savoir flair weddings
As guests arrive to your ceremony they are many times in what I call awkward mode….meaning they just don’t quite know what to do with themselves yet. It’s before they’ve met anyone or reconnected with people. I love to give them something to do. This is one of the reasons I like to do a program even when a program isn’t totally necessary. I love anything that alleviates the awkward moments. A pre-ceremony drink table can do the same.
Although I’ve done a darling champagne bar before I actually don’t recommend doing anything alcoholic before you’ve given your guests a nibble. I do though love a lemonade bar or even just spa water in a pretty glass dispenser. If you live in Los Angeles or another busy city I also highly recommend doing a 15 minute hold on the ceremony. It’s all planned this way from the beginning so you don’t have to worry if your shuttle bus is running late or the freeway or valet is backed up. Everyone can arrive and de-stress and be ready to fully enjoy your ceremony.
The pre-ceremony drinks table gives them something to do and a place to congregate without feeling like they need to go sit in a chair facing straight ahead at nothing. In fact, I don’t even seat the guests till after the invitation time. I like to give people a chance to connect before sitting down. It warms people up and again, avoids the awkward moment of sitting and waiting for the ceremony to start. Some brides are wary to set their wishing tree or other fun guest “book” things out because people won’t have the time to sign it before hand but if you do a 15 minute hold than many people will have time to sign it AND again, it gives them something to do. Can you tell I really hate awkward moments at weddings? I think you have to help your guests avoid those and really get them comfortable and in a place to truly open up and enjoy your day. You’d be surprised how many people get nervous when they go to events.
Also, the pre-ceremony drink /sign in table gives you one more place to carry through your palette and décor. I love to deck this table out. It’s their first taste of your wedding style. Check out Tin Parade’s latest designs for the line of Table Banners by Tin Parade. You could be one of the first to get your hands on the I DO table banner just in time for your spring or summer wedding drink or dessert table. (make sure you go to the updates tab to see the I DO design)
Ryan Larson of Savoir Flair Wedding Design and co-designer of Tin Parade Vintage Party Goods
This was one of those easy breezy couples who just simply wanted to have a good time. The wedding reception took place in her childhood church’s parking lot. We transformed it into a light, happy, FUN place to celebrate a darling couple.
The amazing team of professionals making this night spectacular were:
Photography: Beautiful Day Photography
Dessert Bar: Magnolia Bakery
DJ: Danny with NYC DJ’s
Furniture: Classic Party Rentals
Wedding Design: Ryan Larson, Savoir Flair Weddings
An elegant Southern California coastal resort wedding.
We loved working with the amazing creative professionals below who came together to make this a spectacular night.
Site: Terranea Resort
Florist: Gilly Flowers
Dessert Bar: Magnolia Bakery
When you are a wedding designer in Los Angeles, it is such a relief to do a wedding at the beach that is not beach themed. You are already AT the beach. Need I say more? Designing this wedding was a breath of fresh air for me as a designer but on a personal note I just really enjoyed working with this bride. Her family was great. She was a doll. Just a pure joy for me to help them create a fabulous night.
The amazing team of professionals making this night spectactular were: .
Photography: Susan Bordelon
Flowers: Fiore Designs
Linens/Chairs – Classic Party Rentals
Specialty high gloss dancefloor – Barker Decor Services
Dessert bar – Vanilla Bakeshop
Band – Tom Nolan Band
Lighting – Aspect Lighting
Site – Shutters on the Beach
Never heard of it? Well, if you are a bride wanting to get married next year you need to know about Engagement Season. It’s a real thing.
Every year MOST couples get engaged between Thanksgiving and Valentines Day. This means that come January (after the holidays of showing off the ring to friends and family) couples are ready to get down to the nitty gritty with planning their weddings. Which means that they are all vying for the same vendors and sites at the same time. Don’t fret. But,be wise. IF you were lucky enough to get engaged before Engagement season…do not procrastinate. Get in what I call “decision making mode.” You will want to secure the following before engagement season if at all possible: Coordinator, Site, Photographer, Band/DJ, Florist. These are the vendors that book up first and in that particular order. If you have all of those set before engagement season you can rest easy and enjoy your holiday season. If you don’t get that done before, you will want to try to secure them DURING the holiday season. This can be a bit more difficult as vendors like florists are busy with seasonal events and don’t have as much time to meet and put together proposals. But keep on them and get those appointments on the books, even if its not till after the season, because as soon as January 2 rolls around their phones will be ringing off the hook for appointments and you’ll already have yours set.
I don’t mean to stress all of you out with this news that there is a time crunch on your planning. But I do think its good to be informed so you can plan wisely.
Oh my. Papersource is really bringin it for me this week. They are now selling a letterpress machine that is less than $150 which is crazy cool..but also a die cut machine…I could have my own little invitation sweatshop here. I have to say though…still nothing beats good letterpress design and that amazing attention to detail you get from a true letterpress artist like Jill at Jill Cate Design, she really is amazing and worth every cent.
So you have two months to go. You have all your vendors. But there are a ton of fine details left. START CROSSING THEM OFF YOUR LIST. Whether you have a coordinator or not, there are certain things that your coordinator can’t do well for you such as your Table Assignments. And you DON’T want to do all of that the week before the wedding. But so many brides do because they are waiting on for the RSVP’s to come in…but the best best thing you can do is to start your seating assignments now! You totally can do that.
Make 3 LISTS:
1) you always know a huge group of the THEY WOULD NEVER MISS IT people as i call them.
2) and then you have your THEY WILL NEVER MAKE IT people.
3) and then there is the grey area…the THESE PEOPLE WONT MAKE A DECISION TO SAVE THEIR LIFE people…( :
….but you can usually bet that most of the people on the would never miss it list are going to be sitting near each other anyway…and you’ll have a work table, a friend table, a family table (obviously more than one on these) but the point is you can start putting a couple of people heading up those tables and then literally just fill them in as the rsvps come in…most brides dont do this and its my biggest biggest tip! ( :
Hi everyone. Silent no more. I’ve got a blog too! ( : I am a wedding designer and coordintor named Ryan Larson of Savoir Flair Weddings based in Los Angeles. I’ve been doing weddings for almost 9 years. Wow. Can’t believe that. I have learned so much along this journey and I’m excited and anxious to share that wisdom with all of you. Please check back as I build a blog that will explore much more than just what’s hot (there will be just a little of that…we all know where to find that content already) but will explore things like…WHY a wedding?… HOW on a budget… WHAT most brides forget… and much more…We’ll also be interviewing other vendors that I trust and want to impart their wisdom as well. If there is a topic you need help on in particular please email me a blog/topic idea. This is going to be fun! Ryan