There is just something about walking down the aisle at sunset that increases the romantic "wow" factor of a wedding. We allow the sunset to take center stage in this blog post to give you ideas for a sunset themed wedding. Allow the natural ombre of the sky at dusk to inspire your color palette. The palette may vary depending on if you are in an isolated tropical location with an ocean backdrop, or a busy urban area dotted with buildings and city lights. Either way, your silhouettes walking town the aisle will complement the colors created as the sun dips beneath the ground.
After a day of cloud and wind and rain
What better way to give your bridesmaids free reign on their gowns than to just give them the palette? Provide your 'maids with a color palette and let them pick the best style that complements them the most. The result? A (happy) sunset hued bridal party--make sure to give the grooms a bit more direction and select their bowties for them!
From the cake to the flowers and decor, the sunset continues to be a common theme. We never tire of an ombre floral aisle. Get creative with your cake. Do you like the color spectrum of rich golds and reds, or do you lean towards purples and blues? Whatever colors in the sunset inspire you most can provide direction in your color palette.
The best part about a sunset inspired wedding? Riding off into the sunset as a married couple!
This blog post goes out to all of the single ladies in the bridal party who truly help make the wedding experience divine for their bride! At Divine Diva Events, we have years of experience in coordinating flawless events. One of the hints that we have gleaned over the years is that when there is a happy, supportive bridal party, then no matter what crisis occurs on the day of, everyone will come out smiling. (Happy Bridesmaids=Happy Bride!)
Yes, we know—it is all about the bride on her special day—but that doesn't mean that the single ladies in the bridal party can’t enjoy themselves along the way!
The best way to make the experience enjoyable for both the bride and her ‘maids is to set the stage with a fabulous Bachelorette Party.
While the spectrum can run the gamut—from a relaxing brunch at the maid of honor’s home, all the way to a wild night in Vegas which would make Beyoncé blush—it is important to somehow pay homage to the sisterhood with a Bachelorette Party. This right of passage doesn't have to include male strippers or a night of debauchery, but it is a way to celebrate the path that you have been on together--which is about to end for the bride. Below are a few fun ideas for how to celebrate, from decor to planning. If you would like assitance planning yoru soiree, just let The Diva know!
A Ladies Tea
For the ladies who want to keep it classy, but add a little something out of the ordinary, a formal English Tea is always an exceptional option. The ladies are encouraged to wear glamorous hats, prim gowns, and of course fabulous shoes. This Bachelorette party screams elegance and something out of the norm. (See below for romantic Tea Party ideas by Inspired by This.)
Mimosa Bar & Brunch
A Mimosa Bar and Brunch is fabulous option for an intimate gathering where you also want to have a little fun! Want to make it special? Hire a small Jazz band to create a stylish ambiance. You can also invite a designer or boutique owner to bring clothing/jewelry to the brunch for a private shopping event. Check out our blog on creating the perfect Mimosa Bar.
For the champagne and wine lovers, this is the ultimate reprieve from the norm. Rent a limo to take the entourage of ladies to wineries. If you aren't near any wineries, you could also host a wine and cheese tasting party at your home or local wine bar.
Who are we kidding? Every lady loves a day of pampering! One can either select a spa to host the Bachelorette Party at, or have a relaxing Spa Day at someone’s home. This party gets bonus points for how fabulous everyone looks after the party! (Need inspiration? Just let us know and we can assist with the planning and pampering!)
Viva la Diva in Las Vegas!
If the pack of Divas is more interested in having a wild night and creating memories instead of reminiscing about them, then we of course recommend a quick trip to Sin City. We have plenty of ways to create a classy night for you all though with our concierge service, just contact us today!
There is something so special about receiving a letter in the mail. When it happens to be a beautiful invitation to a wedding, it is even more exciting!
The invitation is the very first glimpse that guests will have of the splendor that is to be your wedding day.
It is likely the first decision that couples make together about their wedding. Selecting the invitation encourages couples to decide on their color palette, theme, and style for the wedding. The invitation should be a reflection of the decor and overall feeling that they hope to evoke on the big day.
One way to do this is through color. A bold color choice will be sure to set the tone for the entire wedding.
Some couples may opt to go the DIY route. This works well if the you are artistic and crafty. It also helps if it goes well with the theme of the wedding. For example, a rustic wedding is complemented by crafted cards wrapped in twine, similar to the image below.
Letterpress or unique printing always add a luxe touch with a sense of formality. We adore these invites. While more inexpensive, guests will not be disappointed with letterpress and other uniquely printed invites.
Push the envelope! Gone are the days when you needed to keep invitations traditional. Now you can think outside the box and do something to WOW guests.
We hope that these invites give you plenty of good ideas for your wedding!
When you first got engaged, what did you do? After saying yes, and calling your close family and friends, that is? Did you perhaps share it with 1000 of your other closest friends on Facebook? Social media permeates most every aspect of our lives. So how is it used to complement something as intimate as a wedding, and not overpower it? From the planning stages, and throughout your big day, until forever after, there are ways to use social media to enhance the experience.
The Planning Stages
When you are alone, and giddy in your bed until 2am planning your wedding, you need guidance. Your fiancé and your friends are probably not as excited as you are about the wedding this late at night (or early in the morning depending on your perspective). Our recommendation? Pinterest! Unless you've been living under a rock for the past few years, you likely have at least heard of Pinterest--if not already actively pinning! With Pinterest, you can create an inspiration board for your wedding. This will help you succinctly refine and share your vision with your wedding planner, wedding vendors and wedding party. It will also expose you to fashion, color palettes, and ideas that you had never thought of before for your big day.
We are traditionalists and still believe in sending paper invitations! But some couples may opt to send invitations via email, and/or keep their guests informed about details via a wedding website. For example, Mywedding.com is a free and user-friendly site where you can create your own website.
During the Ceremony
Don't encourage people (least of all the bride and groom) to take pictures, talk on the cell, or text during the ceremony. Having a stylish and prominent sign in the foyer before the ceremony reminding guests to turn their cell phone off during the ceremony will prevent any distraction. There will be a professional photographer there to capture the ceremony. There will be PLENTY of opportunities for your guest before the ceremony, and afterwards at the reception when your guests can text, Tweet, Instagram and Facebook. But during the ceremony, it is truly all about YOU. (Oh yeah, and your groom!)
That said...after the ceremony, it is a do to take pics and share them via social media! Why? Because many of the important people at your wedding are meeting for the first time. This is a special, shared experience. By creating something like a unique hashtag for Twitter or Instagram, your guests can share images with one another. (And you will likely be too busy to look at them until your honeymoon. Checking out the hash-tagged photos afterwards is half the fun!) Although your professional photographer will snap fabulous pictures, your best friends will get the embarrassing lovely, sweet shots that only someone whose known you since day one can capture!
For the tech savvy, adventurous bride and groom put a GoPro Video Camera in your bouquet. This will make you dizzy while watching it afterwards...but the look on your wild, single bridesmaid when she captures your bouquet? Priceless!
After the Fact...
This is the time you can let loose. It is less formal--you have already given your guests an amazing experience, and you are happily married! Share your images with one another via social media and photo sharing accounts, send thank you emails, and of course post your Honeymoon pics! (We still are going to encourage the traditional, paper "Thank You" cards sent in the mail.)
The Diva recently attended the Love Mexico networking event in Cancun, Mexico for those in the wedding and travel industry. We networked, educated ourselves about new trends, enjoyed the beach, and were inspired! So much so, that we are dedicating this blog to decor, fashion, and menu ideas for a Mexican inspired wedding. Don't be intimidated by having your wedding in a different country. Divine Diva Events has the connections and knowledge for creating your perfect day anywhere in the world.
Whether you are electing to be married on a tropical beach in Mexico, or in a hacienda in the country side, let the location drive your decor. Take advantage of a beautiful beach setting and let the ocean be the focal point as you walk down the sandy aisle lined in petals, or candles if at night. If your ceremony is in a traditional, Catholic church, let us help you find a historic church that will wow your guests and create a memorable moment for you and your partner. Destination weddings, especially in Mexico, can be gorgeously decorated to be luxe and elegant, or can be whimsical and casual.
Are you looking to go barefoot, wear a casual white cotton gown, and have flowers in your hair, or do you prefer a more glam look? The beauty about having a destination wedding is that you are not forced to do anything traditional, if you don't want to! It is important to be mindful of the weather when planning your look, especially if you have an outdoor ceremony. These are the details that DDE can help you with to ensure a flawless day. The latest in bridal trends for tropical destination weddings range from casual elegance to glamorous gowns in bold colors.
MENU & LIBATIONS!
One of the best things about Mexico is their amazing food! Each region in Mexico has different specialties. Whether you have your wedding in the Baja coast and want a fresh and casual fish taco bar, or you are in Oaxaca and want an elegant, coursed meal, highlighting the region's mole dishes, you have many options! Not to mention, the country's exceptional bounty of Tequila. We have many ideas to incorporate the area's food and libations into the theme of your wedding.
Image by Elizabeth van der Bij for Wedding Chicks
We are always on top of what is trending in the industry. One color palette that is influential in both the fashion and bridal industry right now is Rose Gold. There is something so romantic and classic, yet fresh, about this color! We have put together images to inspire you in everything from your bridal fashion, to the menu, to decor!
"Love planted a rose, and the world turned sweet."
-Katharine Lee Bates
Incorporating Rose Gold into the fashion at your wedding can be elaborate, or can be in the tiny details. Whether you just want your bridal party divas with Rose Gold accents, or in sparkly, Rose Gold, sequined dresses, there are many options. Don't let the bride be out-shined though! As the main diva, you can wear a traditional white dress with Rose Gold details, or make a grand entrance in a Rose Gold hued gown. Don't forget about your groom though! There are plenty of masculine ways to incorporate this traditionally romantic, sweet color into his dapper outfit.
Decor is where you can truly get creative with this color palette. From the invitation, to the drink menu, to the flowers, it is time to get Glam! Rose Gold screams opulence while staying romantic and classic. We love the idea of gold leaf champagne cocktails, glittery lights, and sweet roses.
Nothing says “Thank You” to a guest like an amazing Swag Bag! Whether you are hosting an event, a wedding, or a networking social, having guests take away a swag bag is the icing on top of the proverbial cake. We often design and create swag bags for our DDE clients. We have come up with a few hints in how to create the perfect gift bag. These tips will help both the DIY bride and the seasoned event coordinator alike.
Have fun with the theme! The gifts in a bachelorette swag bag will clearly differ from those in a wedding swag bag…that said you should have fun with linking the event to the swag bag. For example, if you are planning an elegant beach wedding, include monogrammed towels with the couple’s name, seashells, and saltwater taffy. If you are planning a risqué bachelorette party, put in garter belts, edible chocolate, mini bottles of champagne. Whatever the theme of your event, carry it through to the swag bag.
Integrate the actual container into the theme. The bag does not need to be an actual bag! We recently attended a garden tea party bridal shower where each guest left with a beautiful flowerpot filled with tea, flower seeds, macaroons, and other delights. If you aren’t feeling as crafty, then purchase plain paper or cotton bags in the color scheme of your event. You can then use décor elements from the event to literally tie in the theme. For example, if you are planning a country chic wedding, use colored twine and wheat stalks to tie and adorn the tops of the bags.
Select the contents with care. This is especially important when you are doing a networking event or bridal show. When you have other businesses that are adding gifts to the bag, limit the paper ads/business cards/postcards to a minimum. No one wants a beautiful bag filled with 50 pieces of paper! If you offer your collaborators the opportunity to add something to the bag, ensure that if they add marketing material that it adds something of value to the bag. For example, instead of just a business card, the business could include a specialty item specific to that area (a bag of coffee if in Seattle, a Ghirardelli chocolate bar if in San Francisco, etc.) then tie the business card onto the gift. This will not only make the bag sought after, but will also improve the chances that the attendee will take a second look at the business card.
See below for more inspiration!
I recently received this lovely thank you from one of our DDE brides. Her accolades reminded how so many people don’t understand the importance of having a professional planner coordinate your wedding. Too often, people are convinced that they will save money by having a friend coordinate day of at no cost, or they are smitten with the DIY craze and have decided to do everything on their own, or they simply think that they have an understanding of the area and don’t need referrals to wedding vendors. Sadly, these are all surefire ways to NOT enjoy one of the most important days of your life. The amazing thank you reminded me of the top four reasons why you need a professional wedding planner to coordinate your wedding.
“…Words cannot express…speechless! I'm not quite sure just how far a thank you can go. After seeing your services at my brother's wedding and hearing about you I knew that you were an awesome planner. I have seen many planners and wasn't impressed. Shortly after my engagement I was fluttered with people requesting to plan my wedding--some for free. I looked online but was shortly overwhelmed. Hiring you to plan and coordinate my wedding was beyond my budget--so I thought. BUT it was the best thing I did. Do people even realize they save more money when they hire a planner? Again, thank you for everything. Everyone was extremely happy that we had a stress free wedding. I received so many compliments.”
Top Four Reasons To Hire A Professional Wedding Planner
Our Network Is Impeccable
We have collaborated with many different vendors throughout our career. We know who makes the best cakes, which florists can get last minute exotic flowers, which venues allow you to have your own caterers, which DJ will get your guests on the dance floor, the list goes on and on. When you hire a wedding planner you get the insider secrets on which vendors you can trust. It will save you time, (no need to hunt through reviews or go seek out different venues), and money, (we help you stay within your budget and work with the vendors directly).
We Are Professionally Trained and Affiliated
We are not your friend who has “planned a few parties”. Our reputation is important to us; it is necessary for our business that our client has a perfect event. We keep abreast of the newest trends. We have crafted our skill, attended yearly conferences, and are a part of professional affiliations. There are repercussions if we do not execute your event perfectly.
We Will Come To Be Like Family, Yet We Are Not Your Family
We are not just the person who executes the schedule on your wedding day. We believe that we are truly like family after spending so much time with you. That said, we are not the bitter friend or cousin who has agreed to deal with the “day of” wedding coordinating, (and resents it!) We are there as your coordinator, first and foremost, to ensure that everything goes off without a hitch. We will be the neutral party diffusing emotional family situations should any arise. We will manage the wedding, (which inevitably involves having to manage the family); you will not have to worry about managing us! You will never have to question our capacity to ensure that your day is perfection. Can you say the same for your cousin, best friend, or friend of a friend?
You Really Do Not Have The Time To Create 500 Personal Favors
We have seen your Pinterest page and we know how much you love planning your wedding and getting inspired by DIY projects. Yet, the reality is that this it your wedding day, and you have a LOT on your mind. The last month prior to your special day should not be spent running around creating centerpieces, making favors, or hand dyeing handkerchiefs for the groomsmen. Leave that all up to us! We will create your vision, while you sit back and enjoy it.
In sum, we adore what we do. We are the happiest when we see you smiling on your wedding day. We eat, breath, sleep, YOUR wedding day. When you hire a professional planner like the Diva, you will be smiling on your wedding day, we guarantee it.
This summer we have attended, hosted and of course planned, many events and weddings. One thing that we always enjoy is the perfect summer cocktail! There is something superbly classic and refreshing about a mimosa—the ideal cocktail for a bridal shower, luncheon or even a daytime wedding. The classic mimosa, champagne with a hint of fresh orange juice, has graduated to unique combinations of champagne and exotic juices, herbs and fruit. We decided to raise our glasses to this special libation in today’s post.
The Classic Mimosa
For the traditionalist, the classic mimosa is the way to go. Whether you set up a simple bar, or have the elixir served to your guests, you truly can’t go wrong with this choice. We prefer the classic to be served in long stemmed flutes to guests as they enter an event. There is something simple and elegant about this.
The Mimosa Bar
This is the perfect way to give your fickle guests the ability to create their very own concoction. Provide elegant glasses, Champagne on ice, 3-5 different types of fruit juice, 3-5 different types of fruit, and fresh cut herbs like mint, rosemary or lavender.
The Pre Stirred Mimosa
For a casual way to serve a large quantity of mimosas to guests, you can pre stir your mimosas. Fill large glass drink dispensers with champagne and your favorite fruit juice with a sign and glasses for guests to serve themselves.
Below is one of our favorite mimosa recipes.
Cheers! The Diva
Blood Orange Mimosa
1 bottle Prosecco
1 1/2 cups fresh blood orange juice
1 tablespoon super-fine granulated sugar
2 tablespoons orange liqueur (recommended: Grand Marnier
Chill bottle of Prosecco. Combine fresh blood orange juice with sugar and orange liqueur in a large measuring cup and stir to combine. Cover and refrigerate until chilled. To serve, pour into the bottom of Champagne glasses and slowly top-off with ice-cold Prosecco.
Sara and Vito are every bit a couple with a rock & roll edge, and a whole lot of sweetness thrown in! Which is why Divine Diva Events chose a dramatic location, Paradise Point Resort & Spa, with the California sunset in the background, mimicking the bold beauty of Sara’s tattoos, and ensured that there would be an elegant dessert bar for guests to add that touch of sweetness. Tattoos and tennis shoes, Swarovski crystals in the sunset as they said their vows, a menu with candy inspired flavors throughout, and a whole lot of dancing to their favorite music was the spirit of the evening.
Images are by the talented team at Melissa McClure Photography, (All Rights Reserved). (Makeup by Beauty Ever After.)
The gorgeous cake was by Edelweiss Bakery. Florals by Embellishmint Floral brought together the toughness and sweetness that the couple embrace. The favors were of course candy inspired, as was the dessert bar, with an emphasis on their favorite sweets: cookies. The couple’s love for all things sweet is a mutual passion that initially sparked their interest in one another, as was their love of music.
The Diva herself wishes them many sweet years together as they dance off into the sunset.
LaShawn Denise Witt, Founder of DDE
La Shawn is Founder, Head Diva and Coordinator Extraordinaire of events and weddings at DDE. Stay linked to all that fresh and luxe in the bridal industry by following DDE's blog.