Thursday, July 24, 2014

Dessert options besides the traditional wedding cake

Many couples dream about the elaborate tiered wedding cake they will have at their wedding reception. But what if you or your sweetheart doesn’t like or want cake? Or, perhaps you want more choices than just cake alone! There are plenty of other dessert options out there that are “wedding day worthy.”

Cupcakes or cake pops. If you want to get just a little away from tradition, the wedding cupcake or cake pop display is great. You can choose different flavors and give your guests options, but it still feels like everyone is having cake!

Would you have a naked cake at your wedding? What about NO cake?

Mini dessert bar. If you want to give your guests a variety of dessert options, the mini dessert bar is always fun. Min brownies, cannoli, cookies and more make for a delicious dessert!

Anything on tiers.  If you don’t want cake, but still want the feeling of an impressive dessert, display your dessert on tiers. Because of its height, whatever you place on the tiers will look even fancier. What you choose is up to you: pies, donuts, cookies! They will all look fantastic on display!

Depending on how many people you’re serving, and how much dessert you want to offer, you can have special desserts as an addition to your cake or instead of it!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

How to be a good wedding guest

Most of our advice is aimed at brides and grooms to help them plan their big day. But there are some rules for being a good guest, too! Here are ways you can help the happy couple have a great day.

Send in your RSVPs. You’ve probably already gotten a save-the-date, and you’ve checked your calendar. Most of the time, you know if you can make it to a wedding or not. So don’t put it off – send in your RSVP as soon as you can!

Don’t add a “plus one.” Your invitation should be fairly clear as to who is invited. If you aren’t sure, it’s ok to reach out to the couple or their immediate family for clarification. But don’t assume you can bring a date – or your kids – without a clear invitation.

Arrive to the wedding on time. Which, of course, means early. You should plan to be in your seat 20 minutes before the ceremony is scheduled to start. If that means you have to leave early to avoid traffic, so be it. But you don’t want to upstage the couple by arriving during the ceremony.

Follow the dress code. Dress for the formality of the wedding. A backyard or beach wedding will have a different dress code than a formal religious ceremony. Tradition says wearing all white or all black is a no-no.

Follow the couple’s requests regarding picture taking, social media, and using your phones. Don’t text or blog during the ceremony unless the couple asks you to! If the couple has asked for an “unplugged” ceremony, then leave your phone in your pocket or purse. That being said, if the couple has made it clear they’re happy to have their wedding on Instagram or some other social media site, then share away!

Try to find out answers without asking the couple. Most weddings now have a wedding website you can visit, which will probably have all the answers to all your questions, from hotel rooms to schedule. If you can’t find your answer there, ask the maĆ®tre d’ at the reception site, the wedding planner or the mother of the bride or groom. Try not to bother the couple themselves, if you can avoid it!

Have fun! Enjoy yourself. Dance, if there’s music. Drink, but not to excess, if there’s a bar. Celebrate! 

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Pinterest is a great tool – but who do you follow?

Almost all of us use Pinterest as a great inspiration for many things like decorating and recipes – but the way it puts all sorts of wedding ideas at your fingertips is a great resource for anyone planning one. But how do you sort through all the noise to get to the ideas you really want to use? It starts with who you follow. Sure, your maid of honor, best friend and college roommate should all be part of your Pinterest life, but who else?

Us. Sure, it sounds obvious, but we post pictures from most of our weddings right on our Pinterest pageThat gives you a great idea of how other couples use the space. If you’re not having your wedding or reception with us, then definitely follow your venue’s account!

We still love this sweetheart table!
Your other vendors. Your photographer, florist, caterer and DJ probably all have Pinterest accounts. Again, this will give you the chance to see what they offer other couples and how you can take those ideas and make them your own.

Other bloggers. Find wedding bloggers who appeal to you. We love The Knot and Offbeat Bride. But maybe you’re a Martha Stewart weddings kind of person. Or you’ve found a blogger who really “gets” you. Make sure you’re following them, too! 

The important thing to remember about Pinterest, though, is while it’s a great tool for finding inspiration; you want to be sure you’re not overwhelming yourself with too many different ideas. Take a Pinning break now and then and you’ll come back refreshed!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

What’s the best way to get yourself organized?

Planning a wedding, for most people, is the biggest event they will plan in their lives. Unless you’re planning the very smallest of weddings (and maybe even then!), you’ll need something to help you organize all the little pieces for your big event. But what’s the best tool to use? Honestly, the organizer you will actually use is the best one, but here are some options for you to consider.

A pre-printed binder/organizer will fit the needs of most weddings. It may be a little one-size-fits-all, but it will help you decide what you need and how you need to do it. You can find them in most bookstores and online.

Binders like this can be found at most bookstores or online

A website or an app will help fit the needs of a tech-savvy bride or groom. An app on your phone has the added benefit of always being with you. Of course, that means you won’t have a place to keep things like receipts, brochures or swatches, but you can always pair an app with…

A plain binder, accordion folder or other folder system. This way you can have just the items you care about in your system, and leave out the ones you don’t. You can also modify a pre-printed organizer and place it in a plain binder if you’re avoiding the overly “bridal” look.

Do you have your own system for organizing your wedding planning? Tell us about it!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

What to wear on your wedding day

Sure, wedding magazines are filled with pictures of brides in taffeta and lace and grooms in tuxes; but what if that’s not your style? What if you want your wedding day attire to reflect a little more of you? Remember, while the traditional white wedding gown seems like a must today, it’s a relatively new idea. Brides used to simply get married in their best dress and grooms in their best clothes. Why not express your individuality in more than just your centerpieces and wedding favors?  You may need to do some explaining to your extended family why it’s ok to wear something unusual, but if the two of you are happy with what you’re wearing, that’s all that matters!

From mild to wild, here are some great ideas:

Mild: If you still picture yourself in a white wedding dress, but want to add a little fun, why not add a pop of color? Our favorites include using your wedding colors in a sash, on buttons, as a petticoat, or even on your shoes!
Medium: For a casual beach wedding, why not a white sundress? You’ll be more comfortable and will be able to get around easier on the beach.
Wild: Why not dress in costume for a themed wedding or wear your favorite green gown? It’s up to you!

Who says you can't wear a green dress? 
Mild: You can have fun with color, too! Maybe some bright socks, a festive tie or fantastic shoes that coordinate with the rest of the wedding colors.
Medium: Instead of a full tux, many men are choosing to wear just a vest over shirtsleeves. It’s still a polished look, but isn’t as formal.

Wild: You, too, can enjoy a costume for a themed wedding, or an over-the-top bespoke suit that fits your personality!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Keep yourself healthy while in the middle of wedding planning

Any major change in your life is sure to cause you some stress – even something as happy as planning your wedding! You’re trying to balance how the two of you see your big day with what your families and friends want; and possibly planning the biggest party you’ve ever thrown. It’s easy to let the wedding planning overshadow other parts of your life, but don’t neglect taking care of yourself!

Take breaks. Sure, you’re on a deadline and you feel like you have no time to spare. But if all you’re doing is wedding planning 24/7, you’re going to get burned out! Take time for the two of you to have a “wedding free” night, even if it’s just dinner. Go out with your best friend for brunch or a mani-pedi. Whatever it is, take time for you.

Check on each other. A marriage is a partnership – wedding planning should be one, too! If your other half seems really stressed out or overwhelmed, ask to help. If you’re the one feeling frazzled, don’t be afraid to ask for help!

Don't let planning for the big day take its toll on your health!

Be careful with weight loss. Everyone wants to look their best on their wedding day – but if you try to lose too much weight too quickly, you could make yourself sick. Check with your doctor before starting ANY weight loss plan. Remember, your sweetie fell in love with you exactly how you are – you don’t need to change it now.

But don’t neglect exercise. Getting up and moving around is the best recipe for relieving stress, even if it’s just a walk around the block with your dog. If you’ve got a regular workout routine, try to stick to it as much as you can. It’ll do wonders for your state of mind (and it’ll be good for the dog, too!).

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Help your guests find their seats

Once you’ve figured out your seating chart, you need a way to help your guests find their seats – the escort or table card. At its simplest, it’s a card with your guest’s name and table number, possibly with a notation for their dinner choice. But, as with most things wedding-related, you have many ways of personalizing them!

Follow your theme. An elegant wedding needs an elegant escort card set-up, while a casual beach wedding should have a similar feel. You can work with your printer to create cards that match your invitation suite, or you can use objects like wine corks or seashells to DIY your cards.

Set aside some space. As you plan your reception set-up, make sure you have adequate room for your table cards. Most couples prefer to display the cards near the guestbook, so guests have everything in one place.

Limoncello bottles double as escort cards and wedding favors! 

More than just cards. Many couples like to have escort cards pull double duty as a wedding favor. Using small picture frames, mini liquor bottles or votive candle holders is an easy way to have a lovely gift for your guests as well as a way for them to find their seats.  

Your imagination is the only limit!