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  • | #WeddingWednesday | Common Mistakes Not To Make

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    As a bride you might feel pressured to make your wedding day absolutely perfect.  There are a few steps you can make to take some of the weight off your shoulders.  First of all, let the professionals take over so you can focus on enjoying this special time!  But before we can help you, let's look at these common mistakes that we can all learn from.

    Martha Stewart Weddings Magazine recently asked some of the top wedding planners what some of the biggest wedding mistakes were.  Here are the ones we felt were most important but you can read them all here.

    MAKING PLANS BEFORE SETTING A BUDGET

    Picking a dress or wedding venue prior to establishing financial parameters is a lot like shopping without glancing at price tags and then strolling up to check out with your fingers crossed. You risk falling for a gown or location that breaks your heart when you realize that to afford it, you'd have to cut your guest list in half—or cancel the honeymoon. "The three initial hurdles are budget, guest list, and venue, and they should be tackled in that order," says planner Lynn Easton of Easton Events in South Carolina and Virginia. "Your budget defines your options and drives your decisions." While drawing one up, "include charges for overtime, gratuities, and car services from the start," advises New York City planner Marcy Blum. "By doing so, you avoid throwing money at things you weren’t prepared for."

    UNDERESTIMATING THE COST OF OUTDOOR AFFAIRS

    Just because the setting may be breezy doesn't mean the planning is going to be easy. "With alfresco affairs, people think we're just putting a tent in a field, and it’s going to be beautiful," says Hamilton. "They don't realize all the logistics necessary for a tented event to go off without a hitch." Bear in mind you'll need to rent bathrooms, kitchen facilities, lighting, fans or heaters, and generators.

    SKIPPING VIDEO

    Yes, the movie version of your big day will go months or even years between viewings, and videography is a tempting place to cut costs. However, "Nothing compares to being able to relive your wedding in real time; it goes by in a flash," says Easton. "Our clients always call us to gush over the details the next day, and it's hard to hear when their only regret is not having hired a videographer."

    TRYING TO PLEASE EVERYONE

    Of course you want your family and friends to have fun, but ultimately it's your wedding. Worrying too much about what other think of your decisions will take the joy out of the wedding-planning process and the focus away from what everyone is really celebrating, says Baab. As long as there's enough food, proper temperature control, and plenty of seats, you know your guests are well taken care of. Anything beyond that—colors, dresses, décor, venue—is all about you! 

    THINKING THAT AT LEAST 10 PERCENT OF GUESTS WILL RSVP "NO"

    It's a commonly shared stat that you can expect at least 10 percent of your guest list to RSVP "no." While that may be the rule-of-thumb, it's not an exact science. And this can mean big problems for your budget or space if you've booked a venue that holds 200 but invited 240 with the expectation that 40 people will skip the festivities. "No one can guarantee how many guests will RSVP and how many won't until invites go out," says Baab. "The only way to truly keep your guest count and budget manageable is to limit your number of invitees." 

    BEING BLINDED BY TRADITION

    It's great to stick to some wedding traditions if you like them, but don't feel obligated. If you just follow along and do what you think you're supposed to do, you'll end up with a wedding that says nothing about who you are. "What makes each wedding special is the bride and the groom that are being celebrated," says Cameron. "If tradition is important to you, infuse it with your personal style and attitude." With this simple tip in mind you'll create a wedding that shows off your family traditions while also reflecting your personality. 

  • | Wedding Wednesday | Place cards or escort cards?

    Welcome to Wedding Wednesday!  Today we're answering a question we commonly get...

    What's the difference between place cards and escort cards?

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    Most people actually think they are the same thing but they are in fact different.  While both are used to inform your guests where they will be seated at the reception, place cards are more formal and more specific.  A place card not only tells the guest which table but the EXACT seat as well.

    escort card cocktail flags for nautical-inspired wedding

    If you're looking for a more informal seating arrangement, use escort cards.  These cards will direct everyone to their table number but they are then free to choose their own seat.  Consider it the more casual choice.

    flower-topped escort card display

    Occasionally couples will have both escort cards and place cards.  Or it's totally fine to skip place cards and opt for escort cards.  It just depends on what kind of wedding you're planning on having.  

    No matter what your style is, we're here to help you achieve your dream day!

    { Images from Martha Stewart Weddings Instagram }

  • The wedding trends to look out for in 2017

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    Happy Wedding Wednesday!  

    With the new year here we're researching the best new ideas for 2017.  Last week we mentioned all the trends going out of style but today let's talk about the trends to look out for when it comes to your wedding.  Most importantly, do you love weddings as much as we do?  Then we would love for you to join our team!  Click here for more information on how to apply and read about this year's new trends from the experts at Brides.com.


    A Color Comeback
    "Color is making a comeback, versus all-white weddings. We're seeing less floral and more props as well as hanging centerpieces and more lighting patterns in abundance." —Nahid Farhoud, Nahid's Global Events

    Elaborate Entrances
    "We are seeing a rise in elaborate entrances and we expect to see this trend continue into the New Year. This includes over-the-top décor as guests make their way to the event, as well as incorporating unique entertainment (think fire starters!) that grabs guests' attention." —Fabrice Orlando, Cocoon Events Management Group

    Faraway Destinations
    "While tropical paradises like Mexico, Jamaica, the Bahamas and Costa Rica still top the list of hot spots to tie the knot, we've seen Iceland, Canada and Italy emerge as popular locales for couples looking to go off the beaten path." —Megan Velez, Destination Weddings

    Planning Virtually
    "Couples have gone fully mobile with their wedding plans. Millennials are all about instant gratification, so they want their wedding planning right at their fingertips at any given moment. There's going to be a continued increasing in seeing the whole planning process online." —Li Zhou, LadyMarry

    Vertical Impact
    "When it comes to wedding decor, couples are looking up for inspiration. They are taking advantage of the vertical visual space above guest tables and highlighting it with a number of options. Expect to see tall tapers paired with luxurious candelabras, low-hanging string lights or Edison bulbs and chandeliers in a variety of shapes and sizes in 2017." —Audrey Isaac, 100 Candles

    Garden-Inspired Florals
    "With florals, we're going to keep seeing garlands, as well as organic bouquets and centerpieces, all of which have had tremendous staying power among brides." —Jamie Chang, Passport to Joy


    Ice Breakers
    "Couples are looking for ways to engage their guests throughout the wedding day. Interactive food stations and lawn games are great for fostering engagement, as is unique entertainment (think fire eaters or contortionists!), which will give everyone something to talk about. We also love the idea of guests walking into a photo wall, either stationery or as a slideshow." —Fabrice Orlando, Cocoon Events Management Group

    Neutral Tones with Bright Accents
    "We're seeing dreamy palettes of greys, creams and golds paired with glass and metallics." —Audrey Isaac, 100 Candles

    Doubly Gorgeous Gowns
    "One thing I've seen for the first time this year that I expect to see more of are removable skirts. The bride can have a sheath dress look and a ball gown look for much less than the cost of two dresses." —Ann Oleinik, Ann & Kam Photography & Cinema

    A Never-Ending Feast of Food
    "Late night snacks are becoming more of a 'must do' as opposed to simply an add-on. We're also seeing additional courses added to the dinner beyond simply a salad and entrée." —Kevin Dennis, Fantasy Sound Event Services

    Dynamic Desserts
    "There will always be a place for the traditional wedding cake but more couples are embracing alternatives such as doughnuts, cookies and even cheese." —Jamie Chang, Passport to Joy

    Techy Effects
    "Couples are finding new ways to integrate technology into their destination wedding as they take advantage of things like custom Snapchat geofilters and 3D printing to personalize cake toppers, place cards, favors, wedding bands and more. We've also seen more couples live-streaming their ceremony as more hotels are offering it in their wedding packages." —Megan Velez, Destination Weddings

    Feeling Charitable
    "In a shift that focuses more on giving than getting, couples are embracing charity registries, which allows guests to make a donation in their honor." —Jamie Chang, Passport to Joy

  • Wedding Trends to ditch in 2017 (according to the experts)

    Welcome to our first Wedding Wednesday!  

    Let's call on the experts to see what trends they're hoping to say goodbye to in 2017. Disclaimer: while we don't completely agree with all of them, it's fun to see what other professionals love and what they look forward to saying goodbye to!

    (Remember the blue bird?!  Let's hope that doesn't come back...)

    Wedding Trends to ditch in 2017 (according to the experts)

    “Naming your drinks. Please, no one serve another ‘Dantini’ or a ‘Jennyrita.’ Do serve delicious, artisanal, fresh drinks that are seasonal and inspired, but please stop the witty banter via bar menus, I ‘thankyoutini’ in advance.

    “Another big one for me is family-style dinners. I love family-style, and I might get a lot of slack for this, but I think it’s time to bring some plated elegance back. There, I said it. Sometimes great chefs can really do more with a plated dinner, and I don’t always feel like working for my dinner, passing all the platters around, et cetera, Instead, offer a choice of entrées, not on the menu, but rather that night, when your guests are seated.”
    —Yifat Oren, Los Angeles and New York City–based event producer yifatoren.com

    “Rustic and boho-theme weddings. Rustic has become an almost taboo word. Moving forward, we want to see people moving more toward a mountain-elegant vibe, in which the design elements will remain timeless. Rustic elements like burlap-tied napkins or cocktail tables, wood slices, and twine-tied favors are often not representative of a client, and are merely seen as kitschy. Likewise, teepees, dream catchers, feathers, and arrows are lovely, but we’re really ready to see these elements go away unless they are truly representative of who the client is as a person.”
    —Virginia Edelson, founder of Bluebird Productions bluebirdproductions.com

    “Second, the clown car of bridal parties. I know everyone has a million ‘best friends,’ but they don’t all need to be in your wedding. Third, giant bridal bouquets—the bride should always look like she is carrying the bouquet, not vice versa. And finally, the archaic tradition of the bride’s family footing the whole bill for the wedding. The idea goes back to the time when dowries were all that women brought to the table. In this day and age where a wedding can be two men, two women, and everything in between, this idea no longer even makes sense. Go Dutch or go home!”
    —David Stark, wedding and event planner davidstarkdesign.com

    “The all-white wedding has reigned supreme for a few years now. I’ll admit, the look is classic and beautiful, but in 2017, I’d love to see couples add a signature color to liven things up. And when it comes to food, I’ve had enough of the long, multicourse formal meals with the usual fare. Guests love having familiar, filling foods—to fuel them for all that mingling, drinking, and dancing they’ll be doing! A spin on mac and cheese, fried chicken, and a delicious hearty salad with fruits, nuts, and cheese are all fun options guests will actually enjoy.

    “Lastly, Converse sneakers and cowboy boots paired with formal tuxedos and gorgeous wedding dresses have seen their day. I know it’s charming! But there are so many other unique ways to show your personality and surprise guests with an unexpected twist.”
    —Mindy Weiss, celebrity wedding planner mindyweiss.com

    “The other big one is flower crowns. They were adorable while they lasted when they appeared in the right setting, but after five years, I’m afraid it is definitely time to move on. People should be really careful with fashion trends.”
    —Alison Laesser-Keck and Bryan Keck, founders of VLD Events vldevents.com

    “Pinterest can be an excellent tool for brides-to-be to find inspiration and get their visions in motion, but the home page–of–Pinterest wedding look is well overdone. I’m talking about chalkboard signs, bohemian naked cakes, and geode everything. We thought that boho chic was on its way out last year, but somehow it stuck around for 2016. Let’s hope 2017 can finally ditch the trend.”
    —Colin Cowie, wedding and event planner colincowie.com

    “Food trucks. They’re not over yet, but they’ve got about 15 minutes left.”
    —Bronson van Wyck, wedding and event planner vanwyck.net

    (Quotes taken from Vogue.com)

  • | Wedding Trends | The over-the-top arrival

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    Last week we talked about wedding trends for the new year.  Couples are looking for more unique and exciting ways to arrive (or depart) at their weddings, which got us thinking...

      What about those couples who are thinking outside-the-box when taking the plunge?  Literally?!

    How about a daredevil couple who parachutes into their ceremony.   Other over-the-top options include horses, ski lifts, or helicopters, and even the occasional elephant.  A memorable entrance is something any bride would love to make but you’re usually given few options.  So if you are looking to make your arrival or departure as amazing as you are, then we can help!  

    Let us customize your day to fit any dream... parachute optional.