by: Lauren

Summer is a pretty popular time for weddings to occur, and along with that comes the pleasure (hopefully!) of attending those weddings. And even though we normally post wedding planning advice for engaged couples, today I thought we should share some insight for wedding guests… specifically, information that is crucial for every wedding guest to know!

What Every Wedding Guest Should Know via TheELD.comIn the past few years, I’ve learned that there can sometimes be a bit of confusion for guests about certain aspects of a wedding. The ceremony, cocktail hour, seating charts, and food stations are just a few of the many things to take in at a wedding, and it’s a good idea for you to be a little in-the-know about everything beforehand.

Having been a wedding planner in my former life (and still coordinating weddings with friends from time-to-time), I can tell you that a large part of a wedding planner’s job is dealing with guests, and let me tell you- I’ve witnessed a few “unsavory” things from guests that could have easily been avoided if they had just known! And so I’ve put together a few tips for wedding guests from my own experiences, wedding professionals, and even brides…

 

BEFORE THE WEDDING

>> Do not bring a guest unless the couple has indicated that you can- RSVP for the people that are listed on the invitation’s envelope only.

>> Make sure to double check that you wrote your name (and meal selection if applicable) on the RSVP card.

>> Even if it is not mentioned, leave the kids at home unless they are a part of the wedding party.

>> Oh, and let’s not forget to RSVP on time! (Admittedly, I am AWFUL at this, so my recommendation is to send your RSVP as soon as you get the invitation!)

>> Read all of the info on the accommodations card and wedding website so you don’t have to ask the bride or groom in the days before the wedding. It should all be there for you!

GENERAL DAY OF

>> Don’t text or call the bride the day of the wedding explaining your issues or asking questions.

>> Be present for the day! Don’t stay behind a camera or your cell phone… celebrate with the bride and groom!

>> Don’t come empty handed. Even the smallest gift is appreciated. If you are purchasing a gift, have it sent to the couples home instead of bringing it to the reception. Cards are always nice too.

>> Show up on time! Which means… 20-25 mins before the ceremony start time that is on the invitation! And on that note… also try not to show up WAY early either!

>> Stay out of the aisle during the ceremony!

>> And with that, please refrain from taking photos with your phones/cameras/iPads during the ceremony- especially if the bride and groom have requested that you refrain from doing so!

>> Please don’t try to turn your friend’s wedding into your family photoshoot/reunion.

>> If transportation (such as a shuttle) is being provided for you, use it!

 What Every Wedding Guest Should Know via TheELD.com

Image via Kennedy Occasions

ATTIRE

>> Dress accordingly. Please remember to check the weather before you leave.

>> Again, check the weather. You might want to bring a sweater or umbrella, just in case.

>> Dress appropriately for the setting. Turn to the invitation and/or wedding website to decipher the style and location of the wedding and recommended attire. If you can’t figure it out from that, ask around- just try not to ask the bride… she probably doesn’t need any more stress than she already has.

>> This should be a given, but don’t wear white (unless instructed to by the bride).

RECEPTION

>> Get to the cocktail hour when it starts, and stay the full time.

>> Don’t try to push your way into the reception because you’re ready to sit down or claim your seat. Often times finishing touches are being made or photos are being taken, and it is preferred that guests wait until the designated time to enter the reception.  The bride and groom have a cocktail hour for a reason, and there is most likely a plan in place- you should respect that.

>> If there are stations or a buffet, you will be released by table- by someone in charge- to get your food.

>> The pretty, big, sparkly plates at your placesetting? Those are likely chargers. They are not to be used as dinner plates.

>> If seated at a long table without specific assigned seats (typically indicated by place cards) please do not leave 1 chair between yourself and the next person. There are a specific number of chairs available for a set number of guests.

>> Please remember that the bride and groom (and/or their parents) are paying for you to eat and drink. The best thing you can do is enjoy it!

>> The couple *really* wants you to dance and use the photo booth! Again, if it’s there, it was paid for with the aim of your enjoyment.

>> Please don’t try to do a toast/speech unless you have been asked to do so.

>> At the reception, don’t assume that “extra” favors, candies, bottles of champagne, etc. are yours for the taking! They could have plans for those things after the wedding!

>> Don’t just grab things that you see, unless you KNOW they belong to you or your date. This includes an umbrella covering the photographer’s equipment, candles and centerpieces on the table, and random jackets on chairs. If you do see something lying around, give it to a staff member at the wedding.

>> Please don’t leave with the centerpieces unless you’re told to. The vase is probably rented!

 What Every Wedding Guest Should Know via TheELD.com

Image via Busy Bee Events

VENDORS

>> Please be mindful of the couple’s wishes that are being carried out by wedding professionals. If a planner or coordinator tells you something that you don’t necessarily like, it’s for a reason that has been predetermined by the couple.

>> Trust the photographer to get the shots that the couple wants. The couple hired them for a reason, and chances are good that they are going to be happier they picked the photographer’s image over yours.

>> Don’t jump in front of the photographer with your own camera during family photos and critical events.

>> Don’t try to talk to the photographer during the ceremony.

>> Please refrain from taking your own photos over the wedding photographer’s shoulder.

>> Remember that vendors involved with a wedding most likely know more about what should be going on than you do. If you have a question, ask someone in charge.

>> The couple has hired a professional photographer for a reason- they don’t need their guests to take photos with their own cameras, phones, and iPads. Just sit back and enjoy the moment.


I know that there is SO much more to all of this, and also that each wedding and couple and wedding guest is different. And yes, I could probably take each individual thing and write a full post about it. Perhaps I will one day- but for the time being, I just wanted to get these tips out there for wedding guests. Because when it comes down to it, the bride and groom want everyone to have a great time at their wedding, and these tips will only help you achieve that!

Have some other tips to add for wedding guests? Feel free to add your own in the comments!


Do you know someone who will be attending a wedding?

Or perhaps you’ll have your own wedding guests soon?

 

Be sure to share this post with them!

 

This post was originally published on December 13, 2012.


by: Lauren

We love the soft and elegant style of today’s Nashville mountain wedding ideas. Inspired by rolling, lush green hills and rugged mountain tops, Kennedy Occasions and E. Henigan Studios created a look that captured the beauty of Nashville’s landscape mixed with classic elegant details. The blush, burgundy, and green color palette complimented both the rockiness of the mountains as well as the softness of the reception design, creating a gorgeous look for a mountain wedding.

Oh, and there is also a fun twist to this inspiration shoot that ended the day- you’ll want to make sure you catch it!

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What makes this inspiration shoot extra special? The couple is not only a real couple, but they actually did tie the knot on the mountain top that day. We love that they still put their own personal twist on the day by changing into hiking shoes and playing in the creek as newlyweds! Seriously y’all, this is the best!

 

VENDORS WHO MADE IT ALL HAPPEN…

Event Planner & Floral Designer: Kennedy Occasions // Photographer:  E. Henigan Studios // Dress Store: Hayden Olivia Bridal // Bakery: Baked In Nashville // Beauty: Britt G Artistry // Calligrapher: Claire Cohen Lettering // Equipment Rentals: Classic Event & Tent Rentals // Shoes: Jimmy Choo // Musicians: Lliana Alpino – Harpist // Dress Designer: Miss Hayley Paige // Location: Narrows of the Harpeth

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by: Lauren

Wedding inspiration shoots are always our absolute favorite features, because they’re such a great way for wedding professionals to spread their wings when it comes to design, decor, and details for a wedding. Plus, they are awesome at providing inspiration for brides and grooms! We gathered our favorite wedding inspiration that has been featured in 2016, and we think you’re going to find yourself swooning! Be sure to click through to any of the posts that you haven’t seen yet, because you’re going to want to be inspired!

The Best Wedding Inspiration of 2016 via TheELD.com

 

SOPHISTICATED YELLOW & PALE BLUE WEDDING INSPIRATION

The Best Wedding Inspiration of 2016 via TheELD.com

Photographer: Hunter Ryan Photo // Planning, Design, & Florals: Ashton Events

 

COLORFUL 60S INSPIRED WEDDING IDEAS

The Best Wedding Inspiration of 2016 via TheELD.com

Photographer:  Nicki Metcalf Photography // Floral Designer: One Sweet Day in May // Event Planner: POSH PR

 

ROMANTIC RED AND BLUE WEDDING INSPIRATION

The Best Wedding Inspiration of 2016 via TheELD.com

Photographer:  Jill Doty Photography // Floral Designer: Bushel & Peck // Design and Decor: Table and Fete

 

MODERN & ROMANTIC WEDDING IDEAS INSPIRED BY AISLE SOCIETY

The Best Wedding Inspiration of 2016 via TheELD.com

Event Design: Aisle Society // Photography: Alexis June Weddings // Event Planning: Estera Events

 

ROMANTIC BLUSH AND ROSE WEDDING INSPIRATION

The Best Wedding Inspiration of 2016 via TheELD.com

Photographer:  Rachael Osborn Photography // Event Planner & Designer: Storybook Weddings & Events // Event Planner: Ever After Planning

 

ECLECTIC MINT AND ROSE GOLD WEDDING IDEAS

The Best Wedding Inspiration of 2016 via TheELD.com

Photography: BetsiEwing // Floral and Event Design: Juli Vaughn Designs // Event Planning: Color Pop Events

 

PINK & PURPLE SOUTHERN GLAM WEDDING IDEAS

The Best Wedding Inspiration of 2016 via TheELD.com

Photographer: Ashley Fisher Photography // Florals: What’s Up Buttercup

 

MODERN BLUSH, BLUE & ROSE GOLD WEDDING INSPIRATION

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Photography: Amalie Orrange Photography // Design: Emily Grace Design // Florals: Ashton Events

 

ROMANTIC & ORGANIC WEDDING IDEAS

The Best Wedding Inspiration of 2016 via TheELD.com

Photographer:  Laura Hernandez Photography // Event Planner: A SPARKLING EVENT

 

ROMANTIC ARIZONA INSPIRED WEDDING IDEAS

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Photography: AR Photography // Planner: The Social Gather

 

WHIMSICAL ROMANTIC BLUSH AND BLUE WEDDING IDEAS

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Photographer: Leah Marie Photography // Planner and Stylist:Michelle Garibay Events // Floral: Soiree Design and Events

 

SUMMER CAMP INSPIRED WEDDING IDEAS

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Design, Flowers and Wedding Dress: Ivory + Beau // Photography by: Apt B Photography

 

MODERN ROMANTIC GREEN & WHITE WEDDING IDEAS

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Photographer:  Andrew Jade Photography // Event Planner: Imoni Events // Floral Designer: The Flower Studio

 

CHIC FLORIDA INSPIRED PINK AND AQUA WEDDING IDEAS

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Photographer:  Hunter Ryan Photo // Planner & Designer: Kelly McWilliams

 

ROMANTIC IRELAND WEDDING INSPIRATION

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Photographer:  Julie Paisley Photography // Floral Designer: petal and pine

 

CHIC YELLOW & PINK BEACH WEDDING IDEAS

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Photography: Brooke Images // Design & Florals: Flaire Weddings

 

CITY CHIC MARBLE INSPIRED WEDDING IDEAS

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Photography: Sarahdipity Photos // Planning and Design: Dairing Events // Florals and Design: Shea Hopely

 

PINK & YELLOW VINTAGE MODERN WEDDING IDEAS

The Best Wedding Inspiration of 2016 via TheELD.com

Photographer:  Mikkel Paige Photography // Floral Designer & Planner: Ladybird Blooms

 

ELEGANT 1920S INSPIRED WEDDING IDEAS

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Photographer:  Camarie Photography // Floral Designer: Studio La Fleur // Event Designer: Tasteful Tatters

 

ROMANTIC WHITE & BLUE WEDDING IDEAS

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Photographer:  Laura Foote Photography // Event Planner: Events by Nellie

 

ROMANTIC LAVENDER AND GRAY WEDDING IDEAS

The Best Wedding Inspiration of 2016 via TheELD.com

Photographer:  markit photography // Floral Designer: Remi and Gold

 

COLORFUL CHIC PINK AND YELLOW WEDDING INSPIRATION

The Best Wedding Inspiration of 2016 via TheELD.com

Photography: Jordan Brittley // Floral Design: He Loves Me Flowers // Planning: Events by Social Graces

 

ROMANTIC MEDITERRANEAN INSPIRED WEDDING IDEAS

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Photography: Claire Casner Photography // Design & Styling: Harper Hadley Events // Floral Design: DIRT

 

WHIMSICAL TRAVEL INSPIRED WEDDING IDEAS

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Photographer:  Laura Watson Photography // Floral Designer: Amanda Jewel Floral + Design // Event Planner: eMBee events

 

ROMANTIC RED AND GREEN WEDDING INSPIRATION

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Photography: Jennifer Cody Weddings // Floral Design: Kennedy Occasions // Styling and prop rentals: Feather and Oak

 



by: Lauren

The holidays are officially here, and although it’s 80 degrees here in Florida, we’re doing everything we can to stay in the Holiday Spirit- including falling head over heels in love with this red and green wedding inspiration! Local evergreens, luscious red and burgundy blooms, and seasonal fruits all played a gorgeous part in creating the stunning florals that Kennedy Occasions designed for this winter inspired look. Jennifer Cody Weddings captured the full shoot created by the most talented Nashville wedding pros, and we can’t wait for you to also fall in love with this holiday inspired design!

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From Emily of Kennedy Occasions:

With winter upon us, we were inspired by the fruits of the season. Mixed with local evergreens, we wanted to feel very merry and showcase large blooms, seasonal fruits and a glamorous, festive tablescape in our design. We decided upon a traditional color scheme of rich reds and burgundies to pop against the neutral tones of the barn but highlight the beautiful Southern facade of the homestead. This was a project of true collaboration: each of us bringing our expertise to the table and each playing off the other’s ideas and design to achieve the end result. Such an incredible way to round out our wedding seasons!

 

Vendors who made it all happen…

Venue: Homestead Manor // Photography: Jennifer Cody Weddings // Floral Design: Kennedy Occasions // Styling and prop rentals: Feather and Oak // Beauty: Harper and Olive // Cake: Jennifer Cody