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 

March 19, 2014

Alternatives to the Chiavari Chair

Oftentimes, people only think that the only option outside of the boring ballroom chairs are chiavari chairs however there are plenty other options to choose from.  Here are a couple of suggestions if you are look for alternatives to the chiavari chair.

Louis Ghost Chairs - These chairs come in a variety in colors but the most popular is the clear/translucent.  They are modern chairs that are made out of acrylic and do not take away for the overall design of a room or table.


{Photo Credit: Lindye Galloway}

Medallion Chairs - These luxurious chairs get their name from the shape of the back of the chair.  The backs come in an assortment of designs from a solid medallion, open back medallion, and medallion with intricate cut out designs.  


{Photo Credit: Bubble Miami}

{Photo Credit: Pinterest}

Versaillies Chairs - These chairs have a similar design to the chiavari chairs but has a more curvier frame which gives it a more antique look.  They typically come in gold, mahogany, white, and black.


{Photo Credit: Style Me Pretty}


Chameleon Chairs - The frames come in gold, silver, and two tone.  The chair pads come in a variety of colors and prints.  These are a great choice to add some sophistication to your event.


{Photo Credit: Eventures Inc.}

{Photo Credit: Lux Wedding Florist}

~Emmanuela


March 03, 2014

Bridal Inspired Oscar Looks

Did you watch the Oscars last night?  I sure did.  As I watched the pre-show red carpet looks, I couldn't help but think that some of them were definitely bridal worthy.  Below are some of my favorites.  Of these nine looks, my ultimate favorites are the dresses worn by Giuliana Rancic and Kate Hudson.  They are absolutely perfect.









February 21, 2014

Wedding Music Planning 101

Choosing music for your wedding can be a daunting task.  Many couples are overwhelmed with all of aspects of the wedding day that will require music.  Working with a professional DJ and a planner will make this a less stressful process, however, I wanted to share a list of parts that make up a typical wedding day to help you with your planning.

Ceremony


Prelude Music - These are songs that are played prior to the start of the ceremony.

Processional Music - Songs that are played while the wedding party walks down the aisle.  
Bridal Entrance Music - This is the song that the bride walks down the aisle to.
Interlude Music - This is music that are played during special points of the ceremony i.e. unity candle lighting.
Recessional Music - These are songs that are played as the new couple and wedding party leaves the ceremony.


Cocktail Hour - During this time, songs that allow your guests to mingle and socialize are typically played.



Reception


Introductions - Songs played while your DJ introduces each member of your wedding party.
First Dance - The first song that you dance to as a married couple.
Father/Daughter - This is the song where the bride dances with her father.
Mother/Son - The groom dances with his mother while this song is being played.
Cake Cutting - A sweet song while you cut your cake.
Miscellaneous Events - Songs are usually chosen for miscellaneous parts of the reception such as garter removal, garter toss, and bouquet toss. 
Last Dance - The final song to conclude the perfect day.

~Emmanuela


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