Archive | December, 2011

The Wonders of Winter Weddings!

29 Dec

(photo via weddingsonthefrenchriviera)

Winter may not be the most popular season to get married, but take it from us, it can be a truly exceptional season to say, “I do!” Sparkling white snow can be a beautiful backdrop for the day you’ll never forget. Here are some of Mani Mela’s favorite things about winter weddings!

1. Candles – With all the holiday lights shining brightly during the winter season, lighting your wedding and/or reception venue with candles is a great way to bring that comfy cozy lighting in to your big day. The soft lights of candles make every space feel warmer and more intimate, and there are so many options for customization – wintery white sparkles, icicle blue, you name it!

2. Flowers – The winter season features some gorgeous plants and flowers that can be used in bouquets and boutineers. Consider pine branches, evergreens with berries, pine cones, and various white flowers that compliment the beautiful winter weather. Poinsettias are also a great choice for decorating your venues.

3. Incorporating holiday traditions – This works best if you’re planning to tie the knot in December. Why not tie a sprig of mistletoe above your head table, or over the area you’ll kiss during the ceremony. Adorn your venues with pine trees. Serve eggnog at your reception. There are so many ways you can incorporate your beliefs and traditions in to a winter ceremony.

4. Wintery Favors – Considering the brisk temperatures of the season, find ways to keep your guests warm! Hot cocoa mixes can be a great favor for guests. The same goes for pre-packaged sugar cookies, ribbon candy, or personalized ornaments. Guests will love your thoughtfulness!

5. Honeymoons – What better time to jet off to a tropical location than during the long, cold winter months! Especially here in Minnesota, winters can feel endless, and cruises and tropical resorts sound like heaven on Earth! You’ll be so excited to celebrate your new beginning as a married couple in a nice warm climate!


The Knot Best of Weddings 2012 Award Winner!!

13 Dec


We are so excited to announce that we have won The Knot Best of Weddings 2012 award for Wedding Planning! We can’t even begin to express how honored we are!  All of us at Mani Mela would like to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who voted! We couldn’t have received this award without our fabulous brides and grooms who have spread the word about what we do, and voted for us!

Thank you, thank you, thank you!



p.s. Don’t forget to enter our Mani Mela Beauty Giveaway featuring over $250 worth of our favorite beauty products, like our best MAC lip colors, and our tried and true hair products! Enter now! The contest is on until 12/23/2011.

Exciting News for Mani Mela!

7 Dec

There are exciting changes on their way for Mani Mela, and we couldn’t wait any longer to tell you! Starting January 1st, 2012, Mani Mela will solely be a wedding company. This encompasses our beauty, linens, floral, and planning services. All of the quality services we once offered before will still be offered on January 1st and beyond, but they will be more streamlined, efficient, and focused entirely on making our clients’ big day the absolute best they can be.

If you only know of us through this blog, you may be wondering how that is any different, or why this is a change. What our blog  readers may be less familiar with is that Mani Mela also plans corporate events, aside from weddings. So what we’ve been excited to fill you in on is the creation of our newest partner company, which will launch on the 1st of January. This partner company (whose name is still being determined), will be solely for the planning of our corporate events.

Why, you ask? We wanted to make things as organized as possible, and we want to ensure our clients receive the most dedicated attention to details that is specific to their needs. With more defined companies, our clients will know who to call and what to expect. This change will allow us to really focus on each separate client, which is important when dealing with two very different styles of events.

As the 1st of January gets closer, we will have even more information about our new partner company. You can look for these updates here on our blog, on our Twitter, and also on Facebook.

P.S. In case you missed it, don’t forget to enter our Mani Mela Beauty Contest to win a prize pack of all our favorite beauty products. The prize pack is valued at over $250! More details can be found on the contest site, linked above. Tell all your girlfriends, and enter quick because this contest ends 12/23/2011!

Mani Mela Beauty Contest

6 Dec

We at  Mani Mela have a fun little treat for all you lovely ladies! We are just kicking off our December Beauty Contest featuring tons of our favorite glamour products!

Enter HERE for your chance to win a beauty prize pack filled with all our favorite glamour products, ranging from our favorite MAC lip color, to our tried and true deep conditioning hair products. This prize pack is valued at over $250 USD!! One winner will be selected at random. Contest ends 12/23/2011.

TO BE ELIGIBLE: Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and answer the contest question! Then, share this Facebook contest on your wall and you’ll be eligible to win this lavish prize pack!!

Trust us, you don’t want to miss out on this opportunity to win some truly spectacular beauty products! Get your entry in today, and let all your girlfriends in on the fun, too!