Organizing your day of deliveries is one of the most important things you can do to prepare for your wedding weekend, especially if you’re hosting a large event with lots of moving parts. When we work with clients, we create a detailed production spreadsheet; that sheet lists each and every item that is being delivered for the ceremony and reception, along with all pertinent details (who is delivering, when, how to operate, etc). For smaller events with less production, you don’t need an elaborate spreadsheet, but you do need to communicate who is responsible for all items during their life at the reception so there is no confusion during installation or at the end of the night about where the item came from and where it is going.
We also can. not. live. without clear containers labeled with a photo label and a descriptive label that notes the items’ destination and the quantity (something we manage for all of our clients — it’s crucial!). Within those containers, all items are “table ready,” meaning that as much packaging as possible has been removed to make set up go quickly and smoothly.
One of the questions I’m asked most during rehearsals or just before ceremonies by a bride or maid who wants to make sure she’s getting it just right is, “how should I hold my bouquet?”. Just remember the belly button rule: hold your bouquet lower than you think it should be — usually at or around your belly button. Bouquets look best carried lower than you think they should be!
photo by Jodi Miller Photography; bouquet designed by Courtney Spencer of Merriment Events
There’s just nothing quite as wonderful as seeing film from a client’s wedding day, but Christina and Tom’s film by Josh Gooden completely blew us away. Josh told their story so beautifully, in a way that augmented the story captured in still pictures. We’re such firm believers in videography and always tell clients its one investment you’ll be so, so glad you made.
My dear friend, Katie (formerly of Studio Choo/currently of Eothen), is coming home for the holidays. While she’s here, Katie will be giving a wreath-making workshop at Black Iris Gallery on Thursday, December 3rd from 6 to 9 PM. The three-hour workshop is open to students of all skill levels. Katie will first touch on the basics: purchase or foraging, selection, care and seasonality. Demonstration will focus on combining the interesting shapes and textures of branches, foliage and wire frames to create a unique base. She will then show you how to incorporate East-meets-West evergreens, berries, succulents, natural delicates and your unique mineral or gemstone selected from her collection. Gem-goddess Heather Tanton of Mother Daughter Jewelry will be working with the students in her signature wire-wrapping technique with the stones to add a level of fine-art modernity. To top it off, there will be sips and snacks!
More info here. Hope to see y’all there!
If only every party were this fun to plan! There’s nothing quite as wonderful as seeing a group of four year olds enjoying a ballet lesson and a special visit from the “real” Rapunzel, “visiting all the way from Disney World.” Special thanks to Amanda Robinson of Sweet Fix for the beautiful birthday cake. The design was inspired by Phrosné Ras’ first festival invitation at Minted. I ordered the invitations way back in July, and had to do an emergency party location switch after they’d been printed. I had twenty beautiful invitations on hand and nothing to do with them, until I saw the most adorable kraft paper gable boxes at
heaven on earth If It’s Paper. I used my trusty Martha Stewart large circle cutter to cut the number four design from the invitations for the lunch box decoration. We tied an iridescent aqua balloon to each gabled lunch box. I just love the way everything came together! Thanks to all of our dear family and friends who made Birdie’s birthday so very special.
Sources: invitation from Minted; gable boxes, balloons, plates, napkins, forks from If It’s Paper; custom ballerina cake topper by Sarah of The Small Object; cake by Amanda Robinson of Sweet Fix; pink table linens from La Tavola Linen; Rapunzel from Princess Parties RVA; photography by Ali Williamson of Alisandra Photography
I’ve seen it way too many times: couples nervous at the altar, clinging to the minister like a life preserver. Don’t do it! Don’t recite your vows to the minister while your spouse is left searching desperately for eye contact. Worry more about maintaining eye contact with your significant other as you recite your vows and less about reciting the lines perfectly. Katie and Max did it beautifully, as shown above!
It’s not everyone’s cup of tea to be on display in front of 25 to 350 of their nearest and dearest friends and family, no doubt. The silver lining in this whole thing is, though, that if you do make a mistake, no one will know, except maybe you and your minister. Take it easy on yourself and enjoy!
Last week, Brittany and I went to the industry preview party at Amanda Robinson’s new storefront bakery in Richmond’s Manchester district. Sweet Fix is one of our very favorite sources for wedding cakes and small deserts. In addition to event orders, Amanda will now also be selling limited run, carry out desserts (think bombe glacée, creme brûlée, macarons, panna cotta, exquisite cupcakes — all of the good things!). Best wishes on your new adventure, Amanda! We won’t be strangers.
When it comes to favors, I’ve always been of the mind that an edible favor is best. Over the years, we’ve given guests caramel apples, small tarts, homemade candies, kraft paper bags of popcorn… I still stand by the edict that edible is best, but recently, as I stood in the kitchen lighting my favorite candle, I struck a match from a wedding in 2009 and waxed nostalgic for those old fashioned favors. I love a good match box and the memories they conjure. And there’s nothing quite as fun as displaying a good collection.
It was such a joy to work with this lovely couple on a clear and sunny day last February; Mimi was truly the happiest bride I’ve met. Many thanks to Jen Fariello for sharing images of the day. xo