Tuesday’s Table | Hipster Wedding

If the wedding you’re attending resembles more a disconcertingly perfect yard sale than a traditional nuptial, you may actually be at a hipster wedding. Complete with mustaches, Toms, bicycle parts and recycled containers all making us a little bit cooler…a little bit hipster. 

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For Men | Groom Attire

Traditionally, groom’s attire has been unique to the region or culture of the couple, however many grooms over the last 50 years have often downplayed their attire and opted for a tuxedo or dark suit with a splash of color in a tie.

Today, many grooms are taking to the runway (the aisle) with unique fashions that show guests that their “soon to be” spouse is not the only one with fashion sense.

Here are few examples of ways to add a little color and style to your special day.

Tuesday’s Table | Rock A Billy

Pomade, Stilettos, Tattoos, Blue Jeans and a Jack & Coke. Rockabilly is one of the earliest styles of rock and roll music, dating to early 1950s United States. It is a “blend of country & western and rhythm & blues” that…pointed the way to classic rock ‘n’ roll.”

This 1950’s theme does well to compliment both feminine and masculine designs.  Get your nickel for the jukebox and be ready to shake, rattle, and roll.

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Wedding Tip | No. 1

Life.  That one word, both as a noun and verb, will sometimes send my heart and brain in a whirlwind.  As you are reading this now…know I have typed, deleted, re-typed and rearranged that first sentence several times.  There is usually so much going on in our lives and what lies ahead that it can become hard to focus on now.

If fact, take a moment, close your eyes (WAIT! not right now…finish this sentence first!), take a deep inhale through your nose and exhale deeply through your mouth, repeat at least three times.  No cheating!  They need to be deep, calming, centering breaths.

Wedding Tip 1In all the little & big list of event to dos, running a gallery AND the day-to-day of work, out-of-town visitors, household malfunctions, body aches, bill paying, AND being mommy…I have to remind myself to breathe.  Sometimes, I only have a moment between emails and phone calls and pick ups and drop offs.  In those little moments (even right now as I type this) is when I purposefully inhale and exhale.  There is just something about that small action.

I know how I get, so I’m sure you may need that reminder every now and then as well.  When your eyes are blurry from all the amazing Pinterest inspiration.  Breathe.  When you’re looking at your long or even short but significant list of to dos.  Breathe.  When responses from your various phone calls or emails have not come in during your allotted work break.  Breathe.  And yes, even, when all is well, the birds are chirping, the sun is shining, and you actually have a moment to sit and celebrate your accomplishments.  Breathe.

Be a Fabulous Wedding Planner


I’ve been designing and planning weddings for almost 13 years. Like a lot of planners and many of you, it started as a hobby just helping organize and produce something special for family, a friend or a friend’s friend. My business was run “on the side” of my full-time (60-100+ hour) media/production job. I knew event planning was what I wanted and was even meant to do.

For the last several years, I’ve spent part of my time training others in the art of wedding planning, through the Wedding Consultant Certification course offered at Cal Poly Pomona and various training workshops and showcases. Far beyond the pretty flowers and dresses found on Pinterest lies a meticulously well-oiled machine complete with vendor qualifications, timelines, deadlines, budgets and a lot of hard work. We become the client’s friend, accountant, production manager, therapist, and confidant.  I take such pride in the list of successful planners and business owners supported by these trainings and so grateful to take part in the building of their dreams as well.

July 10, 2013, the Wedding Consultant Certification (495.00) course will begin at Cal Poly Pomona. Over the ten Wednesday nights, you will learn the nitty-gritty of wedding planning that will undoubtedly give you a suitable foundation to not only excel in your business, but excel in making your client’s dreams come true. You will receive your certification, which is required in many of the more reputable wedding venues throughout Southern California. Sign up now…space is (very) limited.

July 27, 2013, the Day of Wedding Workshop (175.00) will be offered at the LOFT for those of you who are looking to get the tools needed to run the actual wedding day and the weeks leading up to it. Learning how to set things in order so that the big day goes off without a hitch. This workshop is open to Wedding Planners, DIY Brides (or Bridesmaids), Photographers/DJs (looking to expand their business) and more. A lot of DIY Brides decide not to hire a professional planner and have a friend or family member help run the big day…this is the perfect opportunity to make sure they have a bit of training. If you’re interested in attending, email me at info@openboxdesigns.com or Register/Pay here.