Interview: The Perfect Palette

Categories Inspiration + Resources

We’re thrilled to have Chrissy, author of  The Perfect Palette as our guest at Truly Engaging today. In case you don’t already know, The Perfect Palette is a popular wedding blog, dedicated to exploring the color palette possibilities for your wedding and a place to find fun and creative wedding ideas! Chrissy started the blog as a hobby~ but since 2008, it has become a honed business. From inspiration boards, to color tips, Chrissy’s aim is to share with you the many ways that color can be used in your wedding. And brides, it’s also a place where you can see the many different ways that you can put your special touch on your wedding day. Without further ado, here is my interview with Chrissy …

Why is choosing specific colors so important Chrissy? Choosing a specific color palette for your wedding is so important because you want your wedding day to have a cohesive look and feel to it.  Not only are you marrying your best friend, but you’re also planning a very special event to be enjoyed by your closest family and friends. And in order to create an engaging and ‘put together’ look for your day, it’s important to choose colors that will tie everything together, simply and beautifully. It’s also a key step in the planning process- because before you can do much else, a palette must be chosen!

light pink, mauve, gold and ivory palette. This board is gorgeous and incorporates two lovely wedding trends we're seeing in 2011 ... gold + vintage charm.

Where should a newly engaged bride-to-be start? Before a bride can go out and start crossing anything off her list, I think it’s crucial to: 1) choose a venue 2) choose a color palette! Before you can get to the fun part like purchasing save-the-dates, invitations, or choosing bridal party attire, you want to decide on your colors! After you choose your colors, you can start on stage two which is the process of finding all of the necessities to bring your perfect palette to life! So make a choice … because whether you realize it or not, you have limited time and you have bigger fish to fry!

If you’re struggling with your decision, I always advise my readers to start by considering the colors that make you go “awwww, that’s SO pretty.”  I think most importantly, it’s key to love the colors you’re working with!

Where can you find inspiration to create a perfect palette? There’s a ton of online inspiration out there! Aside from The Perfect Palette, you can definitely find color inspiration all around you. Whether that be in nature, in magazines, in fashion or even decorating magazines.

What is your best color tip? My best color tip is to simply realize that no matter what color palette you choose, you can truly bring that palette to life in so many beautiful ways! So be confident in your choices and try your hardest not to second guess yourself {although I realize that it’s hard not to with all the beautiful wedding inspiration out there lately}. So no more second guessing!

Do you still enjoy creating palettes- even after 3 years? Yes, even after 3 years of creating palettes for my readers, I still really and truly enjoy putting together color palettes! I love to inspire my readers and ultimately I love knowing that my ideas are helping brides and grooms to create their perfect wedding! By combining my love for all things fashion, art, party planning and helping people,  I truly am my happiest when I’m creating and sharing with others.

What’s your favorite color? It’s definitely a toss-up between orange and yellow. These are two of the happiest colors and it’s really hard for me not to smile when I look at them. I suppose that explains why I create a lot of palettes on The Perfect Palette that includes these colors! Some days my favorite is yellow, some days it’s orange!

How do you incorporate color trends? We’re always looking to Pantone, the world authority on color, for ideas on what colors are trending in fashion! It’s always fun to see their choices for the top 10 colors for the season and it’s great because it helps to expand my own ideas on wedding color palettes!

Why should a bride commit to her palette with few changes? It’s very common for a bride to change her mind when it comes to choosing her wedding color palette.  However, I would strongly advise that a bride commits to a palette in the early stages of her planning because to change your color palette mid-way through can be a very expensive and time consuming change. One or two changes early on in the process is okay and can be expected, but keep it at that. Commit to your palette and start focusing  your energy on getting other things accomplished.

What about color theory? I think it’s important to decide if you want a palette that is going to consist of complementary colors {also known as contrasting colors} or more of a monochromatic look.

A monochromatic color palette provides a harmony and blending of the colors, similar to what might be found in nature. Whereas, contrasting colors from the color wheel represent high chromatic contrast. Complementary colors are opposite on the color wheel. These colors always go well with each other, hence the term complementary.

You can’t go wrong with whichever you choose, however the differences are big! For instance, a bride might choose various shades of blue for her palette.  This monochromatic color palette tends to create a softer look that’s easy on the eye. However, if you’d like to create a bigger impact, you might decide to choose contrasting colors, for instance orange and blue. This type of palette will create a more distinct visual impact and will enable you to make bigger, bolder statements. Understanding a few simple color principles can result in successful wedding color combinations.

{The lovely spring palette above can be found at The Perfect Palette here.}

This is such wonderful, helpful information on determining a color palette- especially for newly engaged couples! Thanks so much Chrissy. To read more about Chrissy and explore color palettes, simply hop on over to The Perfect Palette.

Yay for wonderful resources like The Perfect Palette!!

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Amy Jean from Weddzilla

Categories Resources

Today we’re chatting with The Relentless BrideNow married, the busy Amy Jean Chung also happens to be the Director of Community Development for Weddzilla.com, the first wedding planning and resource site, fully integrated with social media. Read on as Amy shares about her role at Weddzilla as well as all the cool, new features the site has to offer planning brides and wedding vendors. Enjoy!

What is Weddzilla.com and what is your role within Weddzilla? Weddzilla is the first website in the  wedding industry to fully integrate the wedding planning process into popular social networks. Weddzilla leverages the power of community to simplifying the wedding planning process for our Nearlyweds. It’s all about connecting them with their perfect vendors and making their wedding planning easy, social, and fun. It’s Wedding planning simplified.

My role with Weddzilla is the Director of Community Development so my focus is on creating and stimulating the Weddzilla community for both brides and vendors. The main avenues of communication that we use are the Weddzilla Blog, which has many brides and Mrs. Bloggers as well as featured vendor blog posts which are provided to help brides with advice, answers to general questions and tips on how to plan stress-free; twitter and facebook. Our main goal is to simplify wedding planning with useful social tools and to provide a community that is supportive, informative and just fun to be involved with.

How is Weddzilla changing the game for online wedding planning? Social media is changing the way brides and vendors interact and Weddzilla is at the forefront of this new frontier. By making it easier for a bride to find her vendor, from near or far, and involving her friends and family with the various social tools on the site planning becomes instant, fun and easy.

What is the one feature you would highlight for Wedding Professionals to use? Our Weddfieds are the game changer for vendors. They allow wedding professionals to be proactive in connecting to the Nearlyweds that need their services anytime they want, without paying for leads. You can set your search parameters by zip code, budget, and wedding date. We notify vendors every time a Nearlywed creates a post that matches their search criteria and they’ll be able to start connecting with the brides they want to work with directly through Weddzilla.

What is the one feature you would highlight for Nearlyweds to use? Our Nearlyweds are loving how easy the Weddmark (a visual bookmarking tool) makes  collecting and organizing inspiration from all over the web. And of course they love the fact that each new item they Weddmark between now and September 30, 2010 gives them one entry in the “Weddmark Challenge” and a chance to win a $1,000 gift registry from Macy’s!

Do you do Webinars or educational series to help Nearlyweds or Vendors? I don’t personally but our Director of Marketing, Sara Morgan does.  She’s involved in a great social media presentation called “Social or Die.” Making social media a part of your daily business routine is a lot simpler than you may think and our “Social or Die” presentation is takes a straight-shooting approach to help wedding professionals “get real” about how to grow their business through social media.

Tell us about your experience (an anecdote) about working with an up-and-coming internet company. What has the journey been like? Being involved with Weddzilla has truly been a blessing. It’s an amazing feeling to see something start from an idea and grow into a product… especially one that I know will be such a helpful tool for brides everywhere. Planning my own wedding long distance and seeing how much I utilized the internet, I just can’t wait to see how Weddzilla is utilized and the feedback we get on how much easier wedding planning becomes for so many brides out there.

Tell us about your gurus. How did you pick them? What will they be bringing to the Weddzilla community? The Weddzilla Gurus are our team of celebrity wedding professionals that will be sharing their expertise and extensive experience with the Weddzilla Community. The Gurus are not only trendsetters in their respective fields, but are trusted names in the wedding industry. Whether they’re forecasting trends, blogging about their latest wedding experiences, or sharing their weekly tips, the Gurus act as an accessible advisory board for our Nearlyweds and Vendors and allows members of Weddzilla to gain access to, and feel connected with the leaders in their industry through our site.

Why have you made social media such an integral part of Weddzilla.com? Social media isn’t a trend, it isn’t going anywhere. It’s changing the  way people interact and the way companies do business. The wedding industry is built around a very social community of brides and vendors. We wanted to create a site that took offline word-of- mouth and social networking and put it into an online format to create that same sense of community through our site. It’s all about engagement, continuous conversation, and instant feedback.

You have a Weddzilla You Tube channel…which videos should we be looking out for? We actually just started putting up some videos to our channel. We want to make it a hub for cool wedding videos from our brides, or users suggest videos to us to add to our site or as a favorite. In addition to wedding related videos you can find tutorials on how to use Weddzilla better, highlights from our launch party, and will be adding more content soon.

What’s on the horizon for Weddzilla? Tell us what we should be looking out for from you guys? Up first is the Guru Awards – that is going to be really cool. We are all about social media and blogs play a huge role in the wedding community and we can’t wait to award 25 great blogs our Blog Guru 2010 title! You thought the Weddmark was cool..wait till you see the iPhone app…It’s going to be addictive!We have a whole bunch of new site features coming soon. The Ideabook, a new twist on the store, and we will be introducing “Wedding helpers” soon which allow our nearlweds to really get social and get their communities or, “wedding helpers” involved in the planning process.

On Blogging…

Why did you start blogging? I first started blogging as a way to journal my wedding planning – a place to collect ideas so I wouldn’t forget. WhenI first started blogging, we didn’t have the Weddmark, where I could easily just bookmark images into one place… so the blog was my version of “Weddmark”ing things. Then, it took on a life of its own. I found that researching traditions, colors and pretty much anything wedding related was fun – and it was informative. I also noted that if I wondered it, someone else probably did to, so why not document my research.

Why do you continue to blog now that you’re married? I’m still recapping the wedding, so that is one main reason I am still blogging – and I’m doing a very detailed job because my main goal with the blog was to document my wedding planning and wedding. Another main reason I still blog is b/c it’s a community that I’ve grown very fond of. Sharing, inspiring and just being supportive to others during this fun but also stressful & challenging period in a person’s life makes me feel good.

Do you consider yourself a wedding junkie? Yes. I do love all things weddings. I love weddings that aren’t “my style.” I love weddings that are “my style.” I love weddings and all details about weddings. I really don’t see how anyone can do a wedding detail “wrong” b/c it really is just an expression of one’s personality. At the end of the day, and when the wedding planning is done and the ceremony begins… the main focus for me is the love, marriage, family & friends and happiness: and that’s what i focus on when Bride walks in the door. It’s completely idealistic, but for that one moment – i think its 150% OK to have no other thought in the world.

What do you do as Director of Community Development? (see above How did you get the position? I had left a comment on the Weddzilla blog when I was researching traditions for a post for my own blog. They contacted me and invited me to the launch party and also asked if I would be interested in blogging for their site. I went to their launch party with a few friends and met the co-founders Aaron and Kristen for the first time. I continued to blog for them and actively blog on my own site. I was contacted a couple months later about doing an interview for ABC in regards to Weddzilla. I thought and still think the idea is pretty awesome, so quickly agreed. A few months after that, I had dinner with Kristen and Aaron and we started discussing me coming on board in a deeper and more involved way and it quickly developed into this position. I’ve been very fortunate to be involved in such a great idea with some really amazing people!

How has your life changed since blogging as a bride to be and now as a wife? I truly thought life post-wedding would be calm. I knew that as the wedding date approached, my life would get hectic, but I didn’t think it’d STILL be hectic! But i’m thriving in being a wife. It’s so weird b/c I’ve never been comfortable with titles – “boyfriend” or “fiance” just felt a little awkward, but I love saying “my husband”… and it feels so natural. I think that I’ve taken on the role as wife with an open heart and mind and am really working on making habits right now that will help us maintain a healthy and fun relationship for the rest of our lives. Perhaps, that’s why i feel life is still hectic – b/c I won’t lie, it is hard work – but definitely worth every moment!

Just how busy are you? I’m busy. Well, maybe I just feel busy. From my day job, which takes up 50-60 hrs/week, to finding time for my own blog, and than coordinating the Weddzilla blog and all the new features the site is coming out with weekly – its pretty hectic. On top of which, I have this new wonderful duty of taking care of my husband and kids (aka pups) – so, I could be giving myself more things to do at home, but its responsibilities I feel that help our home life. Oh yeah, and let’s not forget, we’re still trying to maintain a semblance of normalcy with trying to catch up with friends and keeping up with family! It’s busy, but a blessed, hectic, crazy fun busy!

Tell us about your future aspirations as a wedding blogger? I really want to start focusing on my own issues with wedding planning or the industry as well as post-wedding life. It’s been fun sharing great ideas and inspirations, and recapping – but there is so much inspiration out there, I really think my best contribution to the wedding blogosphere will be finding great bride /vendor bloggers for the Weddzilla Blog and then with my own voice, boldly discussing themes, issues and topics that a lot of us go through in daily life and in wedding planning!

Are you still having fun? Yes. I complain at times that my plate is full or that I’m tired, but the truth of the matter is – I love to be run ragged blogging and keeping up with my blog pals and reading great blogs! I just wish i had more hours in the day to read all the wonderful stuff that is out there. On the tool tip, it’s been fun for me to give my opinion to the Weddzilla.com developers on what I think are fundamental tools that the brides/grooms to be could most benefit from and seeing them unfold one by one on the site. It’s a great feeling to be part of something so cool and innovative!

Amy Jean and Larry ceremony image by Hazelnut Photography

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Happy 20th Anniversary Dave and Lisa!

Categories Real Weddings

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Love remains the same…only better.
Much better!

Boy meets girl.  Boy falls in love with girl.  Boy asks girl to marry him.

Date: July 8, 1989
Venue: Northwestern College  St. Paul, MN
Beautiful Bride: Lisa
Handsome Groom: Dave {my boss, an owner of MagnetStreet and all around… great guy}
Honeymoon: Cancun

Imagine: Paula Abdul had 3 top 10 hits this year!

We do A LOT of celebrating of new engagements and wedding days around here… but today, we’re celebrating the other side…  20 YEARS of marriage!  And, you know how everyone always tells a bride-to-be whose planning her wedding “it’s not about the wedding day… it’s about the marriage” Well… it’s true!  Read with me as

Dave shares with us some of his favorite memories… thoughts on marriage… and of his incredibly lovely wife.

12 Hour Date
We had a 12 hour date when we first started dating. Honestly, I can’t remember much of where we went other than it involved food and basketball. It really didn’t matter, it was one of those days in college that you wished would not end. We laughed. I remember that. We laughed hard. That’s when she knew I was the one. Ha ha.

Hilarious Engagement Story…
Lisa and I were engaged on the shores of the Mississippi river (the river she grew up on) in downtown Minneapolis. No one other than Lisa knew I was coming to town from Chicago. She picked me up Christmas Eve, we went immediately downtown and were engaged. We headed to her home to surprise her family and what I received was quite surprising.  Her grandma Edna, hollered out in excitement… TOM!!  Which would be fine if my name was Tom. It would have probably been even better, had it not been Lisa’s high school boyfriend’s name.  That was priceless!  I was able to use that as ammunition with Edna for the next 17 years.  I usually cashed that check on Christmas Eve.

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Still in Love After 20 Years
I have a list. Not an ordinary list. I have a list of the funniest 20 people I know. Lisa, is in the top five. Her humor is smart, timely and authentic. You can’t coach it, teach it, or replicate it. I get to see it more than anyone, and thankfully, I’m not usually the butt of it. She is as captivating and interesting today, as the day I met her. Time has been very kind to her. More than anything, something that you have no idea when you marry, she is a mom for the ages. She has set the bar, by which all others could be measured. That of course, is my opinion. I hope every husband/father feels that way about their kid’s mom. My kids someday will fully understand what I get to participate in everyday.  She’s a treasure.

Best Part About Being Married to Lisa
Being introduced as her husband. Only then, does anyone think I must be somebody.

I Still Love the Way She…
Smiles.  She has a great smile!

I asked Dave… If you were to go on the Dating Game, would you get all the questions right?  Could you finish her sentences?

If winners were to return each night, we’d never leave!

So  20 Years …
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and Four Beautiful Kids Later…

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How We Find Time Together
Lisa likes to walk. I like to walk. Walking is in the eye of the beholder.  I think a walk is a stroll while talking.  Not meant to inflict pain. Lisa thinks it should be work.  Anyhow, when we walk and see couples in their 70′s, I often think how great that will be.  I don’t fear getting old, I wonder what we’ll talk about.  I suppose Lisa will get a better workout when she’s pushing my wheelchair.  I look forward to talking about our kids more.  That’s pretty much what we talk about now.  We’ll get to process their spousal choices.  It will be interesting to talk about how one of our kids did actually become president. I’m putting my money on Jane.

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4th of July Play… “Mock Wedding” Cast: kids and cousins {Jane is the bridesmaid in purple}

One Piece of Marriage Advice
Agree to the terms of a walk. Then walk a lot, and leave your Walkman at home.  Remember Walkmans?  They were the coolest. You could listen to the radio or play a cassette tape while you mowed the lawn. I think they will make a comeback.

Congratulations DAVE AND LISA!  HAPPY ANNIVERSARY and 20+20+20 more years of joy and blessings!  We’ll be keeping an eye on that platform when Jane walks across it some day…

Thanks so much for sharing and making me tear-up

just a little.

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