Holiday Inspired Gift Wrap

December 10th, 2012 by Karen Pan | Comment

In this season of giving, a lot of thought and time is put into finding the perfect gift for that special someone. However,  a nicely packaged gift is sometimes a forgotten detail that can bring just as much joy as the gift itself. You can use almost anything for your gift wrapping from plain printer paper, foliage, lace, bakers twine, burlap…the possibilities are endless! Here are some ideas to inspire that extra special touch.

First picture set courtesy of MStetson, 2nd picture set from Style Me Pretty, 3rd picture set from Sunday Suppers

Vera Wang San Francisco Grand Opening

December 3rd, 2012 by Karen Pan | Comment

Christmas time is here! And boy do we have a great present for all you brides! That’s right, the spectacular Vera Wang flagship store coming this January 2013 at the heart of San Francisco Union Square. Now you can have one her breathtaking gowns and discover a complete couture experience with their wonderful team of consultants. Dress trials are by appointment only so give yourself the best Christmas gift and schedule your appointment today!

Beaded Back Wedding Dresses

November 13th, 2012 by Karen Pan | Comment

Can you think of a more stunning way to make an entrance? After walking down the aisle, guests get a glimpse of your back in most gorgeous way possible with the sparkling and decadent beading on these amazing dresses. Paired with a simple up-do and accessories, all eyes will be on you!



Setting the Wedding Table: Informal vs. Formal

October 31st, 2012 by Karen Pan | Comment

There are so many times when I am sitting across the table at a tasting and I see the look of sheer confusion in the eyes of my Groom not knowing which fork to pick up. Of course most of us will never set the table at our receptions, but it’s important to know the difference between the informal and formal place settings for your big day. Your table setting should continue to reflect your wedding theme and formality to ensure a consistent and beautiful day. Here’s a great diagram to refer to:

No matter which direction you go towards, you can always get creative in the styling and presentations of each item. However in both settings, cloth napkins are a must because they look so much more elegant than paper and can be folded in many ways to dress up the appearance of the table.  For formal settings, napkins can either be placed on the center plate or left of the forks. Glasses should always go to the right of the plates and the bread plate towards the left. And chargers or base plates can also add formal elegance to your table setting. Hope that clears up some of the confusion and minimizes the swapping of utensils. Happy planning!

Diagram courtesy of LYOTS

Textured Linens: Touch of Luxe

September 27th, 2012 by Karen Pan | Comment

With last year’s Royal Wedding and the economy bounce back, we are seeing wedding decor move a little beyond crafty DIY vintage to a more classic glamour and elegance. Textured linens are a perfect way to add that touch of luxe to your wedding. They can include ruffles, rose embroidery, lace and even sequence. The trick is choose these linens tastefully. Depending on the linen you can cover all your tables with textured linens or just highlight a cake or dessert table or have a textured runner. They will transform your room and WOW your guests!

Ruffled linen photo courtesy of Things That Sparkle, Rose embroidery linen courtesy of La Tavola Linen, Sequence linen photo courtesy of Southern Weddings

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