Saturday, February 27, 2010

Ask a Planner: Rehearsal Tips

The age old saying "practice makes perfect" is why most brides and grooms have a rehearsal of their ceremony in the few days leading up to their wedding. You only get to do this once, so you want it to go smoothly! Also, big wedding parties are quite popular, and to organize a large number of people is easier when you've rehearsed the ceremony. Here are a few tips when organizing and carrying out a rehearsal.

1. First and foremost, it is SO important to put someone in charge ahead of time to run the rehearsal. It can be a family member not in the wedding party, a friend, or a wedding planner- but remember, you can't be running the show! The bridal party and parents will be rehearsing themselves, so someone else needs to be directing.
2. Once you've chosen someone to direct your rehearsal, sit down with them and tell them exactly how you want it to go. It's frustrating for everyone if you're making major decisions about who walks when, where to stand, etc. during the rehearsal- so decide how you want things beforehand. It's okay to change things if you don't like the way it looks, but have a plan.

3. Make sure that everyone involved knows who is in charge. Make an announcement and introduce them, and let everyone know that they will be listening to the direction of this person. A wedding planner can be invaluable in rounding up bridal parties, getting people to focus and listen, and knowing how things should run. They are the pros after all!

4. Usually, three dry runs should do it. The first is just winging it, seeing how everything looks so you can tweak if need be. The second time will have your adjustments, and the third is to cement the details and make sure everyone knows their cue. Some bridal parties have got in down in two runs, some need twenty! But honestly, people are probably hungry for your rehearsal dinner, so as long as things look good, try not to insist on running through it too many times. 5. Kids in the bridal procession need to be prepped for what they'll be doing. Rehearsals are great for them, but this shouldn't be the first time they're practicing. Mom and Dad should be going over walking down the aisle with little ones so that they're prepared and excited. And, your rehearsal director should probably bring candy for bribing purposes. :)
6. Make sure you're music is set and ready to go beforehand- music glitches take up precious time and are frustrating! Whether it's a guy pushing play on the sound system, or a string quartet playing live, make sure they know their cues, and make sure your bridal party listens for their cues in the music. Again, a director and/or planner can be helpful in letting people know when it's time to head down the aisle.

Got any other tips for a smooth rehearsal? Please share!
(Photo credits: 1,2,3,4,5,6)

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Winter Wonderland Wedding

It's a busy week at Forget Me Knot Details- we have a gorgeous wedding this Saturday at Salvatore's Italian Gardens and we are prepping and getting ready. Steve and Janel are having a beautiful "winter wonderland" wedding, with crisp white and plenty of sparkle! Here's a little inspiration board so you can see where we're going with the decor (Julie made the most amazing Escort Card Tree that we will be sure to show photos of and talk about soon!). Photos of the event to come as soon as we get our hands on them. Hope you're having a good last week of February- spring is coming I promise!!
Winter Wonderland

Friday, February 19, 2010

Best Dress EVER

So remember when I directed you to this shoot on Style Me Pretty, a vintage travel chic themed wedding that I thought was gorgeous? Well they've featured it again today, with photos taken by the students at Jessica Claire's workshop, and I am still in L.O.V.E. with this dress. I just think it is sooo unique and amazing!!! And check it out- it's actually a corset and a skirt! It's from Joan Shum Bridal and she has all of these bridal corsets and skirts that you can mix and match and they are all pretty fantastic. The ones used for this shoot are Lady of the Valley corset with the Love of the Mist skirt. The closest place to here that you can get them is NYC, but I would drive there for this- I love it!!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Buffalo Winter Engagement Session

Here is a lovely winter engagement session that showcases that winters in Buffalo aren't so bad!! :) Check out how our friend Chris Kijowski captured the love and happiness of Kristina and Jason as they traveled throughout the northtowns (these photos were taken in North Tonawanda, Lockport, Olcott, Wilson, and Sanborn, NY). I love them all, especially the ones of the bridge in North Tonawanda!! Enjoy!

New Featured Wedding on Our Site!

So I finally got around to featuring a different wedding on our website- the previous one was my baby sister's wedding and I just didn't want to part with it! :) But, here's a lovely fall soiree we did back in November for your viewing pleasure. It was the most eco-friendly wedding we've ever done, with biodegradable everything and silverware made out of potato starch! Robin's committment to being green taught us a lot about the options that are available today. Enjoy!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Martha Stewart Flower Centerpieces

Check out this adorable idea for a unique centerpiece from Martha Stewart- it incorporates flowers, but in a completely unexpected way. I love it!

Vintage Lovely

Things are getting pretty busy around here- you can tell it's engagement season!! Congrats to all of the newly engaged brides-to-be out there, and I hope that you're enjoying this time in your life and not getting too stressed. I find that when I'm feeling overwhelmed with my to-do lists (aka, now) it helps to look at pretty pictures of things I like. :) For me, one of those things is vintage-themed weddings. So, here's a pretty inspiration board with some vintage lovely to enjoy. Let's all take deep breaths and de-stress shall we?
Vintage Romance
As always, click image for photo credits!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

2010 Wedding Trend: White Bridesmaid Dresses

A new trend for weddings this coming year is to dress your bridesmaids in white or ivory. In the past this has been taboo, with the understanding that no one but the bride should be wearing white on her wedding day. But our new generation of brides is changing wedding traditions everyday- and we love that! Many brides like the clean look of white or ivory- and often they pair these dresses with a colored sash to bring in their other chosen hues. Here's some inspiration for a bride looking to dress her girls to match the bride. (Click image for credits)
White/Ivory Bridesmaid Dresses

Monday, February 8, 2010

Colors We Love: Navy and Apple Green

Navy seems to be a really popular color with our brides here in WNY this year- we already have three weddings coming up with navy blue as one of their colors! We have a navy and teal "peacock feather" wedding, a navy and white nautical, and a navy, platinum, and cream "bling" wedding.
For a navy and white nautical wedding, I think a splash of apple green is the perfect, unexpected color to take typical to fantastic. Any splash of a bright color will do, but my favorite right now is apple green. :) Here's a pretty navy and apple green color board, although not necessarily nautical, it shows the color combination quite well. I used the Dessy Styleboard for this one.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

NonPareil Magazine has launched!

Looking for DIY instructions, great free downloads and templates, and gorgeous wedding inspiration? Check out this new online wedding mag, Nonpareil Magazine. This is a gorgeous compliation of fresh, talented vendors who provide readers with diy projects, tutorials, templates, downloads, and tons of pretty pictures to get your wedding creative juices flowing. :) Check out their premier issue now!
(Image courtesy of The Inspired Bride, one of the editors of Nonpareil)