Maid of Honor Tips

It’s finally happened, he asked, and she said YES!  After all the years of playing dress up and happily ever-after, the time has finally come.  It’s a time to bring all the girls closer together to share in one of the most important days of her life. But how do you help your bestie get ready for her big day? We combed the internet and added in some personal experiences to make your Maid of Honor duties a little easier!

  1. Be Available

Be mindful throughout the planning process that the Bride may change her mind hundreds of times before she decides what she REALLY wants. This is normal and as the Maid of Honor is it your job to remind her to take the planning one step at a time. This helps keep the bride from stressing while planning the big day. Helping her to stay organized is very helpful! Offer to help her in any way you can, even if you just show up with a bottle on wine!

  1. Planning the Shower and Bachelorette Party

You are not the only one in charge here, but you can help get things rolling. If the Bride is not involved in the planning of her shower, maybe sneak in a few questions as to what she might want for her shower. This makes it easier when trying to pass along the information to all others involved in planning. Don’t forget to include the Mother of the Bride as well as the Mother of the Groom in the process, and try to delegate tasks to bridesmaids so no one person gets overwhelmed.

As for the bachelorette party, this should be about having a great time and letting loose with your girls! Make sure your plans for the night are something the bride will be comfortable with.  If she is a low-key person, maybe the bar isn’t a great idea and a spa day would suit her a little better.

  1. Leading the Bride Tribe

Overseeing a group of 5 to 20 people is a dauting task whatever the circumstance but remember that this a happy occasion and you are celebrating. Your bestie is counting on you to rally the girls together, and make her wedding day extra special. Make sure you include everyone and ask for their input. In our experience the Bride is less stressed when she is surround by happy bridesmaids! Remember everyone in the bridal party was chosen for a reason, and want the best for the bride! Don’t forget to be ready to run any interference incase of issues. The Bride should never hear or deal with any issues on her wedding day. Keep everything light and flowy.

  1. Writing your Maid of Honor Speech (the hardest part!)

To write an amazing speech the inspiration must come from your relationship. Think about fun times you had together or how you met.  If you and your bestie like things more on the fun side, go with a comical theme to make everyone laugh.  If she is more of the sentimental type, write a heartfelt speech about what her friendship means to you and how happy you are for her. Don’t forget to add the groom into speech.  Paint a picture of their relationship, a story about how they met could be funny and sentimental! Try to say everything you want to say in 3-4 minutes to keep everyone interested. Plus, you don’t want to take more time away from getting the party started!

Beautiful Day at Valenzano Winery

Photo Credit: Sean Gallery Photography

This wedding at Valenzano winery featured beautiful floral arrangements that flowed with neutral color blooms and greenery.

Photo Credit: Sean Gallery Photography

The beautiful Cafe Ole dahlia was the focal point of the bouquet followed by loose flowing greenery that added dimension and texture.

 

 

Photo Credit: Sean Gallery Photography

Blooms everywhere! The ring guy with his petite boutonniere and flower girl with her sweet halo and bag full of petals.

 

 

Photo Credit: Sean Gallery Photography

The show stopper of an arch and ceremony barrels made this rustic scene classy and beautiful.

A Cape May Wedding

Jessica and Andrew headed down to Cape May this past fall to join together in marriage. They began with an evening outdoor ceremony at the Willow Creek Winery, with the reception to follow inside the beautiful rustic venue.

 

The ceremony was decorated with a rustic branch arch (provided by Leigh Florist) featuring an elegant lush garden design including green and gray foliage and garland draped down the front. A larger, long floral design in white blooms sat across the front of the arch. White rose petals lined the sides of the aisle completing the elegant design.

Jessica walked down the aisle with a rounded garden style bouquet featuring white hydrangea, white garden roses, white lisianthus, Queen Anne’s lace, white tea roses and touches of red heart garden roses accented with seeded eucalyptus for texture. The Groom wore a white lisianthus cluster finished with eucalyptus and gray ribbon to match the bride.

 

The bridesmaids held a smaller version of Jessica’s bouquet and the Groomsmen a smaller cluster of blooms to match Andrew.

The Cape May Winery Ballroom was decorated with votive candles, eucalyptus garland and garden box style centerpieces. Each table had a beautiful lush arrangement of white blooms including hydrangea, garden roses, garden tea roses, lisianthus, Queen Anne’s lace and a variety of greenery to create a textured look.

Guests arrived to a handmade chalkboard seating chart (created by Leigh Florist) to direct them to their seats for the evening. A cupcake display made from wooden crates and loose blooms to match the wedding décor sat to one side of the room complimenting the overall wedding design.

Engagement Party Themes

      Having an engagement party can be so much fun to celebrate your new status. It’s a also a fantastic way to have the two families meet if they haven’t yet. You get to introduce your bridal party too! Your engagement party can be a fun way to play up a theme you’ve always wanted to try.

 

  1. Back Yard BBQ Party

Having a BBQ is a great non- formal way, of getting everyone together. You can have it catered with ribs, brisket, & BBQ chicken or keep it simple with hot dogs and burgers. Try out a homemade lemonade and sweet ice tea station perhaps with some alcoholic add-on options for the adults attending. Finding a place to throw your party can also be easy, by hosting it in your back yard or a friends with a pool!

 

  1. Wine Tasting Party

Local wineries are a perfect place to hold your engagement party. It will have your guests mingling and getting to know with each other, and of course getting to try excellent wine. Most local wineries can accommodate such parties, and will even recommend caterers for you to use, so no worrying about making any food.

  1. Brunch Theme

Brunch is all the rage these days. Millennial’s are all about sleeping in and still getting their breakfast on in the morning (or afternoon)! Having a party at your favorite breakfast hot spot is a sure way to switch things up. You can have a brunch buffet, or have a pancake and waffle bar. Mimosas and bellini’s are great brunch cocktails to wake up your guests and the party!

  1. Mexican Fiesta Party

Who doesn’t love tacos! Mexican food has become more and more popular as of late. You can host one at your house and have it catered, or go to one of your favorite Mexican restaurants for a stress free event. This theme is definitely a crowd pleaser. Margaritas and mojito’s are great cocktails to entice you and your guests into a fun filled night!

 

  1. Carnival Theme Party

Set up some carnival games, rent a cotton candy machine, and get to celebrating. This is a super fun way to have some fun with all your friends and family. Have some corn dogs and funnel cake and chase it down with some beer and some carnival themed cocktails. This will be an engagement party your guests will never forget!

Soft, Bright & Beautiful

Photo Credit to: Asya Photography Venue: Estate at Eagle Lake

Danica and Jeremiah’s June wedding had a cheerful array of flowers from start to finish. Her bridal bouquet featured soft colors in blush shades, pale blues and white with light blue hydrangea, roses, tea roses, pale blue delphinium and, blue thistle accents for texture. These soft colors were used in the altar arrangements at the church. The bridesmaid’s bouquets featured white hydrangea with colorful pops of coral roses and tea roses and bright blue delphinium.

Photo Credit to: Asya Photography Venue: Estate at Eagle Lake

The wedding reception at the Estate at Eagle Lake in Chesterfield, New Jersey featured colorful table arrangements and centerpieces and like the bouquets of the bridesmaids featured bright pops of coral and blue flowers illuminated by tealight candles.  Greenery and gold foliage ran across the full length of the sweetheart table and long tables, illuminated by votive candles with clusters of small bottles filled with blooms mixed throughout the design. Round tables featured low organic centerpiece arrangements in cylindrical vases with blush, white, blue, coral flowers with gray, green and gold foliage to add texture and dimension, votive candles were also used to illuminate the arrangements.

Photo Credit to: Asya Photography Venue: Estate at Eagle Lake

 

Photo Credit to: Asya Photography Venue: Estate at Eagle Lake

 

Photo Credit to: Asya Photography Venue: Estate at Eagle Lake

 

Photo Credit to: Asya Photography Venue: Estate at Eagle Lake

 

Choosing Your Event Florist

Choosing the right florist can be a difficult task. You want to make sure the florist handling all your wedding flowers understands your vision. It will help to have a good idea of what you want your wedding design to be. Do you want to go tradition, classic, modern, or a specific theme? Once you have this decided, look online for inspiration photos and colors. If you have dress or tux swatches bring them along to your floral design appointments. Don’t forget, you can meet with multiple florists before you decide who to go with.

Keep in mind that not all flower shops participate in the wedding industry. Some shops may strictly do retail arrangements and focus on holidays. Then you have floral designers who are more likely to do weddings and special events. These shops are made up of creative individuals who will work with you to understand your vision and help bring it to life.  You are not just buying flowers, you are receiving floral event design and a set-up/delivery service.

You should decide how important your flowers are to you for your wedding in order to budget correctly. Do some research and ask for suggestions from friends or someone who has recently planned a wedding. Sometimes websites like Wedding Wire and The Knot can point you in the right direction with reviews and prices ranges for certain shops. Know that certain flowers cost more than others, being aware of this will keep you from feeling blindsided by the pricing of small bridal bouquet of roses. Pick a few Florists that you think you might click with and make some appointments! The sooner you book the date the better.

 

Wedding Floral Designs by Leigh Florist

 

When you attend your appointments be sure to bring your colors, and photos of any ideas or things that you like. They will most likely have tons of photos of their own work for you to look through as well. Ask about rental items and what flowers will be in season at the time of your wedding. Be sure to explain your vision for your wedding in detail. Ask questions and give/get as many details as you can. If you feel confident in the designer and like what he or she is saying then you may have found your perfect floral fit! It helps if the florist comes recommended by your venue. Chances are they have worked at your venue before and know the ins and outs. It’s always good to have a vendor that knows your venue and the people working there well. This goes for any vendor – venue relationship.

Classically Blush Wedding flowers

This bride and groom’s flowers fit the elegant atmosphere of the Abington Art Center, located in Jenkintown PA. Her classical bouquet featured white hydrangeas and blush Sahara Roses with touches of burgundy peonies and plum scabiosa flowers. Greenery was kept to hints of eucalyptus and dusty miller.

Photo Credit to: Ashley Gerrity Photography

Photo Credit to: Ashley Gerrity Photography

The bouquets of her bridesmaids contained blush, white and soft pretty flowers with little greenery. The textures of the ivory tea roses, white hydrangea, and Queen Anne’s lace played against one another and highlighted Amanda’s bouquet as the focal point.

Photo Credit to: Ashley Gerrity Photography

The boutonnieres were classic one rose style finished with minimal eucalyptus. Michael’s boutonniere featured a Vendella Rose to stand apart from the Sahara Roses of his groomsmen.

Photo Credit to: Ashley Gerrity Photography

 

Photo Credit to: Ashley Gerrity Photography

 

 

Inspired by the interior of the Alverthorpe Manor, blush, burgundy and ivory flowers adorned both the fireplace mantles in the main hall and the beautiful staircase. Rounded garden style arrangements  in tall cylindrical glass vases were the feature for the ceremony. Romantic low lush centerpieces with gold vases adorned the tables and hinted Amanda’ bouquet.

Photo Credit to: Ashley Gerrity Photography

 

Photo Credit to: Ashley Gerrity Photography

Photo Credit to: Ashley Gerrity Photography

Gonna be a Bright Sun-Shiny Wedding Day

Sunflowers give your bouquet a sunny fresh hand picked look. This Beautiful garden style bouquet contain sweet montecasino flowers and accents of dusty miller and  wheat. The perfect bouquet for summer or fall weddings or for when you need a little sunshine on your wedding day.

Photo Credit: Sophie Xu Photography

 

Photo Credit: Sophie Xu Photography

If you want boutonnieres that look like a sunflower but without the large scale consider using a viking mum instead. The hearty viking mum looks like a smaller version of a sunflower and will match the sunflowers in your bridal bouquet.

 

Photo Credit: Sophie Xu Photography

These rustic yellow and lush green arrangements pop against the navy blue staircase and barrels for a charming rustic scene at the Double Nickel Brewing Company.

Fall Engagement Photos

Congratulations, you’re engaged!  It is now time to start planning for the big day.  One of the first things to plan are your engagement photos.  These can be so much fun, especially during the Fall season.  The different colored leaves create an amazing backdrop.  There are endless ideas you can incorporate in your photo shoot.

Here are a few ideas:

Winery

Wandering through the vineyard, or opening a bottle of wine and toasting to a successful marriage and many happy years to come!

Vanessa Joy Photography – Laurita Winery New Egypt, NJ

  • A Park

Collecting leaves, throwing them in the air and letting them fall all around you. The leaves and trees in the background create a colorful vibrant background for your photographer to utilize.

Ashley Gerrity Photography

 

Colleen Jones Photograhpy

FALL in Love

Fall weddings are extremely popular and are giving spring weddings a run for their money. The changing colors of the trees in the fall offer bright colors that will inspire your wedding décor. You will have beautiful floral color options from rich, deep reds to burgundy’s, and bright yellows to vibrant oranges.  Some of the most timeless flowers grow in the fall.  Here are 5 of our top favorite.

  1. Sunflowers

Sunflowers may be available all year round (at a higher cost in the off season) but they grow locally here in late summer and fall at a more budget friendly price.

  1. Dahlias

These lavish blooms are one of our bride’s favorites.  Their blooms range from a small delicate flower to a dinner plate size bloom.  They come in a multitude of colors, to match any bridesmaid dress, or color scheme.

Ashley Gerrity Photography

 

  1. Mums

Mums are a great wall to really bring fall into your wedding.  Having mums planted in a pot and used as ceremony décor is a great idea. They can then be moved and used to decorate your reception space too!  It’s cost effective, and really adds a lot of fall color.

Daisy mums make the perfect compliment to sunflowers.

 

  1. Celosia

Celosia comes in two types of blooms, feathered or coxcomb. The coxcomb bloom resembles coral. Celosia comes in many fall colors.  Very popular are its dark burgundy shades, for bouquets and centerpieces.

Ashley Gerrity Photography

 

  1. Bi-colored rose

These roses are grown all year round but are more likely used in the fall season. Popular fall roses are high and magic, or circus rose.  Its bright yellow and orange petals make them a true show stopper. They would look amazing in all aspects of your wedding.

Jennifer Carr Photography