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New Favorite! Beaded curtains and chandeliers!

As promised in our last blog, we will be adding new content such as our Favorites and Must-Haves.

We were working on a 1940’s inspired wedding when we came across these SIMPLY GORGEOUS beaded curtains and chandeliers.  With proper lighting, these could easily transform a plain ballroom into an extravaganza, making it one of our new Favorites!

Due to copyright issues with photographs, the best way to view our new favorite is to go to www.shopwildthings.com
Check out their Event Planning page to see their products in all their splendor!

A Few Notes Regarding Ceiling Decor
It is important to check with your catering hall or banquet facility before considering ceiling or wall decor.  Most facilities require experienced, insured decorators to hang such decor.  But don’t be discouraged!  Most towns have decorators that can accomplish these seemingly large feats.  In fact, it will save you money and stress by having a professional help you out.  No climbing ladders on wedding day!

In my region of Northeast, Pennsylvania, I turn to Maggie from detailsbyMaggie for such amazing works of art.  We work together to create the look, and then I place my trust in Maggie’s skills and staff for implementing the design.   You can see examples of Maggie’s use of beaded curtains and chandeliers at the recent Platinum Ball.

Have you seen beaded curtains or chandeliers at event?  We’d love to see pictures and get your thoughts on this branch of event decor.

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Summer Wedding Tips (Part 3 of 3)

Final part to the Summer Wedding Tips Series.

(Missed parts 1 or 2?  Summer Wedding Tips Parts 1 and 2)

#6 Vellum Overlays

Although printed vellum (aka translucent overlays) can be a beautiful addition to any piece of stationary, the ink tends to smudge in humid or hot weather.  Invitations with vellum are great, but you may want to reconsider having them on ceremony programs or menu cards.  Even if the ceremony or reception is air conditioned, people coming in have warm, sweaty fingers which can result in getting ink on their hands or even their clothes!

Carlson Craft Translucent (Vellum) Overlay

Carlson Craft Translucent (Vellum) Overlay

#7  Light Food

In Part 1 of the series, we discussed light colors and linens for Summer affairs.  It is important to follow this rule when deciding on the menu.  Whether you are customizing your entire menu from scratch, or choosing a package from a list of pre-selected items, it is important to remember the time of year. 

Just like November conjures up thoughts of turkey, gravy, and sweet potatoes, July makes your mouth water for lemonade, watermelon, and hot dogs.  Without turning your wedding into a backyard BBQ, don’t be afraid to work with your caterer to create a menu that fits the season.  People do not want to come in from the heat of the Summer to eat comfort foods.  Light fish, grilled chicken, and cold salads can help make your Summer wedding feel like Summer!

 

 

Just like your menu, your bar should accommodate the season.  Ask a local vineyard to help you pair refreshing Summer wines with your menu.  For your beer drinkers, consider offering light wheat ales with an orange slice as opposed to dark, heavy Lagers.  For cocktail hour, set-up a sophisticated, non-alcoholic lemonade stand.   Add iced tea and water to make a refreshing help-your-self bar at your outdoor ceremony!  Your guests will love it!

Photo Courtesy of Geoff White Photographers

Photo Courtesy of Geoff White Photographers

#8  Light Drinks

 

 

 

What have you seen or experienced at Summer weddings?  Comments and stories are always welcome!

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Summer Wedding Tips (Part 2 of 3)

The second part of our series bringing you tips and tricks for Summer Weddings.  Missed the first post?  Summer Wedding Tips Part 1

My Mantra:  Summer = Hot Weather

#4 Fondant vs. Butter cream (and other Summer cake ideas)

 

PinkCake Box Whimsical Wedding Cake
PinkCake Box Whimsical Wedding Cake

 

Talk to your cake baker about their concerns for the wedding cake.  If you have always wanted butter cream or cream cheese icing, you may need to bend a little to ensure a tasty desert.  Especially if you are having a tent reception, the type of cake is very important.  Fondant is a better choice for icing because it holds up much better in the heat.  Even the inside of the cake matters.  Strawberry filling, although indicative of Summer-time, may lose consistency within the cake. 

 

#5  Candy Favors
 
Amy Atlas Old Fashioned Wedding Candy Bar

Amy Atlas Old Fashioned Wedding Candy Bar

As candy buffets gain popularity, I have seen a wide variety of candy used.  Some couples choose to do different candies of the same color.  My personal favorite was a nostalgic ‘penny’ candy bar, with wrapped candies from the days of corner candy stores.  Regardless of your candy buffet theme, keep in mind that chocolate melts (unless you’re an M&M of course!) and that guests do not want to take home a melted mess.  Choose hard tacks, jelly beans, gummies, and even lollipops to make your sweet expression of thanks.

 

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Summer Wedding Tips (Part 1 of 3)

With Summer quickly approaching, the ladies at Attention 2 Perfection have been busy finalizing details for June, July, and August weddings.  We wanted to share some tips we found along the way.  We hope that you find this series helpful for Summer wedding planning, as well as graduation and any other outdoor party!

My Mantra :   Summer = Hot Weather

Photo courtesy of www.variations.net

Photo courtesy of http://www.variations.net

#1 Chivari Chairs

These chairs are a great alternative to heavy chair covers.  They come in a variety of colors, and are customizable with cushions and sashes.  They dress up an occasion, but in an airy way.  A must for Summer tent weddings!

 

 

 

 

#2 Light Colors

I just finished designing a beach theme wedding.  The bride chose deep, gray-blue bridesmaid dresses (Serene from David’s Bridal).  Remember- bridesmaid dresses do not have to perfectly match each linen in the wedding- feel free to get creative and experiment with coordinating colors.  Allowing that gorgeous blue color to represent the water, we chose shades of tan, peach, and coral to brighten the room.  It clearly has the beach in mind without being 100% literal.  The subtle shell and sand details help transend a ballroom into a seaside resort.  I look forward to posting pictures!

#3 Fan Programs

Carlson Craft Fan Favors

Carlson Craft Fan Favors

Wedding guests love when their well-being is kept in mind.  These fun fans make great programs for outdoor ceremonies.  Carlson Craft is just one company who offers these personalized favors that add a little extra Summer touch to your wedding.

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Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

Lorraine w/ Sister Debbie on Wedding DayMy parents celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary on Tuesday.  On Monday night, we were sitting around the dining room table listening to them reminisce about their wedding day.  The question came up, ‘Where were we right now 30 years ago?’  The answer was at the rehearsal dinner.  So I ask, ‘Where was your rehearsal dinner?’

No answer.

My mom and dad sat there with blank looks on their faces as they tried so hard to remember the rehearsal, the dinner, and other details about their wedding.  Now, my parents are not old by any means.  They both lead active lives and have full-time jobs working for the government.  Memory loss was not the issue.  It just didn’t matter enough to them to remember.

That got me thinking about what I do for a living.  I help couples plan each little detail of their wedding.  I see bride’s agonize over shades of lipstick or invitation seals.  And yes, couples even fight about where to hold the rehearsal dinner. 

This experience with my parents helped me realize that although it is my job to properly plan the wedding of my client’s dreams, it is also my job to remind them what the party is for in the first place.  It’s about love and commitment.  It’s about ‘Not Sweating the Small Stuff.’  After all, 30 years later, you probably won’t remember the tiny details, but you will have fond memories of the day you and your husband became one family.

PS:  My mom called her mother, sister, and cousin.  My dad called his sister and niece.  All of them remember being at the rehearsal dinner.  None of them remembered where it was.

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The Importance of ‘Following Through’

This post is unlike my usual blogs.  I had a negative experience last night and felt the urge to try and find something positive from it. 

The Experience: I finally made the conscience decision to hire a personal trainer.  After taking time to interview the different options available through my gym, I decided on Tim.  He spent an hour with me on the phone, getting to know me- specifically learning that time is precious to me as I am a single mom, business owner, and college student.  After confirming our appointment the day before, he STOOD ME UP for my first session.  He never even left me a message admitting his guilt.  Someone from the gym had to hunt him down.  He evidently wrote it down wrong in his calendar and has offered a free session if I ‘feel like’ calling him.

The Lesson:  Tim reminded me that each client has different needs and expectations of service.  I spend the same time with all potential customers, getting to know them and vice versa.  I can ‘sell’ someone on my services, but the follow through is the important part. 

The Challenge: I encourage you to think about your ‘follow through’ today.  Whether it’s the services you promised a client, the project you committed to at work, cooking dinner for the family, or a personal commitment like going to the gym- make sure you follow through.  You never know who is counting on it, and what may happen to your relationship if you fail. 

PS:  Tim is not getting another phone call.

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I admire…

Today, I pledged to write a blog about someone I admire in the wedding industry.  I was not able to come up with one, but rather three individuals who I truly admire within the wedding world.  So,here they are!

1.  Lorraine Savage Sokolowski from Savage Designs

Yes, this is my mom.  She is an unbelievably creative woman, who adds the most special touches to every wedding or event she works on.  I’m amazed how gorgeous her work is; whether it is a hand-embroidered card pouch, a pew bow, or a hand-beaded wedding gown, it is a unique work of art.  Someday, I’ll have to post photos her one-of-a-kind crocheted, silver wire, beaded necklaces.  Not only is her work stunning, but she is a full time daughter, sister, mother, grandmother, and employee….. AND….. she has carpal tunnel in both hands!!!! 

2.   Kristy Rice from Momental Designs

I am so fortunate to have this well-known stationer in my own backyard! Kristy sends her gorgeous invitations all over the world. I find myself quite often looking through her past designs for inspiration.  She has an eye for detail, and her aesthetic is usually exactly what I’m looking for.  I’ve had the pleasure to work with Kristy on a few designs, and hope to collaborate with her on a lot more. 

3.  John Nola from Mirage Music and Fantasy Images

John and his son have helped me grow my business to what it is today.  Extremely skeptical about working with a wedding planner, they gave me a shot and subsequently took me under their wing.  They are a sounding board, a business adviser, and most importantly, a HUGE asset to my clients!  Thanks guys!

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