Wedding Desserts - Chunk N Chip

As most of our clients and friendors know we have a HUGE sweet tooth! There is nothing like having a dessert that will wow your guests, and also make them reminisce their childhood. By having artisan, customizable, ice cream cookie sandwiches for that late night bite, you can be sure to wow and reminisce!

We had the pleasure of interviewing the master of the ice cream cookie craft - Chunk N Chip -  alongside our YouTube Channel partner - Alexander Mo Photo & Video.

Enjoy, and make sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel - WED (Wedding Education Duo)

Why Doing an Engagement Session is Important

If you are not physically in the same state or country as your hired photographer, then you might get a hall pass with this. However, if you have the capability to do an engagement shoot with your desired photographer, then we 100% recommend doing so. The engagement shoot is not just a time to get more pictures of yourselves (even though this is a perk), but a time to really bond with your photographer.

There is nothing more awkward than feeling uncomfortable with your photographer on the day of your wedding and it coming across in all of your portraits. Doing an engagement session will eliminate any of these feelings, and create a healthier relationship amongst everyone. Plus the engagement session is a great way to take a sneak peek at how well your photos are going to come out on your big day!

In honor of engagement sessions, we wanted to share Michelle Flores Photography's session with one of our lovely couples Julie & Joseph! Enjoy!!

Photographer: Michelle Flores Photography

 

The Winning Combo: DJ + Band

Entertainment is a huge factor in your wedding day and can absolutely make or break it. We have a lot of couples that consider having a Band or a DJ, and are question is, why not both? We truly believe hiring a DJ when you are hiring a Band is not only a showstopper, but can truly be beneficial to the overall flow of the evening. 

The average band booking will consist of a 4 hour play increment. The average wedding with ceremony and reception on-site is 6 hours. For the most part you do not need all 5 or 7 members there for your ceremony and cocktail hour. So the option of just hiring a few members for these times might be beneficial. However, if a DJ is hired for the duration of the event, they can easily do your ceremony, and cocktail hour as well.

During the standard 4 hour play time, you must take into consideration that the band will need to take breaks. During these breaks some bands have preselected music they can play for your guests, or your DJ can easily jump on the 1’s and 2’s to keep the party going. 

The other weighing factor is not all bands provide a MC. This is crucial to the wedding day as announcements will be made throughout the evening. If you a hire a DJ with your band, then your potential problem is already solved as DJ’s typically act as your MC as well.

Now let’s flip the script! What if you want live music during your ceremony, but not at the reception? This is another way the band and DJ combination are likely used. Having live music at your ceremony and cocktail hour, and then a DJ to kick off the party!

Either way, we absolutely love seeing the band and DJ combo! You truly cannot lose the engagement of your guests with this winning strategy. A night of dancing, good vibes, and upbeat funk! 

Pricing for Wedding Vendors In Southern California

It is that time of the year! Recently engaged are just beginning their wedding planning, and the first question that always comes to mind is, “how much does this cost?” We are more than sure you have tried to do some research on the internet that will show you the “average” cost for a wedding in California. We literally have not come across one ourselves that is even close to accurate, so we are here to save the day! 

Now, you can absolutely find vendors for less or for more than the ranges we are going to give you, however, we have learned these tend to be the AVERAGE.

Averages for Wedding Vendors

DJ

$1,200 - $2,000

Most DJs base their services off a 4-hour time frame. The price ranges above could just be for the 4 hours, or the entire ceremony through reception. Some DJs might even throw in some dance lights at the higher end of the price point.

Band (5 Piece)

$4,500 - $10,000

Same concept as the DJ, most bands base their pricing off of a 4-hour time frame. Additional hours come with an additional cost and also depending on how many members you want for those additional hours. Keep in mind bands need to take breaks, so hiring a DJ with a band is advised.

Florist

Florists can literally range from $1,200 - $120,000 depending on the scope of the work. With that being said we have found most florists’ have a minimum spend, and those with proper floral quality will have minimum ranges from $3,000 - $5,000.

Photographer

We have a few “rules” when it comes to hiring a photographer. 

  1. Make sure they ALWAYS include a 2nd shooter (not assistant)
  2. Minimum of 8 hours of service
  3. Always always always ask about their back up equipment

Photographers with the above criteria will range on average from $3,500 - $4,500.

Videographer

For cinema, the same “rules” apply and actually so does the same average price range as a photographer.

Cake

Cake is typically based off a per person price. Average starting price per person ranges from $3.75 - $5.50. Depending on the extent of the design.

Catering + Bar Services

Whether it’s a plated meal, buffet, and some sort of hosted bar we find the average in Southern California after ++ (service charge and tax) to be around $125-$175 per person. Keep in mind waterfront resorts and other 5 Star properties will most likely begin at $200pp. 

We want to help make the wedding of your dreams come to life! And that isn’t possible without some budget management assistance! Contact us today to see how we can help!

Capture the Memories with Videography

We get asked many times if having a professional videographer is worth it in the long run. Our answer is if you are contemplating having cinema at your wedding then do it! If you are contemplating about doing a more DIY version or going the cheaper route, don't, and hire a professional. 

If your budget does not allow you to go "all out" for a videographer, then we recommend at least booking a highlight film. A highlight film is basically your entire day wrapped into a cinematic 4-6 minute video. Grabbing key points, and still gives you all the feels.

Couples who end up opting for video normally do not regret their decision when they hired the right professional. Telling your story all over again is truly a magical thing to watch. 

Here is a feature film from one of our favorite videographers and one of our favorite weddings we did at Terranea Resort. Enjoy!!!

Pantone Color 2017: Greenery

The pantone color of the year has finally been announced! For 2017 it has been determined that “Greenery” is the color of the year!!! This makes our heart skip a beat because who doesn’t love luscious greens incorporated to their wedding day design?

You seriously cannot go wrong with using greenery as the main source of focal points for your big day. No matter the season, or location, there are so many styles and textures to choose from that you simply cannot go wrong! Just to prove it to you we are going to share some design examples using mostly greens to show you the power of them for all seasonal weddings.

Spring

Using pastels mixed with all forms of greenery can really make a statement on your big day! We love seeing all types of eucalyptus this time of year. Making even the most simplistic bridal bouquet look so whimsical! 

Photo Credit: Click Here

Summer

You can get extremely creative and even transform your space into a tropical destination when you plan on having a summer wedding. We love seeing couples go outside the box for their big day, and having fun with their greenery. Try some Palm leaves or even Elephant ears to complete your look!

Photo Credit: Mink Photography

Floral Design: Three Petals

Fall

Even though fall is a season where leaves typically start to change color, we still say go for the green! By using the right textures and a bold leaf, you can really still give that romantic, cozy, fall feel!

Photo Credit: Mink Photography

Floral Design: Peonies & Petals

Winter

Yes, we all know that there are usually no leaves left on the trees in Winter. However, you can easily incorporate more muted greens to incorporate that “chilly” winter look, or simply tie in some pine. 

Photo Credit: Brooke Schultz Photography

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Immediate Family Etiquette

When it comes to immediate family at weddings there are a few ways to show them how important they are to you and your significant other. We wanted to share with you some of the standard procedures for family etiquette such as where they should be seated, and grand entrances. Every wedding is truly unique, and we are only suggesting the norm. 

Ceremony Seating

Make sure to always reserve the front row on both sides for your immediate family. This could be parents, siblings, grandparents, or whomever is very dear to you. If you need to reserve the first two rows, then we suggest doing so. However, parents, siblings, and/or grandparents should always be in the front row. 

Reception Seating

Regardless if you are having a Sweetheart or Head Table then traditionally your immediate family should sit at the tables closer to yours. This way they are considered your “court” or “VIP” guests, meaning they will be released first for buffet service, or served immediately after you. They can be the ones closest to you, or if you have your bridal party closest to you, then they should be right next to them.

Grand Entrances

Your parents and immediate family do not have to be a part of your grand entrance. However, if you have siblings in your bridal party, then they will be most likely introduced and your MC should announce them properly. If your parents and/or grandparents are not a part of the grand entrance then we suggest having your MC make acknowledgment of each of them at their tables. 

We love meeting the entire family! Contact us today to discuss wedding traditions, and see how we can be a help to your big day!

A Helping Hand

Family and close friends will always want to help out on the big day! As wedding planners, we encourage your friends and family to simply enjoy themselves and not have to worry about anything. Your wedding planner should handle everything from setting up client items, checking with vendors, to making sure the day goes smoothly. We appreciate those who wish to help, but allowing a professional to oversee these things makes it a lot smoother. 

With that being said there is always that one person who doesn’t ask if they can help out, but they insist. So what do you do if you want your family and friends to enjoy themselves yet they wish to help no matter what? Here are some alternatives we came up with that will make them helpful, and yet still be there for you!

Keep Me Calm

The BIGGEST thing a friend or family member can do is simply hang out with you. Keeping the bride or groom calm up until ceremony start time, is the most helpful thing! Assigning them, or telling them, this is what I need you to help me with, will designate them a duty, while still being by your side.

Keep an Eye

Yes, your planner or even photographer usually does this for you, but assigning it to somebody will make them feel good. Having a friend or family member make sure you have “everything” before you head out of your suite is always helpful! Bouquet, garter, personal items, phone, etc. 

Keep the Party Going

Have a friend or close family member who loves to party? Then this is perfect for them! If the bride or groom are on the dance floor, there will always be people on it to keep them company. But when they leave, expect people to trickle away for a break. To keep the party going, we suggest designating a hype-man or woman to keep people on their feet! Having a friend who is outgoing and constantly on the floor, will keep the party alive even when you need a break.

We love seeing everyone happy, and having a good time! Contact us today for a complimentary consultation! 

Festive Fall Wedding Decor

Pumpkins, pumpkins, pumpkins!!! They are taking over fall wedding decor by storm! Coming in all shapes, sizes, colors, and maybe even bedazzled! It almost doesn’t feel complete to have a fall themed wedding without throwing in a pumpkin or two. It doesn’t matter if you want to capture the rustic look, add a little glam, or something simple and sleek. There is a pumpkin style for everyone!

Some of our favorite pumpkin decor pieces consist of gold tones. Gold tones give off a little hint of elegance, while still staying fall festive. 

Photo Credit: BHG

Pumpkins in their natural state, for more of a rustic element.

Photo Credit and for more ideas check out: Hi Miss Puff

Having pumpkins as your floral arrangement vase, keeps the fall spirit alive, while still bringing in some lush tones with the flowers. We love this combo!

Photo Credit: Southern Living

Adding fall favorites to keep your wedding design in sync will impress your guests. They will appreciate the hints of the season, along with the cohesiveness of the overall wedding style. We love designing tablescapes and thinking of ways to be creative! Contact us today for a complimentary consultation, and let’s start designing! 

Flavorful Fall Wedding Food

Comfort foods and dishes that warm you with delight are perfect for cooler months. With Fall weddings we totally think it is appropriate to put in some festive flavors for your guests to enjoy. This week we are going to share some of our favorite fall course options for weddings, that you can also make at home. Who doesn’t love food?!

Passed Hors D’oeuvres

Sweet Potato Latke with Sour Cream and Fresh Chive

What you will need:

  • 1 Large Sweet Potato - Peeled & Grated
  • 1/2 Onion - Grated
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/4 Black Pepper
  • 2 Teaspoons Olive Oil
  • 1.2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Cup Applesauce
  • 1 Cup Plain Nonfat Yogurt

Preheat oven to 200 degrees F (95 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with paper towels.

Fill a bowl with lightly-salted water. Rinse the grated sweet potato in the water, and drain into a sieve. Pat the grated sweet potato dry with a cloth or paper towels, then place into a bowl. Squeeze excess moisture from the grated onion, and place into the bowl with the sweet potato. Stir the eggs and pepper into the mixture until well combined.

Heat the olive oil in a nonstick skillet over medium heat until it shimmers, and spoon about 1 heaping tablespoon of the potato mixture per patty into the hot oil. Flatten the patties with a fork, and fry until golden brown and crisp on the bottom, 5 to 8 minutes. Flip and cook on the other side, sprinkle with salt, then set the cooked patties aside on the prepared baking sheet in the preheated oven while you finish cooking the latkes. Stir the potato mixture before cooking each batch of patties. Serve hot with applesauce and yogurt.

Apple Turnovers

What you will need:

  • 2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
  • 4 Cups Water
  • 4 Granny Smith Apples - peeled, cored, and sliced
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • 1 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 Tablespoon Cornstarch
  • 1 Tablespoon Water
  • 1 Package Frozen Pugg Pastry Sheets
  • 1 Cup Confectioners Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Milk
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract

Combine the lemon and 4 cups water in a large bowl. Place the sliced apples in the water to keep them from browning.

Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Drain water from apples, and place them into the hot skillet. Cook and stir for about 2 minutes. Add brown sugar, and cinnamon, and cook, stirring, for 2 more minutes. Stir together cornstarch and 1 tablespoon water. Pour into the skillet, and mix well. Cook for another minute, or until sauce has thickened. Remove from heat to cool slightly.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

Unfold puff pastry sheets, and repair any cracks by pressing them back together. Trim each sheet into a square. Then cut each larger square into 4 smaller squares. Spoon apples onto the center of each squares. Fold over from corner to corner into a triangle shape, and press edges together to seal. Place turnovers on a baking sheet, leaving about 1 inch between them.

Bake for 25 minutes in the preheated oven, until turnovers are puffed and lightly browned. Cool completely before glazing.

To make the glaze, mix together the confectioners' sugar, milk and vanilla in a small bowl. Adjust the thickness by adding more sugar or milk if necessary. Drizzle glaze over the cooled turnovers.

Fall-Themed Entrees

Butternut Squash Ravioli

What you will need:

  • 1 Cup Mashed, Cooked Butternut Squash
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 Pinch Cayenne
  • 1/2 Cup Mascarpone Cheese
  • 1 Egg Yolk
  • 1/3 Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 Package Round Wonton Wrappers
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • 1 Garlic Clove
  • Chopped Fresh Sage to Taste

Place cooked squash into a mixing bowl. Add salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper. Stir in mascarpone cheese, egg yolk, and 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese, mixing until the filling is smoothly combined.

Place a wonton wrapper onto a working surface. Wet the tip of a finger in water, and run it all along the outer edge of the wonton skin to moisten. Place about 1 teaspoon of filling in the center of the wonton. Fold the wonton in half to make a half-moon shape, and press the edges to seal. Repeat with the remaining wonton wrappers.

Place a deep skillet over medium-low heat. Stir in butter and unpeeled clove of garlic. Meanwhile, bring a saucepan of lightly salted water to a boil.

Drop the filled raviolis into the boiling water, a few at a time, and cook until they float to the top, about 2 minutes. Drain the raviolis, and transfer them to the skillet. Turn the heat under the skillet up to medium-high, and cook just until the raviolis are infused with garlic flavor, about 2 or 3 more minutes. Sprinkle with chopped sage, more black pepper, and extra Parmesan cheese to taste.

Spiced Pork Tenderloin with Apples

What you will need:

  • 3/8 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Ground Coriander
  • 1/4 Teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/8 Teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 Teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 Pound pork tenderloin, trimmed and cut crosswise into 12 pieces
  • Cooking spray
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 Cups thinly sliced unpeeled Braeburn or Gala apple
  • 1/3 Cup thinly sliced shallots
  • 1/8 Teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 Cup apple cider
  • 1 Teaspoon fresh thyme leaves

Heat a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Combine first 5 ingredients; sprinkle spice mixture evenly over pork. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add pork to pan; cook 3 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Remove pork from pan; keep warm.

Melt butter in pan; swirl to coat. Add apple slices, 1/3 cup shallots, and 1/8 teaspoon salt; sauté 4 minutes or until apple starts to brown. Add apple cider to pan, and cook for 2 minutes or until apple is crisp-tender. Stir in thyme leaves. Serve apple mixture with the pork.

Fall Color Palettes

The months of October and November are becoming some of the most popular months to get married in Southern California. Fall Weddings are hot right now, and it is probably because of the infamous perfect weather. Not only do you get some of the best weather during this season, but some of the most beautiful color palettes. Today, we wanted to share with you some of our favorite color schemes for fall weddings.

    Pumpkin Pie    -    Sage    -    Antique Gold    -    Faded Black

    Pumpkin Pie    -    Sage    -    Antique Gold    -    Faded Black

     Burgundy    -    Gold    -    Black    -    Light Pink

     Burgundy    -    Gold    -    Black    -    Light Pink

    Peach    -    Dark Peach    -    Creme   (aka Peaches and Cream)

    Peach    -    Dark Peach    -    Creme   (aka Peaches and Cream)

Wedding Shoe Designers

Coming from a girl who lives for shoes, an article about wedding shoes just seemed appropriate. We definitely have seen a trend in shoe designers this past year, and have a feeling that it will continue into 2017. With that being said, here are some of our favorite designers and some of our favorite wedding shoes from them.

Badgley Mischka

 

Christian Louboutin

 

Ralph & Russo

 

Style, and design; it all comes together when it comes to wedding planning. Every detail ties into each other, and goes hand in hand with the overall vision. We would love to help create the wedding of your dreams! Contact us today for a complimentary consultation!

For the Fashion Forward Groom

So we have talked plenty about the lovely brides to be out there, but what about for the fashion forward guys?! Menswear is constantly changing and new trends are being seen for this upcoming season. We love the fresh take on colors and patterns for grooms and groomsmen to wear. This week we teamed up with Friar Tux for the “what’s hot in menswear”.

Blue is the new Black

Men’s formal wear is being seen more and more in fantastic shades of blue! Blue seems to be taking over the traditional black this upcoming season and we are loving it! Who doesn’t love adding some extra color to their big day!? Check out some of these suits we fell in love with (photos provided by and menswear can be found at Friar Tux):

Take a walk among the Flowers

Floral in men’s fashion?! WHY NOT! Floral prints are starting to take the wedding world by storm. Bright and colorful add a playful touch to the overall look, and not to mention pair very well with the blue suits. (Photos provided by Friar Tux)

It is all about the overall details that truly create an experience and make your vision come to life. That means everything from the reception decor to even your groomsmen’s ties. We love to help make those decisions with you! Contact us today for a complimentary consultation!

Floral Fashion

Who said having just flowers in your bouquet is the only way to walk with floral design down the aisle? Brides are turning to fashion when it comes to adding a little something extra to their floral design. We are starting to see brides actually wear their flowers! Check out some of these fun design ideas!

Flower Necklace

Forget about leaving your flowers at your Sweet Heart table after the ceremony. How about wearing them around your neck the entire evening? Creating something fun, whimsical, and elegant to jazz up your gown. Nobody said you had to wear actual jewelry, and if you are a flower lover, then this is perfect for you!

 

Flower Crown

The Flower Crown is pretty much a classic to bridal fashion. Adding a flower crown to your wardrobe will essentially eliminate the veil or other bridal hairpieces, but boy does it make a statement! We fell in love with this flower crown, and have seen so many other styles! You truly can create one that fits your personality, and mimics your bouquet!

Image Credit: https://www.etsy.com/search?q=flower+crown

Flower Strap

Now, we know real flowers cannot truly hold up your dress, but the illusion that they are is absolutely stunning! A one shoulder, real floral, strap can make one wild statement piece. If you are worried about it getting in your way during the reception, simply remove it. Such a unique creation!

Fusing flowers with fashion is nothing but a win win! There are so many different ways to incorporate unique floral design into your wardrobe without over killing your look. We love seeing what brides will do next when they let their imagination run wild! Let you imagination fly sky high with us, and contact us today for a complimentary consultation!

Bridal Gown Fashion Trends 2017

Fashion has always been a factor in the wedding planning process, especially when it comes to selecting the perfect gown! Spring 2017 is all about bringing back some classics, and adding some new flavor to the mix! We want to share with you what is being predicted as Spring 2017 fashion trends for Bridal Gowns!

Bows

Hello to bows! They are BACK and better and bigger than ever! Bows are being incorporated in many unique ways. Whether they act almost as shawls, capes, or just create a dramatic front to a skirt. Bows are definitely finding their way back into the bridal gown world!

Photo Credit: Brides.com

Pantone Colors

Haley Paige definitely kicked off the party predictions right! Welcome in the non-white wedding dress. Pantone colors are tickling us all shades of colors, and we are loving how whimsical they look as full bridal couture! 

Photo Credit: Brides.com

Plunging Necklines

Trying to stay classy but add a little sexy to your look too? A dramatic gown with a plunging neckline might be the right balance to get both looks. Try a ball gown, or silhouette shape with sleeves, then add the plunging neckline and BOOM! Sophisticated and sexy.

Photo Credit: Brides.com

No matter what peaks your interest, we want you to feel absolutely stunning on your big day!!

The Untraditional Bridal Party

Over the weekend we had the pleasure of being a part of two beautiful weddings! We fell in love with weddings all over again when each one decided to go off the beaten path of a traditional ceremony processional. Each wanted to throw in their own take on the bridal party, and make sure those they love were truly incorporated. 

We have brought up the idea of incorporating your furry family members before, but if you want to leave an impression on your guests during your ceremony try having your dog come down with your brothers. Making sure ALL of your family both with two legs and four be included in your processional will get some chuckles and “aws” while making some excellent photos! Plus they even get to stick around to watch their parents say “I do”.

Another untraditional ceremony processional this weekend was mixing up the party! The groom and bride had both guys and girls in each of their parties. We absolutely loved this!!! Why should you have to pick only your best girl friends or only your best guy friends? What if you have a guy who is a close friend, but you are the bride? You should be able to include them! We thought this was very thoughtful of the couple, and hope see more parties like this in the future.

When it comes to the big day, we like to remind each of our couples that it is YOUR day! You can do truly whatever you please, and there is no right or wrong. If you want your family pet in your wedding, or to toss a bouquet to guys and girls, you 100% can! We are team newly weds, and your happiness is what counts! Contact us today to see how we can make your dream wedding come true!

Breaking Wedding Bad Luck Superstitions

Traditionally when it comes to saying “I Do” couples sign their marriage license and officially become one on the big day with their officiant. However, more and more couples are starting to say these two special words prior to the big day! Some might not understand the concept of technically eloping before they walk down the aisle, but there are quite some benefits to doing so.

Couples whom are going away on a honeymoon immediately and internationally might want to consider doing this. That way you can have all of your paperwork done, name changed, and ready to hit the road (or air) as newly weds. It is less stressful getting it all out of the way first, and that way you are really able to enjoy your new life together!

Another tradition is that you do no see each other before the ceremony. Apparently this is bad luck for newly weds, however, we absolutely disagree and love first looks! First looks are when the couple have a moment together and see each other for the first time before the ceremony. Usually your photographer sets this up and finds the appropriate place to do so. By doing a first look you can get double the amount of photos as you will have way more time to capture them. 

We believe in traditions, but also believe in creating your own. Making the day truly yours is really all that matters. Your happiness is the ultimate goal! Contact us so we can chat and get to know each other better! We love hearing about your vision!

 

 

Alternatives to Wedding Cake Cutting

When it comes to the wedding world there are traditions that each couple seems to do on their wedding day. For example, the cutting of the cake. What happens if one of the soon to be newly weds does not like cake? Or what if the theme of the big day calls for something else? Here are some fun alternatives to cake cutting:

Cheese-Cake

No, not the creamy dessert with a graham cracker crust. We mean actual CHEESE! Some couples are going with a nontraditional cake and creating a multi-tier design with different wheels of cheese. Plus getting to say you “cut the cheese” on your wedding day will make anyone chuckle. 

Glaze or Sprinkles

Donut bars are all the rage right now! Why not grab a donut from the top of your tower and cut it in half? You can equally share it with your love, and still have something to share!

Roasty & Toasty

S’mores anyone? This might not be the most cost effective choice (depending on your venue, location, etc.), but roasting marshmallows together is pretty cute! Guests can look on as you literally create a s’more together. Then open it up to everyone else to enjoy their own. 

Pour Some Sugar

We have not been fortunate enough to witness this option yet, but are waiting for the day that we do! Having a brunch wedding, or maybe you just love breakfast?! Why not create a waffle or pancake tower in lieu of the wedding cake. You can then pour a giant container of syrup over it together versus cutting into it. This could also be done with crepes, or an ice cream sundae. Pour a berry sauce or fudge over them instead if want more of a dessert. 

We love ideas that are outside the box! Showing off your personalities during your wedding only makes it more personal and fun for your guests! Contact us for a complimentary consultation, and how we can create some untraditional traditions together!

A Tented Summer Soirée

When the summer season hits, there is nothing better than dining al fresco. It is no wonder why tented affairs are so popular for weddings during these peak season months. Tents can create an event space while still having that open feel. There are quite a few options when it comes to choosing the tenting of your dreams. The style of your tent will incorporate into the ambiance you are aiming for. We have a couple of favorites that seem to be the most common that we would like to share with you.

High peak tents are some of the most popular ones for weddings. They typically come with options for siding if you want to enclose the space, or can remain open aired. These tents usually come in white, and have multiple high points on the top of the tent, creating a regal almost castle look.  

Photo: A1 Party Rentals (http://a1partyrental.com/shop/push-pole-tent-100x/)

If the high peak tents are not fulfilling that ultimate dining outdoors feel, then we would suggest looking into clear frame tenting. These are essentially tents (with also options for siding) that feel like there is nothing above you due to them being clear material. This protects those from a little inclement weather, and still allows your guests to gaze upon the stars once the sun goes down.

Photo: A1 Party Rentals (http://a1partyrental.com/shop/clear-frame-tent-canopy-30-width-2/)

Adding design elements like draping, string lights, and chandeliers, can really transform the space as well. Making sure you choose the style of framing you want first will help determine the overall look. This will only make the design process an easier task, and help make your vision come to life!

Contact us for a complimentary consultation to figure out how we can incorporate design into your tenting or function space!

Summer Weddings in New England

Did you know wedding venues on the East Coast can book 2-3 years? Due to seasons it is common to book this far in advance to make sure you get the Saturday and venue you are dreaming of. There is no doubt that once the summer months hit that the locations with true seasons come to life with weddings! We wanted to share some of our favorite wedding venues in New England that truly shine in the summer time!

The Chanler at Cliff Walk

Location: Newport, RI

Website: http://www.thechanler.com/

Why We Love iI: 

The Chanler at Cliff Walk has unbelievable Atlantic views along with luscious gardens that sit upon a private mansion. With multiple ceremony space options, all breathtaking, this property is quite the luxury. 

Ocean House

Location: Watch Hill, RI

Website: http://www.oceanhouseri.com/

Why We Love It:

There is truly nothing to dislike about this property. 5-Star service, beach front, and guests can make it a staycation without even leaving the property!

Wychmere Beach Club

Location: Cape Cod, MA

Website: http://www.wychmerebeachclub.com/

Why We Love It:

When you think of Cape Cod, Wychmere defines that vision! That old beach charm crossed with some glam, creates the perfect wedding venue.

French’s Point

Location: Midcoast, ME

Website: http://fpmaine.com/

Why We Love It: 

This property is extremely private with luscious foliage and acreage making it feel like you are on your own private island. Set right on a peninsula to overlook the Atlantic this property is a dream! 

Lord Thompson Manor

Location: Thompson, CT

Website: http://www.lordthompsonmanor.com/

Why We Love It:

Having your own private estate for the weekend can truly make your wedding into a grand experience! Lord Thompson Manor even comes with all of the works. Full service catering in-house and they will cook for your guests staying on-site throughout the weekend. Not to mention a private guest house for the bride to be and bridal party. What a way to celebrate!

Venue hunting (as we call it) can be one of the most stressful times when it comes to wedding planning. At Perfect The Event this is incredibly our FAVORITE part of the process! Let us hear your vision and desires as we find you the wedding venue of your dreams! Contact us for a complimentary consultation!