Welcome to my blog where it's all about The Finer Details! I am Jennifer Kontomerkos, the Owner and Lead Planner at The Finer Things Event Planning. I hope that you will spend some time reading all about the latest trends, learn about fabulous vendors and get to know some of our real brides!
At The Finer Things Event Planning you could say we help plan and execute a lot of weddings every year (of course we do!). From year to year new trends come and go but others tend to stick around for awhile! This year we had our classic bridal parties and we had those setting the trend! We loved them all but we thought we would share the biggest bridesmaid trends that we have seen in 2015!
Over the years mint has been a popular color but in 2015 it seems to be even more popular! This beautiful shade of green is a great color for outdoor weddings or paired with ivory and lace!
Same color, same fabric, DIFFERENT styles.
One of the most popular trends in 2015 is having the same color and fabric but each bridesmaid wearing a different style of the dress. This is a great option for your bridal party if you want to mix things up a little! Also, it allows your bridesmaids to choose a style that best fits their body shape so that everyone feels gorgeous standing next to you on your perfect day!
A fun way to make your wedding unique is to have monochromatic dresses, meaning various shades of one color. This is a great way to give your matron of honor(s) the opportunity to stand out a little with a different dress or give each of your bridal party members the option of wearing the shade they like best!
Blush has been a very popular color choice over the years but has been one of the stand out colors this wedding season! Although some might think blush is perfect for spring and summer, it is also a beautiful color for all seasons!
Outdoor or indoor venues, long dresses have been a dominant trend during this 2015 wedding season! Although there are so many different styles of long dresses, our 2015 brides each picked unique and beautiful long gowns for their bridal party to wear on their perfect day!
A wedding in the great outdoors can be amazing and stunning BUT there are more details to take into consideration for your perfect day! Through our experience with outdoor weddings, we have various tips and tricks to keep your wedding day absolutely perfect!
- Keep an open mind. With Mother Nature, you just never know how she’s going to feel on a given day OR in a given moment. The best thing to do is to Keep Calm and Trust Your Wedding Planner! “Crisis Management” is our middle name at The Finer Things Event Planning and we will do our best to keep every thing running smoothly. There’s always a risk when deciding to have an outdoor wedding but keeping an open mind and trusting us will help keep your day as stress free as possible!
- Inform your guests. Being the most proactive you can be for your big day is a great way to prepare if Mother Nature does not want to cooperate. By informing your guests in a creative way on your wedding website or on your invitation will ensure that your guests come prepared wearing weather-appropriate clothing, shoes or umbrellas! Also, having small baskets of fans and mini water bottles can help keep your guests comfortable during the hot summer days!
- Prepare your bridal party. To ensure that your bridal party and parents are prepared, organize weather-appropriate items. Some ideas could be personalized gloves, scarves, sunglasses or umbrellas! Places like Etsy, have different vendors that specialize in items like these that will make great presents for everyone!
- Be smitten, not bitten. One of the most important details to remember for your perfect outdoor wedding is bug spray or citronella candles. Make sure to place bug spray and bug bands in a visible space for guests to access easily. Lastly, be sure to check with your venue on what is allowed and not allowed on the property before purchasing your necessary items!
- Trust the experts. At The Finer Things Event Planning, we want you to know that we do our best to make sure your day is absolutely perfect. We will help guide your decision-making and provide the necessary help and suggestions throughout the process. We want to ensure that you and your significant other are pleased with the end results and will do whatever it takes to get there!
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01/23/15 4:10 pm | Comments (0)
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As many of you are embarking on the adventure of wedding planning I am sure you have heard countless opinions and advice, solicited or not from family and friends.
As a professional planner, I wanted to take some time to share some of the most common mistakes I hear the newly engaged making. Hopefully this list will make you rethink your planning strategy over the next 12-18 months.
1. Not establishing a budget from the start!
Budget is the end all be all to everyone. Regardless if you are spending $20,000 or $200,000 a budget is incredibly important. Budget and guest list go hand in hand. I always remind couples to think big picture when establishing a budget. For every 8 guest you add to the list, it is not just another $50 per person for food, it is another table, set of linens, centerpiece, paper goods, chargers etc… Keeping your guest list in check from the beginning is the first step to determining a realistic and functional budget.
2. Doing your own decor!
Yes, the dreaded DIY Bride. The countless hours of Pinterest tutorials, trips to Michael’s Craft Store and Hobby Lobby, your fiance believing you are officially a bridezilla.
I am about to say something very profound here… hiring professionals to handle the decor for your wedding DOES NOT make you any less of a bride. I promise. That is all I have to say about this topic… you are welcome.
3. Hiring vendors based on lowest price quoted.
Yikes. This can be summed up by the very cliche saying, “You Get What You Pay For” and in my experience I can say, “If you think hiring a professional is expensive, just wait until you hire an amateur” Please do your homework, it is called planning for a reason. Research your vendors, meet with them, make sure they are the BEST fit for you. I always tell my clients I want them to love each and every vendor that they work with. I want them to feel that the vendor really came through and did their part to make the day perfect. Trust me, this will make or break your planning process.
4. Not letting go.
Let it go…let it go… (singing to the tune from Frozen) Brides need to realize that at some point in the process it is okay to Let it Go. Whether you want a companion guiding you from the beginning or executing your planning in the end. You have to learn to Let it Go at some point so that you can relax and enjoy your day. Which brings me to my favorite point of all….
5. Not focusing on being engaged but planning a party.
You are engaged to be married!!! The person of your dreams has asked you to spend your lives together. This is your engagement time. Time to focus on taking your relationship from separate lives to starting a new chapter as a married couple, a new family. It is so easy to get distracted day in and day out with all of the planning hoopla and forget about planning for a future together as husband and wife. I challenge you to spend at least half the time you dream about your reception, communicating with your fiance about your future together…
Congratulations & Happy Planning!
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05/29/14 1:33 am | Comments (0)
| Posted By:jennifer
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, Wedding Trends
We all know it is the smallest details that can leave an impression on your wedding guest. From custom cocktail napkins revealing your clever #hashtag to your attention to floral details, guest love to see what is in store. In my opinion there are certain wedding details that should not be overlooked. There are so many bad list out there telling couples to not splurge on photography, flowers or even planners! (Blasphemy!) Here are my top 5 categories I encourage every couple to reflect on.
#1 Photography~ Repeat after me…. “I will not hire a college student to photograph my wedding. I will not my friend’s, uncle’s, cousin’s second wife to photograph my wedding.” (unless she is Annie Leibovitz) This is your wedding! You do not get a mulligan, so do it right the first time. Wedding Photography is a very skilled profession that should only be left to the professionals! It is much more than someone snapping shots behind a camera. It is the preparation that goes into planning, money spent on proper equipment, hours on hours of editing your wedding photos to perfection. My advice, is to splurge and hire a trusted name, a talented professional and someone you connect with! You will thank me many years from now.
#2 Lighting~ yes lighting! Lighting is a subtle way to bring dramatic impact to any wedding reception. Rather it be romantic chandeliers suspended from the ceiling or soft uplights to accent architecture, lighting redirects guest attention to your favorite details and pulls attention away from those less than desirable fixtures or drapes!
#3 Food ~ We have all been to that wedding where we served “wedding chicken, with wedding potatoes and wedding “seasonal vegetables.” Why do we do this? It makes no sense! While most people would be inclined to say they do not remember what they had to eat at Susie Smith’s wedding five years ago, that is not justification for skimping on your food! I highly doubt they would remember if your bouquet was Ranunculus or Roses. Food is the perfect opportunity to wow your guest! Think outside the box… rather than a traditional sit down dinner with 4 courses, try doing a tapas style dinner with 5 courses! Keep your guest engaged and curious with your dinner. Pick your favorite cuisine and go with a theme! Make it fun not boring!
#4 Special Entertainment~ Surprise your guest when they least expect it! It is very typical to go to a wedding reception and be entertained by a band or a DJ while dancing the night away… but dinner time entertainment now that is an unexpected twist that will put the wow factor into your reception! Maybe you and your fiance secretly love bluegrass music… why not hire a bluegrass band to perform while you dine! Or perhaps your fiance is Greek…eh hem, hire some greek dancers to perform a number or two during your dinner! The sky is the limit, but the idea is fun, exciting and unexpected!
#5 Wedding Planner~ Did you actually think this would not be in the Top 5? Where to begin… when it starts to rain unexpectedly who is going to haul those 200 plus chairs inside, flip your room from ceremony to reception set up in less than an hour, run to the altar when your best man passes out, drive to your house during your reception because you forgot your marriage license, or fix the melting wedding cake? We are not just there in case of crisis, we are there through the whole process. From beginning to end our job never stops because we are there “Team Bride – Team Groom” to make sure that you have a wonderful time planning your wedding to ensure all of your vision comes to life. Our goal is to create a unique event, guide your budget and help you make the best decisions to make your dreams reality.
Cheers to your planning!
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03/03/14 7:41 pm | Comments (0)
| Posted By:jennifer
| Posted in Home
, Wedding Trends
Admit it… whether you watched every second of the 2014 Oscars or just the headlines this morning you were swooning over the fashion. I cannot help but love the looks last night. The classic and timeless looks took center stage all night long as starlets arrived on the red carpet.
There is no way I can pick just one as my favorite or best dressed but I have to say the fitted silhouette shown below is my absolute favorite. It was timeless, elegant and so feminine! Certainly a trend I hope to see more brides in this year!
From the beautiful necklines to detailed trains and corsets designers did not disappoint! One of our favorite trending elements of the evening was the Art Deco vibe as seen in rich pattern, metallic dresses, and of course the jewels… Love the statement necklaces worn by these ladies. So many different styles paired with
Of course we cannot forget the gentlemen! Grooms take note! Loving these cream jackets!
Nevertheless, the evening did not disappoint and we can’t wait to see how couples choose to incorporate these Oscar worthy trends into their 2014 wedding style!
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