Friday, October 22, 2010

Arranging Your Church Processional

Quite often, many brides consult us to assist them with establishing their ceremony order, meaning, who walks with who, should bridesmaids & groomsmen walk as pairs, the proper way to seat guests upon arrival, etc. To ease the confusion, we've established a list of tips to ensure that you and your betrothed get "hitched" without a "hitch" (we know that was corny!):

Church Ceremonies:

  • Prior to the bridal party processional, mothers of the bride & groom are escorted down the aisle with an usher:
  • The mother of the groom is first, followed by the mother of the bride
  • The father of the groom may also walk directly behind the mother of the groom and her escort
  • Bridesmaids should then proceed down the aisle UNESCORTED. The beginning of the bridal party processional is usually signaled by a change in the musical selection.
  • The Maid of Honor is the last person to proceed down the aisle before the flower girl(s).
  • The flower girl(s) is the last person to proceed down the aisle before the bride.
  • The bride is escorted down the aisle by her father, on his left hand side; the bride's entrance is usually signaled by a change in the musical selection.

Groomsmen/Usher Etiquette:

  • The groomsman should ask the guest their relation to the couple to determine which side of the church the guest should be seated.
  • The groomsman should then offer his left arm to the female guest and she should walk on his left side; the guest's male companion (if attending) should follow immediately behind the groomsman/usher as he escorts her to her seat.

The Recessional Order:

  • Bride & Groom
  • Maid of Honor & Best Man
  • One bridesmaid with one groomsman
  • Parents of the Bride
  • Parents of the Groom

In many cases, there are variables specific to each wedding that can affect the ceremony order. Some couples have more bridesmaids than groomsmen, two Best Men of Maids of Honor or familial circumstances that would prevent them from following the aforementioned ceremony order, so sometimes you just have to do what feels right.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

I am officially "Wedding Wire" Rated!

Exquisite Events is now WeddingWire Rated for 2010!!

Roslyn, NY - September 29th, 2010 - WeddingWire, the nation's leading site for wedding reviews, just announced that Exquisite Events is WeddingWire Rated 2010 for Wedding Planning. WeddingWire Rated is an annual award program for wedding professionals based on hundreds of thousands of recent wedding reviews.

WeddingWire Rated, the industry's first formalized review program, is the most recognized and trusted brand among engaged couples looking to locate wedding businesses. The award program recognizes wedding professionals across the country, like Exquisite Events, that have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to service.

Exquisite Events has received several reviews on WeddingWire. These reviews have been written by past clients of Exquisite Events, and include detailed ratings and insightful descriptions of the newlyweds' experience. From quality of service to overall level of professionalism, these reviews showcase the high level of service newly engaged couples can expect from Exquisite Events.

"We are excited to unveil WeddingWire Rated, now in its fourth year, as a way to recognize wedding professionals for their commitment to service," said Timothy Chi, WeddingWire's CEO. "WeddingWire Rated allows wedding businesses to clearly differentiate themselves in their market, while providing engaged couples an easy way to find the best services for their wedding."

Exquisite Events would like to thank their past clients for sharing reviews of their weddings on WeddingWire. Reviews for Exquisite Events can be found across the entire WeddingWire Network, which includes WeddingWire, Martha Stewart Weddings, Project Wedding and Weddingbee.

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Saturday, July 10, 2010

Vintage Inspriations

Although the wedding I am managing later on this evening is a modern, cocktail-style reception with a nightclub vibe, I felt compelled to pay homage to weddings of yore. While I can't wear lace myself, I know there are many brides out there who love the 'vintage-romance' aesthetic and would look fabulous...I do especially love the flowers shown in the inspiration board enjoy!

Friday, July 9, 2010

A Tangerine & Blue Inspired Wedding

The combination of orange & blue has always been a favorite pairing of mine and a perfect palette for the bride & groom who really want to put their bold personalities on display. Don't believe me when I say these colors really do work??? See for yourself!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Tips for a Successful Wedding After-Party

Don't want the wedding to be over quite yet??? For those couples who want to keep the party going, having an 'after-party' following the main dinner reception is a great idea; it allows the blissful couple to spend just a little more time with friends and unwind with a cocktail after the formalities of the day.

Here are some tips & tricks to ensure you have just as much (or maybe even more) fun at your after-party than you did at your wedding reception:

  • Location: In an ideal situation, your wedding reception venue has the perfect intimate space for an after-party; it keeps people together and allows the couple to keep things more organized, especially if the couple is paying for the additional expense. If this isn't an option, then contact a nearby hotel where some of your out-of town guests are staying; quite often, guests who travel to the Metro New York area for a wedding don't have their own transportation--if you have a large out-of town contingency, then this is the perfect solution. Neither of these work? Then opt for a nearby bar or lounge that has the ability to allocate a separate space for your after-party so that your guests don't have to mingle with strangers who have been drinking for the past 'how-many' hours.
  • Food & Beverage: With an after-party usually comes more alcohol. And don't forget that guests have imbibed over the past 4-5 hours, so try to ensure that there's some comfort food available such as mini-pizzas, hot dogs and/or pretzels for guests to nibble on.
  • Cost: If a couple has paid for their own wedding, and sufficient funds aren't available to cover the entire cost of food & drink, not to worry! Your guests realize they've been eating & drinking on your dime all evening and will likely have no problem covering the cost of their own drinks--especially in NYC where a good martini can run about $15!!! If the couple is not comfortable with allowing their guests to pay for EVERYTHING at the after-party, one option would be to set up a pre-determined bar tab, say $500, with the establishment and when the cost of drinks hits that limit, then guests are on their own after that.
  • Who's Coming?:There's no point in going through all of the trouble of hosting an after-party if none of your guests know about it! How to get the word out??? The bride & groom should take it upon themselves to grab the mike and announce the after-party themselves! A good time to do this would be during the cake cutting ceremony, while you have the attention of everyone in the room--no one likes to miss cake! You could also spread the word in the weeks prior to the wedding at bachelor/bachelorette parties and at the rehearsal dinner. Many couples now extend separate invitations to those they couldn't invite to the wedding reception--these days, we all have friends via social media outlets like Facebook, Twitter and wedding-relates sites such as WeddingWire & WeddingBee; the after-party is a great way to include fellow wedding bloggers in your day!
  • Bride & Groom Responsibilities: Don't linger at your reception! The main point of having an after-party is to spend time with people you may not get to see very often. Assign end-of-evening responsibilities (such as collecting your champagne flutes, guest book, etc.) to your wedding coordinator or to a trusted family member. If your guests see you heading out to the party, they'll be sure to follow!

ALWAYS REMEMBER---SAFETY FIRST! Allow the after-party venue the discretion to close the bar if guests are getting too inebriated. If you're having the party at a club or a lounge and your guests aren't staying at a location within walking distance, ensure that there are cabs readily available so everyone can get home safely!

Enjoy the party!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

It's done, it's done!!!!

Yes, I know...the usual deal, it's been a while...but I have a good reason this wedding & party favor online store is DONE AND UP AND LIVE.

Establishing Exquisite Wedding Favors had been a project in the works for months, in between managing bridal clients and their respective weddings. There's still some tweaking to do here and there, but for the most part, everything is up and functioning.

There are so many adorable things to choose from, and I keep adding more. One of my favorites is Personalized Hershey's Kisses--a perfect treat for any event! Oh and there's the Murano Glass items--so unique. I think the hardest part is picking some favorites and adding them to the favorites page (that's why it's still not done yet!!)

For your amusement, here are a few photos:

And just wait until I post new invitation designs!!!!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Wedding Monogram Etiquette Revealed!

I think we all remember the days when we were in grade school and we were totally crushing on someone (probably us girls crushing on the boys...since girls were 'icky'), and we would spend the better part of the day writing out what our new name might be, how our initials looked together, adding little doo-hickies like hearts and happy faces...ah, wasn't life easy back then???

Maybe it was these little games we played as kids that has brought us to today, where it has become acceptable to use a married monogram prior to the wedding ceremony. I think everyone knows what I'm talking about...maybe we'll get a Save-the-Date for the couple's upcoming wedding or maybe the wedding invitation itself will have an exquisite gold-foiled monogram at the very top...while stunning, in reality it is an etiquette no-no, as a married monogram should be used only after the wedding ceremony has taken place.

"What?!?!?", you exclaim. "But I've already printed my ceremony programs and have a custom aisle runner ready to go!!!". While the etiquette rule I mention above is technically correct, modern monogramming etiquette accepts that couples may use their new married monogram for such things on the wedding day, so you're in the clear.

Now that you have this useful tidbit of information, tell all of your friends before they send out their invitations!!!