Hosting Happy Endings: How To Turn Your Property Into A Wedding Venue

How important is a wedding venue?

Read what experts have to say about the several factors that come into play when you have to book a wedding location for your fairy tale wedding!

Head over to http://www.southtexasranches.com/blog/hosting-happy-endings-property-wedding-venue to see what can make your wedding location, the perfect of them all!

 

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What’s Your Bridal Personality?

Even if you haven’t found your Prince Charming just yet, it can be fun to think about what bride you would be. Would you be the whimsical dreamer, the girl that has been scrapbooking her wedding since she was 5 years old? Or would you be the Bridezilla, demanding everything be just so of both your staff and your friends, the stuff of nightmares?

While each bride is unique, many fall into one (or more!) of these amazing categories.

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The Whimsical Dreamer

She’s the girl that’s been planning her special day since the day she found out she could have one. She knew what her cake, dress and seating arrangement would be 10 years before she even found Mister Right.

She’s got beautiful but unrealistic ideas of what’s going to happen on her wedding day (while a legion of toddlers wearing wings dressed like cherubs tossing white rose petals down the aisle SOUNDS fantastic, the reality is a logistical nightmare). The reception may or may not be more of a disaster, especially when only half the guests have a place to sit.

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The Über Bride

The Über Bride’s motto is “Be Prepared”.

She’s like the Whimsical Dreamer with the depth and madness of her planning abilities – but she’s practical, pragmatic and super organized! She’s collected items and ideas for years, and you won’t find her anywhere near a vendor or a planner without her thick, well researched and super organized planner.

Details matter to this bride, and both the ceremony and reception will be planned down to the letter. She may get upset if things don’t go to plan, and keeping control of everything at all times is important to her.

Did You Know: Weddings, like most things in life, don’t always go exactly as planned? It’s true! We at Principals in Action will work hard to make sure your special day will not only reflect you as a couple, but create magical memories that you and your guests will cherish for years to come!

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The Wishy Washy Bride

“It’s just not what I want, you know what I mean?”

This bride means well, but she’s having trouble committing to the task at hand. She doesn’t know exactly what she wants, and she’ll look at sample after sample after sample, hoping that the next thing will be the magic thing that will make the ceremony work.

Sadly, for most Wishy Washy brides, the wedding can end up a total disaster. If she can’t make the choices in time she’ll end up with a wishy-washy wedding that will be neither enjoyable nor memorable.

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The Bride with the Overbearing Mom

This bride desperately wants to make her wedding reflect her and her husband to be’s desires and wishes, but her mom (or worse, mother in law) won’t get out of the way. Mom will repeatedly go on and on about how this is her wedding and it’s her way of the highway.

Her mother may even go so far as to sabotage relationships with vendors or change seating arrangements and meal selections behind the bride’s back – always trying to help, of course. This bride will be helpless to defy her mother… without help!

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The Shoestring Budget Bride

This bride has dreams of opulence – rented ballrooms, banquet halls and silk banners falling from the 3 story rafters in a beautiful centuries old church…

But she’s on a shoestring budget. She needs help figuring out what kind of wedding she can really afford, not just dream about. A mix of the Dreamer and Wishy Washy bride types, things can get messy – but with some saving, careful planning and ingenuity she can (as Tim Gunn always says) make it work!

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You may actually fit into one or more of these bridal archetypes (or none at all, everyone’s different!) – but no matter who you are, Principals in Action has been planning beautiful weddings in San Antonio and will help you get the dream wedding you’ve always wanted. Get your free consultation by filling out our free consultation form, phone us at 210 833 6473 or email us at events@principlesinaction.net and get started today!

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Preparing Your Guests for Assigned Seating

Without going completely insane. We promise.

Seating arrangements are serious business.

If you’ve done research online or just clicked around on Pinterest, you’ve seen it all. Paper plates, escort cards, post it notes, dice in a hat – you name it, people do it to try and get the perfect seating arrangement.

While working with us, Principles In Action, is the ultimate cheat code for a great assigned seating plan (seriously, we’ll walk you through everything you need to keep everyone happy), here we’re going to talk about everything else you can do to make life easier for you and your guests on your special day.

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“I Don’t Need a Seating Arrangement!”

Famous last words, bride to be!

I recently attended a wedding of a dear friend of mine, and she decided to forego a seating arrangement.

It was a bad decision, to say the least.

Have you ever been to a wedding that didn’t have a seating plan? Think Walmart Black Friday Sales opening at 5am – except instead of trying to snag deals on a flat screen TV they’re trying to get a seat at the Bridal Table.

I got trapped at a table with no one I knew, and even worse, no one I shared interests with. Banished to the netherworld behind the photographer’s spare gear, our table was not a happy one. It didn’t help that everyone I knew was on the other side of the room, but sadly, mingling was not encouraged.

While the wedding is all about you, the beautiful stunning bride, the reception needs to be a little bit about your guests, too!

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Who Sits Where?

Now you know why you need assigned seating, it’s time to figure out how to get everyone assigned.

Do you put all the singles together at their own table? Do you just worry about the Bridal Table? Should you just do whatever your mom is telling you to do? Check out some of the tried and true tips that we at Principals in Action have used to create happy receptions:

  • Say No to Singles Tables – Herding all your single friends together is a bad idea. Don’t do it.
  • Common Interests Matter – You’re not going to want to put your hubby-to-be’s Libertarian uncle right next to your old friend from college that’s coming off a tour from Greenpeace. They can sit at the same table, sure, but you’ll want to try and group people together that share common interests, or at least won’t bare knuckle brawl during the Toast.

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  • Suggestions, Please – Friends and family will have seating suggestions, and it’s probably a good idea to listen to them. You don’t have to put guests EXACTLY where your future mother in law thinks they need to be, but others may have intel on personal relationships and feuds that you don’t know.
  •  Group ‘em Together – You can’t put everyone that likes each other at the same table, but you can make constellations of interest! Grouping tables together gives everyone the incentive to get up and mingle with old and new friends alike.
  •  Assign Tables, Not Seats – Your guests need the freedom to be able to move to another seat if they like, and as we mentioned earlier, people are going to switch seats and tables, whether you like it or not.

For many weddings, assigned seating is an absolute godsend – for other brides, it can be an unnecessary hassle that will drive you absolutely insane.

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Don’t know if you need assigned seating for your wedding? Trying to figure out how to plan the perfect wedding while preserving your sanity?

Principles In Action will help you create a wedding and reception that really reflects you and your spouse-to-be. Get your free consultation by filling out our free consultation form, phone us at 210 833 6473 or email us at events@principlesinaction.net and get started today!

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