If you’re looking for a quick catch-up on the top wedding trends for the upcoming season then you’re in luck, my friend! Welcome to our show and tell! We took to one of our favorites, The Knot, to get their insight on what’s in for 2014 and added other touches of what we’ve read up on in industry blogs. Search no further – we’ve covered it here!

Pantone’s Annual Color of the Year

Debuting a color that is sure to influence trendy engaged couples looking to make a mark in their wedding design, let us introduce the 2014 Pantone Color of The Year:  Radiant Orchid! It’s a warm purple hue with soft purple and pink undertones, perfect to add into your main color scheme or act as an accent in design details – perhaps a pop of color in your florals, stationary, or fashion the day of. Another perk to Radiant Orchid is that it’s perfect for all seasons – finding its way into year-round wedding planning designs.

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Mini Bites & Pairings

We are really enjoying this continuing trend – taking the ordinary, formal sit-down dinner at a reception and giving it a fun twist to enhance your guest experiences. Local catering company, CK Catering, has perfected this food trend and made some of the most unique dinner services for couples this past season. As a bunch of foodies over here writing this blog, we can’t wait to see what they come up with next!

Refined Woodland Wedding

As we read through the top 2014 wedding trends, we were so excited to share a few photos from a beautiful wedding The Veranda hosted last October that inhabited every aspect of this new trend! Let me introduce you to a Refined Woodland Wedding – a mix of natural and rustic with accents of glam! Key components to this trend are the use of natural elements including moss, succulents, branches, bark, and miscellaneous greenery to bring a woodsy look to your space. This mixed with small, yet noticeable accents of sparkle – including hints of glitter and sequins, metallics, etc. add the perfect touch of glam for a more refined look.

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Photo Credit: Casper Hamlet Photography

Brights Are Making A Comeback!

Wedding trends like these excite us! Over the last wedding season we saw a lot of color schemes focusing on soft pastels, neutrals and metallics. We aren’t necessarily saying sayonara to the soft schemes but make way for some brights to come into the mix. It’s your chance to be bold and make a statement – don’t back down from it!

The Importance of the After Party

All of our readers who don’t plan to have the party end when their reception comes to a close – this one’s for you! It’s no surprise this makes the list as one of 2014’s top wedding trends. Your wedding day is such a celebration for you, your family and guests and being able to extend the party longer than what your venue allows is a great touch to end the night on a memorable note!

Transformation of the Wedding Flower

We all know how much of a role florals play in most weddings – and boy does this trend up the ante a bit!  We’ve come to pair wedding florals with bridal party bouquets and boutonnieres, table centerpieces and perhaps a few flowers to place on a major wedding reception focal point – the CAKE! But this trend predicts a move towards more innovative ways to display floral arrangements. What I love about this wedding trend are the suggestions for out-of-the-box displays: floral arrangements suspended from the ceiling over guest tables, floral backdrops for the cake table or sweetheart table for a beautifully photographed spot, and dressed to the nines ceremony arches. Check out the collage below for some inspiration!

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Take these trends and run with them! Can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Wanna hear more from us? Reach out so we can chat!

❀ Danielle

Real weddings are one of our favorite things to share! We’ve been SO anxious to reveal the details of Steve & Lauren’s beautiful wedding day, and guess what, that day has finally come! It was a warm, June afternoon and perfect for their outdoor wedding reception at one of our favorite venues, The Veranda @ The Whitcomb. We think you’ll be able to tell by the breathtaking photography that there was an abundance of beautiful decor, fun, and love in the air!

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Photo Credit: Luna Dulce Photography

One of the best hidden gems about The Veranda { probably not so hidden after this post ♥ } is having exclusive access to The Whitcomb’s Tower for one-of-a-kind, beautiful photography. The tower marks one of the highest points in the city and gives off breathtaking views of Silver Beach, the St. Joseph Lighthouse and Lake Michigan. Most often the tower is used as a first look spot for couples to see each other before the fast-paced day sets in. Steve and Lauren wanted a special place to capture their first seen moments and thought the tower would be the perfect spot. What do you think? Isn’t this an awesome find?!

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To help create a soft and romantic ambiance in the reception space, they chose shades of taupe, grays, and creams to create a breathtaking, monochromatic look that complimented the architecture of the venue effortlessly. We adored the details of the wedding, with statement-making chiavari chairs {so pretty!}, mercury glass-embellished floral vases and candle holders as well as silver charger plates as a special feature on the head table {a must have and available to rent from CK Catering!} Let me just say how photos don’t do this look justice!

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I can’t believe I’ve gone this far in our blog without mentioning the florals! Major shout out to Crystal Springs Florist for their creative floral arrangements! The reception table layout was super unique, mixing round tables, banquet tables and kings tables for a great, eye-catching look. The centerpieces had a ton of texture in them and being a shorter arrangement, guests were able to engage and chat during the reception without having tall centerpieces in the way. Guest tables were filled with an abundance of candles and once the sun went down, added the perfect amount of glow. It complimented the work of Schades of Light, who provided extra lighting design {cafe bulbs and paper lanterns} in the space.

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The food, provided by CK Catering, was a major talking piece amongst guests. Steve and Lauren’s customized menu featured a lot of unique elements, like salt block scallops, cucumber salmon rolls, and mini tacos, and was a full of trending food arrangements like their late night snack {chicken satay and quesadillas} and the ultimate dessert station for their guests, filled with mini creme pie shooters, fruit tarts, chocolate-covered strawberries, cupcakes, and baklava! Are you as hungry as I am now?

Well they didn’t stop at the creativity of their menu because they also sported an awesome gentleman’s hour with a slew of craft beer selections and whiskey drinks topped with a crispy bacon garnish.

Sarkisian Collage (1) It really was the perfect weather outside and we enjoyed seeing their guests take advantage of the rented lounge furniture adding a little touch of comfort to the garden patio. It’s a great way for people to relax while watching the sunset over Lake Michigan or take a break from the packed dance floor! The night was finished with one of our most popular send off’s, the always picture-perfect sparkler exit! Their guests lined the outer walkway to surround them with lots of love as Steve and Lauren made their exit as Mr. and Mrs!

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To Steve & Lauren: we enjoyed SO much getting to know you and working to coordinate your dream wedding. It was such a beautiful sight to see and be included in and we are so happy for you both!

Want to hear more from us? Contact us!

– Danielle

Oh the woes of seating arrangements! I bet you’re asking yourself, “Should I do a seating chart? How do I tackle this? Where do I start?” First things first: Decide what type of feel you are going for at your reception. Are you looking for a traditional, formal reception or more of a casual, mingle reception? What type of food is being served? If you’re doing heavy appetizers you can get away with open seating but a plated dinner requires assigned tables, and maybe even assigned seats! What is your guest count looking like? Anything over 50 people needs some sort of seating arrangement. Answering these questions will help determine whether open seating, assigned tables, or assigned seats will be best. From our experience, we’ve seen a little bit of everything. Here are some general seating arrangement ideas to help guide you in creating the best atmosphere for guests to relax and enjoy themselves!

Our Tips!

Make the place card table visible!

There is nothing worse than guests having awkward first moments in the venue. Provide guests with an easy to find table near the entrance of the venue that is quick to read and comprehend.

Place cards should always be organized alphabetically!

Do NOT organize your seating arrangement presentation by table #’s. It will lengthen the searching process – especially when you have a large guest count and 200 names to filter through! Doing it alphabetically will keep the line moving and guests will be satisfied with its ease.

Make sure the table numbers are visible!

Make sure table numbers are large, easy to see, read and find! Also be sure they are facing the direction guests will be walking in at.

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Table conversation is key!

Try and put atleast a few people who know each other together at a guest table to jumpstart convo. Mixing a few familiar faces and a few new ones will create a great mingling environment throughout the reception.

Obtain a layout from the venue

Before making seating arrangements, be sure to ask your venue for a layout of the reception space. Getting a feel for how many tables will fit comfortably in a given area early will help you plan out seating decisions later on.

Elderly vs. DJ Speakers

Who would have thought – Elders and loud, bumping music speakers don’t go together! Think through your layout and try to keep the elders on the opposite end of the DJ’s speakers so the sound doesn’t overwhelm them. You’ll want all guests to be comfortable; this is just another thing to think about!

Have a kid’s table at the reception!

Have a separate table just for the kids if you have several children over the age of 7. Be sure to check out one of my previous posts giving you the best insight on how to tackle kids at your reception!

Be sure to mix the families!

Especially if you decide to have a dance floor in the middle of the venue that separates the guests, be sure to mix his and her’s families to create more of a celebration and togetherness among the different families.

 

Contact us for more advice on more seating arrangement tips! It’s something you’ll want to take the time on and have it be just right!

 

Happy planning!

 

❀ Danielle

 

Deciding whether to give favors to guests and then choosing what the favor should be is often one of those small-scale back-burner decisions that may not be thought about much until all of the big wedding planning decisions are out of the way. Although this is often the case, it’s important to remember that creative favors are one of the easiest ways to put a little personal twist on the gift your guests will take home. Regardless of what you choose to give, it should always be something that represents you, and your relationship or personality. The gift of giving we’ve seen has remained constant, coming in two forms, either a physical item to give guests or in place of a favor, the couple giving a donation to an organization or association that has a special impact on them. This post is all about sharing some of the top creative favors for guests! Check it out!

 

Do It Yourself

Simply put, if you create the favor yourself, it’ll be personal, guaranteed! Let the creative gears spin on this one! We’ve seen a bunch of unique, DIY creative favors – anywhere from coasters, bookmarks, caramels and some of my personal favorites homemade jam and soap.

DIY Favors

 { Homemade Strawberry Jam }  { Homemade Vanilla Lavender Soap Bars }

 

Where You’re From

Have your guest favors be a shout out to where you’re from! These unique favors could be anywhere from Mackinac Island fudge, salt water taffy, or one of my favorites (and guilty pleasure) individual Garrett’s Popcorn snacks. Regardless of where you’re from, there will be plenty of ways to give recognition to your roots while having something creative to surprise guests with.

Wedding Favors

 { Salt Water Taffy }  { Garrett’s Popcorn Individual Snack Packs }

 

Where You Tie The Knot

Since so many of our couples travel to St Joe to tie the knot and have a mini-destination wedding, giving guests a regional treat as a favor is an easy way to keep your theme going.  Michigan mitten shaped chocolates, caramel apples from the Chocolate Cafe, we’ve seen it all! Give guests something to talk about! There are tons of resources to finding the perfect creative favor! Try out either Michigan Gourmet Travels or Purely Michigan for more great Michigan inspired ideas!

Wedding Favors

 { Individually Wrapped Caramel Apple Favors }

Important takeaway:: make sure the creative favor you’ve selected to give guests reflects who the two of you are! Hope this post gets your ideas flowing!

Looking for more brainstorming ideas? Contact us!

Happy planning!

❀ Danielle

Whether it be an evening grand exit or the ceremony recessional, it’s been tradition for newlyweds to celebrate their exits by going out with a bang! Here’s a combination of what we’ve seen our couples do for a creative and awe-inspiring wedding send off and what’s up and coming for both ceremony and reception exits!

Ceremony Recessional Exits

Used traditionally for ceremony recessional exits were to toss rose petals, rice, confetti or blow bubbles. Just like other wedding elements, the traditional wedding send off items have been reinvented into so much more! Here are some of the items for a ceremony recessional we LOVE!

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Multi-Colored Pom Pons |Courtesy Wedding Chicks

wedding send off Miniature beach balls! Perfect for a beach ceremony in St. Joe

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  Balloons to line the walkway and be released on the count of three!

Other wedding send off ideas we love are tossed feathers or lavender as well as colorful ribbon dowels. What could be more of a perfect wedding send off than this? Just like I say in all of my posts, try something unique! Chances are your guests have been to several weddings previous to yours. Give them something to talk about right from the get-go that they’ll have fun with and remember long after the wedding is over.

 

Reception Send Offs

I always love when couples choose big impact decorations at their reception and when the wedding send off isn’t overlooked! Not only are evening exits the perfect note to end the reception on but are always great photo ops you’ll want your photographer to capture! We’ve seen a ton of AWESOME send offs – here are some of our favorites!

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 Sparkler Send Off  | BJLR Photography

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 Ben Pancoast Photography

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 Have A Getaway Car!  | Craig Watson Photography

Tips for your wedding send off: consider the clean up involved afterwards as well as the user-friendliness of the send off item you’ve decided to use! Make sure you inform guests when and where to use them!

Hope to see some of these great send off’s! Contact us for more great ideas!

❀ Danielle

Deciding whether to have an adult-only reception or a reception that welcomes all ages doesn’t have to be the tough decision its been tagged to be! Some view kids at the reception a daunting idea (insert screams, fits, and horseplay happening all night long). Take it from us who’ve coordinated tons of weddings – it doesn’t have to be like that! If you’re wanting to invite the kiddos to your reception, your attention should then turn to what to do with them – how to occupy them and make sure they are having a good time! Here are four tips to keeping the kids (and their parents for that matter) enjoying themselves during your wedding reception!

 

Kid-Friendly Meals

Kids will be more content if they are able to eat food they are used to, rather than the fancier meals typically served at weddings. This is one of the many reasons we love working with caterer, CK Catering! They are always willing to make a special dinner menu just for the kids, often including chicken fingers, mac n cheese, and a veggie. It will be much appreciated by the parents and they’ll be happy to see their kids eating dinner and not filling their tummies at the sweets table the whole night. Talking to your caterer about providing kids meals for those under a certain age is not only a great idea for the kids’ sake, but it’s usually easier on the pocket as well. Having young kids at your reception doesn’t need to be a challenge. Simplifying their menu will help to easily accommodate the young-ins. More often than not, the adults actually want to eat the kids food too because it brings them back to being kids themselves!

 

Creating a Kid’s Table

If having more than a small handful of kids at your reception, make sure you seat the kids with other kids. Both the adults and the children will have more fun this way. We tell our couples that children 7 years and older is a great starting point for a kids table. Just make sure they can be at a table without a parent – and definitely don’t seat one parent with a bunch of kids. Make sure that their parents are seated close enough to keep an eye out but still participate in adult conversation at their own table. If you decide to have kids at your reception, having a kid’s table will give them a place to stay and play. There’s no shame in admitting that it also allows you to have fun with their centerpiece arrangements and the entertainment found at their table. One of our 2012 brides said this was one of her favorite parts in the entire planning process!

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Kid Entertainment

As we all know, it doesn’t take much to keep kids entertained. Having the kids table filled with art supplies and craft projects, crayons with coloring books, glow sticks, puzzles, you name it, will allow them to have fun with people their own age. A unique kid activity we read up on from Love and Lavendar was providing an I-Spy game for the kids to complete throughout the night. Give them a list of things to find and a disposable camera and they’ll have a blast with each other and on this friendly competition.

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An idea for a reception with more than a handful of kids is to do like one of our awesome Veranda couples did. They decided to rent out a separate, supervised room at The Whitcomb where they had a Wii set up, boardgames, and a kid-friendly dance party. It gave the kids their own play area as well as a safe place for them to stay rather than running around the venue.

 

Kid Favors

Giving kids at your reception unique, kid-friendly favors will make them feel special and will get put to better use than an adult-focused favor. Providing them with goodie bags that have their name on them will not only make them feel special but also keep the young ones entertained during the reception.

kids at your reception

 

Hope this post makes you wanna be a kid again – I know it does for me!

 

If you’re in need of a few more tips and guidance with keeping the kids occupied, contact us!

 

 

Happy planning everyone!

 

Danielle

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.

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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

 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