Friday, February 26, 2010

Oheka Castle Bridal Show!


Next week, 03/04/10 is Oheka Castle's extravagant Bridal Show! Yours truly (AVS Events) will be a participating vendor at the show! Don't forget to stop by our table for some fun prizes! be sure to register at

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

MENgagement ring? What's that?!

As engagement season starts to wrap up you may have a shiny new ring to display, but what about your other half?

It’s the trend that’s been hitting the pages of The Times, NY Daily news, and even ABC News: The MENgagement ring. Contrary to the traditional one-ring per couple, many love-birds are changing their minds.

“He actually brought up the idea,” confessed bride-to-be Caitlin. “Dean and I both have a career in international business which requires us to travel often. Once engaged, I loved the feeling of being able to look down at my ring and be reaffirmed of our love and commitment even though we were miles apart.” That connection is what started the conversation. “We began to realize that the symbol of one belonging to the other is outdated. Now we’re symbolizing the love we share and our intent to revere that love for the rest of our lives.”

Couple psychotherapist , Paula Hall, gave her input on the MENgagement fad. “I can certainly see positives in this,” she says. “It’s clearly symbolic, but what it potentially does is demonstrate a shared commitment to the process and journey of being a couple at an earlier stage. Showing mutual commitment is important, and at the moment it can be a one-sided thing."

So what is a MENgagement ring? Toss out all your traditional ideas of a feminine diamond ring. MENgagement rings are often more subtle and understated; though in true engagement ring fashion… there has to be some bling! The fun of a MENgagement ring is that it doesn’t necessarily mean diamonds. Think sapphires, rubies, or emeralds. You can even ditch the regular gold of silver for colored titanium. Or take traditional metals and go flat or textured, single or two tone. It truly is up to your fiancé's taste.

Clearly, the rising trend is not for every couple, but Caitlin & Dean seem to be happy with their decision. I think Dean put it perfectly when he said, “I wanted a ring because we’re in this together, forever.”

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Introducing... The Invite!

This tiny piece of paper may not seem like much in the overall scheme of weddings. But to guests, the invite is a first introduction into your vision. A good invitation should sum up the feel and look of your wedding. Most of all it should be reflective of you as a couple.

Keep your guest guessing and excite them for the event to come with these great picks below:

Make a statement! I am heads over heels about this vendor. We could not be more excited to feature Carciofi Design. The owner, Caroline, produces the most elaborate and visually stunning invitations to date. Each design is adorned to the max with different combinations of rhinestones, ribbons, elegant fonts, flowers and wax seals. Receiving this invite is sure to create anticipation and conversation. Put a Carciofi Design in your guests’ hands and you will already receive compliments.

A great trend in invitations is the letterpress. Using a heavier card stock, invitations are literally pressed with design and text to make a textured invite. To speak about letterpress is not enough; it is a look and feel you must experience. Order a sample from one of the best, BellaFigura. Choose from their many styles and customizable coloration.

Publicide has been producing amazing art for years. Now bring a piece to your wedding. Tell your love story! Every couple has one, and who better to share it with than loved ones? check out this super intricate design below

Save the Date! Guests are sure to adore this idea also from Publicide. This letter-pressed save-the-date looks like an elegant postcard. The personalized touch of handwritten script is sure to make guests feel special. This postcard is a conversations piece whether it’s kept on the household fridge or at the workplace desk.

Looking for something a little different? Check out these ‘Coney Island Invites’ from RoyalSteamLine at The old-time carnival feel of these invites are a perfect fit for a couple looking for a wow factor. Guests who receive this invite will instantly know they won’t be attending an everyday wedding.

A more light-hearted feel to your wedding? Check out TearDrop. These fun designs are guaranteed to make you smile. Best part is TearDrop is incredibly customizable; From artwork to invite shape, color, wording, and font; to custom designed envelopes, save-the-dates, and RSVP cards. This is can really showcase your fun-loving side. TearDrop has seen every couple from scuba diving, ‘metro’-ites (above), boating and baking. Definitely checkout and get your creative juices flowing!

"Charlotte" has a simple design but don’t let that fool you. Inside the invite is packed with every tidbit of information your guest will need to know. The beauty is not only in the presentation, but this invite is visually charming. So much information can be overwhelming, but this design keeps the peace. JaneeseLiteDesigns (

Last minute touches! Going vintage for your wedding? Check out this witty vintage save-the-date by PowerandLight at Don’t forget the bridesmaids! These adorable “Will you be my bridesmaid?” cards are available by MariaElenaJewelry at What a charming way to ask someone special to be a part of your big day. Also, check out this ‘Lovebird Stamp’ by NoteTrunk at An adorable and easy way to perfectly reproduce your return address on every invite.