5 Apps the Techy Bride/Groom NEED

We all know that technology has come a long way, and planning a wedding can be EXTREMELY virtual. I’ve noticed a lot of millennial brides prefer it as much as possible.

If you are one of those techy brides (or grooms, sorry guys) who is an app lover, then keep reading….

There are lots of apps we love as planners, that will help you stay organized during the planning process, and I am happy to share them.

 

 

 

5 Spring Desserts Your Guests Will LOVE, and so will you!

It couldn’t give me more happiness to say that SPRING IS (finally) upon us! If you feel the Winter blues this year as much as I do, than this statement resonates with you, to the absolute fullest.

With that, means ALL the Spring wedding posts to follow. And what’s best to kick it off than with DESSERT?!

We’ve gone through a LOT of wedding cakes in our history, but these Spring inspired desserts will leave your guests smiling, and wanting more!

 

Spring Inspired Wedding Trends We LOVE

In lieu of the Spring themed posts, we are continuing with our 5 favorite Spring wedding trends!

  1. With Spring, it’s all about the flowers and what’s better than floral pieces? Hanging florals! This trend keeps the table open and allows the guests to interact better without huge centerpieces in between them, and gives the wedding a gorgeous, unique vibe your guests will love. The downfall of a Spring wedding, is we all know about April showers. Keep guests dry if you get that lucky rainfall on your wedding day by incorporating umbrellas into the décor. Also, Hunter boots come in VERY Spring colors, and they just looks adorable in photos!
  2. Color! Use those pastels, those pinks, yellows, blues. Bring in all the feels with those Spring colors!
  3. And with the Spring, comes baseball season. If you are big fans, don’t be afraid to put your personality and love of the game, into your décor. Themed table names for your favorite team players?
  4. A big trend I’ve seen hype about is succulents! They make really great table décor, and they are in season this time of year.
  5. The warmer weather even makes the birds happy. And those butterflies come to life! There’s so many ways to put that wildlife flare into your day, like a birdcage designed with florals, for your wedding cards to go in.

 

MAY REAL WEDDING FEATURE: MALLORY & ALAN A STORYBOOK WEDDING

I LOVE my clients! They are always the sweetest, and these two were one of my favorites, (but I LOVE my clients all equally). That being said, Mallory & Alan were special. This wedding just went incredibly, they were so laid back, and just ready to enjoy themselves.

Living up to the name of a true storybook wedding, they held the ceremony & reception at the adorable Brooklyn Art Library. Arriving to this venue, I was immediately in love. The smell of books, the rustic charm of vintage book shelves, and benches gave me all the feels. They even have a mini book truck parked out front, I mean, can we agree on how adorable that is.

Meeting Mallory & Alan was like seeing friends I haven’t seen in a while, and just getting to re-connect. They felt like friends and I may have shed a tear or two when it had to end.

But enough talking, let the pictures by the lovely AVERY speak for themselves.

And keep scrolling because there was a pretty awesome surprise at the end of the night, that EVERYONE loved! 😉

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Ultimate Packing List for the Wedding Weekend

Your wedding weekend is full of lots of small details, and there are many things to remember. As your planner, we are there every step of the way, and we make sure that nothing is forgotten and that you have everything you’d need.

But there are things that you’ll want/need to have on hand or bring with you in your weekend bag. And this post is dedicated to just that! You may think strolling into your day after brunch in your gown and heels sounds like a blast, but I am sure you’ll want out of that gown after wearing it for almost a full day. If we are being honest, probably by the middle of the reception.

We highly suggest starting to pack this bag a week or even a couple weeks ahead. This is the busiest time of your planning, and you don’t want to be left rushing the night before to pack.

So what should you think about bringing in that weekend bag? Here’s a list (some iems we may have in your emergency kit), to keep you on track for any specifics you’ll want to bring.

  1. Marriage License
  2. ID/Wallet/Purse
  3. Passport (if traveling right to honeymoon)
  4. Change of clothes (robe for getting ready and photos before dress)
  5. Cash for after party if needed
  6. Flats, sandals or sneakers to change into
  7. Vows
  8. Cell phone and charger
  9. Jewelery
  10. Tooth brush
  11. Wedding night lingerie
  12. Make up remover
  13. Second day outfit
  14. Deodorant
  15. Comfy socks/PJ’s
  16. Bubble bath for some R&R in the bridal suite
  17. moisturizer
  18. Tampons (hey, ya never know)
  19. Makeup bag (unless you’re lucky enough to be getting that special treatment the next day too)
  20. Perfume
  21. Pain killers or any medicines necessary
  22. House keys (you’d be surprised how easily these are forgotten)
  23. Snacks for wedding morning (if venue isnt providing this)
  24. Wedding dress and hanger
  25. WATER!
  26. Wedding lingerie or accessories with dress
  27. Wedding shoes
  28. Any sentimental items
  29. Anything you’d like photographer (invitation etc)
  30. Sunglasses
  31. Cash payment or tip envelopes
  32. List of vendors contact info and timeline (your planner should have this covered)
  33. Wedding rings!
  34. Wedding party gifts
  35. Basket for flower girl or any bridal party accessories

Packing tips:

Have someone also in charge of these items. If you are getting ready at home, make sure the bag gets put in the wedding vehicle but also gets taken out! If you are traveling the next day, have someone kindly bring your bigger suitcases and items not needed for the wedding day, to your hotel for you. Don’t forget the items you will need back at the end of the night and gifts/cards collected after the festivities. Be sure to assign someone to tpacking those up as well.

 

I hope this helps get you organized for the big day!

10 Wedding Pros We Love From NY

I love supporting local business. After all, we work together to make YOUR dreams come true. That’s why today, I decided to share the 10 Wedding Pros We Love! These individuals are talented, work hard at what they do, and they do it successfully, making your day flow like the train on your gorgeous wedding gown. So, here they are:

  1. Albelisa from Maple Field Floral
  2. Joey from Jade Entertainment
  3. Ceci from Ceci NY
  4. Katelyn from Elwynn & Cass (we even got to interview her on our podcast)
  5. Meg from Coppola Creative
  6. Lin from Lin Pernille Photo & Video
  7. Claudia from George & Claudia PhotoClaudia from George & Claudia PhotoClaudia from George & Claudia Photo
  8. Lovely Bride NY, gowns & attire
  9. Emily from Lael Cakes
  10. Owls & Lions Band

 

BONUS: ON THE MOVE EVENTS (Make sure Danielle is in your band, because she’s amazing!)

And there you have it! And there are SO many more to name, but the list would go on forever. I know you will love them as much as we do! Let us know some of your favorites, because we always love adding to our list!

 

Top 5 Outdoor Venues for Spring Wedding in Hudson Valley

The Hudson Valley is our stomping grounds. We’ve come to know this area for weddings, very well. But even still, we always seem to find new places, or things to do. And our venue list is ever growing.

Spring is one of my favorite wedding seasons for a lot of reasons, (oh, I rhymed)especially because you can utilize outdoor venues. But the colors, the flowers, it all ties perfectly in a bow.

With Spring having sprung (finally), we wanted to share our Top 5 Outdoor Wedding Venues that we know you will love just as much as we do. So, let’s hop right in, like the Easter Bunny will be doing very soon!

  1. Audrey’s Farmhouse

We are super hype about this one, having a few upcoming weddings here! Audrey’s is a quaint, beautiful b&b, with a gorgeous wedding space, nestled at the crest of the Shawangunk Mountains in Wallkill, NY. Growing up in Wallkill, there was not too much to say about this area, but it certainly has grown to be a very interesting and cute village
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2. Elmrock Inn

This space is nestled along the same mountains, in Stone Ridge, NY. Having done my first styled wedding shoot here, it has a special place in my heart. Perfect for a small, family style wedding, this one doesn’t disappoint. With vintage dishes, and a rustic flare, you will feel right at home. They have the yard also available for a bigger tented outdoor wedding, if you wish.

3. Hunter Mountain

If you want to travel on up the Catskills to Hunter, NY, you will be in awe of all that their mountain top wedding space has to offer. Backdrops of the mountain ridge views, anyone? Yeah, same here!

4. Lippincott Manor

Heading back to my home town, there’s another outdoor, tented space with beautiful views of the mountains, once again, because that’s the best part of the Hudson Valley. This one is awesome because they offer a full inclusive wedding package to help you keep organized with their amazing referrals.

5. Cedar Lakes Estate

If you are looking for a true escape, this timeless estate is perfect for you. The sisters are super sweet, and being right by the water, gives it that true getaway feel.

And there, ya have it. I hope these give you some wonderful options for planning and choosing your venue! If you need help finding that perfect venue, we do offer our ala carte service for venue searching! Happy Planning!

 

xo Coco

How to Honor Loved Ones Who Passed Away At Your Wedding

I hope you had a wonderful holiday, and a beautiful time with family. This time of year is tough, being the second one without my mom. But it was her favorite, so I try to embrace all those feelings!!

I was having a conversation the other day about when I finally get married, how sad it will be that my mom won’t be able to experience it. She waited so long for that perfect day to come, and now that she is with the Lord, it breaks my heart to know that she won’t be present, (physicially).

Then I thought about all the ways that I will absolutely honor her on my wedding day. So I felt like this topic would be a good one to touch on. I know I’m not alone in losing someone close to me, who I want to include in my special day. If you are in this same boat, first, big hugs to you and my apologies. If you are trying to think of ways to incorporate that loved one into your day, then keep reading.

I have seen a few of these ideas at weddings I’ve attended, and others I would love to consider incorporating into my own wedding, someday.

Let me know your thoughts or if you have other ideas to include your loved one in your special day!

Tree of Life and Memories
Reserved Seats for Special Loved Ones
Carry them with you on your bouquet
Table full of memories
Light Jars with an added touch

 

MARCH: CRAFTING & DIY FOR YOUR WEDDING

Happy March, (I cannot believe I am saying that)! This month is dedicated to budgeting and DIY-ing your wedding the way YOU want. I have seen some incredible weddings where most of it was done by family and friends of the bride. Though it is more work, it can truly save you money if you are looking to do for the big day. Why DIY? The money you save, you will be able to put towards other things like the food, or maybe band/DJ for your wedding. You can also turn around and sell any décor items you purchased to help another DIY bride out there. 

When you’re planning a wedding and want to stick to a budget, it’s important to plan ahead of time. List everything you can think of, and walk through these items step by step. The earlier you start planning, the better chance of not feeling rushed in the process. Avoid inviting everyone and anyone, you want your closest family and friends with you on your big day, so don’t be afraid to not invite your neighbor who you occasionally have coffee with in the morning! Ask for wedding help vs. wedding gifts. If you know someone that may have a band or dj equipment, don’t be afraid to reach out to them, or maybe your aunt can bake incredible cakes, etc. They may be willing to help you out instead of hiring someone that may want to charge you more then your looking to spend. Instead of tons of flowers that will die a few days after the wedding look into smaller bouquets. You can also choose mock flowers, which are also a beautiful option and allows you to keep them forever, a lasting memory!

Don’t worry about spending tons of money of invitations, lets be honest a lot of people through them out once the day has come and gone. If you are creative, make your own invitations. There’s a ton of kits you can get, or maybe you have a friend who owns one of those neat Criket machines. It can be a fun project for you both to be a part of. Let’s chat about open bar. We all know that gets to be extremely expensive, and if your looking to cuts costs, you can save money by offering just beer, wine and sodas, or you can offer a free cocktail hour followed by a cash bar. Another option to add a special touch, is to do a free signature cocktail during cocktail hour, and then just offer the wine, beer, and soda during reception. When it comes down to your wedding gown and the bridesmaid dresses…shop the sale wracks! Be on the lookout for Sample Sales, or visit the mom and pop bridal shops. I love going to those because they normally have one of a kind gowns, and will work with you more than a corporate, chain store will. For the menswear, order in a group, as many tuxedo places offer a group rate to save you some money on the guys too.

Most importantly don’t stress! This is your day and what matters most is you and your fiancé. Have a great and memorable time! Don’t let budgeting take your mind away from what truly matters on this day! Your friends and family will just be happy to be there.

xo,

COCO & KIMMIE

5 Wedding Emergency Kit Items You Didn’t Think Of (BONUS: 5 items for the groom’s emergency kit)

5 Wedding Emergency Kit Items You Didn't Think Of (BONUS_ 5 items for the groom's emergency kit)

As a planner, I always ensure my brides are supplied with a fully stocked wedding day emergency kit! This thing is chock full of items and things that may be needed, should an emergency occur.

Over the years, and after experiences get stacked on, we’ve added items continually, that you probably didn’t think to include in this kit. But better safe than sorry, am I right.

Let’s get to it:

  1. Snacks/Granola Bars: You may or may not have thought of this. But the morning of the wedding can be pretty full of all the things, leaving you no time to cook, and you’ll probably end up forgetting to eat all together. Definitely don’t need you getting light headed walking down the aisle. So, pack a little snack bag to keep with you in the bridal suite.
  2. Fashion tape: Yes, we all have had those fashion emergencies. Best to keep them from happening on the big day, or at least be prepared for them! This stuff comes in super handy with even the oddest of situations.
  3. Mini Lock Box: This idea was the most unique I have seen, but I loved it! Think about those hefty tip envelopes for your vendors. Depending on where your wedding is, and how secure your bridal suite is, this will give you a great place to keep those very valuable items. And it doesn’t take up much space at all.
  4. Extra makeup: You may not think of this if you are getting your makeup done. But we all know the sweat and tears that can come from a long wedding day. Having these extra items will help you freshen up later on, so you remain photo-ready till the very last dance!
  5. Boxes: Keep those boxes you had items packed in, or bring some! You will have lots of décor, presents, and wedding cards to pack up (or have someone else pack up) at the end of the night!

And, as promised, the groom deserves an emergency kit too, right? Don’t forget about him and his fellas!

  1. Extra cuff links
  2. Stain removers
  3. Extra black socks
  4. Shoe shine wipes
  5. Handkerchiefs

And there you have it! I hope this list helps prepare you for what MAY, (but hopefully won’t) happen! Happy wedding planning loves.

xo COCO & KIMMIE