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2 Touches That Can Make or Break Your Wedding Theme

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Wedding Colors

A lot of brides will design their weddings around the colors that they want to use. So, they will pick flowers, centerpieces, and styles that compliment the color scheme rather than a particular theme. In this case, paying attention to the colors would be a matter of choosing the colors and sticking with them since the colors are the thing. However, if you are having a particular theme – like  beach, fairy tale, military, vintage, country, or seasonally based – then your wedding color choices are much more limited. A country-themed wedding does not go well with coral and turquoise, and a beach themed wedding would be hard to pull off with a plum and gold. So if you want to do a specific theme, your wedding colors are going to be affected by that theme. Yes, there is that rule of thought that it is your wedding, so you can do what you want, BUT for a complete wedding look, you MUST pay attention to the coordination of your wedding theme and your color scheme. To figure out what colors go well with your theme, it may be a good idea to create a color board, or find an image that embodies that theme or tone, and then pull your main colors from that.  When focusing on a theme, you may end up with more colors scattered throughout your wedding decor, but it is still a good idea to have 1-3 main colors that will act as an anchor for the overall look of the wedding. Too many colors can cause your decor to be disconnected and distracting.

Wedding Cake Toppers

The wedding cake topper is a decor detail that can sometimes be overlooked, but it is an important detail to pay attention to. Some of the choices are the traditional bride and groom figurine cake topper, humorous, monogram, heart, floral, and vintage. It is an important detail to pay attention to because the wedding cake is one of the main symbols of weddings, and is often a center for the wedding reception and wedding traditions. Basically, the wedding cake might as well have a spotlight on it during your reception. There are so many different styles, so you want to make sure to choose the most appropriate to your theme. For example, a super sexy wedding cake topper would be a strange addition to a fairy tale or religiously centered wedding, just like -perhaps more obviously – a fairy and prince cake topper would be odd at a country or beach themed wedding.


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I Do {How To’s}: Mr. & Mrs. Ombre Neon Signs

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Today’s “I Do How To” is going to show you how to make block MR. & MRS. signs.  We created these glitter ombre signs for a neon photo shoot featured on Wedding Chicks.  Using only spray paint and cardboard block letters, this tutorial is so easy, you will want to run out and start making block letter signs for everything!

Step 1: Purchase cardboard block letters and spray paint.  Cardboard block letters can be found at Joann’s Fabrics, and I bought my spray paint from Michael’s Arts & Crafts.  The first spray paint you see is a neutral color.  This is a must for all spray paint projects.  It provides a base.  This allows the color spray paint, here it is neon pink, to really pop.

Step 2: Spray 1 coat of the neutral spray paint on one side of the cardboard block letters.  Let this coat dry for 1 hour.  Then flip the letters over and spray first coat onto the back side of letters.  Let dry for 1 hour.

Step 3: After neutral coat has dried, spray both sides of the block letters with the color or your choice, here, we chose neon pink. Remember to let each side dry for 1 hour.

Step 4: Repeat step 3.  You want 2 coats of color spray paint

Step 5: After color spray paint has dried, now it is time to apply the glitter.  Ombre is a huge trend right now.  Ombre means having colors or tones that shade into each other, the color is graduated from light to dark.  Creating these we wanted the gold to be dark at the bottom of the letters and fade up into the neon pink.  Starting with your spray paint can at the bottom of the letters apply a thick coat of gold glitter only to the bottom.  As you make your way up the letter, pull your hand back farther away from the block letter.  This allows less and less glitter to hit the block letter.

Your results will be gorgeous!

Be sure to check out our original post, and many more!  Photo shoot photos courtesy of A Girl and A Camera.

Happy DIY’ing!

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For the Love of Color!

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We love colorful weddings at JPC Event Group–straight. up. love. them.  It sets the tone for a lively time; a big bright celebration of love. Here’s an inspiration board to inspire your wedding color scheme:

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Design Transformation: Pittsburgh Modern Rustic Wedding

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When we first met Laura and Alex they were hoping to take a rustic park lodge and turn it into their dream wedding venue.  We were up for the challenge, and so it began. Concept boards were created, linen swatches were sourced, meetings and meetings and more meetings took place, and in the end, we took one person’s love of modern romance and married it to the other person’s love of rustic.

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Beach Ball Blitz – Beach Wedding Ceremony Ideas

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Getting married on the beach is often enough to provide your guests with something to talk about.  The sounds of the ocean crashing, the feel of sand underneath one’s feet, and the blue sky meeting the seemingly infinite body of  water at the horizon are just a few of natures complimentary features that will add to the beach theme of a ceremony.   Being a Private Event Host near the Jersey Shore has provided me with the experience of working together with many couples that choose the beach as the place and theme for their nuptials.   For couples that are trying to add even more personal touches to their beach themed ceremonies, here are a few ideas.

Many years ago, a replacement for the unity candle was sure to emerge.  Keeping any small flame lit with the winds on the beach is both comical and challenging.   I won’t spend much time discussing the sand ceremony as there is a tremendous amount of information all over the internet regarding it’s meaning and variations.  One tip I do suggest is, as with everything, try to make it personal.  Perhaps, choose sand from the beaches where you shared special moments, choose colors representative of your favorite football teams, or more importantly include a special sand for any young children that are a part of your marriage.  Get more people involved, by having the bridal party participate and/or the parents.  Also, choose vessels that you will be proud to display in your home.

I must credit the next two ideas to a couple for whom I recently provided entertainment.  Their ceremony was packed with unique touches that were well executed and made excellent use of the beach setting.   Jessica and Rey presented their guests with an opportunity to make a wish as they all cast a seashell into the worlds wishing well, the ocean. This was set up ahead of time by attaching a seashell in a small net-like, mesh bag to the hand fans provide as the guests arrived on the beach.  There was a decorative card attached that explained what the shell was for.   At some point toward the end of the ceremony, although I think this could be done at any point, the officiant directed people to remove their shells, walk behind where the couple was standing, make a wish and toss their shells into the ocean.  You could customize this in many ways, such as selecting shells that mean something to you and/or have a special song played.

Jessica & Rey also set up a photo opp they called the Beach Ball Blitz.  Small plant hangers were pushed into the sand, and beach balls were hung on the poles (with fishing string).  The officiant was asked to present and instruct the guests on what to do.  Everyone was asked to grab a beach ball.  As the couple  began to recess, the guests tossed the beach balls over the newlywed couple.  This gave the photographer a cute and fun photo opp of the couple walking up the isle, everyone smiling, while colorful beach balls were flying through the air!

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Another refreshing idea is to present to your guests a signature cocktail when walking onto the beach.  Often, champagne is offered to guests as they arrive at a venue or location prior to a ceremony beginning.  Instead of champagne, consider serving up a frozen cocktail or a virgin drink that you love.  My google searches lead me to an instructional video by Lori Randall on with excellent advice.  Even lemonade and iced teas would be a nice touch to help your guests keep cool and refreshed.  I am partial to the island drink, such as a piña colada.  Of course, in my line of work, I think music should be chosen to accompany every aspect of your day, so maybe you could ask your musicians or especially if you have a DJ to play songs like “Escape (The Piña Colada Song)” and Jimmy Buffet’s “Boat Drinks”.

I’m sure there are many more creative ideas that can be incorporated into a beach themed wedding ceremony.  I invite you to share your ideas and thoughts below in the comments.

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I Do How To: DIY Gold Glitter Heart Garland

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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and what better way to ring in the new year then with a DIY tutorial on gold glitter heart garland.  Making this décor is so simple you will wonder why you don’t make your own garland for all the amazing parties you throw.

First let’s go over what you will need.  A whopping four materials…

  • Gold glitter paper (purchased at Michael’s Arts & Crafts) you will need multiple pieces depending on the amount of garland you want to make.
  • Heart shaped paper punch (purchased at Michaels)
  • Clear fishing line
  • Hot glue gun

Step 1: Punch as many hearts out of the gold paper as possible.  Your hand WILL cramp.

Step 2: Turn on your hot glue gun. Cut about a 6 foot strand of the fishing line.  Lay two hearts, gold faced down. Leaving about 1 foot empty at the top of the fishing line, with your hot glue gun put a straight line down the center, then press the fishing line into the hot glue.

Step 3: Place a hot glue dot on top left and right corner of the heart and press the other gold glitter heart cut out on top.

Step 4: Repeat steps 2 & 3 as many times as needed.  Hearts should be placed about 6 inches apart until the full strand is filled.

Your results will be the talk of all the parties.  The best part is, you can create this garland with any shape, texture or print!

We incorporated our heart garland into a neon inspired wedding photo shoot.  Photos taken by A Girl and A Camera.  Check it out here!

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We Asked, They Answered: Top Wedding Color Schemes


Here at WeddingWire, we’re always looking for the top wedding trends from around the country. So every week, we’ll ask a group of vendors from all over the U.S. the same question and share their (often very different!) answers.

This week, we asked wedding planners from around the country: What is the hot color scheme in your neck of the woods at the moment? Why do you think this color scheme is so popular right now? What season and/or type of venue do you think this type of color palette would work best in?

Katie Hess of Seize the Day Events in Green Bay, Wisconsin: “Neutral and natural palettes featuring colors like burlap, golds, and champagnes. Brides are moving toward more eco-friendly, natural, and personal weddings – nothing fake or plastic. This color scheme would fit in well in a garden, on a beach, or at a home on the lake.” Read Full Article

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Pittsburgh Real Wedding: Garden Party Style

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Stephanie and Jim Miller celebrated their marriage in elegant garden party style at The Buhl Mansion outside of Pittsburgh.  Despite the sweltering July heat wave in full force, it was a day filled with love, joy and laughter!

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Real Wedding: Venue as Design Inspiration


Brides are often advised to not buy their wedding gown until they book their venue, to be inspired by the look and feel of the wedding day space before selecting their dress.  Angela and Reggie took that concept a step (or nine) further and designed every aspect of their wedding day around their venue, the historic Ebell of Los Angeles.

They incorporated the antique gilded ceiling into gold vintage chairs; the floral accents in the chandeliers and frescoes sparked floral creativity in the royal tones of pinks and purples; the grandeur of the tall ceiling and arched windows were mirrored in the ceremony canopy and the embroidered, curtained train of the bride’s gown.  Flowers were displayed on pillars that paralleled the architectural pillars throughout the ballroom.

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Slide a Little Closer on a Bench

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Here is some inspiration for brides that are not feeling those white garden chairs or the not so unique chivari chairs.  Mix it up with some benches and have your guests slide a little closer to get to know each other.

First Row: Vue Photography/ Second Row: Richard Israel Photography/ Third Row: SugarLove / Fourth Row: Sarah Yates, Viera Photographics/ Fifth Row: Jose Vila, Caroline Tran

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