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Who’s Holding the Wedding Rings?

Who holds the wedding rings when there is no ring bearer? We recommend that the ring bearer carry fake rings but you knew that already, didn’t you? Traditionally, the best man holds the wedding rings but it’s perfectly okay to enlist the help of the maid-of-honor. The honor attendants will simply slip the ring on their finger (the maid of honor uses her thumb to hold the groom’s ring; the bride’s usually fits on the best man’s pinky). It’s best to plan this in advance and to clue your best man in as to when he’ll be taking responsibility for the rings. This detail doesn’t seem that critical but it really can be. One of our couples had given their rings to the photographer so he could take his “wedding ring” portraits and forgot to give them back before the ceremony! They had to use a bridesmaid’s and groomsman’s ring for their…

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Wedding Reception ~ Custom Dance Floor

Your wedding reception ~ what will guests remember? Besides the beautiful couple, of course, dinner and dancing are at the top of the list. The dance floor is a perfect spot to do a little custom work. Add to the elegance of that first dance with a unique design of your own. You can go as all out or simple as you wish. Our couple, Anna & Daniel added a hand-painted floral motif. If you’re location doesn’t allow for customization, gobo projection lighting, or monogram lighting,  is a great temporary alternative. Gobo companies can create designs i.e. flowers, stars, etc. to fit within your reception theme. Personalizing your dance floor with custom decals is another way to go. You can usually find them on etsy.com. It’s a great way to save money and add that special detail to your reception. On a tight budget? Build your own! With a trip to the…

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Tips for the Perfect Wedding Welcome Bag

Chances are your destination wedding is a mini-vacation for your guests and you may not be able to greet all of them when they arrive.  A great way to say “we’re so happy you’re here” is with a custom bag full of goodies! the Want to do the same? Start with a great bag – some kind of carryall that guests will be able to re-use while sightseeing or at the beach. We like canvas which is easily personalized and it’s great after the wedding too ~ a nice (collapsible) keepsake. the Must have items we recommend are: Advil/Tylenol/Aleve (whichever you prefer) a bottle of water sunscreen something savory and sweet (we love sourcing these items from local places at your destination) a map a list that includes the ceremony and reception location and times along with a list of any group activities you have planned. It’s also a great…

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Happy Independence Day ~ Fireworks at Wedding Reception

Today Swivel Group Events celebrates “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.” As we honor this great nation we would like to congratulate all of the July 4th nuptials and love the idea of fireworks at a wedding reception. This has become a growing trend and is a special treat for guests and a fabulous way to start a new life together. Check with your venue first to make sure that the pyrotechnics are allowed and secondly, hire a professional fireworks company to handle the explosives. They will be able to cater to how simple or extravagant you’d like your display to be. Enjoy your family today ~ Cheers!

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How to Transport Your Wedding Dress Safely

As destination weddings are becoming increasingly popular, one thing the bride must consider is how to transport her wedding dress safely. While there is always the option of shipping it ~ we like USPS because they are insured. However, always check in advance with your resort, some will not take responsibility for the dress.   Frankly, most brides don’t want to let their dress out of their sight! So here are a few tips for transporting your dress if you are traveling by air: Bring it with you as a carry on. Pack the dress in a carry-on and use tissue paper between the folds to reduce wrinkling. Our preferred method is using a light garment bag that will lay flat while going through the security check point. Most flight attendants will lay the dress flat in first class (you don’t need to be flying first class for this) or find somewhere…

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Hashtag Wedding Tips

We are obsessed with the recent wedding trend of hashtags. Your guests are going to share those candid wedding weekend moments on social media, so why not capture that perspective with your own hashtag? It’s a simple, fun way for a bride and groom to document their wedding. It’s not too complicated to come up with your own hashtag but remember, it’s more than just typing in the pound sign. Start with your Names ~ try different combinations of your first, last, and/or nicknames. This will make it easy for your guests to remember which is the key! You want your guests to actually use it. Use Numbers or Location ~ to set your hashtag apart. There might be more than one #TonyandAmy but only one #TonyandAmy62715. In our featured photo, our couple Krista and Al came up with the perfect short, simple hashtag using location “KristAlKeys.” Use a “Wedding” word ~…

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The Unplugged Wedding ~ No Cell Phone Zone!

There’s nothing worse than spending lots of money on a professional photographer only to see that most of the pictures included a guest holding up their phone taking video or pictures of your ceremony. Not only are guests staring at a small screen but they often make the photographer’s job more difficult. By stepping in or raising their arms where they aren’t supposed to be they can ruin a perfect shot. The Huffington Post even tells of one photographer who missed the first kiss because a guest unknowingly – trying to get the shot – stepped in front of him right at the crucial moment. Try asking your minister or officiant to give everyone a heads up before the ceremony starts ~ and maybe waiting until after the first dance to start Instagramming and tweeting. Here is a cute way to subtly let your guests know that taking cell phone…

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Using a Videographer

So often we hear from our clients how fast their Wedding Day seems to fly by and they are so glad we suggested Video coverage which lets you relive your very special day and moments you might have missed. A beautiful example is our couple, Tish and Cody’s, Wedding at the Waldorf Casa Marina in Key West: We worked with Quincy Perkins from White Orchid Studios on this Wedding; thank you Quincy. See more of his beautiful work here: White Orchid Studios

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