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

Eco wedding chic ideas

Ecological weddings are getting more and more popular since our society became exceptionally sensible about the awful impacts that some choices can have on the environment. The good news here is that to overcome those problems we have available plenty of pretty eco friendly solutions for your wedding décor and planning. “Going green” means a lot of things, between them: re-use item you already have, decide on re-cycled materials, opt for km zero solutions, go for seasonal and local, decrease the event’s impact on the planet and of course avoid to waste. To follow, I’ve considered  some key ecological features.

This problem should be seen as a seed of opportunity to be more creative and original with results. There are many ways to do it without sacrificing style or elegance!

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1 The Re- use

Costs add up so quickly when you’re planning your big day. The good news, though, is that you don’t have to purchase brand new items for every single aspect.  By adding repurposed décor you will help the environment by reducing the amount of waste generated; in fact, if you take a look around your home, your wedding planner list of material to hire, stores and flea markets, you’ll be surprised at what you can repurpose into wedding décor with a some creativity!

Re using means to employ recycled stones and metals, as well as ethically sourced diamonds, gems and metals to create unique jewelry, handmade gowns or precious pieces used by your mom to incorporate into your wedding dress, family vintage  pieces, or handmade items are also sustainable options to consider as decorative items.. This will add a unique touch of originality as well as being a green choice. The reality is that you will need plenty of details that you might already have or that you will better hire if you won’t need them after the celebration.

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2 Recycled Materials

Invitations, RSVP cards, seating programs, menus, seating cards, thank you notes, and more can be done with recycled materials. Today the industry offers beautiful and elegant options to reduce resource consumption. Another solution is to go digital: instead of including separate papers for reception cards and maps and directions to the wedding, house all pertinent information on a wedding website.

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3 Go Local

No matter what your budget or theme, putting a little extra thought into both ceremony and reception decor will reduce one-time-use items. Something as simple as reusing ceremony floral arrangements at your reception will eliminate the need to purchase as many flowers. Using your location and the season for inspiration will provide you with a number of natural, cost-saving decor ideas such as collecting shells from a nearby beach for a summer celebration, using local fruit and veggies as decoration for your table, opt for favors produced in the area where you will held your wedding..

A lot of times we ask for flowers that are imported because out of season – and so they are sprayed with pesticides.. Using local, seasonal and organic flowers, lowers fuel consumption and is often less costly than ordering exotic species, which must be shipped. Plus another “green idea” is to have succulents or seeds that can be replanted afterwards as favor idea or complementing your bouquet and table décor.

The same when talking about the food. No matter how you choose to design your menu, using in-season local and/or organic foods will decrease the carbon footprint of your meal while supporting the local economy. When available, providing wine, beer, and other beverages made in the area adds some local flavor.

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Then we could talk about transport, honeymoon, gifts, photos… but the meaning here is that every green choice, even if small, makes a big difference. Get inspired by nature, don-t waste her simple beauty. Because the more tuned in you are to the mind of nature, the more you have access to its infinite, unbounded creativity.

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Published on November 21, 2013 | By Elisa | 0 comments

The wedding getting ready process: what to wear, outfit ideas

On our last post we spoke about how significant are photos to us.. that’s why today I would like to highlight the importance of choosing a proper outfit to wear during the getting ready part of your wedding day..

You wouldn’t think it would make that big of a difference what you and your girls wear while getting your hair & makeup done, but it really does. Your photographer will be around shooting heaps of pictures and focusing on pretty details and moments.. So, what are you going to wear? In the past, an old button-down shirt from your closet was the go-to, but, it is your wedding day and you should treat yourself, feeling luxurious and comfy in your pretty robe.

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Imagine looking back on your photos and seeing totally unmatched styles and colors, old unflattering clothes, stains or dirty shoes.. That’s why we really encourage all brides to invest in beautiful robes, and to involve your bridesmaids to do the same. Getting ready is one of the best parts of the wedding day, and those moments should give you the best possible photos!

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So first, plan what you and your bridesmaids will wear. Surf around few stores and find a beautiful outfit. Opt for robes: they are usually made of sumptuous fabrics, are handcrafted with femininity, and are perfect for wrapping around you while getting ready for the wedding. A vigrx plus wikipedia good elegant choice is to have lacy wraps for the bride and silk ones for the bridesmaids. Remember to choose a strappy dress for don’t mess up your do’s and to wear comfy flip flops or shoes.

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If instead you prefer a more informal look, choose personalized shirts or a zip-up hoodie, they are always good pick too!

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Then choose your wedding colors, or opt for each girls’ favorite one as a gift to them. The color palette will have a great impact on photos!

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Think also about the possibility of getting some personalized work on those outfits. Something funny, the names of your brides or better write down an adjective that describes their roles on your life… this little detail will make the difference in the end result of your wedding album. Plus, you can definitely re-use them!

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Last, remember to take few minutes to pose all together in your robes with hair and makeup done: this will be a special memory later on down the road, and you will never regret having too many photos once your day is over..

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Published on November 11, 2013 | By Elisa | 0 comments

Creative wedding photo album display

Photos are fair reproductions of what we call reality but certainly they hold a deeper value to us. They embrace emotions, a specific life experience, they capture details we don’t notice even if we are the protagonist of that same picture.. And, most importantly, they let us dream. Our mind starts spinning around, jumping into our memories, going beyond the present, hitting the past and the future at the same time, re-living specific moments.. and inevitably, when they are meaningful, they knock at the most sensitive side of our soul.

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The little details captured on fotogram’s can drive us  to experience intensely with just the power of the imagination.. that’s why the photo album is one of the most important items to take care of after your wedding celebration.

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Having an official-elegant photo album is a must; but what it is also mandatory, is to have a creative photo display into your new house. Choose a wall/a piece of furniture or some original display and design some inspired photos arrangement that will exhibit your favorite and most special wedding memories.

I love this idea because hcg diet blog you can present your wedding shots without running into the whole photo album and it is a great way to decorate a corner of your house. Going through your wedding photos with someone else means stepping into your love story – you will see it from a different point of view.. Use original items and choose unique solutions. The choice of precious materials, vintage furnitures or some artifact can help in make it special. To follow, I’ve collected some images to get inspired from.

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The word “photo” stands for “drawing with light” – which despite its technical meaning – indicates that it captures your soul, your happiness, and portrays your unique story.

Love has its own voice – and a simple photograph can tell more than thousands of words.

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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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