Lovely Lounge Furniture for Weddings

A popular trend for wedding reception decor  is the outdoor living room, or lounge.  This involves couches, ottomans and outdoor beds for a relaxed cocktail experience.

We love how these unique lounge furniture groupings can add a touch of whimsy  and create an atmosphere that will allow your wedding guests to mix and mingle in comfort.

Collage of wedding lounge furniture arrangements

Collage of wedding lounge furniture arrangements

Square ottomans can be placed separately or pushed together for combined seating while round ones create more of a temporary spot to place a drink, or a Hors D’oeuvres plate.

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Round seating creates a softer more intimate feel, and when coupled with multiple textures adds interest.  Lounge furniture pieces are found at your local rental companies.  We advise that before selecting your furniture, make certain you know the dimensions and layout of the room you will be using them in before meeting with your rental agent.

Do you plan to use a lounge area at your wedding reception?

 

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5 Steps to Interviewing a Wedding Planner

The Christmas season is by far the most popular time of the year for engagements.  It’s exciting, and overwhelming all at the same time.

Ask the right questions during the process of hiring a wedding planner.

Ask the right questions during the process of hiring a wedding planner.

Wedding blogs, magazines, friends, free advice all start to roll around in your head and  makes the process of planning your wedding overwhelming when it should be one of the most joy filled times of your life.  Then, add to it picking your date, finding a venue hiring a caterer and deciding on a theme?  How are you supposed to juggle all of that AND keep your job?

Hire a planner!  It is their full time job, and they know exactly who to trust and what to ask.  When interviewing someone for the job, there are 5 key things you should look for.

1.  How do they communicate with clients?
Make sure you know how you will be keeping in contact with each other.  Does email or phone work better?  How does she feel about meeting in person? Is there a limit to how many in person meetings you can ask for? It is a good idea to find out how often you should communicate with your planner. Would weekly be better for you, or would you like for your planner to take the reigns and keep you posted when necessary.

2.  How many clients does the planner have in the year and month of your wedding?
This answer will give you an idea of how much your planner will be available to you during the planning process. Planning a wedding is time-consuming and requires great attention to detail. If your planner has too many weddings booked around the same time as yours, the success of your event—not to mention your trust in her ability to juggle it all—could suffer. High-end planners should book no more than 1-2 weddings per month, whereas day-of coordinators can get away with 3-4 weddings per month.

3. Does the planner work alone, or do they have a support staff?
There is a lot more coordination involved in planning an event with 300 guests than compared to one that has only 75 guests.  does the planner have any assistants?  Who will be present on your wedding day?  make sure you feel confident that your planner will have enough support to handle all the details.  You want to feel confident that she has it handled.

4. EMERGENCY??!!  Yes, they do happen.
Regardless of how much planning work you do, things go wrong sometimes.   Ask your planner about a Plan B. What does she plan if she can’t make it to your wedding?  A great planner will have a back up plan for every scenario that comes up, including her own illness or emergency.

5. Is there any additional fees you need to know about?
This question is one that isn’t often talked about until after all the vendors are hired, but you should ask it up front to avoid unexpected costs.  A caterer’s estimate, for example will include charges for food, labor, taxes and gratuity, bu you may still need to tip the servers at the end of the night.  Ask you planner to explain any potential hidden costs that may come up with each vendor or service so you are able to plan your budget accordingly.

When all of your questions are answered sufficiently, be sure to take the time to ask the potential planner if they have any questions for you!  Most likely they will have been asking you a lot during the interview.  You are both trying to get to know each other and see how well you will work together.  After all , you will be spending the next 9-12 months together planning the best day of your life!

Don’t forget to interview 2-4 planners before deciding.  Be confident in who you choose.

Do you have more questions?  Contact our team today and get them answered.

Tips for a Stress Free Thanksgiving Wedding

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Thanksgiving weekend is traditionally a time to enjoy family and friends, who will be happy to share in the joy of the newlywed couple on their special wedding day. The late fall season is time of family gatherings and celebration of the harvest. Following are some tips and suggestions for couples planning a Thanksgiving weekend wedding.

Tips for planning the perfect Thanksgiving wedding

1. Traditionally, Thanksgiving has been a four day weekend for working people, but this is not as true as it used to be. Many businesses, including offices, service industries and retail stores require employees to return to work on the Friday after Thanksgiving. Do not assume that everyone will be able to travel on this holiday weekend. Consider the availability of the guests closest to the bride and groom when planning the wedding day.

2. Announce the date for the wedding as early as possible, so that guests can make their plans. Send out an announcement or write guests individually to let them know that an invitation will be forthcoming, so that they can save the date and make necessary advance plans. Understand that not all guests will be able to attend the holiday weekend wedding. There will always be schedule conflicts, not matter what date you choose. Thanksgiving is traditionally a time for family gatherings. Some people will just not be able to attend, so do not get hurt feelings if guests decline the invitation.

3. Reserve the church and reception facility as early as possible. This is always advisable when planning a wedding.

4. Choose a color theme for the wedding. Harvest colors of gold, orange, rust, brown, plum, burgundy and green are popular choices for a fall wedding. There are really no limits on the color choice for an autumn wedding, but rich deep colors or bright colors coordinate with the season best. An elegant look can be achieved with light colors or ivory or cream, highlighted by deeper colors for accent.

5. The bride’s dress offers chance for the bride to really shine on this joyous occasion. Fashion choices are endless for the stylish bride. Fabric can be a heavy brocade, lush velvet or beautiful ivory lace. Lightweight silk is another great fabric choice.

6. Avoid chills by wearing a shoulder wrap or cape. The bride should have a pretty shoulder wrap, velvet scarf, or cape; to ward off chill, especially if the dress has bare shoulders or a low neckline.

7.. Bridesmaid dresses in rich autumn hues are a stylish, elegant choice. The dresses may be accented with lush velvet or brocade fabrics. Like the bride, the bridesmaids should have some kind of wrap to cover the shoulders.

8. Grooms and Groomsmen. The groom and men in wedding party may wear tuxedos of black or dark gray. In a less formal wedding, consider brown or tan suits for the men.

9. Flowers in colorful bouquets and centerpieces add beauty to the atmosphere. According to The Knot, the hottest trend in fall wedding flowers is lush, richly hued arrangements filled with a variety of interesting textures. Use a wide mix of flowers that coordinate with the wedding color scheme. Mums and dahlias are fall blooms that come a a vanity of hues to complement with the wedding color scheme. Of course, roses are a classic choice that look great any season.

10. Centerpieces. Instead of glass vases, consider using plants as centerpieces.Succulent plants are a popular landscaping trends that can be worked into their wedding table centerpieces. Succulents come in fall hues, like aubergine, pomegranate and cactus green. These unique plants mix easily with flowers.

11. Wedding Favors. Have fun with wedding favors, using the fall theme. Unique fall favor ideas include caramel apples, mini maple syrup bottles,Maple sugar candies, mixed nuts or candied pecans in tiny baskets, apple cider mix, and apple butter packaged in mini jars.

12. Unless the wedding is on Thanksgiving Day itself, the menu should not include turkey. Many guests will have had their fill of turkey by the day after the holiday. If having the reception is at a banquet hall, or restaurant, the banquet manager should be able to advise about the fall menu. Some suggestions for a fall theme includes starter of squash or pumpkin soup. If a starter of a salad is desired, embellish it with walnuts, pumpkin seeds, apple slices or rich aged cheddar. Classic main courses include salmon and/or steak. Some more unusual main dish choices include Cornish hens and rack of lamb.

13. Offer warming beverages, such as mulled apple cider. Some people do not drink alcohol, so offer them a seasonal beverage in addition the more commonly offered coffee.

14. Fall wedding cake. Consider a unique flavor of the fall season, by picking a pumpkin cake, carrot cake or spice cake. Chocolate cake is always popular and is a rich flavor that is perfect for autumn. White or ivory colored icing accented with rich fall colors is lovely. Decorate the cake with colored floral or autumn leave designs in fall hues, such as yellow, red and burnt orange.

15. Decorate the entry with a fall theme. Fall decorations at the entry way set the mood for the Thanksgiving harvest theme. Cornstalks, Indian corn and pumpkins can be placed next to the door for a welcoming display.

Enjoy your many blessings on your Thanksgiving wedding. Best wishes to the bride and groom!