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.

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Modern and Fun Guest book Ideas

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How many times do people really go through a guestbook and read what people wrote? Do we really display these in our homes for everyone to come over and see? Chances are you answered I read it once or never, and no it is in storage somewhere. There is no need for these boring traditional books that no one looks at anymore.  Here are fun and unique ways for your guests to enjoy being welcomed to your wedding and also double as adorable home decor after for houseguests to enjoy.

1. Puzzle Pieces- Guests will each sign I piece of the puzzle then on a stay home “date night” you are your spouse can put it together.  Makes for really cute wall decor too!

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2.  Photobook of your Engagement Photos- Engagement photos are fun and really popular now a days but typically most couples only use one or two for their Save the Dates and that is it.  Why not get your moneys worth by creating a picture/guest book combo? Really cute idea and this is great to display in your home.guestbook, las vegas wedding planners, wedding planners las vegas, wedding coordinator las vegas, las vegas wedding coordinator, event planners las vegas, las vegas event planners, event coordinators las vegas, las vegas event coordinators, suite weddings las vegas, las vegas weddings, weddings

3.  Artwork- if you are a couple that loves art or just want your guests to enjoy doing something different at your wedding these pieces are great.  Below is the thumbprint photo where guests leave their prints and initials.  It’s definitely fun but tricky to tell which guest is who.  Makes for a cute wall photo after the wedding.  Another way is to have a blank Canvas with your monogram and have guests sign their names in paint.guestbook, las vegas wedding planners, wedding planners las vegas, wedding coordinator las vegas, las vegas wedding coordinator, event planners las vegas, las vegas event planners, event coordinators las vegas, las vegas event coordinators, suite weddings las vegas, las vegas weddings, weddings

4.  Wishing Stones- this is such a cute idea and actually something I wanted to do.  However, you have to make sure you find the correct stones you can write on.  I came up with this idea too late for my wedding so as long as you have time you can pretty much find them anywhere (just not in your yard of course).  After guests sign them you can add them to vases and they make a gorgeous centerpiece for your dining room.

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5. Wine Corks- In my opinion wine weddings are timeless.  There are so many evolving ways to keep this “vintage” tradition with a modern twist.  I love wine weddings and enjoy creating centerpieces and place cards for them.  If you are the wine lover then this is an adorable, easy, and affordable guestbook.  All you have to do is collect corks as you drink wine.  guestbook, las vegas wedding planners, wedding planners las vegas, wedding coordinator las vegas, las vegas wedding coordinator, event planners las vegas, las vegas event planners, event coordinators las vegas, las vegas event coordinators, suite weddings las vegas, las vegas weddings, weddings

6.  Picture frame with Border for signing.  For the wedding you can add an engagement photo to get the use out of them 😉 But after all your guests sign it and you get your weddings photos back, mount this with your favorite photo. guestbook, las vegas wedding planners, wedding planners las vegas, wedding coordinator las vegas, las vegas wedding coordinator, event planners las vegas, las vegas event planners, event coordinators las vegas, las vegas event coordinators, suite weddings las vegas, las vegas weddings, weddings

7.  Bench- If your spouse is handy have him build you a bench adn carve your monogram or initials into it.  Then have guests sign right on it.  This is the perfect piece for your backyard or foyer!guestbook, las vegas wedding planners, wedding planners las vegas, wedding coordinator las vegas, las vegas wedding coordinator, event planners las vegas, las vegas event planners, event coordinators las vegas, las vegas event coordinators, suite weddings las vegas, las vegas weddings, weddings

8. Tree stump- Having a rustic wedding? These decorative tree stumps are such a cute idea to tie your guest book into your theme.  You can even get them made with your monogram in the center.  This is very cute piece to add as a centerpiece to the dining table at your home.guestbook, las vegas wedding planners, wedding planners las vegas, wedding coordinator las vegas, las vegas wedding coordinator, event planners las vegas, las vegas event planners, event coordinators las vegas, las vegas event coordinators, suite weddings las vegas, las vegas weddings, weddings

9.  Game Pieces- Are you a board game loving couple? Perfect idea is to get your favorite game board and have guests sign it.  Every time you have guests over be sure to play the game so they can enjoy all the words of wisdom your guests provided at your wedding.guestbook, las vegas wedding planners, wedding planners las vegas, wedding coordinator las vegas, las vegas wedding coordinator, event planners las vegas, las vegas event planners, event coordinators las vegas, las vegas event coordinators, suite weddings las vegas, las vegas weddings, weddings 10.  Globe- Couples that love traveling, are from two different countries, or just love globes this is for you.  Guests can sign by where they are from, love to travel to, or where they wish to go.  Any ideas so that you both get great ideas for your future vacations.  Bonus: If there’s enough space have them write their favorite restaurant, hotel, or hangout spot in that area! guestbook, las vegas wedding planners, wedding planners las vegas, wedding coordinator las vegas, las vegas wedding coordinator, event planners las vegas, las vegas event planners, event coordinators las vegas, las vegas event coordinators, suite weddings las vegas, las vegas weddings, weddings 11.  Note cards/ library cards- This is adorable especially for those of you who are teachers.  Guests can pick a catergory they think they know the best advice about and leave you a message.  Throughout your marriage anytime you seek advice just go through your little files and take a pick.  Find the right display and it doubles as home decor as well.guestbook, las vegas wedding planners, wedding planners las vegas, wedding coordinator las vegas, las vegas wedding coordinator, event planners las vegas, las vegas event planners, event coordinators las vegas, las vegas event coordinators, suite weddings las vegas, las vegas weddings, weddings

12.  Beach Chair- Similar to the bench, a beach chair is perfect for the surfers or those of you fortunate enough to live on the beach.  Even if you are like me and wish you were always on the beach this chair can make you feel that way and give you advice throughout your daily lounging.  guestbook, las vegas wedding planners, wedding planners las vegas, wedding coordinator las vegas, las vegas wedding coordinator, event planners las vegas, las vegas event planners, event coordinators las vegas, las vegas event coordinators, suite weddings las vegas, las vegas weddings, weddings 13.  Initial- A fancy initial is always a cute decoration for your home.  It’s always fun (besides changing your credit cards, legal name, and going to the DMV) changing your last name to something different.  A great way to be proud of your new name is to have guests sign your initial.  You can find letters all over or make them yourself if you can’t find your color scheme. guestbook, las vegas wedding planners, wedding planners las vegas, wedding coordinator las vegas, las vegas wedding coordinator, event planners las vegas, las vegas event planners, event coordinators las vegas, las vegas event coordinators, suite weddings las vegas, las vegas weddings, weddings

14.  This is similar to the puzzle, however guests can sign pieces of a photo of you.  As they sign they can put it back and the picture can be hung on your wall forever.  guestbook, las vegas wedding planners, wedding planners las vegas, wedding coordinator las vegas, las vegas wedding coordinator, event planners las vegas, las vegas event planners, event coordinators las vegas, las vegas event coordinators, suite weddings las vegas, las vegas weddings, weddings

15.  Photo booth book- Having a photobooth at your wedding?  Most of them come with your guest book.  Guests get to keep a copy of their photo and put one in your book and sign next to it.  Definitely keeps them involved in the night activities.

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16.  Sign Hearts- Whether it is hearts, stars, circles, any shape will do, just have a cute shadow box to display them in.  This also makes the perfect piece to display for your friends and family.

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Wedding planning should always be exciting and stress free.  Traditional wedding ideas are great but it’s always fun for not only you (the couple) but for your guests to see your creativity shine!  If you aren’t the most creative person and need assistance in making your wedding unique, please contact me for information in planning that special wedding for you!  Most of the photos above have a link directly to them that sends you to where to purchase these from.  Enjoy!

Weddings- 20 Ways to Honor those who have Passed

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Many couples getting married want to honor loved ones who have passed. There is no particular way for this to be done, however, I have compiled a few weddings I have done along with ideas I found to share with all of you. It’s very difficult to lose a loved one as a year ago today I lost my grandmother/best friend to cancer. It’s important no matter what to always keep those who past close to our hearts and celebrate the life they had and gave us. Here is a list of ways to incorporate them into your wedding ceremony or reception.

Ceremony:
1. Wedding bouquet- Many brides will do different things in the wedding bouquet to honor a loved one especially if it is their father who passed away. This way his spirit is still there walking down the aisle with her.

A. Adding a flower that stands out.  Two of my brides dad’s passed away and this is how they had their bouquets. One did a single red rose in a bouquet of pink for her father. The other kept her fathers favorite shirt, added dad to it, and made it into a rose for her bouquet.

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B. Add a charm to it. You can add a family charm or purchase one that reminds you of your loved one. I made a bouquet for one of my brides and friend which I surprised her by adding a key charm and wrote a note to her “key to your father’s heart, he is with you always especially today to walk you down the aisle”. She wanted to keep it discrete and not get overwhelmed and upset on her day without him. It was the perfect touch without everyone making a big deal since they had no idea. You could also add a locket charm with their picture on it.

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2. Reserved Seating. Some couples choose to designate the front row to loved ones who have passed. You can do this in a few different ways.

A. Ribbon off they area; add a beautiful sign or flower honoring them.

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B. Add photos to the front row of chairs of each loved one.

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3.Programs- this is a more traditional way of honoring them. In the program somewhere you could add a little prayer or saying with the names of your loved ones who past or just list those who are celebrating in heaven.

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4. Ceremony memorial candle- Many times you do a unity ceremony. This could double as a way of honoring your loved ones or in the very beginning of ceremonies. It’s always so special for the couple to light a candle for their loved ones whom passed.

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5. Officiant honors loved ones- even if you are not having a spiritual or religious ceremony it is always nice to have your officiant say a prayer or words to those celebrating above.

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6. Dove or butterfly send off- This is a beautiful way to celebrate the lives of loved ones. A couple we had did a dove send off following their ceremony. It was magical and they are so well trained. This is a great way to wow your guests.

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7. Wedding signs- there are many signs out there which honor loved ones. A very close friend of mine designs these type of signs.  Please check out her Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/FromKellyWithLove

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8. Wear something of theirs- Every bride wants something borrowed of course. If you personally do not have anything of your loved ones ask around to see if anyone in the family has something from them. It could be jewelry, brooches, clothing, Etc. Below are a few pics. One bride had her dads blue shirt made into her dress for her something blue and to honor him or in the other photo I wore my great grandmother’s earrings.

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9. Use something they gave you- This could be a variety of things. Of course it is similiar to above but maybe they gave you something from their wedding such and toasting flutes, cake cutters, veil, etc. Even a gift they gave you that falls into your wedding theme is a great idea.

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10. Groom idea-boutonniere with pic of loved ones charm. It’s not just the bride who may have lost someone. An alternative to your flower boutonniere is having a photo charm of your loved one close to your heart or add to your flower like picture below.

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Reception

11. Memorial table- having photos of your loved ones as guests enter is a great way to honor them and lets guests see where you came from.

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12. Favors
A. In lieu of gifts, donations can be made to a charity that honors your loved one. Whether it be one that supports cures for the illness they passed away from or a charity that was close to their heart. This is a perfect way to actually give something more to them.

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B. Give something they love- My grandmother loved playing cards and although she was still alive when we had our wedding a perfect favor would be a deck of cards. Having a Vegas wedding just ties it all in together.

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13. Have someone speak about them. Many times the couple gets choked up knowing their loved ones couldn’t be there. It’s a good idea to designate someone to speak on your behalf about them. We planned a wedding where the brother in law of the bride spoke about her father who had passed. It was so meaningful and a beautiful experience for everyone. Although it did shed many tears it was a joyous moment knowing everyone was honoring him in that moment of his daughters life.

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14. Table numbers- Instead of having your traditional table numbers you can use photos of them. If you are doing place cards you print wallet size photos for your guests and they find the table that matches their photos. This is a great way to incorporate them into your reception.

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15. Song- have a special song set aside for those who have passed. Whether it be someone’s favorite song or a meaningful one for all who passed everyone can dance to celebrate their past life. Two of my favorite choices are Miranda Lambert “the house the built me” and Dani and Lizzy “Dancing in the Sky”Loved ones who passed, weddings, las vegas wedding planner, wedding coordinator las vegas, honoring loved ones during wedding, wedding memorials, wedding planning

16. Angel wings on back of bride and groom chairs. I saw this picture and thought it is such a cute way to honor your loved ones. If you don’t want to get too emotional and sad on your day this is another subtle way of still honoring them without all the tears.

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17. Leis/bracelets- having guests and everyone wear leis throughout the wedding or something that stands out to honor them is a great way to show your appreciation and love for them. If someone passed away from pancreatic cancer, hand out purple or breast cancer (pink). This just adds another special touch.

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18.  In your Thank You speech- while you say your “Thank You’s to your guests” add a part to think of those whom are no longer with you.

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19.  Incorporating what they love in reception- Whether it be something I have already mentioned or literally setting a space for them during the reception this is a very memorable way to show how much love goes to those celebrating in heaven.  Found this gem on Pinterest and love the idea.

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20. Writing a message on a balloon or Chinese lantern. This is a cute send off alternative which makes not only great photos but also a way for all guests to be involved honoring those loved ones who passed.

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In any event you always think of how great it would be if those who are no longer with you could be there to celebrate with you.  Just remember although they are not physically with you, they will still be celebrating with you in spirit.  Honoring loved ones throughout your life’s milestones is very important to keep your family traditions going and share their love throughout generations to come.

As I said before I dedicate this blog to my grandmother Mille (first picture).  She was a true beauty inside and out.  She taught me so many things.  She made me who I am today, a strong, hard working, caring person and I would give anything to spend one more day with her.

“I love you forever, I like you for always, even in heaven, your baby I’ll be!”

Photo credits:

Many are from previous weddings Desirable Events has planned and those photographers were:

Sara Ford Fotos, Alt F photography, Special Moments Photography, Myself

Other photos came from Pinterest.