Archives for December 2016

Resolutions for 2017 Brides!

Hello there, lovelies!

The New Year is just about peeking over the horizon, and we’re all dazzled up with excitement to welcome in 2017! With all the glitz, fizzy drinks, and resolutions, there’s no shortage of anticipation for good things to come… including a fabulous wedding day! For those of you who will be tying the knot in the coming year, we want to give you a few little tips going into 2017…  Here’s our 5 Bridal Resolutions!

Resolution 1: Accept the help!

Many times brides will turn family and friends down when they ask if there’s anything they can do to help with the big day. Let people help you if they offer!  Many hands make light work in making your wedding a success, and you’ll be glad you did. Delegating jobs, tasks, DIYs, and roles will make your life much easier (plus keep picky mamas or curious aunties busy and feeling important)!

Photo Credit: Brittany Griffin

Resolution 2: Be you on your wedding day.

Many brides go into the wedding process with big plans to be “sweating for the wedding”. We’re all for staying healthy and fit, but making any kind of drastic body change right before your wedding is never a good idea. And by drastic, we mean extreme workout regimens, dieting, a new hair color, or visits to the tanning salon. Otherwise, years down the road, you’ll look back on photos and either be pining for your crash dieted body or wonder what you were thinking when you got that spray tan. We get that you want to look your best, but you also want to look like yourself. Be beautiful you!

Photo Credit: Kim Fox Photography

Resolution 3: Go easy on yourself.

As humans, we tend to be quick to compare ourselves to others, and we totally get it. It’s very easy to compare your wedding planning and design to what you’ve seen on Pinterest, Instagram, wedding blogs, at the weddings of friends, etc. Don’t be too hard on yourself if something doesn’t come out as fantastic as you pictured.  We want you to remember that in the end, it’s going to be you and your sweetheart’s wedding day, nobody else’s… which leads into our next resolution.

Photo Credit: Lin & Jirsa Photography

Resolution 4: Keep your eyes on the prize.

The most important resolution is to not get so caught up in the planning, prepping, and coordinating that you forget who you’re marrying. Don’t let creating the most beautiful wedding in the world get in the way of your relationship with your fiancée. Remember that the goal here is to be married, not have a wedding. In the end, it’s all about you two together.

Photo Credit: Iris & Light

Resolution 5: Enjoy it!

Making decisions, working with family, and planning complications can get stressful, but just be in the moment. If you’re not having a least a little fun during the process, it’s time to take a deep breath and a step back. You can never get back this exciting time of preparation, so try to be present and enjoy each moment.

Photo Credit: Jillian Rose Photo

We hope that you will remember these tips going into 2017, especially if your wedding is just a couple months away! Cheers to your very special day coming up very soon, and to ringing in the New Year!

Photo Credit: Emily Millay Photography

Happy Holidays From Marisa Nicole Events!

 

2016 has been a year for the books! We have worked with some of the most fabulous clients and fellow creatives to produce seriously swoon-worthy celebrations all year long.

We were also super honored to be chosen as a finalist for California Wedding Day Magazine’s Best of Weddings Award for Best Wedding Planner Los Angeles!

We hope 2016 has brought you as much joy and success as ever, and that 2017 will be filled with more to come! Thank YOU for your part in making this year oh so memorable!

Best wishes for a very merry holiday season!

Love,

The Sassy, Savvy Ladies of Marisa Nicole Events

Throwing the Perfect Holiday Party, Part 3: Food, Drink, Activities, & Flow

Hello lovelies!

We’re fast approaching the winter holidays, and the good cheer is by no means in short supply! We know that the best way to spread that holiday cheer is to throw an unforgettable holiday bash, which inspired us to lay out our party throwing expertise for your festively fab benefit! If you’ve been keeping up with us the past couple weeks, you’ve seen us go over getting started, invitations, design, and decorations. But we’ve saved the best for last… food, drink, and fun! So without further adieu, here’s the final piece of throwing the perfect winter soiree!

Good Eats & Treats

The key to festive eats sure to impress is to have variety, while keeping things simple as possible. Maintain a balance of hot and cold, sweet and savory, meat and meatless. Keep things bite size if possible (dinner parties exempt), otherwise you’ll find guests overlooking dishes you’ve spent the day slaving over simply because it’s not convenient… Think grazing. Some guests may have diet restrictions, so be sure to provide variety with that in mind. Guests should be able to eat at least half of the options provided.

Get Your Drink On

Keep things merry, but easy. Unless you’re hiring someone to work a full bar, offer 2-3 staple cocktails and no more. You can get fancy with a couple mixed drinks, but cider, mulled wine, and eggnog are tried and true traditional favorites! Be sure beverages have varying alcohol bases, and just like your good eats, keep the hot and cold balance present. Leave the beer & wine for guests to bring.

Preparations

The most important thing to remember for prep is that you don’t want to miss out on your own party. For food, have every dish ready and waiting to go in the oven before guest arrival. That way, you are free to pop in and out of the kitchen as needed, as opposed to being a prisoner in front of the stove while guests wait awkwardly. Choose one or two dishes that can be made and served in a crock pot (slow cookers are a party host’s best friend). For drinks, make things in bulk before arrival, if possible. Put the cider on simmer, punchbowl on the table, and lay out a couple bites to eat.

Ready for Arrival

When all refreshments are prepped, get ready for showtime! Light candles, turn on some holly jolly tunes, switch on tree lights, etc. When guests arrive, you don’t want anyone to feel like “I’m the first one here.” They should feel at home, not awkward. It’s helpful to get a “partner in crime” (i.e. husband, wife, best friend, significant other) to be the entertainment buffer while you’re in and out of the kitchen, as well as to help introduce guests to each other.

And a Little Activity

After the mingling, tasting, sipping, and merrymaking have each had their time, you may choose to have a holiday related activity. Timing is everything, because you want to do this early enough that guests won’t be twiddling their thumbs waiting to begin, but late enough that most guests have arrived and had plenty of time to enjoy refreshments. We recommend having only one activity at a holiday gathering.

And that’s about it! Although the holidays can be stressful, the celebrations don’t have to be. Our one last tip to all you party hosts out there is something so important that we’ve found to be true for all of our weddings… Just enjoy. In the end, it’s you and your guests, and everything else is just icing on the (oh so merry) cake. We hope we’ve been helpful these past few weeks with all our tips and ideas for planning a fabulously festive fete!

Throwing the Perfect Holiday Party, Part 2: Decor & Setting the Stage

Happy December, lovelies!

If there’s one thing we love just as much as planning a killer wedding, it’s planning a killer party! Last week we gave you a bit of an introduction to throwing a perfectly planned holiday soiree, starting with getting those invitations just right! This week, we’re heading into part 2 of our holiday bash throwing series… Decorations! Now that your invites have gone out, it’s time to deck your halls and set the stage. Here are some key decor elements to get your home looking ultra festive and oozing with holiday cheer!

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Follow a Motif

If you’ve followed last week’s tips on making invites, you should already have an idea of what your party’s overall vibe will be! The main idea here is to be consistent. If you’re having a black tie dinner party, you’re probably not going to want to hang paper snowflakes from the ceilings. Opt for a more sophisticated, sleek feel. However, those little flakes are perfectly adorable for the likes of cookie exchanges, parties with kids, and ugly sweater gatherings. Remember that all decor should circle back to the invitation and attire!

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Texture & Color

When deciding on a holiday party color scheme, choose a couple base colors, then pick a metallic to use as an extra pop. The holidays are definitely the best time of the year to play up the shine, so don’t be afraid to take advantage of it! Using sequins or glitter for your sparkle adds textural interest as well!

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Holiday Staples

If you’re throwing a holiday party, your guests will be expecting to see at least some of the traditional decor pieces. There’s nothing that will make your guests feel at home like walking in and being greeted by familiar favorites like wreaths, ornaments, stockings, a menorah, a kinara, a Christmas tree, etc. Be sure to incorporate your favorites into the overall decor motif!

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Elements of Enchantment

If the cherry on top of winter soiree decor could have a name, it would be glow! The best way to add that finishing touch of enchantment is to incorporate that element of light. You can do this with candles, hanging lights, lanterns, a roaring fireplace, a shining star on top of your Christmas tree… Anything that shines will send your guests swooning, and set the perfect holiday mood.

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Getting that holiday decor just right is simple and fun! The most important thing to keep in mind is to stay consistent, and be sure every element makes sense with the rest. Stay tuned for next week’s blog, the final piece in putting on a seriously fabulous holiday fete… Food, activities, and hosting!