Thursday, February 16, 2017


Angel West

Mahogany Blue Public Relations



2017 Wedding Trends Forecasted by Ivori Nicole Events

Ivori Nicole Events, based outside of Baltimore, is a full-service wedding planning and production firm. Ivori Lipscomb-Warren, owner and creative director at this award-winning firm is spotting some new trends in 2017, based on the weddings she and her team are orchestrating.

Weddings are more customized than ever, with couples putting their own unique spin on classic traditions,” says Ivori Lipscomb-Warren, Owner, and Creative Director. “Couples are taking the guests experience up a notch by bringing in social media photo booths, and upgrading dining to include late night food stations, and swapping the traditional wedding cake for a classic favorite like gourmet donuts.”

Ivori Nicole Events Wedding Trend Report for 2017



The romantic, elegant look of lace has become essential to wedding décor in 2017. Larger, vintage patterns are used in more modern ways. Whether the themes are heading toward a rustic or glamorous path, it is easy to make lace work in the wedding space. A little detail like this can make a big impact.


Ballet Inspired Palettes

Variants of muted peaches, honey tones, champagnes, blushes, and creams are hauntingly beautiful, and very understated. Yet, they are being breathed back to life this year. Brides and grooms are adopting the hue into their classic palettes, that just can’t be beaten for their special occasion.


Rose Gold

And, in comes rose for the gold! This fun, authentic shade has most recently taken over our daily accessories. In 2017 rose gold is having a very special moment by being curated into sophisticated color schemes. It’s definitely a shade that is worth adding to a posh celebration.



Velvet has been quite the underappreciated texture in the past, but this time around splashes of the fabric is what is making your wedding stand out in the best way. From ribbons to table linen, dashes of velvet will be a huge hit in 2017.


Natural Elements

Infusing nature into one of the biggest days of one’s life is coming into full swing this year, mainly thanks to the support of Pantone’s announcement of their Color of the Year, ‘Greenery.’ With the help of components such as marble, geode, petrified wood, and succulents to express organic treasures, this craze is sure to hit us in 2017 with fury.



You must admit, life sure can be simpler thanks to some of the latest and greatest emerging products in the tech industry. How many headaches could be prevented by having a charging station in the venue? Digital mapping, social media photo booths, and even drone photography have found their way into weddings through necessity.


Mixing of Textures

Texture play is not a game for the faint of heart. Our eyes are instantly drawn to the best of the extremes when mixing up your textures in a wedding. Satin, velvet, sequin and more will be incorporated into the same themes thanks to a tight color scheme and complimentary elements.


Oversized Florals

This year when it comes to the flowers at your wedding, bigger is always better. There’s no such thing as too many flowers at your wedding as long as they are carefully landscaped to the architecture. Bouquets this year are fuller, and arrangements are larger and more thought out.


Interactive Late Night Food Stations

When your reception starts to seep into the evening hours, hunger can sure ensue on you and your guests. Beautiful and sensible late night snacks are not just considered but seen as a big focus in the planning. Creating a social scene that melds in perfectly with food here-and-there will be essential to setting the evening’s mood.


Minus the Cake, Add the Desserts

A surprising rise of brides and grooms have been opting out of having a cake and going for a sophisticated feast of desserts instead. It’s not just about cupcakes, but instead, selections have evolved to new heights of candy bars, beer stands, cookies trays, donut walls, and more. Unique foods have proven to be a major focal point in weddings—especially in the sweets area.


About Ivori Nicole Events

Ivori Nicole Events (www.ivorinicoleevents.com) is a full-service planning and production firm based led by Ivori Lipscomb-Warren, Baltimore Business Journal 2016 40 Under 40 honoree. Named “Best Planner” by Baltimore Magazine, the company’s work has garnered features in Ebony, Women’s Day, Perfect Wedding Guide, Baltimore Bride, Pretty Pear Bride, Ruffled, Charm City Wed, The Big Fake Wedding, MunaLuchi Bride and Baltimore Magazine, as well television appearances on Fox and CBS. For more information visit IvoriNicoleEvents.com and follow us on Instagram @IvoriNicoleEvents and Pinterest @IvoriNEvents.



Many entrepreneurs have boosted their success with mentors. Take billionaire entrepreneur Richard Branson who dropped out of school at the age of 16 and started his first business with a loan from his mother. He is now sending aircraft into space with his most recent project Virgin Galaxy. So how did this entrepreneur reach space-billionaire status? He enlisted the help of a mentor. He tells British newspaper The Sun: “It’s always good to have a helping hand at the start. I wouldn’t have got anywhere in the airline industry without the mentorship of (British airline entrepreneur) Freddie Laker.”


Have you considered getting a mentor? Read on to learn the five signs that you may need one.

1. You’re Feeling Confused
Like life, a small business can throw a lot of unexpected curveballs. Sometimes you may be stumped to find a solution to some of your business woes. Two types of uncertainties that can occur. One is the improbability that you can plan for nuisances such as an employee quitting. The other is what Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Professor of Risk Engineering at New York University’s Polytechnic Institute, calls a “black swan” uncertainty. This is an unpredictable change that seems to happen out of nowhere, such as your office being struck by lightening. A mentor can help you navigate through these storms, showing you a new perspective on problems and help you reach practical solutions.


2. You Feeling Like You’re on an Island
If you have quit a job to start your business, you may find it difficult to talk about your journey with others who are not in the same boat as you. Either you feel others cannot relate to you, or you don’t feel comfortable talking about your plans as you would like to keep them secret. With a mentor, you can comfortably open up to a person you can trust who has been through the highs and lows of starting a business.


3. You Want to Take an Easier Road
According to Bloomberg, eight out of ten entrepreneurs who start businesses fail within the first 18 months. Motivational speaker and life coach Tony Robbins recommends modeling yourself after people you admire. “You can learn by experience, trial and error – or you can speed up the process immeasurably by learning how to model,” says Robbins. So, if you want to advance in business and take the path of least resistance, mold yourself after the 20 percent of people you know have succeeded.


4. You Find It Difficult to Set Goals and Achieve Them
Do you procrastinate? Gretchen Rubin, the author of The Happiness Project, says people adopt habits in different ways. If you are more likely to be motivated by ‘outer’ rules set by other people, rather than ‘inner’ rules set by yourself, having a mentor will help you keep your projects on course as you will likely complete your goals to show your mentor you are true to your word.


5. Your Network Isn’t Benefiting You
Entrepreneur and motivational speaker, Jim Rohn, coined the quote “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” If your current network of peers consists of people who aren’t entrepreneurs, you may find it difficult to exchange ideas and solutions. A mentor may introduce you to their contacts to help you build a solid network for creating new opportunities, increasing your profile and helping others.




If you think mentors are for employees on a career track in the workforce, you’re wrong. Entrepreneurs need business mentors to succeed in their startups just alike.

Lots of companies offer mentoring programs, where executive-level professionals support their younger colleagues’. Mentoring programs have been created specifically for women, people of color, the disabled, and other groups for whom having a supportive and knowledgeable advisor might be particularly useful to the corporations that employ them. But, how to do you find a good business mentor when you’re not working at a large company?

Related Post: Why You Need a Good Mentor to Succeed in Business

Over the years, as I’ve observed mentoring relationships of various sorts, and have been asked by others to mentor them, I’ve noticed some qualities that seem to distinguish genuinely good and helpful mentors from those who are indifferent – or even harmful. Based on that experience, here are the top five qualities of an effective business mentor:

If you want someone to share their wisdom with you, they need to have the wisdom to share. Some people simply don’t spend much time thinking about their experience; a person can be quite knowledgeable and fruitful without having reflected much on how they got where they are today. However, just hearing about what someone has done is much less valuable than hearing about why they did it, and about their understanding of why it worked or didn’t work.

In a good mentor relationship, you need to be able, to be honest about your life and circumstances – and you need to be confident that your revelations won’t go beyond your mentor. If he or she can’t be trusted to keep confidences, your relationship will be superficial at best – damaging at worst.

If you’re brave enough to ask your mentor for advice, he or she needs to be brave enough to give you a straight answer. If you’re contemplating changing your business model, for instance, and you explain the situation and ask for your mentor’s point of view – he or she should give it to you, unvarnished.

This one may seem counter-intuitive – isn’t it the mentee’s responsibility to be curious about the mentor? Yes. And, if the mentor isn’t interested in you: who you are, what’s important to you, what you’ve done so far and how it’s working for you – it’s unlikely his or her advice will be very helpful. It will more likely be general wisdom that won’t be targeted to you at all.

Generosity of Spirit
Kindness is essential. A great mentor wants you to succeed, and he or she will actively support your success with words and action. The great mentor will never be envious or feel threatened by your growth; he or she will congratulate you on your triumphs and help you recover from your setbacks. The generous mentor will make connections or offer resources that could be useful to you whenever he or she can. Most important, a generous mentor believes in your potential and communicates that to you freely and with hope. The generous mentor supports you to become the person you want to become.


Like most things in life, it “takes a village” to succeed as a startup. Entrepreneurs are always breaking the rules and making mistakes in an effort to succeed in their businesses. For this reason, having a mentor is crucial.

Without a savvy model, in the form of a mentor, you may make critical early mistakes that would have otherwise been avoidable. Here are five benefits of having a good mentor.

1. Success with a mentor is inevitable.

Research show that having a mentor is crucial to success. In a 2013 executive coaching study, 80 percent of CEOs revealed they received some type of mentorship. In another study, 93 percent of startups admit that mentorship is instrumental to success.

Your chances of achievement in life and business improve by having the right mentor. The valuable connections, timely advice, random check-ins will catapult you to success.

2. Gain experience not shared in books.

Experience is a precious asset — yet it’s vital to business success. There’s only so much you can gain from reading about a leader in books.

Mentorship is one sure-fire way to get experience from others.

3. Support.

Facing the impacts of failure on your own can set you back and affect your productivity. In hard times, having a mentor will help you keep your head high. Entrepreneurs often suffer from depression when they are unable to meet their goals and expectations. The impact of depression on entrepreneurs is overwhelming. But entrepreneurs without mentors bear the brunt the most.

A mentor who has experienced running a business is in the perfect position to give positive words of advice to you when things fail to go as planned. And not only do they have the right words to share, but they would also have ideas to help you steer your way to success.

4. Network opportunities.

Aside from the fact that investors trust startups who are recommended by their friends, a successful mentor has an extensive network of people who can benefit your career. A good instructor will let you tap into their network when the need arises.

5. A mentor can help prolong your business.

When you imagine the number of companies that become insolvent, you will greatly appreciate having a mentor. According to SBA, 30 percent of startups may not last past the first 24 months, and 50 percent of those may not make it past five years. However, 70 percent of mentored businesses survive longer than five years.





Champagne (or sparkling wine, if it’s made anywhere outside the French region) is synonymous with celebrating. From popping a bottle to celebrate an engagement to ringing in the new year, there’s never a shortage of reasons to toast during the holiday season! To help you find the perfect choice for each of your events, we’ve rounded up some of the best bubbly for every budget. Raise those glasses!



Bubbly Buyer’s Guide:

1. Sofia Blanc de Blancs, Francis Ford Coppola Winery ($19)
2. ONEHOPE California Brut Sparkling Wine, ONEHOPE Winery ($18.99)
3. Cuvée Rosé, Laurent-Perrier
4. La Marca Prosecco, Wine-Searcher  ($13)
5. Brut Rosé, Mumm Napa ($24)
6. Korbel Natural ($13.99)
7. Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow Label ($54.99)
8. Brut Accolades, Segura Viudas


Our in-house style maven, Ivori, has curated a few perfect pieces for gifting this year. No matter who’s on your holiday list, you’ll find everything from the whimsical stocking stuffer to the over-the-top indulgence.





Ivori’s Holiday Gift Guide starting clockwise from the top left corner.

The Norah Mae Right Box $75 at The Mrs. Box

The Orbit Key Finder $29.99 at H Butler

The Jackie O slipper $21.95 at Sole Savers

Lollia Poetic License Boxed Candle $34 at Anthropologie

Tory Burch Logo & Heart Key Fob $55 at Shop Bop

Rebecca Minkoff Leo Clutch $95 at Rebecca Minkoff

Personalized Leather Charger Roll Up $49 at Mark and Graham

Bamboo Classic Candle Set $70 at Nest Fragrances

24K Gold Champagne Bears $150 at Sugarfina

Rose Gold Happy Plugs in-Ear Headphones $34.99 at Nordstrom


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Hi loves,


The holidays are here. The wreaths are going up, and the sales have begun. If this is no ordinary season for you and you’re planning your Thanksgiving wedding, Christmas wedding, or New Year’s Eve wedding, keep reading this post is for you.


Here are some of my best tips for scheduling a wedding around a holiday to avoid additional costs, extra guilt, and add in extra fun.


Give your guest plenty of time to plan. Send your save-the-date as soon as possible to give guests time to make travel arrangements in this busier and more expensive travel season. You will also want to give early notice before guests book their vacations and time off from work.


Prepare to lose a few invitees. Some are likely to decline your invite than your traditional summer wedding. Prior commitments, family obligations, and company events, are hard to cancel. Giving ample time to plan and not being too sensitive to declines should soften the blow.


Anticipate more plus-ones. How do you break the news to your friends that they cannot bring a guest?
Visitors will probably want to spend their holiday time with family, kids, and partners so expect an increase in demands for a plus-one. No matter what you decide, be sure to have your answer ready to avoid the drama.


Dare to go festive with your decor and take advantage of the holiday spirit. Whether it’s peace on earth for the winter holidays or glitz and glam for New Year’s Eve–go for it. Think cranberry signature cocktails for Christmas, and party blowers to bring in the new year. You don’t have to go overboard with a theme, but a few touches can make all the difference for holiday-lovers.





Incorporate seasonal foliage and food. Anytime you can go seasonal for food and flowers you will save some cash. You can choose some festive, seasonal options and nobody will be the wiser that you did it for budget reasons.


Allow for higher costs from vendors. Holiday weddings can often equate to higher cost time for providers. Vendors, especially venue pay staff more to work on typical holidays. You can either allow for it in your budget or consider cost-saving options like morning/brunch weddings or cheaper days like Fridays or Sundays.


Plan for a late wedding on New Year’s Eve. If everything wraps up by 10 pm, guests may be tempted to leave for another party. You can avoid this dilemma by planning all the activities of your night leading up to the countdown to midnight. Carefully plan out your dances, speeches, and dinner courses so that guests are engaged the whole time.


We would love to plan your holiday wedding this season. Contact us here for your free consultation.


Picture from Randi Garrett Design

Picture from Randi Garrett Design


Hi, loves! Entertaining for the holidays can be so fun with all the different creative ideas out there, but it can get a little stressful too. After all, Thanksgiving is one of the biggest family holidays of the year.


If the hosting baton has been passed to you, I have a few last minute tips to make your Thanksgiving the best ever.


Buffet is the way. Interactive food stations are the perfect solution to this big family meal. A buffet is fun and easy to pull together. If you can, go with white porcelain serving dishes. It’s amazing how the colorful food ingredients pop against the white. The best thing about the muted dishes is that the brands don’t have to match. To add height and dimension turn a bowl upside down and rest the serving platter on top.


Don’t skip your fruits and veggies. If you’re looking for beautiful décor but don’t want to break the bank, stop by the farmers’ market or your local grocery store. Seasonal fruit and vegetables make the best Thanksgiving tablescapes. Try gourds, apples, pomegranates, cabbages, or pumpkins. The produce with add an array of color and a layered look to your table.


Turn on the lights. When planning wedding receptions for my clients, one of the most important elements of the room is lighting. Entertaining at home shouldn’t be any different. Select white tapered candles if you want a classic and timeless look. Or, opt for rich burgundy or chocolate brown tapers for a more romantic edge. Here’s a bonus tip: Avoid scented candles. The aroma can overpower the smells from the kitchen.


DIY at the B.A.R. Set up a self-serve bar for your guest. Stock up on one or two spirits, but provide a variety of mixers. Sodas, diet sodas, tonics, bitters, and juices will satisfy most palettes. Chop up garnishes before guests arrive, and you will be good to go. Now, you can focus on your guests, and they can focus on their glass. Please drink responsibly.


After the party is the after-party. So the party doesn’t end with dinner. Stop by your local big box store and pick up some traditional board games, cards, and dominoes. These classic fun games are ideal for after-dinner entertainment, and they are perfect for all ages.


Hope you enjoy these tips and have a happy Thanksgiving.





Ivori Nicole Event Business Cards

My planning business began after my vow renewal. I shadowed the planner that we hired to plan our nuptials. I learned how to work with vendors, manage clients, and prepare timelines. We even covered the worst-case scenarios, like handling late suppliers and bridezillas. Everything about the wedding business, I learned from this hardcore hands-on training. When I ventured out on my own as a wedding planner, I just knew I was set. Equipped with my enthusiasm, know-how, and even clients—I was ready. However, there is so much more to this business than timelines and pulling together color palettes.


Luckily for me, I had family members who owned businesses, some general knowledge and an extensive background in human resources to help me. I handled many of the necessities from the onset and (in all honesty) I made tweaks and picked up more of the essential items along the way.


Now as a tenured planner and mentor to newbies, I come across so many that don’t have the business basics down. Here are the 5 MUST HAVE items (I always share with my mentees and now with you) to get your event business up and running officially:

Register your business name. After countless hours of brainstorming over the perfect name, it’s now time to register it. There are two reasons for registering your name; the law requires it and to ensure that competitors won’t hijack your moniker.

If you have formed a limited liability company, corporation or other formal business entity, you can relax. You have already registered your business name in your state. Creating a business entity serves as notice that you are using your business name, and no other business can be formed in your state using the same name. Business entity formation fees vary from state to state but are often $150 or less. 

Open separate checking and saving accounts for your business. You can choose to open the accounts in your name (like I did in the very beginning) or under your company name, but it has to be separate from your personal accounts in order to avoid commingling of funds. When you commingle your funds, you are using your business resources as your money, whether buying or selling.  In law, there is an industry term coined “corporate veil,” which refers to the shield between the business and the business owner. When you commingle your funds, creditors can “pierce the corporate veil,” and get to your personal assets through your business.

Obtain the proper liability insurance. Business liability insurance is similar to having a homeowners insurance. It covers your business for any damage done to a third party or the property they own. If you cause financial loss to someone’s property or injure someone, your insurance provider will cover you as part of your liability insurance property. Injuries happen every day, irrespective of the environment or intent. Unfortunately, an injury occurring to somebody’s property may result in a lawsuit against the owner of the property.

This policy will also cover your office and business equipment and assets. Your assets are covered from perils like theft, vandalism, and fire. Take the necessary precaution and purchase a business liability policy right away.

Establish credibility and trust. Establishing credibility is key to building a successful business. Without it, you will struggle to earn the trust of customers. A custom domain and email with your business name will help build trust with your website visitors. Make sure your site looks professional and well-designed.

Social media can allow you to connect with your audience on a more personal level—adding to your credibility even more. Share authoritative content and share regularly. You don’t need to be on every social media platform, but it’s a good idea to have a profile on one or two.

Professionally designed and printed business cards are still the best marketing tool. Think about this: If you met two people, and one was scrambling to find a pen and paper to write their information on and the other person effortlessly pulled out a business card, who would you want to do business?

Document your processes and operations. Even before you think you may need it, document your processes and operations. Create a detailed workflow and outline each step. This documentation will help when bringing on staff and getting them up to speed on how you manage your business with consistency. It may take a little time to set up at the outset, but it has the potential to save you a lot of time and stress in the long run.


Hi friends! I had the pleasure of planning an amazing wedding at the Melady Plantation House in Alexandria, LA.


This wedding was executed in charming and classic fashion. As you know, a classic southern wedding never loses its charm.


“One of my favorite movies is Steel Magnolias, so I wanted that to be my theme,” said the bride. “My colors were blush and bashful, and the wedding took place in Alexandria, LA which is where Jackson’s aunt who made the armadillo cake was from. There were various other elements that not only could be attributed to the movie but also the southern culture.”


The color palette incorporated soft blush tones, subtle greens and gold. We know you will find plenty of inspiration in the theme, as well as décor, texture and color. Here are some of my favorite photos and details from the big day.








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