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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

Hair and Makeup Trends for 2018-2019

We can sum it up in 2 words. Effortlessly Chic. DISCLAIMER: We always, always, always, encourage our wedding clients to choose their hair and makeup details based on what makes them feel the most radiant.  It truly is that simple, however, the truth of the matter is, trends do influence decisions. Halos and Tiaras are making a comeback, and so are braids. The 2017 trend on the runway was hair bows and low ponytails, and we'll be seeing that trend merge into the wedding industry this year as well. The dewy foundation has always been one our favorite wedding day styles, but now we have the "IT'S TRENDING" stamp to use as leverage. Again, your wedding day is going to be chaotic (but that’s what we are here for), so please take our advice when we say that feeling beautiful is absolutely necessary for achieving the wedding of your dreams. With that being said, we've compiled a list of images for you to share with your stylist. 


Low Up Do's

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Braids

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Halos, Hairpins, and Crowns

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Velvet Hair Bows + Pony Tails

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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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