5 Tips on how to Choose Your Florists & Flowers

Photo By: Kimberly Saxelby www.trueemotions.com More than decoration, the flowers you choose for your wedding are very symbolic in weddings. They also hold meaning and represent your love, friendship, abundance, and passion. Sometimes deciding which flowers to use can feel like an impossible task; it pays to enlist the help of a professional to help you sort through the possibilities and bring your vision to life. Tip #1: One mistake that brides make is to not have a budget in mind when they first meet with their florist. You should give your florist an idea of what you want to spend on flowers so that you aren’t wasting your time or the florists. Tip #2: You have to be realistic about your decor, in line with your budget, just like everything else in your planning. What I usually recommend is to concentrate on the areas that show the most and are the most important to You. For example, if you want to get more bang for you buck, you want to concentrate on the focal area of the ceremony. You may want to pull back a little bit on the aisle. Your guests main focus will be towards the alter as well as many of your pictures. Tip #3: If you don’t have much to spend on flowers, don’t despair. There are ways to stretch your budget: Buy flowers that are in season: For an August wedding, asters and Gerbera grown locally will be significantly less expensive than peonies, which are out of season at that time. Use less-expensive varieties. For example, thousands of daisies can make a wonderful...

5 Tips on how to Personalize Your Wedding Vows

It is easy to get caught up in the dress, the food, the DJ, the venue when planning your Wedding. The thought of adding another item to your “To Do” list just seems overwhelming! But the process of writing your vows can really be inspiring and snap you back into the moment and reason why you have chosen this special person to walk through life with!! This is a huge commitment you are making and honestly, at the end of the day, your wedding ceremony and vow commitment is an amazing opportunity to really tell your fiance how you feel in a very poetic manner. The best way to personalize your ceremony is to write your own wedding vows. Here are some tips on how to write them! Tip #1: Speak from your heart! Don’t get caught up in word length or the vows being too long or too short. Take as much time and thought to write your vows down as it takes. Remember that the commitment is between the two of you, stay true to that. Tip #2: Stay true to your relationship and personalize it! Don’t feel silly including inside jokes or nicknames you and your groom have with each other. This adds a personal touch and your guests will surely be amused with listening to the vows. Tip #3: Write vows in the positive (e.g., “I will treat you with respect,” instead of, “I will not be disrespectful toward you.”). Write vows that make you feel joyful, inspired, excited, and optimistic. Write vows using bold language. Examples include “I will,” “I commit to,” “As your...

The Difference Between Escort & Place Cards

Often the question comes up of what is the difference between an escort card and a place card? The difference is very simple. An escort card is one that is placed usually at a separate place, outside or in front of the venue, and indicates which table each guest is to be seated. A place card is one that is already at the table when the guests arrive indicating a specific seat was picked out for them. That’s it! I say you can do escort cards with out place cards but I wouldn’t recommend place cards without escorts cards or you will have all your guests going from table to table looking for their name, not fun and not the way to start out your reception! One other option that is quickly becoming more popular is a seating chart. This chart would have all of the guests listed alphabetically and the table they are assigned to next to the name. This method saves paper and looks beautiful in a frame set up on an easel for guests to view easily. If your guests were able to choose their entrée, a tip for saving your caterer time would be to color coordinate your place cards according to what the guest ordered to eat. If you had the option of a meat or seafood, the place card would be coordinated according to which one the guest requested while continuing matching the colors of your wedding décor. This makes things a little easier on the catering company or venue so they do not have to go around the table and take the...

5 TIPS FOR HIRING YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER

Photograph Kimberly Saxelby www.trueemotions.com Tip # 1: When shopping for photographers, shop QUALITY not price. In other words, if you say, “I’m picking this guy because he gives me 200 wallets, two portraits, all photos on CD plus an album. while the other guy only gives me half that. ” You’re making a BIG mistake. It’s the QUALITY that counts not the QUANTITY! (It’s better to have 10 great photos than 100 bad ones!) Tip# 2: After you schedule your appointment here are a few key questions to ask: How many years have you been in business? Do you specialize in weddings? Have you worked at our location before? What style do you specialize in (formal, action, candid, photojournalistic, editorial etc)? Will you be OUR photographer on our wedding day? How many hours of coverage is included? Do you include an engagement shoot? These certainly aren’t the only questions you should ask, but these questions are a must! Tip# 3: Get Referrals! This is one of your most important vendors, honestly. The pictures from your wedding day is a one time shot. As I like to say, there are NO Do Overs. The great thing about pictures & video they will last a life time, but don’t be one of those brides that dreads looking at her wedding pictures!! Do not hire a photographer without looking at reviews, checking references or seeing their work. Tip# 4: Personality!! Next to your wedding planner this is the vendor you will spend the most time with! In addition to LOVING their work, you should also love their personality and work style. Its...