by: Lauren

One of my favorite things ever is lots of color, so when I laid eyes on these colorful Mexico inspired wedding ideas from V.A. Photography and Dear Sweetheart Events, I just knew I had to share with you all! Using elements inspired by Mexico, a bright colorful palette, and gorgeous florals, this inspiration is sure to bring some happiness to your day…

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How fun is all of this?! The colors, the theme, the photography- it’s all absolutely fabulous. As someone who loves weddings designed around a theme, this inspiration is something that I would definitely love to see brought to life for a real wedding!

How about you? Do you love wedding themes too? Will you be having a theme for your own wedding?

 

Vendors who made it all happen…

Photographer: V.A. Photography / Planning & Florals: Dear Sweetheart Events / Invitations & Stationery: Jess Creates / Bridal Salon: Reflections Bridal / Hair & Makeup: ELLE Style Studio / Reception Venue: Pepe's Mexican Restaurant


by: Carlee

With nods to the changing Autumn season and a stunning church setting, this intimate Tampa wedding from Marissa Moss Photography balances both the vintage and traditional with the romance that we all love. Featuring gorgeous florals in soft pink and peach hues and one of the prettiest cakes to be cut, I love all of the sweet  - and romantic - details. The lovely bride Bethany is here to share all of her planning insight with us:

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What (or who) helped you most in your planning process and/or on your wedding day?

There were so many people who helped us to pull together our wedding day. My father was very sick (and passed away about 5 months after my wedding), so we planned to have the wedding in Tampa where my parents and my brother’s family live. This allowed my father to comfortably attend the wedding. My sister-in-law, Betsy, was instrumental in helping to connect us to our amazing caterer, Wayl of a Time Catering. I truly believe good food makes or breaks a wedding – and Wayl of a Time came through! My husband and best friend have Celiac’s disease so 90% of our wedding food was gluten free (I had to have a side of bread and real cake – but he also had a gluten-free cake). We still hear compliments on the food. Betsy was also able to give me feedback on other vendors/locations in the area because she has hosted and attended a lot of local events.

The internet was vital in our wedding planning process. We googled every single vendor we considered and read all of their reviews until we felt comfortable choosing them as a vendor.

Finally, our florist acted as our event planner – Juli Vaughn from Juli Vaughn Designs. She is a personal friend and a design genius. We met and I shared my vision for the wedding and she put it all together. She brought all of the flowers from Atlanta in her car and did them in a hotel room. AMAZING. She also took care of every last detail and vendor coordination on our wedding day. We worried about nothing and my husband fell in love with her when we entered into the reception to see the room before everyone else did and she met him with his favorite drink and some snacks! Talk about thinking of every detail.

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What was the most important thing to you when deciding who to work with for your wedding?

We chose our wedding vendors based on reputation, professionalism and budget. There are some amazing wedding vendors out there that we just could not afford. However, there were a lot of great options in the range we could afford and so then we had to go to work researching their work. I also took note of how they corresponded with me, how well they followed up on details, and how others said they did at crunch time. We do not regret one single choice. They all did a fabulous job.

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What was your inspiration for your wedding details and/or design?

I wanted a soft romantic feel for our wedding. I wanted people to feel at home at our reception. I wanted it to be effortlessly elegant – to not look like we tried to hard or had things too perfect. We had a gorgeous church in St. John’s. The architecture and wood really didn’t require much work by us and we didn’t put much into the church. Our venue provided a beautiful view of the Bay and was such a perfect clean slate that we were easily able to create the relaxed elegance we hoped to have. For the food, we focused on bringing in seasonal elements – pumpkin seeds in the salad, squash in the risotto, etc. We both wanted people to walk away feeling loved, cherished and relaxed.

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What was your favorite thing about your wedding?

The favorite part of my wedding day was being surrounded by so many of the people we love in our life. We had a small wedding of about 80 people and visited and were able to connect with each person. I loved having everyone I love together laughing and relaxing during a really hard season of life (with my Dad’s illness). I also loved the flowers and food. Finally, the pictures are what continues to bless me daily. You are in a total haze when you get married (no matter how present you try to be) and looking at the pictures allow you to enjoy the day over and over again – they jar your memory and give you a birds-eye view of what everyone else experienced. I loved them. Thank you, Marissa!

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What is your best piece of advice for other brides?

Don’t micro-manage your wedding. Think about what you want, do your research on your vendors, follow-up a few days before the wedding and then trust them to do their job. When it comes to your wedding day, enjoy it. This is not a Broadway production. It is the celebration of two lives coming together to be one. There will be imperfections or hiccups, but it will all add to the beauty of it. As I was typing this, a Maya Angelou quote was what came to mind. Long after your wedding, “people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

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Wonderful, wonderful advice! I love how much thought Bethany and Samuel put into making their guests feel welcomed and relaxed; the sign of a perfect pair of hosts. I also love their daytime ceremony and reception. I feel like the champagne brunch reception is way, way underrated and would love for it to become a trend. Champagne and cake is always appropriate and stylish.

How about you? Are any of you considering a mid-day soiree?

Happy Planning!

Carlee

 

Vendors who made it all happen…

Photographer: Marissa Moss / Event & Floral Designer: Juli Vaughn / Catering: Wayl of a Time / Cake Baker: Cakes by Carolynn / Ceremony Venue: St. John's Episcopal Church / Reception Venue: Tampa Garden Club / Musicians: Alan Adler Piano / Makeup Artist: Jess Waldrop - Makeup Artists / Bridal Salon: Bride Beautiful / Tuxedo & Men's Attire: J.Crew / Tuxedo & Men's Attire: Jos A Bank


by: Lauren

I love it when a couple incorporates rich tones into their wedding design, and that’s just what Melissa and Ethan did in their eggplant and sage wedding. Taking place at The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, Melissa and Ethan wanted a wedding that was elegant, intimate, and full of love, and Pure Sugar Studios captured it beautifully!

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I love the eggplant and sage color palette, don’t you? It’s a gorgeous palette for the Fall, but would also work in just about any season too.

I’d love to hear what your color palette is going to be! Comment below with what your colors are and when your wedding is taking place!

 

Vendors who made it all happen…

Photographer:  Pure Sugar Studios // Reception Venue: The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens // Caterer: The Chef’s Garden Catering and Events//Event Planner: Christina Kreations, LLC // Cake Designer:Classic Cakes // Floral Designer:Cypress Floral Design // Makeup Artist: Makeup by Paulina Perez // Lighting:mark grandin design // Hair Stylist: Once Upon A Stylist // Band: The Cover Band

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by: Joelle

I don’t even know how many times I’ve been asked to assist with seating charts and seating arrangements. The sad reality is, it’s next to impossible for anyone else to decide where your wedding guests sit other than you! Hopefully, if you’re inviting someone to your wedding, you know them and know where they should be seated for your reception. However, that doesn’t make it any easier, so here are a few tips that might help when it comes to creating a seating chart…

How To Create An Assigned Seating Chart (Without Going Crazy)

1. Get Organized.

I know, this is probably one of the least fun parts about wedding planning, in general. You know all of those RSVP cards? If you haven’t yet, take them and record every single person that is going to be attending your wedding. (Hopefully you’ll already have a list of everyone you sent invitations to, so you can use that as your starting point.)  And yes, this would be the time to track down all of those missing RSVPs or break the bad news to your cousin Annie that her invitation, addressed to Mr. and Mrs. Smith, does not include her entire gaggle of mini people.

BONUS POINTS if you take the time to record meal selections for everyone. Why not just get it all out of the way at once?

When should this be done? After your RSVP deadline, or no later than TWO weeks before the wedding. Any closer than that and it’ll just stress you out – I mean, more than you already are.

ALSO – This is when you want to decide if you want to do assigned SEATING or just assigned tables. Assigned tables will make your life a lot easier, but more formal weddings do tend to prefer assigned seating. TIP: If you have rectangular tables, especially multiple rectangular tables put together, it may be easier to have assigned seats as well. This means each person gets an assigned table, and then once they get to their table, the have an actual seat assigned to them, indicated with a placecard. 

2. Pick Your Method

There are some who swear by the post it method, while other, more technologically savvy folk prefer anything from spreadsheets to software like Powerpoint or Excel. Whatever you decide, make sure it’s what is right for you, and how you think. I tend to advocate for the digital organizational style, mainly for ease of use. Note: If your dog happens to favor rolling in post-its, you may find yourself back at square one if you leave them unsupervised for too long.

I highly recommend Wedding Wire for the task of seating – you can keep track of your RSVPs as they come in, meal selections for guests, AND place people at tables (and rearrange as needed). It’s a one-stop-shop, really.

Editor’s note: Because of the visual nature of a seating chart and assigned seats, in the past I’ve used Powerpoint (or other design program) to create a mockup of a floorplan to create a visual to go off of, and then assigned seats by using guest names in an Excel spreadsheet. Do whatever you think will work for you!

3. Figure Out Your Max

Before you start anything, DOUBLE CHECK with your venue, rental company, caterer, or wedding planner as to the number of seats that will be at every table. This really will vary from event to event, depending on table size, chair size, and place settings. Typically 72″ rounds will seat 10 to 12, while 60″ rounds will seat 8 to 10. Rectangular tables will seat fewer, with 8′ banquet tables seating about 8 guests total – and you’re not going to want to deviate from that too much, since it may look (and feel) wonky.

4. Name Your Tables – BUT USE NUMBERS TOO

I know that the trend is to use weird meaningful names for tables, like places you and your fiancé have visited or names of your favorite games – I actually had a client name their tables with game names, and it was pretty awesome. But do you know what’s not awesome? Trying to figure out what table goes where, and having your guests trying to find their table in a sea of tables named after cities. After all, half of the reason for assigning tables at your wedding is to make things go a bit smoother, and having tables set up in a manner that makes sense is what will do this.

So, go ahead and figure out what you want to name your tables (that’s the fun part) and also assign a table number to go along with the name to make things a little easier. But now comes the not-so-fun part…

5. Start Seating

I would HIGHLY recommend that assign tables in chronological order based on the “importance” of your guests. For example, if you’re having a sweetheart table:

    1. Bridesmaids and guests/significant others
    2. Groomsmen and guests/significant others
    3. Bride’s immediate family
    4. Bride’s extended family
    5. Bride’s extended family
    6. Groom’s immediate family
    7. Groom’s extended family
    8. Groom’s extended family
    9. Bride’s childhood friends
    10. Bride’s college friends
    11. Bride’s work friends
    12. Groom’s childhood friends
    13. Groom’s college friends
    14. Groom’s work friends

Obviously, that’s just an example, but you see where I’m going with it. This ensures that even tables are placed in the appropriate places throughout your reception space.

Themes are a great way to ease the stress of assigned seating, especially if you can’t seat people with others that they know. Another way to do it is to give every table an age range and go from there. This is especially useful if you have a lot of your parents’ friends that are attending – just put them all at one table and you’re golden!

6. Confirm!

Obviously, once you are finished with your seating chart, you are going to want to send it to your planner, caterer, venue, etc. This should be done at least two days before your wedding so that tables can be set up with the appropriate number of seats at each table.

Make sure to also include a sketch of the space, even if it’s rough, on where you want each table to be placed (if you haven’t already established that with your planner or designer). If you don’t include that, your tables are going to be set in chronological order. I’ve had quite a few mother-of-the-brides upset at me because I didn’t place their table close enough to the sweetheart table, so be warned. If you want to have an exact say on where tables should be placed, you need to sketch it out!

When it comes to letting guests know about their seating assignment on the wedding day, there are some pretty fabulous things you could do. Check out this post or Lauren’s Pinterest board for some ideas and examples!

That’s all I have for now! Do any of you have tips or tricks on creating your seating chart?

How To Create An Assigned Seating Chart (Without Going Crazy)