So you’re engaged! Hooray! Time to celebrate! But wait. What do you do next? Keep reading for the 6 things you need to do right after you get the ring, in order of importance.
1. Pick up the phone! Be sure to make those extra important phone calls to family and close friends BEFORE posting all over social media. Everyone wants to celebrate with you, personally, not read it on Facebook.
One of our styled engagement photo shoots above from our wonderful bride and groom, Mai and Aaron. Photo credit: Kimberly Chau Photography
2. Save the date, rather a preferred timeframe, season, or month. It will not only help you get started on the next steps in planning, but save you the headache when people start asking: ”so, when is the wedding?” Remember, getting your heart set on a specific day, isn’t always beneficial prior to finding your venue. In Houston, April and October are the most popular months to get married. Venues book these popular seasons more quickly than days. Occasionally, the rental fees or minimum are higher for the Saturdays in these peak wedding months. Don’t rule out Friday evenings or Sundays entirely, until you find your venue and look at your budget. Set the ideal timeframe, but remember, flexibility is key.
3. Begin working on the guest list, and be sure to include your parents in this process. Start with a preliminary list from both sides. Prioritize. It will help later down the road if or when cuts are needed. The more people you invite, the more money will be needed for just about everything. The difference between 150 and 200 guests can be a world of difference when discussing budget. Remember, don’t forget that invitation or address does not usually amount to 1 invitee. What I find most often is that our couples overlook the size of the family or +1 guests for those singles. Just because you need 100 invitations, does not mean you’re inviting 100 people. The difference between inviting 100 people and 250 people, might have just blown your budget.
4. Have the big budget discussion. Weddings are generally one of the first big expenses in a couples’ financial life together. Remember, even a simple or small wedding costs money, most of the time more than you ever imagined. Before diving into planning or even the daydreaming, it’s important to stay grounded. Who is paying for the wedding? How much is family or you as a couple able to contribute? Dreaming big is fun, but you don’t want to get your heart set on that Pnina wedding gown if you can’t afford it. Champagne dreams and caviar wishes can create a broken heart in the end if the budget just doesn’t allow it. Stay grounded and have that budget discussion first.
**** The typical wedding budget Pomp & Circumstance wedding planners work with in Houston is $25,000 – $75,000. The appropriate budget is 100% dependent on the size of guest list.
5. Daydream! Now, it’s time to pin your heart out. Search wedding blogs and buy the magazine now! Its time to get creative and find the things you’d love to incorporate into your big day. Pinterest is really a great tool to organize all these ideas. If you don’t want to let all the world into your plans for the big day, create a secret board. However, it may be a good ideas as well to create a group board for your besties and mom, maybe a sister to pin some of the things that they dreamed for you….especially mom.
6. Hire a wedding planner to coordinate the big day! Review the elements of your wedding that’ll take a little planning—negotiating with bakers and caterers for the best prices, finding the ideal venue, organizing party favors—and figure out if those are tasks you want to tackle alone or if you’d rather hire a wedding planner (stress reduction and a little time-saving sounds nice, right?). One of the things I’ve noticed former brides saying most often is they wish they had at least hired a day of coordinator. If full planning doesn’t fit in your budget, definitely consider a day of coordinator. Many venues and ceremony sites offer day of coordinating as an included service. Don’t be fooled! This is NOT the same as hiring a wedding planner. More often than not, the coordination of this “included” service ends after you walk down the aisle. From there, you, your friends, and family are left with trying to rally the troops for photos after the ceremony, find the limo to transport you to the reception, make sure that tables are being greeted, the cake gets cut, you have champagne in your glass when it’s time for the toast, and oh wait! Where is that gorgeous cake cutting set you received as a wedding gift and why isn’t is on the table for you to cut the cake? That’s what we do, the amazing, hardworking wedding coordinators. We work that 18 hour day so you don’t have to. We also make sure all your vendors show up with exactly what they were contracted to bring (and that they were contracted for the correct amounts of things like linens and napkins). Escort cards are displayed in the correct alphabetical order in order for everyone to easily find their place. Pass out the favors and sparklers for the grand exit. Herd the guests in a line, light all the sparklers for that amazing grand exit photo op, and ensure that the Rolls Royce is waiting at the end of that glowing sparkler tunnel for your getaway to a luxury hotel….where extra slices of your cake and that dinner you never had the chance to eat is waiting for you at the end of the night. Make room in that budget for a wedding coordinator. You absolutely won’t regret it.
Photo credit: Kimberly Chau Photography
It’s mid December and 2014 is going to be here before you know it! When it comes to ringing in the new year, parties vary from bold and lavish to intimate gatherings at home. Regardless of what your plans are, we have gathered some fun NYE party ideas to spice up your night!
Clockwise from top left: Black & White Empire Waisted Gown, 2014 Glasses and Mustaches, Kate Spade Pop Fizz Clink, 2014 Banner.
Clockwise from top left: Well Wishes Glasses, Kendra Scott Luxe Earrings, Countdown Favors, Erin Fetherston Cocktail Dress,
Clockwise from top left: Star Garland, Pop Fizz Clink Balloons, Bourbon and Boweties Bracelets
Clockwise from top left: Naeem Khan Beaded Dress, New Years Eve Blush Florals, , NYE Straws
For the party goer and thrower, try to master “Cheers” in one of these 50 languages! We love the idea of writing each of these down on fun paper and having them around the party so people can play around with toast before the countdown begins!
The highly anticipated release of Pantone’s 2014 Color of The Year has debuted….Radiant Orchid! This stunning hue of violet will be making its way into all things fashion, events, weddings, home decor, and more. Below are some of our favorite trinkets that inspire us to bring this gorgeous shade of Radiant Orchid purple to life.
Image credit from top left clockwise: Pom Pom, Pantone Colors, Cabbage and Artichoke Florals, Tissue Tassel, Ombre Invitations,
Image credit from top left clockwise: Purple Pepper Plant, Hermes Birkin, Pom Pom, Painted Mason Jars
Image credit from top left clockwise: Decorative Mirror ,Ombre Bunting, Stiped Paper Straws, Confetti Hearts
Although your wedding day is all about you and your fiancé, its important not to forget everyone who has helped you along the way with planning and making your day perfect . Whether its your bridesmaid or the ring bearer, we have a list of some great wedding thank you gifts for your bridal party that will surely be just as memorable as the wedding day!
For the Ever Loving Bridesmaids:
We love these Monogram Necklaces that you get get customized in a variety of colors, including your wedding colors! If you’re thinking more home decor, this Layla Grayce Heart Pillow is the perfect way to say you <3 your bridesmaids! You can never have too many cosmetics, or enough cases – this Jon Hart Clear Travel Pouch is great because its TSA approved- girls trip? Staying with the travel theme the Tiny Tulip Monogramed overnight bag will be a huge help to carry all the bridesmaid’s stuff on the big day, and they can use it over and over. Cute and functional! This Eberjey Gisele Sleep Shirt will become everyone’s favorite overnight pjs. Whether it’s the night before the wedding or years down the road, all your bridesmaids will love these classic pajamas. This Classic Prep Monogramed Clutch is our absolute fave matching gift accessory so say thank you to all the ladies in your bridal party.
For the Always Got Your Back Groomsmen:
It’s inevitable. Groomsman everywhere want the t-shirt shot. Whether is this classic tuxedo tee Wedding Chicks Groomsman T-Shirt or their favorite superhero undershirt, these multipurpose groomsman gifts are the making for a great photo opt. For the classic gentleman, this Horchow Monogramed Bar Set is worthy of cheers for years to come. Or say thank you to those groomsmen with Mark & Graham Travel Pouch. Maybe it’ll help nudge them into shaving for the occasion. Everyone knows the guys will be knocking back few before the wedding so why not do it with customized Jon Hart Koozies? Unless its a beach wedding, socks will be in order so why not make them Fun socks that can also make for a great groomsman photo. No need to channel your inner top gun, these Ray Ban Aviator Sunglasses are the perfect classic thank you gift that every guy will enjoy. If a destination wedding is in the cards a Pottery Barn Monogramed Passport Cover or Luggage Tag would be the perfect gift for the groomsman. We love these classic Arthur Court Silver bottle Openers that come in a variety of themes and could be accompanied by a great card saying how thankful you are to have them in your big day.
For the Junior Bridesmaids & The Cutest Flower Girls There Ever Were:
Any flower girl or junior bridesmaid would love this Heart Scroll Kids Comb to make her feel like a princess. For the very young ones, we love the BlaBla Doll to help keep them entertained. These Wedding Chicks Flower Girl T-Shirt come in a variety of colors and styles to fit any wedding theme or any flower girl age- they will wear it with a huge smile even after the wedding! For Junior Bridesmaids the Pottery Barn Teen Curling Iron and Pottery Barn Teen Jewelry Case are great thank you gifts that the girls will be able to use and enjoy. This Kate Spade Ring Holder is great for close family friends
For the “Who Has the Ring” Ring Bearer:
If the ring bearer wasn’t cute enough already, this wedding Chicks Ring Bearer Shirt will have everyone in the wedding wanting to pinch his cheeks. They come in a variety of sizes, colors and styles so you can get the one thats just right for the little man. Depending on age, this Pottery Barn Kids Firefighter Toy is a great classic toy that will keep him busy and fuss free before walking down the aisle.
A classic red wagon is also a great gift for a ring bearer, particularly if the family has several children (brothers and sisters)- it can be enjoyed by all! Better yet, depending on your wedding theme you might even be able to use it on the big day!
Image from Green Wedding Shoes
For the Bride from the Groom:
When it comes to gifts for your future wife you know best but in case you need a little help, may we suggest the BHLDN Pablo Neruda Love Poems or Tiffany’s Gold and Diamond Key symbolizing the key to her heart that you now hold!
A great piece of art to mark your first piece as a couple is beautiful in so many ways. Below are a few of our favorites:
Art by Michelle Armas
Art by Jennifer Moreman
Art by Gary Komarin. Contact the Gremillion Gallery for pricing and info.
For the Groom from the Bride:
As we mentioned above, gifts for your husband to-be are very personal but in case you want a little extra something we love the BHLDN E.E Cummings Book of Erotic Poems to put that big smile on his face or a beautifully classic pair of Tiffany’s Cufflinks that he will wear for years to come.
For the Parents:
You wouldn’t be here without them, so don’t forget to say thank you to your parents too!
A vintage BHLDN Monogramed Kerchief has just the right feel and multipurpose for the big day *tear*siff*. This Tiffany Elsa Peretti Bean Money Clip is a sweet gesture to a father who has likely helped in the cost of the wedding. The bean symbolizes the “beginning of all things”. Perfection. Fill this gorgeous, custom Photo book with pictures and memories from years past. A mother of the groom or bride would be honored to receive this Retrospective Mirror symbolizing the past, present and future.
A great gift that can serve many purposes is a beautiful silver picture frame. Whether it is vintage or new, finding that special photo with your family and gifting it to them will surly warm their hearts. If you are able to buy several, displaying them at your wedding or rehearsal dinner makes the gift that much more special.
Let us know what your favorite wedding gift is to give or receive!
We’re in love with the Glitter + Pop open house by Over The Top Linen that completely lived up to their namesake. With the holiday season upon us, their fabulous showcase of the latest trends in linens, rentals and all things events was truly inspiring.
The invitations by Rachel Nieman arrived with a glitter filled card and a green balloon that revealed the details of the party. Who doesn’t love balloons before the party even starts?
This first table by Flora & Eventi was a perfect marriage of all things purple and gold. The ghost chairs and clear glass plates gave a great balance to the rich colors of the table. If you look carefully at the plates, you will see each guest name was written in glitter underneath big trend on the way!
This middle table has us excited for spring! A myriad of colors and a subtle chevron print made the table the perfect setting for a spring wedding, garden party or midsummer fiesta! Florals by AJ’s Urban Petals.
This blue sequin Kate Spade inspired royal table had so many of our favorite things we don’t know where to begin! Gold silverware, stripes, hints of black and Maxit Flower Design are just a few things we really loved. The beautiful array of brightly colored tulips, roses and hydrangeas in the bold black vases really set off this table and tied in the black and white stripes nicely! Hot pink, orange, blue, black, and gold at it’s finest.
This is just a sneak peak of their adjoining warehouse transformed into glamorous lounge with beautiful linens, rentals, walls of ivy, lighting and more!
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Entertaining during the holidays is a fact of life. Whether is a small gathering of friends and family or a large fête for the whole neighborhood, you will have your work cut out for you. To make it a less stressful for you, we’ve curated a few easy-to-duplicate ideas for winter wonderland holiday entertaining.Snow globes are one of the most symbolic holiday items right behind santa and mistletoe, so what a better centerpiece than a DIY snow globe that can double as a favor for each one of your guests?!
These step by step instructions can be found on Ziplock!
For a waterless option, take a peek DIY snow globes from Sweet Something Design.
Picking an overall theme, in this case winter wonderland, will help you avoid having a random assortment of holiday decor. We like to keep it all cohesive. The examples below are affordable and actually very easily replicated examples of some fabulous winter wonderland decor done right!
This stunning baby’s breath centerpiece was found Pinterest.
More handmade paper snowflake details from this pretty little winter wonderland party on Anders Ruff.For deserts, try just about anything white! From white chocolate covered pretzels, yogurt covered raisins to fluffy white cake covered in cream cheese icing – are you hungry yet?! The options for easy holiday deserts are endless. If you already own neutral serving pieces like a glass cake stand, white trays, silver platters, or mercury glass anything – event better. Use it to make your winter wonderland come to life.
Additional (and simple) ideas for winter wonderland desserts:
- Vanilla cheesecake: Try spindling some white or silver sprinkles on top for added effect.
- White chocolate covered marshmallow pops
- Vanilla cake with cream cheese icing topped with edible silver glitter
- Powered sugar donut holes
- Just about anything topped a la mode – ice cream makes everything better!
Goodies above found on Style Sweet CA, Wed Me Pretty, A Blissful Nest, Lark Crafts, Hosting Essence and Simply Sweets.No party would be complete without a festive cocktail and we have found a few that will be perfect for your holiday party. If you don’t have time to whip up something just grab a bottle (or two, or three) of champagne and throw in a piece of clear rock candy and you’ve got a perfect holiday drink!
This fab candy champagne flute was found on Style Me Pretty.
Winter wonderland holiday drink inspiration above from on Shape, One Fine Cookie, Babble, and Gourmet Traveler.