Town and Country


The rolling hills surrounding  Southpointe Country Club provided the perfect backdrop for this couple’s big day, which also happened to be the 5 year anniversary from their first date.  The country club, breathtakingly beautiful on its own, was transformed into a haven representing Brandy and Scott’s favorite hobbies and interests.  With a color scheme of riveria blue, sage green, champagne, and ivory, along with table’s named after well-known ski resorts and golf courses around the country, we were able to showcase Scott’s love of golf and Brandy’s avid skiing background.   The escort cards, coordinating with the table names, helped to lead guests to their destination for the evening.  On the escort table sat a gorgeous ice sculpture of a tall vase with an elaborate floral arrangement.  Gold Chiavari chairs complete with a perfectly placed white bow offered a charming touch that helped to tie the details together flawlessly.   Luscious flowers were placed throughout the ballroom, helping to create a romantic ambience along with the soft up lighting in the corners of the room.  Before entering the ballroom, guests enjoyed a poolside cocktail hour, complete with color-changing orbs floating in the water.   Trends to Traditions Event Coordinator said: “The days leading up to their wedding were met with a little bit of hesitation and uncertainty regarding the weather, and how this would mix with their outdoor, poolside cocktail hour and golf course landscape for photographs. But the event went off without a hitch, and Brandy and Scott even had a beautiful photo opp with a double rainbow. In my years with Trends to Traditions, I have never seen a rainbow on a wedding day, let alone a double one, that was so prominent and complete.  With everything said and done, Brandy and Scott’s wedding was one of the most beautiful events I have had the pleasure of working on, and their love for each other was incredibly obvious to all who attended and worked that evening. The crowd was very lively, leading to a packed dance floor for most of the evening-something I always attribute to a good time at a wedding! All in all, Brandy and Scott are a great couple, and I’m so honored to have had the opportunity to help make their vision a reality.”

And finally, special thanks to Heather from Weddings by Heather, for her wonderful photo’s!

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Venue: Southpointe Country Club / Event Coordinator: Trends to Traditions / Cake:  Fengliettos / Photography: Weddings by Heather / Lighting: Gray Phoenix, Jim Lux / Linens: Wedding Design North / Flowers: Gerard Boeh Flowers / Calligrapher: Calligraphy by Tammy / DJ: Scott Alexander from Entertainment Unlimited / Ice Sculpture: Mastro Ice


Perfectly Pink

“Think Pink” was the theme for this lovely affair.  This wedding was like something out of a fairytale, offering a soft pink palette with simple elegance.  Rose petals were spread throughout the reception, tying each room together and creating a soft, subtle ambience.  The luscious flowers were nothing short of stunning.  Their cake was created with dazzling cut-out designs replicating delicate lace, accompanied by beading along each tier and blooming flowers.  They were able to curb everyone’s sweet tooth with an impressive display of cookies.  Their escort cards were scripted in beautiful calligraphy, making them an instant keepsake for guests.  The Edgeworth Club is nothing short of flawless: from the breathtaking chandeliers and grand staircase to the ever-so-helpful staff.  Day Director, Katy Simovski, said she “was mostly impressed with the charm of the reception site.  It was the perfect fit for this couple and their color scheme.”  Not only were the newlyweds glowing with love and happiness, but the ballroom was, as well!  The soft pink lighting really set the mood and created an intimate, romantic atmosphere for the evening.  This wedding was the perfect example of elegance and beauty.  With the subtle pink background colors, guests were able to focus all their attention on the love shared between the newlyweds!

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Venue: The Edgeworth Club / Event Coordinator: Trends to Traditions / Caterer&Cake:  Paul at The Edgeworth Club / Photography: R. Fritz Photography / Lighting: Grey Phoenix, Jim Lux / Flowers: Hearts&Flowers / Calligrapher: Calligraphy by Tammy / DJ: Scott Alexander from Entertainment Unlimited


Monkeying Around at the Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium!

We had a roaring good time at the Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium on May 6th!  We were fortunate enough to help plan a dual 60th birthday and 30th anniversary party for a fantastic couple.  Getting down to our animal instincts, this event was nothing short of amazing.  As if the venue itself wasn’t cool enough, we were able to really spice things up.  With a vibrant color palette of purples, greens, blues, and oranges, it was a feast for the eyes!  With animal prints all around, it felt like you were dining right in the middle of the jungle.  Oh, and did we mention that we had an amazing caricaturist turn them all into animals?!  The animal drawings incorporated their hobbies and careers and even resembled facial characteristics!  We were able to incorporate these fabulous photos into the invites, the table cards, and so much more!

The night started off with cocktail hour taking place around the aquarium tanks, giving guests the chance to monkey around while enjoying the signature tropical drinks of the night, which were prepared in tiki huts.  Guests came prepared in their safari gear and were even able to hang out with some real live animals, such as snakes and penguins.  The guests were then able to enjoy dinner in the main aquarium, which went swimmingly! In fact, we had a stingray steal the spotlight by greeting the guests and waving to them as they sat down to enjoy their meals.  The tables were surrounded with palm trees, and the place settings were located atop a Monstera leaf.  After dinner, the dance floor opened up as the DJ caught everyone’s attention with a specialization in World Beats music!  As the night came to a close, guests were presented with safari animal cupcakes – talk about a tasty treat for their trek back home!

So, if you could be any animal, which would you choose?  Would you consider a jungle theme for your next soiree?


Can you spot the resemblances between the photo’s below?

Thanks to our amazing caricature artist, Jeff Lavezoli, for really bringing out their inner animal!!


Venue: Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium / Event Coordinator: Trends to Traditions / Catering: A Taste of the Wild Catering / Photography: Mary Mervis / DJ: Global Beats, Carla Leininger / Flowers and Linens: Event Design North / Caricature Artist: Jeff Lavezoli / Cupcakes: Angela’s Sweets and Treats, Angela Richards


A Night to Remember

On April 14th, we made history with this beautiful wedding at the Mayernick Center!   What better way to celebrate a new beginning than by taking time to appreciate the past?  This wedding was centered around the couple’s love for wine, candlelight, and history.  Each element was incorporated and displayed in its own unique way.   The escort cards were placed in wine corks, and tables held the names of historical figures, while the whole reception area was adorned with beautiful votives.   The couple chose an all white wedding, with touches of lilac and green, allowing each and every detail to stand out and be noticed.  Their cake could not have fit in more perfectly with their color palette – an all white cake allowed the light touches of purple and green to vibrantly pop!  Their new monogram was displayed on the dance floor, allowing everyone to see the past become the present as this bride took on a new last name!  They also included an ice sculpture into their wedding in the shape of an old fashioned scroll, decorated with their names and a feather quill to match!  This wedding was definitely one for the books, and will certainly go down in history!  Check out the pictures below if you don’t believe us!

How will you make history with your wedding?  What things do you and your other half share that you could incorporate into your big day?


Wedding Dining Styles

Wedding Dining Styles

Served Plated to Each Guest

This is the most traditional of all wedding dining styles.  You receive the standard service that you would from any hotel or caterer.  The servers serve each guest their individual dinner selection.  Some brides get creative with how they display each guests dinner choice.  A Trends to Traditions bride this past winter used snowflake ornaments in different colors and set them out under the escort card.  Her theme was “winter wonderland” and the ornaments made perfect wedding favors!

Table d’Hôte

This style is one that encourages conversation and sharing among your wedding guests.  You select a variety of food for each table and your guests can pass around the dishes and share.  This serving is also known as “family style” at most restaurants.  Table d’Hôte is the perfect style for a very large wedding.  You will be able to accommodate more of your guest’s tastes preferences.

Russian Service

Russian Service is exactly that; a service.  The waiter carries a tray around of different dinner selections and each guest gets to select which looks most appetizing to them.  The server has the ability to control the portion size so each guest can have as much or as little as they prefer.  This Russian Service style is better suited for a medium to small sized wedding.

French Style

This style is very similar to the Russian Service.  The main difference is that there is an additional waiter who follows the headwaiter around with a sauce selection for the guests.  Another French Style of dining is when the chef prepares the food tableside and serves it to each guest’s tastes.  This is generally more appropriate for small weddings because of the time involved.

Small Plate “Tapas” Tasting

This is similar to a buffet style.  You present your guests with a variety of different small snacks and finger foods.  These are appetizer size and your guests can have a bunch of different finger foods.  Tapas are traditionally associated with Spanish cusine.  This is a great dining option if you don’t want to serve a full meal.

Traditional Buffet

Depending on your guest count you can have as many buffet stations as you need to accommodate everyone.  Typically, your guests will be “called-up” in order of table number to serve themselves.  After everyone has been allowed the chance to get a plate there is usually time for anyone to go up for seconds.  This option tends to be less expensive than a seated dinner and is great for large weddings.

Stations Buffet

This dining style is where you can set up a variety of stations with plates already there.  This style gives your guests the chance to have their pick of the cuisine and they can have as much or as little of each dish.  This style works well when there are cocktail tables stationed around so people can eat a little at a time and also keep the seating casual.  You can also add a grill onto this style and give your guests the chance to order their own grilled items from a chef.

Standard Cocktail Party with Drinks & Hors D’oeuvres

By doing this style you bypass the need to collect any entrée choices.  There is no formal seating and guests are free to mingle and walk around.  Hors D’oeuvres are displayed on a table for guests to serve themselves from.  This is a very casual dining style but can be very elegant and a nice alternative to traditional seated dinners.

Butlered Menu

This style is similar to that of having a butler in your own home.  Waiters serve Hors D’oeuvres and drinks on a tray.  They accept drink orders, which eliminates lines for guests to wait in.  This is a very elegant option but requires more waiters and staff than other options.

Butlered & Stationary

Here, you can combine both the standard cocktail party and the butlered menu.  This means having stationed Hors D’oeuvres as well as waiters walking around presenting them to guests.  Much more food is eaten when it is presented in this way.  This option may require more staffing if you choose to also have the waiters take drink orders.

Open House

If you are expecting guests to come and go from your reception this is a good dining option.  Open house allows for your guests to specifically order from a menu at any time in the night.  A lot of guests may prefer this if they are unable to make it to a predetermined dinnertime. This style is for a very casual wedding.


We Are a 2012 “The Knot” Winners!

 

TRENDS TO TRADITIONS NAMED TOP PICK IN

THE KNOT BEST OF WEDDINGS 2012

 

Pittsburgh, PA (January 26, 2012) – Trends to Traditions is pleased to announce they have been selected as a 2012 ­­winner in The Knot Best of Weddings, a special section in The Knot Pittsburgh magazine and on theknot.com. Weddings from The Knot (NYSE: XOXO; www.theknot.com), the number-one wedding resource that’s most trusted by brides. This is the third year Trends to Traditions has been voted the top pick for The Knot Best of Weddings.

 

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February Linen Contest

It’s February… So how could we not do a Valentine themed month of linens?  Using beautiful tones of red and pink, a Valentine theme is exactly what we need this month to make it through to the end of winter!  Valentine’s Day is meant to be romantic, beautiful and flirty. Here’s your chance to set your ideal Valentine’s Day tablescape!  Using our new Trends to Traditions’ linen tool you can create Valentine inspired tables like the one here:

Think you can create a more flirty or romantic Valentine themed table with our linen tool?  Give it a try and submit your creations to us!  The winner will get to see their linen design used in a real mockup wedding tablescape!  Just select “email” once you’re happy with your design and send it to socialmediattt@gmail.com for your chance to be selected.  And make sure to use Pittsburgh Linen Rental for all your linen needs!

 

How To Use Our Linen Tool:

  1. Select which type of linen you want from the list to the left of the blank table.
  2. Then, underneath the linen type selections is an arrow that says, “Please Select Category”.  Choose your linen (satin, damask, pin tuck, etc.)
  3. Once you choose your category, different color options will show up!  Select your favorite and then repeat the process for each type of linen (overlay, chair cover, napkin, etc.)

Peacock Inspired Linens

One of the best ways to add color and class to your event or wedding is to select the perfect linens.  There are so many linen choices out there that it can be overwhelming!  One of the great aspects about weddings is that there are always plenty of tables to cover!  If you are looking to pinch pennies, use less expensive linens for guest tables and more pricey ones on individual tables like your cake table.  Make sure you have exciting fabric for your candy table and escort card table also!  Here are some of our favorite “peacock inspired” linens:

Here are a few pretty linen choices to help create your look!

These are a sampling of our favorite purple linens that would look great for any peacock themed event!

Green, blue and teal make a beautiful peacock linen palette.

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 socialmediattt@gmail.com.  Check out this blog post for more info!


Foxley Farm

Foxley Farm is a charming farm located in the middle of fox hunting country, 2 miles south of Ligonier.  Once owned by the Mellon family, this farm combines a cottage house from the 1800’s and a ballroom built in the 1970’s.  Set on a stunning 58 acres, there are numerous buildings on the property.  There is a grand ballroom, cottage house, barn and separate spring cottage to name a few.  Each building is unique and in the process of being renovated to be enjoyed by brides and their guests.

We were greeted by one of the owners who actually lines on the property.  THe owner gave us a full tour of the estate and pointed out all the great renovations they are doing.  We started in the kitchen, which held its colonial charm.  Following a peek at the kitchen we were given a tour of the guest rooms and the many bathrooms.  I was very immersed by the closet space in the house!

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DIY Peacock Flower Girl Basket

Sometimes the little details of a wedding can make all the difference.  Paying attention to accessories like the guest book and ring pillow can really pay off in “wow factor”!  If you don’t have the money to buy jaw dropping accent pieces you can make them!  Making different things for your wedding lets you get exactly what you are looking for.  Also, you will put a personal touch on your special day.  One simple craft project for you is to make your own flower girl basket.  This DIY is simple because you start with a basket and build on the accessories.

  1. I started with a simple basket that had plenty of openings for me in which to weave various decorative items.  I purchased this basket at Michael’s for about $7.00
  2. I chose a pretty string of garland with purple and pearl bead accents.  I also bought one peacock feather.  I also bought these at Michael’s for around $12.00.
  3. I used a royal blue ribbon that I had to weave around the bottom.

I simply started by weaving the garland through the holes until it gave the wrapped effect I desired.  You can zip tie the garland in place if you want to ensure that it won’t move!  Next, I weaved in the peacock feather and bent it until it was at the angle I wanted.  Finally, I wove a thin royal blue ribbon around the bottom to add more blue to the basket.

So for about $20.00 I was able to make a unique flower girl basket!  Much better than a boring one from the bridal store.