3 Simple Ways To Make Your Wedding Enjoyable In The Eyes Of A Guest

3 Simple Ways To Make Your Wedding Enjoyable In The Eyes Of A Guest

What Makes A Wedding Enjoyable?

Would you like to know 3 simple ways to make your wedding enjoyable? One of my favorite “ploys” so to speak of being a wedding planner, is often times as I’m coordinating on-site at the wedding, I completely “blend-in” with the guests. I’m dressed like a guest (no, it’s not like hotel staff, we don’t wear name badges or anything), and so guests just assume I am one most of the time. So you’ll never believe the conversations and comments of “wedding-chit-chat” I overhear as I’m moving about. This inspired me to pass along this knowledge so that you’re “in the know” about what makes a wedding enjoyable in the eyes of a guest.



Food is like the weather, it’s there in front of everyone and just begs to be a topic of discussion. Anything that is “ordinary” (fruit and a veggie spread during your cocktail hour) is fine, people will still eat it, and may actually prefer it versus anything that they wouldn’t recognize…but how it’s delivered or arranged can really make an impression; this is especially true if you’re budget conscious. Think fruit skewers instead of a fruit platter, or passed “fruit cones” (think a snow cone, but full of fruit instead, and guests are given fancy toothpicks).

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Trust me, guests will remember (and comment) if they had to pay for their own drinks or not. As a wedding planner, an open-bar is the one thing I always encourage my clients to consider—even on a tight budget—because remember, you are hosting an event in your honor, the same as you would in your home…You wouldn’t ever charge anyone a glass of wine in your home, right? Guests feel pampered when they’re “taken care of”, and one way that’s quite simple to make a wedding enjoyable in the eyes of your guests, is with an open-bar. Even this route, there are many ways to keep the costs down.





Let’s face it, no one likes to wait, whether it’s in line at the post office, waiting for transportation to arrive, or waiting at a traffic light, waiting makes people cranky. And impatient. So a simple way to make your wedding enjoyable, is to try to reduce wait times at any particular area of the day: decrease the number of your attendants in your bridal party, to trim the length of the ceremony (this decreases your costs as well); have only your parents or just your best man and maid of honor in your receiving line so your reception can get underway quicker; do not have a large gap between your ceremony and reception; and lastly, ask those who are giving blessings and toasts to deliver kind words, but skip personal jokes that only you or your spouse would get, and remind them that they don’t have to relive every year since the third grade when you met. And please do yourself a favor and have the speeches done early in the reception—tongues get very “loose” after alcohol, and mixed with nerves from speaking in front of others, this can become an uncomfortable combination for the speaker.

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Whether it’s help on how to make the most impact with your menu, where to scale-back and where to spend, or writing those public speeches, Down The Aisle, LLC  is your prime source to assist in offering ways to make your wedding enjoyable. Contact our team today to learn how we can help.

Wedding Event Uplighting

Wedding Event Uplighting

What makes wedding event up-lighting such a popular choice?

Wedding Event Up-Lighting has become such a popular wedding trend, because other than slipping on that glamorous gown, nothing else can transform in an instant from “mediocre” to “amazing” in an instant like lighting. Architectural Room Lighting, or “up lighting” creates a romantic and elegant atmosphere, while accessorizing with drama, illusion, and magic.

For instance, an experienced lighting design team, can instantly create a moon-light sky night at your reception, where one didn’t exist before, using a “gobo” on the ceiling. “Dull” tent ceilings, “typical” cake tables and “drab” dance floors also come alive with ambience when wedding event lighting is properly used.



Wedding event up-lighting

Lighting is one of the major design elements of your wedding day, because it can accentuate the positive while detracting from the negative. When selecting wedding venues with my clients, sometimes they fall in love with a particular area or an element of the location, but are not thrilled when it comes to the ballroom, or where guests will sip on their cocktails during cocktail hour. I often explain that with a small investment (versus splurging on another higher-priced location), wedding event up-lighting can instantly transform a “so-so” space into a breathtaking setting, just from the colors and depth that lighting brings. And just like no two engagement rings are the same, each wedding held in the same location/venue will never look the same—one of my personal favorites of the “perk” that comes with architectural up-lighting.

Want to learn more about how to bring out the beauty of your reception space/location using Wedding Evet Uplighting Ideas? Contact Down The Aisle today!

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Are You Looking To Keep Wedding Centerpieces To A Minimum? Bring On The Fruit!

Are You Looking To Keep Wedding Centerpieces To A Minimum? Bring On The Fruit!

Looking to keep centerpieces to a minimum at your reception? Then think about incorporating a bit of nature by incorporating fruit (fresh or sugared), vegetables, spices, eucalyptus leaves, and succulents for a flare of casual elegance. What’s nice about these touches, is that they’re not expected, they’re simple to do yourself, and they don’t “tower” so guests can sit across from one and feel comfortable mingling. Just be sure to purchase the fruit the day before the wedding so that it doesn’t spoil.

Here are a 5 savvy suggestions to incorporate fruit into your centerpiece display:

1. Glass containers will display beautiful cut or whole citrus fruits (plus, citrus fruit does not like “porous” containers).



2. When displaying fruit, you can mix all different varieties or condense groupings together of the same type, or even accent with flowers, instead of flowers being the focal point.



3. When used during the Harvest or Winter holiday season, these centerpieces are sure to provide an anticipated ambiance, especially if the table is a long rectangular one. One of my favorite warm-me-up drinks during the colder months, is a hot cup of cocoa with a splash of Vandermint® chocolate mint liqueur—sure to stir the nostalgia with your guests.



4.  You’ll want to select colors that correspond with your color scheme/décor. Citrus fruits cut-kiwis go best with brights such as pinks, yellows and oranges, while apples, deep cherries, succulents/artichokes, grapes, and pomegranates  go best with deep shades.  Pears, figs, bay leaves, albino pumpkins go best with a pastel or neutral color palette.


5. Don’t forget to extend this idea throughout other areas of “display” such as in the foyer, bar, mantle, restrooms, and of course…the cake!


3 Bridal Wishes for a Wedding Come True

3 Bridal Wishes for a Wedding Come True


Brides should have the wedding they’ve always dreamed. Tantamount to the wedding is the fulfillment of bridal wishes that come true. The fairy tale is important to have with a wedding, but living your dream doesn’t have to couple with excessive cost or over the top style. It can, naturally, and in a variety of settings, a lavish wedding is a day that is incomparable to price with value. But today is uber-busy. Brides in our modern times, have perhaps less time in their everyday routines to pause, let alone think about their perfect day. I want to encourage you to do just that… Dream.

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A wedding is a momentous occasion and very likely the only one of its kind that will shine well past the glitz and sparkly faire. Brides (and their grooms) can benefit from a little extra something… this includes dreaming about their wedding. The dreams don’t need to be all get out, or minuscule. They just have to be real. Real dreams shared by the couple who are about to wed and share their life together as real life partners. We’re often trained to leave our dreamtime behind, however I believe thinking about that special day can be as enjoyable and wonderful as the moment by moment wedding planning leading up to it.

Of equal importance is the time brides-to-be should spend musing about the wedding they want to have; whether that time is at the edges of the day or at night. It’s a moment of gratitude couples may experience when they share their intimate thoughts of the life together they will share. I believe weddings are magical. They can become as lavish, or demure, as the wedding couple dreams. When a bride and her groom are able, they can allow some extra moments to think about how and where they will experience their beautiful day.

‘Devote more time to thinking about my wedding,’ you ask? Yes. We all live busy lives and adding a wedding to the mix can make emotions and limitations on personal time skyrocket. It’s all too common for a bride-to-be to ponder all the myriad of details she’ll have to attend with her big day, both before and after the event. There’s little surprise if she and the groom may feel a bit, if not majorly overwhelmed. But before the nuptials, there are 3 things brides can consider well before their wedding day. I like to think of them as the things I wished I had thought about early in my wedding planning precluding my wonderful union. As a wedding planner, I like to share with newlyweds-to-be, 3 Bridal Wishes for a Wedding Come True.


Bridal Wish One: Dream about the way you want to feel in your wedding and how you will experience it.

This is your big day. Whether you envision it as summery and effete or grand scale and Hollywood proper, you know in your heart of hearts, in your fondest wish, you’re the star. You want heads to turn, eyes popped wide, and mouths propped open into the surprised, prefect “O.” Year twenty-twelve is the year of high wedding trends for things pretty, romantic, and sweet. Pick a wedding planner if you need to share some of the momentous nuptials with presentation, who understands you want everything on your day to be absolutely, beautiful.


Bridal Wish Two: Live your day the way you’ve always wanted (and allow the dream to be scalable with your most prized accoutrements and loved ones).

Changes and shifts in economy may send your thoughts of pre-wedding expectations to the wedding jitter stratosphere. However herein is the wedding grail. Have the wedding you dream and consider “flexibility.” In the weddings I’ve presented, one ‘preciousness’ has always ringed true:

An intimate wedding, whether large or small, is treasured most when you have the people you love closest to you. Consider planning your wedding accordingly.


A couple’s wedding I presented wanted a simple gathering. They wanted a get-together that was subtle and still kept to their family’s close-knit nature. Together we came up with a personable setting that brought together the outdoors and indoors to their wedding; complete with perfectly dressed child ring bearer and flower girl, and a DIY pine sandbox filled with sand from the shore.


It’s never how much you spend on your wedding; it’s the experience you share with your life partner, friends, and loved ones that shape a future of together. Find a wedding planner who will help you realize your special day with a personal foresight.


Bridal Wish Three: Work with a planner you find that you can build a connection with and professional relationship with together.

Meet and sit down with your wedding planner of choice. I cannot recommend enough how important this is, to find a person who will gel with your individuality. At the end of the day, it’s not the price, but how you will have the right presenter to help you carry through, so all you need think about is you and your special someone down the aisle, and to the altar!

Dreams are an important part of wedding planning. Take the time you deserve to think about the things and people most special to you. Then make a date with your planner and see your wedding dreams come true – with a fabulous walk down the aisle!

~Blog contributed by Dante



Wedding Hair Bliss

Wedding Hair Bliss

It’s the eve of the day and you’ve waited with bare anticipation for months. The bridal gown, so elegant, the hand-scribed invitations have been sent. The signature place cards rest at the seats for guests. The place cards inked so delicately inflect just the right flicker of sunlight; light that will reveal the provocative swirl of color-wash over etched parchment paper… Every wisp of thought has poised to convene into the one moment that will last in memory forever… The day arrives, your wedding day, and your bridesmaids have gilded you into the white gown of your most guarded (and secret) musings. Your momentous occasion is now perched on the precipice of Wedding horizons.

You take a breath, open your eyes…

Then you realize your hair isn’t beauty-styled. As a matter of “reflection,” you gaze into the mirror and spot that all the nurturing, keratin protein infusions, and personal hair grooming has done nothing to elevate the tresses of your hair… How can this be..?

Planning for the one and all too memorable “big day” brings in its revelation – every nuance and little impromptu snafu that can possibly happen. Surprises can oft arise the very day or the night before the beautiful moment that will be remembered forever: Your Wedding.

Your hair can be a star of the day with its own featured role. With a little accoutrement in your preparation and few new and never before tried looks, you may walk down the aisle with perhaps your biggest “dramatic” role ever played, on the Wedding stage!

Don’t leave your hair unprepared for the all important day. Consider working not only with your Wedding Planner, but an accomplished hair stylist.

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At a Wedding, brides-to-be can think of every single item for their brightest space in time, and when the drawl of the day sets in… the hair starts to give under the pressure. Wilts, tilts, and slights of braids, tendrils, and buns, can succumb to the rigors of photography, lighting, and the elements.

The bride lilting down the aisle, eyes aglow, hair lifting so wistfully… how many times has the same style faltered into becoming completely ‘undone’ literally – when the styling could receive a brief and stylish refresh?

In lieu of wearing the same style of hair across the entire Wedding day, how about stepping away with a hair stylist for a hair revive – with a twist. Change the locks, or lift the hair from the nape of neck and swoop it up with a jeweled bridal hair piece, or European tulle, to accentuate your exquisite skin, tone, and eye highlights. Bride lilting down the aisle, eyes aglow, hair lifting so wistfully… how many times has the same style faltered into becoming completely ‘undone’ literally – when the styling could receive a brief and stylish refresh?

As important as it is to create good makeup and coverage, foregoing a well-styled hairdo or hairstyle for DIY, do-it-yourself, hair design can make or break a bridal look in a smattering of time. There’s help.

Proper planning well before the dramatic day can add a counterpoint to any untoward malaise. Place a bit of your well deserved focus on working with an excellent Wedding Planner and wonderful hairstylist, and nix any unplanned harbingers to a permanent time-out.

On your day, you want your look and your hairstyle to glimmer. A few Wedding hairstyle “twists” can propel you to the center stage as the most beautiful bride of all. Style your hair with creativity, a professional, modest team of professions, or go full out, and shine on your Wedding day in blissful-full white-bright.

We’ll help you find your perfect bridal beauty stylists, team up with us to learn how!

~Blog contributed by Dante.

How to Recite Meaningful Wedding Vows

How to Recite Meaningful Wedding Vows

Your happily ever after starts with your wedding vows. Think about it—without those wedding vows, the gown, flowers, cake, or even guests would not even be needed because there wouldn’t be anything to celebrate! Your vows become the center of the ceremony, and should be given much thought –after all, besides the “will you marry me?” and the reply, your vows will become the most important words you’ll ever speak, and hear between the two of you within your marriage.

Photo by Caroline Frost Photography

Photo by Caroline Frost Photography

Things to consider:

· How do I deliver these words in front of many people without sounding like a squeaking mouse?

· Is there a way to prevent myself from passing out at the altar? (many grooms say they feel as if they are about to tip over as they watch their bride headed down the aisle, or when reciting their vows)

· Am I a traditionalist or a modernist?

· What do I want to promise? What does marriage mean to me? What do I see in our future? What do you bring into my life?

So then…remember those days of “public speaking 101” in college? How do you speak from the heart, knowing all eyes are on you, and be sure to get those words out in a way you intended them to? This is where a wedding planner can help. Not only can a wedding planner help with exploring options that exist (traditional, non-traditional, interfaith, religious, second marriages, blended families), or help with getting the creative juices flowing to write your own vows, but can also help with the preparation of the delivery of your vows—how you speak them is as important as what you say. I helped one shy groom overcome some obstacles so that when he recited his own vows, he captivated everyone within earshot, with everyone around getting a glimpse of who he was, what his family meant to him, and what his partner brought to his life that no one ever knew…tissues, please!

The face of all the world is changed, I think,
Since I first heard the footsteps of thy soul.
-Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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Is It Necessary to Have a Reception?

Is It Necessary to Have a Reception?

The wedding reception can easily eat-up 50 percent (sometimes more) of the entire wedding budget. I recently had a discussion via email with a bride who wanted to know, was it necessary to have a wedding reception as she was trying to keep costs down. I thought I’d share some ideas that I communicated with her.

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Wedding receptions initially began centuries ago by the newlywed couple hosting a gathering immediately following the ceremony in which guests could offer congratulatory wishes while being served non-alcoholic beverages and cake. It is still the norm today for the newlyweds to continue with this tradition except that it has become more grand than just “congratulations” and . I proceeded to inform this bride that she and her fiancé may want to get the word out to close family and friends that they are saving for a house, which can begin the first impression as to what guests can except. Having a simple wedding reception is still in “good taste” considering this was traditionally how receptions were celebrated. It is not however, in good taste to have a ceremony with many friends, family, acquaintances and colleagues, and then have an intimate, small post-ceremony gathering for a limited, “selected” group of individuals. This could result in resentment and hurt feelings of those who would feel “I could only be there for the vows, but not important enough to celebrate the marriage“. In the end, the couple decided to go ahead and have a scaled-back reception, and I encouraged this couple to consider:

  • If your ceremony is taking place at a house of worship, consider if there is an on-site room that could be available so that there isn’t an additional cost incurred to have it at a separate facility, especially since many are equipped with a kitchen. Many times I have seen the house of worship “barter” the cost of the rental in exchange for community service (spring cleaning, yard-work, painting, etc.). This same idea can hold true for civic agencies, such as a police department, firehouse, Knights of Columbus etc.
  • You are not obligated to serve a full-course meal and alcohol to your guests. Light “finger foods”, cake and beverages are acceptable. In addition, if you are choosing from a menu, at times there are some “side” dishes that could easily be considered the main entree–get creative with the chef!
  • Consider your college/university as a place to host your reception. Colleges/universities may be willing to offer discounts to their alumnae.
  • There are also some lovely parks with pavilions on the premises in the event of inclement weather.
  • Mid-week weddings are becoming a popular choice for couples. You may have room to negotiate if a facility is too pricey to host your reception

Thanks for visiting! Would love to chat more about how we can help you figure out the logistics of your reception planning (or to forgo it)!

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3 Easy Tips For Wedding Stationery Etiquette

3 Easy Tips For Wedding Stationery Etiquette

Wedding InvitationsYour invitations set the tone and provide a preview of what guests should expect, so be consistent…

An embossed/engraved invitation to a Sunday morning brunch wedding would be out of place, just as a handmade invitation with a tear-off RSVP card would be too casual for a semi-formal or formal wedding.

Oh, and Evite’s are out of the question! And please do not include information about requesting cash, gifts, or registry information on the invitation, that is mentioned via word-of-mouth, or included with the shower invitations. And lastly, no stick-on labels printed from your home computer to address the envelope, no matter how much time it may save.

  • When ordering invitations, plan on at least 3 to 4 months for arrival
  • Send invitations 6 to 8 weeks ahead of the wedding date
  • Consider a “Save-The-Date” a must for a wedding which falls on a holiday/holiday weekend. Speaking of “Save-The-Date” cards, everyone who receives one should also receive an invitation to the wedding, but not everyone who receives an invitation requires a Save-The-Date.
  • No punctuations are included except for Mr., Mrs. Ms., Jr., Sr., Dr., Rev.
  • Half hours are written as “half after five o’clock” and not as “half past five”
  • If you want to save on costs, include both the ceremony and reception information on the same invitation. “RSVP”, “R.S.V.P.”, “R.s.v.p.” and “The favour of a reply is requested” are all equally correct.
  • Use “honour of your presence” for ceremonies taking place in a house of worship, and “the pleasure of your company” for anywhere else
  • The word “to” connecting the bride’s name to the groom’s name is replaced by “and” for Jewish wedding ceremonies
  • Do not list the bride’s last name unless it is different than the hosts’
  • Children over thirteen should receive their own invitation, if possible (even if they still live at home). For joint siblings, address the outer envelope as “The Missess Fusco” or “The Messrs. Fusco” and “Susan and Connor” for the inner envelope.


Mr. and Mrs. Allen Adams
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Maggie Anne
Mr. Calvin Michael Sampson
Saturday, the twelfth of January
two thousand twelve
at half after six o’clock
St. Bridget’s Church
Old Saybrook, Connecticut

Combining Ceremony & Reception on One Invite

Mr. and Mrs. Allen Adams
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Maggie Anne
Mr. Calvin Michael Sampson
Saturday, the twelfth of January
two thousand twelve
at half after six o’clock
St. Bridget’s Church
Old Saybrook, Connecticut
and afterward at the reception
The Antique Cottage, Groton Connecticut

455 Freestone Lane
Bristol, Connecticut 06010

When Couple Issues Own Invites

The honour of your presence
is requested
at the marriage of
Miss Janelle Lynn Monk
Mr. Robert Scott Rudders…
Miss Janelle Lynn Monk
Mr. Robert Scott Rudders
request the honour of your presence
at their marriage…

Together with their parents
Miss Janelle Lynn Monk
Mr. Robert Scott Rudders
invite you to share
the joy of their marriage…

Wording When Bride Has Only One Living Parent

Mrs. Sandra Watson Smith
requests the honour of your presence
at the marriage of her daughter
Cynthia Amy
Mr. Justin Robert Stykes
Cynthia Amy Bradstone (bride)
Daughter of Sandra Watson Smith and the late Edward Smith
Justin Robert Stykes (groom)
request the pleasure of your company
At their marriage…

Groom’s Family Hosts

Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Diaz
request the honor of your presence
at the marriage uniting
Miss Karla Alice Bryers
their son
Edgar Fernando Diaz…

Groom in Military

For officers whose rank is Captain or higher (Army, Air Force, Marines) or Lieutenant or higher (Navy), list the rank on the same line as the name:

Captain Brian Sellworth
United States Army
For junior personnel, the rank and branch of service are printed below their name:
Brian Sellworth
Corporal, United States Air Force
When the bride is active duty, list both her rank and branch in the invitation:
marriage of their daughter
Jessica Marie
Lieutenant, United States Army

Belated Reception (marriage takes place earlier)

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Saltz
request the pleasure of your company
at a reception
in honor of
Mr. and Mrs. Craig Urban…

Addressing Outer Envelopes:

Married Couple: Mr. and Mrs. Simon Frost (Inner: Mr. and Mrs. Frost)
Male Doctor: Doctor or Dr. and Mrs. Simon Frost (Inner: Dr. and Mrs. Frost)
Female Doctor: Doctor or Dr. Lisa Frost and Mr. Simon Frost (Inner: Dr. and Mr. Frost)
Unmarried Couples Co-Habiting:
Mr. Alex Crier
Ms. Jennifer Stella
123 Main Street
(Inner: Mr. Crier and Miss Stella)
Clergy: The Reverend Michael Holster and Mrs. Shirley Holster or The Reverend and Mrs. Shirley Holster (Inner: Rev. Holster and Mrs. Holster)
Have further questions regarding your own stationery or need to know what stationery items you can skip? We can help, contact us today. Thanks for visiting!
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Receiving Lines…Yea? or Nay?

Receiving Lines…Yea? or Nay?

Ahhh…The question of “should we have a receiving line, or not?” For many guests and for some cultures, the receiving line is traditional, offering a formal opportunity for you to greet and thank your guests. Whatever you decide, keep in mind that as the “hosts” or your wedding day, it is proper etiquette and good manners to personally thank and acknowledge your guests at some point throughout the day.

For planning purposes, allot about 30-40 minutes per 100 guests.

Who Stands in the Receiving Line and Where?

The easiest way to shorten the time greeting in line?…Shorten the amount of people partaking in the line! If you are following tradition, then the couple, their parents and the maid of honor would be the ones to stand in the line. However, at the bare minimum, it should be the Bride and Groom, Bride’s Mother (or whoever is hosting/paying), Groom’s Mother, and Maid/Matron of Honor. The fathers, best man, and bridal party are optional, but would make a nice touch. Ushers, flower girls, ring bearers, and siblings of non-wedding party members do not participate, but can instead, socialize with the guests.

The order of the line-up is the following:

1. The wedding hosts (usually the bride’s parents, the mother first)

2. The groom’s mother and father

3. The bride and groom

4. The maid/matron of honor (optional)

Military Wedding

For a groom in the military, it is protocol for him to be in uniform and if wearing a cutlass/saber, then the bride would then stand to his right (instead of the traditional “left” for non-military weddings).

Divorced Parents

Divorced parents do not stand in the line together. Usually, the parent and step-parent who are hosting or that are closest to the bride stand in the line. If the divorced parents are amicable and friendly with each other, then it acceptable to have the bride’s mother stand in the line first—regardless of whether she is paying or not. If there is serious discord among family members, then it may be wise to forgo the formality of the receiving line entirely. To avoid a very lengthy line with parents and step-parents, consider having the fathers circulate among guests instead of standing in the line. Otherwise the line up with remarried parents would look like this:

1. Bride’s mother and step-father

2. Groom’s mother and step-father

3. Bride’s stepmother and father

4. Groom’s stepmother and father

5. Bride and groom

Alternatives to the Receiving Line:

· By far, the most popular alternative to the formal receiving line, is to greet guests at each table over their meal. You may also incorporate having your photographer (or someone else) take photos of you with each table. I have also seen couples hand-give their favors to each guest/couple at this time, too

· For a church ceremony, have the priest/pastor ask that everyone remain seated, and then have the bride and groom “dismiss” each row (meet and greet by row)

· Meet and greet with your guests during the cocktail hour. Travel around with the groom only, or add your Mothers too. You may also ask your MOH to join you (she’ll be great at keeping you moving through the crowd)

· Hold your receiving line prior to the entrance of where your guests will be mingling for cocktail hour

· Greet guests as they sign the guest book (parents/bridal party can join you too)

· Do a receiving line as you exit the night: Have guests line up on either side (making an aisle for you) and say “farewell” as you make your exit. This option can work at your ceremony, too.

· Have your parents meet and greet guests as they arrive, and together as husband and wife, you can greet them on the way out

· “Man” the photo booth together and greet guests as they’re in line to take pictures (then join them in the booth afterwards!)

Things to Consider:

· Do you like to be “touched”? (hugged, kissed, hand-shaking)

· Taking your photos ahead of time so you don’t keep guests waiting longer..they’ll also be hungry!

· A receiving line is a great “filler” if you have a gap to fill between the ceremony or reception. If not, you may be cutting into your reception time (remember you only have a 4-5 hour reception time!)

Do’s and Don’ts:

· Don’t engage in lengthy conversation. This isn’t the time to get completely caught-up in the “oh my goodness! It’s been forever since we’ve seen each other!” moment. Offer a pleasant “I can’t wait to hear more about it when we have cocktails (on the dance floor, etc.)”

· Do be mindful of your guests who may be juggling drinks, plates, etc. (ever try to shake someone’s hand while holding a drink and your plate?), and offer tables nearby where they can put them down

· Don’t keep guests (and yourself!) in the heat for long periods—consider a location with shade (and possibly a cool beverage)

· Do study your guest-list ahead of time so there are no awkward introduction moments (or create a cue that your Groom/Mother knows to jump-in with the names)
So have you decided “yea or nay” for the receiving line? We can help, reach out and we can help you manage your details!


Wedding Stationery: What You Can Forgo

Wedding Stationery: What You Can Forgo

Ahhh, so many components to a wedding invitation! Yes, first impressions are crucial, but there are certain items that one can forgo that no one would ever notice!

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Photo by DTA

Envelope Linings and Tissue Overlays – In the not so distant past, these were used during the printing process when the ink from the printing press, did not dry completely and the ink smeared onto the invitation. The tissue overlay (sometimes made from onion skin—imagine crying when opening someone’s invitation?) would prevent the ink from smearing onto the envelope and other items within the invitation. With today’s perfected printing process, these are unnecessary, and just add to the final bill or increase postage.

The Invitation “Inner” Envelope – This is the envelope in which the invitation is placed into before slipping into the “outer” envelope which is addressed to your guest. Again, drawing on decades past, when invitations were hand delivered, the inner envelope served its purpose so that guests always had a clean, crisp envelope. As with the tissue overlays above, this can easily increase postage costs.

Note: If you are planning to keep this tradition and use the inner envelope, note that you would be only addressing your guests’ titles and surnames on the inner envelope. Example: “Mr. & Mrs. Sanchez”. The printed side of the envelope faces away from the front of the envelope. And it is not acceptable to use computer printed labels on the outer envelopes (but using your printer to print on the envelope directly is okay).

RSVP Cards – If using RSVP cards and envelopes, this adds bulk to your ensemble and there’s also the added expense of postage on the RSVP envelope. Instead, have guests RSVP to your wedding website or via phone (a great task for bridesmaids!). Or use a postcard in a stock that’s complementary to your invitation theme—no need for moistening more envelopes, and the postage is less than a first-class letter.

Direction Cards / Maps / Accommodations – Save postage costs by posting this information on your wedding website. For those who are having their ceremony at a separate location than the reception, you may include directions to the reception in your wedding program. You can also create your own maps/directions for free at www.weddingmapper.com.

Modern “E-vite” – For those who want to go modern with an invitation via email but don’t want to use E-vite, check out www.paperlesspost.com. Their Bridal section has customizable, gorgeous e-vites that resemble paper stationers. This site also has a tracking feature that you can use to collect RSVP’s. Great for save-the-dates and holidays, too!

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