If you aren’t already mentally preparing yourself for the event that is The Cream, better get started! Every year we are blown away by sheer talent we see, inspiration we get, and utter F-U-N we have at The Cream Los Angeles, as curated + produced by Bash Please. Remember the macrame hangings from last year? The floral installations? The silent dance party?! (If not, you can see it all in our recap). It’s that time again, March 15th to be exact. Even better, this year they teamed up with Wanderable for a super cool giveaway…
This year’s inspiration board is a surprising set of neutrals, and given the rad crop of vendors already announced, we have a sneaking suspicion that the color will not be missed!
As if that isn’t exciting enough, Wanderable is behind this year’s dance off giveaway. They’re a new kind of wedding registry for those who value *experiences* over things… hint, hint. They’ll be offering the winner a trip somewhere amazing. Need we say more? Well, maybe just that the giveaway is worth 5k and that there are a couple of very impressive locations up for consideration… You’ll just have to wait and see!
So snag your tickets fast. This event always, always sells out. Check out photos from past LA Cream events in these posts: 1, 2, 3, & 4 and then go get your tix… They’re on sale now so don’t wait!
Accepting a cash gift may be the best (and sometimes only) way to make the wedding or honeymoon happen, but no lie… it’s often a bit awkward. How to get past any feelings of inauthenticity to ask and receive cash in a way that’s meaningful for both parties? After a little perusing through Tendr, we discovered that it’s actually quite easy. And pretty, so very pretty. Faster and safer than checks and bills, Tendr is the simple and elegant way for your wedding guests to give cash. Friends + fam can create warm, personal gifts in three steps: personalize a card, fill it with money, and send it right to your inbox.
All the gorg digital cards are designed by Tendr Co-Founder, award-winning Creative Director Spencer Paul Bagley. (Who clearly gets wedding style… Gold foil? Florals? Check check.) If it’s design you’re into, Tendr is definitely the cash registry of choice.
Customize your Tendr page by welcoming guests. And if you want, let them know what you’ll do with the $. Worth noting: You don’t actually have to specify like other sites require, avoiding any awkward post-wedding convos. “How was that bungee jumping excursion I bought you?” “Yeah, about that…”
Once everything’s set up, guests can give for free using their bank account, and the funds go directly to yours. Since most couples report wanting cash the most of all gifts, might as well give your loved ones convenience, style, and a way of personalizing to their liking, right?
PS: Don’t think they forgot one of the most important things about receiving gifts: thank yous. They have instant, free digital thank you notes to help couples express their gratitude.
Goodness guys, this one is so full of wonderfully fun, sentimental details. The story: Volkan + Damla were born in Istanbul, but actually met while living in NY. Since they don’t get to see their families often, it was important to choose a location where they could say I Do in front of those people, in their native language. Damla grew up spending summers at Sarigerme Beach, so with so many cherished memories there, it was kind of no brainer. Pair that with the white sand and total paradise vibes, and you’ve got yourself a dream destination!
Custom guest totes and hotel goodies: room keys with the wedding logo, hangover kits, daily pillow chocolates, vintage hankies, starfish flip flops by Damla’s mom, and pashminas in case guests got cold during the ceremony.
Damla tells it, This was a truly DIY wedding, everything was hand picked, selected and made withthe help of our family. My husband and I planned every little detail together, andmy mother executed the wedding, took our ideas beyond our imagination andmade our dream wedding possible. It took us over 5 months to come up withevery detail and many Facetime calls since Volkan and I live in NY. It was mycomplete trust in my mother and her patience that made the wedding planningsmooth and fun even though our wedding destination was in another country.
Their wedding schedule:
The night before the wedding: Welcome BBQ + cocktail party, with Turkish cuisine Wedding day: Guests relaxed on the beach (surf, kayak, beach volleyball), bride got ready in the early afternoon with bridesmaids, mother, and aunts, while the groom prepped on the terrace with his guys. Damla walked down the aisle to Somewhere Over The Rainbow at sunset. Reception: Dinner and dancing at the tents and on the beach until the early morning The next day: A goodbye brunch, where they also found out their honeymoon destination…
That afternoon, we found out about our surprise honeymoon location that my brother had generously arranged for us as a wedding gift. We figured out the location from the hints that my brother left for us in our guest book, which was a quilt that we are hoping to use as a blanket for our kids in the future. And then we were off to the Maldives!
The bride’s mom sent her the YolanCris website and she immediately knew she wouldn’t have a gown by any other designer. Lucky her, she was able to go to Barcelona and meet sisters Yolan and Cristina in person, and get her dream dress handmade for her.
Isn’t this scene amaze? Damla had her heart set on a certain shade of turquoise, and when they couldn’t find it, they decided to buy clear vases from Ikea and dye them.
Damla says, After walking down the aisle on the beach, we faced towards to our family and friends, I had my husband’s hand in my hand, and I was never that sure about my love and my future, as I was at that moment.