Wedding Guest Style Guide

This week, I want to address a question everyone asks at some point, but that doesn’t seem to have one simple answer. As a wedding guest, what should I wear? There are many ways to find your answer.

Wedding Attire Basics; What Not To Wear

First and foremost, do NOT show up in white. I repeat, DO NOT WEAR WHITE! This is a major fashion faux pas, and whether you like the couple or not, you just shouldn’t do it. Why not? Well, unless you never want to hear from that couple again I suggest you don’t do it. Brides have been wearing white gowns since 1840, when Queen Victoria made it popular. It is often thought to be because white represented purity, or being virginal. I discovered while writing this post today that apparently before Victoria made white the thing to do, brides often wore crimson, the color of love. Even if you think you are a trend setter, you’re probably not Queen Victoria. 😉

If you’re still at a loss as to what you should wear. Take some advice from the wedding invitation. As we all know, (or maybe some of us don’t) the fancier looking the invite the more formal the attire should be. Lace and calligraphy on the invite? Go ahead and pull that long sparkly gown from the closet. If the wedding is a Pig Pickin’ taking place in the backyard of a family home, it’s probably okay to pull out that cute little sun dress.

Some Personal Advice

Aside from not wearing white, some advice to the females in attendance; try to dress a little conservatively. I’m not saying you can’t show a little skin, especially when attending a wedding in the South or the Summer. But, as a wise woman once advised me and a group of girls working in a bar, if you are going to show your legs you should “cover up the girls”. Or, if you’re bringing the girls out for a night on the town, try not to show too much leg. That being said, if you’re attending a wedding in the south on a 90 degree day, it’s okay to wear a sun dress! Just try not to wear one that’s sat in the closet for a few years and that should really only be used as a beach cover up. It’s just the appropriate thing to do. Besides, you don’t want to be showing too much skin when you’re schmoozing it up with the grandparents, parents, etc.

Color Schemes

Another great way to decide what younikki_tara_chrissy should wear for a wedding is to consider the season and color schemes. Are you attending a Fall wedding? Consider wearing some dark crimson or burnt oranges. Dark chocolate browns and navy blues are really pretty too, and if you’re a blue eyed babe like myself, blue always looks good on you. Is it a Spring or early Summer wedding? If so, pull out those light yellow dresses or pastel pinks! The Pantone Colors of the Year for 2016 are a great example of lovely shades of pink and blue that can work for Spring or Summer. Remember, if you are going to be in pictures with the bride & groom wear colors that are complimentary and won’t clash with the Bride’s theme.

Male Wedding Guests

Guys, let’s face it, you don’t have nearly as many options for wedding attire as the ladies. You should most likely wear a suit. BUT, just as the ladies are allowed to dress more casually for hot Summer weddings, a linen suit or khakis can definitely be acceptable. Just remember to check those invitations, or even give the couple a call prior to their big day. If you just can’t figure out whether you can wear something of your own, or you need to make a purchase from TJ Max, it’s more than okay to ask for advice. If you need a little more help, check out these style tips from the Cladwell Guide.

A Final Tip

The last tip I’ll give you is to keep it simple. You don’t want to out-dress the bride and groom! Wear an outfit that you think conveys your personality. If you are a fun and spunky guy, you could wear a bright colored bow-tie or some wildly colorful socks! Or, bring back the suspenders look. I have to admit that I am definitely a sucker for a dapper Dan wearing suspenders under his suit jacket.

weddinggueststyleguideIf my suggestions don’t answer your question, or are not specific enough, take a look at this great infographic from The Black Tux, online suit and tux rental. It is straight forward and gives suggestions for both males and females!

In the meantime, if you can’t find a tux shop or Men’s Warehouse locally, check out The Black Tux! They are reasonably priced, and offer free home delivery.

 

Vendor Spotlight – The Chocolate Boutique

It’s been quite a busy summer for the Get-Christine team which includes working with the new intern, Lauren. She and I get together as often as possible to collaborate on fun wedding and event ideas and plans. At least, we do so when Lauren’Chocolate Boutique Signs not been at the beach living up her last summer as a HS student. This week, I bring you a vendor spotlight article written by Lauren about a delicious spot in town called The Chocolate Boutique.
I recently decided that since I’ve been working in the events industry for long enough, that it’s well past time I started writing about some of the fabulous vendors I’ve met and worked with. I’ve personally never worked with The Chocolate Boutique on a wedding or event in the past, but I have been in to visit their shop and purchased plenty of their chocolates. Having personally tasted those goodies, I can definitely vouch for their chocolate and it is delicious!

Without further ado, I bring you Lauren’s piece:

The Chocolate Boutique
Owner: Kesha Dozier 

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Flo The Chocolate Fountain

Nearly five years ago, Mrs. Kesha Dozier left her corporate job to pursue her love of chocolate.  After studying in Italy, Belgium, and Spain about ‘all things chocolate’ The Chocolate Boutique was soon born.  The boutique offers a wide variety of truffles, chocolate covered nuts, and even chocolate covered bacon!  All of the offerings are finely crafted from Belgian and Swiss chocolates.  In addition to the confections behind the cases, you and your friends or family have the chance to make your very own chocolate during a chocolate party!  The Chocolate Boutique hosts parties for any occasion that you desire.  They have over 1,200 chocolate molds ranging from “high heels to spark plugs.”    For huge parties or weddings you can rent “Flo”, an amazing, 2-flavor chocolate fountain!  It’s the only one of its kind in North CarolinaChocolate Fountain

    Most items are customizable for any occasion.  For weddings, you could have a candy buffet equipped with all kinds of truffles, dipped fruits and nuts.  As a dessert alternative, “Flo” would be an excellent idea.  Also, you could have a bag filled with chocolate covered nuts or personalized truffles as a take-home favor.

The Chocolate Boutique has a convenient location at Lafayette Village in North Raleigh. Oh, and another one over in Park West Village of Morrisville.  Contact them today to set up a party for a girls night out, a fun birthday party, or visit The Chocolate Boutique to get your hands on some delicious goodies. Chocolate Fountain Ice Cream

To contact Kesha from The Chocolate Boutique and inquire about some party pricing, or even to rent that fantastic chocolate fountain Flo, she can be reached at: 919.322.0960.

Be on the lookout for our next Vendor Spotlight blog by me about All Around Raleigh DJ owner, Eric.

Bridal Pamper Party – July, 28th

An Idea

I was out on a Saturday afternoon enjoying a much needed pedicure with my friend, Lauren (a Rodan + Fields Rep), when I realized something: a lot of my friends are event/service vendors. If you follow my blog, or know anything about me, you likely know that I LOVE to throw parties. As an event coordinator with less events on my calendar for the month of July, I knew I could remedy a lack of things to do by planning and hosting an incredibly fabulous event to showcase my vendor friends and wonderful services! I’m calling it a Bridal Pamper Party, but it almost feels like I’m hosting my own intimate sized wedding show, and spa day.

This Thursday July, 28th from 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm I will be hosting a Bridal Pamper Party at my home in North Raleigh. For just $22 a ticket, the Get-Christine Event Planning Bridal Pamper Party is offering an evening full of relaxing and fun services for any bride to be and her girl posse. Or hey, if you just got married but would still love a chance to mingle with other brides, their friends, and fabulous local wedding and event vendors, the more the merrier!

Pamper Yourself

To help melt away any wedding planning stress, I’ve lined up two licensed massage professionals to give 15-20 minute chair massages, live musicians to play guitar and piano, and a Rodan + Fields Sales Rep to lead DIY facials.

Have Fun and Learn Something

For some fun and maybe even a little learning, there will be a floral design workshop led by Cary Florist. Immediately following that, Lauren from Rodan + Fields will lead us through a facial with Rodan + Fields products. Oh, and I almost forgot to mention the Photo booth, provided by Triple T Entertainment. And what event would be complete without drinks and snacks?!

Treat Yo Self Girl 

Grab a ticket (treat yo self) and come on over for a night of socializing and kicking back (treat yo self) with your bridesmaids, moms, sisters and girlfriends. If you don’t have a guest to bring, come by and meet someone new and treat yo self!

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Pantone’s Color of the Year by Lauren

This afternoon I am bringing you another guest post from my intern Lauren. If you’re a regular reader of my blog posts, you probably know that I have usually written a Pantone Color of the Year post by now. This year I apparently never got around to it. Now that I’ve transitioned to working for myself full time, I SHOULD be writing a lot more. Until then though, I hope you will enjoy a guest post from my lovely intern Lauren about Pantone’s  TWO Colors of the year.

Color-of-the-Year-2016-Rose-Quartz-Serenity-Pinterest   I’m so excited to introduce to you the two Pantone colors of the year.  This is the first time that Pantone has chosen two colors, and I think they made a wonderful choice.  They are two of my favorite colors and are commonly seen as hydrangea colors.  Both of the colors are naturally occurring and can be found in the most common places such as beautiful sunsets, a sunrise, or gorgeous spring flowers.  Well, without further ado, I give you Pantone’s two colors of the year: Rose Quartz and Serenity.

   Rose Quartz is a nice, warm neutral color that is very versatile.  Also, it contains a tint of red. Red is a primary color, meaning that it is the origin of many colors.  Rose Quartz is a very elegant color and can be added to several different themes and styles. A sophisticated fairytale wedding or a whimsical tea party would be a perfect opportunity to showcase this color.  As a side note, “fairytale” themed weddings are very popular in 2016.  

The way that a color is determined as a tint is by taking a basic color and adding small amounts of white.  This process is not to be confused with a shade.  In order to determine a shade, small amounts of black are added.  

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Serenity is a cool, clean color from the blue family, also a primary color.  It is also a peaceful color, hence the name.  This cool blue is well adapted in many different themes as well.  One in particular that it goes exceptionally well with is a classic French chicspring-2016-color-report-pantone or Victorian theme; cream and gold can help to complete this theme.  In addition, a country chic theme could accompany this color.


Enhancing the depths and tones of these colors can easily executed by combining them with similar colors.  Peach Echo combines with Rose Quartz to bring out more of the red in the color. Snorkel combines with Serenity to enhance more of the blue.  Limpet shell can also enhance the blue.  Green Flash can be combined with either color it helps to create the look of a flower and its leaves.  For a fall wedding, Iced Coffee and Rose Quartz can be paired. Finally, when Rose Quartz and Serenity are combined they make colors ranging from Sheer Lilac to Lilac Chiffon depending on the amount of each color.

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Pantone’s thoughts are: “Rose Quartz is a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure.”  Serenity is weightless and airy, like the expanse of the blue sky above us, bringing feeling of respite and relaxation even turbulent times.” Also, “[when] joined together, Rose QuartLilac Chiffonz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace.”

 

Are you planning to use either or both of Pantone’s Colors of the year in your upcoming wedding or event? Tell us how you will incorporate them in the comments section below!

Amber & Kevin’s Mordecai Park Wedding

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Introducing The Get-Christine Event Planning New Intern

Since my last blog post in May, I have been through a lot of changes with my business. In addition to a substantial increase in inquiries and contract bookings, and after receiving two requests for an internship this summer, I decided to bring on an intern to be a part of the Get-Christine Team! She is a little younger than I anticipated, but I love her dedication and passion in pursuing her dreams at an early age. Lauren found me by doing a simple google search for Raleigh Wedding Coordinator.

I am excited to have Lauren on my team, and also grateful for the young, hip, influence that I believe she will bring to my blog posts, social media accounts, and events we run! And so without further ado, I bring you Lauren’s first ever post on the Get-Christine Event Planning Blog:

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Lauren – The Intern

Hi!  My name is Lauren, and I am so excited to be interning with Christine!  I am a rising senior in high school.  My love of parties started at a young age when my family would throw huge birthday parties in August for my dad and brother’s birthdays.  We would rent bounce houses, have catered food, and a large cake that my mom would make.  Living in Zebulon at the time, surrounded by fields and trees, made these large parties possible. I love large family gatherings, whether they are for weddings, reunions, birthdays or anniversaries.

     As the years have gone by, my desire to be creative has grown.  I have been in art class for six years and in yearbook for one year.  This past year I had the opportunity to plan, decorate, and attend my schools Junior/Senior banquet (which is basically prom).  Throughout the yearlong planning of this event, I realized that I really have a knack for planning, organizing, coordinating, and executing large events, and decided to pursue this further

     My other interests include Pinterest, baking, chalkboard art, and going to the beach.  I absolutely love big, blue hydrangeas, so don’t be surprised if I’m slightly biased towards them.    

Immediately upon meeting Lauren I realized that she and I are kindred spirits! We both share a love of parties, organization, planning, baking and being artsy. She is also smart and friendly and I think an excellent addition to the Get-Christine team!! Keep your eyes peeled for some trendy and fun blog posts written by Lauren this Summer.

The Times, They Are A Changin’

I promise there is good reason for my cliche blog post title. Well, maybe not good reason, but reason enough.  I have recently made the incredibly tough, but hopefully right, decision to take the leap from working full-time for someone else and only part-time for myself, to working full-time as a Wedding & Event Coordinator for Get-Christine! I have booked more than double the amount of couples I am working with this year compared to last year, and I’ve already started booking into next year.

Additionally, there have been some major changes at the office I work for in that, I was presented with the opportunity to take on more responsibilities and hours than I was already working. Though it would have been a great chance for me to grow and mature with the company, and get even more work experience, I did not feel that it would be fair to the brides and couples I am already working with to take on more responsibilities elsewhere that would keep me from giving my heart and soul to my business. And so, the time had come for me to make a decision that I had no idea would come so soon.  Instead of putting in more time for my day job, I am putting all my time in on me! I am having very mixed emotions about the journey I am about to embark on, but I know that there are great things to come in my future.

I am looking forward to what the future has in store for me and I am forever grateful for the opportunity that Talari Networks gave to me. I will never regret the two years I spent working there because I learned a whole lot about many different things, and I met lots of wonderful people and made incredible bonds that I don’t expect to lose anytime soon.

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In making this decision, I am opening up my schedule to have more time to blog, plan and schedule stylised photo-shoots, host DIY arts & crafts events for my brides, and meet with couples, brides and their vendors during the day and not just at night! I am more than excited to plan and execute more weddings and events and that I’ll have even more time to write about my journey along the way.

I still have a few open dates for 2016 and plenty in 2017! 🙂

Formal Portraits BEFORE the Ceremony

I know, I know, usually the Blog is booming around this time of year with my typical Color of the Year post, or sometimes my Trends of the Year post, but this year it’s been a tad quieter than normal. Well, the quietness on the blog is because I’ve had a pleasantly busy Spring booking new brides, and working with my adorable husband on the photography side of the wedding world. The hubby and I recently attended a fabulous workshop on wedding photography lighting hosted by our friends at the Raleigh Wedding Portrait Society and had a blast learning about new ways to approach shooting weddings and portraits.

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