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Whenever we talk to newly engaged brides, the most common thing we hear is, "I just don't even know where to start!" Planning a wedding can be a daunting task. The first things we tell our clients to make a decision about are locations: city and venue.
The number one piece of advice I tell brides and grooms when deciding whether to have a destination wedding or a wedding in a hometown, is to choose a location that both the bride and groom have a connection to. Weddings should be a reflection of the couple, the things they like to do and their story. Part of that story is where they spent the most time together.
Working in a college town, some of the most fun weddings we've been a part of are the ones that tie into Lawrence, the University of Kansas, its traditions. So many of the weddings that take place in Lawrence are because the couple met here in college and want to make that a part of their celebration.
Once you've decided upon the zip code, it's time to start looking for a venue. There are a lot of things to take into consideration when choosing a reception venue: the physical spaces, the capacity limitations, parking and most importantly in our opinion - the atmosphere.
It can be a little bit of a chicken or the egg question, "Should we choose our venue and risk that it will limit how many guests we can invite, or set the guest list first and then find a venue that is a good fit?"
It is the opinion of this Wedding Coordinator to set the venue location first and then let it guide every subsequent decision: whether or not to have a separate cocktail hour, what kind of a visual theme you want, how many guests to invite, or long banquet tables or rounds.
Finding a venue that reflects the personality of the couple and the type of event they want to share with their friends is the foundation of great wedding planning.
Most people who have been engaged will tell you that there's a lot more thought and time that goes into planning a wedding than they would have ever imagined. Many people hear the term "wedding planner/coordinator" and immediately think either one of two things: 1) "that's a luxury service that I can't afford", and 2) "It's my wedding, I want to plan it". And I totally understand those reactions, but it is our belief that making either one or both of these assumptions can actually cause you more money and grief in the long run.
We offer several levels of coordination so that our clients can decide to what level of involvement they need help with the planning, coordinating and executing process.
Day-Of Coordination: Perfect for the couple who has all the planning under control, but needs a professional to execute all their hard work.
Month-of Coordination: Allows the bride and groom to enjoy the twilight of their engagement while their wedding coordinator confirms and finalizes all of those last minute details with the vendors.
Full-Service Wedding Coordination: Guides our clients through the entire planning process. We'll be with you every step of the way. From budget formation and sticking to it, to vendor research and selection.
Need more convincing why we believe hiring a coordinator is the best wedding decision you'll make? Check out the reasons below.
1. Saves You Time
The average wedding takes couples 200+ hours to plan. Yes, you read that right. Hiring a wedding coordinator takes a bulk of the back and forth communication off your plate. We often times serve as the middleman between our clients and their selected vendors. We like to establish early on that we will be the point of contact, so that when the big day comes along, vendors are used to communicating with us, and doesn't bombard the couple and their family with lots of questions.
2. Saves You Money
Part of our job is to know market and industry standards; this includes price points. We advise our clients on the most important areas to spend their money. In Lawrence, the average couple is spending $25k on the entire event. No matter the size of your budget, you want to get the most bang for your buck, and we can help you do that.
3. Wedding Vendors Love Us
When you think about it, there's a reason that your Florist, Caterer, DJ and Photographer don't advertise their services as Coordination. Your Photographer wants to take amazing pictures of your wedding day. If they are having to contact other vendors on your behalf, then they are being pulled away from their primary duties. If a bride and groom aren't using a wedding coordinator, a lot of times complimentary vendors end up having to manage the day-of timeline, or take on additional duties that are not within their agreed upon contracted services. Hiring a coordinator not only gives you peace of mind, but also your other vendors!
4. Gives Valuable Advice
A good wedding planner will know the ins and outs of the wedding industry. They will know exactly which wedding venues can accommodate your wedding size, fit within your budget, yet also give you the atmosphere you want. It is our job to know the vendors in our area inside and out; we know which florist can create the perfect bouquet and centerpieces for your theme, and which DJ can keep your guests dancing all night long!
5. Saves Relationships
Weddings can be stressful. Oftentimes a bride and groom find that planning a wedding can create tension between them and their families. A wedding coordinator knows how to deal with these situations and will act as the middle person to help avoid conflicts.
6. Organizes all of Your Ideas into the Wedding of Your Dreams
Who is going to confirm all of your vendors setup times and details the month before your wedding? Who will create your reception room diagram and create a detailed timeline for your entire wedding day? Your wedding coordinator will handle and organize all of these tasks and more during the weeks and days leading up to your big day, leaving you to enjoy the twilight of your engagement.
7. Acts on Your Behalf on Your Wedding Day
The big day is finally here. You have friends and family in town that have traveled miles to be there and that you haven't seen in years. The last thing you want is your caterer calling you while you're getting your hair done asking questions about setup. Your wedding coordinator will be the point of contact for all vendors on your wedding day so that you can sit back and relax.
8. Handles Wedding Day "Fires"
Trust us on this, something always goes less than exactly as planned at every wedding. Whether its something big or small, noticeable or not, your wedding coordinator is well trained to put out these "fires" so that you and your guests don't even know they occurred. This is why its crucial to have a great relationship with your wedding team. It is our job to understand our clients, their vision and their wishes. A strong understanding and relationship means that we can act on their behalf in those moments.
One of the biggest aspects of our job is helping our clients make a plan. We make contingency plans for weather, plans for where the gifts go at the end of the night, but maybe most importantly, a plan for how the space is going to be set up. Ask your venue if they have an available floor plan for you to use.
There are all sorts of free and purchasable software programs available to help design 3D event spaces. But if you're a little more analog and prefer to do your work on pen and paper, here's a trick we like to use.
Take the floor plan to your local office store and have them laminate it. Now, using dry erase markers you can play around with several different lay-outs and table placements!
Last call has been announced and the final dance floor jam is over. Before you walk out into the happily ever after, make sure you make time for or have a plan for these 6 most important things to do after your celebration.
Hiring a wedding coordinator can make some of these things easier for you! :)
1. Collect all of your belongings
Make arrangements for your beautiful flower arrangements to be dispersed to be enjoyed for the duration of their life. You spent good money on all of these beautiful flora, they are yours. Have a plan for them to go home with your mother, bridesmaids, in-laws and take some for yourself! Some brides wish to preserve their bouquets. Check out this Bouquet Preservation 101 from theknot.com
Make arrangements for all of your decor and gifts to make it to their final destination. Make sure you know what the clear-out expectations of your ceremony venue are. Some venues will allow for items to be stored over night with prior arrangements. Others require all items to be taken that night. You don't necessarily have to physically do these things yourself, (I mean lets be honest you may be wrapped up in other things) but make sure you have a plan in place for these things to get done. As an Event Coordinators, these are details that ensure get taken care of for you!
You did it. You survived. You and your mother managed to not kill each other. You're hitched! The day was beautiful and all of your guests had a wonderful time because they got to celebrate your love. Grab your favorite warm beverage and find a comfortable sitting place. Now, BREATHE. You did it You survived. You now have the rest of your life in front of you. And you've successfully married the person you want to share it with. But for now - relax. Enjoy the quiet and the peace.
3. Deliver Final Payments
Every vendor is different. Some require a deposit, and then they will assess adjustments to the proposal and invoice after the wedding date. Some vendors will provide you with a final invoice before the wedding date. Make sure you have a clear understanding of your financial responsibilities and make a payment schedule to make sure these expenses are taken care of. Your Wedding Coordinator can help you sort through these payment deadlines and can deliver final payments on your behalf if you flee the country the next day!
4. Send Out Those Thank You's
We all know that social media and electronic correspondence can be impersonal. Take the time to hand-write and personalize little notes to your guests for the gifts that they graciously gave to you. Your guests will appreciate the sentiment and your gratitude.
5. Get Your Name Changed
Now a days, newlywed brides have many modern options to make about whether or not to change their surname.
- Keep Your Given Name
- Take Your Spouse's Name
- Take Your Spouse's Name Legally, But Keep Your Given Name Professionally
- Make Your Given Surname Your Middle Name and Take Your Spouse's Last Name
- Create a New Last Name
Each of these options are valid in today's culture. Taking your spouse's name however, does still require the most paperwork for the bride. For $30, MissNowMrs.com can help you sort through the forms and before you know it your Social Security, US Passport, State Driver's License, USPS and State Voter Registration will all be order.
6. Enjoy Wedded Bliss
A Fashioned Event is a one-of-a-kind, crafted for you, day. Fashioned Events specializes in Custom-Tailored Event Design and Coordination. Every aspect of the coordination process is unique to each client's situation, wants and needs.
A Fashioned Event is a way to celebrate the events of your life in style. Our lives are full of exciting and memorable moments - why not celebrate them with your favorite people, food and drinks?! Fashioned Events allows you to host the party of the season while enjoying it to!
Event Design, Menu Planning, Vendor Research and Communication paired with Event Execution are all in our wheel-house.
From engagements to weddings, graduations to intimate dinner parties - no event is too big or too small - we can handle it all!
While the bridal gown is certainly the star attraction of your wedding ensemble, the accessories will play a supporting role.
The first place to start is at the top. Veils are very commonplace, but vary in styles from ultra formal blushers (veils that cover your face and are lifted at a certain point in the service) to classic lace mantillas.
Not surprisingly, veils also range in length. Although there are no set-in-stone rules, certain veils do seem to match certain gowns. A very formal wedding gown – say with a chapel or cathedral length train – will best be set off by a full-length veil, usually extending one foot past the train.
A standard length veil, to the elbow or fingertip, complements every gown silhouette. Shorter and/or less formal dresses, on the other hand, nearly beg for a stunning birdcage veil.
A tasteful tiara – one that is simple and lightweight – is a popular alternative to a veil. A few other “hair jewelry” ideas to consider include the following: a fabric headband (lace is especially popular!), that treasured family brooch, or even flowers that match your bridal bouquet.
Gloves are optional depending on the degree of formality & the style of your wedding gown. A wide variety of glove lengths & materials are now available. It’s important, however, to make sure that the glove is open for the ring finger during the ceremony. Your engagement ring can be worn under the glove on the right hand & transferred afterward.
Your jewelry is one of the next things you’ll want to consider – and believe it or not, there are a lot of factors to weigh before making your selection. First, you’ll want to figure out what type of metal looks best with the shade of your gown. Gold pieces tend to clash with a white gown, so in that case, you’d want to stick with pearls or platinum. An ivory gown, however, looks stunning with gold jewelry that will highlight the creamy tint of the fabric.
Next, you’ll need to take your gown’s neckline into account. V-neck gowns, for example, typically look best with a simple pendant on a thin chain. Single- or double-stranded pearls with matching or diamond drop earrings can also make for a classic touch. For the ever-popular sweetheart and strapless gowns, it might be best to skip the necklace altogether and just focus on a gorgeous pair of chandelier earrings!
Whereas most brides want their jewelry to be as elegant as possible, shoes should fall in that gray area between fashion and function. Remember that you will be standing on your feet for most of the affair. The last thing you want to have to deal with is pain that limits your mobility and enjoyment.
Consider two pairs of shoes – one formal pair for the ceremony and arrival at the reception, then another comfortable & more casual pair for the rest of the night. Before making your final shoe selection, be sure to try on your wedding dress with your shoes to make sure they actually match as perfectly as they do in your mind.
Picking out accessories for your wedding should definitely not be a stressful task – you’ll have plenty of time to shop around and peek at all the different styles and color options. While looking for your own accessories, you might want to keep your bridesmaids’ accessories in mind as well. Above all else, enjoy yourself!
Happy accessory hunting!
As Fashioned Events heads into our own busy wedding season, we want to take a moment to congratulate all the newly-weds and newly-weds to be. Don't forget to enjoy every moment of this very special day. Don't worry about things not being perfect - everything will be perfect. Your friends and family are there to celebrate the love you have found. It's perfect.
Find time in all the crazy to steal a private moment with your new spouse - cherish each other.
And the best piece of advice I can offer to any couple is to never forget the reasons why you fell in love!
Here's the dirty little secret about tipping your wedding professionals and service providers - there's no hard and fast rule. Depending on the vendor and your contract, gratuity may be included in the overall bill. For hotels and catering companies this is usually itemized as a "Service Charge". Ask your service provider to explain all of the charges on your invoice to help you determine if a gratuity charge has been included already.
In general, if your wedding professional exceeded your expectations, did a fantastic job and helped make your day perfect, then it is nice to show them a little bit of monetary gratitude - but it is not required. Refer to my handy table as a guideline when sorting out those final payments and added tips!
As a Fashioned Event Client, you can keep partying the night away while we distribute your gratuities!
Top Trending Cakes Part 2
Picking up just where we left off on our sweet journey through today's top wedding cake trends!
8. Ombre Cakes
I cannot get enough of ombre. The soft fading effect looks oh-so-lovely on wedding details- especially the cakes. The subtle mix between bright shades and pastel colors just makes my color loving heart aflutter with excitement. Along with being super trendy, ombre wedding cakes are the perfect way to show off your color scheme and add an unexpected twist to your reception decor. With each row just a whisper darker than the one before it, the ombre effect is both playful and demure.
9. Cakes with Surprise Fillings
Peek-a-Boo cakes aren't just for gender reveal parties anymore! Stun and delight your family and guests with these delicious treats, which can be cut open to reveal a burst of color or a distinctive patter or shape. Maybe an allover ombre cake gives to much away up front for your taste - cover your cake with white buttercream roses and no one will expect the varied layers of color inside. Whether you're aiming for whimsical, decadent or elegant, a cake with a surprise filling is sure to please your guests!
10. Cakes with Geometric Designs
We all know by now that dressing up your cake is a fun way to put some pep into your wedding decor and these geometric wedding cakes are an unexpected modern twist that will have your guests talking long after all the crumbs have been licked off their plates! Pretty pastel color palettes get a little bit of zing with the use of geometric patterns like squares, triangles and chevrons. More sophisticated color stories take a glamorous, vintage inspired geo cake over the top.
11. Unconventional "Cakes"
The French have been mastering the unconventional wedding cake for years. The croqembouche, traditional wedding cake of France resembles nothing of it's American cousin. The name croqembouche, which means, "crunch in the mouth" refers to the hard caramel that coats delicate puffs of pate a choux filled with vanilla cream. The top tier rests on an edible nougatine base, made of caramel and crushed almonds. Today, us Yankee's are finally catching on. All we have to do to satisfy the wedding cake expectation is stack up delicious sweets in tapered tiers. Macaroons, donuts, cake pops and pies are all finding their way to the center of the reception.
12. Candy Cakes
By now, we're all familiar with the candy bar. So if you're going to provide your guests with a buffet of sugary take-homes, why not cover your cake the sinful colored sugar as well?! Candy cakes can show the playfulness of a couple, the whimsey and the unabashed fun which surrounds your special day.
13. Bold Color Cakes
In the past few years, brides and grooms have been pushing the boundaries on what is "acceptable" at a wedding. White and pastels, while still great choices, are no longer the only colors used to celebrate a new marriage. Bold, bright colors are increasingly being chosen over the more traditional color palettes, and the aesthetic is transferring over to bold, colorful wedding cakes. And I love it! Add flair and drama to your wedding day with bold colors and flashy cakes and truly make a bold statement.
14. Hand Painted Cakes
I had to save my very favorite for last. While hand painted cakes have been slowly popping up on blogs and Pinterest over the last couple of years, they are now quickly becoming one of the hottest trends in wedding cakes - and from looking at the stunning examples above, it's easy to see why! It's pretty safe to say that flowers and floral patterns are probably the most popular motif for wedding cakes in general. And while the same can be said for hand-painted cakes, these flowers - from photo realist blooms painted onto gum paste to soft watercolor petals - are anything but boring. The abstract and the romantic, seasonal and stained glass, graffiti and love letters are all finding themselves imprinted on these pastries. I can't tell you how in love with these edible masterpieces.
Since antiquity, weddings customarily have been celebrated with a special sweet. Ancient Roman wedding ceremonies were finalized by breaking a cake of wheat or barley (mustaceum) over the bride’s head as a symbol of good fortune. The newly married couple then ate a few crumbs in a custom known as confarreatio—eating together. Afterwards, the wedding guests gathered up the crumbs as tokens of good luck.
Today, the wedding cake is often a shining center and conversation piece of the wedding reception. Couples and bakeries spend countless hours deciding on flavors, size, format and design. These decisions are made even more difficult today by the vast amount of different decorating techniques, styles and methods at a decorators disposal these days. Part 1 of this two part series will highlight some of the while trendy, more traditional wedding cake fads. Below are top trends being created in the sweetest bakeries across the country.
1. All-White Cakes
The all-white cake is a staple in the wedding industry. They say, "Less is More" and I couldn't agree more! with an all-white wedding cake you can never go wrong. A monochromatic palette is a blank canvas that allows you to create a stunning sweet treat for any type of wedding. Whether you keep it timeless with a sleek look, mix textures like lace, ruffles, flowers or pearls for a contemporary look, or create a white lace pattern for vintage feel, white is the way to go. Glamour can be added with touches of silver and crystals and natural and sugar flowers can be added to pull in inspiration from your bouquet or centerpieces. The all-white wedding cake will always be in style.
2. Black and White Cakes
A black and white color palette is immediately striking. Add delicate piping, elegant flowers and bold textures with frosting to create a very stylish cake. The black and white cake pays tribute to both the bride and the tuxedoed groom. Whether you are hosting a black-tie soiree, a Parisian affair or a whimsical celebration, a black and white confection is instantly chic, instantly simple and instantly memorable!
3. Metallic Cakes
Metallic wedding details and accents are hot right now and one of the trends I'm seeing all over the place are gold, silver, bronze and rose gold wedding cakes. And think about it - your cake is sort of the exclamation point on the evening - so why not adorn it in regal hues?! Tone it down with a silver foiled tier or go for allover gold leaf stenciling or just some metallic luster dust for a head-turning design!
4. The Fresh Flower Cakes
Using flowers to decorate a cake brings a simple elegance to the cake's presentation. The use of flowers in the cake decor is a great way to coordinate your theme, aesthetic and colors throughout the entire day. Make sure you tell your florist that you plan to incorporate the same flowers into the cake design so they order more and there is no variance in the appearance of the flora. In the years before every bakery could produce a beautiful sugar or gum paste flower, fresh flowers were a popular decorating technique. As trends are moving closer to nature and organic origins, fresh flowers are surging back to the forefront of cake design. Be careful not to over do it though, striking the perfect balance between exposed cake and flowers is difficult, and a cake that has elegance and grace will always look better in the end!
5. Gown Inspired Cakes
Not only is your wedding dress a gorgeous focal point for your wedding it just might provide the perfect inspiration for your cake. What makes a wedding gown special? Extraordinary embellishments, of course. Here, desserts get adorned with fabulous flounces, beautiful beading and more. A favorite piece of vintage embroidery or even a trimming from your dress can make a lasting impression on your confection. Not only is your wedding dress a gorgeous focal point for your wedding it just might provide the perfect inspiration for your cake. For most girls her wedding gown is her favorite part of the whole day. Why not pay tribute in sugar?!
6. Romantic Textured Cakes
Nothing says romance like soft buttercream ruffles, swirls, pleats and folds. A decorator has many tools at their disposal to create the most beautiful textures and pretty petals. Bakers everywhere are pushing the envelope with new and innovative techniques to stay on trend with the modern bride's decor. From rustic to delicate, buttercream can accomplish every look today's bride is wanting to achieve.
7. Naked Wedding Cakes
In today's health conscious society, many brides and grooms are ditching the fondant and icing and opting for naked cakes where the pound cake is mostly if not fully exposed. Not covering the tiers with layers of sugar allows the beautiful sponge and filling to shine. Stick to natural elements like fruit, fresh flowers and edible garnishes to adorn the simplified dessert. Plus, what a great way to beat those melting cake blues during the hot summer months!
Stay tuned for wedding cake trends that are really pushing the envelope of form, function and design in next week's post. In the meantime, I'd love to hear about your favorite cakes featured above or that you've seen on the wedding circuit!
Absolutely LOVING Paper Source's new Spring line totally in line with what's trending in Wedding Styling right now. Check out their Invitation Inspirations and let Fashioned Events help you stitch the whole look throughout your wedding space!
Once in awhile,
Right in the middle of an ordinary life,
Love gives us a fairy tale.
~ Anonymous ~
We hope everyone finds their prince or princess, and when you do let Fashioned Events help make your happily ever after perfect!
In honor of the beautiful bulbs popping up out of the ground and the cherry blossoms opening-- Happy Spring! Happy new beginnings and new loves. If yourself or someone you know is recently engaged, I'd love to give them a free consultation on how to plan the perfect day to celebrate their love.
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If you are worried about how to fit this into your daily living budget, set up a consultation with Fashioned Events and I can help you work it into your wedding budget. Don't forget that hiring a wedding coordinator can actually help you save money! We have industry knowledge and expertise that will save you time, money, avoid making common wedding planning mistakes and overspending - and don't forget the value of peace of mind on your big days!!
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Working on decor for an upcoming wedding. The space has several large panoramic windows, which we will be dressing with these shabby chic picture lines. I took apart an old wood pallet and used a wood burner to incorporate the bride's "wedding words" (which will be the table "numbers"). Between these boards will be rows of pictures of the couple and their families by clothespins and twine.