Plum Pretty Sugar Tropical Lookbook Part II

Planning a tropical honeymoon or lover’s getaway? We’ve got the absolute best pieces to pack into your suitcase, and they all come from Plum Pretty Sugar. Everyone wants to look chic on their honeymoon, and when you’re traveling to a warm destination, you’ll also need to think about comfort. Plum Pretty Sugar’s pieces can see you from from waking up to walking down the beach, lounging by the pool, and even stopping for a few cocktails in the evening. Their botanical prints bring that perfect touch of modern tropical-chic into your wardrobe, such as this breezy romper or these lounge pants, which can be easily dressed up with the right pair of bold heels.

Did you miss Part 1 of our Tropical Lookbook for Plum Pretty Sugar last week? Check it out here!

P.S. Head over to our Instagram today to get the delicious recipe for Little Palm Island’s signature cocktail, the gumby slumber cocktail!

Photography: Jesse Chamberlin Jesh de Rox | Location: Little Palm Island | Creative Direction + Styling: Joy Thigpen | Creative Direction + Scouting: Emily Newman | Model: Elite Miami Models | Shoes: Alice & Olivia

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08.24.15 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Designer Wedding Websites from Minted

We know that when it comes to wedding planning, some things are easier for couples than others. So, we get excited about anything that will make your planning processes simpler and smoother. That’s just one of the reasons why we’re excited to announce today that Minted, one of our favorite online resources for wedding stationery, has just launched a complete collection of wedding websites!

The websites are designed by Minted’s community of independent artists and match their large selection of wedding invitation suites and save the dates. They currently offer 117 matching wedding website designs, and each design is offered in multiple color combinations to correspond with your wedding invitations and stationery! This means that you can now match your wedding website to your save the date, invitation suite, and day-of decor (including escort cards, table numbers and menus). Each website template offers 3 different layouts to select from, to allow you to really customize the look for your wedding, in a simple way.

And back to the discussion of making your planning easier: you can change your theme, design, or layout at any time throughout the planning process. On top of that, Minted allows you to manage addresses in an integrated system. From your digital website (great for managing RSVPs) to your free guest name printing for save the dates and invitations! Plus, all of the websites are mobile responsive.

Even better? To celebrate the launch, Minted is offering the websites for free for a limited time.

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08.22.15 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

10 Questions to Ask When Choosing A Venue


We’ve previously shared with you some thoughts on how to be inspired by your wedding venue and select a space that best reflects you and your partner’s style and vision when it comes to your celebration.

Today, Belle of the Ball Events founder Eva Clark has prepared for us some questions to help with the decision-making process.

Questions to ask yourself when selecting a wedding venue

– What three words would you use to describe your ideal wedding day?
This will usually shed some light on your vision and help provide direction in your venue selection.

– How do you imagine the space feeling?
Similarly, what words would you use to describe the atmosphere and feeling of your wedding venue? Is it light and airy encompassing coastal views? Or is it an intimate and cozy Winter lodge?

– What is the ideal setting?
Will the ceremony be at a house of worship or at the reception venue? Is it important to you that the space is climate controlled? A wedding under the stars sounds lovely till you end up with temps in the 90s and mosquito bites.

– What do you see yourselves wearing, as well as your guests?
Are you dressed for the beach, or a ballroom, for example.

Once you’ve established how your wedding venue should look and feel, it’s time to consider some of the more practical elements.

– How many guests will you have?
It’s important to have a general idea of how many guests you’ll invite as some of your favorite venues may not be able to accommodate your list of loved ones.

– What is your budget and your priorities?
You may be able to afford the ballroom wedding of your dreams if you are able to keep your guest count below 100. Along those lines, you may be able to book your favorite photographer, priced at $10k, if you know you won’t be purchasing a $5k designer gown.

– Is it really “free”?
You may have a free venue, like a friend’s estate, but be mindful that more work from your vendors (which usually translates to more money) is required to bring the wedding to that space.

– What contractual obligations come with your venue?
Some venues, such as hotels or private clubs, require you to use their in-house catering for food and beverage. A good rule of thumb is that you don’t want your venue, food and beverage to exceed 50% of your entire budget. If that doesn’t add up, it may be time to move on to another option.

– Does the vision match the reality?
Websites can be deceiving and the space may not feel anything like it looked online. Or you may love the venue and hate the neighborhood or parking options. If you are planning a wedding from out-of-state, and you are unable to tour the venues, enlist the help of a loved one and/or your wedding planner.

– How soon should you book?
Many popular wedding venues book up months (or a year) in advance, so don’t wait too long to book once you’ve determined it’s ‘the one’.



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08.21.15 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog, Wedding Planning

Lifestyle Anniversary Photo Session

We’ve seen a lot of wedding photographers and couples bringing me of a lifestyle approach to their photo sessions, and we love Patricia and David’s at-home anniversary photos. We love the distinct sense of rootedness that is found in these images: having your photos taken in your own environment creates a level of comfort (so no awkward Chandler-esque photos) and is something that is going to mean more to you years from now than photos at a random park ever will.

More from the creative team, Jen Huang and Ginny Au:
“Patricia is an invitation designer in New York, she and David live a stylish New York City life but wanted to celebrate their 10th anniversary in a special way on the west coast. They traveled out for a weekend anniversary shoot with Jen Huang and Ginny Au so that they could document the authentic moments behind their love. Being in love for over ten years, that commitment, is so deep and lasting, it calls for a different style of shooting. Jen and Ginny worked on creating a living environment that was more true to Patricia & David’s lifestyle – a slow Sunday morning. “

Photography: Jen Huang | Styling: Ginny Au | Linens: Not Perfect Linen | Hair and Makeup: Chiali Meng Artistry | Couple: Patricia and David | Location: Jen’s Home, Santa Barbara

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08.20.15 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog