Ya’ll know at Signed Sealed Delivered Events, we are addicted to love + we ain’t afraid to show it!
Any + all weddings are our fave!
Especially intimate weddings.
Which brings us to Sam + Warren + their most memorable beach nuptials topping out at 52 guests.
While Sam + Warren’s wedding was intentionally small, our current climate has intimate weddings on the rise.
With the dreaded COVID-19 getting in the way of our party plans, many of our couples are choosing to postpone their receptions + host ceremonies with their parents. While others are choosing to stick with a smaller guest count for the whole shebang!
As your wedding fairy godmothers + besties for the resties, we are here to support either decision (while tossing confetti your way)!
Things might feel downright sucky with a lot of ambiguity, but as your trusted wedding resource, we are not going to let this pandemic take away your planning excitement!
It may not be what you originally envisioned, but it’s still going to be your best day ever because you are marrying your boo!
If you are hosting an intimate wedding this year, here is something to keep in mind: You don’t have to skip on the details just because you have a smaller guest count! We can still create a beautiful day no matter the size.
Plus local wedding pros are still open for business + ready to make magic!
Whether you are having a vow renewal next year or this is your official wedding day, you will want this magical moment documented. Have a professional there to capture this special time in your life! We highly recommend a photographer + a videographer!
One other thing you may consider is having your event live streamed so family + friends can tune in as you say I do!
Have you always imagined the bridal march when you walk down the aisle towards your forever? Or a song that reminds you of how you met, or describes your relationship to a T? Then let’s play it! Hire a DJ or musician. Plus depending on how intimate, you may consider a sound system for all your guests to hear.
Don’t forget personal flowers: bouquet, boutineers, corsages plus altar arrangements, we can make that happen.
Have champagne or a signature drink on standby to toast the moments after you say We Do! Or before! Heck, there’s no wrong way to celebrate when it comes to bubbles!
If you opt out of a sit down meal, having hors d’oeuvres or a variety of desserts will make all bellies in attendance happy. There may be some new procedures in place as far as food service goes, but your professional caterer + planner can share those details based on the county where you are getting hitched.
And let’s be real, you definitely need cake. A party without cake is just a meeting.
Don’t skip on the moments either, because remember, we have professional paparazzi coming so you might as well have an album’s worth of photos to remember this amazing day!
Do a first look or a first touch! Exchange cards! Write your vows! Cut your cake! Dance your first dance! Dance with your mom! Dance with your dad! Have sparklers or bubbles! Remember, SSD has the confetti toss covered! HOORAY!
Now that we have all the fun details in place, let’s also talk a bit about keeping your celebration of love a safe + healthy one.
Remember earlier I mentioned the different phases + regulations by county + state. That will come to play again for a few more things:
Check in with your local courthouses on how to obtain a marriage licence during this time. Some may be closed or have limited hours.
Keep in mind there may be social distancing + max guest counts at venues that incorporate the 6 foot rule between seating – this will effect your lay out + guest counts.
When confirming your invite list, be sure to count your vendors as some county regulations require that wedding pros/ staff be included in that guest count max.
Will your guests be wearing masks? It might be a lovely nod to have some available for your guests upon entry + it wouldn’t hurt if they matched your decor. You guys know I couldn’t help myself.
Sanitation stations will be a necessity at all events moving forward as will new cleaning standards for all venues to ensure the healthiest environment possible.
If you are planning on serving refreshments of any kind be prepared for regulations on food presentations. Some venues/caterers may offer plated entrees only. Additionally disposable place settings might be the safest bet for events moving forward.
Please notice my overuse of “may” + “might” throughout this post. It is intentional as guidelines are changing often. Seek the advice of your local government + venue for most up to date regulations.
If you are ready to jump in to plan your wedding, big or small, hollatcha girls at Signed Sealed Delivered Events + we can walk you through every step of the way… holding hands + skipping at some point.
Side note, we joyfully plan destination weddings + are ready to travel! Just say the word!
Planning an elegant or rustic outdoor wedding can be incredible! One misconception is that a backyard wedding is a money saver. While that is most often untrue, it can be worth every penny if it’s what your heart desires!
Do you want to celebrate in the barn that you played in as a child that holds so many memories? How about on your favorite beach? Both offer a canvas for you, the artist, to design…
or with the help of your talented wedding planner (yeah that was on purpose).
Let’s chat about what goes into one of these beautiful events.
POTTY TIME Let’s just get this one out of the way. If you don’t have the facilities, you’ll need to look into renting portable potties for your guests to use after their frequent trips to the bar.
ELECTRIC Will you have power brought from a building or will you need to use generators to power things like lights and the DJ? Some thought, planning, and knowledge of wattage needs to go into this decision.
RENTALS If you’re creating a venue, just about everything will need to be rented. This may include tables, chairs, linens, china, flatware, even the dance floor.
BACK UP PLAN Yep, it’s the cold, wet truth about the Midwest. If you’re planning an outdoor event, you have to have a backup plan in place. Those anti-rain dances aren’t very reliable. This could be a second venue, having a tent on standby, or something else.
We could keep going, but it would be more fun to chat with you about your vision. Of course, we would love to help you bring all of this outdoor magic to life, so give us a call!
Malorie and Will. Will and Malorie. There will never be a more genuinely sweet and happy couple. These two met over Halloween weekend at a football game in Michigan. After a night of losing their friends, missing cabs and a long long walk back, they decided the night couldn’t end and alas their relationship began.
After long distance for… Malorie received orders to move to Hawaii (she’s a dentist in the Air Force and the prettiest dentist you will ever meet) so island bound they went. Shortly after they called me.
We planned for 7 months with a 9 hour time difference before this happy couple graced St Louis with their sun kissed tans and oh-so-delighted grins. Meeting Malorie for the first time at her dress fitting was a moment I will cherish forever. I could have cried the minute she walked through the doors of Simply Elegant and we embraced like old friends.
The way Will and Malorie love each other is so touching. It’s a bond of true gratitude, appreciation and connection. To be around their energy is a gift and I couldn’t be more humbled that they shared their gift with me.
Family traveled in from all over (including Chester, Illinois because you know I love my 618 area code folks) to celebrate these two at their heart felt ceremony and reception at Windows on Washington.
After a fabulous meal prepared by WOW and the most decadent cake from Wedding Wonderland, the crowd danced all night to the Charles Glenn Group – literally danced all night. It was the most amazing day and night and it’s everything I could ever hope for a kind-hearted and truly happy couple.
Florals by my favorite Angie of Elegance in Bloom. Wine barrels and arbor rented my Renown Rentals- they have the coolest things!
These gals got gorgeous with Emily Miller Hair and Make Up, all dresses by Simply Elegant.
Our photo crew who I adore more than wedding cake was Kelly Park Photography and our cameraman of the year award goes to Uncle Jeff (because seriously he was there for it all)! And we can’t forget our bridal attendant Ella who not only greeted every guest enthusiastically but documented the entire weekend with a selfie stick. I told her she will always have a spot on the SSD team with that winning personality.
Mariah Design Agency created their invitations and programs and welcome letters.
Their first look was in the courtyard of Union Station DoubleTree.
These darling robes were custom made by the family of fabulous artisans at Local Lucy’s in Belleville, IL.
Here’s mama and papa bear reading their letters that Malorie wrote them.
As lovers of love + of course the celebration of that love, we promise to continue to support you, to be your cheerleader, to plan the magic that is already in the works + to do whatever we can to keep you, your guests, your vendors, + our team safe + healthy!
In these uncertain times where so much is out of our control, we remind you to have faith, to be well, to trust the experts + know everyone is doing their best. In true SSD fashion, we are looking for the silver lining.
Use this opportunity to spend time with your loved ones, to cook meals as a family, to read a book, to play games, to spring clean, to take a walk, to call a friend, to do all those things you may not have had time for + now you do.
Be safe + be careful.
When the time is right, we will all go back to our new normal.
As always, our team of planners will be waiting with open arms, the huggers that we are, to get your planning party started!
the ladies of Signed Sealed Delivered Events
PS here is some advice we want to share with all couples affected by COVID 19.
If you haven’t already, collect your guests email addresses so you can communicate in the quickest + easiest way possible.
Update your wedding website with verbiage letting your guests know what is going on. Here is an example: “thank you so much for RSVPing. We will continue to monitor the situation surrounding the corona virus and its potential effects on everyone’s travel plans. Please let us know if/when your travel plans are affected by the virus. The health and safety of our loved ones is of primary importance, so we ask that you exercise an abundance of caution in determining whether it is safe for you to travel.”
Reach out to your vendors regarding their cancellation + postponement clauses.
Consider a Plan B so you are prepared IF you have to make adjustments in a short amount of time. That way you will have a game plan in place + know your options.
Go out as little as possible + when you do, wear a mask + gloves. When you come home, clean up as much as possible before touching anything.
Follow the recommendations of your local government, CDC + healthcare professionals.
Check on your friends + family.
Check on your elderly neighbors.
Be sure to thank your essential workers anytime you get the chance. So many of our couples + their families fall into this category. It is important that they know you are thinking of them, every ounce of love + sunshine you can spare, share it.
My first conversation with mama bear Karen, went a little something like this: I’m interviewing several planners for my daughter’s wedding … We are moving and she and her fiancé are juniors in college and expecting their first baby … I picked you because you love animals and so do we …. Bridget loves sparkle and shoes and so do you (all these deets she picked off my website) … And well are you available for our date??
Yes my sweet mother of the bride, I am available and I would be honored to be your wedding planner.
Three days later I received an email from Bridget and from that moment on we talked nearly every day all things wedding (and not necessarily hers) so you will find it no surprise that she interned at SSD this spring and is currently working for a fabulous planner in Kansas City.
We did the majority of our planning over the phone and via email since they were all out of town.
Our on their first trip with Olivia (their most darling babe) to St. Louis, we decided to sneak in a quick planning meeting. It was a cold rainy day and as new parents maneuvered the diaper bag, pumpkin seat and umbrella while trying to read the parking meter all the while keeping the rain from Olivia and each other… How could you not fall in love? I sat in the coffee shop window watching with tears welled up in my eyes. I knew this family was officially a part of my heart at that moment.
In the next 18 months we celebrated Olivia’s first birthday, college graduation, several job interviews, Liv’s first tooth and first words, first Halloween and first Christmas, buying a house …
And then moving to KC. My heart ached when they announced the move but I was stoked for their new beginning.
And the wedding, the reason you are all here, so let’s dive right in to the gorgeous details of the day.
The day was incredible. And I wish wish wish I could have seen every reaction and every moment in real life, but I didn’t. You see, a wedding planner’s worst nightmare came true on the Friday morning before their wedding. I developed the flu. For the next 36 hours, my time line and I lived in a bathroom while managing the day via texts, photos and phone calls.
Thank you to my awesome assistant, Megan and our amazing vendor team, and of course a bride who lives and breathes weddings that tried to convince me “Ash, I got this,” a bride who was more concerned that her wedding planner was ok than what time it was.
When I say my work has blessed me with the best clients who have become my friends and extended family, it’s an understatement.
Bridget is a classic bride- all sparkle all romance. This girl after my own heart had a love for Leonardo Dicaprio which flourished into a gold dipped feather Art Deco theme.
Bridget’s dear friend and college roommate, Taylor, who also has an affinity for wedding planning, created this handmade guestbook. It was perfect. So thoughtful and sentimental.
These gorgeous linens from An Affair to Remember were the most splendid addition to the equally amazing centerpieces she created. It pulled in the Art Deco theme with the sequined blush patterned underneath candlelit feather and floral decor.
Blake’s parents built this beautiful arbor that now has a home in the newlywed’s back yard. We originally planned to have the ceremony outside but a quickly approaching a storm had our bomb.com vendor crew racing to reset the ceremony inside just in time.
Custom designed cake designed by the sweet Sugarbelle Cakery.
The crew got ready at the Magnolia Hotel – famous for its breathtaking chandeliers from the original Aladdin hotel in Las Vegas and the Cary Grant suite (did you know Cary Grant started the trend of putting chocolates on pillows?).
And our former pageant queen bride had her favorite hair stylist fly in for this classic updo! Emily Miller Hair and MakeUp Artist did Bridget’s make up as well as the hair and makeup for the gals in the bridal party.
And a first dance with your daddy? Of course!
And what wedding night is complete without a confetti grand exit?
And if these stunning photos by talented Amy Meyerott of Shadow + Light Photography don’t satisfy your every need then definitely watch this video by her stud muffin husband Andrew who documented the day … And I’m still crying. Song choice = perfect. Can’t wait for the vow renewal.
Bridget + Blake are still in KC building their own house for their two beautiful daughters + their pup Hogan! And we are still connected at the hip. On their 2nd wedding anniversary, Bridget planned a surprise dinner for 2 on the Caramel Room Terrace and I SURPRISED them by serving that dinner!