Monday, 17 December 2018

Dubs Wedding

  • Published: Tuesday, 04 September 2018 19:16
  • Written by Theresa Hoard

If you’ve ever wondered if having an elegant wedding at your home was possible, the answer can certainly be found by viewing Kyle and Madison’s beautiful wedding. Both ceremony and reception took place in the barn at this couple’s home! The soft lighting in the rafters, custom pallet seating (made by the groom himself), and wreath adorned doors gave every moment a country rustic feel and the amount of detail put into each table, centerpieces, and even special seating reserved for the bride’s dearly departed mother made the day unforgettable! Every aspect of this wedding was completely personalized to the couple showing that a dream wedding at home can absolutely be done!

Roggenbuck Wedding

  • Published: Tuesday, 14 August 2018 17:43
  • Written by Theresa Hoard

Friends, family, and tons of fun! Surrounded by loved ones, this couple knew how to make their wedding day a party, just by being themselves! The day began in a beautiful church setting with aisles lined by gorgeous flower arrangements (which smelled much like I imagine Heaven would) and continued with a sentimental gift giving moment with the bride and her mother and father. After a traditional ceremony, the couple continued their party with great music and laughs on their party bus on the way to the bride's parent's home and then to Kanaby Gardens for photos. The reception was highlighted by four wonderful speeches by friends, a fantastic meal, and lots of dancing, laughter, and love! Check out the link below for a highlight trailer from their big day!

 

 

An Easy System for Narrowing Your Guest List

  • Published: Tuesday, 24 July 2018 21:59
  • Written by Theresa Hoard

An Easy System for Narrowing Your Guest List

Creating your guest list can be one of those most daunting tasks wedding planning has in store. No one wants to hurt feelings or exclude people, but unfortunately each person invited (and attending) adds to the cost of your event. Likewise, those who are in attendance will inevitably effect the way you and your love feel on your day. Unless you have an unlimited budget, some will sadly have to remain off of the invite list. Since it will be easier to be confident in your guest list decisions if you have a plan in place, here are son tips to help you narrow down that endless list of possible invites.

1.       Make your budget before ANYTHING else. Your budget effects EVERYTHING, especially the number of guests you can invite. Inviting 500 guests only to suddenly realize that you can only afford resources for 200 would be tragic (who wants to make the call to UNinvite someone?!).

2.       Pick a venue that aligns with your budget and style. Once you’re able to settle on a budget and a venue, everything else will start falling into place. This is YOUR day! You want to get married somewhere that makes you happy or has meaning to you, not just somewhere that you had to settle for because your guest list was too big! Let your venue size dictate the maximum number of guests (not the other way around).

3.       Make a list of everyone, then divide them into categories: friends, immediate family, close relatives, extended relatives, coworkers, friends of the family, etc. If someone fits into two categories, (for example, your coworker is your best friend) put them in the higher ranked category. This will not only enable you to see who is most important to you, it can allow you to cut entire categories if need be.

4.       Identify your past and future. There will likely be a lot of people at your wedding, so introducing your new spouse to your best friend from kindergarten should be low on your priorities for the day. Of course, take relationships into account, but as a rule of thumb, if you haven’t spoken to someone in 5 years or don’t see yourself still being in touch 5 years from now, they may not need an invite.

5.       Create a list of people you couldn’t imagine spending the day without and another with those who would be missed, but wouldn’t make or break the day. Send out invites to those most important to you first. When someone from the first list lets you know that they can not attend, send an invite to the next in line!

6.       If you still need to cut the list further, consider cutting the plus one option for those who are not married or even an adult only reception. Both of these options can easily cut your guest list in half!

5 Creative Ways to Personalize Your Wedding Day

  • Published: Wednesday, 18 July 2018 12:40
  • Written by Theresa Hoard

 

1. Custom Signage

Want to add a wow factor? Consider having custom signs created for you! There are thousands of different ideas for this and they add an extra special touch! Signs can be created for your seating chart, table numbers, to set at the aisles, head table, customized with your name and date… the options are endless! Another great thing about them? Sweet T Photography & Services can create them for you!
2. Alternative Guest Books

Gone are the days of having guests sign a plain book with just lines and spaces for names and addresses. Make your guest book a work of art! Now you can have your guests sign custom art work destined to hang on your walls whether it be a hand painted wooden sign or poster of one of your favorite photos! If you’ve got your heart set on an actual book, consider having your photographer design one for you complete with your engagement photos! (Sweet T Photography & Services can help with that too!)
3. Custom Cake Topper

This is another beautiful item that not only shines as a highlight for your décor, but also can be used in your home after the wedding! Why buy something that you’ll just throw into a box after your day when you can have it on a table or mantel to remind you of your love every day!
4. Get Custom Sneakers

Want to be super cute, but also super comfy? Many companies are now offering to customize sneakers for your day! 
5. Wedding Bouquet Charms

These are a beautiful way to remember loved ones lost and keep them near to your heart (both literally and figuratively) on your wedding day.

 

Ciesielski Wedding

  • Published: Monday, 02 July 2018 23:20
  • Written by Theresa Hoard

Who says church weddings are all the same? Classic, yet unique, this couple's wedding combined elements of tradition with originality. Nestled in a church with gorgeous stained glass windows, the ceremony began with the playing of a photo slideshow at the alter. In keeping with tradition, bride and groom did not see each other before the nuptials, however they did share a special moment together holding hands around a large tree just out of sight of one another. The medley of tradition and non-tradition continued throughout the day with a phone call from a very special loved one as the the couple exited the church, photos on playground equipment, and even a drawing for a children's prize (what kid doesn't love chocolate?!). All in all a beautiful day for a wonderful couple. 

 

Great Date Night Ideas for When Wedding Costs Have You a Little Strapped

  • Published: Wednesday, 06 June 2018 11:32
  • Written by Theresa Hoard

Great Date Night Ideas for When Wedding Costs Have You a Little Strapped

 

Movie Date

You COULD go to the theater and spend $20 on tickets and another $45 on popcorn, drinks, and candy, but in the digital age there are more economical ideas. Go to the grocery store and get all your goodies for less than half the cost of theater concessions and find an old favorite or newer movie that neither of you have seen on streaming services (Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, YouTube TV… the options are endless)!

 

Create Your Bucket List

Ok, this one may not SOUND romantic, but really DREAM together. Talk about all of the things you want to do together before the end of your time no matter how impossible they may seem. Your life goals, dreams, and aspirations are (or at least should be) important to your love. Having a conversation about them can be quite enjoyable and you may learn a few things you didn’t know about each other!

 

Camping

Yes, camping can actually be just as expensive as a hotel at times. But if you’re looking for a change of pace, why not set up a tent in the back yard? Bring out the pillows and blankets and even a laptop and don’t worry about forgetting to pack something (it’s just a short walk to get it). Build a campfire and roast some hotdogs and smores. In the morning, consider making breakfast together!

 

Free Concerts

In many towns, especially during the summer months, concerts are put on for free or for a small donation. Bring your snacks and some chairs and enjoy a night of music together. The best part? You’ll be supporting the community by just showing up!

 

House Hunting

Remember earlier when we talked about DREAMING together? There are thousands of houses online with photos and videos. Even if you’re not in the market to buy a home, it can be fun to look! Talk about what your dream home would look like, who knows, you may even find what you’re looking for right now!

 

An Easy Guide to Wedding Thank Yous

  • Published: Tuesday, 29 May 2018 21:40
  • Written by Theresa Hoard

Your Easy Guide to Wedding Thank Yous

 

1.       Greeting                                                              (Dear James and Natalie)

 

2.       General Thanks                                 (Thank you so much for celebrating our wedding day with us)

 

3.       What you’re thanking for                    (We love your gift (be specific)/appreciate your help)

 

4.       How the gift will be used                    (We can’t wait to use it at our next family dinner)

 

5.       Follow up                                          (So glad we got to see you/Look forward to seeing you again)

 

6.       Closing                                                           (Love, Mr. & Mrs. Newly Married)

Barck Wedding

  • Published: Tuesday, 22 May 2018 19:42
  • Written by Theresa Hoard

Stunningly unique! Every element of this wedding was personalized to the couple from the custom converse worn by the bride (complete with wedding date and initial), to the doggy ring bearer (who wore a tux, how adorable is that?!), to the pizza that was served for dinner and dessert bar afterward. This couple even chose to write their own vows and had not only an exchange of rings during the ceremony, but an Irish hand-fasting as well! Held in the father of the bride's yard, gazing over wooded areas and a pond, this wedding featured a beautiful arbor fully decorated by the father of the bride's girlfriend who also created the bridal party flowers. Custom gifts were exchanged with the groom's mother and bride's mother and father. See below for some of the pictures from their beautiful day!