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2017 Trending Wedding Themes

It is time to start planning your 2017 wedding. We’ve been working hard this week checking out the hottest 10 wedding theme trends for 2017, and we think you’re going to love what we’ve come back with! They are all chic, sophisticated, fresh and completely fabulous! Take a look and be inspired.

As one of the biggest trends for year 2016, greenery wedding ideas will be continuously popular in 2017.

natural-greenery-wedding-trends-for-2017We adore a little shimmer and shine, don’t you? So happy to see this popping up in 2017.elegant-silver-and-ivory-neutral-wedding-colors-for-2017-wedding-trendsSoft tones, is there anything more romantic than a soft toned pastel themed wedding??elegant-and-romantic-pastel-pink-and-navy-wedding-color-inspiration

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)

Bridesmaids -

Bridesmaids –

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!

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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!

 

Exciting and Fun Escort Cards

Place setting

Place setting

From favors to fruit, these place card holders are fun, refreshing and perfect for the happy couple’s wedding day.

Becky + Kurtis Skelly Lodge

From the first meeting with Becky and her mom, I had a great feeling about this wedding! It was going to take place at one of our favorite
venues, Skelly Lodge in Catoosa, OK. Becky was looking for Day of Services to help eliminate unnecessary stress for her, her mom, the wedding
party and family members.  By the huge smile on this couples face I  would say mission accomplished!  It was so fun to watch as the two families came together and celebrated this sweet couple.  Photos courtesy of Emily Hughes, Something Gold Photography (www.somethinggoldphotography.com)

Watch the highlight video created by Owl & Anchor Productions. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iFwvwVJd6hA

Hungry guests = cranky guests


Don’t let guests go hungry.
Two words: hors d’oeuvres. Even if you plan on serving a full dinner at your reception, it’s a good idea to have a few nibbles for your guests to nosh on while they wait for you and your new spouse to make your grand entrance — lest your guests get bored and cranky. Mini empanadas, soup shooters, vegetable skewers, even fried macaroni and cheese balls are all great options (go for one-bite appetizers so guests can chat while they snack). Your guests will be refreshed from the ceremony — and grateful for the sustenance.