Ok, so the latest season just ended. It’s a terrible thing. But fill the void in your heart with a Game of Thrones themed summer party or wedding! There have been some creative people out there that can transform a space into the ultimate fantasy. It takes a lot of know-how, TONS of creativity, and perhaps an event coordinator to piece it all together. I found some inspiration from Stefania Sainato at BridalGuides...
Many of the scenes from Game of Thrones are filmed in Northern Ireland and Scotland. Forests, barns and other outdoor venues harken back to a bygone century.
This chuppah overflowing with greenery lends a mystical vibe to an urban venue...
This understated and gorgeous ceremony setup is reminiscent of the Great Hall.
Invitations & Stationery
Lion in the Sun designed this custom invitation suite for GoT fans Hsiao and Tony. With gold foil, black museum board and nonconventional silhouettes, it was equal parts glamorous and macabre. Don't forget to include their riff on the Stark house motto ("wedding is coming!") for your save-the-date!
A gold Lazaro gown accessorized with a beaded neckline and crown befits the Queen of the North.
This bride's pale gray Ian Stuart gown is perfect for an ice princess.
For an elegant big-day look, accessorize with a cascading bouquet and a faux fur shrug.
Long and loose tendrils are a must — we love the way the braid frames this bride's tiara.
A floral cuff, hair jewelry and brooch bouquets with the coat of arms are subtle ways to incorporate your favorite show into the wedding.
The Seating Arrangements
Create your own seating chart or escort cards with guests arranged by their noble houses (roaring dragon optional).
This sweetheart table was designed to mimic a medieval feast. How cool is that rustic wood branch centerpiece?
Roasted chicken with root vegetables and rosemary garnish is the hallmark of any king's feast.
The Sweet Finale
Wow your guests with a dramatic cake topped with the Iron Throne, a sword or a fire-breathing dragon (if you hail from the House of Targaryen).
The Wedding Gift or Favor Tag
The Lannisters aren't the only ones who must pay their debts!
Game of Thrones fans, which idea is your favorite? Any predictions for next season?
*Photographer: Mollie Tobias, event designer: Katie Rose, floral designer: EightTreeStreet, bridal salon: Jeanette's Bride N'Boutique, hair & makeup: Carolyn Thombs Makeup Artistry & Consulting.
**Photographer: Studio Laguna, venue: The Outing Lodge, florals: A Day in Provence, invitations & paper elements: Red Letter Design Studio, bridal gown provided by: Posh Bridal Couture, suit: Hammer-Made, hair & makeup: Brett Dorrian Artistry Studios.
***Photographer: Candice Benjamin, videography: Jakfoto Films, florals: Pixies Petals, hair & makeup: Serene Bridal Beauty, cake: The Cake Mamas, dresses: Hope Stanley of Mary Me Bridal, paper goods: Moment Prive, custom rings: Blazer Arts, men’s vest: Ann O’Lear, lady in waiting's necklace: BHLDN, original soundtrack for video: Anthem Falls Music, couple: Crystal & Rich, lady in waiting: Savannah
****Photographer: Quasi Studios, styling & coordination: Avenue Six Events, hair & makeup: Selina Bautista, couple: Stacey Mahoney & Tom Major, bridal gown provided by: Dhalia Bridal, florals: Rackley’s Florals, vintage rentals: Pow Wow Vintage, Tableware: Platinum Party Rentals, tables: Farm Tables and More, cupcakes: California Creole Catering & Bakeshop.
It seems like Hollywood loves to make wedding movies. Let’s be honest… most of them aren’t great. But there are SO many. Ask anyone and they could probably name at least 10 wedding movies.
Some of my favorites:
10 was easy! And another to add to the list… Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates is playing next weekend.
“Mike and Dave (Zac Efron) are young, adventurous, fun-loving brothers who tend to get out of control at family gatherings. When their sister Jeanie reveals her Hawaiian wedding plans, the rest of the Stangles insist that the brothers bring respectable dates. After placing an ad on Craigslist, the siblings decide to pick Tatiana and Alice, two charming and seemingly normal women. Once they arrive on the island, however, Mike and Dave realize that their companions are ready to get wild and party.”
It’s rated R and probably geared towards a 20-something audience, but I might give it a chance! Who can pass up a hilarious wedding movie? I can’t!
What’s your favorite wedding movie?
I am excited to announce that one of my past weddings has been featured in "The Knot" magazine. You can see the spread here and the rest of the issue here.
See more of Stephanie and Tim's wedding here!
Wedding invitations don’t have to be a flat card in an envelope. I came across these 3 very different, very quirky invitation concepts that are sure to excite your guests.
Maybe you have a crazy theme or a crazy idea and you need a little help creating a unique invitation to send out… a wedding planner is sure to have the creative mind to help you. Let’s think outside the envelope!
Some women are more than willing to pay an upwards of $10,000 for their wedding gown (have you SEEN Say Yes to the Dress?!) It’s their special day and they want to feel like a princess. And yes, your wedding day should be a monumental day in your life. Others are weary of spending so much on something they will only wear once. The engaged bargain shopping ladies of the world are in luck. You can keep the budget low and still look stunning!
Did you know Target sells wedding dresses? They can only be purchased online, but the most expensive one is a mere $269 (below). And they are all BEAUTIFUL nonetheless. They may require a good steaming and a quick fitting from your local tailor, but that’s still chump change when pricing the couture gowns at bridal shops.
Don’t underestimate a secondhand dress. Again, it was only worn once! Ebay has thousands of wedding gowns for sale, many of them designer brands. If you won’t be wearing it again and your closet has very limited space, then it just doesn’t make sense to hold on to the dress. Do you want a puffy ball gown taking up half of your closet space? Many women don’t. This stunning ball gown is priced at only $169!
Want a couture look without the couture price? Many Etsy designers design wedding dresses for a reasonable price. The gowns are hand made and unique – chances are not many (if any) brides have worn that dress. Contact the seller for personalization, too. Anything is possible when you can actually talk to your dressmaker. Feel good about buying something that wasn’t mass-produced in a factory! This dress is handmade from seller LecrochetArt and costs only $250.
Or… transform an old dress into something new. If your mom still has her dress (no matter how outdated and puffy it is), consider getting it tailored into something meaningful and more modern looking. Knowing that you are wearing your mother’s dress adds a special touch that no bridal shop can recreate. Be sure to find a tailor that specializes in "Semi-Custom" wedding dresses. We recommend The Enchanted Bride; they have wedding designers who specialize in hand work and semi custom dresses. They know specifically how to work with heirloom lace and fabrics. The beautiful transformation below is an example of taking an heirloom dress and giving it a beautiful update.
A budget doesn’t have to hold you back from getting a beautiful dress. There are many reasonably priced gown options out there that don’t cost as much as a down payment on a house. Happy hunting!
All Natural or Full-Faced?
There are SO many makeup inspiration photos and tutorials out there… how can you possibly narrow them down to choose one look for your wedding day?
And just remember – you don’t need to be a celebrity to hire a makeup artist! There are plenty of talented professionals around St. Louis that can be there on your big day to give you the flawless look you’re wanting without the stress of buying products or worrying you won’t get it right.
Wanting a trendy color scheme for your event? Consider using one (or both!) of Pantone’s 2016 chosen colors for soft, relaxing vibes.
What is the “Pantone Color of the Year?”
“It is a symbolic color selection; a color snapshot of what we see taking place in our culture that serves as an expression of a mood and an attitude.
For the first time Pantone introduces two shades, Rose Quartz and Serenity as the PANTONE Color of the Year 2016. Rose Quartz is a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure. Serenity is weightless and airy, like the expanse of the blue sky above us, bringing feelings of respite and relaxation even in turbulent times.
A softer take on color for 2016: For the first time, the blending of two shades – Rose Quartz and Serenity are chosen as the PANTONE Color of the Year
As consumers seek mindfulness and well-being as an antidote to modern day stresses, welcoming colors that psychologically fulfill our yearning for reassurance and security are becoming more prominent. Joined together, Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace.
The prevalent combination of Rose Quartz and Serenity also challenges traditional perceptions of color association.
In many parts of the world we are experiencing a gender blur as it relates to fashion, which has in turn impacted color trends throughout all other areas of design. This more unilateral approach to color is coinciding with societal movements toward gender equality and fluidity, the consumer's increased comfort with using color as a form of expression, a generation that has less concern about being typecast or judged and an open exchange of digital information that has opened our eyes to different approaches to color usage.”
See some colors to pair with Rose Quartz (13-1520) and Serenity (15-3919) here.
Hiring a Professional for the Bouquet’s and Creating DIY Centerpieces: Can it be done?
Flowers are one of the most expensive parts of the wedding budget. Paying a professional florist to create the bouquets is already a bit pricey… and then ALSO paying for them to make the centerpieces? Sometimes it is just out of the question. Don’t fret… a crafty bridal party can DIY the table bouquets to save some money. But before you dive in with the glue gun and ribbon roll, consider a few things:
Pretty centerpieces don’t have to be pricey… but they do require some thought. Consult your wedding planner for ideas and reassurance on creating your own centerpieces. But flowers are the first step… small, local florists are the way to go! We love Ken Miesner’s Flowers. See some Panache and Promises Brides’ arrangements below.
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