How to Entertain Kids at Your Wedding

Cousins and nieces and nephews, oh my! While kids can be some of the most special and entertaining guests on your wedding day, we all know that these angels can transform into little devils if they aren’t kept occupied. To bypass all the meltdowns and melodrama, here are some foolproof options for keeping the kiddos happy, focused, and fidget-free.
Rising Lotus Photography

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Gathering Inspiration for Your Wedding

No matter how long you’ve dreamt of your wedding day, it can be surprisingly difficult to decide what exactly it is that you want to fill it with, never mind how to get all these components to come together and match the image in your mind. There’s choices about your color scheme, florals, venue, date, dress, menu, lighting and much more to make, and making these selections while achieving harmony across them can be frustrating, confusing, and nerve-wracking. This is why it is important to have a game plan, or a strategy for making these decisions that can serve as a backbone when you feel lost or overwhelmed. Because we want your personal inspiration-finding journey to be as smooth and fun as possible, we’ve broken down the process into a few simple steps to get you started on the right track.
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Alison Epps Photographer

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Tips & Advice: Seating Charts vs. Escort Cards

Organizing the seating at your wedding may seem like one of the most stressful parts of your big day, but we’ve compiled a list of pros and cons to give you some insight on which methods to use. Depending on your style, skill, and level of involvement in the planning of your wedding, we’ve compared and contrasted two classic approaches to seating.

1. Seating Charts

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The pros:

  • Traditional and organized
  • Well suited for a couple who seeks a simplistic arrangement
  • Eliminates confusion for guests as tables and seats are clearly listed
  • Guests may find it easier to spot their table or seat quicker/more efficiently
  • Less effort to make, easy to transport since it is usually a single piece
  • Newlyweds and bridal party may find it easier to spot specific guests at designated tables

The cons:

  • May be harder to make if you are not artistic (but can be ordered via a local vendor or via sources like Etsy)
  • A single chart is not something that guests can have as a souvenir

Things to remember:

  • List guests alphabetically by last name, rather than by table number assigned. Many times, couples make the mistake of listing the chart with groups of table 1, table 2, etc. But if you think about it, your guests won’t know what table to look under because the whole point of the seating chart is to advise where they’ve been assigned. Whoever is at the last table will have to sit and read through every table group before finding theirs, which is no fun. More on that from our friend Lauren of Every Last Detail, here.

2. Escort Cards

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source: Fat Orange Cat Studio

The pros:

  • They’re unique and easily customizable to your style
  • You can use basically anything as an escort card — i.e., shells, sentimental objects, flowers, etc.
  • They give the guest a feeling of inclusion, and a souvenir to take home
  • Can create discussion among guests, give a chance for them to meet and interact

The cons:

  • Depending on the size of the guest list, these could become tedious to make
  • Can be difficult for guests to spot their name and locate their card
  • Would mean more time for set up on the day of as opposed to the single seating chart

Things to remember:

  • Again, list guests alphabetically by last name! As Lauren points out“Think of it this way: your guests don’t already know what table they’re sitting at. That’s why you’re telling them. Keeping everything in alphabetical order makes guests’ names easy to find and in order! So do your guests- and your wedding timeline- a favor and don’t make them have to SEARCH for their names among an unorganized list of table numbers!”
SOURCE: Fox & Fallow

We see the good and bad in both techniques and love any chance to encourage our couples to get creative! Now that you know the pros and cons of both options, which would you choose? Comment below and tell us what you think!


The Secret’s Out: Our Wedding Styling Intensive for Tampa Bay Brides is Here!

Before really diving into their wedding planning, one of the processes we most see couples struggle with is figuring out how to style their wedding and make it reflective of their personalities and their love story. Aside from their (virtual) Pinterest wedding board, many brides come to us overwhelmed and not always sure on where to start, what they truly like and how to make it happen. We decided it was time to put together a small workshop for a select number of brides to help guide each attending bride-to-be through the basics with the help of some amazingly talented local vendors – and we are SO excited about it!!!
So without further ado…

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Our Love/Hate Relationship with Pinterest

What would we do without Pinterest? How would we decorate our home? Find recipes? Plan a wedding? It’s hard to imagine what we did before Pinterest was around, when recipes were in cook books, home decor ideas were from magazines and wedding ideas were cut and glued into binders. Nowadays, we have one website and one account that holds everything we could ever dream of. We can create that model home, learn how to crochet (that we swear we’ll get around to doing) and most importantly, the ultimate dream wedding. However, as much as we love Pinterest, there is a side of us that absolutely hates it. Now we know what you’re probably thinking, “how can a wedding planner hate Pinterest?!” And that’s a totally reasonable thought. Which is why we want to address this today and now…before Pinterest takes over your life and wedding without you even realizing it!

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Tips on Choosing Your Wedding Venue!

If you’re like most people, one of the first things you’ll do when planning your wedding day will be to find the perfect venue. It’s likely that you don’t know where to start since really, you’ve most likely never planned a wedding before! Fear not, because we at Oh So Classy are here to help and give you all the tips you need to find the venue that’s just perfect for you and your love.

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