Table-scapes

What’s your most important wedding day factor?

As a wedding planner, I’ve seen it all. However, over the years one of the things I have come to love is the idea of detailed table scapes. Personally, I absolutely love dark wood farm tables as the base and rustic or romantic decor as accents. Don’t get me wrong, round tables are just a nice, however, let’s just say the rustic farm table look is my fav!

Rustic wooden farm table + rustic tablescape (Photo by Ever After Moments)

Rustic wooden farm table + rustic tablescape (Photo by Ever After Moments)

Eucalyptus rose garland + rose gold accent tablescape (Photo by Keoni Kitagawa)

Eucalyptus rose garland + rose gold accent tablescape (Photo by Keoni Kitagawa)

Simple is elegant and beautiful! Don’t forget that, because it truly is easy to forget when you’re in the midst of envisioning your decor wants. Sometimes couples like to overcrowd their tables and they end up looking “too busy” which then takes away from the look they were going for (never once have I ever had a couple who wanted their tables to look too busy).

Romantic + gold accent tablescape (Photo by Joseph Esser)

Romantic + gold accent tablescape (Photo by Joseph Esser)

Not so surprisingly, yet still surprisingly, so far the most beautiful tablescapes I have seen are completely DIY. Perhaps the rental company didn’t have the charger or particular plate that you wanted…Target, TJ Max, Ross, and Soha living. These stores are absolutely perfect for wedding tablescape decor. Me personally, along with a handful of my brides were able to find the perfect accents and decor at these places only to make the most beautiful tablescapes thus far.

Rustic wooden spool tablescape (Photo by Ever After Moments)

Rustic wooden spool tablescape (Photo by Ever After Moments)

I don’t believe that there is such a thing as the perfect accents. You may never know what looks best unless you try and put them together.

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Follow these 6 steps to create the perfect tablescape:

  1. Don’t be afraid to use something other than flowers. Have you tried a pineapple? Grapes? or what about a cake for the entire table?

  2. You can never go wrong with floral + greenery but it’s important to use what’s in season. Why? Your florist may not be able to get the right flowers or if they can, it will more than likely be extremely expensive.

  3. It’s not important if everything is the same color. You want to accent your tablescape rather than blend it all together. Accent does not mean match. For instance, can you imagine a gold tablecloth with gold votives and gold chargers? It would be a mess.

  4. Use various candle + votive sizes and styles. You can even get away with using LED candles rather than regular ones especially if you’re in an outdoor setting. But there’s nothing like a candle light accent when the lights dim. Feel free to use tapers, votives, and tea lights if you’d like.

  5. Mix old and new. Take a drive to your local antique shop and dive in. Find old chests, dinnerware, and bottles that you can scatter throughout your perfect tablescape. Who doesn’t love antiques?

  6. Let your surroundings inspire you. Getting married near the mountains or on the beach? Let nature inspire your color palette and the little accents. There’s nothing like the natural beauty that surrounds you. Add details that accent nature around you. You’ll be glad you did!

Burlap rustic country farm tablescape (Photo by Taylor Nebrija)

Burlap rustic country farm tablescape (Photo by Taylor Nebrija)

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3 things to consider when choosing your venue

How do you choose your venue?

Is it based on it’s size, the cost, or the location? We have had our share of venues over the years and wanted to share three key factors when choosing your venue.

Kualoa Ranch Paliku Gardens Wedding

Kualoa Ranch Paliku Gardens Wedding

Reeds Island Hilo Wedding

Reeds Island Hilo Wedding

  1. The size.

    Some venues require a minimum number of guests, while most require a maximum. It is important to consider the size of your venue before booking it. For instance, if you’re only going to have 50 guests and the minimum is 100, then you will have to pay for the extra 50 (just for the location itself). Also, we are just saying this for advice ahead of time, it may be best if you don’t try to fit your 250 guests in an area meant for 150…

  2. The cost.

    Typically a venue can range anywhere from $500 to $15,000+ depending on a variety of factors. This includes the location itself, overnight accommodations, and strictly enforced utilization of in-house services. Make sure you know what you really need before what you really want. You may be paying for more than you initially thought if you’re not careful with the fine print. There are various places that charge extra fees for things that you may not even need. Most times, you won’t even take notice of these things. I’m talking about something as simple as a trash can that would be placed in the corner of the room and not utilized at all (this trash can could cost you $20). Or you could find a venue to be very reasonable but there could be a catch. The venue cost could be really low but it may not come with anything other than the location itself. This could be beneficial though if you wanted to completely customize it.

  3. The location.

    Are you an outdoors type of person or do you prefer an air conditioned ballroom? Stick to your gut. You truly know what you want. Location could mean everything. How easy will it be to get there for not only you but your guests who are both in and out of town as well? You don’t want to travel hours at a time to get from your getting ready location to the ceremony and then again to the reception. This may seem like a careless mistake but it is often made when the couple is just thinking about the beauty of the location rather than logistics.

We have so many beautiful venues both indoor and outdoor here in Hawaii! The possibilities are endless. Let us help you find the perfect venue.

If you need any assistance in finding a venue don't hesitate to ask. Feel free to leave your questions in the comment section below :)

The Dress!

What’s your style? a-line vs. cinderella vs. boho…

Be as EXTRA as you’d like to be when it comes to your gown! I mean, you’re only going to wear it once or maybe twice (for anniversary purposes). I mean I just can’t fathom the perfection of this couple, dress, and veil! Seriously though, how amazing is this veil?!

Photo by Rae Marshall. Location: Ko’olau Golf Course.  Casablanca Gown

Photo by Rae Marshall. Location: Ko’olau Golf Course.

Casablanca Gown

Photo by Ever After Moments  Anthropologie Wedding Dress

Photo by Ever After Moments

Anthropologie Wedding Dress

Over the years I have grown to love the more simplistic styles. I am in absolute awe over this gown by Anthropologie. I love how conservative it is in the front, yet the back has a nice cut to it. It wasn’t overly heavy and you could tell that the bride was comfortable in it. Too many times have I seen brides start to itch because of the sequence embroidery or they end up changing into another more comfortable outfit because their dress is that uncomfortable.

On a side note, there was one time that I actually watched a dress slowly start to slide off of a bride…The dress was so heavy and the bride was very petite for that kind of style. Yes, it was beautiful but I am sure everyone remembered how it started to fall off of her rather than how gorgeous it was.

Photo by Pure Media  Hawaii Wedding

Photo by Pure Media

Hawaii Wedding

Personally, my dress was from the 80’s. In fact, it was my mother-in-laws and it fit perfectly! It had these large 80’s kind of styled puffy sleeves and satin flowers on the waistline, but I knew what I could do with it. My grandmother was able to help me transform it into my design that I envisioned and it totally worked for me!

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The dress is our favorite part!