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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

The Importance of Nailing down a Day-Of Itinerary

The Importance of Nailing down a Day-Of Itinerary

On your wedding day you want everything to go as smoothly as possible. You’ve hired a planner or coordinator to help things along but you’re being hit with time lines from everyone. Your photographer has a timeline, your DJ, cake, caterer are all showing up at different times, and you feel a little helpless. This is where a Day-Of Itinerary can help.

Most planners and coordinators will help you set up your day-of itinerary (also known as flight plans or schedules) by combining all of the different timetables you’ve been given into one timeline while also setting a plan for when you want to do dances, exits, and compiling song lists. Not only will this help with organization, but it will allow everyone to know where they should be and when.

When making our itineraries, we typically try to start with the photographers time table and then add in arrival times of the DJ, Cake, and caterer. Next we add in the name and order of bridesmaid and groomsmen and the songs chosen by the bride for processional, unity ceremony, first dances, etc. Below is an example of what one of our itineraries looks like!Flightplan

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We typically give a copy of this to both mothers, the DJ, the Photographer, the venue coordinator, and the officiant so that everyone is on the same page!

 

Our First Bridal Shows!

At the beginning of this year, we partook in our first bridal shows! We loved getting to meet the brides and hear about what they wanted for their wedding day as well as getting to show off what we can do! Check out some of our tables from the Conway Bridal Expo below!

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Our Favorite Favors

Our Favorite Favors

When attending a wedding, it might seem a little awkward to take home a gift. Now we’re not talking about stealing one of the happy couple’s gifts, but a gift from the happy couple themselves! Most couples want to have some type of favor that guests can take home to remember their wedding and thank friends and family for the love and support they’ve shown throughout the couple’s relationship. Don’t be afraid to take home what was meant for you!

These favors are going to have your guests begging to take them all home!

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This is a great suggestion for big party families that lets your guests kick off their heels and dance in comfy shoes all night!

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If you’re having an outdoor wedding in the winter time, these are a must have! Your guests will appreciate your thoughtfulness and they will fly off the table!

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If you’ve got a green thumb, you might want to share the love! This is a great idea because every time one of your guests looks at their plant, they’ll think of you and your wonderful wedding!

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This is perfect for an outdoor wedding or reception to protect your guests eyes! Not to mention, it makes adorable pictures!

Sweets for Your Sweet

Sweets for Your Sweet

Who else loves baking? We love these sweet treats for Valentine’s Day and couldn’t wait to share them!

Marshmallow Hearts 

How sweet would this be on a chilly Valentine’s Day movie night! Anyone up for watching Frozen?

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Full Tutorial found here on bellyfull.net.

Sugar Cookie Cake

This sounds so yummy, we could almost smell it though the screen!

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Tutorial found on julieblanner.com.

Teddy Graham Conversations

These are super easy and so cute! Great for a kids snack!

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Recipe found on Hello Wonderful

Oreo Pops

These take only minutes to make and are a great classroom treat!

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Found on Happiness is Homemade.

 

Don’t forget you can pre-order your Valentine’s Day flowers today!