Creative Wedding Transportation

Finding clever, romantic transportation ideas for you and your sweetheart is one of the more fun tasks of wedding preparation.  Whether you need a lift to the reception, or just way to ride off in style, here are our top picks. 

For You

Golf Cart: If the reception venue is close, take a moment with your new hubby and have a little fun! This option is simple and affordable. Decoration is the key to making this idea a creative masterpiece.
Wedding Transportation Golf Cart

Horse and Carriage: A romantic option that allows you to travel the streets of town feeling like a princess.  Spectators will gaze with a smile as you make your way to the reception, and the photo ops are amazing! This traditional favorite will never go out of style.
Wedding Transportation Carriage

Limousine: Commuting to your reception in a limousine is a classic way to feel comfortable while you and take a small break and sip champagne amid a very busy day.  You can let the wedding party tagalong, or just spend a few minutes alone as newlyweds. Either way, a limousine offers a stress-free ride to the party and beyond.
Wedding Transportation Limo

For Your Guests

Party Bus: This is a great alternative for guests who want to enjoy themselves without the stress of driving, especially if you are offering alcoholic beverages at the reception.  It also let’s your guests stay in a party spirit!  Play some fun music, offer snacks, and encourage plenty of comradery.  Your guests will thank you for this added treat.
Wedding Transportation Bus

Getting from Point A to Point B can be stress free if you organize the logistics beforehand.  You don’t want to worry about a ride at the last minute, especially on such an important day. 

 

Keeping the Peace: Handling Family Drama at Your Wedding

Weddings are a time for celebration.  Family and friends from all sides will gather to pay their respects to the happy couple.  However, those who love you most may not share the same endearment towards one another.  Here’s what to do if you expect family drama on your wedding day.   

Separate

If you are arranging a seating chart, pay special attention to place conflicting family members on opposite ends of the reception hall.  It is not your responsibility to babysit drama on your wedding day, and a little pre-planning may go a long way to keep the peace.  Here you can find more tips for creating a seating chart.

 
Stay Neutral

It’s important, regardless of who’s side you’re on, to stay neutral through your wedding day. Protect yourself from getting wrapped up in drama that will crush your excitement.  There are plenty of last minute details that require your focus instead.  Staying neutral, and making your intentions clear, should prevent anyone from pulling you in the middle of a family war. This is not the time to be forced to take sides.  

Request Peace

If necessary, make it clear from the beginning that you wish your wedding to be a time full of happiness and joy.  It is okay to ask all parties to put personal matters aside and fully focus on the celebration.  With a bit of luck, making your wishes known in advance will give family rivals time to set aside their resentment and attend with a diplomatic heart. 

Happy weddings are peaceful weddings. Keep a close friend handy to help alleviate tension if it arises.  With a light heart and fun celebration, your wedding may even be the event that brings family together instead!

Hottest 2018 Summer Wedding Trends

This summer is all about going “natural.” Here are a few 2018 trends to help you with your dress selection, cake choice, and reception décor.  Let’s give your guest a taste of the summer season!   

Casual Dresses

While this summer welcomes a flowing and natural look, adding an oversized bow is also a hit. Many weddings this season are held on the beach, mountains, or other tranquil outdoor setting. Keeping a smooth and casual look is the perfect way to tie in nature with romance. 

Summer Dress

Colorful Cake

This summer, details and selection are what stands out at your dessert table.  Giving your cake a facelift with beautiful tiered décor, unique shapes, and add-on elements are sure to he a hit.  Be creative with your color and design to allow the sweets to become a focal point at your reception.

Summer Cake

String Lighting

String lighting is a beautiful and affordable way to make your wedding reception elegant with little effort.  It is also a perfect for adding just the right amount of illumination to an outdoor summer wedding reception.  These lights can be used as a back drop or a spectacular addition to your reception tables.  The possibilities are endless! 

Summer Lights

Make your summer wedding one to remember.  A mix of warm weather and a natural outdoor setting will create a perfect mix for your special day!

Budgeting for an Open Bar

Weddings are a time for fun and celebration…with a few cocktails in hand of course.  If you choose to have an open bar at your reception, there are a few things to keep in mind when preparing your budget. 

Numbers

The first step is to consider your numbers. Rest assured that some guests will opt for non-alcoholic choices, and some will only have one glass with dinner.  The tricky part is approximating for the crowd that likes to throw back a few and liven up the party.  A safe formula is to assume 3 drinks per guest and recognize that some will have more than others. 

Choices

Knowing your crowd will make it easier when considering how to stock your bar.  For example, if you have many guests who prefer beer, splurge on an extra keg and ease off the liquor. Reception halls that frequently serve alcohol should already be stocked with a variety of choices, which will alleviate this added pressure for you.  But, if you are responsible for preparing your bar, begin with an equal amount of choices and make substitutions where you see fit.   

Closing Time

Just because you have an open bar, does not mean it has to stay open all night.  Some brides will decide to leave an open bar until a certain time.  If the amount of alcohol consumed starts to get out of control, you can modestly close the bar at your choosing.  Some venues will allow you to set a certain dollar amount and quit serving when the tab reaches this number. You can even re-open the bar with drinks for purchase if your guests want to keep things going. Remember, leaving a bar open for any amount of time is very generous and you should not feel guilty if you need to close it down. It is recommended that you assign a trusted companion to make this decision on your behalf, so you can focus on celebrating instead.

Extra Fees

Don’t be surprised when you receive your final bill and there are bartender and restocking fees included.  You may be charged and additional service fee per hour, or just one combined fee for the evening.  Discuss these details in advance and include the numbers in your budget before you are shocked by any charges you didn’t anticipate.

Although an open bar is the most expensive option, it is certainly a crowd pleaser!

Planning for Unexpected Weather

If you are planning an outdoor wedding, you may be a little concerned about the weather. Rightfully so. But, mother nature does not need to add extra stress. Here are a few tips to work around any curve balls she may throw your way. 

Have a ‘Plan B’

Although your alternate plan in not the ideal situation, it will bring you relief in the event of unexpected weather emergencies.  Work with your planner and have the details ironed out before your big day. Also, make sure your venue is on board and ready to shuffle things around easily for any last-minute decisions to bring the party indoors. 

Party Tents

If your dream to tie the knot outdoors must happen regardless of rainfall, consider placing the meal, tables, and all other festivities inside an oversized party tent. If the weather is not perfect on your wedding day, no problem, you already have shelter.  If your special days turns out to be sunny and perfect, a tent is still great refuge from the sun. 

Insurance

In a worst-case scenario, you will be relieved if you purchased insurance that will cover any costs due to a natural disaster.  Although it may not seem like a great idea in the moment, while under the stress of a budget, think twice before you refuse an optional insurance offer if you are planning an outdoor wedding.  It also never hurts to ask all your vendors what their policy is for rescheduling or refunding in a last-minute crisis. 

Remember that you cannot control the weather, but you can embrace it and roll with the punches. So, prepare for the unexpected and have a plan just in case!

 

 

 

 

 

The Best Time for Wedding Toasts

It is a time-honored wedding tradition for key people to take the floor and give a speech to honor the happy couple. Fathers, members of the wedding party, and old friends have brought tears and laughter to celebrate old times and the new union.  Here are some tips on how best to incorporate this custom into your own reception.

Wait until everyone is seated

While there are options when deciding on what time is best for your wedding toasts, waiting until everyone is seated is the best way to keep the room engaged.  As your guests make their way to the dining hall after the ceremony, allow some time for cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and mingling. Once your guests are fed and settled with a drink in hand, it is appropriate to pull their attention to the stage and commence.  Here are a few prime opportunities to consider.

  1. During the meal: If you are not one for waiting and prefer to get the party started right away, now is a good time for toasts. Those speaking may even be grateful to eliminate any waiting, especially if they are nervous in front of a crowd. It also kicks off the party by drawing attention to the happy couple.
  2. Before the cake cutting: This is a good opportunity to grab the attention of full and happy guests. When the toasting is finished, you can direct their gaze to the wedding cake. Many times, guests can miss the cake cutting simply because they didn’t know it was taking place.
  3. Before the first dance: For some, dancing is the highlight of the party. Raising your glass and sharing stories about the happy couple is always a positive way to get the crowd cheering and ready to groove.

If your evening is set up to flow gracefully and you have someone to announce the special moments, there are plenty of opportunities to give a toast to the newlyweds. Make sure you have someone to videotaping so you can share the laughter and tears for many anniversaries to come!

Getting on the Same Page with Your Fiancé – Agreeing on Your Wedding Arrangements

It’s a common story.  You have been thinking about your wedding since pigtails and princess dresses. But your fiancé, not so much. Now that the planning is underway and vendor meetings fill up your weekends, you may find that the process isn’t quite as blissful as you imagined.  Turns out, he has more ideas for your wedding day than you thought!

Biggest Arguments
  1. Your guest list: Are you having trouble finalizing your guest list? How many people are you planning to invite? Kids or no kids?
  2. Budget: Are you footing the bill, or do you have help from family? Are you finding it hard to agree on a final sum?
    Shop around before you commit to any one vendor and consider DIY projects where you can. If you keep track of your estimates and organize your spending, you may not feel so guilty spending $1,000 more on the perfect dress!
  3. Other Details: Are you are dreaming of a beach band and your fiancé prefers a DJ? Perhaps you want a table for two at your reception and plans to include the wedding party. Who wins?
Listen and Compromise

It is important to remember that his opinion is just as important.  You may be stressed over the planning and arranging most of your meetings but sharing this day and sticking together is what brings smiles to the alter.

  1. Learn how to table certain topics: If there is one detail that you can’t seem to agree on, take your time with the final decision. Be sure to fully listen to his ideas and allow plenty of time to consider his side. It is possible that as the planning progresses, you may find that his idea works better than you thought!
  2. Decide if it is worth the argument: If your fiancé has an idea that you are not on board with, decide if it is truly worth the fight. In the grand scheme of things, maybe it’s not really that big of a deal.
  3. Find a happy medium: The two of you are about to spend your lives together as one, compromising and making decisions. This is the best time to start. You fell in love with him for a reason, and you want his ideas to take part in this important day. Your wedding should represent both of you!

 

Adding Fun to Your Reception

Keeping your guests involved at your wedding reception is key to making it a success. Engage them, surprise them and let them walk away remembering how much fun they had! Here are a few clever ideas for a fabulously fun celebration. 

Added Surprises

After you tie in all your favorite traditions, excite the crowd with surprise entertainment.  This can be in the form of a guest who wants to sing for the happy couple, a performance from children who want to pay tribute, or a fireworks send off at the end of the evening. 

Dancing

Nothing wrong with spicing up your first dance!  Sure, start off slow and sweet, but after a minute or so, turn up the heat and break it down. If you are into line dancing, this is a great time to invite guests to jump in and finish your first dance in sync. 

Games

Adding in a few games at your reception is a great way to be interactive. Mixed with cocktails, dinner, and dancing, this will keep your guests from wanting to sneak out the back door.  Here are examples of wedding game hits.

Stand up Sit Down Game: Prepare a series of questions and ask your guests to stand beside their seats.  Once a question is read out loud, whoever the answer is applicable to must sit down. For example, “If you didn’t believe the bride and groom would go on a second date, sit down.” Make the questions light hearted and fun!

Corn hole: This game is always a hit for outdoor weddings.  It is an effortless way to entertain kids, old college friends (who are still a little competitive), and those who find it awkward to stand around the dance floor. 

Piñata: Who said the are only for kids? Even adults will get a good laugh out of this one. 

Weddings are always filled with excitement, but it is good to add some flare and veer off the familiar path. Your wedding day will be extra special when you tie in a few extra laughs, collaboration, and some friendly competition. So, don’t hold back, have a ball!

 

 

Hair and Makeup Trends for 2018

From wispy waves to muted lip tones, this year’s hair and makeup trends suggest the 70’s have made a comeback. Now is the time to gather those vintage wedding albums from the basement and take notes!

Hair

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The relaxed looked has returned for 2018. Say goodbye to elaborate up-do’s and hairspray, and hello to loose up-do’s and natural waves. You will also see more brides wearing their hair down as they walk down the aisle this year.  This trend is easy, beautiful, and much healthier for your locks.

2018’s effortless trend also makes way for the return of braids and natural head pieces.  Flowers and baby’s breath are a beautiful way that brides are choosing to accessorize their style with natural elegance.

 

Makeup

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No need to spends hours applying makeup for your wedding this year.  In fact, for 2018, less is more.  Soft pink lips, and natural eye shadows are more desirable.  If you prefer to make a statement, smoky eyes are still the way to go.  No need to be too elaborate, just a simple dramatization in the corners will do.  Also, toss the blush and apply bronzer instead on your cheeks, chin, and forehead to give a sun-kissed glow and a smooth finish.  Finally, keep the brows full to frame your face.  Over-plucked thin brows are no longer a must.

 

 

Although hair and makeup trends for 2018 welcome a more natural tone, keep in mind that you still want enough style and color to appear flattering in your wedding photos.  Try to avoid colors and styles that will make you look washed-out and up-kept.  Still take time with your look, even though the goal is to appear effortless.  You will be pleased with the results!

 

Choosing Bridesmaids Dresses – What you Should Know for Your Wedding Party

As if shopping for your own wedding gown isn’t exciting enough, you also get the joy of selecting the bridesmaid’s dresses. You may already have some ideas in mind, but here are a few things to contemplate that will also make them smile.

Cost

How much do you think your bridesmaids would be comfortable spending?  Make a selection that is considerate of their wallet and their closet. If they are purchasing a brand new dress, pick one that will also look good for a night out on the town. A dress well suited for other occasions may help your wedding party be more pleased with their investment.

Renting a dress is always an option.  This is a new trend, and a great alternative to forking over a lot of cash on a brand-new designer dress.  Rent the Runway has thousands of options, including accessories, that you can wear at a fraction of the cost.

Color

If you have already chosen your wedding colors, you will want to select bridesmaid’s dresses that compliment your theme as well as their skin tone.  While one color looks dazzling on one, it may not compliment another.  So, try to stick with a safe hues that will help your wedding party look their best.  Options to consider are: turquoise, deep red, hot pink, and emerald green.  But, let your girls be your guide.  If they seem obviously stressed about a particular hue, consider their feelings and steer in another direction when possible.

Style

Now is good time to remember that your bridesmaids don’t have to wear the exact same dress!  If you think that finding a color that suits each one of your bridesmaids is difficult… try finding a style that flatters every figure.  Perhaps, if you are lucky, you have a line-up of women with the same body type. But, chances are, this is not the case. Your safest option is to select a dress you love, then explore other styles are in the same line and color.

If it is a must to have your girls in the same gown, consider an A-line.  This style shows off an hour glass curve with a smooth silhouette. A-lines are also amazing at hiding any curves that do not want to be exposed.

 

The more involved your wedding party is in selecting their dresses, the happier everyone will be.  They want to look their best too, and they know what colors and styles will flatter them best.  The most important thing they will wear by your side at the alter is a smile!