Bold Flower Patterns That Make a Statement

This summer’s hottest new trend in wedding flowers is a blast of colors and patterns! We are obsessing over flower arrangements with over the top color combinations, eye-catching details, hanging wreaths, and bohemian mandalas.

Two colors that are sure to mesh are orange and yellow. Not just the primary colors from elementary school, but an “apricot” orange and “buttery” yellow. These colors are great for brides who love a blush color or a salmon pink but want to step out of the box a bit. These two colors are inviting, yet unexpected. When combined, boom, instant happiness! Peonies, Icelandic poppies, Juliet roses, chrysanthemums, carnations, and ranunculus are some of the flowers that can be used to bring this vision to life. Read more about the Italian inspired wedding by Magnolia Rouge

Photo Courtesy of Amanda K Photography

Circles are everywhere! In a wedding, circles have so much meaning like forever love and unity. Therefore, wreaths are a perfect backdrop for couples who are looking to make a statement. Wreaths are so easy to personalize and they can be suspended in the ceremony or reception space. Brides are opting to skip the bouquets and use circle wreaths with a ton of greenery. See more of this gorgeous wedding on the Confetti Day Dreams website

Photo Courtesy of Nicola Bester Photography

If you really want to step outside the box, ditch greenery and replace it with moss. You will make a bold statement with this lush and fluffy element. Moss is wonderfully beautiful in a tablescape, a backdrop, or a runner for a buffet table. Get real fancy and display your wedding monogram with moss.

Photo Courtesy of Pintrest

Finally, mandalas made our list of this summer’s hottest flower trends because of its free-spirited meaning. Placing petals in a symmetrical, round pattern, creates floral mandalas. They are sure to bring good energy to your big day! Whether you display your mandala on a tabletop or at the end of your aisle, it’ll be a great photo opts. See more of this gorgeous elopment from 100 Layer Cake

Photo courtesy of Anna + Mateo

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The many hats and titles of a Wedding Arranger

Photo courtesy of Austin Wedding Blog
Photo courtesy of Austin Wedding Blog

When you start thinking of all of your event vendors, their roles are pretty simple. You will need a photographer, a caterer, a makeup artist, decor, florals, maybe even transportation and a photo booth. Some interchangeable decisions you need to make are if you want a band or a DJ? Videographer or cinematographer? Perhaps the biggest challenge and decision is if you need a wedding planner. This may be a decision based on budget or how much hands-on help you need. With so many titles and roles a planner plays, you can be sure you’ve selected the right match, after reading the descriptions below.

Wedding Planner

wedding planner is a is the one who produces and orchestrates the entire event from beginning to end – a professional who assists with the planning, design, and management of a client’s wedding. Because of a number of vendors, guest count, logistics, and details, most couples are willing to spend a considerable amount of money to ensure the wedding is well organized and managed.

Some of the many responsibilities for a full-service planner are to source and negotiate with your vendors, to communicate with them on expectations and logistics, working with the family and bridal party meltdowns (yes, let’s be real – this happens), sets up the day of timeline for the dream team, works with a realistic budget to keep you on track, assists with venue selections, stationery, menus, and so much more.

Wedding Coordinator 

A wedding coordinator executes the event after the all the details have been planned by the couple. Typically the coordinator starts one month of the event to take over the communication with the vendors, finalize last minute details, set up the day of timeline for the venue and vendors and executing a fabulous event! They are not there to negotiate any terms after the contract has been signed, so do be mindful of this.

Some venues have an on-site coordinator that is included in your contract. This person is very resourceful and helpful to be an additional person on your coordinator’s team, however, this doesn’t mean they are dealing with any vendors outside of the hotel contract. They won’t call the baker if they are late or track down your linens if they didn’t arrive. But because they can get in the kitchen to oversee the caterers, you can rest assured that they are making sure everything is replenished, the guests are comfortable, the flatware, glassware, and your china are clean and replaced.

If your budget does not allow for a full-service planner or you have the time and resources to plan your own dream wedding, please still consider a day of coordinator. The last thing you want is a family member stepping in to assist when they want to be guests or you wondering why the right cake topper isn’t on the cake while you are cutting it!

Aside from these titles, there are wedding producers, wedding designers, wedding consultants, wedding arrangers (which goes hand in hand with planners) – be sure to follow us and read about them on our upcoming blogs

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Inexpensive Wedding Photographers for your big day!

Image courtesy of My Reception Ideas

 

Let me start off by saying that quality professionals are the most important part of your dream team. Inexpensive wedding photographers may have the stigma of being cheap, but there are many reasons for that. Perhaps they are just starting out in the industry, maybe they are turning a hobby into a business, maybe they are young entrepreneurs looking to fund their way through college. Either way, we want to share ways on how to save money on a photographer not to hire an unprofessional one – Remember quality over quantity – that’s the Styckie motto. Don’t be fixated on the final price, look to see what you are being offered and the style you envision.

An insured photographer will come equipped with professional equipment, an assistant or two (or 5), they will be on their feet all day, and it doesn’t end there…they will be editing your gorgeous pictures that are your lasting memory from the day. This is in part to their price tag. We know that the financial burden of a wedding can

Budget

There are many tools available for you to calculate the percentage allocated per vendor, from your total budget. Stick to those numbers! This will ensure you get the photographer you want at the cost you are expecting. Although negotiations will come into play, don’t look at a professional too far from your budget. If they come in under budget – that’s bonus savings (or spend it on your donut bar!)

Booking

If you have the luxury of planning a wedding 9-12 months in advance, take advantage of off-season costs by booking your photographer during this time. Some professionals offer discounts or may agree to keep their current season price before increasing their fees for the following year.

Timing

Check to see if the photographers packages allocate the exact time frames you need them for. If not, some savings to consider would be to decrease the hours, but only once you work out your timeline. Should you need them over time, it can be more costly.

Printing

Most packages for photographers no longer include albums. Photographers will offer digital deliverables in USB form, but if they do offer a photo book, request to eliminate that to save some money. There are many resources available online to order your albums from, which are a fraction of the cost.

Comparisons

It’s a good idea to get up to 3 quotes for the same service – a high, middle and a low. Comparing each vendor line by line will help to see what your expectations will be, which in turn can help with negotiations. You may be able to get a vendor to match a price if it seems reasonable enough.

 

Customize

Although some inexpensive wedding photographers may have a catalog of services, consider a custom package for additional savings. This falls in line with minimizing hours, but may also minimize the number of assistants needed, a number of location changes, a number of edited pictures or final delivered product.

We all know the bottom line here – you get what you pay for. All of our fabulous vendors are waiting for you to book them. Check out inexpensive wedding photographers on Styckie.

 

 

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How to Hire the Best Wedding Planner

 

 

 

The question was asked and the answer was YES! Everything you have envisioned since childhood is beginning to flash before your eyes. Your fairytale wedding will be unfolded for your family and friends to see in no time. Maybe you have too many ideas that need to cohesively fit, maybe you planned everything online, but need the ideas to be executed or maybe you need someone to just pull the ideas out of your brain and create your vision from beginning to end.

This is when you need a wedding planner to step in, but not just any planner, the BEST wedding planner! Here are a few important factors to look out for selecting the right team.

Connection

I always say you are married to the planner before the couple is married to each other. It’s not just liking the person or what they do. Planning a wedding with someone so closely intimate and saturated with the details, stress, and finances, go way beyond the planning process – they are your therapist, friend, confidant, advocate, and advisor (among other things) so you must trust them.

  • Do they have the patience to deal with the family (or drama) that may deter some ideas?
  • Can you see yourself, your partner and families spending time with them?
  • Do they understand your vision?

Services Offered 

There are so many titles when it comes to a wedding planner. Make sure you know what fits your needs and budget

  • A full-service planner will find your venue, vendors, keep you on track with the budget and checklist and coordinate your event, plus a hundred other things
  • A day of the coordinator may start the month before or the week of your big day. Although these tend to be more cost effective, confirm the deliverables and expectations so you are on the same page from the very beginning.

Past Events/Clients

There’s no greater compliment than a referral from a past client. Whether you see them in action at an event or ask your friends, it’s still a good idea to get some additional information from them.

  • Have they done an event at the venue before?
  • If they work with the same vendors, do they pass on those discounts to you?

Communication

In order to ensure your big day runs smoothly, your notes, details, verification calls, and timelines need to be flawless. Communication is KEY in setting you up as you get to the big month, even the week of. You shouldn’t be scrambling for details the week of your wedding, when you should be relaxing and getting pampered.

  • The expectation of them being accessible 24/7 is not practical or realistic, however, do they make you feel like a priority?
  • How many events are they working on in the same month as yours and how big is their team?
  • How many times will you meet or talk to the planner or team?

Plan B

We never want to think about the what ifs, but we need to be prepared for it, regardless.

  • If the planner has an emergency, what is the backup?
  • If there is rain for an outdoor wedding, have you gone into detail about specific plans?

 

There are so many other factors in selecting the best wedding planner, too many to list here so stay tuned for more details as the summer wedding season continues. Find the BEST wedding planners on Styckie – we will help you plan the perfect event!

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Hey Mr. (Wedding) DJ, keep playing that song!

When we think DJ, we instinctively think of someone with two turntables and headphones. Club DJ’s have evolved since vinyl and Wedding DJ’s have, as well!

Wedding DJ’s mix more than just music, they mix the vibe of the event. If we had to rank the importance of vendors, we would certainly say Wedding DJ is in the top 3. As important as a packed dance floor is, it is also important for the wedding DJ to be familiar with the crowd, your playlist and the style of music that is needed.

Set up by Exclusively Entertainment
Set up by Exclusively Entertainment

Crowd
It’s important to communicate to your wedding DJ about your guests and the expectation the dance floor will have. Do they dance? Are they shy and may need some help from an MC or dancers to get them on the floor? Your wedding DJ should be able to read the crowd and keep playing what keep the energy level up!

Playlist
Not only should you let the DJ know what you want to hear, make sure you share what you DON’T want to hear. If you don’t like line dancing, Macarena or the YMCA, let them know. Some couples may even have artists that they DO not want to hear at their wedding. The earlier you let the wedding DJ know about your preferences, the easier it is for them to make their playlist and not risk playing something you don’t like. No wedding DJ wants bad looks from the bride while she’s on the dance floor!

Style
If you like rock or hip hop, pop or country, your wedding DJ should be selected based on reviews, your experience with them (possibly from another wedding) and style. Do they scratch? Are their transitions smooth? Do they play music in an order that continuously builds up the hype? Do they play the whole song or just up to the hook? These questions should not only be asked, but you should see as many videos as possible or see them in person…when I say see them in person, I am NOT asking you to crash a wedding!

Anthony Robinson
Anthony Robinson

Taking a cue with hitting every category you need to make a successful event, our 2 favorites entertainment companies provide everything from DJ, MC, Lighting, Event Planning, Photo Booth services, Decor and drum roll…officiant too! It’s not every day where you come across a one-stop shop for entertainment with so much passion for their couples!

Exclusively Entertainment produces social and corporate events in the DC area with a specialization on multicultural events. You can find their president, Iman, hosting charity events for various organizations and causes dear to his heart, as well as, community concerts and parties.

Exclusively Entertainment Couple
Exclusively Entertainment Couple

Anthony Robinson started as a one-man show until the team transformed to form a company. In an effort to send his appreciation for the community, he offers a discount to any military, police, firefighter, and teacher.

Photo by Anthony Robinson
Photo by Anthony Robinson

If you are planning an event or know someone that is, Styckie can help you find the top pros to make your event special. Download the app on iTunes or Google Play, today!

 

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Go Shawty, it’s Sherbert Day!!

No matter what age or milestone, celebrate your special day (and sweet tooth) with these delicious non-cake desserts.

Funfetti Cake Batter Popsicles

Serving: 8 popsicles

Photo by Unusually Lovely

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup cake mix
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup rainbow sprinkles

Instructions:

  • In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat heavy cream and sugar until soft peaks form.
  • Add vanilla and beat one more quick time to incorporate.
  • In a separate bowl whisk together milk and cake mix until cake mix is dissolved.
  • Add liquid into the whipped cream and fold in with a rubber spatula.
  • Add sprinkles and fold them in as well.
  • Using a spoon, spoon mixture into the popsicle mold until each slot is 3/4 full. As you’re filling, lightly tap the mold on the counter to try to prevent air bubbles.
  • Insert popsicle sticks and freeze for 4–6 hours or overnight.

Cake Batter Truffles

Photo from The Sweets Life

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  • Beat butter and sugar together with an electric mixer until combined. Add cake mix, flour, salt, and vanilla, mixing well. Add milk and beat until a dough consistency forms. Stir in sprinkles.
  • Roll dough into one-inch balls. Place on a cookie sheet lined with wax or parchment paper. Chill for 15 minutes in the fridge or freezer.
  • Melt almond bark in the microwave in 30-second increments, stirring after each increment. When bark is smooth and melted, stir in cake mix until smooth.
  • Dip cake batter balls in almond bark to coat completely. Remove with a fork and place on wax or parchment paper lined baking sheet. Decorate immediately with sprinkles. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.

Oreo Cake Batter Cheesecake Bars

Photo by Delicious by Dre

Ingredients:

Oreo Crust
  • 25 birthday cake Oreos
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil (melted)
  • 1/4 cup funfetti cake mix (optional)
  • 2 tbsp sprinkles (optional)
Cake Batter Cheesecake
  • 11 oz Neufchatel cheese
  • 1 (5oz) container of vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 c organic sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 c unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1/2 c funfetti cake mix
  • 1 scoop vanilla cake batter protein powder (optional or substitute vanilla protein powder)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp sprinkles (as topping)

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. line 8×11 glass baking dish with parchment paper and set aside along with a slightly larger baking dish (i used a 9×13 glass dish) for the cheesecake bath.
  • In a food processor, (or a plastic bag & rolling pin) process the Oreos until finely crumbled. add melted coconut oil and cake mix (optional). once well mixed, add sprinkles and pulse a few additional times until blended. (don’t over-mix once sprinkles are added!)
  • Pour Oreo mixture evenly into dish lined with parchment paper and set in refrigerator while preparing the cheesecake portion.
  • Beat the cream cheese with a mixer on medium speed until fluffy. add the greek yogurt and sugar then beat until smooth. next, add the eggs, almond milk, vanilla, salt and beat again until completely combined and smooth. mix in the protein powder and cake mix until combined.
  • Pour the cheesecake filling over the crust and top with sprinkles. set the pan in a larger pan (i used 8×11 and 9×13 dishes), and add enough hot water to come halfway up the sides of the baking pan.
  • Bake until just set, 40 to 45 minutes. remove the baking pan from the water bath, and transfer to a wire rack to cool for 30 minutes, then freeze for at least 3 hours or refrigerate overnight.
  • Dust a little cake mix on top to make it look pretty

 

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6 Chair Rentals for Your BIG Day!!

When being seated for a wedding, how often do you think the guests notice the chairs? With so many new styles and accent decor, they are becoming more a part of the overall theme. Sure the venue banquet chairs and spandex coverings are still popular, but if you want to add that extra flair to your wedding, be sure to rent these styles. Our Pinterest page has many more ideas for you to be inspired by!

 

Chiavari Chairs

The most popular amongst all the chairs are the Chiavaris, also known as ballroom chairs. These come in multi finishes like silver, gold, mahogany, even acrylic. The cushion choices are endless to match any color theme. You can take your design idea to the next level by adding sashes, florals even signs.

Photo by Lin & Jirsa

 

Ghost Chairs

Watching people get seated in a ghost chair is very entertaining. They are unsure if their weight can handle the delicate looking chair and they hold on to the chair while walking over so they don’t ‘miss’ this clear beauty when sitting. This lucite design is very modern and chic which fits those themes well. Consider using graphics on the chair or cushions for an added touch.

 

Photo by Brides.Com

 

Folding Chairs

Almost every garden or outdoor wedding has these classic white folding chairs. They create the perfect casual look, but with the right accents, the attention can be diverted for a more elegant look.

 

Photo by: Elizabeth Anne Designs

 

Bentwood Chairs

These very simple chairs can fit any rustic theme and are mostly used indoors. Following the look of classic restaurants that still use these chairs, your wedding will feel very ‘homey’ with this classic look.

 

Photo by: Style Me Pretty

 

‘X’ Farm Back Chair

Also known as the ‘Pilgrim’ chair, this classic piece takes you back in time. With a versatile look for indoor and outdoor events, this staple chair can create the perfect rustic look with minimal effort.

 

Photo by: CJ’s Off The Square

 

Chameleon Chair

One of my personal favorites is the Chameleon Chair. Is it THE most stylish chair that makes a statement in every room, regardless of the design. I didn’t say they were the lightest or the most comfortable, but all of that goes out the window when you see how it looks in your wedding!

 

Photo By: Inside Weddings

 

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5 Alternative Centerpieces for your Next Event

When you think centerpieces, you think florals, over the top trees, maybe 5-6 vases on a table or an entire runner of roses…ok, maybe that’s just what I think about! From weddings to birthdays or showers, here are 5 of our favorite centerpieces that have minimal florals, but maximum value! Our Pintrest board has some more ideas for you to see.

Photo by CatchMyParty.com

For a birthday party or even a Bar/Bat Mitzvah, these colorful lollipop centerpieces will catch a lot of attention (and hungry eyes). A simple styrofoam ball and some glue can add multi layers and everyone will have fun taking a lollipop as the night goes on. Adding blow pops to these dum dums, can add some dimension to the tables.

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A bridal shower can benefit from the zen and tranquil effects of fresh lavender. Tie these around a votive and light the candle for a beautifully scented party. Sage can also work wonderfully or my personal fav is putting lose jasmine buds floating in water bowls – heavenly!!!!

Photo By CountryLiving.com

Wine and beer lovers rejoice!! Drink up, empty those bottles and get to spray painting! The key is to have multi-shaped bottles so get creative when you go shopping at the liquor store. Remember, safety first: cover your mouth when spray painting, allow a day for it to dry, transport them safely and fill with your fav florals. This can be used at a bridal shower, wine themed birthday or even a cocktail party. Add some color to votive candles, to complete the look.

Photo by Hi Miss Puff

Birdcages have been increasingly popular to collect gift envelopes, but this touch of florals creates a romantic touch to any event. Add some rose petals and multi-tiered votive candles on the base, but watch out for those hanging vines!

Photo by RusticDecors.net

Rustic themes are all the rage, especially in the fall. With creative uses of mason jars and natural tree trunks, you can bring the outdoors to any table. Moss, eucalyptus, and twine easily lend themselves to a natural theme – just take it easy with the weight of the trunks!

 

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6 Unique Guest Seating Ideas!

Photo by Engaging Papers
Every guest at a wedding used to want to see their place card to see where they are sitting – how close they are to the bar, to the dance floor, are they at the singles table or the family table? These days, guests are more impressed at the efforts the couples are putting into their seating assignments that they don’t really care if they are even seated in the ballroom! Ok, obvi that isn’t true, but take a look at these unique ways to seat your guests! Hint – we pinned these on our board for a quick reference 🙂

The Digital Print

Photo by Etsy.com – Caitlin Breitenstein

Use your favorite engagement shoot image to print a digital, alpha list of your guests. This can be displayed on a TV that you rent or you can print this on display it on an easel.

Theme Place Cards

Photo by MazelMoments.Com

I want to be a part of it…New York, NY. OK, so maybe I’m biased in loving this NYC themed place cards, but who wouldn’t!? It’s a keepsake favor and escort card in one, now THAT’S a NY bargain!

Coastal Sandollars

Photo by NayeemVohra.com

If you are having a beach wedding, these sand dollars are a no brainer for bringing the outside INdoors. Have your calligrapher use ink in your theme colors.

Bubbly Buddies

Photo by Wedding Chicks

Raise a glass, clink a toast and drink your way to your seat with these champagne cards. Refills are a must!

Gatsby Gold Foil

Photo by Brides

Art deco is still a popular touch at most formal events. This seating chart assigns guests by table number, displayed on an easel. You can also do this style in alphabetical order, as well.

The Perfect Reflection

Photo by Style Me Pretty

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mirror, mirror on the wall…who has the best seat of them all? This mirror calligraphy seating chart is the newest trend for any theme. Taking a photo of one may be hard, but the everlasting effect on the guests are memorable.

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5 FUN birthday cakes for all ages!

Cakes have become one of the most popular decorative accents to birthday parties. These cool designs from our very own pros will ‘wow’ our guests (and your tummy!)

 

Charm City Cakes

Photo by Charm City Cakes

You have to reeaalllyyy love juicing to want to cut this cake! If you don’t mind, I am going to nibble on the carrots for a bit…the cake ones, not the real ones.

 

La Cakerie Company

Photo by La Cakerie Company

Any sports fan from Baltimore will agree, that this cake is a dream! A 3rd tier for the Wizards will add a nice pop of red for your birthday guy or gal.

 

Sweets by E

Photo by Sweets By E

I ‘mustache’ you a question…how cute is this cake?! This can delight any age from child to adult

 

The Cake Courtesan

Photo by The Cake Courtesan

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles…the theme song is stuck in my head too. No matter your age, this cake (and pizza) are the best ways to bring in your birthday.

 

CakeFest Sugar Art

Photo by SugarFest Cake Art

Make up good enough to eat? If you have a diva on your hands that LOVES to get dolled up, this is the cake for her. The details and sugar flowers are lifelike!

 

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