What Not to Try for the First Time within Three Months of Your Day!

Hello friends!
BE-Fairmont-Santa-Monica-Weddi-2490686773-OWedding season is officially here and we know all of you brides out there are anxious to look your best for the big day. We want you to know that we completely support this effort! You want to look like your best self on your wedding, however time and time again we have seen the pressure become too much for some brides. They resort to trying things that they normally wouldn’t do, just to look great for their wedding. We realize that what we are about to tell you not to do is pretty common knowledge, but that hasn’t stopped sensible brides from doing insensible things anyway. Therefore, we thought we should make it official and go on record that participating in the following activities within three months of your wedding is NOT a good idea (unless of course they are a part of your normal routine, in which case they are totally fine). Before we go on, it is important that we tell you why three months: three months is the amount of time where if you try something new and things go terribly awry, you will be able to bounce back completely before the big day. Without further ado, here it goes:

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Tanning/Waxing/Facial Treatments

All of these treatments are perfectly fine when already in a gal’s normal routine, however I have seen too many brides not want to spend the money or wait until the last minute to try out these things. If a bride waits and decides to get her whole body waxed two days before her wedding, when she has never gotten anything waxed before, she has no idea how it will affect her skin (itching, redness, scarring, etc.). The same is true with tanning (from both beds and spray); I have watched enough brides splurge on tanning and then end up with a sunburn or orange tinted skin on their day. She could also feel like she was way too dark (and doesn’t look like herself) once she saw the photos. Finally, do NOT mess with your face within three months before your wedding. If you want to do any of the above for your day, be sure to try these treatments about 3-6 months before your wedding, so you know how it will affect your skin!

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Major Changes To Your Hair

We all hope that our wedding day is our best hair day ever. A lot of times a bride will decide that she wants to change her hair shade or put in some low or highlights to add dimension to her locks. Once again, we fully support this! However, we encourage you to try everything 3-6 months in advance to make sure you will actually like the result. No gal with virgin hair should be going in to get a bleach 1 week before her wedding. The last thing you want is to look back at your wedding photos and think that you didn’t look like yourself.  As always, it is a good idea to keep your strands long right up to the wedding day, so that your stylist has options for your big day look.

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Working-out Like Crazy and/or Eating Like a Bird:

I encourage you to be your healthiest self when you walk down the aisle, but you still have to be you. Every bride wants to look good in her dress and she would hate for it to be falling off of her. Remember that you purchased your dress in the size that fit your measurements at the time. Since then you have gone to several dress fittings, all of which were aimed at making your wedding dress fit you like a glove. Brides who get super intense at the gym the month of their wedding (when it is not a normal part of their routine) and drastically change their eating habits end up both cranky and in dresses that don’t fit them perfectly. My experience is that most brides are somewhat stressed out/anxious in the months leading up to the wedding and end up losing a bit of weight just from everything that is going on. Keep your normal workout and eating routine and your dress will most likely end up being a touch more roomy anyway.

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All in all, we want you brides to feel beautiful and like yourself on your special day! Keep that in mind when deciding whether you want to change or alter your normal routine. Finally, remember that you will look fab with or without that tan, those highlights, or that extra weight lost!

Intern Spotlight: Meet Katherine!

Hi lovelies! I am proud to introduce myself as the newest member of Marisa Nicole Events! I am just starting this adventure and cannot wait to learn the secrets of pulling off a perfect soiree with Marisa and her team! Since you may be seeing me this wedding season, Marisa thought you might want to get to know me a bit, so here it goes…

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  • Favorite Wedding Blog: Style Me Pretty! The simple elegance of their featured weddings catches my eye every time! I also love that they feature weddings from all over the world!
  • Describe the Perfect Wedding Cake Flavor Combo: This question is almost impossible to answer, all cake is perfect! I would have to say vanilla cake with strawberry filling; I like it simple, with a little sweet!
  • Favorite Styling Genre for Event Design: Classy and chic. I love black tie weddings! I think the formal aspect adds real elegance to one of the most important days of a woman’s life!
  • Event Planning Super Hero Skill: Having multiples of myself—the more of me, the more that can get done to make the special day absolutely perfect!
  • Veil, Flower or Headpiece? Definitely a veil! I love that classic bride look.
  • Favorite Wedding Tradition: I’m traditional; I love when the groom does not see his bride until she is walking down the aisle. Seeing his reaction after he lays his eyes on her for the first time is the most amazing moment!
  • The moment in every wedding that never fails to bring you to tears: Hands down the Father Daughter dance! I don’t think I have ever had a dry eye during this moment! It’s such a sweet and special time.

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This is a photo from my first team photo shoot! It’s amazing how quickly we all clicked and got along! I can’t wait to work with these ladies more over the next few months!

All For The Love Of Linens: Bringing Your Tables From Drab to Fab!

Happy May Day Friends! Here at Marisa Nicole, we have been accused of having an obsession with fine linens! But, I mean, who can blame us? The perfect linen can make any table-scape go from drab to fab! That being said, we do understand sometimes your packages with certain venues come with “in house linens,” and upgrading to something fancy isn’t always a financial option. The only time I will (more or less) put my foot down and declare it absolutely necessary to swap out the included linen is when it doesn’t touch the ground or the quality is completely awful. Today, we are going to guide you through the process of what you can do with linens to help tell the story of your day!

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Keeping It Simple

Let’s begin our discussion in the realm of simple, yet elegant linens. Want to add some va-va-voom to your dining tables without going crazy with color or pattern? Try going with solid, neutral colored linens that have a quality look and feel to them. Here is an example of how upgrading your linens to something with sheen or texture can give your table-scape a luxe feel and serve as the perfect base, allowing gorgeous flowers to really shine!

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Introducing Color and/or Pattern

Linens play a major role in bringing the look and feel of your wedding to life. Maybe you have always wanted to highlight a certain color on your day, but are having a hard time finding that hue in nature (i.e. your flowers). We encourage you to find linens that contain aspects of your color and top them off with floral arrangements that bring it all together! For example, it can be difficult to find flowers with blue tones (there are only a few natural ones!). Here we used a French blue gingham pattern as a base for wild flowers to create this bride’s color pallet of grey-blue, mustard, and pops of ruby!

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The Change-Up

Want to use fine specialty linens for your guest tables, but think it will end up costing way too much? Many times we will compromise by using non-budget friendly linens on the special tables, such as the sweetheart and cake tables, and using lower priced linens for the rest of the space. Additionally, many of our couples are looking to create a sense of progression throughout their day. One way this can be done is by changing up the linens in each area of the celebration. For example, maybe you choose to use matte, textured linens during cocktail hour, soft frilly linens during the reception and then sparkly fancy linens for the dance space! As long as they all work together, the sky is the limit on what you can do! And sometimes upgrading the linens on your tables may not be the best way to bring your vision to life. This couple wanted us to create a purply/pink oasis that glowed like heaven! We used a combination of pipe and drape and up-lights to ‘linen’ each wall of the ballroom. In this case we chose to keep just the basic white house linens, which soaked up the purple lights in the room nicely. Fancy linens weren’t necessary to create an elegant fete.

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Framing Rectangular Wooding Tables

Many of our couples have been ditching linens all together and moving towards long wooden tables and, as crazy as we can be about great linens, we LOVE this look as well! If this is what you have planned for your special day, know that you are not completely off the hook! You will still need something to draw the eye down the length of the table and serve as a base for your floral arrangements. Although you can do this through flat lying greenery, most couples choose to use a fun or funky fabric table runner. This wedding had a natural, delicate feel, so we used a simple lace runner to frame their Tuscan style tables. This combination made for a beautifully grounded and feminine look!

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To recap, linens are a simple (and fun) add on that can really spice up your tables. Whether you go in a cleaner, more elegant direction, choose to ditch floor length linens altogether, or something in-between, your guests are sure to be impressed. Hopefully our little rant about linens has inspired you to add some fabric glam to your soiree!

Love at Rancho Las Lomas: Maria & Jon Married!

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Oh Happy Day! This fine Friday I have the pleasure of sharing one of my favorite weddings of all time with you! Almost a year ago, Maria & Jon got hitched at the one and only Rancho Las Lomas. Thankfully, the dynamic duo of Lukas & Suzy Van Dyke Photography was there to capture each and every fabulous detail (for more of our work at this fab space, check out our Give Back Styled Wedding blog post). The venue, the couple, the style: everything about this wedding just makes me swoon with delight.

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The look & feel direction we decided to take for Maria & Jon’s day was “Rustic Elegance.” Maria chose a visual pallet that incorporated all the colors in a sunset sky. It was also important to our lovebirds that the day had a sense of progression to it, which was partly what made Rancho Las Lomas such a great fit for their fête. The guests started off the event at the ceremony, which took place on a wooded staircase under a canopy of lush trees. The guests then moved to the tiled pool area for cocktail hour (during which time they were encouraged to partake in a scavenger hunt, designed by the groom, allowing guests to explore the on-site zoo). After cocktails and small bites, the guests were brought through a small house, which was littered with cute signs and framed photos of the couple, in order to enter the reception patio where dinning and dancing ensued. Finally, at the end of the night, the guests were invited to join the couple in the lodge (with a fireplace and everything) for post-party dancing and mock-tails! The guests were continually ohhing and ahhing as they progressed through each part of the celebration. There was never a dull moment to be had!

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Maria’s personal sense of style was simply lovely. From her designer blush gown, to those Jimmy Choos on her feet, and everything in-between, there was absolutely nothing ordinary about her look! She gifted her ladies with super cute kimonos for the getting ready festivities and each bridesmaid’s dress captured a different aspect of the sunset sky. But we can’t leave out the fellas! All Jon’s guys were looking foxy in their corresponding (yet not precisely matching) get-ups. Jon looking the sharpest of all in his custom made wooden glasses! When it came to designing the day, the couple and I were a (wedding planning) match made in heaven from the get-go. We organized the whole affair in barely five months and sometimes Maria’s sense of style and my eye for design could be a quite dangerous combination. However, as iron sharpens iron, we worked together to create a day that was 100% fabulous in both the areas of aesthetics and guest experience. PS – I seriously love it when a bride has exquisite taste!

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Maria had some great friends who pitched in to create a ton of super fun DIY details. For the ceremony, streamer ribbons with bells were created for the post-kiss celebration. The couple loves to travel, so we used colorful old postcards in a vintage suitcase to serve as the day’s guestbook! The floral designer (Judy at Enchanted Gardens) had a great time brining the aesthetic vision to life. We used a combination of big soft blooms with smaller textured pieces to create variety and depth. Judy brought in a plethora of small metallic and crystal trinkets to give the day a detailed, vintage feel. We paired Tuscan wooden tables with neutral burlap runners and a combo of colorful napkins as a base for the floral arrangements. No two pieces, bouquets, or arrangements were identical and it was absolutely gorgeous!

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One of the things I just loved about this day was the ample amount of signage! Let’s just say that if people got lost or didn’t know what to do, it was not from a lack of communication on our part! We used a combination of DIY crafted signs, immaculately designed printed items, and chalkboard signage to make everything both cute and informational! Maria’s mom made the wedding cake and hand crafted stacked cookie favors for each place setting (and both were crazy yummy!).

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The couple and guests danced the night away to a live band as the on-site animals watched over the party. Maria & Jon choreographed their own wedding dance and the traditional money dance was most definitely one to remember. Once everyone was all tuckered out, they sobered up by the fireplace at the lodge with good conversation and yummy comfort food. All in all, it was one of my favorite weddings to date, and I have never had a more tiring day of work in my life (it was a huge venue with lots of steps, and I was in heels all day, don’t judge!)

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Happy Anniversary to Maria & Jon!  We at Marisa Nicole wish you a lifetime of happiness! To check out their same-day-edits wedding video, click here!

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