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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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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The Mischief Maker 

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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Via The Bored Panda

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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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