Monday, March 20, 2017

Top 5 Spring Wedding Trends

Dear Bride-To-Be,

I’m writing you today with a little extra excitement because it’s the first day of SPRING! While everyone loves the gorgeous flowers and warm weather the spring season brings, of coarse here at the Soirées office we are excited because we are in full fledge wedding mode! And we LOVE it! Here are a few things we are looking forward to this spring wedding season!



1.)  Pinks and Yellows and Blues- OH MY!
-While mutes have been the go-to colors in the past for an elegant, romantic wedding, this spring, say hello to color! Using a few pops of bright colors is a great way to wow your guests and give your wedding a little touch of extraordinary!






                Photo by: Our Ampersand Photography 

2.)  Vertical Space- the Perfect Place!
-This spring, look UP! Brides will be taking full advantage of every square inch of their venue! Hanging florals are a gorgeous way to add depth to your wedding design, plus, they are absolutely breathtaking.




                                        Photo by: Andy Baxter Photography

3.)  Enticingly Eclectic
-Can’t choose just one tabletop design? Choose them ALL! This spring, Bride’s will be shying away from the perfectly uniform past and will be moving forward with some organized mayhem! 






4.)  Metallics, Pleases!
-Metallics make a great accent and their versatility make them useful in any design scenario! This spring, metallics are here to stay! Just a little tip- don’t go overboard! A little goes a long way! Using metallic linens at the cake and guest book table should be just enough!




                         Photo by: Cinderella Photography

5.)  Sheer Bliss!
-The most important detail in any wedding is the Bride and her wedding look. This spring, brides may be showing their guests a little something extra… some skin! Sheer dress details this spring are HOT! Illusion necklines, beaded backs, and airy fabrics are perfect for this season!

Follow these tips and you’re sure to have your guests in full Spring Fever!

Happy Planning and Happy Spring!


Soirées

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Spring Break Do’s and Don’t: Bachelorette Party Edition

 Dear Bride-To-Be,

Spring break… one of the best weeks of the year! It’s one of those “holidays” we like to write in our planner with a pretty color and follow it up with stickers, highlighter, and arrows pointing all around it! Planning a Bachelorette Party during Spring Break can be a lot of fun, but we’ve come up with a few do’s and don'ts you may want to keep in mind!





Do: Let your Maid of Honor and Bridesmaids
know a few things you expect for your 
Bachelorette Party. If a stripper is a no-go,
 let the girls know! If wine is a must, 
make sure your girls have plenty in stock!






Don’t: Your Bachelorette Party is meant
 to be a close-knit group of friends you 
feel comfortable enough to let loose with. 
Don’t feel like you have to invite every
 girlfriend you ever made in college!


Do: Capture everything on camera!
 This is your “last fling before the ring” 
so you want to remember every single detail!







Don’t: While the beach can be a super
 fun environment for a girls weekend, 
during Spring Break, you may want to
 shy away from spring break hot spots. 
A less crowded beach can make for a 
classy spot to relax with your girlfriends!






Do: Choosing at least one night to get
dressed up for dinner with the girls will
serve as a great night for lots of fancy drinks
and laughter but can also serve as a great 
photo-op! You can later use these photos as
adorable “thank-you’s” to your bridesmaids!




 

Don’t: A bachelorette party the night 
before your wedding is never a good idea. 
Grabbing a quick drink or snack after your
rehearsal with your bridesmaids can be lots
of fun, just make sure you get a good nights 
rests to avoid tired eyes on your big day!





Your Bachelorette party should be all about YOU!  Don’t be afraid to tell your girlfriends about your dream Bachelorette Party and all YOUR do’s and don’ts! Just make sure you allow them to celebrate you the way they see fit, as well! They may have a few tricks up their sleeves that will knock you off your feet! After all, you chose them as bridesmaids for a reason, so trust them to give you some of the best nights of your life!

Happy Planning!

Soirées

Monday, February 27, 2017

Big City Dreams

Dear Bride-To-Be,

Here in the South, we love a sweet, romantic wedding, but this week we are looking to New York for some big city inspiration! The Soirées team has come up with some great ideas to include your big city dreams in your small town home! 



1.) It’s all about the view.
-When looking for the perfect venue for a New York inspired wedding, focus on the view! New York is known for their incredible roof top weddings with the skyline vistas that will make your heart flutter. Check out a couple of our favorite venues with views to die for!


                                                           Photo by: Bamber Photography

 “Welcome to New York, it’s been waiting for you!”
-Taylor Swift


2.) Velvet Linens.  
-We just received a new batch of linen samples and we were swooning when we saw VELVET! Velvet linens are a gorgeous way to add texture and color to any space while giving your reception an upscale New York flair!

  

“All any girl needs, at any time in history, is simple velvet and basic diamonds.”
-Eva Gabor


3.) Make your gown a showstopper.
-New York, the city where “anything goes”! Use this as the perfect reason to pull out all the stops! Feathers, sequins, and 2-pieces are perfectly acceptable.

                                        Photo by: Cinderella Wedding Photo Company 

“…Yes, you can wear whatever you want… it is your day. You set the rules…”
-Unknown



4.) The perfect pumps.
Along with a head turning dress, every New Yorker loves a good shoe! If you needed an excuse to buy a pair of Louis Vuittan, Jimmy Choo, or Prada pumps, this is it! Everyone knows a pair of shoes can make or break an outfit, so make sure even your shoes turn heads!


                                                                                                  Photo by: Taun Henderson Photography

“A woman with good shoes is never ugly.”
-Coco Chanel


In New York, everything is big and over the top, so don’t be afraid to pull out all the stops! Allow your wedding to show off your big city style. Every crazy, fun, and adventurous, side!

Happy planning!

Soireés

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