Copy of Tips and Tricks - Customer Satisfaction

When planning your wedding, there are things that are nice to know and then there are things that you need to know.  Our friends, families and brides often reach out to us for help and advice, and oh how we would love to reach back to all of them. This is not always possible in person, so we decided to use technology and social media to share some ideas, tips and tricks... 

Our very first undertaking was a collaboration with @AltarBridal, @HelloLovely and @MoontageFilms.  This was such a fun experience!

Moontage Films and Altar Bridal.

Moontage Films and Altar Bridal.

Tips on How to Seat Your Guest


The wedding is a special day for the a bride and groom; however the guests are also an essential part of the day. Here are a few tips on how to seat your guests as you receive your RSVPs.


Photo Credit:  The Gray's Photography

Seating charts or place cards?

  • Seating Charts: If you have a large guest count having a seating chart is highly recommended. Setting up 1 or 2 seating charts is easier than setting up 200 plus place cards.
  • Place Cards: If your guest count is small, place cards are helpful. This will help you organize and seat your guests where you would like.

Where should I seat my guests?

Guest Tables - Try to seat like-minded people together. Group your coworkers, friends from school/collage, your parent’s guests, neighbors, relatives, etc and seat them accordingly.

Family Tables – We suggest that you seat ½ of the table for bride’s family and the other ½ for the groom’s family. This can help break the ice and bring the families together. Most of the time someone will share a funny story or two. 

Children’s Tables – If you have children attending your wedding, it is suggested you seat them at a separate table with “kid friendly” décor and activities to keep them engaged. However if the child is a toddler, they can be seated next to the parent with a high chair with the same activities to keep them occupied and entertained.

Bridal Party – Having a head table for the bridal party is very traditional. However, the new trend is to have a round or a captain table that will seat the bridal party with their respective spouse or date. Their spouse or date will appreciate this and your head table will not look empty after dinner.

Vendor Table – As planners we recommend that you seat all your vendors at the same table. It makes it easier to communicate and notify them of any upcoming formalities.

Helpful Tip: If you start seating your guests as you receive your RSVPs, it will help save a lot of time as you get closer to your big day. Also the less people involved in the seating arrangement the better.






The Detroit Zoo

Beautiful surroundings, inspired culinary creations, and the calls of wildlife combine to make for a marvelously memorable wedding reception. Their unique and exotic venues create the perfect backdrop for your special day.

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They also provide in house catering, and has several different locations for beautiful weddings

Wildlife Interpretive Gallery – 100 guests 

Rackham Fountain – 200 

Cotton Family Wetlands Boardwalk – 90 seated dinner/150 strolling 

Polk Penguin Conservation Center - 130 seated / 200 strolling 

Arctic Ring of Life – 50 seated/90 strolling

Photo credit: Mike Staff Productions

War Memorial

The War Memorial has delightful grounds, a historic Alger House and spectacular, newly redone Crystal Ballroom provide a magnificent setting for your special day. On the shore of Lake St. Clair, charming gardens and a lush lawn provide a lovely setting for an outdoor ceremony, reception or social event.

Sparkling chandeliers, rich wood parquet and floor-to-ceiling windows come together with warm grey and silver accents to provide a stunning venue for an unforgettable reception.

Photo Credit : JLB Wedding

Photo Credit : JLB Wedding

February 2017 Perfect Wedding Guild Luncheon

Despite the ever-changing Kansas City weather, we were overjoyed to help The Perfect Wedding Guide "usher in spring" at their February Perfect Wedding Guild Luncheon. Hosted at the gorgeous Grand Hall at Power and Light, wedding vendors from around the area connected and conversed surrounded by fresh blush and purple blooms, gold accents, and the sweetest linen overlays embellished with lavender floral appliqués. 

We would like to extend a special thank you to all of the wonderful vendors that made the day possible, particularly Marissa Cribbs Photography who captured these lovely shots!

Photography: Marissa Cribbs Photography

Videography: Moontage Films

DJ/Lighting: Mic King Music & Events

Linens: Linens on the Go

Caterer: Delish Catering & Events

Cake/Desserts: Blue Thistle Cakery

Venue: The Grand Hall at Power and Light

Planning/Floral/Overlays: Posh & Prim

Speaker: Seth Meinzen

Hawthorne House

Photo provided by Hawthorne House

Photo provided by Hawthorne House

We love Hawthorne House for so many reasons, but our favorite thing about this elegant estate venue is its cute chapel. If you book your wedding here, it's like having your own beautiful private property for you and your wedding guests for the day! The overall design is classic with details, such as a huge white wrap-around porch complete with rocking chairs. 

  • Capacity: Can accommodate a large guest count
  • Catering: In-House 
Hawthorne House is situated on eleven beautiful acres in historic Parkville, Missouri... As you drive up to the Manor House you have the feeling of leaving the city and entering a country estate... The gazebo is the perfect setting for early evening ceremonies... Our beautiful non-denominational chapel is nestled in the woods... boast[ing] six-foot high gothic windows... The estate’s original Manor House is 114 years old.. completely renovated with your wedding and reception needs in mind.
— Hawthorne House website

For more information on the Hawthorne House, check out their website at

- Nissa Aleman

Royal Park Hotel

Royal Park Hotel offers the perfect setting in which to say “I do”. With numerous selections to choose from, we can customize the picture-perfect celebration for your once-in-a-lifetime celebration. From bike rides to fly fishing in Paint Creek as well as shopping to museum excursions, this is a perfect venue for a weekend getaway. 

 Capacity :  

The Conservatory – 120 guests 

Royal Grand Ballroom – 700 guests 

Park Pavilion – 200 for ceremony and 100 for dinner/dancing. 

Catering : In house  




Photo Credit : Carrie Adams Photography 

Photo Credit : Carrie Adams Photography 

Puppy Love

Photograph by Heirloom Photo Company

Photograph by Heirloom Photo Company

Not everyone is a dog-lover, but those who are, LOVE LOVE LOVE their dogs - am I right? A handful of our clients choose to include their pooches in their weddings in all sorts of ways! 

Here are some ways to incorporate your adorable dog into your wedding:

  1. Ceremony   Let your dog be a ring bearer or flower girl! Have your dog bring the rings down the aisle attached to their collar, or if they can, in a cute carrier bag. They can also walk alongside the ring bearer or flower girl. Try a cute doggie corsage or flower wreath around his or her collar. Be sure to have treats at the end of the aisle!
  2. Engagement and / or wedding photo shoot     Using your dog in a photo shoot is always super cute and unique. Some of the best pictures are the candid ones!
  3. Stationary   incorporate the photos from the photo shoot with your dog throughout your wedding with these ideas: Save the Dates, Invitations, Table Numbers, and other framed pictures for decor.
  4. Wedding Décor     Use small touches of dog design elements throughout your wedding decor, while showing your pet you appreciate him or her. We aren't recommending a dog-themed wedding, of course! But little details will make your decor special. You can attach your dog's tags onto your bridal bouquet. For the artsy brides - stamp your dog's paw print and use in decor, such as table numbers, ceremony programs, etc. And we love this idea - engrave your guests' names onto dog tags for table place settings!
  5. Wedding Favors     Wedding favors are a fun way to add your personality into your wedding design. Try dog-themed decorated sugar cookies. And make a few bags of dog treats for your dog-lover guests!

Here are some tips:

  • Have your dog looking his or her best! Schedule a grooming appointment the week before your photo shoot or wedding ceremony.
  • Make sure, if you plan a photo shoot, to check with the venue's pet policy.
  • For hot days, remember to have a bowl of water handy for your dog during the photo shoot or ceremony.
  • Check with your photographer first! They usually have a ton of pet photography tricks up their sleeves!


- Nissa Aleman

Photography by: Morgan Miller Photography, Jana Marie Photography, Heirloom Photo Company

The Pavilion Event Space

Photograph by: Royal Photography LLC

Photograph by: Royal Photography LLC

Such a glam space! The copper ceilings paired with crystal chandeliers are breathtaking! For those who don't enjoy the bustle of downtown, The Pavilion is slightly removed from the heart of the city. They are a convenient event space that can service all your wedding needs. Brides and bridesmaids, their bridal suite makes getting ready super fun! There is a separate space to entertain your guests for a cocktail hour. They also have a brand new outdoor event space, to be called The Grove, to open in the Summer of 2017!

  • Capacity - The Grand Ballroom seats 330
  • Open Vendors!
Boasting over 10,000 square feet of freshly renovated event space, The Pavilion, is the most glamorous new venue in Eastern Jackson County! Showcasing antique bronze ceilings, 15 Swarovski crystal chandeliers, handscraped hickory hardwood floors, 40 foot archways trimmed in stone, a 112 foot long Grand Chandelier Aisle, and a central location near four major highways... What else could you ask for?
— The Pavilion Event Space website

For more information on The Pavilion Event Space, check out their website at

- Nissa Aleman

Skyline Club



Skyline club in Southfield MI is the perfect Detroit wedding venue to host every aspect of your big day. The main attraction is the atrium with a beautiful glass screen surrounded with greenery that gives an outside feel while you enjoy the inside warmth; perfect for a ceremony. Our brides also love the Renaissance room which has spectacular panoramic views of the Northeast side of Metro Detroit.

Providing delicious in house catering, the skyline club has a capacity to accommodate 150 seated or 200 strolling guests.


Photo Credit : AAVA Photography

Photo Credit : AAVA Photography