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Extraordinary Fall Weddings from Elegant Whims

Don’t  plan an Ordinary Fall Wedding,   Create an  EXTRAORDINARY Fall Wedding Day!

With Elegant Whims.

I have always loved “Fall” it is my favorite season.  The sound of rustling leaves on an evening walk.  The smell of  baked apples, applesauce and apple pies emanating from my kitchen.   Warm sweaters and Hot Apple Cider (yup I love Apples).  All these changes tell me it is time for fires in the fireplace and Football on Sunday afternoon, Monday, Thursday…..O.K.  That’s a different Blog.

As a Wedding and Event Planner, we are seeing an increase in Fall Weddings.  There is beauty is every season, and it is different for each couple.  At Elegant Whims we love the challenge of designing and thinking outside the box, making your wedding memorable and one that will stand out in your guest minds for years to come.

Enjoy our Blog this week, as always, a big thank you to Meredith for her extraordinary writing skills!

Elegantly,

Patti & Melinda

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Fall weddings are my favorite.

Actually anything having to do with Autumn is my favorite.

I’m a sucker for sweaters, and boots, and scarves, and apple cider, and bonfires and anything else that has to do with the season.

The danger with fall weddings?   Just as with summer weddings it is easy to pick, over used colors and themes.

Colors:

Overused: Orange/brown. Everyone loves the warm orange coupled with a crisp brown; but there are plenty of other options in the autumn color pallet.

Underused: Plumb, Green, dark mustard, and blue. Any combo of these four colors go well together and give your wedding the fresh crisp look you’re going for – without being reiterated at your guests next wedding.

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Themes/decorations:

Overused: Country Chic. Period. Barns are lovely, as are pumpkins, burlap, and leaves. Other options are available.

Underused: Flowers that bloom in the fall, but don’t aren’t in the “autumn colors” category necessarily, like  Amaranths. This will add a crazy pop of color into the usual browns and reds, making it eye catching and memorable.

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Amaranths Varieties are endless

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Different varieties of squash are also great options for an alternative to pumpkins.

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use gourds instead of pumpkins

That’s my two cents for the week!

Have a great Wednesday,

Elegantly,

Meredith

Elegant Whims Intern

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Why I Wished I had hired a Wedding Planner

One Bride’s Horror Story and why she wished she had hired a Wedding Planner…………

Budget for a Planner for happy  Wedding  Memories….

It is back to school time for Meredith, so she has the week off.   But do not fear she is working on a fabulous blog for next week all about ……………………….   Come back next Wednesday and find out……

Enjoy this weeks blog and have an Elegant Day

We have all heard stories of mishaps and disasters at weddings.  After the fact, we laugh and say, “Oh what a great story that makes”.  At the time it is happing, all involved are stressed, frantic, crying, upset, you name it.  All in all it ruins the moment and unfortunately the mishaps are what they remember.

Here is one brides story……………………………………………………………………..

April 28, the wedding date.  Not the month I wanted to hold my wedding, April is traditionally called, by the weather service, the beginning of Tornado Season.

  • I was born the night a tornado took out a good part of the city I was born in.
  • Several times tornados have hit close to my home.
  • One April, while under a Tornado Warning, I opened the front door, (yes I know not a smart thing to do), and stared that mammoth whirlwind coming toward me.
  • Once while driving up I-75 North, I witnessed a Tornado going East behind me.

Do I need to go on?  I wanted to choose October for our Wedding Date, but Dad vetoed that, saying that as he always went Salmon fishing in October.   Summer is too hot.  Winter always has unpredictable weather, and as we had several out of town guest driving, that was out.

So April it was.

Good news, No Tornado on our Wedding Day, it chose to Rain.

I am an organized person.  I had my checklist, and was ready.  Everyone knew where to be and when.    When you have to depend on friends and family and not a professional, things go awry.

Like most, I had dreamed and planned this day since I received my first doll in a bridal gown.  I practiced how to walk down the aisle.  I envisioned the flower girl dropping rose petals to announce my entrance.  I heard Ava Maria being played as I looked into my husband’s eyes as we said, “I Do”.  Yes, I had it all planned out, I knew my vision inside and out, I had my checklist, everyone involved was advised of the plan.

April 28………. I woke up to rain.   I was determined not to let rain spoil my wedding day.  After all it wasn’t thundering and lighting, no Tornado Watches’ or Warnings, I could deal with a little drizzle.

I had chosen to have the bridesmaids dress at my home and have pictures taken there prior to the Wedding Ceremony.  That all went well.  It was relaxed and fun with lots of laughter.  It was a full house and we were all having a great time.

Pictures were finished so it was time for everyone to leave for the Ceremony.   My brother was in charge of taking the bridesmaids to the Church. My parent’s vehicle was large enough to seat all the bridesmaids. He would drop them at the church and return for Mom, Dad and Me.

I might mention at this point, I choose a Southern style dress with an enormous skirt with a very full crinoline slip.  I also might add that the only other cars at my house were SMALL cars.

Brother dear didn’t come back and didn’t come back; it was getting later and later.  My dad, (who is a stickler for being on time), said,” pick a car we are leaving NOW”.  So my mom “SHOVED” me and my dress into the back seat of my Camero.  You cannot image what a scene that was!  I couldn’t even see out the windows, all I saw was white lace of my beloved dress everywhere I looked.

Meanwhile at the Church, the priest told my fiancée, that if I didn’t get there soon, he would have to marry the maid of honor, because this wedding was taking place on time.  YEIKS!!!!!!!!!!!!

As we arrived at the Church, dad let mom and me out at the front door; he went to park the car.  As mom and I walked into the Foyer of the Church, we were shocked to be looking at our guests, who  were looking back at us.  The doors to the main Church were closed and the ushers were looking confused. 

I had a plan, we had a rehearsal, How could this be happening!!!

I ran into the ladies room, where the bridesmaids were gathered.  Of course there was a flurry of, “Where have you been?” and “What took so long?”    A friend that was taking care of the flowers and lighting the candles, came in to inform us the priest had decided we were not allowed to light the candles on the altar.  Somehow he failed to inform us of this fact in all of our previous meetings.

That was the straw that broke the camel’s back and the tears started flowing.  I excused myself and went into a stall.  A few minutes later, I walked out into an empty room. Where was everyone? Where was mom?  I opened the door still crying and saw my dad waiting for me.  He looked at me and didn’t know what to think as he saw the tears flowing down my face.   He asked me if I wanted to call it off and I said, “NO, I want my candles lit!”  He wasn’t sure what I was talking about so he took my hand gave me a kiss on the check and down the aisle we went.

The sad thing, at this point I was so upset, I don’t remember seeing the all important rose petals lining the path to my fiancée.

The ceremony went according to plan right up to the end.  The organist had not played “Ava Maria”; I was very clear in my plan that this was an important song to me.  I looked at my husband with a bewildered look, the priest asked if something was wrong and my husband said, “No”.

So much for hearing, ”Ava Maria” on my wedding day.

Off to the reception…………….

The reception venue looked beautiful.  The food was fantastic, the cake lovely and the band fantastic.  True to the rest of the day, two hours into the reception, half of the band members started to pack up and leave.  My mom was in a panic and I, once again was on the verge of tears.  Mom stopped one of the band members and he told her they had been filling in for the main band members, as they had a gig that didn’t finish in time for them to start playing at our reception.   REALLY!!!!!!!!!!

The other band members arrived and played to the end of the evening and were sure to search me out to find out who had their payment.

The Bridal Bouquet toss was fun except for the fact the photo of me throwing the bouquet looked like a Barbie arm.

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My new husband being 6’4 tossed the garter and it landed in the Chandelier.   I am looking around for someone from the venue to get a ladder and retrieve the garter…………………

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My husband and I slipped out as the last guests were leaving.  I am happy to report the rest of the evening went off without a hitch.  Except for the fact I came got sun poisoning, we had a wonderful honeymoon.

I thought I had it all under control. I had dreamed and envisioned that day so often I just knew I could do it all on my own.   I realize now I could have alleviated the stress and tears if I had hired a professional to handle the details that I thought I had under control.  A professional that would have know about the band and checked on the transportation.  A professional would have known what questions to ask.

I hope you enjoyed my story, thanks for reading.

I would like to introduce you to our Bride Blogger today.  She is someone I have know all my life.

The bride in this story is me, Patti Davis.

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                    April 28, 1979

My wedding is one of the reasons I wanted to become a Wedding Planner.  I never want to hear about a bride going through some of the mishaps I experienced.

Be sure to visit us at;

www.elegantwhims.com

Certified Wedding Planners

Elegantly,

Patti & Melinda

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Confessions of a Wedding Planner Intern

Confessions of a Wedding Planner Intern

What I learned while hiding in the shadows of your wedding. 
Happy Wednesday Everyone!
This is a very special edition of “Tips & Trends from Elegant Whims”
Melinda and I want to take this opportunity to Thank our summer interns, Meredith and Caitlyn for their help.  Caitlyn, a student at Ohio University has headed back for her senior year.  Graduating  Spring 2016 with a degree in  Communications. We wish her all the best and the door to Elegant Whims is always open!
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Meredith a student a NKU will be with us for a few more years until she graduates.   She has taken over writing our Blog. Can I just say this has been an enormous help!   Melinda and I have been brought into the 21st Century, introducing us to Instagram, and a You Tube channel.  ( I learned it is called a Channel and not a Station)
In this Blog she is relating what she has learned from us, but this has been a two way street.
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Elegantly,
Patti & Melinda
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What I learned while hiding in the shadows of your wedding. 

Around late April this year it occurred to me that I may want to pursue something other than Stage Management just to make sure that I was in the right field.

Since Wedding Planning has many of the same elements as Stage Management (or so Google told me), I sent my resume to several different companies in the Cincinnati area to see if any were hiring.

Elegant Whims met me by accident while I was speaking with another planner. Two days later they called me asking if I would be interested in taking a position. Even though it was unpaid, I’ve never been happier with my decision to be on their team.

Patti and Melinda immediately took me under their patient and guiding wings. Using humor and sharp observation skills – they showed me the ins and outs of the wedding world.

Since May, I’ve helped with over 5 weddings, each with different challenges and obstacles that I witnessed being smoothed over. While I followed Patti and Melinda around like a puppy I was able to pick up on a few things:

1.) Wedding Planning isn’t about the wedding 

It’s about the memories of the wedding. Planners essentially make sure that all of the Bride’s memories from that day are good ones. It’s our job to make sure that she doesn’t know that the groomsmen were almost late for pictures. Or that the florist didn’t label the corsages. Or that the caterers set up the tables with the wrong amount of chairs at each one. This is wedding planning. This is what we do.

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2.) Humor can get you through anything 

I’ve always been a firm believer of this, but Patti and Melinda are experts. No matter how stressful, no matter how difficult, there is always something to laugh about. If all else fails, shrug and say “Ooookay.” then smile do your best to fix whatever situation as at hand.

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3.) Save your comments for the car.

Not everything goes our way, and that’s fine. It’s part of the job. Never let it show. Besides – it makes the ride home much more interesting, while enjoy a Coke Zero.

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4.) Sometimes people ask you what to do and you have to make it up. 

The day I got the Elegant Whims badge was the day people started asking me what to do. Apparently having and badge and a timeline makes you qualified to answer questions. Who knew. I’ve told so many people where to put chairs and or where to park their cars. The first time it happened I hunted down Melinda and asked if my answer was correct. Melinda laughed and said thats why I was there. I have since embraced my new power.

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5.) It’s not eves dropping if you’re helping people.

over half of my job consisted of hearing grievances and reporting back to Patti and Melinda, or just taking care of it myself. Guests saying they couldn’t find their seat, or a vendor wondering if they got a meal, or maybe a child begging his mom for cake and mom not knowing when that was happening. I had answers for all of those things (the badge again) so why not make them known? Some would call it eves dropping, I call it volunteering my services.

Needless to say, I’ve loved my summer with Elegant Whims.

I can’t wait to see what more I’ll be a part of this coming fall.

Until next week,
Elegantly,
Meredith Russell
Elegant Whims Intern
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Rent your Bridesmaids Dresses

I recently spoke with a young lady that had her Bridesmaids “rent” their dresses.  I thought that was a lovely option for the Bride to offer her Friends and Family members, whom she had asked to be a part of her Wedding Party.    I also thought it would make an interesting Blog.   Meredith did not let us down.   Enjoy her blog on an interesting subject.

Elegantly,

Patti & Melinda

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“You know what the best part is? You can always shorten it and wear it again!”

 

Every bridesmaid has heard this line. Scratch that. Every woman has heard that line. 27 Dresses shed light on what it’s like to be a bridesmaid over and over again. The prepping, the helping, handing out place cards, the making sure the bride isn’t freaking out, and most importantly – the terrible god-awful bridesmaid dresses.

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You might give yourself to your best friend and pledge your love and life to them on the wedding day. We bridesmaids commit ourselves to a life long relationship with a dress that we will most likely never wear again.

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However, in recent years, thanks to 27 Dresses, and in all honesty just better wedding fashion in general, bridesmaid dresses are not all that bad. Every bride wants her wedding to be memorable, unique, and breathtaking – making the dress choices for bridesmaids better than what your mom had to wear.

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Thanks, fashion world.

Another bridesmaid dress component that brides take into consideration is price. Obviously you don’t want your bridesmaids to have to shell out hundreds of dollars for these dresses. With this in mind, there are several companies that are offering bridesmaid dress rentals. This allows the bride to get designer dresses for a fraction of the cost, the bridal party doesn’t have to hang on to the dress forever, everyone wins!

Bridesmaid Dress rentals:

Rent the Runway (https://www.renttherunway.com): This site offers many options of designer gowns. They are not traditional Bridal Shop type of bridesmaid dresses, but if you are looking for unique designer dresses – this is the way to go. The site offers tons of costumer reviews with pictures, along with clear instructions on ordering and returning.

Average Price Range: $50 – $100.

Vow to be Chic (https://www.vowtobechic.com):

This site offers a fit guarantee with more of the traditional bridesmaid dress selection (same dress, different neckline, same style different color, etc.). These dresses aren’t as red carpet worthy as Rent the Runway, but for the sweet and simple bridal party look – Vow to be Chic has you covered.

Average Price Range: $100

Weddington Way (https://www.weddingtonway.com):

Pinterest meets Dropbox meets Boutique. This site allows a bride to create a group (her wedding party) in which everyone puts in their favorite dresses, and decides on what would look good on everyone, the color, etc. Then send in the measurements, and the dresses are shipped directly to you! Great for bridal parties that don’t all live in the same area, or just to get the idea ball rolling.

Average Price Range: $125 – $150

These were the top rental companies online, but what if renting just isn’t your thing? Some bridesmaids actually like buying their dresses for the sentimental value, and as I’ve said, with the better wedding fashion that’s around, the prospect of wearing the dress again is greater than it used to be. Want to buy the dresses but still don’t want to break the bank? ModCloth and Etsy have many options for that. ModCloth does have more of the short dress variety, but Etsy has just about anything in any style that you want – with many custom made options.

ModCloth Price Range: Anywhere from $20 – $200

Etsy Price Range: Vaires, but many around the $100 mark.

Our wonderful friends at The Knot also compiled a list of bridesmaid dresses under $100 that you can purchase online. (https://www.theknot.com/content/bridesmaid-dresses-under-100)

 

So what to take from this?

As with every decision for a wedding, the buzzword is: options.    Oh so many options. In the end it depends on the look you want for your wedding party, and the budget of your bridesmaids.

So pick the colors, consult your bridesmaids, and let the narrowing of options begin!

Elegantly,

Meredith Russell

Elegant Whims Intern