July 16, 2014

Choosing a Florist

If you read my blog often, you know how much I love flowers.  Flowers are one of my favorite things in generally but I really love them in relation to weddings and events.  Flowers has the power to transform any event space.  Many couples do not know much about flowers which makes choosing a florist or designer a particularly difficult task.  Here are some suggestions for finding a florist for your wedding.
    {Photo Credit: Richard Harrell Photography}
  • Ask your venue or trustworthy friends for referrals. When they provide you with a name, ask what in particular did they like about the florist.
  • Do your research by flipping through magazines and searching online to get a sense of the types and colors of flowers you would like to incorporate in your wedding design. Think about the amount of floral arrangements you will need and the overall feel that you would like to create for the wedding. Bring all of your ideas and pictures with you to the initial appointments.
  • An experienced florist will be able to provide you with suggestions or guidance if you are not sure of the direction that you would like to go.  If you're looking for direction or ideas but aren't getting it, then that may not be a florist that you should consider.
  • Ask for a proposal that includes the description of each arrangement, cost, size, any special containers or props, and the date of the event. Make sure you understand the cancellation and refund policies of each florist. Compare the proposals and choose the florist that meets all of your needs the best and understands the vision for your wedding.
Questions to ask potential florists:
  • Will you do a site visit of the venue if necessary?
  • Do you create a mock-up of the centerpieces and/or bouquet prior to the event?
  • Do you have a minimum budget that you work with?
  • Do you offer decor such as fabric draping, hanging lanterns, and other elements?
  • What do you require for a deposit?
  • Can my guests take the centerpieces at the end of the event?
  • Will you pick up vases and decor at the end of the night?

~Emmanuela

May 29, 2014

Trimming Your Guest List

Time and time again, it seems like creating a finalized guest list is a hard task for my couples.   Trimming the guest list can be difficult just by the virtue or anticipation that people may take it personally that you are not inviting them. Here are some things to consider when creating a guest list.

Who to invite?  Close family and friends are obviously getting an invite but for the others, you have to ask yourself, how close am I to this person? When was the last time that I spoke to them?  A good rule of thumb is if you haven't spoken to the person in two years, they don't get an invite. Another eliminating factor is if a potential guest didn't even know that you were dating anyone. Also, if a person only knows you by your social media handler vs your real name, they probably shouldn't get an invite either.

Will you have children attend?  Children are little people but they take space and eat into your budget too.  You might decide to have no kids at all or opt to have a cut off i.e. no on under the age of 13.   If you decide to have an adult only ceremony and/or reception, make sure to let your guests know by indicating the information on your wedding website or through word of mouth to all of your guests.

Who gets a plus one?  Unless you have an unlimited budget, you'll have to determine a criteria for whether or not someone will get to invite a date to your wedding.  Some couples will only let guests have a plus one if they're married or engaged.  Others will have a length of time as a cut off, for example you would have to be dating the person for at least a year.

Should I invite co-workers?  I have a general rule of all or none.  Doing this will avoid hard feelings. 

Letting people know that they are not invited to your wedding can bring on a ton of anxiety.  To help ease the process, I suggest not making any announcements on social media before you know your game plan.  

Also, be the first to bring up the wedding invitation topic before your friends invite themselves.  Something like  "I wish I could have you there but we have decided to keep the wedding small" or "I'm sad that I won't be able to invite you to the wedding.  We'll have to keep the wedding smaller than we initially thought" and ending it with "I hope you understand".  No one can be offended after that. 

~Emmanuela



May 02, 2014

Southern Inspired Favors

I was recently doing some research for Southern inspired favors for one of my couples.  I found some pretty cute ideas and thought that I would share them with some of you twho may be planning a Southern inspired wedding.  Which one is your favorite?  I'd love to know.

Donuts are a sweet way to say thank you to your guests.
{Photo Credit: The Sweetest Occasion}

Southern alcohol is a great way to send your guest off.
{Photo Credit: Ruffled Blog}

If you're looking for a natural favor option, you should definitely consider honey.
{Photo Credit: Rustic Wedding Chic}

It doesn't get more Southern than peach pies.  This is a great idea which 
looks adorable when it's wrapped with a ribbon or twine.
{Photo Credit: A Subtle Revelry}



Macaroons are my absolute favorite Southern favor.  They're 
delicious and come in a variety of colors.
{Photo Credit: Amanda Dumouchelle Photography}


~Emmanuela

April 10, 2014

Embracing the Rain

April is here!  I love the the month of April.  Not only because it's birthday month.  It's also the month where you truly start to see the Spring season bloom.  However, with April comes April showers.  Although a little shower can mean many blessings for the years to come in your marriage, the potential showers often causes a lot stress for couples. Embracing the showers can be a lot of fun.  Here are some of my favorite pictures of how couples made the most of a little rain on the wedding day.

{Photo Credit: Style Me Pretty}



{Photo Credit: Rustic Wedding Chic}

{Photo Credit: Oh Lovely Day}

Here are some tips for dealing with raining weather on your wedding day.

  • Plan B - If your wedding is scheduled to take place outdoors, develop a plan B months before your big day to avoid stress closer to your wedding date.  A plan B can an indoor space or event a tent that provide coverage for your outdoor location.
  • Take Cover - Have umbrellas not only for your wedding party but for your wedding guests as well.  They'll appreciate that you thought of them on your big day.  Also, keep it fun by having different color umbrellas.
  • Rain boots - The women in your wedding party will thank you for incorporating rain boots instead of heels to walk through puddles of rain.  They will feel more comfortable and it also makes for a great photo op.


~Emmanuela 


April 02, 2014

Choosing a Wedding Cake Designer

Some say, a party without cake is just a meeting.  With that being said, the cake is pretty important to any occasion.  Specifically to weddings, choosing the right wedding cake designer can be a difficult task.

Some venues dictate what baker you will consider since it may be included in the package you chose.  Other venues allow you to bring in any baker you would like.  Some of the most popular ways to find a cake designer includes receiving a referral or enjoying a cake from another wedding or special event.  If you haven't had either of the above scenarios, you may want to consider the following things before booking a cake designer:

Experience - How long has the cake designer been in business?  This is important since cake disasters do happen. You will want someone who is experienced enough to know what to do if something was to happen or to know how to design a cake to withstand the elements of your wedding venue. 

Taste - Taste is pretty important.  When you are considering cake designers, ask for a tasting which will help you make a well informed decision.

Design - The look of the cake is equally important to the taste of the cake.  In many cases, the cake serves as a focal point of the reception so it needs to look amazing.  If you have a particular cake design that you want to use as inspiration for your wedding, find out if the baker has created similar cake designs.
{Photo Credit: Ware House Studios}
If you're not sure of which baker to go with, ask your venue or wedding planner for recommendations that fit within your budget and the style/design of the wedding cake that you want.

Questions to ask potential cake designers:


  • What happens if my guest count increases?
  • Do you work with fresh flowers for the cake design?  Will I have to order anything extra from my florist?
  • What is required as a deposit?
  • What is the cake delivery and setup fee?
  • Do you offer tastings?
  • Can I see photos of cakes that you have created?
  • Do you have cake stands that can be rented?  If so, what is the fee and your return policy?
  • How far in advance should we order the cake? 

~Emmanuela 

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