Meeting With Your Officiant

So you have picked out your officiant; CONGRATULATIONS! That is one less vendor to worry about not having. Now that you have an Officiant, you can start talking about the details of the ceremony. Depending on your officiant’s preferences, you and your fiance may meet with him/her multiple times prior to your wedding or only once or twice closer to your wedding date.

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Typically, Officiants will have a generic template they use in each ceremony. If you are looking for him/her to customize the ceremony, be sure to discuss what you want included in it.

  • Unity Candle
  • Sand Ceremony
  • Any special religious traditions
  • Readings
  • Personal stories
  • Etc.

 

Ceremonies are usually 15-20 minutes, however it is important to discuss with your officiant how long you want your ceremony to be. Special traditions and add-ins, may make the ceremony longer. If you are having any special traditions or ceremonies, be sure to discuss with the officiant when you want them in your ceremony and who will be doing what parts.

 

Another important thing to discuss with your officiant are your vows. Do you plan to write your own vows? If so, be sure to let the officiant know to what extent you would like to write your own vows. Some couples may want to be asked the simple marriage vows as a question first and then they speak their own words. Maybe you want to exchange formal vows and use your own vows as part of your ring exchange.

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Some other details that should be discussed are the following:

  • Will you be exchanging rings? This seems like a strange question to ask, but it’s not. Some people get tattoos instead of rings. Sometimes brides will receive the ring, but the groom won’t because the groom works in an industry where he can’t wear a ring.
  • Will you be having someone walk you down the aisle? If so, who? While for some brides this question may be easy, but for others not so much. There are some brides who walk themselves down the aisle and there is nothing wrong with that.
  • Who will be participating in your ceremony? This helps the officiant know who should be in the ceremony and what to expect.

 

All these little questions and details help the officiant understand what you as a couple are looking for in your ceremony. Be sure to discuss timeline and language of the ceremony so it is exactly what you and your fiance are looking for.

 

Want more advice on planning your wedding ceremony?

 

Take a look at this blog post

 

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What To Look For In a Wedding Venue

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He popped the question and you said yes!

Your family, friends and loved ones celebrated with you.

Your wedding budget is set

And perhaps you’ve already selected your bridesmaids and groomsmen.

And your gown has been ordered and you can’t wait to wear it on your wedding day!

Wow, way to go you boss woman, you!

But the planning is at a halt now, because you don’t have your venue and thus, don’t have your wedding date yet.

Below are 3 things to look for in a wedding venue:

  1. Budget, Location, + Date:

Because your wedding budget has been set, you now have a fairly good idea of what you can afford when it comes to your venue.  You should be spending roughly 11% of your total budget on your venue.  On average, we’re seeing venues cost anywhere between $2500 to $10,000.  There are reasons for this price differences that we’ll discuss in a bit!

Location:  Hopefully you’ve determined whether you want a hometown wedding or destination wedding at this point.  Do you

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want your guests traveling a good distance or are you just as happy with finding a venue closer to home? This will guide you in the areas to look for in a venue.

Destination weddings may decrease the guest count but cost more per guest and potentially less for you.

Hometown weddings may increase the guest count, cost less for your guests, and potentially more for you.

  1. Space:

What feel/vibe are you looking for? There are outdoor rustic venues, venues in the mountains, venues by the coast, garden venues, luxurious hotels, and low cost reception halls to choose from (to name a few). How much space do you need? Are you having a smaller guest count? Or do you need a venue that can host up to 300 guests? These factors play a huge part in choosing your venue.

    3. Inclusions:

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Okay, here is the fun part.  Remember I said I’d talk more about the price gap in venue prices?

There are several factors to that:

  • Location:  You can bet that the venue in the more desirable location will cost more.  It may have more scenic views or be in a more exotic or upscale region with prices to match.  For the lower cost venues, they may be new and are offering booking discounts or they’re in a less upscale/exotic place.

AND

  • What’s provided:

Many of the higher priced venues charge accordingly because they provide so much! Often, they’ll provide a venue supervisor to represent the venue during your event.  They’ll also include tables, chairs, + linens.  Some even include your glassware and table settings along with some decor for you to use! If you’re even luckier, they’ll include a complimentary champagne toast and coffee for your guests. Note:  Some venues require you use their catering. This’ll be a bigger overall venue cost but you get to add the catering budget to create that total.

For the lower cost venues, you probably guessed it.  They usually ONLY provide the venue.  Some will include the tables and chairs but you’ll

Some other things to note:

-Some venues will require that you use only the vendors on their preferred vendor list.

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-Check to see if they require you purchase event insurance and what limits they require.

-When they provide tables and chairs, be sure to look at the quality of chairs they provide.  Some offer basic white plastic folding chairs while others will offer even chivari chairs for your wedding!

-A Venue coordinator is not the same thing as a wedding planner.  Their man job is to represent the venue and will perhaps help with some vendor recommendations and timeline.

Have questions or comments?  Leave the info below!

Vendor Highlight: Tumbleweed Floral Truck

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How is it already January 5th?!  I know I know, we’re just 5 days into the New Year but it seems like time is already flying so fast. Well, I took a small hiatus during the holidays but I’m back and ready to share with you one of my favorite California Vendor Friends (Friendor), Miss Kaylia Fisher of Tumbleweed Floral Truck.
I had the privilege of meeting Kaylia at a styled shoot I’d planned almost two years ago now.   I immediately knew she had talent as she took the color scheme and vision of

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the styled shoot and made her florals something magical.  Kaylia’s business was just starting out and I knew she was going great places.  And lordy, I was right!  I think it’s fair to say now that she is one of the up and coming luxury wedding florists in the San Francisco Bay Area. She consistently creates lush, organic, whimsical florals that will guarantee to make your wedding the vision of beauty you’ve been dreaming of.

Without further ado, please welcome Kaylia Fisher of Tumbleweed Floral Truck
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http://www.daniellepoff.com
 

What’s your favorite ice cream?

Peppermint
 

What’s your go-to song?

Always changing, but right now California by Joni Mitchell

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Danielle Poff Photography
http://www.daniellepoff.com
 

Do you have a favorite quote? 

‘Live the full life of the mind, exhilarated by new ideas, intoxicated by the romance of the unusual.’ -Ernest Hemingway

Now let’s talk about your business:

 Tumbleweed Floral Truck, California Luxury Wedding Florist, Wedding Florist, Wedding Flowers
http://www.kristineherman.com
 

How did you get started in your business?

Freelancing in New York City while going to school for an event and design company who did large floral installs for stores on 5th Ave. I moved home after college and helped out a family friend who did wedding florals as a side job and decided it was where I really felt at home.
 

How long  has your business  been established for?

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http://www.kristineherman.com
Since February 2014
 

What’s the process like when someone books with you?

We start with the initial inquiry and then the client fills out a pretty in depth consultation form so I can get a clear idea of their vision to be sure it lines up with my

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style; I always want to be sure we are a good fit for each other aesthetically. Then we go through a few rounds of estimates until we decide on something that is agreeable open; the estimate will of course change but we make final edits around 2 months before the wedding. I then accept a retainer to book the date and then the rest of the design is completed at the 2 month mark where we’ll go over final quantities and any changes as well as design. They will then receive a final invoice and an in depth design board before their final payment is due!

 

What makes you different from the rest?

First of all, my floral truck, which is still a work in progress hopefully launching Valentines Day 2018. But I’d like to think I have a modern boho vibe that fits the modern California bride in a unique way.
 

What do you love about your field?

The way that florals elevate the entire event. I always say their what makes the difference between a party and a wedding.

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http://marialamb.co
 

What are some popular trends you’ve seen this year that you think will be big next year?

Velvet, bridesmaids jumpsuits and alternatives to bridesmaids bouquets like lanterns and hoops.
 

If you could give three pieces of advice for couples who are looking to hire a vendor like you, what would those be?

Tumbleweed Floral Truck, California Luxury Wedding Florist, Wedding Florist, Wedding Flowers1. Get clear on a realistic floral budget for your vision— first decide how important florals are to your day.
2. Find someone who’s style really mirrors yours— there are so many great florists out there; its important to find the right one for you.
3. Have fun! Florals are your chance to really add in some pizazz to your design. If your on the fence about where to play with color, I always say in the florals! If your someone who’s scared of color, choose a neutral linen and go big with florals. 

Want to learn more about this floral boss babe or inquire about having her as part of your wedding team?

Contact Information: Kaylia Fisher, hello@tumbleweedfloraltruck.com

Vendor Highlight: The Gourmet Kitchen

The Gourmet Kitchen

(+ Copper Leaf Gardens and Event Center)

www.thegourmetkitchen.biz

www.copperleafeventcenter.com

 

Today’s Vendor Highlight I am bringing you my friends over at The Gourmet Kitchen. I had the privilege of getting connected with Madhoo Seth of The Gourmet Kitchen last summer.  She immediately became a friend to me here in the Colorado Wedding Industry and I was immensely impressed with her talent in literally ANY cuisine.  Madhoo not only owns + runs The Gourmet Kitchen but also owns and operates Copper Leaf Gardens and Event Center in Broomfield, CO.  Along with her husband, Vipul, Madhoo is a powerhouse who strives to give you exceptional service.  When I am not working my own events, you can find me helping out other professionals in the industry, just like The Gourmet Kitchen.

Without further ado, I’d like to introduce you to my friend Madhoo, highlighting her catering business, The Gourmet Kitchen.

 

About The Owner:

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Madhoo Seth, Owner of The Gourmet KitchenMadhoo Seth, president and executive chef of The Gourmet Kitchen, began experimenting in the kitchen at just 12 years old. Over the years, her passion and dedication to this art form blossomed as she shared her love of food with clients who became friends. As a successful female entrepreneur and pillar of the community, Madhoo inspires her staff each and every day.

Our team has a passion for green living and infuses sustainability into every event. Our event coordinators are experts in green events and can help coordinate recycling, composting, and eco-friendly menu items and decor. Further, we have incorporated green practices into daily living and business practices by recycling, using LED bulbs, consuming local or organic food, and using compostable table settings.

What’s your favorite ice cream?

 Pistachio

What’s your go-to song?

Careless whisper ( Time can never have)..Wham

Do you have a favorite quote?

Any day it is, “Be the change if you wish to see in the world.” by Mahatma Gandhi.

 

About The Gourmet Kitchen:

How did you get started in your business?

The Gourmet Kitchen, Colorado Wedding Caterer, Wedding VendorMy background is fashion and design actually. Food was more of a hobby and passion actually and became my profession in no time. I started with corporate lunches, small Indian hors-d’oeuvres and street food or friends and family and here we are today. We cook for 25 to 2000 Guests. I daily religiously spend one hour to date learning new stuff, trends and styles and experimenting recipes.  We call ourselves experts in multicultural weddings. We cater to very diverse crowds and offer unique flavors to please everyone’s palate. We are very knowledgeable in vegan, GF and Vegetarian foods and a lot of happy clients.

How long has your business been established for?

Since 2002.

What makes you stand out from the rest?

We are experts in custom, multi-cuisine and multicultural weddings and we can cook in your language! Our goal is to provide you ONLY what you need to realize the vision of your dream wedding.The Gourmet Kitchen, Colorado Wedding Caterer, Wedding Vendor

Your food is what will make your wedding spectacular!

A perfect blend of sensational food, inspiring ideas, and professional staff – The Gourmet Kitchen has been offering custom menu design and event services throughout the Front Range since 2002.

With plenty of vegetarian, gluten-free, vegan, dairy free, nut free, kosher, and ethnic options, we can guarantee an experience that your guests will cherish.

What do you love about your field?

Food, Fashion, Glamour, and happy people. What else do you want?

What are some popular trends you’ve seen this year that you think will be big next year?

A lot of emerald, jewel tones, gold, and beads. And next year it is going to be about feathers as the The Gourmet Kitchen, Colorado Wedding Caterer, Wedding Vendoraccent in your centerpieces, Asian bold prints. Bling will be there. Modern and contemporary designs for displays are in for 2018 along with food Stations and fusion foods.

If you could give three pieces of advice for couples who are looking to hire a vendor like you, what would those be?

I have 4 actually:

  1. Trust your Gut first thing.
  2. Today’s bride wants more than steakThe Gourmet Kitchen, Colorado Wedding Caterer, Wedding Vendor and Potatoes so offer a great variety and food stations, action station, Dessert bar and we are experts in that.
  3. Food is what your guests will talk about even after years of your event. Invest in a well-seasoned caterer like us who has in-depth knowledge of Spices and cuisines around the world. In addition to American fare, TGK provides a large variety of ethnic gourmet food from around the globe, giving its customers an exceptional variety of menu choices. TGK custom designs its menus and services and works closely with its customers to make sure they can enjoy their day to the fullest – worry and stress-free. 
  4. We also provide event coordinators to manage your event so your event is seamless. Our Coordinators go above and beyond to make sure your event is executed in a timely manner. 

 

How to Book The Gourmet Kitchen:

Visit their website here learn more about The Gourmet Kitchen or to contact them about catering YOUR wedding OR call (303) 768-8970

How To Choose A Wedding Officiant

Trying to decide on your officiant for the wedding? There are many different types of officiants you can use for a wedding. Below are some helpful ideas to guide you in choosing the wedding officiant that’s right for you. 

The Different Types of Wedding Officiants

Wedding OfficiantReligious Official: Priests, ministers, rabbis, Muslim qadis, and Hindu priests all perform weddings

Ordained Minister: If you want a friend or family member to do the honors, he or she will have to get ordained.

Justice of the Peace or Notary: Appointed on the state level, these officials are authorized to perform civil marriages.

Civil Officiant: In some states, a person can petition for a one-time pass to perform a marriage. Most require the would-be celebrant to take an oath in a local court and pay a small fee.

Questions To Ask Your Potential Officiant:

Once you have decided what kind of officiant you would like to have, contact them and meet with them. When meeting with your potential officiant, it is important that they connect with you and will give you the ceremony you and your fiance are looking for. Keep in mind, while you are trying to decide if the officiant is a good fit for you, the officiant is trying to decide if they are a good fit for you as well.

Here are some questions to ask:

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  1. What is your fee?
  2. How long have you been performing weddings?
  3. Why do you like to do weddings?
  4. Are you willing to customize your ceremony or let us do so?
  5. Can you incorporate X (any special ceremony, unity candle, sand ceremony, etc)?

Questions Your Officiant May Ask:

The officiant may come back with questions of his or her own to get to know the two of you as a couple. Some of the questions are the following:

  1. How did you two meet?
  2. What made you fall in love with each other?
  3. How did you know that you were The One for each other?
  4. What are the values that are important to you in your marriage?
  5. Where do you see your life as a couple in ten years?
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By sharing some of these details, the officiant can get a better understanding of the two of you as the couple, as well as personalize your ceremony with special details. Once you and your officiant feel like this would be a good fit, you can start to get into the details of the ceremony.

Keep in mind, a good officiant will not insist on specific requirements and will give you every consideration for your special day. It’s your wedding! Shop around and listen to your gut. If there is someone who is making you uncomfortable, remember you have other options. Lastly, it is great to go with someone you are comfortable with and have a great connection with. Feeling like you and your officiant are on the same page will put your mind at ease and give you one less thing to stress over!

Vendor Highlight: April Foster Bridal Hair and Makeup

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April Foster Hair and Makeup Hair and Makeup

www.aprilfosterbridal.com

@aprilfosterbridal

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April and I had the privilege of working together on a styled shoot a year and a half ago.  I was so impressed with her professionalism and passion that flowed through her hands.  Styled shoots (just like weddings!) begin early, and I was wowed when I learned she had been up since 4:30 am to make sure she arrived in time for the dark o’clock start time.   This chick’s got talent, friends.  

So without further ado, it is my pleasure to introduce you to my first Vendor Highlight:  April Foster of April Foster Bridal.

April Foster Bridal is a luxury onsite beauty team that services the San Francisco Bay Area. April and her team enhance natural beauty by providing clients with soft, romantic, loose and modern looks that bring out their inner glow. From City Hall to larger events her crafted wedding packages provides brides and bridal parties a celebrity-like experience. April and her team are obsessed with all things beauty and are inspired with each opportunity to make someone look and feel like their beautiful inner self.

A Little About You

 

Favorite Ice Cream: So Delicious Coconut Milk “Ice cream” in Cold Brew!

Go-To Song: Something by Mariah Carey or Britney Spears. 😉

About Your Business

How did you get started in your business?

A lot of sweat, tears and lipsticks. Lots of lipsticks.  

How long has your business been established for?

I’ve been in business for 3 years

What’s the process like when someone books with you?

After a Bride reserves her date with 50% date retainer and signed contract, we get down with the fun! Gathering inspiration photos, from everything to hair and makeup to their florals, to their gowns! I want to see it all! We review it during our preview consultation and then co create a look that’s perfect for my Bride’s personality, face shape and hair texture.

Why Should I Pick You?

What makes you different from the rest?

My Brides are my top priority! My crafted hair and makeup packages provides brides and bridal parties a celebrity like experience. With our ‘Classic Day Experience’ which enables me to be behind the scenes of your bridal portraits ensuring every photo that your photographer clicks is absolutely picture perfect.

What are some popular trends you’ve seen this year that you think will be big next year?

Things are moving away from super organic borderline messy into more sleek and polished looks. I’m seeing a lot more simple and understated looks.

If you could give three pieces of advice for couples who are looking to hire a vendor like you, what would those be?

Best advice is once you find someone that you love their portfolio, BOOK them! We often book up to a year in advance. To avoid disappointment, lock your favorite artist in.

Interested in booking this beauty talent?

Phone: 415-802-9500

E-mail: hello@aprilfosterbridal.com

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Curating the perfect day-of wedding team for you and your beau is one of the privileges a wedding planner gets to help with. You want wedding vendors whose style speaks of your style and whose personalities you enjoy. You want vendors you can trust will serve you well and do all they can to ensure your day is perfect. Helping you determine who those team players will be is one of the most important tasks on your wedding planner’s list. Though we all play a different role during the wedding planning process, we work together as a team with one common goal: To give you the most perfect, stress free wedding we can give and to serve you, your family, and your guests well.

A perk of being in this industry is the ability to work with SO many talented wedding professionals. Like myself, many of them started out with a passion, a vision, and a dream and after a lot of courage mixed with gumption and hard work have paved a path of success and growth. I am always encouraged and energized to learn more about their stories and how they came to be the successful creative professionals they are today.

I’ve had a vision of interviewing, promoting, and highlighting some of my absolute favorites in the industry. And I am FINALLY making that happen. I’ll be highlighting ones from Colorado, California, and other regions I’ve worked in. So on Fridays, stay tuned as I introduce folks who I think will make fantastic wedding day team members.

XO,

Marci