I Do Linens provided sheer overlays for pops of color, and Le Jardin Francais arranged lush florals for centerpieces.
Endive prepared the night’s food, and they never disappoint. Some of the selection included hand-rolled sushi, hummus, and Chef Drew’s famous wonton tacos.
Sweet Sensations and Sugarplum Visions satisfied our sweet tooth with cupcakes.
Lethal Rhythms provided music and entertainment well into the night.
The food, drinks, and entertainment were so good, but we came to party for one reason–the Summer Issue of Weddings Unveiled!
A vendor showing off her advertisement in the new issue! We had several vendors win advertising in the Fall issue of Weddings Unveiled, too!
We had so much fun planning and hosting the Launch Party for the Summer Issue of Weddings Unveiled! It’s always great to mingle with brides and vendors, taste some delicious food, taste a good wine, and celebrate a beautiful issue of one of our favorite wedding magazines. Can’t wait until next year’s Summer Issue comes out!
We’d like to give a big thank you to Project Duo for the pretty pictures–and their fast delivery!]]>
Below is a sample of the brown wood grain used in a folio sample from Checkerboard. It’s a makes for a great presentation and keeps accessory cards like RSVP, reception, map, etc. all inside. Guests love these as they can take the set to the wedding without worrying about losing an important informational card.
Below is from one of our favorite stationery and invitation companies: Spark Letterpress. This is a green company that uses 100% recycled paper, organic die and it’s paper prosucts are produced by wind. Their wood grain design can be pressed into any paper color to make your invitation a truly unique piece of art! Ok, maybe that is a little far but we believe that the invitation sets the tone for an event and is a direct reflection of you and your style- so art it is!
To preview these invitations and many other fabulous wedding stationery options, contact Ann at Cloud 9 Bliss.]]>
Our travel tip today is a practical one. You have to plan for unforeseen problems with both the wedding and the honeymoon, but extra steps need to be taken for the honeymoon. Leave information on your flights, your hotels, your side trips, and any other information you have with friends or family. Make copies of your passports and credit cards and leave those with family as well. While no one likes to think of problems on the honeymoon, the reality is that they may happen. Planning ahead of time by leaving important information behind is a good way to ensure that your family and friends back home can assist you if needed.
Thanks again to LT Travel Connection for keeping us in the loop on all of the hot travel deals. We’re looking forward to what they can find for us to share with you next week!]]>
We love these fun and modern engagement photos by This Modern Life Photographers!
You can follow them on Twitter, like them on Facebook and check out their website!]]>
Choosing your wedding officiant is as important as the other decisions you’ll make. This person will be in your photographs, video and memories for the rest of your life. It’s sometimes difficult for couples who aren’t part of a formal spiritual community to figure out how to even find an officiant. For your own sake, give this choice the attention and financial consideration that it deserves. Choose an officiant who has the most to offer and be willing to pay for their experience, expertise and service. Be sure to spend as much time, care and money on finding an officiant that fits you as perfectly as the wedding dress, cake and flowers you choose. There are a lot of options these days and one size definitely doesn’t fit all.
Most wedding planning guides haven’t caught up with today’s wedding officiant pricing. You may be caught off guard by the idea of paying a spiritual person for their services. Most professional wedding officiants whether they are a Justice of the Peace, a Minister affiliated with a Church or an unaffiliated officiant charge a fee. In Colorado, professional officiants charge an average of $400 for their services. I’ve heard many confused complaints about this such as, “How can they charge that for a 20 minute ceremony?” Just like any professional there is a lot of planning and preparation that goes into your 20 minute ceremony. There is at least one meeting with the couple to determine what they want to do. The creation of the written ceremony, and additional changes if needed. Travel to the ceremony site and usually at least two hours on site during which there is a 20 minute ceremony.
Even so, when it comes to finding an officiant, most couples focus on two things: 1) Are you available on our date? 2) How much is your fee? Keep your perspective. Think about the total cost of your wedding. If you save a few dollars on your officiant by choosing based only on the lowest cost, how significant will that be in five or ten years?
It is important to find an officiant who will help you enjoy your day, express what your relationship is about, and interact well with your guests and your other wedding vendors in a helpful and professional way. An experienced professional wedding officiant is essential to making your wedding day run smoothly. Professional wedding officiants have a lot of experience with a wide variety of wedding situations. There are many dynamics in a wedding ceremony that a professional knows how to deal with. These include, but are not limited to:
- Family members who don’t get along
- Wide variances in religious and spiritual traditions
among family and guests
- Videographers and Photographers needs for getting
good pictures and video
- Wedding party members falling ill or fainting during the ceremony
- Missing people or ceremony items (such as rings or flowers)
- Sudden changes in weather conditions
- Wardrobe and equipment malfunctions
- And many more . . .
See what kind of chemistry you have. Does he/she seem nice? Easy to work with? Does he/she have a pleasant speaking voice? What will he/she wear? Is the officiant focused on pleasing you, or will you be expected to “do as you’re told?” Does the officiant have any restrictions or objections to your location, music plans, plans for pictures or video?, etc. Find out what kind of ceremonial elements he/she has to offer? What experience does this person have, and can you get references if you want them?
Finally, where is the officiant “coming from” ideologically. Some officiants are very traditional Christian ministers - while others are interfaith, non-denominational ministers who are coming from a different perspective. It’s not a matter of one being better than the other - but only of matching where you’re coming from with your officiant’s style and beliefs. So you can have the kind of ceremony that you’ll look back on happily ten years from now.
It is important to find an officiant who will help you enjoy your day, express what your relationship is about, and interact with your family, guests and your other wedding vendors in a helpful and professional way. Be sure to spend as much time, care and money on finding an officiant that fits you as perfectly as the wedding dress, cake and flowers you choose.
Thank you to Colorado Wedding Officiant, Carrie Makenna, for sharing these incredibly helpful tips and advice. You can contact Carrie via email or through her website.]]>
We are also excited to announce that every bride who attends the Summer Issue Launch Party this Thursday will receive one free ticket to StudioWed’s Wedding Therapy event! This event is designed to take the stress out of wedding planning through pampering and relaxation at West Midtown’s own Nouvelle Nail Spa.
Check out our past entry on the other great giveaways at Thursday’s Summer Issue Launch Party, and make sure to get your ticket for this free event today!]]>
When should engaged couples talk about money? We are honored to feature this video by Dr. Taffy Wagner. Dr. Wagner is a nationally recognized money and marriage advocate. She has been interviewed by the Associated Press, US News and World Reports, Called Magazine and Woman’s Day about money matters before and after marriage. Check out her website for tips and advice and watch the short video below for valuable advice for engaged couples. Thank you Dr. Taffy Wagner for using our fabulous space at StudioWed Denver for your video.
I love Jamie’s bold use of color, and he was the perfect photographer for this Indian Fusion wedding! Check out his website for more of his work.]]>
Our own Kathleen Hahn of I Do Dances will be on Channel 9 on the Morning Show! If you are in Asheville, set your DVR for 7:00 am ~ she will be interviewed about the services she offers and performing a dance with her partner. Super fun! Be sure to tune in!]]>