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2012 Spring Bridal Fashion Week

10 May

Ok ladies, those of you who dream of the perfect wedding gown should be excited because 2012 is going to bring you a lot of options!

We are willing to bet you will bring a tear to your mom’s eyes when she sees her little girl all grown up, looking like a princess in one of these ball gowns.

Ball Gowns and dramatic A-Lines have made quite the comeback, and have been featured in many of the most popular designer’s collections such as Vera Wang, Ines Di Santo, Lazaro, Marchesa and so many more.   Also, if you are not afraid to break the mold, you will love the idea of not wearing white on your big day.  Gowns have graced the runway in gray, purple, champagne, pink & even light blue!

Check out some of the top designers, and their beautiful gowns! Remember, that even if your local dress boutique doesn’t carry some of these names, it is helpful to find styles that you like so that you know what you are looking for when you go dress shopping.

It is a good idea to cut out some pictures of dresses and styles you like, and show them to the bridal consultant at the dress shop because it will help her find the perfect gown for you!

Marchesa

2012 Marchesa

Vera Wang
2011 Vera Wang

2011 Vera Wang

Ines Di Santo
2012 Ines Di Danto

Monique Lhuiller
Monique Lhuillier 2012

Lazaro
2012 Lazaro

Alvina Valenta

Kenneth Pool
2012 Kenneth Pool

Pronovias
2012 Pronovias

Alita Graham
2012 Alita Graham

Justin Alexander
2012 Justin Alexander

Don’t forget to check out our Vendor Directory for your local dress shops!

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Style Trend: Manzanita Branches & Wishing Trees

9 May

Wishing trees have become a popular feature of event decor for baby showers and weddings.  Have you ever wondered where the tradition of wishing trees came from?  Some say that it is a Dutch tradition, but we have seen many styles of wishing trees from various cultures for many different reasons aside from weddings. For example, we found that as part of a Lam Tsuen tradition, Wish-makers write their wishes on red paper “josses,” which are offerings dedicated to Chinese deities.

No matter where the tradition comes from, it is a beautiful sight to see a tree filled with thoughts and well-wishes dedicated to your new life as husband and wife!  With so many fun ways to decorate and make it your own, a wishing tree can be a great focal point for your event.  A word of advice is to leave instructions for your guests, so that they know that you would like them to write on the cards and hang it on the tree. 

Whether you are using manzanita branches, or a living tree you should be able to find relatively inexpensive ways to decorate it.  Although if you plan to use crystals, you may want to opt to rent the strings of crystals rather than buying them yourself (they can get pricey!)

We found these photos inspiring!


Manzanita Branches can be painted to match your decor, and you can use them as centerpieces as well.

Many Decor & Event Staging vendors will have wishing trees available to rent, but if you would like to make one yourself here is what you will need.  Most of the materials can be found at your local craft store, or for large amounts of manzanita branches check out this website: Blooms and Branches.  They also have moss, curly willow, votive candles, vases, birch branches & centerpiece kits.

– Large manzanita branch or several small branches, which can be painted to match your decor.  If you are having a more      natural style theme, you won’t need to paint the branches because they are a nice deep red color on their own.
– Paint for the branches
– Glitter, if you would like the tree to really shine!
– Strands of Crystals, (or create your own with fishing wire & crystals or beads.)
– Add flowers or greenery depending on your theme.
– Vase, try to find a sturdy vase with a wide base so that it is less likely to tip over.

Okay now you have created your own wishing tree!

For some great aisle decor ideas, check out this great website Koyal Wholesale.  They have some couture designs for walking down the aisle!

Sources:

Lam Tsuen Tradition ( http://www.com.cuhk.edu.hk/varsity/0003/culture2.htm)
http://www.herecomesthebride.com
http://www.theoaks.com
http://www.cupidsarrow.com

Think Outside The Box ~ Paper Flowers!

6 May

This crafty idea has been around for years, but as more brides get hands-on with their wedding decor we are starting to see paper flowers become very popular.   Create beautiful paper flowers for all kinds of events, or for your own home. You can put your own personal touch into your project by adding different colors & textures, plus you will be saving money on your decor by using paper flowers instead of the real thing! Give your guests something to talk about, and use paper flowers as a favor, write your names & wedding date or your monogram on either the petals or on a leaf.  This memento will last much longer than a live flower and it is unique! We have compiled some photos of various floral designs and have included instructions for creating your own paper flowers!


Inspired Yet?

Check out the master Martha Stewarts paper flower bouquet instructions…

Double Leaf
To make three double leaves, stack tissue in three hues of green. Cut 2-by-3-inch rectangles through all layers; fold in half. Trim tips into points; unfold. Twist each sheet at center. Fold 18-inch floral wire in half, slip over center of leaf, and twist. Fold tips toward each other, and curl.

Long Leaf
Stack tissue in two hues of green. Cut 2-by-3-inch rectangles through both layers. Apply glue along the upper third of a 9-inch piece of floral wire; sandwich between tissue layers. Let dry. Cut a leaf shape. Separate layers of tissue.

Folded Petal
Cut several 1 3/4-by-2 3/4-inch and 1 1/4-by-2-inch rectangles from tissue paper; fold each in half lengthwise; cut one end to be rounded, and twist other end to shape. For the center, roll white tissue paper into a tiny ball; cut out a square from white tissue paper, and wrap it around the ball, twisting tissue at its base. Attach the twisted end of the ball to a piece of floral wire by wrapping with green floral tape; add petals one at a time (start with small petals and end with large ones), taping twisted ends onto floral wire. Trim floral tape; spread out petals.

Bubble Petal
Each bloom requires 12 (or six pairs) stamens attached to floral wire with floral tape and five 4-by-2 1/4-inch pieces of tissue paper. For each petal, wrap tissue halfway around 1 1/2-inch Styrofoam ball, forming a half-sphere; twist ends, and remove ball. Attach one end of a petal to the base of stamen with floral tape. Add the other petals one at a time. Trim pointy ends. Gently pull petals away from center.

Rolled Petal
Cut a 16-by-3 1/2-inch strip of tissue paper; make 2-inch accordion folds. Trim and notch one end of tissue through all layers, as shown; unfold. Insert floral wire into a 1-inch Styrofoam ball; place ball near bottom of tissue strip. Roll tissue around ball; twist bottom. Remove the ball with tweezers. Wrap floral tape around the twisted tissue and wire. Trim the floral tape.

Curly Petal
Cut a 16-by-3 1/2-inch strip of tissue paper; make 2-inch-wide accordion folds. Make 3-inch-deep snips in tissue to create fringe. Wrap unfringed end around floral wire. Secure with floral tape. Run scissors blade along pieces of fringe to curl; fluff.

Read more at Marthastewartweddings.com: Crafted Bouquet

Girls Just Want To Have Fun!

5 May

That’s right girls just want to have fun, and wear pretty dresses of course! So what is better than one beautiful dress on your big day? Two Dresses! Lady Gaga is not the only one allowed to make wardrobe changes, so we say go for it!

Wedding dresses are beautiful bottom line.  However, they are not very comfortable for the most part, so opting for a cocktail dress may save you some unnecessary agony.  Choosing a cocktail dress to change into, shows a little more personality, adds more photo op’s, and you will most likely be able to move a little more freely on the dance floor.

Cocktail dresses can be any style you want, and any color you want!  If cocktail dresses aren’t for you, consider looking at these next dresses as options for your bridesmaids.  It is great for bridesmaids when they get to wear a dress for your wedding that they can wear again!




Bridal Party Fashion

3 May

As a bride you get to choose a few of your closest friends or family members to join your bridal party, and share a special part of your day with you. Part of the fun for both the bride and the bridesmaids, is choosing the bridesmaid dresses.  How can you not have a blast while trying on dresses 3 sizes to small for you in some very unflattering colors! Traditionally all of the bridesmaids will wear the same dress in the same color, and wear matching accessories.  More and More, we are seeing brides choose an alternate route.  Brides are opting for the bridesmaids to either wear varying styles of dresses in the same color, or have them wear any style of dress in a range of similar hues.  These options not only allow each bridesmaid to choose a style that best suits her body style, but it also shows a lot of personality and spunk.  Throw some flashy and colorful heels into the mix for some extra flare.

It is never too early to start thinking details such as your bridal party’s attire. In most cases it takes up to 3 months if not longer, to get your dresses after they have been ordered.  If your wedding falls in the prime wedding months such as April through June, or September through November, there may even be a bit of a delay because the manufacturers may get backed up. Think of colors, and styles that will compliment you and your dress, as well as your overall theme.

Chic One Shoulder dresses are in style right now, as well as gray, metallic, and purple tones.

Brides, if you are racking your brain on what to get your bridesmaids consider picking out matching necklaces or accessories for them to wear.  If you do decide to buy jewelry for your bridesmaids, consider buying jewelry that will stand out from far away and in pictures.

Here are some of the popular designers for Bridesmaid dresses that you should be able to find in your local Wedding Dress Shops.

Alfred Angelo
Davids Bridal
The Dessy Group (After Six, Alfred Sung, Lela Rose, & Cynthia Rowley)
Jessica McClintock
Mori Lee

For help finding local dress shops, check out our Directory!

Style Trend: The Birdcage Veil

29 Apr

As the vintage theme gets more popular, we have started to see more ways to mix the old with the new.  One great vintage piece in particular has caught our eye; the birdcage veil.  Compatible with many different wedding gowns and hairstyles, the bird cage veil is a great accessory for your big day.  Brides, keep in mind that this look also works really well for bridesmaids as well and can be made in any color.

For all of the DIY Brides out there, check out a DIY tutorial for making your own Bird Cage Veil.  Complete with step-by-step directions and photos, you are sure to have no problems creating your perfect Bird Cage Veil.  Click here to read the article on www.weddingchicks.com.

DIY Wedding Favors

28 Apr

Cherry FavorsSure you can pick up just about any wedding catalog and choose from thousands of pre-made wedding favors, but we at The 530 Bride think that the best wedding favors are made by hand and with love! What better way to capture your personality, wedding theme, and the memory of your day than to create a wedding favor that tells a story.
These boxes of fresh cherries, fit perfectly into an outdoor event in the spring or summer time.  They not only have a simple charm, but they feel more personal and thoughtful than something you could order from a catalog.
(Photo: IntimateWeddings.com)

There are so many different interpretations of this idea, so checkout which fruits are in season during your wedding month! Create personal touches like adding your names and wedding date on each box, or a short message to thank your guests.

Mark Your Calendars

26 Apr

The Palms Pavilion in Chico will be having an open house at their beautiful venue, on May 10th, 2011.  The admission is free, and as if that wasn’t exciting enough, each couple will each receive a free engagement photo!  If you have never visited The Palms, check out all of these great amenities included in their wedding package.

AMENITIES:
•   Luxuriously furnished, private bride and groom dressing rooms •   Fully equipped catering kitchen • Air-conditioned and fully lighted pavilion space, accommodating up to 300 guests •   Built-in beverage service bar •   Portable stage with overhead lighting •   Parking spaces for 250 automobiles •   Multiple ceremony spaces throughout the landscaped gardens •   Tiki torches light up evening celebrations •   Koi ponds and fountains provide water features.

Enjoy h’orderves and champagne, while you take in the scenery and  mingle with other engaged couples.  WeDo Designs is the on-site wedding designer, and Rabina Khan along with her team are sure to wow you with their elegant designs and modern innovations to wedding decor.   Many brides watch shows like Platinum Weddings, or My Fair Wedding with David Tutera and feel like those weddings are just a fairytale. Let us assure you that with the right vendors, you can have the Platinum Wedding you have dreamed of without breaking the bank! Check out WeDo Designs, for picture galleries, pricing and available services.


So mark you calendars, and make sure to attend this great Open House at The Palms Pavilion.  May 10th, 2011 from 4 to 7pm.

The Palms Pavilion is located at 2947 Nord Avenue, Chico CA 95973

For more information contact:

Rabina Khan, WeDo Designs
(530) 566 – 7603
2947 Nord Ave
Chico, CA 95973

Style Trend: Peacock Feathers

22 Apr

This year we have seen Peacock Feathers really start to pop up not only in apparel and jewelry but also in the wedding industry. From invitations, centerpieces, and hair accessories to wedding clutch purses & Bridal Bouquets. With all of the beautiful colors in a peacock feather, you have many options for color patterns and accents. Teals, purples, greens and blues you can really make this unique to fit your style.

Below are some of the photos that we have seen the Peacock Feather theme work really well (and yes, you can take the peacock theme too far if you aren’t careful!) Our advice is to keep a cohesive pattern throughout your decor so that everything flows.

Peacock Wedding Stationary

Peacock Wedding Cakes

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Peacock Hair Accessories

Peacock Bouquets & Decor

The moral of this story is to not be afraid to think outside of the box, use creativity, and really show both of your personalities through your decor.  If your Fiance’s favorite color is blue, or green etc and wants to wear a blue vest/dress shirt this is a way to have a fun theme, while coordinating other wedding details like the bridemaid dresses and groomsmen’s attire.

Real Northern California Weddings

21 Apr

Veronica & Daniel
Chico, CA
10.10.10

With all of the planning leading up to my wedding day in October, I had begun to get overwhelmed with all of the details. Eventually, I let myself stop stressing and try to enjoy everything that was happening. I knew my vendors had everything under control so it was time for me to just be a Bride!

Initially I had wanted to hire a wedding coordinator, but I had confidence that I could handle organizing the details myself, and although there were a few rough patches I must say everything went rather smooth!  (Believe me when I say I was far from a DIY Bride)

My theme was black and white damask, with an accent of red. (Oh and of course some bling)  When I booked WeDo Designs, I knew that the owner, Rabina Khan really understood my vision and from samples of her work I knew she would be able to exceed my expectations.

The wedding venue was The Card Center in Chico, which offers an outdoor area for the ceremony as well as indoor reception area with a patio for the cocktail hour.   The Card Center staff provided me with a floor plan of the reception area, and we were able to work on the layout
and plan out how the tables and chairs would be set up.  We also decided we would use floor to ceiling fabric, and up-lighting to really transform the room. See the before and after photos below.

When I met Lisa Hunter of Lisa’s Flor Décor, I was hooked on her artistic creations with flowers and centerpieces. I had so many different pictures of designs I liked, but she was able to choose designs and flowers that were cohesive with my wedding theme. She made sure that the centerpieces were an appropriate height for the room and really accomplished what I had asked of her. I loved that she was willing to mix things up and play with different heights and centerpiece ideas.
When it came to the altar, Lisa brought my vision to life and I couldn’t have been happier with how it turned out.

I really loved our aisle, and Lisa’s Flor Decor made a beautiful Monogrammed “E” covered in Roses.

Speaking of flowers, every bride dreams of walking down the aisle holding her beautiful bouquet! I loved the mix of flowers used in the my bouquet, and the Gerbera Daisy’s had a dark center which matched the bridesmaid dresses.

I wore a Casa Blanca wedding gown and the Bridesmaids wore Black Alfred Angelo gowns with Red Accents.

Daniel wore a black Tuxedo with a White Vest, and the Groomsmen wore Black Tuxedos with Red Accents from Mens Wearhouse.

What is a wedding celebration without appetizers and a delicious dinnner? Leslie with Shelly’s Creative Catering really brought her A game to the wedding and not only was the food amazing but she was also great at keeping the festivities on schedule. The cocktail hour consisted of an open bar, fruits, cheese and crackers, and veggies, followed by a tri-tip and chicken buffet dinner.

Christy, with Christy’s Creations created a cake that tasted amazing and fit perfectly into our theme. It was a three-tierd white cake with fondant.

The photo-booth was a blast, and the photos served as our wedding favors. Chico Photo and Video brought the booth to the reception, provided props and also a cd of the photos for us to be able to see all of the pictures. Having the props really added to the fun, and since there was no limit on how many pictures we could take I think the kids at the wedding probably went in the booth over 20 times!


Tracy with Tracy Lynn Photography captured some great shots, and really made us feel comfortable in front of the camera. She knew I wasn’t a picture person so she really had a challenge on her hands!

Cheers!

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