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.
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:
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
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.
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.
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
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!”
Wedding Coordinator & Marketing Analyst