5 Tips for an Unforgettable Bridal Shower

Besides the number of weddings we do every month, we get a number of baby, bridal, and birthday parties.  We thought we'd share our top 5 tips for anyone planning a bridal shower for their bestie.  Lessons learned and lived in the event industry! 

 
 

1. Know Her Favorites
Typically it is traditional for the maid of honor and bridesmaids to host the bridal shower.  However, that is not to say that the bride shouldn’t be involved with the planning—after all, it is her party so it should be special according to her liking.  Ask her about her ideas on themes, favorite colors, or her favorite cocktails. 

2. Make a Timeline
Planning a party can be stressful, but taking the time to map out all the important details can help ease the stress and keep your team on track.  Not only will having a timeline help keep things organized, but it will also ensure that you give your guests enough notice to save the date!

Most people plan their bridal showers a month or two before the actual wedding, so it is important that you give yourself enough time to plan ahead.

Details such as your date, guest list, location/time of day, theme, and budget should be determined a few months before the actual party.  Also, don’t forget to consult important guests to ensure that there are no conflicting dates.  Other details such as decorations, caterers, and wedding invitations should be done within the month before the party.  It is also important to make it a point to contact your florist, confirm RSVP’s and deliveries, games, and favors a few weeks prior. 

You’ll also want to note the flow of the day, what time is food being served? When will games begin? This keeps the event moving along and guests from wondering what’s next.

 
 

3.  Remember: Less Is More When It Comes To Décor And Games
Although it is nice, sometimes you don’t always need a red carpet or giant floating lanterns.  If there are too many decorations it can be overwhelming and make the area look cluttered. Casual, relaxed, and pretty is the general vibe you're aiming for.  Look into DIY decorations and favors as well. Certain types of furniture such as a peacock chair, can also add a nice touch. Same goes for the games; if there are too many games, it’ll be hard for your guest to relax and socialize with one another.  Instead, maybe have one or two games that focus on the bride or a quiz on the bride and groom.

4. Get Personal
Opening up to people can be intimidating, but it also important that everyone is comfortable and having fun!  It helps if everyone is familiar with one another; take the time to introduce your guests to each other by encouraging an icebreaker or telling how they know the bride. And don’t forget about the groom! Although it is a bridal shower, it doesn't mean that he shouldn't be involved as well.  A fun way to do so is to have your bride and groom fill out a questionnaire and compare the answers or even ask about his version of their love story.  You could also ask input from the mothers or other important family members of the bride and groom.

5.  Hire a Photographer
With all this effort being put into this eventful day, you want to make sure that not a single moment is missed.  Often times the host is occupied making things go according to plan and you want your guests to be socializing and having fun.  Hiring a photographer will ensure that every memory is captured for the bride and groom to look back on.  Before hiring a photographer you could do your research beforehand and look through their website, Instagram, or other galleries to see whose style fits best with your party’s vision.  

 
 

Huge thanks to Jessica of Aria Studios for involving us in this super cute bridal shower!

Colorful Waimea Valley Wedding

When Louise of Love Letter Weddings and her bride Michelle reached out to us with a fun concept for rentals, you bet we said yes! Michelle envisioned a low seated boho area for cocktail hour and a fun formal lounge for later. We began the process with a visual design and thought we'd share the whole thing from concept to creation. 

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We love their punchy color palette of yellow, orange, green, pink, blue and white. 

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Jenny Quicksall's photos captured the colors and light just right and these photos have become some our most requested inspiration for events after this. Bridal Guide Magazine even picked it up and featured their big day in print! 

We love the creative idea Louise used for our macrame throw.... escort card display! The leaf shapes tie in the valley vibes perfectly. 

The scenery at Waimea Valley makes it one of our favorite venues on island. The foliage is so lush and colorful it's like being in the middle of the jungle. 

 Rugs and pillows

Rugs and pillows

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Peacock chairs always make for the perfect set for a sweetheart table! 

Overall, this wedding totally encompassed the idea of taking a traditional "Hawaiiana" themed day and turning it into a more modern, timeless look. Sign us up for more please! 

Aloha, 

Marina

 

 

 

Moody Tropical Vibes on 100 Layer Cake

When Gabriella of Love Records Collective approached me with visions of a moody, modern, tropical design, I was immediately smitten and excited about where this shoot was going. Not only is it a concept that plays off the brilliant colors we're surrounded with in Hawaii, but it's perfect for any time of the year.

The darker red satin napkins from Les Saisons makes it a perfect holiday palette too! How sexy does our hair pin table and eames chairs look in the middle of a coconut forest?! I had a blast helping curate the look and feel of this mock wedding. It was a nice refresher from the typical light and airy wedding styles we work with so often.

Pamakane of Ocean Dreamer Florals worked what I call her "freshly foraged" magic again on this one!

Our rattan coffee table worked beautifully for this modern cake by Cake Works HI... I mean, so good! Be sure to check out the whole feature on the 100 Layer Cake blog. And a huge thanks to the vendors below for creating such a dreamy day.

XOXO,
Marina

Photographer: Gabriella of Love Records Collective / Videographer & Coordination: For The Good Hawaii / Location: Dillingham Ranch in Mokuleia, Hawaii / Event Coordination: Siri Masterson of Dillingham Ranch / Co-Design & Rentals: Marina of Roam Rentals / Flowers: Flower Artistry by Pamakane / Hair & Makeup: Sarah of Whik’d Hair and Makeup Hawaii / Stationery: Margaux Paperie / Calligraphy: RSVPeas Calligraphy / Cake: Cakeworks HI / Tabletop Rental: Maison de Ware / Bride’s Dress: Janna Frash from Love and Lace Hawaii

Relaxed Elopement on the North Shore

For some, a big elaborate wedding is the last thing people envision when it comes to tying the knot. Or maybe you have a huge family and the only way to avoid a 300 person event is to elope. When we put this shoot together, we knew it was for just that purpose. Inspiration for the couple to wants to run away and have a stress free experience that focuses on just them. What a better place to escape then on the North Shore of Oahu...

Loulu Palms Estate is a gorgeous property with beautifully landscaped gardens and a private slice of beach. Seriously, so many pinch me places to explore here where you'll feel like it's just you and your favorite person alone on the island and that's why it was the perfect setting for our elopement shoot.

As the planner and designer wearing my Bustle Events hat, I pulled together a vendor team that set the tone for such a romantic afternoon. The girls from Absolutely Loved Photography and I had fun dashing in and out the rain that day, but it allowed us to escape to the kitchen for a while and cottage turned out to be a sweet place to take some more intimate photos.

Details from Design House of Moira were just the right amount of elegant that still set the tone for a proper wedding, but with a pantsuit from Joelle Perry we kept things cool, comfortable, and casual. Enjoy escaping for a few moments as you scroll through the photos and see even more at our feature on Borrowed & Blue. We can't wait to do more elopements in the future!

Coordinator & Stylist - Bustle Events - Venue - Loulu Palm Estate - Flowers - Spinning WEB Florist - Fashion - Joelle Perry - Health & Beauty - Maleana Cosmetics - Photographers - Absolutely Loved - Paper Goods/Calligraphy - Design House of Moira - Jewelry - Pashey Bella - Rentals- Roam Rentals - Model - Caity Owen

 

XOXO,

Marina

 

Hawaiian Boho Garden Feature on Wedding Chicks

Our very first styled shoot took place in April. Before I even had a website or more than a handful of inventory items! As a designer for Bustle Events this shoot had to be a good one as it was my introduction to Hawaii for both planning and rentals. I found the entire vendor team from Instagram and we came up with a beautiful concept!

I knew bringing in the native floral and cultural elements were important from the get-go but it was also crucial that the design reflected my personal style. Romantic, bohemian, undone, but classically elegant... BAM! From doing my research, it appeared the overall design of "Hawaiian weddings" hasn't changed in the past 10 years. It's now my mission to prove that weddings on the islands can be stunning and unique. Let's please stop copying every other beach wedding you've seen and just DO YOU!

As the granddaughter of Japanese plantation workers on Oahu and being married to a Filipino who's parents immigrated to the islands, tying in cultural details was so fun! I think incorporating your heritage into your wedding is always a big hit and makes it stand out from your traditional wedding. I stopped by one of our local Filipino bakeries and grabbed some of my favorite treats for the shoot. Even if you don't have Asian backgrounds, have fun with some local delights! Hawaii has so much more to offer besides your traditional luau and shave ice for a wedding menu. Explore and embrace the mix of cultures we are made of, it's not called the mixing pot of the Pacific for no reason.

I love, love, love how dreamy and magical our rattan chaise looks all done up with florals from Ocean Dreamer. If you haven't noticed, I'm obsessed with all things "peacock chair" related and this throne was perfect for our bride!

Here's a few of my favorite shots from the styled shoot. To see more, hop over to the Wedding Chicks blog for the full feature.

Thank you to such a kick ass vendor team!

Coordinator & Stylist - Bustle Events - Venue - Ho'omaluhia Botanical Gardens - Flowers - Ocean Dreamer - Fashion - Love and Lace Hawaii - Health & Beauty - HMB - Photographers - iFloyd Photography - Paper Goods - Jiwa Jiwa Press - Calligraphy - Hawaii Calligraphy - Rentals - Maison de Ware - Rentals- Roam Rentals - Bamboo Chairs - Production Hawaii - Décor - Anthropologie

PS. Bet you'd never guess we were rained on most of the shoot! We had to dash and scramble when it would let up a few minutes in between the downpours. Fun fact about the east side? It rains- a lot. At one point I was holding 2 beach umbrellas over the table so it wouldn't get drenched! Wish I had a funny #BTS shot of that!

Thanks for reading! More content coming each week for ya!

xoxo

 

Hola!

It's time I start blogging so what's a better way to start than a proper introduction? Who am I? My name is Marina and I'm a momma to a 1 year old, wife to a special agent, wedding designer for Bustle Events, and beekeeper for our family farm, Tolentino Farms. Phew!

How did I get here? We decided to make the move back to the Mr.'s home on the west side of Oahu this past spring when he got out of the Coast Guard. I'm expanding our event planning company here to the tropics and after a long hard search for my dream vendor team I was still coming up short for some solid on trend rentals. Coming from California where everything is at your fingertips, it was a bit of a shock to find out no one had any bohemian or modern furniture for events! The call was too loud not to answer and with some encouragement from other vendors I went for it. Roam Rentals was born!

We're still in the beginning stages of getting established and the inventory is small, but we're growing steadily and had such an awesome welcome so far. I wanted to share the inspiration behind the brand to get a better feel for where we're headed.  

If you want more inspiration be sure to follow on Pinterest as well as see what I'm up to on Instagram. It's been a crazy hustle since we got here and I don't regret our move one bit! Most importantly, I'm loving getting to meet such amazing vendors, friends, and clients. YOU are what gives me the most inspiration and I can't wait to see what you'll hit me with next!

xoxo,

Marina