04/01/2017 Some things are worth Saying Twice

This wedding was 2 years in the planning process….and 20 years in the making. The couple, Gaby & David had been married for 20 years and never got to have that wedding of their dreams. We decided to focus on the growth and longevity of their marriage and use the symbol of a swirl. The colors, every so elegant were black, white and silver. The flower choice, White roses. Centerpieces were in the vane of Beauty and the Beast with floating long stem roses topped with a floating candle, surrounded by tea lights. All the tables were decorated with swirl confetti and pillar candles. The theme, some things are worth saying twice. The event was a beautiful one hosted at Grand Sierra Resort & Casino. The DJ, Reno Mobile DJs brought the fun and energy for the reception. The photographer, Joann Kots from Kots Photography captured the day, while Ever After Creations got it all on film. All the florals were created by Elite Elegance. All design elements were made by Elite Elegance. This wedding and reception was so special, as the couple are a testament to what love truly is…and that true love, from 22 years old to 42 years old is still just as incredible and heartwarming and truly something to strive for.

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Starbucks and love…it was brewing!

I had the pleasure of meeting a very sweet couple, Rachel and Tom. Their wedding was in May, and together we created a very sweet, simple, classy wedding with a touch that made it all their own. I was contracted for day of, but Rachel and I combined our ideas; I helped create a lot of the extra decor, to give her wedding a complete feel. Not only were the decorations beautiful, but also, because they were on a budget, very cost effective. Some of the things that I created were:

The couple were provided simple folding chairs, but were not happy with the way it looked. So I came up with a chair cover consisting of tulle in their colors (green and white) and made coffee filter flowers. Because of the coffee theme, it fit very well.

chair cover with white coffee filter flower
chair cover with white coffee filter flower

The card box…an essential part to your guestbook or gift decor.

the card box, made with tulle, coffee filter flowers leaves, and coffee beans
the card box, made with tulle, coffee filter flowers leaves, and coffee beans

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Vases for the head table, guestbook and gift table.

Coffee filter flowers in vases with green ribbon and wrap.
Coffee filter flowers in vases with green ribbon and wrap.

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Custom signs, made from frames, chalkboard paint and markers.

Custom signs for direction and a little instagram fun!
Custom signs for direction and a little instagram fun!

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As the week approached, Rachel and I were worried about the crazy Reno weather. We watched and noted the change in weather. It was May, but it is Reno after all. We opted for no tent, and were hoping the weather was on our side. On the day of the rehearsal, we had wind and heavy rain. Later that night the I-80 pass was closed due to winter weather! We both said, it’s ok. As long as the guests don’t get drenched…we will be ok.

On the morning of, we had clear skies. As I headed over to the venue, the wind was gusting quite a bit. Gray clouds loomed. I just kept saying as long as it doesn’t rain….we will be fine. We set up the ceremony site, inside the rose garden at Idlewild park. The wind picked up even more…and was definitely not on our side.

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The aisle consisted of organza wraps with white coffee filter flowers. It was a nice touch. Very simple, yet elegant.

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The couple was to be married under the large tree with the rose garden as their backdrop. Because of the crazy weather, the flowers had not yet bloomed but it was still beautiful. I created a black organza arch, and two large white coffee filter pomander balls. Completed the front with beautiful mock orange plants.

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Inside the hall, tables were decorated with black tablecloths, and green accents with white flowers and coffee filter flowers. The leaves, being one of the main decor aspects, was the inspiration for my leaf napkin folds. Other than the tablecloths, all the extra linens, the runners, the wrap for the head table, were all sewn and created by me. The food and cake, made by the bride’s father, was beautifully displayed. The favors, a nod to the couple working at Starbucks, were a complimentary bag of beans with the saying “Love is in the air, and it smells like coffee!” Boy did it.

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I even made the cake stands, I care about every detail of a wedding, and strive to make it perfect!

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This was such a beautiful and fun wedding to create and make a reality. All of the simple and sweet touches created were and beautiful and didn’t break the bank! The families and friends had a really great time, and the bride and groom were beyond happy and in love.

When it was time to say goodnight, the couple left in a fun fashion, with “Hey Ho” by the Lumineers as their swan song. What a great way to end the night!

I loved doing this wedding so much, it touched my heart and made me feel so good that the bride loved all my designs and her happiness for her day meant everything to me.

By the way…though it was windy, we lucked out. It never rained. :)

Pomander Candlestick centerpiece–Tutorial Time!

Hello Wedding Lovelies!!! It has been quite a few months since I’ve blogged….I’ve been so busy with the holidays and then I just did the Wedding Expo here in Reno. Now that I have a few moments I wanted to say hello! The holidays were full of family, fun and shopping, getting ready for the expo. It was my first expo and I wanted to knock it out of the park. I came up with the theme “Vintage, simplistic, romance.” When I thought of those three words, I thought of clean, pearls, vintage paper, romantic colors (plumb and blush) Antique. Romantic lighting. And this is what I came up with…….20160109_181931

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To be honest…I was quite pleased. It is my favorite part of wedding and event planning to create something so beautiful and personal to each couples liking. DIYing is also a passion of mine. i always say, pretty not pricey. If I can make something for half the cost of buying it…or if I envision something similar to what I’ve seen I’m all about making things. So, for today’s tutorial…I wanted to show you how I made the centerpiece for my table.
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I made two of these, staggered heights. I love these pieces. I also love the prices of these peices! I made 2 of these for about 8.00 total!

Here is what I used…
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1 4 inch styrofoam ball
floral wire
floral tape
1-2 bunches of fake flowers (I used plum hydrangeas).
String pearls (I found mine on amazon)
Ornament hooks (I found those at the dollar store)
Wire cutters
An old book (preferably one with a vintage look-where the pages have yellowed a bit)
scissors
A glue Gun
Not pictured- wooden candlestick holders (they sell these at Michaels, but I found 3 on etsy for about 12.00 total.)
Silver or chrome spray paint
a dowel (cut to height, about 2 to 3 inches in length)

So the first thing we did, is grabbed the styrofoam ball and marked the bottom.20160102_145851

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Then I stuck the dowel in as far in as where the ball felt sturdy at the marking on the bottom.
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I pulled the dowel out and turned the bottom of the ball to face me. I took the strands of pearls and measured 4 loops in my hand. The length is entirely up to you. I measured the length up against the candlestick holder so the droop would be about half.20160102_150236

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I then took the ornament hooks and wrapped them around the pearls and stuck them around the hole at the bottom of the ball. I used a square shape to get the pearls to droop correctly.20160102_150425

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Then I began to create the pomander. I snipped off the bunched leaves of the hydrangeas. 20160102_151747

I wrapped them with the floral tape to make them tighter.
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I took my book paper roses (I learned to make these on one of the many youtube tutorials) and glued them to the center of the bunch. It doesn’t have to be perfect, just wherever you think it looks best.

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Then you just press the stems of the flower bunches into the ball until it’s tight.20160102_152327

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Fill in all around the ball, leaving the hole at the bottom exposed.
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Take your candlestick holder and the dowel (which has been glued in already) and spray painted. Stick the dowel into the hole at the bottom of your ball….and VOILA20160103_100955

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It took me about 3 hours to complete both of these. Very simple, easy and cost effective! They were absolutely beautiful on the expo table and many people took notice of the intricacy of the work done!

You can make these with any color flowers or type of flowers you could imagine! Even real ones (though the paper roses should be glued onto a fake flower insert as to not kill the real flower). There is so much play with this centerpiece and can be done in several different ways to fit the look your trying to achieve.

Creating the feel and look of your wedding is the most fun part. Don’t get discouraged if you find something you love and think you can’t afford it or can’t make it. You’d be surprised at what you can do!

Where does my money go???

This is a very valid question lots of brides ask. Brides and grooms can end up spending more money than they want to or that they should because they don’t have a budget in place. It may not be the fun part about planning a wedding, but it is definitely the most integral part. Budget creation is our third process to making sure your wedding is perfect. Whether you are incredibly well off and can afford that extremely extravagant, over the top wedding or you are the frugal bride that wants to save every dime where she can, a budget must be created. Budgets help to outline where your money goes. It helps to establish what is important to you in your wedding and what can be cut if need be (i.e.: real vs. fake flowers or band vs. DJ.) At Elite Elegance, we are experienced in budget creation, maintenance and money management. We don’t want you to spend any more than you have to and we make it our highest priority to keep you within your limits.

How do we do that you ask? In our first round of meetings to discuss your event, the question we lead with is what you think you will be able to spend on your event. If you’re not sure, then we can help you by establishing what you can comfortably and realistically save weekly, biweekly or monthly. After determining that, we then figure out what is a must, what you are flexible about, and what you don’t want on your day. By answering these questions, we can then begin to compile your specific budget. We can tailor it to make sure it is exactly what you’ll need to have your perfect day. We are aware of what vendor costs run, so we will make sure that the budget is accurate to what you would need to spend. We also know how to save you money in EVERY aspect of your special day and will make every effort that you reap those benefits. This budget begins to help us find your vendors (which we will talk about in detail in our next blog).

The most important thing to remember about your budget, though it is essential to have, is that it is just an outline. If you end up realizing you have more money than you thought, you can choose to add it to your budget. If things are tighter than you expected, we can trim your budget. Though some clients are intimidated by this step, we will help you feel at ease about your financial status and making sure that you are not pushed out of your budget comfort zone. And most importantly, so you know…where the money goes!

Dream the Perfect dream!

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The second step in our company’s process to your perfect day is “Dance with Elegance into your Dreams”. In my opinion this is the most enjoyable step for us! This is where we get to begin to picture what your moment will look like. We encourage our clients to look through bridal magazines, websites online and pinterest, and really get a feel for what they love; colors and themes that stand out to them. After all, we are here to make your day happen! We can help you find the right flowers that fit you and your personality, centerpieces, colors…anything you need or want for your day. Some clients are simply too busy to handle any or all the details themselves, or have no clue what they want or really see anything that they love. We can help design your perfect day. Our company follows all the latest wedding trends and while we are getting to know you, we can figure out what would make your day the most elegant and special.

Design is one of the company’s specialties. We have an eye for detail, and we ensure that you, our client, will have what you envision as your perfect day, come to life. By using “inspiration” boards we can put together a mock- up of what your wedding could and would look like. Any idea you may have can be on the board and it helps our clients really visualize what their day will be. From save the date designs to aisle runners, centerpiece and tablescapes, we put it all out there and it helps the client decide what they like or dislike when they see things together. Having the “inspiration” boards can also help to jog some creativity as well in our clients. A lot of clients don’t know where to start and having a rough outline even of what their wedding could be helps to inspire those special personal touches that they would like to see at their event.

We also love the clients that have had their day planned from childhood! We enjoy bringing your dreams to life and really love that you want to make your wedding your own. We can give you advice with design, if needed…and if not, we will make sure your vision is brought to life!

We want your experience to be effortless and stress free and are excited to help you “Dance through your dreams!”

The right date for you is important!

The first step in our five-step process to create and pull off your amazing and perfect day is Save The Date.  The date can set the mood, tone, color, and even style of a wedding.  Most people tend to get married during “Wedding Season” — June through September, with June and September being the peak months.  Generally, this time has the best weather and people are usually more available in the summer.  If you are getting married during this time, venues and vendors will charge peak rates as it is their busiest time.

How do you know what date works for you?  The advice I give my brides is to really think about how they envision their wedding.  If you see lots of bright colors and knee-length or tea-length dresses, summer will probably be the best time.  Do you want a certain scenic background for pictures that not everyone else has? Maybe an autumn wedding would best suit your needs. Do you want a large or intimate wedding at dusk with a cozy feel? Maybe an indoor winter ceremony/reception is what you’re looking for.  Are there any dates that are significant or special to you and you partner? Often, weddings and events correlate with special dates and make it easier for you to choose.

Regardless, whatever date you choose will be meaningful and special to you and your partner.  Keep in mind that having flexibility with your date is definitely best, especially during the summer. Venues and vendors get booked far in advance so the actual date you want may not be possible!  One benefit if you want a fall or winter wedding: you’re almost certainly guaranteed your date.

Are you on a tight budget?  If so, getting married in off-peak times will save you a substantial amount of money! Venues and vendors are looking to fill their slots as business slows during the off-season. There are also other money saving days and dates. Booking on a weekday or a Sunday will also save you money!

Once you pick your date – whatever it may be – the planning process can fully begin.  We can create a timeline and stick to it to ensure that the months leading up to your event run smoothly.  We can also begin to really dive into what you are interested in having your event look like.

My final advice to you: don’t stress!  Your date is very important, but things can always be worked out if your specific date doesn’t work. Saving the date is just the beginning to creating the moment of your dreams!

Tanya & Matt

This tropical peacock wedding was chic with a touch of simplicity.  Simple vased Feather centerpieces lined the rectangular tables while purple and white poms lined the aisle to the beautiful outdoor gazebo. The bridesmaids donned dresses in the colors of peacock feathers, just the right amount of color incorporated to pull off the theme, not too  over the top!  The love the bride and groom was abundant, much like this beautiful theme!