Last year I was able to work with this amazing family by planning their 20+ event, multi-day wedding. From finding the venues to directing where the last string of Jasmine was to be placed… all the hours of planning was more than worth it. We are so honored to be featured on Maharani Weddings Films.
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We are in that time of year when tons of design is taking place. We’ve been working a ton to update our social media and Pinterest is one we’ve been doing a lot with.
Check out some of our new boards here:
BROWN & NATURAL
METALLIC & SHINNY
And don’t forget to follow us + check out our other boards. Happy pinning.
Finally, we’re done with our Design & Production webpage. Check our some of our favorite ideas that have been transformed for real life events. We have everything from hanging cakes to Indian doorways… built by yours truly. We also have unique floor plans and before and after photos. This is one of our favorite processes of the planning venture – DESIGN!!! We hope you enjoy and contact us for your next wedding or event.
Here is a sneak peak at a few of beloved creations.
You want a black wedding cake? Of course you can have one, but do you know the pros vs. cons? Actually any dark color cake finish can be very elegant and posh. Here are some we love.
If you have a dark color palette for your wedding, pairing the cake in the same colors can be done. The chalkboard trend was really big recently, so many weddings had a cake that mimicked the chalkboard style. We love the pearls on the navy cake and the fondant saree on the maroon cake. Both have amazing contrast between the light piping accents and pearls on the dark frosting/fondant.
Now for the pros and cons:
- You can match or partner the dark color with the rest of the décor
- The contrast between dark and light or metallics is stunning
- You can get dark colors in fondant, marzipan, or buttercream
- They are beautiful
- If you have a dark color buttercream, the buttercream bleeds down the knife when you cut the cake and it looks like the actual cake is black, red, navy, etc.
- Your guests will have the same color lips, teeth, and mouth as the cake. Not so attractive, especially for the bride and groom taking that photo of the cake cutting and feeding each other.
- If you have kids at the wedding eating cake, it’s going to be a big mess
If you’re scared of the con’s dark color cake presents, consider these alternatives:
- Make one of the smaller tied of the cake the darkest color
- Use an ombré cake, keeping the darkest color the smallest coverage
- Make the flowers or other décor the dark colors. Weather you have sugar flowers or real flowers, they never are plated with a piece of cake
- Pipe or paint on the design with the dark color.
- Have your baker make the dark cake or tier a faux one and the real cake other or lighter finishes. Then you can supplement the faux with backup cake.
- Use dark colors with ribbon applications.
- Get a naked cake. Naked cakes are un-frosted cakes. Red velvet or chocolate naked cakes are good options to have vs. red or brown frosting/finishes.
Here are some dark color alternative cakes that we love, using the above suggestions.
One last note to you Brides: Don’t let your photographer take a photo of you holding the cake. Cake is heavy and it’s just asking for trouble if you have a dark color cake with a white dress. If you’re the Bride and you happen to drop the cake, how are you going to replace it on a moments notice?
Wonder why venues charge so much? We will explain some of the most common fees and where the money gets allocated.
- The staff: cleaning staff, setup staff, and engineering staff. FYI: engineering staff is the people who run the boilers for heat, air conditioning, plumbing maintain everything, etc.
- The space itself and everything that goes into maintaining it: cleaning products, heating fees, AC fees, electricity for lights, etc. Building upkeep such as painting, roof repairs, parking lot upkeep, and everything else to keep a venue in party order.
- Outdoor Venues: mowing the lawn, leaf cleanup, landscaping, watering, etc.
- MISC rooms such as bridal suites, grooms rooms, coat rooms, And so on.
- The accessories: linens, napkins, silverware, glassware, etc. + everything it takes to clean & maintain such items
- The venue consultant or manager.
- Marketing & office: website, brochures, phone bills, internet, computers, printers, general office supplies (paper, pens, printer ink, etc).
There are increases in fees over the years for various reason. General economic inflation will increase venue fees. If a venue has more than one space, if they underwent a remodeling update, or they upgraded all their chairs are all reasons they would increase their fees. Venues also are more busy in the peak months, especially here in Minnesota. People don’t like to deal with the winter or cold months, thus the higher demand for April through October weddings. That might make you think that the venues would charge less in the peak months, but it costs more to keep more staff on in the peak months, more turnover of events a maintained of the venue, and air conditioning a large venue on a 97 degree day. Your guest count also can determine the fee. It cost more and requires more staff to execute a 500 guest wedding vs. a 100 Guest wedding.
That’s the simple explanation of where your fee for the venue gets allocated. When looking for venues, think about your guest count, time of year, what spaces you will need for the ceremony, etc. Book as much in advance as you can – there are often venues that give you the current years pricing if you book 12-14+ months in advance as they may not have the next year’s pricing set in place yet. Always work with your planner. They often have perks and discounts for venue they work with on a regular basis. Happy venue hunting!
You’ve all seen one – the red dot on the forehead of Indian women. What does it mean? There are a few different reasons and meanings, but here are the most popular ones.
1. It’s the symbol of a married women.
2. It’s the third eye of the Hindu religion, Chakra – to help ward off bad luck
3. It retains the energy of the body
The traditional method of application is dipping your ring finger in Kumkum powder and placing the dot on your forehead. It took a lot of practice to get the perfect round dot. Now days, there are alternative bindi’s that women use. The most common is a disc that can be applied with a wax or paste. There are also bindi’s that are like a sticker with the adhesive already applied.
One the wedding day – brides will apply bindi’s that are more like a jewel or an actual piece of jewelry. They come in all different colors and sizes to suit the brides wedding colors, mood, and type of celebration. There’s are numerous places online you can order bindi’s from simple red dots to elaborate jewels. Some even get them hand painted on their forehead. Here are some beautiful ones we love.
We finally joined Instagram. Working on getting images posted, so be patient. Don’t worry, we have over a decade of images to choose from and it’s a constant work in progress. Please follow us and like our work. We think you’ll love what you see!
Catching up on our pins. Check out some of our revised boards and a couple new ones.
Love and Follow our Pinterest Asian Inspirations.
Love and Follow our Pinterest Indian Inspirations.
Love and Follow our Pinterest Ethnic & Cultural Weddings.
Get cozy and Follow our Pinterest Winter Weddings & Events.
Dress your wedding and event by Following our Pinterest Linens & Fabrics.
After many years of attending wedding fairs as a vendor, I realized that there is a better way to highlight my skills as a Wedding Planner and educate couples on why to hire one. Along with my long-time senior assistant, we’ve created the Rare Wedding Affair. It’s a truly unique alternative to the traditional wedding fair. My team will usher attendees through an entire wedding environment. Attendees will progress their way through the ceremony, cocktail area, and dinner reception which is custom designed and styled by my team.
This luxury Affair is for the couple who is looking for a personal fair adventure while meeting the Twin Cities top vendors. With your TICKET purchase, you will receive a vendor book of the best of the best, cocktails, dinner, a dessert tasting, and chance to win amazing prizes. The best part of the Rare Wedding Affair is the chance to win a FREE FULL SERVICE WEDDING PLANNING PACKAGE from us at Sunrise Styling (valued at $5000).
TICKETS are limited to maintain the intimacy and one-on-one experience for the attendees. Tickets and registration ends on May 13th for the June 5, 2016 Affair.
If you’re not around for the first one, stay up to date on the UPCOMING AFFAIRS page for our fall Affairs. Additionally, we will be hosting our other styles of Affairs in the fall so be sure to check them out. We have an Affair to suit everyone’s style and needs. Be sure to like us on the RWA Facebook page and follow us on RWA Pinterest.
Anyone can go out and find a white or ivory wedding dress. I want you to take a step outside tradition and check out some of these options. No matter what type of wedding you have, you can find a dress to suit your personal style while still wearing a luxurious dress. Don’t be afraid of color!! I’m waiting for the bride who is daring enough to show up in a swanky sequin dress, colorful gown, and better yet, dress the bridesmaids in white.
Loving the look of the black dress with beading on the bodice and paring it with a tailored sequin dress for the bridal party. Or the purple, orange, and gold print dress for you brides and the ombre aubergine chiffon dress for the bridal party. Two of my other favorites are the pewter sequin beaded long sleeve dress and multi-metallic white dress, both partnered with a white tea length dress for the bridesmaids. Think how stunning you’ll look if you have a fair skin tone and wear a striking colorful wedding dress?! One of the other benefits of working with a bridal dress that isn’t white, you can have a white bouquet and it will really stand out in photos.
One thing to keep in mind when purchasing a non-typical wedding dress, evening gowns can be a lot cheaper. A “wedding gown can range anywhere from $99-$20,000+. You can easily find a luxurious evening gown for reasonable prices in the $99-300+ range. Let’s face it – everyone wants to save money on their wedding somewhere. Depending on where you shop for an evening gown, it’s probably more likely that you will be able to try on your actual size vs. working your way into or clamping up the excess fabric on the “one-size” only dress found in many of the bridal shops.
Check out some of my favorite wedding dresses and bridal attire on my Pinterest page, bridal attire. You’ll see some fun and creative alternatives to the white wedding dress. Happy hunting and shopping!