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Style, mood and theme

Until recently, marriage was considered “solely” the most beautiful way for two lovers to celebrate their union with their relatives and friends. This is still true but it actually might appear a little bit simplistic since wedding celebration are becoming more and more structured and rich in details. Often during wedding planning you might occur in words like  

Style, Mood and Theme that, most of the time, seem to have the same meaning.

Driven by curiosity and the need to clarify ideas to couples who rely on me, I will try to discuss the real meaning of these terms, starting from the common sense!

 

From the english vocabulary:

 

“A particular procedure by which something is done; a manner or way.”

“A distinctive appearance, typically determined by the principles according to which something is designed.”

“One’s usual way of behaving or approaching situations.”

 

For example, classic, modern, vintage, shabby, country,  bohémien, glamour, eco-Friendly are all styles.

 

Mood is literally “a state of mind, a disposition of feelings. More relevant to our topic, t is the Atmosphere that can be created and therefore transmitted”. Also in this case some examples of mood may help to understand:  Romantic, Sober, Formal, Informal, Sophisticated, Elegant, Retro etc. Let’s try to combine a style and a mood: A shabby chic wedding is both romantic and informal at the same time. A Glamor wedding can be sophisticated, elegant or sumptuous.

In summary, STYLE reflects the personal features of the spouses, MOOD is instead the set of emotions and feelings, designed to create the atmosphere that the newlyweds wants their guests to live on their wedding day.

WARNING! Styles and moods are not always compatible!

A country style wedding, for example, does not fit a formal or sophisticated mood.

The keyword is CONSISTENCY.

STYLE and MOOD are closely related to each other and combined through every detail and element of the wedding. The whole setting and atmosphere must recall what the couple want to express.

The Theme is defined as The subject of a talk, piece of writing, exhibition, etc.; a topic, an idea that recurs in or pervades a work of art or literature.”

 

To explain it better, let’s take some more concrete examples: you can opt for a sea themed celebrations if you chose a seaside venue otherwise you can try a more generic theme, for example a color, a flavour or something like that. There are so many elements or objects that can inspire the THEME, in short, imagination has no limits!

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How to choose the perfect venue for your wedding.

Picking a wedding venue is a big deal.
While pretty much every aspect of a wedding is optional, there’s one thing you can’t skip: a venue. After all, you’ve got to have somewhere for your friends and family to gather and celebrate! But finding the perfect venue isn’t easy. It’s expensive, it sets the tone, it has to be available on your special day. There are so many options to choose from so how to choose the right one? The budget and mood of your wedding are two decisive elements of your choice but not the only ones to take into account. Here’s few tips to make the right choice!

As a general rule, it would be better if the venue can be easily reached by your guestss and that it is not way out of the church.

Come regola generale, sarebbe opportuno che il locale non fosse eccessivamente distante dalla chiesa o dal Comune!

Choosing a venue will be one of the first wedding planning moves you make, so you’ll likely want to kick off your search on the earlier side. But it all comes down to your personal preference. Great venues get booked up 12-18 months in advance, so the sooner you get started the more likely you are to snag your first choice.
Furthermore you should take into account:

The style of your ceremony. that your party venue has the ability to set your wedding’s tone, which is why choosing your site wisely is absolutely imperative.

Budget.

Season. Consider how the weather will affect the venue and the season in which your wedding will take place. In case of mid-seasons weddings I suggest to make sure that if it does rain the venue has indoor space for your party.

Your Guests. Where will your guests be coming from? If they are not local, choosing a venue that is easily accessible, has accommodation on site or hotels in close proximity is desirable. If you have guests coming from abroad how far is the closest international airport? These factors should play a role in your decision making; your guests’ comfort and experience is important. It’s imperative to guarantee that your friends and family will be able to travel to and from your event without any discomfort.Furthermore, consider capacity. The size of the venue is incredibly important and will impact on budget and the enjoyment of your guests. Too small for your number of guests and the room will feel stuffy and overcrowded, but too big and guests will feel lost and the space will feel cold.

But it is better to choose a restaurant or a bring-your-own catering venue?

In this case, it is fundamental to analyse both practical and logistic issues:

In both cases it is necessary to have a plan B, in case of rainy weather but also in case of excessive heat.

Other decisive factors are the availability of spaces for musicians or to dance, the lights and atmosphere, the temperature and the climate conditioning. In particular,
the view from the venue and any outdoor space is also a massive plus not only for photographs but for your guests enjoyment. Try to visit the venue in the season/month you are going to get married in or at least make sure to ask the right questions and to ask to the staff to show you some photos of the venue during a certain period of the year.

If have not chosen a restaurant or a venue yet, try to reverse the decision making process: find the right catering and then the venue (just in case you did not hire a wedding planner).
The best caterers can suggest you the best venues for you. The best thing about choosing an independent venue is that you can customise almost everything.

Most importantly, will the venue be able to provide everything you need within your budget, is VAT included in the price, are staff gratuities added and if so are they optional?

On the other hand, the restaurant is less customisable to your style and needs and you have to adapt to its features but, after all, its features are the reason why you chose it and not a limit at all!

In case you invited few guests, opt for the restaurant, whose cost is more depreciable than renting an independent venue. Choose a restaurant if you want the cuisine that you can fnd exclusively there or if you absolutely want its chef!

Another aspect to take into account (or myth to dispel) is the level of catering cuisine compared to that of restaurant. Full service caterers know food in bulk! They know food sustainability, keeping it fresh and looking good for extended amounts of time. Caterers are very good at prepping accordingly and timing food just right for a crowd.

Doing the math, the restaurant is usually the most cost-effective option, unless it is a gourmet restaurant. In case you budget is tight this is the best choice for you, especially if you prefer a smaller and more intimate wedding venue.

If you opt for a restaurant you have to make sure that its capacity fits the number of your guests and that the venue is aligned to the style, theme and mood of your wedding. Does the venue have grounds or ample outdoor space? This is useful if you have children attending and for guests to stretch their legs for ten minutes after the reception meal.
Remember that the view from the venue and any outdoor space is also a massive plus for your wedding photos!

The restaurant offers a more standardised service and it is therefore suitable to the couple who are particularly anxious or have few time to plan their wedding and want to be sure that the format the opt for is well established and guarantees a great result.
If you choose a venue, you will have to take care of every aspect of your wedding and the help of a professional wedding planner can be a huge added value in order to fully and truly enjoy the big day.

You may also take a look to rural venues such as agritoursim that usually offer amazing cuisine and landscapes at affordable prices.

 

You should also take into account:

The time at which the ceremony will take place because it will strongly influence the reception. Daylight wedding celebration have to provide a lunch that can be followed by a dessert buffet in the afternoon. It is ideal to choose an open air venue during spring and autumn, and an indoor venue during winter and summer.
The ceremonies that take place in the late afternoon are usually followed by a cocktail and then by dinner.

A third option available is the afternoon buffet , called “déjuner sur l’herbe”, an informal way to celebrate your wedding outdoor.

Which are the features of the perfect menu?
There is no thing such an ideal menu for your wedding. Besides your personal food taste,do not forget that excessive and sumptuous wedding menu are definitely out!

You need to determine what kind of culinary choice you want to provide to your guests, while also considering a range of different tastes, potential food allergies, specialty diets.
My suggestion is to choose local recipes to give your guests the most flavorful food made from the highest-quality ingredients. Trust me, It makes a huge difference in how your food will taste. Don’t forget to inform the restaurant or catering in case some of your guests are unable to eat dairy or gluten or suffer from a particular allergy. An experienced chef or caterer will be able to give you a range of suggestions for various dietary requirements.

But who said that you have to spend lot of money for a restaurant or a venue?

And if you are lucky enough to have a big house, with a wide garden or open spaces you could also opt for a party there! Even if it sounds strange, abroad it is commonplace to celebrate wedding parties at home. For this reason there are many agencies specialising in it that will take care of the garden and of the house itself without interrupting the everyday life of residents.

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Drops of…experience! The wedding dress.

Gocce di …Esperienza! L’Abito…

OToday I would like to give a tip to all the brides-to-be who are going to choose their wedding dress, the thing that really makes a bride feel amazing on her big day.
When you will go to an atelier for the first time,you will probably know the exact specifications you want for your wedding dress down to the last sequin but you’ve likely never even tried one on before.

My tip does not concern the wedding dress itself but who should take with you. The person who will be next to you will influence your decision! Don’t be afraid to hurt someone, he/she will understand.

If you hired a wedding planner the problem is solved! She will be able to suggest you the right dress and will help you to choose the dress that best fits the mood and style of your wedding day.

If you did not hire a wedding planner, when it comes to your wedding dress shopping entourage, remember that less is more. It may be tempting to include all of your friends in this experience, but any more than one or two can cause decision-time confusion. Too many opinions may do more harm than good. The person you will bring to you should be someone whose opinion you truly respect and want and that can help lift you up while keeping it real.

Once you’ve narrowed down your selections, you can bring in other people, telling them that these are your favorites and that you need their help for your final choice.

Andate con i parenti e amici la seconda volta, quando vi sarete fatta un’idea più chiara di ciò che vi piace e soprattutto di ciò che vi sta bene e che vi fa star bene! Sarete più sicure di voi stesse e accettereste di buon grado i consigli, perché già sapete cosa non vi piace assolutamente e cosa vi potrebbe piacere! In ogni caso non andate mai con troppe persone, è già difficile scegliere da sé figuriamoci con più teste… e poi vogliamo togliergli il piacere dell’effetto sorpresa??!!

Before you make an appointment, check what dresses a bridal boutique carries and see if they meet the look and style you’re after, while most boutiques have a range of styles, some will carry only classic styles, others vintage and some will be more high-fashion. And most of all make sure that they are honest enough to suggest you a dress that fits and highlights your beauty and body shape.

And last but not least:
1) Do not try on too many dress for the sheer pleasure of it.
2) Buy your wedding dress after you’ve already chosen the mood and location of your wedding.
3) Be patient! Don’t get discouraged, you may visit several stores and try on dozens before you find ‘The One’.

 

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Wedding Day Coordinator

Your wedding day is near and you planned everything on your own, visited the venue and chose the suppliers because you need to keep everything under control, you are creative and you are lucky enough to have free time to prepare party favors, placeholders and all the details.

Who will make sure that everything is perfect for your celebration and that your guests wait for you inside the church and not outside? Who will fix the seat chart and arrange the sweet table making everything going smoothless? Who will coordinate the suppliers and take care of your guests? Who will make sure that event schedule is met?

Your desire is to make your dreams come true but who will take care of making it so?

Probably your friends or one of your relatives available to but, maybe, you did not think about two things:

they are your guests and they should enjoy the party just as the others do and they are
emotionally involved so they could easily be distracted and they are not skilled enough to solve problems.

 

 

 

ELuckily, I’ve got just the thing: Wedding Coordination service!

During your wedding day, the coordinator will take care of everything down to the last details just as you planned it, supervising the entire flow and controlling that the schedule is perfectly met.

Furthermore, you will have a privileged speaker accountable for everything concerning the organisation of your wedding day.

If you want to make sure that everything is in order just as you planned it and fully enjoy
your special day, do not give up on the idea of hiring a wedding coordinator!

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There is nothing like hands-on experience to really become a wedding planner able to manage the countless inspections, choices, researches necessary to deliver a flawless wedding. But you have to start somewhere! My courses are based on my personal experience as wedding and event planner and target to all those who want to kick-start their career from the scratch. I will support you throughout the whole training period providing the right input to take the first steps in the wedding industry.

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Wedding Reception

Wedding Reception

Finding the perfect venue isn’t easy just as finding home.  Yes, you read that right. After all, your wedding venue should be a place that makes you feel at home to ensure you are relaxed and able to enjoy one of the best day of your entire life with your family and friends. Whatever your style, budget and ideas are, your wedding reception has to be original and unique to you as a couple and as individuals! Whether romantic, fancy, elegant or sophisticated, everything will be planned  to be in the right place at the right time. My job is to find the right atmospheres to “Make memories”, those memories that will be fixed in your mind forever. On the wedding day, we will be in attendance from start to finish to ensure the smooth running of the day and to oversee all of the arrangements.

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Ceremony

Ceremony

Whether it’s a civil wedding or a religious ceremony, I will take care of every aspect, up to the smallest detail, and organize your ceremony as you’ve ever dreamed of. Whether in a rural church, in a great cathedral, in a beachfront mansion or at the local town hall, your ceremony will reflect your personality and emotions to your guests. From the necessary documentation and legal paperwork, to the unforgettable “Yes!” everything will be managed to meet your expectations and needs to make you enjoy your special moment. You can find some tips on my blog, have a good read!

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Your Wedding in Sicily

Don’t give up on the idea of getting married in Sicily just because you live too far. Today ever more couples choice our beautiful land for celebrating their wedding for many different reasons:  breathtaking sceneries, great food, charming hospitality or simply that holiday you had time ago that made you fell in love with this wonderful land. In order to plan your wedding in Sicily, it is crucial to have  someone to lean on who has direct contact with reliable suppliers and has a great local knowledge to ensure that the finest detail is perfectly planned. By scheduling regular skype calls I will be able to take care of everything remotely and to get to know you and your partner, establishing a relationship that will allow you to know that have someone you can trust at all times for the organisation of what is sure to be one of the best moments of your love story. I will assist you throughout the decision making process leading up to the wedding day, ensuring it is uniquely tailored to you from start to finish. Through regular touchpoints, an accurate scheduling and clear communication, organising your long-distance wedding will not be a problem anymore!

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