This may not be a glamorous topic, but Bathroom Baskets are a hot topic amongst a lot of our Brides. Especially those hosting a Wedding in a non-conventional venue (AKA - anything outside of a hotel) that may not have a concierge or easy access to last minute items. These pesky baskets are always on the bottom of the to-do list, but the top of the priority list from a guest experience. We often are putting these together for our clients, so we've compiled some tips for getting them together as painlessly (and budget-friendly) as possible.
Mixed Feelings Items:
Depending on the location of your wedding, some of these additional items may be helpful:
With any celebration, a signature cocktail is a great way to add a personal touch reflecting the personality of the guest(s) of honor or even a play on the theme. If something doesn't come immediately to mind, here are tips to help you coming up something something special!
1. Use local cocktails from one of your favorite places to travel
For couples with a case of wanderlust, you can make your signature cocktails unique and memorable by using cocktails from some of your favorite places that you and your spouse have traveled! This is a great way to also introduce you guests to some delicious cocktails they may have never been able to try before. Some of our favorites are a refreshing Caipirinha from Brazil or some yummy Red Sangria from Spain!
2. Use unique glassware for your cocktails
Rather than using typical glassware for your signature cocktails, try mixing things up with some unique glassware! For a more vintage feel try using mismatched antique glassware from local antique shops to give each of your guests a more unique experience. Even better, let them keep the glass at the end of your wedding to help them remember your special day!
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3. Name your cocktails after your furry best friend
4. Brew your own
5. Custom Beverage Accessories
In all the excitement and fun of planning your wedding day, sometimes it can be easy to forget the impact your choices will have on the environment. There are so many ways to plan the perfect wedding day to reflect you and your future spouse, while keeping Mother Nature in mind too! Here are some of our favorite eco-friendly wedding ideas to help you create the perfect wedding day while keeping your impact on the environment to a minimum:
1. Provide Transportation for your Guests
2.Use Electronic Invites
3. Serve Local and Seasonal Foods
4. Use Natural Materials for your Décor
While planning your décor, try and use natural elements where you can to help create a vibe that is not only esthetically pleasing, but also eco conscious! Here are some of our favorite ways to incorporate natural elements into your design:
Natural Material Confetti: Instead of having your guests throw confetti during you and your spouse’s big send off, try using natural materials like dried flowers, leaves, herbs or even bird seed.
Succulent and Potted Plant Tablescapes: Rather than using traditional floral arrangements for your table décor, instead try using potted plants or succulents that guests can then bring home and keep or replant in their garden! By using potted plants and succulents, you can reduce the number of cut flowers used and then tossed after your big day. You can also ditch the florals and go for a more unique centerpiece, like our bride did with old vintage glass bottles and books!
Roxanne wedding centerpiece photo
Natural Material Table Numbers and Escort Cards: Instead of printing table numbers and escort cards on paper, try using leaves, pine cones or potted plants as escort cards, which can also double as the guest’s favors! One of our brides used succulents planted in teacups as escort cards so guests could find their table and then had a cute and eco friendly favor to bring home at the end of the night!
5. Reusable Signage
Ilana and Kevan were one of those couples that new their priorities - they wanted everyone to have dance, feel loved and enjoy great food. They initially were planning on having a backyard wedding at her parent's pond-front home in Sharon, MA - but when the guest count climbed and seemed a little too much to handle, they found a great local spot that checked everything off their list. They still could have the waterfront views with a chill vibe - enter the Sharon Community Center. The venue that used to be a lodge where families summered - is off the beaten bath but impresses with this grand front porch and beautiful gardens.
We were so thrilled to transform this local gem into a tropical dance party for Ilana and Kevan. They kept photos limited to keep people focused on the party - but we are pleased to share some highlights from their special day! Many happy years Ilana and Kevan!!
Photographer: Ronnie Saini Photography
Working in Weddings, we get to be a part of so many different traditions and learn about cultures from all over the world! Last month, we were so thrilled to help Rati and Ipsit transform the oversized stage in their banquet hall into a gorgeous focal point for the evening. The stage had to serve multiple purposes: offering a grand centerpiece for their receiving line and a location for a family traditional dance to take place later in the evening. In addition to creating a beautiful backdrop, we had to make sure it was moveable and allowed enough space for their dancers. With some creativity and lighting tricks, we worked within their budget to create the stage of their dreams!
We have special place in our hearts for destination weddings. When we met Jessica and she told us the reasoning behind wanting to have her Wedding as a vacation for her friends and family, I knew we'd get along! It took us awhile to find the perfect location in Florida - but once we did, Hammock Beach was definitely the place! In beautiful Palm Coast, it's a spansive property with beautiful views and plenty of opportunity to relax! You'd never even know that the sky opened up and it started to downpour halfway into their ceremony. They danced the night away as if it was all apart of the plan!
Photographer: Two Hearts Photography
Venue: Hammock Beach
Florist: Art Among the Flowers
Planning a Wedding is hard. So is math. Our goals it make things as easy as possible for our brides, so we have these few simple tricks to help you figure Wedding things when it comes to numbers.
WEDDING GUEST COUNT
GUEST COUNT PER TABLE
Over the years, we have had the pleasure of working with clients with weddings of all shapes and sizes. No matter the format, number of guests, location, budget etc, something that's always helpful is what we call a Wedding Audit about 4-5 weeks out. With our Day of Coordination Plus clients, we meet with them at this time before their wedding and go through every detail of the plans. There are a few reasons this is important:
Key things we discuss with our couples:
Looking for a Wedding Audit? Contact us to schedule yours!
We are knee deep in engagement season! The holidays and New Year are a popular time for couples to decide to tie the knot. And after the excitement settles down, it's time to think about the wedding. We've previous given you tips on the first steps to take after you get engaged - but now that you've gotten that far - you can think about what type of wedding you'd like!
Destination weddings are one of our favorite to produce. They may seem overwhelming and more difficult to plan (and they can be), but there are lot of positives that make wedding guests say (every damn time!) - "that was the best wedding i've every gone to." So if you're on the verge of taking that leap or you're still thinking it through - here are some reasons why you won't regret it:
1. Everyone is on Vacation
We say the true definition of a destination wedding is when EVERYONE is on vacation - including you. Pick a resort or town where there is a lot to do and your guests can explore and relax without you needing to constantly entertain them. They'll get a vacation out of it - and if they don't have a good time on vacation - well then there's something wrong with them. Let's face it - most people are a lot happier and stress-free on vacation, and isn't that what you want?
2. New Best Friends
This really should have been number one, but it was a close call. The purpose of a wedding is to celebrate the couple and their families coming together to start this new journey. Your friends and family are going to be interacting for the rest of your lives, so using the wedding as an opportunity for everyone to bond is key. With a destination wedding - guests have multiple opportunities to get to know each other, and by the time the Wedding comes - Uncle Joe and your friend from work will be spinning each other on the dancefloor as if they've known each other for years. Trust me, this comes from experience.
3. A Guest Count Trimmer
Unfortunately, traveling to a destination wedding is not possible for everyone. Health, budget, age, work etc are all factors that can conflict with a guest's ability to make the trip. This is definitely something to take into consideration. If you just cannot get married without your Grandmother who is just too old to make a trip that far, a Destination Wedding may not be for you. It's not a heartless move to still move forward with the Destination though. There are plenty of ways to celebrate with friends and family who can't make the trip before or after your Wedding. For those that want an easy way to weed out guests from their list? Well people take not being invited to a Wedding a lot easier when you can say "it's just a small destination wedding." Shadey maybe? But fact.
4. $$ Goes A Lot Further
It is inevitable that your guests will spend extra money on something for your wedding. They are expensive. Whether they need to get a room for the night, a babysitter, or even fly/travel - majority of weddings require some additional spend. So wouldn't you rather they just spend it towards something they get to celebrate personally also? We aren't avoiding that they can be more expensive for your guests - but if you do your research and do it right - it can be affordable and help their money go further. This also goes for your budget. Many tropical resorts are cheaper and you can get more for your $50,000 budget than one night in your local city. TIP: All-inclusive resorts are great and help offset some of your guests allowing you to wine and dine your guests with more entertainment.
5. Make the Best Day Of Your Life the Best WEEKEND of Your Life
This reason is simple. All the planning, stress and anticipation that goes into planning a Wedding, making it just one night is just a shame. Extend the party to a weekend or week and have a Destination Wedding.
I initially joined Lindsay and Dee's Wedding as their Day-of Coordinator to ensure it all went as seamless as possible for them. As many times in the wedding planning process, obstacles arose and they need some extra support putting together the look and feel for a space they felt didn't completely represent them. I was thrilled to take their floral theme into The Essex Room and reflect their spirit from floor to ceiling. We literally brought their floral crowns up to the chandeliers and filled the room with bud vases and candles the created a romantic garden ambiance. It was truly such a pleasure to work with them and it was a fantastic night captured so beautifully by Addie Roberge Photography! Enjoy!
Enjoy some of our favorite tips, tricks and select event highlights!