Interview with On-Site Productions

Interview with On-Site Productions

Hello Friends!!

Today we are sharing our interview with Jared Redman from On-Site Productions. Jared is a Create partner with us and we love working with his amazing team on wedding day! On-Site Productions offers TONS of options for brides, whether you need Pipe & Drape or DJ services, Jared’s team has you covered!

Thank you, Jared, for sharing with us what makes you and your business one of the best in Birmingham!

The Difference Between a Wedding Designer, Florist & Decorator

The Difference Between a Wedding Designer, Florist & Decorator

What is the difference between a wedding designer, florist and decorator & the questions you need to be asking!

 

Many times potential clients & clients get confused and overwhelmed by the number of terms people use to describe their professions & then the lines get blurred as to who is doing what. Today we’re going to chat about what all these people do & the questions you need to be asking.

 

Designer: A designer, specifically wedding designer, might also be a planner, and/or florist. Typically a designer is overseeing the entire overall look & vision for the wedding. Think interior designer for weddings. They will source all the the rental items you need for your event to ensure the continuity of your event. They may charge for those rental items under their own company or send the invoices directly from the various sub contractors. They may also have their own production staff for set up and break down depending on if they are responsible for the rental items or the independent contractors.

Florists: A florist is going to handle all things floral of course! Their main focus is going to be the design and look of your flowers. However they will probably ask you questions like about bridesmaids dresses, if you have linens chosen, and maybe your stationery choices to see the overall vision of the event. A florist might offer design services as well.

Decorator: This is a term I hear sometimes when people are inquiring about our services. Typically people are looking for a decorator or stylist when they have purchased the items themselves for their event like signage, centerpieces, linens and other decorative items but don’t want themselves or family and friends to be responsible for physically putting the items out. This may be something your florist or planner is willing to do for you as well so be sure to discuss with them the clear expectations of who will be doing what on the day of.

 

I hope this helps break down these terms for you. Now that you know what these various roles can be, I wanted to share with you some important questions to ask your florist while you are working to book your vendor team. As your wedding planner, we know these questions and what to look for but if you are booking vendors on your own, this will help!

 

You can find all of our florist questions here! Remember this doesn’t have to be an interrogation style tactic to get these questions answered but be sure they are covered in your consultation, proposal and/or contract to ensure the services you need & want will be met.

New Month, New Things!

New Month, New Things!

Hello friends! Can you believe fall is almost here? The weather is feeling crisp, and football is around the corner! For the next several weeks we are going to be chatting about all the things wedding vendors! A great wedding vendor team is a core piece of the puzzle we help clients secure and we want to share some of our wisdom with you!

Today, I want to share with you some things to look for in your future caterer. Great food and drinks are the center of a great reception so we want to be sure you are armed with the right things to ask. You want to be sure your caterer has a business license, liquor and liability insurance. Having these key documents will be critical in securing your caterer as some venues will require them but also for liability purposes for you. In your initial meeting, you will want to discuss menu options and ideas, serveware options, & staffing & set up/rental needs. It is also important to ask if there are any restrictions on how long food can be on a buffet for, do they have bartenders they can provide and can you bring your own alcohol or does the caterer have to provide?

Another point we want to be sure you are aware of is that some things are not typically automatically included in catering proposals that you may want. A cake cutting fee is typically additional for the caterer to cut and serve your wedding cake, coffee service for guests is typically an add on service as well as pouring for a passed champagne toast. Be sure you ask your caterer about these services if you are interested.

 

Asking these questions will allow you to have clear expectations of what your caterer will and will not do–there is a difference between a pick up/drop off caterer who provides no service staff, a traditional caterer who mostly prepares off site and then brings everything to the event to finish and serve, a chef/culinary focused experience where the food experience is very important to less traditional ideas like food trucks. Whatever you choose will be the right fit for your event just be sure you are armed with the right information to be able to compare proposals accurately and make the most educated decisions!

 

Grab your catering questions checklist to use for your wedding planning here! Remember you don’t have to play 20 (or 50) questions when you meet with your caterer but be sure these questions are either covered in your meeting, proposal and/or contract to ensure the level of service and style you are looking for!

Airy, Garden Chic Wedding: Kendal + Jesse

Airy, Garden Chic Wedding: Kendal + Jesse

Well this is one special and cherished wedding for us—because it is our very own planner Kendal’s wedding! Kendal is like my little sister–she has been with me since her senior year of college. I have watched her grow into this smart, confident, God fearing woman and to have watched her and Jesse’s relationship has been a joy. They couldn’t be cuter as they actually dated in high school, lost touch, reconnected and just knew it from the beginning they were meant to be! What one lacks, the other has, they are yin and yang. Kendal wanted an airy, garden look to her wedding day full of light blush tones, ivory, and greenery. Kendal & Jesse wanted a weekend away experience for their guests where they could all be together so the Stone Bridge Farm venue in Cullman was the perfect background for their big day. Kendal was seriously meant to be a bride. I mean she was a vision as you can see. Their excitement & joy to be husband and wife could be felt all day long. We ended the day in the best way I know how a fireworks show & a send off in an adorable antique firetruck as a nod to Jesse’s profession. Kendal & Jess, yall are my heart. I love you both so much. I love you both for believing in me and our company enough to have Kendal join us as a full time planner. Your faith in me, each other, and our little biz just means the world. I am so thrilled to call you my friends, my family but husband and wife sounds the best 😉

 

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Summer Makeup Interview with Rawwbeauty

Summer Makeup Interview with Rawwbeauty

Hey Friends!

Today on the blog we are sharing our interview with Jackie from Rawwbeauty and her tips for keeping you summer makeup fresh all wedding long! Grab Jackies 2 bonus tips by downloading our summer e-book here!

1.What is the number one mistake you see brides or clients making when it comes to hair and makeup in the summer months?

Mostly with hair I see brides wanting all down and curls in the dead middle of summer. It is so hot and humid here that most curls will fall out. If you want to wear your hair down and curled I would invest in some extensions. Also, having layers in your hair helps to hold curl better than all one length hair.

2. What do you recommend for summer months that is different from cooler months?

I think in summer months it helps to wear a fresher, natural makeup look. If you tend to wear a lot of foundation no matter how long wearing it is it will eventually come off as you sweat and touch your face. Unless you have problem skin I like it when it is more natural and the natural skin shines through, especially freckles. With the hair, I would have it up and swept off the face and neck to keep you cooler through the day.

 

Do you change your products or routine at all?

Yes, I do have certain products I like to use throughout the day that help to make the products last longer especially in the summer months. I use products that help mattify the skin and help the makeup stay on longer. In winter months I like to have more moisturizing products and highlighters to keep the skin looking dewy and fresh.

Jackie Headshot

Thanks for sharing with our readers Jackie! To grab Jackie’s two bonus tips be sure to grab our summer weddings e-book with all summer wedding planning tips, tricks and ideas for you! Check it out here