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2015 Wedding Day Saves!

It’s that time of year again!!  Time for my annual edition of “Wedding Day Saves”!

Year to year, this is always the most popular blog post we do because not only does it freak out even the most calm bride, but it also shows you just a small portion of what a good day-of coordinator will do for you!  So sit down, relax, read through just a few of our team’s 2015 saves, and then click here to find out how we can help fix these types of issues on your Big Day!

In 2015, The Tux Hated It’s Buttons

Every year we seem to have one thing that keeps going wrong – last year it was leaning cakes.  I preferred this year’s problem… buttons kept falling off of tuxes!!  Seriously, if I had a nickel for every button I sewed back on this year, I’d have like $1.00!

Don’t always trust the deliveries

I did a wedding this year at a very cool summer camp.  Luckily as I was leaving their rehearsal the night before the wedding I thought that I would just do one quick check of their glassware.  It had been delivered earlier that day and looked like everything was there… until I got into it.  Good news is they had 500 champagne flutes for 200 people… bad news is they only had 20 water glasses.  Spent the next two hours on and off the phone until they were delivered, at 10pm the night before the wedding.  Cheers!

MacGyver

We had a bride this year that had this awesome cuff-like bracelet made of metal.  Unfortunately, it got stretched a little bit too much and as a result became loose and was threatening to break all together.  The bride REALLY wanted to wear it so I told her I’d find a fix.  I have to admit, I’ve done some different things in my career (like hooking a mic up through a bouquet), but sewing a bride into a bracelet using fishing wire ranks up there in the list of “MacGyver” solutions I’ve come up with.

LIQUOR RUN!

With more and more “open concept” venues popping up it’s no surprise that some of our duties have morphed.  We did a lot of weddings at Packard Proving Grounds, or private residences, or Belle Isle Casino this year.  All of these venues are amazing but have one issue – if you run out of liquor / beer / glasses / plates, who is going to get refills?  We are!!!

I don’t think the beer cooler is supposed to do that…

I had the immense pleasure of having a keg cooler explode on me… twice… in one night.  Let’s just say there was a lot of lost beer on the floor, a few ruined linens, and a complex fix to get the beer flowing again.  But we did it and fortunately I didn’t get stopped by the police driving home.  Not sure I could have explained the beer smell….

Ring Bearer’s flower was bigger than his head

Most well qualified florists will ask you the age of your ring bearer (or flower girl!).  They aren’t taking a silent poll, they are making sure they size the flower right.  Unfortunately one of this year’s florists didn’t ask that – and instead sent a full sized boutonniere for the 3 year old ring bearer.  No joke… it was bigger than his head.  Good thing we could pull a small spray rose from an arrangement and make a new one, huh?

The rehearsal dinner arrangements were a great idea… except for that wind!

This past season we worked with a whole crew of our favorite vendors at the amazing Hilltop Manor Inn in Clarklake Michigan.  (Seriously, it’s an awesome place if you’re looking for something!).  As part of our coverage, we were on site to help with their rehearsal and to setup the rehearsal dinner.  One of our favorite florists, Kevin with Twigs and Branches, was on site to setup baby’s breath in wine bottles along a LONNGGG family-style table situated in front of corn fields.  Yes, you read that right and it would have been amazing… except the wind kept knocking over the bottles.  No matter how we arranged them or weighed them down, they just wouldn’t stay upright.  So we revamped and instead lined the bottles in a long row down the tables and made a runner with the baby’s breath.  In the end, it was SO much more beautiful than the original plan that we all had to take a second to pat ourselves on the back!

And because I can’t write up ALL of the saves we did – here’s a few more:

Apparently we enjoy working 18-20 hour wedding days….

That time your church coordinator made you cry

Flute down (CRASH!!)…. flute down (CRASH!)…. yep, another flute down (CRASH!)

Gotta setup (a lot) to tear down!

Because you forgot your overnight bag 45 minutes away

Washington Twp to Marysville to Washington Twp to Marysville to Macomb to Marysville to Washington Twp

When your venue decided, on the day of your wedding, that they wouldn’t setup your favors after all.

Those times we ended up making your floral centerpieces at the last minute… twice.

Because if your bartenders are running 45 minutes late, we can setup your bar for you.

Heard enough?  Then click here to find out how we can truly make your wedding day stress-free!

A New Home

Believe it or not, we’ve been in our office almost a year now.  It was our first “home” and it was a trail.  We wanted to see if it was worth the expense.  Did we really need somewhere to hold meetings, or did it make more sense to go back to Starbucks as our “home base”.

The past year has proven two things

  1. We NEED and WANT and WILL ALWAYS HAVE an office.
  1. We need more space.

If you haven’t been there, the current office is one large, kind of strangely – shaped room that’s about 350 square feet.  It’s good.. but not good enough.  We had too many times were clients wanted to meet at the same time and it’s not the format that allows us to hold more than one meeting at a time.  And we’re being overrun by all of our stuff.

So with great pleasure and excitement I’m happy to announce that BDP is moving….across the street.  We have a wonderful landlord and he had a perfect space available in the building right across the street from our current one.

And so we get to upgrade…. to nearly 900 square feet!!  A main meeting area (think our “BDP LIving Room”), a showroom, an office, another office, and best of all… a really large, walk in storage closet!!!  We are IN LOVE!

I’m so excited to post some pictures for all of you once it’s done.  We have a wall to take out this weekend, some crazy carpeting to rip up, a wood floor to put down, blinds to remove,  moldings to paint, a logo to post, well you get the idea.  It’lll take a few weeks to get it up to par.  But as soon as we do, you’re going to get to see it.  It trust me, it’s going to be amazing!!!

 

Feature on The Knot!

I woke up this morning to find that Tiffany + Tom’s October 2014 wedding is a featured wedding on The Knot!

We worked with some amazing vendors to help plan this wedding and it came together perfectly!!  Thanks to all of the fantastic vendors for helping to make the day PERFECT for this couple!!

Photography – Clicking Through Life
Dj / Video – Mike Staff Productions
Makeup – Roxy Myers
Hair – Jason Meyers
La Donna Wedding Officiants
Christine’s Cakes and Pastries
Shutterbooth
Lavda’s Limo
Sycamore Hills Golf Club

Check out our “Portfolio” page to see more photos from this beautiful wedding!

Ah… January thru March.  The “Off Season”.

Contrary to popular belief, we aren’t actually slow during those months.  We’re busy – really busy – but different busy.  We are meeting with newly engaged couples, doing some bridal shows, working on blogs and other things that get lost the other 9 months of the year, and working on lots, and lots, of planning.  We aren’t, however, at weddings.  People willing to get married January – March in Michigan are pretty limited (like to yours truly, who was a February bride…).  Because of this, we get a little stir-crazy… who doesn’t in Michigan during the winter, right?

So when our friend Shannon with Clicking Through Life brought up the idea of an inspirational photo shoot, we jumped at it!  We’ve done it before – actually just after we started the business – and loved it!  The cool thing about inspirational photo shoots is that it’s a chance for us vendors to just have fun – be creative – throw the kitchen sink at it – and be kind of unrealistic (I mean, you wouldn’t actually ask your guests to eat a tables outside in February) but you get the idea.

We worked with some amazing vendors and we came up with some amazing things!  Jump on over to our “Porfolio” page to see the full album and check out what we did.  Oh and btw, it’s already been picked up for publication in MidWest Bride.. pretty neat, huh?

Special Thanks:
Shannon & Kevin – www.clickingthroughlife.com
Kevin – www.twigsandbranchesfloral.com
Will – www.bodhitreefilms.com
Laura – www.eleganceinsugar.com
Nicole – www.specialeventsrental.com
Sophilia – www.facebook.com/prettyinwhitehairandmakeup

The “Off Season”

So I have to start this blog post by saying that I recently attended a webinar from Wedding Wire that talked about fine-tuning your marketing and inquiries techniques.  The best take-away I got was that I should be using my “real voice” while working with the business.  So instead of saying what you should hear, the way you should hear it, I need to act like myself and sell the business for what it is – a crazy good, group of talented wedding professionals that just KNOW what we are doing, are fun to work with, will make your wedding or event PERFECT, and truly enjoy our jobs.  Given this, I am going to try to write this blog post the same way you’d hear it if you were talking with me… so I hope you enjoy it.

OFF SEASON!

There’s this thing in the wedding business called the “Off Season”.  Most people call this season January thru March… we call it our break.  Except, it’s not…not anymore.  I am so blessed that the business has grown SO much and expanded to include SO many fun things that my “off season” has been completely erased.   I mean sure, my husband and kids actually get to see me on Saturdays this time of year, but other than that – I’m just as busy working to make this business the best it can be … and to make sure we can provide you the BEST options for your wedding or event!!

Because it’s been an exciting season so far, I want to share with you just a touch of what we’ve been working on these past few weeks:

  • 31, 2015 weddings are on the books and more are coming in each day!
  • We participated in Bridal University Detroit, and I got up in front of a large group of people and gave a 20 minute speech about how to break traditions without breaking etiquette.  Yes, it was scary.  Yes, I didn’t LOVE it.  Yes, I am glad I got the huge opportunity to do it!  (Plus we got a personalized “love note” from Sam Saboura for the office and that’s just awesome)
  •  We are gearing up for Rock the Veil, a new type of wedding show coming to the Royal Oak Farmer’s Market in March.  Check details here – http://mi-nwe.com/event/rock-the-veil-wedding-showcase/
  • We now have an amazing deal worked out with two of our favorite vendors – Clicking Through Life and Twigs & Branches Floral where our brides can get all three services (coordinating, photography and florals) for an AMAZING price!
  • We continue to work on finding new vendors that can provide great services for all of you…. plus, we just really like the excuse to have bakers deliver treats, cupcakes, and cakes to our office! #WeLoveFood
  • We’re working with some of our preferred vendors to do a winter-wedding inspirational shoot.  It’s going to be awesome!
  • I have some new ideas for the business … what services we provide, what we can do for you, how we can do it… and I’m not telling you more than that…for now.
  •  Lastly, we are working on this AWESOME new conglomerate of wedding professionals that will provide a new, unique, DIFFERENT type of wedding company…. we’re calling it “The Block Party” and you’ll hear more as soon as we have the details ironed out…but it’s gonna be great!

So enjoy your Winter Off Season… we’ll be here working if you need us.

 

Bridal U is coming!!

BDP is thrilled to be involved in Bridal University Detroit!

Come meet with amazing vendors and hear from some great speakers about all kinds of topics that are important to brides!

The best part?  Our very own, Jennie Wiegand, is one of this year’s speakers!

Come see her at 1:45pm on Sunday 12/8 at Bridal U at Ford Field.  She’ll be speaking about “Breaking Traditions without Breaking Etiquette”!  Plan a unique, fun, invidiual wedding wtihout throwing ALL etiquette rules out the window!

Hope to see you there!

www.bridaludetroit.com

Wedding Day Saves…2014 Edition!

Now that we are officially at the end of the 2014 Wedding Season, our team was meeting to discuss various things, one being the blog.  We were brainstorming ideas for blog-worthy topics and talked about our most popular blog ever – “Why You Need a Day Of Coordinator”.  If you’ve never read it, I suggest you do so… it outlines some of the craziest things we’ve had happen at weddings and what we needed to do to “save” them.

So we thought… let’s do it again!  We have a whole season behind us and one that included quite a few “Oh My God” moments!  The best part is that we make it a point to not inform our couples about issues unless we absolutely have to.  So hold on 2014 couples, because there’s a good chance at least one of these happened at your wedding! 🙂

The leaning tower(s) of baker(s)
Not sure what was going on with bakers this year, but we had at least three cakes that were leaning and threatening to take a tumble off their stands.

Now, just about the only thing we can do is watch it and say a silent prayer that it makes it through your cake cut… but in at least one case we had to pull forward the cake cut and tell the venue to make sure the cake was taken off the dance floor IMMEDIATELY following the cut.  That wasn’t to clear room for your guests…that was because we were that sure that your cake wasn’t going to stay upright another 5 minutes.  Better it takes a controlled fall in the kitchen, don’t you think?

The Broken Bustle(s)
If I had a dime for every bustle I sewed this season, I’d have like $5.

You take your dress to a responsible tailor, they do your bustle, and it’s like they don’t think about the fact that you’ll be dancing, and hugging, and getting stepped on for an entire evening.  Because guess what?  Like 50% of the time, the bustle breaks.  So what do we do?  We sew you into it.  You’re welcome, seamstresses everywhere!

Missing Boutioneers
You’ve got  A LOT on your mind planning your wedding.  It’s really no surprise that you might have mis-counted and forgotten a boutioneer, or two.

When we found out about the first miss, we were lucky enough to be able to catch the florist at the reception venue and have them make another one.  However, when you realized a few hours later that you had missed a second one, the florist was LONG gone.  No worries – some flowers out of your centerpieces, some ribbon, and the emergency kit and you have another boutioneer matching all the others.

Let’s get this straight – they’re called “Hydrangea” for a reason

Hydrangea are amazing beautiful flowers.  They’re also just about the perfect flower for a centerpiece because each stem is relatively inexpensive, and it takes up a TON of room in your arrangements.  That being said, brides should think twice before they decide to use the flower in their bouquet – especially in the summer.  If those hydrangea aren’t kept in water they don’t last…and I don’t mean they wilt at the end of the night – I mean they literally look dead before you get down the aisle.

So you can imagine my surprise when I picked up bouquets from a new florist for a wedding at 9 am and the bouquets were all hydrangea.  The strange thing is all of our florists will transport these types of bouquets in vases of water – because, well, they need water.  Not this one – they pulled them out of the water, packed them bare into boxes, and handed them off to me.  It was 9am.  The flowers weren’t going to the house until 12pm and the ceremony wasn’t until 2pm.  Guess what?  You would have had dead flowers.  So I took them home and packed them into every vase, glass container, and coffee mug I had – leaving them there until the last possible minute.  Your flowers thanked me.

4pm is not the same as 12pm.

Yeah…have another florist story (and I want to stress, NONE of these stories are from our preferred florists – they’re way too good for these things to happen!).

Florist was supposed to setup our large, 450 person wedding, at 12pm.  So after the ceremony Nicole and Heather headed to the hall and arrived about 4:30pm, to find the guest tables completely empty!  Before a frantic phone call could be made, the florist came running in – realizing that they now only had 45 minutes to set the entire room before the couple arrived.  We’re talking huge centerpieces – multiple per table – as well as all of the table numbers.

Luckily Beautiful Day had four people on site and we took over – we filled gigantic cylinder vases for the centerpieces, we cleaned and placed all of the table numbers, and we did everything that needed to be done to make sure those flowers were all in place before you entered the room.

There’s some of the best (or worst, depending on how you look at it!) from this year.  Not wanting to make this blog post about 100 pages long, I’ll just list some of the others for you here…

  • Turns out, there’s no power in the woods for your ceremony.
  • Yes, you probably should have something to put your cards in.
  • Some photographers aren’t actually good at coordinating family photos.
  • You left your decorative cane back at the hotel?  No worries, we’ll drive 30 minutes round trip to get it!
  • The lighting that was supposed to be done yesterday still isn’t done and your reception starts in an hour.
  • Turns out they lock the metro-park gates at 11pm, and your reception shuttle needs to come in at midnight….
  • Hey guess what?  Your shuttle driver is in St. Clair Shores instead of Shelby Township.
  • Afraid of heights – but we’ll still get on a 10 foot ladder for you…multiple times.
  • Your florist forgot one important bouquet…yours.  We’ll go to Oak Park to get it!
  • Your service company didn’t bring enough people…so looks like we are bussing tables!

Turns out it takes some work to coordinate a band, a group of string musicians, a full lighting and sound company, a dance troupe, and a wedding party of 14.

A HUGE thanks to the whole Beautiful Day team for making the 2014 Wedding Season a success!!  You guys ROCKED!

– Jennie –