IN 2013, 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

Entire walls of light can give a magic feel to any ceremony.BD Lights1BD Lights2

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/.

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 #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/.

BEST 2013 WEDDING TREND # 15: PATTERNS, Part1

STRIPES

There’s so many types of prints and patterns, all more interesting than the other, I will have to write a blog on each of them, so you can see all they can be.

Stripes are a pattern with multiple personalities. They are classic in black and white. They can feel nautical or Parisian in blue. They can be so pretty in pink or red. They can be thin and delicate, bold and dynamic, oblique and contemporary. They’re always daring and know how to make a visual impact. Actually, they can adapt to all wedding elements.

They become demure on wedding dresses.
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They dares to show off bouquets.

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They give playfulness to bridesmaids.

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They wake up mens accessories.

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They attract attention during the ceremony.

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They allow decor elements to stand out.

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They charm on tables and chairs.

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They render centerpieces interesting.

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They help napkins to be striking.

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They give bite to menus.

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They modernize table numbers and seating cards.

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They update cakes.

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It’s obvious with all of these images that you cannot be shy with stripes, you have to embrace them, show them off and use them in all of their graphic potential.

For more examples of this fun trend, go to Pinterest:

http://www.pinterest.com/francemo/versatile-stripes/.

2013 BEST WEDDING TRENDS

Time goes by so fast! Christmas is nothing but a glitter in our minds, summer has come and gone (just kidding, it’s just a bit cold right now) and the Wedding Season is upon us. For those who decided on a Spring Wedding, you’re dealing with the last details, your theme was chosen way back. But for all of the others that will get married in 2013, maybe you’re still looking for inspiration. A few experienced bloggers have told us that there are many very interesting trends in 2013. I chose 15 of those trends that I particularity like and you can find pictures that illustrate them perfectly just by selecting the links to their boards on my Pinterest.

15. Cool Patterns & Prints

Stripes, polka dots, chevron, black & white, colours, pretty little flowers, on dresses, accessories, bouquet, tables… This trend surprises and charms us, makes us smile and most of all, distinguishes itself with loads of personality.

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

http://www.pinterest.com/francemo/colorful-surprising-patterns/

14. Cosy Lounge Areas

Small islands of tranquility & privacy are spreading all over venues, for animated conversations or just to catch your breath. Elegant, romantic, modern, vintage, these lounge areas show many enveloping moods.

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http://www.pinterest.com/francemo/lounging-around/

13. Fluttering Garlands

Colorful, with paper, flowers, hearts, garlands gracefully invade ceilings, ceremonies, decor.

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http://www.pinterest.com/francemo/hanging-around/

12. Split Personality Cakes

Modern with a pop of embellishment or bright  with all over appliques, cakes are astonishing and mouth-watering.

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http://www.pinterest.com/francemo/2013-cake-trends/

11. Backgrounds Take the Lead

For ceremonies, pictures, cakes, backgrounds are full of creativity, they shine brightly, they glitter, they drape, they play a supporting role in the show.

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http://www.pinterest.com/francemo/unique-backgrounds/

10. Green is this Year’s Colour: in Emerald & Mint

Green gets romantic, tender, reserved but charming with its mint tone or it exudes elegance, with its rich and sumptuous emerald version.

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http://www.pinterest.com/francemo/fresh-mint/

http://www.pinterest.com/francemo/precious-emerald/

9. Covered Centerpieces

Glass bells, birdcages, lanterns fill up with flowers, candles, surprises.

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http://www.pinterest.com/francemo/covered-centerpieces/

http://www.pinterest.com/francemo/birdcages/

8. Brilliant Paper Lanterns

Monochrome ou multicolored, small or big, round or square, paper lanterns flourish in clusters or in garlands around the bridegrooms.

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http://www.pinterest.com/francemo/paper-lanterns/

7. Radiant Rainbow Colours

Completely out there and filled with humor, this trend is in a class of its own with its bright audacity. It puzzles with its multicolored accents that show up on bridesmaid feet and under brides’ dresses, it seduces with its flowers and its lights that brighten up tables, cakes, spaces.

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http://www.pinterest.com/francemo/a-rainbow-wedding/

6. Enchanting LoveBirds

Two interpretations of this theme are coming back strong with a multitude of superb or delightful details. Feathers, nests, garlands, lovebirds liven up dresses, tables, halls.

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http://www.pinterest.com/francemo/peacock-feathers/

http://www.pinterest.com/francemo/love-bird-wedding/

5. Charming 20s

The roaring 20s influence is transforming events with its Great Gatsby atmosphere, its distinctive dresses, its particular hairstyles, its feathers, glitter and pearls and Art deco accents.

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http://www.pinterest.com/francemo/the-roaring-20s/

4. Bold Flowers

Flowers are showing off bright colours, they explode in sumptuous arrangements, they fall over in cascade out of the brides hands and they turn the spotlight on peonies.

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http://www.pinterest.com/francemo/big-bold-flowers/

http://www.pinterest.com/francemo/a-cascade-of-flowers/

3. Revealing Lace

Everlasting symbol of romance, lace is forsaking simplicity for richness, it wraps tenderly heads, hands, bodies, chairs, tables, invitations, flowers.

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http://www.pinterest.com/francemo/lace-lace-and-more-lace/

2. Elegance is back

With diamonds, draping and chandeliers, elegance is taking a unique place in the heart of the bridegrooms. It relaxes, reinventing and surrounding itself with superb elements, luxurious textures and brilliant ideas.

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http://www.pinterest.com/francemo/an-elegant-affair/

1. Do whatever you want!

Bridegrooms are paying no attention to trends and breaking with traditions, they are bursting with formal or outstanding ideas, they are surrounding themselves with personal and characteristic details, they are creating their wedding in their image.

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BONUS: Beer for everyone!

I couldn’t forget that timid little trend, less widespread, but so laid-back and refreshing in my eyes. Beer takes on successfully a very distinguish aura, it offers itself as a gift, it flows freely making its  often forgotten fans, so happy!

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Got you interested? Come back soon, I’ll develop some of these trends, tell you why they got my attention and which ideas I find particularly creative.

If you want to know more right away, you can click on the links below and read all the references I used to base my opinion.

http://www.weddingblogs100.com/2013-wedding-trends.html

http://www.bridalguide.com/planning/wedding-reception/wedding-trends-for-2013

http://www.refinery29.com/wedding-trends

http://eventadore.com/site/2013-wedding-trends/

http://www.weddingelation.com/wedding-reception/wedding-trends-for-2013-colors-decor-theme/

http://www.societybride.com/tag/wedding-trends-2013/

http://www.bridaltweet.com/page/2013-wedding-trends

http://weddingrepublic.com/blog/2013-wedding-trends-ideas-inspiration-for-this-years-bride/

CHRISTMAS ON MY MIND

I will take a little break from weddings and cakes to share with you another one of my passions… Christmas. Here’s something that will probably change the way you see me, but what the hell: I have a 47 Santa Claus collection, that I display every year, with so much pleasure. Tacky? Noooo! They’re so cute, don’t you think?

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Yeah, I’m a Christmas freak and I totally own that! When, on Halloween, the Dollorama starts to put out their Christmas decorations, I really have to dig my heels in not to buy them right away. And then I start, right at that moment, to think about centerpieces, arrangements and wreaths! It’s a sickness, I know, but a very inspiring sickness.

And what’s more, in the last few years, Christmas is having a blast. We aren’t only stuck with red, gold and green anymore. These colours are still classic, but we can now find Christmas decorations in all colours! Pink, purple, turquoise, lime green! Look how beautiful!

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A big trend that is still going on this year? Feathers! Bouclair has gorgeous feathers  trees and wreaths that will modernize any Christmas decor:  www.bouclair.com/content/holidays2012/.  Actually, you can find there a multitude of beautiful and more than affordable Christmas knickknacks, from the whimsical ball to the sparkling table runner, from the shiny tinny tree to the colorful plates. My advice, wait for the week following Christmas, everything is on sale, at least 50% off. It’s really worth it!

The Dolloramas, the Dollar Max depot in Boucherville, HomeSence and Zellers are all amazing places to find all sorts of decorations, balls, ribbons, bauble, candles, at a very little price. With a little bit of imagination and less than 20$, you can dream up stunning centerpieces and sensational wreaths. That is what I’m gonna show you in the following weeks, with my own creations and the ones I found on Pinterest. Here’s a little taste, a trendy centerpiece I’ve done last year and a very classic one I did last week.

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It’s a date? See you then!










THE BIG DAY

SATURDAY, AUGUST 18, 2012: ANDRÉE & JEAN WEDDING

A Final Sprint

The Big Day is here at last! Ready or not, I have to deliver today! I do the last preparations and it’s a go! I live on the second floor, so I have to go up and down at least 10 times before I’m ready to leave. Sweat is dripping down my back and it’s gonna stay that way for the rest of the day. It looks like it’s gonna be a sprint to the finish line, worthy of Bolt olympic 100m dash.

There’s traffic on the 15, I take the wrong direction exiting the 640 to go get the flowers, get lost in a maze of detours due to, what else, construction and after a few very deep ost… de tab…, I finally find my way and my florist.

I get to the hall at 11h30. Which means I have about 4 hours to get everything done and in place, with maybe an extra 2 hours, during the ceremony and the cocktail. A 80 years old handy man is there to help me. More surprises… one round white tablecloth and three long ones are missing and there’s not enough white chairs for everyone. I still have to adapt to the situation and find solutions. Luckily, my green overlay hides the fact that the tablecloths are not the same colour. I will have to go get long tablecloths for the cake, the bar and the cocktail tables. Monsieur Giroux suggests that I use folding chairs for the reception, so that all the chairs are the same. See, problems solved!

The Ceremony Area

When I’m done positioning the tables and the chairs, I put on the tablecloths, the overlays and the table runners, so that the lady can start setting the tables. I turn my attention to the ceremony area, which has to be ready first, when the guests arrive. Monsieur Giroux helps me put the chairs in a half circle and brings me the arch, which we assemble with a lot of efforts. I garnish it with the orange tulle, I add two green bows and voilà! I lay down the aisle runner, install fours little lanterns to line it, with my two tall arrangements. It’s really windy so I have to make sure that everything is secure… but too late, the arch takes a dive and ends up in pieces! Carlos, the photographer, helps me getting in back on its feet. I see two large umbrella bases and I use them to hold down the arch, so it won’t move again. I try to arrange the tulle, which is not perfect anymore, I add a few bows to the chairs and it’s done!

Photo: Carlos Verrando (Most pictures are mine, except when indicated.)

The Gift Table

I hurry back to the hall to finish it. I prepare the gift table with all of the accessories my sister lended me. I found the perfect lacquered box for the guests cards at Homesense. I added a green lining and the name of the bridegroom, tied with a green ribbon. It will make a beautiful keepsake and will go perfectly in their bedroom decor!

The Escort Cards

After puting on the tablecloth on the cocktail table, I arrange the champagne glasses and tie a place card to each of them with green and orange ribbons. I would have loved to have a better tablecloth (it’s green plastic!) but that’s all I found at the Dollorama, 15 minutes before the cocktail. Fortunately, the escort cards, with their little colored flowers, make for a very cute look.

Photo: Carlos Verrando

The Centerpieces

Back in the reception area, the tables are set, I put together my centerpieces, which are all ready, all assembled, just add water. The result is colorful and really beautiful!

The Main Table

I place 10 square vases on the main table, 5 on each side of my two rectangular vases full of grass and gerberas. I alternate one green and orange arrangement with one vase with a candle and colored water. It looks exactly like the picture I had in my mind, it’s lovely!

The napkins and menus

I set down an orange cloth napkin at each places, I insert the menus… (I have to tell you that the night before, my printer died after printing only 4 menus… I had to stop my setting up and dash to Bureau en Gros to print the rest of the 39 menus.)  Last little detail, a small green leave on the menus.

The Chairs

Finally, I dress up the chairs with a beautiful satin orange or green bow. The lovebirds chairs get a superb tall gerbera, slipped into the bow. My decor is done. And in all modesty, it’s gorgeous!

Photo: Carlos Verrando

Photo: Carlos Verrando

When the doors opened and the guests saw the hall, their reaction was unanimous: WOW, this is beautiful! And the wonderstruck expression on the bride’s face was my ultimate reward. It was a sprint, that felt more like a marathon, but all in all, it’s mission accomplished!