Last Minute To-Dos before You Say I Do!

1. You or your coordinator should confirm all the details of the day with the vendors. Make sure every vendor has a timeline of the day, what time they should arrive at the venue, who their contact person for the day is and the contact person's phone number. No one should be bothering you with questions or concerns the day of your wedding. Make sure there is a point person to handle the vendors at the wedding (another great reason a wedding coordinator comes in handy).

2. Organize all your tips for the vendors to be passed out at the wedding. Put them in envelopes with the vendors name on it and give them to someone (coordinator, parents, maid of honor/best man) at the rehearsal to pass out on the day of the wedding. Not sure how to tip each vendor? Check out our blog on tipping here, http://www.weddingconnection.net/blog/2016/1/28/tips-for-tipping-who-how-much-and-when

3. Make sure all vendors know the clean up rules of the venue. You can be charged extra if clean up isn't done correctly so make sure the vendors (especially the caterers) have a clear idea of what is expected. Many venues have clean up guidelines they can give you to give to your vendors.

4. Have your final dress fitting. Make sure you are comfortable in the dress, can sit down, move around and dance without issue. You want to be able to enjoy your day and won't if your dress is too tight or too long. Have the bridesmaids do a final fitting as well. You want them comfortable also.

5. Get a mani/pedi a day or two before the wedding. Don't forget to buy your shade of nail polish for last minute touch ups. Also buy your lipstick and other makeup you may need for touch ups throughout the night.

6. Write down and practice your vows and speeches for the day. It's helpful to be able to look at the vows while your standing at the alter in case you get nervous or emotional. It helps to plan out what you want to say to your guests later so you don't forget to thank anyone.

7. Gather all your decorations and accessories. Put them in boxes with labels of where they belong (aisle, guestbook table, cake table etc). You can include a picture in the box of how your want things set up. Also plan who will bring them to the venue. Check and see when you are allowed to drop things off. Some venues will let you bring things in the day before at the rehearsal, some not till the morning of. Ask someone to pack up the decorations and take them home at the end of the night.

8. Assign someone to take gifts and guestbook home at the end of the night, especially the cards with money in them. Usually this is one of the parents, but can be anyone you trust to take care of them.

9. Do the centerpieces need to be returned or can they be given away to guests at the end of the night? Assign someone (another good job for your coordinator) to either collect them so they don't get taken because you will be charged for them if they need to be returned or to pass them out to guests when the event ends.

10. Bring the bridal party and parent's gifts to the rehearsal and pass them out then. This will give you a good chance to thank them individually and is useful if the gift is something they can use at the wedding (flasks, robes, jewelry etc).

11. Check the weather about a week out from the wedding. Is it going to be really hot or is there a chance of rain? How cold will it get at night? Plan accordingly by ordering heaters and umbrellas or by providing fans or scarves for the guests. You don't want anyone leaving your wedding remembering how freezing or hot they were all day.

12. Get a good nights rest, eat, stay hydrated and make sure you have the best night of your life!

What's Trending for 2016 Weddings?!

It's a new year and that means a whole new round of wedding trends! Time to explore some of the great new ideas popping up!

1. Metallic Everywhere! From the invites, to the bridesmaids dresses and even the table linens, metallic is the new, trendy look for 2016 weddings. Metallic colors can go with any time of year and can blend in well we almost any color palette. It adds elegance and whimsy no matter what the theme of the wedding. 

2. Wedding Dress Styles! Tea length gowns are big this season. Illusion necklines, keyhole backs and V-necks are also huge trends for bride's in 2016. The biggest trend for bridal gowns seems to be original/unusual styles. Bride's are showing off their personalities more and more in their bridal gowns. 

3. Hand Written Invites! Handing writing your invitations can add a wonderful personal touch to the day. Custom paper is big this year also and can help represent the couple in a number of ways (think invites shaped as iconic buildings or states). A fun alternative to the normal invites. 

4. No Travel Destination Weddings! Can't afford to have your wedding in your favorite city? Not a problem! This year's trend is to bring your favorite destination location to your current location. You can incorporate elements from special places through decor, music or food. Eiffel Tower centerpieces, Moroccan food or Irish step-dancing are just some of the ways to highlight your favorite places without the travel expenses. 

5. Naked Cake! More delicious and unique than it sounds, naked cakes are a HUGE trend in 2016. Naked cakes are unfrosted or partially-frosted cakes, decorated with flowers or berries. They add a beautiful, rustic look to the wedding and will be a fun talking point for your guests. 

6. Lights, lights and more lights! The more lights the better in 2016. Couple's are adding as much lighting as possible to their special day. From chandeliers to strings and bulbs to hundreds of candles, people are getting creative with how and where to hang their lights. 

7. Bright Colors! Warm color pallets will always be trendy for weddings, but 2016 is all about bright and vibrant color pallets! Think reds and oranges and yellows. You can add a splash of color here and a pop of color there or have the whole wedding covered in bright hues!

8. Garden Flowers/Unconventional Flowers/Non-Floral Centerpieces! Flowers are expensive. A great way to save money in 2016 is to head to the farmers market and pick up whatever is available. You can have fun making the arrangements and save some money. Unconventional flowers, such as succulents, ferns and herbs, are big this season as well. Another great way to save money on flowers? Don't use them. Having a non-floral centerpiece, like candles or pictures, is unique and cheap. 

9. Table Alternatives! Round tables are becoming a thing of the past. Couple's are now leaning towards using square, rectangle and even banquet tables for their wedding's. Farm tables are another great alternative. They are beautiful all on their own, saving you money on linens and elaborate centerpieces.  

10. Food Options/Craft Beer/Dessert Alternatives! Dietary restrictions are on the rise so it is important to offer options for your guests. Gluten free, vegan or lactose free, to name a few. Most caterers are good about working with you to create a menu that will please everyone. Craft beer is booming this year and makes it the perfect time to incorporate it into your big day. Bring the beer garden to your reception! Big in 2016 is alternate dessert options. People are moving away from just having wedding cake (or from having the cake at all). Donut bars, make your own sundae stations and cupcakes are very in trend this year.   

11. Candid Shots & Videography! Posed wedding photos are great, but what's big this wedding season are the candid shots. Mom wiping away her tears, dad seeing his little girl in her dress for the first time, or a stolen moment between the couple. These are the real moments that make a wedding special. Want to relive your big day over and over? Videography is the best way to make that happen. Most videographers will cut together a highlight reel of the day and give you the raw footage.   

Flowers

The varieties of flowers have changed as more unusual types of flowers are available all year round. The season doesn't influence floral selection nearly as much as it once did. Choosing your flowers is a matter of defining your style and in the beginning you may not know exactly what that style is or even the names of the different flowers that you like. Looking through magazines can help as well as browsing through floral designers portfolios.

Florists all have certain styles and you'd want to make sure that style is in line with your taste and budget. We represent some amazingly talented florists who can do just about anything you can dream up. Examples of their work is on display at The Wedding Connection and you're welcomed to come by and take a look at their work. We can help you set up an appointment for an free estimate.