Finding the Perfect Venue [And How to Transform a Venue into a Perfect Fit]

A couple of months ago two separate lovely Instagram followers (thank you @lexsturdy and @feliciaams21) asked me a couple of really wonderful questions about wedding venues, and it boiled down to this two-part question: "How do we find the perfect venue for us, and if we can't find one that is 'perfect' how do transform a venue to fit our vision?" And so today this blog post is devoted to covering the topic of "Finding the Perfect Venue" in totality, and how to transform a venue that might need some finessing to fit your vision!

 Carly Michelle Photography, The Wequassett Resort

Carly Michelle Photography, The Wequassett Resort

Perhaps the most daunting wedding planning task is finding the perfect venue for your wedding day. As a planner, I help my couples find their venue within one to two months of booking with Always Yours Events and I see firsthand how stressful it can be when there is so much emphasis on finding the perfect venue that checks everything on your list. Some of my brides have described it feeling as though you're sprinting towards a finish line, and you must find your venue with your ideal date and within your agreed upon budget range before another couple does. It can also be a little challenging to envision how your wedding will look in an empty space! But, with a few tips, a little creativity and visualization tricks that I have outlined here, you can find the perfect venue for your wedding day without the stress!

 Carly Michelle Photography, The Wequassett Resort

Carly Michelle Photography, The Wequassett Resort

A little side note -- For couples who are hosting at a private estate or home in a tent (as Sean and I are doing this September), you might be able to go ahead and skip through the next section of this blog post. However, take a peek at the second section entitled "Transforming a Venue Into a Perfect Fit."

Finding the Perfect Venue

I tell my clients the same thing at the beginning of the venue selection process: Set parameters, do your research, listen to your intuition and visit only 2-3 venues at a time. The key is to prevent overwhelm, so try not to visit every single venue you've come across in your search. It is most likely that there are 2-3 truly viable venues that you LOVE for your wedding!

To find your perfect venue, follow these steps I follow myself with my couples when booking their wedding venues:

1. Set parameters. Create criteria that your venue will eventually need to meet. Answer these questions to create your venue criteria:

- How many guests will you need to be able to host at your venue?

- Ideally does your venue need to have a ceremony location, cocktail reception location, and dinner and dancing location?

- What are the most ideal dates for your wedding?

- Are their parking areas and restrooms on site? Does this matter to you?

- Is the venue close by to hotels and/or a town or city? Is this important to you?

- What is your total budget for the venue, catering and beverage itself? 

- What are some additional non-negotiables that your venue must have (ie: dinner and dancing in the same room, must have accommodations on site, etc)?

2. Research. Put together a list of 5-7 venues you are interested in with an aesthetic you love or you feel you can work with! My favorite resources for finding venues are the Venue Report and Style Me Pretty. Style Me Pretty's venue list includes vetted and highly rated venues with a gorgeous aesthetic. And for my brides out there looking for unique venues that are a little bit off the beaten path and outside the box, the Venue Report includes so many unique venues you might not have even thought of! Finally, the Knot is a good resource if you'd like something offering a more broad venue search. Get a little creative with this part as well -- look at venues such as greenhouses, vineyards and historic homes with an option to put up a tent!

3. Make Contact. Email each venue, and follow up with a phone call. Speak with a venue sales manager at each venue, and ask them to send over dates of availability (or check to see if your ideal dates are specifically available), a rate sheet AND sample proposal for your review.

4. Organize Your Thoughts. Sit down with all of your information and begin applying your parameters and venue criteria to each option. Does this venue have your ideal date? Can it hold your guest count? Can it accommodate all aspects of the day necessary (ie: ceremony, cocktail reception, dinner and dancing)? Is it close to nearby hotels where out of town guests will stay? Does fall within budget or very close to it? Can it accommodate all of your non-negotiables?

5. Refine. Which venue(s) meets ALL or almost all of your criteria? Which venues meet the least amount of your criteria? Make a list of the top 2-3 venues that are the best fit, and set the others aside. You can always visit the others later if your top 2-3 don't pan out. Schedule tours with your representatives for all of them, and take notes of what you love and what you don't love as you walk through. Try to visit all options in one day, or over the course of two days.

Tip: Ask any and every question that you can think of during your tour. No question is a silly one, and venue representatives want to answer these questions for you as fully as possible! Being the most educated when making the decision to book a venue will make it that much simpler.

6. Listen to Your Intuition. After your tours, sit down with your fiance and review the options, what you love and what you don't love. Listen to your knee-jerk reactions and intuition. There is most likely one (or two) that you feel the most excited about! If you're deciding between two venues, weigh the pros and cons, and visualize your wedding at the venue. I recommend asking yourself these two questions: Does this venue "feel" like us? Can I envision myself walking down the aisle at this venue or having my first dance at this venue?

Once that venue option just seems to "click" in your head and heart, call your venue sales rep and get your date locked in with a contract and deposit!

Transforming a Venue into a Perfect Fit

For some couples, they find venues that are almost perfect; the venue might be a very blank canvas where everything must be brought in OR the venue might have the right foundation but need some finesse. An example of this is an empty tent, where you have SO much blank space to work with. Another example of this is a venue with an aspect such as carpet you don't love. If you're reading this and feeling this way about your own venue, I know it can be difficult to visualize what can be done to transform your space to fit your vision. But do not fear, there is so much that can be done and ways to visualize to ease your worries!

When Working with a Very Blank Canvas: When you're working with a venue or tent that is very blank, the first thing I recommend doing is having your wedding planner (if having one), venue coordinator, or caterer provide you with an ideal floor plan of the space with your guest count. This will help you see your wedding from a bird's eye view and stop overwhelm in it's tracks! It's like decorating a room in your home -- if you can see all of the pieces outright that you must fit into the room, you can begin visualizing how to make it all fit well and then go about decorating and accessorizing it. Knowing where your dance floor, stage/dj booth, tables, chairs, bars and entryways are going to be allows you to see the space with all of its key components. Expanding your vision from here will be so much easier, less overwhelming and much more successful!

If you wish the venue had something a little more visually interesting, speak with your planner, coordinator or caterer about adding lighting such as chandeliers, add a photobooth, add a backdrop, add statement bars that are focal points or maybe a huge impressive head table. There are endless possibilities so do not be afraid to ASK! From there, start working with your wedding planner, coordinator or caterer piece by piece -- pick your lighting (maybe you want chandeliers or greenery on existing lighting), then select your table shape, then your chair style, then your linen style, then your place setting, then your centerpieces, then your bars and then your entryways (maybe you want flowers, draping or signage by the door for a grand entrance)? Work piece by piece, step back, look at it, finesse, repeat. 

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 Carly Michelle Photography

Carly Michelle Photography

When Your Venue Needs Finesse: When you're working with a venue that has elements you aren't completely in love with (ie: heavy drapes, patterned carpeting, colorful walls, ornate light fixtures that do not fit your aesthetic, very dim light, etc), my biggest piece of advice is this: bring in a professional creative vendor for a site visit. If you don't have a wedding planner, bring in your floral designer. Having a creative vendor "walk through" the space with you and your venue coordinator and share with you all the possibilities to "hide" something or transform it is one of my best kept secrets. Trust me on this one. A professional creative can take something you don't love and find ways to make it work within a design.

Something I experience regularly (often in hotel ballrooms) is that my couples don't love the wallpaper and carpeting in the reception space. Chat with your floral designer about her ideas, and then consider calling a local rental company and have them add floor to ceiling white gauzy draping around the room to transform the space into a romantic, luxurious, and airy space. This can also work if you don't like a carpet in a room -- drape the room and add a bit of uplighting to shadow the floor, which will draw your eyes upwards towards the draping and ceiling. Even draping the longest wall in the room can transform the space. And if budget wont allow for draping, feel free to skip the draping but keep your uplighting, adjust your centerpieces to be tall centerpieces on every table and maybe even add some floral or greenery to your overhead light fixtures to draw your guests' eyes up! I promise they will be looking at those impressive florals and ceilings over what is under their feet.

And there you have it! I know that is quite a bit of information to take in, but my hope with these posts is to cover topics as fully as possible and give you detailed responses to your biggest wedding planning questions. When it comes to selecting a venue, it can feel like a such a big decision to make. And I hope that this post will serve you well in finding a venue that is perfect for YOU so that you may celebrate this milestone day to the fullest. 

 Carly Michelle Photography

Carly Michelle Photography

And something quickly to remember before I bring this post to a close -- no matter where you, what color the walls are, what pattern the carpeting is, what the drapes look light, how high the ceilings are, what the light fixtures look like or what the weather is, the most important thing on your wedding day is that you are marrying the love of your life. No matter where you choose to say "I do" the constants are your partner at your side and the incredible marriage you are about to embark on. Wherever you are, it will be remarkable.

Until next week my friends!

xoxo, Keri

Photography by Carly Michelle Photography|| Planning + Design by Always Yours Events || Venue: The Wequassett Resort || Couple: Whitney Bischoff + Ricky Angel || Stationery by Amanda Day Rose || Floral by The Wild Dahlia || Hair by Jennifer Tawa || Makeup by Amanda McCarthy || Band: Boston Common Band || Videography by Brighter Lights Media || Dress by Audrey Grant || Bridesmaids Gowns from Brideside || Calligraphy by Design by Laney || Linens by La Tavola

Five Tips For a Gorgeous Rainy Wedding Day

It's the week of your wedding, and you've just opened your weather app to see that the forecast went from sunshine to showers for your Wedding Day. First, take a deep breath and try not to panic -- please know that everything will work out just fine, believe me. You've come to the right place, and this post is devoted to providing you with steps you can take to ensure that your Wedding Day is just as gorgeous and spectacular despite the rain's inconvenient RSVP.

As a wedding planner and designer based in New England, a region of the US where rain is always a possibility on any given day, I've had to execute a fair share of rain plans over the last nine years. In fact, in the Summer of 2016 alone AYE had to execute three rain plans! Since AYE's specialty is private estate and tented weddings, it's imperative that I create two plans for my couples from the very beginning: a main plan and a rain plan. To ensure that my couples' weddings are just as magical and gorgeous when rain strikes, I've put in place procedures to help a wedding plan adapt to an unfavorable forecast in the days leading up to the wedding. And today I'm sharing with you my top five rain plan tips for hosting a gorgeous wedding when Mother Nature isn't cooperating!

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1. Assess Your Umbrella Needs

As soon as you believe rain might show it's face on your Wedding Day, swiftly put that Amazon Prime subscription to work and purchase umbrellas for you, your bridal party and your guests. My biggest tip here is to purchase pretty, large and matching umbrellas for yourself and your bridal party. Dreamy portraits and formal photos can be created even in rainstorms with the right umbrellas! I highly recommend these Totes Clear Bubble Umbrellas (link below) for the bride, groom and bridal party! Or if you would like something solid, consider this classic and sophisticated option with a wooden handle (link below). 

For your guests, consider a smaller, compact umbrella or these white umbrellas (links below). Ask your wedding planner or a friend to place them in large woven baskets at the entrance to your ceremony, cocktail reception, dinner reception (and restrooms if they are accessed from outside) for easy access by all of your guests at all times. This hospitable gesture goes a long way in the eyes of your guests, and will keep them dry and comfortable throughout the evening.

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For extra comfort, inquire with your rental company to add coat racks and hangers, and have your them placed at the front entrance to the venue or tent.

2. Reconsider Having a First Look

This is sometimes requires some convincing, but I promise you that it will save you quite a bit of anxiety and stress! I LOVE the tradition of the groom not seeing his bride until she walks down the aisle, but this beautiful practice doesn't allow for all formal photos to take place prior to the ceremony. While this might not be a concern on a sunny day, when rain clouds roll in your sunlight diminishes. As you head into the evening on your Wedding Day, it becomes a race to squeeze in all the photos on your list before the sun sets and light is completely lost. On a rainy afternoon/evening, visible sunset will not take place, you will skip over twilight and it will be darker earlier than usual. To streamline your day and ensure that you capture all those gorgeous photos of your family and bridal party, consider having a First Look followed by formal photos about 2 hours prior to the ceremony at a pretty, predetermined location such as an open and airy bridal suite, light filled covered patio, or an indoor space with lots of windows. 

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3. Find a Indoor Location for Ceremony, Cocktail Reception and Formal Photos

If you're getting married at a venue with an indoor space, moving any outdoor aspects of the day such as the ceremony and cocktail reception should be pretty painless -- call your wedding planner and venue coordinator 4-5 days prior to the wedding and request the relocation of these events indoors! If you're hosting a tented wedding, consider calling your tent company and adding an additional rain plan ceremony tent. Many tent companies will recommend you place a deposit on a rain plan ceremony tent upon booking the dinner tent, so you may already have one reserved and at the ready! Then relocate your outdoor cocktail reception to the dinner tent by moving the cocktail tables and placing them around the bars and dance floor in the dinner tent, which will encourage guests to continue mingling until first course is served!

To ensure your Formal Photos aren't compromised by the rain, I would highly recommend finding a light and airy indoor location that you can take pre-ceremony and post ceremony formal photos in. Call your planner and/or bridesmaids and exercise "divide and conquer" for this tip! Have each person call a local space within close proximity to your wedding venue where you can take newlywed photos and formal photos during the Wedding Day.  Look for museums, galleries, public pavilions, greenhouses, hotels, historic homes and even other wedding venues with lots of windows, natural light and simple decor. Some locations may require a minimal fee for wedding photography to take place. In this case I say that if you love the location and it's convenient, pay the fee -- it will be worth the peace of mind! Once you find your Formal Photo Location, update your timeline and contact your photographer as well as the bridal party members and family on the formal photos list and provide them with the address.

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4. Keep Your Vendors In the Loop

This step is key. If you don't have a wedding planner already handling this aspect, contact every vendor on your Wedding Vendor Team to let them know your rain plan, even if the changes are very minor. A simple quick phone call to each to chat through the flow of the day will keep everyone on the same page as well as address any questions ahead of time, and it will allow your vendors to adjust their own plans if need be. Keeping your team informed and working off the same plan as you are will set them up for success, and as a result keep the event seamless even in inclement weather.

5. Embrace the Rain

This final tip might be the most important one. Try not to let the rain dictate your emotions on your big day. Reframe your mind to see rain as "no big deal" and you will be much more likely to enjoy the celebration from start to finish. One of my most magical weddings to date took place in the rain -- with the pitter patter of raindrops overhead the candlelit reception under a clear top tent felt like a little piece of romantic heaven to guests! Some of the BEST newlywed photos have been those taken in rain. When the ceremony is over, grab your pretty umbrellas, hold onto your other half and head for the outdoors for a few minutes with your photographer. Laugh, smile, dance, hug and kiss for some stunning and epic photos of you as newlyweds in the rain.

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Bonus Tip: Add Flowers

I couldn't resist adding just one more! Because many of my couples' host at least one part of their wedding outdoors, often times we are moving that piece of the day indoors. And when doing so, sometimes you need to bring the outside in to maintain the aesthetic and keep the design you've worked so hard to create in tact. Flowers can really help to transform a space into a romantic setting and add brightness to an indoor venue. Consider adding more blooms to your ceremony's flower arch to make it more impactful and "wow" guests as they walk into the ceremony space. Soften hard surfaces such as mantels and 

And there you have it! Friends, I hope this post has been helpful and calmed any nerves you might be having about the chance of inclement weather on your wedding day! For anyone who has experienced rain on their wedding day, I would love for you to comment below and share your umbrella photos with me! 

Until next time!

xo, Keri

Photography by Carly Michelle Photography

A Boho Glamour Private Estate Wedding {Weston, Massachusetts}

This wedding was perhaps the private estate wedding to end all private estate weddings. Truly, if there ever was a wedding that combined couture glamour and bohemian flair flawlessly, it would be Laura and Avery's remarkable celebration hosted in Weston, Massachusetts this past July. With the excitement of L+A's wedding feature on Style Me Pretty today, I wanted to be sure to share the beauty of the day here on the AYE Blog as well! I'm thrilled to be able to share with you all this ethereal wedding design and the luxury wedding that it was in all it's glory, captured by the beyond talented Jenny Moloney of Jenny Moloney Photography.

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Last Autumn I had the pleasure of meeting Laura and Avery at their gorgeous private estate and restored colonial farmhouse on Love Lane in Weston, Massachusetts to chat about their upcoming wedding over a cup of tea. Sitting in their living room laughing together with their sweet pup, Chance, I immediately felt as though we instantly became friends. L+A shared with me their wedding day vision -- a gorgeous celebration taking place in a huge clear top tent in their backyard at their breathtaking home, filled with details that combine a bohemian vibe with sophisticated elegance and glamour. And I ran with this distinctive and exciting vision, knowing it would be one of the most magical weddings AYE would take part in!

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Avery proposed to Laura with a stunning emerald engagement ring, so perfectly fitting and sentimental since he had given Laura an emerald "promise" ring when they had first started dating years prior. When they began the planning journey, they both agreed that their home would be the perfect backdrop for this remarkable celebration. The house on Love Lane was originally built in 1850 by Avery's great great grandfather, and Laura and Avery moved back to the home after college to restore the farmhouse together. As they shared with me their family history while we walked out into the expansive meadow just beyond their patio, I could tell that this wedding was not only going to be a beauty, but also magical in more ways than one.

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This sweet couple hosted 260 of their family and friends in their backyard under a clear top tent strewn with bistro lights and stunning foraged privet bush greenery chandeliers. The entire design of the wedding was very much inspired by the couple's farmhouse (which we had drawn and used on all of the stationery) and Laura's stunning, couture Inbal Dror gown. Laura's gown was a showstopper with it's delicate draping sleeves, an open back and plunging illusion neckline. The bride instantly fell in love with the dress at Mark Ingram Atelier during a trip to NYC, as it reminded her of a bit of 1970s glamour, which then inspired the boho chic theme of the wedding design.

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The color palette for the wedding was comprised of shades of mid tone greens, whites, charcoal gray and matte gold with pops of jewel tones including navy, forest green and mustard. The bridesmaids and flower girls all wore Jenny Yoo floral gowns with delicate floral crowns made of wax flower and smilax and bouquets of wildflowers hand tied by Molly at Fleur Events, which complimented the design of the wedding so beautifully.

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Laura and Avery were married under a birch chuppah covered with wildflowers and strewn with smilax vines by Fleur Events, and topped with custom macrame. The ceremony was sweet and sentimental, and filled with the most gorgeous personal touches as every turn, from custom embossed ceremony programs tied with macrame to greenery adorned antique Crossback chairs.

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Under the clear top, guests danced on a reclaimed wood dance floor and dined at handcrafted farm tables covered in custom macrame runners by Elizabeth at Fiber and Threads, and curated details such Love Lane honey bottle favors filled with the honey Avery cultivated from the beehives on the property. Guests enjoyed the honey signature cocktail bar featuring his and hers cocktails made with Love Lane Honey, to lounge vignettes filled with jewel tone vintage furniture from Kadeema Rentals, to the photobooth wall made entirely of greenery and waxflower (another stunning design by Fleur Events) and complete with white balloons teathered with smilax vines.

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The Chaplins were such a pleasure to plan a wedding for, and their wedding planning journey was just as incredible as the wedding day itself. Every moment of Laura and Avery's wedding was dreamy and ethereal, and two months after we are all wishing to go back to that gorgeous day. 

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Laura and Avery, you two are forever favorites. Thank you for entrusting AYE with this joyous celebration.

xoxo, Keri

Wedding Planning + Design: Always Yours Events, @alwaysyoursevents || Fine Art Photography: Jenny Moloney Photography, @jennymoloney + @jennymoloneyweddings || Floral Design: Fleur Events, @fleurevent || Venue: The Chaplin Private Estate at Love Lane || Catering: Russell Morin Fine Catering, @morinscatering || Wedding Gown Designer: Inbal Dror, @inbaldrorofficial || Wedding Gown Salon: Mark Ingram Atelier, @markingrambride || Bridesmaids Dresses: Jenny Yoo, @jennyyoonyc || Beauty + Hairstyling: Jennifer Tawa, @jentawahairdesign || Beauty + Makeup Artistry: Natalie Lelless, @nattylmua || Macrame Runners: Fiber and Threads, @fiberandthreads || Honey Favors: Love Lane Honey, @lovelanehoney || Stationery: The Printery, @printeryoysterbay || Entertainment: Red Hook Orchestra || Tent Rental: Chase Canopy, @chasecanopy || Lighting: Lightworks Productions || Rentals: True North Event Rentals, @truenortheventrentals || Rentals: Rentals Unlimited, @rentalsunlimited || Rentals: New England Country Rentals, @necrentals || Lounge Furniture Rentals: Kadeema Rentals, @kadeemarentals || Ceremony Confetti: The Confetti Cone Company, @theconfetticonecompany

 

A Nautical Chic AYE Wedding {Brittany and Casey}

Drumroll please. Brittany and Casey's wedding photos have arrived, and guys, they are gorgeous. When Brittany and I had our first consultation, she had plans for a much larger wedding. But as the planning process began, the couple decided that an intimate affair of just close family and close friends on the ocean at Wequasset Resort and Golf Club was truly their cup of tea.

"Subtle Nautical Chic," is how Brittany described her vision for her wedding day. While that might sound a wordy, I knew exactly what she meant. On Cape Cod, couples can sometimes feel like they need to have the quintessential Cape Cod wedding with hurricane lanterns and beachy elements, blue hydrangeas and a beachside ceremony. But Brittany and Casey preferred Cape Cod as the backdrop, and less the central theme.

We selected the Wequasset Resort and Golf Club to host their 60 close family and friends for the rehearsal dinner, ceremony and reception. The weather on May 30th was absolutely gorgeous, with just the appropriate amount of clouds and sun, which were the makings for some truly stunning photos. 

The ceremony was held at the cozy Lawn Cove nestled in the center of Wequasset and against the harbor which served as the most gorgeous backdrop. Brittany and Casey read their own written vows to each other, focusing on the growth of their love throughout the years. 

One of the major focal points of Brittany and Casey's weddings were the florals. With May being the season of peonies, Coral Charms and Tree Peonies made an appearance in all of the bouquets and guest table centerpieces. In an effort to tie in nautical hints throughout the design, we selected navy and white striped ribbon wraps for the bouquets, and pops of creamy white Dutch hydrangea (the iconic Cape Cod bloom). The guest tables featured navy and gold menu cards snuggly tucked into navy napkins and the centerpieces were comprised of hydrangea, peonies and coral roses in hammered gold vessels, which played perfectly into the navy, coral, white and gold color palette.

And the newlyweds spent the rest of their evening dancing the night away with their friends and family on a reclaimed wood dance floor on a deck that overlooked the ocean. You cannot top that!

Congratulations to the newlyweds, and cheers to the Bretts! 

XOXO

Planning and Design by Always Yours Events, Photography by Tico and Red Photography, Ceremony and Reception Venue is Wequasset Resort and Golf Club, Florals by Jacqueline Albanese Floral, Cake Design by Montilio's Bakery, Hair by Brenda Wilson, Makeup by Mae Michienzie

Meet This AYE Couple || An Engagement Shoot

These two. There are only twenty eight days left until Caroline and Dave say "I do," and in order to celebrate, I wanted to share some of the gorgeous, dreamy photos from their recent engagement shoot with Ashley Stelzer Photography

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Caroline and Dave will be tying the knot at the bride's family's property, complete with a navy and white star top sailcloth cocktail tent, a sailcloth dinner tent, one out of this world seven piece band from Boston, floral garlands and greens with pops of white blooms and coral dahlias, lots of sweet surprises for guests, and a sparkler send-of leading the way to the FOB's vintage BMW convertible getaway car!

I hope you all will join me on AYE's Instagram (@alwaysyoursevents) and Periscope (@alwaysyoursevents) for wedding decor prep leading up to Caroline and Dave's navy, coral and gold nautical fete at the end of July! 


Over Sunday Morning Coffee: Lovely Client Gifts

Almost everything ever written on the subject of love indicates that at the heart of love is the spirit of giving.
— Dr. Gary Chapman, The Five Love Languages

Gifting is a love language.  It is a way to express thoughtfulness, that there is a special place in your heart for someone, and even more simply… that you care.  And it just so happens that gifting is my primary love language.  Is it your birthday?  Great, I got you a gift!  You're having a baby?  Perfect, because I found this onesie that coordinates with your mint green nursery!  It's your second anniversary?  Here is a cotton blossom wreath for your new home! You're having a bad day?  These sprinkle donuts I baked you will definitely be the cure.  You just booked me as your wedding planner?  Just you wait and see all the lovely pretties in store.

The Always Yours Events business model truly emphasizes the client experience.  It is our differentiation factor.  It is what makes what we do so personal.  And one of the ways we enhance the client experience is through gifting. I absolutely love giving gifts as a part of the Always Yours client experience, and as 2015 approaches I am looking for some really thoughtful pretties to gift to each of my brides throughout our planning journey together.  

I already have a few goodies up my sleeve, but I thought maybe our readers might have a little bit of insight too! If you were an AYE bride, what little gift would you be over-the-moon to open from us?  If you have a spare moment, I would love for you to comment below and share your thoughts!

xoxo
Keri


Ring boxes from The Mrs. Box, floral arrangement from Hey Gorgeous Events, cotton voille robe from Plum Pretty Sugar and rose pate de fruits from Cupcakes and Cashmere.