Category Archives: Themes

Peacock Bridesmaid’s Looks!

Creating the perfect peacock ensemble for a bridal party has never been so fun!  As modern brides start pulling away from traditions like all-matching bridesmaid’s dresses and black simple suits, it allows a newer market of young and fun bridal party attire to make it’s debut!  Modern brides love using different styles for each bridesmaid dress.  Finally, brides are considering their bridesmaids and letting them select a figure flattering dress that is as unique as they are!  When done right, this idea of mismatched dresses coming together can create a beautiful wedding party.  Using one of our favorite bridal attire designers, Jim Hjelm, we put together some unique bridesmaid looks inspired by this month’s theme: peacocks!

When you are creating a collage of gorgeous dresses there are many ways to do it!  One simple way to make sure all your dresses look great together is by sticking to one length and one fabric!  This dress combination is inspired by peacock feathers and the metallic hue they have.  Also, the common trait of a black accent on each ties the whole look together.   By having two dresses in the same color and two dresses in accent colors all with different necklines, it really emphasizes a fashionable approach to dressing your bridesmaids!

Bolder peacock hues and a burst of volume make these mismatching bridesmaid dresses strike a cord together.   What makes these dresses mesh?  Each dress is above the knee with a similar shine and fabric in different jeweled tones.  Also, each dress has a different section of volume to give your girls that extra pop!  These dresses are sure to give your wedding a unique yet fashionable twist.

Two colors, four amazing Jim Hjelm dresses.  This is a simpler color palette for a peacock wedding but what it pulls from the theme is drama.  Each dress is distinctive and dramatic ensuring you to have four stunning bridesmaids!  The length lends a sense of formality.  Not to mention, the length would help keep your girls warm during the cold winter month of January!  Since these dresses are so dramatic, sticking to two necklines and simple up-dos will really let the dress speak for itself.

Don’t forget that here at Trends to Traditions, we are available to order any of the Jim Hjelm Occasion dresses! Mention this blog post to receive 10% off your order. If you are interested in ordering one of his dresses, call us at 412-267-2108.

Like our blog?  Then you’ll love our Facebook page!  Make sure to “Like” us while you’re checking out all our wedding photos!  We also have a Twitter, so follow us at @TTTWeddings for updates and everyday wedding topics.  One last thing… Remember to enter our January peacock linen contest!  We just enhanced the prize.  The winner will get to see their design used in a real mockup wedding tablescape!  Winners are picked at the end of January so email your designs straight from our linen tool to  Check out this blog post for more info!

Peacock Wedding Invitation

We all know how important the design aspects of a weddings are. You want to have linens that wow and lighting that transforms your space.  But what about the very first thing your guests see?  No, we don’t mean the ceremony décor… We’re talking invitations, and how they set the mood and tone for your whole wedding!  The invitation you choose will tell your guests just what your wedding is all about.  This is your chance to show guests how formal the wedding will be, what your wedding colors are, your personal style, and of course, the event details.  Modern brides are having more and more fun with their wedding invitations!  They are breaking the chain of formality and flowers by making bolder and fun choices.  Here are some cute invitations to fit our theme!

This fun yet subtle peacock invite is literal and whimsical all at once.  Each card is unique with turquoise peacock silhouettes and feathers accented with bronze.  This cute invitation is tea-length and comes in different color combinations!  A great invitation for a simple and chic peacock themed wedding.

We love this bold yet classy take on the peacock theme.  It sticks to two simple and rich colors with text in a ribbon like font.  Simple and unique, you set the tone for a stylish and fun wedding.  This is definitely a wedding invitation worth saving

If you’re looking for a less literal interpretation, try something like this invitation, above.  The swirls and paisley design resemble a peacock and the colors are fitting as well.  This is a bright white, tea-length invitation that is sure to inspire your guests!

But before you go jumping to conclusions… Of course we didn’t forget about  save-the-dates!  These are a great little way to send a heads up about your big day, especially when you’re expecting a lot of out of town guests.  Which one is your favorite?

Like our blog?  Then you’ll love our Facebook page!  Make sure to “Like” us while you’re checking out all our wedding photos!  We also have a Twitter, so follow us at @TTTWeddings for updates and everyday wedding topics.  One last thing… Remember to enter our January peacock linen contest!  We just enhanced the prize.  The winner will get to see their design used in a real mockup wedding tablescape!  Winners are picked at the end of January so email your designs straight from our linen tool to  Check out this blog post for more info!

Perfect Peacock Palettes

There are so many different ways to create a peacock theme.  This is primarily because there are so many beautiful and distinctive color peacock palettes.  Usually bold, bright and fun, the color combination is always eye catching.  Sometimes all it takes to start creating your theme is to find a color palette you love.  Sticking to a color palette also helps your décor look cohesive.  You can always add in accent colors as you go; metallic colors like silver and gold make great accent choices!  Check out some of our own peacock palette creations below.

Check out our other peacock inspired posts and let us know what you think!  Participate in our poll and get your designs in for our peacock inspired linen contest.  The winner of our contest will be featured on our Facebook!  Also, follow us on twitter @TTTWeddings for more from Trends to Traditions!

Peacock Inspirations

This January we are focusing on the very popular peacock themed wedding!  With all the different color palettes and inspirations how could we not dedicate a whole month to it!?  No two peacock themed weddings look the same.  The rich colors and jeweled tones look amazing with the white backdrop of winter.  Flowers pop in bouquets embellished with peacock feathers.  The different combinations for bridesmaid’s dresses are unlimited.  Follow our blog all month long for more peacock inspired posts!

Bridesmaid Dress: Jim Hjelm Occasions Spring 2012
Table Linen: Wildflower Linens



Think you’ve got what it takes to design a peacock inspired tablescape? Make sure you enter our peacock table linen contest!  Just visit our new linen tool on the Trends to Tradition’s website and start creating!  Submit your designs to us and yours could be selected as our favorite!  When you’re done playing with all the different linens select “email” and send it to  We will be choosing the winner at the end of the month and announcing them on our Facebook page. Make sure to “like” us while you’re there!


January: Crazy About Peacocks

Peacock weddings are one of the biggest trends in the wedding world right now!  And the wintery season is perfect to handle the rich tones and metallic accents that will pop against the contrasting snow on the ground.  When creating a peacock inspired space, linens really bring the colors to life.  Matching teals to deep purples and royal blues to hunter greens.  Using our new Trends to Traditions’ linen tool you can create peacock inspired tablescapes like the one here!


Think you can create a more elegant or fun peacock themed table with our linen tool?  Give it a try and submit your creations to us!  We will make a mockup tablescape using the winner’s design; winner selected at the end of January, so get your submissions in!  Remember to be creative and different!  Just select “email” once you’re happy with your design and send it to for your chance to be selected!  And make sure to use Pittsburgh Linen Rental for all your linen needs!

HOW TO: First select type of linen, like table or overlay.  Then underneath the linen types is  an arrow, select that and start choosing your linens!

Pittsburgh Theme Weddings

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European Themed Wedding

Are you planning a wedding and wondering how to make the guests talk about your day for years to come? To do this, you must do something different and something unique. I hate to say “Theme” as I don’t want Star Wars or Balloons to come to mind. However, planning a theme wedding is the greatest way to make your wedding sparkle. If the word scares you, think “Element” or “Style”.

 To venture toward a theme, start by thinking about your passions. What is important to you? What do you love? What are your hobbies? What do you love to do together? How did you meet? How did he propose? Where are you going on your honeymoon? Where will you live? What are your favorite colors, sounds, foods, textures, and smells? There are multitudes of ways to come up with your own personal style.


Theatre Themed Wedding

Contrary to what you might think, planning your wedding around a theme, will actually make wedding planning easier and give everything you do, each step of the way, more meaning and direction. There is a catch though, you must do it right. Do it all of the way or not at all. You want the theme to be obvious to your guests. If you just insert haphazard pieces here and there, your element will be lost. This does not mean that every little detail has to relate to the theme (although that is best). It just means that you want to incorporate the element into enough aspects so your guests are not confused. Yes, it is difficult to host a truly spectacular theme wedding on a small budget. However, the average cost of a wedding today is $30,000. And for that…it can be done elegantly and efficiently.

Speaking of elegant, keep this at the forefront. Stay away from “cheese”. Remember, it’s a wedding, not a birthday party. A few years ago we coordinated a wedding for the pitcher of the Pittsburgh Pirates. When we asked the bride about a theme, baseball did not seem like the appropriate title for her wedding day, although it is what they both loved. When we asked her what else made her happy, her answer was “Chocolate”. Thus, her theme was set. With this theme, we could definitely portray elegance.


Summer Themed Wedding

Don’t shy away from a theme as it can truly be the best gift you give to yourselves and all the loved ones you invite. Most everyone has gone to a wedding. Many people go to weddings over and over again. After a while, they come to expect the same old thing. Once they eat dinner they look at their watches to see how much longer they have to stay to seem respectable. To many people, weddings tend to become boring. The trick-bring them to an event! Give them an experience. Entertain them and surprise them. Make it personal. Stimulate their senses and make it a night they will never forget.

City Wedding Theme in Pittsburgh

cal 084This week, I will describe the specific elements we used to create “A City Theme”.

Our company had the pleasure of working with a delightful couple who decided upon a “City” Theme. They wanted to feature their favorite cities. These consisted of New York, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Key West, and Pittsburgh.

 They held their reception at the Sheraton Station Square Train Station hotel. The reception site itself set the tone as “the train takes you from one city to the next”. The guest accommodations and room block was also reserved at this “Train Station” Hotel.

Welcome bags placed in the guests’ hotel rooms were filled with items relating to Pittsburgh, one of the featured cities, and the couple’s home town.

cal 052We carried the city theme into the food by placing little table tents (cards) on the butler trays as hors d’oeuvres were passed. For example, we had “mini egg rolls from New York’s Chinatown”, “Crabmeat Mushroom Caps from San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf”, and “Papaya Mango Phyllo Cups from Key West”.

The DJ played “Viva Las Vegas” by Elvis to represent the famous Las Vegas “midnight buffet” as the couple’s own late night buffet came out to replenish the guests. He also played various selections of tropical music to highlight Key West, a few polkas to represent the Pittsburgh traditions, and other music relating to the various cities. A live duo performed during the cocktail hour singing tunes such as “New York New York”, “I left my Heart in San Francisco”, “Viva Las Vegas”, etc. etc.

A caricaturist was stationed in the “San Francisco area” (as San Francisco is famous for their artists). He drew the guests in “their own favorite city”. This was a huge crowd pleaser and a great conversation piece. We designed the floor plan so that every 5-6 groupings of tables were featured as a different city.

Tables were named after their favorite places in each city and escort cards were made into pretty luggage tags.tag3

 A cardboard box was turned into a beautiful antiquey suitcase to match the theme of traveling from city to city and to complement the escort cards/”luggage tags”. The servers in the different city areas wore black caps that were hot stamped with the logo of that city.

cal 092Each city was represented by a different bar serving drinks unique to that area. In the Key West corner, we served frozen strawberry and lime margaritas.In the New York City corner we set up a Martini Bar featuring the Big Appletini, the Cosmopolitan, and the Manhattan. In the San Francisco area we treated guests to an Espresso Bar. In the Las Vegas pod, we served Amaretto and Whiskey Sours along with  mixed drinks commonly given out at the casinos. Finally, in Pittsburgh we offered a variety of Beers including the famous I C Light.

cal 104The entire length and height of the back wall was accented by a prop master who built a “Pittsburgh Skyline” that was lit with b-lites from the back. He also created special street signs that were embellished by an artistic photograph of the skyline of each city. These were placed by each city’s bar.

cal 050Custom Skylines of each city were turned into gobos (a lighting term) and shone on the walls surrounding the dining tables. The lighting technician also created a gobo out of the couple’s custom logo and monogram-their names in front of the Pittsburgh skyline. This was cast onto the dance floor.

Chocolate coins engraved with the logo of each section’s designated city were placed upon each plate.Cocktail cal 067napkins, cake and cookie boxes, invitation seals, program covers, and water bottles were embellished by the custom Ann & Sean Pittsburgh skyline logo. Guests sat down for interviews with an outgoing “VJ” and were asked questions pertaining to Ann and Sean’s Trips to the various cities. This was a volunteer activity and everyone who participated had a blast giving additional roasts and good wishes to the couple. To further represent San Francisco, the guests were shuttled in a San Francisco style Trolley. To further represent New York, York Peppermint Patties were wrapped in pink organza bags and placed on each seat.

An ice sculpture was carved into an intricate Pittsburgh skyline. We placed the sculpture directly in front of a window and the real Pittsburgh skyline was present in the background. cal 098

A sculpture of blown sugar was featured as the centerpiece of an awe inspiring candy table. The artist created an abstract design of their Pittsburgh skyline logo from this blown sugar.

The candy table itself consisted of candies inspired by the city theme.

Candy Table

cal 079Each was labeled with a tiny table tent. There were Jelly Belly’s (discovered in San Francisco), Ghirardelli Chocolates (also from San Francisco), Clark Bars (Pittsburgh), Baby Ruth’s and York Peppermint Patties (New York), 5th Avenue bars (to represent large cities in general, Saltwater Taffy (Key West), and many others.

The cookie table also offered cookies reflecting the various cities. A few of these included Pizzelles (Pittsburgh), New York mini cheesecakes, and Fortune Cookies (San Francisco’s Chinatown).

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