Month: June 2014

Tips for Planning an Amazing Rehearsal Dinner

Rehearsal dinners have become a standard part of Connecticut weddings. It is as expected as a funny story in the best man’s toast. So how do you make your rehearsal dinner a truly amazing event?

Choose the right venue

The right venue can make a big difference in the rehearsal dinner. It can be in any restaurant, but for an outstanding rehearsal dinner, look at what your wedding venue offers. If there’s a smaller venue that couldn’t accommodate your full guest list, why not have your rehearsal dinner there?

Add some entertainment

The best rehearsal dinners aren’t silent affairs. They have music, they have dancing, and they have a few toasts. This is a chance for you to celebrate with the members of your immediate family and wedding party, so enjoy it with great entertainment.

Have an end time

While it might seem like a great party should never end, this really isn’t the case on the night before your wedding. Remember that you and everyone at your rehearsal dinner will have to be up early to get ready for your wedding. A great rehearsal dinner won’t be remembered that way if everyone is exhausted and hungover on your wedding day.

What do you have planned for your rehearsal dinner? The Connecticut wedding vendors at our upcoming shows can help you plan something truly fantastic!

 

Photo: Flickr/Sean O’Shaughnessy

Beat the Heat on Your Summer Wedding Day

Connecticut summers can be hot and humid, so if you’re planning a summer wedding, you are probably concerned with how you and your guests will be able to handle the heat. While it can take some extra planning, it’s not difficult to keep everyone cool and comfortable at your summer wedding.

  • Start with the venue. When you choose a venue for your summer wedding, think about the temperature. If you are having an outdoor event, make sure there’s a suitable indoor area for people to get out of the sun, or a tent they can relax under. For indoor events, ask about air conditioning.
  • Think about attire. While you might love the idea of a full ballgown and a tux with tails, and all of your guests in black tie, it might not be suitable for your summer wedding. When you think about your attire and your guests’ attire, keep the weather in mind and adjust it, if needed.
  • Offer refreshments. The best way to beat the heat at a summer wedding is to stay hydrated. Don’t wait until after the ceremony to offer guests something to drink. Whether it’s bottled water or large drinks dispensers filled with water, lemonade, and iced tea, make sure your guests and bridal party have access to drinks throughout the ceremony and reception.

Whatever you do, though, don’t dismiss the idea of a summer wedding just because of the heat. Connecticut’s best wedding vendors can help you create the perfect wedding any time of the year. To find out more about them and to start planning your big day, come to one of our upcoming Connecticut bridal shows!

 

Photo: Flickr/Ryan Polei

Vendor Spotlight: Tarrywile Mansion

Whatever season you choose for your wedding, you want a venue that will look gorgeous. Whatever style of wedding you are planning, you want a venue that will meet and exceed your expectations. Whatever the wedding, Danbury’s Tarrywile Mansion is an excellent choice for the venue.

Tarrywile offers exclusive use for your wedding day, meaning yours is the only event they have going on that day. This gives you the chance to make it your own, and really experience all it has to offer. From the beautiful surrounding park to the stunning architecture of the mansion, a wedding at Tarrywile lets you take a step away from the ordinary and into something truly special.

Offering a beautiful location for outdoor weddings, and a gorgeous indoor space, Tarrywile offers everything you could want in a wedding venue. They are experienced and can help you create the wedding of your dreams, whether it’s a formal event or a casual event. The beauty of Tarrywile is its flexibility to suit any wedding with total perfection.

To find out more about Tarrywile and other great Connecticut wedding vendors, check out our directory or come to one of our upcoming shows!

What Your Wedding Guests Can Expect

When you plan your wedding, it’s sometimes difficult to step back and think of things from your guests’ point of view. However, there are a few things that your guests can reasonably expect, and that you should do for them.

Send the invitation in a timely manner. You’ve had the date of your wedding marked on your calendar for ages, but your guests might still need to get time off from work, arrange for child care, and plan travel. Make sure they have enough time to do this and get good prices on everything. If you’ve sent a save the date card, make sure that everyone who received one is getting a formal invitation when they are ready to send, too!

Be clear about who is invited (and be ready to explain why). Are you inviting their kids? Are you allowing them to bring a guest? Make sure this is clear on the invitation so your guests don’t make plans based on an incorrect assumption. If they are confused, be prepared to explain why you have or haven’t extended the invitation to their children or date.

Don’t expect a gift.¬†Yes, you’ve registered for gifts at a variety of prices to ensure that everyone can find something they can afford. But no, this doesn’t mean your guests are bound to buy you something. Whether they give you a gift or not, they should still get a thank you card after the wedding, though. After all, you are thanking them for being part of your big day, not for the new kitchen equipment!

To find out more about making sure your guests have a great time at your wedding, come speak to some of our area’s best wedding vendors. You can find them at any of our upcoming Connecticut bridal shows!

 

Photo: Flickr/Jason Meredith

What Should the Groom Do In Wedding Planning?

So much of wedding planning is focused on the bride. From choosing the perfect wedding dress to knowing what you want for the finer details of the decor, much of the work ends up with the bride. However, you shouldn’t rule your fiance out of wedding planning altogether.

While there are some parts that are obvious choices for him — the tuxedo he’ll wear, for instance — there are plenty of other aspects of the wedding that he may want input on. If your fiance wants to be involved in all parts of planning, you should let him. Working together on your wedding can be a good way to practice working together on other difficult things throughout the rest of your marriage!

However, if he really doesn’t want to get involved in the wedding planning, you shouldn’t force him. Whether this is because he doesn’t feel he has time for the work involved or just doesn’t find choosing flowers interesting, you shouldn’t take this as a bad sign. He wants to be married to you and have a great wedding, but he just doesn’t have the interest in event planning.

If you’re looking for ways to involve him, you can give him a task that he does like. This could be finding the entertainment or tasting menu options. You can also bring him to a wedding expo, where he might find that wedding planning is much more fun than he thought!

To find out more about our upcoming Connecticut wedding shows, click here.

 

Photo: Flickr/MsSaraKelly