A Wedding Journey: Pt 2

Hello, all!

So last week, I gave you a little bit of background on myself as well as some tips that I found most helpful during the early stages of planning my own wedding. This week I’d like to discuss the next biggest thing… VENDORS!

Vendors can play such an important role in your wedding day, so it’s really important to make sure that you have the right ones for your taste AND your budget. Following are just a few examples of the vendors that could be necessary in making your big day everything that you ever dreamed it would be:

  1. Venue – Probably the most important of the vendors and potentially the most expensive. If you’re leaning towards a lower budget, but still want a “wow factor” wedding, I suggest places like your home church or a state park

If, on the other hand, cost is not an issue then you may consider a country club or a stylish local venue

2. Wedding Planner/Decorator – It may seem trivial, but I can guarantee that you will NEVER regret hiring a wedding planner. They will take away a large portion or the burden that comes along with putting a wedding together and make sure that everything is perfect for your big day (not to mention, they will be worth every single penny).

3. Baker/Cake Decorator – Set up appointments with different bakers, test aaalllll of the cake, and enjoy it! Compare prices and be sure to stay within your budget. Decide if you want the whole cake or maybe just cupcakes… full icing or a “naked” cake. Maybe you want cheesecake? The possibilities are endless, but this was honestly my favorite part of the process because who doesn’t love free cake samples?

4. Catering – One of the more optional vendors because they aren’t 100% necessary for a wedding to happen. However, if you are getting married around dinner time, a meal is definitely nice to have!

5. Entertainment – When attending an event of any kind, guests tend to stay longer when they are enjoying themselves… So, it is important to decide if you’ll have a DJ, live music, a rented juke box, or maybe just a stereo that can be used for playing music during the reception.

More important than any of the vendors though is that you simply enjoy your wedding day. And be sure not to get so caught up in the planning that you forget about the existence of your fiance… Continue to date one another, talk about your dreams and your future plans, and live in the moment… This only happens once! Cherish every moment. Catch you guys next week with the scoop on my own experiences with these vendors!

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A Wedding Journey: Pt 1

Hi, everyone! So I think that I should begin by introducing myself… My name is Adrean and I have been working here at Love’s Flower Shop on and off since about 2014. I am 100% new to the blogging world but I am going to do everything in my power to make this particular blog page the best that it can be…. Starting with our very first play-by-play, top-to-bottom, straight from the mouth of the bride (and the planner) documentation of what exactly it takes to make a wedding happen.
On April 21st of this year, I will be getting married (exciting, I know)! And in order for any of this to make much sense, I think I need to share a little back-story on my fiance and I.
Daniel and I met through a campus ministry called Chi Alpha at Arkansas Tech University through a mutual friend and we had a connection right away. Kind of like that fairy-tale “love at first sight” thing that is so cliche it could only possible happen in the movies… fast forward a little to December of 2016; Daniel gets down on one knee, asks me to be his wife and of course my answer was a resounding “YES!” But what happened next caught me off guard…

Now, mind you, I had been planning weddings for two years at that point so you would think that planning my own would be easy, right?? WRONG! I learned very quickly that there was SO MUCH MORE that went into making a wedding come together than I had ever imagined. So, as a bride and as a wedding/event planner, I would like to share with you a few of the things that I learned right off the bat and have taken to heart:

  1. SET YOUR BUDGET – I seriously cannot stress this enough. And I don’t mean set a budget for your wedding overall. I mean set a budget for your dress, your cake(s), your bridal party, your food, your rings, etc.
  2. Book early- To some, this probably seems like the obvious thing to do. But you need to know that wedding vendors (i.e. florists, planners, venues, bakers, photographers) are booking weddings sometimes a year or more in advance. This means that if you don’t get your date on their books ASAP, then you may not get who you want.
  3. Research, research, research- This is your WEDDING DAY. Make it count! When you are looking to book your vendors, never use the first one that you get a quote from without first exploring your options. Look them up on Facebook, take a glance at their website, see if you can find reviews for their work on Google, call them and see if you can set up a meeting.
  4. Pinterest- Some of you may cringe a little at that word, BUT it can be such a useful tool for figuring out what you like! Below I’ll be adding some of my own Pinterest wedding inspiration.

These are by no means the extent of the tips that I could give you, but they certainly have come in handy for me during this period of planning. Be sure to tune in next week, especially you newly engaged ladies and gentleman, because I’ll be discussing all of the vendors that you’ll need to make your big day as smooth and care-free as possible!

Questions to Ask your Venue

Questions to Ask your Venue

When it comes to wedding planning one of the most important detail is to nail down your wedding venue. With the wedding business booming, more and more venues are popping up all over the country with all types of themes and amenities, so it’s important to know what you’re envisioning for your perfect day before you start touring venues.

When you do begin touring there are multiple questions you need to ask you venue:

  • How many hours are we given? Does this include a rehearsal time?

Many venues require parties to be completely cleaned out by midnight, so if you’re planning on rocking all night long this is one question you don’t want to miss!

We most always suggest having a rehearsal the night before, especially with large wedding parties. This always helps calm the bride and gives some sense of organization on the wedding day.pexels-photo-70291

  • What is allowed for decor and exits?

This is important for many historical venues. They may restrict rose petals, confetti, rice, and many venues do not allow sparklers within a certain distance of the building. If you dream of a sparkling exit to your day, you may be limited.pexels-photo-306059

  • Do you have preferred or required vendors?

There aren’t many but some venues may require you use certain caterers or other vendors for your wedding. If you planned on having Aunt Betty cater or had your heart set on your favorite Italian place, be prepared to turn down some venues. pexels-photo-265903

  • What amenities and services are included?

Some venues will include linens, cake cutting, clean up, or a bridal brunch in their fees. This is a great way to save some money or time and something you definitely want to be on the lookout for!

  • What is the down payment? When is the final payment due?

Once you’ve found your dream venue this is vital information to have. If you can immediately afford the down payment you need to go ahead and reserve your date, especially if you want to get married during their busy time. Final payment date should immediately put down in your bridal planner/ calendar so you can ensure you’re paid in time!

 

Flower of the Month: Roses and Honeysuckles

Flower of the Month: Roses and Honeysuckles

The June birth flowers are the rose and the honeysuckle.

The Rose

The rose has more meanings than one can count!

pexels-photoA pink rose means perfect happiness.

rose-red-rose-romantic-rose-bloomWhile a red rose means “I love you.”

pexels-photo-237382A white rose signifies innocence and purity.

pexels-photo-237355While a yellow rose conveys friendship.

HNCK4278A bouquet of roses means sincere gratitude.

pexels-photo-360179Whereas a single rose amplifies the meaning of the color (a single red rose means “I REALLY love you”).

The Honeysuckle

The other June flower is honeysuckle, which is a strong symbol for the everlasting bonds of love.flowers-1754822_960_720