Invitations with Panache!

When planning your wedding or next event, don’t forget that your invitation is the first impression that your guests will have of what’s to come. Your invitation sets the tone for your entire event! Panache now offers custom invitations and invitation suites – let’s create an invitation suite that will build anticipation for your event and reflect your personality, too! More photos coming to my website soon :o)

La Toya Michelle
~You are only limited by your own imagination!

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The Journey to Finding the Perfect Wedding Gown

After taking off some time with my husband to celebrate our first wedding anniversary yesterday, I started to reflect back on all of the wedding related errands and shopping that we did leading up to our big day. It is still amazing to me that even though I am a wedding planner, am in total control of my clients projects, and try to remind them to stay calm before the wedding that I still found myself having those same butterflies as every bride-to-be as I waited to walk down the aisle.

For a lot of brides, a big source of stress is selecting their wedding gown. I would say that was different for me. I knew in three tries that the high collared trumpet beauty pictured above was MY gown as soon as I put it on. Oh sure, I tried on lots and lots and lots of gowns after that, because just about every gal likes to try on different wedding gowns just to be sure. But I didn’t agonize over my choice and I just instantly knew that Number 3 was MY dress.

If you are currently searching for your wedding gown, try not to stress out about it! Instead, try to remember these five signs to let you know when you’ve found THE DRESS.

1) Once you put it on, you don’t want to take it off! – if you find yourself standing on the platform staring in the mirror longer than you did with any other dress you tried on because you absolutely love this dress and, most importantly, how you look in it, then THAT is YOUR dress.

2) Tears start to fall – whether it be yours or someone who may be with you helping you in your selection, if the sight of you in that dress brings happy tears – THAT is YOUR dress.

3) Budget? What budget? – if all of a sudden the price of the dress doesn’t seem to matter and you find yourself thinking of reasonable ways to make the price tag fit your wallet, THAT is YOUR dress.

4) It totally flatters your figure while you party – this is your dress if you know that you can truly enjoy your wedding reception in the dress, meaning you have no restriction of movement allowing you to sit, walk, and dance; and you can go ahead and enjoy that extra glass of champagne since your tummy will, magically, never look puffy. If the gown allows you to be you and flatters your figure all at the same time, THAT is YOUR dress.

5) You can’t stop thinking about it – if you experienced any of the above signs and still didn’t place your order that day but you still find yourself thinking about the dress and a huge smile comes to your face as the thought crosses your mind – run back to that salon, because THAT is YOUR dress.

Finding the perfect wedding gown can sometimes be a long process, and it should be! This is the dress that you will wear on one of the most important days of your life. But selecting a gown doesn’t have to cause frustration and/or anxiety. Try to remember the five signs from above and listen to your heart the next time you visit the salon. Remember, YOU will always guide yourself to YOUR dress.

La Toya Michelle
~You are only limited by your own imagination!

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Groom’s Cakes Are Making a Comeback!

Groom’s cakes are making a strong comeback as brides are once again surprising their soon-to-be husbands or newly minted groom’s with the cake in their honor.  The groom’s cake was traditionally a single layer chocolate or fruit cake and was presented at the wedding reception.  It was then sliced up, placed into packages, and given to guests as favors when they depart. Single women at the wedding would take their pieces of cake home and sleep with it under their pillows in hopes of dreaming of their future husbands.  Today these cakes can take on any shape or size, and although we may not follow the tradition of the grooms cake to the letter, I would guess that any groom would be surprised at receiving any of these creative cakes!

Is your guy a baseball fan? I bet he’d love this…..

Does he have a day job that he loves? Why not turn his job into his cake?

Or maybe he has a favorite hobby….

Or maybe he just likes to kick back and relax…..

Groom’s cakes can be as creative as you want them to be and can be an incredibly special gift to the unsuspecting groom.  If you are currently planning your wedding, why not consider surprising your hubby-to-be with a cake in his honor?

La Toya Michelle
~You are only limited by your own imagination

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Beautiful New Wedding Color Combos!

As spring is nearing a close and summer quickly approaches – if you are contemplating a color scheme for your wedding, consider these options.  All photos courtesy of The Knot.

1) Aqua and Chartreuse – the mix of these two colors is so fun and vibrant, perfect for an outdoor event.

2)  Blush and Mauve – simple and understated! 

4) Garnet and Tangerine – a crisp color combination – seems perfect for September when Autumn is in the air.

4) Lavendar + Cream + Chocolate – another gorgeous combination that would be great for a formal September wedding!!!

5) Fuchsia and Navy – perfect for those who love bold colors!

6) Lemon and Celadon – another beautiful combination that would be perfect for an outdoor summer wedding.

7) Blush + Ebony + Pewter – a very romantic color scheme!

8) Cloud + Cream + Platinum – this combination would be a perfect choice for a more formal celebration.

Which one would be your choice??

La Toya Michelle

~You are only limited by your own imagination

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A Baby Shower Inspired by the “City of Light”

I am currently planning a baby shower for a good friend of mine taking place next month, and I ran across this Paris inspired baby shower on one of my favorite blogs that I just had to share.  Baby showers have been moving away from the traditional “baby themed” showers to an all out celebration for mom to be, just like this shower.  I love the soft pink and gray color palette and the feel of this shower ~ it is both modern AND vintage ~ definitely très chic!!  Please visit Hostess with the Mostess at http://www.hostessblog.com/2011/04/a-paris-inspired-baby-shower-tres-chic/,  for more pictures and additional information on this beautiful baby shower!! 



I love the usage of the stacked vintage books and little suitcases used in this design!  They are repeating elements in the design layout.  We are beginning to see a lot of stacked elements in event design these days……

  



A closer look at the the details, details, and more details :o)

 





The little pink baby shoes are just too adorable!!



La Toya Michelle
~You are only limited by your own imagination~ 

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The Royal Wedding ~ What’s all the Hype Really About?

Prince William and Kate Middleton’s Royal Wedding is a little less than 2 weeks away – and as a wedding planner I couldn’t be more excited.  My husband, on the other hand (as well as a lot of other people I know) could care less.  “Why is this wedding such a big deal?” he asked me.  Well, from an economic point of view – this wedding is bound to bring an increase in sales of all things wedding.  It will also play at least a small influence in weddings for at least the next twenty years.  Don’t believe me?  Take these two examples: 
1)  The Dress – Princess Diana’s wedding gown sparked wedding gown inspiration for about ten years following her July 29, 1981 wedding to Prince Charles.  As soon as Diana’s gown came into view, designers struggled to keep up with the demand for replicas of her gown, or wedding gowns inspired by her taffeta and lace creation with large sleeves, hand-stitched embroidery, sequins, pearls, and 25 foot train.
All images courtesy of The Internet and Getty Images.

Whatever Kate Middleton decides to wear – trust and believe the fashion world will be watching and waiting to turn out replicas of her gown as fast as they can.  Her wedding gown will definitely turn the heads of many new brides.

2)  The Ring – Princess Diana’s choice of an engagement ring is still popular to this day – even before Prince William offered it to Kate Middleton in November of 2010.  The ring – an 18 carat oval sapphire surrounded by 14 diamonds and set in white gold is a gorgeous piece of jewelry that was truly unique to Princess Diana.  She single-handedly started the trend to look toward other stones for an engagement ring instead of a diamond – but none more so than the sapphire.  If it was good enough for a Princess – then it definitely deserved a second look, right?!  Even I fell victim to that!  I always loved Princess Diana, and as a little girl I remember watching her wedding and just like every little girl wanting to be a princess.  So of course, I wanted a sapphire engagement ring just like Princess Diana’s.  Now, 18 carats was a little over the top for me, but I love that my engagement ring is close to it in shape and that when everyone saw it last year, Princess Diana was the first memory verbalized back to me, seconded by how unique my engagement ring is.
All images courtesy of The Internet and Getty Images.

Some people may question why this ring was given to Kate, but regardless of how you feel about the ring – no one can question its popularity.  After Prince William and Kate’s November 2010 engagement announcement – the production and selection of sapphire engagement rings increased dramatically after renewed attention and significance was given to this particular iconic ring.
Now, that was just two quick examples of the effects of the upcoming Royal Wedding on wedding trends.  We haven’t even started the discussion on its potential effect on wedding etiquette, fashion, décor, travel….. the list can go on.  But let’s be real ~ we have a lot going on in our world right now.  With that being the case, a Royal Wedding could be looked at as a guilty pleasure or at least an escape from all of the seriousness going on around us.  And if it inspires a wedding trend or two as a result ~ so much the better!
La Toya Michelle
~You are only limited by your own imagination!

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New Addition ~ Certified Sandals Specialist!!

In March, I attended an ABC seminar and training course – the topic was destination weddings.  I am proud to announce that I am now a Certified Sandals Specialist!  This means that I am now able to inform, recommend, and reserve your destination wedding, honeymoon, anniversary, and other special event or family getaway at any of the luxurious Sandals® resorts in the Caribbean including Sandals®, Beaches®, Royal Plantation Collection® and Grand Pineapple Beach ResortsTM. 

A leading Caribbean hotel brand for the past 16 years, and the 2011 Brides Magazine award winner for the Top All-Inclusive Brand, you will not regret your stay at any of the Sandals® resorts!  

Head on over to http://www.sandals.com/ and be wowed!!

La Toya Michelle

~You are only limited by your own imagination~ 

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