Crafting Your Day-of Timeline Part One of Three

Happy Wednesday, lovebirds!

Wedding season is finally here and, in a perfect world, every couple would have an amazing wedding planner in charge of putting together a solid, logistically sound day-of timeline. However, we get that this is not feasible for everyone. So, today, and in the coming weeks, we are going to talk you through how to create an efficient wedding day timeline for your celebration.

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The most important thing to remember is that it is essential to formalize and write down every detail of what will happen on your wedding day. Do not leave anything up to chance! The who, what, when, and where of every action, whether it be a simple floral movement or a big delivery, must be accounted for. The first part of this three-part blog series is about gathering all the information. Once you and your fiancé have made all the necessary decisions, you’ll be ready to put pen to paper – which we will get to in Part Two and Three!

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Questions to ask yourself about getting ready for your big day. (Remember, no detail is insignificant!)

  • Where do you want to get into your dress? This may seem like a quick, simple detail but it is an important decision that will affect other pieces of your day. If you are getting ready off-site and choose to get in your dress there, you will need to make appropriate transportation arrangements and consider how to keep your dress tidy in the car. If you are getting dressed at the venue, you will need to ensure you have the time and space secured. In either case, arrange to have your photographer present where you are getting ready.
  • Are you willing to do a First Look? Some couples prefer to wait to see each other until the bride walks down the aisle; however, this means all couples photography will have to be done after the ceremony during the first part of cocktail hour. If you are willing to do a First Look, however, you will be able to take photos before the ceremony begins and fully enjoy your guests for the entire cocktail hour! Either option works, but it is important to discuss what you and your fiancé prioritize.
  • Are you, your partner, or your bridal party changing clothes throughout the day? If so, take note of these costume changes and plan your timing accordingly.

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Information to gather from your venue and vendors.

  • What time are you allowed on the property and by what time will you be required to leave? Knowing the times you are working with will give you a specific information about when the day needs to start and when it must end. This will help in determining the “call time” for each vendor. It is very important to honor the agreed upon time you will be off the property. Not doing this may cost you a lot of money.
  • What time does your venue require sound to be turned off by? It might not be the most desirable task, but assigning someone to track this time and ensure it is met is very important. Delegating this will free you from worrying about the night wrapping up smoothly and on time.
  • What times do you have all your vendors contracted for? Take note of the amount of time you have agreed upon and the number of tasks you are expecting. For example, for hair and makeup: figure out how long you have each of your hairstylists and makeup artists for and how many looks you need completed. Time out each individual makeover in your schedule.
  • What type of dinner will you be doing? Establish how many courses you will include. Ask your caterer how long they will need to prepare, as well as realistically how long each course will take to serve, enjoy, and clear.
  • What types of photos are important to you? The main categories you need to be present for are getting ready, dress, bridal party, romantics, and family shots.

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Logistics to discuss about day-of transitions.

  • What is the approximate length of your ceremony? Do not just guess, and make sure you leave room for error. It is better to have a little extra time than have to cut another area of your wedding short.
  • Do items need to be moved from the ceremony site to the reception? Make sure someone is in charge of this and knows exactly when and where to move these items.
  • Do you want to do a grand entrance into the reception? Some couples like to be introduced as the new Mr. and Mrs., while others prefer a quiet entrance. Decide, as a couple, what is best for you.
  • What traditions would you like to include? Often, wedding traditions are integrated as part of the reception. These may include a father-daughter dance, first dance, garter toss, toasts, bouquet toss, and cake cutting. Decide which you want to include, how much time to allot for each, and build them into your day-of schedule.

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The information you gather from these decisions will guide you in creating your day-of timeline. In two weeks, we will be back and ready to get started with organizing! Happy planning!

Gracefully incorporating your favorite holiday into your wedding part 3: New Years

Hi Lovebirds!

This week we are finishing up our mini-blog series focusing on crafting a modern take on seasonally themed weddings with New Years Eve. A wedding celebration that goes strong until midnight can be difficult to execute, but there are many of fun ways to keep your guests partying all night long! We love a fun New Years celebration and have put together some ways that you can implement a NYE wedding without going over the top!

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Cuisine & Cocktails

A NYE wedding reception calls for some classic late night snacks and fun festive drinks! Whether it be a fancy carving station, tacos or fries, make sure guests have enough to snack on well into the new year. And don’t forget the drinks! There are many creative ways to incorporate the sparkling new year into your drink selection to keep guests hydrated (or dehydrated) all night long. Oh, and no NYE wedding would be complete without a toast at midnight!

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Decor

Your color pallet of choice can really emphasize that romantic yet fun New Years Eve wedding of your dreams. We suggest using metallics such as gold and sparkles to contrast the darker tones often used for new years or late night weddings! New Years Eve often calls for confetti and balloon drops. Without going all in on these items, we found creative ways to still incorporate them into your NYE wedding.

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Guest Experience

Lastly, we want to ensure that you and your guests have the best time at your wedding.. If you are trying to stick it out till midnight, the guest experience can be the most crucial. We love a long lasting dance party and photo booth! It can also be fun to incorporate traditional NYE festivities with party horns and sparklers! Another great idea would be to gift your guests with mini champagne bottles as your wedding favor.

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NYE can be fun, festive, and classy all at the same time. If you are planning your New Years Eve wedding we hope you take into consideration these fun and festive ideas. No matter what, route you take for your holiday wedding, we hope our ideas have inspired you and that you are on your way to crafting a celebration that is magical!

Gracefully incorporating your favorite holiday into your wedding part 2: winter

Hi Lovebirds!

As promised last time, we are continuing our holiday series today with our winter wedding ideas! From your wedding cuisines to the bar offerings and from the decor elements to your guest takeaway gift, there are tons of ways to create that perfect, cozy, and elegant winter wedding you crave!

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Cuisine and Cocktails

The winter season calls for that warm cup of hot chocolate and your favorite comfort foods. Consider incorporating fun variations of the holiday treats of your choice such as peppermint and chocolate or your favorite homemade soup and sandwich combination!

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Decor

Winter weddings often call for cozy and elegant vibes all around and carefully curating your decor will work to create a winer ambiance. We just can’t get enough of winter tones such as wine, deep and ice shades of blue, and varying forests greens. And don’t be afraid to play around with using tinsel, pine, birch, and twinkle lights to further show some love to the holiday season without going all-out Christmas themed!

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Guest Experience

Lastly, when it comes to guest experience, the options are endless! Consider giving a nod to the holiday season through favors such as hot chocolate or coffee and experiences like sparklers or even a mistletoe kissing booth!

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Whatever winter holiday you celebrate if you are planning on having your wedding during the “most wonderful time of the year”, we hope our ideas will help spur on your own creativity in putting together the winter wonderland wedding of your dreams.

Gracefully incorporating your favorite holiday into your wedding part 1: Fall

Hi Lovebirds!

Thanksgiving has come and gone, the winter holidays are just around the corner and we are experiencing all the seasonal feels. We just love it when couples want to incorporate holiday vibes into their wedding celebration. Today, we are kicking off the season with a blog series sharing tips on how to give a nod to your favorite holiday without having a fully themed wedding. Today, we are looking at thanksgiving and how to bring the best that the fall has to offer into your wedding cuisine & cocktails, decor, and guest experience!

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Cuisine & Cocktails

There are so many fun, creative, and most importantly, subtle ways to include your favorite fall food and drink flavors into your reception. Consider giving nod to turkey day by serving thanksgiving favorites, family style at your wedding reception. Think sweet potatoes, mini pies, mashed root veggies, and anything with and dusting of cinnamon or nutmeg!

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Decor

We just LOVE using fall tones and colors as a pallet for weddings! Wine, burnt orange, mustard yellow, warm metallics, we just can’t get enough of these hues that can help create that warm, cozy fall ambience throughout your celebration. Fall colors and design elements can be incorporated throughout your wedding aesthetic to help give a nod to the season, without totally giving in to a thanksgiving themed fete.

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Guest Experience

They say the devil is in the details, and when it comes to guest experience, it is the small details that make the difference. You could promote Thanksgiving vibes by gifting your guests with mini jars of homemade seasonal jam, throwing around cozy pashminas in autumnal hues or using yummy fall themed cookies as place cards. The possibilities are endless.

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Fall is our favorite season over here at Marisa Nicole Events and we just love infusing all things autumnal into our couple’s weddings. Whether you choose to serve spiked apple cider, have a turkey carving station, or play with a pallet of fall colors for your aesthetic, there are so many ways that you can bring the best that the season has to offer to your wedding.