10 Styling Tools For Wedding Professionals

What do wedding planners, photographers and stylists have in common? They all want to create beautiful flat lays and style wedding details to perfection. However, without the proper tools, it’s a struggle.

As un-sexy as it might be, here is the “tool” installation of my must haves in a styling kit.  Add these to your cart and they will ease worries on set or at a wedding.

  1. Acrylic Blocks – Whether propping paper goods or just providing height and dimension to a photo, these clear gems are a winner.  I recommend having at least 5 sizes, one small enough for a postage stamp and one on the thicker side.
  2. Instant Tacky– A little goes a long way.  Hold down stubborn envelope flaps, ribbon and just about anything to get the perfect shot!
  3. Electric Candle Lighter – Matches run out and are easily lost. This re-chargeable gas-less lighter is a must have at events.  The flexible neck that reaches any wick is amazing!
  4. Shout Wipes – Clean dress= happy bride.  Great for those grass stains during outdoor photos. The ‘to go’ packets are the best!
  5. Spray Bottle – There isn’t always an outlet or steamer at arm’s reach.  On those occasions, an old fashioned spray bottle will get a stubborn wrinkle out of a dress or even table linen. Thank me later when you’re at Central Park doing a styled shoot.
  6. Fashion Tape – When fabric just won’t lay correctly or a dress is a tad revealing; fashion tape is the answer.  A double sided tape that is skin and fabric safe, yes please!  I love the dot version as well.
  7. Mini Lint Roller- A small lint roller can clean up a styling mat, ring box and even bit of flowers/leaves that fall from a bouquet. It’s also amazing to have since most wedding professionals I know wear black to events!
  8. Glass Wipes – Get streaks and dirt off mirrors, windows, styling trays and even wipe down a diamond ring when you’re in a pinch.
  9. Pins – This set of white and black safety pins will help keep droopy boutonnieres in place for photos.  Be sure to have a set of white tip straight pins as well!
  10. Practice – This ‘tool’ isn’t tangible, but it will make the biggest difference. Practice with your tools before the big day and consider investing in a one-one-one curated photo shoot or joining me at a styled shoot for photographers.

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Photo by Siobhan Stanton, Styled by Mandy Forlenza Sticos, Flowers supplied by Blooms by the Box, Earrings by Nina Shoes 
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Bordeaux Bride on Style Me Pretty

kate ignatowski photography  mandy forlenza sticos styling

Hands down one of my favorite photo shoots ever with Kate Ignatowski was on Style Me Pretty.  It was such a simple theme and of course, amazing film photography by Kate made it perfect!

kate ignatowski photography  mandy forlenza sticos styling

kate ignatowski photography  mandy forlenza sticos styling

kate ignatowski photography  mandy forlenza sticos styling

kate ignatowski photography  mandy forlenza sticos styling

kate ignatowski photography  mandy forlenza sticos styling

kate ignatowski photography  mandy forlenza sticos styling

kate ignatowski photography  mandy forlenza sticos styling

kate ignatowski photography  mandy forlenza sticos styling

kate ignatowski photography mandy forlenza sticos styling

kate ignatowski photography  mandy forlenza sticos styling

kate ignatowski photography  mandy forlenza sticos styling

Photography: Kate Ignatowski | Styling + Floral Design: Mandy Forlenza Sticos | Flowers Provided by: Blooms By The Box | Wedding Dress: Jenny Yoo | Makeup Artist: Anny Chow | Calligraphy: Fleur De Letters | Hair Styling: Andy Tseng | Veil: Sara Gabriel

 

 

Preview: Alexis’s Boudoir with Kate Ignatowski

Styling by Mandy Forlenza Sticos  Photography by Kate Ignatowski

Just as Spring was first creeping around the corner, Kate Ignatowski and I worked on our third boudoir session.   It was botanical inspired and the flower colors were spectacular!  Here are two preview photos + lots more to follow!

Styling by Mandy Forlenza Sticos  Photography by Kate Ignatowski

Photography:  Kate Ignatowski, Styling:  Mandy Forlenza Sticos,  Flowers provided by:  Blooms by the Box, Lingerie: Zinke,  Model:  Alexis Katsafanas

A Natural Tea Party on Style Me Pretty Living

Styling by Mandy Forlenza Sticos  Photography by Fallon Chan

One chilly day in March I styled A Natural Tea Party, a concept that was brewing on this pinterest board for some time.  Fallon Chan captured it just beautifully and my niece Angela gave the photos a bit of life as needed.  I am so happy to see the shoot published on one of my favorite lifestyle blogs, Style Me Pretty Living.  Grab a cup of tea and relax into this coziness!  Full list of the wonderful team that made it possible below.

Styling by Mandy Forlenza Sticos  Photography by Fallon Chan

Styling by Mandy Forlenza Sticos  Photography by Fallon Chan

Styling by Mandy Forlenza Sticos  Photography by Fallon Chan

Styling by Mandy Forlenza Sticos  Photography by Fallon Chan

Styling by Mandy Forlenza Sticos  Photography by Fallon Chan

Styling by Mandy Forlenza Sticos  Photography by Fallon Chan

Styling by Mandy Forlenza Sticos  Photography by Fallon Chan

Styling by Mandy Forlenza Sticos  Photography by Fallon Chan

Styling by Mandy Forlenza Sticos  Photography by Fallon Chan

Photography: Fallon Chan, Concept, Styling + Floral Design: Mandy Forlenza Sticos, Vintage Rentals: Little Vintage Rentals, Macarons: The Macaron Cafe, Calligraphy: Fleur De Letters, Loose Teas: Wild Sage Apothecary, Flowers Provided By: Blooms By The Box, Handmade Sugar Rosettes + Bees: Whispers Of Blue, Honey: Honey Tea Thyme, Clothing: Ruche, Necklace:  Confetti by Annette, Model: Angela Kostaras

Romantic Boudoir on Burnett’s Boards

Styled by Mandy Forlenza Sticos  Photography by Kate Ignatowski

Boudoir:  A woman’s bedroom or private room.  That’s the official definition of boudoir and this shoot with Kate Ignatowski + Evelyn Bedoya is the sweetest version of boudoir photography.  This romantic vintage inspired photo shoot was published on Burnett’s Boards today.  Here are some of my favorites from the shoot; it was such a fun one to style!

Styled by Mandy Forlenza Sticos  Photography by Kate Ignatowski

Styled by Mandy Forlenza Sticos  Photography by Kate Ignatowski

Styled by Mandy Forlenza Sticos  Photography by Kate Ignatowski

Styled by Mandy Forlenza Sticos  Photography by Kate Ignatowski

Styled by Mandy Forlenza Sticos  Photography by Kate Ignatowski

Styled by Mandy Forlenza Sticos  Photography by Kate Ignatowski

Styled by Mandy Forlenza Sticos  Photography by Kate Ignatowski

Styled by Mandy Forlenza Sticos  Photography by Kate Ignatowski

Styled by Mandy Forlenza Sticos  Photography by Kate Ignatowski

Styled by Mandy Forlenza Sticos  Photography by Kate Ignatowski

Styled by Mandy Forlenza Sticos  Photography by Kate Ignatowski

Styled by Mandy Forlenza Sticos  Photography by Kate Ignatowski

Styled by Mandy Forlenza Sticos  Photography by Kate Ignatowski

Styled by Mandy Forlenza Sticos  Photography by Kate Ignatowski

Photography:  Kate Ignatowski  Styling + Floral Design:  Mandy Forlenza Sticos  Hair:  Jha Villanueva  Make-Up:  Anny Chow  Veil + Headpiece:  Wanlu Bridal  Jewelry:  Nina Shoes  Macarons:  Macaron Cafe  Calligraphy:  Fleur de Letters  Flowers Supplied by:  Blooms By The Box  Model:  Evelyn Bedoya  Slips, ring + other details:  Little Vintage Rentals