Wedding Gift Guide for Guests

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Wedding Gift Guide for Guests

Hi All!

I've had some couples ask me recently about the etiquette surrounding wedding gifts, so I thought I'd make a quick post addressing just that! This is a quick guide for both couples and their guests on approaching the subject of wedding gifts and registries.

 
Wedding Gift Guide for Guests- Houston Wedding Planning, Wedding Tips- Gift Guide
 

1. The Registry

Many couples are opting for honeymoon funds, or trying to navigate how to ask for cash to buy a home. While these are practical and more modern ways of having a wedding registry, we still recommend to have a traditional registry available to guests who would prefer to buy you a gift. So head on down to Bed, bath and Beyond and start scanning! If you would like a honeymoon/home buying fund, I'd suggest an online site where you can write a little story about why you're opting for this as a way to receive gifts. Personalize it! 

TIP: Never list the registry or gift request on an invitation! It should be listed on your website, or told to guests via word of mouth/ by family and wedding party who host showers.

2. Wedding or Bridal Showers

Bridal showers are traditionally hosted by the bridesmaids, although parents and siblings may also want to host. If you have more than one bridal shower (or a couples shower) it can seem like a lot to ask of guests to attend more than one. Only close family and wedding party are typically invited to every shower, so try to keep the guest list different for each one (for example, a work one, or one for guests from a specific state, like your college crew). When it comes to gifts, showers are a great opportunity to buy the couple a wedding gift before the wedding. If you're invited to a shower, it is proper to bring a gift, unless otherwise specified. Recently, a couple of mine opted to ask for recipes at a couples shower, since many of the guests were also invited to the Bridal shower. 

3. Myth of When to Send a Gift

It is a popular misconception that guests are able to send a wedding gift up to a year after a wedding, so be sure to send it before the wedding date.

4. Thank you's from the Couple

Couples, be sure to keep a list of the gifts you received and from whom, as to reference it for thank you notes, or if you happen to host them at your house for dinner- it would mean a lot if you were able to show off the china you received from your Aunt over Christmas!

TIP: All Thank You notes should be sent within two months of the wedding

 
Wedding Gift Guide for Guests- Houston Wedding Planning, Wedding Tips- Gift Guide
 

Hope this helps! If you'd like to chat more about Wedding Etiquette, shoot us an email!

Photos by Smith House Photo

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Katie and Mike: Wed in the Woodlands!

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Katie and Mike: Wed in the Woodlands!

Woodlands Grace Presbyterian Wedding | Houston Wedding Planners

When I first got to speak with Katie and her mother for our phone consultation, I could immediately tell that both were organized, sincere and truly wanted to plan a wedding where both families could enjoy their time together, as they were coming from different parts of the country to celebrate!

The couple chose a classic wedding ceremony at Grace Presbyterian in the Woodlands, followed by a relaxed reception full of surprises and touches of understated elegance. The ballroom at the Woodlands Convention Center and Resort was the perfect backdrop, with wrap around porches, modern chandeliers and the top notch service you'd expect!

We teamed up with EB Inc for tabletop linens, and The Blooming Idea for floral goodness- focusing on greenery, and whimsical pieces with minimal blooms. To delight the guests, Katie and Mike had a Cigar bar on the patio as well as togo boxes for the styled dessert station full of mini pies, brownies and macarons! 

Ending with a bubble exit, the couple left sweet memories in the hearts of everyone who attended! I so enjoyed working with them both, Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Wagner!!

Creative Team:

Planners: Plan Our Day Houston

Photographer: Smith House Photo

Venue: Grace Presbyterian and The Woodlands Resort

Flowers: The Blooming Idea

Linens: EB Inc.

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Kayte + Brandon: Married at the Springs in Katy

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Kayte + Brandon: Married at the Springs in Katy

A childhood friend of mine, I was honored when Kayte asked me to help plan her wedding and coordinate the celebration! I had witnessed her relationship with Brandon develop over Facebook (hey, it's how we all stay connected) and was so happy to see their love really blossom! They are both extremely devoted to one another, so watching their day unfold was truly special!

Creative Team:

Photography: Studio Htown Photography

Coordination: Plan Our Day Houston

Floral: F. Dellit Designs

Cake: Bavarian Cakery

Venue: The Springs in Katy

Linens: LBL Event Rentals

Fall Romance at the Springs in Katy | Houston Wedding Coordinators
Fall Romance at the Springs in Katy | Houston Wedding Coordinators
Fall Romance at the Springs in Katy | Houston Wedding Coordinators
Fall Romance at the Springs in Katy | Houston Wedding Coordinators
Fall Romance at the Springs in Katy | Houston Wedding Coordinators
Fall Romance at the Springs in Katy | Houston Wedding Coordinators
Fall Romance at the Springs in Katy | Houston Wedding Coordinators
Fall Romance at the Springs in Katy | Houston Wedding Coordinators
Fall Romance at the Springs in Katy | Houston Wedding Coordinators
Fall Romance at the Springs in Katy | Houston Wedding Coordinators
Fall Romance at the Springs in Katy | Houston Wedding Coordinators
Fall Romance at the Springs in Katy | Houston Wedding Coordinators
Fall Romance at the Springs in Katy | Houston Wedding Coordinators
Fall Romance at the Springs in Katy | Houston Wedding Coordinators
Fall Romance at the Springs in Katy | Houston Wedding Coordinators
Fall Romance at the Springs in Katy | Houston Wedding Coordinators
Fall Romance at the Springs in Katy | Houston Wedding Coordinators

Simply stunning! May you both be blessed with years of happiness and love!! Congrats Mr. and Mrs. Kumar!

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Alice May + Andrew: Married at the Trolley Station in Galveston, TX

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Alice May + Andrew: Married at the Trolley Station in Galveston, TX

If you follow me on social media (Insta, Facebook), then you may have seen me mention this special couple. They were the first future Mr. & Mrs. referred to me from a past bride. Not only that, but they both attended that wedding and the groom, dapper and calm, Andrew, was the best man!

It was truly a joy helping Alice May and her mother plan this wedding. She spoke so highly of everyone involved and wanted to ensure her and Andrew made the most of their shared time with their loved ones. The fabulous creative team is listed below! Ultra shout out to Nicole of Nicole Ryan Photography for sharing these images!

Venue: The Trolley Station, Galveston, TX

Catering/Linens: Chopin Mon Ami Catering

Cake: Cakes by Jula

Photography and Photo booth: Nicole Ryan Photo

Flowers: Island Flowers

Coordination: Plan Our Day Houston

Gorgeous lighting, fabulous people- a wedding sure to be remembered! Thank you so much for letting us be a part of your day!

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2017 Wedding Trends

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2017 Wedding Trends

 
Photo by Smith House Photography

Photo by Smith House Photography

 

Pop the champagne- it is Engagement season! If you're like me, you've seen so many of your friends or family members get engaged this holiday season- and it's not over! So bookmark this article and share it with the lovely brides-to-be as soon as they've settled down from celebrating!

2017 Wedding Trends

 
Photo by Smith House Photography

Photo by Smith House Photography

 

1. Revamped Rustic

Yes, we've seen and retired the burlap and lace-wrapped mason jars, but that doesn't mean we still don't love those gorgeous, historic barns, or the sweet, vintage details! So, we're revamping the rustic-chic by adding a touch of glam and whimsy. Indulge in luscious blooms, surrounded by sparking mirror-top tables, mixed metal stem and flat ware and large focal points; such as a boxwood lined lounge area or glimmering chandeliers.

2. Minimalist 

This doesn't mean skimping on the details. It's changing your focus to what is already beautiful; a garden venue with fresh flowers, or a modern space with tons of lighting features. Minimalist design appreciates negative space and incorporates an industrial feel, such as using acrylic accents, or monochromatic color schemes.

2017 Wedding Trends | Pantone Color of the Year Kale | Via Burnett's Boards
2017 Wedding Trends | Kale Pantone Color of the Year 2017

3. Kale

Say, what?! Kale- it's the Pantone color of 2017! Let's embrace those neutral hues, such as eggshell, dusty blue, kale green and champagne tones. Liven it up with tons of candle light, greenery and wooden chargers or farm tables.

 
2017 Wedding Trends | Glitter Donuts | Courtesy of the Frosted Petticoat
 

4. Glitter Donuts and Meringues

Using edible glitter of course! Add these sweet edibles to your cake table or use them as guest favors. They are sure to delight and add a touch of whimsy. Nom!

5. Over-the-top

Mismatched flatware, stemware, chargers and napkins- all within the same color scheme. Varied textures, table runners, overlays and chair adornments. Lighting, draping and chandeliers and hanging florals. YAS! Did I mention how important lighting was? 

If you'd like to indulge in any of the these 2017 Wedding Trends with me- let me know! And, while we're at it, we can plan the unique touch to add to YOUR wedding!

 

 

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Three ways to De-Stress the Morning of Your Wedding

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Three ways to De-Stress the Morning of Your Wedding

Your ceremony isn't until 5, yes, hair and makeup can take five hours with all your girls, your mom, his mom, etc. But what about before that? You and I both know you're not getting much sleep, (although I do recommend it!), so let's be proactive and talk about some ideas of how to fill the morning hours on the day of your wedding!

Yoga

Three Ways to De-stress the Morning of your Wedding | Bridal Party Ideas | Wedding Planning in Houston

Morning, yoga; a little ohm, stretching and very slow sequences to get you centered and calm- sounds like a dream right? There are Yoga Instructors that will come to you! Have them meet at your hotel suite, or possibly in your backyard the morning of your wedding. Invite your girls, get some blankets and yoga mats and RELAX!

Spa Day

Three Ways to De-stress the Morning of your Wedding | Bridal Party Ideas | Wedding Planning in Houston

Kind of typical, but for a good reason! I don't recommend any sort of facial, waxing, tanning etc. but perhaps some time in the steam room, a little foot massage- it'll do wonders! Plus, you can walk around in a robe and slippers and sip on Cucumber water. I'd like to do that every day if I could! 

Breakfast Outdoors

Lux and Concord in Chicago

Lux and Concord in Chicago

If you're like me, you want to be outside as much as often, weather permitting of course. So, invite your girls or your mom and sisters to have breakfast on the patio. If it's too hot (I mean, we ARE in Houston) pick a restaurant with a lot of natural light. That Vitamin D works wonders on elevating your mood! Indulge in an egg white omelet, fresh fruit and a mimosa (or two).

What ever you decide, allow yourself to feel pampered and not rushed. This day is a special one, so take a deep breath and take it all in!

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Featured on Brides.com- Minimalist Wedding Ideas

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Featured on Brides.com- Minimalist Wedding Ideas

Check out the full feature here!

Our tip on designing a minimalist wedding:

Pick a venue that is interesting as is
In other words, it doesn’t need much dressing up to be wow-worthy. A minimalist venue could be a renovated historic building with exposed brick, large windows and stained concrete floors or an outdoor space perfectly surrounded and shaded with large trees and strung lights, describes Samantha Gieseke, owner of Plan Our Day Houston. “Choosing wooden tables that don’t require linens and centerpieces that allow for open or negative space would blend perfectly with the scenery, allowing the beauty of the building or space to shine.”

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Wedding Favor Ideas

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Wedding Favor Ideas

100 Unique Wedding Favors | Weddings in Houston | Wedding Paper Divas

Fall is here ya'll! For me, this means a busy wedding season, wrapping up final details, and finally being able to wear boots. Realistically, the warm, fuzzy sweaters are not coming out until January!

Anyhow, no matter where you are in the planning process, here are some ideas from Wedding Paper Divas on choosing and designing your wedding favors! This is such a fabulous resource, so bookmark this and come back to it when you're ready!

Follow this link here: 100 Unique Wedding Favors

100 Unique Wedding Favors | Wedding Planning Ideas in Houston | Wedding Paper Divas

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Designing your Floor Plan- Wedding Reception Seating Options

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Designing your Floor Plan- Wedding Reception Seating Options

Let's talk about the seating plan, the floor plan, layout notes, whatever you want to call it! You have options!

When beginning to design how your wedding reception will be laid out, here are a few things to consider:

1. What does the venue recommend or see often? 

There is a reason couples always put the dance floor and DJ in a certain place, and why their introduction really rocks when the enter in a particular set of doors. Consider what the venue manager suggests, or take a look at their Facebook page for ideas.

Photo below by Htown Studios

Designing your Wedding Reception Floor Plan | Layout Ideas | Houston Wedding Planners | Plan Our Day Houston

2. What is the formality of your wedding?

If you are doing a seated dinner with entree options, then a seating chart is a must. If you have a buffet or food stations, perhaps you just reserve some seating for your wedding party and immediate family. There is no right or wrong answer!

Photo below by Alyse French Photography

Designing your Wedding Reception Floor Plan | Layout Ideas | Houston Wedding Planners | Plan Our Day Houston

3. Who do you want to sit next to during dinner? Your options are:

A. Sit with just your new hubby at a Sweetheart table (Lori Blythe Photography)

Designing your Wedding Reception Floor Plan | Layout Ideas | Houston Wedding Planners | Plan Our Day Houston

B. Sit with your wedding party (and maybe their dates) at a Head Table (Photo by Nate Messara)

Designing your Wedding Reception Floor Plan | Layout Ideas | Houston Wedding Planners | Plan Our Day Houston

C. Sit with your family at a Royal Table (Smith House Photo)

Designing your Wedding Reception Floor Plan | Layout Ideas | Houston Wedding Planners | Plan Our Day Houston

D. Sit with either of the above at a regular guest table (Alyse French Photography)

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Chat with your fiancé about what you both prefer! Cheers, my friends!

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Surprise Brunch Wedding at La Colombe D'or

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Surprise Brunch Wedding at La Colombe D'or

When the bride, Stephanie (who I had known for years!) contacted me about her "Engagement Party/Surprise Wedding" I knew this was going to be a fantastic event. Stephanie is known for throwing the BEST parties; great food, fun themes, and of course, karaoke!

Her plan was to invite her closest friends and family to La Colombe D'or for an Easter Brunch, but surprise them with the actual wedding ceremony. Her son spoke perfectly during the Welcome speech that ended with her walking down the aisle. They then took the party to her and her hubby's private residence, which included an Easter Egg hunt, some marvelous food stations and dancing.

Creative Team:

Planner: Plan Our Day Houston

Venue: La Colombe D'or

Photography: Chris W Photo

Flowers: Arteflora

Surprise! We're getting married!

Brunch Wedding at La Colombe D'or | Plan Our Day Houston | Houston Wedding Planners
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Brunch Wedding at La Colombe D'or | Plan Our Day Houston | Houston Wedding Planners
Brunch Wedding at La Colombe D'or | Plan Our Day Houston | Houston Wedding Planners
Brunch Wedding at La Colombe D'or | Plan Our Day Houston | Houston Wedding Planners
Brunch Wedding at La Colombe D'or | Plan Our Day Houston | Houston Wedding Planners

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