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How I Prepare My Clients For A Floral Consultation

Flowers and décor are an important part of a wedding and as a wedding planner, it is one of the many items I help my clients with.

Before we go and visit a florist for a consultation, I like to prepare my clients. The first thing I do to help my clients is discuss their overall vision for their wedding and together we go over pictures for inspiration. We discuss overall style and “feel” of the wedding, what they like or dislike and how high in priority is the décor for them.

I help my client define their style and translate their vison into the right terminology. For example, do they prefer a traditional style – more tailored, rounded shapes of bouquets or centerpieces, no greenery, very classic with more focus on the blooms? Are they drawn more towards a modern style– clean and simple with focus on the greenery, more movement in the design and an organic look?

The next step is to look at their budget and how much they can or are willing to spend on the overall décor, which includes not only flowers, but also other elements, such as linen, chargers, lighting and furniture rentals, it all adds up quickly. Flowers hanging from the ceiling look spectacular but are very costly due to the large amounts of floral required and many hours of labor… so having realistic expectations is important. Guiding my clients and educating them on the costs, prioritizing what is necessary and what is within budget is a valuable experience I provide my clients

The next step is visiting the florist, go over all the specifics and receive the initial consultation. Together with the florist I help my clients come up with ideas of how to save on the overall floral expense. For example, choosing fillers that will contribute to a fuller look of the design but with less expensive flowers etc. One example are large Lillies or Peonies, they are beautiful but are expensive floral compared to roses or many other blooms. Garden roses are glamorous but do not last as long as regular roses and are typically triple the cost.

We also look at how we can REPURPOSE, using décor for the ceremony and moving it later to the reception, or having the bouquets placed on some of the guest tables surrounded by lots of candles.
At this point the florist will prepare a proposal for my clients and once it’s all agreed they will sign the contract and we will continue developing their vision and tweak the proposal as needed.

One important step I like to suggest to my clients is having the florist prepare a prototype, about 6-8 weeks before the wedding. I like to arrange it, when it is possible, at the time they are having a tasting at the venue or caterer. We can setup a table with the selected linen and have the centerpiece placed on that table. At that point the clients can analyze the prototype and make changes in colors and style. I find this step very helpful to many of my clients, especially when floral and décor are top priority for them. It makes them feel more confident about the end result.

Let Weddings and Events by Ruth help you create the wedding of your dreams!

 

The 2020 Wedding Trends

Today’s weddings have become less about tradition and more about choosing your own adventure with the biggest wedding trends being all about individuality. The industry has evolved, and brides are no longer pigeonholed in their decision making. Check out these 2020 wedding trends by category.

 

Wedding Dresses

 If you have been dreaming of wearing a big white gown on your wedding day, you won’t find a shortage of options. The new generation of bridal designers are offering up a world of choices for the bride who doesn’t want to look too “bridal” or wants to wow her guests in multiple looks on her wedding day. Names to have on your radar include Dana Harel, Hermione de Paula, Monica Byrne, Danielle Frankel, just to name a few.

Danielle Frankel

Wedding Rings 

Couples are choosing their rings together – both the engagement ring and wedding bands. There has been a spike in popularity for cushion-cut, hand-mined diamonds (a square cut with rounded corners, like Jessica Biel’s engagement ring) and predicts a rise in yellow-gold rather than platinum bands, alongside Art Deco pieces. “Couples want the rings that tell their story”.

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The Veil

 There is something uniquely romantic and timeless about a veil. Brides are seeing the value in creating an heirloom piece to pass down or display in their home as art long after the event. Whether you are wearing a classical gown or contemporary fashion, the veil is your opportunity to create something personal, a little bold still bridal. The veil is no longer simply a wedding day accessory, but another opportunity to shout about your Love.

Havi Frost Photography
Amy Herfurth Photography / Lizzie Bee’s Flower

Bridesmaid Dresses

 Having bridesmaids is one tradition that will never die, but the question of how to dress them has evolved. Some labels are coming to the rescue of brides who want to showcase their friends’ personalities, rather than putting them in a pastel uniform. Mix and match styles with contrasting colors, necklines and prints are thankfully on the rise, with labels like Reformation, Needle & Thread and Les Héroïnes by Vanessa Cocchiaro making the task of keeping your closest friends happy on the day a little easier.

Thread and Needle
Thread and Needle
Leto Bridal

Hair

The undone bun or freshly washed and tousled tresses are becoming the new normal for brides keen to avoid traditional or overly coiffed hairstyles.

Amy Herfurth Photography

Sustainable Weddings

Brides are looking for ways to reduce the environmental and ethical impact of their weddings. Last year Princess Eugenie made plans for a plastic-free wedding. There are numerous ways to make your wedding sustainable – from using wedding stationery made from recycled paper to selecting a catering company that sources ethical, local and organic produce. In place of favors, ask for a charitable donation to your favorite charity. 

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Wedding Cakes

Wedding cakes have evolved from the traditional fruit and fondant into towering works of art covered in anything from edible flowers to dripped icing, brush strokes to gin flavoring. 

Havi Frost Photography

Decor

Still remains dramatic with lighting a key focus. Utilizing a mix of table shapes and sizes to create a fun relaxed party atmosphere is still a leading trend. 

Havi Frost Photography

We strive to keep up on industry trends with continued education opportunities. This enables us to help guide our clients in designing the wedding of their dreams.

Amy Herfurth Photography

Do Your Wedding Vendors Belong To A Professional Association?

Most industries have professional organizations. In Dallas we are very fortunate to have multiple professional associations that speak to differences in the event industry. There is NACE; the National Association of Catering and Events, MPI; Meeting Professionals International, SWP: The Society of Wedding Professionals, AACWP: American Association of Certified Wedding Planners, and the list goes on. Being involved on any level is important for a number of reasons.
Professional associations in the event industry offer an opportunity to collaborate with professionals, who work towards the common goal of promoting and improving the event industry. These organizations champion their members by providing resources, information, and opportunities they might not have had otherwise.

Members are bonded together as they advocate for their peers and share their challenges and triumphs with one another. Joining an association provides members with a competitive advantage because they become active in their industry. They keep up with trends, techniques and advances in their industry as well as any new legislative rulings. Many associations offer multiple levels of certifications. In addition, being a member of good standing in a professional organization credentials their business in professionalism and competency.

Associations provide unparalleled networking opportunities, allowing individuals to connect with their peers, mentors, and other industry leaders. As a member, they are in the unique position to attend conventions, seminars, award dinners and other related events with like-minded professionals in the field. These events are attended by the brightest minds and are a hotbed of ideas and collaborative efforts.

I am proud to me a member in good standing with SWP as well as being on the board of AACWP. My years of experience as a professional have led me to where I am today and being a member of both of these valuable associations has provided me with opportunities and benefits too numerous to list on one page. The main benefit is the abundance of knowledge and continuing education I have received through the years and continue to receive, which also benefits my clients.

Ruth Spirer

Day of Coordination, Partial Planning, or Full-Service Wedding Planning? What service is right for you?

Have you ever wondered about the different levels of services offered by Wedding Planners? In talking to potential clients, I am often asked what is the difference between full service and partial service or day of coordination service? There are some very important differences to be aware of that I would like to shed some light on.

Full-service wedding planning means that we are there for you, every step of the way, from the engagement to the BIG DAY. We handle all the details with you. We start with getting to know you as a couple, what matters to you the most and what your budget is. Then we match you with the right venue and vendors. We help you to make choices from table settings to floral, décor rentals, even your cake or dessert presentation. We don’t take the decisions away from you, we merely make them easier for you.

Partial Service can often depend on where you are in your planning process. Some clients come to us having already chosen several of their vendors. They have selected their venue, have signed contracts, but feel overwhelmed with their myriad remaining to-do list. We then step in and take it from there to complete all wedding tasks and assist our clients during the time leading to the wedding and on the actual wedding day.

Some couples just want “Day Of” service, which is in itself a confusing term. An experienced wedding planner cannot just show up on the day of your wedding and ensure everything will go smoothly. We need to have time to speak to all of the vendors you have hired and become acquainted with how they work and what was contracted with the clients. We review their contracts, so we are fully prepared for all expectations within each vendors contract. We want to get to know your family members, learn about your expectations and any issues that we should be prepared for.

This is why we start working with you 8 weeks before the wedding, which gives us enough time to get familiarized with what you have planned and make sure we execute your wedding day, just as you have dreamt it to be. We take time to learn everything we can about you, the venue and the vendors involved, we develop a timeline for your ceremony and reception and direct the rehearsal and your wedding day.

No matter which service you choose, be assured that on your big day, we will be with you from early in the day until the last wedding gift is tucked away and all the vendors are gone, making sure nothing valuable is left behind.

Needless to say, this is not a short task list, but this is our full-time job.

If you have questions regarding our services and how we can help, please contact us. We would love to have a conversation with you!

Personalizing Your Wedding

Personalizing your wedding is what is making it special and unique just as you are as a couple. There are so many ways you can personalize your wedding. Your invitation is the first impression that your invited guests will receive from you and it will share the theme of your wedding. What is your personal style?

Do you prefer a modern combination of food stations? Whether a salad in a Margarita glass, a mashed potato bar, a French fry bar or even a frozen popsicle station, you can really have fun with it.  What about a signature cocktail? You come up with the recipe of your favorite alcohol and have your names as the cocktail name.

Even your ceremony can be personalized. Who will walk you down the aisle? What music do you want to walk to? Will you have a talented friend or family sing for you when you walk down the aisle? Will you read each other’s love notes when you have your “First Look” captured by your photographer?

One of our lovely couples had the canopy for their chuppah created with garment remnants of their family members. Another couple used beading and lace from a grandmother’s wedding gown to accent their sweetheart table.

Your guest tables at the reception- will you name the tables after places in the world you traveled to? Maybe you would name the tables after songs or shows you love? The options and ideas are truly endless.

We are here to help you create the wedding that will reflect your uniqueness. Give us a call, we’d love to hear from you!

Havi Frost Photography The Westin Dallas Downtown hotel A Man and A Woman Floral – John

Havi Frost Photography The Westin Dallas Downtown hotel

Gary Donihoo with F8 Studio The Westin Downtown Dallas hotel A Taste of The World Kosher Catering

Winn Fuqua Photography Union Station

Amy Herfurth Photography Union Station Bella Flora

Amy Herfurth Photography Union Station

Photographer: Amy Herfurth Photography Venue: Omni Dallas Hotel

Sil Azevedo Photography Hotel ZaZa

Photo: Tiffany Hopwood photography Flowers: Flourish Floral Design Venue: The Milestone Denton

Christina Wisner Photography Level 2

Lindsey Shae Photography

2019 Wedding Color Trends

Brighter, richer and bolder shades of orange, pink, yellow and red are the anticipated colors you will see in weddings in 2019.

Shades of purple, violet and periwinkle along with silver and sage complement the muted green shades of jade and moss.  Tones that also pair well with the earth tones of taupe, dove, grey, and soft browns.

Dusty Rose and pink are perfect for any wedding any season. Dusty rose works well with so many combinations. Dusty rose and navy, dusty rose and soft blue, dusty rose and grey or dusty rose and blush.

Dusty orange is the new pink for 2019. And unlike the traditional fall colors, dusty orange feels more elegant and works beautifully with fall linen and dress colors. It feels like fall and romance, always a win when planning wedding décor colors.

Then we have sun yellow. It may be the color of the summer for 2019.  It is fresh and feels like summer a time when people are relaxed and festive.  It is also a bold color and one that will be memorable for years to come.

Our next color option is Berry Pink, which offers a fresh millennial version of burgundy can work well with any season and multiple colors of flowers. It is sophisticated and elegant and compliments any skin tone.

We finish with Dusty Blue, the color that has gained popularity in 2018 and will continue in 2019. It offers sophistication and pairs well with other shades of blue including slate and navy. It is great any time of the year and because florals are limited in blue tones, this is going to be a color that you will want to make sure you accent and attire, table linens, and printed materials.

Whether you are in a garden, an open space or an enclosed room, this palette offers timeless appeal. Add to it the soft grey chiffon dresses and modern black tuxes making it a fun, elegant and timeless look.

Amy Herfurth Photography, Branching Out Floral and Event Design, Prestonwood Country Club.

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Havi Frost Photography, Fluers De France Floral, Westin Park Central Hotel.

We love helping our clients make these types of choices. Helping our brides create the wedding of her dreams brings us great joy. Let us share our experience and time with you. Contact us to talk about your upcoming event.

Ruth Spirer

A Milestone Wedding

Milestone Event Center

Today’s Dallas brides have an overwhelming list of options to choose from in terms of wedding venues. There are well over 750 venue options from rustic to garden to five-star elegance. How do you make the best decision for your wedding?

It can be confusing. First of all, there is your personal style. Do you want a rustic Texas style wedding or an elegant sit-down dinner, or maybe something in-between? How many guests will be invited? Do you need room for a band or a DJ? Do you want your ceremony at the same venue as the reception?

Does the venue supply lighting or do you need to bring it in? Do you need space for food stations or do you feel a sit-down dinner is more your style? What kind of a GRAND EXITdo you want to have? So many factors go into the decision-making process.

This wedding of Carly and Andrew for 150 guests, took place at the beautiful TheMilestone Denton. The bride wore a lovely cream color gown while the bridesmaids had on different styles of merlot toned dresses and the men were in modern blue suits with merlot ties. The white birch chuppah was provided by ‘The Father of the Bride, Hand-Crafted Ceremony Rentals’. The top of the chuppah was hand-made by a family friend that incorporated parts of the bride’s grandmother and great grandmother’s lace from their wedding dresses as well as the Talit (prayer shawl) used by the bride’s grandfathers.

The flowers were designed by Flourish Floral Design,who did a great job with the terrariums and lanterns. The three-tiered cake was created by Cake-Aholics Bakery. The bride and groom both love Lego’s, so they had a Lego bride and groom cake topper and put Lego pieces on the escort cards.

The evening was topped off with the majesty of a fireworks by Precision Fireworks and captured by Tiffany Hopwood Photography and by videographer, Mark Campbell.

What is your dream wedding? Let us help you turn your dream into a reality!

Give us a call, we’d love to hear from you!

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Birch Branch Chuppah

 

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Winter Wedding

Planning a winter wedding, party or event? Perhaps you’re going to thinking of announcing your engagement or even a small winter wedding.  All the details that go into planning a large wedding or event, are the exact same details that go into planning a small event. There are just less people to entertain. The thing about a holiday times event is that you are competing with so many other things that happen during the holidays. If it is a large wedding, chances are you are fine. If it is a smaller event, I suggest you share a few details with your guest to build excitement and ensure your guests not only are excited to attend but will keep talking about it for a long time

Working on the details, like food, food service, drinks, bartending and even clean up are a big part of the planning process. How many guest and what quantities are you going to need. Where will the food and beverages be presented? What time does the caterer need to arrive to start set up? I can assure you it will be right at the exact time when you, as hostess, will be wanting to get ready for your evening.  Having someone you know and trust to handle all these details can be a gift to yourself.

We help our clients with events of all sizes. Give us a call to see if we are available to help with your holiday event.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Being Thankful

Thanksgiving Day is one of the best times of the year we use to remind ourselves of the many reasons to be grateful. A day to enjoy and relax, Thanksgiving is also a great day to catch up with family and friends. Thanksgiving reminds us to give thanks, to count our blessings.

I am blessed and lucky to have built a career on something that I like to do so much. I amThankful to be able to work among so many wonderful vendors all the while helping so many great clients.  As we all sit around the table this Thanksgiving please know my thoughts are with each and every one of you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Milestone Event

50 years of marriage is a milestone occasion that bears celebration, and John and Jeanette felt it was even more special when they were able to turn it into their recommitment ceremony that they celebrated with their friends and family this past summer. The couple felt it was important to plan their recommitment ceremony on the same day (50 years hence), time and location of their original wedding in Ohio.

It turned out to be a perfect sunny afternoon filled with the love of family and friends on the campus of Ohio University Inn. It was a beautiful celebration with great music, delicious food and lots of dancing.  There was even a surprise visit from an Elvis Presley impersonator.

Sam Kendall of Kendal Light Studios in Ohio did a wonderful job of capturing these images. Brandon Thompson with DJ B-Funk, also from Ohio, did a great job keeping the guests on the dance floor, and the cake and flowers were lovingly created by family members.

Do you have a milestone event coming up? We would love to help you plan the details of your event so that we can assure the perfect outcome for your day.

Images taken during John and Jeanette Kostohryz 50th Wedding Anniversary Celebration on 6/23/18 by Samuel Thomas Kendall – Kendall Light Studios

Samuel Thomas Kendall – Kendall Light Studios

Samuel Thomas Kendall – Kendall Light Studios

Samuel Thomas Kendall – Kendall Light Studios

Samuel Thomas Kendall – Kendall Light Studios

Samuel Thomas Kendall – Kendall Light Studios

Samuel Thomas Kendall – Kendall Light Studios

Samuel Thomas Kendall – Kendall Light Studios

Samuel Thomas Kendall – Kendall Light Studios

Samuel Thomas Kendall – Kendall Light Studios

Samuel Thomas Kendall – Kendall Light Studios