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A Romantic Mediterranean Wedding

Rolling hills are rare in Central Florida’s low landscape, but in Montverde, the Bella Collina is a wedding venue that gives you all the perks of the destination wedding without any of the cost. Driving up the winding roads was like entering a portal to Tuscany, Italy. When planning your ultimate fantasy wedding, keep in mind that finding the perfect venue to fit your theme is essential! With the perfect venue, the décor canflowers 2 do all of the work for you so you only need your final touches to personalize the theme you want to accomplish on your big day. Love Special Events was able to be a part of Michael and Christina’s Greek wedding and see why their theme was a perfect match for their location. We took a step back in time to a beautiful vintage atmosphere to carry the guests through the night with the bride and groom. The centerpieces consisted of beautiful lavenders with cream and burgundy roses. To bring that old, earthy feel to the centerpieces, they were arranged with dollar eucalyptus, Italian ruscus and boxwood. Lastly to finish out a vintage touch, the tables were decocakerated with gold and silver mercury glass candles on top of café cream linens. If you were to stumble into the reception, you’d think you’d have just entered a romantic Mediterranean getaway.  Touches that we felt really pulled together the reception were the fresh boxwood sprigs added to the meWedding Menunu design to pull them together with the centerpieces and create a delicate design. When the reception began, and speeches were said, the guests along with the bridge and groom danced throughout the night.  If you’d like LOVE Special Events help you with your magical day or help you with the process every step of the way, click here to contact us. Photos by Anastasiia Photography.  

We Love Our Event Partners!

Love Special Events depends on our Event Partners for every wedding, quince or special event we plan. Without them, the magic and beauty of a completed ballroom would not be possible.

This month, we spotlight, an event partner we love to work with. Their specialty is Chiavari Chairs.We present to you Ann Taylor with a Chair Affair, get to know more about Ann…

Ann Taylor is a mother of not one but two brides. She loves hearing from a bride who’s just recently engaged – “the how he gave her the ring story, is the best”. She understand a wedding on a budget and loves the planning process of a wedding. Nothing delights her more than listening to the bride describe her color selections for her wedding and helping her select just right Chiavari chair.

When visiting their site www.ChairAffairRentals.com, you’ll know you are dealing with a first class company. Their chairs are an exceptional value. Beautiful, their chairs are the ones you’ll want in your pictures, when you look back at your wedding album.

Reserving your Chiavari chairs with A Chair Affair, they deliver what they promise, when they promise. Call them today.

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Summer Weddings in Florida

Florida is known for its notoriously hot summers, especially here in Central Florida.

Most of the time couples veer away from having weddings in July or August in Florida. But, there are ways to beat the heat, especially when the best deals are on the table, being that July and August are the most cost effective times in the year to have a Florida wedding.

If you are on a budget, and dream of a beautiful tropical wedding, it is possible in Florida for the Summer season. Take the beautiful destination wedding we just coordinated for a lovely couple from Scotland at the Orlando World Center Marriott Spa Terrace. This beautiful wood deck looking over the pond, golf course and lush tropical foliage is an ideal location. By adding personal touches and accents made this wedding quaint and picture perfect.

Tip #1-We highly recommend when having a summer outdoor ceremony, request an ice filled bucket with wash cloths from your venue. This allows for the reverse hot towel “luxury” you get at a fine dining experience. The cool cloth provides a refreshing sensation, place it on the back of your neck and you will feel much cooler (and not ruin ladies makeup). A great amenity for your guests on those boldly warm days.

Tip #2 –Provide shade if at all possible. Large market umbrellas, under some beautiful trees or if budget allows professional misters and air movers can help bring down the feel of the temperature by 10 degrees.

Tip #3 –Prepare your guests for the heat. Make sure your guest are well informed that you intend to get married OUTSIDE in Florida and that it will be HOT, so they can dress appropriately. This is best paired with a more casual reception, asking guests to dress in formal attire for a day light summer wedding in Florida is frankly a lot to ask. If you dream of a formal wedding, then find a venue with a lovely indoor garden atrium in air-conditioning, many hotels in Central Florida offer this amenity. Conversely you also want make sure your 20 year old cousin doesn’t show up in a bathing suit.

Tip #4 –Keep the ceremony short – real short – for our UK couple, since it was small guest list of family and close friends, we asked the guests to wait inside the hotel lobby until everyone was ready and then we escorted them out to the wedding location. The total time the guests were outside was less than 20 minutes and with those iced down tea towels, the time outside was bearable, even in full dress wool kilts.

Tip # 5 –Have a rain backup plan. It will mostly likely rain at any given day and at any moment in the months of June through August in Central Florida. Have a backup plan that you feel good about how the pictures will look. Have a floral and decoration design back up for the space as well. At LOVE Special Events we make sure to recommend decor elements that can easily be moved inside with less than 1 hour “rain call”. As well as some “shower” proof options that can withstand our infamous “5 minutes of passing rain”.

Much thanks to Mr. & Mrs Hill, spreading some Summer LOVE and wedding happiness. Wedding Photographs by Jen Adams & Associates:

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Sweetheart & Cake Tables Redeux

Lots of our wedding couples opt for a sweetheart table as well as cake tables to create an impactful focal point to their wedding reception

The feel of romance is presented here on Love’s new twist to the traditional Sweetheart and cake table:

Romantic ambiance surrounds this sweetheart table with uplit capiz shell walls

Solid Mahogany Corinthian columns add stately symmetary to a dramatic staged cake table

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Technologically Savvy…

Love Special Event Launches a fresh new website. Its official! We are launched! We connected with the team over at Chevere Creative & the Event Marketing Maven @EventMktgMaven to assist with the design and development of our new WordPress plat formed website. Look out for exciting weekly updates on Lovespecialevents.com, as we are now socially connected! Friend us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and check in every once in a while here at our site for our ongoing Blog updates.

You Gotta Love Spring…

Spring wouldn’t be same without the brilliant yellow Forsythia shrubs that blossom all around us and are the first to bloom every spring. You always know once you see these flowers sprouting spring is upon us! Bright Pinks and Yellows are totally inspiring and are just the vibrant colors to use for any Spring Event. Pink Florals are not your only option for adding color at your event, but hot pink chair sashes add a perfect touch of energetic color. Another great approach on a sunny day for an outside event is to create a Spring luncheon feast, a beautiful yet affordable seating option- the feasting table, also known as a family gathering table, a perfect option for a smaller intimate wedding for a group just under 40 people. img-yougotta

Event Design Tips & Tricks

Introducing the first of Love’s monthly blog segment entitled “Event Design Tips & Tricks”. Why shouldn’t your wedding or event replicate those you see on TV and in magazines.

NAME CARD TABLES WITH PIZAZZ!

You can add pizazz and a touch of your own creativity at your event’s name card table simply drawing from your own relationship milestones, interests or funny life moments. Whether you met your husband to be at a Jazz club and you both adore classic Jazz records, your place cards can commemorate that day as replica ticket stubs designed as place cards, your love of Jazz theme can even be carried into your centerpieces with tiny numbered records a top each table. All you need is an idea along with your own personal experience to add to your event to make it all your own. All it takes is finding something personal to you to name your tables, whether it happened during your relationship, or is a common interest you share, tell your story at your event. One of our recently married couples were both water babies and they named their tables after the different boats. Don’t be afraid to add your own flair for creativity, as your planner we can make it work and look good! From hand folder flowers (Which one of my last brides, Megan, handcrafted herself) To Chinese to go Buckets, which can be used for double duty, place cards to candy buffet take aways. img-event1

The Sea Of Love

October is a wonderful month for weddings here in Florida. The weather finally starts to get cooler and the humidity is subsiding. We had the pleasure to work with a couple this October at the Orlando World Center Marriott.

The wedding couple – Aimee & Jimmy loved the beach, Key West, boating and the ocean. With that shared passion they wanted to incorporate that into their wedding theme. Ocean blues, earth tone browns and natural whites gave way as the color palette, and were featured from the floral bouquets, the brides maid dresses, sand ceremony, cake, right down to the table centerpieces which were unique coral pieces from Key West. Each of these coral pieces showed off crystal marine life – dolphins, swordfish, starfish and turtles and were placed on rotating platters which added movement to each table. Marine blue up lighting added pops of color to the room perimeter.

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Dance The Night Away At Fred Astaire Dance Studio!

Sometimes you just want to dance! Our wedding coordinators, Stacey and Emily, recently had the opportunity to spend the afternoon dancing at Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Windermere with instructor, Billy Bowser. The studio was beautiful and the instructors were so talented and friendly. Billy’s background in education really made the difference in the way he presented the dances to us. Every person learns in a different way and Billy is able to quickly adapt to each learning style. He was even able to help our klutzy wedding duo gracefully slide across the dance floor like pros! We were really excited to hear about the customized wedding dance programs offered at the Fred Astaire Dance Studio. Their team can help you with anything from simple instruction to choreographed dances in private or group lessons. Practice makes perfect and our friends at Fred Astaire Dance Studio know this. They offer open dance evenings for their students so they can come in and practice a variety of dances with others who are also learning. So if you are considering a choreographed dance for your wedding party or an elegant first dance, definitely let check out Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Windermere.. A beautiful dance is such a unique touch to make your wedding a day to remember!

8815 Conroy Windemere Rd. # 208

Orlando, FL 32835

Phone: 407-217-5997

http://www.fredastaireorlando.com/

Wedding Blurb from yours truely :-)

Welcome fabulous people!

My name is Shalita, Special Events Coordinator & Marketing Analyst for Love Special Events. I am a newly engaged bride-to-be as well and relate to many of you humble…bridezillas 🙂 I am also of Indian descent so I understand culture, family, and all the complications that come along with pleasing everyone in the family…because after all, they act like they are the ones who are getting married to your fiancé.

I know all the stress that comes along with planning a wedding and all major events. I have seen it too many times where the bride and groom think they can DIY everything until the day of, but where is the enjoyment in that? I just don’t see it…trying to juggle baking your own cake and making centerpieces at the same time?

There are too many times that the question of cost for a wedding planner is discussed—totally understood. What I ask you is, is it worth the back and forth phone calls while at work, is it worth the 100 trips to Michael’s Arts and Crafts to find the right size vase, oh and don’t forget, you have to get all of those invitations out and RSVP’s counted?

Seriously…relax…let’s walk through this together. I want you to have the least painful and stress free planning ever. Don’t forget you guys are planning on having kids, I won’t be there to walk you through that one, so let me take one thing off your plate. Before you hire your wedding planner, make sure they listen to you and by listen to you, I mean completely understand your family, your background, and your budget. When you walk out of a consultation with me, I want to be your best friend.

First thing when going to a consultation, know your budget and know the reality of what you are asking for. If you just don’t know, then ask, it won’t hurt. There are some planners who charge a flat fee and others who charge a percentage based on the budget. Know the difference between “full service” planners and “day of” planners. I am a full service planner, therefore I handle everything from start to end which includes site contracts, entertainment, décor, rentals, guests’ requests, invitations, catering, rehearsals, cake, bridesmaids, groomsmen, hair/nail/gown & tux appointments, photography, transportation, honeymoon, and most importantly mother-in-laws. I got this!

Secondly, tell me what you envision during the planning process and the day of your wedding. A good planner hears you, a great planner listens! I want to listen to your every detail. If you’re on a tight budget, it’s time to make a priority list…because would you rather spend extra money on those chairs or on the entertainment?

Third, did you bring pictures? I would definitely suggest you bringing pictures, even if you pull it up on Pinterest or Instagram which, by the way, are the most popular for brides to refer to for most of their ideas and themes. If you don’t know exactly what you want, I will give you options. Understand that a good planner will give you an array of ideas, and a great planner will give you up to three options based on what you envisioned.

Next, what are you totally against and restricting when planning? This includes certain colors, food choices, venues, themes, ceremonies, beliefs—even guest invites.

Finally, who makes the final decisions during the entire process? There has been many situations where the bride and I have put together an entire game plan and her fiancé was controlling the money and the show which changed the entire direction of everything. The best advice I can give is to have the person who is paying for it all to be at the consultation—that does not mean bring the whole family. We would prefer to keep the consultation personal and for the bride and groom-to-be only but we understand if there are some determining factors.

So there you have it! If this is not a start to your wedding consultation process, you are on your own. Be sure not to “interview” more than three wedding coordinators. When coordinators feel like they’re in an interview they don’t feel like they OWN it. I want to OWN it. I want you to feel like a guest at your own event.

Just remember ”Keep Calm & Say I Do…Leave the Rest to LOVE!”

-Shalita Persaud

Wedding Coordinator & Marketing Analyst

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