Wedding Color Trends 2016

Hello Brides-to-be, it is that time of year! Engagement Season has begun and we want to share some amazing Wedding Color Trends 2016! If you are a bride who is just beginning to plan your wedding, then we suggest go first with wedding theme and colors, which will make the whole wedding planning thing easier! We will be sharing some of the Latest Trends in 2016 Color Palettes. But whatever colors you choose – it should be Uniquely YOU!

Here is an example for Wedding Color Trends for Spring 2016 – using Blush and Rose colors. When you want your wedding to be sophisticated and beautiful, elegant colors will help you create the desired effect. The colour palette which you select for your wedding will really help to establish a tone and atmosphere.  These colors can be used to upscale your wedding or bring in some rustic elements to make it more casual.  Though just because these are some of the Wedding Color Trends for 2016, you can use these and others to combine the look you want for your special day.  We will be adding more combinations for your review!! Stay connected and stay tuned! https://www.pinterest.com/simplyuniquekc/wedding_events/

2016 Trending Color Palette of Blush & Rose
2016 Trending Color Palette of Blush & Rose

Bridal Hairstyle Trends — The 5 Most Common Wedding ‘Dos

Wedding Hair 2

We’ve discovered that bridal hair styles trend just the same way that wedding gown styles and tacky décor do. As always, half of what’s shown in bridal magazines is the stuff of hair shows, not actual weddings. Those acrobatic, architectural and aerodynamic stylings aren’t things real brides actually want on their heads when they walk down the aisle.

Some women have always pictured their hair up or down, depending on whether they want to want to wear a tiara, veil, flower or elaborate hair clip atop their coiffeur. But quite a few brides haven’t the foggiest idea what they want to do. That’s how bridal salons sell so many expensive accessories to sucker-brides when they see themselves in the gown they’ve chosen. More budget-conscious brides buy those items separately unless they fell in love with the salesgirl’s suggestion.

I’ve seen some weird and wondrous hairstyles in almost 500 weddings, but most of the time, bridal hair follows one of the following five general styles:

1) The sleek updo. It seems like the more hair a woman has, the more tightly-styled she wants it on her wedding day. As one who doesn’t have natural curl, I’ve never really understood how these women could want to have their hair blown out straight, straightened with an iron, and then sculpted into the tightest possible (and yet elaborate) bun or updo. The last couple of years, numerous braids all wound together in different elegant combinations have been super popular. The most important thing to these girls seems to be knowing that once it’s up and gorgeous, that hair won’t move!

2) Bigger is better. Often, bridal hair reflects the origin of the bride. Women from Texas, and the south in general, wear their hair bigger and bolder than brides from anywhere else. I had one girl who wore her hair big and curly for her ceremony, with orchids tucked behind her ear. As the night wore on, her stylist kept teasing it higher and wider and adding more and more blossoms all over the place. By the end of the night, you couldn’t tell if the bride was coming or going from all directions.

3) Half up, half down is easily the most popular, although it’s done in a variety of ways. It can be simple, or elaborate with braining and weaving, or it can include elaborate pins and clips that add bling and sparkle. Some prefer to wear curls sausage style on the bottom under the veil and then brush them out a bit and restyle after the veil comes off. Others go for a long, straight look in back but something flashy and elaborate in the updo on top.

4) Worn to the side. Elegant, sophisticated and popular, lots of brides are wearing their hair to one side or the other, with or without a part. Usually held in place with fantastic barrettes or hair pins. Not every woman can wear her hair to the side, and not everybody should. Side-dos seem to be the first to fall when it comes time for the bride to really enjoy the dancing.

5) Bringing your hair in a box. At least a third of my clients bring hair pieces or extension clips to add to their wedding hairstyles on the big day. It’s not surprising given that extensions are so popular in general these days — lots of women want extra oomph and more locks to work with for the hairdo that will be more photographed than any hairstyle they’ll ever wear. There’s nothing wrong with bringing your hair with you, but just remember to test it out in advance and make sure you have enough of whatever you’ll need if you’re getting married someplace remote.

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the brides who feel like one hairstyle is absolutely, positively not enough for the biggest day of their lives. Some have hairdressers stay on site to change the ‘do between the ceremony and reception. Others redo it themselves with the help of a talented friend. If it’s something important to you, go for it. But you’re wasting valuable minutes of your wedding reception primping — do it quickly so you don’t miss your party.

Trends for Spring Weddings. . .

Chances are that you are planning your big day during your favorite time of the year.  Couples who can’t get enough of the crisp air and cool but nice temperatures may choose a spring wedding while couples that love snuggling inside while it rains or snows are likely to have a winter wedding.Couples who prefer being outside and staying warm tend to opt for summer weddings, while couples who love   the color changes of leaves and flowers may have a fall wedding.Spring-Wedding-Bouquet

There are many popular wedding trends that fit every season, but each time of year has character and therefore tends to have its own theme. Though we are in to winter right now – newly engaged couples are thinking about the warmer weather. Here are some ideas for your spring time wedding.

Spring

-COLOR THEME-

Spring is an amazing season for weddings because it fits both bold and colorful themes as well as soft and classy color schemes. There are a lot of great wedding color combinations to choose from that will compliment your big celebration! We love Tiffany Blue, Chiffon Yellow and Seafoam Green. These colors are delicate and pair well with both light and dark partner colors.

-DECORATION IDEAS-Spring Wedding Decor

Like fall, spring is a time when plants are at their best. Flowers are blooming and lovely colors appear all over. That’s why flowers are a great wedding decoration for a spring celebration. If you’re going for less nature-themed décor, you can also go with a partially vintage theme which can be done through lace tablecloth, lighting or crinkle fans. Hand-written place cards or DIY candleholders are also cute decorations that show you put time and effort into welcoming your guests.

-DRINK TYPES-

Spring time falls in between that winter chill and the summer heat, which means that you can have both cold and hot drink options whether you are indoors or out. Fruity drinks such as lemonade and blackberry fizz cocktails are a delicious, fun option and champagne is classy as your wedding season! You can also throw in some mini marshmallow topped hot cocoa for good measure.

-FLOWER TYPES-

There are so many great flower bouquet styles you can choose from for your spring wedding! Daisies are sweet and can be matched to your specific color theme, Delphinium is unique and elegant, Tulips are seasonal and come in a variety of colors, and Anemone flowers are beautiful and simple for bouquets. Spring is the perfect time for playing around with different flower combination options.

No matter what season you choose to host your wedding, your big day can have beautiful decorations! Flowers are a great way to add personality to a venue while applying a general color scheme. There are so many color, floral, decoration and drink combinations to play with that will help make your wedding perfectly yours.

Just Engaged? Your First Wedding Planning To-Dos

 

Engagement season is right around the corner!! Over 43% of couples get engaged between November and January!!!  But then what???  Once the initial shock of being engaged wears off (and you take a second to peel your eyes away from that sparkly ring on your finger!), you’ll need to make a lot of decisions. Here are the some of the most important things you need to do to really kick off your wedding planning.[singlepic id=54 w= h= float=right]

 

 Set a Timetable after your Engaged

The minute you get engaged, everyone will be asking for your wedding date. But in reality, you won’t be able to set an exact date until other major decisions — like choosing (and booking) your venue — are made. So first, focus on determining a range of dates that will work for you. A typical engagement lasts anywhere from six months to a year and a half or more, but also think about what season you’d prefer, any major holidays or family events you’d like to avoid conflicting with, and how long you predict you’ll need to plan.

Dream Up Your Style and Pick a Location

Before you try on a single gown, book a band or sample a bite of cake, look at the big picture and imagine what kind of style and vibe you want to set for your wedding — and where you want to hold it. Close your eyes and picture your fantasy wedding. What do you see? Is it a candlelit ceremony in a mansion? Are you walking barefoot on a beach in the tropics? Or maybe it’s in your hometown’s botanical garden. While you’re picturing your perfect wedding, here are some key questions to consider: Big (everyone you know) or small (just close friends and family)? Outdoors or in? Home (one of your hometowns or your current city) or away (a destination wedding)? Modern, classic, romantic, vintage, rustic or all-out glam? Fancy, casual or somewhere in between? To help you get a better idea of what you want (and what you don’t want), spend some time gathering inspiration. Check out magazines, books and real wedding photos online, but don’t limit yourself to the obvious sources. Something as unlikely as a wallpaper pattern, a scene from a favorite movie, or a family heirloom can spark your creativity. Bottom line: Always keep your eyes open for inspiration.

Set Your Budget

Sit down with your families and figure out how much everyone is contributing. This number will affect every decision and purchase you make, so be sure to work out your budget before you start planning. It can be an uncomfortable conversation, but it’s better to get it out of the way now.

Draft a Guest List

As you begin to build your guest list, you’ll need to consider a number of factors. If you have a particular ceremony or reception site in mind, for instance, you’re going to be limited by how many people it can accommodate (you can’t squeeze 300 people into a lighthouse). Would you rather have quality one-on-one time with each guest or throw a once-in-a-lifetime party for all your friends and family? If mom and dad won’t budge about inviting throngs of friends and family, you’ll have to hear them out — especially if they’re footing a major part of the bill. Keep in mind that more guests means higher prices, as catering costs are generally calculated on a per-head basis. So, in addition to location, your budget will have a big influence on the size of your guest list.

Book a Venue (and Set Your Date)

Your reception venue will become the backdrop for virtually all your photos and can influence everything from heavy hitters like your budget and guest list to smaller details like your menu (if you choose a venue with in-house catering). Ensure that you get the look, price and extras you want by scouring local listings, shopping around, scheduling visits and booking early. Check reviews to make sure you will make the right choice!  Bonus: By signing your venue contract, you will officially have your wedding date (congrats!)!

Hire Priority Vendors

If you just can’t imagine getting married without a certain local band playing at the reception or a photographer whose work you love, act fast. Many top wedding photographers and other in-demand vendors are hired more than a year in advance, and once they’re booked, they’re gone. Translation: Figure out what your highest wedding priorities are, whether it’s world-class catering or exquisite flowers, and snap up the vendors whose work you love.

FINALLY -Shop Dresses!

Begin your search by browsing dress photos online (and saving your favorites — you’ll want to take them with you to your appointments). Then, learn the lingo before setting foot in a dress salon. Read up on silhouettes, necklines, trains and hues that might flatter you. The season will also affect your choice. Getting married in the sweltering summer? Go with lightweight fabrics such as chiffon, linen or organza. Having a winter wedding? Brocade, faux fur and velvet will keep you warm. Satin, shantung, silk and tulle are perfect year-round.

Wedding Budget (Spending Plan)— a guide to who pays what

Anyone planning a wedding learns quickly that wedding expenses add up. That’s why  using a wedding budget can help you determine how much to spend on each portion of the wedding, reception and honeymoon is so important. Unfortunately, it’s also one of the least enjoyable, most difficult (and frustrating) things about planning a wedding.Wedding-Budget-Simply-Unique-Events-Kansas-City

As soon as possible after the engagement is announced, the bride, groom and whoever else may be paying for the wedding need to talk and establish monetary guidelines in your Wedding Budget. Make a list of who agrees to pay for what and how much. Pledge to each other to stay within the wedding budget and to consult others when needed as questions arise. Below is a list detailing how the financial responsibilities have traditionally been divided, but of course these can vary depending on your personal circumstances.

Bride

  • Personal stationery
  • Groom’s wedding ring
  • Wedding gift for groom
  • Gifts for attendants
  • Bridesmaids’ luncheon
  • Gifts for her parents

Bride’s family

  • Travel expenses and hotel bills
  • Wedding gift for couple
  • Reception
  • Rental of wedding site
  • Bride’s wedding attire and trousseau
  • Bride’s parents’ wedding attire
  • Invitations, announcements, thank you notes and postage
  • Wedding programs
  • Engagement and wedding photographs
  • Musicians/vocalists
  • Videographer
  • Aisle carpets and/or canopy and decorations
  • Bridesmaids bouquets
  • Flowers for flower girl
  • Flowers/plants for church
  • Flowers/plants for reception
  • Transportation for bridal party to and from ceremony and reception
  • Security and insurance for gifts

Bride’s maid of honor and attendants

  • Bridal shower
  • Attire, including dress, shoes and hosiery
  • Lodging and travel expenses

Groom

  • Bride’s rings
  • Honeymoon
  • Transportation to airport for honeymoon
  • Wedding gift for bride
  • Bridal bouquet and going-away corsage
  • Boutonnieres for all men in wedding party
  • Mothers’ corsages
  • Gifts for best man, groomsmen and ushers
  • Marriage license
  • Fee for officiant
  • Gift for his parents

Groom’s family

  • Travel expenses and hotel bills
  • Groom’s personal stationery, thank you notes
  • Groom’s wedding attire
  • Groom’s parents’ wedding attire
  • Rehearsal dinner
  • Wedding gift for couple
  • Shipment of wedding gifts to the couple’s new home, if necessary

Groom’s best man and attendants

  • Bachelor party
  • Formalwear rental
  • Lodging and travel expenses

Make sure that your prioritize the items or areas that are most important to your big day.  Regardless of the size of your Wedding Budget, make sure you make your day SIMPLY UNIQUE to you and your fiancé.

Simply Unique Venue for your weding

How Important is the Venue for Your Big Event?

How Important is the Venue for Your Big Event?

One of the biggest components of planning your big event is choosing a venue that is going to provide your guests with somewhere comfortable that they can enjoy all of the festivities. Since there Simply Unique Venue for your wedingare a number of different types of venues, it can be quite overwhelming and confusing to try and narrow them all down. When looking for a place to host your function, you need to make sure it is tailored to the needs of your event. To help you find a venue that is going to work for you, consider some of the following tips to help you along the way.

Convenience of Location

As you go about choosing the venue, you want to make sure it is located somewhere that is easily accessible to all of your guests and staff. For the majority of events, you want to choose a venue that is located in the middle of the city. In doing so, your guests will have access to amenities and hotels to make the event enjoyable. Weddings and certain other celebrations might want a natural setting. In this case, an outdoor venue often works well for these events.

Number of Guests

Event venues should be able to handle more than the amount of guests that you expect to show up for the event. Larger events need to have a conference hall or large space for an ample amount of people to gather together. Taking the time to plan how many people are going to come to the event is important when making a final location decision, especially if you are looking at an indoor venue. This should be one of the key components that you look at when in the planning phase of your big event.

Forms of Amenities

Event venues need to have all of the amenities available that are going to support the main event. Conferences should have access to a stage, electronic resources and screens to make the presentation go off without a hitch. If you are having a small group gathering, you will want to make sure you have a nice meeting room that is going to encourage communication.

Availability

Once you have located the perfect venue for your big event, you want to make sure it is actually going to be available at the time you need it. To make sure you are able to secure the event of your dreams, you should start looking well in advance. Don’t wait until the last minute to try and secure your venue.

Choosing your venue is one of the main aspects involved in the planning process. When you have the perfect location identified, you want to go through everything and make sure you are able to reserve your venue as quickly as possible.

Venue is Everything When it Comes to Your Big Day

One of the main parts of planning a wedding is choosing the right venue. Once you have the right venue, everything else seems to wedding-event-plannerfall in place. Color, décor and more are all easily adaptable to your particular location. A common mistake that people make when it comes to choosing their wedding venue is falling in love with the overall aesthetic in the venue and signing contracts before they ever have a chance to consider all of the practical aspects in the space. If you feel pressured to make a down payment, don’t. It is far better to walk away and come back than it is to make a hasty decision. Consider the opinion of those you care about the most.

Remember, choosing the perfect wedding venue isn’t about just choosing a spot that you like. It is also about being able to meet your needs as the bride. When it comes to picking your wedding venue, consider the three criteria outlined below.

Style

Take a moment and discuss what type of theme you want for your wedding with your fiancé. Are you looking for something modern, elegant, vintage or rustic? Regardless of what you choose, determining your style before visiting the venues helps to prevent you from getting hooked into a venue just because it might seem nice at first glance. Find a venue that is going to accommodate your theme right from the start. That way you aren’t wasting a lot of money transforming the location into what you want.

Size

What type of wedding are you planning? Are you dreaming of a red-carpet event or something small and intimate? Your end decision could help you to determine the right location. If you decide on a small restaurant for your reception, you aren’t going to fit an extensive amount of guests in that location. Find out what the maximum capacity is for the location to make sure it can accommodate your needs. Check on date availability to see if it will work for your scheduled date.

Budget

Every couple dreads having to talk about the budget for their wedding. Discuss with your fiancé how much you want to spend on the location. If you have fallen in love with a specific location and it is a little more than what you want to spend, you can always cut back in other areas of your wedding. Don’t cut back on something significant, be realistic in your expectations. You can always opt for an off-peak date to help save money on location as well. With so many different options available, you are in control of date, size and budgetary constraints.

Even though it might seem daunting to choose the perfect wedding location, it doesn’t have to be. With diverse choices available to you, landing the perfect location is simple.