Planning Tips

Seat Your Wedding Guests – The Ultimate Floorplan

March 16, 2015

In the PAST….

  • Long bridal party tables against a wall or a stage, were a must
  • A sweetheart table, was the only way to go
  • Floorpans with paper trails and post-it notes were a thing


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  • You don’t need to put your bridal party on display any longer
  • Allow your bridal party to sit with their significant others, they are separated all day from their guests and it will lead to a more enjoyable night for all.
  • Feel free to sit with your family and guests, getting direct attention isn’t for everyone!
  • Electronic tracking is the way to go; create a spreadsheet, sort, categorize and easily move your guests around to get to that final floorplan.
  • Be smart about guest placement, if two people aren’t friends/don’t get along, sit them away from each other. The last thing you want is a drama filled evening!
  • Programs such as social tables; which can be found through planners and caterers will allow for you to visualize your table arrangements + will lead to a stress-free table assignments!

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Wedding Hair Must

February 3, 2015

It is important to schedule a trial run with your stylist a few weeks before the wedding. You will be able to figure out the exact look you are hoping for and discuss with him or her a wedding hair care plan for the weeks leading up to the wedding. Before scheduling your appointment, we have a few things for you to remember.

1. Wear makeup; You don’t have to go all wedding day beautified, but you should wear your every day, natural makeup. You are going to be looking at yourself for a long time and it is easier to get an idea of the full picture, when you feel your best.

2. Bring pictures; Any inspiration you can show your stylists will help them understand the look you are going for. From wedding hair pictures you found on Pinterest to pictures of your flowers to your wedding dress, your stylists will be able to take your “wedding look” and help you create the perfect “wedding-do!”

3. Don’t forget your accessories; If you plan on wearing any bridal accessories in your hair, don’t forget them! You will need to stylize your hair with the veil, flowers or clip you plan on wearing the day of the wedding.

4. Prep properly; Wash and blow dry your hair the night before. Don’t put any product in and go natural. Your stylist will need to work with the texture of your hair the same way it will be on your wedding day.

5. Be open for change; If there is a style that you love, ask your stylist if there is anything you can do to to help it look its best. It could be anything from changing your part to getting longer layers. Be open for something new!

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 Photography: Shelly Kroeger Photography, SugarLove Weddings, Heather Cook Elliott Photography 

The Welcome Note

January 20, 2015

Your guests are first greeted by their personalized welcome bags waiting for them upon arrival. Full of yummy treats and fun surprises, it is also important to remember to include a welcome note with details about the wedding weekend. Today we bring you a few reminders of what to include in the welcome note.

1. A Welcome/Thank You note written by bride and groom expressing your excitement and gratitude for the weekend ahead.

2. All venue locations, times and addresses. From the rehearsal dinner to the wedding brunch, it is important to make sure your guests know when and where to be.

3. Transportation Schedule. Whether you are providing a shuttle, trolly or bus transportation to and from the weekend’s events, it is best to include all of that information in your welcome note with pick up times and locations, so your guests have no questions.

4. An overall itinerary. Be sure to let everyone in on all of the wedding activities.

5. If there will be down time throughout the weekend, include some of your “must try”  favorite restaurants and places to go. For out of town guests, it is great to have a locals perspective!

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Photography: Max Wanger


On A Bright Note!

January 5, 2015

The only way to start the new year off would be with some bright ideas for you during your planning process! Don’t you agree?



Send invitations on a Wednesday

Always avoid the weekend, especially over holidays! If you place your invitations in the mail on Tuesday or Wednesday, they will arrive just in time for the weekend when people have more time to look at their calendars and RSVP. Give yourself a 3-4 week window as an RSVP deadline. This way, you have plenty of time to call/text your stragglers and get a firm number turned into your venue, caterer and florist.

Set your priorities 

If you layout your priorities and set a to-do list, you will coast right through the planning process with [hopefully] minimal stress. I always recommend booking the top four vendors first: Venue, Entertainment, Photography and Hair + Makeup.

Be true to your style + taste 

Of course, we all love trends, but it is important for you to select what your comfortable with. Don’t select something just because Pinterest told you to!

Stay in season! 

Seriously, I know we all love peonies, but don’t force it. Don’t create a fall wedding in the summer. Select colors, flowers and food + beverage based on the season. Researching your wedding season will lead you in the right direction.

Schedule alone time

It is important during the planning process that you take care of  YOU and commit some time to yourself. It is also important for you to escape to have a snack, a bottle of water or just take some deep breaths during the big day!

PS: I think that, if you and your new beu can, escaping after the ceremony to spend cocktail hour together is the brightest idea of all!

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The Gift of all Gifts!

December 22, 2014

‘Tis true, the holiday season is right around the corner, and I can only imagine how many last minute stops everyone has until everything is perfectly wrapped under the tree! Not to worry. We are here to help today!

Here’s a gift that brides, bridesmaids and guests can wear all day and night. Meet Tieks, “the most versatile designer flats in the world. Made of the finest Italian leathers and designed to fold and fit in a purse. Wearable all day, every day.”

Tieks come in all types of colors, so you are bound to find your match (or matches).

 Stop by Tieks Online Boutiek and find yours today!


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