Floral Frenzy: All About the Flowers

Good morning, lovelies!

Fall is here and winter is coming, but at Marisa Nicole Events, our minds are always on spring and summer where everything is in bloom and the sun is shining. We just love all things floral and thankfully, here in SoCal, we don’t have a hard time getting fab florals year round. Although many elements work together to craft the aesthetic story of your day (linens & lighting, china and tables, and more!), florals tend to be the one piece in your wedding design that captures people’s attention. While other mediums sometimes take a supporting role in the look of your day, florals get first billing. We know that constructing your floral design can be difficult and couples may need help. Where do you need an arrangement and where can you go without? Today, we’re going to walk you through the various places throughout your wedding that you will want to incorporate floral decor into your day.

Entrance

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Your welcome table will most likely be the first thing your guests will see. You will want to accessorize your table in a way that will invite your guests to leave sweet notes in your guest book. Remember to “dress to impress!”

Personal Flowers

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This includes bouquets, corsages, nosegays, and boutonnieres. These will go out to everyone in the bridal party, immediate family members, or any V.I.P. members of your wedding that should be visually honored.

Ceremony Decor

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For your ceremony, you will have to decide on the style that you like to determine what flowers to use. You can put some florals to ground you at the altar, or hang items from a tree or columns. You can even rent a chuppah and decorate it with beautiful florals. You will also want to include something to line the aisles. You can use a trail of petals, or shepherd’s hooks with hanging details. The idea of the floral design in your ceremony is to frame the altar and create a direct line leading to it. If aisle decor is not in your budget, then focus on framing the front for the couple and the back as an entrance for the ceremony.

Cocktail Hour

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Every surface should have a bud vase or floating bloom with decor like votives and tea light candles. Once the sun is down, the candles are a perfect way to glow up the night.

Bar

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You can use florals to make your bar look fun and beautiful. However, it is important to keep in mind that the bartenders may move the arrangements to make room for their services so plan for simple floral designs that are easily transportable, if you are opting for florals on the bar.

Reception

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We highly suggest some sort of decor lining the seating chart or table assignments as well as the cake/dessert table. Every tablescape should have a centerpiece for the perfect organic touch to your party, including the sweetheart table for you and your other half. You can even substitute florals for succulents to add some greens into your design. We love using floral tucks, bud vases, and candles; but your design is ultimately up to you!

Etiquette

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The last thing to remember when it comes to your floral arrangements is the proper etiquette that comes with them. Typically, florals can be taken, but vessels cannot. Talk to the onsite wedding coordinator to talk about reusing florals and to determine the intangibles. We are big advocates for reusing florals, but you can’t do it all the time. Generally, if all your events are held in one room, the florals will not be moved.

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As you can see, there are many things to consider when picking the florals that will brighten up your wedding day. We suggest thinking about each of these categories to help you with your decision. Hope this helps!

New Trends in Town: Fall 2018 Bridal Fashion Week

Hey darlings!

Bridal fashion week has come and gone and our hearts are a flutter thinking about the gorgeousness that is coming our way next wedding season. Today we’re here to show you some of the top styles to inspire all you ladies out there who still searching for the perfect gown for your wedding! Designers have introduced new trends and brought back some of our favorites. Here are the top 5 fashion trends that we found in Fall 2018’s Bridal Fashion Week. Enjoy!

Trend #1: Off-the-shoulder sleeves

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Off-the-shoulder sleeves are back! We just can’t get over the elegance of this style and apparently neither can anyone else. Off-the-shoulder sleeves of any kind will soften your neckline, having you look gorgeous as you walk down the aisle.

Trend #2: Ballgowns

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Whether it’s sweet and simple or intricate and detailed, the ballgown is a classic. This trend will never fail to make a bride feel like a princess on one of the happiest days of her life!

Trend #3: Capes

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Veils are out, and capes are in! With capes as the new trend, you can rock a gorgeous hair-do while also adding extra flare to your already stunning dress.

Trend #4: Blush tones

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Blush tones are so pretty, yet still neutral and will make you stand apart from the white color that most brides are accustom to wearing. What can we say? Pink is the new white.

Trend #5: Pantsuits

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Men aren’t the only one’s who can rock pants on their wedding day. It’s time to step away from traditional wedding dresses. Pantsuits are not only functional and easier to manage, but they are also classy and chic for any of your wedding occasions.

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We hope these fashion trends in the Fall 2018 Bridal Fashion Week will give you some inspiration for your future wedding dress. Stay fabulous, lovelies!

 

Dreaming of Dresses: Bridal Fashion Trends for Fall 2017!

Hello loves!

Every little girl dreams about her big wedding plans, and most notably: her future wedding dress. Bridal fall fashion week was just a few weeks ago. We were so taken by the upcoming trends and styles we saw, that we decided to share some of our favorites with you!

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Cold Shoulders

Off the shoulder tops have been noticeably gaining popularity in the past year, and why not continue it? This trend isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. You can go for a more casual off the shoulder look, or use the off the shoulder pieces to bring intricacy and detail to your dress with a bit of lace or embellishments.

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Lace off the shoulder sleeves can give your wedding dress the extra flair it needs to be unforgettable down the runway… I mean, aisle!

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High Necklines

Raising the neckline while also raising the detail of the dress! A high neckline can be achieved in a few different fashions, and can give your wedding dress a sense of class and structure.

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If you want a more structured look, you can choose a dress with a solid front and high neck. Three-quarter or long sleeves are other ways to achieve a more conservative dress design with a high neck as well!

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If you like the look of the lacy high neck but aren’t too sure about the chest coverage, you can always pair another trend from the runway along with the high neck and choose a dress with a plunging backside or open back!

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High-Low Hemline

Asymmetrical hemlines have always been in style, but they are taken to a completely new level in a wedding dress! For a more classic look, a larger, more fuller high-low skirt is the way to go.

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A more structured high-low skirt is also popular and can add the perfect amount of simplicity to your wedding dress!

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If you’re looking to take the high-low hemline as casual as possible for your wedding, you can try a loose hanging dress, or bring the hemline of your dress way up!

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Hopefully our little overview of fall 2017 bridal fashion trends has left you inspired and excited for weddings to come. Stay fabulous, darlings!

Wedding Fiesta: Cinco de Mayo Design Inspirations!

Happy Humpday!!

Who doesn’t love a great party, or shall we say fiesta? Cinco de Mayo is this week (thankfully on a Friday) and that means endless margaritas, chips & of course guacamole! We at Marisa Nicole Events are pretty much obsessed with Cinco de Mayo styled celebrations since this holiday is all about being playful with colors and giving a nod to all things Mexican through details and food. In honor of this day of fun and flair, we’re sharing some of our favorite ideas for a Cinco de Mayo themed wedding.

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Signage

We love these signs that incorporate fun sayings to get the party or fiesta started!

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Ceremony with Maracas

Have your guests shake some maracas once walk down the aisle as and officially married couple!

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Escort Cards

Start the night off right with tequila shots for all. This is probably one of our favorite ideas for place cards. Your guests will love the fun right from the start of the reception!

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Tablescape

When creating your Cinco de Mayo inspired tablescape think color and color and more color! You can practically incorporate the whole rainbow (paired with neutrals)! Also add a patterned runner. Oh and you cannot forget the cactus and succulents.

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Drinks

Margaritas, beer, and tequila… need I say anymore? We love the idea of having a margarita or sangria bar with different flavors for your guests to try. And who wouldn’t get excited about a high-end tequila tasting bar? We encourage you to let loose and have fun with your drinks. For a vibrant, playful styled wedding, cutesy accessories are not only appropriate, but encouraged!

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Photobooth

Have your photo booth props stay with the fiesta theme. Sombreros, pinatas, maracas are all a great choice!

Dessert

We at Marisa Nicole Events love sweets… especially anything fried! A warm cinnamon churro served with melty chocolate is the perfect way to end the celebration on a high note (other dulces will do the trick as well… we don’t discriminate when it comes to desserts).

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Wedding Favors

For your favors, keep with the hot, mexican theme with some hot sauce! Let people bring the heat for future meals.

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Remember if you are planning a fiesta, Cinco de Mayo themed wedding to just have fun with it! It is all about the colors and playfulness! In the midst of all this vibrancy, do remember to pair all these fab hues with neutral tones, to keep your overall aesthetic simultaneously grounded and elevated. We wish you all a fun and fabulous Cinco de Mayo filled with endless margs and guac!

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