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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Photo from Top 10 Wedding Vendors

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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Photo from Wedding Bee

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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Ali N Garrett Photography

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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All Photos Via Pinterest

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 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 and The Knot

Tip Top Tips for Planning Your Wedding!

Got the ring. Now what? Where to begin. Let us help! Keep these tips in mind whether you are just starting the wedding planning process, hitting a rough patch deciding on a venue or working on the finishing touches! We promise these should make it a little easier!

  • Get organized!
    • Keep a binder with all emails, notes, and important dates for your special day! There are many apps that can help to keep you focused and keep your eye on the prize! Depending on the size of your event, keep Eventbrite in mind! They are a great resource for being able to organize your event and keep track of your guest list right on your phone! Check out their website and tips here: https://www.eventbrite.com/how-it-works/ and the event planning and management page is also very helpful! https://www.eventbrite.com/l/event-management-software/
  • One Step at a Time!
    • Take your time making your decisions and think about them logically and make sure you and your partner are in agreement! You will want to make sure you find a space before you book a band, and don’t hire any vendors before you set a date!
  • Prioritize!
    • When you are working on your budget, decide what are your must haves and what you are willing to let go of or maybe do a little less of. If you are dying for a fabulous designer wedding gown maybe decide what you would be able to cut back on! It can all work out, just takes a little time!
  • Keep it Honest!
    • When you are choosing a wedding dress make sure to bring your squad that is going to be honest and really help you out! It can be a lot of white which can be quite overwhelming!
  • Keep a handle on the number of guests!
    • Make sure that you are aware of how many guests you are going to have to ensure that the space is big enough! Keep in mind, dance floor, tables, waiters, and the band!
  • Keep Mother Nature in Mind!
    • You want everyone to be able to have the best time at your wedding! Keep in mind to not book your wedding during the hottest time of the year or the coldest! Also keep in mind if it is outdoors that you are prepared to keep all the bugs away! (As much as possible!)
  • Earn a little something!
    • Keep in mind if you can keep all wedding expenses to one credit card you may be able to earn some miles or fun rewards while you do it! Check into this before making any large purchases, it may have a great return in the end!

Lastly, enjoy it all! It may get stressful at times but this is such an amazing time that will be totally 100% worth it in the end! As always we are always here to help! No matter if you are just getting started or right in the thick of it! We can guide you through to make some of those hard decisions a little easier!

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Photo Via Best Bride

Until next time,

Your Team at A&F

Heidi, Dee dee & Meg

Top Tips for a Backyard Wedding!

When it comes to getting married in your  backyard, do you want romance, do you want laid back, do you want comfortable, but just aren’t sure where to start?? Look no further than these great ideas for a beautiful relaxed backdrop for your special day!

Use what you’ve got! Say “I Do” beneath a beautiful big tree!

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Photo: Pie Shoppe Photography
Use a window pane for an alternative seating chart!

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Photo: Flavio D Photography

Loving how this bright colorful backdrop sets a fun tone for the wedding!!

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Photo: Joe and Marianne of Marianne Wilson Photography
Mason jars can be used for a ton of things to keep things simple and sweet!

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Photo: Katie Kaizer Photography
Keep your guests warm with some cozy blankets!!

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Photo: Michelle March
DIY a wood pallet for your menu!

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Photo: Josh Snyder Photography
Guest book? Why not Jenga?!

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Share a sweet treat as a favor to remember the night!

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Photo: Vitalic Photo
Do these ideas look great to you? Have some ideas of your own for a backyard wedding? Whatever your wedding needs may be we are always here to help! We would love to be a part of your special day!

Til next time!

Your Team at A&F

Heidi, Dee dee, & Meg

Pictures also found at HuffPostWeddings

 

More Cake Please!

Chocolate? Strawberry? Naked? Fondant? Caramel? Strawberries? Sweets Overload? Say No More! We are here to help give you some alternative tier dessert ideas for your big day!

  1. Strawberry Brownie Cheesecake Tower! Via John Alexander Photography

 

2. Ombre Macaron Wedding Tower! Via Colini Murdoch Studio

 

3.  Meringue Tower perfect for a spring or summer wedding!! Via Meringue Girls

 

4. Waffle Cake! Perfect for a breakfast or brunch wedding! Via Becca Rillo Photography

 

5. Rice Krispies Cake!! Doesn’t get much better than this! Via Ashleigh Jayne Weddings

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6. Ombre Crepe Cake via Spanglish Studios

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There are so many sweet ways to celebrate your big day!! The options are endless! If you would like us to make your day even sweeter please contact us!

As always we are here to make your special day amazing!!

Your team at A&F

Heidi, Dee dee, & Meg