Color of the Year 2014: Radiant Orchid


radiant-orchid-pantone-2014-wedding-ideas-inspiration{Source: Chandelier, Wedding Dress, Sweetheart Table, Sequin Cake Table, Pantone Radiant Orchid}

Although we personally feel that purple has always been “in style,” we’re still excited to see it recognized as the Pantone Color of the Year 2014! Formally known as “Radiant Orchid,” Pantone describes it as reaching:

“across the color wheel to intrigue the eye and spark the imagination,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “An invitation to innovation, Radiant Orchid encourages expanded creativity and originality, which is increasingly valued in today’s society.”

“An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.” (Source: Pantone Press Release)

We would have to agree that with those types of traits, radiant orchid would make a stunning color theme for your wedding. From spring whimsy to a dramatic statement, our radiant orchid inspiration board will inspire you to use the purple and pink shade in unique ways. Incorporating the vibrant shade in your floral centerpieces is an eyecatching detail. But if you’re looking for an inexpensive way to use the purple color, then maybe use it in your lighting. Tons of drama without the cost! Recognize the sweetheart table? It’s from our 2012 wedding at the Estancia La Jolla Hotel! Contact Wedding Elegance today to start planning your radiant orchid themed wedding!

Calligraphy and Signage Inspiration


Seaside Wedding Inspiration perfect details for a gift table or well wish table.
Courtesy Laura Hooper Calligraphy,

Great signage to end the night, on your dream wedding day.
Signage courtesy of Sweet Wedding Details on

Display your menu, drinks/wine list on a large chalk board with Calligraphy. Calligraphy courtesy of Wendy Ware Designer,; Chalk board rental by Flowers Annette Gomez,; Wedding Planner and Creative Designer Nahid Farhound,

Top Wedding Songs


Bridal Guide recently released a list of the year’s top wedding songs to play at your wedding reception. The top reception entrance songs are:


“Top Reception Entrance Songs”

“Levels” — Avicii
One of the hottest artists of the year was a top versatile request for introductions and for dancing.

“Call Me Maybe” — Carly Rae Jepsen
Perhaps the theme song to 2012, this song was everywhere  and weddings were no exception. It was perfect for tipsy bridesmaids or a single guy with a sense of humor.

“Turn Up The Music” — Chris Brown
Chris Brown did it again with one of the top-requested songs for bridal party introductions and party-rocking.

“Without You” – David Guetta
Another from the Guetta hit factory, couples requested this emotionally-charged song for introductions or as an early dance floor teaser.

“Good Feeling” — Flo Rida
For introduction songs and dancing, this song was a popular choice in 2012.

“Sexy And I Know It” — LMFAO
This lighthearted song was a top choice for a silly bridal party introduction, worked great for a bridal toss or garter song, and even worked as a last dance song.

“Good Time” —Owl City
A indie dance hit that also worked for a high-energy introduction song.

“Gangnam Style” — PSY
Arguably the biggest international song of 2012, even though it was only released in July, this song eclipsed the others in popularity for both bridal party introductions and dance requests. Even brides like it Gangnam Style.

“We Found Love” — Rihanna
An upbeat choice for dancing or a great introduction chorus for newlyweds.

“Where Have You Been” — Rihanna
Another Rihanna hit that was a top-requested dance floor song.

Other categories included:

“Top First Dance Song”

“Most Requested Dance Songs”

“Top Last Dance Songs”

We enjoyed reading through their list of “Top Reception Entrance Songs” and even remember a few of our past brides using some of the songs! When it comes to picking a song to make your grand entrance as “Mr. and Mrs.” we encourage brides to think about the personality of their relationship with their groom. The grand entrance is your signature “hello!” to your guests, while your first dance song is a personal song between you and your groom.

See the complete list of top wedding and reception songs here.

Rainy Day Wedding Ideas


We love that times are a-changing, and some brides are starting to embrace the idea of including rain in their wedding. Traditionally, rain was considered an omen of bad luck on weddings: “If it rains on your wedding day, it is said that the rain is a symbol of children in the future. The bad luck myth says that rain drops represents the many tears a bride will cry throughout her married life.” (Source) Superstitious or not, rain is a natural thing that happens, and if it does rain on your wedding day, embrace it! As a wedding planner, we always try to plan for the best and worse conditions on your wedding day, but we also know we can’t control the weather.

Rain really can add a dramatic flair to your wedding photos, and if a memorable wedding is what you’re aiming for–rain is perfect! Come on, remember all of those epic movie scenes where the main character realizes he/she cannot live without the love of their life? During their reunion scene, what does Mother Nature happen to do? Unleash a torrential downpour of DRAMA! So enjoy and be inspired by these rainy day wedding photo ideas!

{Umbrellas, Boat, Rainy Backdrop, Road}

Cyber Monday Inspiration


Happy Cyber Monday! If you’re like us, you’re probably at work and unable to shop. But that’s okay because we have a Cyber Monday inspiration board to inspire you at your next themed wedding or event! When we started thinking of Cyber Monday, we thought of technology toys and the idea of living in the future. Silver accents, and a modern venue are key to this futuristic, technology-inspired wedding. With a modern, cyber-themed wedding, you can really play up the drama and whimsy of what you think the future will look like. From statement dresses to bold accessories–your imagination can run wild.

{Venue, Tron, Sequin Tablecloth, Thistle, Silver Dress, Futuristic Dresses, Spiked Heels, Chandelier}

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