The More Color. The Better!

Blush. Cream. Ivory. White. Eggshell….what do these all have in common?! All beautiful yet all needing a little pick me up! It’s your wedding day, don’t be afraid of color! Lately we have been seeing a lot of color trending and we are absolutely on board! Let’s take a peak at a few of our favorites and let it be your inspiration going into the beautiful fall wedding season!!

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Via My Inspired Wedding 

Take a risk whether it’s with decorations, bridesmaid dresses, flowers, or your cake! The possibilities are endless! Loving this tablescape!

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Via Alchemy Fine Events

Your pretty ladies and men can also bring your pop of color!

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What about your cake?! Better make it bold!

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We can’t forget about the flowers!! We have been loving all of these beautiful bouquets!

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Via Bridal Musings

Embrace the color! Show your personality on your wedding day! If you ever are in need of color inspiration or any wedding planning needs we are always here to help!

Until next time!

Your Team at A&F,

Heidi, Meg, Taylor and Grace

Four Legs, Fur, and a Bow tie.

Sadly, it’s not possible to have your pet magically become the justice of the peace to marry you and your hubby on your wedding day, but what you can do is incorporate your furry bundle of joy in some creative fun ways!

First, having your pet walk you up and down the isle!

Now this is an adorable way to show off your love for your animal. Dress them up in a little tux, bow tie, or flowers to flaunt their style! You obviously want to share your day between your two favorite people, your pet being number one and your groom being number two, right?

Second, you can always have your pet join in on the fun by becoming the ring bearer or flower girl!

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Photo from Brides.com

FYI, you might not want to leave this job all to your four legged friend because they may take off on you if they spot a squirrel or a leaf.

Third, why not have your pet become a groomsman or bridesmaid?!

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Photo from Brides.com

The more the merrier! Throw some flowers on your pal and get them in line!

Fourth and lastly, grab your groom and your pet and go take the most memorable pictures one could ever have!

At the end of the day your wedding is supposed to have all of your loved ones there to celebrate, so it looks like bringing your pet might be the most wonderful idea out there!

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Photo from Always and Forever Weddings, Wadsworth Mansion.

Remember make it fun and playful your furry little friend can only make things better!

 

Until next time,

Heidi, Meg, Taylor & Grace

Donut Worry, Be Happy!

Calling all donut lovers!!

Chocolate, Vanilla, Funfetti, whatever your pleasure we’ve got them! Well your wedding could have them!! The latest and greatest craze which we can’t get enough of, Donut Walls!! This just brings the desert bar idea to a whole new level!! Take a look please at a few of our favorite ways to do up your donut wall!

Donuts on Shelves!

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Photo by Troy Grover via The Knot 

Treat yourself with some of these!!

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This just melts our hearts!

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Donuts for Days!

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Via The Bored Panda

We just can’t get enough of these new treats! There are endless ways to bring that extra little bit of sweet into your special day! Keep it unique. Keep it you. Keep it fun! Enjoy every  second of the planning process! As always we are here to help and help you make your wedding day a day never to forget!

Until next time,

Heidi, Meg, Taylor & Grace

 

A Double Wedding Weekend A&F Style| Always and Forever Wedding & Event Planning

This past weekend (8/6 and 8/7) we had the pleasure of having an awesome wedding for Megan and Mike at The Hangar at Candlelight Farms in New Milford and then we jetted up to Boston for Kyla and Richard’s big day at the Codman Estate.

To give you a glimpse of our Wild Wedding Weekend here are some stats:

  • Two weddings plus 3 pre-wedding meetings with 3 other couples
  • One couple from CT
  • One couple from Brooklyn
  • 38,554 steps walked
  • 469 miles driven
  • A gaggle of witches
  • A handleful of vendors
  • 325 guests
  • 4 swollen feet
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Our feet the end of night 1…stuffed piggies
  • 2 dirty and smelly feet
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The dirt in our ankles; no Photoshop here…day #2
  • One scrapped knuckle (not bad for us)
  • 350 gallons of water in the luxury potty
  • 2 Milky Way Darks (yes the only kind now that we are addicted to)
  • 70 – the number of times I lost of my phone
  • 1 sip of terrible tea
  • 18 Diet Cokes
  • 73 Gallons of Water
  • 2 Episodes of Naked and Afraid (Meg how have you not seen this before)
  • 21 – the number of times I couldn’t find my keys
  • 6lbs lost via sweat
  • 6lbs gained via junk food consumed at 11pm
  • 17 – the number of # we came up with during this epic weekend
  • 0 – the number of seconds it took Meg to fall asleep (seriously, not fair)
  • 1 Radio Flyer Wagon
  • LOTS and LOTS of LAUGHS……
  • And we did it all again the next weekend……

Until Next time your team (and we will have prettier photos we promise)

Heidi, Meg, Taylor and Grace

Man-gagement Rings?!

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So I came across this topic of man-gagement rings and I actually kinda loved it! WHY don’t more men wear engagement rings and flaunt them with their soon to be Mr. or Mrs.?!  I’ve never personally seen a man with an engagement ring on but the topic interested me so much I just had to do a little digging.

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Photo from The Atlantic

An article popped up written by The Atlantic and it stated how back in the 20’s jewelers actually tried to upsell the idea of men wearing engagement rings BUT it obviously never stuck because its twenty-sixteen and I’ve sadly never come across it. Although it is twenty-sixteen right? Change is beyond us! And people are furiously accepting the unknown and craving to show their individuality.

And since individuality is so MAJOR and valuable to oneself, why not dare to be different and embrace the new? Come on now, man-gagement rings aren’t even nearly as expensive as women engagement rings! Seriously the average cost of a woman’s engagement ring is six thousand dollars when a man-gagement ring is near three hundred dollars! Can you say AMEN.

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Man-gagement rings are worn in Same Sex marriages and those men are wearing those rings BEAUTIFULLY. I say let this trend grow and become something amazing between two people. But with all SERIOUSNESS if Michael Bublè can sport the man-gagement ring, why can’t we all?

Now how might you pick your man-gagement ring?! Well that really all depends on your man’s style. Does he like copper, gold, titanium, sterling silver? Or does he like thin rings, thicker rings, or does he even want diamonds? There is a lot when it comes to picking your man-gagement ring but do not stress! I included a guide I found on BuzzFeed to show you some awesome ideas for those beautiful man-gagement rings. So go have some fun and start mixing and matching those engagement rings with those wedding rings!

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Photo from BuzzFeed

For more inspiration and great additions to your day please contact us!

We are always here to help and make your day unique and special for you!

Until next time,

Your team at A&F

Heidi, Meg, & Taylor

Geode Cakes!!

Stop the presses. These cakes are amazing!! Rachael Teufel of Intricate Icings Cake Design created a beautiful amethyst geode cake that has now become the inspiration for so many beautiful geode cakes!

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These geode cakes come in all shapes and sizes, and of course all unique and beautiful! Check out some of our favorites we have found below!

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The edible geode is made from a combination of granulated sugar and rock candy and then crafted with multicolored modeling chocolate, hand-painting and gold leaf. Teufel’s beautiful amethyst cake took about 16 hands-on hours to create, in addition to hour planning prior to making the cake.

For more inspiration and great additions to your day please contact us!

We are always here to help and make your day unique and special for you!

Until next time,

Your team at A&F

Heidi, Dee dee, & Meg

Original photo and information from ABC News

Wedding Budget. What?!

Many times once we get that ring on our fingers the last thing we want to hear is BUDGET! However, this word BUDGET is actually going to help keep your eye on the prize and get you to your special day without spending a fortune! We all know how expensive all the unique and special details can cost! Let’s break it down with some simple tips to make sure you don’t too far out of your budget.

  • Scheduling Options
    • When choosing your venue and date and time, think about choosing an off season month or even instead of a Saturday evening, try a Friday night or a Saturday around brunch. It may also be good to think about a 3-5hr event instead of a 5hr or more event.
  • Music!
    • Consider choosing local students or perhaps your local University has students that just graduated! This may be just what you are looking for and usually at a lower cost then a 12 piece string quartet!
  • Stationary, Invites, Save the Dates
    • Make sure to look at all of your options with stationary. Sometimes this can end up costing ton of money where if you chose a simple paper design, you will be able to get the same effect just at a lower cost. Online RSVP’s are also an option too that more companies are starting to take advantage of!
  • Florals!
    • When choosing flowers for your event, it certainly can be very overwhelming. If you are able to choose flowers that are in season it will help to reduce your costs. As well as sticking to 1 or 2 types of flowers as opposed to 6 or 7 that you would like in your bouquet! FYI-Peonies are five times more than roses! (I know, we were shocked too!)
  • Food and Drink!
    • A few things to keep in mind are to try and limit the full bar to just wine, beer, and a signature cocktail! Also explore food options, if you were to go for comfort food, your guests will love it and it will be cheaper! Also skip the champagne toast!
  • Who wants Cake?!
    • Cake, yes, cake. If you are dying to have a beautiful cake, you can order a 1 or 2 tier cake to be able to cut and cute photo ops and then have a large sheet cake in the bake for everyone else! Simple is better, especially with add ons for your cake. Also reuse ceremony flowers for the cake table! No one will know the difference!
  • Last, but certainly not least think about the big picture! You want to enjoy your special day, party it up and remember that everything always works out even if you have a BUDGET! This graphic comes from Personal Capital  via http://www.personalcapital.com and has some very interesting facts about just how much a wedding can cost these days! A budget can certainly come in handy when you see some of these numbers!

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As always we are always hear to help! Whether it is making flower decisions, venue stresses, or you need another opinion on what band or DJ to pick! Enjoy the planning process! Any other tips or things you have found helpful? Let us know!

Until next time,

Your Team at A & F

Heidi, Dee dee & Meg

Tips come from Forbes, The Knot & Personal Capital