So You’re Engaged, Now What?

Congratulations on your recent engagement!

You are  so elated, and want to tell everyone about the exciting news and get started on planning your big day!

But who do you tell  first and what are your next steps?!

1. Of course, first on your call list should be your relatives and then your closest of friends.

It’s important to personally tell people that are closest to you about your engagement before making your big announcement on social media.

C. Marissa and Shawn

Credit: Haring Photography

 

2. Get your ring sized and most importantly added to your insurance. Having your ring insured will put your mind at peace.

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Credit: Kristen Somody Whalen

 

3. Set a window of time that you would like your wedding to take place. For Florida Brides, high season is from November until April. If you are considering a Florida wedding, be aware that prices are considerably higher during this period of time.

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Credit: The Big Day Wedding Photography

 

4. Set your budget. This may be a delicate situation but if you have it set from the start, it will make for a much easier and stress free process

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Credit: Jeff Kolodny

 

5. Organize your guest count. Your guest count determines your budget as well as the size of the venue space you can select.

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Credit: The Big Day Wedding Photography

 

6. Now, its time to get a wedding planner. At this point it is important to secure your key vendors such as your venue, photographer, videographer entertainment, and florist. An event planner will help you to stay in your budget, advise you on tried and tested professional vendors within your budget, negotiate all of your contracts, and most importantly, allow you to be a guest at your own wedding on your special day.

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7. Think about where you want to get married. Do you want a local venue or a destination wedding? Be sure to select your venue based on your personality and your vision for your special day. Check out our blog on unique wedding venues some ideas!

Megan and Jon Tables

Credit: Jeff Kolodny

 

8. Start a pintrest or vision board for your wedding so you can share your ideas when it comes time to select details such as flowers, invitations, your dress and a color palette for your bridal party.

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Credit: Kristen Somody Whalen

 

9. At this point, let your wedding planner guide you through the process. Your wedding should be a stress free and fun process. You get married, and we’ll take care of all the details!

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Winter Themed Events

Our favorite Winter themed party ideas for throwing the perfect seasonal event.  Whether you are enjoying the sun and the sand in south Florida or up north cozy by the fireplace, winter season is here!

This beautiful season has inspired many of our event themes. Snowy mountain backdrops and glossy ice-like dance floors are just a couple of décor elements that made guests feel as if they were truly in a winter wonderland.

Memories are a story. Let us help you write yours - Domino Arts

A mountain backdrop helped to set the scene of a snowy day on a mountain

Memories are a story. Let us help you write yours - Domino Arts

The dance floor was wrapped to look like an ice skating rink

Memories are a story. Let us help you write yours - Domino Arts

Silver and white color palette.

Memories are a story. Let us help you write yours - Domino Arts

These ghost chairs picked up the blue tones from the up lighting helping to give off an icy look

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An ice sculpture – perfect for a winter themed party

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Ice bar with puffs of snow at the base.

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The place card table with a winter cabin feel complete with wood fire logs.

Memories are a story. Let us help you write yours - Domino Arts

A ski – perfect for a bar/ bat mitzvah sign in for guests.

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Guests sat under birchwood canopies with cascading white flowers. Santa Barbara Photography

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Ice sculpture cocktail table centerpieces. Credit: Santa Barbara Photography

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Don’t forget your warm beanie !

 

 

 

 

 

Dreamy Wedding Canopy Designs to Fall in Love With.

Wedding canopies are simply based on the style of the bride. Styles range from  draped fabric canopies  to  natural organic look or for the more contemporary bride using  acrylic to build the canopy.  There are so many different options and styles to choose and of course flowers are no longer simply white but can match the color of the wedding flowers   The venue can also dictates the style of the canopy offering a beautiful backdrop . Here are some wedding canopies which show the difference in style and personality of different couples.

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Acrylic canopy with a hedge of hydrangeas and hanging orchids set at the Flagler Museum.

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Acrylic canopy with strings of orchids set inside the acrylic columns

 

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Fabric draped canopy with strands of ivy and clusters of flowers.

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Pretty in pink with the natural lighting offering a dreamy radiance.

 

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Round hedge canopy with hydrangeas, roses and orchids.

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Canopy using curly willow branches covered in flowers.

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This iron round canopy adorned with flowers perfect for a wedding ceremony outdoors.

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Simply, elegant beach wedding .

 

Destination Weddings in Palm Beach – Amanda and Todd’s Wedding at the Flagler Museum.

Plan the perfect destination wedding in Palm Beach , Florida. For wedding planners and brides and grooms alike, The Henry Morrison, Flagler Museum is  a national historic landmark  situated in Palm Beach, Florida is the perfect destination venue . The museum is  surrounded by luxury hotels such as the  Breakers , beautiful beaches and fabulous shopping on Worth Avenue or downtown West Palm Beach.

The New York Herald described Whitehall, the Palm Beach home of Henry Flagler as, “More wonderful than any palace in Europe, grander and more magnificent than any other private dwelling in the world.”  The  75-room, 100,000-square-foot Gilded Age mansion was built in 1902 for Henry Flagler and given as a wedding present to his wife, Mary Lily Kenan Flagler . To have a wedding at the Flagler museum is a wedding present in itself. Amanda and Todd wanted a unique and exceptional venue, the Flagler  Museum was the perfect choice. Photography by Divine Light.

 

Amanda’s dress designed by Kenneth Poole. Letterpress invitation by Elum .

The ceremony took place in the West Room which  adjoins the Lake Room that  opens up onto a terrace overlooking the Intercoastal Waterway and the West Palm Beach city skyline . The room has a soft Mediterranean ambiance and features a  grand chandelier and  a 27 ft vaulting ceiling. Roses in soft pink colors, white stock and antique hydrangeas were used for the ceremony. Floral design by Nancy from Xquisite Events.

The Reception took place in the Pavilion, which houses Henry Morrison Flagler’s Private rail car which guests are invited to tour. As described in the literature from the Flagler Museum “the Pavilion was designed to evoke the opulence and grandeur of a turn-of-the-century railway palace”. The venue’s panoramic windows offer magnificent views of downtown West Palm Beach and the Intercoastal waterway and is nothing short of unique for those exceptional brides and grooms who want a space that is memorable.

 

 

 

 

 

Destination Wedding at Woodfield Country Club in Boca Raton, Florida

Peter and Paula from Montreal, Canada selected Boca Raton, Florida as the ideal choice for their destination wedding. Boca Raton is the home of close family and friends , a frequent vacation spot for the couple and of course the wonderful Florida “weather”. The wedding was held at Woodfield Country Club. The pictures below tell the story of a wedding filled with love, tears, a beautiful bride and groom , great family and friends and a fabulous party. Thank you to Jonathan Scott  for capturing the emotions and essence of this wedding. A heartfelt thanks to my a great team of vendors  Joel and Raymond from the Event Group, Ross from Rock with U entertainment  and Jodi Strafford from Woodfield country club . Another awesome wedding and so much fun. Photography by JSP Studio.