Wedding Friday: Wonderful Online Event Layout Planning Tool

Our friends at LinenTablecloth have designed a fabulous new online tool to help you design the layout for your wedding or event. It allows you to measure the room and see how many tables and chairs you need according to table design and space.  It’s amazing! You can see the whole entire virtual room for your event and the tool allows you to measure all aspects of your event including number of tables, linens, chairs, and others needed to complete the look of your event design.


It’s easy and fun to use, and best of all it’s the perfect tool for wedding and event professionals, as well as DIY couples.  It not only helps you design your event layout, but  you can also share the layouts online and get the necessary feedback to make it special.

If you haven’t checked out their website, there are also great videos to help you style your event,


To complement this new Event Layout Planning Tool, LinenTablecloth has a fantastic online tablecloth sizing tool, this tool allows you to  figure out the best tablecloth size to cover your tables according to the look you want to achieve and the table’s length and height  creating a spectacular look, fitted or loose, to make your party exciting and totally fabulous!  Check out this new table sizing tool at


Have fun decorating for your event and wedding, happy Friday lovelies!

Modern Floral Fashions for Your Wedding Day

Ready to plan the wedding and excited for that beautiful wedding gown you just got, but don’t know what flowers to pick on your wedding day to complement the dress?  Stunning new alternatives to traditional fresh flower bouquets are all the rage this wedding season, not only do they offer you the opportunity to walk down the aisle in style but also are gorgeous keepsakes that will be treasured as a memory of your big day.  These fabulous alternatives come in a variety of designs, brooch bouquets with crystals and rhinestones or vintage brooches; modern  pearl bouquets; delicate Boho Chic fabric and jewelry flower bouquets; unique all feather bouquets, and many more stylish jewelry designs.

Photo PSquare-Jen Reilly

Photo PSquare-Jen ReillyPhotography

These bouquets are all handcrafted and assembled in a gorgeous design that more than a wedding bouquet is a stylish piece of art. Some mix silk  flowers in the design to bring a little bit of color to the look. These bouquets are made of a combination of brooches, vintage jewelry, crystal and fashion brooches and accessories each one chosen with care and love, specially designed for brides all over as an everlasting symbol of love.

Photo Borrowed Blue Photogaphy

Photo Borrowed Blue Photography

These theme bouquets are amazing, they are festive, colorful and so unique. That is the beauty of non-floral bouquets as an alternative on your wedding day, they offer a unique way to personalize your wedding style as you walk down the aisle.  Include a cherished family heirloom, or make an all brooch bouquets from jewelry passed down by family members.  Even the smallest piece of jewelry can tell a story, like this lovely vintage summer design we did for a bride on her wedding to her firefighter beau, we love the idea of including jewelry pieces that represent not only the bride, but also the groom, or the couple as the become a family.

Photo by Borrowed Blue Photography

Photo by Borrowed Blue Photography

Considering a brooch bouquet or a non-floral alternative for your wedding day, they have some amazing advantages, vintage and repurposed brooch bouquets are eco-friendly.  They also last longer than traditional fresh flowers. These bouquets are not mass-produced and are simply unique to each bride. They showcase the beauty of the jewelry in divine layers of texture, and when mixed with flowers, they are simply stunning, making you feel like a princess on your wedding day!


MeShenee Photography

If you are a DIY bride, these alternatives are easy to make.  For a brooch bouquet, start by collecting jewelry from family and friends, buy online at retailers, craft suppliers and auctions. Make it fun and host a bouquet making party for your bridal party.  If you work with a designer, don’t be afraid to ask about prices, sizes and shipping options, understanding that these bouquets are handcrafted and takes long hours to put together. Inquire if your  designer will help you include your own brooches or jewelry as well.bead3

5 Simple Romantic Bouquets

Wedding season is in full swing and nothing is more exciting to me that designing floral bouquets for each of the brides and couples I work with.   For a romantic look with touches of vintage details, there are so  many incredible additions to make your bouquet really stand out. These are a few looks I love, perfect for a bride looking for something simple yet delicate and fabulous.

a. Baby’s breath. An oldie but goodie is back in style and gives your bouquet a delicate look.  Pair it with rhinestones pins for a  dainty and glamorous look.


Photo PSqure-Jen Reilly Photography

b.  Vintage Jewelry. For a retro look, accent you bouquet with brooches or vintage finds, we love the look of the cameo brooch on this Victorian inspired rose and Cala Lilly bouquet.


Photo PSquare-Jen Reilly Photography

c.  Say it with feathers. We are all in awe at the new bridal styles inspired by the roaring 20′s-30′s and the new The Great Gatsby movie, and you can achieve this look in a contemporary way with the addition of feathers, available in all kinds of colors and textures.  We dressed this orchid, Gerbera and Ranunculus bouquet in a wave of cascading feathers in pink.


Photo Teresa Wood Photography

d.  Lace.  What’s not to love about lace, it’s a lovely choice for a rustic, country or Victorian wedding. You can wrap the handle of your bouquet in a mixture of lace and burlap, or insert within the flowers for added texture.  Are you a recycling bride?  Include lace from your mother’s dress or from a family heirloom as a special reminder of loved ones, what a great way to commemorate their lives.


Photo Teresa Wood Photography

Guest Blogger Best Kitchen & Bath: How to Use Houzz for Your Design Inspiration

Houzz is a groundbreaking tool in the home design and remodeling process — and it’s free! Make an account: you’ll immediately find inspiration and start figuring out what styles you like and narrowing down ideas.



1. Browse Rooms to get general ideas of what you like. When you expand each photo, you may find green “tags” which give information on specific aspects of the room and where to find them, such as a certain paint color or kitchen appliance. If there is no tag on something you’d like more information on, ask questions of the designers. You like the wall color? The barstools? The floor tiles? The lighting fixture? Ask for specifics.



2. Get specific: search for details of the room to start getting specific ideas for each and every aspect of the room you’re focused on redecorating. Search “backsplash” to get ideas for your kitchen’s backsplash. Search “shower” to get ideas specific to your shower. Search “floors” to get ideas for which way to go with your new floor — tiles? wood? carpet?


3. Create Ideabooks as you go. You can be as general or as specific as you want — Kitchens or Kitchen Lighting — any way you want to organize your ideas. When you find a room you like, add it to an Ideabook. You can even write what you most like about the room for future reference.


4. Filter your “browse room” results by your location to find designers and builders in your local area. Browse pictures of the work done by local professionals and you’ll be able to get an idea of which ones you like most. You can also find local professionals under the “find local pros” tab at the top of the page.


5. Go to the “Ideabooks” tab to see ideabooks straight from the Houzz team, featuring some of the most popular photos and designers. The latest posts come up at first, but you can filter by type of post on the left side. If you’re looking specifically for posts about kitchens, find that filter and you’re on your way!


Houzz is a great way for homeowners to get their ideas in order before meeting with a designer. If you know what you want, it will be much easier to communicate your ideas to any professionals you may work with.

Rob, Select Kitchen & Bath


Thanks so much to Rob Pruzinsky of Select Kitchen & Bath for guest blogging today, for more information on remodeling options and designs at Select Kitchen & Bath visit their website, you can also find them on Facebook and Twitter.  For more information and tools on Houzz visit their website at Images provided by Select Kitchen & Bath.

This Week: Home Remodeling Ideas, Spring Wedding Flowers & Event Decor

This week we are getting back into home decorating with a guest blogger that really knows about home remodeling for kitchen and bath. Spring is finally here and so is wedding season, and we’ll feature some ideas for wedding bouquets and how to select Spring flowers for your wedding.  A fun blog post will include party decor ideas and tablescapes  we cannot wait to share with you.  Happy Tuesday!

Photos (L-R):  Wedding bouquet by EightTreeStreet; Select Kitchen & Bath ideas; and Linen Tablecloth sage, silver and ivory inspirational styled photo shoot.

Wedding Friday: Beautiful Gowns for Every Bride

Happy Friday, we welcome to Wedding Friday as a one of the new blog partners.  SimplyBridal’s collections of sophisticated and modern gowns made to measure  are designed for today’s bride.  SimplyBridal is an online retailer  that makes designing your wedding look not only affordable, most gowns are reasonably priced, but also personal.  You can pick your own wedding dress look from their extensive bridal gown collections. The design process is so easy,  find the look you want, send in your measurements and information, and a team of expert tailors will prepare the most amazing and gorgeous gown made just for you. Your dress will be delivered to your home or you can have it fit at one of their two beautiful showrooms in Los Angeles and New York City.  In addition to beautiful dresses, they also provide exquisite veils, jewelry and shawls to help you accessorize and complement your look.


SimplyBridal’s  gowns feature flattering silhouettes  in the latest dress trends, everything from Empire to A-line, to flirty Mermaid gowns, to delicate Princess designs, you’ll find something to suit your style. Dress sizes are extensive from 0-32, so brides can find  look for them and for their wedding style and season. whether you’re looking for a chiffon wedding dress for a romantic garden wedding, or dramatic satin ball gown for a black tie affair, you’ll be sure you find something for your  big day.  Browsing is fun, you can browse by style,  fabric, silhouette, neckline, and more!

Give your look a pop of color with one of today’s wedding dress trends, colored dresses,  also available at SimplyBridal.  Here you’ll find color dresses in sweet pinks,  sky blues and divine reds.

Pink Ariel Gown (L),  Virginia Gown (R)

Pink Ariel Gown (L), Virginia Gown (R)

Bryony Gown

Bianca Gown, includes a lovely color sash

Bianca Gown, includes a lovely color sash

If you opt for a white dress, some designs include color sashes to match your wedding color.  Their dresses are suitable for every wedding theme, you’ll find a glamorous beaded gown for an evening wedding, a sweet lace dress for a vintage rustic one, and a fun frilly dress for a beach or destination wedding.

Elise Gown

Elise Gown

Deborah Gown with beaded waistband

Deborah Gown with beaded waistband

SimplyBridal also offers unique bridesmaid dresses in twenty-eight colors –  there’s a color for you to match your wedding color scheme without a problem.  Long dresses, short dresses, and fun designs are available to bridesmaids everywhere.

Lovely Bridesmaid Dress in 2013 Pantone Emerald Green

Lovely Bridesmaid Dress in 2013 Pantone Emerald Green

Follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest for a fabulous shopping experience.  

You can shop SimplyBridal online – and  check out their blogtumblr, YouTube!

Thanks so much to for joining our blog, we look forward to seeing your beautiful designs, happy Friday lovelies!



 SimplyBridal is an e-commerce website providing outstanding quality in fabric, materials, and fit without the inconvenience and costs of traditional bridal boutiques and retailers. And we do just that by delivering quality products at practical price—we have over 600 wedding dress styles, 180 bridesmaid dress styles and almost 100 wedding veils all priced under $600!  Our goal is to fulfill brides’ dreams through creating made-to-order dresses. And you can find them in either of our showrooms in Los Angeles and New York!  Our bridal consultants have years of industry experience and their goal is to offer customers hassle-free customer service. We are so confident in our products and our ability to offer the best personal experience to our brides, so we offer a 30-day risk free return policy!  We ship to customers around the world and our packaging is specially designed to minimize shipping costs and is reusable.  We have also had our wedding dresses featured on Style Me Pretty, Rock n Roll Bride, Wedding Chicks and HuffPost Weddings.

Today’s 5 Picks for Wedding Invitations and Stationery

Today’s 5 Picks are stationery designers I love, they are innovative and their looks are stunning, not only in color but also in design and texture featuring luxury for modern brides, handmade custom designs and Über chic floral creations with lots of flair.  Each month I will feature stationery designers as well as 5 picks for innovative, fun and crafty looks.

1.  Wedding Girl This lovely shop on Etsy offers fun designs with lots of color and beautiful florals.  One of the things I truly enjoy and love about their designs is that you can use them for so many weddings and events, they fit so many themes.


2.  Citlali Creativo  Based in Seattle, Citlali is one of my favorite stationery designers, I love their artistic takes on stationery and the variety of themes they offer. You can always find designs that are modern, unique and traditional invitations and stationery with fabulous personality.


3.  Moments of Happiness  Designs and Novelties  You’ll find everything you need for your wedding day at MOH. They specialize in custom designs, and I love their invitations. They offer everything from invitations, to place cards, to table numbers and much more.


4.  The Languid Lion This boutique paperie based in Canada, serving Canada and the US,  is one I truly adore.  The Languid Lion offers an extensive line of delicate handmade designs, fun decorations, stationery and paper goods, garlands for weddings and events.  


5.  Digby & Rose I just came across Digby & Rose recently and I am in love with their designs. They are a luxury stationery design company located in Washington, D.C. that offers the most exquisite and high end letterpress printing designs with drop dead gorgeous invitations.


These are today’s 5 Picks and Faves, more next month! 

Wedding Hair 2013: Fun and Sophisticated New Looks

Curls and more curls, Braids with a twist, vintage waves, bangs, care-free beach waves along with beautiful buns, oh my, so must to choose from, and what’s a bride to do?  Well, this season, hair stylists are offering brides and the bridal party an extensive breath of hair designs to fit all types of weddings themes, all hair types and personalities, and some of these gorgeous and exciting new looks as well as new takes on traditional designs are hitting the bridal runways and going down the aisle in style.   We asked our friends at Elle-Brides, located in Falls Church, Virginia to offer our readers samples of the new looks for this wedding  season.

Photo LePaver Photography

Photo LePaver Photography


Photo by Teresa Wood Photography

In addition to all the new takes on bridal hair, accessories are making at statement in wedding hair design.  Brides are opting for colorful accessories to complement their wedding look.  From Bohemian flowers, to rustic chic Woodland crowns to crystal encrusted glam accessories, these stunning designs include hair crowns, fascinators, hair florals,  hair pins,  bridal combs, hairpieces and crystal headbands. Keep in mind that hair accessories should a wonderful complement to your wedding day style and not take away from or compete look.  To ensure a seamless look, work closely with a professional stylist and hair designer to find the right look for you, the most beautiful wedding look, and bring along photos, ideas and accessories you want to to try.

Teresa Wood Photography

Teresa Wood Photography

Floral Crown, photo courtesy of Elle-Brides

photo courtesy of Elle-Brides

Most stylists and salons will also offer brides a “trial” as an opportunity for the bride -to-be and stylist to decide on a hairstyle that fits your body, your wedding dress, your theme and your makeup and accessories. Take time in choosing your hair style and working with your stylist, don’t be afraid to ask questions.  Remember to take time to look for the perfect hair design for your wedding day, and you’ll feel like a Queen!

Teresa Wood Photography

Teresa Wood Photography

Thanks so much to Maha Mokkadem and Elle-Brides for sharing their looks and photos with us today. Feel free to contact Maha and her team for additional information on designs, styles and trends for 2013.  Visit her website at  Let us know what types of bridal hair you fancy, or what design are you looking for for your big day.   Happy Bridal Week!

Participating vendor Photo Credits from Top to bottom:  1) Silk flower headpiece by EighTreeStreet, Hair design Elle-Brides; 2) Hair Design and Make-up Elle-Brides, dress Sun*Kissed Bridal, 3) Hair design Elle-Brides, floral headband by Sun*Kissed Bridal; 4)  fresh flower head crown by EightTreeStreet, hair and makeup by Elle-Brides; 5) floral headband by Sun*Kissed Bridal, hair and makeup design by Elle-Brides.

Celebrating Bridal Week: Wedding Ideas for Brides and Couples


Photos: SimplyBridal Ariel gown, sparkling centerpiece PSquare- Jen Reilly Photography, Hair design by Elle Brides photo Teresa Wood Photography, brooch bouquet by EightTreeStreet photo Borrowed Blue Photography

This week our blog will kick off a series of one week features and collaborations to bring you some amazing ideas for weddings.  Our first Bridal Week is here, new blog posts this week will feature trends for bridal hair with Elle Brides, flower designs, cakes and dessert stations, fabulous event decor,  our feature and collaboration with, stationery ideas for every budget and much more.

We are looking forward to showcasing fantastic wedding designers, event planner, photographers, and other wedding professionals on Bridal Week.  Happy Monday lovelies!