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March, 2014
Incorporating “Oscar Gold” Into Your Event

Incorporating “Oscar Gold” Into Your Event

“And the Oscar goes to….”

So maybe we didn’t get to attend the Oscars, but you can still incorporate that “Oscar Gold” into your wedding or special event. Gold adds richness and warmth to everything, it illuminates and enhances other things around it using it as a neutral to allow you to add additional color(s).

Watching the Oscars inspired us to make a few suggestions for adding “Oscar Gold” at your event.

Best Dressed(Your Dress)

Let’s talk fashion.  If you want to wear a traditional white or off-white dress, you can still wear your Gold on your feet with a gorgeous pair of heels. If accessorizing with gold on your feet is not the style you were looking for on your wedding day, consider gold jewelry. Gold is used to show royalty. Let your inner Queen be shown to the world on your special day.  Keep your jewelry light and elegant, too much gold can take focus away from your beautiful dress.

Some modern brides choose to wear more than one dress on their special day which may include a  traditional dress for the ceremony and a shorter or more form fitting party dress for the reception. A gold or champagne colored dress could be an elegant option for the second dress.

Best Supporting Actress(Your Bridesmaids)

Every star has an entourage. On your wedding day, it is your bridesmaids, the friends and family that have been with you through it all. So not only do you want to look magnificent on your day but you want them to look just as good.  A darker shade of gold is deep and warm and may pair well with some darker accent color like crimson, hunter green, or navy. If that is too dark for your palate, you can try a lighter shade such as champagne which may better allow you to mix brighter hues with that such as pinks.

Best ‘Set Design’(Your Décor)

Décor is a highly anticipated part of any wedding or special event. The glitter of gold is sure to catch the eye in a variety of ways. One way to set a mood and make your reception space inviting is the use of up lighting. Ambiant up lighting in a warm amber will set a soft, romantic glow to cast the “Oscar Gold” hue for your event.  Also consider the use of gold on your tables with a variety of options for gold linens.  There are many options for gold linens with softer tones in mattes like lamours, taffetas and benagalines or go for the shiny option with brassy gold threads, sequins or beading.

The After Party (The Cocktail Reception)

When serving passed hors d’oeuvres, we suggest using gold trays to pass them on. You may also find items where you can sprinkle edible gold luster dust to make the food sparkle.

Champagne is a signature beverage of Oscar night and is also a great ingredient for many specialty cocktails.

We would like to suggest The Champagne Etoile. Just follow the simple recipe below to make your own.

The Champagne Etoile

1 cup sugar (or 3/4 cup agave)

1 cup water

1 vanilla bean, split and seeds scraped

Bourbon of your liking (we used OOLA) 

Prosecco or sparkling wine, chilled

Lemons, cut into wedges

Combine the sugar, water, bean and seeds in small pot. Bring to a boil over medium heat and cook until the sugar is dissolved. Let cool to room temperature and discard the bean.

For one cocktail, add a shot of bourbon and two tablespoons vanilla bean syrup to a chilled champagne flute. Fill to the top with prosecco. Squeeze lemon juice into glass and drop rind in. Serve.

Whatever you choose to incorporate, you don’t have to be in Hollywood to be a star. We like to make sure  everyone is a star of their own event.

 

Photo Credit:

Jessica Burke http://www.jessicaburke.com/

Erin Hearts Court http://erinheartscourt.com/

The Knot http://www.theknot.com/weddings/photo/gold-bridesmaid-dresses-70524

Gold 1.1 Gold 1.2 Gold 1.3 Warm Amber Up LightingHeather Rice Photography http://www.heatherricephotography.com/photographers-confession-2-let-there-be-light-central-florida-and-orlando-wedding-photographer-uplighting-your-event/

Technology in events

Technology in events

 

You probably have a wedding website, it’s the natural thing to do now to be able to convey useful information to your guests about your upcoming wedding.  But why stop at just using a wedding website? Here are some more ways to incorporate technology and social media into your wedding.

Special #Hashtag for Photos

Everybody loves to take pictures, especially at weddings. Most likely these pictures will end  up on social media. As the couple, naturally you want to see all of the pictures that were taken of your big day. Encourage your guests to post them by creating a special hashtag just for your pictures. Your wedding #hashtag can be whatever you would like. If the #hashtag is too simple or generic, there is a possibility that other weddings have used that #hashtag and you will have to sift through pictures.

Hashtags can be used on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. In order to use #hashtag for your pictures on your site here are the basic steps:

Upload the picture. Type your #hashtag in the caption field. After you tag your post with a hashtag, you will be able to tap on the hashtag to see a page that shows all photos and videos users have uploaded with that hashtag.

In order to let your guests know about your special #hashtag there are many options. You can post a chalkboard with the information, send information on your invitations, put a card on each table for all guests to see and let people know about it on your wedding website.

Social Media Kiosk

Another fun way to add pictures to social media is using a Social Media Kiosk. This photo booth kiosk allows you to take multiple pictures – with or without props then when you’re done the pictures get sent to a built in I-Pad.   You can scan through the pictures that have been taken, choose your favorite and upload the pictures to Facebook, Twitter, or even E-mail.  From this post you can #hashtag a picture or just simply upload the fun photo booth pictures that you took. There are many companies all over the country that provide this fun interactive technology for events.

Virtual RSVP

A big part of the wedding is how many guests you will have attending. Sometimes getting guests to send back their response cards is a hard task. People are busy and just may forget that today is the day they had to let you know if they were attending or not. Consider giving your guests the option by responding via email or on your wedding website.  If you choose to have your guests respond via your wedding website, make sure when setting up your account this option is available. Weddingwire.com offers the option of letting your guests respond on your site. In order to allow your guests to RSVP via your website, guests names must be spelled correctly. Once the guests find their name, they can RSVP to the ceremony and reception. You can edit your website to your preference of what guests RSVP to. Also, if there is a meal choice, guests can select on your website. For your database, a report is made with number of guests attending, their names, and their meals.

In order to let guests know about your email or website RSVP, on response cards that are sent with invitations state the method that can be used to responding. With this added form of responding you may have your RSVP’s back before you know it.

 

Livestream Ceremony

When planning your wedding,  you always have that worry that someone important to you cannot attend.  It may be due to distance, medical issues , military deployment or another obstacle that may prevent them from attending. There is a way to have those special people in your lives participate without actually being present.  Live connections can be set up to allow those that are not able to attend to be apart of the event as it happens.  There are multiple ways to Livestream your ceremony. Two popular ways are: I Do Stream  and YouTube Live Streaming. I Do Stream is a professional that partners with videographers who come to your ceremony to perform the live broadcast for you. On their site, they have a link to find a videographer that they work with. In order to perform your broadcast, they have a kit that you rent, which provides a laptop, HD camcorder, tripod and software with broadband wireless access included. With I Do Stream you also have the option of setting up the broadcast yourself. Step by step instructions are sent to connect your camcorder to the streaming servers.  Another source of live streaming your ceremony is YouTube Live Streaming. You will need a webcam, laptop, WIFI, and a software encoding program such as Flash Media Live Encoder to use YouTube.  Once you have all of these, YouTube has a step by step guide to help you set up your Live Streaming. Make sure to test your stream two weeks in advance as well as the day before. This will ensure that there are no glitches on your big day.

Photo Credit:

http://www.cyprusweddingsmagazine.com/How-to-Instagram-your-Wedding–art.php

http://www.photomadic.com/

https://beyondvideo.wordpress.com/category/live-streaming-weddings/

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