Your surly grandmother somehow isn’t on the seating chart. The DJ might be a few hours late. Looking back, spending all your time on Pinterest looking at floral crowns for your flower girl’s doll might not have been a great use of your time.
Enlisting the help of event planning services such as White Dress Events, based out of Grand Haven, is a way to ensure there’s someone at the helm of the ship (one that’s overly decorated and with an inflated guest list).
Tip one: stress shouldn’t receive an invite to your big day.
“We’re there with customized budgets, checklists, design plans, vendor recommendations and personalized timelines to pay attention to the details all the way until the last guest leaves the reception,” said Rachel Ramos, lead planner. “I had a bride give me a list of people with their photo, so I could find them in the crowd and check on them for various things — to see that grandpa gets his signature drink in a normal glass tumbler, because that’s the way he likes it.”
The result is that you’re free to enjoy the experience and vision you had for the special day with the people you love.
Ramos also knows a thing or two about what’s fresh and fun on the wedding scene and wants to share her unconventional and new ideas for ultra-stylized celebrations.
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Mix up timelines. Send guests right to the dancefloor for a song or two before dinner to set the mood. Tie the knot in the middle of the fun, such as one couple’s vision starting with a salsa band and dancing followed by a cocktail hour that led into a 30-minute ceremony with dinner following. It’s refreshing to switch up order and keep guests guessing what’s next.
Simple, pared down florals are trending. Use textural greenery swags to drape a ceiling or entryway for a sweet and subtle presence. If you have a big personality, floral walls make a statement and serve as hip photo backdrops. Word is that Skeeter Parkhouse from Wasserman’s Flowers and Gifts in Muskegon incorporates fruits, nuts and other natural gems into tablescapes, pushing the boundaries.
Intimacy is arresting. These days, couples are writing their own vows and having friends officiate, personalizing the ceremony. The actual wedding is moving from large, seated attractions to 15- to 20-minute ceremonies, with guests gathered in the round in smaller venues.
Cake is for the weak. Ditch the guilt and listen to your sweet tooth. Multiple tables of candy confections, dessert bars or the couple’s favorite local ice cream can be more fascinating than courting tradition.
Play favorites. Guests love to feel V.I.P. Set up charging stations for phones, a shoe check to swap heels for dancefloor-friendly flip-flops, or offer a cigar bar for those who want to feel extra classy.
Happiness is snacks. End of the night extras (also known as sober-up surprises) are always well received. Send a friendly farewell message with palm-sized pizzas in miniature cardboard boxes, a mac-and-cheese bar or HopCat’s wildly popular fries at evening’s end.
If you’re going to the chapel, you should bring White Dress Events along. For more information, visit whitedressevents.com.