Kids and Weddings

Who doesn’t love kids at weddings?  Tiny little girls in tutus and handsome little guys in bow ties and suspenders?  Uuhhh-Dorable!  They practically steal the show.  Or… you’ll find tiny little girls slamming their flower ball on the ground in the middle of the aisle screaming bloody murder and handsome little guys stomping their feet on the echoing sanctuary tile refusing to walk down the aisle.  Sue & Lou refer to kids in weddings as a “wild card.”  You never know how their mood or behavior will be on wedding day.  This blog consists of our best advice when it comes to children in weddings.

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First, it’s totally a personal choice.  There’s no right or wrong number of how many flower girls or ring bearers you should have.  From a wedding planner’s perspective, less is more!  Keep the focus on 1 to 3 tiny tots.  The more you have the more “wild cards.”  Sometimes there’s no way around including all six of your nieces and nephews in your wedding, which leads us to our next point.  When lots of children are involved don’t hesitate to bribe them!  Figure out each child’s favorite candy and let them know it will be at the front of the aisle waiting for them.   Also, stickers have a magical power over children!  This is usually best done by a wedding party member, not the bride or groom.  Bribery tends to work…sometimes.

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Next, talk with the children.  We’re talking to you mothers and/or fathers of the selected flower girl or ring bearer.  The more the children know about the wedding and procedures the more they will understand and feel comfortable on wedding day.

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Finally, everyone must relax.  The rehearsal might be horrendous for the children and wedding day might go smoothly, or vice versa.  We witness so many parents try to force their kids to do exactly what they practiced in rehearsal.  Things go much better when everyone relaxes and allows the kids to do what they will.  If they won’t walk down the aisle it. will. be. okay!

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Again, children can be a terrific compliment to your wedding party, but don’t expect too much from them.  Some of them just learned to walk.  Allow them to dress up and walk down the aisle if they want to, but if in the moment they refuse, it will not ruin your wedding.  They’re kids (wild cards), remember that.

Sue and Lou

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DIY Tuesday: Paper Flowers

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It’s DIY Tuesday again, and today I will be working on some gorgeous DIY paper flowers.  These are so fun and easy to make, you might find yourself making a whole field of these darling flowers!  Not only are they a fun and simple project, but they are fairly simple to construct so you brides can delegate these out to your whole wedding party (the groom might even be able to handle this one).

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Supplies:

  • solid color cardstock
  • circle punches (1 in – 2 in)
  • hot glue gun
  • wire
  • twine
  • scissors
  • pliers

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Step One:  Start by using your largest circle punch (2 in.) and cutting a circle from your cardstock.  This will be used to form the base of your flower.  Next, using whichever size punch you choose, begin to cut out circles to create your flower petals.  I used about 7 circles to create my flowers.

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Step Two:  Once you have cut out the desired amount of circles, cut each circle in half.

Step Three:  Then, stack the halves with about 10, and fold those in half.  Now, you can start the center of your flower.

Step Four:  Take two of your folded halves, and line the straight edge with hot glue.  Place them on the base of your flower; with the points facing outward (they will make a square shape at the center).

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Step Five:  Once you have created your center, you will again line the straight edges of your folded halves with glue and you will begin to place them in a circular fashion around the center of your flower.  You can choose to have the petals facing straight upwards to give the flower a close look, or facing out to make the flower look as though it’s blooming.  Continue this step until your flower reaches your desired size.

 

You can group these flowers and hang them from a garland for a beautiful romantic look, or add some wire and twine like I did and create your own custom cake topper.  These are a great unique touch to add some lovely flowers to your wedding.  Oh and did I mention that these will never wilt?

Intern Alex Cifuentes

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Stuff for the Groom

It’s not often we highlight great stuff for the groom. We have compiled a collection of photos we love! Featuring grooms cakes, boutonnieres, and group shots of some good-looking groomsmen. We can’t resist smiling over how much fun these guys were having.
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Photos submitted by:

Jenni Woods Photography

Lisa George Photography

Sherry Lynch Photography

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Verizon App of the Week: The Wunderlist App

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Lists Are Your Life

From the moment you say “Yes!”, your life is about planning, organizing and making lists: to-do lists, guest lists and vendor lists. The Wunderlist app is an easy way to manage all of your lists in one place.

With so many aspects of your wedding to plan, it can be hard to keep it all organized and remember what was said during the last conversation, or when to follow up.  The Wunderlist app will allow you to create sub-tasks, notes, reminders and notifications so you will always know where you left off and what to do next.

With the Wunderlist app you can collaborate with family, friends and, of course, your fiancé on tasks and lists. So if you have a to-do list for your wedding party, it is easy to share the list and collaborate with them on getting their accessories and making sure they attend their fittings.

Whether you are on-the-go or at home, Wunderlist syncs across all of your devices so you always have access to the latest information.

The Wunderlist app is available for free in both the Google Play and Apple Markets.

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This week’s Wedding Ideas app of the week was brought to you by Natasha Smith of Verizon Wireless

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Tips for a Successful Outdoor Wedding

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With spring’s arrival comes warm air, sunshine, longer days and… weddings! The secret to having a flawless wedding in those natural, outdoor settings is to include the right lighting and sound equipment. Most weddings in the spring seem to be outdoor ceremonies with the sun setting behind them to capture that perfect light. But what about the lighting when the sun sets? Lighting is an important part of the ambiance of both the wedding ceremony and reception.

Cory’s Audio Visual Services can work with you to customize and provide you with the look and feel you imagine. You can make it a smooth transition from the wedding at sunset, to the reception at sundown with the right lighting equipment.

Do you want your cake to stand out and be visible to your guests at night? It’s simple; just add some accent lighting to accentuate your beautiful cake to make it a breathtaking display. Or maybe you want to feature the dance floor and help set the tone of the reception.

 

Lighting is the one extra addition to make your day just the way you’ve always imagined it.

Another fun way to use lighting at your reception is to create your own personal photo booth. Lighting can help turn the pictures into quality photos and keepsakes and all you need to worry about is getting the background and props.

Imagine your wedding day on beautiful spring day and the birds are chirping, dogs are barking and playing and the wind is blowing. Your ceremony is outside and the guests can’t quite hear your vows. Make sure your guests can both see and hear your ceremony by getting the right sound equipment for the bride, groom and the officiate. Even if your wedding is in the middle of a pasture or the top of a mountain, Cory’s Audio Visual Services has battery operated sound systems so no matter the location of the ceremony, your vows can be heard.

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Sue and Lou on Accessories

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Sadly, we don’t all have Monte from Say Yes to the Dress Atlanta to “jack up” our wedding dress with tons of amazing accessories.  There are so many different choices when it comes to accessories, how are you to choose what looks best without Monte? Our advice, grab your closest, most honest gal pals and try on all the different accessories you’re drawn to, from head pieces to shoes, until you find what you like best!  It’s like a glamorous, grown-up game of dress up!

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There are so many options when it comes to jewelry, head pieces, sashes, shoes and anything and everything in between!  As with any outfit, you can take a simple white dress and give it so much “wow” factor with accessories, but then again, sometimes a simple strand of pearls or some diamond drop earrings are all an ensemble needs to be over the top!  You’ll hear us say again and again to be true to yourself in many aspects of wedding planning.  Choosing your ensemble for your wedding day is no exception.

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When we think of wedding day accessories, we all think of the typical things like jewelry, clutches and the like, but there are some other “accessories” to consider that you might not be thinking about.  Maybe you noticed the bottle of champagne in the picture above.  Maybe champagne isn’t exactly an “accessory,” but Sue & Lou believe it is a necessity on your wedding day! We’re just kidding.  Well, half-kidding, anyway.  The drink in your hand, whether champagne or not, will be photographed right along side the rest of your accessories.  We recommend drinking out of a glass– a pretty one, if you can!  Photos of you holding a beer can or even a water bottle or juice box aren’t quite as classy as having your beverage in a glass.  Trust us, just do it!  On a side note, we recommend you alternate water with your spirited beverage of choice throughout the day so you don’t find yourself dehydrated and fatigued.

 

Back to accessories, and not the liquor, I mean, liquid kind…  Take temperature into consideration.  We LOVE that the bride who’s wedding is featured in the photo above had a beautiful faux fur wrap to keep her warm on her oh-so chilly wedding day rather then just an everyday coat!  If it’s hot on your big day, why not consider using a beautiful lace parasol for shade or a delicate Chinese hand fan to help you beat the heat?  The parasol will also help guard you against a dreaded, unwanted sunburn while you’re outside during pre-wedding photos.  A sunburn is an “accessory” none of us want on any day!

 

I’m sure you know the traditional rhyme that tells brides what they should wear for good luck.  “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue and a silver sixpence in her shoe.”  This is a tradition that we love!  If you are in need of a starting point for your accessories for the big day, start with this rhyme.  Our top pick for “something blue?” A new sapphire ring!

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On the big day you can’t forget about your groom and HIS accessories!  Some men might want more than others, but again, it’s a personal choice.  It is his day too; he needs some fabulous accessories as well!

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From head to toe, you can accessorize pretty much every part of you, but there are a few accessories that are absolutely imperative on your wedding day– confidence and your big, beautiful smile!  You are going to be wearing a gorgeous gown, your hair and makeup will look perfect, and you should feel fantastic!  Strut your stuff down that aisle!  Everyone’s eyes will be on you, and you will look Aaa-Mazing! How can you not be overflowing with confidence and glowing with that smile of yours on this happiest of occasions?

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DIY Tuesday: Hanging Basket Chandelier

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It’s DIY Tuesday again, and today I’ll be showing you how to make a DIY hanging basket chandelier.  This is an affordable piece that is so versatile you can change it to fit your own personal wedding style.  With the affordability of this project, you can make more than a few so you can make a big statement on your big day.

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Supplies:

  • hanging flower basket
  • ribbon
  • glue gun
  • scissors
  • twine

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Step One:  Start by adding some glue to one of the vertical poles on your hanging basket.  Start to wrap the twine around the poles, using the glue to hold it into place.  Only glue sections about 1 to 2 inches long, or the glue will begin to dry before you can wrap the twine around.

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Step Two:  Take your ribbon and cut it into 6 inch pieces.  Add it to the bottom ring of the hanging basket, with about 6 pieces per section.  You want to fill in each section full, so that your chandelier has some depth to it.

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Step Three:  Unclip the chains that hang the basket, then remove the top hanger and clips and replace them with lace ribbon.

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Step Four:  Using pliers remove one link from the chain.  With the open end run the link through the lace, and use it to attach the ribbon to the top hanger.

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Step Five:  Take a ribbon at least 2 inches thick, and wrap loosely around the top ring of your basket.  Use hot glue to keep it in place, but only place dot it sparingly to keep the loose look.

 

Intern Alex Cifuentes

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A Country Inspired Wedding

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Our lovely bride, Lindsey, says that the country inspired wedding was so incredibly beautiful. “We were all together and happy. It was an emotional, fun filled day and we had many tears of joy… and laughter.”

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Our photographer, Kim Stubbs, gave us wonderful memories in photos that were breathtaking! I loved the outdoor takes! All the photos are very “in the moment” and although many are posed, they never looked forced. I especially love the shots of everyone having a great time!

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They were blessed to have family and friends with them to share their love and to be together at this special time. “Our wedding was a perfect moment that I will never forget. Every single moment was perfect.”

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Candlelight and twinkle lights gave the reception hall a magical, romantic feel as guests celebrated with Lindsey and Brad. A photo booth, dancing, and a party bus- all details that equaled serious fun!

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Photos by Stubbs Photography by Kim Written By Jana Snure

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Verizon Wedding App of the Week

Going from Chaotic to Organized

 

You’ve probably heard the saying “Weddings are a big party for your family and friends to recognize you and the one you love.” With parties, comes planning– and lots of it. Make the planning process simpler with the iParty Deluxe app.

From wedding showers, rehearsals, to the actual wedding - as a couple you are responsible for planning multiple events with the help of your loved ones. The iParty Deluxe app helps you plan so you can have all of your information in one organized location.

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You can edit your guest lists and keep track of RSVPs, so you don’t get confused about who is coming to what. You can add notes and even photos to your list. The iParty Deluxe app also has an innovative to-do list where you can keep track of task details, due date and status of projects.

One of the most difficult parts about planning a wedding or even events is keeping track of the budget. You can keep an updated expense list so you know exactly how much you spent.

If you are the kind of person who likes to have the information available to you on-the-go, or want to share information with your fiancé, parents or even best friend, you’ll love that you can easily export the data into an Excel file.

The iParty Deluxe app is available for $1.99 in the Apple store.

The Wedding Ideas App of the Week was brought to you by Natasha Smith of Verizon Wireless.

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A Color Palette of Greens, Creams & Whites for a Wedding in the Woods

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Sarah wanted a natural feel for her wedding and chose a color palette of greens, whites and creams. Since both she and Mike have a love of nature, they wanted to have an organic feel to their wedding. Linens were shades of green and the venue was on the edge of the woods with an enormous picture window behind the altar giving the chapel a very open feel. About a week before the wedding, Sarah realized they were getting married on Earth Day, so it was perfect!

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Sarah was considering alternative options for the guest book and her father, who is an artist, created an original piece of art for her. He designed a piece of work that is priceless to the couple. He placed a silhouette of Mike and Sarah holding hands beneath two trees, their branches intertwined to form a canopy. It is four and a half feet tall and guests signed the leaves and doves sitting on branches. A very special gift for a very special couple.

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The D.J. at the wedding played the anniversary dance – a dance where all the married couples start dancing and are eliminated until the couple who has been married the longest is left. Sarah knew her grandparents would be last, having been married for 60 years and still in love. Sarah arranged for the D.J. to play her grandparents favorite song and when they were the last couple on the floor, Sarah and Mike joined them to share the dance. Sarah then presented her grandmother with her bridal bouquet and said, “It was hard to find a dry eye in the place”.

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The party favors were another clever, organic idea that Sarah loved. Handmade paper hearts were embedded with wildflower seeds for their guests to take home to plant in their garden. What a wonderful reminder of Sarah and Mike’s wedding when they bloomed a few weeks later! She loved the way they were displayed – her florist planted grass seed in an old fashioned bird bath and nestled the cards among fresh, young grass and wildflowers. It was a beautiful, unique touch.

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Loves we Love…the organic, green feel of the wedding, the birdbath and natural grass, tailgate pictures…

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