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Too Blessed to Be Stressed!

It’s a universal truth – wedding planning is stressful. With an endless list of decisions to be made, from the décor to the dress to the catering and everything in between, the stress can pile on at lightning-fast speeds. One minute, you’re trying to choose between roses and ranunculus, and before you know it, you’ve fallen down the Pinterest hole, scrolling between 19 slightly different shades of pink petals while stress eating wedding cake samples.

With that being said, there are more than a few items on your wedding checklist that guests pay far less attention to than you think. Instead of driving yourself crazy over the teeniest details, save yourself the headache (and probably a few bucks, too) by knowing what really matters to your guests, and more importantly, what doesn’t.

LET’S START WITH THE DRESS – It’s not what you wear but how you wear it, so as long as you’re comfortable and feel like your best, most beautiful self, well, that’s sounds just PERFECT. When the  bride is rocking a beautifully tailored gown that makes her look and feel like the goddess she is its gonna be a great night. (same goes for the wedding party as well)

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NERVOUS ABOUT YOUR FIRST DANCE- Tackle a few moves that you feel 100% comfortable performing, no matter how simple, and watch the pressure just melt away. Great for you, great for your guests and great for your wedding photos… Everyone wins!


So what do guests care most about?

1) The Ceremony:

It goes without saying that guests will be overjoyed to watch the happy couple proclaim their love and be joined in wedded bliss – I mean, it’s kind of the whole point – but the crowd may start to get restless during a long, drawn-out ceremony. One of the most common guest complaints is having to sit through a too-long production, so keep it short and sweet (roughly 30 minutes or less) for a happy clan.8

2) The Food:

Enjoying a decadent meal with loved ones is a treat for guests, so make sure your food choices are crowd pleasers. A fantastic meal will keep those good vibes going, but a bad one could really bring down the mood. In addition, be sure to offer options for vegetarians or those with common allergies, like gluten and nuts.BridalifeStyle_Sping-Summer-2015-39

3) The Drinks:

Weddings and booze go together like peanut butter and jelly. Bottom line: Keep the drinks flowing, because there’s nothing that wedding guests hate more than the liquor well running dry. Forgoing the fully stocked bar is fine; an edited menu of Champagne, wine, beer and one or two specialty cocktails will keep guests in high spirits all night long.wine rack ice sculpture

4) The Music:

The tunes will be going strong from the first arrivals through the last dance, so make sure your music list is on point, especially once guests start hitting the dance floor. Skip the chicken dance and opt for fun, contemporary tunes that everyone is sure to know and love to unite the crowd and get people moving.amytimblog-63

5) The Venue:

Common sense is the key here. Skip the outdoor venue during the hottest, most humid days of summer, and likewise, choose an indoor spot during the fall and winter months when temps may be chilly. Outside of the climate, a unique venue is something they’ll also care about, particularly if the journey to your wedding is a trek for some of your far-flung guests. A seriously cool spot is much more of a draw than, say, Hotel Ballroom #3, don’t you think?

Hopefully this guide to what guests truly care about can seriously help refocus your energy during the planning process. When in doubt, take a breath, heed our advice, and above all else, remain calm!


Happy New Year 2014!




For 9—count ‘em!—years, we’ve celebrated the most creative wedding ideas in food, flowers, décor, music and more. As a fresh year stretches before us, it’s out with the old and in with the new, so if you’re ringing in the New Year with bling and sparkle on your finger, we’ll continue to keep you on top of the trends with what’s hot in weddings. It’s going to be a stellar year to get married! Tulsa Weddings & Design can assist you with all the details from planning your budget, choosing the perfect vendors to creating the stylish design and décor for your reception. Cheers to 2014!!



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Photo shoot with Bridalifestyle magazine Spring 2012

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First look photos



Hot Chocolate and Wassle stations

So many rich colors and textures to capture your eyes.


Let’s talk wedding dessert ideas beyond cake…


As you’re planning the wedding reception menu, know that it’s not just about  wedding cake anymore. In fact, the latest trend is to cap off your nuptial meal  with totally scrumptious confections that are all about who you are as a couple,  while giving your guests a sweet reward.

Skip Wedding Cake Altogether

If you’re not a wedding cake kind of  couple, don’t feel obligated to have a four-tiered, fondant-covered masterpiece.  Some brides and grooms are opting out of serving a traditional wedding cake.  Cupcakes on stacked tiers with the top tier as a small cake is a stylish  and popular alternative. Down South, there’s a trend to forgo the groom’s cake and do mini  pastries, logo cookies with the bride and groom’s photo on them, or miniature  wedding cake cookies instead.  Looking for more options:

  • Serve individual cakes in the shape of, say, an open Tiffany-style box  filled with cream and berries. (eye-candy)
  • Have a dramatic chocolate fountain, actually shaped like a three-tiered wedding cake. The word on the street, however, is that the fountains can get  messy if not manned properly, but no one ever said indulgence was a tidy business.
  • Can’t live without a grand wedding cake? Wedding cakes are gorgeous, but who  says you can’t pair yours with treats? If you choose a cake with light and  fruity fillings, try richer desserts (chocolate, anyone?).

How should you serve it?

Dessert is king, so why not serve it  regally? Dessert stations — basically a buffet setup that guests visit — are  where it’s at right now. Even if you’re doing a seated meal, a dessert station  gives guests a chance to circulate a bit. We’ve seen stations that range from  totally elaborate Viennese tables with every confection imaginable to simple  themed offerings. Case in point: the candy bar. Many caterers include the sweets  the couple loved from their childhood-like malted milk balls, jelly beans, and  caramel popcorn. Empty bags are available for guests to take home their  favorites.

Creating your dessert options should be cohesive with the overall theme and ambiance of the evening. Use your imagination and consider what you order at your favorite restaurant for inspiration.

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