Monthly Archives: January 2019

10 Amazing Wedding Decor Ideas

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A gorgeous wedding venue is the perfect start to creating a beautiful wedding reception that leaves your guests in awe. These stunning wedding décor ideas are the next step to a wow-worthy big day.

beautiful Milwaukee wedding venue with uplighting

Lighting

Nothing captures the attention of guests like uplighting. And nothing illuminates the wonderful features of the wedding venue that made you choose it as the site of your special day.

wedding reception with MR & MRS letters in front of a shiny background at a rainy wedding

Shimmering Backdrops

A bit of sparkle can dazzle and delight. A shimmering backdrop attracts and draws guests when needed.

red carpet in lobby at 1451 Renaissance Place

Red Carpet Entrance

After a beautiful wedding venue exterior, a red carpet makes your guests feel like royalty.

mandap with floral garland

Over-the-Top Décor

Don’t let any part of your wedding feel neglected. Follow the old saying, “go big or go home.”

simple elegant wedding centerpieces with silver vases and purple roses

Understated Elegance

Understated does need to mean unnoticed. These stunning vases contribute to a wonderful formal wedding atmosphere.

wedding decor with soft candles at milwaukee wedding venue

Beautiful Glow

The right wedding lighting doesn’t always need to be bright.

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Sweet Presentation

The smallest details can make the biggest impact.

wedding table with tall vase with neutral flowers, lavendar printed table covering and lavendar chair covers

Unique Linens

One-of-a-kind table linens can add interest and personality to a formal affair.

couple cutting cake on wedding date

Romantic Flare

Small hints of romance can go a long toward setting the mood.

milwaukee wedding venue with tall dramatic centerpiece with greenery, black napkins and silver chairs

Dramatic Decor

Dramatic décor makes guests gasp. Make sure your combination of wedding décor details coordinate wonderfully (or use an event specialist that can choose the right décor and vendors).

6 BIG Wedding Planner Myths Explained

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wedding reception planned by venue wedding planner

Wedding planning has a reputation for being overwhelming—and deservedly so. There are so many wedding planning details to coordinate, and so little time. A wedding planner can be a great addition to a wedding planning team (especially when time and a lack of expertise are the problem!), but many couples hesitate because they believe some of the most common myths about hiring a wedding planner.

Admittedly, some wedding planners fit the stereotypical mold. They only cater to the rich and famous. As event planners ourselves, though, we are here to tell you that not all wedding planners fit that one-size-fits-all mold. That’s why we’re going to shed some light on some particularly erroneous wedding myths.

Myth: Wedding planners are only available to plan the entire wedding.

Couples who want control, this explanation is aimed at you. Wedding planners can plan as much—or as little—as wanted and needed. If you want to take the reigns over some aspects, make sure that there is an open line of communication and clear deadlines set.

For couples who want to use a certain vendor, select a wedding venue with an open vendor policy; this policy allows couples to use any vendor they prefer (instead of choosing required vendors off a list-more information on choosing vendors can be found here).

Myth: It’s too expensive to hire a wedding planner.

They say time is money, and that phrase is never more true than when wedding planning. Many couples believe that do-it-yourself wedding projects are always cheaper; the reality is that this misperception is not always true.

The phrase also applies to wedding planners. The value of the wedding planner is in their expertise and time-saving skills. Wedding planners can save couples time, allowing them to meet their professional and personal obligations.

Myth: Wedding planners only work with couples with huge budgets.

Unlike the wedding planners on television, not all wedding planners only cater to the rich and famous. Wedding planners are available for busy couples with budgets of all sizes, and can be an enormous help when coordinating vendors and wedding details.

Myth: My friends are just as good as a wedding planner.

We’re not disputing that your friends have “mad” skills. It can be awesome to have friends who can help with do-it-yourself projects and de-stressing (we’ve put down a few suggestions for local de-stressing ideas here). However, relying on friends for wedding planning can also be a huge mistake with a high degree of risk.

As well-meaning as your friends are, many times you’ll find that they want to plan their wedding (not yours!) which can lead to an unpleasant exchange (or many unpleasant encounters). Unless your friends are professionals, using them to plan your wedding can lead to missed deadlines and no back-ups to fill in during an emergency. A wedding planner has the expertise to select the right local vendors and handle any last-minute problems that might come up.

Myth: Wedding planners don’t listen to couples’ preferences.

It’s a wedding planner’s job to plan a wedding as unique as the couple. Select your wedding planner carefully; look for an experienced planner who can turn your vision into reality. If you want a planner that is familiar with your venue, hire the venue wedding planner. A venue wedding planner is intimately familiar with your wedding reception space (and ceremony, if you choose a venue with space for both) and local vendors in all price ranges and styles.

Myth: I can’t use my favorite vendor if I hire a wedding planner.

A wedding planner may take over wedding planning, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have your favorite caterer, photographer, florist, or videographer. If you have a favorite vendor, tell your planner your preference as soon as possible so they can choose a vendor that allows your preference. At some venues, couples have to choose from a required list of vendors. Venues with an open-vendor policy allow any reputable vendor to come into their facility.