A wedding trend that has been seen in the past but will also grow in popularity this year is the rustic style. For those of you who do not know what a rustic wedding looks like, think of Southern comfort. This style gives a nice, warmhearted home like feel. From light colored floral arrangements to possibly an outdoor venue, comfort food, and wooden decorations, this style is perfect for a couple that wants a more intimate look for their wedding. One great benefit of having a rustic wedding is how creative you can get with the wedding favors. Instead of the generic place cards, you can turn wooden pieces into place cards or escort cards and carve the guests’ names and table numbers onto them. By making the place cards beautifully unique, guests can also take this with them as a wedding favor. With its gorgeous décor, it is clear why this style is becoming popular.
Whether this is your style or not, 27 Miracles is ready to take that journey with you and make your wedding day everything you dreamed of.
Music plays a big part during the wedding day from processional music during the ceremony to the first dance and other reception song choices. One popular song choice for brides to walk down the aisle to is “Canon In D.” If you are wanting traditional music, then this is perfect for you. However, if you want nontraditional music for the ceremony, a song I would highly suggest is “Forever” by Ben Harper. As explained through the title, this song consists of lyrics relating to the love he has for someone and being with that person forever. It is a lovely song to walk down the aisle to, representing your walk to “forever” with your significant other. There are other great love songs by Ben Harper, but this one fits nicely as a bride processional song. Click on the link below to listen.
When you begin to consider where to go for a honeymoon, one important characteristic to take into account is the romantic look. A honeymoon is the celebration after the first celebration, the wedding. You should make time for you and your significant other to celebrate your new marriage; therefore, look for a location that screams romantic, a location that both you and your significant other find attractive so that you can both enjoy your time.
With so many beautiful locations out there, where can you start your search? Sandals Resorts can be found in locations such as the Carribean. One location in particular is Sandals LaSource, St. George’s, Grenada. As a fairly new resort, it contains gorgeous accomodations including three pools, two river pools, and soaking tubs. Grenada is known to be the Island of Spice, and as you look out the window from your suite, you will be able to see all the beauty that the island provides. This Grenada location is one of the Sandals Resorts that will give you an everlasting impression.
As the founder of an online community of thousands of wedding planners, I often hear from planners about things they wish their brides knew. Often times these are things that we would love to tell our clients but usually can’t. But thanks to Every Last Detail, I’m able to share seven of these things that wedding planners might not tell you:
1. How emotionally involved we get in the wedding planning, design and coordination process.
We pour so much of our hearts and souls into every single event. We do get emotionally attached to some of our clients and families which makes us do a fantastic job because we truly care. You just can’t put a price tag on that.
2. How much of our income goes to taxes and business expenses before we pay ourselves.
Many of our clients work in professional careers but do not own their own business. Understanding that your wedding professionals only make 50-60% of what you pay us (after taxes and business expenses) may help brides and grooms understand why we charge what we do.
3. We cannot remember every single detail of your wedding every single minute of the day during the planning process.
Wedding planners may have 10-20 weddings that they are planning at one time, each with hundreds of details. That’s why we write everything down. It is also why we like to schedule meetings and phone calls in advance so we can refresh our memories first.
4. While we put everything we have into making sure our client’s wedding day is the best it can be, we have families and other obligations as well.
Many wedding planners set up office hours to deter brides and their families from calling their cell phone at all hours of the day and night. Planners often schedule certain weekends and evenings off and can’t always be available at the last minute. Many clients understand and respect this but we have a few who consistently think we should be available 24/7.
5. If you hire your wedding planner after the planning process has begun, she or he needs to know every detail.
As soon as you hire your planner, the planner needs to know about all contracts already in place, vendor contact information and any problems you have come across with the venue, vendors or family during the planning process. For wedding coordinators to successfully pull off a wedding, we need to know details like the fact that the groom’s parents are divorced, and if you sit them close to each other, they will fight. Or that you are having a problem getting in touch with a particular vendor. Many brides, grooms and their families don’t fully understand that the wedding coordinator needs to know every single thing related to the wedding. Even if it’s not something that you think is a big deal, it’s better to err on the side of giving too much information.
6. We only have so much time and energy to get things done on the wedding day.
If our client has a two car loads of wedding details, favors and stationery to set up on the wedding day, we may need multiple assistants to get it all done in time. This is especially important to remember when there is a limited amount of time for setup at the venue. We may need to add on staff (and charge additional fees) to accommodate last minute requests as well. Even though we try to be superhuman, we can only physically accomplish a certain amount of work in a few hours.
7. We are an advocate for the bride and groom.
We are there to create your vision and make your day exactly what you have been dreaming about. We are also a buffer between you and all the details, vendors, mishaps and family members that would prevent both of you from completely enjoying and living in the beautiful moment of your wedding day.
These are just a few of the details that wedding planners would love to tell you but usually keep to themselves.. Many of us live and breathe our jobs and only want the best for our couples and their families. We love what we do and truly care about our clients.
Thank you Debbie for such a well documented article.
If you are planning a wedding and do not have the services of a wedding planner to help you on your special day, contact 27 Miracles, they can walk you through the process to make your day special.
If you are interested in having your wedding at a hotel, there is one important question to ask. Will the hotel require you to use their preferred vendors? Many hotels have a list of vendors they prefer, and some locations will not even allow you to work with vendors of your choosing, such as the bakery for your wedding cake. When choosing vendors, you should know what the hotel has to offer first so that you can choose the right vendors that will help make your wedding day as perfect as possible.
For more tips and advice, contact us and visit our website at www.27miraclesbyrosie.com. In the meanwhile, look out for our Tips and Advice blogs every Tuesday.
While the most seemingly bizarre wedding traditions actually can make for the most unique wedding experiences, you don’t have to faithfully recreate the original rituals as they were once performed. If you’d like to try putting a modern spin on an old wedding tradition, check out this fun adaptation of long-observed Chinese ritual.
OLD TRADITION: “Zuo Tang” or “Sitting in the Hall,” from the Sichuan Province in Southwest China Nearly a thousand years ago, the mother of a Chinese princess was so devastated that her baby girl was promised to a man she disliked she spent an entire month weeping in despair. Chinese mothers everywhere thought this was a fabulous way to express motherly love, and thus the Zuo Tang weeping tradition was born. As the tradition evolved, the brides became the ones expected to weep, and so the ritual began a month before the wedding day. Ten days into the weeping month, the bride’s mother would begin weeping with her daughter. As the days went on, the other female members of her family would join in the tears, until every female relative of the bride was weeping together. Brides who didn’t weep enough were often shunned or beaten by their mothers because the harder, longer and more often a bride cried, the more she was thought to love her family.
NEW SPIN: Round up all of your female relatives a week or two before your wedding day to have a “crying” themed karaoke night. In all fairness to modern Sichuan brides, recently the Zuo Tang tradition is upheld by simply singing “crying marriage songs” in lieu of month-long weeping. You can take it one step further. Gather all your female relatives sometime in the month before your wedding day and take them out for a night on the town. Hit up a karaoke bar for some singing and dancing. If you really want to get in the sobbing spirit, theme the music choices according to song titles and lyrics about crying or weeping.
Try This “Wailing” Playlist: “Cry Me a River” by Justin Timberlake
“Cry to Me” by Solomon Burke
“Don’t Cry Out” by Shiny Toy Guns
“Big Girls Don’t Cry” by Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons
“Cry” by Siouxsie & the Banshees
“Can’t Cry These Tears” by Garbage
“Boys Don’t Cry” by the Cure
“Don’t Cry Baby” by Madeleine Peyroux
“Crybaby” by Janis Joplin
After an early morning start to your wedding day, wearing heels may not be the best idea towards the end of the night. Our 27 Miracles team understands that you want to look your best throughout the whole day so we have come up with a solution to your shoe dilemma.
Go ahead and toss those heels later in the day and put on a pair of Tieks. Tieks ballet flats are not only a shoe choice that will ease the pain on your feet, but with many designs and colors, you can still achieve that fabulous wedding day look. When you book with 27 Miracles, you will receive 20% off your purchase. Also, if you purchase 4 pairs or more, the bride receives her pair free! Check out the selection of Tieks shoes at www.tieks.com.
You should not have to sacrifice pain for beauty so choose Tieks.
It is not often that a planner gets to plan a special event like the 50th Wedding Anniversary of their parents! Rosie Moore, Master Wedding Planner for 27 Miracles had just that opportunity with the assistance on the day of from fellow planners Christine Pabelico and her assistants Tess, Shannon and Kim!
The date December 21, 1963, it was a cold and snowy day for the first day of winter. They thought that they would not be able to have their wedding, but people still made it to the church and the wedding.
Through the years they celebrated many years of good memories. Watch the video of their life together.
As they approached their 50th wedding anniversary the wedding vow renewal planning started about a year before the big date!
They started with a fun-filled engagement session:
But on December 21, 2013, the first day of winter in Florida brought us 85 Degrees! Wow!
The day started with the photography of Michael Anthony Photography capturing the pre-ceremony pictures that included the bride getting ready and her bouquet.
The Beautiful bouquets were made by RJ Glamour and Innovation for the Diva! That is what Juan Carlos, owner, and designer, called Antonia because he was ever so proud to do an event of such honor as someone’s 50th wedding vow renewal for someone who he knew through the wedding industry.
No wedding would be complete without comfortable shoes made for a princess! Angela Nuran provided just that with her shoes and the buckle even matches the pendant on the bouquet, what a coincidence!
When it came time to select her wedding gown, of course, what they made back 50 years ago is not sold in this day and age, unless it is custom-made. But her idea of her dress was that of Cinderella because that is what she always said her life was like until Julio, her Prince Charming, swept her off her feet!
It’s time to get ready……
And the bride is ready…..
It was quite an honor to have three generations in one room celebrating this special day. Antonia was joined by her daughter Rosie, grand-daughter Kayla, and Grandson Kaleb.
The flower girl in the picture has been babysat by Antonia since birth; so to have her on this day was going to be part of the memories to share..
Now Julio had been through quite a bit….back in 2006 (3 months before his daughter Rosie Married Marcus), he had a series of strokes with a major one that set him back in the hospital. But through prayers, faith, and the help of the staff and family he regained his ability to get his life back.
He started his day with son in law Marcus and grandson Christopher. Now Julio is retired from the army and what better way to honor him than having the honor guard perform for him. The honor guard walked into Proud To Be An American as they set their flags. Then honored Julio with a saber ceremony.
No ceremony would be complete without the beautiful romantic music of Christine MacPhail the harpist.
Okay, the big moment has arrived, Julio has not seen Antonia since dinner the night before. He was kind of nervous as he did not know what was happening next.
Who would have thought that this 1lb 10 oz preemie baby boy would be walking down the aisle at his grandma’s wedding vow renewal 4 yrs later…..
The first-born grandchild Christopher, got the honor of escorting his grandmother down the aisle to the traditional wedding march.
The handoff to Julio…
You have to love the shots that photographers take and capture moments like this, Kaleb, the ring bearer intently paying attention to what is happening.
Christopher sang the Lord’s Prayer during the ceremony, bringing emotion to all that were present.
Now everyone knows that Marcus does not speak Spanish. For the wedding ceremony with some coaching from Oscar of Sensational Ceremonies, he recited a few verses from First Corinthians 13 much to Antonia and Julio’s surprise. They were touched by the heartfelt gesture.
It was a little too windy for the unity candle to be lit, but it did not stop them from trying with the Ave Maria playing in the background by Christine MacPhail the Harpist.
And they are husband and wife, what the Lord has joined together let no man separate…
The Bridal Party!
The Happy Couple!
Officiant Pastor Santos!
The immediate family!
Now it is time to see the artwork of RJ Glamour and Innovation coupled with the lighting special effects of Roque productions in the beautiful Wyndham Orlando Resort,
The ballroom reveal……seeing everything before the guests do…..
Judging from that smile, they were very pleased with everything……as they heard the tunes of Louis Armstrong singing When You Wish Upon a Star……
Look at the beautiful cake from Party Flavors!! Not only beautiful but tasty too!!!
Each table was named with the fruits of the spirit, love, patience, kindness, …in Spanish and English…
Let the celebration begin by looking at the family pictures dating back to their dating years and their wedding photo restored to color, thanks to West Orange Photo!
And here come the two flower girls and the ring bearer…
The bridesmaid and groomsman aka the grandkids( brother and sister), I guess for this instance “cootie alert ” is down…funny how kids still think that…..
Matron of Honor and Best Man
Awaiting the bride and Groom’s grand entrance
Mr. and Mrs. Freijo!
The blessing by Delilah…..
After a most delicious dinner prepared by the staff at the Wyndham Orlando( people are STILL saying how great the food was) it was time for the slide show…5 decades of memories….( you can see at the beginning of the blog)
No Wedding is complete without cutting the cake to A kiss is just a kiss by Louis Armstrong…
And their original cake cutting picture on the cake table…..Who has been married the least amount of years? That is the game that Andres the MC from Roque productions played…..much, to everyone’s surprise, this happy couple married just a few short months
What advice can Antonia and Julio give to make it the last 50 years? Love, patience, and more love…….and understanding…..
A bouquet to start that road to marriage……
It is time to thank the guests for coming and the vendors for their fabulous work to make this wedding vow renewal the success that it was! But before they say good-bye…Vocalists Kristin and Chris had a very special good bye to sing…..”Time to Say Good Bye ” By Andrea Boccelli…..
Now we all know that it does not snow in Florida right? But we were worried about cold fronts, rain in December. Thanks to our friends the Forecasting Team (a meteorology forecasting company) they gave the thumbs up for perfect weather! And indeed it was with sunny blue skies….but if we were to recreate the wedding blizzard they had 50 years ago how were we to do that? Luckily Brian from Standing Ovation came to the rescue and made it snow in Florida!!!
As they went on board their classical car for a ride around O’town with chauffeur Miguel from Southern Elegance!!!
And they lived happily ever after……………
Thank you, Christine and Tess, for the wedding day coordinators on this day!
Okay so it is quite cold here for being Florida, so let me take you to some warmer days of thinking when it can be 80 degrees and sunny …..
2014 brings along new trends as far as weddings. This year, we will be seeing more color schemes that we have not seen much of previously. Surprisingly enough, the choice of color is purple. The color purple has symbolized strength and peace. Throughout history, this color also grew popularity towards royal crowds.
Get ready to see shades of purple at weddings from dark purples such as amethyst to light purples including lavender and orchid colors. Whether it is a bridesmaid dress, flowers, shoes, and other décor this color will likely pop up more often at weddings.
While being a wedding previously executed by 27 Miracles, below is a great example of how well the color purple fits in at weddings.
By Christine Pabelico Certified Wedding Planner
27 Miracles http://www.27miraclesbyrosie.com/
Andy Martin Photography http://www.andymartinphotography.com/
When you consider your wedding cake, a cake topper is a must have. This item has become ideal for weddings throughout the years. Why exactly? Food Editorials’ article by Deam Rass explains the history behind it. An excerpt follows.
The girl asked her father to create a symbol of the unflinching love between her and the groom for the world to see. After mulling over several ideas and carefully deliberating over each one of them, the father decided to make a unique creation – a lovely wedding cake, with two fabulous figurines on top of it. The figurines that the cake top featured were obviously of his daughter and her groom-to-be. The baker had conceived the cake topper as the perfect symbol of their love and bonding. (Rass, para. 12)
The reason why a figurine of the groom and bride has been a popular choice for a cake topper is due to what it symbolizes. It adds an image to the cake representing the love that the couple shares. While this figurine still catches the eye of many engaged couples, other cake topper options have grown in popularity. These include monograms, acrylic and porcelain hearts, and ceramic birds.