Thursday Trends–FUN AND CREATIVE Placecard Ideas

Perfect Day Wedding Planners Place Card Table

Have you thought at all about the place cards for your wedding reception? This may seem like a very small detail, but think about this. When you arrive to a wedding reception, what is the first thing YOU look for? Where you’re going to sit, right?? So, do you think this is a pretty important aspect of the reception? YES!

We’ve had some really creative place cards at our weddings recently. Take a look at these ideas:

RUSTIC MEETS SHABBY CHIC — We love what Amanda and Andrew did with their place cards. The bride lovingly hand wrote each name on bright yellow card stock draped over a piece of twine strung inside a rustic picture frame. Miniature clothespins helped to keep them attached, while also adding an aesthetic touch.

Perfect Day Wedding Planners Yellow Place Cards and Old Picture Frame Display

WEDDING COLORS AND WINE CORKS — Kandice and Joe recruited a lot of friends over the past year to give them their wine corks. They carefully sliced the side of each one and then we set in the pre-printed cards. Each name was mounted on navy card stock for another pop of their wedding colors.

Perfect Day Wedding Planners Placecards in Wine Corks

SENTIMENTALITY AND SIMPLICITY — Michelle and Marcus decided to keep it simple on elegant white printed cards in a calligraphy font. Their creativity and sentimentality came out in the picture display of Michelle’s parents from their wedding day many years prior. The frame is also a vintage piece and very special piece to the family.

Perfect Day Wedding Planners Reception Placecard Table with Parent Picture

DOUBLE DUTY PLACE CARD AND FAVOR — Katie and Andrew intertwined their wedding colors, seating placement AND a favor all in one! They hand wrote each name and table number and then mounted each to designer paper. The cards were then slid into a clear plastic bookmark holder which also doubled as a place to store the photo booth pictures! The ribbon ties on the ends proudly displayed their wedding colors. What a GREAT favor idea that will be used by many!

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ADDITIONAL AWESOME IDEAS:

PHOTO BOARD PLACE CARDS — The ultimate in originality is a place card board! Create your own wedding photo out of your place cards!  Very fun and unique! Perfect Day Wedding Planners DAY OF stationery team can assist you with this. CLICK HERE for a quote.

Perfect Day Wedding Planners Place Card Photo Board

COOKIE PLACE CARDS — We have some excellent bakers who SPECIALIZE in cookie place cards, personalized to your big wedding day! CONTACT US HERE for more information on these fun food place cards!

Perfect Day Wedding Planners Wedding Cookie Place Cards

Your Chicago Area Wedding Planners can design any type of place cards around your theme or find a resource who can. Assembling and making your own place cards is a very time consuming project and for just $1-$2 each, it is worth the investment to ask for assistance. Give us a call before you get to that point. 🙂

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Tuesday Tips–Receiving Lines . . . Yay or Nay?

Perfect Day Wedding Planners Receiving Line Sweetheart TableHow in the world are you going to see, talk to and thank everyone who comes to your wedding?! You definitely want to extend your gratitude to friends and family who traveled from afar, and receiving lines have usually been the solution to this dilemma. Traditionally, they are also considered good and proper etiquette. But most wedding traditions and etiquette are being questioned like crazy these days! If you decide to buck the status quo, here are other options beyond the traditional receiving line based on the number of people attending your day.

  • Having fewer than about 50 guests? Have a cocktail hour right after your ceremony. After you get those last few pictures done, head on over where everyone is gathered!
  • For a guest list of about 100, you could just have your officiate dismiss guests row by row. You could stay at the front of your ceremony site or just outside the entry doors.
  • Any wedding over 150 guests should probably include the typical receiving line at the reception site or NO LINE AT ALL!

Perfect Day Wedding Planners Receiving Line Thank You

Finally, it is not a necessity to have a receiving line at your wedding. Focus on talking to your family and then meet the remaining guests on the dance floor, where you will likely spend the rest of the evening anyway.  Whatever option you decide on as a couple will be great. Do what fits your personalities and the “feel” of your wedding. Make sure your guests have fun and feel thanked and it’ll all work out just fine.

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Thursday Trends–Making Memories in the Photo Booth!

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This is one of those wedding trends that has really moved into the MUST HAVE category. Enter high tech, digital cameras, smart phones and social media, and it is quite possible to capture almost every single aspect of a wedding! And even some moments you didn’t WANT to see!

Whether you hire a company that will bring all their own equipment and props, or decide to go the DIY route–the photo booth is sure to be a hit where lots of silly and fun memories will be made.  We recommend having the photo booth in the same room as your guest tables so it doesn’t get overlooked.

Perfect Day Wedding Planners photo booth

The props can be as simple as this, or as elaborate as this. Providing a table with lots of wigs, glasses, hats, and fun dress up items to choose from will bring the inner child out of anyone. Why not have a game or activity tied to the photo booth?

Using your wedding colors/monogram as a heading on the photo booth strips is a nice touch.

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Set out a white board or chalkboard like this so your guests can write little notes, inside jokes or advice to you as a couple.

Pass all these details on to your Chicagoland wedding planner, and let them stock the prop suitcase until it overflows. These silly photo memories from your wedding are sure to be cherished for years and years to come.

Have you been to a wedding with a photo booth?

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Thursday Trends — Celebrating Your Day With A Little Patriotism?

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Americans tend to be just a little patriotic around the 4th of July, Memorial Day and Labor Day. Nothing wrong with a little pride in your homeland, huh? In Chicago we do 4th of July quite well, if you don’t mind us saying.  As Chicago suburb wedding planners we LOVE this trend…a trend toward blending this patriotism into wedding celebrations, and we think it’s a BEAUTIFUL thing. We’ve always loved anything Americana, rustic or decor that incorporates flags — so we’re definitely digging this current trend and hope it lasts a long time! In fact, Perfect Day Wedding Planners has a full-service wedding on Veterans’ Day in 2014. The couple’s vision is exceptional, and we can’t wait to start working out all the details to make it perfect!

Bridal Couple in front of American flag

Though we’ve seen brides wear a flag-inspired wedding dress, or even a bright red one, you don’t have to go that extreme! Remember, white goes with everything! Why not just let the rest of the wedding day bling accent YOU as a couple? You can always accessorize with red shoes and jewelry. Having the guys wear flag socks or bow-ties would be a zany and fun touch! Navy tea-length bridesmaids dresses (as opposed to royal blue) would be a perfect compliment and soften the effect a bit of all the bright red accents.

Flower Girl blue and white dress

Flower Girl blue and white dress

You will have no trouble at all finding decor and patriotic flair — it’s practically everywhere you turn this time of year! If you’re planning your wedding more than a year out, you’ll definitely want to scout out the after-July 4th sales at stores like Hobby Lobby, JoAnn Fabrics and Michael’s. You can probably rack up the goods on dried-floral centerpieces, table decor, confetti, ribbon, napkins, and rustic Americana for half price or MORE!

Perfect Day Wedding Planners 4th of July wedding tablescape

4th of July wedding tablescape

Perfect Day Wedding Planners 4th of July wedding star accents for guest tables

Patriotic Stars with a DIY flair

Perfect Day Wedding Planners 4th of July wedding closeup table of wedding

4th of July wedding table with a spalsh of summer color

How stunning your guest tables would be with red chargers, white plates and navy linen napkins? Add some bling with silver confetti stars scattered throughout the tables. Cap it off with white chair covers and a shiny silver sash tied in a perfect bow or just go with bright red Chivari chairs. What about flag inspired cake pops as wedding favors? Wow…we could go on and on!

Wouldn’t guests with sparklers lined up as you exit as Mr. and Mrs. be the PERFECT compliment to a patriotic themed wedding? One thing to have your Chicago area wedding planner make sure of, is that your venue allows sparklers. We’ve heard of a few, for fire safety reasons, that will not allow them — even though they are outside the building. How disappointing to find that out late in the game of planning! Two good things about sparklers — they’re great for pictures and there’s no mess to clean up!

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4th of July weddings-what FUN!

In our opinion, a perfect bookend to your day would be driving away in a bright red convertible — either a shiny new one or vintage VW Bug!

Share your patriotic wedding ideas with us! We’re always looking for more inspiration to share with our Chicago area brides!

Tuesday Tips — Who Wouldn’t Love an Edible Wedding Favor?

Wedding favors are a huge part of “giving back” and showing thanks to your friends and family. It’s also a way to really let your creativity as a couple show in the choice of your theme, colors or geographical location. Edible wedding favors are a delectable and nice touch. Give your guests a kiss of chocolate, a hint of mint, or a satisfying sweet taste as the celebration of your fabulous wedding continues.

Here are just a few creative choices as you work out the details with your Chicago area wedding planner:

Perfect Day Wedding Planners bride and groom cake pops

Bride and Groom Cake Pops

Yummy and personalized sugar cookies wrapped in a cellophane bag and tied off with ribbons in your colors are always a sweet hit. Your guests will probably end up eating them before the day is over!

Perfect Day Wedding Planners Wedding Cookie Favors

Personalized Gourmet Cookies

These coffee favor packets can be incorporated in to your tablescape, placed on each plate, or on display for guests to take when they leave for the evening. They may need some strong black coffee the next morning depending on how hard they celebrated your day!

Perfect Day Wedding Planners wedding favor coffee packet

Coffee Packs

These wrapped Krispy Kreme donuts are likely to be eaten before the main course! Or maybe they’ll be the perfect snack in the middle of the night after the wedding. Who can resist?

Perfect Day Wedding Planners wedding favors donuts

Wrapped and Personalized Donuts!

Everyone loves milk and chocolate chip cookies! Maybe there is a local dairy or organic farm that have some small milk bottles like the ones below. Could you talk Grandma into making her super secret, special ingredient homemade cookies?

Perfect Day Wedding Planners wedding favors milk and cookies

Chocolate Milk / Milk & Cookies

How about a spot of tea? Loose tea in a tin container all wrapped up in a bow looks very classy. Personalize them with a sticker and they could also double as place cards!

Perfect Day Wedding Planners Loose Tea Wedding Favors

Loose Tea in Tin Container

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Tuesday Tips – Outdoor Weddings

perfect day wedding planners amanda and andrew bride entering ceremonyDuring the summer and fall we see a lot more outdoor weddings. Sometimes the ceremony is inside and then the reception outside, or vice versa. Unfortunately, the weather is not always your friend. Obviously the best case scenario is that it is a beautiful sunny day with minimal wind. And that is what we hope for you! But, just in case the day is not ideal, it is always best to have a “Plan B” in place.

Here are 10 tips to keep in mind when planning an outdoor wedding:

  1. Be sure and let guests know that it is an outdoor wedding so they can plan their attire accordingly. They may want to bring an umbrella, wear flats instead of heels, bring a sweater, etc.
  2. Be sure and order a tent just in case it rains. Make sure to have people on hand who can put it up at the last minute. Or go ahead and have it up and if it’s not needed, it can be used for a kids area!
  3. Consider also ordering temporary floors for use in the tent. High heels and chair legs WILL sink in the wet grass.
  4. Have the grounds sprayed for bugs about an hour before the ceremony or reception starts. Also, have bottles of mosquito spray handy for guests.
  5. In case of wind, you don’t want all your candles to blow out. Put hurricane lamps around all of your candles. Or use battery operated lights for your decor instead of candles.
  6. Have your seamstress sew some tiny weights on the end of your veil. This will keep it from blowing in your face.
  7. Make sure that any table decorations are weighted down — things like seating cards, paper napkins, etc.
  8. Face your guests away from the sun to avoid a glare. Also, avoid metal chairs if it’s going to be hot.
  9. Provide lemonade or water to keep your guests from getting dehydrated. If there’s a chance it might be cooler than normal, provide hot coffee and tea.
  10. Print your ceremony program on thick fan shaped paper. This will be practical and useful in case it’s a hot day.

Let Perfect Day Wedding Planners help with all the details of your wedding. We’ll worry about the details, so you can have fun and celebrate. Email us today for a consultation!

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