Thanksgiving is about being thankful for everything you have, for your wealth.  And when I say wealth, I don’t necessarily mean money, but anything of value whether that is life, love, happiness or the gifts you are blessed with.  And while many of us are thankful for what we have, real thankfulness means sharing the wealth.  This is one thing I hope to do more of because there are always ways to help others.  So, I hope you’ll join me in sharing the wealth and bringing a little more joy to the world, even it’s just something small.  I wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov 24, 2014 by Jamie Chang

So, you know me, I don’t patrol celebrities, but I do like to check out interesting wedding choices especially when it comes to fashion and I’m loving the vibe from the New Orleans wedding of Solange Knowles and Alan Ferguson.  All white doesn’t particularly interest me (I’m prone to stains), but I do admit that it is visually striking.  More interestingly beyond the color, the bride opted to wear some capes that paired with a cream jumpsuit to start and then a white dress.  Both ensembles were very simple, but well executed and quite regal (especially the second one).

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Fun huh?  On a side note, I love the composition and artful look of the second photo.  Note to wedding photographers – this bridal party shot is money!

Nov 22, 2014 by Jamie Chang

Hello from sunny Hawaii!  We’re here on a little scouting trip and are loving the perfect weather (sorry to all those deep in snow).  While perfect weather is perfect, not so perfect weather can be quite a problem for weddings, so this week, we’re talking about the weather:  I’m having an outdoor summer wedding because I wanted good weather, but I’m starting to realize that it might be quite hot.  I’m not so concerned about myself, but my fiance naturally tends to run on the hot side and I don’t want him to be sweating and totally uncomfortable.  In addition, I don’t want my guests to be uncomfortable either.  But, I’m not sure what the best solution is to this since we’re having an outdoor wedding.  Do you have any suggestions that would help?

First off, kudos to you for thinking about your fiance and your guests!  It’s so important that people feel comfortable at a wedding (because if they aren’t, they won’t be happy) and sometimes couples forget about that in the planning.  So, besides changing your venue (which I wouldn’t recommend), there are some other ways to help with the heat and cool your guests down.  The first way that can help with this is the attire.  I’m not sure how formal your wedding is, but either way you should mention the weather to your guests either on your website or your invite or both.  Warn them about it so that they can pick their attire accordingly (within the dress code you’ve set).  In that same vein you should think about what your fiance is wearing and see if there is a way to make it as cool as possible.  Think light colors and airy fabrics like linen or cotton.  You can even consider having him not wear a suit or a tie (if you are going more casual).

The second way that can help is by creating shade.  Now how do you create shade?  You can tent, which might be a great option (if possible at your venue) as it will not only keep the sun off your shoulders, but can give you some fun decor opportunities as well.  However, tents aren’t cheap and also don’t work in all spaces, so it might not be something that works for your particular wedding.  You can also consider small shade helpers like umbrellas (standing ones), parasols (for your guests to hold) and even little canopies (not quite full tents, but little structures that provide cover).  These can be a nice respite from the sun, will work in most spaces and won’t block things like the view.

The last way is to bring in the cool factor.  And when I say cool factor, I mean both the feeling of coolness and some cool touches.  First up are beverages.  You’ll want to provide cooling beverages and both non-alcoholic and alcoholic options like cucumber water or mojitos.  Having a cool drink really helps with the heat and you can still keep it interesting by having a signature drink.  I would suggest that you also pick your menu with the heat in mind and try to go for lighter fare and even cold options for things like appetizers or desserts (ice cream or sorbet).  Now while you might not want to go so far as providing water misters (although those do feel lovely), you can provide small amenities to help with the heat like facial sprays (Evian makes one) and handkerchiefs.  The facial sprays you can leave in the bathrooms (with other fun toiletries) and the hankerchiefs you can give to people before the ceremony which they can use through out the day.  What I like about the handkerchiefs are that you can personalize them or get vintage ones and they can also be a favor that someone could use again.

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Nov 19, 2014 by Jamie Chang


Jamie Chang

Jamie Chang is the owner and lead event consultant at Mango Muse Events. Mango Muse Events is a boutique event planning and design firm specializing in customized destination weddings and social occasions. Mango Muse Events is based in the San Francisco Bay Area and orchestrates events in Northern California, Hawaii and beyond.




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