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

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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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$500 Pensacola Bridal Shower Package // Pensacola FL Wedding Planner

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Will you be hosting a Pensacola bridal shower this year? Racking your brain trying to figure out where to have this beautiful event? Looking for a place to gather and have fun? You’re in luck- we have the perfect party for you. Check out this bridal shower package for $500. This is a wonderful package for someone looking for a great value and a lot of fun. The venue is in the charming downtown Pensacola area, just a hop, skip and a jump to Palafox Street. So, relax, open gifts, play a game and enjoy the drinks. This package covers a 2 hour bridal shower for up to 15 people. So what is included for $500?

Venue
Coordinator
Flowers
Mimosa Bar
Cupcakes
Bridal Games
Photo Booth set up
Set up/breakdown

For those who are hosting, here is a wonderful check list for planning a bridal shower. If you would like further information, please use the provided contact form.

Are you looking for some party inspiration? In the latest issue of DIY Weddings Magazine our Pink Lemonade Tablescape is featured. The pink and yellow color scheme was all about exuberance and being bold. Or maybe you’re looking for a cold relaxing cocktail?  Check out our Twisted Peach cocktail which was featured on Occasions. There’s tons of inspiration to be found here on the FDL blog.

Glitter Wedding // Pensacola FL Wedding Planner

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A glitter wedding, oh my! This week I was inspired by Jessica Simpson’s sparkly wedding. So, in celebration, this week’s FDL Weekly Pintastic is brought to you by glitter- lots and lots of glitter! I’m a true lover of all things that sparkle and it is a someday dream to have a wedding with nothing but sparkle. Just take a look at the bridesmaid dresses- beautiful! And I just love the chair covers! Individual pictures can be found on my Pinterest page.

The 4 D’s To A Successful Rehearsal // Pensacola Wedding Planner

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Hello and welcome Bridal Party and Parents!

My name is Valerie, owner of Fleur de Lis Event Consulting, and I have been hired by the bride and groom to assist and coordinate their big day. A wedding has many moving parts and it’s important that we are all on the same page. There are four simple rules for a successful rehearsal, which in turn will lead to a fantastic and enjoyable wedding. As much as I have prepared for this wedding, things will come up- they always do- and it’s important that we all work together to give the bride and groom the best wedding ever. This might mean being flexible, having an unexpected duty, or something simple as staying positive. Please keep these 4 D’s  in mind as we embark on this wonderful adventure.

The 4 D’s

Drinking. Please do not drink before the rehearsal. I want you guys to have a blast- this is a time for celebration- but I have found that the rehearsal takes longer and is unnecessarily more complex when people are intoxicated. On the wedding day it is best to limit yourself to only a few drinks before the ceremony and bridal entry. After the bridal entry, please indulge safely.

Drama. Please leave all drama at home. This is the couple’s special day and it is important to remember that. I try to be sensitive to all family situations but there is no place for drama during these two days. Bridesmaids and groomsmen try to refrain from gossiping or creating drama that will stress the bride and groom out unnecessarily. Sometimes things get overlooked, changed, or not communicated and it is best to discuss it with me without trying to upset the bride and groom. Having a happy and positive wedding party equals a fun wedding – guaranteed.

Direction. Please listen and follow direction from the Officiant and myself during the rehearsal. Our goal is to get you to the rehearsal dinner as fast as possible; however, for this to happen we need to pay attention and be respectful of everyone’s time. Before we begin the ceremony, I like to go over the schedule of events and what time everyone needs to be ready, locations and any special duties. Any changes should be addressed at this time so please pay attention.

Duty. It is my duty to assist the bride and groom in achieving an organized and timely wedding. Sometimes situations arise that are uncontrollable; my job is to minimize the effect of these things. With this being said, there might be instances where your help will be needed and it would be best to be helpful instead of negative. If the bride and groom have given you a certain duty, please do your best to assist them in their wishes.

Over the years I have learned that it is best to address these things first so that way we can all enjoy this every special day. Please read the rehearsal plan next.