September Style

Fall is upon us and we couldn’t be more ready for the cooler temperatures and changing leaves. Exceptional Events has all the tips and ideas you need to make your autumn event stand out!

Stylish Drinks

The great thing about fall is the options it offers you when it comes to planning an event. One great opportunity to lace some warm tones into your event is through the drinks. Whether you want to go with the typical seasonal approach and do warm ciders or add a little spice and choose a more themed drink, you can find just about anything that will match your taste as well as your attendee’s.

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Comfort Food

When it comes to this time of the year, we all start thinking about Thanksgiving. The food, fellowship, and fun that comes along with the holiday can be brought out a little early though when it comes to food. Serving appetizers like warm cranberry muffins or delicious pumpkin flavored treats will be a hit with guests. In addition to that, there’s nothing more seasonal than a nice cinnamon cake. It makes our mouths water just thinking about it!

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Warm Decor

We believe that this time of year should be dedicated to comfy sweaters and candlelight evenings. Your event can easily live up to that! By incorporating natural elements to your decorations, your venue will be transformed into a fall wonderland. Think warm colors and soft lighting. Candles are a great way to add mystique to the setting and branches and leaves will give it the perfect autumn touch. Play with colors, accents, and set-ups to find your happy place. It might just amaze you to see what a few little touches can do for an event.

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Ga-Ga for Garlands!

Garlands are becoming a staple at weddings and other special events.  The long strands really wow the guests with their high visual impact. They are also a great way to incorporate your colors and theme of the event.  Garlands can be used in a variety of ways to spice up your decor and can be made out of fabric, flowers, or paper.  Below are a few ways we like to implement them:

Ceremony:

Garlands can be added along structures such as fences, walls, or gates to soften the ceremony space. Putting garlands down the aisle is a great way to not only decorate the space, but they’re also a way to let guests know that the aisle is reserved for the wedding party or family.

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Tables:

Get the most out of your floral by keeping it low and flowing. Add candles for height and this romantic look will be sure to get endless “oohs” and “awes.”  Another thrifty and sparkly way to add color is to hang a paper or fabric garland to the front of the table. This helps add interest and texture to your decor.

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Chairs:

Add swag to your chairs! This not only makes for beautiful pictures, but it also allows you to quickly identify your seats. Having a glamorous party or event? Add beads and faux pearls for a little extra sparkle to your chairs.

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When it comes to garland, you can buy it, rent it, or make your own. There are plenty of choices to decide from! One thing is for sure though, garlands will definitely add that extra bit of pop to any wedding or event.

Pikes Peak Proposal

Recently, I was traveling around Colorado on vacation. As any good tourist should, I made the trek (in a car, of course!) up to the summit of Pikes Peak to see some scenic views and stand on top of the world! Little did I know what was about to happen.

Upon reaching the top of the mountain, I climbed out of the car to walk around in the 50 degree weather and snap some photos of the miles of land surrounding me.

I had been taking pictures for about 30 minutes and was just about to head back to the car when I heard a scream and saw a commotion just a few feet away from me. “Oh my gosh!” I thought. “Someone just fell off of the mountain!” I quickly turned around to assess the situation when I realized that nobody, in fact, had fallen off of the mountain. Instead, I was looking at a sweet couple happily hugging. I noticed that there was something on her hand sparkling in the sun.

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Photo: courtesy of Breck Faught Photography

Realizing that I had just MISSED a proposal, I jogged over to the newly engaged couple.

“Oh my god! Oh my god!” she kept saying, breathless for more reasons than just the thin, mountain air.

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Photo: courtesy of Breck Faught Photography

After I introduced myself and explained that I as a photographer, the couple agreed to let me take their picture with the amazing Colorado backdrop behind them. Later, after a few laughs and a fun mini-photo shoot, we exchanged email addresses and parted ways. Flipping through the pictures on my camera, I couldn’t help but smile, knowing that I just captured a once in a lifetime moment for an unsuspecting couple.

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Photos: courtesy of Breck Faught Photography

To my newly engaged friends, thank you for letting me share in a day that you’ll never forget. On behalf of myself and the Exceptional Events Texas team, congratulations! We wish you the best.

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Photo: courtesy of Breck Faught Photography