A Cocktail Wedding Reception

A group of people at a wedding cocktail hour holding drinks with cherries in them.

It’s not news…the face of weddings has changed from 2019, largely due to COVID-19. Celebrations, not just weddings are smaller, more intimate, and in some ways…less.

Not only are we concerned about health related issues, but many of us are facing financial worries. Does this accept how you plan your wedding? You bet it does.

The powers that be are implying that we may be able to return to normal by the summer of 2021. I sure hope this is the case. But if you wish to be married in 2021, you are doing your planning NOW.

So what are the trends I am seeing with this in mind? Less food, for one. When you think about it, it makes sense. I am always disheartened when I’m at a wedding and I see how much food is wasted. Guests almost always consume the majority of wedding food during ‘Cocktail Hour.’ It’s not surprising, in the rush to get dressed in your wedding guest finery, make it to the church early, (as a good wedding guest should), often, there is no time to grab a meal. After the wedding, during ‘Cocktail Hour,’ we all tend to over-indulge. Then, when dinner is served, anywhere from one to two hours post ‘Cocktail Hour,’ no one is hungry.

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Plan your wedding cocktail hour: fun, food & entertainment ideas for guests — Wedpics Blog

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What to do? I suggest scrapping the formal dinner and serving heavy apps like the ones above. It will be better for your budget, and your guests will feel lighter – more ready to dance the night away!

cocktail hour — A Garden Party

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Make sure, however, that you provide at least one chair per guest to rest and relax. Just because you won’t have a formal dinner doesn’t mean your guests don’t want a place to camp out for the reception and call their own. Above and below are some lovely decorating ideas. Enjoy!

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Managing Your Wedding Budget During Covid-19

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Weddings going forward will be smaller. The dreaded novel Corona Virus is one reason, economics is another. Let’s face it, we probably won’t return to our normal lives for quite awhile. On top health concerns, many have lost jobs or are impacted economically. Does that mean couples will not want to marry? Of course not! We will just have to find creative, less expensive ways to go about it.

What are the two biggest costs of a wedding? …your caterer and venue. What about renting an” Air B n B” for your wedding party and ceremony? Not only could you hold your celebration at an “Air B n B” home, you could also stay there instead of a hotel. Disclaimer: you must be upfront with the owner and declare your intended use. Keep in mind, celebrations may not be allowed at some properties. Look at the beautiful property above. Beach front property! What a perfect location for a wedding AND a rehearsal dinner the night before. You may even want to consider a post wedding brunch the next day.

The Ultimate Wedding Cocktail Hour Guide

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Doesn’t the above photo look cozy for an intimate affair? Oh! Your property doesn’t sport outside furniture?…easy to rent from a staging/event rental company. Once again, check with property owner to see if outside furniture is allowed.

Pin by Chelsea Lauren on Wedding | Pinterest | Wine and cheese party, Food displays, Wine tasting party

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Let’s talk caterers. This is probably your biggest cost. Who says you must have a formal sit down dinner? In my role as wedding planner, I see most guests fill up on food and drink at “Cocktail Hour” and only pick at the formal dinner. Everyone is just too full. What a waste! One can save money and still have a plentiful offering for your guests with heavy appetizers.

Just remember, there is no right or wrong for your wedding, just what you want for your special day.

 

“Doggone Dead” – A Book Review

Looking for a new mystery to while away those extra quarantine hours? Look no further than Doggone Dead by the talented Dane McCaslin. Below, you can read Barnes and Noble’s overview and enjoy a quick recap of the story. Don’t you just love the cover?

Retired high school teacher Gwen Franklin has a new pet valet business with her BFF, and a whole new leash on life. But a killer is about to come sniffing around . . .

Gwen Franklin is looking forward to spending her retirement drinking her favorite coffee and reading mystery novels. Those peaceful plans are brought to heel by her best friend, Nora. Sporting stiletto heels, leggings, and a “more is better” makeup routine, fifty-something Nora Goldstein has a penchant for marrying—and divorcing—rich men. Now that Gwen’s got free time, Nora figures they should start a dog-walking and pet-sitting service together.

But it’s far from a walk in the park when the corpse of Linda Fletcher is found in Nora’s kitchen. Linda was Nora’s nemesis, and the large knife protruding from her chest points to murder. With no doubt that her bestie’s being framed, Gwen puts her sleuthing skills—acquired from reading every Agatha Christie mystery—to the test as she digs through suspects, including four disgruntled ex-husbands, ten greedy ex-stepchildren, not to mention all her exes’ exes. But with death threats and another body surfacing, can Gwen curb a killer before her own (dog) days come to an end?

I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed this book. It has all the elements I love in a cozy mystery: fun and quirky characters, a mystery, (of course!), surprises/twists and turns, and dogs! Spoiler alert…don’t be surprised if there is a little bit of pet adoption going on. 🙂  I’m a big fan of rescuing dogs, so this warmed my heart.

I can’t wait for the second in the series, and I doubt you will be able to either!

Below the  lovely Dane McCaslin

Would you like to purchase your own copy of this delightful read? Then click on one of the links below to be directed to your favorite book seller.

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A Short Wedding Dress?

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With our ever-changing world, your wedding plans may have changed as well. Perhaps you have gone from a guest list of 250 to 50, or even smaller.  Many weddings this 2020 season have been cancelled, rescheduled  or postponed. This includes the weddings I have coordinated.

Has  your vision of your wedding  dress changed?  Are you contemplating a more simple style, perhaps a shorter version? Well, first off, if you wish to wear an over the top dress…do it!  This is YOUR day, there is no right or wrong. But… if are considering a shorter dress. I have some lovely options to share. Below is a tea-length gown. A tea-length gown is one that is not to the floor, but well below the knees.  This is a nice compromise between a floor length gown and a shorter dress.

Gorgeous Tea Length Wedding Dresses ★ tea length wedding dresses simple halter neckline true bride

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Are you looking for a classic short dress? Then you may be interested in the gorgeous dress below.

Long sleeved short wedding dress #whitepartydress

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If I were a bride today, I think I’d choose a dress like the next one. This is a vintage 50’s era frock. I love the belted waist, the sweetheart neckline and the lace bodice. It checks off all my wishlist items.

Vintage 1950's lace and tulle ivory short wedding dress

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Can’t make up your mind? Well the gown above gives you the best of both worlds, long in the back shorter in the front.

The best things about a shorter wedding gown? It is a perfect way  to showcase some extra special wedding shoes. So if you do go with a shorter dress, consider some spectacular heels!

No matter what dress you choose, make sure you select a trusted family member or friend to take your wedding gown to a specialty clean/preserver. If you’re not taking a honeymoon right after your wedding, you can do this yourself. But remember, the care of your gown can’t wait. It should be done with in two to three days.