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Blush in Love Inspiration Styled Shoot

Our Blush Inspiration Shoot was featured on Style Me Pretty!  Dream.  Come.  True.  We had the pleasure of collaborating with an amazing team of vendors on this one.

blush wedding inspirationFrom the lovely Maria Maxit, collaborator and owner of Maxit Flower Design:  I believe every young girl has a fantasy of their perfect wedding day, and I was one of those girls once.  As I looked for inspiration for this particular shoot I tapped into that young girl and the fantasy she created.  I remember being in love with pink, ruffles and flowers.  That transitioned into Blush in Love, a shoot with that small girls fantasy becoming an adult ladies reality.  Pink turned into blush, ruffles turned into gorgeous confetti linens and flowers…well that was the easy one.  With these ideas in mind we gathered some of the best vendors in Houston and put together a magical shoot that combined gorgeous flowers, detailed planning, hair and make-up artistry and a talented photographer to pull it all together._DSC4962

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Wedding Stylist, Planner and Design:  Pomp & Circumstance

Photographer:  Joseph West Photography

Floral Design:  Maxit Flower Design

Event Rentals:  EB Inc (Elegant Beginnings)

Hair & Makeup:  Hey Lovely Makeup

Accessories, Bridesmaid Dress, and Wedding Gown: BHLDN

Venue:  Gremillion Gallery, Houston TX

Invitation Suite and Custom Paper Details:  Copper Willow Paper Studio

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Click HERE to see more photos on the Style Me Pretty feature!

 

So you’re engaged! Now what? The next steps.

So you’re engaged!  Hooray!  Time to celebrate!   But wait.  What do you do next?  Keep reading for the 6 things you need to do right after you get the ring, in order of importance.

1.  Pick up the phone!  Be sure to make those extra important phone calls to family and close friends BEFORE posting all over social media.  Everyone wants to celebrate with you, personally, not read it on Facebook.

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One of our styled engagement photo shoots above from our wonderful bride and groom, Mai and Aaron.  Photo credit:  Kimberly Chau Photography

2.  Save the date, rather a preferred timeframe, season, or month.  It will not only help you get started on the next steps in planning, but save you the headache when people start asking:  ”so, when is the wedding?”  Remember, getting your heart set on a specific day, isn’t always beneficial prior to finding your venue.  In Houston, April and October are the most popular months to get married.  Venues book these popular seasons more quickly than days.  Occasionally, the rental fees or minimum are higher for the Saturdays in these peak wedding months.  Don’t rule out Friday evenings or Sundays entirely, until you find your venue and look at your budget.  Set the ideal timeframe, but remember, flexibility is key.

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3.  Begin working on the guest list, and be sure to include your parents in this process.  Start with a preliminary list from both sides.  Prioritize.  It will help later down the road if or when cuts are needed.  The more people you invite, the more money will be needed for just about everything.   The difference between 150 and 200 guests can be a world of difference when discussing budget.   Remember, don’t forget that  invitation or address does not usually amount to 1 invitee.  What I find most often is that our couples overlook the size of the family or +1 guests for those singles.  Just because you need 100 invitations, does not mean you’re inviting 100 people.  The difference between inviting 100 people and 250 people, might have just blown your budget.

4.  Have the big budget discussion.  Weddings are generally one of the first big expenses in a couples’ financial life together.  Remember, even a simple or small wedding costs money, most of the time more than you ever imagined.  Before diving into planning or even the daydreaming, it’s important to stay grounded.  Who is paying for the wedding?  How much is family or you as a couple able to contribute?  Dreaming big is fun, but you don’t want to get your heart set on that Pnina wedding gown if you can’t afford it.  Champagne dreams and caviar wishes can create a broken heart in the end if the budget just doesn’t allow it.   Stay grounded and have that budget discussion first.

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**** The typical wedding budget Pomp & Circumstance wedding planners work with in Houston is $25,000 – $75,000.  The appropriate budget is 100% dependent on the size of guest list.

5.  Daydream!  Now, it’s time to pin your heart out.  Search wedding blogs and buy the magazine now!  Its time to get creative and find the things you’d love to incorporate into your big day.  Pinterest is really a great tool to organize all these ideas.  If you don’t want to let all the world into your plans for the big day, create a secret board.  However, it may be a good ideas as well to create a group board for your besties and mom, maybe a sister to pin some of the things that they dreamed for you….especially mom.

6.  Hire a wedding planner to coordinate the big day! Review the elements of your wedding that’ll take a little planning—negotiating with bakers and caterers for the best prices, finding the ideal venue, organizing party favors—and figure out if those are tasks you want to tackle alone or if you’d rather hire a wedding planner (stress reduction and a little time-saving sounds nice, right?).  One of the things I’ve noticed former brides saying most often is they wish they had at least hired a day of coordinator.  If full planning doesn’t fit in your budget, definitely consider a day of coordinator.  Many venues and ceremony sites offer day of coordinating as an included service.  Don’t be fooled!  This is NOT the same as hiring a wedding planner.  More often than not, the coordination of this “included” service ends after you walk down the aisle.  From there, you, your friends, and family are left with trying to rally the troops for photos after the ceremony, find the limo to transport you to the reception, make sure that tables are being greeted, the cake gets cut, you have champagne in your glass when it’s time for the toast, and oh wait!  Where is that gorgeous cake cutting set you received as a wedding gift and why isn’t is on the table for you to cut the cake?  That’s what we do, the amazing, hardworking wedding coordinators.  We work that 18 hour day so you don’t have to.  We also make sure all your vendors show up with exactly what they were contracted to bring (and that they were contracted for the correct amounts of things like linens and napkins).  Escort cards are displayed in the correct alphabetical order in order for everyone to easily find their place.  Pass out the favors and sparklers for the grand exit.  Herd the guests in a line, light all the sparklers for that amazing grand exit photo op, and ensure that the Rolls Royce is waiting at the end of that glowing sparkler tunnel for your getaway to a luxury hotel….where extra slices of your cake and that dinner you never had the chance to eat is waiting for you at the end of the night.  Make room in that budget for a wedding coordinator.  You absolutely won’t regret it.

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Photo credit:  Kimberly Chau Photography

NYE Party into 2014!

It’s mid December and 2014 is going to be here before you know it! When it comes to ringing in the new year, parties vary from bold and lavish to intimate gatherings at home. Regardless of what your plans are, we have gathered some fun NYE party ideas to spice up your night!

 

New Years 2014Clockwise from top left: Black & White Empire Waisted Gown, 2014 Glasses and MustachesKate Spade Pop Fizz Clink,  2014 Banner.

New years Gifts

Clockwise from top left:  Well Wishes Glasses, Kendra Scott Luxe Earrings, Countdown FavorsErin Fetherston Cocktail Dress,

New Years Party IdeasClockwise from top left: Star GarlandPop Fizz Clink Balloons, Bourbon and Boweties Bracelets 

2014 Party IdeasClockwise from top left: Naeem Khan Beaded Dress, New Years Eve Blush Florals, , NYE Straws

 

For the party goer and thrower, try to master “Cheers” in one of these 50 languages! We love the idea of writing each of these down on fun paper and having them around the party so people can play around with toast before the countdown begins!

 

Pantone Color Of The Year: Radiant Orchid

Kathryn here!

The highly anticipated release of Pantone’s 2014 Color of The Year has debuted….Radiant Orchid!  This stunning hue of violet will be making its way into all things fashion, events, weddings, home decor, and more.  Below are some of our favorite trinkets that inspire us to bring this gorgeous shade of Radiant Orchid purple to life.

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Image credit from top left clockwise: Pom PomPantone Colors, Cabbage and Artichoke FloralsTissue TasselOmbre Invitations,

 

Radiant Orchid Purple Weddings

Image credit from top left clockwise: Purple Pepper PlantHermes Birkin, Pom Pom, Painted Mason Jars

Orchid Purple Color Ideas

Image credit from top left clockwise: Decorative Mirror ,Ombre BuntingStiped Paper Straws, Confetti Hearts

Great Gifts for the Wedding Party

Kathryn Here!

Although your wedding day is all about you and your fiancé, its important not to forget everyone who has helped you along the way with planning and making your day perfect . Whether its your bridesmaid or the ring bearer, we have a list of some great wedding thank you gifts for your bridal party that will surely be just as memorable as the wedding day!

For the Ever Loving Bridesmaids:

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We love these Monogram Necklaces that you get get customized in a variety of colors, including your wedding colors! If you’re thinking more home decor, this Layla Grayce Heart Pillow is the perfect way to say you <3 your bridesmaids! You can never have too many cosmetics, or enough cases – this  Jon Hart Clear Travel Pouch is great because its TSA approved- girls trip? Staying with the travel theme the Tiny Tulip Monogramed overnight bag will be a huge help to carry all the bridesmaid’s stuff on the big day, and they can use it over and over.   Cute and functional!  This Eberjey Gisele Sleep Shirt will become everyone’s favorite overnight pjs.  Whether it’s the night before the wedding or years down the road, all your bridesmaids will love these classic pajamas.  This Classic Prep Monogramed Clutch is our absolute fave matching gift accessory so say thank you to all the ladies in your bridal party.

For the Always Got Your Back Groomsmen:

Groomsman Gifts

It’s inevitable.  Groomsman everywhere want the  t-shirt shot.  Whether is this classic tuxedo tee Wedding Chicks Groomsman T-Shirt or their favorite superhero undershirt, these multipurpose groomsman gifts are the making for a great photo opt. For the classic gentleman, this Horchow Monogramed Bar Set is worthy of cheers for years to come. Or say thank you to those groomsmen with Mark & Graham Travel Pouch.  Maybe it’ll help nudge them into shaving for the occasion.  Everyone knows the guys will be knocking back  few before the wedding so why not do it with customized Jon Hart Koozies? Unless its a beach wedding, socks will be in order so why not make them Fun socks that can also make for a great groomsman photo. No need to channel your inner top gun, these Ray Ban Aviator Sunglasses are the perfect classic thank you gift that every guy will enjoy. If a destination wedding is in the cards a Pottery Barn Monogramed Passport Cover or Luggage Tag would be the perfect gift for the groomsman. We love these classic Arthur Court Silver bottle Openers that come in a variety of themes and could be accompanied by a great card saying how thankful you are to have them in your big day.

For the Junior Bridesmaids & The Cutest Flower Girls There Ever Were:

Flower Girl Thank You Gifts

Any flower girl or junior bridesmaid would love this Heart Scroll Kids Comb to make her feel like a princess. For the very young ones, we love the BlaBla Doll to help keep them entertained. These Wedding Chicks Flower Girl T-Shirt come in a variety of colors and styles to fit any wedding theme or any flower girl age- they will wear it with a huge smile even after the wedding! For Junior Bridesmaids the Pottery Barn Teen Curling Iron and  Pottery Barn Teen Jewelry Case are great thank you gifts that the girls will be able to use and enjoy. This Kate Spade Ring Holder is great for close family friends

 

For the “Who Has the Ring” Ring Bearer:

Ring Bearer Thank You Gifts

If the ring bearer wasn’t cute enough already, this wedding Chicks Ring Bearer Shirt will have everyone in the wedding wanting to pinch his cheeks. They come in a variety of sizes, colors and styles so you can get the one thats just right for the little man.  Depending on age, this  Pottery Barn Kids Firefighter Toy is a great classic toy that will keep him busy and fuss free before walking down the aisle.

A classic red wagon is also a great gift for a ring bearer, particularly if the family has several children (brothers and sisters)- it can be enjoyed by all! Better yet, depending on your wedding theme you might even be able to use it on the big day!

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For the Bride from the Groom:

Gifts for the bride

When it comes to gifts for your future wife you know best but in case you need a little help, may we suggest the BHLDN Pablo Neruda Love Poems or Tiffany’s Gold and Diamond Key symbolizing the key to her heart that you now hold!

A great piece of art to mark your first piece as a couple is beautiful in so many ways. Below are a few of our favorites:

Michelle Armas Art

Art by Michelle Armas

Jennifer Moreman Art

Art by Jennifer Moreman

Gary Komarin Art

Art by Gary Komarin. Contact the Gremillion Gallery for pricing and info.

For the Groom from the Bride:

Love Husband Wedding Gifts

As we mentioned above, gifts for your husband to-be are very personal but in case you want a little extra something we love the BHLDN E.E Cummings Book of Erotic Poems to put that big smile on his face or a beautifully classic pair of Tiffany’s Cufflinks that he will wear for years to come.

 

For the Parents:

You wouldn’t be here without them, so don’t forget to say thank you to your parents too!

Parent Gifts

A vintage BHLDN Monogramed Kerchief has just the right feel and multipurpose for the big day *tear*siff*. This Tiffany Elsa Peretti Bean Money Clip is a sweet gesture to a father who has likely helped in the cost of the wedding.  The bean symbolizes the “beginning of all things”.  Perfection.   Fill this gorgeous, custom Photo book with pictures and memories from years past.  A mother of the groom or bride would be honored to receive this Retrospective Mirror symbolizing the past, present and future.

A great gift that can serve many purposes is a beautiful silver picture frame. Whether it is vintage or new, finding that special photo with your family and gifting it to them will surly warm their hearts. If you are able to buy several, displaying them at your wedding or rehearsal dinner makes the gift that much more special.

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Let us know what your favorite wedding gift is to give or receive!

 

Over The Top Linen Open House

Kathryn Here!

We’re in love with the  Glitter + Pop open house by Over The Top Linen that completely lived up to their namesake. With the holiday season upon us, their fabulous showcase of the latest trends in linens, rentals and all things events was truly inspiring.

OTT Linen Invite

The invitations by Rachel Nieman arrived with a glitter filled card and a green balloon that revealed the details of the party. Who doesn’t love balloons before the party even starts?

Flora & Eventi Table Setting

This first table by Flora & Eventi was a perfect marriage of all things purple and gold. The ghost chairs and clear glass plates gave a great balance to the rich colors of the table. If you look carefully at the plates, you will see each guest name was written in glitter underneath big trend on the way!

AJ Urban Petals Table Setting

This middle table has us excited for spring! A myriad of colors and a subtle chevron print made the table the perfect setting for a spring wedding, garden party or midsummer fiesta! Florals by AJ’s Urban Petals.

Maxit Flower Design Table Setting

This blue sequin Kate Spade inspired royal table had so many of our favorite things we don’t know where to begin! Gold silverware, stripes, hints of black and Maxit Flower Design are just a few things we really loved. The beautiful array of brightly colored tulips, roses and hydrangeas in the bold black vases really set off this table and tied in the black and white stripes nicely!  Hot pink, orange, blue, black, and gold at it’s finest.

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This is just a sneak peak of their adjoining warehouse transformed into glamorous lounge with beautiful linens, rentals, walls of ivy, lighting and more!

Over The Top Linen Event

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