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Wedding Tip Tuesday

Tipping for the wedding can be an unclear part of the process. Who to tip, how much, what is appropriate, etc. We found an incredibly helpful article written by The Knot  with a break down on what vendors you should be tipping on your wedding day. With all of the expenses of your big day, and […]

Tipping for the wedding can be an unclear part of the process. Who to tip, how much, what is appropriate, etc. We found an incredibly helpful article written by The Knot  with a break down on what vendors you should be tipping on your wedding day. With all of the expenses of your big day, and gratuities can really add up – here is their “cheat sheet” on a breakdown of what’s customary for each vendor.

Wedding Planner

Wedding planners won’t likely expect anything; however, if yours did a great job you can always offer a token of your appreciation. (Note: Non-monetary thank-yous like professional photos of the wedding for the planner’s portfolio can go a long way too.) Approximately 50 percent of couples do tip their planners — typically those with more opulent weddings.

Protocol:

Optional

The $tandard:

Up to $500, or a nice gift

When to Tip:

The bride should hand off the envelope at the end of the reception, or, she should send a thank-you note with photos or a check after the honeymoon.

Wedding Hair Stylist and Makeup Artist

This is one area where a gratuity is definitely expected. Tip between 15 – 20 percent just as you would in a hair salon, and consider giving a little extra if there’s a crisis, like one of your bridesmaids has a meltdown over her updo and it requires a redo at the last minute.

Protocol:

Expected

The $tandard:

15 – 25 percent, depending upon the quality of service

When to Tip:

At the end of your service

Wedding Delivery and Set-up Staff

Slip a few dollars to anyone delivering important items to the site ( wedding cake , flowers, or sound system). And if a lot of gear needs to be brought in and set up (tents, chairs, or port-a-potties), the workers deserve a tip too.

Protocol:

Expected

The $tandard:

$5 – $10 per person

When to Tip:

Drop off cash envelopes the day before the wedding to the catering manager so the person accepting deliveries can turn the tip.

Wedding Ceremony Officiant

If your officiant is affiliated with a church or synagogue, you’re often expected to make a donation to that institution. If you’re a member you’ll probably want to give a larger amount than if you’re not. However, if you’re getting married there and they’re charging you to use the space, feel free to give a smaller amount. If you’re using a nondenominational officiant, no tip is required because they will charge you for their time.

Protocol:

Expected (depending on officiant)

The $tandard:

Donate $500+ to the church or synagogue, or, for a nondenominational officiant, an optional tip of $50 – $100

When to Tip:

Most ceremony fees are required prior to the wedding. Otherwise, have the best man pass the cash envelope at the rehearsal dinner if the officiant is in attendance.

Wedding Ceremony Musicians

If you worked with a mini orchestra to come up with the perfect score for your service (and they pulled it off flawlessly), consider showing some monetary thanks for their talent. However, you probably don’t have to tip the solo church organist who was required to play.

Protocol: Optional

The $tandard:

$15 – $20 per musician

When to Tip:

At the end of the ceremony.

Wedding Photographer/Videographer

You’re not expected to give your shutterbugs any dough beyond their normal fees. Yet if the wedding photographer or videographer doesn’t own the studio, consider tipping each person (or give a certain amount with a thank-you note to disperse to staff).

Protocol:

Optional

The $tandard:

$50 – $200 per vendor

When to Tip:

At the end of the reception.

Wedding Reception Staff

This type of staff includes the on-site coordinator, maitre d’, and banquet manager. A service charge (typically 2 percent) is almost always built in to the food and drink fee, so check your contract. If the gratuity is not included, tip as follows.

Protocol:

Expected

The $tandard:

15 – 20 percent of the food and drink fee (based on labor, not the cost), or $200 – $300 for the maitre d’.

When to Tip:

If it’s covered in the contract, the final bill is typically due before the reception. Otherwise, have the father of the bride or best man hand the envelope to the maitre d’ at the end of the reception since you will need to know the final tab to calculate the percentage.

Wedding Reception Attendants

When it comes to bartenders, waitstaff, parking, bathroom, and coat-room attendants the rules of tipping are dictated by your contract. If the service fee is included, consider doling out extra only if the service was exceptional. If it’s not included, ask ahead of time how many attendants will be working your wedding and calculate on a per person basis.

Protocol:

Optional, based on contract

The $tandard:

$20 – $25 per bartender or waiter; $1 per guest for coat room and parking attendants; $1 per car

When to Tip:

Although tips are traditionally passed out at the end of the event, you could alternately distribute them at the beginning of the evening, to encourage all the workers to give you great service.

Wedding Reception Band or DJ

Whether you hire 12-piece swing band or grooving to a DJ, tipping musicians is completely optional. (Depending on the quality of the job and how willing they were to follow your ideal playlist!) And don’t forget about any sound technicians they bring with them.

Protocol:

Optional, yet preferred

The $tandard:

$20 – $25 per musician; $50 – $150 for DJs

When to Tip:

At the end of the reception, by the best man.

Wedding Transportation

Again, check your contract, as gratuity is usually included. If it isn’t, plan to tip provided they show up on time and don’t get lost!

Protocol:

Expected

The $tandard:

15 – 20 percent of the total bill

When to Tip:

At the end of the night or after the last ride. If you used a separate company for the guest buses, designate a bus captain to hand the driver a tip, otherwise, this duty falls to the best man.

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Websurfing Wednesday

 How adorable are these cursive stamps?! These self-inking red rubber woodblock stamps allow you to remind you guests that each item was certainly ‘sent with love,’ ‘from the newlyweds,’  or send ‘cheers’ all around for your upcoming wedding and wedding festivities. These are perfect for stamping on your envelopes, some gift tags, or even on your gift boxes. Designed […]

 How adorable are these cursive stamps?! These self-inking red rubber woodblock stamps allow you to remind you guests that each item was certainly ‘sent with love,’ ‘from the newlyweds,’  or send ‘cheers’ all around for your upcoming wedding and wedding festivities. These are perfect for stamping on your envelopes, some gift tags, or even on your gift boxes. Designed by Saffron Avenue sold exclusively online at Hayden Olivia Shop.

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Bohemian Glam Asheville Styled Shoot

“The term “Bohemian” describes people who live unconventionally, usually artistic and whose lives are acts of free or regard for conventional rules and practices. During design and execution of this Boho styled shoot, we kept these characteristics in the forefront of our minds knowing that weddings do not have to be complicated or even “rule-followers” […]

“The term “Bohemian” describes people who live unconventionally, usually artistic and whose lives are acts of free or regard for conventional rules and practices. During design and execution of this Boho styled shoot, we kept these characteristics in the forefront of our minds knowing that weddings do not have to be complicated or even “rule-followers” to be stunning. Simple yet powerful details included an elegant flowing gown from Hayden Olivia Bridal boutique, tapas-style food from Catering by Corey, sure to make your palate awaken, signature grapefruit sangria cocktails, so delicious and refreshing as well as florals sure to make your jaw drop. The scene was dreamy, whimsical and romantic. Same goes for the overall design of the shoot; it was just that, a dreamy boho environment.”

From the photographer Catrina Earls

Catrina Earls Photography

The invitation designer, Chambley from Redroot Factory and Kristen from Kristen Henderson Calligraphy paired up to create the perfect invitation, map and reply card using watercolors complete with our styled shoot inspiration, the cupid arrow….because, love is in the air!

Catrina Earls Photography Dress from Hayden Olivia Bridal

The ceremony alter was creatively constructed of hand-made dream catchers that suspended in the air, by a piece of driftwood, and caught every ray of sun as it shown through the lace, beads and feathers. An easy DIY project completed by Candace from Mingle Events and Vintage Rentals. This ceremony backdrop was very artistic and unconventional, very Bohemian.

Catrina Earls Photography Dress from Hayden Olivia Bridal

Catrina Earls Photography Dress from Hayden Olivia Bridal

 Magnolia leaves acted as ceremony programs and the wording was so beautifully written it could turn anyone into a “hippie at heart.”

Catrina Earls Photography Dress from Hayden Olivia Bridal

Catrina Earls Photography Dress from Hayden Olivia Bridal

 Cupid arrows were displayed in a hand-made basket and doubled as escort cards all the while guests signed a guest book globe that beautifully spoke the words of a true free spirit, a Bohemian.

Catrina Earls Photography Dress from Hayden Olivia Bridal

 Candace, of Mingle Events, also designed a gorgeous sweetheart table that paired wonderfully with a hand-crafted bench. The DIY bench seat was sweet enough for two lovebirds and was constructed from a vintage upholstered headboard. The table was adorned with yellow, green and deep blue glassware, along with cupid arrows with name cards adorned with gold calligraphy for the Mr. and Mrs. The table was completed with romantic white candles in brass candlesticks and a 6 foot floral garland created by Blossoms at the Biltmore, that dripped to the barn floor.  Rustic chandeliers, cafe lights and sun peeking through the slatted walls illuminated the space and created the perfect ambiance for a romantic dinner for two.

Catrina Earls Photography

Whimsical desserts created by Ruth and Ranshaw were as tasty as they looked.

Catrina Earls Photography Dress from Hayden Olivia Bridal

Catrina Earls Photography

The groom was dressed to impress in a wooden bowtie accompanied by mix-matched cuff links while the bride was stunning in a Hayley Paige gown and fur shawl.

Catrina Earls Photography Dress from Hayden Olivia Bridal

But, all eyes were on the Bohemian floral crown that was so lush even a day-dreamer would notice.

Catrina Earls Photography Dress from Hayden Olivia Bridal

 To send the bride and groom off to their happily ever after was a canoe. Yes, a restored 1910 old town tripper with mahogany decking and white ash gunwales. Now how artistic, unconventional, dreamy and Bohemian is that?

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Websurfing Wednesday: Wedding Cakes

When you and your new hubby are lost in each other’s arms during your first dance, your guests will be patiently, or not so patiently awaiting the time to cut the cake! Cakes today play a number of roles: look gorgeous, fit in with the overall wedding theme, but most importantly, taste amazing! These amazing wedding […]

When you and your new hubby are lost in each other’s arms during your first dance, your guests will be patiently, or not so patiently awaiting the time to cut the cake! Cakes today play a number of roles: look gorgeous, fit in with the overall wedding theme, but most importantly, taste amazing!

These amazing wedding cakes have drawn us in with their exceptional details. Getting creative with your cake design is a wonderful way to showcase your personal touch in your wedding.

Cake by Cotton and Crumbs

Cake by Cotton and Crumbs

Chalkboard Cake from Artisan Cake Company

Chalkboard Cake from Artisan Cake Company

Cake by Sky's The Limit! Custom Cakes and More

Cake by Sky’s The Limit! Custom Cakes and More

Naked Cake by Delliquez Custom Cakes N Catering

Naked Cake by Delliquez Custom Cakes N Catering

Cake by City View Bakehouse

Cake by City View Bakehouse

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Tuesday Tip: On Veils

To wear a veil or not to wear a veil, that is the question. And if so, how long? What are the different lengths? Should I consider my dress or venue when looking at veils? These are all questions we often get at the boutique. This veil guide is a great tool for the basics […]

To wear a veil or not to wear a veil, that is the question. And if so, how long? What are the different lengths? Should I consider my dress or venue when looking at veils? These are all questions we often get at the boutique. This veil guide is a great tool for the basics of veils: how to care for them, how to wear them, and how to select them.

Tips on Veils

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Tap Room Styled Shoot

 We love when local vendors get together and combine their creativity! This is a beautiful joint effort showcasing a rustic themed styled shoot inside a Charlotte brewery. The inspiration for the shoot came from Triple C Brewing itself – using the juxtaposition of exposed bricks and natural wood elements. Instead of the traditional floral centerpieces, the table was adorned with […]

 We love when local vendors get together and combine their creativity! This is a beautiful joint effort showcasing a rustic themed styled shoot inside a Charlotte brewery. The inspiration for the shoot came from Triple C Brewing itself – using the juxtaposition of exposed bricks and natural wood elements. Instead of the traditional floral centerpieces, the table was adorned with fresh fruits and vegetables created in the idea of a table runner. The bride’s incredible ethereal gown with soft ruffled skirt added a beautiful touch to the dark environment.

Hope you enjoy the photos as much as we enjoyed being a part of it!

Photography by Alicia White

Photography by Alicia White

 

Photography by Alicia White

 

Photography by Alicia White

 

Photography by Alicia White

 

Photography by Alicia White

 

Photography by Alicia White

 

Photography by Alicia White

 

Photography by Alicia White

 

Photography by Alicia White

 

Photography by Alicia White

 

 

 

 

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Friday Find: Trail Mix Bar

Belly up to the…trail-mix bar? First it was candy, then decadent doughnuts and now, in oh so Northwest fashion, these snack-happy bars are trailblazing their way into wedding receptions. Start by setting up big apothecary jars individually filled with almonds, dried fruit and, of course, locally made chocolate. This will add a fun touch to natural, […]

Belly up to the…trail-mix bar? First it was candy, then decadent doughnuts and now, in oh so Northwest fashion, these snack-happy bars are trailblazing their way into wedding receptions. Start by setting up big apothecary jars individually filled with almonds, dried fruit and, of course, locally made chocolate. This will add a fun touch to natural, outdoorsy celebrations.  Add style by setting out big candy scoops and monogram-stamped brown paper bags to fill with goodies, and then let guests pick and choose their personal mix.

photography by HAYLEY YOUNG

 

Trail Mix Bar

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Kate Spade Inspiration Shoot

“The amount of beauty you’re about to see might overwhelm you…but don’t let that stop you!  You must see this gorgeous styled shoot dreamed up by Lauren of Southern Savvy Events was nothing short of decadent.  It was inspired by Kate Spade, had a bright and colorful color scheme, and was placed in the most gorgeous bridal […]

“The amount of beauty you’re about to see might overwhelm you…but don’t let that stop you!  You must see this gorgeous styled shoot dreamed up by Lauren of Southern Savvy Events was nothing short of decadent.  It was inspired by Kate Spade, had a bright and colorful color scheme, and was placed in the most gorgeous bridal shop I have ever seen.  Hayden Olivia Bridal is the place to be in Charlotte if you’re getting married.  Enough gabbing, check out the beautiful photos!” -Rachel Red

Thank you to the amazing photographer Rachel Red who captured this wonderful day of color and inspiration!

Kate Spade Inspiration Shoot

 

Kate Spade Inspiration Shoot

 

Kate Spade Inspiration Shoot

 

Kate Spade Inspiration Shoot

 

Kate Spade Inspiration Shoot

 

Kate Spade Inspiration Shoot

 

Kate Spade Inspiration Shoot

 

Kate Spade Inspiration Shoot

 

Kate Spade Inspiration Shoot

Florals – Lily Greenthumbs
Hair/Makeup – Who’s the Fairest
Bridal Boutique – Hayden Olivia
Photographer – Rachel Red Photography
Event Design/Coordinator – Southern Savvy Events
China/Flatware – Belk
Rentals – Party Time Rentals
Model – Jill Robinson

 

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Happy Valentine’s Day

It may be a “Hallmark Holiday,” but who says we can’t be inspired by a day completely devoted to love?! Here are some of our favorite quotes to celebrate the one that keeps our heart going pitter-patter.

It may be a “Hallmark Holiday,” but who says we can’t be inspired by a day completely devoted to love?! Here are some of our favorite quotes to celebrate the one that keeps our heart going pitter-patter.

Love Quotes

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Accessorize Your Look

We are obsessing over these glamorous bridal accessories! Finding the perfect jewels to complement your wedding day ensemble creates a personal touch to your look.  You can find these and many more at our online boutique Hayden Olivia Shop!

We are obsessing over these glamorous bridal accessories! Finding the perfect jewels to complement your wedding day ensemble creates a personal touch to your look.

 You can find these and many more at our online boutique Hayden Olivia Shop!

Accessories from HaydenOliviaShop.com

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