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The Persnickety Bride Speaks – Seminar on Wedding/ Event product

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of speaking to brides, couples and their parents with regard to all the products that we create here at The Persnickety Bride with the seminar group Wifey for Life owned by Lauren O’Brien.

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It’s actually been a while since I have spoken to a group regarding any of my businesses.  I have to admit I was a bit rusty between trying to present and timing it to the darn projector.  As everyone who knows me knows – I am much better doing a stand up routine  in explaining who we are and what we do then messing with electronics :)

So the first topic of conversation is my background.  I believe it is important that people know we are not some fly by operation.  That the overall business has been around since 1991.  In layman’s terms, many of my  bridal couples were in diapers when I started my company.   I tease many of my clients that they could be my kids if I actually started having kids that young.  Of course that didn’t happen and that is why I am an AARP mom of tween kids today, but that is a whole other story!

My main company DBP & Associates, Inc. started in the book, gift and stationery industry selling and developing product for many major retailers across the US.  I bought for the Waldenbook chain, was the VP of Dove Entertainment in LA and started my business in the national representation and development of books, music, stationery, gifts and toys in 1991.  In 1997 I started Persnickety Promotions our advertising specialty company.  After having several business clients asking me to help their children with their custom wedding products, I enjoyed the process of dealing on a personal level with clients ,  I started The Persnickety Bride in 2007.

My first goal in dealing with any client is that they are important.  They matter.  I don’t care how big or small you are – you are deserving of my attention and expertise.  I’m old fashion in the belief that if you do well by others it will come back to you ten fold.  That philosophy has worked very well for me over the years and I am sticking to it.

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The above review is our standard – we strive for the best in all that we do.

So first and for most  you do want people to tell others how terrific you are as a company!  Be honest, bring the highest level of product to your clients, keep the information clear so that all parties know what they are doing and move through projects on time and on budget.  There is a lot of work that goes on in this office from all our businesses and keeping on track is what we are best at doing.  We use extremely good product sources and vendors to get everything on time.  We are PERSNICKETY in all that we do!

So first off as I told everyone at the seminar.  Your vendor has to be tried and true – giving you great service, fabulous quality and at the value  and look you would expect for the project.   Although we work with a number of very high end projects (both corporate and professionally) we do also work with couples trying to make a certain price point on items.  We are always there to make suggestions and do have products available to meet various budgets.

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See how much I love to talk with my hands – it is the French/ Italian in me!

Here is the initial presentation of our customizing companies The Persnickety Bride and Persnickety Promotions.

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Explaining the differences and of paper selection, the overwhelming number of choices now available to couples in terms of digital press, thermography, digital thermography, letterpress, foils, and engraved product, custom laser cuts etc.   The Persnickety Bride does all of the above including electronic and hand created calligraphy.

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We went on to explain textured and shimmer paper products, weights of paper, folios what needs there are in paper and other customized product to create a cohesive look.

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More touching and feeling of product going on with bride’s to be.

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The ultimate in invitations engraved and letterpress invitation combination.

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What we do in custom silk boxes and folios for brides that make their wedding the epitome of elegance.

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Creating custom venue items that our of outstanding quality keepsake value in all types of designer colors.

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I have yet to find a custom project that I don’t love.  These are just some of a few lovely custom glass wear times we have done for couples.  I passed around the middle glass to the seminar participants explaining how we created their custom logo on their stationery as well.

We also do a huge number of etched glass products and acrylics.  We have the availability of doing all types of quantity customizing – it’s a one stop shop bonanza!

We are currently working on a custom shot glass for one couple and another couple we are looking at custom wine glasses for their wedding.

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We talked about jewelry, head pieces and hair pieces all that we carry in our studio.

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Lastly we talked about custom food items.  We work with chocolate manufacturers, candy manufacturers and cookie manufacturers to make some of the most exquisite items.  Above is actually a custom mini cake in fondant and chocolate cake we had created with acrylic box and bow.

We are currently working on a chocolate favor item as well as heart shaped custom lollipops.

All in all it was a great seminar and I thank Lauren for inviting The Persnickety Bride to speak. Photos of the seminar are courtesy of Wife for Life and the photographer for the day.

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The Persnickety Bride – Stylized Bridal Shoot – with Donna Cheung Photography

On April 12th, Donna Cheung and I got together to create not one but two stylized shoots for submissions for wedding magazines and wedding blogs around the northeast and nationally.

Anyone who has ever worked with me know that you need to get your “Big Girl” pants on and work hard to keep up with me.  Everything was pulled together really nicely with all our selected vendors.  We have gotten a great response from many publications as well as from brides and their families who have seen these shoots appear those far.

I have three children that do some modeling and acting so of course this gave me an opportunity to put their skills to great use.  Although the shoots were a little unorthodox for what you would see in a typical wedding – these kids were just terrific and honestly I don’t think we would have achieved the level of notoriety without them.  I thank my model mom friends who allowed us to photograph their gorgeous kiddos.   Certainly these pictures are a great addition to any portfolio!!

So without further adieu my readers – I present to you the Donna Cheung and The Persnickety Bride

Spring Shoot at Crabtree’s Kittle House – Chappaqua, NY

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First we start off with the gorgeous bride and groom

our couple models: Aja Knowles and Micah Stratton

Our children models (left to right) : Ethan C., Aeryn C., Melo L., Isabella C., and Tatum S.

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The gorgeous couple again and their sweet purplishious girls and handsome ring bearer

All bridal party accessories – The Persnickety Bride, Newtown, CT

Dresses and Wedding Gown: Julie Allen Bridal, Newtown, CT

Hair and Make up done by Beauty Entourage, Newington, CT

Tuxedos: Zemo Mens Wear Store, Stamford CT

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Creating a theme around rich deep purple, lighter lavender, with yellow and gold highlights make

for a fabulously inviting stationery suite – Created by The Persnickety Bride of course :)

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We took our formal table out into the garden to give it a beautiful backdrop of foliage with the fresh bright pop of yellow from the

floral arrangements created by Flowers by Danielle, Monroe CT

Table linens by White Plains Linens, Peekskill, NY

Table scape design / shoot design : The Persnickety Bride, Newtown, CT

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A simple lavender menu card sits on beautiful Tiffany Platinum place setting

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We took a couple gorgeous shots with wedding jewelry and head pieces.  This stunning

rhinestone clip, necklace and earrings are all available at The Persnickety Bride.  We selected these

pieces as they gave a classic yet bygone feel to the lace dress

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Then we tried the netted bird cage which looks very chic as well but we were

so in love with the look of the rhinestone clip we went back to it for the rest of the shoot.

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Love this fabulous colorful bouquet by Flowers by Danielle, with little direction she did a lovely job.

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Going for the dramatic we paired up our matching sets (that can be made in all sorts of colors)

for a chic dark purple look of card box, wedding congratulations book and pen set.

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I love these cooks by my friend Marcie Cake Creations for The Persnickety Bride

You can get cookies sent all over the country just by dropping us a line – the tags looks

great and colors were a perfect match!

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Our lemony confection cake was made by Cakes By Donna in Hamden, CT

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Now of course like with any shoot involving kids you have to have a little fun!

Our kiddos just loved goofing around and Donna Cheung caught it all!

The Cute!!

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The crazy faces – not meant for publication!!

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The behind the scenes friends who helped so much

(our kid’s assistant agent Chelsea)

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The obligatory kids model looking shot!! :)

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And of course I have saved the best for last the totally sexy wine cellar shot that I will

only give one because they are so steamy and being considered for print publication

we need to keep a lid on these … let’s say the bride and groom were not around the children

or the “guests” when these shots were taken … hmm hmmm

I want to thank Crabtree’s Kittle House in Chappaqua, NY for the great use of their venue

Most importantly to all the vendors and models mentioned above for their help in pulling this together so nicely.

Of course this great shoot was created by Donna Cheung Photography in Greenwich CT

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Creating your romantic rustic wedding celebration

Needless to say rustic, romantic wedding have been on the upswing the past couple of years.  Blogs such as Style Me Pretty. have shown masterful works of photography with gorgeous, rustic wedding shoots that just beg every couple to find the perfect barn or weathered outpost building for their wedding or reception.

There are many venues to chose from in the tri state area for a romantic rustic wedding.  The first thing the couple needs to determine his how rustic is rustic.

We find that many of our  area couples want a good mix of romance with what I like to call a “hint of burlap”..  :)  They want the feeling to be romantic and whimsical with little vintage and rustic touches along the way.  Yes there may be some burlap, but we find the burlap is often a backdrop to lace and other soft elements in flowers, greenery and table settings.

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A fabulous backdrop of expose brick in the venue, soft exposed lighting, lace gown and a romantic monochromatic floral bouquet.

Setting the tone for an upscale rustic wedding does require a little work.  You want to have the details but need to keep them clean and fresh looking adding personal touches along the way.  What makes a rustic wedding special are really all the unique elements and details that tie in the personalities of the couple.

It could be anything from incorporating old photographs of family members in vintage frames to using skeleton keys with attached table  cards for their guests.  As a company we do find that mason jars of course are popular favor items (and we can create a number of glassware items for couples).  As a matter of fact, we were just asked to do custom hurricane lanterns for centerpieces at an upcoming wedding.    Although that wedding is not a rustic wedding theme, the idea of  custom hurricane lanterns is perfect for a rustic centerpiece.

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Remember the little things and creating vignettes at your wedding.  The details could be just a small grouping with a little fence, but the carving says it all.

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Wonderful little picture frames with inspirational love “sayings” inserted inside

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The above wedding stationery bringing a slight bit of lace t0 add elegance and gives a little more formal feeling to the celebration. This particular product that we carry also comes boxed which is now also a very popular way of sending invitations.

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The above invitation masterfully combines battenburg lace and a touch of burlap to create a unique rustic feel that can be embraced through the elements of your wedding.

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Lighting plays an important part in setting the mood and romance of any wedding.  I love candlelight to add gentle element lighting to a room.  These candles above are simple and lovely and little ribbon, a little lace and this bit of DYI is perfect for a cake table or to add a few for ambiance to guest tables.

Thanks again for stopping by our blog post.  If you have just found us, please book mark us and make us a favorite site!  We will certainly post all that his happening in our office and let you know of new trends we see in bridal and event stationery, favors, table top and other accessories.

As always, feel free to write us or contact us to set up an appointment at http://thepersnicketybride.com/contact.html 

To locate the stationery and wedding products that we currently have available for sale on line, please take a look at our link: http://www.thepersnicketybride.com/shop-online.html

Also remember our advertising specialty company, Persnickety Promotions to find unique imprinted items for all of your wedding or event needs http://www.persnicketypromotions.com

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Pulling your black tie color palette together from paper through decor

One of the first couple of  questions I ask my couple is what type of a venue they are having their wedding, what season, and time of day.   Knowing many of the venues in the area, I already have an idea of the space, it’s color scheme and it’s layout.  In the instance of some places in NYC, MA and Newport (as we have done several weddings in all of those areas) I am a lover of pinterest boards and websites.

Many of our clients set up appointments through our website appointment scheduler, http://www.thepersnicketybride.com/appointment.html .  When they send their request, many times it includes information of the venue they are having their wedding and reception.   It gives me a great way to look at the venues and places of worship if the wedding is taking place outside the reception venue.

We recently supplied paper and additional accessories for wedding at two mansions in NY and a castle in England.  Reviewing the websites prior to the couples coming in made it so easy for us to work on their needs quickly.

A formal affair – creating a look of absolute elegance

Who doesn’t love a gorgeous lush formal affair.  I can’t tell you how many times a week I hear the word elegant in a sentence.

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Above is an invitation that goes the mile in elegant.  We love the rich gold luster of the paper on black, the fonts are magnificent and regal, the liner is simply spectacular along with having a black back pocket to coordinate all the paper – it is win win for the couple planning an elaborate affair especially if they have need for several pieces of paper.

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Something as simple as picking out a wedding stationery suite can lead to what needs you will have in filling your table and room.  Notice the little glistening gold candle votive above making itself the perfect mini orchid vase.   Or the tiny gold table lamp with shade.

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Here is another all time favorite Black Tie Winner!!  The folio cream invitation with cream ribbon wrapped in a luxurious black moire fabric folio.  This invitation is not to be missed.  It is elegant and has a tiny pocket in the front fold allowing additional papers to be included as a neat package.  This is perfect for a wedding of elegance where the bride is going for a very neutral palette of ivory flowers perhaps with a pop of color (perhaps a red or gold ) but most is cream, black and the pop color.

We have done matching wine glasses and wine bottles with imprinted monogram the above look.  We also have done wine labels for another couple giving bottles of wine to their rehearsal dinner guests.  In this particular suite, we included (not shown a champagne rehearsal card that stood out for those attending the rehearsal dinner.  We have also done other fabulous accessories (mini cakes in clear acrylic boxes seen below) that just complete a wonderful edible favor for your guests.

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Darling little chocolate cake with fondant top and flower with pearl.  Acrylic box, Black ribbon and top card complete the look.

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Creating the look around the colors of gold, black and a pop of red

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Now I love this Modern Trousseau wedding gown so very much I had to add it to this elegant ensemble look of papers and accessories shown above.   I am hoping that we can add this gown to a stylized photography shoot we are doing in April.   Such a sweeping beautifully designed gown.  Their styles are exquisite.  One of my all type favorite bridal designers.  The store that I know carry Modern Trousseau in Connecticut are:

 http://www.fontanabridalsalon.com

http://www.thewhitedressbytheshore.com

http://plumedserpentbridal.com

My next blog will show some fabulous and elegant way to get a rustic feel without going totally burlap :)

Until then my friends thanks so much for following our blog.

If you ever have any questions, feel free to e-mail us  or if wish to order stationery on line simply go to  www.thepersnicketybride.com  and click on http://thepersnicketybride.com/invitations-stationery.html .

We have some products on line.  If you require additional help with regard to all the various imprinted items we have contact us.   You can also visit our sister company, http://www.persnicketypromotions.com to find all sorts of imprinted items.

We  would like to give credit to Modern Trousseau for the above gorgeous photo of one of their 2015 bridal gown style.

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Choosing your wedding or event color palette wisely

Color is an extremely powerful element in our everyday lives.  I don’t think that people realize the power color has on our moods and feelings, unless of course they are in the design or photography fields.  Color in a very subtle way affects what we do with our purchasing dollars in everything from purchasing clothing,  bath towels to pots and pans.  Product manufacturers look all the time to determine color palettes that best suit the products they will be launching based on season and trends in the market.

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Good design is incredibly important as well, but color and color matching in creating a cohesive design and feel is by far one of the most important elements of creating and setting the tone of your wedding or event.

The biggest take away from all the interior design classes I had taken back at SUNY Purchase, is that color and texture make the world go round.  It is probably why I feel  badly for those individuals that suffer from color blindness.   They are missing so much with the nuances of shades and textures of color.  My son is mildly color blind, and it never ceases to amaze me on how difficult it is for him to see variations in color.

For instance the painting below of a field of lavender for me brings about feeling of the bright sun, a beautiful summer day and a fragrant field of lavender flowers.

The richness of the colors, tone, and texture within the painting are lovely and muted variation of color gives a sweeping calm feeling to the painting for me.  Although red is a  normally a very bold color, in this painting it adds a richness and different texture to the painting breaking up your view to create a warm focal point.

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In determining what colors to use in your wedding or event, you need to look to your venue selection to be sure that the overall look of the venue will follow suit with the color scheme that you wish to select. Look at the carpeting, the interior design of the space.  Will it need enhancement in lighting?  Does it it have neutral tones or a grandeur that fits your celebration?  Get to know and familiar yourself with tried and true color schemes that work well together and present a cohesive color palette.

Every year color palettes are created for the wedding industry based on what is going to be popping in the fashion world.  I have included a top 10 wedding color schemes below as a guide for our newly minted couples to be.

Trends in colors in weddings do stick pretty darn closely to what is hot in clothing and home color trends.  Although “themes” such as burlap, chalkboard, vintage have  their own tones of colors brought about by the merchandise that can be found within those themes.  Believe me sometimes I need a theme chart just to keep up with all that is available in various themes never mind the spectrum of colors within them.

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In my next blog post,  I will be showing some of the beautiful color schemes we have recently done in paper and accessories (since not everyone is on our Facebook page) and we have incorporated some of the products we carry in our showroom as well.

As always feel free to comment on our blog (it’s nice to hear from our clients that you are following the blog – those little e-mails that I get make my day) and feel free to like our Facebook and twitter for more information regarding The Persnickety Bride.  Our twitter handle is @thepersnicketyb

 

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Elizabeth and Nathaniel’s Perfect Wedding Day – The Inn at Longshore, Westport CT

I am one of these people that just likes to laugh.  I especially like to laugh with my clients.  You know when you have a connection with a someone.  There is just something that you both know is right in the world.  That everything you do will be perfect and everyone is going to have a great time working together.  Well that is exactly how I felt the moment I met Elizabeth.  I knew that we would just get along famously.  She has this wonderfully sweet personality and knows what she likes and how she wanted her wedding to unfold.

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Beautiful thoughtful Elizabeth

She came into my office and brought her and Nathaniel’s adorable daughter Mia.  If I’m not mistaken believe Mia played a bit  and colored with my daughter Aeryn while her mom and I poured over stationery.

What I loved most about Elizabeth was the smart easy flowing course of our conversation.  She wanted something lovely and romantic as a wedding invitation suite.  She saw her colors and was very in charge of what she felt would be perfect for her big day.

Even more, I appreciated the fact that she wasn’t afraid to ask questions or ask for recommendations on florists and photographers.  She used the services of some very talented people in the business that I recommended to her.  I was so happy that she just went for the gusto and got exactly what she wanted for their beautiful wedding.

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Elizabeth selected a beautiful champagne luster invitation in a raisin ink with a custom square cut envelope to announce their wedding celebration.

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Elizabeth and her very pretty little flower girl – her daughter Mia

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Nathaniel and his leading lady Elizabeth sealing their love with a kiss.

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The table setting was perfect for the color palette she selected, love  the neutral shades of her centerpiece  with a

burst of gold color in the plates and accent napkins.

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The handsome newlyweds – Nathaniel and Elizabeth

Wedding venue:  The Inn at Longshore

Wedding Photographer: Pictures are courtesy of Donna Cheung Photography

Wedding Flowers:  Ganim Garden Center & Florist, LLC

Wedding Stationery Suite:  The Persnickety Bride

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Merv’s Joyous 80th Birthday Bash – at the Stonehenge Inn, Ridgefield, CT

The moment Merv and Sherry B. walked into my office, I knew I was going to enjoy my time creating the perfect 80th birthday invitations and favors for them.  Merv is just a fun gentleman to be around.  He is charming and has a terrific sense of humor.    His wife Sherry is elegant and sweet.  She knew she wanted to throw him a great birthday bash.  He kept on poo pooing that she was making such a fuss.  You could see that they just enjoyed bantering back and forth with each other…  He would tease her and she would look the other way and continue on with the dialog of putting his special day together.

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The lovely couple – “80 Years Young” Merv and his beautiful bride Sherry

Sherry chose a wonderful acrylic invitation.  I was excited to do a different type of invitation.  There are so many new products that you can use to fabricate invitations from these days, we have acrylic, board, metal, even leather.  It’s fun when people get creative with their printed materials. 

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The white and wine looked beautiful together and it was a masculine interesting invitation for a pretty cool guy!

 It was placed in a cream colored envelope with a matching wine colored liner.

We also recreated the impressive initial on the back of the envelope flap to match the invitation.

We did do electronic calligraphy that way  that way Sherry wouldn’t have to fuss with writing anything out and they  would be all ready to mail.

Once we finished with the invitations, Sherry wanted something special to give to her guests as a memento of the evening.  I put on my thinking cap and knowing that I wanted them to have a  favor that their guests would keep and remember that evening.  I have a great company that does beautiful leather items and I just loved their measuring tapes.

Sherry came up with “Merv measuring time”

We suggested a couple fonts and the font Sherry chose certainly reminds us of Merv’s fun personality!

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Each measuring tape was packaged in a gift box and made for a nice little take away for the evening.

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The birthday boy and his absolutely precious grand daughter.

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Venue: Stonehenge Inn and Restaurant, Ridgefield, CT

Family Pictures: Courtesy of Merv and Sherry B

Acrylic Invitation and Leather Measuring Tape Favor, The Persnickety Bride, Sandy Hook, CT

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Finding your color & style – Example of luxury in hues of cream, champagne and blush

The first thing I find when couples walk into my office is that  most have a particular style that they are looking to achieve  in their wedding design.

The vast majority have colors that they have chosen for their wedding party to wear and some even like to match their papers and accessories to the tones found in the venue that they have chosen for their wedding celebration.

It is interesting to see that many couples believe they are going to make mistakes when putting together a theme or color palate for their wedding.  I honestly believe that there are no mistakes just a couple simple rules of thumb to follow and you will be all set.

Are you looking to achieve a sharp contemporary/modern look to your wedding or a classic elegant wedding?

Are you more laid back in your style or are you going more for the black tie affair?

Are you in love with a country barn theme look or are you more along the lines of vintage style and glam?

Do you envision your wedding in the city, by the ocean, on a farm or a vineyard ?

Depending on your colors, and your venue there are a plethora of products in stationery and accessories that can be found or created to suit every couples needs.  I go by the go with your gut when telling a couple how to achieve their wedding “look”.

An example that I would like to show is below of a monochromatic wedding style of elegant hues of cream, champagne and blush.  I also show a menu from another wedding in a stronger luster gold, champagne and cream.

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Above is a fabulous , champagne ,cream and luster menu (which we used as a starting point to create Danielle and Anthony’s menu)  we had previously created the above menu for another wedding and just changed out the look for Danielle and Anthony with bahama paper (as shown in their wedding stationery below).

As you can see above this is a stronger hue of creams and gold above and is a bit of a bolder statement to the lighter hues shown below in Danielle and Anthony’s ensemble of papers and accessories.  Both are spectacular and yet both very different.

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The wedding stationery was flawless created again using the  hues of the wedding party’s attire, flowers (as shown below)  and look that the couple wanted to achieve in party by the venue they selected. We happen to love the look of this invitation with the ribbon.  So well suited to the bride.  She was just elegant, stunning and the groom is a great guy.

We also created a letterpress Save The Date that included a map of NYC as the liner – it was very elegant and so perfect for their Manhattan wedding.  I will post that gorgeous piece when I do a blog post on letter press.   It did not match the invitation suite – but again people need to remember that not everything needs to match.

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Although I don’t take credit for creating that fabulous tree (I believe it is already in the venue) – the table cards were all done in cream and sable with Swarvoski crystals on each one to catch the light from the tree arrangement.  It made for a marvelous focal point.  Flowers shown are by Stamford Florist.Screen Shot 2015-01-02 at 10.17.49 PM

Lastly we created this fabulous custom card box along with the pen and guest book set also with crystals attached.  These can be done in an array of colors.  It is such a fabulous look for a bride that really wants to coordinate items for her big day.  With this line we can also do stationery boxes, tufted favor boxes, table tents and menu jackets.  The sky is really the limit and they are exquisite hand crafted pieces.  Flowers shown are by Stamford Florist.

To see more gorgeous images by the incredible Ira Lipkke Studio please visit the Carats and Cakes link below.  It was our pleasure to work with this great couple and to be part of their beautiful wedding celebration.

Wedding stationery suite, menu and all accessories shown:  The Persnickety Bride, Sandy Hook, CT

Flowers shown: Stamford Florist

Fabulous photography courtesy of Ira Lipkke Studio

http://caratsandcake.com/danielleandanthony

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The fabulous Black and Fuchsia Wedding of Steph and Justin – at Aria in Prospect, CT

Over the years, we have had such an incredible array of couples walk through our doors.  Each have very special needs and wants with regard to how their wedding or event is going to take place.  The styles they love, the look they were trying to achieve.

So when I get Steph’s e-mail asking a very specific type of acrylic picture frame favor item, I couldn’t wait to meet her.  She was also recommended from another couple who I just adored working with on their wedding, so I knew we would have a great time.

It turned out in meeting with Steph that she was going to become sister in law to another lovely bride I had worked with a few years early.

Well this young lady came in with her multi watt smile such a fun incredible personality, I couldn’t wait to get started on her project.

We started on working on her customized picture frame, which was going to be imprinted in a Fuchsia color.  We then needed to find the perfect ring pillow and I think we hit it out of the park with the XOXO custom ring pillow in Black, Fuchsia and White.  We then worked on her table cards that certainly weren’t boring!  We did them with Swarovski crystals so that they would shine in the foyer near the lovely centerpiece created for the table.

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The fabulous bride and groom Steph and Justin

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Can we get any more fun than this handsome group with shades!

Check out the fabulous flowers, shoes, ties and men’s kerchief.

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We are finding that so many of our brides and grooms are renting the big party buses either for themselves or for their guests.

I just got a kick how this bus really carried into Steph and Justin’s wedding theme perfectly!

Now on to the creations of The Persnickety Bride

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Before the wedding begins we have our XOXO ring pillow in white, black and fuchsia.  Yes it is in fuchsia as well,

just a little hard to see in this picture angle.  The back is all XO’s in black and fuchsia with their names on the front of the pillow in fuchsia.

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Next up are the lovely table cards with Swarvoski crystals that give a little sparkle to the entrance foyer table.

Centered with a beautiful flower arrangement.

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 Below is the custom picture frame done to suite what the photo booth picture was going to be

instead of just a strip photo – Steph and Justin’s photos were going to be 4 x 6 horizontal.

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The bride put a lovely note in fuchsia at all the place settings of her guests

to welcome them and thank them for being part of their wedding.  A lovely touch.


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The floral arrangements were high to keep out of the line of conversation.

The picture frame favors around the table make for a stunning focal point at the table setting.

Steph’s aunt and uncle were the florists that designed and worked with the bride and groom

on their floral needs.

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I got the chance to swing by during the cocktail hour and see three of my favorite brides!

Pictured here yours truly in the blue, the lovely bride Steph, the lovely new sister-in-law Leigh and best friend to the new sister in laws the lovely Casey.

How I enjoyed working with all of these ladies on their weddings.

All photos below are taking by Video Images Photography & Video,  North Haven, CT

 All flowers created and arranged by Rose Flowers and Gifts, Meriden, CT – Owners are Joann and Fred

Wedding facility Aria, Prospect, CT

Paper and accessories shown:  Created by The Persnickety Bride  Sandy Hook, CT

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Partying up with the rest of Connecticut wedding professionals – Celebrating 2015!

On January 22nd, I got together with a number of wedding professionals at the Wadsworth Mansion in Middletown CT to celebrate the end of the 2014 wedding season.   It was the perfect break before the rush of the 2015 wedding season!

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I find this business out of all of my businesses the most interesting.  Wedding professionals are all about being there for their client.  It is all about service and making our clients big day be exceptional!

There is a tremendous wedding talent pool in the Connecticut area.  Especially in the area of photography.  It is exceptionally interesting

to see how they all seem to know one another.  So just remember, if you try to get a photographer and they can’t take your job

believe me they all know one another and are easy to recommend others if they can’t do the job themselves.

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Me (in the green) and all my lovely photographer friends.

What I loved most about this party as being a girl behind the scenes in what we make for brides I normally meet wedding professionals at the shows that we do throughout the year.  This gave me an opportunity to meet hair and makeup stylists, a few musicians a clergy or two that we have never had the opportunity to meet in the past.  It was a great time with great people who seriously know how to let loose and party.

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