A full-service event and wedding planning company based in Columbia, Missouri

Spring 2016 Pantone Colors

"Colors this season transport us to a happier, sunnier place where we feel free to express a wittier version of our real selves."

-Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director, Pantone Color Institute

Patone has released it's Fashion Color Report for Spring 2016 and it is everything!  From exciting and bright to neutral and classic, this palette will get your creative mind running.

CaptureThese colors are chosen by color experts from around the world, incorporated from upcoming spring fashion collections and expected color trends, and announced semi-annually for the fashion industry.  Laurie Pressman, Vice President of the Pantone Color Institute, says that these are colors that everyone will want to wear, we will see them everywhere this Spring.

Pantone aimed at producing a palette this spring that would " transcend cultural and gender norms".  Both their men's and women's collections focus on calming stability.

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Rose Quartz conveys a tone of "compassion and a sense of composure".


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Peach Echo induces " warmth and accessibility".



hdSerenity is seen as "weightless and airy".d


Snorkel Blue


Snorkel Blue has a "happier, more energetic" feel.




Buttercup transports you to a "happier, sunnier place".


Limpet Shell


Limpet Shell is "clear, clean and defined".


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Lilac Gray "adds distinctive edge" to the normal gray shade.



Fiesta is "strong and fiery", adding diversity to the calming shades of the palette.


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Iced Coffee neutralizes the palette with it "softness and subtlety".


green flashds

Green Flash wraps them up by "radiating an openness", bringing together the rest of the palette in "unexpected but serendipitous ways".

Mock Reception | The Blue Note

We had such a fun time dressing up The Blue Note last month!  Being able to transform someone’s vision from a concert hall to a wedding venue is only possible with the help of amazing vendors and rental supplies.  We started with a color scheme, classy and “blue” with navy and gold.  This transformed into a Pinterest page and on to A-1 for a wish list!


Photography by Catherine Rhodes.

A classy design all began with beautiful textured linens, runners, china, and chiavari chairs.  It is so easy to make a picture perfect design concept come true when we have endless options to choose from at A-1 Rentals!  We then added our fun final touches to the décor with sparkling blue menus and sparkling Champaign!

To make the night so memorable and fun we could not have done without Catherine Rhodes photo booth, and photography.  Peace Frame Productions put together a video that recaps the evening perfectly!


We had delicious appetizers from Bleu Catering, cake by the always amazing Edith Hall and beer from Logboat Brewing Company.  Belle Mariée topped off the reception by providing beautiful dresses and models to accompany the Jazz Band.

Photography by Catherine Rhodes.

Big thanks to The Blue Note for not only providing the space, but also in house tables, bar staff, security staff, sound technician, two full bars, and a state-of-the-art sound and lighting system.  Being able to create the layout desired, while also leaving room for extra walking area was made possible due to the large and historic building provided.

With the easy communication and organization between vendors and The Blue Note, the only thing left to do was have fun, and enjoy as everything came together.

We Now Do Event & Wedding Invitations!

We our so excited to announce our newest service at the AnnaBelle Events studio, Event and Wedding Invitations!

FullSizeRender_2It's a natural addition and expansion for our team.  Who knows your day, design and timeline better than you?

Your Planner!  So why wouldn't we also do your invites!  The most exciting part we are an authorized Dealer & Designer for Envelopments, an amazing line of invitations, pocket folds and gorgeous paper making your invitations custom.


So where do we start?  You're engaged or have an event in mind and that is great!  While you are spinning with ideas there are some questions to ponder before stepping into our studio to start the invitation design process.

Yes, think of this as homework - you need to prepare to do this right.  Sure, you can look all you want and see what you love but in order to get down to the business of getting an estimate or ordering, you should have a few of these questions answered as they will be our guide through the process.

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WHO you are inviting?

WHAT the style or colors of your wedding or event are?

WHERE & WHEN is your wedding or event taking place?

HOW should your guests respond to you?



ALSO, know roughly how many invitations you need.  Remembering that many of your guests are couples and families, your count should be of the mailing addresses not the number of people attending.  Plus some extras just in case you inadvertently left someone off your list or make new friends between now and your special day!

LASTLY, it's really helpful to give yourself a budget that feels comfortable to work with.  This will help determine how many layers you can play with, what types of paper to use and what additional products to include.

Our invitations start at $1.50 an invite and $5.50 a wedding suite.  Keep in mind envelopes and postage are just a few of the things that increase the price.

Contact us to setup a design consultation to get your invitations started!

Tips To Planning the Perfect Bridal Shower

If you have the privilege of planning a bridal shower and have never done it before, you might be surprised at the undertaking that it can quickly become. Although you might feel inundated with ideas of pulling off spectacular do-it-yourself (DIY) creations and expensive foods and favors, don’t feel pressured to drive yourself mad in a quest to throw the shower of all showers. Unless the bride feels the need to run the party herself, chances are high that your shower idea will be successful. Here are some additional tips to throwing the perfect bridal shower.

Get the Bride’s Input

Getting the bride’s input can be very useful for creating a shower schedule. You want to have the shower at a convenient time for the bride and make sure that people she wants to be there are included. You can also get theme ideas from the bride, either by explicitly asking her or being sneaky and asking her questions about herself and the groom in order to build on your own secret theme. If you should get stuck on ideas and want the shower to remain a surprise to the bride, then get input from someone close to her, such as her mother. At the very least, you should get the following input for planning the party:

  • Best date and time
  • A guest list
  • Whether or not gifts are requested


Choose a Theme Based on the Bride or the Couple

Not every bridal shower is required to have a theme. You can just throw a party with food and general decorations, if you want. However, creating a theme can make the shower more personal and provide ideas for decorations or bridal shower invitations. When choosing a theme, select something specific about the couple. It could be the year that they met or went to high school, their shared passions or interests, or where they’re going for their honeymoon. If you’re throwing a couple’s shower, definitely make sure the groom’s interests are also included.


Take Advantage of DIY Activities

You don’t necessarily have to supply the gifts for every guest or be responsible for a plethora of games and activities. DIY crafts make the perfect party favors and activities. There are ideas from create-your-own-fragrance bars to arranging a flower bouquet. Simply supply the materials and let your guests go crazy. bridal-shower-treats

Enlist Help

Planning a shower can turn into a big undertaking if you have grand plans. In addition to planning for activities, you likely need to consider decorations and food. Rather than stressing yourself out, create a shower committee and enlist the help of other friends or family members of the bride. If you don’t mind handing over the reins, assign specific tasks to individuals and let them figure out the details. Again, having a theme already established can give everyone a great starting point. If you have the budget for it, then hiring a caterer or having the shower at a location where they will provide the decorations and food for you will save you a lot of time and stress.


Don’t Be Afraid of Your Dollar Store for Favors

When planning a bridal shower on a budget, your wallet might be stretched thin when it comes to supplying favors or gifts for the guests. It is fairly traditional to have shower guests leave with something as a memory of the party. Luckily, your local dollar store should have plenty of items at an affordable price. From votive candles and bubble bath to wine glasses and picture frames, take a trip down the aisles to get inspired. It doesn’t have to be expensive, and your guests will appreciate the gesture.

Check Local Businesses for Ideas

If you’re really strapped for ideas on where to plan the shower and what to do, check out your local businesses. You might be surprised at the different activities that are available for showers. You can reserve a room at a local restaurant or schedule a wine tasting. Set the bride and her guests up for a spa day, or maybe see if a local professional will come and teach a class such as cooking, makeup, or painting. You might be able to find a variety of ideas for any budget.


Keep Your Guests in Mind

The bridal shower is not the same thing as a bachelorette party. While you might be tempted to include funny, racy games, keep in mind who will be attending the party. If there will be elderly family members of the bride in attendance, you might want to forgo the lingerie theme. Then again, perhaps the elderly family members will be fine with it! If you’re planning anything that might be considered a little racy, check with the guests to get an idea of what is and is not appropriate.


Make It Memorable and Keep It Manageable

Throwing a bridal shower is the creation of memories for the bride leading up to her big day. It doesn’t have to be an expensive affair. Just make sure to give it plenty of thought and time for preparation. Whether you’re having it at a restaurant or in the living room of your home, a solid theme with a few activities, food, and favor ideas for the guests will likely lead to the throwing of a perfect shower.bridal-shower-beverages


Bryan Passanisi is online marketer and writer living in Redwood City, CA. He graduated from The University of San Francisco with his Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing. Bryan has managed a popular wedding blog and has created viral content. He currently is a blogger for Shutterfly.

Photography Credit: All photos from Karen Up On the Hill

My Dream Bride!

It is so easy to make a picture perfect wedding come true when we have the picture perfect bride!  Choosing a package that fits you best is sometimes a stressful task.  This can determine how much is done by you, and how much is taken over by us.  With the Day-Of package we are not as involved in pre wedding planning, but a few things can make everything stress free! With simple communication, organization, and a smiling face there is no room for stress or hiccups.


  1. Communication

The perfect bride is easy to communicate with. The more we can be on the same page with you and what your dream wedding is, the more we can make that come true for you and your fiancée.  Weddings are stressful, that’s where we come in, ask away!  We are here to answer questions and concerns.  With Day-Of we are not as hands on as our Full Services packages, so the more you can communicate with us on pre and post wedding tasks the more efficient and effective our job can be.


  1. Organization

We LOVE organized brides!  Layouts, decorations, seating charts, set up, pick up, and vendors.  The more we know, the better.  We once had a bride type out a list of EVERY decoration she had and exactly where everything went. For both ceremony and reception! Set up was so fast, exactly where she wanted it and we knew exactly what was going home with her that next day.  This allowed us to still be very hands on with vendors and set up without exceeding the package limits.


  1. A Smiling Face

Yes, we know this sounds funny, but smile!  Your wedding day is one of the best days of your life, relax and enjoy it.  The more you can relax and trust us, the better we can work our magic.  We will have time for concerns and questions through pre wedding meetings.  With communication and organization before your big day, the only thing left to do is have fun.  Enjoy the day, take in everything, and simply watch as everything comes together.

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