Of course you want your best friends at your wedding, including the furry ones! But there are some questions to consider when bringing your little buddy along for the big day.
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Creating a harmony of patterns takes any look from drab to fab. But patterns that clash look tacky and too busy! A palette of mixed patterns will look chic in an outfit, a graphic layout, or a room design for your home or event. The challenge is doing it RIGHT. So how do you mix patterns?
Viola! While there is certainly a lot to consider here already, the biggest part of creating a successful design is intuition and having an eye for design. If you find yourself really struggling to get your design to look perfect, sometimes a second look from a professional designer or event planner is the best way to go.
Sometimes the smallest details are the ones you forget when planning an event. A small problem can turn into a crisis if you’re unprepared. Allow Team Shannon to tell you what you’re probably forgetting:
Remember there’s no such thing as being over-prepared!
The Emily Post Institution is a 5-generation family business that maintains and evolves the standards of etiquette established with Emily’s debut book “Etiquette,” published in 1922. The institute maintains a 25-book collection; columns in Good Housekeeping, The New York Times, USA Weekend, and the Boston Globe; and the Emily Post team conducts seminars and trainings on proper event behavior. The family-run business has been at the peak of manners and etiquette for nearly 100 years.
So if you’re hosting a wedding or event that MUST WOW your guests, Emily Post’s resources and advice articles are the places to look to. Her article “Party Etiquette Tips for Hosts and Guests” (see below) maps out the basics for behavior at any event. Scroll down a little further for links to her articles and sites.
Party Etiquette Tips for Hosts and Guests
Even the most carefree parties demand guests and hosts alike meet certain expectations. The host must plan and organize the party, and then attend to the assembled party-goers. Guests, too, need to rise to the occasion, with the Party Animal toning it down at a reserved affair, the Show-Off yielding the spotlight, and the Shrinking Violet making an effort to blossom.
Six Ways to Be a Good Host
No matter the type of party you’re throwing, here are some things a host should consider, even before the party starts:
1) Invite clearly. Include necessary information for your guests in the invitation: the date, the time, the place, the occasion, the host(s) and when and how to respond “yes” or “no.” Add any special information such as what to wear or what to bring, say, for a pot-luck.
2) Plan well. Take care creating your guest list. A great group of people will make any party a success, even if it rains on the picnic or the food is a flop. Get everything ready—your meal prepped, the table set, your party space tidy, refreshments ready—well before your guests arrive, so you’ll feel relaxed from the very beginning.
3) Be welcoming and attentive. Make sure guests are greeted warmly, then made to feel welcome throughout the party. Look after each guest as much as you can. If you notice a guest with an empty glass or if there’s one person standing alone, take action and remedy the situation.
4) Be flexible and gracious. Your soufflé falls. Or one friend arrives with an unexpected guest. The ruined dessert? Have a fallback. The uninvited guest? As discourteous as it is for someone to spring a surprise on you, be gracious. No polite host would ever send an uninvited guest packing.
5) Be the leader and the spark. It’s your job to run the show and let your guests know when it’s time for dinner, or dessert, or charades. Circulate among your guests, introduce newcomers, and stay with a each group long enough to get a conversation going.
6) Be appreciative. Thank people for coming as you bid them good-bye. And don’t forget to thank anyone who brought you a gift.
Six Ways to Be a Good Guest
Good guests really shine and are welcome additions to any gathering. Here’s how:
1) Tell your host whether you’re attending. And do it immediately. If you delay your reply, you could hinder the host’s planning and also make it seem as if you’re waiting for something better to come along. Even if no RSVP has been requested, it’s thoughtful to thank your host for the invitation and let him know if you can be there or not.
2) Be on time. Punctuality means different things to people in different locales. In general guests should arrive at or shortly after (fifteen minutes or less) the time stated on the invitation. Do not, however, arrive early. If you will be seriously late, call your host with an ETA so she won’t worry.
3) Be a willing participant. When your host says that it’s time for dinner, go straight to the table. If you’re asked to participate in a party game or view Susie’s graduation pictures, accept graciously and enthusiastically no matter how you really feel.
4) Offer to help when you can. If you’re visiting with the host in the kitchen as he prepares the food, be specific when you offer to help: “I’d be happy to prep the salad or fill the water glasses.” Even if your offer is refused, your gesture will be appreciated. When the party’s end draws nigh, you could also offer to help with the cleanup.
5) Don’t overindulge. Attacking finger foods as if you haven’t eaten in a week will not only attract the wrong kind of attention, it will also leave less food for other guests. Same goes for the pinot noir. Moderation is the name of the game.
6) Thank your host twice. Always thank your hosts enthusiastically when you say your good-byes. A second thank you by phone the day after the party is also a gracious gesture. If the party was formal or given in your honor, written thanks are in order. In fact, a written note is always appreciated—even after casual parties.
See more from the Emily Post Institution at their website, their Good Housekeeping page, their New York Times page, or their bookstore.
Sniff sniff! Let’s talk about lavender! The smell and the beautiful purple color make a perfect decorative accent for your wedding, event, or even just at home. Lavender is especially charming for an outdoor event – it is known to attract lots of butterflies! How romantic! It fits well with a French theme… consider holding a lavender bouquet, using a lavender accent color for things like napkins and bridesmaid dresses, and even incorporate it into the food! Serve your guests a delicious lavender lemonade, vanilla lavender cotton candy, lavender-rubbed steak, and lavender ice cream for dessert. This is sure to be a memorable springtime meal for a romantic evening. Stop and smell the love for lavender!
Spring is FINALLY here! So we’re going to talk about a few of our favorite plants this week! Bring some life to your centerpieces with succulents – a pop of fresh juicy green adds an element of the beautiful outdoors to any interior setting. Succulents are perfect because they can actually be bought ahead of time without requiring much care and they won’t wilt after being displayed at your event all day. Buy them a week or two in advance and give them a light watering every few days… and you won’t have to stress about a floral delivery for the day-of! (One less thing to worry about that day!!!) Cacti add an unexpected twist to the usual wedding décor… and a little texture. Aloe grows in beautiful arms that can be paired with other desert flowers and accents. And not all of them are green! There are varieties that have tints of pink, yellow, and even blue! Ask your local florist about placing a special order, or pick up your basic greens at Home Depot.
Where to buy: Simply Succulents
When some people hear “wedding” or “corporate party,” they immediately think (or hope…) OPEN BAR. But not every family is a drinking family and not everyone wants to get silly in front of their co-workers. So you should offer them something besides just water, Pepsi, or a Shirley Temple. Consider something fun like a SODA BAR… Specialty soda companies like Fitz’s and Izze come in cute glass bottles that will keep the non-drinkers interested. (Fitz’s even sells kegs of root beer!) Fill the bar with a rainbow of colors and flavors… You can even get the alcohol drinkers involved with a spiked fruity soda! A soda bar is an easy way to keep the non-drinkers and designated drivers from longing for something fun to sip on. They’ll really appreciate the accommodation. We’ll drink to that!
High-end accents on a budget: is it even possible?
Sometimes that perfect accent piece is at your local thrift or antique store! A themed event needs a certain element of style, but rented or cheap throwaway pieces hardly ever achieve the right look. But who is going to buy special glassware pieces and decorative furniture? Places like Crate and Barrel may have that perfect item you’ve been looking for, but it isn’t exactly practical to buy brand new pieces you’ll only need for a day.
If your event needs that added oomph, but the budget doesn’t allow for NEW stuff, resale shops are the way to go. Remember things can be painted and have a ribbon tied around them! Maybe your tables need a quirky centerpiece or the venue lobby needs some flair… our past clients have used vintage golf baskets, cigar boxes, antique chairs, and distressed dress forms for their look. Not only does it give the setup a little authenticity, but also the chances of your pieces being one-of-a-kind are pretty high!
Have you noticed the same rented decorative pieces at several of the weddings you’ve been to? Don’t be average. But keep in mind the pieces shouldn’t CLASH. If you aren’t confident in your eye for vintage styling, a wedding coordinator can certainly help with piecing it all together.
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