Friday, February 22, 2013

Unique Ideas for your Bridal Entrance

You have been planning all the details of your wedding ceremony and reception, and this is one of the most important and thrilling days of your lives.  This is your opportunity to celebrate and showcase your relationship and style.


Many couples choose traditional songs and processionals, while others make their wedding ceremony their own style with special songs, routines and surprising twists.  Create your wedding day that will be remembered for years to come by planning a special entrance into your ceremony.  Like the picture below, have the curtains closed to be drawn back magically and held in place while the Bride walks down.


If you are getting married in a church, you can use their projector screens or large television screens  to create a slideshow to be played before the Processional.  If in another venue, you can rent one large screen to put up front so all of your guests can see the pictures.  You could also time your slideshow so pictures of each member of your bridal party appears on the screen as they walk down the aisle. When the Bride enters and walks down the aisle, you could have one of your engagement pictures shown leaving it up on the screen.  This way, the guests will see the picture and will then turn their attention from the picture to the Bride as she makes that special walk to her Groom.


Depending on the location of your wedding, your can arrive in a non-traditional way.  If it is an outdoor wedding, the Bride could arrive on a horse drawn carriage:

With an outdoor wedding near a lake or river, the Bride could arrive by boat:


You could consider adding a small band for your ceremony processional.  Have pre-recorded music play for the Prelude, Special Seating and Wedding Party entrance.  When it is time for the Bride to enter, have the musicians play your bridal entrance song.  They could sit to the far right or left near the front.  Your band could consist of three, four or more musicians including perhaps guitars, trumpets, piano, and strings.  The music will magically fill the room for the Bride's walk down the aisle.

Take your time and think about what kind of mood you want to set for your very special day.  This is a once-in-a-lifetime event, and you want to look back and treasure this day for years to come.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Magical Winter Weddings

Brittany and Nick hired us to plan their wedding in Michigan while they were living in Chicago.  We got to them know them and what their dream wedding would look like.   We researched the venues and vendors that matched their vision.

(Photos Courtesy of Arising Images)

Their First Look earlier in the day....

The latest trend in Floral colors is grey and yellow, exactly what Brittany chose as her bouquet accents...

After their First Look, they left with their photographers to get some gorgeous winter pictures of just the two of them in downtown Northville, Michigan.

Instead of the traditional Guest Book, the Maid of Honor (the Bride's Sister) bought them this unique box for the guests to write advice to the Bride and Groom on the little wooden hearts.  The Guests thoroughly enjoyed this!

And we can't forget the Groom's favorite super hero:  Spiderman on their cake!

Check out this weight lifting session with their wedding rings.... :)

All in all, they had a beautiful, romantic, magical wedding and were absolutely thrilled.

A small excerpt of what Brittany wrote in an email to me after their Honeymoon on the beautiful Island of Maui:
"My husband and I could not have asked for a more beautiful wedding than the one that we had. It was unique and perfect for us, and was truly a fairy tale wedding! We still get compliments from all of our guests about how amazing the venue, food, service, DJ, and photography were!  It really was one of the best days of my life, and was all made possible because of Kathy and her fantastic team at Dream Wedding and Event Planners.  I would highly recommend them to everybody!"
Thank you, Brittany and Nick, for the honor and privilege of planning and coordinating your special day.  You have given us wonderful memories....

Saturday, February 9, 2013

It's All About the Cake!


Whether you choose a traditional white tiered cake decorated with handmade sugar flowers, natural flowers  or a more comtemporary design in a bright color made from your favorite cake flavor, what is certain is that after the bride, your cake will be the focus of attention at your wedding reception.

Choosing your wedding cake can seem like a daunting task.  I hope you find these words of wisdom helpful in finding your perfect wedding cake.

Wedding Cake with beautiful summer florals, peonies
When choosing a cake designer, ask to see examples of their cakes.  Not only will this inspire you, but it will showcase their skill and expertise.  A gifted cake designer can replicate any picture you bring them.
Have a tasting before ordering your cake.  Many cake designers will have a range of exquisite flavors, different fillings, and are often able to design a cake that incorporates more than one flavor.

Bird Cage cake
When you meet wth your cake designer, take along any pictures, inspiration, or swatches of material you have for your dress, color schemes, flowers, venue, etc.  This will inspire them and make sure they make your cake so it matches the design and feel of your reception.
The best cake designers can get booked  up to a year in advance.  If you have your heart set on  particular designer, make sure you contact them in plenty of time.  For most cake designers, though, order your cake around 6 to 7 months in advanc.e  Once you have booked your cake designer, you will be asked to confirm the date of delivery and pay a deposit so you will need to have secured your venue and get an idea of your budget before you book.
When thinking about the size of cake you need, consider the number of guests who will be attending and whether you will be serving the cake as dessert or as part of a dessert table.  This will affect the number of slices you will be serving. 
Confirm with your cake designer whether you will be providing any flowers for decoration or if you would prefer edible sugar flowers - and of course, don't forget the cake stand.  Some reception venues will have cake stands for you to rent.  Ask to see pictures and check the sizing.  You may want to rent your cake stand from the cake designer if they offer them.
Make sure you advise the designer if they need to make allowances for guests with nut or other allegies.
Your cake designer will offer a delivery and setup service.  These details will be worked out with your event planner, Dream Wedding and Event  Planners.
Sea Horses in love.....
Believe it or not, wedding cakes are a long and ancient tradition dating back to the Roman Empire.  In those days, the Groom would break a loaf of bread over the head of his new bride as a symbol of dominance.  Thankfully, times have changed, and the meaning behind the cutting of the cake has evolved into a joyful celebration representing the start of the couple's life together.
The cake can be cut after your Grand Announcement or after dinner, and can be served later in the evening with coffee, summer fruits or ice cream.
Individual square wedding cakes from Maki's cakes