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2019 Wedding Trends 

March 15, 2019

Bringing Nature In

Rustic and vintage motifs are going to see a decline as far as design goes. The idea of bringing the outdoors IN with lots of tailored greenery will replace the use of flowers in centerpieces. Green or Emerald, much like Merlot and Champagne, will be a coveted color for 2019.


Video Mapping

With video mapping through the use of projectors, you can literally transform the room in any way you choose, playing into your celebration’s them. Couples will have the chance to select from endless colors, shading and design elements.


Dahlias

They are the quintessential focal flower for any arrangement because of their wide color variety and intricate layers. Ranunculus will be the big pick for any bride desiring a romantic flower with a bit of whimsy.


Drones

One of the biggest videography trends you are going to see in 2019 is using drones to capture different perspectives of the wedding day. The ability to get that steady motion in your videos is now easier thanks to these devices.


Small Plates

Sit‐down meals will remain a perennial favorite, but with a twist as brides and grooms want the opportunity to experiment and customize their menus. Couples will be requesting more and more small plates and added courses, giving guests the chance to enjoy lots of options on a smaller scale.


Hanging Florals

Hanging floral centerpieces will continue to be one of the biggest requests from couples--and with good reason - You don’t take up as much space and if you devote your florals to a single statement, you can potentially skip the individual centerpieces altogether.


Silver & Chrome

You will probably be seeing more silver and chromes and you may see glitter as well instead of the gold and rose golds that were in style for some time.


Mix & Match Place Settings

Not only is this a trend at receptions, but it's also gaining popularity for  wedding registries.


Unplugged Ceremonies

Unplugged ceremonies will continue to increase in popularity. Expect more signs to pop up, encouraging guests to put away their cell phones and enjoy the moment. This, of course, won’t be the case with the reception, where guests will be eagerly sharing the experience in real time on their phones.


Mix & Match Groomsmen Attire

It’s the groomsmen’s turn to mix and match! We predict menswear to take center stage down the aisle, with a heavier focus on tailored fits and pops of color. Checkered patterns, floral prints, and refined polka dots are just a few styles popping up more and more.

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Wedding food menu: Making it yours!

January 15, 2019

Many couples don’t realize how many ways there are out there to put their stamp on their meal. Before you do anything, though, stop to make a list of foods that are you passionate about. Even if you think you should never in million years serve it at the wedding, write it down and show the list to your caterer or catering manager. You’d be surprised at the ideas your favorites could spark in a creative food professional. Bring your regional background via food.


For a New York groom, that could mean mini pastrami sandwiches at cocktail hour and black-and-white cookies at the desert buffet. For a Texas bride, you could crave barbecued brisket into small rolls at cocktail hour.


Whenever you incorporate a personal element in your food, put a note on the menu, the table or the connected to you.


If you’re serving an ethnic food that will be unfamiliar to some guests, write up a description of the food and the tradition behind it.

Things no one will tell you about wedding planning!

February 14, 2019

You and your groom-to-be probably won't agree on all the details straight away

But that's good! Your wedding day will be based on your personality as a couple and that means you will inevitably disagree on certain things. Never agree for the sake of it - and FYI, grooms, only half-paying attention and nodding along with anything the bride says doesn't count as an opinion.

The childhood dream you grew up with probably won't happen.

For one thing, the groom is totally different to the Prince Charming you had in mind when planning your fantasy wedding. Partner aside, you'll probably find that your tastes have totally changed over the years. Whereas your younger self might have daydreamed about tying the knot in a grand castle, the present-day you will probably have your heart set on something else entirely.


You'll realize how important organization is...

You've not been this organized since...Well, ever. You'll find yourself musing disbelievingly as you update your planning spreadsheet whilst cross referencing dress fitting appointments with cake tasting sessions, over how you could have ever been quite so un-disorganized.

You will have doubts.

As with any big commitment, there will be an edge of doubt and uncertainty. Don't read into it; after all, it's perfectly natural to feel nervous when faced with the unknown. Focus on why you're marrying your partner and ignore the jitters, it would be more unusual to not have them!


You will cry. Don't fight it!

You might pride yourself on never shedding a tear but you will shed a tear or two on your wedding day. Embrace the emotion but remember - not even your industrial-strength waterproof mascara will stop a lone streak of black trickle down your cheeks. Ask your Maid of Honour to keep tissues with her so you can dab away any tears, as well as a few beauty essentials so you can reapply your make-up as and when needed.


You probably won't do 'it' on your wedding night.

Gone are the days of being 'put to bed' together, instead, it's more a case of dragging a drunken bride and/or groom off the dance floor at 4am. However, it doesn't really matter, does it? You've just had the best party of your life and, after all, married life has only just begun...


Prepare to feel a little miserable once it's all over!

You've devoted months of your life to planning the best day ever and now it's all over! Yes, it's a grim thought but rather than dwelling on the fact your wedding day is over, focus on the exciting future you and your groom have together.

Wedding planning advice from an expert


If you want your dream wedding to have lasting beautiful memories,

take this advice:

1. Don’t ask your friends to play professionals. Friends don’t let friends play florist. Your friends and family should only be invited as guests. Let them enjoy the party celebrating your big day. Don’t ask amateur hairstylist Aunt Karen to do hair and nails the morning of the big day or sorority sister Maureen to take the all-important wedding photos. This advice also goes for Uncle Joe driving the limo or whatever form of transportation you and your wedding party will rely on on your wedding day. And just because your sister Laura made a beautiful cupcake cake for your nephew, doesn’t mean she can do a three tier cake with the white chocolate mousse filling that you want. You may think asking them to help you will save you money, but all it will bring you are unnecessary headaches.

2. Don’t take chances with hobbyists. This is not the time for Anna to test out a press and curl. This is your wedding day so it’s not the time to use the hobby hairstylist, photographer or caterer – you know, the person that works as a bank teller during the week and takes photos of surfers on Saturday mornings. You really do get what you pay for. That’s not to say you should pay through the roof for your wedding photos but there are so many things to consider. Wedding photographers know how many different places they need to be in order to get all the right shots for the wedding album. That being said, a landscape photographer isn’t going to have the same experience as a wedding photographer. You need to make sure the person you choose has prior wedding experience (look at the photos), references (ask to speak with some of the brides) and has the same approach that you are looking for.


3. Don’t be afraid to tell wedding vendors exactly what you want. Be assertive. If you don’t tell the wedding cake designer the exact cake you want, you will show up to the reception happily married and find a very different cake. If you have your heart set on a Bavarian cream cake with chocolate icing, let them know that this is what you exactly want. Some wedding vendors will try and get you to use their preference and while that can be helpful with some choices that you are stuck on, make sure the decisions you are firm on really happen. My floral arrangements at the reception were all different summer colors of gerbera daisies. For over 15 years, gerbera daisies (especially the red ones) have been my favorite flower so it seemed a natural decision to have them as my table floral arrangements. The event planner of my reception site kept suggesting roses since they buy roses in bulk and they would be a cheaper alternative. I stuck to my decision and got the flowers that I wanted for the table arrangements.

4. Don’t be afraid to move on. Make sure your shoes are laced up. If you aren’t willing to compromise with what you want from that wedding vendor, trust me, it’s best to just move on. You will end up talking about the flowers that you really wanted but couldn’t get or the dress you could have worn if you had a better seamstress. The one thing that I wanted for my outdoor wedding ceremony was a string quartet that would play only for my ceremony. We spoke with several who had time limits of 3 or 4 hours but I was only willing to pay for 1 hour as the string quartet wouldn’t be needed at the reception. We kept looking until we found the perfect wedding ensemble.

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Why to hire a Wedding Planner?​

January 15, 2019

1. Saves time –Planning wedding takes enormous amount of time. In fact, the average couple spends well over 200 hours planning their special day. A good wedding planner will save you time and energy by researching vendors, taking care of the many, many details, and coming up with various creative ideas to make your wedding amazing!

2. Saves money – Weddings can be extremely expensive. However, by hiring a wedding planner, couples can save a great deal of money. Because wedding planners provide so much business to vendors, they are often able to negotiate discounts for their clients. Wedding planners are also well-versed at helping couples set budgets and sticking to them.


3. Saves relationships – Weddings are very stressful. This stress often results in many arguments for couples as well as with family members and friends. Wedding planners have been there time and time again and know how to avoid such problems before they begin as well as act as a buffer when there are conflicts. Wedding planners are also able to take on the responsibilities often assigned to loved ones so that everyone is able to enjoy the wedding. Remember, you still want a relationship with your mother well after your wedding!


4. Ensures dreams are made realities – Most have been dreaming of their wedding day their entire life. Wedding planners work for the couple and ensure that all desires are met (and often surpassed)!

5. Offers advice – Wedding planners have planned countless weddings and know exactly what works and what doesn’t. They are also knowledgeable on wedding etiquette. Furthermore, wedding planners are able to recommend competent vendors, based on personal experience.


6. Acts as the “go to person” – The average wedding has at least 22 different vendors. Combine that with the entire wedding party and all of the guests and that is a lot of people with questions and concerns! By hiring a wedding planner, couples can simply tell others “talk to the wedding planner!”


7. Creates schedules – There are so many events leading up to the big day! Couple that with the many things that happen during the wedding and who can keep track? The wedding planner can! Wedding planners are well-versed at making detailed itineraries for all involved (including other vendors) and making sure that everything happens on time!


8. Handles crisis – Whether we like it or not, most big events involve crisis. Who really wants to deal on their wedding day with the bakery not delivering the cake on time or the flower girl throwing a tantrum? No one! Wedding planners know how to handle all unforeseen circumstances.


9. Orchestrates from rehearsal through the end of reception – Do you want to be responsible for organizing rehearsal or making sure the bridal party is properly lined up? How about making sure that the guest who had a little too much to drink departs safely? Wedding planners orchestrate from rehearsal through the end of the reception, ensuring everything goes off without a hitch!


10. Minimizes stress and maximizes fun! – Hiring a wedding planner ensures that you will have a worry-free and stress-free day, thus, allowing you to enjoy your day like your guests!

Cocktail Hour

February 14, 2019

The cocktail hour is certainly a time for guests to get a glass of wine or mixed drink, but it also serves as a buffer between the ceremony and the reception. It creates a window for the bridal party to get their pictures taken, if they haven’t done so before the ceremony – or, possibly, to greet guests in a receiving line.


For guests is a time to contemplate the ceremony, find their seating cards for dinner, and pick up a few nibbles to keep their hunger at bay. If the ceremony and reception will take place in the same room, cocktail hour is an absolute necessity, allowing time for the room to be transformed (the “turnover” or “changeover”).


Despite the name, cocktail hour doesn't have to involve alcoholic beverages. Some couples choose to have a soft bar for personal, cultural, or budgetary reasons. You should know, however, that many guest like to have celebratory drink or two at the weddings, and some will be disappointed to find they can’t get a glass of wine.

Alternatives to the classic wedding cake


Whether you just aren't a fan of standard big-day cakes or are obsessed with a specific sweet treat, your wedding dessert is the perfect opportunity to share your tastes with your guests. Select a confection that says something about you, or at the very least, is something you'll actually look forward to eating at the end of the night.

Love donuts? Consider a huge stack of assorted artisan flavors, so guests can pick and choose from your favorites! Did you dunk cookies in milk every day after school for your entire life? We found a clever stacked Oreo cookie cake you'll love.


Also these alternative options are way easier on your budget when compared to a classic cake. Plus, they can be displayed at your reception all night long since they don't have to be formally cut or served.

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How to save money on your wedding day

February 14, 2019

• Instead of offering a full, top-shelf bar, serve wine, beer, and a signature cocktail.

• Your wedding cake doesn’t have to be an overly grand affair, the more labor intensive it is, the more expensive it will be, so keep your wedding cake design fairly straightforward and the cake itself small (your baker can always prepare a sheet cake to serve).

• Bouquets shouldn’t just be carried up and down the aisle, they can also serve as centerpieces for the reception. And other ceremony arrangements can be reused at the reception, altar arrangements can decorate the escort card table, aisle markers can be used as small centerpieces for long tables, and more.

• Get married in the off-season. Avoid the spring and fall, and if you can, pick a date in January or February which are typically the least expensive months. And if that’s not a possibility, avoid getting married on a Saturday night, having a Friday and Sunday wedding can save you a bundle.

• Cut the guest list! Fact: The fewer the guests, the less expensive your wedding will be. Depending on your venue and catering situation, you may end up paying over $100 per person. So even cutting 10 guests from your list can be a major money-saver.

Popular Wedding Traditions


Today's popular wedding traditions have evolved over hundreds, even thousands of years of people joining together in some form of matrimony. Regardless of the wedding tradition itself, all wedding traditions share the same essential symbols of unity, happiness and prosperity; messages that stand the test of time.

Old, New, Borrowed, Blue

The saying, "Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue" is a popular rhyme that has been used since Victorian times. The "something old" represents the bond to the bride's family and her old life; "something new" represents the couple's new life together and their future hope for happiness, prosperity and success; "something borrowed" from a happily married woman is meant to impart similar happiness to the bride; and "something blue" represents fidelity and constancy.

White Bridal Dresses

Wearing white also dates back to Victorian times when Queen Victoria abandoned the usual royal tradition of wearing a silver gown, instead choosing to wear white. Before that time brides simply wore their best gown, rather than a special wedding dress. The popularity of white can also be attributed to it symbolizing purity and virginity. White was also thought to ward off evil spirits.

Throwing Rice

Showering the couple with rice is an ancient tradition. As rice is considered a "life giving" seed it is thought that by throwing in on the couple they will be bestowed with fertility and have many children. Many churches now forbid it on their property but there are some safe alternatives to throwing rice.

Sharing the first piece of wedding cake is a wedding tradition with Roman roots. The Romans believed that by eating the wedding cake together a special bond was created between the couple. The wheat used to bake the cake was symbolic of fertility and a "fruitful union", while the cake's sweetness was thought to bring sweetness to all areas of the couple's new life.

The ceremonial kiss that concludes the wedding ceremony is said to represent the couple sharing and joining their souls. In Roman times the kiss "sealed" the couple's agreement to join in a life-long commitment.

The wedding tradition of the groom wearing a boutonniere originates in medieval times when a knight wore his lady's colors (through flowers) as a statement of his love. Flowers and bouquets have long been used in weddings. In addition to adorning the bride with flowers to promote good luck and good health flower meanings allow the bride to express her feelings for the groom. Orange blossoms signify purity, daisies loyalty, violets modesty and red roses signify true love.


Placing the wedding ring on the third finger of the left hand has two possible origins; ancient Egypt or 17th century Europe. The Egyptians believed the "vein of love" ran directly from the ring finger to the heart, therefore the ring was placed there to denote eternal love. During a 17th century wedding ceremony the groom would slide the wedding ring part way up the bride's thumb, index finger and middle finger as the priest said "In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit". As the ring finger was the first free finger, the ring was placed there.