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Unique Groomsmen Gifts, tips from Knots ‘N Such, Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist

Feature Image – Personalized Flask From Groovy Guy Gifts. Knots ‘N Such, Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist.

If you spend a lot of time around weddings, you begin to see that the wedding party adds some spice to the wedding day.  A great set of groomsmen and bridesmaids will make the celebration a party for all involved. The bride and groom should really thank their wedding party with a small token of their appreciation.  This gift in no way has to be boring! Today on Knots ‘N Such, Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist, we are talking unique groomsmen gifts. Check out Groovy Guy Gifts because we are big fans of their personalized and memorable gifts to the guys standing by your man on the big day; they made the featured flask with my caricature and title on it! (Why, yes, I do consider myself a goddess! haha!)

Groomsmen Photo

Photography by Kate Pope Photography

Some Unique Ideas Gleaned from The Groovy Guy Gifts Website

  • Personalized Flask, Beer Mug, Shot Glass, Decanters, or Other Fancy Barware Related Gift
  • Coffee Mug for the House or To Go
  • Money Clip or Wallet
  • Travel Gear like a Shaving Kit, Duffel Bag, Backpack, or Other Bag
  • Sporting Equipment like a Bat, Hockey Puck, Football, Etc.
  • Knives or Axes (don’t bring these to the wedding! lol)
  • Cool Set of Sunglasses (might even make a cool group photo!)
  • Something for the Cigar Lovers Out There like a Box or Lighter
  • Wooden or Pocket Watches
  • Individual Bobbleheads

Three Things to Keep in Mind for the Gifts:

  • Personable
    • You want the gift to speak to who you are and who your groom is.  Engraving and personalization will go a long way to making the gift unique and special.
  • Memorable
    • You want it to be something that the recipient will want to keep.  When they look back at the gift, you want them to remember your wedding day and your relationship to them.
  • Relatable
    • You want to, as much as possible, make it connect with the recipient.  Do: give a personalized football to the person who you spend every Saturday with watching the game.  Don’t: give an engraved shot glass to a non-drinker. Maybe that means everyone doesn’t get the same gift and that’s okay!
Groomsmen Cheers

Photography by J.P. Lord Photography

It is important to show your gratitude to the people that are standing by you on your big day.  Taking time to shower them with a personalized gift will speak volumes to them. Groomsmen gifts don’t have to be boring.  Thanks again to great businesses like Groovy Guy Gifts who help us all out with that unique touch.  

Sometimes details like the gifts can be forgotten.  Feeling like you’re forgetting some of the details? Contact Knots ‘N Such, Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist, today, and we would love to help you with the details.

XOXO,

Amy

 

Pinning Like a Pro: Wedding Planning Pinterest Tips from Knots ‘N Such, Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist

Feature Image by J.P. Lord Photography.  Knots ‘N Such, Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist.

Pinterest is an amazing resource, and even I have to be careful, because it can become a black hole of time, sucking me in for way longer than I expected.  As a wedding planner, I love it as a resource to see into a bride’s mind and vision.  When meeting with a bride, I always ask to be a collaborator on their boards, whether public or private.  It helps me connect with them and give a visual clue to how they picture their big day.  Pinterest though is a massive resource and sometimes can be overwhelming for an already overwhelmed bride.  Knots ‘N Such, Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist, is here today to provide my top 3 tips on how to pin like a pro and not become overwhelmed by the vast limits of Pinterest’s space.

Bridal Bouquet used as centerpiece for sweetheart table

Photography by Novitsky Photography

  1. Be Inspired but Organized
    • The purpose of Pinterest is to be inspired.  It can help shape your vision, bring out your likes and dislikes, or even help with the color scheme. You are bound to find something for every part of your wedding-from save the dates to creative thank you notes.  The key is to use it for inspiration not replication of someone else’s wedding. Also, it is very easy to create a board of 1000 images, but that almost defeats the purpose, as you want to go back to the thing that inspired you, not get lost in a huge board of images.  You don’t want to lose your inspiration in the midst of clutter.  Pinterest also has added sub-boards in the main board to help you organize in categories, maybe “centerpieces” or “bouquets”. Organization will help you and your planner be inspired by what first inspired you.
  2. Set Realistic Expectations
    • With any type of social media, you need to go in realizing that you are viewing a highlight reel of someone’s life.  Pinterest is no exception.  I am sure we have all had a fail or two by something we tried to replicate from social media.  When searching through Pinterest images, keep your expectations in check.  What can be achieved?  What is within your budget?  Are those blooms in season for your wedding date?  If you go in with realistic expectations, then you will be a more satisfied bride on your big day.
  3. Leave Room for Personal Style
    • Just because you are using Pinterest as a resource for your big day does not mean it is the only resource for helping plan your wedding.  You can look elsewhere to help shape your big day. For instance, maybe you find an article that states what a trending color is for this wedding season but you want to incorporate your signature color into your wedding, don’t forgo your style just because someone else said so.  Don’t be limited in finding inspiration from other sources, like a wedding planner or a fashion blog.  It’s okay to log off for a while and find inspiration beyond the screen.
Head table with bride and groom chairs

Photography by Jamie Blow Photography

Wedding Planning has definitely gotten boosts in our technologically driven world.  I mean, how did we plan a wedding without social media before?! I think in planning it is important to see these resources as helpful tools rather than the end all be all.  You want to have your day, not someone else’s day.  If you are needing help in crafting your personal day, contact Knots ‘N Such, Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist today, and let us help you use your inspiration to create your magical day! Also take some time to check out our Pinterest board to see what inspires us.

XOXO,

Amy

Summer Wedding: 9 Ways to Beat the Heat, Tips from Knots ‘N Such, Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist

Feature Image by J.P. Lord Photography. Knots ‘N Such, Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist.

Guess what? It’s summer. And in case you haven’t stepped outside in the past few weeks (lucky you), in the Raleigh world that means it’s HOT, complete with that sticky, walking-through-water feel that only a North Carolina summer can bring.  Just wait until you step into all five layers of that gorgeous princess ball gown of a wedding dress!

Everyone loves summer weddings, including me, but in the heat of summer, doing anything outside can be tough and outdoor weddings that much more so. Here are a few things to think about to beat the heat on your big day.

Outdoor Ceremony Entrance

Photography by J Parker Photography

  1. Avoid the heat

This one sounds obvious, but sometimes it’s an easy one to forget. If you know you’re going to get married on a hot day (read any time June thru August), try going for a later or earlier ceremony time to avoid the heat of the day. You may not be able to escape the temperatures for the whole event, but this way you at least won’t have guests sitting for the ceremony, baking in the hot sun at its peak.

  1. Attire

Especially with an outdoor ceremony, take extra time to consider what your wedding party will wear on the day of. Trade the full tux and jacket for a nice vest, bowtie, or suspenders to class up the guys’ outfits without adding undo layers. For the wedding dress, try to pick something light and loose.

  1. Hydrate!

I can’t stress this one enough. Especially if you’re wearing a traditional wedding dress, you are going to be hot, hot, hot. Both you and your new hubby will be up on your feet, bouncing from friend to family member and back again. It will be all you can do to get a bite to eat (a pet peeve of mine—please be sure to get food!), but in hot weather definitely do NOT skimp on water. And don’t pass on water right to the beer. Trust me, you’ll regret it later. This goes for your guests, as well. You know how much quicker a cold beer or glass of wine can go to your head on a hot day. Make sure to have cool, non-alcoholic drinks available—and some cocktail hour snacks wouldn’t hurt, either.

  1. Flowers

Your blooms won’t like the heat any more than you do—and they also need to hydrate. As soon as you can after the ceremony, plop those bouquets in a glass of water. Your florist should take care of the centerpieces or other floral pieces, but just in case have your planner keep on eye on them to maybe top them off with water before dinner if they begin to wilt. (Bonus if your coordinator is also your florist!) What flowers you choose can help save the day, as well.  In-season blooms that don’t have to travel far will last longer, and the hardier summer varieties will stand up to the warmth better than more fragile ones.

  1. Cake or other desserts

Icing also doesn’t hold up well in the heat. While the sweet treats will taste just as delicious with dripping frosting as not, they won’t make for the best pictures, and you’re bound to get extremely sticky if you go for a cake cutting. Have your baker deliver during cocktail hour, so the cake doesn’t stay out long before the cake cutting. You may even want to cut the cake before dinner, so the cake is at its freshest for the pictures.  And then guests don’t have to wait long for dessert.

  1. Protecting guests

If you plan on spending most of the day in the sun, help guests prepare! Have sunscreen available—in cute little baskets or bins—somewhere near the entrance so they can lather up when they get there. If you plan on using metal chairs for the ceremony, invest in covers so no one burns her bottom. Also try to scope out or create shady areas for people to escape, especially during the cocktail hour.

  1. Indoor options

Remember the heat takes the biggest toll on the old and the young. If you have grandparents making the trip, make sure there is somewhere for them to go sit and cool off. If there’s an indoor element to the venue—even if not big enough for the entire party—think about making it available for those who really need it. The same goes for small children.

  1. Think waterpark!

Maybe not quite that extreme, but if temperatures are really getting up there, it might not be a bad idea to get some fans and misters to go on the tent. I heard of a bride who had a fan underneath the head table to blow under her skirt and help her cool off! Or go with the amusement park theme and get everyone those little squirt bottle fans as favors. If the venue has a hose, hook a fan up to the water source and create your own cooling station. Any way that you have to help your guests cool off will go a long way.

  1. Have some fun

Use the heat as a way to introduce some more casual aspects to your wedding. Give your programs a second purpose by having them printed as fans, so your guests can fan themselves during the ceremony.  Have a late-night snack of popsicles (Lunapops, anyone?), and have frozen drinks at the bar.  Ask your caterer to be sure and bring double the amount of water so you don’t run out.

Summer Heat Infographic

Photography by
Joe Payne Photography
Thirteenth Moon Photography
J.P. Lord Photography
Jamie Blow Photography
Azul Photography

Take it from your Raleigh wedding planner, if you have an outdoor wedding in June, July, or August, your chances of having excessive heat are great.  So plan to pamper yourself and your guests to beat the heat!  Be creative, have fun, and stay safe!

XOXO,

Amy

Erica and Josh’s Wedding Day, event planned with Knots ‘N Such, Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist

Feature Image by J.P. Lord Photography. Knots ‘N Such, Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist.

Erica and Josh are truly the most precious couple, and I have such wonderful memories of their wedding day! The weather was beautiful, the venue was picturesque, and the vintage touches were perfect. These two lovebirds tied the knot at the historic Merrimon-Wynne House in Downtown Raleigh.  The ceremony was held outdoors on the lawn, with the main house being the cocktail area, and finally guests were ushered into the carriage house for an evening of dining, dancing, and fun activities.  Knots ‘N Such, Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist, enjoyed so much providing both the floral decor, as well as, providing coordination for this joyful couple.  With touches of ivories and shades of blue, it truly was an evening to remember.  We want to thank the following vendors who worked so hard alongside of us to bring this vision to life:

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Merrimon-Wynne House

Catering & Dessert: Durham Catering Company

Photographer: J.P. Lord Photography

Lighting: Vivid Lighting NC

Games Rental: Cornhole Express

Rentals: Party Reflections

Vintage Rentals: Southern Vintage Table Rentals

Please visit our gallery to see more of our favorite images from this stunning wedding, but in the meantime, here is just a snippet of the glorious day!

Bride Wedding Prep

Photography by J.P. Lord Photography

Bridal Portrait

Photography by J.P. Lord Photography

Flower Girls

Photography by J.P. Lord Photography

Bridal Party Serious Pose

Photography by J.P. Lord Photography

Bridal Party Florals

Photography by J.P. Lord Photography

Groom Photo

Photography by J.P. Lord Photography

Groomsmen Serious Portrait

Photography by J.P. Lord Photography

guestbook-table-details

Photography by J.P. Lord Photography

Sweetheart Table Details

Photography by J.P. Lord Photography

Groomsmen Flowers

Photography by J.P. Lord Photography

Ceremony Arbor

Photography by J.P. Lord Photography

Ceremony Photography with Arbor

Photography by J.P. Lord Photography

Recessional At Ceremony

Photography by J.P. Lord Photography

Sweetheart Table Kiss

Photography by J.P. Lord Photography

Like I said, what a fantastic day it was, and so much fun with the wedding party and fun details.  Erica and Josh were an amazing couple to work with, and we are so glad we got to work alongside of them for their beautiful day!

We are happy we can see how happy we make our brides feel.  After the wedding, Erica shared the following review on WeddingWire, “I came to Amy almost in tears because of how overwhelmed I was with wedding planning. I booked her for coordinating and floral design and it was one of the best decisions I made. She immediately put me at ease with her calmness and comforting personality. Amy has a passion for what she does and helped me with so many decisions! She has a lot of experience and any bumps that arose she handled quickly and efficiently. She also did my florals for the decor and bouquets and they were beautiful! I told her the colors and pointed out a few pictures I liked and she created amazing pieces that I was more than happy with. Amy was so great to work with and I felt very taken care of and if you are considering either a coordinator or florist I HIGHLY recommend Amy!”

Congrats again to Erica and Josh; it was a day straight out of a storybook! If you are looking for a wedding planner and/or florist to help you pull off your big day, please do not hesitate to contact us at Knots ‘N Such!

XOXO,

Amy

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