Maryland Wedding

A Look Back on 2017 | Maryland Wedding Coordinator

I can't believe we had the honor of working alongside so many amazing couples this year. It was so sad to see their names fade from my daily inbox as planning of their dream wedding day ended, but I am so happy to see them thriving in their marriage and life. 

I may never get used to the fact that we have the chance to do this, together with my mom (and sister), we have celebrated alongside families as their children/nieces/nephews/grandchildren get married. It's such a big day for everyone and we do not take that lightly. To be given the opportunity to make sure moms enjoy the special day, MOH's have the time to focus on the bride and other vendors are able to give their all, it truly means so much to us. 

We had no idea where Enchanting Events would go when we started talking about it several years ago, and we couldn't be happier to see what this year brought us. It was our best year yet, with some of the most amazing clients. Thank you to each couple that had us along for the ride. Here are some of our favorite photos from this year. 

The only two weddings we had this year without Emily! 

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Anna Schmidt Photography

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We love when there is time to style the details! 

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What a year it has been! I hope to remember to take a few more behind the scenes photos in 2018 ;) 

Jon & Irene | Baltimore Wedding | Maryland Wedding Planner

Jon & Irene are one of the most touching, stylish and kind couples I have met. I have known Jon since high school, (Go Eastern Tech!) which is also where he met Irene. The two were back and forth between dating and once they ended up together Jon was sure to plan the most incredible proposal on a beach in Greece with their family surrounding them. 

Their wedding day was emotional, inviting and beautiful in so many ways. They made sure to thank friends and family several times throughout the evening, reminding everyone it was as much their celebration of love as it was for Jon & Irene themselves. 

Baltimore lived it up along with them with fireworks over Federal Hill, beautiful bistro lights hung among the American Visionary Art Museum, and an after-party at Bookmakers. 

Thank you, Jon & Irene for giving us the honor of being your wedding planners. We wish both of you a lifetime full of happiness and good music :) 

  

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Thank you to the amazing vendor team that made this magic happen!

Photographer: Saul Cervantes Photography | Videographer: Ryan Serio | Florist: Ann's Garden | Ceremony: Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church | Reception Venue: American Visionary Art Museum | Farm Tables: Barnes Handcrafted Farmhouse Tables | Catering: Rouge Fine Catering | DJ: George Tsakiris | Bartender: Bookmakers Baltimore | Cake: Charm City Cakes | Lighting: Event Dynamics | Transportation: American Limo

 

Enjoy the amazing photographs by Saul Cervantes and video by Ryan Serio

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? 

Anne and Chris | Baltimore, Maryland Wedding

I met Anne at the very beginning of 2016 when we met for coffee and ended up closing down Panera. We got along so well that it was one of those "did we just become best friends" type moments. Finding friends in this creative industry isn't always easy, but with Anne it was. We talked about business, life, what we wanted to do in the future and how excited she was to be getting married to her best friend. 

When Anne asked us to plan her wedding we jumped for joy! We had just worked a styled shoot together and had such a fun time spending hours designing for that, and we couldn't wait to be part of her actual wedding day. Planning a wedding for someone in the wedding industry may sound intimidating, but we could not have enjoyed this experience more! Anne and Chris have a timeless type of love. They love each other without fail, wanted a classy wedding day and an intimate setting with their closest friends. 

Anne's son, Brody, also played a big role in the festivities (and he might be my favorite part- seriously how adorable is he?) by walking his mama down the aisle and sharing a mother-son dance with her. Talk about sweet! I love that these two will have another one of these dances at HIS wedding one day. 

Amy and Jordan captured pure magic on December 3rd, 2016 when Anne and Chris became husband and wife in downtown Baltimore. We still can't get over how beautiful Anne looked in her dress! 

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I couldn't help but share this next one- they really were meant to be ;) 

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From the laughter surrounding the craps table and the James Bond inspired cocktails to the love that was evident all around the room and the smile on Anne & Chris's face as they danced to the last dance with all of their friends and family- it was a beautiful night to remember. 

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Congratulations, Anne, Chris and Brody! We love you guys! 

We absolutely loved working with an amazing team of creatives to bring this day to life. 

Photography: Amy & Jordan

Hair & Makeup: All Aglow Beauty

Flowers: My Flower Box Events

Dress: Martina Liana from K & B Bridals | Venue: Admiral Fell Inn | | Bridal Jewelry: Faye Daniel Designs | Wedding Bands: Smyth Jewelers  | Bridesmaids Jewelry Boxes: Eikoh Design Studio | Rentals: Baltimore's Best Events | Cake: Sugarbakers | DJ: Jenny Z Mobile DJ |