I’m reading a thank-you note from a bride right now. It makes me smile. I can’t help but think, “Her mother should be proud.” I was brought up being taught, and frequently reminded, the importance of demonstrating gratitude through a hand written note. It’s so easy now to send a text, Facebook message, or email instead, but there is still something heartwarming and satisfying about receiving a card in the mail! Not to mention, Emily Post’s Wedding Etiquette Book demands it!
I turn to Emily Post’s books often as a guide for proper etiquette. She lays it all out, from when a thank-you note should be written and what should be included, to what kind of stationary is required. Not only that, but she provides examples of what to say for gifts of money, acts of kindness, and to those who host a shower or party. When I was a bride, I was overwhelmed by the kindness of family and friends and their excitement to honor my soon-to-be husband and me. The monetary support, special cards and gifts, showers, and parties were appreciated beyond words! While experiencing it all for the first time, I depended on resources to help me understand how I should show my gratitude.
Now, I enjoy offering suggestions to other brides. I can share cherished traditions and contemporary ideas for their joyous day, but ultimately, the follow through is their decision. I enjoy moments like this, as I admire a beautiful thank you card, with a picture on the front capturing complete love between the bride and groom. Inside is a thoughtful handwritten paragraph, stating specifically the gratitude for my gift and service, and why they are so happy to have received it. The note was in addition to the pre-printed general message. This is a “proud planner” moment. On another “note”, hand written messages on favors are a sweet idea too, but I’ll save that topic for another day.
[Photo credit Snapp-Shot Photography]
Baby’s Breath…it’s beautiful, classic, and not just a filler-flower!! When meeting with brides in the early planning stages, budget is usually a hot topic. Whether your wedding includes a rustic décor with burlap and lace, or a sharp black and white affair, we’ve found Baby’s Breath to be affordable and lovely! Baby’s Breath can be used to add a lush look to place cards and elegance to pew cones, while still adding a few touches to your centerpieces can make them even more divine.
A friend of the bride created Baby’s Breath place card holders. Guests complimented on them all evening!
Although this handsome fellow is the center of attention here, the pew cones with Baby’s Breath and candlelit lanterns set an elegant tone for this church ceremony.
We purchased Hydrangeas and Baby’s Breath in bulk to create these lovely and budget friendly centerpieces for a black and white wedding.
From bucketsful to boutonnieres, we’ve seen so many uses for this affordable and adorable flower. Whether you are hosting a shower or party, special event or wedding, we have many ideas on how to use Baby’s Breath to make it creative, personal, and stunning!!
[Photos 1 and 3 credits Snapp-Shot Photography] [Photo 2 credits Alexander White Photography]
A little splash of color goes a long way. When I work with brides, the color conversation is sometimes the hardest! I always suggest starting with two to three colors in mind, which blend your dream wedding visualization and your venue with the season. Now sometimes that means we have to take some time to select the venue and date first, but those are two BIG decisions that come early in the engagement process anyway!
Since the colors provide the feel for the day, it’s important to make choices that both the bride and the groom can live with for life! Planners and floral designers can also assist with accent colors that will make the main attire and décor colors really POP! We take into account the tuxedo colors for the groom and groomsmen, the dress style and colors for the bridesmaids, and then discuss accent colors. The bride pictured below, chose rustic décor, attire in navy and grey, and had so much fun adding watermelon accents! We love the socks, flip flops, and pink converse for the bride!
In terms of attire, we fell in love fast with the ring bearer and flower girl. Little William was able to match the groomsmen with his grey trousers and hat. He also sported the converse, in navy, and pulled in both navy and watermelon with his suspenders and bow tie.
For Miss Emma, we changed it up, allowing her to POP with the watermelon dress, adding a navy accent to her headband and jewels matching the bridesmaids.
Flowers should be a huge consideration when finalizing colors! Your blooms can beautify the color scheme! Our floral designer spiced it up with some coral
Gerbera Daisies, in addition to the watermelon, and it was oh so pretty! And check out this bridesmaid and her shoes, her lipstick, and the ribbon tied necklace! Beautiful!
While lanterns, candles, and other rustic décor served as centerpieces, we tied the daisies with burlap string and accentuated tables with the watermelon splash!
And don’t forget the cake! We’ve done “cake splashes” with flowers, berries, ribbon, and so much more! As your wedding planner, we can say, it’s all in the details, and we’ll finalize them for you! We can have so much fun with color splashes!!
[Photo credits Alexander White Photography]