Wedding Tips for the Modern Couple
Be sassy AND savvy at your wedding
The details of planning a wedding can be daunting and with the pressure of feeling like the wheel has to constantly be reshaped, just know there are planners like the ones at Hollywood Pop Gallery who can offer tips and ideas to keep things simple, fresh, and fun!
The POP Wedding Planners have highlighted a few important details in a brief wedding checklist and their suggestions for how to stay in style and in budget.
Wedding Tips #1: Stay Organized, Create a Wedding Website.
POP Wedding Planners have made many a website for their modern couples. It really is the best way to keep in touch with guests and keep them informed with the plans you have made and any changes to them. There are many inexpensive or free options with tons of fun themes, room to post photos of you and your love, include travel and accommodation info for guests, registry links, and keep them updated on the event itself. Some website builders give guests the ability to RSVP to any and all wedding related events directly on the website and they will even send notifications right to you mobile phone. How’s that for being savvy and GREEN?! Try the free website builders on WeddingPaperDivas.com or from TheKnot.com.
The Wedding Happy App WeddingHappy.com is also a great tool for the planning process. It helps couples by providing a timeline to keep you on track, ability to manage vendor contacts and guest lists, and upgrading to their premium service allows you to use the app on multiple devices and share with other users- be it Mom, fiancé, best, friend, or wedding planner.
Wedding Tips #2: Select a Creative Venue That Fits
There’s a venue for every wedding like there’s a ring for every finger. Keep the guest count and your budget at the forefront of the venue decision. Backyard weddings are making a comeback but when you’re feeling a little rambunctious there are some very cool “alternative” wedding venues out there. Our favorites include:
Zoos! Just think how cool it would be to have a family of gorillas or sea lions as witnesses of your matrimony! The New York Zoos and Aquariums welcome weddings and events year round. NYZoosandAquariumEvents.com/weddings-and-social-events
Breweries or distilleries are a slightly more industrial change of pace from vineyard weddings and when the open bar comes from the same facility, well that’s just perfect. Some Southern distilleries like Buffalo Trace give you a nice balance between a rustic indoor setting and a lush green outdoor space BuffaloTraceDistillery.com/events.
Keep in mind when choosing your location that you give your out of town guests a few options of accommodations. They should be close to the venue(s), family and senior friendly if you have those guests attending, and it’s also courteous to provide a selection of hotels at varying nightly rates so there is something to suit everyone’s budget.
Wedding Tips #3: Turn the Traditional Wedding Shower Into a Social Mixer
Yes, we know Men are from Mars and Women are from Venus, but why can’t we just all party together here on Earth? Compared to weddings past, grooms today are more involved in the wedding process and wedding showers just aren’t for brides anymore! We love His & Hers wedding showers that welcome all guests to share in this occasion. Turn the traditional bridal shower into a social mixer and give guests from both sides the opportunity to know one another better and so they’re not all strangers at the wedding.
Showers at times can be a bit slow moving and cookie cutter. Take advantage of an abundance of guests and male influence and keep the food, entertainment and cocktails coming. Keep your guests intrigued, have a unique seating arrangement such as a Moroccan theme with pillows on the floor and low tables. Have a surprise belly dancer to entertain. Hollywood Pop Gallery offers extensive options for every wedding event!
Wedding Tips #4: Dress Smart and In Fashion
Style is of course a front runner in the grand wedding plans and that applies not only to the couple but the bridal party as well. For those brides not looking to blow their budget on their dream dress but won’t compromise on style, we recommend cruising through designer sample sales or trunk shows. While they can sometimes be as intense as a pack of hungry lionesses vying for one tasty zebra, it can be worth it to stay in budget and some you can make appointments for (recommended!). Go to a champagne bar to celebrate after. Racked Racked.com is a great resource that keeps up with designer sample sales in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Miami. Like we said, sassy AND savvy.
The pressure of finding a style and color that looks great on every body in your bridal party is no easy feat! BrideSide.com makes it a little easier to figure out what works and what doesn’t. You can cruise through options by style, fit, fabric, or color and their sizing guides will be helpful to each bridesmaid. You can even order sample dresses for $10 and they let you keep them for up to four days before having to send them back. Pretty great from an online service!
Don’t be Katherine Heigl in 27 Dresses with a closet bursting with nightmare bridesmaid dresses from weddings past. RentTheRunWay.com is a cool resource that allows you to rent designer fashion from names like Vera Wang, Badgley Mischka, and Carolina Herrera and it starts at just $49!
Wedding Tips #5: Consider Non-Floral Décor
As wedding planners, we know that this is one of the most important parts of a wedding. You want to create an atmosphere that guests will walk into and immediately say “Oh, this is SO them.” This is your day and there isn’t any reason why you should compromise on having the wedding look like it did in your dreams. If budget is a priority, you can still be sassy AND savvy!
While stunning and classic, fresh flowers can be expensive. Lately they have been taking more of a back seat in wedding design. Prop and non-floral based centerpieces and bouquets are a growing trend for all kinds of themes. We are seeing alternative materials like beads, rhinestones, crystals, silk flowers, and feathers becoming more popular and used in a variety of ways and can even take precedence as an overall design theme. Hollywood Pop Gallery’s director of special events, Brett Galley took notice to brides having jeweled bouquets, as she mentions in an article by Hersam Acorn Media Scribd.com/doc/257680898/I-Do-I-Do-Spring-Bridal-Special-Section-Hersam-Acorn#scribd. This is a great place for a bride to use “something borrowed” like a piece of heirloom jewelry. Just make sure to take that out before you throw the bouquet!
Wedding Tips#6: Set Up a Registery That Will Deliver Value and Fun!
The powerful feeling of walking around a department store with those registry scanners can be liberating, but what’s even more liberating than a crockpot? A VACATION! An alternative way for guests to shower you with their love and support is with the gift of a honeymoon through websites like Wanderable.com. Synced with the explosive concept of crowd-funding, your gift registry is now a means to make it to your dream destination. Being this savvy may allow you a bigger budget for the wedding ceremony and reception itself and the newlyweds still get to go on a killer vacation to celebrate.
Gilt Groupe founder, Kevin Ryan started Zola Registry Zola.com in 2013 and it has really taken flight since its inception. They offer all kinds of things for the modern couple to register for from traditional home goods, to experiences like a painting class and a hot air balloon ride, and also honeymoon and cash funds that can go towards a new home or even a new car.