The Hawaiian Luau

Hawaiian Luaus

Hawaiian Luau

LUAU:  A Hawaiian celebration involving a local feast accompanied by various types of traditional entertainment. The actual word “Luau” is a term often blended with the word party…meaning that an actual luau can be held for many reasons. A graduation, birthday or even a wedding.  In Hawaii, Luau’s are extremely popular with hundreds of people attending. Check in time begins between 4-6pm where you will be greeted with a beautiful orchid lei and a delicious Mai Tai. Once you make your way to your seats you’ll be invited to mingle, take photos and support the local artists.

Luau Food and Drink

Luau themed parties and celebrations often take place in an open outdoor area with a stage and lights. As cocktail hour nears an end you’ll most likely start to hear conch shells blowing and see men dressed in Hawaiian attire running around lighting all the Tiki Torches. From there. you’ll be invited to watch the official reveal and removal of the pig from a pit nearby. Yes, this is the pork that will be served at the luau! Other traditional favorites served is Poi, chicken long rice and lomi lomi salmon. Poke is another luau favorite. It is raw fish marinated in citrus juices and coconut cream… delicious! Sweet grilled pineapples, barbecued veggies, and traditional favorites make for a perfect Hawaiian feast.

Luau Entertainment: 

Hawaiian Music plays a big role in the entertainment. Instruments include ukuleles and drums which sets the tone to lead you on a magical journey telling an authentic story of the islands. Polynesia entertainment includes hula dancing, chants and songs originating from as far back as the 1800′s. Expert fire-knife dancing, fire breathing, and fire eating are an ancient Samoan traditions that seem to be one of the highlights of the show. With all the fabulous things that a Luau offers it’s no wonder that a Hawaiian luau is on the top 5 things to do while you’re on the islands.

Hawaiian Luaus

 

Hawaiian Luaus by First Class Weddings

Hawaiian Wedding Leis from Modern Weddings Hawaii

Tropical Drinks & Drummer from Old Lahaina Luau

Pork and Pineapple Buns from Sunset

Fire Dancer from First Class Weddings

 

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Ombré Wedding

Red to white ombre wedding cake

 Ombré Wedding

Ombré is a French term, it means the shading and transition of color from light to dark, from one shade to another.  Traditionally this term referred to fabric and ombré has definitely made it’s mark in the fashion world, however recently this style has blown up! We are seeing ombré designs on everything from hair to nails and of course, all things weddings!  Wedding cakes, invitations, backdrops and flowers, ombré weddings are one wedding trend that is sure to stick around!

Ombre flower centerpiece

 Ombré Wedding Centerpiece

Ombré floral centerpieces can make your reception oh-so-glamorous!  An Ombré Wedding adds a decorative element that works with every color palette, and flowers are a great way to incorporate ombré decor into your wedding ceremony and reception. When creating an ombré flower centerpiece, we recommend choosing different flowers for each color (as seen above).  The different textures mixed with busts of color will create one gorgeous centerpiece!

Ombré Wedding Isle Runner

Ombré was originally associated with fabric, so why not continue your ombré wedding theme into your isleway.  We love a look that is hand crafted and matches your chairs, backdrops, reception table cloths, napkins, centerpieces and more…

Paper ombre wedding decor

 Ombre Wedding Backdrop

Hanging paper art makes for a fabulous backdrop and this ombré wedding backdrop makes this desert table so much sweeter! Hang garlands color by color, moving from one shade to the next to create fun and unique ceremony backdrop, desert table or photo booth areas. You can also  hang above reception tables to create amazing hanging decor!

Pink ombre wedding dress

Ombré Wedding Dress

It’s a bride’s day, so why not express you personal style with a fun and fabulous ombré gown…or have your bridesmaids rock the style. Brides may choose a white dress with colored tool that just peeks out the bottom or make a bold statement with a gown that transitions into a burst of color!

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Ombré Wedding by First Class Weddings

Ombré Cake from Mod Wedding

Purplé Ombre Flowers from Flourish Designs

Ombré Isle Runner from Wedding Wire

Ombré Paper Backdrop from Little Bird Celebrations

Ombré Wedding Gown from One Wed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winter Bride

Winter Bride

From a chill in the air to snow on the ground, winter brides have so many fabulous wardrobe options when it comes to staying warm.  Accessorize your wedding dress with cozy jackets, add a pop of color with a fitted cardigan or step out in the snow and rain in a pair of stylish boots! Cold weather accents are not only fashionable but they will make your wedding style unique.

Bride in boots, scarf and sweater

Winter Bride

A scarf, jacket and boots will help winter brides look good while braving the elements.  For weather that is not so extreme, try a light weight infinity scarf in your wedding colors.  This is easy to put on and take off, it will switch up your wedding look and will create one-of-a-kind photos.

Winter Bride – Faux Fur

A faux fur jacket is a great choice for winter weddings!  Black, brown or winter white, this look is always elegant.

Bride in green cardigan

Winter Bride – Cardigan

Cardigans are the perfect choice for weddings in a mild winter climate.  Add a burst of color and it will totally transform your Winter Bride look!

Nontraditional Winter Wedding Dress

Winter Bride – Glimmer

With the spirit of the holidays in the air, winter brides can choose glamourous attire.  Three Quarter sleeved glitter top over a rich wedding dress is winter wedding perfection.  There is no better time to sparkle than the holidays! Go crazy with sequins, a bolero or a shall.

Bride in Stripped Tights

Winter Bride – Tights

Tights are a winter staple and they are the perfect winter wedding secret.  Nude, black, patterned or bright and colorful, tights will keep brides warm in cold weather without changing the overall look of the wedding dress. And for something super sexy try garter belt stockings :)

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Winter Bride by First Class Weddings

Bride in Winter White from Sweet November Events

Bride in Boots and Jacket from Sarajane Case Photography

Bridal Party in Faux Fur from Green Wedding Shoes

Bride in Green Cardigan from Lovely Girls Weddings

Bride in Pink Cardigan from The Look on TODAY

Bride in Velvet Dress from Pass The Bouquet

Bride in Tights from Erin Ever After

Bride in Sequin Bolero from Chocolate Moose

 

Colorful Wedding Dresses

Vera Wang Bush Gown

Colorful Wedding Dresses

One of the first things brides do when they become engaged is start searching for the perfect wedding dress. While many brides opt for the traditional white wedding gown, others are choosing a bolder, more modern look for their big day.

We started seeing colorful wedding dresses a few years back and this trend is only gaining speed for 2013!  Silver and gold, pastels, patterns and dramatic shades of red are just some of the colorful wedding gowns we have seen on the runways for the upcoming year.  Check out some of these sizzling styles in a variety of gorgeous hues below!

Carol Hannah Spring 2013

Colorful Wedding Dresses – Carol Hannah – Spring 2013

Vera Wang 2013

Vera Wang 2013

Colorful Wedding Dresses – Vera Wang – Spring 2013

Reem Acra 2013

Colorful Wedding Dresses – Reem Acra – Resort 2013

Douglas Hannant Spring 2013

Colorful Wedding Dresses – Douglas Hannant – Spring 2013

Sarah Seven Fall 2013

Colorful Wedding Dresses – Sarah Seven – Fall 2013

Elie Saab Couture

Colorful Wedding Dresses – Elie Saab Couture

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Colored Wedding Dresses by First Class Weddings

Blush Gown from Grey Likes Weddings

Grey Carol Hannah Gown from Brides

Red Vera Wang Gowns from Wedding Countdown

Purple Vera Wang Gown from Zankyou Magazine

Ombre Reem Acra Gown from Dress Safari

Floral Douglas Hannant Gown from Huffington Post Weddings

Gold Sarah Seven Gown from Green Wedding Shoes

Mint Elie Saab Gowns from Demoislle

Halloween Wedding

Pumpkin Ring Photo

Halloween Wedding

Halloween, the time of year where children and adults alike dress in costumes, visit haunted houses and carve Jack O’Lanterns.  While Halloween is most often associated with ghosts and goblins, cobwebs and candy, not everyone is saying Trick or Treat on October 31…for many happy couples, this is a day to say I DO!

Elegant Halloween ceremony

With a black, white and orange color palette, this outdoor ceremony is Halloween chic.  A variety of beautiful orange and white blooms pop against sophisticated black flower pots and bold, fabric accented acrylic stands.

Halloween Wedding – Pumpkin Centerpieces

Nothing says Halloween like pumpkins.  Carved, painted, big or small pumpkins are a great addition to an October wedding!  Use as centerpieces,  line the ceremony aisle way or pile high for a decorative photo booth backdrop.  Small pumpkins are perfect for favors and place cards alike.  Attach tags with your guests names or display at each place setting for fun festive Halloween wedding decor.

Till Death Do Us Part Pumpkins

Turn pumpkins of any size into a work of art!  This is a great DIY (Do It Yourself) project!  Paint pumpkins with a brush or spray paint and add patterns, lettering or cover completely.

Halloween Wedding Dessert Bar

Halloween Wedding Cake

Say Trick or Treat with Halloween Wedding inspired sweets! Candy apples, candy corn, decorative cookies…the possibilities are endless!   Ask your baker to create a one of a kind Halloween wedding cake for your October 31 nuptials.  How much fun is the spider web cake above?!

Black Wedding Dress

Colorful wedding dresses are on runways everywhere and a Halloween wedding is the perfect time to rock these modern wedding looks! Love the look but dreaming of that little white dress?  Make a wardrobe change after the ceremony and wear a bold black gown or LBD for your wedding reception.

Masked Bride

Masquerade Ball Reception

We love the idea of a masquerade wedding themed reception…after all, whats Halloween without a costume!  Provide a mask for your guests to wear for the evening and then take home as a Halloween wedding favor.

Happy Halloween from First Class Weddings!

Halloween Wedding by First Class Weddings

Pumpkin Ring Photo from Libby James Blog

Black, White, and Orange Ceremony from Karen Tran Florals

Pumpkin Centerpieces from Green Wedding Shoes

Till Death Do Us Part Pumpkins from 100 layer Cake

Halloween Dessert Table from Calligraphy by Jennifer

Halloween Wedding Cake from Half Baked – The Cake Blog

Black Vera Wang Wedding Gown from Hip Hip Gin Gin

Masked Bride from Belle Weddings

Masquerade Ball Reception from Polka Dot Bride

Moss Wedding

HEart Shaped Ring Pillow Made of Moss

Moss Wedding Decor

There are so many beautiful natural elements that can be used to create extraordinary event decor. Incorporate moss into your wedding theme and you will love the stunning result!  Moss adds color, texture and a rustic elegance to wedding ceremonies and receptions that we love! There are over 12,000 species of moss on this planet and one thing is for sure, when used as decoration, this gorgeous greenery brings the beautiful great outdoors to any event.

Wedding reception table runner made of moss

Moss Table Runner

Lush moss covered tables and  accented centerpieces have a rustic appeal that creates a earthy wedding theme.  Flower blossoms add color and frangrance to the place settings and dark candles set the mood. Make your wedding reception feel as though you are in a magical garden with this moss wedding theme.

Wedding dessert table covered with moss

Moss place card table

Moss Wedding Tables

Moss wedding decor can transform a standard dessert display, place card or sign-in table into a work of art that will give your guests something to talk about for years to come.  This is one embelleshment  that is easy to create yet packs a huge punch.  If you love this bold look, continue the theme by building a wedding backdrop or arch that is completely covered with moss.  Add fresh flowers, flags, jewels, etc. to make it truly unique. The result is gorgeous!

Moss and floral chandelier create a beautiful hanging centerpiece

Hanging Moss Wedding Centerpiece

Check out this overhead creation of moss, hanging tulips and glass bulbs! Moss chandeliers and hanging centerpieces will transform any table space and add a wow factor to your overall wedding decor.

Table numbers made of moss

Moss Wedding Table Numbers

Looking for a DIY (Do It Yourself) project for your big day? Plan a pre-wedding craft party and create moss covered table numbers, initial monograms, ring pillows or garden inspired flower girl baskets.   Moss wedding table numbers placed in your centerpieces are the perfect addition to reception tables.  Unique, creative and oh-so-fabulous!

Monogrammed Letters made of moss and flowers

Moss Wedding Monogram

Moss wedding monograms are perfect hung in entryways, on walls or as chair decor.  Choose your initials or wedding date for a unique wedding enhancement. We love that the above letters are paired with flowers and hung with ribbon in the weddings color palette.

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Moss Wedding from First Class Weddings

Moss Ring Pillow from One Wed

Moss Table Runner from United With Love

Moss Wedding Dessert Table from Tim Duncan Events

Hanging Moss and Tulip Chandelier from Bridal Banter

Moss Wedding Place Card Table from Simply Perfect Weddings

Moss Table Numbers from Esty

Moss Monogram Letters from Wedding Chicks

Flower Girls

Flower girl with a flower crown and bouquet

 Flower Girls

Flower girls are an adorable addition to any wedding!  While we OOOO and AWE over the dresses, the flowers, and the sheer cuteness of the flower girl, children equally consider this an exciting occassion. Flower girls of all ages are a extra special part of the ceremony, scattering petals, holding signs or carrying a pomander flower ball and walking down the aisle is a moment that you and your guests will cherish forever!

 

Flower Girls tossing petals down the aisle

Flower Girls Tossing Petals

Traditionally walking just before the bride, the flower girl(s) will sprinkle petals down the aisle way during the wedding ceremony. Your wedding colors, location and overall theme can help to guide you in what option is best for your big day. Rose petals matching the bouquets are always a great option.  Many of our brides, having a destination wedding in Hawaii, choose to use orchids or multi-colored rose petals to compliment their Hawaiian wedding and a Haku Head Lei is a great addition to the flower girls overall look!

There are many options for both flowers and flower girl baskets to make your wedding unique.  Woven, adorned with flowers or moss, accented with ribbons or even monogrammed with the bride and grooms initials are all cute…the possibilities are endless! To make your flower girls feel extra special, attach a wooden sign, or paint her name onto the basket.

 

"Here Comes The Bride" flower girl sign

Flower Girl Sign

A more modern role for the flower girls are to carry a sign down the aisle. This is a trend that we can’t seem to get enough of, and your guests will feel the same! A slab of wood or a printed banner with the words “Here Comes The Bride” or a personalized sign that reads “Uncle Jessie, Here Comes Your Girl!” is an adorable way to announce the bride!

 

Flower girl carrying a flower pomader

Flower Girls Pomander Ball

One option we love is having flower girls carry a Pomander Ball.  This flower ball is great for children who may be nervous (or too young) to scatter flower petals.  Pomanders can also be a great decorative option for your wedding reception.  Use as chair decor, hang them in trees, line an aisle way, doorway or place on table tops as reception centerpieces.

 

Flower Girl being pulled in a wagon

Flower Girl Wagon

When the time comes to walk down the aisle things can go super smoothly or slightly unpredictable.   We have had flower girls go from happy to sad and tired to terrified in a matter of minutes. Having a rehearsal the evening before or having several flower girls (especially for young girls) can help ease the walk down the isle. For the very young, we recommend having either an adult or an older child accompany them down the aisle.  We also love the idea of pulling young cuties in a wagon as seen above!

 

Custom Flower Girl dress and headband

Flower Girls Attire

Of course you can’t forget about flower girl fashion!  Go traditional or dress your flower girls in fun tutu’s or petticoats. Add flower headbands to finish off the look. Accessorizing your flower girl to compliment your wedding theme will add even more cuteness to the already adorable kiddos!

 

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Flower Girls by First Class Weddings

Flower Crowned Flower Girl from Polka Dot Bride

Tossing Petals from Inspired By This

“Here Comes The Bride” from Brides of Oklahoma

Flower Girl Pomander from Indulgy

Flower Girl in Wagon from Every Last Detail

Tool Flower Girl Dress and Flower Headband from Savvy Britches Boutique

Hawaiian Vow Renewal

Hawaii Vow Renewal – 30 years strong!

Pege & Lenny Fischman celebrated their 30 year Hawaiian vow renewal with First Class Weddings. We are extremely honored to have been chosen to share in this emotionally charged and deeply heart-felt occasion. The Fischman’s and their two sons traveled all the way from Jupiter Florida so this was an extra special treat for us.

Pege Fischman

When First Class Weddings started planning with Pege in June of 2012 she specifically requested a small and private beach location. Although they were staying at the Puamana Condo’s on the West side of the island, we felt that a beach located 45 minutes away on the South shore of Maui would provide exactly what she was looking for.

Beach Wedding

After a few short months of planning, obtaining a Hawaii beach permit, hand selecting the perfect minister and securing one of the finest photographers on Maui, Pege and Lenny were re-married on August 16, 2012. The minister officially started the ceremony by blowing the Conch Shell.

Beach Wedding

Shortly after the ceremony started the couple laughed as they recalled memories and told stories of their past.  Precious memories for sure!

Beach Wedding

The Hawaiian island weather was perfect as Pege & Lenny yet again shared one of the most memorable days of their lives together.

Beach Wedding

Pege & Lenny have endured so much over the years and even told us that there were times that they thought they wouldn’t make it….yet here they are. This couple truly has what it takes to endure whatever life dishes out.

Beach Wedding

Pege’s bouquet consisted of pink ginger, cymbidium orchids, and dendrobium orchids.

Beach Wedding

First Class Weddings loves Hawaiian Vow Renewals and we completely adore Pege & Lenny Fischman!

Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Fischman & Family!

Trish Barker Photography

Hawaiian Vow Renewal by: First Class Weddings

Minister: Rev. Joe Miles

Photographer: Trish Barker Photography

Flowers by: Dellables

First Class Weddings

Fall Wedding

Bridal Party throwing fall leaves

Fall Wedding

It is time to embrace the changing of the leaves and the return of the rich colors of fall! There are many different decorative options to choose from that will make your fall wedding reflect the spirit of the season! Stick to the traditional fall color palette of brown, orange, red and yellow or opt for a wedding with richer tones such as merlot, plum or moss green.  Incorporate leaves and greenery or pumpkins and pie into your decor for a wedding celebration that screams fall!

Fall color wedding bouquets

Fall Wedding Bouquets

Mix a burst of color into bouquets and floral arrangements and give your decor an unexpected twist.  We love that fall’s hottest hues are mixed with the lavender roses in the above bouquets!  Lavender is one color that you may not traditionally associate with fall but by adding in this pop of color the arrangements are truly transformed.

Wooden Wedding Arch

Fall Wedding Arch

Fall is the perfect season to incorporate a woodsy, rustic vibe into your wedding and this natural ceremony arch is the perfect example!  Wooden table and chairs, an unfinished slab of wood with table numbers and names as a seating display or tree stump cake/flower stands will give your entire reception a rustic feel.

Pumpkin Ceremony decor

Pumpkin Wedding Decor

Pumpkins are one of the staples of fall and they are great additions to your fall wedding decor.  Pumpkin vases with fresh blooms, a pumpkin patch venue or a pumpkin lined aisle way are all creative ideas. Continue this theme into your food and beverage choices by featuring a dessert table where pumpkin pies are accompanies by other fall favorites such as caramel apples or cider with cinnamon sticks.

Rock and Roll Fall Wedding

Mix your passion into your wedding.  A record guestbook, beautiful fall flowers and your favorite beer makes for a fun celebration for the rock and roll loving couple!  Display them in a wooden crate and you’ve got a fabulous photo op reflecting your wedding style!  This photo is from a First Class Weddings Rock and Roll wedding inspiration shoot. There are more great fall wedding inspiration photos to come so keep checking back!

Fall Chair Decor

Wheat chair decor

Fall Wedding Chair Decor

Chair decor is a great way to incorporate fall into your wedding.  Adorn your ceremony chairs with fall accents as seen with the  orange and green, twig and berry chair decor above.  Another great fall accent, wheat! Whether chair decor or a bridal bouquet, wheat is a fall wedding favorite.

Bride in cowboy boots

The colder weather means fall brides can rock boots and jackets! For bridesmaids or brides, cowboy boots paired with a dress make the perfect fashion statement. A shrug, cardigan or a faux fur jacket will keep you warm and stylish.

Whether your wedding has a few fall accents or is a full on celebration of the season, we’ve got you covered! First Class Weddings can help you plan your fall wedding and provide you with great wedding inspiration.  Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

Fall Wedding by First Class Weddings

Fall Leaf Confetti from Fairy God Mother Weddings

Fall Bouquet from Rebecca Shepherd Floral Design

Wooden Arch Every Last Detail

Pumpkin Aisle Decor from One Wed

Twig and Berry Chair Decor from Oh Lovely Day

Wheat Chair Decor from Wedding By Color

Bridal Cowboy Boots from Lover.ly

Mismatched Bridesmaids

Patterend and solid bridesmaid dresses

Mismatched Bridesmaid Maxi Dresses

There is a new trend in wedding attire….mismatched bridesmaids! No longer are the days that a bride has to choose one dress to please all of her bridesmaids. Nowadays brides are mixing it up and choosing to deliberately mismatch their bridal party.  Stick to one color palette, or rock a rainbow of shades, go for solid dresses or unexpected printed styles. Mixing and matching your bridesmaid looks creates a wedding style that is truly your own.

 

Pastel Bridesmaids

Pastel Mismatched Bridesmaids

Pastels are great color choices for mismatched bridesmaids as they all go together so nicely! Whether your girls are wearing the same style dress in different colors or have chosen both different styles and colors (as shown above), these sweet shades are light, fresh and oh-so romantic.

 

Rainbow of bridesmaid dresses

Bright and Colorful Bridesmaids

Check out this outrageous burst of color! There is no right or wrong when you’re a trend setter. From bright and bold to ombre inspired dresses, your options are limitless.  Pick one or two stand out shades or go for every color of the rainbow!  Stay neutral with your flowers to prevent going over board.

 

Indian saris in a variety of colors

Some cultures ooze color and therefore have way more experience classically pulling it off.  Pay attention to the vibrant colors and bold patterns of these traditional Indian saris!

 

bridesmaid dresses in a variety of coral hues

Different shades of one color is a great compromise when incorporating more color into your wedding. Shoes can also be mixed up and personalized to each girl’s preference.  Don’t be afraid to experiment ahead of time in order to reach your desired look.

 

Sequin separates for bridesmaids

Sequin and Lace Bridesmaids

Adding bling is another option when it comes to mismatched bridesmaids dresses.  Two piece ensembles can work fabulously for the right personality.  Just look at the shimmering skirt and top numbers shown above.  These maids wore pieces with the same metallic sequin and lace fabric but in different combinations.  Love this modern take on mismatched bridesmaid attire.

Print bridesmaides dresses

 Mismatched Printed Bridesmaids

Stripes, chevron, dots or floral and lace patterns are an up and coming trend that we should keep our eye on! Mixing fabrics while keeping within the same color tones can also work beautifully. We love these bridesmaids dresses!

 

Same color bridesmaiddresses in different styles

Mismatched Bridesmaid Styles

Subtle differences in dress styles can go a long way! Have each bridesmaid choose a different dress in the same color! This will make everyone happy, with a dress that is reflects their own personality and body, that they are sure to wear again.

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Mismatched Bridesmaids by First Class Weddings

Mismatched Bridesmaid Maxi Dresses from Molly Sims

Pastel Bridesmaids from Green Wedding Shoes

Colorful Mismatched Bridesmaids from Plenty of Colour

Sari Bridesmaid Dresses from Bridal Banter

Coral Mismatched Dresses from Madeline’s Weddings and Events

Sequin and Lace Bridesmaids from Society Bride

Printed Bridesmaids from Wedding Window

Mismatched Styles from Strictly Weddings