Feathers, cigars, pearl strings and smooth jazz: these are the ingredients to have a picture perfect 1920’s inspired evening. Treat your guests to a scene from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby with the era’s Art Deco style on anything from geometric patterned invitations, to custom metallic cocktail napkins or menus. A melodious jazz band sets the atmosphere of the speakeasies so popular in the 20’s and will have everyone doing the Charleston. Have your bridesmaids wear dropped-waist dresses and delve into some fun flapper fringe! For amusing memories, have a photo booth set up with props like cigars, skinny cigarettes, feather boas, top hats, lace headbands and chalkboards. Don’t forget a glamorous vintage car to take you away at the end of the night!
Bonus: the Hollywood adaptation of the book is coming out soon, so make it a date and do some fun research while gawking at Leo DiCaprio for a couple of hours.
Invitations via Snippet & Ink; Chandelier by Love this Day Events; Synchronized Swimmers via Snippet & Ink ; Escort Cards from Wedding Chicks; Vintage Car via Heavenly Blooms; Headpiece from Onewed; Cake by Onewed; Head Table via Green Wedding Shoes; Table Setting from The Caketress
Do you love wine as much as we do? A vineyard wedding sounds absolutely magical to everyone, but it may not always be possible. Get inspired by these ideas and bring the vineyard to your wedding! Start with “message in a bottle” invitations, use corks as escort cardholders, and wine bottles with fancy numbering as table numbers! Give out personalized wine bottles as favors, or pair a different wine with each course on the menu. One of our favorite ideas is to use champagne flutes to hold each escort card, to ensure that every guest has a flute ready for the champagne toast!
escort cards via stylemepretty.com personalized wine bottles via www.celebrations.com wine and duck pairing via www.brides.com table numbers via google.com personalized label via bottleyourbrand.com wine bottle invitations via mypersonalartist.com champagne flute escorts via hpevents
If you envision your celebration as romantic and modern, take a look at this It! Inspiration and bring on the preppy. Navy exudes elegance and contrasts with the femininity of the pink hues. Let navy be the anchor of your color palette and play with different pink shades (think rose, magenta, and even coral). To bring these elements into the menu, a dessert bar is perfect to have little pink and blue candies spread across a white linen table. Almost every flower has a pink variation and right now we love dahlias, hydrangeas and sweet peas. So put on your pink dancing shoes and dance away into the cool navy sky!
navy bridesmaid dress via Pinterest; Invitations via Just Add Ginger; candy bar via HWTM; basket of programs via The Perfect Palette; bridal party via Platinum Touch Events; cake via The Knot; table display via Calligraphy by Jennifer; groomsmen via Sheffield School;
Those of you who follow the It! Girls on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Pinterest may have noticed that It! Girl Aime has been sporting a new ‘do. Well, that’s me, and I was diagnosed with Lymphoma in July 2012. It was actually a welcome relief after two years of unexplained symptoms and a difficult pregnancy. But I am one of the lucky ones. Lymphoma, or Hodgkin’s Disease in my case, is one of the few cancers that is curable. My treatment was very straightforward despite the disease having been quite advanced, and after six months of chemo I am officially a survivor! My final treatment was Monday, Feb. 4, and I owe my life to Dr. Bobby Green of Palm Beach Cancer Institute.
In case you were wondering, the little ribbon to promote awareness for Lymphoma is lime green. Love the color, but you know pink always wins in the cancer gear category. But I digress…
As we It! Girls do a lot of fund-raising and charity gala planning in Palm Beach, our good friends at the Island of Palm Beach Unit of the American Cancer Society honored yours truly with the opportunity to share my story with the 500 esteemed guests of their 55th annual Palm Beach Gala. The occasion also celebrated the 100th anniversary of the American Cancer Society, so I was doubly honored to have finished the fight with the support of Honorary Chairmen Patty Myura and Patrick Park, Chairwoman Petra Levin, Junior Chairwoman Crissy Poorman and the fabulous team at ACS: Michelle Jaminet, Sarah McKenzie, and Dena Ross.
Check out the vid by executive producer Bill Horneck of Minds I Corp:
Today, Feb. 18, 2013, is my 31st birthday, and I’m celebrating with family and friends in New Orleans (stay tuned for a few posts from the Big Easy). I know for certain that aside from the medicine, a positive attitude and a strong support network are to be credited for my recovery. But equally so is my work. Celebrating life’s occasions for a living is such a special honor. And owning a successful and business is incredibly empowering (not to mention I LOVE going to work in the morning!). I am so proud of It! Weddings & Events, It! Event Concierge & Media Studio, It! Weddings Florida, and our latest venture, Soiree Palm Beach: A Boutique for the Well-Heeled Hostess by It! Weddings & Events. And while I’m bragging, can we talk about the It! Girls for a second? These amazing women, each so unique and talented, are my inspiration. They work hard, play hard and love hard. And boy do I love them back!
Thank you to Lauren Lieberman and Heather Holt at LILA PHOTO for the faboo shots! Love you girls! xoxox
This It! Inspiration is all about big city elegance. Black and White City Lights plays off the classic tones of black and grey, with a touch of moss green to bring out central park’s lush gardens. Surround yourself with the sights of the skyline, by setting your ceremony outside across the bay. Can you say, “Kodak moment?!” Take your guests up, up, and away to a rooftop reception, complete with black and white balloons to keep spirits high, and blackboard table décor to portray your favorite city café. Tre chic! Your cake and invitations will trace the skyline, to tie the whole theme together. Cheers, to a New York state of mind!
Cake from Pinterest; bride & groom balloons from Style Me Pretty; rooftop reception from My Wedding; chalk place-mats from Wedspiration; skyline wedding from Pretty Little Weddings; skyline invites from Style Me Pretty; groomsmen photo from Brides Magazine.
The countdown is on! Time is ticking! And we know you’re anxiously watching the clock as the day grows near. But don’t sweat; the It! girls created this one just in the nick-of-time. Love is everlasting, and this timeless inspiration board is sure to keep your guests buzzing for eternity. Start with a wedding day timeline for all your guests to follow along. Next, incorporate clocks into your photos and décor. Take a walk down memory lane with a runner full of photos from once upon a time. You’ll arrive at the best moment in your life; at the altar, next to your one and only. At the reception, have your guests help create history, as you fill a time capsule with notes of love, laughter, and wishes of happily ever after.
Clock wall from Green Wedding Shoes; bride holding clock via Dujour Magazine; wedding timeline via Pinterest; clock dress via Posh Girl Vintage; clock chair from Whimsy Decor; bride and groom via Hot Pink Bride; table setting via Home is Where the Boat Is; clock cookies from Pottery Barn Kids; timeline runner via Pinterest.
Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue! Holly Golightly would be proud of this Tiffany Blue inspiration. And we are just crazy about it too, darling! From your invites to your shoes, you’ll be singing the sweet hues of blues (not to be confused with the mean reds). Drive up to your venue in an aqua vintage car, as your guests anxiously wait for your arrival. (With a guaranteed grin on your face, there will be no question about how divinely and utterly happy you two are). As attendees find their seats, have them slip cards into a giant Tiffany box tower and fill out a “My Advice for the Bride & Groom” keepsake for your wedding scrapbook. Your linens will be dressed with the cool colors of the sky, to give your table a fresh and, oh, so fabulous finish. Everyone will nibble on mini-cakes shaped like little boxes of jewelry joy. One thing to always remember, “The best thing to hold onto in life is each other.” – Audrey Hepburn.
Ring from Tiffany & Co.; bride and bridesmaids photo from Pinterest; “My Advice for the Bride & Groom” available on BHLDN.com; shoes via Elisabeth Anne Designs; mini cakes from Pinterest; aqua vintage car from Ruffled; bride & groom photo from Heart Love Weddings; ruffle cake from Style Me Pretty; table setting from Pinterest; dress invitation available on InvitationBox.com; tiffany box tower from Project Wedding.
If your idea of paradise is a quaint cabin in the woods, grab a flannel blanket and cozy up to this It! Inspiration. There’s no need to head to the mountains to feel like you’re in the Great Outdoors. To accomplish this look, bring the outdoors in through woodsy centerpieces of cherry blossom, dogwood or curly willow. Dangle hanging votives to mimic starlight, and add rustic accents like bark and birch-covered fixtures. Spent shotgun shells spice up escort cards, and there are so many adorable things you can do with re-purposed tree trunks – think cake stands, centerpieces and photo backdrops. After dinner, curl up with your groom and guests around a warm campfire. An interactive s’mores station will offer everyone a sweet treat upon departure!
Country table by The Sweetest Occasion; Escort cards via Pinterest; Engagement photo from Wedding Gawker; Cake stand from Melissa Baum; Campfire by We Heart It; Bow and arrow bride from Melissa Baum; Barn via Pinterest; Bouquet from Style Me Pretty; Cupcakes and Décor via Melissa Baum.
Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but wine is like family! Florida has more than 30 vineyards and wineries, so pop the cork and party with the nectar of grapes. From deep burgundies to white varietals, wine is the ultimate element that brings people together. If you and your partner are wine connoisseurs, a fun tasting station with a variety of local vinos will offer local flavor. Corks offer endless opportunities to carry on your theme, from escort card and place card holders to kissing balls and table numbers. Wine crates and barrels will have your guests channeling Wine Country when set with burlap and lace details. A natural beauty palette and California cool tousseled hairstyle will complete the aesthetic.
Barrel Centerpiece via Ruffled; Table setting from Style Me Pretty; Escort cards via Style Me Pretty; Cork pom pom from Everyday to Runway; Burlap table runner via Pinterest; Altar from Style Me Pretty; Table setting via Pinterest; Barrel tables from My Sweet and Saucy; Dress and hair via Once Wed; Table setting by 100 Layer Cake.
It! Girls LOVE lace. It’s such a feminine element and can be incorporated in everything from the gown and table linens to stationery and accessories. Burlap is often seen as more rustic than elegant, but when you pair them together, magic happens! For an outside ceremony, adorn chairs with pretty lace bows and make adorable burlap banners for the wedding party photos. Voila: rustic chic!
Table setting by Elizabeth Anne Designs; Kate Middleton dress from Alexander McQueen; Lace envelope via Pinterest; Lace cake topper by Etsy; Burlap banner via Style Me Pretty; Dessert table from Jenny Cookies; Lace bow via Kiddo’s Photos; Flatware roll-ups from Pinterest.