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

Sparkler Exit

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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Brunch Tablescape // Pensacola FL Wedding Planner

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If you’ve been following our easy and creative ideas for brunch entertaining, this is the last segment of the series. But of course, we saved the best for last: creating a brunch tablescape. This tablescape was inspired by the delicious berries of summer. The blue and red color palette was integrated in the details like the table runner, napkins, and flowers. Adding a natural element like a floral arrangement with some heavy greenery is the perfect balance for an outside brunch. When brunching el fresco, the atmosphere should feel relaxed and jovial. However, when guests are not familiar with one another, it is nice to have assigned seating. You might be questioning this advice right now but by doing this you bypass a long awkward moment when everyone goes to the table. Place cards are a great entertaining tool and should be utilized more. A place card napkin band was wrapped around the linens which held the flatware. Because waffles and milk are a classic combination, every place setting had a glass of milk with a colorful red straw.

When designing your table remember that a great tablescape is essential since it will help create the mood of the event. You want to thoroughly think about color scheme, theme, and the kind of formality you would like your event to be. Have fun with it and experiment a little. This article was featured on Occasions.

Styling and Florals by Valerie Pritt, Fleur de Lis Event Consulting, Photography by Meg Burke Photography, Vintage Items by It’s Personal Wedding Staging and Design

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Styling a Mimosa Bar // Pensacola FL Wedding Planner

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A brunch just wouldn’t be the same without a few good mimosas. It is definitely an essential when hosting a brunch. There are many different ways you can serve mimosas but my personal favorite is entertaining with a mimosa bar. A mimosa bar allows your guests to get creative and have fun. They are so simple to construct that all it takes is a little bit of this and a little bit of that and voilà – mimosa bar. There are however a few basic things to consider but, for the most part, the possibilities are endless.

Things you’ll need:
Different fruit options (at least 3)
Different Champagne options (at least 2)
Different Juice options (at least 3)
Labels for Juices
Tongs
Champagne glasses
Wine charms
Small flower arrangement
Staging area

Creating the look:
By having different fruits, champagnes and juice options, you’re giving your guests the chance for continuous fun with each drink. Wine charms are a great entertaining tool. There’s nothing worse than taking a sip from someone else’s glass- so be sure to invest in some sort of way to mark guest glasses. Because this mimosa bar will be the center of attention, try to stage it uniquely. For example, we used an old dresser but you can add your own flair- it’s part of the fun. To finish the look add a few fun details like labels for your juices and try your hand at a small flower arrangement for a visual appeal. This article was featured on Occasions online- be sure to check it out.

Styling and Florals by Valerie Pritt, Fleur de Lis Event Consulting, Photography by Meg Burke Photography, Vintage Items by It’s Personal Wedding Staging and Design, Recipe by Sara Lyn Connor

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Isabelle & Karl // Laytn’s Land-N Wedding // Jacksonville FL Wedding Planner

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Today I’m finally sharing Isabelle and Karl’s Laytn’s Land-N wedding. This charming wedding was all captured by The Veil Wedding Photography. Isabelle and Karl were the best clients a wedding planner could ask for. They were such an easy breezy no fuss no muss kind of couple-which made assisting them a true joy. Their vision was simple yet stunning. Laytn’s Land-N is such a gorgeous venue that it doesn’t take much to dress it up. They had a lovely ceremony under a huge oak tree and the reception was held in the barn. Isabelle chose a pastel color pallet which was incorporated in to her fun details. I loved how she added owls to some of her tables- perfect for a barn wedding. Her DIY touches included her table numbers, vases and table garland. I was so honored to receive such a wonderful review from this happy couple:

“I used Fleur de Lis Event Consulting for day of coordination, and honestly it felt like I received much more than that. Valerie was pretty much there for me every step of the way, sending me monthly reminders of tasks to do, providing guidance for any questions I had, and even met with me at the venue prior to the wedding to make sure I had thought everything through. She was on the ball the day of my wedding, wrangling my problem vendors and immediately handling the setbacks we had. But honestly I barely noticed them because Valerie made everything run so smoothly.I so glad we had her there to keep everything on track, she did a great job and I highly recommend her.”

Isabelle & Karl, I’m so glad that you have taken such a big step together! I pray and wish happiness for both of you on this special day of your wedding! Thanks for letting me be a part of it.

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Creating A Waffle Bar // Pensacola FL Wedding Planner

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Who doesn’t love a good waffle? The way their soft golden goodness melts in your mouth -it’s pure heaven.  The best part about waffles is there’s about a million ways to dress them up. Feeling healthy- add fruit, want some crunch- add nuts, looking for something salty- BAM- chicken and waffles.  And there are all types of different waffles to choose from: plain, whole wheat or even chocolate. The sky’s the limit when it comes to this tasty treat. So, skip dinner tonight and treat yourself to a few oh so yummy waffles. For a fun and easy dining option create a waffle bar. Things you’ll need:

  • A few serving platters
  • A table or serving area
  • Bowls or dishes for garnishes
  • Tongs
  • Different types of waffles

Creating the Look. A Waffle bar is all about giving your guests the opportunity to be creative while having fun. You want your waffle bar to be visually appealing- you can do this by adding various elevations. Have your assorted fruits and syrups in a place with easy access because it can get messy. And if you’re looking to “wow” your guest, it’s nice to have a statement piece- try making a waffle cake. Remember that waffles are supposed to be fun and easy so get creative! We were so honored to have Occasions feature this for National Waffle Day. Catch the recipes for homemade waffles & blueberry syrup by clicking the Occasions link.

Styling and Florals by Valerie Pritt, Fleur de Lis Event Consulting, Photography by Meg Burke Photography, Vintage Items by It’s Personal Wedding Staging and Design, Recipe by Sara Lyn Connor

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Blue and Purple Wedding // Pensacola FL Wedding Planner

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Thinking of having a blue and purple wedding? Inspiration can be found everywhere and anywhere. The other day I was in Michael’s and something caught my eye. It was a few colored vases on their clarence rack. All of a sudden I wanted to create a tablescape of blues and purples. I’m trying to keep my clutter down so I didn’t give in to temptation but instead created a wedding mood board of this color combo. Individual pictures can be found on my Pinterest page.

Marriage Advice from FDL Facebook Fans // Pensacola FL Wedding Planner

Marriage Advice

Marriage advice is priceless for so many reasons. When you’re walking into the unknown words of wisdom are always welcome- although you might not really appreciate them until a few years down the road. I know it’s hard to imagine right now but someday you’ll look back on those words and realize what they truly mean. At our wedding we had a wall dedicated to the “voices of experience” from our guests. After the wedding, I compiled a book of all the advice we received. Every now and then I look through it and I suddenly “get” what someone wrote.  I recently asked FDL Facebook fans what marriage advice they had and here are some of the answers:

Simply put, Put your mate on a pedestal. Do they always deserve it? No way! But if you, as a spouse[,] can’t support them and be in their corner then who can? Remember, “in good times and in bad” there are always More “good” times than bad! People want to run during the bad times. I promise you, stick it out and the end result is worth it! ( been married 30 years) – Anne

I tell people all the time – got to “LIKE” each other….to many people get married and they can’t get along….got to like being around each other and be best friends and RESPECT each other. I have been married for 24 years -Cindy

Fight fair! Lose the words “You always…xyz” from your vocabulary! I like Anne’s answer too. Put your spouses needs before yours and you’ll go far! -Jonathan

Lots of sex- Garritt

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Vintage Aviation Themed Nursery // Pensacola FL Wedding Planner

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This past April we welcomed our 1st child into the world, Rockwell. My husband, Joshua, is an avid flyer and aviator. As soon as we found out we were having a boy, we decided that we were going to have a vintage airplane theme in his room. However, it didn’t really stop there. As an event planner, when I set my mind to a concept, I have a tendency to go all out. And Hilary Clark Photography captured it all- from our maternity pictures, to the nursery, to our baby’s first pictures. Baby Rockwell was recently featured on A Military Story .

For our maternity pictures we opted to go to NAS Pensacola where they have a fabulous aviation museum. Here we took various pictures, using the old airplanes as backdrops.

We had a blast putting together Rocky’s nursery. We mixed a lot of old with new and even repurposed a buffet table into a changing table that has been in our home and relationship since the beginning. The changing table is a very sentimental piece. When Josh and I first started dating we walked into Goodwill looking for a project we could complete together. It took us three weeks but we refinished the piece. When we decided to use it in the nursery as a changing table, we had it repainted and had a platform made since we’re both pretty tall people. At the moment I’m loving the color gray, and finding a gray crib that I liked took weeks, but I’m so enamored with the one we found. The rocking chair was also another great find. Josh found this vintage plane material online and we ordered it to make curtains -what a headache that was. But in the end, worth it.

Once Rockwell was born we took newborn pictures carrying the theme over as you can see. We had a blanket made from some of the leftover material which is what the baby is laying on. A friend got us the cute airplane sleeper- a perfect outfit for an aviator enthusiast.

 

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A Twisted Peach Cocktail // Pensacola FL Wedding Planner

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A Twisted Peach Cocktail
Summer is in full force here in the South where while the scenery is beautiful, the thought of being outside to see it is dreadful – because if it’s not the heat, then it’s the humidity. So what better way to cool down today than with a cold relaxing cocktail? Just try this refreshing Southern peach ginger bourbon concoction called A Twisted Peach. Enjoy the sweet taste of peach with a hint of lime as you watch the summer evening go by on your front porch. It will tantalize your taste buds and help you appreciate the South again. This recipe was featured on Occasions, so be sure to check out the link. Occasions is the everygirl’s guide to celebrating in style.

Makes 4 Servings, prep time 10, total time 10

Ingredients:
33oz of Ginger Ale
2 Peaches
1 Lime
1/3 cup of Sweetened Lime Juice Concentrate
½ cup of Bourbon

Instructions:
Cut out a ¼ slice from the a peach and lime for garnish
Cut up peaches and blend them in a blender
Cut the lime into slices
Add Ginger Ale, Peach Juice, Lime Juice Concentrate and Bourbon in pitcher. Stir. Add peach chucks and lime slices.

Recipe & Styling by Valerie Pritt, Fleur de Lis Event Consulting, Photography by Meg Burke Photography

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