Monday, November 23, 2009

Fabulous Local Store Find - All things that SPARKLE!

This weekend I stopped in Z Gallerie at Northlake mall and the store always seems to amaze me. They have the best home accessories at the best price and like Homegoods, you can draw so much inspiration from just walking around the store.

Last year Z Gallerie introduced this great "bling" collection and "Yes, I LOVE bling and all things that sparkle" and this fabulous lantern in all crystals stole my heart. At $70 it is such a great accent piece for any event. It even comes with an 85" Cord with a toggle switch.

Here are a few more sparkly items from Z Gallerie that I love!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Bridal Gown SALE

Classic Bride and Formals in Davidson will be hosting their Annual White Friday Event - which is their gown blow out event of the year!

The sale started today at 7am and continues until 10am on Friday November, 27, 2009.

It includes 40% off of favors, formal dresses as low as $20 and wedding gowns as low as $99 and more...

Check-out this great sale! They have a great selection and store!

Classic Bride and Formals
106 S. Main Street
Davidson, NC 28036

Make sure to tell them that Style Perfect Weddings and Events sent you!

Happy Dress Shopping!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Networking Event at the Duke Mansion

Here are a few pictures taken by The Beautiful Mess Photography of the networking event planned by Style Perfect Events at the Duke Mansion for the Charlotte Wedding and Event Professionals Networking Group. The event featured a panel discussion with prominent florists in the Charlotte area.

Save the Date - Bridal Event in Charlotte

The "ceremony" is the wedding.

Style Perfect Weddings and Events has teamed up with Charlotte Interfaith Minister, Diana Collins to provide bride's and their groom with tips on:

Writing personal vows
Ceremony music selections
and more...

Join us for a fun and informative brunch designed to help you create a uniquely personal wedding ceremony.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Hampton Inn and Suites Southpark at Phillips Place
6700 Phillips Place Court
Charlotte, NC 28210
Cost: $10 person

Monday, November 16, 2009

DIY: Pie Pops

I love pie pops, cake pops, brownie pope, etc.

Dessert on a stick...who can resist...they're such a fun edible treat and a joy at any event.

Here is the link to where I found the directions to make the pie pops. My pie pop creations were semi-homemade, like Sandra Lee. I used Pillsbury pie crust and canned pie filling.

Please send in pictures if you try this at home. It's easy. This was my first time baking!

Check-out these beautiful cake pops and brownie pops.

Bakerella (provides "sweets" inspiration and DIY directions)

Brownie Pops (you can order these delicious treats from their website)

If you prefer to order cake pops, check-out The Lollicake Company, they showcased their products in Vegas back in September at the Wedding MBA conference and their cake pops were delicious. I had the red velvet. Yummy!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Dessert Bar

This past Saturday, I planned a 40th birthday party for a client's husband. The event was a nice casual affair with friends and family taking place at their home. I was tasked to create an event that was "well done but understated", so no balloons, cake or vibrant colors.

"No cake"..."Great"...I've been dying to create the alternative to a cake...a dessert bar.

Which spawned in to a fabulous Dessert and Coffee Bar, filled with homemade pie pops, banana pudding, chocolate mouse, miniature flan, vanilla and pumpkin spice flavor shots for your coffee and more.

Here are two quick camera picks of the pie pops and desserts. More pics to follow.

I will post the professional pictures from the party once I receive them from the amazing photographer Jeremie Barlow from Jeremie Barlow Photography.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Fabulous Local Store Find: Beverage Dispensers

Homegoods has done it again. Man I love that store!

Check-out these great beverage dispensers. They are also available in a cream color and are priced at $39.99-$49.99. Fun beverage dispensers are such a great way to add personality to your event. They become more of a centerpiece, rather than just being in the background.

Here are some other great beverage dispensers!

Z Gallerie (another FABULOUS store and also my old stomping grounds...worked there part time for almost a year)

Colin Cowie's new line on the Home Shopping Network

Target's Eco-Friendly Beverage Dispenser made out of recycled glass

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Be Inspired - The Dessy Group

Back in September, The Dessy Group, a leading manufacturer of bridesmaid dresses, social occasion dresses, flower girl dresses and destination wedding gowns, launched Pantone Wedding a collaboration with Pantone, the global authority on color and provider of professional color standards for the design industries.

Pantone Wedding is an awesome interactive tool for couples still deciding on their wedding day style and/or color palette. It allows you to create inspiration style boards by mixing and matching over 200 Pantone colors to find your exact wedding color palette. You can also play around with your wedding party style by selecting images from their awesome collection of bridesmaid dresses and tuxedo vests and ties to match to include in your inspiration boards.

"Color is the single most important design element in reflecting mood and style, and with PANTONE WEDDING, the Dessy bride can easily express her creative vision for that all-important day," says Laurie Pressman, vice president of Pantone's fashion, home and interiors division.

Check-out The Dessy Group and Be Inspired...

Here is an inspiration board that I created at Pantone Wedding.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Wedding Monograms

Created by Delovely Designs

As couples are looking for ways to make their wedding day personal, monograms have always been at the top of the list. With a plethora of websites and graphic designers taking a whimsical and youthful approach to monograms couples are really able to express their individuality. The wedding monogram has really transformed into a wedding logo.

Here are some rules of thumb for using your wedding monogram:
- The order of initials for a traditional 3 letter monogram are as follows: bride's first initial, shared last initial and groom's first initial.

- Traditional wedding etiquette dictates that the monogram should not be used until after the couple is actually married, so the best time to unveil the monogram is at the reception.

- If you want to use a monogram as your wedding theme and utilize it on your save-the-dates and invitations, use a monogram that has just your first initials or first names.

Check-out these two websites they design fabulous wedding monograms!
I Do Originals
Delovely Designs

And for my DIY Brides here are some instructions on how to create your own wedding monogram in Microsoft Word or PowerPoint.

For fun fonts check-out our previous post on how to download new fonts to your computer.

Microsoft Word

Select Insert -> Textbox. Type and format the letter - do this three times. Click on all textboxes and choose Format -> Textbox. Select Color: No Fill (to overlap letters) and Line: No Line. Select all letters, right click, and choose Group to lock in the arrangement. You can now copy your image into Microsoft Paint and save it in several image formats.

Microsoft Powerpoint

Use "Word Art" to create your letters. Click on the blue tilted "A" on the bottom toolbar for each letter. Format. Once you're finished designing, select all the letters, right-click, and choose Grouping->Group. Click on your image and right-click for Save as Image.