The high point of the wedding celebration should be an expression of the couple and the
appreciation they feel for their guests. It’s the time when the spotlight is truly on the
couple. Of course, the dresses, flowers, cake and dinner are also sharing some of the
attention, and choosing the right venue to feature it all together should be the first steps in
the planning process.
The best reception venues feature the finest combination of location, convenience, service
and ambiance. Look for the site’s individual style characteristics. The worst reputation any
venue can earn is that of a cookie cutter operation. No two couples are alike, and a wedding
has to be a very personal statement.
Keep In Mind: Your reception is the heart of your wedding day. You will also spend the
most time at your reception. The reception sets the tone, theme and personality for your
The primary factors to consider in choosing a site are: budget, then number of guests,
location preferences, and any sentimental value a certain location holds for you as a couple.
Popular sites for receptions are hotels, clubs and event facilities because they offer the
convenience of having everything in one location.
As well as scouting every avenue to ensure you find the right place or the right date, there
are plenty of other considerations to think of. Here are a few that you should take into
consideration before you book.
-Is the venue big enough? Will it be able to accommodate the number of guests that
you are anticipating?
-Will your wedding be the only event at the venue on your big day? Weddings tends
to over their allotted time, but you shouldn’t feel rushed out before you are ready to
wind down or fell neglected because the staff have to tend to another parallel
– Does the venue allow outside catering or insist that you use theirs?
– Does the venue offer a menu tasting prior to your wedding?
– Is the venue accessible and easy to find?
-Are their separate spaces for your cocktail hour and reception?
-Does the venue have adequate storage for gifts, etc?
-Can you have open flames?
-Is confetti, fireworks or sparklers permitted?
-Is there an option for event signage or marquee?
-If you opt not to serve alcohol is there still a bar fee? Is there a corkage fee? What is
the legal cut-off time to serve alcohol?
-Do they have a Public Address system for speeches and toasts?
-Can the photographer/videographer conduct a site visit beforehand to get an idea of
what to expect on the big day?
-And most importantly have you fallen in love with the space?
When it’s all said and done, you need a venue that will effectively set the mood for the
entire celebration, but also one that allows for your guests comfort and convenience.
Providing ample parking or valet service and a fully functioning air conditioning in the
reception facility contributes to your guest’s enjoyment of the celebration.
Look for a venue with more than one set of restrooms, and make sure that they are
accessible. For any venue there may be restrictions on decorations that you can use or
the type, duration, or volume of the music.
One final word of advice don’t forget to ask about set-up and break-down times or find
out if you can set-up the night before. Also check to see if clean-up services are
About The Author: Karen Y. Moore is an award winning wedding planner and the
Founding Member of KYM Signature (http://kymsignature.com). Karen is also the
author of The Keep It Sweet & Simple (KISS) Method of Wedding Planning
Headpieces and veils are one of the hardest bridal accessories to make a final decision on after choosing that perfect dress (as if choosing a dress wasn’t hard enough). Even after you choose your veil & headpiece you will then have to decide on the best way to wear it.
Some of your thoughts may be: should I wear the veil over my face or tossed back? Should I place my Juliet Cap in front or behind my hairline? Should I tilt my Garden hat or place it right on top, or should my Pillbox hat be worn with or without a Birdcage or Blusher veil?
With so many choices it can become really difficult to make a final decision, but one that definitely needs to be made if you plan on wearing a beautiful piece down the aisle.
A few tips to make this process go a little easier, is to first consider if your headpiece complements your gown. It should not dominate or overpower it.
Check your veil length, it should elegantly harmonize with your gown’s train (i.e., long train with a long veil, short train or no train with a shorter veil or Birdcage veil).
Also consider making your hairstyle “test drive” appointment and veil hunt on the same day so that you can get a good visual on how it all comes together. As for how to place your veil/head piece, your hairstylist should be able to assist you in this area, try choosing a stylist that specialize in bridal hair.
Written by Sabrina Jeffcoat
Traditional wedding attire, for the most part, tends to drive down the middle lane of the fashion interstate.
A nice, steady, consistent speed…keeping up with traffic, and never veering too far out of it’s lane.
And for good reason. Groomsmen look great in tuxedos and suits. (Did you ever think the groom’s best friend from college could look so….handsome….after his Grateful Dead tee-shirt was finally peeled off of him, and he stepped into a well-fitted suit?)
When it comes to Groomsman fashion, like most other things in life, the devil is in the details.
A good pair of dress socks like these are import to your groomsmen because:
A) a high percentage of them may forget to bring dress socks altogether, because, you know…they’re men….
B) a fashionable pair of socks like these can be the attention-to-detail that sets your wedding party apart.
Your groomsmen are all unique. They have different personalities. A dapper pair of socks allows them to express their individual personalities that you love, yet keep the overall uniformity for your wedding party that you want for the photo album.
Additionally, these specialty socks can be coordinated to match your wedding colors, to give your wedding party an even more customized touch.
Imagine how charming it will be, when a groomsman moves in such a manner that causes the cuff of his suit pants to hike ever so slightly, revealing a swatch of his socks, which coordinate perfectly with his bridesmaids dress?
Most importantly, socks like these are just plain fun! And who doesn’t love the feeling of a brand new pair of socks, especially on a day where they will be on their feet, “standing up” for you!?
Go to BoldSocks.com to get your Groomsmen Socks!
You and I are friends, right?
Not in the Courtney Cox and Jennifer Aniston kinda way, but friends none the less.
We message each other on social media, we laugh together…(hopefully with me,… not AT me, right?
Because sometimes I feel like a baseball player hitting a sacrifice fly, and I’m putting myself out there).
Most importantly, we share.
We trade stories, tips, advice and most anything related to weddings.
Because weddings are all we do. We are immersed in them.
And we pick up a lot of good info along the way.
Whenever we see something new, unique and/or something we think would be useful to our Wedding Vibe community, we like to share it with you.
One of our favorite shares is when we find things that are wonderful AND on sale/a good value!
Our ear is so close to the proverbial wedding ground, that we hear about tips and deals that you might have not ever known about.
We are constantly inundated with deals, promotions and coupon codes. We pride ourselves on our ability to sift through them all to find the best and most useful tips and deals, and then share them with our Wedding Vibe members.
The only thing more fun than shopping for adorable wedding favors like this, is saving money while doing it!
Call me Macklemore, but I love a bargain.
When you have a wedding, there are going to be certain essentials like Wedding Stationery that you have to have. And if you can save money on the essential invitations, wedding programs, and thank you cards, it does two things:
A) puts money back in your pocket
We are constantly posting new tips and deals on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, so make sure to check it out early and often. (A lot of the coupon codes are time sensitive, so don’t wait…my least two favorite words in the English language are “Coupon Expired”).
And if you have any tips or deals that you’d like to share, we would love to hear from you!
I’d like to think you and I have good chemistry.
I’m not afraid to use puns in my blog, because I know you’ll have a good reaction….
One thing that’s not a laughing matter however, is making sure you send your guests a proper thank you card in a timely fashion.
You love (most of) your guests.
They took the time out of their schedule, and some traveled a good bit, to share in your special day.
And the gifts! (most) of your guests ushered you into your new life with your new spouse with a gift.
The best Some gifts came in an envelope. Others came in boxes. Most came from your registry, so they weren’t really a surprise. (You acted surprised anyway)
However, some relatives think they know you better than you know yourself, and bought you something that wasn’t on your registry…(no acting necessary for those).
Regardless of what the gifts were, they were a symbol of love. Most of all, they were generous.
And the best way to let those guests you know you appreciate their generosity and thoughtfulness is by being expeditious with your thank you cards.
When I attend someone’s wedding, and I receive a prompt thank you card, it makes me feel like I was recognized and appreciated. It makes me feel like I was more than a seat filler, and I mean that in the literal sense….(the only gym I’ve seen in months has been used to catch Squirtels in Pokemon Go…)
And, frankly, thank you cards are fun! They are like one last wedding task, to check of your list (crossing things off the list feels sooooo good). One last chance to show off how good you looked in that tux or dress (if you choose a thank you card with pictures like this one here):
It’s not always easy to do thank you cards. Writers block is a real thing. Sometimes, even the best of us can stare at a blank canvas for hours, and not know what to write (fortunately I get paid by the hour, not the word).
So if you don’t know what to say, don’t stress! You can see all kinds of thank you card wording examples by clicking here:
There are soooo many different options for thank you cards! Traditional,chic, modern, personalize. You can see all kinds of different thank you card options by clicking here:
Pick a good one! It may be the last chance you’ll have to plaster pictures of yourself on your friends’ and families’ fridges and bulletin boards for a while!
Full disclosure; I’ve never worn a bridesmaid dress (except for that one time in college….and I think it was technically an old prom dress…either way, I rocked it…but I digress)
Nevertheless, I have oogled my fair share of bridesmaid dresses (not in a creepy way).
My wife is the kindest, friendliest, most caring person I know.
Because of that, she has a LOT of friends (situational hazard).
And when those friends get married, guess who always gets asked to be a bridesmaid?!
So I have seen BUNCHES of bridesmaids dresses, and subsequently been asked a plethora of questions about them:
“Is this one too short?”
“Is this one too long?”
“Does this one show too much boob?” (There is no such thing, says every man ever)
“Does this make my arm look skinnier if I hold it up, back and at an extremely unnatural angle?”
For the most recent wedding my wife was in, I began preparing for the long day(s) of
torture watching the kids while she dress shops, then has the dress altered (and has the cash “altered” from my wallet as well).
Then, something strange happened. Something marvelously bizarre. She didn’t leave me alone for hours on end with the
screaming mimis little angels.
She didn’t leave at all, in fact. This neatly packaged parcel arrived on our front door one day.
In it, was one of the coolest and most innovative dresses I had seen in all of my bridesmaid experience.
The fabric had a wonderful feel, and it traveled extremely well in the mail. (If it can travel that well getting drop kicked around by common carrier, I’m assuming it will travel even better in a suitcase for those out-of-town weddings.)
You can see all of the different looks by clicking here:
With a couple of tugs and a few rolls, you can change the dress based on personal taste. Sleeves, one shoulder, backless, halter, twist front…the list goes on and on.
These twist dresses offer uniformity in all of the season’s most popular colors, while still allowing each bridesmaid to customize it to her own personal taste, WITHOUT a bunch of costly trips to the alteration shop.
And best of all (for me) these dresses are a very good value.
But don’t have to take my word for it, (even though I consider myself a bridesmaid aficionado)
Your bridesmaids are always there for you, and will give you all of their love and support on your special day. Why not reciprocate by enlightening them to the dress that allows them to feel their best?
“Honey, did you get our place card?”
“Where do we sit?”
“What table are we at?”
“Hurry up, you are holding up the line.”
“But I don’t know where to sit?”
“Just sit anywhere, I’m sure it’ll be fine…….”
You’ve spent a year planning your wedding; making sure every detail is perfect.
You made sure the wedding party didn’t stay out too long the night before so everyone would be on time.
You made sure to schedule the ceremony around the ring bearers nap time, and packed a snack for the flower girl so she doesn’t get hangry…
You added directions to your wedding program so your guests could easily find the reception (if you followed last week’s blog….)
You’ve come this far….don’t let the train come off the tracks!
Table Cards are a simple, but important part of the reception. All the hours you spent, sketching out the seating arrangements and deciding who sits next to who, can be completely derailed if it’s not clear and easy for your guests to know where to sit.
The sooner they get to their seats, the sooner you can get on with the important things… like the hilarious speeches, adorable slideshow, kissing every time a glass is clinked (o la la)…..
Having clearly marked tables is an important factor in this. But they don’t have to be sterile, boring or tedious.
Table Numbers can be like your favorite pair of flats; functional AND adorable. So why not make them part of your motif?
Sound too complicated and time consuming? Not good with numbers? (Don’t worry, 6 out of 5 people have difficulty with numbers)
If you’ve read any of our blog articles, you know that I like to keep it easy like Young Jeezy.
We are living in the greatest technologically advanced period in history, why not take advantage of it?!
They have a multitude of templates to choose from. Then you can customize to your liking; color, font, style, theme, etc.
And they are conveniently sent right to your home. Waiting for them to arrive is the hardest part!
Keep your reception on track. Your custom Table Cards will make finding their seats easier than finding a Squirtle (another Pokemon Go reference? Doesn’t this guy do anything besides fill his Pokedex?).
A wedding is a blended conglomeration of people. Friends, family, acquaintances, co-workers, etc. from two different walks of life.
Some may know each other, others may not.
If only there was a way to help all of these different guests get on the same page (awesome foreshadowing pun intended) and provide them information about the ceremony…..oh wait, there is! A wedding program!
A wedding program is a wonderful way to help your guests feel more part of the ceremony. They are also an excellent way to identify and acknowledge the very special people in your life that are taking part in the wedding.
Most wedding programs include:
-The names of the to-be-weds
-Members of the wedding party
-A ceremony itinerary
-the words to any readings or songs if you chose
It’s also a great place to put any extras or personal info that you’d like as well (it’s your wedding, you can add whatever you want!) like the story of how you met, pictures, special recognition and thank yous.
Also think about adding directions/instructions for ceremony as well. No matter how many different ways and places you give your guests directions, someone will always ask, “how do we get there?” And the wedding program is the last thing they will have in their hands before the reception…
So now that you know you want a wedding program, and what to put in it, time to grab your typewriter and get to work, right!?
Just kidding. As fun as it would be to set up the wooden printing blocks and hand crank a printing press like you were Ben Franklin (sans the powdered wig), you don’t have time for that!
There are tons of different themes to choose from, and you can customize colors, font, pattern, etc.
You can see the latest trends and search for inspiration and ideas.
So what are you waiting for? Get with the (wedding) program and make yours today!
To see all wedding program options, click here:
Fall is the most beautiful time of the year in my opinion.
For me, who’s skin is so pasty that it’s almost translucent (You need the Pokemon Go app to see me in direct sunlight) it’s never too early to start thinking about Fall.
And for those that managed to get their men to agree to a Fall wedding (best of luck getting them off the lake and out of the tree stands on time), now is the perfect time to start getting your Fall Wedding Favors ordered (and stay out of that “Heat Dome” and inside an AC cocoon, ahhhhhh).
You could, spend your entire weekend driving in traffic, going from home goods store to home goods store, asking clerks to check in the back for Fall themed wedding favors. (I’d rather wear a wool sweater and run a marathon in the “Heat Dome”)
You could grab your favorite beverage, sit in the shade or in the AC, and hop on your computer and have page after page of perfectly themed Fall Wedding Favors by clicking here:
How much do I love Fall?
And your guests will too every time they fill these personalized mugs with coffee, tea, hot chocolate or any of their favorite beverages.
What is the cutest month?
Your guests will be cooing with these adorable ceramic acorn measuring spoons.
Your guests will shower you with praise for these adorable and perfectly themed personalized leaf soap favors.
Turn over a new leaf, every time you turn the page, with these Turning Leaves Bookmarks.
Preserve the memory of this day forever with these captivating personalized Mason Jars.
Is there a more charming theme for an Autumn wedding than “Falling in Love”? Not that I can think of.
(If you can think of something better, there is an opening at Wedding Vibe for a blog writer….)
These Personalized Wedding Life Savers are perfectly charming for a Fall Wedding, and they will help freshen even the pumpkin spiciest of breaths….
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