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Things no one will tell you when planning your wedding

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There are things most people don’t tell you when you announce your engagement. Everyone wants to voice their opinion on how you should dress, decorate and plan. However, no one really tells you how hectic planning can become. Read the LimeLight Expressions checklist for tips, secrets, warnings, and ideas.

1. Wedding Jabber

Is your fiancé tired of you asking him which napkin ring would work best with your theme? Although it is alright for you to be ecstatic about your recent engagement and the dresses and cakes to come, everyone is not going to share your enthusiasm each time you need to decide on something for the wedding. Try to spread wedding decisions throughout your family and friends. Share a little bit of silverware options with one friend, and color choices with your mom. Everyone is bound to be interested in small doses.

2. Everyone Has An Opinion

Although it is fun to share your ideas with anyone and everyone, family and friends will want to tell you how they feel or what they think looks best. Their idea of what looks nice may not be the same as yours. It is nice to have input from others, but when it comes down to it, this wedding should be everything YOU want.

3.Be Specific

Trying to explain in words what you want everything to look like can be confusing to different vendors. Try finding pictures of something similar to your idea to give better insight on your vision so everyone is on the same page.

4. The Stress-Cries

Your mom thinks you should wear great-grandma’s old wedding dress from the 50s. Your aunt wants to bring in her horses for you to ride in on. Your step-mom is upset that your mom chose the same color dress. With everything that comes your way, you may feel like your wedding day planning is becoming too stressful. Keep calm and take a step back. This is a sign that you need a wedding planning break or a professional to help you with your planning.

5.The Happy-Cries

Deciding which engagement photo goes on your invitations, and you burst into tears. Your Grandma lets you wear her prized possession necklace, and you become hysterical. Cherish every moment. These are memories you will have forever.

6. Too Much DIY

Thinking you’ll save money by making decorations yourself? Although it may save you a few bucks here and there, it will take more time and may cause headaches trying to get everything done. Also, what you envision may not come out exactly how you wanted. If you decide to go this route, make sure you leave enough time before the wedding day to get all of your projects fully finished and up to par on how you want them.

7. Photographer to Your Style

Make sure the photographer you choose has the same kind of style in mind for your wedding as you do. Check out their portfolio or website of example images. If you mostly see wild poses and silly faces, this may not be the photographer for you. Check out different styles to see which photographer will match your wedding wants and needs. And make sure to do reference checks on your photographer.

8. Happily Ever After the Wedding

After putting all of your effort into months and months of planning, the day suddenly comes, and the fairytale is over too fast. Cherish every second, and try focusing on the exciting future that is ahead to share with your newlywed!

Now you’re in the LimeLight!

Need help planning your wedding? Or are you interested in hiring a “day-of” planner? LimeLight Expressions is your one stop event planning shop. We can help you through this exciting time. Please contact us for prices and services offered. We would love to help you plan your wedding.

Tips for a great summer family reunion

 

 

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Summer is a great time to celebrate what makes your family special. Family reunions can be a memorable and stress-free experience with some early planning and organizing. Here are some tips to get started:

Determine your size:  Inviting the entire clan, or just a few close aunts, uncles and cousins that you haven’t seen in a while? Your group size will determine the type of event you are planning as well as the location you can have it at.

Pick a date and location: By using group scheduling tool such as Doodle , you can identify a date that works for the majority of invitees. Once a date is secured, then you can decide on a location. Depending on how your family feels, would it be better to have a backyard BBQ or to meet at a public park? In case of bad weather, plan a backup location so the party isn’t ruined.

Ask for help:  Assign your family volunteers to different tasks that play to their strengths.  Don’t let someone try to take on too many things to where they cannot get everything done or purchased.

Pick a theme: What is worth celebrating recently, such as a new baby in the family or someone’s birthday; or are you just simply celebrating your family’s culture or heritage? If your reunion is to go on a cruise, you could try encouraging the family to dress all as pirates just to spice things up. The theme can help you figure out what types of games and activities are to go on at the reunion.  Even the food could be catered to the theme.

Activities: Are there a lot of children attending? If they aren’t happy, no one will be, so plan activities that cater to each age group of the kids attending. Make sure that the games are safe for the smaller children attending the reunion. Consider arts and crafts, coloring books, movie time, or a possible entertainer such as a clown. The pool is always a great way to keep children entertained, but be sure there are adults present so everyone is safe while having fun.
Other activities could include three-legged races, softball, volleyball, or whatever sport or game your family really enjoys. Consider putting on a talent show, hosting an eating contest, having a gift exchange, or even burying a time capsule with family member belongings to be unearthed at each reunion.

Plan the food: The family get-together usually revolves around a delicious meal that everyone can enjoy. If there are certain foods that hold special meaning to your family, a reunion is the perfect time to serve them. This holiday cookout collection from TasteBook contains recipes for the grill, picnic salads, summer desserts and more.

To make your reunion memorable, try using the custom cookbook from TasteBook. Have the group submit family recipes to create a cookbook for everyone that attends the reunion.

Don’t forget the camera: With most family reunions, it is hard to say when you will all be together next. Take plenty of photos. This allows you to photograph the children to see them growing from reunion to reunion. Also, for those who are getting older, it is always best to get family photos to have memories for a lifetime. You could also take video, add some photos and make a homemade video to share with the whole family. Capturing photos of these events will allow everyone to be able to enjoy the memories from wherever they are.

Celebrating Fathers Day the LimeLight Way!

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Looking for the perfect way to celebrate dad? From homemade crafts and gifts to delicious recipes, make Father’s Day special with these LimeLight suggestions for a fun-filled family day.

The Food

Start his day off right with a Father’s Day brunch. He’ll be feeling like royalty.  Pick a few choices that will have dad and everyone else’s mouths watering.

Easy Eggs Benedict with Canadian bacon, eggs, yolks, toasted English muffins; as well as some additions like white vinegar, butter, heavy cream, ground cayenne pepper, and salt will have dad’s stomach thanking you.

Heart-Shaped Pancakes with two cups of flour, one teaspoon of salt, two tablespoons of sugar, four teaspoons of baking powder, two beaten eggs, one-and-a-half cups of milk, four tablespoons of softened butter, and, of course, a heart-shaped cookie cutter, your love will surely show.

Don’t forget the sweets!

Cakes

Try decorating the top of dad’s cake with his favorite sports team.

If he likes to grill, make a pretend grill out of the body of the cake and then place cake pieces in the shape of small hamburgers or hotdogs to put on top. For a bigger party, plan three cakes that are cut out into letters that spell out “DAD”.

Cupcakes: Father’s Day cupcakes are a great way for dad and everyone else to indulge in sweets on a smaller scale. Try to decorate them with a tie or golf ball and golf club to place on each top for some fun Father’s Day cupcakes. You could also try using felt mustaches and glue them onto toothpicks to place in the cupcakes. Humorous AND tasty.

The Fun

Personalize a photo frame: This is a great Father’s day craft for toddlers to really put their heart into. You will need: a wooden picture frame, a photo of the kids and Dad, paint and paintbrushes, glue, markers and stickers. Make sure the paint dries before adding decorations. Try adding sentiments like “I Love You Dad,” or “#1 Dad,” or “Daddy’s little girl/boy.” Place the photo in the frame after everything dries for the child to make dad feel special on Father’s Day.

Plan an Outing

Find something dad would want to do, such as a farmer’s market, a ball game, or a museum. What is something that fits dad?

Try finding a hiking trail, take a fishing trip, play at a local park, take a trip to a beach, or go for a bike ride to enjoy the outdoors. Really make it his day!

For more ideas on gifts and help with personalized invitations, cards, or any other decoration ideas, contact a LimeLight professional today.

 

 

Wedding Sense – Making your wedding sensibly memorable

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To have a wedding that everyone will enjoy, try tapping into the five senses! Each person’s memory is connected and recalled by each of their senses for different situations and events. For example, when smelling funnel cakes or cotton candy at whatever time of year, you are instantly brought back to the great time you had at the county or state fair during the summer. You want to incorporate the same concept into your wedding. Everyone can remember the great time they had for different reasons. See the several tips below on how to make your wedding sensibly memorable.

Sight-
The first things your planned guests will see are your wedding invitations. Make sure these set up the theme that your invitees should expect.

Decorations should describe the bride and groom as well as compliment the theme. Having strong color schemes that include deep greens, contrasting colors (green and red), black and white, or gold or silver give the wedding good memorable visuals for everyone involved.

Seeing fresh flowers, fancy non-traditional dresses, and beautifully set tables helps to get everyone in the mood and flow of the wedding as they arrive.

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Sometimes wedding attendees will smell the wedding before they even get to it. This first impression as guests step into the wedding area should be unique. Try including candles, fresh flowers; or consider putting something such as rosemary or essential oils of your choice into your centerpieces for a great first impression as the guests roll in. A soft evergreen oil or candle will make the whole place smell like Christmas without overbearing the room. Try to make sure the smell of choice fits with the theme as well. Also, by serving coffee, this gives the guests a familiar smell that will be comforting to many.

Sound-

Try playing music when guests first come into the venue. Let the music set the tone for your wedding theme. For example, if your wedding theme is black tie and elegant, try incorporating some timeless music. Include background music for all events including entry and exits to keep the wedding flowing. You could also consider sounds of birds singing or peaceful nature sounds if you want something nontraditional for background music. Make sure whatever music you choose sets the mood, pace, and feeling of the occasion.

Touch-

The first things your invited attendees will touch are the wedding invitations that they will hold onto until the wedding.  The quality of paper and raised ink will set the formality, theme, and color scheme that guests should expect to see at the wedding

Once there, they will feel everything from the chairs they sit in, linens, china, and glassware they use, all the way to the food and beverages they consume. Try adding small details such as bows to the chairs, fancy rings around the napkins, special glassware to drink out of, and even different textures and tastes of foods and beverages to delight the senses of all.

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Taste everything before you serve it to your guests. If you don’t even like it, why would they?

Since the food is the number one activity that the guests will be involved in, make it count! It may be the most memorable to some. If your budget permits, try offering different types of meals for the guests with dissimilar taste than yours. If you have quite a few guests coming to your wedding who have specific food requirements, make sure to include them in the taste experience too. You can also try offering a variety of desserts for those who don’t particularly favor cake. Ad mints, cookies, or other goodies to satisfy the sweet tooth of many.

By think of these suggestions while planning your wedding, you’ll be amazed how many of your guests will notice the little things you’ve done to make the night enjoyable for the whole crew! And when your guests see, touch, smell, hear or taste something similar later, they’ll be transported back to your special wedding day.

Now you’re in the LimeLight!