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Thanksgiving inspiration

My family has a long standing tradition of gathering in sunny Palm Springs for Thanksgiving, therefore my husband and I have not yet had the opportunity to host Thanksgiving dinner. However that doesn’t stop me from imagining what said party would look like.

Are you hosting a Thanksgiving dinner this year? Here are some ideas to inspire your decor:

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1. Who says cake toppers are just for weddings?! Accessorize your cake or pie with a Fall inspired topper

2. Use natural elements as rustic decor. Try adding cotton, wheat stalks or berries for a fuller floral centerpiece. Or these elements can stand alone for simple centerpieces. For example, wheat stalks in assorted vintage bottles or green holiday berries in a mason jar are simple details that can make a big impact. Wood, burlap and twine are other elements that add fall rusticity to your party. Wrapping favors in twine or using wood chargers are just a couple ways to include these elements.

3. Layer your decor, including your table settings. This will add texture and interest to your display, making it just another part of the visual appeal of your decor.

4. Use metallic spray paint! Add some luxe by spray painting Autumn or Thanksgiving icons and motifs gold or silver. And layer (see how I did that?) them with your other decor items.

5. Scatter assorted gourds throughout the space. Use them as centerpieces, cover the mantle, place them on a side table to add interest. If natural gourds do not fit your color scheme, try painting them. You can spray paint them gold as mentioned, or try white for a polished and classic look.

Since I won’t get to employ these ideas this year, I do hope they inspire your Thanksgiving dinner vision.

Thank you for following the Kaella Lynn Events blog. I am definitely grateful for you this season 🙂

Happy Thanksgiving!

Kaella

 

 

I’m Maid of Honor! Now what?

Your best friend is getting married, and she asked you to be her Maid of Honor – Congrats! There is just one problem. You’re not sure what to do now. The basic responsibility of any member of the wedding party is to offer the bride support and assistance throughout her engagement and on her wedding day. But honestly, what does that mean for the Maid of Honor?

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Traditionally speaking, Maid of Honor duties include:

Accompanying the bride to shop for her wedding gown and bridesmaid attire

Let guests know where the couple is registered

Coordinate the bridesmaids’ duties

Host the bridal shower and keep records of gifts

Organize the Bachelorette Party

Be the bride’s wing woman (she may need your opinion on the cake, accessories, etc)

Help her to get ready on her wedding day

Hold the bride’s bouquet when rings are exchanged during the ceremony

Prepare and give a toast at the reception

While there are circumstances in which these specifics seem obsolete – heck you may be a Man of Honor or we could be talking about an LGBT wedding – the main principles stay the same. Be your friend’s first line of support, organize the wedding party and help where you can.

Each couples desires from their wedding party are different, so be sure to ask what is expected of you. Are you a savvy scrapbooker? Have time to make calls to vendors? A fashionista? It helps to be as specific as possible when asking if you can help, as usually a general question will be turned down. But if, for example, you have calligraphy skills and offer to address the invitations or write the place cards, the couple will be more likely to welcome your help.

Money can be a factor in one’s ability to manage these duties. I was recently asked by a college friend who is the maid of honor for her best friend’s wedding if she is responsible for covering expenses for both the bridal shower and bachelorette party. Although she would most likely be the lead organizer as the Maid of Honor, I recommended speaking with the bridesmaids to see if they would be willing to split the bachelorette party. Of course, it’s important to come up with a budget that everyone can afford.

Similarly with the bridal shower. However, often times there is a family member that may want to co-host the bridal shower. An aunt or cousin? Again, keep the communication lines open. Ask the bride if any family are interested in co-hosting the shower. They may even want to have it at their home, which will save in venue costs.

Now, what can you do to make your friend’s experience extra special? Use your strengths. Are you crafty? Come up with a theme and decorate the events you’ve planned using your creative skills. Add personal touches. This can be in the decor, such as framed photos of the bride with her friends, family and fiance. Or the entire event could be centered around an activity the bride loves, like riding horses or wine tasting. Put together fun and meaningful party favors. Here are several ideas that make for great party gifts.

Above all else, be there for your friend. The wedding planning process should be fun, but it can feel overwhelming at times. Even the most pulled together brides (and grooms) need the support of their friends.

Have more questions about your responsibilities? Feel free to leave a note in the comments section, and I will reply!

 

Joie de vivre,

Kaella

 

 

Techie Tuesday: Wedding Party App

When I search “wedding” in my iPhone app store, how many wedding apps do you think display in the results? 1,661.

That is a lot of apps to filter through, so I’m starting a new series aimed at providing recommendations on apps (and other tech tools) for your wedding. To kick off this series, I’d like to introduce The Wedding Party App. A free app that aims to get your guests involved in your big day and offer a portal to view your wedding day through your guests eyes.

How it works. Sign up at www.weddingpartyapp.com and use their simple invitation system to tell your guests. Guests download the app and with one simple click upload the photos they capture throughout the wedding day. They can even add comments and interact with other guests. No longer will time be wasted pestering friends and fam to send the photos they took at your wedding.

All the photos are compiled into one album for free download, yes free! In addition to the beautiful highlights your professional photographer will have captured of your wedding day, you will also see the day through your guests’ eyes – silly, behind-the-scene, candid moments.

Last year I had the pleasure of meeting the founders of Wedding Party App while it was in beta stage, and this year they are making a big splash with buzz from both wedding and tech industries, from Style Me Pretty to TechCrunch. And there are more perks coming, so follow their blog to stay in the loop… and get pretty inspirations too!

 

Joie de vivre,

Kaella

 

Currently Coveting: Veronica Sheaffer Wedding Gowns

I recently discovered this talented bridal gown designer through her blog, My Hands Made It. Having viewed her collection form NYC Bridal Week, I’m officially hooked and just had to dedicate a Currently Coveting feature to her lovely gowns. Aren’t they simply beautiful?

Just love this light gray version of the gown above. See her entire collections and get ordering info here.

Joie de vivre!

Kaella