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

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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 #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/.

 

A VERY SPECIAL WEDDING: Part 2

CHANGE OF PLAN AGAIN

I decided that my starting point was going to be a picture that Andree (the bride) and Francine (her daughter) both really liked. A square arrangement, green and orange, with gerberas and greens and a very organic texture.

First, I had to find square vases and flowers, and then, develop the rest of the decor. My first idea was to have 2 small square arrangements around something bigger in the middle, all of it on a square mirror, with some tea lights, for luminosity. With a $300 budget, for 5 tables/34 people and the main table, I have around $50 to spend per table. Since I decided to rent linens, like a lime green tablecloth, orange & lime green sashes and oranges cloth napkins, about $10 was already gone. Which meant that I only had about $40 for the centerpiece, so the vases had to be cheap!

For the bridegroom table, I thought about working with wood, maybe like a flower box, on which I could paint the lovebirds names. I found a few examples, to inspire me.

I had sold the gerbera to my client as the central flower in her decor, because it always looks fresh and its colours are very bright. It’s a versatile flower, that goes with all sorts of themes, rustic, romantic, colourful.

And I had tons of them. But when I got my gerberas from last year, I felt they looked cheap… Which is weird, since they were the basis of last year decor, which was superb.

Maybe it’s because since then I became very interested by fresh flowers and I researched them a lot, but I don’t want to use them. Since fresh gerberas are at least $5, it would be $10 for one centerpiece, which is too much, I had to forget about that. My new mission was to find beautiful and cheap flowers, somewhere other than Dollorama.

I left for my first shopping outing with those ideas. And I came back empty-handed! I saw absolutely nothing interesting! No square vase, no beautiful flower, no wooden box… I was a bit discouraged.

But not defeated! I started again the next day, with the strong objective to come back at least with my decor’s base. I was sure I had seen square vases at the Dollorama, but I had to go to 3 stores before finding them. I bought 10 of them, right there. Then I saw very affordable rectangular vases at JYSK and cute grass balls, 4 for $8,99 at Z’Axe. I didn’t buy those, cause I wasn’t ready, but at lest my concept was starting to take shape. Back at home, I did a first set up with the orange table runner, the yellow round mats, the square mirror and 2 square vases… IT DOESN’T WORK!! It’s too big! The tables are quite small, I can’t afford big centerpieces. And only one square arrangement at the center is too small and doesn’t have a visual impact… I have to change plan again!

I went back into my exploration & creation mode. The centerpiece has to be more high than large for the guests tables and the bridegroom table centerpiece has to include 10 square vases, since Dollorama has a no return, no exchange policy… I had to take a few steps back, before going forward… And, eureka, I got it!! … to be continued…

BIRD-CAGES: A ROMANTIC LOOK

Bird-cages are really trendy this year and they always give a very romantic and vintage look to any arrangement. You can use them in many ways. Fill them up with flowers or add candles to make a unique and colorful centerpiece.

A great idea is to turn them into a card container.

They can also become the main element in arrangements for the cake table or the whole room decor.

For more examples, go see my Pinterest at http://pinterest.com/francemo/birdcages/.

 After finding a superb bird-cage for only $14,99 at Homesense, I got the idea to mix blues, purples and greens, with shiny textures, tea lights and candles, to inspire spring, softness and romanticism.

I founds all my little candles and the green place mat at the Dollar Store and Bouclair Maison, I borrowed the big glass candle and the purple tablecloth from my sister, I discovered the purple candlestick at the Village des Valeurs and the bottle at a yard sale. The flowers also come from Dollorama and from www.efavormart.com.

And just for fun, I made these cute table numbers, that I would have put on a metallic card holder, decorated with a flower or a bird.

CENTERPIECES

I’m in love with centerpieces. It’s a long-lasting romance, that just got more intense since I became a member of Pinterest. Every day, I discover beautiful examples and it really inspires me!

Side bar… I’m now addicted to Pinterest. I spend hours searching all the boards and “pinning” my favorites. It’s a little bit the reason why I haven’t posted in so long. What an incredible web site, overflowing with creativity. And what better way to get known! I simply love it! But, here I am, my head filled to capacity with ideas and colours.

A wedding is first and foremost a social event and we have few of those in our society. How many times, have you heard “We only see each others at weddings and funerals.” Which means that the communication between the guests is essential and nothing should hamper the exchanges. That is why my point of view on centerpieces is quite conservative.  As the “grande dame” of deco and style, Martha Stewart, preaches, the height of a centerpiece should never exceed the length of your forearm. That way it never gets in the way of the guests talking with everyone sitting at their table.

When I see those superb decor with these magnificent and often, humongous arrangements, with cascading flowers, I think that the stylist forgot to take in consideration the main objective of the event, which is the interaction between everyone attending. Even more, there’s always something happening at the head table or on the dance floor, so everyone should be able to enjoy it without being blocked by a vase or a candle.

You can always splurge and create those big arrangements, but keep them for the table around the room, like the ones for the table settings, the cake or the gifts.

I think that centerpieces should always contain candles, because their warm lighting is so important in creating the right ambiance. Unless it’s a day only celebration. Starting from that, then you can just let your imagination run wild. Flowers, sand, candles, votive, tea lights, bottles, vases, lanterns, bird cages, everything can become interesting in a centerpiece. The starting point is the theme and the colours.

Here’s a few examples of what I found that inspires me.

Superb, no? For more examples, just go see my boards Centerpieces et Candles & Lights on Pinterest (http://pinterest.com/francemo/centerpieces/) . Enjoy!

In my next posts, I will show you a few of my own creations.

THE FINAL RESULT

For weeks, my dining room looked like this explosion of colours. Every time I would enter or just pass it in the hallway, it would make me smile. The colours were so bright, the fuchsia, orange and green combination so surprising. And each time , I would create a little bit more, adding an arrangement, a bouquet, an element. I actually made all of my decor elements before packing them to be transported to the hall. Because I knew I would have little time and I needed to be ready.

Once there I had to put 120 tulle bows on the chairs and 32 table runners on all the tables. I was lucky to have the help of the bride sister, Estelle, who did a great job. I also had to assemble the structure for a tulle drape, which I had only done in my head, putting together the tulle with the bamboos and the flowers and making sure it would be secure on the front wall. After that, I had to unroll the aisle runner and sprinkle it with rose petals. I also had to decorate the window ledges and the bar, to place the table numbers, to organise the gift table and to partially install of the centerpieces (didn’t want to show the whole thing during the ceremony). And let’s not forget that I was also a guest, so I needed time to go home and get all doled up and be at the hall to greet all of the other guests.

I planned my time quite well, and everything went without a problem. The only disappointment, when the photographer was ready to take pictures of the centerpieces and all of the decor, we were still transitioning from ceremony to reception. He wasn’t able to take all the shots I wanted for my porto folio. But he still took these beautiful pictures:


Lynn and her Dad. Isn’t she beautiful!! She looks so happy!

I can say without a doubt: mission accomplished! The colourful and tropical decor matched perfectly Lynn & Daniel’s personalities. Their wedding was one of the mots lively and delightful that I ever experienced. The ceremony was touching and romantic, the reception was full of surprises, energy and fun. The bride and groom were beaming and they fully enjoyed the party. They were surrounded by family and friends and you could literally feel all that love and friendship in the air. A truly successful wedding!

FLOWERS, Part 1

Flowers are one of the most important element in a wedding decor. Usually, it all starts with the wedding bouquet, which gives the colours and the tone of the event. But when all you have is a small budget, you can’t even think about using fresh flowers, especially if you have to decorate the ceremony and reception spaces.

I must tell you that when I read designers or stylists blogs or books and they say it’s a sin to use artificial flowers, it really bugs me. I agree that fresh flowers are the best option, but it is possible to create beautiful artificial flowers arrangements, for a fraction of the price and the logistic constraints.

For my friend Lynn’s wedding, I needed 3 kinds of flowers: gerberas for the centerpieces, tropical flowers for the isles arrangements and roses, blooms and petals. I estimated that each flower had to cost a maximum of 45 cents, if I wanted to do everything I wanted to do within the budget I had. I started at the Dollorama, because I knew I could find a lot of flowers for $1 a bunch. You can also find beautiful flowers at Homesense, Bouclair and Z’Axe, but they’re almost the same price as fresh flowers, which is not worth it for a wedding. If you want permanent arrangements in your home, then it’s a whole other thing.

I found fuchsia and orange gerberas at the Dollorama, which were perfect for what I had in mind, along with all sorts of little filling flowers and several lovely tropical flowers. The only thing I didn’t find was beautiful roses.

Gerberas were my centerpieces starting point. I loved their freshness and simplicity. I found colored vases at Ikea that I arranged in a cercle on a mirror, sprinkled with rose petals and I placed one gerbera per vase. I put a candle in the middle, set in a vase filled with green sand, added a few little roses in the sand and finally some green tea lights all around.

When the candles were lit, it was very luminous and colourful.

I made small little bouquets that I arranged on the bar and on the cake table.

I also used them to decorate the bridegroom basket.

The morning of the wedding, I bought two fresh gerberas that I slipped in the bow behind the bride and groom chairs, for the ceremony. A little surprise touch, much appreciated by the bride!