Say Yes Magazine Feature

Did you happen to see The Commercial Appeal’s Say Yes Year in Review? One of our weddings was featured in the Best Cultural Fusion category!  We hope you enjoy the photos as much as we enjoyed working with Tah and Tim!

Source:  Say Yes (The Commercial Appeal)

Source:  Say Yes (The Commercial Appeal)

Source:  Say Yes (The Commercial Appeal)

Happy Planning!

Southern Event Planners

Memphis, Tennessee Wedding Planners

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DIY Photobooth Props

Looking for a fun DIY project for your wedding?  How about making your own photobooth props?  If you rent a photobooth for your wedding reception some props will most likely be provided but here are a few ideas you might want to consider.

Source:  WeddingChicks.com

Source:  Lovely Girls Wedding Blogspot

This one includes a tutorial:

Source: Ruffled Blog

Source:  Preston Bailey

This one has a tutorial and free downloads!

Source:  Oh Happy Day!

Source:  Bespoke Bride

Are you going to have a photobooth at your reception?  What kind of props are you planning on incorporating?

Happy Planning!

Southern Event Planners

Memphis, Tennessee Wedding Planners

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Cereal Bars

Looking for a great late night food idea for your reception?  What about a cereal bar?   You use fun cereal like Fruit Loops and Captain Crunch or for something a little more upscale, why not try a make your own granola bar?  You could use a basic granola mix and have containers of different types of nuts, craisins, raisins and other types of dried or fresh fruit.  Include a couple of milk choices, whole and 2% and maybe an almond or soy milk. Another great addition is vanilla yogurt, especially with granola!

Source:  Red Diamond Rentals

Source:  Shannon Eileen Blog

Source:  P is for Party Blogspot

Source:  Pizzazzerie

What do you think?  Would you like a cereal bar at your reception?

Happy Planning!

Southern Event Planners

Memphis, Tennessee Wedding Planners


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Inspiration: Steampunk

Steampunk is one of those styles that is often hard to explain but you know it when you see it!  Wikipediea defines steampunk fashion as a synthesis of modern style influenced by the Victorian era.  Think corsets, watch parts, gears, Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland.

As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words:

Source:  Ruffled Blog

Source:  Ruffled Blog

Source:  Devil Inspired

Source:  Floral Fields

Source:  Etsy

What do you think?  Would you consider using any steampunk elements in your wedding?

Happy Planning!

Southern Event Planners

Memphis, Tennessee Wedding Planners

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DIY Wedding Signs

If you are a regular reader of our blog, you already know we embrace the do it yourself bride but realize it can be a huge undertaking along with everything else you have to do.  We often suggest our crafty brides  take on one or two DIY projects, enough to add a personal touch but not overwhelm.  Signs for the wedding are a great way to channel your “inner Martha”.

Here are a few tutorials to get you started:

Source:  A Vintage Vine Online

Source: Crafts by Amanda

Source: Diddle Dumpling Blogspot

Source:  Honey and Fitz Blogspot

Source:  Green Wedding Shoes

Source:  Lucy Locket Lifestyle

What do you think?  Are you planning on any DIY projects for your wedding?

Happy Planning!

Southern Event Planners

Memphis, Tennessee Wedding Planners


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Bar Mitzvah Party

We get so wrapped up in wedding world that sometimes we forget to share some of the other events we are involved with.  Last year, one of our favorite non-wedding events was a Bar Mitzvah party held at The Tower Center.  Guests were greeted at the top of the Tower Center and given passports for a trip around the world.  The stops on their journey included New York City, Paris, Venice and the Caribbean!

Source:  Nathan Rye Photography

The New York Area featured a personalized taxi cab for photos, a food station with typical New York street vendor food including hot dogs, pizza and soft pretzels, a lounge area by a holographic dance floor and a live Statue of Liberty to mingle with the guests.

Source:  Nathan Rye Photography

Source:  Nathan Rye Photography

Source:  Nathan Rye Photography

Paris featured a street-side cafe with French themed food.  Guests were provided berets, gloves and make up so they could dress as French Mimes.

Source:  Nathan Rye Photography

Venice featured a custom made gondola with a live gondolier.

Source: Nathan Rye Photography

The Caribbean had a limbo pole for guests along with shell necklaces and beach chairs for relaxing.

Source:  Nathan Rye Photography

The spectacular cake made by Laura Jackson of The Flour Garden was comprised of four layers, each representing the cities guests visited throughout the evening with the guest of honor on top!

Source: Nathan Rye Photography

A great time was had by all.  Mazel Tov, Matthew!

Happy Planning!

Southern Event Planners

Memphis, Tennessee Wedding Planners

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Trends: Bloody Mary Bar

Looking for something different for your reception or post wedding brunch?  Why not try a Bloody Mary Bar?  Start off with a couple of brands of vodka and remember, the better the vodka, the better the bloody!  You can also include other liquors for variety.  Add tequila and it’s a Bloody Maria, beer instead of vodka is called a Red Eye, and for a New Orleans favorite try a Bloody Bull which has beef bouillon added to the traditional bloody recipe.

Next, you need a bloody mary mix.  There are many choices out there, we suggest using a milder version and letting your guest add heat as desired.  Which brings us to hot sauce, it is good to have a couple of choices with different heat intensities or types of peppers.

Source:  How to Be A Party Goddess

In addition, you can also have lemons, Worcestershire sauce, freshly ground pepper, salt for rimming the glass and clam juice.  A great garnish is a must have for a Bloody Mary! Celery and olives are fairly expected but why not try fresh asparagus, cherry tomatoes or spicy green beans?  For a really special treat, we love roasted shrimp on the edge of our drink, mmm!

Source: thedailysouth.com

Source: Squashblossombabies.com

Source: Craft, Create & Decorate

What do you think?  What are your must- haves for a great Bloody Mary?

Happy Planning!

Southern Event Planners

Memphis, Tennessee Wedding Planners

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Fun Shower Idea

Looking for a fun activity instead of the traditional bridal shower?  Check out ARTjamN studio where you and your friends can get together and paint a large canvas for you to hang on your wall.  ARTjamN has a studio at 515 N. Main Street in downtown Memphis or they will come to you for an additional fee.  You bring your friends, food and wine and they provide the rest.  Check out their website for more details at http://www.artjamn.com/giftofart.html

Source:  ARTjamN

Source:  ARTjamN

Source:  ARTjamN

They will work with you on the design of your painting and prepare the canvas for your group to work on.  You can also select multiple canvas sizes for a grouping or one large canvas for the whole group to paint on. Group members then sign the back of the canvas so your memories are preserved.  We think this is a great idea for bridal and couple showers, especially for couples that may already have a houseful of the usual gifts.

Happy Planning! Painting!

Southern Event Planners

Memphis, Tennessee Wedding Planners

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Where is Your Address Book?

I am sure your mom has an address book that she has used forever, some friends have had the same address since she got the book and others have many listings in cities all over the country.  You, on the other hand probably have an online address book with e-mail addresses but not a street address in sight.  How will you ever get all of your friend’s addresses so you can send them an invitation to the big day?  Sure, you could send out an e-mail to everyone and then they will respond (maybe) then you have to compile those addresses into a spreadsheet- you have plenty of time for that, right?  Don’t worry, we have an answer for you- Postable is a site where you can create an online address book.  Not only is Postable free, it is also a secure platform that does not access your email account.

When you create an account at https://www.postable.com you are provided with a link, simply email this link to your friends and they will be directed to a simple form to fill out with their address .  If they sign up for an account, their information will be automatically updated in any address book they are listed in if they should move.  Once everyone has responded, you can export the addresses to Gmail or Apple Address Book or you can export to an excel file.  You can also print labels directly from the website and you can also manually enter addresses.  How great is that?  We love something that makes the not so fun parts easy and help you mark something off of your to do list.

Happy Planning!

Southern Event Planners

Memphis, Tennessee Wedding Planners

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DIY: Garlands Galore

Looking for a way to add a personal handmade touch to your wedding?  There are so many inexpensive materials to use (or re-use) from  book pages and wine corks to paint chips (free!), we thought we’d share some of the ideas we found.  Great, you say but what am I going to do with this garland?  How about draping it on the back of the bride and groom’s chairs at the reception, use it on a dessert table or candy station, or even incorporating it into your table decor?

All of these have tutorials or links to tutorials so you don’t even have to figure out how to make them!  Just gather your materials and start crafting!

Source:  Project Wedding

Source:  InOurBackpocket.blogspot.com

Source:  My Blessed Life

Source:  Linen, Lace, & Love

Source:  The Knotty Bride

Source:  by Petra

Source:  My Own Ideas

Do you have a DIY project for your wedding?  We’d love to hear about it, or see a photo of it!

Happy Planning!

Southern Event Planners

Memphis, Tennessee Wedding Planners

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