Love is in the Air

Your centerpieces bring an air of sophistication as roses are interwoven with white hydrangeas in a tall, frosted Lucite vase. You’ve mastered the art of the rose curtain by hanging brightly hued flowers on invisible strings to mimic a Vogue-like photo-op, and you’ve tastefully placed crimson table runners around the space to pull it all together; your love inspired party has given even the most cynical singles that feeling of magical realism romance novels write about. Whether it’s a wedding, birthday party, or a fun celebration, the hostess in you wants to give guests a parting gift without making everyone feel like an arrow wielding baby threw up on them. Here are a few favor ideas that will leave your guests feeling like they’ve been brushed (not punched) by Cupid.


1.     Red printed Haikus

For my Valentine’s themed 40th birthday celebration, I brought in the Haiku Guys for all my guests. Give them any word, phrase, or sentiment, and they’ll craft a haiku for you on the spot using an old-fashioned typewriter. Replace the typewriting ribbon to have red print, and guests will leave with a reminder of your evening they can hold on to well after Cupid’s arrows have worn off.


2.     Red, pink, and mauve toned Macarons

Although they don’t last past the Uber home, edible favors are always a crowd pleaser. Turn a classic treat into a Valentine’s day affair by ordering a variety of red, pink, and muave hued macarons for guests to take with them as they leave. A recent non-valentine’s day wedding we did included this idea but took it one step further by printing sayings like “love is love” on the cookies. Package these sweets with a red ribbon for an even greater effect.

3. Flower Curtain

As if we’d tease you with the beautiful rose curtain above and not include an explanation. Everyone loves a good Instagram opportunity, so why not give them a favor that’s sure to rake in the likes. Hang red roses on invisible line to make for the perfect photo backdrop. Take it one step further by bringing in a photo booth that offers printable pictures on the spot with your wedding or event hashtag printed at the bottom. Guests will love feeling like they got to keep a piece of the party forever.

Something old, new, borrowed, Something...velvet?

We’re in an age where interweaving personality and style is almost expected: dainty jewelry for the minimalists, fire engine red boots for the fashion forward, pastel blue lipstick for the daring, and chic studded boots for the punk professionals. Our wardrobe is so closely tied with our personality, it would be crazy not to bring this style to your wedding day. While you may not be willing to rock geometric eyeliner on your big day, there are a ton of other ways to incorporate your personality into your appearance. Check out these 4 bridal trends we’re crazy about!

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  1. Embroidered Veils

As someone who is sentimental to a fault, this is by far my favorite idea. While typical embroidered patterns of flowers are likely to pop up everywhere in the coming seasons, brides can take it one step further and embroider their wedding date, the couple’s initials, vows, or lyrics to the song they are planning on playing for their first dance. After your wedding, you can even frame your veil as a constant reminder of your beautiful day.

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2. Velvet Shoes

If you’re someone who keeps up with what’s trending in fashion, you’ve likely noticed the copious amounts of velvet shoes hitting the streets (I’m currently wearing a pair of burgundy velvet booties I adore). Fortunately for you, velvet is an easy trend to incorporate in your ensemble. Throw on a pair of velvet heels in a neutral color, or better yet, choose a color that matches your decor. It’s a perfect way to bring street-wear to the table without going over the top.


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3. The Classic Pantsuit

In case you haven’t heard, everyone’s been talking about the “year of the woman”. Enter: the pantsuit. Every bride deserves to feel beautiful, elegant, and sophisticated on their wedding day, but nobody talks about how powerful brides can be. If slipping into a pantsuit makes you feel as if you can run the world, why not wear it on your wedding day? So many bridal stores carry white pantsuits as a staple now, but if you’re looking to take it one step further and wear a brighter color, look in the evening wear section of any department store.

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4. Statement Pieces

Does anyone remember the days we would wear giant costume-like rings as statement jewelry? Fortunately that trend has gone out of style, but statement pieces seem to be here to stay. Pieces can range from something as simple as layered necklaces (hey, you do that in your day to day life, why shouldn’t you bring it to your wedding day) or geometric earrings, to more eye catching items like ornate headpieces and sheer capes. Or you could be as fabulous as our bride above and pair textured earrings with a layered necklace and woven hair piece;) Whatever makes you, you, should be showcased on your big day!

Welcome to Beyond The Buzz!

To the Newlyweds and singles, the recently engaged and the “when the heck are they going to propose”, to everyone out there with a need to dive into the world of weddings, welcome to Beyond The Buzz. I'm Mackenzie, the writer behind the screen, but (as much as I'd like to) I can't take all the credit. José is the voice behind the posts. He's incredible at what he does and offers amazing insight into the world of weddings.

 For those who don’t know José (are you living under a rock?) he’s a “cool under pressure”, charming and funny, incredibly talented wedding planner known for pulling off spectacular events in the New York area. And I’m not just saying that because he pays my salary… While he’s had a lot of practice perfecting weddings, most of us aren’t that fortunate; our best friend when seeking information is likely Google, and if we’re lucky, a friend who recently got married. Enter: Beyond The Buzz.

This blog will feature stories from José, bonus Wedding Buzz info, trends to watch for, DIY ideas, insta-worthy weddings, and everything in between. We’re here to share laughs and advice, and inspire the next amazing wedding, but at the core of it all, we love to plan weddings. For those of you looking to hire someone who can transform your dreams into a reality (hey, it’s cheesy but it’s true), there will always be a button below each post that directs you to our contact form. Just fill it out and José will reach out to you to start planning your big day—did I mention he’s amazing?