When the Edmondson's told us the venue they wanted to host their daughter's graduation party was called the American Heritage Museum, we were prepared for a historical house celebrating colonial New England. No lie, our jaws dropped to the floor when we first stepped into the venue to see the large collection of tanks, planes, boats and war memorabilia on display. Our wheels started turning of the amazing things we could do with the space - but balancing the amazing displays with bringing in the family's personal style was one our favorite challenges to date.
We incorporated the family's large collection of aritaware as centerpieces and floral vases throughout the venue. It also inspired our color scheme, red, white and blue - which of course went perfectly with the venue's historic pride! Guests drank Military Mules out of tin mugs while getting personal tours of the Collings Foundation collection. Needless to say, this one is for the books!
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
Most days we love our job. But some days, we really REALLY love our job. Back in February we curated a dream styled shoot featuring some of our favorite trends for Spring 2019. In collaboration with some of our favorite partners, we came out of it was stunning photos that we are overjoyed to share with you! Follow us in Instagram @kellyelizabethevents to learn about each trend.
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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.
The holiday season is one of my favorite times of the year, especially when it comes to decor. If someone really let me, I could really do some damage at Home Goods filling up my cart with holiday decorations. Unfortunately the size of my home (and budget) don't quite support that!
Luckily, what I love doing almost just as much as DIY decor. I easily fall in love with so many wreaths that I see in stores, and they're always so expensive! Now I don't have your typical wreath aesthetic, I much prefer feathers and bling, and those ring up at an even high price point.
So I put my creative brain to the test and honestly, this is one of my favorite projects. I always love a Dollar Tree craft, but the way this one turned out is on another level! I encourage you to try this - and even see what accessories inspire you when you head inside the store!
OH - and this cost me less than $8!!!
What you Need (I purchased these all at Dollar Tree!)
- Wreath Frame
- White Boa
- Various Snowflake/Star Ornaments
- Silver Feather Ornament
- Pipe Cleaners.
1. Find a clean large surface to construct. Lay your wreath frame down. Wrap your frame with the white boat. I find a combination of wrapping and weaving worked best to keep it in place and to equally space it out around the frame.
2. Now place your ornaments around the wreath in a pattern that you like. This is your opportunity to be creative! Once you have them placed, start with the larger ornament and secure with pipe cleaners. To do this, weave a pipe cleaner through 2 spaces on the back (see below photo).
3. Secure pipe cleaner and ornament by wrapping the two ends of the pipe cleaner around the wreath frame and twisting to hold in place. Continue this for each piece and arrange feathers to hide any pieces you don't want to see.
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!
So it's clear we are in the business of entertaining and planning amazing celebrations. But sometimes when it comes to hosting our own parties with friends and family, we like to just go simple and keep the budget low. Not to mention, they are usually put together quickly because of our crazy schedules!
For all you other "we meant well" hosts/hostesses, with little time and budget, here are some quick things you can do to turn your household items into custom Halloween decor (and back again).
We are going to let this video speak for itself. Nothing but magic on this special night in Rhode Island. Thank you Last Take Films!
You're engaged! Congrats! Now what?
Whether you are one of those people who has been planning your wedding since you were a child or you never thought about until all of the sudden you're engaged, these 3 tips can help get you on the right path to take those next steps to plan your special day before you even look at a venue.
Get on the same page.
Each couple has a different dynamic and we see couples of all varieties. Sometimes it's a partnership and they work together to plan the day. Sometimes the bride takes it all on and just tells the groom where to show up. No matter what, talk it through with your partner. What are their expectations for the process and what's important to them? It's also a great communication exercise to prepare you for that adventure that comes after the wedding :)
Here are some question to help get you started:
The topic no one wants to talk about is really one of the most important pieces. You can't start looking a venues until you decide how much you have or are willing to spend on your wedding. Not only how much is an important decision, but where is the money coming from? Is family contributing? Are you doing it on your own? This will help give you some perspective on what your options are.
**Tip, if you aren't sure how much you want to spend, I like to compare it to the "$" symbols that OpenTable uses to describe restaurants. How do you want people to rate your wedding as if it was an OpenTable listing?
$ - $100 / person
$$ - $100 - $200 / person
$$$ - $200 - 400 / person
$$$$ - $400+ / person
***the per person cost encompasses your whole budget divided by how many people - not just f&b
Think About Who You Want There
This is a key piece. Thinking about who you want there can be a big driver in location. If you're thinking about a destination wedding, but would never get married without your grandma who is too old to fly, this may put that into perspective. Guest count also will help frame your venue search, budget, and overall vibe of your wedding. A 50 person wedding is very different than a 200 person wedding, and where you think you'll fall is important.
Have more questions? Contact us! We can help.
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