…#13, Congratulations!

A big thank you to everyone who recently participated in the giveaway for the book, “How I planned Your Wedding” and a $50 Macy’s gift card!  You really posted some great wedding advice and some hilarious wedding funniesToo much fun!

One of my favorite funnies was the reader who wrote about the acorns that kept falling on her guests’ heads during her outdoor wedding.  OH, my gosh, that’s hilarious.  I can just picture it!  For those of you planning outdoor weddings, you may want to consider doing research on what kinds of tree branches hover over the area.  Ha, ha!  Also, watch out for the birdies – our winner’s bridesmaid got pooped on!

Speaking of, our winner, Lucky #13, has been chosen randomly through Random.org.

Lucky #13, please email me with your shipping info by March 9th, 2011 so we can get you reading and shopping!  Unfortunately, if we do not hear back from you by that date, we will have to choose a new winner.  For those of you who didn’t win, no worries – you can still grab a copy of the book, “How I planned Your Wedding” by clicking HERE.  Cheers and happy planning!

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You might remember that last post where I mentioned Pantone released their Fall 2011 Fashion Color Report. I told you I’d have inspiration for weeks!  My eye went right to Orchid Hush.

It quietly called to me!

When you come across a color you just love and want to build a color palette around it, it’s helpful to refer to a color wheel.  Locate your starting color on the wheel.  Orchid Hush is a tint, it has quite a bit of white in it.  It’s located near the center of the wheel.

You can look directly across the wheel to find your colors complement.  Complementary colors tend to have a lot of contrast when placed next to each other.  In this case, a pale yellow would be my complement and would work great with Orchid Hush!

I decided to push it a little further and see what other color combos I could come up with.

A triad color relationship is when three hues are equally positioned on the color wheel.

An analogous color relationship is when colors are located adjacent to each other on the color wheel.

A monochromatic color relationship is when colors are the same shade or tint variations of the same hue.

Choosing your colors based on their relationship to each other on the color wheel will guarantee harmony.  Isn’t harmony what we want in all of our relationships?!

Sources:
Winter Wedding Inspiration: Inspired by This
Boutonnieres: Martha Stewart Weddings
Lavender Window Decor

Thank you, Denise!  Brides, need more inspiration or help with color?  Looking for someone to custom design your invites?  Be sure to visit Denise at www.bellisstudios.com.  Happy planning!  -Jaim

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…Drool!

I don’t think I need to write much here to explain how I feel about these shoes.  All you need to do, my dears, is look at them and you’ll understand.  Just LOOK at these SHOES!  They are special.

(Photo credit: Via seller ModernVintageBoutique on Senseofashion.com)

Whether these become bridal shoes paired up with a gorgeous wedding gown, under super cute bridesmaid dresses or under a sexy pair of jeans, I think you know these are um, well, must haves.  It’s quite tragic that my feet are too big for these beauties – they only go up to size 9.  I’m a big fo0t 10 over here.  Jipped!  Oh well, at least one of you darlings will be able to enjoy…so do, enjoy!

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A Great Way To Kick Off Valentine’s Day, Wouldn’t You Say?

Brides, maybe you’ve just started to dip your toes into your wedding planning.  Yay!  Perhaps you’re dancing in the middle of it right now or you’ve already taken the jump into your happily-ever-after!  No matter what kind of wedded bliss you’re enjoying right now, you’ll get a kick out of the new book, “How I planned Your Wedding” !

Written by Elizabeth Wiggs Maas and her mother, the romance novelist Susan Wiggs, this true, tell-all mother-daughter story is a delightful read from the very start.  Truths are told without shame, experiences are shared with humor and creative advice is given.  It’s really a must-read for anyone about to say “I Do”!

This charming book brings reality to brides and comfort to moms everywhere.  Even if you’re not getting married or like myself, have already walked down the aisle, grab some hot chocolate, kick back and let the pages turn themselves…it’s truly adorable!  As is this giveaway…and um, you of course – but that’s a given!  Ready?

(Photography by:  Yvonne Wong)

One lucky reader will not only win a copy of  “How I planned Your Wedding”, but will also get to enjoy a $50 gift card to Macy’s!  How’s that for exciting, especially during this long winter – what’s better than a good book and some fab shopping?  Who’s in?

So here’s the plan.  To enter to win, simply leave a comment on this post telling me your best piece of wedding planning advice or your funniest wedding memory – whether it was your wedding or someone else’s.  Spill the juice!!!

If you feel like being super cool and groovy and would like to earn an extra entry, follow It’s A Jaime Thing on both Facebook and Twitter (Counts as one entry total). Leave a separate comment on this blog post telling me you did so.  Can’t wait?  Buy the book by clicking HERE.

This giveaway is open to U.S. readers only (I’m sorry!) and will end at midnight CST on Monday, February 28, 2011.

***Just a note*** We like to keep it friendly and clean here, so be nice!  Any negative comments posted will not be published and will not count as an entry.  The winner will be chosen via a random generator, announced shortly after the closing date and will be notified by email.  The winner will have to claim their prize by contacting me within one week.  If the prize is not claimed within that time period, a new winner will be chosen.  Thank you, good luck and don’t forget to spread the word!  ~Jaim

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I wasn’t too sure where to go with this weeks color inspiration.  Then I opened an email from Pantone and BAM, color inspiration overload!!!  Pantone released their Fall 2011 Fashion Color Report yesterday.  Even though this is their Fall Report, I think there’s plenty of inspiration here for the Summer and even Spring bride.  Where do I start?  I have inspiration for several weeks here…

Thank you Pantone!!

The first thing that hit me was the cover of the report:

I’m partial to yellow, especially that yellow!  Pantone is calling it ‘Bamboo.’:

“Bamboo, a surprising fall hue, brings a warm, exotic flavor to the season.  Like a filtered sunset on the waning days of fall, Bamboo is a standout yellow with a subtle green undertone.  This dappled shade pairs dramatically with several of the top 10, including Phlox, Teal and Honeysuckle.”

Oh that Honeysuckle, Pantone’s 2011 Color of the Year!  I’ll say Bamboo pairs dramatically with it, remember my first post.  I teamed it up with Snapdragon, a shade of yellow that’s very close to Bamboo.

That’s not all that hit me.  Bamboo is the color I use in my ‘Katie’ Sunflower invitations!  I call it Curry, but it has the same green undertones.  I just finished printing the ‘Katie’ invite for a Spring bride, but we switched out the black for Eggplant.  Eggplant, hmm… very similar to Phlox don’t you think?  The results were gorgeous!

I’ve got Spring and Summer on my mind and I really don’t want to rush through them!  I’ll pretend we’re not talking Fall just yet and focus on the beautiful colors instead.  So what do you think of this palette?  Take the Pantone color survey and let me know what you picked!

Thanks for your guest post, Denise!  Brides, if you love her sunflower design and absolutely must have it for your own wedding, contact her by visiting her online at Bellis Studios.  Happy planning!

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…With Denise, of Bellis Studios!

I’m back with more color inspiration for the week. This is the time of year that many brides are planning for their upcoming spring and summer weddings. Well, Mother Nature decided to throw her own party here in the Midwest and we woke up to a winter wonderland. How could I not use that as my inspiration this week’s post?

I started with the silvery blue in the ring shown above that I found here on Pinterest. I built my palette around that, adding a touch of eggplant for interest. With winter whites, you can keep things simple and elegant while you let Mother Nature add the magic.

Sources:
January wedding: k. holly photography
Eclu: design your own peony

Real weddings, the Knot: Asheville, NC reception

Martha Stewart: White Winter Weddings

Vintage Antique Upcycled Edwardian Rhinestone Ring
(unfortunately the Etsy link is broken. If anyone knows the Etsy seller, please let me know)
The Dessy Group: Dessy Bridesmaid Style 2749 in Pantone 15-4008 Platinum

Dresses Tutor: Winter Coat

Blizzard_of_2011
Color by COLOURlovers
Thank you Denise, for providing us again with a gorgeous inspiration board! Love that color combo! Brides, if you’re looking to create invitations using this or any other color scheme, contact Denise. She can work with you to design beautiful, unique custom wedding invitations to fit your style and personality. Happy planning!

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