By Hannah McCarthy
The people who stand next to you as you say your vows are some of the most important people in your life! They are the ones who walk through life with you and will hold you accountable to the vows you make on your wedding day. Here are a few small ways that you can thank them for investing in your big day!
These small bottles of wine are a treat for your bridesmaids! Drinking them will be a special activity for your wedding party to do together. This also gives them a little extra something to be excited about for each wedding festivity!
Clothing has been a popular bridesmaids’ gift! The clothing that is most often given is a silky robe. Moving into fall, we thought it would be good to give an alternative to the silky robe. Many love the flannel because it does not mess up hair and makeup while changing. The flannel can even match the wedding color scheme. Flannels make for cute photos of the wedding party getting ready.
We love the idea of giving groomsmen a flask instead of only alcohol. This compact size allows the flask to be easily carried with them throughout the big day. It also allows them to fill it with various types of alcohol. The engravings make this a unique gift. The flask can say the groomsman’s name or the date of the wedding!
Socks are a trend that we often see and are a great gift all year round but especially in the fall. Socks can be purchased with different colors, shapes, patterns, and designs. They can also represent your groomsman’s favorite college, sports team, or super hero; or these socks can simply coordinate with the wedding’s color scheme!
These gifts are a sweet way to say thank you to your wedding party! They open the door for many fun memories. Thank you for taking the time to read our blog! We wish you and your wedding party all the best on your wedding day!
By Val Abate
Capturing a wonderful moment or memory at an event is now easier than ever! Most of us have the power to do so through our phones. Taking a great photo on your phone is simple, and here at CSE we know the difference a good photo can make. Here are some tips and tricks to elevate your picture game using your phone for a quick personal photo or even a social media post!
Tip One: Lighting
There are multiple ways to instantly make your photos look like they were taken by a pro, lighting is one of them. Try to keep your back to the light source because shooting into the light will blow out and often overexpose your photos. You can also adjust the way your phone processes light by tapping the screen while using the phone’s camera app. Once tapping, a vertical line will pop up with a little sun in the middle; by moving the sun up or down the line, you can control how much light is in the photo.
Tip Two: Keep Everything Level
When taking a picture, make sure everything is level. It may not seem like it would change the quality, but the difference is huge! A great way to help make sure your pictures are level is by enabling a grid in your phone’s camera settings. Simply keep the natural lines of the table, doorway, or floor parallel with the grid on your screen-Voila a perfectly level photo!
Tip Three: The Rule Of Thirds
Using the grid we enabled earlier we can apply the rule of thirds. You may have heard the term “rule of thirds,” when someone is talking about photography. This rule ensures your photo is pleasing to look at and dynamic! The rule is more of a guideline that proposes that an image should be divided into nine equal parts, by two equally spaced horizontal lines and two equally spaced vertical lines, and that important subjects (people, cake, trees, etc.) should be placed in line or on the intersections the lines create.
Bonus Tip: When trying to capture the action, hold your finger down on the photo button. The phone will take a burst of photos rapidly so you can choose the best one and do not miss a moment!
Don'ts of Phone Photography
Try not to go crazy on filters or effects. One filter, if any, is enough and most of the time can be unnecessary. Don’t crowd the photo with a lot of action. Less is sometimes more! It helps the image look clean and organized.
Thank you for taking the time to read our blog! Go apply your photo skills next time you whip your phone out!
By Kassandra Garcia
Photos by Kassandra Garcia
When it comes to designing every little detail in your wedding, you want unique reception tables that you and your guests will absolutely love! As you begin putting it all together, there are so many ways to make it memorable and one of a kind, without forgetting the traditional place setting. The design and decor of your reception tables is going to be the first thing your guests see as they take their seats. The sweetheart table, where the attention will be directed at your grand entrance, also gives you the opportunity to add anything else you would like.
Traditional Place Setting
We have seen so many different designs while having the pleasure of serving people on their special day. From DIY intimate weddings to large-scale, high-end receptions, any idea can come to life to match your theme and the atmosphere of the location, with a little organization. To begin, choose a color scheme and style you want to show at each table.
Anywhere in your design, you can add a pop of color or have every table setting match. As seen in the photo above, the couple chose to have assorted styles and colors of water goblets. The kind of glassware needed will be determined by the beverages served or if you have a designated time during your reception for a toast.
When it comes to the actual plate, most use traditional china or the trendy eco-friendly option of biodegradable bamboo plates to add a rustic touch. Both options come in many different sizes and shapes. Each can be paired with a charger or placemat if you wish!
As you look into choosing your cutlery, take into consideration your menu and what would be needed for each course. Based on your budget, you can keep one set throughout the reception, which would include the basic fork, knife, and spoon, or provide a set for each entree.
Now onto the linens: this is where you can do the most because there are so many different options! We have seen people create their own runners or special table linen for the sweetheart table, but others want to stick with a more traditional look. As pictured below, a simple runner and beautiful candles, surrounded by votives and plants, can do the job.
My favorite part of decor are the napkins because there is an art to them. You can use disposable ones, choose a fold with linen napkins that can hold the cutlery, or simply provide an accent color to your design.
For your place setting, here are some options:
Anything special to you can be used as accent decor, even if you only have a few things. They can add that personal touch! Many love designing a seating chart and providing place cards that are easy to make and mean so much to your guests. You can simply buy a metallic marker and write on tiles, use printable folded place cards, or even make customized coasters as seen in the first picture.
For your accent decor, here are some suggestions:
We hope this blog helps give you some guidance and a few tips as you start planning for your big day!
At the end of every wedding, there is the anticipated moment where the couple gets to be sent off by their loved ones! Throughout the years, there have been different ways for the guests to celebrate the send-off, the most common one being throwing rice. Couples are now shifting from throwing rice to new fun options!
One popular option is blowing bubbles as the couple is running to their car. We just love the phrase, “Blow good wishes for the new Mr. and Mrs.” The bubbles can double as a party favor for wedding guests!
A new trend is waving ribbons as the bride and groom are leaving. This is a way to extend the reception party to the car! The glow sticks attached to the ribbons in the picture can make for a beautiful starlit send-off!
Another fun way to celebrate the couple is with confetti! Confetti can be popped or tossed. Most designers will customize confetti to go with the color scheme of the wedding!
Sparklers have become a favorite send-off option over the last few years! They look gorgeous in pictures and guests love lighting the path for their favorite couple. Lighting sparklers is an exciting way to end the night!
Every couple is special and deserves a memorable send-off! It is a privilege for guests to launch the couple into their future. Let us know how we can assist you with your send-off!