Expanding the Color Palette

September 4th, 2014 by Karen Pan | Comment

When I meet a couple for the first time, they usually have specific colors in mind already for their wedding day. However, I’ve noticed that many couples are trapped thinking that they can only have two colors for their wedding day. They don’t realize that when you expand the wedding palette having three, four or even five color combinations it actually brings more elegance, uniformity and awe to their wedding. When choosing the right color palette, it helps to start with a picture that captures you. Think about the different tones and what emotions the colors evoke. Identify one or two leading colors and from there you can expand the palette. Bright shades should be used more sparingly for greater impact while neutrals like cream, taupe and can add depth. Remember to take into account the colors at your venue and to select a palette that compliments the space. If you are unsure of your color combination, The Perfect Palette is a great resource where you can find palettes and mood boards for any color. Your wedding planner can also provide you great feedback and ideas. So have fun and see what color can do!

Pictures of place setting and dress courtesy of Bridal Musings, peach picture courtesy of Society Bride

Marbleized Wedding Details

March 11th, 2014 by Karen Pan | Comment

I’m obsessed with marbleized wedding details right now! It’s such a cool trend that is perfect for a fresh spring or summer wedding. Marbleized wedding decor goes well on just about everything from stationary, linens and even vessels. It’s perfect for that artsy, whimsical and lighthearted couple and great DIY projects that you could work on together. Check out the great tutorial at Green Wedding Shoes on how to create your own marbled paper .

Chair flag photo courtesy of Erich McVey, Escort card photo from House of Earnest, Lamp shades from Minted, Envelope liner from Oh So Beautiful Paper, Aisle runner from Minted, Candle votives from Once Wed, Cake photo from Inspired by This

Too Many Candles?

October 24th, 2013 by Karen Pan | Comment

Many times I find myself encouraging my clients to add more candles. I’m a big believer that you can never have too many candles. It’s no secret that candlelight is exceptionally romantic. However, in large quantities the overall effect is stunning to say the least! Turn a ceremony space into a dramatic statement even without too many flowers. Or take your average hotel ballroom to a whole new level of gorgeousness. Use candles of varying heights to create depth and interest. Hang candles from tree branches or try unique candle holders like mercury glass, mineral coasters, and glass terrariums. Just remember to check with your venue policies on candles and flame height. Have fun lighting it up!

Ceremony picture courtesy of StudioThisIs, Hanging candles from Gaba Aceves, Long reception table candles by Eric Kelley, Candles of various heights from Bridal Guide, Candelabras from Pinterest.

I “Heart” Long Tables

February 19th, 2013 by Karen Pan | Comment

Over the years my love for long, rectangular banquet tables have grown more and more. Not only do long tables allow for more intimacy among guests, but they also add some edge to your wedding reception decor. On their own, they give a dramatic effect and sense of royalty to the event design but when mixed with rounds or square tables they create a unique visual effect. The lengthy surface allows for many decor options like flower arrangements of varying heights and table runners for additional color and texture. Whether your theme is vintage, modern or classic, the result is always stunning, elegant and practical.

Photos courtesy of Style Me Pretty (1, 5), Karen Tran Florals (2), WedLuxe (3), Belle the Magazine (4)

Glitter Snow Globe Tutorial

December 19th, 2012 by Karen Pan | Comment

One of the reasons I love this time of the year is because I get to catch up on all the fun DIY projects that I’ve been holding off during the busy wedding season. These glitter snow globes are a great project that can be easily done all year round and used at your wedding. I chose an ornament reflective of the season but you can fill your jar with any non festive decoration that represents you as a couple. Try using different sized jars, mismatched glitter and even artificial foliage. Place them next you flower centerpiece or dessert table. Super cute!

In collaboration with Lorraine Lee from Harvesting Love Events

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