2016 Wedding Dress Trends from Truvelle

Truvelle, one of our most-watched small bridal designers, recently made their way to Spain to shoot the new 2016 collection, which was inspired by cool tones and subtle, silvery details.  While exploring some of Barcelona’s winding alley-ways, the team captured these stunning images amidst some of the city’s gorgeous architecture.

Since October, 2013, Truvelle has been creating effortless, made-to-order gowns for the modern bride. Creative director and designer Gaby Bayona offers her designs through Truvelle’s online shop, as well as 35 boutiques globally. Beyond bridal gowns, Truvelle offers accessories which compliment the existing collections, but also pair with other pieces beautifully. The accessories include jewellery, headpieces, belts, lingerie, and veils – all of which can be ordered online. Even better, Truvelle has many new projects scheduled to launch within the next year, so stay tuned!

Currently, all three Truvelle collections are on the road for trunk shows in the USA, and Europe to follow. All information on retailers, trunk shows and products can be found on Truvelle’s website.

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02.13.16 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Creative Reception Ideas


Your reception is the party – the place where you celebrate your vows with your most beloved friends and family. And just as planners work to make the reception space perfect for their clients, anxiously awaiting the reveal to see the joy and love on their faces, it’s also important to ensure the receptions sets the tone for the evening for guests as well.

Sarah Chancey, founder and creative mentor behind Chancey Charm, shares with us some tips on how to achieve a memorable guest experience.

Create a cozy and inviting space

When guests enter the reception space, you want them to feel inspired and encouraged to dive in and participate. In order to create a welcoming and memorable reception, consider incorporating a few homey items that are out of the ordinary for a reception space. For example, we love to bring in lounge seating, complete with specialty lighting and side tables. A lounge creates an unexpected gathering place for guests, apart from the dance floor and table settings. It encourages intimate conversations and interactions uncommon to the standard wedding reception. It’s also a fun spot for candles, pictures and a beautiful floral installation.

Get creative with conversation pieces

We also love to have custom pieces built for a reception space; think round bars to fit perfectly under a chandelier or (my new favorite) a hanging installation. We just completed a custom installation over a dance floor, covered in florals and hanging votives. It was the focal point of the reception and a conversation piece that set the mood for the reception. An added bonus – a custom built piece is the perfect way to distinguish your wedding reception from the dozens held in the space before yours.

Tie your wedding design into your guest tables

Since your guest tables take up a majority of the room in the reception area, use them to your advantage. We recently worked with a bride looking to create an outdoor garden feel in a ballroom. It is possible! To transform the space, we brought in huge leafy branches that extended toward the ceiling and filled the space, grass table runners and lots of candlelight.

Creating a statement with your guest tables is an easy way to create impact upon arrival into the reception space. If you would like for your tables to feel intimate and full, we recommend long rectangular tables. Nothing creates a wow factor like 30 place settings carefully laid out down a long table. I also encourage you to mix up the flow of the space, rethinking your layout, perhaps even adding in a few high rectangular tables and bistro sets to keep the space visually interesting.

Offer late night bites instead of traditional wedding favors

Think beyond the typical wedding favor options and opt for a midnight snack instead. Some couples have food trucks come at the end of the reception for guests to grab something to snack on for the ride home. Donuts also seem to be a treat that all of our clients and their guests are currently loving, and we can see why. We’ve even had clients order customized donuts in the shape of their last initial. Any easy-to-grab treat is a hit on the dance floor near the end of the night and something that your guests will fondly remember.

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02.12.16 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog, Wedding Planning

FINAL DAY: Lowest price of 2016 for Pricing For Creatives

Pricing-For-Creatives_Last-Chance_Instagram-Graphic_V2-compressorWe’ve loved the conversations that have been taking place on social media this past week as we’ve been talking about the topic of pricing in the creative industry.

We know it’s an area everyone struggles with, and we’re so encouraged by the number of you who have already signed up for Pricing For Creatives! The lessons you take away from Shanna Skidmore’s wonderful teachings are going to transform your businesses and your lives.

This is a friendly remind that today is your FINAL CHANCE to take advantage of our introductory rate. The sale price of $375 ends at midnight tonight. This is the lowest price on offer for 2016. The course will increase to its regular rate of $525 on Friday.

If you’re still not convinced a course about numbers could work for you, let us assure you: This course was written specifically for creatives who wouldn’t consider themselves “numbers people.” Shanna makes everything so clear and simple and takes you through step-by-step.

And just take a minute to step back and think about what’s more overwhelming…years more of spinning your wheels like you are now or taking a little time to dig in, stretch yourself, educate yourself, make some smart changes, and become profitable soon? You can do this!

Save yourself the $150 and sign up now.

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02.11.16 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Solve your pricing struggles. Sale ends tomorrow.

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If you’re really wanting to make a change in your business but the thought of parting with $375 for Pricing for Creatives hurts, we hear you.

We realize that the people who need this course the most may have the hardest time affording it. However, if you really want this course but feel like it’s a lot of money, that may actually be the best indicator that you need this course. Studies show that you will be more likely to create a change in your life when it costs you something.
We really want you to get to a more sustainable, comfortable, and thriving place in your work and life but we also believe it needs to cost you something for you to actually make real changes in your life. So we wanted to make this cost something but not as much as it actually should because we also want it to be within your reach.

Shanna’s normal hourly rate is $250/hr. If we were to set the price for this course according to the number of hours Shanna put into creating it, well, we knew it would price most people out. There is also way more content in this course than is shared in a day-long workshop and those are generally closer to the $2k range (plus travel, hotel, etc on top of that). On top of that, we’ve seen friends actually apply these principles to their business and double or triple their sales within a year. How much is that worth?

We wholeheartedly believe in this content and its ability to transform business and lives. This is our solution to one of the biggest struggles we hear everyday in our community. And because we know this is a big investment for some of you we also made a way to offer a payment plan through Affirm with payments as low as $33 a month.

If you sign up by tomorrow, you’ll lock in the sale price of $375. (It jumps to $525 on Friday.) We hope you can find a way to make it work.

p.s Did you catch our webinar yesterday with Shanna Skidmore? She spoke with floral + event design and planner Jessica Zimmerman, and photographer Rachel May about how they applied Shanna’s teachings on pricing to their businesses, despite being in smaller markets. 

You can watch a replay of the webinar here

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02.10.16 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog