Gracefully incorporating your favorite holiday into your wedding part 3: New Years

Hi Lovebirds!

This week we are finishing up our mini-blog series focusing on crafting a modern take on seasonally themed weddings with New Years Eve. A wedding celebration that goes strong until midnight can be difficult to execute, but there are many of fun ways to keep your guests partying all night long! We love a fun New Years celebration and have put together some ways that you can implement a NYE wedding without going over the top!

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Cuisine & Cocktails

A NYE wedding reception calls for some classic late night snacks and fun festive drinks! Whether it be a fancy carving station, tacos or fries, make sure guests have enough to snack on well into the new year. And don’t forget the drinks! There are many creative ways to incorporate the sparkling new year into your drink selection to keep guests hydrated (or dehydrated) all night long. Oh, and no NYE wedding would be complete without a toast at midnight!

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Decor

Your color pallet of choice can really emphasize that romantic yet fun New Years Eve wedding of your dreams. We suggest using metallics such as gold and sparkles to contrast the darker tones often used for new years or late night weddings! New Years Eve often calls for confetti and balloon drops. Without going all in on these items, we found creative ways to still incorporate them into your NYE wedding.

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Guest Experience

Lastly, we want to ensure that you and your guests have the best time at your wedding.. If you are trying to stick it out till midnight, the guest experience can be the most crucial. We love a long lasting dance party and photo booth! It can also be fun to incorporate traditional NYE festivities with party horns and sparklers! Another great idea would be to gift your guests with mini champagne bottles as your wedding favor.

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NYE can be fun, festive, and classy all at the same time. If you are planning your New Years Eve wedding we hope you take into consideration these fun and festive ideas. No matter what, route you take for your holiday wedding, we hope our ideas have inspired you and that you are on your way to crafting a celebration that is magical!

Gracefully incorporating your favorite holiday into your wedding part 2: winter

Hi Lovebirds!

As promised last time, we are continuing our holiday series today with our winter wedding ideas! From your wedding cuisines to the bar offerings and from the decor elements to your guest takeaway gift, there are tons of ways to create that perfect, cozy, and elegant winter wedding you crave!

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Cuisine and Cocktails

The winter season calls for that warm cup of hot chocolate and your favorite comfort foods. Consider incorporating fun variations of the holiday treats of your choice such as peppermint and chocolate or your favorite homemade soup and sandwich combination!

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Decor

Winter weddings often call for cozy and elegant vibes all around and carefully curating your decor will work to create a winer ambiance. We just can’t get enough of winter tones such as wine, deep and ice shades of blue, and varying forests greens. And don’t be afraid to play around with using tinsel, pine, birch, and twinkle lights to further show some love to the holiday season without going all-out Christmas themed!

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Guest Experience

Lastly, when it comes to guest experience, the options are endless! Consider giving a nod to the holiday season through favors such as hot chocolate or coffee and experiences like sparklers or even a mistletoe kissing booth!

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Whatever winter holiday you celebrate if you are planning on having your wedding during the “most wonderful time of the year”, we hope our ideas will help spur on your own creativity in putting together the winter wonderland wedding of your dreams.

Gracefully incorporating your favorite holiday into your wedding part 1: Fall

Hi Lovebirds!

Thanksgiving has come and gone, the winter holidays are just around the corner and we are experiencing all the seasonal feels. We just love it when couples want to incorporate holiday vibes into their wedding celebration. Today, we are kicking off the season with a blog series sharing tips on how to give a nod to your favorite holiday without having a fully themed wedding. Today, we are looking at thanksgiving and how to bring the best that the fall has to offer into your wedding cuisine & cocktails, decor, and guest experience!

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Cuisine & Cocktails

There are so many fun, creative, and most importantly, subtle ways to include your favorite fall food and drink flavors into your reception. Consider giving nod to turkey day by serving thanksgiving favorites, family style at your wedding reception. Think sweet potatoes, mini pies, mashed root veggies, and anything with and dusting of cinnamon or nutmeg!

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Decor

We just LOVE using fall tones and colors as a pallet for weddings! Wine, burnt orange, mustard yellow, warm metallics, we just can’t get enough of these hues that can help create that warm, cozy fall ambience throughout your celebration. Fall colors and design elements can be incorporated throughout your wedding aesthetic to help give a nod to the season, without totally giving in to a thanksgiving themed fete.

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Guest Experience

They say the devil is in the details, and when it comes to guest experience, it is the small details that make the difference. You could promote Thanksgiving vibes by gifting your guests with mini jars of homemade seasonal jam, throwing around cozy pashminas in autumnal hues or using yummy fall themed cookies as place cards. The possibilities are endless.

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Fall is our favorite season over here at Marisa Nicole Events and we just love infusing all things autumnal into our couple’s weddings. Whether you choose to serve spiked apple cider, have a turkey carving station, or play with a pallet of fall colors for your aesthetic, there are so many ways that you can bring the best that the season has to offer to your wedding.

Personal Wedding Day Tips For Grooms From Marisa Nicole

Hi lovebirds!

After giving our personal wedding tips for our beautiful brides and bridal parties out there, it is now time for you gentlemen! We know that you want to make your beautiful bride’s wedding day just perfect, but you might not know exactly where to start which is why we are here to share a few tips that will help you be successful in that pursuit. These guidelines are small, yet thoughtful gestures that will ensure you have a great day together! Most brides work really hard on planning out the details of her wedding day. Therefore, grooms you will want to consider doing the following to make that happen on your big day!

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The Wedding Gift

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This doesn’t have to be something that is super expensive (but it can be). It can be something big or small, it doesn’t matter, but it is simply a way of saying thank you to the gal you love for agreeing to become your wife! Whether you get a card or some kind of present, it should ultimately be something to show her how much you love her and how happy you are to soon be her hubby for life.

The Honeymoon Suite

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Decorating the honeymoon suite isn’t something that you actually have to execute yourself. It is important that you are really enjoying every second of your reception. However we highly suggest that you make a plan to secure all the items you will need in advance. This being whatever is going to make the place you and your new wife go to spend your wedding night a romantic love nest that she will never forget! Perhaps have one of your groomsmen connect with one of the bridesmaids and ask them to spend a few minutes making the suite feel special. Petals, champagne, whatever your style is, do something. For one day you should be uber romantic, and not hold back on the extra step. Your bride shouldn’t have to lift a finger.

Keep It Classy

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Your wedding day is one of those days that should be super fun for both you and your partner. With that being said, we encourage you to hold back the reigns on the form of “fun” you engage in with your crew until after the ceremony. If you are a cigar guy, please don’t have one before you walk down the aisle (so that you don’t smell like cigars the first time she sees you – yikes!). A bit of pre-wedding drinking is not only acceptable, but encouraged. However we beg you not to go overboard. Keep it together, and be the classy gentleman we know you can be.

Be an Us

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Be by her side, and take on your wedding as a team. There is a time and place for hanging with the boys, jamming with the band, and managing family drama, but you should stay together as much as possible. She has celebrated with her crew, and you with yours, so this is the time for everyone to come together and celebrate as a group.

Take the Weight Off Her

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Again, most brides are very active in working out the details for her wedding day, so help take the load off her by pitching in if need be. You can think of it as your way of repaying her for all the work she did. If there is stuff that needs to happen last minute, offer to do it or try to find a solution that doesn’t involve her so she doesn’t have to be the one to make it happen. If she is getting frazzled, be the one to help calm her nerves. Let’s try to keep her worrying to a minimum. Take the initiative to make sure you have all your items organized and ready for the big day – your shirt, cuff links, all your belongings, etc. This way she and her gals can worry about her stuff and you are worrying about yours. She shouldn’t have to remind you to bring your vest or get that haircut she keeps dropping hints for.

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Soon-to-be-grooms, these tips are for you and you can do with them what you will. All of these gestures and actions are simply small ways of telling your bride thank you, and showing her that you are doing the most you can, and the best you can. Show her your best! Be romantic, be thoughtful, be on top of your game, or be whatever she needs you to be. At the end of the day, this day is all about you guys as a couple, and we want you to have the best day possible!