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Looking for that perfect bouquet for your destination wedding? Look no further! Minoo Hersini, Creative Director at Au Ciel Design Studio, shares one of her favorite wedding bouquets for your special day.

Hersini created the bouquet with blue hydrangea, leucocoryne, marianne blue anemone, sea shells, starfish and panicum fountain grass. Finish it off by hand tying the bouquet with french ribbon.

About Minoo Hersini:  Event planner, interior decorator, floral designer and fashion designer Minoo Hersini is the founder of Au Ciel Design Studio – an event and design studio that offers customized event planning on any scale.  She has orchestrated such high profile events for celebrities such as Vanessa Williams, Glenn Close, Bill & Hillary Clinton, David Letterman and Meredith Vieira.

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Planning that perfect beach wedding?  Before you get ready to say “I Do”, make sure you have all the logistics figured out. 

Minoo Hersini, Creative Director at Au Ciel Design Studio, gave Marvelous Girl several great tips to ensure your stellar beach wedding runs smoothly:

  • Research locations. Inquire about the rules and regulations of the particular area where you will tight the knot. Based on those regulations and your budget, make your guest list.
  • Send a “Save The Date” at least 9 months in advance and request a response two months prior to your wedding.
  • Make several copies of all your documents, passport and photo IDs (at least two).
  • Ensure all requirements are indicated in your contract such as the permit for the location, limitations in regards to the number of guests, décor, sound, alcohol, food, chairs, canopies, etc. Also, try to have witnesses present if possible. Public beaches require permits and are usually limited to a certain number of guests. Private beaches also require permits, yet, the owners usually give you more leeway.
  • Watch out for the weather! Always plan for rain and thunder even though that type of weather is not expected during that time of year.
  • Plan for transportation to and from your wedding location.
  • Be on site at least 3 to 5 days before. You will have enough time to verify all details and if needed, you will be able to rearrange certain aspects of your wedding.
  • Buy fancy flip-flops for your guests if your wedding is directly on the beach. You are not expected to provide travel and accommodation for your guests. If they accept your invitation, the expense is usually considered as your wedding present, however, the bride usually provides accommodation for the bridal party.
  • Lastly, the ideal situation is to rent a house by the beach. Therefore, you will be able to utilize the beach for the ceremony and the house for the reception.

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wedding planning tips 2010With the recession being part of our lives today, most brides and grooms are quieter in the way they project and plan their wedding. However, that doesn’t mean they can’t be “au courant”.  Minoo Hersini, Creative Director at Au Ciel Design Studio shares these great tips on how to be “in” for a 2010 wedding.:

  • Be selective of your guest list.  Include close family members and friends.
  • Find unique venues such as barns, art galleries, studios and homes instead of large ballrooms.
  • Chose communal tables (long table seating) verses individual 8×10 tables.
  • Use candles to substitute pin lighting.
  • Stick to some classics. Utilize a clean, floor length and high quality cotton tablecloth.To add flavor, use elongated mirror runners and different textures to create a mood.
  • Flowers are a key element for weddings. Work with creative floral designers to guide you through this process.
  • Chose menus that will reflect your way of eating.  Serve simpler and healthier dishes instead of heavy meals and have them sampled.
  • Incorporate natural elements for table decorations such as leaves, bark, branches, grass and moss intermixed with flowers.
  • Create a signature cocktail.  It is more fun and original than an open bar.

Lastly, simple elegant weddings require good taste and vision. Consult with professionals for ideas.

plan wedding on budgetYour wedding is suppose to be one of the most memorable events in your life. However, in the current economic situation, you are probably cutting back on expenses for your special day.  But just because you’re making cutbacks doesn’t mean the event can’t be fabulous!

That’s why Minoo Hersini, Creative Director at Au Ciel Design Studio, has some vital tips on how to respect your budget while still having that fairy tale wedding you always dreamed of.  It may be simpler than you thought: 



  • Invite less guests. Limit attendees to your close family and friends.
  • Look into unusual spaces such as barns, galleries, studios, rooftops.  Also, consider the use of your home and your friends and families.
  • Choose a location that is in a close vicinity to your guests.
  • Create a more casual environment by sampling food dishes.
  • Create your own cocktail.  Find an original name to reflect your wedding.
  • Use the most creative people in order to give you the simple solutions for décor.
  • A great DJ is the way to go instead of live music.
  • Encourage your guests to donate to a specific charity of your choice.

Despite cutbacks, there is an upside to the recession according to industry research firm IBISWorld.  The average cost of a wedding dropped by more than 20 percent in 2008, and is expected to decline further by 8 percent this year. While some of this will be due to consumers cutting costs where possible, prices are expected to average lower than previous years.

“While some couples are putting off their ceremony until the financial time is right, those who can afford it should consider getting married in 2009,” said Toon van Beeck, senior analyst with IBISWorld. “They may get more bang for their wedding buck.”

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