A wedding caterer brings more to the table than just delicious food. Make sure you consider these 5 things before choosing a caterer for your special day!
A walk through of the 5 types of beverage service options you can choose from for your wedding reception.
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Choosing your wedding colors can certainly be a task within itself because you will be looking at them for the rest of your life. Your wedding pictures will be on the walls, in your photo albums, and even on your social media outlets. For inspiration we have compiled a guide to the hottest wedding colors!
Go Nautical: This season its all about the nautical spirit. Infuse your color palette with the nautical theme by incorporating navy and white touches everywhere. From fashion to the tablecloths, you can find navy and white details to make your reception extra special!
Metallics: Metallics can be found throughout fashion and your accessories and can be incredible when decorating for your wedding. You can mix and match gold and silver metallic colors and add a splash of color like magenta or plum for an unexpected twist.
Navy, Navy, Navy: This season is all about navy. Navy is the new black, and can look great with almost any color. This season pair navy and magenta together for a fresh take on color, instead of magenta and black. Navy and orange make a great color combo, and navy looks great with just about anyone.
Orange: Pantone Inc., the color authority, named Tangerine Tango the color of the year for 2012, and it is everywhere. Infuse orange into your wedding for a fresh pop of color that will brighten your day!
Mint Green: Mint green is a very popular color this season from fashion to shoes and everywhere in between. Pair mint green with pastels such as a blush pink and ivory for a soft look, or even navy for an excellent contrast.
Other color trends include adding yellow for an added pop of color into your wedding colors as well as emerald and Kelly green. Cool grays and khaki colors are always a compliment to your wedding palette.
After searching for your wedding dress, there is only one more item that could possibly complete the bridal look- your headpiece! There are many different kinds, all of which can compliment the dress!
You could choose a tiara, and look like a princess on your wedding day, complete with a stylish hairstyle, or you could get a fun and flirty comb. Combs can come with hair adornments such as crystals or feathers, all of which look great with wedding gowns.
Another great headpiece idea is to purchase a bridal cap. Bridal caps are very glamorous, and exude class. They only look good with the right gown so keep this in mind while gown shopping, if you have your heart set on a bridal cap.
Fascinators can also be used, and have been wildly popular since Kate Middleton wed Prince William in 2011. Fascinators can range in price, and can be very intricate. They are very visually appealing, and can be the right addition to your bridal look!
When choosing your headpiece, keep in mind if it will look right with your wedding gown. Take a picture of your wedding gown along with you, or purchase it when you go gown shopping. Take your purchased headpiece along with you when going to your hair appointment so that your stylist can play with it in your hair!
After your whirlwind of a wedding day, you might be thinking now what do I do with my wedding dress? Your wedding dress is the most important garment you will ever wear, and you want to take the appropriate steps to preserve your wedding gown for future use. If you have a daughter, this could be the perfect item to pass down to her, or you could simply preserve it to look pretty! In addition, you might consider preserving your bouquet, a beautiful way to remember your day!
There are a couple ways to preserve your gown including sending it away for preservation by a local company. Most bridal boutiques will offer the service for a fee, and they might even send them out for you. In addition, you might consider preserving it for yourself, by framing it on a wall in your house. Although this might not be the norm, some brides are going to that extreme to preserve their memories. If you plan on having children, preserving your wedding gown is a sweet gesture that can be treasured for many years, and passed down.
Another item that can be preserved from your wedding day is your bouquet. You probably put a lot of thought into what flowers you had in your bouquet, so preserving it is really the best option. Consider having your flowers professionally pressed in a frame for an interesting conversation piece to hang on your wall. Your flowers will look perfect forever! For a more three dimensional effect, consider having your bouquet professionally freeze dried and placed in a dome or shadow box. This will create a lasting memory for you.
You might think it’s silly to thank your parents, but keep in mind all they have done for you. Whether it be for your wedding day, or beyond. Even though your parents might not have paid for the wedding, you can still find a small way to honor them on your wedding day.
Sometimes it might be easier to show appreciation to your mother because you might be wearing her wedding gown. This is a great way to show your mother how much you care about her. Another way to honor your mom is by having her join your father in walking you down the aisle. If you allow your mother to walk you down the aisle, you are literally being given away by the family, and not just by your father. A sweet way to honor your mother on your wedding day is to have her favorite flower in your wedding bouquet as well as wrapping your bouquet with a piece of lace from her gown. She will certainly feel the love from that!
Honoring your father is certainly an easy task, because he has one of the most important roles in the wedding. Giving you away. You might want to have a few private moments with your father before the ceremony itself, possibly with him seeing you first. Before anyone else, share that experience together. You also might want to honor him by stealing his pocket watch for the day and attaching it to your bouquet (then you won’t be late!) Honor your father by allowing him to walk you down the aisle, this will mean more to him than you really know. From the moment he knew that you were a girl, he dreamed of walking you down the aisle, and allowing a worthy man to take you as his bride.
Honoring your parents together can be as simple as giving a speech at the reception, telling them straight from the heart what you feel, and how much they really mean to you. You might want to present them with a gift of thanks, or have it delivered while you are on your honeymoon. Always remember to say thank you, it goes a long way.
You want to walk down your aisle in style right? You probably have bought your perfect wedding dress, got the show stopping shoes, and have outfitted the groom accordingly. The only thing left for the ceremony is to get that aisle looking absolutely perfect.
The traditional aisle runner is still a very popular option. Tradition states, that when your flower girltraipsesdown the aisle, she tosses flower petals on her way. While this is still a perfectly acceptable option, more updated and modern approaches to this custom have been adapted.
Have you seen the picture of the aisle that is laden with flower petals in a specific design, breathtaking right? How does someone manipulate the petals in that order? Incredible.
You want to create an ambiance so that when your guests enter, they feel as if they have stepped into your wedding day. When you have a similar design for the ceremony and the reception, you will create a sense of continuity that will look great.
Consider your aisle like your runway and illuminate it. Have luminaries available or even mini spotlights at the ready for your big debut. When you walk down that aisle, it is the last time you will be an engaged woman. When you come back, you will be a married woman.
Aisle runners can come in all shapes and sizes and are just another part of the ceremony that is screaming for your personality. Consider a custom monogram on your runner or even a printed runner, like a floral design or a famous painting that you as a couple like.
Another popular idea for decorating your aisle is to have a custom runner made with either your love story, or even your wedding song. This could function after the wedding as a perfect piece of art in your house.
When decorating your aisle, don’t forget yourchairs, they need love too! Consider chair covers in gorgeous fabrics, or even small adornments to make your ceremony special.
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Maybe you are the couple that has just gotten engaged, and he decided to propose via flash mob, or maybe you both have an affinity to make people laugh and have a great time! Either way, choreography is the way to go.
Consider that very popular dance that was viral a couple of years ago, when the couple danced down the aisle before their wedding. This is so unexpected and fun, that it lightened the mood, and made the anticipation that much more entertaining.
The choreographed first dance is becoming increasingly popular with couples because they want to have fun, and do something different. Couples are now doing a nice slow dance for the beginning of the song, and then it suddenly stops, making it the dance song. This gets the attention of the crowd, while the couple is having a lot of fun at the same time.
Doing a choreographed first dance is a lot of fun, and can also be a lot of work. Budget at least two to three weeks before your wedding for rehearsals, and practice often. Pick unexpected music and have fun!