Wedding Colours for Spring 2013

With spring just about knocking at our door, we thought we should share the spring wedding colour report for 2013 with you.
According to Pantone, these are them ūüėČ

pantone spring

Mix them up, add a pop to your linens, bridesmaids dresses, florals, shoes, etc.

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Trends We Adore for 2013

By: Tracey Manailescu of Tracey M Events

What a great year for trying new patterns, prints, fabrics and colours. Old is new and new is old!

We are really excited to see some of these beautiful ideas come to light. We look forward to implementing some of them at Tracey M Events.
Which ones do you like best?

We love these patterned and pastel like coloured cotton ties from Tux & Tulle
Coloured & patterned neck ties

You might see brides and flower girls wearing floral crowns. Sigh, sweet romance is what comes to my mind…Thanks, Kate Moss! Photo credit: The amazing Mario Testino
Kate Moss flower girls

Art Deco Designs will be everywhere. These beautiful wedding invitations are from Ceci New York, of course!. (As if you had to ask.)
Ceci New York

The colour of the year according to Pantone is Emerald Green
We love this Pantone Inspiration board from Wedding Paper Divas
pantone emerald inspiration board

Lounge furniture will be taken to a new level. Swing tables? Blinged out furniture? Textures in fabrics? We say, bring it!
Swing Table
blinged out furniture

Shoes, oh glorious shoes…
Jimmy Choo
jimmy choo

Christian Louboutin
christianlouboutin-fifistrass-3100715_cm09_1_1200x1200

How to Tie a Bow Tie

By: Tracey Manailescu of Tracey M Events

How to Tie a Bow Tie

How to Tie a Bow Tie

Not just for black tie events…It seems the bow tie is making a comeback.
I did a wedding styleshoot last weekend and guess what? The model, our dashing wanna-be groom, was sporting a bow tie. Not your average bow tie, though, but a turquoise crocheted one! I can’t wait to share the photos with you soon.

Now I have never been good at tying a tie, much less a bow tie, so I was ever so grateful to find a ton of useful articles on the subject.
Sure, you can always buy or rent the ones that are velcroved on and button together, but wouldn’t you feel much more dapper and distinquished by having the pleasure of know-how?

Thanks to Spendid Northwest for letting us share this step-by-step guide with you:

How to Tie a Bow Tie

Hard Rock Cancun Grand Opening

By: Tracey Manailescu

We have just gotten back from beautiful Cancun, Mexico.  Danielle and I were invited to the grand opening of Hard Rock Cancun.  Wow!  What an amazing time we had!

Photo courtesy of: Hard Rock Hotel Cancun

We seriously were treated, and lived, like rock stars while we were there.¬† BTW, we have a newfound respect for those peeps who can party all night, and get up and do it all over again for days on end. (We sure gave it a good try, though…)

Photo courtesy of: Hard Rock Hotel Cancun

We arrived on Thursday afternoon and the festivities started that very evening.

Pinktober Fashion Show, auction & Cocktail on the Sunset Terrace featuring Juanras (it was a pink & white dress code).¬† What a stunning set up, and beautiful clothing from top Mexican designers.¬† Tons of drinks, food stations and passed hors d’oeuvres:

Tracey with the Pinktober car

 

Tracey “Kissing” it up!

 

Tracey on the pink carpet

Danielle at the Pinktober Fashion Show

Gina Tsirmpas, Director of Sales, Meetings & Incentives – Canada for Hard Rock, Tracey Manailescu, Sylvia of Event Simple and Lise, a travel agent in Montreal

Photo courtesy of: Hard Rock Hotel Cancun

Flo Rida concert on the beach under a tent with lounge furniture and mobile bars everywhere (Staff were always on hand to order drinks from, too!):

Photo courtesy of: Hard Rock Hotel Cancun

 

Photo courtesy of: Hard Rock Hotel Cancun

 

Photo courtesy of: Hard Rock Hotel Cancun

This was the infamous grand opening “Guitar Smash” ceremony.

Photo courtesy of: Hard Rock Hotel Cancun

Then there was the amazing Goo Goo Dolls concert (we were right up at the front standing-room-only for this entire concert):

Danielle at the Goo Goo Dolls concert

Photo courtesy of: Hard Rock Hotel Cancun

Believe it or not, we then went to the VIP After Party with DJ Aliyo where we danced, drank and ate our hearts out in the Rock & Roll Ballroom:

Photo courtesy of: Hard Rock Hotel Cancun

Danielle with Wilmer Valderrama

Gina Tsirmpas and I at the after party.

The last day was a pool party with DJ Dhanai and host, Wilmer Valderrama (who you may remember as FEZ from “That 70’s Show” or “Handy Manny” if you have kids) and a farewell BBQ with steak and lobster…For real!

Wilmer Valderrama Photo courtesy of: Hard Rock Hotel Cancun

 

Photo courtesy of: Hard Rock Hotel Cancun

*Photo courtesy of Gina Tsirmpas, pictured above with Flo Rida, Director of Sales, Meetings & Incentives – Canada.

Gina, thank you so much for inviting us.  You are unbelievable! Your dedication and passion is contagious, and you do it with a great big smile. You make the planning process that much more enjoyable. We look forward to working with you closely on our 8th annual Wedding Professionals Conference in November of 2013. www.weddingconf.com

A HUGE thank you to all of the wonderful staff and management that made this event happen.  Really and truly, the staff at the resort are amazing!  Very customer-based.  So many times they went out of their way to make our stay enjoyable. Bartenders, servers, cleaning staff, entertainment staff and management; Thank you!

**All photos taken by Tracey Manailescu or Danielle Andrews Sunkel, unless otherwise mentioned.

 

When in Rome..Fun Things to Do on Your Honeymoon

Photo: Taken by me (Tracey Manailescu)

Rent a scooter:

For the brave at heart only!¬† Seriously…If you have previous experience driving through Italy then you know what I am talking about. Drivers will drive on the sidewalks, straight at pedestrians and other vehicles on the wrong side of the street, cut you off and flip you the finger if you get in their way or dare to defend yourself. You can drive a¬†scooter up to 125cc with no motorcycle license required. ¬†*Anything 150cc and up does¬† requires a valid motorcycle license.¬† To rent a scooter, you must be over eighteen and hold a valid driver’s license. All major credit cards are accepted as well as cash. Helmets, insurance¬†and bike locks are usually¬†included with your fee and GPS navigation devices can be rented at an additional cost.¬†(Ask if you are unsure).¬† Take a scheduled tour from the rental company such as what they have at Bicibaci.com (They have over 10 amazing ones to choose from!)

*For the first time or those a bit timid, try renting a scooter on a Sunday when it is way less crowded.¬† You will see mostly tourists out and about, or in the evenings during the week.¬† We couldn’t believe the difference with the traffic and crowds on Sundays.

Sketch Artist (Have a Sketch Drawn of you and your Honey):

Caricature Artist near Fontana Trevi

Wedding Shoes That Dreams are Made of…

By: Tracey Manailescu

My name is Tracey Manailescu…and I have a shoe fetish.¬† Always have, and I¬†probably always will!¬† Shoes make me happy!¬† Shoes make me giddy!¬† The shoes I¬†am wearing, give me confidence when I am nervous.

What do you think of these beauties for your wedding day, engagement party , bridal shower or bachelorette party? (They can apply to any.)  Give your wedding day a boost by infusing YOU into your wardrobe from head to toe.  Bring out your wild side!  Come on, I dare you. Imagine any of these in your photos!

Warning:  Some of these babies will set you back a bit (understatement), but come on!  They are so worth it!

Ferragamo

Steve Madden

Jimmy Choo

Jimmy Choo

Jimmy Choo

Jessica Valentine

Valentino

Prisela

Diane von Furstenberg

Giuseppe Zanotti

Christian Louboutin

Figgie

Le Silla

D Squared 2

Colin Cowie’s Wedding Collection for Hard Rock Hotels

By: Tracey M Events

Attention couples:

If you follow us on Twitter or FaceBook, then you already know that we were in Dominican Republic last week at the Hard Rock Punta Cana.   This is a HUGE resort full of tastes to suit any couple. Romantic, silly, wild or family focused.  They have it all!

The wedding department at Hard Rock Punta Cana are a fab group of professionals, who I now know personally.  I am proud to say they are a part of WPIC and the WPIC Alumni Association.  This makes it SO-O-O much easier when we are working together for a destination wedding.  I really believe it takes teamwork to make a wedding successful. Respect between the vendors throughout the wedding planning process, only helps everyone involved do their best for you. I had a great wedding site inspection around the property where I got to see the prime ceremony and reception sites.  *There are plenty of choices and back-up plans in case it rains.

You can have your very own Rock Star wedding designed by the infamous wedding designer extraordinaire, Colin Cowie.  He is the designer for 9 wedding collections.

Check them out (*All photos with Colin Cowie wedding pkgs. are courtesy of Hard Rock Punta Cana Hotel):

El Sol

Insignia

Metallic Dunes

Purple Shimmer

Rocker Chic

Sea Galss

White Rosette

Compliments of Hard Rock

Elegant Ivory

For pricing and what is included in each of the above, please click here.  Hard Rock also has some pretty cool planning tools and optional services.  You also need to view their wedding guidelines.