5 Steps to Selecting Your Wedding Date!

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Now that you have said yes, what will your next step be to getting your wedding planning on the way? Although you are dreaming about what you will wear down the aisle and considering your wedding colors, your next step and one of the most important steps is selecting your wedding date. There are a few things that you should consider when setting your date and we are happy to share them to help you get started.

The first thing you must consider is the month in which you would like to get married. The most popular months to marry are May, June, August, September, and October. If you are considering hosting your wedding during one of these months you may want to begin the process for booking your planner and locating your venue fairly quickly. If your estimated spending plan is more economical you may want to consider marrying during the non-peak wedding season.

The second thing you should consider is the weather. Will it be raining, humid or cool on your wedding day? Today’s weather can be so unpredictable, but keeping up with the weather forecast especially as it gets closer to your Big Day is a must. No matter what month you may decide to walk down the aisle, if you are hosting any of your wedding festivities outdoors creating a contingency plan is the safest and most stress-free way to plan your day.

Third, consider your guest availability during the month and date you select. If you are considering saying “I Do” during the holidays, such as Christmas, Thanksgiving, Passover, or Lent this may pose a problem for some of your guests. These holidays are prime holidays for most and can pose a conflict for those who have family traditions and obligations. Also, make sure to take into consideration those guest that may live far away or have children in school. It may be a little difficult for them to take a three-day wedding weekend to attend your wedding.

The fourth thing is most weddings are held on the weekend because that is the best time to accommodate most of your guest work schedule, but you can also consider hosting your wedding on a weekday. A wedding during the weekday can lower your spending cost if you are looking to stay on a more economical spending plan.

The final thing is no matter what month and day you select to host your wedding, giving your guest enough time to plan to attend is key. Whether you choose to host your wedding on a weekday or a weekend the ones that are very close to you and love you will be there to celebrate your new-found union.

Things You Should Know Before You Purchase Your Wedding Gown

Photo Credit: Made You Look Photography Wedding Gown Designer: Anne Barge

When deciding to purchase your wedding gown, it can be an exciting time but you can also feel overwhelmed. Today we would like to share with you a few tips to help make finding your dream gown a fun-filled and stress-free day to remember.

Photo Credit: Made You Look Photography Wedding Gown Designer: Winnie Couture

Select your venue prior to purchasing your gown. Every Bride has an idea of what type of gown she would like to wear on her wedding day. But, sometimes the gown of your dreams may not match the venue you desire. Selecting your venue before purchasing your gown will allow you to have a gorgeous gown that not only compliments you but your venue selection. If Cinderella had decided to get married on the beach, I highly doubt that she would have worn her ball-gown.

Determine your wedding ceremony and reception type. After you have selected your venue, determine the type of wedding ceremony and reception you desire. Will you have a formal wedding or a semi-formal wedding. Also, determine if your wedding will be a seated dinner, cocktail style reception, stations, or buffet. You do not want your gown to make one statement and your theme to scream another statement.

Photo Credit: Wild Heart Visuals Wedding Gown Designer: Essense of Australia

Create a spending plan before purchasing your gown. Before you book your first bridal appointment make sure you have considered how much you plan to spend on your gown and who will be paying for your wedding gown. If you only plan to spend $3,000.00 on your gown make sure you also plan for alterations, which can also add to the expense of your wedding gown.

Some designers like Anne Barge and Winnie Couture design their gowns to fit with minimal alterations if any at all. But, if you select a designer that you are not sure if you will have minimal or no alterations you may want to purchase a gown that is a few hundred dollars less than you have budgeted to ensure you have the required funds to pay for your alterations.

Research the different style of gowns that you desire to wear on your wedding day. Researching the different types of gowns you desire can help make your bridal gown appointment flow smoothly because you can share with the bridal consultant the type of gown you desire to wear on your wedding day. I have my clients to save their images to their Design Studio Profile, but you can tag pages in bridal magazines, save photos from Google images or bridal shops to your Pinterest Board or in your saved images on Instagram.

Keep an open mind. When you go to your bridal appointment keep an open mind and allow the bridal consultant to share their thoughts with you about other gowns that may compliment your body type and wedding theme. You will be surprised and may even go home with a different wedding gown, but one that is gorgeous and makes you feel fabulous.

Remember most gowns do not run true to size. No, you have not gained weight… Most wedding gowns run small, so no matter your size you may still have to order a gown that is two sizes larger than your normal dress size.

Photo Credit: J and S Photography Wedding Gown Designer: Essense of Australia

Shop early. Unlike your favorite designer for your everyday clothing wear or business wear, wedding gown designers need a little more time to design your dress. Most designers require the gown to be ordered within an 8 to 12 month period to produce your wedding gown. There are some designs they can produce a gown within 4 to 6 months, depending on the detail of the gown. If the gown has a ton of detail and the usual order period is within the 8 – 12 month period you could be charged a rush fee for the designer to produce the gown.

Call ahead and schedule your appointment. Now that you have secured your venue, theme, and type of wedding and did your research it is time to schedule your bridal appointment. Take one day or one weekend to go gown shopping. Whether you decided to go gown shopping in one day or one weekend only schedule an appointment with three different bridal boutiques. Make sure that the bridal boutiques you plan to visit carry the designer wedding collection of gowns that you desire. It is best that you make an appointment to receive the exclusive time that each boutique allocates for each bridal appointment.

Photo Credit: Made You Look Photography Wedding Gown Designer: Anne Barge

Happy Wedding Gown Shopping! For More Tips on how to select your wedding gown contact Imperial Events.

Madam President!

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This past June I was inducted onto ILEA (International Live Events Association) Atlanta Board of Directors as the 2019 – 2020 President. It was truly an honor to take this role as well as be a part of something that is much larger than myself and my company. With this honor, I am striving to build a stronger community for our members as well as our peers in the event and wedding industry.

ILEA hold one educational or networking meeting each month. These meetings are designed to help our members grow their business and develop great partnerships with other industry peers. We pride ourselves on education, creativity, and teamwork just to mention a few of our core values.

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We love meeting new people in the event industry as well as having new members join. If you are interested in attending any of our events. Please follow us on Instagram and Like us on Facebook. Also, if you are interested in becoming a member let’s chat over coffee and talk all things ILEA.

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ILEA Atlanta Website: https:www.ileaatlanta.com/

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Tune In For Our Friday Spotlight Feature!

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 We had the chance to get to know the team of Amp’d Entertainment a little better when chatted with them about who they are and how they serve their clients.  Check out what we found out about the amazing team of Amp’d Entertainment below.

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Amp’d Entertainment is a creative DJ company run by music lovers, for music lovers.  Using classic DJ techniques like scratching, live remixing, mashups, and samples, they reinvent the boring and predictable wedding experience and turn it into unforgettable!  Amp’d also place a strong emphasis on making each event personal.  They believe that no two couples are alike, so no two weddings should sound the same either.  The Amp’d team can update and reinvent the classics while folding in the songs that are uniquely personal to you and your friends and family.  It’s like putting all of your favorite music in a blender!  You don’t become the most reviewed and highest reviewed DJ company in the market without doing something special.  But don’t take our word for it, check out their website for more info and see if Amp’d is right for you!  ampdentertainment.net

And Then There Was Light!

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Featuring today on Imperial Events Wedding Report Wednesday is Kim Braud the owner of Fleurty Wick.  During our interview, we had the opportunity to find out a little bit of information behind the brand as well as how Fleurty Wick service brides and grooms.

Meet The Owner

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Mrs. Kim Braud

Kim Braud is a marketing professional by trade, and she also loves to sell.

Share a little fun fact with us about you! 

Being able to sell something that I create bring me the ultimate joy.  I’ve always been a “girly girl” so it’s like sharing a little bit of myself with every client.

Describe your company and the products you offer. 

Fleurty Wick Candle is a boutique candle manufacturing company offering private label and branded candles, home fragrances, pet aromatherapy and bath and body products.

Who are your clients? 

I have different clients for different products, so my client base varies.  I have a really good men’s following because I offer men’s candles. Most men would not even consider burning a candle, but I’ve made believers out of them.  I also have pet lovers and of course, my ladies.

Being able to also serve brides-to-be, what would you say is your favorite part of assisting them with personalizing their Big Day?

I just love to create! I enjoy helping brides with personalizing their candles for their guests just as much as I enjoy making pillars for the event planners to use during the ceremony or reception.  Knowing that I played a small part is someone’s big day is very gratifying.

I enjoy sitting down with a client and creating centerpieces for their wedding guest as well as bridesmaid gifts. A lot of brides don’t consider candles as a gift, but they are perfect.  The labels can say whatever they desire and the scent can be custom blended to something just for them. The container can be whatever they want as well, including hand blown glass. The sky is the limit! It’s a beautiful and inexpensive gift that guests or the bridal party can use and remember forever.

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What new trends are you seeing that you really love for brides and what trends are you seeing that you would love for brides to just leave in the past? What is your favorite color combination for brides?

I think today’s bride thinks outside the box. Of course, there are traditional brides, but I am noticing more brides are using their creativity to show more of who they are and what they represent as a couple. I’m loving the creativity in wedding photos and onsite shoots. I’ve seen some phenomenal engagement and wedding pics that are outside of the normal “studio” shots. I love that!

As far as something I would leave in the past, I would say the rigidness of the wedding attire. Just be you. If you want to wear studded sneakers, do it.  If you want to wear purple, do it. Don’t be afraid to be you. I love purple, so any variation of purple is good for me!

What tips can you share with brides-to-be during their wedding planning process as well as leading up to their Big Day?

Just enjoy the moment.  I can remember my wedding day, I felt pulled in so many directions and it was very overwhelming. Take the time to enjoy the day. It’s YOUR day. Take a few moments to savor the excitement of it all.

What is the biggest lesson you have learned during your career as an entrepreneur and wedding professional, and what advice would you give brides who are seeking your products or services for their Big Day or other events pertaining to their wedding day?  

The biggest lesson I have learned is to be assured that the bride and groom are both in agreement before proceeding and to be sure that you have a signed contract in hand.  With so many decision to make, changed minds can be costly.  The advice that I share with my brides-to-be is it is best to get to know the couple before creating a product for them.  As a business owner, it’s important to me that the product reflects them and not me.  I want them to be happy with what they receive from me, so taking a little extra time to learn about the couple is important to me.

What is the one thing you can leave brides-to-be with?

Again, just be ok with being YOU. Don’t buy into what everyone else says YOUR wedding should be. It’s your special day and it should reflect who you are, not what everyone else has done.

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We enjoyed getting to know Kim and the products that she offers from just serving clients in their home to her men’s line (The Man Cave) and her bridal line of candles.  You can meet Kim and see some of her amazing products at this year’s Bride’s, Bubbles, & Bliss – “An Epic Soiree In The City”.  You can also keep up with her latest creations on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.

2016 Best Business of Atlanta

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Imperial Events Receives 2016 Best Businesses of Atlanta Award Atlanta, June 20, 2016 — Imperial Events has been selected for the 2016 Best Businesses of Atlanta Award in the Wedding & Event Planning category by the Best Businesses of Atlanta Award Program. Each year, the Best Businesses of Atlanta Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Atlanta area a great place to live, work and play. Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category.

The 2016 Best Businesses of Atlanta Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Best Businesses of Atlanta Award Program and data provided by third parties. About the Best Businesses of Atlanta Award Program The Best Businesses of Atlanta Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Atlanta area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value. The Best Businesses of Atlanta Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

Source: Best Businesses of Atlanta Award Program

What is Your Signature Blend?

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While planning an event of any magnitude can be a daunting, yet exciting task. Of course you want it to be a success; and what better way to achieve that than to hire the best and most highly qualified vendors in town.

Asking a bartender to pour the drinks at your wedding reception for a few hours is nothing new. How about hiring a mobile bar catering service that will not only bring in a full service staff and all the necessary equipment to cater your beverage needs, but also create custom libations that are sure to bring cheer to you and all of your guest the whole night long. Well you can find that service with Lyght House Cocktails!  We had the pleasure of speaking with the Carmaleita Lyght the owner of Lyght House Cocktails to find out what is our signature blend.

Share with us a little about your company and services?

It is our top priority to go above and beyond the expectations of our clients and their guests. That experience begins with a one-on-one consultation to learn the minute details of their special day and the type of service they expect from a chosen vendor. We offer our clients private consultations at Imperial Events office suite,  located at 400 Galleria Parkway SE Suite 1500 Atlanta, GA 30339. Leading up to the wedding date, we are in constant contact with our clients to ensure all bar questions are answered and they are never left wondering what to do next. Lyght House Cocktails can provide a complete package of equipment to service your bar needs. Additionally, we will advise on the best liquor, beer and wine selections for your event. Furthermore, we create relationships with our clients that last beyond the wedding date, in an effort to provide continuous service for all of life’s milestone moments.

What would you consider to be a great cocktail for the groom and groomsmen?

The Flash – This fresh, handmade concoction is for the gin lover in you. Even if gin isn’t your go to drink, give this a try…it just might change your life! Bonus, it’s packed with vital nutrients.

Below you will find the awesome recipe Carmaleita shared with us from Marie Clarie.

http://www.marieclaire.com/food-cocktails/g523/drinks-cocktails-recipes-christmas/?slide=21

What would you consider to be a great cocktail for brides and their bridal party?

The Blue Thai Mojito – Wow, this rum runner is full of surprises, a sweet and savory make a serious statement. It may require a little work!

Below is an amazing recipe Carmaleita shared from The Nest.

http://www.thenest.com/Recipes/45885/detailview.aspx?id=45885&type=7

Do you create your very own specialty blends? 

Yes, we do create our very own signature recipes.

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Are you able to purchase your signature blends if you are not hosting a wedding or event?

Yes, Lyght House Cocktails proudly carries their own selection of signature recipes that can be purchased at any time. Many of which can be enjoyed either with or without alcohol. These signatures sips are one of a kind in that they are all created from personal preferences of former clients, taste testing focus groups, family, friends and Lyght House staff. We don’t follow the trend, we create it!

Do you have any current promotions on any of your signature blends?

Yes, at this time we are running a promotion until July 31, 2015.

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We enjoyed our chat with Carmaleita as well as finding our signature blend, as well as tasting several of their yummy signature blends. It was definitely a pleasure and we found our signature blend…Cotton Candy! Be sure to check out Lyght House Cocktails recent updates on promotions, new signature blends and other great recipes on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.