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July 23, 2012

Word of the Week: Suite

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Suite

Officially:

noun

1. a number of things forming a series or set
2.  a company of followers or attendants; a train or retinue.

Wedding Wise:

An invitation or stationery suite are all the pieces that make up your invitation package and are mailed with the invitation.  The includes the actual invitation, response card, reception card, directions card, and envelopes.

Working with a stationer or graphic designer will ensure streamlined design and continuity. There are a number of websites you can browse for inspiration. Your wedding planner can connect you with a stationer who can work with your budget and style to create a beautiful suite that captures your personality, style, and look of your wedding.

Tiffany

April 23, 2012

Word of the Week: Postlude

We’ll, if you read our vocab post a few weeks ago about a prelude, you probably have an educated guess about this week’s word!

Postlude

Officially:

noun

1. a concluding piece or movement.
2.  a voluntary at the end of a church service.

Wedding Wise

“Background” music played at the end of the ceremony, at the conclusion of the recessional- once the bride and groom, wedding party, and officiant, have exited. It typically lasts about 15 minutes, fades into the background until every guest has left the area.

Postlude music are the final songs your guests hear at your wedding ceremony. The purpose of postlude music is to seamlessly transition from recessional music and provide background and ambiance while your guests file out of the ceremony and make their way to the lobby, outside, and onto the reception.

Your string trios or quartets, guitar, piano, or organists, even a choir, should perform music that suits your taste and style, and transitions smoothly from the recessional.

Image by Deb Lindsey

Not sure where to start? Do some research online and listen to audio samples. Two of our favorite local groups are:

Sage String Quartet

St. Charles String Quartet 

Sites likes these and  others will help you pick things you like, and if you are local, they are top notch vendors you will want to book! Your wedding planner is also a great source of information!

Tiffany

April 16, 2012

Word of the Week: Corkage Fee

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Corkage Fee

Image courtesy of Pereda Photography

Fee noun

Officially:

1. a charge or payment for professional services: a doctor’s fee

2. a sum paid or charged for a privilege

Corkage Noun

Officially:

  1. a fee charged, as in a restaurant, for serving wine or liquorbrought in by the patron.


Wedding-wise:

When you choose to provide your own alcohol, some caterers charge a fee per bottle of alcohol to open and serve it during your reception. The price can range anywhere from $5 to $10 per bottle, which can certainly add up, so it’s important to discuss this with your caterer early on in the planning stages and budget accordingly.

Providing your own and still trying to figure how much alcohol? Check out a prior post with the same title here!

Tiffany

April 9, 2012

Word of the Week: Prelude

Prelude

Officially:

noun

1. any action, event, comment, etc. that precedes something else.
2.  Music. a piece that precedes a more important movement.

Wedding Wise

“Background” music played at the beginning of the ceremony, as guests arrive and are seated.

Image of Sage String Quartet courtesy of Aaron Haslinger

Prelude music is the first music your guests hear at your wedding. The purpose of prelude music is to welcome guests as they arrive to be seated before the ceremony, approximately 15 to 30 minutes before the ceremony is scheduled to begin. While the printed invitation is the first hint at the tone and style of your wedding that guests receive, the prelude music is the next. Whether you have string trios or quartets, guitar, piano, or organists, even a choir, consider music that suits your taste and style- whether it’s classic, contemporary, or maybe even some modern love songs- these songs should easily transition into the processional selections that indicate the ceremony is beginning and the bridal party begins to process down the aisle!

Not sure where to start? Do some research online and listen to audio samples. Two of our favorite local groups are:

Sage String Quartet: http://www.sagestringquartet.com/?page_id=31

St. Charles String Quartet http://stcharlesquartet.com/audio-samples/

Sites likes these and  others will help you pick things you like, and you don’t like, and start to get a feel for what you want. Your wedding planner is also a great source of information!

Tiffany

April 3, 2012

Word of the Week: Swag

Swag

Officially:

noun

1. A suspended wreath, garland, drapery, or the linke, fastened up at or near each end and hanging down in the middle.

Wedding Wise

We’ve all been to a wedding where the table linens have had some swagging, or draping. Basically, swag is fabric used to drape tables, ceilings, or walls to create visual interest and depth.

image from Ambience Venue Styling

Why not take it to the next level and make a dramatic impact on your reception venue? Ceiling treatments create drama and intimacy.

Image courtesy of Lesko Photography

In a white tent, a burst of color really pops and takes away the monotony of the traditional all white tent.

Image from Must Love Weddings

Image courtesy of Lesko Photography

Paired with some uplighting, and you have a gorgeous, ethereal look that is simply striking!

Image courtesy of Lesko Photography

Cheers to Lesko Photography for their generous permission to use their images! We were fortunate to work with Dave last year in Dayton on this fabulous wedding at the Dayton Art Institute! More on that later..

Tiffany

March 6, 2012

Word of the Week: Petal

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Petal

Officially:

noun

1. One of the often colored segments of the corolla of a flower.

Wedding Wise

Petals are a classic wedding accessory commonly found lining ceremony aisles and falling from the hands of flower girls during the processional. Brides have three choices: fresh petals, silk petals, and dried petals. Each have their pros and cons.

Freeze Dried Rose Petals retain color and texture longer than fresh ones. Because they are dried, they also do not stain or bleed- which makes them much safer around a bridal gown, and makes them very venue friendly!  While most folks see petals dropped down the aisle by a flower girl, or used to softly line the ceremony aisle, the uses and possibilities are as vast as your imagination.

Whether it’s a pattern or design incorporated from your invitations/overall theme…

Image from WeddingBee.com

or the perfect accompaniment to your tabletop centerpieces to soften and create a romantic place setting for your guests…

Image from The Wedding Vendor

Image from Crystal Velvet Weddings

My favorite supplier of these oh so fab florals are Flyboy Naturals eco-friendly rose petals. With a nearly never-ending array of color options, you are certain to find the right color, or blend to match your soiree! They also sell samples by the cup so you can see, feel, and gauge how many you will need for your project.

Tiffany

February 7, 2012

Word of the Week: Pin Spot

Pin spot

Officially:

noun

1.a spotlight that produces a narrow beam of light illuminating a very small part of a stage, used especially to focus attention on a detail.

Wedding Wise

Pin spots are narrow fields of light that highlight and bring the eye’s attention to a particular featured detail.

Pin spots create focal points throughout a wedding reception room. They are a great way to draw attention to centerpieces…

Image from Light Aisle

Wedding cakes…

image from Hodge Photography

Sweetheart tables…

image from AudioFX

Or ceremony areas…

image from Vision Lighting and Sound

While pin spots are usually done in white light, they can often be done in other lighting schemes.

Tiffany

January 31, 2012

Word of the Week: Cascade

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Cascade

Officially:

noun

1.a waterfall descending over a steep, rocky surface.
2.a series of shallow or steplike waterfalls, either natural or artificial.

Wedding Wise

A cascade is a style of bouquet. The blossoms are woven to create a waterfall effect. When the bride holds it, it flows like a waterfall from holding at your bellybutton down to your waist.

Image from Seattle Flowers

Tiffany

January 24, 2012

Word of the Week: Gobo

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Gobo

Officially:

noun

1. a screen or mat covered with a dark material for shielding a camera lens from excess light or glare.
2. a screen or sheet of sound-absorbent material for shielding a microphone from sounds coming from a particular direction.

Wedding Wise

A gobo is a lighting technique that uses a die-cut stencil that is placed onto a projection, and casts an image onto the wall or ground. One of the most popular places to use a gobo is on the dancefloor. Many couples opt for a monogram of their initials and  new last name…

Image from Superlative Events

or a single letter indicating their last name..

Image from Wedding Bee

 

Though, a pattern is just as lovely!

The sky’s the limit though- imagine what a beautiful backdrop a gobo could  create on one of your venue walls! Love how it softens this brick and frames the cake table:

or, create some visual interest in the ceiling! (you did hear me say “the sky’s the limit!)

Image from OC VideoAudioSolutions.com

Tiffany

November 15, 2011

Word of the Week: Table Cakes

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Image by Antonis Achilleos

Table Cakes

Officially:

nouns

Image from WeddingAces.com

Wedding Wise:

Table Cakes are where style meets function (and sometimes, budget friendly too!). They can be used as a substitute for floral centerpieces, and also as dessert.

Image from TheKnot.com

Image from TheKnot.com

Individual cakes catch your guests attention at their tables, and then after the cake cutting, waitstaff can slice and serve tableside.

Tiffany

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