Planning Tips

Make It A Seating Success

August 12, 2014

Don’t let the blank spreadsheet waiting to be filled in with your seating arrangements cause unnecessary stress during the planning process. Follow these few easy tips and we’re sure you will have all of your guests placed in no time!

  • Consider the type of dinner you are having when deciding what style of tables you will use. Round tables work nicely with a traditional plated dinner. Long, rectangular tables create a relaxed, family style feeling for buffet dinners.
  • There are many different directions you can go when it comes to your head table. Traditionally, the head table would consist of the bride and groom, both sets of parents, the maid of honor and best man. If your family is non-traditional consider seating parents at separate tables with other family members and having a head table complete with the wedding party.
  • Often times, dinner service is the only time the two of you have to sit and reflect on all the excitement throughout the day. Sweetheart tables are intimate and give you the opportunity to spend time together.
  • Your guests will look forward to catching up with friends and family at your wedding. When assigning tables, group guests together from different stages of your life. For example, immediate family, college friends, colleagues, etc.
  • Don’t let the idea of creating seating arrangements bog you down too much. Remember, at the end of the day, everyone is delighted to just be celebrating with you!

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Nervous Nellie

August 7, 2014

Feeling fearful? Worried? Nervous? Not to worry…Today we are going to give you a few tips on how to tackle your wedding planning process + not get lost in the maze of Pinterest boards, family drama and the myriad minute details!

Step 1. Hire a planner

Just like you are the expert in your chosen field, these individuals are the experts in the events + wedding planning arena. They know everything from creative design to breaking down the math on your food + beverage minimum. And, the best tend to have a rolodex that connects them with every vendor under the sun.

We promise, if you hire one, your stress levels will be significantly reduced + better yet, you can actually ENJOY your day. Consider it from the start; no one likes walking into something they haven’t been a part of from the onset. Trust me, it will be your best investment.

Step 2. Make a to-do list

List out what is most important to you. If you categorize your thoughts in order of importance ahead of time, you will be able to focus your time + efforts on those items properly.

Step 3. Don’t get carried away on Pinterest

You can’t have all of it. After all, there’s a reason why you have so may “Pins.” Remember to focus on your season, likes and what is feasible. Create a look — not several of them. Trust me, it will lead to a more cohesive night + memories.

{Sorry, but Peonies aren’t in season every month}

Step 4. Remember what you have liked + disliked when attending weddings

Make the night an easy + fun experience for your guests, too. Ask yourself some important questions:

- Am I providing transportation?

- Is there a variety of food offered/a meal selection for my picky friends?

- Does the timeline allow for everyone to get from place to place in a clam and relaxed fashion? No one likes to rush! 

Step 5. Include your significant other + family members

If you can, incorporate a little something for each person; quell the drama before it begins. Make sure your partner is a part of the process. The wedding shouldn’t be a surprise to them. Allow them to feel included and “in the know.” Allow both sets of parents to have a role. This way, they can focus their efforts on something other than driving you nuts!

Step 6. HAVE FUN!

 

Good luck!

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Photography Credit: Abby Jiu Photography

the cuisine scene

August 5, 2014

Many would argue that the cuisine served at your wedding will make or break the party. It is imperative you schedule a tasting with your caterer to ask questions, taste the food and decide what you will serve throughout the evening. Be sure to incorporate your personal styles and favorites into your menu so that your guests get a taste of your personalities. Today we bring you a list of important discussion topics and questions that you should have all the answers to before leaving your tasting with your tummies full!

1. Will the food be presented the same way at the wedding as it was during the tasting?

2. Is there a balance of menu selections? Do you seem to have too much protein, too much asian inspired, or too many seafood options?

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3. If the dinner is plated, how long will dinner service last? If a buffet style is selected, how long will the buffet stay open?

4. Are all of the menu selections in season?

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5. Can you accommodate a variety of dietary restrictions? (Vegan, gluten free, dairy free, etc). Be sure to decide on specialty meals for these guests.

6. Will you have a champagne toast? If so, will the champagne be pre-set at the table?

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7. Confirm which dinner wines pair nicely with your menu.

8. Discuss flow of event. If a flip is required during cocktails, where will guest be directed? How long does the caterer need to ensure set up is complete?

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9. Do you provide wedding cakes? If so, is this included in the per-person meal price or is it extra? If we decide to use an outside cake-designer, do you charge a cake cutting fee?

10. Do you handle all rental equipment; such as, linens, glassware, china, flatware, etc?

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Capturing the Moment

July 22, 2014

Our favorite wedding moments, are those captured when no one is expecting it. The unforgettable pictures are the ones that unforgettable moments created. Today we bring you some of our favorite snapshots of when a photographer caught a moment in lens that will now last a lifetime. Photographers have a large responsibility on a wedding day. We recommend hiring a second photographer or making sure yours brings along an assistant, so that the “must-haves” will be caught on film and  all the little moments in between. If you’re really up for some spontaneous shots, enlist the little ones for photography duty, and provide them with disposable cameras!

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Embracing Your Future Mother-in-Law

July 15, 2014

It’s important to remember you weren’t the first woman in your mans life. Embrace the idea of gaining a mother-in-law and use the planning process as a way to strengthen your relationship, without letting it stress you out!

1. Use Your Time Wisely; There are so many wedding activities that take place throughout the planning period. From bridal fittings, to tastings, to showers and celebrations, there are many opportunities for you to invite your future mother-in-law along for the excitement! Include her in as many decisions as you are willing, without letting it stress you out. Remember, this is the perfect opportunity to get to know her better, but don’t make it your number one priority to appease his mom!

2. Give Her Responsibilities; Everyone likes to feel as though they are needed. Delegate her “wedding responsibilities” so that she feels important enough for you to entrust her with wedding duties. A great area for her to oversee is the out of town guests. Make her the point of contact for traveling friends and family. She can make hotel arrangements, coordinate room blocks and answer any questions guests may have about traveling for your big day.

3. Plan the Rehearsal Dinner Together; Traditionally, it is the grooms side of the family that is responsible for planning and paying for the rehearsal dinner. Think of it as a fun and creative bonding experience for you and your future mother-in-law. Plan coffee dates to discuss details or have girls night to taste menu items and select wine!

4. Be Inspired by Her Talents + Interests; We all have our hidden talents, so take the opportunity to get to learn some of hers. Maybe she’s good at creating flower arrangements or paper and signage is her forte. Either way, take her on your floral meetings or have her tag along to your invitation design sessions. Who knows, you may learn a thing or two!

5. Give Her a Meaningful “Thank You” Gift; Let’s face it, that good-looking, successful man wouldn’t be here without her. Be sure to give her a special “thank you” present on the day of the wedding letting her know you appreciate all of her help and for simply raising the man of your dreams!

 

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