July 30, 2010

{Fabulous Find Friday} Bird Cage Veils

There are some truly fabulous finds out there...so every Friday, I'm going to share some that I've come across! I hope you enjoy!

Today, I'm lovin' these hair accessories and bird cage veils from Designs by Portobello. But after these photos, who wouldn't???

July 28, 2010

Great Giveaway Opportunity!

I love the Whippy Cake blog! It is one of my favorite ones to read everyday because it is home to some of the cutest accessories around!

Today they are featuring a fabulous giveaway opportunity from Chateau Couture.

Click on over to Whippy Cake to learn more!

July 27, 2010

{Bliss Board} Winter Wonderland

I have a beautiful bride that has chosen New Year's Eve as her date with a Winter Wonderland as her vision. How spectacular, right? My mind went spinning with ideas and this was the bliss board I created:

Her colors are blue and silver, which is perfect for that Winter Wonderland theme, with sparklers and party hats reinforcing the New Year vibe. I love the idea of a "wish tree" for the guests to write down wishes, advice or even resolutions for the couple. Since the reception will be held at a country club, candles around the pool and the golf cart "get away" could be nice touches.

What screams Winter Wonderland Wedding to you?

July 23, 2010

Want to have lunch with a style guru?

Well, if you are in the New Orleans area, you are in luck! Maria McBride, Style Director of Brides Magazine will be at the Eco-Celebrations luncheon tomorrow, Saturday, July 24, from 12:30-2:30pm at Le Meritage, 1001 Toulouse Street in the French Quarter. For more info, visit GO NOLA.

Unfortunately, I'm not able to go and I'm just sick about it! I love her book Party Basics for New Nesters! Which, if you haven't purchased yet do so ASAP! Love the unique and creative party ideas!

If you are able to go, please let me know how it goes!

July 21, 2010

Bienvenue! Welcome! Bienvenido!

When your out-of-town guests arrive to their hotel for the big wedding weekend, a nice bag of goodies can really make an impression. Some will travel long journeys so to have a tangible "thank you" greeting them when they arrive is a great gesture.

For a generic welcome bag, consider the following: water bottles, candy, snacks, local treats, directions to the ceremony and reception, brochures of local museums or activities, transportation information, local food and restaurant guides and, don't forget, a nice note from the couple! This is where chains like Sam's and Costco can come in handy!

The welcome bag can even go beyond being a nice gesture...it can set the tone of the wedding weekend with your out-of-town guests. Introduce them to your eco-friendly theme by adding organic or local treats in a reusable shopping bag. Show them you are excited about your color scheme by choosing items only in varying shades of those colors. Let your creative juices flow!

 Check out these photos of how other couples welcomed their guests:

July 20, 2010

{Real Wedding} Rachel + Chris

Rachel and Chris (AKA me and my new husband!) recently tied the knot at the Rural Life Museum. The inspiration for the wedding came from peacock feathers and those bright blues, purples and greens remained the theme for the entire soiree. Being a detail fanatic, we had TONS of little extras that made our day "ours". Enjoy!

Hair/Make Up: Nicole Millet
Coordination and Design: Bliss Events by Rachel

July 19, 2010

{Real Party} The Busy Girl Book and Wine Club

I had a few girls over the other night for our "Busy Girl Book and Wine Club" and I wanted to share a few of the details with you! The pictures aren't the best...but you will get the general idea!

I kept the menu hassle-free by serving finger sandwiches, garden pasta, mini spinach and artichoke stuffed bread bowls and mini cupcakes!

Being a book club party, I just had to incorporate books in the decor! So, I used several books we had laying around as a cupcake stand. The toppers had books and fleur de lis designs on them.

Of course, there was wine...

and cheese!

I spruced up the cheese a bit with fleur de lis toppers. It gave it a little something extra!

It was a fun night with great girlfriends!

If you have pictures of your last fabulous party, share them with me at blissbyrachel@gmail.com and I'll feature you!

July 16, 2010

Awesome Giveaway!

Lavender and Lilies is offering a great Friday giveaway opportunity! She is featuring Stacey with Petite de Lis Papiere and some of her amazing personalized stationery! I'm a big fan of Petite de Lis because her products are top quality and she has great pride in what she does! Click on over and show your love TODAY!

July 13, 2010

It's YOUR day!

Odds are your guests have been to weddings and events before, so set your soiree apart with the details!

A creative trick to establishing a truly personalized affair is to add a monogram to various aspects of your event. Have fun with it!

July 9, 2010

{Bliss Board} Backyard Wedding

I love french-inspired, shabby-chic, Spring garden, backyard weddings! The possibilities are truly endless! I threw together this inspiration board for a friend thinking of having such an event next Spring.

Let me know what you think!

July 7, 2010

{Inspiration} Some Tasty Color!

Although classic and stunning, your wedding cake doesn't have to be limited to the traditional white fondant or buttercream. Get creative and add some color! The Groom's Cake doesn't have to be the only fun cake at the reception!

I love how the bride used a mirror underneath...what depth!