Put some WOW into your wedding!

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Kicking off Spring twenty years ago at the premiere of “Four Weddings and a Funeral,” Elizabeth Hurley may have explored with a consultant about what she would wear to the movie premiere. One action or decision can change the perfect event into something unexpected.

According to news.com.au, Hurley suggests her career may have taken a more serious turn had she not worn the famous Versace safety-pin dress that captured the world’s attention. Hurley became an overnight sensation when she appeared alongside her then boyfriend Hugh Grant wearing the infamous black evening gown for the premiere. The plunging Versace dress was held together by oversized gold safety pins, leaving little to the imagination. “THAT dress,” as it was forever then called, launched her career, but quite possibly the one she desired.

Spring refers to love, hope, youth and growth. Rebirth and renewal are the real purpose of Spring. Yes, the cake, gown and centerpieces are all important, but what about the one detail that takes it over the top? We want to bring new trends and services to make your special event not just beautiful but thought-provoking and modern. There are many details that go into creating a special event, but a final touch is when you incorporate a WOW moment with something new and different.

For the ceremony, a giant chuppah can take your guests breath away. {Pictured: the groom handmade the chuppah for his wife-to-be.} Walking down the aisle, is also a magical moment, and could be show stopping with a fireworks display or a special performance as you walk down the aisle.

Take a few dance lessons before your wedding, but instead of the standard waltz, choose a sultry tango or a high-energy swing routine, and then surprise everyone during your first dance. For an unexpected surprise, get your dad or even your grandpa in on the act. {Pictured: this new bride choreographed a funky dance for the Father-Daughter Dance.}

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Just when everyone thinks the fun is winding down, liven up the party with late-night nibbles that will leave everyone ready for an after-party. Think about it: crinkle French fries, fresh chocolate chip cookies and milk shooters, a fully loaded taco bar, or even a chicken and waffle truck!

Chicken and Waffles    John's 70 Disco Party Logo

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An event should be these: innovative and original. Whether it’s a wedding or a corporate fete.

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Should I Really Send a Save the Date?

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Should you send Save the Date cards for your wedding?  Is a Save-the-Date really necessary? It is—especially if you’re planning a destination wedding, a summer wedding, or a wedding that falls on a three-day weekend. Not only can they allow your loved ones plenty of time to make arrangements to share in your special day (which is especially important for friends and family who will be traveling to your wedding location) they can be a fun way to give your guests a glimpse into you as a couple, and into the kind of wedding you’re planning.

Save the Dates also encourage travelers to take advantage of travel deals, book flights, and make any other necessary plans sooner than later. Don’t send them too late either. The earlier you can notify guests that they are going to be invited to a wedding, the better.

Think carefully before sending out Save the Dates because they must go to people you are actually going to invite to the wedding.

Don’t make it too obscure. The most important thing is that the main information like your names, the date and location are clear. Also, if you definitely know that you want a single guest to bring a plus one at this stage, add this to the Save the Date. If plus-ones and kids are invited, remember to specify “and guest” or “and family” when addressing save-the-dates. Address cards accordingly—and that means waiting until your guest list is set.

Don’t forget to include your wedding website—if you’re going to create one, it’s best to launch it in time for the save-the-date.

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Be creative! Your save the date doesn’t have to exactly match the color scheme or wedding theme you’re having—who knows what that will be at this early stage! Just make it personal to you and your groom.  Filmstrips are popular, as are magnets because they go (and stay) right on the fridge, but a garden-party save-the-date might come in the form of a flower seed packet, and a luggage tag could help guests keep track of your destination wedding date and their suitcase.

Aim to send save-the-dates six to eight months before your wedding, especially if you’re tying the knot in a far-flung destination. http://www.eventsplusstyle.com

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The importance of the…TIMELINE!

A key element of a successful wedding or event that is sometimes overlooked is simply the timing. Creating a timeline and having someone manage it will result in your guests enjoying every second of the event, leaving saying “Wow, that was a really great time”. When there is not a well-managed timeline, your guests will be left waiting and looking at their watches. If a ceremony starts 30 minutes late, guests will be looking around wondering what is going on. If your photographer takes you to a far away location for photos after the ceremony with no timeline management, it could result in a longer than one-hour cocktail hour. This can lead to guests having a few too many drinks and if no one has updated the catering staff, the expensive meal you have planned could be served cold due to the delay. {Sorry photog friends, just being real here!} We love to manage a timeline to keep things flowing from start to finish, checking in with all vendors to ensure a smooth flow. An “event peave” of mine is when the guests enter the reception room and their is no music on. It’s awkward! Music sets the tone and can create a relaxing ambiance for dinner and more upbeat energized environment to get people on the dance floor. Here’s a snap shot one of our wedding timelines. We kind of love em. ❤Screen Shot 2015-03-29 at 8.00.00 AM

You can plan a pretty picnic, but you can’t predict the weather!

Last weekend it was pouring rain and this past weekend was sunny skies. Even in beautiful San Diego, the weather can be an issue on the day of your wedding or big event. Here’s some tips on how you can prepare:

1. Always have a PLAN B!

If you are planning an event that will be outdoors at any part, you need to have a plan B. If you are hosting your wedding or event at an indoor venue, but the ceremony or cocktail hour are planned to be outdoors inquire with your venue about a ‘rain contingency plan’. They may have another room available or you could alter your set-up plan. If there are no options inside or your venue is completely outdoors, get a quote for a tent or a complete back-up venue. In most cases, you can make the final decision a couple days to a week prior. Better safe, then sorry!

2. Plan for the typical weather.

Getting married in Seattle? Or in Palm Dessert in the summer? Go ahead and start planning for the typical weather in the location during the time of year your date is set. The Weather Channel actually has a Wedding Planner that helps you research the weather over past years. http://www.weather.com/activities/events/weddings/.

Here are some cute ideas:

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{Umbrellas for your Bridal Party}

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{Umbrellas for the Guests}

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{ Fans for a Hot Summer Wedding }

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{ Refreshments on Arrival }

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{ Blankets for a Chilly Night }

3. Check the weather the week prior and make decisions.

Many of the items above can be purchased during the last week to help make your guests more comfortable if bad weather is forecasted. Of course, you may be out of time for personalization! Be sure to check the weather the week prior, so you are ready to make decisions for all back-up options and additional purchases.

The Perfect Wedding Dress for a Fraction of the Price!

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Found the perfect wedding dress, but cannot find the space in your wallet to buy it? Consider purchasing it used! Brides everywhere are reselling their own wedding dresses for a fraction of the original price. Most dresses posted show barely any wear and look good as new!

Recycling old wedding dresses not only saves you money, but also helps the environment as well. Most wedding dresses are worn by the bride for a few hours, sealed in a box, and stored for decades – deprived ever seeing daylight again. For those who have already worn their dresses, why not consider reselling your old dress and make a few extra bucks?

One local company that can help you resell wedding dresses is Dahlia Bridal. Opened in September 2012, Dahlia Bridal has recycled numerous wedding dresses. Unlike websites that provide similar services, this local shop in Point Loma allows aspiring brides to not only see the condition of the used dresses, but also try them on before purchasing as well.

Dahlia Bridal also posts their current wedding dress stock on their Facebook page (www.facebook.com/DahliaBridalSD). To purchase a dress, a bride must simply contact Dahlia Bridal to make an appointment. Each appointment is completely private, as they only take one bride at a time! With an average of 150 dresses in the store, Dahlia Bridal offers numerous styles and sizes for all tastes.

Saving money on your dream wedding dress is easy! Contact us today to help: hello@eventsplusstyle.com – 858.225.8515.

Author: Alexandra Bolhack