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How Much Is That Wedding in the Window?

125×125banner.gifWedding websites are the perfect way to spread the news about your wedding.  Having a destination wedding?  Get a website.  Have an extensive activity filled weekend?  Get a website.  In love with the idea of your wedding period?  Get a website.  It really helps guests pinpoint the important informatin such as the Who, What, When, Why and How Much! 

We are now teaming up with Wedding Window– they have some of the best wedding websites out there; just ask Star Jones.  She used Wedding Window to create the wedding website for her diva styled wedding.  We’re now offering a free 7 day trial with Wedding Window. 

Try it out– see if you like it.  It is easy to set up, has a great interface and your guests will love the opportunity to have all of your wedding information in one place.  You can change your design as often as you like, add as much info as you want (polls, quizzes, accommodation info, seating charts, RSVP info, weekend activities and more). 

Let the O Help You Announce In Style!

We are proud to announce that Once Upon Your Wedding will now carry Carlson Craft’s lines of invitations.  We’ve got it all:  Something Different, Exclusive Collection, Seventeen Fifty, Save the Date!, Occasions, Pockets, and The Bridal Collection.??  In addition to these lines, we also carry menu cards, seal n’ sends, thank you cards, and more. 

 You can receive 20% off your order through our new online invitation site and current clients receive an additional 10% off.  With the new Le Papier service,  The O wedding designers can work with you to have your invitations calligraphed, assembled and mailed, even if you aren’t a client!  Your wedding team will also handle your RSVPs and guest tracking.  To find out more about this service and to receive a special rate or to get suggestions and assistance, contact Customer Service.

Please FEED the Wedding Vendors!

Think not of my current pregnant status when I write this, but you really should provide a meal for your vendors.  Yes, even the wedding planner!

 Your vendors– especially your photographer and your wedding planner could easily put in a 14 hour day on your event, with minimal breaks.  Obviously the only time that we do get a break is when everyone is eating (Who wants picture of Aunt Earline enjoying the tilapia?  What is there to coordinate when everyone is eating?)  Unless you want your event staff to leave your venue to break for dinner, make sure that you make accommodations for them in your final guest count.

Your venue will more likely than not, be able to help you with this. For example, you can get your event staff meals at a deeply discounted rate or your venue may supply vendor meals.  Typically the vendor meals consist of a sandwich, bag of chips and an apple.  Your vendors, if offered a plated meal, are typically given the opportunity to dine in a separate area away from your guests.

Either way, be sure to discuss this ahead of time with your vendor. Some vendors request a meal in their contracts, others do not. However, nothing worse is than working a full day and finding out that you have to go another 4 hours without a meal!  So be kind to your wedding vendor friends– if they can eat and regain their energy, it  really shows in their work and performance.

Playing Dress Up with Your Cake

We have talked about diva-fying your flowers.  Yes, darling, you’re welcome.  Let’s not stop there, shall we!?  What about the cake?  While you are typically the focal point of the ceremony (and rightfully so!), the cake is the focal point (at times) of the reception.  This is definitely true when there is a cocktail hour and your guests are roaming around your venue. 

Now, let’s divafy that cake!  The obvious:  The cake topper.  Some people have forgone the traditional “Man and Wife” cake topper (you know, the kind that looks like melted crayons?)  and opted for more visual representations of their love and personalities:  monograms, logos, themed objects, etc.   That’s My Topper has some of the best cake toppers I have seen in a long time. 

cascadingvinescakejewelry.jpgLet’s say you opt out of the cake topper, but still want some drama for your cake. No problem!  How about cake jewelry?   Coming in all types of alluring and romantic designs, cake jewelry is a fantastic way to play up an simple cake or enhance the confectionary production of your wedding reception. 

High Maintenance Bouquets

It has been the year of the Bling with weddings!  Everything has been “flossed” (are you writing down all of this lingo?)– flowers are no exception.   As you can see, these stephanotis receive the royal treatment (Jessica Simpson’s floral designer started this trend).  These are the Her Royal Highness Collection from Bouquet Jewels, on sale now at $29.99 for 25.

If you are more of a traditionalist, but still want to “diva-fy” (I heart that word) your bouquet, look into the gorgeous The High Society Buckle Collection.  These are the perfect touch if you added rhinestone buckles to your invites! These retail for $3.99 an come in a myriad of shapes. 

As we have said previously, personalizing your wedding is still the “in thing”.  Your flowers should be not left out of all the fun.  Check out the Monogram Collection.  The font is already sweet, but to set it in rhinestones make it uber-sweet.  These will cost you $12.99 per letter. 

Of course I cannot forget my local Golden Isles brides!  If you are shooting for a beach theme, Bouquet Jewels can still help. I personally love this starfish, which comes in three different colors.  It really does look great against that Stargazer. I can only imagine in a set of lush roses or callas!  *Swoon*  There is also a flip-flop (too cute) and a palm tree (very classy).  These range from $11.99-$14.99 each. 

What You Have To Look Forward To…

As the resident Pregosaurus Rex here at The O, I feel it is my duty to speak up for all pregnant bridesmaids.  As the wedding planner, I have literally struggled with finding something to wear at events that is professional– and does not scream “Hi, I’m harboring aliens under this mumu”.

No comments from the peanut gallery.

 I have finally found some gorgeous pieces, but I began to think…what about the poor bridesmaid?  Here she is, hating life due to swollen ankles, headaches, nosebleeds, and all other baby boarding madness, and then has to find a formal dress to get into.  Ok, pregnancy isn’t all that bad (this one has been a breeze for me, but I’m a pro)– but seriously, be kind to your mommy-to-be friends!

I know you don’t want to base your bridesmaids’ dress solely around your one pregnant maid. You really don’t have to– designers like Watters and Watters (pictured above) and David’s Bridal offer maternity dresses in their popular designs.  You could also opt not to have a single dress– instead offering each maid a swatch and letting her pick the design that is complementary to her own body shape.  Besides, do you really  need a uniform for your wedding– same dress, earrings, shoes, hair, etc.?

 Trust me, being pregnant and still trying to wear 4 inch heels is an artform.

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Congratulations, Harmony and Rob!

We had an awesome time at Harmony and Rob’s wedding yesterday at the King and Prince on St. Simons Island.  As you can see, Harmony was a beautiful bride. Rob and his guys were stunning as well and a lot of fun.  They braved the winds at Epworth by the Sea and partied like it was 1999 at the reception.

 The sweetest moment was when Harmony’s son gave her away.  Harmony had excellent ideas for wedding and they all tied together seamlessly– with gorgeous pink and ivory roses mixed in with a beach theme.

Working with this fantastic couple since September, we thoroughly enjoyed assisting in the planning and prep process.  Thank you Harmony and Rob for letting us share in your special day!

Congratulations, Cheryl and John!

Cheryl and John were married on the Riverfront Lawn at the Jekyll Island Club Saturday morning.  What made Cheryl’s wedding so very unique wasn’t her southern venue, but her southern attire!

Cheryl chose antique Southern garb for her bridal party a la Gone With the Wind.  Ladies were dressed like Scarlett O’Hara and the groomsmen donned “Southern Gentleman” attire. With beautiful white calla lillies and the sound of a beautiful sting trio playing, it was definitely a gorgeous sight into the past!

 Congrats, Cheryl and John! Thank you for allowing us to assist with your special day!