IYP caters to couples from all over the world! We’ve planned destination weddings for couples from New York, New Jersey, Tennessee, Connecticut, Utah, and California. But for the first time, Amsterdam.
Simone and Alexander are a young couple from Amsterdam who wanted their wedding in South Florida. Their one request was that their special day be by the beach. IYP took their requests and got to work right away. We worked with our lovely couple via Facetime, Skype, email, telephone and text message to find out exactly what they were looking for regarding their wedding location and style. Given the budget, we needed to do some negotiating with our vendors, but we eventually made it happen. This couple never would have been able to source all the elements & vendors involved without an experienced and talented wedding planner. In fact, many websites are not available in Europe for couples to view.
We secured the beach (long in advance) with a permit from the county, and provided décor and seating for the ceremony. We rented a small room in a local restaurant nearby (Oceans 234) for their private reception (overlooking the beach of course) where we integrated the color scheme of navy and pink with all the décor elements involved. The entire destination wedding party was so excited to be celebrating the wedding in the U.S.A.
There is a lot of appeal to having a summer wedding. Summer months offer many discounts from vendors and venues because it is down season. As well, there are many holidays (Independence Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day) that will provide days off from work and perfect timing for guests to travel and for a couple to celebrate their nuptials . However along with a summer wedding can come a few hurdles. Luckily for you, if you follow these tips and tricks, those obstacles can be easily avoided!
1. Think About Fabrics Using clothing that is lightweight and airy will be well appreciated come your wedding day. Fabrics such as chiffon or silk dresses or linen suits can do wonders for keeping the bridal party cool while still looking formal and chic.
2. Cooling Down the Guests One way to prevent your guests from overheating is to give out fans before the ceremony. These fans can be personalized and can even double as wedding favors. They are a cute way to keep your guests cool and everybody happy.
3. Updo hairstyle When considering what kind of hairstyle you want to rock on your wedding day, take into consideration the weather. More often than not, an updo is a classic look that will not be affected by the climate. Not only does keeping your hair up limit the effects of humidity, but you also don’t have to worry about hair sticking to the back of your neck as you say your vows.
4. Indoor/Outdoor Venue In case of bad weather, it is smart to consider a venue that has an indoor space in case you need to bring the festivities inside. Picking an outdoor area that is independent of a physical structure, such as a park or the beach, can leave you with not plan B if it starts to rain. Always prepare for undesirable weather when planning an outdoor wedding; you wouldn’t want all your well-spent money to go to waste.
5. Natural Shade If your wedding budget doesn’t allow for tents, one way to avoid making your guests sit in sunlight is to utilize natural shade. Large trees are a natural canopy from direct sunlight and create a beautiful backdrop for any wedding ceremony.
6. Keep Your Guests Hydrated Guests are likely to get thirsty during any wedding ceremony, especially one during summer. Do them a favor and supply them with water before it begins. Either offering water in jugs filled with lemons or other fruits, or giving out water bottles with custom labels, are a good addition to any summer wedding.
7. Wedding Favors Take advantage of the season when planning your guests’ wedding favors. One great idea, especially if you have a beach themed wedding, is to give out flip flops to your guests. They can wear them at the event and keep them afterwards. Flip flops can be personalized to say the name of the Bride and Groom and/or the date of the wedding. Other ideas include personalized beach tote bags and sparklers.
It’s Your Party Events planned a surprise 60th Birthday Bash with a White Hot Theme. Guests were asked to wear all white clothing and the furniture and decor was all white, including the gaming tables. The guests dined on many different food stations, including a Chinese duck station. A surprise for the host was an amazing belly dancer with knives. The guests enjoyed the Studio 54 Tribute Band and danced the night away.