Wedding Trends – Like it, Love it, or Leave it?

Wedding trends are constantly changing; every year brings something new. This month we’ve collected some of the current trends and we’re asking you whether you Like it, Love it, or Leave it!
White Attendants Dresses – Ever since the Royal Wedding we’ve seen white bridesmaid’s dress. Pippa Middleton looked fabulous in her fitted, white dress but is it a trend that’s going to last? It’s always been taboo to wear white to a wedding unless you’re the bride so as not to steal her spotlight. What do you think? Like it, love it, or leave it?
Cowboy Boots – Attendants and even brides everywhere have been foregoing the traditional pair of heels or flats for something a little more memorable: cowboy boots. We’re seeing this trend especially paired with short bridesmaid’s dresses to really show off the boot. Like it, love it, or leave it?
Textured Florals – Succulents, billy balls, thistle, dusty miller. That list may look strange but these are the floral trends we’re starting to see everywhere. Brides are choosing to combine traditional flowers with these more textural additions to create interest. Adding textured florals definitely brings individuality to an industry dominated by roses. Your thoughts? Like it, love it, or leave it?
Push Pops – The new dessert trend sweeping the industry now is push-pops! Like the ice cream versions from your childhood, these are filled with layered cakes (strawberry shortcake seems to be a favorite)! Guests will be wowed by this creative new dessert presentation but what about you? Like it, love it, or leave it?
Chandeliers – Chandeliers used to be confined to ballrooms but the new trend is to incorporate chandeliers into any venue, even outside spaces! Brides are hanging them from trees and arches and covering them with candles and flowers. No matter what the theme, a chandelier seems to fit! Do chandeliers fit your vision? Like it, love it, or leave it?

Flower Girl Tutu Dresses – Let’s face it, kids could wear anything and still steal the show but the newest trend for flower girl attire is putting her in a tutu dress. This is just an extended version of a tutu that sits higher on the body. In one of these dresses your flower girl will look adorable but is it polished enough for your wedding? Like it, love it, or leave it?
Shot Glasses Serving Ware – A few years ago we were introduced to martini glasses used to serve food, most commonly mashed potatoes, now we’re seeing shooters. Caterers are using these to serve soup, milk with a cookie on the rim, shrimp cocktail, and more. These seem like the perfect portion but would you agree? Like it, love it, or leave it?
DIY Weddings – With the addition of Pinterest to the online scene, brides everywhere are going DIY crazy! It’s so easy to find inspiration with step-by-step instructions that bridal craft parties are becoming a norm. Just make sure you don’t put too much on your craft to-do list and get overwhelmed! And remember you can always call us at A Big To Do Event to help with your planning and execution (we’ve been known to pick up a glue gun ourselves for office craft days). DIY Weddings: like it, love it, or leave it?
Tangerine Tango – Pantone’s color of the year was recently revealed as being Tangerine Tango. This fiery orange could be used as just a pop of color or as table linens, florals, and bridesmaids dresses for a bolder look. Could you see Tangerine Tango in your color scheme? Like it, love it, or leave it?
Colored Wedding Dresses – White may always be the traditional bridal color but more and more brides are choosing dresses with a bit of color. Vera Wang’s Fall 2012 collection is done in nudes and blacks! Black may be a little too unconventional for most brides which is why we’re also seeing lots of blush tones. Reese Witherspoon even chose a stunning pink dress for her recent wedding. Are you going out of the box or staying traditional with the white color family? Like it, love it, or leave it?


Let us know what you think of these trends and whether you Like it, Love it, or Leave it!

DIY: Fabric pomanders

When hosting an event, you try to save money where you can. With help from the blogosphere, it’s easier than ever to find detailed instructions for DIY projects to give your event an edge. After stumbling upon this picture from another design blog, I knew I had to find out how to make these fabric pomander, and see just how much work they really required.
Here, they used a mix of fabric and floral pomanders.
After lots of Googling, i finally found a tutorial that I thought could help me. I found my instructions on WeddingBee. From there I went to work buying my supplies. Although I loved the patterned pomanders this couple used, I decided to go with a simple bright pink.

Bouquets: Personalized and Pretty!

I love bold colorology when it comes to flower arrangements, but I especially love the personal touches that some brides have taken to including in their bouquets.  What better way to welcome marriage than with magnetic poetry or a pretty locket?

 Photo from Recycled Bride.

This concept opens up a whole new door to creative flower adornments.  It doesn’t have to be anything flashy, or even necessarily visible, just something sweet to add a touch of personality to the blooms, like maybe an antique pocket watch (wouldn’t that be pretty?).  I could definitely go for a bouquet with pretty brooches pinned around the stems.  Another popular option is to wrap your mother’s or grandmother’s rosary around the bouquet.

Photo from 100 Layer Cake.

I think it would be incredibly sweet if a bride added a lucky charm to her bouquet—wouldn’t that be a fitting thing to have in your hands as you walk down the aisle?

And then there are nontraditional bouquets, which I love.  Paper flowers at a wedding are adorable, affordable, and immortal!

So cute, no?  (Above and below photos from a wedding we did in September.)
I love how quirky and bright this bouquet is! I think my favorite thing about nontraditional flower options is that you can use them to showcase your personality and make them fit with your color palette and wedding theme.  And it’s so easy!

Shutterfly Guestbook

Guest books are an important part of a wedding. They show who came to celebrate your wedding day with you, as well as show who supports your choice to create a new life together.
Recently, I created a picture book on Shutterfly for A Big To Do Event, and thought this could be a great idea for a unique Guest Book!
This was such a fun project and easy to do!
 You can choose one of two options on how to create your photo book.
The Custom Path allows you to have between 1-25 pictures per page. You can add,
 move, and resize pictures and text anywhere on your pages. There are many backgrounds,
layouts, and embellishments you can choose from as well.
The Simple Path allows you to have between 1-4 pictures per page. The pictures are
arranged for you, with over 20 styles of preset backgrounds and layouts.
In both paths, you can choose your book size. Either 5 x 7, 7 x 9, 8 x 8, 8 x 11,
or 12 x 12. The books are all 20 pages, but you can add pages if necessary.

When creating the book, there is often much free space on the pages. This is where you
can have the guests sign. Use a Sharpie pen that will write nicely on the
thick, glossy pages of your book.
This is such a fun idea, and a great way to get creative with your fiance.
Add pictures of the two of you growing up, and some of you together
throughout your relationship.
Be Creative!!
I would love to see your books if you decide to make them!
Send me the links or share more ideas with me. Follow me on Twitter or shoot me and Email!

Wedding Trends – What’s New and How To Keep Up

Are you a Wedding Pro in North Fulton or Forsyth County, Georgia? 
Come to the Wedding Alliance of North Georgia meeting on 
Thursday, August 11th and learn about 
“Wedding Trends: What’s New and How To Keep Up.”

Wedding Trends – What’s New and How To Keep Up

Sarah’s Wedding Part II- The Beginning Details

**Sarah was an intern with A Big To Do Event in 2010 and remains a friend of A Big To Do.  We are so excited to help Sarah plan her and Slayden’s big day. She’s keeping us (and you) informed on her progress through the process. For a recap of her progress so far, click here: **

This weekend marked three months until the big day! THREE MONTHS?! I HAVE SO MUCH TO DO! It is no wonder the average engagement is 14 months; we are having an eight month engagement and I feel like there is ALWAYS something to do!

So let me start with some advice:
– Keep a journal during your engagement. This journal should include everything from the proposal, to asking your bridesmaids, planning, fun memories and everything in-between!

Speaking of many of those events… I have lots to fill you in on!

Once I got my venues secured I had a few things I knew I needed to take care of. I knew choosing our bridal party needed to be one of our first tasks! We have some many important people in our lives and narrowing them down was a difficult task. I wanted to do something that would be unique to our wedding and special to my best friends.

I decided to buy bathing-suit bags for each of my girls. The front said, “Let’s hit the beach!” I wrote each of them a note asking if they would join me on the ultimate beach trip. It was something that was not a huge expense, but was special to each of them!

Now it was time to get organized. Creating the ultimate wedding binder would help keep my mom and me on track until the wedding! We divided the wedding into different sections such as: Attire, flowers, details, colors, budget, etc. We used sleeve protectors in the binder so I could pull pages from magazine and easily sort them! We also put a calendar in the front of the binder with a printable month for every month until the wedding. Lastly, we printed out a timeline of what needs to be done when to help (try) to keep us on track!

Until I could move on to any other decision I had to decide on a theme for the wedding. How you want people to feel when they leave the wedding is an important part of all you decision making. Do you want a romantic affair? A whimsical evening? Or a casual afternoon? While some of the “themes” will overlap it is important to decide what you are going for before you move onto the big details.

For me, I wanted people to leave feeling like they just left a dinner party with all their best friends. Since we are having a relatively small wedding, I want everyone to leave with their heart full after spending a long night with people important to them. Since we are in historic venues, we are keeping things classic/traditional in our attire and decorating.

Now you are up-to-date on the beginning details! Up-next I will cover the big stuff! Including my dress!

DIY Wedding Signs

I am loving the DIY wedding signs lately! 
It is easy to do and a unique touch for your day. These signs add so much character to a wedding, and it is easy to be creative and add your own touches on them.
They don’t cost much money, and if you are lucky you may already have some of the things you need!
Shot by Lang Photographers
Heather & Tim’s Wedding at Roswell River Landing
Photo: Dorn Brothers Photography
Tammy & Troy’s Wedding in St. Thomas, USVI
Photo: PhotoSynthesis Studio
Here is what you Need:
1. A piece of wood. Or a few depending on how many signs you plan to make.
2. Leftover paint. You do not need much maybe half a cup.
3. A small paintbrush.
4. A few hours.

How To:
Draw on a piece of paper the word you want to paint on the wood. Remember Bubble Letters in elementary school? This is the time to re-visit that skill! Or you can go the easy route and find a font you like on Word and print them on the computer. Make sure it is the size you want it to appear on the sign. With scissors, cut out the word, e.g. “Wedding.” 
Place the paper on top of  the wood and tape it in place so it doesn’t move.
Draw a pencil line along the edges of the word, so that when you remove the paper
you can see the outline of “Wedding.”
Now you are ready to add the paint. Use a small paint brush to fill in the penciled
outline with your paint. It may be a good idea to go over the word a few times to
make sure it is able to be seen from a distance.
When your paint is dry, cut the piece of wood (if you haven’t done so already) to the
chosen size.Then you can attach it to a pole with a few screws, or use a rope
or chain to hang it from an archway.
I hope you have fun creating your own signs. Be creative and make them “you!” 
I would love to see them so send me a picture
on Twitter or shoot me and Email with them!
Have fun!

Guess who is planning a wedding?

Remember me? Last semester I led you through gifts, parties, questions and fashion for your wedding. You guessed right! Former A Big To Do intern Sarah is here because, I’M ENGAGED!

Even though I helped Erica for six-months, there is still SO much I am learning through this process (with the help of an amazing planner of course).

So here we are. Me planning a wedding, and you planning a wedding. So the only natural solution here is for us to help each other! For the next 5 months, I will be blogging about my struggles and successes of planning a wedding. Also, for the next 5 months you can comment, tweet or email me your questions or anything I need to know during all of this!

Lets go ahead and kick this blog off with my very first obstacle when I got engaged. Since I was 5, I have said I want to get married at Lovely Lane Chapel, a historic chapel on St. Simons Island where my family and I have vacationed all my life. When it finally came time to pick a venue I was very confused. Did I really want a destination wedding, or was my family so invested in the story, that I didn’t want to let them down?

After 4 days, and taking tours of 13 different locations for a reception on the island… I was more confused than ever. Sure I loved the chapel, and we had good options for reception venues, but is a destination wedding what I wanted?

My wonderful fiance gave me the best advice of all. On the phone one night while we were there I was venting about the decision, and how I just truly didn’t know. He said to me, “Sarah, you’ve been talking about this place since you were five. You love it, your family loves it. Don’t pick something else because its easier. We are all going to help to make sure it is your perfect day, even if it’s more complicated out of town.”

Our final choices ended up being Lovely Lane Chapel and Historic City Hall.

The wedding will have a romantic feel, with all dark wood in both locations, stained glass in the chapel and high ceilings with chandeliers in Historic City Hall.

So get ready as we have to work through caterers, rentals, bands, florists and everything in-between.

Check back soon; our next post will be on fashion and save-the-dates!

I Feel A Block Party Coming On!

Alright, let’s be honest, there’s only so much Inside Time one can take. Cabin Fever has officially set in for many of us.  

Take this opportunity to get to know your neighbors.  Invite them over for an impromptu cocktail party. Here’s Food & Wine Magazine‘s Cocktails Building Blocks Guideline.  

Food & Wine Magazine Cocktail Building Block Guideline


For those of your guests that would like a non-alcoholic nightcap, try this: 

Mulled Cranberry Cider


  • 8  black peppercorns
  • 6  whole allspice
  • 6  whole cloves
  • 2  (3-inch) cinnamon sticks
  • 1  gallon apple cider
  • 2  quarts cranberry juice drink


Place first 4 ingredients on a 5-inch-square piece of cheesecloth; tie with string.
Bring cider and juice drink to a boil with spice bag in a Dutch oven. Partially cover, reduce heat, and simmer 30 minutes. Remove and discard spice bag before serving. Serve hot or cold.

Chalk it up

Rustoleum NCF Green Chalkboard Paint
This little can of Rust-Oleum chalk board paint can do wonders for a DIYer. From children’s bedrooms to an office to-do list, this paint is an easy alternative to a bulky chalk board. But what are some great party ideas for it? Well, here are a few great ones:

Using a small amount of the paint on glasses is the perfect upscale for solo cups and sharpies. This could also be a fantastic place card substitution for an outdoor wedding. Along the same lines, use the paint on favor boxes to individualize them!

You have all seen chalkboard menu’s at weddings and other social gatherings. Looking for an inexpensive way to get one? Rather than buying a chalkboard, use poster board and paint over it with the paint. If you are looking for something a little sturdier, buy a cheap piece of plywood to paint over.

This seating chart featured on Style Me Pretty has so many options! Another great one? Frame a piece of poster board chalk painted, then have your guests leave a note! Later, use Mod Podge to preserve it!

Have any other great uses? Share them!