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Today is Mother’s Day, and that got me thinking about moms, and all of the wonderful things that they do. I have had the opportunity to work with so many wonderful mothers during my time in the wedding industry! If you want to show your mom your love and appreciation for her, here are a few ways that you can honor your mother on your wedding day.
Make her feel beautiful
Helping your mom feel her best on your wedding day is a great way to honor her; she’s beautiful no matter what, but helping her to select a special look for the wedding will make her feel extra wonderful. Assist her ahead of time with selecting an outfit and hair & makeup that will make her feel her best - it will mean the world to her, and make you feel pretty great, too!
Wear something that belongs to her
Still searching for something old, new, borrowed, and blue? Honor your mom by including something of hers as part of this tradition. You could wear a piece of her jewelry, wrap a piece of fabric or trinket of hers around your bouquet, or even wear her wedding dress if you choose to.
Share a special moment
There are so many opportunities to share a special moment with your mother on your wedding day; you can have her walk you down the aisle, do a “first look”, or share a mother/daughter dance during your reception. Your mom is sure to love and cherish any (or all!) of these moments with you.
I hope that you’ll include some of these ideas in your wedding day, to show your mom how much she means to you. Leave a comment if you’ll be honoring your mom in another way!
PS - Happy Mother’s Day to all the mamas out there! <3
Until next time,
There are a lot of things to think of, décor wise, while planning a wedding. The decorations that you use on your wedding day will not only be there for functionality, (i.e. tables need a centerpiece so that they look nice), but also to show your guests who you are as a couple! One of our favorite ways to do this is through wedding signage. There are many options for wedding day signage, and it can feel overwhelming when trying to decide what you want and need to display. Here are our suggestions for 6 essential wedding signs.
Wedding hashtags are a fun way for your guests to tag and share candid photos from your wedding day. In order for guests to know that there's a hashtag for the event, you need to let them know about it... which is where a wedding hashtag sign comes in! You can create your own, order one on Etsy, or download one from Chicfetti. We recommend placing this sign on your reception sign-in table, or by your escort or name cards. In the excitement of the event, some guests may not notice your sign, so we also suggest asking your DJ to announce the hashtag a couple of times during the evening!
Individual menu cards for guests are lovely, but sometimes there just isn't any room for them in the budget. If this is the case we have a couple of suggestions for displaying the dinner menu for guests.
If you're serving a buffet, you can display a large menu board on an easel near the buffet entrance. This is a wonderful, economical, and eco-friendly way to show your guests what awaits them for dinner.
For a plated or family-style meal, you can place 1-2 framed menus at each table.
If you've been following us for any time at all, you know that we love a good love quote. Displaying your favorite love quote(s) on the various tables at your event – think guestbook table, dessert/cake table, and gift table – can really show your guests your personality as a couple. If you put them in some cute frames, these signs can also serve as decorative pieces!
Unplugged ceremonies are becoming more and more popular, and placing one of these signs at your ceremony is one of our top suggestions. Basically, an unplugged ceremony is when you ask guests to put down their cameras and phones, and be fully present with you while you exchange your vows. And you don't have to worry about not having photos of this special moment – your photographer will get plenty of photos that you will be able to share with your family & friends.
Most weddings take place in at least two spaces, and routing guests from the ceremony to cocktail hour to reception can be a bit tricky. To help ease any confusion, and let guests know what to expect next, you can display directional signage to let guests know where to go next, and a tentative timeline. To help guests get an idea of what to expect next, I also usually ask the officiant to make an announcement at the very end of the ceremony.
Pick a seat, not a side
These signs have been popular for the last few years, but they're still a favorite of mine. Upon arriving at the ceremony, many guests wonder where they should sit, knowing that one side is for the bride's guests, and the other for the groom's guests. However, many of your guests won't know which side is which! This is where a “pick a seat, not a side” sign comes in. These are great because they let your guests know that you don't want them to worry about this tradition, and that everyone there is about to become one big, happy family.
If you're still looking to add more signs/information/details, here are some additional items to consider!
- Wedding Programs
- Seating Chart
- Gift table
- Table numbers
We hope that this guide has been helpful, lovelies! Let us know which signs you're planning to use for your Big Day!
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You just got engaged - congratulations! This is one of the most exciting times in your life, and it's about to get more exciting as you begin your journey to saying "I do". There are a lot of decisions to make as you begin this journey, and you may be wondering what to do first. Here's where to start:
1) Take a few days to let your engagement soak in
The first few days after you get engaged are an emotional time. There's the excitement and happiness when you realize that someone has asked you to spend the rest of your life with them, as well as the whirlwind of sharing your news with all of your family and friends. Take 2-3 weeks to let everything settle before you jump in and start scheduling cake tastings and dress fittings. I know it may seem impossible to wait this long, but doing this will allow you and your fiance to get on the same page before you start making important wedding decisions.
2) Determine how you'd like to say "I Do"
There are a lot of ways to get married, and not all of them involve a wedding. Before doing any planning, you should take some time to discuss your wedding plans and preferences. Maybe you prefer to have an intimate ceremony with only close friends and family present, and then celebrate with a month-long honeymoon in Europe. Or, maybe you'd like to have a "weddingmoon" in Hawaii, getting married on the beach and celebrating your honeymoon at the same time. There are no rules saying that you have to have a wedding, and your decision on how you begin your life together should be based around the two of you and what you really want. If you do decide to have a wedding, some questions to ask yourselves are:
- Who you'll invite - make a list of all of the family and friends that you'd like to invite to your wedding
- Where you'll get married - when determining a location consider the time of year, travel distance for guests, and other events taking place at the time. For example, having a wedding during Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque means more expensive hotel accommodations for out-of-town guests.
- When you'll get married - Again, consider the time of year. If you know that you want to get married outdoors, opt for a time of year when you & your guests will be most comfortable outside. Also take into consideration dates that might be meaningful to a large number of your guests. For example, if a large family event or celebration is taking place close to the date you're considering, and in a different location, you may want to space the events out a bit so that guests won't feel the pressure to pay for and take time off for multiple trips all at once.
3) Create a budget
After you have some ideas of what kind of event you'd like to have, the next step is finding out what you can afford. Hopefully you already have some idea, but it's good to sit down and create an actual budget to help you determine how much you have to work with, and when. Start by making a list of money that you already have, as well as any funds that are being contributed by family. After you have this amount, determine how much money you can afford to set aside each month to help pay for the event. Don't stretch yourselves too thin trying to pay for your wedding, and also remember to set 5-10% of your budget aside for unexpected expenses. Also remember that in the beginning you'll need to put down deposits, and many vendors ask for a 20-50% deposit for products and services. As the planning continues, try to make monthly payments towards the services you chosen so that you aren't stressed trying to make a lot of large payments right before the wedding.
4) Book your venue first
The venue that you pick will have an effect on many other aspects of your wedding, so it's best if you pick your venue first. When looking at venues, consider the feel that you're going for and what's most important to you. Also take into consideration accessibility, what's included in the rental fee, time of year and guest comfort, and the wedding day timeline. For example, if the venue allows you access at 12pm and you were hoping to have a 1pm ceremony, you may need to adjust your timing a little to allow enough time for setup before guests arrive.
When you begin to plan your wedding, there are many decisions to be made and things to consider. We hope that this list will help guide you as you begin planning your Big Day! Congratulations, again - we wish you all the best on this journey, and as you begin your marriage!
Earlier this year I was doing some research on new wedding practices and trends, when I came across the term “green wedding”. At first I thought a green wedding was one that used the color green as the theme, but I quickly realized that this “green” had to do with the environment… and that it was far from just being a trend. Eager to learn more, I decided to do a bit more research on what exactly a green wedding is.
The website greenbrideguide.com describes a green wedding as “any wedding where the couple tries to decrease the impact of their event on the planet”. The website goes on to list these facts:
- Every year there are close to 2.5 million weddings
- Each wedding produces, on average, 62 tons of carbon dioxide and 400-600 lbs. of garbage total
This amounts to a lot of waste for all of the weddings that take place every year, but if every couple were to make just one green decision for their wedding that would be 2.5 million green decisions - enough to make a big difference. What’s more is that green wedding choices are usually better for your wallet as well. Interested? Here are 5 ways to green your Albuquerque or Santa Fe wedding day!
Transportation for guests to and from a wedding is what accounts for most of the carbon dioxide emissions associated with an event. You can reduce this impact by choosing a location that is close to many of your guests. If transportation is required from one venue to another, ask guests to carpool or consider taking public transportation, such as the Railrunner. Use your imagination and let your personalities shine through!
The average meal travels 1500 miles to get from farm to plate (via greenbrideguide.com). Additionally, many crops are still produced using synthetic fertilizers and sprayed with harmful chemicals. Choosing locally sourced and organic fare is one of the best ways to green the food served at your wedding.
Gifts & Favors
One of the best things about New Mexico is our local flavor and flare – first time and repeat visitors are enchanted by it! Celebrate our state by choosing local items for your favors and welcome bags. Some ideas include jars of locally-made salsa, chocolate, and green chile. Gifts & favors like these not only help boost our local economy, but are also an eco-friendly option because they weren’t transported for miles & miles to get here, which reduces the carbon footprint of your wedding.
There are so many great ways to green the flowers at your wedding! Some options include:
· Reuse your flowers – cut down on wasted flowers by repurposing flowers from one area to another. For example, use flowers from the chairs at your ceremony to decorate the head table at your reception.
· Donate your flowers – I’ve seen brides give back to the community after their weddings by donating flowers to a nursing home, hospice care center, or to a hospital. Often times after your wedding you have no use for all of the flowers that are left over, and knowing what your donation will mean to the people who receive them will brighten both your day and theirs!
Reuse your décor
Often times for weddings there is an assortment of décor purchased that you will have little to no use for after the wedding, and many of these items will end up being thrown out. Follow these tips to reduce the amount of waste after your Big Day:
· Instead of buying so many items for your wedding, try to use what you already have instead. For example, maybe you have a cute basket that could be used as your flower girl’s basket; add some ribbon to incorporate your wedding colors! Instead of buying a card box, use a cute old suitcase or small chest for a vintage vibe.
· Reduce waste by renting what you might not use again. For example, if you don’t think you’ll need a cake stand again you can rent one from your cake designer instead of buying one. Similarly, many florists will rent vases to you so that you don’t have to buy them.
· Buy used instead of new - check out eBay and similar websites for décor that is being sold from another event. Couples who have just had a wedding may be trying to sell some of their items online for a discounted price, and they’re likely to still be in good condition. After your event your can also try to resell your décor for another couple to enjoy!
· Try to find a use for your wedding décor in your home. Maybe you used wooden table numbers that can be repurposed as the street numbers on your home. Or, maybe some of the vases you used to decorate your guest tables can now be used to decorate an end table in your home. Every time you see the item in your home you’ll remember your wedding day!
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At Just Lovely Wedding & Event Planning, not only are we wedding planners & coordinators, we're also hopeless romantics. As a matter of fact, I will admit that early on in my wedding coordinating days, I was standing with a bride behind closed doors awaiting her processional song to come on so I could open the doors for her to walk down the aisle. All was going well, and then the song "Remember When" by Alan Jackson came on - and we both lost it. The bride & I cried ALL the tears behind those big wooden doors. Not much has changed for me since then, except that I now try to hold it together until the bride is down the aisle. :)
As we wrap up our incredible 2015 wedding season, we've reflected back on all of the beautiful unions that we had the opportunity to witness this year, and each one truly warms our hearts. We dedicate these love quotes to the beautiful couples that we met this past year - may your lives be continually blessed with love & happiness. <3
Have a Happy Monday, lovelies! Don't forget to tell someone that you love & appreciate them today! :)
PS - We love & appreciate you!
Happy Halloween, lovelies! Although I love all the holidays, I admit that I have not done much for Halloween in recent years. However, a couple of months ago I found some vintage-type glassware that I felt had somewhat of a mysterious/creepy aesthetic to it, and I felt inspired to create a Halloween-themed table top. I've been preparing for it for the last couple of weeks, and am really pleased with how it turned out and am so excited to share it with you all! I hope you enjoy it, and that you it inspires you in some way!
I hope you enjoyed this styled table scape as much as I enjoyed creating it! If you have questions or comments, I'd love to hear from you!