Archives for December 2014

New Year’s Eve Weddings: Sparkly Ideas for Your Big Day

Happy Almost 2015, Lovelies!

New Year’s Eve is tomorrow and we are super excited to ring in 2015 with a wedding! This time of year is filled with sparkly celebrations, and today we’re going to share some ideas on how to incorporate these motifs into your wedding invitations, décor, attire and cuisine. Engagement season is officially upon us and for all you new bride-to-be’s out there looking for fab and fresh trends, here is why a New Year’s wedding is a lovely little option to consider.

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For a New Year’s wedding, you can get away with a little more glitz and glamor than other times of the year. Garner a festive feel while maintaining the romance of your special day with glittery gold invites! We love the look of incorporating soft velum or bold, matte colors to allow the metallic elements to shine. Balance vibrant golds and silvers with soft patterns like dots or flowers. Your invitations give guests an idea of what to expect on your wedding day, so use similar colors and themes for a cohesive aesthetic.

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Create the perfect scenario for your first New Year’s kiss with the love of your life with glowing decorations and a flirty, fun dress. New Year’s Eve is notorious for over the top visuals, so don’t be afraid to go crazy with sparkly elements throughout your celebration. Mix metals, and use lots of candles and light to give an ambience of drama and excitement. For your wedding dress, experiment with something short, sequined and unique! Don’t forget to balance all of this shimmer with muted and subtle neutrals to not give too much of a visual overload for your guests.new resized for blog-3

To really kick things up a notch, try integrating sparkle into your food and beverage options! Edible glitter and gold flakes are easy to find (at your local grocery store or crafts supplies store) and really add that extra glint of something special to the look of your wedding! Take your celebratory bubbly to the next level with glittery sugar-rimmed glasses. Not feelin’ the edible toppings? Use glasses with gold details or metallic cake trays and decorations for the same visual appeal.

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New Year’s Eve weddings can be absolutely gorgeous. It’s a time of new beginnings, and allows you and your partner to start your married life on a fresh page. Utilize the world-wide excitement of the day while holding onto the sweet softness of the intimate relationship you share. Do this by playing with sparkle and metallics, while balancing with warmth and florals from your invites to your decorations and dress to even your food. Congratulations to any newly engaged couples and Happy New Year to all!

Merry, Happy Everything – from Marisa Nicole Events!

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Channukah is in full swing, Christmas is almost here, and the New Year is just around the corner. We hope you are all enjoying time by the fire with your friends and family and some spiced (maybe even spiked) cider! It’s been a glittery, festive scramble to finish up everything we all have to do this year, but we’d like to take a moment to say thanks and happy holidays to you, our clients, colleagues and readers. We send you warm wishes and love from our family at Marisa Nicole Events to yours! Merry, happy everything!

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Wintry Calamigos Equestrian Love: Rachelle & Jay Married!

 

Good Morning, Lovelies!

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The holly has been hung, the scent of spiced cider is in the air, and it is actually raining in SoCal. Holiday merriment is everywhere you look, and we at Marisa Nicole love every second of it (aside from the rain, that is). To revel in all the season has to offer, today we’re sharing Rachelle & Jay’s winter wonderland styled wedding.

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Rachelle & Jay hold a very special place in my heart. I just adored working with them and to this day they are the only couple I’ve helped that I haven’t had to strain my neck to look up at (for those of you who don’t know me personally, I’m rather small in stature). For once in my career, we were all on the same level and it was glorious! With Rachelle living in Hong Kong during most of the wedding planning process, Jay and I were left to work out the details in bringing their winter wonderland vision to life (constantly teetering along line between a cheesy Christmas-themed wedding and the frozen elegance feel we were going for!).

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To that end, we worked with a palate of snowy white, glimmering silver, peacock blue and splashes of purple. As a focal point on the invitations, scattered throughout the room in the lighting design, and even at the base of our floral centerpieces, we played with bringing in snowflakes of different forms throughout the day. Traditional table numbers were substituted for the word ‘snow’ in languages from around the world. Rachelle even DIY’d several snowflake strands that we hung with a white curtain behind the sweetheart table. Foxy, foxy, foxy!

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From the moment that flowing curtains were opened to the reception area, guests were “oohing” and “ahhing” over the amount of detail that went into bringing the couple’s vision to life. We blanketed the tables with an elegant ice-cold aquamarine shimmering linen. The table centerpieces were adorned with all-white flowers and branches. Half of the arrangements featured soft and ruffled blooms, while others showcased branches paired with snowy baby’s breath at its best (watch out friends, this filler flower has made a huge comeback in the last year or so and it looks like it is here to stay for a while). All arrangements were paired with silver mercury glass vessels and frosted candles galore. To top off each table, we stuffed branded menus into sparkling white napkins.

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Bringing in touches of sparkle and shine throughout the space was super important in creating a sense of enchantment. Rachelle handcrafted a diamond-studded stand as the base for the snowy white cake! We incorporated the use of both twinkle and up-lights throughout the room. Bits of bling dangled from the ceiling, reflecting the glow of the pretty lights.

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Finally, to encourage everyone to make merry during the holiday season, holly was hung in every nook and cranny we could find. The guests ate like royalty, danced the night away, and captured fab moments with their besties in the photo booth!

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We hope this winter-wonderland styled wedding has inspired all you holiday brides out there, and happy One-Year Anniversary, Jay and Rachelle! We wish each of you a merry holiday season filled with dreams of sugarplums, fairies and snow-covered weddings!

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Hors d’oeuvres Done Right: Menu Crafting Tips for Your Wedding Cocktail Hour & Holiday Parties!

Hi Lovelies!

The holidays are officially here and we expect many of you will be throwing festive parties to celebrate the season with your nearest and dearest! It goes without saying that one of the keys to hosting a fabulous holiday gathering is serving yummy, memorable bites that your friends will gush about. It is true that our place on event days isn’t typically in the kitchen, but the truth is that holiday party hosting makes chefs out of all of us! Therefore, as you are working to build your event menu, you will want to treat it in the same way we encourage our clients to approach their cocktail hour (or a cocktail reception): variety and balance is vital to its’ success! To that end, today we are going to give you some quick hints in how to craft a well-balanced menu that is full of variety, but serves to tell one culinary story throughout your event. DISCLAIMER: We are not a catering company. Nonetheless, here are our thoughts on the subject from a wedding planner and guest’s point of view!

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Quantities

Before we dive into figuring out exactly what you’ll serve, let’s take a moment to talk about how much you’ll serve. One of the hardest things for non-professional hosts/chefs to determine is quantities for your guest count. For a party where hors d’oeuvres is the main food served at your party, (besides something sweet, of course), you’ll want to make sure you have at least 8 bites per person (if not 10-12), and are offering a variety of at least 6 savory menu items (more is great too, but be sure not to over commit yourself!). However, for a cocktail hour that is served prior to some kind of dinner, 3-4 bites per person should do the trick.

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Vary Your Proteins

When thinking about what types of meat to serve, we recommend abiding by our rule of thirds. Make a third of your appetizers vegetarian, a third should be some kind of lighter protein such as chicken or fish, and the final third should be some kind of heartier meat such beef or pork. This will help you keep everyone happy, offering at least a couple items that each of your guests will eat. With that being said, feel free to move away from these guidelines based on your crowd. For example, if you know that many of your friends are super picky about their meats, you can only offer one red meat, and the rest a combination of veggie, poultry or fish based. Or if you know your guests are real meat and potatoes type eaters, feel free to go heavy, offering only one or two lighter options.

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Temperature

Along with varying the meats served at your little fête, you will want to make sure you are offering bites at a variety of temperatures. For a wedding, I usually recommend about a 50/50 mix of items that are served hot to cold/at room temperature, as guests like to have the option between something warm and hearty and something light and refreshing. However, for a holiday celebration in the winter, I would say that the more served warm, the better! Nonetheless, be sure to offer at least 1-2 room not hot items, as these bites will gain in appeal as your crowd gets bigger and the room heats up! Offering guests yummy bites at a variety of temperatures allows for each food to stand out.

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Balancing Flavors and Textures

Lastly, we believe that it is absolutely critical to have a variety of flavors and textures show up to the party if you want the food to be remembered. Try finding a way to bring each of the following into your menu: sweet, tangy, salty, creamy, crunchy, buttery, and at least one bite with some serious heat to it (and if you can get multiple of those elements into each bite, then you are doing great). They key is to make sure that you aren’t putting out 6 appetizers that all taste the same. Even if you are going with a theme, you need to bring variety in taste to the menu in order to host a well-balanced event.

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Whether its for your wedding cocktail hour or a holiday party at your home, your hors d’oeuvres are sure to be a hit if you remember to incorporate variety and balance into your menu. Cater to the needs of your guests and make sure to have vegetarian items as well as meat items, something crisp and refreshing along with the comforting and warm items, and experiment with an array of flavors throughout your chosen bites. Best of luck on your merrymaking festivities this season!