Monograms are a staple in the south. You’ll see them on cars (yes, cars), pillow cases, embroidered cocktail napkins, and, of course, at weddings. But, did you know that it is a breech of etiquette to use a “duo-gram” (a monogram that uses the bride and groom’s first name initials and the initial of his last name) on any printed materials prior to your marriage? A duo-gram should be reserved for printed materials following the ceremony (cocktail napkins at the reception, like above, or thank you notes). If you’d like to use a monogram on your invitation or programs, it is most appropriate to use the initials of the bride and groom’s first names (see the wooden stirrer above for an example).
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 having a large event with lots of moving parts. When we work with clients, we create a detailed production spreadsheet that lists each item coming into the event. Each and every single item that is needed for the ceremony or reception is captured on our spreadsheet along with all pertinent details. 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.
Love these sweet ideas for ceremony recessionals (and wouldn’t some of them be lovely for grand getaways at the end of the evening too?).
photos: flags by jordan ferney at oh happy day!; calder clark designs and leigh weber photography; ritzy bee event design and kate headley photography; confetti exit via martha stewart weddings; ritzy bee event design, paper moss and kate headley photography as featured in martha stewart weddings
Whether they’re made of bay leaf, laurel or magnolia leaves and whether they’re complemented by dahlia, garden roses or fruit, runners always look so lush and romantic.
photos: 1- Photographed by Meg Perotti via Camille Styles, originally featured on Style Me Pretty; 2- Runner designed by Lily Lodge; 3- Scott Clark Photography via Brooklyn Bride; 4- runners designed by Lily Lodge and photographed by Gertrude & Mabel via Martha Stewart Weddings; 5- Sunday Suppers, Saipua and paperfinger collaboration for Martha Stewart Living via paperfinger
We’re working on some photo booth concepts for a client, and, really, the options are endless. When you’re working with a blank 9′ wide space there’s so much you can do!
Fringe walls are always great backgrounds…
Paper daises, honeycombs and pinwheels, oh my…
photos: Garlands and streamers…zig zag streamers and fringe streamers by Jordan Ferney at Oh Happy Day, Green garlands photographed by StudioBooth at Urban Wed; Fringe… wall by Confetti System via Oh Joy!, Smilebooth at Martha Stewart market party, Smilebooth at Hitched 2010; Pinwheels…. Rebecca Thuss for Simple Silhouettes, pink and orange pinwheels photographed by Rebekah Westover, Pom Pom cluster photographed by Sarah Rhoads via Style Me Pretty
Strawberry season starts in Virginia in April. Loving these sweet berry details, especially the story behind Jenny’s bouquet…so sweet!
photos: 1- bouquet designed by Shawn Cosette, photographed by Katie Stoops; 2 -photographed by Jonathan Ong for Eat Drink Chic; 3 – bouquet designed by Shawn Cosette, photographed by Katie Stoops; 4 – Martha Stewart Weddings; 5- via The Bride’s Cafe tumblr
Three things that will make your party a success (and they have nothing to do with pretty details, although I’m a fan of those too)
1. Your guests and their experience are paramount. Keep your guests in the forefront of your mind as you plan. That means keeping cocktail hour to an hour; starting the ceremony on time; anticipating your guests’ needs — if it’s going to be hot during your outdoor ceremony, have cool drinks waiting for your guests.
2. Edit, edit, edit. Style does not come from adding on. It comes from editing and being true to your vision.
3. Don’t establish a vision for your event and a guest list before you know what things cost in your area. Do educate yourself on what things cost in your market and establish a budget and a guest list based on that information.