Wedding Table Decoration Ideas - The Lab Event

Hi honeys! We've missed you! It's been a while since we've posted but we're back from the wonderful Holidays and ready to rumble into 2013.

We couldn't be more excited to be planning for many beautiful couples this year! To get inspired, we attended The Lab in Sonoma this past weekend. What a wonderful event! If you are a bride-to-be (or soon bride-to-be!) you should definitely plan to check it out next year.

Here are some wonderful wedding table decorations to feast your eyes on!






Happy Honey & Twine Tuesday!
- Hannah

Winter Origami Decoration

Happy Honey & Twine Tuesday Everyone!

We've got a winter wedding coming up that we're soooo excited about! The colors are silver and pink, and the bride & groom are cute as can be

One of the pieces we're working on for them is a hanging origami installation. Theirs will be surrounding a skylight, but we've put together a simplified version for you to use as holiday party decor on the wall.

In our example, we used origami butterflies made from 6"x 6" silver foil paper (following this video tutorial) but this project can be done with cranes, snowflakes, etc!

What you'll need:




What to do:


Using your pin, skewer, or other sharp object, pierce a hole in the butterfly. We want our butterflies to hang at an upward angle, so we're piercing them towards the front. 



Cut string to desired length and tie a bead to the bottom. This will hold your butterfly in place. 



String your butterfly through the hole you pierced and slide it into place. 



Tie another bead desired distance from the first one. We spaced ours 4 inches apart. Slide another butterfly down the string, and repeat as many times as you like!



Once you've strung butterflies to the top of your string, tie the remaining tail to a horizontal string, and secure with hot glue. 




Continue making strings of butterflies and space them evenly apart – we spaced ours 4 inches. To get that undulating rhythm, we strung butterflies seven to a string, then six, five, four, five, six, seven, etc! 

Hang on your wall or mantle to add some shimmer and texture. 

For our couple, we'll also be adding larger butterflies and snowflakes cut from glitter paper, so stay tuned for photos from the wedding!

What to do in Lyon, France

I LOVE to travel, and I adore visiting my best friend, Greg, and his wife in Lyon, France. Greg and I grew up together as teens in Hong Kong. He is half French and moved to Lyon after graduating high school.

It’s wonderful to have a friend in this beautiful city that I can visit every year! Here are some snapshots from my visit so far...

A visit to the Max Chaoul Couture boutique. My, oh my, this makes me want to have another wedding!



Wine tasting in the Beaujolais region. I know, seriously spoiled.


We visited Chateau de La Chaize, which makes the finest Brouilly wine. The estate was gifted to the original owner by Louis XIV.

They gave us the key to the gate! Whoppee, we’re moving in!



Can you imagine living here?!


The chateau’s vegetable garden. I would love to host a cocktail party here.


Back in the winery building, the cellar where the wines are aged.


We were honored to receive a personal tasting from Marquise (duchess!) Caroline de Roussy de Sales. Her ancestors owned the chateau and built the winery, and she owns and operates it today.





A few other snapshots from my awesome time in Lyon!

The dessert selection at L’Epicerie Bistrot a Tartines. We had the chocolate and pear tart. Yum!!





Perouge, a beautiful medieval town that is still inhabited today.



The Rhone river in Lyon. Beautiful!


Happy and safe travels!

- Hannah x



10 Tips for Planning a Cross Cultural Wedding

We love the San Francisco Bay Area’s diversity. More and more couples today are multicultural – one in 10 married couples are now interracial, an increase of nearly 30% since 2000!

Courtesy of Tim Sohn Studios
A cross cultural wedding requires more planning and finesse than a single-culture wedding. Not only is it important to blend customs and traditions – it also requires a deeper understanding of cultural nuances such as family dynamics and what is considered appropriate (and inappropriate) behavior at weddings.


Here are our top 10 tips!

Know that this is your wedding. Be confident in your decisions! You may not be able to make everyone 100% happy, but your families will appreciate your efforts and intentions. At the end of the day, they’ll be thrilled when they see you walking down the aisle!

Educate each other and your families on important cultural traditions, customs and what is considered appropriate behavior at weddings. Discuss expectations; communicate openly, respectfully and often. You may even want to consider pre-marital counseling to help you dive into this important area of your lives.

Make a short-list of customs and traditions that are meaningful to you, or that you think your family and guests would enjoy. Once this is done, it’s easier to think about how and when to incorporate them into your wedding.

Don’t try to incorporate too much at once. You don’t need to include every tradition from all the cultures in your family. If the cultures you’re combining are drastically different, consider incorporating one or the other into different parts of your wedding. To honor both South Asian and Hispanic cultures, for example, you could host a mehndi party after your rehearsal dinner and incorporate the lasso tradition in your ceremony.

Courtesy of  Capturing the Light
Photography (Toronto)
Consider honoring both ethnic and religious customs in your ceremony. Some officiants and religious leaders are open to conducting joint ceremonies. They can also work with you to incorporate ethnic customs. To honor Korean culture in a Catholic ceremony, for example, you could discuss incorporating elements of a kunbere, like sipping wine poured by the mother of the bride, with your priest.

Be creative in incorporating culture into your attire and food as these are two of the strongest sensory elements your guests will experience. To incorporate Japanese and Italian cultures, for example, a bride or groom may choose to wear a traditional wedding kimono during the ceremony and serve a family style Italian meal of their favorite dishes at the reception.

Consider a modern twist on old traditions to make it truly yours. A Chinese tea pouring ceremony is traditionally held at the home of the bride and groom’s parents prior to the ceremony. However, if it’s important for your guests to experience this tradition, why not incorporate it into your reception as an extension of your cake cutting?

Choose venues that will allow for the customs you’ve chosen to honor. You’ll want to ensure your venue can accommodate structures like a mandap or huppah if required for your ceremony. And if a traditional Greek Kalamatianos dance is a must at your reception, you’ll want to ensure the venue allows amplified music. Don’t forget that religious centers may even have specific rules and/or required classes.

Explain cultural traditions to your guests. If you’re having a multicultural wedding, chances are you’ll have guests who are familiar with one culture, but not the other, and guests who are not familiar with either culture. Consider explaining the significance of traditions in your programs, on your menus, or by asking your MC to make an announcement. Your guests will appreciate it and feel more involved.

Be yourself. Cultural traditions and customs are important, but don’t forget to let your personalities shine through. Wedding location, colors, specific food dishes, song selection and stationery are just a few of the simple ways you can personalize your wedding. It’s your big day so make sure it reflects you!

Happy planning!
Hannah & Tria / Honey & Twine