WEDDING TABLE SCAPE
A wedding table scape is set for special gatherings with crafty cocktails, fine dining and fancy details. Here are the steps to create an innovative wedding table scape
FIND THE PERFECT SPACE OR BACKDROP
Search around for what you love, whether it’s a garden with a white picket fence, a stone wall with a water feature or a rustic door with iron hinges. You want the setting to be perfect and with what you love most
CHOOSE YOUR FAVORITE COLOR PALETTE
What are your favorite colors? Perhaps you have a pre-set color theme or is it just white or all green?
CHOOSE YOUR MENU
Food and beverage selection is most important for your guests. Type of food service will affect your table scape. Will you have French rolls, types of appetizers, ceviche, salad, soup or desserts? You may tie your food and bar service into your theme. Attend a tasting prior to choosing your caterer and bar service. This is of utmost importance! Choose vendors who provide superb services with attention to creative and innovative product that is fresh and new.
SELECT YOUR MAIN PIECES
Will you use a Victorian style place setting, sandstone, wood, terracotta, fine linens, lace, pillar candles, taper candles, antique vases, silver, gold or flowers? Perhaps your design items will be organic, rustic or formal in style.
Fine table scapes do not have to be pricey. You may choose a fine fabric cut leaving the unfinished edge in place for a romantic and relaxed look.
INNOVATIVE FINAL DETAILS
Give your design a face lift by adding a bowl of fruit, hand painted menus, an odd dessert fork, rustic water glass, various chairs for each guest, specific napkins loosely set on each plate, and seasonal décor.
Always have something shiny, something natural and a water feature. It may be as simple as silver flatware, beautifully potted vines in the center of the table and an elegant water glass with a mint leaf. Add a nice choice of music to go with your theme and your favorite genre.
Make sure each setting shines. Even the most rustic table scapes are clean. You may create a loose look, but it must have clean lines and organization. Make sue each setting is perfect and in place how you wish it to be. Each setting may or may not be set identically. Will the temperature cool off at the end of the evening? Drape an elegant shawl on the backs of female guests.
Choose a planner or coordinator who has a keen eye for detail and who may maximize your vision in the most creative and natural way possible. Detail setting on your event day is time consuming and may not be rushed. It’s meticulous and the time spent shows in the end. The fine set up will impress your guests who have various quirks and personalities.
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11 WEDDING TOAST TIPS
Here are 11 wedding toast tips that will “break the ice” and bring all wedding guests together to celebrate a special occasion for a special wedding couple. It may be sentimental, humorous, profound, witty, cynical and unique.
1. Keep your toast short. Write it down and practice once or twice. It should last no longer than 1 minute long. A toast is not a speech, which usually comes later during dinner.
2. Remember, your toast will set the tone of the entire wedding event. Wedding guests remember toasts with great delivery and those not so good. Your goal is to elevate the mood of the event at least one level higher. Take time to prepare for this very important souvenir of the day.
3. Always stand when giving your toast. It’s best to hold your toasting flute or glass with your right hand and straight out at shoulder level. It’s best to be sober or relaxed when giving your toast so make sure you didn’t drink too much before. If you are intoxicated when giving your toast, you may ramble on too long. Remember, guest have a toasting glass in hand awaiting the toast. Briefly introduce yourself. Speak loudly and clearly with eye contact to your guests.
4. Be kind, sincere and be yourself. You were chosen to provide the toast because you are you. A common mistake people make at weddings is to try to be funny. If you would like to deliver a funny toast, please practice it in advance with someone who may provide constructive remarks about your toast. This is for your own good. Your goal may be to make at least one person laugh with a single line. You can stand tall and proud if you can get an event full of smiling guests.
5. Remember to toast to the couple and the toast is not about you. Never complain about anything in a toast. Keep it positive.
6. Always end your toast on a positive note and ask guests to join in. For example, “Cheers”, “Raise your glasses” or “Here’s to the new Mr. and Mrs. (name)”.
7. Make sure everyone has a beverage to toast to, including children. Children may toast to ginger ale. A toast is the ultimate act of inclusion, so nobody gets left out.
8. Clink before you drink. In the old days, the purpose of clinking of glasses was a protective gesture to scare away the devil. Today, it’s still nice to clink your toasting glasses.
9. Never refuse to participate in a toast. Rather than not toast, you may wish to toast with an empty glass in hand.
10. Never bring up ex-wives, old boyfriends or girlfriends, life failures, inside jokes. You want to include all guests and not leave anyone out. Remember, a toast is not a roast where the couple would be the center of a series of practical jokes.
11. The rule for the toastee is to respond appropriately. Do not stand or drink to yourself. Once the toast is finished, you may bow or thank in acknowledgment. You may raise your glass and propose a toast to the toaster or to anyone else.
May their joys be as deep as the ocean. And may their misfortunes as light as the foam
Never above you. Never below you. Always beside you.
– Walter Winchell
It is written, “When children find true love, parents find true joy.” Here’s to your joy and ours, from this day forward.
You only get married for the second time once
– Garrison Keillor
Wedlock is like fine wine – not properly judged of till the second glass
– Ernest Jarrold
Eat thy bread with joy, and drink thy wine with a merry heart
– Ecclesiastes 917
INTERNATIONAL SHORT TOASTS OF CHEERS TO YOUR HEALTH AND BOTTOMS UP!
Brazilian: Saude Viva
Chinese: Nien Nien nu e. Kong Chien. Kan bei. Yum sen. Wen lie
Egypian: Fee sihetak.
Finnish: Kippis. Maljanne
French: A votre sante. Sante.
German: Prosit. Auf ihr wohl
Greek: Eis Igian
Hawaiian: Okole maluna. Hauoli maoli oe. Meli kalikama.
Hungarian: Kedves egeszsegere.
Indian: Jaikind. Aanand
Italian: A la salute. Salute. Cin cin.
Japanese: Kampai. Banzai
Korean: Kong gang ul wil ha yo.
Malayan: Slamat minum.
New Zealand: Kia ora.
Polish: Na zdrowie. Vivat.
Portuguese: A sua saude
Romanian: Noroc. Pentru sanatatea dunneavoastra.
Russian: Na zdorovia.
Spanish: Salud. Salud, amor y pesetas y el tiempo para gustarlos!
Welsh: Iechyd da.
Zulu: Oogy wawa.
Wedding foodies are people who have an ardent or refined interest in food and cuisine. A foodie seeks new food experiences as a hobby rather than simply eating out of convenience or hunger. A foodie is a person who spends a keen amount of attention and energy on knowing the ingredients of food, the proper preparation of food, and finds great enjoyment in top notch ingredients and specific preparations. A foodie enjoys delicacies and unique food items that may sometimes be difficult to obtain. Foodies may incorporate food from various nationalities into their own. For example, in creating an interesting and unique dish in Hawaii, we may use a Jamaican bread fruit menu to enhance a flavorful meat entrée which is unique to the local bread fruit uses.
Foodies are a distinct hobbyist group. Typical foodie interests and activities include the food industry, wineries and wine tasting, breweries food science, following restaurant openings and closings and occasionally re-openings, food distribution, food fads, health and nutrition and culinary tourism.
Not long ago, food was food. Remember the Smorgasbord where the buffet style meal of various hot and cold hors d’oeurves to choose from? Now, food is politics and ethics as much as it is sustainability, in that the choices we make about food matters. The choices may be organically grown or local farm to table to support the community. Yet, foodies don’t expect their food choices to change or save the world, but their choices are based on what they prefer to cook and eat based on their caring attitudes toward creating a better place to breathe and live.
Foodies eat out frequently. They cook from scratch creating meals from across the world, all delicious and talk about food over dinner and into hours following dinner.
Our mission is to create a wedding event where many of the guests may who arrive from foreign countries or cities such as San Francisco or New York may experience amazing food and innovative presentation! We’ll source out the best catering company to provide mouthfuls of flavor teasing for every taste bud because your lovely guests deserve the chance to taste and embrace the imagination of a foodie. We wish for your guests to experience and taste incredible food that they may brag about for days, months and years on end.
Memorable wedding events come in all styles and sizes. Many of them invest thousands of dollars into creating beautiful flowers, great music, unique tables and chairs, beautifully designed calligraphy menus and escort cards, stunning hair and make up. We look forward to connecting foodie guests to other like guests who share different experiences with their taste buds!
A wedding is one of the most important events in one’s lifetime. Planning a Maui destination wedding can be one of the most stressful situations one will ever experience. Yet, the wedding day is supposed to be one of the happiest and memorable days of your life. The pressure of making everything so perfect, having a destination wedding somewhere that you are not as familiar with, entertaining guests with activities and events throughout your vacation, little sleep and family issues. All of the caffeinated beverages and late night parties that lead up to your wedding day may snowball into unhealthy sleep patterns that lead to higher stress levels.
Stress is how one responds to situations. It affects emotions and behavior. The less stress, the more positive your energy will be for your wedding. Too much stress may cause difficulty sleeping, tense and mood swings. To prevent having stress and anxiety on your wedding day, focus the following:
Get adequate sleep. The average adult needs about 8 hours of sleep. Lack of sleep causes you to be irrational, have less patience, and become easily irritated. Stress will show in your wedding photos and may prevent you from enjoying your wedding day. You’re on vacation. Turn off your electronics and mobile devices while you sleep. What do most people do when they can’t sleep? They turn on their mobile devise. We recommend to relax and get ample sleep. If you cannot fall asleep, try taking a short walk or having a glass of milk or water. Rest assured that your Maui wedding planner will take care of all wedding details as your plan is complete and ready to go.
Delegate duties. When one experiences stress, they may forget smaller details. Rely on your experienced Maui based wedding planner to handle your wedding details. Once you arrive to the island, your vacation should begin and your wedding planner will ensure that your day runs seamlessly. Having to organize last minute favors, name cards, etc. is last thing you will have time for during your vacation. Your wedding planner will have a preferred plan in organizing your day.
Try to keep a healthy sleep schedule. We know that it may take at least 3 days to sync into a regular schedule with jet lag. Keep hydrated by drinking lots of water. Water does not mean caffeine, alcohol or sodas. Water also helps with jet lag, beginning with when you board your airplane to Maui. Eat healthy. Cut back on caffeine, refined sugars, too much alcohol and junk food. These types of foods my cause you to feel sluggish and low in energy. You most likely had little sleep the days just prior to leaving with all the packing and last minute planning. Once you arrive to Maui, this will be the perfect time to optimize your sleep schedule and try to get 8 hours of sleep per night.
Exercise daily if possible during your vacation. This will help to blow off some of the steam that may be building up, then reduce stress. Try not to exercise within 2 hrs. of going to bed. It takes about 2 hours for your body temperature to return to normal following exercise. Try to wind down before going to sleep by reading a book or listening to relaxing music.
Try to manage your thought process to reduce stress. Talk to your partner. Communication often relieves the anxiety that may arise from no knowing the answer to questions or not having someone to bounce thoughts and ideas from. The ideas of laying in bed and communicating your thoughts and emotions with your partner will help strengthen your relationship and provide the peace of mind your need to get a restful sleep. Communication is positive and the key to comfort and successful relationships.
The Maui Wedding Decorating Guide is designed to help couples understand the many small details and dedicated time required to set up special events. How do you create a magical and boutique wedding and reception design that guests will love and remember forever? Your Maui wedding planner will guide you through the process of creating your unique and special design, tend to the fine details and meticulously set your wedding decorations so that everything looks stunning! Your wedding planner has the experience, the eye for detail, the team to execute your design, and will know the timing to successfully execute everything. Your planner will organize a timeline that will be most efficient for the venue and vendors to be most productive.
Tableware and decorations:
Tableware and napkin choices are most noticeable for any wedding reception. These two items set the tone of your event design. Tableware is very detailed, yet simple to put together. Your sophisticated guests will notice the quality of your dinner napkin which shows the you care about your special guests.
Some couples are on a budget and choose the basic tableware provided by the caterer. This is fine. Add a nice quality napkin either in a color or a special linen material. Quality napkins are a simple item that you may buy from the mainland at a great price and bring it to Maui in your suitcase. You’ll want to give it to your Maui wedding planner as soon as you arrive so that your planner may pre-fold or press them in advance.
Think about how you can make your tableware and table decorations as special as possible? There are many choices when it comes to table design. Based on your wedding theme, choose the pattern that you love. Setting the table perfectly and ensuring that everything shines is what your wedding planning team will take care of. They have the experience to pre-set the reception table flawlessly.
A customized table setting adds great elegance to your reception, as the setting stands out most when guest sit down for dinner. Your caterer may deduct their plate ware and flatware from you catering bill so that you may apply those costs to customized settings. Your coordinator will assist you in keeping the overall table theme simple and elegant.
Names cards and table assignments:
One way you can make your seating arrangements very special is to create a seating board. This is a creative board of guest seating that you may set at the entrance to the dinner reception. When designing your seating board, your wedding planner will ensure that it serves the most important purpose of making it easy for guests to understand, and look beautiful. Your seating board will work in conjunction with name cards, table numbers, menu cards, and your tableware. Your coordinator will work in conjunction with your catering staff, pre-arranged seating assignments, and ensuring that each guest seat is organized and accurate. Your wedding coordinator may assist you with the overall design and organization. It can be clean and simple or personalized with calligraphy. Either way is elegant.
Cake stands and cake topper:
Since you put a lot of thought into choosing your cake and style, you will want to choose a nice cake stand that will best show off your cake during dinner. There are many choices of cake stands, so choose one that will match theme and personality. It doesn’t necessarily have to match your tableware, but more importantly to match your vision. Your cake topper will be an expression of your personality, relationship, family heirloom or simple flowers to match your theme. Together, your cake stand and topper will be adored by guests throughout dinner and will be a memorable setting for your photographer to capture.
You will most likely have some signage for your event to direct guests to your ceremony and reception. Signage should be as beautiful as possible as they become part of your site atmosphere. A creative wedding planner can help with this. Calligraphy is elegant and provides beauty while directing guests the right way.
Some couples love flowery designs while others prefer to keep it simple or wish to save costs with flowers and spending more on food and bar. Your wedding planner will work with your florist in creating your vision. Most importantly, provide detailed flower preferences so that your florist has a clear vision. Choose a stunning bridal bouquet, as your total wedding flower theme will most likely be determined by the style of your bouquet. Then, trust your florist to fulfill your beautiful flower order. Keep in mind that flowers are time sensitive, especially in the island’s warm weather. Also, know that flowers are seasonal and based on availability. Your reputable florist will provide a beautiful setting for your wedding, as well a placing small floral details in a picture perfect way.
Lighting is very important for weddings. If you’re having an outdoor reception, it may be affected by a whether or not it is a full moon. Make sure that your site lighting is bright enough for your guest to see what they are eating. The lighting design should cover every table and not leave out the tables set at the outer edges. Lighting should romantic and elegant, not too bright. Sometimes the cake cutting occurs following dinner. It would be nice to ensure that you have a pin light pointing to your cake to accommodate your photos so guests may admire the cake during dinner. Make sure there if ample lighting for guest to see as they walk to the bathrooms and parking area. It will be important to do a light check once it’s set up to make sure the lighting is set to go. Some venues may not have enough power to accommodate event sound, lighting, catering equipment, DJ equipment, etc. Make sure that the electrical works and provides enough power. If lighting shorts out, your event will come to a temporary halt until the issue is resolved.
Once your wedding decorations are complete, your vendors may provide the best product and customer service possible for your special day. This is the base for a successful and beautiful Maui wedding event.
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Unplug the Wedding Ceremony
A picture speaks a thousand words, right? Here’s an idea for your upcoming wedding…
Not to say that your friends and family aren’t brilliant photographers themselves, but you are paying for a professional photographer. In order to capture every emotion, detail, and angle, the photographer needs to have clear and easy access. So, our idea is that you politely ask all guests to refrain from using their mobile phones or digital cameras during the entire wedding; keep it unplugged. They can always see the wedding pictures later on, on social media or the photography site. The actual ceremony, ring exchange, and big kiss are key aspects of your wedding; you wouldn’t want your professional pictures ruined because of your guest photographers in the way, would you?
You’re paying the photographer big money to capture every moment, but sometimes it’s not that easy when there are “roadblocks” in the way. Also, just as much as it’s in the way of the photographer, it can be in your way as well. Can you imagine not being able to see your partner’s face when walking down the aisle, because of a cell phone or iPad in the way? That’d be terrible! Often times, not on purpose, guests do get in the way. It’s almost as if their images are more important than you getting married; they’re so focused on the picture that they don’t actually see your emotions and catch every detail.
By having an unplugged wedding, your photographer is sure to capture each image perfectly! Your guests will be able to truly enjoy the ceremony with no distractions. This idea doesn’t mean that they cannot bring their cellular devices, but just asks the guests politely not to use their phones, cameras, or iPads besides making a call of course. This idea of being unplugged also gives everyone the chance to mingle; nowadays people are so addicted to screens, that putting them down for a while will bring them back to reality; they’ll have a lot more fun.
As stated in Cosmopolitan, “weddings are to celebrate love, not to compete with 50 other guests for the photo of the back of the bride’s head,” and we couldn’t agree more!
So, while sending out your invitations, insist on an unplugged ceremony: no technology.