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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Via Bridal Guide

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

 

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Wedding Vendor Wednesday | Party Pyro | CT’s Premiere Wedding and Event Planners Always and Forever, LLC

Would you like to have that fairytale wedding just like Cinderella with all the fireworks? Well, now you can. Imagine, just as your officiant pronounces you as husband and wife and you kiss for the very first time, a flurry of sparklers ignite and create a majestic background. Or perhaps you are enjoying your first dance and at the very end as your husband dips you and goes in for a kiss a splash of sparklers fill the windows with an array of excitement. Another romantic idea is doing a sky lantern release. Gather your bridal party and have each of them hold a sky lantern. Once it is lit and filled with hot air, have everyone release it into to sky. It makes for emotional and colorful photos. How about having every centerpiece ignite with sparklers at the exact same time just as the bride and groom are introduced into the ballroom? What a way to surprise everyone. Of course nothing is more exciting than a full fireworks display in the sky.  Everyone loves fireworks and is watched more by more people on the 4th of July than any other single event throughout the year. Now you can have that incredible moment during your wedding.  These are just a few examples of ways to make your wedding special and to create a moment that your guests will talk about years down the road.

Contact Party Pyro if you’re looking for a little (or a lot) of sparkle for your event!

Party Pyro

A WEEK IN THE LIFE OF US | CT’S PREMIERE WEDDING AND EVENT PLANNERS, ALWAYS AND FOREVER, LLC

This week has been a crazy one, but we love crazy!   Many people ask us how our days are spent, so here’s a little sneak peek into the life of planner during a week:

Monday – Prep for a 2013 meeting, design two inspiration boards, confirm meeting, get mom and bride’s cell phone numbers in case something comes up.

Tuesday – Prepare all documentation for March 2013 couple, meet with mom and bride for over two hours, talk about  what they like, don’t like, budget, venues, decor, wedding style, theme development, dresses and everything wedding related.

After meeting speak with DJ about another 2013 wedding to confirm details and secure contract.  Send three emails to another client and florist to confirm Skype meeting.

Wednesday – Respond to several emails, schedule a Friday morning appointment.  Continue to work on scheduling venue appointments for new March 2013 couple we met on Tuesday. Speak with a June 2012 couple and provide quote.

Thursday – Rework inspiration board for March 2013 couple, respond to more emails, and prep for Friday morning meeting.  Confirm rentals for a corporate event in June, blog

Friday – Early morning client meeting, blogging, prepare two quotes for client, prepare weekend to-do list, confirm venue meeting for the following week

Saturday – Try to accomplish some of the things on the to-do list, get organized for the next coming week, volunteer at a new winery, website updates

Sunday – Relax? Ha we never relax!

Wedding Vendor Thursday Flowers by Danielle | CT’s Premiere Wedding Planning Company, Always and Forever, LLC

Danielle Farrer has worked in the floral design industry for nineteen years, opening Flowers By Danielle in 2000. With roots in the retail floral industry, and a Degree in Entrepreneurship and Business Managements, Danielle shaped her business to focus exclusively on weddings, showers, celebrations and corporate events. Danielle is also available to design fresh or permanent artificial arrangements for residential and corporate display. Danielle’s passion for flowers, attention to detail, ability to visualize and incorporate her clients ideas, and her creative flair make her an incredible designer. Her sole focus is her clients on the day of the event. Danielle takes great pride in providing her clients with the most fresh and highest quality of flowers from top growers around the world. All of Danielle’s flowers are ordered specifically for each client, and her floral designs are created just prior to each event. All of her arrangements are stored in a high humidity/low velocity walk-in cooler until delivery.

Flowers By Danielle has also been awarded the “Bride’s Choice Award” from

WeddingWire.com for four consecutive years and were also a featured wedding in “The Knot” New York Magazine in the Fall of 2011.

We absolutely love working with Danielle. She is so creative, fun and has amazing décor ideas.  We highly recommend working with Danielle for your next wedding!  Here are a few photos and her contact information.

Danielle Farrer

Flowers by Danielle, LLC

Telephone # (203) 445-0600

Fax # (203) 445-0770

Email: danielle@flowersbydanielle.com

Website: http://www.flowersbydanielle.com

Facebook: Flowers By Danielle, LLC

*Awarded the “Bride’s Choice Award” from WeddingWire each consecutive year in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012

*Featured Wedding in “The Knot” New York Magazine, Fall 2011

*Featured in The Knot “Best of Weddings” Magazine

And The Bride Wore Denim | CT’s Premiere Wedding and Event Planners Always and Forever, LLC

This weekend, my older sister got married to a great guy. This was not their first trip down the aisle, in fact this time there was no aisle. There was my mom’s living room, their kids, our immediate family, 4 friends, and a justice of the peace.

The planner in me cringed, the sister in me beamed with pride that my sister was marrying a wonderful man that makes her happy. The planner in me arrived early to get tables set up and to make sure there were something that resembled a centerpiece on each one; the sister in me sat on the floor with tears in my eyes while I tried to snap pictures. The planner in me wore black pants and a silk blouse, the sister in me wore flip flops with said outfit.

As you may have noticed, my sister and I are very different. Her original plan was a trip to a courthouse. Thankfully, their children wanting to be there won out and my mom was more than thrilled to be the mother of the bride once again. I insisted on invitations and was vetoed. I harped on and on to my parents to move all the furniture out of the living to make it seem more like a reception and the couch was there and used for ceremony seating. I had dreams of my sister in a simple dress…the bride wore jeans…and I would not have had it any other way!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I Love you both!

 

~ Dee Dee

Wedding Vendor Wednesday | No Eye Has Seen Photography | CT’s Premiere Wedding & Event Planners Always and Forever, LLC

We are so excited to feature Alicia Candelora from No Eye Has Seen Photography!  We’ve loved Alicia since we met her several years ago. Her style is amazing, her personality is awesome, and her photographic eye is unbelievable.  She is so talented and absolutely loves what she does.  I’m always amazed when a photographer can shoot an entire wedding in stilettos!

Not only is Alicia an amazing photographer, she is a beautiful person. She spends considerable time helping those that are less fortunate, traveling to Haiti to work with children and raising money to provide clean water to those in need all over the world. Alicia’s impact is felt word-wide.  She is truly an amazing woman and we hope that you get the chance to at least meet her if not include her in your wedding day….

Without further ado….Meet Alicia

I am so thrilled and honored to be featured on Always and Forever blog today because I absolutely adore these gals! I started my wedding photography business in Europe about 7 years ago and when I decided to relocate back to the USA, I knew it would be important to network with other vendors who were like-minded. When I first met Heidi and Dee Dee I knew immediately that I would love them and work well with them. For me it is super important to not only give clients an exceptional product and quality service, but to also create an experience for them that is unforgettable. Heidi and Dee Dee get this, as they also run their business in a way that compels their clients to brag about them. 🙂 If you are a client who is looking for more than just cookie cutter wedding photography and event coordination, then you have come to the right spot and I hope you don’t leave disappointed 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alicia Candelora, Lead Photographer

No Eye Has Seen

203.980.7968

http://www.NoEyeHasSeen.com

www.facebook.com/NoEyeHasSeenPhotography

http://www.twitter.com/noeyehasseen

 

Meet Elizabeth and Jamie a 2013 Couple | CT’s Premiere Wedding Planners and Coordinators

I first met Elizabeth and Jamie back in September 2011, they were flying in from London and were hoping to hire a wedding planner and choose a reception and ceremony venue all within one week!  I was so excited to meet with them, it was a dreary day and we met at a Starbucks.  I loved them instantly, between Elizabeth’s super sweet nature and Jamie’s rocking Scottish accent, I knew it was a perfect fit.

Listening to them talk about how they met and when they got engaged, I could feel so much love between the two and I knew that I wanted to make their wedding planning perfect and easy.  One of the tricky things was they were not planning to be back until Mary of 2013, a week before their wedding!  Planning from London was never going to be a challenge, thank God for Skype!  After meeting for about two hours we parted ways as they were going to check out some potential venues.  They promised to get back to me before they left.

I was so excited to see their email when the next day saying they wanted to hire me!  I quickly did a contract and met them a day later at the same very Starbucks.  We talked about their venue choices, budget and potential number of guests.  Luckily they had enough time to narrow down their venue choices to two, the Inn at Longshore and Mystic Seaport (two amazing locations)!  I was so excited , loving both those venues, and I knew whichever one they chose would be perfect for their New England inspired theme with Scottish components woven in.

So, they left two days later, and we’ve been skyping every two weeks since!  I’ve been busy visiting venues, working on budgets, securing contracts, scheduling Skype sessions for entertainment, florists, and a potential justice of the peace.

So, I know the suspense is killing you… Jamie and Elizabeth chose the Inn at Longshore, perfect for a Memorial Day weekend in 2013.  With the majority of the guests coming from overseas, Westport offers the perfect location for their destination wedding.  So far we’ve ordered save-the-dates, chosen bridesmaid dresses, secured the venue, started a preliminary wedding day timeline, spoken with a DJ, florist and created an inspiration board.  We are so looking forward to their big day next year, and are recently excited to learn they are hoping to come back this November to meet with some more vendors!!

Here’s to the happy couple!