by: Lauren

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3 Ways To Ensure Your Guests Will Have Fun At Your Wedding

Erica of Erica Sarell Weddings


Planning your wedding is a time filled with fun, excitement, researching vendors and getting information about planning a wedding (thank goodness you found ELD!). Sometimes there are too many choices, and it’s a lot to keep in mind while making decisions about your wedding day. But there is one thing that many couples want to ensure- that your guests will have fun at your wedding!

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Gone are the days when weddings revolved around the bride. Couples are investing more time planning together and by doing so, they’re more focused on providing their guests with the best memories and overall experience at their wedding. Aren’t the memories what we take away anyway? Having a guest-focused atmosphere is going to create those lifelong memories about your wedding day for everyone to fondly recall over, and over, and over again.

While I’m planning with my couples, I make a big deal about the guest experience. It’s nearly always the driving factor in my suggestions to my couples about their wedding day plans. Here are some of my suggestions to create that ultimate guest experience:

Personalization

At the core of every wedding is a couple in love. Give your guests a meaningful glimpse of your love story and what makes your love story unique. There is a good chance some of your guests aren’t as familiar with the two of you as a couple, but rather you both as individuals. Create some emotional investment from your guests by highlighting details that really define who you both are. Not only will it allow your guests to get to know you better, but they’ll experience your love in a deeper, more meaningful way.

With that said.. be authentic! If you don’t like cake, but love pie, have a bunch of pies instead of a cake! Would you rather eat a quiet dinner and enjoy some after dinner lounging? Great! Skip the loud dance party and have a lounge instead! There aren’t any rules when it comes to what you need to do for your wedding, so do what you want!

 

Good day-of event flow

Having an artfully mapped out wedding day is essential in keeping your guests happy and engaged in your celebration. Hiring an experienced and capable wedding planner to keep the festivities rolling (and on time!) will ensure your wedding day moves smoothly and effortlessly. Your guests will be along for the ride, enjoying every moment. A few ways you can ensure good day-of event flow:

*Keep cocktail hour manageable for your guests, not longer than an hour and a half.

*Some couples are even prioritizing guests’ entertainment by hiring a photo booth or a caricature artist. Having something interactive will keep your guests entertained and having fun, as well as give them something to take away with them.

*Feed your guests on time- do you best to not run late, especially when it comes to dinner service. A hangry guest is not one who is going to remember your day fondly.

*Arrange for your toasts and formalities to be short and sweet. Your guests won’t want to sit through 30 minutes of speeches, and they lose interest (and get antsy) when you play the entire song during your Father/Daughter, Mother/Son, and First Dances. A sweet glimpse of all these traditional things, will keep your guests satisfied and feeling the love of the day without causing boredom.

*Don’t wait too long to cut the cake. Make sure it’s close enough to dinner so that some of your elder (or really young) guests can have a bite of cake before heading home.

 

Hire the right staff

Looking to save some money in your budget? Staffing should never be an area to cut. If you don’t have enough servers to service your guests throughout dinner, they’ll be frustrated. Think about going to a restaurant- no one likes to be waiting on service, so why make them wait at your wedding? Same is true of course for the bar. You want to be sure to hire the right ratio of guests to bartender. Your guests don’t want long lines to grab a beverage, so do them a favor and make sure they can get a drink in a timely fashion so they can get back out on the dance floor!

If you need chairs moved, or a space flipped for the reception, make sure you have made arrangements for catering staff, or your wedding planners, to move those items for you and your guests. Your guests, while I know they’d be happy to help, would much rather enjoy celebrating instead of getting dirty from moving chairs.

 

While there aren’t any must do’s for your wedding, these are just some simple things to keep in mind that will make your guests comfortable, invested and having FUN at your wedding. Create those everlasting memories and elevate your wedding to the status of “Remember [INSERT YOUR NAMES HERE] wedding? It was the BEST wedding we’ve been to!”

 

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by: Lauren

The intimate wedding has grown in popularity for good reason; it can be less stressful for the bride and groom, provide a more affordable option for those wanting a beautiful fete for a smaller price tag, and perhaps most of all, because it creates a quieter, more thoughtful atmosphere for sentimental, and in this occasion, gorgeously located nuptials.

The inspiration for this shoot came from Brianne Wright, owner of Diamonds & Dos Bridal Hair. For years, Brianne dreamed of a simple, lakeside bohemian shoot in her home state of Missouri. After coming across the perfect dress from Forever 21, she knew it was time to make this vision a reality. Along with this team of incredible talent, the idea of a free-spirited, colorful, and floral-based ceremony and reception came to life. While Missouri may not be known for it’s bohemian vibe, the team hoped to show both local brides and readers beyond, that with the right styling and location, an elopement can be anything your heart desires.

Shea Brianne Photography captured the intensity of the colors and design that came together for this intimate celebration. We love that this team took a handful of bohemian style elements to run with in this design rather than being overwhelmed with details that didn’t carry any meaning. Events by Social Graces worked to style the details to create a beautiful and colorful story that felt intentional and purposeful. From the floral sandals and the charcuterie spread on the raw edged wood table, to the colorful patterned blankets and throws that separated this space, we love the thoughtfulness of how this look came together.

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Such a beautiful and bold style with deep pops of burgundy, and we love how the florals from He Loves Me Flowers created so much depth and warmth with the organic arrangements and blooms in the most perfect places.

This is great evidence that the right floral style can have a huge impact on the overall design of a wedding. What floral style are you most drawn to?

 

VENDORS WHO MADE IT ALL HAPPEN…

Photographer: Shea Brianne Photography // Invitation Suite: Tabor MADE // Makeup: Nikki Smith // Dress: Forever 21 // Coordination and Styling: Events by Social Graces //
Florals: He Loves Me Flowers // Hair: Diamonds & Dos



by: Lauren

Rich royal colors that remind us of this season of Advent gave a different type of Christmas feel to the next tablescape in our 12 Days of Christmas series.

With this team of V List members being based out of Lakeland, Florida, a city known for their connection to swans, the 7 Swans a Swimming has taken a more literal look in their design choices. Brass swans flanking either side of the bold blooms of the centerpiece created a regal style that can easily translate beyond the Christmas season.

Make sure you catch the design details from Ashton Events and Treasury Rentals, and the beautiful imagery that Jenna Nicole Photography captured.

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Laura from Ashton Events:

“We knew from the the start of our planning our tabletop styles that we would be incorporating brass swan figures into this style. Because we had our link to our theme already taken care of, it provided more flexibility and freedom when designing the rest of the look. A bold eggplant linen with a soft velvet texture gave us a beautiful base for our design. We created a centerpiece style that incorporated some of the wintery elements such as evergreen and berries, but gave it a bright pop of color with berry and pink tones. The end result was everything we imagined it would be!”

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Emily from Treasury Rentals:

“This style really allowed us to play with colors and textures that would help carry the the design. Though we met the mark with our theme by using brass swans in the centerpiece style, finding a Christmas link was a little more challenging. A color palette of deep purple, pinks, gold and white reminded us of the Advent candles that are lit each week as we approach Christmas during this season. With Laura’s feature centerpiece, we wanted to tone down the place settings by creating something simple and traditional. Gold metal charger plates added the perfect amount of metallic shine to the table, picking up the brass elements in the centerpiece and the gold in the flatware. We chose our white dipped Goa flatware as a way to add an elegant and modern pop to the table, and our pink vintage goblets mirrored the soft pink toned florals and napkins while adding color and texture to the tablescape. We also added in brass place card frames to mark guests’ seats–a simple detail that took a plain name card and made it a little more special.”

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We love this bold and elegant style with the subtle nods to Christmas in the colors they chose, but can carry it’s own weight in almost any season.

Make sure you catch all of the other looks in this series as we celebrate the countdown to Christmas Day!

VENDORS WHO MADE IT ALL HAPPEN…

Photography: Jenna Nicole Photography // Florals + Design: Ashton Events // Tabletop Rentals + Design: Treasury Rentals // Linens: Nuage Designs, Inc. // Venue: Haus 820



by: Lauren

Romantic and modern were the two words Kristina and George used when speaking about their gorgeous copper wedding. Bourbon and Blush Events guided them throughout their planning process to help create the most memorable wedding day. They chose The Dali Museum in St Petersburg, FL because it symbolized so many features of their lives together. From the scenic bay waterfront marina, just around the corner from their home, to the industrial and strikingly modern features of the museum, they knew they had found the exact spot they wanted to vow to spend the rest of their lives together.

We love that their outdoor ceremony was set after sunset, where they exchanged vows under a starlit sky and string lights, with a beautiful custom built ceremony backdrop created by Ever After Vintage Weddings. They took these geometric details and carried them through the reception, with hexagon details in the place cards guiding each guest to their place at the table. We think you’re absolutely going to enjoy the beauty and detail from this modern romantic wedding that Jason Mize Photography captured perfectly!

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What a fun modern flair, and we love the romance and intention that went into every design choice that this couple made. They were committed to giving their guests an amazing experience, and we love how they made that happen!

 

VENDORS WHO MADE IT ALL HAPPEN…

Wedding Planning and Design: Bourbon and Blush Events // Photography: Jason Mize Photography // Venue: The Dali Museum // Florist: FH Weddings // Lighting: The Production Crew // Linens: Kate Ryan Linens // Stationery + Calligraphy: Blush Design Studio // Catering: Good Food // Cake: Hands on Sweets // Wedding Dress: Isabel O’Neil // Hair and Makeup: Lasting Luxe // Groom + Groomsman Suites: Jackie Z Style Co. // China, Flatware + Ceremony Display: Ever After Vintage Weddings

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