Halloween Tablescape // Pensacola Wedding Planner

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A Halloween tablescape doesn’t have to be spooky or even orange and black for that matter. Be festive but think beyond the pumpkin and spider web décor.  Color outside the lines, set your imagination free and have fun! This Halloween tablescape has a modern chic look with a color palette of deep purple and bright green. The chiavari chairs are wrapped with an organza chair sash and the bright green rosette table runner completes this fall feature. Napkins are a classic table accessory. A napkin’s placement can change the appearance of a table and can transform the tablescape into a whole new look.  Side note- we’re in love with these double sided napkins. The possibilities are endless!  Try playing with the napkins the next time you host a dinner party and see the many different results. This tablescape was featured on Pretty My Party.

Vendors: Wedding Planner & Designer: Fleur De Lis Event Consulting, Tablescape Design: Ooh La La Tablescapes, Rentals: North Hill Chair Covers & Linens, Photographer: Meg Burke Photography

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The menu card holder napkin

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The simple long fold and draped it off the edge of the table

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The flatware enhancer

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Teacher Proposal // Pensacola Wedding Planner

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I have had a few teacher clients in the mist of planning a wedding. So, naturally, this got the wheels turning. A teacher proposal is the inspiration behind this e-session and after a thorough search on Pinterest for a teacher proposal, we were excited to try something new a fresh. We decided to utilize a classroom to give the shoot an authentic atmosphere. Aqua, red, and white were chosen for the color palette which compliments the fun surroundings quite nicely. We added a “Goodie Table” of all kinds of things kid’s love. except maybe for the apples. The cupcakes, milk and cookies, and cake are things I remember having in school when it was someones birthday or special celebration. The apples were included to represent a teacher and her classroom. To correspond with the classroom setting, we took the session outside to a playground. Here the couple can enjoy swings and slide. This styled shoot was featured on Fab You Bliss.

Vendors:Photographer: The Veil Wedding Photography // Makeup Artist: Beautiful Faces By Erin // Event Planner: Fleur de Lis Event Consulting // Invitation Designer: Kristin’s Grace // Model: Lindsey Arthur // Floral Designer: S & A Weddings and Events // Model: Zach Sever

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Glass Insulator Centerpiece Tutorial // Pensacola Wedding Planner

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It’s amazing how inspiration can strike at a moment’s notice. It can happen as fast as lighting or with a flick of a switch. The best part of being creative is that you never know when such inspiration will strike.

A few years ago I was shopping at an antique store when I spotted a neat vintage glass box. As soon as I saw it the ideas flooded my mind with possibilities. The only problem was it was filled with old glass insulators. Insulators have a fascinating history, but their main purpose was to support wire that was strung between telephone poles during the 1920s-1940s. Unfortunately I didn’t have any use for 12 extras. But, since it was only $10, I purchased the box anyway.

Over the years I tried to put them to use but nothing stuck. Then as I was about to donate them to Good Will, inspiration struck. “How about a bud vase centerpiece?” I thought.

So with some handy power tools, a piece of wood, stain, and my glass insulators, I created this simple, yet elegant centerpiece. Taking something old and re purposing it in a new way is so fulfilling and a great way to add a something old, something new twist to one’s wedding or event.

You can read more about how to make this DIY project on Fab You Bliss, where it was featured.

Vendors: Fleur De Lis Event Consulting // Rentals: North Hill Chair Covers & Linens // Floral Design: Leelee’s Sassy Bloom // Photographer: Meg Burke Photography

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The Guide to Securing Your Florida Marriage License // Pensacola Wedding Planner

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Is your happily ever after happening in Florida? Wonderful choice!! Every year brides choose Florida as their wedding location. And why not- Florida can offer old city charm, beaches galore, a modern flavor, rustic timeless magic or even a southern experience. You name it- Florida has just the venue for you. However, whether you’re a resident bride or non-resident bride, to get married in Florida a license will be required. Article featured Occasions.

A License to Wed
To obtain a marriage license in the state of Florida a picture ID will be necessary: driver license, state ID or valid passport. A social security number will also be essential. There is a fee to get married of $93.50; however, if you take and complete a licensed premarital class you can receive a small discount up to $32.50, making the bottom line as low as $61.00.

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There’s a Time and a Place
Once you receive a marriage license you have 60 days until it expires. There is also a waiting period for resident brides and grooms of 3 days once you receive your license. But if you’re a destination bride and groom coming from another state, there is no waiting period at all. You can apply for your license at any County Clerks office.

If you have additional questions or would like more information about securing your Florida marriage license, please check out the Florida Marriage Guide.

Written by Fleur de Lis Event Consulting, Artwork by Fancy Girl Design Studio

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3 Easy DIY Beach Centerpieces // Pensacola Wedding Planner

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Having a beach wedding? On a budget? Are DIY beach centerpieces in your future? You can put the worrying aside because here are 3 classy beach centerpieces that you can easily create on your own all under $10. This article was featured on Occasions.

1.Beach Bottles. This beach bottle look is easy to construct and can even give you an excuse to invite a few girlfriends over for wedding talks and wine drinking. Bottles are pretty easy to come by-you can have a party, ask your local bar for their recyclables or shop thrift stores. Most of the bottles you see in this picture are from Michaels and cost about $1.40 a bottle. The tray came from the dollar store and was spray painted gold. Wedding centerpieces are much more interesting when there are different elements to theme, so having different sizes, textures and shapes are very appealing to the eye. Spend your weekends beach bumming and collect different types of sand to fill your bottles with.

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2. Candles. Candles add a great ambiance especially for a beach wedding. The total for this centerpiece was $9.75 but if you’re a thrift store shopper you can find many of the cylinders cheaper (most of these cylinders and candles were bought at the dollar store). Get a tray, add some sand and then place as many different heights and shapes of candles and cylinders that will fit on the tray. It will be a spectacular view when the sun has set and the candles are lit.

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3. Flowers. Here is a very simple yet elegant way to dress up your tables. These flowers came from Winn Dixie and the cylinders from the dollar store. If you are a minimalist and looking for a super easy centerpiece this is a great choice that anyone can create.

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Champagne Signature Cocktails // Pensacola FL Wedding Planner

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There’s no doubt that champagne and celebrations go hand in hand. In fact, a party just wouldn’t be the same without some bubbly. The combination of champagne’s rich flavor, refreshing bubbles and classic elegance will make any celebration a bit more memorable . However, the once famous tradition of toasting with a glass of champagne at dinner is almost becoming a thing of the past. If you’re looking into ways to cut costs on your wedding day, then lose the champagne toast at dinner. It is the most unnecessary thing in a wedding, especially with an open bar. Yet don’t completely forget about the pop top; put a twist on the ole’ tradition by offering a champagne signature drink during cocktail hour instead- make a statement by having it match your color scheme or theme. This article was featured in the Fall issue of DIY Weddings Magazine.

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Preston Bailey and a few other influential wedding professionals have predicted that radiant orchid is going to be the color of 2014.  And why not? It’s feminine, sophisticated and can be blended with the delicate hues of purple and pink to flatter any bride. For those looking for a purple signature cocktail try this.

Ingredients:
Add a touch of grape juice and a handful of blueberries to flutes of champagne.

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Makes about 9 cups
Ingredients
1 (12-oz.) can frozen pink lemonade concentrate, thawed
4 cups white cranberry juice cocktail
1 bottle extra-dry Champagne
Garnish: fresh mint sprigs

Preparation
Stir together lemonade concentrate and cranberry juice cocktail in a large pitcher. Cover and chill at least 1 hour or up to 24 hours. Stir in club soda just before serving. Garnish, if desired.

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A green signature drink might not be the most popular but they are out there. And it’s a great color for a green themed wedding or a St. Patrick’s Day wedding.

Ingredients:
Put one teaspoon of crème de menthe in a
champagne glass, then fill with champagne
or sparkling wine.

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Are you having a beach wedding? Add a tropical feel with a pineapple signature drink. This drink will go perfectly with salty air and warm sand.

Ingredients:
3 tablespoons chilled unsweetened pineapple juice
1/3 cup champagne
Garnish maraschino cherries

Photography by Meg Burke Photography

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Wedding Rehearsal Plan // Pensacola FL Wedding Planner

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Hello and welcome again!

We will go over this in more in detail; however, I wanted to give you an idea as to what to expect and order of things. I look forward to meeting you all in the following few weeks. If you have any questions please feel free to email me. Be sure to check out my Facebook Page and Instagram- I love to hashtag weddings.

General Pre-Rehearsal Instructions
• Introductions of people as necessary.
• Tell everyone when to arrive for wedding and where they should go
• Discuss when pictures will be taken.
• Advise that in case of mistakes, we will go ahead with wedding. Fake rings if necessary.
• No gum, please. Everyone relax and enjoy it. Be natural.
• Men hold their left hand over their right.
• Practice
• Go through once verbally.
• Go through once quickly.
• Go through as though it were real.

Suggested order for special guests
• Grandparents of the groom
• Grandparents of the bride
• Parents of the groom
• Mother of the bride

Line up the wedding party where they will be standing for the wedding ceremony.
• Groom and his attendants on Officiant’s left
• Bride and her attendants on Officiant’s right
• Sometimes at an outdoor venue the wind may be blowing in the back of the Bride causing her hair and or veil to blow across her face. If this is the case the Bride would be on the side with the wind in her face and the Groom opposite. The guests would be seated accordingly also.
• The Bride and Groom face each other
• The Ring Bearer in front of the Groom’s attendants
• Flower Girl(s) in front of the Bride’s attendants
After Officiant has declared the couple “husband and wife”, they kiss and are announced as Mr. and Mrs. Smith
• Couple exits
• Flower girl and ring bearer follow.
• Attendants from each side meet in the center and walk out as couples.
• Bride’s parents
• Groom’s parents
• Bride’s grandparents
• Groom’s grandparents
Or, each side of front row as an entire row, not person by person, since people are eager to congratulate the couple

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1. Officiant
2. Bride
3. Groom
4. Honor Attendant
5. Best Man
6. Flower Girl
7. Ring Bearer
8. Bridesmaids
9. Goomsmen

Suggested Seating for Parents, Grandparents and Family Members.

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Row 1. Bride’s Parents
Row 2. Groom’s Parents
Row 3. Bride’s Grandparents and Siblings
Row 4. Groom’s Grandparents and Siblings
Row 5. Bride’s Special Guests
Row 6. Groom’s Special Guests

If you missed it, please check out The 4 D’s to a Successful Rehearsal.

Southern Burlap Tablescape // Pensacola Wedding Planner

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This Pensacola wedding planner has seen many southern tablescapes. Here in the south, a southern styled wedding is often influenced by old traditions, handmade touches and a few vintage details. This natural southern tablescape was inspired by the southern fundamental elements of burlap, mason jars and lace but combined with a simple natural essence. If you’re thinking of having a southern style outdoor wedding, you might want to consider adding such a style for a unique twist on the standard southern blueprint. Instead of using the traditional hydrangea for the centerpiece flower, try using an assortment of greenery to give a full and effortless look of beauty. This can also be very cost effective.  Add smaller accent vases to the table and fill them to capacity with a simple flower like this Feverfew- a small, yellow and white, daisy like bloom to give the table a very full effect.  However, still remember to incorporate some southern elements in your centerpiece for an easy transition. For example, these centerpiece tin buckets were wrapped in lace and burlap and placed on a burlap runner- a southern staple.  The napkins were cloaked with a paper burlap wrap, a white doily with the words “thank you” hand stamped on the front; the flatware placed cozily inside the cubby. A southern wedding wouldn’t be the same without a few Mason jars and what a find these mugs were indeed! This tablescape was featured on DIY Weddings Magazine Fall issue.

Vendors: Fleur de Lis Event Consuling- Tablescape Designer, Meg Burke Photography- Photographer, S & A Wedding & Events- Florist, North Hill Chair Covers & Linens- Rentals

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Is She Bridesmaid Material? // Pensacola FL Wedding Planner

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Eeny, meeny, miny, moe…the time has come to pick your bridesmaids. How exciting- your first big wedding decision that lets you know this thing is really happening! On the other hand, no task has seemed so daunting or reminiscent of the dreaded MySpace top eight….  Are you going to pick the girl you’ve known since kindergarten? Your first college roommate? A close colleague? Who’s going to be the lucky winner?  Or, you might be thinking that this is a no brainer and the least of your wedding concerns, but picking your wedding day entourage shouldn’t be a decision taken lightly. There is so much more to the wedding day equation then just having your besties by your side. Your bridesmaids need to be ready to perform the many brutal (and endless) bridal duties with the right attitude.  So when picking your girls you must honestly ask yourself “is she bridesmaid material?”  Understand that this one decision can make or break your special day. A bad bridesmaid is like a bad apple- she can leave a bitter taste in your mouth. Be sure to keep her personality type in mind. If she’s the type that’s a better complainer then listener, opinionated to the point of annoying or always whining about her financial struggles, you might want to think twice before asking her to accompany you. Why? Because instead of having a friend to share this special day with, you’ll wind-up with a horrible headache, unnecessary stress and maybe a failed friendship.  This article was featured on Occasions. Here are some questions to ask before choosing a bridesmaid:

 Is she supportive? You will have a lot of people sharing their opinions on what is right and wrong in a wedding. It’s important to have a supportive friend who will remind you of your wishes. You might have an idea that goes against a traditional wedding custom and your girls should be behind you cheering you on.

Is she a great listener?
There will be many times in the wedding planning process where you will be stressed to the max and will need someone to vent to. You want a friend who will listen and give you solutions and options.

Is she financially stable?
You are spending some serious cash on this one day and the last thing you need is hearing the woes from a girlfriend who can’t afford to pay for the dress or shoes you picked out.  Money is always an icky subject to talk about and you’ll find yourself extremely frustrated if she can’t cover her costs.

Is she reliable?  You want to have no doubts that this person can be counted on and that she will gladly rush to your side for any little thing that needs to be done.

So, do you have the right girls in mind? Find out by taking the “Is She Bridesmaid Material” assessment. Not all girlfriends make good bridesmaids and you very well might hurt someone’s feeling by not asking them to take part. Don’t give into the guilt. Instead give them a job like passing out the ceremony fans or taking gifts.  Remember that the day is about you- not them and their drama. However, this does not give you carte blanche to go bridezilla. You’re looking for a support system that will be reciprocated when it’s their turn to walk down the aisle.  This will be one of the most exciting times in your life and it’s important to have good supportive friends to share it with.

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How To Do A Wedding Sparkler Exit Video // Pensacola FL Wedding Planner

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I just love a good wedding sparkler exit! When executed properly they are the perfect way to end the night. However, if not performed correctly the combination of drunk guests and fireworks can lead to a horrible catastrophe and perhaps even a charred bride and groom. After going to a friend’s wedding and seeing a muddled mess of sparkler chaos, I realized just how important a “How To” Sparkler Exit video would be. One of the key aspects to a great sparkler exit is having someone in charge- and this person cannot be the bride or groom. If you have hired a wedding planner (great decision BTW), they will likely take the lead- be sure to ask though. If you have nominated a friend, make sure they watch this video. Once again, I enlisted Rex of Drawn in Media to help illustrate how to properly do a sparkler exit. In January Rex and I collaborated on a “How To” video to help the bride and groom during the cake cutting which you can see here. This video goes into depth as to how to coordinate your exit as well as shares items you will need. Remember to be safe but have fun! This article was featured on Occasions. Be sure to check out their wonderful blog.

Picture by Irrok Photography

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