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Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue…

beautiful elements ripe with tradition can still be essential to today’s modern wedding

Today, modern couples planning a wedding are focused on adding unique elements to the event and keeping their guests entertained. Over the past decade many NEW traditions have been introduced to weddings, including the use of live performers, engaging guests through social media and paring down the size of the bridal party for a more intimate affair.

Along with some of the new traditions, are the age-old rituals which remain staples of even the most modern weddings.

Below see our Top 5 wedding traditions that never go out of style.

Ring Exchange & Vows

Throughout history the rings have symbolized the unending circle of love and are usually immediately following the recitation of the vows. The ring serves also as the promise that the couple makes to each other for a lifetime of fidelity, love and partnership.

Modern twist: While spoken vows may be nontraditional in nature, written by the couple, their family, etc., the exchange of the rings remains true to tradition.

First Dance

This tradition dates to royalty, when the ball or special event was opened with a “first dance” to be completed by the guest of honor. This evolved into the newlyweds sharing their first dance (which also symbolizes their first act as a married couple) to officially start the wedding reception.

Modern twist: Many couples are now investing in ballroom dance lessons to ensure the dance goes off without error and will wow their guests with their dancing abilities.

Cutting the Wedding Cake

There are many historical rites with cake, including smashing it over the bride’s head. Thank goodness that tradition did not stick, but the cutting of the cake is still an important part of the modern reception. Couples cut the cake together to symbolize their commitment to provide for each other and signify the continuity in their relationship, but rarely is it fed to one another anymore.

Modern twist: The cutting of the cake at many modern weddings is seen strictly as a photo opportunity for the newlyweds. Frequently this activity is not highlighted to reception goers, but rather a low-key “ceremonial” act for the photo albums.

Carrying Flowers

Traditional bouquets were made up of wildflowers, grasses and strong-smelling herbs. The flowers were thought to denote fertility, while strong smelling herbs, such as garlic, were used to ward off evil spirits and bad fortune. Today, brides select bouquets made up of favorite flowers, seasonal accents or those that complement the look and feel of the ceremony (casual, beachy, formal, etc.)

Modern twist: Some couples have opted for “floral” bouquets made of paper, origami, burlap and felt flowers. Notice – the clear majority still carry bouquets whether live flowers or other.

Honeymoon

This tradition began as a holiday that newlyweds would take following the wedding to learn about each other and become intimate while in seclusion. The traditional honeymoon began in Britain during the 1800’s as a post-wedding voyage of the newlyweds, frequently accompanied by family or friends, for the purpose of visiting relatives who were unable to attend the wedding. Today the honeymoon is typically a dream vacation which serves as a rest following the hustle and bustle of the wedding planning and celebratory events.

Modern twist: Many couple are opting for post-wedding vacations with friends. Honeymooning in groups adds a new social element to this modern tradition.

As couples prepare for their wedding day they rely on traditions, particularly family based customs, which provide a sense of romanticism, comfort and familiarity. Luckily those traditions can be made more modern through the introduction of elements which highlight the couple’s interests, allow for their unique sense of style to shine through and provide a vehicle for personal connections with guests. The bottom line is that the idea of tradition will not be lost on the newlyweds anytime soon.

This 18th century Barn is nestled in Jackson NH and provides accommodations for 85 to 200 person weddings.

Selecting your wedding venue is one of the first things you will do in planning your big day. Many couples are looking for something unique and memorable. Whether rustic charm, vintage elegance or modern chic, the location of your wedding will need to align with your vision of decor, budget, number of attendees, food styling and service, etc.

Beginning to plan a wedding is exciting and can be very emotional. Often a couple might feel the need to choose a wedding site on the spot without considering all of the other details of the wedding. While you might love what you see at each venue be cautious of jumping in without considering how all of your other plans might fit into that space and the flow of the event.

We have assembled the Top 25 unique NH venues to assist in your decision-making process. Of course, we are also available to answer other questions for you regarding planning and day-of management.

 

Top 10 Exciting Wedding Trends

 

Image Mapping on cakes is only one of the elements trending in wedding events right now.

Weddings have long been a day to celebrate the couple. Ceremonies involving family and friends are as important today as they were fifty years ago. But, don’t think that the same wedding styles, venues and traditions apply to the modern nuptials of today. Couples are more focused on incorporating their own special touches into the big day; including their childhood memories and family traditions; and also another important element is providing each guest with an “experience.”

Regardless of budget, couples are more conscious of their guest’s comforts and needs, providing options in meals, parting gifts and comfortable spaces / atmosphere. Still there are trends guiding the industry sure to influence wedding trends for the next year.

  1. Vintage glamour

    There is some debate as to what makes a wedding truly vintage, but suffice it to say that many couples are incorporating items and elements from bygone eras. Add antique or vintage tableware, accessories and even wedding dresses, paired with glamorous detail and elegant touches. This combo classifies it as “vintage glamour” a hot new trend in 2017.

  2. Neutral color palette

    Wedding planners in 2017 have made great use of the neutral earth-tones, and palettes marked with beige, taupe, ivory and muted greens, blues and yellows. Calming and comfortable, these colors and tones provide the perfect backdrop for other surprise elements. Best of all, they do not compete with the sprinkling of brilliant color bursts becoming popular again this season.

  3. Surprise Settings (venue)

    From art galleries and rooftop patios, to historic buildings and local breweries, couples are opting for the non-traditional space. Modern couples seem to be moving away from the conventional hotels and function halls and selecting sites that are better representations of their personality and interests.

  4. Unique Invitations

    According to Wedding Wire and The Knot, the hottest trends for invites are deep dark colors, metallics, both paper and imprint, watercolors and geometric shapes. Regardless of your preference, the theme seems to be attention grabbing and fun.

  5. Interactive food stations

    Make your food memorable without breaking the bank. Offer guests an experience they will remember through food stations that allow for each person to customize their selections. Whether a mashed potato bar where hand-selected toppings are available or fondue station offering several items for dipping, and a variety of “dips.” For other ideas…

  6. Image mapping

    A new method of decorating your venue, this image projecting technology allows you to transform a space with lighting and moving pictures. Ever wanted a destination wedding? Maybe budget prohibits it, but with this technology you could literally bring the “destination” to you. This is also a very popular technique for blinging out your wedding cake. Check it out.

  7. Metallic dresses

    From shimmering highlights, sheer overlays or full-bodied metallics, this season’s dresses are including the glamour of precious metals. A great way to incorporate eye-catching elements to a bride’s gown and – and you can even carry it over the bridal party’s dresses and suit ties and vests.

  8. Gift lounges

    It’s not often that popular trends in weddings equals less work for the couple and her planner, but here is one. The Guest Gift Lounge provides a variety of favors that your guests can choose for themselves. This concept can also be used for welcome bags at destination wedding or for out of town guests. Simply provide an assortment of snacks, beverages and local goodies and let each person fill a customized bag of their own choosing.

  9. Pet Friendly Ceremonies

    If you are a pet lover, or have been considering including your furry family member in your ceremony you are not alone! Many couples want their cherished critters to be present for the big day. There are many logistical items to consider, but more and more venues are making accommodations.

  10. Unusual Entertainment

    Couples are trying to be creative when it comes to keeping guests entertained during the cocktail hour  between the ceremony and reception, and even during the lulls throughout the evening. Many have taken to hiring unusual live entertainment, including magicians, acrobats, and even actors and impersonators.

If you love tradition, there is nothing wrong with a beautifully decorated hall, and classically elegant attire, but if you are feeling adventurous or creative, today’s couple are proving that the sky’s the limit. Go ahead and add your personal touch!

{Blog Series} The Day in the Life of a Coordinator — Part 2 – Desiree & Jacob

Behind the Scenes …. Look at Working with Inked Events as Your Day of Coordinator 

Wondering what happens behind the scenes when you work with a Day of Coordinator like Inked Events? In our last blog post, I shared the process of finding a Day of Coordinator to help plan a wedding. I left off with the exciting news I received that I’d be part of Desiree & Jacob’s wedding! I really do get all giddy with excitement when I have the honor of working with amazing people on one of the happiest days of their lives! 🙂

Now it’s crunch time for Desiree & Jacob’s upcoming September wedding. Their wedding is less than a week away now, so this is a great time to see what we’re up to!

The next step in the process of working with Inked Events is actually meeting. I try to accommodate everyone’s busy schedule and negotiate the contract via email and phone. When the couple is ready to move forward signing us on as one of their vendors, we coordinate a time and place to physically meet to chat.

Our meeting was scheduled for a Sunday afternoon in March. It was a rainy day, but that didn’t dampen our mood or take away from the cute, little cafe we met at. In preparation for that meeting, I asked Desiree and Jacob to fill out a client profile which provides the finer details of who’s who, contact information, vendors and all other types of information a Day of Coordinator needs to know. For my preparation, I researched the venue to see if there are any pictures of it or if there’s a downloadable floor plan to work with.

I was so excited to finally meet Desiree and Jacob in person! She and I had chatted a bit over email and text messaging beforehand, so when we finally met each other in person, I felt I was meeting an old friend.

During our first meeting with couples like Desiree and Jacob, we review everything, and I mean everything. This helps me get an idea of how the couple sees the day and how they want things to feel.

Next, as a Day of Coordinator, I create a timeline based upon everything we discuss. I always start with a draft based on how the couple envisions the wedding and reception, then, when I consult with the other vendors involved, I adjust the timeline to fit their time allowance and needs. I continually fine-tune the timeline over the course of the planning process.

After the couple reviews the timeline, we discuss any concerns, thoughts and ideas they have. During the course of our planning process, Desiree and Jacob expressed an interest in a few last minute vendors, so I recommended a few reliable, creative professionals I knew would fit their style and budget.

Desiree planned to create her centerpieces and bouquets herself. I’m all about DIY, but when it comes to floral arrangements, I highly recommend hiring a professional florist.

Why? As a Day of Coordinator, my role is to not only help with any last minute planning of the Big Day, but ultimately to relieve stress and worry for the couple on their Big Day. So, I asked her, “Do you really want to worry about making the centerpieces and bouquets days before your wedding and then have to worry about where to store them until the day of the wedding?”

I’m happy to report that Desiree took my advice and booked my florist after that brief conversation.

After meeting Desiree & Jacob, I sent out my introductory email to the vendors they had booked. This way all vendors would understand that I would be the point-of-contact on their wedding day and executing the timeline as the day’s playbook.

Since they brought me on early on in the planning process, Desiree and I have communicated over the last few months via email. It provided me an opportunity to answer questions, address any detail or updates, or just to touch base. She had a bridal shower back in June with her family and friends in Texas, {where she’s originally from} and then had an I Do BBQ Jack & Jill at Jacob’s family home for local family and friends. It warmed my heart to be invited to the Jack & Jill, but I could not attend.

On a beautiful summer day, back in July, we enjoyed our venue walk-thru. The walk-thru is key since it’s a time we’re all able to discuss the room set up, to ensure the day will flow properly. Based on our walk-thru, we adjusted the rooms set up, with particular attention to where certain personalized items will be better suited for the guests to see and have access. After the walk-thru, we went to Harvard Square for lunch and continued to review a few more details to be certain the day would flow seamlessly.

We’re just a week to go! As the Day of Coordinator, the last few weeks have been spent finalizing details. I can’t believe their wedding day is just about here! I’ll be in full wedding mode this week!

I’m so excited to see everything come together, but I’m especially excited to see two of the sweetest people—and the most adorable couple—get married.

Here are a few inspiration ideas that will be at their wedding:

Sofreh Aghd {Persian Table}

Pie Table

Twinkle Lights

Are you just as excited as I am? Stay tuned for Part 3….THE WEDDING!

Are you considering, or interested in, hiring a Day Of Coordinator? Contact me via our Inked Events website form to find out if your date is available and how I can help you during the planning process.

Cheers!
~Tracy

{Blog Series} The Day in the Life of a Coordinator — Part 1 Desiree & Jacob

Happy Wednesday!

Now, that summer is officially over, our blogging summer vacation must come to an end too! I hope you enjoy the first of our new blog series. Grab a cup of coffee, sit back and enjoy….

Ever wonder what the process is when working with a Day of Coordinator?

I’m here to tell you I had an epiphany the other day. How about I take you along for the ride while I’m working with my clients before, during & after their wedding? You’ll see the process of working with a coordinator through my eyes.  And at the end of it, you’ll see the wonderful result and what the couple said about working with us.

There’s so much that goes into planning a wedding, and if you’re in the planning process right now, you can certainly relate. I wanted to give you a little insight when you become one of our clients and how it is when you work with a Day of Coordinator at Inked Events. You are more than a client to me— you become a friend. I want to know what’s going on beyond wedding-related things, I want to know what’s happening with you, your family, work, what you did over the weekend and anything else that’s going on.

I hope you enjoy the story of our soon-to-be-wed-in-September clients Desiree & Jacob! Thanks to Leise Jones Photography for these gorgeous engagement pictures!

Beginning the Process of Working with a Day of Coordinator

It was back in March when Desiree sent me an email to inquire about her wedding date availability. Desiree contacted me based on a recommendation from her photographer; Leise Jones Photography’s when she inquired about working with a Day Of Coordinator. Leise had just published a wonderful blog post about us & sent it along to her to read. {Leise & I met last year at a networking event and totally hit it off. We’ve been looking forward to working together ever since.}

After a few emails to get better acquainted, we found a Friday night to sit down & have a phone chat. We talked about her wedding, what she & Jacob do for a living, how they met, how he proposed and just a whole lot of other things.

During our conversation, I took notes about the wedding details and especially listened to what her concerns were. One of her biggest worries was regarding a rehearsal. Their venue isn’t available the day before their wedding due to another event, so she mentioned that she was going to have it on the day OF the wedding!

Now, picture this: you’re getting ready; hair and makeup is being done; it’s the middle of the afternoon on your wedding day and you stop and all leave to go to the rehearsal!

The Process of Working with a Day of Coordinator Eliminates Worries

I listened to her concerns, then suggested a few options:

  1. Scheduling the rehearsal on another day at their venue
  2. Holding a rehearsal at a completely different location the day before, or even a few days before
  3. Eliminating the rehearsal completely

I recommend #3 when a couple is working with a Day of Coordinator. I mentioned that if she were to hire us as their Day of Coordinator, we wouldn’t have to do a rehearsal. I’m confident in my abilities to get the wedding party down the aisle with no issues.

Let’s just say, she felt a weight lifted off her shoulders. 

I was happy to give her that peace of mind and that was before she even decided to work with us!

During our conversation, I instantly felt a great connection with Desiree. We chatted for just over an hour and I was so excited about her wedding details that I couldn’t wait to meet her and of course, work with her & fiancé Jacob. I sent off the proposal outlining what we discussed & what my services would entail.

A few days later, she contacted me to let me know they wanted to move forward. Excitement was in the air!!! 🙂 Love is in the air!

Want to hear what happens next? Stay tuned for the Part 2 in our series…..

Are you considering or interested in hiring a Day Of Coordinator? Contact me via our Inked Events website form to find out if your date is available and how I can help you during the planning process.

Cheers!
~Tracy