As the 2016 wedding season is winding down, I want to start highlighting all of the wonderful weddings we were a part of this year! First up is Steph and Matt! Steph called me about six weeks before her May wedding in a panic. She didn't realize that she would need a Day of Coordinator until all of the last minute items started piling on. She had been very organized during all of the planning, but was smart enough to realize she wanted to actually enjoy her wedding! After a long meeting at a local Starbucks, I was ready to start the 2016 wedding season! Steph and Matt were married at Aldan Union Church in front of 160 friends and family members.
May 21 was a very rainy day, but it didn't stop anyone from having a great time. The reception was held at The Old Mill in Rose Valley, PA which fit nicely into the couple's vintage, rustic theme. One of my favorite parts of this wedding was listening to the speeches and learning about how the couple met (high school sweethearts!) and how their relationship grew over the years.
Another favorite of mine was the unity rope the couple used during their ceremony. This was based on a Bible verse about a cord made from three strands woven together being stronger than any one strand alone. Matt attached three pieces of rope to a rustic-looking board, one representing himself, one representing Steph, and the third representing their faith and the role it will play in their marriage. The couple braided the cords together during the ceremony.
I love the little details that Steph incorporated into her wedding, like the Kate Spade theme ribbon for the bridesmaids bouquets. The navy blue fit nicely into the Spring season and made for gorgeous tablescapes during dinner.
The cake was truly a labor of love, made by Matt's cousin Rachel, who happened to be a professional baker. Rachel stayed with Matt's family the week of the wedding so she could bake the cake and assemble its tiers. The sugar flowers were handmade in Seattle, where she lives.
Steph and Matt decided to do a 'First Look' and take all of their bridal party portraits prior to their ceremony. They went to the Old Mill to take pictures around the grounds, then headed back for their ceremony. The rain held out for these pictures, so it was a good thing they got them in ahead of time! Ashlee Mintz Photography did an amazing job of capturing this couples love for each other. (As you can see by the smiles on their faces!)
When you spend the entire day with someone, you learn a lot about them. Especially if that day happens to be their wedding day! I learned that Matt's four brothers served as his groomsmen. Most of these guys were already married, so it was nice to see them give Matt some brotherly advice throughout the day.
Steph and Matt were so sweet and I truly enjoyed working with them! Best wishes to this happy couple, and thank you for starting off our 2016 wedding season in such a fabulous way!
Ceremony Venue: Aldan Union Church, Aldan, PA
Reception Venue: The Old Mill, Rose Valley, PA
Day of Coordinator: Table 1 Events
Photographer: Ashlee Mintz Photography
Florist: Amaranth Florist
Stationary: Wedding Paper Divas
Dress Shop: Bridal Sophisticate
Dress Designer: Essence of Australia
Caterer: Conner Catering
Cake: Rachel Skvaril, The Fondant Flinger
DJ: Kevin Henley
Videography: Seth Umbenhauer Wedding Cinematography
Hair & Makeup: Onde Spalon
Officiant: Mark Tindall
Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Angelo from Weddington Way
Guys Attire: Jos A. Bank
Click here see more pictures from Steph + Matt's big day!
Ever been to a wedding that...well....just sucked? What was the reason? Maybe the food was terrible, or the DJ played music you weren't into. But a lot of times, guests don't enjoy themselves at weddings because of minor issues that could have been avoided. In this blog we cover some items that brides and grooms can do to ensure their guests have a great time.
How and where you seat your guests is huge. There are some very simple steps to take when planning your seating chart. Elderly people should not sit near the music. If possible, sit them near the bathroom. You can put your college friends near the bar, just make sure not to put any friends in recovery near the bar. Make sure your tables and chairs on not on top of each other. Everyone needs some personal space.
You should have actual seat assignments at your wedding, even if you are having a very casual wedding. Having seat assignments help guests sit down quicker. Also you don't want guests feeling awkward by not having anyone to sit with.
If you are having an outside ceremony or reception, you will need to take extra steps to ensure your guest are comfortable. If you are getting married in the middle of August and it's 95 degrees out, get air conditioning units in the tents. Or bring in some type of portable units. If it's December, bring in portable heating. If your guests are too hot or too cold, chances are that is the only thing they will remember about your wedding day.
Again, outside venues require a lot more work. You should have bug spray, sunscreen, fans, umbrellas, blankets, or flip flops available. These can be displayed in a basket or cute bin near the bathrooms. If you are getting married in a 'woodsy' area, consider getting the area professionally sprayed for bugs prior to the wedding.
Bathrooms. Yes, this is something you need to think about. Make sure you have enough bathrooms for your guests. You should have two bathrooms per 100 guests. Also, you will need to think about how the bathrooms will remain stocked and clean throughout the night. This is particularly important if you have to rent bathrooms for your event.
Food. If you forget everything else in this blog post, remember this. You need enough food to feed all of your guests! You should never run out of food at a wedding. Same goes with drinks. Although I have been to several weddings were they run out of beer, or wine, or the specialty drink. Just make sure you don't run out of alcohol all together. Also, when selecting food for your cocktail hour and reception, have a wide variety of options. You shouldn't only offer sushi and seafood at your cocktail hour, and only have crab cakes at your reception. Chances are some of your guests won't like seafood. You should mix up the food that is offered to your guests.
Communication. Communication is very important to your wedding guests. Make sure your invitations clearly spell out the important details of your wedding. Times, food options, transportation, and lodging information should be on your invitation and on your wedding website. You should also communicate if your venue will take place outside. Guests will need to know how to dress and what type of shoes to wear (some ladies prefer not to wear heels to an outdoor ceremony). If you are incorporating religious traditions into your ceremony, you should communicate this to your guests in your ceremony programs. Example: If you are Jewish and will be breaking the glass, explain what this tradition means in your ceremony program. It will help your guests enjoy the ceremony rather than be confused.
Last but not least- the married couple needs to say hello to everyone. Sometime during your reception you should get up and walk around to each table and thank your guests for coming. If you follow these simple rules I have no doubt your guests will leave happy!