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4 Wedding Favor Ideas

Favors are making a comeback!!

You read that correctly, they made it onto the list of what’s trending in 2019! I know, you think I’m lying and yes, some still consider it an expense that can be eliminated. If you do decide to give your guests a little something to remember your wedding, make a statement.

Your guests will appreciate taking something home that they can use within their daily lives.

We’ve got you covered

Our friends over at Forever Wedding Favors have an array of different items that you can choose from. Here are some of my favorites {that I would be excited to get} to help you get started:

Wine Bottle Stopper

wine bottle stopper

Who doesn’t love a good bottle of wine? We sure do! This elegant, sleek, durable wine stopper will capture the hearts of your guests with your practicality and thoughtfulness. It’s beautifully packaged in a clear and black box wrapped in a pretty white bow. It will remind them of the love they witnessed and shared with you on your wedding day.

Bottle Openers

unicorn bottle opener

I know, unicorns don’t scream bottle openers, but it just may to your female guests/friends who love beer… you know the ones!

These adorable, well crafted bottle openers are small enough to carry on a keychain or in a handbag for quick access. They may just make your girlfriends smile and be giddy with laughter every time they see it. This could be an ideal gift idea for your bridal party, bridal shower or bachelorette party.

Coasters

coasters

One can never have too many coasters.

So, if you’re feeling generous with your budget or having an intimate wedding where you want to give your guests a really special gift, these unique, stunning glass celestial coasters would fit the bill. The beautifully painted constellations will leave your guests feeling over the moon and “under the stars” from your wedding.

Candle Holders

blue mercury candle holders

Looking for some eye catching mercury colored glass candle holders to add some romantic ambience to the room/tent?

These beauties in blue and gold {yes, there is a color pattern going on here} will take your breath away and make an impact with your guests. They would be perfect spread around your wedding decor to add a bit of flair and elegance.

There are so many items to choose from! All of the above items come in other design and color options to fit your theme, personality or decor. Check them out!

7 Ways to Decorate Your Ceremony Aisle

aisle florals

Walking down the aisle in your wedding dress should be one the most momentous and heartfelt parts of your special day. Although other aspects of the ceremony, like the chairs where guests will be seated, the flower arrangements in the altar, and the kind of service to be conducted, take precedence when couples envision their ceremony, however, the ceremony aisle is just as important and deserves thorough consideration. After all, as a bride, you will be walking down it twice.

It is hard to choose what look will better suit your wedding mood and/or vision. How would you want to decorate your ceremony aisle? Will it be in classic white, flower-filled, or serene?

Knowing the vibe of your wedding can help you decide on your ceremony aisle design easier. Make your ceremony aisle worthy of your grand entrance with these inspiring and gorgeous ideas.

Flower Petals

Image courtesy of Belle the Magazine

flower petals

Create a dreamy look by doing something different from the usual petal-lined aisle. Channel your inner creativity by giving this classic decoration a fresh twist.

Think of an eye-candy swirl that will draw the eyes or a mesmerizing pattern or monogram in the color scheme of your choice. Make the scattered petals look extraordinary by adding fall leaves, feathers, and fabric to give a dynamic accent to the setting. This idea will give you the whimsical atmosphere you may have always wanted.

Dazzling Lanterns

Image Courtesy of Elizabeth Anne Designs

ceremony lanterns
If you want something romantic, then a garden wedding in the evening can be transformed into something magical with the addition of dazzling lanterns. The trend nowadays is to dress up mismatched lanterns with burlap and lace. The result is a rustic vibe to your wedding, setting the perfect mood for the ceremony.

Beach weddings can make use of wooden lanterns and shells lining up the aisle. There is no better way to bring a fairy tale to life than these.

Flower Clusters

Image courtesy of Style Me Pretty

ceremony chair flowers

When you are blessed with a stunning view at your wedding venue, then it does not take a lot to decorate the outdoor space. A pop of color here and there can achieve the sweet and charming look.

In every other inner aisle chair, fix a cluster of large flowers like dahlias and roses for a sweet springtime vibe. You can also add satin sashes to achieve a quiet, elegant look. Of course, you can be as creative and as experimental as you’d like to be on your flower clusters. The important thing is to make sure they blend well with your theme.

Wonders of Mason Jars

Image courtesy of Ruffled 

mason jars
Mason jars are a thing these days and they are not going away any time soon. Beautifully decorated mason jars with flowers and ribbons can be the needed accent on the side of the chairs if you do not want to clutter the aisle. You can fill the jars with colorful bouquets or petal cones.

Big-petal flowers like peonies are also a good choice. You can also go for a rustic look with mason jars accented in burlap instead of ribbons and filled with lovely bouquets of flowers.

Elegant in White

Image courtesy of Strictly Weddings

white ceremony arbor

Who does not like an all-white wedding? Nothing screams formal and vintage wedding more than the color of white everywhere does. This classic theme has been around for ages and does not seem to show signs of disappearing.

So, if you want to showcase a timeless look, go no further than white blooms like delphiniums and roses accented by wild ferns to line your aisle. White rose petals can do the trick as well. However, if a clean, fresh finish is what you are looking for, a white lace runner can transform your aisle into a breath-taking sight.

Personalized Aisle Runner

Image courtesy of Mod Wedding

aisle runner
A custom aisle runner is just the perfect touch you need to make your wedding truly your own. Personalize your runner with elegant emblems featuring your names, or choose artful designs that run the length of your chosen fabric.

Others may take this to the next level by incorporating their love story within the runner. But if you are feeling less candid, go instead for a large monogram, references to a favorite literary piece, or a significant quote to embellish your aisle runner. For outdoor weddings, a custom-built wooden aisle surrounded lush greenery, verbena, and sedums makes a powerful statement.

Flower Lined Aisle

Image courtesy of Bijou Weddings

floral aisle runner

Flowers are a staple in every wedding. There is nothing more whimsical than walking down the aisle lined with colorful blooms. While fresh flowers are always a good idea, there are other ways to capture this certain dreamy look as well.

Think of pastel-colored paper blooms for a cute and creative way to line your aisle. Or go the extra mile by choosing flowers made of silk to decorate your aisle. Elegant silk flowers are glamorous, less expensive, and easy to set up without worrying if they will wilt quickly.

Make It Perfect

Making your wedding ceremony memorable can depend on a lot of factors, from the music to the decorations. But once your guests have taken their seats and the wedding march starts, the center of attention turns to your ceremony aisle, setting the overall mood for the heartfelt ceremony. It is where you take the steps to forever, so you may as well make it truly unforgettable—something you both will remember with a smile many years down the road.

While the aisle matters a lot, it is also important to match your and your future spouse’s personalities and also jive with the atmosphere you want to set. Coordinate with your wedding planner to achieve the look you are aiming to save on time, money, and effort. This is your wedding day, so you deserve nothing but the best.

Reflecting on 2018 and saying Hello to 2019

Goodbye 2018 and Hello 2019

Ringing in the New Year and early January is always a good time to take a moment to look back at the previous year and see what we’ve done. We had an amazing year and looking forward to what 2019 brings. Let’s go back in time and reflect ….

January kicked off the year getting word that we won Wedding Wire’s Couple Choice Award for the 3rd year in a row!

2018 Wedding Wire Couple Choice Award

It continued when we had one of our 2017 weddings featured in NH’s The Hippo Wedding Edition. Heather & Sam had a backyard October wedding, however what makes their wedding so unique and to the surprise of their guests, is that Heather and her dad, Brian came down the aisle on their racing sidecar motorcycle. See, Heather and her dad are semi-professional sidecar motorcycle racers & her husband, Sam is a motor-cross racer …. that’s how they originally met!

NH wedding

We also had another one of 2017 weddings featured in Rent My Wedding Magazine Spring Edition. Francesca & Bernard’s May wedding was held at the stunning Omni Mount Washington Resort and we transformed the ballroom into a stunning, elegant enchanted garden. Guests were treated to a carefully selected five course meal, starry night, gorgeous up-lighting, unique florals and french-inspired decor.

The winter months tend to be quieter around here which is the perfect time for education and setting goals, as well as, welcoming new couples to the IE family! I had the pleasure of taking a trip to North Carolina to visit another ABC {Association of Bridal Consultants} Chapter to attend their annual state weekend retreat. It was the most inspiring, soul searching, creative event that I had ever attended. It allowed me to focus on what I wanted for myself both professionally and personally plus it gave me the opportunity to meet/connect with other planners. I came back beyond inspired, refreshed and ready to take on the world!

As Spring approached and before the kick-off of wedding season began, I had the pleasure of being a Guest Speaker at Manchester Community College’s Career Day. It allowed me to speak to high school seniors about being a business owner and what it takes to work in the event industry.

“I befriend most of my clients, and I like to go out with them. I like to socialize with them: They’re interesting.” ~ David Kirsch

I always tell potential couples during our initial call that I’m going to be more than just their wedding planner, I’m going to become a friend. I take a personal approach to each client, it’s more than just the wedding day to me, I want to know what’s going on personally too. That was no different with Darci & Kyle.

Here’s us on their wedding day … which doesn’t happen often that I have a picture with my couples!

Image courtesy of William Tangorra Photography

It’s been a few years after the wedding & I’ve been saying “I’m going to visit them in Chicago”, I got word {on my birthday, to be exact!} that they were expecting TWINS, so NOW was definitely the time to go …which I most certainly did …. !!

It was a great long weekend & we had such a blast … there was lots of catching up to do, we attended a play, played tourist around downtown Chicago {the architecture of the buildings was amazing!}, had fabulous dinners, lots of laughs & adult beverages for Kyle & I! They were the best tour guides & hosts! The Twins arrived safe & adorably in July! 🙂

“A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.” ~ Colin Powell

To cap off our “off season”,  I was excited to receive word that we won the Best of Salem Award for Event Planner for the 3rd year in a row. It truly is an honor to receive this one as it shows that my community recognizes the hard work we do in our field.

Wedding season fast approached and we literally go “wedding MIA” as we have the honor of seeing more pretty awesome couples say I Do! Those will be outlined separately in their own blogs! Stay tuned for those …. 🙂

In the midst of all the craziness of wedding season, I brought on two more assistant planners to complete my teams. They have both proven to be great additions & I’m excited to teach them the ropes of the industry.

While we mainly focus on weddings, we are planners and if it’s any type of party, we can plan it! We expanded our services this year to include planning social and corporate events. We had the honor of planning a Celebration of Life for a family as they said goodbye to their loved one and designed a Holiday Open House for a local NH company.

“Event Planning is passion – Embrace It!” ~ David Tutera

After another successful wedding season & the start of our “off season” … I began my 2-week conference binge by first jetting off to Las Vegas to attend my first Wedding MBA conference. I connected with some of my local vendor friends, hung out with two of my close planner friends, attended breakout sessions to learn about invitations, trends, business, lighting & design. I also had the pleasure to be inspired by one of the most famous planners, David Tutera. His passion for the industry just radiates from him when he talks about it. It was amazing experience to literally be in the front row to hear him!

After Vegas, I headed back to the east coast to attend the ABC Annual Conference in Tampa, FL. I continued to learn about business strategies, legal stuff and design. It’s like a family reunion as I was able to reconnect with my some of planner friends that I’ve met over the years and met some new ones! As education is very important to me, I made the decision to shoot for the stars within the ABC organization and will strive to become a “Master Wedding Planner”. A designation that is held by only 65 people worldwide.

I was also excited to be able to experience this conference with one of my assistants and close planner friend, it was their first time attending & we definitely had a blast all around! This is a conference I attend every year & am continually inspired by the people I meet & education I learn. Next year we’re headed to the Bahamas!

“Choose a job you love, and you will never work a day in your life.”  ~ Confucius

That quote is a daily reminder that I am very fortunate to do something I love & call it work.  I’m also grateful every day that I have the ability to work for myself & for the couples who trust me with one of the most important days of their lives. It’s not easy being a business owner & it certainly comes with it’s challenges, but as I like to say, it’s all worth the blood, sweat, tears & wine!

I’ve had bumps in the road over the course of the year, but this past year has taught me to continue to believe in myself, surround myself with positive & supportive people, take time for self-care, that my ideal clients will find me and trust that the universe works in mysterious ways.

I’m excited for the upcoming weddings we already have on the books and looking forward to chatting with potential couples who like our vibe & want to be part of our family! There are a few business opportunities up my sleeve that are brewing & I look forward to bringing them to life in 2019.

Cheers to an amazing 2019!

Sun, Sand and Shoreline – Nuptials Worth Planning For…

Whether local ocean side or island destination wedding, beach nuptials are increasingly popular for a variety of reasons.

“Dress” the Part

Keep it simple. If you have your heart set on a ballgown or other ornate dress, a beach wedding may not be the best choice for you. Simple lines, with a hemline high enough to avoid dragging in the sand is the preferred dress style for this type of wedding. Ruffles and lace can pick up sand and other debris that are part of the beach backdrop.

Skip the Veil & Opt for an “Up Do”

While getting married on the beach can provide stunning views and tranquil sounds of nature, it is typically breezy. To keep your guests (and the photographer) from struggling to capture a full view of you, avoid a veil which may be blowing into your face, or your groom’s. For these same reasons, it is typically better to have an updo that will stay put in the wind.

Toes in the Sand

No heels for sure, unless you want to fight your way through the sand. The best choices for your feet during a beach wedding are flat sandals or going bare foot. Depending on where you are getting married, the temperature of the sand may be a factor. It can get quite hot! Once you decide on sandals or bare feet, have your dress hemmed accordingly.

Keep the Guys Casual

While tuxedos or suits work very well in many indoor venues, the beach calls for something less formal. Depending on your specific taste, linen suit or lightweight slacks and shirt can be less formal but still “dressy,” or you might even consider going for a completely casual look with a pair of Bermuda shorts and bare feet.

Public or Private

Unless you want to invite the general public to witness your vows, you may want to consider the level of beach access the public will have to your wedding spot. There are private beaches that may be available for such an event. Another great alternative is to secure a waterfront rental property, which will also serve as a relaxing refuge in the days and hours before the wedding.

Protect your guests

The sunshine and sea breezes are the reason so many people choose to have their wedding on the beach. Too much of a good thing can be overwhelming or sometimes even harmful. Remember, the elements can be brutal, so prepare welcome bags or stations for guests to pick up the essentials in sun protection. You can include items such as sunscreen, sunglasses, flip flops, personal misters or mini-fans, and tropical themed hats or visors. Also, don’t forget to drink plenty of water! You may also consider setting up a water station for guests to grab a cold beverage before and/or after the ceremony.

Maximize Local Resources
This is especially important when planning a destination wedding. Research the local businesses and community to find out what resources are available to you: the local entertainment and accommodations, traditions, customs and holidays (as they may impact availability of certain items, including staff) and the native cuisine. As much as possible, plan your wedding around what will be available and will not require you to import or over-pack. Local caterers, musicians and more may be just the right elements for an authentic island wedding.

Plan for the unexpected

Since outdoor weddings of any kind are always at risk of weather fluctuations, it is important to plan for the worst. It is impossible to predict “Mother Nature” and even the sunniest of beaches and warmest islands can experience unseasonable weather. Unplanned rain storms, hurricanes, wild fires, and even flooding could severely impact your ceremony. Work with your event planner and the venue to come up with an alternate plan should anything unexpected occur.

The biggest thing to remember is that traditional wedding and reception techniques may not be appropriate for the beach. In addition, being one with nature often means that anything can happen, and therefore probably will. For the best tips, ideas and cautionary tales, it is best to consult with a wedding planner or coordinator to avoid mishaps and eliminate the worry of the unknown.