you and your fiancé thanking everyone who was there to support you. Have some fun with this project – maybe write a little song or poem, or even put on a short skit re-enacting how you met. Above all, make sure you express how grateful you are for all your friends and family.

• Put your own photo or special message on M&Ms® and offer them as wedding favors at your reception. You can create personalized wedding favors by printing your own words on the candy. M&M’S® Chocolate Candies deliver fun and a smile! To find out how to order, click here!

Many popular websites that offer favors for sale are priced anywhere from 75 cents each to $2 to $3 and up. One hundred guests at $2.00 each will cost you $200 plus postage and handling.

“Favors can be pricey, particularly when you have a large guest list. However, don’t fall victim of buying a cheap favor for the sake of having something. A cheap favor that guests will never use, keep, or remember isn’t worth a penny. Instead, make something at home that’s inexpensive – yet heartfelt – like a batch of sugar cookies. Place one cookie in a brown paper bag and a decorative stamp. Easy? Yes. Better and cheaper than store-bought? You betcha.” ~ EmmalineBride.com

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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Food Station Ideas for Your Reception

Arizona’s Finest Wedding Sites and Services, Guest Author

If you like the idea of food stations, but are unsure what types of food are ideal, take a look at a few of the suggestions below. So many possibilities!

Falafel Station

falafelstationFor a Middle Eastern treat, consider a falafel station. Foods might include falafels, pita pockets, Greek salad, Lebanese tabouleh, couscous and macaroon cookies.

Mashed Potato Bar

You say “potato”, we say “potato bar!” Guests fill a martini glass with mashed potatoes or sweet potato mash, then add toppings of their choice. Toppings might include sour cream, chopped scallions, sauteed mushrooms, crumbled bacon, shredded cheese, whipped butter – whatever you dream up!

Taco Station

Always a fun a popular choice, tacos can be served with a fresh ingredients including shredded lettuce, sour cream, shredded cheese, tomatoes, black olives, Spanish rice, refried beans and home style tortillas. Ole!

Wok Station

Bring the Orient Express to your reception! Crisp stir-fry vegetables, beef, pork or chicken, a variety of sauces, friend rice and lo mein noodles. Don’t forget your fortune cookie!

gnocchistationPasta Station

Pasta ia a carb lovers delight! Choices might include angel hair, fettuccine, tortellini, bow tie, rotini or penne. Delicious sauces such as marinara, pesto, alfredo, bolognese, basil cream, white wine or cajun cream sauce will make your pasta come to life.

Gnocchi Station

With a dumpling dish as delicious as gnocchi, this station is sure to be a hit! The main ingredient is of course gnocchi. Sauces could include roasted garlic, vodka, bolognese or pest with clam. Condiments choices may include parmesan and roasted peppers. Not that’s Italian!

Children’s Buffet

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No kidding, these dishes are sure to please the under four-foot crowd! Dishes could include meatloaf, chicken fingers with dipping sauces, spaghetti, pizza, french fries, macaroni and cheese and fruit. Avoid the candy and chocolate, kids have tons of energy and they don’t need to be revved up with lots of sugar and caffeine. No the question is, how to keep the adults away!

Sweets

For your guest with a sweet tooth, this station is the sweetest. Besides your wedding cake, you might want to include a candy buffet, cake pops, chocolate fountain, mini-cupcakes, s’mores, caramel popcorn, cotton candy, nuts, truffles, mini-mousse, carmel apples and funnel cakes. Now that’s sweet!

Larry’s NOTE: If serving your guests a buffet seems unappetizing and a sit-down meal seems too expensive, then isn’t it time to find a stylish, sophisticated alternative to the tried-and-true ways to feed your guests? The possibilities for food stations are endless. One of my favorites is a Salad Station ~ Cascades of Caesar Salad with Homemade Croutons and Classic Dressing, Mesclun Salad with Pear Tomatoes, Goat Cheese Medallions & Balsamic Vinaigrette, Pencil Thin Asparagus with Fresh Raspberries & Sliced Tomato, Basil and Mozzarella Salad. Yummy! In Arizona the Taco Stations are very popular.

Copyright © 2013 – Arizona’s Finest Wedding Sites and Services. Reprinted with permission (A special “thank you” to Teri Ambrose Posegate, Publisher). Arizona’s leading magazine for wedding venues and wedding services. Visit their Website: http://www.FinestWeddingSites.com/

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Hiring a Wedding Planner: Why It’s a Good Idea

Erika Potter, Guest Author

Did you know that for most brides, it takes an average about 250 hours to plan a wedding? That sort of time commitment is obviously well justified, however, that doesn’t make it easy on you or your relationship. Apart from the time involved, there’s a lot of physical and emotional effort that’s put into planning a wedding, both by the bride and as a couple. For some brides, the planning process becomes so much to handle that they’d just rather skip to the honeymoon.

In reality, though, your wedding day should be one of the most enjoyable days of your new life together. For many brides, their solution to being able to have fun in the planning process and enjoying their big day is to hire a wedding planner. If you’re just getting started in the planning process and aren’t quite sure whether a wedding planner is for you or not, here are a few things to consider:

HireWEDconsultantThe Value of Your Time

When deciding whether or not a wedding planner is a good choice for your situation, consider what your time is worth. Some brides may have a fairly simple wedding and therefore won’t be spending a lot of time on the “smaller” details. On the other hand, brides planning a more extravagant wedding with a big guest list might find it too much to handle on their own, especially with all of the other demands of a career, personal life, etc. There’s a big learning curve when it comes to planning a wedding and a professional planner or coordinator already has that mastered. They’ll be able to save you a lot of time in the planning process because of it.

The Value of Your Sanity

If you’re wondering where the term, “bridezilla” came from, well, this is it. Some brides get so stressed out with planning all their details that it really takes a toll on their personal life as well as their relationship. As you start thinking about your wedding plans, consider what it’s worth to you to have a more enjoyable experience in the months leading up to your big day, rather than just viewing it as something else to add to your to-do list. A wedding planner can also help eliminate a lot of frustration that comes with planning a wedding since they already know the dos and don’ts of wedding planning.

Cost Savings

Wedding planners not only have a lot of know-how when it comes to coordination, but they also have a lot of valuable relationships with other vendors that can end up saving you quite a bit of money in the long run. They can help you stay on track with your budget, allocate funds correctly, and steer you in the right direction so you won’t have to waste money on having to learn things the hard way when it comes to vendors, deposits, favors, catering, etc.

What if it’s not in your Budget to Hire a Planner?

You still have options! With a few savvy tips and other alternative options, you can still make sure that the planning process and your big day go just like you hoped.

• First, remember that the most important thing when planning a wedding is communication. If you don’t have a wedding planner to help you out, make sure that you’re always as detailed as possible when it comes to communicating to vendors about your vision and expectations.

• Second, simplify as much as possible. If you’re handling things on your own, you don’t want the details to detract from being able to enjoy your big day. Try to keep vendors and individuals involved to a minimum to eliminate complications.

• Next, consider other options offered by wedding planners, such as on-time consultations or day-of help. That way, you can still get professional advice and help without breaking your budget for a full-time planner.

• Last, delegate! If you don’t have a day-of coordinator, delegate responsibility to family members and those in your bridal party so you’re not stuck taking care of everything on the day of your wedding. This works well if you have a typed itinerary given to everyone who has a role in making the wedding day go smoothly. Segment the schedule by exact times and make sure everyone’s role is specifically detailed of when, where, and what they’re supposed to be doing.

BONUS Articles: Sorry, I Don’t Need a Wedding Consultant… My Venue Has One!
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ErikaPotterCopyright © 2013 – Erika Potter. Erika Potter is a recent bride and writes for Strings and Champagne Events, professional wedding planners in Sacramento, CA. She loves staying involved in the wedding industry and in her spare time loves to travel and golf with her husband.

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Saturday, September 7, 2013

7 Most Common Mistakes Brides Make When Looking for a Photographer

Glenn Hamp, Guest Author

There are many pitfalls for an anxious bride, but with a little friendly advice you can avoid the seven most common mistakes brides make when looking for photography service. These tips were gathered by LightRain Images, a Phoenix, wedding photography company from years of working with brides, before, during and after the wedding and hearing stories from the bride’s envious friends who tearfully recounted their bad experiences.

PhotographerCHOICE1. Allowing yourself to be talked into having a friend, relative or newbie photograph your wedding. Your special day only happens once and you can’t go back and capture these special moments after the event. Uncle Harry might have been a great photography hobbyist or your college roommate might have a cool new digital camera, but there is a huge difference in quality and consistency between an amateur and a seasoned professional wedding photography team handling the photography from beginning to end.

A lot of technical knowledge of photography is unique to weddings and this is only the beginning. There seems to be an overabundance of people who think they want to become wedding photographers, but quit after a wedding or two of disappointed brides. There are many sad stories from brides recounting how they thought they would be getting a good deal to have a person just getting into the business try out wedding photography at their wedding.

2. Not asking enough questions when choosing a photographer. You are planning the most memorable day of your life. You need to ask as many questions as you can. A good professional photographer will welcome this. Look at the albums the photographer has created.

• Do you like the style?
• Are they fresh and contemporary?
• Do they do quality black and white photography?
• Do they do sepia art?
• Do they look old fashioned or too stiff and stuffy?
• Do they combine photojournalistic style with classic portraiture and tell the wonderful story of the wedding day from all angles?
• How many photographers will be shooting the event?
• What if one of them becomes ill?
• What happens if one of the cameras stops working?
• Is there backup equipment?
• How long has the photographer been in the business?
• Does the company have liability insurance?
• Do they have any formal education in the field?
• How many images will be taken?
• Will they be displayed on-line for friends and relatives to view?

3. Leaving all the decisions to the photographer. Working with your photographer to plan the types of poses and images you are looking for can make a big difference in the final product. You should become engaged in the process. Get excited about planning the location, poses and combinations of friends and relatives that you want.

Clip pictures out of magazines that you feel are romantic and compelling to show your photographer. A good photographer will welcome the involvement. Good planning with a professional turns good photography into Photobiography!

4. Not understanding the Whirlwind Syndrome. A phenomenon occurs at every wedding for all brides and grooms. All the details and events that have been planned for months and dreamed about for years happen so quickly that it seems that the whole event is compressed into a short whirlwind of activity. The bride and groom get pulled here and there by friends, family, the bridal party and the photographers. The day’s events become a blur and seem to go by in a flash.

LightRainImages sunset  photoBefore the couple knows it, it is all over and all that remains is their sketchy memory and stunning photographs to help them relive their special moments. A good photography team will capture all the establishing photos of the venue, the details of the table settings, the rings, the shoes, the bride’s dress, flowers and tuxedo details before the event begins. These will be captured for not only you and your groom to enjoy, but also your friends, family, your children and grandchildren. Make sure you have a photographer that is experienced with capturing all the details, who can do high quality macro shots and is passionate about doing the highest quality work and designing them into your unique custom designed coffee table storybook album. You want someone that creates true art with you in the middle of it.

5. Committing too much of your budget to things that don’t last. It has been said that photographs, like diamonds, are forever. Don’t finalize your budget until you have considered carefully each item and thought about the total lifetime value of each component.

Years from now will your guests be thinking of how large your cake was or remembering how your flowers smelled? Will your grandchildren ask you how much you spent on your fancy venue or limo or will they marvel when they look at the timeless images in your album and how beautiful their grandmother was when she married that handsome guy with the thick hair?

6. Choosing a photographer that is not personable. To ensure that all your special moments are captured, you will be spending a considerable amount of time with your photographer. The chemistry between the couple and the photographer should be good.

You should work with a photographer who you can relax and be comfortable with. A photographer can be the most technically competent in the world, but if they can’t work in a friendly, courteous and fun way, they will only stress you out, make you anxious and the pictures will reveal your discomfort.

7. Becoming enthralled with trendy looking images. At first glance, odd, unique or unusual angles or lighting may seem cool and trendy, but it is best to evaluate imagery with an eye for classic, timeless beauty. If you want to see a great case-in-point, look at some old wedding photos or portraits from the 50’s. For a while everything had heavy overly done vignette and looking at the images now, just makes them seem a little silly.

Trendy things that likely will fall by the wayside that some are overdoing now, include washed out backlit images, images taken with the camera askew at all different angles and poorly done black and white that looks like gray and white and images of brides in front of dumpsters or rolling in the mud.

LightRainLOGOCopyright © 2013 – LightRain Images, LLC. Reprinted with permission – This article is adapted from LightRain Images Wedding Photography Website and Wedding Blog. LightRain Images is a Chandler based, Phoenix Wedding Photographer, photographing weddings and portraits worldwide. Contact: www.LightRainImages.com, Phoenix, AZ, 480-699-5731.

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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

15 Tips for Choosing Your Wedding Colors

Filed under: Colors for Weddings,Guest Authors,Wedding Tips — Larry James @ 7:30 am
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Amy Keith, Guest Author

With an entire color wheel to choose from, how do you find the perfect wedding color combo? Follow these 15 hints.

Color: it’s the unifying feature for most of your wedding details. So it’s no surprise that choosing the right wedding color theme for your celebration may seem overwhelming. But the truth is, it’s easier than you think. The key to creating a stylish and successful wedding color combo is understanding the relationship between colors — and no, you don’t need a degree from art school to absorb the ideas. Just find a starting place (your favorite hue, your forest green setting), then work from there. Here’s how.

Clark+Walker1. Set Your Eyes On Your Site ~ When deciding on a wedding color palette, play up the prominent colors of your site or setting. For instance, if your wedding is by the sea, the natural choice is blue. And, if you’re marrying at a country club with navy and maroon oriental carpets, lime green and hot pink details won’t work.

2. Get Inspired By the Season ~ Let Mother Nature be your guide – they say she never makes a mistake. Pink may work year-round, but light pastels and barely there hues like buff can look washed out for a fall or winter wedding. In the summer, reserve dark colors like burgundy only for accents.

3. Do Your Research ~ Become aware of color combinations that you like, whether browsing art galleries or flipping through a stack of home or fashion or interior design magazines for the must-have colors for the new season.

4. Scout It Out ~ To choose an exact hue, visit a fabric store or neighborhood paint shop and collect swatches or chips of colors you might want to use. This will help you get specific, so that when you decide on green you’ll know if it’s lime green, Kelly green, sage green, or forest green.

5. Choose a Dominant Hue ~ Pick one general color first – say, blue – and then start thinking about shades and tints (aqua, robin’s egg, navy) or other colors to accent it with.

6. Play with Paint Websites ~ From seeing colors in action (by virtual room painting) to recommendations for popular color combos, paint companies know a lot about color. Visit sites like Behr.com, Glidden.com, and Sherwin-Williams.com. BenjaminMoore.com even has an interactive color wheel.

7. Pair Wisely ~ Stick to wedding colors of the same intensity, such as lavender and baby blue rather than royal blue with light brown.

8. Set the Mood ~ Figure out what emotions you want your celebration to evoke. A peaceful, Zen-like retreat? A regal, romantic affair? A jumping, high-energy party? For instance, a vibrant summer yellow mixed with chocolate-brown (think sunflowers and bees) is perfect for a country-chic wedding – add gold to the mix, and the combination becomes more reminiscent of regal France.

9. Get It On Paper ~ Spend time looking for wedding stationery in color combos that inspire you and express your style and fit with the feel of the reception – rich violets, oranges, and teals for a Mediterranean or Near East flair, or pink and green for a preppy summer affair.

linens10. Vary It Up ~ Can’t settle on one scheme? If your wedding takes place in multiple rooms, each can have its own palette. But choose one consistent color to keep it from looking like a kaleidoscope.

11. Take Flower Notes ~ The most obvious way to add color is with your wedding flowers. But first, get familiar with the different types of flowers – especially your favorites – and the colors they come in. If you want an all-blue wedding, your petal picks will be more limited than if you went with a red celebration.

12. Don’t Forget Your Linens ~ Look through party rental catalogs for colorful cloths like napkins and overlays that you love. Use them on guest, cake and buffet tables, underneath the escort cards, and more. Or, focus on the table accessories. Maybe a beloved china pattern could set the palette for your reception tables. Colored glassware is also huge right now and can be rented. Do most of your glasses in clear, and select one or two to be blue, pink, or green – you get the idea.

13. Light It Up ~ Lighting can make or break a space. Talk to your event designer or lighting expert about colors you can use to wash bare white walls (especially important for loft spaces). Pink and amber tints will soften the room without overpowering it. Blue is tricky, but can work well if you’re looking to showcase cool crisp angles.

14. Drive Home Color ~ Don’t forget about the impact of repetition – trimming doorways, tables, centerpieces, and the bar with the same simple ribbon in your signature hue will give more oomph than one large, ornate display in the same color.

15. Consider All of Your Elements ~ The last, but most important, thing to remember when making your final choice: Not all colors are easy to wear, and you’ve got bridesmaids to dress.

BONUS Article: Wedding Style: 3 Modern Wedding Color Combos
Understanding the Color Wheel

Photo Credit: Upper left, Clark+Walker Studio, Troy, NY.
Lower right, WeddingWire.com.

Copyright © 2013 – Amy Keith. Amy Keith is the Managing Editor at The Knot.

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