Friday, October 28, 2016

Honeymoon Ideas

One of the highlights of a wedding for a couple is picking the perfect honeymoon to top everything off. There are various places all around the world that are fit for any couple's personality. Here are a few favorites:

One for the romantics: Santorini
Santorini is well known for its romantic and beautiful sunsets, rich Greek food, and the most charming restaurants. Visiting a beach the color of love will get you and your partner in an amorous mood. Santorini's Red Beach is accessible by a short hike over some rocks, making it a bit more secluded, with a wide cove to swim in.

One for the adventurous: Maui

Maui is all for the adventurous couples. Maui offers impressive wildlife and rich culture and history for everyone to see. While on a visit there, you can dance with professional hula dancers, golf along coastal fairways, snorkel alongside five different types of sea turtles or just lounge on some of Hawaii's most notable beaches. Travel along the Road to Hana to experience East Maui's scenic coastline, explore Haleakala- the world's largest dormant volcano- in the Upcountry, and explore the former tribal battlegrounds of Central Maui's Iao Valley State Park.

No matter what type of vacation you want, there are plenty of options for everyone and their tastes. Whether it be in the United States or abroad, the world have plenty to offer! So make sure to do your research to find an unforgettable destination for you and your partner.
(*Photos all courtesy of Pinterest)

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Themed Weddings

There are several things that you want to accomplished when you think about your wedding day. One
big one is a theme if you decided to do one. However before you can pick a theme there are a few things you must do first. This will help you narrow down your chooses as far as the theme goes.

1st: Pick a venue. A venue determines how you can use the space. What will work with your space. Also you can find out the do's and don't for your venue.

2nd: Reflect on you guys as a couple. Pick out some key points that define the two of you. Things like favorite place, pictures, vacations you two have taken, first dates etc! This all can go into a part of your theme.

3rd: Pinterest can be your best friend or your worst enemy! But most time you guys can be friends it the way you use Pinterest that makes the real difference! Take inspiration from the things you pin that can tie into your theme.

4th: A wedding planner or coordinator is a great addition to have when trying to pick a theme. They can help you bring your vision to life and make your theme truly pop with out over doing it!

Now that the preliminary order of business is done its time to pick a theme for your big day.
Your theme can range from Paris, Princess Bride, Carnival, Up, 4th of July, Red Carpet, etc! But the rules remain the same!

Most people think that using a theme means you have to use everything that represents that theme. But you don't. You use accents of the theme. Take Paris for example. There doesn't have to be Eiffel Towers everywhere to get the themes point across. Use colors that are deep in color and play up the romantic level Paris is suppose to have on people. Also use up lighting is a great addition to your theme.
(bird themed wedding)

Sometimes a little bit of something goes a long way. When it comes to themes this is very true.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

In the “Eye of the Storm”

No couple wants to hear there is rain on their forecast let alone a size 4-5 hurricane making its way up the coast and heading straight for your party.  Bad weather is probably THE number 1 unwanted wedding crasher any planner or vendor wants on event day.  So how do you handle this scary predicament?  Today’s blog will go over a few event day planning tips and of course how to handle it as it becomes a reality…

1)    BUY event/wedding insurance the day after you book your venue.  Not only will this protect you if something major (or minor) goes wrong.  Plus you can’t purchase insurance within so many days of an event, especially if they have called for a state of emergency (like a hurricane/blizzard).  Each insurance has their own rules and guidelines so double check with you insurer to make sure you are covered in time and that you’ve purchased all of the correct policies.  Here’s a list of a few places to research:



2)   If you are getting married in the “rainy” season or during hotter/colder temperatures you may want to consider pre-reserving tents, heaters and/or coolant fans.  Talk to your rental company to ask about all of their rules and guidelines for cut off for full/final payment and/or deposit holds.  If you wait until the forecast is given, so is everyone else and those items may not be available in your area and you may have to pay premium prices to have them brought in from out of town or state.

3)   Work with you vendors and venue to have a solid back up plan.  Our company traditionally has a minimum of 3 “plan of actions” when it comes to weather and serious issues.  We have our:

a.    original dream plan

b.    plan B still tries to keep the integrity of the original plan but with small adjustments

c.    Plan C is the worst case scenero….no couple likes this option but sometimes you have to do what is best for the safety and health of your guests, protections of vendor’s equipment and respect of the venue hosting the event.

d.    Little does our clients know but we usually have a few other ideas and options in mind just in case anything shifts along during the set-up of the day.
(photo courtesy of waterhouse studios)

4)   Last but not least…embrace it.  Don’t stress, cry nor lose sleep over it!  None of us can truly predict what will happen, all we can do is Pray/Hope for the BEST, PLAN for the worst and embrace what is…

a.    Buy rain boots and cute umbrellas to take cute photos

b.    Search for rainbows once the storm passes by

c.    Plan for parking services (valet) to park cars so guests can remain dry

d.    Dance in the rain

e.    Plan a trash the dress session if possible

I could sugar coat it and say “It’s good luck for it to rain on your wedding day” or that
a wet knot is a tight knot…(AND THEY ARE!!!) but realistically all we really can do is tell you to prepare and remember you’ve hired an all-star professional team to handle all of the logistics and what ifs. I know this blog may not assist those going through the big storm this weekend but hopefully it will prepare future couples still planning.  No matter what happens on your wedding day… you’ll still be married at the end of the day! 

Many thoughts and prayers go out to the families, friends, and vendors who are in the eye of the of the storm this weekend.  May each one of you have a strong game plan and make beautiful memories no matter what.