remembering loved ones

Remembering Loved Ones

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Wenning's Wedding Tip Wednesday

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It can be difficult to plan a wedding when you have a lost loved one that you wish were there to share this special time with you. Here are a few ways to incorporate those loved ones into your wedding day without bringing down the mood on your extraordinary occasion.

Not all couples choose to do this, but if you have loved ones that have passed away or cannot attend your wedding because of distance or military duties then there are a few ways to honor those that are there in spirit and would share this time with you if they could.

Here are different ideas from your ceremony through reception and even ways to honor your passed loved ones without everyone knowing.

  1. Compose a tribute in the ceremony program
  2. Create a photo collage or photo table
  3. Say a prayer for loved ones with candle lighting for memorial during unity ceremony
  4. Place a photo of your loved one in a locket on your bouquet
  5. Make a toast in honor of, or share a fun memory with your guests
  6. Wearing something that belonged to them; a handkerchief or a piece of jewelry
  7. Wrap neckties they have worn around the bridal party bouquets
  8. Incorporate their favorite flower into your floral design
  9. Shoe charms are trendy; position a photo of your loved one on your shoes
  10. Utilize cultural traditions such as a special dance or prayer

Whatever route you choose be sure that it is something meaningful to you and be mindful that this is a gentle subject. Some of your guests may not have known the deceased and others may be reminded of how painful it is that the loved one is no longer there which can change the tone of your wedding day. You want to be careful because it is definitely important to think about what emotions you want provoked at your wedding and how others will feel.

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Phone Charging Station

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Wenning's Wedding Tip Wednesday

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If you are a tech savvy couple that plans on using a hashtag for your Big Day then the now trendy phone charging station may be a great add-on for you! With social media becoming more and more popular at weddings your guests will be trying to capture moments to share online. In order to do this, a fully charged device is essential! Why have a hashtag if no one can use it? Since you have invited your guests to use social media throughout the day they will most likely need to recharge their device by dinner.

There are lots of creative ways to display a charging table and have it fit in with your wedding décor. You can choose to rent a phone charging station, or go the DIY route. When you rent a phone charging station from Wenning Branding you will get to customize the stretch fabric that encloses the charging station. The design can be anything from using your wedding logo or you can include your wedding hashtag. The options are endless! After your big day, you can keep the fabric and create a wonderful keepsake such as a blanket to remember your special day.

Try placing your customized phone charging station in a common area where people can have access to their devices without “hanging around” the charging station and missing out on any traditional wedding events! It can be set up near the bar or restroom or even just at the ballroom entrance. Be sure to include a sign near your phone charging station with your #hashtag so that your guests will know what to use when posting their pictures. Also, remind your guests not to hang around the charging table or they will miss some great memories…with or without their mobile devices. All of the fun for the evening will be on the dance floor, not at the bar or phone charging station! It is not uncommon for the bride and groom to not want their guests on their cell phones throughout the day. If you and your fiancé do not want your guests on their phone all evening you can make a note in the invitation stating that. This way your guests are aware beforehand.

Give us a call at (412) 292-8776 if you are interested in finding out more details about the phone charging station. We would love to start discussing ways to make your 2017 wedding stand apart from the rest!

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Choose Your Right Hand Wisely

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Wenning's Wedding Tip Wednesday

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Planning your wedding day is a busy and sometimes stressful time. Choosing who will stand by your side as your best man or maid/matron of honor should not be a nightmare. Even if you start to feel some pressure from your friends or family as to who you should choose just remember, this is your wedding and things should go as you and your fiancé plan.

Take some time and sit and think about what you want from your best man or maid/matron of honor. Are you just looking for someone to bounce ideas off of or do you want someone more hands on. If you are looking for a large amount of time to be focused on this would it be easier to choose your sister who lives in the same town as you or would your best friend in Texas be better fit for the role? Your best man or maid/matron of honor will be responsible for planning a bridal shower, bachelor/bachelorette party and preparing a speech to share with everyone. If you are planning such a large and extravagant event that has many moving parts you can always consider having a maid and matron of honor or two best men. This way you can split tasks between the two.

You may not want to have a best man or maid/matron of honor who has never been in a wedding before and has no idea on how to play a key role in your big day. Even if you have always known that your very best friend from childhood would be your best man or maid/matron of honor consider their current lifestyle situations. Will they be able to communicate effectively, are they organized and financially responsible? Do they have the free time in their schedule to attend various vendor meetings in your place? A growing family, a new or lost job and financial responsibilities are other factors you may want to take into consideration when making your selection.

Choose your best man or maid/matron of honor for their organizational and multi-tasking skills because this person is going to have the most tasks of anyone in your bridal party. They will be expected to keep details organized and keep the rest of the bridal party informed on what is to come. This process can become overwhelming so you want to have someone there for you through the good and the bad. Be sure to be open and honest with them about your expectations. Don’t feel snubbed if you ask someone to play a part in your wedding but they decline. Perhaps it just is not the right time for them. Let them be honest about the amount of time or money they can and will devote to your special day. Remember, this is your decision and you do not want to be miserable during this happy time in your life.

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Signature Cocktail

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Wenning's Wedding Tip Wednesday

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The idea of serving a signature cocktail at your wedding is becoming more and more popular. Almost any drink can be designed to reflect a color theme or current season.  While creating a signature cocktail may seem like another item on your already extensive To-Do List, it will showcase your personality and make a “splash” with your guests! This unique signature cocktail drink idea is a great way to represent a personal touch from the newlyweds. Of course, offering an open bar may seem like it would make your life easier, but serving a signature cocktail can be far more cost effective then stocking a full bar. And besides, who doesn’t like a good mixed drink, especially one that will carry memories of a great night for years to come? Enhance your guests experience by offering a non-alcoholic signature cocktail along with your beer and wine selections. With all of the attention to detail given to this magical day, the elements that your guests will remember most are the food, the music and the beverages! Don’t overthink things!