Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The Ultimate Wedding Day Decor Checklist. How to Organize All Those Details


Welcome to our very first Blog Hop for 2015!
This month we want to help you start the year off by getting organized as you’re planning your wedding or event. Get ready for some great ideas to help you reduce stress and enjoy the planning process as you move along through the blog hop.

You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from
Rachel Huntoon  at Ashford Manor Bed & Breakfast on Natalie’s Blog Hop. If you get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you make sure to see and learn from all of the articles featured here today.

Wedding Flowers 101 


So you are planning your big day and it’s time to get serious about the florals.  Contact your florist six to nine months before your wedding date.  Every bride wants her wedding to be memorable and her choice of flowers or arrangements should reflect her specific taste and personality. Her flowers should create a theme to make her wedding day special and provide the finishing touch . So how do you decide what flowers to use for your wedding and all of those special events that take place once you say  “yes”. 
 

First, determine your floral budget. Have a look at the total wedding budget and see what is available for flowers. Once that amount has been established make a list of the floral item you require. It's a good idea to make a "must-have" list and a "wish-list", so that if you do have to make adjustments, the wish-list flowers can go first without effecting the overall design.  Some floral arrangements might not be realistic once you have budgeted for everything else, so it's a good idea to know how much you have to spend on flowers before getting started. When you visit the florist, you can discuss the extent of your budget and work from there.
 

What to Bring to Your Floral Consultation
 

Bring a trusted friend/bridesmaid, as well as the decision maker (whether that is you or someone else).  Just don’t bring too many people so you won’t be distracted or unable to state your opinions freely.
      *Know your chosen venue.  You want the design to complement not compete with your venue. 

       Photos and any room layouts will be helpful.

      *Gather your dream inspiration pieces to share with your vendor.  That can be magazine clippings, your      Pinterest board, photos. Putting them all into an email  and forward before your meeting will allow the vendor to have some ideas to share with you.  If you’ve chosen your gown and your bridesmaids gowns, bring photos, color swatches, etc.
      *Bring a list with your estimated ceremony time, reception begin and end time, guest count, bridal party and attendants. 


Your list might look like this:
Ceremony Location: __________________________________  Time: __________
Reception Location: _________________________________ End Time: ________
          ____  Number of Guests (as far as you know)
          ____  Bridesmaids                       _____  Groomsmen
          ____  Jr. Bridesmaids (ages)        _____  Jr. Groomsmen (ages)
          ____  Flower Girls (ages) ____    _____    Ring Bearers (ages)  ____   
          ____  Moms/Grandmas                _____   Dads/Grandads
          ____  Ceremony flowers               _____   Ushers / Hostess
          ___________Cocktail Tables        ___________Guest Tables
          ___________Head Tables            ___________Long Tables
 

*Bring your budget guidelines.  Arrangement prices can range dramatically, remain within your comfort level to create the best event possible. 

Here is a basis guideline for the Southeast area to get you started. 
Bridal Bouquet:  $250 and up

Bridesmaids Bouquets:  $60 to $100 ea.,  Boutonnieres:  $10 ea and up,  Corsages:  $15 - $25, Altar Flowers:  Two large arrangements flanking you:  Allow $300-$500 or you might choose a custom structure. 
Centerpieces/Lows:Small starting at $45 ea
 
Dramatic statements starting at $100 and up ea

 Delivery and Installation Fees:$250 and up, depending on complexity. Sales Tax
 

*Plan to spend about an hour and a half during the initial consultation.  The vendor will get to know your taste and desires, what you’d like to see.

Here are a few site to research the price of flowers:
www.globalrose.com
http://www.fiftyflowers.com
www.growersbox.com

Listed below are some of the more common flower meanings:

 
Alstroemeria: Devotion

Babies Breath: Pure Heart


Carnation: Fidelity


Chrysanthemum (Mums): Cheerfulness, Truth


Daffodil: Joy, Devotion


Daisy: Faith, Simplicity


Gardenia: Joy


Gladiola: Generosity, Beauty


Iris: Promise


Ivy: Fidelity, Friendship



Lily of the Valley: Happiness


Lily: Purity, Innocence


Orchids: Rare Beauty


Rose: Love, Friendship


Rosebud: Beauty, Youth


Stephanotis: Happiness


Sweet Pea: Blissful Pleasure


Tulip: Perfect Lover


The next stop is Kishana Highgate at Kishana Highgate Photography on Natalie’s Blog Hop!

Thanks for visiting and I hope to see you again next month! 



  1. Natalie Bradley at Natalie Bradley Events  
  2. Katherine Shorter at Creating Awesomenessity
  3. Kristi Richardson at Bloomed To Last
  4. Chantal Benoit at Chantal Benoit Photographer
  5. Elizabeth Batte at plainjane designs 
  6. Andie Freeman  at Andie Freeman Photography 
  7. Brenna Fields Taylor at An Elegant Affair LLC
  8. Irene Tyndale at Irene Tyndale Events 
  9. Tessa Marie at Tessa Marie Weddings
  10. Peter Merkle at Chicago Wedding DJs
  11. Anshwa Lewis at SwaLaRue Events
  12. Deborah Ashe at Rev. Deborah Ashe
  13. Angela Christoforo at Elite Wedding and Event Planning
  14. Liz Coopersmith at Silver Charm Events
  15. Amber Peterson at Cheers Wedding & Event Planning
  16. Maggie Evans at Maggie Evans Designs :: handmade bridal couture
  17. N'neka Scruggs at Images by N'neka
  18. Kelly Snyder at Southern Charm Weddings
  19. Cindy Clearwater at Something Blue Virgin Islands
  20. Kimberly Parks at KP Photography
  21. Simone R. Ross at Lil' Tux N Tiara's Event Sitters & Entertainment
  22. David Osborne at Sound Insight Productions
  23. Nicole Hill at Flora Bond
  24. Shaun Cox at A D.I.Y. Affair Weddings and Events
  25. Katrina McCullum at Made of Honor Weddings
  26. Sandy Salle at Hills of Africa Travel
  27. Rachel Huntoon  at Ashford Manor Bed & Breakfast
  28. Daphne Simpson at Elite Design   YOU ARE HERE
  29. Kishana Highgate at Kishana Highgate Photography
  30. Loraine McCall at Mojica Photography
  31. Teresa Rhodes at Nearly Nesters 
  32. Andrea Freeman at Andrea Freeman Events
  33. Nikki Michel at Ciao Bella Weddings
  34. Kelly King at Affordable Wedding Invites by Gossett Printing
  35. Christine Ringuette at Down The Aisle Wedding Planning & Design
  36. Myiesha Antwine at Kiss and Tell Weddings
  37. Ashley Rae at Ashley Rae Events
  38. Laurie Kuerlemann at Platinum Party Events Entertainment, Inc
  39. Lydia Wells at Writer Mom
  40. Melissa Pepin at Melissa Pepin Photography





JANUARY AISLE RUNNER SPECIAL





50 FT. White Non-Woven runner

This price includes your basic monogram design (we will complete up to three sample designs) The runner can be monogrammed in one of the following ways. .

OPTION 1: Three Letter Monogram Plus Long Date (Month, Day, Year)
OPTION 2: First Names and Last Initial Plus Short Date (MM.DD.YY).

$150 includes shipping in the continental US
If you already have a wedding monogram design, I am more than happy to hand paint it on your aisle runner. An additional fee may be required based on the complexity of your design.

Friday, January 9, 2015

We Won the WeddingWire Couples' Choice Award 2015


The WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards® recognizes the top five percent of local wedding professionals from the WeddingWire Network who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism. Unlike other awards in which winners are selected by the organization, winners of the WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards® are determined by recent reviews and extensive surveys from over a million WeddingWire newlyweds.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

12.13.14 Weddings

Congratulations to all the couples getting married today, on 12/13/14. Especially the 29 who tied the knot in a mass ceremony at 10:11 am, conducted by Gwinnett County Chief Magistrate Kristina Hammer Blum and Probate Judge Christopher Ballar. A big "Thank You" to the ones who selected bouquets and boutonnieres by Elite Design. #121314Wedding





Monday, September 29, 2014

12.13.14 Aisle Runner Contest

In honor of the last numerically consecutive wedding date this century, Elite Design is offering a **FREE**
36" W x 25 ft. L white non-woven aisle runner. Here is the design, you select the colors and font. If you or someone you know wedding date is 12.13.14, LIKE our FB page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Elite-Design/48894219006.

Then send us a message with your names, font, and color choices. All submissions until 12:13 PM, Sept. 30th will be entered into a random drawing. The sample layout of the winning couple will be posted at  1400 (2pm EST). Pick up the first week of Nov. or shipping at the winners expense.

The WINNER IS




Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Site Visit to Porterdale Memorial Gymnasium

City of Porterdale welcomed the public to it unique outdoor event venue. Designed by female architect Ellamae Ellis League from Macon GA, and built by the Bibb Manufacturing Company in 1938. It boasts a spacious 14,832 sq. ft., it also features a kitchen for catering as well as a bride room for when weddings are hosted on site.


Contact The City of Porterdale for rental information 770-786-2217 phone prompt#1

http://www.newtoncitizen.com/news/2014/may/08/porterdale-memorial-gymnasium-renovations-complete/








Friday, January 10, 2014

The Georgia Bridal Show at The Cobb Galleria Jan. 5, 2014.

The Georgia Bridal Show at The Cobb Galleria on January 5, 2014. 
Linen by The Head Table, floral by Elite Design.