Sammy and Bernard were married on October 29th (Halloween weekend!) at World Cafe Live at the Queen, which is a music venue in Wilmington, Delaware. When I met this couple, I knew immediately that they wanted a unique and fun wedding. They had a music-themed wedding, sprinkled with a mix of Halloween. This couple worked very hard to make sure their wedding was anything but cookie-cutter!
The venue totally fit the Sammy and Bernard's style and could easily be transformed into an event space.
The couple used their favorite CD albums instead of traditional table numbers. Each table had a picture of an album cover so that guests could find their seats.
One of my favorite moments of the wedding was the ceremony. Sammy had kept all of the flower petals that Bernard has ever given her (swoon!) and the flower girls used these petals when they walked down the aisle. This was such a beautiful event to see.
Bernard has three nephews who are triplets and served as the ring bearers. Once of the triplets was not able to walk down the aisle, so Bernard, with the help of his family, built a remote controlled car to help him. Read more about that here.
Sammy and Bernard made a painting during their wedding ceremony, as a symbol of their love and commitment to each other.
During cocktail hour the couple took bridal party portraits, however these were anything but boring! Sammy and Bernard rented the "Ghostbusters" car to take pictures in front of. They were such a fun couple to work with!
The picture below is one of my favorites!
Sammy's bridesmaids each wore different fall-colored dress, which perfectly fit in with the season.
The groomsmen added some flair to their attire by wearing fun socks!
The Bachelor Boys Band played throughout the reception as guests danced the night away.
Instead of a traditional guestbook, guests signed records! This was perfect for the music-themed event.
Sammy & Bernard's team of wedding professionals:
Ceremony & Reception location: World Café Live at the Queen
Day of Coordinator: Table 1 Events
Photographer: JFS Photography Design
Music: Bachelor Boys Band
Florist: Jill's Flowers and Frills
Cake: Sweet Somethings Desserts
Transportation: Dave's Limousine
Table 1 Events Honored For Excellence With 2017 WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award®
Havertown, PA – January 10, 2017 – WeddingWire, the leading global online marketplace for the wedding and event industry, announced Table 1 Events as a winner of the esteemed 2017 WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® for Wedding Planning in Philadelphia.
The Couples’ Choice Awards recognize the top five percent of wedding professionals on WeddingWire who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness, and professionalism. The prestigious awards are given to the top local wedding professionals across more than 20 service categories, from wedding venues to wedding photographers, based on their professional achievements from the previous year.
The WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards winners are determined solely based on reviews from real newlyweds and their experiences working with Table 1 Events. Award-winning vendors are distinguished for the quality, quantity, consistency and timeliness of the reviews they have received from their past clients.
“The Couples’ Choice Awards’ ninth year features one of the most impressive groups of dedicated and acclaimed wedding professionals yet,” said Timothy Chi, CEO, WeddingWire. “It is our honor to work with high-caliber merchants, such as Table 1 Events who not only make a couple's big day possible, but also contribute to the more than 2.5 million U.S. reviews represented on WeddingWire. We congratulate all of this year's winners on their achievements.”
As a Couples’ Choice Awards® winner, Table 1 Events is highlighted on WeddingWire, which is comprised of more than 200,000 wedding professionals in the U.S.
Table 1 Events is thrilled to be one of the top Wedding Planners in Philadelphia on WeddingWire. We would like to thank our past clients for taking the time to review our business on WeddingWire. We truly value all of our clients and appreciate the positive feedback that helped us earn a 2017 WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award.
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Ever wonder what a Day of Coordinator does? Also called a Wedding Coordinator, this person is usually hired a few months prior to the wedding and is in charge of overseeing the weekend activities. Certified Wedding Planners will offer these 'day of services'.
The coordinator starts working with the engaged couple 6-8 weeks prior to the wedding, and will create and execute a detailed timeline. The coordinator works with all vendors involved with the wedding, and makes sure the couple and their families are taken care of. Throughout this blog we will cover some specifics of what a wedding coordinator can do for you!
Who are those people holding the umbrellas? They are wedding coordinators! Specifically, that is a picture of me and one of my assistants, waiting in the rain for a bridal party to arrive by trolley. Since it was raining, we made sure that the bridesmaids, bride, and mother of the bride would not get wet on their way into the church. This is one of the hundreds of small details a coordinator will cover on your wedding day.
Here's another one of us on a rainy wedding day in the city. Our job is to make sure those hours the bride just spent to get ready don't go to waste!
Those are my hands! Coordinators arrive to the church or ceremony location very early. We make sure all of the groomsmen look 'wedding ready'. Sometimes this means pinning on their boutineers or tying their bow ties. At ceremonies we can help hand out wedding programs, help escort guests, and get the bridal party lined up to walk down the aisle. We calm down brides before they make their trek down the aisle, we fluff gowns, fix veils, roll out aisle runners, and work with your officiant and musician to make sure the ceremony runs smoothly.
Me again! I swear this blog is not intended to have tons of pictures of myself. But I think it's important to see what a coordinator actually does, especially if you are on the fence about hiring one for your own wedding. Have you ever been to a wedding where it was clear the couple could have used more help? Maybe the ceremony did not start on time, you had to wait until 10:00 pm to eat your dinner, or the bride's mother was running around not enjoying herself? Most likely this couple did not have a wedding coordinator.
Not the most flattering picture of me, but did you ever think about who will get the door for the bride? Who is holding her stuff while she walks down the aisle to her fiance? These are the things a wedding coordinator will take care of.
One of the bigger challenges of a ceremony can be to get little ones down the aisle. It's a long day for a toddler, and sometimes they are just not in the mood to be in a wedding. The picture above is from Sammy + Bernard's wedding which got picked up by The Chive. We all worked very hard to get little Cooper down the aisle and he did not disapoint! If you are going to have flower girls and ring bearers in your wedding party you need to think about who will be in back helping them fullfill their job duties.
OK now the fun stuff-- the reception. Usually a wedding coordinator will head over to your reception site immediatley following the ceremony, or they may have been there hours earlier to set up. A wedding coordinator can set up your tables, chairs, and linens. We make sure your seating chart cooresponds to the number of tables and chairs set up (you wouldn't believe how often we find mistakes!) We set up all of your decor-- pictures, candles, gift card box, signs, lanterns, table numbers, escort cards, favors, etc. Once your reception get started we work with your vendors, specifically your DJ/Band and caterer, to make sure your timeline is followed.
Throughout your reception we make sure you, your family, and guests are all taken care of. This might mean helping Grandma to the bathroom, getting your drinks from the bar, getting Uncle Lou a new chair, and getting an Uber for your college roommate. After your reception has ended we help clean up and load up your gifts into someone's car. We can even return rentals the next day. Who is going to return all of your groomsmen's tuxedos the morning after your wedding?
We also bring a ton of "stuff" with us to your wedding. We bring 'Bridal Emergency Kits' that have items like hairspray and bobby pins, but we also bring items like hammers, hand steamers, bottle openers, and extension cords.
Wedding Coordinators can also drop off Welcome Bags to hotels, can drop off items at your venue days before your wedding, and can bring decor for couples to use. My couples have used my box for wedding cards, as well as signage. One bride used a spare garter I had brought to her wedding, and another couple used a spare cake cutting set since they forgot theirs. A coordinator makes sure nothing falls through the cracks on your wedding day.
Most coordinators do free consultations with a couple. I suggest taking advantage of this! Meet with a coordinator (or several!) to see what a wedding coordinator can do for you on your wedding.
If you follow me on social media, you know that I have been recapping all of Table 1 Events' weddings this past year. Up next is one of my favorite couples--Meghan and Jimmy! I have known the groom since I was little. We went to elementary school togther. We kind of lost touch, but I was thrilled when he contacted me asking if I was available to be his Wedding Planner for his September wedding! I always consider it such an honor when someone you know asks you to be a part of one of the biggest days of their life.
Through the planning process I got to know Meghan, and she compliments Jim so nicely. This couple was so sweet and fun to work with. Their wedding was a ton of fun-- here are the highlights! (P.S.-- These pictures are by FAR my favorite. So forgive me in advance for posting so many. I couldn't choose which ones I liked the best! Kudos to Olivia Rae Photography!)
Meghan and Jimmy were married on September 10 at the Philander Chase Knox Estate in Malvern. This was the hottest wedding day of the year-- however no one seemed to mind! Everyone was just happy to be there and celebrating the love of this couple.
One of my favorite things about this wedding was all of the personalized details. From the personalized jenga and baggo games, to the choreographed first dance, this couple thought of it all! As a wedding planner, I love when a couple puts in the effort to make their wedding unique and represents them as a couple.
Meghan and Jimmy did a First Look, as shown below. It was a beautiful, emotional moment for the soon to be newlyweds!
The entire bridal party looked gorgeous. The bridesmaids wore blush colored dresses which complimented the pastel floral arrangements.
During their ceremony, Meghan + Jim released butterflies. This was beautiful way to exit their ceremony as Mr. + Mrs.!
Over 200 guests enjoyed cocktail hour on the patio and in the estate, then moved back outside under a tent for the reception.
The crowd danced the night away to the sounds of Dels Groove!
Meghan + Jimmy's team of Wedding Professionals:
Ceremony + Reception Venue: The Philander Chase Knox Estate
Catering: Robert Ryan Catering
Wedding Planner: Table 1 Events
Photographer: Olivia Rae Photography
Band: Dels Groove
Photobooth: DAZ Entertainment
Officiant: Cindi Babiak
Florist: Sommerfield Designs + Jami Coppock
Cake: Master Baker
Videographer: Noah Petrie
Transportation: Krapf Coaches
Invitations & Stationary: Paper and Posh
Hair: Alaina DiRocco + Alyssa Gallen from Avante Salon
Makeup: Nadia Grier + Breanna Berk
Chalkboard signs: Stacie Lee Designs
Kayla and Keith were married on July 30th at The Mansion on Main Street in Voorhees, NJ. I had been to the Mansion a few times, but never to work a wedding. So I was very excited when I booked this wedding. The Mansion is known for it's opulence and upscale ballrooms.
Kayla and Keith live in North Jersey but have a lot of family in the Philadelphia area, so they wanted a venue that was halfway between the two locations. The Mansion offered everything they were looking for. I loved this couple's choice of colors- blush and gold, which was speckled throughout their wedding.
Kayla's dress was breathtaking. I love when a bride wears a dress that makes you say "Wow!" This dress had over 20 hooks to bustle!
Their ceremony was held onsite and about 70 guests attended. Their ceremony was filled with love and a lot of laughter!
I love all of the little details of this wedding. You can tell when a bride and groom take extra steps to ensure their wedding is unique and represents them!
Kayla wore her mother's brooch on her dress in honor of her late mother. Just another beautiful element of this wedding.
Kayla and Keith had a Signature Drink called "As Good As Gold", which perfectly complimented the theme of the evening. The drink contained vodka, lemon juice, honey simple syrup, with a splash of champagne. Yum!
Carl Alan Florist did an amazing job with all of the florals for this wedding.
I am a huge cake snob and always look at the cake at weddings. This cake was hands down one of my favorites!
This was one of my favorite group pictures of all the weddings I have done. We got every single guest to go to the stairway for this shot. Kudos to Ambar Moreno Photography!
Megan and Mark's wedding was one of my favorite weddings this year. They were married on July 15th at the Old Mill in Rose Valley. These college sweethearts selected the Old Mill because of its natural elegance, which I believe was a perfect fit for their personalities and character.
When recalling the details of her wedding day, Megan said her dress was much more elegant than she could have imagined. She purchased the dress for $250 from a used bridal store, then paid about $700 to have it altered. It was unique in that the bottom was very full and heavy with lots of layers of tulle, but otherwise it was simple in color and bodice shape.
One of her favorite memories of the day was the ceremony, as it served as a time to worship the Lord. The reception was filled with many words of love and gratitude to everyone who helped make the day possible, and finally lots of fun and dancing.
One of my favorite things about Megan and Mark's wedding was the beautiful little details. From the mismatched bridesmaids dresses, to their matching paisley robes, every detail had been well thought out.
The picture below is one of my absolute favorite pictures. The couple did not want to see each other before their ceremony, but wanted to get pictures taken 'together'. Their photographer did an amazing job staging this so they couldn't see each other!
Their bridal party was very sweet. I love when everyone cooperates for pictures, especially on hot days like this one!
The ceremony was held outside, on the grounds of the Old Mill. It was a truly beautiful ceremony that perfectly reflected the couple's commitment to God and to each other.
Megan created a DIY Photo Booth which everyone had fun with!
I love how Conner Catering put together their tablescapes. Everything was simple, understated, and elegant.
Their cake was from Master Baker and cake topper was purchased from Z Create Designs. I love the simple, classic look of this delicious cake!
These wedding guests were so much fun-- they didn't want to stop dancing!
Megan and Mark's team of Wedding Professionals:
Ceremony & Reception Location: The Old Mill at Rose Valley, PA
Catering: Conner Catering
Wedding Planner: Table 1 Events
Photography: Demi Mabry Photography
Videography: Giovanna Arguello
Hair & Makeup: Allison McAllister Onsite Hair and Makeup
Florist: Johnson's Gardens
Cake: Master Baker
Invitations: A Paper Wedding
Rings: Steven Singer
DJ: Jamie Grimble
Bridal Gown Designer: Justin Alexander
Bridal Store: Church Street Bridal
Bridesmaid dresses: Azazie
Grooms and Groomsmen attire: J. Ferrar
Ahhhh, the good ole wedding day timeline. This single document has been know to stress out even the most even-keeled brides and grooms. Once your wedding day gets close, you will need a timeline. All of your vendors will need this as well. Your fiance, immediate family, and bridal party will need to see the finalized document. If you have a wedding planner, the planner will do this for you. However, they will need your input. If you don't have a planner, this is something you will need to create. But don't panic! By following the simple steps highlighted below, you will be able to create a flawless timeline for your big day.
1. The four big items.
Once you are ready to start your timeline, write down the times of the following:
By doing this you can see how much you need to cram in a five to seven hour window.
2. The Rehearsal
The ceremony rehearsal often gets overlooked, but should be added to your timeline. Some of your vendors will need to attend, as well as your entire bridal party and some family. Usually the rehearsal is held the night before the wedding, but sometimes it's held two days prior.
3. The morning of.
I can't stress how important it is to plan out the morning of your wedding. If you fall behind schedule in the morning, everything else will run behind. Think about where you will be waking up that morning. Will you be in your own house? Your parents house? A hotel? If you won't be at your own house, think and prepare several days before about what you need. Think about where and what you will be eating for breakfast (You need to eat!).
4. Hair and Makeup.
This goes hand-in-hand with your morning schedule. Are you going to a salon? Do you have a hair and makeup professional coming to you? Are you doing your own hair and makeup? Try to nail down the times for hair and makeup well before the big day. If you are driving to a salon, make to sure take into account the time it takes to get there, traffic, etc. Create a detailed schedule for hair and makeup by each person. For example, Bridesmaid A is getting hair done while Bridesmaid B is getting makeup done. Then Bridesmaid C gets hair done while Bridesmaid D gets makeup done. And most importantly- make sure you schedule yourself enough time to for yourself get hair and makeup done. Don't go last. Go somewhere in the middle. If you don't like how your hair or makeup looks, you will have enough time to fix it.
Chances are you will be with your bridal party for most of the day, usually several hours before your ceremony starts. Don't forget to plan ahead for lunch. The easiest thing is to get something delivered to you. You (or your mom) should not be stressing over what to cook everyone. Get a sandwich tray delivered. Veggie trays go a long way too.
6. Transportation and floral deliveries.
Your florist will most likely work with you ahead of time to figure out a delivery schedule for your florals. The florist will drop your bouquets off to you, deliver florals to the ceremony location, and centerpieces to the reception venue.
Wedding Planner Tip: Make sure you have your bouquet and bridesmaids bouquets with you by the time your photographer arrives.
And please don't forget about transportation. Confirm arrival times with your transportation company well before your wedding day. Make sure they know the distance between venues and start times of everything.
7. Your vendors.
You will need to figure out what times your vendors are arriving and what time they are leaving. If your photographer is arriving by noon, you should have your hair and makeup finished around 11:00. Make sure you are aware of the time your vendors are leaving as well. Some vendors like photographers and videographers leave an hour before your reception ends.
8. Ceremony logistics.
As a wedding planner, I find the ceremony often gets overlooked. Couples don't realize that you need to spend time planning for your ceremony. Your timeline should include what time groomsmen will arrive to the ceremony location, who will be handing out programs and escorting guests, who will be pinning boutineers on, etc. Plan what time the girls will be arriving and where they will go when they get there. This is especially important if the bride does not want anyone to see her prior to the ceremony.
9. After the ceremony.
Congratulations, you're married! Now what? Are you staying at your church for family pictures? Are you doing a receiving line? Are you heading out somewhere for pictures with your bridal party? Think about this and time it out accordingly.
Wedding Planner Tip: Don't hang around in the back of your church or ceremony area if you're short on time. You will get bombarded with hugs and kisses from well-meaning guests. They will all want to get a picture with you. This can be a big time-suck.
11. Cocktail Hour.
Do you want to attend Cocktail Hour, or did you want to make a grand entrance at your reception? Plan this out in your timeline.
12. The Reception.
This is where couples get a little stressed. During your reception, several items will need to happen. Here is a sample of what to include during your reception timeline:
Wedding Planner Tip: The cake should be cut an hour and half before your reception ends.
13. After the reception.
Your wedding is over. But you should still have a few things scheduled. Who is packing up your gifts? Are you coming back to your venue the next day to pick up your decor? Will your florist or rental company be coming back to pick up items? Are you having an after-party?
14. The next day.
If you are having a ton of guests in from out of town, it might be nice to plan a brunch the next day. Sometimes parents host out of town guests at their house. If you are planning something, make sure your guests know so they can plan accordingly.
A wedding planner can help you create a timeline. But there are also resources available to help you. Timeline Genius is a great website that creates timelines for you. I personally use Excel to help my couples stay on track. Once your timeline is finalized, make sure all of your vendors get a copy.
Wedding Planning can be a very stressful time, not only for the engaged couple, but for their families as well. Most people have never planned a wedding before, so they are trying to learn the process, and also realizing for the first time how much weddings cost. During this blog post we will give you some helpful tips and tricks to stay sane during one of the most stressful times of your life!
Talk with your family.
One of the first things you need to do to keep your sanity is to have frank conversations with anyone involved in your wedding. You need to talk to your fiance and family about what type of wedding you want, a budget and who is paying for what, and expectations. This can be a very difficult conversation to have, and this needs to be done early in the wedding planning process. You should know before you book your venue if your parents are contributing financially to your wedding. Also, have a set budget. Some couples open a separate bank account that is only used to pay for wedding-related items. This can help keep you from going over-budget.
Communicate with your vendors.
When you are interviewing and selecting vendors, make sure they are aware of your expectations. Don't be afraid to ask questions about the services they can perform. It's better to be upfront about what you want rather than to assume the vendor knows what you want.
Make sure you read each contract from your wedding vendors. This is so important, especially when it comes to venue contracts and catering contracts. If you have questions about what is included in your contract, call the vendor before you sign. They will be happy to explain their contract to you. This will eliminate any confusion moving forward.
Find resources that work for you.
If you are planning a wedding, you need something to keep you organized. Maybe it's a large binder that you keep all of your important documents in. Maybe it's an online organizer that keeps you on schedule. Whatever method you prefer, find something that works for you. Wedding planning is like taking on a part-time job. One secret I use for creating seating assignments and keeping track of meals is AllSeated. This is a free service and can be shared with your wedding vendors.
Limit the time you spend wedding planning.
Yes you read that correctly. It's so easy nowadays to get caught up on Pinterest and Etsy, and before you know it, five hours of your day just flew by. Limit the time each day you spend wedding planning. I tell all of my couples that you just need to carve out one hour each day to set aside for wedding planning. When you start to get stressed, plan a "wedding free" weekend where you do not do any wedding planning at all! Spend this time doing something that you enjoy doing--something you can do with your fiance. Maybe you used to go hiking on Saturday mornings. Grab your fiance and go for a hike! The wedding plans can wait.
Outsource certain tasks.
I realize not everyone has a million dollar wedding budget and you might not be able to completely outsource a lot of wedding planning tasks. But I do encourage you take take advantage of the resources right in front of you-- your friends and family. Believe it or not, your future mother-in-law might be dying for the chance to help out! Put her in charge of finding a florist. And don't let your fiance off the hook! Put him or her in charge of selecting your song playlist or have them come up with your 'signature drink' name. And your friend who just took a calligraphy course? Ask her to write out your escort cards or make a wedding sign. Family and friends love to feel like they were a part of making your big day so special. Don't feel that everything falls on you.
I know this is much easier said than done. But try not to fight with your fiance. Chances are, they are just as stressed as you. At the end of the day, remember that you are both on the same team.
Don't constantly talk about your wedding.
Are you the girl at work who updates her co-workers daily about her wedding? Don't be. Limit how much you talk about your wedding. Unless someone specifically asks you how your wedding plans are coming along, don't give a daily download. No one wants to hear about how you found your dream wedding dress but it doesn't come in 'off white'.
Realize that you are not an expert.
So you have a subscription to Brides magazine and you watch Say Yes to the Dress on the regular. You were a bridesmaid in three weddings and you have eleven Pinterest boards for your dream wedding. This does not make you an expert wedding planner, florist, photographer, caterer, or stationer. Your vendors have been in the event planning business for several years and have seen all types of weddings. They have seen what can go wrong when things are not done properly, or when there is no backup plan. Trust that your vendors know more about weddings than you do. Your photographer will know what time of day the sun will set, and your florist will know which flowers will look better in pictures based on the color of your bridesmaid dresses.
Maybe your best friend just got engaged, or your niece, cousin, whoever. You know you don't want to get your recently engaged loved one a boring gift card to Bed, Bath, and Beyond (although we love the BB&B!). You want to give them something different, that they will remember for years to come. Here's seven unique ideas that are sure to make you the hit of the engagement party:
What is it? Similar to Birch Box, this is a monthly subscription for brides delivered to their door. Each month, the bride to be receives a surprise box full of bridal gifts and goodies. You decide the length, and the bride receives cute bridal swag!
2. Tickets to a wedding expo
Wedding expos, or bridal shows, are a great way for couples to find and meet vendors, get ideas, and sometimes get discounted pricing on services. You can do a quick Google search for upcoming bridal shows in the couples area and pay for tickets online. An upcoming big show in Philadelphia is the David Tutera Your Wedding Experience on February 28.
You can purchase a gift card to this unique wedding dress preservation service. This Philadelphia area company sketches your wedding dress and turns it into a piece of art.
Commemorate the start of a family with a custom cross-stitch portrait. Send the artist a photo of the couple and their new name or their wedding date. You can even include the couple's beloved cat or dog. The cross-stitch comes framed, matted and ready to adorn the walls of their newlywed nest.
5. An Experience.
Sounds simple enough. Give the give of an elaborate date night, that's already set up for them. Maybe it's a day at the spa, a wine tour, or a hot air balloon ride. Websites like Cloud9Living.com and Experiences.com can help you find and book events in your area.
6. Pay for a wedding vendor or service.
If you're close with the couple, a nice gesture is to offer to pay for a service for their wedding. Depending on your budget, family members or close friends sometimes pay for the bride's dress, wedding shoes, hair, or makeup.
7. The gift of a wedding planner.
I have personally been "gifted" to brides. As a wedding planner and business owner, I offer gift certificates. Sometimes friends will buy my services for a set amount of hours to have one-on-one consultations with the couple about their wedding plans. Or you can buy a Wedding Coordinator for the day of the wedding, which is a one day service. Contact me for more information regarding gift certificates.