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Monday
Aug032015

Bridal Style: BHLDN's 'Summer Loves' Collection

We're diving "Into the Blue" with Anthropologies BHLDN's new collection Summer Lookbook ~ 'Summer Loves'. Filled with hand-cut beads, sequins, tulle, silk and ethereal hair adornments, these gowns beg to be worn barefoot by the ocean.

 

BHLDN Summer Collection

The Avril Gown features floor, or beach, skimming lengths of ivory silk tulle and sheer surplice neckline and applique blooms stuns paired with BHLDN's ivory cathedral length Cascading Fleur Lace Veil.


BHLDN Summer Collection

Left photo: We love the idea of using the Celeste Topper, a sleeveless, loose-fitting topper with cascading back, crafted from stunning Chantilly lace, as an alternative to a traditional veil. Featured here over the Persephone Gown, that features a sweeping train, intricate beaded embroidery, illusion straps, a sequined bodice, and a layered tulle skirt with tonal lining. Right photo: The Gillian Tulle Dress is the the quintessential ballet-inspired dream dress, with its silk bodice and hi-low, recycled PET lining layered tulle skirt.


BHLDN Summer Collection

The creamy, dusty pink Coppelia Ballet Dress, features a beaded latticework georgette bodice and the over-the-knee tulle-skirted dress that works no only for the flirty bride but would make a lovely, unexpected option for bridesmaids.  {Bonus - they would defiantly wear this classic and refined dress again!} Gold-dipped brass, Swarovski crystals, Swarovski pearls earings, the Badi Chandlier, completes the look and would be the perfect compliment to the look and a treasured bridesmaid gift.

BHLDN Summer Collection

Left photo: The Adalynn Gown's bodice hugging, stitched ivory organza top flows into a mermaid skirt and train that compliments the curves of a woman's body in all the right places. Right photo: Color does not always mean, bridesmaid gown, and although featured as a bridesmaid gown, with 11 different color option, the Annabelle Dress  would also make a stunning bridal gown, with it's bias-cut, long skirt, convertible dress made from soft, light tulle, that can be styled 15+ ways.  A unique twist on having a different gown for the ceremony and reception.


BHLDN Summer Collection

The Cate Gown offers glamour, with a nod to Indian handwork with it's tonal sequins and silver-cut beaded bodice and tiered layers of rose-hued ombre tulle. Paired with BHLDN's made-to-order Gallica Ornament Headpiece made of Rhodium plated brass, raw brass, enamel, and Swarovski crystals, the total styling is nothing short of breathtaking.

Images: BHLDN

"B-inspired" and see more of this transcendental collection that invokes "that feeling of falling in love captured through windswept tulle, rippled silk and the sea" HERE.

Friday
Jul312015

Wedding Pinterest Accounts to Follow: Your monthly pinspiration from Lucky in Love Blog

Hello Lovelies!

wedding pinterest accounts

Images: Jean–Marcus Strole PhotographyColleen Carroll Photography; Jeanne Phinney Photography; Alante Photography 

Pinterest has become almost as essential to wedding planning as your Wedding Resource Guide. It's a treasure-trove of dreamy dresses, opulent cascading, composite and pomander bridal bouquets, perfectly coifed braided updos, and wedding color palette inspiration. Thousands of accounts full of unique, and creative wedding tips, info graphics, and editorial photographs, showcasing wedding day possibilities, are available to inspire. And inspired we are! In honor of #FollowFriday and our fondness for this virtual pin board, we're starting a new series to help connect you with whom is Pinspiring us this month. Welcome the "Lucky in Love Wedding Planning Blog - Wedding Pinterest Accounts to Follow" series!  The last Friday of the month, we'll introduce you to three of our favorite Pinterest accounts that you'll be sure to want to follow too.  So without further delay, here are this weeks most pinteresting accounts:

1. Kathy Evans Beauty Studio


 
Kathy Evans Beauty Studio

2. Butler Seattle - Valet, Transportation and Tours


Butler Seattle

 

3. Weddings in Woodinville


 
Weddings in Woodinville 

A note of prudence, dear readers, remember despite the fabulousness of Pinterest, it should not be seen as a means for replacing hiring a professional for your most special day.  Aunt Sue can read every Wedding Planners Guide that Pinterest has to offer, but it can not replace putting your trust into the experienced and expert hands of a professional. Plus, you want Auntie to be able to celebrate in your special day and not have to worry about whether or not your on schedule for the cake cutting and first dance.

While you're checking out our top 3 of the week, don't forget to follow our Lucky in Love by Banquet & Event Pinterest boards too.  See you at the virtual cork board and happy pinning!

Wednesday
Jul292015

Beautiful Beach Wedding Inspiration

We've been beating the heat this summer by enjoying the beautiful beaches of the Pacific Northwest. It's gotten us really dreaming of all those lovely beach brides out there. Having a backdrop of the sand and the ocean, accompanied by a stunning sunset that sinks into the deep blue ocean, is so picturesque that you will remember it for a lifetime! Marvel in these photos as you plan your beach wedding!

Our coral, sage, blush and grey palette is inspired by the Pacific Northwest sunsets themselves.  Looking towards the quickly approaching night sky, we can't help but be inspired by the dark clouds that dot the sky, set against the backdrop of evergreen trees, that turn dusty green in the fading light, while marveling at the coral sun rays themselves, that in turn, highlights the remaining white clouds left in the sky to a lovely blush.  

 

beach wedding inspiration

Photos: Deer Pearl Flowers; Wedding O Mania; Beach Wedding; Style Me Pretty; Colin Cowie Weddings;
Something Turqoise 

Are you planning a beach-front wedding?  Find all the sand-in-your-toes vendors you need to create your beautiful beach wedding in BanquetEvent's Wedding Resource Guide.

Monday
Jul272015

5 Types of Wedding Tents

Love it or hate it, this summer has been all over the weather gauge.  Within a matter of less than 24 hours we've gone from heat advisory to chilly sprinkles.  That brings our focus on how to make sure your outdoor wedding is fully prepared for whatever Mother Nature throws your way.  Whether you're looking to cast a shady reprieve from the suns blaring rays or keep the raindrops from drowning your day, wedding tenting is a sure way to cover all your bases.

Last week, we gave you "4 fantastic tips for your tented wedding", today we're continuing our focus on wedding tent rentals with what types of tent rentals there are.  Today the options are vast and offer much more than just protection for you and your guests, they are elegant and whimsical, major focal decor elements that help further set the mood of your special day.

 


clear tent
frame tent

t Images: 1. Once Wed 2. The Popes  3. ABC Special Event Rentals 4. Beautiful Blooms 5. Jessica Claire via Green Wedding Shoes  

 

  1. Pole Tent
    Pole tents offer traditional, dramatic, and sculptured tenting elements. Their peaked tops are a lovely accent to your grassy venue as these tents are secured and supported by driving stakes into the (soft) ground.  These tents have at least 1 center pole for support which makes for wonderful decorating opportunities.  
  2. Clear Tent
    Clear tents are made up from metal bases covered with clear vinyl in order to give you all the protection that comes from a tent with minimal visual obstructions.  Perfect for late in the day or evening weddings, these tents allow for all the splendor of the painted sunset sky to decorate your ceremony and lets your guests dance by the light of the stars.
  3. Frame Tent
    Frame tents offer the most amount of space to utilize under the big top.  These free-standing, metal frame supported tents can be set up on any surface, do not have any interior poles and offer the most in terms of decor draping (ceiling and wall tent lining) accessibility. These tents also work best for creating "theme" rooms within your wedding reception, as many different sizes can be placed together to create a large overall space.
  4. Sailcloth Tent
    Sailcloth tents feature the same graceful curved lines and lofty ceilings that Pole tents do but instead of vinyl coverings, features sailcloth (yes, the same fabric you see off Alki on the sailboats that float by) and wooden poles. The translucency of the fabric makes the most of using natural daytime light and simply glows in the evening when lit with candles and chandeliers.  
  5. Canopy Tent
    Festival tents are light weight,pole-style tents.  These tents are known for their stripped and rainbow color choices.

 

Find the tent rental company that fits your needs at BanquetEvent.com/Weddings Rental Companies

Wednesday
Jul222015

4 fantastic tips for your tented wedding

If there's one thing you can count on in the Pacific Northwest, it's the you can't count on the weather.  Not only can rain vary from misting to downpour in the matter of minutes, as of late, you have the heat to think about too. The solution, besides an inside, AC venue? Tenting!  Not only does this take the worry off your outdoor wedding dreams being soaked, it provides fantastic decor opportunities.

Here are 4 fantastic tips for creating the perfect tented wedding:

 

  1. Size Matters
    What is happening under the big top? Are you hosting a sit down dinner for 200? Will the dance floor be under the stars or surrounded by tables? Figuring out your guest count and how you want the space to function will dictate how large of a tent you will need.  On average, for a stand-up cocktail hour tented space you need around 6 feet per person.  For a dinner reception, with tables seating 6-8 people, you would need 81 square feet per table.  Add in a dance floor, and you'll need about 4 feet per person (keeping in mind that typically, only half of your guests will be shaking their groove thing at one time). Then add on average around 100 square feet per table for the cake and gift/guest book tables. DJ's typically need a couple hundred square feet for their set-ups and a 3 piece band around 100 square feet.
  2. Location! Location! Location!
    As with real estate, location, is also an important factor to consider when looking where you set up your wedding tent.  Are there fragrant fields of lavender or snow-capped mountains to be viewed? A clear tent allows for the beautiful views to be seen from all angles. Or choose white tents with windows to allow all the beauty of your venue to be seen without having to worry about wind and pesky bugs. Will the tent be on grass or gravel? Has it been raining for weeks?  Think about adding a sub flooring such as parquet floors, so that heels save the grass from an unplanned aeration.  *Planner tip: Taylor'd Events Group reminds us to keep in mind the seasonal heat index of your wedding. Clear tents are stunning for offering 360 degree views but can magnify the heats reflection.  Think about using clear tenting during the cooler months and for evening weddings when the full starry sky can be savored.
  3. Power Up!
    Make sure you have an adequate supply of power.  Nothing is more elegant than chandeliers, twinkle lights, or globe lights lighting up the dance floor and tenting is the perfect vehicle to display them.  An amber or warm-color light will create a soft glow against the white of a tents walls.  For a more festive look, use hue saturated lights of pink, blue or green and change the whole mood into disco dance party time. Also keep in mind having power for fans, to further keep guests cool, or heaters, for when the evening starts to cool down are lovely ways to show your guests their comfort is important to you. 
  4. Set the Mood
    Create an elegant wedding venue complete with fabric draping, side walls, doors, crystal chandeliers, and a black and white checkered dance floor.  Or keep it simple and leave the tent to protect your guests from the elements and let nature be your main decor.  Also, don't think you have to limit yourself to just one large main tent.  Create "mood rooms" by attaching smaller tents together to create such areas the Cigar Lounge (featuring hand-rolled cigars from San Juan Cigars) or a quite vintage lounge area (outfitting in Vintage Ambiances authentic period pieces from the late 1800's through the mid century) away from the DJ's bass and YMCAing enthusiasts. Tenting allows for endless decor possibilities from the grand to the minimalist.

 


Photos: Stots Shots Photography; Katie Parra Photography; ABC by Cort 

Looking for Seattle and Puget Sound wedding tent rentals? Visit BanquetEvent.com/Weddings Rental Companies and start planning your terrifically tented wedding.

Monday
Jul202015

Bridal Style: Beautiful Braided Wedding Hairstyles

Seen everywhere from the red carpet to the farmers market, braids make a statement that says everything from flirty and fun to sleek and sophisticated.  We have seen lots of brides that make this wedding hairstyle oh so swoon worthy!

Whether you like a very elegant style where each piece of hair folds perfectly into it's place or a more bohemian look to them, we love them all! Braids are just a great hairstyle in general so these looks can also be adjusted for a casual summer look as well!

From Crown Braids, to Side Braids, to Braided Updos, here are some of our favorites that we have seen. 

 

wedding braids
Photos: Ruffled; Wedding Chicks; A Beautiful Mess; Pretty Designs; Style Me Pretty; Brit + Co

Find local Seattle Professional Wedding Hair Stylists at BanquetEvent.com Wedding Resource Guide.

Wednesday
Jul152015

Love and Lavender: Wedding Color Inspiration

The lavender bushes we pass on the way to the office are starting to bloom and are the inspiration behind today's wedding color board.  This shade of purple is such a lovely color that suggests feelings of romance, grace, and elegance, making it the perfect palette for a ethereal wedding.  

Pair lavender with greens, plums and blush for a Summer into Fall color palette. We love to see the color used literally with the incorporation of the lavender plant. Adding herbs to your signature cocktail is not only a tasty but beautiful and simple trend.  In Woodinville Wine Country, there's a lavender farm, Woodinville Lavender, where you can hold your ceremony, reception and rehearsal dinners amidst their fields of these fragrant flowers. Or perhaps subtly incorporating the color into your wedding is more your style. Check out how amazing that wedding favor is, powdered sugar that has been color dyed to the shade of lavender.  

 

Love and Lavender: Wedding Color Inspiration from B&E's Lucky in Love Wedding Planning Blog

Images: Perfect PaletteStyle Me PrettyStyle Me PrettyWedding ChicksWoodinville LavenderStyle Me Pretty

Find more wedding inspiration, helpful hints, wedding trends and local wedding resources by following the Lucky in Love Wedding Planning Blog at BanquetEvent.com.  We'll help you plan the Lavender wedding of your dreams!