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2015 Wedding Predictions

By loveandjoie

Welcome to 2015! We can hardly believe that it is already February and so far we are seeing new and exciting changes in our wedding community. From metallics to convertible dresses, 2015 is going to be a fun year for the Joie De Vivre team and our brides. Our friend Christie Dryer at Bridal Tweet has composed a list of wedding predictions for 2015. Checkout some of the fresh changes for the new year!

1. 2015 will be full of bridal hair crowns. “They offer a good mix between traditional and modern while still leaving the bride with a variety of hair styling options. This trend was seen on bridal runways but was very prominent with the designers Ivy and Aster for their 2015 Fall/Autumn bridal runway shows.” – Bride by Vicki Millar.

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2. Metallic shades will be seen in 2015. We won’t be seeing just gold and silver in wedding themes this year, but also copper, brass, and a mix of metals. “Although gold can have a very rustic element to it, using copper accents really supports and enhances the vintage aspect of the “over all theme.” Copper in elements such as invitation fonts, centerpieces, table settings and silverware adds the classic touch to the sentimental, vintage wedding theme trend.” – Ashley Victoria Productions

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3. Vintage-inspired engagement rings. “Many of our customers are looking for a unique piece that tells a story; one that they can then weave into their own story and pass on for generations. That’s why there has been a huge resurgence of interest in vintage-inspired engagement and wedding rings. There is something about that old-world feel of these designs that couples find extremely romantic and if there’s a certain past era you love, you can find a customized piece that reincarnates it to your liking.” – Brilliant Earth

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4. Juliet cap veils. “I am seeing more brides wanting Juliet cap veils. Some want plain and some want bling and they are even DIYing them. They are easy to make and you can do so much with them.” – Southern Charm Weddings

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5. The traditional veils will be traded in for more glamorous details. “They will up the ante with bows, headpieces, braids, and accessories. The best addition we love are the flowers, bows, and other pretty pieces that brides will be trading in for the veils. All brides want to look like themselves when coming down the aisle. However the 2015 bride will be opting in for a focus on the pretty pout. Whether it’s a just bitten kiss, or a bold burgundy lip for the reception, the pout will be perfect.” – TLG Bridal

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6. All about that bass! “Back details are IN, from lace and textured designs on the upper-back, to very low booty-skimming back lines, to hip-hugging figure conscious silhouettes and train detailing. Rock that back, girl, it’s what your wedding guests will be staring at during your ceremony (and don’t forget that that includes your grandmother, so keep it classy)!” – Janay A, Designer at Janay A Eco Bridal, http://www.janay-a.com

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7. Convertible dresses. “Removable Skirts are trending to transition frocks from ceremony to party in a cinch. Many designers are now offering some kind of style that converts from long to short skirt. Expect to see more dress transitions from brides than complete dress changes between ceremony and reception.” – Janay A, Designer at Janay A Eco Bridal, http://www.janay-a.com

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8. “Au Revoir!” rustic weddings. “I see the industry going back to elegance and formality. I think that weddings will become the dignified and elegant events of the past. After all, a wedding is one of the most important days of your life and should be treated with the reverence deserving of such an event.” – Floral Designs by Meta

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9. Off-the-shoulder wedding dresses will be all the rage. “Amal started a hot trend when she married George Clooney and many 2015 brides will follow suit. This truly is an elegant look.” – Christine Dyer, Founder of BridalTweet.com

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10. 2015 will be the year of romance. “Despite a few unconventional ones, most of 2015 couples will want to go back to their childhood and their dreams and look forward to a fairy tale wedding. Any wedding details will suggest a magic setting where their dream turns to reality and remind guests of the romance the couple is sharing. White will dominate 2015 weddings, either accompanied by green or blush or champagne/gold.” – http://www.mgdaeventi.com/homeen

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Xoxo, Joie De Vivre Weddings and Events

What are your predictions for 2015 weddings?

Holiday Party Planning: Eat, Drink, & Be Merry!

By loveandjoie

Eat, Drink, & Be Merry!
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Alright guys, it’s confession time!

WE ARE OBSESSED WITH THE HOLIDAYS AND WE AREN’T AFRAID TO ADMIT IT: During the month of December we love spending our time watching Christmas movie countdowns while wearing our Rudolph slippers. Car Rides, only consisting of the sounds of holiday Music. Our kitchens are filled with the scent of constant Christmas cookie baking….and Oh yes, we go to the mall just to look at the giant Magical Sparkling Christmas Tree!
Does this sound like you? (we just can’t be the only ones!?)

During the month of December we are always on the search for inspiration for our holiday events! Does this still sound like you…

Throwing a holiday party is always fun! Tasty cocktails and a touch of sparkle will always make your party memorable. With a few key ingredients anyone can have a glamorous party for friends and family! With the use of a sequin overlay, emerald glass chargers, and beautifully wrapped ornaments, the details of a magical holiday party will start to come together!

First let’s start with the basics…

Invitations. Figure out how many people you are willing to accommodate and send out invitations with at least two weeks’ notice.

Preparatory measures. If you host parties regularly, it’s worth investing in some simple glassware. you can buy glasses from IKEA and use them every time you have a gathering at your home. They are far classier than plastic cups and less wasteful. I like to dress up basic glasses with striped straws or ribbons. Otherwise, I suggest stocking up on bamboo flatware and taking a cue from some glittery DIY.

Food. I love taking the best parts of childhood parties and translating them into a grown-up context. I usually like to serve finger foods. In fact, I found a cute idea online: Mini grilled cheeses with tomato soup. I bet these are a real crowd pleaser. Finger food is best because it minimizes dirty dishes and the pressure of timing a meal for a large group. Deli platters are usually a hit too. Go to your local deli and put together a nice meat and cheese platter. I always have the butcher slice the meat instead of buying the prepackaged kind because it looks and tastes so much better. If you’re not sure what to serve up in terms of sweets, I suggest setting up a self-serve s’more bar for dessert. It’s another childhood treat that most adults rarely indulge in. And what person isn’t happy with a s’more in hand?

Drinks. If you’re going to have a big group over, I recommend making a batch of cider punch in a punch bowl. In addition to a seasonal drink, I almost always serve a bowl of spiked lemonade as an alternative to the punch. It’s much easier than making one drink at a time and guests can easily serve themselves.

Now for the details…

Decor. Every party needs some sparkle. Try hanging strands of twinkling lights in each room. You can also make dozens of tissue garlands to stream throughout the house. Another easy decoration idea is to fill groupings of glass vases with holiday candies such as candy canes and peppermint pinwheels.

Lighting. Sprinkle the house with candles. It creates a warm, inviting ambience. Place tea lights in mason jars for a lovely glow that’s both safe and beautiful.

Make space. Don’t forget to move extra furniture to the perimeter walls and provide for plenty of seating.

Music. To keep the mood upbeat and festive kick off the night by playing plenty of classic, fun holiday tunes such as “Santa Baby,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “Jingle Bell Rock,” “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Clause” and many more. As the night goes on transition to some fun dance music.

Say cheese! Don’t forget to set up a cute holiday themed photo booth. Click here to snag a few holiday printable photo booth props.

Remember. The key to being a good host is to be prepared, but to not get caught up in everything being perfect. You should enjoy your party. Drinks will spill, food will stain, and things will break… No party is perfect. The most important rule: Make sure you have plenty of food and drinks ready ahead of time and just have fun!

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Tis’ The Season!

XOXO, Joie De Vivre Weddings and Events

Holiday Season Fit Tip: For Our Bride To Be

By loveandjoie

We can’t believe Halloween is already over! If you’re like us, you’ve probably spent your past weekend devouring all of the very tempting Halloween sweets. We love to indulge around the holidays…don’t forget, we are only human. We certainly do not want to completely deny ourselves of grandma’s famous pies. Of course, if you are a bride-to-be, we understand how hard you have been working for that perfect wedding day body. So, gaining 10 pounds in a single holiday weekend is out of the question. In our opinion, counting calories at a holiday dinner takes the fun out of the holiday. Instead, we want to help you enjoy your upcoming holidays while keeping this simple trick in mind. Our friend Lauren Conrad has come up with “The Perfectly Portioned Plate” for the holidays….

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• ½ Vegetables. First, load up on enough healthy greens or veggies so that they take up half of your plate. Salads, green beans, Brussels sprouts, and squash are a few of my
favorites. But keep in mind that too much dressing or butter can turn these healthy sides unhealthy.

• ¼ Protein. Devote one quarter of your plate to a protein like turkey or ham. A 3-ounce serving of turkey is about the size of your fist or a deck of cards.

• ¼ Starches. The remaining fourth of your plate can be made up of starches. This includes stuffing, rolls, and starchy vegetables like yams, mashed potatoes, and corn.

This is a great trick to follow during Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, and Christmas, but it can even apply year-round. If you’re really watching your waistline, stick to drinking water and a single glass of wine or a low-calorie cocktail during dinner (remember to watch your soda intake). Also, fill up your plate with a proper amount of food the first time in order to avoid going back for seconds. Instead of counting calories, keep these tips in mind and you’ll have a wonderful holiday counting down the days until you BIG DAY!

Xoxo, Joie De Vivre Weddings and Events

Its That Time of Year Again: Pumpkin Wedding Inspiration!

By loveandjoie

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It’s that time of year again! If we had to pick one flavor to describe fall it would undoubtedly be pumpkin. Every October our taste buds are delightfully pleased when the likes of Starbucks and Coffee Bean release their seasonal sips. If you are like us, then you probably have a particular love for Starbucks’ famed Pumpkin Spice Latte. It’s warm, inviting and intoxicatingly good. If you love the Pumpkin Spice Latte so much that the phrase “then why don’t you marry it?” comes to mind (Don’t worry…you are not alone.), then we are here to help get you inspired with your PSL addiction! Here is how you can have fun with this delicious fall flavor and work pumpkin spice into all of your wedding details.

1. Opt for a pumpkin spice palette. A burnt orange hue looks lovely when paired with ivory, gold, and brown. Mix in textures like cable knit, fur, and burlap for a warm and welcoming look.

2. Arrange gourd-geous centerpieces. Pumpkins are ubiquitous on front stoops every October, but you can easily bring the outside indoors. Mini orange or white pumpkins can be the perfect complement to candles on your table. Make them extra-elegant by spray painting the pumpkins gold before the big day.

3. Eat it up. You’re already obsessed with pumpkin spiced lattes from your local coffee shop, so consider taking your menu up a notch with pumpkin pies, pumpkin beer, or a signature pumpkin cocktail (served in glasses rimmed with cinnamon and sugar, of course).

4. Carve it up. Illuminated pumpkins don’t have to be scary! Put your creativity to good use and give your pumpkins a modern twist: punch out polka dots, carve out chevron stripes, or cut out your couples monogram. If you’re really skilled, you could even try doing you and your sweetheart’s silhouettes.

5. Send guests home with pumpkin spice favors. Fill favor bags with pumpkin tea, gourmet pumpkin seeds, or pumpkin bread ingredients layered in a mini Mason jar so your guests can appreciate the flavor of pumpkin spice after your big day.

Don’t forget the pumpkins! We’ve found that with a little creativity, you can transform the ordinary pumpkin into something magical. So, if you have your heart set on a pumpkin themed wedding, here are some of our favorite ways to include the mighty pumpkin into your decor scheme.

Due to its cute size and lack of color, the miniature ghost pumpkin is probably the easiest and chicest of the gourds to decorate with. They make excellent escort cards just as they are, but if you want to kick things up a notch, a touch of gold spray paint can make just about any object, pumpkins included, look downright glamorous.

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Placed on cake stands or off, full sized and sugar pumpkins can be used as simple, yet sophisiticated, centerpieces. The key to achieving this look is to find the right shape, size, and color of pumpkin, otherwise your centerpiece might end up looking more awkward than elegant.

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If orange isn’t your preferred color, a coat of paint and a few embellishments can go a long way to elevate the humble pumpkin to wedding-worthy status.

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The pumpkin’s not only mighty, but also multi-talented. Its hollow interior makes it a versatile vessel that you can use to chill your champagne, serve up punch, or hold a beautiful bouquet of flowers.

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It goes without saying that pumpkins make great luminaries, but instead of turning them into jack-o-lanterns, why not use them as sophisticated candle holders instead?

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Which Pumpkin Inspiration is your favorite?

XoXo, Joie De Vivre Weddings and Events

Get in the Mix! The Latest Trend.. Mismatched Dresses!

By loveandjoie

Yes! No Mistake! Mismatched dresses and accessories are IN! Whether you have an extensive color palette for your wedding or just want to mix it up, you are in luck! Take a look at the newest trend that is taking off in recent weddings. Each Bridesmaid will have a specific color to wear, that will at the end come together beautifully in pictures!

The best way to get started is to:
-Give a color swatch to each Bridesmaid
-Inform them of the length of the dress
-Tell them they can then be creative with patterns, fabric and texture

This will ultimately bring life to the overall group and charm of the wedding. Each Bridesmaid will feel comfortable in their specific dress and there is no pressure on the $$$ amount they spend.

These stunning dresses all have great personality individually, but together it speaks volumes!

These stunning dresses all have great personality individually, but together it speaks volumes!

Analogous Colors are colors who are adjacent to each other on the color wheel!

Analogous Colors are colors who are adjacent to each other on the color wheel!

Experiment with neighboring colors, ideas in nature, living spaces and everyday items! An idea to play with is analogous colors, which focuses on a similar colors but are different.

Find inspiration anywhere to pull colors and textures for your Bridesmaids dresses!

Find inspiration anywhere to pull colors and textures for your Bridesmaids dresses!

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Below is a photo taken by Becker Photography, from our September 9th Bride and Groom! Their wedding took place at the gorgeous Rancho del Cielo Estate in Malibu, CA. Our Bride wanted to incorporate pastels into her wedding, including the Bridesmaid’s Dresses!

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So get in the mix, and get creative! It’s your wedding and have fun with a one of a kind opportunity to showcase your personality!

Cheers!
xox Joie de Vivre Girls

Color Of The Year!

By loveandjoie

HIP HIP HORRAY FOR THE COLOR OF THE YEAR!

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Each year Pantone names one shade as their “Color of the Year” and for 2014 they predict that Radiant Orchid will be the most fabulous and in fashion trend for the year. Pantone calls it “captivating, magical and enchanting” and we just call it FUN. Although by title, this color makes me think it is a purple…it is actually more of a fuscia with both purple and pink undertones.What a perfect color for Weddings…it is a shade of love and joy and happiness all bundled into one!

So how can a Bride and Groom incorporate Radiant Orchid into their wedding color palette? SO MANY WAYS…how can we just choose one!

Here are some suggestions:

– Bridesmaid dresses

– Stylized Cake

– Designed Paper Goods

– Bridal Shoes

– Flowers! Peonies and Roses have a very similar shade to this gorgeous color…and of course Orchids( as the name suggests )!

-Linens or Other Tabletop Decor

– Makeup, Nail Polish and Lipstick!

We suggest pairing it with other jewel tones such as fuchsia, plum, amethyst and teal for a bright and fun color palate. Or for a more subtle and glamorous affair, pair with silver, sparkle and pearl tones. If you want a more clean and minimal look…we would suggest gray…either a steel gray or heather gray would be lovely with this tone! We can also see navy and white pairing well for a preppy theme. This color is going to be HOT HOT HOT this year!

Here are some of our inspiration photos for using Radiant Orchid in your Wedding Color Palate:

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Ever wonder how Pantone selects their colors…or what some of the past colors of the year have been?

Here is some interesting info…

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Whatever the color may be…whatever your style may be…embrace it!

XOXO,
The Joie De Vivre Girls