Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Style Me Pretty!!! Lori & David's Luxe on the Farm Wedding at Blue Hill @ Stone Barns

Needless to say, we are beyond honored, thrilled, and shouting from the rafters that Style Me Pretty's Abby Larson posted the wedding we planned for LIVE! With Regis & Kelly's Lori Schulweis and her darling husband David this past October. The most elegant farm affair we've thrown to date, this wedding is bursting with beautiful details--from a color palette of beet, fig and sage brought to life by Matthew Robbins, to paper details beyond compare by Ceci New York, to music and video by an amazing team at Elan Artists,  probably the most amazing menu ever served at a wedding.

For details and gorgeous photos taken by the uber-talented Shawn O'Connell of Christian Oth Studio, check out Style Me Pretty's cover page!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

These Invites Get an A+!

There seems to be a whole lot of everyone posting handmade items for weddings on Etsy these days. But some stand out from the rest! Like these Notebook Wedding Invitations by LetterBoxInk

Designed with high-school sweethearts in mind, these creations are not only cute and creative--they're practical, too! With so much to study these days (from hotel accommodations to directions and maps), this is one of the best ways to organize all that paper that we've ever seen.  

According to the Etsy profile, this customized play on a 'composition notebook' is sized at 5"x7" and includes 8 pages (3 full spreads and a front and back page), plus cover. RSVP postcard is tucked in the back cover for guests to remove and mail back. Comes with coordinating Mailing envelope. 

Pricing depends on the quantity desired. This invite comes in 'Flat Printing' (however, with a more generous budget,  Letter Box does offer additional printing techniques. As seen, 25 - 75 invitations come in at $11/each, and mails at .61/each. Postcard mails at .28/each.  If you want more or less invitations, please contact them directly for a more accurate quote.

Love the idea, but not your style? I will be uploading a more formal "Story Book" design soon

Monday, April 19, 2010

We Love Welcome Gifts & Guides by Melangerie NYC

The focus of our blog post today totally qualifies in the "why didn't I think of that?!" category. Meaning, when I cut up hunter green contact paper into a vine for my dorm room wall at UNC, I should've known that it could become a business as big as Blik decals!  When we spotted Elana Dweck's Melangerie NYC at the New York Magazine Wedding Event last week, we were awestruck how she built a beautiful business in these gorgeous welcome collections. 

At Chandelier, we're often tasked to create welcome gifts & itineraries for wedding guests by many of our clients. But now, brides anywhere can work closely with Elana to create welcome totes for their nearest & dearest. Here's the scoop!

Mélanges, Elana's answer to the gift basket, are a thoughtfully-curated group of items accessorized with distinct design details (and no cellophane wrap, thank you). Melangerie NYC designs personalized packaging, selects and sources the contents, and offers the final gift assembly & delivery. Matching event guides highlighting pertinent details, event locations, and your personal recommendations can also be included.

Through a complimentary meeting (either in person, via skype, or over the phone), they get a better sense of your needs and your look. They then "curate" the contents of their mélanges based on: the intention of the gift (ie: is it a welcome gift vs. a favor vs. a bridal party gift), your personality, preferences and background, the location of the wedding, and of course, budget.  Custom mélange services start at $750 for curating/sourcing contents for a 4-item gift + packaging design and a custom hang tags. Custom guides are additional and begin at $750 for 50-100 qty (including paper and printing). For full mélanges that include curation services, custom packaging and wedding guide design, and assembly the turnaround is typically 2 months from start to finish.

Finally, finished mélanges are delivered via courier to location (or locations) of the client's choosing. They can even have them delivered to specific hotels within the tri-state area for room drops. For clients outside of the New York Metro area, they can ship all of the mélange components (products, packaging, printed materials, etc.) to be assembled on site at the wedding location. They also offer this option for local clients who would like to save cost on assembly and provide easy to follow instructions with images to demonstrate how gifts should be put together to retain design authenticity.

Like 'em? Get 'em! Visit their online shop at

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Hanging Out With Chandelier: Creative Edge Parties' 20th Anniversary

                                                                                                                                    Photos: Christian Grattan Photography

Friday night's fete celebrating the 20th anniversary of Creative Edge Parties -- a creme-of-the-crop caterers and party planning company--was by far one of the highlights of our year at Chandelier.

Wedding industry legends including Sylvia Weinstock, David Beahm, Ron Ben Israel, Ed Libby, Bentley Meeker and Mark Ingram gathered with about 300 more! (including yours truly, and planners extraordinaire Xochitl Gonzales, Maya Kalman, Annie Lee, and Barb Salzman of Hatch) were invited to the IAC Building on Manhattan's West Side to toast the success of co-owners and creative geniuses Carla Ruben and Bob Spiegel (pictured above). 

The food, well, was delicious, stylish, and well, creative (of course!)--for instance, I was totally shocked that what I thought was tuna tartare was actually made of tomato. And leave it to Creative Edge to take table presentation to a whole new level printing the menu right onto the linen napkin and dreaming up double-sided placecards at each seat (brilliant!!!) so that I knew where I was sitting, and the name of the people sitting across from me. 

And the entertainment was mindblowing: Eclectic Method, a dynamic DJ collective that spun amazing tunes paired with crazy audio-visual mash-ups while "scratching" videos and visuals on the IAC's wall-sized monitors. Even the servers were rocking the dance-floor (who knew?). 

My three favorite parts of the evening? Witnessing my dear friends Sylvia and David swap signature glasses for a classic photo (above), ditching the LBD for a FAB turquoise dress, and getting to take my husband out on the town for a change!

Congratulations Carla, Bob and the whole Creative Edge Parties team (shout out to Brooke Whiteside!) for a wonderful evening--and a wonderful 20 years.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Love Knots: Why We Have Nautical Fever

Everywhere we turn, we see stripes. Navy. Red. White...Stripes. And gosh, do we love them!

Everything's coming up nautical in fashion, home decor, jewelry, paper. Whether it's on display at Nordstrom or in the pages of the hottest magazines, it's all about Yacht Club Chic for Summer 2010.

So, we dreamed up this inspiration board to share with a client who's looking to infuse "nautical, not beach"into her affair. We particularly love these navy & tulle pocket invites by Vera Wang Stationary, the sailor knot boutonnière from the real weddings gallery on The Knot,  and this precious gold love knot ring!

Bon Voyage.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Chandelier Introduces: Rogue Confections

It's official: it's "Death-by-Chocolate Monday" at Chandelier. Drum roll, please! We are so excited to introduce Rogue Confections, a drop-dead gorgeous (and delicious!) collection of customizable chocolates. We think these are going to be the biggest rage, and we're lucky enough to have been chosen to share them with the wedding world. 

Founder Sherri Adler has always had a passion for color and pattern – and chocolate. As a set designer for television, theatre and film as well as an interior designer for private clients, Adler has amassed a vast collection of vintage ephemera she draws on for the extraordinary look of Rogue Confections. She calls Rogue a labor of love that started in her New York City kitchen in the summer of 2009.

Now, her collection of too-beautiful-to-eat handmade, pure Belgian chocolates are available for your wedding, bridal, baby shower favors and gifts. They are adorned with colorful vintage patterns or customized with your own logo, photo or image, and are available in 56% Semisweet, 31% Milk & 25% White. (They're kosher, too!)

And, we're so excited to announce that they'll be our favor at this week's New York Magazine Wedding Event at the Metropolitan Pavilion! Make sure you stop by to see us and pick up your sample!!!

Friday, April 2, 2010

In Love With Wedding Parasols by I Do Originals

                                                                                                                    Photo by Elizabeth Messina, Courtesy of I Do Originals

This weekend they're forecasting sunny skies and balmy days. At Chandelier, we're overjoyed that Spring is on the way. And when we think April, we think showers, when we think showers, we think umbrellas and when we think umbrellas, we think PARASOLS!

Our weekend spotlight is on these beauties by I Do Originals. We particularly love the look of elegant black on white, but they come in a variety of colors, fonts, and styles (phrases like "Thank you!" as well as single and triple initial monograms).       

As with any new wedding innovation, it all started as what she calls "a happy accident". Shortly after she posted  her wedding photos online, she started receiving replies, emails and phone calls asking her to create her one-of-a-kind personal pieces like these wedding parasols. She created a website to manage the response and offer up FAQs, opened a workspace, and started a business. 

Today, I Do Originals sells beautiful personalized monograms and wedding logos and wedding accessories from parasols to aisle runners, monogrammed banners, unity candles. 

Have a wedding innovation inspired by your own nuptials? Share them with us so we can post on Chandelier!