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Planning a Destination Wedding, Tips by Knots ‘N Such, Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist

Feature Image by McCardell Photography. Knots ‘N Such, Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist.

Summer has been in high gear lately, and if you are like me a bit of wanderlust may have set in.  You might have a desire to visit the cool, fresh air of the mountains Or catch some rays at the beach.  Whether flying to an international destination or sailing the high seas in America, summer definitely is a jet setting time.  Today on the blog, Knots ‘N Such, Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist, is bringing you tips if jet setting is a part of your wedding plans.  Many people dream of an intimate wedding on the beach or at a European hot spot, but don’t know quite where to begin.  Here are 5 tips that will definitely be helpful to you in getting started!

  • Plan a location that is meaningful to you as a couple
    • First and foremost, this is your wedding.  Choose something that is meaningful to who you are as a couple for that personal touch. How about the location of your first vacation together, or the spot where he proposed, or a place that’s been on both your bucket lists for years. Make it memorable and possibly a place that you will visit again in the future. For me, that spot was in the area where I grew up and the spot where my husband fell in love with that area – the mountains of Virginia.
  • Plan well in advance
    • Unless you’re planning to elope alone as a couple, you don’t want a destination wedding and all its details to be a last minute affair.  It’s best to keep the guest list intimate and recognize the planning that will go in on their end as well.  Like in the previous mention, choose something that is personal, but make sure lodging and travel are relatively easy for your guests.  Also consider the weather – is it hurricane season?  blizzard conditions?  We can’t predict the weather, but we can make educated decisions based on the likelihood of these things.
  • Plan around your setting to help save your budget
    • You are probably not going to be able to travel with each and every knickknack you want to include in your wedding and are going to need to rely on local vendors.  That being said, when planning decorations and other parts of the ceremony, let the local decor shine through.  If at the beach, let the ocean and local blooms be a backdrop.  In Italy, incorporate olive branches and grapes.  Keep it simple, so you can enjoy the trip as well.
  • Plan for a wedding planner in your budget
    • Hire a pro to help be an intermediary between you and your destination vendors. Let them help you with your budget and with incorporating personal and site inspired ideas into your ceremony and reception.  You might hire a local planner here or one that is in your destination area who knows the ins and outs of the market there. If hiring locally here, plan to have her/him travel with you to provide the necessary coordination services. It’s customary to cover her expenses in this scenario in addition to the standard fee. It will be so helpful for you to have an expert in your corner on the trip.
  • Plan your travel and pack wisely
    • You’re probably going to want to make a quick visit before the wedding, a few days ahead of your guests.  This will be helpful in eliminating surprises.  You are going to have some last minute decisions to make and want to make sure everything is set for the big day.  This will also allow for some rest and relaxation too.  Plan wisely when it comes to packing as well.  Baggage fees can be quite hefty these days.  So like we said earlier, let the local vendors be in charge of decor.  Think also about how you will be dressed the day of your wedding.  Does the dress travel well?  Will it work in the climate where you’re visiting?  Talk at length with your wedding planner to be sure all scenarios have been carefully thought through.

I know this seems like a lot of planning and you might be thinking “I just want to get away!”  Destination weddings have different aspects to consider in the planning process, but with the right approach, it can leave you with some beautiful and meaningful memories. (Plus some pretty awesome photographs.)  Need help in planning that destination or local wedding,  please contact Knots ‘N Such, Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist, today!

XOXO (and happy travels),

Amy

Durham Wedding Exchange, Local Venue Spotlight, a Post by Knots ‘N Such, Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist

Feature Image from The Wedding Exchange 

Interview by: Knots ‘N Such, Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist

If you were to spend some time roaming the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill Area, you would quickly find out that we are quite blessed with an abundance of amazing wedding venues. (And brides still have trouble finding a venue during peak season!)  The Triangle area is rich with history and charm to fit pretty much any wedding theme you could think of.  The Wedding Exchange in Durham is one such venue.  Knots ‘N Such, Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist, was able to catch up with Amy Henning, the Marketing Manager, at the Wedding Exchange in Durham and find out more about this new & promising venue!

 

  • What is the history of the building? How does the venue reflect that historic charm?
    • The John O’Daniel Exchange building (where The Wedding Exchange is located) was built in 1917 and was originally a hosiery mill. It later became the Farmer’s Exchange and was a staple in Durham. We still have Durham natives who tour our building and remember when it was the Farmer’s Exchange. The building held a few other businesses before falling into disrepair. In 2008, our building owner Wendy Clark renovated the building and reopened in 2009. The building now houses 24 offices, 2 conference rooms and 1 event space – The Wedding Exchange.
    • The venue has been completely renovated, and we installed hardwood floors to mimic the original floors in the building. The venue’s original brick walls are still intact, and we are in the process of upgrading the space so that it can function more efficiently and beautifully as a wedding venue.
  • When did The Wedding Exchange open (history of the business)?
    • In 2017 we began marketing the event space in the John O’Daniel Exchange as a wedding and event venue. Since then we’ve hosted wedding receptions, baby showers, corporate events, parties, repass dinners and more! We love serving the Durham community and being a part of their celebrations.
  • In a nutshell, how would you describe The Wedding Exchange?
    • The Wedding Exchange is an intimate, industrial space located minutes from downtown Durham. We can seat up to 80 guests, and the market lights and hardwood floors add an element of industrial charm to our venue.
  • What is the process of booking and planning a wedding at The Wedding Exchange?
    • We book a tour of the venue with the bride or couple and any key decision-makers. Once we receive the signed contract and deposit ($250 + 50% of the rental fee), the space is secured. The remaining balance is due 90 days before the wedding. 30 days before the wedding, we do a final walk through with the planner and couple to write down what we need to put in place the day of the wedding, and receive signed catering agreements, bartender agreements, and event insurance.
  • What is one of your favorite wedding memories at the venue?
    • Our first bride married a man who was originally from Barbados. They had an intimate ceremony, and his family was able to watch and celebrate with them remotely. We love that they were able to customize a cross-cultural ceremony in a way that fulfilled their dreams and matched their personalities.

 

The Wedding Exchange in Durham is a beautifully charming venue that you must see to appreciate. I cannot wait to see their future renovations, because the verbal description alone made my design mind go wild! If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know that industrial chic is my favorite venue style. So I’m ridiculously excited to have another option in Durham. From this Amy at Knots ‘N Such, Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist, we want to thank Amy at the Wedding Exchange in Durham for sharing her time to paint such a beautiful picture of this venue. Check them out today!

 

Looking to plan your wedding at one of the fantastic venues in the Triangle or Triad? Reach out to Knots ‘N Such today, and we can help you find the perfect location!

XOXO,

Amy

Maria & Mario’s Wedding Day, Real Wedding with Knots ‘N Such, Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist

Feature Image by Jodi Baker Photography.  Knots ‘N Such, Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist.

You know I love a good challenge!  When Maria came to me to design floral arrangements for her wedding, I was stumped by her color palette. She’d fallen in love with a blush & blue bridesmaid dress, but she also wanted bright colors like oranges and reds to reflect her & Mario’s cultural heritage. I tried to wrap my mind around blending those colors together, and it took me a minute to come up with the perfect combination. And when I look back at these photos, I realized that we created something amazing. I mixed blush with pale blue to match the dresses and added in corals and oranges to get that pop of color she wanted. Maria and Mario are a beautiful couple, and their wedding day reflected their amazing personalities.  From the venue to the bridal party to the ceremony to the reception, it was a gorgeous day, and I was honored to help bring their vision to life.  Knots ‘N Such, Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist, also wants to thank some vendors who we worked alongside at Maria and Mario’s wedding day celebration:

Ceremony and Reception Venue: The Glenwood Club

Catering: Irregardless Catering

Photography: Jodi Baker Photography

Here are a few of our favorite pictures from Maria and Mario’s big day.  You can see more in the gallery!

Ceremony Venue

Photography by Jodi Baker Photography

Bridal Party

Photography by Jodi Baker Photography

couple photography

Photography by Jodi Baker Photography

Bridal Bouquet

Photography by Jodi Baker Photography

Bridal Party Florals

Photography by Jodi Baker Photography

Reception Table Decor

Photography by Jodi Baker Photography

Reception Tablescape

Photography by Jodi Baker Photography

Congrats to Maria and Mario; what a beautiful day and we loved being a part of it!  Here at Knots ‘N Such, Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist, we would love to help bring your vision to life.  Contact us today and let’s make the magic happen!

XOXO,

Amy

The Importance of Hiring a Wedding Planner, tips from Knots ‘N Such, Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist

Feature Image by Brian Mullins Photography. Knots ‘N Such is a Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist.

You have thought about your big day since you were a little girl.  You had that secret wedding board on Pinterest even before you met your fiancé. Then it comes time to plan and pull your vision together, and you are at a loss for words.  Enter a wedding planner, like Knots ‘N Such.

River Ridge Golf Club Ceremony

Photo by Azul Photography

  • Help Establish a Wedding Vision and Stay on Track

One thing that a wedding planner can do for you is to take your vision and realistically craft a wedding experience that is both fantastic and attainable.  They also are a wealth of creative ideas that maybe you have never thought about or even had on your vision board. They are your advocate for your vision and will stand in the gap to make your day’s dream come true.

  • Help Establish and Stay on a Budget

A few weeks ago on the blog, we talked about bride’s with a budget.  A wedding planner can be very helpful in establishing a realistic budget, broken down by categories.  Then being a voice of reason to stay within the confines of that budget.  Before even hiring a wedding planner, I strongly recommend setting aside the fee for a planner to be the voice of vision and the voice of boundaries.

  • Help Establish and Stay on a Schedule

I think back to my wedding day and the biggest thing that caused me stress was establishing a schedule.  Taking your personal schedule and matching that with the vendors you have hired.  A wedding planner will work with you to establish a schedule and be the coordinator on day-of to manage that schedule, so you do not have to be getting your hair done while trying to communicate with the DJ.

  • Help with Vendors, Contracts

Related to the previous point, a wedding planner will be the liaison between the bride and the vendors/contracts.  This will help in the preparation, day of, and post wedding planning.  A voice that is on your side will be able to pull together all the previous categories: your vision, your budget, your schedule, etc.  Trying to do this on your own can be a harrowing task and lead to being stressed on the day of your wedding. And your vendors will thank you for providing someone to keep the day on time and organized. Everyone works better when they know what to expect and have a plan in place.

  • Help Reduce Stress on Day of Wedding from Updos to Exits and Beyond

Speaking of the day of your wedding, a wedding planner will be able to help reduce that stress and anxiety.  This will allow you to get your hair and makeup done in peace while enjoying this time with your bridal party.  They can coordinate the ceremony and reception, so all you have to worry about is showing up, having a great time, and then exiting by the light of sparklers.  One more thing that a wedding planner can do for you is the post reception coordination (for example, making sure the gifts make it into your parent’s car or that the florist’s vases are saved so you don’t have an extra fee).

Reception Arbor Sweetheart Table

Photo By Photographs by Stephanie

In conclusion, today on the blog, we hope that we gave some helpful, practical tips of the benefits of making the first hire for your wedding day to be that of a wedding planner.  If you are looking for a wedding planner, who could also double as your florist, please contact us at Knots ‘N Such today.  We would love be your advocate that makes your dreams come true!

XOXO,

Amy

 

Jamie and Evan’s Wedding Day, an event with Knots ‘N Such, Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist

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

This past year, I was honored to be asked by a fellow wedding vendor to provide her wedding day flowers! This truly is the highest honor a vendor can receive in this industry!  It was a beautiful outdoor ceremony with an indoor reception at The Glenwood Raleigh, one of my favorite venues. (I mean look at the surroundings – it looks like a national park!)  Then to put the cherry on top, the wedding was published in Weddings Magazine, the local go-to wedding resource for modern couples in the Triangle. To say it was a delight is an understatement!

You can see all of our favorite pictures in the gallery on our website, but here is just snippet from that gorgeous day! Hello lush blush yumminess! We used ranunculus, roses, silver dollar eucalyptus, dusty miller, and jasmine vine to name a few! But seriously, Jamie is so gorgeous, she could make anything look amazing!

Photography by J Parker Photography

Photography by J Parker Photography

Photography by J Parker Photography

Photography by J Parker Photography

Photography by J Parker Photography

Photography by J Parker Photography

Photography by J Parker Photography

What a privilege it was to provide the flowers for this amazing couple. We would love to help you with flowers for your wedding or upcoming event.  Please contact Knots ‘N Such, Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist, today, so we can begin planning your vision!

XOXO,

Amy

History of Marriage Ceremony, tips from Knots ‘N Such, Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist

Feature Image by Jamie Blow Photography. Knots ‘N Such is a Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist.

Ceremony Arbor Floral and Lace

Photo By Photographs by Stephanie

Today, we’re sharing a guest blog from our friends at Charleston Carriage Works. It’s full of fun facts that will make you smile!

THE WEIRD HISTORY OF THE MARRIAGE CEREMONY AND MAKING IT YOUR OWN

Strap in, this is going to get a little weird. Marriage. As old as the institution of marriage is, it hasn’t changed much in the millennia it’s been practiced. Especially in recent history, we’ve seen tired repetitions of the same handful of wedding motifs. What was once a cause for great celebration is planned, timed, and pragmatically coded to follow the same pattern.

As a matter of fact, weddings as we have them today are attached to some pretty strange, often unsavory historical practices. We’re going to sift through history, traditions, origins, and ways to break the mould and make your wedding something that’s better than routines based on ancient procedures. Marriage is so much more than doing things the same way, it’s about making your journey with your partner something uniquely about the two of you.

Get ready to step into the time machine as we look into the past to explore some of the historical origins of marriage that are still practiced today. Knowing a little history will take you a long way when you’re stumped thinking of ways to make your special day more than a mere cookie cutter duplicate of hundreds of thousands of other couples’ special days.

A LITTLE BIT OF CONTEXT

Marriage is such a broad topic, it’s not possible to cover every single aspect of it. It’s barely possible to trace its origins entirely at all, because cultures spanning the world have iterations of marriage or the union of two (or more) beings laced throughout their mythologies, legends, and folklore. The traditional wedding ceremony practiced in the United States has certain elements that do have a traceable past and many of them are repeated today, remixed to fit modern society. It’s helpful to know a little bit about where your ceremony comes from. Some of it is cute, some of it’s strange, and some aspects are particularly barbaric; any way you cut it, the history of marriage is littered with truth, embellishment, and some things that’ll leave you scratching your head wondering why human beings are so weird. Let’s dive in.

ONCE UPON A TIME, IT WASN’T REALLY HER DAY

We’ve seen television footage of, and probably some real life experiences with, bridezillas. Those monstrous wives-to-be who freak out and obsess over every detail no matter how minute, stereotypically shouting something along the lines of “it’s my day!” You know the ones. And grooms aren’t exempt from being monstrous, but this applies specifically to women as we look back, because men are monstrous in an entirely different way.

A long time ago, marriage was anything but the bride’s day. It began as a financial transaction solidified in a social exchange called marriage. Wedding guests bore witness to the exchange, making the contract legitimate. Suitors would first come to a young woman’s father and offer gifts to him in exchange for his daughter’s hand in marriage. They’d basically pay for a wife-to-be and if the father found the price is right, she’s now belongs to the suitor. It’s a little more complex than that, but that’s the basic gist of the marriage exchange.

Fathers of families in lower social standings would often do this to raise their own financial status, boost their social standing, and/or combine families with a wealthier house. The point is, the girls to be married generally had little or no say in the matter. Today, when you see a father walking his baby girl down the aisle to marry the dapper looking guy at the other end, it’ll be adorable to see as there isn’t a dry eye in the place. However, it began as a father literally selling her.

THE WEDDING PARTY WASN’T ALL SHOPPING AND SPEECHES

Wedding parties are incredibly important to brides and grooms alike. They’re close friends, family, and foundational support during the process of wedding planning. Matching dresses, flowers, bachelor/bachelorette parties, showers, gifts, ring holding, the list goes on. Originally, these parties held entirely different roles than being a supportive group that makes heartfelt speeches through misty eyes. It was once a much more dangerous task than enduring bride-and-groom-zillas.

GROOMSMEN:

Continuing the theme of a marriage not being about the will of the girl involved, there are a couple accounts of the purpose of groomsmen and both of them involve sword fighting:

  • The more barbaric account is of the groom and his squad of groomsmen kidnapping a girl from her village/family and the groomsmen would be responsible for fighting off her defenders whilst the groom-to-be would carry her off.
  • The less barbaric account is that when a girl was given to her husband-to-be, his groomsmen would be responsible for the bodily protection of the groom. You know, just in case angry fathers tried something heinous or jealous suitors who were turned down felt like hacking at the lucky groom. The groomsmen would stand in the way and fight for the groom if it was needed.

In both cases, the groomsmen were responsible for protecting the groom. The best man was generally the best swordsman, greatest warrior, or something of that ilk. Because who wants their best man to be a mediocre swordsman, right?

Speaking of swords, traditionally the standing arrangement of bride-on-the-left and groom-on-the-right was for sword wielding purposes. Now, it’s little more than a few words included in the marriage rite when the guests are asked if anyone objects to speak now or forever hold their peace. A long time ago, objections were common and a lot more violent. If someone were to object violently, the groom had to have their right hand free (because apparently no one was left handed) to sweep a sword in defense of their bride whilst pushing the distressed damsel away from danger with their left. Our only question is, where’s the best man in all of this? Isn’t this his job?

BRIDAL PARTIES:

Because ladies are inherently queens and marriage was stacked against them, bridal parties were selfless on an entirely different level. While groomsmen were busy defending the groom, the ladies stuck together. The bridal party dressed to match the bride for a couple reasons:

  • It was a common belief that evil spirits weren’t a fan of marriage and would try to attack bride and groom. If both bridesmaids and groomsmen were dressed as each other, they could more easily fool the malevolent spirits who would attack one of the decoys.
  • Much more realistically, those men who were turned away by the bride-to-be (or, more often than not, her father) would less often attack the groom–because of his band of sword wielding ruffian bros–and more often attempt to kidnap the bride. The same dressing came as a way to confuse the kidnapper, so one of the others would be taken and the bride would not be. Talk about sisterly love.

CROSSING THE THRESHOLD:

We’re going to hear a bunch about evil spirits when talking about archaic superstitions around marriage, but the groom carrying his bride across the threshold carries a few connotations:

  • The bride was supposed to display that she wasn’t excited to be leaving the safety of her father’s home, so she would be dragged across the threshold symbolically (though often this was anything but symbolic).
  • Those pesky evil spirits would still be trying to sabotage the married couple, so in a final attempt it was believed they would wait at the floor of the entrance to the home and attempt to get to the bride through her feet. Therefore, her husband would carry her in. What happened to the groom’s soul? We’re not sure.
  • Finally, in remembrance of those kidnapped brides and bridesmaids who were carried off against their will, this would be used as a nod in memory and honor of their sacrifices (recent or historic) for the safety of the new bride.

YOU CAN THANK THE QUEEN FOR THE WHITE DRESS…

The white dress wasn’t a thing until Queen Victoria. Before that, brides would try and boost their visible financial status by adorning themselves in the most expensive things they owned. They’d stack on layers upon layer of their highest valued clothing, jewels, furs, any potentially wearable valuables that made them appear wealthy. Remember that marriage was treated as a transaction, so brides (read: fathers of brides) would be made to seemwealthier than they might have actually been. Nothing like starting off marriage with a little deception, eh? Then in 1840, Queen Victoria got married and wore a spectacular white gown. People far and wide went nuts for it, and here we are now, having television dedicated specifically to saying yes to the dress.

…AND THE POPE FOR THE ENGAGEMENT RING

The engagement ring is an ancient Roman custom in which women wore rings with small keys attached that signified their betrothal. However, it’s unclear that this only applied to marriage because some cases inferred friendship or general caring. Think of it like a friendship ring or a best friends bauble that could bear romantic or platonic significance.

But in the 13th century, Pope Innocent III widely declared that there be a waiting period between betrothal and marriage. During this period, the betrothed couple would wear rings to signify their commitment to each other. Given the power of the Catholic church, this idea stuck, and shortly after that, so did the mandate that wedding ceremonies be conducted in a church by the appropriate religious figures. That engrained notion to judge certain engagements as “too brief” comes right from the Pope.

Why diamonds, now? They seriously don’t have to be diamonds, but we’re easily stuck in our ways and follow the example of old royalty, mimicking their moves. In 1477, Austrian Archduke Maximilian had a ring made for Mary of Burgundy, into which he had set small diamonds in the shape of an “M”. Diamond engagement rings and monogramming all hit the scene at the same time, thanks to Archduke Max. Less cute is the fact that the wealth needed to make this happen made diamond engagement rings something that was reserved for royalty and aristocracy for hundreds of years until, eventually, diamonds became more accessible.

DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT

What are some tweaks you can make to your wedding that’ll change things without jarring the foundations of the earth and scaring guests away? That depends on your level of attitude, but we’ve got some modern suggestions that are certainly different from what most people are used to.

GENDER ROLES, SCHMENDER ROLES:

Pulling apart the patriarchal construct that marriage used to be, wedding parties 100% don’t have to be gender separated. Bridesmaids and groomsmen can be easily switched to bridespeople and groomspeople. Play with punny names and display your friendship outside the ancient confines of gender restrictive social behavior, it’s 2018!

BE YOUR OWN QUEEN:

Ladies, now let’s get in formation. Queen Victoria might’ve made the white wedding dress a thing, but you’re not her, you’re your own queen. The guys have been wearing pretty much anything to their weddings for a long time now, it’s your turn and you have more style options. Rock something different than the white dress millions of people are looking at. Say yes to whatever makes you shine, that aisle is your runway.

Take a page from the Vikings. Neither bride or groom in ancient Viking weddings wore any clothing of particular importance, but the bride paid close attention to making their hair look magnificent, as well as having an elaborate crown. Similarly, the men didn’t focus on suiting up, but bore an ornamented sword, axe, or hammer to the ceremony to honor Thor. Look into your own family history and see if there are elements you can add as a gesture to your own heritage while reaching beyond traditional wedding practices.

OFFICIANT:

You don’t need a priest, judge, or any sort of legal or religious authority to perform a wedding. Legally, you’ll need to have the proper paperwork done (obviously), but this can be done in an office. The ceremony itself is about having someone speak to the couple being married, someone who knows them and can speak deeper than any officiant reading out of a book. Have a friend, family member, or anyone close to you both lead the ceremony. The signatures and legal formality can be dealt with either beforehand or afterward. Make your ceremony personally relevant.

DO IT BACKWARDS:

A newish version of eloping is coming into play as a clever move for couples who don’t want all the fanfare and expenses of the traditional wedding. Some have planned a “wedding” date as a time they are married legally in a very small ceremony, leaving immediately for a honeymoon. Upon their return, they celebrate a reception with an intimate group of people, keeping the whole thing as tightly knit as possible.

Those are small examples of how you can take a pre existing structure and add some personality. In reality, the amount and style in which you seek to make your ceremony unforgettable depends on the you, your spouse-to-be, and the guests attending your wedding; don’t be afraid to try new things as you embark toward your new life.

REMEMBER TRADITIONS, INFLUENCE MEANINGFUL CHANGE

Now that you know some of the weirdness surrounding a ceremony that’s been contrived for thousands of years, what can you do to change things up? You’ve likely been to numerous weddings that are a song-and-dance you can recite backwards and forwards. What makes people so apprehensive to break tradition and make their wedding day something that people won’t want to fall asleep to?

The answer in changing the wedding game such that it fits your desires and sprinkles in much needed originality lies within the hearts of the lovebirds tying the knot. This day is for both of you, don’t worry yourselves over what people think of your ceremonial decisions. In a way, the most evil spirits that attack brides, grooms, and wedding planning are those of people who forget that it’s not their place to control a marriage that isn’t their own.

Remembering traditions is important to tracing where we came from and how we do things. Most importantly, what to hold on to and what to let go. The idea of marriage is wonderful, the way humans go about it can be admittedly less than wonderful. While we’re not stealing brides and having sword fights in churches, is there much difference in the way weddings now are often more about spectacle and commercialization than the celebration of love between two people?

Making your wedding day special requires planning and a thorough understanding of the mutuality of love to make the day as long lasting as the love you’re both professing. How you make your wedding unique lies completely in this. When tempted to think it’s your day (either of you), remember that it’s not. There are two of you and you’re celebrating both of you. This shouldn’t detract from the details and what you’re aiming for in the celebration, because, face it, who doesn’t also love a well-thrown party? We know we sure do.

Now that you’ve shaken your head at the preposterous past of some of the ceremonial marriage practices perpetuated today, it’s time for you shake things up a bit. There might not be evil spirits attacking you as you’re preparing to get married, but there’s an undeniable funk that can surround wedding planning. Chase them away from your day and plan something that reflects the charisma, quality, and journey of the love between you and your spouse-to-be. One thing is certain: as old as marriage is, love is older and it’s stronger.

Egyptian Wedding Ceremony Flowers in NC

Photography by Brian Mullins Photography

I know today’s blog was a bit longer but I thought it was some great material when it comes to wedding planning.  If you are ready to plan your wedding your own, contact us today at Knots ‘N Such, Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist.

XOXO,

Amy

Allison and Andy’s Wedding Day, Event with Knots ‘N Such, Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist

Feature Image by Jaime Blow Photography. Knots ‘N Such, Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist.

Today, now that it is beginning to feel more spring like, I want to share with you a beautiful wedding that I got to be a part of last June. Allison and Andy had a beautiful day and the flowers are still some of my favorites.  Their venue was the industrial and charming The Rickhouse in Durham, NC.  Here’s the lineup for the vendor dream team:

Now enjoy some of my favorite pictures of their coral, blush, and mint wedding! We used coral charm peonies, mint foliage, freesia and quicksand roses, just to name a few. Love!

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Photography by Jaime Blow Photography

Photography by Jaime Blow Photography

Photography by Jaime Blow Photography

Photography by Jaime Blow Photography

Photography by Jaime Blow Photography

Photography by Jaime Blow Photography

Photography by Jaime Blow Photography

Photography by Jaime Blow Photography

Photography by Jaime Blow Photography

Photography by Jaime Blow Photography

Photography by Jaime Blow Photography

Photography by Jaime Blow Photography

Photography by Jaime Blow Photography

Photography by Jaime Blow Photography

Photography by Jaime Blow Photography

Photography by Jaime Blow Photography

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I know photos cannot capture the complete beauty of the day, but when I think back to this wedding, the flowers, the couple, the atmosphere: it just makes me swoon.  Thanks to Allison and Andy for letting Knots ‘N Such, a Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist, be a part of your special day. Contact us today if we can help you with planning and flowers at your wedding!

XOXO,

Amy

Our Favorite Trend: The Hoop, tips from Knots ‘N Such, Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist

Knots ‘N Such, Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist

I love how wedding trends are always evolving and changing.  Studying and trying new decor and arrangements are a love of mine.  One trend that has really caught my eye (and one that I would love to see make its way into the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill wedding scene) is the use of hoops.  These are not your grandmother’s normal embroidery hoops. Knots ‘N Such, Raleigh wedding planner and florist, is here to share with you how you might incorporate the hoops trend into your wedding day design.

  1. Bouquets
    • Maybe you are looking for a unique take on a bouquet for your wedding day.  Taking an embroidery hoop, a florist can cover the hoop with a variety of florals and greenery to create an eye catching and remarkable bouquet.  It also has the added benefit of being easy to carry and can easily set on your arm, in case you need it.
  2. Backdrops and Hanging Decor
    • Another way to incorporate hoops into your wedding day is into wall decor, like the one on the picture above. Thinking of the ceremony side of things, you might create a beautiful and eye-catching backdrop of hoops with a variety of sizes. At the reception, you can create a focal point that draws the guests eye to places like the cake table or sweetheart table. The center of the hoops can be covered with wire, thread, fabric, etc. to create a unique touch and beautiful photography.
  3. Chandeliers
    • Like backdrops and hanging decor, another way to incorporate hoops is with chandelier-like pieces.  Use of greenery and Christmas lights can help define the center of the dance floor.  For an outdoor wedding, you might think about hanging a variety of hoops from trees to create a “Secret Garden” like atmosphere.
  4. Seating Charts, Table Numbers, and Other Unique Details
    • I have seen a variety of ways to have your seating chart displayed: mirrors, chalkboards, wooden features, etc.  You can also use a hoop as a way to get people to their seats.  Having a hoop seating chart can then tie into smaller hoops with table numbers and other unique table scape features that tie your theme together.

As a wedding planner and florist, in my consultations, I really urge my brides to see the importance of cohesiveness.  Creating the same look and style from end to end.  Thinking flowers, colors, shapes, metallics, etc.  Use of hoops can be a cohesive unit, tying the wedding together from ceremony to reception.  Check out this Pinterest search on a variety of decor ideas involving this trend. Knots ‘N Such, Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist, would love to talk and work with you to use the trend of hoops in your wedding. Stay tuned for next week as we talk about more bouquet alternatives.  Contact us today!

XOXO,

Amy

Building a Wedding Day Timeline, Tips from Knots ‘N Such, Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist

Feature Image by Mikhail Glabets. Knots ‘N Such is a Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist.

A crucial component to a successful wedding day is building a Wedding Day Timeline. Knots ‘N Such, a Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist, is here to give you some advice for crafting a timeline that is efficient yet not rushed.

bride & bridesmaids in bridal suite

Photo by The Nixons Photography

  1. Ceremony & Exit Time: These are the first times to choose, because every other begin and end time will depend on these. Do you want an afternoon wedding? Do you want a twilight wedding?
  2. Photographer’s Schedule: How many hours do you want your photographer to cover? This may depend on your budget, since most photographers have set hours in their packages. Your photographer will talk with you about what and how many photos you’d like to do pre-ceremony versus during cocktail hour.
  3. Hair & Makeup Time: Who will be getting their hair done the morning of the wedding? Your beauty artists will create a schedule based on how many people they’ll be making over and what time your photos are scheduled to begin.
  4. Squad Schedule: Be sure to communicate the plans to your squad – wedding party and family need to know where to be and when to be there. Make sure they are waiting on the photographer rather than vice versa. Once the day gets behind schedule, it’s difficult to catch up, so stress this to your loved ones, so they are ready and waiting. It might be helpful for you to write this up and and email or print for them, so they don’t forget.
  5. Vendor Arrival Times: Each of your vendors will schedule their arrival time on your ceremony start time. They’ll let you know how much time they’ll need to setup and prepare, so ask for their guidance in this area.
  6. Cocktail HOUR: Going back to your photographer… Create a list of photos you want completed during cocktail hour. Make sure he/she can do all that you want in about 45 minutes. Keep your list to immediate family and wedding party only. Extended family guests should be reserved for candids during the reception. You want to keep your cocktail hour to an hour. If you go over, you may be considered a rude host. Guests get antsy, hungry, and tipsy, so be sure to join them ASAP, so the show can go on.
  7. End the night early:  This is a tip I give to a lot of brides.  It will be a long emotionally draining day, and believe me, you will be exhausted.  Confirm with your venue when you need to be out (including break down times), and this will help you set that key departure time. If you want the party to continue, plan an after party and invite key people to join you.
Bride and Groom Photo on Bridge

Photo by Danell Beede Photography

Planning your wedding day timeline does not need to be stressful.  The important thing is to communicate: communicate with photographer, vendors, bridal party, etc.  Make sure everyone is on the same page when it comes to arrival and departure times.  A great resource to have is a planner/coordinator for your wedding.  This is where Knots ‘N Such would love to help you.  Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you in your wedding planning adventures!

XO,

Amy