Cookie cutter weddings are going out of style. This year we are seeing our clients add their personal touch to their weddings and special events to give it their signature.
1. Garden Parties – surround your guests with nature at a private estate or your home.
2. Family Style service for dining is popular and ensures that your guests get enough food. Imagine beautiful serving platters with your favorite dishes. Your guests can interact with one another and they can enjoy having seconds. Many of our clients love the idea of “farm to table” – it is a healthy and fresh way of eating without a lot of heavy sauces.
3. Long uncovered tables with a beautiful fabric as the table runner. Instead of centerpieces, we are implementing tiny vases with fresh florals and votive candles or using hanging florals when it works. Guests should be able to see one another, so they can talk rather than trying to peek around a large obnoxious centerpiece. Popular florals this year are peonies, English roses, hydrangeas, and ranunculus. Make sure they are in season to keep costs down and for better quality.
4. Scotch bars, craft beers and fizzy soda bars are fun. Our clients are selecting fun drink stations that allow guests to experience what our couples like. In addition to the beverage stations, we are seeing food stations during cocktail hour such as mac and cheese, mashed potatoes and fish on ice.
5. A new favorite for party favor is food kits filled with late night snacks for guests. These cute boxes can contain items such as specialty jams, crackers, fudge, and bottled and/or flavored waters. When your guests leave the party, they can enjoy a late night snack on their drive home or at their hotel.
1. Hire a professional planner
2. Create a realistic budget and run the numbers by your planner before you start hiring event professionals.
3. Check out all your event professionals on Google and Yelp before you hire them.
4. Make sure that all your event professionals have event insurance and list you and your venue as additionally insured.
5. Confirm your guest count before you book your venue to make sure the numbers will work.
6. Make sure all your event professionals (presentations, florist, lighting, rentals and caterer just to name a few) attend the on-site walk through.
7. Consider where and how your guests and event professionals will park their cars.
8. Hire a bathroom attendant to keep the bathrooms tidy.
9. Start checking the weather 10 days out from your event.
10. On your event day, enjoy your day and let your event professionals handle all the details.