Archive | February, 2012

ISES Lunch Series

25 Feb

We mentioned awhile ago that we have recently become members of the International Special Events Society, and earlier this month we helped bring a touch of Mani Mela decor to ISES’ lunch series. As promised, we have details of the gorgeous lunch event which took place at the Bayview Event Center in Excelsior, MN. With all the natural light and big, spacious windows, we wanted to incorporate the winter surroundings in to the theme, hence the silvers, deep blues and sparkling crystal accents.

A HUGE thanks to the always wonderful Laurenb Photography for capturing this event! Aren’t her photos absolutely stunning?

Ruched chair covers like these are one of 2012’s hottest trends!


Gorgeous Boudoir Session: Daphne

17 Feb

It is your lucky Friday, because we have some smokin’ hot boudoir shots to pass along your way! Mani Mela was pleased to get Daphne prepped and ready, giving her a jaw-dropping look for her photoshoot.

Dramatic eye makeup is key for a bold, sexy look for boudoir photos.

Whether down or up, curls give your hair a flirty look – perfect for boudoir!

These steamy pictures were captured by Teryn Glenn Photography. More of Daphne can be found here.

If you’re considering doing a boudoir photo shoot and want someone to make you look and feel like the bombshell you are, give Mani Mela a call at 612.877.0897 or send us an email at and schedule an appointment today!

Look what just came in the mail….

16 Feb


Our THIRD  The Knot Best of Weddings Pick plaque! We broke the news about our win earlier in December, but it’s finally official now that we received the award in the mail! We are so honored to be recognized! Once again, thank you to everyone who voted!

International Special Events Society

10 Feb

Mani Mela has some exciting news. Just recently we have joined ISES, the International Special Events Society. To quote directly from their website,

“The Mission of ISES is to educate, advance and promote the special events industry and its network of professionals along with related industries.

To that end, we strive to…
  • Uphold the integrity of the special events profession to the general public through our “Principles of Professional Conduct and Ethics”
  • Acquire and disseminate useful business information
  • Foster a spirit of cooperation among its members and other special events professionals, and…
  • Cultivate high standards of business practices.”

On Thursday, Mani Mela participated in ISES’ lunch series, where we provided the decor and design. Lauren B Photography captured every detail of the event, and pictures will be coming soon! Keep an eye out for more details here on our blog!

Wedding Day Emergency Kit

7 Feb

Despite all the hard work you’ve put in to planning your perfect wedding, despite running through every possible situation in your head and finding a solution for any problem that could possibly spring up, we hate to say it (but someone has to) – something will inevitably go wrong. However, if you plan ahead, and take our advice – something going wrong doesn’t have to mean your wedding will spiral in to a day of disaster. If you pack these items, you’ll be able to handle any situation with grace!

1. Pain Reliever

A wedding day is full of stress, happy tears, high heels and other headache/pain inducers. Make sure you’re prepared for the worst by packing some Ibuprofen or other pain reliever to get you feeling 100% quickly!

2. Mini Sewing Kit

Make sure to grab a mini sewing kit (available at Target or any hobby store) to fix any last minute wardrobe malfunctions. It may also be wise to pack safety pins and fashion tape in your kit, too. You just never know!

3. Eye Drops

You probably didn’t sleep very well the night before due to excitement or maybe nerves, and on top of that your eyes have been pouring tears of happiness all day long – now your eyes are a bloodshot mess. But the bride who packed redness relief eye drops won’t be stressed for a second!

4. Antacid

Stomach on edge from nerves? Last night’s Groom’s Dinner not sitting so well with you? Pack some Pepto-bismal in your purse to alleviate any minor tummy aches.

5. Clear Nail Polish

Did your Maid of Honor get a run in her nylons just minutes before the walk down the aisle? Don’t fret – pack clear nail polish to fix any last minute runs!

6. Granola Bars

It can be tough to fit in a meal on the day of your wedding, even when everything IS running on schedule. Between getting everyone’s hair done, finalizing decorations, and making sure everyone is where they need to be , you may not have time to sit down and eat. Pack granola bars to tide you over until meal time – they’re easy to eat while juggling a million other things!

7. Bandages

If you’re lucky, you and your maids will escape the day without blisters. However, if you’re still trying to break in your heels on the day of your wedding, you’re probably going to get a blister at some point. Pack bandages for a quick cover and easy relief from aching blisters.

8. Static Cling Spray 

Nothing looks more unflattering than a dress that’s stuck to every inch of your body in all the wrong places, or flyaway hairs that won’t stay down. Avoid embarrassment and pack static cling spray to keep everyone looking sharp and static-free.

9. Portable Steamer

Dresses have a way of wrinkling, and wrinkling fast. Make sure to spare yourself the stress and invest in a steamer to get wrinkles out quickly and easily.

10. Tissues

This wouldn’t be a very good list if we didn’t include tissues! Not only are they good for mopping up those inevitable tears of joy, but they’re necessary for blotting lips and wiping up any minor spills. Make sure to grab a pack before your big day!

Teaser: Team Launch 2012 event

3 Feb

We are very sorry for our lack of posts lately! We’ve been busy, busy, busy with the 2012 Optum Pro Cycling event presented by Kelly Benefit Strategies Team! All we’ll say right now is that it was an absolute blast… and we’ll leave you with this picture of our fabulous Mani Mela team from the event this past Monday evening!