I love doing things with a slightly different twist for the weddings I am working on. I’m coordinating my friend Lucy’s wedding at Viansa Sonoma in May 2008 She wanted something fun for her “Save The Date” instead of the traditional paper announcement, so we decided to go with a magnet with all the pertinent info on it. Not only is it creative but it’s functional as well. I’ve gone to friends’ houses where they still have the magnets on their fridge from weddings years way in the past.
The company we used was Pioneer Color.They had great pricing, tons of designs to choose from and they can do a custom creation. The final product was crisp and clear and had a nice weight to it. For 120 magnets we spent $200 and it cost $0.41 (the cost of the stamp) to mail them to her guests. Not too bad.
Helpful hint: If you are sending out Save The Date announcements of any kind, you should make sure to mail them to your guests 6-9 months prior to your wedding.
One of the things about that event that blew my mind was the set up and timing of the whole thing, which was executed by the talented staff at Paula Le Duc Catering under the watchful eye of Maxine Andrew, the coordinator of Instead of You, who oversaw the wedding. The ceremony and reception took place in the same room, so it was a complicated and intricate process to turn the space around quickly. The whole thing had to happen while the guests were enjoying their appetizers and cocktails, so we had just about 75 minutes to make the space perfect for the reception.
In order to do this Paula Le Duc Catering had set up all 20 round tables for the reception, complete with plates, namecards and stemware (!!), in advance. When the time came, they quickly and very, very carefully moved the tables into place and VOILA! Instant reception. They make it look so easy! Everything went off with out a hitch and the bride and groom were delighted. The photos, again by wedding photographer Sherman Chu, show the breathtaking transition from ceremony to reception.
The event was jaw-dropping! Maxine’s creative design, eye for detail and fabulous group of vendors made this wedding one of the most beautiful I’ve ever seen (and I’ve seen a lot of events!) One of the things that I thought was so unique was Maxine’s idea to have the ceremony “in the round” instead of the traditional setup. This meant that all of the guests had a great view, and not just of the backs of the brides and groom. There were four ways for the party to enter the room rather than down the traditional single aisle. This made for lots of flexibility and creativity as honored family members were seated and the wedding party entered. In this case, the officiant and groomsmen entered from the right and then the bridesmaids and bride came down the main aisle. And, this configuration made the bride and groom feel very “surrounded” by their loved ones as they said their vows.
I love to see new twists on traditional things. I’ll be posting more on this event in the coming days. There were several interesting things they did that I know Here Comes the Guide brides will want to see.
By the way, (because I know you’re gonna ask!) these, and the other photos I’ll be showing you from this event, were done by wedding photographer Sherman Chu, who did a fantastic job!