Thursday, December 27, 2012

Quick Tip: At The End of the Day

You've spent tons of time planning for the Big Day to make sure everything goes smoothly; don't forget to plan for what happens once the party is over. 

Simply put - there is a lot of stuff to take home at the end of a wedding! You'll have gifts, the guestbook, leftover favors, leftover programs, the top tier of the cake, any DIY decor that you provided, your bouquet, and possibly even centerpieces. It's best to designate a friend or family member in advance to be responsible for taking these items home for you. Your designated person should know ahead of time that they are appointed for this task, and they should be aware that this responsibility requires that they stay until the very end of the wedding. Also, these items don't easily fit in the hotel shuttle or a cab, so be sure that the designated person will have her own transportation after the reception.

If your plan is to pick up these items at a later time, just be sure to clear this with your venue in advance. Some venues expect everything to be removed after an event while others may store items for you until the next day. But be sure you know your venue's policy before making your plans.

Lastly, don't forget about the rentals! You may have centerpiece vases or cake stands that are rentals from your vendors. Make sure you are aware of the plan for removal of these items. Check your contract to see if you are responsible for the return of these items. If so, these items will need to go with your designated person. But if the vendors will be returning to collect these rented items after the wedding, you will need to inform them of the venue's policy on when they must come. Again, some venues will not store items after the wedding, so the vendors will need to know that they must come immediately after the reception ends. But if the venue will store the items, the vendors can arrange for pickup at a later time.

Some simple coordination in advance will help avoid confusion at the end of the Big Day.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Meagan & Jason: Sparkling Heart and Soul

Every time I met with our blonde bombshell bride, Meagan, her warmth and infectious excitement were overflowing. The wedding was a true reflection of those qualities -- glamorous yet full of warmth for family and friends. While the reception decor was dripping in diamond accents, personal homemade touches created a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere. Check out the beautiful photos by Studio Rebekah Photography:

Our fashionista bride insisted the menfolk wear real bow ties.  It was hilarious to find them hovering around a cell phone You Tube video trying to figure out how to tie them. Gotta love technology!

With one coordinator on bow tie duty and one on boutonniere duty, the guys came out dashing and on time!

Jumping for Joy

Drum Roll.....The Bride

The Ceremony

Husband and Wife

The Crew

Photo by Camille Victoria Weddings LLC
The escort cards were placed on a bed of baby's breath.

Photo by Camille Victoria Weddings LLC
Family photos lined the console table, giving the cocktail space a homey feel.

But upon entering the reception room, the bling abounded.
The table decor was comprised of two different looks.

Photo by Camille Victoria Weddings LLC

Photo by Camille Victoria Weddings LLC
Each tablescape was complete with a unique, hand-picked frame for the table sign 
and a dinner menu placed in a diamond-shaped holder.

Each napkin held a cake pop favor, personally made by the bride.

The late-night dessert bar was stocked with homemade goodies on a variety of platters and trays.

Congratulations Meagan and Jason!

Reception Venue: Oak Park Country Club
Florist: Forget Me Knodt