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Happy Valentine’s Day!  There will be tons of dinners taking place all over the world tonight, most over candlelight and great food.  Some will end with sweet desserts, some will end with a serenade or a dance, some will even end with a marriage proposal.

(Be sure to call me when that happens, I’d love to hear all about it!!)

 

Here are some great inspirations and resources for your Romantic Meal.

Bon Appetit!!

http://www.recipelink.com/cupid.html

http://www.razzledazzlerecipes.com/valentines/dinner.htm

http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/et_hd_valentines_day/article/0,1972,FOOD_9846_1743341,00.html

http://allrecipes.com/Recipes/Holidays-and-Events/Valentines-Day/Main.aspx

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I found this post on BizBash Toronto.  These invitations are fabulous!!  I can’t wait to explore their whole line!  Enjoy!!

A Special Touch
            Invitations with silk backing by Bella Invites.
Invitations with silk backing by Bella Invites.
Photo: Courtesy of Bella Invites

Looking for an upscale and tactile invitation? Bella Invites recently introduced a range of cards with silk backings to its collection. In the Truffle and Blush Champagne designs, Italian shimmer card stock is mounted on a silk square, with a back pocket for directions and R.S.V.P. cards. Invitations can be customized in more than 200 colours, and include reply cards, return address labels, and padded envelopes for mailing. Prices start at $42.95 per invite, with a minimum order of 50. Allow eight weeks for production and delivery.   —Erin Letson

Source:  (http://www.bizbash.com/toronto/content/editorial/e9727.php)

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I found this article on Biz Bash NY.  Sounds totally decadent!!  Enjoy!!

Suite Chocolate
To unveil this year’s Valentine’s Day promotion, Godiva brought press to the East Village for ataste—and photo op—of a room made almost entirely of chocolate.
Last January, Godiva created a chocolate-walled lounge for In Style‘s Golden Globes after-party,but for its yearly Valentine’s Day competition this year, the chocolate brand is going one step further,

with an experiential marketing stunt that offers a weekend stay at a hotel suite made almost entirely

of chocolate. At Divine Studio on Tuesday afternoon, 30 members of the press gathered for a first

glimpse of the grand prize, which will ultimately be enjoyed only once, at the Bryant Park Hotel.

Erica Lapidus, head of public relations and promotions for the Belgian-based chocolatier, worked

with public relations firm Alison Brod and Los Angeles-based designer Larry Abel to produce a

wall-to-wall Godiva-loaded room that doesn’t melt at room temperature.

“I had to imagine the perfect chocolate-lover’s fantasy,” Abel said about the suite, soon to be

rebuilt at the hotel for the sweepstakes winner. Abel, who has worked with Godiva for four years,

said this was the biggest and most extravagant project yet. “It took a team of 14 to bring the brand

to life, beginning in L.A. and continuing with the two-day installment in New York,” he said. Godiva

reps wouldn’t comment on the cost of the products used, and Abel admitted there was too much for

him to even estimate the number of pounds of chocolate.

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For Larry Abel’s art mosaic, one of his most challenging pieces, he used bonbons from every Godiva collection.
Photo: Sara Jaye Weiss
From the initial concept to the finished design, Abel says he put more than 1,000 hours of work into the piece, which, to him, is more than a simple showcase of colorful chocolates. “I considered the art elements, how I would invent a really cool, unusual space with rich browns, varied textures, and mixtures of classic and contemporary designs,” he said. For Lapidus, the goal of the suite was to create a “unique culinary experience,” which, despite being edible, will hopefully be “more admired than nibbled on.”Playing with interactive components, Abel included a crystal ice bucket filled with white chocolate truffles, books that open to pieces of chocolate in place of pages, and even edible flowers. He also created interpretations of two paintings: a Jackson Pollock-inspired canvas splattered with multicolored chocolate and a re-creation of Gustav Klimt’s “The Kiss.” “The Kiss” in particular was a challenge for Abel, who describes the piece as an explosion of gold, ribbons, foils, and mint cherry cordials. The Pucci-inspired chocolate upholstery on the armchairs and the chocolate mosaic on the dining room table are also deeply detailed designs that pushed Abel to come up with something visually appealing while using chocolates from every Godiva collection.

To add a little life to the suite, Godiva tapped Heroes star Ali Larter to help promote the competition (which anyone can enter by purchasing a $23 heart-marked gift box) for reasons beyond her pretty celebrity face. The recently engaged actress claims to carry tins of Godiva chocolates, and last year requested a Godiva cake for her birthday. “This year, Ali Larter, a huge Godiva fan and bride-to-be, best embodied the brand,” said Randi Peck, vice president of lifestyle at Alison Brod. Larter, the only non-press guest at the event, participated as the roving centerpiece and a draw for the photographers.

The Decadence Suite is only part of Godiva’s promotional package; other sinful goodies include a year’s supply of Godiva chocolates and a private chocolate tasting led by Godiva’s executive chef and chocolatier, Thierry Muret. “This is our most extraordinary prize to date,” Lapidus said of the suite, “which is why we’ve already started brainstorming ways to top it next year.”   —Lauren Matison

Godiva Chocolatier’s Valentine’s Day Promotion Press Conference
Design, Production Larry Abel / De-signs
Lighting, Sound XL5 Productions
PR Alison Brod Public Relations
Printing Five Boro Flag Banner & Sign
Rentals Broadway Party Rentals
Staffing T and L Events Inc. / ThePartyCrew.net
Venue Divine Studio
RELATED TOPICS Godiva, Valentine’s Day

Source:  (http://www.bizbash.com/newyork/content/editorial/e9766.php)

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This is a story that was posted on the WKYC.com website:

Cultured Diamonds Save You Money

 Cultured Diamond Necklace

Created: 1/31/2008 12:55:11 PM
Updated:1/31/2008 7:03:22 PM

Jewelry is always a big seller for Valentine’s Day, but for many “diamonds” are not in the budget.
Now there is a new ‘type’ of colored diamond not found in a mine but grown in a lab.

It’s got all the brilliance of a ‘natural’ stone, but costs a whole lot less!

If diamonds are a girl’s best friend, a discounted diamond could earn them a spot in the family.

So, for those looking for a fancy colored diamond, cultured diamonds may get you more bang for your bling.

“A cultured diamond has the same characteristics as a natural diamond. Same hardness, same refractive index, same brilliance.”

But cost about two-thirds less.

Why?

Gary Kleinhenz, who is the president of Kleinhenz Jewelers in Westlake says, these diamonds don’t come from the ground

They are grown in a lab.

“It’s created under the same conditions that diamonds are underneath the ground.”

The Gemesis cultured diamond making laboratory in Sarasota, Florida are where the diamonds are made.

The process starts with a tiny diamond seed that is placed in a growth chamber.

The chamber is capable of generating the 850,000 pounds per square inch of pressure and 2,700 degrees of heat necessary to make one diamond every four days.

“It is just crystals that grow upon crystals to create a larger piece of rough. The rough diamond is sent to the cutter to be polished into what you see in finished jewelry.”

When you put a cultured diamond on a diamond tester- it registers as a diamond.

And when we held it under a blue light, you could see the the seed the diamond grew from, right in the center.

“The nucleus of a Gemesis diamond is a piece of diamond.”

Right now you can only get them in yellow and orange.

Other colors will be available soon.

Industry leaders don’t expect them to replace the white diamonds everybody loves.

“I think most people want the whitest diamond they can find and fancy colored diamonds are almost for a right handed ring or a cocktail ring, moreso than the engagement ring.”

The Gemesis diamonds are certified by the Gemological Institute of America.

The key here is to know when you are buying one.

Make sure you are dealing with a knowledgeable jeweler who offers full-disclosure about where the diamond came from.

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Source:  http://www.wkyc.com/news/rss_article.aspx?ref=RSS&storyid=82428

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Spring Green Inspiration Board

The weather is different all over the country at this time of year.  Right now, some of us are slogging through snow and freezing cold temperatures, while others are basking in the warm winter sunshine.  Winter has just officially started, and Spring seems a long, long way off.  But do not despair, it will be here sooner than you think!  For those of you who long for bright green leaves, colorful flowers, and gentle breezes, this mood board is for you.  Enjoy!!

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Easy, Breezy & Beachy Inspiration Board

Ah, the Beach!!  Sun, Sand, Surf, and more.  I love being on vacation at the beach, feeling light and fresh, and really relaxed.  The colors of the seashore are amazing, ranging from cool blue-gray to vibrant aqua.  Throw in bright golden sunshine, green tropical plants, and lush flowers, and you have an amazing backdrop for a seaside wedding.  Incorporating these elements into your celebration is easy, and the styles can range from yacht club preppy to caribbean casual. 

For this inspiration board, I went with a “relaxed retro” feeling.  The colors are a little softer, but still gorgeous.  Enjoy! 

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Hollywood Glamour Inspiration Board

Here we are, at the beginning of another season of awards shows.  With the current writer’s strike, I miss all the glamour and glitz that goes with them.  I missed watching the actors arrive on the red carpet for the Golden Globes on Sunday, and who knows how many more we all will not be able to view, the People’s Choice Awards, the Oscars?  At any rate, I decided to satisfy my craving for Hollywood Glamour with this board.  You never can tell, maybe I will win an award for its design?  Enjoy!

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Our journey takes us this time to the city of Massillon, where you can find several unique locations for that once-in-a-lifetime marriage proposal.  Please consider the following:

 

This is one of my favorite locations in town, the Lions Lincoln Theatre. 

“The Lincoln Theatre opened Tuesday, November 23, 1915 as Massillon’s new movie house built by Massillonian John McLain and Canton architect Guy Tilden. It was considered the finest moving picture house in Ohio. The theatre was managed by F. C. Kelly and showcased the films of the Triangular Film Corporation.

The Schine Bros. took over the theatre in 1927 and installed a Style EX Opus 1560 Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe Organ. In 1931,the theatre management changed to the Warner Brothers and the Wurlitzer theatre organ was removed in 1938.

Closed as a movie house in 1975, it was later purchased by the Massillon Industrial Development Foundation and the Ten Star Theatre in 1977. The Lions Club of Massillon purchased the dilapidated theatre in 1982 to save it from demolition. Major renovations by the Lions have helped to preserve this historic landmark.

Weekly movies and community events are presented and the theatre is staffed by Lions Club volunteers. Please check the community calendar for weekend movie listings.”

(Context source:  http://lionslincolntheatre.com/History.htm)

For more information, please check out:  http://lionslincolntheatre.com

Next on our tour is another beautiful location, nestled in the heart of the historic 4th Street, the Massillon Women’s Club:

Massillon, OH : This is the Five Oaks Historic Home in Massillon, Ohio.  Built between 1892 and 1894, the building is now home to the Massillon's Women's Club.

The Massillon Heritage Foundation, Inc., was founded in December 1975, as a charitable, non-profit organization to carry on preservation and restoration. Its immediate responsibility has been Five Oaks or the Massillon Woman’s Club.Five Oaks was designed by the noted Cleveland architect Charles F. Schweinfurth and built 1892-1894 for Mr. and Mrs. J. Walter McClymonds at a cost of $200,000. The name was adopted from five oak trees that stood on the lawn. An oak motif, employing designs of the acorn, leaf, and tree, is used extensively in the house. Five Oaks is a treasure in historic Massillon for all to experience.

For more information, please check out:  http://www.massillongateway.com/bussweb/womansclub.htm

Another location is very popular with local sports fans, Paul Brown Stadium, home to Washington High School’s famous football team, the Tigers.  The rivalry between the Massillon Tigers and the Canton McKinley Bulldogs is over a century old, and well-known around the country.  Beyond that, the stadium is one of the premier athletic facilities in the country for high school football.  The atmosphere is always exciting.

For more information, please contact:  http://www.massillontigers.com/stadium.htm

There are a few museums as well that would make great locations for proposals:

The Massillon Museum is located right in the middle of the downtown district, with various greens, memorials, and city government buildings surrounding it.  This wonderful tribute to the city’s rich and diverse history makes it a very special place to celebrate this moment in your lives.

Massillon Museum

For more information, please check into:  www.massillonmuseum.org

Finally, we come to our last stop during this little tour.  For those of you who have military ties, past or present, or those that enjoy military history, the Ohio Military Museum is a great venue to explore. 

The OHIO MILITARY MUSEUM, INC was founded in 1983 and established in the heart of Massillon ,Ohio. It is the only state non-profit military museum owned and operated by the veterans of Ohio. The goal of this society is to honor individual people from Ohio who have fought for the the United States of America in all wars. This includes those who have lived in Ohio, or have served in Ohio Military units of all branches of the Armed Forces, National Guard and Reserves.The individuals who are honored here include those who have died in combat, those who continue to dedicate their lives to our country, and those who have retired from the service.

For more information, please check out:  http://www.artcom.com/Museums/nv/mr/44646-84.htm

That’s all for now.  I will be updating this feature regularly.  Please feel free to email me with any comments or suggestions of your favorite locations!  I would love to add them to the list!

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The Chapel in the Moonlight

This is a board I put together, to reflect my sentiments about my New Year’s Eve event, The Chapel in the Moonlight.  Enjoy!

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Sunday, November 25, 2007

Welcome to Our New Blog!!
Mood:  special
Welcome to Our New Blog!   We have just transferred from our previous blog, so we will have new posts shortly.  We beg your patience and understanding during this transition.  The entries below are from our previous blog.  Please feel free to read the messages as they are posted, and to leave comments, share ideas, or ask questions.  This blog will be used to share events, trends and ideas, vendor news, and other items.

We hope you enjoy our blog, and please feel free to visit our website: Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning.

Happy Planning!  The Love, Laughter & Elegance Staff.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Ideas for a Green Wedding
Mood:  happy
Being Eco-Friendly is a growing trend in all events, including weddings.  We have one planet, let’s keep it in good working order! 

Some ways to honor your commitment to each other,  and our home, by planning a green wedding:

1.)  Have the caterer use foods found locally.  If you plan to serve fish, make sure it’s certified by the Marine Stewardship Council.

 2.)  Use eco-friendly paper, recycled materials, and vegetable-based inks for your invitations, save-the-dates, and other special stationary.  Check out www.blueskiesanddaisies.com/resources/green.html

3.)  Rent your linens and table settings, and ask the caterer to not use materials singularly if at all possible.  Be sure you have recycling containers nearby.

4.)  Wedding attire can be stylish and earth-friendly at the same time.  Visit greatgreenwedding.com/attire.php for some great ideas!

5.)  Wedding jewelry can also be part of the plan.  Fair-trade jewelers are great for this.  The buzz right now is to look for conflict-free diamonds.

6.)  Photography has come long way from flash pans and powder, and bulbs the size of eggs.  Digital imaging is the way to go!

7.)  While favors are traditional, they can be pricey, and sometimes unappreciated.  Make a donation to your favorite charity in your guests’ names, and set out recycled place cards with the information.  Encourage guests to do the same. 

(Source: Deirdre Shevlin Bell, Alternative Medicine, June 2007)

Posted by cl-kimber0613-ivil at 12:03 AM EDT

Sunday, 4 November 2007

A new book for all of you crafty brides out there!
Mood:  happy
Hello Everyone!

I wanted to let everyone know about a new book that will be coming out shortly.  It’s called The DIY Bride, by Khris Cochran.  It will feature all kinds of crafts and ideas that will make your wedding fabulous!

Below are some reviews from Amazon.com:

Editorial Reviews

Review
“DIY Bride is a classy, sassy, oh-so-fun crafty approach to livening up your big wedding day. Khris Cochran serves up a delectable tray of clever ideas that are frosted with style and originality and proves that having a luxurious, signature wedding doesn’t mean you have to empty your bank account. Just your glue gun!” Kathy Cano-Murillo, CraftyChica.com

Book Description
From choosing a delicious menu to assembling the guest list, hundreds of details go into planning a successful wedding. The DIY Bride helps brides put their stamp on the big day without breaking the bank. Written by the creator of the number one Web site for wedding crafts, DIYBride.com, this fun, easy guide showcases unique, easy-to-do craft projects that range from beautiful handmade announcements and invitations to personalized favors and much more. Khris Cochran includes valuable cost-comparison sidebars that clearly detail the huge savings involved. She also shows brides how to involve their friends and families in the project-making process, making this a fun journey for all. The DIY Bride is an essential purchase for any woman who dreams of an unforgettable wedding–from the inside out.

About the Author
A DIY Bride herself, Khris Cochran is the creator and founder of the award-winning DIYBride.com, one of the most popular bridal crafting websites out there today. The DIYBride website is one of the most-linked sites, with links from The Knot, Modern Bride, and Brides magazines, and hundreds of references to the site from wedding message boards. In addition to dishing out wedding expertise daily on DIYBride.com, Khris teaches craft classes in the San Francisco Bay Area. This is her first book.

40 Fun Projects for Your Ultimate One-of-a-Kind Wedding

The list price on the book is $19.95.  Pre-order your book at Amazon.com, and save!!

http://www.amazon.com/DIY-Bride-Projects-One-Kind/dp/1561589640/ref=dp_return_2/105-2343341-5625244?ie=UTF8&n=283155&s=books

 

Khris’s website is:  www.diybride.com

Enjoy!  I can’t wait to start crafting!!

Posted by cl-kimber0613-ivil at 8:02 PM EDT

Updated: Sunday, 4 November 2007 8:23 PM EDT

Mansfield, Ohio Couple Reclaims Precious Memories
Mood:  happy
There is always a place to find lost items…..as is evidenced in the following local news story:

Lost wedding memories found 27 years after Mansfield couple’s big day

 Vic Gideon  

Created: 10/22/2007 4:20:49 PM

Updated:10/23/2007 3:22:24 AM

MANSFIELD — A teen couple didn’t have the $150 to pay for their wedding photos in 1980 and thought the pictures were gone forever.

Eighty-year-old Jim Wagner took the wedding pictures and recently came across them, then set out to find the bride, Karen Cline. He walked into the Taylor’s Country Diner last week, where Karen works.

“I didn’t recognize him, I did not know who he was and he said maybe this will help you remember and he handed me the photo album from twenty-seven years ago,” says Karen Cline. “He gave me the photo album and I opened it up and there it was, there were the pictures from my wedding album.”

“She gave me a big hug and then another big hug and another big hug and I said I got more hugs than I got in a month,” says Wagner. “And she laughed and cried, laughed and cried, laughed and cried.”

Karen and Mark Cline will celebrate their twenty-seventh anniversary Thursday. They have two sons and a daughter, a granddaughter and are expecting a grandson in January. But they didn’t have anything to help them remember their special day in 1980.

“They’re priceless,” Karen says. “My mom’s gone. My husband’s parents are gone, our grandparents are gone and there they were on one of the most special days of our lives!”

Karen wrote a check to Jim for $150 to square her account.

 

Posted by cl-kimber0613-ivil at 3:49 PM EDT

Sunday, 7 October 2007

Weddings at your local Wal-Mart, the next big thing?
Mood:  quizzical
Hello Everyone!

Does anyone remember the 2000 movie, “Where the Heart Is”, with Natalie Portman, Ashley Judd, and Stockard Channing?  In the movie, Natalie plays a pregnant 17-year old who tries to rebuild her life after being abandoned in a Wal-Mart in Oklahoma.  She meets her love, Forney Hull in the local library, and they eventually get married in the local Wal-Mart store at the end of the movie.  Good movie, I highly recommend it.

There are many DIY brides out there, who do find acessories and wedding-related items at their local Wal-Mart.  I can always find a bargain, or items to make a craft for an event.  Although I would not have imagined a couple actually using a Wal-Mart store as their chapel of love, there is a couple in Ohio that did!  Please read on:

Love blooms in Wal-Mart aisle

Sat Oct 6, 3:17 PM ET

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio – Attention Wal-Mart shoppers, wedding in lawn and garden.  Employees Chet Eldridge and Danna Hornback tied the knot Thursday amid the retailer’s flowers, shrubs and lawn chairs.

Eldridge, 51, an automotive manager, and Hornback, 45, an arts and crafts associate, met during the store’s employee orientation. She agreed to their first date in the furniture section. After the couple became engaged, a manager suggested they exchange vows at the store.

“We met here; he asked me out here. Why not?” Hornback said.

The only unexpected turn occurred when the familiar “Attention Wal-Mart shoppers” announcement over the public address system broke into the ceremony.

After the couple was pronounced husband and wife, the cheers could be heard in customer service on the other side of the store.

Springfield is about 40 miles west of Columbus

Posted by cl-kimber0613-ivil at 9:52 AM EDT

Updated: Sunday, 7 October 2007 10:06 AM EDT

Saturday, 6 October 2007

“The Chapel in the Moonlight”
Mood:  lyrical
Hello Everyone!

I am still working on my signature event:  The Chapel in the Moonlight.  I came across an old TV Broadcast of a group called the Bachelors, who performed “In the Chapel in the Moonlight”.

The song was also recorded by a few different artists.  Patti Page is one, and Dean Martin is another, perhaps the better known of the two.  This song is the theme to my event. 

Enjoy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfoSXAD_bAg

Posted by cl-kimber0613-ivil at 11:37 AM EDT

Thursday, 4 October 2007

Celebrating a love that has stood the test of time!
Mood:  amorous
Hello Everyone!

Just thought I would share a story I saw this morning, about a couple who has been married for a very long time!  Enjoy!

Ala. couple celebrate 80th anniversary

Tue Oct 2, 9:56 PM ET

SCOTTSBORO, Ala. – A Scottboro couple recently celebrated their 80th wedding anniversary, one of the longest marriages among living people when compared to reports in the 2007 Guinness Book of World Records.

Alonzo, 97, and Beulah Sims, 94, celebrated their anniversary a day early Sunday at the nursing home where they have lived since May 2002.

Without their families’ approval, the two teens married in 1927, when he was working at a farm, plowing fields with a mule and picking cotton for 50 cents a day.

The couple, who raised six children, credit their long lives to hard farm work and eating lots of vegetables. They moved frequently to find farm work, going from Paint Rock Valley near Garth to Atchley Bottom in Madison County and then to Woodville in the 1960s.

They said their eight decades of marriage have been virtually free of fussing.

“We’ve been too busy to fight,” Beulah Sims said.

Alonzo Sims retired from farming in 1966 and did janitorial work at Redstone Arsenal until 1972. They also operated service stations in Paint Rock and Woodville for a few years. Now, they spend their time visiting other residents at the nursing home, listening to gospel music, and playing bingo.

“After all these years,” he said, “I still enjoy being with her.”

___

Information from: The Huntsville Times, http://www.al.com/hsvtimes/hsv.html

Posted by cl-kimber0613-ivil at 7:49 AM EDT

Wednesday, 19 September 2007

Come party with me!! It’s my birthday!!
Mood:  party time!
Hello Everyone!!

It’s my birthday today!!  I thought I would share some of my favorites, and my wish list (just in case anyone was wondering, LOL).

Under the category of Birthday Cakes:

 

 Birthday Dinner Settings:

 

 And now, for the gifts………

Lastly, where I would love to go back to on a Birthday Bash Weekend:

The NH Krystal Resort in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.  We went there for a 2nd honeymoon in 2002, and had a fabulous time!  Can’t recommend the place enough!!

That’s all for today!  I’ll check back in when I’ve recovered!!

Posted by cl-kimber0613-ivil at 11:42 AM EDT

Friday, 14 September 2007

Upcoming Wedding Trends for 2008
Mood:  surprised
It’s the weekend, finally!!  I wanted to post some trends that are upcoming for 2008.  These are from the blog at About.com: weddings

A Guide to the Hottest Wedding Trends of 2008

Incorporating some of the latest wedding trends is a great way of ensuring your wedding feels fresh and up-to-date. But with many engagements lasting a year or more, figuring out what the the trends will be is a tricky business. Fortunately, I’ve done the hard work for you. Here’s what I predict will be the biggest 2008 wedding trends.

1. An Emphasis on the Waist for Wedding Dresses

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Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for IMG

After a tumultuous affair with the trapeze dress, America is ready to re-embrace the waist. And not a moment too soon in my opinion! At the Spring 2008 Fashion Week, designers showed nipped in waists, often accented with wide belts. Look for wedding dresses to follow suit, with a reinvigoration of the obi belt, and contrasting color sashes.

2. Great Wedding Invitations

http://www.dauphinepress.com/

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Letterpress wedding invitation from Dauphine Press

A wedding invitation is the first clue guests will get about your wedding style and theme. It helps get them excited for the big event, and even gives guests clues about what to wear! Letterpress wedding invitations will be an especially big wedding trend for 2008, with couples designing custom invitation packages to reflect their personality. But if your wallet doesn’t stretch for top-of-the-line letterpressed invitations (like this one from Dauphine Press), there are many other options. Consider making your own wedding invitations using an at-home screenprinting kit like Print Gocco, or even finding affordable letterpress at Costco!

3. Yellow

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Photo by Nina Callaway

Yellow was all over the spring 2008 runways, which is great news for brides. This ideal wedding color is fresh, energetic, and summery. For a day-time wedding, consider yellow and white for your wedding colors, with yellow daisies, gingham accents, and cheery yellow ribbons tied around vases, napkins, bouquets, and waists. For an evening wedding, pair lemon yellow with chocolate brown. Or, choose a brighter yellow paired with silvery gray.

4. Silver

Silver dress from spring 2008 Badgley Mischka fashion show

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Photo by Fernanda Calfat/Getty Images for IMG

The bride who wears a metallic silver wedding dress is sure to stand out and be remembered. If you’re more traditional, incorporate the silver wedding trend in other ways. Your bridesmaids could wear grey satin bridesmaids dresses, or carry bouquets of white roses mixed with eucalyptus, Artemisia Silver King and/or Dusty Miller. Decorate your reception space with silver linens, branches painted silver, and rhinestone accents. Or punch up your own look with silver heels peeking out from under your dress, and a rhinestone hairpin.

5. Other Bold Colors

Reem Acra Green Satin Dress

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Photo by Nina Callaway

Jewel tones are back in style! If you love rich purples, bright greens, and shocking pinks, you’ll be excited by 2008 wedding trends. But stay far away from the ’80s. Today’s couples should look to use jewel tones sparingly, mixing brights with cream or gray, or more muted versions of the same color. Avoid the satin jewel tone bridesmaid dress – it’s definitely one look she won’t wear again. Instead, look for chiffon or other matte fabrics to carry off this look.

6. Green Weddings

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Photo by Carlo Allegri/Getty Images

Many couples are realizing that if we don’t take care of our planet, who will? A wedding is full of opportunities to make ethical informed decisions as well as many opportunities for waste. If you’re an environmentalist, consider using organic flowers in your bouquet, recycled paper in your invitations, local and organic foods at your reception, and even biodegradable plates and forks. Each step can make a difference in this world!

More about Green Weddings and Nature-Centered Weddings

Posted by cl-kimber0613-ivil at 4:20 PM EDT

Wednesday, 12 September 2007

The Chapel in the Moonlight
Mood:  happy
Hello!  It’s time for me to again begin planning what is becoming my signature event:  The Chapel in the Moonlight.  This is held every year on New Year’s Eve in downtown Akron, Ohio, as part of the city’s First Night Celebration.  This is my 3rd year as the committee chair, and I am looking to kick things up a bit this year, and really turn on the pizzaz!!  The Chapel in the Moonlight is where couples may come and get married or renew their vows, free of charge.  Quite a way to ring in the New Year!

One of my colleagues, Susan, came up with this inspiration board when I asked several people to help me with ideas for this event.  Here is what she envisioned.  Enjoy!

Posted by cl-kimber0613-ivil at 11:21 PM EDT

Sunday, 9 September 2007

Sweet Dreams: Dreaming of a Parisian-inspired wedding.
Mood:  happy
Bonjour!  Have you ever thought of planning a Tres Chic Affaire?  Here are some ideas to have you swooning in no time:

Some of the most beautiful French-inspired note cards, from Shabby fufu, http://www.shabbyfufu.com/pastelle-paperie.htm. These adorable cards made me want to go out and buy some baguettes!

This wonderful, hip bridal shower, as shown on www.hostessblog.com, has a color pallet that I feel is essentially French, pink, black and white:

Jen’s Bridal Shower: Modern Parisian

Modern ParisMy good friend Jen is getting married June 9! Here are a few snapshots from the bridal shower I co-hosted this weekend. Jen got engaged at the Eiffel Tower and LOVES modern style, so we did a Modern Parisian theme with fluffy feathers, scroll patterns, and a color palette of pink, black & white. (Studio pics and details on how to recreate this theme will be up on the website soon too!)

Modern ParisModern ParisThe shower was held at Kinara Cafe in L.A. – in an amazing private outdoor patio filled with tons of lush greenery, flowers, a loungy sitting area, and a gorgeous fountain…such a beautiful setting to work with!

Modern ParisAmy did a great job on the rehearsal bouquet…not too long before Jen will be holding the real thing!

Modern ParisCongrats, Jen! We’re so glad you loved the shower – and now the countdown begins…!

Emily’s wedding is a Vintage Inspired, Chic French Garden Wedding…

Emily2

Finally, for the ultimate in Parisian wedding flair, there is an American-owned agency in Paris:  www.parisianevents.com.  Kimberly Petyt is the owner and director.  She is the also the author of her company’s blog, Parisian Party, http://parisianevents.com/parisianparty/.

Hope these ideas inspire you!  If you would like to learn how to incorporate some of these elements into your event, just contact us!

Au revoir!

Posted by cl-kimber0613-ivil at 5:53 PM EDT

Sunday, 19 August 2007

Great Father-Daughter Dance Songs!
Mood:  lyrical

This is a great mix of classics and contemporary tunes! What a Wonderful World  

You should be able to find one to suit you perfectly!

(source:http://www.makeweddings.com/music-lists/father-daughter.jsp)

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