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Award-Winning, Summer Wedding Ideas

Weather, flowers and sunshine all make summer weddings the most beautiful weddings year after year. From casual afternoon beach weddings to black-tie evening weddings, summertime offers some of the most unique and award-winning wedding ideas there are.12ptisfancay

Bright Colors
We’re talking really bright colors, not pale pink or yellow, but hot pink or bright yellow. Bright colors should be used sparingly, but can really jazz up a wedding when paired with black or grey. Use the bright color of your choosing as an accent color in things like napkins, flowers, or even your cake. Have the bridesmaids wear solid colored black dresses and add a bright colored sash for a pop of summer color. Summer is a time to celebrate the bold, beautiful colors we love, and they’ve been showing up more and more in summer weddings.

Think Outside the Cake Box
You don’t have to serve cake at a wedding. Some brides are finding summer weddings are perfect opportunities to serve other, lighter desserts to their guests. Strawberry shortcake, tropical fruit cocktail and even sorbet or Italian ice are unique desserts starting to make their way into summer weddings. If you insist on cake, consider a summery fruit filling.

Different Destinations
Although often spectacular, beach weddings are anything but unique these days. Some summer wedding planners are finding rather exceptional locations for nuptials that fit better with the personalities of the bride and groom. Weddings are held in barns, in the mountains, museums, and even in aquariums. Some bride and grooms who are major sports fans are even tying the knot at their favorite team’s stadium.

5p008aWine Smoothies
Make your signature drink stand out from all other weddings! Instead of opting for your average fruity mixed drink, suggests serving wine smoothies. Make the drink even more special by serving it in personalized cups. They make for a nice decoration as well as a favor guests can take home after the wedding. If you think your wine smoothies will be a major hit, create personalized recipe cards so wedding guests can recreate your signature wedding drink at home.

Fruit Favors
Fruit is huge right now as both a decoration and a favor at summer weddings. Tropical fruits can make for beautiful centerpieces and then double as a favor at the end of the reception. Consider tying some ribbon or twine around the fruit with a personalized tag, thanking guests for attending your special day.

Keep it Casual
The casual, yet classy, summer wedding is certainly a big request of wedding planners for the summer of 2013. Backyard weddings and park weddings are perfect spots for casual weddings where the bride is sometimes in a short dress and the groom and groomsmen in shorts. Food is simple and might even be cooked on the grill. “Casual” doesn’t mean cheap-looking. When done right with some cute, personalized decorations, it can be a real delightful wedding!

5 Places to Wear Your Tiara and Sash

Every Girl Loves a Tiara

Tiaras and sashes have always gone hand-in-hand, whether for a prom queen or a bachelorette. While many girls buy pretty tiaras to wear to prom, not many girls can wear the tiara and sash of a prom queen.

You may be thinking to yourself, “how many places can a person really wear a tiara (and get away with it)?” The answer: many more places than you think! Here are a few examples…

Where to Wear Your Tiara and Sash

  1. Dances: While homecoming is typically a much more casual affair than prom, you could still wear a small tiara to set off your dress.  A tiara is almost a staple for any girl going to prom. It’s a great way to add just a little bling to any dress. And if you’re crowned queen at either dance, you’ll have a beautiful sash to wear with your tiara!
  2. Birthdays: A Quinceañera, Sweet Sixteens, 18th and 21st birthdays all give you a great reason to don a tiara and sash for the day! It’s your day, why not wear a tiara? Typically, a Quinceañera and aMis Quince Tiara
    Sweet Sixteen both give you the perfect reason to plan a huge party and wear a “Birthday Girl” sash and a pretty tiara. You could also get matching tiaras for your best girlfriends to wear.
  3. Pageant Queen: If you’re into the beauty pageant circuit at all, you know pageant queens get crowns or tiaras to wear with their sashes for various public appearances. A few of those appearances will include county fairs, state fairs (in some cases), and maybe even parades! Whichever event you’re involved in, you’ll get to show off your tiara and your sash.
  4. Bachelorette Party or Wedding: Either at your bachelorette party or at your wedding, you will wear a tiara. If your bridesmaids are sweet, they’ll buy you two tiaras—a wild, fun bachelorette tiara and a pretty, elegant bridal comb tiara. That way, you’ll have a special way to remember each special event. You could also find small tiaras for your bridesmaids to wear for the bachelorette party.
  5. County Fair: Many county fairs have small beauty pageants or talent shows, too. If you’ve competed in a state pageant and won the title, you may be called upon to don your tiara and sash to crown a county queen or simply make an appearance at the fair.


These are just a few places to wear your tiara and sash. You may, if you’re crowned prom queen or a pageant queen, be required to wear them to a few other events. You could even reuse the tiara on your own and be a medieval princess for Halloween! You could wear the costume a few times—and it gives you the perfect reason to wear your tiara again and again. Always make sure to find a reason to wear your tiara and sash more than once! Every girl needs to feel extra pretty every now and then.

Winter Wedding Ideas

Romance doesn’t necessarily have to mean warm weather and daisies. A winter wedding can be just as gorgeous and romantic as a wedding in spring or summer. Imagine how beautiful freshly fallen snow would be, and snuggling up with your new spouse in the limo on the way to the reception. Winter weddings can be very classy and elegant if done right.

Most weddings are centered around color, and picking the right colors for a winter wedding is key to making it beautiful and unforgettable. Consider the following color schemes for a winter wedding.

Black is Back

While some people think black is a color for funerals, it’s actually a very popular color for weddings, especially in the winter. Black, if done right, can be very classy. For example, whether at the ceremony or reception, a black elegant garden arch will create a very romantic setting, and is accented with 200 tiny lights. Add even more sparkle and shimmer with a black shimmering square column. The glimmer fabric stretches over a metal frame and would be perfect for entrances to the reception.

The key to making black work as a wedding color is having an accent color. Say you use something like black deco beads on the tables at the reception. Put colorful flowers in vases with the beads. Bright red roses would stand out nicely, or any other colorful flower that’s in bloom in the winter. Black doesn’t have to be dull, but instead can turn out very sophisticated for a winter wedding.

Red is for Romance

The color of passion and love is red, and red at a winter wedding is very fashionable, especially when paired with silver or gold. This winter look might include tables covered in red glitter taffeta. The sheen material catches light and creates shimmering effects.

Add more glow to the reception with red afterglow inflatable columns. These 8-feet tall columns sit on a motorized base. The look of the columns can change depending on the color light bulb used inside. There are many other columns out there to choose from, find the one that best suits your wedding theme.

Celebrate in Silver

Another elegant way to celebrate romance is with silver. Imagine silver, elegant swirls hanging from the ceiling via a silver shimmering swirl chandelier. At 4-feet 9-inches long, the chandelier will dazzle wherever your reception is.

Add splashes of silver all over your reception. The Silver Luminescent Wave Column is six feet high and is sure to draw some attention. Sprinkle star confetti on the tables, and choose one other color for your accent color. Use the accent color in table decorations and place settings.

Winter doesn’t have to mean the blues. Weddings in the cooler months are just as romantic and special as those in the spring and summer.

Top Event Planning Trends — Hot in 2012

2012 Event Trends Revealed

What’s hot and what’s not this year in the event planning industry?  We asked top planners to share which event supplies and party supplies they feel are on fire in 2012.

Old World Vintage Events

As for popular decorations, Ana Skidmore of Two Foot Creative thinks, “the vintage look will still be around, but with a twist.”  Skidmore predicts a more elegant vintage look.  Rather than rustic, with “farms and old books and luggage,” events will probably show a more “old-world vintage.” 

This is a trend mostly seen in weddings, but what weddings start, proms soon follow.  Just think: your prom theme could be An Evening Under the Stars, but then you could give it a Victorian twist, with more antique colors, such as gray, ivory, and gold.

Favors that Promise to be Popular in 2012

Another popular trend is offering party favors that are edible.  Candy bars that are personalized with fun messages and names and personalized candy jars, lollipops, and mint tins are vogue in 2012.

Edible favors are sure to be popular at proms, dances, after-proms, and all sorts of other events this year.  Personalized candy jars are not only a fun way to add a creative decoration to your event, but are also great for keeping your attendees or guests from getting too hungry.  These personalized candy jars are sure to last a long time—the image you choose is printed directly onto the lids of the candy jar.  This could be a favor that is planning-committee-specific—only members of the event planning committee can take these as favors.

Another great idea for favors is personalized photo frames.  You could either choose frames with a personalized message on them or you could choose frames that your friends could sign and leave little notes on, thus adding to the memories from the evening.



More Hot Decorations for 2012

Choose a variety of backdrops for your prom that will work beautifully with the “old-world vintage” idea.  Rather than simply sticking with a starry backdrop, you could also use a backdrop covered in red roses or a backdrop of Victorian feathered masks.  Any of these, as well as many others, will work with grey, ivory, and gold for decorations.

After you’ve chosen the backdrop around which you’ll decorate, you can move on to colors.  As Skidmore said, grey, ivory, and gold will be popular during the “old-world vintage” trend.  This evokes a more elegant type of event, perfect for prom.  You could use gold fabric for table covers and then focus on ivory and grey as your accent colors. If you run into problems finding grey accents, try focusing on ivory and gold as your two main colors and adding small amounts of black to set off the elegance of the event.  Now, put your newly-learned skills to work and plan an elegant event to remember!

Top Event Planners & Wedding Planners of 2012

America’s Top Event Planners

Wedding and event planning is a fine art.  Coordinating and planning any event- a school dance, a prom, or a wedding takes time, organization, and patience.  No matter where in the United States you are, there’s a planner near you to create the perfect event.  Planners order your event supplies and handle the decorating details.  What does it take to be one of the top wedding planners and event planners across America?

Top Wedding and Event Planners

Swank Productions Specializes in Event Planning

Some award-winning, planning companies, such as Two Foot Creative and Swank Productions, are featured in The Knot, a popular wedding magazine.  These companies (as well as many others) are popular because they “develop teams of people… that create experiences for clients.” (Ana Skidmore, Two Foot Creative)

Maya Kalman and her team at Swank Productions have a simple planning process:  “listen, anticipate, execute, and deliver.”  This combined with Kalman’s attention to detail, creates unbelievable experiences for her clients that earn her amazing reviews.

Many planners, like Preston Bailey, post ideas and ask for feedback on their websites.  Bailey even offers educational courses in flower design and wedding and event planning.

When ordering party supplies or rounding up friend helpers or decorating on your own is not an option, consider hiring a planner.  We’ve compiled a 2012 list of top wedding planners and event planners who’d love to put together your next, amazing event.

  • Ana Skidmore, Two Foot Creative

    Two Foot Creative (Michigan) By creating a team of people to make the event run smoothly, clients can completely relax and “enjoy the day as much as any of the guests.”    The team handles everything from photographers to florists to favors.  They choose personalized, event candy and special favors to welcome guests to their client’s events.

  • Maya Kalman and Swank Productions (New York) Kalman and her team not only handle weddings, but also corporate events and social events (such as Sweet 16 parties).  Because of this and the team’s experience of over a decade, clients are sure to receive full attention to detail and a wonderful experience.
  • Preston Bailey (New York) In addition to offering courses in floral design and event planning, Bailey and his team take time to make each client feel as though they’re the team’s only concern.  Bailey and his team plan weddings, corporate events, and social galas.
  • True Colors Events (Seattle, Washington) Although this company generally handles only weddings, they put their all into it.  They take joy in the fact that couples ask for help planning and organizing the most important day in their relationship and the team works as hard as possible to ensure every aspect of the event goes flawlessly.

    Ali Phillips, Engaging Events by Ali

  • Engaging Events by Ali (Chicago, Illinois) Ali Phillips has been planning weddings for Chicago-area brides for nine years.  Because she first worked in sales and management, her big focus is customer service.  Phillips is able to make dream weddings happen for her clients and has been recognized by The Knot as well as many other magazines.
  • Table 6 Productions (Florida) With seven locations across the United States, the teams at Table 6 Productions are able to pull together events that are not only glamorous, but also complete.  No aspect is passed over in the effort to create a memorable night.  The planners themselves strive to be not only event planners, but also friends to their clients.
  • Marcy Blum (New York) Clients have told Blum that they are “forever spoiled by your superior management skills and outstanding creativity.”  Blum and her team work hard to make the months and even the year leading up to their clients’ wedding easy and stress-free.
  • Randi Lesnick (Nashville, Tennessee) Clients of Randi Lesnick experience not only timeliness and organization, but also accurate budget planning.  Lesnick and her team are able to handle everything from small gatherings to large events.
  • Mindy Weiss (Los Angeles, California)Weiss’ out-of-the-box ideas and event decorations are one of the reasons she is such an in-demand event planner.  She and her team coordinate weddings, baby showers, and an array of other types of events.  She also works with various charitable organizations to create a wide variety of events.
  • So Eventful Wedding & Event Planning (California) The team members at So Eventful create a connection with their clients that enables them to have a more personalized party or event.  They promise that every event they organize and execute is completely different from every other. This top event planner will make it a completely unique day for you.

There are many outstanding wedding planners and event planners. Which planners or planning companies are your 2012 favorites?

Enchanted Forest Prom

It’s where Snow White met her prince. It’s where Edward and Bella fell in love. It makes for the perfect theme for your prom- an enchanted forest. When done with the right decorations, an enchanted forest theme can be romantic and fun when done with elegance and grace.

Light the Way

Perfect lighting is key with a theme like Enchanted Forest, and there are multitudes of lighting options available. If candles are allowed, set up Black Forest Candle Stands around your venue. The metal leaves and clear beads are great for accentuating a walkway or illuminating an entrance. The candles give off a nice, softened glow.

What’s a forest without trees? These white lighted trees are seven feet high and will add dimension and beauty to your prom. They can serve not only as lighting, but as incredible scenery in the Enchanted Forest.

Table Decorations

After draping the tables in the gossamer color(s) of your choice, top half of them with the Ivory Decorative Birdcage Centerpiece. It has the look of a real birdcage and can hold either a tealight, votive or LED candle. Dress up the birdcage for your Enchanted Forest theme by adding greenery, flowers or miniature faux birds.

With the other half of the tables, top them in gossamer and then add the Black Forest Centerpiece. This metal candle holder is nearly 10 inches high and can be accessorized with moss or twig garland.

Photo Opportunities

While your Enchanted Forest prom is going to be breathtaking no matter where you look, it’s a good idea to have a focal point where people will want to take pictures. Use four chocolate luminescent square columns as the base for a gazebo. Top it with the gazebo metal topper and decorate with gossamer, ivy, garland and lights. Add color to the gazebo with elegant tissue butterflies, and you’ve got yourself a beautiful meeting place for prom goers who want the perfect backdrop for their pictures.

A Bit of Magic

No Enchanted Forest is complete without a touch of magic. These Fairy Berries will add sparkle to the event by flashing on and off, giving off the light of fireflies. They can be hung by the included hook or used in water.

Memories to Last a Lifetime

Don’t send your guests home empty handed! Since they will be so impressed with the Enchanted Forest theme, they will surely be taking lots of pictures. As a parting gift, give attendees this Enchanted Forest Mod Frame. Have it personalized so they will remember the night for a lifetime!

Off to See the Wizard

Lions and tigers and bears? Oh my! Vicious beasts may not be the best idea for prom, but a venue decked out like Oz can make for a gorgeous and unforgettable night. Take your attendees to a magical place that can only come from the Wizard of Oz event theme.

Vibrant hues of green are a must for a recreation of the Emerald City. Welcome people to the city with a spectacular Emerald City Grand Entrance. Its towering castle doors will stop traffic and make for a perfect photo opportunity.

It’s all about the atmosphere when it comes to creating the famous Emerald City. Take their breath away with the Emerald City Stairway Background. The illusion of stairs leading to the Wizard of Oz can be the focal point of your event. Perfect for pictures and hiding areas of your venue you don’t want seen, this 9-foot-3 tall and 14-feet wide background will make your Emerald City come to life!

Anything goes in the home of the Wizard of Oz, which is what makes it such a special and magical place. Add your own personal touch to the place with different colored lanterns hanging from the ceiling. They can add romantic lighting to the venue and pops of color to the Emerald City. Not everything was green in Oz, so don’t be afraid to step away from your core color.

Another way to add color is on the tables. Gold goes beautifully with green. Cover tables in white, but add sparkles of green and gold confetti for added flare. Don’t forget the importance of ruby red- the color of Dorothy’s famous slippers. Make your food and beverage tables stand out by covering them in a red glitter taffeta fabric. No one will miss the location of the refreshments with a beautiful table covering that will sparkle just like Dorothy’s unforgettable shoes.

Just because the music may be modern, doesn’t mean the dance floor has to take away from the Wizard of Oz theme. Designate your dance space by surrounding it with the very road that led Dorothy to the Emerald City- the yellow brick road. Use the yellow brick road walkway to surround the dance floor. The bright yellow will attract attendees to the best part of the event- the dancing.

Remember your favorite part of the Wizard of Oz? Make it a part of your event! Whether it was the yellow brick road, the rainbow Dorothy sang about, or even the beautiful poppies that put Dorothy and her friends to sleep, you can make it a part of your Wizard of Oz themed party. Go all out and purchase an entire Wizard of Oz Kit, and you’ll have an Emerald City that would make the Wizard himself proud!