Worth the wait

My Facebook feed has been seeing a trend lately and not one of those viral videos being shared with a funny animal doing something even funnier…but with engagements galore! Tis the season! I am so thrilled as I’ve had many friends become engaged in the past month, weeks and actually in a few days 🙂 (Congrats to the couple who cannot yet be named!) But with the engagement excitement comes the planning overexcitement. Brides-to-be can’t wait to put their dream wedding boards on Pinterest to reality’s use. (I can’t blame you ladies!) With that said, it is really easy to jump the gun. Currently, it is booking time for the 2015 season, but strangely enough, we’ve been getting contacted for the 2016 season already. Do NOT get me wrong, this is the ultimate form of flattery, we are elated about brides who are elated about working with us. But here are a few things to keep in mind when thinking in advance: Styles Change: Think about how much weddings styles have changed in the last year or perhaps the number of times you’ve switched up what your dream looks like. The main point is, what may be in style this year, probably won’t be as popular next year and well the year after that, well, that’s anyone’s guess… Families Change: Sad but real truth, death and illness do occur, and sometimes things happen out of the blue. A bride booked for 2014 had to change the wedding date due to a family emergency. Relationships Change: For the better or for the worse-you may form new relationships throughout the next...

Tried and True: Product Review {Glamglow SuperMud}

Timing for break outs could never be worse; they show up when you least expect them or want them. They’re like the guest who didn’t RSVP when you have all of the place settings at each table with no room. Everything was perfectly placed until the last minute. But, from a planner’s perspective, you’ve got to find a way to blend them in and quickly. Perhaps it is because I’m actually attending a wedding as a guest this weekend and my face wants to sabotage the rest of my body, but without fail I have a break out. Or should I say HAD. Instead of having a cry session about it, I took matters into my own hands and nipped it in the bud. That’s where Glamglow SuperMud came to the rescue. Before you say, “HAVE YOU SEEN THE PRICE TAG ON THAT TINY 1.2oz JAR!?” let me notify you that I indeed have and that’s why I asked for a sample. A FREE sample. Sephora, ladies and gents, is indeed your friend. The packaging is white, but the contents are dark grey. I was little taken aback as I’ve grown more accustomed to my traditional bright green, swamp monster masks. In reality, this mask makes you look like even more of a swamp monster, so stay away from your windows or your neighbors might try to sell you out to the media. After lightly laying it across my face (I didn’t leave thick spots) I let it dry for about 5 minutes. I noticed that in definitely seeped into my pores and I almost immediately could see every...

Creating a buzz

Move over signature cocktails, you’ve got some new competition in line! Something really fun has been happening lately and I’m admittedly thrilled to see it popping up during wedding days and the web. Signature coffee drinks! Truth: I do drink a lot of coffee. You could call it an addiction if you want to, so perhaps I am biased, but I can’t help but fall in love with this new trend. Our lovely bride Briana featured signature coffee drinks from Roast Coffee here in Milwaukee at her wedding reception at the Milwaukee Art Museum and I don’t have to repeat myself when I say they created a big buzz. Anne’s iced coffee bar via Colectivo was so buzzworthy it was drunk dry before the reception even opened. She dressed up her DIY station with adorable mint striped straws and flavored syrup pumps in vanilla, hazelnut and almond. Served along side were perfect macaroons from La Reve and gingersnaps from Colectivo. Because you can’t have a coffee break without a little sweet on the side. We also collaborated with Ryan at Roast Coffee for our Onyx and Honey Style Shoot that was recently featured on 100 Layer Cake. “Honestly why aren’t there more coffee bars at weddings?!” Agreed. Maybe I’m jumping the gun, as it is still August, but nights have been getting noticeably cooler lately. Coffee bars would be the perfect addition to add some coziness to perhaps our cooler season weddings. If coffee isn’t your cup of tea, then perhaps do a non-caffeinated hot chocolate beverage along the side or a creamy chai latte. Coffee bars come in...