New Trends for 2014

by Myrna 3. January 2014 05:01

Happy New Year to all our readers. It is hard to believe that another wedding season has come to a close, and now we are about to embark on a new wedding season for so many wonderful clients.

I thought I would share part of a segment seen yesterday on the Today Show talking about upcoming wedding trends for this season's couples. Some really, in my opinion, are carry overs from last year where we saw more color being incorporated into the groom's attire. This year, again, more color in choices of shirts and ties are being used. For the formal wedding, a single button tux is being sought after; a slimmer and more elegant look worn with a long tie and a  tie clip.

For the bride, jewels are still in, but have taken a new twist by being part of a bolero type jacket worn over the shoulders, and it can be removed at anytime during the wedding reception. The gown in this case is very simple with the jewels being quite ornate.You still will find those gowns with many beads and jewels on the bodice of the gown being sought after.

For an afternoon wedding, the bride might be in a two piece ensemble. Skirts are ruffled and fluffy and the tops are quite plain. They even can be worn over again with a ncie black skirt. It is a more casual look, yet very simple and elegant at the same time, and extremely comfortable to wear.

Tablescapes will be seeing the jewel tones this year with a tone on tone effect. More is actually going to be the mantra this year, not less is more! If you are using blue tones, for instance, you might use navy  cloths with a lighter blue runner, blue candles, blues in your floral arrangements, and even the bling on the table should be in shades of blue.

Whatever your vision is for your special day, do not be afraid to go with it. Trends or no trends, it is your day, so do it your way. There is no right or wrong.

For assistance with more ideas, FAO Events is here to help at any time.

Happy Planning!

Venue Coordinator vs Wedding Planner

by Myrna 18. October 2013 05:21

So many of our potential clients come to meet with us with a preconceived notion that the venue catering manager will be "doing everything " for them the day of the wedding.

I must say to the contrary, this is just not the case! Yes, many of the venue catering managers, aka coordinators, will be able to help provide space for you to dress if ceremony is at the venue, they will help you line up for the processional, they will make sure that all the food and beverage is available as planned, but will they be the one meeting with you several times before the wedding for detail meetings, will they be the one spending hours on the phone  coordinating all of your vendors, will they be the one going with you to the church if the ceremony is off site making sure that all goes smoothly there, will they be the one to make sure all the important family members are present in the room when the cake is being cut, will they be the one staying until the wedding is over and placing your gifts into the car, will they be the one handling the bus or shuttle for guests?  These are but a few of the many things a private wedding planner will be doing for you the day of the wedding, plus much more..

Before ruling out the idea of hiring a professional wedding planner/coordinator, be opened minded and meet with a few professionals to gather all the necessary information which will have a big impact on your special day.  You and your family deserve to be able to relax and just have a glorious day with a professional taking care of the "what-ifs" and the unexpected. We watch over you to make sure your day runs smoothly and is exactly as you have planned.

 

Happy Planning!

Venue Coordinator vs Wedding Planner

by Myrna 18. October 2013 05:19

So many of our potential clients come to meet with us with a preconceived notion that the venue catering manager will be "doing everything " for them the day of the wedding.

I must say to the contrary, this is just not the case! Yes, many of the venue catering managers aka coordinators will be able to help provide space for you to dress if ceremony is at the venue, they will help you line up for the processional, they will make sure that all the food and beverage is available as planned, but will they be the one meeting with you several times before the wedding for detail meetings, will they be the one spending hours on the phone  coordinating all of your vendors, will they be the one going with you to the church if the ceremony is off site making sure that all goes smoothly there, will they be the one to make sure all the important family members are present in the room when the cake is being cut, will they be the one staying until the wedding is over and placing your gifts into the car?  These are but a few of the many things a private wedding planner will be doing for you the day of the weddin, plus much more..

Before ruling out the idea of hiring a professional wedding planner/coordinator, be opened minded and meet with a few professionals to gather all the necessary information which will have a big impace on your special day.  You and your family deserve to be able to relax and just have a glorious day with a professional taking care of the "what-ifs" and the unexpected. We watch over you to make sure your day runs smoothly and is exactly as you have planned.

 

Happy Planning!

Venue Coordinator vs Wedding Planner

by Myrna 18. October 2013 04:59

So many of our potential clients come to meet with us with a preconceived notion that the venue catering manager will be "doing everything " for them the day of the wedding.

I must say to the contrary, this is just not the case! Yes, many of the venue catering managers aka coordinators will be able to help provide space for you to dress if ceremony is at the venue, they will help you line up for the processional, they will make sure that all the food and beverage is available as planned, but will they be the one meeting with you several times before the wedding for detail meetings, will they be the one spending hours on the phone  coordinating all of your vendors, will they be the one going with you to the church if the ceremony is off site making sure that all goes smoothly there, will they be the one to make sure all the important family members are present in the room when the cake is being cut, will they be the one staying until the wedding is over and placing your gifts into the car?  These are but a few of the many things a private wedding planner will be doing for you the day of the weddin, plus much more..

Before ruling out the idea of hiring a professional wedding planner/coordinator, be opened minded and meet with a few professionals to gather all the necessary information which will have a big impace on your special day.  You and your family deserve to be able to relax and just have a glorious day with a professional taking care of the "what-ifs" and the unexpected. We watch over you to make sure your day runs smoothly and is exactly as you have planned.

 

Happy Planning!

A Beautiful Waterfront Venue

by Myrna 12. September 2013 05:11

Although it is now September we cannot forget our last August wedding. On beautifully hot summer day our couple took was able to take beautiful photos on the Washington Harbor, prior to their ceremony and reception at Sequoia.  The tall ceiling providided natural light and brought the outdoors inside, enhancing the beauty of their cermony site. Being at a restaurant did not limit our possibilities of beautiful decor and design ideas. There might be some limitations at a restaurant weddng, but with the ideal restaurant and planning staff, turnover into the reception happens quickly. Voila, a enchanted setting is thus created.

Our couple enjoyed a five hour party, with good food in two cocktail reception areas plus a seated dinner and dancing. The couple's personal touches were added to the evening, ending with a interactive popcorn display. 

Our planning staff helped to avoid some of the typical pitfalls of a restaurant wedding by keeping restaurant guests away from the private party, thus allowing the bride and groom a stress-free, fun wedding. For more ideas on how to have a wonderful restaurant reception for your next party, get in touch with us at For All Ocaasions. Happy planning.   

 

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Wedding Wire Rated

by Myrna 1. August 2013 09:23
For All Occasions Advances to WeddingWire Rated™ Gold Level by Increasing Quantity of Newlywed Reviews
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Within the WeddingWire Rated™ program, there are five levels that wedding professionals can attain based on the number of reviews they receive (Blue, Bronze, Silver, Gold and Black).  The prestigious WeddingWire Rated™ Gold badge is achieved when a business has received fifty or more client reviews.

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"We are thrilled to celebrate  For All Occasions's advancement to the Rated™ Gold Level, especially given the growing importance of online reviews," said Sonny Ganguly, CMO, WeddingWire.  "WeddingWire recognizes their success and sustained commitment to gathering positive reviews from their clients. We are honored to congratulate them for achieving this powerful milestone for their business."

"Advancing from the WeddingWire Rated™ Silver Level to the Gold Level for Wedding Planning in Fairfax, VA is a huge accomplishment for  For All Occasions.  It is our number one goal to provide positive experiences for our clients and we would like to thank them for taking the time to review our business on WeddingWire.  Each review allows potential clients to see our commitment to continually provide exceptional service.  We look forward to increasing our Rated™ status to the elite Black Level in the future by obtaining additional reviews."

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Summer Weddings

by Myrna 19. July 2013 04:42

Hi all,

I must apologize for not posting for the last month or so.  Unfortunately, I have an inury to my shoulder which keeps me from doing computer work, but I will give it a try today.  We are all still alive at For All Occasions, enjoying our summer weddings, and meeting with our clients for the fall.

 

Our wedding last weekend was at the beautiful WhiteHall Manor Estate in Bluemont, Virginia. The ceremony was outdoors amongst the beautiful trees and gazebo, with rolling hills behind them. The land surrounding the ceremony area, was then filled with lawn games for guests to enoy during the cocktail hour. Fun was had by all.

WhiteHall Manor's staff is top notch and the food was fabulous. The bride and groom's personal touches were surrounding the ballroom, with family photos, adventure photo books of the couple, and, a sign in poster where each guest could leave there name to symbolize that they would be part of this next journey of the couple's life.

When it comes to summer weddings, make it fun, and be sure to have a backup plan in case of inclement weather.  We all just got lucky last weekend!

Our next summer wedding is at Sequoia, a beautiful waterfront venue in Georgetown.  Check back to read more about that in August.

If you would like some good ideas on how to execute a summer wedding, do not hesitate to contact us at anytime.

Happy planning!

Rain Does Not Dampen Your Wedding Day

by Myrna 21. May 2013 04:27

 

 

Rainy weather has dampened many of my couple's spirits on their spring wedding day. I always tell them, not to be upset; rain means good luck is upon them!

Weather can not be predicted, but if you are planning an outdoor wedding during spring or summer, please remember to have an indoor back-up plan.  It is so important, and will save you from anxiety!

Also, the best photos are captured when the lighting is dinmmer such as on a rainy or cloudy day.  One of my past clients had the best photo ever during Hurricane Irene a few years ago. At the end of the wedding, they were good spirited and went outside, got soaked, ruined their clothing, but took the most awesome picture under a clear umbrella.!

So, go with the flow; do not stress over a rainy wedding day, and just enjoy the moment and all the wonderful moments that can be captured.

Thanks to Daniel McGarrity Photography for these images.

Honoring Family Members

by Myrna 23. March 2013 04:49

Although the subject of how to recognize a deceased member of the immediate family of the wedding couple is not one that most like to discuss, it is a topic that needs to be thought about.

Unfortunately, we find that many of our couples are dealing with the loss of a mother or father before their weddings.  What is the proper way to include this family member in the wedding? Some ask us if the deceased person's name should be on the invitation. While the intention is good, this is not the way to honor that person. There are more appropriate ways to honor the deceased one's memory, either privately or publicly.

For instance, to honor a deceased mother, an usher can place a white rose on the seat where the mother would have been seated. During the ceremony, a song could be dedicated to that person, or their favorite hymn sung could be noted in a ceremony program.

Deceased grandparents or siblings could be honored during the candle ceremony by lighting an additional candle, or again mentioned in the program.

Rosemary stands for remembrance, so a sprig of rosemary could be included in the bridal bouquet or in the attendant's bouquet. The bouquet  could also contain the family member's favorite flower. Many of our brides have included a special pin or piece of lace coming from their mother's wedding gown in their bouquet.  This is something meaningful and allows the bride to feel comfort and closeness to their loved one on the wedding day.

We once did a wedding where there was a specialty drink at the bar to honor the groom's deceased dad. 

Another way to honor the deceased family member would be to make a charitable contribution to one of their favorite charities. Make note of the contribution on the ceremony program.

For more ideas and inspirations, call us for a consultation, and we will make a difficult topic become something to talk about with ease.

Happy Planning....

 

Plus Ones at the Wedding

by Myrna 18. February 2013 05:37

 

 

As if brides do not have enough to worry about...along comes the task of actually compiling the guest list for the big event. Seems simple enough, right? Wrong.

Photo from differentwedding.com.
Remember all of those people that you want to invite who are unmarried? You are going to have to figure out if it is acceptable for them to bring dates to the wedding. This is a tricky situation for a few reasons.
1. Nobody likes to go to weddings alone (OK maybe those guys in the Wedding Crashers movie, but not most people).
2. If you have a lot of single friends, giving them ALL the green light to bring dates could substantially impact your wedding costs and pack your special day with strangers.
So...what to do? The trick here is to come up with rules and actually stick to them. Maybe you realize that you only have ten single guests. Perhaps it is fine if they all bring dates.
If you have 40 single guests, maybe decide that fiancees are welcome, but casual boyfriends and girlfriends are not. Or decide that if the couple lives together, they should both be invited.
Do what is best for you and comfortable for your budget, but don't make exceptions to your rule. Doing this is offensive to the guests who comply with your wishes!
OK...there should be just one exception. If a member of the wedding party is single, he or she should always be allowed to bring a date. Members of the wedding party usually do a lot for the bride and groom in the months leading up to the wedding, so it is only appropriate to allow them to bring a guest!
 

 

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