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Summer of Greenery

Happy First Day of Summer! Bring on the vacations, tans, poolside parties, backyard barbecues and of course bright and beautiful 'I dos'! Whether you have your summer line-up all squared away or maybe you're just planning to go wherever the wind takes you, I hope you enjoy some fun in the sun.

Source: Pantone

Source: Pantone

As you may already know, the Pantone color of the year is greenery! While this color trend showed up throughout the winter and spring in wedding and event world, I totally predict it's going to takeover the summer. Garden parties, tropical soirees, whimsical weddings, and definitely an array of outdoor events are sure to be incorporating greenery...and I'm so here for it!

Whether you are hosting an upcoming event or plan on attending one, today I'm sharing 3 tips for incorporating greenery in your summer!

1. INCLUDE GREEN IN YOUR EVENT COLOR PALETTE AND ATTIRE

Green is such a beautiful hue that pairs so well with an array of colors from ivory to gold to pink and orange. If you've been afraid to play with colors like green, this summer is definitely the season to give it a try, and I promise you'll be pleasantly surprised! I for one had a great time using green for 2 events this year - a tropical bridal shower and a backyard graduation party. Incorporating green brought some outdoor charm to the events, which was such a nice touch. Green can also be totally glam and upscale, so perhaps you may want to consider going more luxe with your event decor selections.

Source: Pinterest

Source: Pinterest

Green is also a great addition to your wedding party's attire or for those summer soirees you plan on attending. I'm totally loving the tan suit from the Black Tux that would pair perfectly with a green bowtie and boutonniere accented in greenery for the fellas. For us ladies, we can never go wrong with dresses from long and flowy numbers to short and flirty, and with the right pop of green, you'll be a knock out!

Source: The Black Tux

Source: The Black Tux

Gown: Christian Pellizzari via Rent the Runway

Gown: Christian Pellizzari via Rent the Runway

2. ACCENT FLORALS AND DECOR BY ADDING GREENERY

Y'all know I'm a flower lover, and adding greenery to florals never hurt anybody! Whether you like greenery slightly accenting your flowers or if you are a big fan of the garden inspired arrangements overflowing with greens, hiring a florist who enjoys working with greenery is sure to help you achieve the look you're going for. There are so many types of greens that enhance arrangements, so the options are endless in terms of design. From greenery garlands cascading down estate tables to greenery walls that make the perfect backdrop for a sweetheart table or escort card display, be sure to get creative and have fun with your event decor and florals.

Source: Inside Weddings

Source: Inside Weddings

Source: Ruffled Blog

Source: Ruffled Blog

Source: The Knot

Source: The Knot

3. GET OUTDOORS

Last but not least, you can easily take advantage of the naturally beautiful scenery that hosting an outdoor event offers. Gardens, manicured lawns and more serve as great event backdrops that already have greenery all around.

Source: Green Wedding Shoes

Source: Green Wedding Shoes

Photography: Rhea Whitney Photography | Planning: Sensational Soirees

Photography: Rhea Whitney Photography | Planning: Sensational Soirees

I hope you love this summer greenery inspiration! What other ways do you think greenery can be incorporated in events? Share below in the comments section.

Sensationally yours,

Shalyce

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Sensational Soirees: MOMosa Brunch

Happy Saturday! The weather is yucky today here in DC, but despite the dreary weather I'm determined to have a wonderful Mother's Day weekend.

In fact, I'm enjoying watching my little girl at her dance class (in between typing this post), which I do every Saturday morning and the smile on her face melts my heart! I would typically also be at my son's football game too, but the rain rained on that parade. Being a mompreneur works well for me because of balance and the village who helps me manage motherhood and entrepreneurship! So this Mother's Day weekend, I'm celebrating being my own kind of superwoman, and rocking out motherhood.

mothers day brunch

Speaking of balance, last Saturday I not only was there for Cam's game and Cassidy's class, but I also designed a sensational soiree that was dedicated to celebrating fellow moms! This mommies and mimosas brunch event was truly special and beautiful. The fabulous event hostess, who is also one of my dear friends, really wanted to make sure all the ladies were treated to an enjoyable, kid-free afternoon, so with my help along with a private chef, we collectively got the job done. The event was held at her home, and I had so much fun transforming her living room with the help of Select Event Rentals.

The black, gold and hot pink color palette was the perfect mix of bold and feminine for this ladies soiree. I decked the tables out in black sequin linens, gold rimmed china, gold flatware, gold rimmed stemware and of course beautiful florals. The invited guests loved the decor, and couldn't stop raving about the delicious brunch prepared by Victory Chef, which included shrimp and grits, omelettes, breakfast potatoes, collard greens, fried chicken and french toast. You would think after such a yummy meal that we'd be in a food coma, but quite the contrary. We enjoyed conversing, connecting, encouraging and laughing with one another literally for hours! As moms, we truly need those times to just share and enjoy the company of others moms who get it, so this event was definitely a success. 

Special thanks to my dear friend Taneka for hiring me to design this wonderful event, Select Event Group for the fabulous rentals, and Victory Chef for the wonderful meal!

How are you celebrating Mother's Day this weekend?! Share in the comments below. In addition to spending time with my mom, children and family, this weekend, I'll also be thinking of and praying for all of those whose moms and/or children are in heaven, that God's love will be with you in an extra special way.

Sensationally yours,

Shalyce

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Sensational Soirees: Tropical Bridal Shower

When a fabulous bride is about to say I do in Punta Cana, what better way to celebrate her upcoming nuptials than with a tropical themed bridal shower!

Photo Credit: SC Stockshop

Photo Credit: SC Stockshop

Last month I had the pleasure of assisting the most thoughtful wedding party, as they prepared to shower their good friend with lots of love and a bright and fun soiree! From brunch meetings with the amazing maid of honor to phone calls discussing details, working with these ladies was a joy, and the bride is one lucky lady to have friends like them. Not to mention, the bride has the sweetest personality, so all around I enjoyed being apart of this special event.

Photo Credit: Kenneth Green for CMP

Photo Credit: Kenneth Green for CMP

This theme was the perfect way to get guests excited for the Dominican Republic, and for those who won't be able to make the trip, a chance to get a taste of paradise. Designing this soiree was a lot of fun and I put my floral skills into action by whipping up beautiful tropical arrangements that added so much flair to the room. There were so many elements of the day that I loved - from the tiki bar, to the delicious food from Porch Catering, to a fun tropical twist on the traditional Toilet Paper Bride game, and of course the pineapple and palm details throughout the signage and decor. But best of all was seeing the bride get teary eyed as she walked into the shower! It's always so rewarding to know the work that you do is valuable and to work with a great group of people. Check out more details from this fun soiree, captured by Kenneth Green for CMP:

Vendor Credits:

Venue: The Kingsbury Center

Planning, Design, Florals: Sensational Soirees

Bride's MUA: Kay Davenport

Catering: Porch Catering 

Tiki Bar: Maui Wowi

Cake: Piped Pastry Shop

Photographer: Kenneth Green for CMP

 

Doesn't this make you want to go lay on the beach now?! This shower has me all excited for summer soirees and vacations right around the corner! What fun trips do you have coming up this summer? Share below.

Sensationally yours,

Shalyce

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I'm Engaged! Now What?

Happy Wedding Wednesday! 

For all of my newly engaged and perhaps soon to be engaged couples, today's post is just for you! :) 

First off, congrats on your engagement! How exciting?! Planning a wedding is an amazing experience, but even more amazing is spending the rest of your life with your soulmate. I celebrate with you in your decision to make your love last a lifetime.

So you're engaged...now what? If you're in the phase of not knowing what to do next, I'm happy to share my top 3 tips for what you may want to consider doing.

Photo Credit: SC Stockshop

Photo Credit: SC Stockshop

 

ENJOY THE MOMENT

Now that you've said "YES", it's a great idea to just enjoy your engagement for a few weeks or more before you hit the ground running with wedding planning. This time will allow you and your love the opportunity to enjoy each other, think about your future together, and share the news with loved ones.

Whether you plan to get hitched shortly after the engagement or perhaps will wed in a year or two to give you more time to iron out the wedding details (and your budget), be sure to enjoy the wedding planning process and preparing for marriage!

Photo Credit: Dave McIntosh Photographics

Photo Credit: Dave McIntosh Photographics

DISCUSS INITIAL PLANS

Now that you've taken the time to enjoy the initial engagement excitement, it's time to get down to the business of wedding planning! I strongly suggest sitting down with your fiancé to discuss your collective vision and desires for the wedding. Think about the important planning topics, such as date options, intimate versus large wedding, location, wedding style and more. 

Wedding blogs, magazines and Pinterest are great resources to begin determining the things that appeal to you; however, be careful not to overload on these resources if you find that you get easily overwhelmed with everything in "wedding world".

As you discuss initial plans, considering your budget and how you will or can realistically invest in your wedding is extremely important. Your budget can drive several factors such as date, guest count, venue and design. The current average cost of a wedding is $35,329, reported by The Knot, so as you dream up your wedding vision also keep your budget in mind and discuss with parents that may be contributing.

Photo Credit: Rekita Nicole

Photo Credit: Rekita Nicole

HIRE A PLANNER

I know what you're probably thinking - shameless plug for Sensational Soirees. But I PROMISE this isn't. I too was once a bride, and when I went through the planning process there was no way I could've done it without the help of a planner.


Whether you plan to be very hands-on or somewhat hands-off with the wedding details, it's important to hire a wedding planner for many reasons. to include but not limited to: 

1. Our wedding industry expertise, as we help you navigate through important wedding planning decisions, which can help save you time and money.
2. Our experience to guide you through the planning process, while making sure nothing is forgotten along the way.
3. Our partnership in being dedicated to you, your vision and management on wedding day, so you can enjoy yourself stress-free.
 

Additionally, a planner who is also a designer, like myself, brings added value to the table in being able to design the beauty and details of your day, and provides expert insight on the cost to bring your vision to life. Designers have great vendor relationships, so that you have a team working together, while you relax, to make your day all you wish for and more.

While parents and the bridal party are of great support to a couple, nothing can replace the true value of a wedding planner right there on your side, helping to bring your wedding day dreams to life!

Photo Credit: Rhea Whitney Photography

Photo Credit: Rhea Whitney Photography

I hope you find these tips to be helpful! If you'd like a copy of my guide "I'm Engaged, Now What?" you can download it here, and feel free to tell an engaged friend! And if you're newly engaged, share in the comments below, so I can congratulate you!

Sensationally yours,

Shalyce

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My 1st Podcast Appearance

Happy Sunday! I hope March is treating you good so far! I have had so many awesome things happen over the past couple of months, and I can't wait to share about them ALL, so stay tuned! Today, I'm excited to share about one of them, which was my very first podcast appearance, which you may have heard about if you follow me on social media. 

dc wedding planner and speaker

I'm addicted to podcasts! I love listening to them during car rides and when I'm home working. One of my favorites is the She Creates Business podcast, and I'm so honored that the host, Kinsey Roberts, invited me to be a guest. For all my wedding pros, if you haven't tuned into She Creates yet, you owe it to yourself to subscribe NOW and give the show a listen. Kinsey interviews some pretty amazing creatives and wedding industry pros, and the wisdom and transparency they share is beyond valuable. The episodes always leave me feeling inspired and walking away with the thought "I'm not alone" or "I can't wait to implement those tips in my business". 

During my episode, I shared freely about how I manage family, business, work and other creative projects. I don't want to spill all the beans here, so I'd love for you to listen to the full episode here or on iTunes.

work life balance for wedding planners

Check out the episode and share with me what you think in the comments section below! This appearance is one of a few great opportunities I've had to speak and share with colleagues, and I'm so grateful. As I continue to grow and achieve my goals, I'm committed to helping others along the way, so I'm looking forward to many more speaking and mentoring opportunities. You can always shoot me a note at info@sensationalsoirees.com to inquire about having me speak at your industry event or for one-on-one mentoring.

Sensationally yours,

Shalyce

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