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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Via hizoncatering.com

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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Via Pinterest

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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Via livingimpressive.com

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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Via storymixmedia.com

 

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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Via thisfairytalelife.com

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

Your (insert wedding vendor) is not a wedding planner! | Always and Forever, CT’s Premiere Wedding Planning Company

We sure have been quiet on the blog lately and we apologize. The planning season is in full swing and between appointments, design meetings, and contracts the blog has been neglected.

I have something that I would like to say and I hope that all of you that read this will pass this along to anyone you know that is getting married and may get married in the future.

I was told by a potential client that she no longer needed a planner since her caterer and DJ both said that they offer wedding planning as a part of their fee. I will be honest that this is something that I hear about more and more and as a planner, it bugs the heck out of me.

I will not go off on a rant about the many reasons that this is wrong in my mind but I will offer, any potential client for any wedding planner,  a list of questions to ask themselves when in this position

  1. Will < insert random wedding vendor here> talk you through your guest list dilemma and help you figure out if Aunt Emily needs to be invited?
  2. Will < insert random wedding vendor here> take your call at 9pm when your bridesmaid has told you that she shortened her dress 4 inches?
  3. Will < insert random wedding vendor here> work through your competing dream themes and color palettes and help you find that look that is perfect?
  4. Will < insert random wedding vendor here> call the other wedding vendors to discuss changes or additions to the contract?
  5. Will < insert random wedding vendor here> review all the other vendor contracts for you?
  6. Will < insert random wedding vendor here> be at your ceremony rehearsal to walk everyone through where to stand and when, all while calming your nerves the night before your wedding?

If you answered yes to all of these questions, then I am convinced your DJ is a wedding planner! If you answered No to just one, you may want to consider hiring an actual planner.

~ Dee Dee

REMEMBERING | ALWAYS AND FOREVER, LLC CT’S PREMIERE WEDDING PLANNERS

This afternoon I get to do one of my favorite things. I am getting together with past clients. It is strange to call them clients. Since their wedding we have stayed in touch; through email and Facebook. We get together when they are in town visiting family. They are no longer clients, they are friends.

The best part about today is that I get to meet their daughter. It is funny to me that a few years ago I was planning their wedding and now they are parents.

I LOVED planning their wedding. It was so much fun, and a little stressful, but mostly fun. Through the planning process we discovered that we all had a mutual love for the same movie, The Princess Bride. Tent cards with their favorite quotes decorated cocktail hour and they presented me with my favorite t-shirt with a quote from the movie. Every time I watch the movie, and I do often, I always think of their wedding.

As a planner, you don’t forget a wedding. You may forget the menu, the vendor that made things interesting, the guest that made things even more interesting, and some of the small details that made it individual. But what you don’t forget is the look on the bride’s face right before walking down the aisle and the groom’s look of excitement as he waits for his bride.  You don’t forget the people. The couple, and sometimes the parents, that you spend so much time with are forever part of you. Even if you do not keep in touch or see each other, you always think of them.

When I think of Jenn and Shawn, this is how I will always remember them….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(photo courtesy of No Eye has Seen)

I suspect this afternoon, there will be jeans and sneakers and the bouquet will be substituted with a diaper bag and as friends, I wouldn’t have it any other way.

 

~Dee Dee

WADSWORTH MANSION MIDDLETOWN, CT | CT’S PREMIERE WEDDING AND EVENT PLANNERS ALWAYS AND FOREVER, LLC

The Wadsworth Mansion is a 20,000 square foot Beaux Art mansion located on  103 acres of Olmsted designed landscape in central Connecticut. The Mansion is dedicated to providing a beautiful setting and creating unique, customized weddings and celebrations. Only one celebration is held each day and brides select a caterer to create the day of their dreams.  Ceremonies and cocktails can be held on the terrace or on the expansive manicured grounds. Many brides and grooms have danced their first dance under the stars.   Ballrooms exemplifying the Gilded-Age with marble fireplaces and coffered ceilings can accommodate 200 guests.  For larger events the terrace and lawn can be tented.

Wadsworth Mansion is absolutely stunning and one of our favorite venues for weddings.  The grounds are perfectly groomed and offer many opportunities to have both your ceremony and reception at one location, which is perfect for your guests.  We love the ladies of the Wadsworth as well. Easy to work with and a lot of fun, too! If you choose Wadsworth Mansion you are sure to have an amazing experience.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

421 Wadsworth Street
Middletown, Connecticut 06457

Phone:
860.347.1064

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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

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It’s Good To Always Have A Plan | Connecticut’s Premiere Wedding and Event Planners, Always and Forever, LLC

It was just about 9 years ago when I decided to create Always and Forever, LLC.  Having done event planning for years for corporate clients and non-profit organizations, it seemed only natural to make the leap into weddings.  While they may seem completely different, they are pretty similar.  There is always a customer (bride/groom), always a venue, menu choices, hotel concerns, décor needed, and day-of logistics.

Nine years and two kids later, I use my planner knowledge to throw some pretty amazing birthday parties for my kids.  My son’s first birthday was an army inspired party complete with matching family camouflage gear, a face-painting station with none other than camo, an army tank cake that my husband and I created, and an army tank piñata with close to 125 guests!  Guests really got into it showing up in full-camo gear, and that one year old boy sure loved that tank cake.

A few years later it was time for my daughter’s Diva themed 1st birthday party….perfect for her little attitude.  Zebra goodie bags filled with rock star sunglasses, lip gloss, bling rings, and , of course,  hot pink and black feather boas.  She embraced her inner diva that day…and has done so ever since!

As the kids get older, the parties have been combined.  There was Sponge Bob with a homemade Krabby Patty Cake, jellyfish scavenger hunt and handrawn art. Then the Circus party with carnival games, face painters, cotton candy, snowcones and “popcorn” cupcakes.

Fast forward to this year……..the theme will be Slither and Swim!!  After several years of my daughter begging for a princess party, I had to give in.  Little does she know that “Ariel” will arrive with The Little Mermaid music, singing a song, telling stories and posing for photos (to me the best part).  And then there is Slither! We have hired an amazing animal entertainer who has assured me every child (who wants to ) will be able to touch the snakes, lizards and hopefully a baby alligator (my favorite).  Now I get to plan all the little details…that is what I like, the details. The little things that make an ordinary birthday party, extraordinary.

It is good to have a plan…and I am never without one!

~ Heidi