More… “How To Be A Good Wedding Host”

I have written quite a few blog posts on being a good ‘Wedding Guest’, but thought it was time for another post on “How to Be a Good Wedding Host”.  It is not hard.  I don’t think I have worked with a bride yet who hasn’t been thoughtful and considerate of her guests’ comfort.  But sometimes, it’s a good idea to check-in with some on-line resources, (such as this blog!  🙂  ), and you may run across something you haven’t thought of yet.

The next five photos are mine from a lovely “Camp” wedding I was the ‘Day of Event’ Planner for.  The bride and groom thought of everything.  Above, the female guests are invited to choose a pair of flip flops in case their party shoes began to pinch when it came time for the dancing to begin.

It was a lovely warm day, but as day turned to night, it DID get a little chilly.  Not to worry!  The wedding hosts had a basket at the ready with shawls to borrow if needed.

And why would I post the photo above?  Because the bride and groom at this wedding thought of everything.  They had an elderly grandfather, (we should all be so lucky!), and wanted to insure that he had an exceptionally comfortable seat with the dark chair above.

Serving ice cold drinks in the late summer heat?  How about a cozy to keep that beverage cold, and your hands comfortable?

With an outside wedding, you just might encounter a pesky mosquito or two.  Never fear, the wedding couple had bug spray conveniently located for their guests.  I love the novelty of it hanging in the tree.

This photo was from a wedding last summer.  When guests walked into the wedding venue area, they were greeted with a cocktail to keep them cool as they waited for the lovely couple to make their appearance.

And finally… you may not always have this option, but if you anticipate a hot day for your outdoor wedding, try to choose a time of day when it will not be as hot, and place your guests’ chairs in the shade it there is any.

Feel free to send me ideas you have used for your own wedding to make your guests comfortable!

The Fall Wedding

The Fall Wedding… Summer is almost over.  It’s time to look ahead to the Fall Wedding.

There are some simple things you should remember to make the most of your special day, AND to save you money.

Choose your flowers wisely, I.e., make sure you are purchasing “in-season” flowers. Your florist can advise you on this.  Out of season flowers will cost you, sometimes, more than double.  Love the flowers below.

And don’t forget the natural beauty of your outdoor wedding venue.

If your wedding ceremony or reception will be outside, watch the weather carefully.  When I think of Fall, I think cooler weather.  But that might not be the case.  You might experience Indian Summer, and have a heat wave.  Either way, think of your guests.  Cool weather, make sure hot drinks are provided.  If you DO have that heatwave, make sure  you have cool beverages to keep your guests hydrated.

Ha ha!  The guests from the wedding in the photo above made good use of the water provided by their hosts.  This cute tub was a brilliant vessel.

It’s a good idea to keep a list of your guests’ emails, and send out a weather update, especially for those coming from out of town.  They will then be able to dress appropriately.  And help them out.  If the weather will be chilly, consider blankets for your guests’ use.  And don’t forget the bride and her attendants.  The gentlemen usually have jackets to keep them warm, but not the ladies.  Perhaps a lovey cashmere shall would be a considerate bridesmaid gift.  For hot weather, how about a personal fan?  🙂

Don’t neglect to factor in time the of day.  Maybe your wedding will be after we return to standard time vs. daylight savings.  You may wish to have a lovely sunset wedding photo.  If this is the case, plan the time of your wedding ceremony accordingly.

DIY And Make Your Own Wedding Veil

DIY And Make Your Own Wedding Veil!  This is a terrific way to save money.  When a bride writes her wedding budget, her wedding dress is definitely included.  But what is sometimes forgotten, is the cost of the veil.  And they are not inexpensive.  Veils can range from over $100.00 for an inexpensive veil, to over a thousand +.  My daughters’ were somewhere in the middle. Remember, I have two more daughters to plan weddings for; with their veils, I will take a different approach.

Below is my own wedding veil, and headpiece.  A great option, in my book…is to DIY and make your own wedding veil.  (I have included below a starting point for supplies and a youtube video to get you started.) A beautiful way to spice up your creation is to use either an heirloom headpiece, as my two older daughters did, (mine!), or purchase a spectacular one.  Perhaps you will make some new traditions of your own.

The next photo shows my second daughter wearing my headpiece.

The bride below secures her veil with a stand-out hair ornament.  It’s a lovely choice.

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The next photo showcases a veil from one of my brides.  Her mother made her it.  It’s just exquisite.

Below are some general supplies to get your started on making a standard veil.

3-10 yards of 108″ Bridal Illusion (100% tulle — I got mine at Joann’s) — make sure it matches your gown. I made a veil that was a few inches below my waist and used two and a half yards. You can use 56″, it just won’t be as wide or full.

Bridal Comb (I used plastic bridal combs, though I imagine you could use metal combs  as well.)

White Nylon Thread

Sewing Scissors

Lace of choice (optional) (at least one yard more than the length of your veil.)

Beads (optional) and beading needle

Fabric Glue

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Wondering what type of netting you should choose for your veil?  Check out a previous blog post on wedding veil fabrics.  Just click on the link:

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Click on the next link for an instruction video on how to make your own wedding veil: youtube.com

Above: my oldest daughter post wedding ceremony.  She wore my headpiece, but chose to wear this lovely wreath for the reception. Photo: Hannah Rachael

 

French Wedding Style – More Flair Than Ours?

French Wedding Style…does it really have more oomph than ours?  Well, that depends on whom you talk to.  The French tend to do things with style, panache, and flair. They are elegant while still being understated.  Take the wedding cake below.  How simple is that?  But yet…how beautiful!

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And oh, my…how lovely is the French wedding cake below?  I love macaroons, and I’d say the bride and groom from this wedding does too.  It’s colorful, festive, I bet delicious, and all the while, understated.

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The groom below?  Well, clearly he is a Frenchman.  Just check out his cutting edge style. I love the red pocket square, socks and shoestrings.  But I dare anyone would accuse him of being too “matchy-matchy.”  Somehow he can just pull it off.  I’m not a big fan of the groom and groomsmen doing the whole wild sock thing, but then it’s their wedding, not mine.  And I do think it’s nice when the groom gets involved and puts his own stamp on the affair.

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And as far as outdoor wedding pictures go…you can’t beat these!  I highly encourage you to try to have not only photos, but some part of your wedding, either the ceremony, cocktail hour, reception, (or all three!), outside.  It lends such an air of festivity which a ballroom event can’t compete with.

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Below, the Eiffel Town at night, photo taken by yours truly.

The next picture, also taken by me, is of the brilliantly beautiful Sacre Cour. It has the best view of all Paris.  It’s quite a climb up to it, but well worth it.

Yes, our American weddings are things of beauty.  But I think the ‘take away’ we can gleen from the French is, don’t go over-board.  Less really… sometimes… is more.