It’s a May Giveaway!

Happy Friday to all! There’s nothing better to kick start off the weekend then a giveaway! This is A Splendid Occasion’s very first giveaway and we couldn’t be more excited. What are we giving away you ask?

One FREE “Day-of” Wedding Coordination Package!

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That’s right! One lucky couple will receive a totally free “day-of” wedding package by A Splendid Occasion, no catch! If you’ve checked out our Services tab, you already know that our “day-of” package really starts 3 weeks before your wedding day. We work hand in hand with your vendors to make sure your day goes just as planned.

To enter, just send an email to tiffany@asplendidoccasion.com introducing yourself and let us know how we can help. We want to know about you, your fiance and your wedding!

Maybe you aren’t engaged, but you have a friend that is – share this with them OR enter them yourself! This could be the best wedding gift you give them. :)

We Love Wedding Cakes, And More!

I admit it, I have a SERIOUS sweet tooth! Here, at A Splendid Occasion, we love searching the web for unique wedding cake designs, as well as options for those that want something a little different than a wedding cake.

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photo courtesy of http://www.cakesdecor.com

The opportunities are endless for those that want a wedding cake. You can change the shape, color, texture, flavor, and also add your one of a kind cake topper. Once you find a professional in your area, they will be able to let you know what types of neat tricks they have up their sleeve. Not only are wedding cakes one of the most enjoyable parts of planning a wedding, you also get to taste them too! This is also a good way to get your groom more involved ;)

The most common wedding cake shape is round, but there are many more to choose from, you can also mix up the shapes for each layer. Check out this unique shaped cake:

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photo courtesy of http://www.weddingwire.com

Texture, ah! One of my favorite things on a wedding cake. Nothing adds more interest that a 3D metallic lace design or fondant rose on the side of a cake. Subtle or not, texture is important to add that extra “wow” factor to your wedding cake.

The color you choose for your wedding cake is a big decision, I know! But as a bride – you can choose what ever color you like!

Last but not least is the cake flavor! Of course it must be delicious, but you also want to think about what your guests like. Everyone has had a white cake and chocolate cake before, so why not mix it up? If you love carrot cake – do it! Try red velvet, lemon, banana, almond butter, or strawberry too. If you are really brave – try a spice cake for a fall wedding. Your guests will be more inclined to try a unique cake flavor at your wedding, where it’s free!

Another great idea is to try different flavors for each layer of your cake. It will give your guests the opportunity to try multiple flavors.

For those of you that want something really outside of the box – forget the wedding cake all together! Try cupcakes, mini cakes, cakes made of your favorite cookies, donuts, etc. Your guests will certainly be impressed!

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2013 Wedding Trend – Lace, Love it or hate it?

Lace, Lace, Lace. One of the most popular wedding and party trends of 2013. Nothing gives off the soft, romantic feel that lace does. And the best part about lace is you don’t need a lot of it to make a statement. It can also be fairly inexpensive!

These days, brides and party planners are using lace everywhere – from wedding cakes to tablescapes. We LOVE the look of lace at A Splendid Occasion. If you are a lace lover, we have good news for you – lace can be incorporated into any style wedding! Rustic, elegant, DIY, simple or traditional. Lace also comes in a plethora of colors, with our favorite being ivory (of course!).

photo courtesy of www.sugarruffles.com

photo courtesy of http://www.sugarruffles.com

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A Pretty Spring Wedding!

We LOVE Spring at A Splendid Occasion! Coral, Yellow, Mint Green and Pink are beautiful this time of year. For us in Chicago, the weather is still chilly and these beautiful bright Spring colors can really liven up any event! Are you planning a Spring wedding? If so, what is your inspiration for your color palette?

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Spring Inspired Wedding Dresses & Flowers
photo by http://www.minted.com

Spring Escort Card Idea
photo by http://www.ruffledblog.com

Flower covered Spring Wedding Cake
photo by http://www.stylemepretty.com

Spring Centerpiece
photo by http://www.ruffledblog.com

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What to do when you find a pimple before your Wedding Day?

It’s the week of your wedding or your huge party you have been planning for months. You wake up extremely stressed, running late and take a look in the mirror as soon as you wake up. Oh no! A Pimple!!

Where on earth did it come from? You went to bed and your skin was clear! And it’s not just any zit, it’s one of those painful and extremely large zits deep underneath your skin. Don’t fret! There is a remedy that works fast and is inexpensive.

1. Wash your face with a good acne preventative soap, preferably with benzoyl peroxide. My favorite soap is Oxy Maximum, by far. This soap has 10% benzoyl peroxide, once of the highest percentages that you will find out there. You can find Oxy Maximum at your local pharmacy or grocery store.

2. Run a wash cloth under extremely hot water. Place the wash cloth on the affected area for 30 seconds. Repeat several times. Splash infected area with cold water.

3. Grab a tea bag, yes a tea bag (any flavor will do). Run it under hot water and rub it onto of your pimple several times. Pat your skin dry.

4. Use a q-tip to apply some acne medicine, preferably containing benzoyl peroxide. If you are headed to work, skip this step. You don’t want to walk around with acne medicine on your face, only do step 4 at the end of the day.

Will this work? Yes, it will. It might sound crazy, but the pain and swelling of the pimple will reduce after the first time you follow these steps. I did this twice a day for two days (morning and night) and by the third morning there was nothing left. No popping, no scarring, nothing!

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Bridesmaids Gifts… To Gift or Not to Gift?

Have you been a bridesmaid lately? If you have, did the bride gift you with anything? If she did, you are lucky! It’s not mandatory to give, and with all of the money being spent on your special day, there really isn’t much time or money left over for bridesmaid gifts.

As I mentioned before, it really isn’t necessary to give- but it is appreciated! Many bridesmaids travel long distances and spend a lot of money on their dress for your wedding day, why not show them some love with a small trinket?

Need some creative ideas for bridesmaid gifts? Have no fear, Tiffany is here!

1. Jewelry – Not the most creative, but who doesn’t love jewelry! Maybe instead of popping into the nearest Macy’s, find something handmade on Etsy. What about this message in a bottle from YssormDesigns?

photo by YssormDesigns

photo by YssormDesigns

2. Perfume – I’m not talking about Taylor Swift’s new fragrance, I mean your own signature scent. This isn’t the cheapest option, but it is something that will WOW your maids. A brand new scent, created just for them. Aroma Workshop is a great place to start if you live in the Chicago area. Here you work hand in hand with a scent master to create your own signature scent. You smell, tell them what you like and they put it all together.

3. Robes – Classic choice, but be creative. Check out these printed silk robes…

4. Buy their dress – Let’s be honest. As much as we say that we will wear the dress again, we won’t! No one will. If you have the funds, buy their dress for them. It can be pricey – but they will love you for it!

5. Purchase their hair and/or make up day of – Maybe you don’t have the money to buy their dress, but maybe you could set aside a little cash to pay for their up-do or makeup for the day of.

6.Handwritten Notes – Maybe you don’t have ANY money left in the budget, this is normal. Grab your trusty pen and paper and get to work! No one gets snail mail anymore, that’s why a handwritten note these days will mean so much. Tell them why you love them. Tell them you appreciate them being by your side. Just be you and make sure to thank them!

7. If you are crafty..make them something! Do you sew, paint, bake or make great funny videos? Do it! If you have a crafty bone in your body, use it.

8. Monogrammed Stationary – Everyone needs it at some point in their life, why not gift them with some cute stationary?

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2013 Wedding Trend Alert: Patterns!

For 2013, patterns are all the rage for weddings. From dresses, to cakes, to tableware. Patterns are an untraditional choice, and I think as the years go by, brides are becoming less traditional. Weddings are no longer always taking place in churches and brides are not always wearing white. What do you think about patterns and non traditional weddings?

Would you be willing to wear a patterned dress like this on your wedding day? Of course, if we all looked like the model we would probably consider it more!

 

Engagement Survival Tips

The one thing I noticed about the holiday season/winter is the amount of engagements that happen! My personal Facebook page has blown up lately with all of them, so I am dedicating this post to all of those newly engaged couples out there. One of my best friends just got engaged to her long time boyfriend on New Year’s Eve, super romantic! (This one is for you Tabi!)

I, too, was also a part of this engagement season fun. My husband chose to ask for my hand in marriage on January 13, 2011 (Friday the 13th..ohhhh). It is a very exciting time and can also be stressful. As soon as we told people that we were engaged, they instantly asked when the date was. Come on, we JUST got engaged! It can be a little overwhelming and everyone is asking about your plans, the date, colors, where, honeymoon, who is your MOH?

STOP!

If you are recently engaged, or know of a couple who has just decided to tie the knot – take a moment to read this. I have compiled a list of tips to survive the stress of an engagement. I was just recently married so I like to think I have a little wisdom in this area :)

1. Enjoy your engagement

People are going to bug you. Let’s just face it. You have announced the news and everyone is going to want to help you or tell you how THEIR wedding went, blah blah. Forget them (for now at least). Spend time with your significant other for the first month or so not worrying or thinking about the planning process. You will thank me! Don’t make your entire engagement 100% about planning the wedding. Still do the things you love as a couple. Go out on dates, trips, etc. I think I focused too much on planning and my husband had to bring me back to reality a couple times.

2. Look at bridal magazines a little, but not too much

When you are ready grab a couple magazines, but not too many. They can be expensive! When we first were engaged, Caleb bought me a few magazines to look at, but let’s be realistic. Most of us cannot afford what we see in those magazines. Plus, they are heavy, big, and annoying. I just threw mine away after looking at them once. They are great to get ideas from and dream, but I found the internet to be a better source for all my creative ideas. Pinterest was a huge help!

3. Create a Budget

Are you paying for the wedding? Your parents? His parents? Whatever. Figure it out early and talk it over. A great wedding really doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. A lot of people say that, but I mean it. I attended three weddings last year and I know for a fact money isn’t everything. The biggest chunk of your wedding fund will go to the location, food and booze (if you so choose to have it). We used a lot of excel spread sheets!

4. Make a “Master List”

My go-to piece during planning was my “Master List.” Dorky, I know, but it really helped me keep everything organized. Once you have your venue this will be easier to make. To start your list, imagine yourself as a guest attending your wedding. Start with the first thing they receive from you (Save the Dates or Invites) and then move all the way through the wedding. How they park, what they see when they walk in, what will they drink, the flow of the entire thing. Imagine yourself as them and what they will see, hear, and taste the entire night. Once you have your vision written down, write all of the things you need to complete each task. Paper, Stamps, a Florist, Dresses, Ties, Signs, Cake Stand, the whole she-bang. Your list will be VERY long at first, but don’t worry it will become easier to manage as time goes on.

5. Get your Fiance in on the Planning

Seriously. Don’t leave him out. It is as much your event as his. Half of the people there will be his friends and family and a lot of times he knows them more than you do. He will also bring you back down to earth. Guys are more realistic and will keep us ladies in line. Plus, they can be creative. Give them some credit!

6. Thank you!

Remember to be kind to everyone and thank them many, many times. Friends and family that help out don’t have to be there, but they are. They love you and want to make sure this event goes wonderful for the both of you. Give them little gifts, send thank you notes, buy them a drink. Whatever you do, just make sure they know how much you appreciate them.

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6. Remember: No matter what happens, you will still be getting married to the love of your life.
The best advice I received. Hands down! So, maybe your photographer shows up super late and barely gets to take any pictures before you walk down the aisle (yeah that happened to us). You stumble a little walking down the aisle, babies are crying, your groomsman forgot his shoes. It will all be okay because you are making a life long commitment to the love of your life and you couldn’t be happier! :)
7. If you get stressed, breathe.
Take a break and come back to it later. Crafty wedding projects look a lot easier when someone else does it, it’s true. Don’t give up on it. I almost quit my biggest project, making my own brooch bouquet, like 5 times. Thank goodness for Caleb because he brought me back to reality. I am very happy that I finished it!
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Do you have any tips on how to survive an engagement? Maybe something you learned along the way?