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!.

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

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!

 

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!

wedding invitations

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.

wedding invitations

Caroline Frost Photography

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. 

wedding invitations

Sarah Parrot via Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

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.

wedding invitations

Sarah Parrot via Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

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.

 

lace-design-frame

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.

 

Flickr photo via lambsandivydesigns.com (CC BY 2.0)

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”.  

 

img_20151022_191840960

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!

My Signature

Tips from Down The Aisle: 7 Wedding Traditions That You Can Skip

Tips from Down The Aisle: 7 Wedding Traditions That You Can Skip

Don’t let this title let you think otherwise — we do love many of the classic wedding traditions, but we’re of the opinion that a couple should have their wedding day their way. So, if the bride and groom feel uncomfortable with the sometimes awkward (and, at worst, cheesy) traditions and superstitions that have become a mainstay for weddings throughout the years, like the garter removal and toss, the bouquet toss, the cake cutting, etc., then we think it’s A-okay to skip these ceremonial add-ons.

In fact, a lot of professionals and brides alike now share the opinion that many of these traditions of old have had their time and should be skipped if the couple of honor feel so inclined. And, if you’re worried about what your guests might think — don’t. Although they aren’t likely to admit it, most guests will welcome the absence, especially the single ladies and gents that get put on the spot.

So, if the idea of including any of these next 7 wedding traditions into your big day makes you feel uneasy or don’t really fit into the vision you have for your dream day, skip them. Oh, and don’t forget that you can pick and choose — keep the traditions you love and toss out the ones you don’t.

1. The Bouquet Toss

Not only does this wedding tradition put all your single friends on the spot, many feel awkward about gathering into a group and competing with other women for your flying bouquet. If you want to spare the single ladies in your life, skip it altogether or include come up with a plan to include all your female guests. Our favorite alternative is gifting your bouquet to the couple in the room who has been married for the longest amount of time or providing every woman in the room with a single stem flower.

Stuart Corbishley via Flickr

2. The Garter Toss

The garter toss is probably the most awkward of all wedding traditions, especially the part when the groom sticks his head under the bride’s dress to remove to garter. If you want to avoid potential embarrassment for you and your guests, go ahead and leave it out of your plans. The single men in the room definitely won’t mind.

3. The Cake Cutting

Cutting the wedding cake as a couple isn’t all that weird, but if you’re just not keen on the idea of including the tradition in your day, don’t feel like you have to. A fun alternative is to have the parents of the bride and the parents of the groom cut the cake instead. Or, if you don’t want to make a big deal about the cake at all, simply have your caterer cut and serve, do cupcakes instead, or you can always have just a photo of the two of you “cutting” the cake, but there’s no announcing of it. As long as there is cake or plenty of desserts, your guests won’t complain at all.

Photo by Neil Landino Photography

4. Having a Bride’s Side & Groom’s Side

Tradition states that the groom’s family is seated on the “right” while the bride’s is on the “left”. Why not shake things up (no one’s going to notice!) by having ushers escort guests to a “seat, not a side”, or have a cute sign to advise the guests?

5. Female-Only Bridal Party & Male-Only Groom Party

Although the bride’s wedding party usually consists of female-only bridesmaids and the groom’s wedding party usually consists of all-make groomsmen, this tradition is becoming less and less standard for modern brides and grooms. If you’ve got a guy bestie you want to include on your side, go for it! If he wants to include his sister on his side, don’t hold back! There’s no reason that the perspective “parties” have to be divvied up by gender, and we encourage you to do what works best for you, regardless of what others might think.

6. Not Seeing One Another Before The Ceremony

Over the past few years, we’ve seen many couples choose to forgo not seeing each other before the ceremony, and instead having a “first look”, where (often in private) you see each other for the first time, before the actual nuptials. We’ve seen parents/Dads too, join in this fun (new) tradition. Coming up with a creative way and place to meet each other, of course with your hired photographer ready to go, is half the fun!

Catherine Justin Eye Wrap_Catherine-Justin

7. Wedding Favors For Guests

Wedding favors are a wonderful way to thank your guests for joining you on your big day, but there are many ways show your appreciation without spending a small fortune on traditional wedding favors that your guests may never use. Send-off snacks or making a donation in your guests’ honor works just as well. Or, if your budget can’t handle any more strain, let your cake be the favor instead.

Well, brides-to-be, what wedding traditions will you be leaving off your timeline? Share below or contact us for more tips about alternative solutions!

~Blog contributed by Audra Jones

 

Unique Wedding Details: A Ring Warming Ceremony

Unique Wedding Details: A Ring Warming Ceremony

Unity and blessing ceremonies are a hugely popular detail in the modern weddings we see today. However, after so many unity candle and sand ceremonies, the idea can seem overused and lose its unique quality. Sure, there are many other types of ceremonies that you can incorporate into your wedding ceremony, and they have their merits. And yes, there is usually something out there to fit the personality and style of each and every couple. So to mix things up a bit, we suggest trying a ring warming ceremony. If you are wondering what exactly that may be, let us explain. The idea is pretty simple really. Someone, usually the wedding officiant, makes a statement at the beginning of the wedding ceremony explaining that the wedding rings will be passed around to each guest and extends an invitation for each and every person present to hold the rings for a moment and send good thoughts, prayers, or wishes to the bride and groom for their marriage. With each and every person present having the opportunity to share in your joy and become an important part of your love, the ring warming ceremony is truly a beautiful and intimate detail to include. However, there are downsides to the ring warming ceremony. For example, couples are often afraid that the rings will be dropped while they are being passed around and sometimes it can take way too long for the rings to make it to each person before the ring exchange needs to happen. So how do you solve these problems? To avoid the traumatic and embarrassing “ring drop,” couples often tie the rings to a string, a pillow or box. This takes out all the risk of a mass ring search during the middle of the ceremony and adds another cute detail to this special moment. When it comes to the other potential faux pas, the answer isn’t such a quick fix. You can either leave out the ring warming ceremony if you are hosting a very large wedding or include it in another way. These days, many couples who decide to hold a ring warming ceremony often ask the guests to warm the rings before the ceremony even begins by displaying the rings near the guest book or at a ring warming station with an explanation for their display. The decision is up to you, but the sentimentality of the ceremony is a detail that we can’t get enough of these days! Check out some photos below!

ring warming ceremony

Bee the Buzz Event via Wedding Bells

For their ring warming ceremony, this couple had a string that looped around to each guest. Each person just simply had to slide the ring to the next person! No potential for a ring drop here!

ring warming ceremony before the wedding

Kandice Hadley via Flickr

ring warming ceremony

Elijah and Jackie Parker via Offbeat Bride

Looking for even more unique wedding details? Contact us and we’ll help you find details perfect for your special day!

~Blog contributed by Audra Jones

Summer Wedding Perfection: The Fruit Bouquet

Summer Wedding Perfection: The Fruit Bouquet

Looking for that one last detail to take your summer wedding to perfection? Then look no further because we’ve got you covered!
Nothing makes us think of summer more than fresh flowers and pops of vibrant, fresh fruit, so why not incorporate both into your wedding bouquet and rock a fabulous fruit bouquet?   These fruit bouquets are not only deliciously gorgeous, they are eco and budget friendly as well.

We absolutely love the idea of having fruit slices mixed in with the whole pieces in your fruit bouquet! This allows you to take advantage of the nice texture of fruit inside and out! The insides of those lemons look almost like flowers themselves, but with a surprising pop.

Flickr Photo by Lianne Nichols (CC BY-NC 2.0)

Flickr Photo by Lianne Nichols (CC BY-NC 2.0)

 

Oh, and did we mention that it makes your bouquet smell even more awesome? The combination of the fruits and the flowers is heavenly.

For your perfect fruit bouquet, simply pick out your favorite fruits and enjoy! For tips on choosing the best fruit bouquet for your summer wedding soiree, simply contact us!

 

~Blog contributed by Audra Jones

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

Photo by Jason Loves Maggie

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

Flickr Photo By Betsy Weber (CC BY 2.0)

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!

My Signature

7 Honeymoon Bridal Must Haves

7 Honeymoon Bridal Must Haves

Shopping for your honeymoon is always a fun treat, but sometimes it’s really difficult to know where to start and what to buy. That’s where our list of seven honeymoon bridal must haves come into play! Scouring tons of websites, we’ve compiled a list here that features super cute needs that range from a great coral lipstick to a super fabulous carry on from Kate Spade. Your honeymoon experience is a once in a lifetime event, so why not splurge just a little and have a little fun with your shopping list? So pull out your honeymoon list and add these seven super cute items as your honeymoon bridal must haves!

7 must have honeymoon ideas

1). e.l.f matte coral lipstick, $3 2). blue j.crew leather passport cover, $45 3). kate spade carry on luggage, $630 4). blue and me forever dress, $59.99 5). ASOS squiggle heart stud earrings, $8.44 6). dv by dolce vita caspian striped flat sandal, $49.95 7). maison close villa satine triangle bra, $64.90 and garter belt, $57.50

Which honeymoon must have are you itching to buy? Contact us to share your ideas or request more great info on shopping for your honeymoon must have list!

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.


Outdoor Wedding Ceremony

Outdoor Winery Ceremony | DOC by Down The Aisle

 

#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,

My Signature

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.

RU GlassTable_METALICS

 

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!

My Signature