How to choose your Bridesmaids

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Standing up in someone’s wedding to many people means spending lots of money on dresses, shoes, hair, makeup, etc. We really seemed to lose touch in why bridesmaids and Maid of Honors are part of the wedding. I always get brides who say they can’t choose between people to have by their side. Well it’s simple, if you haven’t talked to someone in years, you probably do not want to have them in your wedding, even if you were in preschool together. People change over the years especially after their mid twenties so someone who shared all your secrets and interests when you were younger, may not have the same views today. Here’s a list of ideas to think about when choosing your bridesmaids.

1. Choose someone that puts you first- This by far the most important characteristic in a bridesmaid. You need someone that isn’t negative and doesn’t complain about how much they are spending. You want someone that is just as loving and caring to you as the day you met them. Someone who even if they hate the bridesmaid dress, colors of your wedding, or the location of you wedding will say how much they love and adore everything. Negativity is the most important thing to keep out of your sight. By choosing someone that is negative will only eventually cause problems for you but can also affect your relationship to your fiancé. I have seen too many brides stress out for months before their wedding until the day of by choosing Miss Negative Nancy to stand up.

2. Someone who supports your relationship- I see this all the time, Girls are always in competition with each other no matter how close they are. If you have a friend who always talks poorly of your fiancé or doesn’t see how you two will end up with each other then you must not have her in your wedding. In fact, you shouldn’t even have them at your wedding or in your life anymore. It is important to keep those who care not only about you but also your future spouse.

3. Carefree friend- Another very important quality in a bridesmaid is someone who doesn’t care what you are serving for food. Someone who loves house wine and house liquor. You don’t want someone telling you that you need to have what “they like” in order for them to be part of your wedding. Always remember, it is YOUR wedding and it’s between you and your fiancé on choosing the options for your day. You don’t need to listen to bickering snobs about what they think makes your wedding perfect.

4. Someone who will help- Lots of details go into wedding planning and of course this is why I have my job. I love wedding planning and if you need a planner you can definitely count on me. However, if you can’t afford a planner or think you do not need one, you definitely need bridesmaids to be by your side throughout everything. There’s many events that lead up to a wedding which the bride and groom should have minimal planning in. This is what they bridesmaids are for. Think of your closest and most creative friends and how they can help you with planning all of these events. There’s the engagement party, bridal shower, bachelor/bachelorette parties, and rehearsal dinner. Some of these things of course your parents will help plan but you want bridesmaids to bring the new, modern “Pinterest” ideas to your events.

5. Choose someone who can afford it- We all know weddings are pricey but the same goes for someone standing up in a wedding. From dresses to shoes, to hair and makeup, to travel expenses, make sure you choose someone that can afford it. Your friends that you feel like you are leaving out will not be hurt if they can’t afford it. In some cases, it is better to not ask and make them feel embarrassed to decline because of costs.

Choosing maids can be difficult but honestly my main thing is this, think of those who you speak to daily whether they are next door or thousands of miles away. This idea is similar to hiring someone for a job. They need to be by your side and help with whatever you need. Everyone thinks they will hurt someone and from time to time it happens. Honestly most people who are chosen clearly are honored to take part in the wedding but there are others that do feel like they lucked out by saving money and only being a guest. It can be expensive to take part in a wedding so don’t feel like leaving someone out is a bad thing.
Here’s a little bit in choosing a Maid/Matron of Honor. The main reasons why you have a maid of honor is for support, keeping everyone together, and being there when you need her.

By choosing a Maid of Honor that you are close with now (not 20 years ago), they understand your style, vision, expectations, and YOU! it’s similar to what I said above, this person just has a little more responsibility. I’m pretty sure after all those years your vision of marrying someone from N’SYNC and having your wedding at your gorgeous mansion or on a secret island isn’t really how your wedding is playing out. You need someone that knows you well today and can be there for you when you need advice. She also needs to support you with a positive attitude so if they are a super opinionated friend, tell them you love them but they can be a bridesmaid or guest. You get enough unwelcome opinions from in laws and family that you don’t need your number one go to support system to give you more unnecessary advice. You want someone who when you choose a bridesmaid dress that may not be flattering or her style will tell you how much she loves it and tell your other bridesmaids they love it too. When you get a call from you in laws telling you they just invited another 20 people neither you or your fiancé has met but you are the ones paying for your “intimate” wedding, she’s there for you and would even go out of her way to let your family know it’s not about them that it is your wedding day. This is the support system you need. A perfect Maid of honor.

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For more wedding advice or to hire a wedding planner, please contact me at (248) 836-8605 or through email at desi@desirableevent.com. Happy Bridal Party choosing!

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For more wedding advice or to hire a wedding planner, please contact me at (248) 836-8605 or through email at desi@desirableevent.com. Happy Bridal Party choosing!

Why you should Hire a Day of Wedding Coordinator

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Once you have all your wedding planning finished, ever worry or wonder how the day will go and not wanting to be in charge of it yourself? Hiring a Day of Coordinator takes all the stresses away from brides. Day of Coordinators provide services that typically are not just the day of your wedding so when booking someone be sure to ask exactly what they will do for you. At Desirable Events by Desi, we provide more of an experience with you that is beyond your wedding.

First, we set up a meeting either in person or through telephone or Skype about a month prior to your wedding. Any weddings closer we set up meetings right away to ensure we have time. We ask during the meeting for all the venue and vendor information, details you specifically expect, and any concerns you may have (including concerns about guests that you would like an eye kept on). Our planners love getting to know the couple a little more in order to know your personality and style.

Next, we take the information from above and create a detailed timeline. This goes to all vendors to ensure they are on time and copies to your bridesmaids as well in case everyone is getting ready somewhere else. This timeline has many details for each of your vendors on when to arrive, setup, tear down, songs or cues they may need, basically the little things that as a bride you no longer need to stress about. We bring extra copies of these timelines for the photographers, DJs, and venue staff the day of to ensure they follow the wedding as planned. If anyone watches Vanderpump Rules and saw Scheana turn into bridezilla this is because her wedding coordinator did not execute the timeline well.

About a day or two prior to the wedding, we set up an hour rehearsal practice so you and your bridal party knows exactly how it is going to go on your wedding day. Even if the actual space for the wedding isn’t available which happens many times in Las Vegas due to all the weddings, we find a space to mark the floor and timing. Anyone involved in the Rehearsal is welcome to come as we want to ensure nothing is forgotten. This is the perfect way as a bride and groom you can really grasp the concept of your wedding and if you have any concerns we will go over them.

Finally comes the most important day of your life… your Wedding Day! During your wedding day depending on your venue or multiple venues, we are there prior to setup until the end of your night. I would say most of our weddings requires us to be there 10-12 hours. Many couples do not understand the details that go into a day and life of a wedding planner. For most of our weddings we bring two planners because we want everything for your wedding to be strategically placed and as you wished. When we arrive, we first visit the bride and groom just to ensure there are no worries or stresses. Then from there we set up your entire event with all your vendors. It takes a lot of teamwork to go into even small events but what it turns into is something so gorgeous and memorable I just love every minute of it. We follow the timeline as planned and are always around for any jitters, stresses, mother issues (they do happen), anything you need we are there for you. We stay though out the dinner, toasts, cake cutting. We stay until the end. This is one of the differences between us and most wedding planners and coordinators especially those that work for the hotels and event places. Most of them leave during dinner or after cake cutting. We like to stay to the end to watch your beautiful friends and family enjoy the event that although we may not have helped you plan but we executed to your standards and above.  So as you see, when deciding to hire a Wedding Day of Coordinator you must remember that there’s a lot more than goes into it. When I am contacted and people say well the wedding is 6 hours long so that’s what we would like to hire you for, cannot be done. As a planner, I know that I could be held responsible if something doesn’t go right and I am very particular about making sure everything is on time as planned. When researching coordinators be sure to ask exactly what they do. Always remember, you get what you paid for. If someone sounds great due to their price make sure they are experienced and hire someone that is detailed oriented. It’s better to spend a little more than hire someone that could potentially ruin your wedding day.

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For more information regarding hiring a Day of Wedding Coordinator please contact us to be part of your special day.

New Year’s Eve Las Vegas Suite Wedding- M Resort

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Who wouldn’t want to attend a New Year’s Eve wedding especially when this amazing couple are the hosts? I first spoke to Joey and Lori right after the holidays in the beginning of 2014. The way we were introduced is bittersweet. They had booked an amazing officiant, Reverend Jimmy Mac with whom I have worked with in the past and became a great mentor. They knew if he approved than I was the perfect fit for them seeing as Lori’s stepfather actually attended High School with Jimmy Mac. About a month before the wedding we had shocking news that saddened all of us which was the sudden passing of a great friend and amazing man Jimmy Mac. If it weren’t for him, I would not have been part of this amazing and gorgeous wedding day and I know he was with us all in spirit.

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Lori and Joey met online.  One of my blogs “First BLIND Date” was actually inspired by them.  They met after months of speaking online and had the perfect date at Lori’s sister’s house.  He was blindfolded when he showed up as well as Lori and they sat for hours talking to each other and enjoying each other blindfold.  Lori’s bridesmaid actually put on the whole date and listened through baby monitors.  At the end of the date Joey couldn’t take it any longer and had to see his gorgeous date.  Please see my past blog for more information on “First Blind Dates”.

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Lori had one request for her wedding and that was she wanted it on New Years Eve. We decided to rent a suite and have a New Years party/wedding done Vegas style. Since we began planning so far out, most hotels did not know the room rates and if there would even be a suite available for them to rent. After using my negation skills I believe we could not have chose a better location. Joey and Lori were wed in a two story loft suite at the M Resort. For those of you unfamiliar with this resort, it is located about two miles south of Mandalay Bay off the strip but still on Las Vegas Blvd. With breathtaking 270 degree views you can not go wrong with this choice in venue. They rented the two connecting rooms as well.  One room we had all the catering in and the other room we had a photobooth in for guests to enjoy.  The photobooth doubled as favors for their guests and was another guestbook for the couple.

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Being a New Year’s Eve wedding, their theme was a fun, elegant party.  They served their guests hot and cold Hors D’oeurves and an assortment of Beer, Wine, liquor and of course Champagne.  Lori and Joey love Rotari Rose so I special ordered 2 cases for them through the liquor distributor.  As guests entered the room for the ceremony, they were served Champagne or Beer.  Lori joked that she had “Champagne taste on a Beer Budget” so the preceremony drinks were perfect for her taste.  We used the rest of the champagne as a midnight toast when we did a countdown to midnight.  Each champagne flute was rimmed with gold sugar to add that extra elegant touch for their New Year’s Eve wedding.

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The two story suite was set up perfectly for guests to enjoy music and dancing.  The DJ was set up on the top floor balcony overlooking the bottom level of the suite.  The bottom is where they guests were able to dance and get their drinks from the bar.  It was the perfect touch for any hotel suite wedding.  As I mentioned previously, the M Resort has breathtaking views.  On New Year’s Eve at midnight something beautiful happens in Las Vegas in which their guests enjoyed perfect views from.  The Las Vegas strip has fireworks in different locations throughout the strips which was the perfect ending to a beautiful wedding.  I even got a little choked up by the fireworks and had tears in my eyes.  You can’t make up or dream of such a beautiful fairy tale.

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Finally at the end of the night just after the fireworks, they wanted guests to grab their coats, a drink, and meet us downstairs for a sparkler send off.  Everyone who came received sparklers and we timed it just right to give the couple their final send off.  It was a magical moment for Joey and Lori and definitely a memorable wedding/ New Year’s for everyone who attended.  In my opinion, one of the best ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve is a wedding.  Especially if you can make it intimate and beautiful like this Suite wedding.  No one likes planning their New Year’s so why not plan it for them with not only a great party  but by sharing your love for one another in front of your favorite and closest friends.

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A special thanks to this gorgeous couple for letting us be part of their day and to all the vendors who helped make it happen:

Wedding Planner: Desirable Events by Desi (www.desirableevent.com)

Wedding Venue: Loft Suite at the M Resort

Photographers: Susie and Will Pictures

Officiant: Pastor Pete (elegant las vegas weddings)

DJ/Photobooth/Uplight: Greg D’angelo (Elegant Entertainment)

Flowers: By Dzign

Decor: Desirable Events by Desi

Cake: Babycakes at M Resort

Bartender: RJ Wojtowicz

Catering: M Resort

**All photos provided by Susie and Will Pictures**

To plan your Las Vegas wedding, a suite wedding, New year’s eve wedding, or destination wedding, please contact me at desi@desirableevent.com.

Surprise Engagement Party Las Vegas

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Surprise!

Surprise parties are always so much fun not only to throw but the planning process alone makes it fun. There are times where the planning process can be stressful though because let’s face it, we are trying to keep a secret. Why not hire a pro to do all the planning so that even you are surprised in the end? Desirable Events by Desi can plan any surprise event you desire. If you want to go the old fashion way and do it yourself please see the information below on this surprise engagement party Desirable Events by Desi put together on a budget.

Natalie and Marc were engaged in August and immediately began the planning process for their wedding. Natalie’s mother was coming out to Vegas in September so naturally we chose to throw the party when she was in town.

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Food and Beverage:

The invites were actually private through social media (Facebook). Each guest was asked to bring a bottle of wine to the event as well as a food item. Desirable Events by Desi also provided homemade Sangria. Any leftover bottles of wine was meant for the couple to take to “Stock their Bar”. There were about 30 guests that arrived and with plenty of wine left over the couple sure did have a stocked bar. Desirable Events also set up favors of ring pops for all the guests.

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Decor:

Desirable Events by Desi made the banners, vases, and decor for the event. We chose a wine theme as the couple loves wine so much. There were banners that said, “She said Yes”, “Marc put a ring on it”, Cheers, as well as photos of the couple. We made a cupcake stand out of a vase filled with wine corks and plate to top it. We also made centerpieces such as vases filled with wine corks and mason jars with burlap and flowers. We even added more of the wine touch by having wine bottles with flowers in them as well. For the food we made cards that said “She said Yes” and put them in wine cork placeholders. Each guest had their own wine glass with their names on the tag that read this wine is mine. Natalie and Marc drank out of bride and groom wine glasses. All of these items are available on etsy https://www.etsy.com/shop/DesirableEventsByDes?ref=hdr_shop_menu

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Planning:

The location was at a friend of the couple’s home. The evites originally went out 3 weeks prior to the event and updated a week prior. The couple had no idea about the event. The mother of the bride said she bought tickets to a local comedy show for the couple and their friend. They were to go pick her up for the show. Just before the show Natalie’s friend asked them to come in for a glass of wine before the show. It all flowed together perfectly and it was a complete surprise for them. They had no idea when they walked through the doors that all their close friends would be inside.

Surprise parties again can be tricky to keep secrets. When done right though they come out to a huge success and really make whomever it is for feel special. Let us help you plan the best surprise party anyone has ever been to. Please contact Desi at http://www.desirableevent.com or desi@desirableevent.com for all your planning needs.

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Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas Wedding

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Gina and Corey found Desirable Events by Desi a little over a year prior to their selected wedding date. We met over Skype as they were from Virginia and instantly clicked. They are such a beautiful couple and their wedding just turned out gorgeous.  They wanted their wedding in Las Vegas because it is their home away from home as they travel here quite often and it is where Corey proposed to Gina.  It made for the perfect destination wedding for them.  When I first met Corey in person he had two requests: a Jager Bomb station and a Flair Bartender. Right then and there I knew this was going to be such a fun wedding to plan.  Although they did not have either one of Corey’s requests, we came up with a ton of fun ideas for the couple and their guests, which I will get into later in the post.

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The wedding was held at the 5 star hotel, the Mandarin Oriental in the center of the Las Vegas Strip. Walking into the hotel alone, it takes your breath away by their decor but this couple added their personal touches and beautiful decor to make their event perfect. Naakiti Floral was hired to do all the beautiful centerpieces, bridal party flowers, parent flowers, and ceremony decor. With the strong winds outdoors for the ceremony, I had the news to either bring the wedding indoors to have the beautiful floral reveal the couple wanted or to just do without flowers and get married outside as planned. Corey and Gina both said rain, wind, or shine they wanted to have their ceremony outside. With the help of Naakiti, Mandarin, and my team, we made their request happen and they still had beautiful flowers down the aisle. Their ceremony was performed by Reverend Jimmy Mac. He made the ceremony so personal and memorable.  It was fabulous and Gina’s Vera Wang dress was gorgeous in the gusts of wind. Brio Strings was their string quartet that performed during the ceremony and cocktail hour. The lovely quartet works through T Entertainment.  It was a very romantic ceremony and with a hundred people still felt very intimate.

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The reception was in the ballrooms at the Mandarin with a beautiful view of the strip. With all of the gorgeous decor and personal touches, it was such a fun and memorable event. The unique table set up of a mix of long rectangular tables and circular tables half with blush linen and the other with sequin blush linen fit beautifully with their style.  They also had gorgeous centerpieces of mixed floral from white hydrenga, sahara roses, cream spray roses, white phals and white anemones.  Along the dance floor, Sit on this provided comfortable lounge furniture for the perfect look and so guests could rest their feet during dances.  Dj Miss Joy performed throughout the wedding with club inspired music that the bride and groom requested.  To add that extra special touch and tie the whole room together, Bliss Entertainment provided blush uplighting.

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Gina and Corey were so thoughtful of their guests and had favors for them throughout the night. They started with their place cards being mini bottles of Chandon Rose. After their 5 course dinner that was served as the guests danced the night away they brought out glow sticks to add the Las Vegas club scene. These were by far a big hit with even the oldest guests. At the end of the night, they wanted to make sure each guest had another final treat with gourmet donuts.

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Throughout the entire day, Heidi Ann and John Michael with Alt F photography took breathtaking photos of the couple.  They captured all the details throughout the event and left everyone involved with the most memorable photos.  All photos in the post were provided by them.

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This wedding was absolutely perfect and the couple was wonderful to work with. We made a lasting friendship out of this.

A special thanks to all who helped create this couples desires!
Wedding Planner: Desirable Events by Desi
Photographer: Alt F
Floral: Naakiti Floral
Furniture: Sit on This
DJ: DJ Miss Joy
Strings: Brio Strings (T Entertainment)
Uplighting: Bliss Entertainment
Venue: Mandarin Oriental

Please visit http://www.desirableevent.com to book your wedding or event.  You too can have a gorgeous event with the best of the best vendors in the industry.

Hire a Las Vegas Wedding Planner

Hire Las Vegas wedding plannerHave a Budget and really need a Wedding Planner? Please read and see how wedding planners benefit you while not scaring you away because of the price.

Many brides want to have a DIY wedding but do not have the time to meet with all the vendors, pick out the decor, and definitely do not have time the day of their wedding to walk around and make sure everything is perfect. By hiring a wedding planner/designer, you will not be stressed out at all and have the opportunity to enjoy every part of the process of your wedding.

I am writing about this because lately, brides have been contacting wondering pricing and packages related to planning services. However, many brides budgets may not fit the price of hiring a full on planner. Do not fear though, many planners may work something out with you to give as much of their knowledge and assistance to fit in your budget. Do not hesitate to contact planners for questions concerning your wedding, just understand how much work goes into full service and how they can help you save money in other ways.

Breaking it down (all pricing varies based on location of wedding and the planner… this is an estimate):

Full Service Wedding Planning/Design- ($4,000-$10,000) services provided for this could include planning your entire event. Think about all the time you do not have because work, school, kids, etc. This would be why you are hiring a planner to do your wedding for you. Many hours and meetings go into full service design so do not be afraid of the price because although it may seem high, a planner who is designing your entire wedding will definitely have opportunities where you can make up the price elsewhere. As planners, we have many connections with vendors and venues where we can get discounts and deals at a better rate since we work with them on multiple events. Therefore, the $5,000 you may spend on a planner, you will make up savings on the venue, vendors, and entertainment.  Full service also almost always includes the day of coordination to make sure everything is done exactly how you envisioned it.

Partial Service Planning- ($2,500-$5,000) Maybe you have the venue picked out already or a few vendors but do not have time to meet with them and make sure they know when to be at your wedding or tell them exactly what you want. This is when you want Partial service so you have someone to review all your contracts and someone to tell the vendors when to arrive.  This will typically also include day of coordination as well.

Day of Coordination- ($800-$2,000) This service usually will include a rehearsal along with of the wedding day of activities. A coordinator is hired to be sure the wedding schedule is going smoothly and everything is on time to the best of their ability.

*Your wedding day may be one day, but it is the most important day in anyone’s life. You do not want any last minute worries or stresses because your flowers didn’t arrive, your maid of honor is missing, or your DJ came an hour late. By simply hiring a planner, you will not need to worry about anything. Just showing up with your dress on and walking down the aisle to the man of your dreams. (And that is not a worry at all) Enjoy your day and check with Wedding Planners in your area for their specific pricing. Trust me, do not be scared at the price, it will help you in so many other ways!

Tips for Outdoor Las Vegas Weddings

Tips for Outdoor Vegas Weddings:

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  1. Choose non summer months.  Late May through early September the temperatures reach  over the 100 degree mark; which is too hot for formal wedding attire. April and October are the best months to have outdoor weddings because temperatures arat between 75 and 85 degrees and sunset is around 6pm.
  2. Provide a favor to cool the guests. Handing out fans as favors or as programs are a great way to show guests you care and give out information on the wedding.
  3. For outdoor ceremonies offer guests a welcome cocktail or even just flavored water. One wedding I did provided guests with cucumber water as they entered the outdoor ceremony space and guests loved the refreshing touch.
  4. Have a backup plan. Although Vegas has mostly beautiful sunny days, there are still times that it may rain or is extremely windy. For rain, it is definitely a wise choice to take the wedding indoors instead. For wind purposes, it is a great idea to check with the venue to see if the location is a wind trap or if I actually blocks the wind. Wind will cause microphone problems that will lose intimacy in your ceremony.
  5. Decor choices. If you plan on using the beautiful natural look of a venue be sure that what you see months before the wedding is what will be there on your day. Most flowers in Las Vegas bloom certain times of the year and may only last a few weeks. By even seeing your venue a year away will not guarantee the natural scenery will be the same. It’s best to check with the venue on their opinion and also a week before make sure it is how you want it so you have the opportunity to add decor where needed.
  6. Food. Outdoor weddings sometimes do not have a kitchen facility right at the location so keep in mind food will be transported from somewhere else. You do not want your guests to have cold food that is supposed to be hot or warm food that should have been cold. Check with your caterer before deciding on venue and get a list of recommended food items so that your guests will have a memorable experience.
  7. Provide sunscreen and/or sunglasses. A cute touch and great favor to five guests are sunscreen packets and sunglasses. This will not only protect them from the sun but later in the evening make for props for photos.

Remember to make sure your day is everything you have desired and also think of the tiniest things to make your wedding stand out to guests. Everyone always appreciates how couples think of all the little things to keep their guests happy. For more advice on planning a Las Vegas outdoor wedding or tips to creating a memorable lasting experience contact Desi at desi@desirableevent.com.