Springtime is rolling around which means it is a perfect time to throw a party! Having a social event gives you the ability to personalize the event as much as you would like while still keeping it stylish and within budget. Throwing an event for friends and family is always a fun idea. Not only will your guests enjoy the event they will get to meet new people while catching up with the old. Now that you have decided to throw an event for friends and family have you thought about what kind of theme you would want. Themed parties always make the event that much more exciting. It gives people a reason to dress up and enjoy a night out! Below I am going to list a few party themes that you could use!
Rock Stars and Groupies
Mardi Gras Party
Below I am going to put pictures from a recent event Always Planned organized and helped make fabulous! The event was a Great Gatsby themed birthday party held here at the Castle in Lexington.
Now get to planning that perfect social event!!
You just got engaged and now you have a sparkly ring on your finger! Now it is time to send some save the dates out. If you are not sure what a save the date is let me explain a little bit. A save the date is a unique and creative way to remind your family and friends of your wedding date. This can be done in the form of a magnet, card or photograph. Sending out save the dates is a fun way to let your family and friends know about your special day!
I am now going to tell you three reasons why save the dates are important.
1. Save the dates help you plan your guest list far in advance
2. Save the dates share more than just the date
3. Advanced notice means more guests can attend
I am now going to tell you four things to include on your save the dates.
1. A return address
2. Let them know a formal invitation is to follow
3.The wedding date and location
4. A picture of you and your fiancé for fun!
Save the date ideas!
I hope the information above helps you pick out and plan the perfect save the date!
Flowers, flowers and more flowers! For many, choosing wedding flowers is one of the more complicated tasks when planning the big day. What if the flowers you have chosen don’t coordinate with your wedding season? Weddings are not nearly as beautiful with out all the decor dripping with roses and peonies. Did you know that there are certain season when flowers are in full bloom and fabulous. It is essential that you know what flowers are in full bloom during certain seasons so you can make sure that you have all of the flowers you love on your wedding day. Below I am going to put a list of the flowers that are in full bloom for that season!
Lily of the Valley
I hope this list of wedding flowers by season helps you when you are planning your big day!
You’re finally engaged! Now how are you going to pop the question to your friends?! There are many fabulous options that you can do to ask your bridesmaids to be there for you on your special day. Using a creative idea will make this moment for your bridesmaids even more memorable. Below are my top 5 picks from Pinterest on how to ask your bridesmaids to be there on the wedding day.
I hope the fun ideas above make asking your bridesmaids a little bit easier!
My name is Jordyn Vignolo and I am very happy and excited to be starting my internship this semester with Always Planned. After meeting Rayna the owner and Tiffani her assistant I knew this would be a very fun experience.
I grew up in Louisville KY and am a senior at the University of Kentucky. I am a communications major with a minor in Family Studies. I am also apart of Pi Beta Phi sorority and love to be involved!
I have always wanted to be a wedding/event planner and cant wait to learn more about the planning process. Weddings and events should be fun, fabulous and full of glitter! I am most happy when I am planning any type of event. I look forward to see what this internship has to offer and cannot wait to be an event planner in the future!
Deciding to have a backyard wedding in Kentucky gives you a beautiful, natural location for your celebration. With moderate temperatures in the spring and fall, and mild summers, Kentucky is the perfect location for any outdoor celebration! One huge advantage is being able can decorate in advance. The idea can also save you from many headaches, as you do not have to worry about reserving a church or reception hall. The money you save can be spent on decorations, reception foods and drinks or even your honeymoon. However, in order to make this thing work, you must include a few details for success and sanity.
No matter what time of year you choose, you can pull off a beautiful backyard wedding by planning on the fact that the weather will change. Unless you have a large barn, you should consider a tent rental to protect you and your guests during the ceremony. In the event of a downpour, your wedding tent can quickly turn into a reception tent as well.
Your best scenario is finding a company that can provide a tent for you with little notice. One ideal option is finding a vendor that will accept a small deposit to hold a tent without charging you the full amount should you not need the rental. Gig Masters provides a list of multiple vendors to choose from along with price ranges to help you with your plans.
Your guests will need seating during your ceremony. The same seating will also work for a backyard reception. You can choose to rent formal tables and chairs but a beautiful backyard wedding can also call for a backyard atmosphere. Bench seating and picnic tables are the perfect choice as well!
Entertainment options for a backyard wedding range from dragging your stereo outside to hiring a band. You must consider a few things regarding entertainment. First, your budget will determine how much you can spend. Having a band or a DJ will require you to provide electricity to run the equipment. Next, do consider your neighbors! For a backyard wedding in a very rural area, go ahead and blast the music to the wee hours. Otherwise, keep the volume at a respectable level.
A pool or spa in your backyard offers an entertainment option for guests in good weather. However, this could increase your headaches if children are involved. Get a pool cover to keep guests out if you do not want the pool involved in your fun. In cooler weather, a fire pit can add ambiance. Again, consider the type of guests and amount of alcohol before you add a bonfire to your list.
When you are planning a backyard wedding with more than just a few guests, you need to add a portable restroom to your list of must haves. Fortunately, you can rent restroom facilities that are not the common construction site type. To get an idea of the improved quality of restroom rentals, look at the pictures provided by Moon Portable Restrooms. RentalHQ.com is an excellent source to help you find all types of rentals in your area to make your wedding day perfect.Read More
Hey all, intern Erica here! It’s been a whirlwind of a semester with things happening on campus as well as in the wedding world! I love being in both worlds! I actually flew back to the great Washington D.C. last weekend to spend a long weekend at home. Of course I couldn’t leave without my airplane-friendly foundation, but unfortunately couldn’t bring anything else. I mean come on…what college girl buys her shampoo and conditioner in an airplane-sized bottle?!
If only I had known…introducing the Philip Kingsley Jet Sets! These are amazing hair products which adhere to all hair types. Whether you’re taking a quick trip to Louisville for an overnight with the gals, or heading up to Cinci for a business trip, these products fit nicely in your overnight duffle. Here are a few of the products they offer…
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No Scent No Colour Jet Set
o Ideal for sensitive scalps, and for those undergoing radiation or chemotherapy, this Philip Kingsley Jet Set gently cleanses hair
o Includes Philip Kingsley No Scent No Colour Shampoo, Philip Kingsley No Scent No Colour Conditioner and three Elasticizer sachets
Pure Silver Jet Set
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o Includes Philip Kingsley Pure Silver Shampoo, Philip Kingsley Pure Silver Conditioner and three Elasticizer sachets
Smooth and Shiny Jet Set
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o Includes Philip Kingsley Re Moisturizing Shampoo, Philip Kingsley Re Moisturizing Conditioner and three Elasticizer sachets
Soft and Shiny Jet Set
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o Includes Philip Kingsley Moisture Balancing Shampoo, Philip Kingsley Moisture Balancing Conditioner and three Elasticizer sachets
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So…are you swooning as much as I am?! Check out the Philip Kingsley website to find out about these affordable products. Enjoy your Halloweekends!
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With more than 2 million couples getting married in the U.S. each year, according to a CDC stats page, there’s a high probability that you’re going to be invited to a few of the 40,000 weddings that occur each week. Opening the invite is fun, but the difficulty begins when you have to come up with a gift and decide what to wear. Gift registries have taken care of the first decision, but wouldn’t it be nice if there was a simple go-to guide to tell you how to dress? We’ve come up with one to help you decipher the seven most common wedding dress codes.
Perhaps the most formal dress code for a wedding, this is usually reserved for upscale evening nuptials. Guys should wear a tuxedo with cummerbund and black bow tie. Evening gowns or wedding guest dresses in a dark brown, black or blue are appropriate for women. Typically they should be floor-length, but an article from The Knot suggests that you check with someone close to the bridal party if you’re unsure.
When a wedding is black-tie optional guys can wear a tuxedo even though it’s not required. A dark suit and conservative tie is appropriate for those not wanting to rent a tux for the night. Women should dress up in a nice suit or cocktail-length dress in a neutral shade like gray, brown or black.
Also coined “cocktail chic,” this dress directive means that guys should show up in nice slacks and dress shirts, with an optional conservative tie. Women should choose a shorter, less formal cocktail dress and heels.
Used most frequently for theme or destination weddings, this means that the couple wants the guests to put some personality into their clothing and dress in fun, theme-related threads. Bright clothes that make a bold statement are definitely invited to this event.
If the wedding, reception or both will take place along on a sandy shoreline, you certainly aren’t expected to go all out and dress up in heels and dry-clean-only dresses. Shape magazine suggests that “resort formal” attire is the way to go for beach weddings. This means no jeans, no shorts and no cargo pants for guys. The couple might even suggest you wear all white, which according to invitation designer Ceci Johnson, makes for a beautiful event and is totally appropriate.
This is open to various interpretations, obviously you don’t want to don your tank top and Daisy Dukes, so think knee-length skirts and sun dresses in cheery colors or prints. Complete the look with a nice pair of sandals or decorative pair of flip flops and complete the look with your everyday hair and makeup. Men should opt for dress pants and a nicely pressed button down shirt or a polo.
Most common for backyard happenings or at-home receptions that follow a destination wedding, these four words allow you to wear whatever you please. Jeans, cutoffs, capris or even — gasp — pajamas are all fair game for guests attending these less formal events.
If you’re at all unsure about what you’re planning to wear, talk with others whom you know are invited to see what they’re wearing. Still at a loss for what to wear? Contact the person in the bridal party whom you know best and ask for their advice. Even the bride — busy as she is — will be happy to take a few minutes to point you in the right direction to ensure that everything is picture perfect for her special day.Read More
Don’t you wish you could rock your bed-head on your wedding day or to other glamorous events? Say no more…because now you can. Ouidad was the official hair care sponsor of the Tracy Reese Show at New York Fashion Week and created a brilliant up-do that is, how i’d like to put it, messy but tasteful. It is different yet still elegant with it’s random assortment of curls. “Afro Cuban” was the inspiration behind these designs and Ouidad Creative Director, Morgan Willhite, embraced each model’s natural hair texture to create textured knots emphasizing flowing around the face. Morgan Willhite offers tips and tricks to achieving this style.
Now I know exactly how i’ll be wearing my hair when it’s just too fluffy and crazy to deal with! Until next time…
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Good Morning wonderful people of Lexington,
A common discussion at Always Planned is whether the bride should or shouldn’t do the tossing of the
bouquet. My personal opinion is that it’s a traditional aspect of weddings and if a bride desires a very
traditional wedding, then she should definitely toss it. However, nowadays weddings have become more
progressive in terms of personal preference, and tossing the bouquet often seems out of place.
Of course the tossing of the bouquet is meant for the single ladies, but for my soul sisters out there who
have seen Clueless, you know that Cher caught the bouquet at the end of the movie, even though she was
the farthest thing from single! I agree with people who feel that the tossing can be awkward because it
places attention on all the single ladies, forcing them to smile and act like they want to catch a bouquet of
flowers that will somehow magically help them to get engaged. I think if all the ladies were to go out on the
dance floor and fight to catch that gorgeous bouquet of flowers, it would actually make the whole act more
enjoyable for everyone! Also, for the ladies who are taken and have been waiting to get engaged, maybe it
will help the guy get the hint that it’s time to get on his knee!
Having that old school traditional wedding seems to be very rare. Thanks to Pinterest, brides are learning
how to spice up their ceremony and reception. Looking at the Pinterest website makes many of us realize
we want a “unique” wedding, and gives us ideas on how our weddings can be different. With that being
said, some weddings are just so modern and chic that having the bouquet toss would seem out of place.
Also, a big factor in tossing the bouquet is the age group of the wedding. If the couple is in their late 30′s to
40′s, it’s going to be hard to find ladies that want to catch a bouquet. However, there will always be those
few ladies who want those magical flowers to rub off on them, and they will throw some elbows to get that
Either way, there’s going to be pros and cons to having the bouquet toss or not. The most important thing
when you’re a bride is that you do exactly what you want! Don’t let the wedding planner or family and
friends tell you whether or not to do the toss. Whether you have an old school traditional wedding or super
modern and chic wedding, if you want to toss that bouquet, go for it!
Stay classy, Lexington