Summer Crush

Because we love a refreshing beverage….

Here’s a delicious recipe from Camille Styles that’s perfect for a summer soiree {great for engagement parties, bridal showers, or even as a signature drink}.

Ingredients:

  • 3 peaches, peeled and sliced (plums or nectarines would be great, too)
  • 1 large bunch of basil, stems discarded
  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • 3/4 cup gin
  • 3/4 cup Lillet
  • 1/2 cup light agave syrup
  • ice
  • club soda

Directions:

In a large pitcher, muddle the fruit with the basil and lime juice. Add the gin, Lillet and agave. Stir well, then pour into 4 glasses filled with ice. Top with club soda, and garnish with extra basil leaves.

Tuesday Tips { Meeting with your Florist }

Before you set up a meeting with floral designers, make sure you have these important details pinned down:

  • The Budget – your floral designer is definitely going to need to know how much you’re willing to spend on flowers. It can be really frustrating for brides if you’re florist comes up with a gorgeous design, just for you to find out it’s too expensive. If you have no idea how to come up with a budget for flowers, start out with 10% of your overall wedding budget. You can always allocate more to flowers at a later time if needed.
  • The Venue – The style of the venue may have a big impact on your floral design {rustic, modern, etc.} Check to see if your venue allows flower petals to be dropped during the ceremony, if candles are permitted, etc.
  • Color Palette – try to come with some sort of color scheme in mind. Your florist can definitely guide you in choosing colors, but it always helps to have at least one in mind {feel free to bring color swatches with you}.
  • Guest Count – you’re definitely going to need to know your guest count before meeting with the florist. This will determine how many bouquets/boutonnieres are needed for the bridal party, plus how many table arrangements you’ll need for guest seating. It will also help you determine the floral budget.
  • Flower Types – are there any specific flowers {or even a design} that you just have to have? Bring in a few photos of the style you’re looking for, and remember that flowers are seasonal so what you want may not necessarily be available for your wedding.

Tuesday Tips { Vendor Meals }

Deciding whether or not to feed your vendors is a tricky thing for some. While we don’t think you need to provide them with a “wow” meal, it’s always nice to make sure they get something to munch on. Here’s a few quick tips on choosing vendors meals:

  • Who should we feed? The short answer is any vendor that is staying for the duration of the wedding. A floral designer who is dropping items off, setting up, and returning at the end of the night does not need a vendor meal. Your DJ, photographer, and other vendors who are staying for the entire event are most definitely going to need a meal.
  • What should they eat? This is usually dependent upon the client’s preference. Some couples order a simple “boxed style” meal {sandwich, chips, and cookie}, while other couple may have their vendor eat off the buffet {after guests have gone through}. We definitely recommend checking vendor contracts because some of them require a hot meal.
  • When should they eat? Depending on the timeline, most vendors try to eat when everyone else eats. There isn’t usually too much going on during this time, so it’s a great chance for your vendor to sneak off for a few minutes to grab a bite.
  • Where should they eat? Try to keep vendors as close to the reception space as possible. Some couples like to provide a reception table specifically for vendors. If you’d prefer they not eat with guests check to see if the venue has a small side room near the reception space.