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Five Showstopping Mirrors (Event Decor)

Wanted to take the time to share some mirrors I’ve done! Amazing, amazing photography! Just breathtaking and I’m so proud. Thanks to everyone for trusting me with your important days/milestones!

Planning:  @shannongailweddings  | Florals:  @valeofenna  | Photo:  @stofferphotography
Florals:  @keshevents  | Photo:  @sodafountainphoto  | Planning:  @mdurpettievents

Florals: @keshevents | Photo: @sodafountainphoto | Planning: @mdurpettievents

Planning:  @dejanaeevents  | Venue:  @rm1520  | Photo:  @jermainehortonphotography
photo credit:  @carascophoto  | planning:  @dejanaeevents  | florals:  @keshdesigns

photo credit: @carascophoto | planning: @dejanaeevents | florals: @keshdesigns

Painting a Frame

Quick tutorial on painting frames. I have been finding that as soon as I find an ornate mirror, regardless of whether its the color I'm looking for or not, I buy anyway and paint if necessary. The mirrors are simply becoming too contemporary now and clients want ornate/vintage looks.

Wanted to share my process in case any of my D.I.Y. brides/grooms need to acquire this skill as they get closer to the big day.

Photo of the mirror subject for painting. Again, any hint of an ornate pattern on these mirrors no matter the color and I'm likely painting. The mirror that I'm finding are so contemporary now, I have no choice. I like that this one was white too. Blank canvas so to speak.

Photo of the mirror subject for painting. Again, any hint of an ornate pattern on these mirrors no matter the color and I'm likely painting. The mirror that I'm finding are so contemporary now, I have no choice. I like that this one was white too. Blank canvas so to speak.

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Use painters tape around the edges. This is critical. You want to make sure you don't have to use paint remover after you finish painting the frame. Go slow and make sure it is perfectly flush. If you leave a sliver open you'll see a line of paint afterwards. This brand of paint is a "paint and primer in one" so I went right into painting. I definitely recommend a primer though, at least one coat prior to painting. It makes a difference in terms of consistency of coverage. Make sure the frame is dust free as well.

Tape off the mirror using newsprint if possible. I used to use newspaper, but I've found that a pad of 24" x 36" newsprint is PERFECT for an average sized mirror. You can seriously tear a sheet off of the pad and be fine. save a few folds here or there. Make SURE you tape it off securely on the edges because the paint will find ANY breaches.

Tape off the mirror using newsprint if possible. I used to use newspaper, but I've found that a pad of 24" x 36" newsprint is PERFECT for an average sized mirror. You can seriously tear a sheet off of the pad and be fine. save a few folds here or there. Make SURE you tape it off securely on the edges because the paint will find ANY breaches.

Then go ahead and spray the frame evenly. I'd do 2 coats unless you have time for a third. Make SURE to get the inner frame right by the tape because this area will be noticed if you don't have decent coverage there. LET THE FRAME SIT FOR 4-5 HOURS IF UNABLE TO LET SIT OVERNIGHT. Even after 4-5 hours you risk a SLIGHT indentation of your fingerprints on the sides. So much work, I wouldn't risk it.

Then go ahead and spray the frame evenly. I'd do 2 coats unless you have time for a third. Make SURE to get the inner frame right by the tape because this area will be noticed if you don't have decent coverage there. LET THE FRAME SIT FOR 4-5 HOURS IF UNABLE TO LET SIT OVERNIGHT. Even after 4-5 hours you risk a SLIGHT indentation of your fingerprints on the sides. So much work, I wouldn't risk it.

Finished product!!! Client didn't want gold, but a champagne. I thought it came out really nice. Shipped out of state and arrived without incident! Congrats guys!

Finished product!!! Client didn't want gold, but a champagne. I thought it came out really nice. Shipped out of state and arrived without incident! Congrats guys!

Wedding Mirror Seating Chart Ideas

Mirror seating charts are STILL extremely popular. I did my first one back in 2013 and 4 years later, they are likely my most popular item and MOST inquired about "day of" decor element.

This post is for those of you getting married that may be wondering exactly what kinds of mirrors you can have designed. The two most popular ways (and there are alternate ways to display each type) are:

  • Alpha Order - Guests organized by last name. I like to add a letter or letters above each "section/group" of names in order to make scanning/finding your name easier.
     
  • By Table - Guests seated by table name or number - This is a lovely look and one that clients ask for most often, however I like to remind them that anything over 14-15 tables may make it harder for guests to navigate.

Other add ons:

  • Be Our Guest
  • Where Am I Sitting?
  • Please Be Seated
  • Please Find Your Seat
  • Wedding Hashtag
  • Thank you for sharing in our special day

Indie Wed 2017 Review

Indie Wed was a huge success for me. I loved everything. The vibe, the vendors, the couples, it was truly special. Very intimate and "kitschy", I thought it was a one of a kind show. My mirror decor fit in perfectly. Special thanks to Kelly Horvath, the show's founder for accepting my company with open arms. Also need to thank my biz buddy Desiree Dent of Dejanae Events who encouraged me to do this show and also came out to help me field client inquiries.

I also heard that there was a special 7:15A segment that featured ONLY my mirrors but I have been unable unfortunately to obtain the footage! I DID make it to the "wrap-up" reel, but it was truly a "blink and you'll miss it" moment, so I made sure to get a screen shot of it.

Mirror Lettering: A How To Guide Available Now

It's been a looong time and so much has happened since the last blog. I need to recap the awesome calligraphy workshop I hosted on October 22nd... I've got some cool worksheets to share, and finally I want to get you up to speed on some cool holiday calligraphy ideas. Whew!

FIRST, I want to share that I've FINALLY (and I do mean finally) put together a "how to" guide for creating mirrors. I get so many questions about this particular style of writing that I thought I'd go ahead and put together my BEST tips for doing these right the first time. You can purchase a digital download from my hand lettering page or from my Etsy shop!

Excerpts below:

Grab the e-book by 11/30 if you can for the special rate! I'll be back soon with more goodies!

--ct

2016 Top Wedding Trends - Pt. 2 of 2

More trends to look out for in 2016...

In part 1 I mentioned how much personalization means to wedding events now. Adding to this personalization is signage. Signage is a trend that's been on the rise since 2011. Social media has solidified these trends more now than at any other time in our industry. Before, trends would come and go, now these pictures live FOREVER (Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, etc.).

Signage

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Weddings also have multiple activities and "stations" now which lends itself towards "labeling" and "identification"...  Photo Booth, Family Memory table, Card and Gift table, Signature Drink signs, Seating Chart, Guest Book, Bar Menus, Instagram hashtag sign, welcome sign, etc. Its definitely now OFFICIALLY a "line item" on a couple's wedding budget. Here are some things to think about...

:: The Big Day ::

  • Ceremony Programs ___
  • Guestbook signage ___
  • Directional Signage ___
  • Pick a Seat, Not a Side Sign ___
  • For your tears of joy cello bags ___

:: Let's Party ::

  • Menus ___
  • Card Box ___
  • Place cards or Seating Chart ___
  • Table Tents/Cards ___
  • In Lieu of favor cards or Favor tags ___
  • Printed Cocktail Napkins ___
  • Bar Signage ___
  • Social media signage (Instagram hashtag, appy couple, etc.) ___
  • Candy Buffet Signage ___
  • Signature Drink Tent/Sign ___
  • Thank You Cards ___
  • Bathroom Signage  ___

:: Wait a minute... where do I go? ::

  • Directional Signage ___
  • Reserved Signs ___
  • Couple's Chair Back Signs (Mr. and Mrs.) ___
  • Thank You Signage (for photo op) ___
  • Photo booth Signage ___
  • Flip Flop Tub Signage ___
  • Tent card signage for Candy Buffet or Dessert Table ___

Mirrors


Admiring a mirror I completed on site at Adler Planetarium last summer...

Admiring a mirror I completed on site at Adler Planetarium last summer...

People are fascinated with mirrors for weddings now. Mirror menus, Mirror seating charts, mirrored signature drink signs, etc. Instead of slowing down, the trend has picked up! Check out my Etsy mirrored seating chart listing if you are thinking about executing a mirror. Lots of nice detail here and should answer a lot of questions!

Casual Fonts

The lowercase "bouncing baseline" style of type does NOT appear to be going anywhere soon. So many people requested bombshell pro that I added it to my list of calligraphy styles. There are other styles as well that are lending themselves to a "simpler", "cleaner" looking invitation suite. Be on the lookout for simpler ways to communicate information this year. Sadly, no one really reads anymore thanks to excessive scrolling so important information needs to be presented in efficient "chunks".

Take care til' next time guys,

--ct