#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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Photo Credit: F8 Studio

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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Photo Credit: Jennefer Wilson Photography

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

#TipfulTuesday: July 4th Wedding Details

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With 4th of July right around the corner, we are excited to share some fun ideas on how to incorporate the iconic holiday into your wedding. Whether you go wild for red white and blue or choose traditional Americana details, you can’t go wrong showing some patriotic love for the land of the free!

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Let the guys add the American flag hidden in their outfit for the perfect touch! We loved these cuff links or socks!

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Bold red or navy dresses add a nice classic touch to the ladies.

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Who doesn’t love cherries! We love this display used for the escort cards table.

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Monochromatic colors schemes of white or red for floral with hints of blue in the tables details such as linen or water goblet will help create for dramatic look and can help play to a rustic or elegant themed wedding.

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For the true American at heart, a wedding shouldn’t be missing these countries favorites! Have a pie bar for dessert or in place of the grooms cake! Apple pie is a must but bring in other favorites too! Also a fun midnight snack with hot dogs or corn dogs is the perfect little pick me before the night ends!

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And to end the night with a big bang, why not have a fireworks display or enjoy a send off with sparklers or the American flag itself!

Tell us all about your July 4th wedding, follow us on Facebook @SarabethEvents or Instagram @SarabethEvents. Happy Fourth of July!

XOXO,

Sarabeth Events

#TipfulTuesday: Cutting Down Your Wedding Guest List

When planning a wedding your guest list is one of the first places you need to start. In order to pick a venue you need to be sure your guest size fits. Guest list can get out of hand real quick depending how big your family is or depending how close you are to your coworkers. When making your guest list here are some people to rethink before putting them on the list

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Photo Credit: Mariel & Joey

  1. If you come from a large family with extended cousins you sometimes feel like you need to invite them all but with children that might be your entire list. Truly you need to invite only your immediate family, this includes your aunts, uncles, and first cousins. When it comes to second and third cousins that depends how close you are to them.
  2. Co-workers, of course you see most of these people on a daily basis but who do you really communicate with while at work? If you see this co-worker outside of work then they should certainly be on the list.
  3. Who gets a plus one, do not feel like every single person needs to have a plus one. If the best man usually has a new girlfriend every other month than it is best to just invite him. Think about your wedding pictures and who you want to see looking back at them years to come.
  4. Families with children, this is certainly up to the bride & groom if they want to invite children. An easy way to get away from this is to address the invitation to just the parents or state it will be an adult reception on the invitation. Of course you may want your niece & nephew there because they are your flower girl & ring bearer that does not mean you have to extend the invite to all other families with children.
  5. Parents guest list; give both sides the same amount of guest they can invite but go through the list with them. Sometimes you might have the same person already on your list as well.
  6. Childhood friends; if you have not seen or talked to them besides social media over the past two years then you can exclude them from the list. Although if their parents are invited due to being our your parents list then they will need to be included.
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Photo Credit: Peyronet Photography

You can also create a A & B list; the A list would include all your close family & friends people you would be so sad not to see on the biggest day of your life. The B list would be for example the co-workers you see every day but do not necessary have the closest relationship with. When sending out your invitations send the A list first and a couple weeks earlier than normal. Once you get some of the responses as a “no” you can start to send the B list.

We hope these suggestions help you when creating your wedding guest list. Tell us all about your wedding guest list, did you have problems cutting it down? Follow us on Facebook @SarabethEvents or Instagram @SarabethEvents.

XOXO,

Sarabeth Events