Monthly Archives: July 2013

50+ Eye-Catching Seating Charts

50+ exceptional ways to display your seating plan that'll get your guests talking!
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When creating and organizing any seating chart, there are some pointers to keep in mind: always alphabetize, select a legible font that's big enough for guests to read and make the effort to find out the names of everyone's plus-ones (rather than just writing "and guest").

 

Mix these functional tips with a fresh and clever display for an exceptional seating plan. Get guests talking with any one of these 50+ seating chart ideas that are anything but ordinary!

 

By: 
Gabriella Rello
Creative Seating Charts

15 Ways to Make Your Reception More Fun

At most wedding receptions, the main form of entertainment is in the form of a DJ or band. But what about guests who don't like to dance?
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At most wedding receptions, the main entertainment is in the form of a DJ or band. But what about guests who don't like to dance? Let's face it, a wedding reception can sometimes be a little boring for those folks. That's why we went on the hunt for easy party games you can add, ranging from individual projects to table games to group activities.

By: 
Kristen O'Gorman Klein
Reception Games

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10 Meaningful Touches for Your Ceremony

Check out new twists on old traditions, unique and personal rituals, and more ideas that you can add to your ceremony.
By: 
Kristen O'Gorman Klein
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Although your wedding day is filled with significant moments, the ceremony is the pinnacle of the entire celebration. It's the reason everyone has joined together, and it's more than just a formality. Whether you're having a religious or secular service, your ceremony is your chance to express who you are as a couple; you can personalize your readings, add rituals that have significance for you, or even infuse your love story throughout the service. Here, officiants share some of the most creative touches their couples have been adding to their ceremonies lately.

Tell Your Love Story

April Beer, a contemporary interfaith minister based in New Jersey, truly tailors each ceremony to fit her couple. One of her favorite parts is telling the couple’s love story.

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Wedding Do-Over: If I Could Plan it Again

Recent brides reflect back on their big day — and what they would have done differently.
By: 
Debra Witt
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Brides are planners. They craft color schemes, decode guest lists, crunch numbers, and plot for weeks to pull off the ceremony and party of a lifetime. And almost universally they succeed. Still, no matter how many times a bride crossed her T’s and dotted her I’s, inevitably, there are details she wishes she’d handled differently: missed photo opportunities, vendor mix-ups, decorating delays. To help you avoid these snafus, recent brides have shared their big-day regrets. We then asked wedding pros to examine what went wrong so you don’t wind up repeating their mistakes.

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3 Fun Vintage Wedding Themes

From '20s Gatsby chic to freewheeling circus fun, the charm of retro themes and details is having a major moment. Here, some fresh ideas and inspiration.
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Gatsby Revival

“Wedding inspiration is everywhere, but for me, it is firmly rooted in the past,” says Savannah, GA-based event designer and stylist Elizabeth Demos, the creative force behind these celebrations. 

“Sometimes the idea for a wedding starts with how you want it to feel, rather than how it will look,” Demos says. Here, the inspiration was F. Scott Fitzgerald’s descriptions of relaxed and luxurious lawn parties by the sea. Keys to the look: Pages torn from antique books play to the literary theme; a palette that complements the seaside setting and the venue itself — an historic mansion. “For this wedding, a quick glance suggested teal, off-white, brown and hints of gold.”

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6 Surprising Lessons David Tutera Learned From His Brides

David Tutera, star of WEtv’s “My Fair Wedding,” shares some lessons he’s learned from planning weddings for the past 25 years.
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David Tutera
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david tutera and bride michelle pierce on location in los angeles

After over 25 years, I can say that there are some universal truths when it comes to working with brides. Feeling overwhelmed? You’re not alone. Almost every bride is suffering from nonstop information overload (now more than ever), which can lead to a place of confusion.

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How to Create a Sweet (and Stunning!) Candy Buffet

What goes into putting together a creative candy table? A top West Coast event designer shares his confection perfection.
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Something Blue

“There’s so much i love about candy tables — or candy bars, as I like to call them,” says Los Angeles wedding planner Wayne Gurnick. Styling a standout candy bar takes preparation and thought, he says. “the goal is for everyone to see the candy as a visual treat before they even get near it.”

Here, rock-candy kabobs and jelly beans put a whimsical spin on this elegant, sumptuous buffet created by Marjaneh Etebar of Candybar Couture, who frequently collaborates with Gurnitz. A tower of buttercream cupcakes is offset by a mirrored table; marabou-trimmed glassware adds an unexpected touch to this dreamy blue scenario, perfect for an evening affair.

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