{Tuesday Tip} Shots

If you are getting married in the winter(or anytime close to flu season), consider getting a flu shot.

A flu shot may make you may feel achy or tired a day or two after the shot so plan ahead so it wont have you down before your big day. That way you can enjoy your wedding and first days as husband and wife. We have seen countless couples that end up sick on the honeymoon so try to avoid this with a flu shot scheduled early.

{Photo By: Andrea’s Photography}

Be Marry, 

C & C 


{Friday Find} Super Creative guest book

This is defiantly the most creative guest book idea we have seen yet.

Clara and Dave made a photo puzzle and had guests sign the backs of the pieces! See more from their ultra-fun and funky Brooklyn wedding  featured on Project wedding by clicking here: http://ow.ly/cwQgi

Photo by Katie Osgood Photography

{Real Wedding Decorations} Tiffany & Bryan Grant

Tiffany and Bryan we married in a church ceremony on Saturday June 16th, 2012

followed by a reception at Menifee Lakes Country Club.

The couple took stunning photos on the golf course while guests enjoyed appetizers in the clubhouse.

Here are a few  photos from their amazing photographer Marcella Caldwell.

The reception looked amazing with a black and white color palette and accents of teal and damask.  It was amazing how perfect the pattern matched throughout from the runners on the tables, to the place cards, to the accent on the desserts. The brides attention to detail on everything was amazing.

We love that the bride choose to wear flats, a great idea for any bride.

Congrats Bryan & Tiffany!

{Tuesday Tip} Longer Isn’t Always Better

For the first dance, longer isn’t always better. If your song is more than three minutes, consider asking the band or DJ to just play a shorter portion of it. Three minutes may not sound that long but try slow dancing in front of a few friends or family members for five minutes, when all eyes are on you time may feel like it is standing still. You can also talk to your DJ or Band about a simple way to signal them you are done. Like a  head nod  in their direction meaning we are ready to end the dance. You don’t want to take the fun away from the first dance by dragging it out too long.



Be Marry, 

C & C 

{Tuesday Tip} Requests

Here is a simple tip to help you keep the music you like going at your reception.

Talk to your Band or DJ before the wedding to discuss whether you are okay with song requests from guests and how to handle them. You don’t want to have to deal with it the night of the wedding or worse hear a song you can not stand over and over again.

Be Marry, 

C & C 

{Real Wedding Decorations} Fatima & Jordan

Fatima and Jordan had their ceremony on the grass location at Menifee Lakes Country Club on Saturday June 9th 2012. The couple incorporated white and red throughout the wedding.  All the ladies were dressed in white and the bridesmaids had red organza sashes and all wore red shoes and held red and white flowers. The littlest of all the ladies, the flower girl was dressed in all red with a little white flower basket. The groom also wore all white with touched of red accents.

The couple also added a grand arch with lattice accents on each side and set a sand table to one side and the  communion

table to other each draped in white and tied with a red ribbon to give the ceremony a grand and symmetrical focal point.

The couple also carried the red and white theme throughout the reception. All the tables were draped in white with red napkins to add just a pop of color to each table. The couple also added red roses and candy to the table to tie it all together.

The couple choose to have a long bridal party table placed in front of the fireplace to give a grand backdrop to the table. They also added a red ans white roses to accent this table.

Congratulations Fatima and Jordan!

{Tuesday Tip} Rehearsal Dinner Add On For A Discount

The rehearsal dinner is a pre-wedding ceremony tradition, usually held after the wedding rehearsal and typically the night before the wedding ceremony.

The guests generally include the couple to be married and the wedding party, but may also include extended family and out-of-town guests parents and grandparents. The rehearsal dinner costs are traditionally incurred by the parents of the groom. However, modern traditions allow for either the parents of the bride or the parents of the groom to incur these costs. Sometimes the Bride and Groom will host this event. Meaning another cost to consider when planning a wedding.

The purpose of the rehearsal dinner is for the relatives and friends of the bride and groom to meet and have a good time. The couple generally takes this opportunity to thank everyone who has put work into helping them with the wedding preparations. Activities generally include toasting and the presentation of small gifts for those who have helped plan the wedding.

If you plan ahead and ask a lot of wedding venues will offer lower cost dinner options prior to the wedding that would work perfect for the rehearsal dinner.

For example here at Menifee Lakes Country Club we offer smaller buffet options at a fraction of the cost for a wedding and since you are bringing in multiple events we will wave the cost of the room fee. Another way to work a discount is consider doing the rehearsal on a Thursday night, many location offer smaller minimums or incentives for weekday nights. Here at Menifee Lakes we keep our bar open late on Thursday nights so you can set up a smaller dinner and have the option of a bar for guests which will eliminate any bar minimums. Cheers to that!

If you are footing the entire bill and trying to keep it  inexpensive consider only serving appetizers in lou of a full sit down dinner. Most guests at the rehearsal dinner still have things to do before the wedding like pick up tuxes or get that last-minute manicure so most wont mind skipping the full dinner for a appetizers and time to finish last-minute errands.

If you are worried about giving away the “look or feel” of your wedding at your rehearsal dinner ask about using a different room, or simply a different set up.  Maybe family style longs  tables if you plan to do rounds at your wedding or one large square table or even cocktail tables for a  mix and mingle feel  if you are doing appetizers or finger foods.

Plus if you set up your rehearsal dinner at the same location as your rehearsal you don’t have to worry about anyone getting lost driving from the rehearsal to the dinner or skipping out on the dinner portion after the rehearsal. For more tips about planning the timing of your rehearsal check out a past post.


Be Marry, 

C & C