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How to have the best catering experience for your wedding

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The guests at your wedding will remember lots of things about your big day – the wedding dress, the speeches, your venue and the food. Did you know that the catering will likely be the biggest expense for your wedding?

Hear are some tips for getting the most out of your catering experience.

If you are thinking of doing the catering yourself, then think about hiring some staff to serve and clear up for you. It will be money well spent and will allow all your guests to relax and enjoy.

We recommend hiring a caterer if you plan on having more then 20 guests. You and your family won’t be able to fully enjoy yourselves if you are all running around ensuring your guests are all fed.

Start with your food budget and see which caterers fit your price range. It’s possible that you can negotiate with some caterers as quotes are usually ‘cost per head’, by substituting something on the menu.

A wide and varied menu is usually preferred, especially one that caters for special dietary requirements. If they don’t have what you want, then look elsewhere.

Don’t just take the caterers’ word– if any are unable or unwilling to provide proof of where they source their ingredients then you should have concerns. Check their references.

Need help with your event planning? LimeLight Expressions would love to help with your big day. We offer a one-stop event planning solution for all of you event planning needs. Now you’re in the LimeLight!

A wedding planner or a day of coordinator? That is the question…

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Couples often ask – What is the difference between a wedding planner and a day of coordinator? More times then not, once each role is explained, they know exactly which route they want to take.

This is a decision that should be guided by wedding scope, location of the wedding, time management and budget. However, you will rarely speak to a bride or groom who regretted their decision to hire a planner or a day of coordinator. Most will tell you that their planner or day of coordinator helped them save money and relax on their big day.

So what are the differences between a wedding planner and a day of coordinator? 

Lets start with what a wedding planner offers you.

A professional wedding planner is your personal consultant, with a wide stemmed focus on every detail in curating your dream wedding. Planners are there for the initial stages of organizing the details of the wedding including providing the client with venue options, reviewing contracts, researching and recommending suppliers. They also help with all of the wedding day preparation, like creating an itinerary/timeline, organizing your ceremony rehearsal, confirming details with all contracted vendors. It is the job of a wedding planner to be present for every decision.

Ask yourself these questions to decide if a Full-Service Planner might be for you. 

Are you unsure about how to plan a budget for your wedding?
Do you have a busy job that will make finding time to plan your wedding challenging?
Are you unsure about interviewing, negotiating contracts and hiring wedding vendors?
Do you need help creating a look for the wedding?
Will you be getting married in a city where you don’t live?
Do you like the idea of collaborating with a wedding professional on all of your plans?
Do you feel it might be overwhelming to be in charge during the weeks prior to and on the wedding day?

For couples who have done all the planning for their wedding, a popular service is hiring a Day-Of Coordinator to oversee the details.

It is sometimes referred to as “Month-Of” because the wedding coordinator will commence their services about 4 weeks prior to the wedding day. To get familiar with your wedding plans, usually 1-2 meetings are needed to go through the itinerary, to see to the last minute details and what has been discussed with vendors. No matter what the service is called, these meetings are vital to communicate your vision and expectations for your special day. Along with this preparation is having the wedding coordinator present at your wedding rehearsal, so that that everyone is on the same page when it comes to the ceremony.

On the wedding day, the main role of the day of coordinator is to ensure that your plans are carried out smoothly and to discreetly handle any problems that may arise.This also means you can arrive to a perfectly set up ceremony and reception, since your coordinator will have already arrived in advance to make sure it is set up properly. They are also the liaison between you and the vendors.

Ask yourself these questions to decide if a Day-Of Planner may be a good fit for you. 

Do you like the idea of organizing every aspect of the wedding, including budgeting, creating a look, negotiating, interviewing and hiring vendors?
Do you have people in your life who will help you with the day-to-day tasks of planning a wedding?
Are you comfortable with choosing a color scheme and creating the vision for your wedding day?
Do you feel it might be overwhelming to be in charge during the weeks prior to and on the wedding day?

The coolest, wackiest and most beautiful wedding trends of 2013!

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It’s sad to say, but 2013 is almost over. As the year comes to a close, we wanted to share some of the most water cooler worthy wedding trends and topics of this year. So lets count down some of the funniest and most note worthy wedding trends of 2013!

# 6: Engagement Ring Selfies – Instagram and Twitter were filled with celebrity engagement ring selfies this year. It has become such a popular trend in 2013 that there are now several “how to take a engagement ring selfie” websites, to insure your engagement ring selfie is just as fab as the ring itself.

# 5: Going Viral: Youtube Engagement Videos – These wedding proposals include choreographed dancing, movie theater trailers, adorable little puppets and even graffiti street art. These now infamous Youtube wedding proposals were extremely moving, and it’s hard not to tear up at the amount of effort and creativity shown by these love-struck individuals.

# 4: Art Deco – Thanks to the remake of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic, The Great Gatsby, 1920′s-inspired weddings were a hit in 2013! While shabby chic and rustic weddings have been popular for a few years, 2013 was the year that vintage-inspired weddings became a lot more glam thanks to the art deco-inspired themes.

# 3: Long Sleeved Wedding Dresses – Yes, ever since Kate walked the aisle in 2011, wedding dresses with sleeves have gradually gained in popularity. In 2013, however, is when we saw both the runway — and Pinterest — full of gorgeous, long-sleeved wedding dresses.

# 2: The “Cat Toss” –  A Tumbler site set off the most epic pictures of weddings in 2013. Ever since the site’s photoshopped pictures of a bride throwing a cat behind her with bridesmaids hands eagerly waiting went viral, the internet hasn’t stopped laughing.

# 1: Sci-Fi Weddings – A Star Wars-themed wedding is presumably the ultimate binding experience for the chic geek couple, whose force is strong. For those whose love interest has been sparked by their appreciation for sci-fi, having a wedding dedicated to Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica or Star Trek seems very fitting.

Ready to get into gear for your 2014 wedding? LimeLight Expressions is your one stop shop for creative wedding ideas, planning, photography and coordination. Everything we do is completely custom and tailored to your vision for your special day. LimeLight Expressions would love to help you be a trend setter for 2014, Now you’re in the LimeLight!

 

 

Wedding Registry Basics – What you should know when registering for your wedding

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You’re getting married and it’s time to set up your wedding registry (also known as a bridal registry). Your friends and family are going to give you gifts. By creating a registry, you’ll help ensure that they’ll be spending time, energy and money on something you really want and/or will use.

Give yourself time to browse.  Its good to began working on the gift registry about nine months before your big day. This will allow you some time to browse and decide which stores you would like to utilize for the registry. Take time to go to stores and use the registry gun because it’s really fun; but also use the internet registries which make it less time consuming to add items to your registry list.

Only register for items that you know you will use. The scanning gun is a powerful thing. Next thing you know you’re registered for all types of unnecessary household items – bread maker? Totally. Salad spinner? Of course..Try to register for gifts you know you will put to use right away. The last thing you’ll be doing as soon as you get home from your honeymoon is making bread from scratch!

Be sure to choose things that will last a long time. Do a little research before you decide on an item. If you need a new vacuum, be sure to look up consumer reviews first. It stinks when something you received as a wedding gift breaks only a few short months after the wedding.

Don’t forget to include items that are in the $20-$50 range. Everyone wants to buy you something, but not everyone wants to spend $100. Keep that in mind and select some lower priced items as well. Napkin rings, napkins and place-mats will always be needed and are great for people attending the wedding on a budget.

3. Consider how you will store the items when registering.
 Kitchen appliances seem great at the time you register, until you get them all together in your kitchen. If your cabinet and cupboard space is limited, it can be a headache trying to fit everything onto your counters.

Get a crock-pot. One dish meals are the secret weapon of wives around the world. A pot that cooks while you’re at work? Done and done.

Go classic. Your tastes will invariably change so make sure to register for classic items that you won’t get tired of after a few years. So don’t register for the burnt orange blender unless you truly love it.

The best way you can tell wedding guests about your registry is through printed card inserts, which you can include inside of the invitations. Or you can post a link on your wedding website and list the website inside of your invites. In some cases, there is an online buying option where friends and family can find the items you’ve registered for directly on the department store’s website.

If you need any help with your registry, creating wedding invitations or creating a wedding website, call LimeLight Expressions. We are your one stop event planning shop! Everything we create for your wedding is completely customized and tailored to you. Now you’re in the LimeLight!