{Tuesday Tip} Stay Stress-free

We always tell couples to pretend their wedding date is two weeks before their actual wedding date. It is a great way to motivate yourself to get things done. If you are lucky enough to stick to this plan and fit in getting everything done two weeks before the big day you will have some time to do all those last-minute things that always pop up. Then you can really enjoy the things that can only be done a few days before the big day like getting your nails done.

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Score Some Super Sale Items

 

We love a great deal so we wanted to remind you that you can save a ton if you shop post-holiday sales. We love to look for color or season specific decor like red and pink vases and candy after Valentine’s Day, pastel cocktail napkins after Easter, and even green decor after St. Patrick’s day. Don’t forget it is always a great time to buy ribbon and so much more. You can score items at half-price or more if you hit the sales.

Happy Valentine’s Day and Happy shopping & savings!

Be Married, 

Creative Coordinators

{Tuesday Tip} Follow the Directions

Drive Your Directions

We recently read about this interesting tip in  BRIDES Magazine and believe it is a tip well worth sharing!  Before you send out your invitations recruit a friend who has never been to your venue to drive the Map Quest, Google Maps or Venue-provided directions to make sure they truly take you to the correct location.

This is a wonderful idea because there is nothing worse than ending up on a dead-end street and having no idea where or how to get to your destination.  Keep in mind that not everyone has a fancy phone with a built-in GPS or navigation system. Remember that Grandma and Uncle John avoid cellphones and technology at all costs. If you know written directions are the only form of information they will use make sure they are clear and easy to follow.

If you happen to notice that Map Quest or Google directions take you to a dead-end share this information with them. They don’t have the time to drive every road and update every change all over the world so it may be possible to inform them about the updated  streets in your neighborhood. If you discover this problem far enough in advance they may be able to update it before your wedding.

If you want to make driving directions a little more fun and personal we love the idea of Cartoon illustrated directions. They bring out the excitement you felt when you were a kid and dreamed of finding a map to buried treasure.  You can attempt to make your own or venture to a shop that can create a custom map that incorporates fun, detailed places that are special to you. What is great about customized maps is they are easy to read,  pleasing to the eye, extremely detailed, and one of a kind.

We found the following photos at: http://www.acartoonist.com/wedding.htm and something tells us this is going to be a growing trend with weddings.

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Welcome 2015!

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We can’t wait to see what 2015 will bring.

We are looking forward to working with our 2015 couples, sharing our bridal adventures, and providing wedding planning advice along the way. We are listening to you so we have streamlined the blog and will be adding links to our social sites to make it easy to follow our day-to-day adventures as well as a link to our full wedding planning website.          Creative Coordinators.com  Feel free to follow us on social media to see behind the scenes photos, advice, and fun adventures we are up to this year!

Here’s to a great year!

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{Happy Anniversary} Thrasher’s

Love, happiness, friends, and family only added to Chelsey and Greg’s beautiful wedding on September 2, 2011. The couple had their ceremony in our courtyard location at a Country Club surrounded by their family and friends.

 

The reception was decorated in white linen and accented with red roses and napkins.  The favors boxes were adorable! Placed at each setting were detailed boxes dressed as a bride and a groom that had a sweet, chocolate treat inside. Small, freshly bloomed, red roses were placed in the center of each table with  a black and white swirl ribbon wrapped around the vases. Strewn around the centerpieces were red and white crystals that added to the perfectly paired table.

 

 

The Adorable Favor Boxes!

Instead of a guest book Chelsey and Greg had guests leave their best wishes on a photo mat.

 

The stunning three-tiered cake was provided by Olivera’s and featured chocolate, strawberry, and raspberry mouse. Instead of a cake stand the baker utilize five water goblets that were slightly filled with water and a few rose petals. It brought height as well as a touch of splendor to the cake. Olivera’s did an amazing job incorporating the flower and ribbon details of the centerpieces into the cake.

 

 

Happy Anniversary Mr. and Mrs. Thrasher!

 

 

Creative Coordinators 

{Tuesday Tip} Know Your Venue’s Neighborhood

Know your venue’s neighborhood.

If you are not familiar with the area, ask  your coordinator or local gal pal where to find the closest drug store, grocery store, or specialty craft store. You may need items like cough drops, ibuprofen, snacks, food, and water  from your local grocery or drug store. You may also want to know where the nearest craft store is  for last-minute wedding needs like a forgotten guest book, cake cutting set, or ribbon. It’s a wealth of knowledge to know where the closest ATM or bank is in case you have to purchase  items. Let them know if there is an ATM on site in case they need to donate funds to the couple or need cash to purchase drinks. If you have an idea of where these stores are located share it with guests who are not familiar with the area, it will make scrambling for these items less chaotic.

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{Top Posts} Fun Favors, Awesome Activities

Today we are sharing one our of top posts for the blog enjoy!

It’s guaranteed when you attend a wedding your going to witness a beautiful and sentimental union between a loving couple, enjoy delicious food, partake in  and possibly watch some rather unique dance moves, treat your taste buds to a sweet slice of cake, be the MVP when it comes time to catch the bouquet or garter, and aside from having a wonderful evening possibly participate in unique wedding activities and walk out with a sentimental, well thought out wedding favor. We are always amazed at the unique and creative details our brides put into their wedding. We have seen various takes on alternative wedding activities besides the “established” money dance, garter, and bouquet toss.  Here are a few of our experiences with fun wedding favors and adventurous wedding activities.

The Candy Buffet

We get really excited when a bride mentions she will have a candy buffet during her reception because they are always  delicious to look at, tie in with the wedding colors, incorporate their candy favorites, and bring out the inner child in the wedding guests. Candy buffets are tempting, have a wide area of candy in various colors, and the decadent display makes your mouth water. You don’t realize how many varieties of candy there are until you see a candy buffet displayed.

What’s great about candy buffets is you can either hire an outside vendor to create a display or you can do it yourself. You can find candy that either incorporates your wedding colors or you can go with a theme. We are dying to create a candy land buffet and incorporate the fun characters and the land they live in like Gumdrop Mountains, Mr.Mint, Gramma Nutt, Chocolate Swamp, and Princess Lolly. Not only would it be delicious but it would bring back the nostalgia of the characters and the fun times you spent playing the game as a child.

Photobooths

Martha Stewart's DIY photobooth

Who doesn’t want to see their wedding guests documenting the evening with photos? Photobooths are a great way for guests to pop in and take a snapshot of the wonderful time their having. They also provide a great party favor for guests to take home and pin on their fridge. You can utilize duplex photobooth copies and have guests attach them to your guest book with a fun note beside it.

If you don’t have the budget to get a photobooth you can utilize an empty, open wall at your reception venue to create your own photo backdrop. Your backdrop can be monogrammed with your  wedding date and name, or as we just recently saw in Martha Stewart, decorate your background with real or artificial flowers to create a flower wall.  Set up a camera and a printer for the evening and you have created a do it yourself photobooth. We recommend getting a tech savvy friend to help “run” the photo booth if you plan to do it yourself so they can refill ink, fix paper jams, and other issues that may arise with the vast number of photos that will be taken during the evening.

Flip Books

The C&C Team recently went to BRIDES magazine mixer and fell head over heels in love with the flip book favor craze. We saw them on wedding programs before and absolutely loved the unique wedding favor. When we saw the flip book booth that evening we could not wait to jump in and create one. The camera man takes a 10 second video of you with a background of your choice and then turns that video into numerous photos. The photos are  then composed into a book and when flipped through show your mini movie! They are fun because you actually get to take a piece of the action home with you and share it with all your friends. We couldn’t help but show ours to everyone because they are so unique and fun.

Caricatures

Fun, silly, and one of a kind artwork. The C&C Team once again got to partake in this fun favor activity when we attended San Diego Style Weddings Spring Mixer. Caricatures are fun because you get to see yourself as a cartoon character and smirk every time you see it. We have our hilarious cartoon portrait hanging in the office for us to laugh at  and remember the fun night we had.

I wonder if they all come with a hat and white bunny? A magician will keep your guests spellbound while your taking photos during cocktail hour. Perhaps guests will even learn a few tricks of the trade.

Customized Favors

Our favorite customized favor was custom-made hot sauce bottles. The bride and groom transformed a standard everyday tabasco bottle by putting a photo of them with their name on the front. On the back they listed the ingredients with funny sayings such as, come together to make a fiery and spicy combination. Not only is it personal and humorous it is something guests will use often. We have also seen customized olive oil and peanut brittle that guests can utilize and enjoy after the wedding.

Bouquet Giveaway

We truly enjoy this new take on the bouquet toss. Instead of having all the ‘single ladies’ come to the dance floor to catch the bouquet the newly married couple ask that all married couples come to the dance floor. After dancing a bit the DJ will then go around asking couples how long they have been married. The couple who has been married the longest will receive the bride’s bouquet as well as warm wishes.

No matter what you do activity or favor wise make it your own and enjoy.

Be Married,

Creative Coordinators