Planning Tip Tuesday: Bouquet Review

For today's planning tip, we are breaking down the ingredients of 3 bouquets to give you the inside scoop on what creates these show-stoppers! 

Seeded eucalyptus, ranunculus, garden roses, wax flowers, peonies,  wrapped in a gold ribbon

Bouquet by Miele Events, Picture by Catherine Ann 

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Anenomes, garden roses, ruscus, queen ann's lace, magnolia leaves wrapped in ivory ribbon

Bouquet by Wild Flowers Inc., Photo by Dana Cubbage 

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Garden roses, pink ice protea, scabiosa, asitlbe, burgundy peonies, calla lillies, astrantia pepperberry, hanging amaranthus, and a variety of eucalyptus with burgundy and gold trailing ribbon 

Bouquet by Wild Flowers Inc, Photo by Whimsey Photography 

Planning tip Tuesday: First Look Alternatives

Are you a bride who does not want to do a first look but still wants to be able to share an intimate moment with your soon to be husband?  Here are some ideas you and your significant other can do prior to the ceremony to make your walk down the aisle even more meaningful!  These ideas will allow you to make contact with each other without being seen and also provides for even more photo opportunities! 

  1.  Take a moment to say a prayer or have a quick conversation behind a door or around a corner.

2. Write each other notes to read before walking down the aisle.

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Aaron + Jillian Photography

    3.  Wear a blindfold - this way you can get as close as possible, still without even seeing each other!

     4.  If you're a musical couple, you can sing or play a song together on opposite ends of a doorway

 Its all about what works best for you as a couple, and these first look alternatives are a perfect way to save the first look for when the bride walks down the aisle!

Planning Tip Tuesday: Your Pre-Wedding Tasting

What's a wedding reception without dinner and drinks?! Selecting the cuisine that will be served at your wedding is a crucial step in the planning process. To make the most of your tasting appointments, we have some helpful tips for you to keep in mind...

1. Stay on Budget: Don't tease yourself by booking a tasting with a caterer who you know is way over your budget. Research caterers that you know you can afford, and move on from there. Also, trust your planner when they are recommending vendors to you; they have your best interest at heart, and know which caterers will fit with your taste and style. Delicious fare and excellent service is sure to follow!

2. Compromise: Opposites attract! You and your husband-to-be might not see eye to eye on just what provisions will be at your wedding, but fear not; your caterer will work with you to compromise and create flavors that the both of you will enjoy. If your groom is dead-set on a chicken biscuit appetizer, and you're sold on a mini tomato tart, get the best of both worlds and serve the chicken biscuit as a yummy late-night treat and have your mini tomato tart as a passed hors d'oeuvre. 

3. Speak Up: It's your tasting, so don't be afraid to speak up if you don't particularly enjoy certain ingredients, or if you want to make modifications to the dish! The chef will do their best to work with you to create a meal you'll remember forever. Also, keep your options open so that you can make an informed decision, and don't be afraid to ask your planner for their input as well!

4. Be adventurous: Don't be afraid to step out of the box! Tastings are the time to try new things and you might be pleasantly surprised by a new dish! Your guests will be expecting the standard carving station, so surprise them with a unique southern cuisine! Create a menu that represents you as a couple... put a spin on the region your from or a special meal from the night of your engagement! 

Grab your eating pants and get tasting - the options are endless!

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Planning Tip Tuesday: Building Your Perfect Registry

When you create your registry, you are picking the items that will help you and your hubby start your new life together- no more college cups and plates or bedding! Building your registry can be an overwhelming task, especially in light of all the wedding planning, but with a few simple tips, you can build the perfect registry to meet your needs, totally hassle free! Start off by linking your registry to your own customizable wedding website. While it not only makes gift giving easy and quick for your guests, it is also the perfect place to add  your engagement photos, personalizing your registry and reminding guests of the sweet couple that they are buying for. Next, stick to the essentials. With the power of the registry clicker in your hands, the ability to scan everything and anything is quite literally at your fingertips. Go in to your stores with a list of absolute must have’s, and then add your wishes later on. It is so important to get what you truly need so that you and your hubby can start your new life together at home with all the right tools. Lastly is keep track and say “thanks!" Writing a handful of thank you notes all at once can be tiring, but if you write thank you notes as you receive the gifts, it makes the process ten times easier, and it ensures that no gift goes unseen. Some of our favorite spots are Pottery Barn, Williams-Sonoma, and Sur La Table. Building your registry can be tons of fun, and a great way for you and your future husband to get excited about the next phase in your lives, so build away!

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Williams-Sonoma

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 Sur La Table