Tuesday Tips { Inviting the “Plus One” }

Yesterday we offer some advice on which wedding guests should get a “plus one.” So, today we’re sharing a few tips on how to go about inviting those “plus one” guests =)

  • If you’re inviting a guest that’s married, or living with a significant other, a single invitation should be sent and addressed to both of them.
  • Separate invites should be sent to couples {engaged or in long term relationships} that are not currently sharing the same residence.
  • If you are allowing “plus ones,” try to find out the name of your guest’s intended date. It’s always a nice gesture to include their name on the invitation instead of “and guest.”
  • If you want to allow “plus ones” but aren’t sure who your guest will bring, simply stating “and guest” on their invite allows them to bring anyone of their choosing.

Tidbits & Tips {Who Gets a Plus One?}

What’s the rule on allowing your wedding guests to bring a guest of their own? While you don’t have to allow everyone to bring a guest, make sure you stick to the following:

  • Anyone who is married gets a plus one {even if you don’t know their spouse}.
  • Couples who are engaged.
  • Couples who are living together.
  • Any guest who’s had a steady significant other for quite some time.

Tuesday Tips { 3 Ways to Get Organized }

Staying organized while planning a wedding can be a bit tricky – there are so many details to stay on top of, and while a wedding planner {like us} will take on a large part of the organization, it always helps to have your own way of tracking things:

  • Binders – our team is obsessed with binders! They can be customized with tabs based on your needs {contracts, calendars, to do lists}, and they keep all the important details in one place.
  • Portfolios – if you don’t like traditional binders, a portable filing system {or portfolio} may be the way to go. You can even create your own with a cute tote, some filing folders, and labels.
  • Google Docs {or other online sharing site} – this is a great way to store documents if they need to be easily accessible to other people. Info stays consolidated and organized, plus docs can be viewed from just about anywhere.

Tidbits & Tips { Gorgeous Garland }

Fall wedding season is in full swing, and I’m loving all the lush decor! Seasonal fruits + veggies are popping up in centerpieces and these gorgeous garland chair swags. These are the perfect addition to a fabulous sweetheart table, or the last row of chairs at the wedding ceremony!


Trendy Thursday { Opal }

Opal is an absolutely gorgeous gemstone that’s full of vibrant colors! Not only is it gorgeous in jewelry, but if you’re an adventurous couple it can also be incorporated into decor! In it’s natural state, opal adds a unique and abstract element to tablescapes and is sure to be the talk of your guests =)


Tuesday Tips { Have a Backup }

With fall engagement season in full swing, we’ve got a very important tip for you: have a backup plan for everything! With so many newly engaged couples, wedding dates, venues, and vendors are going to book up quickly. After you’ve basked for a couple of weeks in your engagement, start talking about possible wedding locations + dates. Then make a list of the most important things {an amazing photographer, fabulous food, etc.} and contact those vendors first. It always helps if you have a second choice vendor {or venue} just in case your first pick isn’t available, or if they’re out of your budget. Prioritizing these items will help you make decisions much quicker so you’ll get your perfect vendor team =)

Tidbits & Tips { Surprise the Groom }

Wedding planning can be just as stressful for the guys as it can be for gals – so ladies, plan something special for your groom a day or so before the wedding! Here’s a few of my top picks:

  • Plan a poker tournament – get your groom and his best buddies together for a fun poker tournament, complete with lots of drinks + snacks.
  • Weekend getaways – send the guys off for a relaxing weekend away from wedding planning. They can play some golf and unwind from all the hustle and bustle.
  • Send him to an old school barber – these barbers will clean the groom right up! For an added bonus, send the best man along too!
  • Send a sweet note – just before the ceremony, send your groom a sweet love note =)
  • Avoid dangerous activities – stay ways from things like shooting ranges, sky diving, contact sports, etc. No one wants the groom to end up in the ER just before wedding day!

Trendy Thursday { Salt Plates }

Salt plates are something you don’t see much of at weddings. I’m not quite sure why, because they add such a unique element to the food! Salt plates can be heated up or chilled to sear seafood + meat, or to serve fruits + veggies, all with just a hint of salt.

Salt Plate

Tuesday Tips { The Right Font }

I am a total font fanatic! There’s just so many amazing options to incorporate into wedding stationery – everything from gatbsy themed to gorgeous calligraphy styles. There’s literally hundreds of fonts out there to choose from! They’re fun to play around with + they add a special touch to wedding invites =) A few of my favorites are below:

Fonts Styles

From: Dafont

Tidbits & Tips { Surprise the Bride }

Here’s one of my favorite tips for grooms: surprise the bride! There are all sorts of fun things you can do to treat your lovely lady to a sweet wedding surprise.

  • Plan a spa day – send the bride + her best gal pals to a relaxing spa day full of facials, massages, and mani/pedis. You’ll get some extra brownie points if you send each lady with a monogrammed robe =)
  • Record the proposal – I am all for hiring a professional videographer to record the proposal! If you can manage to keep the video a secret, surprise your bride by showing the video during the reception.
  • Send champagne + flowers – this is such a simple and sweet gesture on the wedding day!
  • Book a bridal portrait session with your photographer – this is a great opportunity for the bride to get dolled up again! Plus she’ll be able to get photos that may not have been captured at the wedding.

Stay tuned for our post next week on some fun ways to surprise the groom!

Favorite Friday { Happily Ever Borrowed }

Happily Ever Borrowed is a rental site I came across a few weeks ago. Brides can borrow all sorts of gorgeous accessories at a highly reduced price {some items are up to 75% off retail}! They also have the option to try up to 3 pieces before you make the final decision – this gives you the chance to try on items with your gown and decide what looks best {plus they’ll give you a discount on the items you decide on}.


Real Wedding Wednesday { Rabbit Hollow }

Rabbit Hollow is a quaint, English cottage style venue just outside Orlando. We’ve been dying to style a wedding there, so our team was super excited when Lauren & Nick booked our styling services for their wedding! They selected a few of our favorite pieces {the sweetheart table, cake display, and welcome station} and we added lots of decorative touches with milk glass, signage, and china!

Photos: Claire Pacelli Photography

Tuesday Tips { Friends & Family }

When it comes to asking friends or family to be your wedding planner, please make sure you really think it through! It can be difficult for someone to be unbiased when they are emotionally invested in the event. The whole point of hiring a planner is to have them help out where ever you need them and to offer options that will best suit your needs {not what they want to see at your wedding}. They’ll help you make choices that both the bride + groom like and will ensure that the wedding day runs smoothly =)