Everything You Need for a Cinco de Mayo Fiesta

We all have our favorite holidays and while I’m certain Christmas and Halloween get a whole lotta love, I also bet I’m not the only one to proclaim May 5th as the unsung hero of the group. Let’s get real, margaritas and tacos are the flavors of the day; does it get any better? In the spirit of these fab festivities, we rounded up the must-haves for a proper Cinco de Mayo party to add to your registry pronto!

Ingredients for a Cinco de Mayo Fiesta

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Hit the kitchen with our Cinco de Mayo menu inspiration!

May 5th Menu Ideas | Mexican Inspired Desserts | Must-Have Margaritas

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What’s better than a handful of blooms? How about a handful of heavenly blooms perfectly curated by Reverie Made. Nowww we’re talking. For not only does this posy of petals appeal directly to our love of saturated hues, but it’s also got a few pretty florals the mix that we haven’t even heard of. Unreal, I know. See it all below!

Rustic Bohemian Bridal Inspiration

  • 5 stems Red Charm Peony
  • 3 stems Coral Sunset Peony
  • 3 stems A La Mode Dahlia
  • 3 stems Orange Sherbet Dahlia
  • 5 stems Burgundy Ranunculus
  • 5 stems Red Ranunculus
  • 3 stems Salmon Ranunculus
  • 9 stems Red Cosmo
  • 3 sections Jasmine Vine
  • 5 stems Burgundy Huechera
  • 5 stems Foraged Foliage

From Reverie MadeReveriemade is known for our fluffy, whimsical bouquets, and this is one of my favorites! Our signature style is to create soft, garden-inspired arrangements that evoke emotion and celebrate everyone in attendance. I’m drawn to analogous color palettes by nature, so most of my designs use colors found next to each other on the color wheel. While much of our work is more neutral in color, saturated tones can be just as lovely! In either case, I always source premium blooms and I never repeat a design. Every bride deserves a bouquet that is uniquely her own, and Ellen, here, was no exception.

Since Reveriemade orchestrates the planning, design, and flower design for most of our clientele, I create flower arrangements that work seamlessly with the event’s overall mood and energy. This is a great advantage because we can ensure that the aesthetics of the event are not only beautiful when experienced in person, but that the photographs captured will all work harmoniously in your wedding album. When we can take the time to match your favorite peony to the shade of your signature drink or your bouquet ribbon to the shade of your table linens, we have the ability to design and evoke emotion on a deeper level.

Reveriemade is based in the Princeton, NJ area and available for a limited number of local and destination weddings each year.

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Floral Design: Reverie Made | Photography: Kay English

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We may work in digital, but there’s still nothing we love more than beautiful paper goods. And when it comes to beautiful paper goods, wedding invitations and stationery suites are everything. From letterpress to engraving, embossing to debossing, the options for your invites are endless. So, before you go shopping, read up on all the terms you need to know so you can get exactly what you want!

Wedding Invitation Glossary

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We’re excited to share that Shine invitations is currently offering FREE SHIPPING on orders over $500 (US orders only) as well as a free sample kit featuring the invitation of your choice, color charts, paper samples, and an example Save the Date! Don’t miss out!

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In case you missed the memo, we’re card-carrying members of the Pronovias fan club. And today, we are so excited to bring you the Spanish design house’s 2017 collection live from Barcelona! Because if you can’t be front row to see the gorgeous gowns in person, the next best thing is to have them brought to you thanks to this livestream! Watch the entire show below!

Plus, don’t miss the beautiful dresses from last year!

Pronovias Barcelona Spring 2016

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Joanna and Stephen met at a wedding, so it’s only fitting that their day dreamed up by JNS Events sets the standard high. For starters, their cake matches the linens. If that doesn’t steal your design loving heart right from the get-go then I don’t know what will. Oh, perhaps these adorbs desserts from Paula LeDuc Fine Catering will do the trick. See it all from Lori Paladino Photography in The Vault!

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From The Bride…Steve and I had an international courtship, meeting in London at a mutual friends’ wedding. He was living in Hong Kong and I was based in the UK so after the sparks initially flew we did long distance for almost a year before Steve convinced me to move to Asia. After a whirlwind few months, he proposed on our veranda on New Years Eve. Giddy with excitement, we started planning our wedding and decided on San Francisco as the perfect destination because it was half way between Europe and Asia. We travelled to San Francisco a few times to pick the venues, do tastings and finalize details and we had the most amazing wedding planner, Jenny Schneider of JNS Events, guide us along the way. With a sixteen hour time change from Hong Kong to San Francisco, we put all of our faith in Jenny, and she did not disappoint.

I knew I wanted something traditional in terms of a church service and formal black tie sit down dinner. We ended up getting married at St Patrick’s Catholic Church and had our reception at the Asian Art Museum. The church was dreamy, with a boys choir singing throughout the service and I still remember the smell of the flowers walking down the aisle, thanks to Kathleen Deery. The Asian Art Museum was the perfect venue for us, and every detail was taken care of.

We mainly went with creams and golds, starting with our save the dates and continuing through to the wedding cake. We wanted something traditional and elegant.

On our invitations we had a gold seal of the Golden Gate Bridge which sealed it closed…..we got a lot of attention from that. I also cherish my wedding photo album. Lori Paladino captured every moment of the day to absolute perfection.

I have so many. I loved getting dressed and doing the hair and makeup surrounded by friends and family. I remember being a little shaky with nerves getting out of the car but then seeing Steve at the altar and just enjoying every moment, forgetting about being nervous. I adored Steve’s speech and our first dance was amazing.

Our flowers were mainly shades of cream. Kathleen Deery did an outstanding job with our center pieces which were mainly orchids. My dress was designed by Jin Wang. I wanted something ‘old school’ and Jin created a magical dress with a full skirt and lace bodice with long sleeves. The veil was lace trimmed.

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Photography: Lori Paladino Photography | Cinematography: Thomas Hughes Films | Event Planning: JNS Events | Floral Design: Kathleen Deery Design | Wedding Dress: Jin Wang | Cake: Perfect Endings | Ceremony Venue: St. Patrick’s Cathedral | Reception Venue: Asian Art Museum | Catering: Paula LeDuc Fine Catering | Hair + Makeup: Jasmine Chan | Band: Notorious

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Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner – mini Patrón favors, anyone? – so this pretty inspiration shoot from Ivy Robinson Events seemed perfectly appropriate. She’s showing you how to turn this fun day into the ultimate fiesta theme from engagement party to bridal shower, bachelorette weekend and beyond. Allison Kuhn photographed, and we’ll happily browse The Vault for even more inspiration.

FromIvy Robinson Events… What better way is there to celebrate your engagement than a Cinco de Mayo-themed engagement party? This pool-side fiesta was filled with tequila, chips, salsa and bold decor. This bride was set to celebrate her big news in the most fun way. Ivy Robinson created a festive lounge area near the pool to enhance the Cinco de Mayo vibes. Colorful pillows filled the seating area.

The overall feel was fun and energetic. Sabrina Laine styled the bride in white outfits with poppy accessories. The engagement invite designed by Bohemian Ink was enclosed in a gold-glittered box with a small tequila bottle with a hand drawn tag “Drink Me” to invite guests to this this party and get them in the fiesta spirit! Every element was designed to be fun, modern and stylish.

Photography: Allison Kuhn Photography | Styling: Sabrina Laine | Invitations: Bohemian Ink | Hair & Makeup : Lindsey Regan Thorne | Planning/Design: Ivy Robinson Events

P.S. 12 Margarita Recipes For Your Party!

12 Must-Try Margaritas for Your Cinco De Mayo Fiesta

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Five years ago we huddled around our televisions at 4 a.m.wide-eyed and giddily awaiting the Royal Wedding. Worth it? You bet. From Kate’s long-sleeve lace Alexander McQueen gown, to Pippa’s figure flaunting dress, to the newlyweds spontaneous double kiss on the balcony (!!) – it was, and still remains, the wedding of the century. Why? Because every single detail was fit for royalty!

As we celebrate Will and Kate’s anniversary we can’t help but think just how perfect their marriage has been, especially now that they’ve welcomed two adorable children: Prince George and Princess Charlotte (our latest royal obsessions—have you seen Prince George meeting Obama?)! So, today, we’re breaking out the bubbly and indulging our royal obsession to celebrate half a decade of Will and Kate. Cheers!

Get the Royal Wedding Look for Your Big Day

Get the Royal Wedding Look

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We know a lot of  you are sitting cozy at your desk, ear buds ringing, pecking away at work. Well, give yourself a much need breaky-break by tuning into the LiveStream on GoodMorningAmerica.com during the 2PM hour to check out our girl Liz (who is wearing the prettiest pink Rent the Runway dress!) chatting up Maura Tierney about all things wedding favors. The ideas are so darned cute and you’ll get to see what we’ve been working on this past week at SMP headquarters!

6 DIY Favors You can TOTALLY Do

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SPEND SOME TIME POKING AROUND OUR OTHER FUN DIY IDEAS HERE AND CHECK OUT THESE SUPER DUPER CUTE SIGNATURE COCKTAIL FAVORS FOR EVEN MORE WEDDING INSPO! XOXO

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Our love for Minted runs deep.  I mean, a global community of independent artists coming together to provide you with some of the prettiest invites you will ever lay your eyes upon? We’re devoted followers. Which is why we’re dedicating our entire day to their fave trends of 2016.  Think pretty paper goods meets beautiful + unique designs meets the PERFECT statement piece.  Let’s take a look, shall we?

Minted’s design challenges are always awesome, but their most recent contest has us drooling over the latest and greatest looks hitting the wedding industry.  Think everything from art gallery-inspired pieces to botanical borders to Southwest chic invites, all wrapped up in the breathtaking designs + high-quality paper goods that Minted is sooo well known for.  Which means those new trends you’ve been wanting to weave throughout your celebration?  You can embrace them whole-heartedly with Minted’s fabulous websites, crazy cool Save the Dates, gorgeous invites and MORE.  That’s what we call a win-win, lovelies.

Whether you consider yourself a romantic with a love for soft painterly, lean towards a resort chic style or prefer a more bold art gallery look, Minted has a style that is right for you and yours in plethora of different formats and price points… from beautiful online invites to fun Save the Date magnets to place cards that will WOW your loved ones.  And don’t even get me started on Minted’s FREE guest addressing on envelopes, plus name printing on table numbers and place cards.  With Minted, your seriously unique + totally coordinated wedding is right at your fingertips… stunning trends included.

Ready to dive into the newest wedding invitation trends for 2016?  Head to Minted NOW to begin perusing the pretty.  We know you’ll find “the one,” lovelies.

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This wedding is “Southern classic” in every single way. Beginning with an heirloom veil worn by the bride (her grandfather first bought it for his daughter even before she was engaged!) and ending with a moonshine bar set-up at the reception, the entire affair was a celebration of this couple’s Southern roots. Pop over to The Vault for images by Anna Routh and don’t you dare miss the film below from Blueberry Creative.

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From Anna Routh Photography…. Alden and Kevin’s classic Charlotte wedding was one of the most spectacular events I’ve ever had the pleasure of photographing. Alden’s style is spot on, so it’s no surprise her gown was a complete stunner with that amazing back detail. She pulled her look together with an antique veil (a family heirloom), shoes with just the right amount of bling and simple jewels. She was truly the picture of elegance.

Alden and Kevin’s family is incredibly important to then, so keeping the wedding party to family and including very special items from their parents’ marriages was an important decision for them. Alden and Kevin each walked down the aisle with small books that were presented to Alden’s parents on their wedding day in their hands, keeping the love of their families close at all times.

The reception that followed at the modern Mint Museum UPTOWN in Charlotte was nothing short of epic. Utilizing three areas of the museum, Alden’s goal (with the help of her creative and ambitious father’s vision) was to bring a ‘Southern’ scene to life. To say she accomplished that is an understatement. From the giant Magnolia brought in for cocktail hour, to the projections of moving magnolias on the walls and life size photos of iconic southern imagery, to the dining room dripping with neutral florals, and even down to the moonshine bar – it doesn’t get much more southern than that.

Alden and Kevin’s wedding was an absolute blast, and I’m so honored to have been a part of it. Congratulations, you two!

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Photography: Anna Routh Photography | Cinematography: Blueberry Creative | Event Planning + Design: Rogers & Gala | Floral Design: The Blossom Shop | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Ceremony Venue: First Presbyterian Church Charlotte | Reception Venue: Mint Museum UPTOWN | Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Catering: Something Classic | Band: Jessie’s Girls

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