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Wear it Out Wednesdays – Event for the Baltimore Fashion Forward

Fashion, Cocktail Hour, Baltimore

 

Baltimore’s Fashionable Monthly Destination Cocktail Hour!

 

 

 

 

I am so excited for this fabulous fashion event.  Enjoy a complimentary “Couture Cocktail”, a dash of unexpected, cosmopolitan ambience and the Premiere Showcase Moment ” Pinstripes & Panache curated by Fashion Awards MD/2013 Tailor of the Year and my new friend Derrick Charles King.

 

Pinstripes and Panache, Derrick Charles King 

Events by Mackie on “Choosing Your Venue”

CONGRATULATIONS!!!

You are engaged.  There is a twinkle in your eye, a bounce in your step, and an eagerness to get started.

Of course every wedding consultant/planner/designer whether it be a professional or a DIYer knows that the first step in planning is booking your venue(s), meaning of course your ceremony location and your reception location.  Be they the same location or two separate spots, you want to sign on the dotted line and claim those locales as yours for the day.

 

A few words of CAUTION 

 

 

 

Before you get swept away by the breathtaking view, the vaulted ceilings, the rolling hills, or the marble staircase, please be sure to read the fine print.  Although all couples want their venue to be the best, most beautiful, fabulous place, all too often the amazing look encourages us to sign on the dotted line before carefully reading a contract.

Be Practical

Now I know not a single bride and groom want to look back on their special day and say, “Well it was practical,” but neither do you want to suffer the pitfalls of not thinking ahead.

 

Unless you are so enamored by a specific venue that nothing else matters you have to start thinking about those little points that could make big problems if you don’t pay attention to them.

 

FIRST AND FOREMOST MAKE SURE THAT THE VENUE IS GOING TO FIT INTO YOUR BUDGET!!

 *SEE BELOW FOR IMPORTANT POINTS ON HIDDEN BUDGET BUSTERS

  • Find a venue that will accommodate all of the guests you are going to have and the type of ceremony/reception, sit down dinner vs. buffet, band vs. DJ, wheelchair accessible if needed, ample coat check service and space, sufficient restroom facilities, parking, etc.Wedding Decor
  • Does this venue fit your wedding style?  Is the décor satisfying on its own, or will you have to budget for additional elements, e.g. flowers, drapery, lighting, etc.Wedding Decor
  • Does your venue allow decorations?  What are the limitations?  Are you allowed open flame, drapery, can they accommodate specialized lighting, etc.
  • What kind of deposit is required?  What is the cancellation policy?  Timeframe, refund, reschedule, etc.
  • Food…Does the venue have an in-house caterer?  Can you schedule a tasting?  Do you have to pay for a tasting?  Do you like the menus they offer?  Will they create or make something specifically for you at your request? Do they allow outside catering?  If they do not have an in-house caterer do they allow any licensed caterer to work on the premises or do they only allow their approved caterers?

*THIS LAST POINT IS VERY IMPORTANT.  WHEN CONSIDERING YOUR BUDGET MAKE SURE YOU TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE COST OF OUTSIDE CATERING.  IF THE VENUE REQUIRES ONLY APPROVED CATERERS, CONTACT THOSE CATERERS FOR A QUOTE BEFORE YOU SIGN THE CONTRACT BECAUSE REMEMBER YOU ARE “REQUIRED” TO USE THOSE CATERERS!

 

 

 


  • Does the venue have a liquor license or must your caterer and/or bartender be licensed?
  • Will they allow you to bring in your own alcohol?




  • Are there rooms for the wedding party to prepare?  A bridal suite or a groom room to change/relax?
  • Does the venue provide a coordinator?  How much responsibility does he/she have?  Who will be supervising the facility and troubleshooting on the day of your wedding?  Are they available for at least one sit down before the wedding?
  • Is there a limitation as to where food and drink can be taken within the venue?
  • If the venue is an outdoor location what type of backup plans are suggested or required?

*SOME VENUES REQUIRE THAT YOU RESERVE A TENT IN CASE OF RAIN. VERY FEW TENT SUPPLIERS WILL LET YOU RESERVE A TENT WITHOUT A DEPOSIT AND BASICALLY YOU LOSE THIS DEPOSIT IF YOU DO NOT USE THE TENT.  SO THIS IS AN ADDED EXPENSE FROM THE GET GO.  IF NOTHING ELSE YOU WILL SPEND THE DEPOSIT AND IF IT RAINS THEN YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO PAY FOR THE TENT IN ITS ENTIRETY SO IF YOUR VENUE IS OUTDOORS MAKE SURE YOUR BUDGET CAN ACCOMMODATE THAT COST.

 

This by no means is meant to be a completely comprehensive list.  There are many more points to be made regarding choosing your venue(s).  You must take into account all the important points of “your wedding.”  The best way to start is to make a list of the most important points, with your budget being #1.

Wood…as inspiration!

As a wedding designer I try to keep my mind open for inspiration at all times.  It is amazing what kinds of things can spur an idea or even create an entire theme for a wedding.  Of course they are always just suggestions until a bride decides she loves it.  Today I am inspired by wood.  Something that surrounds us everywhere, is so natural, but can be so versatile!  Oh and you don’t have to be some naturalist, hippie, or forest nymph.  There are many modern and cutting edge looking ways to use wood that will make even the most citified bride ooh and ahh.  Check these great ideas out!!!

 

Signs, Signs, Everywhere is Signs!!! 

Wooden Wedding DecorWhat a better way to lead your guests around a large venue or share a lovely wedding message. 

Wooden Wedding DecorSimple, but so elegant and beautiful. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wedding favors…always a dilemma.

No one wants more clutter, but a small souvenier from your wedding is surely welcome if it is useful. 

Warm outdoor venue?  Surprise your guests with beautiful wooden fans.  Helps keep away the heat and the flying critters during your ceremony and reception, but also is a wonderful favor for them to take home to remember your special day.
Wedding Favors IDEA: They can also easily be painted in your wedding colors if you want to do some DIY customization.

Like wine, a personalized wooden wine stopper is another perfect useful favor for all of your guests…well assuming they drink wine.

         Wooden Wedding Favors



Wooden Wedding FavorsTo make both the knick knack folks and the practical folks happy we have a key chain. It’s a tchochke  but still useful.  Everybody has keys right?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I Love Window Panes!!!

Those of you who follow this blog know that I love window panes.  I know, I know you have seen it before, but there are so many different things you can do with them and they are just great!!

 

Wooden Wedding Decor

Wooden Wedding Decor

 

 BONUS:   Easy to find in salvage yards and at resale construction shops.  ADDED BONUS:  They won’t break the budget, but can look extremely expensive if done right.

 

 

 

TABLES!!

The wooden table is my favorite of them all!!! Wooden Wedding Picnic
Forget the table cloths, go for colorful placemats, napkins, and centerpieces to dress these one of a kind tables up.Wooden Wedding Picnic Table

 

Pair them with chiavari chairs  for a more classic look.

Weddin gPicnic Table

 

 

 

Or go all out picnic with the traditional slab table and benches.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are plenty of other ideas for wood, from escort cards and table numbers to lounge sets and chandeliers.  Whatever your mind can imagine can probably be realized through the use of wood.  If you have any ideas or have seen something amazing using wood, please share them with us…we’d love to see them.