The Great Escape

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The long tradition holds that after a wedding is through, the bride and groom whisk away to their newlywed life in a grand escape. Friends and family line the doors as the couple runs to their getaway car. Candid pictures are captured that the lovebirds hold dear for a lifetime. While this tradition may seem as easy as leaving the venue with your new spouse, there are a few details that need to be discussed to make this event as smooth as possible.

When does your reception end?
This is an important question to ask as your “great escape” pictures can be as different as night and day. Literally! Do you have an early afternoon wedding that ends before dusk? Keep in mind that your grand exit will be pictured in daylight. This might change your mind on the sparklers. If your reception ends at night time however, make sure to plan accordingly with your photographer. Depending on how late the party goes on, you could also run the risk of losing some of your guests as they leave for the night. Be prepared to not have quite as many folks cheering you on to your fancy ride.

Have you delegated accordingly?
This little detail is probably not the number one thing on your to-do list of wedding planning. However, it can’t be overlooked! It is really important to delegate someone to take care of all of the decorations, presents, and belongings for when you leave the venue. Give yourself that peace of mind knowing everything is covered while you enjoy the rest of your night. Don’t forget to send a big thank you to the friend that stays behind!

How creative can you get?
As far as I know, throwing rice at the newlywed couple as they run out of the church has been a big wedding staple. It’s something that comes to my mind when I think of a grand escape. Nowadays, couples have gotten quite creative with their exit props. From sparklers, glitter, and confetti, the possibilities are endless. Even releasing paper lanterns into the night sky has become quite a wedding trend. Whatever you decide, I encourage you to let your personality shine through. Find something that is unique and fun that guests will certainly love to be a part of!

Help! How do I tell my guests that we want an adult-only wedding?

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You’re finally engaged! You’ve been thinking about this moment and that big wedding day since you were five. Everything has to be perfect. After talking it over with your fiancé, you both agreed that you want the night to be romantic and intimate. You want to be surrounded by close friends and family members as you start the rest of your lives together. But for both of you, that wedding vision also means having children at the wedding is not an option.

The only problem: how do you tell your family and friends that you prefer they hired a babysitter for the night without sounding rude? The last thing you want to do is hurt their feelings or cause them to not attend the wedding at all.

Thankfully, I have a few tips to make breaking the news to guests as smooth as possible!

  1. Be open and honest
    If you’ve decided an adult-only event is what you want for your wedding day, make it clear. This day is all about you and your fiancé and the vision that you wish to bring to life. In the end, you need to be true to yourself and the wedding day you want to have. The best way to do this is by being open and honest about your guest list. Talk to the parents personally about your adult-only celebration and how you would love to see them at the wedding. The worst thing you can do is simply stick “no kids allowed” onto your mailed invitations. This can send the wrong message to your beloved friends and family. Having that face-to-face conversation with your guests before invitations are sent out is the best way to approach the situation.
  1. Address the guests
    In addition to having the conversation with parents in advance, make sure to address each person you would like to invite in your invitations. Instead of addressing the entire Smith Family, make sure to address only Mr. and Mrs. Smith. This is an easy way to ensure only the couple listed are attending the wedding. You can also say something like, “we have reserved 2 seats for you at our wedding” to further communicate your wishes.
  1. Don’t forget the wedding party
    What if you decide to have your younger sister as a flower girl? Maybe she is the only child that you would be willing to have at your wedding. How can you have her attend the wedding without other parents feeling disappointed that they had to leave their children at home?
    Again, communication is crucial. To make sure other relatives or friends aren’t upset at the situation, you will need to communicate that you only want children in the wedding party to attend. Placing the distinction between the wedding party and other guests is important.
  1. When in doubt, call Ruthe!
    If all else fails and you and your fiancé decide inviting children is the best decision, Ruthe is here to help! At the Ruthe Jackson Center, we are equipped with a large facility that can accommodate your dream wedding vision and the kids too. Instead of keeping the children at home, all guests can use the RJC kids room during that adult-only party. While you and your fiancé are enjoying the night of your lives with all of your loved ones, the kids can have a blast in their own space big enough to fit bounce houses, movies, pizza and more. Instead of each parent having to find a babysitter for the night, you can provide childcare to come to the facility for all the kids.

Whatever you decide is best for your big day, I hope these tips to this difficult subject can make wedding planning a little easier. Remember to always stay true to yourself and the day you’ve envisioned since you were a kid. When you do that, everything else will fall into place.


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How to Plan the Perfect Fall Wedding

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What season could be more romantic? It’s sweater season! That means snuggles with your fiancé by the fire while sipping pumpkin spice lattes and watching the leaves fall outside your window. Nothing could be more picture perfect than a fall wedding.
But what about the not-so-picturesque Autumn moments? Weather can be so uncertain this time of year while some of your favorite blooms might not even be in season. How can you avoid the downfalls you may ask? Maybe a few of these tips will give you some inspiration!

  1. Plan Ahead of the Weather
    Like I mentioned earlier, Autumn weather can either be beautiful and breezy or blistering cold and unforgiving. If you’re planning an outdoor wedding ceremony or reception, it can be a little scary not knowing what mother nature will throw your way. A good tip is to check the weather on your wedding date from years past. Looking at the average temperatures can give you a good guess on how the day will play out. Don’t forget to let your guests in on what to expect. A great way to do this is by adding a note to your invitation or website reminding guests to bring coats and umbrellas just in case.
    In addition to doing your research, you can also set up a backup plan with your venue. Communicate with the staff to see what can be done in case of rain or bad weather. Luckily, if you choose the Ruthe Jackson Center, we have many options! Our facility has both indoor and outdoor spaces to accommodate whatever Autumn decides to bring on your big day.
  2. Don’t Forget the Pictures
    Speaking of outdoor weddings, the fall season has another curve ball to throw your way. Typically, the sun goes down sooner in the evening than in the summer. This might affect your photoshoot schedule, especially if you’re going for that golden hour lighting. A quick Google search can tell you exactly when sunset will take place in your area. So don’t forget to plan with your photographer accordingly.
  3. Embrace Nature
    Nature has a lot to bring to the table during the fall season! Take advantage of this! Find flowers and greenery that are in season and that compliment your Autumn aesthetic. Get creative and use pumpkins and gourds for ceremony and table decorations. You can even bring in hay bales as a cute photo backdrop. These gifts of nature can not only bring your fall wedding to life, but they can be easier on the wallet than other flower alternatives.
  4. Rock the Look
    The chilly weather in Autumn doesn’t have to cramp your style on your big day! Consider complimenting your dress with a shawl or fur wrap. You could also look for bridal gowns with sleeves if that is your style. And don’t forget about your guests! Providing festive scarves or wraps at the wedding can be a creative party favor and nice gesture on a brisk evening.
  5. Think Outside the Box
    A fall wedding does not always have to mean warm brown and red tones. Consider other color combinations that can really wow your guests. Pinterest is a great tool for this. Simply searching for fall wedding color palettes can give you tons of inspiration. For example, metallic shades of gold can add that pop to your decorations you’ve been looking for. But beyond decorations, you can add your unique color palette to the small details like your shoes, accessories, and bridal party wear.

When you simply plan ahead, your fall fairytale wedding can really come to life! As always, the Ruthe Jackson Center team is here to help you and your big day. We hope you will allow us to be a part of that Autumn dream!


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