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Wedding Registry Tips

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One of the most fun things you can do as part of your wedding festivities is add items to your wedding registry. Whether you hit up the store in person or add the items online, it’s always a fun experience. Before you begin your registry, take stock of the items you already own. If you do not already live together, you can use your registry as an opportunity to envision how you would like to decorate your home.

Don’t build your registry alone.

Both you and your future wedded spouse should provide input into the registry. You should pick out items together as well as both choose items individually that you would like to own.

Include items of varying prices.

Loved ones that will be buying you gifts will have different budgets. This will make your wedding guests feel more comfortable as they will find items that they can afford. You can include some pricier items for those that want to splurge.

Start it early.

As soon as people find out that you are newly engaged, they will ask to see your registry. Make sure you start your registry early, even if you add only a few items to begin with. The great thing is that you can continue to add as time goes on, right up until the big event.

Register at multiple stores.

Choose a couple of stores that can be accessed both online and in person. Not everyone that attends your events will shop online, so choose stores such as Macys, Target, Lord & Taylor, JCPenney, and others that are easy to shop at and are nationally known.

Check the return policy.

If you receive an item from your registry that you might not be in love with and may want to return it, make sure you become familiar with the store’s return policy on items. Some stores have a small window of time where they will accept returns, so avoid any stress by familiarizing yourself with each store’s policy.

Did you find these tips helpful when starting to plan out your wedding registry? If so, we would like to hear from you! Contact us to let us know! 


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Tips For Building Your Wedding Guest List

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When you are newly engaged and begin planning out your wedding guest list, it can be daunting to figure out who you should invite and who you shouldn’t. Your second cousin, once removed that you see once every 10 years? Your coworkers? Your best friend’s sister in law that you met at that one party and are Facebook friends? By following some tips, you can determine who should make the guest list and who you can leave off.

Your Immediate Family

What constitutes family? That varies for every single person based on the type of relationship you have with your loved ones. The best thing you can do is take a pen and paper and write down the names that come to mind first and foremost when you think of the word family. These people may be family by blood, marriage, or friendship. However you know them, family should be at the top of your list to invite to your wedding.

Your Extended Family

Next, consider your extended family. This could be uncles, aunts, cousins or the like. You may or may not be close with these people, but may want to invite them to celebrate this incredible event with you.

Your Friends

This is where a guest list can get padded if your friends list is long. If you have not spoken to someone in the last several years that you call a friend, it may not be a good idea to invite them to the wedding. Something else to consider is if your friends will be appropriate to invite to the wedding, and if they will make your event more memorable. Taking into account your per-person cost for each guest for your wedding budget should be taken into account when deciding which friends to invite.

Work/Office

Don’t forget to invite your work colleagues and bosses to your wedding, too. If you work with a large amount of people, think about the quality of relationship that you have with them. You do not have to invite every single person you work with, unless you want to, of course.

Taking the time to consider who you want to celebrate your wedding with is an important part of the planning process. It can be daunting, but working with your future spouse to finalize the list can be a fun process.

Did these tips help you to plan out your wedding guest list? If so, we would love to hear from you! Contact us to let us know.  


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Venues We Love: Reading Terminal Market

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Food lovers in the Philadelphia area are all too familiar with the Reading Terminal Market. Walking through the market, customers will find unique treats, meals, cookware, produce and flowers that will bring all of the sense alive. If your love of all things culinary travels beyond just the plate, you can bring your next event to the market directly and celebrate in style while experiencing a taste of Philly.

Photo by Jason Varney

If you’re newly engaged and looking for a unique location for a wedding in the Philadelphia area, The Reading Terminal Market is the place for you. With a central location across from the Pennsylvania Convention Center and the Philadelphia Downtown Marriott, it is not only a special gem in the city of brotherly love, but conveniently accessible for guests as well.

One of the oldest and largest public markets in the United States, the Reading Terminal Market has been housed in it’s location since 1893 and is a National Historic Landmark. Some amazing vendors that provide delicious fare that we absolutely love are Pearl’s Oyster Bar, Fox & Son’s Fancy Corndogs, Little Thai Market, and Beck’s Cajun Cafe. This unique market is a staple in Philadelphia and is world-renowned. How cool would it be to get married there?!

The Reading Terminal market can house up to 4,000 guests for a single event, and guests will enjoy an after-hours experience while enjoying the fruits of the market. Events are held in The Center Court to create an interactive dining experience for your wedding guests.

The basic cost of the event covers a large range of services such as providing chairs, tables, linens, security, and, of course, the food! Given the option of creating food stations with the restaurants of your choice or allowing guests to graze at specific restaurants, the dining experience will be one that is hard to forget.

This amazing Philadelphia location provides the perfect backdrop for any wedding, and can be thought of as an open drawing board. It’s time to create a perfect event where your imagination in design is the only limit. Are you ready?

Lisa Hornak Photography

Cover & Feature Image: Swoon Over It Photography

Was your wedding event held at The Reading Terminal, Philly? If so, we would love to hear all about it! Contact us to let us know about your big day. 


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The Top 10 Songs To Avoid At Weddings

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Every couple wants to create a unique musical experience during their party that sets them apart from the rest of the newly-wedded couples out there. Creating an amazing musical experience for guests to dance their booties off to during the wedding reception is what every couple strives to achieve. Keep in mind that there are some songs to ask your wedding band to stay away from, as they are overplayed, outdated, and just downright boring.

Songs That Forces Everyone To Do The Same Dance

We know that you know them, but we will list them for you anyway. Just tell your wedding band to avoid them. Your guests will thank you.

  • Electric Slide by Marcia Griffiths

  • Y.M.C.A. by Village People

  • Cha Cha Slide by DJ Casper

  • Macarena by Los Del Rio

  • Cotton Eye Joe by Rednex

  • Cupid Shuffle by Cupid

 

Songs That Make People Cringe at Weddings from Cheesy-ness

  • We Are Family by Sister Sledge

  • Play That Funky Music by Wild Cherry

  • Stayin’ Alive by Bee Gees

  • I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor

  • What is Love? by Haddaway

Overplayed Wedding Band Songs That Everyone Has Heard Way Too Many Times

  • Let’s Get it Started by Black Eyed Peas

  • Don’t Stop Believin’ by Journey

  • Happy by Pharrell Williams

  • All About That Bass by Meghan Trainor

  • Sexy And I Know It by LMFAO

  • Sexyback by Justin Timberlake

  • Ice Ice Baby by Vanilla Ice

Choosing the Best Songs to Play at Your Wedding with The Best Philly Wedding Bands

When it comes time to sit down with your Philadelphia wedding bandleader or DJ to choose songs that will be perfect for your event, select a few must-haves that you would love to hear at your wedding. They may be meaningful to your relationship in some way or tell a story that you would love your guests to hear. Allow the pros to give their input, too! They may have some great suggestions for songs to play that you may not have thought of before.

If you are ready to put together your song list and need some help, contact us to hear from the top wedding bands in Philadelphia today. We are happy to help you design the wedding song list of your dreams!


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The Wedding Off-Season Is The Best Time To Marry

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Every year around the same time, you start receiving wedding invitations to fill your calendar in the summer and fall. Before you know it, the majority of your weekends are completely filled, and you are left with little to no down time for impromptu weekend getaways or to just spend time lounging at home binging-watching Netflix. While getting married in the summer and fall months are ideal for many, there are some great perks to getting hitched between December and March. Here are some reasons why we think getting married during off-peak season is ideal for many couples.

More Guest Availability

During the summer and fall months, many people fill their weekends with vacations, family get-togethers, and other weddings to attend. During the off-season months, many guests will have better availability to attend your wedding. Exchange that ice cream bar for a hot cocoa bar and you will be golden.

Amazing Photography

Residing in the Philadelphia area, we are no stranger to snow storms during the winter months. Although storms can cause a bit of a hiccup at your event, with careful planning, you can capture some breathtaking wedding photos by hitting the outdoors with your photographer.

Excellent Discounts

Because many wedding vendors are more flexible during the off-season, their rates are typically discounted. Many venues run specials for hosting events during the winter months, which can result in your dream wedding location at a fraction of what you would pay during the summer and fall months. Remember to be respectful and professional when discussing these discounts and do not demand them.

Better Honeymoon Rates

Many resorts work on the same schedule as the wedding season – increasing their rates in the summer and fall then lowering them in the winter. Based on your destination, you can receive major discounts or perks by traveling in the off-season to celebrate your nuptials.

Photo by Elena Bazini Photography

Getting married during the winter months isn’t for everyone, but those willing to can save major bucks on their event while basking in the beauty of the winter months. Did you find these tips to be helpful in planning your winter wedding event? If so, we would love to hear from you so contact us to let us know!




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Fun Ways To Include Kids In Your Wedding

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Children have the unique ability to steal the spotlight of the event in the best way possible… just by being themselves. If you have children in your life that you would like to be a part of your wedding, you may want to consider these ideas.

Wedding Roles

Giving your little love a title such as “junior bridesmaid” or “junior groomsmen” is an honor that they will remember. They can wear an outfit similar to the rest of the bridal party and participate in all of the events (except bachelor and bachelorette parties, obviously). If the child is a bit older, you can enlist them to make a DIY project to be displayed during the wedding reception or ceremony. If you’re looking for an alternative to the traditional escort to walk the bride down the aisle, you can request your child to be the escort. This job is especially sweet for blended families, as your child can symbolically hand off their mother to her new groom.

Flower Girl & Ring Bearer

These roles are often held by younger children and can be so fun to watch. Young babies can also take part in the role of flower girl or ring bearer with the help of a wagon to tote them along, or another family member carrying them down the aisle.

Reading A Special Passage

To include children in the ceremony, they can write their own special message to the newlyweds or select a special poem or passage from a book to recite to express their thoughts. Alternatively, if the young one is especially talented with a musical instrument, they can perform a song.

Get Them To Dance

During the reception, plan a special dance between the bride, groom, and children that attend. Not only is this extremely endearing to watch, but it also makes the kids feel special and celebrated during the party. Make sure you tell your photographer to capture these memories too!

Photo by Casey Rose Photography

Did you use any of these tips to include kids in your wedding event? If so, we’d love to hear all about it. Contact us to let us know!




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Social Media Etiquette: Dos and Don’ts

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Social media has drastically changed the landscape of communication for everyone across the world. The wedding industry is no exception to these changes and, as a result, the way the wedding events are arranged, take place, and announced are different. Wedding traditions and common courtesy should overrule in certain situations, so we have compiled a list of Dos and Don’ts when it comes to wedding etiquette and social media.

Do: Send formal invitations through the postal service.

Weddings are formal events and really should be treated as such. Sending a formal invitation sets the tone to your guests. Evites are okay for the bachelor/bachelorette parties as they are usually informal.

Don’t: Announce on social media right away.

Your parents, close family, and friends should be informed personally before sharing on social media. Those who care for you the most may be offended if you don’t let them know about the exciting news one-on-one.

Do: Use online wedding resources for inspiration.

Pinterest, The Knot, Wedding Wire, and other social sites are fantastic resources for getting ideas and inspiration for your wedding. Take advantage of their availability and use it to the fullest extent.

Don’t: Share your registry on on social media.

Doing so may come across as greedy (and tacky). If friends and family ask to see your registry, send it to them privately. You can also have your registry hosted on your Wedding Website for invited guests to peruse.

Do: Keep your ceremony unplugged.

You hire your wedding photographer and videographer for a reason – to capture beautiful pictures and video. We recommend asking your guests to keep their phones away during the ceremony to avoid having guests’ phones blocking the view of your photographer and/or videographer.

Don’t: Post photos before your ceremony.

This seems obvious, but it isn’t always! Your wedding party is probably just as excited as you are, and there’s always the possibility that someone might post a photo of you before the ceremony – ruining the surprise for your guests.

Do: Set up a custom hashtag for the reception.

Do you already know that your guests post on social media a lot? Take advantage of it! Decide on a custom hashtag so that you can see all of the photos after the party. You can even book InstaPic, which is a product that downloads all of the hashtagged photos and displays them on a monitor for guests to see throughout the night.

Photo by Thomas Stewart Photography

When it comes to social media wedding activity, keep it simple.

Did you find these wedding social media etiquette tips helpful? If so, we would love to hear from you so contact us to let us know!




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Dos and Don’ts of Wedding Thank You Notes

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Once the post-wedding glow sets in and things calm down, it’s time to sit down and write thank you notes to your guests. It can feel like an endless task if you received a lot of gifts, but don’t fret! When following a few key tips, it can be a painless task that will make you feel satisfied once completed.

Do: Write a few of them at a time.

To avoid messy handwriting, smeared ink, and hand cramps, write 5-10 at a time. If you had 100 guests in attendance, you can accomplish this task while sitting on the couch watching Netflix in about a week or two. Pacing yourself will also allow you to think of a more heartfelt message to send to the recipient, and it will absolutely show when the note is read.

Do: Send the notes out within a couple of months.

By writing the notes in batches as mentioned above, sending out the thank you notes can be accomplished within a few weeks. However, if you do procrastinate in sending them, try to have them in the mail within a couple of months after the event.

Do: Check spelling of names and addresses.

It can be easy to misspell someone’s name or write down the wrong address. If that happens, the thank you note may end up the world of lost mail, and the gift-giver may never receive it. Double check everyone’s address that you’re thanking and the spelling of their name to ensure easy and proper delivery to the destination.

Do: Give a little detail.

Letting your guest know how you plan on using the gift is always a nice touch! For instance, you can thank them for their cash gift and let them know how excited you both are that you are able to put it towards your honeymoon. If it is an item for your home, you can express your gratitude for having coordinating and matching items now.

Don’t: Send pre-written notes.

A wedding gift is generally something that loved ones spend time thinking about and put effort into getting for the wedded couple. Sending a handwritten thank you note is the least that you can do to show appreciation for their kind gesture. Don’t take the easy way out by sending pre-written thank you notes.

Don’t: Forget the guests who weren’t in attendance.

Guests who could not make the wedding sometimes decide to send a gift regardless. Make sure to add these people to your list, and tell them how much you wish they could’ve been there.

Don’t: Write a lengthy essay or novel.

Expressing gratitude does not mean you have to be overly wordy. You can accomplish an endearing “thank you” in 4 or 5 sentences. Mention the specific gift that was given, how you plan on using it, and thank the recipient for attending their wedding if they made an appearance.

Don’t: Send digital thank you notes.

We know that everything is online these days, but there’s nothing like opening a sweet card from the mail. Your guests will be happy to receive your card, and are likely to display it in their home, especially if there’s a photo on it.

With these tips you will be on your way to being a pro at thank you note writing! If these tips helped you out, we would love to hear from you. Contact us to let us know!


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DIY Wedding Day Emergency Kit

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Regardless if your wedding is big or small, an emergency kit filled with save-the-day items is a must. We’ve compiled a list for you of items that we think are must-haves to keep on hand during your big day.

Band-Aids & OTC Pain Meds

Cuts, bumps, bruises, and headaches happen. It’s important to be prepared for them when they do, so throw a few travel packs of Ibuprofen and Band-Aids in your emergency kit to be prepared.

Sewing Kit

This one single item could potentially save the day if someone has a wardrobe malfunction. Some items to include in the kit are needles, thread (black, white, and any other colors on your dress), safety pins, small scissors, and hem tape.

Snacks & Water

It can be really easy to forget to eat when you’re focused on getting ready for your wedding. It’s important to stay hydrated and fend off hunger by keeping a few granola bars, snack-size bags of almonds, and water at the ready. Stay away from eating a big meal while getting dressed to avoid feeling bloated or sleepy.

Hair & Makeup Products

A travel-size bottle of hairspray and bobby pins will tame any hair that happens to become unruly after your stylist team works their magic. Hugging friends and family, sweat, and tears can also cause makeup to become a little smudged, so keeping some lipstick, mascara, and blotting powder close by for quick touch-ups is helpful.

Stain-Removal Pen

A stain-removal pen, such as a Tide To-Go Stick, can save the day. From drinks and food to makeup and dirt, your light-colored dress is prone to stains.

Tissues

A pack of issues can fix anything from lipstick-stained cheeks to makeup tears that are caused from the happy emotions of the day. Stash a pack or two in your emergency kit.

When it comes time to planning out the things you need to do to prepare for your wedding day, don’t forget to add “DIY Emergency Kit” to the list. If you found these tips helpful on your big day and used your emergency kit, we would love to hear all about it. Contact us to let us know!





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