Christmas Lights as Event Decor

Today is the first of December, which means Christmas is just around the corner! One of my favorite Christmas decorations are the lights. Whether you call them Christmas lights, twinkle lights or fairy lights, using them to decorate a space can add warmth and additional light. Another thing I love about them is whether your event is outdoor or indoor, it doesn’t have to be a Christmas theme to use them! Use them for a summer bbq, or a fairy birthday party. There are all kinds of different ways to use them; wrap them around columns or tree trunks, spread them over bushes, make a tent top out of lights, hang them along a wall or on the edges of tables. And that’s just the start! There really is no limit besides that of your imagination. Use LED lights for more consistent lighting; LED lights also do not get as hot as regular Christmas tree lights. Add glass and mirrors to help reflect the light.

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Cover Ups For a Winter Bride

I love winter weddings, with all the holiday-themed options and the snow on the ground. But what do you do if you want to take pictures outside in your wedding gown? Do you give yourself the flu just to have some pretty pictures? Or do you wear an ugly jacket over your beautiful wedding gown?

For myself and my own winter wedding, I will be purchasing a wedding cover up. I haven’t decided on that one coat that I just have to have, but if you’re looking, I hope this list will give you some ideas about what you want! Need more ideas? Click here!

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Kiara’s Top 10 Favorite Magazines

As an event planner, it’s a must that I keep up with current trends in the industry. I read a ton of blogs, news articles and have subscriptions to many different magazines. I’m always being asked what my favorite magazines are, so I’ve come up with this list of my top ten favorites! The entire collection of these ten magazines runs me between $100-$200 a year, depending on how many of them are offering discounts for yearly subscriptions when I renew. You also get free gifts with most of them! The Knot does not have a subscription option available. Some of these aren’t geared strictly to event planning, but all of them have inspired me on a regular basis.

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Kiara’s Top 10 Favorite Beach Wedding Decor

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I am currently in the process of moving to Galveston island, so I’ve been crazy about all things beach lately! I’ve been wanting to get into destination weddings for a while now, and let’s face it – destination weddings to Dallas are not very popular! (I’ve also always wanted to live near the ocean, so there’s that too.) Given my obsession with all things seashells and sand lately, I thought it was a good idea to post about it! Here are my top ten favorite beach inspired decorations for beach weddings via Pinterest, although most (if not all) of them can be used for other events as well! Click on the pictures to go to the source.

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Kiara’s Favorite Wedding Palettes

One of my favorite parts of a wedding is picking and choosing the colors. Practically any color combination can work, if done the right way. When my big brother got married, his colors were dark green and dark purple. Now most people would say those two colors don’t go together – but they did! Keep your mind open and maybe that combination you’ve been dreaming of could actually work.

Here are 20 of my favorite color combinations.

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Picking Wedding Colors

Are you running out of great wedding ideas? Sure, you may have already started planning about specific details, but you might have overlooked one detail that will give your big day a good foundation: your wedding colors. This should be at the top of your list, as having a nice color theme will help give visual unity to the event, and make your wedding appear more expensive and elegant than it really is.

Coming up with good wedding ideas, particularly choosing the perfect wedding colors that reflect your personality may be a bit daunting, but really, it’s quite simple with a bit of help.

A lot of people base their wedding color theme on a favorite flower or shade. You may want to select one primary color and one or two colors that will serve as accents. A good way to start is by seeing a couple of predetermined factors:

1. Does either the ceremony site or the reception have strong colors?

2. Have you already picked a dress for you and your bridesmaids?

3. Are you set on choosing a particular flower?

If you answered yes to these questions, then you are halfway to discovering your wedding color theme. If not, then a good way to start would be by considering the season when your big day will take place. Summer and spring affairs normally include brights and pastels. Winter weddings suggest burgundies, deep purples, silvers and grey-greens. Fall season brings with it the harvest tones of reds, yellows and oranges.
Here are things that you may want to avoid:

1. Losing your personality – don’t go for pastels just because it’s a popular choice. Consider what you normally wear, as well as the hues that you have used to decorate your home. These are great colors that you are typically comfortable with.

2. Going for too much black – yes, black may indeed be the epitome of sophistication, but you don’t want to end up looking like a funeral – your wedding day is a day of happiness, love, fun and celebration! If you particularly like black, you may want to balance it with tones of bright color and lots of white.

3. Choosing too many colors – two is ideal, three is still doable, but choosing more than three color themes will end up looking strange and ununified. Keep in mind that your wedding color theme should tie everything together, and you can pull this off by having everything in 1-2 hues.