In the past, men have taken a back seat in being overly involved in the wedding planning process and have let the bride create their dream wedding. Well…. Step aside ladies! Men are beginning to take a much more active role in their involvement and presence in the wedding planning and big day! I love nothing more than meeting a groom who is not afraid to share his thoughts and opinions and sneak some masculine and quirky personality into what’s been pinned as a female-focused event. Because of this revelation of a groom’s eager involvement, here are some tips to infusing the perfect masculine wedding touch to help bring balance to your wedding.

 

Cigar & Whiskey Bar

There is nothing more manly than cigars and whiskey and having those items in a lounge atmosphere for guests to relax and have some fun is a perfect way to infuse a masculine touch into the reception. Having a cigar and whiskey bar also provides guests with some side entertainment if you were to hire a cigar roller and create cigars on the spot. Even if the groom isn’t big into cigars or whiskey, he will appreciate the meaning and tradition behind it.

Masculine Wedding Touch
 

His Accessories

Since accessories like his boutonniere, cufflinks, and dress socks are part of a man’s fashion on the big day, it’s important for these accessories to show his personality and more often than not, his humor! It’s all about letting the man choose his own wedding day accessories! In fact, one of our 2013 weddings wore superhero action figure boutonnieres. That’s correct, you heard me right! Also, in an unforgettable 2011 wedding, we had a groom choose quirky bottle-top cufflinks and socks that made a statement! Doing something as non-traditional as this allows opportunity for the groom’s input in having a unique masculine wedding touch to call his own.

Masculine Wedding Touch

Masculine Wedding Touch

Photo Credit: Jennifer Mayo Studios.

Groom’s Cake

Probably one of the most noticed additions in recent years for an easy and fun masculine wedding touch has been the groom’s cake. This cake should always reflect the groom and either his hobbies or personality. Boy have we seen some awesome ones! The look on the groom’s face when he realized you went the extra mile to get him a special treat is priceless! Check out the awesome (and yummy!) work of Dee’s Specialty Cakes!

Groom's Cakes

 

Reception Accent Color

One of the easiest ways to balance out the feminine vs. masculine feel of the reception is to consider adding a masculine tone accent color. Some of the trending masculine color selections for 2013 are slate, leather, denim, cotton and cognac. Another trend when infusing a masculine wedding touch is adding in a texture with the decor. Adding textures like leather, wood, metal and earthy details adds a perfect touch of sophistication. Check out the masculine color swatch below, what do you think?

Masculine Wedding Touch

 

Since the big day is all about the bride and groom getting married and becoming one, the reception shouldn’t reflect anything different. Infusing masculine wedding touches with feminine will create the balance you’re looking for and reflect the bride and groom perfectly.

 

Want to hear more from 1928 Planning Co.? Contact us!

 

 

Happy planning all!

 

 

❀  Danielle

 

I can’t stress enough to brides how important wedding lighting is. From my experiences, I feel like I’ve seen it all… those that go all-out and put a great portion of their budget on wedding reception lighting and others that stick to the natural lighting your venue offers. One of my favorite aspects about my job is that no two days are ever the same. Each day brings another much anticipated wedding, another new family celebrating a special day and new reception themes and décor. Since every couple’s personality is completely different, it’s guaranteed that their vision for their wedding will vary as well. No matter what, every couple looks to create an inviting atmosphere and appealing ambiance for their guests.

Think back to when you first started your wedding planning. What were the first items on your to-do list? I’m assuming securing the venue, creating the guest list, selecting the perfect wedding vendors, deciding what décor to have and the list goes on. One of the most overlooked décor elements when planning is the wedding lighting design element.  I think a lot of people view lighting at their reception as a luxury rather than a necessity. I’m here to prove that theory wrong!

Whether the reception is indoor or outdoor, wedding lighting will not only enhance the look of the venue, but also enhance the décor elements you spent so much time creating and designing. Lighting can also help focus on important areas you want to make sure are emphasized, like the cake table or head table.

Couples hire the best photographers to capture their special day, so they can look back and remember how amazing it all was. Guess what? Photographers LOVE shooting with lighting elements – it only makes the pictures have that much more of an impact. Check out some favorites where wedding reception lighting design was used to enhance one of our partnered venue: The Veranda courtesy of  Jennifer Mayo Studios, 430 Studios and BJLR Photography.

Lighting Design

Lighting Design

I bet you are wondering who was responsible for that incredible wedding lighting design… don’t worry, I have you covered! We adore the work and lighting design of Schades of Light and it’s no surprise why they top our list of local wedding vendors to work with!

As part of making coordination for the big day even easier, 1928 Planning Co. handles vendor coordination for Schades of Light! Schades of Light does a variety of decor and lighting design options, including draped fabric, paper lanterns, chandeliers, uplighting, swaged lights and fabric, etc. Their lighting designs make receptions look truly beautiful and create a warm atmosphere for guests. 

Contact us today to learn more about Schades of Light and how they can doll up your ceremony and reception space!

 

As always, happy planning!

 

❀  Danielle

Wedding Budget Infographic
Before you start planning the wedding of your dreams, most people wouldn’t have the slightest idea how much of your wedding budget vendors account for. Which brings me to a question I know all brides-to-be can relate… When meeting with potential wedding vendors and receiving pricing from them, how are you supposed to know what’s the average; the norm to spend on this stuff?

When I go shopping out on the town, I’m always looking for the best bang for my buck, and planning a wedding shouldn’t be any different! A few months back, we came across an awesome wedding blog post from Every Last Detail. We think it’s a great breakdown of professional vendor costs and traditionally which vendors require more of your wedding budget than others. Based on the chart, they say to break down your total wedding budget into the following vendor percentages:

Catering | 20.4% of your total wedding budget

Venue | 17.4%

Event Design + Décor | 15%

Photography | 10.3%

Florals | 9.4%

Event Planning | 8.5%

Cinematography | 8.2%

Entertainment | 5.1%

Paper Goods | 3.2%

Cakes & Sweets | 2.1%

 

No matter how big or small your wedding budget is, you don’t have to downsize on the number of professional wedding vendors you invite to be a part of the big day. It’s all about prioritizing which wedding vendors are most important to you in creating a ‘uniquely yours’ wedding reception and which takeaways you want your guests to have and remember long after the night is over.

Creating wedding budgets are said to be some of the most stressful, frustrating and hair-pulling moments in the planning process. The 1928 team is always looking to alleviate stress or concerns the couple may have during the planning process. As part of our Coordination Services, we’ll create a personalized budget for you that itemizes spending categories, forecasted vs. actual spending amounts as well as reminders on when payment installments and final balances are due with each vendor. As an experienced planner, I think this coordination service in particular is well worth the investment, to simply not have to worry about keeping a tedious organized wedding budget all on your own.

My tips for doing a budget breakdown yourself – take it stride by stride. Don’t let the costs get away from you! Plan ahead on what you’re looking to spend and know what your wedding budget will allow. These percentages are a great starting point and sticking with them will ensure a top-notch wedding with quality vendors without breaking the bank.

 

Contact us with questions and as always, happy planning!

 

 Danielle

 Doing it DIY Style!

We are all about DIY wedding planning and expressing your creative side. We’ve been seeing a consistent ongoing theme of using mason jars at weddings. We love it when couples think out of the box and use them in multiple ways: not only used as drinking glasses for guests but for pillar candle vases, table number holders, and DIY mason jar centerpieces! Do it yourself (DIY) wedding ideas are a great way to not only save some money in your wedding budget but to personalize your wedding decor.

Mason Jar Centerpiece

Photo Credit: 430 Studios

We love the simplicity of wedding centerpiece ideas like this – it doesn’t take much to make a statement when you’re using a stained mason jar. Going to a local farmers market to pick up fresh flowers and creating your own flower arrangement rather than using a florist is a great alternative. Overall, this DIY wedding centerpiece project is DIY-friendly, cost effective, and totally different from going the traditional wedding centerpiece route.

If you’re feeling a bit more crafty, you could add a touch more to the jar to dress it up a bit. We’ve seeing people accent the mason jars with burlap fabric, lace accents, and tying twine around the jar displaying the wedding date, monogram, or a quote. Keeping with a simple flower arrangement will look best for this kind of centerpiece because the mason jar is what’s making the statement. Being completely interchangeable, use twine, ribbon, lace, etc. to be an accent of your wedding colors.

You’ll be surprised at how much fun and stress-relieving DIY wedding centerpiece ideas can be, all while saving a few bucks! Grab some family members or bridesmaids and make a day of it! Stay tuned to learn more DIY tips and projects to create the perfect setting for your wedding day!

 

Contact us in the meantime for helpful DIY tips!

 

– Danielle