Keep ATX Weddings Unique: Wedding Ideas of 2017

In the last post, I discussed origins of wedding traditions. This week, I decided to introduce a few non-traditional wedding ideas. In this Storify post, you can find illustrations, video clips and slideshows of modern and unique wedding trends of 2017.

Hope you enjoy.

Stay tuned for more Wedding Inspo!

 

Top 5 Wedding Traditions Explained

Have you ever wondered why certain wedding traditions exist? Why do brides wear white wedding gowns? Why not purple? Why do brides toss their bouquet to their bridesmaids? Why do brides even have bridesmaids?

Before wedding planning, I, myself had never questioned the origins of modern wedding traditions. I’ll never forget working with this one vendor, in particular – middle school history teacher by day,  wedding photographer by night – the stories he shared changed the way I look at wedding ceremonies, forever. 

Warning: some traditions are very sweet, but others are quite disturbing. 

 

  1. Evolution of Bridesmaids                                                                                                                               Modern day bridesmaids are great for moral support, planning purposes, and throwing kick-a** bachelorette parties, right? Well, in olden days their list of duties were a bit more challenging. Traditionally, the bridesmaids dressed identical to the bride, in an effort to protect her from evil spirits. Talk about true friends.
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  2. Wedding Cakes                                                                                                                                         Does there really need to be a special occasion to have cake? I think not.  Thanks to Ancient Rome, eating cake at weddings is a modern day tradition. The tradition started with revelers breaking a loaf of bread over a bride’s head for fertility’s sake. Back then, eating cake was said to result in more than just a food baby.
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  3. White Wedding Gowns                                                                                                                          I’d never really given thought as to why bridal boutiques were stocked with pre-dominately white wedding gowns. Why not purple, or green? The bridesmaids get to wear colored gowns, why can’t the brides?  I learned that Queen Victoria is the trend setter for white wedding gowns – in the western world, at least. Apparently, the wedding gown is symbolic of a pure heart.
  4. wedding cake.gifGarter & Bouquet Toss                                                                                                                          Someone other than the newly announced husband tearing off the brides clothing –  creepy! In 14th century England, wedding guests disregarded the white gown and  ‘purity of the heart’ by stripping down the bride of her clothing for good luck. In an effort to distract guests, the strategy of tossing the bouquet and garter was implemented.                giphy.gif                                                                                                                                                                      5. Wedding Ring Placement                                                                                                                    Unlike the other traditions, that I had assumed were no-brainers, I was genuinely curious about wedding ring placement. How did this designated ring finger, indicative of marriage, originate?  Well, It was once thought that a vein in the fourth finger of the left hand led directly to the heart.  Deep, huh?850fb2fd-7f12-422c-8580-3e09b0cb3436.gif

Some still follow these traditions, others don’t. But, I’m certainly glad that these wedding traditions have modernized the way that they have.

 

Pro-Planning Tips for Event Planning Newbies: As Told by The Experts!

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The first wedding that I’d ever worked, my nerves were running high. I wasn’t sure what to expect. Would I forget something and sabotage the entire wedding? There’s an overwhelming amount of things to keep up with. Luckily, I have a very experienced boss whose shared her wisdom of planning with me. She’s given me the opportunity to experience and problem solve for myself, as well. Many weddings later, I can confidently tell you that I still don’t have all of the answers to planning.

Advice from my boss and experience has taught me that sometimes things don’t always go as planned – this is the beauty of event planning, though. Things are chaotic at times, but you should build a team that can combine forces to problem solve. For those new to the planning industry, or just curious about planning in general, I can offer you three key pieces of advice:

1. Expect the unexpected                                                                                                                 

No matter how many weddings you’ve planned, no two are the same. Anything could happen. There’s always a chance that something could go wrong. Once, our team forgot the fuel for tiki torches and had to run to the store and buy some for the send off. Though it was stressful, we figured it out in time. Important variables to consider:

Timing: My boss always stresses the importance of having “buffer time” throughout the entire process of coordinating an event.

Budget: In the case that you confuse a vendors price, or have to run and get lighter fluid for tiki torches, it ‘s important to keep an “emergency stash of cash,” as my boss calls it.

Weather: You never know what you’re going to get living in Austin, Texas. If it’s going to rain, consider having a tent, or have extra umbrellas on-hand for guests walking from one point to the next.

2. Communication is key

Communicating with team members, the wedding party, their guests, and the vendors is the most crucial part to planning – not just during the event, but throughout the entire planning process. Everyone needs to be on the same page for the event to run smoothly. Successful communication starts with a complete and precise production timeline, including; roles, responsibilities, contact sheets, design layouts, etc.  If everyone is on the same page, and has reviewed the timeline ahead of time, it’ll be much easier to adapt and handle certain situations that may arise. For a quick & easy timeline template, check out office timeline .

3.  Be patient and forge meaningful connections    

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 I’m sure we’re all familiar with the saying “patience is a virtue,” and to survive & thrive in the event industry attainment of this virtue is crucial. Wedding season is a stressful time, but it doesn’t have to be. As planners, we must develop the innate ability to handle whatever is thrown at us in the midst of chaos – this is our job, after all. There will be times when a bride, bridal party and families get overwhelmed with the many details. As planners, it’s our job to alleviate them of this stress by taking care of all the details, and remaining patient if and when clients get overwhelmed. Killing people with kindness always work. Everyone is distracted and time starved – these things are to be expected. Being aware of these factors and remaining patient is of the upmost importance. Events can be stressful, but having fun with your team, the wedding party and other vendors make the planning process a lot easier.