Blog Hop | Spring Wedding Tips|Wedding Planning

blog-hop Welcome to our March Blog Hop! This month we are focusing on all things Spring to help you in the process of planning your wedding or event. Get ready for some great ideas, inspiration and how to as you move along through the blog hop. You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from Peter Merkle at Chicago Wedding DJs on Natalie’s Blog Hop. If you get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you make sure to see and learn from all of the articles featured here today.

Spring Wedding Planning Tips

When I think of spring I think of pastels, blooming flowers, birds chirping,warmer weather and new life. Here are some great tips for planning a spring wedding.

Consider using spring time animals such as birds, butterflies, bunnies and frogs in your wedding theme.

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Use pastels mixed with bright bold colors. Enjoy spring blooms such as tulips, peonies, lilacs and hydrangeas. Mix it up with succulents and greenery.

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Winter is finally gone and temps are warming up so why not wear short wedding gowns and bridesmaids dresses.

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Grooms and groomsmen wear lighter color suits or tuxedos, tans and grays are perfect. 168322104792579807_Nx2S1ZRx_c

Enjoy the weather why not have the ceremony and/or reception outside. Make sure to have a back up plan for bad weather.

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image Instead of a veil wear a floral garland or flowers in your hair. Hope you enjoyed the tips. What are your favorite spring wedding details?

The next stop is Kelly King at Affordable Wedding Invites by Gossett Printing on Natalie’s Blog Hop! Thanks for visiting and I hope to see you again next month!

  1. Natalie Bradley at Natalie Bradley Events
  2. Ashley Rae at Ashley Rae Events
  3. Shaun Cox at A D.I.Y. Affair Weddings and Events
  4. Kristi Richardson at Bloomed To Last
  5. Chantal Benoit at Chantal Benoit Photographer
  6. Irene Tyndale at Irene Tyndale Events 
  7. Peter Merkle at Chicago Wedding DJs
  8. Katrina McCullum at Made of Honor Weddings
  9. Kelly King at Affordable Wedding Invites by Gossett Printing
  10. Rachel Huntoon at Ashford Manor Bed & Breakfast
  11. N’neka Scruggs at Images by N’neka
  12. Teresa Rhodes at Nearly Nesters 
  13. Laurie Kuerlemann at Platinum Party Events Entertainment, Inc
  14. Katherine Shorter at Creating Awesomenessity
  15. Liz Coopersmith at Silver Charm Events
  16. Kimberly Parks at  KP Photography
  17. Cindy Clearwater at Something Blue Virgin Islands
  18. Anshwa Lewis at SwaLaRue Events
  19. Nikki Michel at Ciao Bella Weddings
  20. Daphne Simpson at Elite Design
  21. Kelly Snyder at <a href=”http://southerncharmweddings.weebly.com/blog” target=”_blank”>Southern Charm Weddings

Happy Planning!

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Why Do I Have To Have A Cocktail Hour? |Triad Wedding Planner

COCKTAIL HOUR 2The ceremony is now over. You, your new hubby, the wedding party and family have been whisked away to a secret location to take your formal photographs. What will your guest do for that hour? This is why you need a cocktail hour. Your guest can mingle and have some light hor doerves and drinks. Be sure to have light finger foods. Something that the guest can easily pick up and carry even while holding a drink. If you choose to have wedding entertainment, this would be a great time for them to perform.

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Photo from The Knot

Be sure to have enough refreshments, you don’t want to  run out. Also, you don’t want to serve anything too heavy right before dinner, but you don’t want your guest hungry waiting for the reception to start. Overall, this is a time for your guest to relax.

Happy Planning!!

How to Make Your Ceremony Memorable|Katrina McCullum Wedding Planner

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Good Morning, We are very excited to be included in Natalie Bradley’s Blog Hop. Today’s topic is How To Make Your Ceremony Memorable. 

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Most of your planning time is spent on details of your reception, after all the reception is the biggest (as far as time) part of your wedding day. However, your ceremony is the most important, it is the whole reason for the grand celebration. Don’t feel you should rush through it. Even though it is the shortest part of the day, doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be memorable. Here are some tips to make your ceremony memorable, meaningful and spectacular.

1. Find the right person to officiate your wedding. Depending on your religious preferences do some shopping around. If you already have a Pastor, Priest, Rabbi etc. speak with them in advance to find out the requirements for them to perform the wedding. They can help you choose from many types of ceremonies such as unity candle, rose ceremony, salt ceremony and plenty of others.  You may want to find an officiant, speak with them in detail to see if they are the right fit for your wedding. You may want to ask a family member or a friend to get ordained over the internet to marry you. Be sure to pick someone responsible and have a back up plan. Check the laws of your state to make sure the wedding will still be legal if you are going this route.

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2. Write your own vows. Oh yes, this is important. The standard vows are fine but speaking from the heart adds so much more… love.

3. Don’t skimp on the decor for your ceremony. Once again all the focus is usually on the reception and many may just go with “what they have”. If it is a gorgeous site okay but don’t just leave it plain. Add a canopy, hoopa, candles. Buy a wedding runner with a monogram or have a monogram or design in flower petals. Consider other ways to set up the chairs.

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Photo courtesy of Erin Nicole Photography

4. Keep your guest in mind. You want to make sure your guest are comfortable. If you are having an outdoor ceremony check the weather and always have a back up plan. Consider heaters if it will be too cold or fans if it will be too hot. Serve a refreshment when guest arrive. Try not to have your guest waiting too long before the ceremony starts.

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5. The style of your wedding will determine the type of music you play. If it is not too formal choose songs that are truly meaningful to you are your groom. I am sure you have seen all the wonderful videos of ceremony entrances, if that is your style have fun.

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There are many more ways to make your ceremony special these are just a few suggestions. Savor the moment and don’t rush it.

Happy Planning!

Thanks for visiting and I hope to see you visit us again! Next on the blog hop  Sandy Salle at Hills of Africa Travel.

  1. Natalie Bradley at Natalie Bradley Events
  2. Katherine Shorter at Creating Awesomenessity
  3. Kristi Richardson at Bloomed To Last
  4. Chantal Benoit at Chantal Benoit Photographer
  5. Elizabeth Batte at plainjane designs 
  6. Andie Freeman  at Andie Freeman Photography 
  7. Brenna Fields Taylor at An Elegant Affair LLC
  8. Irene Tyndale at Irene Tyndale Events 
  9. Sharon K Hyatt at Weddings with Sharon of Awesome Designs & Weddings
  10. Tessa Marie at Tessa Marie Weddings
  11. Peter Merkle at Chicago Wedding DJs
  12. Anshwa Lewis at SwaLaRue Events
  13. Deborah Ashe at Rev. Deborah Ashe
  14. Angela Christoforo at Elite Wedding and Event Planning
  15. Liz Coopersmith at Silver Charm Events
  16. Amber Peterson at Cheers Wedding & Event Planning
  17. Maggie Evans at Maggie Evans Designs :: handmade bridal couture
  18. N’neka Scruggs at Images by N’neka
  19. Kelly Snyder at Southern Charm Weddings
  20. Cindy Clearwater at Something Blue Virgin Islands
  21. Kimberly Parks at KP Photography
  22. Simone R. Ross at Lil’ Tux N Tiara’s Event Sitters & Entertainment
  23. David Osborne at Sound Insight Productions
  24. Nicole Hill at Flora Bond
  25. Shaun Cox at A D.I.Y. Affair Weddings and Events
  26. Katrina McCullum at Made of Honor Weddings << you are here 
  27. Sandy Salle at Hills of Africa Travel
  28. Rachel Huntoon  at Ashford Manor Bed & Breakfast 
  29. Daphne Simpson at Elite Design
  30. Kishana Highgate at Kishana Highgate Photography
  31. Loraine McCall at Mojica Photography
  32. Teresa Rhodes at Nearly Nesters 
  33. Andrea Freeman at Andrea Freeman Events
  34. Nikki Michel at Ciao Bella Weddings
  35. Kelly King at Affordable Wedding Invites by Gossett Printing
  36. Christine Ringuette at Down The Aisle Wedding Planning & Design
  37. Myiesha Antwine at Kiss and Tell Weddings
  38. Ashley Rae at Ashley Rae Events
  39. Laurie Kuerlemann at Platinum Party Events Entertainment, Ic
  40. Lydia Wells at Writer Mom
  41. Melissa Pepin at Melissa Pepin Photography

The Best Wedding Planning Books | Jacksonville Florida Wedding Planner

Here is my list for the best wedding books that can help you with planning and organization for your wedding. a bookThe Wedding Book  by Mindy Weiss has wedding information overload…anything and everything you needed to know about planning your wedding is right here. However, it is a long read. 51pyeYPfR0L._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_The Broke Ass Bride’s Wedding Guide is a great book to get. Although I don’t agree with everything in her book. Dana LaRue has some great advice and tips that can help you move your wedding plans right along and save some cash. This book is a fun read filled with humor. My-Fair-Wedding-book-cover-image Talk about inspiration photos…. David Tutera shares his past weddings from his show My Fair Weddings. Filled with inspirational pictures, this book is one to have in your collection. downloadThe Big White Book of Weddings. What can I say? I am a huge David Tutera fan and I love all that he does. Either way this is still a great book. 9780770433383_p0_v1_s260x420The Knot Complete Guide to Weddings. I got to say, I love this book. Very informative and easy to follow. 41WutTQHzHL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_ The Engaged Groom by Doug Gordon. Love, love, loved this book. Hilarious I must say. Still great advice for the groom.

What is your favorite wedding planning book?

*Stay tuned for ours!! 🙂

Happy Planning!

The Techy Bride | Modern Brides | Triad Wedding Planner

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Tweeting and Hash tags and Streaming, Oh my! We certainly are not in Kansas anymore when it comes to today’s weddings. The modern bride needs to know all about apps, social media, live streaming, hash tags and more.

Apps – Apps are shortcut applications that you download onto a mobile device. There are plenty of apps out there for wedding planning, organization and inspiration. Check out the blog we did previously on the 10 Best Wedding Apps.download

Social Media– Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram are just a few social media sites where you can post exciting news about your wedding or get inspiration. You can follow your vendors and favorite wedding resources.

Hash tags– A hash tag is a word or phrase proceeded by the pound sign, followed by a word or phrase (without spaces) to identify a topic in social media. You can also use hash tags if you want your guest to tweet or Facebook about your wedding #JoshandAprilsweddingbash.

bestweddingblog Websites– Your wedding site is full of information about your upcoming wedding. Here is where you can introduce the wedding party, Tell your guest about the style of your wedding. Share the story about how you and your beau met and/or your engagement story. Who doesn’t love a great wedding story. There are plenty of free wedding websites out there. Check out the features and decide which is the best one for the two of you.

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Live streaming– Here is a way for the guest who could not attend to enjoy the festivities of your wedding.  Livestream., UStream, Skype  and FaceTime is just a few that can help you show your wedding live. The Offbeat Bride has a great blog about Live Streaming click here.

Forums- Wedding forums is a great way to talk to other brides about plans, stresses, ideas and more. They even have some fun bridal groups on Facebook.

0Youtube-  Here is a video sharing website where you can learn loads of things for your wedding. Especially if you are a D.I.Y bride. One of my favorite channels is Martha Stewart Weddings.

What are some of your favorite wedding tech sources?

Happy Planning!

Getting In Shape For Your Wedding|Triad Wedding Planner

Exercise woman torso and equipment500Every bride wants to look her best in her wedding gown. There are a million items, diets, supplements that will promise you quick results,the best way is the old fashioned way…Diet and Exercise. With holidays rushing by and the New Year just around the corner,  engagements and weight resolutions come with the territory.

Get started Early- You certainly don’t want to put the stress and strain on your body trying to lose weight fast. The sad part about it when you do lose weight quickly you tend on gaining it back…we don’t want that. So give yourself a break and don’t try to lose too much to fast.

Set realistic goals– Don’t say you are going to lose 50 lbs in 3 months. You will be setting yourself up for failure. You can even make mini goals to lead up to your major goal. Speak with your healthcare provider to see what is a realistic weight loss goal for yourself. Make yourself a goal chart and reward yourself when you meet your goals…of course not with a hot fudge sundae. 4103c0e13382e500_woman-at-gym.xxxlarge

Combine cardio and weight lifting- Many people make the mistake of doing one without the other… you can always alternate the days if you like.

Eat Healthy-  Eat colorful. Not only are green leafy veggies important in your diet, but choose colorful fruits and vegetables as well. Cut of the fast food, sodas and sugary drinks.

full-glass-of-waterPlenty of rest and water Everyone will have advice for you on how to lose weight. There are a million fads out there and someone will always swear by it, the best advice possible is for you to find what works for you. Do not beat yourself up if you gain a pound or two… remember muscle weighs more than fat. Keep focused on how you look and feel verses what numbers are on the scale.

Happy Planning!

*Disclaimer: We are not nutritionist or personal trainers. As with any diet and exercise program please consult your physician

Something Blue | Triad Wedding Planner

Something old, something new, something borrowed… SOMETHING BLUE! Originating from an old Victorian rhyme this bridal tradition is well followed.

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You can add your something blue with jewelry… These beautiful teardrop earrings and matching necklace could be just the touch you need.

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I just love bling and texture and these shoes has them both. With each step, these shoes will peek out from under your gown. il_570xN.470011642_y7mc  If you want to be total discreet, you can slip on a garter with a touch of blue…. you can actually have two garters on… one for the toss and one for your new husband. hairpin-0026 If you don’t want to incorporate blue into your wedding colors you can stash this hair pin in your hair without it being noticed.

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You can always wear a blue belt or sash to add a pop of color. satin-blue-wedding-sash-with-a-brooch

Top Wedding Guest Complaints |Triad Wedding Planner

It is  very easy to overlook the guest while planning your wedding with everything else you have to deal with. Here are the top wedding guest complaints and suggestions to keep your guest happy.

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  • Food– One major complaint wedding guest have is there not being many selection for dinner choice or running out of appetizers during cocktail hour. Make sure you order enough food for your expected guest. For dinner selection have a buffet with assorted choices or consider different food stations. Long lines are also a major complaint, the food stations give not only a variety but breaks up the never ending lines. If you have a buffet have it set up so guest can utilize both sides (This option is if you do not have servers).
  • Cash Bar– A full bar can be quite expensive. Talk to your bartender regarding your choices. One option is to have a beer and wine bar and /or offer a signature drink. Limit your bar to key times at your reception.
  • Bad Wedding Dates– Choose wedding dates that are convenient. Sometimes that can’t be helped especially if you have your heart set on a particular date. However keep in mind traveling times especially with out of town guest. For example, although you may get a cheaper date on a Sunday evening this would be inconvenient for your wedding guest that have to travel to be back on work on Monday or take another day off. Holiday weddings are only convenient if your family members normally travel home. Also keep in mind key dates to major events that may be taking place… you don’t want to compete with the Superbowl.

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  • No enough Space– Make sure to book a venue big enough to hold your guest. Nothing is worse than sitting elbow to elbow or having to squeeze past people on your way to the restroom. With that in mind, also beware of booking too big of venue. Worse case scenerio if the venue is too big you can always bring in draping to lesson the space and break it up in sections…there isn’t much you can do if the venue is too small.
  • Organization– Here is where a great timeline comes into play, a great flow is the key to a great wedding. No one wants to sitting around “waiting” and no one likes to have everything rushed . Balance is the key.Keep these tips and your guest in mind while planning your wedding and you can’t go wrong. Happy Planning!

Tutus and Tiaras Baby Shower| Triad Event Planner

Disclaimer: These are crappy cell phone pictures.  Baby Shower sighnAs you may have read… I am going to be an auntie… I am so thrilled. So with auntieship (Yes, I am making up words)comes great responsibility… one being.. planning the baby shower. My sister hates pink and clichés. She requested a couple of things and let me plan all the details. With the help of the dad to be , mother and sister we hashed up a plan. I wanted something girly but not over the top…. Using inspiration from my sister’s gender reveal video… Tutu’s and Tiara’s was born.tutu centerpiece Using the colors sage green, lavender and white with touches of yellow. I created a oneies tutu banner that read “It’s a girl” in glitter letters.
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I made Oreo cookie rattles and baby food jars filled with jellybeans. I got to tell you… Pinterest has a lot of explaining to do…. things are not as easy as they say… but I nailed it. I created three key baby tutus  that doubled as the centerpieces. I can’t wait until she is able to fit them. The dad to be family cooked the food with the flare of their culture… Bolivian. Yes, it was as good as it look. As the guest walked in they the guest book and provided their address for thank you cards.

babyshower foodThey had the choice to write cute witty messages on diapers for late night diaper changes for the parents to be. Guest enjoyed mingling and some really great food. Once everyone was acquainted and full…. we started the games. Since this was a co-ed baby shower we wanted everyone to join in and have fun. The first game was Guess the baby food flavor… I got to tell you, HILARIOUS. The second game was Create a baby… out of play doh.image

We had three teams of one. The third game was to Diaper the baby blindfolded… with a safety pin…using a balloon. I am glad to say no one popped their baby.image

The fourth and final game and the most funny was the baby bottle chugging contest using ginger ale. We had a lot of people join in on this game. The final activity of the night was the gift opening… which I didn’t think people still wanted to do that but survey says… yes they do. image

Overall everyone had a great time, people made friends and the expectant parents were very happy. And a fun night

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Jamberry’s For Weddings!| Triad Wedding Planner

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One thing you can not forgot in preparation for your wedding day, you have to get your nails beautifully manicured. I personally don’t like the nail salon simply because it is a pain in the butt. You sit there in a crowded salon smelling too many chemicals. So for those of you that are anti-salon like me, we have a solution.  I am sure you have heard about Jamberry Nails. A great alternative to those crowded salons. They last much longer then your classic manicure and cost much, much less.

image“Jamberry Nails ate a vinyl heat activavated nail shields that last up to 2 weeks on fingers and up to 6 weeks on our toes. They are non toxic and made in the USA, have no dry time and won’t chip.”

They cost $15 a sheet and each sheet you get 2 mani’s and 2 pedis and 4-8 accent nails. With over 450 designs you are sure to find ones you will love even long after the honeymoon.

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Staci Chambers

Team Manager,

Jamberry Nails Independent Consultant

Stacisjams.jamberrynails.net

stacisjams@gmail.com

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