Monday, September 30, 2013

Wedding Day Dress Code | North Carolina Wedding Planner

When you're planning your wedding, you may have a tough time deciding on the dress code. Do you want to have an elegant black tie wedding on a Saturday evening or a casual, rustic wedding on a Sunday afternoon? The dress code you choose helps set the mood you want for your wedding. Think about what time of party you want to have and the mood you want to create and then consider these options.
White Tie: Your most formal option. White tie weddings are generally after 6:00p and the men are expected to dress in a white coat and tie. Ladies should wear ball gowns or floor length dresses. Ladies may choose to wear gloves or shawls during the cooler seasons.
Emily Post suggests, "men should wear a tailcoat, a formal white shirt, white vest, and tie, white or gray gloves, and black opera pumps (shoes without laces)."
Black Tie: This is the most popular formal attire choice for today's brides and grooms. This would be a step down in formality from white tie. A black tuxedo or evening jacket and matching trousers are standard. Men should wear a black tie and black vest or cummerbund. During the summer months, a white dinner jacket and black trousers is considered acceptable, according to Emily Post. Women should generally wear a formal floor length ball gown, but a short, dressy cocktail dress is acceptable.
Black Tie Optional: This option is slightly less formal than black tie. The same attire worn at a black tie event is appropriate, but guests that choose to go a bit more casual can wear a dark suit with a white shirt and conservative tie. The word "optional" here, basically just means that a tux is not required. Women can wear floor length formal gowns, dressy cocktail dresses, or even dressy separates.
Creative Black Tie: This option is probably one you haven't seen before, however wedding that ask guests to wear "creative black tie" attire are beginning to pop up. For these weddings, a tuxedo is traditional for men, but you can have fun by adding a colorful tie, cummerbund, and shirt. Women can wear anything from a floor length gown to short, dressy cocktail dresses, but may choose to dress it up by adding a colorful shawl or jewelry.
Semiformal: In today's wedding world, semiformal attire is the most popular. Men should wear a dark suit with a white shirt and a conservative tie. For ladies, a cocktail dress or a nice skirt and blouse are appropriate.
Traditionally, if the invitation does not state the specific attire required, guests should follow these guidelines.
Casual: This one is pretty self-explanatory, it's...casual. Outdoor weddings or beach weddings tend to be a little more laid-back, and this includes attire. Guys should wear a nice button-down shirt with a tie and khaki pants. They may also consider wearing a sport jacket. Depending on how casual the wedding is, you may also be able to get away with khaki shorts and a polo.
Ladies should wear a sundress, but should be mindful of the fabric. You don't want to wear anything that looks to formal. A nice skirt and blouse would also be acceptable.
Lastly, I know this isn't included in the dress codes above, but I think it's important to cover. While many etiquette books think it's acceptable, please avoid wearing white to a wedding...unless of course you're the bride. If you do show up in white, you're not technically doing anything wrong, but people may talk. Most guests haven't read through etiquette books and will think this is in poor taste. Let the day be about the bride and save your little white dress for a special occasion that doesn't include someone else exchanging their vows.
Brides, be sure that you include your dress code in your invitations and on your wedding website if you have one. Guests will not know you're planning a black tie affair if it's not printed on the invitation and you won't Uncle Joe showing up in khakis while everyone else is wearing a tux.

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Friday, September 27, 2013

Floral Friday {Stephanotis} | North Carolina Wedding Planner

When a bride-to-be asks for stephanotis, also referred to as Madagascar jasmine, it's clear that hers will be an high end affair. It's blooms are fragrant, delicate, and expensive. However it has been the signature for tradional and formal weddings of some of the most revered style icons, such as Jacqueline Kennedy, Princess Diana, and Audrey Hepburn.
The blossoms are sold stem free and in packages, presented like an elegant box of white chocolates. Florists wire the blooms to create their own "stems" so they can work the flowers into their creations. Pearl head pins are often used to hold them in pace in a bouquet.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Design Elements {Burlap & Lace} | North Carolina Wedding Planner

Burlap and Lace - country and casual meets sophisticated and elegant! A burlap and lace wedding seems to be the perfect combination, representing the rough and rugged side of the groom and elegant, feminine side of the bride. A simple and ultra-romatic paring for a wedding.

Check out some of our favorite burlap and lace combinations and don't forget you can follow us on Pinterest for even more inspiration.


Thursday, September 19, 2013

Wedding Trivia Thursday | North Carolina Wedding Planner

Over 74% of first-time brides receive a diamond engagement ring, with the diamond (first discovered in India over 2,000 years ago) symbolizing pure and eternal love. The Greeks thought diamonds (adamas) were tears of the gods, and the Romans thought diamas or diamonds were splinters from heavenly stars.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Picking Your Wedding Date | North Carolina Wedding Planner

According to old folklore, you should "choose not alone a proper mate, but a proper time to marry." While there are many practical and sentimental reasons for choosing a particular date, did you know that their are folklore, myths, and traditions you can follow as well?

January - "Marry when the year is new, he'll be loving, kind, and true."
February - "When February birds do mate, you wed nor dread your fate."
March - "If you wed when March winds blow, joy and sorrow both you'll know."
April - "Marry in April, if you can, joy for maiden and for man."
May - "Marry in the month of May, you will surely rue the day."
June - "Marry when June roses grow and over land and sea you'll go."
July - "Those who in July do wed must labor for their daily bread."
August - "Whoever wed in August be, many a change is sure to see."
September - "Marry in September's shine so that your life is rich and fine."
October - "If in October you do marry, love will come but riches tarry."
November - "If you wed in bleak November, only joys will come, remember!"
December - "When December's snows fall fast, marry, and your love will last."
In actuality, these rhymes had a foundation that went beyond myth and folklore. For example, Ancient Greeks believed January was one of the best times to wed because this month was dedicated to Hera, defender of women and wife of Zeus. They believed that anyone married in January received an extra blessing under Hera's power. They also favored April, the month of Venus, the Roman goddess of love.
September was recommended for fertility because of the benefits of the harvest moon.
May was considered a bad time to marry because of the custom of observing the Feast of the Dead, when everyone worked hard to appease the souls of the departed, during this month. Queen Victoria took this so seriously that she did not allow any royal weddings during the month of May.
Victorians also believed that the luckiest time to marry was to be married on the same day of the week that the groom was born, regardless of the month. It was considered even better if you married on his actual birthday.
Looking for more practical reasons for choosing your wedding date? Consider the following:
May, June, July, August, September, and October are the most popular times to marry. Accordingly, the most popular wedding venues will be at a premium during these months. They will often be booked well in advance during this time.
The most budget friendly months to wed are January, February, and March.
Are you planning an outdoor ceremony and/or reception? If so, this will limit you to the warmer months.
Thinking about a wedding during a holiday weekend? Consider how this will impact your guests. Many families have yearly traditions and vacations planned for the fourth of July, Thanksgiving, and Christmas that they will likely not wish to forgo.
Of course there are many more things you may be considering when choosing your wedding date, but hopefully these will help guide (or at least entertain) you.
If you need additional help choosing a wedding date, please give us a call or shoot us an email to set up a complementary consultation to see how we can help you.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Floral Friday {Orchid} | North Carolina Wedding Planner

Orchids are available in a wide variety of colors including green, orange, pink, purple, red, white, and yellow. They are available year round.

Orchids have a long life span, but tend to be pricey.

Here are some of our favorite ideas for orchids at your wedding. You can follow us on Pinterest for even more inspiration.


Thursday, September 12, 2013

Wedding Trivia Thursday | North Carolina Wedding Planner

The bachelor or stag party supposedly started in fifth-century Sparta where military compatriots would feast and toast one another on the eve of a wedding, like warriors going to battle.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Design Elements {Bling} | North Carolina Wedding Planner

No over-the-top, glitz and glamour wedding would be complete without the perfect amount of bling. Whether you're planning to add a few touches or "bling out" your entire event, I'm sure you're going to love the ideas and inspiraiton we're sharing today.

Don't forget, you can also follow us on Pinterest for even more inspiration!!


Friday, September 6, 2013

Floral Friday {Anemone} | North Carolina Wedding Planner

Anemones also known as the 'windflower', are small blossoming flowers available in a rainbow of colors. I am particularly in love with the white anemones, which should explain why they are so prominently featured in this post.

Anemones are thought to represent anticipation and unfading love, good luck and protection against evil.

Anenomes do not like being out of water for any great length of time and take water in quickly, so be sure to check wateer levels regularly. They are typically available from September until May and have a vase life of about 5-8 days.

Check out some of our favorite weddings using anemones and don't forget to follow us on Pinterest for even more floral inspiration.