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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

Brides, Wedding Reception

We have the answers to your Bar questions

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Bar options are one of the most confusing things to be agreed upon in a contract. Catering companies offer many different options for your wedding day, and sometimes it can be difficult to distinguish which option is best for you.Open Bar | With this option, the bar is stocked with everything needed to provide a night of fun and [lack of] memories. The bartenders keep a running tally of all drinks bought throughout the night, and an invoice is sent following the wedding reception.

Bar Tab | This option is very similar to the open bar, except that the bar invoice is paid in advance. The bartenders keep a running tally of all drinks bought and after the amount reaches the previously paid amount, the bar becomes a cash bar.

Cash Bar | Nothing is included with this option. Everyone pays for every drink, excluding soda and water.

Limited Bar | This option is pretty versatile. Some ways to offer a limited bar include:

  • Only open the bar for a certain amount of time
  • Pick beer, wine and signature cocktail options to offer for little or no cost
  • Only offer each guest (21+) a set amount of beverages at the bar

We hope this helps

~Best,

Emily

Grooms

Grooms - We are talking about YOUR attire

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Wedding day fashion isn’t just for the ladies anymore. Male members of the bridal party can now ditch the simple, monochromatic vest and tie combination in favor of a more exciting, out-of-the-box ensemble. Here are three menswear trends that you need to see: Subtle Patterns | Patterned vest and tie combinations are a great way to mix your attire up without committing to anything too extreme. Patterned menswear draws the eye to the handsome groomsmen, without taking attention away from the bride.VestBold Prints | This trend is for those men who aren’t afraid to make a statement. Bold prints in colors that complement the wedding décor will really stand out in wedding photos!

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 Printed Shirts | This is another great way to subtly accessorize a wedding day tuxedo. A printed shirt is fashionably adventurous without being too loud. Paired with a plain vest and tie combo, this look is perfectly demure.Printed Shirt

~ 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!

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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

 

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Innovative Inspiration: The Kiss

Welcome back to the Innovative Inspiration. In this blog series, we  explore unconventional media which can be used to inspire your wedding. In week 1, we saw Viktor & Rolf’s “Flowerbomb” fragrance inspire a beautiful wedding. Meanwhile, last week, we saw a wedding inspired by the Pixar hit Finding Nemo. For this week’s inspiration, I have chosen a piece of art by Gustav Klimt called “The Kiss.” This work of art very appropriately pictures a male giving his female lover a kiss on the cheek. Shown in gold, these lovers are enjoying a date in a field of flowers. Be sure to check out the Pinterest board and enjoy! 

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Venue | Because this painting encompasses a very rich color palette, I picture this to be an autumn wedding. So, I would imagine this wedding’s ceremony to be held in a long-standing church with stained glass windows. The reception would be held at a country club in a room with a view of the color-changing landscape.

The ceremony space for this wedding needs little modifying; it will be complete with a simple aisle arrangement, placed at the edge of each pew to bring in not only the autumn colors, but also the easily usable autumn-esque items such as pumpkins and other gourds, cinnamon sticks and multi-colored leaves.     

The reception space for this wedding, unlike the ceremony space, has more room for extravagance. An open country club space calls for plentiful autumn decorations and rich golds and greens from the painting. I picture the space to be dripping with gold, cinnamon and roses to pay homage to Klimt’s piece.

Floral | Although this painting is simple, with a minimalist color palette, that doesn’t mean that the floral arrangements will suffer. One of the first things to consider when putting together a wedding’s floral scheme is the season, which in this case is autumn. So, for this wedding, I would use red roses, baby’s breath, chinaberry, red alstroemeria and rowan berry. This warmly colored floral scheme will pair perfectly with autumn items such as pumpkins, gourds, cinnamon sticks and multi-colored leaves, as mentioned above.

 So, for the actual arranging of these flowers I would choose tall centerpieces in gilded gold vases. In these arrangements, I would place cinnamon sticks among the flowers and scatter miniature pumpkins and various other gourds around the table. This arrangement would perfectly complement the table settings, as discussed in the next section.

Table Settings | Thus far, the planning choices of this wedding favor a complex tablescape; with rich colors such as gold and cranberry, this wedding’s warm and inviting colors will give birth to some of the most pleasant and fond feelings and memories for your guests.  

I would use gold table cloths with a cranberry-colored tulle overlay to foster a warm, autumn environment. Atop this linen scheme, I would set a beautiful table-setting complete with crystal drinkware and utensils. I would use gold opera chairs and weave cranberry-colored tulle through the slats in the backs of these chairs.  

As I can’t discuss every piece of inspiration in depth, I have created a Pinterest board, as mentioned earlier, with both ideas discussed in this blog and new ideas. I hope you have enjoyed this post and seen some new ideas. And keep in mind, this is just one idea way to inspire your wedding day! Stay tuned for more!    

~ Best

Emily

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Innovative Inspiration | Viktor and Rolf Flowerbomb

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There are plenty of things that can be beautiful inspiration for your wedding, thus I have decided to begin a series of blog posts to exemplify that. For the first instalment of “Innovative Inspiration,” I have decided to use the Viktor Rolf Flowerbomb scent. A delicate pink hue and wrapped in an architectural bottle with a silver nameplate and black flower accent, this perfume is a fragrant and floral hyper-feminine scent. Enjoy the post and check out the Pinterest board at www.Pinterest.com/Accentonevents. Victor and Rolf FlowerbombVenue | In my mind, there are two venue options for this wedding: (1) based on the fragrance’s name, a gorgeous outdoor scene, which could easily paint the picture of effortless romance through nature’s beauty and calculated planning (2) inspired by the angularity of the perfume’s bottle, a trendy, geometric indoor location adorned with black modern furniture and dripping with pink flowers would perfectly embody the essence of Flowerbomb without being cliché.Mywedding.comFloral | With a name like Flowerbomb, this realm of wedding planning is understandably important. As with all weddings, the floral selection is dependent on the date of the wedding. So, for the purposes of this blog, we’ll say that this is a spring wedding. The floral scheme that I envision for this wedding includes pinks, whites and blacks and because of Flowerbomb’s name, I’d like to include as many different seasonal flowers as possible in eclectic arrangement.

FlowersThe first flowers that pop into my head are anemones and sweet peas, but I also see a place for other flowers such as cherry blossoms, cosmos, dahlias and poppies. Though the pinks and whites are easy to account for, the black color is more difficult, but it is found in the anemone flower and can be easily incorporated through vases and wrappings—such as in the bridal bouquets!

Table Settings | In my mind, there are two options for table settings, dependent on the venue. For an outdoor venue, I think that simple ivory linens and tableware would allow the flowers to be the focal point of the décor. Equipped with pink napkins, silver chairs and tall centerpieces, this scene would blow your guests away! 

For an indoor reception, I would go linen-less with black furniture. This would perfectly make a modern and chic statement for your wedding, while the black furnishings would allow for something bold to be done with the head table- up to you! With the exception of short centerpieces, I wouldn’t change a thing from the outdoor table settings- simple elegance is key when using Flowerbomb as wedding inspiration.

Though I can’t discuss every aspect of weddings in this post, I have pinned much more to the Pinterest page. This is just one idea for extracting inspiration for your wedding from everyday objects. I hope you enjoyed this post and find your inspiration, and stay tuned for the next installment of “Innovative Inspiration!”    Pinterest Board

~Best,

Emily

Brides, Weddings

Blended Families

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Family Group At WeddingFirst comes love, then comes marriage, then comes the baby in the baby carriage. As with many childhood plans, this verse from the familiar, childhood game often shows itself to be untrue. As the cultural tolerance for young parents and for single parents (whatever the circumstance) increases, the American schema for the nuclear family—naturally—evolves to include many different images of a healthy family. And the best news is, that each and every image of these families is healthy and beautiful. So, with this ever evolving image of the nuclear family, new terms such as “blended family” are adopted. A blended family can be simply thought of as a family made up of a couple and their children from all previous relationships. Currently, the average age of a woman having her first child is close to 25 years old, while the average age of a woman at first marriage is 27. So, these age differences bring me to the topic of this blog: blended marriages.

But, what is a blended marriage? A blended marriage is not just the joining together of two people, but rather the joining together of two families.

I believe that it is important for blended marriage ceremonies to occur if a blended family will be present after the marriage has been performed, especially so for children effected by the marriage. Including children in the marriage ceremony will demonstrate familial commitment both to the world and, more importantly, to the children themselves, thus creating a deeper trust for the kids. Because of this, a new dimension to the family’s relationship can begin to evolve.   

There are many ways for a couple to modify a traditional marriage ceremony to include their children. Many of these ways can be easily thought of—we’d love to help you!—or found on your favorite virtual pin-board. These ideas range from as simple as a recognition during the ceremony to as involved as custom designed jewelry pieces for the entire family.   

However, in the end, it does not matter whether the kids are given spots in the wedding party, simply recognized during the ceremony or given personalized gifts. It is important to remember that no amount of recognition or gifts will have any significance for the children if they do not understand that they have a special and unique importance to the marriage. Not in the day-long-frills-and-lace-party-all-night sense, but in the lifelong-institution-for-better-or-for-worse sense of the word. It is only after this happens, that bigger things can happen!

Best,

~ Emily

Brides, Weddings

Winter Wedding Ideas

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Hi there! My name is Emily Palmer and I am currently in the second semester of my senior year at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. I am majoring in Recreation, Sport and Tourism with a focus on Tourism and Event Planning. I am beyond excited to be joining the Accent On Events team for the next few months as an intern. So, here is my first blog. I hope you like it! A couple’s wedding day is their chance to celebrate their personal love story with the people most important to them. And, with the recent snowfall I thought it the perfect time to blog about wintertime weddings!

Of course summer weddings are insanely popular, but I am here to tell you that winter weddings are equally as beautiful. While some couples know their date months—and sometimes even years—in advance, others do not. And that’s perfectly OK because every couple is different and unique. And while some couples are able to wait for a special date, sometimes love just can’t wait for the summer! Or, perhaps the season that many of us dread, winter, has a special significance to a couple.

But, what about the cold?

It is of course winter, so cold weather is—for the most part—inevitable. However, instead of trying to beat the cold, I recommend embracing it! This is the perfect opportunity for guests to be able to mingle with each other and catch up with old friends in a warm, cozy, indoor environment.DrinksThere are also other perks to winter weddings, one of which being the freedom to serve hot beverages. Think about it: hot chocolate, eggnog and coffee are beloved winter beverages and are easily made adult by adding yummy liqueurs such as Bailey’s Irish Crème, Kahlua, amaretto or even Grand Marnier.

But, not all beverages have to be hot to embrace the winter theme…I’m talking about peppermint. This holiday staple is a universal hit—it’s perfectly mixable in both kid-friendly and adult drinks. And hey, it would be pretty silly to serve peppermint flavored drinks at a summer wedding, right?

But, what about the snow?

Well, winter weddings provide gorgeous natural décor and multiple gateways to bring a wedding to life. The key to a successful winter wedding is identifying these things and using them to your advantage!Tablescape

There are many creative ways to embrace a winter theme across many traditional aspects of a wedding. Photos can be directed and styled to reflect the weather. Cakes, cupcakes or even cake pops can be beautifully embellished with snowflakes. Lighting displays can be assembled to create a reception environment reminiscent of the holidays or winter landscapes. And table settings can be customized to reflect winter in whatever way a couple desires.  

But, it is important to remember that at the end of the day, a couple’s wedding should reflect who they are as people and pay homage to their personal love story. A certain season coupled with wedding norms should not dissuade a couple from tying the knot during a particular time of the year because every wedding is beautiful and unique, just like each and every couple.        

~ Best,

Laura and Emily

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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 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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My Favorite Fashion Time of The Year

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One of my favorite times of the year is the Award Shows ~ it allows me to look at all the fashion, hair, accessories and make-up on the red carpet.  Sunday was a "holiday" for me.  I sat down with a glass of wine, twitter and the television.  There are many ways that you can see the trends in fashion ~ a lot of black, a lot of color blocked dresses, and hair was mainly worn down looking very sleek. Below I have my top five dresses of the evening.  Critics may not agree, but I fell in love with each one of these!  Resse Witherspoon topped my list ~ LOVED the color of her dress!!

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And now we wait for the Academy Awards!

~ 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

 

Uncategorized, Weddings

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,

L.

 

 

Brides, Weddings

A Day at the Beach

About six months ago I attended one of my favorite conferences for wedding industry professionals. I always meet some very talented individuals there and this time was no different.  Several months later, I was contacted by Robyn Schwab from Robyn Photography asking if I would assist her with designing her booth for an upcoming bridal show. We met for coffee and talked for quite awhile and she told me about this group of talented photographers that she was a part of called the Photography Stylistas.  She said that they were working on their upcoming stylized photo shoot and asked if I would be interested in joining them.  I was thrilled to be a part of such a wonderful team of professionals.

So as you review the photos ~ this is what happens when 6 photographers, a wedding planner/designer, a bakery, 2 incredible models, a stationer and an amazing florist come together on a beach off of Lake Michigan to put together ideas for clients all happening with the weather not cooperating causing a down pour of rain!

Enjoy!

~Best,

Laura

Concept + Design: Photography Stylistas | Styling: Laura of Accent on Events | Models: Nicole Knothe & Nathan Grede | Location: Beach House in Wilmette, IL | Invitations + Details: Homeseed Paper | Cake: Amy Beck Cake Design | Florals: Ashland Addison Florist | Hair + Makeup Team: Elana Darrus | Wedding Dress Designer: May Queen | Pearl Earrings: Ultra Diamonds | Necklace: Stella & Dot | Bracelet: Stella & Dot | Engagement Ring: Ultra Diamonds - Rose De France Amethyst Cable Ring | Wedding band: Ultra Diamonds - Men's Tungsten Band | Bow Tie: The Tie Bar | Headpiece: ZipporahK Photography and Ashland Addison Florist | Wedding Suit: Male Fashions Co | Linens: Beautiful Day Linens | Signature Drink: Peach Champagne Cocktails

Photography Stylistas: Dominique Strom - Dominique Strom Photography & Design |  Christine Brizendine - Dabble Me This Keren Chookaszian - Keren Sarai Photography | Kristi Haddad - Markit Photography | Robyn Schwab - Robyn Photography | Zipporah Kapambwe | ZipporahK Photography

 

 

 

Anniversaries

Reaffirming Wedding Vows

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Reaffirming wedding vows has become an increasingly popular way to celebrate a significant anniversary or to have the formal event that a civil ceremony did not provide. Couples may choose to repeat their original vows or they may wish to write new ones that express the way their love has grown over the years.

Generally invitations are not sent unless the ceremony is large and elaborate.

The ceremony options are varied.  Some couples choose to hold the ceremony and reception in their home or they my arrange for a church with a reception to follow in a restaurant.  Ceremony details are worked out with the officiant. If it is to be part of a regular religious service, the church will dictate the procedure.  If it is to be a separate ceremony with a large guest list, much of the procedure is likely to be similar to a second wedding.

Some reaffirmations are limited to family only and others include a wide circle of friends they have acquired over the years.  Either way, it is a nice touch to include children and even grandchildren in the ceremony.  With family members participating, it reaffirms the love of not just the parents but the entire family they have created.

Generally the attire they have chosen is dressy but not as formal as that of a wedding.  The bride may chose to carry a modest bouquet or wear a corsage.  For those couples that wish to reaffirm vows in an exotic location, a call to the resort or hotel where they plan to stay is important.  A resident consultant can help implement plans and suggest new ideas.

~ Best,

Laura

 

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, Grooms, Uncategorized, Weddings

Say Cheese!

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The Picture Dilemma

 
 The Problem: It’s the middle of July. You have been waiting for 45 minutes and now you are finishing the last of the roasted chicken and green beans. You sit in a hot, crowded room with 130 other wedding guests waiting for one of your best friends and her husband to finally finish the pictures and walk through the door. While this scenario is annoying, it can be avoided.
 
The Plan: Many engaged couples are planning their pictures before the ceremony; this cuts down on the wait time after the ceremony ends. Your guests have come to spend this special day with you; don’t make them wait forever to congratulate you.
 
If you are planning on having a meal at your wedding, this is an option you might want to consider. You have spent so much time and money preparing for this special day. Take time and enjoy it!