Thursday, December 31, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Though the cold breeze may tickle your toes, peep toe heels are still in for the winter wedding season. Oscar de la Renta (top right) channels the metallic trend of the season with his ‘Jewel –toe platform pump’ while Cole Haan (bottom left) stays clean and romantic with his ‘Ceci air rose sling back’; both available at Neiman Marcus. If you’re looking for something a little more original check out these customizable heels by FeathersandFrills (top left) and NoraKaren’s signature swan shoe (center) on etsy.com. Do you melt for vintage flare? We LOVE these ivory lace shoes featured by VioletFolklore, also on etsy.com.
The snow may take its toll on spring flowers, but what a great excuse to harness a winter pallet for your bridal bouquet. Take a note from Martha Stewart Weddings: get rustic with pine cones (top left), icy with a touch of metallic (bottom left), or feel the warmth of velvet (bottom right). Don’t confine yourself to a traditional red bouquet; try to break up ravishing reds with calla lilies, lavender, or cherry blossoms. Feathers are also a unique way to embody the light airiness of snow and spirits during the winter season.
A faux-fur accent can be the perfect addition to your wintery theme. Consider Linda Gorringe Couture’s wide selection of faux fur available in whites and cream (top left, right, bottom left). For a little volume with your fur try Circle Park Bridal’s faux-fur and tulle stole. If you’re looking for a little drama, consider a fur-lined cape by Princess Bride Tiara LLC. Don’t forget the flower girl! SpaZooie has great options for the little ones. Tie it all together with a mink ring available on Etsy.com by ArtJewleryOnline.
We love this winter’s alternatives for a traditional veil. Make a statement by sporting these stunning headpieces. We adore these marvelous creations by TessaKim available on Etsy.com. They are a one-of-a-kind addition to a glowing bride. Combine chic and vintage with her take on birdcage veils or skip the veil all together with a buzz-worthy headpiece. Want a little pop? Harness your inner Carrie Bradshaw with LovMely’s adorned peacock hair clip (Etsy.com).
These headpieces by Linda Gorringe Couture are nothing less than intricate and elaborate. It may take a certain bride to sport these designs, but if carried well the groom won’t be the only one left breathless.
For more winter bridal accessory ideas, don't forget to contact us at (800) 757-0549 or visit us at http://www.avsevent.com/
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Whether you’re thinking classic, modern, romantic, or trendy for your next event there is a simple tool that can enhance the mood: color. Though there is no precise universal emotional reaction to certain colors, neuroscientists have been using for MRI to study the relation of color and emotion for years. By simply looking at what part of the brain is stimulated by a color we can dive into the deep connection between color and our mood.
Reds – Are probably the most obvious to analyze. Reds represent strong and intense emotions. This characteristic most likely derives from the historical use of red as a symbol of war, danger, and power. In the evolution of décor since then, red has come to represent passion, desire and love. Psychological research has even proven subtle physical effects of red; increase in blood pressure, respiration, and metabolism. What most determines the specific emotional relationship with red is its hue:
Oranges- scream energy! Orange is an extremely stimulating color. This is proven neurologically; orange increases oxygen supply to the brain which has an invigorating and stimulating effect. This must be a result of its makeup: intense red + happy yellow. People subjected to orange have an increase in enthusiasm and playfulness.
• A warm harvest hue of orange is considered soothing
• As orange becomes gold its strong energy suggests prestige and wealth
Yellows- also energetic but more dominantly associated with joy and optimism. Those subjected to yellow feel warmth and healing qualities. But beware! Yellow should always be used delicately. Research has shown when overexposed to yellow, people naturally become uneasy and anxious. When selecting a hue of yellow experts suggest staying true to hue or a lighter version.
• Pale or pastel yellows are associated with freshness and happiness
• Avoid muted and darker hues, they can cause a sickly and unpleasant feeling
Blues- Peaceful, calm and serene. Blues also suggest intelligence and confidence without being too overt. Unlike the warmer colors, blue slows metabolism which attributes to its comforting effect. Blue also gives off a sense of cleanliness and purity.
• Light blues are considered tranquil and soft
• Deep blues feel regal and powerful
Greens- represent nature and growth. Most synonymous with green is fertility. People subjected to green often feel relaxed, natural and healthy. And for most, green is undeniably lucky! ;)
• Earthy greens (like olive green) are traditionally the color of peace. This is perhaps because it is most restful on the eye
• With the combination of blue, teals become refreshing, cooling and therapeutic
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Purples- the comfort of blue + the spark of red. Purple is synonymous with royalty, luxury, and magic. People exposed to purple often feel reflective, meditative and spiritual. Purple can also be incredibly romantic (perhaps deriving from its feminine feel)
• Light purples feel dreamy, feminine, and tranquil
• Deep/royal purples feel regal and luxurious
Black- is chic, formal, elegant, and essentially speaks for itself. It eludes a sense of mystery but unfortunately is most commonly used depressingly (i.e- death, grief, unluckiness). Selecting black is a commitment but when executed correctly is a unique and memorable choice. Selecting Black as a contrast will guarantee that every color will pop. Want the power of black but still craving color? Try your favorite color in a rich tone.
White- Feels pure, clean, and fresh. White is often used to represent new beginnings (how fitting). An overwhelming majority of people exposed to white have a positive reaction. Using white can portray a modern simplicity or a romantic lightness. White and Ivory are the most used complimentary color in an event pallet. Mix the feel of white with great color in a pastel tone.
À Votre Service Events™ along with AOL wants to hear your story!
For the new AOL series, “Pop the Question,” we are on the search for the most romantic, funny, and unique proposals. Think your story is a winner? Your fiancé take the cake? Contact us at 800-757-0549 or submit your story to the www.avsevent.com contact page.
Filming takes place this Friday December 11 and Saturday December 12 in New York City, NY. Contact us for selection, directions, and further instructions.
Monday, December 7, 2009
Today, we would like to introduce our new intern, Gina who comes to us with a background in Marketing and Journalism. We have a busy season up ahead and we look forward to her contributions, input, knowledge in continuing our tradition of excellence!
Gina joins our other new team members Gabriela and Michelle.
Welcome Gina :-)
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
It has been a long time We have been keeping busy working on holiday parties and preparing for a very exciting 2010 calendar year!
Today is the start of a new weekly series on tips & advice from yours truly, where you can also get answers to your questions. But please do not hesitate to contact us anytime at (800) 757-0549 or send us a note on our contact page at www.avsevent.com .
Today's topic is on Budget Planning/ Analysis: How to estimate a "realistic" wedding budget
In order to determine a "realistic" wedding budget, one of the first areas a couple may want to focus on is revising their guest list/ guest count. In the state of New Jersey or New York, one can expect to spend roughly an average of $100.00 per person, and in most cases, this number does not include tax and gratuity, which depending on the state, and charges can be an additional estimated 25% of the final bill.
With this in mind, for example, with a guest list of 100 at $100 per person, with New Jersey state tax of 7%, plus 18% gratuity, the final bill minus other fees (valet, Maitre D', etc) will be $12,500.00.
Although it is not be advised to spend more than 40% of the wedding budget on reception venue, food, and beverage, from my experience couples spend on average 45%-50% of their wedding budget in this area depending on their guest list, the time of year, and day of the week they choose.
Should you decide to work the other way around, one can use the example above of $100 and up per person to determine how much money they may want to set aside, keeping in mind that the wedding budget is not only the venue, food, and beverage, but photography, videography, entertainment, decor, wedding apparel, accommodation, transportation, favors, etc.
Lastly, to recap, reviewing one's guest's list is an important factor to help determine the overall wedding budget. Should you have a number in mind you would like to work with, determining the price per person you must not exceed can help you stay within your desired wedding budget.
For personal assistance more specific to your unique needs, please contact us at (800) 757-0549.
Happy Planning! :-)
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
The wedding reception was held at the newly minted Heldrich Hotel in downtown New Brunswick. The Bride and Groom chose a retro theme for their wedding and the venue obliged with the design of their ballroom utilizing the sharp lines and contrasts inherent in cinema of the 50s and 60s. The Newlyweds and their families all embrace their artistic sides. The bride’s brother serenaded the new couple with an original song and guitar solo and many of the aspects of the décor were original artistic pieces including the customized cake topper and envelope gift box. There were also some custom moves on display on the dance floor as the party went into overtime and the guests couldn’t get enough of the great music and food.
Although, it appeared from the onset that this wedding may have been rained out, it turned out to be one of the most fun and innovative weddings that we have done this year. Congratulations to Addie and Sean!!
Monday, August 3, 2009
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
This past Saturday, I had the pleasure of coordinating this couple's amazing wedding. Tammy has been planning this spectacular bash for over a year, and it was well worth every effort!
I must say a huge "thank you" to my wonderful team, and thanks to some of the most professional, hard-working, and dedicated vendors who made it all happen.
Below is a sneak peek from the pictures I took of the ceremony at the park, but I can hardly wait to post the professional pictures. Stay tuned.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
I just wanted to stop by to say a quick hello. As you all know with wedding season on its way, we are in the midst of planning many fabulous weddings, which we will feature here soon. Stay tuned for more.
Au revoir, et a bientôt :-)
Sunday, May 31, 2009
Now that a few weeks have passed, I would like to look back and revisit the May 2, 2009 wedding of our most wonderful clients, Denise and Henry from Hong Kong. This couple had a traditional Chinese Wedding to including a Tea Ceremony, honoring their elders before their banquet.
First off, I would like to thank the wonderful team of vendors who worked with me to make this day possible. Special thanks to Jorge Garcia (Jorge Garcia Photography), Janice and Mike Celeste (Celeste Studios), and Lisa Miller for the catering service.
For this wedding, we at À Votre Service Events not only took care of coordinating all wedding details, but we also took care of all floral arrangements from the personal flowers to the towing 6-7ft Cherry Blossom centerpieces.
As one will see from the pictures, Jorge is an amazing photographer and just a wonderful talent. I look forward to working with him on many more events. Please visit our website for more photos (http://www.avsevent.com/).