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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Etiquette Tip Tuesday: Tips for Wedding Guests

As wedding season quickly approaches, I thought it would be a good idea to remind wedding guests of their etiquette responsibilities.  Some are obvious, other not so much.  Please feel free to leave feedback- I would love to hear about things you have done or seen at weddings you have attended!

1.  RSVP on time and for the correct amount of people.  There is nothing harder for the bride and groom than the seating chart, and late responses throw a big monkey wrench in their plans.

2.  Don’t wear white!  You need to pay attention to the invitation.  The bride and groom agonize over every detail from wording to colors.  Those details give you, the guest, your wedding cues.  For example, if the invitation is ivory and burgundy, those are most likely the wedding day colors.  It would be in poor taste to show up in an ivory or burgundy colored dress.

Similarly, the invitation wording will help you find the perfect outfit.  If it says that you are invited to a backyard BBQ reception, it would be best to leave your heels and pearls at home.  Likewise, ‘black tie optional’ means at the very least you need a suit and tie, if not a tuxedo.  Board shorts and flip flops would not be appropriate for that wedding.

3.  “Adult Only Reception.”  If the bride and groom have chosen to not invite children, please do not include your kids in your RSVP count, or worse, bring them unannounced.  Any issues arising from this phrase should be dealt with as soon as you receive the invitation, usually by a phone call.  If you have a ‘tween’ or teenager and feel like you need clarification on what ‘adult’ means, pick up the phone and ask.

4.  Send a gift even if you are not attending the wedding.  Proper etiquette says that you should still send a gift to the bride and groom, even if you are not attending the wedding.  In some cultures, it is bad luck to not send a gift.  You can do it before or after they get married.  Technically speaking, you have up to one year to shower the new couple with a gift.

5.  Be punctual.  Nothing spoils wedding vows more than the sound of high heels clicking down the aisle from a late guest.  If you are late, come in as quiet as possible and take a seat at the back.

6.  Dealing with unexpected interuptions.  Coughing fits, loud hiccups, crying babies, and uncontrolled laughing are all reasons to remove yourself, or the little culprit, from the ceremony. 

7.  Mind your P’s and Q’s.  Most couples choose to have a video made of their wedding.  Those cameras pick up all types of noises and sounds, and are sometimes hard to edit out.  Remember this as you chuckle about the bridesmaids dresses, or take bets on when the couple will get divorced.  I have personally seen both end up on a wedding video.

8.  Make new friends at the reception.  The bride and groom have tried their best to make a happy seating chart.  Do your part and introduce yourself to people you do not know at your table.  And under NO circumstances should you reassign your seat to another table.

9.  Be mindful of your manners.  Simple things go a long way at weddings, like listening to the best man’s speech or waiting for a server to send you to the buffet.  At any formal dinner, you should wait until everyone at your table has their food before beginning to eat.  These simple pieces of etiquette will make the evening a smooth success.

10.  Alcohol consumption.  Just because it is open bar does not mean you have to leave the party unaware of your surroundings.  Even if the groom is your life long drinking buddy, the wedding reception is not the time to reminisce of old escapades while downing shots of tequila.  This is the first day of the couple’s new life together, and it should be treated with respect for them and their families.  Some couples will hold an after party at a hotel— without their elderly family members—  this would be the time to let loose, have a few more drinks, and let the story telling commence.

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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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Etiquette Tip Tuesday

If you opt for a traditional head table, that is,your bridesmaids and groomsman sit at a long straight table with you, please keep etiquette in mind.  The maid/matron of honor sits next to the groom, while the best man sits next to the bride.  It should alternate boy/girl from there. 

SIDE NOTE:  Consider breaking tradition with some fun twists on the head table.  Some brides and grooms will sit alone at a sweetheart table, or alone with their maid of honor and best man.  Let your bridal party sit with their families or guests.  Or share the experience with your immediate family by sitting at a round table with your parents and closests relatives.

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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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