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Greatest Wedding Toast of All Time

This left us speechless and we wanted to share… “During Caitlin Hallerman’s wedding last June, sisters Kelsey and Maddie delivered one of the best wedding speeches of all time. The co-maids of honor grabbed the mics and surprised their sister and new brother-in-law with a five-minute-long song medley of classics, complete with custom lyrics that shares their story.” Hilarious… New trend in wedding toasts on the way? What do you think?  

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Step and Repeat aka “Red Carpet Wedding Backdrop”

We love the idea of giving your destination wedding that “red carpet event” feeling ~ and nothing says special like a “step and repeat.” A what? A step and repeat is a banner with your custom wedding monogram, theme logo, hashtag, wedding date, or your favorite things ~ it’s really anything you want it to be. Guests step in front of the backdrop and get their photo taken and the next guest “repeats” the process. It’s a great way to make your guests feel fabulously welcomed and comfortable getting their picture taken. In a destination wedding they can be used in a more casual environment at the “welcome party” and then again at the reception. On a budget? You can use vinyl material and local printer to print your logo on it. Use PVC pipe to drape the fabric and forgo the red carpet or try finding a sample. Say…

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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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Sarah Jessica Parker Launches a Bridal Shoe Line!

Stylish brides-to-be can now have their own Carrie Bradshaw-inspired wedding moment. Her already successful accessories line, SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker, has expanded into bridal shoes. SJP says “Introducing new silhouettes, some classic styles, and a gorgeous assortment of colors that we hope you all love as much as we do. And can you spot our something blue?”  The collection includes new shades, like magenta and shimmering light pink, and of course, the aforementioned “something blue” — a grosgrain ribbon stripe on the back of the shoe, an SJP signature throughout her line. While you don’t have to be a bride to appreciate these fabulous shoes ~ the exclusive wedding-worthy heels just hit stores and are available at Zappos, Nordstrom, and Bloomingdales.

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Champagne? Yes, please! A Unique Welcome for Your Guests

  Welcoming your guests to your reception with champagne makes guests feel special. We love the idea of this elegant, personal touch and suggest a greeter to ensure your guests see the flutes. Using a table isn’t always effective because once your guests are seated they may not have noticed them. At Daniel and Anna’s wedding, guests were wowed by a champagne skirt presentation! This unique alternative serves not only as a fantastic conversation piece but is a great way to circulate the cocktails. Cheers! We used Jeannette Piecznski and her store on etsy is Lone Star Genealogy.

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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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Erin & Marcus ~ The Welcome Reception

Tucked away along the Florida panhandle coast about six miles east of Seaside on Scenic Highway 30A is the beautiful Alys Beach community. We were surrounded by breathtaking views of the gulf of Mexico, sugar white sand and the warmth of the Florida sunshine. We found the picture perfect location for Erin and Marcus. the We kicked of the wedding week with very special and customized logo welcome bags filled with the Bride & Groom’s favorite treats, beach towels and all of the essentials for a destination weekend.  the A Welcome Reception on the lawn of Fonville Press complete with catering by Randy Lachney; who rolled up with his team to cook onsite as a treat for the guest, as Marcus is from Alabama it was the perfect southern BBQ to welcome their guests. the Next, we’ll share the glorious details of the ceremony for this match made in heaven… Newly engaged? Contact us…

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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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