10 Things to Do on the Morning of Your Wedding Day

When you wake up on the morning of your wedding day, it’s perfectly natural to feel a little jittery; to feel exquisitely happy; to be bouncing off the walls with anticipation. More likely than not, you’ll experience all three emotions at the same time.

Try not to get too swept along by them, though—because there are a few things you should do to make it the best day it can be. By all means, enjoy the morning, and look forward to the big event—but also take a few minutes for these important steps.

What to Do to Kickstart Your Wedding Day

  1. Make sure you get enough sleep. Going to bed early the night before is ideal—and if you can avoid waking up at the crack of dawn, that’s nice too.
  2. Take your clothes out of their bag. Allow your dress some room to breathe.
  3. Eat breakfast. There’s a reason people call it the most important meal of the day. Aim for something light but energizing—fruit, a handful of nuts, a cup of coffee, some water.
  4. Work out. Whether it’s a jog, a stroll through the park, or some yoga, a good workout session will give you energy for the day—to say nothing of a sense of confidence!
  5. Grab a light snack before putting on your dress. Nobody wants to get married on an empty tummy.
  6. Make sure you have an emergency kit. Pack it the night before, but have it ready to go on the morning of.
  7. Take time to be pampered. If you’ve got the time for it, a wedding day mani/pedi or massage can really have a soothing effect.
  8. Take plenty of candids! Allow your bridesmaids to snap plenty of behind-the-scenes shots throughout the day. Appoint someone to take pictures so you don’t have to. That way, you can simply be in the moment.
  9. Make sure there’s a family member or bridesmaid who has all the vendor contact info. Just make sure you know who to call, should anything not go according to schedule.
  10. Don’t forget all your “getting ready” tasks! You’d be amazed how easy it is to forget something as basic as brushing your teeth or putting on deodorant.

Be intentional in how you spend your wedding morning. Plan a routine that will put you in the right headspace. And if you need more tips for planning your big day, check out our other posts here on the Mosteller Events blog!

How to Pick the Perfect Wedding Date

Some couples pick their wedding venue first, then plan everything else around that. Others may start with a theme, a color, or a destination. For most brides and grooms, however, the preliminary consideration is the date. You pick when you’re going to tie the knot, then everything else fits around that.

As you choose your date, there are a lot of factors to keep in mind. Here’s a quick list to jog your memory.

Choosing Your Wedding Date: Some Considerations

Symbolism. Some couples may place a lot of value on picking a date infused with meaning—like, the anniversary of a first date, a first kiss, the proposal itself, the grandparents’ anniversary, etc. Even if you can’t get the exact date you want—perhaps it falls on a Wednesday this year, and you want your wedding in a weekend—you can try to get close.

Season. Weather is obviously a big factor for your wedding, especially if it’s outdoors, and it may even influence your choice in venue. There are also matters of personal preference here: Maybe you find sunny summer days to be especially magical, or maybe you prefer the backdrop of glistening snow.

Budget. Your venue of choice may be more or less expensive depending on when you want to get married; December may be pricey, but demand in January could be quite a bit lower.

Holidays. Have you always dreamed of a Christmasy wedding? A Valentine’s tie-in? Holiday weddings can be fun, but you also risk lower attendance, as not everyone will be willing to travel to a wedding on busy holidays.

Wrong dates. A final consideration: Some seasons may be especially bad for yourself or your fiancée; if one of you is a tax return preparer, for instance, then the weekend before Tax Day is probably not an ideal time for a wedding. Think through any red flags on your calendar before you commit to a final date.

When Will You Get Married?

There aren’t right or wrong answers here, of course—just some considerations to make as you consider the date that’s best for you. If you have questions about availability at Mosteller Mansion, contact us directly, as we’d love to talk with you!

How to Communicate Effectively with Your Wedding Vendors

In the weeks and months leading up to your big day, there will be many issues you’ll want to discuss with your wedding vendors. Ensuring clear communication with them is key, but it’s not always easy. Here are a few tips that we hope will make things a little bit more efficient, and a little less stressful!

Tips for Communicating with Wedding Vendors

Keep things organized. Trying to communicate with some vendors from your work email, others from a personal email, and still others from an internal messaging service can be quite challenging. Try to streamline your communication efforts, and have one central way in which you connect with vendors.

Have the right expectations. Remember that your wedding vendors are people too, and many of them are small business owners, at that. Your big day is important to them, but they do have families, other clients, and outside interests. You should definitely expect prompt communication, but at the same time, you can’t rightly expect the email you send at 2 AM to be returned within five minutes!

Keep things simple and direct. If you have a problem to address or a request to make, it’s usually best to just get straight to the point. Be honest and succinct. You don’t need several paragraphs of build-up. Just tell your vendors what you want!

Put things in writing. It’s generally best to provide written requests whenever possible—if for no other reason than it minimizes the risk of your vendor missing some of the details. Written requests simply offer clarity.

Establish contact people. To take some of the work off your own plate, you might enlist a point of contact for each vendor—an aunt, a sister, a member of your bridal party. Get some buffers around you, and some people to help you keep track of all the goings on of your big day!

Keep Communication as a Top Priority

No matter what else you do, keep lines of communication open. Remember that your vendors want to make your day special, and to help them do so, you’ve just got to be honest and direct with them.

At Mosteller Events, we’re always excited to talk with brides and with event planers. To learn more about what we offer, we invite you to contact our team today!

 

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5 Wedding Menu Mistakes All Brides Should Avoid

We say this all the time, but it’s really true: When people look back on your wedding day, the food is one of the things they’ll remember most. Having a good menu is one of the best things you can do to ensure a fun and memorable time is had by all; this means knowing and avoiding some of the most common wedding menu mistakes.

We’ll show you what we mean, listing five common ways in which wedding meal planning can come up short.

Offering too many options.

There is a marketing principle called the paradox of choice, which basically means that, the more options you give people, the harder it is for them to actually land on one. It’s good to offer your wedding guests a few options, but too many can actually be daunting—to say nothing of expensive.

Forgetting dietary needs.

You can’t necessarily know each and every guest’s dietary needs, and it’s probably unwise to try covering all the bases. With that said, you probably do know if you have a number of relatives who are vegans, or an entire side of your family that keeps kosher, or if your mom and dad are lactose intolerant. Make sure you are reasonable in making some dietary accommodations.

Neglecting the kids.

Surf and turf may be exciting for the grown-ups in your family, but will it be exciting for your five-year-old niece? Having a kid-friendly option or two—even if it’s just mac and cheese—can really be a helpful thing for parents.

Not thinking seasonally.

Fresh strawberries make a lot of sense if you’re having a summer wedding, and a lot less sense if you’re getting married close to Christmas. To ensure quality and to keep costs down, make sure you think in terms of the season. You can always ask your caterer for guidance here, of course.

Mismatching menu and mood.

If you’re aiming for a low-key, casual, outdoor reception with a country theme, barbecue sandwiches may be perfect—but they wouldn’t necessarily make sense if you’re eating in a fancy dining room. Make sure you pair your food to the type of reception you’re holding.

With any additional questions, or to ask for our help in planning the perfect menu, don’t hesitate to reach out to our catering team directly. Contact the crew at Mosteller Events today!

Before Your Wedding Tasting…

It’s not uncommon for chefs and caterers to offer full tasting menus before your big day—allowing you and your fiancée to gather, get a feel for what the menu will be like, and make some important decisions about what you do and do not want to be included. The wedding tasting can be a lot of fun, but more importantly, it can help you ensure that your wedding day catering is exactly what you want it to be.

But how do you get the most out of your tasting? There are a few things you should do before the tasting even begins, ensuring that it’s a productive experience. Here some of our tips.

What to Do Before Your Wedding Tasting

Give plenty of clear instructions to your caterer. Are you 100 percent sure you want a steak dish on your menu? Do you absolutely hate tilapia? Are you convinced that an Indian- or Italian-themed menu is what you’re after? Let your caterer know, with as much specificity as possible.

Remember, it’s not just about you. Veal might sound tasty to you, but what if only a small handful of your guests would enjoy it? Be sure you pick your menu based on the guest list, not purely your own tastes and preferences.

Come prepared to discuss dietary needs. If you already know that vegan or gluten-free options will be necessary, let your caterer know as soon as possible.

Think in terms of the whole day. Do you plan on serving appetizers during cocktail hour? If so, you probably don’t need to serve them during the meal, too.

Invite other key decision makers to your tasting. If your mom or sister is helping you arrange the catering, and if you trust their taste buds, ask them to come along with you! Their input can be helpful.

Schedule Your Tasting Today

One more thing: Schedule your tasting sooner rather than later, and get your wedding menu all squared away. We’d love to tell you more about the catering services we can provide here at Mosteller Events. Connect with us today to set up a consultation!

How to Be Truly Present on Your Wedding Day

Brides-to-be spend a lot of time thinking about their weddings, planning their weddings, dreaming about their weddings—but when the big day actually comes, all too many brides miss out on it completely. Oh, they’re present, of course, but they’re not always in the moment. It’s hard to blame them: The day can be such a blur of activity that truly pausing to savor things can seem all but impossible.

Even so, you don’t want to be one of the brides who looks back on her big day and scarcely remembers the details. You want to really be there for it. Here are just a few tips for making that happen.

How to Be Mindful on Your Big Day

Wear Something Comfortable.

Simply put, you’re going to struggle to be mindful if you’re literally struggling to breathe. Pick a wedding dress that you’ll feel comfortable in during the ceremony and the reception.

Disconnect from the Digital World

Turn your phone off—no, really. You don’t want all your wedding day memories to be texts or phone calls you received. Put your phone away and really enjoy what’s going on around you.

Make Sure Bridesmaids Are Snapping Candid Photos

You may fear that, by turning off your phone, you’ll miss out on some memorable behind-the-scenes photos. That’s what bridesmaids are for. Put one or two of them on picture duty.

Focus on the Senses

Here’s a little mindfulness exercise: Pause to consider all five of your senses, at various points during your wedding day. What are the smells? How does the air feel on your skin? Savor every sensual detail.

Have a Buffer

You may encounter some negative people on your wedding day. You’ll want to have someone who can serve as a buffer, protecting you from that negativity—a family member, perhaps, or even your wedding planner.

Just Breathe

Take time to do some deep breathing. You might even download a breathing exercise app to guide you. Really—it helps!

Enjoy Your Big Day

We want every bride to truly relish her big day. We’d love to play a part in that, too. Contact Mosteller Events to learn more about how we can help.

5 Things to Remember As You Plan Your Wedding Menu

wedding-reception-1967373_1920What will your guests remember the most about your wedding day? Well, they’ll remember the music. They’ll remember the happy couple, smiling and glowing. And they’ll remember the food. What that means for you is that it’s vital that you plan a really appealing menu—one that will provide plenty of fond memories both for you and your guests.

Of course, planning a menu for such a large group of people can be daunting. Here are five pointers we’d recommend you keep in mind as you brainstorm your wedding day menu—five pointers that we hope will provide clarity and confidence.

Guidelines for Your Wedding Menu

It’s Not Just About You

Yes, this is your big day—but it’s also a big party, and you’re hosting it. You need to think about your guests, and create a menu that the people on your guest list will like. This might mean some kid-friendly options, and it might mean some crowd pleasers—like surf and turf, for example—to make sure everyone can find something they love.

The Timeline Counts

How do you envision your wedding reception progressing? A two-course meal, with a quick speech or two, will probably last about an hour and a half. Use that as a baseline, and either shorten or lengthen your dinner service to accommodate the rest of your reception events.

Consider the Cocktails

Your cocktail hour can also have an impact on the meal itself; if you have a longer cocktail hour with a lot of appetizers served, that means you can probably get away with fewer courses in the meal itself.

Don’t Neglect Your Budget

Food will probably be one of the bigger chunks of your wedding budget, but even so, you can make choices here to either splurge or cut back a little, just depending on what your priorities are.

Think Seasonally

Finally, think in terms of the time and place where you’ll be getting married, as that can dictate what you ultimately want to serve. Opt for seasonal ingredients, and food selections that make sense for the time of year.

Talk to the Pros

Here’s a bonus thought: You can call the Mosteller Events catering team any time to talk more about the available options. We’d love to be part of your wedding day planning—so contact us any time!

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Three Types of Signage You Need for Your Wedding

married-1937005_1920If you want to ensure a smooth wedding ceremony and reception, it’s important to make sure the layout and logistical flow are both crystal clear to your guests. Where should they go? Where should they sit? These are questions you can answer easily by employing the right kind of signage.

The signs you make for your wedding can come in pretty much any style you like; we’ll leave that decision to you. For now, we want to highlight three basics types of signage that you’ll want to consider for your big day.

Sweetheart Table Signage

This is a trend we love: At the wedding reception, a small table is set up just for the bride and groom, with two chairs facing each other and allowing the happy couple to receive well wishes and congratulations from all the guests. We recommend you identify this table with a sign; there are plenty of ways to do so:

  • Mr. & Mrs.
  • Bride & Groom
  • His & Hers
  • Come say hi to the happy couple!
  • For the newlyweds

You can use your imagination to think of variations, of course—but these are the most common ways of labeling the sweetheart table.

Directions

On a more practical level, you may or may not need signage for the ceremony, reception area, and bar—just depending on the size and layout of your venue.

Some options to consider include:

  • For the ceremony:
    • Tie the knot
    • The big day is here!
    • I Do’s this way!
  • For the reception:
    • Party over here!
    • Dancing and drinks
    • Celebrate!
  • For the bar:
    • Time to Toast!
    • Raise a Glass!
    • Cheers!

Again, you can brainstorm variants of your own!

Signs for Seating

Finally, you may wish to consider signs for seating—that is, unless you have opted for an open seating arrangement. So, you may have a sign showing that friends of the bride go on one side, friends of the room on the other—but you can also have a sign telling people that you’re all one big happy family, that there’s no need to pick a side, that they can sit wherever they want, etc.

If you’re having your wedding here at Mosteller Mansion, we invite you to ask us about possible signage needs and options; and of course, we’re happy to address any other questions, as well! Contact us today to learn more.

7 Ways to Cut Costs for Your Wedding Dinner

exclusive-banquet-1812772_1280A couple of weeks ago, we offered seven ways for brides and grooms to reduce the cost of their wedding cocktail hour. Our argument then was that you can have a really nice, really pleasing, really special wedding food service while still being prudent and conservative.

The same holds true not only for the cocktail hour, but for dinner itself—and today, we’ll offer a few tips for reducing some of the cost of your wedding dinner service.

Don’t overdo it. If you’ve already served cocktails and appetizers, nobody is going to expect a seven-course feast. You can get by with three courses just fine. And make sure you’re not repeating yourself: If you had salad during your cocktail hours, there’s no need for salad with dinner, too.

Combine courses. On the other hand, you can save costs by rolling one course into another—for example, two shrimp served with some greens and veggies can be something of a salad and an appetizer, and it can be both satisfying and affordable.

Make less-exciting ingredients more noteworthy. You may not have the budget to spring for premium steaks, but something as simple as chicken can be delicious and memorable—as well as affordable—when you pair it with a fancy sauce.

Bring some life to your pasta dishes. A boring old pasta dish can turn into the star of your dinner service if you choose something just a little bit off the beaten path—like ravioli filled with goat cheese and spinach, or something served with pumpkin.

Plan seafood according to seasonality. Ask your caterer which fish will be in season—and thus affordable—for your big day.

Don’t assume that top-dollar cuts of meat are the best. You don’t need a costly filet, necessarily; braised short ribs can be just as delicious. Ask your caterer about the most affordable options for meat.

Offer enticing vegetarian entrees. You may be surprised by how many non-vegetarians choose these less-pricey options.

Your dinner service can make a big splash with your guests, without taking a huge chunk out of your budget. And we can help you achieve that balance: Just contact the Mosteller Events catering team to learn more!

Real Talk About Your Wedding Planning

beautiful-1846171_1280As you begin the process of planning your wedding, it can be easy to get hearts in your eyes and big dreams in your head. There’s nothing wrong with that! Wedding planning is a time for dreaming, a time for following your heart. With that said, it’s also important to stay grounded, and focused on the practical dimensions of wedding planning.

In that spirit, we want to offer a little bit of real talk today—debunking some of the misconceptions that exist about the wedding planning process. We hope you’ll find this to be helpful.

You can’t do it all by yourself. Some brides want to be the maestros who pull every string of their perfect wedding—but if you micromanage every single detail, you’re going to find yourself frazzled, and probably won’t enjoy the process much. People are going to offer to help you, and you should take them up on it. That doesn’t mean you have to relinquish control of the big picture. It just means that, if you have an aunt who wants to help you find the right tablecloths, maybe it’s not a bad idea to let her.

The DIY route comes with risks. With that said, you should also be realistic about your own abilities, and the abilities of your friends and family members. You don’t want to end up with a horrible-looking wedding cake because you asked a friend to make it, and it turned out to be something she’s never done before. Some tasks of wedding preparation are better farmed out to professionals, plain and simple.

You don’t have to invite everyone you know. And, you also don’t have to let everyone bring a date. Yes, the more the merrier, and you don’t want to turn people down, but you do have a budget to consider. There’s nothing wrong with drawing a line in the sand when you need to.

It’s okay to say no. When your florist tries to talk you into a big and expensive arrangement that you just don’t like, it’s alright to put your foot down and ask to see something different. That doesn’t make you mean. That doesn’t make you Bridezilla.

Your wedding doesn’t have to be unique. Should it reflect your taste and your personality? Absolutely! But weddings are, by their nature, fairly formulaic. There’s nothing wrong with treading the beaten path.

Want some real talk about your wedding venue? We’d love to tell you about the perks of Mosteller Mansion, and help you determine whether it’s right for you. Contact us today to learn more!