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Labor Day Weekend in the Queen City | Charlotte Wedding Planner

At Something Perfect, we are big fans of long weekends! Whether that means heading out of town for a short vacation or staying in Charlotte, it’s always nice to have an extra day or two for us.

This year, our team is up to all sorts of different things for Labor Day weekend!

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After a week away in sunny Bermuda, Labor Day is all about keeping that relaxing vibe going with some time with family, including our annual Fantasy Football draft!

Xo, Samie

Aside from kicking off wedding season with a Sunday wedding at the Diary Barn (our AWESOME team member, Stephanie’s wedding!), my in-laws will be visiting. My husband plans on using the extra hands to help him check some things off his “honey do before the baby comes” list! We did manage to find some time when we are all free to rent a boat on Lake Norman!

Xo, Lauren

Normally on a long weekend, my fiancé & I are either taking a weekend trip or using the extra time to work our side gigs. This time, we are turning in our flips flops & work clothes for wedding attire & taking the big walk down the aisle!! Can’t wait!

Xo, Stephanie

Two of my closest girlfriends from college are coming to visit for the first time since I moved to Charlotte & I am ecstatic! I’ve already started planning fun activities for us to do including a picnic at Freedom Park, yoga at Okra, & (of course) brunch! To top it all off I’ll be assisting at Stephanie’s wedding. I cannot wait!

Xo, Hayley

I am headed to Chicago! My sister-in-law lives there & she’s getting baptized that Sunday.  I can’t wait to visit, eat some good food – Chicago dogs for sure! – & visit a bakery or two for my daughter. Hopefully we’ll find some time to visit the zoo & a fun park.

Xo, Amy

 

 

Paper Goods: Save the Dates | Charlotte Wedding Planner

In this “Paper Goods” series we will address any & all types of paper goods you may want or need for you wedding. Each post will include tips on what to include, when to print, etc. Stay tuned for next weeks feature of Paper Goods: Invitations!

 

One of the first printed items on your radar should be Save the Dates. They definitely aren’t required, but it is a great way to loop your guests in so they can mark the date on their calendar. Here are the ins & outs of creating & sending save the dates.

Who

Send a save the date to anyone you plan to invite to the wedding. Make sure you are 100% certain you plan to invite everyone on your list. If you have a “B” list or a “maybe” list, hold off on sending a save the date unless you are positive you will send them an invitation. Once the receive this, they will be expecting an invitation!

Address the save the date to specify exactly who is invited (if you are inviting a significant other or child of the invitee). How you address the envelope should reflect the type of affair you are having, if it is more casual vs. more formal.

What

Save the Dates are a “new” addition to the paper goods family, so these tend to be more informal than the rest of your paper goods. While a save the date doesn’t have to match the design of the rest of your invitation/paper goods suite, guests will still see it as a part of your wedding day theme & style. (See some ideas here!)

Obviously, be sure to include the exact date of your wedding on the card. While it’s not necessary to include your exact venue, definitely include the city the affair will be taking place in. If you have a wedding website (if you don’t, here’s why you should!), this would be the perfect place to include it. Lastly, include “formal invitation to follow” so guests know to expect one. Have some fun and include your cute engagement photos here too!

When

Before you send out your save the date, you obviously need to know your wedding date! Most of the time, knowing your wedding date goes hand in hand with booking your venue. However, if you are picking a venue around your desired date, you can send out the save the date without your venue booked, as long as you have the city narrowed down. Just keep in mind, once these go out that date is locked in!

Once you have your date set & engagement photos done (if you want to include them on card design) you are able to print your save the dates & get them sent out! The earlier the better so your guests can plan accordingly but keep in mind to send them no later than six months before your wedding day.

Wedding Processional | Charlotte Wedding Planner

One of the most frequent questions we get asked by our couples is, “How should I line people up to walk down the aisle?” Truth be told, there is no right answer! We are going to breakdown the “traditional” vs. “non traditional” ways to create a wedding processional. Just remember – it’s YOUR wedding day so you can do whatever you want!

Church Wedding

Grandparents of the groom, with an escort
Grandparents of the bride, with an escort
Parents of the groom, with an escort
Mother of the bride, with an escort
Church official, groom and groomsmen enter through side door
Bridesmaids, one by one down the aisle
Maid/Matron of Honor
Ring Bearer/Flower Girl
Bride, escorted by her father or close family member

Jewish Wedding

Rabbi
Grandparents of the bride, then grandparents of the groom
Groomsmen, one by one
Best Man
Groom, escorted by both his parents
Bridesmaids, one by one
Maid/Matron of Honor
Ring Bearer/Flower Girl
Bride, escorted by both her parents
Non-Traditional Wedding: Option 1

Grandparents of the groom
Grandparents of the bride
Parents of the groom
Mother of the bride (escort could be dad, brother or another close family member)
Officiant, Groom & Best Man, either from the side or down the aisle
Groomsmen and Bridesmaids, paired
Maid/Matron of Honor
Ring Bearer/Flower Girl
Bride, escorted by her father or close family member

Non-Traditional Wedding: Option 2

Grandparents of the groom
Grandparents of the bride
Parents of the groom
Mother of the bride (escort could be dad, brother or another close family member)
Officiant, Groom & Groomsmen, either from the side or down the aisle in a straight line
Bridesmaids
Maid/Matron of Honor
Ring Bearer/Flower Girl
Bride, escorted by her father or close family member

Wedding Events Etiquette: Bridal Shower | Charlotte Wedding Planner

When it comes to weddings, it’s not just the wedding ceremony and reception you have to look forward to. There’s all the pre-wedding events leading up to the big day – engagement party, bachelorette, bridal shower, rehearsal and rehearsal dinner. In this series we break down each event and what you need to worry about! Stay tuned for next week’s Engagement Party feature!

 

We know how stressful wedding planning can be (that’s what we are here for!) so when it comes to your bridal shower it’s nice to let someone else take charge of your planning.

Any number of people may throw you a bridal shower – MOH, mom, sisters, aunts, bridesmaids, etc. So if they are planning it, what do you need to worry about?

Who to Invite

Make sure your shower host(s) know who you want to invite to your shower. Typically, a bridal shower is all women and includes bridesmaids, sisters, aunts, friends, cousins – basically any woman who is important in your life. Of course, if you have a bridesman (which we love!), definitely still include them!

What to Wear

Dress for the occasion! Is your shower a fancy brunch? Or is it a more casual affair at a brewery? Is it winter time or outdoor during summer? You can never go wrong with something white as the bride, but don’t limit yourself! If you found a dress you love in a pattern or other color, go for it! Trust me, you’ll still feel like the center of attention!

Host Gifts

While gifts for your hosts are not require or expected, it is a nice way to show your appreciation. While it’s certainly not as big of an event as a wedding, it does still take time and effort to plan and I’m sure you can relate to that stress! Think about your hosts likes – would some wine charms and a nice bottle of wine do the trick? Maybe a gift card for a manicure at their favorite salon? Definitely include a handwritten thank you (which goes a long way!) in your gift!

Wedding Events Etiquette: Engagement Party | Charlotte Wedding Planner

When it comes to weddings, it’s not just the wedding ceremony & reception you have to look forward to. There’s all the pre wedding events leading up to the big day – Engagement party, Bachelorette, Bridal Shower, Rehearsal & Rehearsal Dinner. In this series we break down each event & what you need to worry about! Stay tuned for next week’s Bridal Shower feature!

Now that you’ve got the ring, it’s time to celebrate! The next few months will be spent planning & preparing for your big day, so why not take a moment to soak in this exciting time. An engagement party is by no means mandatory, but it’s a nice way to bring together all of your loved ones to kick off the celebration.

Traditionally, the bride’s parents should have the first opportunity to host an engagement party, then the groom’s parents. A lot of the time now, the couple will throw their own party.

Who

If you haven’t met a lot of your fiancé’s family or friends or vice versa, an engagement party is the perfect opportunity to get to know everyone before the big day! Keep in mind; you should not invite anyone to an engagement party if you are not planning to invite them to the wedding. However, if you are having a destination wedding or a very intimate ceremony it would be okay to expand the guest list for your engagement party so that everyone gets a chance to celebrate with you.

When

Usually, an engagement party will happen shortly after your engagement while the news is still fresh and you haven’t had time to stress out yet from the planning (if you hire a planner like us, you may not stress at all!).

Where

The location of the party really depends on the formality & the hosts. If you & your fiancé are more casual & throwing your own party, a backyard BBQ would be perfect. It could be at your house if you have the space or a local brewery. If your parent’s want to throw you a more formal affair it could be at a private space in a restaurant or clubhouse.

What to Buy for Your Guys | Charlotte Wedding Planner

You’ve checked most everything off your list but there are a few looming tasks ahead of you (ahem, seating chart!), including purchasing your groomsmen gifts. These guys (and maybe gals!) are some of the most important people in your lives and have supported you along the way to the altar so it’s only appropriate to say thank you! So what to get?

We were recently introduced to Groovy Groomsmen Gifts and have to say, we think this site is the perfect solution to all of our groom-to-be’s gifting needs! The one-stop online shop created by two brothers knows its way around some pretty amazing gift ideas. They were kind enough to gift one of our soon-to-be grooms the Classic Decanter.

“I got my decanter last week and absolutely love it,” said Dan. “The engraving came out just like I was hoping, and the decanter itself was exactly like it was advertised online.  These will make perfect gifts for my groomsmen!”

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So how do you pick the best gift for your guys?

  • Their interests. For instance, have a golf connoisseur in the group? A custom set of golf balls or tees would do the trick.
  • Something engraved. A decanter, wallet or flask with their name (or nickname) on it is sure to be something that they cherish for years to come.
  • A keepsake. Fun glassware, a cooler or even a bobblehead is something your groomsmen can put on display for years to come.
  • Something he wants, but would never buy himself. If you know your friend has his eye on something he would never buy himself, like a personalized Yeti, this is the perfect time to surprise him!

So what will you buy your groomsmen for your upcoming Charlotte wedding?

Morgan and Casey’s Personalized Charlotte Wedding | Charlotte Wedding Planner

I immediately connected with Morgan and Casey at our first meeting. The couple spent the past few years living in Arizona, in the same town where my family has a vacation house. Their southwest boho style guided their wedding day décor and it was nothing short of beautiful.

The intimate ceremony and reception was held at the McColl Center for Art + Innovation in Uptown Charlotte and provided the perfect background as the couple exchanged “I do’s” under a copper wire arbor laced with flowers.

It was the couple’s love of music that brought them together, so great music at the wedding was a must. All the details at this wedding really made it feel personal. The late night coney dog station with toppings directly from the shop in the bride’s hometown was the “icing on top of the cake!”

We are so happy for the new couple, congrats again Mr. and Mrs. Brandemuehl!

 

Thank you to all the Charlotte wedding vendors who made the day possible:

Wedding Coordination: Something Perfect
Florals: Nectar Floral Designs
Venue: McColl Center for Art + Innovation
Dessert: Suarez Bakery
Catering: Best Impressions Caterers
Entertainment: Four Stay Daydream Band
Beauty: The LALA Girl
Photo Booth: Go Party Decoration
Photography: MorningWild Photography
Videography: Two Cents Photo and Film

Should I Insure My Wedding?

We all know there are all kinds of insurance – home, health, car … just to name a few – but did you know there is also wedding insurance?

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You might be wondering, why would I need wedding insurance (and to spend any more money)?! Weddings are often one of the biggest purchases you’ve made to date so why wouldn’t you want to protect your investment?

 

Imagine a few of these scenarios:

  • An unexpected hurricane is headed your way… right on wedding day … and vendors and guests have to cancel
  • A vendor goes out of business and leaves you high and dry (with no return of that hefty deposit)
  • Your dress doesn’t arrive in time (anyone read the recent news of the Alfred Angelo closing situation?)
  • A guest drinks too much, drives home and is in an accident
  • Someone gets hurt during the reception
  • Your fiancé (or brother or otherclose family member) is deployed last minute
  • Your baker is in an accident enroute to the wedding and your cake is destroyed
  • Your venue is purchased and no longer honors your contract

 

These are (most likely) your worst nightmare scenarios, right? But sometimes things happen and with wedding insurance you will be protected.

 

So how do you get this special event insurance policy? First, check with your homeowner or renter insurance providers to see if they offer a policy. If not, there are plenty of other companies out there that do offer wedding insurance. Second, you will want to find out which situations the policy will cover, how much it will cover, your deductible and, of course, the cost. Third, find out how submitting claims works and response time.

 

Hopefully you never need to use the policy but if you ever face a horrible situation that does require insurance, won’t it be good to know you are insured (and don’t have to pay out of pocket!)?

 

Article originally featured on Bustld

Kathryn and Tyler’s Dairy Barn Wedding | Charlotte Wedding Planner

Kathryn and Tyler were so much fun to work with! From our first meeting, I knew their wedding would be perfect. The couple were set up in college and never looked back. Tyler surprised Kathryn with a proposal at her parent’s beach house in South Carolina, a place that is very meaningful to her.

The Dairy Barn provided the perfect setting for the couple that showed off their love of the outdoors and nature. The grounds of the greenway offered so many beautiful spots to capture the couple on their special day.

The couple exchanged vows at the barn’s impressive upstairs space adorned with wooden beams and high ceilings. Then they danced the night away outside under the lights with all their family and friends.

It truly was a perfect day! So happy for the new Mr. and Mrs. Weber!

 

Thank you to all the Charlotte Wedding Vendors who made the day possible!

Wedding Coordination: Something Perfect
Florals: Chelish Moore
Venue: Dairy Barn
Rentals: Creative Solutions
Dessert: Nona’s Sweets Bakery
Catering: Family Catering Services
Entertainment: Carolina DJ Professionals
Beauty: Beauty Asylum
Photography: Ashley Louise Photography
Videography: Beautiful Life Films

Red, White & Blue Sangria | Charlotte Wedding Planner

It’s no secret that here at Something Perfect we love sangria! So when there’s a long holiday weekend, it’s the perfect excuse to whip up a pitcher!

While I may have to take a rain check on the sangria this year thanks to Baby Gomez, my go to recipe for the 4th of July is this red, white & blue white sangria. Try it out yourself over this long weekend while laying at the beach, pool, on the lake or hanging out at a backyard BBQ!

Red, White and Blue Sangria

Ingredients:

1 bottle crisp white wine (My go to is Pinot Grigio or Savignon Blanc)

½ cup white rum

1 container raspberries (Strawberries would work too!)

1 container blueberries

Directions:

Mix all ingredients together in a pitcher a few hours before serving. Refrigerate until served. Serve over ice & enjoy!

*Add some bubbles for something extra or seltzer water if you are calorie counting!

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