The Dinner Reception was held under a beautiful twinkle lit canopy with a grouping of crystal chandeliers suspended over the head table. Guests sat at a mixture of farm tables and round tables detailed with chic tabletop accents to make guests “ohh and ahh”. Each guest had a fresh bread flute waiting for them at their place. It came in a bakery bag that had the menu for the evening printed on it. A sprig of fresh lavender was tucked into each napkin that was placed on a mixture of different charger plates.
The evening was a celebration that never stopped. With the dance floor filled all night long… Karen and Fraser had the wedding they had always dreamed about. A grand dessert presentation was set on the outside porch, along with coffee and hot chocolate being served. Everyone enjoyed each and every surprise along the way and were so sad when the evening was over.
Photo Credit: Laurie Bailey
As seen in the Fall issue of Inside Weddings on newsstands on or before September 30!
Invitations are the introduction to your wedding and should reflect the theme, scheme and style of your Big Day. We know “invitation etiquette” can be daunting, so we are sharing our FAQ’s.
Q: If the Bride’s parents are throwing the wedding, how can I honor the Groom’s parents on the invitation?
A: If the parents of the Bride are hosting, then their names go on the top of the invitation, and the Groom’s parents will be recognized after his name…
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Jones
Request the Pleasure of Your Company
at the Marriage of Their Daughter
John Bradley Richards
son of Mr. and Mrs. Evan Richards
Q: What should I include in a “More Information” or enclosure card?
A: I would create a Hotel Accommodation card, offering 3 different hotel choices at 3 different price levels.
I would also create a separate card for guests invited to the weekend activities, i.e. Rehearsal Dinner and After-Wedding Brunch
Q: Does the Rehearsal Dinner information belong in my invitation suite?
A: Rehearsal Dinner information can be put on a separate “Weekend Activities” card in the invitation envelope. Make sure to write whom the dinner hosted by.
You can also have the Parents of the Groom, or whoever is hosting the dinner, send out a separate invitation independently.
Q: Do I Include my registry information in the invitation suite?
A: I NEVER recommend that. Registry information on the Save the Date is much more appropriate.
Q: How do I know what stamps to use?
A: I like to use personalized stamps for all invitations. You can use a photo, or use your font and wedding colors to stylize your stamp. Zazzle.com has great options!
Q: How do I know what size stamps to get?
A: Think larger for larger invitations and smaller for return envelopes. Make certain to take an assembled sample invitation to the post office to weigh it before ordering stamps.
Clearly no one loves detailing a wedding more then we do. However, we are the first to admit, it’s not JUST about the details that make your Big Day memorable. Personalizing your wedding is another way to create a one of a kind event!
These are my top 5 tips to make your wedding day your own.
1. Instead of a traditional photo booth, display a step-and-repeat with your names and/or monogram for guests to take pictures in front of.
2. Serve a specialty cocktail. Add personalized napkins, color-schemed straws, or stir sticks for a special touch.
3. Include your monogram on paper goods, your wedding cake and/or the dance floor.
4. Create “surprise entertainment” by coordinating a dance or song with your Groom or Bridal Party.
5. Showcase a personalized cake topper that highlights your favorite hobby as a couple.
This was a very special Bar Mitzvah at the Brentwood Country Club for 300 guests including 150 of the birthday boy’s friends. The colors for the bash were blue and orange with mirror and silver accents.
To keep with our contemporary masculine design, we decided to use as few flowers as possible and included more objects into the design with clean lines and geometric patterns. The centerpieces for the table consisted of three heights of mirrored vases filled with orange crystals illuminated with light up rocks underneath. We wanted the guests to feel like they were in their very own Vegas Club for kids! The kids had a game room with casino tables, a Photo Booth and a temporary tattoo artists while the adults treated themselves to signature cocktails.
Someone’s in the Kitchen served up some tasty appetizer specials! Food stations were set up to serve Pinks Hot Dogs, Baby Bad Ass Burgers, catering from Brentwood Country Club and Somone’s in the Kitchen. All of the servers wore inital shirts for the birthday boy! As we like to say, it’s all in the details!
The halo dance floor was surrounded by white tufted lounge furniture and light up tables. Chevron cocktail tables also lines the dance floor where guests dances all night long with their blinking rings and hats! The Fry Girl Truck also made a late night stop for midnight snacks. This was a night to remember for all!! Thank you for the gorgeous photos, Curtis Dahl Photography.
Our bride decided that she wanted the design of her bridal showered to be inspired by the love detailed vintage pink and gold design, made up of etched gold glass and sweet pink details including florals from Hidden Garden. She loved the idea of having a vintage inspired, feminine wedding shower at the Brentwood Country Club. The day began with a champagne bar outside and moved indoors for a delicious lunch. The bride’s 30 guests were seated at one long table with farm chairs. We hope you enjoy the tips below on detailing your bridal shower!
The guest’s escort cards doubled as take home favors. We used the bride’s favorite Voluspa candles in organza bags.
We layered floral containers on gold vanity trays and added strands of pearls to elevate the vintage look.
A vintage inspired pink ceramic flower was used in lieu of a napkin ring. Guests could also take these home as a special gift.
Cupcakes were placed on pink glass cake stands mixed with candy-filled apothecary jars add a wow factor.
Guests were served cotton candy, the bride’s favorite childhood dessert, and a heart shaped brownie.
After the lunch and presents were finished the Groom came to surprise his Bride for an entertaining couple’s game.
Congratulations to the bride-to-be!
It’s no secret that we love a spectacular wedding cake at Linda Howard Events! Ari & Rebecca’s two night wedding celebration included three show-stopping cakes. Our bride wanted her first wedding cake to match the modern feeling at Nobu, Malibu so she went with a square design to make the look cohesive. She also loved orchids so we wanted to incorporate the orchids into the cake design to play off the centerpieces and her bouquet. We added their monogram from their invitations to the second tier and created a fondant gold ribbon around each layer.
The couple’s second cake was the “wow factor” for guests walking in the door of the Avalon Theater for “night two” of their celebration. The 9-tier wedding cake, carved out of ice, stood 8 feet tall- again, displaying their monogram. The cake was draped with a lush garland of real orchids.
For the third cake, the bride and groom wanted to go “out of the box.” The happy couple had just bought a home together, so making an edible replica of their new home was the perfect idea! The guests were blown away… and as much as they loved seeing it— they loved eating it!
Virtual design package for one to love detailed
Digital pinboard of your wedding reception design, including your stationery suite, escort card, floral arrangements, place setting, table décor, dessert bar and party favor
Access to shop the products shown in your pinboard
Tools and tips to implement your design
Linda’s exclusive countdown calendar and monthly to-do reminder emails
From the article,
“I have a friend who is planning a wedding with a new website called Love Detailed. It’s a clever and inexpensive alternative to a wedding planner that starts off with the bride-to-be answering a short questionnaire. Based on the answers, Dana and Brooke, the girls behind the site, will generate a wedding design package in the form of a story board which includes pictures of everything from reception ideas to dress designs. The best part is that they will make sure all the inspiration photos are shoppable, so you’re not just lusting after a gorgeous image.” - Adrianna Barrionuevo, associate fashion credits editor