Monday, October 16, 2017

The blue Sparkle!

Robin and Matt were married on October 8th, 2017. I loved meeting with this couple because Matt was very involved in the planning. Most grooms do not help or don't have much input. Matt was the creator of their centerpieces and many of the ideas for the wedding. Matt and Robin created a ball of yellow flowers to go into each centerpiece and then we found a way "can't tell you the secret" to make the blue crystals float in the water. Since Matt helped plan the wedding she snuck in a surprise cake topper that said 'Shit just got real." Robin and Matt were are so happy you picked Ella's Garden for your wedding and we loved working with you.



Sunday, October 15, 2017

It's wedding season in Texas!

October is wedding season in Texas and the most popular month to have your wedding. Most brides want to get married in October due to the weather, however the first two weekends have been really warm and humid. Hopefully it starts to cool off. It is starting to get darker sooner so any potential brides remember this when picking your start time for an evening wedding.

This month we will feature all of our weddings to share their story and different decoration ideas.

Jaclyn and Corey were married at Ella's Garden on October 7th, 2017. When I first met this couple I felt like I knew them for 10 years. They both have such amazing energy and love. Jaclyn and Corey met in Cypress and are both from the East Coast. When they met they were so excited to finally have met someone from the East Coast in Texas. Their love grew and they got engaged. For the big day, they just had over 100 guests and more than half traveled in from New York, New Jersey and other areas. The colors were white and blush. The bride's family made all the arrangements for our mason jars. We wish both Corey and Jaclyn many years of happiness!!





Thursday, October 5, 2017

Through Hell and High Water



Janey and Calvin's Sunday Brunch Wedding



I get a call right after Hurricane Harvey hit from Janey looking for a venue for her wedding on October 1st. Less than 30 days is no problem! We have planned one in a week before. After meeting Janey and Calvin you could see the love in the air and if they could get married that day the would have. Janey was originally scheduled to get married in March at another venue. She changed her date and venue to Ella's Garden. Of course, we are so happy to host her event. Janey lost her first dress to Alfred Angelo closing then her mom's house flooded during Havery so her second dress was almost lost. She decided to take bridals the week before the wedding and it started raining out of no where so the grounds were all wet. She couldn’t catch a break and just wanted to have the day of dreams. Once Sunday came she was relaxed and ready to marry her soon to be husband Calvin. The joy and love they shared was beyond magical. Kara Additon Photography did an absolute breathe taking job on her photos. I couldn't pick just a few so you will have picture overload of some of amazing shots.




















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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

It’s been a busy weekend for weddings.


Devon and Isaac were directly impacted by Harvey due to their venue flooding. I received a call right after Harvey asking if we had her date, September 30th , open and we did due to a prior cancelation. She met with us soon after that and booked the venue. When I met her she was not in tears or upset about her venue. She stated lots of people lost their homes and much more than I did and I just lost a venue. Devon has such an amazing heart and stayed calm despite the situation she was in. It was a blessing that the only Saturday we had open for the fall was her date because her invitations, favors and all the details evolved around the date. Her prior venue was smaller and now that she had her event with us she was able to invite more friends and family to her wedding. She was also able to have good food, gorgeous outside ceremony and lots of dancing. The wedding was a blast. All guests, parents, bride and groom were having so much that they even took the party to Whiskey River to dance the night away. We are so glad we had the date open to host an amazing wedding for this beautiful couple.






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Monday, March 13, 2017

Invitations

The First Blog

Well this is the first blog Ella's Garden has posted. We are excited to start a blog to help out our current bride and grooms as well as future ones. One thing I do know is wedding planning is stressful and overwhelming. However, it shouldn't be. Many brides have never been married, stood in a wedding or been to a wedding. Not everyone has the knowledge and expertise like Ella's Garden does. Well, I am glad to be able to share experience and knowledge with you.

We plan to post about our events but also have blogs that are helpful to the brides. I could list everything in one blog to make it easy but then I wouldn't have anything to blog about.

So today, let's discuss one of the second steps of planning your wedding. I say second because the first should be booking the venue and hopefully it is Ella's Garden. So after you have the venue one of the items to do is... invitations.

Invitations sound fun don't they?! Due to pinterest and etsy they make life easier but also more difficult...so many choices!! Well here are some pointers:

1. Don't have an invitation that is too busy. Keep it simple but elegant.
2. Get creative. Everyone loves something different. It will stay on someone's fridge even after the wedding is over if they love it.
3. Print a map and add it to your invitation. Not everyone has a smart phone or GPS. (I know shocking). I cannot tell you how many times I have received calls from a guest that is lost. We even had a groom go find a guest once. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE include a map for all guests, especially out of town guests.
4. RSVP's. Guess what?! No one RSVP's anymore. It is sad to say this but it is like pulling teeth to get people to RSVP. All venues need a firm headcount so you have to get creative. Post an email or website to respond to. If you want to stick to the traditional RSVP response card, put a small number on the corner of each one. Why? At least every bride has received a response card with the number of guests filled out but no name. Then you are going down your list trying to determine who it could possibly be. If you place a small number on the back of the response card and coordinate it with your guests list then you will know it is. For example, you have Jane Smith as guest number 23 and you put a small 23 on the back of her response card. Lastly, if you do not get a response after sending out invitations, it is okay to call the guests and ask if they are attending or not so you can advice your venue and vendors.
5. Stamps add up quickly. One stamp for each invite plus the response card. Be prepared for this expense. If you send a save the date then it will be more.
6. Do not print your own invitations. Hobby Lobby's Wedding aisle makes everything look so easy and enjoyable. Believe me, printing your own invitation is a very difficult task. Trying to find the right font, centering the invitation and then putting it in the printer just right. Save time and buy them pre-printed from a vendor or have a vendor make them for you. The few dollar savings is not worth the headache.
7. On your invitation, have a space on the response card for any food allergies. It is more and more common to have a food allergy and guests love it when you consider this for them. The day of the wedding the guest will not mention this to you and eat what they can. However, if you have a special meal prepared for them they are thrilled. Their eyes light up and they are so pleased that you were thoughtful enough to make something special just for them. Everything bundt cake makes gluten free individual cakes. This is a cute way to have a small piece of cake for your guest. Who doesn't want cake?
8. Invitations should be sent out a few months (2-2.5 months) before the wedding. Have the RSVP date due back at least 30 days before the wedding. This allows you enough time to secure the final headcount. If you are still missing responses then you will have time to call each guests before your final headcount is due.
9. Don't forget the hashtag or snapchat filter so guests can start using it.
10. Guest will invite other people you don't want to attend or someone you did not invite. This happens all the time. To control this...learn to say no, jk. But a kind response would be, I am sorry but our venue can only accommodate a certain number of guests so if we do have any open room we would love for you to bring your guests. At this time we are fully booked to the capacity. You can always consider adding guests once you finalize the RSVPs.
11. Have your A and B list. Send out your A list first. Once you receive a no from an A list guest then you send one to a B list guest. So what list did you make?
12. Guest will say they will not come, then they will come and guests that say they will come, won't. This happens all the time. The 20% won't come rule is not always true. There a lot of factors in your guest list (are they from out of town, do they have to find a sitter, etc) so it is always best to stick to your guest list responses and rely on those. Some guest will end up not making it despite their response card and some will come last minute and bring their new girlfriend that they just met a month before. It is always best to stick to your total verified headcount for all your vendors. 
13. Adult only wedding on your initiation. Some weddings are for adults only. You can put on your invitation adults only. Another cute way of suggesting adults only is: "We would like for you to enjoy a night out so find a sitter and come celebrate with us." There are many different ways to work the adult only request so guests are not offended.
14. Time. Some people are ALWAYS late. For a wedding you should always arrive early. However, life happens. If you have certain guest that are known for always  being late, have their invitation time 30 minutes earlier than the rest of the guest. You don't want them to miss it.

INFORMATION OVERLOAD. That was just invitations!! Wedding planning can be easy and that is why I am here to help with some pointers along the way. Stay toned for the next blog.

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