Wedding Planning Q & A What's So Difficult About Planning a Wedding?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Q. – What’s so difficult about planning a wedding? It seems like a simple celebration with family, and throwing a party shouldn’t be hard, but in execution, this doesn’t seem to be an easy task. Why is that?

A. – Yes, you’re “throwing a party,” but a wedding is so much more than that.

First off, a wedding is a 2-part event, a ceremony and a reception (not just a party).

The ceremony is a rite of passage. Yeah, a big deal. So special attention is needed to give it the honor and respect it deserves.

Your wedding ceremony, particularly your vows, is your declaration of your commitment to each other, a “verbal contract” if you will.

Will you have readings? Do you want special music played during the ceremony itself? Are you wanting to get your guests emotionally involved in the ceremony (and not just be passive spectators)?

Also, not only will you be picking out a special venue for both the ceremony and reception that is suitable to the style of event you want, all of the other details are typically looked at and decided upon with more scrutiny, including the menu, beverages, décor (centerpieces, linens, lighting, etc.), entertainment.

Even though the reception is the “party” part, it’s not just any old party (regardless if your wedding will be formal or casual), so there will be a lot of “moving parts.”
 

.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    • The day will be documented (you’ll have a photographer and possibly a videographer).
    • You and your fiancé will get special attire.
    • You’ll be inviting lots of people, so you need to make them aware of what type of event to expect (Formal at a country club? Casual in the backyard? Something else?), so you’ll want invitations that reflect your event.
    • Maybe you want your first dance to be especially memorable, so dance lessons may be in order.
    • And so much more.

 

Yes, the devil is in the details. And planning a wedding includes A LOT of details.

Difficult? Doesn’t have to be.

Time and effort (and love)? Absolutely!

Let Weddings From The Heart take the difficulty out of your wedding plans. Contact me today at 937-235-2586 or 937-581-3647 or by email at jean@weddingsfromtheheart.net!

Follow my blog with Bloglovin.
Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean

Photo credits
Bride-to-be planning wedding: batsheba / 123RF Stock Photo
Wedding related words: lyricsai / 123RF Stock Photo

Say “Cheese!” 5 Ways to Make the Most of Posed Photos at Your Wedding

photographer taking pictures of bride and groom - posed photosWhen all is said and done, your wedding photos will be THE lasting memory of your special day, so it’s very important to give some thought to your wedding photography.

Standing for posed photos may not seem like much fun, but don’t make the mistake of skipping them. This is a special day that will only happen once. Even if you think you don’t want them, years from now when you’re looking at your wedding photos, you’ll be glad to have them.

  1. All of the people who are most important to you will be together under one roof – at the same time! (How often does that happen?) Everyone is together looking their best. People you probably haven’t seen in years (and may be a loooong time before you see them again). There may be your grandparents and other elderly folks who are super special to you. Get their picture!

2. Still leery about a long post photo session? Then pare the list down to your top five “can’t miss” photos, such as the bride and groom together, the entire wedding party, the happy couple with their parents, and the couple with their siblings (one of my favorite wedding photos is of me and Rob with all three of my brothers), the couple with their grandparents.

posed photos - picture of me with my brothers on my wedding day

3. Sure, we always think of getting shots of the bride and her ladies getting their hair and make-up done pre-ceremony. Don’t forget about getting some photos of the groom and his men getting ready.

4. First Look photos are getting more and more popular. These are fun at a scenic location (an elegant staircase, a garden in full bloom). Your photographer will capture his reaction to the first time he sees you in your gown. And you’ll get a few moments for just the two of you (before the whirlwind of the day starts blowing!)

How to Shoot Weddings (When You're Not a Wedding Shooter)

posed photos bride and grooms first look

    1. Like the idea of a First Look but still want to follow the tradition of the groom not seeing the bride before the ceremony? A cute alternative is to stand on opposite sides of an open door, and reach around to join hands.

5. Most wedding ceremony photos (from the processional clear through to the recessional) are shot from the back of the ceremony area (with the camera facing the same direction as the guests). How about having your photographer capture the looks on your guests’ faces (particularly parents and immediate family members) as you come down the aisle? Believe me, even though you’re right there, you won’t even have noticed their reactions (nor will your groom because he will be focused on you!)

Keep in mind that wedding photos are more than just something you or your parents will be looking at. They will become a family heirloom for your children and grandchildren to enjoy. Take a little time to add to your record of family history. Think of it this way, if you had the chance, wouldn’t you like to see photos from your parents wedding, or your grandparents, or even great-grandparents?

Photo credits:
Photographer Behind Camera – © Tosher | Dreamstime.com

First Look – Sandra Reed Photography

Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean

Follow my blog with Bloglovin

Looking for fun ideas, or need help with your wedding plans? Weddings From The Heart can help. Contact me today at jean@weddingsfromtheheart.net or at 937-235-2586 or 937-581-3647!

How to Find Inspiration for Your Wedding

 

 

 

 

You have gotten engaged and thought about a date for your wedding; now it is time to begin searching for inspiration for your wedding day. It may seem easy to just jump online and begin saving beautiful images you come across, or using a website such as Pinterest to add photos to boards to revisit later, but inspiration can actually be a little more difficult to come by than just photos on the internet. Instead, there are many ways you can find inspiration without getting caught up in saving thousands of images. We have compiled a list of places you can turn to for your wedding inspiration to help build what will be the perfect day you envision.

The Outdoors
What is more inspiring than a star speckled sky or rolling green hills? Couples can turn to the outdoors for all kinds of inspiration, from decor to flower arrangements and even venue ideas. The seasons can be inspiring as well; if you want to create a warm and inviting winter wonderland for your reception, think about how the ice catches the light in the middle of the day, or how calm and peaceful a snowfall outside is while you are sitting in front of a roaring fire.

 

 

 

 

 

Take a walk along a beach or in a wooded area and take in the sights and sounds. Bring a camera to capture something that might inspire you while on your walk, whether it is the color of a plant or the beach at sunrise or sunset. You are bound to find inspiration in the outdoors, even in places where you might not expect it.

Your Own Personal Style
Talk with your partner and see what inspires the two of you, or what you have in common that you both love. This is the perfect place for some ideas about your wedding and how you can incorporate your own styles that will let all the guests know exactly whose wedding they are at! Think about family heirlooms, shared hobbies or something that brought you two closer together. If you are already living together, consider how your home looks, as that will be a familiar style to your friends and family. If you like earth tones and your home reflects that, it can easily be worked into the wedding to represent you as a couple. However, if you add lots of color, it may not feel like your style and you may not like the end results.

The Big, Wide Wedding World
It is important of course to see what is trending in the wedding world and what kind of designs that companies are coming out with in terms of dresses. Bridal magazines, blogs and bridal events are several places where you can start, and going to events gets you in contact with people who may also become vendors for your special day. This gives you the opportunity to not only see their work (and sometimes sample it, if they are a caterer) but connect with them on a personal level and get to know a little bit about them.

Some other brides choose to turn to Pinterest for their inspirations, but it is important to not get lost in pinning hundreds of styled wedding shoots because it can often times be expensive to recreate. Instead, look for inspiration in certain aspects of photos, such as color schemes or floral arrangements.

Finding inspiration for your wedding can begin just about anywhere, and can lead you as a couple on a road to creating your perfect wedding, from flowers and food to favors and photos. Always look for inspiration with an open mind and you never know what you might find in everyday life.

About the Author:
This article was written by Theresa Gibson, savvy wedding blogger and social media manager at Top10WeddingVendors.com, a leading go-to vendor guide for brides across North America. To connect with Theresa, follow her on Facebook.

10 Easy (and Invisible) Money Saving Ideas

 

 

 

 

 

Planning a wedding requires more than just money. What gets remembered is creativity and the unusual that is meaningful to the couple.

We can help you plan a memorable event without putting dents in your budget. Here are some tried and true budget savers:

  1. Avoid peak season dates. Being married mid week instead of a weekend or in less popular months can save upwards of 20% off location costs.
  2. When you make adjustments to the guest list, make cuts in groups. For instance, if you are planning round tables that seat 8 or 10 guests, cut by that number or multiples of that number.
  3. Try to find a venue that hosts both ceremony and reception events in one place. Look for an all inclusive venue.
  4. Have a smaller wedding party (VIPs) – have two instead of six bridesmaids.
  5. Serve four appetizers instead of ten.
  6. https://weddingsfromtheheartblog.net/2016/12/20/11-ways-to-save-money-on-your-wedding-that-actually-work/
  7. Have your photographer stop at a specific time. Tell him when the formalities are done and the party is underway rather than expect him to stay till the last guest turns out the light.
  8. Make a grand entrance or a grand exit but don’t pay a limo to stay for both.
  9. Consider earning extra cash to assist in paying for the wedding. Get a part time job, sell some items on EBay or Craig’s List. Don’t use plastic!!!!
  10. Save on postage by including a post card RSVP.
  11. Make choices based on your personal style – choose a cocktail party reception rather than hosting a sit down dinner.

Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean

Follow my blog with Bloglovin

Do you have questions or are looking for unique ideas for your wedding? Weddings From The Heart can help. Contact me at jean@weddingsfromtheheart.net or by phone at 937-235-2586 or 937-581-3647!

Photo credit: rich piggy via photopin (license)

Surviving A Bridal Show – 9 Easy Tips

Bridal Show season will be here before you know it.

A Bridal Show is a great place to get started with your wedding plans. Held at various types of venues – including convention centers, banquet halls, even your local shopping mall — they can be quite large (100 different vendors or more!) or much smaller, and more intimate (only 10-20 different vendors). Regardless of size, the main purpose is still the same, you get a chance to take a sneak peek at the local professionals – see examples of their work, taste samples of cakes and foods, and collect vendor brochures and literature.

While tempting, now is not the time to get all of your planning done in a whirlwind of a few hours. You want to be a savvy shopper, and select just the right vendors for you. Here are a few easy tips to help you along.

1. Create a game plan

Which types of vendors you are most interested in? Are you looking for a DJ? Perhaps you still need a florist. Figure out the types of vendors you most want to see, then plan on visiting their booths first.

2. Things to bring

  • Pen and paper, (you’ll want to take notes)
  • A tote bag (to carry all those flyers and brochures you’ll be picking up)
  • Address labels (saves time filling out all those contest and door prize slips)
  • Cash (to pay for admission and to purchase a light snack or beverage)
  • Checkbook or credit card (in case you find the perfect vendor and want to put down a deposit)

3. Wear comfortable shoes

And if possible, leave your coat in the car. You’ll have enough to carry without having to lug around a coat. And you’ll be that much happier if you’re comfortable. Also, wear clothing with pockets. When you come across a vendor that you especially want to remember, place his or her card in your pocket instead of in the tote bag where it can get mixed up with all of the other cards and flyers you’ll be getting.

4. Only bring one or two people with you

Have mom, your maid of honor, a bridesmaid, or fiancé come along. They can help you carry the brochures you’ve picked up, and you’ll have someone who knows you to bounce ideas off of. Just don’t bring a whole entourage. It’s harder to keep a large group together (you don’t want to be spending your time looking for who you came with!) Also, too many people will offer too many different opinions, which will be confusing and not much fun.

5. Eat before the show

Not all shows offer snacks for purchase, and you don’t want to be walking around on an empty tummy! While there will be plenty of yummy samples of foods and cakes to try, this is not the place to load up your plate for a meal.

6. Take notes

Jot down pricing and package information, as well as your personal opinions. Is there anything about a vendors’ personality that stands out to you? Is he or she courteous and polite, or unfriendly and grumpy? Are they enjoying themselves, or do they seem to want to be somewhere else? After you get home and are sorting through that pile of flyers you’ve picked up, it will be hard to remember who was who. A few notes will help remind you who you’ll want to contact later, (and who you want to steer clear of!).

7. The Fashion Show

A popular portion of most bridal shows is the Fashion Show. If you’re like most brides, you’ll want to attend it, so find a seat early – at least 20-30 minutes before it starts. However, if you already have your gown, or otherwise aren’t planning on attending the fashion show, use this time to talk with the vendors you are most interested in. Things will be much more quiet and calm, and you’ll have a better chance at getting their undivided attention.

8. When to sign on the dotted line

Guess what? You don’t have to make a hurried decision at the show. Sure, all of the vendors would love for you to sign on the dotted line right then, and may even offer a discount if you do. But wouldn’t you rather be a savvy shopper and take time to carefully look over everything and figure out which vendors will truly best suit the style of wedding you and your fiancé envision?

9. Read

Before you decide to book someone, be very thorough. Carefully read everything (literature, samples, flyers, contract – EVERYTHING!!) before you sign and put down a deposit. Make sure what they offer is really right for your wedding vision, is what you and your fiancé really want, and that their terms are acceptable. Ask questions so there is a complete understanding between you and the vendor. You don’t want that ‘great deal’ to turn out to be a headache because you didn’t notice the “additional costs” or the “fine print.”

So go and enjoy yourself! It’s just a bridal show!

Upcoming 2016 bridal shows in and around Dayton

A Bridal Affiar
Sunday, January 3, 2016
Hilton Garden Inn Austin Landing
11am – 3pm

Dayton Bridal Expos
Saturday, January 9 & Sunday, January 10
Dayton Convention Center
11am – 4pm

The Country Club of the North Wedding Showcase
Thursday, January 21
Country Club of the North
6pm – 9 pm

Fort Piqua Plaza Wedding Showcase
Sunday, January 31
The Fort Piqua Plaza
11am – 4pm

Dayton Bridal Expos
Sunday, February 21, 2016
Dayton Marriott by UD
11am – 4pm

2016 Bridal Showcase at Dorothy Lane Market Springboro
Sunday, February 28
Dorothy Lane Market – Springboro
11am – 3pm

Prime Time Party Rental Bridal Open House
Saturday, March 5, 2016
Prime Time Party Rental
9am – 2pm

Photo by number657

Photo by Sarah Parrott

Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean

Did you attend a bridal show, and just end up feeling overwhelmed? I can help. Contact Jean at jean@weddingsfromtheheart.net or at 937-235-2586 or 937-581-3647.

Real Wedding by Weddings From The Heart Sara and Quentin

Real Wedding – Sara & Quentin

real wedding sara & quentin
Photo by Prima Vista Photography

Happy 1st Anniversary to Sara and Quentin!

These high school sweethearts were married on a sunny fall day at Country Club of the North.

Lovers of all things Disney – especially Alice in Wonderland – decor was inspired by events that took place “through the looking glass.”

Even her wedding gown, by Alfred Angelo, was Disney inspired (it was the “Sleeping Beauty” style).

 

 

 

 

 

Photo by Prima Vista Photography

 

 

 

 

 

photo by Prima Vista Photography

 

 

 

 

 

Photo by Prima Vista Photography

Photo by Weddings From The Heart

I’m Dreaming of . . . My Wedding!

Photo by Weddings From The Heart

Photo by Weddings From The Heart

Photo by Weddings From The Heart

Photo by Weddings From The Heart

Photo by Prima Vista Photography

Photo by J. Renee Creations

Photo by Prima Vista Photography

Vendor Team:
Venue – Country Club of the North
Hair & Make-Up – Ebony Stargell Newcomb Shear Hotness
Baker – The Cakery
Photographer – Ana Corsmeier Prima Vista Photography
DJ for ceremony & reception – Willie Williams – DJ Willie
Photo Booth – Jamie Cox J. Renee Creations
Wedding Planner & Reception Decor (including card box, sweetheart table swag, and cake topper) – Weddings From The Heart

Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean

Follow my blog with Bloglovin

Looking for unique ideas for your wedding? Weddings From The Heart can help. Contact me today at jean@weddingsfromtheheart.net or at 937-235-2586 or 937-581-3647!

Do You Need a Wedding Planner? Would You Remodel Your Home Without a General Contractor? By Christine Boulton

 

 

 

 

I don’t get it. Why would you take on a project that can cost you anywhere from $10,000 to, well, as high as you want to go without having a professional by your side?

Here is the thing, would you take on a major home remodeling project without hiring a general contractor? Of course not. I know, you are asking how are those even remotely the same. Let me ask you,

“How are they different?”

  • Both have budgets in at least the 5 figure range. That is a LOT of money.
  • In both instances you want a high degree of personalization. In short, you want YOUR dream to be executed.
  • Both will require a long list of sub-contractors that you have most likely never dealt with before.
  • Both require tight scheduling to make sure everything comes together on time and on budget.
  • Both are going to have glitches and unexpected issues pop up that someone is going to have to deal with.
  • The results of both are going to be with you for a long, long time.

Am I beginning to make some sense here?
All those things listed below are what a wedding planner does.

  • They know which vendors are reliable and match your style.
  • They help you translate your dreams to the people who are going to make them come true.
  • They know all about how your venue works in terms of timing and convenience for load in.
  • It is their job to keep that timeline on track so, for example, the flowers show up after the tables are set up, dinner is served hot and the MC know when to do the first dance.
  • It is their job to keep all those sub-contractors working together on the right plan.
  • They are there to look you right in the eye and say “Yes you can have that, but you are going to have to give up XYZ”
  • They are there to handle those last-minute glitches and issues in a way that you don’t even know they happened.

There is a wealth of information online today on how to plan a wedding, but until you actually do it, you have no idea of everything involved.

Seriously, when you look at it in this light, why would you even think of not hiring a wedding planner for one of the days you are going to remember for the rest of your life.

Sure, I could watch HGTV, DIY Network, House Crashers and This Old House until my eyes bleed but one episode of Holmes on Homes or DIY Disaster will cure my ass of thinking I can remodel my kitchen on my own!

By: Christine Boulton
Wedding Dish
Think Like A Bride

8 Unexpected and Totally Unique Wedding Venues for Your Big Day

 

 

 

 

A big “Thank You” to the folks at www.pissup.com/blog for this weeks guest post.
We’ve all enjoyed a good church wedding or a knees up at a big hotel, but celebrating with another couple for the choices they make and planning your own big day are two very different things. Your wedding should be an expression of who you are and traditional might not be it.

None of us is tied anymore to restricted options when we make a marital commitment, so unless you want to actively embrace tradition, don’t think you have no other choice. Go far away, go extreme, or go small and intimate, but whatever you do — go you.

There’s no limit on how far you can go with this, and here we present some truly unique wedding locations from around the world to help inspire your plans for the big day.

#1 Getting married in a cave

Bridal Cave, The Ozarks of Missouri, USA, photo by Randy Peters

The romance and excitement of making your vows pairs up perfectly with the sense of awe and power that erupts inside an ancient cave. Whether you’ve ventured into caves before or you’re not really sure what to expect, it’s hard not to feel inspired by the elegance and strength of these natural wonders.

There is a surprising number of caves available for use as a wedding venue. From the Bridal Cave in the heart of Missouri’s Ozark Mountains to Bulgaria’s famous Yagodina Cave, pick your own unique spot to suit your style and needs.

There’s just no better backdrop for a ceremony promising everlasting love than a place that has provided millions of years of stalactites and stalagmites to decorate your unique wedding venue. If there’s one guarantee, it’s that your special day will become an unforgettable memory for all your family and friends.

Where: Bridal Cave, The Ozarks of Missouri, USA
Alternative: The Yagodina Cave

#2 Getting married on а pirate ship

Treasure Island Hotel and Casino
photo by: Kristen

You’re about to begin a lifelong journey with your new partner, so a wedding on water that can take you to some of the greatest places on earth is a great way to begin.

A yacht wedding, for example, will not only guarantee an incredible set of wedding photos; it’s also a great way to kick start your honeymoon. Еverything you need, from the moment you say “I Do” to the time you return home, is with you on the yacht.

From cruising the Salish Sea with Vancouver’s North Shore Mountains towering above you, to a classic riviera experience in the Mediterranean or Adriatic, your horizons extend as far as the saltwater stretches.

If you prefer a theme, have your guests step aboard the Pirate Ship at the Treasure Island Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas and they’ll have tales to tell of their own adventures for years to come.

Whatever your choice, you can’t go wrong with the elegance of a yacht and the tranquility of the surrounding water as the setting for your special day.

Where: Pirate Ship, Treasure Island Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas
Alternative: The Wedding Yacht, Vancouver, Canada

#3 Getting married on a bridge

The Artist’s Covered Bridge
photo by: Jane Griffin

Can you imagine turning one of the world’s most beautiful landmark bridges into a special reminder of your wedding day? You could look at it as building a bridge between two families or a symbol for the strength of your love, but there’s no denying the fact that your wedding photos will look awesome.

You can go big and busy on the renowned Brooklyn Bridge in New York, or you can get creative with the Artist’s Covered Bridge of Newry, Maine. Alternatively, there is an incredible number of small, picturesque bridges throughout Europe for a quieter, more private gathering.

Wherever you go, such tourist spots are not short of artists, photographers and galleries where images and paintings of your wedding venue can be framed for your own home. That is, until the time comes when you can revisit the bridge, then walk over it with your memories.

Where: Artist’s Covered Bridge, (Sunday River Bridge) Newry, Maine USA
Alternative: Brooklyn Bridge, NYC, USA

#4 Getting married in a cemetery

Cincinnati – Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum “Fleischman Mausoleum & Geyser Lake”
photo by: David Paul Ohmer

There is good reason to embrace the full cycle of life at a wedding as it means one of the key milestones is reached: finding your soul mate. Besides the symbolism of a life spent together into old age, a beautiful cemetery can be just the piece of tranquil greenery you’re looking for; a wedding day is respectful of those who are not there to see it, as much as it is a joy for those who are.

We’re not just talking about small local village cemeteries, either. Big cities like London or Tokyo may have a hidden cemetery, quietly waiting around the corner to offer peace and solace amongst the hustle and bustle of busy metropolitan life.

Take the Marble Cemetery of New York. It’s a true rarity in the Big Apple: this grotto between Second Avenue and the Bowery is a recently-discovered secret space teeming with flowers and fruit trees. People started getting married there when the venue wanted to raise money for badly needed renovations. Following suit is Spring Grove in Cincinnati, Ohio, which has become another popular option for a cemetery wedding.

Gothamists have even asked: “Are Cemetery Weddings The New Church Weddings?”

Where: Marble Cemetary on 2nd Avenue, New York City USA
Alternative: Historic Spring Grove

#5 Getting married in the sky

G-Force One
photo by: Stephen Boxall/ZERO-G

Leave the ground and convention behind to check out Hot Air Balloon weddings, or if those aren’t daring enough for you, there’s always a weightless wedding in zero gravity.

That’s right, you can now get married floating alongside your husband or wife to be with your guests bobbing around beside you. It hardly seems believable, but Zero Gravity Corporation offer weddings like these and people are already getting their space suits on to get hitched (or whatever you choose to wear).

Where: ZERO G, Miami, New York, Austin, and Las Vegas, USA
Alternative: Hot Air Balloon, Arizona and New Mexico, USA

#6 Getting married on a volcano

Kilauea Caldera, Volcanoes National Park
photo by: Matt McGee

Hawaii is a hugely popular spot for destination weddings, and for good reason. The tropical location, scenery, and activities all offer huge appeal, but there’s more to the island than beaches. Hawaii is also home to active volcanoes, which produce jaw-dropping natural landscapes.

The jet-black volcanic rock creates surreal moon-like terrain that contrasts with the intense blue Hawaiian sky, and it’s sure to leave you and your guests breathless. This is a place like no other and an amazing location for a jaw-dropping destination wedding.

Volcano weddings are currently on offer at the Hawaii Volcano National Park.

Where: Hawaii Volcano National Park, Hawaii USA

#7 Getting married in a temple

Mayan Temple Ruins, Belize
photo by: Russell Harrison Photography

Think Tomb Raider and you’ll know what a Mayan Temple looks like — steps lead up every side of its distinctive pyramid shape to a striking flat peak. You can even go inside on your wedding day for a truly memorable blessing.

Amongst a Maya civilization in Central America are spectacular ruins with panoramic views of lush jungle and verdant valleys. Getting married in a bygone temple is guaranteed to be a wedding your friends and family will talk about for decades to come.

We should add that the temples are within easy reach of a luxurious tropical resort, so you and your wedding guests can have the best of both worlds — soak up some culture before relaxing into a more contemporary holiday in the sun.

Where: Mayan Temple Ruins, Belize

#8 Getting married in a tree house

Treehouse Point
photo by: Adam Crowley

Every kid wants a treehouse at the bottom of their garden that acts as a hideaway where they can unleash their imagination. If you never got your treehouse, but want to make a dream come true, a treehouse wedding might be just perfect for you.

Nestled in deep forest 30 minutes outside of Seattle, Washington, Treehouse Point offers a large variety of treehouses for everything from basic lodging to full wedding ceremonies. If you’d like to get off the ground, but not totally into the air, this is a more earthbound choice than ZERO G.

Of course, you could always build your own treehouse for this purpose, if your own place is big enough. It’s a great chance to come together with your special someone to create a place you can return to again and again to remember your vows.

Where: Treehouse Point, Fall City, Washington USA

Make your wedding as awesome as you are

Whether you’re looking for a twist on the traditional wedding or something completely out of the ordinary, there are excellent options out there. What’s important to remember is that your wedding is all about you, and should also be about having an amazing time yourselves.

Now is a good idea to stop and consider all the possibilities. This list of unexpected and unique wedding venues is sure to prove there are ideas out there you never even thought possible, let alone realise you can book tomorrow.

Be unique, bold, and amazing, and your dream wedding will follow.

Many thanks to the folks at Pissup for allowing us to reprint their article.

Unexpected Reception Touches

While the ceremony is the heart of the wedding and the reason to gather, the reception is the time to celebrate.

Whether your wedding is small and intimate at a local restaurant or a large multi hour event for 300 guests with white glove service, the decorative touches and activities planned for the evening are what makes your wedding memorable.

Here are some ideas that may spark your creativity.

    • Centerpieces at guest tables can be gorgeous bowls of seasonal fruits and vegetables instead of flowers. For a Summer wedding have bowls of seasonal greens including small melons, pears, apples, grapes, and avocados. Fall weddings can call on red apples, tomatoes, pomegranates, grapes, peppers and pears. If yellow and orange are your color scheme, fill bowls with grapefruits, lemons, pears, yellow tomatoes, squash, and gourds. Your guests can be encouraged to eat the centerpieces or take the fruits home with them.
    • You can also use fresh fruit as place cards.

 

    • If you have planned a cocktail hour to precede your dinner, consider renting a popcorn cart. It makes perfect nibbling while sipping cocktails and waiting for the wedding party to appear. Order striped containers with or without your wedding date imprinted and add matching napkins. For even more variety, consider offering a variety of popcorn toppings like cheeses, sugars, spices, or sea salt flavored butter.
    • If space is limited and you don’t have a separate area for the cocktail hour, provide trays of hors d’oeuvres at each guest table.

 

    • If you are a candy fan, consider centerpieces that contain “flowers” of lollipops, suckers, small candies on a stick, and cake pops (frosted cakes on a stick). Individually wrapped chocolate truffles or chocolate molds made especially for you add a note of elegance to the festivities.
    • If you want a wedding by the sea but are no where near any body of water, consider creating a south sea atmosphere with a backdrop of ocean waves, or palm trees around a lagoon. Backdrops can be paper or fabric or a video presentation that flashes against a blank wall.

Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean

    • For other ideas to make your reception special, contact me at 937-235-2586, 937-581-3647, or

jean@weddingsfromtheheart.net

    • .

 

    • Photo credit of popcorn machine:

Steve Snodgrass

    • via

photopin

    All other photos by Weddings From The Heart

Entrance Wedding Music; 3 Places For Inspiration by Kristi Richardson / Bloomed to Last

Today’s blog is from a wonderful vendor and amazing DJ, Craig Noto of Firedog Entertainment. Craig is going to tackle the question, “What is the best song for my wedding entrance?” Here is his amazing advice.

My answer to this question time and time again is to tell my clients that there is no “best” song if it is not reflective of you as a couple. If you want to walk to the traditional bridal march of “Here Comes the Bride” or “Canon in D” and either of these songs are what you have always dreamed of then by all means use them. Those pieces have been remade in so many different styles ranging from Bluegrass with banjos and fiddles to Celtic with bagpipes and drums. However, if you are looking to go in a totally different direction there are a number of different songs to be chosen from that can meet your needs or even the overall theme of your wedding. Here are some ideas I have suggested to some of my brides.

1. Popular music remade with a classical twist. Modern music has been re-recorded by any number of artists recently. Groups such as Vitamin String Quartet, The Piano Guys and Break of Reality are just a few of the more popular groups that have taken some of today’s most popular music and given it a classical arrangement. You can find samples to listen to on YouTube to get a feel for them. Be aware however that not all music on YouTube is available commercially. Firedog Entertainment is proud to say that our music library is 100% legal and any DJ that will just download music off of YouTube without paying for it legally is one that you do not want taking care of music at your ceremony or reception.

2. Soundtracks. What was the very first movie you and your fiance saw? Was there a love song in that movie? If the music that you are using has a special place in both of your hearts then that is all the reason you need to walk down the isle to it. I have had weddings use the love themes from many different movies such as St Elmo’s Fire, Romeo and Juliet, The Godfather and yes even Star Wars for the SciFi fanatics. With so many movies made each year the possibilities are endless.

3. Popular Music. You can go with anything from Top 40 to Country. There is no concrete rule that says you must walk down the isle to a certain genre of music. Artists such as Train, Christina Perri, Jack Johnson, Garth Brooks, 98 Degrees, Hunter Hayes, The Beach Boys and even Meatloaf have all been requested in my 20 years of DJ work.

The bottom line is that this is YOUR special day. You and your partner can decide the best way to make it unique and altogether yours. The more information your provide to your DJ about your styles of music, overall theme of the wedding or any other information will allow them to put together a list of ideas to suit your needs. Meeting face to face with your DJ and wedding planner helps pull together the grand scheme for the day and helps keep communication open between everyone. Communication is key!!

Firedog Entertainment prides itself on meeting with each and every client to go over all of these details, providing helpful suggestions and making this most special day in your life that much better. Our company motto is much more than that. It is a promise to all of our clients. “Because YOU’RE that important!”

Happy Planning!
~ Kristi

Panhandle WV, Shenandoah Valley & Northern VA Wedding & Event Planner/Designer, Kristi Richardson, publishes the Bloomed to Last E-guide, “How to Avoid the 10 Most Common Wedding Design Mistakes That Cost Most Couple Thousands.” filled with exclusive designer secrets, tips and how-to advice for planning your fabulous event. Grab your FREE copy here: http://bit.ly/weddingdesignmistakes . Bloomed To Last is an event planning and design company based in the Panhandle of WV, Shenandoah Valley & Northern region of VA, also serving Frederick MD, Gettysburg PA, the District of Columbia and select destination locations.

photo credit: Music Page ~ hassequartet.com / Bride ~ bloomedtolast.com