How to Conquer a Bridal Show in 7 Easy Steps

From { Bridal Show } Newbie to Fian-slaying

Bridal Shows are an amazing way to get the wedding planning wheels ‘a-rollin’. You’ll have the chance to meet people from every facet of the industry- all under one roof!

Before you put on that cute “fiance” tee and head out the door… take a look at these 7 tips. By the end, you’re sure to be a bridal show expert!


1. Set Your Date

Trust us when we say, every. single. vendor. will ask you this! 

Why… you ask? Because this basically sets the stage for everything else. The date implies colors and tones, weather and so much more.  It’ll be much easier on you – we pinky promise!

2. Know Your Venue

This helps to narrow down what services you’ll {actually} be needing!

Each venue will be different in what they offer you. Some venues have in-house catering, bars, DJ services, seating, decor, etc. Why meet a thousand caterers if you end up booking a venue with in-house catering after all? See where we’re coming from!?

3. Prepare Prepare Prepare

This relates directly back to number 2! Knowledge is key.

Do your due diligence and research a little beforehand. We suggest stalking some vendors on social media and giving their website a little scroll-through.

4. Join Email Lists

These lists are filled with so much good stuff.

Education, yes. Inspiration, duh. Promotions!? ~Insert money eyes emoji here~ But really, we promise these aren’t as pesky as you think. You could just save some money or be the first to know about that *exclusive* product.

5. Get to the Good Stuff

This is a great time to ask questions and get to the nitty-gritty of what services are offered!

Jot down a couple questions in a notebook prior to the show. Bring a handy-dandy pen and don’t forget to write down their answers!

6. Make “Contact Info” Labels

A little extra, but 100% worth it.

This will allow you to give out your digits in the blink of an eye! Don’t forget to specify your preferred contact method (text, call, email, etc.)  if you have one!

7. Bring Your Inspo Along with You!

We know you’ve been pinning away- let us see those pictures!

It’s always easier to start with an image or mood board. Something is always better than nothing. Whether it’s a magazine rip-out or just a theme you’re going for, we want to hear it!


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Featured Vendors: Busy Bee Events & Design, Lacey Irving Lifestyle Photography, Orlando Wedding and Party Rentals

Prepping for the Wedding – Wellness Edition

It’s Your Big Day: Be Healthy, Be Confident

With your wedding coming up, most focus on all the event planning, but have you been putting some effort into self-care as well? With so many other things to worry about, it’s easy to neglect your health. If you’re hoping to improve your health and confidence before your wedding, this post should help! Here are a few tips to help you get ready for your big day.

 

Look Your Best

Everyone knows how essential it is to look great on your wedding day. However, many do not consider the steps they can take prior to their wedding day to make sure that they do! For the bride, there are several things to consider even months before the big day. Scheduling a dermatologist appointment as far as six months in advance can help ensure that your skin is looking radiant on your wedding day. This article gives a breakdown of what brides should consider doing leading up to their wedding day. The groom will also want to look his best! Companies like hims offer products like finasteride for thinning hair, so you can walk down the aisle feeling great!

 

Eat Right

Having a balanced diet is also important. Many people will try to cut out an entire food group in an attempt to lose weight. That may not be the best option, check out this article for 10 wedding diet tips. Not only will a healthy diet help you lose weight for your wedding day, but it will also decrease your risk of chronic diseases.

 

Mental Health

It is imperative to not only consider the physical aspects of healthiness but the mental aspects as well. The planning of a wedding is often stressful, so it’s important to de-stress. This could be as simple as setting aside an hour a day to go for a walk or read. Find what calms you the most, and set aside some daily time for that activity.

Hopefully, this advice will assist you in creating healthy habits that make your big day perfect! Not only are these tips beneficial leading up to your wedding, but they can help you maintain a healthy life long after.

To Tent or Not to Tent

Important factors to consider for your Florida wedding

 

Getting a tent for your wedding might seem like a clear decision or it may have never crossed your mind. Either way, at OWPR, we have some strong opinions about the importance of tents. We have 10 years of expertise in dealing with outdoor weddings. These experiences have led us to see the good, the bad and the ugly. With that being said, we are altogether pro-tent.

And so, here are four compelling reasons why you should consider a tent for your wedding day:

We live in Florida.

  • Outdoor weddings are stunning and provide a distinct atmosphere compared to an indoor wedding. With that being said, Florida is known for its warm… well let’s be honest, hot weather. A tent can provide barrier from the direct sunlight. This elegant shelter keeps it cool, without tragically changing everything you’ve imagined for your wedding day. Consider adding on cooling units and fans to provide relief for those dog days of summer.

YEAH, it’s Florida.

  • We all know the weather is unpredictable here in the Sunshine state. We’ve seen it a million times: a perfect day turns quickly into monsoon season without warning. If you’re superstitious, rain on your wedding day is great! But, if not everyone feels like singing in the rain.. Keeping a tent on the rental back-burner may just save you and your guests from a fortuitous downpour.

They create a happy medium.

  • If you’ve been on Pinterest recently, you’ve seen the hot trends: dangling greenery/florals, hanging lights/chandeliers, and  swooped drapery. They’re usually limited to use in an indoor space. With a tent, these mostly indoor decor items become possible outdoors! Tents create the perfect happy medium between an indoor and an outdoor space.

They’re a perfect backdrop!

  • We may be biased, but we think tents are a stunning addition to a wedding. If you’re excited for all the wedding photos then you should know that tents are extremely photogenic. Take a look in our product photo gallery to see how people, furniture and decor all come alive under the big-top.

Yes, there are a million pinterest-y (yup, that’s an adjective around here) decor items to turn your tent into a dream. Here are some handy-dandy items we believe make a tent a TEN outta ten.

  • Chandeliers and market lights add some necessary luminosity to the night.
  • Portable cooling units and Outdoor space heaters keep your tent at a comfortable temperature.
  • Restroom trailers that are equipped with all of the comforts of home.  Private residences and some outdoor venues don’t always have the necessary facilities to conduct a lot of business.
  • Tent flooring can give your Jimmy Choo’s some stability that even Miranda Priestly would approve of.

 

 

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Featured Products: Clear Tents, Sailcloth Tents, Elegant Tent Liners, Market Lighting, Crystal Chandeliers, French Country Chairs

Trendy Vendy- Dishie Rentals

For this week’s Trendy Vendy, we have the pleasure of featuring Sheena of Dishie Rentals! An NYC native who found her “heart & home in the south,” Sheena joined Dishie in 2012 but truth be told Dishie Rentals is more than a business, it’s a passion! A passion for authentic celebrations, community, and creativity. Her mission is to “encourage celebrations of life through gathering at tables beautifully curated with pieces reflective of the unique heart and character of each party host.”

Since 2012, Dishie has worked with several local vendors and has been published in numerous publications! It’s not hard to see why! Her personal story is reflected in the pieces she offers to clients, so you know you’re getting a little piece of “heart & home” in your tablescape. Read more about Sheena & Dishie Rentals, below! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got your start!

Hoarding beautiful tableware is in my blood! I always remember staring at (and wanting to play with) my mom’s pretty china. I built my own collection of vintage thrifted china as an adult, but our newlywed home was too small to fit all of our gifted wedding tableware, so I donated my collection to appease my new hubby. When a friend from college shared she was looking for a new owner for her company, Dishie Rentals, a dream bloomed in my heart. We met and it was the perfect fit! And I got my collection back ten-fold!

My husband and I are passionate about building an intimate community through consistently sharing meals with others, and I believe every good celebration starts at the table! Dishie is my outward expression of my deep gratitude for every day we are given. It’s my joy to create beautiful tablescapes to help others authentically celebrate all of life’s special moments.

 


What services do you offer?


Dishie Rentals has a large collection of curated boho, southern, and vintage tableware available to rent for any wedding or special event. Our collection includes large quantities of vintage glassware in every color, mismatched vintage china, tea cups & settings, chargers, and modern and vintage flatware collections.

We provide delivery and washing, and also offer complimentary tablescape design and set-up services for all of our rentals. This fall we are launching Dishie Shoppe, a curated collection of Dishie faves that you can purchase and have in your very own home! My clients always ask if my inventory can go home with them so creating the Shoppe seemed like a good fit. We’re excited!


What can we find at Dishie Rentals?

Tableware Heaven! We have a capacity to serve up to 500 people with our collection of mismatched vintage china & glassware – whether you are a boho bride or Southern belle we have something for your heart’s desire!


What inspired the pieces you selected for Dishie Rentals?

Heritage & Heart. My husband once made me a special dinner and set the table using my favorite tableware, decorated it with my favorite flowers, lit my favorite candle, and served me my favorite food. Everything was perfect, the table was so pretty, and I just felt so special – I want every one of our dinner guests to feel like that. I want them to feel like out of the hundreds of people these vintage plates have served, they are the most special one.


How do you keep up with the latest wedding trends?

Dishie is all about mixing and matching, and I love adding modern, trendy pieces like flatware or chargers to our vintage collection. Our luxe rose gold flatware has beautiful modern lines and looks gorgeous next to our china.


What sets you apart from others?

My team at Dishie believes that every celebration is really just a display of gratitude towards your attendees for the special place they hold in your life. We love engaging with brides and party hosts of all budgets to uniquely help them create tables reflective of their heart and character.


What advice would you give couples during the wedding design/planning process?

I love the quote, “The heart of hospitality is when people leave your home feeling better about themselves, not better about you.”

Remember that your wedding is really the first dinner party that you and your husband get to host together! Look at your budget and decide what the most important pieces will be to help you celebrate with your guests and thank them for sharing with you in such a special moment of your lives, and then spend your money and time on that.


What’s your favorite Dishie product?

Oh my stars, don’t ask me to choose! I LOVE our vintage champagne coupe collection. I just feel like a girl at one of Jay Gatsby’s parties when I drink out of one! I am also obsessed with our luxe flatware collection. It’s so sleek and the flatware is such a nice, heavy weight.


When you’re not helping clients, what can we find you doing?

Honestly, most likely tracking Hot Wheels tire marks into my sofa alongside my toddler, or dragging said toddler and my hubby throughout Disney! #boymom #disneyfanatic


Fun Facts About You:

I have a degree in Classical Humanities (Ancient Art, Culture & Philosophy) and Nonprofit Management. On the DL, I’m working to create a give back component to my business at Dishie and couldn’t be more excited about it.

 

I live in Winter Garden and am pretty obsessed. I just love my little town and I think everyone else should too!

 

I am also obsessed with our springer-cocker spaniel mix name Lady (yes, like the movie). She mostly chases bubbles and butterflies, sleeps in the sun, and snuggles with our family – she is my spirit animal.

 

I saw a quote on social media recently that said “Every pizza can be a personal pizza if you just believe in yourself” and I think I’m going to make it my new mantra for life.

 

 

 

 

Connect with Dishie Rentals!

Facebook // Instagram // Website

 

Featured photographers & products: Josh & Rachel Best Photography, KMD Creations, Kristen Weaver Photography, Andi Mans, Jessica Bellinger Photography, InStyle Imagery // farm table, gold rimmed glass charger plates, gold glitter charger plates, silver beaded charger plates, french country chairs, gold flatware

Unique Wedding Ideas!


Photo: Wings of Glory & Atmospheres Floral | Featured: White Pipe & Drape

 

Times are a-changin’ and we couldn’t be happier! We’re falling in love with unexpected as more and more couples are getting creative and including non-traditional elements into their wedding days. Here are few unique elements we’ve seen floating around the inter-webs that we’re obsessed with!

Say Yes to the Statement Dress!

Accessories: Bouquets, Jewelry, & More!

Fun Foods & Crafty Cocktails

Ceremony Back-drops

Details, Details, Details!


Fall 2017 Color Inspiration!

We see your true colors…

Cover photo & above photo- Floral/Design/Photo: Andi Mans 

 

It’s wedding season! But first, coffee.

 

We are so excited for the upcoming Fall season, and to kick things off we’re serving up some color inspiration as Pantone just released their Fall 2017 trending tones. To say we’re inspired is an understatement! In Florida, we have one season/ one temperature {HOT} so we have to give some *snaps* to Pantone for getting us in the Autumn spirit. So, does this mean we can start decorating for Halloween now? (Asking for a friend).

 

 

Pantone’s top colors of Fall 2017!

 

 

 

 

Which Fall trends are you excited for?

  

 

Photo creds- 1. Dandy Details, Ais Portraits, Quantum Leap Winery, Flowers by Lesley, Cami Monet Calligraphy | 2. / 3. Andi Mans, The Branch Orlando, The Acre, Farm & Haus, FL Federation of Garden Clubs
Featured Products: Silver industrial chairs, gold flatware, gold-rimmed glass charger plates, silver scalloped glass charger plates, farm table, ivory pipe & drape

A Tale As Old As Time

Be Our Guest!

 

Okay be honest with us, how many photos is too many photos? We were so inspired by this “Tale As Old As Time” styled-shoot we couldn’t help but share a ton of images. We have a feeling though, that you won’t mind! “There’s no wonder that her name means beauty” with photos like these. We can’t get over how the rich colors play well with the industrial background. Our hearts are all a flutter. Major kudos go out to the entire vendor team for making this happen. It’s true what they say- it takes a village {in a poor, provincial town} 😉

 

 


 

 

La fin. (cue Celine Dion..)

 

 

 

 

The Villagers:

{Narrator} coordination/ design / floral: Jeane Cognac Designs

{Magic mirror} photographer: 28 North Photography

{Dancing} china: Dishie Rentals

{Bleu} linens: Over the Top

{Enchanted furniture} rentals: Bonjour, c’est nous!

{Spell-bound castle} venue: 1010 West

The {not so gray stuff} cake: Bake Me A Cake

{Madame wardrobe} gown: Something New Bridal Boutique

Tress patrol: Shannen D. [Trend Studios]

Belle: Brianna Bennett

Prince Adam: Matthew Bengston

 

 

Featured products:

Gold candelabras, Gold chiavari chairs, Gold-rimmed glass charger plates, Crystal votives, Vintage mirrored cake table, 8ft banquet table

 

Trendy Vendy- Basic Invite

 

Ding, ding! It’s time for another round of Trendy Vendy! We had the opportunity to chat with Katie of Basic Invite and we talked about all things stationery and how Basic Invite got their start. Let’s be real, we’re suckers for pretty stationery! At Basic Invite, there’s tons of gorgeous options available for any ‘stationery loving heart.’ Continue reading for a behind the curtain look at the company’s founding and how they see the world through the lens of script and paper!

 

 

 

How did you get your start?

Basic Invite started after the owner was shopping for wedding invitations and realized there just weren’t that many options and the options that were available, were as is. Wishing he had more choices and customization options for his invitations he decided to give that to others, going on to start Basic Invite.

 

What services do you offer?

We carry invitations and announcements for every major life moment. From baby shower invitations and birth announcements to wedding invitations and personal stationery products. We carry 100’s of wedding invitation designs and offer almost endless customization options.

We offer 180+ color choices, 100 different fonts, 40 envelope colors, 5 paper types, 4 card cuts, and the option to customize each element of every design. Our unique instant preview technology allows customers to view their changes immediately making the design process that much easier. Our customer service team is there to help make edits and suggestions and we offer custom samples.

 

What stationery/ paper items should every couple get for their wedding?

We always suggest our couples get a full wedding suite with enclosure cards and a pocket envelope. Our wedding suites consist of a wedding invitations up to 5 enclosure cards, and a pocket envelope to house everything perfectly. Wedding invitations are a must, but enclosure card recommendations are made on a case by case basis. Usually a couple will include an rsvp, direction card, accommodation card, reception card, and a registry card.

This all depends upon the size of the wedding, the set up of the ceremony and reception, if a couple is including a registry, etc. Every couple’s needs are different. If a full wedding suite seems like a bit much always go with the basics: wedding invitation, rsvp, and a single enclosure card that includes all pertinent information not already included on the invitation.

Save the dates are always a good call as well!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How do you keep up with the latest paper/ stationery trends?

We really pay attention to what is going on in the world around us and we keep an eye on which designs our customers seem to be choosing the most. If there is a style trending in another facet of design such has home decor trends it usually carries over to our purposes and we work hard to get those trends added to our collection.

We think it’s just as important to always have timeless design options as it is to have trending innovative options.

 

What sets you apart from other stationery companies?

The amount of customization options we offer like our 180 custom colors, our unique instant preview technology, and our custom samples. All of these options in addition to the flexibility of being an online company really gives us an edge.

 

What advice would you give couples during the design process of their stationery?

We offer a service called review instructions where a designer will proof your card, make changes, offer wording suggestions and color adjustments that couples may not be aware of. This is something we suggest each of our couples takes advantage of so that you get the best invitation you can imagine.

We also offer resources on our website like wedding etiquette and wording examples for every situation imaginable. So, when in doubt check those out! Customers can find links to these pages under our resources at the bottom of our web page.

And when it comes down to it, be yourself! Let your individual style shine through. There are so many designs and colors that the options for a truly custom invitation are endless. Have fun with it!

 

What’s your favorite product/ design available at Basic Invite?

We have so much that it’s hard to choose! We just released our Clear Collection which are invitations made from clear vinyl stock printed with bright white ink that are so gorgeous! Our foil collection is a classic choice too. We have foil designs available in gold, silver, and rose gold!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Get in touch with Basic Invite!

Basic Invite // Facebook // Instagram // Twitter

Enjoying the Sunset at The Grove Resort & Spa!

A Slice of Paradise…

Pavone Events styled this bright and beautiful styled-shoot at the Grove Resort and Spa, and it was a perfect start to the Summer! Love bloomed against exotic florals and white sandy beaches. See for yourself!

Vendors:

Coordinator/ Designer(s): Pavone Events, Carousel Atelier, Soiree Co.
Photographer: Nima Photography
Venue: Grove Resort & Spa
Floral & Greenery: Lowe and Behold, Greenery Productions
Yummy treats: Couture Cakes by Lia, Florida Candy Buffets
Linen: Connie Duglin
Paper Goods: Themes Come True/ Impressions
Rentals: Hey, that’s us! ♥ and A Chair Affair

Luxe Wedding Experience at Bella Collina!

An evening of wedding bliss!

 

We had so much fun at the Luxe Wedding Experience, hosted at Bella Collina! With stunning views, and amazing vendors it’s not hard to understand why. Couples enjoyed an evening of “wedding bliss” as they talked with local vendors about inspiration for their upcoming nuptials. See for yourself with photos by Concept Photography, and an incredible video by Castaldo Studio!