We are about to get down to the nitty gritty here. This is something that some people just don’t have to or don’t want to thing about. But somethings have to (or get to) rent your chairs. And sometimes your venue might have chairs you just don’t like. Hence the what kind of chair do I prefer conversation. I am often asked about chivaris as if they are the wedding buzz word, the IT chair, which, they are the go to chair. But they are your only option. And, when left with chairs you don’t love covering them with antiquated chair covers or upgrading are not your only options either. Check out the many creative and beautiful places your guests can rest their booties while enjoying your wedding.
It is such a delightful surprise to look up and see a kite flying in the sky. They are so lovely and graceful and bring such joy. What is there not to love about kites? That is why I love love love the idea of a kite themed party! Just so whimsical and pretty!
Weddings go late these days and can start early. By the time the party ends you’ve had these guests with you for 6 hours at least. So it isn’t unusual to feed them a late night snack before they hit the road. Used to be hotels might order a pizza, but things have gotten a lot more sophisticated. From local fare to food trucks (which is a whole different post) couples are making sure their guests are taken care of.
It is derby season darlings and that means it is time to dust off those fabulous hats and make them work! I see absolutely no reason not to wear a hat right down the aisle! Could you be more spectacular and different and sensational than in a veiled hat?! I love it, so much drama!
This weekend is Cinco de Mayo and while they may not celebrate this awesome “holiday” in Mexico. That doesn’t mean you can’t embrace it if you are having a destination wedding in Mexico or if you are having a Mexican themed wedding here in the states. The colors and spiciness of a Mexican themed wedding are amazing. I think it makes for a beautiful backdrop to any event.
I have a client right now who just water colored her own invitations. Needless to say, I was skeptical. But they turned out so beautiful! I was so impressed! Now she has me water color obsessed! I think everything she be water colored. Water colored should be your theme! Water color everything. Ok, maybe I’m going overboard, but it is so pretty and delicate looking and subtle and springy. I want to water color every porous surface I see!
There is no need to have one center aisle and and guests on either side. Mix it up. Have your ceremony in the round. I think it creates such an intimate feeling. Plus it looks so romantic. It certainly takes more space, but if you have the capacity for it it can be so different and special.
It is so easy to do an eco chic wedding these days. You can still have most anything your heart desires and still make it earth friendly. There is so much waste in the event industry. Imagine if every married couple did their part to reduce the amount of waste on their wedding day. You would feel even better than you already do about your big day!
We are excited to have Emily our gift bag guru (ok she’s been our intern, but that doesn’t mean she isn’t a gift bag guru), here to talk about what she loves to see in a gift. bag.
As if attending a wedding wasn’t fun enough in itself, being treated with a gift bag upon checking into your hotel helps set the tone for the weekend. The gift bag says “Hey! Thanks for celebrating our love. We are thrilled you are here.” A gift bag is a very simple way for the bride and groom to let the guests know they appreciate their attendance.
I have attended quite a few weddings and I have compiled a list of my must-haves in a gift bag:
This is a staple to any gift bag. Water will be the most appreciated item as they won’t have to take one from the $12 dollar mini-bar.
This should be a no brainer. Chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate. It is the first thing guests will look for in their bag and typically the first thing gone from their bag.
Coupons from a local café or coffee shop
Do a little research near the hotels where your guests are staying. Talk to a local café and ask if they can give you a coupon for either a percentage discount or a buy-one/get-one. Your guests will appreciate the discount and the store will appreciate the business.
Honey Nut Cheerios
Include some travel breakfast servings. Trust me, it will be consumed. Not everyone wants to go to the brunch. Not everyone can even make it to the coffee shop before they head out of town.
Tiny sewing kits were meant for wedding gift bags. Dozens of guests will wind up needing a safety pin, some help with a hem, or a tiny pair of scissors.
I am sure your food is delicious, but it may be because it has been smothered in delicious butter and garlic. Your guests will appreciate having packed this item in their pocket or purse.
Include some small packets. Your wedding is the party of the year, right? If so, then these will definitely be needed.
Let your guests have a way to be familiar with the area. If you have some down time between the ceremony and the reception, point out some local hot stops they can stop by to grab a drink. They will appreciate the references.
Make sure your guests know how to access the free internet. Print out a little sheet of paper with the internet code for the hotel or the nearest Wifi spot.
And see our post earlier this week about fabulous ways to package all of this stuff!
I’ve often seen a couple throw on a pair of shades for a photo op, but lately, the shades have been taken up a notch and everyone is throwing on a pair and why not! Give them as favors (actually love that and you know I’m not very pro favor), put them in the welcome bag, put all of your wedding party in them, have them at the ceremony. Many ceremonies are right when the sun is setting, of course you need sunglasses…brilliant! It is fun and cute. I say be a little casual, go for it.