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Three ways to De-Stress the Morning of Your Wedding

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Three ways to De-Stress the Morning of Your Wedding

Your ceremony isn't until 5, yes, hair and makeup can take five hours with all your girls, your mom, his mom, etc. But what about before that? You and I both know you're not getting much sleep, (although I do recommend it!), so let's be proactive and talk about some ideas of how to fill the morning hours on the day of your wedding!

Yoga

Three Ways to De-stress the Morning of your Wedding | Bridal Party Ideas | Wedding Planning in Houston

Morning, yoga; a little ohm, stretching and very slow sequences to get you centered and calm- sounds like a dream right? There are Yoga Instructors that will come to you! Have them meet at your hotel suite, or possibly in your backyard the morning of your wedding. Invite your girls, get some blankets and yoga mats and RELAX!

Spa Day

Three Ways to De-stress the Morning of your Wedding | Bridal Party Ideas | Wedding Planning in Houston

Kind of typical, but for a good reason! I don't recommend any sort of facial, waxing, tanning etc. but perhaps some time in the steam room, a little foot massage- it'll do wonders! Plus, you can walk around in a robe and slippers and sip on Cucumber water. I'd like to do that every day if I could! 

Breakfast Outdoors

Lux and Concord in Chicago

Lux and Concord in Chicago

If you're like me, you want to be outside as much as often, weather permitting of course. So, invite your girls or your mom and sisters to have breakfast on the patio. If it's too hot (I mean, we ARE in Houston) pick a restaurant with a lot of natural light. That Vitamin D works wonders on elevating your mood! Indulge in an egg white omelet, fresh fruit and a mimosa (or two).

What ever you decide, allow yourself to feel pampered and not rushed. This day is a special one, so take a deep breath and take it all in!

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Featured on Brides.com- Minimalist Wedding Ideas

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Featured on Brides.com- Minimalist Wedding Ideas

Check out the full feature here!

Our tip on designing a minimalist wedding:

Pick a venue that is interesting as is
In other words, it doesn’t need much dressing up to be wow-worthy. A minimalist venue could be a renovated historic building with exposed brick, large windows and stained concrete floors or an outdoor space perfectly surrounded and shaded with large trees and strung lights, describes Samantha Gieseke, owner of Plan Our Day Houston. “Choosing wooden tables that don’t require linens and centerpieces that allow for open or negative space would blend perfectly with the scenery, allowing the beauty of the building or space to shine.”

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Wedding Favor Ideas

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Wedding Favor Ideas

100 Unique Wedding Favors | Weddings in Houston | Wedding Paper Divas

Fall is here ya'll! For me, this means a busy wedding season, wrapping up final details, and finally being able to wear boots. Realistically, the warm, fuzzy sweaters are not coming out until January!

Anyhow, no matter where you are in the planning process, here are some ideas from Wedding Paper Divas on choosing and designing your wedding favors! This is such a fabulous resource, so bookmark this and come back to it when you're ready!

Follow this link here: 100 Unique Wedding Favors

100 Unique Wedding Favors | Wedding Planning Ideas in Houston | Wedding Paper Divas

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Designing your Floor Plan- Wedding Reception Seating Options

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Designing your Floor Plan- Wedding Reception Seating Options

Let's talk about the seating plan, the floor plan, layout notes, whatever you want to call it! You have options!

When beginning to design how your wedding reception will be laid out, here are a few things to consider:

1. What does the venue recommend or see often? 

There is a reason couples always put the dance floor and DJ in a certain place, and why their introduction really rocks when the enter in a particular set of doors. Consider what the venue manager suggests, or take a look at their Facebook page for ideas.

Photo below by Htown Studios

Designing your Wedding Reception Floor Plan | Layout Ideas | Houston Wedding Planners | Plan Our Day Houston

2. What is the formality of your wedding?

If you are doing a seated dinner with entree options, then a seating chart is a must. If you have a buffet or food stations, perhaps you just reserve some seating for your wedding party and immediate family. There is no right or wrong answer!

Photo below by Alyse French Photography

Designing your Wedding Reception Floor Plan | Layout Ideas | Houston Wedding Planners | Plan Our Day Houston

3. Who do you want to sit next to during dinner? Your options are:

A. Sit with just your new hubby at a Sweetheart table (Lori Blythe Photography)

Designing your Wedding Reception Floor Plan | Layout Ideas | Houston Wedding Planners | Plan Our Day Houston

B. Sit with your wedding party (and maybe their dates) at a Head Table (Photo by Nate Messara)

Designing your Wedding Reception Floor Plan | Layout Ideas | Houston Wedding Planners | Plan Our Day Houston

C. Sit with your family at a Royal Table (Smith House Photo)

Designing your Wedding Reception Floor Plan | Layout Ideas | Houston Wedding Planners | Plan Our Day Houston

D. Sit with either of the above at a regular guest table (Alyse French Photography)

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Chat with your fiancé about what you both prefer! Cheers, my friends!

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Surprise Brunch Wedding at La Colombe D'or

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Surprise Brunch Wedding at La Colombe D'or

When the bride, Stephanie (who I had known for years!) contacted me about her "Engagement Party/Surprise Wedding" I knew this was going to be a fantastic event. Stephanie is known for throwing the BEST parties; great food, fun themes, and of course, karaoke!

Her plan was to invite her closest friends and family to La Colombe D'or for an Easter Brunch, but surprise them with the actual wedding ceremony. Her son spoke perfectly during the Welcome speech that ended with her walking down the aisle. They then took the party to her and her hubby's private residence, which included an Easter Egg hunt, some marvelous food stations and dancing.

Creative Team:

Planner: Plan Our Day Houston

Venue: La Colombe D'or

Photography: Chris W Photo

Flowers: Arteflora

Surprise! We're getting married!

Brunch Wedding at La Colombe D'or | Plan Our Day Houston | Houston Wedding Planners
Brunch Wedding at La Colombe D'or | Plan Our Day Houston | Houston Wedding Planners |Lavender Wedding
Brunch Wedding at La Colombe D'or | Plan Our Day Houston | Houston Wedding Planners
Brunch Wedding at La Colombe D'or | Plan Our Day Houston | Houston Wedding Planners
Brunch Wedding at La Colombe D'or | Plan Our Day Houston | Houston Wedding Planners
Brunch Wedding at La Colombe D'or | Plan Our Day Houston | Houston Wedding Planners
Brunch Wedding at La Colombe D'or | Plan Our Day Houston | Houston Wedding Planners
Brunch Wedding at La Colombe D'or | Plan Our Day Houston | Houston Wedding Planners
Brunch Wedding at La Colombe D'or | Plan Our Day Houston | Houston Wedding Planners

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Setting a Wedding Budget

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Setting a Wedding Budget

Setting a Wedding Budget | Houston Weddings and Events | Plan Our Day Houston

Let's talk about the sometimes awkward subject of money, shall we? Go ahead and pour yourself a glass of wine if the thought of discussing a wedding budget is stressing you out, heck, I'll pour one with you!

Although this is definitely not as fun as choosing linens or picking the song for your grand entrance, it is SO important!

Here are my three tips for you and your fiancé, and your families, to begin thinking about when talking about your budget, or sometimes I refer to it as Spending Plan, because that sounds less scary!

1. Who's Paying? 
Have you and your fiancé discussed who is paying for your wedding? Perhaps you're splitting the cost with your parents, both sets of parents or maybe you're paying for it yourselves. Either way, talk about it now. Asking for money is a touchy subject, so approach it with sensitivity and courteousness. I suggest you each ask your parents alone, and discuss who is contributing and how much before any plans are made. 

2. Where to spend.
The average wedding costs $30,000, and about 50% of your budget will be spent on the reception venue, food, alcohol and rentals. You can look into inclusive venues, like hotels, ballrooms and country clubs, or navigate a DIY route, which requires more work on your end, but could save you some money.

3. What's your wedding type?
Do you love the outdoors? Are you a casual, jeans and tee kind of gal? Do you like a full service, pampered treatment? Is food and drink an important part of your day? Are you getting married in a church or other religious temple? Get these ideas out of your head and into a discussion, and together you can decide what is most important to you both, before making any decisions. This will also help guide you when making other decisions for your wedding; is it fitting into your wedding vision/type?

If you've never been apart of paying for or planning a wedding, you may not know what things cost, so there is a risk of some sticker shock. Get an idea of what you want to spend, and what that includes. You can have a spending plan for just the wedding (ceremony and reception), but perhaps not include your dress, his tux and wedding party gifts. If that's the case, let me (or your planner) know so we can adjust the budget accordingly.

Oh, and if you're just over trying to think about how much things cost and how much you should spend in each category, I can do that for you! 

Let's get coffee.

Setting a Wedding Budget | Houston Weddings and Events | Plan Our Day Houston

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Stop Being a People Pleaser

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Stop Being a People Pleaser

Hi, I am the world’s biggest people pleaser,

speaking to you, another contender for #1- I-like-to-make-everyone-happy.

How’s it going planning your wedding? Had much input these days on what you MUST DO? Mostly from your mom, his mom, your maid of honor, your venue manager, your coworker, your dentist and maybe a random coffee shop person who saw your big pink wedding binder?

 
Stop Being a People Pleaser | Wedding Planning Tips and Help | Houston Wedding Planners | Plan Our Day Houston
 

Everyone has a great idea and opinion on what you should do for your wedding; but, it doesn't mean you need to listen. I know, you’re thinking it is rude and goes against your deepest selfless being to not consider these ideas.  But don’t sacrifice your happiness and stress level to please everyone around you. Planning a wedding is sometimes hard, so, just smile, and let those ideas slip right out of your mind. Because honestly, if you constantly listen to what everyone says, you will drive yourself mad and dread the planning process. (And surprise! It’s supposed to be fun!)

 

Here are my tips to ensure you plan a wedding you love while keeping your sanity!

 

1.     Make a list of priorities- What is most important to you and your fiancé? The ceremony location, honoring your family, good food, a destination wedding? Make a list and evaluate each of the items. Ask yourself what the pros and cons are; then, agree to base all of your decisions around these core wedding must-haves.

2.     Be honest- You love your family, but at some point you need to put your foot down, gracefully and with an appreciative smile. Thank them for their idea and let them know you’ve decided together (you and your fiancé) to go another direction. End of story. I know you’re not selfish, so politely say thanks, but no thanks.

3.     Keep them busy- If your mom or FMIL is harping you about one certain task or idea, why not distract them with another project? Maybe it sounds kind of mean, but I guarantee you, they just want to feel involved because they love you. So send her on a mission to make a banner for your cake table, find fun favors or plan your wedding shower. 

4.     Consider the Why- If your parents or his parents keep insisting on something, consider why. Why is this so important to them? Perhaps if you know their reasoning, you’re more likely to consider their idea.

 
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As a people pleaser, I know you want to truly make everyone happy, and just because you chose not to include someone’s idea or take his or her input does not make you a diva. I always joke with my couples during their cake cutting demonstration, that this is their first official task as a married couple and “team”, but it truly starts long before that!

Sit down and have a chat, be honest and open with your loved ones, and I promise the journey will be more enjoyable!

Photos by Smith House Photo, Nate Messara and Studio H-town

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You Can't Eat at your Wedding

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You Can't Eat at your Wedding

You Can't Eat at your Own Wedding | Wedding Myths | Plan Our Day Houston Wedding Planners
You Can't Eat at your Own Wedding | Wedding Myths | Plan Our Day Houston Wedding Planners

I was just watching some super productive and enlightening television (ha, yeah.) and a Burger King- Wedding Commercial came on, maybe you’ve seen it?

Anyhow, during the commercial, the couple leaves the wedding in their grand exit, hop in their limo and encounter a tray of Burger King burgers, with a sign that says “Because you never get to eat at your wedding, Love Dad,” Sure, it’s sweet and thoughtful, and gives you warm fuzzies that your dad has ensured you've eaten after your long day.

But, what really struck me was they idea that everyone seems to have: You won’t be able to eat on your wedding day.

It is not true!

And, here's what you can do to make sure you enjoy your food...

I always tell my couples, if you want to eat, then sit down and eat when I tell you to. I know, that sounds bossy, but hear me out. When there is a flow to things, an order to the night and your DJ is killing it with announcements, your guests will feel at peace knowing what they’re supposed to be doing, and what is happening next (aka not in your face). So, when your DJ introduces you into your reception, everyone standing, clapping, and cheering you on, and after you finish your first dance, head right on over to your sweet heart table and park it.

You Can't Eat at your Own Wedding | Wedding Myths | Plan Our Day Houston Wedding Planners
You Can't Eat at your Own Wedding | Wedding Myths | Plan Our Day Houston Wedding Planners
You Can't Eat at your Own Wedding | Wedding Myths | Plan Our Day Houston Wedding Planners

 

While everyone is still swooning over your sweet dance, the DJ announces that dinner will be served shortly and you’ll move into a Welcome speech or blessing of the food. Now your guests are distracted and know what they should be doing: waiting for their table to be released to the buffet or for the first course to be served.

I tell my couples, if you stay seated, and literally stay seated during hugs and hellos, you will get to finish your food. I guarantee it. Resist the urge to stand, mingle and walk around. There will be plenty of time for that while everyone else is finishing their food- and this is the perfect time to stop by every table as a couple anyway!

Nevertheless, I’ll be sure to save you a plate for your get away vehicle later in the evening, and maybe even throw in some cake. I got you, girl!

 
You Can't Eat at your Own Wedding | Wedding Myths | Plan Our Day Houston Wedding Planners
 

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DIY: Bridesmaids Gifts

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DIY: Bridesmaids Gifts

 
DIY Bridesmaid Gifts for the Non-Diyer | Houston Wedding Planners | Wedding Ideas and Inspiration for DIY Brides
 

In my previous post, I listed four different DIY projects for the non-DIYer. Which is me, and maybe you too. These were practical and relatively easy DIY projects that any one could do in one afternoon. Hello, who has more time than that these days? Plus, with the great resource like Etsy, everything you need is a few clicks away. 

So, one project, which I found quite fun was creating this bridesmaid gift. You can make this into a "Will you be my Bridesmaid?" gift, or a "Thank you for sticking with me through these nine+ months of planning and stress, #Iloveyou" gift. Or heck, maybe make two!

 
DIY Bridesmaid Gifts for the Non-Diyer | Houston Wedding Planners | Wedding Ideas and Inspiration for DIY Brides
 

Let's start with the container, I wanted it to be on the smaller size and found this little guy at Michael's for half off. (They're like Hobby Lobby, with sales every other week). They were also having a great deal on photo boxes which would also work well!

Now the content... what do women like? Oh! Sweet things, pretty things and practical things! Here are the details:

DIY Bridesmaid Gifts for the Non-Diyer | Houston Wedding Planners | Wedding Ideas and Inspiration for DIY Brides
DIY Bridesmaid Gifts for the Non-Diyer | Houston Wedding Planners | Wedding Ideas and Inspiration for DIY Brides

Cheers Cheers! Muslin Bag (for your Hangover kit)- Michael's $ section

Nail File- Michael's $ section

Twine- Michael's

Hair Ties- Michael's (see a trend here?)

Elderflower Lemonade- Kroger's

Hangover Kit supplies- Kroger's

Macarons- Tout Suite

Straws- My kitchen cabinet or Here

Card- Target's $ section

Note: Many of these items can not be ordered online- you gotta visit the store!

DIY Bridesmaid Gifts for the Non-Diyer | Houston Wedding Planners | Wedding Ideas and Inspiration for DIY Brides
DIY Bridesmaid Gifts for the Non-Diyer | Houston Wedding Planners | Wedding Ideas and Inspiration for DIY Brides

Did I ever mention I am a super thrifty shopper too? I managed to get this gift and all of it's beautifully, hand curated goodies for less than $20.00. A-W-E-S-O-M-E. So hit up your local Target and Michael's Dollar section now!

Photos courtesy of Smith House Photo- because they rock!!

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4 Things you can Actually DIY for your Wedding (for the non-DIYer)

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4 Things you can Actually DIY for your Wedding (for the non-DIYer)

I love the idea of DIY projects like the next girl, but will I ever actually complete that Pinterest project? Probably not. Honestly, I have an entire drawer of random craft items that have never been used or completed- so, if you’re anything like me, DIY just doesn't work for you. But! I have come up with 4 projects you actually can DIY for your wedding- and two of them I definitely think you should!

Bridesmaids Gifts

 
diy bridesmaids gift made by wedding planner with Plan Our Day Houston | Houston Wedding Coordinators | DIY Wedding Ideas for the Non DIY-er
 

Surprise! I actually made the bridesmaid gift in the picture- so no excuses! I hopped in my car, drove to two stores, (okay three if you include Tout Suite for the macarons) selected these items and put them in a pretty little box all by myself- so I can truly say I did this myself! And it really was that easy.

Pull together a cool bottled beverage (bubbles work too!), a sweet treat, emergency kit for your wedding day, plus other cool details your girls will need or love.

Your gals will appreciate the effort and it’s a beautiful beginning to a fun journey of planning your wedding with them by your side. Get creative, be thoughtful and have fun with one!

 

Vows

 
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This is something I definitely encourage you to do! If you’re not sure you can make it through your vows during the ceremony without choking up and sniffling and snotting all over your crumpled paper, then perhaps you can write a sweet love note to your groom for him to read that morning.

With all the hustle going on during your wedding day, and through the previous day’s activities, it’s easy to get lost in the craziness. Take a moment to reconnect with your fiancé before you walk down the aisle. Preferably in your wedding dress, sitting by a window, with a photographer capturing it. (Let's be honest, that's a GREAT photo).

 

Toss Items

 
Houston Wedding Coordinators | DIY Wedding Ideas for the Non DIY-er | Departure Toss Ideas
 

Sure, you can do bubbles... I guess. I’m not hating on them- they’re simple, fun for your semi-intoxicated guests, and inexpensive. Plus, if you are bogged down by venue restrictions, simply aren’t that enthused about your exit, or truly just like bubbles- go for it, lady! (Side note: you only need to buy about half of the amount of your guest list, if you do buy them.) 

But, if you do like the idea of selecting and making your toss item, this is an area to DIY. I’ve seen brides do tossed lavender (LOVE), birdseed, dried flowers, and ribbon wands. All gorgeous and happened to go with their complete vision for the wedding. Order the lavender or seed online (Etsy) and order or make your own cone cups. (here are some pretty lace ones!)

 

Farewell Food

 
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After dancing for a couple hours, imbibing some bubbles and noshing on cake, your guests will be forever grateful to nibble on a snack during their ride home (or to the after partaaay). The beauty of making it a farewell food station is that your guest count will be smaller than if you served it earlier in the reception. Let’s be real, Great Aunt Sophie isn’t staying past dinner. So, less people = less food and less prep!

For the DIY aspect of your farewell food, do as much or as little as you want. Order the popcorn, peanuts, candy or cookies online. Use custom stickers for the bags (here), or order custom printed bags (here).

If you have an awesome caterer, see if they can provide late night tacos or chicken biscuits wrapped with a custom sticker.  Guests with a full belly are happy guests!

 

I hope these DIY ideas for the non-DIYer are helpful! I’d love to hear about some of your more manageable DIY aspects of your wedding, because we can’t all be Martha Stewart! 

Checkout one of my fav DIY weddings here!

 

 

 

 

Photos Courtesy of Smith House Photography and Alyse French Photography

 

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