Wedding Guests Who Don’t RSVP Or RSVP “Yes” But Pull A No Show

Wedding Guests Who Don’t RSVP Or RSVP “Yes” But Pull A No Show

Seeing as we’re experts on all things wedding planning, there tends to be a surge of excitement and nervous tension (sometimes downright drama) within the planning months. But then as the wedding date draws closer, the pressure is on to now pay close attention to the guest list and also the room block. It’s a game of who is coming and who is not, who’s bringing a plus-1 who wasn’t supposed to, and of course those that don’t RSVP.

Why is that?

Perhaps, like all of us, your guests are busy. Or they forgot. Or they’re waiting for something “better” to come along (sorry). Whatever the reason is, sometimes we have seen relationships between the couple and the non RSVP-er become strained due to frustration and hurt feelings, especially when it comes to co-workers, as it can become very awkward to walk up to a colleague to ask “so, are you coming to the wedding?” while other non-invited colleagues are near by.

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So is it okay to send that person, or any non RSVP-er, an email? Absolutely. If you want an accurate headcount—ummm, of course you do because this is costing you a small fortune—then it is certainly acceptable and leaves you no choice but to phone or email with a pleasant “’just wanted to check in to be sure you got the invitation, as we haven’t heard from you…”. Here at Down The Aisle, we take that discomfort right out of our clients’ hands by doing this step for them, regardless of which package they’ve booked with us, if this were ever the situation. We take the reigns as a non involved third party, and we keep it friendly versus accusatory. Now, if this unresponsive guest still becomes a fence sitter or is still unsure and your deadline has passed? Then the general rule of thumb we follow, is consider this couple a “no”. There are deadlines in place for the caterer for a reason—the food/beverage order has to be ordered quite a few days in advance of the wedding.

So, next point…what happens when a guest either responds as a “yes” or has to be followed-up with to get their “yes”, but then they pull a “no show” at the wedding. They simply just don’t bother to make it to your wedding. While we haven’t seen this as much with our couples—the failure to not RSVP is much more common—this happened at my own wedding with a few guests (yes, not just one or two but a “few”) who “no showed”. It was certainly annoying of course, but nonetheless, it didn’t stop me from following-up with them afterwards to ask what happened. Turns out—believe this or not—there are parts of North America (where I am from) that simply sees an RSVP as “no big deal”, a cultural difference if you will, if they either don’t RSVP at all, or say “yes” but then don’t come. Either way, the “no-shows” will most likely feel a tad bit of guilt, while you, your in-laws or your parents can box-up some meals to save as leftovers (note: some places have policies in place that disallow this). Just don’t send the “no-shows” a bill for their meal, as this won’t take the cake.

 

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We’ll Tackle Your Invites And RSVP’s!

Need help with those fence-sitters? Wanna help close the loop once and for all on your guest list RSVP’s? We’ve got that covered!

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Top Ways To Incorporate Mason Jars In Your Wedding

Top Ways To Incorporate Mason Jars In Your Wedding

Mason jars as wedding decor is a popular trend among brides. They are most desired among brides who love the rustic wedding themes and new vintage themes which also seem to be trending.

Here are a few top ways to incorporate mason jars in your wedding:

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  • Mason Jars can be a fun DIY project you can work on with your bridesmaids, or family members. Mason jars are a great way to save, as they can be picked up at local craft stores, or online in bulk.
  • They can add a little bit of creativity to your wedding. It’s amazing how many ways mason jars can be used for beautiful decor at your wedding!
  • Use them at your ceremony or your reception, or both. They can be used at your ceremony or reception to light the aisle or room with candles, or to decorate the aisle or tables with flowers on fish hooks or hanging from ribbon.
  • The most obvious choice is to use them as a vase, especially at the end of the aisle. But they work great for candles or for straws.
    Top Ways To Incorporate Mason Jars In Your Wedding

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Mason jars as wedding decor provide countless options for every couple. Down The Aisle has endless suggestions on our Pinterest board, check them out!  

 

~Submitted by Emily Wagner, Intern/Assistant Coordinator

 

 

 

5 Wedding Budget Secrets From An Expert Wedding Planner

5 Wedding Budget Secrets From An Expert Wedding Planner

 

The Budget. It’s Painstaking. It’s no secret, that one of the most stressful steps is the wedding budget planning. If composing it weren’t challenging enough, then there’s sticking to it. Most likely, you’ve never had to sit and ponder a cost to feed 100 people. Or how to gauge the invitation envelope to be “lighter” to be mailed at a lower expense.

When working with couples, we always recommend  that the planning process should begin with the budget.

I know, not as fun and “pretty” as sitting for hours pouring over Pinterest. But wedding budget planning is difficult, and many choices that you make will of course affect your overall cost. 

Here, we share our 5 wedding budget secrets from an expert wedding planner:

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Floral Design Credit: The Harwinton Florist

Expert Planner Secret #1: Have A Separate Account

Open a separate “wedding fund” checking or savings account. This not only streamlines the process, but also makes it easier to track what is available, and what is being spent. Plus, you can have both yourself and your fiancé’s name jointly on the account. After marriage, can have an already established account that just needs to have a name change (if applicable).

 

Expert Planner Secret #2: Discuss Ahead Of Time Who’s Paying For What

Tradition states that it is the bride’s family who should pay for the wedding; however, this is no longer the expectation. Today, contributions towards the wedding come from many different sources, but don’t just expect it to be this way. We worked with a bride who “thought” her mother was handling the centerpieces, only to realize that was not the case, and we had to choose another path for the centerpieces—thankfully with us on her side, we caught this early-on, and were able to-work the budget to compensate. I know it’s a tender topic, but you will really need to have this financial discussion with your family members, and more precisely, spell-it-out on a spreadsheet who is contributing for what.

 

Personalized Wedding Budget by Down The Aisle

Personalized Wedding Budget by Down The Aisle

 

Expert Planner Secret #3: Don’t Follow The Magazine’s Budget Advice

I hate to be the bearer of this, but please don’t follow those “pie-charts” or lists from the wedding magazines that advise allotting a certain amount or percentage for your wedding budget planning. Not only are they not realistic, but they aren’t specific to the region that you’re planning in, nor are they compensating for the time of year or day of the week, i.e., a Friday , Sunday or even a weekday wedding will be less expensive.

 

Expert Planner Secret #4: Stay True To Yourself

Focus your wedding budget planning around the things that matter most to you, and you’ll never go wrong. Don’t feel bad if you don’t have a fortune to spend on your wedding—leave the extravagance to the celebrities, and infuse your celebration with creativity and simplicity that represent your personal togetherness. This not only alleviates a lot of stress in the wedding planning budget, but we apply this with our couples, and all of them report post-wedding how “wowed” their guests were, from the most simplest of things. Trust me, your guests will remember a hand-written personal note, a DIY-crafted cake topper, or a well-crafted speech over any lavish floral display.

 

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Photo by Jasonlovesmaggie

Expert Planner Secret #5: Hire The Best Professionals Within Your Budget

A wedding is not only a celebration, but it is an experience to be lived and enjoyed. It is not possible to have the day you envision just by selecting the “cheapest” service professionals. Ask friends, family or co-coworkers for recommendations, or consider working with a wedding planner who is skilled in knowing the a variety of wedding professionals who are competent within your budget;not only are they familiar with the regional demographic,  they can help you in deciding on your priorities so that you don’t overspend in one area, and not have enough in another area.

Remember: focus the wedding budget around the things that matter most to you. Does planning the wedding budget overwhelm and keep you up at night, not knowing what things cost, or how to compose a budget. Look no further, we can help!

 

What Happens If It Rains On The Wedding Day? Here’s Our Top Tip

What Happens If It Rains On The Wedding Day? Here’s Our Top Tip

At Down The Aisle, we’ve always mentioned that each and every wedding that we manage or plan is different from one to the next with this one exception: every bride stresses about the weather. As soon as that 10-day forecast is available, it’s refreshed a dozen times a day. I know you can’t help it, but honestly, what can be done (nothing), and what needs to be done, are two different things. 

So what happens on your wedding day if it rains? Instead of getting frazzled, narrow down the options, especially for an outdoor ceremony: will you decide that day for your “Plan B”? Perhaps still have the ceremony outdoors if there’s a drizzle? Or will you decide to go with an alternative a day (or two) ahead of time? Of course flooding and hurricanes are notorious too, but those are entirely different situations–we’ve been through those, too!.

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Photo By Sandor Weisz | Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC 2.0)

So, our top tip for what happens if it rains? Well, when working with us, we have a “golden rule”: Always put as much thought into your Plan B inclement weather plan, and love it as much as your Plan A

3 other great tips for your inclement weather wedding day:

  • Don’t be afraid of getting wet! It’s okay to have a brief moment for your outdoor pics. You can touch-up your make-up, your day-of coordinator can help with your gown, and your hired professionals are able to (within reason) work around it
  • You may wish to consider “tent insurance” which allows you to place a deposit on a tent to be decided in the final hour (a day or two prior), whether or not you want to use it
  • Be considerate of your guests—you may want to offer a hot beverage station if it’s a chilly, raw and rainy day, parasols for their use, or even valet parking

Considering a customized “Plan B” inclement weather plan? Just give us a shout! We’ll help brainstorm with you!

 

Weddings That Give Back: 5 Ways To Make Your Wedding Count

Weddings That Give Back: 5 Ways To Make Your Wedding Count

Weddings that give back allows the couple to feel that although they are having a whole day dedicated towards them, they can also give back at the same time. Being charitable in some way on your special day is simple and easily attainable. There are many unique ways to give back.

Weddings that give back will make couples feel even more amazing on their wedding day. With these simple, affordable ideas, you can contribute to a worthy charitable cause on your big day.

Reuse Your Flowers

Call a local nursing home or hospital and ask if you can donate your reception flowers after the big day. Appoint your wedding consultant, trusted friend or family member to transport the flowers and spread some cheer.

Reuse your flowers

Charitable Favors 

Select favors that have a purpose. Represent a charitable organization with a ribbon on your favors or dedicate your favors to a worthy organization. Another great idea is instead of doing favors, donate that money to an organization and say so on a card in lieu of the favors at each place setting.

Create Care Packages

Gift baskets are popular in bathrooms for out of town guests, or in each restroom that will be used at the reception. But what do you do with the unused leftover remains? Consider making some extras for troops overseas–they usually are in need of the same types of things, and would greatly appreciate receiving them.

Charitable Shoes

Some shoe companies offer more than just a pair of shoes for you. For example, TOMS is an organization which for each pair of TOMS that are purchased, a pair are donated to a child in need of shoes in over 50 countries worldwide. So grab some charitable shoes for you and your bridesmaids…and even for the groom and groomsmen!

Volunteer Vacations

Consider spending your honeymoon volunteering for a charitable project or organization. Volunteering for your honeymoon doesn’t have to be completely selfless and it may offer a great experience for all newlyweds. Another plus is volunteer vacations often allow for the couple to see more of the destination and culture through different types of experiences.

Weddings that give back provide opportunity for the couple to come together on something they truly both believe in. It also gives couples something to feel good about on or near their special day.

Managing The Wedding Invitations: 8 Tips You Need To Know First

Managing The Wedding Invitations: 8 Tips You Need To Know First

After being in business for a few years now, we’ve pretty much seen everything possible go wrong with the wedding invitations. Whether it’s a serious typo that was missed during the proofing stages or a major miscount, there are definitely a lot of factors to consider before you send out those-oh-so-important wedding invitations for your big day. However, lots of experience has taught us that not everyone knows what to keep in mind when picking out, ordering, and sending out their invites, so today we’ve compiled the top 8 wedding invitation tips that you absolutely must know as a bride-to-be.

Read on, take notes, and watch as Down The Aisle helps you with managing the invites with our 8 tips you need to know first for a stress-free invitation experience!

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1. Figure out your style & colors before ordering your wedding invitations.

It’s cliche, but it’s the truth: your wedding invitations really do establish the tone and style of your day. They’re the first glimpse into your wedding that you’ll guests will see and whether you like it or not, they honestly set an expectation for what’s to come. So if you’re having a luxurious, black-tie wedding, don’t send out low-key, basic invites. Trust us, it will cause major confusion.

Secondly, make sure you have your colors chosen before you order the wedding invitations. The last thing you want is to have to fork out even more money because you changed your mind about the color palette 2 months into the engagement.

2. Remember to stamp & address the R.S.V.P return envelopes.

Getting your guests to send back the R.S.V.P in a timely manner (or, in some cases, at all) can be a hassle. But you don’t know frustration until you realize that the main reason they aren’t dropping those little cards in the mail is because you forgot the stamp the return envelopes. It’s amazing, but a stamp is a powerful little nudge.

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3. Always order extra wedding invitations!

To be safe rather than sorry, always order plenty of extra wedding invites (around 20 should do). My oh my do they come in handy when you unexpectedly have to add on to your guest list or after you’ve messed up quite a few envelopes during the addressing phase. Having a few extras on hand are always great for a keepsake/memento.

4. Weigh a sample invite before sending to guests.

Nothing spells disaster like having every single one of your wedding invitations returned to your for insufficient postage (yikes!). Make sure you are covered from the get-go by dropping by your local post office to have one of your invites weighed before send-off. Also make sure the post office has enough of the stamps you desire. 

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5. Double & Triple proof the final sample.

Proofing your wedding invitations is a no-brainer suggestion, but we recommend that you not only double check, but triple check. Oh, and a fresh pair of eyes is always helpful — so consider having your maid of honor and bridesmaids join you for a wine-filled proof party, too.

6.  Number your R.S.V.P cards.

Trust us, most of your guests will forget to write their names on the R.S.V.P cards they return to you. To prevent chaos went those nameless cards come in the mail, number your cards on the back and match them with a corresponding name on your guest list before you send them out.

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7. Don’t lick, use a glue stick!

Don’t waste hours trying to seal your wedding envelopes the old fashioned way — invest in a cheap glue stick and let it do all the work for you!

8. Count mailing addresses, not invitees!

We’ve heard horror stories about couples ordering too many–wasting that precious wedding budget–invitations. Remember — just because you are inviting 150 people doesn’t mean that you need 150 invites! Count your mailing addresses instead since many of your invitees will likely reside at the same place.

Have an invitation uh-oh on your hands? Contact us — we’re already happy to help a bride in distress!

Ideas From Down The Aisle: 5 Ways To Reuse Your Wedding Dress

Ideas From Down The Aisle: 5 Ways To Reuse Your Wedding Dress

When you finally find the dress, it can understandably be difficult to part with after you spent such a special day wearing it. However, instead of zipping it up in a bag and hanging it in the back of your closet for the rest of your life, why not find a fun and sentimental way to use it again after the wedding day? Because we love the idea of putting that one-of-a-kind dress to good use more than once, we investigated some of the great ways are brides are doing just that — and my oh my are they fabulous. So before you resort to holding on to it as an unwearable memento, check out our top 5 favorite ways to reuse your wedding dress!

1.  Have it turned into a special memento 

Hmmm, can’t bear the thought of spending money to have your gown cleaned, preserved then stuffed into a box to never take it out to look at it again?  Hire a seamstress to recycle pieces of it into different keepsakes, such as bedding for your baby’s crib, a Christmas ornament or tree skirt, curtains, pillows, a cocktail dress, etc. That way every time you see that item you can be reminded of one of the most significant days of your life. Our personal favorite is bra and panty set as this bride featured below did and used it to have a one-year anniversary shoot to surprise her husband.

 

2. Take pieces from the dress to use around a wooden photo frame 

Preserving a wedding dress long after the big day is a lot of work, especially in certain climates, so we love the idea of taking a portion from the dress to use around a photo frame. Place a wedding photo within this frame and voila–not only is there a picture of you in the gown, but a piece of it sits around the frame! This would also work nicely within a scrapbook.

 

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3. Make it into a necklace 

The idea of reusing your wedding dress to make into a necklace definitely has the creativity and beauty to make us swoon. Whether it is turned into a pendant or a more intricate style like the gorgeous example below that the bride made from rosettes from her gown, you can’t go wrong with refashioning your dress into something you can wear again and again.

 

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Flickr photo via lambsandivydesigns.com (CC BY 2.0)

4. Trash it in morning after or anniversary photo shoot 

Trash the dress sessions has become increasingly popular with brides across the world, and for good reason. For starters, they are stunning and make for incredible photos of your and the love of your life. We think a morning after the wedding trash the dress session or a one year anniversary is the best time to get wild and crazy with the dress. You had an amazing time the first time your wore the dress, why not wear it again? Truly a fab way to reuse your wedding dress after the wedding day!

 

5. Start a new tradition: Try it on every anniversary! 

Can you tell this is my personal favorite? I love the excitement of taking it out every anniversary, and trying it on with my children. I’ve been married over a decade and while I cannot fully zip up the back, I look forward to this annual tradition where I can not only see, but touch a moment of when I became “Mrs”.  

 

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This is owner Christine with her two children.

 

For more ways that other Connecticut brides have reused their wedding dress, contact us, we’ll give your our insider resources!

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DTA Expert Advice: 5 Effortless Ways To Maintain Wedding Etiquette And Tradition

DTA Expert Advice: 5 Effortless Ways To Maintain Wedding Etiquette And Tradition

Although the engagement ring has been a long standing wedding tradition, thee sign of a pledge to marry, it is certainly not necessary to have a ring in order to be engaged. Some forgo the ring altogether and just have a wedding band, while others wait until after their marriage, when they’re more settled to purchase the ring.

This leads me to an area for discussion. One of the most commonly asked questions I get as a CT wedding planner, usually starts with “is it proper to do ___?” or “is it okay to do ___?”. Ahh, the inescapable wedding etiquette question. Funny how in our modern times, somehow brides are still interested in maintaining a bit of tradition….Good for you!

There is actually, a distinction between “Tradition” and “Etiquette”. Traditions evolve and change with the times, etiquette simply holds firm to the notion of how we interact with each other. Sure, maybe someday soon it will become common for brides to send save-the-dates and wedding invitations via Facebook or Instagram (tradition), but publically discussing invitees on social media may be hurtful for some was not invited (poor etiquette).

Below I’ve outlined 5 Effortless Ways To Maintain Wedding Etiquette And Tradition when planning your wedding:

1. The Tradition Of Announcing Your Engagement

You said yes! It’s traditional to inform the bride’s parents first of the engagement, then others. It is proper etiquette that if you have children from a former relationship/marriage, you should share the news with your ex before he/she finds out from someone else.

 

 

2. Hosting A Reception

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It is traditional to host a post-nuptial celebration (reception) and invite guests. Divvying-up and trimming the guest list are a completely separate discussion, but I can tell you that it is appropriate to be sure to invite these 3 groups of people:

  • The officiant who performs your vows and his/her spouse
  • The parents of your youngest bridal attendants— ring bearers and flower girls
  • The spouse, live-in partner, or fiancé of each invited guest (regardless if you’ve never met them before)

 

 

 3. Use The British Spelling For Formal Invitations

A long-standing wedding tradition dictates the British wording and spelling for a formal invitation. When a ceremony is religious or held in a house of worship, the phrase “the honour of your presence” is used. Also keep in mind that your invitation sets the tone for what guests expect, so it is recommended etiquette to be sure all your wedding elements should be consistent (a handwritten invitation would not be suitable for an ultra-formal wedding).

 

Photo By Kasey Matson Photography

Photo By Kasey Matson Photography

4. The Wedding Toast

It’s so exciting to have so many parties and events to attend in your honor (or is it “honour”?) and one of my favorite traditions at the reception, is the toasting of the bride and groom. Usually the host of the event (bride’s father) is the first person to give the toast, followed by attendants and anyone else wishing to give one. Etiquette suggests that the person giving the toast should welcome the guests, keep it light and courteous, and express their pleasure for the future newlyweds—raunchy humor, attacking rants, or overly-embarrassing details make guests uncomfortable. Oh, and a tip for the bride and groom: since you are the ones being honored, you DON’T take a sip from glass, but simply raise them.

 

 

5. The Hand-Written Thank You Note

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Okay, I hope this last one is obvious, but just in case, always, always, always send a hand-written thank you note to each and every guest who comes to the wedding thanking them for attending and their wedding gift (if you are given cash, it is proper to list how much in the note). And contrary to the wedding tradition rumor that has somehow surfaced in our generation, you don’t “have up until a year” after the wedding to write a thank-you note—just get to it sooner rather than later!

 

 

Need more ideas and wedding advice to keep you on the right etiquette path? Reach out, we’d be glad to help!

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Having An Outdoor Wedding? We Share Our 5 Best Tips Ever!

Having An Outdoor Wedding? We Share Our 5 Best Tips Ever!

Having an outdoor ceremony means there are many ways to personalize your wedding day, but there are also many limitations. taking your first dance as Mr. and Mrs. along a garden or under the moonlight, or  you’ll need to follow these 5 important considerations when having an outdoor wedding.

 

#1 Do This First – Compile Your Guest List Before Choosing Your Venue

One of the most important choices you will make when it comes to your wedding, is where will the wedding celebration take place…Beach? Swanky restaurant? Ball Room? Garden? Each venue location has its share of personality, décor limitations, and logistics, especially when having an outdoor wedding. The amount of guests you are inviting really has the greatest impact in determining where you will have the wedding so before you run-out to have a site tour of your dream-location, consider how many guests would be in attendance first. Having a guest list of 200-plus will not work at an intimate, cozy barn or ranch that can only hold 120 guests. Don’t decide on your location without first considering your guest list.


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#2  The Outdoors May Be More Tricky To “Keep It Simple” As You Think

Saying “I Do” in the great outdoors is one of the most romantic ways to unite your love. Unlike houses of worship, the outdoors lend itself to the natural surrounding beauty. Parks, lighthouses, botanical gardens, historic mansions/estates, beaches and other outdoor venues are charming, but can have their limitations in terms of flow, symmetry, and access.  Is the area that you’re considering flat or sloped? Will you have sufficient heating or cooling to keep comfortable? Will your guests be able to park close-enough to the site? I recall one client who said to me “I just want a simple, beach wedding”. Well, beaches in general, have one of the most difficult regulations and logistics—some don’t allow glass or liquor, garbage disposal may be an issue, parking is not always easy, and keeping guests out of the hot sun and keeping them cool make it challenging. Also keep in mind that with places that are open to the public, it may be difficult to maintain an appropriate perimeter and you will need to keep this in mind when determining your comfort level. Be prepared for beachcombers (beach weddings), people walking their dogs (or them running off their leashes), casual onlookers that will stop to watch your wedding ceremony. This happens all the time in parks, and there is nothing that we can do—as wedding coordinators—to ask them to leave, they have a right to be there. There’s also noise from traffic, surrounding recreation, and of course, pesky insects.  No matter what you decide, you will also need to consider restrooms—that you have enough and that they’re within close proximity.

 

#3 Make Sure Your Big Day Beauty Can Withstand The Big Outdoors

Us ladies know that reapplying lip balm or lipstick is really no biggie, even when you’re the bride (we promise!). But worrying if your bridal look will stand up to the steep stress Mother Nature can dish out (notice I didn’t say your mother-in-law), is something that can be reduced with a little pre-planning. No bride should have to endure limp hair or frazzled ends, or worry if her skin’s glow is starting to look chalky at the days’ end. Things are much different in terms of planning for your beauty look, if you’ll be spending the majority of your wedding day outside. Instead of just pointing to your Pinterest board on a certain look you’re going after, be sure to disclose and discuss your plans for an outdoor wedding when speaking with your hairstylist and make-up team…and we’ve got your back! My two personal favs (both without parabens!), Urban Decay’s All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray and Josie Maran’s Pure Argan Oil are stashed in our “day-of emergency bag”, ready to combat any of the ladies’ droopy makeup or to smooth any wiry strands.

 

#4 Electricity—The Unglamorous Forgotten Detail

Remember 2013’s “Big Game” XLVII ‘s electrical power outage at the New Orleans Superdome which delayed a half hour of the game? Well even if you can’t remember, just know it can happen at your wedding. And here’s another tidbit: just because a venue location has a power source available, it doesn’t mean that the total amount of power is usable, nor does it mean just because you can plug into it, that you’re able to power it—there needs to be a “buffer” so that a risk of tripping the breakers is kept to a minimum. Indoors there’s usually no problem, but bringing everything outside could be complicated. Be sure to inquire on the electrical source at your site.

 

#5  Avoid Outdoor Wedding Mishaps With The Assistance Of A Wedding Planning Team

The stakes are always high when there’s a large group of people celebrating outdoors, and the bride and groom are spending a small fortune to make it happen. Don’t get blinded by all the glamorous “pretty” details and forgo the important logistics, permits, equipment and clean-up needed.

Our team has personally worked through our share of inclement weather (a snow storm in October comes to mind, as well as two hurricanes) so we know how to aesthetically plan for inclement weather, and we’ve also become quite “electrical savvy”. With clients who chose an at-home wedding or a raw historic location, we usually look-into redundant backup generators (two generators that run simultaneously, but if one fails, the other picks up the load allowing for no outage) or a standard generator with a transfer switch. We also discuss the electrical power supply situation with the band or DJ to avoid any electrical mishaps.

Another way we’ve helped our couples with preparing for inclement weather is by offering “tent insurance” via a third party tent rental company. With (usually) a half-up front deposit to reserve the tent, the tent is held on reserve, but only installed and set-up last minute, with the remaining balance due that day if it’s needed due to inclement weather. We’ve also had fans, heaters or lighting on standby so guests can remain comfortable and be able to see, should the power go out. A skilled coordinator can also augment your venue’s onsite coordinator with your “Plan B” alternative indoor location should your outdoor one become unavailable.

Don’t just Pin your dreams, pursue them with us. Reach out to us anytime on ways we can help at your outdoor wedding site!
Cheers,

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What’s In? The Top 5 Wedding Trends For 2016

What’s In? The Top 5 Wedding Trends For 2016

There’s plenty to rave about in 2016’s wedding trends, from the smaller, more intimate affair to metalics, to the “reveal it (almost) all” wedding gown. Down The Aisle shares the Top 5 Wedding Trends For 2016:

1. Metalics–Bright-colored combinations paired with splashes of metalics are the big hit on the runway and in décor. While we’re still seeing Gold and Silver as top choices for metalics, we’ve also noticed Rose Gold—even on the bride’s ring finger—making its way towards the wedding design theme. Elements such as glittered vases and table runners as well as chairs, plates, cutlery, and table legs are areas we’re seeing the metalics, which can simultaneously add a hint of glam and warmth to the details.

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2. The See Through Trend –It’s on the red carpet and now it’s made its way to the wedding aisle. Cut outs and lace designs that showcase a peek of revealing skin. Grab the fashion tape, because whether it’s done tastefully or to shock, the see-through trend has arrived.

 

3.Long Tables –Especially popular with barn weddings, the long reception table versus a round table is trending. Long tables are not only a remarkable way to play-up your space, they’re unexpected, and give guests that “family tradition” feeling. Use one continuous long table to really transform your space, especially outdoors!

Flickr Photo by Andy (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Flickr Photo by Andy (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

4. Smaller Weddings – A large 150+ guest list has been declining while the trend has moved to a smaller guest list. Don’t misunderstand—going “smaller” doesn’t mean that you’re going “informal”, or that the details and personalization no longer matter, it’s that having a smaller wedding allows for more time mingling and socializing with guests. Many of our couples are even opting for a longer cocktail hour to allow for meaningful socializing and spending time with their loved ones before hitting the dance floor. Couples are also realizing that having a smaller guest count, means that there’s more wiggle room in the budget to hire better-quality wedding pros—always worth the investment in our eyes.

 

5. Braids Are In, Jewelry Is Out –Since roughly 90 percent of brides choose strapless, jewelry has become the obvious “norm” with regard to enhancing a neckline. Not anymore. Tousled one-sided braids and intricate braid chignons are all the rage. While pearls are still a common tradition with brides, some are skipping jewelry altogether to allow the focus on the bride’s showstopping hair, while nails and make-up remain neutral and subtle.

Flickr Photo by Wicker Paradise (CC 2.0)

Flickr Photo by Wicker Paradise (CC 2.0)

Want to incorporate some of these trends in your wedding day to elevate it to the next level? We’ll help connect you in the right direction, reach out to us for a chat!

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