Your wedding day, its not just another day, no matter what people tell you. Your wedding day is supposed to be an expression of who your groom-to-be and you are together. Maybe your are wild and crazy, perhaps you are brainy and geeky, possibly you are romantic soul mates.
One of the best ways you can ensure that you get everything you are hoping for is to create a vision/inspiration board. A vision board can take shape as a digital collage of pictures of your ideas or a physical poster board with photos from magazines or off the internet. By creating a vision board, you can make sure your wedding has a certain continuity to it. When you start mish-mashing themes and ideas, your wedding become chaotic and feels choppy. Here are a few ideas for a great elegant, light, Spring wedding!
START with a fantastic dress. Have an idea in mind of what you are looking for. SHOP around! Find something flattering to your body, then set the mood for your big day.
This particular dress screams, fanciful, romantic whimsy. Its soft, ruffly, elegant and still has a touch of glam with its Swarovski studded bodice....NOW you can plan your wedding!
Where else can you have a whimsical romantic wedding but in a glass chapel? This particular chapel is in Eureka Arkansas and we here at Quest cant think of a more gorgeous place for a spring wedding.
Chapel in the Woods gives you all of the traits we listed above: Elegance, Whimsy, Glam, Fanciful and extremely ROMANTIC! Picking the right venue sets the stage for a perfect day.
Flowers: Why do we always scrimp on flowers? Flowers make a huge impact on your wedding. Im not saying you can never use fake flowers, but do so with caution. Nothing beats the feel and smell of fresh blooms in a bouquet.
This bouquet brings the romance and color scheme to play for your wedding. Anenomes tucked around white peonies with a dash of roses in both white and soft pink or peach, throw in a some dusty greens for the nature feel of your venue and this bouquet is DYNAMITE!
Continue your flowers right into your reception. Now we have a few more colors to add and even more of our theme comes out.
Anemones, peonies, lavender sprigs, heirloom roses all in a patina silver vase...still whimsical, fanciful yet very earthy and vintage glam.
Throw a few candles on a table, silver chivari chairs,creamy textured table linens and crisp napkins on silver chargers and you are almost there!
Of course no reception is complete without cake! Follow your theme and incorporate the ruffles from your dress and the delicate petals of the anemones and you have a KNOCK OUT cake. This cake is still elegant but very playful and romantic.
End your night with some sparkling moscato or signature sparkling drink.
No matter who you are, express yourselves in a way that makes you feel special, gorgeous and most of all, HAPPY!
If you need help figuring out your theme or finding elements to make your theme come together, give Quest a call. Remember, your initial consultation is always free.
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The Internet is saturated with information about weddings. One of the questions I hear the most is: Are you a wedding planner, coordinator or consultant?...And what's the difference?
The simple answer is...I am all three! Each title come with a different set of responsibilities and level of involvement in a wedding.
Perhaps one of the most misunderstood professions is the wedding planner. Remove the misconception that a wedding planner actually "plans" everything for you, without your input. What a wedding plan does is simplify the planning process. Not everyone knows every step it takes to plan a wedding. Sure you can buy the planning binder, try to pick the theme, wrestle with contracts for dj's, florists and then stress about how reliable they are...but wouldn't it be easier to trust a professional that already has a relationship with trustworthy vendors and has planned hundred of weddings before yours?
A wedding planner takes a tried and true outline and walks you through the process. They make sure you stay on theme, on budget and on time. A planner, in short, make your wedding look effortless. By hiring a wedding planner, you get great deals from vendors, mostly because these professionals work together all the time! When a wedding planner knows a great photographer, they refer clients even when it doesn't benefit them...when a photographer gets a newly engaged couple..that photographer reciprocates and will refer the couple to the wedding planner.
A good planner has access to more resources than you ever knew were possible and are worth their weight in gold when you need help planning that perfect day.
Often referred to as a "Day of Coordinator", the wedding coordinator is anything but a one day professional . A coordinator is essential for EVERYONE! The job of a wedding coordinator is to take the day YOU have planned and pull it off flawlessly.
Think of the last wedding you went to that did not have a coordinator...I promise you saw several family members or friends that looked: fried, stressed and maniacal! They did not get to enjoy this beautiful day the bride planned, because they were roped into working with minimal information about the brides vision for their special day.
A well trained coordinator takes everything a bride plans and puts it in a neat packet tied with a bow. The Day of Coordinators job begins 2 MONTHS before the wedding! You will provide a coordinator with all of the names and addresses of vendors, bridal party, centerpieces, decorations and vision for the day. 4 weeks before the event your coordinator will make a plan, call your vendors and start a previsioned campaign that would make war generals weep with envy. This is also the time that they will take over all communication with vendors. You get to sit back and relax knowing that your wedding is in good hands. 2 weeks before your event, the coordinator will confirm all details, times and last minute details. By the time rehearsal dinner comes around, your coordinator will have a detailed timeline for you, your bridal party and vendors (a week ahead of time) This allows everyone to know where to be and when to be there.
A GOOD wedding coordinator will sit in the shadows during your event and pull the strings without anyone knowing they are even there. This gives the bride and groom the attention and stress-free environment they deserve...and makes sure Aunt Marge doesn't get roped into meeting the cake and decorating a venue at 2pm, leaving her to feel used and stressed.
Wedding and Bridal consultants are found everywhere! These people are experts in all things "wedding". Wedding and bridal consultants are found in: Gown shops, floral shops, bridal businesses and individually all over the world. If you have a question about etiquette..ask a consultant. Don't know where a barn is for a rustic wedding? Ask a consultant. Unsure of how that mermaid gown looks on your figure? Ask a consultant. Consultants are up on latest trends, designers, color combinations and local talent!
Wedding consultants are usually your go to people when you have quick questions or singular problems to handle with weddings. Consultants usually charge by the hour and are a great resource when you need to brainstorm or just need a few numbers of reputable vendors.
Most consultants are also full service planners and will usually offer a 30 minute or full hour consultation for free! Take it! After taking the consultation you can decide if planning will be your thing, or if you would benefit from hiring someone to guide you through.
Do yourself a favor, hire one of these professionals to make your day flawless, get a great deal and relieve the stress of wedding planning! Quest Events offers ALL of these services for your special day!
Its been ages! The 2013 wedding season is finally slowing down and Its been a great run here at Quest Events! Weddings at the lake, Weddings in a barn, Weddings in parks and Weddings in local community halls. No matter where we put on these fabulous events it never fails..I hear "I should be a wedding planner, I'm great at throwing parties and decorating." I always smile and graciously say "I do love my job, its very rewarding"..but inside I'm cringing, rolling my eyes secretly counting how many times I've heard those words this year.
It's true, Weddings are a blast! I get to be utterly creative, professional, bossy and I get to network with bakers, photographers and bands. What guests at a wedding don't see is the 2 months worth of phone calls, hand addressing envelopes, rsvp databases, hefting 250 chairs into trailers, unloading in parks and hefting back into trailers. They don't see the planner staying up until midnight before the wedding finalizing 30 centerpieces, counting napkins, favor boxes and chair sashes.
The reason weddings are so much fun is because a team of professionals made sure you never saw the catastrophes...You never saw the planner bribe the flower girl at rehearsal by letting her be the boss, you never saw her whipping out her sewing kit to fix a hem of a dress before the bride went into hysterics, you never saw that the baker arrived 10 minutes before the reception started because her van blew a tire...You never saw it..because a wedding professional made sure you didn't see it. You never see that they do these things EVERY weekend. This isn't a twice a year job, every weekend we stress ourselves out so you don't have to. We count, we heft, we schedule, timeline and direct your special day..all in an attempt to help our clients make memories that last a lifetime.
Being a wedding planner is not for everyone. Its not for people that are interested in draping fabric, tying bows and wearing an awesome headset. Wedding planning is for people that like to be the work horse behind the scenes. Its for people that can set up 250 chairs, come early and stay late..its for the people that aren't looking for recognition, only the chance to make an event perfect in every way and quietly walk away with nothing more than the satisfaction of a job well done...and maybe some leftover wedding cake.
We all go into this field with stars in our eyes..we all wait for the moment where we get to be Jennifer Lopez from "The Wedding Planner" giving the "speech" about how our bride is the luckiest girl in the world..but in reality..its a lot like watching David Tutera "Unveiled"
Ok Im going to make a Wedding Planners mistake..My secret guilty pleasure..theme weddings! I love them..I know its horrible. Most wedding planners will try to steer you away from a theme..especially if they think it can only be kitschy. I personally love nothing more than going all out for a theme. Little details are key..not EVERYTHING needs to be part of the theme..but those little touches make a fun and whimsical difference. For Instance:
Are you surrounded by golfers? Embrace it..It could be beautiful!
Get married on a Golf course near a water feature.
Perform a sand ceremony using sand from a bunker of your favorite course!
Give your guests monogrammed golf tees and golf ball shaped cake balls.
TheKnot.com has some more great idea for a golf theme
Alice in Wonderland
C'Mon...who doesnt love Alice in Wonderland?
Use red tipped white roses centerpieces with topiary.
Have the reception outside and play croquet!
Top hats are a MUST and you could make a great bouquet from old pocket watches!
The point is...Dont be afraid to make your wedding your own! Own it, have fun with it. AND if you are considering having a themed wedding..Im your girl..I may even offer a discount LOL.
Many brides I meet these days tell me "I dont want a seating chart, I want people to sit wherever they want". NO!! What couples do not realize is that your guests WANT to be told where to sit. When your guests first walk into your reception space its a bit overwhelming, especially if they are one of the first to arrive. Your guests will meander around and wait for people they know to arrive in order to sit next to them. The problem with that is, Aunt Kittie and cousin Marlon will sit together and have 5 other kids with them...leaving 1 empty seat..who wants to sit there? Having some organization and control over your reception is a good thing! By creating a seating chart you are saying to your guests "We love you enough to have a special place for you". There are lots of ways to create a seating chart, the one below is my favorite. All you need is a piece of poster board and the little thin post-it notes in a few different colors. Let your guests know how much you care, Create a seating chart OR contact us and we will help you seat your guests.
90% of the weddings that Quest plans are outdoor weddings. Does that make this our niche market? Perhaps. I love a wedding by the lake, in the woods or in a gorgeous garden. Its so easy to take that breathtaking scenery and make an event magical. Here are a few tips to help take your outdoor wedding to the next level.
Shepherd hooks! Who know how versatile they were? Big or small these little contraptions make great aisle runner additions. You can hang pomanders, jars of candles, little galvanized buckets or your favorite cowboy boot filled with flowers!
Create a romantic atmosphere by adding twinkle lights, paper or glass lanterns or something like the twig balls in this picture! These are simply made from vines..wrapped around a giant balloon..puncture the balloon and Voile` a giant pretty ball to weave lights around and hang from trees! Your pictures will have a gorgeous glow and your guests will feel like they are in an intimate settings.
Outdoor dance floors are a MUST if you want guests to dance the night away without getting high heels stuck in the dirt. Plus it keeps grass stains off your dress. Most local rental companies can rent you a dance floor at an affordable price...If not..make sure the area your guests will dance in is free of debris, holes and weeds.
Have a back-up plan. Outdoor weddings are a gamble. Watch the weather all the way up to the big day...if there is even a chance of rain..make sure you rent a tent or nearby building in case of emergency. Nobody wants to ruin a $200 chiffon bridesmaids dress by falling in a puddle.
In the end, outdoor weddings give the kids room to run, provides a beautiful backdrop and allows the couple to decorate any way they choose.
If you need ideas on location in your area. Feel free to give Quest a call for recommendations!
Want to save a little money and have a little fun at your event? Why not serve everything...on a stick! Go elegant or rustic, its easy when you put them on a stick.
And dont forget....photo props...on a stick!
Dear Future Fiance`s
Did you know that 18% of all engagements happen over Christmas?
Dont fall into the cliche of putting a ring in a cupcake! Not only are you asking for a huge dental bill...but its been so over done!
Here are a few tips to make your proposal...memorable.
HAVE A RING and a plan.
Not every girl wants a 2 carat emerald cut engagement ring. Find out what her tastes are. Does she prefer a marquise cut (diamond shape) Emerald cut (rectangle) or maybe she prefers a pear shape! Is she eclectic and unique..perhaps she would like a saphire ring! If she is a girly girl...PINK diamonds are big this year.
Dont go into your proposal without really thinking through with what you want to say and how you want to deliver it. Do you want to get down on one knee? Will you ask her to open the box, or will you present the ring to her? You can sneak a ring from her jewelry box and take it with you to the jewelers. They can size that ring to ensure you get the proper size engagement ring. Do something unusual...propose in a park, on a carriage ride, on the beach...Take her to the place you first asked her out...Propose at a Christmas light display. Saying "Hey lets get married"....I promise wont win you any brownie points...but saying "I want to spend the rest of my life hearing you laugh" while holding a ring...down on one knee in the snow at her favorite place...thats a memory that wont fade.
My final piece of advice? Have someone there to photograph your proposal and her face when she sees the ring. This will be a treasured moment for the rest of your life. DOCUMENT it!
Good luck on your Holiday Proposals!
Why spend hundreds of dollars on fancy embossed napkins when, if you have the time, you can do it yourself?
For the bride on a shoestring that still wants the elaborate feel of custom envelopes, napkins and ribbons...consider purchasing an embosser. Have the company use your monogram! For approximately $60 you can get a 5/8' embossing stamp that you can use on cheap napkins, invitations and thank you cards PLUS any future correspondances. Follow the link below to order your embossing stamp.
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