You’re Engaged! Now What?!

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You’re engaged! Like, really, really engaged! Sound the bells and celebrate your engagement! Your friends and family are excited and happy for you, but they have a lot of questions – questions that you’ll have to answers eventually. So, what’s next? What do you need to decide now? What can wait? When does the wedding planning process start? Well, the wedding planning process starts pretty much whenever you choose!

When you are ready to begin wedding planning, here are 5 ...

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Corporate Holiday Parties: How to Make Your Party the Talk of the Water Cooler

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If only corporate holiday parties were more like the movies, right? On the big screen, holiday parties are portrayed as extraordinary extravaganzas that are full of shenanigans and debauchery, but in reality for anyone planning a corporate holiday party the main concern is ending up with one of those stuffy, unremarkable events. Let’s face it, many holiday parties go in that direction, unfortunately. Then you’ve spent all that time and money on a party that people didn’t even enjoy!

How do ...

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DJ or Live Band for Wedding? It Doesn’t Have to be One or the Other!

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The bride wants one thing and the groom wants something else. Your friends want this, and parents want that. It’s nearly impossible to make everyone happy with the music selection at your wedding 100% of the time, but kind of like with food, offering more than one thing can be the best solution. That’s why the DJ and live band combo is such an awesome idea!

There are about a million things to do before your wedding – and that might ...

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Iowa Wedding Trends: Modern, Industrial, Minimal

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Less is more! That’s the guiding principle for industrial themed weddings. Modern wedding receptions are an understated statement. They’re less frilly than traditional weddings, but that doesn’t mean minimal design principles can’t be chic! In fact, industrial themed weddings are often some of the most elegant and romantic. The secret is knowing when to hold back and when to go for it.

Some couples even take the minimalism to the extreme and ask guests to be unplugged for the celebration! But ...

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How Much Dance Floor Do You Need?

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Okay, you’re going to have a dance floor at your wedding. Right? Right! But before you start tricking it out with awesome lights or debating what music to play, you have to decide how many square feet of dance floor you’ll need.

You don’t want too many square feet because, even if there are tons of people throwing down on the dance floor, it won’t look full – and that space could’ve been used for something else! On the other ...

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DIY Centerpieces with Locally-Sourced Flowers and Flavors

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“Centerpiece” says it all. You know centerpieces are important because it’s says so in the name. They’re the center of attention at the table! If you’re enamored with DIY centerpiece arrangements on Pinterest, then you’ll need to think out of the box to make your own. So, why not include both flowers and food in your arrangements? You can’t have a wedding without flowers and food. They’re like the most important parts, besides the happy couple, of course!

Now, that ...

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Transform Your Wedding Venue With Texture Lighting

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Texture lighting sounds sexy, doesn’t it? It’s one of those phrases that’s cool to throw around while designing your wedding. But what, exactly, is texture lighting? Well, texture lighting effects create dimension and visual excitement by breaking up the light source with patterned discs. It’s an elegant way to make your wedding venue more dynamic, without having to dedicate budget or space to decorations and décor.

Textural lighting effects are incredibly versatile, too! They can transform pretty much any kind of ...

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Set The Mood With Beautiful Bistro Lighting For Your Wedding

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Bistro lighting goes by many names and can hang from just about anything. String lights snaking around tree branches. Café lights trickling down from the ceiling. Italian string lights that look like stars in the night sky. Or, all of the above at your very own wedding! The bottom line is that bistro lighting is absolutely beautiful.

We like to say that certain lighting is mood lighting, but the truth is that all lighting is mood lighting! There’s just some lighting ...

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Bold Floral Arrangements In Unusual Places

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You can’t have a wedding without flowers. You just can’t! Flowers have been a wedding staple for way longer than diamond rings, but that doesn’t mean you have to stick to the same old, same old. And when we’re talking about a fresh floral perspective, we’re not just talking about floral crowns. Those are a cute trend, sure, but we aren’t talking about cute trends! We’re talking about floral arrangements in unusual places!

There’s more to floral arrangements than throwing ...

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The New Destination Wedding Stays Close To Home

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What if you could have that Parisian flair at your wedding without leaving the Midwest? Or borrow some lamb skewers for a subtle (and tasty!) international influence?? Right now, with snow-covered roads and chilly weather, escaping to a warmer climate is especially tempting! It would be awesome to say your vows in the City of Lights … but what about your guests? What about your checkbook?

There are many reasons why couples choose to stay close to home for their wedding. ...

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