July Couple of the Month

With another new month, comes another new Couple of the Month. This July, we look back to the days of last summer at Delilah and Javier's private estate summer wedding. Delilah and Javier opted for an outdoor, forest wedding ceremony followed by a beautiful, colorful, clear-tent reception. The clear tent allowed Delilah and Javier's family and friends to dine and dance under the stars with the added bonus of being protected from the weather! Their party guests were greeted at the reception tent by bohemian, vintage styled sitting areas adorned with couches, chairs, and rugs. Further into the tent, guests could dance the night away on the large, wooden dance floor or enjoy cigars at the "cigar bar!"

Delilah and Javier had this to say about their experience with the Bisou team:

When my husband and I began planning our wedding, we knew we wanted to rent a private estate for a wedding weekend. We quickly realized that we were in over our heads with planning and logistics and reached out to Bisou Weddings & Events to handle day of coordination. From the beginning, she partnered closely with our wedding designer to ensure a seamless transition for her and her staff to manage the day of. The day of flowed very smoothly, thanks in large part to Sarah’s amazing attention to detail. Whether it was helping to get our flower girls together for the ceremony, or making sure vendors had what they needed, Sarah and her team got it done. We were so glad we had Bisou on hand!
— Delilah & Javier Jaramillo

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Backyard Wedding Inspiration

At Bisou, we love backyard bashes! Backyard weddings are super cozy and won’t break your budget. You can also make your nuptials any theme you desire, without limits of a venue. Consider a rustic, bohemian, or maybe vintage theme. Take all the best from your surroundings; mother nature, your garden, your home and backyard. In case the weather is bad, you can always come inside or order a beautiful wedding tent. Pick seasonal flavors and food, add some wooden slabs as a base to family style serving platters, and add chic rustic touches here and there to create a homey ambience. Check out this post for more inspiration to have a perfect backyard wedding! 

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photo source: Oh Best Day Ever

1920's Inspiration

A wedding trend we love is the 1920s-inspired headbands for brides. 1920's fashions seem to symbolize a kind of romantic decadence directly in contrast to the financial depression going on during that time period. For the especially unique bride, this look is for you! Somehow this look compliments everyone, and adds that unexpected piece that your guests (and groom!) will always remember.

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photo source: Luscious Life

May Couple of the Month

This May we remember the summer of 2016 and look back at Megan and Brendan's beautiful and classic summer Otesaga Resort Hotel wedding. The bright and colorful Gerbera Daisies were the perfect pairing with the crisp and classic navy bridesmaids gowns.  Large white lanterns were set amongst a bed of greenery and Gerbera Daisies and adorned the window sills along the perimeter of the gorgeous ballroom, as well as the outside sitting area overlooking Lake Otsego. Wedding guests were invited outside to play yard games, such as cornhole, and to watch fireworks over the lake, and were not disappointed! Megan and Brendan's fun filled wedding bash went out with a bang! 

Megan and Brendan had this to say about their experience with Bisou Weddings and Events:

Looking into a wedding planner just made sense: my parents are snowbirds and my husband’s family had never planned a wedding. After doing some research, Bisou popped out for us and immediately became a no brainer. Sarah was completely professional from start to finish. Her timelines, calls, advice and connections to vendors were everything we needed and more! We were so pleased with her attention to detail and honoring our wishes. Our wedding day was completely flawless and we owe it to Sarah! I’m pretty sure she even made sure it didn’t rain during our photographs as well (she’s THAT good).

Modern Botanical Garden Wedding Inspiration

This photo shoot is the perfect inspiration for a modern botanical garden wedding. Where do I sign up?! The dramatic bouquet, pops of color, fun with unusual combinations is certain to make your heart skip a beat! I especially love the greenery in combination with bold shades of blue, hot magenta, and black. 

Source: The Perfect Palette

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Mason Jar Lights

The mason jar is a staple for rustic-themed weddings. With their distinct vintage style, versatile use, and affordable price, these little glass wonders are the perfect décor item for any rustic, barn, or country wedding. They can be used as centerpieces, to serve drinks, to serve dessert and other food, as decoration, as gift bags, and as lights! Consider either an old-fashioned Edison light bulb or twinkling fairy lights for your mason jars. 

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Source: Tulle & Chantilly 

Winsome Wedding Signs you Need

One of the best ways to make your wedding especially unique and special is by adding handwritten or typographic signs around your ceremony and reception venues. This can be done in a variety of ways including chalk on any shaped chalkboard, or paint on a mirror-elegant, rustic, or modern! Writing a thank you note or welcome greeting on an elegant mirror is a super cute and personal way to thank your guests for sharing your special day with them. Whether it’s a quote that you love, your wedding #hashtag, some fun dance floor rules for your guests, or a fabulous welcome greeting, you can’t go wrong with adding these cute, personal signs to your wedding decor!

Source: Toronto Wedding Planners

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Go Big or Go Home

Every bride and groom wants their wedding to be the best, biggest bash of the season. So, how do you make YOUR wedding stand out? Go BIG or go home! A great way to transform ANY space is with a BIG piece! Take these floral-filled letters spelling out the word "love," for example! The floral letters can be moved from your ceremony location, to your reception, to your backyard when the day is done to be replanted over and over again! For my DIY brides out there... you can DIY these letters, or make your own, personalized word. Perhaps your last name, or your designated wedding hashtag. 

So, what wedding word would you build?!

Hidden Wedding Costs to Budget For

With everything that goes into planning your wedding, it’s easy to overlook some basic costs. I’m sure you’re quite aware of the fees for your venue, food and drink, DJ or band, photographer, etc., but what about all of those little things you should financially plan for as well? To make sure that you perfectly prepare your wedding budget, here are a few hidden wedding costs that you probably didn’t even think about!

1) Beauty Treatments: You most likely are planning to have your hair and makeup done for the big day, and I assume you’ve already worked that into your budget. However, don’t forget all of the other pre-wedding prep that you might have done such as teeth whitening, hair coloring, massages, extensions, etc. Also, consider the possibility that you might decide to have more than one hair and makeup trial, so plan ahead for that! Check sites such as Groupon for great deals on massages and salons. You’ll save a ton and have fun trying new places!

Photo credit: Tara Wiley Photogryaphy 

2) Bachelorette Party: It’s tradition for the maid-of-honor or group of bridesmaids to pitch in and pay the expenses of the bride, but if you’re going out of town, many brides will pay at least their own airfare. If you’re expecting a fun getaway, prepare to possibly pay that expense along with any fun travel outfits or luggage you may need to purchase. Our advice is to stay close to home. While it’s always fun to travel, there are plenty of exciting places to celebrate your bachelorette party that are within driving distance. Plus, more girls will be able to attend!

3) Pre-Wedding Attire: There are a lot of pre-wedding events for engaged couples, such as the engagement party, bridal shower, bachelor and bachelorette party, a reception dinner, and even possibly a groom’s dinner. If you’re like me, you will probably buy a new outfit for every one of those events, so plan that into your budget because 4+ outfits isn’t cheap! Our advice is to try a fun option like Rent the Runway, which has designer styles that you can wear for special events! Or, consider thrift shopping (my favorites include Plato's Closet and Urban Exchange), you never know what goodies you can find!

4) Postage: Just think, there are usually multiple pieces of heavy card stock paper that you’re mailing so don’t expect one little stamp to do the trick. Postage can cost about $2/invite depending on the weight. Contemplate skipping the fancy folded pocket envelopes and consider an online RSVP so you don’t have to include an RSVP card and pre-stamped envelope within your invitation suite! 

5) Vendor Meals: Your photographer, videographers, wedding planners/coordinators, band, and DJ are pretty much spending their entire day with you. Please make sure that they get fed just like everyone else! Many venues/caterers offer a cheaper option for vendor meals. Check your contract and make sure you know what they can expect to eat!

6) Out-of-Season Flowers: Don’t get your heart super set on any one type of flower unless you absolutely know they are in season. Peonies, for example, are very popular and always sought after for most of our brides, however if they’re not in season, they can be very expensive. Instead, opt for in-season alternatives. If you need some good examples, check out this list of alternative flowers for the five trendiest wedding styles.

Photo Credit: Clark + Walker

7) Pre-Honeymoon Expenses: Besides the entire cost of the honeymoon itself (which hopefully you’ve budgeted for!), there are smaller fees to remember as well. Passports, travel-guides, language classes, luggage, vacation wardrobe, and car rentals, are all things worth adding to your budget. Our advice is to start planning early! Summer clothes usually go on mega sale and clearance around Fall so shop for your vacation then!

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Incredible Outdoor Wedding Tent Reception

With a crop of different types and styles, it's never been easier to personalize your wedding tent to your taste and theme. With a ton of customizable options like lighting, weather protection, and structure styles, tents are the perfect way to bring all the comforts of the indoors straight to your outdoor wedding! 

And just because you a have a tent, doesn't mean you're limited on wedding décor. Couples can choose between enclosed "room in a room" structures with removable walls or breezy high-top tents perfect for a sunny post-wedding brunch. Coastal couples will love the airy style of sailcloth tents that boast high ceilings and and an open-space feel that's perfect for easy mingling. If you're going for a glamorous, black-tie evening, you should consider elegant fabrics draped across the ceilings with a crystal chandelier hanging overhead. Couples looking for something more minimal can opt for a clear marquee tent decorated with twinkling café lights or hanging greenery garlands for a more bohemian touch, like Bisou's very own couple- Delilah and Javier!

Delilah and Javier had a breathtakingly beautiful outdoor tented reception that's straight from our dreams. It gave off a chic, bohemian vibe while also being warm, inviting, and downright comfortable! Look at those couches! The rows of twinkle lights within the tent provided a shimmering, fairytale setting for the happy couple! 

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Photo credit: Tara Wiley Photography

To Buy Two Wedding Dresses, or Not?

What do you do when you have a "that's the one" wedding dress moment...with more than one dress? For an increasing number of brides, the answer is, buy them both! Anyone who has seen Say Yes to the Dress knows that the hottest trend for bridal fashion isn’t strapless or sleeves -- it’s both! The two wedding dress trend isn't going away anytime soon, and we can understand why.  Who wouldn't want the chance to wear multiple gorgeous, sparkly dresses in the same evening? More and more brides are buying two wedding dresses for the big day to change up their look from ceremony to reception, and Bisou bride, Allison, is no exception! 

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An Intimate Ceremony

When it comes to wedding celebrations, many couples agree: size matters. Fewer people can mean a more personal celebration. There's more time for the bride and groom to spend with their guests, the group really gets to know one another, and everyone contributes to the event in his or her own way. Intimate celebrations, it seems, have certain advantages. At least Bisou couple- Allison and Brett thought so for their intimate ceremony!  

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March Couple of the Month

Bisou's March Couple of the Month features Megan and Matt's beautiful Saratoga Canfield Casino Wedding. As always, we were blown away by the understated, simple color palette made up of nudes, whites, and greenery. The classically romantic design brought us back to an Audrey Hepburn era, and Megan's wedding gown was the icing on the cake! There is no doubt that Jenn Moak Photography captured them at their BEST!!!  

Megan and Matt had this to say about working with Bisou: 

Sarah and her team were absolutely amazing. I participated in the “day of” wedding planning with Sarah. I was reluctant at first as I felt I had already done so much work (finding my vendors, establishing time frames), but someone recommended that a wedding planner would help with making sure the day went smoothly. They were right! So many little things that would have made my day beyond stressful (on top of the stress already), Sarah and her assistant were there to take care of them. From tracking down employees who were supposed to unlock my venue for setup, knowing to ask the hotel to utilize their steamer to press bridesmaid dresses and scarves, sewing my bridesmaid’s ripped dress, to standing out in the cold during pictures to hold my shawl and veil...Bisou did it all. Sarah mapped out at a detailed timeframe for all my vendors (hair/make-up, videographer, photography, food, music, priest) and reached out to all of them to ensure we were all on the same page. This took away the majority of my stress in the days leading up to the wedding. She is so organized, so calming, and such a pleasant person to have by your side on your wedding day. Thank you Bisou Weddings and Events!

Florist: Heavenscent Floral Art

Band: Silver Arrow Band

Photographer: Jenn Moak Photography

Videographer: Ben Pliss Media

Hair/Makeup: Blush 518

Caterer: Malozzi's

Cake: Malozzi's

Transportation: Upstate Transit

How-to: have a Halloween-theme wedding

It can be difficult to have a specific, holiday-themed wedding, without it getting too cheesy. But Amber and Thom hit the nail on the head with their incredible, yet tasteful Halloween wedding! From ghostbuster cufflinks, to vampire teeth napkin holders, this wedding was one for the (spooky) books! 

Photo credit: Rob Spring Photography