17

Jul

2024

Ask The Experts: How to Find Time to Socialize With Guests During Your Wedding

First dances, toasts, and cake-cutting ceremonies — there’s plenty to keep you busy on your wedding day! Yet, beyond the official order of events, most couples just want to celebrate with loved ones who showed up to support them.
However, socializing with all of your guests can be more challenging than you expect! It’s common for couples to feel pulled in every direction on their wedding day, and if you have a large turnout, getting face time with everyone can seem impossible.
Fortunately, with careful planning, you can carve out time to spend with your loved ones — no matter how your day-of timeline looks. Here are six ways to plan your wedding with intention and forethought to maximize your time with guests.

How to Find Time to Socialize With Guests During Your Wedding

By Meghan Ely, OFD Consulting

photos by Heart of Hearts Photography – full wedding here

Buffer your timeline of events

Squeezing dozens of special moments into your timeline without room to breathe is a recipe for overwhelm and chaos. It’s hard to enjoy the day when you’re constantly rushing around to take a photo here and participate in an activity there! If you want to dedicate time purely to mingling with guests, you must consciously make time for it.

“The best way to see guests and socialize is to schedule a time for that to happen when you aren’t busy,” wedding photographer Amy Sims confirms. “Don’t assume you will have time to socialize if your schedule has you jumping from one wedding event to the next.”

Work with your wedding planner to pad your timeline enough to account for socializing with guests throughout the day. For instance, if your aunt catches you on the way to freshen up in the bathroom, a brief conversation or photo shouldn’t delay the schedule.

Wedding photographer Melani Lust encourages couples to “add 10-20 minutes to each section of the day to allow for those beautiful spontaneous moments that happen as they first encounter guests.”

Creating more space in your timeline has the added benefit of removing pressure on your big day, so you can enjoy the celebration without feeling rushed.

photo by Emett Joseph Photography – full wedding here

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16

Jul

2024

Lucas and Becca’s Terracotta Vineyard Wedding in South Jersey by Ray of Sunshine Photography

I have a wonderful wedding to share with you today full of terracotta accents and autumnal hues. Becca and Lucas were married on 12th October 2023 at Renault Winery in Egg Harbor City in New Jersey. They held a gorgeous outdoor ceremony, making the most of the low October light, followed by a beautiful reception, filled with flowers and a pizza cutting instead of a cake cutting. The winery location was a stunning spot for their portrait pictures, all captured beautifully by Ray of Sunshine Photography.

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15

Jul

2024

Ask The Experts: How to Plan a Classy Over 50’s Hen Do

A hen do is a delightful opportunity for friends to celebrate love, friendship, and new beginnings with sophistication and elegance. If you’re over 50, use this as your guide to curating an unforgettable hen-do experience. From catering to activities and themes, this guide will get you covered. So, embrace the joy of this special occasion with a classy and memorable hen do that everyone will remember for many years!

Photo by cottonbro studio

Catering       

Catering is crucial for a hen-do because it sets the tone for the event, providing delicious food and drinks to enhance the celebration. A well-chosen caterer can tailor the menu to suit your group’s tastes and dietary needs, ensuring everyone feels pampered and special. Here are some tips for choosing catering to guarantee a memorable event:

  • Sophisticated menu – opt for a catering service specialising in elegant and refined cuisine. Consider classic French dishes, gourmet finger foods, and a selection of fine wines or champagne to complement the celebration.
  • Personalised service – look for caterers who offer personalised menus and are attentive to dietary preferences or restrictions among your group to ensure everyone feels accommodated and special.
  • Experienced staff – choose a catering company with well-experienced staff who understand the nuances of hosting classy hen-do events.
  • Tasting session – if possible, arrange a tasting session with the caterer beforehand. That way, you can sample their offerings and ensure the quality meets your expectations.
  • Flexibility and coordination – ensure the caterer is flexible and can coordinate seamlessly with other aspects of your event, such as venue arrangements and timing.

Image by Elle Katie

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11

Jul

2024

Crafting the Perfect Wedding: The Importance of Wedding Invitations and RSVP Cards

Planning a wedding is a journey filled with joy, excitement, and a myriad of decisions. Among the most important elements in this process are your wedding invitations. These pieces of stationery are not just mere notifications; they are the first glimpse your guests will have into the style and tone of your special day. Including RSVP cards with your invitations can streamline your planning process and ensure a seamless celebration. Here’s why selecting the right wedding invitation and incorporating wedding invitations with RSVP cards is crucial for your big day.

photo by Kayla Coleman Photography – full wedding here

Setting the Tone with Wedding Invitations

Your wedding invitation is more than a simple piece of paper—it’s a prelude to your event. It sets the tone, style, and formality of your wedding. Whether you’re planning a grand, elegant affair or a cozy, intimate gathering, your invitation should reflect that ambiance. Basic Invite offers a vast collection of wedding invitations that can be tailored to fit any wedding theme. From classic and timeless designs to modern and whimsical styles, you can find an invitation that perfectly captures the essence of your celebration.

Customizing your wedding invitation allows you to infuse your personality and vision into the details. With Basic Invite, you can choose from an array of colours, fonts, and layouts to create a unique invitation that stands out. The process is user-friendly, enabling you to make adjustments until your invitation is exactly as you envisioned. The ability to order a sample ensures that you can see and feel the quality of your invitation before making a final decision, giving you peace of mind and confidence in your choice.

photo by  Tarren Bailey Photography, LLC – full shoot here 

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11

Jul

2024

Pedro and Orlando’s Modern Villa Wedding in Puerto Rico by Rock and Love Weddings

With England through to the finals of the Euros, it is all celebration in our house, indeed the whole of the UK! Excitement is high, so why not bring you more excitement with this stunner of a wedding. Pedro and Orlando were married on 27th January 2024 at Villa Caparra in Puerto Rico. They held the most gorgeous wedding, in a pure white villa with pops of pink from the king protea, natural accents from the furniture and hints of green from the plants. The whole room athletic is so clean and modem, I absolutely love it! My favourite shot has to be the colour bomb, it works so well with the men’s jackets and the white of the villa. Big thanks to Rock and Love Weddings for the wonderful photos.

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