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March 18, 2014

The Problem with ‘Pinterest Perfect’ Event Planning

Pinterest Perfect Event Planning

As not only event planners, but also connoisseurs of the event production field, we know it’s our job to deliver. And deliver BIG! Our clients become friends whom, after a few conversations, usually start feeling more like family. We recognize the importance and significance of every milestone event, and we always commit to working our feathered tails off to ensure everything is just p... Whoa, hold up! See what almost happened there? That sneaky, diabolical 'Perfect' word! Planning your perfect event is one of our goals, but Pinterest perfect event planning has its parameters. This heavy-weighted, two-syllable ‘P’ word trips up many laid back brides, MOB’s, and most others invested in the event planning process! Perfection can be strived for, but will it ever be attained? Most likely, no. We attribute this to most people taking that word and applying it to every detail- "the cake must be perfect", "I haven't found the perfect dress yet" (sullen longing seen in eyes), "the weather better be perfect!" When perfect is a one-size-fits-all box, with dimensions set by outside standards like Pinterest, we say forget it! Throw away perfection, forget about everything being "Pinterest perfect" and focus on what is YOU!

Pinterest Perfect Event Planning

In hopes of everyone being able to take a deep breath this coming wedding and event season, we are proposing a toast. Tis’ the season after all! So, without further ado, a toast to our 2014 Gold Leaf Event Design & Production events: Here’s to kicking perfect to the curb, stepping out of the box, and honoring your own wishes and whimsies. After all, nothing is "Pinterest perfect." We look forward to your personality shining through, the BIG excitement of your supportive guests, and amazingly unique takes on your own fabulous event! Aspen Wedding   Aspen Mountain Club To our amazing, unique and utterly beautiful party hosts and brides... Cheers!
April 18, 2014

Wedding Rings For Men

Choosing a wedding ring is quite the process especially when you are a guy who has never worn any jewelry before. Choosing a wedding ring is just like choosing to be branded for life. We have noticed that there is a growing appeal of non-traditional wedding rings for men. wedding Ring for men Most of the men we know, hang out with, and marry, tend to be very active. They are always skiing, mountain biking, building, working construction, or going to the gym. None of these activities are the most conducive to wearing a large wedding ring or thick band. At Gold Leaf, we believe that the “now” trend should not usurp control over the wishes and dreams of the couple. For some, the idea of tattooed wedding bands may resonate, while others may be rushing to the jewelry store in desire of a more traditional route with diamonds and precious metals. However, there are many other options for wedding rings for men including:
  • - Wooden Rings
  • - Cement Rings
  • - Titanium Rings
  • - Deer Antler Rings
  The choice is entirely up to you…

Antler wedding ring

These are just a few of the many options that are an alternative to the classic wedding rings and bands available for men.

Tattooed wedding ring

Wedding band tattoos have gained popularity in the last few years and are a great alternative for wedding rings for men. Wedding tattoos rid shoppers over the common anxieties that arise when picking a jewel or band for their betrothed. Questions like: White gold or platinum? How many carats? What cut? How much of my annual income should I spend? No longer exist. For some couples, a tattoo ring helps signify the permanency of their love and devotion to one another. Because, although it may fade, a tattoo lasts a lifetime.

Those who have a history of losing jewelry or who work in a trade where it’s hard to wear a large rock or band on their finger may find a wedding ring tattoo more acquiescent to their lifestyle. The design is completely customizable with endless variations for each couple. The tattoo does not necessarily have to wrap around the wedding finger like a ring. It can be an initial, date, or symbol placed on the finger or palm. What is your favorite wedding ring for men? Read our blog post on how to let your personality Shine through on your wedding day. Read our blog post about Pintrest perfect event planning here.
May 8, 2014

How To: Make Two Families Become One on Your Wedding Day

How To: Make Two Families Become One on Your Wedding Day

Photo by: Kate Holstein Making two families become one on your wedding day can be quite a task. You may both come from very different backgrounds and places, your families may even speak different languages, but there is one thing in common - they are all here to celebrate with you! Many brides and grooms lose sleep and stress about bringing so many different people together at their wedding so here are a few tips on how to make two families become one on your wedding day: 1. Tell your photographer to take a variety of group shots. This will help diminish any awkwardness by pulling guests' attention to the camera. Plus, it'll be a memorable image when you flip back through your photo album and see an image of the groom's husband chatting up the bride's grandma. Two families become one on wedding day 2. If your ceremony is religion-based, make sure to incorporate members from both sides of the family and not just those that are closely related or in the wedding party. Include those friends or distant relatives that mean something to you in the day's festivities. Have a few people do a reading at the ceremony.   3. Brides, don't be shy on the dance floor. Grab the groom's uncle, grandfather, godfather, or another important male in his life and go for a spin on the dance floor! It may take the groom’s relative by surprise, but he will remember the thoughtful gesture forever! Two families become one on wedding day 4. Say hello to EVERYONE. Yes, this is a daunting task, but a necessary one. Let your photographer know you will be on the move and so he/she can capture the moments when you and your newly wedded partner greet each table or group.   5. Employ your more outgoing wedding party participants, particularly your fearless friends, to pay attention to the guests who may need a little TLC. Perhaps it's a friend of your mother's or an out-of-town guest of the groom's parents, or an old work colleague that feels slightly out of place. A small conversation or gesture of inclusion may help make the event feel more personal and memorable for that guest that does't quite feel like they belong. Two families become one on wedding day Read our Latest Post about Wedding Rings for Men
July 23, 2014

Unique Wedding Gifts

The Gold Leaf Guide to Unique Wedding Gifts

unique wedding gifts

The gifts we buy for our favorite couples should reflect their personalities. As each of their relationships and stories are unique, we’ve created a guide to assist guests in making their “perfect present” shopping list. Whether your summer calendar is filled with weddings for your most traditional friends, or you have a wacky wedding to attend, we have fun and imaginative ideas to ensure your gift won’t go forgotten! Enjoy these unique wedding gifts.

Attending weddings has become quite expensive; as it’s rare a guest list only consists of people who live in the place where the wedding is taking place. If you have several friends attending the same wedding, you can suggest going in on what we call a “themed” unique wedding gift. Rather than getting your best bud a spatula that’s left over on their registry, have 11 of your friends purchase gift certificates to their favorite spots to dine! 12 pre-planned date nights lets the newlyweds off the hook for the cost of date night, once a month for the first year of their marriage.   unique wedding giftsWith summer in full swing, and whether the newlyweds are already living together or moving into their new digs, a grill is a hot pick for a summer wedding gift. The cost of a grill and all of its tools can be rather pricey; therefore this is a great idea for a “group” gift. Costco has a variety of options, and a fabulous return and exchange policy… Just in case! Unique Wedding GiftsFor the sporty couple, who already has a complete kitchen (or doesn’t want one)… His and hers golf bags, tennis racquets, bikes, camping gear or hiking shoes make great gifts! Typically the “sporty” couple is also the “nutrition conscience” couple, in which case you can’t go wrong with a Vitamix. unique wedding gifts unique wedding giftsFor our lakeside brides, we found this very rare, super exclusive company called Below the Boat, you can select which lake your friends are getting married near, and Below the Boat creates a work of art out of wood for the couple to hang in their new home. Another intimate and thoughtful gift is a woven photo blanket. With the excessive picture taking and easy access to our friend’s photos, this is a huge hit for the photo-happy couple! Lake Michigan wedding giftWhether you create something personal or buy something expensive, your presences is more important to the couple than your presents and they’re going to be happy you’re spending the most important day of their lives with them!