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Pssst….Have you seen this Malibu Wedding?

Itty Bitty is sharing one of our biggest events to date:
Lillian & Mardy’s Saddlerock Ranch wedding! Go take a peek!



Don’t Forget the Groom!

We love brides, but we also love grooms! Take a peek and see if you agree with our predictions for groom trends for the upcoming 2013 wedding season.

Sweet Kicks – Unconventional shoes not only offer comfort, but add a personal touch to a groom’s suit. Wether it’s sneakers, Toms, a nautical boat shoe or Chucks…the possibilities are endless!

Toms Shoes

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Colorful Socks – Grooms that want to stick the with traditional footwear can still add some pizazz to their ensemble. Brightly colored socks add a fun pop of color! Try matching the wedding color pallet, patterned socks, argyle, favorite childhood cartoon character or superhero. Have fun with it!

Argyle Socks

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Whiskey Bar – Something about men and their smokey whiskeys, they go hand in hand. During the cocktail hour, offer several types of whiskeys (or even Scotch) for sipping. Have everyone get their Don Draper on or offer small pads of paper to take notes on which is their favorite. This could be as simple as a DIY station or you could ask your hired bartenders for help with the selection.

Whiskey Bar

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Grooms on Pinterest (yes, you read that correctly) – More & more grooms are joining Pinterest to tell the world what kind of accents they’d like to see at their wedding. We love a groom who gets involved with the planning.

Personalized/Monogrammed Ties – Not only will a custom tie look stunning on the Mr., these will make great groomsmen gifts that are personalized and close to the heart.

Monogrammed Tie

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Cigar Station – During the reception, the addition of a manly cigar station could be a nice touch. The men can gather ’round and puff on some hand rolled cigars. We found an Etsy shop that will personalize labels for you!

Hand Rolled Cigars

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Even though the bride will shine on her wedding day, don’t forget to ask the groom what elements he would like to incorporate. What are your groom trend predictions? We’d love to know!

~ Kathleen ~

You’re Engaged! …Now What?

Tis’ the season for engagements, what an exciting time! There are so many things to plan & think about all at once! Since this period of time can turn into a whirlwind, we’ve created a check-list with key milestones & ideas to reference once you’ve called your loved ones to give them the good news. If you have a friend who is newly engaged, congratulate them with some of the gift suggestions Carson posted last month!

Love via Style Me Pretty

The Announcement – We all know the first thing to do is call your bestie & immediate family members (prepare for squeals & tears of joy). But how should you tell everyone else the great news? Calling every contact in your phone could take forever & updating your Facebook status is just a small part. Think outside the box! Send a custom postcard. If you’re tech savvy, make a short video & email it out.

Bridesmaids – If your bridesmaids are spread across the country, send a group email introducing them all to each other. If you haven’t chosen your bridesmaids yet, take a day or two to compile a list & discuss with your fiance how many people you’d like in your ideal wedding party & if there are family members either of you would like to include.

Wedding Email Address – Create an email account that both you & your fiance can access. This is a great organizational tool to keep all important venue contacts, vendor contracts & email drafts conveniently located in one place without getting lost amongst your personal inbox. Your address could be something as easy as Sites like MyWedding & The Knot offer services where you can create both a wedding website & an email address.

Set A Date & Book A Venue – This may be the biggest hurdle regarding your wedding day, but it’s the most important. Discuss when you would like to hold your wedding. Make sure to consider factors such as: work schedules, previously booked travel dates (maybe a friend’s wedding you’ve already rsvp-ed to), special holidays or consider the “off-season” which may have more availability & lower cost. We wrote about why we love winter weddings not that long ago! The right venue will set the mood, convey your theme & should portray your personalities. Make sure to ask venues about available dates, payment plans, packages & unique features. It’s also important there’s enough room for your guests to boogie down!

Wedding Promise – With all the craziness going on, take time to sit with your fiance & write down what is most important to you. Not just the floral arrangements & cake. Write what you both vow to keep in mind no matter how stressful situations may get or how many people staying at your house the week of the wedding are driving you crazy. Reinforcing these key foundations will help you support each other through the thick & thin of planning!

Engagement Party – Traditionally thrown by the bride’s parents (but a member of the family or close friend is completely acceptable), remind your host that engagement parties can be casual & that your wedding is the formal celebration. You don’t have to have a fancy sit-down dinner. Think about hiring a food truck, passed appetizers, a taco stand or a small catering company to provide food for your guests. If you want a more unique feel, set up a dessert bar or finger-sandwiches. Delicious and adorable!

Remember to enjoy this stage of your relationship, the engagement is only a short while!

~ Kathleen ~

The Wedding Trail

Wondering how your wedding plans stack up to your other engaged friends? Or maybe how your road to wedding day compares to the rest of the county? The Huffington Post & Wedding Paper Divas have created an oh-so-adorable (and informational) infographic to give us a look into what engagements typically look like around the country.

Road to Wedding Bliss

This was just too cute not to share. Where do your mile-markers land on this chart?

~ Kathleen ~

2013 Wedding Trend Predictions

Another year has flown by & the 2013 event season will soon be upon us. At the beginning of 2012 we offered up some trends we thought we’d see throughout the last year which you can check out here. We saw a lot of those through out the 2012 wedding season! But the real question is; where will 2013 take us?

We’ve put together our top predictions for the 2013 wedding season & trends we imagine you’ll be seeing whether you’re planning your very own big day or sipping cocktails as a +1.

2013 Wedding Trend Predictions

LaceWish LanternsMonograms — Gatsby

Lace is going to be huge this year. It’s so sweet & delicate and we can’t wait to see our brides sporting these gorgeous gowns down the aisle!

Sparklers are last season. Wish Lanterns are making a huge appearance on the wedding scene. They make for a wonderful reception activity and/or reception exit. Not to mention they make for gorgeous send-off photos.

Monograms are such a sweet touch to add to any wedding. You can add your monogram to your veil, your petticoat (yes – they still exist!) or on your cocktail napkins. It’s a great way to start using that new last name!

The Gatsby movie got pushed back to summer 2013 but the trend is already making its way into weddings. Whether it’s trendy fringe dresses on your bridesmaids or a sweet 1920’s inspired veil – adding the Gatsby touch to your wedding is going to have your guests saying ‘va va voom!’. You can see the Gatsby wedding we did here!

~ Carson & Kathleen ~

Inspirational Thursday

From the pen of Veronica Dearly


Kicking off our first Inspirational Thursday for 2013 – this adorable info graphic by Veronica Dearly!

~ Carson ~



She’s Engaged! Engagement Announcement Gifts

The holidays are fast approaching. Along with them is the engagement season – Christmas, New Years & Valentine’s Day are three of the most popular dates on the calendar to pop the question. Needless to say, you probably have a friend or two about to get asked the big question (or it might be you!). If you want to show your friends how excited you are about their engagement we have some alternatives to sending flowers – time to stand out from the crowd of well-wishers!

Do you have the friend who will jump instantly into planning? Why not send her a copy of Mindy Weiss’s The Wedding Planner & Organizer and give her a place to start collecting ideas!

Does your friend love looking through magazines for ideas & inspiration? Why not send her a 6 month subscription to Brides magazine! Then you two can flip through all your favorite dresses & centerpiece designs together (over mimosas at brunch!). Subscriptions run around $12 for 6 months of swoon worthy ideas!

Brides Magazine
Your pal’s going to need some stationary. She is going to be writing a ton of thank-you notes as she goes through the process of wedding planning (showers, brunches, etc). Plus you’ll be guaranteed to get the first card from the pack! You can even have them customized with her maiden name – she won’t get to use it much longer! Shutterfly offers great deals on customized cards so they fit your friend’s personality to a tee!

Cards by Shutterfly

~ Carson ~