By Hannah McCarthy
There are different ways to include your favorite animal in the reception. The first is having your pet be the flower girl or ring bearer. They can run down the aisle with a cute bucket of flowers in their mouth or hold on to the pillow with the rings tied to it. If you would rather have your ring be brought down the aisle by a different loved one like a niece or nephew, your dog could come down the aisle with a cute sign that says, “Wait ‘til you see her” or “I can’t be trusted with the ring.”
Your pet can also be included in the wedding party. If you want your pet to stand on the side with the bridesmaids, find her a cute tutu that matches the bridesmaids’ dresses. If you want your dog to stand with the groomsmen, find him a little bow tie that matches the groomsmen.
One way to include your pets without them physically being at the ceremony is with photos. A unique idea we’ve seen is to have a picture of your pet in your bouquet. Brides will sometimes have charms or jewelry in their bouquet. If you decide on a charm, include a locket with a picture of your fur child.
If you don’t like furry friends, but love water and fish, you can have a unity fish bowl. We have heard of one couple that combined both of their fish into a larger fish bowl symbolising the unity of their new family.
There are so many great ways to include your animals in the reception without physically having them there. One way is to name your signature cocktails after them. Choose a cocktail that describes your animal’s personality and name it after them! Some of our clients have named their cocktails after their cats.
Adding your pet into your cake topper is a fun way to include them. If you are having a cake topper modeled after you and your fiance, why not include a model of your furry friend as well! The cake is a focal point for the reception, so all of your guests are sure to see the cake topper of your little family.
Photographs and videos allow you to look back and forever remember your big day! They are also a great way to allow your animals to be part of your wedding. Let your photographer know ahead of time so they can prepare some sweet poses with your pet. Also, be sure to tell them if you have a particular shot in mind!
One of the most fun ways we have seen animals included is with video. Attach a GoPro to your furry child and let them wear it throughout the ceremony and reception. This will allow you to see what the wedding is like from your pet’s perspective!
Here at Common Sense Events, we know how important your furry friends are to some of you. We hope these suggestions help you invision ways to include them in your big day!
By Hannah McCarthy
One of the most crucial parts to a wedding is the design! The design creates the atmosphere of the wedding. One challenging part is keeping the design in the ceremony and reception cohesive, especially the centerpieces. This week, we wanted to share a few tips for designing your wedding centerpiece!
Your wedding centerpiece will change the entire look of your reception! The centerpiece can make it look classy, boho, rustic, and any other wedding design you want. One thing that our team loves to do is making your wedding vision come to life. Contact us for help with setting up your reception!
By Hannah McCarthy
When planning a wedding, couples typically fall in two categories. The first are couples who absolutely love it and want to experience the planning season to the fullest. They enjoy communicating with their vendors and figuring out all the small details that go into their special day. The other extreme are couples who do not like all the planning involved in putting together their wedding. They get overwhelmed with all the details and frustrated when communicating with vendors.
Regardless of their mindset, all couples need extra help for their wedding day. Whether you enjoy planning your wedding or are beginning to consider the merits of eloping, having someone come alongside you to plan the wedding will make your engagement season much more enjoyable. In this blog, we’re going to share a few reasons why you should hire a wedding planner.
What is a Wedding Planner?
A wedding planner is different from a day of coordinator. A day of coordinator will meet with you once or maybe a few times to discuss your wedding, but is not involved in all the details of planning your wedding. They will make your day run smoothly, but all of the planning falls on you. If you have a very limited budget, a day of coordinator is a great option. They will ensure that your day is fantastic.
A wedding planner comes alongside you and your fiancé as you plan your big day. They will be as involved as you want them to be. My suggestion is that you have them involved as much as possible. Hire them in the early stages of wedding planning that way you can get their insight from the very beginning.
Weddings are a planner’s job. They will have the expertise and know how to plan your wedding in the smoothest way possible and can walk you through the entire process. They will know what works and what doesn’t. They can calculate such details as how many staff will be needed, how much time is required for photos, what will be needed for your cocktail hour, and so much more. From discussions with you, the planner will be able to see what you want and then make it come to life for you. If you don’t have a solid vision, they will help you create it.
Wedding planners are in the industry, so they are familiar with who the very best is in the industry. They can help you find a venue, florist, photographer, caterer, rental company, bartender, DJ, designer, and any other service you may want at your wedding. You can trust their suggestions because they have seen many vendors and know who outshines everyone else. Planners can reach out to your vendors and arrange details with them.
Day of Ease
Just like your planner organized and planned all of your details, they will do the same thing day of. You can be at peace on your wedding day because they know as much as you do about your big day, if not more. They know when and where everything is happening. They know how all the decorations will be set up. They know about any family drama, have made a plan to work around it, and will diffuse any family issues that arise. Your planner will field questions and phone calls, so you won’t be bothered. They know everything that goes into your special day, so you won’t need to worry about it.
Hiring a wedding planner can make your engagement season much more enjoyable. Your wedding planner will ease your worries, give you peace of mind, and work out all of your details! The coordinators listed below are phenomenal and are sure to take away your wedding planning stress!
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By Hannah McCarthy
Often times, wedding details are a reflection of the bride and her preparation. Some grooms want to be involved and others prefer to stay out of the planning process. One thing that the groom will definitely be a part of is the bachelor party. While many grooms enjoy going to Vegas with their buddies, some prefer something much more low key. In this blog, we are going to share a few non-traditional bachelor party ideas!
As a groomsman or best man, you play a unique part in your friend’s wedding. We hope that this blog post was helpful in the planning process for his bachelor party. Keep in mind that the primary goal is that the groom enjoys himself and feels honored!
By Hannah McCarthy
St. Patrick’s Day is coming up and we know that Guinness is the item everyone wants for their party. Guinness is a classic beer to have at every St. Patty’s Day party! Although Guinness is a favorite beverage for many people, it can also be incorporated into your food. Your guests will be amazed at the many creative ways you can use Guinness! It can be used to make a variety of drinks but also in appetizers, entrees, and desserts.
These yummy items are sure to make your St. Patty’s Day party more festive! Let us know how we can be of assistance serving your party food!