5 WAYS TO DISPLAY YOUR ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS

So you took those beautiful engagement photos & shared one for your save the date.  Now the wedding is soon to come but no one had the opportunity to see all the poses that you took.  

Don't just let those photo sit in a coffee book in your living room.  Display them at your wedding.  Below are 5 ways to display your engagement photos at your wedding.     

Tip #1 - Table Numbers

Use table numbers as some of your photos. A lot of times, even for myself, I took these wonderful engagement photos but they are just sitting in a coffee book on my table because I didn’t display them. It’s been 11 years since I’ve been married.  So I didn’t find or come up with creative ways to display them so I want to help some of my clients and find ways to display them. So one way is to use your table numbers.

Display your table numbers. Instead of just having the table number with 1, 2, 3, 4, or 1-12, add a photo! Have an event stationary designer actually do that and put a table number on top of it. Then you can give those to your special family and friends. They will take them home as a keepsake. They’ll love it! Instead of just having a paper number displayed, have an actual picture. This is one way you can display your engagement photos and have a different photo at each table.
 

Tip #2 - Guestbook

Another way is instead of doing a traditional guest book where you sign your name and have everyone’s address, have a photobook with blank sheets and let people sign their names and give warm wishes. Those are things that you can go through and read some stories and read some wonderful things about it. Have a photobook with your engagement photos in there. I have even found in some cases what people will do is find their favorite photo of them and sign their name.


Tip #3 - Slideshow

Another way to display your engagement photos is to have a slideshow during your cocktail hour. During that time, people are usually mingling and chatting. If you have a venue with the white wall, you can display and project it right on the wall. But even if you don’t, you can still display it during your cocktail hour. It has great conversation. It’s not taking away from anything because people are mingling and conversing during that time as well.

 

 

Tip #4 - Card Table

A lot of times we are there looking for our names but give it some pizazz. Most times I suggest a floral arrangement, but instead a floral arrangement, you’d have to get some very nice frames themed with your wedding. So if you’re vintage, get some nice vintage frames. If you’re into bling, get some nice bling frames and you can find and display your three favorite engagement photos so people can see them.

 

Tip #5 - Programs

We have a clever way you can actually display some of your engagement photos in your program. If you’re telling a story in your program of how you guys met. Of course it may incorporate some other photos. But that’s another creative way.

You want them to be memorable. Not just order of service with your name. Because if it has photos people tend to keep them for keepsakes. So you want to make your engagement photos part favor-ish all at the same time. So if you really want programs, make sure you have some images in there and that will help people to keep them.

I have seen one that had the story of the grooms parents, story of the bride’s parents and they had their wedding photos. Then it showed a photo of the bride and groom as kids and then their engagement photos. It was shaped like a little heart. It was really unique.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

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

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  

Website: http://www.royalparkhotel.net/Events/Weddings

 

 

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

Skyline Club

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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.

http://www.clubcorp.com/Clubs/Skyline-Club-Southfield/Weddings-Events/Weddings

 

Photo Credit : AAVA Photography

Photo Credit : AAVA Photography

Tigers Club

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Comerica Park has already played host to Weddings...bar/bat mitzvahs, product launches...corporate meetings, speaker events...press conferences, holiday parties...fundraisers...luncheons "team building" exercises, corporate retreats...breakfast meetings and more!
The Tiger Clubs has a private entrance on Wetherill, a beautiful view of the Comerica Park field and scoreboard and an attractive exposed-steel and wood decor. 
Capacity : 400 seated/ 600 strolling
Catering : In House 
http://detroit.tigers.mlb.com/det/ballpark/events/index.jsp
Photo Credit :  Mioara Dragan

Photo Credit : Mioara Dragan

Winter Wedding Inspiration

Oh the weather outside is frightful,
but the fire is so delightful,
and since we’ve no place to go,
Let It Snow…Let It Snow…Let It Snow!
Photograph by: Anecdotally Yours 

Photograph by: Anecdotally Yours 

Are you kidding! Forget about the snow, we’ve got planning to do! Posh & Prim likes to think outside the snow globe of the typical winter colors and themes.

Wedding season is widely thought of as May through October, focusing more on spring and summer. And yes, many couples would prefer warmer temperatures for their wedding day, but not everyone should let the season determine their Save the Dates. Winter is the most wonderful time of the year, remember! It’s the perfect season to get extremely creative while evoking feelings of warmth and coziness to you and your guests.

There are many things that can be done to make your wedding day beautiful! One of our lead planners, Lorna Marshall, located in Detroit, Michigan (so she knows snow), suggests drawing inspiration from the season’s natural elements, such as berries, snowflakes, evergreens, and icicles to not only complement the surroundings, but also enhance winter’s elegance, romanticism, and beauty. If you stick to these design elements, almost any color palette you choose will be wondrous! 

Now, how to get that sense of coziness? Everyone loves a fancy cocktail hour filled with delicious hors d’oeuvres and drinks, right? Entertain guests with a hot cocoa and cookie bar or adding warm cocktails to your drink menu. For food, think about hot soup cocktails in a shot glass. These ideas are unique and leave your guests feeling cozy and warm.

For your overall wedding design, add touches of the winter season by incorporating elements throughout the décor. Using a snowflake shaped place card is simple and sweet. Using glass icicles throughout your floral arrangements and centerpieces will give just enough sparkle reminiscent of freshly-fallen snow. Candles and fires are a must to evoke a sense of wintery coziness. 

Other Winter Wedding tips…

1.       Have flower girls throw fake snow

2.       Have bridesmaids wear muffs,  faux fur wraps and warm fuzzy boots

3.       Bride can wear a pretty white cape to keep warm

4.       A horse-drawn sleigh - it’s a winter in wonderland style of transportation

No matter what, winter is always a great time for family to get together, snuggle next to those who you love the most and enjoy each other. Not to mention, this time of year is also a way to spend less and save more!

- Lorna Marshall & Nissa Aleman

Photography credit: Anecdotally Yours, J. Emile Photography, Allie Coyle Photography, Melissa Liu Ellis Photography

Autumn Tablescape... with a Twist!

Spice up more than just your grandma's apple cider this Autumn with a tablescape design that doesn't follow the ordinary fall themed colors or red, orange, and yellow, and brown. Think fun, think glam, think wow!

For this table, we decided to use colors that would instead, complement the surrounding landscape's coppers, golds, and burgundies found in the fallen leaves. Queue the navy pintuck tablecloth with just enough shine to add elegance.

Next, the florals, where we got super whimsical! Vibrant pinks, sherbert oranges, and limes - yes, actual limes! The texture is amazing, from the spiky mum, to the soft hydrangea, the classic rose, and then some seeded eucalyptus.

We kept the design airy and modern by adding touches of white, and kept the design glam by mixing in metallics, such as bronze, silver mercury glass, and gold. And for the stationary, designed by Little Yellow Leaf, a simple berry floral with a bronze table number. 

Keep things simple, yet polished with a bronze charger, ivory beaded napkin and a rose to top off the place setting.

Happy Thanksgiving, friends! 

 

A Friendship Turned Partnership

Posh and Prim is officially up and running, lovelies! And to kick off our launch week, we are going to give you the beautiful back story of how and why this new company became a reality.  Meet Erika Piquant and Lorna Marshall, both of them wives, mothers, savvy business women ready to take on the world, one check-list at a time. This is their story of coming together…

“It was fate!” Both women say with a laugh, Lorna’s loud and bubbly, Erika’s a smiley giggle, when I ask them how they began this amazing friendship. Well, yes a pinch of fate, a dose of small-world antics, and a shared passion for planning, specifically wedding planning. It all began at a networking event, in 2009 Detroit, Michigan. At the time, both women were a year into starting their own businesses, Erika with Eco-Posh Events, and Lorna with It’s Your Day. Immediately, they admired each other’s style, set up a career-driven coffee date, and their friendship instantly unfolded. “Sometimes being an entrepreneur gets lonely. It’s a lot of work! And we both were young mothers, trying to navigate parenthood while running a business. It was nice to be able to lean on one another and support each other professionally.” Erika explains.  And to top it off, they found out that their husbands were coworkers – crazy!

The reasons they became fast friends are the same reasons why these two professionals make a powerhouse of wedding planners. Erika is the business woman - great with marketing, sales, budgeting, building relationships, and has an eye for design. She also is friendly and enjoys making people feel welcomed. Lorna is the energy – always open to trying new things (especially anything involving electronics and technology), keeping things light with her silliness and good-natured humor, and loves working with her clients. She is also able to stay calm throughout stressful situations, she’s considerate of others, thinking of their needs first, and is very humble.

Their complementary personalities bring a balance to the business, so each woman can do what she loves and is gifted at.  Lorna comments, “We are the yin to the other’s yang. She is strong where I lack and vice versa. We are a great team, we simply blend well.”

But what the duo agrees upon wholeheartedly is the importance of family. Erika just celebrated ten years of marriage to her husband, Hudney, and they have a 9-year-old daughter, named Akira. Erika strives to lead by example for her daughter, pushing Akira to think outside the box, wanting her to know that she truly can be whatever she wants and that she will be happy doing what she loves.

Lorna has been married 12 years to her husband, Tymon, and they have two children, a daughter, Jade, who is 16, and a son, Jordan, who is 10. Their personal goals of creating quality family time, whether it’s taking time off to travel or staying home one day with a sick loved one, has sparked their professional goal. The main goal of their new company, Posh and Prim, is to create a dream team of wedding planners that can operate efficiently, so when any employee needs to take time for her own life, no one feels guilty, and above all else, clients’ weddings can carry on perfectly.

Erika sums up their relationship perfectly, “We aren’t just business partners, we are sisters in Christ, and friends.   We care about each other’s life.”

Check out our about page on our website to read more about our Principle Planners, Erika and Lorna!

Nissa Aleman

Photo Provided by JLB Weddings