Favorite Friday | Beer Bars

This is seriously the {best} beverage station I’ve ever seen! Now I don’t drink, but I have to admit that this “beer bar” is perfect for a rustic style celebration.

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Planning Myths | Orlando Wedding Planner

There are literally hundreds of wedding planning myths floating around out there, and RW Events is here to debunk some of those.

  • The dress is the first item that needs to be purchased – this is kind of true, but as long as you’ve got at least 6 months before the wedding, picking out the perfect gown can wait a bit.
  • You can choose a venue just by looking online – wrong!!! Even if you’re planning a destination wedding, it’s super important that someone sees the venue in person {whether that’s you or a family member/friend}. It’s much easier to determine the pros and cons of a venue when you can actually walk the space.
  • It’s okay to hire friends + family as your vendors – sometimes this works out if they’re actually a professional vendor. If you have a friend that just likes to take photos or someone that likes to DJ for fun, please consider hiring a professional {that goes for all vendors}. Plus, wouldn’t you rather be celebrating with them?
  • The guest list can wait – this is one of the first things you should do! It doesn’t have to be a final list, but having a rough count list will help you find a venue and determine your budget.
  • You have to pick a date before looking for venues – while it always helps to have a particular month or two that you’re interested in, determining the date before looking for venues can actually hinder your search. Wedding venues tend to book pretty far in advance, so being open to various dates helps if you’ve already got your heart set on a particular location.

Tidbits & Tips | Rehearsals 101

Running a rehearsal can be a bit tricky {especially if you haven’t hire a planner}, so here are a few quick tips to get things running smoothly!

  • Encourage your parents + wedding party to attend – all wedding ceremonies are not the same, so even if they’ve been in a ceremony before, encourage them to attend your rehearsal. Plus it’s a great opportunity to spend time with close friends + family before the wedding!
  • Choose the order – the first thing to discuss is whether or not the officiant will walk down the aisle. Then you’ve got to decide on the order of grandparents, parents, and then the groomsmen + bridesmaids.
  • Have the officiant run through the ceremony – make sure the officiant goes through any readings or presentations that you want as part of the ceremony. Sometimes things change last minute, so it’s important to make sure everyone is on the same page.
  • Practice makes perfect – running through the processional + processional once is usually enough, but don’t worry if you need to run through it again. It’s better to practice a few times than to have delays or confusion on wedding day.

Oscar De La Renta

How stunning is this gown! Michelle Dockery donned this Oscar De La Renta number at the 2014 Golden Globes, and I have to say that I’m a huge fan of the hemline! How fab would this gown be {in white of course} with a bold colored shoe on wedding day!?

Michelle Dockery in Oscar De La Renta

Simple + Elegant

How perfect is this centerpiece!? I love how delicate the vases are, plus how the couple incorporated a variety of florals + textures.

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Tuesday Tips | Anniversaries

We have a LOT of couples with anniversaries in the next few months, so today I’m sharing some traditional anniversary gift ideas with you =)

Anniversary

  • 1st – Paper {I love the idea of a romantic, hand-written love note}
  • 2nd – Cotton {a fluffy robe or monogrammed bath towels are a great choice for 2nd anniversaries}
  • 3rd – Leather {maybe a leather jacket for him and some fabulous shoes for her!}
  • 4th – Fruit & Flowers {re-create her bridal bouquet and pack up some fresh fruits + cheeses for a romantic picnic}
  • 5th – Wood {think a gorgeous rocker for the front porch or a vintage wooden trunk for storage}

Pantone + Dessy

These Pantone chiplette packets are seriously the best thing since sliced bread! They’ve paired up with Dessy to offer these swatches that help you choose the perfect color palette for your wedding. You can order a single color family {to find that perfect shade of blue}, or if you’ve already selected your color you can order a pack of 6 chiplettes to share with your bridesmaids + vendors. Head over to the Dessy website for more info!

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Mira Zwillinger

Not til recently had I heard of designer Mira Zwillinger – and boy was I missing out! She has some absolutely {beautiful} designs and even features a few for brides that want something a bit edgier!

Mira Zwillinger Gowns

Trendy Thursday {Cayenne}

I am completely obsessed with Pantone’s 2014 color, Cayenne! It’s bold enough for a summer wedding, but would also be gorgeous at a spring soiree. I’m dying to use it at a wedding, but for now I’ll have to settle for drooling over it in this inspiration board =)

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Tuesday Tips {What’s Your Style?}

Choosing a wedding style can be a major undertaking, so here are a few quick tips to get you started on the right foot =)

  • Take inspiration from things you like – look at the items in your home + closet. Maybe you have a beautiful set of china that you’d like to incorporate, or a fun pattern on your bed spread or drapes!
  • What do you like to do? – if you + your fiance love spending time in the outdoors, consider hosting a fun al fresco event! Or if you love antiques, think about doing a wedding with all sorts of vintage furniture and decor. Or if you’re like me and love all things traditional, consider a romantic indoor space with lots of pretty china and flowers =)
  • Look at your playlists – what sort of music do you listen to most? Do you love classic oldies or something more modern? Maybe you listen to all sorts of genres… the music you select will give a certain vibe during the reception, which may help you plan out decor.

Tidbits & Tips {Engagement Rings}

I could seriously look at engagement rings all day! Trying on different shapes, sizes, and colors and watching them sparkle just makes me giddy =) But one thing couples don’t always think about is insuring that gorgeous stone! If you’re like me and have a tendency to misplace small objects, then this post is definitely for you! Check out some of my tips for finding the perfect insurance to cover your wedding ring:

  • How to insure a ring – many renters/homeowners policies will allow you to purchase an extension {a.k.a. a rider} to cover particular items such as fine jewelry. You can also use a separate company that specializes in jewelry insurance, like Jewelers Mutual. Just make to sure to keep any receipts and appraisals!
  • What you need to know – make sure you find out answers to these questions before deciding on a plan: is the ring covered if you lose it accidentally, or only if it’s stolen? How does the company replace the ring? Is the ring insured to the full cost? How do you go about making a claim? Are there any situations in which the ring would not be covered?
  • How much it costs – it’s typically around $2 for every $100 that it would cost to replace a ring. So if your ring cost $2,500 to replace, you’d pay about $50 per year to insure it.

Favorite Friday {Vacations}

Well, we’re off! The RW Events gals are taking a quick vacation to Santa Rosa Beach, and we can’t wait to do some exploring =) For all you beach lovers, Santa Rosa Beach is super close to Destin, which offers some of the most gorgeous beaches + resorts that are perfect for a honeymoon or romantic weekend getaway! Check out my top pick below!

Watercolor Resort
Water Color Resort
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