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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.

 

 

 

 

 

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

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!