Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Real Wedding: Jennifer & Ben

I met Jennifer and Ben at the Premier Bridal show in 2010 and we immediately began planning their January 2011 wedding. Jennifer and Ben knew that they wanted soft colors, elegant and natural decor, and wanted the flowers and food to steal the show!

The ring bearer made his way down the aisle with this natural wooden ring "pillow."

The bride's father cut a tree down from their property to create all of the wooden accents. He then carved the bride and groom's initials into these gorgeous Sycamore stumps.

Flora in Fayetteville , with the help of the bride's brother, created the stunning flowers filled with cream Ranunculus, peach English roses, blue berries, and gorgeous greenery that were all flown in to create the elegant bouquets wrapped in ivory ribbon and pearl pins.

There two table concepts were all designed by the bride's very talented brother: The tall vilsner vases with large floral centerpieces lined all of the exterior tables to add height and color.

The centerpieces were lit from below by hallowed out tree rounds (all created by the bride's father) filled with votives. The table was then covered in a clean white "snow" that was even cool to the touch! The table was sat with clear glass chargers and wooden "cake" name card holders.

The second table concept lined all of the interior tables to give a clean line to the room. They consisted of large wide floral centerpieces set atop large round wooden rounds (made by the bride's father) and were also spread with the clean white snow. Candles wrapped in white and salmon "feathered" ribbon were surrounded by frosted glass chargers. The name cards were placed on top of the linen napkins that were tied with coordinating fabric napkin rings.

Jennifer and Ben wanted to keep with their cream, salmon and navy color scheme and chose edible jams as their favors.

Guests were able to choose from Peach Preserves, Peach Sauce or Peach Butter to take home with them!

The head table was beautifully lined with 24 feet of the same gorgeous flowers that were used in the bride's bouquet and centerpieces.

The bridal party at the head table each received round wood chargers that we topped with a wooden "cake" name card. In front of each person's name card was fashioned with a white orchid.

The wedding ceremony took place at Mildred B. Cooper chapel in Bella Vista. The reception was a brunch reception at Cedaridge Event Center in Centerton. Cedaridge was the perfect venue for the elegant "woodsy" theme the bride and groom were wanting.

The menu was created by Golden Corral in Rogers and involved action stations like a Belgium waffle bar, Eggs Benedict, apple sausage, salmon, compotes and various fruit and cheese varieties.

Mimosas were the drink of choice too!

Chocolate covered strawberries are always quick to disappear!

Jennifer's favorite bakery, Carbajal bakery in Bentonville, created the wedding cake. Jennifer and Ben wanted a simple and clean-lined cake. The cake was placed on top of the custom made circular wood cake stand (made by the bride's father.) Coconut was sprinkled around the cake for a wonderful scent and added texture.

The string quartet greeted guests as they entered the reception venue as they played songs like "Heard it through the grape vine", "Lady Madonna" and Kings of Leon.

The Maid of Honor treated the bride and groom to a surprise song! She sang a tribute to Train as she took "Soul Sister" and retold memories of she and Jennifer and retitled it "Hey, Jennifer!" The Maid of Honor even received a standing ovation after she was finished.

Mr. and Mrs. Ben Bricker headed to Fayetteville in style in the white Escalade limo from Dynasty Transportation.
I can't wait to see the fabulous photos from Benfield Photography!

2011 Razorback Football Schedule

We love our football in the south! I can honestly say that all of my past brides, or atleast their fathers and grooms, have been concerned with their wedding day falling on a Hog football game!

Here is the 2011 Football schedule to keep in mind when deciding on that "perfect" day!

September 3rd, Missouri State
September 9th, New Mexico (Little Rock)
September 17th, Troy
September 24th, at Alabama
October 1st, Texas A&M (Arlington, TX)
October 8th, Auburn
October 15th, Open
October 22nd at Ole Miss
October 29th, at Vanderbilt
November 5th, South Carolina
November 12th Tennessee
November 19th Mississippi State (Little Rock)
November 25th at LSU (CBS), 1:30 p.m. CT

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Reception Planning 101: Table Assignment

If you plan to have any kind of assigned seating at your reception, you might want to refer to yesterday's post to help get you started.

The January 2011 issue of Martha Stewart Weddings gives helpful advice on how to save time when assigning your guests to tables.
You can place round circles on construction paper or card stock and use the thin strip sticky notes. Write your guests' names on the sticky strips and start placing them at tables. If you need to make a change, simply pick up the sticky note and place them at a new table.
You can then create a final "master" sheet when you have it finalized!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Reception Planning 101: Escort cards vs. Place Cards

There are so many details involved with planning your wedding and the reception is where 50% or more of your budget will be spent. Lots of time and energy are spent deciding on your catering menu, table decor, lighting, DJ and many more!

Many of the brides I work with today still wish to use escort and place card assignments for their guests. This takes a lot of extra energy, but your guests truly do appreciate the effort!

I typically get asked "What's the difference between an escort card and a place card?" Here is an explanation of the difference:

Escort Cards
Escort cards are what your guests pick up during the cocktail hour or as they enter the reception. The cards are arranged in alphabetical order so they are easy for guests to find. The Escort card simply assigns your guests to sit at a specific table. The Escort Card will have your guests' name on it and their table number/name. The name on the escort card should match the formality of your event. If you listed Mr. and Mrs. John Smith on your invitation, this would be listed on the escort card. If your event is less formal you can list Susan Smith and John Smith (Yes, the ladies name is listed first.)

Place Cards
Place cards are typically used at a more formal event. These cards actually "place" your guests at their table. You can have individual escort cards to guide them to their table and their place card at their seat.

Or you can have a large easel, poster board, etc. at the entrace to the reception area to let them know which table they are assigned to. From here, guests will find their table and then find their place card at their assigned seat. This will also follow the formality of your event when listing the names on the card. For your guests who will be bringing a "plus one," it's always best to make a quick phone call or email to find out who they will be bringing so that they too, can feel included in your event.

You can check out a number of websites for escort and place card ideas: