Part of the battle in planning your dream wedding is finding the perfect location for you and your spouse. Each venue has their own set of rules and accommodations that you’ll need to ask about before putting in your deposit. Below are some of our suggested questions to ask your venue before booking!
You get to a point in your planning process where you start registering for your gifts! What an exciting time, getting to register for things that are going to go in your new home with your new spouse! But then you get to thinking and realize, well we already have everything we need, what more could we possibly register for? You have your typical registries like Bed Bath and Beyond, Macy’s and Crate and Barrel, which are great for towels, linens and dish ware. After doing a brief survey of your towels, linens and dishware you realize you couldn’t possibly shove one more thing in your linen closet or one more thing in the kitchen cabinets. So what now? Have you thought about your honeymoon? Or possibly your favorite charity?
It is becoming more common that we are seeing couples register for outings for their honeymoon such as massages, dinners, ziplining, snorkeling, and whale watching. It is becoming so popular because this is the first trip you are taking as a new married couple and you are making lasting memories with one another, so by having your guests toss in a couple of excursions they are contributing to that trip in more ways than you know.
But if you already have your honeymoon completely paid for, and have more dishware than you could possibly need, consider having your guests donate to your favorite charity. You can send them the website when you send out your invitations, and they can make the donation in your name. Not to worry this benefits them too, as it could be a tax write off!
If you are still stuck and have no idea what to register for or need more creative ideas feel free to give us a call we would love to share our opinions with you!
Now that you have your man, and the perfect ring, you need to pick the ladies that will be by your side through the whole planning process and by your side on the day of your wedding. But, if you are like us here at Illuminated Events, you don’t just want to sit down and ask “will you be my bridesmaid” in an uncreative way. So we have found some of the cute ways that you could ask your girls to be your bridesmaids.
1. In a fortune cookie- What a perfect way to ask your girls then with a fortune cookie. You can customize each message to them, and when they open it up it is the perfect surprise!
2. Puzzle- Ask her with a puzzle, it will definitely be a surprise at the end when she reveals the hidden message!
3. Jewelry- Giving her a piece of jewelry with a cute card is a great way to your girls, the bonus to this one is that they can re wear the jewelry for your wedding day!
4. Food- Consider a custom cookie, or even a cupcake in a jar customized to what each of your girls likes.
5. Funny Card- We all know the stereotypes that come along with being a bridesmaid, ugly dresses being one of them. Why not ask with a funny card, and then on the inside promising you won’t be one of those brides.
6. Wine- But, if all else fails and you can’t think of anything ask with wine! Customized bottles make this method personal.
7. Video- You could always put together a video to ask your girls with. Check out this video this couple used to ask their bridal party!
But if all else fails you can always just go up to them and ask them. Your girls are your closest friends for a reason and no matter how you ask I am sure they will be delighted that you are even asking them!
Do you need to create a seating chart and have no idea where to start? I suggest starting by importing your guest list into a spreadsheet. Once inputted into the spreadsheet you will be able to see exactly how many guests you are going to have to seat. My suggestion is to use a software that lets you import your guest list and from there manually add tables and place your guests to each table. Wedding Wire has a great system, and all you need to be able to use it is sign up for a free account. But if you are not technologically savvy there is nothing wrong with the post it note approach. Simply get out a poster board draw all your tables on there, then proceed to write out each gust name on a post it. if you want to simplify things more color code your post its, one color for brides family, one color for grooms family, and another color for friends and co-workers.
Next you may be overwhelmed trying to figure out how many people to put at each table, where to place the tables so there there is enough room for everyone to walk around, and who exactly you are going to put at each table. A standard 60” round table is ideally set for 8, this leaves enough room in between each person for elbow room and to comfortably get up without asking the person next to you to stand up with you. But if you are in a pinch and you need to fit more people at a table a standard 60” round table can also be set for 10, your guests will just have a little less room.
When placing the tables around the room you want to leave at least 60” in between each table. You may think that is too much room but believe me, when people sit they don’t sit flat against the table they sit with their chairs pushed back a little bit, and when sitting back to back with another table that may cause problems. For this reason leaving 60” between tables will give adequate space for each guest.
Instead of assigning everyone a specific seat maybe opt for just assigning them a table. This way they can pick which seat they want to sit at. If you are opting for a sweetheart table instead of a head table, I suggest reserving the tables closest to you for your wedding party and immediate families. That way your wedding party still feels like they are involved all the way through the reception. If your wedding party is bringing a date to the wedding, don’t forget to account for them sitting with their date. Nothing worse than showing up as that date and getting put at a table where you don’t know anyone!
But if all else fails and you don’t feel like going through the stress of creating a seating chart, just let people sit wherever they want, and reserve a couple of tables for your immediate family sitting around you. Just remember this day is all about you, and as long as you are happy your guests will be happy!