Thursday, December 31, 2009

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Winter Bridal Accessories!

Put a spark in your winter wedding with these hot accessories:

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 Do you melt for vintage flare? We LOVE these ivory lace shoes featured by VioletFolklore, also on

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 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 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 (

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

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Complimentary Colors!

Happy Sunday Everyone!

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:

Pink is often used as a sedative; it evokes femininity, romance, love and passiveness

• A classic or deep red is passionate and sensual, common emotions are desire, longing, and sensitivity
• As red slips into a brown it is directly associated with soil. This earthy color gives comfort, richness, and is known to stimulate appetite / CC BY-ND 2.0

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 / CC BY-SA 2.0

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 / CC BY-ND 2.0

- 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 / CC BY 2.0

- 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.

Can you top it?

Have an insanely romantic proposal? Did your beau make you giggle when he popped the question? Did you break the mold with your engagement?

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 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

Meet Gina, our new Intern

Hello Everyone,

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

Introducing our Weekly Tip series!

Happy Wednesday Everyone!

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 .

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! :-)