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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Radiant Orchid 2014 Wedding Color Trend


http://contestchest.com/contests/day-of-wedding-contest-2014?referred_by=98009 One of  Pantone's 2014 color trends,  Radiant Orchid  is totally beautiful when used as a wedding color.

With Radiant Orchid on painted faces from color palettes born of a marriage between Pantone and Sephora, what bride wouldn't want beautiful smokey eyes, or blushed cheeks, from palettes that match and compliment her wedding colors?

 http://www.sephora.com/sephora-pantone-universe

Radiant Orchid has that certain something, its fun, bold, and and a definite head turner,  a color described in a LA Times article as "an enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones."

Add a touch of gold to that harmony and wow you have an amazing look for your reception, that will be totally off the chain and guaranteed to bring about the Wow Factor!

Fact is, Radiant Orchid is infused with so many varying undertones, that you can compliment it with different shades of purple, pink and lilac and yes fuchsia, so as to create a stunning look.

Then take it a step further and introduce your golds, silvers, blacks and whites, as you play with this color, for a dramatic look that is going to be fresh, captivating, and without a doubt wedding chic.

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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Wedding Receptions on a Budget.

How much did you say?

The way that you decide to serve food during your wedding reception, is a decision that will put your catering budget on the table, where it will be chopped and diced (No puns intended) to cover the cost of menu services.

From the price of basic cheese, crackers and fruit platters to gourmet style hot and cold appetizers and whether or not, those scrumptious bite size portions can become gracefully Passed Hors d'oeuvres.

Even salads can be pricey, when covered with mouth watering dressings followed by entrees with names dreamed up in catering heaven, to last but not least, delectable tasty on the lips, but not so  good for your hips desserts.


Add to that cake cutting and corkage fees and get this, whether or not you can afford to have a formal sit down plated diner or a buffet that has numerous food stations, don't be surprised if you find your catering budget getting squeezed to cover all of the extra costs.

With food taking up 50% of wedding budgets, if you decided not to retain the services of a Wedding Planner, who hands down is worth there weight in gold to Brides, due to the savings that they can more times receive for Brides as a part of vendor to vendor courtesy, by negotiating fees and pulling a few extra inclusions, free of charge, I am giving you fair warning to be prepared for just how costly catering can

But here are 5 things that you can do to cut the fat off catering services, so that you can get more wedding reception grub for your wedding planning buck.

Number 1. Budget

The first thing to look at is your wedding budget. I know, I know, I know, Cinderella didn't have to look at her budget, but thankfully her Fairy Godmother/Wedding Planner was wise enough to see what Cinderella was working with, and we all know that Cinderella didn't have much. Even so, with a wave of a wand, Fairy Godmother/Wedding Planner, was able to use her creativity in a way that, enabled Cinderella to? Yes you've guessed it, have the wedding of her dreams, which is why, a realistic view of your available funds is so important.


Once you know how much your working with, the fairy tale starts to become a reality and I know that it may be hard to believe, especially if your budget isn't all that you wished it could be, but trust me on this one, once you know what your working with creativity sets in.

So, take a look at your budget.

Number 2. Venue

The venue where you decide to host your wedding reception can have a huge impact on your catering funds, especially if the venue of your choice doesn't allow outside catering services to be brought in.

Things to consider when venue shopping are.
  • Room charges. Yes some venues charge for the use of their rooms in addition to the costs of their menus, which means that if you are working with a fairly modest budget and had it in your mind to have a separate room for the for cocktail hour and  another for the reception, it's quite possible that you could be facing two additional fees that you might not have bargained for, before you can even begin to think about what your guests are going to eat.
Quick Tip:  A good way to avoid additional costs, would be to utilize the terrace/deck surrounding the reception hall if there is one available, or weather permitting any  outdoor spaces, that might not have fees attached to it for the cocktail reception. 

If the venue has extra chairs and tables, and provides table linens, you can definitely spruce up tables that will be used outside and the decor to coincide with your wedding theme.
  • In House Catering: Note: That extra fees as mentioned above, might not be mentioned during your initial consultation, which means that they are technically hidden fees which will show up in the small print on the printed bill/contract, so it is a good idea to ask for a complete break down of all costs and services and discuss all of the alternative options available to you, before signing on the dotted line.
Quick Tip: Ask about the cost of the wine and champagne that will be served during dinner and discuss different wine and champagne options and pricing per bottle, you could save money by serving the least expensive brands.  


  • Use of the venue's kitchen; Consider renting a venue that permits professional or DIY catering. You can most defiantly find competitive rates and great menu selections provided by independent caters.


  • If you DIY your menu; Presentation, don't forget that it doesn't have to be thin disposable plates and plastic cutlery wrapped in cheap napkins, or for that matter aluminum foil covers and disposable aluminum chaffing dishes. If you want an elegant look then consider the following quick tip.

Quick Tip: For DIY catering rent china, glassware and serving dishes. However, don't forget to factor in the cost of rentals, and the fees that will incur if your kitchen help decides that they can't be bothered to rinse, drain and rack returns. 

Number 3. Time

Now that you know what your catering budget is and where your reception venue will be, the next thing to look at is the time of day that you want to host your reception.

Quick Tip: Having a week day wedding can reduce menu costs, if the venue or caterer offers special discounts for week day menus.

But if you decide that you want to have a Saturday wedding, the next thing for you to do is to decide on the time of day that you will host your reception.

Believe it or not, the time of day that you host your reception, can provide you with different menu options, as well as save you quite a bit of money. So, even if you want to have a Saturday wedding, consider having your reception in the late morning and opting for a Brunch menu or in the afternoon and having a lunch time menu, instead of having your reception it in the evening and having to pick entrees from a dinner menu.

Number 4. Formalities

If you are having your reception in a venue that provides it's own in house catering, then naturally, they will be able to cater any kind of event that you have in mind.

More times than not however, regardless of the kind of event the four most popular wedding reception options that are quoted on, are as follows.

A. Formal Sit Down.
B. Buffet,, with or without different food stations
C. Cocktail reception.

D. Cocktails followed by formal sit down or buffet.

If your menu is served as a plated dinner service, then that can increase the cost of food per person.

However if you decide on a buffet it is my experience that you tend to get more food per person, because your guests can decide on the portions that they want which means less food down the drain and ultimately money saved.

Quick Tip: Discuss the price differences with the caterer, comparing a buffet with a craving station to plated menu options. you might be pleasantly surprised to discover that you save quite a bit of money and therefore can afford to add an additional station to your buffet


Number 5. DIY


If you have done your research and things still seem to be out of your price range when it comes to In house venue catering or Independent Catering company. Creating your own Do it yourself menu can be far from boring if you use a little creativity.

Quick Tip: Think presentation, which is everything when it comes to creating a beautiful wedding.   

Explore the list below and decide on the type of wedding reception that best suits your budget, then have fun deciding on a menu that goes with the theme.

Yes you can have a plated 5 course dinner if that's what you want, with all the glam that doing it yourself can provide.

For great menu ideas visit http://lotsofinfo.tripod.com/weddinghelp.html,

  • A breakfast brunch reception.
  • A luncheon reception
  • A cocktail reception
  • A afternoon tea reception
  • A dessert only reception
  • A formal Sit down Reception 
  • A dinner buffet
  • Dinner food stations.
  • A barbecue reception
  • A pot luck reception.
  • A restaurant reception
  • A combination, of mixed service types, i.e. a cocktail hour followed by a sit down plated 5 course dinner.
  • A dinner buffet with several food stations.






Monday, December 30, 2013

12/13/14 "DAY OF WEDDING COORDINATION" PACKAGE GIVE AWAY

Your Wedding Dreams Can Come True, 
with the help of our complimentary 2014 "Day of Wedding" Coordination Package Giveaway

If you are getting married in Florida or Atlanta Georgia or you know someone that is, this  FREE  "Day of Wedding" Coordination Package will belong to a Bride & Groom who will be getting married on Saturday, December 13th, 2014.
  
As a Destination Wedding Planning Specialist, I'm really excited to bring in the New Year, with this amazing Day of Wedding Coordination Package Giveaway! After giving the the 12/13/14 date a lot of thought, I wanted to do something really special because of the special significance of the date.

I've planned weddings with iconic dates, such as 10/10/10, 11/11/11 and 12/12/12, but 12/13/14 will be the last sequential date for many, many, many years, a 100 years to be exact.

Kicking off the New Year!

Making a unsuspecting Bride really, really happy seemed to be the something really special that I was looking for, for this date.

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With such a a special date on the wedding planning calendar, 12/13/14 is without a doubt a high demand date for Brides and with that in mind, because I'm extremely passionate about all things weddings, i couldn't think of a nicer way to make a Bride and Groom’s dreams come true and extra special.'

It's a lot of work to plan a wedding and it can be a extremely overwhelming and stressful process. 

Every bride should have a Wedding Planner so that she can enjoy the planning process without all of the stress.


But for the Bride that wants to plan all of her details, I believe that NO Bride, should have to work her own wedding, or recruit family and friends to work it for her, because with such a special milestone celebration everyone should be able to enjoy the formalities and festivities without any concern about the details that are being put in place on the back end.

My Day of Wedding package, consists of my team and I stepping in around 4 weeks prior to the wedding, though we have been known to step in 2 weeks prior.  The coordination process is made up of tying all of the loose ends together, dotting I's and crossing all of the T's. 

My Brides are more times than not very surprised at how many details they missed during their independent planning, and amazed at the services that we offer in our Day of Wedding package that ensure that each aspect of wedding planning is covered.

The giveaway is a way of helping a Bride to relax during the last few weeks before her wedding, its a way for her to surrender the details and place them in the hands of a professional planner who wants to see her dreams come true.

Contest Time
The Contest starts on January 1st 2014 until midnight February 13th,2014 

The random drawing of the Lucky Winner, will be conducted by random.org.

The winning couple will receive all of the Day of Wedding package inclusion that a paying Bride and Groom would receive, with this complimentary package giveaway, valued at $2000 or more.

The Lucky Winner of the contest will be notified and the announcement will be made on 
Valentines Day, February 14th, 2014, the day of Love.

For further information and entry rules, please visit the link below.

Good Luck!!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Bridal Color Trends 2014



2014 Bridal Color Trend
When a Bride chooses her wedding colors her choice will fall under two categories, category number one, her favorite colors, category number two the latest bridal color trends.

The beauty of both categories, is that no matter what colors she may choose, it's always going to be right no matter what. 

Now you would think that because of the simplicity that both categories offer, that stress wouldn't be a factor, but for a lot of Brides that just isn't the case, the truth of the matter is what color she may choose finding matches to her colors can be just as stressful as any other wedding planning detail.


For a way to reduce bridal colors stress, please read the Quick Tip below.

But first, let me give you the latest scoop on all of the colors that you can expect to see in 2014 Bridal magazines and on designers bridal catwalks

Pantone, who just so happens to be the authority on color and who sets color standards for the design industry globally, recently revealed their 2014 color report.

Top on their list is Dazzling Blue 18-3949

Dazzling Blue dear brides, is vibrant, classy, stunning, bold and sexy.

I for one am very excited about this color, because I know that brides will be able to have a lot of fun with it, either as a statement piece or as a accent color. 

From wedding dress to bridal accessories, bridesmaid dresses, groom's formal wear, invitations, classic or luxury linens, your wedding cake, wedding invitations and more, you simply can't go wrong with this trend setting color.


The head thinkers and ultimately powers that be, put the  palette together by creating an interesting union of soft pastels and vibrancy, after which they pronounced the joining of colors as a "colorful equilibrium."



Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute®  said, "This season, consumers are looking for a state of thoughtful, emotional and artistic equilibrium. While this need for stability is reflected in the composition of the palette, the inherent versatility of the individual colors allows for experimentation with new looks and color combinations."


Take a look at Hydrangea and Royal Lamour linens, to discover a close match to the Dazzle by visiting my site at Angeliquesconsulting.com


I tend to agree, this palette will definitely create a lot of new looks and color combinations. Dazzling Blue, isn't the only blue before designers.  Placid Blue, a soft pastel (Seen below.) and close match to periwinkle though nearly not as exciting and in my opinion pales in comparison to the number one color steps forward and makes you sit up and pay attention, when teamed  with Dazzling Blue.


However, think back to the hot wedding bridal color periwinkle and how brides just had to have it and you'll realize that periwinkle of another name Placid, is just as hot today as it was in 2010.

Color Combo 71

Color Scheme with #000066 #FFFFCC #CCCCFF #9900662014 Placid Blue

  

Radiant Orchid

Radiant Orchid another vibrant color on the color palette, has my attention too it's a fun color, pop and a definite statement color.

To demonstrate what I mean, think crisp white linens, dazzle it with Dazzling Blue or Radiant Orchid and suddenly you have a classic look with a stunning pop of color, totally beautiful.

Quick Tip


When trying to find 2014 colors or any color for that matter don't focus on the name, because though a lot of company's might not have the name match they will more times than not have the exact color match.

Take the Dazzle, as I like to call it, it is basically a twist on Colbat  and some might even say electric or neon blues, so if you looking at color swatches and don't come across it, take a closer look at those swatches and you might be surprised at how easy it is to get your Dazzling Blue match, though named a different color.


Take a look at Hydrangea and Royal Lamour linens, to discover a close match to the Dazzle by visiting my site at  Angelique's Consulting, Wedding & Event Planner



The report reveals that, though there are 13 colors on the color palette, guys and gals jointly share 7 of the colors, which include, (1) Placid Blue, (2) Paloma, (3) Cayenne, (4) Celosia Orange and the number one color (5) Dazzling Blue.


 (I've intentionally excluded 2  colors as a brain teaser,
 just to see if you can guess which 2 colors make up the 7 colors.)

To make this brain teaser even juicer i will tell you that  Pantone, separated the remaining 6 colors by making 3 exclusive for the guys and 3 exclusive for the gals. So see if you can guess what colors they have for the guys and what colors they have for the gals by taking a look at the chart to determine which 2 colors will make up the 7.


Okay, let me clue you in, if you thought that Sand would be exclusive to the guys and Freesia for the gals, your wrong,  Sand and Freesia have no place in gender exclusivity, Pantone decided to make Sand and Freesia part of the 7 shared colors. 

The guys get exclusivity to the following colors, Comfrey, Magenta Purple and Purple Haze and the gals get exclusivity to Radiant Orchid, Violet Tulip and Hemlock.

Yes guys will be wearing Freesia, yellow in 2014. So, your groom in a yellow suit will be totally trendy! Amazed? don't be, designers like John Galliano, are loving it as you can see from his Spring/Summer 2014 collection, I've got to admit that I am loving it too, it's vibrant, fresh and exciting to see a guy in Freesia, and for those that don't care about being politically predictable, Freesia/yellow works.


Does that mean  that alarms will go off if you want what you want even if it wanting traditional, or you decide to color your wedding in Comfrey when it's considered to be a masculine color for 2014 ? Not at all, hey color works, if you work it.
So, don't be afraid to do you thing.





Saturday, September 14, 2013

Wedding reception Linens Made Simple

How to choose the perfect linens for your wedding.

Choosing linens and chair covers for your wedding can be overwhelming. With thousands of linen colors, textures, prints and themed linens to choose its not uncommon for brides to experience linen overload, especially if they aren't exactly sure what they are really looking for.

To help you to navigate your way through the process  of making the best linen and chair cover selections for your wedding ceremony and reception, I decided to make a series of educational videos that will give you a better understanding of what separates the three linen categories, of classics, mid range and luxury linens.

See The Video Below

Today's video is the first in the three part series and focuses on the classic linen line, which includes polyesters, satin, lamour and organza.



Polyesters & Satin are available for all of your covering needs, which include;


  • Table linens for banquet and round style tables.
  • Table overlays.
  • Table runners.
  • Table skirts.
  • Napkins.
  • Chair covers.
  • Sashes.
Lamour come in the following.

  • Table linens for banquet and round style tables.
  • Table overlays.
  • Table runners.
  • Napkins.
  • Chair covers.
  • Sashes.
Organza comes in the following coverings.

  • Table overlays
  • Sashes
  • Car covers


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video

Quick Tip:

Considering renting your special event linens from another state by having the linens shipped to you,  if the state that you live in is known to have high rental princes.  More times than not, even if you have to pay shipping costs, you might every well save more money, compared to the total cost for rental and delivery charges in your area.


Friday, September 13, 2013

Thursday, August 29, 2013

The DIY Gothic Bride.



I just had to share this neat find that Gothic Brides can incorporate into their wedding decor, without having to break the bank to do so.

Now I must admit that in the light of day decapitate dolls heads in green colored water might look a little bit tacky, but if you create the right ambiance this novelty DIY project can turn out to be a really great prop.

So dim the the lighting, add a smoke machine, black table linens and a buffet table full of some really great eats, and place these darlings in jars of various sizes on the buffet table and voila you've got a really interesting decorative piece that turns tacky into Gothic classy.

Talking about Buffet tables and good eats, here's another inexpensive way to take the pressure off your cocktail hour budget.

Frank fingers.  Different I know, but one things for sure, it's going to have your guests amused by these scrumptious goodies. Okay, Okay, it's just a frank with a piece of onion, and a splat of ketchup, but you can't deny that it's low cost, totally unique and somewhat interesting.  Besides weddings should be fun and as a Professional Wedding Planner I just happen to think that this would be  a really FUN FINGER FOOD!!!