November
5

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Newlyweds Jennifer & Stephen – October 2011

What happens after you be come Husband & Wife? Well, all sorts of things – but let’s just focus on what happens immediately after you become Mr. & Mrs. You host a reception with all of your friends, family and loved ones! The reception is the most expensive part of a wedding – it’s basically one huge dinner party and we all know how quickly food costs add up. You know when you go out for dinner with the hubs-to-be and you get the check and you simply can’t believe how quickly and easily your bill racked up? Appetizer, drink, entree, drink, shared dessert, coffee. Oyi! But, you had a great night out, right? It was worth the price I’m sure.

During your wedding events, it’s typically the reception when you want your guests to be wowed by the fine details, have fun and enjoy celebrating with you. And how do you allow yourself to celebrate along with them? You book us for The Reception package so you don’t have to worry about a thing! We will be on hand for Wedding Day Coordination and take care of the set-up, clean-up and event logistics that go into and are a part of a reception. We will call or email all of your vendors the week of your wedding to ensure they have all the info they need and to instruct them to direct their questions at the reception to us, so  you won’t be bothered or have to make decisions. We manage the timing of dinner with the venue coordinator, the dj and your MC. We pretty much make sure your entire event runs smoothly and the way you envisioned it.

The Reception package is 10 hours at one location and the investment if $1,000 which is very affordable and worth the cost when you factor in how much you are paying for food, drink, music, lighting, decor, etc. To make sure everything you planned goes as such, bring us on board for your wedding. We’d love to work with you!

November
1

Inviting kids to a wedding…do you or don’t you? It’s a question many couples will ask themselves when planning their guest list. Some almost newlyweds are all for little ones taking part in their special day, while others are dead set on not having any kiddos in attendance.

So, what should you do?

Well…here’s our take on the matter.

If you are having your own kids, nieces/nephews or little cousins in your wedding party and choose not to allow guests to bring their children to your wedding then you should make sure that your little people are only at your ceremony. They can be on hand for photos before and after the ceremony and take part in your nuptials as Ring Bearer and Flower Girl but then that’s it – they go home. They shouldn’t be at the reception running around, dancing and having fun among your guests if there are guests there that would have liked to have their child(ren) there as well. A good way to avoid hurting any feelings is to simply say that you are trying to have a small wedding and won’t be inviting children. Or, tell your friend who might be offended her kid isn’t invited by telling her you wanted to give her and hubs a night out sans kids for once. Then, you look like a good friend again. But once you decide no children, you have to stick to that. You can’t allow your cousin to bring her newborn, but  your co-worker can’t bring her toddler.

If don’t want any kids at your wedding in any fashion, then you must be careful with how you word your invitation. An Invitation Specialist can assist you with this but typically the outer envelope is addressed to the couple invited (i.e. Mr. & Mrs. A. Richardson) and then the interior envelope is addressed to exactly who is invited (i.e. Melissa & Andrew). This helps state just who you want to attend. Another way is to have the RSVP already filled in with their names in the M__________ spot so that they don’t go ahead and write Melissa, Andrew, Jimmy & Jane. I prefer the first suggestion, but as mentioned, ask your Invitation Specialist.

If you want to have kids at your wedding then be sure to invite the whole damn fam. Address the invitation to “The Richardson’s” or “The Richardson Family” and then on the interior envelope list all of the names (i.e. Melissa, Andrew, Jimmy & Jane). Most times the lady’s name is written first, followed by the husband and then the children from oldest to youngest. Be sure to find out how old these kids are if you don’t already know. If they are 16+, they can get their own invitation so they feel like an adult (remember, they likely can drive at this age) and if they are 18+ and in a relationship you will have to invite their girl/boyfriend as well.

Some couples who are anti kids attending don’t even want them at the ceremony, which is very hard to do. Many times I will see kids misbehaving during the ceremony and or crying because well, they are bored. You can’t kick anyone out for bringing their child, but you can ask someone to kindly escort them out should their child be interrupting your ceremony (yes, hello – that would be our job). If you don’t want kids at the ceremony, try to have your wedding at one location where guests will be at for the whole event. It will be harder for them to bring Jimmy & Jane if there isn’t much of a break between festivities. But, as always – be honest with your friends and family about your desire to not have kids in attendance.

Kids are cute and they can take some of the attention away from you if you’re not overly into having all eyes on you. But kids can also misbehave and not cooperate – so choose wisely. Chat with this with your hubby-to-be for after all it is your wedding and your guests should respect your wishes. If they don’t then, make note for one day little Jimmy or Jane will get hitched too.

October
30

Are you having a themed wedding? Most weddings have a ‘theme’ like rustic, elegant, seasonality (winter wonderland), nautical, rock and roll, etc. But are you planning a themed wedding where you ask guests to dress up? We typically see this type of wedding with Halloween, or New Years Eve, but have seen it pop up from time to time with themes like Victorian, 1920’s and even Western.

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One of my fantasy Day of Coordination gigs would have to be a Halloween Wedding. I’ve always wanted to take part in bringing the details together for a wedding that has a theme that involves candy, a few ghosts and lots of fun!

From a full on costume party, or a masquerade affair, there are so many ways you can incorporate this festive day into your wedding.

We like these invitations from Wedding Paperie paired with this cake from Rosebud Cakes. With zombies being on trend right now, they are perfect for a Halloween Wedding.

Until the day a Bride & Groom come my way with a Halloween Wedding, I will have to keep fantasizing about it….but imagine, you could have a psychic there complete with a crystal ball. Or how about an old fashioned candy buffet so your guests can trick or treat after dinner, or what about serving bloody mary shots when guests arrive? Oh, the possibilities!

October
25

Proposals, like weddings have become more elaborate and full of details. More and more Grooms-to-be are choosing to pop the question through video. They are either using the medium to actually propose, or to simply capture the moment as a keepsake.

We’ve seen those viral videos of guys proposing using a flash mob, city monuments and buildings and using the help of friends and loved ones. We’ve seen a few that we’ve cringed at (um, hello narcissistic proposal guy) and few that we just adored (reciting her positive traits, strengths & using her full name – swoon worthy).

Everyone wants to star in their very own mini-movie, so why not propose using video? What would your proposal look like? Would you act out a scene from a movie or tv show? Would you take her to her favourite spot, or where you had your first date? Would you involve her friends and family?

What do you think about video proposals? Do you like to be in front of the camera? Do you think she’d like to have it filmed and then go viral? Or do you think that proposals should be an intimate experience shared only with the couple?

What is your favourite video proposal? Tell us in our comments, we’d love to watch your top pick (or even your own video proposal)!