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At least once a month I will go through and re-visit some of the area venues and give you some really great ideas to use them for your own wedding. Disclaimer: Not everyone can pull it off - AND don't sign a contract without reviewing it first! That doesn't mean sit there and skim - it means take it home read it, highlight the areas of question and then ask the questions! If you have a planner, they do this for you! If you don't have a planner. Quickly call us 336-25-9331 and we'll be your planner!
Suite 300 is a beautiful room - and the decor is nice, but it needs a little help. Look at these photos:
This is a little bar - away from the party that blocks a hallway to the bride room. I don't like it as a bar - but it would be really cute as a kissing booth!!!
This light is in the pool room.
The pool room.
The Groom's Room
The Grooms Room
Side with guest seating.
This is the head table that was set up when I visited and the black dance floor. Two things here - I hate the black dance floor, it should be white, light wood or copper to match the theme of the room. In addition the mix of chairs is odd - the Chavari's should be silver to match or even better clear!
Love the lounge furniture!
These chair covers come with the rental price!
These are the lights - I am loving the bling!!!
Cute for a head table - but the guests will not be able to see the bride and groom - because of the location of the table and the pillars in the room.
The bar!! WOW!!!
Another shot of the lounge furniture!
The beautiful glass light in the bridal suite
A better shot of the bridal suite!
The back side of that wooden bar.
Lounge area for the bridal party.
Very cute art work!
The water feature when you come in the door.
Overall I give the location an B, with a few enhancements by a great designer (me), it can be the ultimate wedding venue. It is not cheap, in all actuality you pay for the lounge furniture and the linens. Entry into the venue is difficult also, through a parking deck and down a manned elevator with a code, so getting out is difficult also.
Our brides would love this venue - with the enhancements because it is modern and new! Let me know your thoughts if you've seen this venue or will be hosting your wedding here!
If you thought Day 1 was fantastic - wait until you see day 2! There were 3 total ceremonies and a reception on this day - the Chuda Ceremony, the Baarat, the Wedding Ceremony and the Reception. Check out a couple of photos from each! Chuda Ceremony - On the wedding day the rituals at the girl’s home begin with the Chuda ceremony. To commemorate the Chuda ceremony, a havan or puja is conducted by the pandit. Thereafter, the pundit ties a mauli on the to be bride’s wrist. The oldest maternal uncle and aunt play an important role in the performance of the ceremony. They fast till the event is completed. Chuda is basically a set of red and cream ivory bangles that is touched by all present. People touch the chuda and give their heartiest wishes to the girl for her future married life. Also, they sprinkle flower petals on the bride. Prasad is distributed to all. After that, the girl’s uncle, aunt, friends and cousins tie kaliras (silver, gold or gold plated traditional ornaments) to a bangle worn by the girl.
Next up is the Baraat!
Sorry I am posting this one so late! Things have been a little hectic, but this wedding that you are about to view is my favorite for 2015 for sure. It was also the most challenging and it was so wonderful to LEARN about another culture. The families from both the bride and groom were just wonderful and we were blessed to be a part of their special day! Day one was full of Henna and the ever fun Sangeet! The dancers were awesome! Huge shout out to the NC State Dance Teams!!!
The art of the suspended cake. I like this idea - although it would need to be in the right setting - formal, no children, etc. :) It would also have to be done right! Check out these photos I found on Pintrest!
Awesome! But how in the world are they supposed to cut it?
This one is a disaster waiting to happen! Look how close it is to the table and chairs! The chair covers are beautiful though!
What do you think? Want to try this at your wedding?
I always like to consider calling the photographer the memory keeper, because what they do is create an object that keeps the memory that I have created for my clients forever. You will always be able to go back and look at that memory. Good photography is awesome, which means that you should hire a good photographer for your wedding day. I hear a lot of brides ask - what does it cost? And I get it - we are all on a budget, but don't just choose the cheapest one because you get what you pay for. Choose the photographer that has the most talent and that can take the type of photos that you want.
Here are a few things that you should ask or do:
1. Is there a time limit for your services on wedding day. (If there is just make sure that there is ample time for your getting ready photos and that they can stay all the way until the end)
2. How many photographers will be with you. Do they shoot in the same style? This is super important because one photographer can't be with everyone or get detail shots for you. There should always be 2 photographers or more depending on your guest count.
3. Make sure you READ the contract! If you get a photographer contract and they are missing some key elements on it (basic contact info included) then don't sign it! Have them make the revisions that you need to include all that you have discussed.
This is super important - I have had some photographers revise 3 or 4 times because of this. You are paying a lot of money and you should have everything that they promise in WRITING! This includes all of the professionals that you hire. If they don't want to change it - hire someone else.
One thing that you shouldn't ask:
1. How long will it be until I have my photos. This should already be in your contract. Being a creative myself I can understand the time needed to edit the photos and make them look just right, let them create, you'll get a better product in the end!
Since we help brides and grooms plan their destination weddings and honeymoons for free with Sandals or Beaches resorts we created a group where they can talk to one another about the planning process, learn about Sandals & Beaches Destination Weddings or just ask questions about the resorts available. It is a great way to learn what Sandals & Beaches has to offer and see what other brides and grooms are doing!
If you are interested in joining just follow the link below.
If you are interested in hosting your wedding at a Sandals or Beaches resorts - please contact us! We love them! :)
Don't forget your guests - they've traveled quite a way to share in your special day. Here are some ideas of things that you can pick up either at the destination wedding location or easily pack in your luggage!
A Tote Bag - If your destination wedding is anywhere near a beach a tote bag is a great idea! I know I always forget to bring a little bag to carry those essentials to the water, my book, suntan lotion, glasses, maybe a bottle of water.
Sunglasses - How many times have you gotten on a plane to the Caribbean and forgot your sunglasses? Some cute little glasses in your wedding colors would be fun for guests!
Some Local Flavor - no matter where you are there is always a little something in a great little shop! Spend some time hunting - or just talk to your wedding planner - or venue planner and ask...a little local treat goes a long way!''
Luggage Tags - Other than letting you know that it's your luggage coming down the conveyor belt at an airport there really isn't much use for a luggage tag (the airlines don't care) but once you get to the belt and see that sea of black bags circling you'll be glad to see that tag...and your guests will also!
Don't forget the little things - bottled water, chap stick and a bag or two of chips!