Real { Destination } Wedding :: Claire + Kyle

Over the years we’ve hosted numerous destination events – clients have come from Canada, the UK, Germany, and more to tie the knot at Cypress Grove! And with a destination wedding comes many challenges that local couples don’t face, so we’ve asked some of our international to share their planning experiences with us!

Claire + Kyle exchanged vows on a spring afternoon, followed by a lovely indoor meal with dancing, dessert, and a late night bite.

What were some of the challenges you faced in planning a destination wedding?
There were many challenges, the biggest being the simple fact that I could not visit vendors in person and losing that face to face communication. It was sometimes difficult to express my ideas and desire via email, conscious that it might be perceived in a different way especially with the cultural differences. You lose a certain level of control.

How did you decide which venues you were interested in?
I always knew I wanted an exclusive wedding venue which narrowed my search down to a few venues in the Orlando area. I wanted somewhere with a character and chime and felt that Cypress Grove had just that. We loved the idea of a southern country style wedding with a chilled out atmosphere and Cypress ticked all the boxes.

What was your favorite part of the wedding day?
There were so many favourite parts but I have to say walking down the aisle and seeing my husbands and guests faces. I hate being centre of attention but seeing everyone’s face light up as I made my entrance really did feel amazing.

What advice can you give to couples planning a destination event?
Get a good wedding planner/coordinator – it’s so important and worth every penny. They were worth their weight in gold… even little things like being able to order decorative items online and have them delivered to the them so I didn’t miss out on having personal touches at the wedding just relieved a load of stress!

 

Photos: Sunglow Photography

Raising the Bar :: Part I

Raising the Bar

As they say with weddings it’s all about the details, and one of the easiest ways to make a statement is with your reception bar. It’s no secret that a huge part of what makes weddings so fun is the food, dancing, and best of all the free drinks!

While the standard open bar is always expected, why not wow your wedding guests with a fun signature drink, or bold brand choices? The reception bar is where your guests are likely to flock to, so it is the perfect chance to make your wedding fun and memorable.

One of the hottest wedding trends right now is ‘His & Hers’ signature cocktails. The bride and groom each select a unique craft cocktail that represents them, the relationship, or maybe something personal. That is where naming your chosen cocktail goes even a step further. Who says you have to call it a mint julep? Name it after where he proposed, a favorite memory, or your beloved pet. These details will stick with your guests and make your wedding reception one people will talk about. Finally you can finish this off with a custom menu sign for the bar, tying in your wedding décor as well.

Another unique way to spice up your bar service for the wedding reception is to add unique and craft brands of both beer & wine. Microbrews, and independent craft beers are everywhere these days. There is seemingly a new hipster brewery opening up on every street corner. This is the perfect opportunity to bring in some local flavor, and impress your wedding guests (who I am sure will greatly appreciate it). Organic wines are another new trend hitting the shelves and may be the fitting choice to step up those basic house brands. Look into independent wineries and uncommon brands that awe your wedding guests, and give your wedding a luxury vibe.

Basically, there are so many fun and new ideas to give your wedding reception an exciting edge, because when you keep the drinks flowing your wedding guests are bound to talk about your wedding for years to come.

Xoxo,
Lacie


Bridal Shows 101

Conquering Bridal Shows in 4 Easy Steps

So you’re attending bridal shows? So fun!!! You and your bridesmaids are ready to meet vendors and enjoy tasty treats but you don’t know exactly what to expect at the show – the RW team is here to give you some tips on what to have ready prior and what to expect on show day.

1. Know who you want to meet. Lots of show hosts will post a list of vendors that will be advertising at the show, so take a peek before hand. If you know you want to focus on florists and bakers, highlight them on the list and then check out their websites and social media to get a better idea of their style and if they could be an option for your wedding.

2. Vendors will have inquiry forms available for your to fill out if you’re interested in meeting with them. These forms vary between vendors but typically request you + your fiance’s names, contact info, wedding date, and budget. Save yourself some time by creating labels with your general event info. Then just peel off your label, stick it on, and head to the next vendor!

3. Know your availability. You may have the opportunity to book appointments at the show, so have your planner ready with available dates/times for upcoming weekends and weekdays (don’t forget – most wedding vendors will have weekend events, so availability for those appointments may be far and few between).

4. Expect a lot of people. Bridal shows are kind of like speed dating for wedding vendors – you briefly chat about general event details and move on to the next vendor 😉 Since there are so many vendors available, you can expect there to be crowds and possible wait times. Popular vendors will have busy booths, but don’t fret! If you aren’t able to chat with a certain vendor, just be sure to fill out their info sheet and they’ll follow up with you. Pro tip: decide who your “must-sees” are before the show. If there are 10 vendors you know you want to visit, prioritize them so the most important ones are taken care of first. That will help you avoid waiting and give you more time to explore the show.

Oh, and don’t forget to enjoy the show! Just like a good theme park bridal shows can be a bit overwhelming at first, but with a general plan you’ll be able to navigate the show and meet all your favorite vendors in one day 🙂

P.S. Did you know we’ll be at the Florida Wedding Expo this Sunday, July 22nd? Come meet our team and see some of our amazing rentals {you can check out our venues, Cypress Grove and Luxmore, too}! Get tickets here – be sure to enter code “VENDOR” for a discount!

Xoxo,
Sarah


WedAtelier :: Educational Retreat

2018 has proven to be a busy year so far and we’re going full steam ahead this summer! Our owner + creative director, Tamuel, will be speaking at WedAtelier, an educational retreat for weddings professional, in August and we couldn’t be more excited for her!

If you don’t know, “WedAtelier is an intimate, boutique retreat experience for creatives and artisans in the wedding industry. We believe in the importance of taking time regularly to get away from the hustle and business of business and life to recharge and refuel your creativity. By combining our signature intimate environments and beautifully designed spaces with targeted learning for creatives in the wedding industry, we believe this experience fills a void in the education world. This event is about recharging and renewing your creative spirit, forming heart-level connections with other passionate entrepreneurs, and learning strategies to up-level your business.

Registration is only open through July 30th so be sure to secure your spot soon!


Real Wedding :: A Luxmore Grande Estate Favorite

Their stunning Luxmore Grande Estate Wedding 

Sia and Nick’s estate wedding has become a Luxmore Grande Estate favorite! This amazing couple brought so much love, intimacy, and personality to their big day!

Sia and her bridesmaids brought so much laughter to our beautiful bridal suite. Sia also made a unique choice in choosing the library as the private setting to get ready with her mother.

The estate exterior made the perfect backdrop for Sia and Nick’s adorable first look before the ceremony. The group even posed for a few amazing portraits by our beautiful banana palms before walking down the aisle.

Bride Sia truly had a unique vision for her wedding, and her fabulous team of vendors helped make it a reality. From the dramatically draped outdoor ceremony (which we still cannot get over), her mixed farm table reception (provided by RW Events), and intricate floral detail. A live wedding band and artfully curated décor details brought their reception in the estate’s Grande ballroom to life! The mix of farm tables and round banquet tables at the reception was a great way to break up the layout, and add texture with the mixed linens.

The wedding came to close with a flurry of sparklers, but not before the bride and her guests made sure to dance the night away.

Photos: JP Pratt Photography

Need more of Sia & Nick’s fabulous wedding day!? Make sure to check out their stunning highlight video from KEJ Productions for more.

Xoxo,
Lacie