So, as we are getting into the holiday season some of you are getting deep into the planning process while others may be taking a much-needed break from the wedding talk. Please know that it is totally ok to put wedding planning on the back burner as you focus on family, work, and life. That being said I want to give a you somethings to think about when you do decide to start back into planning. Today I want to talk about delegating.
While booking your vendors is crucial there is another thing which plays just as big a role in your wedding. Finding your team of family and friends to assist you in the wedding early can save a lot of stress later. If you are like me you have people coming out of nowhere saying “if you need anything just ask”. Instead of blowing that off as a nice gesture take them up on the offer! Find your team now and set out clear jobs for them so you are not scrabbling to find people the week of the wedding.
Some tasks that are not often considered until too late are
While you can certainly have people from your everyday life that you may trust to do these jobs you may also want to consider hiring a good day of coordinator whom can handle or delegate all of these scenarios. We recommend CME Experience and actually provide a $250 discount on your final venue bill if you book Chloe as your day of coordinator. For more information on her services please visit her website at https://www.weddingplannerbremerton.com/
If you need any help please reach out and let me know what I can do for you.
What’s a wedding without dessert? It is one of those detail that is talked about long after last call and the final dance. We are far past the tradition of the multi-tiered wedding cakes of the past. Couples these days are becoming bolder and more creative when it comes to their dessert tables. So, I’m going to show you some ideas for a dessert bar that will outlast the day of your event and be talked about for years to come and also some tips to pull it off flawlessly.
Cupcakes are a slight twist on your traditional cake but provide you with an easy way to serve a greater variety! You can have several flavors of cupcakes and you can skip the extra charges of serving ware as they are a great grab and go options. Don’t worry about missing out on the classic cake cutting option as you can always get a single tear cutting cake as a throwback to tradition. A great option is also mini cupcakes as these bite size cupcakes are more prone to get eaten throughout the night as they are lighter and allow guest to try multiple flavors before getting full.
A newer tradition we have been seeing is a donut bar or wall. This is a fun play on wedding desserts where a variety of donuts are displayed on a peg wall or various fun set ups. The important thing is to be sure to get fresh donuts and maybe have them set out at the last possible minute as no one likes stale donuts. Searching Pinterest can bring you to a huge variety of decorative donut set ups that you can make your own.
Pie and Cheesecake made an entrance in 2018. Instead of one large cake couples are choosing to do varieties of pie flavors and or cheesecake. This is a nice fresh twist to regular wedding desserts and can really bring the comfort of family and home of to the wedding. You can even incorporate a family recipe for the cutting pie/cheesecake to add a little tradition into the mix.
Candy buffets and Caramel apple bars can be a playful unique way to bring life to your party. You can choose to play up your wedding colors and incorporate unique jars for display. This dessert has the chance to be a show stopper
Last but certainly not least my favorite option is Ice Cream! We have seen everything from ice cream bars to ice cream created in front of your eyes from liquid nitrogen. My favorite ice cream vendor is sub zero ice cream but I’ve seen some fun ways people have done DIY ice cream stations with the use of dry ice. This is logistically one of the harder desserts to DIY but Id be happy to give advice if you reach out with questions.
Quick Tips to Pull off Your Dessert Station
Yesterday was a very emotional day for the Cedar Springs family as we had to say goodbye to one our furry family members. Huey our 11-year-old aussie/border collie mix lost his battle with a blood cancer. This really had me struggling with what to talk about on this week’s tip (it also caused me to be a day late one again). After reflecting on the loss, it only seemed fitting to talk about how to include loved ones (two or four legged) whom cannot be there on your special day. Loss is an inevitable part of life and over the years I’ve seen loved ones memorialized in different ways during weddings I want to provide a few examples of what I’ve seen and experienced just remember everyone is different and some grieve differently so please approach the subject with your family before doing a memorial as some may not be ready to address the missing member.
I personally lost both of my mother’s parents long before I was engaged to cancer. This left me feeling like there was a huge hole in my wedding day. I didn’t want to make a whole memorial as I didn’t want to mourn however I did want to feel their presence throughout the event. My grandfather was a huge man with twice the personality of anyone I have ever met. He was the type of person that called attention whenever he walked into a room. He was a no-nonsense hardworking man and you can understand his life by looking at his old boots. So, during the ceremony I had flowers placed in his boots and placed at the altar. It was important to me that he be up there as my other grandfather was my officiant. I placed a wedding photo of my grandparents in a locket that was wrapped in my bouquet. These were both subtle things that if I had not told my guests they wouldn’t be aware of them however the people who knew my grandparents were brought to tears when they saw them. A memorial does not need to be obvious and in your face. It does not need to bring sadness to the today but will ensure connections are made.
The following are some ways to incorporate your lost loved ones.
What are some memorials that you have seen or loved?
Photographs are increasingly one of the most important things to couples on their wedding day. They want the day to be captured so they can cherish the memories for years to come. Often, they invest in a great photographer and even videographer whom spend the whole day making sure every detail is captured. With the rise of the importance of bridal portraits is a newer tradition of the first look. This is when you set up a time before the ceremony where the couple sees each other for the first time on the day. This is different than tradition where the first time the couple sees each other when they meet each other at the altar. Today I want to go over some of the reasons I personally think a first look is a great idea.
The important thing is to do what feels right for you but if you chose to take photos after the ceremony make sure to have activities for your guests and please whatever you do let them eat!
Most people start thinking about their wedding way before they ever get engaged. This can lead to big dreams and high expectations. Sometimes I see couples that allow these expectations to overwhelm their budget, and the last thing you want to do is start out a marriage in a lot of debt. I want to talk about a few ways to get the wedding of your dreams without sacrificing your budget.
When you are just starting out planning you and your fiancé should both chose one thing about the wedding that is most important to you then make sure to budget that in. This may be a photographer, DJ, Floral, or the wedding dress. During my Wedding my fiancé and I knew we wanted ice cream instead of cake so from the very beginning we planned for it in our budget and decided to not worry about some other details such as a photo booth or paper programs. Setting these priorities can really help you when you are nearing your budget and deciding what extra things are not necessary and can be cut out of the wedding. I suggest that you also spend a little more on those things most important to you as these are the things that you will remember for years to come.
I try to tell couples getting married at Cedar Springs sometimes less is more! You have chosen the venue for a reason and its beautiful gardens and scenery speak for themselves. This means it is ok to pare down your table settings. Sometimes we get caught up trying to compete with other weddings we have been to or seen on Pinterest. Each wedding is unique and try not to compare your wedding to anyone else’s. Simplifying your tables is ok more expensive is not always better. One of my absolute favorite ways to do this is to use a small potted plant as your centerpiece rather than cut flowers. This is often cheaper and can be given away as gifts after the reception. This can be mixed and matched with cut flowers, lanterns, or candles creating a beautiful area while saving you some money. If you are obsessed with cut flowers like I am and don’t want to go without on your wedding day try the local farmers market and get what’s in season. My local favorite is Davis Farm Flowers! They can even make your gorgeous bouquets for you for very affordable prices. You can go check them out at the link below:
One thing which can really help offset the amount of money you spend on your wedding is plan on selling it after! There are tons of Facebook wedding and buy/sell/trade groups out there that can be a great resource to buy or sell your items. Personally, I sold almost everything from my wedding including my dress and made enough back to splurge on our honeymoon! I kept a few cute mementos to place in a shadow box and let everything else go. Go check these sites before spending full price on anything as most of the items have only been used once and are a significant discount. I’ve seen linens, centerpieces, Polaroid cameras, signs and so much more on these groups. A few of my favorites can be found below:
Don’t forget to check Offer Up and the Dollar store too! Another great money saving option is using cash back apps such as ibotta which gives you rebates on the items you already buy at the store which you can set aside for the wedding or the honeymoon.
The quickest way to lower the cost of your wedding is to cut your guest count. Small intimate weddings are truly beautiful and allow you to splurge on some of the other items important to you.
The last tip I will leave you with is to make sure to value your time too! Sometimes DIYing things can end up costing more money and more importantly your sanity. If you have to start taking time off of work to create all of your centerpieces or pressing the fold lines out of your linens it may be time to bring in a professional. Most wedding professionals have affordable options and can execute your dream within your budget just make sure to be upfront with your expectations and budget before you sign the contract. The knot.com and Wedding Wire have some great budgeting tools which can help create your budget and keep you on track.
Weddings are so exciting but can become overwhelming when you are just starting out. Your vendor team can either be the solution to your stress or even the source of that stress. This is why picking the right vendors the first time is the key to pulling off the wedding of your dreams. I’m going to go through a few tips on how and where to find the right wedding vendors and then list a few of my favorites.
The first thing that can be kind of daunting is what type of vendors to find first. There are a lot of helpful tips on the internet which can help you plan. Both Wedding Wire and The Knot have resources as well as a simple search on google can offer a wedding planning timeline. These all have conflicting information as far as what vendors to book first. Some may tell you to always pick a date first while others say never chose a date until you find your venue. Below is what I have found to be the most stress-free order to book your vendors
Lindsey’s Favorite Vendors
These are just a few of my favorite local vendors. Don’t hesitate to ask if you are in need of more recommendations!