Spring Cleaning!

Each spring, I get antsy for a fresh start — in one way or another. Over the weekend, I spent time making a list of all of the places in my home I need to sift through (closets and cupboards, mostly) — so today, it’s Paisley Kay’s turn! I have been itching to give my blog a facelift, and make it, well, a little bit less predictable. Currently, I blog on Mondays and feature an image I love on Wednesdays. All fine and dandy, but mixing it up sounds like much more fun! So, beginning next week, Paisley Kay Event Design blog followers are going to get a mixed bag of the following:

  • Beautiful images that inspire
  • Anything that’s wonderfully wedding
  • Creative ideas for other events that mark major life milestones — baby showers, bridal showers, anniversary celebrations (If you have any other events you’d like to see me blog about, leave a comment on this post!)
  • A sneak peek into the life of Paisley Kay — things I’m working on, vendors I’m working with, seminars I’m attending, real weddings and clients of mine, styled shoots I’m designing, things that are sparking my imagination — this list literally could go on and on…

As these posts start to roll out, I would love your feedback! What do you like? What don’t you like so much? What would you like to see me cover that I am not covering currently? As much as this blog is a creative and professional outlet for me, I want it to be a fun, helpful, encouraging and interesting place for you to visit, too. So, please feel free to speak up!

I hope you enjoy the fruits of my spring cleaning labor…

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Something Old & Something New: Bridal Gown Redo

One of the bridal trends that is quickly gaining popularity is something many brides in days past would have never (ever!) even considered. The latest trend in wedding attire means brides are actually wearing the dresses of their mothers, grandmothers and sisters down the aisle — minus the puffy sleeves, teal sashes and any other details that once upon a time were in vogue, but now seem, well, indiscriminate. They are giving these dresses complete (and amazing!) makeovers, and I promise, the transformations will leave you blown away. If this sort of thing fills you with excitement and you have a dress in mind, fabulous!

If you’re still skeptical, or don’t have a “something old” dress to start with you’re not alone. Read on…

Considering my mother’s wedding dress to be my own was never an option for two reasons. One, she was tiny (both vertically and horizontally), so I couldn’t even get her dress over my kneecaps to mull it over. Two, I had never considered the possibility that her very of-the-time gown from 1984 could ever be transformed into something that would be even remotely fashionable in the 21st century.

In light of that story, I wanted to share some other ways I considered incorporating my mother and grandmother’s wedding day attire into mine, so I could indeed carry pieces of two very important women with me on one of the most special days of my life.

Incorporate just a piece of someone special’s wedding fashion into yours. While not everyone is crazy about you cutting a chunk out of their heirloom, my mother definitely considered letting me snip a piece of lace from her 15-foot train to wrap around my bridal bouquet. While I didn’t end up doing it simply because I felt bad, there are plenty of other options, like sewing a small piece of her dress — even the liner! — or grandmother’s handkerchief into your dress.

Veils are far more fashionably timeless than dresses. Whether it’s a fluffy veil your sister was married in, a lengthy cathedral veil that was your mother’s, or grandmother’s birdcage veil, all are still beautiful and can be easily incorporated into your bridal style — even if your dress is really modern.

What gal doesn’t like vintage jewelry? One of my favorite pastimes — from the time I was 3 until now — is going on a treasure hunt in my mother and grandmothers’ jewelry boxes. There is never a lack of beauty to be found, and they have pieces that are so unique and beautiful I could have never found the match from a bridal boutique or department store. Whether it’s a simple pair of earrings, or the entire set of her bridal jewels, I promise that wearing a special trinket or piece of bling with rich family history will make your day that much more special!

I want to hear from you! What is (or was) your something old or borrowed?

Wedding Planning: Including the Groom

Once upon a time, a groom almost never involved himself in the planning of a wedding — disinterest, intimidation, hard-pressed for time? Whatever the reason, it just didn’t happen as frequently as it seems to be happening now. I am really excited and encouraged when I see a groom at a bridal show, or when a bride comes to me explaining that the groom’s point-of-view is essential to keep in mind during the planning. I think it is so important to ensure both the bride and the groom are happy with the planning process and final wedding product — but also that guests see both people’s personalities in the ceremony and reception. Following are a few of my favorite ways to involve your man in the plans:

Incorporate His Hobbies

Does he love golf? Consider a golf club as your wedding venue. Is he a cigar aficionado? Have a cigar bar at the reception. Regardless of how it manifests, it’s his day just as much as it is yours — so making sure his hobbies and interests are present will make it special for him, too!

Color Combination

Do you love pink, but he isn’t too keen on a super girlie wedding? Consider toning it down with a more masculine, complementary color — such as blue, grey or taupe. Or, find a way to mix your favorite colors together, or to use a color combination you both like!

Delegate Tasks

If he is willing to help, you might as well take him up on it! Find tasks and to-dos that he’ll enjoy pitching in on, such as setting up meetings with a few DJs, picking out the menswear for the wedding party — really anything he’s excited about that you could use the support on. Even having him come along with you to meet the planner and participate in the cake tasting can create fun bonding experiences!

Personalize the Catering

Consider incorporating his favorite food into the catering. Even if it’s something as bachelor-friendly as macaroni and cheese or pizza, there are always ways to “fancy” it up for a wedding menu. You can also salute your groom by using his favorite drink in your signature cocktail. If he’s a big whiskey fan, an Old Fashioned, Manhattan or even a Mint Julep might be the perfect libation for guests to sip at your cocktail hour!

I want to hear from you! How did you find the perfect balance of both bride and groom at your wedding?