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Wedding Reception, Weddings

5 Ways to Save on Your Wedding that You May Not Have Thought About

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1. Save room in your bridal gown budget for alterations | Alterations to bridal gowns generally cost extra money, and nearly all gowns will require some level of alteration. I recommend estimating alterations to cost between $300 and $600. This is, of course, an estimate which changed based on the design of the dress and the amount of alteration being performed. So, keeping this in mind when picking a dress can help you stay in your budget! 2. Limit the bar options | While many people frown upon cash bars, they are actually becoming more and more common in the wedding industry. Picking several wine and beer options for your guests is a very easy way to be respectful of your budget because wedding guests generally consume less alcohol with a limited bar, thus putting valuable pennies back in your pocket.

3. Reconsider your centerpieces | Wedding day flowers can often become pricey. Luckily, there are many different options when it comes to centerpieces. Whether you opt for candle displays or simply decorate the table with a single flower, your tables will still look elegant while reducing your decorating costs.

4. Rent, rent, rent! | While DIY work can be a fun part of the wedding process for members of the wedding party, there are many items (i.e. vases, candle votives, lighting, chargers, etc.) that can be rented. Rentals allow you to enjoy your wedding day without being stuck with items you’ll never use again when the day is done, and they are usually cheaper than buying the items brand new.

5. Serve less food | Providing heavier hors d’oeuvre  options during cocktail hour can give you license to serve less courses during your reception dinner, thus saving you money on your catering bill. Your guests can snack on filling foods during cocktail hour, allowing for more time to dance and celebrate (BONUS:  more spending money for your honeymoon).

~ Best,

Emily

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Innovative Inspiration | Friends

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FriendsHello and welcome back to Innovative Inspiration. This is the last installment of my blog series, exploring various mediums which can be used for wedding day inspiration. The final week of this series will be dedicated to the long-running television series Friends. The series began in 1994 and became one of the longest running television shows, lasting until 2004. The series’ characters quickly captures the hearts of millions because of their ability to relate to a variety of viewers and their endless quirks. Enjoy the last post and check out the Pinterest board!

https://www.pinterest.com/Accentonevents/innovative-inspiration-friends/

Venue | With Friends being set in New York, I think it would be perfect to set the wedding in a big city. The venue should have a view of a skyline, as a nod to the series’ beginning theme. This setting would be conducive to almost any type of wedding imaginable.

I imagine this to be a winter wedding, as a nod to Phoebe and Mike’s wedding, in a place of great meaning to the couple. But, that’s not to say that this could not also be a spring, summer or autumn wedding. I also imagine this wedding ceremony to be adorned with Italian lights and minimal—yet bold—flowers.      

Photo via Offbeat BrideFloral | Throughout Friends, a simple and unstructured vibe is exuded. For this reason, I believe that a simple floral scheme is best. I chose one type of flower to represent each main character in the series, and—just as in the television series—when put together, they make a wonderful arrangement.

  1. Chandler can be compared to silver brunia. This unique plant is characterized by spherical growths and is often not considered for arrangements due to its misunderstood nature. Similarly, throughout the television series, Chandler is misunderstood or overlooked because of his unconventional sense of humor.
  2. Joey is very hard to describe. So, the flower that he is synonymous with is the flame lily. This gorgeous flower is hard to describe, yet still very beautiful. And, since Joey can make bras undo themselves by uttering those three small words (“How you doing?”), I believe that this flower described him perfectly.
  3. Monica’s floral counterpart is the geranium. So as the geranium has many small blooms per flower, Monica has many different facets to her personality. Time and time again, she shows that her caregiving, comedienne, hyper-organized and motherly traits truly bring the group together to make one unit, just as the geranium’s many blooms make up the whole flower.
  4. Phoebe is represented by the Gerbera daisy. A pop of brightness in a monotonous world can describe both the Gerbera daisy and Phoebe Buffay Hannigan.
  5. Rachel is represented by the red rose. Just as the red rose is classic and elegant, so is Rachel. Yet, both also prove their flexibility and versatility time and again.
  6. Ross is a relatively simple guy. He is also fiercely loyal and always sticks by his friends. Just as a flower would not be able to survive without its leaves, neither would our favorite group of friends. So, Ross is represented by the olive branch. Though understated, the olive branch adds an element of greenery to the flowers which is not only beautiful, but also necessary.

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Table Settings | To complement the eclectic floral scheme, I think it would be fitting to use multiple sets of chinaware to set the tables with, making sure to mix the pieces up among the tables. I would also rent a variety of chair styles and colors. If set in this way, the eclecticism of the tables would perfectly pay homage to the dining room table in the iconic apartment that each character of Friends once occupied.   Table Setting

To get a visual picture of what I have described above, check out the Pinterest board I have created to complement this blog. And, if you haven’t yet, be sure to check out my three previous posts in this series. I hope you’ve enjoyed this series as much as I have. Stay tuned for future inspiration!    

~ Best,

Emily

 

Coffee Shop Photo Credit:  Via Pinterest on Offbeat Bride

Bridesmaids Photo Credit: Greggo Photography

Tablesetting Photo Credit: Via Pinterest on Style Me Pretty

 

Inspiration Boards

Patriotic Inspiration Shoot

We had so much fun collaborating with Bride Meets Wedding for this Patriotic 1940's Backyard Americana Wedding.  We decided on a 1940's theme that incorporates a modern day twist.  We hope that this brings you some inspiration in your wedding planning process.

Best ~

Laura

 

Photography: Robyn Photography

Design/Styling: Accent on Events and Bride Meets Wedding

Bridal Gown: Sara Grace Co.

Bridal Hairpiece: Sara Grace Co.

Bridal Jewelry and Women's Military Jacket: All Dressed Up

Hair and Makeup: Teresa Simonic

Floral Design: Wild Orchid Custom Floral Design

Linens and Clear Chivari Chairs: Beautiful Day Linens

China/Silverware, Army Jacket: Accent on Events

Paper Products: Iron Leaf Press

Vintage Sofa and Wine Barrels: Embellish Specialty Rentals

Vintage Military Cap: The Pickin Chicks

Red, White and Blue Vintage Hankie: Soaring Heart Vintage

Vintage Camera, Flag, Suitcase, Air Mail, Glass Pedestal: BellJar Vintage

Location: Private Residence in Calendonia, IL

Model: Sara

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Giovanni's Open House ~ Rockford, Illinois

Several months ago we were asked to participate in Giovanni's Open House in Rockford, Illinois.  They wanted to showcase their newly remodeled ballroom in all the different aspects of events.  Accent on Events focused on a budget friendly wedding reception, a head table and an Exquisite Wedding Reception.  Below are photographs from the event.  It was fun for us to showcase ourselves while working with a group of professional vendors to come up with a design for all areas that would be an option for couples to utilize.  

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Budget Friendly Reception

  Exquisite Wedding Reception

Participating Vendors ~

Planning and Design:    Accent on Events

Photography:  C. Tyson Photography    and    Ryan Davis Photography

Lighting:  Luxe Productions

Floral:  Stems Floral and More

Linens:  Beautiful Day Linens

Rentals:  Embellish Specialty Rentals

Head Table Backdrop:   SVL Productions

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Vendor Blog Series.....Questions and Answers from a DJ and Lighting Expert

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The third part of our Vendor Blog Series are questions that we asked a DJ and Lighting expert.  Luxe Productions, located in Rockford, Illinois has been providing entertainment and uplighting for Chicago, Rockford, Quad Cities and surrounding areas for five years. As a wedding planner I can attest to the importance of finding a professional company to build a rapport with to meet your needs.  Jordan Chance and his staff have been a tremendous resource to myself and my clients and today I would like to share with you some of that knowledge.

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What makes you different from your competition? 

Our approach is what sets us apart.  We have committed a full time staff to just focusing on your event.  On our staff we have trained professionals that specialize in each of our areas.  Those lead people seek out seminars, trainings, and information to make sure they stay on top both with technology but also concept and design.  This is what we do full time so we are able to spend the time and resources to create the best events and experiences.

Do I always get the person that I sign the contract with or meet at my consultation? 

Yes!  We believe that it is important to build a rapport with our clients.  You are welcome to meet with your DJ before signing the contract in order to ensure a good match.  We have DJ’s with a variety of personalities and styles to fit every event. You will know who your DJ is when you sign the contract and can communicate with them as much or little as you would like.

How would you define your style? 

The best way to describe our style is very professional.  We don’t have a specific way that we always do our weddings because that would not lend to the creativity or desires of our clients.  Instead, we have the tools and flexibility to listen and incorporate our clients’ wishes into their event.  The music, lighting, and timeline can always be changed up and we facilitate those changes so our client gets exactly what they want.

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What will you wear to a wedding or event?

We feel that our attire speaks to our professionalism.  We wear suits and ties to weddings.  For other events, we dress according to what will be expected of the attendees.  If we are unsure, we always look to the event planners to give us direction.

How do we pick songs that we want played?  Do you have a do not play list?  Can guests request songs? 

All of the song choices for both the special dances and the open dance can be picked through our online planning forms.  Upon booking, each couple is given a username and password so they can begin working on their song lists and timeline at their convenience. The online planning tool allows you to search a vast database of music and sort your selections into “Must Play,” “Play If Possible,” and “Do Not Play” lists.  If there happens to be something the couple would like played that is not included in the database, they can just let us know and we would be happy to get it for them.

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Do you have backup equipment with you on that day?

We have carefully thought through the possible gear failures that could happen during an event and we carry an emergency bag of equipment to every event.  In addition to that we also have extra equipment that we keep in our  warehouse just in case and we always have someone on call who can run equipment out to events.

What ways do you keep up to date professionally with your business? 

Staying ahead of the trends, gear, and ideas is something that we love about this job.  We take the time to travel to the best national conferences to learn from the leading industry experts.  Also, with social media, forums, websites, and magazines we can gather ideas and inspiration that keeps us fresh!

Why would I include lighting at my reception? Is it just another expense? 

Lighting is one of the most important elements that you can add to your event.   Sometimes it helps to think of it as part of the décor of your reception.  It can set the mood in the room: romantic, elegant, festive, or fun.  Another important consideration is the effect it has on your photographs.  Lighting helps makes those photos come alive and exhibit the elegant or fun atmosphere.

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How can lighting add the personalization I am looking for? 

The reason we love lighting so much is because it is so versatile.  With specific color and fixture choices we can create an intimate romantic setting that feels warm and elegant or we can create an upbeat, dance club atmosphere.  With our ‘Name in Lights’ we can project a monogram to truly customize your event.

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Will someone be onsite for the reception to monitor the lighting?

All of our DJ’s are trained on lighting and can monitor it throughout the evening.  Some of our packages include a lighting technician who can program the lights and provide more of a light show.

 

I hope this answers all of your questions ~ Contact Luxe today for more information.

~ Best,

Laura

Photography Credits:

White Shutter Photography

C Tyson Photography

Ryan Davis Photography

 

 

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Vendor Blog Series.....Questions and Answers From a Wedding Photographer

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Part 2 of our vendor blog series includes questions that we asked Robyn Aaron from Robyn Photography.  I met Robyn last year at a seminar for wedding professionals and fell in LOVE with her work.  She is a wonderful peer to have in the industry to bounce ideas off of when needing assistance.  She and I worked together on a photo shoot last summer which took place on the beach along Lake Michigan.  It was there that I really noticed the passion and energy  that she has for her talent.  So, I hope we asked the questions that you would want to ask a wedding photographer. How would you describe your photography style?

Modern, but timeless. It’s always my goal to get to know a couple and help showcase the moments of their day in a natural way – in a way that feels like them.  Of all the times you should look happy, relaxed, and lovely in photos; it’s your wedding day!

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How would you describe your working style?

I love making sure my couples have a great wedding photography experience! So, as far as photographers go, I’m probably a little more hands-on than most.  By that, I mean that we’re always glad to be a resource to the couple throughout the planning process.  We love working with the couple, as well as the planner or coordinator, to ensure that their moments are captured in a natural, relaxed way.  In addition, I’m always glad to make recommendations of other really great vendors with whom I’ve worked.  In fact, I have an entire back end of my website dedicated to my couples with tips for their wedding plans, as well as a preferred vendor list.  When all is said and done, my working style is one that is rooted in an attention to detail, a love of what I do, and a care for this couple who has begun an incredible journey together!

What do you think distinguishes your work from other photographers?

Every photographer brings their own unique style and knowledge to a situation – so, that’s such a great question, but it’s so hard not to sound cliché! What distinguishes me from other photographers is… well, me! I’m careful and conscientious of my craft by always continuing my education.  There are so many photographers out there, that this experience and knowledge most certainly sets me apart.  Because I only photograph weddings and engagements and have a great deal of experience with both – I bring an intuitiveness to each lighting situation and couple, and I’m very good at tackling wedding day hiccups or updates in schedules with ease and professionalism.  Plus, we just have SO much fun! Professional doesn’t always have to mean completely serious, but I do believe in a great deal of balance and a great deal of smiling on a wedding day.  Many brides tell me that I’ve been a calming force in their otherwise hectic day and they appreciated me for that.  That is always such an incredible compliment! I’ve worked very hard to make my business feel like an extension of my whole self and reflect my crazy ideals of high quality.  I split my time between the Chicago area and eastern Iowa, but love to travel for weddings.  I enjoy fashion mags, cozy things (read: sweatpants!), the crackle of leaves under my feet in the fall, the smell of lavender, beautiful rustic elements, and Essie Chinchilly nail polish. I enjoy the juxtaposition of my modern, high-end Chicago weddings to my backyard Iowa weddings and everything in-between, and – most importantly – I just adore that I get to photograph love.

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How can I make sure that I look good in my photos?

Smile! Have fun! Your smile and that giggle you make when he whispers something silly in your ear… those are always the very best accessories! I always recommend that my brides invest in professional hair and makeup, too.  It’s an extra expense, but the pros always know the best way to highlight your best features in a way that also allows the camera to see them.  For example, you should wear about 40% more makeup than you usually wear when you’re being photographed.  Otherwise, you can run the risk of looking pale or tired instead of fresh and happy!  In fact, you might want to even have a trial run on the day of the engagement session to test someone out! You won’t do the exact same makeup/hair that day, of course, but you’ll be able to see how that person works and you’ll have photographic evidence of their work soon afterward.

What sort of touch ups do you do?

You’ll never see images from us that haven’t already been checked for color, quality, and crop.  However, our first goal is to always take the image spot-on with the camera so that those touch-ups are minimal.  While we know how to use the software necessary to make sure you look beautiful, you won’t see any major special effects, vintage overlays, or over-plasticized, Barbie-smooth skin from us. You’ll see modern, timeless, and beautiful.  Natural, but refined. Classic and lovely.  About 25% of the final images we provide will be turned to black and white.  Then, we always double-check an image for any additional edits before it is enlarged for print or the final wedding album. If a couple requests further edits be made – like a distracting element removed from the background – we work with a highly specialized editing firm to ensure it is edited to our high expectations and the quality of the image remains completely intact.  I’m kind of a perfectionist, so you’ll find that we balance our clean, timeless editing style with turnaround times that are appropriate, realistic, and  always above and beyond.

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What inspired you to become a photographer?

I grew up in a family that placed a high value on moments, as well as marriage. In fact, one of my grandmothers has always had a hallway showcasing multiple generations of the family’s lineage through wedding photos.  I have a copy of one of those images - my great-grandparents’ wedding day in 1926 - framed on my office desk to remind me of how important wedding day memories can be.  It’s a powerful thing to be inspired by love and lineage.  Being a photographer of both, I am always so humbled.  It’s a trust from my clients that I do not take lightly.

On average how many photos are taken during a wedding day?

Oh, I just love the wedding day! Since each couple’s day is different, the final image count varies – especially if it’s an extended wedding weekend or there are many unique details they have incorporated to tell their story!  From an average 8-hour wedding day, my wedding couples average around five hundred final digital images after we cull their day’s images to the best of the best.  It’s always been important for me to offer that service to my couples.  Since there are two of us – myself and an assistant – on the day, it’s important to curate the final images to include multiple perspectives and cut out any potential duplicates or photos where someone’s eyes are closed.  That’s still a lot of photos, but it won’t feel like you’re seeing the same thing over and over again.  It’ll be a fun recap of an incredible day!!!

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Do you have back up equipment with you for the wedding?

Oh, heck yes! If I can help it, nothing is left to chance.  Insurance. Backup equipment. Stand-ins and my professional photography organization on call, in case of emergency.

How do I pick a good photographer with the many that there are available?

Let’s be real… there are A LOT OF US! If photography is a priority to you (and I’d imagine it is since it helps capture so many important moments as well as all the other stuff you’re spending your hard-earned cash on…and you’ve read this far into the blog post), you’ll want to make sure your photography investment is one you feel gets you the quality you want. It’s a fine balance. So, start with asking yourself whether or not it’s a priority.  If yes, then find a photographer who also makes YOU a priority.  You’ll want to connect with their personality, as you spend a lot of time with them leading up to and especially on your wedding day.  And, of course, you want to enjoy their style.  Make sure that the style is consistent by asking to see full wedding galleries or albums. Then, you’ll want to see what services they offer that fit your needs and tastes. In addition to that, their overall professionalism during meetings, phone and email conversations, as well as reviews from past clients will help give a peek into the experience you’ll have with them throughout the process.  An ideal wedding photographer will have a great deal of knowledge and experience with their equipment in addition to the flow of a wedding day.  It’s that ‘sixth sense’, so to speak, that allows us to capture beautiful, candid moments and make the split decisions with our camera to ensure those moments are captured correctly.  The photographer is one vendor you work with whose hire you do not want to regret.  It’s the investment that gives back for years and years! So, whether it’s me or another incredible photographer, I truly hope you have an ideal experience! You certainly deserve to have your wedding day moments captured in a beautiful way.

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Should couples do a first look?

I always want to listen to a couple’s thoughts on this first and foremost.  Since I’m available to chat about your wedding timeline well in advance of the day, I can make suggestions on how to fit it all together with your preferences, while allowing you plenty of time for the moments.  However, if you’re unsure about whether or not you want to see each other, I really do recommend first looks because I have seen the many benefits of having one; particularly, a real the ease that the couple feels afterward, and the flow it allows in a wedding day’s schedule! I was married last year and loved how much extra time I got to spend with my husband on our wedding day because we had a first look.  Plus, our wedding schedule felt so much more natural and relaxed!  I still cried happy tears the entire way down the aisle and one of my favorite images is the way he looked at me when I did.  However, each couple sees their wedding day in a different and unique way - which is half the beauty of it! If you do nothing else, I would strongly recommend trusting your professional photographer and wedding coordinator/planner’s knowledge with regards to the schedule.  A well designed wedding schedule can make all the difference on your day, and we’ll ensure your preferences come first.

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I hope you enjoyed!!!

~Best,

Laura

 

Brides

Vendor Blog Series....Questions and Answers from a Wedding Florist

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At the beginning of the year - I developed a calendar for 52 weeks of wedding blogs.  One of my ideas was to ask the vendors that you work with locally to respond to some questions that as a vendor they are asked by clients seeking their services.  The first in our series is Event Floral.  The following questions and answers came from Erin Stoffregen.  I hope that you enjoy!! What makes Event Floral different from other florists?

Event Floral is an “event florist” meaning that we specialize in weddings and events. Our business and design team are built around the ebb and flow of event work, with the ability to execute multiple weddings in a weekend. Our dedicated team is available to fully service delivery, set up and decorating, and clean up of your wedding. Event Floral also offers limitless possibilities for coordinating accent décor including specialty linens, fabric draping, arches and custom ceremony settings, and rental items to create a complete and cohesive design aesthetic. As part of the planning process with Event Floral, we enjoy offering a complimentary “mock-up” sample of your centerpiece or tablescape as well as the opportunity to preview your wedding flowers the day before the wedding.

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Will you be doing my arrangements and bouquets or will it be another designer?

At Event Floral we have an extensive, experienced design team with each member specializing in an area or “department” of design work. Since the bridal bouquets are the most personal and widely photographed facets of your wedding flowers, I take great care crafting them myself. I then work closely with all members of our team on additional floral designs and event set up to ensure your vision and all its intricate details come to life on your wedding day.

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What design styles do you work in?

The most refreshing part of what we do is that we are always creating something different, crossing lines between design styles and trends. The varied talents of our designers allows us great versatility to tackle a wide array of styles. Some current wedding style favorites we are loving include “Rustic Elegance” characterized by a more natural, relaxed feel while still embodying a timelessness and sophistication and “Modern Glam” which pairs luscious flowers, often in more structured designs, with luxurious accents of glass, rhinestone, or metallics.

If I provide you with a photograph can you recreate it?

Images are a wonderful, priceless tool in planning your wedding, and yes, we can certainly recreate a photograph. However, we always encourage couples to infuse their inspirations with personal touches. Maybe include a favorite flower, add an accent color, or select a different vessel for an arrangement to make your wedding flowers distinct and uniquely yours.

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Can we completely customize the flowers that we want?

All of work by nature is completely customized to fit your style, desires, and budget. We appreciate some flexibility to use our professional creativity within your color palette and style theme to include flowers or elements that may inspire us along the design process. We want your wedding flowers to reflect you, and we happily accommodate specific requests wherever possible.

How far in advance do you start to make the arrangements and bouquets? How are they stored?

We love when couples want to know more about the design process and floral care. Fresh flowers start to arrive early in the week, after which they are cut, placed in buckets of water, and stored in the cooler for proper hydration and longevity. The earliest we start designing with the flowers is three days out from an event. We keep bouquets and arrangements in vases of water or use floral foam as a water source. Everything is stored in our coolers with water replaced as necessary to ensure freshness.

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How do you keep up to date on the newest trends?

Keeping up on the newest trends is such a fun part of what we do. We enjoy scouting social media sites and keeping our eyes on popular wedding and floral design blogs. We try to share trends we’re spotting on our Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter pages as well as features on our blog. Additionally, we subscribe to many industry print magazines and online publications. We also attend industry expos, workshops, and inspirational events throughout the year.

What flowers are used in what season?

The floral industry is constantly introducing new varieties and expanding growing seasons so that many flowers are available virtually year-round. Flowers that are “in season” can offer cost savings and more beautiful, bountiful blooms for the price. Here are some favorites by season:

Spring: Tulips, Lilac, Hyacinth, Ranunculus, and Peonies

Summer: Peonies, Hydrangea, Garden Roses, Cradpedia (“Billy Balls”), Lisianthus, and Succulents

Fall: Sunflowers, Dahlias, Mums, Antique Hydrangeas, Amaranthus, and Berries

Winter: Fresh Evergreen, Winter Berries, Anemones, Roses

*For winter weddings, be sure to consider using more hearty blooms if you want to take outdoor pictures with your bouquets.

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What is the most unique arrangement that you have made?

We love playing with different styles, shapes, and sizes of arrangements and thrive on the challenge of creating something new and innovative. Some of the most unique arrangements we’ve created include pink and white oversized fresh floral “balls” that hung from the ceiling for a local fundraising dinner, cascading bridal bouquets made of crystals (sometimes even lit with LED lights), and custom ceremony or archway settings dripping with fresh flowers and greenery.

What do you suggest regarding bouquet preservation?

There are instances where bouquet preservation works wonderfully and others where it either doesn’t work well initially or after a period of time it still fades or deteriorates.  Our biggest suggestion is to hire a fabulous photographer. It is well worth the investment; your wedding pictures will last forever and be the best memory of your special day.

 

Accent on Events can assist you with finding the right florist and asking the right questions!!  Stay tuned for next week.....Wedding Photography

 

~Best,

Laura

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wedding Planner, Coordinator, Designer, Producer....What does it all mean?

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wedding checklistIn meeting with the clients we have had inquire about our services lately the question has come up as to what do all these titles within the Wedding Planning Industry mean: Wedding Planner, Wedding Coordinator, Wedding Designer, Wedding Producer?  So I decided to explain at least the main three (3) in more detail for you.  There happens to be a lot of blurred lines across the titles with regard to responsibilities. Hopefully this will clarify for you the meaning of the different titles that you see:

1. Wedding Coordinator: usually plans the day of coordination for the wedding day.  The wedding coordinator can be hired well into the planning process.  You have already met and signed the contract with vendors ~ the wedding coordinator makes sure that those vendors show up and know exactly what to do.  A day of or month of coordinator makes sure that everything runs smoothly on that day.  They assist you with the set up of the ceremony and reception décor.

2. Wedding Planner: assists with the planning of the whole wedding.  This is what we do.  I attended a seminar several months ago where Calder Clark spoke and put it best, "The Wedding Planner is the architect."  The planner handles all the logistics from the vendors to the venue.  The wedding planner is the first person that you want to hire so that they can assist you with hiring your vendors and making sure that you have stayed within the budget that you create together.  They help to steer you in the direction of hiring professionals and making sure that you don't spend money where you aren't going to need to.

3. Wedding Designer/Producer: assists with the décor and design of your reception.  I like to think of this position similar to an interior designer for your home.  They come up with the theme and the colors that will be used throughout the day.  They design your décor from what flowers you will use to what the texture of the linens will on the reception tables.  They work closely with the planner to make sure that your vision is incorporated in all aspects of the décor.

Hope that explains a little better in detail the roles of individuals that you hire for your big day.  There are a few Wedding Planners our there that also do a great job of incorporating design into your day.  Make sure that you know what it is that you are looking for and that they provide that service.  When meeting with professionals ask for their credentials and referrals.  They should be happy to provide those to you.

~ Best,

Laura

Brides

I'm Engaged.......Now What?

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engagement-ringCongratulations on your engagement!  Let the planning begin.  Here is a list of our top ten items that you need to do in order to start the wedding planning process.

1. Create a Budget / Wedding Plan

2. Choose Your Date

3. Determine Your Style ~ Classic, Modern, Elegant, Rustic.  Research Inspiration Boards

4. Choose Your Venue ~ Indoors or Outdoors?

5. Research Your Possible Wedding Vendors ~ Hire Your Vendors

6. Start to Create Your Guest List

7. Organize Your Ceremony Site If It Is Different From Your Reception Venue

8. Wedding Dress Shopping

9. Ask Your Friends and Family To Be A Part of Your Day

10. Register For Gifts

We can assist you with the whole process including coming up with timelines and itineraries for your planning needs.

~Best,

Laura

 

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Oliver and Michaeleen on a Summer Day | Real Wedding

Last year I was contacted by one of my dear high school friends to assist in the planning of her daughters wedding.   I was so excited to be asked to do this as I have such great memories of the brides mom and dad and our high school years.  The first time that I met with Micha she was so sweet and knew that this was going to be a wedding that I would love to plan.  The colors were hot pink and yellow and she wanted a whimsical feel. As you view the photos below by Brian Milo Photography, I hope that you can see just how fun and loving this family is.  The hard work that went into this day made everything flawless and enjoyable.  We had some rain but eventually the sun came out and allowed for a beautiful night.

Oliver and Micha are such a sweet couple and I enjoyed every minute of their wedding day!!!

 

 

A very special thank you to all the vendors that assist Accent on Events on bringing the vision to reality.

Photography ~ Brian Milo Photography 

Hair and Makeup ~ Brichi Coiffure 

Florist ~ Balloons and Flowers by Haley 

Church ~ St. James of Belvidere

Reception Venue ~ Burpee Museum of Natural History 

Linens, Draping and Chairs ~ Beautiful Day Linens 

Lighting ~ Luxe Productions 

Entertainment ~ Men of Our Times 

Catering ~ Altamore's Restaurant

Invitations ~ Rock River Printers

Tent ~ Berg Industries 

 

~ Best,

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Brides, Weddings

iPhones/Galaxy at Your Wedding ~ Bridal Tips

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The proliferation of camera phones has raised a new point of discussion for brides and grooms hoping to capture the essence of their wedding through a professional photographer of some distinction.  How to handle wedding guests with cameras and their phones and preserve the privacy and security of the wedding events is a growing challenge.  Social media is changing the rules around the ceremony that was originally about the bride and groom.  As Kim Ode of the Star Tribune said, "On a day planned down to the mints, social media allow for random acts of mindlessness."

  • While some couples may embrace the technology, others wonder "how to keep their vows from going viral".  This concern has prompted wedding planners like me to formulate some guidelines covering social media at weddings.
  • Recognize that most couples make a distinction between the wedding ceremony and its more solemn aspects and the reception with its feel as a celebration.
  • If the bride doesn't want people to see her in her gown before she goes down the aisle, she needs to make sure that her bridesmaids understand that uploading photos of her in that special dress is forbidden.
  • I would suggest putting a notice in the program itself that this is an "unplugged" ceremony.  Reinforce this by asking the officiant to remind the guests to silence their electronics.  This will also assist the professional photographer that the couple has hired to be able to take the necessary photos the couple wants without Auntie in the aisle with her phone or ipad obstructing the view for the professional.  Some clients have had a sign placed at the spot where the guest book if placed as a reminder.

Social media at the reception is much more acceptable.  Photo sharing sites enable guests to download photos into a designated wedding album which makes it nice for the couple to see lots of action at their party.  We recommend the app WedSocial for guests to share photos.  It is easy to use and fun for the guests!

~ Best,

Laura

 

Brides, Uncategorized

Creative Ways to Personalize Your Wedding

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Because the push to be unique is increasing important to our brides, here are some of the more creative ideas we have seen.

  • If yours is a smaller wedding, consider including a personal not with the invitation.
  • With the help from the US Postal Service you can create your own stamp.

  • Stats have shown that social invitations are opened more frequently on Saturdays.  Time your invitation mailings to arrive on Saturday if possible.  You'll receive more RSVP responses.

  • Pick a monogram and use it throughout the planning process.

  • Choose a unique start time for the ceremony.  For example use the date you met (5:23) or the date you got engaged (7:04) or other key dates in your lives.
  • Take lots of photos during your engagement and pre-wedding planning period and use them as table decorations at the reception.
  • Create an entrance at the wedding ~ something that says WOW and let's your guests know they have arrived.

  • Include your parents by having their wedding photos on display at the reception.  Include grandparents photos too if they are available.
  • To keep everything moving, plan a "surprise" for guests at the reception every 30 minutes.

~ Best,

Laura

Bridal Showers, Brides

Showers are Traditional

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In fact, they date back to the 18th century according to Emily Post.  It seems that a father did not like his daughter's choice of husband and refused to give her dowry.  Friends of the groom's were insulted by the brides father.  In support of the groom, they collected "assets" among themselves, "showered" the bride with them and the marriage happened.  Today's showers have evolved over time. but there are still some "rules" or guidelines most brides follow. The bride's maid of honor is the usual hostess for a wedding shower, but any bridesmaid, friend of the bride's mother or groom's mother or distant relative can be hostess.  It is usual that no member of the bride's immediate family (nor the groom's for that matter) host a shower so that it doesn't look like they are soliciting gifts for the bride.  This also extends to the bride.  It is never OK for the bride to throw a shower for herself.

With all of the talk of 'themed" weddings, potential hostesses wonder if they need to plan a shower in keeping with the theme of the wedding.  The answer is no.  The shower simply celebrates the upcoming marriage.  The closest events come to a "theme" is kind of gifts guests bring to the shower, such as spa items, kitchen items, or lingerie.  Some showers are for couples.  Gift items for those should appeal to both genders like "stock the bar" parties, tools, outdoor equipment, etc.

Who should come?  Only guests invited to the wedding should be invited to the shower.  The only exception is for a workplace shower where not all work colleagues may be invited to the wedding.  Nor is it necessary or even feasible to invite to a shower, every female who is invited to the wedding.

Including gift registry information on the shower invitation is acceptable (but this is the only place).  Brides should open all shower gifts at the shower and thank each person as the gift is opened.  Each gift must be followed by a handwritten thank you note.  If multiple showers are given for the bride, guests attended more than one shower need only to give one gift.  If a guest cannot attend a shower, she should not feel obligated to send a gift.

 

~ Best,

Laura

Weddings

Changing Times

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Many of the traditions that we follow in weddings today have their origins in Elizabethan or Renaissance eras.  It is no wonder that some changes have occurred.

  • VOWS - the phrase "Honor and Obey" has been replaced with various alternatives that reflect equality in the relationship.

  • BRIDAL ESCORTS - More and more brides and couples are having both parents escort them down the aisle.  In some ceremonies, the groom comes down the aisle with both his mother and father, followed by the bride on the arms of both of her parents.  This honors both parents and recognizes each of their roles in preparing their sons/daughters for this day.  In fact, if the bride's father is not available or this is a second marriage, a bride may choose to walk down the aisle alone or she may choose anyone to escort her.  A sibling, her mother, her grandfather, , her son or a friend may do the honors.

  • PARENTAL ROLES - Parents are no longer limited to escort duty.  Many grooms are choosing their father to be the best man and brides are asking mom to be the matron of honor.
  • RECEIVING LINES - These may still be a part of a very formal wedding where the ceremony and reception are at different venues, but for smaller weddings with the same site for ceremony and reception, more and more couples are foregoing the receiving line and instead making it a point to acknowledge and thank each guest at his/her table throughout the evening.

We know how to help your wedding uniquely yours or tie it comfortably to tradition.

~ Best

Laura

Uncategorized, Weddings

Aisle Style

Here are some tips for defining the aisle you will walk down at your wedding. If you are marrying in a church, be sure that the aisle cloth you've chosen is made of sturdy fabric and has weights to hold it down at both ends.  Do not use a paper runner.  They are difficult to walk on - especially in heels and they make noise.  Better to have a bare aisle.  Many florists now have colored aisle runners so you could follow a color plan although white or creme are still the favorite choices.  Some companies also do custom aisle runners to match your wedding invitations or have your monogram on them.

Remind the ushers who will be positioning the aisle cloth that this is part of the ceremony seating.  Their behavior and demeanor while rolling out the cloth and securing it is a significant part of the pre ceremony activities.  It needs to be done with dignity and care.

If your ceremony is taking place at a locations that does not have an aisle it is possible to create one.  Lanterns, potted plants, torches, flags or pennants, columns and stanchions with velvet ropes can add dramatic impact while defining your passageway.

Usually, tall decorative elements create a formal look while shorter items are appropriate for a more informal weddings.  Whatever aisle you have fashioned, walk down it with dignity.  This is not a 20 yard dash!  Take your escort's arm, stand up straight, head held high and walk toward the most important moment in your life.

Below are samples of aisle decor we love!!