Wedding Trends 2011

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

The start of 2011 is less than 3 weeks away and new year wedding trends are astir! Here are a few ideas to spice up traditional ways.

Mix it Up
Throw in varied shapes and sizes of tables, different mis-match chairs to create a stylish, vintage feel. Ditch the assigned seating and placecards, creating more freedom to move around, like a lounge atmosphere.

Brunch Reception
Combination of breakfast and lunch items are much less expensive than dinner meals. Bring on the mini french toast, ambrosia salad and mimosas!

Gift of Generosity
You don't need another cheese grater; ask guests to make a donation in your name to your favorite charity.

Weekend Extravaganza
Rent a house or mansion so you can truly take your time to celebrate with your guests and not feel so rushed.

Change the Timeline
The key is to keep things unpredictable; the first dance doesn't have to be after dinner. Create your own sequence of events!

There's nothing more special than handmade elements weaved into the details of your wedding. How about a DIY wedding quilt? Ask friends and family to send scraps of meaningful fabric and perhaps include it in your wedding ceremony to symbolize unity.

Nostalgic Romance
Vintage, simple, elegant. Recycle mom's old wedding gown or incorporate your grandparent's photos into the decor.

Wedding Dresses With Pockets
A trend i'm NOT particularly a fan of! Pictured below is a ball gown by Priscilla of Boston, "Lindsey" of the Vineyard Collection. Gorgeous bodice but the pockets kill it for me.

What do you think?

Something Blue

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Call it superstition, call it tradition.. Sometimes we do things upon someone else's request, not knowing if it's something truly important to us. I thought i'd post some info on this classic phrase, that we often hear associated with weddings.

Something old, something new,
Something borrowed, something blue,
And a silver sixpence in her shoe.

A sixpence is a coin that was minted in Britain from 1551 to 1967. It was made of silver and worth six pennies. So this wedding tradition is definitely English, and many sources say that it began in the Victorian era.

Each item in this poem represents a good-luck token for the bride. If she carries all of them on her wedding day, her marriage will be happy. "Something old" symbolizes continuity with the bride's family and the past. "Something new" means optimism and hope for the bride's new life ahead. "Something borrowed" is usually an item from a happily married friend or family member, whose good fortune in marriage is supposed to carry over to the new bride. The borrowed item also reminds the bride that she can depend on her friends and family.

As for the colorful item, blue has been connected to weddings for centuries. In ancient Rome, brides wore blue to symbolize love, modesty, and fidelity. Christianity has long dressed the Virgin Mary in blue, so purity was associated with the color. Before the late 19th century, blue was a popular color for wedding gowns, as evidenced in proverbs like, "Marry in blue, lover be true."

And finally, a silver sixpence in the bride's shoe represents wealth and financial security. It may date back to a Scottish custom of a groom putting a silver coin under his foot for good luck. For optimum fortune, the sixpence should be in the left shoe. These days, a dime or a copper penny is sometimes substituted, and many companies sell keepsake sixpences for weddings.

~Heels Pictured Above~
Top Row: Badgley Mischka Odell, RSVP Misty
Bottom Row: Martinez Valero Lexie, Casadei 3017

Eat, {Drink} and be Married!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

For many people, providing alcoholic beverages at their wedding is a non-negotiable, while to others it's a question of being able to afford it. I didn't necessarily fall in either one of these categories. Although I liked the option of offering drinks at my wedding, we didn't have 'the budget' for it, but it wasn't going to make our day any less special if it wasn't going to happen.

What options are there?

Open Bar
You pay for the bartending service offered by your catering company/venue or hire an outside service. You can either pay ahead of time, for example $3000 towards alcoholic beverages and after that the bar is closed, or designate an open time frame for guests and you pay for as many drinks are ordered. The obvious pro is that guests enjoy this option since the drinks are complimentary, however the downside is a hefty tab and the possibility of having to deal with the behavior of guests who drink beyond their limits. Ask yourself, is that something you want to deal with?

Cash Bar
The bar is available, however the bride and groom are free of all alcohol charges and guests pay out of their own pocket.

Bride and Groom go to their local winery, BevMo or liquor retailer of their choice and select a limited amount of alcoholic beverages they choose to serve. This is a great option for controlling costs. Ex: 2 bottles of wine; one red & one white per table. I HIGHLY recommend San Antonio's Cardinale and Barefoot Pinot Grigio- both under $10/bottle, giving you the most bang for your buck. I'm just sayin'!

Signature Drinks
Mr & Mrs. Newlywed provide one or two fun drink options to match their theme, like sangria or a Mango Martini. In our case combining me and my husband's name, Vinnie & Eileen, our signature drink would be aka Vileen-a-tini.

No Alcohol
Who says you have to drink to enjoy yourself at a wedding? It's your wedding, you can have it any way you want to. We toasted to our marriage with sparkling apple cider and to this day, one of the biggest compliments I love hearing is "I had so much fun at your wedding even though no one was drinking." :)

Photo Credit: Jessi Ringer / Dex Knows Weddings

Rowel + Regina

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Regi aka Gin and I used to work together and got engaged around the same time. It turned we were both to be September brides, a year apart. The months leading up to her wedding involved countless stops by my desk chatting about the latest wedding planning achievements, so it was definitely exciting to see how everything came together. Rowel and Regina had an absolutely fantastic Southern California wedding and Enamor Events is thrilled to showcase a few images capturing their special day. Grey paired with yellow was the perfect burst of sunshine, won't you agree?

Gin's simple, home made drop veil was the perfect addition to her intricately beaded ML dress.

yellow tea length dresses to compliment grey suits.

the glowing bride radiates even through a black and white photo.

bridesmaids carried vibrant yellow calla lillies.

simply stunning.

the donut tower was just one of the highlights and an inexpensive alternative to cake.

a few details that made the day special :)

Mr. & Mrs. Manasan and her yellow peep toe flats!


Ceremony: St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church

Reception: The Westlake Village Inn

Day-Of Coordinator: Abby LaDuke ~ Something Blue

Photographer: Jordana Hazel ~ Hazelnut Photography

Florist: Sarinya Villanueva ~ The Daily Petal

DJ/Emcee/Entertainment: Mel Briggs

Bridal Hair: Sherry Younge ~ The Artform Studio

Bridal Make-Up: Rose Anne Towers

Bridal Party’s Headpieces: Gio C-Africa

Bridesmaid’s Hair and Make-Up: Alyssa Lazo

Bride’s Dress: Monique Lhuillier

Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Camille Garcia

Grooms’/Groomsmens’ Tuxes: David’s Bridal

Wedding Invitations: CraftMaster Invitations

Etsy Finds

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Oh how I heart Etsy! For those of you who are unfamiliar with this wonderful website, Etsy is like hitting the 'handmade jackpot'! Sort of like eBay, but no bidding required and if you like something a seller is offering but want to tweak it a bit, you can contact them and customize an order just the way you like it. From lovely trinkets such as bridesmaid gifts to veils and invitations, this site is a one stop shop for for brides who don't want to 'look like everyone else', take a look at the variety of items you can find on here:

bolero by maryandangelika

cake topper by bthanari

 cake topper by dandelionland

Hair Fascinator & Boutonniere set by YJDesign

Invitation Suite by HeartyDesigns

Can't Help FALLing in Love

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

My favorite season is FINALLY in fall affect! It isn't too cold to stay inside, but it certainly wouldn't hurt to add an extra "oomph" to enjoy the already naturally cozy outdoor ambiance. How to go about putting your own spin on it? For the bride who's got a flair for crafts and wants to take on a home-made, personal approach to your big day but is fresh out of ideas than just do-it-yourself invites, here are a few suggestions to get you stirring!

Name Banner
Found a great idea from the Wedding Channel's DIY site! To learn how to make this, click here

Tin Can Lanterns
Fine Gardening has a great tutorial on how to make these incredibly terrific lanterns!

What a simple and festive way to embrace Autumn! Image (and other cute ideas) can be found from Ruffled Blog here and here!

Check out more fabulous FALL Wedding ideas (favors) from TheKnot.

Enjoy :)

Venue Variables

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

He (or you) asked and you (or he) accepted! Let the planning begin! After agreeing on the season you prefer to get married and narrowing down possible dates, the hunt for the perfect venue begins.

Budget permitting and if you aren't eager to dive into a DIY (do-it-yourself) wedding, save yourself the headache of tracking down the right table cloths and napkins, worrying about who's going to set up and break down the tables, creating the proper mood lighting and consider the potential of saving $ on fancy floral arrangements (to name a few elements) all because the venue you chose simply has it all!

A Word of Advice: 
Consider picking a venue that already matches the theme/decor of your wedding. Play off the natural beauty of your surroundings and add your own twist to it to lessen the amount of work it would take to create the ambiance from scratch.

Viceroy Hotel, Palm Springs, CA- Modern, Fresh, Black/White/Yellow, Spring/Summer

Vineyard Wedding Inspiration Board- Grapevines/Wildflowers/Sweet smell of nature/Autumn

Ice Hotel- Scandanavia/Canada/Who said a destination wedding had to be tropical?/Unique Winter Wonderland any time of the year!

Beach Wedding- Cool blues/Palm trees/Soothing waves/Summer Paradise

Photo Credits:
Embrace Life Photo, ElizabethAnneDesigns, Hotel de Glace, Webspin

The Joy of Registry

Monday, September 13, 2010

Touching on a previous blog entry.. don't believe any of the pregnancy myths. Despite the complete opposite symptoms I was having from my first pregnancy, we're having a girl!!!

Soon as I found out, believe I was at BabiesRUs and Target to to start our baby registry for the lil' munchkin. This got me to thinking.. I've got to do a post on wedding registries. Most people either feel strongly about doing one or not, while others could care less. There are registries for all sorts of couples. Should you choose to register, pick two that best suit your needs. Here are a few stores that come to mind, for a full list, click here. or here.

Bed, Bath & Beyond
Crate & Barrel
Honeymoon Fund
Our Wishing Well
Your Favorite Charity

My two-cents on Wedding Registries

Go for it! Don't be afraid to get what you really want and don't say "no" for someone else. This is a fun time for you and your soon to be spouse to pick out all the gadgets that make up your home. People can be funny with just giving cash as a present and feel more comfortable with getting you something you want/need. Without a registry, you could end up with quite a few random trinkets that you have no use for and are unable to return.  Even guests who can't make it to the wedding will want to send you something in the mail and most of these online retailers offer free shipping. I remember wanting a stainless steel trash can which was fairly large in size and cost around $150. I thought "no one's going to get this for us!" But I put it on our list anyways and whaddayaknow!? Someone got it for us! :) Another unexpected present was a digital photo album frame that also cost around $150. It was something that I really wanted but didn't expect anyone to get and it came in the mail weeks before our wedding. The more expensive gifts weren't the only ones I appreciated the most.. I was amazed at a handcrafted piece of art we received that cost nothing but creativity and time.. but for the purposes of this blog post, we got a $39 back massager that gets tons of use to this very day!

Before registering, it's a good idea to have a chat with your fiance(e) about the type of decor/color scheme you want for each room of your new place together. I remember standing in the towel aisle, completely lost about what color hand towels to get for each of our bathrooms! It may seem like a little thing, but it will definitely save you time when you're at the store together.

What if you already have a fully decorated place and don't need any furnishing accessories? No problemo. Websites like Amazon, REI, Our Wishing Well, Honeymoon Fund and your favorite charity are among some other options that offer more than just bed sheets and mixing bowls. With gift cards to department stores such as Macy's, you can also purchase non-home goods such as apparel, jewelry and some major appliances like TV's and couches.

Don't know where to start? Most registries have a starting checklist of popular items to get the ball rollin' and you can either add items online at your convenience or walk down each aisle at your local shop, to get a first hand look and feel of items that may be of interest to you. I personally like to start with going to the store first, then going back online to compare and contrast reviews.

Know your stores/sites return policy. Do you need a gift receipt or is there a time limit on getting store credit? Bed, Bath & Beyond has an excellent return/exchange policy and offers an incentive program to get left over items for a discounted amount, for a limited time, that were not purchased prior to your wedding.

In addition, is a helpful website on all the ins and outs of all things weddings. Here's what they had to say about the "Top 10 Registry Dos and Dont's."

If you're wondering whether or not to register, the answer is crystal clear: Do it. Trust us, your guests want to buy you gifts. In the long run, registering saves time for you and your guests -- it gives your guests an easy way to buy wedding gifts, and it also ensures that you won't get things you don't want or need. Plus, registering saves you from having to return five of the same item.

It's a good idea to set up a registry soon after you're engaged, in time for all those pre-wedding and engagement bashes. In fact, you may want to register up to nine months before your wedding. Keep in mind that most guests buy gifts soon before the actual event, so it still makes sense to register -- even if your wedding is just two months away.

The two of you should be registering for gifts you'll both enjoy in your future life together. To decide on what you need, take inventory of the things you already have, talk about the style of home you'd both like, and divide and conquer categories (maybe he gets to choose electronics, while she gets to choose the bedding).

Before you commit to a particular registry, read the fine print carefully for important information. Will the store ship to your desired address? The best retailers will send your gifts to any address you specify. Inquire about how long the exchange/return period is. This is crucial -- you don't want to be stuck with duplicate gifts or return from your honeymoon to find out that you have only two days left to exchange and return any items you don't want.

As much as you may be hankering for that gorgeous $350-a-place-setting silver, be sure to also register for items in the under-$50 range (with some well under $50) so all of your guests can choose gifts they can afford. Remember, depending on the store's return policy, you could return four $50 items to get that one $200 item you both love.

Traditionally, household items such as china, crystal, and flatware were staples of bridal registries. Nowadays, you can register for anything from furniture to sporting equipment to luggage. Take advantage of your many options and register only for items you'll really use.

You shouldn't assume your guests will know where you've decided to register. While you won't be informing guests yourself (unless they ask you directly), make sure your parents, best man, and maid of honor know where you are registered. Relatives will ask Mom and Dad for this info, and friends will most likely ask your attendants. You can also include your registry information on your personal wedding page on

Your registry should be convenient and fun -- for both you and your guests. Make sure your registry is available online, and find out if guests can purchase online or place their orders over the phone or by fax. That way, guests can make purchases whenever, wherever, and however they'd like.

A good registry will automatically update your list every time a purchase is made. However, make sure to revisit your registry often and update it with additional selections as products are purchased, to give guests a range from which to choose. Check back with your registry store often to see if they have added any new items you might like. You should have more items on your list than guests at your wedding, to accommodate for engagement party and shower gifts.

Be gracious -- let your guests know their gifts have arrived. Thank-you notes for gifts received before the wedding should be sent within two weeks of their arrival. Notes for gifts received on or after the wedding day should be sent within three months of your return from the honeymoon. In all notes, be sure to mention the gift by name.

Are there any  registry tips you can recommend or other stores that you registered with? Leave a comment and let us know your experience. We'd love to hear from you!

Mobile Catering

Thursday, August 26, 2010

What could be more "LA" than food trucks? The city of angels is beaming with more food trucks than you can sink your teeth into, why not book one (or two) to cater your wedding appetizer/cocktail hour? It's fun, fast and a surefire hit with your guests!

This option is not just for the off-beat bride. Pictured below is an actual picture my brother took of the ever crowded Kogi BBQ, one example of an eclectic prelude to a funky-classy-culturally diverse wedding he recently attended. For approximately $1000 + 15% non-refundable service charge & travel fees, if applicable, one can rent the tantalizing Korean/Mexican Fusion food truck.

From gourmet ice cream sandwiches (choose your own cookie and ice cream combo) @coolhaus to to adobo pan de sal sliders @manilamachine, the possibilties are endless! Most major cities throughout the US are capitalizing on this meals on wheels trend, i'm sure there's an alternative wedding caterer out there to spark your interest, if not satisfy your fix.

Photo Credits: Bobby Torres, Weburbanist.

The Artform Studio Salon

Monday, August 16, 2010

Adjacent to Japantown and the Los Angeles Artist District is every guy and gal's secret weapon- The Artform Studio Salon. Owner Sherry Younge and her team work out of a spacious industrial loft building and the common denominator behind their vast menu of services is personalized attention and consistently delivering unique, quality work that speaks for itself. Sherry has a way of taking something plain or classic and putting her own edgy twist on it. She's been doing my up-do's since I was lead singer of the band Children of the Sun circa 2004 and there has been no one else I've trusted more to hook up my coif when it comes to looking fly at special events, especially at my own wedding. If you're interested in a new look or want a bridal hair/make-up trial, don't hesitate to schedule an appointment, let the team at The Artform Studio Salon do what they do best, you won't be disappointed!

701 East 3rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 613-1050

Photo credits (pictured above): Kheyli Tristen Torres

Below is a recent interview with Sherry Younge, along with photos of the Artform Studio Salon team's work.

Enamor Events: How long have you been doing hair, where did you train?
Sherry: I have been doing hair for 13 years and make up for 6 years. I trained at Carlton Hair International where I first started and through the years I have trained at Vidal Sassoon and Redken in New York.

Enamor Events: What projects have you worked on?
Sherry: Projects for wigs, hair, and make up that I have worked on as well as my team, Noriko Latour and Shamika McElroy did a 70's era movie, "Black Dynamite, a feature film and their Public Service Announcements to keep kids off drugs. We also did a music video for Adrian Younge and the Black Dynamite Sound Orchestra called "Shot Me in the Heart."

A 50's era short film where Sherri Silva, Noriko Latour and I did wigs, hair, and make up styling was called the "Splendorettes." Where we recently shot in Catalina Island at the Avalon Theatre.

Avante garde short films called "Evolution" where my team and I did hair and make up styling and Diablo where we made hair pieces, hair and make up. Noriko Latour one of my collegues at the salon who did Special Effects make up.

I've have done hair and make up for TV Commercials for, the General Insurance, and BMW.

As far as press junkets, Noriko Latour and I did make up for Michael Jai White, Tommy Davidson, and Scott Sanders for Black Dynamite and I assisted make up artist Scott Barnes for "Le Divorce" for Kate Hudson.

I have done wig styling and hair styling for theatrical productions such as "Sweeney Todd" and "Maria, Maria, Maria."

Wedding hair and make up for some of our brides and bride's maids photographs have made it on bridal magazines. My team and I have traveled to Santa Barbara, Malibu, Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, San Diego, San Jose, Las Vegas, and Honolulu.

I have worked with Kasil and It jeans company doing hair and make up for their catalogs.

Hairstyling for Bloomingdale's prom fashion show.

Our own projects at the Artform Studio salon on Era photo shoot parties where we do era specific hair and make up styling for 20's, 30's, 40's, 50's, 60's, 70's, 80's and 90's.

Enamor Events: What are you passionate about?
Sherry: Hair is what I'm most passionate about and then Make up is icing on my cake.

Enamor Events: What other specialties/services do you provide?
Sherry: The Artform Studio salon team provides services such as facial waxing, facials, minx nails, eye lash extensions, Brazilian Blow outs, Yuko Japanese hair straightening, hair extensions, hair relaxing, hair cuts, hair color and highlights.

Enamor Events: What do you think sets you and your team apart from other salons?
Sherry: We are an international team of Filipina, Japanese, African American, and Caucasian women where we are knowledgeable in all hair types.

Enamor Events: What can brides/bridesmaids expect from you?
Sherry: Professionalism, puntuctuality, and perfection.

Enamor Events: How much does an in home appointment cost?
Sherry: We set our standard prices with travel fees and parking fees.

Enamor Events: What else does The Artform Studio Salon have going on?
Sherry: We currently host a children's party called Baby Get Down where we have a mini service menu of nail art, face painting, hair styling, make up touch ups, and massage. 10% of proceeds go to your school of choice. We donate your bags of clothing to a woman and children health center for discounts on our ERA photo shoot parties.

Heartbeat of the City

Friday, August 13, 2010

I always thought rooftop parties were cool. Not that i've been to all that many, but something about watching the sun set, enjoying the twinkle of the city skyline with some good music and great company. Why not bring that intimate urban backdrop to your wedding?

Here are 9 of Los Angeles' finest rooftop ceremony/reception venues.

Photo credits in order of appearance:

Anduz Hotel - West Hollywood
The London Hotel (Shannon Lott)
Los Angeles Athletic Club
Oviatt Penthouse
Four Seasons Beverly Wilshire (Blue Silver Photo)
Cafe Pinot
Park Plaza Hotel
Thompson Hotel - Beverly Hills (StyleMePretty)
Studio 724 (Reflections Event and Floral Design)