Thursday, March 31, 2016


After almost 12 years of helping individuals and organizations plan events that are “uncomplicated, yet undeniably elegant”, Leslie-Manning Events is taking an extended hiatus from the world of Chiavari chairs and nosegay bouquets. Good lighting, uplighting and family infighting. Caterers, bakers, and candlestick makers. Stop me, please!!

It is bittersweet indeed because there is no good time to take a hiatus from a wedding and event planning business. There’s always one more wedding, one more event. “Next year, definitely next year.” And time marches on.

But our lives have changed, our priorities have changed, our industry has changed, and we ask ourselves (almost) daily whether to change direction or stay the course. We’ve decided to change direction.

Thank you for being the best clients and the most amazing friendors and fans of Leslie-Manning Events! We hope to cross paths with you again in the future.

Until then, happy planning!

Leslie + Jenniffer

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Flower Power

It may be the first week of fall, but here at Leslie-Manning Events, our minds are already on spring. Specifically, 2016 spring wedding trends. Flowers were a key trend in last week’s New York Fashion Week. Striking blossoms, blooms and leaves adorned everything from dresses to shoes, even ties. This trend, coupled with the unisex palette of Pantone's Spring Trend Report, leaves us confident that bohemian styling is gaining in popularity in the fashion world and is soon to become the “style du jour” for weddings worldwide.

Next spring, we expect to see an increase in playful and sexy bridal gowns – less brocade and pearls, more tulle and gilded metallic jewelry – we also see more bridal parties outfitted in neutral colors such as Pantone's Rose Quartz and Lilac Gray and LOTS of floral motifs like the Fleurs Sauvages wedding invitation by PaperlessPost, which evokes the flower power spirit beautifully. Side note: I fell in love with Paperless Post back in 2011 when I used them for a retirement party for a president of a non-profit organization. We were ground-breakers back then using electronic invitations for a formal event. Today, more than half of our clients use them for their events, especially now that there’s a paper option for grandma.

Our approach to this trend: capture the natural charm of the outdoors with tables draped in organic fabrics and bouquets wrapped in silk ribbons. We particularly love the idea of using fruits or vegetables as centerpieces and reserving the use of real flowers to bouquets, or better yet, flower crowns. Enhance the d├ęcor with unexpected details such as crystal rocks, feathers, foils, and ribbons, and top it all off with a wedding cake adorned with hand-crafted sugar flower petals. Our favorite part about this trend is that it also works for a fall wedding.

Happy planning!

Top L-R: The Lane;; Burnett's Boards.
Middle: Paperless Post.
Bottom L-R: Valentino; Silk and Willow.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Bohemian or BHLDN? That depends on where you live

Image left: Image right: BHLDN
I learned yesterday that the Bohemian wedding style is popular on the West Coast and in Australia, but East Coast brides prefer a BHLDN wedding. You didn’t know BHLDN was a style now did you? You thought it was just a store, like I did. Well, now. The two styles do have a lot in common though – mainly blush tones and lace – but the BHLDN bride is said to be the elegant sister of the free-spirited Bohemian bride. Kinda like Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters. I need to call my stockbroker.

(The Midwest and Mid-Atlantic brides still prefer rustic chic, so don’t go burning your barns just yet).

What is your wedding style? And where do you live?

Thursday, July 23, 2015

What I'm Loving Today: $10 floral centerpieces

We scored these $10 bouquets, for a client's event, at Whole Foods two Saturdays ago. I would not recommend this for wedding clients, but for this event, a birthday party, they were perfect. We had eight 5x5 vases to fill, so they were perfectly sized (for comparison, this bouquet through a florist would cost $45). It's great when there's room in the budget for $350 floral centerpieces, but it's also great when you can get beautiful centerpieces with a $100 floral budget.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Boho chic flower girls

Today I am loving this Little Mykonos Kaftan. The perfect outfit for your boho chic flower girl(s) to wear at your bohemian wedding and all summer long at the beach.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

The eyes have it

Years ago, a photographer shared this tip with clients of ours.
"Sipping water throughout the [wedding day] preparations will not only keep you hydrated, it will clear your eyes and help show a clearer shine and more pure eye color in the photographs."
We agree. See the rest of Madeline and Ian's wedding on our website.

Photo credit: Mary Kate McKenna Photography

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Do you follow us on Pinterest?

If not, you're probably missing out on our Marsala board. We're pinning the things we love and the images that inspire us about Pantone's Color of the Year for 2015. If you're thinking about adding a little Marsala to your big day, follow us. More inspiring pins are on the way!

Follow Leslie-Manning Events's board Marsala on Pinterest.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Sneak Peek: Melissa and Seth Wed

Melissa and Seth's bicycle-themed wedding at Woodend Sanctuary and Mansion in Chevy Chase, Maryland, was filled with fun moments like the one pictured above - their exit on Seth's childhood BMX bicycle. It was a true pleasure working with this couple. See more of their fun-filled wedding on this slideshow provided by their award-winning photographers Morgan and Amir of Morgan Lynn Photography in Houston, Texas (yes, they flew them in, and they were worth every dime).

Monday, January 26, 2015

What I'm Loving Today: Breakfast in Bed

I love inexpensive items that make a big impact. Here's another: The I Love You toast stamper from is the perfect finishing touch for your Valentine's breakfast in bed.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Engaged? Best Magazine Sources for Inspiration

It's the most wonderful time of the year! No, not Christmas: engagement season! I was just in Barnes and Noble and witnessed every table was a young lady or young couple with a stack of bridal magazines. If that was you, or if that is going to be you soon, let me save you some time. Bridal magazines tend to fall into three categories: eye candy, real world, and the best of both worlds. Pretty soon you will figure out which is which and you'll know which ones to skip over and which ones to buy, but to get you started here are my top three:

Eye candy: The Wedding Notebook or Style Me Pretty Magazine, it's a toss up.

Real World: The Knot

The best of both worlds: New York Magazines Wedding Edition

Happy Planning!