Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Fun Favor: Flip Flops

We love this idea of giving out flip flops as a favor at your wedding!

Guests will love the relief from their dancing shoes by the end of the night!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Hot New Wedding Trend: Individual Desserts

We love this fun new trend of individual desserts.  They add a homemade touch to a wedding or event.

This Rainbow Cake In a Jar would be great for a child's birthday party:

Ice cream on a stick:

Buttery Blondies with Butterscotch Icing:

Peach Cobbler:

We think guest will love these individual desserts!

Happy Planning!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Wedding Day Disasters Solved: Stain Removal 101

This is the second installment in our series of 'What Happens If' posts.  Today we want to mention what to do if you accidentally get some common stains on your wedding dress on your big day.

Blood- the quickest way to remove blood from fabric is by applying the saliva of whoever's blood it is on the fabric.  To remove the blood it has to be that same person's saliva.

Lipstick- chalk or baby powder will take the stain right out.

Red wine- alternate blotting the stain with a dry and wet white towel until the stain is gone.

Ink and oils/ grease should both come out with rubbing alcohol and chalk or baby powder.

Luckily for Splash brides we carry rubbing alcohol, baby powder and chalk with us to every wedding we work in our emergency kit.  Unfortunately accidents do happen which is why as professional planners we are always prepared!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Out of the Box Escort Buttons & Cards

We love these two ideas for escort cards... they are such a fun and unique approach to the standard fold-over white cards!

These pins are such a cute idea, not only do they tell guests their table number, but they also act as name tags!


This is also one of the cheapest, cutest ideas we've seen for escort cards... free paint chips from your local paint store.  Pick up a bunch in your various shades of your wedding colors and write guests names and table number with a pretty ink... voila!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Kendra and Brent Sneak Peak

Enjoy these photos we snapped at last weekend's beautiful wedding!  Congrats Kendra and Brent!

Planner: Lynn Nelson

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Vendor Spotlight: The Farm at Broad Run

This week we had a chance to talk to Michelle DeWitt at The Farm at Broad Run, a beautiful venue for your wedding or event.  For more information on The Farm at Broad Run please visit their website at

Tell me about your business. 

The Farm at Broad Run is a 52 acre working farm located in Haymarket, VA with a one-of-a kind beautifully landscaped outdoor pavilion suitable for all kinds of celebrations both large and small. 

What do you enjoy most when working with a bridal couple?
I enjoy working with a couple who loves all that nature has to offer and inspire. At The Farm the landscape changes with every season, and the possibility of the celebration are endless. I love watching how each couple adds their own unique touches to make the day meaningful to them.

From where do you draw your inspiration?
I draw my inspiration from the joy of seeing others appreciate the beauty of the “Great Outdoors”, I love to be outside and create beautiful settings.

What advice do you have for brides and grooms who are in the throes of planning their wedding?
The best advice I could give is to try and relax and enjoy the planning process.......don’t forget “it’s supposed to be fun”, not painful. So set a budget, include a bit of flexibility, and focus on what you can do and not what you can’t. Remember no matter what you decide your friends and family are there to celebrate YOUR DAY!

Thanks Michelle!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Shop A Splash of Elegance: Hotel Room Blocks

Chances are you will be having some guests coming from out of town for your big day.  Setting up a hotel block for your wedding makes it super simple for your guests to pick accommodations that are convenient to your wedding venue and ensures that they will get a good rate on their room.  Whether you are using A Splash of Elegance to plan your wedding or not, contact us to set up your hotel room block.  We will work on your behalf to secure the lowest rate available for your guests.  Once we reserve your block of rooms, how about putting together a fun welcome bag for your guests?  In this post we talk about some fun ideas to put together a Virginia themed welcome bag for your guests.

Happy Planning!

Julie Daniel, Splash Consultant

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Vendor Spotlight: Towner Jones Photography

This week we had a chance to chat with Rose and Rob Jones of Towner Jones Photography.  For more information on their business or to check out some of their beautiful photos, please visit their website or blog.

Tell me about your business.

Towner Jones Photography was established in 2007 as a full service wedding, portrait and event photography studio. We are a husband and wife team, with servant's hearts, dedicated to providing quality photography services to our clients.

What do you enjoy most when working with a bridal couple?

We love capturing the special moments from their day and helping to provide a relaxing atmosphere on their wedding day. We feel very humbled to be included in this intimate day in their relationship. We feel blessed by each and every client with whom we work and love it when (as has happened in a number of cases) clients become lasting friends.

From where do you draw your inspiration?

We draw inspiration from the beauty of a couple's unique story and the blessing their story of love can be to those around them. Marriage is a sacred convenant and a beautiful expression of love.

What advice do you have for brides and grooms who are in the throes of planning their wedding?
A bride and groom should enjoy every moment leading up to and during their wedding, as the day will never go perfectly but it is the beginning of their journey together. They should surround themselves with wedding pros who are genuinely there to serve them and help make the process as stressfree as possible, so that the couple, their families, and friends can enjoy the special day.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

What Happens If.....It Is Pouring Down Rain on Your Wedding Day?

We are excited to announce a new series of blog posts, What Happens If?  In What Happens If, we want to address so common and not so common issues, mistakes and situations that may arise on your wedding day.

This week we want to talk about inclement weather on your big day.  For every wedding we plan, we always prepare an Inclement Weather Plan.  This is a Plan B which we can quickly execute in the event that the weather impedes with your Plan A.  Even if your ceremony and reception are both indoors, it is always a good idea to write out and think through your Inclement Weather Plan, or IWP.  For instance, your bridal party may need to be outside for a few seconds leaving the ceremony site to load up in the limo to head to the reception.  If this was a Splash wedding, we would have several oversized golf umbrellas on hand to shield the bridal party as they load up.  An IWP might list alternate exits that provide more cover to the bridal party that limits the time they need to be out in the rain.

When either ceremony or reception are taking place outside, it is absolutely necessary to prepare an IWP.  Your IWP should be realistically executable in a short amount of time; preferably 15 minutes or less.  If a few minutes before your ceremony start time, the skies open up on your beautiful beach wedding and it starts pouring down rain, you need to have a plan B in place.  Depending on your venue, you could either move the entire ceremony inside, or move all your guests inside if it looks like the bad weather will be passing over shortly.

Whether you are getting married inside or outside, make sure you and your planner have a concrete Inclement Weather Plan in place to make sure your big day is chaos and confusion free!

Happy Planning!

Julie Daniel, Splash Consultant

Monday, August 8, 2011

A Few Favorite Etsy Shops

Have you visited yet?  Etsy is an online marketplace of hand made goods.  You can find some beautiful and unique items for your wedding or event.  Here are a few of our favorite Etsy shops and finds!

Blue Envelope

Blue envelope sells these fun mason jar and burlap wedding invitations.

We love Washi Tape-  buy a few rolls in your wedding colors to add some flair to your DIY wedding projects!

Poms are a huge wedding trend at the moment.  Buy them on Etsy or make them yourself with this Martha Stewart Tutorial.

Animal place cards from Cuddle Creature.

Have you found any fun Etsy shops?