You're Engaged! Here's what should come next

The elated feeling that comes from being asked by the person you love most to spend a lifetime of happiness together is unlike any other!  Savor that feeling as long as possible! When you do start to come down from cloud nine, the task of planning your wedding can seem overwhelming.  You can feel like you’re drowning in all the wedding websites, instagram accounts and magazines. Most couples have trouble knowing exactly where to start, so before you lose yourself in a pinterest wormhole here are the first few steps you need to know!

  1. Decide on a budget - Before you start booking vendors, you and your partner should sit down and decide how much you are able to spend on this exciting celebration of your love.  Have a conversation about what is most important to you; if you are both big foodies, then maybe you want to put more resources into having fun late night snacks in addition to the dinner, or if you’re passionate about a certain music style, maybe you want to spend more on a high quality band that will deliver on that specific taste, or maybe you’re really excited to send guests home with cute personalized favors.  Be sure to include family in this conversation even though the traditional breakdown of who pays for what has dwindled over the years. Talk to you parents about what they are willing and able to contribute. And remember, a beautiful and meaningful wedding is not determined by the budget!

2. Pick a date - More goes into picking a date than you may think.  Start by talking about how you envision the day; if you’ve always dreamt of a lakeside ceremony then you probably should select a date with fairly reliable weather, if you’re a sucker for the coziness of the holiday season then you may want to consider a winter wedding.  Budget plays a role in this decision too. Because wedding vendors are in high demand from May to October, so their rates are generally higher during these months. One way to save money is to select and off-season date, or even less popular day of the week. Since Saturdays tend to be the most popular day of the week to get married, some vendors will offer discounts for weddings on weekdays.  You may also need to consider when it would be most convenient for you and your fiancé to take time off from work and how long you feel you need to plan the wedding of your dreams.

3. Select a venue -  The venue should be the first contract you sign, because their availability could potentially alter your date selection (it helps to go in with a couple dates in mind).  Again, there’s a lot to think about when looking for a venue. You want to find a place where you would feel comfortable getting married, a place that reflects the style of you and your fiance.  Are you a barn wedding couple with a rustic vibe? Or do you prefer the more elegant aesthetic that comes with a large ballroom with marble floors and high ceilings? You’ll also have to consider if your venue will be large enough for the number of guests you expect to invite.  If you want to have an outdoor ceremony or reception, consider a venue that has rain locations or accomodations available. Ultimately, you want to choose the venue that gives you butterflies when you think of getting married there.

Once you have tackled those three to do list items, you’re in good shape to start researching and booking vendors!  Even if it still seems like a lot, having somewhere to start when turning to wedding planning tools and resources makes finding what you need that much easier.  And if you’re still feeling overwhelmed you can always turn to the help of a wedding planner who can walk you through each step and alleviate the pressure! Happy planning!

Photo Credit: Rob Spring Photography, Clark+Walker Photography, Tracey Buyce Photography, Tiffany Wayne Photography

5 Really Good Reasons You Should Hire a Wedding Planner

Happy National Wedding Planning Day!!!  In celebration of such an exciting holiday, we here at Bisou thought it would be appropriate to share more about what it is exactly that we do!  Wedding planning can be a stressful and overwhelming process, but it doesn't have to be.  One of the best ways to alleviate stress and fully enjoy the months leading up to the big day, is to hire a wedding planner.  Here are just five of the many reasons why hiring a wedding planner is a really good decision!


1. Being engaged is an incredible feeling and a unique time for you and your partner.  Why would you want to spend that time stressing over decisions and details that could be handled by someone else?  Hiring a wedding planner allows for you and your partner to focus on the commitment you're making to each other rather than what time the flowers need to be delivered the day of.  So let yourself revel in the excitement and giddiness of your evolving love and leave the details to a professional!


2. While you may have spent many hours on a beautiful wedding Pinterest board, bringing that Pinterest board to life is a whole other story.  A wedding planner can help you figure out how to make those fantasies come to life.  They will know what is and is not realistic and how to make each idea fit together cohesively.  So before you spend countless hours attempting absurd DIY projects that don't fit together aesthetically, you can consult with someone who has extensive experience and knowledge of what works and what does not!


3. While you may have a friend from college who took a class in photography, chances are you do not have the same connections to quality and professional vendors that a wedding planner does.  The wedding planning business is a close knit community, and a wedding planner will know from experience which vendors are great to work with and which are not.  Here at Bisou, we know who is the best of the best and who will end up being problematic. Rather than creating more stress for yourself by hiring a vendor who will be a nightmare to work with, you have someone who is able to steal you away from those vendors in the first place.


4. On your wedding day, the only thing you should be focused on is marrying the love of your life and treasuring every moment of that special day.  What you don't want to be doing is fielding calls and checking in with vendors to make sure everything is running smoothly and happening on time.  That's our job!  We create and distribute a detailed day of timeline complete with contact information and all to all of the vendors and keep things on track while you celebrate with friends and family!


5. At the end of the day, you simply can't account for every possible incident.  But, you can have a wedding planner available to handle any and all incidents on the spot!  At Bisou, we are quick on our feet and good at on the spot problem solving.  How could you possibly predict that your maid of honor would get heartburn right before her speech, or that one of the buttons would pop of your dress when you're trying to bustle it for the reception? There is enough to think about on your wedding day than unlikely snafus such as these, but a wedding planner would be able to take care of these things before you were even aware there was a problem!


Your wedding day should be pure bliss.  If you walk away believing that to be true, then your wedding planner has done their job well.  You deserve to enjoy the little moments and joys throughout the whole wedding planning process and day of, and we don't want anything distracting you from those magical moments.  We wish you all a happy National Wedding Planning Day!

Photo Credit: Rob Spring Photography, Clark+Walker Studio, Paul Saunders Photography, Tracey Buyce Photography, Janelle Rodriguez Photography

Valentine's Day Inspired Weddings!

It’s the holiday that spreads a little love and a little warmth into each cold February; Valentine's Day. While many may view this holiday as commercial or cheesy, here at Bisou we celebrate Valentine’s Day by reminding our loved ones how much they really mean to us!

For some couples, there is no better day than Valentine’s Day to commit to one another in love and marriage. Here are some of our favorite Valentines inspired wedding ideas!

Photos: Martha Stewart Weddings,, JOSH LEE PHOTOGRAPHY, JENNY HAAS PHOTOGRAPHY, Elizabeth Anne Designs, Bridal Musings, Weddingomania, Popsugar, Wedding Colors

How to Own the Dance Floor

Not only are Bisou couples the sweetest and most amazing people to work with, they're also incredible dancers!  We love seeing couples share sweet moments as well as let loose on the dance floor.  It's your special day, so you should feel free to have the time of your life!  Here are some Bisou couples showing their very best moves on the dance floor :) 

January Couple of the Month

We're kicking off 2018 with Dara and Doug as our January Couple of the Month!  Dara and Doug's special day was filled with pure magic!!  From the exhilarating first sword fight to the breathtaking first dance (complete with stunning lifts), it was clear that the love Dara and Doug share is joyful and everlasting.  Friends and family witnessed a touching ceremony and then proceeded to celebrate with the couple at Saratoga National Golf Club.  It was a day full of love and laughter which we were honored to be a part of it!

Dara and Doug had this to say about their Bisou experience:

Working with Sarah Fichtman and the Bisou Weddings team was a dream from our first phone call. We chatted for an hour, and we knew immediately that, through working together, we would create a wedding that reflected our traditions, values, and identity as a couple. We also understood very quickly that there was no problem or situation that would frighten Sarah: our initial idea of serving our wedding dinner family style with 180 guests changing seats - as would have been printed on their place cards-in between each course. Sarah didn’t even blink, but gave us an enthusiastic and genuine, “Let’s try it!” The seat-rotation idea was eventually scrapped, but the spirit of creativity and ingenuity continued to permeate all elements of our wedding experience. Sarah’s authentic excitement, creativity, and joy only grew throughout our time working together, and our wedding could not have been as magical as it was without her spectacular team. Now, we have cherished memories of a joyous process and an enchanted wedding weekend, with the added benefit of a wonderful friend for life.

Cute and Creative Seating Charts and Place Cards

Make a statement before your guests even get to the party with a unique, personalized seating chart or place cards!  Using a glass of champagne or your selected wedding favors to help guests find their seat is a fun way to kick off the night.  Here are a few thoughtful, creative and easy to decipher seating ideas that your guests will certainly appreciate!

Winsome Winter Wedding Ideas

As we all look to stay warm during this seriously cold winter, here are some cozy winter wedding ideas to help take the edge off.  While nothing warms the heart like witnessing two people celebrate their love, a nice warm cup of cocoa and an extra soft blanket to snuggle up in certainly helps.  A snowy wedding can be absolutely magical, and you can help your guests stay warm with these thoughtful, festive touches.  

Bisou Behind the Scenes Moments!

Here at Bisou, we love what we do and enjoy seeing all the hard work that goes into the perfect wedding day pay off.  We do our best to make sure that our clients are in the spotlight on their special day, but we also love seeing sneaky snapshots of ourselves in action.  As the year comes to an end, we take a look back at all of the fun Bisou behind the scenes moments we love and cherish!  

How to: Write the perfect Maid of Honor and Best Man Speech

So your best friend has asked you to stand with them on their wedding day.  What an honor!!!  There is a long list of responsibilities, as well as perks, that come with the title of maid of honor or best man.  The big one is the speech.  For so many of us, after that initial excitement wears off, the panic and fear of public speaking sets in.  But there's no need to panic!  Here is the best guide to writing a speech with the perfect blend of humor and sentiment that the happy couple will remember forever (in a good way).  

Photo Source: Sugar and Charm

August Couple of the Month

This August we're highlighting Alexis and Chris as our Bisou couple of the month!  This wedding was full of fun personal touches from fun fact napkins to an adorable cake topper.  Alexis and Chris had a beautiful ceremony held at St. Clement's Roman Catholic Church with their family and friends in attendance. After a breathtaking photo shoot with the wedding party at Yaddo Gardens, everyone headed to Saratoga Polo to celebrate the newly weds!  All in all it was an incredibly fun summer wedding and we are thrilled to feature Alexis and Chris!

Alexis and Chris had this to say about their Bisou experience:

Guests told us that I was one of the happiest brides they have ever seen and that is definitely because of Sarah and her team at Bisou. Thanks to Sarah’s amazing organizational skills our day ran extremely smoothly and even ahead of schedule; even our priest said he never had a rehearsal run as smooth as ours. It is because of her wonderful personality and organizational skills that vendors love working with her and this definitely helped us have amazing vendors and an amazing day. So many guests commented on how wonderful Sarah and her team were and that she definitely changed their perceptions on wedding planners. We could not imagine our wedding without Sarah and Bisou!
— Alexis and Chris


Caterer: Old Daley Catering

Florist: Market 32

DJ: Piano Man's DJ

Photographer: Niki Rossi Photography

Videographer: Al Woodard Films

Hair/makeup: Lipstick N Lashes

Cake: Make Me A Cake Next Door

Signage: KriLo Art

Today's Taste of Color: Yellow and Green

Today's taste of color is the vibrant, summery combination of yellow and green.  Greenery has been very popular in 2017, and as we look to 2018 it doesn't seem to be a trend that will fade away anytime soon.  Add any shade of yellow and you have a beautiful combination sure to leave smiles on everyone's faces.  This color palette is perfect for the couple that is fun, bubbly and looking for some sunshine on their wedding day.  Plus, look how cute those yellow macaroons are!!

Photo Source: Fab Mood

The First Look

We had so much fun at Jenny and Nick's wedding this past weekend!  Every detail was perfect and beautiful, and it was impossible not to smile in the presence of this wonderful couple.  One detail that made the rest of the day so relaxed, was their decision to do a first look.  First looks have been growing in popularity and for years, and for a good reason.  Opting for a first look rather than hiding the bride until she walks down the aisle allows for couples to take a great deal of pictures before the ceremony begins.  Couples are able to capture all of the shots together (and if time allows, with their families and wedding parties) while not taking time away from their precious time with their guests during cocktail hour. A first look also allows for the couple to share and savor that special moment with some privacy.  Although there is nothing wrong with having the first view of the bride be while she's walking down the aisle, the convenience of a first look makes a lot of sense.  Jenny and Nick chose to share this special moment in private, but the pictures look magical!  We wish these two a life full of love and laughter!

Bisou Means Kiss

We are often asked about our name, what it means, and where it comes from.  Bisou owner and founder, Sarah, was born and raised in Montreal where she grew up speaking French fluently.  She also had the pleasure of living in Paris for a couple 2-3 month periods.  The French culture has always been a huge influence in Sarah's life, and when it came time to name her business, an homage to her hometown seemed perfectly appropriate. Bisou is the french word for kiss, and because kisses are the perfect expression of love, we love sharing those precious moments from our weddings.   Whether it's a dad giving a sweet smooch as he hands his daughter over, or a couple celebrating their new status as Mr. and Mrs., each and every kiss shared on a wedding day is a treasured moment.  To give you a better picture of what we mean, here are some of our favorite Bisou kisses!

Signature Cocktails

Whether you decide to have an open bar, cash bar, soft bar or any other type of bar, a signature cocktail is a great way to add a personal touch!  This is a fun way to encourage guests to try something new and get in on the love.  Signature cocktails are a popular (and tasty!) way to celebrate your newlywed status and share your drink preferences with your guests.  Use your favorite spirits or even choose a drink that fits with your color scheme!

Venue Spotlight: Takk House

If you're in the process of picking a venue for your wedding, then you NEED to check out the Takk House in Troy, NY.  This incredibly charming venue is just as gorgeous in person as it is in pictures.  A venue with a distinctly unique charm that is both elegant and eclectic, it is a space that is also adaptable to each couples' style.  The Takk House was originally a Knights of Columbus building, bringing historic flare to the space.  The building now belongs to Heidi and Frank Sicari who have imbued the "old" with their own artistic taste.  They have perfectly married the historic elements with their modern flare to create a building that is stylish and unique.  A couple looking to celebrate bits of the past with a glimpse into the beautiful future that awaits will find the Takk House a perfect fit. See some of Heidi and Frank's beautiful images below for just a taste of what this amazing venue has to offer.

The word Takk means Thanks in Icelandic. Why Icelandic? My mom was born and raised in Iceland and I have A LOT of family over there. I took Heidi to Iceland two summers ago and she quickly realized why I love it so much. It was our first vacation together and we look back on it fondly. Using an Icelandic word in our name seemed like such a great way to recognize a place that is important to both of us. So why Thanks? The basis of most celebrations is gratitude. Thank you for coming. Thank you for inviting us. Thank you for everything you’ve done. Thank you for being in our lives. Thank you for caring. A space to celebrate with the people in your life that you are thankful for. It doesn’t hurt that it’s one of the few Icelandic words that’s easy to say! Lastly, why house? A house is welcoming. A house is a home when it is filled with people you are grateful for...and a home is where we are all most comfortable. Your event should be in a place that feels like home. Not the house you grew up in, but your own personal home. Not a building, hall or plaza. A house where everyone is invited in for the celebration. Takk House.
— Frank Sicari

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