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"Wow Factor" Welcome Bags - Volume 1

It's all in the details.. We hear this time and time again in the Wedding Industry. We have a lot of rules we live by, in terms of how we approach design, one being that details ALWAYS matter. The term "no one will even notice" is taboo in the studio. DETAILS MATTER.  Actually, the smallest details matter the most. Tossing random items into a basket and calling it a welcome bag is not so welcoming. Use this as an opportunity to personalize their wedding experience. This is one area where having a theme is not frowned upon. Concepts vs Themes = we'll explore that in a later blog post. We are suckers for pretty packing and I think most of us can agree that thoughtful packaging makes everything taste, smell, and feel better. Right?! So, here is our list of items that are thoughtfully packaged. 


Chocolate bars by Mast Brothers

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Organic Cracklings  by Epic Bar

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All Natural Soap by Keats

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Granola by Sakara

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Travel Sized Gin by The Perfect Measure

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Serious Popcorn from Causley Fresh

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Insider Tips from a Wedding Venue Manager

There are a million and one wedding tips on Pinterest to assist you in your journey of selecting the perfect wedding venue. This is great.. The venue is one of the most important elements of the process, so it’s important to be educated.  Along with running The Nouveau Wedding, I am also a venue manager. When I sit down with couples who don’t have a wedding planner, I make sure to communicate every single detail that I feel they need to know, because chances are, they aren’t quite sure what to ask. I also always encourage them to make a list of questions to take with them to every venue appointment. Here are a few questions that I rarely get asked, but feel should be included on every bride’s questionnaire. 

1. Who will be my point of contact and will they be present on the day of my wedding? Ideally, you will only have one point of contact and they will be present throughout the entire process. If the venue does not require the venue manager to be present for your wedding, ask to meet the person who will be in charge on the day of. You’ll want to build a relationship with whoever is in charge of taking care of you and your guests. 

2. What is your cancellation policy if we change the date? This is especially important if you are military or have an engagement period longer than 1.5 years

3. Can we drop off decor a few days prior to the wedding? Hey… the worst they can say is “no”. 

4. Can we come by when the room is set up for a wedding to gather ideas? Chances are, they are more than willing to let you, but they’re probably not going to offer the opportunity if you don’t ask. Side Note: If you do visit the venue on the day of someone else’s wedding, trust us when we say “the venue manager will NOT have time to stop and answer questions.” Don’t take it personally. 

5. Will my vendors get an opportunity to view the space before the day of the wedding? If you have a wedding planner, this is not really that important, but we highly recommend that your photographer have a chance to check the lighting before the wedding day. 


Swan Coach House

Swan Coach House

Race and Religious

Race and Religious

 

 

 Here are a few additional tips to be aware of when working with wedding venues.

If you are willing to have your wedding on a weekday, discounts will most likely be granted.

If you plan on doing a “first look” before the ceremony, do a walk through with your photographer to choose the location ahead of time.

Ask the venue manager’s opinion of your floor plan. They’ve seen countless weddings in that particular space and they are your best resource for what works and what doesn’t. 

When venues recommend vendors, ask them what they are making their recommendations based on.

If you have an extensive floral design, ask permission for the florist to come in a day prior to build the foundation and drop off supplies. 

Make sure to have a conversation about what happens to the flowers if you don’t take them with you. 

Happy Hunting!

Marigny Opera House

Marigny Opera House

Aynhoe Park

Aynhoe Park

Aria

Aria

The #1 Most Overlooked Decor Detail...

The linens.... We get it. Most venues come with free tablecloths and free is a good thing, right? While we can’t argue that free is, well, free, we can tell you that investing in quality linens is one of the easiest ways to  elevate your design.

Sourcing decor for your event can be intimidating. Most of these companies require a wholesale account and will only sell to wedding industry vendors, so we recommend sharing this guide with your florist, wedding planner, and/or stylist. Below are our list of linen favorites. 


The Tuscany collection from LaTavola Linens

Details:  A textured raw linen sets the table for the natural, understated Tuscany Collection. This collection exudes effortless culture and timeless style. You just can’t beat a raw linen texture. 

Favorite Colors: Wedgwood, Silver, Natural, Plum, White

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The Velvet collection from BBJ Linen

Details: Adding velvet creates that ethereal, fine art look that brides have been drooling over this year.  We use it often on the grooms cake table, as well as the guest tables.

Favorite Colors: Bone, Rose Quartz, Gold

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The Ivory linen from LaTavola Linens' Nuovo Collection

Details: Ivory is a tough color. It’s either too yellow or too khaki. This is the truest Ivory we’ve found on the market.

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Handloom Weave Table Runner by Silk and Willow

Details: Their Table Linens are hand loomed and naturally dyed with sustainably gathered plant materials. You can’t go wrong with any of their colors. We use their Antique White for ceiling drapes, table runners, and cake tables. 

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The Beatrice Linen from LaTavola Linens

Details: The detail work in this linen in stunning. If your budget allows, we recommend using it on all of the guest tables, but if you had to choose just one table, we recommend placing on the cake table. 

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Rosewood Cora by BBJ Linen

Rosewood Cora is a distinctive blend of old fashioned elegance and modern appeal. We usually alternate this linen with BBJ's Cameo or White linen. It's also perfect for catering and cake tables. 

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Epic Bridesmaids Gifts

Your girls love you, otherwise they wouldn't have spent (on average) $500 to celebrate one of the most important days of your life. Bridesmaids gifts have become "cutesy" over the last few years. Chances are, if you google "bridesmaids gifts", your search will reveal the fact that "bride tribe" was trending in 2016, and customized tumblers were hot in 2017. We say ditch the trends. Go for something that says you value their friendship all year round. Here is our first edition of Epic Bridesmaids Gift Options under $25. 


Darling Magazine - $10

More than a print magazine, Darling redefines beauty and empowers women to own their unique potential. Media that makes you feel loved, not less. We feel like EVERY girl should have a subscription!


Anthropologie Satin Ponytail Holders - $12

Style No. 46288486 ; Color Code: 065

  • Set of six

  • Satin, elastic

  • 4 colors


Carry On Cocktail Kits - $24

The Carry On Cocktail Kit includes everything you need to mix up two delicious cocktails at 30,000 feet. Whether you’re in the mood for a proper Old Fashioned, the perfect Gin & Tonic or a spicy Moscow Mule, the Carry On Cocktail Kit is the ultimate traveler’s companion.


Translucent Heart Shaped Sunglasses - $10

We actually get hearts in our eyes when we look at these heart shaped sunglasses.  Heart eyes on heart eyes XOXO.. And how cute will these look in your bridesmaids pics?


 Embroidered Gift Card Holders - $6

Purchase a gift card from one of your favorite local coffee shops within walking distance of their hotel and tuck it into one of these adorable gift card holders.