Bridal Show Checklist

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Are you newly engaged and ready to begin planning?  Typically every bride from the moment that ring hits your finger (if not the day you started dating) you already have ideas of how your wedding will be.  Where do you begin?  Of course being a wedding planner, I highly recommend hiring a planner immediate for Full Service Planning because it just helps make the whole process easier and enjoyable for you.  However, if you feel that is out of your budget or you are not sure right away, a great way to find out is by attending a bridal show or open house.

Bridal shows and open houses are a fabulous way for a couple that does not have an idea of vendors, venues, or styles.  Pinterest is great for ideas but it definitely can not find and book your vendors for you.  First I want to just let you know the difference between a bridal show and an open house.  A bridal show is different from an open house because at bridal shows, there are many different venues there along with vendors.  An open house is actually at the venue and they have a preferred amount of vendors there to use for that property.  You of course do not have to book at the open house that venue but you will also not have information available on other venues.

I want to share a list of helpful information for any of you that plan on attending one or more of these events to make it actually worth your time.

  1.  Before you attend the event have a list made on exactly what you are looking for (photographer, videographer, DJ, and so on).  This way when you arrive and are handed a map, you can circle all the booths you definitely want to see.
  2. Go as a couple!  It is great to get your bridesmaids together and have a fun girls day out but you essentially could be meeting someone that you want to book for your wedding and your fiance will not be there.  This would typically mean that instead of having the initial meeting out of the way, you will have to set up an additional appointment to meet them.  Plus, vendors love seeing couples together because it shows how involved and in love you two are.
  3. Share the correct information.  Although none of us love having tons of spam emails, these emails will be helpful to you as they are from all of the vendors at the show.  Some offer discounts, a free gift or other incentives for booking them so it is a great way to see special offers.  You can always opt out as you are receiving them.
  4. Pricing is key.  If you are on a strict budget, you need to be sure to meet vendors that fall within that budget.  If someone is significantly out of your budget and you want to book them, it will break your heart.  Get information on pricing before you go into getting to know the person.
  5. Shop around.  You are there to find the perfect venue or vendor that completes your style.  Be sure to visit multiple booths for each vendor so you can see their different styles, packages, and personalities in order to find the one that best fits you.  It is not always best to go with the biggest bargain.  Pricing ranges quite a bit, especially in Las Vegas.  Make sure your vendor has the experience and quality of work that you wish.
  6. Ask vendors important questions.  Be sure to ask each vendor if they have a business license as well as insurance.  Most of the vendors at a bridal show will definitely have this but this is great advice whether you are looking at a show or online.  Any one can be a planner or a DJ, be sure that you are actually getting someone that has a reputable company.  Most venues require a copy of the license as well as insurance for each vendor.
  7. Sign up to enter their contest.  The vendors already have your contact information from registration so do not be afraid to enter into their giveaways.  You will get emails from them regardless and you never know if you could be the winner of a free engagement photo shoot from an awesome photographer.
  8. Have fun! Enjoy every minute of these shows.  They are meant for you to take all the stress off you for your planning experience.  Take in everything it has to offer.  Enjoy cocktails, sweet tastings, fashion shows, everything they have to offer.

Finally I want to just add, if you still need help finding some vendors you can always hire a wedding planner for partial service planning to help you out.  Regardless if you need that or not I always highly suggest having a day of coordinator from an independant company.  All venues come with wedding coordinators but most of their responsiblilties fall on the venue side and does not include assisting in setting up any DIY decorations or making sure all of your vendors know how the day is going to flow.  Please feel free to contact me for any assistance in planning your gorgeous day!

If you are traveling for a bridal show or open house, please visit Las Vegas Travel Packages to book your stay.  Contact me also if you need any assistance on planning your wedding day or vacation stay.

Also save the date for the following upcoming shows and open houses:

Revere Golf Club Open House– Sunday February 26, 2017

The Kosher Bridal and Mitzvah Expo– March 26, 2017

Bridal Spectacular Veils & Vino– August 18-19, 2017

Photo courtesy of Elegant Entertainment

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Gorgeous Lake Tahoe Wedding

Allison and Brandon are not only a gorgeous couple but their wedding was without a doubt also just as gorgeous.  This wedding is different than most of the weddings we plan because instead of becoming lifelong friends after the wedding, we already had a close friendship.  In fact, I have basically known Brandon as long as I have known my husband.  He lived with us for a few months when I first moved into our home.  I will never forget when he met Allison.  It was like a spark went off and although we were not there, I knew that he was completely smitten over her.   Every time he talked about her he had a glowing smile that you could even “see” when you were just on the phone with him.  When we had the chance to meet Allison, the second I said Hello to her, I knew one day these two would marry.  Both of them just had this contagious love and smile from the very start of their relationship.

Living locally in Las Vegas, they decided to escape Sin City and wed in the ever so beautiful South Lake Tahoe.  Their wedding took place at Edgewood Tahoe.  The outdoor ceremony overlooking the mountains and the lake was breathtaking.  This is a backdrop that you can’t find as it is just the natural beauty of the land.  The reception was also at Edgewood just inside with the same views that looked unbelivable as the sunset.  The bridal party made their grand entrance letting guests know that it was time to party by toasting with shots of tequila.  Everyone at this wedding definitely had an amazing time as the dance floor never had room.  Thank you Allison and Brandon for trusting us to be part of your wedding day.  A huge thank you to their amazing photographer Nina Photography for capturing their day.  Here are some of my favorite photos from their wedding day:

A huge thank you to all of the creative team that helped make this stunning wedding come to life:

Wedding Planner: Desirable Events by Desi

Photographer: Nina Photography

Videographer: Xoxo Video

Venue: Edgewood Tahoe

DJ: Lake DJ

Flowers: Rose Petals

Cake: Safeway

Officiant: I Do Tahoe Weddings

Hair/Makeup: Tahoe Weddings A-Go-Go

Violinist/Guitar Duo: Avalanche Acoustic Duo

 

Pool Party Wedding Reception

When I met Sara and TJ, I knew I had to immediately be part of their wedding.  They got married in June in Las Vegas and I never encourage an outside reception but theirs was brilliant.  I will add first, the family was coming in from the Ukraine and couldn’t wait to attend a traditional American wedding but this is not quite what they experienced.  The wedding ceremony was a beautiful traditional ceremony at the Sayer’s Club inside SLS.  Their guests were told though to wear resort casual and even their swimsuits.  Many were stunned when they invites arrived and no on showed up to the ceremony in their swimsuits. Everyone did however come to the cocktail hour and reception in their beach wear and ready to take a dive in the pool.  Their reception took place at the Lux Pool at SLS and it was a pool party reception.  They had the huge swan and flamingo rafts as decor for the pool so guests could enjoy a float on them.  This definitely wasn’t your traditional wedding reception but it was a huge hit.  This wedding was so much fun to plan and it truly was a great idea.  I encourage all of my summer couple’s if they must get married in Vegas in 100 + degree weather, why not do a fun nontraditional reception.

Here are a few of my favorite photos by the amazing David Burke:

A big thank you to our creative team for making this wedding so perfect:

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

Photographer: David Burke (http://davidburkephoto.com)

Floral: Naakiti Floral (http://naakitifloral.com)

Officiant: Nick Amon

DJ: DJ Uffe Moller

Uplighting: Elegant Entertainment (http://elegantlv.com)

GOBO: All Night Long Entertainment (http://www.goallnightlong.com)

Cake: Groom’s Aunt

Doughnut Cake: Pink box doughnuts (http://pinkboxdoughnuts.com) (*cake was created by Desirable Events by Desi)

 

*All photos provided by David Burke.  Please do not copy or alter any of the photos.

Rochelle & Mark

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Rochelle and Mark found me all the way from the UK.  I didn’t actually meet them until a few days before their wedding but I felt like I knew them forever.  I planned their wedding about a year ahead of time so we had lots of contact back and forth.  I heard mostly from Rochelle except it was so cute right before they came out to Vegas Mark was planning wedding day morning gifts for his bride to be.  We planned a foot/leg massage while she was getting her makeup done that really made her day.  He also wanted her favorite sparkling wine and bouquet of flowers delivered to her that morning.  It was so sweet.  Their wedding was unique because it essentially was a week long for them and all their guests.  They all came together and left together on the same flight so this celebration was truly an amazing group of friends and family.  Thank you Rochelle and Mark for choosing us to plan your wedding day! Here are a few of my favorite photos from their wedding day.

A special thanks to everyone that helped make this day so perfect:

Wedding Ceremony: Caesar’s Palace Bella Luna 

Wedding Reception: Rao’s at Caesar’s Palace

Photobooth: Elegant Entertainment

Photographer: Friend of Bride and Groom

Elvis: All Night Long Entertainment

Wedding Send Off Items Your Guests will Love

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Chinese Lanterns- If you have a large wedding, these make a beautiful send off for you and awesome photos.

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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.

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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 desi@desirableevent.com for all your wedding planning needs.

Gorgeous Wedding Signs by From Kelly With Love 

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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). 

Ceremony:
1. Welcome Sign: Guest always feel special with an adorable welcome sign like this Sandwich board or aisle blocker. Y

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2. Directional Sign: Some venues can be confusing to where the ceremony and reception take place. Get a fun direction sign so guests know exactly where everything will be. 

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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?

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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:

A cross: 

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Signs:

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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!

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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) 

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7. Monogram: Becoming one family is showing how true love exists. Brides can now share their new monogram as soon as they become a Mrs. (Note: This could always double as a guest book.)

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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! 

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9. Favor sign: Favors are such a wide range of what people do now and If you are setting up a table just for favors, make sure you have a sign to let your guests know that it is ok to take one.

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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13. Food Signs: Each wedding may have certain food, candy, or treat stations. Add the rustic touch with one of these. 

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14. Chair signs: The bride and groom should stand out on their day. It’s a great touch having these shabby chic chair signs and perfect for photos. 

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15. Miscellaneous: Pinterest may drive you crazy at times but like I said Kelly does it all. Here are other really cute ideas to help out with your wedding sign needs. 

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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. 

Need help planning your wedding? Please contact me or visit our website and browse our website different packages! 

Wedding Must Haves Couples Tend to Forget

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Don’t forget these simple details

As everyone knows and says, planning a wedding can be extremely stressful. Something that only adds to the stress is last minute things that come up in which the couple either overlooks or since they haven’t been married doesn’t even know they need. My suggestion to anyone getting married of course is to hire a wedding planner or at very least a day of coordinator to prevent any stress from happening. However, if this is not in your budget please feel free to read on for the little things couples usually forget.

1. The Rings- now of course this is something that is purchased far in advance but the day of your wedding this is one of the most forgetful items. I don’t know if it’s the excitement of the whole thing or what but this happens often. Try to assign someone the week of your wedding to be in charge of both wedding rings this way they will show up and be together.

2. Accessories- Sure the tux and dress arrive safely but what about the little things. The ties, socks, veil, earrings, garter, shoes, everything that puts your entire outfit together. Three quick stories I have on this is one, our wedding I packed both of our outfits from head to toe, with extra accessories in case I didn’t like something. Come the next afternoon as my future hubby is getting dressed he calls my maid of honor to ask where the tie was. Of course I left it at home. The only thing that is definitely going to stand out if he didn’t have. Luckily for us, we lived 2 minutes away and best man came to the rescue. A wedding I planned, thank goodness the bride woke up with butterflies at 5 am because as she was laying out her accessories for the photographers she realized her veil was at her sister’s house in Houston, Texas (we were in Vegas). Luckily a friend didn’t have his flight until a few hours later and was able to get the veil in time for his flight and have it well before the wedding started. On a side note, by hiring us I would have ran to the store myself and found the exact veil or one closest to it for her. Last one of my grooms forgot a pair of socks for the big day. Since he was closest to Crystals he went over only to buy a $45 pair of designer socks… that ended up being close to knee highs on him. It was hilarious and I can only imagine his brides face that night when she saw them. I send out a checklist of things to remember but it is always best to designate a trustworthy bridal party or family member to keep this stuff safe.

3. Unity Ceremony items- whether they be custom traditions for your culture or something fun to add into the ceremony, don’t forget these items. Most are purchased by the couple and this is a reason I strongly agree to having a wedding coordinator because you can make them responsible for these items. You don’t want your officiant to call you up for the sand ceremony and have vases but no sand to unite with.

4. Place cards- If you are having a sit down dinner where guests choose what they are having you MUST have place cards. I have yet to find a venue that doesn’t require them. Each guest receives a place card and there is always a “secret” symbol on them to designate who has fish, beef, or chicken. A classy way of doing this is by simply adding a different color pearl or rhinestone for each (i.e. fish-white, beef-black, chicken-wedding color) You can always have place cards if you don’t have your guests choose but couples you must have them if they do. If you have a buffet or family style then you may opt out for the extra work in place cards and just do a poster seating chart. Many places also do not set these up for you, so if you want your family and friends to relax on your wedding day this is also a good reason to hire a wedding coordinator.

5. Table Numbers- You rented all your centerpieces, linen, etc, but what about your table numbers? Some rental companies offer table numbers as well but couples tend to forget until the very last minute (just like the place cards) that these are needed. If you have assigned seating then you definitely need either table numbers, books, however you decide your guests will find their seats make sure you actually show this within the centerpieces.

6. Guestbook- Something else you need to bring yourself and set up (or have your wedding coordinator which yes many venues give you a coordinator but they are mostly for the ceremony and many will not set up additional items for you). Guestbooks are all sorts of items from a traditional book, photo book, monogram letter, anything to be unique and stand out. You don’t want to forget this because although guests RSVP to your weddings, you want to know who actually showed up. Don’t forget if you choose something unique to make sure you have a pen that writes well on it.

7. Card box- If you are allowing guest to bring gifts to your wedding then you must have a spot for them to put it. Most guests typically bring cards and there are tons of cute ways to display a card box. Find something that fits the theme of your wedding. Some rental companies offer a few standard boxes but go unique and you can keep it as home decor after. This also needs to be set up by you.

8. Any additional decor items- In the Pinterest world we live in today, it is typical for couples to find all these little add ons to decor that they want to buy instead of rent. This is a great addition to your wedding decorations, typically cost effective, and looks great. However, any of these items will also need someone to set up. As a wedding planner I will be honest to say there hasn’t been a wedding yet that I have planned that the bed of our truck wasn’t filled with extra things the couple had for their wedding. I am not saying all planners are open to sharing their spare room with items you mail to them but I am very considerate of out of town guests and I don’t mind having items sent to the house. I love helping set up the room and making it just as you wish.

It is very important to keep these things always in the back of your mind throughout the planning process. Keep notes on everything you buy for your wedding and what you need to bring so you don’t forget. Create your own checklist with these items and I would even assign someone you trust to keep them all together. I know I am a wedding planner but even if I wasn’t, I highly suggest hiring a day of coordinator to put everything together.  Many of the venues you use have coordinators, however, their job doesn’t include setting up your place cards, DIY decor, and table numbers.  It is best to hire someone so that you do not have to have your family members or bridal party set up before the ceremony. I have had lots of requests for day of coordination lately but I think many couples are confused at what this entails. We can’t come right before the ceremony and leave after your first dance (at least I do not). We are there hours before setting up the space, making sure all your vendors know what they are doing and arrive on time. We set up all your DIY stuff and extra decor. We have to be in contact with you and your vendors at least a month prior to make sure everyone is on the same page. You can hire a coordinator that may only show up for your ceremony but why even hire them. Research exactly what you are getting before you book anyone, including all vendors and venues. There are tons of people out there who give great breaks on pricing but just remember, you get what you pay for. Desirable Events by Desi goes above and beyond expectations because we want you book many more events with us.

Engaged or planning an event? Please contact me at desi@desirableevent.com or (248)836-8605 for more information. I also would love to meet in person or through Skype for a free consultation.