Modern Tiki Wedding at the SmogShoppe

Modern Tiki Wedding at the SmogShoppe

When it came time to plan our wedding, there was no doubt about one thing: it was going to be tiki-themed. Once we started crunching numbers, we quickly realized that it was also going to have to be as DIY as possible. Since we're both creative people, we embraced our big day as one giant design challenge. In the end, everything came together in one fun, tropical-filled event that we were happy to share with our closest friends and family members. Now, we can't wait to share it with you - check it out! 

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Annnnd We're Back!

Annnnd We're Back!

Sorry it's been so long since we've posted. It's incredible how fast the past 3+ months have flown by. We took some time away from the blog to devote to making final plans & arrangements for our Modern Tiki Wedding, which took place on August 18th. It was such a great day for us and our guests really enjoyed the tropical theme...

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What We Learned by Attempting DIY Wedding Florals

What We Learned by Attempting DIY Wedding Florals

As many of you may know, we're in crunch mode when it comes to planning our Modern Tiki Wedding. Since we're on a super tight budget for our event, we're trying to take the DIY route as much as possible. We've been curious about our floral options so we decided to find out if we could make some super awesome looking arrangements on our own... 

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Modern Tiki Save the Dates

Modern Tiki Save the Dates

For those of you new to our wedding plans, we're in the process of figuring out all of the details of our upcoming wedding in August. It's going to have a mid-century modern tiki theme and we've been have a ton of fun figuring out how to carry that through every part of our plans. It's been super fun for us since we're both creative people but we are up against one major challenge: our meager budget. As a result, we've resolved to DIY as much of the wedding as possible and, to be honest, I can't wait to try my hand at flower arrangements and a custom photobooth backdrop! More recently, we finally designed, printed, and shipped our Save the Dates...

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Modern Tiki Lounge's Top 10 Posts of 2015

Modern Tiki Lounge's Top 10 Posts of 2015

Just out of curiosity, we decided to take a look at our analytics to see which of our blog posts you liked most in 2015. Turns out this list sums up a lot of great events and experiences we had last year and we thought we'd share. Check 'em out in case you may have missed a few throughout the year! Working our way backwards...

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10 Tips to Find the Perfect Wedding Venue on a Budget

10 Tips to Find the Perfect Wedding Venue on a Budget

By now, we've checked out lots of unique, affordable venues in Southern California. Along the way, the tours, number crunching, and research all helped guide us to our top choice (SmogShoppe!). We also learned a TON in the process and wanted to share some tips for those of you who might also be on a seemingly impossible hunt for an awesome venue within budget! Check 'em out...

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DIY "Will You Be My Junior Bridesmaid?" Boxes

DIY "Will You Be My Junior Bridesmaid?" Boxes

I wanted to do something exciting to invite my littlest sisters to be Junior Bridesmaids in my wedding and I had seen lots of cute "Will You Be My Bridesmaid?" ideas on Pinterest, some of which were really nice gift boxes.  Unfortunately for me, most of the ideas out there were alcohol-centric, and, well, that doesn't really work for younger bridal party members!  So I had to come up with a way to craft something that would be age-appropriate and cute for my Junior Bridesmaids.  Here are the steps I went through to come up a unique my way to ask my little sisters to be part of the bridal party... 

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7 Unique & Affordable SoCal Wedding Venues

7 Unique & Affordable SoCal Wedding Venues

Over the past few weeks of wedding planning, we have found SO many wedding venues that look great but we've only been able to visit a few top picks. This has been pretty fun for us as architectural/interior designers! We've been a quest for a spot that's interesting architecturally, has a great view, or is in a warehouse. Want to see our favorites? Check out all of the great spaces we got to explore...

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Modern Tiki Wedding in the Works!

Modern Tiki Wedding in the Works!

This past Friday Greg proposed (and actually managed to surprise me big time)!  We've been together for almost four and a half years now so of course the answer was "yes."  Shortly after I had my own big question to pop: "sooooo....tiki wedding?"  And somehow, he was totally into that idea :)  So here we are just a few days into fiancedom/fiancehood/engagement and we've completely fallen down the rabbit hole of venue searching and event planning...

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