Wedding Trends

Alyssa Hoffman Events2015 has already been an incredible year for the wedding world. Brides are diving into their individuality and really pushing for their unique styles to shine through to each guest at their wedding. This makes wedding trends exciting, because there really aren’t any rules! Before we share some of our favorite 2015 styles however, we wanted to make note that “the color experts at Pantone… named Marsala — a ‘naturally robust and earthy wine red’ — the color of the year for 2015. ” (bridalguide.com) So here is your challenge! How can you incorporate the versatile Marsala into your wedding plans? Check out our brides below and notice the subtle hints of marsala, or imagine where they could be.

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The Organic Bride- one of my personal favorites is the organic bride. This bride tends to be softer in her color choices- using lots of off whites, muted greens and other neutrals. This bride generally will emphasize her florals and fill her wedding with greenery. (psst- there’s a little marsala peaking through in her flower crown)

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The Royal Bride- this 2015 bride takes a new twist on sophistication and class. We have found that our brides that lean more toward the “high class” look are also loving the trendy florals and table scapes. This leaves us with a lovely combination of royal colors (ruby red, emerald green, sapphire blues) and often outdoor organics. (Check out the marsala in her bouquet!)

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Happy planning lovelies! And don’t forget to let your unique style shine through at your wedding! xo Heather

Welcome Heather! Meet Alyssa Hoffman Event’s Newest Assistant + Associate Planner!

We are so excited to welcome Heather to our team! She is bubbly, outgoing and full of life! We cannot wait to see what she brings to our weddings with all of her fun and creative ideas.

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HEATHER’S FAVORITE THINGS:

I am madly in love with my husband Denver and our life together. We are surrounded by incredibly supportive family and friends, and we are forever grateful for that. I am passionate about creating, and I have a serious kick for health and fitness. The early morning is my favorite time of the day and I will always choose sweet over sour. Always.

WHY IS HEATHER A WEDDING AND EVENT PLANNER?
I have always been deeply involved in the intricacies of life and cannot seem to get enough of the joy that comes from a fuller wedding day and or special event. After planning my own wedding I knew that this was an industry that would allow me to help others experience that kind of joy, and I cannot think of a better way to spend my days then to do just that.

WHAT MAKES HEATHER QUALIFIED TO BE YOUR PLANNER?
I received my BA in Psychology, while simultaneously being the event coordinator for my university in Orange County, California. After falling in love with planning university events, I shifted my Psychology degree so that my emphasis was geared on the Industrial Organizational (IO) spectrum. Studying IO taught me the importance of creating a room to feel a specific way depending on what you hope to accomplish- which is why I love planning weddings. Each bride has a unique desire to feel a certain way on her special day as well as create an atmosphere for her guests to feel a certain way. I simply love having the opportunity to make that desire a reality.

WHAT IS HEATHER’S FAVORITE PART ABOUT BEING A PLANNER?
My absolute favorite part of any event is the finished product. The look on a clients face when they see their venue for the first time and all of the pieces coming into place is unbeatable. I love seeing eyes light up as each layer of the event unfolds, and the intricate detail of months of planning come to life.

Understand Your Wedding Style : Part 2 Sub-Styles

Last post we talked about your overall wedding style and how regardless of wanting a “theme” you need to have an overall concept or style to fully develop the look of your wedding. A lot of brides struggle with seeing the bigger picture when they overly focus on the descriptive words such as “formal” or “elegant”. These descriptions are great because they allow you and your planner to understand a direction to move in, however these are what I call sub-styles and the problem lies in the fact that these words do not define the look you want but the feel that you want for the day.

Some examples of sub-styles are:

Romantic: You want your guests to walk awaywanting to be in love more than they were before.

Elegant: You want your guests to leave feeling more graceful and sophisticated then when they arrived.

Whimsical: You want your guest to leave feeling playful and excited.

Ethereal: To me this means you want your guest to leave feeling as if they stepped out of a dream where everything was light, simple, and natural.

Simple: You wantyour guests to feel as though the day was easy going, not over the top or as if you tried too  hard.

Formal: When a bride and groom want a formal wedding you want your guests in gowns and tuxedos; you want them to feel as though they are attending a red carpet event.

Casual: You want your guests to feel at home, they can come dressed as they please but in this instance it is typically about the party not as much the décor and the formalities.

Semi-formal: This is the most common sub-style that I hear and definitely the hardest to define. The best way I can is by telling you that your guests should come in cocktail or business attire, you want them to enjoy the party but still feel like they are getting a night out on the town.

Feminine: You want your day to feel light and lady-like. This is typically done through the use of pale colors, pearls, diamonds, ruffles, lace, bows etc.

Masculine: You want the day to have a rich depth to it. This is typically done through the use of darker colors, leather, wood, etc.

Again, there are so many sub-styles out there and these are just a handful of the ones that I hear most often.

It is important to pair your sub-style(s) properly with your overall style or theme in order to have a cohesive design, look and feel. It is rare you will see a traditional/casual wedding; however you can take whimsical and add it to just about any style, same with romantic, feminine, masculine, and elegant. You can also choose more than one sub-style to pair with your overall style/theme. For example say you want a romantic and feminine industrial wedding. You typically would not think of pairing these together however this is one of those instances where you choose a venue to represent your theme and then use your sub-styles to create the feel through your choice of linens and décor.

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Your sub-styles are going to help define you as a couple, if you are casual and laidback please don’t force a formal wedding because it is important to feel at home and comfortable on your wedding day. Your venue may or may not be your dream location that shows off your styles but when choosing the feel you want for the day you can manipulate how people view the venue so that they see what you want them to see. With that being said try not to book a classic ballroom and think your planner can work a miracle and turn it into a rustic casual event, it most likely will not turn out the way you want.

Good luck in your search for your personal sub-styles, and don’t forget it is ok to know your sub-styles before your overall style is chosen but both are equally important to make your wedding day design feel unique to you as a couple!

Keep your eyes open for our next post that will help you understand the details of your wedding day!

YourStay FabuLyss!

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Alyssa Hoffman | Owner – Planner – Designer

Contact us today to schedule your complimentary consultation!

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Understanding your wedding style: Part 1

Finding a style of wedding that suits you is not always the easiest thing to do. I am going to walk you through the three layers of design for your wedding day; overall style or theme, the sub style, and the details.

When working with a couple I find that most have found their inspiration from Pinterest or bridal magazines and they should be just that, inspirations, a starting off point to help you create a unique wedding day about you. Just like no two people are the same, no two weddings should be the same. I have always believed that the biggest and most important compliment you can receive on your wedding day is that it is “so you”. That is what I am here to help you learn and understand so that you can find that balance of your inspiration images and your actual wedding day.

The overall Style/ Theme

There are so many styles out there that we could talk about, but just to list a few biggies we have:

 Rustic – This is the idea of having raw and unfinished materials for your décor.

Vintage – This a word simply used to describe things that are of a different time or era.

Classic – Something that has stood the test of time and will continue to do so.

Modern – Something that is current and of the now. Also associated with clean and simple design.

Industrial – Is associated with raw exposed materials (open pipes, metal, unfinished wood). Unlike rustic, industrial has a clean smooth feel to it.

Nautical – Lends itself to the idea of being near the water, sand, shells, blue and white stripes are all things typically associated with it.

Off Beat – The idea of the off beat style wedding is simply that the couple chooses to break the mold of anything done before, colored wedding dress, unique wedding location, etc.

Then you have the specific themes; tea party, Gatsby, 1950’s, just to name a few and of course the novelty themes but I am not going to get into those.

I am going to start this off by saying if you and your significant other naturally like a more traditional/ classic style don’t try to design a contemporary wedding. Just because you saw an image of a wedding that you fell in love with does not mean that it will suit you. It is a great thing to have an appreciation for all styles but I can assure you that if you try to completely break your style you will be pulling your hair because it will not feel natural.

If you are someone that wants to fuse and find a balance in two differing styles, I applaud you. Luckily in the world that we live in today this is something that is widely done and 99.9% of the time you will come out with a design that is 100% you. A few common and current combos are the modern-vintage weddings and classic-rustic weddings. But let me remind all of you that modern is not a style in it self, it is a word used to describe what is present and current, however it is also associated with clean, and simple design. So the idea of vintage-modern wedding is taking some old or antique items and strategically using them with things that are new to create a balance of old and new. If you are going to try this I urge you to do your research and find some items that are actually old or antiques, mason jars are not going to make your wedding feel vintage. A great way to achieve a classic-rustic wedding is by finding a rustic venue and using classic/timeless décor.

At the end of the day you must stay true to yourself. When I planned my own wedding I thought I wanted a contemporary/modern wedding and it turned into a classic and feminine day with a stunning rustic backdrop. If I had stayed with my instincts I would not have been in love with the final product. Do not let those around you, or what is popular, influence your choice. Be proud of who you are and what your style is!

Stay Fabulyss!

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Alyssa Hoffman | Owner – Planner – Designer

Contact us today to schedule your complimentary consultation!

425.218.7119

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Alyssa Hoffman Events is OFFICIALLY launched!

I am beyond excited to announce the launch of Alyssa Hoffman Event Design and Coordination! We are a Seattle-based event planning company specializing in custom designed weddings unique to each and every client.

Along with the launch of Alyssa Hoffman Events comes the launch of my blog! I am so excited to share tips, ideas, and stories with all of you. I am giving you a fair warning that all of my posts may not be 100% wedding and event related as I have a passion for interior design as well!

We are offer three different packagees (Day of Coordination, Day of Coordination with Design, and Full Wedding Design and Coordination) as well as a la carte options. Feel free to check them out in detail on our services page and contact us at ah@alyssahoffmanevents.com to schedule your complimentary consultation!

l cannot wait for all of you to take this journey with me as I take the giant leap into the world of business owners and Seattle wedding planning!

Here is a little snippet about me (Alyssa). You can also check out my Planner Profile.

ALYSSA’S FAVORITE  THINGS:

I love my hubby Aaron more than words can explain, I have a passion for design and DIY projects that cannot be controlled. Cooking is one of my biggest outlets and my table is always open to friends. I have a huge family that I am beyond grateful for, and friends that I hold  close to my heart.

WHY ALYSSA IS A WEDDING PLANNER

I fell in love with weddings while planning my own in April of 2012. I was finishing my BA in interior design when I realized I would not be able to stop. It was something that mixed my passion for design and people into a career that most only dream about.

WHAT MAKES ALYSSA QUALIFIED?

After my realization that I was going to be in event planning no matter what, I contacted Rebecca with New Creations Wedding Design and Coordination who had been my day of coordinator and asked if she would train me in the world of Seattle Wedding Planning. And so she did. I spent one year as her assistant and the next year as an associate wedding planner for her company. I am very grateful for the training I received with her, and hope that one day I can do the same for someone who falls in love with this career as much as I have.

My degree in interior design gives me a great perspective on how a room should be laid out and unique ways to make use of the space. I try to see every venue as a canvas that needs to be made into art.

WHAT IS ALYSSA’S FAVORITE PART ABOUT PLANNING WEDDINGS?

I love the details, the simple details that make the wedding unique to a couple. I believe that the most important thing is that no one should be able to take your place on your wedding day. My goal with every couple is to break the mold a little bit and do something that only they would do or want. I will be the first to admit that it is not always the easiest thing to do but we get there eventually.