Tip of the Day
Before you contract a florist, ask if they do a floral preview so you know what your bridal bouquet and centerpieces look like before your big day. This ensures that you are getting the look you envisioned when you ordered them.
Thank you so much to Jennifer from JP Photography for all of the amazing photos.
I happened to be at JoAnn Fabrics looking for some sort of checkered flag linen (I didn't find what i was looking for and ended up finding it on Ebay when I found the brown linen fabric that I thought was the same color was mud. It was a very durable fabric that worked really well under the checkered flag fabric.
For games, my husband and I created two Monster Truck inspired games, a tire toss and a Monster Truck race. The truck race was the hit of the party. Each racer was awarded with a gold trophy and our two overall winners were awarded with larger trophies. Another fun game we played was stacking the inflatable tires (pool rings). All the kids loved this game and then they each got to take one home with them.
As a thank you to all of the guests, Jackson gave his guests a checkered flag bandanna, candy and a monster truck and each attendee got to take home their very own Monster Truck VIP Pit pass.
A huge thank you to a former bride of mine who is an amazing photographer who came out before the party started to capture all of the party details. Thank you Jennifer Parsons of JP Photography!!
My only regret is not
On our wedding day Lori came around with us in almost 90 degree weather while we took pictures and made sure we had everything we needed – even going back to our house to pick up our dog so she could be in our pictures! I wasn’t able to really see the venue or the church before the wedding but it looked better than I ever could have imagined and that was all thanks to Lori. The great thing about having her there on your wedding day is that you and your parents get to enjoy the day without worrying about the little details that usually stress them out (especially moms) like making sure the food gets out on time, that you have champagne at your table, or that all of the cleanup gets done.
Lori is so organized and prepared for anything. If you are looking for someone who genuinely cares about making your day as perfect and stress free as possible then you need to hire Lori. I promise you will be nothing but grateful that you did!
If you think a lot of your wedding guests will be coming out of town or want to spend the night at a hotel on your wedding day, consider reserving a block of rooms. Best advice is to find up to 3 hotels that you like of different price points and reserve rooms. If the hotel ask for you to sign a contract make sure you are not on the hook for any rooms not reserved.
Wanting to know a little more about wedding flowers and the true meaning:
Rose - Love
White Daisy - Purity
Gardenia - Joy
Orchard - Beauty
Carnation - Distinction
Blue Violet - Constancy
Forget-me-not - True Love
Red Chrysanthemum - Sharing
Lily of the Valley - HappinessW
hite Lilac - Youthful Innocence
Love this tip from Martha Stewart Weddings:
When contemplating your wedding feast and deciding between a buffet or a plated dinner there are several factors to take into account. Price and meal choices should be the first two considerations. Make sure to ask your caterer what the differences are. Sometimes your ideal menu is only available as a plated dinner and you want a buffet or a plated dinner is out of your price range.
Thinking about having your wedding on a holiday, make sure you do your homework first. Many venues are either close or have slightly higher rates for holidays. Also think about out of guest travel and accommodations as those rates could be increased also.
1. Favorite Food: Belgium Waffle with raspberries
2. Favorite Beverage: Shirley Temple/Favorite Adult Beverage: Red Robin Strawberry Margarita
3. Was nearly a contestant on the 80s tv game show "Fun House"
4. Favorite Disney Princess: Belle from Beauty and the Beast
5. Secret Obsession: Fifty Shades of Grey (I guess no longer a secret)
6. Is a member of Team Edward (she loves Twilight so much she even named her dog Bella)
7. One skill that Lori would love to develop more is Cake Decorating.
8. Favorite vacation spot: St. John in British Virgin Islands
9. Biggest accomplishment in life: Her two boys (Grant & Jackson)
10. One thing Lori is looking forward to the most: Celebrating her 10th wedding anniversary in Maui with her family next summer.