One of our colleagues was recently engaged and in her wedding planning came across the stunning Riley & Grey website. Riley & Grey is an innovative, unique, wedding website option for brides looking for a visually stunning website to share with guests for their special day.
Visit the Riley & Grey website to browse through limited edition, customizable wedding website templates by some of the industry’s best designers and web developers.
Plus, we love that these websites categories include: The Couple, where you post your history and photos; The Wedding Party, where you can post bios of your friends and their photos; Registry; Travel, Accommodations and Schedule; plus a unique RSVP section where your guests can tell you where they will be staying, if they have any food allergies and an “I’ll see you on the dance floor when they are playing (name of song)” option!
Small bites are certainly in fashion. They provide your guests with a wide variety of taste sensations. Try pairing mini-bites with a complementary beverage. These shots of margaritas were made with the bride’s personal recipe and are paired with mini tacos.
Who doesn’t love chocolate? There are tons of ways to integrate decadent chocolate into your wedding celebration. Chocolate Favors, for sure…
How about a chocolate beverage bar or beverage station? A rich hot chocolate can be infused with an amaretto, grand marnier or peppermint liqueur.
Your dessert station could created around all chocolate desserts. Yum.
Serve a romantic plated chocolate dessert such as this lovely napoleon..
For more sweet chocolate wedding inspirations, visit Martha Stewart Weddings
Madiha Khan, wedding coordinator from Exquisite Events, shares some of her favorite current wedding trends she’s been seeing:
Food trends have now shifted from the standard buffet to a more interactive experience with food stations (some of the being action stations where food is being prepared in front of the guest), midnight snacks being tray passed such as milk in shot glasses with warm cookies or mini cupcakes and donuts, and sometimes even an after party that centers around food that are great finger foods and compliment a night of drinking such as sliders, mini pizzas, etc.
Another trend is to have guests sign something other than a sign in book…it is a different memento for the couple and can be a decorative piece for them to put in their home. It can be something that is special to the couple like a musical instrument, one of their favorite photos together, or even a wish tree which we have done.
We do quite a few south Asian weddings and it is tradition for the groom to enter the ceremony in a procession or a baraat. It is usually done on an animal such as an elephant or horse. However, some of our grooms have entered in an exotic car or a gondola or even a helicopter. It’s a nice surprise and departure from what is expected
Color Trends that we are seeing are purples, silvers, and rose golds.
Having a hard time finding the right songs for your big day? Below are the Top-10 Most Requested Songs for weddings:
John Mayer – Your Body Is A Wonderland
Adele – Make You Feel My Love
Hall & Oats – Sarah Smile
Norah Jones – Feelin’ the Same Way
Van Morrison – Someone Like You
Seal – Kiss From A Rose
Tim McGraw – My Best Friend
Paul McCartney – Maybe I’m Amazed
Billy Joel – Piano Man
Michael Buble – Everything
Also, a great idea for a wedding favor is to personalize CD’s for guests that include your favorite songs of all time or some of the songs you are including in your wedding! This may take some time so don’t delay on this one!
Are you looking for some fun ideas for signature drinks at your wedding? Why not add a little color and pizzazz to your cocktail reception (or enjoy a little while you are planning your big day). Here are some signature drink ideas sure to make your day more special:
Sweet Red Lips Cocktail
2 oz. Raspberry Liqueur
2 oz. Vodka
3 oz. Cranberry Juice
Mix all in a shaker with ice, strain into martini glass – garnish with raspberries and enjoy!
(Love the color Purple!)
2/3 oz. Blueberry Liqueur
1 1/3 oz. Vodka
Mix in a shaker with ice, strain into martini glass – garnish with lemon peel and blueberries and enjoy!
If we’ve met, you already know that I’m a huge fan of Pinterest. While searching around Pinterest I ran across the Bottle Your Brand Pinterest page, which led me to their website www.bottleyourbrand.com.
It was a nice surprise to read their labels are low cost; minimum orders start at only 10 labels. You can have tons of fun with custom labels for your attendants’ guest room amenities, use your new monogram as a label for your wedding favors, customize fond farewell gifts to place in your guest’s vehicles as a surprise upon departure, and even for bridal shower favors.
Wine and Beer Bottle Labels:
Water Bottle Labels:
While I’m not one to wish anything to go wrong for your wedding, the fact is something will probably not go your way. This could be anything. Anything! From the string quartet showing up late, your makeup artist forgetting the red lipstick or the flowers wilting before the grand entrance, my best advice is to just go with the flow. What’s done is done and the more time you worrying, the less time you’ll have to enjoy with you family and friends and new husband.
Now even though something might go a little wrong, what can you do to prevent this? Think of buying a car. When you buy a car, you do your research. You get online and compare prices, dealerships, options. You know your budget. The same goes for a wedding. You need to know EXACTLY what you are committing to.
Putting a wedding together involves many of the same actions as buying a car. There so many vendors and details, you must do your research, read your contract thoroughly and ask questions before you sign. Just like a car, you are committing to spend a certain amount of money to each vendor and most of them have strict cancellation policies. And that very detailed rental contract is there to protect you. It’s there to ensure you receive exactly what you ordered.
Don’t be afraid to remind your vendors of this fact.
If you make any changes or updates to your rental order or contract, make sure you get a written confirmation from your vendor. The week before the wedding is really when everything comes together. Use this time to finalize all your rental orders, provide the guarantee to the hotel, confirm the arrival and strike times of your vendors and don’t be afraid to ask your coordinator for help. It’s a lot to keep track of!
The Langham requires a month of coordinator for exactly this reason. You need to feel confident in what you have contracted and that coordinator is there to keep an eye on your vendors, confirm the order and ensure everyone shows up on time. I promise you have other things to worry about on your wedding day!
Speaking of research, here are a few of my favorite resources for wedding planning:
Good luck! And don’t be afraid to ask for help or recommendations along the way!
Looking for the perfect Bridesmaid gifts? You may want to go to Kate Spade’s website. I found a beautiful bracelet which is really reasonably priced and comes in silver, gold and rose gold colors. What a great way to think your special friend for being a part of your special day. And of course, you may find some special ideas for yourself as well!
“Wedding Planner.” The phrase strikes up all sorts of romantic notions or color swatches, gorgeous flowers and sipping champagne while shopping for gowns. Perhaps the romantic comedy of the same name from a few years ago has given a false impression on just what these hard working professionals do!
The Langahm Huntington requires that all of our Brides sign on with one of our preferred Wedding Planners. Our Preferred planners are seasoned professionals who to help guide our Brides and Grooms to the best decisions about décor, ambiance and menu. A good planner coordinates the information in a timely manner to the venue. A great planner knows the venue and is part of the team, and someone who will take only the very best care of our Huntington Brides!
Afterall, not every Bride is a Huntington Bride! But you can rest assured, that our Preferred Planners are the best!
Click here for a list of our Preferred Wedding Planners
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