Take a moment with us to look back at all of the amazing weddings we had this year! It was a great year for our team and 2018 is looking to be just as great! Cheers to these wonderful couples and thank you for letting us be apart of such a special day!
It is officially fall! Our last blog was "7 Amazing ideas for your Fall Wedding" and we couldn't stop there with the fall ideas. We are so excited to share some season inspired party favors your guests will be sure to fall in love with!
Pinecone Fire Starters
Looking for a favor that is easy and not very expensive? Why not having pinecone fire starters as your favor? This is easy to create and so fun and different for your guests.
Let love light the way
A personalized votive or simply a vanilla scented candle, candles are something your guests can use for those chilly nights. Add in some custom matchbooks with cute little sayings like “sparks flew” for an extra touch.
The endless possibilities of mason jars
Who doesn’t love mason jars? You can use them to drink your favorite beverage or for a country inspired vase. Fill personalized Mason jars with some of you and your husband-to-be’s favorite snacks then after enjoying the snack your guests can use the jar at their home as they see fit.
Send a cup of love with tea, coffee or even hot chocolate
Nothing screams fall like cozying up with a nice warm cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate. Packaging up some coffee or tea with shortbread cookies is a great party favor for your guests to use while sending you and yours warm thoughts.
Have S'more Love
Who doesn't love a good roasted marshmallow over a camp fire on top of Hershey's chocolate and in between two graham crackers? A good way to stay on budget and bring your guests back to times as a kid make s'mores during the Fall season.
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Fall is one of the most beautiful times of the year. And with this season comes some of the best wedding ideas. Take a look at some of our favorite fall wedding details!
Nothing says fall like plaid. If your wedding will be on the cooler side, thank your bridesmaids with plaid flannels. They can slip the flannels on before and after the ceremony for some fun photos, and they’ll thank you for the extra layer of warmth. For a more casual fall wedding, pick out the perfect plaid shirts for the groomsmen to wear.
There’s just something about fresh pie on a crisp, autumn day. If you’re a pie lover, pick your favorite pie to serve as your wedding cake. Or have a small cake for you and your groom to cut, and have a variety of pies for your guests to enjoy.
Bridal Blanket Scarf
A blanket scarf is the perfect detail for bridal shots, and the cozy wrap will keep you from freezing on the best day of your life. Choose a scarf that matches your color scheme, or just choose your favorite scarf!
Why not bring everyone’s favorite fall drink to your reception? Set up a drink station with mugs and warm drinks…like pumpkin spice lattes! If you decide to keep it simple and stick with coffee, provide a pumpkin spice creamer for your guests to try.
The yummy treat that reminds every one of their childhood. Why not wrap them individually and use them as wedding favors? If you already have favors, set up a bar where guests can top their apple with whatever they want.
White pumpkins, mini pumpkins, orange pumpkins, huge pumpkins, and beyond! Use mini pumpkins as adorable placeholders, and use larger pumpkins as centerpieces. If your wedding is near Halloween, you could even use jack-o-lanterns instead.
Include fall-colored leaves in your wedding bouquet or even in your flower crown. Gather leaves and use them to decorate gift tables, drink stations, seating tables, and more.
If you love gold, this is for you. Spray paint leaves gold and write your guests’ names on them as place holders. Or arrange gold spray-painted leaves to create a stunning backdrop for your ceremony. Gold leaves are seriously magical.
DJ play that song!
Your DJ sets the tone for the night…literally. You want to make sure they are not only reliable, but they know you. They know your playlist and timeline, the go-to songs that everyone can dance to, and have it all downloaded and ready to go. All that is left to do is hit play and dance the night away!
Open bar or cash bar, either way make sure you have enough bartenders for the amount of expected guests because let’s face it, waiting in line when all you want to do is get back out on the dance floor is not fun! Talk to your bar vendor, they will let you know how many bartenders and bar areas you will need based on the amount of specialty drinks you will be providing and how many guests will be celebrating the night with you.
Life on the dance floor.
The dance floor is your stage. Dance props, like glow sticks, are a fun addition to any party. If you have enough reception time and not too many activities planned during the reception, hired entertainment, like professional salsa dancers or acrobats, is a unique way to surprise your guests and add a little extra pizazz to the night.
Something for the kidos.
Although kids can be entertaining, let the mommies and daddies have a break to hit the dance floor by hiring certified babysitters or providing a kids room. Have games, movies, and coloring books in the room for kids to have their own fun.
Hire a professional wedding planner and just dance!
Let your loved ones and most importantly, YOU enjoy the day and hire a professional wedding planner. Let us take care of all the moving parts and keep your day on schedule. We will ask the important questions ahead of time so we know what is important to you day of and all you have to think about is if you want another slice of cake.
As seasons may change so do wedding color trends. Let’s take a look at some beautiful color trends as we approach the fall wedding season!
Neutrals such as creams, beige, white or ivory will always be timeless. Having such neutral colors will be able to go with most any theme. Whether you want your wedding in a rustic barn, or a downtown hotel this color trend can go anywhere. Why not use those neutrals but mix it up with some metallics. Check out these inspirations.
Let's talk about the groom first and his tuxedo. These two are very good looking tuxes you can find online at The Black Tux
Then of course the beautiful bride!
Check out this inspiration of stationary.
Top it off with some decor.
As a wedding planner, I could give you lots of reasons as to why to hire a wedding planner. So, I'll just give you a few:
- Groom's cake disaster
We also have done the following and saved the day...
- fixed boutonnieres
- made bouquets from extra flowers
- fixed wedding cakes
- pinned broken bustles
- sewed broken bustles
- stood in for MC for DJ
- handed out band aids, scissors, hair clips, paper clips, safety pins, tape, kleenex, nail clippers, pens, crazy glue and more to wedding guests, wedding party, and vendors
- put on brides shoes
- hold up wedding dress so bride can go potty
- act as security when needed (our least favorite)
- supply cake knife and server when forgotten
- supply votive candles when forgotten
- supply reserved signs when forgotten
- supply last minute DJ when DJ friend of bridesmaid didn't show up
- tie on old-fashioned bow ties (the ones WITHOUT the clips)
- step in as bar back, step in as bartender, served wine and or champagne
- act as banquet manager
- make plates in back of kitchen
- drain ice sculpture bucket
- clean up/pick up rose petals off ground/dance floor/church aisle
The list can LITERALLY go on and on.....so if you are on the fence as to whether or not to hire a planner, maybe some of these just gave you the push you needed. : )
Congratulations!!! You're engaged! No sooner do you pop open the bubbly that the questions begin. When is the big day? Where are you getting married? Who all are you inviting? etc...etc...etc... So you do what every newly engaged bride does and you register for every bridal web-site, purchase every wedding magazine, and then become COMPLETELY OVERWHELMED. lol All the "expert" information is just making you more confused. What's a bride and groom to do???
HIRE A WEDDING PLANNER!
Trust us, this is by far the best wedding gift you could give yourself (and your family). A wedding planner plays a key role in the success of your wedding. Planners can do things like help you pick out a venue, hire vendors, negotiate contracts, coordinate the logistics so you'll be able to relax and enjoy not only your big day, but the planning process, too. They are an integral part of the process, so you want to be sure you hire someone who will both, get the job done, and make it fun along the way. Here are some important items to go over at your initial consultation:
1. How Do You Communicate with Clients? By phone? Email? Text message? All of the above? Will we meet in person? It's important to know how much or how little you will be in contact with your coordinator so you know when to expect updates, where you should be on your timeline, how things are being executed on the planner's end, etc. Some brides like daily, or weekly check-ins, some brides like as little communication as possible. The important factor here is to find out how are we going to best effectively communicate with one another.
2. What Services Do You Offer? Some within the industry will interchange the words planner, consultant, and coordinator. Some will call themselves venue coordinators, facility coordinators, day of planners, etc...and they all mean something different to each individual. Most wedding planners have a variety of wedding packages to choose from based on your specific planning needs. Packages can consist of everything from comprehensive all out planning needs to just day-of coordination. Don't be afraid to ask questions about each package, and what all it entails to ensure it fits all of your needs.
3. How Many Clients Do You Have in a Year? This will give you an idea of how accessible the planner will be to you based on how busy they are with other weddings. Planning a wedding is very time consuming and requires a lot of attention to detail. If a planner has a lot of weddings booked around the same time of yours this can affect the success of your wedding. You want to be sure your event will be given the proper time and attention to. High-end planners typically book one to two weddings per month with their comprehensive packages while, day-of coordinators can typically coordinate more.
4. Who Are Your Preferred Vendors? A professional planner should have a group of vendors that they often work; however, you should also have the option to choose other vendors to work with if you choose to. Working with their preferred group of vendors can often be of benefit to you. You will reap the benefit of possibly lower prices, extra "perks," and the assurance of knowing they have worked together many times to ensure a smooth wedding day.
5. Do You Work Alone or on a Team? Consider the size of your guest list. Whether you have 75 people invited or 300, you need to know that all the logistics of your wedding are going to go off without a hitch and that there are people in place to carry out these tasks. Make sure you feel confident that your planner will have enough support to be able to handle all the details, guests, and vendors at your wedding.
6. Can You Help Us Stay On Budget? Your wedding planner plays a major role in keeping your budget in check. In fact, a good planner may even secure enough vendor discounts to offset the cost of his or her services. Find planners who bring steady business to vendors you like; these are the ones who will be able to save you money. Talk to planners about your budget, and make sure they're willing to work within these financial parameters. Ask about their experience negotiating vendor contracts, and have them describe any great deals they've secured for previous clients. While you shouldn't expect enough deals and freebies to substantially slash the bottom line, the right planner will be able to help you stretch your wedding budget further.
7. What Happens In Case of an Emergency? Let’s face it—no matter how much planning work you do together, things can happen. So definitely ask your planner about their Plan B is if they are not able to make it to your wedding. A good planner will have a back-up plan for every scenario that comes up, including their own illness or emergency.
8. What's The Cost for Your Services? Peace of mind on your wedding day? That's priceless. While you may not be able to put a price tag on that feeling, it will cost you. That cost is the amount your wedding planner charges for his or her services. Inquire about a deposit and when that, as well as balances and final payment are due. Most importantly, get a list of all included services in writing so there's no confusion or disagreement after the contract is signed. Request that the contract include a list of any potential extra charges, along with an explanation of each. Finally, ask your wedding planner how he or she handles refunds if your wedding has to be postponed or canceled. Some planners will return a portion of your deposit if this type of situation occurs, while others have a strict no-refund policy.
9. Will We Work Well Together? Okay this is actually a question for you to ask yourself. Remember, you'll be spending a lot of time with this person, and he or she is sharing in one of the best days of your life. Personality counts just as much as experience and reputation. Many wedding planners offer a free consultation to allow both parties to test the waters before the contract is signed. Even if the planner charges a small fee for this meeting, it's often worth paying it to know exactly what you're getting into -- and with whom. When meeting a wedding planner, rate the candidate on organizational skills, promptness and friendliness. If the relationship doesn't feel like a good fit, find another one that does. Try to meet with at least two planners to get an idea of what works best before making a selection.
10. Lastly, Do You Have Any Questions for Me? Keep in mind that your potential planner should be asking you lots of questions as well. You’re both trying to get to know each other and see how well you’ll work together—since you’ll be spending the next 9-12 months together planning one of the best days of your life! Your planner should be just as concerned as you are about the success of your wedding. And if she’s not? Don’t hire her.
Now that you’ve got some idea of what you’re looking for, try to interview two to three wedding planners before making a decision. You want to be confident that your planner is a good fit—so you and your fiancé can have the best day of your lives. Happy hunting!!!
Wedding apps are quite popular among smartphone users. If you have been involved in a wedding, you are probably familiar with all the hard work that you have to put forth to get through one without any major problems. There is a whole lot of planning and organization that you will need to do to throw a dream wedding event. There are so many great apps out there to help alleviate some of the pressure and although we don’t use them on a professional level, some of them are really handy to use in the run up to your big day.
Here are our top 5 picks:
5. iWedPlanner: The iWedPlanner is a one stop destination for all things marriage. Features of the app include; the to-do-list, RSVP so that you can keep up to date with who will or won’t be attending, seating and most importantly, the budget calculator. Each section of your big day is covered so you can relax and enjoy the preparations instead of stressing over them. We definitely recommend this app if you are taking a DIY approach to your wedding.
4. WeddingHappy: Designed for those of you who may be overwhelmed with everything you need to do for your event. It has plenty of tools to keep you on track with your tasks. It offers vendor management and contact integration too.
3. Wedding Dress Look Book by The Knot: TheKnot.com do a couple of different wedding apps but this is our favourite by far. This is definitely one for the girls – packed full of stunning wedding dresses, you won’t need to look any further for ideas and inspiration. Think of this app as your fairy-dress-godmother. All you need to do is enter vital stats such as the style of wedding you are hosting as well as your best and worst features. The Knot will then generate hundreds of dresses from you to choose from along with the designer and price. It’s every girls dream compressed into an app – you can’t get better than that!
2. The Knot Ultimate Wedding Planner: offers you a number of tools to help with your wedding. You get a wedding checklist, budget down, countdown feature, and plenty of ideas for your wedding.
1. Pinterest: All bride-to-bes should get pinning. Pinterest is an amazing app to source ideas and inspiration not only for your big day but for life in general! From the moment you set a date, start pinning and create a mood board that you can share with your bridesmaids. It’s a free app and as there are already millions of people pinning everyday, you’ll discover that this is the quickest way to search inspiring images quickly. Be careful though, it is very addictive. Before you know it, your wedding, home and garden will resemble a picture perfect pin board.
What do you think of these apps? Have you tried them before? What is your favourite app to use? Let us know! We'd love to get your feedback!
Typically the best man with help from the maid of honor, groomsmen and bridesmaids excuse themselves at some point during the reception to decorate the bride and groom's get-a-way car before the night has ended. This tradition started years ago and has evolved into some pretty spectacular designs these days. What was often decorated using cheap materials like streamers, shaving cream and tin cans has been replaced by real flower arrangements and large tulle ribbon.
Decorating the couples wedding chariot is a symbolic and special way to surprise them and have them riding off in style and showing any passers by that that passengers in the car are a couple that has just tied the knot!
Here are some pretty amazing wedding car decorations we found to give you some inspiration and idea of how wedding parties are pimping out bride's and groom's rides.
This BMW is sporting some white flowers intertwined together with a silver swirl design holding the flowers in place on top of the car.
This sleek black car has a sizable tulle ribbon tied to the hood of the car holding a beautiful heart shaped floral arrangement full of white roses.
This sporty white BMW has red rose petals and a rose filled floral arrangement atop the hood of the car making for a nice color contrast and making the decor really pop!
This black Mercedes has some beautiful colored centerpieces running down along the windshield and hood of the vehicle. Love the color contrast!
Now here's a cool concept. Intermixing flowers held on with twine and interspersed with white straw balls making for a cool look.
This Audi has some pretty pink ribbon tied to the top and the hood of the car with pink roses sprinkled around and a lovely white floral arrangement. Again, love the color contrast!
How creative is this? Pink and peach roses designed into kissing swans and placed on the rear windshield.
This bride and groom got a picture taken with their decked out ride. Again more ribbon used to decorate their get-a-way vehicle.
Now check out this car! Pink floral arrangements adorning the hood of the vehicle gathered together with pink ribbon and two gold hearts dangling across the car's grill. You won't miss this car cruising down the street to its destination. Awesome effort by the decorators!
So there you have it! Some pretty outstanding wedding car decorations for a bride and groom. A special momento they'll surely love and appreciate and the surprise element is also one of the most fun parts. So if you're up to pimp out a couple's ride do it in style...that's your moment to make a statement!
The wedding invitation plays an integral role in your wedding planning. Choosing the details such as type and style are important factors in giving your guests an idea of what they can expect at your wedding. When starting this process, you might have questions as to when to order them, when to mail them out, and when to begin receiving RSVP's, etc.
The objective of the wedding invitation is to notify guests when and where the wedding is taking place. This is the most obvious benefit, but there is also two other, more subtle advantages to using wedding invitations.
1. They can wow your guests too. Stylish invitations don't just notify guests of a day to mark in their calendar, they also set the tone for your wedding. Invitations are your first opportunity to give your guests the right impression about what they are likely to expect from your wedding. Make a poor choice and their expectations will be really low, RSVPs may be few and far between, and your big day may be tainted from the get go.
2. Invitations give you the perfect opportunity to organize your guests. Each invitation enables you to modify arrangements with each RSVP. This way you can notify your vendors with an accurate count of wedding guests, create seating charts, and plan accordingly and more accurately.
An important aspect of wedding invitations is knowing your timeline! Anne Gibson-George of Girl General says, "Give your paper professional 6-8 weeks to complete your invitation order. So don't procrastinate." This means you need to get into a stationary store and select the type of wedding invitation you want even before that. Another item to include on your timeline is RSVP due dates. Typically you should request RSVPs returned from your guests 3-4 weeks from your wedding date.
There are a range of different wedding stationery options to choose from. Available options include:
Laser Cut Stationery: If you’re looking for wedding stationery with a unique design you can create your very own pattern and have it cut out of the card using a laser cutter. There are millions of different designs you can choose from or it could be something that you have created yourself that means something to you. By utilizing this option you can put your personal touch on your wedding and give your guests a unique invitation that they won’t have seen anywhere else. What better way to let guests know that it is YOUR wedding that they are attending.
Craft Style Stationery: This is the sort of stationery which may be printed but has added elements on it. Ribbon is very popular and anything sparkly.
Printed Stationery: You can get all types of printed stationery with a range of different patterns and in a range of different styles, from shabby chic, to vintage, to modern, to traditional. You can also create your very own design and have your invitation exactly how you want it.
Letterpress Stationery: This gives a very luxurious feel to the invitations, it is normally a thicker piece of card that has a pattern pressed into it, giving it an engraved feel.
Handmade/DIY Stationery: There are many brides who prefer to create their own wedding stationery. By doing this they can have it exactly how they want. If you’re not too keen on making your own stationery, there are many suppliers who can hand make them for you so you still have the look you desire. There are also companies that will sell you inviations kits, in which they print the design and you put them together.
Pocket fold Invitations: These are just as they are described, a folded card with a pocket on the inside which will hold all the invitation information.
Some other important factors to consider says Anne, "The typical invitation invites two people. When you indicate that you would like to invite 200 people to your wedding, you need to request between 100 and 125 invitations. One invitation does not equal one person." She also states that you should ALWAYS include return postage on your RSVP card or envelope. In addition to this you need to factor in the cost of postage for each invite. It's going to vary depending on what type of invitation you selected and its weight. The heavier the paper, or adding a bow or knot to your invite is likely to increase the cost of postage to your invitations so keep the design elements and postage prices in mind when selecting the type of wedding invitation you're going to go with.
And one last piece of advice in staying organized for when those RSVPs start to roll in. Keep a clean alphabetized excel spreadsheet with a complete list of all your guests including their full name and full address spelled out. This way you can check them off the list and stay on top of your number of guests planning on attending your special day!
For many brides, the afterglow following an engagement means wedding planning time. But how do you know where to begin? Here's some helpful hints on what to do after you get engaged that will assist in the planning process from the wedding planning professionals at Haute Weddings.
1. Open a separate wedding email account. Almost all wedding related websites will require you to register with their site and this could mean LOTS of emails from vendors. Actually, TONS of emails. So as not to backlog your personal email, it is best to have a whole separate email account while searching for services and products. Once you have booked a vendor, you can then further communicate through your personal email if you so choose or stick with the wedding email account you've set up.
2. Know your basics. When reaching out to wedding vendors, they will ask you some pretty simple, but pertinent questions. When is your wedding date? How many guests are estimated to attend? What is your budget? If you do not know the answers to these questions, most vendors will not be able to help you, and they will not be able to give you an accurate quote for their services.
3. Discuss and with your family and designate who all will be participating in the planning process. Specifically as to who will be helping you make decisions, attend consultations with you, and who will be contributing financially. Then, put a budget in place.
4. Hire a wedding planner. You will reap the best benefit from a wedding planner by hiring them early within the planning stages. They have valuable information to share and can guide you in the right direction from the very start. You will feel good making important decisions based on professional feedback and guidance from a planner's experience in hundreds of weddings.
5. At the very least, register for Haute Weddings Bride Guide: Secrets to Planning Your Big Day! to get started and learn tips and tricks within the trade along with a wealth of other wedding planning knowledge. Register at http://www.hauteseminar.eventbrite.com and follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/hauteweddingsbrideguide
So there are your top 5 tips to get you started on your wedding planning journey! Make it a good one, eliminate as much stress as possible and follow the wise words of Haute Weddings wedding planning professionals. You will be glad you did! To look into hiring Haute Weddings as your wedding planner visit our Contact page on the website or click here and enter your information and one of our coordinators will get back to you as soon as possible to begin discussions.