Monthly Archives: May 2016

9 Ideas That Make Your Wedding Day Run Smoother

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smooth running wedding day at a reception hall with bride and groom dancingWho doesn’t want a smooth-running wedding day?  While you can’t control the tacky dress your cousin wears or your father-in-law’s horrible toast, there are steps you can take to make your special day run as smooth as glass.

Be prepared.

Put money for vendors due on your wedding day in envelopes with their names on it.  Pack an emergency kit for any issue that could come up (i.e. rips, stains, unexpected weather, health issues, etc.)  Being as organized as possible now can save you a load of headaches later (or a headache if you pack aspirin in your emergency kit).

Ask for help.

You don’t have to handle every crisis and make sure every pin is in place on your big day.  Delegate tasks to family and friends that can help make your day run smoother, such as lining up the appropriate parties for photos and passing out payments.  Just remember, that your day is supposed to be a happy occasion; don’t ruin someone’s day by barking orders (which also makes your day more stressful).

Pass out a schedule.

Compile a full schedule in advance and send it out to EVERYONE once it is finalized.  Use this theory for every communication: keep everyone in the loop to prevent misunderstandings and having to text and answer phone calls every few minutes.

Budget extra time into your schedule.

As much as you want your wedding day to run like clockwork, set your schedule like it won’t.  Add time over and above what you need to allow for hiccups, extra photos, and other “happenings” that might come up (hopefully all positive ones!).

Keep a list of vendors and phone numbers close at hand.

This is a safeguard that you’ll hopefully never need, but one that becomes invaluable when you need to get in touch with a soloist, photographer, venue contact, or other vendor in a pinch.  At the very least, add your vendors and their cell phone numbers to your phone; at the most, make a paper and digital list so you can get in touch with them quickly.

Have one contact at your wedding reception.

Obviously, this is not a ‘must’ but it sure makes life easier when you have one contact for questions and requests during your wedding reception.  Hire a wedding planner or hold your wedding at a venue where there is one contact in charge of all your reception details.

Don’t skip your final vendor meetings.

Make sure you keep all your final meetings with your venue, photographer, caterer, and any other vendor you’ve hired to make your big day special. This is your opportunity to confirm and adjust any final details that play a big part in your wedding day events and budget.  Use these tips for your final meeting with your wedding venue, and don’t be afraid to ask questions to make sure every detail is perfect.

Accept that things could go wrong.

The cake doesn’t come on time.  The DJ gets sick.  These kind of wedding crises happen all the time, and your wedding may not be immune.  Accept that not everything may be perfect on your big day, but that it’s the start of a perfectly wonderful union that’s more important than one day.  A little perspective can guide you through even the roughest of situations on your wedding day.

Relax and enjoy yourself.

Don’t get so worried about the day that you can’t enjoy yourself.  Relax and have fun!

10 of Our Favorite Elegant Wedding Centerpiece Ideas

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Your wedding centerpieces can be one of the most difficult wedding planning decisions to make because of the overwhelming amount of options out there.  To complicate the matter, you don’t just want what everyone else wants; you want a wedding centerpiece that fits with your wedding venue and decor and is uniquely, well, you.  If you’re racking your brain for centerpiece ideas that fits all those criteria and you’ve chosen an elegant wedding venue as a backdrop, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite elegant wedding centerpieces that you can turn into your own customized décor:

elegant lighted globe centerpiecesLighted globes

Nothing makes quite the modern and elegant statement like lighted globe centerpieces.  With a beautiful glow, lighted globes lend to a stunning ambiance.

simple elegant wedding centerpieces with silver vases and purple rosesSimple silver vases

Elegant and elaborate do not always go together, especially when you want to create a simple, understated elegance.  That’s when a simple silver vase (or bucket) is the perfect wedding centerpiece for your big day.

crystal candle wedding centerpieces in elegant wedding venue with blue and pink uplightingCandles with bling

Crystals and candles can make a dramatic statement at your wedding reception.  Be unique with your “blingy” centerpiece for a personal and spectacular wedding atmosphere.

arrangement of boxes, flowers, and candles with orange table coveringsFlower & box arrangement

On paper, this doesn’t sound that spectacular.  Flowers and boxes?  When arranged just right, flowers and boxes can add a sweet, elegant touch to your wedding.

elegant wedding centerpiece idea: patterned table covering with black vase and white floral arrangementSimple black vase

Black wedding décor can be like your little black dress: classic and modern all at the same time, a unique backdrop in a beautiful wedding venue that you want to stand out.

Series of floating candles

The sky’s the limit with floating candle centerpiece ideas.  Dress up your tables with a series of vases filled with pearls, glass beads, flowers, twigs…whatever fits into your overall wedding theme.floral bouquet on table with sparkling back drop: outdoor touch for spring wedding

Floral & crystal tall vases

If you want to really make an impact, choose tall centerpieces that make a statement.

elegant wedding centerpieces with simple rose arrangementSimple rose arrangement

Roses bring a classic elegance to any affair.  Select a color that coordinates with your other reception details, and let these elegant flowers do the rest.

birch containers with elegant wedding centerpieceBirch bark

If done right, birch bark centerpieces can be as elegant as pearls.  Perfect for an outdoor-themed elegant affair or a wedding with a natural theme, birch bark is a unique touch that can be incorporated in many different ways in your wedding.

elegant wedding centerpiece: plate with greeneryPlate arrangements

Plates are not just for eating on; metallic or simple plates can be a perfect centerpiece piled full of flowers, candles, and crystals.

If you’re looking for other ideas for elegant wedding centerpiece ideas, watch social media for open house dates at your favorite venue or contact their experienced on-staff planners for ideas.  With their help, and a beautiful venue, you can take turn an elegant wedding centerpiece idea into your own unique wedding décor statement.