Y’all, this engagement party from Melody Melikian Photography has tons and tons of gorgeous Hollywood glamour. From the dramatic style of the gorgeous bride (who bears striking resemblance to a certain reality TV star) to the event theme (“Let love sparkle!”), this pink, white and silver palette shimmers in the candlelight and creates the perfect ambiance to celebrate their engagement. The bride, Angine, is here to share her insight:
What (or who) helped you most in your planning process?
I think anytime I plan an event I try to envision what theme or look I am going for. Whether its a color scheme I’m really crazy about at the time, or some random piece of fabric or centerpiece or invitation design. This really helps sets the parameters. In this case I knew I wanted an open palette, a place that I can make my own. So I scouted a few potential locations and came up with Pandora on Green. The venue is beautiful the food is delicious, and my date was available! The venue happens to have a lot of white and tones of light blue. There is an entire pastel blue wall with hanging mirrors. I thought this would be a great place to showcase the cake table so with that said thats how we came up with the color scheme.
What was your inspiration for your wedding details and/or design?
I knew I was throwing an engagement party and I wanted to showcase that as well. Often time when brides have these types of engagements there is very little mention of an engagement or a ring. Usually I see more details prevalent in weddings. So with that said I wanted to do the complete opposite and I came up with the theme “Let LOVE SPARKLE!” . So I went on Etsy hunting for engagement ring invitations. I found a cute simple one that I thought I can jazz up. I bought the template and immediately went on Cardsandpockets.com. I love love, love this website. You can buy cardstock or gatefold invitations for about a dollar, then I printed my invites at my local Staples printshop for about a dollar for every two invitations. I bought some embellishments to make it look girly and viola I was done!
I followed the same idea for my other details such as candy jars, and candle holders. The jars I found from HomeGoods an affiliate of TJ MAXX. My candle holders I found each for a dollar at the 99Cent store. I got my glue gun ready and glued away any piece of sparkle I could find.
Again, I wanted my favors to portray the nature of the party so we went with Diamond Napkin Ring holders. I also purchased some diamond ring cookies off Etsy. My baker who made my cake pops was also nice enough to incorporate the edible diamonds and diamond rings I had purchased on the goodies he made.
What was the most important thing to you when deciding who to work with for your party?
I think there are so many wonderful vendors out there that have such great talent. But for me, I try to distinguish which one of their talents works best with the theme that I am going for. For my engagement party, I chose Melody as a photographer, I love her style, the simplicity, and the great orientation to detail. It was exactly what I was looking for and she captured every last bit of that! For flowers I went with Petals LA. They do an amazing job creating whimsical arrangements that bring a lot of romance to the event. And again my baker Rafi who is such a talent, he can create any look I may need.
What was your favorite thing about your party?
All of it. This may sound a bit pretentious but I loved all of it! I loved all the little details from the drink stirrers and food toppers which I made myself, to the dessert station, and to all my vendors, family, and friends.
What is your best piece of advice for other brides?
Slowly plan ahead! If you are slightly as techy as I am, create a folder on your desktop dedicated to the event that you like. Then start searching websites like a madwoman for ideas that appeal to you. Then start adding pictures to your folder. You can also do this if you have Pinterest by creating a board. This helps you get organized, and this helps you eliminate ideas that don’t flow with the theme!
Once you have an idea down, set Etsy as your homepage! Just joking but, you can search Etsy for so many crafty things. I’ve come to realize that certain items can be quite pricey, but many sellers now sell DIY items so you can create a similar look for the fraction of the cost. You can try discount stores, flea markets, and arts and crafts stores in your area.
First of all, I’m obsessed with Angine’s gorgeous dress and that amazing engagement cake. Secondly, can you believe the majority of the details from this event were DIY? I love that they took the “sparkle” theme and created little projects and knick-knacks that really branded the event as an engagement party. How about you? Are you planning to brand your party? Let me know all about it in the comments below!