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Monday
Nov242014

How to Plan the Perfect Rehearsal Dinner

 

Some of the most interesting and attractive facilities accommodate smaller groups (under 75 guests). Designed for banquets, rehearsal dinners, bridesmaid showers, and other events, these sites are often in great demand. Reserve your date as soon as possible, especially if it's during a busy time.

Have your ideal banquet in mind: Before you start looking for a facility, determine exactly what type of event you want to have and how many people will be attending. You may envision something small and intimate, but the guest list may become larger than the facility can accommodate.

Visit the Rehearsal Dinner location: An on-site inspection allows you to narrow down your options before you reserve the facility-or send a deposit. Introduce the person who is paying the bill to the person-in-charge at your rehearsal dinner. If your guests ask for special items the staff knows whom to ask for approval.

Preferred vendors: Be sure to ask whether the facility you select has a list of preferred vendors they work with. It is often easier to have vendors who are familiar with the facility's set-up than to have someone who has never worked there before. Also keep in mind that some companies only allow you to work with vendors from their preferred list.

An opportunity to show appreciation: Take time at your rehearsal dinner to express your appreciation to your parents and guests, especially those who came a long distance. Each bridesmaid and groomsman should receive a gift at this time; try to personalize these gifts as much as possible.

Budget: Once you've set your budget, stick to it! Always obtain a detailed written estimate that includes any gratuities or taxes. Ask if the quoted price includes beverage, setup, tables and chairs, linens, etc.

Restrictions on music: Some facilities have restrictions on the type of music that can be performed. A facility in a residential neighborhood may allow a string quartet, but not a band or DJ. Most facilities, regardless of size, have cut-off times for any type of music. Be specific about your plans to avoid surprises later.

Friday
Nov212014

Vice & Velvet 

We think you'll love...Vice & Velvet! These hand crafted, vegan soaps are divine! Just look at how amazing these soaps look, they would make perfect bridal gifts for your entourage! They would also make great Holiday gifts for your loved ones, check out their full shop here.

 



Wednesday
Nov192014

World's Largest Beaded Wedding Dress

Gail Be is the designer and dress maker of what is thought to be the world's largest beaded wedding dress! This creation has taken Gail over two years and consists of around 935,000 beads! It has never been intended for an actual wedding, but Gail hoped would be worn on the red carpet or perhaps featured in a movie or museum! The dress has caught the eye of Lady Gaga so chances are we will be seeing more of this awe inspiring work!  

 

 

Monday
Nov172014

Tips For Hiring a Caterer For Your Wedding

 

Determining the menu for your reception: The time of day will help determine what you serve: For a morning wedding or event, you may want to serve a brunch menu; hors d'oeuvres are perfect for afternoon receptions; and a sit-down dinner or buffet is appropriate for evenings.

Favorite foods: If you, your fiance, or your families have favorite dishes or prefer certain types of foods, talk to your caterer about incorporating them into your menu. Extra attention to detail is always appreciated.

Menu selection and the weather: Be certain that your menu selections will withstand your special day's anticipated weather. Avoid hot or heavy meals on muggy and humid days. High humidity may also wilt potato chips, cut cheeses, and similar foods. On hot days, extra care should be taken to protect easily spoiled foods. Be especially careful with mayonnaise-based items and raw shellfish.

Catering guidelines: To avoid running out of food at your reception, it is important to plan your menu carefully. Your caterer will be able to help you determine the best style of menu, with the correct amount of food based on your budget. Be sure to ask your caterer if they prepare any extra food for unexpected guests, and if there is an additional cost for this service. Always get a written estimate for the menu you have selected from the caterers you are considering. This estimate should include all food costs, rentals, labor, gratuities and taxes. Make sure the prices quoted will be valid at the time of your event!

Estimating the number of guests: Determine your guest count as soon as possible, since all price quotes will be based on this number. Begin by requesting prospective guest lists from both your and the groom's parents. Then put together your own list. Once all the guest lists are combined, you can use the "rule-of-thumb" that 70-75% will attend to establish a final guest count. We highly recommend that you include RSVP cards with your invitations whether you serve a sit-down dinner or a less formal buffet.

What the caterer supplies: When it comes to supplying china, flatware, glasses, cups, saucers, and table linens, catering companies differ. Some will include the cost in their catering prices, while others will not. Ask each potential caterer how they handle this matter and make sure you fully understand all fees before signing a contract. What the caterer should always supply is great service. They will coordinate all the details of your reception, including rentals, service staff, and referrals to other wedding-related businesses.

Serving the food: After you have expressed your expectations for your reception, and have determined the flow of your party and time lines for the reception, your caterer will be able to suggest buffet table layouts and food start times. They may recommend that waiters serve hors d'oeuvres so that your guests can mingle, or offer you ideas about food stations, which will create a more interactive reception for your guests. The important thing to remember is that you've planned well...now it's time to leave the details of the food service to the caterer so that you can enjoy your reception. The party is for you and your groom, and you should fully enjoy it without worrying about details that have already been delegated.

If you are planning an outdoor event be sure you have talked to your caterer about how they intend to handle bees or unwanted animals.

10 Questions to ask your Caterer:

  1. How many weddings have you catered?
  2. What type of service do you offer (i.e. buffet, sit-down and served)?
  3. Do you offer bar options and are you licensed to serve alcohol?
  4. Do you bring your own equipment? If so, what and how much space do you need?
  5. Do you have current health permits?
  6. What is the charge for servers?
  7. Can you accommodate certain dietary restrictions?
  8. Can I sample your food?
  9. Can you cook special requests, possibly a family recipe?
  10. Have you catered at my venue before?
Friday
Nov142014

Ring Bearer Outfits

We think you'll love these custom ring bearer outfits made by Two L Creations! We love these matching bow tie's and suspenders! People often get too focused on the flower girls looking adorable, but a ring bearer is just as important! Have your little guy wow your guests with one of these cute ensembles. Click here to view the full shop! 


Rebecca Guthrie Photography

Wednesday
Nov122014

Get Inspired...Scuba Blue

Today we are inspired by Pantone's Scuba Blue! This color gives off a very tropical feel, but could easily be accompanied by some soft pink or a gold to give it another look! How gorgeous is that watercolor wedding cake?! 


Southern Weddings; Style Me Pretty; Wedding Chicks; Something Turqoise; flickr   

Monday
Nov102014

How to Have Your Wedding on a Boat

 

Certification: If you decide to hold your function on a boat, make sure that it is Coast Guard certified. This ensures the safety of all concerned, and also avoids all kinds of legal, tax, and liability problems.

Capacity: Never allow the possibility that more people 'might' attend than the boat can legally accommodate. Coast Guard certified boats have a maximum capacity. Make sure you have an accurate guest count - it would be very embarrassing to have to leave someone behind.

Catered events: Many of the boats boats suitable for events are known for their fine dining. You'll be surprised by the variety of choices available to you, both formal and informal - even theme parties.

Preferred vendors: Be sure to ask whether the company you select has a list of preferred vendors they work with. It is often easier to have vendors who are familiar with the boat's set-up than to have someone who has never worked on the boat you have selected. Also keep in mind that some companies only allow you to work with vendors from their preferred list.

Budget: When reserving a boat, make sure you have a detailed estimate of the costs and time involved, and the charges for any additional hours.

Boarding and sailing times: Be very clear with your guests about the exact boarding time. It's best to allow at least one-half hour between the boarding and sailing times. Remember, if you hold the boat because someone is late, the clock is ticking, and your budget will suffer.

NOTE: If you plan a special occasion on a boat, be careful when selecting footwear for your bridesmaids and yourself; in most cases, you and your wedding party will be walking across a dock to get to the boat. Stilletto or high heels can easily wedge themselves into the cracks in a dock. Also, boats do rock back and forth...high heels may make balancing difficult!

A final thought: When planning events aboard a vessel, it's more important than ever to double-check everything, and order plenty of food. Once the ship sails, there's no running to the store!