Once you’ve decided to have a summertime wedding, you may feel pigeonholed when it comes to certain decisions. We’re here to bust common summer wedding myths so you can plan the perfect day you’ve dream about regardless of the heat. Reject these three myths and create the warm weather wedding of your dreams.
Casual attire is the only way to go.
Though you’ve probably seen (and maybe attended) a summertime wedding where the bride went barefoot on the sand and the groom wore a relaxed, short sleeve button down, you’re still totally allowed to have a formal wedding even in the summer. Make sure to pay extra attention to clothing material – heavy dresses and stiff suits are going to be uncomfortable for your wedding party. Your bridal salon and tuxedo shop will be able to help you pick the perfect attire for your bridal party to match the heat as well as the level of formal you’re after.
You have to choose a bright color palette.
In an effort to reflect the summery season, you may automatically lean towards bright colors. You don’t have to stick with vivid colors, though, so if you’re not truly into the cheery look, don’t force it. Opt for all neutrals; a cool blue (nope, it’s not strictly for winter weddings); rich shades, like sapphire blue or moss green; or an uber-sophisticated black and white theme. Want to incorporate a tiny bit of summertime color without overdoing it? Create a palette with shades of white and ivory, then sprinkle in pops of color with select decor pieces.
Your wedding must be outside.
Some parts of the country have gorgeous summer months, full of sun, warm breezes and practically no humidity. That still doesn’t mean that you have to hold your wedding outside. Some people simply don’t want an outdoor wedding; others worry about what will happen in inclement weather. If you like the idea of outdoor elements but are adamant about being indoors, work with your wedding planner to have the best of both worlds. For example, line the ceremony aisle with fresh flowers, hang pretty lanterns from the ceiling and choose a reception hall with floor-to- ceiling windows that let in tons of natural light.
There’s no such thing as wedding planning “rules,” no matter what time of year – or temperature – your wedding is planned for.
Wedding season is in full swing across the country, and love is in the air. If you’re planning your wedding, you’re probably still thinking about the theme. Recently, wedding planners have seen an increase in the number of rustic weddings, which are now a very popular wedding theme, not only in the South. However, there's a lot of planning to create the perfect rustic wedding atmosphere. The barn, the peaceful countryside, and the gentle breeze are only a few things that make a rustic wedding special.
With big event, the first step is to create a budget. This has to be the best day of your life and, yes, it will be expensive. However, you can still have a visually stunning wedding without breaking the bank. You don’t have to spend your savings on frivolous details. If you want a rustic wedding, just keep in mind the following three factors and your big day would be memorable.
Finding the perfect venue can be challenging if you don’t book it at least a year in advance, but if you can take some time to explore different places you will find the venue that works perfectly for you. As we said, in 2017 country weddings are popular so in your region there will be plenty of options. In addition, a common mistake when we think about country wedding is to identify them with a barn. That’s not the case anymore. Nowadays many couples choose to get married by a pond, or a river, or a lake, or a vineyard, which is a popular option around Napa Valley. If you’re a creative person, you can have you country wedding in different settings.
Furthermore, the decor is something you want to deeply think about. Everyone has its own idea of rustic weddings, but everyone agrees on having some hay barrel around the dj, the tables, and the bar. Hay barrels are also perfect for some creative and fun pictures! In addition, using wild flowers in your bouquets and centerpieces is a great way to add color to your wedding while embracing a rustic feel. Sunflowers, white roses, and baby's breath is always a great combination.
Last but not least, the outfit. Stylists often recommend a deep V-neck ivory wedding dress with lace for the bride, while a fine, gray vest and pant combination with a white shirt for the groom. Cowboy boots are the ultimate touch for any rustic wedding and King Ranch, a brand with roots in rural Texas, has the perfect pairs of authentic cowgirl boots and cowboy boots for this special occasion. Grey is also a good color for the groomsmen, while for bridesmaids the color blue is trending. As a unique twist for your wedding day, groomsmen should consider wearing a cowboy hat. This would create the ideal rustic atmosphere on your big day.
Every bride wants their groom to sweep them off their feet on their wedding day: “Cowboy, take me away!”
One universal problem that just about every couple faces is cutting down the guest list before sending out save the dates and invitations. Here’s how to limit your invitees and save yourself some stress in the process.
Break up the list by priority.
Create primary and secondary lists – the primary one will include people who you can’t not invite (parents, siblings, closest friends), while the secondary list will include non-essential guests, like your friends from college you haven’t seen in 10 years or your colleagues. Send out invitations to your primary list first. As “regret” RSPVs start coming in, you can decide who to invite from your secondary list.
Don’t worry about owing people an invite.
It’s common to feel obligated to invite people to your wedding if you were invited to theirs. Everyone has their own budget and set of priorities, though, and just because you made the cut on their list doesn’t mean you absolutely have to invite them to your wedding.
Make it an adults-only event.
One of the quickest ways to cut down the headcount is to invite grownups only. A lot of couples opt for a kid-free reception even if the size of the guest list isn’t an issue. If you want to have kids in your wedding party, just figure out the guidelines you’re comfortable with. Will those kids also be invited to the reception? How will you explain to your other guests why only certain kids are invited?
Determine how to handle plus-ones.
You need to invite plus-ones if the guest you’re inviting is married, engaged or living with their significant other, or if they’re in a long-term relationship. Your wedding party should also all be invited with plus-ones, though some may decline. For everyone else, though, you’re not required to invite them with a plus-one, especially when it comes to single friends who know the other guests you’re inviting.
Nix coworkers from your list.
Unless you hang out with a coworker outside of the office, you can opt to not invite any of your coworkers at all. If you are going to invite one or two who you’re close to, give them their invitation outside of work.
It can be tricky to include everyone important and still stick to your budget, but luckily it is possible to trim down your list without harboring guilt.
A Google search for “questions to ask your wedding photographer” will come back with a ton of results. It’s difficult to know which questions are valuable and which aren’t going to be helpful, though. For example, some websites suggest asking about the equipment your photographer uses, but if you don’t understand the technicalities of cameras, how will you know the right answer? We’ve put together a short list of 4 wedding photography questions you definitely want to ask.
Have you shot at my venue before?
Photographers like to be familiar with a location before shooting. If your photographer hasn’t been to a venue before, they’ll head to the location before the wedding day to check it out, find out about any restrictions, predict lighting issues, scope out backdrops, etc. Your photographer should be experienced with shooting in both natural and artificial light, so they’ll determine ahead of time when a flash or external lighting will be needed.
Will I be able to relax in front of the camera?
The more relaxed and at ease you feel, the more natural and genuine your expression will be. Luckily, making people feel comfortable in front of the camera is our specialty. It’s always a good idea to work with us for your engagement shoot to practice before the big day. We have a few tricks up our sleeves for building trust and getting you to loosen up!
How do you backup your photos?
If something unexpected should happen, you want to know that your photographer won’t lose your photos. Your photographer shouldn’t trust a single source for storing your images. When shooting, many photographers opt for a dual card slot so that if something happens to one card, the images are still saved to the other.
Why should I pay your rate?
If you’re price-shopping for a photographer, you may wonder what exactly is included in the rate. Beyond the number of pictures you’ll receive, you want to know what value you’re getting. We understand – your images are a big expense and you want to make sure you get what you pay for.
Pricing takes several things into consideration: the one-on- one attention we give each wedding; how we encourage you, your bridal party and guests to relax so images look natural; editing, of course; background and experience; plus a good track record, happy customers and credibility.
I usually recommend a location where we will be isolated from large groups of people.
For this reason, early morning sessions are recommended to avoid the crowds. Some of these locations requires a permit or special property permission.
Before the wedding, there’s a string of other parties you get to attend as the bride-to-be. Luckily, you won’t have to plan most of these yourself; that responsibility falls on your family, friends and bridal party. Want to know what to expect? Here’s a cheat sheet!
This is the kickoff to the other wedding events in your honor. Most of the time, there’ll be either a cocktail party at someone’s home or a mixer at a restaurant. One or both sets of parents will usually host, but there’s no hard-and-fast rule about who can throw the engagement party.
During a bridal shower in Los Angeles, the bride gets “showered” with gifts for her married life. There are three elements to a shower: refreshments, activities, and the opening of presents. Etiquette-wise, the bride’s mother or sister is not supposed to throw the shower, but today, the opposite usually happens. Sometimes, brides gets more than one shower: from different sides of the family, from friends, and at work.
A couple of weeks before the wedding, the bride and groom will bond with their respective wedding parties and pals during a day- or weekend-long “singles” party. Bachelorette and bachelor party ideas can either be singular or combined: a spa day for the girls, a golf outing for the boys, or a trip to Vegas for everyone.
We’re right down to the wire! During the rehearsal dinner, your Los Angeles wedding party members, along with your parents and grandparents, will get together to practice their respective roles during the ceremony. Then, of course, you’ll eat! The rehearsal is traditionally hosted by the groom’s family, although sometimes the couple will host the dinner themselves.
To a bride, her wedding day is a fairytale come true. Everything must be perfect, including her hair and makeup. Here’s how to look impeccable and radiant all day (and night) long.
1. Thick, curly hair should only be washed the day before your wedding, not the day of. Natural oils will make your hair look healthy and your style hold longer. Double check with your preferred wedding salon in Los Angeles to make sure this is the right course of action.
2. Your stylist will make sure that every strand is firmly in place, but if you’re getting married outside, you could still have a few flyaways. Tame them with a pomade stick. The product can be heavy, so first dab it on your fingers and then run your fingers through your hair.
3. Wear sunblock under your makeup. One of the best things about a California wedding is the sun, but if you get too much exposure, you could be red by dinnertime. Once you’re burnt, there’s no quick fix your makeup artist will be able to do.
4. Your Los Angeles wedding is bound to be hot, so you’ll want to do shine checks throughout the day. Every hour or so, lightly dab perspiration with a tissue, then remove the rest of the oil with blotting paper. Apply a light coat of tinted, pressed mineral powder to look camera-ready again.
5. All that smooching with your new hubby could leave you lipstick-free. To make your lip color last extra long, exfoliate before settling into your makeup artist’s chair. Apply a dab of Vaseline and gently rub your lips in a circular motion with an old toothbrush. Use a soft towel to clear away any dry skin.
Believe it or not, like most things in today’s world, wedding and other types of event cakes go through trends and phases too. Every few years those in the cake world look forward to things being twisted and shaken up by new and exciting trends.
In terms of the wedding catering for your big day, you should take the time to check with the caterer on whether or not they are up-to-date with the latest trends. More importantly, find out if they can match your trendy wedding cake vision to your selected wedding venue.
2017 Wedding Catering Cake Trends
Here are some of the hottest wedding/event cake trends of 2017.
● The naked cake
Same basic concept, layers, icing, slice, serve and eat. Except the icing only exists between the cake layers, while the remainder of the cake – as the name suggests – remains naked. Naked cakes have a sort of organic feel to them and that means that gum paste flowers and décor do not quite mesh. However, real flowers make for an excellent accompaniment.
● Metallic finishes
All that glitters turns to gold. This is especially true with this year’s trending metallic cake trend. Gold, silver, sparkles, glitter, shiny and jewel tones are all expected to make a statement this wedding season.
Basically anything with personality is expected to make the cut as a 2017 hottest cake trend. Think chalkboard finishes, watercolor-esque elements, and love song lyrics written down the side.
● Old becomes new
Vintage style cakes – circa 1940’s through the 1960’s – are expected to continue to be a hot ticket item when it comes to wedding and event cakes in 2016.
● Wedding cakes that are not cakes
Playing off of last year’s cake trends, this year it is anticipated that the not-so- wedding-cakey cakes will be a big hit. That is, other deserts built into the shape of a wedding cake (i.e. cupcake and bonbon towers).
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Honeymooning in California has its perks: year-round sunshine, ocean waves, fantastic weather, and world-famous sights, just to name a few. From the snow-capped mountains to the sandy coastline, California is brimming with romance.
1. California has over 1,200 miles of coastline. Stroll along the beach at Carmel, Morro Bay, Laguna, or Malibu.
2. The 17-Mile Drive in Monterey is one of the most popular stretches of roadway in the U.S. You’ll view the ocean, towering cliffs, golf courses, and the weather-worn Lone Cypress. Plus, you’ll get plenty of scenic photo ops to remember your honeymoon in California.
3. Pay a visit to Napa Valley or Sonoma to sip some of the wine industry’s best vino. Wineries are located in various areas of California, including the Shenandoah Valley, Monterrey Bay, and Santa Barbara.
4. A California honeymoon isn’t complete without a visit to the Redwood National Park in Crescent City. Here, you’ll see some of the oldest and tallest trees in the world. Ancient firs, sequoias, oaks and hemlocks tower above as you walk on the paths between.
5. During the 1930s and 40s, William Randolph Hearst and his celebrity friends lived it up at the Hearst Castle in San Simeon. Today, that castle is open to the public.
6. Heading to San Francisco for a day? Take the trolley to Fisherman’s Wharf to dine on fresh seafood, browse art galleries and duck into artisan shops.
The cities in California are spread out, so you’ll want to rent a car instead of relying on public transportation. Also, the highways in California are scenic, but crowded. Ask the concierge at your hotel for tips on when to go for a cruise and when to stay put in Los Angeles.