Every Girl needs to SPARKLE

We couldn’t say good-bye to February without a little SPARKLE. It’s the perfect time of year to glitter everything up. The glitter madness starts in December for Christmas and New Years and rolls on over into February. BUT we think a wedding always warrants a little sparkle or maybe a lot. There are so many ways to add some sparkle to your day and how much is completely up to your individual style. You can wear your sparkle or use it as a decor element. Let’s show you some ideas….

GlitterHow elegant and sultry is this? Dress yourself or your bridesmaids in sequins from head to toe and your wedding is sure to turn heads. Glitter1You may want to add pops of SPARKLE throughout your day in various places. The cake table is always a great place to add a statement linen like this. How fun is this glitter arrow pointing  to the reception sight or leading your guests to the ceremony?

We suggest picking a glitter tone first. There are more than you think. Gold, rose gold, silver or gun metal are probably the most popular.

Wear your sparkleSilver is so pretty paired with a bright pop of color.

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8df25e12c158b4ae96a57cfb994e1117The last picture is a pretty gun metal; it’s a much darker silver tone.

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Glitter makes everything prettier so what girl doesn’t need a little sparkle on her wedding day? Consider adding glitter to your wedding, you won’t be disappointed 😉

Happy Tuesday!

Be sure to check back with us for an exciting announcement very soon and stay tuned for our March giveaway! Here’s what we gave away last month.

If you haven’t already, be sure to check out our current promotion.

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It’s sure to make your reception POP

Forget a Candy Station and get a Popcorn Station. If you’re looking for a fun and different approach to your wedding menu or even your wedding favors, this is it! Utilize varieties of popcorn and/or toppings in place of traditional appetizers during your cocktail hour OR provide baggies for your guests to scoop up and take with them for the ride home.

In place of the traditional appetizers, you may want to offer a Popcorn Bar and let your guests dress them up to their taste buds with some of these scrumptious topping ideas: cinnamon sugar, grated parmesan cheese, brown sugar & chili powder, popcorn salt, basil oil, garlic oil, chili oil, popcorn butter, chopped bacon, candies etc… It’s fun and interactive for your guests and will leave them talking for weeks.

If you like the idea of providing popcorn as your favor, you can set up traditional base flavors in apothecary jars such as cheese, movie-theater, and caramel with assorted toppings and candies

What about a Spiked Popcorn Bar for adults?…With flavors like rum caramel and tequila lime.

Your popcorn buffet, station or bar is sure to be a hit and you have so many options to make it your own creation! Of course, we have tons of pictures to help inspire you 🙂

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We even have one of these popcorn machines here at the Hazlehurst House for you to utilize and make your next reception POP 😉

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Happy Friday and have a poppin’ weekend!

 

Destination Wedding Planning – It’s All In A Good Plan

As we look back on our Summer highlights, Brittany Kelly and Alex Teate are definitely a 2013 highlight!  We did almost all of Brittany’s planning remotely and worked to keep 100%  at ease as we pulled together details to make her day a success! 

Quote from Brittany:

“When I was planning my wedding, I lived out of state and actually booked the venue without seeing it in person! The Hazlehurst House is located in my hometown and after seeing the stunning pictures online of the garden wall, I knew that was where I was going to get married. Living out of state made it difficult to plan a wedding alone, so having a wedding planner included in the package made the planning process exciting and stress free!”

As you consider wedding venues, location isn’t an issue if the venue provides full-service planning and has an experienced execution team.  Make sure you do your research on venue services as it relates to these details.  They can make your day flawless or become a source of stress.  Budgeting for a good planning team is a very important allowance in your wedding budget planning process.

Photography provided by Jacquie Rives Photography.

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Prioritizing Your Wedding Budget

We talk with so many brides about the dreaded “budget” of their wedding and most brides “wish list” looks very different that their “budget”.  It is crucial that brides face this dilemma on the front end of planning so they can prioritize their must haves from their splurges. Some items in the overall budget can be approached from a savvy shopper perspective and some fall into the category of “you get what you pay for”.  It is very important know where to put your priorities.   Know on the front end what the most important wedding details are to you.  Is it the “dress”?  Is it the “location”?  Is it the overall “look/decor”? Is it the “food”?  Is it the “cake”?  Is it the “party”?  Is it the “photography”?  Is it a “stress free day”?  These are great places to start.  By prioritizing these categories from most important to least important, that will tell you a lot about how to allocate your personal budget.  There are wonderful and educating tools available that will guide you on what each of the categories above will cost as compared to industry standards.  It is important to be an informed shopper before you overwhelm yourself with options.  Know what you can afford first and shop that way.

This simple process will save you so much stress and anxiety as you approach the planning of your special day!

Happy Planning!

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Calling All Bridesmaids! Be Prepared for Your Duties!!

Bridesmaid Fun and What That Means When You Say “YES”

View More: http://jacquierives.pass.us/brittany-alex-wedding-dayJRP_098 When a bride asks you to be a part of her big day, it is an honor!  That means you have probably been a big part of her life along the way.  Do your homework and know what you just said yes to. A bride wants her closest friends to be next to her as she says I do!

The bridesmaid is an integral part of any wedding, on hand to comfort, console, multitask, and party hearty at all bridal events. Whether it’s your first bridesmaid gig or your 50th, here’s a cheat sheet of your to-dos.

  • Offer to help with pre-wedding tasks. Try to be specific when you volunteer. For example, say, “Would you like me to help you shop for bridesmaid dresses/stuff invitations/pack for the honeymoon?” instead of just, “What can I do?”
  • Scout out bridesmaid dresses, shoes, jewelry, and other wedding accessories. Pay for the entire ensemble. (Break in your shoes before the wedding day — that will minimize slipping, blisters, and aching tootsies.)
  • Help to plan, cohost, and pay for the bridal shower and bachelorette party with other bridesmaids.
  • If the maid/matron of honor isn’t already handling this task, keep a record of all the gifts received at various parties and bridal showers (so that the bride/couple can write thank-you notes); maintain RSVP lists.
  • Attend the ceremony rehearsal and rehearsal dinner. (Keep abreast of all pre-wedding parties, and go to as many as possible.)
  • Run last-minute errands.
  • Stand in the receiving line at the bride’s request.
  • Serve as auxiliary hostess at the reception by introducing guests, making sure they know where the bar is located, and inviting them to sign the guest book.
  • Hit the dance floor when the music kicks in. Dance with groomsmen during the formal first-dance sequence. Also, be on the lookout for toe-tapping guests who might need encouragement and/or a dance partner.
  • Give the matron/maid of honor a break by helping to carry the bride’s wedding gown train whenever necessary. Bustle the train before dancing begins, and be ready to help fix it if it comes unhooked. Accompany the bride on visits to the restroom, if asked.
  • Purchase a wedding present perhaps with one or several of the other bridesmaids. This provides more buying power, and two heads are better than one when it comes to wedding gift ideas. Sometimes the entire bridesmaid troupe pitches in for one knock-her-socks-off wedding gift.
  • Be a trooper, no matter how stressful the ordeal becomes. Try not to complain about the bridesmaid dress — even if the color is horrendous. Be gracious and tactful.
  • Provide plenty of emotional support during the planning and on the wedding day.

Great Tips provided by: The Knot