Wedding Gifting Etiquette 101

Happy February, friends!

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Love is in the air. Here at Marisa Nicole Events, we are strong proponents of showing those you love how much they mean to you throughout the year. When it is your turn to get hitched, your wedding guests and bridal party will display an outpouring of love on you and it is important that you reciprocate that sentiment throughout your planning process. Many family members and friends will offer to help coordinate dress shopping outings, plan an event in honor of your wedding (engagement parties, showers, and bachelorette celebrations, oh my!), or even help stuff invites or craft DIY favors. We know it can be easy to get so caught up with planning for the big day that showing gratitude to your families and besties can sometimes be overlooked. To help you make sense of this whole “saying thank you” thing, we will be discussing wedding gifting etiquette over the next few weeks. There are two main groups of people that you will need to gift – your bridal party and your guests.

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Next week we will share how to gift your besties (aka – bridal party members) to thank them for being a part of your special day, throwing celebrations in your name and helping you plan and prepare for the big day.

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From there we will share our thoughts on gifting your guests that have traveled from near and far to witness your “I-do’s”.

Left: Ryan Ray  Right: O’Malley Photographers 

Love is all about giving and we want to make sure you are thanking all the right people, in the right way, at the right time. To that end, please stay tuned next week for the second part to this series!

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Pantone Has An “Ultra” Color For Your 2018 Wedding

Hello, Love Birds!

Wedding season may be over, and engagement season is coming to a close, but with the New Year upon us, wedding planning season has officially commenced! With so many newly engaged couples starting the process of designing their celebration at this time of year, we always love seeing what color stories and aesthetic directions will be hot this year! Recently Pantone announced their color of the year as Ultra Violet. They describe this it as a color that “communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us to the future”. We at Marisa Nicole Events, are all kinds of excited about this choice. We believe this color can point you and your intended towards a starry future together… today we’re sharing tangible ideas and inspiration for doing just that!

Bridesmaids

Choose to have your besties float down the aisle in this whimsical color. Long or short, fitted or flowy, your gals in this dark and mysterious purple will add a beautiful pop of color to the ceremony.

Left: Eli Turner, Right: David’s Bridal

Flowers

We love the idea of placing dainty Ultra Violet blooms in clean glass jars around the venue to carry the color throughout the whole wedding. You can also incorporate this hue fabulously in your bridal bouquet to hold your own little bit of magic.

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Reception

When it comes to incorporating Ultra Violet into details throughout your decor, the possibilities are endless. We particularly love utilizing the vibrant name card crystals to communicate guest seating. Pair this vibrant hue with a complementary color such as white to allow the purple to pop.

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Cake

Bringing this foxy color into your meal is a cinch by utilizing purple crystals in your cake design. We highly suggest that you keep your base primarily white, so that this year’s enchanting color can shine, yet not overwhelm the details of your day.

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Color Pairings

Ultra Violet is a beautiful and strong color, so we suggest that you pair it with a muted tones or more neutral hues. Taking a bit of inspiration from last year’s Pantone color, green creates a perfect pair if you want to add more color but not overwhelm the setting. The ideal detail tones to go with these two colors would be crisp whites, dreamy grays, and bright warm metallics.

 

Left: First Look Events, Right: The Wedding Playbook

We could not have asked for a more exciting color for 2018. Hopefully, this vibrant hue will be symbolic of a dynamic, extraordinary year ahead! We are wishing love and happiness to all you newly engaged couples out there and hope our hysteria for this wisteria colored bloom inspired you. Let us know in the comments if you would incorporate this color for your ultra special day. Cheers!

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Bridal Beauty: Accessorizing for the Win!

Hello, lovelies!

The New Year is here and many of of our brides for 2018 will soon start working out the details of what she will be wearing on her wedding day. Most of our brides find their dress early on in the planning stage, but figuring out what to wear with and on top of said dress, can be quite overwhelming. From jewelry to shoes and from sashes to cover-ups, accessorizing yourself on the most photographed day of your life can be a daunting task. But have no fear, there’s no need to stress! Marisa Nicole Events is here to share a few tips and ideas on accessorizing your wedding day look that will make sure you feel timeless and absolutely stunning on your big day.

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Tip #1: Start with your hair and determine supporting accessories from there.

There are many different accessories you can use to add some glam to your gown. First things first, figure out the general shape/style of how you want to wear your hair, as this will help determine the rest of your look. Will your hair be up, down, or something inbetween? Do you plan to decorate with a hair comb, traditional veil or floral headpiece? These details will help determine the type of jewelry you want to use on the rest of your body. On top of your wedding and engagement ring, you can add more bling and sparkle with a bracelet, earrings, or necklace. If you are getting married in a cold climate, you may decide to add gloves to keep the hands warm or some sort of cover-up. When it comes to your wedding day kicks, try your best to choose shoes that are at least semi comfy but foxy as well. Feel free to have some fun in this area!

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Tip #2: Use your neckline as a guide.

The right accessories to use can be determined by the style of your neckline. For sweetheart or strapless necklines, opt for chandelier earrings, or a necklace or florals for a pop of color. For a v-neck, a necklace with a simple pendant would be a perfect fit. For a halter or high neckline, draw the attention to your hair with a fab headpiece or floral crown.

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Tip #3: Keep it tailored (simple is sometimes the sweetest way to go)!

Although it may be tempting to use every type of accessory out there, try to avoid wearing too much. It was Coco Chanel who said “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off.” We think the same principle applies on your wedding day. You want to your accessories overwhelming the beauty of your dress. We are looking to create a lovely balance between your to-die-for dress and fab accessories. If you want to wear an accessory but aren’t sure if it will be too much, we suggest you skip it. Keep it simple! It’s the best way to accentuate your dress and natural beauty.

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Tip #4: Choose accessories that match your natural skin tone.

When it comes to dressing your jewelry, match your tones and metals with both your skin and dress colors. Some metals tend to look better on certain dress tones. A general rule of thumb is that warmer tones work with warmer metallics (i.e. – match your ivory dress with gold earrings and a gold bracelet) and cooler tones work with cool metallics (i.e – match your ice white gown with silver earrings and a silver necklace).

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Tip #5: Be yourself!

The most important thing to remember when accessorizing is to just be yourself! You don’t want to try a look that you don’t feel confident in or doesn’t come natural to how you accessorize on a daily basis. Remember, it’s your big day. So be you!

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Using these tips and tricks will make you the ultimate accessory expert for the best day of your life. Now that you know what to do, let’s style that dress!

 

Honeymoon 101 – Destinations for Your Romantic Getaway

Hello, newlyweds!

The season of chilly weather is finally here in the U.S.! Now is the perfect time to think about getting away. Whenever and wherever you decide to go on your honeymoon, you want to pick a destination that is the best fit for you and your partner that also fits into your financial situation. Today we’ll talk you through some of the hottest destinations based on your budget and what you like. Happy Honeymoon!

TROPICAL PARADISE

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If you are looking for a warm, sunny getaway, a tropical paradise is the way to go. There are many options along the equator that will let you lay out in the sun and enjoy a nice relaxing honeymoon on the beach.

Our suggestions:

  • More Fancy – Hawaii, Bora Bora, Fiji, or anywhere in the South Pacific
  • Cost Effective – Cancun, Mexico or the Caribbean

CULTURE IMMERSION

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There is so much you can learn just by traveling to another country. Some couples are looking for a romantic honeymoon experience that experience different cultures. For those of you looking for a cultural escape, we suggest a trip to Europe or Central/South America.

Our suggestions:

  • More Fancy: Barcelona, South of France, Greece, Italy, Ireland, Croatia, etc.
  • Cost Effective: Morocco, El Salvador, Chile

UP IN THE MOUNTAINS

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There’s nothing like cuddling up next to your bae in front of a fire drinking hot cocoa. For the couples that want a quiet, cold weekend with their official partner in crime, you can go high up into the mountains or opt for a local getaway.

Our suggestions:

  • More Fancy: The Alps in Europe
  • Cost Effective: Mammoth, Tahoe, Utah, Colorado

4) LET’S GO ON AN ADVENTURE!

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Photo Credit: Carolyn Marie

For an active couple, the best adventure is exploring the sights and sounds of a place that is completely foreign. Whatever you are into (rock climbing, white water rafting, hiking, diving and more), travelling to a land filled with both sea and land is one of the best ways to get to know your partner and have experiences like no other.

Our suggestions:

  • More Fancy: South Africa, New Zealand, Australia
  • Cost Effective: Bolivia, Aztec & Incan Ruins, California

Whether it be relaxing on the beach or going on adventure in the mountains, there is a perfect honeymoon destination that fits your wants and financial needs. Cheers to the wedding season! Now, let’s get planning your honeymoon!

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