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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

 

Carrie & John’s Wedding Day, Real Wedding with Knots ‘N Such, Raleigh Wedding Planner & Florist

Feature image by Kate Pope Photography.  Knots ‘N Such, Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist.

Carrie & John’s wedding day, from ceremony to reception, was filled with beautiful blooms and fantastic details.  Knots ‘N Such, Raleigh Wedding Planner & Florist, had the honor to provide planning, coordination, event, and floral design for their wedding day.  The ceremony was held in an immaculate cathedral at St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church. After the ceremony, the reception was held at the lovely Oaks at Salem.  We loved developing and bringing Carrie’s vision of soft color palettes and clean, contemporary design to reality.  Their big day also was published on Weddings Magazine, our favorite NC wedding publication!

A team of vendors worked hard to make this day happen, and we loved working with all of them.  These vendors include:

Ceremony Venue: St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church

Reception Venue: The Oaks at Salem

Catering & Bartending: 214 Martin Street Catering

Photographer: Kate Pope Photography

Band/MC: Java/East Coast Entertainment

Transportation: EcoStyle

Rentals: Party Reflections

Cake Designer: Edible Art

Hair & Make-Up: Mirror, Mirror

Stationery: The Oblique Pen

Here are a few images from Carrie & John’s wedding.  Head over to our gallery to see all our faves!

Bridal Jewelry

Photography by Kate Pope Photography

Bridal Details Photography

Photography by Kate Pope Photography

Invitation Suite

Photography by Kate Pope Photography

Bridal Portrait

Photography by Kate Pope Photography

Bridal Bouquet Close-Up

Photography by Kate Pope Photography

Junior Wedding Attendants

Photography by Kate Pope Photography

Flower Girl Close-Up

Photography by Kate Pope Photography

Bridal Party with Flowers

Photography by Kate Pope Photography

Bridesmaid Bouquet Close-Up

Photography by Kate Pope Photography

Bridesmaid Bouquets

Photography by Kate Pope Photography

Groomsmen Photo

Grooms Boutonniere

Photography by Kate Pope Photography

Groomsmen Boutonniere

Photography by Kate Pope Photography

Welcome To Wedding

Photography by Kate Pope Photography

Aisle Decor

Photography by Kate Pope Photography

Here Comes The Bride

Photography by Kate Pope Photography

Ceremony Exit

Photography by Kate Pope Photography

Reception Space at Oaks at Salem

Photography by Kate Pope Photography

Reception Venue

Photography by Kate Pope Photography

Beautiful Blooms Reception Tables

Photography by Kate Pope Photography

Elevated Centerpieces Reception Table Details

Photography by Kate Pope Photography

Candle Details on Reception Tables

Photography by Kate Pope Photography

Sweetheart Table

Photography by Kate Pope Photography

Bridal Cake

Photography by Kate Pope Photography

Macaroon Details

Photography by Kate Pope Photography

Couple Kiss at Ceremony

Photography by Kate Pope Photography

Sparkler Exit

Photography by Kate Pope Photography

Congrats again Carrie & John – we love you! If you’re interested in bringing your wedding vision to life, contact Knots ‘N Such, Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist, today.  Can’t wait to hear from you!

XOXO,

Amy

Choosing A Wedding Invitation Suite, Tips from Knots ‘N Such, Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist

Feature image by Nieto Photography, invitation by The Oblique Pen.  Knots ‘N Such is a Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist.

Chosen a date, time, and venue ✔️

Chosen a color palette & style ✔️

Chosen attire & flowers ✔️

If you said yes to the above items, it’s time to start thinking about your wedding invitation suite.  This will be your guests’ first peek into your wedding day, setting the style, colors, and theme for your big day.  Follow along in today’s blog as Knots ‘N Such, Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist, gives some helpful tips in picking out your perfect wedding invitation suite.

Wedding Floral Invites

Photograph by Photographs by Stephanie

  • Choose a Wedding Style and Color Scheme
    • Choosing this early will help you craft your invitation suite. You want your motif to shine through in every choices, even the paper products! The invitation is important for letting your guests to know date, time, and location, but also for setting the formality and vision of your wedding.
  • Choose Elements that let your Personality Shine
    • There is room to be creative and let those personal touches shine through.  Maybe you love the feel of letterpress on a heavy paper. Or maybe you love printing on acrylic or metal. Or maybe you like odd shapes and sizes. Let the invites communicate your motif and your personality.
  • Choose Prudently within your Budget
    • As a planner, one of my responsibilities is to keep your budget in check. I work in “wiggle room” so you can splurge in a few areas, but not all. So look at the overall picture and decide if invitations are one of those areas that’s a priority for you. Knowing what you’re able and willing to spend will be a big determining factor in what suite you can choose.
  • Choose Wording Wisely
    • Make sure the wording is clear and easy to understand. Font plays into this as well, so choose something legible. Make sure your guests are able to answer your requests via the invites –  RSVP deadline, meal choices, or song requests.  Also, consider having multiple parts to the invitation, since too much information on one page can cause confusion.
  • Choose with a Time Frame in Mind
    • Your invitations will take time to prepare. Your guests need time to plan to attend. Factor these into determining when you need to finalize your suite. Save-the-dates need to be mailed by 6-7 months pre-wedding and invitations need to be mailed by 7-8 weeks pre-wedding.
  • Choose a Cohesive Style
    • As mentioned already, it’s important to have multiple items in your wedding paper suite. Some things to consider include: Save the Dates, Invitations, RSVP cards, Menus, Programs, Thank You Notes, Signage, Etc.  A designer can help create a suite that utilizes a similar theme, even if the design varies from element to element.  Creating a cohesive suite from the beginning can be a time and cost saving touch.
  • Choose a Proofreader
    • Before you have all the invites printed and ready to be sent out.  Choose a person you trust to proofread the writing for correct spellings, information, and legibility.  Having someone with fresh eyes will be super helpful. Your paper designer can even make mistakes, so be sure to do this!

Photo by Riley Maclean Photography, invitation by Cute Buttons

We hope these tips will help you in creating your sweet suite for your big day.  If you have any questions or are seeking a planner in helping with details like the wedding invite, contact Knots ‘N Such today!

XOXO,

Amy

 

 

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