color trends

Ultraviolet.

Ladies and gentlemen, I have to admit I was disappointed with the release of the 2018 Pantone Color of the Year. I’ve been dreaming of deep eggplants and strong navy blues with blushy pinks and 800 shades of gray, and what I have to work with is…ultraviolet.

Now, if you are a bold and bright kind of gal, this will be a super fun color to incorporate into your wedding theme, like we did in this whimsical wedding shoot of 2016:

Floral Design by Little Shop of Flowers. Photos by Shana Lynne Photography.

Are you a little more on the romantic side? You can stay ahead of the trend and tone it down a bit by going a bit more lavender, like this fairytale park wedding:

Floral Design by Little Shop of Flowers. Photo by Shana Lynne Photography.

Both great ideas, but I’m still searching for the look that’s just right for Missouri weddings in 2018. Stay tuned as we work on creating our styled shoot for the Pantone color of the year!!

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what is pantone and why should you care?

It is December!! Which makes my heart happy, because any day now we will find out the Pantone Color of the Year!!

Anyone else??!!

If you are planning a wedding this year and want to get ahead of the curve, Pantone is the place to go to get inspiration for your vision. Pantone selects colors based on trend-forecasting and provides direction to the global design community…without a doubt, their predictions shape what draws us in the coming years.

Anyone coming down off of the Marsala craze that took over Pinterest accounts and swept the wedding industry?

Lauren Medley Floral. Photo by Shana Lynne Photography.

It was the Pantone Color of the Year 2015.

The popularity of greenery taking the spotlight in bouquets and arrangements?

Lauren Medley Floral. Photo by Shana Lynne Photography.

Greenery was literally the name of the Pantone Color of the Year 2017.

One of my last weddings of the season combined 2015’s Marsala with 2016’s Greenery AND incorporated the Classic Palette anchor of the season, Navy Blue. Whew!!

Haseltine Estate and The Nest. Photo by Jessica Yahn Photography.

Regrettably, I cannot say the same for 2016 when Pantone chose an unprecedented two shades…which thankfully, did not pick up steam in the wedding industry. I am sure the baby blue and powder pink worked marvelously at baby showers, but that is not exactly my specialty 😉

While I wait…patiently…to discover what is next in the world of wedding color palettes, I spend my moments dreaming up ideas with the Spring Color Palette, which you can find here.

I have a May 2018 wedding that features the Classic Palette with navy Sailor Blue and muted tones of Harbor Mist, Warm Sand, and Coconut Milk, shaking it up with the Spring Trends Almost Mauve and Ash Rose. I can’t wait!!

What are your favorites?

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bliss bridal experience

With the 2016 high wedding season wrapping up, brides and vendors alike are looking to the planning and preparation for the Big Days of 2017. If you are looking for tips and trends for the local wedding industry, don’t miss the fall round of bridal shows. Two great shows you won’t want to miss coming up in the next two weeks: All About Weddings on August 21 and Metropolitan Bride on August 28.

But I am SO EXCITED about The Bridal Experience on September 17th, 2016- the very first interactive, hands-on bridal experience in Southwest Missouri. Brides can walk through themed weddings, enjoy catering samples and cake tastings, try out wedding day hairstyles and makeup with professionals, hear live DJs, and win amazing prizes. ALL. DAY. LONG. Well, from 10am-2:30pm at least 😉

The very best part is that 100% of ticket proceeds benefit Project Harbor, a local nonprofit that serves under-resourced women and children in our area. Absolutely none of the professionals hosting this event are keeping profit for themselves- it all goes back into Project Harbor. Love.

So what are you waiting for? Join us at the Main Street Historic building in Bolivar, Missouri on Saturday, September 17th, 2016 from 10am-2:30pm. Tickets are just $10, but you can snag a discount if you bring all the girls. Flower girls get in free! If you hurry you just might snag one of the super-awesome VIP swag bags! BlissBridalExperience.com for more info or tickets. We’ll see you there!

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faves on friday

Inspiration from the week: wedding planners and local vendors sharing bridal bliss around the web. Enjoy!

IN LOVE with the flower crowns from Lauren Medley Florals at exclusively at Little Uptown Kids.

It can be so hard to help everyone feel included while planning your big day. Check out How to Include Everyone in Wedding Planning (Even Your In-Laws) on Style Me Pretty.

I really have a soft spot for boho. This Moroccan Bohemian styled shoot at 100 Layer Cake offers a unique twist on all things feathers, braids, and barefeet 🙂

Winter skies have me yearning for something fun and fresh- this Whimsical Urban Elopement from Artfully Wed fits the bill!

 

Happy Friday!

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faves on friday

Inspiration from the week: wedding planners and local vendors sharing bridal bliss around the web. Enjoy!

Gorgeous copper and fuchsia styled shoot from local vendors! He Loves Me Flowers, Abby Mitchell Events, and Ella Weiss among many others featured last week on The Perfect Palette.

Intimate weddings are my fave! Quality over quantity wins every time. Quaint venue spaces in An Intimate Affair at 417bride.com.

After the I Do’s, it’s time to CELEBRATE! Check out 20 Secrets to a Fun Wedding Reception.

Navy is on trend this season- check out this Classic North Carolina Wedding from SouthernWeddings.com.

Bliss Events started a big ole vendor tour this week! Check out all the great vendors we’ve featured so far, and don’t forget to like our Facebook page so you don’t miss a thing!

 

Happy Friday!

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a love story

Photo by Chance Thompson Photography

Happy Valentine’s Day! Enjoy this precious love story from our clients, Jacob and Crystal, and stay tuned for photos from their wedding in May! Can’t wait!!

Hello! Tell us your story. How did you meet each other?

Well, this is us! Jacob and I met forever ago. We went to preschool together- he was my best friend. In our preschool yearbook, every photo that had him in it, I was right there beside him. Then I moved away in kindergarten. We didn’t stay friends after the move.

How did you reconnect?

Junior year of high school, my school got a cute new boy on the first day 🙂  We realized that we were still so much alike and it wasn’t long before I was calling him my best friend again. Over that summer we took a leap and decided to be more than friends. We dated all of senior year and two years after high school. Then one December we felt God moving in our lives. After many nights crying and going back and forth over what to do, we decided that we needed a break. [We wanted] to discover who we were without the other and to see if our love was more than just our high school fling.

How long did you stay separated?

For six months. Oh, how we thought the world was ending! In reality, it was just helping us mature into who we are so that we would be even more ready for the next step for us. During that time we still hung out almost every day. Our friendship grew even stronger and we got to know each other more. That summer we felt God tell us that it was our time. It was our time to be together again, and this time for good.

How did you get engaged?

One year later I was working in a restaurant on a Friday night during dinner rush and in comes my Jacob. He was dressed in a suit jacket and looked so sharp. He told me that I had clothes up front- I needed to change because we were leaving. I was completely confused. No one leaves in the middle of a shift, especially not on a Friday night. I changed and got into the car where a dozen roses were waiting for me. My stomach was in knots.

Where did he take you?

We arrived in Kansas City at the Melting Pot- where he took me on our first date. We were seated at a secluded table in ‘The Lovers Quarter’. The table was decked out with champagne and red roses, completely gorgeous. We enjoyed a four-course meal of fondue. At the end of the meal, the server brings out our dessert wine and in the bottom of my glass is the most gorgeous diamond ring a girl could hope for (just like in the movies! Eek!) I was beyond breathless. He got down on his knee and asked me to become his wife so that he could spend forever with me. It was everything I could dream and it was the perfect proposal for me. He couldn’t have made it more special.

How is the wedding planning going?

We’ve been counting down the days until we’re married. We are so extremely excited. It’s funny to us now to look back and see how it all started. As children we were already fated to be together. Everyday I discover something new to love and everyday he reminds me just how very special I am to him. I’m beyond blessed.

As for our wedding, we’re getting married on May 21, 2016 in Nevada, Missouri where all our family and friends can celebrate with us. For us, our wedding is not all about us. It’s about all those who helped mold us to become who we are and that love us. It’s our way of thanking them for investing in us and it gives us an excuse to eat cake without feeling guilty.

This is our love story. To us it means everything. Hope you’ve enjoyed it like we do!

Jacob and Crystal were the grand prize winners of our Love Stories contest. They will receive complimentary Day-Of Coordinating from Bliss Events. To submit your story for publication on SpringfieldBliss.com, please fill out the form on our Contact page. 

 

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faves on friday

Inspiration from the week: wedding planners and local vendors sharing bridal bliss around the web. Enjoy!

Flower crowns for all and a dog in a bow tie (!!) make for an unforgettable spring wedding: Palmetto Bluff Wedding at Southern Weddings.

Need help choosing your color palette? Go to the experts! Color Pairings Chart for the Color of the Year at Pantone.

V-day this weekend! Woot, woot! 5 Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day When You’re Engaged at The Knot.

More Valentine’s Day date night ideas: 15 Alternative Date Night Ideas at Rock N Roll Bride.

I want to live inside this wedding. No joke. Pink Woodland Fairytale Wedding at Style Me Pretty.

Happy Friday!

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calling local brides!

Hey, girl! Yes, you. With the big white dress on.

We’re looking for five recently married brides from the Ozarks to feature at Springfield Bliss. Lots of gals just got engaged over the holiday season, and they want to be inspired by the best weddings in the Springfield area!

To be one of the first featured weddings, we need a few things from you to get started:

5-7 photographs that showcase the details of your wedding. One should be a shot with you and your spouse and can be an engagement photo if desired.

List of vendors for services featured in the photographs: photographer, caterer, venue, cake, florist, dress shop, alterations, hair and beauty services, etc.

A  short bio that includes work and hobby information, when and how you met, your wedding date, and your favorite things about being married.

Answer your fave five of the following questions:

  • How did he propose?
  • How long did you spend planning the wedding?
  • What were your priorities for the wedding?
  • How did you spend money wisely?
  • Describe a moment during the planning phase that helped you and your spouse learn to work together better?
  • What creative ways did you incorporate parts of your personalities into the big day?
  • What was your favorite thing about the wedding?
  • If you could go back, what one thing would you have done differently? (Or two things J)
  • Share a funny/scary/frustrating/beautiful moment from the wedding day that you hope you never forget.

Fill out the comment form below, email me at steph@springfieldbliss.com, or contact me on Facebook if you’d like to reserve your spot. Can’t wait to see your wedding!

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you don’t have to…

Weddings are wrought with traditions. This can be a good thing, unless we carry on things that don’t make sense for us just because we’re “supposed” to. Here is your permission to break some rules. You don’t have to..

Invite your mother’s fourth cousin. Once upon a time, the family of the bride was responsible for footing the bill for the wedding, and so got the privilege of making many of the decisions surrounding how the money was spent (including the guest list.) These days, it’s the couple that pays for the bulk of the wedding expenses. In Greene County, you can expect to spend between $100-$120 per guest, so not inviting distant relatives and friends of parents is not a matter of disrespect, but a matter of finances. My rule of thumb? If you wouldn’t recognize the person on the street and they’ve never met your significant other, there is no reason to feel obligated to send an invitation. If  mom is adamant about someone in particular, gently explain your budget limitations and your reasons for not inviting this person. Trimming the guest list is the absolute best way to keep your out-of-pocket cost low and ensure your day stays intimate instead of chaotic.

Wear uncomfortable shoes. Or an uncomfortable dress, or a silly suit. Modern fashion rules dictate that there are no rules, and that includes your wedding day. Brides and their grooms choose to get married in whatever style they wish these days, from full-on tuxedo and ballgown, to denim and skater-dress with cowboy boots. The point is- don’t wear something you’ll be uncomfortable in. The day goes by waaaaay too fast to suffer blisters on your feet, a corset poking your ribs, or to feel like a penguin all night (for the fellas.) One fashion recommendation I do have? Keep it classy. Though celebrities seem to believe sexy gowns are the way to walk down the aisle, believe me, Grandpa and your future teenage son have no interest in seeing your breasts hanging out of your top. Save a secret for the wedding night, no?

Buy your guests a favor. They are there because they love you. And because you are buying them dinner. And because weddings are pretty much the only occasion we can get super spiffed-up for these days. You don’t need to spend an extra penny on an item that, quite honestly, will be in the trash by the end of the month. Upgrade your DJ instead to make sure they have a great time.

Send save-the-dates. Save the paper, postage, and time spent on Pinterest trying to find a unique idea to let people know that you are sending this piece of paper to let them know that soon you’ll be sending a piece of paper that will tell them to mark the date you are sending them now on the calendar. Whew. I wasted time just writing that. Seriously, if you think someone will need longer than 8 weeks to make arrangements to attend, just give them a call.

Spend an entire year planning a wedding. Especially if you’ve hired a coordinator (which I know you have, right? Right?!?) six months can pull together an amazing shindig, no problem. Less time just means you may have fewer options for vendors, photographers, caterers. More time means you have more options. If you and your honey can’t wait to get married, though, don’t fall for the traditional advice that says you need a year to fully plan. You don’t.

What about you? Any traditions you’re ditching for something that makes more sense for you?

 

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the beauty in simplicity

It is sooooooo easy to get caught up in picky details. We live in a world where every best moment is posted, every mediocre moment is deleted, and Pinterest-induced comas are epidemic among brides and wedding coordinators alike.

Our reasons are good. We’re caught in a love bubble. We want our guests to feel special. We want to create epic memories. We want to put our very best foot forward.

Then time speeds out of control. Before you know it, the wedding day is here. You’ve spent every moment poring over favor ideas, playing with your menu options, finding the perfect song…and you realize you haven’t been on an actual date with your guy in three months. You realize you put some extra dollars toward the cake, the jewelry, the place settings, the whatever, leaving less cash for the honeymoon, or a down payment on a home.

The Big Day should be a blast. And it should be bigger than a regular day. But it is one day where sometimes less truly is more. Nearly ten years ago, my husband and I tied the knot with what I considered a balance of extravagance and simplicity. If I could do it again, there are some things I definitely would have simplified. There are also things I would have spent more on. Katie Fox over at The Art of Simple expressed similar thoughts in an article she wrote earlier this year:

Anniversaries always make me wax nostalgic, and Shaun and I enjoyed reminiscing about the time we spent dating, our engagement, and the wedding itself. If there were ever a contest for the simplest wedding, I think ours would be a pretty solid contestant. It’s still probably the simplest wedding I’ve ever attended.

Back when we got married, we were young and idealistic. We planned to move overseas after getting married, and we didn’t want to accumulate a lot of “stuff”. In the same vein, we scorned the excesses of the wedding industry and rejected the idea of an expensive, extravagant affair. In the words of Dewey Finn, you could say we had a bad case of “stick-it-to-the-man-eosis”.

So, it was a simple wedding. Really simple. We reserved a pretty little city park in the middle of downtown for $60. We rented white folding chairs, and we asked a talented artist friend to do our flowers. Some other friends provided the music. I wore a white linen sundress that I found at TJ Maxx, with little white sandals, and I asked my two bridesmaids to wear sundresses of their choice. The men wore khakis and guayaberas. My dad even wore a Hawaiian shirt!

The reception space presented a little conundrum, until my aunt and uncle offered their home. Perfect. We asked four friends to each make one cake, and our biggest splurge of the event was that we catered a bar-b-que dinner, so everyone could go home with full bellies. It was simple, and it was all we wanted. We were deliriously happy.

Of course, we were young and poor, and totally constrained by finances, so it’s hard to say if we would have done it differently, had we had gobs of money. But honestly, I don’t think so. After it was all said and done, we heard a lot of feedback:

“I loved your wedding!”

“Your wedding was so YOU!”

“Man, you guys had the coolest wedding EVER!”
(I think that comment was from a fellow sufferer of stick-it-to-the-man-eosis.)

Today, if we were going to get married, would we do it the same way?

She talks about how difficult it can be to weigh the decisions in the wedding consumer-driven industry, and to keep your eye on the must-haves in a world of options. I know this pressure, too–in fact, when I meet with a bride, the very first thing I do is ask her to set her top three priorities. Knowing what those are going into the planning process keeps us on track for the vision. Katie finishes her beautiful post with this…

So, we looked at it like this: it’s just one day. One very important day, yet still – only one. But now, we’d probably do it differently. We might invite more people, or serve different food (I’m not even much of a bar-b-que fan!). I might wear a fancier dress, or choose a different location…who knows?

As with everything, it’s finding the balance that’s the challenge. In the face of our comparison-driven culture, it’s not always easy. We can get swept up into thinking that every possibility is a “must-have” without even realizing it.

10 years down the road from our sweet little wedding, we look back on it with great fondness and affection. But honestly, it’s everything that’s happened since then that really matters. Weddings last a day, but a marriage will (hopefully) last forever. I’m glad we did it simply.

You can read the whole post here. What about you? What are some ways you are simplifying your Big Day? What are you splurging on?

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