So You’re the Maid of Honor… Now What?

So your best friend is tying the knot and asked you to stand up next to her on her big day as the maid of honor. Now what? Chances are if you’ve never been a maid of honor, or had a wedding of your own, you might feel a little lost on what your duties are for the big day. If that’s the case, this blog is for you! We’ve done a little research to help guide you along your maid of honor journey. This list is not all inclusive and will really depend on each bride and their specific needs, but it is a good starting point!

  • Plan the shower and/or bachelorette party. If the bride is in favor of having either a wedding shower or a bachelorette party, the planning will fall on your shoulders. Be sure to get her input (you don’t want to throw something she will not enjoy) but be sure to take the lead on these so it’s not another thing the bride has to worry about or plan.
  • Go dress shopping! This is a fun one. Your friend will want to have you by her side as she is picking her wedding dress and the bridesmaids dresses. Be supportive and be honest. She respects your opinion and wants your input.
  • Keep a record of gifts. Chances are, the newlyweds are going to get a few gifts along the way. It will be your duty to keep track of the gifts given and the person who gave it. This will make sending “thank you’s” so much easier for your bride and she will be incredibly appreciative.
  • Coordinate bridesmaids duties. Your bride cannot be all people and do all things. She will need to delegate duties to you and your other bridesmaids. Be sure to keep a list of who is responsible for what and keep everyone on task.
  • Help with any DIY projects. A lot of brides take on little projects to add a personalized touch to their big day, which can sometimes mean you’re going to have to get your hands dirty. If your bride is doing any DIY projects, she will need help, and you are just the help she needs!
  • Lend an ear. We likely don’t need to tell you this because you’ve been lending an ear to your bride for a while now. Wedding planning is stressful and your friend will likely get overwhelmed once or twice. She will need you to be there to calm her down or take the reins on some stuff so she is not stressed before her big day.
  • Help the bride into her dress. Usually this falls on someone in the wedding party (or a few people depending on the dress) so you will need to be near and ready to help your bride into her dress, come the day of.
  • Fluff the dress. It will be your job to arrange the gown so that it is picture ready and not a tangled heap of tulle.
  • Hold the groom’s ring and the bride’s bouquet. During the ceremony, you will be responsible for keeping track of the groom’s ring and handing it off when the time comes. You will also need to hold onto the bride’s bouquet so she can hold onto her better half’s hands.
  • Make sure the bride and groom take a minute to eat. This one is incredibly important. Oftentimes, the bride and groom get so caught up in trying to say “hello” to everyone that they forget to eat. It is important that this not happen, or you will have a hangry couple on your hands at the end of the night. You may have to be their body guard for 5 minutes while they chow down, but make it a point to wrangle them up and feed them. They will thank you when it’s all said and done.
  • Sign the marriage license! Make the marriage official by signing the marriage license,
  • Be sobriety patrol. This is not the most glamorous job, but everyone will thank you for it. Be sure that people aren’t getting to carried away. You don’t want your bride to look back on her day and only remember how drunk Uncle John got and hit on all of the bridesmaids. If someone is getting too rowdy, it is okay to tell them to get it under control or they will need to leave.

Making sure you do these things will help the happy couple to have a wonderful day and planning process. Be sure to talk with the bride to see if there are other things she expects of you before you guys get going.

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Premiere Events at the September Bridal Extravaganza

We had the pleasure of participating in the Bridal Extravaganza yesterday at the Austin Convention Center. There were a TON of amazing vendors present and lots of tasty bites (and a bar, what!).

If you didn’t get the chance to make out to the show, rest assured, we have pictures of our set up for you! If you just got engaged and/or are planning a wedding, and haven’t been to a Bridal Extravaganza before, we highly recommend you go! In what other setting will you have all of these amazing vendors together under one roof?

Check out pictures from our set up below!  Love the items you see in the pictures? Contact us and we’ll get a quote started for you.

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Rentals provided by Premiere Events, Flowers provided by The Flower Studio.

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Drape it, Drape it Good!

Looking for a way to dress up a room or venue? We’ve got the perfect solution for you, and it’s a simple one…. Drape it. Adding pipe and drape to your event is a good way to dress up any space, whether it be for a photo booth, the wall behind your cake or the entire room. There are a ton of different design options for drape as well- different colors, fabrics, layouts, the possibilities are endless. Check out some of our pictures below for inspiration!

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Bridal Extravaganza Draping; picture taken by Premiere Team Member

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Engaged Wedding & Event Showcase Draping; picture taken by Engaged Wedding & Event Showcase team member

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Rachael Hall Photography; Meet at Texas Draping

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A Taste of NACE Event; picture taken by Brittany Jean Photography

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Dripping Springs Bridal Show; picture taken by Premiere Team Member

If you are wanting to receive a draping quote for your next event, give us a call! We’d be happy to lend a helping hand to your drape dreams.

 

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Trend Watch: Bohemian

With cooler weather (hopefully) approaching in the near future, one trend we think that is sure to be popular in both the fall and spring is the bohemian inspired theme. You can take this trend in a number of different directions- from farmhouse tables and naked cakes, to light and flow-y wedding dresses and flower crowns.

Whatever you decide to do, you can’t go wrong with this theme, especially in good ol’ Austin Texas!

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It’s My Wedding I Can WINE if I Want to

Who doesn’t like a taste of upcoming trends? Wine inspired weddings, and parties could possibly be on the forefront. There are so many ways to incorporate the theme with your greenery, floral and marsala colored linens, and don’t forget the corks!  Even a possible wine tasting during your event is a great way to get all of your guests involved with the fun.

One of these barrel bar tops or cocktail tables would be perfect for any event, adding lights across the front would give a comfy romantic feel to the event!

There is a wide variety of wine glasses out there, but for the timeless classic look you cannot go wrong with our Cabernet style glasses.

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These festive crates would be a great addition to your event adding some greenery and dimly lit votives.

All of the fall colors that can bring the theme to life will make your special day really POP and differ from other events. If this was the idea you have been waiting for then take a look at our latest board on Pinterest “Wine Inspired Wedding theme” and Follow us!

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OMGeode

One of this year’s hottest trends is using geodes in your decorations. Recently, our Instagram feed is filled with geode inspired wedding cakes used as the event’s focal point. But, why stop there? There are so many different ways to incorporate the geode theme into not just your cake, but your centerpieces, your table numbers, your party/wedding favors, and SO much more!

Check out some pictures for inspiration on this hot geode trend. If that’s not enough, follow us on Pinterest for even more inspiration!

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Trends to Watch for in 2016-2017

I mean, Premiere Events has helped customize events for over the past 15 years. Can’t we just dive right into another one? It’s that dreaded where do you even start when planning an event question that’s hovering in the back of our client’s mind. In our experience they always want what you don’t have or if you do have it, all of your clients want it at the same time.

Events are always changing. And you always wonder… will this become a trend or is it just a fad? It’s hard to keep up. Below are a few trends, from the new hire here at Premiere Events, that you should expect to see this fall and into 2017.

Geometric Patterns:

Patterns are making a comeback and we should expect to see them for the rest of this year as well as most of 2017. Using shapes and bold colors help bring out clients’ unique style and vision.

Geometric patterned backdrops and centerpieces have been showing up more and more in the event industry.

Bold patterns and shapes in metallic or pastel colors make for a great theme.  These fun prints and shapes are clean and modern. They can be incorporated into any aspect of your event from decor, dresses, invitations, linens, cakes and more!

Color:

Rose quartz and serenity are the colors you should expect to see more frequently. There are countless opportunities for the colors to even be paired together.

And who doesn’t love anything and everything shiny and sparkly? Metallics, such as: gold, silver and copper are appearing more in the smaller details of events. These timeless colors will never grow old. They are eye-catching and can help give any event a more sophisticated and glamorous feel.

Local & Organic Food:

The organic food market segment has been growing rapidly for years. It is expected to continue to grow in popularity as consumers become increasingly aware of pesticides and genetically modified foods.

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There is a growing movement in which consumers are becoming more educated and more concerned with the process and sourcing of the ingredients that are going into their foods. Clients are wanting better tasting foods than ever before. Locally sourced is the culinary trend, especially here in Austin and central Texas. The Austin restaurant and catering community is especially in tune with these respectable movements.

Dramatic Fashion:

Continuing into 2016 and 2017, there is a significant trend for brides to wear dramatic dresses to their events. Plunging necklines, skirt slits, sheer details, and high-low skirts are what’s helping brides stand out and make a bold statement.

While the sexy, open back trend isn’t necessarily “new” anymore; does it ever really get old? A massively plunging neckline is the new thing. Designers are playing with sheer materials to set a dramatic, yet glamorous, tone for the bride. The leg slit is also setting the tone for a fun bride. Someone that shows off a little leg definitely means business. They’re ready to party.

Now if you can’t decide between whether you want a long or short dress, the perfect solution has been found. The high-low wedding dress style is a show stopping, modern and classic new look that goes well with anyone who wants to show off their awesome shoes!

 

We never know what we’re going to get when helping assist today’s brides and meeting their rental needs. There are always new questions arising and sometimes you have to bend over backwards to please your clients, but that’s why we signed up for this industry, right? The event industry is such a satisfying and rewarding field. With events growing more and more, there are always new systems to learn, new trends, and new clients and vendors to meet; I’m just trying to keep up!

 

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Sources and Contributors: Angela King Photography ; David Kurio Designs ; Diana M. Lott Photography ; The Driskill Hotel ; Pearl EventsPenelope L’Amore PhotographyPinterest.com ; Premiere Events ;  Prospect HouseWhole Foods Market Catering ; The Winfield InnWord Of Mouth Catering ;
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