Valentine's Inspired Wedding Tips

Though Valentine's day falls on a Thursday this year (about a month away!),  some love birds still choose this day to tie the knot--as a small intimate affair or an elopement. Whether you choose a V Day wedding or one that falls the weekend after, you can add in some extra romance to keep the feeling of Valentine's day alive! Read all about our Valentine's inspired wedding tips.

Red,  pink and an array of hearts will set the mood perfectly for your romantic swoiree- think pink and red floral pomander's, red velvet cake and a tune from the Beatles "All You Need Is Love."

We here at Peony Events also adore using table names instead of numbers--how about 'what marriage means to you both' (Love, Trust, Romance).

Valentine's Inspired Wedding

Top of your details with a pretty cocktail, try chef Michael Schulson's, 'Raspberry Chocolate Kiss Martini',  this is the perfect addition to any Valentine's Day celebration (and a Peony Events favorite!).

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup Mint-Infused Simple Syrup, plus more for rim
  • 3 chocolate cookies, finely crushed, such as Nabisco Famous Wafers
  • 10 raspberries
  • 1/4 cup vodka
  • 2 tablespoons cranberry juice
  • Ice cubes

Directions

  1. Fill a shallow dish with enough simple syrup to just cover the bottom. Place crushed cookies into another shallow dish. Invert a martini glass into simple syrup and then immediately into crushed cookies to coat the rim of the glass.
  2. Place raspberries in a cocktail shaker; crush with a muddler. Add simple syrup and muddle again. Add vodka and cranberry juice; fill shaker with ice. Shake well until chilled. Strain into prepared martini glass. Serve immediately.

Check out our heart-inspired board, we can definitely feel the L-O-V-E in the air-SMOOCHES!

 


Tips For Rainy Day Weddings

Wedding day forecast: RAIN.

We’ve never come across a couple who was wishing for a wedding day filled with rain; however, it’s always a possibility. Instead of stressing about the tears of mother nature, embrace the fact, be prepared and make the best of it. Preparation is good not only for you mentally but also for your wedding party & guests. After all, they do say it's good luck and we all need a little luck..

If you’re having your wedding at an outdoor venue, you most certainly need to have a plan B in place. By having a professional wedding planner to help plan your wedding this plan B will already be in place. You can also utilize the help of a Day of Coordinator to assist on the day of your wedding, as we have plenty of first-hand experience in dealing with rainy day weddings. Check out our tips for rainy day weddings!

{Plan B Updates}

Include a separate inclement weather card. This card goes out with your wedding invitations. If you are planning a wedding during a rainy season then this card is a must have. This card will have information on it pertaining to what the Plan B is. It may be an alternate location along with directions. It can also include a contact phone number to call 24 hours in advance to determine if in fact the plan B will be utilized.

If it’s not during a rainy season, you could have Plan B information put on your welcome letter or on your wedding website.

{Tent Rentals}

Reserve a tent. Most tent rental companies only require a deposit to reserve the tent and you can get the deposit back if you cancel within a few days of the wedding. This gives you the added security in knowing if you need the tent it is on reserve.

{Umbrellas}

If rainy weather is in the forecast have plenty of golf size umbrellas on hand for guests to use during the ceremony if no alternate area can be arranged. Even if you have an alternate indoor/covered location ushers can use umbrellas to escort guests from their vehicles to the

covered area. Purchasing umbrellas in coordinating wedding colors will make for beautiful rainy day wedding photos! {www.bellaumbrella.com} You could also stick umbrellas in drinks to play on the day!

{Rain Boots}

Great bridal party gifts, can always return them if the rain holds off! Your bridesmaids will be so grateful that they do not have to walk through puddles in their heels! Plus, who doesn’t need another pair of cute rubber rain boots! Check out the photo below with the red Hunters, Laura from Billingham Photography, lent her bride these fun and appropriate boots before taking her out for her portrait-we love when photographers offer extra ah-mazing props! Kudos, Laura!

{Rubber Ducks}

Embrace the Rain! Have cute props that you can incorporate into your wedding photos/photo booth such as rubber duckies and toy boats to place in puddles of rain to really reflect that you didn’t let the weather ruin your beautiful day.

{Alternative Photo Plans}

Talk to your photographer and find out alternative, unique places in case your planned outdoor photo sessions have to be re-routed indoors. Take this as an opportunity to be really creative, an art gallery, museum, etc.

tips for rainy day weddings

Photo by: Laura Billingham Photography

 Photo Credit: Vesic Photography

Tips for rainy day weddings

Photo credit: Elizabethannedesigns.com

Photo by: Stark Studio Photography


10 Wedding Gown Trends for Spring 2013

10 Wedding Gown Trends for Spring 2013
Preview the latest bridal trends for spring 2013, as seen on the runway.

1. The first and most dramatic trend for spring 2013 is the colored wedding gowns. The two biggest names for this twist in bridal dresses are Vera Wang & Oscar de le Renta. For the unique bride that likes to stand out.

Wedding gown trends for 2013Oscar de la Renta Spring 2013 Collection

Wedding gown trends for 2013

Vera Wang Spring 2013 Collection

2. The second trend is the cowl neck wedding dresses inspired by the dress Pippa Middleton wore as bridesmaid for the royal wedding, and the designers on this trend are Badgley Mischka and Carolina Herrera. This style is a fresh and sexy alternative to the halter neckline and is flattering to a variety of body types and bust lines.

Carolina Herrera Spring 2013 Collection

Badgley Mischka Spring 2013 Collection

3. The third on my list is the Peplum,  seen on countless fall runways and this has greatly influenced the bridal trend for next year. I love the shape and retro feel a peplum gives a dress like those seen in the Amsale collection.

Amsale Spring 2013 Collection

Amsale

4. The fourth on my list is the Lace wedding dress trends. Beautiful, classic  lace gowns are everywhere. And the designers who are showcasing lace are Amsale, Canadian design label Christos and Rizvani.

Rizvani Spring 2013 Collection

Amsale Spring 2013 Collection

5. Next on the list are the the short dresses, the sexy minis. Perfect for  the girl who wants to make a statement and wear a second dress at her reception. Monique Lhuillier, Reem Acra, Ines di Santo, and Oscar de la Renta love this trend.

Amsale Spring 2013 Collection

Ines di Santo Spring 2013 Collection

6. THE PANTSUIT!  I love this chic bridal look from head to toe from Carolina Herrera. This sexy pantsuit is perfect for a cool urban bride.

Carolina Herrera Spring 2013 Collection

7. The one shoulder dresses are showing more frequent for 2013, from designers such as Carolina Herrera and Amsale, this style looks like it’s here to stay.

Amsale Spring 2013 Collection

8. The eight on my list are the gorgeous embellished gowns, the sparkly dresses adorned with handmade petals, and embellished with Swarovski crystals and sequins. For the glamorous bride. Reflected in designs by Angel Sanchez, Carolina Herrera and Monique Lhuiller!

Monique Lhuillier Spring 2013 Collection

Carolina Herrera Spring 2013 Collection

Angel Sanchez Spring 2013 Collection

9.The black & white wedding dress has been around for a while, but it  just shows this dramatic look will continue until next year.

Alfred Angelo Spring 2013 Collection

10.  The final trend is the gorgeous ball gown wedding dresses, for your inner  Cinderella. Quite lovely, as if you stepped out from a fairytale. For the classic bride, who wants to feel like a princess.

Kenneth Pool Spring 2013 Collection

Ines Di Santo Spring 2013 Collection

What is your favorite trend? We would love to hear! Happy Wedding Wednesday!

xo,
The Peony Events Team