Wedding Reception Locations: Where do you want to get married?

Kate and Nick Plymouth MI

This one is for all my fellow Michiganders out there! Where you get married sets the scene of your whole theme. There are so many wedding reception locations to pick form! You can fly down to the Caribbean to get hitched or you can have a big shindig at the fanciest hotel! But picking a wedding reception location is one of the first things to get finalized for the wedding (and ceremony if you’re doing it in a separate place). So in this blog we are going to look at a few different ideas for wedding reception locations around Michigan!

Plenty of wedding reception locations!

There are a ton of beautiful places to get married in Michigan! From elegance to rustic, there are plenty of wedding reception locations to fit you and your fiance’s taste! Just make sure you take the time to look at a few places before you let your heart get set on one! Also, make sure to have a list of questions prepared to ask the managers to make sure they can accommodate all your needs.

Castle Farms – Charlevoix, Michigan

Your wedding is like your fairytale day, so why not get married in a castle! In Charlevoix, Michigan, there lies Castle Farms! This is a great wedding reception location that is about to make your big day a magical experience. I mean, who doesn’t want to feel like a princess on their wedding day? This wedding reception location is not only a reception area, but they have beautiful courtyards for ceremonies! The castle farms can hold a party from 50-350 guests.

http://www.castlefarms.com

 St. Johns in Plymouth, MI

Kate and Nick Plymouth MIA beautiful mix between rustic and elegance would be the beautiful Inn at St. Johns in Plymouth, MI. I have personally been to this location for a wedding reception and it is absolutely stunning!! You are inside but it looks like you are outside(the atrium ballroom)! So not only is this a great wedding reception location, they are a hotel! They offer a lot of amenities and additives.

http://www.stjohnsgolfconference.com/st-john-weddings/

 The Meadowbrook Rochester, MI

The Meadowbrook hall is another good wedding reception location. Best part, besides it being absolutely stunning, is that it can accommodate however many guests you want (depending on which location you choose). They also give a few different options for your reception area depending if you want an indoor reception or outdoor (which the tent they provide is stunning! Check it out!) They have a beautiful garden for your ceremony as well so everything is in one beautiful location! This little gem is nestled right in Rochester, MI.

http://meadowbrookhall.org/plan/weddings/aboutourservices

 Stoney Creek, East Noblesville, IN

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If you are more of the outdoorsy kind of gal, a wedding at Stoney Creek will sure suit your fancy! With three different locations your adventurous side is bound to be satisfied with either location! Unfortunately this is for a smaller wedding… They can only hold up to 100 guests. They have bonfire pits at each location and offer a playground for the kiddies!

http://www.stonycreekfarm.net/weddings.htm

 

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Have fun with your planning and remember, never get too caught up in the stress that you forget to enjoy all the little moments that lead up to one of the biggest days of your life. Have fun and make memories!

Funny Wedding Toasts: A How-To Guide …or maybe “How-NOT-To”

Funny Wedding Toast

Whether you’re the Maid-Of-Honor, Best Man, or even the Father of the Bride, you might be expected to come up with an array of original, entertaining, and funny wedding toasts. For the public-speaking guru’s this may seem like a no brainer, but for the rest of us, there are some simple rules to follow.

Make It Personal (But don’t get too crazy)

Your first instinct might be to jump right into a favored childhood memory. I mean, this IS your loved one you’re talking about. Feel free to talk about that one time that Jane said all boys had cooties while digging in the mud. Or when Mike decided to take his diaper off and smear it across the living room carpet. Personal stories and memories add flavor and personality to funny wedding toasts, but there ARE some limitations. Knowing how much detail is enough is the key to formulating a funny wedding toast. Jane’s ‘digging in the mud’ story might be funny, and useful, but the entire reception doesn’t need to know what color socks she was wearing.

Remember Your Audience

Wedding toastSure, these funny wedding toasts are ultimately for the bride and groom. But don’t forget that there is a room full of people listening as well. Mentioning a catch-phrase that only you and the groom could possibly understand is not necessarily something that will get the crowd laughing. Incorporating ‘inside jokes’ in funny wedding toasts is not completely forbidden, though. Find a way to give enough explanation so that the entire room can feel included.

Corny Jokes are funny too!

One-liners about marriage tend to be a crowd favorite. When thinking of funny wedding toasts, you might reference the jokes that are seemingly Funny Wedding Toastcorny or play directly into the stereotypes surrounding marriage. Although your initial reaction might be to disregard these particular funny wedding toasts, you should remember that corny jokes, and references that point to relatable and familiar experiences are almost guaranteed crowd pleasers. Here are a couple of examples:

 

“If a man speaks in the forest and there is no woman around to hear him, is
he still wrong?”

“Marriage means commitment. Of course, so does insanity.”

I got these examples from: http://www.keepandshare.com/htm/wedding_planning/wedding_toasts/C03_funny_wedding_toasts.php

 

Be Yourself

Although entirely cliché, this may be one of the most important points of all. If you’re writing numerous funny wedding toasts and find that you’re consistently deviating from your true personality, scratch the idea. No matter what you do, you want to make sure that you are staying true to your personality and not straining to be someone that you’re not. Regardless of how funny, serious, or entertaining your toast might be, it is important that it is genuine. The bride, the groom, and the rest of the reception might even appreciate a heart-felt and honest response more so than a forced attempt at being funny. If you’re the type of person that would typically cause someone to crack a smile, then go for the funny wedding toasts. But if that is something completely outside of your comfort zone, then stick with what works for you. It will not only make YOU feel more comfortable, but everyone else listening as well.

5 Wedding Decoration Ideas (That won’t break the bank!)

Homemade wedding sign

It’s about that time to get those little details and aspects of your ‘big day’ organized. But coming up with wedding decoration ideas is an extremely daunting, (and potentially expensive) task. Luckily, there are a large number of Wedding decoration ideas and tips for stressed out, on-a-budget-brides. Here are a few:

1. Use the Dollar Store as your go-to

Fun and Creativity when it comes to wedding decoration ideas does not mean luxurious and expensive. Some of the most interesting and beautiful aspects of your reception could be easily found at the dollar store. Vases for centerpieces, candles, stones, ribbons, and much more can be found in large quantities at your local dollar store.

2. “New” isn’t necessary

One of the largest misconceptions of having the “dream wedding” is that everything must be “fresh out of the packaging” and brand new. But this just isn’t the case. When thinking of unique wedding decoration ideas, never underestimate what you could find at the thrift store. Most of the time you can find original wedding decoration ideas that you wouldn’t have been able to find otherwise. And an added bonus? Pictures and many laughs of your bridesmaids wearing that ugly cat sweater they scored during the trip.

3. When in doubt, Think: “Something Borrowed”

Similarly to the thrift store, you never know what you can find until you actively seek it out. Friends, relatives, and coworkers, could potentially hold the secret gems to your wedding decorations. And many times, these items may not even be in use. You never know until you ask. A quick status update on Facebook or Twitter could be all you need to finding unique and free items to contribute to your wedding decoration ideas.

4. Flowers: Go fake

Especially with summer weddings, one of the biggest, and arguably most beautiful, wedding decoration ideas is the use of many many floral arrangements. But unfortunately flowers can get a bit pricey. Many craft stores offer individual stems of flowers that can be bundled together to look real. Especially when wrapped around awnings and other fixtures, no one will even be able to tell the difference.

5. Lights! Lights! Lights!

Especially for nighttime receptions, draping white Christmas light strands could add a special sort of ambiance to your celebration. The romantic feel of sparkling Christmas lights not only add more light to what (might be) a dimly lit space, but are potentially one of the most affordable wedding decoration ideas. Just be sure to use white Christmas lights and to check with your venue on their rules and regulations for additional lights.

Wedding makeup – get it done or do it myself?

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Let’s talk about the more fun wedding arrangements; wedding makeup! So there are so many looks, products, and options out there! To begin, the question of should I get it done or do it myself will come up. Yes, it would be nice to save a few bucks but it would be even nicer to have one less thing to stress about on our big day.

In my opinion, you are safer to go with a makeup artist (on site freelancer would be the better option) so you don’t have any accidents or have to stress about your wedding makeup not looking perfect the day of. It’s your big day!! You deserve to sit back with a glass of wine and have everything done for you. Its stress free, and not to mention fun! Luckily I will talk a little bit about both options!

Wedding makeup tutorial.

So if you do decide to go with doing your own makeup for your wedding, make sure you have the right products and tools. To begin, you are going to want to go to your nearest Ulta or Sephora and talk to a makeup consultant. Get their opinion on a good look to fit your features as well as products! I can’t stress enough the importance of getting the good (expensive) makeup. As a makeup artist, I have worked with all kinds of makeup for many different situations and you do not want to go with the drugstore brands on your wedding day, or any day really. Why? Because it will last a whole lot longer, look way better, it will be a better application, and won’t irritate you if you’re super sensitive. The company that I would recommend is Smashbox.

Why to chose makeup for your wedding from Smashbox?

Why Smashbox? Because it is HD makeup, meaning that your wedding makeup is going to come out FLAWLESS in your photos! I am partial to my IT Cosmetics CC cream so I recommend that as well. Also, getting good brushes; let me just say that the brush makes the look. If you have junky brushes, your wedding makeup will come out, well, junky. I’d look at the synthetic hair brushes. Remember, the more dense the brush, the thicker the look, the more fluffy the brush, the sheerer the look is. I have one more word for you before we move on; primer.

DO NOT go without using primer for your face and eyes; you will regret it once your face melts off halfway through your vows….

So, what’s trending?

To begin, let’s talk about contouring. The beauty queen herself, Kim Kardashian, has made this simple (yes, I really do mean simple) makeup trick boom! What is so great about contouring? It makes your features POP! Hello cheekbones!! Apply highlighter on all the high points of your face and BAM! You are glowing my dear! Another trend? Bold brows. Yes, thick brows are in and are making a statement! Now there are so many trending wedding makeup looks for brides that have been popular in 2014 and are being carried into the New Year! The classic cat eye is coming back though its being made more subtle. Too much? Tone it down by blending out the liner and adding a soft matte shadow.  In my opinion a soft smoky eye, whether it is matte or frosted, is a timeless look with a subtle cat eye. You know what they say, your wedding makeup should be an enhanced version of you and what you wear every day. That being said, the more natural look is in with applying just a base (foundation) and lashes with some gloss. On the other hand, color is also making a statement with colorful lips. Going with a pink or peach is a safe route to get a soft romantic look though reds are becoming increasingly popular with vintage making a comeback. Dark smoky eyes are for the daring and the brides who really want to make a statement! If you are feeling bold, the best colors to go with are your bronzy colors, golds if you want a warmer look or greys and silvers for a cooler look.

The most important part about picking your wedding makeup is making sure you pick what you are going to feel absolutely stunning in!

Go explore, try new looks, experiment! BUT, make sure you do a trial run to work out all the kinks and prevent any meltdowns from happening. Make sure you’re comfortable in what you choose because you want to feel confident! You do you! So, don’t stress, this is supposed to be one of the fun parts about planning a wedding!

 Wedding makeup sheet for skin types.

So I wanted to type up a general wedding makeup sheet for skin types if you decide to do it on your own.

Dry: Go with a liquid and no powder over. Putting a powder over only feeds to monster and makes the “scales” come out (those ewwwwwyyy dry flakes).  If you decide to contour I would go with a stick. Highlighter and blush are ok to go with powder but cream and liquid options are also offered (depending on the degree of dryness).

Combination Skin: You are one lucky duck because you can go with anything! I would recommend a liquid with a powder over your oily areas (T zone) and you can go with any form of bronzer, highlighter and blush.

Oily: Depending if you want a full coverage look or medium, there are a few things you can do. If you want a fuller coverage, go with a liquid but put powder over (an oil absorber would be best). If you are ok with a sheer or medium coverage look, go with a powder. For contouring, highlighting, and blush, go with powder.


Have fun with your planning and remember, never get too caught up in the stress that you forget to enjoy all the little moments that lead up to one of the biggest days of your life. Have fun and make memories!

 

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Cheap Wedding Ideas for Your Big Day

Rustic Wedding

Who doesn’t like a good deal? Weddings aren’t cheap, so wherever you can save a little bit, take advantage of it! Cheap wedding ideas are everywhere and hello, DIY is so in right now. You can pretty much find anything on Pinterest and they usually have a tutorial in the link. When in doubt, that is what YouTube is for! I am going to go over some pretty cool ideas for DIY or just cheap wedding ideas in general.

Rustic WeddingHaving a rustic themed wedding? This is where you can get really creative. Having an outdoor reception? Go to garage sales or even the salvation army and get a whole bunch of frames and take all the photos you have with your fiancé (engagement pictures would be super adorable) and get rope to hang the frames from a tree; it creates a beautiful backdrop. Another super cute idea that also involves pictures are compiling every picture you have together from each year you were together and framing them. You can probably go to the dollar store for cheap frames. Then you find a tree for each year you were together. Attach the frames to the tree for each year you were together and label the tree what year is what.

More cheap wedding ideas?

Try gathering white Christmas lights from all your friends to Cheap wedding ideaswrap around trees or even hang from trees!! Another cheap wedding ideas is take a tree stump (small in diameter), cut up pieces that look like coasters, and etch love quotes or bible verses; whatever floats your boat! Mason jars and candles. Enough said. Now, getting away from the DIY, have you thought of a beer tasting? I know I have mentioned this before, but it would cut down your alcohol bill tremendously. If you’re having a fall wedding, have ya thought about a caramel apple station? While you’re taking pictures, your guests can have fun and get a sweet treat! Just go to Costco or your local grocery store to pick up the materials! This is a better alternative to expensive catering!

Having a more elegant themed wedding?

Well there are some cheap wedding ideas for this too! For a cheap centerpiece, try doing away with the real flowers, they cost a pretty penny, and find realistic looking fake ones. Get a candle holder (the taller candle kind), and glue the foam ball onto the candle holder. Then, get a foam ball, cut the stems on the fake flowers and stick them in the foam ball. To add some finishing touches, get ribbon and wrap it around the candle holder and tie it into a bow! Walla! You have centerpiece! Something cute for any wedding theme would be to get a bunch of tongue depressors from your local craft store and a jar. Have a station where your guests write down date ideas! Or, create a box with your pictures around it and have an “advice” station where your guests can write down tips for your marriage! Are you a glitter girl? A great decoration would be to go to the dollar store, pick up multiple glass candle holders and then buy tacky glue; once you get a good layer of the glue onto the holder, put glitter on it and stick a candle inside!

There are so many cheap wedding ideas that you can use to maintain budget. How about a DIY wedding video? Getting a videographer for the wedding can be super expensive, and a lot of the time brides and grooms sadly have to remove it from the list; but you shouldn’t have to! Weddeo makes sure that you can capture all the memories from your big day to cherish forever at a very affordable price! You remember me saying DIY is in right? (;

Have fun with your planning and remember, never get too caught up in the stress that you forget to enjoy all the little moments that lead up to one of the biggest days of your life. Have fun and make memories!

 

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