Elements of Royalty

Luxurious, extravagant, and for most over the top, these multi-purpose stands created by a company based in Canada – Meravo Events, are certainly striking. The design is definitely imaginative and inventive, and for the couple that is attracted to opulence, these extraordinary, multi-function pieces can be used for a Chuppah or a bridal backdrop or simply as a statement-making decor element. The same piece can start out as a backdrop by the kallah’s chair, then reassembled for Chuppah and then used as grand entrance decor for the dancing.

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Print Your Own Letterpress Invites

Do you find letterpress as enchanting as I do? There’s something about the simplicity of colors, the rustic feel, and the spirit of tradition and old-time craftsmanship that makes letterpress prints absolutely delightful. Letterpress wedding invitations have become very popular in recent years with trendy brides, but I haven’t seen it catch on as much within Jewish orthodox or modern orthodox circles. You’ll find plenty of printers in your area that now offer letterpress printing if you’ll do a simple web search, but I would like to tell you about a kind of do it yourself option.

There are printing studios that offer their customers printing press time for rent. (One such studio is The Arm in Brooklyn, NY, where you can rent a press for $20 per hour.) These printing shops also offer classes for beginners. These classes will guide you through the basics of letterpress printing and the various materials that can be implemented for a desired result.

One can also take a slight shortcut with the help of Boxcarpress.com which will make photopolymer plate based on your image file. Together with a base which will hold your plate and inks of your choice you’ll be able to print just like a pro when you’ll go to a rentable press near you.

To discover the world of letterpress printing, visit briarpress.org.

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BHLDN Decor | Part 2

Yesterday we heard the news about the new addtion to the BHLDN product line which has EXPNDed from wedding dresses and jewelry to include a complete (and growing) line of wedding and party decor, which has tons of fun wedding paraphernalia and accessories from nature-inspired tabletop and serving ware to mood-setting candles, to festive decorations and fanciful stationary. Just browsing the shop makes you want to throw a party. Any couple out there who has an open Sheva Brachos night? You don’t know me, but can I make your sheva brachos anyway? ….Oh, well. That’s alright. My sister is seriously dating a guy. …Hopefully, there will be an engagement party to put together. …The problem with engagement parties is that they are made too soon after the engagement – no time to plan. …Hmm, I think I am getting carried away…

Back to BHLDN. If you’re tired of the sleek, the modern, the square plates, the near neon colors, then you’ll love the BHLDN down-to-earth, some with a nature motif, some with a vintage feel, some americana-flavored but totally charming wedding provisions. To check out the new stuffs, click here.

Here are some of the things there that caught my attention:

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At Home LeChaim / Vort

Yael at Culinary Kosher shared wonderful pictures of an engagement party (vort) held at home. These photos beautifully illustrate how a space – in these photos a large living room – can be turned into an elegant venue for a vort. Simple and classy food displays, enticing dessert tables, and charming salad-bar stands can be achieved with almost any flat surface. There’s no one way to set it all up, but when the elements are harmonized together, the overall effect is delightful.

Personalized elements will give your set up an extra measure of put-togetherness and attentiveness to detail. There are many ways to personalize. It does not necessarily have to be the food. It may be personalized napkins, cards, or any other accessories.

Individual salad cups and individual portions in general are definitely an extra effort but sure add to the sense of elegance. And another note: even if you’re hosting a party at home, don’t skimp on the wait-staff. A waiter is not as expensive as you may think, and will alleviate much of the burden and will also help maintain a state of cleanliness throughout the evening.

Levels – not only maximize space but more importantly heighten (pun intended) the feeling of order and harmony amongst the displayed foods.

You can never have too many mini-desserts! (Don’t ask your dietitian.)

If you have recently hosted a simcha and would like to share with us your planning process and ideas (and of course, pictures!) please email us to team@chossonandkallah.com. We’d love to hear from you!

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Sketching the Dress

Vera Wang every once in a while posts on her blog a few notes about the thinking behind the designs of some of her gowns. These notes are usually accompanied with her sketches. I really enjoy comparing the sketches to the finished product. And although, I am sure that the sketches that Vera publishes on her blog are chosen to match the finished gown, it still fascinates me to see the drawings.

From the Spring 2011 Collection

Fern – two-piece silk gazaar gown with multi tiered peplum bodice and cascading peplum skirt with layers of tissue organza in a ‘ladder’ technique.

Flora – Tulle and tissue organza ball-gown with floral sea bead embroidery on bodice, draped skirt with floating floral motifs.

Fawn – a light and airy mermaid gown with cascading layers of Chantilly lace applique and soft tissue organza blossom flange skirt.

From the Fall 2010 Collection

Eliza is a tulle ball-gown with with floating Chantilly and Alencon lace applique bodice, softly tucked skirt with swirling pleated organza insert.

Eloise – One-shoulder tissue taffeta A-line gown with asymmetrically draped bubble skirt.

To see more of these sketches, visit Vera’s Blog.

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