Sunday, May 24, 2009

Cummerbunds and Tails???

Recently I was posed with a question over what is acceptable attire for a specific social event. I was sitting with the Best Man of an upcoming wedding and was looking at the tux that was chosen for the groomsmen. To my surprise, it was a tux with tails....

I immediately asked him, well what time is the wedding scheduled for? He wasn't sure, so we headed to the wedding website of the couple and found out that it is scheduled for 2 pm. Do we continue to focus on the social stigma of semi-formal, after five, formal, white / black tie....OR for our events and the accompanying attire matter simply on what we like and want?

If we are focusing on what is 'correct' attire for the occasion, then tails on a tux at 2pm in the summertime would be ALL WRONG! For a daytime wedding, even though a wedding is a formal event and you should ALWAYS be in Sunday's best, you would be ok in wearing a tailored suit, light or dark colored, and the tails, cummerbund, bow tie isn't necessary.

However, there are daytime formal weddings, which would incorporate tails or other formal dress such as long bridesmaid dresses and a formal wedding gown.

For guests, what would you wear or what is acceptable attire to such an occasion? In order to determine the formality of the wedding or special event, the first place to start is to consider the invitation. If the invitation is on heavy card stock, with calligraphy, then you can expect at least a semi-formal affair. If you are receiving an invitation via Evite, then it screams casual.

Whatever you do, make sure that you research the formality and are prepared for the occasion. If you have questions about do's and dont's for attire you can reference this site.

Friday, May 22, 2009

ENVI making a HUGE change

Get ready for some real changes! ENVI is now opening its operation in the Greater Washington, DC area. We are so excited to be able to offer our outstanding services, as well as starting to make plans for the ENVI Design Studio!

Keep following us....

Have a Happy Memorial Day weekend!

Friday, May 8, 2009

ENVI and Get Partnership

GREAT NEWS! We are so pyched that we have to share with all our readers.

First off, thank you to everyone who comes in and reads the blog! We look forward to the comments and making sure that our blogs get more interesting and informative on a daily basis. So, thank you to our readers.

Second, today we were contacted by our friends at Get Married and Get that they loved our post from yesterday about Resource Cafes and their feature on the show. How cool huh? Not to mention, we were asked to make a mutual partnership so that we can continuously share our stories with their readers and vice versa.

So, now of course we have to write more often and increase our variety!

Stay tuned....


Thursday, May 7, 2009

What is a Resource Cafe?

I was watching one of my favorite shows this morning, Get Married on Lifetime and one of the features was something that I thought was pretty neat, and wierd enough one of my ideas for ENVI expansion. There is this venue called the Wedding Cafe New York which is a space where brides and vendors can come together and plan the wedding from start to finish. These resource cafes are special because for vendors that don't have a store front or don't have space to house their centerpieces and designs on a daily basis, develop partnerships with premier wedding vendors and allow brides and the other essential parties in their planning process to come and meet the vendors at that location. Snazzy huh? I think so myself!

This is also a great resource to be able to have all your vendors meet a once, it cuts down on vendor meetings, traveling from one end of the city to the other, as well as making sure that every party involved in the process is on one accord. Simply amazing! I absolutely LOVE it!

Here are some pics of the Wedding Cafe in New York:

So, for my DIY brides, here is a budget friendly alternative which will also save you some time and money from running around town all day! Granted, the vendors that are at these resource cafes are the best of the best and could be a bit on the higher priced end, the security of knowing that you will be WELL taken care of is priceless for a flawless wedding day.
Until next time...

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

LUXE for LESS: Crystal Tree Centerpieces

Since the Real Housewives of Orange County season a few years back, the crystal tree craze has become a new staple in weddings and creating a focal point for dynamic decor. Crystal trees are pretty expensive items to have someone else make just based off the time it takes to make, BUT it is something that you can spend your own time to make and make it a fun project for you and your hubby - to - be, therefore are other ways that are more budget friendly for brides to have and still allow them to be glamourous ideas for the bride.

Here is the crystal tree that was in Brides magazine. Doesn't it look gorgeous? Here are the instructions to make the crystal tree:

1. Ethereal Decor sells faux reproduction and real Manzanita trees which are the base for the crystal tree centerpiece. Choose your tree, faux or real, in your color that you want.

2. You can either purchase individual crystals or the already strung crystal beads and string the beads.

This is a wonderful project. Try it out and let me know how it turns out.

Until next time...


Use a Professional or DIY???

With the onset of economic challenges for all people, there are more people who are deciding to have DIY (do-it-yourself) projects such as decor, invitations, thank yous, catering, photography, etc. by soliciting the talents of friends, family, and of course carving out time to do them yourself. Well, what is the difference between hiring a professional for your special events versus doing it yourself?

Well, there are many differences and benefits of hiring a professional. Specifically, that professional is an EXPERT in their field. For example, the team at ENVI Weddings & Special Events is the EXPERT in wedding and special event planning. We have had training and certification in all aspects of special events, both social and corporate. Therefore, we know what to do and how to avoid some major event mishaps. Secondly, if you choose not to use a professional, then your team of DIYs have to work during your special event. Your event should be a time where all of your friends, family, and yourself should be able to enjoy the festivities, not be on radar and man the ship to watch out for anything that may not run smoothly....that is why there are planners, coordinators, designers, florists, and photographers, to take that stress off of you and allow the pros to do what they do best!

Even though money may be tight is some areas, there are GREAT professionals who are budget friendly and can make your event blossom with the resources you have to work with. ENVI Weddings & Special Events specializes in providing solutions for the budget - friendly bride, the last minute party host, and the time conscious mom!

Until next time....


Sunday, May 3, 2009

Different Name, Same Vibe

ENVI Consulting & Associates, Inc. has re-created to a new and improved look! We still operate with the same standards and have the same goals, but want to provide a definitive answer to our clients of ....what do you consult??? Weddings & Special Events! Therefore, we have changed our name from ENVI Consulting & Associates to ENVI Weddings & Special Event Planning.

With our ultra-chic and pleasantly posh feel, we provide an uber couture sense of glamour to our clients and their guests at ALL our events.