Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Your Guide To Galentine's Day

FEBRUARY!?!! How'd that happen? This year is already flying by!! That means Valentine's Day is just around the corner! Instead of stressing about the traditional Valentine's day, why not throw a Galentine's Day party for you and your girlfriends!! Whether you're hosting a besties brunch or a festive dinner party, we have you covered with these simple tips.

Spread the word

Photo courtesy of Joseph Laurin via The Beauty Pin


Spread the word by passing out some cute invitations! Your invites will be the first impression of the party, so don't hesitate to get a little crafty! Use some glitter or confetti and a bold font catch your friends eye! Be sure to include all vital information, such as the obvious time and place but also include what your friends should wear and bring! Don't forget the most important detail of Galentine's Day... Girls Only!! 

Decorate 

Photos courtesy of Jeff Mindel via Balloon TimeStyle Me Pretty and Monica Wang via The Glitter Guide

Fill the room with pops of pinks and purples... it is Galentine's Day after all! Stream the walls with sparkly garland or scatter these DIY conversation heart balloons around the room. Be sure to set the table with eye catching floral arrangements and don't be afraid to light some candles. 




Treat Yourself


Cue the cookies, cupcakes and cake pops! Treat your friends to snacks you can decorate together by setting up a dessert bar full of pretty pink icing and sprinkles! 


Pop the bubbly! What could go better with your sweet treats other than a glass of Rosé or a pretty-in-pink cocktail? Add festive garnishes to each glass to top it off! 



Party Favors 

Photo courtesy of Pop Sugar

Send your girlfriends home with a gift that will pamper like a DIY spa kit! We love this one from Pop Sugar . They will love getting to unwind after a long day and treat themselves to something so indulging! 





Friday, December 9, 2016

For The Foodie

Dear Bride-To-Be,
The holidays are quickly approaching, and while that may be
most people’s favorite time of the year, here at Soirées we are
counting down the days to the summer wedding season! With
our calendar filling up, we started looking for ways to make
each wedding special and set apart from all the rest. While
showing your own personal flair with décor, flowers, and
color schemes are great ways to make your wedding day
reflect who you are, we have found a few great ways to
make the food a part of the experience as well!



1.) Comfort Foods
-What better way to greet your guest during
cocktail hour than to have a few foods that’s sure to
make every guest reminiscent of their childhood favorites.
Try serving tomato bisque in a small glass
 with a grilled cheese garnish. Or everyone’s summer favorite-
fruit salad with a fresh sprig of mint!



















2.) Edible Escort Cards
-Why not send your guests to their seats with a tasty treat they are sure to enjoy! A cake pop with a small tag including their name and table number will be a cute and unexpected twist to the traditional escort card!

                       














3.)Serve YOUR Favorites!
-Your guests will love getting to know more about you
and your likes and dislikes, so don’t be afraid to serve
your favorite foods! If you are a lover of all things starch,
set up a mashed potato bar where guests can spruce
up their mashed potatoes with all their favorite toppings!
If your groom isn’t a fan of cake, serve ice cream instead
 of a Groom’s Cake! Guests will have so much fun getting
 to indulge in your favorite foods with you!
  
                              












4.) Seasonal Beverages
-Here in the south, we all love sweet tea and lemonade
during the hot summer months! However, serving some fun,
seasonal drinks at your wedding would be a great way to beat
the summer heat in a new and exciting way! A berry sparkler
would be a tasty way to combine summer fruits with club soda
and tea to make a refreshing splash to the wedding beverage norms!

                                           

















5.) Tasty Take-Homes
-Having wedding favors for your guests is such a great way
to show them how much you appreciate them taking the time
to celebrate such a wonderful event in your life. They say the
easiest way to someone’s heart is through their stomach so
why not show your appreciation by sending them home with
a tasty treat! There are tons of ways to personalize candy,
which can be totally fun! But another great idea is to send your
left over cake home with your guests! Placing a piece of cake
in a small box with a personalized sticker is such a cute way
to ensure your delicious cake doesn’t go uneaten!



















We hope these tasty ideas help make your wedding food
reflect who you are all the way from cocktail hour to wedding
favors! Never be afraid to break traditions to allow your
wedding to be uniquely, extraordinarily, and undeniably YOU!

Happy planning!
Soirées












Wednesday, December 9, 2015

The Holiday Bride: Dos and Don'ts


The holidays are such a season filled with love!  Family is together, everyone is filled with joy from the most wonderful time of the year. There are many pros to having your wedding day on a notable holiday, such as Christmas or New Year’s, but there can also be things the holiday bride might need to be aware of when planning her big day.  So on our Wednesday morning meeting, we decided to brainstorm a few tips to help!

Embrace the season.
You are sharing your wedding with a holiday to make it that much more special (and it might even help you remember your anniversary).  Give subtle nods to the season without going overboard and making more about the holiday instead of you.



Bah Humbug
Not to be a Bah Humbug, but note that with the holidays, vendors will be substantially more, so let your budget reflect that.  Also, travel for guests will more expensive.  Give your guests as much time as possible to book flights and hotels with your Save the Dates and invitations.  This will also be reflected in your RSVPs, so expect a lower guest count. Many of your guests will be unable to attend due to holiday parties and Christmas travel.

Stocking Stuffer
The holidays are expensive, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t ways to save! Utilize the décor at the church and incorporate elements already available in the season: winter spices and holiday greens. This will cut your costs as well.  You can also play up the soft lighting with the twinkle lights that are sure to be at ever corner and on every banister! It gives a beautiful ambiance and keeps you from having to buy a 100 votive candles.



Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The DIY Bride

Dear Bride-To-Be,

Your wedding is approaching and the bills seem to be piling up! Stop and take a minute to see where you might to be able to save a little money on your wedding costs. I know it might seem like one more thing to add to an endless list, you might consider taking on a little DIY project for some of your decorations and who knows you may have fun in the process and feel like those decorations reflect your personality. Your wedding day will have that personal touch you can’t find anywhere else. To help ease some of the stress you could even have a weekend get together with all your bridesmaids and make a party out of the project! Then you can use the money elsewhere or towards a nice, relaxing honeymoon.  Let us share a few ideas with you:

At one of our recent weddings, our team decorated the church with numerous succulents that the bride herself planted and grew in recycled beer bottles that she had cut the necks off of to use. So ingenious! So let’s say a bottle of beer is about $3 and the succulent is about $2, you have a $5 decoration right there! Now you may say, “A potted plant as a decoration? No thank you!”  But the DIY project is your personal touch. So if you are an artist- display your artwork; if you are a baker, make your favorite snack as a favor; if you are the socialite, create your own signature drink. Take your idea and run with it! By doing this, not only are you saving money, you are giving your wedding a personal touch that your guests will enjoy, and at the end of the day, you can give away your DIY project, like the potted succulents, as wedding favors (which is exactly what the bride did for this wedding) as a cute memento of your union for family and friends.


Using a board, nails, and white string, the bride created another decoration for her wedding – the soon-to-be couple’s last name in string art. This was displayed on the welcome table and was the first thing guests saw when they walked into the church entry, a simple yet fun decoration.

Finally, the father of the bride stepped in to help with the next decoration that was the star of the event (except the couple of course).

What made these three do-it-yourself decorations so great for this wedding is the fact that the church needed very little decorating, so they added just the right touch to the church and each had a story behind them. There are countless ideas for do-it-yourself wedding projects on Tumblr, Pinterest, and blogs, you just have to find what suits your needs, and the sky is the limit, so give it a try!



Best Wishes,

Soirées

Friday, April 10, 2015

2015 Spring Wedding Trends



           April Showers bring May flowers. It also brings this years spring wedding trends. We have seen        
    five that you will be seeing throughout this season.



            Rose Gold

Move over blushing bride. Rose gold is here to bring the light pink hue to this years wedding. Not only is it a softer take on the bold gold, it pairs with almost all of this seasons color combinations. Think of it as the floral or pastel of metals. It is spring. “Florals for spring? Ground breaking”.  –Devil Wears Prada

Edible Favors

After a long night of dancing the night away, party guests might be ready for a late night snack or maybe something to nibble on while they travel back home the next day. Why not send them home with an edible favor? Maybe you and your significant other love Krispy Kreme donuts? Maybe Moon Pies are your thing? Maybe you really love moon shine and want your guests to have a good time after your wedding. What ever your palate may desire will be perfect take home gift for your guests.

Boho-Glamorous


Every bride should feel like a princess on her wedding day, but why feel like a princess when you can feel like a goddess? This isn’t a spin on your sororitys toga party. This is Aphrodite walking down the aisle to her wedding. There’s nothing simple about this trend as you become one with the earth and have flowers in your hair. It is an effortless looking trend. This trend also transcends outfits and has morphed into an atmosphere. You will see it take many forms from flower-crafted crowns to jewels adorning her fantastically unconventional outfit.





Crafted Drink Stations

These are becoming increasingly popular recently. Guests are now able to enjoy a variety of drink options and the set up of the drinks is usually its own decoration.  You can usually have a variation of teas or lemonade and even a variation of craft beers or the couple's favorite liquor for your guests to enjoy. Bourbon bars have become a trend in itself. Guests enjoy a signature drink or their own creations. 



Calligraphy


Calligraphy displays a sense of patience and style and is also beautiful. Whether its gold lettering on a colored card, black ink against a white paper, or even chalk on a chalkboard, we can’t get enough of calligraphy.  

Friday, April 3, 2015

Spring Blossoms and Wedding Tips: May Flowers Tells All

We are in for a treat today. Mayflowers is telling all in the world of spring flowers! Keep reading for tips, tricks and inspiration for your spring wedding:

At May Flowers we love working with brides and weddings in any season, but we especially love spring weddings because of the variety of flowers available and the fabulous spring color palettes. There are lots of ways to approach choosing wedding flowers, but one of the easiest ways is to start with color. Once you’ve got a color palette determined, your florist can make suggestions about which flowers will fit well with the décor of the venue, the wedding party’s outfits and the overall feel of your wedding.



For a romantic blush and ivory wedding, fluffy flowers like garden roses, hydrangeas, peonies and
ranunculus work fabulously. Adding velvet dusty miller, pink astilbe or silver brunia berries really completes the romantic feel of the bouquet with a little bit of texture. These bouquets work well as tight mounds, but you could also create a looser bouquet and add green or pink hanging amaranthus to give it graceful asymmetry.

One of the best things about spring is a blooming garden. This atmosphere can be recreated with pastel wedding flowers of many different textures. Hydrangeas are always a good option along with roses, anemones, lisianthus, delphinium, and daisies. There are also several options for greenery, like maidenhair or sword fern fronds, eucalyptus, or a salal and ruscus combination. These bouquets often combine lots of different varieties of flowers so they can be on the large side. They are typically looser to create a more fresh-picked feel that can be accentuated by hanging amaranthus, ivy or ferns.

For a brighter and more whimsical bouquet, go for flowers like dahlias, anemones, proteas, roses and ranunculus. These flowers will fit almost any color palette because they come in so many different colors. Good choices for textural flowers or pops of color are yellow billy balls, Dr. Seuss-esque green trick, sweet William and fragrant wax flower. Greenery options include seeded eucalyptus, ferns and salal.

Whether they come in with no specific ideas beyond colors or a whole Pinterest page dedicated to flowers, May Flowers will work together with brides and grooms to create their perfect wedding day. 


Wednesday, March 11, 2015

How to Assemble a Wedding Invitation in 6 Easy Steps

Are you looking at those boxes of your wedding invitations and telling yourself that you need to send them out? You just don’t know where to start. Well here are the steps to assembling a proper wedding invitation:

Step 1: Lay your wedding invitation down with the wording facing up.

Step 2: Place your reception card or order of service card, wording side up, on top of the invitation. If you have a wrap included in the invitation, place under the wrap. 


Step 3: Tuck your response card, wording side up, under its envelope flap and place on top of the reception card.

Step 4: Repeat this process for all other enclosure cards like direction cards and accommodation cards.


Step 5: Place your invitation suite (all wording should face up) inside the inner envelope. Wondering what your inner envelope is for?


Step 6: Place your inner envelope inside the outer mailing envelope with the front of the inner envelope facing you.



Read how to address wedding invitations to learn how to properly address your mailing envelopes.



YOU'RE DONE! 

Just a little added tip for when you start the addressing process. Make a spreadsheet that includes all your guest list in alphabetical order. Also have slots for the following:
  • Name
  • Address
  • Invitation 
  • Addressed 
  • Sent 
  • RSVP
  • Gift
  • Thank You Note
This spreadsheet will help you before and after the wedding!