Published on November 4, 2013 | By Elisa | 0 comments

Wedding “parades”!!

Today I would like to talk about a most likely uncommon topic: the parade that follows the exit of the bride and the groom after the wedding ceremony. Since you brides are getting married in Italy – it would be cool to step into some local traditions of our beautiful country.

Next to  your “Yes, I do” it is ordinary to walk out of the church/ceremony area and after the bouquet, rice&petals tossing, few photos, the bride and groom car will head toward the wedding venue guiding a “corteo” ( parade) of cars through a nice route – most likely hitting the main streets of the town.

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Each one of the guests cars ( or other transports) is decorated with a simple white ribbon – symbolizing that a new marriage has been just signed off.

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This is not part of the galateo rule but everybody does it: during the corteo all the cars will use their horn constantly – especially when close to a bunch of people..! Even completely strangers will understand the meaning of all this noise and will jump curiously out of their windows to see who’s got married, spot a new beautiful bride, applaude and give away smiles and blessings..

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This is typically done in order to show off that you’ve got married  – spreading out your happiness throughout the world.. It’s a nice cheerful way to make your first steps together and start a new journey with your partner and guests.

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What I would recommend here is to celebrative creatively and maybe use instead of just cars some vintage transports like vespas, old trolleys, trains, vans, old bicycles.. These options are all perfect choices depending always on the style&theme of your wedding.

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What is a lovely and charming choice for a true Italian style is to use vintage vespas and the original 500.. But the options are plenty and you can even opt for horses or any other animal able to cruise you around!

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The parade can also be very entertaining with some surprises or jokes on the way!

For instance once during a parade we organized a “aperitif” on the street: a small elegant table with two glasses and a bottle of champagne has been placed in the middle of the road in order to “obligate” the new couple to have a first toast on the middle of the road in front of an endless number of smiling faces.

This short moment will surely add a touch of extra fun to your day. Enjoy every single second of it!

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Published on October 22, 2013 | By Elisa | 0 comments

Creative wedding make-up

Today we thought on going through some creative make up solutions for your special day. We love the idea of having some artists creating your guests fabulous look for the photo booth area or, even better, for fit beautifully into the wedding theme/tradition.

Beauty is a subjective and cultural experience made of simplicity, elegance, integrity, intelligence, personality and attractiveness.. but putting some make up on can entirely transcend the overall appearance of a subject by adding style and dazzle to their feature.

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In some traditions – like the in India – showing off the beauty symbolizes a long standing ritual where elegant make-up creations are protagonist together with mehndi application and beautiful accessorizes. Then, if you are having a themed wedding or one that follows your own culture, it would be gorgeous to have few makeup artists able to create the look of most of the guests by giving the impression to step into old times, India, a movie.. a set where each of the characters will fit beautifully with the look and style.

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There are plenty of great ideas to get inspired from: play with colors and styles, try something different or unusual, opt for face painting, glitter tatoos, the application of precious stones upon your skin.. And trust me: having most of the guests with a similar stunning attire will look great on photos and will deliver a unique atmosphere!

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Beauty can enhance greater heights with a skilled make-up artist able to emphasize your natural look; but your beautiful smile is always the best make up that you can wear.

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Published on October 16, 2013 | By Elisa | 0 comments

Glamorous waiter’s style

Today’s post wants to underline the importance of thinking about your waiters and waitresses style when planning your event. A wedding is a made to measure experience, with plenty of small details to take care of – and this one should not be forgotten. Your waiting staff needs to be professional, well presented, able to make sure that everyone will have a great time, with a charming and sincere smile. They will be interacting with your guests probably more than you – so they should fit beautifully into your wedding with a creative and gorgeous uniform that matches your event’s theme. Having an excellent service it is an essential ingredient; and choosing a personalized outfit will make it even more special.

Styling your waiters and waitresses can add an excellent ‘sparkle’ to an event! Here are some tips on how to personalize your waiter’s attire.

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a) First you need to find the proper uniform. Opt for one that better matches with your wedding style and create a stunning result! Your waiting staff will become an additional event’s “décor” feature.

Start with asking to your caterer/staffing agency which options they can provide you with; and if you are not satisfied with what they can offer, think creative and find original alternatives.

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b) Second, if you have a specific theme, match them accordingly. Think about it – for a Great Gatsby wedding you can be “spoiled” by beautiful elegant guys dressed with a bow tie and white jacket serving crystal champagne glasses onto a mirror tray; and girls with red lipstick, high heels, an elegant skirt/dress and a graceful hair-style..

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Another idea, for a vintage themed wedding, is to have girls dressed as elegant maids and guys with suspenders, bow tie and a vintage hat. Play with it!

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c) Bear in mind to focus on the little details: they help piece everything together beautifully. My personal advice is to center your attention on pretty accessorizes and brilliantly style up your waiting staff. This allows you to use loved ornaments combined with even a more informal unifom. 

For the waiters use fresh colored bow ties/ties, original suspenders, vintage hats, beautiful jackets, stylish glasses, vintage trays.. And for the waitresses same as above, plus floral headbands, some cool make up, lace masks..

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Personality is what make it different. Spread out your stunning ideas, it is simple as  choosing what to wear when you wake up every morning. So now have fun and design your exclusive waiter’s style!

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Published on October 4, 2013 | By Elisa | 0 comments

Wedding bar style ideas

Following with my last post, where I wrote some suggestions on how to set up your drink corner, I would like now to be more specific and spread out some ideas on how to design precisely the bar itself. Too frequently we see just a simple table with a tablecloth as serving station for your guests.

The bar is one of the places where anyone will surely head more than once for get a drink – so it should be decorated and presented beautifully, matching the whole wedding theme, style and color scheme as well. The bar is a focal point and therefore needs to be eye-catching, creative, and with some good lighting able to valorize it.

There are plenty of ways to design it. Here are some photos that can encourage you in choose a different option!

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1 Find a stunning material for covering up your bar’s front side. Green grass, crystals hanging, led light bars, stacked wood, capitonè leather, bambù, wine barrels, flowers, vintage furniture, and why not – if its winter – a bar completely made by ice..

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2 Follow your event’s theme and use decorative stands that can recall the topic of your wedding. For example use surfboards for your surf/beach wedding, wine barrels for your winery wedding, hay balls for a country chic wedding..

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3 Use a car, a custom trailer mobile bar for retro caravan lovers, a canoe..  and turn those transport devices into creative/informal bar corners! 

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4 Make it interacting and interesting for your guests..

An idea could be to have the front of the bar covered by mirrors or chalkboards. This part can be used  for get some love notes from your guests, or either to write down your signature cocktails menu. You can also have few grass separè setting the entrance of the bar like in a “labyrinth style” – this gives a mysterious look and its also cosy/pretty to see.

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5 Entertain. Another idea could be to have an artist entertaining your guests during the reception drinks time before the ceremony with a short 15 minutes performance where he will draw the caricature of the bride and the groom having drinks  ( or something fun and beautiful matching with the wedding theme) onto a panel to be placed as bar front cover during the cocktail reception/post dinner drinks. This artpiece can turn into a nice memorabilia and a good decorative item for get creative photos during the whole event itself!

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So the whole idea is to personalize your bar as much as possible. Make it fun and gorgeous!

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Published on September 30, 2013 | By Elisa | 0 comments

Creative design for your wedding open bar!

Smiles, people laughing, the pleasant noise of crystal flutes toasting repeatedly for your happiness.. celebrating is a must at weddings! That’s why you need to have a drink station where share such a cheerful time with your guests. Open bars are a lovely way to add some creative décor solutions to your special day. To follow, I’ve collected some gorgeous ideas that I love. Get inspired!

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1 First you have to choose your bar’s style. Elegant, vintage, shabby chic, rustic.. choose anything that goes with you wedding theme and your taste. A beautifully designed drink station starts with the table/objects used to fashion it. Use some chic furniture, suitcases, old charts, wine or whisky barrels.. There are plenty of ways to create a unique setup for offering delicious beverages. Spring out your imagination and create original solutions!

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2 Then you should think about the design of an interesting backdrop. An idea could be to hang few colored rolls of ribbon from a string; use hanging bottles and mason jars filled with flowers and candles; or use an interesting corner at the venue decorated with few bulb lights. Any focal point will work beautifully if you build the look around it. Don’t forget to place the “Bar” sign!

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3 And now.. It is time to be creative and design beautiful cocktails! Think in colour and customize the beverages with little details: the type of glass where they’re going to be served in, straws, drink tags and more! Focus on those small decorative elements; they will make the difference on your bar’s look.

a) Choose the glass type: a tumbler, a crystal flute or a vintage mason jar.. and style them with pretty straws, customized stirrers, pretty ribbons and colored sugar. Those little details will help a lot in creating unique look to your special cocktails. 

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b) Use fresh fruit and herbs. Whether it’s a slice of lime, a floating frozen berry, mint ice cubes, a sprig of rosemary or lavender, it’s all about adding colour, creativity and beauty – as well as taste!

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c) Have customized napkins with some love words printed it’s also a lovely idea.

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d) Last but most important: have one or more signature drinks recommended by the bride and the groom!  Be creative with the serving: I love the idea of having prosecco with popsicles or the tequila served onto small Patron bottles with a straw.

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4 You also need to add some pretty signage that describes the drinks available to guests; they can be hung from dispensers with a pretty ribbon, or sit on the table. Paint the beverages names on vintage wood pieces, use chalkboards or draw with your red lipstick onto a cute mirror its also such a whimsical idea! Have your signature cocktails nicely written and some “drink me” signage – they do look pretty and also provide some direction to guests!

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Concluding, I see the open bar as an additional décor task, it can be a lot of fun to design and it is easy to customize with the theme of your wedding or your cultural background. Choose always what better reflects you, or the drink you used to ask always when hanging out with your partner and friends.. New memories are about to be written.. maybe they will be a bit blurred after few drinks.. ;) but they will be the first ones of this new chapter of your life.

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Published on September 26, 2013 | By Elisa | 0 comments

Creative wedding centerpieces

Today’s post has the aim of spring out some original centrepieces ideas – something that can complement flower compositions with an original touch. Choosing the right centerpiece it is not an easy task. The same word “centerpiece” evokes a focal point – the main decoration that will be seen by every single guest during your wedding dinner. Following some inspirational ideas!

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1 Details, details, details! It’s always about that when planning your wedding; but trust me, the simple arrangement of small details is what will make your centerpiece special and beautiful. Personalize them with your unique touch and style, use items that are part of your life and love story, your family vintage lace tablecloth, meaningful objects from your parent’s house..

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2 Use what the season has to offer in terms of materials, flowers, fruits, veggies… and be creative when composing them!

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3 If you can use the ceiling or an holding structure just above your tables, consider the option of decorating a bit less the table itself and use this floating part for hang jars with candles, flowers, crystals, chandeliers.. Like in the photo below – hanging crystals and colored elegant pieces of glass from rustic branches or other decorative elements can give an elegant look and nice reflections when hitting the sunlight or the candlelight.

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4 Use vintage cages/lanterns/trays to decorate with any element that can match your taste and wedding theme. I though about that for example – if you like animals – can be a good idea to have a transparent holder with some small colored fishes, corals and starfish.. or some colored birds/butterfly on cages.. They can turn onto a nice present at the end of the dinner!

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5 An idea can be to create a zen garden as centrepiece. Use white sand and shape some drawings, have some lotus floating with candles, use stones, shells or any minimal element.

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All depends on the theme you are following and on the care you want to put in personalize your tables. Here the ultimate goal it is not just to decorate – but to make feel special your guests. Surprise them !

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Published on September 17, 2013 | By Elisa | 0 comments

Fall wedding inspirations

Its happening.. the summer is getting close to its end and a new season is about to start with plenty of good things to get inspired from! I personally love this period of the year – the romanticism and unwind atmosphere that brings with its colors, fruits and typical foods. Here in Italy we are pretty lucky because all over the coastline and south the autumn is still very pleasant – with a warm sun, fresh nights and a new beautiful landscape color palette.

In the western cultures the “temperate season” has always been celebrated with gladness for the fruits of the earth – It’s the  time of fecundity, bright colors – personified usually with pretty well-fed females adorned with fruits, vegetables and grains.

So its now time to think about fall – and all the rustic wedding inspiration that comes with it!

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The first autumnal sign is given by the change in the colors. Everything is getting a warm tonality – shading between deep reds, oranges, yellows, gold.. When planning your fall wedding play with those beautiful seasonal colors, use what the nature has to offer and embrace this cozy and inviting atmosphere. The beautiful tepid light that characterize this part of the year will fit perfectly for your creative and romantic photos!

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Choose a rustic romantic chic style for you and your guests! The decorations should connect with the natural atmosphere that the nature provides. Mix up different ingredients and play with rustic and elegant elements. Make it chic but with some vintage details. If you are having an outside reception use some barrels of whiskey/wine, wild flowers, stones/metals/woods, birch trees, vintage carts mixed with elegant table settings and decorations..

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On this season its also a great idea to think in decorating with food. That’s the period of abundance of fruits – some of them can be great components if used as decorative material. I love pomegranate for its beautiful red and its small fruits, nuts/hazelnuts, grapes, chestnuts, wild berries. wild pumpkins with weird shapes, persimmons.. Its also a good idea to set up a corner with local handmade foods and a hot apple cider bar or vin brule ( tipical italian warm wine) to warm up your guests and decorate at the same time.

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Don’t forget to include some fun activities into your wedding day or welcome dinner! Arriving by horse is very romantic, or why not – involve your guests in the harvest or press with your feet the grapes can be a lot of fun!

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At the end this season can give a lot to your wedding day and make it unforgettable as any other season. Play with your childhoods memories and remember how good it was to jump over the dry oak leaves, get hypnotized in front of the new colorful face of the nature, get intrigued by the scent of warm pies and delicious food.. the secret its always to be spontaneous and follow your heart.

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Published on September 9, 2013 | By Elisa | 0 comments

A marriage in Montpellier

There are many weddings to get inspired from – we particularly loved this one for its simplicity of good taste, style and real beauty.  This gorgeous 50′s marriage has been organized in Montpellier – south France – in a location that recalls the retro style that Mary and Armand – the bride and groom – wanted to bring up.

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It really feels like living those times just by having a look at the stunning pictures shoot by Priscilla Guilbaund. Both the reharsal dinner and the wedding are following the same theme – the first in a gorgeous informal way and the wedding itself with an elegant 50′s style.

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Every detail is authentic: a magic spot surrounded by old stones, vintages bikes, the choice to have an old French car, friends in vintage bicycles, berets and pretty dresses, retro dress code for all the guests, a lot of flowers, a creative/fun photo booth vintage corner, a rustic guestbook placed onto an old stones wall..

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A beautiful procession accompanying the couple to bike to the town hall, added a touch of fun to this 50′s style!

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A beautiful “secular ceremony” has been organized  outside – a true celebration of love where family and friendship are the protagonists. Authentic feelings are spotted in every corner.. that’s what I call “love is in the air”.

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Published on August 28, 2013 | By Elisa | 0 comments

Wedding welcome dinners!

Besides the all-important wedding day, there are a few other events surrounding your wedding that will need planning, and they can be just as fun, unforgettable, and beautiful as the big day! One such event, is the rehearsal or welcome dinner. 

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Traditionally held the evening before the wedding, it’s the perfect occasion to introduce all your guests – especially now with families living far apart and more and more wedding guests travelling from some distances. This is the opportunity to welcome everyone, spend some quality time together, thank your loved ones, get acquainted and kick off the festivities one day earlier than the wedding itself!!

Here I have a few planning tips and ideas to get you started:

1 Because it comes right on the heels of the wedding reception, the rehearsal dinner should be less elaborate and more informal, so as not to overshadow the main event. Choose a simple style that reflects you and a table choice that make you feel like “at home”. You can opt for a welcome informal sit down dinner, an interactive dinner pic nic style, a bbq, a pizza party..


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2 Also food and atmosphere should complement that – reflecting a relaxed moment of sharing. The rehearsal dinner is in fact a great opportunity to introduce out-of-town guests to one of your favorite local spots. You could hold your event at one of your preferred date restaurants,  include local products and wine tasting with food itineraries/experiences or have a local food show like an acrobatic pizza chef! Consider also to include some team activities to create your own food.. just to facilitate some interaction and fun moments!!

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3 Choose a theme and play with it! You should involve the 5 senses – getting a costume, have correlated food experiences, decorate accordingly, have games and music that reflect your theme choice and style. For example for a dinner by the beach or by the pool – you should get some vintage swimwear, cushions and carpets to display under the sand with low tables, an ice cream corner.. something very informal, elegant and relaxed.

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4 Get personal and involve friends in silly games, remember good times passed together, have a photo corner to laugh at… Take advantage of the relaxed environment – and enjoy some quality time with your loved ones. The ultimate goal here is to relieve some prewedding tension and make everyone invited feel comfortable with the impending nuptials while not upstaging the big event.

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