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The Best Gifts For Your Bridesmaid’s

It’s important to make sure you make your bridesmaids feel special on your wedding day! They have planned showers, a bachelorette party and have been there for moral support. Your bride tribe is constantly ensuring your day goes off without a hitch. You can say “thank you” a million times, but it’s still important to take time to think of thoughtful and personal gifts for your bridesmaids so they feel just as special as they have made you feel through the months of wedding planning.

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Grooms Guide to Wedding Prep

There are huge details that go into planning a wedding; the venue, your theme or color scheme, the music, the flowers… the list goes on. With so much going into planning such an important life event, the groom tends to leave getting ready until the last minute. It’s true, he has a lot less to think about than a bride does, but it’s his day too, so we’ve come up with a short list to make preparing for the wedding a breeze for him.

Prepping your skin

Just like styling your hair, your skin and facial hair shouldn’t be an afterthought and shouldn’t be much of a change from what you normally do. Regularly washing and moisturizing your face is enough to get healthy skin and keep any spots at bay. However, if you have problem areas, feel free to see a dermatologist at least a month before the wedding, and they can give you professional guidance on how to handle your breakouts.

When it comes to styling your facial hair, stick with your usual style. You will feel most comfortable and confident when you feel most like yourself, and facial hair can be a defining characteristic. If you rock a beard, make sure it’s trimmed and styled neatly. There’s a ton of products on the market to help you achieve a perfectly groomed beard or mustache. If you want to go for a clean shaven look, ensure you’re using a new razor and quality shaving products. This way, you will get a soft face that’s free of nicks and bumps.

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Chateau Selah ~ Breathtaking Wedding Venue

The ladies at Shay Brown Events, had the privilege to experience  Chateau Selah last week and what a wonderful time we had with the ladies of the Chateau ~ Ivette, Leah and Amanda…

Nestled in the mountains, this East Tennessee Wedding Venue is one that you must add to your list when searching for the perfect  wedding venue.  It has all of the feels… Spectacular View,  On Site Housing, Ceremony Location that is Breathtaking, Outdoor Tavern for your Reception, In House Chef for private Dinners, Array of Outdoor Activities for you to enjoy (hint, they have a helicopter, what..) Amazing list of Preferred Vendors that will create the Wedding of your Dreams!  So make an appointment today….

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Wedding Invitation Trends for 2018 ~

Wedding Invitation Trends 2018

If you like most couples, you want your wedding to be unique, personal, and a memorable experience for your guests. The first glimpse of your wedding if your wedding invitations. You want to be sure to the tone, theme, and overall feel of your wedding from the moment your guests open their mailbox. Below are my choices for the top five wedding invitation trends 2018! I was also asked for my predictions in the International Wedding Trend Report. It is a fabulous resource for your upcoming wedding. The stationery trends are on pages 48 – 51 if you want to flip ahead like I did. It is free to download!

Watercolor Invitations

Watercolor wedding invitations take so many different styles. It can be a landscape of your childhood home, a sketch of your wedding venue, or light flowers. This invitation has the flowers from the bride’s bouquet and is worked into the invitation with the envelope liner and a pretty vellum belly band.

From the International Wedding Trend Report

Wedding Theme Trends

With all of my upcoming clients, they are trending away from a set theme per se. Where in years past, I’d see lots of “rustic barn with an elegant feel” or specific themes like “1920’s Great Gatsby”, couples are trending towards a feeling or overall look to the wedding. We’ll be seeing lots of Elegant and Opulant.

Laser Cut Acrylic Invitations

Laser invitations have been popular for a few years and I don’t see any stop to that. (You can see my top acrylic invitations here) The acrylic is taking a new shape and look this year. This invitation is layered with hi-shine metallic gold and then laser cut. The flowers in the design are directly from the bride’s wedding dress.

Hand Drawn Wedding Invitations

Unique and personal invitations go to another level with a hand-drawn invitation. Dawn and Kevin are self-proclaimed “geeks”. Inspired by a poster in their home, I suggested a drawing of the two of them looking up at the sky. When Dawn asked if their FIVE cats could be around them. My answer was, of course! Guests from their wedding raved and raved about the uniqueness of their invitations.

Velvet Wedding Invitation Trends

I started working with velvet a few years ago. (You can see those invitations herehere, and here). Now you see it all over the red carpet, in table linens, and ribbons. Adriann wanted the texture of the velvet with a flower pattern to match her wedding dress. Made as a panel style, there is a velvet pocket on the back for the inserts!

From the International Wedding Trend Report:

Colour Predictions for 2018 Stationery

Jewel tones, but in more muted tones. I’m seeing lots of lavender, dusty rose, slate blue, sage green. And of course, they are all still being paired with gold. I think that after years and years of only ivory and blush being the color accent to gold, we’re finally going to see some color coming back.

 Laser Cut Invitations

Laser cut wedding invitations have been popular for years now.  The designs are more intricate and more unique with each year. Jennifer and George’s wedding was at their family Greek Orthodox church. Their laser cut belly band is a design inspired by the curtains at the Fillmore Theatre with an Orthodox cross in the center.

Images credit: Rebecca Marie Photography

We here at Shay Brown Events are beyond lucky to work with some of the industries best stationary artist and designers in the nation.  We are always amazed by Tifany Wunschl’s work and our clients have been wowed by her talent and professionalism.  We hope you will reach out to her for your invitations.  We know, We Will!

Tifany Wunschl
owner, lead designer, insatiable foodie at Gourmet Invitations

 586.201.3120 

 www.gourmetinvitations.com   ~ # InvitationsYouKeep

 

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3 Ways to Find the Warmth in Your Winter Wedding

Winter is often considered an off season for weddings. From unpredictable snowfall to setting a date during the holiday season, the qualities of winter that can make for a great wedding are often overlooked. Just because it might be cold outside, doesn’t mean your wedding can’t be warm and romantic. I believe you can make your winter wedding warm, cozy and inviting for guests using these three simple tips.

Wedding Trends

Winter Color Schemes

Incorporating the right color into your wedding is a great way to make your guests feel warm and welcome. The colors of your wedding can be used in the small details of floral arrangements, or even in more grand and obvious ways, like the wedding party attire. Navy and Marsala, for example, is a great color combination for a winter wedding. Marsala is warm and elegant, and using this color as the foundation of your bridesmaid dresses will make your bridesmaids stand out against snowy scenery in wedding photos. Let these marsala-toned dresses from Weddington Way inspire you! If you’re looking for a stylish tuxedo rental for your groomsmen, I recommend the color navy. Navy is just as timeless and classic as a black tuxedo and compliments Marsala effortlessly. The Black Tux is a top pick among groomsmen for finding quality tux rentals online in a variety of colors.

Warm Cocktails

Equip your guests with mugs and surprise them with fun and delicious cocktails to warm them up. Mulled wine, irish coffees and hot toddy’s are crowd favorites when it comes to keeping your wedding fun and guests engaged. I recommend a hot chocolate bar for guests to make their own beverages as they mingle together. Be creative with candy and nut toppings and offer different liquors for guests to give their drinks a sweet and spiked twist.

Wedding Venue

Choosing the right venue is crucial for a winter wedding. The way your decor is displayed and flows together really depends on the venue that you choose. You can choose to keep the theme of your wedding rustic and charming by holding your wedding in a ski lodge tucked within the mountains. Or if you would like to keep things more elegant and sophisticated, hold your wedding at a polished and dignified stone castle. Cozy fireplaces and beautifully arranged wedding candle decor will set an ambiance to the venue’s atmosphere. Provide small seating areas for guests to gather for intimate conversation or choose a venue with large windows to admire the snow-covered scenery outside.

Winter can be one of the most beautiful seasons to get married in. Choosing the right colors, reception options, and venue are a few of the ways you can make your wedding warm and inviting. Use the season’s beautiful and unique traits to make your special day one of a kind. What would you do to bring a feeling of warmth to your winter wedding?

Check Back for more trends and insight next month… xoxo The SBE Team