by: Michelle

Want your reception to look regal? Cobalt, ivory & gold deliver the royal treatment while sequined accents provide light-catching sparkle.

 


 

Styled by Posh Productions | On Location at The Blue Room, Roosevelt New Orleans | Photos by Ardent Studio | Floral Decor by Bella Blooms Floral | Table Numbers, Menus & Invitations by Stationery Studio | Rentals by Event Rental

 
by: Michelle

This bright, whimsical table kicks up the girly factor with coral and mint, but the gold brings us back into classy, grown-up territory. The Chevron pattern is one of our favorite current trends and also keep this look very current.

 


 

Styled by Elegance by ACE | On Location at Antoine's Maison Verte Room | Photos by Stacy Marks Photography | Floral Decor by NOLA Flora | Candle Decor by Firefly Ambiance Candles & Decor | Menus & Table Numbers by Exquisite Events | Cake by The Sweet Life Bakery | Cake Stand by Fabulous Cake Stands by Nola B. | Chairs, Napkins & Flatware by Event Rental

 
by: Michelle

Cobalt blue adds high drama, while mint steers the gold accents from antique to modern. Succulent plants are not only a great way to save money on floral arrangements, they are used to bring an organic, earthy touch to a modern, minimal table.

 

 

 

Styled by Weddings by LuLu | On Location at Royal Palm | Photos by Lauren Carroll Photography | Linens by Weddings by LuLu | Candle Decor by Firefly Ambiance Candles & Decor | Candy Display by Sugarcoat by Graceful Events

 
by: Michelle

Coral, cream & gold bring a bright, sunny freshness to the table. Gold also finds its way into vintage brooches, which add a decorative touch in unexpected places.

 


 

Styled by It's Your Time Events | On Location at The Champagne Palace Botanical Garden | Photo by Oscar Rajo Photographics | Floral Decor by Grow With Us | Candle Decor & Chandelier by Firefly Ambiance Candles & Decor | Stationery by Stationery Studio | Macaroons by The Sweet Life Bakery | Rentals by Event Rental

 
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by: Jessica

Since 2001, Fergie Lewis of Stationery Studio has been designing custom invitations for couples to announce their upcoming nuptials. 

"Invitations used to be all white or ecru," explains Lewis. Now, however, custom artwork and personalization are on trend. From vintage maps of New Orleans to brilliant pops of color, engaged couples are becoming more creative in how they say "You're Invited." 

Lewis, who custom designs 99% of the invitations she sells, loves working with couples to create something different, however, she cautions, "When you want something truly custom, it can be expensive." 

When it comes to designing your dream invitations, Lewis advises to pay attention to your budget and your guest list. 

Typically, no more than 4-6% of your budget should be allotted to stationery, so with a $25,000 budget, for instance, you would be working with a maximum budget of $1,500. 

Stationery includes not only the invitations, but postage, calligraphy, thank you cards, programs and any other printed items your event will require.  "I'm on your side," Lewis says "I can help you figure it out."

When it comes to making a statement, Lewis suggests incorporating the logo she designs throughout all aspects of the wedding. Many of her clients have used her logo design for many aspects of their decor from the aisle runner to even a custom carved ice bar! When designing artwork for an event, Lewis treats each wedding as though it was her only one. "I operate as if it were my own party," she shares. 

Lewis designs not only invitations, but also other custom items that make great favors including party cups, key chains, champagne bottles and koozies to name a few. Thoughtful touches like these will have your guests talking for months after your wedding and provide a little reminder of a great day they shared with you. 

No matter what your budget, you can always include a personalized touch. A few trends Lewis is seeing include invitations depicting the wedding venue, neutrals like grey or khaki with a pop of color and foil stamped invitations. 

When it's all said and done, Lewis loves her job. As she quite simply states it, "I love weddings!"
 
 

 
by: Michelle

Need color inspiration? Gold can be the accent to your decor or the life of the party. It can be a Diana Ross diva or the backup singer that provides the polish that makes the whole song shine.

 

Below is a table that shows the sophisticated elegance of black, cream & gold. The use of black with lighter colors makes every detail pop.

 


Styled by Get Polished Events | On Location at The Elms Mansion | Photo by Eau Claire Photographics | Floral Decor by Bella Blooms Floral | Candle Decor & Chandelier by Firefly Ambiance Candles & Decor | Stationery by Stationery Studio | Monogrammed Napkins by Ever After Gifts & Accessories | Rentals by Event Rental

 
by: Michelle

As we celebrate the contributions of veterans & active military today, we thought we'd bring a little light to an honorable tradition many of our service people have practiced at their own nuptials: the saber arch, or sword arch.

 

Six to eight enlisted officers or NCOs (non-commissioned officers) in formal dress uniform, and usually in the same unit as the service member getting married, create a double line formation just outside of the wedding venue (or at the end of the procession aisle for outdoor weddings). As the couple exits, the senior usher announces the couple and an arch is formed by the sabers with blades facing upwards. As the couple approaches the final two saber-bearers, the swords are lowered & the couple are momentarily detained until they kiss. Another tradition is to swat the bride playfully on the backside with the sword & welcome her to the military family, a tradition which is also by-passed if the bride is in the military.

 

To all our veterans & military brides & grooms, we thank you for your commitment and service on this Veterans Day!

 

Photo: Studio Tran | Venue: Cedar Grove Tchoupitoulas Plantation

 
by: Michelle

The first few notes of the LSU Fight song brings on feelings of fall tailgating and a love of all things purple & gold. LSU plays one of their biggest rivals this Saturday in its game against University of Alabama's Crimson Tide. We're getting into the Tiger spirit just in time to bring you some of our favorite purple & gold wedding picks...

 


Nails : Nicole Stoner | Shoe Photo by: She-N-He Photography and Design | Make-Up: Talasia's Dreamz

 
by: Jessica Burke

 

The Sweet Life Bakery | Bob Bradford Photography

 

We can't wait for the Saints to tackle the Falcons in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome this Sunday! In anticipation of a sweet victory we've collected a few of our favorite black and gold-themed sweets and cakes. Bon Appetit!


 
by: The N.O.W. Girls

When planning your wedding, be sure to take time to consider the needs of your out-of-town guests. The bride’s family traditionally provides the names of places to stay. That doesn’t mean that you must pay for the guest’s accommodations though. You can select one hotel for all or you can give your guests a list of places with telephone numbers and price ranges.

 

Selecting One Hotel For All

 

Most hotels will provide a discounted rate for brides if a block of rooms is booked. The number of rooms will vary depending on your requirements. Ask the hotel sales person if they will provide a special “gathering room” for your guests. Perhaps they will provide a special breakfast for your group. Shop around to find the hotel that fits your needs and style.


Once you have selected the hotel, you need to provide your guests with the phone number, the name the reservations are being held under and transportation information. This allows them to make reservations and plans on their own.


Listing Available Accommodations


For many of your guests, budget will be an issue, so have several places from which to choose for your guests. If they have already spent a large sum of money on tickets and travel, they probably will want to save on lodging expenses.


Others may use this time for an extended vacation. Select hotels that reflect the area’s charm and easy access to the wedding activities. A bed and breakfast could be on your list of places to stay along with one or two larger hotels in the city.


Seeing To Your Guests’ Needs

 

Entertaining your out-of-town guests every minute they’re in town can be a big challenge. You will be very busy yourself, so give them the resources they need to keep themselves occupied when they are not attending the various wedding festivities.


Fortunately, New Orleans and the surrounding area offer a variety of activities to keep even the most hard-to-please wedding guest busy. To simplify your life, the New Orleans Metropolitan Convention and Visitor’s Bureau has a website which can be found at www.neworleanscvb.com The NOMCVB website provides visitors with pages of information about where to go and what to do in New Orleans including:


- A comprehensive calendar of events

- Fun facts and answers to frequently asked questions

- Seasonal information including special rates and packages

- Direct access to accommodations throughout the city


With a great variety of sights to see and places to go, hopefully your guests will not be too exhausted to attend your wedding. Perhaps they will make a return trip to see the things they missed and to visit you, of course!