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Planning: 50 Shades of Marise – A Beautiful Birthday Party In Brooklyn

The first day I met Marise I was immediately attracted to her spirit and that infectious laugh of hers. So I was very excited to sit and chat with her one evening so she can tell me all about how she wanted to celebrate her 50th Birthday. She loves travel, Girl Scouts and designer bags…EMPHASIS on the designer bags. She wanted a black, white and blush black tie party that was fun and festive and showcased her love of… you guessed it, designer bags.

In lieu of having cut outs of purses all over the room we, with the help of LeTrice from LePenn Designs, incorporated some luxury paper with a designer finish, named her tables after her favorite designers and designed a logo so we can create stationary reminiscent of a designer logo bag (think Louis Vuitton with the LV all over the purse – if that makes any sense). Based on her wants, needs and desires we decided to host her Birthday party at Giando on the Water. She was sold on the view alone and the parking. If you know anything about Brooklyn, New York you know good parking and venues are unicorns in the hood. We spent over a year fine tuning the details and partnered with a vendor collective that worked beautifully together. I can’t wait to get the pictures back form Amy Anaiz Photography but for now take a peek at a few of my un-professionalphone photos:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stay tuned for more…

Planning: Love Your Wedding Like Yuh Playing Mas

There is no shame in my game, I LOVE Weddings and I LOVE Carnival (not the circus…picture Rio De Janeiro). Therefore one of my favorite things to do as a Wedding Planner is to merge my two loves together. If you have every experienced a Carnival in [Insert any Caribbean Island HERE] then you know it’s a feeling like no other. The euphoria, the joy, the “nothing else can top this feeling”, the “cast your troubles away feeling”, the “everyone is so happy and awesome” feeling, then you know why I want my clients to LOVE their wedding like they are playing mas (as in masquerading). Wouldn’t you like to experience your wedding and feel like “nothing else can top this”…I would and my client should as well. So while some clients will express to me that carnival is their favorite time of the year I try to show them well let’s bring the essence of carnival into your big day.

So if this Tribe Azalea carnival costume was the my clients inspiration, their wedding would look like:

Inspiration for your wedding can and should come from ANYWHERE. So why not use what you love especially if it is what joins you and your love together and celebrate.  Embrace the culture, embrace the color, enjoy the music, feel the vibes, relive the excitement that carnival, or whatever it is brings you and Love your wedding like yuh playing mas!
Photo: courtesy of Etsy

Planning: Who Will Make The Cut?

Some of you may be excited with the idea of going dress shopping because I have show you a FAB dress that you must have. But do you know what to ask for when you actually hit the store or will you just say “hi, I want the dress that JunePlumm Events posted”? Yes a that may work (if you have a pic) but chances are the salesperson will want you to try on other dresses as well and therefore ask you what kind of dresses do you like? *insert confused face HERE*. So let me prep you a bit with a bit of dress cut/styles that you may identify with:

Sheath: Slinky, sexy, leaves NOTHING to the imagination. These types of dresses are made for the woman with a body that is slim trim and is ready to show it off. Usually made of a lighter fabric, a sheath dress is light airy and can be worn from the “I-do” to the “good-night”. keep in mind if you have ripples and rolls, and bulges and lumps this dress will show it. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Ball Gowns: Look out here she comes: We all know it when we see it because this gown is large and in charge! It is usually fitted to the waisted and then flares out from there.This gown is not for the meek or mild at all. This style gown can give you the look of a small waist (since everything below billows out) however it can give you an appearance of bigger hips too so choose wisely with this one.

Mermaid/Trumpet/Fit n Flare: These gown styles are often mis-quoted and it is confusing (sometimes) to figure out which is which (I mix them up all the time). The easiest way to differentiate the styles is the remind yourself of where the gown starts to flare. Meaning:

  • If it’s fitted to the knee and then begins to flare, then chances are it’s a Mermaid. If there is an extra panel in the back…it’s probably a Fishtail
  • If it’s fitted to the hips and then gradually begins to flare, it’s probably a Fit’n’Flare.
  • If it’s fitted to the thighs and then gradually begins to flare ( between the hips and the knees), it’s probably a Trumpet.
  • I use the term “probably” because designers/retailers may interchange the terminology.
A-Line: The all rounder…everyone’s homegirl because she is very figure flattering for mostly anyone. A great safe bet. This gown is fitted by the bust and bodice and gradually begins to flare to resemble an A (or a triangle). EXTRA great for those of us with a little tummy we want to camouflage. 

Does this help? Oh and also keep in mind…

  • Junk in your trunk…Ruching is your friend
  • Got melons…try a  a Basque Waist
  • Itty-bitty-titty-committee…Empire Waist is a best kept secret
  • Belly bulge…Corsets are your friend
Whatever you pick OWN IT! You will NOT please everyone. Someone will NOT like your gown. But if you like it,  I love it so make me believe it! Head high and feel every bit of fabulous that you are.

Planning: The Striped Effect

My latest obsession = BOLD Black and white stripes.

What do I love about it?

  1. It’s VERY eye catching
  2. You can add any color with it and it accents it VERY well
  3. A little bit of stripes goes a long way and still makes an impact
  4. It’s magic… put it on (an object) and immediately adds length and width  (not always a positive when it comes to horizontal striped clothing though)
  5. Did I mention it is VERY eye catching

So what do you think? Too much for you or right up your alley? I will admit… it’s ALLOT, and not for the faint at heart. But as I mentioned before, if you love bold stripes but your not ready to fully commit, see #3 above: “a little bit of stripes goes a long way”.  If you feel like it might be for you, here are some ways to consider infusing this awesomely amazingly beautiful design into your wedding, for the Bold AND the Bashful

  • Bold: Use a striped table cover… Bashful: Use a solid color table cover with a black and white striped linen runner
  • Bold: Wear a broad striped belt with a striped ribbon flower fascinator…Bashful: Wrap your bouquet with striped ribbon
  • Bold: Drape the ceiling of your reception tent with black and white fabric…Bashful: Use a striped dinner napkin and let it hang over the side of the table but under your charger
  • Bold: Add stripes to your outdoor ceremony by alternating black and white lawn or chiavari chairs…Bashful: Have your stationary designer add a subtle stripe to the ceremony program and leave one on alternating chairs
  • Bold: Striped bow or neck ties…Bashful: Striped cuff links
  • Bold: Striped flower girl dress (solid on the top and striped from the waist down)…Bashful: Striped ponytail ribbon 

It’s your wedding, do it how you want to. Either stand waaaaay out or stand out a little, but whatever you do…STAND OUT!

SO…are you Bold or Cautious?

Planning: Wrap with Burlap

I have always fancied burlap table covers for events. So much so that I am using it for an upcoming styled shoot. But did you know burlap can be used in other things:

Invitations:

Bows:

Favor Bags:

Cake Decor:
You will mostly find burlap in a natural color but this chic material can be found in many other colors too:
Burlap is typically a staple for many country/shabby chic affairs. But if you love it like I do but your not committed to the rustic country feel, step it up a notch. Skip the lace, mason jars, yarn and meadow flowers. Run…don’t walk to more modern chic pieces. Like metal balls, mirrored vases and lush flowers. You don’t need to fully commit to a theme to used a staple that you like. Make it your own by choosing your adornments carefully.
How do you feel about burlap?

Planning: What We are Pinning

Are you Pinning? I am…Take a look at some of JunePlumm Event’s favorite pins for the week:

Gowns board

Gowns board

Favors board

Bouquet board

Yummies board

Gowns board

Bouquets board

Decor board

Decor board

What are you pinning?

Planning: What I’m Pinning

Are you on Pinterest? JunePlumm Events is and I am LOVING IT. It took me a while to warm up to it but I have officially been bitten by the pinning bug and I am running with it. As an event planner I am constantly strolling the Internet for inspiration, information and whatever else and Pinterest gives me the best option to keep all my inspirations in one place.

For instance, look some of my recent pins.

From my “Gowns” board

From my “Gowns” board
From my “For The Home” board

From my “Green Inspirations” board

From my “Blue Inspirations” board

From my “Stationary” board

From my “Cool Photos” board
From my “De Islands” board
From my “Aisle Decor” board

From my “Beauty” board

From my “Little Ones” board

From my “Yummies” board

It’s not just about the weddings. If your on Pinterest follow JunePlumm Events we’d love to check your boards out as well.

Planning: The Outdoor Wedding

The weather is warming up and more and more wedding ceremonies are moving outdoors. GREAT! But as the weather heats up so will your guests, so keep them comfortable and consider adding one or two of these to help shield the sunshine:

  • Sunglasses: Especially if you don’t mind the cool factor
  • Fans: Unless your ceremony program doubles as a fan, give your guest some fans to help keep them cool and breezy. There are so many fan options so I am sure you can find one to compliment that style and colors of your wedding
  • Draping: You can still keep your ceremony outdoorsy and still block some of the sun with light organza draping. it’s also keeps your ceremony space feeling intimate but NOT small
  • Parasols: Too big a parasol could be distracting to your other guests but at the right size it could provide allot of shade (and they are too cute)
  • Plan Ahead: The hottest times of the day is usually around 3pm. So plan your outdoor ceremony earlier in the day before the sun begins to peak and is at it’s warmest, or later when it is on it’s way to cool down mode.
  • Communicate: Either word of mouth, on your wedding website or carefully worded on your invite, let your guests know that your ceremony will be outdoors. This way your guests will arrive knowing they will be in the sunshine and will dress accordingly. 
  • Bottle Water: Take it one step further and personalize them with your logo, picture or a fun message

Sure your ceremony may be short but 20 minutes can feel like 20 hours if you are hot and uncomfortable. And remember…your guests aren’t the only ones baking in the sun YOU are too. Considering the style and weight of your bridal gown, you may be more uncomfortable than they are.  So plan ahead and make it easier on you and your guests.

Sunglasses: Credit

Planning: Hair Comes The Bride

How are you going to wear your hair for your wedding day?

Long Soft Curls

Curly Natural Updo

Sexy Loc Updo

Shoulder length with soft waves…

Slicked Back Tight Chignon

Sassy Bold Chignon

Short simple and sweet bob framing your face…

Updo with a twist (or two)

Whatever style you choose it is important to consider a few things:

  • What style dress are you wearing? You don’t want your hair to compete with your dress. Too much detail at the top of the gown means you may want to stay away from a super busy hairdo that hangs way past your shoulder covering all the gown fablulousness. Keep it simple and sexy.

  • What is the style of the wedding? Are you having a throwback Harlem Renaissance style wedding? Then not only your dress should look the part but you hair as well. Keep it all in the same era.

  • Where are you getting married? If you are getting married outside by the beach where it is super windy, that means there will be mist in the air. That means if you do not have that snap-back-to-it hair then a long spiral hairdo may NOT be for you.

  • What style looks best on you. For your wedding you should be the best YOU that YOU can be. This means if you can rock a mean ponytail then RAWK it. Just polish it up so it compliments the dress, the location and the wedding style.
  • Do you sweat or “glisten”: If you perspire after saying supercalifragilisticexpialidocious then put your hair up and back. #ThatIsAll
Discuss all of these important factors with your stylist before your event. This way on the day of the BIG day you will all be on the same page and not struggling to figure it out at the last minute.

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!