Wedding Hair Accessories for the Modern Bride

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Wedding season is in view and many of you gorgeous gals out there are starting to work out the details of your wedding day look! One decision that many of our not-so-traditional brides toil over is what to do with their hair on the big day. If you have decided not to wear a veil, there are many different options that will stun your guests as you walk down the aisle. Don’t get me wrong, we at Marisa Nicole Events do love the classic veil look (swoon), but believe that other accessories are undeniably equally fab. To inspire you as you tackle this decision, today we’re sharing some of our favorite hair accessories and looks.

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First Things First

To decide which accessory to incorporate into your style, you must first decide between wearing your hair up, down, or something in between. Take the cut of your gown in mind, along with any accessories that you already know you want to incorporate into your look (did someone say “something old / something new”?). It is also important to make sure that your hair complements your overall wedding vibe and your personality. However, remember that no matter which hairstyle or accessory you choose, you are bound to look like a beautiful bride (because you’re a queen!).

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Jeweled Comb

This is a classic and simple option that will never go out of style. It can add a little sparkle to your hair as it complements the sparkle in your eyes on your big day. A comb makes for a finishing touch to your beautiful hair do without it taking over your whole hair. They are normally placed in the back or side of your head. Our two favorite ways to wear a comb is with an updo or as a clip to hold some of your hair back if you decide to wear your hair all the way down.

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Floral Crown

Flowers are an elegant touch to any hairdo. They make for a romantic and bohemian vibe. This is a great option if you are having a relaxed, natural celebration. There are many different floral crowns. If you want something simple than opt for a baby’s breath floral crown. Or if you want to make more of a statement, then go for a crown that mixes different types of flowers and colors. The possibilities are endless when it comes to floral crowns.

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Headbands

Another simple way to add some sparkle is a headband. It can be an elegant gold twist or a thick jeweled headband. We love this look because it goes well with any type of hairstyle. In addition, your accessory can be seen from the front when you take those head on photos. When picking a headband, make sure that the design matches the style of your dress.

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Braids

Sometimes your own hair can be your best accessories. If you are not a huge fan of bling or flowers, doing a beautiful braided hairstyle is perfect. Just like other accessories, there are endless ways to style it. Doing a braided hairstyle is best if you have longer hair. Our favorite at Marisa Nicole Events is a side braid. It is simply gorgeous and helps keep your hair out of your face so that your wedding day glow will not be missed.

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There are endless options of ways to accessorize your hair for your big day. Just remember to stay true to your style and your wedding theme. Also don’t forget that if you have always dreamed of wearing a veil as a little girl, there is nothing wrong with that! We believe that whatever makes you feel the most beautiful, then it is the right accessory.

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Picking The Right Reception Dining Service Style For Your Day!

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The New Year is in full swing and many of our clients are in the midst of nailing down the details of your wedding meal. We’re kind of foodies over here at Marisa Nicole Events and LOVE a good meal, so we’re here to help make sure that yours is super yummy and a wonderful experience for you and your guests. As you start finalizing your overall wedding vibe, guest experience, counts and financial figures, one of the items you will need to determine is the service style for your wedding feast. There are a few different options you can choose from, each having their own elements to consider depending on how formal you want your reception to be and your budget. Here are some pros and cons to all dining styles to make sure that your reception is full of delicious food and fun!

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Buffet

If you are on a tight budget, buffet is typically the way to go for your wedding meal service style as it tends to be the most cost effective. One thing we really like about this service style is that your guests have the option to put whatever they desire on their plate. Guests with allergies or food intolerances can avoid food they do not want and overload on what they love. Another element to consider is that your guests will need to get up to get their meal and try as we may to control the flow so the line isn’t super long, there is almost no way to completely avoid people standing in line waiting. Therefore, if you are having a relaxed reception and want people moving around, a buffet might be just the ticket. However, if you’re looking to create a formal affair where your guests are spoiled and their every need is attended to, then a buffet would not serve the overall vibe of your wedding day.

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Stations

This is a spin on a buffet, but where different food items are available at various locations throughout the reception space. Depending on where you are getting married, this is often a more expensive option than a traditional buffet, as you need more food and more chefs to execute. As with a buffet, we love that guests get to choose what is on their plate. Also, it gets people up and moving, creating a casual dining environment. However, since the stations are spaced out throughout the reception, you don’t have to deal with the big buffet line that is often a wedding meal downer. Another thing we really love about stations is that it provides a bit of a wow-element as the guests interact with the chefs as they prepare their food live. I mean how fun it is to choose exactly what you want on your pasta, or to choose your own cut of meat from a carving station!

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Plated

Having a plated meal is typically the most formal option, as guests are served their meals restaurant-style right at their seats. Additionally, since the catering team is present within the dining area throughout the meal, your guests will receive more table service to help attend to their food and beverage needs throughout the evening. Plates normally include a protein, starch and vegetable. One thing to consider is that it will require for you to request guests to indicate their meal selection ahead of time on their RSVP card, which you will then have to indicate on each guests’ name card for the catering team. Unfortunately, sometimes guests forget what they ordered and this can create confusion or shortages (even with well indicated and well displayed place cards). Another thing to consider is that since guests do not have access to the food that goes on their plate directly, they will be stuck with whatever is in the meal he or she ordered and won’t be able to go back for seconds. However, this is the go-to for most weddings, and is often considered the most classy way to go.

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Family-Style

This service is a formal option as well, and tends to be the most expensive service style… and of course, we love it the most (we are gals with fancy taste, what can I say…). Part of the reason why family-style has become so popular over the past five years is because it combines all the pros of the other service styles. Like buffet and stations, it allows guests to choose what is on their plate, but without having the guests get up to load up their plates. Servers will still bring all the food to each table, but because guests need to pass platters back and forth, it encourages a friendly environment between guests.

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Whew, now that we have walked you through each of the major wedding meal styles, we hope you feel equipped to determine what would be best for your celebration. Each service style has their own sets of pros and cons, and financials are just one of those components. Remember that each caterer will price their meals and service styles differently, so the data in this overview is just a general idea how things typically breaks down. And in the end, whatever style you choose, as long as you are happy with your choices and your caterer serves quality cuisine, your guests will be content and ready to get up and shake it on the dance floor!

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Wedding Menswear: Mixing It Up and Breaking It Down

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As wedding planners, we cover a whole world of bridal and design related topics on our blog. But we at Marisa Nicole have realized that there’s one wedding topic that we haven’t really touched on… and that is wedding menswear! We get that sometimes grooms just aren’t that into the wedding details. But even if you’re leaving most of the decisions to your finance, we know you probably still want to be looking as snazzy as ever. After all groomies, it’s your big day too! So all you guys out there (including but not limited to grooms, groomsmen, bridesmen, & dads), we’re giving you a few tips on how to add that little dash of dapper to your wedding day look.

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Tip 1: Off to A Good Start

The base for your wedding look lies in the power of the suit. Suits should be tailored and fitted just right. Trust us when we say that when you’re looking back at photos in years to come, too long pants or baggy jackets will be totally cringeworthy. Color choice should be complementary to bridesmaids, as well as in line with the overall design style of the wedding.

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Tip 2: Pattern Play

If you’re looking to elevate your look, one way to take it up a notch by employing the use of pattern. Pattern mixing, when done correctly, pretty much hits every fashion check mark. Pairing a soft, quieter pattern with a bold, louder pattern adds a whole bunch of visual interest for some next level menswear. You can incorporate pattern more subtly with a tie or pocket square, or go for a gutsy patterned suit.

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Tip 3: Boutonnieres

Just in case you’re having issues with that mouthful, it’s pronounced “boot-in-ear”, and it means “button hole” in French. The bouts will be very specific to your particular wedding decor and floral design, matching the rest of the florals and arrangements. The purpose of the bout is to basically just tie your wedding look into the rest of the bridal party, so we think it’s a styling must have.

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Tip 4: A Little Bit of Bling

The epitome of Mr. Cool will be well tailored and clean, but the little finishing touches are what make the look. Get your shine on with cufflinks, tie clips, and watches. These are little cherries on top of your outfit just give off that sophisticated, masculine vibe. It elevates the entire look, and looks fabulous in photos.

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Tip 5: Fancy Footwear

Finally, your head to toe look seals the deal with some seriously snazzy shoes. These should be in line with the vibe of the rest of the outfit, circling back to the overall wedding style. Shoes can be plain for a simple and traditional look, or be a little more unique and personal to go with a non-traditional feel.

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And there you have it! If you wedding gents take our tips to heart, you’ll be sure to impress on the big day! We hope this has been helpful in easing any chaos for you dear grooms who just want to avoid the wedding hustle & bustle and be married already! Best of luck in your suit searching adventures!

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Resolutions for 2017 Brides!

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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)!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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