"Jonathan and Lauren's story began a little over 11 years ago. Details aside, their love for one another definitely forced the hands of fate. They realized that life seemed perfect with the other in it, and their love for one another was unstoppable." I met this couple for the first time and knew that this wedding would be off the charts! The ceremony and reception was held at The Prairie Street Brewhouse in Rockford, Illinois. When planning the ceremony they wanted to do something non-traditional so they wrote their own vows which included a "Beer Ceremony" instead of a traditional unity candle. They wanted the largest dance floor they could have and planned to be on it all night long. With that said ~ that is what exactly happened! What a transformation we made. The original color palette started with a pale yellow and gray with a little bit of the vintage look. Halfway through our meetings the colors came alive and below is what we ended up with. Such a whimsical and fun look! The day called for rain in the forecast but all that we ended up with were some pretty blustery winds!!
Wedding Planning and Coordination Services: Accent on Events
Photography: Heirlooms by Stephanie
Venue: Prairie Street Brewhouse ~ Rockford, IL
DJ and Lighting Services: Luxe Productions
Florist: Event Floral
Specialty Linens: Beautiful Day Linens
Cake: Sweet Pans Shoppe
Officiant: Ryan Krause ~ Elegant Wedding Services
Catering: Famous Dave's
Best ~ Laura
While is is fun to get ideas from these themes, what matters most is that the bride and groom have a wedding which is true to their vision. The theme that the couple selects should have some personal relevance and meaning to them as a couple. Why bother with a theme? It provides a sense of community to all decisions made about the wedding - from the gowns to the lowers to the reception venue and the foods chosen. Decisions are so much easier once the theme for the wedding is established. Whether it is a color or a location or a time period or event, the focus is there to insure that this life changing celebration is memorable for participants and guests alike.
- History lovers may wish to be married in the "Roaring Twenties" of F. Scott Fitzgerald. Art Deco can be the design focus. Jazz was king and flappers wore short gowns and bling was everywhere.
- World travelers - or - dreamers will find a wonderful theme in exotic locations. Tropical isles, far Eastern spots or Scottish highlands all provide a structure for food, decor, dress or paper products.
- Bright colors against neutral backgrounds can be very effective. Instead of carrying out a color theme in the brides maids dresses, have them in a basic shade like platinum and carry out the color theme in the flowers and reception decor.
- The ceremony and/or reception location can provide the theme for a wedding. If a museum is chose as the venue, art and sculpture become the theme. If a garden or beach or ranch is chosen as the site, the theme becomes clear.
- Medieval accents combines with fairy tail touches work well in historic buildings or modern redos which retain the original stone walls and structures.
If you are confused about how to execute a themed wedding or want to avoid overdoing it ~ Contact us!! We know weddings!!
Best ~ Laura
For day three ~ our blog post today is about our favorite finds on Etsy for Weddings. There are so many that it took quite awhile to narrow it down and show just a few of our favorites. If you are looking for something unique and fabulous you will be sure to find it on Etsy.
Our favorite Item #1 ~ Chevron Clutch from This Lady Made it
This is perfect for Brides to give for Bridesmaids Gifts and keep one to use for themselves.
Our Favorite Item #2 ~ Guest Book Puzzle from Puzzled One
What a unique way to keep your guest book over the years.
Our Favorite Item #3 ~ Cuff Links for the Groom from The Pretty Peacock
These will be a keepsake for the Groom of their wedding day.
Our Favorite Item #4 ~ Personalized Hanger from Get Hung Up
A perfect keepsake for your wedding dress.
Our Favorite Item #5 ~ Card Holder from Kelly Marie Collection
This is ideal to show your engagement Photos to your guests as they place the card in the holder on your wedding day.
Our Favorite Item #6 ~ Monogram Sign from Script and Style
This is definitely something to hang in your new home as husband and wife.
Our Favorite Item # 7 ~ Wedding Bandeau Veil from Fascinating Creations
A beautiful addition to your wedding dress!
Our Favorite Item #8 ~ Wedding Dress Pendant from Green Grass Gifts
Take a piece of your wedding with you everyday.
Our Favorite Item #9 ~ Wedding Ring Pillow from Paloma's Nest
A fabulous keepsake to put your rings in every night!
Our Favorite Item #10 ~ Thank you cards from That Pretty Invitation
An amazing idea to thank your guests as they sit down for your wedding reception!
Enjoy all these items and everything more that Etsy can bring you when looking for wedding inspiration!!
Best ~ Laura
As engagement season starts and weddings are starting to be planned at the expense of other aspects of your life, take the advice I give you and Practice Self Care. Do whatever you need to do to unwind, relax and sleep well. Take your vitamins, get healthy exercise and find emotional outlets for the stress you are under. You need to be strong, healthy and resilient.
Get and Stay Organized ~ start early and document every decision around your special day
Set a Budget and Stick To It ~ Sit down together with your fiance and agree on priorities
Remember to Be Grateful For All That You Have and All That Others Are Doing For You ~ Don't forget to thank everyone. ~ This is your wedding - not a copy of someone else's.
Let Go of Bridal Guilt ~ No one can make everyone happy all the time. Worrying about it takes up far more time and energy than is deserved
We know that is takes a happy combination of events and planning to produce a "perfect" wedding. here are a few tips from Accent on Events ~ Certified Wedding Specialist. If you are concerned about a guest list that has gotten out of hand and is too long for your taste or budget, assemble an unedited list of names (potential guests) and ask everyone involved to rank the names from most to least important. Count up the "most important" names and see what the list looks like. If it is close to budget, thank everyone and settle the list. If the numbers are still off, then ask people to cut a designated percentage from their lists. Take stock of the new total and see if the process needs to be repeated.
Don't even consider sending invitations to an "A" list of guests, only to invite someone from a "B" list when someone from the first list declines.
To determine the size of the site you'll need for your reception, be sure to investigate the parking facilities and the rest rooms as well as the since of the reception room(s). The rule of thumb for toilets is that there should be at least one for every 25 guests. The parking lot should accommodate one parking space for every two guests.
Always have at least one attendant assigned to your gift table at your reception (this is something that we will do for you) even if you are not planning to open and display the gifts there. Money and gifts should be kept in special receptacles and secured. Many weddings hire special security for the reception to keep an eye on the gifts and to assist in their proper transport after the celebration is over.
If your parents and stepparents are contributing money for your reception, it is much better to pool the money in advance. Then no contributor will demand to take control of how the money is spent. If someone feels strongly about "sponsoring" a particular wedding expense, it is far better to know that up front and working with that person to accommodate preferences.
For more helpful advice, call or email us, as we have answers to the most perplexing situations.
The Mother of the bride has a very special place in the wedding planning process. The special role is there whether or not she chooses to accept it. For some, it is truly a "Mission Impossible". For others it is the role of a lifetime. But what is important is that she is included.
With families frequently separated by miles, jobs, schools or military service, the parental roles have changed but what has not changed is the importance of including mom in the planning process whenever possible. Remember to include mothers who feel left out of the plans.
What can you do? It's great to involve the groom in the plans but don't forget mom. She can make wonderful suggestions - so ask her opinion and advice. Chances are excellent that she has more experience in dealing with things like receptions, parties, caterers and florists than has the bride.
Most bridal fashion stores would counsel a bride to bring only one person with her to select her gown. That person could/should be mom. Today's tendency to bring the entire wedding party and solicit each of their opinions on THE GOWN, generally is not a productive event. Who knows you and your tastes and dreams better than MOM?
She is also a good person to have along when you choose wedding accessories and gifts for your attendants. After all, she has known you for a long time.
She is the perfect person to take charge of the master guest list. She can eliminate duplicates, help make decisions on the final list and gather the addresses.
Seek advice on, or let her plan the seating arrangements for the reception. She'll be the one who knows who should sit with whom and who shouldn't be at the same table.
Among all your friends, she'll be the best at helping you put things in perspective when you feel overwhelmed by it all. That's what mom's do!
It was May 1, 2012 when I received a phone call from Penny saying that she needed assistance with planning her wedding. After meeting with 3 different wedding planners, she explained her situation and what she needed. I knew that I could meet her expectations and create wedding that she had always dreamed of. After my initial meeting with Penny we clicked!! I knew that this would be more than just a client relationship ~ that we would actually form a friendship for years to come. My first encounter with her Fiancé Drew was just as great ~ he has the same sense of humor that I do and enjoyed watching the two of them together. We all had so many laughs together!
Now coming from the City Girl – I knew nothing about ranches and horses, but learning about everything was fascinating. The wedding was August 4, 2012 on the Perks Ranch in Rockford, Illinois. This was definitely a wedding that I couldn’t have done without the professional vendors that we used. As always I was watching the weather the evening before all hours of the night. The morning of the 4th the decision was made to move the entire reception into the arena. We worked hard but we got it done. This was a wise decision because we had a downpour with 70 mile per hour winds at 3:00 p.m. in the afternoon just as the ceremony was about to begin. The weather cleared up and it was a joyous evening for all who attended.
Here is a story that is so fitting for this perfect couple:
Where Illinois meets Texas ~ They were introduced while working horses in Texas and the rest is history
Photography: Ryan Davis Photography
Save the Dates: Printers Specialty Services, Inc.
Florist: Stems Floral and More
Lighting, Music and Sound: Luxe Productions
Linens and Draping: Beautiful Day Linens
Aisle Runner: Buttercup Runways
Catering: Powerhouse BBQ of Oregon and Giovanni’s Restaurant Rockford
Cake: Patricia’s Patisserie
Bride’s Dress: Mahin’s of Monroe
Bridesmaids Dresses: Sara Grace and Co.
Hair and Make up: Arch Apothecary
Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Sturtevant’s
Live Music: Brandon Rhyder
Selecting locations for the gift registries for one's wedding is important and fun. For your guest's sake, it is wise to select at least three different resources. Your purpose is to give guests a variety of options and price ranges when it comes time to select your gift. To that end, experts recommend that you choose at a minimum, one "high-end" store, one moderate/lower priced retailer and perhaps one "non traditional" resource like a charity. Idofoundation.org is a good place to start as it can help you register for donations to a variety of charities.
As you peruse items for your gift choices, most consultants would remind you to expand your vision of gifts to include items beyond the "usual". Many couples end up realizing that they have the best equipped kitchen in town, but have no bedroom furnishings. Seek input and advice from family and friends before you sit down together to develop your list of preferences. Their ideas may help you to include items that would be helpful that you would never have considered.
REAL SIMPLE magazine asked brides to identify items for the "Things I Wished I'd Registered For" list they were compiling. Here are some items that made the list:
- Extra Wine Glasses
- Oven to table bake ware - one or two casseroles that can go to parties and events and look good.
- Fine China - too many couples are selecting only something practical to use now. Brides miss having some fine china to use for special occasions and to "pass on".
- Bar B Q Grill
- Art pieces for home decor (consider including an art gallery in your list of registry locations)
- A cordless drill
- Decorative pillows and throws for a living room - a quick and effective way to add dash
- Christmas decorations - something special and classic that the couple could bring out each year
- Outdoor gear and equipment like Coleman stoves, backyard hammocks or lawn chairs
For more help with your gift registry, please do not hesitate to contact us. With our experience we can be sure to assist you.
When a bride asks about ideas for a non traditional wedding site, before we offer suggestions, we ask how flexible she is. Planning a wedding at an outdoor site requires arranging two sites. One is the prime location and the other is an alternate. The weather has been known to ruin many original plans. Don't let that discourage you from having the wedding you want, but do have backup plans in place. An outdoor site can be a perfect spot for those of different religious faiths. It is a perfect choice for couples who love the outdoors or have families with extensive gardens or grounds. Often outdoor sites are less expensive than closed venues.
The intimate setting of a chapel, beach, park or backyard offers the freedom to add personal touches to the ceremony. The location will set the theme for your wedding celebration and once selected make many subsequent choices easier. Canopies, tents and gazebos may be rented and needed.
Once you have secured Plan A and Plan B. other plans and decisions will flow more easily. Decorations, food, refreshments, entertainment and guest list will all be governed by the location decisions you have made.
It is good to have another viewpoint and advice on the unusual celebration that you have in mind. Give me a call at 815-979-7214 or email at Laura@accentonevents.com
There are many gifts to choose from to give your bridesmaids. The main point that you need to remember is to keep their interests in mind. There are so many things out there that you can choose from that will fit your bridesmaids personality and will be a gift that they will love. I picked several of my favorites for you to see below: Gift #1 ~ Bridesmaids Tumblers from The Blue Dandelion
Gift # 2 ~ Enjoy Bouquet Token from Lisa Leonard Designs. Attach this token to a beautiful bouquet of your bridesmaids favorite flowers.
Gift #3 ~ A manicure set in a Jar with their favorite color of nail polish ~ Mine happens to be Linen by Essie.
Gift #4 ~ PHILOSOPHY perfumes - I love them so fresh and fun!
Gift #5 ~ Sterling Silver Bow Bracelet - can be worn every day of the week!
Gift #6 ~ Personalized I Phone Cases from Erin Condren - Truth be said I love EVERYTHING on her site!
Gift #7 ~ Personalized Bridesmaids Rings from Dreaming Tree Creations
Gift #8 ~ Tote Bags from Annikain Chautauqua on Etsy
Gift #9 ~ Michael Kors Watch
Gift #10 ~ Cashmere Waterweave Wraps from Talbots - so many colors to choose from
Hope you enjoy these gifts! Start shopping!
Best ~ Laura