Feature Image by Casey Rose Photography, Knots ‘N Such, Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist
I love bridal bouquets. Not just because I am a florist. I love them because I feel like as a wedding florist I have the opportunity to capture the bride and her personality in floral form. It is a joy. Lately, here at Knots ‘N Such, Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist, I have been studying and examining alternative wedding bouquets for those brides that want to try something a little bit different. Here are my top 5 favorite alternatives that I love (click on the links in the title to go to a Pinterest search to get a picture of the options):
- Check out last week’s blog to see our love of this new trend the hoop. This take on the bouquet can be beautiful, earthy, and easy to carry. It can incorporate your favorite florals and greenery, as well as, being an eye catching element to your big day.
- Wrist Corsages
- Corsages have been around for awhile. Usually you might see them on your grandmother or mother. However, a trend that allows brides and bridesmaids to have their hands free on the Wedding Day is incorporating the corsage as the bridal party bouquets.
- Another interesting take on the wedding bouquet is the use of lanterns. I have personally used lanterns in wedding decor on many occasions. But, a new twist is brides carrying lanterns with floral designs attached. It is a whimsical look that is still elegant and beautiful. It can also be versatile – repurposed as decoration for the reception.
- Natural Elements
- Wheat, Pinecones, Succulents, Gumballs, Airplants. The list can go on and on for a natural and earthy take on the bouquet. You might look at what elements are in season and tailor your bouquet to match. Or maybe you grew up on the plains of Texas and would love to weave cotton in to your bouquet. Really the options are endless and can make for a unique take on the bouquet.
- Brooch Bouquets
- The final bouquet I would like to highlight today has been around for awhile. Taking beautiful brooches and incorporating them into the bouquet design can be a definite way to catch the guests’ eye but also display a bit of your vintage personality as well. This bouquet can also show a bit of family history, maybe a nod to a grandmother who wasn’t there that day.
Like I said, I love bouquets, and I love capturing the essence of the bride – something that will highlight her beauty and showcase her personality. If you’re interested in talking about alternative bouquets and unique avenues to incorporate into your big day, Knots ‘N Such, Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist is here for you. Contact us today!
Feature image by Amy Nadine Photography. Knots ‘N Such is a Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist
Even before you get married, it so important to go ahead and plan writing thank you notes. Every gift deserves a hand written note from the bride and groom to express gratitude for those people celebrating your nuptials. Knots ‘N Such, a Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist, is here to provide you some helpful hints to make the thank you note process easier and doable.
1. Know the Timeline
For gifts received prior to the wedding, it is customary that you have two weeks to write and send the thank you note. Gifts received on or after the wedding, the timeline lengthens a bit to three months.
2. Have all the “Write” Materials
Pardon the pun there, but before you even receive the first gift, it’s so important to have all the materials you are going to need to write your notes. Save your guest list from wedding invitations to have handy when addressing thank you notes. Also go ahead and order your personalized stationery or stock up in stationery from your favorite paper source store. You may even have pre-wedding stationery and take a personalized thank you photo at the wedding to use for post-wedding gifts. Bulk order stamps (the ones that are already sticky-take it from me, they are a lifesaver and will save your tongue).
3. Set a Routine
It may help to have a comfortable writing station somewhere in your home. Turn on your favorite TV show or music. Enlist your significant other to write a certain number of notes a night. Make it a routine and knock them out little by little, so you’re not stuck with a large number to write at one time.
4. Pen a Personalized Note
Each note should have a personal touch that references the couples gratitude, the specific gift they have received, and how the gift and/or the giver have/will impact your life. Be specific with the gift, and in the case of cash, maybe highlight that you are saving for your first home or it will be a great benefit for the honeymoon. Hav “writer’s block”? Search for thank you note samples online to help spur writing and go from there.
Take it from me, you are surrounded by many gracious people who will be glad to celebrate your wedding. Look at thank you note writing as a chance to thank the awesome people that have surrounded you with open arms. I promise you can do it, just make a plan ahead of time and follow through with your routine. Contact us today for help in the wedding planning process, and we would love to help you pen that perfect note of gratitude. Happy thank you note writing!
Feature image by Casey Rose Photography. Knots ‘N Such is a Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist.
Happy 2018 everyone! Today we want to dive into that underlying “B” word of wedding planning: budgets. Weddings do take money, and that number sometimes can be an overwhelming factor in the planning of their wedding. First of all, let us tell you nearly every bride is on a budget. Big or small, there’s always a limit.
However, there are two types of brides when it comes to budget etiquette, and in an effort to help you plan and execute a wedding on your budget with grace and style, we want to help you understand the two categories.
The first is that “bride on a budget”. This is the bride who understands that any budget has a limit, researches her options thoroughly, and is content with the options that are presented to her. This bride will look back on the wedding planning experience and rejoice over the final product. The second is a “budget bride”. Like the first bride, this bride recognizes that she has a budget, yet struggles to be content with what money can buy for her budget. This bride will look back on the wedding planning experience and be discontent with the final product. She doesn’t appreciate what her budget can buy, so is forlorn.
When looking at the two types of bride, it’s easy to see that the bride on a budget is what we want for every bride, no matter the budget they have for their wedding. Here are some tips to help you in your budgeting and planning for your wedding:
- Know and set your realistic budget from the very beginning (educate yourself on the cost of weddings in your area, determine what you can afford by setting priorities). If you determine a large wedding is nearly impossible, there’s no shame in having a small intimate affair or elopement. It’s actually quite trendy these days!
- Make a list of areas of the wedding and your budget for each category. Here is a worksheet that can help you get started from the magazine Real Simple Budget Worksheet (do this before contacting any vendors)
- Research vendors that are in your budget area (staying within your budget area will help with disappointment later when you receive that estimate). Be realistic with your expectations.
- Visit open houses and bridal fairs to gather more information in your planning
- Contact vendors that meet your criteria to set up meetings
- Realize that vendors are there to educate and support you. Yes, we must be able to support ourselves so must price our products and services to do that. This is a career not a hobby for us.
- Before signing a contract, go back to that budget and make sure that you are focusing on those important details from Tip #1
- Finally, enjoy the process and look at the options you have and know that your day is going to be special
Knots ‘N Such, a Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist, wants to share this information with you, not to scare you off from contacting vendors or dreaming big, but to help you know your budget and not look back at wedding planning as a daunting time. Our hope is, no matter the budget, you are the bride who is satisfied with every option and gets to the day of their wedding a bride beaming with pride knowing this is the day for them. Happy wedding planning friends!
Amy at Knots ‘N Such was such a wonderful joy to work with!!! From the very beginning, she was kind, professional, excited with us, and willing to try whatever we wanted! She was so easy to work with, and she made such beautiful things happen within our budget. She was also honest about what we could let go of without losing the ‘feel’ of our wedding since we did not have an unlimited budget (I wish!). Our flowers for the wedding day were absolutely gorgeous, stunning, better than I even imagined! She designed the florals on a pergola that my dad built us as the backdrop to our ceremony, and it was breathtaking. My bridal bouquet was perfection – every detail was tended to. Our greenery and table design were simple, clean, elegant, and exactly what I had in mind. Amy made my dreams come to life and more – I cannot thank her enough and would definitely recommend her and use her for florals or planning in the future!
Amy with Knots ‘N Such does an AMAZING job for her brides!…Her sense of style is wonderful, and she is super organized as well – making sure that your day is both beautiful and goes off smoothly – a great combination! I highly recommend Amy!
Amy at Knots N’ Such was AMAZING. We hired her for florist services and month-of planning. She made planning a wedding so much less stressful, particularly because I was graduating from graduate school two weeks before my wedding. She met with me several times to pick out linens and florist arrangements and was so kind and patient when I changed my mind several times! She put me at ease and took a lot of the planning off my plate, particularly in that last month when we had weekly phone calls to talk about what needed to be completed still and to allow me to transfer my “wedding vision” to her! Her floral arrangements were perfect. We had so many compliments and their uniqueness matched perfectly with the wedding venue. Her prices are very reasonable and were the best value I could find for both wedding planning and floral services. I wasn’t planning to hire a wedding planner but I highly recommend it. It made the day so much easier and I was able to focus on enjoying every second of it! I just can’t say enough how thankful I am to have had Amy on our wedding team!
Amy is such a pleasure to work with! Always smiling, up beat, and on top of things. Not only is she a fantastic planner, her floral creations are always beautiful.
Amy from Knots ‘N Such is a joy to work with! During the wedding day, she is so pleasant and kind, which is just what you want for a planner who interacts with all your family and friends.
Amy is amazing from the start. I hired her to help me think of everything I am missing. First and only wedding to plan and I want to make sure it is executed perfectly, and that I can relax during the day. After our first phone call I feel confident Knots ‘N Such will make my special day a success!!!
Planning the perfect wedding is what Knots ‘N Such is all about! You can be assured that your wedding dream can be a reality with this amazing team!
We were planning our NC wedding remotely while living in here NYC – a definite challenge, as you could imagine. Early on, we were on the fence when it came to wedding coordinators; looking back, there is absolutely NO way our day would have turned out as amazing without Amy. We began working with Amy a month before our wedding. The weekly lead-up calls were incredibly helpful – she’d think of things that I had never considered (or had time to!) In the week leading up, she handled all the communication with our vendors like a champ, ensuring everyone knew what they were doing, when, where, etc. On our actual wedding day, I’m still not sure what she and her assistant did NOT do – from prep, to running the ceremony, to getting through all the key moments at the reception – she was totally on it and, if anything did go wrong, we had no idea. It’s one of the happiest days of our lives and that’s all I’ll remember, as it should be. She is top notch and we really loved working with her – if you’re still searching for someone to help with your wedding, I highly recommend you speak with Amy!
Her flower arrangements look more natural and classy than anything I have ever seen before.
She is happy with clients being as involved as they want to be.