A PRETTY COOL WEDDING TREND: SIGNATURE DRINKS, Part1

A pretty cool trend that I discovered while working on my other blog C’est l’Heure de l’Apéro is personalized cocktails, what is called the “Signature Drinks”. Instead of offering at the cocktail hour a punch without interest or a glass of champagne without originality, we offer a drink chosen or created to reflect the personality of the bride or the theme of the wedding.

One can take several interesting directions with this trend.

 

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The first is to simply offer the favorite drinks of the bride and groom and to give them funny names, one for him and one for her.

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ACCORDING TO THE THEME OF YOUR WEDDING

The second is to choose drinks that represent the theme of the wedding, for example a champagne cocktail or a posh drink for an elegant wedding.

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… refreshing lemonades or special drinks served in mason jars for a “rustic” wedding …

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… a beautiful exotic drink or a colorful punch for a beach or destination wedding  …

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… or an apple and hot cinnamon cider or a snowy Martini for a winter wedding.

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YOUR COLOURS

The third direction, and the one that I really love, is to choose drinks with the colours of your wedding. The combinations are limitless!

Many different types of cocktails lend themselves to the colour scheme, simply by adding different ingredients to the basic recipe.

You are classic and prefer the sweetness of champagne? Flavour your bubbles with colourful ingredients to make a Champagne Cocktail …

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… or have fun creating a custom Mimosa that will charm your guests with its delicate taste. Ideal for a brunch wedding.

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You’re more sophisticated and you like cocktails with gin or vodka, get inspired by Bond, James Bond with a Martini …

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… or give your wedding a little “Sex and the City” vibe with a Cosmopolitan.

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You are more daring and you like tequila and rum, so turn to the very festive Margaritas

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… or the cool Mojitos, whose freshness will please everyone!

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You like drinks with several ingredients that taste like a vacation and that you can prepare in advance in beautiful containers, then choose a Sangria

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… or an alcoholic lemonade. One trend that is very popular is the beverage stations, where the guests serve themselves.

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There are also a multitude of colourful drinks, created especially for the occasion or known to all, which will stimulate your guests’ taste buds, like the Bloody Ceasars,  Daiquiri, Blue Lagoon and Sex on the Beach.

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It’s always very considerate to offer an alcohol-free option, for the young or the wise, like a “virgin” version of your Signature Drink, Mocktails, punches or lemonades.

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In my next article, I will give you suggestions of  Signature Drinks according to the colour or colours you have chosen for your wedding.

For more examples of all kinds of cocktails and original drinks, check out my Pinterest .

 

 

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PANTONE COLOR OF THE YEAR: RADIANT ORCHID

This year, to every designers surprise, Blazing Blue was not named PANTONE COLOR OF THE YEAR, that honor went to Radiant Orchid.

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Radiant Orchid is a beautiful deep purple, closer in tone to fuchsia than blue or lilac. It is a color that is often hard to identify clearly and that varies in tone depending on your monitor. But it has a lot of punch and blends perfectly with a multitude of colors like lilacs, pinks, greens and blues. And for the daring ones, match them with some red, orange or even yellow, and everyone will be amazed by the results.

Go all out and put Radiant Orchid at the forefront with stunning wedding and bridesmaids dresses. Or use it as an accent in your make-up, your accessories, your bouquets, your decor, your cake, your invitation or even your cocktails. One way or another, this gorgeous Pantone Color of the Year will give your wedding all of the impact you always wanted to create!

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The least you can say is that the new Color of the Year Radiant Orchid is not for the modest, nor the conformist. It calls for a certain ballsiness, but despite its bite, it breathes romanticism and softness and is well-suited for every kind of wedding.

For more examples of this beautiful stranger, go see my Pinterest at: http://www.pinterest.com/francemo/2014-pantone-color/.

You can also upload my inspiration board!

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IN 2013 WEDDINGS, BACKGROUNDS TOOK THE LEAD

In 2013, backgrounds became stars just by being such incredible supporting players . It wasn’t only the backgrounds for the photo booths that stood out by their originality and whimsy, but also the ceremony and cakes backgrounds.

For the ceremony

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Fabric backgrounds are a bit more traditional, but if you play with very sheer curtains, ribbons or even garlands, you can create a wonderful decor.BD TISSUBD Tissu 6BD Tissu 16

Fabrics with graphic patterns can achieve an interesting and unconventional visual impact.BD Motifs 5BD Motifs 13

Flowers adds loads of charm and romance.
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A very popular trend, especially in country themed wedding, are backgrounds made off old doors and windows, which brings a rustic originality to any decor.BD DW 2BD DW 3BD DW 8

There are so many uniques ideas, you can go in all kinds of directions, following your imagination, your theme and your budget. Projections, hearts, decorative elements, old suitcases, books, anything can be used to create a surprising or traditional background.
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A trend that I really like is the one with written words, simply because I just love words and they allow us to put a lot more meaning in our ceremony. Be it a renown poem, your favorite song, a quote that touched you, a love letter, these words bring a very personal touch to the decor that will surely delight your guests.BG WRTING 1BG WRTING 3

For the photo booths

Photo booths are now a fixture in trendy and traditional weddings. One thing they all share, they are FUN! Crazy ideas are now the norm and they are the basis for unforgettable pictures!BG PB1BG PB2BG PB3BG PB4BG PB5

For the Cakes

Wedding cakes have become more than just deserts, they are now very important in the whole concept and look of your wedding. With this new importance, come a key location and an appropriate decor.BG CAKE 1BG WRTING 2BG CAKE3BG CAKE5BG CAKE4

Here’s my favorite background, it’s so elegant and dramatic, it takes my breath away!BD Autre 15

After a very exhaustive research to find these beautiful examples on Pinterest, my conclusion would be this: there are no more rules or limits when you are choosing a background. You let your imagination guide you and the results will simply be amazing!

For more examples of all kinds of exciting and unique backgrounds, just visit my Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/francemo/unique-backgrounds/.

ART NOUVEAU: WEDDING CAKES, Part 5

HAND-PAINTED CAKES ARE THE NEW TREND

Hand-painted cakes are very popular, it is even said that they will be THE new trend for cakes in 2104. More than ever, they are becoming real works of art.

Their creators get inspired by everything they love, be it a Parisian dress from the 20s…

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…an Indian piece of fabric…

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… stained glass…

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… Tuscan Majolica ceramic…

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… art deco…

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… a tatoo…

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… the Dia de la Morte…

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…an invitation…

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… la Bohème…

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… Picasso…

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… Monet…

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… or Van Gogh.

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They can be so very romantic, covered in delicate roses.

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And they can also be colorful and fun, with beautiful bold flowers.

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Sometimes, a three-dimensional detail will be added, giving the cake a really interesting visual impact.

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And here’s my favorite one, so unique and adorable!
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For more examples of amazing hand-painted cakes, go to my Pinterest, at http://www.pinterest.com/francemo/like-a-work-of-art/.

BEST 2013 WEDDING TREND #13: PRETTY GARLANDS

One of the most charming trends of 2013 has been the garlands. They invaded ceilings, tents, stairs and chairs. The were luminous, home-made, colorful, orignal. They gave a lot of punch to every kind of decor!

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Bunting was really in, with or without pattern.

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They even found their way to cakes!

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Luxurious and colorful flower garlands have always been very popular in Indians weddings. And some blogs are annoucing them as the new trend for 2014.

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They can also be very romantic, soft and pretty, composed of roses, baby’s breath or call lily and decorate the ceremony area, the stairs, the chairs.

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Paper hearts were also trendy, in all colors and shapes.

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You can use all kind of shapes and objects to make these beautiful garlands that will amaze your guests: stars, sea shells, butterflies, etc. Just follow your imagination and inspiration.

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Here’s my favorite, it’s sooooo pretty!

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For more examples of these charming and unique garlands, go to my Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/francemo/hanging-around/.

BEST 2013 WEDDING TREND #12: BOLD CAKES

Before the 2014 wedding trends are announced, I’m trying to publish my last posts on the 2013 trends that I really loved.

When I started to get interested in weddings and all they entail, cakes were not my thing. But then I got hooked while exploring Pinterest and I fell in admiration with this very creative art.

In 2013, cakes were quite bold, which really speaks to me. They were either very simple, one color with a big detail or covered with colorful appliques.

The first trend is more modern and plain. The detail that is put forward can be a multitude of things: a bow, a flower, a heart. Anything that inspires us or illustrates our theme.

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Appliques are more in your face and festive. They give a lot of personality to the cake.

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They can also be very romantic, with pretty flowers and pastel colors.

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For more examples of the trend for the cakes in 2013, go to my Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/francemo/2013-cake-trends/.

BEST 2013 WEDDING TREND #14: LOUNGES

In 2013, a new wedding trend took over reception halls and venues: the lounge area. These little living rooms installed indoors, under the tent or outdoors, can assume all kinds of ambience, for the great pleasure of your guests. They are the perfect place to enjoy your cocktail, to rest in between dances or to chat at the end of the night. Taking on your wedding theme colors, they can look modern, vintage, cozy or rustic, following your inspiration.

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For more examples of all sorts of lounges, visit my Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/francemo/lounging-around/

BEST 2013 WEDDING TREND #15: PRINTS

Prints are putting a beautiful end to Trend #15, Prints & Patterns.

You can use them in all aspects of your wedding, from your dress to the invitations. They epitomize romanticism, softness and femininity, with their pretty flowers and vivid colors.

They will take every one’s breath away, charm them, captivate them and make your wedding a unique visual experience.

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For more examples of this charming trend, go visit my Pinterest:

http://www.pinterest.com/francemo/lovely-romantic-prints/.

BEST 2013 WEDDING TREND #15, PATTERNS, Part 3

PATTERNS

Lots of patterns, aside from polka dots and stripes, have become popular in the last years: the rustic plaid, the graphic chevron, the elegant damask, the psychedelic paisley, the modern lattice and the original animal print. You can be demure and use them just as accents and details or go for broke and DARE!

One thing is sure, nobody will remain indifferent and your wedding will be unique forever in their mind.

Dare with plaid!

If you want to display your Scottish roots or to give a little country twist to your wedding, plaid is the perfect choice!

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Dare with chevron!

Chevron is like the stripe’s excentric cousin, it surprises with its boldness, it updates everything with its fashion sense, it gives more punch with its vivacity.

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Dare with damask!

If you are dreaming of elegance, the damask’s curves and decorations are custom-made for you.

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Dare with paisley!

Choose the charming paisley to express your romantic side, it will delight with its bright colors and its festive demeanour!

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Dare with lattice!

For a very contemporary look, pick the structure and the class of lattice.

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Dare with Animal Prints!

To expose your wild side, go for animal prints!

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For more examples of this colorful and fun trend, go to my Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/francemo/colorful-surprising-patterns/.

 

BEST 2013 WEDDING TREND # 15: PATTERNS, Part 2

POLKA DOTS

Polka dots are another pattern that never goes out of style. They can be so cute when they’re small and so bold when they’re big. Just like stripes, they can adapt to all aspects of a wedding and they do it with both refinement and irreverence.

They can be discreet with tone on tone or in black and white…

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… or give a little retro feel to dresses…

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… accessories…

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… and bridesmaids.

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They add a touch of whimsy to the bride’s bouquet…

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… to the groom…

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… and to the ceremony.

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They can totally transform a room…

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… or showcase all of the decor’s little details.

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They bring playfulness to table runners…

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… table cloths…

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… chairs…

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…centerpieces…

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…napkins…

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… menus…

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… numbers and escorts cards.

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They enhance cakes…

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… and desert tables.

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And finally, they give a little punch to the invitations.

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For more examples of this pattern, full of humor and lightness,  http://pinterest.com/francemo/mignons-petits-pois/.