Category Archives: Accessory

Planning: 6 Reasons You May Not Be A DIY Bride

I envy those people that get excited at the thought of picking up a tool or thingy or thingamajig or whodat or whatdowehavehere in the attempt to recreate an item that they have seen on Pinterest but refuse to buy because they can do it better. KU-DOS!!! I am NOT-THE-ONE. THERE…I said it…whew, what a load off ! There is a time and place for everything and while I commend those that have the patience and energy for it…JunePlumm Events does not for a number of reasons:

1) I just don’t want to

2) DIY isn’t always the easiest route. If you are like me, no patience for the perfectionism that it takes to create or recreate that totally awesome Pinterest thingy that you MUST have. Then it will drive you insane if it doesn’t come out EXACTLY as you have seen online. CAUTION…BEWARE…DO NOT PASS GO!

3) DIY isn’t always the cheapest option. Items purchased in bulk are typically more affordable than those purchased one here and one there. So unless this is something the is being created or recreated on a consistent basis the cost per product will be more. Not to mention if you do not have a wholesale ID affording you the option to get these items at a cost savings then…$$$$$$$

4) DIY takes patience and time. Nobody move..no one talk to me… no one even think about breathing as I attempt to stripe this vase. Yeah… doesn’t sound fun to me either. I just grew another grey hair remembering that time that I tried to… you know what, I wont go there. Let’s move on

5) I just don’t want to

6) See #’s 1 and 5

AGAIN: Let me be clear, I APPLAUD those that are DIY’ers but it is completely okay if you are not the one. So brides, understand that while planners may have a love for most things wedding, it does not mean that everyone of us want to recreate it ourselves. There are vendors out there that have built up the skill (and patience) to handle these items in bulk and for a fraction of the cost that it would cost your planner to do it themselves. So yeah… it’s not a fun project for everyone.
DISCLAIMER: While I am not into DIY I will spray paint the heck out of anything. Oh yeah, and I’m mean with it too.
Photo: Courtesy of Pinterest

Planning: An Amenity for the Rest of the Room

Have you considered providing your guests with a amenity basket for ladies and men’s Restroom?  In case this is on your agenda, here are some items to consider for it:

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Lotion/Gel:

  • Pretty scented one for the ladies room & a more manly type for the men’s room
  • Skin softening type of lotion
  • Antibacterial Gel
Sweets:
  • Gum
  • TIc Tac
  • Peppermint
Grooming/Beauty:
  • Nail file
  • Nail cutter
  • Clear nail polish ( can double to fix those nasty pantyhose runs)
  • Kleenex Tissues
  • Hair Pins
  • Lint Brush
  • Safety Pins
  • Body Spray (Male & Female)
  • Hair spray/Gel

Other:

  • Sewing kit
  • Condoms (we are all adults right)
  • Tampons / Panty liners / Pads
  • Dental Floss
  • GasX / Antacids / Aspirin 
  • Candles
  • Shout Wipes
What’s important to remember is do not go overboard to buying every little thing you kinda sorta maybe think you need. This is an additional expense and you have to consider your budget when planning this amenity. Keep it simple, and shop from your local drug store mini bins to get most of these items. And for your pretty smelling things, I’d try Bath and Body Works, there is always a sale, always a special and always a coupon. To take it up a notch, try personalizing your packaging with custom labels or wrapping items with a fabric or paper that compliments your event decor.
So, is this something that you are considering for your event?

Pretty Little Things: I Now Pronounce You Mr. & Mrs…

Your wedding day is fast approaching and isn’t it cute to celebrate going from Mr. & Ms to Mr. & Mrs. than to personalize little details showcasing that you have now crossed over into Mrs.’dom.

Here are a few ways that YOU you can strut your Mr. & Mrs. stuff (before and after the wedding):

Note cards

Pillows

Towel set
Ring Bowl

Shoe Decals

Forks (one of my faves)
Swarovski Crytstal Signs

What’s your pick?


*all photos courtesy of Etsy*

Pretty Little Things: Romance by Candlelight

What do I love about these pictures?

Courtesy of FB

Courtesy of Flick’r

The reflective vases!

Reflective Vases give your table setting a sleek modern look that is to die for. My favorite use of these magic vessels are to couple them with candles/candlelight. The reflection is multiplied and the “romance by candlelight factor” is quadrupled. It’s a quick easy way to turn up the fabulous on your tablescape. And who doesn’t want that.

Planning: If the Sock Fits!

Your bridesmaids have been really good to you throughout your engagement. They have been supportive, they didn’t complain about wearing the same lime green taffeta dress with flower applique in every color in the rainbow (with a rainbow pin in their hair). They showed up on time to every rehearsal for your “Beat It” specialty dance routine. No one had a problem spending 200+ on matching shoes. Everyone shoes up to your 2 bridesmaids meeting per month. They dried your tears when you cried because the florist put pink roses instead of blush roses in the floral mock-up. Face it, they have been saints! And now you want to thank them but your not sure how.

Here are some ideas:

  • Jewelry: Do I even need to elaborate on why.
  • PJ’s: Cute ones of course,  with bridal party socks (it ups the cute factor)
  • Spa Gift Certificate: After 8+ months of being your personal b*t… ah mean “helper” don’t you think they deserve it
  • A Gift Certificate: To their favorite restaurant (even if that favorite restaurant is Red Lobster…where applicable)
  • A Clutch Purse: To hold their lipstick, cell phone and blot powder for the wedding day. Nothing big, just something small, cute and that can be used for multiple occasions.
  • A Kindle: such a great gift. And with some many colors, you might be able to find one with a coordinating color to your wedding.
  • Personalize MP3 Player. Personalize it with her name, “Best Bridesmaid” or the wedding date. Get creative with it
  • Personalized Stationary: And then write a personal “Thank YOU” note on the first sheet.
  • Her favorite “__________” (fill in the blank): I’m assuming, because you put her in your bridal party you know her. You know her likes, loves, and dislikes. So get her her favorite wine: if she’s a wine drinker, Magazine subscription: if she’s an avid reader of a particular mag and just hasn’t gotten around to subscribing yet,  Chocolates: if she has an insatiable sweet tooth. The point is pick something you know she will appreciate and appeals to her as an individual AND something that is different for each member of the bridal party. It will make her feel special that you really put some thought into it.

If you get your girls a few small items, put them together in a personalized or a Bridesmaids tote. Presentation is just as important as the gift itself.

*NOTE: Don’t go overboard on the gifts if t is a financial hardship. a GREAT gift doesn’t have to be expensive. Make a budget and stick to it. if they are your REAL friends they will appreciate the gesture and be eternally grateful for it!



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Planning: A Block of Color

If you are that trendy bride that likes to make a statement then this may be for you.

The hottest trend right now is neon colors/color blocking. For the 80’s babies this is just a blast from the past so you may be thinking this isn’t new at all. And you’re right it isn’t new, however it’s foray into the wedding industry isn’t common at all so let’s run with it shall we. This colorful statement has always been a love of mine (I love the bright extra pop of color) so I would encourage that if you are THIS bride then ROCK out to it!

Consider showcasing your trendiness into your wedding by keeping it simple-ish. Here me out. You don’t have to have EVERY aspect of your wedding in neon colors. As a matter of fact..please DO NOT make every aspect of your wedding neon. That is a headache for you and your guests waiting to happen. Instead, infuse a few items with this colorful trend: For instance

NEON: cake, shoes, bridesmaids dress, linens, flowers, wedding gown sash and gloves, stationary = *bbm angry face*

NEON: shoes, bridesmaids dress, brides bouquet, stationary, favors = *bbm smiley face*

A little bit goes a looooooooong way and makes a bigger statement! Besides, you want to love your wedding today tomorrow and for years to come. Not look back on it and say what the hell was I thinking!

SO, are you THIS bride?

Pretty Little Things: Mix it Up

On my wish list right now…and UNTIL I get one in my hands:

Custom Designed mixer. 
I may have mentioned one time that I am a better baker than I am cooker and it is so true. But think of how much better my red velvet cupcakes would be coming from one of these mixers. It’s a MUST have for any one that loves to bake. Nicole Dinardo of Un Amore Custom Designs, makes all kinds of custom designed items but these mixers have to be my faves. Check them out!

Pretty Little Things: To Have and To Hold

Okay okay, I admit it, I am a bag FIEND. There is said it…whew!

I was going through my things the other day and every storage container I pulled out were full of bags and purses and clutches and totes. I was truly amazed at just how many I have. But I just can’t help it, a great bag can really make or break an outfit just like a cool shoe can.  

Like these bags for instance:

Wouldn’t these pair wonderfully with a bridesmaid or even bride. OR even to accompany you to a cocktail party. Whatever the occasion your bag should compliment your outfit and reflect your personality. And lucky for you there are SO many options to choose from so chose wisely.
photos courtesy of Etsy

Pretty Little Things: CHARGE!

I am semi-sorta-kinda-extremely obsessed with chargers. You know what chargers are right?The bigger plate that goes under the dinner plate that is simply for decor and mostly NOT for eating off of. I love these items because it is the quickest way to dress up a table without doing a whole lot of anything. Stick a charger on the table and viola’ you are now fancy. For weddings and special events charger rentals can range from $1.50 per plate up to $10.00 per and above.

But lucky for you for every day entertaining, Party City has an awesome collection of chargers in some fun colors and patterns.

Check them out:

What is your quick fix table decor that you use for your everyday entertaining?

Pretty Little Things: Hand Painted Wine Glasses

No surprise that I love…LOVE Etsy, since I talk about it almost every other post but I really really really do. Okay..moving on now. I just had to share these Pretty Little Things that I found while doing one of my marathon perusings on the site.

I think these glasses would be so cute as a place setting for a bridesmaids luncheon, bridal shower or any fun festive occasion surrounding you and your bridal party. And best of all they can be customized to match your gown and bridesmaids dresses as well as the date and names.
How cute!