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, January 13th? 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

Make Your Wedding Unique

Most weddings have a similar structure – the ceremony followed by cocktail hour and ending with a reception. Incorporating elements that make the event unique to you and your fiance is what’s going to make the the day special and memorable! Maybe it’s your design style, your taste in cuisine, or what you enjoy doing together that will set your wedding apart from the rest. That brings me to our Cypress Grove couple, Tala + Michael. The two are amazing performers and they treated guests to a unique acro yoga routine during the reception. Did I mention these two are ah-mazing!?

Photos: JP Pratt

How did you meet?
“We were only acquaintances when we were asked to pair together as acrobatic partners for an upcoming show at The Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center. We agreed and began practicing together every day. We fell in love quickly and the rest is history! We did our first performance about one month after being paired together to a sold out audience of about 200 people. (And nailed it! Lol).”

Why was it important to you to include a performance at your wedding?
“Acro was a huge part of our love story. It’s how we met, how we fell in love and something that continues to keep us connected. We wanted to express and share all of those emotions through our favorite art form. Plus, we like being hams for the camera! :-P”

What challenges did you face during the planning process?
“I really can’t say I faced too many challenges. Alicia was amazing in recommending vendors and walking me through a lot of the process. Of course I stressed over details and wanting everything to be perfect. The biggest problem is probably that there are TOO many options and ideas out there and having to narrow them down!”

What aspect of the wedding were you and your fiance most looking forward to?
“Michael will tell you that he was most looking forward to the moment he first saw me coming down the aisle. For me, gosh, the entire day was pure magic. I was really looking forward to the reception. I wanted the wedding to be a celebration where we laughed and danced with all of the important people in our lives and got to shout out love out to the world. And the reception and the entire day felt just like that. It was absolutely perfect.”

Video: KEJ Productions

Side note: grab a box of tissues before you watch their wedding film 😉

Xoxo,
Kim

Navy and White Wedding // Feature

Seeing our couples featured in magazines and wedding blogs will never get old. It’s so fun seeing their excitement about sharing their wedding planning journey with other couples! Our Cypress Grove bride + groom, Liesl & Richie, were featured on Orange Blossom Bride last week and we’re thrilled to share their classic navy and white wedding with you! A little snippet from their post:

“Liesl was a hostess. Richie was a busboy. They met working together during college, and their restaurant romance blossomed when they hit it off at a party. For their fifth dating anniversary, Richie took Liesl to Savannah, GA and filled the trip with surprises – not the least of which was a ring! Liesl wanted to marry at an old estate house or mansion, and Richie wanted to tie the knot by a lake. With it’s southern charm and waterfront view, Cypress Grove Estate House was the perfect venue for them!”

See the full feature here!

Xoxo,
Kim

Reception Tablescape // Southern Wedding

If you know our team, you’re well aware that we LOVE a well designed and thought out reception tablescape – from the linen, to the floral, and all the way to the china + flatware, the RW ladies are all about the aesthetics.

The reception is the perfect opportunity to bring the wedding vision to life, and to make a bold statement guests will never forget!

Rentals pictured :: Creamie, Willow, and Gold Louis chairs

The Luxmore Grande Estate ballroom was completely transformed for this elaborate reception set-up. All the details capture the theme, melding modern and classic elements all while keeping the traditional and southern character of the estate.

Rentals pictured :: Gold Flatware, China, Gold Rimmed Chargers, Gold Louis chairs

The gorgeous French blue, ivory, and gold palette was a major theme in designing the reception tablescape. The idea was to create a sleek aesthetic while still providing a soft and romantic ambiance. The patterned napkins contrast beautifully against the solid ivory table linen, while the tall centerpieces create height and add texture. The layered china also mimics the palette by pulling in multiple tones and styles.

Rentals pictured :: Creamie, Willow, Custom Backdrop, China, Gold Rimmed Chargers, Gold Flatware

The sweetheart table was another beautifully designed space from our southern wedding styled shoot. The design plays off the reception tablescape but also has its own original flare, helping it stand out from the rest. Mixing an exposed wooden table with linen is always a great way to break up the layout and add diversity to the overall look. Having the sweetheart table pop is perfect in making the bride and groom stand out from the crowd, and makes a stunning backdrop for photo opportunities!

Missed the first two posts from our southern wedding mini-series? Check them out here!

Xoxo,
Lacie

Ceremony Aesthetic // Southern Wedding

Last week we started a mini-series on a luxurious styled shoot we hosted with rentals + designs fit for a southern belle. In case you missed it, we started off with the first area your guests will see – the welcome station {perfect for featuring a fun welcome beverage or treat and gift + sign-in table}! This week is all about the ceremony space and making it your own.

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This stunning space married the traditional southern wedding with a new age flare! We love the use of the magnolia leaves and other greenery in this unique arch created by Flowers by Lesley. The elegant Gold Louis chairs, from RW Events, had an old world charm that popped against all the greenery on the Luxmore Estate Patio.

Your wedding ceremony is arguably the most important part of the entire event, and the most intimate. Collaborate with your vendors and don’t be afraid to dream up something bold and unique smile emoticon While creating an area that reflects both the bride and groom is important, this space is also a precursor to your reception. The design here is a great way to give your guests a glimpse of what’s to come!

Xoxo,
Lacie

Luxmore Grande Estate Feature

We’ve recently hosted several open houses and a fashion show for Central Florida’s wedding vendors, and we were so excited to hear all the wonderful comments they’ve made about Luxmore Grande Estate! We are over the moon that everyone loves this gem of a venue as much as we do =)

Luxmore Grande Estate

See the full post here.

Real Wedding | Luxmore Grande Estate

Where do we even begin? Turning Luxmore Grande Estate into a wedding venue has been no easy task, but boy-oh-boy did our renovations turn out even better than we planned! A fresh coat of paint, new chandeliers, room demos, and so much more has given Central Florida a stunning luxury event space, and we were so excited when Nicki + Ronnie decided to say “I Do” with us!

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Photos: Ashley McCormick Photography

Social Lounge | New Country Meets Glamour

Kim: “When I think of the south the first thing that comes to mind is magnolias. They’re so fragrant and gorgeous {in an understated way}! Sadly, they’re not in season right now but I was still able to incorporate their beautiful, rich green leaves, and they ended up being the inspiration for my entire design! My florist {Lesley} created two stunning wreaths that were woven through two even more stunning crystal chandeliers, and she also used the leaves in the smaller floral arrangements and garland that held back the gazebo draping. We added even more color to the floral by throwing in hints of purple and marsala {the Pantone color of the year}, which helped to pull out the colors in the two floral chairs.

Now, I’m not a ‘glamorous’ type of gal, so when I had to throw crystal into the mix I really had no idea where to begin {other than the chandeliers}. After rummaging through our inventory, I was beyond thrilled when I stumbled across a most glorious collection of crystal decanters, stemware, and assorted vases! An antique silver tray, two decanters, and a monogrammed tumbler {borrowed from my grandmother} made up a mini whiskey/bourbon station, and since I’m slightly obsessed with calligraphy, I made magnolia leaf labels for each decanter. Speaking of things borrowed, my grandmother also loaned me a pair of boot spurs and a sheriff’s badge that both belonged to my grandfather {he was a real life cowboy back in the day!}. Attention to detail is something I really appreciate in design, so I attached the badge to the bouquet and the spurs accented a framed song quote by Johnny Cash. I also added some texture + pattern to the vintage settee with faux leather pillows I had made a few weeks prior. Oh, and if you’re wondering if that’s a cow hide rug sitting pretty under our mini farm table… it certainly is ;-)”

Glamorous Southern Inspiration by RW Style | Social Lounge {Seating Area} with Crystal & Wood Accents http://rwstyle.com/

Glamorous Southern Inspiration by RW Style | Magnolia Leaf Garland http://rwstyle.com/

Glamorous Southern Inspiration by RW Style | Emerald Upholstered Chair with Wooden Crate, Vintage Books, and Floral Accents http://rwstyle.com/

Glamorous Southern Inspiration by RW Style | Tiger Settee with Mini Farm Table and Crystal Accents http://rwstyle.com/

Glamorous Southern Inspiration by RW Style | Cow Hide Rug with Boot Spurs http://rwstyle.com/

Glamorous Southern Inspiration by RW Style | Social Lounge {Seating Area} with Crystal Decanters, Marcella, Emerald, and Roland http://rwstyle.com/

Glamorous Southern Inspiration by RW Style | Crystal Decanters on Antique Silver Tray http://rwstyle.com/

Glamorous Southern Inspiration by RW Style | Bridal Bouquet with Marsala Color Accents http://rwstyle.com/

Vendor Team
Photos: Gian Carlo Photography
Floral + Draping: Flowers by Lesley

Featured Inventory
Marcella {Floral Armchair}
Roland {Decorative Wooden Side Table}
Emerald {Upholstered Seating}
Tiger {Upholstered Seating}
Barkley {Chairs + Benches}
Dean {Cool Stuff}
Cocheco, Milton Springs, & Stanley {Crates + Vessels}
Crystal Decorative Glass
Oil Lamps
Vintage Books
Mismatched Frames