Entertain your Guests Throughout your Whole Wedding Weekend (1 of 2)

Inviting a large number of family and friends together can be a slightly stressful, yet wonderful time. If you plan on extending your wedding celebration into a whole weekend, it can be a great idea to have extra festivities to keep your guests occupied while they meet and mingle. These are definitely not required, but if you have it in your budget, it can be a generous and fun gift to your guests who may not know each other, or the city where you’re getting married.

Welcome Party

Throwing a welcome party is a great way to kick off your wedding weekend, and to greet and introduce your guests in a relaxed atmosphere. Get inspired by backyard barbecues, cocktail parties, or find a place that showcases local flavor, such Texas barbecue, Chicago deep-dish pizza, or Wisconsin cheese curds. This is also an opportunity to introduce guests to the area.



Wedding Party Field Day

If you have a large wedding party the dress rehearsal may be their first time meeting each other. To break the ice and let everyone bond, throw a wedding party field day. Think classic backyard party games like three-legged races or water balloon toss. After, continue the fun by heading out to your favorite local bar or attraction.



Morning Yoga

Have a favorite yoga teacher or studio in town? Host a special wedding day yoga class for your guests at the studio or their hotel. This can be a great way to get everyone’s day started, and fill the time gap before the ceremony. If you have time feel free to join too, taking an exercise class can reduce any last minute stress or jitters.


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Tips and Tricks to Stay Organized While Wedding Planning

Balancing work, family and social life while planning a wedding can make your head spin, so we’ve compiled a short list of our tried and true strategies to manage our schedules. Whether you’re an old-fashioned pen and paper gal or a tech saavy scheduler, taking a few minutes to schedule will save you time and stress in the long run.

Your New Best Friend: A Monthly Planner

Pick a small paper planner in a cute pattern that will motivate you to actually use your planner. Target, Kate Spade and Erin Condren have a plethora of options that are adorable and practical. Target combines style and affordability, Kate Spade is quirky yet professional and Erin Condren is truly a life planner.

Fill your planner with your weekly and monthly schedules, incorporating multiple colors of ink to differentiate schedules. For example, use purple ink for bridal fittings and blue ink for work functions. In addition, use sticky notes as a way to compile miscellaneous to-do lists and important tidbits to remember.

One way to mark multiday projects or weekend getaways is with washi tape. Use light colors and write on the tape to serve as a reminder for days that need to be blocked off such as a bachelorette party weekend getaway!

Integrate your Activities with Online Calendars

Both Google Calendars and iCloud are great options to streamline your schedules to all your devices. Using either a Google or Apple account, create schedules that incorporate times, locations and reminders for important events. This practical option is great for checking your schedule on the go and coordinating meetings with online, shareable calendars.

Another way to manage your schedule online is by using a desktop wallpaper that serves as artwork and a monthly calendar. Graphic designers such as Dawn Nicole Designs and Bonnie Christine create free downloadable, aesthetically pleasing and practical wallpapers for each month!

Bonnie Christine's October-inspired desktop wallpaper

Bonnie Christine’s October-inspired desktop wallpaper

The key to staying organized and on top of your schedule is to take the time to find a method that works for you. Use these methods to base your scheduling but make adjustments to create a plan that is the most convenient and effective for you!

Vendor Spotlight: MMoCA – Madison Museum of Contemporary Art

A combination of stunning State Street and Capitol views paired with a sweeping glass staircase and rooftop sculpture garden? Count us in.

The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, also known as the MMoCA, is a unique, breathtaking setting for one of the most important days of your life, your wedding. With three different ceremony and reception locations as well as amazing catering offered by Fresco, the MMoCA is a sure way to wow your guests and stun in photos.

Three stories above State Street, MMoCA’s rooftop sculpture garden fuses art with an urban environment. We love the contrast and customizability the rooftop space offers our couples.

In addition, the MMoCA has stunning indoor venues for all seasons. The glass lobby is an exquisite setting for your ceremony. Use the glass staircase to make a dramatic entrance while incorporating beautiful natural light. The Lecture Hall is a dramatic space for your vows that ensures all eyes will be on the bride and groom.

MMoCA's stunning glass lobby

Lastly, add to your venue with Fresco catering. Inspired by fresh, seasonal flavors, the Fresco Catering team works to create a delectable, personalized menu for your event. From cocktails to dessert, Fresco’s high quality food will top off the perfect wedding.

Fresco Catering at MMoCA

If you’re looking for a modern, hipster chic space in Madison, MMoCA is it.  Check out one of our CBE weddings at MMoCA (Bethany & Simon) in the next issue of WI Bride Magazine!  Follow our social media, including our facebook and instagram for sneak peaks into a MMoCA wedding!

For more information on hosting your wedding or reception at MMoCA, please contact Bob Sylvester, Weddings Coordinator at 608.257.0158 x 242 or weddings@mmoca.org.

Photos via the MMoCA website, http://www.mmoca.org/about-us/mmoca-weddings

Match Your Hairstyle to Your Wedding Dress

You have the perfect dress, now you just need the perfect wedding day hairstyle. With a wide variety of dress styles today, finding the perfect hairstyle that equally compliments your dress but won’t steal the spotlight can be difficult. With these simple tips you will be well on your way to finding your perfect hairstyle!

High-Collar Wedding Dress

A topknot creates a clean, sophisticated hairstyle that plays up the ultra-formal feel of a high neckline. And a high bun elongates your neck, making it easier to pull off more dramatic detailed collars that would otherwise compete with your hair. A braid as a headband can also add embellishment without detracting from the gown, or you can keep it classic with a ballerina bun.



Bateau-Neckline Wedding Dress

A bateau neckline skims along the collarbone to show only the faintest hint of skin, which creates a classic silhouette that is very feminine. For an equally classic look choose a simple low bun. For modern look consider a high ponytail with some volume.

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V-Neck Wedding Dress

Wedding dresses with a V-neck draws the eye vertically, which elongates your neck, and will you make you look long and lean. To complement this style, try wearing your hair down with loose curls and deep side part. Or if you’re going for a more casual look, consider soft beach waves.





One-Shoulder Wedding Dress

With an asymmetrical neckline there are two directions you can go. Side-swept curls or a braid will balance the neckline and cover your shoulder. While a side-swept updo will focus attention on the neckline and won’t get in the way of shoulder details.



Strapless Wedding Dress

A strapless dress pairs great with a number of hairstyles, but we love the idea of pairing a shoulder-baring updo with this silhouette. Another exquisite look is loose waves. It ads versatility in photographs, and it can work with or without a veil.













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Bridal Beauty: Skincare Regimen for Glowing Skin

Each bride wants radiant skin that looks gorgeous and glowing for her pictures! For the best results start getting serious about your skin care routine 6 months before the big day. Here are some tips to follow!

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Consult with your dermatologist or skin-care professional about any existing problems you would like cleared up before your big day.


3 months before:

If you have been regularly having treatments such as laser or skin peels, you should start cutting back. Instead, try focusing on treatments such as hydrating or brightening facials. If you have it in your budget try to get a professional facial every three to four weeks, if not there are tons of DIY options that will give you similar results.


1 month before:

Being so close to your big day try avoiding any new products or services. You don’t want to cause any excess irritation or drying. This includes any skincare, hair care, or even makeup.

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Take time to treat yourself to a relaxing facial, focus on one that gives you extra hydration. This will also help you to feel pampered and calmer before your special day!

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Today is the day! If you wake up with an unwelcomed blemish, don’t touch it. Leave it to the makeup artist to cover it up. Furthermore, to cut back on any extra stress make sure if you have a makeup artist that you are somewhat familiar with the products they use. You don’t want to use anything that could cause a reaction. Finally, remember that excess alcohol and crying can cause puffiness, so make sure that you are drinking lots of water to combat it.



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Marvelous Marsala

Let me introduce you to a daring new color trend, marsala.  From haute couture runway shoes to statement lip colors, Pantone’s color of the year is making a statement in lifestyle, retail and bridal. If you’re as inspired as we are by this rich shade of wine, consider adding this color to make a bold statement at your wedding.

Bold Bridesmaids

Coordinate your bridesmaids in this universally flattering shade of Bordeaux or pair marsala with a neutral tone such as mauve to add variety to your bridal party.  Your bridesmaids will pop against urban and rural backgrounds as well as compliment the changing colors of fall.

Fresh Florals

Combine marsala with light, romantic colors to transition your florals from spring to fall.  Incorporate coral, peach, blush or white to compliment Marsala’s bold, deep tone.

Divine Details

If you’re looking to make marsala a more subtle addition to your wedding, consider adding touches on your wedding cake such as floral accents, table setting or a signature cocktail.

Bridesmaids photos via: http://www.elizabethannedesigns.com/blog/2014/11/03/elegant-burgundy-blush-fall-wedding/burgundy-and-mauve-bridesmaids/ & http://wibride.com/details/when-it-comes-color-make-it-marsala & http://www.knotsvilla.com/pantone-marsala-wedding-inspiration-color-year/.

Floral photos via: http://southernweddings.com/2015/01/22/fall-texas-wedding-by-kristen-kilpatrick/ & http://www.modwedding.com/2015/01/28/sultry-dark-floral-wedding-ideas-spice-things/ & http://www.100layercake.com/blog/2014/11/25/rich-plum-pink-fall-wedding-inspiration-floral-gold/ & http://www.theperfectpalette.com/2014/12/pantone-color-of-year-for-2015-marsala.html. 

Divine details photos via: http://www.lindseybrunk.com/blog/2014/11/13/thirsty-thursday & http://www.brides.com/blogs/aisle-say/2015/05/los-angeles-theater-wedding-ideas-heather-waraksa.html & http://southernweddings.com/2015/01/22/fall-texas-wedding-by-kristen-kilpatrick/ & http://www.100layercake.com/blog/2015/06/15/romantic-marsala-wedding-inspiration/

Meet our CBE Interns! – Fall 2015

We are excited to bring on 2 new ladies to our Cherry Blossom Events team this fall. Find out more about Tara & Rebecca, our 2015 Fall interns. We are ready to watch them grow in the event world and bring some more creativity to the table!

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Tara Marko
Use 5 words to describe what your own wedding would be?
“Modern, Romantic, Blush, Flowers, and Lights.”
What celebrity wedding would you have wanted to be an attendee at?
“Lauren Conrad and William Tell, with her amazing design skills I can only imagine how perfect their wedding was.”
What is your favorite wedding detail or trend? 
“I love fresh flowers at weddings, especially peonies!”
What do you like to do when you’re not dreaming about beautiful weddings and events? 
“Spend time with my friends, family, and puppy, Lucille. I also enjoy traveling, baking, and searching for new music.”
Rebecca Walsh
Use 5 words to describe what your own wedding would be?
“I hope my future wedding will be whimsical, romantic, timeless, fun and personal. ”
What celebrity wedding would you have wanted to be an attendee at? 
Lauren Conrad has been my style and beauty icon since the Laguna Beach days and I would have loved to attend her wedding to William Tell.  From her Bagdley Mischka dress to perfectly planned table layouts, I swooned over the classic, romantic details. 
What is your favorite wedding detail or trend? 
I absolutely love floral arrangements and I’m really excited to see how marsala, Pantone’s color of the year, will be incorporated into bouquets.  The rich, wine color is warm and inviting, a great addition to any fall wedding.
What do you like to do when you’re not dreaming about beautiful weddings and events? 
“I’m always excited to try a new fitness class but yoga will forever be my tried and true workout routine.  I’m currently training for the Madison half marathon so I’ve been spending a lot of time exploring all of Madison’s great running paths. If I’m not running around Madison, I’m most likely spending time with friends and family, reading or attempting to improve my cooking skills.”