How to Plan a Wedding Tablescape


Your wedding reception is a celebration, where the people that cherish you both come together to commemorate your new beginnings. A part of this celebration is the meal you share together. As one of the most important events of your life, your table design should be carefully thought out and represent who you are as a couple and individually.

Wedding planner and designer Eileen Morales, of Beauty in the Making, talks us through how she helps her clients plan their wedding tablescape.

Find your style
1. To begin, collect images that distinctly inspire your color combination and aesthetics. With those create an inspiration board. While doing this, take into consideration the style of your ceremony, wedding dress and location. You want to use this vision to help make your “tablescape” design uniquely yours.

Pay attention to your venue
2. Let the venue inspire you. Feel the life of the reception space and let it dictate how it can be used. Look at the lighting, structure and design to determine the type of table, linen and color combination that works best for your style. Establish whether or not you will use table linens, runners or none of these if the table’s natural composition complements the look you’re aiming for.

Choose your chairs
3. The chairs should complement the table, the space and design without conflicting with the “tablescape”. It should all bring harmony.

Plan your centerpiece
4. The centerpiece is literately the “center” of your design and it sets the stage. When you choose the flowers think of the desired colors, size, textures and shape that enhances your look. However, you shouldn’t limit yourself to only flowers. If you desire, you can explore with other elements such as candles, wood, greenery, etc. Make sure that your centerpiece does not block the view of your guests, so they can enjoy their time without barriers.

Select your plates, flatware, glassware
5. Your plate, flatware and glassware setting selection helps to complete your story. There are many styles that can be rented to fashion your design. Having the setting on the table when the guests arrive is like an invitation to the feast.

Accent with details
6. Once you’ve set your table, the addition of details such as stationery, napkins and candle votives provide the finishing touches. The stationery need not be over the top, something as simple as a personalized place card set neatly on a folded napkin can be enough. Candles, whether tea light votives or tapers, add to the atmosphere of your tablescape.




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09.25.15 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog, Wedding Planning

Colorful Wedding Flower Ideas

We love sharing real weddings that have fun ideas for our readers to be inspired by, and today’s is no different. While we usually lean towards softer palettes, the bright pinks, peaches, and oranges of these gorgeous florals sprinkled throughout this colorful wedding are certainly doing a good job of drawing us in.

Want to explore a bolder color palette for your wedding? Check out the bold ideas in this Mexican wedding, this rehearsal dinner in shades of bright pinks, and don’t miss all the exciting tones from this flower workshop.

Photographer: Heather Curiel | Planning: Couture Details Events | Florist: Bricolage Curated Florals | Catering: Contigo | Venue: Laguna Gloria | Hair and Makeup: Chenoh Yepa at Black Orchid Salon | Cake: Cakes by Kathy | Dress: Claire Pettibone | Mariachis: Mariachi Caballeros | Band: The Hotcakes | Rentals: Marquee Rents & Premier Events

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09.24.15 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Everyday Beauty DIY


We all want to look and feel our absolute best on our wedding days. But don’t let it stop there. You don’t need to wear a lot of makeup on an everyday basis to get a beautiful glow. Follow this simple DIY for a natural, everyday look!

-lightweight moisturizer
-beauty blender
Hourglass Lighting Palette
-your favorite mascara

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Everyday Beauty DIY:
1. Set skin with a lightweight moisturizer.
2. Blend foundation with moisturizer on your hand.
3. Apply foundation with beauty blender lightly underneath your eyes, and along the t-zones.
4. Using the Hourglass Lighting Palette, dab the eyeshadow brush on the far right bronze and apply along the eyelid.
5. Using the Hourglass Lighting Palette, dab your blush brush on the middle highlighter and apply along the under eye and below the upper brow to provide highlights below and above the eye.
6. Apply mascara

Photography: Meghan Kay Sadler | Creative Direction: Emily Newman | Hair, Makeup, & Styling: Joy Thigpen | Tank Top: Plum Pretty Sugar tank:

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09.23.15 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured

Little Palm Island Resort

I recently visited Little Palm Island to shoot the Plum Pretty Sugar look book, and am so excited to share more with you about this amazing island resort.

This sweet little island, discreetly tucked into the Florida Keys coastline and only accessible by boat or sea-plane, is one of the most romantic spots I’ve ever been to. It is intimate and private, but that doesn’t mean it’s boring. Our favorite activities were paddle boarding around the island, seeing the native deer up-close (we had a few run-ins with them, and they are the sweetest little creatures!), sunset dinners by the beach, and waking up every morning to shower outdoors, in our private outdoor shower. With a pool, beaches, and the best resort food I’ve ever tasted (with a killer signature cocktail, the Gumby Slumber!), Little Palm Island has become our new favorite destination for honeymooners or those seeking a romantic getaway alike.

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

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09.23.15 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog