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Sparkly Weddings

Sparkly Weddings

Throw A Gorgeously Glitzy Wedding!

If you’re like me, your favorite color is glitter. I mean, honestly, what’s better than something shiny and sparkly?

Not much.

So if you’re unsure of your wedding color scheme, but you know that you want it to be blingy, I get it.   You might even have a color palette picked out, but need ways to incorporate some extra glitz, just to make the event a little more glam.

Here are the best ways to add some shine to your big day!

Glitter. Sprinkle that shit everywhere. Kidding, don’t do that. But you should incorporate it into your stationary, décor and signage. And talk with your caterer and/or dessert vendor about edible glitter. It’s a thing, and its super pretty – think glitter on your cake, cupcakes or on top of macaroons. #yesplease

Pearlized Linens & Fabric. A little less in your face than glitter, but still adds a really nice sheen to your décor. Pretty pearl shades of whatever your color scheme is will help add depth and texture, reflecting the lights beautifully. They also give your event a rich look and feel, just like how satin sheets can make a bedroom seem more regal.

Mirrors. Another great way to catch and reflect the light at your event is through the use of mirrors. Look for venues with mirrors, or look into renting/bringing in your own. On a smaller scale, use mirror plates on your tables and underneath all your centerpieces.

Diamonds. Or rhinestones for the most part, aside from the jewelry that you wear. But you should totally use pretty diamonds (real or fake) for your jewelry, as well as on your bridal party. Then talk with your florist or vent designer about working them into your centerpieces and décor.

Sequins. Add a pretty sequined table runner, or use sequined linens for your cake table, or your head table to add a little extra oomph. If you don’t want a totally bedazzled dress, sequins are a more subtle way to sparkle on your wedding day. Same goes for your bridesmaid dresses.

Sparklers. So a sparkler send off isn’t exactly new, but who cares? They make for the prettiest photos and they totally fit into your sparkly wedding theme. If you want to work them into your day in a different way, add a sparkler to your cake topper, or buy the extra long or colored ones.

Embellished Flowers. Use pretty brooches or rhinestone ribbons in your bouquets. Adding pretty embellishments won’t be a new concept to your florist, so work with them to determine what the right amount of added bling for your wedding is.

Bling! Speaking of sparkly embellishments, don’t stop at your bouquets if it suits you. How about your shoes, or garter, or headpieces? Bling out your accessories. It’s a subtle way to sparkle if head to toe diamonds isn’t for you.

String Lights. Love, love, love string lights. Outside or inside, they’re so pretty, whimsical and romantic. And while they don’t necessarily sparkle, they do shine. And the more lights you have, the more your sparkly pieces will reflect them.

Chandeliers. Pretty chandeliers are already in a lot of wedding venues, but even if they’re not you can look into renting some. Talk to your local wedding and event rental companies about what they have available, and consider stringing up one or two, or several.

See, there are lots of ways to make your main wedding color “glitter”.   Weddings are a great time to shine, so why not go glam with your event ambiance?

If you’re worried it’ll look too tacky (and it will, if you use every single thing on my list) then work with your event stylist or wedding coordinator to decide what will work best for your vision. You can have a gorgeously glamorous wedding without it looking like you’re on Gypsy Sisters.

Need help pulling this look off? Let me know!

Love, Mrs. Newman

Alma Mater Weddings

College Themed Weddings

That Aren’t Tacky.

There are a ton of reasons why you might be considering a wedding themed around a college or university. Most of the time it’s because the couple met and began their relationship at their alma mater, but even if you just share a big time love for a certain college or university’s sports team then you already have the groundwork to theme your big day off your favorite school.

If you want to majorly embrace your school as a part of your day, then you should try to tie a lot of the bigger aspects of your wedding back to your theme.   For some, this can get tricky – yes you want to have a themed wedding, but you don’t want it to feel like a college reunion or official school event. It’s still your wedding, so you need to find the right balance of your theme and your own personal style.

If you’re going big with this, look into venues on the campus itself. Even if you can’t have the reception on site, look into the campus chapel for the ceremony. If you aren’t able to hold your event there, reception or ceremony, stop by for wedding party photos at some point during your day.

Some schools are lucky enough to have color schemes that translate nicely into a wedding color palette.   Add in different shades to give your event depth, and don’t feel like you need to stick only to the exact shades of your alma mater. Work with an event stylist to make sure your décor looks like a wedding and not an alumni event.

Even if you’re unsure of using your school’s colors as your own palette, think about playing around with different shades and complimentary accent colors to make it work for an upscale event, yet still fit the theme.   Again, if this is something you want to do, but question your own ability to execute, hire an event coordinator/event stylist to help you achieve your vision.

For those who want to have more of an underlying theme, nix the theme for the big parts of your big day – like the venue and color scheme. Plan your wedding according to your tastes, and work your love for your school into your nuptials in more subtle ways. Think cake toppers, table number or your card box.  Try working something low-key into your centerpieces, like a school banner or glitzed-up logo accent.

Other great ways to involve your college or university is by ordering themed favors. Go on Etsy and look up college themed favors – the possibilities are endless!  You should also consider photo booth props or college themed signs, especially if you know a lot of your guest list consists of your fellow alums and classmates.

If there was a specific college staple that any alumni would know and appreciate, work it in to reception. For example, any Ohio State fan would appreciate buckeyes added to the dessert table. Or consider adding your college logo to the top of your cupcakes.

The key to planning themed events is knowing your vision and knowing your boundaries. You can keep things from going overboard by using this rule: if you aren’t sure about something, always go with the more subtle version.  Dialing it up is way easier than toning something down.

Mix and match all of the different ideas here until you have just the right amount of your school worked into your wedding. Stick to one or two ideas for a subtle approach, or go all out with your theme and work it into as much as you can.

If you aren’t sure where to draw the line or how to make everything work without venturing into tacky territory, contact me to discuss!

Love, Mrs. Newman