The Marigold Company Blog Post
The Importance of Timelines
When multiple vendors from different places come together to make your wedding special, you want everyone to be on the same page and stay structured so that the day-of runs as smooth as possible. Timelines are a must when it comes to your wedding day.
Timelines can be tedious to organize but they are essential to keeping everything moving during your wedding. Organization is the main purpose for timelines. It keeps all the vendors connected without always having to constantly call or communicate directly to each other. Every vendor involved during the day should receive a timeline, especially when they are involved all day like the coordinator, the venue, the DJ, and photographer. We recommend always having a physical copy and a digital copy just in case. As for the bride and groom, they should know when and where to be but it isn’t necessary to always have them know what’s going on behind the scenes. The vendors working with them during the day will keep them updates and up to speed on what times are important for them to note.
Details, Details, Details
The wedding planner and the couple should be the ones who are essentially creating the timeline while incorporating all the times agreed upon by each vendor. Timelines shouldn’t be vague and should be as specific as you can make it. They discuss times for when vendors arrive, when setup occurs, when things should be moved and when people should arrive. The more details the better. You can be as specific as creating a time to play a specific song. Whichever way you imagine your big day is the way the timeline should reflect. With a timeline, no one should be confused and no one should ever be lost. With more details, there will be less questions and more accomplishing everything on time.
Most Importantly, Execution
Although a timeline can be perfect, execution is where success begins. When everyone is at the right place at the right time, then magic happens. But in reality not everything may go as planned, even though the timeline was worked so hard on. People can be late, traffic happens, and there can bumps along the road. This will happen and it’s okay.
Timelines are guidelines. Not everything will take the amount of time you allotted for and some things may take longer. It’s about adapting to situations that will make your day a success. Don’t be afraid when you’re off the timeline for a brief moment. Yes, you may have to sacrifice some time in exchange for a another to catch up but everything all ends up working out in the end. The timeline is there to help vendors and couples make sure that everything that they dream of can become a part of their big day.
Honestly, it can be a very difficult and daunting task to create a timeline all by yourself. There are templates online that can help, your wedding planner there to guide you, and vendors all willing to cooperate, regardless of the small bumps in the road that may come along. Adaptability is key and the timeline is only there to guide everyone to help make sure your wedding day is everything you are planning on it being.
“Timing is everything”
The Importance of Wedding Website
Technology is always advancing and has become a large part of society. Wedding website over the years have grown and evolved to something that is almost necessary and inevitable. They are great tools to provide for your guests for information and to provide you organization and easy access to your wedding information. It helps you stay connected and makes your wedding a great and accessible event
What is a Wedding Website?
A wedding website is a tool for couples to provide guests with updates and information about your upcoming wedding. The website displays dates, times, directions, registries, RSVPs, photos, and some couples even put their love story for all to see. It can display whatever you want and in as much detail as you want. A wedding website is not only a tool for your guests to utilize but for yourselves as well. It keeps information all in one place and in an organized way so that you don’t have to worry.
Where Do I Start?
The good news is, wedding website platforms come in different shapes, sizes, and price. For the couples on a budget, there are free wedding websites option that are easy to use. These may have limited features but can get your point across and may be customizable. Websites like Wedding Wire and Zankyou provide free templates and have a very easy to use system. For those who want a little help and an impressive wedding website to wow their guests, they can go to specialty sites, like our very own at The Marigold Company. From there you can choose color schemes, designs, and displays to help express your wedding’s theme and vibe.
Why Should I Make a Website?
There are tons of features within each wedding website platforms. These features are there to make your life and your guests’ lives easier. First, it can help tell your story. Your love story or your “about us” section of the wedding website may seem unnecessary or something people may not read but this part introduces some of your guests to your partner and vice versa. It helps with getting to know the couple and knowing the love your going to go celebrate.
Making wedding websites is like answering everyone’s questions ahead of time so that on your wedding day they don’t need anything answered. You don’t want anyone texting you for directions or any other information. This is where the website comes in handy! Here, you can give anyone detail about the dates, times, directions, and even hotel details. This wedding website is all information for your guests and so that on the day of the wedding they have an easy experience beforehand. They can also find links to registries and other places that you might want them to visit when they’re in town. Not only is it for your guests but for you as well. Wedding websites are great tools to keep you organized. You can have guests RSVP through websites and some websites may even send you notifications to keep you updated.
Every couple should take the time and opportunity to make a website to express their creativity and to help their guests find their way. It will help not only you stay organized but keep your guests updated.
“Knowledge is power.” -Francis Bacon
Creating a seating chart and seating guests at a wedding can be a difficult task regardless of the size of the wedding. You want to make everyone happy but realistically that may be an impossible task. You want to keep family together and you don’t want to separate friends. All couples have been there. But there are different strategies and ways to be able to create your perfect seating chart without making a fuss. Here are some ideas for your wedding on how to handle your seating chart!
The most important thing to remember is don’t stress out. We know it may be inevitable but stressing out causes more tension and a small little issue that you find may be created into a huge one and that isn’t the point of planning a wedding. The point is to have fun with family and friends and celebrate your love. Your guests are there for you and a small detail on a seating chart will unlikely affect their day.
Choose a Style
So now that stress is out the way, here are some details to start looking at to create your seating chart. First, you may want to choose whether your seating chart will say solely which table they are sitting at or chair number as well. Now, for those who want to keep it as simple as possible, we suggest you just stick with tables. With this, they have the option to sit where they’d like but at a specific table. If you’d like more organization and have a preference of who sits next to who, then assigning chair numbers may be a good fit for you.
There are some but few who would really like their attention focused somewhere where else and don’t make a seating chart. This may be risky for a large wedding but with smaller weddings with just few friends and family would make life easier for you a bit. Take these ideas for your wedding and make them your own.
Follow a Template
Great, you chose a format! Time for a template. Have your venue send you a layout of the reception area with each table and chair. Make sure their table numbers correspond with what they have given you. Templates or visual displays of a seating chart will make seating charts more fun to figure out and a lot easier. Seating charts can be very important to some families and when you are able to see a visual of how close everyone is going to be sitting next to each other, it can make for a more successful seating arrangement.
Update Your Wedding Planners
Another tip to make sure you follow is always updating your planners! This includes table numbers, seating chart, place cards, and other specific details about the seating for the reception. This is so important for the wedding planning team. When it comes to helping guests find their seats, we would love to be as knowledgeable as we can. As professionals, we need to know every little detail and a list of names by location is perfect to give to your wedding planner. This gives us the ability to be confident in helping your guests and making it a great experience for them.
Don’t Forget About Placement
Seating is normally based around where you want your guests to sit but to really figure out who should sit where is based where you decide to sit with your other half or bridal party. The head/sweetheart table usually belongs in the center of everything or in the front. Everyone wants to be able to see you and besides, it’s your day and you are the center of attention. Close family members and friend’s tables should be the tables closest to you, then the rest of your friends and family should be seated with those that they were invited with as well as some people who they may know. Don’t get us wrong, feel free to mix and match your guests with different groups of people but seating them with friends that they may know is very considerate and can make for a great time.
Show Your Seating Chart Off
Now comes the fun part! Escort cards are where you can get creative and show off all of your hard work! Creatively, you have freedom to present the information however you like. Some decide to make a large list to show where everyone is seated and some like to have single place cards that everyone can pick up and take to their seats. With a long guest lists, I suggest making your list alphabetical order. It may take guests a while to look for their table so making it alphabetical will ease the transition from cocktail hour to reception. A lot of couples choose to display the information by table number. This looks beautifully when presented on a beautiful mirror or framed display. Take these wedding ideas and run with them. There are no wrong answers when it comes to expressing yourself through your wedding.
“Love is when you sit beside someone doing nothing, yet you feel perfectly happy.”
Wedding favors are the parting gift to give a little thanks to your guests who were able to celebrate one of the most special days in your life. This gift may not seem like an important detail to pay attention to but this last detail of the night may be exactly how guests remember the day.
Guests like to feel special and like to feel a part of the wedding day and even though the day is about you, as a couple, it is so important to make sure guest feel appreciated and know that they all were invited for a reason.
Historically, wedding favors used to be something as simple as nuts or even sugar cubes but now they can get as creative as you’d like them to be and be a small display of your personalities.
This post is here to help spark some wedding ideas on what to give as favors.
If you don’t know where to start then a wedding favor that can be eaten is a perfect way to go! Everyone loves food and most likely the favor will not go to waste. You can personalize candies, cookies, small desserts. However, wedding favors don’t necessarily have to be a sweet treat! They can be a savory treat like pretzels, popcorn, or even pickles! Homemade treats or locally grown items are becoming very popular, as well! Many couples give their guests a jar or jam or honey, little bottles of infused olive oil, or their favorite hot sauce. I think this is a great opportunity to show your guests your creativity and passion for food!
If you don’t have a food favor in mind, then maybe you want to go the beverage route. A personalized soda bottle or small cocktail to go will always impress your guests. I personally love the idea of giving tea bags or a small bag of ground coffee for them to take home and brew themselves.
Nature Lover Favors:
Small succulents, a small potted plant, or even a small bag of seeds to plant are a great wedding favor to show that you love nature and love to care for things and watch them grow. These are prefect favors to give back to the environment and enlace nature’s beauty.
Useful home items are very unique and an unexpected favor from guests. Giving something that guests can use daily, will remind them of your special day and will make them appreciate you as a couple. Mason jars are a hot trend in the wedding industry. Filling them up with whatever you choose and then letting them take the jar home is a great idea! Coasters are a great gift and don’t necessarily have to be personalized with your names. They can have beautiful designs which will make them as special. Beautiful cheese boards or cutting boards makes for a great favor, if you want to splurge.
Although the favors already mentioned are unique in their own way, there are some favors that some may not even think of, like these!
Luggage tags if you love to travel!
Traveler Wedding Favor:
Lottery scratcher tickets if you love to have some fun gambling or Las Vegas!
Holiday ornaments (Seasonal but fun!)
Carer for the environment favor:
Reusable water bottles if you like to be environmentally friendly!
A small hangover kit for your guests who had a REALLY great time!
Any gift given to your guests will be appreciated but why not make it extra special by putting your own style into it! By making it unique and choosing something that you would want to receive! Wedding favors are a great ending to a great night. Take these wedding ideas or come up with your own. Don’t forget about the small details when planning your big day!
“To accept a favor from a friend is to confer one” -John Churton Collins
All week long, as a bride and groom, you are entertaining your guests and inviting them to be a part of one of the most important days of your lives. When there are beautiful ceremonies after beautiful ceremonies, how can your Big Day be one of those unique indian weddings? Start by searching unique ways to bring your own touch and style to be able to shine through all the celebration and happiness.
Traditions don’t have to stay 100% traditional. Unique indian weddings incorporate personality and themes, this makes your Indian wedding more memorable and special because it represents you. This day represents the bride and the groom and although traditions are beautiful so can the ability to see glimpses into the lives of the couple.
How may you do this, you ask?
The Baraat is the first ceremony of the final day where the groom celebrates his journey to the bride and her family. Throughout our wedding experiences, we have seen so many different ways where the groom heads over to the ceremony space. A classic and traditional way would be riding on a horse, which can be great but here are some other options that you may have never even thought of.
- A Batmobile (As seen in a previous post) or any type of car that you love
- A horse and carriage (A twist to the traditional take!)
- A Rickshaw (A great way to express culture and creativity!)
- A cable car
- An elephant (this one may be tricky, but your guests will definitely be impressed)
The Cocktail Hour
The cocktail hour is where your guests can begin mingling and celebrating amongst each other. This classic, American tradition is where you have the freedom to express yourself whichever way you want at your Indian wedding. This can include the decorations on the high tables to designing your seating chart in a unique way. Give your guests insight to who you, as a couple are. Here are some ways to keep the cocktail hour tradition alive with some personal flare.
- Serve your favorite foods! Cocktail hour treats don’t necessarily have to match the same cuisine as lunch or dinner.
- Add a signature cocktail! Whether it’s a classic or one that you’ve created, it’ll show guests what you like!
- Have a unique guest book like fingerprints on a tree (pictured) or puzzle pieces.
- Choose a theme and show off your decor with props on the tables.
- Use unique objects as table place cards.
Unique Reception Vendors
When I say unique vendors, I mean the ones you wouldn’t think of hiring. These are perfect catch for unique indian weddings. They’re more for entertainment or treats for your guests than a necessity. This can not only make your wedding unique but it can enhance the wedding experience for you and your guests. Here are some ideas for your wedding vendors who you can have in addition to your traditional vendors.
- PHOTOBOOTHS or any fun video/gif booth! These are so much fun and can show your guests your fun side. They’re great memories for your guests to look back on and wedding favors as well.
- Special dessert vendors like an ice cream truck or a paan vendor.
- Midnight snack vendors like food truck that serve pizza or other yummy late night snacks!
- Entertainers, in general, like dancers or fire performers (if you’re feeling adventurous)!
As you can see, there are so many ideas for unique indian weddings, from start to end. These were only some suggestions so use your creativity and make this day yours, whether you’re the groom or the bride. Give your guests the pleasure of seeing who you are as couple. Feel free to use some of our ideas or do some research for something that suits you! Create your own traditions within your family.
“Mine is a not a traditional music, but it comes from tradition.” -Tom Chapin