TipfulTuesday: What you need to know about a First Look!

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The First Look has become a very popular moment on wedding days, where couples are taking the time to see each other before the ceremony and capture that moment when the groom finally gets to see his bride in her dress.   Here are a few tips on how to make your First Look extra special. 

Make the moment private!  Take this time for just the bride and groom to let them have their private and special moment.   You don’t want to have family members and friends making comments and trying to step in and telling you or the photographer what to do and capture.  Make the First Look a moment just for you two! 

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Trust your photographer to capture the moment and to get all of the best shots!   This is their job and you need to trust them to capture every moment and get all of those special shots! 

Having a First Look helps to knock out all of those photos that feel rushed and take away from the time between the ceremony and reception.  With a First Look, bridal party photos, family photos and bride and groom photos can all be complete before the ceremony even begins.  There also is more time to not have to rush and miss some of the photos you really wanted to capture! 

We hope this information helps you decide between having a First Look or not and to be prepared when the time comes! Follow us on Facebook @SarabethEvents or Instagram @SarabethEvents.

XOXO,

Sarabeth Events Team

#TipfulTuesday: Planning a Post Wedding Brunch?

Hope you have been following along with us these past two weeks about post-toast & after-glow parties. Are you still feeling like it’s too soon for the wedding weekend to end? Why not have a post wedding brunch! 

This is a perfect way to end your wedding weekend with a bang! To pull off an amazing post brunch you will want to find a location, speak with your venue first see if they have a garden area or a terrace with lots of natural light. Traditionally you will want to invite your family and wedding guests that are still in town. You can offer a come and go type of brunch where guests can drop in to say goodbye before they head home. Think stations: waffle, omelet, pancake, yogurt parfait, or breakfast tacos. Don’t forget to have a bloody mary & mimosas bar to give all those late night party goers a little hair of the dog!

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Be sure to include an invite to the post wedding brunch so you can have a good guest count for food & drinks. How many post wedding brunches have you been to? None…well we are here to help! Follow us on Facebook @SarabethEvents or Instagram @SarabethEvents.

XOXO,

Sarabeth Events Team

#TipfulTuesday: What is a Post-Toast?


Trending now and hot, hot, hot! We are absolutely in love with this idea. A post-toast is a wedding welcome party for out-of-town guests but it is held immediately following the wedding rehearsal. Old etiquette stated that it was oh-so-important to invite every single soul to the rehearsal dinner but times are changing. Before marriage, research now shows that a high number of brides and grooms have relocated from their hometown for their careers. This means a rehearsal dinner can quickly grow from an intimate amount of out of town guests to your entire alma mater. The solutions for a family-filled rehearsal dinner plus making those OOT guests feel welcomed?! Look at having a post-toast.

Hosting a post-toast is easy but we highly recommend hiring a professional planner for this one (of course, we’re partial). First, find a location for a rehearsal dinner that can also be used for a larger reception after the dinner is complete. Second, make sure the venue & caterer are onboard. Most will love this idea too – you are already paying for the venue, so extend a few hours – open the bar – have some dessert stations and have fun. Our favorite post-toast tips are to make it fun and entertaining for your guests. Think: experiences and not just another dinner. Think: bands, fun unique entertainment such as a big Texas welcome, butt-sketch artists or craft bartenders. Think: rehearsal dinner inside with the post-toast outside. Want to do something fun for the wedding reception but it’s not elegant enough? Add it to the post-toast. This event can set the entire weekend off with a great start!

How many awesome welcome parties after the rehearsal dinners have you been to? None, you say. Hello – we’re here to help you achieve just that. Follow us on Facebook @SarabethEvents or Instagram @SarabethEvents.

XOXO,

Sarabeth Events Team

#TipfulTuesday: Keeping The Party Alive

We are always ready to have a good time at a wedding especially once the dancing portion of the evening kicks off! Our goal is to keep the entertainment going and make sure guests continue to enjoy the wedding festivities up until it’s time for the bride & groom’s send off!

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DJ & Band:
Of course to set the tune for the evening, having secured a professional DJ or band to keep the momentum is key! They say your entertainment can make or break your wedding and it’s so true! Make sure you chat about the dynamics of your crowd and learn how your entertainment will help keep your dance floor packed!

Props:
We love involving all weddings guests and having props is a great way to include guests who are dancing or guests who prefer to take a seat. Sunglasses, glow sticks and other lite up props are great entertainment! Add in a confetti cannon to really get your guest feet moving on the dance floor. Plus props make for fabulous pictures!

Additional Entertainment:
Surprise your guest during dinner with dancers or a mariachi band if that fits your wedding day style. Find a way to merge the two cultures & families coming together. You can have a cigar roller setup making fresh cigars for the gentlemen.

Beyond the Photo Booth:
Photo booths are awesome and now there are so many other options available for your wedding! Slow motion videos to dub smash sing alongs help create for some fun evening moments and great memories for the bride and groom to look back on!

Midnight Snacks:
After lots of dancing, what partier doesn’t love some extra treats to munch on! Late night snacks such as donuts and coffee or a fun taco bar are great to reenergize your guests to stay until the very end.

And Last End on a High Note:
Having a great last song that all your guest can sing along too is key in getting everyone on the dance floor. Don’t stop there! Make sure to wrap up the night with an awesome send off so you can leave the rocking party that was just your wedding. Flutter Fetti or sparklers make sure great exit photos!

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Tell us what you have in store to entertain your wedding guests for the evening! Follow us on Instagram @SarabethEvents or Facebook @SarabethEvents.

XOXO,

Sarabeth Events