Friday, April 23, 2010

In Lieu of Programs

This past weekend, one of our Butterfly Brides shared one of the most touching ceremonies I have seen to date with her guests. She was a joy to work with and her and her husband's vows brought the congregation to tears. Throughout the planning, she wanted to keep the theme of originality and celebrating their personal relationship. They customized wherever they could, including the programs!

Because they had a non-church wedding and a relatively simple ceremony, they did not have an extensive order of service. Therefore, rather than printing ceremony programs, the bride printed a timeline of her relationship with her groom. Their first meeting right down to his proposal and then their nuptials were represented on the timeline. Guest book attendants handed these timelines out in lieu of programs and they were the topic of conversation all night.

This is just another way to customize your wedding and make the day centered around your relationship.

Happy planning!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation "Promise Ball" 2010

So the Butterflies were a part of a great endeavor Saturday night at the Peabody Hotel.  We were the event designers for JDRF's Promise Ball.  The theme was 1970's since the West TN Branch of JDRF was founded in 1970.  Everybody was dressed in their groovy attire as well as the event was.  We had daisy chains, crazy daisy backdrops, some awesome silent auction items and fabulous design in the Grand Ballroom.

Jack Soden, CEO of Elvis Enterprises, was the Honoary Speaker as was Elvis Enterprises was the Co-Sponsor for the event.  Andy Childs was the opening entertainment and then Party Planet helped the people get their groove on.

The event design was simple:  make it look goovy, yet elegant and classy!  Thanks to Mahaffey Events & Party Rentals as they provided all the white sateen drape all around the ballroom, the lit bars were by Cort Events as well as all of our lounge furniture was from Cort Events and of course the menu was delicious.  One of the desserts was an "Elvis" theme - chocolate cake, banana mouselinni with peanut butter and chocolate gaunche on top.  Oh it was too die for!  All the tables were draped in spandex as were the chairs.  Our color scheme in the dinner was purple, blue and green and the colors in our silent auction were hot pink, orange and yellow.  We had lava lamps at the registration tables and an adorable JDRF daisy sign too.  Haute Horticulture designed floral peace signs for the dinner tables and were introduced to "colored aqua balls"!

All in all it was a fabulous event as well as successful.  JDRF's goal was to raise $210,000 and they raised a little more than $336,000!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Facebook Reunites Again!

I know there are so many stories out there about people reconnecting after so many years because they found each other on Facebook.  I am so glad to say that I have been reunited with my best friend from 8th Grade!  We first ran into each other when our oldest children attended the same elementary school, but then I moved away and we lost touch again.  But then Facebook became a phenomenon and we reconnected again!

So why blog about a Facebook reconnection, because she is getting married this September and I am excited to say I am helping her plan her big day!  When I saw her adorable save the date had a turquoise ribbon, I couldn't wait to see if she would accent it with red!  Needless to say we had some opposition from the groom who wanted a lighter color, so we compromised and are doing turquoise/pool blue, red and pink!  Below are the turquoise/pool blue, red and pink inspiration boards.

She is going to wear her fabulous red heels with her wedding dress and then change into a red dress for the party part of the reception.

The reception location has a pool so we are going to float some red and pink rose balls in the pool with candles.

The gazebo she is getting married under is going to be draped in pink and red since it is white.

The aisle runner is going to be either pink or a custom red rose aisle runner.

Inside we are going to have pool blue satin overlays with a white base linen.  The chairs will be white chair covers with pool blue satin sashes.

Centerpieces will be tall clear vases with giant red rose balls and smaller pink rose balls on the tables.  Some tables will have a tablescape of pink rose balls and turquoise squatty vases w/roses coming out of them.

The dj is going to adorn the walls with pink, red and blue up lights.

For the groom we are going to do.....hmmm I think this was suppose to be a surprise, so I better hold off on saying in case he reads my blog!

So anyway, I so excited to be helping Wendy & Andy with their dream wedding.  Can't wait to post pictures of their September wedding.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Ask the Butterflies - Event Planning Advice Column

Hello, readers!

We here at Social Butterflies love blogging about the latest trends, wedding planning advice, color schemes, budget saving tips, and of course- sharing pictures and descriptions of the event designs we create! We could - and do - go on for hours. However, I am dying to find out... What do you, our readers, want to know?

I would like to use this post as a call to action to our readers. We invite you to consider our blog as an interactive "Ask The Butterflies" advice column on anything and everything weddings, events and such. Please email or simply post questions as comments. We will pool our expertise and give you the answers you are looking for! 

We look forward to helping you throw FABULOUS events! 

Ta-ta for now - Addie