Monday, December 15, 2014

2015 Pantone Color of the Year: Marsala

Colorful greetings to all our Lots of Love Readers! December is an exciting time for trend watchers who wait in anticipation for what’s going to be in and out for 2015. And every year, Pantone gives us an exciting selection of colors that will dominate design trends for the coming year. 

For 2015, the Pantone Color Institute chose a soft, cool hue that blends well with subtle warm tones creating a “soothing escape from the everyday hustle and bustle”: Marsala. 

Leatrice Eisemen, Executive Director of Pantone Color Institute describes Marsala as a complex but grounding shade of brown red with blue undertones for a dark blush effect. This color has a stylish and universal appeal. It’s been around for a long time now and has been used in consumer packaging, housewares, industrial design, fashion and beauty. 

On its own, it exudes natural earthiness and warmth. But it also makes a great accent to other natural colors like gray, black and beige. 

Here are some ways you can use this versatile color as your wedding motif: 

Wedding Invitation in Gold and Marsala

Give that white bridal gown a pop of color 
with these perfect wedding accessories - Marsala nail polish and shoes.

 On the groom, wine colored rose boutonniere to match a Marsala tie

Colorful bouquet of succulents and flowers in different shades of red

The girls in a simple bridesmaid dress

Fancy hats for an outdoor wedding

A gorgeous floral centerpiece in a tall vase 
makes plenty of room for conversation around the table.

It's the tiny details that matter. 
Aren't these tiny floral arrangement the cutest?

Linens make a great harmonizing element at the wedding reception

Table napkins and a little calligraphy make an elegant addition to a table setting

Here's a simple DIY project you can do for your wedding:
a seating card holder made of chicken wire and some old sturdy frame.

Ribbons and flowers accentuate a birdcage meant for guests to place their greeting cards for the newlyweds.

Simple but visually appealing Marsala cake

An exquisite three-tiered Gold and Marsala Cake

Tip: When working with colors, find a color palette that you are comfortable with and will incorporate all the elements that you want to include in your wedding. 

Lots of Love, 

Photo Credits: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

12 Winter Wedding Bouquet Alternatives

Cozy greetings to all our Lots of Love Readers!

Finding the perfect flowers for your wedding can be cumbersome during cooler months. It can be a challenge finding colorful blooms that thrive in temperate and tropical weather conditions. Nevertheless, that should not stop you from having flowers for your winter wedding. 

Inspired by, we are giving you a choice selection of wedding bouquets using flowers that are in bloom in December.Here they are:

You can never go wrong with a white bridal bouquet. 

Clean and fresh bunch of calla lilies

Combination of gardenias, stephanotis, rose and hydrangeas

Lilium casablanca with orchid trailing

Jasmine scented paper whites

Create a mood by adding a splash of color with these great floral bouquet selection:

Romantic and sweet bouquet of alstromeria

Dainty arrangement of gerbera daisies

Big and bold bouquet of lilium stargazer and roses. 

Romantic bouquet of tulips

Vibrant bouquet of orange poppies

Something sentimental - English cabbage roses, peonies and sweat peas bouquet bound by a ribbon and a memento (a house key) with special meaning for the bride and groom.

 Love blues and violets? You can have winter wedding bouquet of delphinium combined with other blue colored flowers

Larkspurs are a great alternative too!

For a rustic look, work with liatris and some wild greens.

Tip: You can stretch your budget by opting for flowers that are in season. Work with a florist or events coordinator who can help you find blooms that will work perfectly well with the wedding motif you have in mind.

Lots of Love, 

Photo Credits: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14

Thursday, December 4, 2014

12 Winter Wedding Cocktails

Warm Greetings to all our Lots of Love Readers!

Planning a winter wonderland wedding? We've rounded up 12 signature winter wedding cocktails that will add to the festive mood of the holiday celebration.

Shake up some vodka, creme de menthe, cream and peppermint schnapps. Pour into a martini glass swirled with grenadine and decorate with peppermint candy.

 If it doesn't snow in your part of the world, you can still enjoy a winter wedding cocktail with this concoction of Stolichnaya Vanilla, Malibu rum and Coco Lopez with a hint of blue curacao, shaken and poured into  glasses rimmed with honey and shredded coconut.

 Brighten up a cold winter wedding with this happy concoction of clementines, lemon, triple sec and vodka adorned with a sprig of wintery green rosemary. 

Combine some freshly squeezed grapefruit, sweetener and Vodka to enjoy this refreshing cocktail drink

Enjoy a taste of summer on a cool winter wedding with a concoction of gin, St. Germaine, thyme and lime. 

Spice things up by serving a regular Manhattan with Vermouth infused with allspice, cinnamon, cloves and cayenne pepper. 

Serve your favorite mojito with a wintery feel by adding cranberries to your favorite lime, sugar, mint and rum cocktail.

Shake and strain Scotch whiskey, Combier, vanilla syrup and orange juice in a glass and dust with some cinnamon.

Fruity combination of navel oranges, cranberries, Truvia, sparkling water and vanilla vodka. 

Add a twist to your classic bourbon cocktail by adding maple honey syrup and lemon. Throw in a cinnamon stick stirrer to add to the wintery feel. 

Whip up something milky, tasty and Christmasy in a glass with this sweet combination of Ciroc coconut, pineapple juice, coconut cream, milk and eggwhite spiced up with cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. 

Here's the winter interpretation of the classic cosmopolitan - shake and strain citron vodka, white cranberry juice, cointreau and some fresh lime. Garnish with sugar covered cranberries and some mint. 

Tip: Discuss with your caterer your winter wedding cocktail of choice and see how it plays with your wedding menu. Make an appointment for a tasting session and get a taste of what to expect on your wedding day.

Lots of Love, 

Photo Credit: Cover

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

5 Black Friday Tips for Wedding Preppers

You bet everybody is gearing up for Black Friday! And for wedding preppers, this is a great opportunity to find the best deals for the items you’re going to need for your big day. We’ve run into this great article by thebudgetsavvybride about how brides can benefit from Black Friday and we’ve decided to make our own version of Black Friday Tips for Wedding Preppers. Here goes: 

#1. Every wedding prepper could use a wedding planning checklist. With all the preparations for your wedding, you need to get things organized so you can optimize the use of  your resources. Check your list and see which items you can buy on Black Friday. Perhaps, you can get your hands on some jewelry which you can give as a thank you gift to the bridesmaids at your wedding. 

#2. Be time-conscious.  Take some time to map out stores that you plan on visiting. Find out about their opening times so you would know which ones you have to visit first. This should save you time and help you cover more ground.

#3. Research. Get hold of those Black Friday Ads and mark those good buys that you plan on getting. You can do this online or you can check the Thanksgiving newspapers. If you plan on making your own wedding favors, check if the supplies that you need are on sale and make a grab for it!

#4. Stock up on coupons. Make sure you bring them during your Black Friday shopping spree so you can buy more with less!

#5. Shop with a purpose. Prioritize items which you would not normally find on sale on regular occasions. Already got your eyes on an off-the-rack wedding dress? A new suit? Or your wedding band? Check out stores that are most likely to have these things on sale and go ahead and make that purchase.

Don’t be disappointed if you will find that not everything on your wedding shopping list is on sale on Black Friday. You can still make the most of the occasion by buying other stuff that you will need around the house or the office. Savings is still savings no matter. And you can always set aside whatever amount you have saved from your purchases and add it to your wedding fund. 

Happy Wedding Shopping!

Lots of love, 

Photo Credits: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7
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