5 Things Every Bride Forgets

Maybe you're just starting to plan your wedding, or maybe you're just one month away. You follow the Pinterest monthly wedding planning checklist, or your "The Knot" calendar. You're organized, Type A, and you've thought of every little detail. Well, you think, at least. 

Here's the problem with those checklists... they cover the big stuff, the typical planning stuff, the before the wedding stuff. Brides tend to think about and plan for every detail leading up to the wedding, but they don't think about what happens afterwards. This can cause confusion among your vendors, and worse, if you don't have a coordinator that knows these forgotten details, your vendors will interrupt you during your reception!!

These are the tough, nitty gritty details. The questions we ask our brides that result in, "Hmm, I didn't even think of that." So here we go, our top 5 things that every bride forgets...cue the confused and blank stares!

1. Where Do The Centerpieces Go After The Reception?

This is the number one thing brides always forget. Most of the time, the vases you use for your centerpieces are rentals from the florist. The flowers are yours to keep and send home with guests, but the vases need to be returned. If they aren't, you could end up being charged - and if they are left behind at the venue, the venue could charge you too. The florist drops off the flowers and leaves, so, what do you do?

To start, you need to bring up the issue with your florist - ask, what happens to the centerpiece vases after the reception? Sometimes they are willing to come pick the vases up the day after your event (if the venue is ok with this), or they offer to come back at the end of the night to pick them up. Your florist may also require you (or someone you designate) to take the vases home and then schedule a time to drop them off. 

So if you can't keep the vases, what happens to the flowers?? Here's what we recommend. Ask your florist if they can provide you with plastic, disposable vases to transfer the flowers into. These usually just cost $2 each - super cheap. Your coordinator can transfer the flowers into the plastic vases 30 min before the end of the reception so guests can take them home, and then collect the rental vases for safe keeping :)

2. What Happens to Your Decor?

This goes along with the same thought process of the vases. You have your guestbook, Mr. & Mrs. chair signs, candles, lanterns, easels, bar menus, table numbers - even the top tier of your wedding cake!... the list goes on and on. This stuff can't be left at the venue - so where does it go at the end of the night? Your planner or coordinator will be responsible for packing all of these things up, but you'll need to have someone designated to take all of your packed up decor home. And most importantly, that person needs to know that they have that responsibility before they run away to the after party :) We always ask our brides to designate a family member or someone in their bridal party to be responsible for this and then we make sure to meet that person at the rehearsal to let them know they will be getting decor at the end of the night.

3. The Bridal Suite Stuff...

Your bridesmaids have had 1 too many signature drinks and guests are lining up for your grand exit when suddenly it hits you that literally ALL of your stuff (and all of your bridesmaids' stuff) is in a huge mess up in the bridal suite and you have no clue who's packing it up and taking it home. Oh yes, this happens all the time. Before the ceremony, you were drinking mimosas, rushing to get ready, get your dress on, and take portraits! The bridal suite is left a mess and nothing is packed up to go home. If your reception is at a hotel where you are staying the night, this may not be a big problem, but if you're not staying at the venue after the reception and you're going to be on a plane to the honeymoon first thing the next day - this is a huge problem!!!

Before wedding day, designate a bridesmaid who is going to be responsible for packing things up and keeping things organized. Really, each person should be responsible for their own things and this issue isn't too hard as long as your make sure you build some extra time into your timeline to make sure these things get to where they are supposed to be. It's not hard - it's just something no one ever thinks about until the last second when they are leaving the reception and wonder... oh wait where's my purse.

4. Where Do Cards and Gifts Go?

You have a cute card box set up on your cards and gifts table, but did you think about where it's going after the reception? In the same way you have someone designated to take home decor, you should also have someone responsible for taking the cards and gifts to a safe place. However, these should be collected earlier in the night. Everyone has placed their card or gift within the first hour of the reception - you don't want cards with tons of money sitting around a big crowd of drunk people. Make sure you have a family member collect these and lock them in their car or hotel room earlier on :)

5. How Are You Delivering Final Payments?

Some vendors write in their contracts that final payments are due on the actual day of the wedding. This is a pain because thinking about payments while you're getting ready on wedding day is the last thing you want to think about. We highly recommend that you ask all your vendors if you can make your final payments prior to the wedding day. This way, you don't have to worry about it at all the day of! However, if this isn't possible or you'd rather wait until wedding day, make sure you have your final payments organized. Put them in individual envelopes with the vendor name on the outside so nothing gets confused. If you have a coordinator, they can take these envelopes and distribute them to your vendors. Also, if you are tipping your vendors, this is a great way to organize that as well. 

Whew! Are you overwhelmed?? These are the types of things that will make you so glad you hired a planner or coordinator. They can ask you the tough questions like these because they know what often gets forgotten, and they can take care of a lot of these issues for you as long as you chat about these things ahead of time. No bride wants to think about the END of the reception - we never want wedding day to be over!! But thinking about these details and laying out a plan for them ahead of time will allow you to enjoy your reception without any confusion going on :)

Gingerly,

Lauren and Alyssa

The Ginger & Blooms Office

While planning the launch of Ginger & Blooms all the way back in March, we knew that we wanted to build up the eventual launch day somehow without giving away the fact that we were partnering under a new brand. Lauren had already booked a branding photo session with Andrea Pesce, and decided that hinting at an "office launch" would be a great way to build up excitement over the launch date without giving away our big secret! Needless to say, the "office launch" never happened because that wasn't the big secret after all (are we sneaky or what??), but today we finally get to share it with you!!! We have SO many gorgeous branding photos, office photos, and headshots that turned out to be such a huge asset to our new brand. We are so excited to share some of the images here today so you can get a peek inside our Ginger & Blooms space!! Welcome to the G&B office!!

All images by  Andrea Pesce

We are beyond obsessed with that Anthropologie wallpaper! AND the "G&B"!! Anthro = major office decor win. Seriously.

Also - see those tulips?? Prior to this office shoot, Andrea shot us putting together some floral arrangements. It was quite comical because Lauren did this gorgeous, complicated, large arrangement, and Alyssa... well, she stuck to cutting stems and making tiny vase/single stem pieces. She would like to point out that she is capable of putting single stem flowers in a vase. And she's very proud of it.

Anddd now we see the real floral talent ;) Gah look at Lauren's fluffy arrangement of G&B blooms!! And those amazing rose gold chairs are from Stash Rentals!! 

SO obsessed with the gorgeous natural light in this room - and Andrea captured it so perfectly!

This frame holds a lovely brush calligraphy piece by Simply Jessica Marie - Lauren had this hanging in her home, but it was just the perfect shade of navy - we had to include it in the office!

By the way, Lauren's husband Craig was totallyyyy hanging this gallery wall for us like 15 minutes before Andrea arrived - he was such a champ.

Matching Anthro mugs, of course.

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Yes, even our trash can is rose gold. #priorities.

Andrea also did some incredible styled flats for us too! This is one of our favorites, but there are SO many more that we can't wait to use in all aspects of our business!!!

This was us designing blooms before the shoot... notice the lack of blooms on Alyssa's side :) Don't worry, Lauren is teaching her well :)

Do you love it as much as we do?!?!?! Having office and branding images done for your business is such a huge benefit because they can be used in so many ways. As soon as we received our gallery from Andrea, it was like it pulled every aspect of our brand together and it made an amazing impact on our final website. Andrea Pesce is totally your girl if you're looking to get branding images! We are so thankful for her!!! We have so so so many more images, but we have to save some ;)

Meet you here next Monday for our first bridal tips post on the G&B journal!

Gingerly,

Lauren and Alyssa

Welcome to Ginger & Blooms!

SURPRISE!!! And welcome to Ginger & Blooms!! A brand new wedding planning and floral design studio founded by fellow gingers and wedding lovers, Lauren & Alyssa! Some of you may know Lauren from So Lovely Weddings & Blooms, or Alyssa from Lovely & Bubbly Events, or both of us, or even neither of us, but whether we've gotten the pleasure to know you yet or not, we are SO happy you're here! We've been keeping this HUGE secret of combining our businesses into one for what seems like forever, and we are just so excited to finally be able to share the news!!

So how exactly did this happen??

It was actually a really natural fit for both of us. After her first year in business, Alyssa had been wanting to expand and rebrand in some way, but wasn't exactly sure what the next step was. Meanwhile, Lauren had already started working on her rebrand after a business coaching session with Katelyn James. We had already worked together a bunch in the last year. After meeting at Lauren's workshop, The Floral Gathering, we started working together a ton! Styled shoots, and even Alyssa's very first wedding! Our styles fit so perfectly together, and Alyssa was completely obsessed with the So Lovely blooms :)

Randomly one night in March, Lauren texted Alyssa saying, "Ok I just sent you an email and I feel like I'm proposing to you..." Confused, Alyssa immediately checked her email and literally started crying at the computer screen. Lauren was starting a new business called Ginger & Blooms and she wanted us to partner together!! What?!?!?! 

Fast forward through a long pizza date night chatting logistics, soooo many emails and texts, and lots of happy hugging and crying, it was a done deal - Ginger & Blooms was HAPPENING!!!

We brought on the fabulous Jess Creates to design our [anthropologie inspired!!!] brand, Meg Summerfield to build our custom Squarespace site, and Andrea Pesce to take our new branding pictures and headshots. Gosh could we have asked for a better team?!? All of these ladies were beyond fabulous and we can't thank them enough for their help in bringing this new partnership and business to life!! It's more than we could have ever imagined!!

Partnering together seriously couldn't be anymore natural for us. We truly believe blooms bring wedding design to LIFE and bringing wedding design/planning together with floral design allows us to expand our creativity and build a business that will serve our brides well. Our mission is to give our G&B brides the most cohesive wedding design experience possible. We know that florals are the heart of your wedding design, and we know that by combining our skills in wedding planning/design and florals, we can develop a cohesive event tailored perfectly to our couples :) 

Thank you SO much for stopping by to visit and celebrating in our launch!! We cannot wait to see what the future holds for this new partnership and we look forward to working with all our current and new vendor friends under our new name! Be sure to continue to come back to the blog to check in! We will be posting new content here each Monday and we've already brought some of our favorite posts from our old blogs over to the new site :)

Oh and how could we forget! We have TONS of fun giveaways happening this week to celebrate this new adventure!! Be sure to follow along @gingerandblooms on instagram to get in on all the fun! Eeeek!!!! We love you guys!!!!

Gingerly Yours,

Lauren and Alyssa