Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Wedding bouquets give your look that pop of color, but be unique when creating yours by adding some special touches

While choosing a beautiful wedding gown is an absolute “must” for every bride-to-be, the bridal bouquet does play a very important role in the bride’s look too. Choose a stunning bouquet to add a pop of color to your attire and remember to make it truly unique by incorporating special touched into it. Here are some ideas to inspire you:

Seashells. If you want to have a beach wedding, seashells will be a wonderful choice for the bridal bouquet. You can either create a bouquet with your favorite flowers and incorporate seashells in it or you can create a bouquet made entirely out of seashells.

An elegant brooch (or more). This looks lovely with elegant weddings that lean towards a “vintage” theme. Choose a beautiful brooch made out of pearls or precious stones and incorporate it into your bouquet to add grace and elegance.

Feathers. Yes, you read that right. Feathers can be a wonderful bridal  bouquet addition. White feathers (or pale/dusty pastel-colored feathers) work well with delicate, elegant weddings. Also, bigger, more opulent feathers (such as the peacock ones) go great with masquerade weddings.

Pinecones. If you plan on having a winter wedding, pinecones can add that “magic” touch to your bouquet. Leave them natural or have them spray-painted in silver, gold or your wedding colors if you want them to be 100% unique.

Raw cotton. If you want your bouquet to look feminine, delicate and a bit playful at the same time, choose to incorporate raw cotton into it. With a bit of creativity, this can look absolutely stunning – and it will surely be very special too!

Wedding Planner 808 can help you find the best wedding vendors for your needs and we can also help you put everything together in a harmonious and beautiful way. Do not hesitate to call for our wedding planning services!

Photo source: flickr.com/Corey Ann

Friday, December 26, 2014

Be unique and create a wedding cake to accompany your Winter Wedding! Infuse winter flavors and décor with these ideas:

The wedding cake is one of the most important parts in a wedding – and most brides will think twice before ordering a particular type of cake. The truth is that these days, your options when it comes to the dessert are limitless – and this can be both amazing and quite confusing as well. 

If you plan on having a Winter Wedding, don’t forget to bring some of that amazing “holiday spirit” into your cake as well. Here are some great ideas on how you can blend winter flavors and décor with your ideal cake: 

Red velvet cake, chestnut filling and deep green icing. Create a cake inspired by the Christmas tree and by the most popular winter cake flavors and your guests will definitely ask for a second slice. For décor, you can use almost anything you want to, from “Christmas tree ornaments” made out of marzipan to simple, lace-like décor. 

Buttercream and blueberry. Since the blueberry shade of blue has been quite popular this year (and especially for winter weddings), why wouldn’t you bring that same color into your cake too? Use simple cake, a filling made out of blueberry and buttercream and icing made out of white buttercream. 

Chocolate, hazelnut and caramel. This cake will feel like a really amazing treat for everyone. Go for chocolate and hazelnut cake, caramel filling and delicious chocolate-buttercream icing for the kind of cake that will feel both delicious and sinful at the same time! 

Wedding Planner 808 can help you create the ideal Winter Wedding. And regardless of what cake flavors you choose, rest assured that we will be there to lend you a helpful hand and to make sure everything about your Big Day goes smoothly. 

Photo source: flickr.com/Sweet Carolina Photography

Friday, December 19, 2014

Decorate for a Winter themed wedding with décor that doesn’t scream Christmas!

Having a winter wedding is a lovely idea, but many brides feel that they want to avoid having a wedding that “blends” into Christmas when it comes to its theme. That’s perfectly understandable and if you don’t want a wedding theme to “scream” Christmas, you should know that there are other options available as well. We have picked up some of the best ideas to inspire you so make sure to read on and find out more.

Winter wonderland. A winter wonderland-themed wedding is usually centered around the idea of snow and ice. You can play around with white and shades of blue and you can create something that is remarkably beautiful if you use your imagination. This kind of wedding always turns out elegant and graceful and it fits like a glove with the season!

A Scandinavian theme. If you want your wedding to be at the cross-bridge between elegant and rustic, this is the kind of winter theme you are looking for. Wooden signs, Scandinavian prints for the table linens, winter-colored flowers and dishes inspired by the Scandinavian cuisine – these are just some of the ideas that would work very well for this wedding theme.

A NYE wedding. If you don’t want your wedding to be Christmas-y, but if you want to associate it with another big winter celebration, a New Year’s Eve wedding is a great idea. The best thing about it? You can use all the glitter in the world and you can party all night long and you’ll have the perfect excuse for it: it’s a new beginning for you as a couple and a new beginning for everyone because you are stepping into the New Year.

Wedding Planner 808 has specialized in creating and planning weddings that are truly one-of-a-kind. Contact us if you need help with your winter wedding and we’ll provide you with the best advice there is!

Photo source: flickr.com/Laura Dye

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Saving money for your wedding is not an easy task, be sure to follow these tips to keep your bank account full:

These days, weddings can get quite expensive – even when you are not planning for anything too “grand” and even when you are not going to invite too many guests. From flowers to attires and from the venue to the food, everything has to be perfect too – but sometimes, doing this on a limited budget seems to be almost impossible.

It is absolutely crucial that you try to save as much money as possible for your Big Day. Once you start planning everything, you should feel safe that your bank account will not simply “run out” of money before you even manage to get through all the details that have to be handled.

How do you do this? How do you save money for a dream-wedding? Here are some tips to help you out:

Get a good idea of what everything costs. You can’t start saving money without having at least a vague idea of how much you should be saving. Inquire about the prices various wedding vendors may practice and make sure that you know exactly when these payments should be made (before the wedding, after it, and so on).

It’s in the details. Saving money is all about the details: not leaving the tap water open, resisting the temptation to buy things you don’t need and other similar “tactics” can help you save a lot of money.

Don’t be afraid to buy wedding-related items and services on discount. There are certain times of the year when a lot of wedding vendors will offer their services/products with very high discounts and this can help you save a lot of money on the costs of your Big Day.

Wedding Planner 808 can help you plan the perfect wedding and we will definitely help you stick within your budget too. Come and let’s have a discussion – we guarantee you will not regret it!

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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Be bold and try out some unique wedding cake flavors instead of sticking to the traditional

Every detail of a wedding can make a huge difference, of course. However, when it comes to the wedding cake, most couples will pay attention to what they pick for their Big Day. If you want your wedding cake to be truly memorable, forget about the traditional flavors and go for something that is really unique. Here are some great ideas:

If you really love strawberry cakes, you can definitely choose them as your cake “basis”. However, instead of going for the already traditional strawberry frosting or filling, have the actual cake made with strawberry syrup. Pair it with vanilla filling and with cream frosting for an elegant and yet delicious taste.  Strawberry Shortcake is a filling with fresh strawberries and cream frosting.

Carrots may not be your usual “wedding cake flavor”, but the truth is that they can make for a wonderful and delicious dessert. A carrot cake with cream cheese filling and cream cheese frosting with a dash of coconut can taste absolutely delicious – and it’s definitely something unique for everyone at the wedding.

The traditional chocolate cake can get a really nice twist with a bit of mint, raspberry or caramel in it. Have your confectioner create a chocolate cake with mint, raspberry or caramel chocolate mousse as filling and dark chocolate as frosting. A refreshing and original idea!

Since Christmas is just around the corner, you may want to bring some of those fabulous, rich flavors associated with winter holidays into your wedding cake too. For instance, you could have your confectioner make a chocolate cinnamon wedding cake with salted almond chocolate filling and with chocolate cinnamon mousse as frosting.

Try the island flavors of Hawaii which include Guava, Lilikoi or Passion Fruit, Mango, Sweet Potato, or Coconut Haupia cream.  They are light in color but big on flavor. Try a Rainbow Cake incorporating any of the island flavors and you will be delighted with the Flavors of Hawaii.

Your creativity is the only limit you have when it comes to combining flavors for the perfect wedding cake – so don’t be afraid to use it! And if you need someone to help you out with the other wedding planning details as well, don’t forget to contact Wedding Planner 808 – we’ll make sure your wedding will be as special as you and your love story!

Photo source: flickr.com/merfam

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

There are so many fabrics to choose from, which will be the base for your wedding dress?

Choosing a wedding dress can be a confusing and overwhelming experience for a bride-to-be. Most likely, you have been dreaming of this moment ever since you were very young. But now that you are faced with the “final countdown”, you find that making the actual choice is much more difficult than it used to seem.

The fabric used for the creation of your wedding gown matters a lot, so make sure to pick it carefully. Here are some tips to help you out with this:

If you are planning on a destination wedding (and even more than that, for a beach wedding), remember to choose a light fabric as the base for your wedding dress. Otherwise, you may end up feeling uncomfortable in your dress. Go for chiffon, lace and other similar fabrics and try to avoid satin and anything that is synthetic.

For winter weddings, remember to choose a thicker fabric but also take into consideration the fact that your wedding venue will most likely be warmer in the day but chilly at night.

Your wedding theme may help you choose the right fabric for your wedding gown too. For example, if you are planning on a vintage wedding, lace will look absolutely wonderful regardless of the “era” in which you choose to “set” your Big Day.

Whatever you choose, make sure to check out with Wedding Planner 808 and we’ll help you with your wedding planning. We want you to be 100% happy with how your Big Day turns out so do not hesitate to call for our help if you want to plan everything the hassle-free way!

Photo source: flickr.com/ Cameron Nordholm

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The holidays are approaching, here are some tips to plan your wedding around them:

Winter holidays have always had a special kind of appeal. It may be the fact that they celebrate miracles or the fact that they always remind us of the most beautiful moments in our childhoods, but one thing is for sure, they make for magic moments!

It is natural then that many couples choose to center their wedding day around these wonderful celebrations. If you want to do this too, here are some basic tips to get you started: 

A Christmas wedding doesn’t necessarily have to fall on the 24th or 25th of December. In fact, anything around that date will still fit into a “Christmas” theme. Even more than that, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll just have a big Christmas party that “happens” to be your wedding too. Instead of looking at it this way, turn it upside down: make it a wedding that “happens” to have some Christmas motifs incorporated in it (Christmas-like food, acorns as décor, maybe a Christmas tree and so on). 

A New Year’s Eve wedding is a great idea especially if you want to “overdo” it a bit with glitter. There’s no other holiday to be more “acceptant” of glitter and sparkles than the New Year’s Eve. As long as you keep yourself balanced and as long as you are creative, you can create a really shiny and elegant wedding. 

You can simply focus on some winter holiday colors if you don’t want to go “all the way” with your holiday wedding theme. Red and green are the perfect example here and they can look really stylish and vibrant as wedding colors. 

If you really want to save on spending money on decorations, consider having your reception at a venue that already provides annual Christmas and/or New Year’s decorations.

Wedding Planner 808 can help you with your winter wedding – and with any other “seasonal” wedding too. Come and let’s talk about your dream wedding and we’ll make it happen!

Photo source: flickr.com/ Tammra McCauley

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Debating between having your wedding during the day or at night? Let us help you weigh your options!

Weddings are overwhelmingly emotional – but planning them can be equally overwhelming too. In fact, many brides find themselves facing so many questions and decisions that the months prior to the big day feel like an endless to-do list. 
If you have not yet decided on whether you should have your wedding during the day or at night, we have gathered some of the best ideas to help you weigh your options. Read on and find out more. 

Daytime/morning weddings tend to be less expensive than evening/night weddings. This happens mainly because you will save a lot of money by serving lunch and some “light” drinks (beer, wine, etc.) rather than serving dinner and lots of liquor. 

The main downfall of a daytime wedding is connected to the fact that many of the guests may not be in the mood to party and dance. Most of them are not used to with daytime parties and dancing at 3 pm may not feel very attractive to some. 

Evening/nighttime weddings are more expensive, but it will allow everyone to dress really fancy for your big night. Even more than that, if you choose the right time slot, you can also shoot some really beautiful pictures too (imagine you and your spouse-to-be kissing in the sunset!). 

If you are running on a tighter budget but if you want your guests to feel comfortable drinking and dancing, try an afternoon wedding at an estate where you can have the ceremony and reception start at any time. This will start at around 2-3 pm and it will end at around 7-8 pm, before the night fall. 

Also, you can always have a morning ceremony and an evening reception. However, keep in mind the fact that your guests will have to be entertained in between as well – and that’s what the so-called “cocktail hours” are for. 

Whatever you choose, do not hesitate to call Wedding Planner 808’s services. We have the know-how and the experience necessary to make every bride and every groom 100% happy with how their wedding day turned out!  

Photo source: flickr.com/ PeterJBellis

As a Maid of Honor, What Are Your Duties on the Wedding Day? Read Here to Find Out

Being a maid of honor can be a great opportunity for you to show a friend you are truly there for her. However, in an age where tradition fades out, it can be confusing to actually be a “proper” maid of honor. What are your duties on your friend’s big wedding day? Here are some of the most important things you will have to do: 

Traditionally, the maid of honor will help the bride with choosing the dress, the bridesmaids’ dresses, as well as with planning the multitude of details that make for really beautiful weddings. Also, she will spread out the word about the couple’s registry as well.

Before the wedding, you will be in charge with making sure that all of the other bridesmaids have their dresses, jewelry and bouquets and that they all get to the wedding in time.

During the ceremony, the maid of honor is usually the person who will hold the bride’s bouquet and assist  with the train of her gown.

The maid of honor  (and the groom’s best man) also acts as witnesses and they sign the marriage certificate.

The maid of honor is also included in planning the bridal shower and/or bachelorette party.

The maid of honor is usually providing emotional and moral support.

If both you and “your” bride are confused and stressed out, Wedding Planner 808 can help create the wedding she has been dreaming of ever since she was a little girl. Be a good maid of honor and show her the advantages of working with us – at the end of the wedding, she will definitely be more than grateful for your idea! 

Photo sources: flickr.com/kudumomo

Monday, October 27, 2014

How to Shop for the Perfect Maternity Wedding Gown

Traditionally, weddings come first – but the truth is that old-school customs don’t carry the same importance as they used to. If your baby bump and your big “I Do” come together, there’s absolutely no reason in the world to worry! In fact, you should rejoice because, unlike most of the people out there, you are experiencing two of the happiest moments of your life together! 

Shopping for a maternity wedding gown can be quite tricky. However, you will definitely find the one if you keep in mind the following tips: 

Generally speaking, maternity wedding gowns are made out of a special stretch fabric that will grow with your baby bump. Therefore, you will need to order your pre-pregnancy size and then simply allow the dress to grow with your beautiful baby. This way, no matter how big your belly will be on your wedding day, your gown will still be perfectly fitting! 

If you don’t want to wear a dress made out of stretch fabric, you can always go for the more “traditional” versions: chiffon, veil and so on. Because these fabrics will not stretch on your baby bump, it is extremely important to choose the perfect moment to order your gown. As a general rule of thumb, specialists advise brides-to-be to never order their maternity wedding dresses more than 12 weeks in advance. 

Aside from the two tips mentioned above, you should also keep in mind that there’s no need to stress over the fact that you may not be able to find a beautifully designed dress. Nowadays, maternity wedding gowns are just as splendid as all the dresses out there and they will come in a very wide variety of stunning designs. 

To make sure your baby grows healthy and happy inside of you, make sure not to stress out too much about planning the big day. Wedding Planner 808 can help by providing you exquisite wedding planning services that will definitely make your life much easier. Contact us and allow us to take care of your wedding day! 

Photo source: flickr.com/ Adrian Dreßler

Saturday, October 25, 2014

How to Overcome Your Wedding Day Fears

Like most of the ladies out there, you have been dreaming of this moment for a long, long time now. But now that your big day is approaching, you probably feel that you are overwhelmed by fears of all kinds. Will your wedding turn out the way you want it? Is the dress properly fitting your body? Will your mother-in-law have something against something related to your wedding?

Anxiety is something completely normal when it comes to weddings. After all, this is a huge step in your life and it will change it forever. But that doesn't mean that you should allow all these fears to steal your enjoyment. We have gathered some tips on how to get rid of all these negative feelings, so that you can truly be happy about this big day!

Stop worrying. Truth be told, getting rid of your fears starts with not worrying. Stop worrying about your mother-in-law, about the forks on the table and about that one bow that doesn't look perfect on your flower girl’s dress. Even with these minor “accidents”, your wedding will still be amazing!

Remember why you’re doing this. You are making this step because you want to spend the rest of your life with the person you love. Sure, the big party is a great way to start your new life, but don’t forget the essence behind it: love and commitment. 

Take a break. When wedding planning gets rough, simply take a break. Go to a spa, run a bit, dance around your house, watch a nice movie, take a long bath or simply do something nice for you. Trust us, these little things actually help! 

Wedding Planner 808 can help you overcome your wedding-related fears. We have years of experience in the wedding planning industry and we actually know how to make things go smoothly. Contact us and your anxiety will be just a bad memory! 

Photo source: flickr.com/sop220

Monday, October 13, 2014

Create a signature drink that your guests won’t forget! Here are some ideas:

Your big wedding day. The big “I Do”. The moment you’ve been dreaming of ever since you were a little girl. There are so many things associated with weddings and the wide range of beautiful feelings they stir in people that words are simply not enough to describe.

And yet, if you had to describe your idea of a good wedding in only one word, that would definitely be... “Perfect”. Yes, you want your wedding day to be perfect – and that’s perfectly normal! And being unique is definitely part of your idea of “perfection” as well.

Creating signature drinks for your wedding will add some personality and originality to the reception itself – and it will definitely impress your guests as well. If you don’t know yet what kind of signature drinks to go for, here are some ideas that may help you out:

Don’t be afraid to be daring. In fact, that’s everything signature drinks are all about: unusual combinations that work greatly together. Apple juice and martini? That may not have been your go-to drink when hanging out with your friends, but the truth is that it can actually make for a great cocktail – especially for fall weddings!

Forget about orange juice and tomato juice and start thinking of fruits that are more original than that. For instance, have you ever thought of how a cocktail containing plum juice would taste like? Hint: it does taste great, especially when mixed with some vodka. 

Color and playfulness! Keep those two words in mind and you’ll be able to create the most amazing drinks your guests have ever tasted! 

Think of the small details and allow us to see if the large picture looks good as well. Here at Wedding Planner 808, we have dedicated our time to making sure that each and every wedding we plan turns out magical! Contact us for your own fairy tale wedding too! 

Photo source: flickr.com/Sarah&Boston 

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Tips to help keep your guests entertained at your sober wedding

Your wedding is a happy moment – and not just for you, but for everyone invited as well. Therefore, you will definitely want to make sure everyone has the time of their lives and that they really enjoy being there for you on such a big day. 

Some of you may choose to go for a non-alcoholic wedding, but that should not mean that your guests will not be entertained! On the contrary, actually! There are many ways in which your guests can feel absolutely amazing even if you choose not to serve alcoholic beverages at your reception. 

Here are some of the best ideas out there: 

Great music. The number one entertainment source at every wedding is not alcohol, but music. Bring in an amazing DJ or band and make sure they will play or mix songs everyone loves so that every guest dances at least to one or two songs. 

Tasty non-alcoholic drinks. You don’t have to serve water and soda only if you are having a sober wedding. There are many spectacular non-alcoholic drinks out there too – you just have to use your creativity a bit. 

An entertainer or a comedian. There are many entertainers who perform at weddings too, so why not bring one in to cheer up the crowd? From stand-up comedians to illusionists, you are allowed to go for whatever you feel that would entertain your guests best. 

Photo booth. Having a photo booth at your wedding is a sure way to get some real fun pictures. Everyone will love the idea and they will all want to shoot some pictures in the photo booth! 

Games. There are tons of games that can be played at your wedding. Use your imagination and you’ll find amazing ways to keep your guests more than entertained even if you are not serving them alcohol! 

Regardless of the type of wedding you choose to have – alcoholic or not – Wedding Planner 808 can be there for you to make sure every single thing is in its right place. We can help you create that happy-ending movie wedding you’ve been dreaming about ever since you were a kid! 
Photo source: flickr.com/jon collier

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Fun ways to leave your wedding and jet off to your honeymoon

Your wedding! You have been planning for this moment for many months (or even more than that)! And, after so much decision making and so many options ruled out, you finally settled on those things that make this day feel amazingly special. 

But aside from the wedding cake, the napkins on the table and the music your band will be playing, there is yet another important thing to think of: how will you leave your wedding? You came in like the king and queen of the night, so you should leave the same way too! Here are some fun ways to leave your wedding and head off to your honeymoon – and to your whole new life together as a married couple! 

A motorcycle – normally, newlyweds leave their wedding in a normal car. Why not be non-conformist when it comes to this and leave your wedding riding a motorcycle! This could be extremely fun, especially if both of you love bikes! 

In a golf cart – if you are planning your wedding at a golf course venue, this could make for the perfect exit. Leave your car at home because this golf cart will feel fun and original! 

A vintage car – luxury cars are one thing, but vintage cars look amazing and they will give you a “timeless” feeling that cannot be compared with anything. This works especially well if you are planning for a vintage inspired wedding!

A pick-up truck – planning on a rustic wedding? A pick-up truck will provide you with the perfect exit so don’t rule the option out!

A carriage – if you want to feel like royalty, this is probably the best option. It will be fun and it will make you feel absolutely amazing! 

If you feel overwhelmed by the million things you have to handle for your wedding, don’t allow the stress to ruin everything! This is your big moment so make sure you ask Wedding Planner 808 for help if you need it! We can help you create a wedding every single guest will remember for the many decades to come! 

Photo source: flickr.com/Regan Walsh

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Help accommodate your guests for your destination Hawaii wedding

A destination wedding to a beach location can be a great idea! However, aside from the fact that you will have to have to handle the “normal” wedding-related tasks you will also have to make sure that your guests are properly accommodated. 

How do you do that? Here are some tips on how to make your guests feel absolutely excellent at your wedding! 

In the old days, it was customary that the couple pay for the transportation and accommodation of their guests. However, these days this is not actually practiced anymore and most of the guests will understand the money situation. If you do have the budget to do it, try to pay at for your guests’ transportation to and from the guests accommodations to the ceremony and reception then back to their accommodations. 

If you do plan on a destination wedding in Hawaii, make sure that you send out Save the Date cards as soon as you have confirmed and booked the ceremony/reception venues to allow your guests as much needed time to make travel arrangements. This way, the guests will have plenty of time to take the days off, to avoid scheduling anything for the date and to save some money for the trip as well. 

Offer yourself to provide accommodation options and transportation if you want to make sure that your guests don’t get “lost” along the way. 

Don’t forget about the welcome baskets! Picking your guests up from the airport and offering them a basket of small gifts of Aloha (delicious treats, small tokens of your gratitude and so on) will definitely impress them! 

Invite all of your guests to the rehearsal dinner. If possible, pay for a delicious breakfast on the morning following the party itself as well! 

Wedding Planner 808 can help you out with your Hawaii wedding planning so that you don’t have to worry about too much yourself! Regardless of what you need, the team of professionals here will be able to make sure that they offer the very best service possible!

Photo source: flickr.com/ miz_ginevra

Monday, September 15, 2014

How to decorate for your elegant beach wedding

Beach weddings are marvelous no matter what other theme you may choose to incorporate into the “main” one, but when you go for an elegant setting, you created the kind of décor that blends style and nature at the same time. If you want to have a perfect elegant beach wedding, make sure to check with the following tips and to bring them into your wedding planning as well. 

Start by approaching your beach wedding the same way as you would with a normal elegant wedding. That means that you should focus more on the “elegant” part. The “beach-y” part can be given by the setting, by certain fabrics you use for the décor and by the color scheme as well. 

Choose elegant flowers. White roses work absolutely marvelously with almost any kind of wedding, but elegant beach weddings will definitely look stunning with them. These flowers are elegant and simple and, for a splash of color, you can have some of them sprayed to your choice. 

You can go for a very elegant décor and add certain beach-related items (seashells, star fish, sand arrangements and so on). This way, you will blend the “elegant part” and the “beach part” very well. 

You can choose satin and silk for the chair and table decorations, but you can also go for heavier fabrics (as long as everything else is quite elegant). 

Choose beach-related colors. Turquoise, sand, white tend to look very good on the beach, but if you want to lean more on the “exotic beach wedding” décor, go for brighter colors. 

Go for elegantglassware, flower vases and cutlery if you want to add some classiness to your tables as well. 

Regardless of whether you settle for an elegant beach wedding theme or for anything else, Wedding Planner 808 will be there for you. We can help you plan out the perfect wedding according to your style and wishes, so that you have to worry about nothing at all when the big day comes! 

Photo source: flickr.com/Shaun gomez

Monday, September 8, 2014

Great Florals for your Hawaiian Beach wedding

Beach weddings are tremendously popular and there is absolutely no reason not to love them. On the contrary actually: you have all the reasons in the world to choose a marvelous Hawaiian beach wedding theme for your big day as well.

If you do settle for this type of location though, you should make sure that everything at the wedding is in full concordance with the theme and the place as well. And this includes the flower arrangements as well. Here are some superb ideas you may want to take into consideration when it comes to this:

Pastel flowers can work very well with a Hawaiian beach. If you don’t want the traditional pastel pink arrangement, you can go for other types of pastels too: lilac, mint green and so on. There are a lot of flowers that can come in these colors (including roses, if that is what you want for your wedding) so there shouldn’t be any kind of issue with this.

Bright colors are very exotic and they will fit perfectly into the Hawaiian landscape too. Choose fuchsia pink, very vibrant blues, oranges and other such colors. If you want a very powerful contrast, choose flowers that come in complementary colors (blue and orange for example).

If you want a genuinely Hawaiian wedding, you can go for local tropical flowers: pink cottage rose, red ohia, white pupu shells, ginger, birds of paradise and so on.  These flowers range from delicate-colored to very bright and daring, so there is really an option for everyone.

Roses go magically with every wedding, but if you are planning a Hawaii beach wedding you may want to drop the classic red roses and choose tropical orchids.

For help on how to plan your Hawaii wedding so that it turns out truly memorable for everyone, do not hesitate to contact Wedding Planner 808. We can help you with our experience in planning weddings so that you have nothing else to do than lie back and enjoy this very big day.

Bold or subtle? Choose the right make-up for your wedding

If we had to choose one day only in the life of a woman when she really wants to be the most beautiful lady in the room, then that would definitely have to be her wedding day! There is something magical about weddings that make brides-to-be stress out months in advance over the napkins they will pick, over the invitations, over the food and over the thousand other little things that make for an unforgettable wedding.

Your dress is obviously a big choice, but aside from that you will also have to choose a hairstyle to complement both your dress and your beauty and a type of makeup that will make everything complete as well. Choosing the type of makeup you should be wearing can be a tough choice too, although it may not appear to be so at first. Therefore, we have put together some of the best tips to keep in mind when making this particular decision: 

Think of your dress when choosing the makeup. Is your dress sexy and edgy? Or is it more delicate and feminine? This would definitely give you an idea of how bold (or how subtle) your makeup should be too. 

Your skin tone and your facial features are equally important too. Pale complexions usually look better with browns and pastels, medium complexions look great with just about any kind of color and dark complexions love berry-like colors and boldness. 

Your wedding itself should be a factor to take into consideration too. If you are planning a rustic wedding, go for a subtle and feminine makeup. Yet, with luxurious weddings you can wear bolder colors as well. 

Focus on the details that will make you feel stunning and we’ll take care of the rest. Contact Wedding Planner 808 in Hawaii and we can take care of the planning so that you can really see your dream wedding come true right before your eyes! 

Monday, August 25, 2014

Tuxedos are important too! How to match the groom to you and your bridesmaids conservatively

Very often, when thinking of wedding attires, we forget about the fact that although the bride may be the most important person at the wedding that there are some other very important people too. The groom is obviously one of them and so are the people in the bridal party as well. Therefore, you will have to take into consideration their attire too, especially if you are on the more conservative side and you want to match them all. How do you do that? Read on and follow these tips: 

Color: Obviously, if you want to match your groom’s tuxedo with your dress and with the bridesmaids dresses, you will have to think of the color. Your dress may be white, but try to match your future husband’s tuxedo with your bouquet at least. For instance, if you have purple flowers, a tuxedo with silver or white and the same shade of purple for the bowtie/tie will look beautiful. Also, you can have your bridesmaids dress in the same color scheme as your bridal bouquet too, if you want them to match. 

Fabric: If your dress is made out of silk or satin, you may want to have at least a bit of that on your husband’s tuxedo too. He may not want to dress in a tuxedo made entirely out of satin, but the tie may look good this way. This goes the same way with your bridesmaids too! 

Design: Look at the general design of your dress too and take it into consideration when helping your fiancé choose a tuxedo and when providing the guidelines for the bridal party dresses. Their dresses may not have to be exactly like yours, but you can keep certain “bits” of its design and bring them into their attire. 

For more help with your wedding planning, do not hesitate to give us a call or visit us at Wedding Planner 808. We can find solutions to every single bridal problem under the sun! 

Monday, August 18, 2014

Should you take photographs before or after the wedding? Who should be involved in the photographs?

For the vast majority of people, their wedding day is one of the most important ones in their lives. Together with other happy events, these are days you will want to keep in your memory as fresh and as “alive” as possible. Thankfully, technology is your friend when it comes to this and now you can take hundreds of wedding pictures to store them safely without any way in which they can deteriorate. And yet, even with high-tech and a talented photographer on your side, there are still many questions you may ask yourself. Will you want to take pictures of just about everything and everyone or will you want to be more selective with your magic day’s photos? Read on and find out some of the best tips that will help you decide when to shoot the photos and who you could include in them: 

First and foremost, always keep in mind that this is your wedding and not anybody else’s! Sticking to the etiquette is, of course, something you will most likely want to do. But that doesn't mean that you should stick with it even when it strongly goes against something you believe in or when you simply don’t like something about it! 

Taking photos before the ceremony is a good option because everybody will look fresh (no tipsy people and no tired people either). Furthermore, you will know for sure that everybody’s going to be there, so there is no risk of not being able to take photos with someone because they left the party. 

Many couples choose to take their wedding photos in between the ceremony and the party. If you are planning to leave a gap between the two parts of the wedding though, make sure you will entertain your guests with some cocktails and snacks. 

Taking photos after the wedding can be a good idea too, but do keep in mind the fact that you will most likely have to refresh your makeup at least a bit. On the other hand though, the pre-wedding stress will be gone by now so you will be able to take your photos in peace.

As for who will be involved in the photographs, it is, again, your choice. If you don’t want to discriminate, then take pictures with everybody or group them according to friendships and the relationship you have with them (so that you don’t have to spend half of your wedding reception shooting photos with every single guest individually). 

For more help with your big day, visit Wedding Planner 808. We have solutions for just about everything wedding-related so that you can really enjoy this tremendously important moment in your life hassle-free! 

Monday, August 11, 2014

Add some fun to your Wedding Reception with a Groom's Cake

For most of the people out there, their wedding day is one of the most luxurious and ceremonial days of their lives. And yet, these should be joyous moments as well and they should be sprinkled with a lot of fun. The music, the dances, the delicious food, the toasts – these are all forms of entertainment meant to make your guests feel very good at your wedding reception. 

The bride is always the center of attention at a wedding. Even the full word for “groom” is bridegroom! If you are among those who love a good laugh though, you may want to offer your spouse-to-be to have a good say in your wedding as well. Having a Groom's Cake instead of a Bride’s Cake can be one of the funniest and most original decisions you could make in that respect. 

There is really a limitless number of possibilities when it comes to Groom's Cakes. They can be funny, they can be a declaration of love (from the bride to the groom, for example) and they can definitely add a bit of spice even to the most formal of the weddings out there. Here are some great ideas for a cake dedicated to the groom: 

A cake shaped as pizza, hamburger or any other fast-food item you know your future spouse loves
A cake with a “pun” related to a hobby your future husband has (fishing, for example) 
A cake with your husband’s favorite sports team colors 
A cake based on your husband’s wedding suit 
A half-white (feminine) half-black (masculine) cake 
A cake with a music-related theme (if your husband-to-be is the kind that absolutely loves music, for example)

If you are worried that you will not be able to handle all the organizational bits on your own, make sure to call Wedding Planner 808 for a movie-worthy wedding! 

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Tips on How to Organize a Bridal Party Aisle Walk

A wedding coordinator refers to an individual who possesses experience when it comes to the process of organizing and scheduling a wedding ceremony and reception. The main goal of this person is to ensure that the wedding goes off without a hitch. Many details can be overlooked when you don't hire a wedding planner and one of those details is who will walk with who down the aisle? Another is which music will each one walk to and in what order? With so much to think about you can forget an important part…When does everyone walk?

Below you will find a traditional wedding processional etiquette on how to plan for this important element of your wedding ceremony:
  • The guests are seated.
  • The groom, best man and Officiant enter by using a side door. They all stand facing the guests.
  • An usher escorts the grandmother(s) of the B to their seats.
  • An usher escorts the grandmother(s) of the G to their seats.
  • An usher escorts the mother and father of the G to their seats.
  • An usher escorts the mother of the bride to her seat. Her father is also seated, if he is not walking her down the aisle.
  • Processional music begins.
  • The bride's mother (and father) stand(s).
  • All the guests stand.
  • The ushers walk down the aisle (or escort the bridesmaids) and stand next to the groom and best man and then face the guests.
  • The bridesmaids walk down the aisle.
  • The maid and/or matron of honor walk(s) down the aisle.
  • The ring bearer walks down the aisle.
  • The flower girl walks down the aisle or the flower girl and ring bearer walk down together.
  • Processional music changes and/or the volume increases.
  • The father of the bride escorts the bride down

Of course there are many factors that goes into whether you follow this system exactly. You might be more modern or want to start a new tradition. What if you have a biological and step father? Perhaps your best friend and maid of honor is your brother’s ex-wife? How will that be handled? There are other traditions or I can help you with all of these details. Why not give me a call and schedule a consultation.

Wedding Dress Styles for a Hawaii Wedding

When it comes to dressing for any occasion many things need to be taken into consideration right?  For example, when attending an informal BBQ on the beach you'll obviously wear shorts and a t-shirt.  But if you're attending a company meeting with clients you'll dress in more professional attire.  Well a wedding is the same way.  Where your wedding is taking place, who your guests are and what type of surroundings you're in will dictate what you wear.

Despite popular belief, not every Hawaii wedding is on the beach.  We have some beautiful wedding venues in Hawaii with ballrooms and intimate gardens that are also popular.  So below we've provided a very basic breakdown of the most popular wedding dress styles for different types of Hawaii weddings.  Hopefully this article will help you choose the best style for your particular Hawaii wedding:

·         Beach wedding - Most brides getting married on the beach will wear a wedding dress with airy fabrics, delicate laces and shimmering sequins, perfect for a ceremony in the sand.  A popular beach wedding dress typically has a shorter train than a ball gown but can still be very elegant.  Strapless, spaghetti straps or halter top styles are seen often at a Hawaii beach wedding whereas dresses with long sleeves and heavy fabrics are scarce.

·         Hawaii ballroom wedding - With venues like the St. Regis Princeville in Princeville Hawaii or the Royal Hawaiian in Honolulu brides typically wear gowns that are little more formal.  Longer trains and more detail oriented gowns are seen more often than simple, knee length gowns.

·         Hawaii garden or park wedding - The Hawaiian islands have parks and gardens on nearly every street corner so the type of garden or park you choose will determine the type of gown you should wear.  If it's a public park I wouldn't suggest wearing a Vera Wang or Ralph Lauren wedding gown.  However, if it's a private garden setting like you see at the Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa - Hawaii then Vera Wang would be appropriate.

With that said, this is your wedding and you can wear any time of wedding gown you want.  I just wanted to give you a very brief overview of what is typical because it's a question that many brides getting married in Hawaii have.

I would love to help you plan the Hawaii wedding of your dream so please give me a call and schedule a consultation.  I'm here to help turn your Hawaii wedding fantasy into reality.

Friday, July 25, 2014

When Should You Hire a Hawaii Wedding Planner?

Hiring a wedding planner can be a tricky business when it comes to how much time and work you have got left. Wedding planners are not just people who will clear all the mess you make. Instead, they are professional consultants who will make sure everything goes according to plan. If your wedding is local, then a wedding planner may not get too involved with the proceedings and you can do most of the work yourself.

On the other hand, a wedding planner will have more influence when it comes to destination weddings. But that doesn’t mean hiring a wedding planner will limit your control over the wedding. Instead, with a wedding planner, you get professional assistance on what and what not to do. 

Before discussing the best time to hire a wedding planner, let us overview the three types of people that hire us:

  1. Couples that know they need a wedding planner before planning.
  2. Couples that make some phone calls with no luck, and then decide to get professional help.
  3. Couples that tried planning their wedding on their own only to realize that the pressure is getting to them and decide to get professional assistance.
The chances of messing things up increase significantly as you go from type 1 to type 3. But that’s what wedding planners are for; to clear the mess and make everything right.

Ideally, you should hire a wedding planner from six months to 18 months before the wedding to make all the process smooth. A wedding planner will bring something new to the table, like what shipments you need, what type of theme your wedding should have, the decorations, and all the small details that can complete the biggest day of your life. This will also give you ample time to discuss your needs and wants for the wedding and see where ends meet.

That is not to say that hiring a wedding planner just six weeks before the wedding is a bad idea. However, doing so will only result in a wedding that is held to meet the formalities, and not your aspirations. 

Dream Hawaii Honeymoon

The big island of Hawaii offers breathtaking scenery, waterfalls, sunshine, beaches, luxurious rain forests, and adventurous activities. As one of the most popular honeymoon destinations, newlyweds are sure to have an unforgettable honeymoon in Hawaii.

Hawaii offers a variety of accommodation, ranging from luxurious, where you can enjoy lush comfort, a concierge service, complimentary food, ocean-view suites. You can even book a massage for two in your room. If your budget does not stretch this far, there are affordable condominiums, and B&B dotting the island.

Hawaii dining options are also variety, ranging from small cafés to restaurants at hotels and resorts, where you can watch the sunset while you sip signature drinks and enjoy appetizers. If you are looking for a more local experience, there are plenty of spots where you can sample local Hawaiian dishes.

Newlyweds have plenty to occupy their time together while on the Big Island. You can take a two-hour helicopter tour across the entire island, looking over mountains, waterfalls, a rain forest, and the Kilauea volcano. In addition to the helicopter tour, 120 miles of trails wind upward from sea level to the 14,000-foot summit of Mauna Loa at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

If you are looking for something more secluded, Kauai is a smaller island, but there is still plenty to offer newlyweds. Kauai hosts a favorite resort of celebrities with glorious views of the glistening ocean, unspoiled beach, and the famous Bali Hai peak. Kauai also offers dining at a popular resort and spa with a classic Polynesian feel.

Kauai also has sea tour excursions and snorkel trips, where you can see majestic sea turtles, dolphins and other sea life. You can also take a romantic sunset dinner cruise along the NaPali coast.

For help planning your dream Hawaii wedding, call us today!