Regardless of how long you've been married, your anniversary is an occasion to celebrate. Whether it's one year of wedded bliss or a decade of holy matrimony, your spouse will truly love a gift that shows how much you care. If you want a helpful list, click here to check out Martha Stewart's slideshow on traditional and modern gifts year by year.
The cocktail hour is such an important part of tying together the main events of your wedding day. It is all about allowing guests to mix, mingle, and relax. Not only will it tide your guests over until the reception dinner, but it helps everyone transition from ceremony mode to party mode. All it takes is a little creativity, a little thoughtfulness, and these tips to create an experience you and your guests will love. Click Here to Read 8 Tips for a Killer Cocktail Hour...
One of our co-founders, Amy Nichols was recently highlighted by Brides.com as The Best Wedding Planner in San Francisco!!! Her company, Amy Nichols Special Events, along with The Poppy Group received a shout out along with the best of the best in the Bay Area! Click here to read the entire article.
Our very own Amy Nichols (co-founder of The Poppy Group and owner of Amy Nichols Special Events) was recently quoted on Brides.com for a great article about ways to make your single guests feel included when your venue or budget can't accommodate plus ones! "'Don't relegate your single friends to a table that’s made up of all single people they’ve never met,” says Amy Nichols of Amy Nichols Special Events and Thumbtack Pro. Whether you serve the dinner plated or from unique food stations, seat single friends with others they may know or have heard about. “If you have a single friend from college, seat her with other friends she knows from school, regardless of whether those friends are also married or part of a couple,” says Nichols." Click here to read the rest of the tips!
Are you wanting to plan a bridal shower, but aren't sure where to start? We found a great article for you! In this article from Martha Stewart Weddings, they are sharing one-of-a-kind bridal shower themes, that your bride will love! In the article they say that the planning can get easier, "Fortunately, coordinating the perfect bridal shower is made infinitely easier when you have one very important item picked out ahead of time: Your bridal shower theme." Click here to read the full article!
Are you looking for a fun way to make your table numbers stand out? In this article from Brides.com they are showing 7 ways to use vase centerpieces for your table numbers. The sea glass vase above is beautiful, what a neat idea! In the article they say, "Table numbers are an essential reception element: They are usually displayed at the center of each table to help guests locate their assigned seat. But you don't have to stick to standard table-number cards. Instead, you should use them as an opportunity to express your personalities and wedding style." Click here to read all 7 of the ideas.
We're so pleased that Lidia and Justin's wedding has been featured on Knotsvilla! This wedding was held at Cornerstone Sonoma, a beautiful winery in the valley. Her girls wore pastel shades that blended with the setting so gorgeously. Their beautiful photos show off all of the heartfelt details Lidia and Justin incorporated in their special day. The wood signs with gorgeous calligraphy and those incredible, handwritten table runners captured the love of the day so perfectly! Click here to see the feature!
Photography: D. Lillian Photography | Ceremony Venue: Cornerstone Sonoma | Reception Venue: Cornerstone Sonoma | Day-of Coordination: The Poppy Group | Rentals: Encore Event Rentals | Hair: Hair and Makeup Artistry by LiAnn | Makeup: Hair and Makeup Artistry by LiAnn | Catering: Sage Catering Co. | DJ: Denon & Doyle | Calligraphy: Fine Lines Calligraphy + Designs | Photo Booth: A Flying Camera | Wedding Dress: Paloma Blanca | Groom’s Attire: Hall Madden
Balloons can be an event staple! Not only can they be dressed up, they are also kid friendly too. In this article from Martha Stewart Weddings, they are sharing 24 ways to use balloons at your wedding. Here are just a few ways you can use balloons, "If you want to use balloons as an accent, tie them to signage or to mark certain spaces, like the guestbook, gift, or head table. To make them a major part of your décor, consider creating a balloon wall or arch. Spruce up the standard style by filling them with confetti or purchasing them in unique patterns." Read the full article here.
Has the wedding planning and decision making process have you stressed? Don't worry, you are not alone. Style Me Pretty is sharing an article about self-care for stressed brides and it is so good! The beginning of the article shares about wedding being a whirlwind, "Between booking a venue, managing your MIL, and all of the milestones and to-dos in between, any bride-to-be might get seriously stressed. But when all else fails (and it's ok if it does), try a few of these simple self-care tips to combat your nerves. You got this, brides!" Read the full article here.
Are you looking to add a pop of color to your wedding day? You can do that by using a unique color combination, a pattern, or even an accent color. In this article from Style Me Pretty, they are sharing multiple ways to use a color to tie your wedding together. In the article, they talk about how a color can tell a story, "Adding your colors to the ceremony and reception in all design elements, down to the smallest details, is a perfect strategy for making your wedding and reception unique and memorable. " Read more about using color on your wedding day here.
Does the lovers' holiday have your heart? If you are looking to have a romantic Valentine's Day wedding then this article from Brides.com is for you! In it, they are sharing 13 wedding ideas for a perfect Valentine's Day wedding. They say that a wedding on Valentine's Day is the, "perfect occasion to embrace your romantic side with a feminine lace dress and a crimson lip. Your guests can enjoy romantic cocktails and sweet treats. And when it comes to decor, think red roses and heart-shaped signage. Planning to get hitched in mid-February? Here, some Valentine's Day wedding ideas that are sure to send your heart a flutter." Click here, to head over to the full article to see all the ideas.
Have you found a few wedding tasks annoying? You are not alone! While some are magical, like dress shopping with your girls, some are just boring. In this article written by Wedding Wire, they are sharing the most tedious and frustrating wedding tasks to get over with quickly. One example is, "Thinking about rounding up all their names and addresses into a living document that must be kept vigilantly up to date over the next year or so? Nightmare (for most of us, anyway). Still, the wedding wouldn’t be a wedding without guests (it’d be an elopement, which is totally an option, by the way), so you’d best get to the guest list sooner than later, because it’s a necessary evil." Read about the other 6 tips and how to check them off your list quickly, here.
Bridesmaid etiquette is a thing, but so is etiquette from the bride to her bridesmaids. In this post from Martha Stewart Weddings, they are sharing top things that a bride should never ask their bridesmaids to do. The first tip is not asking your bridesmaid to take on unrealistic tasks, "Although bridesmaids will be asked to handle various responsibilities throughout the planning process, they shouldn't be expected to take on extremely time-consuming jobs." Read the next four tips here.
Are you thinking of hosting an engagement party, but not sure where to start? Check out this post from TheKnot, all about engagement party planning. In the article, they explain the three reasons you should be hosting an engagement party, "to share the news of your imminent union with future wedding guests, to introduce your families to each other and to celebrate the impending, well, celebration." Read more in their post here.
Are you feeling like you are truley struggling with having everything perfect for your wedding, but also making your budget? Look no further! This article from Brides.com talks about 7 wedding decor upgrades that are not worth it when you are on a budget. They say. "There are certain décor items that, while lovely and totally drool-worthy, won't necessarily make or break your big day, yet they could break that budget." Read the full article here.
We are so excited to share that our co-founder, Amy Nichols, was featured in the InStyle post titled, "13 Wedding Tips for Throwing A Fun New Year's Eve Wedding". Amy talks about being in the holiday cheer by, "[serving up] some holiday-style drinks to help keep the holiday spirit." Read about more tips here.
This article says, "Bring out the best of the winter season at your cold-weather wedding with these festive, cozy cocktails!" That is exactly what they are doing! In this article from The Knot, they are sharing 6 winter wedding cocktail recipes that will surely wow your guests and even warm them up! Check out the full article here.
Are you looking for some winter wedding inspiration? Look no further! This article from Bridal Musings shows you 25 unique ideas for a winter wedding. In the article they say, "It’s the most romantic time of the year, filled with hot drinks, cosy evenings, tasty treats and festive decor. And such a special season to have your wedding." Read the full article here.
Are you wanting a small wedding and no reception? Do you keep putting off your reception? In this InStyle article, they are chatting with wedding planners who share how to have a wedding without the ceremony. Our founder Amy Nichols was featured where she shares about having a dessert-only get together, after you tie the knot. Read more ways here.