Thursday, July 29, 2010

Which Table?

I'm a stickler about not using a venues table numbers, especially if they are those black & white table numbers attached to silver stands..and your wedding colors aren't black and white. I speak about making your wedding signature and that concept goes all the way down to the smallest details, including table numbers.

There are many unique ways to number your guest tables - from the actual numbers or the use of table names of meaningful places you and your fiancee might have visited. And I love what a Dejanae Events couple did a couple years ago...they named their tables the word "love" in numerous languages. Check out some of the looks I found below:

DIY table numbers created from pink and chocolate card stock and embellished with paper flowers.

A table number label used in place of the wine bottle label.

A beautiful table number of red & white with the couples monogram. It blends beautifully with the tablescape.

A wooden table number that blends so nicely with the dainty centerpiece.

Until next time...WEDologize!
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Friday, July 23, 2010

Including the Groom

Most people, including the groom, accept the fact that the wedding is mostly about the bride and what she wants on that special day. But I'm seeing more often the groom wanting to play a role in the planning of their wedding day. Heck "Groomzillas" have even surfaced in some cases! But if your groom isn't participating as much as you'd like...I've listed some ideas to make him feel special and join in the planning process.

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  1. The funniest thing to see at a wedding reception is a Groom's Cake that reflects the groom's personality or hobby. Make sure to include his favorite cake flavor. I had a groom's cake last year for a construction worker/Bears fan and the cake was a blue and orange hammer. Love it!
  2. Have a couples shower in which both the bride and groom are celebrated by family and friends.
  3. Present a video at the reception with pictures, set the the groom's favorite music, of the groom's life leading up to wedding day.
  4. I just had a bride do one of the most beautiful things I've seen in my 10 years as a planner. She wrote a poem for her groom and had it read aloud by one of her dear friends right before she walked down the aisle. I *heart* that idea!
  5. If you are a dancer or singer, do a special tribute to your groom at the wedding reception.
  6. When registering, include the groom and let him register for some of those fun man items!!
  7. Get the groom a sentimental pre-wedding gift or a massage the eve of the wedding.
  8. You both should work with the band or DJ to make sure some of the groom's favorite songs are played during the reception.
  9. Have the groom control one aspect of the planning process (photography, entertainment, transportation, etc.).
  10. ...and last but not least, invite him to all the planning meetings with your wedding planner even if he's unable to attend.

Until next time...WEDologize!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Your Ceremony Documented

Wedding programs are such a great keepsake for your family and guests! And know when they aren't present at the ceremony, guests always ask. The easiest and most traditional format for distribution is typically prior to the start of the ceremony by a hostess or usher. And they can be kept really simply and basic or elaborate as the affair you are having.

When formatting your program, some basic information should be included:
Couples name, wedding date and location;
Ceremony format (order of entrances, program obtained from officiant, recessional);
Members of the bridal party, including parents and grandparent;
...and Thank you's.

Then once the text is selected, choose some unique fonts to enhance your program. Use a monogram reflective of your new name, embellishments and ribbons to make it signature to the wedding day you and your fiance are celebrating.

Until next time...WEDologize!
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Friday, July 16, 2010

Blast Off! Wedding Countdown!

As a wedding planner in the game for 10 years, wedding timelines are a staple when working with couples. NEVER hire a planner that is not willing to create one! There are plenty of tasks that need to be accomplished before the big day and I've listed a few things based on a monthly breakdown as you journey to your wedding day.

Based on a 9 month calendar, these mentionables will need to be checked off your checklist at latest by the month listed:

Month 9
Select your ceremony and reception location
Contact the Officiant

Month 8
Hire your photographer and/or videographer

Month 7
Order your gown, attendants gowns and mother's gowns

Month 6
Select your invitation ensemble/suite

Month 5
Order your wedding cake

Month 4
Hire your DJ and/or reception entertainment

Month 3
Make final selection for men's attire

Month 2
Mail your wedding invitations

Month 1
Get your marriage license

Week of Wedding
Confirm all arrangements with hired vendors
Have wedding rehearsal and rehearsal dinner

Until next time...WEDologize!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Just Like Candy!

The latest trend at the reception is the candy buffet or dessert bar. Midway through the party, guests are WOW'd not only with the centerpiece of the reception, hence the wedding cake, but mouthwatering sweets that are sure to give them an intense sugar rush! Oh and did I mention, the candy table is GREAT alternative to your traditional guest favors.

Candy buffets can be stylish and a do-it-yourself project of your so choice. By infusing your wedding colors in the candy selections, creating a beautiful display by using vases and unorthodox vessels, adding fabric treatments and florals, your guests are sure to smile and delight in your gesture of appreciation.

In creating your display, select various candies (hard, soft, gummy, creamy) to accommodate personal tastes. Choose about 5-10 varations for your table and select some cool bags or boxes for your guests to package their treats. Oh, and don't forget the scoopers for those unwrapped candies. Just make sure to purchase enough candy for everyone. Think about 6-10 ounces per person because guess what...the candy buffet is sure to be a hit at your reception.

Until next time...WEDologize!
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Thursday, July 8, 2010

Look at that Tux...and Man!

It's a known fact that what the bride is wearing is the focal point of the ceremony, but the groom's look should be top notch as well. Tuxedos, rented or owned, happen to be the most popular choice for the groom's attire on wedding day.

When selecting a tux, there are a few things that need to be taken into consideration - style and color. Althought the pants are the same, there are several jacket styles the groom can select from...classic 4 button jacket, jacket with tails, one button or two button jackets. Then consider the tuxedo's color - black, white, ivory, gray, chocolate or the stylish black and white combination. Many bride's like the groom to compliment the color of her gown by wearing a white or ivory tuxedo, but you can never go wrong with selecting a black tuxedo for both the groom and groomsmen. Then consider adding a splash of color with the vest, tie or bow-tie, and pocket square to compliment the bridesmaids attire and bouquet. And should you want to go totally retro, spice the tux up with colored suspenders!

Until next time...WEDologize!

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Monday, July 5, 2010

The "Signature" Drink is on me!

The signature drink has practically become a staple at wedding receptions. Colorful, sassy and tasty, you can see them passed in unique stemware, poured through an ice luge or blended creatively at the bar. It's truly a unique way for the bride and groom to add subtle pop to their special day.

Signature drinks are also a wonderful way to add creativity to a limited bar of beer and wine. When selecting a drink, consider your wedding colors, theme and your likes and dislikes. Select something that is meaningful to you and your special day. To add some more flair to your event, create a bar menu listing the drink and it's meaning, and don't forget to add that burst of energy with a fruit or herb garnishes or the infamous sugar-rimmed glass and swizzle sticks. Make sure not to the non-alcoholic drinkers, think of making a version that they can enjoy as well.

Until next time...WEDologize!


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