Personalize Your Wedding: The Colors

We are more than halfway through the Personalize Your Wedding series, are you enjoying it so far? Is there anything else you would like us to talk about? We only have three more weeks left! 

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We somehow got a little ahead of ourselves and skipped one of the easiest ways to personalize your wedding…the colors! Your personality can greatly shine through depending on which colors you choose, and it’s a bonus when it’s easy to pick them as a couple! Color options are endless, think about the colors in your closet, which one stands out? If you have a sweet and bubbly personality, at this moment you might be drawn towards blush and gold, but don’t just take a glance at Pinterest and let that decide your color scheme. Take a look at your closet, what colors shine through? 

When you start planning your wedding, the colors are important because they will be carried out through the entire planning process. From your invitations to your bridal party attire and the flowers to the linens. The first thing to talk about is what are your favorite colors? Would you like for them to be included in your wedding day? For my own wedding it was fairly easy to decide our wedding colors solely on our favorites. 

I LOVE purple and it’s pretty evident to anyone who knows me. Thankfully, purple is also my husbands favorite color! It was decided, we would definitely have some shade of purple included in our color scheme. But how? What colors would complement it? 

Next, think about the season. Since we were getting married right at the start of summer, I wanted to make sure we had bold colors but also don’t too dark. Too pastel would be more "spring" and deeper shades of purple would be too “fall”. We ended up going with a brighter “royal” purple, more like Baltimore Ravens purple…if you’re familiar 😉 

After we had decided on the shade of purple we wanted to achieve, we thought about a secondary color. Again, thinking about the seasons and colors we liked, we decided mint was a great accent. To choose your accent color scheme, think about the mood you want to set. If you are hoping to go moody and romantic, you may want a deeper color than your main focus, if you want to have a more fun and bright setting, go a little more vibrant. 

Then, think about placement. Where will your colors be best suited? Go through the following areas and look at the big picture of your color palette:

Invitations. Do you want to have a colorful envelope? A beautifully lettered suite? Stick to your color choices and decide what looks best. This is a great time to consult with your invitation designer to see what she recommends. If you are an Enchanting Couple, make sure you bring along your inspiration board!

Linens. What type of space will your tables be in? Should you brighten up the room or tone it down? 

Flowers. This is a great conversation to have with your florist. Discuss what is important to you, what shades of colors you want, and see what they are able to do. Keep in mind that flowers are sometimes unpredictable, but remain clear in your vision. 

Attire. This was my favorite part about bringing our color choices and personality to life. After deciding your colors, choose what color dress, shoes and jewelry your gals will wear, then figure out how the guys will coordinate.

What colors would you like to have for your wedding? Do you have any helpful tips on choosing wedding colors? 

Personalize Your Wedding: Escort Cards & Place Cards (And The Difference Between The Two!)

This week in the personalize your wedding series we are talking about escort cards and place cards. Before we get into how you can personalize these, let’s go over the difference between the two. Are you thinking “wait, there is a difference?” you are definitely in the majority. Most people don’t realize they are separate things and serve different purposes. There are a few reasons you should have both, and also reasons where you don’t need one of them. 

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Place cards are for the table setting. These are generally found on or around the seat where the guest should be sitting. Place cards are a way to indicate the meal a person should receive, and/or where they should be sitting. 

Escort cards are most often found all together on an escort table or in an escort area. They are used to guide each guest to their table. 

A few occasions when you should have both:

- If you have a large guest count it’s nice to make sure couples will be sitting directly next to each other. Sometimes a few people will sit down at a table and not pay attention to the single chairs on either side. This can be avoided by having both types of cards. 

- Plated meal with more than one meal option. Did you have guests select which meal they would like to have? This is when that will come into play. Place cards will help the servers know who ordered which specific meal. 

When is it okay to just have one? Which one should you have?

I always recommend having escort cards. Even with a small number of guests it helps the reception stay organized and be ready quickly. When there isn’t a seating chart you may end up with chairs moved around, some guests not comfortable with where they need to sit, or even running out of space. By creating a seating chart beforehand and then creating escort cards you are saving yourself, your vendors and your guests the trouble of doing the guess work. 

Now lets get to the fun part…how to show off your personality with either option. 

Escort cards and seating cards can really add to your wedding day theme and be a reflection of your personality. Pinterest has endless ideas, (check out our escort & place card board here!) but try thinking outside of the box a little bit.

Is there something small that has been a symbol of your relationship? 

Did you meet in Georgia? What about having a calligrapher write on peaches? We once used oranges with calligraphy and it was adorable!

Do the both of you enjoy a delicious cup of coffee? A mini jar with coffee grounds and a calligraphy tag with a table number is a sweet idea. 

For the nautical hearts like ours, we love including beachy details. Beach glass place cards, or oyster shell escort cards. There are so many options when it comes to nautical themes. 

Some other fun ideas are candles with personalized labels for a romantic wedding, a small herb with a wooden stick as the table number for a couple that loves to garden together, or even back to simple and have a calligrapher write your escort cards in colors to match your wedding. 

Did you know the difference between escort and place cards? Which of these ideas is your favorite? 

Personalize Your Wedding: Signature Drinks

Are you planning on having a signature drink at your wedding? Instead of finding a random drink that simply sounds cool, why not take a few minutes and think of something that truly means something to you and your fiancé? We have a few reasons you should think about adding these drinks to your wedding planning to-do list, and also some suggestions on finding the perfect option! 

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Why should you have signature drinks?

- Signature drinks are a great way to incorporate your theme, ideal wedding atmosphere and personality.

- Bar lines will be a bit shorter because these drinks can sometimes be made in bulk. 

- If the thought of an open bar seems a bit too expensive, you could limit the number of liquor beverages by having two signature drink options. 

- Guests can save the process of thinking about what to order when you have already made a choice for them. 

How to choose your signature drink:

Do you have a go-to drink that all of your friends know about? Your signature drink can be just that! 

What colors are you using throughout your wedding? Is there a yummy drink that ends up being that color? 

Do you have a favorite place with a drink named after it? Something like a Manhattan or Long Island Ice Tea? 

Is there a special drink made where you are from? This is a great way to give a nod to your hometown! 

Where are you going on your honeymoon? Somewhere tropical is a great excuse to offer a Mai Tai or Margarita

Options are endless for your signature drink! Do you have any ideas to add? 

 

 

Personalize Your Wedding | Choosing The Music

Throughout the wedding planning process, it is important to highlight the personality of you and your fiancé. Including special details throughout the decor, writing your own vows and choosing your colors are all great ways to make sure your personality shines through - but what about the rest of the day? I am excited to announce a new series on the enchanting blog about personalizing your wedding to be an extension of your relationship. 

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For my own wedding, I wanted our guests to feel like the whole day was very "us" from the colors to the location. One of the most important things to me was the music. I wanted all of the wedding "songs" to mean something to us or our family. This process took some time but I am so glad we were able to chose such special songs for each part of our day. 

Music is the background to the entire day and the main event at some points. Don't just go with "tradition" and take the time to think about what each portion means to you. "Here Comes The Bride" isn't necessary if you want something else, don't be afraid to stray from what your parents had at their wedding.

Be sure to select songs for the following:

Processional. What song should each of the following groups walk down the aisle to? It's fine to even choose one song for all of them, just make sure it is long enough. 

  • Grandparents
  • Parents
  • Bridal party
  • Flower girl & Ring bearer
  • Bride 

Recessional. You are MARRIED! What song would you like to get the party started? It's time to celebrate! 

Reception entrance. What song should you be introduced to? What about the bridal party?

  • Parents
  • Bridal Party
  • Bride & groom

First dance. Your first dance together as husband & wife!

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Formal dances. 

  • Father & daughter
  • Mother & son

Kick off song. We had a specific song we wanted played after the formal dances were over. You can easily leave this up to your DJ, but for us we wanted a remix of I Hope You Dance. It started off slower and then became a "party" mix. It meant a lot for me to have this dance with my mom, and everyone else joined the party, too! 


Tosses

  • Bouquet toss. We promise there are more options than "Single Ladies"
  • Garter toss

Cake cutting
Anniversary dance

Last song
Other important songs.
For us we had a few favorites that we definitely wanted played during our cocktail hour and reception. 

Make note of these songs for your DJ and then trust that they will focus on the dance floor and play what is best throughout the night. It's always important to have some "do not play" songs as well! 

What were or are your top music choices?