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9 Oct

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Williams-Sonoma Bridal Event!

29 Jun

Mani Mela is so excited to be taking part in William-Sonoma’s Bridal Event taking place this evening at the Mall of America from 6 PM – 8 PM. Come on down to join the fun and enjoy tasty refreshments, visit with experts, and learn some valuable cooking tips! The place is going to be packed with local vendors, including Mani Mela, who will be on hand all evening to give advice, direction, and answer any wedding questions! Williams-Sonoma staff will be on hand to help brides build registries, or add to already created registries. We’re told there will even be a special discount for attendees! And you won’t want to miss the prizes being given away – especially ours! We’ve got a wedding day survival gift basket for one very lucky bride which features some of our favorite MAC makeup and more! Call to reserve your spot at 952.854.4553, and we’ll see you there! 


Things To Do After the Wedding

22 Jun

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As we were pinning away on Pinterest the other day (are you following us?) we came across an absolutely fabulous article that gives advice to planning couples about what to do after your wedding. There are tons and tons of articles about how to plan for your big day, but there is so little focus on the important details that need attention once your wedding day is over.

If you are bogged down with pre-wedding to-do lists, but want to prepare for what’s to come after your wedding day, The Details blog has some excellent tips for what to post-wedding tasks should be accomplished. Here are some of our favorites:

  • Have your signed marriage license mailed – a task often done by your officiant or wedding planner. Just make sure it’s been done!
  • Have your gown professionally cleaned. It is so worth it to take it your dress to a high-end cleaning place, especially one that specializes in wedding dress cleaning. Don’t risk your dress being ruined just to get a good deal at a rinky-dink cleaning place.
  • Freeze the top tier of your wedding cake to be saved for your first anniversary. This site has some great tips for doing just that.
  • Finalize all wedding photography details. Get your wedding album ordered, and order thank you cards (if being done through your photographer).
  • Send thank you cards within three months of your wedding date. Guests will understand if there’s a bit of a delay, especially if you are waiting on customized thank you cards. The Details Blog gives a great idea: “To keep yourself motivated, consider not using your new gifts until you’ve properly thanked your guests for them.
  • Get started on changing your name, if that’s what you chose to do. The Details Blog lays it all out very clearly:
  • The first step is to bring a certified copy of your marriage certificate as well as your old Social Security card to the Social Security Administration (you can find your local office here) – they will help you get a new Social Security Card. This process takes about 10 days.
  • Next, bring your new Social Security Card, marriage certificate and driver’s license to your local DMV. Call ahead and ask if your state allows you to file by mail, and if there are any additional documents you should have with you. Usually you can walk out of there with your new license.
  • If you have a passport, you can change your name on it by mail.You will need to have a new picture taken. Details here.
  • Change your name at work, including your W4s and other tax forms. Contact your manager or HR department to get started.
  • Change your name on your bank accounts and credit cards. Each company will have different requirements so the best place to start is by calling their customer service number.
  • Over the next year or so, you’ll notice your maiden name popping up in all types of places! My advice is to change it every time you notice it, and you should be okay!
  • Tip: There are services that help you with this process by filling out forms for you – check out Miss Now Mrs. for more information!
For the full list, visit The Details Blog – a great resource for all brides!

A Mani Mela Bride: Brianna (Part X)

11 May

One of my favorite things about weddings is seeing the spin and personality of the bride and groom. Through every aspect and detail of a wedding, you can learn so much about a couple – their likes, dislikes, taste, style, culture etc. As I have been planning my own wedding and learning about my fiance’s and my own collaborative taste, I channeled lots of inspiration and bits and pieces of each of our own personalities in to the style of our save the dates. A friend of my future sister-in-law, Sam, has been an absolute joy to work with in creating the invites of our dreams. I presented her with ideas that we liked, and she took those ideas and styled our save the dates, and is currently creating our invitations. She is so talented at what she does – I couldn’t be happier.

Here are some examples of ideas I showed Sam. 


This is a birthday invite, but the fun fonts and bright colors caught my eye right away. I love vintage looking fonts and patterns, so this was right up my alley.


If letterpress save the dates and invites fit in our budget, I would be ALL over that! I absolutely love the look. Letterpress aside, this simple and elegant design stood out to me. The simplicity yet careful attention to small details really make this invitation stunning.


I’m sure by now you are seeing a theme emerging here. Bold fonts, vintage details, timeless design – this is the look we wanted. This design actually looks strikingly similar to the finished product.


This design was my biggest inspiration. I love the amazing layout, the mix and match of various fonts, and the wording is adorable as well. 

 Sam was gracious enough to spend her free time creating our save the dates (invitations are just one example of her wide range of talents). We gave Sam free-reign to use her creative talents how she saw fit, trusted her 100%, and we can’t even begin to explain how happy we were when a few weeks later we got this gorgeous finished product from Sam:


The background is comprised of various scans of dictionary definitions of “love” words (marriage, matrimony, etc.). Isn’t this stunning? What do you think? 

My advice for any brides that are hiring someone to design their invites and save the dates would be to bring samples to show your designer, have a good idea of your taste, but let the professional use their own creative flair when designing them for you. They’re professionals for a reason – they are GOOD at what they do, and you will most likely be pleasantly surprised when you let go of the reigns a bit and allow the designer to put their spin on things. 

A Mani Mela Bride: Brianna (Part IIIIV)

4 May

Much of my big planning is finally starting to wrap up, and I’m gladly patting myself on the back for starting early to spare myself the stress later on. Also, I’m not good with making quick decisions, so it was start early or regret decisions I made on the fly because of a time crunch. The only thing left to make a somewhat big decision on is a cake, and what design we want. This week, I wanted to poll you, the readers, and find out your thoughts about a few of my favorite designs. So let me ask you…. which one do you like best?

1.  Fancy Hearts

While  we won’t have a six-tiered cake, or a pink cake for that matter, what I love about this is the intricate detailing, and the unique incorporation of hearts that manages to avoid looking tacky (or IS it tacky? – you tell me!) Keep in mind, I visualize this cake to be burnt orange, and with only three tiers instead of six.

2. Lace and Pearls

I love lace and and I love pearls. Lace and pearls combined are even better in my world (the little dots look like pearls to me). Call me traditional. While I would normally find an entirely white cake to be absolutely boring and bit too conventional, there’s something striking about how lovely this cake is.

3. The Modern Vintage

This cake almost makes me want to smack myself for not having a jade colored wedding – almost. I love the beautifully ornate detailing on each layer which looks very vintage, but the shape suggests something more modern. Square in the middle of circular? I love it! I would also get this cake in burnt orange if I went with this style.

4. The Favorite

Honestly, if I could take this cake off my computer screen right now I would be happy as a clam. I love everything about this and wouldn’t change a thing.

So, which cake do you like the best? Fancy Hearts, Lace and Pearls, Modern Vintage, or The Favorite? I’d love to get your input on what you all think! Leave a comment below and give me your thoughts!

Jane’s Boudoir Teaser!

4 May

Mani Mela helped out with an absolutely fabulous boudoir photo shoot not too long ago, providing hair and makeup for a stunning woman named Jane! Jane stays fit through yoga and healthy living. Would you believe us if we told you she’s 60? We didn’t think you would. These amazing photos were captured by the wonderful and talented Laura Ivanova, who is an absolute delight to work with! Here is the fabulous, fresh-faced, and sprightly Jane! 



Check back soon for more pictures from Jane’s boudoir shoot!

A Mani Mela Bride: Brianna (Part IIIV)

27 Apr

One of my absolute favorite things about planning my wedding is all the small details that my fiance and I have been making careful, thought-out  decisions on. I realize I’m in the minority here; little minute decisions are usually the bane of most brides’ existence. One of my favorite details so far (and not a small detail, of course) has been picking out  flowers.

I really love flowers – and obviously, who doesn’t enjoy flowers? But I think my appreciation for flowers and plants extends beyond the normal person’s. Living plants in my home or in the office brighten my mood, and I value their simplistic power to make someone’s day. Think about it – flowers accompany almost every big event in our lives, from birth, to graduation, to a noteworthy performance, and many other momentous occasions in life (like weddings!). So, after very careful consideration I created a collage for my florist (Le Jardin European Floral) to bring with me on our first meeting. Below are some of the pictures I showed my consultant.

(Note of advice: bringing a collage of pictures really helped get my vision across to the florist. She was able to offer advice on cheaper alternatives that still fit my taste because she was able to see what styles I love. I’d encourage any bride to bring pictures with when you meet your florist. You won’t regret it!)

I love absolutely everything about this bouquet. Although my wedding color theme is a deep burnt autumn orange, I am more interested in soft peaches and plays on orange that are romantic and feminine for my own bouquet.

Not only are the colors fabulous in this arrangement, but I *love* the variety of sizes and colors. My favorite floral displays have a wide mix of textures, varying colors (of the same base color – like the variety of oranges and pinks in this bouquet,), and a multitude of different sized flowers.

Okay, how stunning is this bouquet? This is one of my all-time favorite bouquet pictures that I have ever seen. This was a popular one that circulated around Pinterest for awhile, and I made sure to add it to my collection of images right away. I especially love the beautiful succulent popping through in the middle. (don’t even get me started on my affinity for succulents)

You’re probably starting to notice a trend in these pictures – I like chunky flowers.  Chunky huge flowers are the key to my heart. Ranunculus are my most favorite type of flower (and unfortunately out of season for my wedding), and I love thick, chunky peonies paired with delicate (but still chunky!) roses.

Here are some other pictures I used for inspiration: