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Late Summer or Fall
Why We Love It:
It’s not overdone but it still screams classic …this color scheme is timeless but not trendy, making it a perfect choice.
How To Execute:
Pick your exact shade of navy blue (use color swatches) and make sure all your linens, fabrics and accents match. Use crisp white as your neutral to really make the navy pop. Grey works best for the guys’ suits against the girls’ navy dresses, which will keep your bridal party pictures from being too monotonous. Add a subtle flash of light pink in your bridal bouquet for a pretty little twist that won’t distract from your color palette.
Anemones are perfect for this color scheme, the crisp white petals and the dark navy centers couldn’t work better. Try blue colored cake, or look into other fun options like blueberry pies or blackberry sorbet.
Weddings and flowers tend to go hand in hand, but if florals just ain’t your thing, don’t feel like it’s an absolute must have. There are tons of other options for you to consider using in place of all those pretty blooms. Bonus perk: flowers can be expensive so you may even save some money by thinking outside the box!
Fake Flowers. A clear and easy alternative for real flowers. If you want flowers but need them to be done in advance, last in any type of environment or just want to be able to keep them afterwards, fakes are a good option.
Wooden Accents. Not only should you consider swapping flowers with the super trendy sticks, twigs and branches you see on Pinterest, don’t stop there; consider other wooden accents like tree trunk slabs, carved flowers or figurines, or maybe even DIY pallet projects.
Candles. Candlelight is super sweet, sexy and romantic …and perfect for a wedding. Ditch flowers for tealights, candle arrangements and pretty candlesticks. Get creative with the bridesmaids and use lanterns or pretty candlestick holders.
Paper Flowers. Lotsa options here… from DIY to Etsy, there are tons of ways to have paper flowers at your wedding. I love the ones made from the couple’s favorite books or music sheets from their favorite songs.
Seashells. Calling all beach brides! Making bouquets or arrangements out of seashells is so pretty and so perfect for a beach wedding (or beach wedding theme). Incorporate other ocean accents like silver dollars, sea glass or starfish!
Jewels. Want to glitz up your big day? Look into making a studded bouquet out out brooches, jewels or pearls. They’re absolutely stunning and help give your look a little extra sparkle.
Succulents. I love this floral replacement because it still is easy to arrange, but it gives your wedding day look a clean, crisp look. They make pretty bouquets, ethereal centerpieces, and cute wedding favors.
Feathers. Another fun and whimsical idea. Feathers are perfect for brides who want a bohemian feel. They’re a sweet addition to your wedding, and make seriously gorgeous bouquets. Just be sure to work with your event designer to make sure you’re using stunning feathers (not tacky boas or something better used for arts and crafts).
Need help pulling your flowerless vision together? Call me!
Love, Mrs. Newman
Picture perfect weddings are usually pretty high on the wish-list for most engaged couples, but cookie cutter weddings? Not so much.
It’s getting pretty easy to blindly follow the pact and have the stereotypical Pinterest wedding, so don’t forget to put your own personal spin on things.
One of my favorite ways to spice up your big day? Getting creative with your Photobooth (or switching it up altogether).
Video Messages. Instead of photos, why not live video? A lot of videographers can set up a video station where guests can leave well wishes, recall fun memories, or maybe even record a funny (drunken?) dance for you to watch and laugh over.
Selfie Stations. We are the selfie generation after all. Set up an iPad on a selfie stick and have a guest-operated photobooth. Or just provide the selfie stick and an Instagram hashtag.
Photo Apps. If you like the idea of seeing your event through your guest’s eyes, but want to make sure you have access to all the photos afterwards, look into wedding apps that cater to that. Look into Wedding Snap, Wed Pics, or Capsule.
Dance Floor Cams. Staged photos are fun and all, but candid dance-floor pics make for great memories. Sure you could just have your photographer capture it, or you could set up cameras timed to go off every minute or so. Better yet, get a dance floor Go-Pro or two!
GreenScreen Photos. Replace regular run of the mill Photobooth pictures against a white background with just about anything you want. Greenscreen technology allows you to super impose your guests into any scene you want; pretty vineyards, famous stadiums, the top of Everest or specific moments in history.
Red Carpet Pics. Have all your guests photographed like a movie star on their way into your reception. Keep the fancy rec carpet and paparazzi like photos going through out the night too, for a fun spin to your wedding photos. So glam.
Drones. How techy of you! But for serious, aerial shots are amazing. So attach a camera to one and get some sweet footage from above.
Photo Frame Backdrop. Instead of having your guests crammed into a booth, or stationed in front of a plain backdrop, get creative with your Photobooth station. Get crafty and make your own with fun messages, pretty decorations or cut out frames for people to stand behind or pop through. So fun!
Love, Mrs. Newman
As a future bride-to-be, you’ve probably thought about that infamous walk down the aisle once or twice. Actually, even if you’re not engaged, you’ve probably at least dreamed about it.
For anyone wanting a little extra pizzazz, flair or romance, consider amping up your aisle. It’s going to be one of the most memorable walks of your life, might as well give it a little extra style.
Rose Petals. Outside of just a sweet little flowergirl tossing rose petals, of course. Aisles lined with petals are stunning, and aisles completely covered from start to finish are drop dead gorgeous. Another fun twist, flower petal art; pretty patterns, swirly designs, or maybe your initials spelled out in petal. Yes, please.
Red Carpet. Super glam wedding? Roll out a pretty, plush red carpet. Nothing screams luxury like a red carpet so if it fits with your wedding vision go for it. Just make sure you see it beforehand, obviously. There are lots of shades of red, so make sure the one you’re using is what you’re picturing in your mind.
Circle. Looking for something unique? Set up your ceremony chairs in a circle. Plant them around a small swirling aisle leading to the middle of the chairs where your altar will be set up. Not only is it a fun twist, it also lets you walk past every single guest, giving everyone a clear view of the bride.
Burlap. This trendy fabric is here to stay, which makes sense since it’s so pretty and super versatile. Burlap runners can fit a plethora of themes and styles, and the neutral color makes for a perfect blank canvas. Add some lace or flowers or tealights (fake ones, firey weddings aren’t ideal) to make it your own.
Reverse, Reverse. What about walking up the aisle instead of down? If your venue allows, or you’re setting up your ceremony in a vacant space, consider coming up the aisle from the opposite side, or from one of the sides. There are no rules to how you should set up. I’m not like those other event planners, I’m a cool event planner. (Mean Girls, anyone?)
Aisle Runners. One of the most under utilized linens from your rental companies. See what options they have available for you. Get creative with existing runners by adding your own accents along the sides (such as flowers, lanterns or picture frames) ….or consider less traditional forms of runners, like maybe a handful of picnic blankets, plaid fabric or custom cut lace fabric.
Candles. Ah candlelight, the epitome of romance. Line your aisles with beautiful white candles. Just make sure the aisle is super wide, so that no one’s train gets anywhere close. Or, better yet, look into fake candles. Nobody wants to add an ER visit to their wedding day.
Glitter. Because who doesn’t want a little bit of glitz on their wedding day? Even if you don’t want a full-fledged glitter aisle, adding some shine in other ways is also a fun option. Throw a little glitter/confetti around, or add some sheen via fabric choices like a sparkly chiffon or tulle chair embellishment lining the aisle.
Personalized. If you’re all about making your day your own, then personalizing your aisle is ideal for you. Use some of the previous ideas, like writing out your initials in petals or lining the aisle in framed photographs. If you really want to go big, get your own custom runner made, or make your own by decorating, embroidering or writing messages on it before hand. Another cute option, creating a timeline to walk down on your way down the aisle and ending up at the altar where you’ll start your new life together.
Stairs. Another fun twist to changing up the traditional aisle. Coming down the stairs is such a romantic notion; there’s a reason the “stairs entrance” makes an appearance in so many books and movies. Consider a venue that has a staircase for you to descend either as your aisle or right before one.
Love, Mrs. Newman
Spring or Fall
Why We Love It:
Rose gold is so hot right now, and there are tons and tons of different ways to execute this fun and fabulous color scheme.
How To Execute:
Rose gold fabric is stunning, so utilize it! Just make sure you have a little bit of balance; dress your girls in sequined rose gold dresses but have the guys in neutrals. Use it on your tables, but maybe just as a runner and keep the full sequined linens on the head table, cake table or gift table. Use white or light pink as your neutral backdrop. For your cutlery, plates and vases? Rose gold all the way, or copper! ….use a flat finish to help add some depth (and a romantic feel).
Toasting with pink champagne or a sparkling rosé is perfect for this color scheme. Use soft pink flowers interlaced with white blooms to give an air of romance. Add some pretty pink (edible) glitter to your cake, macaroons, or cupcakes. Not into a stark white dress? Wearing a blush colored gown works perfectly for this palette!
In weddings, and in life in general, there are about a million faux pas and etiquette no-no’s. So many rules and so many ways to break them.
So when things come up, and you’re put in a position where you’re going to be the one making a social blunder, there are ways to be “that person” in the best way possible.
Step One. Do everything in your power to avoid that social suicide thing that you’re thinking about doing. Step Two. Recognize that the thing you know you shouldn’t do but you’re doing anyways actually kind of makes you an asshole. Step Three. Scrutinize the situation until you figure out how to best rectify your faux pas, and come up with a plan b or consolation prize of sorts. Step Four. Apologize, grovel and follow through with whatever you promised you’d do to make up for it. Step Five. Let it go, move on and stop making yourself feel bad.
So, do you have something particular going on that you’re stressing over? I thought so.
Losing Your RSVP. So you know you got the wedding invitation, but where it scampered off to is beyond you. Handle It Best By: Asking a friend or family member that you know for sure was also invited, and ask them what kind of response card it was and if it had meal choices. Mail the couple a note with your response and any other information they had on requested on it, along with a hand written apology for misplacing their invite. Add your reason for losing it if it’s a good one, otherwise don’t and just say you’re sorry.
Changing Your RSVP To Yes. Plans changed and now all of a sudden you’re available for the nuptials, but you already sent in your regrets. Handle It Best By: Contacting the couple if it’s before the response date – that one isn’t really a big deal. If it’s after the reply date, call (don’t text) whomever in the relationship you are closer with. Give them an easy out by leading with how you don’t expect them to cater to your schedule change, but if it doesn’t cause a problem you would love to come. If it’s within a week of the wedding, don’t ask.
Changing Your RSVP To No. Listen, life happens. Sometimes things out of your control come up. Handle It Best By: Giving as much notice as possible. The second you realize you aren’t going to make it get on the phone and let them know. If you’re important enough to be invited, they warrant an explanation as to why your RSVP changed. And it needs to be a good one. It may seem like a minor infraction to you, but missing one of the most of important days of their life requires an exceptionally valid excuse, an abundance of apologies and a larger-than-usual wedding gift.
B List Invites. You have all of your response cards back, and you have some back-burner friends that you all of a sudden have room for. Handle It Best By: Being honest about what you’re doing; no one likes being deceived. Don’t just send out a second round of invitations. Have a conversation about what’s going on and if they’re receptive to you then you can give them a formal invitation and response card. I would lead with something like “we really wanted to give all of our family members a chance to come first, but with the location/travel/time of year, it looks like we have room to also include some of our close friends.” Blah, blah, butter them up type of thing.
Arriving Late. A wedding is a good time to arrive early. But, for whatever reason, your ETA is five minutes after the ceremony starts. Handle It Best By: Waiting in the wings until you can make a subtle entrance. There will probably be an event coordinator of some sort around to tell you when you’re clear to slip in quietly. Sit in the first seat available and stay in the back. Entering a ceremony late, loud and as a distraction is not fashionable it’s rude. Be quiet and try to blend in. If you’re going to be really late, skip the ceremony and meet everyone at the reception. On the bright side, you’ll be the first one in line at the cocktail hour.
Thank You Notes. They’ve been out of sight and out of mind since the shower or wedding, so now they’re way late, or even worse, you waited so long that you don’t have a good record of who gave what anymore. Handle It Best By: Sending them out ASAP, even if they’re already way behind schedule. They don’t say better late than never for nothing. Not sure who gave what? Go with generic thank you notes, because that’s better than nothing at all. Make a list of VIPs, and make sure you write those people heart-felt notes, and maybe acknowledge your tardiness followed by some gushing over whatever they gave you. Most people can be won over with compliments, and now is a great time to try.
Ditching A Bach Party or Bridal Shower. For whatever reason, you just aren’t going to make it anymore. Handle It Best By: Speaking directly with the MOH or whoever is doing the party planning. Let them know what’s up, and be short and sweet. They have a lot on their plate already so tell them why you can’t make it and then let them get back to making their arrangements. If they prepaid for anything, make sure you pony up for your share. Send along or drop off your gift/contribution if you can, otherwise send it after the fact. It’s a forgivable expense if you cover your bases. Send a quick apology to the bride, and if she gets mad, let her. It’ll pass and if you’re sincere with your apology it’ll blow over.
Low Budget Gifts. Cuz you’re poor and you can hardly afford your own groceries sometimes. Been there. Handle It Best By: Getting creative. Sometimes the best gifts are homemade. Look up some of the DIYs on Pinterest or handmade gifts on Etsy and see what you can get together on a budget. Small and meaningful doesn’t always equal expensive. If you find something meaningful that you know they’ll like, go that route. If you don’t, or it’s just not a couple that you feel comfortable giving a DIY gift to, wait it out. You technically have a year to send a gift. So if it’s just not a good time, you’re better off waiting/saving a month or two and sending after the fact.
Bridal Party Line Up Changes. Sometimes relationships and people change, and you have to adapt to reality. Best to get out of a sticky situation before your big day, instead of suffering through negative energy at your wedding. Handle It Best By: Ripping the band-aid off. Don’t make any hasty decisions, but if you and your future partner are on the same page about it and have given it some serious thought, go ahead and pull the plug on a toxic bridal party member. Explain why you think it’s better if they’re a guest instead of a bridesmaid or groomsman, and make sure you still include them in things along the way to help soften the blow. Whether they decide to participate going forward is on them. If they’re upset, let them be upset. If it’s best for you and your partner and your wedding experience, it’s the right choice. This too shall pass.
Love, Mrs. Newman
Wedding Anniversary coming up? Me too! Actually it’s today, June 1st, AKA the happiest day on Earth. To me anyways.
Moving on, I love the idea of following traditional anniversary guides, so for the past three years I’ve always tried to work off of what the traditional gift for each is.
It’s fun, and it gives you a good starting point, but some of them are a little weird, at best, and others are just downright hard to apply to modern life (and men). So, to help a girl out, I’ve made my own list of traditional gifts, along with some real life ideas to ponder.
I must say, however, that you may have to go rogue. For instance, if your hubby tends to get you lavish gifts, then giving him a bag of candy for your sixth anniversary won’t suffice. So get him his favorite sweets, but also get him something else. A tangible gift, or something to do together. If the pre-determined gift of the year won’t be enough, add dinner, a couple’s massage or his favorite dessert to the line up.
And also, don’t save lingerie for only years 12 and 13. Step up your game with some steamy anniversary lovin’ every year, please. Like a lady.
Maps. A big world map where you can pinpoint your travels together or smaller framed maps that highlight where you met, live or got married.
Linens. Think fun pillow cases, throw pillows with your wedding song lyrics embroidered on, or a personalized throw blanket or quilt.
Accessories. A leather banded watch, new shoes, a belt. Maybe a new wallet, money clip or passport holder.
Plants, obviously. Go with floral arrangements similar to your wedding, or if you want something long-lasting, buy a tree or bush to plant at your home.
Pretty Décor. A keepsake box or carved wooden sign with your name or wedding date. Consider any type of housewares they might need, like a bookcase, shelves, or cutting boards.
Sweets! Whatever your hunny’s favorites are, load them up with some sugar.
Clothing or Blankies. Maybe some socks to keep their feet warm after all these years, or a sweater if it fits their tastes. Otherwise try a nice snuggly blanket to cuddle under.
Plates, Mugs, Dishes. If not for the kitchen, maybe try a decorative plate or jewelry dish. Add a sweet or sentimental note to make it a little more romantic.
Something woven. A pretty picnic basket set is a perfect gift and turns into a perfect date, too.
Cans. Even if the tin cans hold a different gift altogether, they still fit the bill. New tin coffee cans are good for the java lover, or get creative and turn them into a holder for something else (candy, mints, cigars…)
Jewelry. Anything stainless steel works, from cufflinks to watches to chains, even keychains or pocketwatches. Lotsa options with this one.
Linens. Sheets, scarves, maybe some pajamas. My favorite, something silky and sexy, fun lingerie!
Lingerie. Yeah. Just lingerie.
Anything Off White. I’m not big into the whole poaching/hunting/killing of animals thing, so I can’t contribute an idea of an actual ivory gift. But it’s a pretty color to go with for house décor, luggage or clothing (lingerie).
Barware. Champagne glasses, tumblers, decanters, wine stoppers. Whatever you get, use to celebrate with and get drunk together.
Plates, I guess. But if don’t think new fine china is gonna go over great, look for specialized china, like a monogrammed plate or personalized decorative piece.
Jewelry. So, so many options. Engraved watches are one of my favorites, but anything goes. Cufflinks, key-chains, money clips.
Tons of Options. Not just jewelry, but pieces for the home, like a clock, frame, globe or décor. Better yet, throw a gold themed anniversary party, because fifty years of marriage is AMAZING.
Love, Mrs. Newman
Die A Happy Man by Thomas Rhett
Just The Way You Are by Bruno Mars
Head Over Boots by Jon Pardi
I Don’t Dance by Lee Brice
Best Of Me by Michael Bublé
Your Song by Ellie Goulding
H.O.L.Y. by Florida Georgia Line
Sparks by Coldplay
All Of Me by John Legend
Make You Feel My Love by Adele
Love, Mrs. Newman