The wonderful world of editorial wedding inspiration, advice, and design can lead to many of long nights pouring over magazines and pinning all. the. things. With so much readily available at your fingertips, it can quickly lead from inspiration to hesitation. But, we’re here for you Birmingham brides with our favorite pieces of advice, courtesy of our team, handpicked from the industry’s leading publications.
In Martha Stewart Weddings’ 12 Alternative Entertainment Ideas for a Unique Wedding Reception, we shared one of our very favorite personal touches for any wedding reception. Paint your evening! “Live event artists offer both entertainment during the party and a meaningful keepsake after the wedding. Guests will love watching the painter in action and the newlywed couple receives a wonderful piece of art for their new home together.” — Courtney Wolf, Wedding Planner & Marketing Director, Invision Events
One of the most daunting decisions of a bride’s design process is her very own bouquet, as nothing is a more personal expression of your wedding day style (except for, of course, your gown!) Our advice? Don’t forget to incorporate some greenery for an easy and unexepected layer of texture. As stated in Town & Country’s Wedding Bouquet Ideas for the Indecisive Bride, “There are so many different kinds of greenery that you could use in a bouquet beyond eucalyptus. Air plants give a natural and organic feel to a bouquet with an added softness,” — Julie Bunkley, Owner and Creative Director, Invision Events.
Now that you’re sure to have an ever so lovely bouquet, don’t forget to ensure your best gals are decked out with some gorgeous florals as well. As seen in Martha Stewart Weddings’ 11 Dos and Don’ts for Choosing Your Bridesmaids’ Bouquets, “Do think about what’s wrapping the bouquets. We love including sweet strands of hand-dyed silk ribbon. While this may sometimes be too ‘whimsical’ of a trend for the bride herself, it’s a great way to add depth to your girls’ overall floral look.” — Courtney Wolf, Wedding Planner, Invision Events.
You may not know it yet, but some of the greatest moments of your wedding day actually happen before the ceremony or reception even begin! In Glamour’s 10 Things You Can’t Forget To Do the Morning of Your Wedding, we gave our two-cents for a guaranteed fun and smooth-sailing morning before you say “I do.” On the top of our list:
- “Pop in a playlist! ‘Nothing sets a tone like music,’ says Courtney Wolf, wedding director at Invision Events in Atlanta and Birmingham, Alabama. ‘And listening to your favorite Katy Perry ballad while getting ready is just plain fun!’”
- “Pen a love letter to your fiancé. ‘Write a candid, in-the-moment note about marrying him on this day,’ Wolf says. ‘It will be fun to sit down on future anniversaries and feel those giddy emotions all over again.’”
- “Pack a makeup bag. ‘Have your makeup artist bring extras of the colors to use to touch up later,’ Wolf says. ‘Make sure they’ll fit in your clutch.’”
Some of our favorite wedding venues we’ve ever had are in our clients’ own backyards. It provides an undeniably intimate and meaningful atmosphere for every guest, and you can’t beat taking this next step with your groom in the place you call home. In Domino’s How to Host Your Wedding at Home, Stress-Free, we provided our take on how to ensure flawless nuptials at your own abode. “Lighting is key, so make sure you plot the path of the sun or sunset at the time of day you want for your ceremony, and to set up your decor accordingly. You may want your photographer to come and take a look at the space at a certain time of day, so they can give the best advice as to ceremony location or even which direction to face.” — Julie Bunkley, Owner and Creative Director, Invision Events
In Brides’ 8 Ways To Use Draping At Your Reception For an Upscale Look, one of our favorite Birmingham wedding designs was featured for our use of draping at the Birmingham Museum of Art. This look has practically broken the internet and we absolutely love it! Spy that cake at the end of the hallway? Yeah, it’s a definite showstopper, too!
In Domino’s How To Take Your Wedding Bar To the Next Level, we shared our best advice on how to attract the interest of your wedding guests to even the most conventional aspects of a reception. Want to draw eyes to your bar? “Add some green. Greenery and florals on or around the bar can liven up the space. Garlands are a gorgeous way to add elegance and tie-in your lush surroundings.” — Julie Bunkley, Owner and Creative Director, Invision Events