Posts Tagged ‘wedding planning’

3 Easy Ways to Make Your Winter Wedding Wonderful

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

winter wedding
With so many weddings taking place in summer or fall, hosting winter nuptials is a great way to make your special day stand out. And honestly, why wouldn’t you want to get married in winter? Winter is bright, clean and—most of all—cozy. With all the feelings of closeness, from fireside snuggles to holiday-inspired fellowship, the love-filled ambiance is built right in. What better atmosphere could you choose for a wedding? With all that in mind, we have a few ideas to make your winter wedding an affair to remember.


Choosing the Wedding Cake that Fits You!

Thursday, February 20th, 2014


photo credit: fantasyicing via photopin cc

Although the tradition of the wedding cake has been around since medieval times, the modern wedding cake didn’t appear until 1882 at the wedding of Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany. In ancient Rome, the cake—which was actually bread—was crumbled over the head of the bride and groom for good fortune. Luckily, we’ve come a long way since then! The cake for Prince Leopold’s wedding was the first to be completely edible and featured the tiers that we are familiar with today. But what if you don’t want a traditional wedding cake? We have a few fun “out-of-the-box” ideas for you!

Wedding Cake Pie

photo courtesy of Jose Villa Photography


Hate cake and love pie? How about a Pie Cake! Pie has certainly grown in popularity over the years, possibly soon outdistancing cupcakes, and this proves it’s versatile enough to serve as a wedding cake. Bonus? It stacks easily into tiers, and everyone gets to try their favorite flavor!

Can you imagine wearing your wedding cake as a dress? Well, we found one! I’m not sure how many brides feel the need to be this intimately involved in their wedding, so luckily enigmatic Icelandic artist Lukka Sigurdardottir created this dress as art rather clothing intended to be worn. But it’s still an interesting idea!

For the anti-sweets couple, it’s possible to avoid pastry altogether. This unusual “cake” proves that wedding celebrations can include anything the happy couple love, including hamburgers! From the Tumblr Fat & Furious by artists Thomas & Quentin, this cake is also more art than food, but definitely provides some inspiration!


A couple pours syrup onto their waffle wedding cake.

photo courtesy of Becca Rillo Photography

Why would anybody ever eat anything besides breakfast food?

Leslie Knope, Parks and Recreation

That is a great question, Leslie! Brunch wedding receptions are not only less expensive, they feature the best food in the world: breakfast food! This waffle wedding cake fits the bill both ways. It’s an awesome and unique wedding cake, plus it looks absolutely delicious!

Your wedding cake is the centerpiece of the reception. As long as it is tasty and personalized, it will be memorable for you!

Did you have an amazing and unusual cake at your wedding? Post it to our Facebook so we can all see!

101 Things To Think About When Planning Your Wedding

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

So, you said “Yes!” Now what?

Welcome to one of the happiest and yet, most stressful seasons of your life. You have so much to do and so much to think about. Getting started may be the most difficult part. Here are a few (101 is a few?) things to help you start organizing your thoughts.

Wedding To Do ListThings to do first

1. Decide whether or not to hire an event planner. This is an important step. Too many brides end up losing money by skipping this. DIY weddings are for brides with a special abilities. Wedding planners can prevent you from making expensive mistakes that you may make on your own. After all, they have experience!

2. Make a running To-Do-List that you can add to and check off.

3. Obtain a marriage license.

4. Set the date. Do you want a spring wedding? The church is already decorated at Christmas time which can save you money. Maybe a fall wedding?

5.  Throw an engagement party. A little fun in the early stages can do a lot for stress. Plus it will be a learning experience for planning the big day.

6. Pick your wedding theme. Vintage? Modern? Trendy? Traditional?

7. Again trendy or traditional? If trendy, will it be something people laugh at twenty years from now when you are showing them your wedding photos. Bell bottoms anyone?

8. What are your wedding colors going to be? The Perfect Palette is a great place to look for inspiration.

9. Where are you going to have the wedding? Keep this in mind when choosing your theme and colors. Will your guests be able to attend a destination wedding across the country?

10. Check out the venue before making your final decision. Does it fit your theme?

11. Immediately get to work on the guest list! How big is your wedding going to be?

12. Go ahead and register at your favorite stores. Don’t make people rush to find you a gift.

13. How can you make your wedding more eco-friendly?

14. Find a travel agent for your honeymoon. This can be skipped if you need to make room on your budget.

Wedding BudgetMoney Matters

15. Decide how much you can spend on your wedding.

16. Prioritize what is important to you. You may need to give up on a few ideas.

17. Decide what can be rented. There are items that can be purchased for about the same price as they rent for. In those cases, they may make good gifts for your guests or …..

18. You can resell some items to make your money back. Ostrich feather centerpieces are a good example of this. You can purchase them for about the same price as you can rent them. Plus, they often resell for almost 70% of their purchase price! So there is no need to risk renting worn, rented feathers when you can get new ones and make most of your money back.

19. Choose your wedding vendors. Cheaper isn’t always cheaper, if you have to send stuff back and pay restocking fees. Avoid companies that are just cheap knockoffs of reputable businesses.

Black and White Ostrich Feather CenterpieceWedding Decor

20. Escort card displays

21. Wedding Centerpieces

22. Choose the color of your tablecloths.

23. Are you using round tables or rectangular tables?

24. Make sure your chair covers match.

25. What backdrops will you use for your wedding? Wedding Arches and Columns?

26. Choose a florist.

27. Lighting and staging.

28. Cake toppers

29. Napkins. Make sure they match the tablecloths properly.

30. Napkin rings

31. Choose a cake stand.

32. Flameless candles versus real candles. Flameless candles are not as messy, work better outdoors, and make wonderful gifts for your guests.

33. Accenting your decor. What colors are you using tor accents? Search for decorations that match your color scheme and fit in with your theme.

34. Looking vintage or looking dated? If your theme is vintage, make sure that your decor is classy. You don’t want to look out of style.

Planning for the unexpected

35. Allow time for mistakes. Something will go wrong somewhere. Trust me. Don’t do anything at the last minute if you can help it. Allow time for fixing stuff.

36. Order anything that is breakable early. Items like vases can be broken during shipping. No matter how well they are packed, FedEx and UPS can be careless at times. Open up everything as soon as it gets to you. rarely has trouble with breakage, but in the rare cases that we do, we will ship out replacements to you at no extra cost to you.

37. Avoid looking cheesy by bouncing your ideas off others. Run things by your friends and family.

38. Insure your wedding rings! You never know when a diamond may fall out.

39. Wedding tents. Plan for rain! I don’t care what the weatherman said!

40. Measure your tablecloths properly. Click here to learn how!

wedding photographerPeople to Think About

41. Bridesmaids

42. Bridesmaid dresses. What would they want to wear?

43. Choosing the bridal party.

44. Groomsmen

45. Find a photographer

46. Engagement photos

47. Location for engagement shoot

48. Poses for engagement photos

49. Poses for wedding photos

50. Trashy photos??? Think again. Not as funny as you think. I don’t know about you, but I am sick of seeing photos with dresses hiked up and butts being grabbed. It looks dumb and the people in the photos come across looking unintelligent. Your children will see this one day. Don’t do it.  Classy is better!

51. Find a videographer

52. Decide who to exclude from your guest list. I have a simple formula for this. Will there be more drama caused by excluding them or more caused by including them?

53. Find a band or a wedding singer. See them perform first! Remember this movie scene?

54. Choose your flower girl

55. Find a flower girl dress

56. The wedding officiant

57. Seating at the wedding

58. Family participation

59. Transportation to the wedding

Where to Look for Inspiration

60. Pinterest – Enough said.

61. Wedding Forums

62. Visit wedding blogs

63. Avoid bad advice online. See this article I wrote for more!

64. Green wedding inspiration. You can be eco-friendly and still have a beautiful wedding.

65. Check out these places for vintage wedding inspiration:

Don’t Forget To Look Good!

66. Find the perfect wedding dress

67. Don’t forget that dress alterations will need to be made. Everyone goes through this. Don’t cry!

68. Wedding Hairstyle? Updo? Wear it down?

68. Find a hairstylist. Don’t be afraid to say, “I don’t like it!”

69. Wedding makeup. Are you going to hire a makeup consultant? If so, don’t be afraid to say “I don’t like it!”

70. Jewelry! What are you going to accessorize with.

71. Shoes

72. The bouquet!

73. Boutonnieres

74. Losing weight or not. Go to the mirror and look right now! See that? He proposed to you just like that. Use sanity here.

75. Do not crash diet. If you decide to shed a few pounds do it for your health and in a healthy manner.


76. Wedding Cake

77. The wedding reception menu

78. The groom’s cake

79. Hors D’oeuvres

Odds and Ends

80. Wedding favors

81. Make a website. This is a great way to keep everyone informed.

82. Wedding apps! Your wedding… There is an app for that.

83. Choose your wedding Invitations.

84. Decide how to word your invitations.

85. Send out “Save-the-dates”.

86. Plan your reception activities.

87. Write your wedding vows

88. Choose songs for the wedding

89. What song will you do your first dance to?

90. Don’t forget the father-daughter dance!

91. Disposable cameras. Buy several of these for your guests to use. This way, you will have photos from many angles.

92. How long will your wedding ceremony be?

93. Welcome bags

94. Plan the getaway. Wedding sparklers make for a sensational exit. What car are you getting away in?

95. Wedding stationery

96. The guest book

After the Wedding:

97. Choosing a honeymoon location

98. Thank you cards

99. Relax. You made it! Allow yourself to chill out now.

100. Prepare to refocus when going back to work.

101. Have a post-honeymoon date night. Sometimes, there is a little post-honeymoon depression that sets in. You are back at your job and all the attention you were getting fades away. Make a few more special nights and keep celebrating your new life together.

Lights, Camera, Action! Planning A Wedding is a Lot Like Making a Movie

Thursday, January 10th, 2013


A wedding is like a movie in a lot of ways. First and foremost are the stars of the show, our leading actors, the bride and groom. As in a movie, the wedding is the story about them and their lives.

film strip

Next are the supporting actors, the bridesmaids and groomsmen. Their role, just like in the movies, is to support the bride and groom; in essence, to make them look good. Of course, every film has a director (the wedding planner), a production team, (the mother, the mother-in-law, the clergy, the photographer, the caterer, the florist) and finally, a set (the church, the hall, an outdoor pavilion, the beach). Today, I want to talk to you about the set.


Every set has to have perfect lighting. If you have ever watched a movie being shot, you would know that there are hundreds of lights, in various sizes and heights, which are used to provide the perfect lighting needed for filming. In the same manner, your wedding/reception needs the picture-perfect lighting to enhance your special day. A great way to achieve that look is with the use of flameless candles, such as the ones we sell here at Wholesale Event Solutions. Flameless candles come in different shapes and sizes to help you create the desired ambiance for your wedding. Plus, you won’t have to worry about the set burning down!

Every set also has to have the perfect backdrop. At Wholesale Event Solutions, we offer many different styles of wedding colonnades to make your day picture perfect! For example, if you are going for the romantic look, use the classic Graeco-Roman Style Colonnade Arch; add some tulle wrapped in soft white lights and some beautiful potted plants and you are ready to go. Or, if you are a modern bride, use the Contemporary Oval Style Colonnade for a very sleek, elegant look. All of our colonnades are sturdy and stable, yet lightweight; which makes them very easy to assemble.

And, finally, every set needs the precise trimmings to make it look real. Wholesale Event Solutions offers a wide variety of decorations. We have vases of every size and shape for perfect floral arrangements, beautiful and unique table candelabras, and our ever popular Ostrich Feather Centerpieces, which come in every color under the sun. Choose whatever fits your style, or be bold and go with something distinctive and different!


Remember, you are the “producer” of your wedding! So, take charge! Browse our website and see what we have to offer. Let Wholesale Event Solutions be your co-producer in the finest and most important production of your life–your wedding. Congratulations and happy filming!

What Everyone Needs to Know About Planning a Retro Wedding

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

Have you ever seen a vintage wedding that you just didn’t get? I have seen weddings that were intended to be “retro” or “vintage” but I just couldn’t tell for the life of me what era they were even going for. Simply wearing your mother’s wedding dress does not make your wedding vintage. If you aren’t careful, you will simply end up with a “dated” wedding, out-of-style, no character, and nothing that anyone will remember.

If you are planning a vintage wedding it is very important that you:

1. Learn everything that you can about your era and theme.

2. Keep your decor true to that era.

3. Plan activities for your even that fit in and were popular during that era.

4. Go all out with your theme without going overboard.



Know Your Era

The first thing you need to do is to define the era in time that your wedding theme comes from. Is your wedding theme from a more recent time like the 70s or 80s? Are you trying to emulate the roaring 20s or are you looking for a 1940s theme? If you do not have a clear vision as to what your wedding theme is, your guests won’t get it either. No matter what day and age that your wedding is going to be based on, we are living in the information age. Get on the internet and do some research. Google the era that you need to know more about and learn everything that you can. To make your wedding stand out from the rest, look for those lesser known details that no one else is doing. Yet, also incorporate themes that everyone will recognize. For example, let’s say you are basing your wedding on the 1940s. Everyone knows that WWII was going on, so you should incorporate something from that. But did you know that noir films were very popular back then with femme fatale characters. Films from your era of choice are a great resource for wedding ideas. Newspaper archives can also give you some insight.


Keep Your Decor True To the Era


This is where most people miss it. If your decor does not match your theme, then you have failed to pull off your theme. Again, let me say that you need to rent some movies from your era. How do you see in the formal settings of that time?

Also, use Pinterest to research your themes. Be careful here because most people who pin aren’t historians.

Here is a checklist to make sure your decor works:

1.  Your wedding dress must fit in with that time. I’m sorry but a modern wedding dress just doesn’t cut it.

2. Are your bridesmaids dresses appropriate to your theme?

3. Do your centerpieces fit in with that era?

4. What music was popular back then? I love the Black Eyed Peas, but they weren’t around in the 1950s.

5. Is your wedding cake in the style of that time?

6. Do your wedding invitations make your theme clear?

7. Food and drink? What was popular at that time?


Plan Your Activities Around That Era (What did people do for fun back then?)

Google “What did people do for fun in the ….. (your era of choice)”. Jot down anything that looks like it would be fun at a wedding reception. Swing dancing was popular in the 1920s. To my surprise, I also found out that the basic steps of east coast swing are relatively easy to learn. It only looks hard when professionals do it. You could have a dance instructor come in and teach people to swing dance. They will have fun no matter how well they do it.

These newly married couple picked swing dancing for their first dance! Which one do you like the best?

You Need To Go All Out Or Else Your Event Will Only Look Dated

Your theme needs to be crystal clear. If you only wear a vintage dress and put out one or two vintage centerpieces, your event will just look out-of-style. Most of your guests won’t get it. Go all out with your theme. Try to make everything fit your era down to the last detail. Keep in mind that the more recent your wedding era was the harder it is to pull off. It is harder to pull off a 1980s wedding than it is a 1920s wedding because people remember the 80s. Many people worry about going overboard with their theme, but more people under do it than over do it. Just make sure that still obey basic design principles and make sure everything flows together.

Did you have a vintage wedding that you were proud of?

Please send us your photos. We would love to feature your wedding here on our blog. Or are you an event planner who has experience with vintage weddings? If so, contact me at I would love for you to share your ideas with our readers.

7 Things To Think About When Planning Your Rehearsal Dinner

Monday, November 5th, 2012
rehearsal dinner

The average rehearsal dinners makes up about 5% of the total wedding budget.

Did you know that the average cost of a rehearsal dinner is $1,153?  Since, the average cost of a wedding is around $26,000, the average rehearsal dinner comprises about 4% to 5% of the wedding budget. I think this is a good rule of thumb when budgeting for your rehearsal dinner. However, it is not written in stone. It can be as simple or as extravagant as you want. But with that being said, this is a good place to make some cuts to your wedding budget since the rehearsal dinner shouldn’t overshadow the wedding anyway.

This week, I wanted to give you a simple guide for planning your rehearsal dinner. Here are seven aspects that you need to think about.


Who is going to host the rehearsal dinner?

Traditionally, it is usually the groom’s parents who host the dinner. I do not suggest breaking from this tradition if at all possible. However, sometimes there are circumstances that prevent this from being possible. Here are some alternative suggestions:

  • The bride and the groom themselves
  • Other family members or friends
  • A well respected member of the community (a church member for example)

In my opinion, a wedding that is extremely formal should have a casual rehearsal dinner. If you are going to go to the trouble of pulling out all the stops to make your wedding glamorous, then you don’t want the rehearsal dinner to overshadow the big day in the slightest.

Casual or Formal?

If your wedding is going to have a casual feel, then you really need to be careful not to overdo the big day. A formal rehearsal dinner before an informal wedding can work when you have a small and intimate gathering for your dinner. On the other hand, if you are inviting a large group of people, it would be easy to overdo it and outdo the wedding itself.

Have you sent out the invitations? 

Some people in the wedding industry argue that sending out invitations for the rehearsal dinner isn’t necessary. I agree with this in cases where the dinner is going to be very informal. But if your dinner is going to be formal, you need to send them out. Be sure to include the spouses of your guests when you send your invitations out.

Who do you invite to the rehearsal dinner?

This is something else that is not written in stone. With the economy struggling and wedding budgets trimming, many brides and grooms are choosing to keep the rehearsal dinner small. Many couples are choosing to only invite immediate family members (parents of the brides and grooms) while others are electing to keep it between themselves, the groomsmen, and the bridesmaids. However, it is a good practice to invite the officiant and his/her spouse. But inviting guests from out of town is not really necessary. Children can definitely be excluded from the dinner.

But, others prefer to make it a more grand affair. This is also perfectly acceptable. You can invite your entire guest list if you please. This is not normally done, but it is your wedding. If you are making the dinner a large affair, don’t forget about your photographer and your videographer.

Where are you going to have the rehearsal dinner?

You have plenty of options here. One option is to have a formal sit down dinner at a nice restaurant. If you have the budget for it and are going to invite out of town guests, this is a great choice. If you want a more informal choice, then have the dinner either at your home or at someone else’s house. This gives you the option of showing pictures and home movies from the earlier lives of the bride and groom. Or if you want something in the middle, have the rehearsal dinner at the place you went on your first date (not McDonalds though). This will create a good opportunity for reminiscing and storytelling.

Full meal or not?

You have plenty of options here. One option is to have a formal sit down dinner at a nice restaurant. If you have the budget for it and are going to invite out of town guests, this is a great choice. If you want a more informal choice, then have the dinner either at your home or at someone else’s house. This gives you the option of showing pictures and home movies from the earlier lives of the bride and groom. Or if you want something in the middle, have the rehearsal dinner at the place you went on your first date (not McDonalds though). This will create a good opportunity for reminiscing and storytelling.

If you are going to serve a full meal, then the menu should be different from your wedding menu. This is another great place to trim your budget if necessary. It is perfectly acceptable to do an appetizers only event as opposed to a full dinner menu. That is a great option if you want to invite out of town guests and keep your expenses trimmed at the same time.


Yellow ostrich feather centerpieceWhen it come to the decor of your rehearsal dinner, do not overshadow your wedding. Many brides choose to go with a completely different theme for their dinner in order to set it apart from the wedding. Others like for their rehearsal dinner to foreshadow their wedding. If you choose to foreshadow, you need to think smaller. Here are some tips for doing that

Let’s say that you are going to have over twenty ostrich feather centerpieces at your wedding. Don’t set up an ostrich feather centerpiece at every table. Instead, set up one or two somewhere like your hors d’oeuvre table. Don’t deck out the entire location with them.

Use flameless candles instead of regular candles. They are more versatile and you use them in different ways at your rehearsal dinners. Place them with smaller arrangements at your rehearsal dinner and larger ones at your wedding. You may want to use smaller centerpieces at the dinner with a similar style and color scheme as the larger ones at your wedding.

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A Very Pinteresting Approach To Event Planning

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

Event planning is at least 25% easier than it was just two years ago. I say this because two years ago, we had to spend five times the amount of time we do today thumbing through magazines and surfing the web to get an idea of what products, projects, and advice to incorporate into our events. Those days are quickly coming to an end. Thanks to Pinterest, we can do a quick search and go through hundreds of images in mere minutes. Instead of looking through dozens of magazines to find three or four useful ideas, we can find dozens of useful ideas within just a few minutes. Times have changed indeed.

A Pinteresting Warning:

If you search Pinterest aimlessly and without a plan, you will waste more time than ever. There is so much to see on Pinterest, that it can be overwhelming. If you are not careful, you will waste hours scrolling without a clue. Also, there is plenty of bad advice out there and projects that simply won’t work. Here are six simple steps to save time, get more out of Pinterest, and really enjoy the process of planning your event.

1. Use Your Boards To Create Categories

For the purpose of this example, we will use a wedding for our demonstration. What are the different aspects that we need to think about? Wedding themes, wedding dresses, bridesmaids dresses, wedding centerpieces, etc. Spend some time brainstorming and jot down all the categories that you can think of. Then, create boards based on all of those categories.

To create a board, click on the “Add +” button at the top right of your screen.

Pinterest Add Button

To add a category page the first thing you need to do is click “Add+”.

Then, simply click “Create A Board”.

Create A Board On Pinterest

Here are some of our category pages:

EventsWholesale Pinterest categories

A few of the categories on the Pinterest page.


2. Authorize The Right People to Help You Pin To Those Boards

This is a great way to include your bridesmaids, your family, and even your new in-laws in on the planning process. To do this, click on the board you want to invite people to pin to. Then, click on the button that says “Edit Board”.

Click edit if you want to give people permission to pin to your board.

Finally, add whoever you want to the “Who Can Pin?” box and click “Invite”. Don’t forget to click “Save Settings”.

giving pinners permissio

Tip #1: Plan ahead and send Pinterest invitations to those who are not on Pinterest yet.

Tip #2: Copy and paste your “Who Can Pin List?” into a word document so you can paste it into all of your boards. This way you won’t have to type them in over and over again.

3. Use Pinterest’s Search Engine and Teach Your Helpers To Do So

Let’s go back to our wedding example. If you simply browse through Pinterest’s Weddings category, then you are going to waste all kinds of time. You are better off using the search box up at the top left corner.

The wrong way to search!

Let’s say that we are looking for a wedding dress for a vintage style wedding. Go and type in “wedding dresses” in the search engine. What do you see?


How many of these dresses are vintage? Not many! This search was not specific enough!

The right way to search!

This time, type in “vintage wedding dresses”.

vintage wedding dresses

Now, we are getting a bit closer to what we are looking for. This is where you repin everything you like into your “wedding dress” category. Now, get even more specific with your search. Type in “1950s vintage wedding dresses” and take a look.

1950s vintage wedding dresses

Are you a little surprised at how many pictures came up for something this specific? You can find almost anything on Pinterest!

Tip #3 – Also Visit the Pinterest Pages of Companies With Products You Like

For example: Let’s say you see a feather centerpiece from that you love. Then we should browse through our ostrich feather centerpiece page on Pinterest for inspiration.

4. Use Skype or Google Hangouts to Collaborate With Your Pinners

In this day and age, I don’t understand why anyone would use long distance telephone service. It is not longer necessary. With a free Skype account or a Google+ account, you can video chat with anyone, anywhere in the world for free!

This step is for your core group here. This is something you want to do with the pinners with the best ideas and the best grasp of what you are looking for. I really recommend Google hangouts. You can do a group video chat and share your computer screen with everyone. This gives you the opportunity to show your pinner entourage exactly what you like and don’t like.

5. Throw a Party For Your Pinners

This is the part where you get away from the computer for a while. If you are considering a lot of DIY projects for your event, assign one to each friend. Have them test the project to see if it really works and then bring it to the party to teach everyone else how to do it.

6. Don’t Forget About the Old School Methods!

Last of all, don’t forget about surfing the web and thumbing through those wedding magazines. You never know where you might find something that will inspire another Pinterest search.

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