Pinterest by Color

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:
RED 
ORANGE
YELLOW
GREEN
BLUE
PURPLE
BROWN & NATURAL
BLACK
WHITE
JEWEL TONE
PASTELS
SILVER 
GOLD
METALLIC & SHINNY 
MOSTLY WHITE
PINK

And don’t forget to follow us + check out our other boards.  Happy pinning.

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Designs and Floor Plans

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.

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Here is a sneak peak at a few of beloved creations.

Dark wedding cakes: Pro’s and Con’s

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:
PRO’s

  • 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

CON’s

  • 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?

Venue fees explained

Wonder why venues charge so much? We will explain some of the most common fees and where the money gets allocated.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Outdoor Venues: mowing the lawn, leaf cleanup, landscaping, watering, etc.
  4. MISC rooms such as bridal suites, grooms rooms, coat rooms, And so on.
  5. The accessories: linens, napkins, silverware, glassware, etc. + everything it takes to clean & maintain such items
  6. The venue consultant or manager.
  7. 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!

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Sunrise Styling on Instagram

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!

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Creating an Indian Wedding Menu

Indian weddings are full of multiple events. The most celebrated events with meals are the Mendhi party, Sangeet, Garba, and Wedding day. Within the wedding day, often times the host family will provide breakfast/brunch, lunch, cocktails appetizers, and the dinner menu. Depending on the entire wedding plan, couples and their families will host even more meals and events, prior and/or post wedding day in addition to the main ones I just listed.

Now, how does one decide on the menu so there is no overlap and guests are eating the same thing for every event? Start by selecting the region you want to serve foods from for the wedding dinner. If you’re South Indian, provide items that are traditional to the South Indian wedding cuisine. Often times, there are specific items that should be served for cultural reasons or that are traditional foods to encourage health, wealth and good fortune. Add in the next major meal food selections. If you are hosting a Sangeet and this is the next major meal, you might want to serve North Indian food. If you happen to host a Mendhi party at home, you could do a fusion brunch for the menu. You can always do a North Indian meal for one of the other events too. Be bold and consider serving a completely different cuisine for other events. Korean, Mediterranean, Mexican, or fusion selections give you lots of options. A vegetable fried rice stuffed samosa would be a yummy fusion appetizer.

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For other menus such as breakfast/brunch, lunch, and cocktail hour, fill in the items that are good finger foods, popular items that everyone will know, and consider providing Indian sweets and snacks as other filler items.  Don’t be afraid to select non-Indian items such as fruit platters, veggie platters, or other popular items.  Bruschetta, mini sliders, tomato soup shooter and grilled cheese, kebabs of any kind, and shrimp cocktail are always go-to options.

Appetizers

If you are providing breakfast for overnight guests staying at a hotel, don’t feel you have to provide all Indian food.  Often times the hotel will have a great selection of breakfast items that everyone will eat, not to mention you probably have a food and beverage minimum you have to account for.  If you are worried about serving a few Indian breakfast items: add sambar, upma, idli, dosa’s, or various chutneys just to name a few.

Remember to work with an experienced caterer who is reputable and offers a lot of variety for food selections.

One last takeaway: if you choose to serve Indian desserts and your caterer doesn’t provide them, have your caterer order the Indian desserts and sweets from an outside dessert supplier for you.  Cheers to yummy Indian menus!

Why Grooms should co-plan their wedding

Attention Grooms!!!  The reality news flash about planning your wedding – there wouldn’t be a wedding without you!  It’s becoming more regular for grooms to hop on board and help their bride with the planning, but there are still a bunch of you who don’t have anything to do with any plans.  Let me share some of the reasons why you grooms should take part in the planning YOUR wedding.

  1. Your relationship with your bride can grow. After you popped the big question, set her at ease by taking on responsibilities throughout the planning process.  This can create an even better bond between both of you since there are so many tough decisions to make while planning a wedding.
  2. By taking part in the planning and relieving some (or a lot) of the stress off your bride, you can avoid her becoming a bridezilla. After all, no one wants to deal with a bridezilla!
  3. Weather you care about the details or not, show your support to your bride by attending all the vendor meetings with her. You might find you have more of an option about the menu, colors, flowers, etc.  Again, it’s YOUR day too and you should enjoy every minute, the aesthetics, the food, the drinks, and everything else.  Let’s face it – do you really want to be that groom/husband where your bride/wife has to listen to you complain about what you didn’t’ like at your wedding for anniversaries to come?
  4. A wedding is a marriage beyond the bride and groom. It’s the joining of two families and everything they have to offer.  We all know the favorite cousin who you want to be an usher in your wedding and the dreaded Aunt that wants to “plan the wedding” for you.  With both you and your bride doing the planning, you can tell that Aunt that everything is under control and planning the wedding is part of your intimate relationship building.  It benefits you when parents or family members ask you about the details and you actually have the answers vs. you not knowing anything and they constantly ask you 5 times a day what is being served for dinner.
  5. If you help plan, you can’t complain about the budget.  We all have tendencies to go overboard with things we want and a wedding is one of the easiest places to let our senses get out of control over our practical decision making.  Attending vendor meetings and reviewing the proposals for services and products together will help you stay on track with the budget.  More often than not, you the groom is more practical about budget and finances than your bride.
  6. If you truly don’t want to get involved in any of the planning and/or want to ensure you’re not sleeping on the couch before the wedding – consider gifting a wedding planner to your bride. With all different levels of planning packages and services, there’s one to fit your needs and budget.  Just be sure to hire someone who has experience and pairs well with you and your bride’s personalities.  It’s a long road of planning and you’ll be discussing and planning very personal and intimate things.  You have to have the trust and cohesiveness between you and your planner.
  7. At the end of the day – the most rewarding thing you gain is the memory of a lifetime. Don’t you want to say you were a part of creating that memory for you and your bride?

Grooms – don’t take a back seat to your wedding!  If you need some help in where to start, contact us for a free consultation to get your married life started with happiness and ease.

Tanya & Jay: Wedding on the bank of the Mississippi

Love planning and working on weddings for friends.  Jay was my gymnastic coach back in high school and thanks to social media, we’ve stayed in touch over the years.  He came to me with needs to plan his wedding to Tanya and of course I was on board to help.

Wanting an intimate celebration, the ceremony was held at the bride’s childhood home in St. Paul.  Set right off the Mississippi river, it was a perfect location.  The tent was placed in the front yard and we placed just enough sidewalls to mask some of the noise from cards driving by.  Guests enjoyed an afternoon tea with delectables before the ceremony.  The Father of the Bride and Tanya arrived in style on a tandem bike for the processional.  The ceremony was a beautiful commitment full of personal touches: a friend played the harp, Nikka the flower girl was Tanya’s parents dog, Jackson the ring bearer was Tanya and Jay’s dog, and the Officiant was a family friend.  After the “I DO,” Tanya and Jay escaped on the tandem bike, recessing their way down the river boulevard.

Guests were ushered to the back yard among the MOB’s picturesque gardens and landscaping.  They wandered among the gardens with a glass of champagne and heard toasts from the family.  The reception was held at the Highland Grill, one of the couple’s favorite dinning places.  We rented out the entire restaurant which was the perfect size for their intimate celebration.  Families sat in booths and tables and dined on a custom menu as Tanya and Jay wanted to maintain the family style experience.  The couple even provided a special dinner for the ring bearer who patiently sat outside the front door.  The evening ended just after dusk so the couple could ride their tandem bike home with Jackson.  A truly wonderful celebration with an old friend and cheers to me for gaining a new friend in Tanya!

Wedding Planner: Sunrise Styling, Anna Senrick
Ceremony Venue: Private residence; St. Paul, MN
Reception Venue: Highland Grill
Photographer: Cadence & Eli Photography
Catering & Desserts: Deco Catering
Linens & Rentals: Apres
Florist: Mother of the Bride’s Garden Club
Stationery: Sunrise Styling
Catering & Service: Hire A Host

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Wedding Fair: Minnesota’s alternative to a wedding fair

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.

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Bride & Bridal party dresses

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!

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