Couples are becoming “pickier” about the type of food they are serving their guests. As a wedding planner I can tell you , most wedding food isn’t that great. I’m seeing more couples putting food as their top priority when it comes to their wedding.(And it should be.) Look for a venue or caterer who makes the food fresh and does not use warmer’s to keep the food waiting until you get there. Also look for those who use the best ingredients while cooking. You don’t want to serve your guests tough over-cooked roast beef!
When we think of weddings, the majority of us often think of the reception first. What can we do to have the best party ever? There is nothing wrong with wanting to have a great reception, but let’s not get carried away with the whole reason for the wedding in the first place. It is to celebrate your marriage to eachother. What better way to truly celebrate your marriage then you have a ceremony that you and your fiance will remember forever.
Decide on a location that suits you as a couple. Are you religious? Do you need to have your wedding at your family church, synagoge or mosque? If not, what locations speak to you? Where did you first meet, where did he propose? What activities do you like to do together? Find a place with meaning and don’t be afraid to think outside of the box. Just because the place you want to get married at doesn’t offer weddings, doesn’t mean they won’t.
Make sure your ceremony program is something you both agree upon. Write your own vows. What is a better way to celebrate your marriage then by making personalized promises to eachother.
Don’t forgot about your ceremony decor. When it comes down to it, that is the moment that matters, put as much thought into decor as you would the reception. You will want the photos of the ceremony to be just as a beautiful.
If you saw our recent post you know that Spring and Falls weddings are taking over. That doesn’t by any means mean that we no longer have weddings during the summer. If you are planning to have your wedding during the summer time, keep these tips in mind to help you beat the heat!
1. When searching for a venue, consider somewhere along the water. Here in Niagara, we have lot’s of water to choose from! Having your wedding near the water will increase your chances of getting a nice breeze to override the humidity once in a while.
2. Consider the time of day you would like to have your ceremony.A late afternoon/early evening wedding is ideal during the summer. This matters for many reasons.
No one wants to stand/sit under the hot blazing sun. Not you, not your vendors, and certainly not your guests.
If you want to get the best pictures possible, you do NOT want , I repeat, you do NOT want to take your photos when the sun is so high in the sky. We naturally think that having a gorgeous sunny day is going to look great for photos, but we couldn’t be more wrong. Think of the shadows the sun creates when it is so high in the sky- not pretty. Also, think of how hard it is to not squint without sunglasses, really it’s hard! You don’t want squinty photos!
Most people want their reception to start after dark, if your one of these people, you need to consider what time the sun goes down at night. You don’t want too big of a gap between your ceremony and the reception.
3. Make sure your dress is appropriate for the weather. Let’s face it, wedding dresses can be heavy! Along with the heaviness comes heat, along with heat comes sweat! You don’t want to be drenched in sweat on your wedding day. If you’re planning a summer wedding that will be outside, consider wearing a dress with less layers.
4. Make sure you stay hydrated! With all that heat, it is so important that you drink plenty of water! You also want to hydrate your guests! You can add a bottle of water to each person chair, or for a very “pintrest” wedding you can create a water bar. Just like you would create any other kind of do-it-yourself bar, make sure you include lots of options for your guests. Have pitchers of water and on the side include bowls of fruit and ice.