The New York Times recently talked about artists live-painting your wedding or reception. We love this idea so much! Have you seen or heard of live event painting before? For one of our 2016 weddings, artist Andrea Jackson was hired to paint the event. The couple commissioned Andrea to paint anything that inspired her and she made sure to draw on the couple's passions to complete her final piece of art (above). What a treat and such a unique element of a wedding! Read more about the art Andrea created on the blog.
Martha Stewart Weddings recently did a post on insanely creative seating cards. We're in love with these paint brushes - a colorful, art-themed wedding practically requires a creative escort card like this: paintbrushes dipped in paint, left to dry, and signed with guests names prompted guests to match their brush to the color of the tablecloth at their table.
Photography: Emily Steffen
Looking for a unique wedding favor or welcome box to honor your love of all things French? When we stumbled across these little boxes, we fell in love. C'est magnifique!
The Mini Apéritif Box ($10) and the Tapenade Duo Box ($15) are Bon Appetit Box's newest wedding favor concept. These boxes can be customized with a personal sticker and now feature many local Californian items among the authentic product selection!
The best part is that Bon Appétit was founded by true French folk with a clear understanding of the culture and a rich passion for food. The boxes aim to please the refined palette and introduce adventurous foodies to the purest French gourmet experience this side of the pond.
Color us obsessed!
Lidia and Justin were married in a stunning setting at Cornerstone Sonoma, a beautiful winery in the valley. Her girls wore pastel shades that blended with the setting so gorgeously. Their beautiful photos show off all of the heartfelt details Lidia and Justin incorporated in their special day. The wood signs with gorgeous calligraphy and those incredible, handwritten table runners captured the love of the day so perfectly!
We hear quite often from our clients that they're interested in a simple wedding. There's also an assumption that "simple" means "inexpensive,' because it doesn't include the trappings of many of the more complex wedding decor items. This article on The Huffington Post breaks down what simple really means and how it won't always result in a reduction in cost.
Marigold & Grey just announced a curated gift box partnership with Plum Pretty Sugar - here are some of our favorite bits from the announcement.
Gift One: Designed around a Plum Pretty Sugar robe in their Persimmon Hears Her Wish pattern, we selected a deluxe gift box in crisp white for the gift packaging. Gift contents also include Well-Kept electronic wipes in a feminine botanical print, a bottle of artisan lavender bath salts, Sugarfina Champagne Gummies, a Bijou candle in ceramic floral dish, gold foil calligraphy gift tag with your choice of message. Dried eucalyptus is tucked neatly inside just before each gift box is closed with blush satin ribbon.
Gift Two: Designed around a Plum Pretty Sugar eye mask in blush watercolor motif, we selected a deluxe gift box in crisp white for the gift packaging. Gift contents also include Well-Kept electronic wipes in a feminine botanical print, a bottle of artisan lavender bath salts, Sugarfina Champagne Gummies, a Bijou candle in ceramic floral dish, gold foil calligraphy gift tag with your choice of message. Dried eucalyptus is tucked neatly inside just before each gift box is closed with blush satin ribbon.
Choice of messaging for both can include: “Will You Be My Bridesmaid”, “Thank You for Being my Bridesmaid” or “For the Bride-to-Be”.
Lisa and Chris were married in a stunning setting at the Notre Dame Des Victoires with a fun and festive reception at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco. We loved their rich and royal color scheme and their passion for fun and exciting details. Another unique moment was the dessert bar - can anyone say Ben & Jerry's?
Vogue recently did a fantastic article on Plus-One Wedding Etiquette - here are some of our favorite bits from the article.
As a rule of thumb, only married, engaged, and “serious” couples (say, they’re living together or have been together for a year or more) receive a plus-one.
For the wedding party, rules don’t apply. The rules about cohabitation, dating, and marriage go out the window for your wedding party. Not only does a happy wedding party make a happy couple, but allowing a bridesmaid to bring her new boyfriend, for example, is a small token of appreciation you can offer in exchange for her efforts and support.
Make it easy for singles. Draft a seating plan that fosters a comfortable dynamic for solo guests. For singles, there are fewer things more awkward than being sandwiched between an old married couple or a PDA-heavy pair. But creating a “singles-only” table could give off the impression you’re corralling your single pals. Instead, place them between outgoing and friendly couples who they’ll likely get along with. That’s sure to create a more communal feel to the event, and it’ll help them meet people organically.
Floravere is a new direct-to-consumer bridal brand that will send you up to three dress samples by mail. The idea is that you can try them on in the privacy of your own home and avoid all the pretension of high-end bridal salons. Each “bride box” comes with a measuring tape and dress clips, plus favors like champagne gummy bears if you want to make a thing out of it with your friends or bridal party.
Floravere can make custom dresses up to a size 24. Gowns will arrive between ten and 15 weeks after they’re purchased; to compare, turnaround time for a regular custom gown could take a minimum of six months and require several in-person appointments.
For the Gilmore Girls fans out there, there's even a dress named after Rory Gilmore herself!
Have you seen or heard of live event painting before? For one of our 2016 weddings, artist Andrea Jackson was hired to paint the event. The couple commissioned Andrea to paint anything that inspired her and she made sure to draw on the couple's passions to complete her final piece of art (above). What a treat and such a unique element of a wedding!
More about Andrea: Andrea Jackson spent her childhood in the great woods of Northern Minnesota. Some of her earliest memories were of trees and natural landscapes. These experiences formed the foundations of her deep spiritual love for all natural forms, rhythms, and cycles. After wandering the earth in her 20's and obtaining her BFA in painting, drawing, and design from the University of Iowa, she found herself in Oakland, California. She currently paints from a studio at the Firehouse Art Collective in Berkeley.
Her work focuses on landscapes and experiences from memory to create an intriguing visual space to reconnect the viewer with natural forms. The colorful scenes strive to be meditative with each natural aspect relating to abstract religious and spiritual notions. The mountains are gods, water is life, and the night sky is the realm of the unknown. Van Gogh, Klimt, and many of the Dutch Old Masters inspire her work and techniques.
More about the wedding, from the artist: Jeremy and Talia posted an ad for someone to paint their wedding, and I responded. I've never really heard of live painting before, and was very intrigued by the idea. Since their wedding was an outdoor wedding, and I'm very comfortable with landscapes, I thought I would give it a shot!
They were very open ended and lose in what they wanted which is important for a painter to be able to create a great painting comfortably. We emailed back and forth on what paintings of mine they liked, colors, and their story. I tried to synthesize all this information when I arrived at the venue. While painting many guests came to visit, brought me wine, and was intrigued by the whole process. Many people haven't seen a painting created before. One guest commented it added a creative warmth to the reception.
It worked out fantastic, and is by far one of my favorite paintings! The scene is not a direct representation of what I saw, but a compilation of elements from the venue. I knew Jeremy and Talia cherished mountains and outdoors - he proposed to her on a mountain hike - so I focused on the natural elements around. Because of the time sensitive nature, I had to work quick and lose. This energy is captured in the work and brings it a life and vibrancy that is missed sometimes when I'm working for days in a studio.
I really enjoyed painting their wedding and immortalizing in it paint. I would love to paint other weddings, especially outdoor! Painting an indoor or church wedding would be exciting also to see what would happen.
From the second you get engaged, it seems like everyone has advice to share about planning a wedding. Whether they're currently engaged, happily married, have walked down the aisle more than once, or are totally single, everyone has something to say! And — fair warning — not all of that advice is very good. The best sources for planning advice are the experts themselves, but even wedding planners get an earful of tips you should really forget. We've shared some of the worst wedding planning advice we've ever heard on Brides — and even shared tips on what you should do instead.
Wedding toast givers, we get it: There's a lot of pressure to spin the perfect speech. What should be left out? Read our answer over on Brides regarding seven things that should never make it into a wedding toast.