Valentine’s Day ~ Up Your Game <3

So today is Valentine’s Day…whether you will be celebrating alone or with a special someone we put together some fun ideas to up your game  that we think you will love

Herb, flower and fruit enhanced ice cubes – can make any drink super pretty.

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Beautiful ice cubes – so sexy and fun!

 

Perfect for the little kids in your life, these thumb print heart mason jars are sure to put a smile on your Valentine’s face….and so easy to make.

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Show the love with these Thumbprint Mason Jars

 

Celebrating with a group?  Why not have a mimosa bar?  This is super easy and a great way to Up Your Game. Super easy what you’ll need:

Champagne, Variety of juices, Fruit, Glasses and Jars/Carafes

And don’t forget some cute decor….like this one from TomKatStudio.com

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If baking is your thing, try these amazing Red Velvet Brownies, pretty, festive and yummy from AverieCooks.com

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Another kid-friendly idea from b-inspiredmama.com Heart-Shaped Pizza!  We love this idea, many of us have kids and with Valentine’s Day falling in the middle of the week it’s hard to get out and celebrate.  So your kids (and you) will love this simple and easy dinner.

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Celebrating your last Valentine’s Day as an engaged couple? Love coffee?  These mugs are perfect!  From Etsy.

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Whether you are celebrating alone, with your kids, with your significant other or however you celebrate we want to wish everyone a Happy Valentine’s Day.  We hope that everyone gets some yummy chocolate, coffee or whatever your little heart desires.

Until next time

Heidi, Meg, Grace, and Dee Dee

Wedding Planning is it for you?

So you just finished planning your wedding, you are coming off that huge high!  Everything was so pretty and perfect.  Down to the most intricate detail, everyone raved about the food, the decor and your beautiful DRESS!!  You did all of your centerpieces by yourself, you are so talented (well Aunt Bettie said so)!  Your mom agrees, she tells everyone that day that you should be an event planner you’ve already planned one wedding  – YOURS….so you know what to do, right?

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WRONG

So yes, you’ve planned one wedding, yours and that’s great.  Kudos!  Great job!  It takes approximately 250 hours to plan a wedding. That’s a lot of work. All of your evening and weekends are gone.  Being a wedding planner means you don’t have a 9-5 schedule.  Your schedule needs to be flexible, because your clients, most likely are working 9-5 so you will be meeting with them after hours. Plus 95% of weddings happen on the weekends.

Working on the wedding day is HARD work. Spending 10-15 hours on your feet and being mentally “on” is exhausting no matter how good of shape you are in. And it gets harder the older you get.

THE WEDDING HANGOVER – how you feel the day after a wedding. It’s like you ran a race then went out drinking all night. In reality, you are dehydrated, sore, and tired from working a wedding.

Working with clients means making THEIR dream and vision come true. This can be a challenge for some event planners who want to keep recreating their own wedding or imposing their vision on clients. You will end up planning a wedding that doesn’t fit your style or taste and you have to be okay with that.

It is NOT GLAMOUROUS.  I’ve been on my hands and knees, sweating. I sometimes have to count the napkins and linens before they go back to the rental company. One wedding a guest had a little too much to drink and threw up all over the most gorgeous silk table linen.  We had to wash them out into the sink…the stench, alone was enough to make us want to puke! Talk about gross!  And do you know how many port-o-potties we’ve had to unclog….way too many.

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You wear a lot of hats!  Therapist, bouncer, friend, tough guy, parent, an artist, mediator etc.  With so many family dynamics you will have to be on your toes, always!  But remember who your client is, the couple. You have to be tough, thorough, organized and so many more traits. A wedding planned needs to be adaptable and often wear several hats at a time.

It is very different from planning your own wedding and moving to making it a career. Not every wedding is the same and it will become your job to personalize the event for your clients. This requires a lot of research and education. Taking some business management and marketing courses. Also hospitality courses will prove to be very valuable. In addition to understanding the details of planning the actual wedding, the many elements of starting and running your own business also require consideration. Aside from having the correct licenses and insurance, you’ll also need to market your business, determine pricing, invoice and bill clients, attend networking events, balance your books, advertise, hire staff and much, much more.

Regardless of whether you decide a career in wedding planning is for you, reach out to area wedding planners like Always and Forever to learn more about our internship and training programs.  Remember everyone has to start somewhere, even we did!

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Until next time,

Heidi, Meg, Grace & Dee Dee

 

Images: Wedding ForwardEtsyEtsyHi Miss Puff

Ditch or Keep in 2017?!

2017 will be here before we know it!! Hard to believe it is already December! BRIDES recently chatted with David Tutera who is an amazing Celebrity wedding planner and he weighed in on what should be staying and what should be going for our 2017 couples!! Do you agree or disagree? What do you think will be trending in 2017??

While many couples have an after party after the party, David says the party should stay put! Keep the vibes up and keep the party going at the same location! You can keep the party up too with bringing in special late night bites or sweet treats!! You can even make them to go for your guests to keep them talking!

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Via Inside Weddings

With regards to colors and textures David had mentioned a mix of whites and metallics! The golds and silvers are out and the softer mix of color and metallic will give you a refreshing feel that is still hip and on trend!! Try using these as a mix with your chairs up to your lighting and extra decor details!

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Receiving line no more! This 2016 we were seeing less and less receiving lines as couples feel that it is too formal and would like to be able to use cocktail hour and see everyone in a more casual environment! David is on the same page with us and definitely thinks it is a trend to lose this season!

One thing to keep for sure are first looks! These are here to stay! A perfect way to enjoy that intimate moment and capture those photos that are ones to cherish for a life time!!

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 Marianne Wilson Photography 

The last trend that we totally think is here to stay are the DIY unique special touches that our couples find to incorporate into their wedding! Wether it be including something that is special just between your spouse and you or if it is something special to give to your guests as way to never forget your wedding! We had a couple this year give our guests homemade moonshine that was made by them and we also had another couple use a SMORE’s bar for their guests to enjoy rather than having a wedding cake! Just be you. Make it special. And you will be sure to have the time of your life!

As always Always & Forever Weddings is always here to help  and guide you with whatever wedding planning needs you may have!

Until next time,

Heidi, Meg & Grace

 

Techie Brides Rejoice!

It’s been a while since we have posted and we have been busy at work prepping for what will be a fabulous 2017 wedding season!! Hope everyone is doing well and is enjoying the wedding planning process because at the end of the day, it is the best day of your lives and you want to be able to enjoy every single moment!

We wanted to share a great article from a guest contributor from Rose Cabacang, Community Manager at Wedding Favy! Thanks Rose–We love these fun techie wedding ideas!!

The Techie Bride’s Guide to having a 2017 Wedding

 

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With Millennials entering the marrying age, more and more wedding details have gone full techie. From moving cakes to hashtags, there just seems to be no stopping wedding and technology from entering the wedding arena. Here are just some of the tech trends you can expect in 2017.

Wedding Drones

You’ve heard the sound of the motors during the wedding day. In fact, it has been a trend in 2016 and aerial shots have been the fuss of the wedding industry. There’s no way these drones will be out of the wedding landscape anytime soon.

Hashtags

Of course! Hashtags are here to stay for 2017. Let’s face it, finding photos have been a chore but this special tag has made it easier to collect photos of the big day. May it be a destination wedding, DIY rustic-themed wedding, or a vintage wedding, hashtags will definitely make your wedding in trend.

 

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3D Printed Wedding Decorations

3D printing has been one of the most amazing trends to hit the technology landscape and is slowly creeping to the culinary world. With this, more and more interesting designs are coming your way specially made to create a modern look. From toppers to printed designs, cakes and even wedding favors will definitely get more amusing in 2017.

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Selfie Sticks and Wedding Charging Stations

To get a more interactive appeal at your wedding, cellphone charging stations and selfie sticks are the way to go. Give selfie sticks as wedding favors or simply place them for everyone’s delight. Do your guests a favor and put up charging stations to keep all your guests hashtagging photos of your big day. Make sure to have all types of cord for iphones to Androids and keep all your guests happy snapping away.

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Driverless Cars

While these cars are still in the middle of testing, driverless cars would make your entrance and exit to the wedding special and futuristic.

Photo Apps

To make your wedding easier and more organized, wedding planning apps are taking the world by storm keeping brides happy and weddings equally amazing. From planning bridal showers to the big event, technology has made it easier to make your day even more special. You might say that this has been an old trend but folks, this is here to stay.

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Come to think of it, as we move more and more closer to revealing technology’s best kept secrets, there’s no stopping the wedding landscape from going towards technology as well.

Still thinking of a wedding idea? Why not go for a techie theme next year and have all this in your wedding? Remember, you could always match this with the theme of your choice, a DIY rustic-themed wedding or a classic white wedding. Although this will cost you money (lots of it), you’re sure to be the talk of the town and your wedding will be truly amazing.

Again, thank you Rose from Wedding Favy for this great article all about the techie brides! We love it and such great ideas! Keep them coming!! As always we are here to make the planning process for your wedding something to cherish and enjoy every step of the way! Let us know if there is anything we can assist with!

Until next time,

Your team at A&F

Heidi, Meg, and Grace

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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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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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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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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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