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We thought it would be a really great idea to inspire you with the latest color trends forecasted for the upcoming spring/summer planning brides.  These are colors that can set the whole tone of your entire wedding…..we hope you enjoy!

Cloth / Fabric Spring 2011 Colour Trends

For their take on the colors for Spring 2011 clothing trends, cloth manufacturers Lenzing believe that we won’t just be throwing off the darker colours of Fall 2010′s trends but possibly even the mentality that has gone with recent financially tough times. Thus they see Spring / Summer 2011 colors as those which are “uplifting” and “soften, energise, and excite.”

For the Spring / Summer 2011 season they’ve put forwards five key colour trends.

Spring personified in a palette, the colors that make up this Spring 2011 color trend are mostly named after flowers: iris, viola, daffodil, poppy, and geranium. Unsurprisingly, should this color scheme take your fancy, this one should be worked into your Spring 2011 wardrobe as a part of your florals.

spring 2011 color celebration


I must confess to not liking this color palette in the leastl the turquoise clashes with the maroon to my eye, and how yellow green made it in there has left me stumped. This is one color trend for those who are loud and proud.

spring 2011 clothing colors

New Classic
According to Lenzing new and unexpected twists on classic elements, and naturally bright pigments, will develop into new classics. “Fabrics are classic, materials the same but all elements are somewhat twisted: fibers in unusual yarn-spinning and -counts, classical weave patterns in atypical materials clashed with a curious checkered design, an embroidery where you didn’t expect it – nothing loud, just enough to make you startle.”

summer 2011 colors

Sitting as our favourite Spring / Summer 2011 color trend ‘aqueous’ is also the most dangerous. An obvious color theme for Spring 2011 because of its nautical tones, such obviousness is also what is likely to see it lazily interpreted and applied – a danger for designers and labels looking to apply seasonal colors to their basics. To avoid such misapplication Lenzing believe it should be used with “floating” pieces where the fabric is the focus; an interpretation of the sheer clothingtrend seems a strong contender if you intend to work this color theme through your wardrobe.

spring 2011 nautical colors

Subtle colours, bar for the jet black, this is a color trend all about sheen; in effect, luxurious and radiant colors menat to match with your radiant Summer tan.

spring 2011 color

Courtesy of FASHIONING.

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Here are the latest wedding trends for Spring/Summer 2011 from the experts over at Exquisite Weddings Magazine.

Rose Gold

Rose Gold “Rose gold gets its pink color from copper and can be found on many fashion forward, daring men and woman around town,” declares Jenny Seligmann, owner of Diamonds Forever San Diego.

Pocket Dresses

“I am seeing more and more gowns with pockets these days, especially in our A-Line dresses with the fuller skirts. They have little pockets hidden in the side seams,” says Courtney Gavin, owner of Isis Bridal Boutique.

Photo Wall Entrances

“Rather than displaying a single image on an easel, couples are opting to share their story in a larger-than-life way with multiple photos. This new trend makes a sensory impact on guests and lets them in on a couple’s life prior to the day of the wedding rather than just witnessing their special day,” says Meaghan Schmaltz, owner of Weddings Made Splendid. Schmaltz coordinated this wedding at the Ultimate Skybox on December 11, 2010.

Tie Clips

“With traditional suits becoming more prominent at weddings, grooms are starting to don Bond-esque classic attire with tie clips. Kenneth Cole has reasonably-priced, yet debonair clips,” says Nick Valley of Valley & Co.

Icing-Free Cakes

Some brides are skipping overly ornate cakes and choosing more natural-looking confections. “We’re seeing a new movement towards deconstructed cakes with an emphasis on taste and a rustic look,” says Annie Packman, founder of the wedding

Custom Welcome Bags

“Welcome Bags are amazing gifts for your wedding guests. It’s a wonderful personalized way to say, ‘Thank you for coming.’ Items to consider should be consumable, portable and useful, not to mention fun,” chimes Diana Romero, wedding coordinator and owner of Ah! Le Party.

Dress Rental

Style out your wedding party in designer couture without asking them to max out their credit cards. According to Rent the Runway, “Friends don’t let friends buy bridesmaids dresses.” And just think, one less unwearable piece in the closet.

Romantic Embellishments

“Custom, handmade headbands, sashes or jewelry are personalized touches that reflect a bride’s individual style and help her feel unique on her very special day,” explains Cecilia Church, owner of Vocabulary boutique.

Contents courtesy of Exquisite Weddings Magazine En Vogue Elements Spring/Summer 2011

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Tips and ideas for great and filling eating habits from nutritional health & wellness expert Brooke Joanna Benlifer, RD that will trim you down and keep you full as you prepare for your wedding day on San Diego FOX 5 News.

Instead of starving yourself or attempting an unhealthy fad diet prior to your wedding, think of food as a way to increase your vitality and help you be in peak condition for your special day. Studies show that the top 5 most filling foods (apples, beans, eggs, fish & popcorn) each offer unique health benefits!!
Apples, beans & popcorn are great sources of fiber and beans provide filling protein, too. Eggs and fish provide excellent sources of protein and eggs contribute Vitamin D, while fish such as salmon & sardines are an excellent source of metabolism boosting, heart healthy omega 3 fatty acids.
To fill up without filling out, give these easy food combos a try:
Protein smoothie
Fruit & hard boiled eggs
Veggies & hummus
Salmon salad with Greek yogurt on a bed of greens
Air popped popcorn topped with Parmesan
You’ll be looking & feeling fantastic!
~ Brooke
Booke Joanna Benlifer, RD is a Cornell University graduate and Registered Dietitian. As a nutritional coach, she has expertise in weight management, emotional eating, sports nutrition, corporate wellness and integrative medicine. She offers special packages catered specifically to brides, grooms and wedding parties, helping them feel their best and reach their wellness goals.
You deserve to look and feel amazing on your special day!

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Our very own Brooke Joanna Benlifer, RD was interviewed for an article on the realities of “low-cal” foods in the March 2011 issue of Men’s Fitness Magazine.

Brooke Joanna Benlifer, RD is a Cornell University graduate and Registered Dietitian. As a nutritional coach, she has expertise in weight management, emotional eating, sports nutrition, corporate wellness and integrative medicine. She offers special packages catered specifically to brides, grooms and wedding parties, helping them feel their best and reach their wellness goals.
You deserve to look and feel amazing on your special day!

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Wedding Hairstyles:  With a few exceptions ( Douglas Hannant and  Melissa Sweet come to

Carolina Herrera, whose gowns were inspired by creative women throughout history, showed some of the most distinctive and beautiful hairstyles. This polished chignon was a favorite—the large, single blossom adds a touch of Billie Holiday-style glamour.

  • This Carolina Herrera model shows off a bolder approach to fresh flowers.

The three oversize calla lilies tucked into her bun are a bit over the top, but somehow the sculptural, sensual quality of the look really works.

  • Another favorite hairstyle from Carolina Herrera, this time with a Daisy Buchanan-esque vibe.

If you’re going to be wearing a vintage-inspired gown, this romantic faux-bob is the way to go.

If you want to wear your hair down but out of your face, this hairstyle from the Rivini show is an excellent solution.

  • Just twist back and pin four separate sections at the crown of your head.

This intricate bun at Romona Keveza was stunning—great for a summer wedding when you want to get all your hair off your neck.

A bun-chignon hybrid at Angel Sanchez paired with soft blue-grey eyeshadow—a subtle way to do a smoky eye for your wedding day.

Glittery hair accessories were all over the runways—the Ines Di Santo show had some of the prettiest and boldest, paired with off-center updos.

Lately, I’ve been obsessed with braided updos, so I was happy to see a few fresh takes, like this one.

Courtesy of Lauren Matthews from The Beauty Bridal

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Wedding planning takes patience and one of the most trying tasks is working with your vendors to make sure you both understand one another.  How do you communicate with everyone involved to bring your wedding vision to life?

Here are a few tips straight from the experts themselves:

Prevent the Problem
Anseth Page Richards, owner of The Bridal Bar, suggests that you “use a wedding planner who can protect you from miscommunication with vendors.  If you do not have a wedding expert helping you, take extra care and only choose a reputable vendor, even if you have to pay more!”

Discuss Expectations
Tim Altbaum, owner of Tim Altbaum Productions, advises that you “always discuss openly what is expected from the vendor. Don’t leave anything to be interpreted one way or another.”  Richards agrees that couples should, “be honest and upfront with expectations” and make sure these expectations are clear in the contract.

Make No Assumptions and Be Clear
Sharon Mintz, owner of Organic Elements recommends that couples “speak to vendors in a respectful manner, but don’t assume that they already have an understanding of what you are expecting on your wedding day. Remember that there are many options to choose from and everyone’s preferences vary so make yours clear.”

Be Specific
Mintz says that brides should “use very specific examples and present pictures whenever possible.  If there’s an issue, try to return to the point of communication where you think your message and their understanding lost the connection.”

Avoid Last Minute Changes
From her experience, Richards knows that “problems always occur when last minute changes come up.  For example, asking the DJ to stay and play at the end of a wedding for another hour will affect other vendors.  The caterers may end up with double overtime or the rental companies will have to delay their pick up. If you think extra time may be needed get a quote in advance and make sure to add it to the contract.”

Finally, have FUN!!

This is your wedding so enjoy the planning process and have fun with it.  Avoid falling into the stress of finding the “perfect” vendor, stop the negative thoughts, and don’t make the planning feel like you are at “work.”  Instead get excited, enjoy your creativity, and keep in mind the meaning behind the wedding.

Courtesy of  Exquisite Weddings Magazine

By Jennine E. Estes

Jennine E. Estes is a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFC#47653) with a private practice in San Diego.  Learn more about Jennine at Estes Therapy or visit her Relationship Column Relationships in the Raw.

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