Tuesday Tips { The Lift }

I would be so sad if I didn’t get this shot on my wedding day! It’s just so romantic and perfect!!! If you’re like me and want certain shots on the wedding day, don’t be afraid to make a small list of “must have shots.” Most photographers already know which ones are must haves, but it never hurts to keep a list as back up =)

Tidbits & Tips { Something Old, Something New }

The Victoria rhyme “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue” is a tradition that is supposed to bring good luck to the bride. “Something old” expresses her desire to keep strong bonds with family once she’s married {this is my favorite “something”}. The “something new” symbolizes the new union created by the couple. “Something borrowed” is an opportunity for a loved one to lend something special as a token of the their love. “Something blue” is to symbolize fidelity and constancy. One thing most brides don’t know is that this rhyme actually doesn’t end with “something blue,” but with “and a silver sixpence in her shoe.” Tradition says that placing a penny in the bride’s shoes will bring a life full of good fortune =)

One of my favorite things to incorporate for this tradition is vintage jewelry {maybe your mom’s bridal necklace or grandmother’s engagement ring}!

Trendy Thursday { White Sangria Pops }

Here’s a tasty treat to keep guests cool in warm summer months – White Sangria Popsicles! They’re cold, refreshing, and perfect as a treat for adult guests!

  • 1 bottle dry white wine
  • 1/2 cup simple syrup
  • 1/2 cup orange liqueur
  • 2 lemons
  • 2 cups chopped fruit
  • Combine wine, simple syrup, and orange liqueur in a large pitcher.
  • Juice 1 lemon into the pitcher.
  • Slice the other lemon thinly and then halve the slices. Add to the pitcher with the remaining fruit.
  • Pour into 3-ounce paper cups and freeze for ~2 hours until it starts to ice over.
  • Insert popsicle sticks and freeze for another 2-3 hours until solid.
  • To serve, carefully peel the paper cut away from the sangria pop starting with the seam.
  • Eat immediately.

Tuesday Tips { Event Designers }

When it comes to creating the perfect look for your wedding, enlist the help of a wedding designer! Here are a few quick tips to keep in mind if you decide to hire one =)

  • Be prepared to talk about your budget! This will help give your designer some boundaries and keep everything within your cost. It’s no fun falling in love with a design that you can’t afford =(
  • If you’re shopping around, let each designer create their own design based on your specifications. Try not to force them to recreate something that another designer has already created for you.
  • Designers are not always planners {except for the ladies here at RW Events}. If you’re speaking with a planner, don’t be afraid to ask if they do design work also. If they don’t, ask for some good recommendations.
  • Designers are able to help keep everything cohesive and consistent. Things aren’t going to looked pieced together with all sorts of different elements if you’re working with a designer. They’ll take all your ideas and transform them into one overall theme.

Tuesday Tips { Paper Trails }

I can’t stress enough how important it is to keep a paper trail – whether it’s just random questions between you and the venue, info about contracts, and a plethora of other information. If you make a change to a contract or if a vendor promises you something, get it in writing. It can even be a quick email saying “Hello, just confirming that twelve up-lights will be provided complimentary {or whatever it was that was promised to you}.” You don’t want to find yourself in a sticky situation if you were promised something but your contact no longer works there to vouch for you. An easy way to keep a paper trail is to print out any correspondence between you and the vendor. Tuck it away in a binder or folder with your contract and other important info just in case =)