|Posted by Thomas Callaghan on October 18, 2014 at 7:50 PM||comments (2)|
As I read through blogs, wedding magazines and talk with industry professionals, the trends that are predicted for 2015 are pretty unique and somewhat nostalgic of some past trends. And since Pantone has announced the Color of the Year as Marsala, it only makes sense that it's on trend with some of the predictions I have for couples planning a wedding in 2015.
The new metallic is copper. It can be used with the most vintage of wedding decor to the uber modern design. And copper can easily be blended with silver or gold.
Bridal shops have showed the most glamorous wedding gowns in every cut and length imaginable; tons of bling; dramatic beaded backs; illusion necklines; and full skirts. Several designers had a pantsuit grace the runway showcasing tuxedo-style pants and embellished jackets.and along side Cute tulle, skirt Bridal dresses are new trend for 2015
The days of digital calligraphy are moving on. Couples are inviting fewer wedding guests which affords them the luxury of hand lettering also know as calligraphy on their inner and outer envelopes as well as their escort and/or place cards. The elegant script truly compliments my next prediction
Letter pressed invitations as well as laser cut invitations are making their way back onto the stationery scene in the most formal of ways! You'll see invitations from the brightest of white to the softest of grey fancied with a gilded edge or a foil stamp.
Up lighting has become a staple for every wedding reception. Venues are even offering this style of lighting as part of their packaging. The most popular hue remains amber to give that illusion of candlelight, but the more modern couples will opt for the blues and purple tons.
Flower walls, big and small, are becoming popular in wedding ceremony and reception decor. This is the one floral piece when it is okay to see artificial flowers. Because of the vast amounts of flowers needed to create these works of art, artificial flowers will save in the cost
Late night snacks at the wedding reception are here to stay, but the presentation is changing. Guests now are leaving outside of the venue and visiting ham b stalls with a variety of rolls, mini hot dogs, and pizzas . And the newlyweds receive rave reviews at the conclusion of the wedding reception.
And for the groom, navy suits and kilts have replaced black. Slate grey with the tradition three-button closure is becoming a staple among wedding parties. Plus you will see plenty of bow ties and printed ties on the men walking down the aisle.
Detailed weddings cakes are back on top! The days of the naked cakes are gone. Couples are back to designing intricate cakes fashioned after their wedding invitation or wedding gown, and sugar flowers are making the boldest of statements
|Posted by Thomas Callaghan on March 24, 2014 at 11:15 AM||comments (0)|
We have showcased at a few wedding shows now, and this year we were delighted to be asked to step on board with Luxe Wedding Shows.
Dubious as ever we took a long hard look at the line up and noticed that we had worked along side with some of the other companies, so we knew we were in good hands.
This Season has been fantastic. We have had a great response to our spring package deals, Each show our stand has been flooded with people!
We`ve been so busy we even had to pull in extra staff. The 1920`s and 1950`s styles have proved to be very popular this season. There seems to be more ` last minute brides ` this year but also several getting married in 2016- so a great mix of customers.
Our last show of the season was on Sunday 23rd March at the lovely Strathblane Country House where the Luxe wedding show team had a great footfall of serious buyers and not just browsers. The brides have all been lovely; there is a realy good quality of clientele. A lot of the brides have a healthy budget but they are looking for good value for money, they know exactly what they want. They`re very into blingy vintage; the 20`s look is so popular with Downton Abbey and the Grat Gatsby at the moment.
As a male running a Venue Dresing Company which in its self is a very female orientated industry ,it comes as a slight shock for the groom but its also a reasurance as i ( Thomas ) can see where the groom is having difficulty in seeing where his hard earned cash is going . But they are more releaved when i say i can claw back some of that cash to put back in the grooms pocket for the bar on his wifes special day .
And now that the groom is more relaxed he can enjoy all the free samples and give any groom the remote control for our Led Dance Floor and up lighters and ........theres that smile :).
So its a happy Thank You to all Brides ,Past, present and Future for allowing us to share in your special day.
|Posted by Thomas Callaghan on March 17, 2013 at 7:25 PM||comments (0)|
We at Events by TLC have put together some ideas to ensure you achieve your vision for your wedding day.
Colour Matching.- Starting with the Chair covers themselves what colour will best compliment your venue. Do you have a blank canvas like a country chic traditional or lined marquee possibly a beautiful hotel with soft muted colours or maybe a venue with a colour theme already in the room
Your Venue – Does your marquee have an ivory lining or does you venue have ivory linen. If so ivory chair covers are required. If your venue is full of natural light and has white linen, white chair cover will be needed. Whatever you choose make sure you have a look at the cover on a chair prior to booking not only can you ensure the quality you can ensure you are happy with the colour. Avoid looking at a swatch it is always better to see the cover and sash together to get the full picture.
Chair Cover Style and Quality – Do look at the various styles of chair covers that are available. Do you like the sleek look of a lycra stretch cover or does a loose fit chair cover suits your theme. Maybe something a bit different like our new Satin Cowl ( The Kylie ) would suit your venue. Whatever you choose ensure they are the best quality. Simply they need to look fabulous when fitted, a good feel to the material and a lovely thick fabric not transparent. This is particularly important if you are considering a ‘Do it yourself’ solution or ordering on line always request a sample well in advance of your big day. If you want to be really different, chair covers can come in all sorts of patterns from animal print to black and white striped.
Sashes.- Now this is where you can have some fun. Experiment within you colour pallet it does not always have to be identical to you brides maids dresses for example. In fact it does not have to be the same colour on every chair or table. Sash Materials – There are some fabulous sash materials to choose from it does not always have to be a standard sheer organza sash. Satin sashes give fantastic depth of colour taffeta is rich and very opulent. A well pressed satin or taffeta sash when tied into a bow will give far more definition and look spectacular. As with the chair covers always ensure you see your sashes fully dressed on your covers at your consultation with your chosen supplier prior to booking. As we always say don’t colour match your sashes from a small material sample or swatch. Look at your sash tied in your chosen style dressed on the chair. This is particularly true with organza which looks totally different on the chair. It is a very transparent material so the colour does change completely, it is so much lighter when not folded as it is in many sample books.
Sash Tying styles – Ask your supplier to tie the sash in a variety of styles, bows are lovely but there are so many other options to consider, it could be a simple contemporary style or something more ornate.
|Posted by Thomas Callaghan on January 28, 2011 at 5:10 AM||comments (0)|
Ideas for Filling Those Wedding Favour Bags
Most people will opt for elegance when they are thinking of a theme for their wedding. This will be applied right down to the stylish organza wedding favour bags to get for each table.
But the real question still remains what will you decide to put in those bags for your guests to open?
Before you start thinking about the different options, think about your budget. Clearly you will have a figure to stick to, and your choices will be very different if you are spending £1 per person as opposed to £5 per person for example. Once you have your budget sorted out you can start looking for a variety of wedding favours to buy.
Some people like to get different things for different people. Individual gifts are touching and very personal, but they take longer to find and buy. Consider your timescale before going for this option. It might be better to buy different things for men and women if time is of the essence.
You dont have to stick to chocolate or mints for your wedding favours. You can buy tea lights, fans, bookmarks, small photo albums, bottle stoppers the list is endless. Limit your search to your chosen upper budget if you can, although not all websites have this feature.
You will always be able to find unusual wedding favour ideas as well. Some couples buy items that are related to the time of year they are getting married in, such as seeds to grow a seasonal plant. Others decide to buy a stack of £1 lottery tickets or scratch cards, giving one to each guest with a wish for good luck!
Whatever you decide to buy for your wedding favours, there is no doubt that you have a wide range of great ideas to choose from.
|Posted by Thomas Callaghan on January 28, 2009 at 5:20 AM||comments (0)|
Candelabras, The Glow You Have Been Looking For.
Offering you Candelabra, the conventional and beautiful set of multiple cosmetic candlesticks, each of which holds a candle on each of the multiple arms plugged to a column or pedestal. Candelabras are stunning centrepieces and tablescapes perfect to set up at various occasions as they enhance the class and portray the sophisticated choice of the host.
One such occasion is wedding. Wedding flowers, diamond rings, marriage vows, perfect decoration, these are some of the many essential things both the bride and groom would love to have on the most important day of their life their wedding minus any imaginable flaw. One such crucial step is having the desired venue decorated such that it looks a replica of a fairy tale wedding. Who doesnt want it?
Wedding decors should not only look posh and classy, they should completely and truly portray the theme of the wedding without being too heavy on ones pocket. One of the most sought after wedding table decoration items is the centrepiece and the one and only item that attracts numerous people all over the world is Candelabra. Black Candelabras have continued to make waves at weddings and various other occasions. We offer Black Candelabras, Bronze candelabras, Lucite candelabras, crystal candelabras, candelabra accessories and so much more - you name it & weve got it! For instance, we offer exquisite 5 arm/ wick Black Candelabras of 78cm which are easy to dismantle for transportation purposes.
The icing on the cake is that these Candelabras go perfectly well with red flame taper candles as well as LED taper candles. Also, these black beauties are being made available in colors like acrylic, silver and black so that you have more to options to choose from according to your likes and decors.
Take our word for it, Candelabra can actually transform the entire look of the event with their breathtaking appearance. The majestic feeling and the traditional look is a cherry on the top. Whats more, Candelabra is something which is absolutely customizable. Decorate as you please, flowers, cup cakes, fruits, ribbons, as you please to give the final touches of your choice. Its a sure shot choice to set off the occasion.
Why Choose Us?
Our clients choose us for we understand how elegance can be best represented to make your wedding a dream come true! With this understanding in our mind, we make our products in line with your requirements.
Our product candelabra, is available in a wide array of designs, styles, shapes, sizes and cost and also with special arrangement for extra lighting. The designs include a sleek, tall cylinder vase with oriental lilies and crystal gel balls. Moreover, our white sophisticated candelabras provided with rose petals for a romantic essence to a martini vase filled with Christmas baubles add that majestic touch to the evening that youll never forget.
Candelabras dont fail to make a mark and strike their presence at a wedding scene. With their unique style they sure are eye catchers. With candelabras present in good number like on a dining table they create a picture perfect scene.
MAKE A STATEMENT! Glow along with the candelabras!
|Posted by Thomas Callaghan on January 28, 2008 at 5:40 AM||comments (0)|
Choose Chiavari Chairs with Chiffon Hoods with Ruffles for Any Occasion
You need perfect arrangements in place to make any occasion grand, no matter whether it's a wedding celebration, conference or a cocktail party. While decorating the venue, most people overlook chair decor details. But with the proper selection of embellishments, even an ordinary chair can be turned into a piece of visual appeal.
To make this possible, different chair decor traders such as Chaircover Depot offer amazing choices for reception tables, banquet chairs, etc. Of them, chiavari chairs with chiffon hoods with ruffles are very popular.
Chiavari chairs with chiffon hoods with ruffles are no ordinary choice. These are designed to impress without any hesitation. These ensure a celeb worthy style and are ideal for different occasions like weddings or parties. Chiavari or wooden chairs in Liguria style look eye catching in chiffon hoods.
The chiffon hoods have an inherent rich feel. These are available in two main colours including ivory and dusky vintage pink. Both these colours are naturally soothing and very royal in look.
To accentuate their feel a bit more, the choice of ruffles is also provided. The thoughtful combination of fabric and style makes this product absolutely divine, lavish and perfect.
How to use ruffles in Chiavari Chairs with Chiffon Hoods?
Ruffles are provided as an additional attachment with ties. If you choose chiavari chairs with chiffon hoods, you can simply tie the ruffles to the bottom of the hood. This will give a picture-perfect look to your chairs. These stylish chairs can be used in any corporate event or wedding. Their amazing look and design simply imparts a sense of sophistication and elegance.
Whether you are planning a corporate event, a social gathering or wedding, think about chiavari chairs with chiffon hoods and ruffles. Everyone, even the choosy guests, will all talk about your selection and eye for details.
You can pick from any of these options based on your preference, budget and need. Make sure to pick a suitable colour for your product. You can also get your requirements customised if you so desire.
|Posted by Thomas Callaghan on January 28, 2008 at 5:15 AM||comments (0)|
Most Popular Colours This Season...
As the seasons come and go, fashions and trends change, and it is no different in the world of event decor. Whether it's a wedding, a party, an event or other function, first things first -
The venue has to look good! This is what will set off first impressions for your guests and you want to make a big impact as soon as they enter the room. This is why it's good to keep on top of the latest goings on in our world...
Events by TLC have noticed a growing trend in specific colours for weddings and other events this season, with an increase in sales across our range of products in these particular colours.
With people opting to choose more earthy colours, most popular at the moment are the colours sage, grass green, navy and ultra plum, used individually or together which can set off a fabulous yet very natural tone to your occasion.
With a range of chair covers, table settings, table runners and other accessories, Events by TLC can certainly help you to achieve a natural on-trend effect in these colours for your special day. We're happy to guide you through or advise you on what colours and pieces to use together to achieve the effect you're seeking. Whether you're after a casual more relaxed look, or an ultra-elegant look, this seasons popular colours can certainly achieve either.
Peruse our website today and have a look at what's hot and what's not - we know you'll definitely find something that you like.
|Posted by Thomas Callaghan on August 28, 2007 at 6:50 PM||comments (0)|
So you want to tell your guests what to wear, but you don't want to be overbearing, and ideally you'd like to be a little bit clever about it. You're certainly not the first to find ways to artfully explain a dress code to your guests .
Let's look at my five awesome, non-bossy ways you can give your guests some dress code guidance:
Include a brief PS on your wedding invitations
Ok, first things first: If it's clear from your date and venue name that the wedding will be outdoors, you may not need to say anything. For instance, most guests at a summer wedding located in a garden will assume that they'll be outdoors and can (probably!) be trusted to dress themselves accordingly. Similarly, if your invitation makes it clear you're getting married on the deck of a sailboat, guests will likely understand that they might want to bring a light sweater.
If clothing comfort factors are not obvious from your venue or wedding date AND your dress code is relatively straight-forward (which yours is), you can include a simple PS on your wedding invitations. Something as basic as PS: The ceremony & reception will be on the lawn; choose your footwear accordingly! would do the trick. no need to be cute, cute can be confusing. You want straightforward.
Including a PS on your invitations works best for dress code guidance that is simple and important… heels on a lawn are one example. Outdoor ceremonies during the winter or late summer might be another: "The ceremony will be outside, so make sure you dress for the weather." Your invitations are not the place to get into elaborate discussions about the difference between Steampunk and Renaissance attire.
The location of the PS totally depends on your invitation design. If it's a short line, you could include it at the end of your actual invitation. If you're doing a separate card anyway for directions, you could include your dress code note there.
Address the issue in your wedsite's or wedding blog FAQ
Lots of Brides go this route using all sorts of adorable wording. Keep in mind that not everyone will read your website, so this isn't a good solution for super urgent dress code stuff like "The ceremony will be outdoors on a ski slope, so don't wear a short dress or you will freeze to death."
FAQs can be a great place, however, to get into the details of creative attire — especially for theme weddings! FAQs can also be the place to get creative. Here are a couple real-life examples from our Brides:
Q What will I wear!?
A The event is semi-formal, but anything you want to wear we are sure will be ok. The bride requests you refrain from wearing a wedding dress, but if that's really all you have to wear, she prefers that to you going naked .
"Our style is going to be Victorian & Tim Burton-esque. Classic Victorian/gothic dress is more than welcome (and encouraged!) for the Ceremony. Or if you'd rather keep things simple, semi-formal attire is requested. You know us – we're not uptight. We only ask that you keep it classy for the Ceremony."
Show them what you mean
If a picture is worth a thousand words, some visual guidance about attire is the best possible way to get the message across. Creating a Pinterest board may be the easiest way to give guests visual cues about wedding attire, but it's certainly not the only way!
While you can never demand that anyone wear (or not wear) anything to your wedding, some couples have offered amazing incentives to encourage them to dress to theme. My favorite example of this is when one couple encouraged their guests to "outshine the bride":
Finally: Encourage, don't enforce
Above all, remember this: while you can offer encouragement to your guests, it's just not going to feel very good to enforce. You've got enough to do at your wedding without stepping into the role of fashion police. Ultimately, your guests will dress themselves.
|Posted by Thomas Callaghan on June 28, 2007 at 8:00 PM||comments (0)|
Wedding underwear — what a challenging task. You need something that's comfortable, while serving its purpose: shaping, supporting, concealing, whatever. When thinking of undergarments, it's important to consider first the purpose, not the fashion or any "shoulds." Do you want something just to hide your bits under a short dress? Something that's going to shape and support? Or just something to wear that won't show panty lines?
As for underwear, the first option I have is this: don't wear anything. Free-ball it! That's right, I said it.go Comando , It's your wedding day. The most important thing is for you to feel comfortable and confident. You're gonna be stuck in whatever contraption you choose for hours (and I mean HOURS), and you don't want to feel trapped.
However, in the case that not wearing undies just isn't your cup of tea (or if you're wearing a short dress), here are a few options for panties, shapers, slips, etc
Hanky Panky. They are these little lacey stretch thongs that are INCREDIBLE. They don't show any panty line… that's right, NO panty line. And they are incredibly comfortable, almost to a point where you don't feel like you're wearing anything. Plus, they come in every color you could imagine. They even have a few different styles: low rise, high rise and boy shorts. These could work under ANY dress: pencil skirt, a-line, floor length, cocktail, tight, flowy, silk, cotton, anything!
SUPPORT + STYLE!
Why not try something that can serve dual functions? A corset would be a fun choice because it works as both outerwear and underwear. Perhaps a custom bridal corset. They offer a variety of different fabrics as well as historical and modern designs. Corsets can go over a skirt to create a dress or under a dress to help shape and support. Plus they are guaranteed to make you feel oh so sexy
If you want some sucking in action, smoothing, or what-not: Spanx is the answer. Yes, the SPANX In-Power Line Super Power Panties these babies really work wonders if your goal is control. Spanx are great for an uber tight dress, or something where you want smooth lines. This style works for a tea-length dress or longer … otherwise, the shorts might make a surprise appearance.
Not going to lie: these aren't the most comfortable thing, but they get the job done. Not to mention, they don't move. Theyre are cheaper versions like High Waist Panties . However, you have to constantly pull them up, (oh the dreaded drop crotch) which is not only annoying, but embarrassing. Spanx will stay where you put them, which is important if you plan on dancing.
Now, if your dress is a little sheer, and you don't want it to be, then you may want a slip to conceal. A nude or skin tone is always a safe choice. Again, if you are looking for something that helps shape, go with the Body Wrap Bra Slip with Underwire. This has a built in bra and it's strapless, which would work with most dresses.
One of my tricks for the sheer dress problem: wear an extra long tank top. If you don't care about shaping but still need a little something, an extra long tank top can take you there.
CONCEAL + STYLE!
If you want to add some oomph to your gown, slip on a crinoline. They come in all kinds of fun colors, which can really brighten up your dress. They come in three different lengths: cocktail, tea-length and floor length.
Crinolines have a multitude of purposes. They can add an extra layer of warmth (good for cold climates/outdoor weddings), a touch of color, length to a short gown, and they make you look like a delicious cupcake! YUMMY! A crinoline works best under a full skirt. Crinolines can suit all types of themes: gothic, vintage, whatever.
So, in review: when considering what to wear, remember to focus on the purpose of the undergarment. Are you covering muffin, supporting your 36DDD lady friends, smoothing your back fat, or concealing nipples through your sheer dress? Your answers will determine what undergarments you may want to try, keeping in mind that the underwear police will not pull you over if you opt out completely.
Oh and common sense alert: if you do decide to go for fancy undergarments, if possible try on the undergarments with your dress before purchasing. I know some places won't let you, but try your best! Definitely check each store's return policy before making a pricey purchase, as most places will not return opened intimates.
|Posted by Thomas Callaghan on April 11, 2007 at 7:30 PM||comments (0)|
Even long after the wedding is over, we always hear a few ‘coulda, woulda, shouldas’ when talking to brides. With help from the fabulous team at TLC, we have put together a guide of the top 10 mistakes couples make during the planning process and easy ways to prevent those post-wedding regrets.
1. Choosing The Wrong Venue First, make sure the location you’re booking is the appropriate size for your event and isn’t painfully far from your ceremony location. More importantly, make sure the venue can supply certain elements you’ll need, like dinnerware and table linens. You don’t want to book your event and find out you have to source every single item for your event on your own. Destination wedding venues are a completely different story.
2. Lacking Organization Between appointments with your florist, cake tastings, dress fittings and RSVP dates it’s so easy to veer off track during the wedding planning process. Do yourself a huge favor and get savvy with social media tools and create a comprehensive timeline of important dates and deadlines from the get-go.
3. Saving The Small Stuff For Later Leaving the little things until later is okay, but remember that those little details add up quickly. Tying bows to water bottles, ordering props, putting together welcome bags, creating place cards and making favors should not be left to the last minute. Calling your bridesmaids for an all hands on deck cram-session the night before your wedding will leave you stressed with dark circles the next day… not chic.
4. Signing Off Too Late As soon as you put a ring on it, start getting a feel for color schemes, venues and creative partners you’d like to book for your event. Whatever you do, start making decisions as early as possible! Just as your calendar will quickly fill up, so will your desired florist’s, baker’s and DJ’s so act fast.
5. Creating The Seating Chart Too Early This is one element of your wedding day you actually want to leave until the last minute. It’s not unlikely that natural disasters, tear-filled breakups and illnesses will have names dropping from your guest like flies, so wait until a couple of days before your wedding to create your seating chart.
6. Ignoring The Morning-Of Schedule There are a ton of things to do the morning of your wedding day including breakfast, hair and makeup, exchanging of bridesmaid gifts, family photos and videographer interviews. Make sure you wake up early and stay organized the morning of your wedding day. You’ll be surprised how quickly the time passes!
7. Winging It It may be your big day, but Mother Nature is boss. Make sure you have a contingency plan for rain,wind,snow, raging wildfires and any other disasters that could entirely change your wedding. Unexpected events may be out of your hands, but you can still regain some control with a backup plan (or two).
8. Leaving Your Guests In The Dark As Thomas always says, a well-informed guest is a happy guest. It’s also a sign of a fabulous host. Triple-check your invitations for any cryptic language, create a wedding website, print ceremony programs and dinner menus, and sincerely thank your guests the day-of for celebrating alongside you.
9. Neglecting The Lists Before the wedding, be sure to keep your DJ, photographer and videographer informed. Prepare a ‘shot list’ for your photographer with names accompanying each image so photos can be taken quickly and efficiently the day of. Be sure to give your DJ a full list of songs you want and don’t want to hear the day of your wedding. Lastly, give your caterer a list of foods that are off-limits and any dietary restrictions guests might have.
10. Asking Too Few Questions It’s so important to ask potential creative partners the right questions. Failing to do so can cost you some serious cash and lead to major headaches down the road. Along those lines, but sure to thoroughly read contracts and revise them if necessary. Tap into your network of lawyer friends you know ...the google masters and ask for their help!
Thomas`s extra points.... Getting Carried Away So many brides look back on their wedding and wish they had kept it from getting 'bigger than Big’ à la Carrie Bradshaw. A little stress throughout the wedding planning process is normal, but feeling the urge to tear your hair out at 2AM is a sign to stop everything and scale back. This day is supposed to be fun and happy, so take a breather and remember what’s truly important.
Forgetting Your Belongings Before the big day, designate a parent or your MOH to gather your belongings at the end of the night. Leftover cake, the sign-in book, extra wedding favors and gifts are all prime examples. There’s a good chance you will have succumbed to the champagne by midnight, so it’s important to have someone you trust in charge.