Wedding Wisdom

Aly and Sampler

Tell me about your business?

Carrie’s cake has been in business for over 30 years. I worked for Carrie for almost 8 years before becoming the owner in 2018. Carrie trained me which allows me to continue to provide the same quality of cakes. We specialize in fondant and buttercream techniques; pretty much anything that has to do with cakes. It is important to me that cakes taste just as good as they look. Because of that, I am always trying new flavors and keeping up with current trends.

Tell me a little about yourself?

I am originally from Brazil, but I have been here for 21 years. I love baking and spending time in the kitchen with my kids. I have 2 kids at home. My husband and my kids love when I am baking cakes as the entire place is filled with delicious smells. The business runs out of a commercial kitchen which is located in a separate part of my house. This is nice because it allows me to be home with my kids and also be a business owner doing what I love.

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Our vendor spotlight today is with Kenzie Evans, head florist at Fleur + Stems, a floral company based in Salt Lake City. You can find them on Instagram @fleurandstems or at www.fleurandstems.com.

A Little About Fleur and Stems

Fleur + Stems offers floral services for any occasion, but most of their clients are engaged couples and corporate partners. Fleur + Stems prides themselves on customizing each floral order to meet the needs of their clients, whether that means working within a specific budget or a unique style. They are always excited to work with a client that wants a unique look which allows them to showcase their talents and abilities in a new way.

What should a client look for when booking a florist?

Most couples will look over a potential florist’s portfolio prior to contacting them to get an idea of a florist’s past work and to see if their style...

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A decor inspiration board can be a great asset to you while you organize your vision for your decor and discuss details with various vendors. Now I know what you are thinking…. I have a Pinterest board that I’ve been pinning to for months so that counts right? A Pinterest board is a great way to start gathering ideas but, in most cases, it can become a mixture of various ideas that don’t necessarily come together to create one cohesive décor look. I would encourage each bride to go one step further and create a separate inspiration board. This will give you a specific direction for the items you need to start looking for and help you stay on track as you start speaking to various vendors who may assist you. Of course, this doesn’t mean that you can’t adjust your vision if needed, but you’ll have a place to track all changes you do make.

Two great formats to use when creating your inspiration board are: google docs or google slides. Both are user friendly and easily shareable with your planner, designer, and florist. Create an individual page for each décor area so you can...

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Interview 4/6/2020 - DJ Cooper Brown

Today we are starting a new Blog Series where we will be interviewing some of our favorite vendors. Through the interview we will not only introduce you to these wonderful vendors but they will give you some of their tips.

We start today with an interview with DJ Cooper Brown, the owner of One Above Entertainment. You can find him on instagram @OneAboveEntertainment or at www.OneAboveDJ.com

Cooper grew up in California where at a young age he loved watching Ryan Seacrest and wanted to be like him. At the age of 13, he got a unicycle and started riding at parties while juggling and making balloon animals. He discovered he loved being in front of people and loved entertaining others. In 2009 he started his DJ & MC business, One Above Entertainment, and his DJ career took off. In his free time he loves to play volleyball and go on runs with his wife...

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Reception

When it comes to putting your décor plan together, an important first step is understanding what is already included in your contract with the venue you’ve selected. Each venue should outline the specific items that are available to use during your event and any rules for décor within their space. It is fairly standard for the venue to include at least standard round or rectangle tables, along with chairs (often a folding or banquet style chair). Not all venues will include table linens and napkins, and if they do, it is often a standard polyester linen in white, ivory, or black. Most venues will also have guidelines for the décor you can use within their space. For example, they may not allow real candles at all or they may just require all flames be fully encased. You may find that your venue will not allow glitter or confetti, things nailed or affixed to the walls, flower petals or rice thrown during the ceremony, or they may require their staff to do overhead hanging of decorations at an additional fee.

Once you’ve reviewed your venue contract you can now outline the...

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How to pick your color palette?

When it comes to your décor, often the first step in the décor process is picking out your color palette. Your color palette will guide a lot of decisions throughout your planning process - flowers, wedding party attire, linen selection, and possibly even the venue you decide to book. However, selecting a color palette doesn’t need to be stressful. In fact, it should be fun to research, narrow down, and select a palette you love! Here are 4 areas that may help you decide on your color palette:

Venue – Your venue can impact the color palette you select. If your venue has strong color tones or designs, you may want to select a palette that compliments the venue. Selecting a venue that is a blank slate allows you to have creative freedom. You may have already booked your venue, or you may still be looking. No matter where you are with your venue search, keep the surroundings of your venue in mind as you select colors.

Your Style ­– Your personal style should be incorporated into your wedding day, and...

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Ceremony

Surprise is an understatement for how the past couple of weeks have unfolded with COVID-19. There have been unlimited surprises as we navigate through the unknown and evaluate how this is going to affect our lives. Surprises can be exciting, they can be challenging and present a new opportunity, some surprises are wonderful and others not so great. Reflecting on the past couple of weeks I feel it has presented an opportunity for us to take a step back and reflect on all the good things and push the reset button. What a wonderful chance to make plans for the future and prepare because we have the time to think and reflect as we have been forced to slow the pace down. It reminds us of the simple and important things in life, our families, friends, the privilege to work, conveniences and the many other things we enjoy daily. This is a time to choose to see the positive things in our life in a different light.

What have you been reflecting on? Having hope and moving forward is important because this moment in time will be a memory soon but the future is waiting....

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Unique and Unusual Wedding Party Gifts

How do you find a gift to give your mother and the friend of your hubby-to-be on the same day? That guy who keeps forgetting your name and instead calls you “blue eyes” is somehow getting the same present as the woman who raised you?

And yet, finding something that works for everyone is the dream. There is so exhaustingly much to think about for a wedding, and adding yet another aspect, getting specific gifts for everyone, is so hard. The goal is finding a beautiful, special gift that doesn’t have to be particularly “male” or “female,” “old” or “young.”

But we are in the days of internet searches, and anything is possible!!!

Are you ready!?

You can communicate something truly special, whimsical, and personal. At the end, it’s up to you what kind of memory you’d like to gift each person who helped make this day the most important day of your life so far.

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Destination Wedding Dream

When most brides dream of a perfect, destination wedding, it usually includes warm, powder-white sand beaches, fragrant, tropical flowers and guests dressed in casual, laid-back beach attire. Of course the picture quickly becomes obscured with dollar signs popping up all over that perfect picture. The dream pops, turn the page...right?

Not so fast, what if we were to show you how you could have the beach wedding of your dreams at an affordable price on almost any budget? Let’s break down a destination wedding and figure out how to make it happen.

A wedding consists of five parts: the couple, the guests, a location, decor and food.

First, the couple - the couple will be traveling to their honeymoon location anyway so getting them to the wedding is pretty simple.

Second, the guests - the guests want to get away as much as anyone else. You just need to plan your wedding at a location where they want to go.

Third, a location - a...

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A Destination Wedding could actually save you money and stress and who doesn’t want to sit back and enjoy their ceremony and reception, knowing it will all be flawless?

Why Should You Drop Your To-Do-List and Glittery Craft and Get Married in Paris, Care-Free?

Okay, maybe that’s a little dramatic… maybe not Paris! But seriously. What is your favorite place in the world? A place that your childhood self would swoon over getting married at while she played dolls and dreamed of her fairytale wedding? Do her a favor and do it! Drop everything, drop the stress, and do it!

Here are some reasons why.

They Can Literally Be Stress Free

But really, I am not pulling your leg. Whether you’re doing a destination cruise or running away to a resort with your closest loved ones, there are people seriously made for your peace of mind through this… Wedding Planners! Most Wedding Planners will travel for your date. There are even Planners that permanently work at your dream spot.

At some point, you will sip on a milkshake and get massages with...

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The right floral arrangements can add a special flare to the décor of your event. Deciding on the right floral arrangements for your big day is one of the main checks off your planning list. The process of choosing the right floral designs can depend on your budget, color scheme or theme, the season, and your unique style.

Budget

A budget can seem very confining when your Pinterest board dreams are bigger than your wallet. However, a set budget can help determine which floral pieces you will want to focus your funds on. You will have bouquets, boutonnieres, center pieces, and other floral accent arrangements that you will need to prioritize. If you have a particular arrangement in mind, but it is out of your price range, you should work with your florist to see if there is a more cost effective flower choice that will still achieve your desired look.

Color Scheme/Theme

Most brides will design their floral arrangements to reflect and add to their overall color scheme or theme. This allows your floral pieces to enhance the...

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How do you know for sure that the man you are about to marry is “the one”?

Personally, I don’t believe in “the one”. There are simply too many crazy circumstances in this world for that to make any sense. This post is inspired by the wonderful love guru Matthew Hussey, I’ll post his website link below. He’s recently become a new favorite of mine. What Matthew determines as “the one” is finding someone with the qualities we are looking for, who also happens to be at a stage in their life where they are ready to commit to a serious relationship.

We are not trying to find one person in the world, instead we are trying to determine if the person we are with has the potential to be the one we should choose. So, if you’re someone still searching for the one, or if you’re a soon-to-be-bride avoiding cold feet -- find reassurance by asking yourself these five questions to determine if he is the one for you!

#1 Do you want to jump him?

I hope this doesn’t come across too crude, but what separates a friendship from a relationship is sex. Chemistry...

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Everyone will have that time soon after getting engaged when someone sees you and says “When’s the big day?!”. Though you might have dreamed of your fairy tale wedding from the time you could read, this will still be one of the biggest decisions to come along with your wedding planning. The date will set the theme, style and most likely the cost of your wedding. Here are a few tips to help you and your future spouse decide what time of year is best for you.

Decide What Season Suits You

One of the easiest ways to decide the season is by pin pointing what season the two of you both feel most comfortable in and usually look forward to all year. Do you love bundling up outside by a bonfire with a cup of hot cocoa? Fall it is. Do you anxiously await building a snowman or snowboarding? It sounds like Winter. Do you love the look of all of the fresh blooms and warmer weather? A spring wedding seems to be in order. Choosing be what you are relaxed and happy with during a regular year, sounds like the exact emotions your wedding day should bring to...

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One of the first orders of business that you have to decide when planning your wedding is how many people are you going to invite. How big does your venue need to be? How much food will you have to order? How many chairs and tables will you need? What amount of favors needs to be ordered? Before you can answer any of these questions, you need to decide which people you want to be a part of your special day.

Big and small weddings each have their own pros and cons. To each person, these different pros and cons may hold different weights of importance. When deciding whether or not to make your wedding big or small, here are a few pros and cons to help you choose!

Pros:

  • Getting to share your special day with more people
  • You don’t have to shave guests from the list
  • More gifts and cards
  • Involve more people in your special day
  • Creates a more lively atmosphere

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  • Spending more money in certain areas to accommodate more guests
  • Not getting to spend as much one on one time with your guests and having...
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As a wedding planner, one of the most frequent questions I get asked is who should pay for what. Some people think the responsibility falls completely on the bride. Others argue that the bride and groom should pay for a wedding themselves.

With the traditional rules constantly changing, I wanted to help out the modern bride and groom to know who is expected to pay for what!

The old rules lay out that the bride’s family determine the size and style of the wedding and reception and carry the full responsibility of paying. The groom’s family may pitch in to make the wedding bigger, but most of costs come out of the bride’s parent’s pockets. Today, the rules have changed a bit and allow for a more flexible division of costs. Both families can contribute to the total expenses and work together with the bride and groom to pay for the wedding. Ages of couples getting married is rising which allows the brides and grooms to pay for more or all of their wedding. Read the fine print though, these rules only apply for first weddings.

Second weddings and beyond, you are on...

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