Gift Giving: Wedding Party Gifts (2 of 2)

Friends and loved ones are a huge part of your wedding day. Consider giving your bridal party gifts that commemorate their contribution to making your wedding memorable and keeping you sane throughout the wedding planning process. Think about what your bridal party has committed financially to be there for you on your wedding day and the celebrations leading up to it, and choose a gift that shows your appreciation. Jewelry, glassware, and pampering gifts are all popular gifts for your wedding party. Personalizing the gifts with a special note of thanks is always a plus. Check out a few of our favorite creative wedding party gifts below.

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Gift Giving: Guest Favors (1 of 2)

Wedding favors can be a fun and creative way to say thank you to your guests for taking part in your special day. Whether it’s a DIY project, a special treat that you and your partner love, or a simple token of appreciation, favors are a great way to personalize a nice to go gift for you guests. Include your wedding date, monograms, or a thematic phrase for your friends and family to carry with them after the party. Favors can also serve double duty as escort cards. Edible snacks, greenery, wildflower seeds, or small display boxes are great options for combining gifts and organization. Check out a few of our favorite creative favors below.

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Meet our 2017 Spring/Summer Interns! Dream. Plan. Blossom.

We’re excited to welcome 2 new ladies to our team this year! Brita and Sarah are our Spring/Summer interns for CBE. Read on to find out more about these 2 creatives!

Brita Olsen
Use 5 words to describe what your own wedding would be?
“Eclectic, Festive, Colorful, Personal, Memorable.”
What celebrity wedding would you have wanted to be an attendee at? 
“Amber Tamblyn and David Cross. I’m envious of her yellow dress and music by Questlove.”
What is your favorite wedding detail or trend? 
“Unique floral arrangements.”
What do you like to do when you’re not dreaming about beautiful weddings and events? 
“Walking in Tenney Park with my dog Oscar, enjoying Madison’s food scene, and supporting women who run for office.”
Sarah Kaveggia
Use 5 words to describe what your own wedding would be?
“ neutrals, greenery, boho, laid-back + PARTY”
What celebrity wedding would you have wanted to be an attendee at? 
“ Lauren Conrad + William Tell”
What is your favorite wedding detail or trend? 
“ I will always love a good sparkler send off.”
What do you like to do when you’re not dreaming about beautiful weddings and events? 
“ Being outside! I love hiking, biking, boating; anything in the sunshine or on the water!”
Three Things to Ask Yourself Before You Pick a Wedding Photographer

Three Things to Ask Yourself Before You Pick a Wedding Photographer

Once the date has been set, the photographer is often one of the first vendors couples seek out in their wedding planning. The task of finding someone to document your big day can be daunting and overwhelming. Here are three questions to ask yourself when searching for the perfect person to capture the images you will treasure for a lifetime.


1. What style of photography do I prefer?

Photography is an art, and every artist has their own flavor. Some photographers use film, giving the photos a classic and vintage look. Today, many shoot digitally and have the ability to use post-processing to give their photos a signature flare. Some photographers even provide a combination of film and digital.

Spend some time browsing through different wedding portfolios. Are you drawn to light, airy and soft images? Or do you find yourself loving vintage, moody portraits with high contrast? Maybe you prefer natural photos that appear relatively untouched. Picking a style of photography you love will help you focus your search and add personality to your final wedding album.


2. What poses do I like?

In addition to style, pay attention to posing as you search. Do you find yourself ooo-ing and ahhh-ing at tight shots of the bride and groom giggling as they snuggle? Are you drawn to artistic and unconventional poses or traditional portraits with both the bride and groom looking at the camera? If candid photos are important to you, look for photographers that demonstrate they can capture those special fleeting moments before the ceremony or on the dance floor.


3. What parts of my wedding do I want to be photographed?

From getting ready at the hotel, to the groom’s reaction when he sees his bride walking down the aisle to the sparkler send-off, there are countless unrepeatable photo opportunities at a wedding. Think about how involved you want photography to be on your wedding day. If you want photos to help you remember every detail, look for a photographer who demonstrates they have experience photographing everything from portraits to candids to detail shots of the invitations and table settings. If you want a lot of pictures, consider a photographer who works with a second shooter. This will give you a greater variety of angles and allow for greater flexibility for weddings running on a tight schedule.


Keep these three things in mind when searching for your wedding photographer. By having a better understanding of your personal preferences for wedding photography, you will be sure to have images you will treasure for years to come!


Photography Credit: Sarah Kay Photography


Seating Chart Inspiration


Matching friends, family, and coworkers can at times be tricky but what better way to show off your hard work than with an appealing seating chart.  A seating chart display is a great alternative to escort cards and place cards. Organizing your guests’ names and table assignments in one place is a great way to create an eye-catching thematic display. It also eliminates the likelihood of guests misplacing their cards while mingling.

Below are some of our favorite seating chart inspirations.


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Spring Is In the Air

Even though it doesn’t necessarily feel like it, it is officially spring! As the temperatures begin to rise and hopefully stay there, it is the perfect time of the year to enjoy a special meal with your friends and family. There is no better way to do so than with an exciting spring themed party. Incorporating pastel or bright colors and pretty spring flowers is a simple way to create a beautiful tablescape. Add in some sweet treats, delicious drinks and a few personal touches and you will wow your guests!

Below are some of our favorite table setting and centerpieces designs to bring together your entire spring look. Since it is just around the corner, these ideas can also work great for celebrating Easter as well.

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Dangling Decor

Beautiful flowers and lighting are key ingredients to creating a gorgeous wedding day!   Getting creative with where to position these items can create a truly magical design. Hanging decor has become increasingly popular and adds a wow element to any event.  Whether it is floral arrangements, lighting or signage, seeing these elements dangling from the ceiling will be sure to set an elegant statement!



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