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How To Make Giant Wedding Wreaths (The New Decor Trend) On A Budget

Giant wedding wreaths are in RT mode in the 2018 wedding season. Now, when I say giant, I mean G-I-A-N-T.  These are not your ordinary holiday wreaths hanging on your mother’s front door. Let’s take a look at this trend and a couple of how-tos you can tackle for a few bucks!

DIY an oversized grapevine wreath with greenery and white blooms used as a swing. Check out the tutorial on the blog!

DIY an oversized grapevine wreath with greenery and white blooms used as a swing.

Giant wedding wreaths covered in everything from flowers and greenery to driftwood are popping up on the wedding scene everywhere. These are flawless works of art that can act as stunning ceremony or photo booth backdrops, reception decor, or staging for your couple’s and framily photos.

Couples are even creating unique masterpieces for their special day by taking these already amazing pieces and hanging lanterns, crystals and large floral pieces from them. Why not you?

How Much For Those Giant Wedding Wreaths In The Window?

Another wedding season has come and gone. With its passing, new ideas and trends – like giant wedding wreaths – allow couples to take their special day to new heights. Leaving them gasping, “I can’t even”

Related: Top Wooden Ladder Wedding Decor Ideas (and DIYs): Fast, Easy & Tres Chic

Please don’t think an item such as this is out of your reach. There is the option purchasing a giant wreath from a florist. However, such a large piece comes with a high price tag. Even the not so large giant wedding wreaths can range in upper $600’s.

The urban aesthetic could not miss out on this trend. Turn your NYC rooftop into the most extra party of them all with the skyline views and a giant wedding wreath ceremony backdrop.

The urban aesthetic could not miss out on this trend. Turn your NYC rooftop into the most extra party of them all with the skyline views and a giant wedding wreath ceremony backdrop.

Get your bendable pipes and hola hoops ready because i can't even explain how sick these giant wedding wreaths are.

Get your bendable pipes and hola hoops ready because i can’t even explain how sick these giant wedding wreaths are.

If your wallet is screaming a resounding “No, thank you”, know that there is always the DIY option.

While it may seem like an enormous task to undertake, it is possible to create one of these darling features yourself. This can be a far better option; not just because of its reasonable cost, but because it gives you the ability to show off your honed-in DIY skills. After all, your guests’ eyes will be glued to it!

Drop the flowers and add string lights for a glowing giant wedding wreath backdrop.

Drop the flowers and add string lights for a glowing giant wedding wreath backdrop.

If this is not the most adorable sweetheart table, i don't know which one is. The giant wreath backdrop completes the vibe.

If this is not the most adorable sweetheart table, i don’t know which one is. The giant wreath backdrop completes the vibe.

Greenery giant wedding wreath for reception decor.

Greenery giant wedding wreath for reception decor.




How To Make Giant Wedding Wreaths On A Budget (With Hula Hoops)

For those of you who barely know which end the glue stick goes in. Don’t freak out. It is a surprisingly easy process once you get going. And you’ll be mystified by the number different DIY options available to create giant wedding wreaths.

For the following DIY we will use silk flowers but if you are a more advanced DIYer, feel free to switched them for fresh flowers and greenery. Here are the instructions to DIY a giant wedding hoop on a budget.

Instructions for making a giant wedding wreath on a budget.

Instructions for making a giant wedding wreath on a budget.

Materials:

  • (2) Hula Hoops – $2.00
  • Your favorite silk flowers
  • Artificial greenery
  • Wire cutters
  • Spray paint (optional, use if you want to change the color of the hoop)
  • Floral tape or zip ties
  • Ribbon
  • Floral wire

Directions to Make Giant Wedding Wreaths in 5 Steps

  1. Optional step: If you want to paint the hula hoop, this is when. Let it dry, and continue with the next step.
  2. Create several bundles of flowers, leaves and berries – 5 to 10 bundles depending on the size of your flowers and hoop. Make sure to add in variety of colors and textures; this will give your creation a more robust feel. Then tie them off with the floral tape or zip ties.
  3. Lay out the bundles over the hoop before securing them with floral wire around the stem and hoop. This will help you ensure you will get the look you want.
  4. Overlap the bundles in both directions to hide the wire. When you are finished, cut off the excess stems with your wire cutters.
  5. Tie a ribbon on top of the hoop and you’re ready to hang your design!

Related: 28 Insane (but Amazing) Wedding Reception Lighting Ideas You Can Steal

Savings Tip: No need to cover the whole circle with flowers, leverage woodbox and evergreens. You’ll save a lot of moolah and you won’t lose any of the original aesthetic.

You can also tie the hula hoop wreaths with clear thread and hang the ribbons off the bottom of the giant wedding wreaths.

You can also tie the hula hoop wreaths with clear thread and hang the ribbons off the bottom of the giant wedding wreaths.

Be a little extra with a giant floral wreath at your reception.

Be a little extra with a giant floral wreath at your reception.

Follow these how-tos to DIY these giant wedding wreaths to decorate modern urban inner city venues.

Follow these how-tos to DIY these giant wedding wreaths to decorate modern urban inner city venues.

How To Make Giant Wedding Wreaths For $50

Now if your wanted to make one of those bang-up wedding swings for the bride; you can do so with $50 and a little elbow-grease.

Let’s go through the materials you will need to make your dazzling creation.

  • ¾ galvanized threaded pipe
  • Elbow joints
  • 1×12 piece of wood
  • U-Clamp for the seat (2)
  • Twigs, greenery, flowers, ribbons (let your imagination fly)
  • Floral wire
How to DIY giant wedding wreaths out of woodbox.

How to DIY giant wedding wreaths out of woodbox.

Giant Wedding Wreath Swing How To Step by Step

  1. Connect 8 pieces of 3/4th inch threaded pipe with 45 degree angle elbow joints, creating an octagon about 6 feet high
  2. Create the seat of the swing: Attach a 1×12 inch plank of wood to the base of the octagon using 2 U-clamps.
  3. Hang on a sturdy beam or branch using two clove-hitch knots (directions found in video) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gs9WyrzNjJs
  4. Once the swing is securely hung, decorate it to your heart’s desire using flowers, twigs, greenery, crystals, ivory cords and more!

Related: Wedding Table Number Ideas and Alternatives You Will Love

Now, you that you have the know-how; deciding on adding giant wedding wreaths should be a no brainer. It will be that statement piece that will leave your guest awestruck.

Creating a unique and dramatic ceremony backdrop has never been easier. Check out how to DIY giant wedding wreaths with hula hoops.

Creating a unique and dramatic ceremony backdrop has never been easier. Check out how to DIY giant wedding wreaths with hula hoops.

Gnarly idea for giant wedding wreaths. Make it your cake stand.

Gnarly idea for giant wedding wreaths. Make it your cake stand.

White and blush flower giant wreath with hanging crystals for a glam vibe.

White and blush flower giant wreath with hanging crystals for a glam vibe.

Holiday-inspired giant floral wreath. Swoon!

Holiday-inspired giant floral wreath. Swoon!

So, what are you waiting for? Come and jump in on the trend that has the world going cray. It’s your big day, your entitled to being a little extra. So, don’t let anything kill your vibe.

 

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Why The Gen Z Yellow Wedding Aesthetic Is Toppling Millennial Pink

We rounded up some snatched Gen Z yellow wedding ideas to inspire you. This aesthetic is taking over millennial pink slowly but surely. And is there a better color to add vibrancy and positivity to your wedding space?

A Gen Z yellow wedding to party under the stars.

A Gen Z yellow wedding to party under the stars.

Imagine the most optimistic color ever shining over your special day. A Gen Z yellow wedding brings an optimistic message just like the Pantone color of the year Ultra Violet. Which is probably why we see a lighter version of it, lilac, matched with it.

Related: Navy Blue Wedding Color Schemes, Stunning Ideas & Decor

The Gen Z Yellow Wedding Aesthetic in Your Theme

The odes to millennial pink have passed away; allowing couples to usher Gen Z yellow to the altar. This hue revitalizes the wedding scene with its fun and sophisticated flare, providing those searching for a more ambitious color palette, a much-needed refuge.

Related: 50+ Trendiest Gold Wedding Ideas

This vibrant beauty pairs well with any wedding theme; whether it’s an urban industrial-aesthetic or a darling country ceremony.

In fact, the lemon tinted honey color would add a brilliant aura to any wedding party.

Paper lanterns are snatched for both indoor and outdoor wedding decor because they create that special fun and lit aesthetic. They are very easy to DIY, so you'll save part of your wedding budget with this inspo.

Paper lanterns are snatched for both indoor and outdoor wedding decor because they create that special fun and lit aesthetic. They are very easy to DIY, so you’ll save part of your wedding budget with this inspo.

Ride into your happily ever after in a Gen Z yellow truck. Photography by sylvie gil photography.

Ride into your happily ever after in a Gen Z yellow truck. Photography by sylvie gil photography.

Love the warmness of the lights in the barn.

Love the warmness of the lights in the barn.

Gen Z yellow wedding favors that scream snatched as ush!

Gen Z yellow wedding favors that scream snatched as ush!

Lit Gen Z Yellow Wedding Ideas & Inspo

You can also introduce the Gen Z yellow color into your wedding scheme via its decor. There is the option of creating beautiful floral arrangements for your centerpieces.  Couples would be open to an a of honey-colored flowers options like yellow posies and sunflowers. Taking those along with either a crisp white or deep blue option would do wonders to complement the color.

Related: 40+ Extraordinary White Wedding Ideas & Decor: Swoon!

Want an added touch of elegance? Try placing the arrangements on top a mirrored surface and bejeweling them with pearls.

A modern twist on boho, filled with snatched pops of color. Absolutely beautiful wedding table decor.

A modern twist on boho, filled with snatched pops of color. Absolutely beautiful wedding table decor.

Lemon yellow wedding. Atlanta wedding at King Plow Arts Center by Picture This Photography.

Lemon yellow wedding. Atlanta wedding at King Plow Arts Center by Picture This Photography.

Tiki decor for a South Florida Gen Z yellow wedding. Lovely, classy and easy to DIY.

Tiki decor for a South Florida Gen Z yellow wedding. Lovely, classy and easy to DIY.

Nothing says summer wedding as yellow and orange popsicles!

Nothing says summer wedding as yellow and orange popsicles!




There is also the trend of coupling Gen Z yellow with one of the fashionable darling hues, lilac. Unlike the now passé millennial pink, lilac has a much more finesse surrounding it. Which is one reason that so many people are going cray over it. When combined, these two colors create a warm energy, that will leave your guest basking in the exuberant glow that is your love.

For those wary of implementing such a bold choice; try sprinkling the color over the dessert table, place cards and table numbers. Regardless of how you choose to showcase this color on your special day a Gen Z yellow wedding will dazzle your guests.

Sweet, thoughtful and genuine, Gen Z yellow is easy to add to a wedding. Photography by Sarah Rhoads Photographers.

Sweet, thoughtful and genuine, Gen Z yellow is easy to add to a wedding. Photography by Sarah Rhoads Photographers.

Can you awe me now? Drop dead gorgeous Gen Z yellow wedding cake.

Can you awe me now? Drop dead gorgeous Gen Z yellow wedding cake.

Gen Z yellow wedding details. Yellow hair bow clip. Snatched sweater and wedding dress. Colorful and edible centerpiece.

Gen Z yellow wedding details. Yellow hair bow clip. Snatched sweater and wedding dress. Colorful and edible centerpiece.

A Little Art Hoe Aesthetic for Your Wedding Party

Gen Z yellow originates in the Art Hoe movement, a sort of social-media driven Harlem Renaissance with portraits of the artists superimposed against famous pieces of art, often wearing rich, mustardy shades that reflect the colors in the original art.

Related: 23 Impossibly Romantic Ideas for a Blush Wedding

Imagine how snatched splashes amongst pocket squares, bow ties, and hair accessories would look. Creating a dazzling and youthful atmosphere. Which would benefit any wishing to capture the hope and vibrancy that is the millennial spirit.

Your bridal squad will look so trendy in fab Gen Z yellow dresses or sweaters for the cooler evenings.

Shades of yellow paired with a pinch of gray is a palette that has long been high on our list of classics. Who wouldn't want to be your bridesmaid with this dress?

Shades of yellow paired with a pinch of gray is a palette that has long been high on our list of classics. Who wouldn’t want to be your bridesmaid with this dress?

There's enough inspiration for everyone at a Gen Z yellow wedding. UAE-based designer Hamda Al Fahim's mastery of romantic feminine silhouettes, make this bridal gown one of the best we have ever seen.

There’s enough inspiration for everyone at a Gen Z yellow wedding. UAE-based designer Hamda Al Fahim’s mastery of romantic feminine silhouettes, make this bridal gown one of the best we have ever seen.

Wedding guests will look stunning on this Gen Z yellow number. Amiright?

Wedding guests will look stunning on this Gen Z yellow number. Amiright?

Rest assured in knowing that your love affair with a Gen Z yellow wedding will have you special day extremely lit. Now, check out more snatched wedding color ideas!

 

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Swoon-Worthy 2018 Wedding Trends You’ll Fall Head Over Heels For

If you are getting married next year you will not want to miss our roundup of 2018 wedding trends. Enjoy!

Go minimalistic or go super grand with a vintage enchanted forest wedding and a cake right out of a fairytale. By Gigi Mallatt Events.

Go minimalistic or go super grand with a vintage enchanted forest wedding and a cake right out of a fairytale. By Gigi Mallatt Events.

Brides planning their D-day next year, we know you’ll fall head over heels for these top 2018 wedding trends!

If you’ve been reading our blog, then you know that we keep an eye out for what’s hot in weddings and unveil these trends as we go. Therefore, some of them have already been covered in previous articles. And now we are making our list official. Check out these swoon-worthy 2018 wedding trends!

2018 Wedding Trends: Goodbye Rustic! Welcome Woodland Weddings and Boho Folk!

We had enough of the barns and the rustic country themes. The 2018 wedding trends mark a change towards the ultra romantic vintage glam, the boho folk and the fairytale-like enchanted forest woodland outdoor weddings.

Imagine lounge areas with vintage furniture you got from the nearby flea-market, weddings in the desert or at the beach with boho folk touches, and majestic mountains as your ceremony background. Wow, am i right?

2018 wedding trends that steal our hearts. Ultra romantic Emperador color bridal gown at the modern Oviatt Penthouse rooftop in Los Angeles, California.

2018 wedding trends that steal our hearts. Ultra romantic Emperador color bridal gown at the modern Oviatt Penthouse rooftop in Los Angeles, California.

2018 Wedding Trends: The Marriage of Ultra Romantic Vintage and Modern Industrial Spaces

This is my favorite of the 2018 wedding trends. It’s one of those mashups you wouldn’t think they would work together but they do! And how! If you want to follow this trend, pick a raw space as a wedding venue. The more unique, the better.

Think museums, libraries, lofts, warehouses or renovated factory buildings. These venues usually feature exposed brick walls and aluminum pipes and it really adds up to the charm. And if you want to have a wedding with a view in the city, go for the latest trend and pick a rooftop! 😉

Now, turn it into the most ultra romantic wedding of your dreams with the vintage decor of your choice. No need to fill every nook and cranny with furniture either. Go minimalistic and allow their vast industrial spaces to shine and allow your guests to mingle. You won’t be disappointed!

It's not just vintage, it's ultra romantic vintage. To build this glorious centerpiece get a hold of a silver teapot, pearls, perfume bottles, lace, teacups, succulents and an empty frame.

It’s not just vintage, it’s ultra romantic vintage. To build this glorious centerpiece get a hold of a silver teapot, pearls, perfume bottles, lace, teacups, succulents and an empty frame.

2018 wedding trends: pick the most original wedding venue you can think of, like this train museum with Industrial and minimal reception style. Photography: The Happy Bloom.

2018 wedding trends: pick the most original wedding venue you can think of, like this train museum with Industrial and minimal reception style. Photography: The Happy Bloom.

Now this is my kind of table decor, minimalistic with crossed table runners. Photo: Cedarwood Weddings.

Now this is my kind of table decor, minimalistic with crossed table runners. Photo: Cedarwood Weddings.

2018 Wedding Trends: Nature Wedding Decoration Takes a Step Forward

Greenery in not going anywhere in 2018. And in line with the ultra romantic vintage wedding theme, flowers are making a comeback. Especially pink and dark red dogwood flowers. Not only because of their dark moody colors (also ultra trendy) but due to its meaning. According to a Victorian tradition, the couple would signal love with the gift of a bloom from this tree.

And it’s all about bringing the outdoors, indoors. Hanging hoops with foliage and flowers, glass bell jars and cloche domes with moss and greenery table wreaths.

More nature: we will see marble and copper on dance floors, living food stations wth potted plants and even as wedding ceremony backgrounds. This marble and copper 2018 wedding combination is simple, elegant and unique.

Wedding wreaths are the new ceremony arch in 2018.

Wedding wreaths are the new ceremony arch in 2018.

Magical woodland enchanted forest weddings, one of the 2018 wedding trends. Photo: Mapping Light Photography.

Magical woodland enchanted forest weddings, one of the 2018 wedding trends. Photo: Mapping Light Photography.

Dreamy vintage wedding cake table at The Foundry, an industrial venue in Long Island City, NY. Photography by Kate Ignatowski.

Dreamy vintage wedding cake table at The Foundry, an industrial venue in Long Island City, NY. Photography by Kate Ignatowski.




2018 Wedding Trends: Moody Colors will Reign even in the Spring

Now that Pantone named Ultra Violet the color of the year, it’s official, moody colors are it! Imbued with an association to love and passion, we will see them adding a glam look to the wedding party and to the reception decor.

Bridesmaids can show off a fashionable, almost black, Ultra Violet dress, Groomsmen can add this color to their ties, hankies or suits. And there is nothing more elegant than Ultra Violet candles, both pillar or tapered, depending on the effect you want to achieve.

Of course, all moody colors like dark red, moody blue or the new Pantone’s Emperador and Chili Oil, can be used to include these 2018 wedding trends.

Dark and moody flower arrangements featuring the color of the year, ultra violet, the big trend for 2018. Photo: alixannloosle photography.

Dark and moody flower arrangements featuring the color of the year, ultra violet, the big trend for 2018. Photo: alixannloosle photography.

A stunning macrame arch and a fab vintage lace dress make this elopement a boho folk dream come to life. Photo: Chris and Ruth Photography.

A stunning macrame arch and a fab vintage lace dress make this elopement a boho folk dream come to life. Photo: Chris and Ruth Photography.

2018 Wedding Trends: Elopements and Pop-up Weddings

Avoid the wedding planning altogether and elope or host a pop-up wedding! You can always throw a fabulous bash after you return from your honeymoon. We assure you nobody will mind!

We have already covered all there is to know about pop-up weddings on this article. Feel free to check it out if this is what you fancy or just plain curious.

Beautiful eclectic intimate boho wedding in Germany by Nadia Meli Photography.

Beautiful eclectic intimate boho wedding in Germany by Nadia Meli Photography.

Sleeveless and embellished with lace for a romantic touch with a modern fit and flare sheath silhouette. Perfect for a city bride by Anna Campbell, 2018 wedding dress collection.

Sleeveless and embellished with lace for a romantic touch with a modern fit and flare sheath silhouette. Perfect for a city bride by Anna Campbell, 2018 wedding dress collection.

2018 Wedding Trends: Intimate Weddings where Guest Experience is Paramount

While the trend is towards a more minimalistic style, wedding budgets have remained the same. Why? Well… couple’s priorities have changed. A smaller guest list means they can splurge in a better guest experience with alternative food and drink ideas, hand-painted wedding cakes and even healthier versions of their favorite comfort foods. Foodies rejoice! 😋

Interactive areas or activities are now a must and the more unique, the better. Different interactive bar ideas or self-serving stations will allow your guests to break the ice, get to know one another and make the party way more fun. Think about how you can surprise and delight your #framily.

Needless to say, wedding after-parties – also trending in 2018 – are a great opportunity for increased guest interaction. Check out this guide to throwing the ultimate wedding after-party ever!

Interactive elements will get your guests mingling and the party started. 2018 wedding trends.

Interactive elements will get your guests mingling and the party started. 2018 wedding trends.

A colorado rustic vintage glam wedding and a very interactive guest book. Bring out the polaroids!

A colorado rustic vintage glam wedding and a very interactive guest book. Bring out the polaroids!

2018 Wedding Trends: Natural Bridal Beauty is IN

Be it a wedding in the woods or an ultra romantic vintage industrial affair, the natural bridal look is all the rage in 2018. That does not mean you won’t have to pick a hairstyle or get away with no makeup. Your will have to look effortlessly done, and your natural beauty perfectly highlighted. Your wedding photos will really thank you for it. You’ll see.

Check out these beauty tips for budget-conscious brides. 👍

Last word on 2018 wedding trends, bridal and bridesmaids separates are a total go and so are bridal outfits with pants.

Delicate natural bridal makeup look finished off with the perfect accessories.

Delicate natural bridal makeup look finished off with the perfect accessories.

Classic-style beaded lace and ottoman wedding dress with V-neckline and low back from the 2018 Rosa Clará Collection.

Classic-style beaded lace and ottoman wedding dress with V-neckline and low back from the 2018 Rosa Clará Collection.

Photo Gallery of Swoon-Worthy 2018 Wedding Trends

We hope you were able to pick an idea or two out from our fav 2018 wedding trends. Thank you for reading us, this year has been absolutely amazing with you by our side. Happy 2018!!

Romantic flow sheath dress perfect for a 2018 woodland wedding.

Romantic flow sheath dress perfect for a 2018 woodland wedding.

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Why you Should Consider Hiring a Day-Of Wedding Coordinator

If your budget is tight or you are a DIY couple, day-of wedding coordinator services are a must. Find out what they are, what they do and how much they cost.

A day-of coordinator is of great assistance to the bride and wedding party.

A day-of coordinator is of great assistance to the bride and wedding party.

Enter the day-of wedding coordinator, a sweet trend to help couples on a budget and brides who really want to get involved in their wedding planning, fully enjoy their D-day.

What is a Day-Of Wedding Coordinator?

Plain and simple, a day-of wedding coordinator is a planner hired to help with management and support on the big day.

Although called “day-of,” they don’t just show up on your wedding day and work magic. They meet with you in advance should really be called, month-of coordinators.

A day-of wedding coordinator becomes the director of the event. She coordinates the flow, the timing of your hired vendors, and makes sure your wedding is as you have envisioned it.

Unlike full-service wedding planners, day-of wedding coordinators aren’t in charge of the whole planning process. Instead, they work together with the couple to ensure the smooth running of things through the rehearsal dinner and the day of the nuptials.

Some planners specialize in these types of services but full-blown wedding planners may also offer a day-of coordinator package. So, if you are in love with a wedding planner’s work but your budget is too tight to hire him to organize your whole wedding, ask if he offers day-of services. 😉



Relax and enjoy your first dance with the peace of mind that a day-of wedding coordinator can give you.

Relax and enjoy your first dance with the peace of mind that a day-of wedding coordinator can give you.

Difference between the Venue Coordinator and the Day-Of Planner

While the venue coordinator will usually assist you during the reception on the venue’s behalf, the day-of planner will be by your side the whole day. The day-of coordinator will run the rehearsal, setup and cleanup, deal with your guests and help you with your decor.

Some venue coordinators may go the extra mile. When in doubt, ask and be specific.

A day-of coordinator will create your day-of timeline mapping all of the arrival times, setup times and more, than need to happen for a flawless event.

A day-of coordinator will create your day-of timeline mapping all of the arrival times, setup times and more, than need to happen for a flawless event.

Your day-of wedding coordinator will be in charge of giving the final head count to your caterers.

Your day-of wedding coordinator will be in charge of giving the final head count to your caterers.

Why Hire a Day-Of Wedding Coordinator?

Of course, come D-day, you would need someone to guide your guests, coordinate with vendors, and make sure everything runs smoothly. From floor plans to cake placement to lighting levels, someone needs to set the mood and determine what’s appropriate.

You may be trying to save a few bucks by having your bestie take care of all this. But remember, she may not be an event planner, she’s also a guests, and you are not paying her…

Hiring a day-of wedding coordinator will give you the piece of mind that you will need. Place everything in the hands of a skilled professional. It’s your wedding day. Live a little!!

Coordination of rehearsal, ceremony, cocktail hour and reception are some of the tasks the day-of coordinator will tackle for you.

Coordination of rehearsal, ceremony, cocktail hour and reception are some of the tasks the day-of coordinator will tackle for you.




Day-Of Wedding Planner Services: What They can do for You

Besides consulting with you well in advance of your D-day, visiting the venue, and conducting the wedding rehearsal the day before, day-of planners will be the go-to person so your day goes as amazingly as you always dreamt it would be.

Day-of wedding planners are skilled and effective at vendor coordination and turning your vision into a reality.

If you are planning your own wedding, hire a day of coordinator.

If you are planning your own wedding, hire a day of coordinator.

Day-of wedding coordination services will make your big day the reality you've worked so hard for.

Day-of wedding coordination services will make your big day the reality you’ve worked so hard for.

Before the Wedding Day

They will meet with you and consult to understand your vision and what you expect to happen on your wedding day. One or two venue walk-throughs will be performed, depending on the hired package. The day-of planner will also create your wedding-day timeline and manage your wedding rehearsal.

They may even suggest vendors and share planning tools to help out with the organization of your big day.

Day-of wedding coordinators will do a site visit with you and understand what you want your wedding day to look and feel like. Then, they will run the show.

Day-of wedding coordinators will do a site visit with you and understand what you want your wedding day to look and feel like. Then, they will run the show.

With prices that start at the low 800's and the peace of mind these professionals provide, this is a must for all DIY couples. Libelle Photography.

With prices that start at the low 800’s and the peace of mind these professionals provide, this is a must for all DIY couples. Libelle Photography.

On the Wedding Day

On your big day, your day-of wedding coordinator won’t only run emergency deliveries or directing photo schedules, but also fend off obnoxious guests wanting to see the bride as she is getting ready!

From helping you get ready for the ceremony, guiding the bridal party through the processional and recessional to the cocktail hour, dinner and dance, these experienced planners work their magic.

Being in charge of details like giving the final head count to the caterers, a day-of coordinator is of great assistance to the couple and their wedding party. A day-of wedding coordinator will sign for deliveries, send necessary info to vendors, amongst other details. They really take away the stress and work at a very reasonable cost.

With day-of wedding coordinators, it eventually becomes an “all in a day’s work” affair. Like checking for menus, napkin folds, and placement of favors, they ensure every detail looks flawless. For gift collection and inventory, you would need a point of contact to keep things moving and that’s where the planner comes in.

The day-of wedding coordinator becomes your go-to person in case of any itch, concerns, or unexpected, last-minute hiccups till you drive into the sunset with your partner. Someone in charge of the “dirty work” as you enjoy your day.

Love is when you only have eyes for the other person.

Love is when you only have eyes for the other person.

Enjoy your styled photoshoot session knowing that somebody is taking care of the details. Lian Rokman 2018 wedding dress collection.

Enjoy your styled photoshoot session knowing that somebody is taking care of the details. Lian Rokman 2018 wedding dress collection.

Wedding Inspiration for your Day-Of Planner

How Far in Advance should You Hire a Day-Of Coordinator?

Day-of wedding coordinators are actually hired well in advance of your wedding day. Depending on the planner and the services offered, you may even have to book your day-of wedding coordinator four or five months ahead of D-day.

At the very least you should allow four to six weeks for your coordinator to get acquainted with you, understand your vision, do a walk-through of the venue, meet with your vendors and prepare your wedding timeline.

Some day-of coordinators can jump in at any point of your wedding planning process and ensure that you have a flawless wedding day.

Some day-of coordinators can jump in at any point of your wedding planning process and ensure that you have a flawless wedding day.

Let your family and friends enjoy the day as guests and not wedding coordinators.

Let your family and friends enjoy the day as guests and not wedding coordinators.

Enjoy your day and look stunning in an off the shoulder number by Studio Levana.

Enjoy your day and look stunning in an off the shoulder number by Studio Levana.

Day-of Wedding Coordinator Cost

Depending on the size, geographical location, and complexity of the wedding, a day-of package could start at $700 or $900 onwards. Not bad for giving yourself peace of mind on your wedding day, right? 😉

Destination wedding planners may also offer day-of coordinator services. Just ask.

Destination wedding planners may also offer day-of coordinator services. Just ask.

With day-of wedding planners by your side, you will be able to relax and enjoy your wedding day to the fullest. Are you thinking of hiring a day-of wedding coordinator now? Now, let’s cover the basics and a few eccentric ideas to organize the most legendary wedding after-party ever.

Let your wedding party and framily enjoy your big day as much as any other guest. A day-of wedding coordinator will take on all of the stress of managing D-day.

Let your wedding party and framily enjoy your big day as much as any other guest. A day-of wedding coordinator will take on all of the stress of managing D-day.

Wedding receptions are meant to be enjoyed to the fullest. DIY all you want but hire a day-of wedding coordinator.

Wedding receptions are meant to be enjoyed to the fullest. DIY all you want but hire a day-of wedding coordinator.

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Wedding After-Party Guide: The 11 Biggest Tips to Throw a Legendary Bash

Let’s cover the basics and a few eccentric ideas to organize the most legendary wedding after-party ever.

A fab wedding after-party at a NYC rooftop. Definitely on fleek.

A fab after-party at a NYC rooftop. Definitely on fleek.

The wedding after-party trend is steadily growing into a nuptial delight for newlyweds. Wedding rockers know that the real, wild celebration only begins at the post-wedding celebration.

Nobody wants to go home at the venue’s cut-off time, so instead of trying to sort out where to go after the reception – and we know how that usually goes – why not plan an out of this world’s wedding after-party?

What is a Wedding After-Party?

It is a basically a post-wedding get-together: an informal way of prolonging the festivities into after hours and beyond.

More of a post-wedding reception party when you don’t want the last dance to remain the last dance. Amiright?

Why Organize a Wedding After-Party

Besides being a great way to let loose the party animal in guests, a wedding after-party gifts the revelers amongst them with a memorable event. A wedding after-party provides a converging point for all-night excitement and reunion. Sure, you’d want to stretch your most memorable day to its limits with the people that matter most.

In fact, a post-wedding celebration is a lovely intimate affair. Since you were too bogged down with chatter at the reception with several guests, you barely had time for your “real ones.” Thanks to a post-wedding reception party, you can reconnect and show your gratitude with all-night fun, snacks and drinks.

After all, more and more couples are opting out of the traditional departure at the end of the reception to continue the party at the wedding after-party!



Disco wedding after-party a classic by Revelry Event Design.

Disco wedding after-party a classic by Revelry Event Design.

Following the reception, the after-party.

Following the reception, the after-party.

How to Invite to the Post Wedding Reception Bash

Here’s how to set to the ball rolling.

Via word of mouth, a Facebook event, email or formal invitations, send invites to the selects you’d want to thrash out the night with. However way you choose, make sure to give guests heads-up before the reception. This brings us to the next question.

Hang out after the wedding reception with your framily at the beach. Perfect for the most boho of couples.

Hang out after the wedding reception with your framily at the beach. Perfect for the most boho of couples.

Who hasn't dreamt of a post wedding reception at the beach? Love the decor.

Who hasn’t dreamt of a post wedding reception at the beach? Love the decor.




Whom to Invite

Invite close friends and framily and mostly party animals you are sure would definitely want to turn up. Take into consideration that other late-night owls may want to join in, and you cannot turn them down. In all, be careful with planning your accommodations so you don’t over or undershoot your budget. Not many people have the spirit to rock into the wee hours of the morning, and that plays in your favor. 😉

Wedding after-party location ideas nobody will ever forget.

Wedding after-party location ideas nobody will ever forget.

Summer or spring entertaining for a post wedding reception party. Long table garden party lunch in the vineyards.

Summer or spring entertaining for a post wedding reception party. Long table garden party lunch in the vineyards.

Fairy lights will make your after-party look so magical.

Fairy lights will make your after-party look so magical.

Wedding After-Party Location Ideas Nobody Will Ever Forget

Location, location, location. To ensure a smashing success, choose a venue that is relatively close to your wedding reception.

Whether you opt for something intimate or elaborate, choose a unique ambiance for your wedding after-party. You can book a small hotel suite, a really cool rooftop, or a boat!

But if you have overshot your budget with the wedding, look for spots like bowling alleys, hotel bars or lounges that don’t require rental fees and are open until really late (or really early). Just make a reservation in advance and give them and approximate head count. Moreover, since it might just be a small crowd, you can all chill in the rustic glow of your backyard. The choice is yours.

If you are able to throw a post reception bash at a Manhattan rooftop, go for it! It will be memorable.

If you are able to throw a post reception bash at a Manhattan rooftop, go for it! It will be memorable.

Southern couples can host their after-party blowout by a lit pool on their backyard. Swoon!

Southern couples can host their after-party blowout by a lit pool on their backyard. Swoon!

Elegant New Year's eve wedding after-party at a private residence in Fort Myers, Florida. Photographer: Christian David Photo.

Elegant New Year’s eve wedding after-party at a private residence in Fort Myers, Florida. Photographer: Christian David Photo.

Post Wedding Celebration: Bring the Décor

Make it yours. A good rule of thumb is to shake things up with your wedding after-party. Be it swank or hardcore, remember to make the post-wedding reception party match your personality.

Decorations shouldn’t be a big deal for an intimate wedding after-party. Reuse floral décor and party lights from the reception, if necessary. That is, if the venue of the post-wedding isn’t at the reception or it’s not a place where no added decor is needed. But if you feel the need to dazzle, go for an opposite feel to the actual wedding. Get your bridesmaids and groomsmen working on that tropical, country, or Bohemian look for your wedding after-party theme.

Host a wedding after-party if you want to stretch your most memorable day to its limits with the people that matter most.

Host a wedding after-party if you want to stretch your most memorable day to its limits with the people that matter most.

Keep the party going after the band has packed up. Grab a few of the decorations and take them to the wedding after-party!

Keep the party going after the band has packed up. Grab a few of the decorations and take them to the wedding after-party!

Unique decor for a picnic after-party with Photo Booth. Let the good times roll!

Unique decor for a picnic after-party with Photo Booth. Let the good times roll!

Post Wedding Reception Party Fun!

Have a change of clothes handy for both of you and the wedding party! Unless you want to have a “Trash the Dress” session at your after-party, of course.

Let there be dance. What’s a party without music? If the venue doesn’t provide music, invite a DJ or have that cousin whip out the old iPod or Spotify and blast that fire playlist on speakers.

Let the fun begin. Be it a wild or a mellow affair, make your post-party celebration a fun with talks and even party games. Add a DIY Photo Booth, organize a game of “flip cup” or a scavenger hunt, hang a piñata or a game of pin the tail on the donkey. If your party is at the beach, how about a volleyball game? You can decorate the net with Christmas lights.

Musical instruments or live musicians. Make your wedding after-party legendary.

Musical instruments or live musicians. Make your wedding after-party legendary.

Serve some empanadas to satisfy your framily cravings!

Serve some empanadas to satisfy your framily cravings!

Let’s not Forget the Food & Drinks

Let tasty midnight snack and drinks flow. From leftover cakes to burgers and fries and milkshakes, keep the munchies coming. Did somebody say food trucks? Another great idea is a pizza bar or doughnuts for breakfast time. And maybe some mojitos or wine to ease the night.

Delight your framily with a family style late late dinner. Spaghetti after midnight will be an unexpected and affordable surprise. Delish!

Delight your framily with a family style late late dinner. Spaghetti after midnight will be an unexpected and affordable surprise. Delish!

Everyone loves food. Treat your wedding guests to a fabulous pizza bar and they'll walk away singing your praises.

Everyone loves food. Treat your wedding guests to a fabulous pizza bar and they’ll walk away singing your praises.

Grilled pesto vegetable pizzas for your post-ceremony reception. A vegetarian meal with fantastic smoky flavor. Recipe: Cookin' Canuck.

Grilled pesto vegetable pizzas for your post-ceremony reception. A vegetarian meal with fantastic smoky flavor. Recipe: Cookin’ Canuck.

Wedding After-Party Photo Gallery Ideas: They Rock!

All good things must come to an end. Book transportation—bus shuttles or Lyft— for your guests, if necessary.

Whatever you decide, make the wedding after-party legen (wait for it) dary! Now check out some more wedding planning ideas!

Bid farewell to your guests with an After Party Pretzel. They will gobble them up!

Bid farewell to your guests with an After Party Pretzel. They will gobble them up!

Make sure to hand out some wedding hangover survival kit favor bags. They'll be greatly appreciated.

Make sure to hand out some wedding hangover survival kit favor bags. They’ll be greatly appreciated.

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