A Planner's 12 Must-Follow Rules for Throwing the Wedding of Your Dreams


Florist:  All My Heart Events

Floral: All My Heart Events

1. Determine Your Budget First

Otherwise, tears will be shed! A wedding budget determines guest count, which in turn determines venue. (So critical...)

2. Do The Mood-Board Thing

When we first meet a bride, we ask questions to sleuth out her design sensibilities, like: Who are your style icons? If you were a car, which would you be? What handbag would you carry to the Oscars? Based on the answers, we create storyboards with fabric swatches, dress designs, invitation samples, photos of places — anything that evokes her vision. Putting it on paper helps make sure all the elements work together.

3. Keep It Uniform

I always ask to see the bride's Pinterest board to make sure her ideas match her venue. If she's getting married in a barn but wants to do the whole wedding in a contemporary print like chevron, there may be a disconnect. Not every barn wedding has to be rustic, but the design and the setting should be cohesive.

4. Consider the Season

In spring and summer, it's great to be less formal and more floral focused. In fall and winter, I love things more formal and object-oriented, with rich velvet fabrics and accents like feathers and horns.

5. Try a Fresh Palette

We had a couple years of everything blush. Now our clients are open to interesting earthy colors, like blue-gray and sage green.

6. Clear The Clutter

I hate when standing speakers are visible during the ceremony. Tall speakers and mics can ruin photographs. You can hear perfectly fine when they're on the ground.

7. Dress Up Your Tabletops

Five must-haves at every place setting: beautiful oversize napkins, layers of different-textured plates, interesting stemware and flatware — I love sterling silver or horn — eye-catching items like tiny bowls of cherries, and more candlelight than you can imagine.

8. Go for High Centerpieces

They're back, but in a much more ethereal, deconstructed way than the tight, ball-like ones of the past. Big, loose floral adds a lot more dimension to tabletops. Contact All My Heart Events for your floral needs! ( :

9. Don't Rule Out Rounds

Long rectangular tables have more space to showcase complex flower arrangements, but there's something intimate about round tables. I'm a big believer in focusing on the guest experience, and being able to talk in a circle is really delightful.

10. Slow Down for Dinner

More and more brides want to get to the dancing, so they're cutting dinner short. It should be savored. It takes two hours to serve a first-class three-course meal.

11. Create Memorable Moments

At one wedding, we had a gospel choir come out and sing the final song of the ceremony; at another, a fiddler and a guitarist led everyone from ceremony to reception. These experiences are what really wow your guests.

12. Get Personal

One of the sweetest things I've seen was when a bride and groom wrote a note to each guest and placed it inside an envelope with his or her escort card. It was sensational.

Contact All My Heart Events for all your wedding floral and wedding decor needs at:

http://tracyriordan1.wixsite.com/all-my-heart-events


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