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Elegance on a Budget!

From the fabulous Colin Cowie Weddings, comes a wonderful article about making an elegant wedding on any budget. The below 5 tips are what Colin Cowie suggests:

Make a list of everything you want at your wedding. Then, figure out what’s most important to you and toss out the rest.

It may be tough to whittle down the list, but do you really need to invite your childhood babysitter?

If you have artistic talent (or an artistic friend), design and print them yourself.

Experiment with combining an unexpected computer font with distinctive textured or colored paper you’ve found in a stationery store or art supply shop.

You could even think beyond the traditional invitation and experiment with vintage post cards or mimic a fine art piece (à la American Gothic).

A great alternative could be waiting at your favorite department store or vintage clothing shop.

To create a more personal look that will truly feel like you, add special touches like a chiffon or velvet wrap, a veil, jewelry or gloves.

They tend to be pricey and play old standards your guests will have heard at 20 other weddings.

Consider a smaller, more unusual group based on your musical tastes (like a swing band or R&B group). You could also ask a music-loving friend to act as your DJ instead of giving a traditional present, or make your own playlists using all your favorite songs.

Tips From The Experts – Fall Ideas

There has been a huge fall wedding trend. Something about this colorful season and the crispness in the air makes this a truly captivating, fun time for a wedding.


One thing to realize is that fall wedding trends and designs are very different from traditional summer weddings. Take centerpieces for example. In the summer, the classic glass vase may be the perfect container for your centerpiece. However, that isn’t necessarily the case during the fall. Unique containers such as copper pots, silver trophy cups, urns, pots and wooded containers are popular.

If you do decide to use a glass vase, enhance the fall feeling by adding a touch of the field to it: wheat berries, millet, or even corn for the base.


Fall bouquets are also a little different than the summer and springtime picks. Many brides decide to stick with the fall color scheme containing orange, plum, brick, and red. These bouquets can be more structured than the loosely tied English garden medley often chosen for summer bouquets. Rather than leaving the stems exposed, wrapping them with fabric, sashes, or ribbons is a popular choice. The same goes for the groomsmen boutonnieres.

Some fun fall wedding favors

*Images and information gathered from several sources: TheKnot.com, Weddingcolorsandthemes.com, favorfavor.com, bing.com, myweddingfavors.com

Tips From The Experts – Bouquets

Ninety five percent of wedding bouquets are hand-tied; the flowers are gathered together and the stems are wrapped in satin ribbon.

Brides wanting more glamorous bouquets choose beads, brooches, and pearls to dress up plain ribbon-wrapped stems.

The rose continues to be the most popular and elegant bouquet flower.  Lilies, peonies, hydrangeas, tulips and orchids represent a trendier choice.

Visit Flowers Squared to learn more about the amazing floral service at Temple Square!

Tips From The Experts – The Hair

There are no clear trends for hair styles, although wearing the hair in long romantic waves or loosely pulled back are popular choices.

*Some images are from The Knot and may be altered to meet Temple Square Hospitality’s specifications*

Tips From The Experts: Accessories

Shorter trains and veils are popular as are pretty boleros and shawls, for cold weather wraps of faux-fur, velvet and heavy satin.  Pearls, rhinestones and crystals remain at the top jewelry choice.  Crystal brooches are also a popular accent on the dress, in the hair or on the bouquet handle.

All images are from LatterDay Bride

Tips From The Experts: The Cake

You have to have the perfect cake that reveals your and your spouses personality. Here are some great trends in the cake world right now that may spark some ideas.

Cakes decorated with handmade icing flowers, shells and delicate dots and scrollwork remain popular. Buttercream or smooth fondant frostings are most common with popular cake flavors including lemon, chocolate, carrot, spice and white.

Flowers, sculptures and large monogrammed letters are replacing the traditional bride and groom cake top.

Tips From The Experts: Tassels

Not only are we seeing Tassels in fashion design as depicted in this article in Family Circle Magazine for April 2011, we are also seeing tassels used in wedding design.

Tassels can be used in floral arrangements, on cakes, on chair backs or in bridal bouquets to give an elegant or a flirty look to your wedding design.

Photo by Robert Dyer

Tips From The Experts: Spring

The long winter months are over and it’s time to hang up that drab color palette and get inspired by the blossoming gardens of spring and the long sunny days ahead. This spring is going to be all about color, accessories, and texture.

1. As I’ve mentioned before the 2011 Pantone color of the year is Honeysuckle.  For a fresh vibrant look you’ll definitely want to incorporate this beautiful shade of pink into your wedding look.  For other bold looks yellow and black contrasts are very popular.

2. Accessorize!  Accessorize!  Accessorize!

Add interest to your tables with unique napkin rings, place card holders, or placemats.

3. Its all about Texture.  Add texture by layering fabrics or weaving ribbons on your tables.

Tips From The Experts: Culture

Ethnic wedding traditions represent the culture, values and beliefs of a particular country. Many wedding traditions are full of symbolism that reveal a specific culture and life style. Each wedding tradition honors the sanctity of marriage and features themes of unity and new beginnings for the couple.

The Joseph Smith Memorial Building was fortunate to be able to host one such wedding where the brides Persian culture was celebrated at the reception.

The couple was married in the temple in a traditional LDS ceremony, but the reception was full of tradition and symbolism from the bride’s ethnic background. It was beautiful and very touching for all who attended.

Tips From The Experts: Theme Elements

On Tuesday night we hosted the Temple Square Hospitality awards banquet in the Sharon Manchester Room at the Joseph Smith Memorial Building.

This is an annual event where we honor our employees for their service and tenure.  This is an over the top event where we show off some of the latest trends and what is new out in the event arena.  This year our theme was centered around “bees.”

Some of the colors and details could be used to create a beautiful spring wedding.

The tablecloths were black with apple green overlays and yellow spring flowers.  Instead of doing one single centerpiece, we opted for a tablescape.

This allowed us to add more variety and texture to the tables with different flowers, vases and candles.  Each table had a slightly different look.  We used honey for a favor and added a little thank you note for the guests to take away. It was fun and springy and refreshing just after a big snow storm.