Wedding in Hot Weather

Wedding in Hot Weather…Wedding Season is upon us and with it, hot weather. Not only must you think of keeping yourself cool, but your guests as well.

One of my summer brides chose to have pre-made, pre-poured Lavender cocktails ready and waiting for guests as they arrived for the ceremony.  I took a little sip, and they were delicious.  A word of caution, however…if it is dangerously hot, nothing beats plain old cool water for hydration.

And don’t forget the bride!  Make sure your dress is in keeping with the season you will wear your dress.  While you may choose and order your dress in winter, you will probably wear it in warmer weather.  Choose something you will be comfortable in.  The bride below has chosen well for a summer wedding.

A reputable caterer will ensure your food is kept well refrigerated and safe, but please discuss with them their plans to keep your cake cool.  Almost all cakes should be refrigerated as long as possible before the “cake cutting”.

in the photo above, the combination cutting cake on top and cupcakes below is a good choice for hot weather.  It is easier to find space in a cramped fridge, even if professional sized.  This cake style can be broken down very easily to use any space available.

Your flowers:

Stress to your florist that you want something that will hold up well in the heat, and ask that your  bouquets stay in temporary water filled vases as long as possible.

Choosing a lot of greenery in your bouquet, (like the one above), is a great way to keep your flowers fresh.  Greenery requires less water.

If your venue is outside, and you have no natural shade, consider a tent for your guests’ comfort.

Another option for a ceremony that has no shade, is to offer guests umbrellas – yes…Umbrellas!  Granted, the guests holding them would probably have to stand because they would take up room on the chairs, and also obscure others’ view; but many would be happy to escape the beating sun –even if they had to stand.

Your wedding will be beautiful, no matter the weather, just make sure your prepared for it!  🙂

The Prosecco Van

Brides the world over are always trying to find the new and different way to set their nuptials apart from the masses.  The UK has a new trend… According to the Bubble Brothers Website:

“THE BUBBLE BROS PROSECCO VAN IS A 3-WHEELED PIAGGIO APE THAT HAS BEEN LOVINGLY CONVERTED INTO A SPARKLING WINE BAR AND PROSECCO WAGON.

We started the Prosecco Van concept back in 2015 and have been traveling around the UK with our little Ape ever since.

We’ve served at hundreds of weddings and private events and have also poured bubbly by the glass to thousands of people at festivals all over the country including the inimitable Glastonbury.”

The team even has a second option: the “Bubble Bike”!

“The sidecar-bar has been modified into a sparkling wine bar serving ice cold bubbly on tap, straight from the barrel and chilled to perfection on pour. The neat size of the Bubble Bike means that it will fit into most event spaces, both indoor and out, so is an ideal alternative to The Prosecco Van for those venues with space restrictions. Due to its storage capacity and strong build, it can also be used as a man with van service to earn extra income on the side!

The Bubble Bike is a truly unique addition to any wedding, party or event so be sure to book early to avoid disappointment.”

I’m not sure if we have something like this in the states, but we should have!  I think brides and private parties alike would love this concept.  And what makes it more special than, say, waiters pouring a little of the bubbly into guests’ glasses?  Well, the option to try different types of prosecco, and the pure novelty of it.  For example, one can order pizza to be served at their wedding.  But pizza trucks have become all the rage.  Why?  The fun!  The guests can watch the process, smell the pizza baking.  It’s more than just the food…it’s the experience!

All photos from the prosecco van website: prosecco van

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Spectacular Outdoor Wedding Venues Ideas

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Spectacular Outdoor Wedding Venues – If you’re brave enough to have your wedding outside – try these wonderful options!  There is something so  dramatic about this family style eating configuration.  Is it picture worthy?  Definitely.  Is is conducive to comfortable table talk and relaxation during breaks from socializing and dancing?  NO.  Think about these factors before choosing this style. If you must have it, due to either admiration of photo ops or necessity, consider additional small groupings of tables and chairs for your guests’ convenience.

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You needn’t have an outdoor ceremony or reception to grab a photo such as the one above.  Love, love it.  Hard to do?  I don’t think so.  A low hanging branch, a few strings of bulbs and an extension cord, you’re in business.  It really is a spectacular shot.  It’s always a good idea to talk to your photographer about shots that are important to you.  If you don’t convey your desires, he/she can’t make it happen.

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The photo above is beyond FAB!  Lots of work and expense, yes.  Guaranteed results, probably not. If you have your heart set on such a photo, I recommend a trial run.  There are a lot of moving parts in pulling this off.  Talk to your photographer.  Perhaps he/she can put your worries for the photo’s success at rest.

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The luminarios are gorgeous.  There is an art to making these white bags filled with sand and a light source bright enough to make an impression – both on your guests and in photos.  I’ve had a couple of my brides use these, but they were never bright enough to be of great impact.  I think the lights from the reception tend to diminish their effect.

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One of my favorite outdoor venues?  — The fabulous Topnotch Resort in Stowe, VT.  You just can’t get any better than this!  Click on the link above to be directed to their site.

Next two photos: Mary P. Karnes

The next two photos are candids from weddings I’ve done.  Sometimes, no decor is needed.  Mother Nature can be the best decorator of all.

Wedding Escort Cards

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Ah…the wedding escort cards…Sometimes its the last thing the bride thinks of, and the first the guests see at your reception.  Thus, you need to have an eye catching, theme based escort card/table assignment display.  I’m guess that the photos above and below are from a nautical themed wedding.  What do I mean by “escort cards”?  It is the little piece of information that directions you to your table, and holds your seat.  Position one of these babies at your place setting, and your seat is held!  Although I did attend a wedding where a fellow guest switched my husband and my card’s with hers because, “I liked your seats better.”  Can you believe it?  I let it go, as I was a guest at a dear friend’s son’s wedding.   Had it been out in the “Real World” it would not have gone uncorrected.

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The gorgeous ornament below is a wonderful option for assigning seats.  I love items that operate for duel purposes.  This is a place card AND a favor – ditto the following photo of the beautiful succulents.  Although pretty, would you really hang an ornament from someone else’s wedding on your Christmas tree?  Don’t think I would, but everyone’s different.  The succulents, however, are a different story.  I adore this choice.  I would be thrilled to take home this adorable favor.

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The place cards below are cute for a “Farm to Table” themed wedding, but I’m concerned that this lovely pint of fruit would go to waste.  I double it would be eaten at the wedding, and I don’t see a whole heck of a lot of guests taking it home.   Not sure if I even would.

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Aesthetically, the floral trimmed “Table Chart” below is my favorite.  Love the “Shabby Chic” table assignments.  My only concern?  No one will get a “Take Away” to claim their seat.  Although as mentioned above, who’s to stop a rude guest from stealing your seat anyway? 🙂

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