I just wanted to say a quick Thank you to everyone in my life for all your support during this past year. It has been a while since I had time to blog about our events but the wait was so worth it. I didn’t get to blog about my pregnancy or anything but this little amazing, fiery spirited girl came into our lives and is the best surprise we will ever have. Our daughter Stoli was born 4 months ago and she’s so awesome. Although I worked throughout my pregnancy and even had a wedding a few days before I went into labor and another right after, I made sure to keep some time aside for this sweet little angel. I can’t wait until she is older to be my little wedding planning assistant. Thank you Lullaby Lane for capturing our little newborn.
Many couples try to add their little touches to their wedding and one way to do so is having a send off at the end of the night or after pronounced husband and wife. There are so many different ideas out there that I wanted to provide a list to help you find the right fit for your wedding style. Please keep in mind to check with your wedding venue before you choose something that is thrown or flamable because many venues do not allow these items.
Rice- Throwing rice is one of the earliest traditions for fertility rituals. If you choose to throw rice, please make sure it is safe for animals.
Rose Petals- This doesn’t have to only be the flower girls job. Many couples choose to have gorgeous rose petals thrown at them to brighten up photos and match the ceremony floral pieces.
Bubbles- A very common trend today, bubbles are a great way of keeping the ceremony space clean but yet help your photographer capture that special send off with beautiful bubbles in the photos.
Ribbon Wands- These items are not only a fun ceremony item but can double as favors and make great dance photos during the wedding reception.
Leaves or Seeds- If you are getting married outside in a natural mother nature setting, try using leaves or bird seed as your throw item. This way it is natural and harmless to the environment.
Confetti- If your venue allows this, it is a must. I have a venue in town that has the confetti cannons already there and one of my couples will have the send off at the end of the night for their farewell exit.
Silly string- This is only to be used if you have a super fun group and you as well as your guests don’t mind getting a little dirty.
Sparklers- This although is very popular and at so many weddings really creates the perfect exit photos for a couple. Be sure to use if your wedding ends after sunset as they will not turn out if the daylight is still there.
Dove or Butterfly release- This is a beautiful way to celebrate the unity of your marriage and have a symbol of love. One of my couples did a dove release after their ceremony and it was truly breathtaking.
Bells- Although these don’t make a great photo opportunity, they are a really cute and traditional memory to have. If you don’t mind the whole kiss during the reception, these also can replace the banging on the china.
Chinese Lanterns- If you have a large wedding, these make a beautiful send off for you and awesome photos.
Balloons- Having your guests all get a balloon and you get a group shot with them then release is another great example for wedding photos.
Glow Sticks- Great way to send off at the end of the night after partying on the dance floor with them. These are fun favors for the guests as well so a great way to use as everything.
If you like any of the items above but do not want to DIY, just click on the photos and it will take you to the link. I can also help create a wedding item for you. Contact me at email@example.com for all your wedding planning needs.
With the growing world of technology and apps, weddings can be more confusing to plan due to the bride searching endless hours on Pinterest for ideas. A friend of mine is an amazing, talented artist and is a one stop shop for all your wedding sign needs. Her shop From Kelly With Love can be found on Etsy. She has tons of different wedding items and I’ll break down some of my favorites by ceremony and reception. (Please click on the photo to go directly to the listing on Etsy to purchase).
1. Welcome Sign: Guest always feel special with an adorable welcome sign like this Sandwich board or aisle blocker. Y
3. Seating Sign: Ceremony seating can get confusing or if someone has a significant amount of people on their side it tends to feel uncomfortable for people to intermingle. This is a unity of two families joining together so why not have a sign to direct guests to side on either side?
4. Memorial Sign: It’s always a sweet idea to honor loved ones watching from heaven by having something to remember them by. Here are a couple different ideas for this:
5. Ring bearer signs: The kids are always the first “awe” moment before the bride. Why not spice it up and add that extra awe with one of these adorable signs!
6. Guest book Sign: With all the different ideas in guestbooks that are created today, guests tend to get confused on where to sign their names. By having a sign with the guest book will allow guests to not miss out on sending you wishes. (check out my past blog for guestbook ideas)
8. Cake sign: Cake tables always need extra decor that many couples forget to add. Why not get a cute sign to display with your cake and cutting set for that nice additional touch!
10. Bar sign: Many people do not decorate the bars at their wedding so they just sit as is. Most of your guests though tend to spend most of their time getting drinks so by adding a fun little sign to it will be a nice touch.
11. Social Media Sign: As I stated in the beginning of this blog, social media is huge. It’s a great way to see what your wedding looked like from all your guests perspective. Create a hashtag and get a sign like this so your guests can provide you with amazing photos.
12. Table Numbers: These are perfect little rustic table numbers, something which most venues do not provide so why not get something cute that you can reuse in the future for things such as other parties or kids birthdays.
There are many different ideas that Kelly creates for weddings, home, and other events. If you don’t see them above, please check out her Etsy for many more beautiful ideas.
Natalie is one of my best friends and not only do I have the pleasure of assisting in planning her wedding but I also am one of her bridesmaids. Natalie lives in Las Vegas but is from Michigan as well so her Las Vegas bridesmaids including myself, through her a Las Vegas Bachelorette/bridal shower weekend. Seeing that we are all in our 30s, we wanted a fun weekend but not the crazy packed clubs that Vegas has to offer. After lots of planning, we came up with the following itinerary see in this photo (also her invites and edited so address doesn’t show):
For Saturday our day began with a Cabana at Daydream. This is the adult pool located at the M Resort. It’s a perfect spot that us locals typically go to all summer long. There aren’t kids there and it is not overly crowded like the strip club pools tend to be. We decorated the cabana in balloons and banners. (Side note in case you are planning a pool: do not bring picture frames or anything with glass because they will take it). I bought Natalie Bride sunglasses and decided to get sunglasses favors for all our attendees. We ordered a few bottles of vodka (only $95 each)and a few bottles of champagne ($40 each) for the perfect mix for any bachelorette. Pricing at the M is very reasonable and our cabana only was a $400 minimum which was easy to hit for a group of 16 girls. The manager even surprised Natalie with a complimentary bottle of champagne. We had perfect weather that day and it turned out to be such a fun day.
After the pool and getting ready, we went back to the M Resort for dinner. We chose to go to one of Natalie’s favorite restaurants, Jayde Fuzion. Here they specialize in sushi and Asian dishes with three menu options: All-You-Can-Eat Sushi and Nigiri for $24.95, All-You-Can-Eat Jayde Specialties (no sushi) for $24.95, or All-You-Can-Eat Sushi, Nigiri and Jayde Specialties for $32.95. They are Gluten sensitive friendly as well. It is a very delicious restaurant with a great ambiance. We had the private dining room for the 16 of us.
Following dinner we went to Ravello lounge at the M. I would describe this as an ultra lounge because it’s in between a chill lounge and a nightclub. They had live music and we had bottle service there as well. Which they do not require to have a table but it is again so reasonably priced why not get a bottle. Everyone had so much fun dancing the night away.
The next day we had a bridal shower for Natalie at Ashley’s house (one of her bridesmaids). The food was all made by Her bridesmaid Laura as Ashley and I decorated the house. Looking through these photos you will notice the “Puffs”, I would definitely do these ahead of time or make sure you have plenty of people to make them. They look cute but they are a pain to decorate with. We set up a mimosa bar with different juices and fruit. This way guests could enjoy drinks of their liking. As favors, we had mini bottles of sparkling wine for each guest to take with them. Our theme was blush and gold and we displayed this throughout the day in decor, favors, and invites. We played 2 games, Who knows the bride best and we asked each girl to decorate a bottle of champagne that describes their friendship to Natalie and she would pick the best bottle. We had about 14 girls attend the shower and Marc (her fiancé) came to open presents with her. His favorite being the lingerie of course. We had a guest book alternative that is pictured below of the letter C for her soon to be new initial. After gifts anyone who wanted to stay brought swim suits to use the pool at Ashley’s. It was the perfect way to ending the perfect weekend.
Planning any event can be so much fun but sometimes with larger groups it may be hard to all agree on something. This is what I am here for and I love planning the perfect Bachelorette and Bridal Showers. If you have stumped or having issues planning any events, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or (248) 836-8605. I would love to be part of planning any event you desire!
Terri & Jim
The second I met Terri & Jim (well he was buying coffee), I knew their entire life story and loved it. She opened up to me like we have known each other forever and this is one of my favorite parts about meeting them. Although I was not hired yet, I could tell by the way Terri and I clicked that I was most likely their new wedding planner. By the time Jim got back with the coffee (5 minutes later), I knew how they met, who was in their wedding, who I needed to give extra attention to, and what exactly they needed help with. Going back to how they met, it was what I call the modern “traditional” way of meeting, just like many of my couples this year have all experienced. Yes they met online, fell in love, and got married. I am not going to bother with real statistics but going by my wedding bookings this year 70 percent of couples that booked me as their wedding planner, met online. As a side note to all you singles out there, I feel this is a very efficient way of meeting your future spouse as long as you don’t use Tinder or Plenty of Fish.
Anyways, Terri and Jim spoke to each other for a while before actually meeting face to face. In fact, Terri was out of town celebrating her parents wedding anniversary when they decided to go on their first date. Which happened to be the day she returned on her parents anniversary April 20th, 2013. They were both instantly fond of each other and so glad that neither one was “catfished”. Within minutes they were already planning their second date for later in the week but couldn’t resist and met up the following day. These two were definitely meant to be. Jim has a very laid-back personality which is perfect for Terri who is very detailed but needs a little help figuring out exactly what she wants. They chose to marry 2 years to their first meeting (also her parents anniversary). I had the pleasure of planning their wedding which took place in a location that hasn’t had many weddings. Their ceremony was the first that took place on the stage at Tivoli Village. They hired Cameron Calloway, a local acoustic guitarist, to perform at both the ceremony and reception. He did a magnificent job throughout both especially as Terri walked down the aisle to him singing, Bret Dennon “By and By”. Terri loved it so much she had him sing it again for her and Jim to dance to and asked for it on iTunes. The ceremony turned out so beautiful with Pastor Pete from Elegant Weddings Las Vegas officiating. He was perfect for them and always adds in something so meaningful to the bride and groom. They chose to do a wine ceremony which fit since Terri is a huge wine lover and since Jim met her, he moved on from specialty beers to become a wine officiantado. They chose to lock the letters into a box with a phenomenal bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon and since they can’t wait too long per their instinct, they will open them on their first anniversary.
For the reception, they chose to have it in one of their favorite places, The View Bar in Tivoli Village. This was the perfect spot for a guest list of nearly 50 to enjoy the acoustic sounds of Cameron while mingling with each other. The restaurant itself has a rustic look to it and offers so much decor that we barely had to do anything to the space. We did have a few centerpieces made up for the tables and a beautiful cake by Sweet Lucys Confections that actually sat on their gorgeous, rustic piano. The ambiance was very laid back just like the couple and rustic. I personally loved this wedding venue and holding any event there. It is tapas style, so they started with a cheese display, went through cold tapas, then hot tapas, and ended with decedent desserts to serve along with the cake. The set up of the buffet was gorgeous wooden pieces to tie into the overall decor of the location. Terri & Jim wanted to do something special for her parents since it was also their anniversary so they gave them a very sweet engraved frame to hold a picture of them along from their wedding and one of Terri and Jim for the other side. At the end of the night, Terri and Jim offered cute little popcorn favors from Popcorn Girl that said “All because he popped the question”. Throughout the entire wedding, we also had the pleasure of working with two very talented photographers Susie & Will from susiesandwillpictures.com. They are very professional and truly amazing at what they do. All of the photos in this blog were provided by them.
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A huge thank you to all of the vendors involved in this gorgeous wedding:
Ceremony Venue- Tivoli Stage
Reception Venue- View Wine Bar (Ollie) at Tivoli Village
Photographers- Susie and Will Pictures
Officiant- Pastor Pete (Elegant Weddings LV)
Entertainment- Cameron Calloway (acoustic guitarist)
Floral- By Dzign
Cake- Sweet Lucy’s Confections
Favors- Popcorn Girl
Hair & Makeup- JW Marriott Salon
Wedding Planner- Desirable Events by Desi