What a wonderful year of events it has been! 37 different events, clients, and experiences, and we have loved them all! Here are our faves for 2013!
MOST MEMORABLE BRIDAL GOWN: KATHRYN’S GOWN (Monique Lhullier for Neiman Marcus)
Kathryn’s lace covered gown with high neck and ribbon belt detailing was just so lovely and perfect for her frame. She looked like an elegant Grace Kelly walking down the aisle to her groom Nick.
MOST MEMORABLE BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES: MEAGAN’S BRIDESMAIDS (Dessy from Brides by Demetrios)
I absolutely loved the smoked lilac color of Meagan’s bridesmaids dresses. This was the only time this year we saw this color, and it paired beautifully with the yellow and white floral from Out of the Garden.
MOST MEMORABLE GROOMSMEN ATTIRE: PAUL & HIS GROOMSMEN (Oleg Cassini from Tuxedo Junction)
Paul and his groomsmen were looking sharp in their classic black tuxes with tie and vest. We got a great shot of them all sharing cigars later in the evening as well!
MOST MEMORABLE HAIR & MAKE-UP: AW WEDDING HAIR
AW Wedding Hair owner Angie Dawkins has been making our brides, attendants, and moms look fabulous for years, and 2013 was no exception! Bailey, Meghan, Brittany, Rachel, and Erica all looked amazing thanks to Angie and her team!
MOST MEMORABLE EVENT DESIGN: AMANDA & ROWDY’S WEDDING (The Adolphus Hotel, Beyond, Big D Party Rental, Branching Out, GBS Linens, Significantly Said, and Wildflower Linens)
Amanda & Rowdy’s summer wedding turned out so beautifully! With elegant silk & lace invitations and day of design pieces from Significantly Said, lush and gorgeous floral from Branching Out, luxurious linens from GBS and Wildflower, gold chargers and chairs from Big D Party Rental, and of course beautiful lighting surrounding the room and cascading from the ceiling by Beyond. It was a wedding to remember!
MOST MEMORABLE D.I.Y. DESIGN: BRITTANY & BEN’S CEREMONY DESIGN
Our favorite D.I.Y. element ever! Brittany’s father constructed this ceremony entrance out of antique family heirlooms, and the result was just breathtaking! It was the perfect way for his daughter to enter her “sanctuary” in the backyard of the home she grew up in.
MOST MEMORABLE BRIDESMAID BOUQUETS: LUSH COUTURE FLORAL
We loved seeing all of the bright and beautiful bridesmaids bouquets that Lush Couture provided for our wedding parties this year. Each one was so unique and always complemented the bridesmaids’ dresses perfectly!
MOST MEMORABLE LARGE SCALE FLORAL PIECES: BRANCHING OUT
From Traci and Damon’s baby’s breath altar pieces, to Carlie and Paul’s stunning ceremony arch, to Amanda and Rowdy’s full altar pieces, we loved all of the large pieces that Debby and her team at Branching Out put together for us this year!
MOST MEMORABLE CENTERPIECES: LUSH COUTURE FLORAL
Year after year, wedding after wedding, I am always blown away by the work Deitra Butler of Lush Couture Floral creates for our clients. It is always gorgeous, creative, and well balanced. We are so lucky to work with her!
MOST MEMORABLE LIGHTING: BEYOND
We hear it time and again from our clients and we couldn’t agree more: Lighting makes all of the difference. And Beyond is the best in the biz. We love working with their team to ensure that all of our events look their very best!
MOST MEMORABLE BRIDAL CAKE: AMANDA’S CAKE (Fancy Cakes by Lauren)
We loved this beautiful and classic design from rockstar cake designer Lauren Kitchens for Amanda & Rowdy’s wedding! It went perfectly with the event design, and tasted delicious with a custom Dulce de Leche filling for Rowdy’s Hispanic heritage.
MOST MEMORABLE GROOM’S CAKE: PAUL’S CAKE (Panini Bakery)
Paul’s marlin cake looked amazing and was a big surprise for him! Guests couldn’t stop taking pictures! We love working with Sophie and the team at Panini on so many of our weddings!
MOST MEMORABLE INVITATION SUITE: TRACI & DAMON’S INVITATIONS (Significantly Said: Invitations by Significant Events) I am very proud to say that it was very hard to decide which of our invitations designs this year was my favorite. Our designer Callie Sercey has truly worked so hard and put so much effort and creativity into each and every piece she designed. We are lucky to have her on our team! The vintage “love bird” invitation suite for Traci & Damon was my favorite of the year! So many charming details.
MOST MEMORABLE CEREMONY VENUE: PARK CITIES BAPTIST CHURCH
Both Ellis Chapel for Meghan & Don and the Main Sanctuary at Park Cities Baptist Church for Stephanie & Ajay provided an elegant and centrally located ceremony space for us. We love working with Valerie Bergstrom at PCBC and her tremendous attention to detail. Can’t wait to do more weddings there!
MOST MEMORABLE RECEPTION VENUE: CENTURY BALLROOM AT THE ADOLPHUS HOTEL
The Century Ballroom at the Adolphus Hotel offers a wonderful space, neutral design, and affordability for our clients such as Bailey & Andrew, Meghan & Don, and Amanda & Rowdy, who all had their receptions there this year. And the cuisine, staff, and hospitality at the Adolphus is second to none. It’s one of our favorite venues year after year!
MOST MEMORABLE ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS: PEREZ PHOTOGRAPHY
Always amazing Tanya & Cesar Perez provided our favorite engagement galleries this year with the photos of Nicole & Darrel and Amanda & Rowdy! We love to see the creativity in their shots and how they always make our couples look fabulous!
MOST MEMORABLE WEDDING PORTRAITS: ALLISON DAVIS PHOTOGRAPHY
Allison Davis consistently delivers beautiful images of love captured at our clients’ weddings. Kara & Franklin, Sara & Joe, and Rachel & Kevin were all ecstatic to receive their cherished images and to work with such a kind and detailed professional as Allison.
MOST MEMORABLE CANDID IMAGES: HAMPTON MORROW PHOTOGRAPHY
We are so excited to give this designation to Stefanie and Ben of Hampton Morrow Photography! We have worked with them for years, and it has been great to see them grow in their composition and photo-journalistic eye! Plus, they are wonderful friends and office mates at our Davenport Rd studio! We love you guys!
MOST MEMORABLE VIDEOGRAPHY: SPLENDOR FILMS (Bailey & Andrew’s Wedding Film) Bailey & Andrew’s Highlight Film Another vendor we are so fortunate to have watched grow throughout the years. We had not had the chance to work with Jeff & Amanda at Splendor Films since 2011, and WOW were we blown away by how much they have grown over the years! Bailey & Andrew’s film is so lovely and moving, and still makes me cry whenever I see it!
MOST MEMORABLE DJ: GLENN ROUSH
We completed our 30th event this year with Glenn as the DJ, and he continues to do a wonderful job for our clients. I’m so lucky to call him one of my best friends and a trusted colleague! He and his team at LeForce Entertainment are always there to lend a hand and are part of almost every event we do.
MOST MEMORABLE LIVE BAND: EMPIRE 6
Yay! Our favorite new party band! Empire 6 absolutely brought the house down at the weddings of Meghan & Don and Erin & Matt! We love working with them and their sister band IDT. They are great friends and great performers!
MOST MEMORABLE CEREMONY MUSIC: SERENATA STRINGS
Serenata Strings provides the musical accompaniment to the majority of our wedding ceremonies, and they always do an excellent job at an affordable price!
MOST MEMORABLE MEAL: LISA & TIM’S WEDDING (Chef Scott Romano)
Executive Chef Scott Romano provided the best wedding meal I have ever had at the wedding of Lisa & Tim! A series of 30 small plates featuring cuisine from Lisa & Tim’s favorite travel destinations delighted the taste buds of every guest. And it was an extra treat to watch Scott and his crew prepare the meal in the couple’s expansive kitchen.
MOST MEMORABLE DESSERTS: TART BAKERY
My mouth waters every time that Tart Bakery is part of our events! They create beautiful pastry that looks as good as it tastes, and we loved working with them so often this year!
MOST MEMORABLE WEDDING OFFICIANTS: LOVE NOTES
Marty Younkin and his staff of wedding officiants at Love Notes are the best around. They consistently provide a quality service with a kind & compassionate heart. We are fortunate to call them colleagues!
MOST MEMORABLE TRANSPORTATION: WYNNE TRANSPORTATION
Hands down, one of our most trusted and valued vendor partners. Whether it is buses, towncars, or limos, no matter how big or small the job, Wynne Transportation delivers every time, and this year was no exception!
MOST MEMORABLE “SURPRISE”: CARA’S JERSEYS AND FLAGS FOR JONATHAN
My favorite surprise we were able to help a client execute this year was Cara’s surprise for Jonathan. She had 2 jerseys made in honor of his favorite soccer team, The Liverpool Football Club. Through Significantly Said, we created these custom “send off” flags using the FC Liverpool logo and transforming it to match the wedding design. It was such a fun surprise to see come together!
Thank you to all of our valued vendors and clients who have made this year so memorable! We can’t wait to see what 2014 has in store and what significant memories it will bring! Cheers!
Meredith, Kelli, Elizabeth, Rachel, & Callie
Rebecca & Paul’s wedding highlight film by Spinning Leaf Films!
True Romance: Love took flight after a chance meeting on a plane
“Nick arrived in Miami to visit Katie while she was there filming the movie Rock of Ages. Katie unintentionally ruined Nick’s romantic proposal plans by committing to a cast dinner. As they walked to the event, Nick seized a private moment on the beach by dropping to his knees and proposing.”
The date of your wedding is quickly approaching. Your RSVP’s are coming in, and now you are facing the question of whether or not you should assign your guests to tables or let them choose their own seats (“Open Seating”). Your Wedding Coordination staff will be the ones assisting the guests with finding their tables regardless of the set-up you choose, so here are some common misconceptions we hear from our clients, followed by the reality of what actually occurs as guests are finding their seats.
What You Think Will Happen: “If I assign my guests to tables, they will view my wedding as too formal and rigid and not have as much fun.”
What Actually Happens: Your guests will appreciate the thought you put into assigning them to tables with other guests with whom they will likely enjoy spending dinnertime. It does cause some social anxiety for guests to enter the ballroom and have to find their own seats without a table assignment. They don’t want to sit in the wrong place, and they don’t want to end up at a table with people far removed from their age group. How do we know this? Because we when we have Open Seating, as guests enter the ballroom and we tell them that it’s Open Seating, we hear about 75% of them groan and sigh in frustration.
Solution: Take the time to assign your guests to tables. You don’t have to pick their seats, but a table assignment reduces the time it takes for guests to enter the room and relieves social anxiety. Worried about the cost of creating escort cards and table numbers? Just do one card per couple/family in order to save cost. Also, you most likely already have a spreadsheet of your guests that you created to send invitations. You can buy an inexpensive set of escort cards from any office supply store and do a quick Mail Merge to import those names into the provided template. Just be sure and print their names in a font that is sized and designed for quick and easy reading. That gorgeous, small script font you used for your invitations is not easy to read when 200 people are trying to find their escort cards all at once.
What You Think Will Happen: “I don’t want to assign guests to tables because then they will feel like they have to sit there all night and have to hang around with the same people all night long.”
What Actually Happens: Whether you assign guests to tables or not, they are going to find a table immediately when they enter the ballroom and sit down in a chair in preparation for announcements, first dance, dinner, etc. They will sit at this table until dinner is over and dancing begins. Then they will be up and moving for the rest of the evening. Even if you allowed Open Seating, most guests will return to the table where they had dinner when they want to sit down.
Solution: Understand that your guests getting up and interacting with each other has more to do with the environment you and your Wedding Coordinator have created in the room with the timeline, room layout and, most importantly, the quality of the DJ or band who is providing the entertainment.
What You Think Will Happen: “We need to have an extra table or two for guests who show up who didn’t RSVP. And it’s going to be a big problem when those guests show up and don’t see their names on an escort card.”
What Actually Happens: You will have guests arrive who did not RSVP; however, you will also have guests who don’t come to the wedding who told you they were coming and for whom you have reserved seats.
Solution: If you follow up with every guest you invited to get an RSVP (yes, this takes time and is frustrating), then you can give your venue/florist/caterer a hard number of guests, knowing that 10% of those guests won’t show up and that 10% who didn’t RSVP will end up coming. With most cultures, it ends up being a wash, and there are always extra seats. If you know your culture tends to have a large number of guests who don’t RSVP and still come to the wedding, then planning for overage with tables, food, centerpieces, etc is a good idea. Also, hiring a Wedding Coordinator will give you a person to stand next to those escort cards and let the non-RSVPers know that everything is okay when they can’t find their escort cards and to just find available seats once everyone is seated.
What You Think Will Happen: “I have assigned everyone to tables. Our parents’ tables are most important, so we have assigned them to Tables 1 and 2.”
What Actually Happens: The table where the bride and groom are sitting is typically in the front and center of the room, often with the rest of the tables surrounding it in a U-formation. Tables 1 & 2 are usually at the far side of the room in a corner and couldn’t be farther from the center. The parents and the bride & groom get upset on the wedding day when they realize this mistake.
Solution: It’s a very simple solution but one that is often accidentally overlooked. Make sure and number the tables on your floorplan BEFORE you make your escort cards. Then you will see that your parents really belong at the tables nearest to the center, which might be Tables 11 & 12, as an example.
What You Think Will Happen: “I want to have Open Seating with just a few Reserved tables for family. I want to put “Reserved for Bride’s Family” or “Reserved for Groom’s Family” signs on these tables.”
What Actually Happens: You have an aunt/uncle, stepparent, etc who thinks he/she is supposed to sit at this table, but you did not intend for this. This person has to be asked to move away from the table. This is an awkward thing to request (We know, because we are usually the ones who have to make the request and see the expressions on the family members’ faces when we ask them to get up) and can cause family resentment for years to come.
Solution: Put the “Reserved for Bride’s/Groom’s Family” signs on the tables, but also put place cards at each seat for the family members you intend to sit there. This way the family members can see who was intended to sit there and there is less of an awkward situation created.
What You Think Will Happen: “If I have enough seats for everyone, when I do Open Seating, everyone will have a seat and no one will get upset.”
What Actually Happens: The majority of your guests will find a seat, but there will be that large group of family or friends who lingered too long in the cocktail hour area enjoying each other’s company. They enter a ballroom where most of your guests have picked their tables, assuming they will get to sit with their group of 6 with whom they spent time with during cocktail hour, only to find that there are only seats of 1 or 2 left at various tables around the room. They get upset and ask the venue staff or your Wedding Coordinator if they can attempt to move chairs from other tables and squish them into a table all together. Sometimes they even do this after you tell them not to.
Solution: Assigning guests to tables alleviates this problem.
What You Think Will Happen: “We will sit at a Sweetheart Table, guests and family will have Open Seating, and my Wedding Party will also choose their own seats. They are young and personable; they can mix well with anyone!”
What Actually Happens: The guests find seats. Your family finds seats. You have your Sweetheart Table for the two of you. However, your Wedding Party enters the ballroom last – right before the bride and groom. At this point, everyone is seated, and if members of your Wedding Party don’t have a date with the forethought to save a seat for them, they have to spread out and find available seats at tables, which usually have only 1 or 2 seats available. This is awkward and uncomfortable for your Wedding Party. Then, if you are dismissing to a buffet and are allowing the Wedding Party to eat first, now they have the even more uncomfortable situation of being the only one at their table with a plate of food, or their entire table has to be immediately dismissed to the buffet. This results in virtually the entire room being dismissed all at once and causes long lines at buffets.
Solution: If you are doing Open Seating, be sure to have Reserved tables for both your families and your Wedding Party. Be sure the Wedding Party knows whether or not their dates are to sit at this table. You can always make place cards for these tables as well.
At Significant Events, we know that smooth logistics and crowd control are absolutely essential to helping your event run smoothly and successfully. We take pride in placing ourselves in areas where your guests will have questions and answering the questions before they ever ask them. One of the best investments you will make in your wedding is having a strong Full Service or Day Of Coordinator to significantly reduce the stress of a potentially high stress situation.