Kyle Michelle Weddings Blog
We attended a great bridal event, by Bouche Productions, this past weekend at The Haddonfield Fortnightly in Haddonfield NJ. We were excited to meet all the brides, some who were towards the end of their planning, heading into the home stretch and one bride had gotten engaged on Monday prior to the event. Attending bridal shows is a great way to meet local vendors, talk face to face and even see some of their products as well as their competition. Being a wedding planner, we are basically selling ourselves, a service that we can tell you about and a service that frankly many brides feel they can do without! So for our table we set up displays of unique, what we like to call "Details". In every wedding there is a ceremony, a cocktail hour, a reception; eating and dancing. What makes a wedding unique are all the details. Meghan and I love the detail portion of a wedding. The details pull the entire event together, uniting a common color, theme or ambiance. Meghan and I also know that the details can be very expensive and that's where we come in! The important things are your dress, venue, food, entertainment and photographer! That's where you should spend the majority of your budget. The details should be a small fraction! When we set out to start our business we had a few things in mind, one being that we could offer brides our unique ideas paired with our thriftiness. Thus, leaving them to spend more on the important things. Now, with that being said, I must add that in spending so much on the important things, how can you not afford to hire someone to make sure it all comes together. That's where we come in again! Because you plan your wedding so far in advance, the likelihood that the coordinator at your venue will no longer be employed, is quite high. In fact, during Meghan's wedding planning process we went through three different venue coordinators, each time having to reiterate everything. Not to mention that the coordinator never really knew Meghan and was never invested in making sure her day went perfectly! Having a wedding planner would ensure your day was just as you envisioned. We can also offer you numerous examples of wedding day disasters, there always seem to be at least one. This past weekend we arrived at the venue at 10:00am to find the linens being delivered. Upon opening them we also noticed they were wrong!!!! As we debated what to do the delivery men walked back into the room just in time. They called the warehouse and sent more linens that arrived just in time for the tables to be set. Back in August we arrived at a hotel and collected the flowers from the florist. As we double checked the needed flowers for the wedding party and ceremony we noticed that there were two missing Jr. Bridesmaid bouquets and two missing roses for the parent's of the bride and groom. As the bride finished getting ready we dismantled her "throw away bouquet" and using our emergency kit, fixed the problem. We also had a wedding that needed pipe and drape added to the venue. It was on the contract but as the day went on, no one was putting it up. As the ceremony time was fast approaching I tracked down the venue coordinator and "reminded" them of the pipe and drape. Come to find out they completely forgot and had to call the service men back to the venue to have it put up! I really can't imagine the brides face if she were to have arrived at the venue with no pipe and drape! My point, don't trust that everyone will do as they say they will. When a venue coordinator says they will make sure everything gets done, rest assured when the day comes, and they have your money, they will be nowhere to be found! When a DJ has no idea how to pronounce your wedding parties names, rest assured he won't go and ask. When the flowers arrive wrong, rest assured they won't take them back and fix them. When the limo company doesn't show up, rest assured they don't care that you have to squeeze your dress into a friends Ford Focus. And rest assured, that when you hire a wedding planner that you trust, like Kyle Michelle Weddings, we will take care of it all, leaving you none the wiser! Vendors provide a product-we provide a service and our service is focused on you!!!!!
We are excited to share with you Shaina and Neil's wedding at The Old Mill in Rose Valley, PA.
As you wind down a dirt road, this one of a kind venue emerges. "A picturesque rustic setting in a 1700's converted mill. This romantic location situated along the banks of the Ridley Creek and a 12-acred wildlife and bird sanctuary. Ivy covered courtyards and old stone walls provide the backdrop for this unique facility. Large ballroom with cathedral ceilings and working fireplaces will accommodate 250 seated guests." The day started out beautiful and as the day went on the clouds rolled in, but not before Doug Burns of Candid Moments Photography was able to use the fantastic scenery to take some stunning pictures.
The ceremony began and before we could turn back the rain started to come down! The couple didn't seem to care. I brought them an umbrella in hopes that Shaina wouldn't get too wet as they looked into each others eyes and read their own vows. Despite the rain the couple could do nothing but smile!!!!
By the end of the night Shaina and Neil were ready to "Trash the Dress" in the lake. I couldn't resist, and when Doug asked me to help hold the flash, I was in the water too! It was such a great night!
photos by Candid Moments Photography
Congrats to the Newlyweds!
We are looking forward to an eventful weekend starting with our
drive to Atlantic City for Michele and Mike's rehearsal at The Church of the
Assumption! From there we will head to Ocean City to assemble the favors/escort
cards for their wedding! We are excited about the display Meghan thought up for
the favor/escort cards-check back for pictures! The next day we head to the
House of Blues at 10:00am to set up favor/escort card display and centerpieces!
By 11:30am we'll be picking up the flowers at the hotel and bringing them to the
guys and pinning them! Limo will arrive and whisk the guys off to the church to
wait for the bride! The wedding will begin promptly at 1:30pm! After the wedding
are ALL the pictures by photographer, John O'Boyle Photography! I am excited to
see how she incorporates the Boardwalk, Casino, Beach and The Foundation Room
where the cocktail hour will be held from 5:00pm-6:00pm. From 6:00pm-11:00pm
will be the awesome reception! At that point we'll pack up everything from the
centerpieces to the cake and deliver it to the Bridal Suite, making sure to make
it the easiest day possible for the happy couple! We then head back, about an
hour drive and get a good night’s rest! Sunday is The Haddonfield Wedding Walk
from 12:00pm-4:00pm! We are very excited about all our displays. We decided on a
fall theme and incorporated a unique cupcake display, cupcakes provided by Indulgence Cupcakery, escort card/favor display, candy bar display and giveaway, centerpiece and MORE!!! By the end of the weekend we will need a mini vacation!
This weekend's wedding at The Renault Winery was fantastic! We arrived at the hotel ready to meet the bride & groom. The florist arrived to deliver the flowers-they were beautiful-but missing the two junior bridesmaid’s bouquets and the single roses for the mothers of the bride and groom! There is always something! But, this is why you hire a wedding planner! Meghan and I gathered our "Emergency Kit" and took apart her "throw away" bouquet. Walla… minutes later they now have two junior bridesmaids bouquets and two roses for their mothers. Her "throw away" bouquet, used for tossing, will now be one of her bridesmaid’s bouquets! To be honest-this is an unnecessary additional cost, by the time you toss your bouquet; they are all ready to be tossed! The rest of the day went off without a hitch! The photographers, Umberto & Isabella from Umberto Esposito Photography were great to work with! The Renault Winery was such a fantastic place to take pictures; I can’t wait to see the end result! It was so nice to work with such great people, the best line of the night had to come from the groom who was thanked by Umberto when he asked him to kiss his wife for a picture, and Michael (the groom) replied, "You don't have to thank me, I'll kiss her anytime!" We wish them all the happiness in the world and we know they will have a great time on their honeymoon in Mexico!!!!
photo by Umberto Esposito Photography