Archive for January, 2010

Quick Fire Post {Ideas from The Special Events Show}

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

We came back from The Special Events Show and we will be featuring some fun ideas we brought back. We loved this idea of the Champagne Girls. What a great way to greet your guests at during cocktails getting a glass of champagne served from the Champagne Angel.

Champagne Angels

Champagne Angels

Should you include your bridal registry with your invitation?

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

Putting your registry information with your wedding invitation is bad bad BAD combination. It’s like trying to mix oil and water, it doesn’t go together. It is so bad it is wedding etiquette taboo. Your wedding invitation should read “The honor of your presence” not the honor of your presents! Do not include any mention of gifts, registry not even “in lieu of presents please donate to X” Any mention of gifts in your wedding invitation is in poor taste, plain ol’ tacky and would make Emily Post roll over in her grave. With that being said you may be asking yourself….How they heck do you let your guests know were you are registered? Word of mouth is the best way to let your guests know were you are registered. Don’t hold back on letting your friends, parents and your wedding party know were you are registered so they can share the information with others.

Which leads me to following question: Where are you registered?

Setting the correct date for a reply to a wedding invitation

Monday, January 25th, 2010

Give your guests a deadline two to three weeks prior to the wedding to give you a response. Rule of thumb is two weeks, however three weeks is ideal. It will give the rsvp’s a week to get to you, and you will have two weeks to call anyone that hasn’t replied, assign table seating, create escort cards and give a final count to your caterer. Leaving you one week to relax.

Wedding RSVP Card

Wedding RSVP Card

Wedding Invitations and when to send them out

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

The rule of thumb says that wedding invitations should be sent out six to eight weeks prior to the wedding. However I’ve noticed that with everyone leading so many busy lives it’s always good to send them a little bit ahead of time 10 weeks prior to the wedding should really be the maximum. If you send your invitations earlier you run the risk of having your guests forget to reply to the invitation. Calling half of your guests two weeks before the wedding to confirm if they will attend is not the way that you want to spend your time prior to the wedding. So don’t jump the gun, avoid the stress and send those invitations out at the right time.

Wedding Invitations via WeddingPaperDivas.com

Wedding Invitations via WeddingPaperDivas.com

Save the Dates and when to send them out

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

Save the dates are sent out six months prior to the wedding. It should give your guests a little bit of information about the wedding, such as the wedding date, town were the event will take place, hotel accommodations or travel information if you’ve created a room block or setup an airline discount for your out of town guests.

Do you need to send save the dates to everyone…no. The concept of save the dates started out to give out of town guests prior notice of the event so the guests could plan ahead booking flights and hotel accommodations.

Will you send out save the dates?

We are off to the Special Events Show!

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

As every good event and wedding planner should I like to invest in myself and my business. I’m once again attending The Special Events Show in New Orleans. I will be blogging about all the latest and greatest in wedding fashions, entertainment, favors, budgets, tabletop ideas and much more.

Here are some pictures from 2009′s Wedding Luncheon and Event Gallery in San Diego.

Photo Credit: Barnett Photo (and they did an excellent job capturing details)