Wedding Trends | Brunch Reception

Whether you’re an early bird who wants to have a morning wedding or someone who is a firm believer that breakfast food is the best kind of food, the 2016 Brunch Reception wedding trend is for you!

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The possibilities on what to serve as the main dishes for your brunch reception are endless! Utilizing a buffet (or build your own biscuit station or cereal bar) can give your guests the opportunity to try everything that your reception has to offer. But you can also have a plated receptions well! Allow your guests choose which omelette, crepe, waffle, or pancakes ingredients and toppings they would prefer and have waiters serve them at their table for an elegant feel.

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Cake

It’s no secret that deserts are an integral part of wedding receptions. Thankfully, there are many different cake options for your brunch reception that work beautifully! Have a cake of stacks of delicious breakfast foods or consider asking a your baker for a muffin batter cake!

Drinks

Making sure that your guests have appropriate drinks for your reception is a must! Coffee, hot chocolate, and tea bars are the perfect way to make sure your guests top off their delicious brunch food with some much needed drinks!

But what about Bloody Mary’s? Mimosas? Beer and wine? Liquid Catering‘s got you covered with their Wake-Up Bar! Give your guests the chance to enjoy their favorite alcoholic brunch beverages while enjoying the best breakfast foods!

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No matter what time of day, you can’t go wrong with a Brunch Reception! Visiting us for a consult soon? Be sure to tell us that you’re thinking about a Brunch Reception and we’d be happy to give some recommendations to assist you in your search for YOUR perfect vendor list!

Like these photos? Check out Cheryl and Phillip‘s brunch reception! Photos by Ryan & Alyssa Photography

Tips & Tricks | Love Your Bar

You have the dress. Your girls and guys know what they’re wearing on your special day. You’ve picked out your caterer, DJ, and florist. You definitely know what your colors are. Now comes one of the most important parts–the bar! Whether it’s a high priority on your list for your wedding or a detail that you decide on a month or two before, it’s important that you LOVE you bar!

A way to provide something extra to help your guests celebrate your love even more, your bar should have everything that you need for a good time and a good drink! Thankfully, Liquid Catering, the exclusive alcoholic beverage provider for The Old Cigar Warehouse, knows how to help you LOVE your bar!

1 | Keep it Local

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If you love your area, then showcase it to your guests! Feature local brews and wine for your guests to try and to demonstrate why your wedding location is better than the rest!

2 | Have a Signature Drink

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Signature drinks really bring an extra something to the table. Having a drink that is catered to your specific tastes or to match the colors of your wedding will really up the wow factor of your day! Giving the drink a cute and catchy name doesn’t hurt either!

3 | Pick Your Favorites

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The best part about choosing a package? Getting to pick your favorite beers, wines, and liqueurs! Choosing a package that matched your tastes and the tastes of your guests will not only make you and your guests happy, but will also make your night even more enjoyable!

4 | Have a Champagne Toast

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Even if you don’t have complete bar service or you opt for a mocktail bar, having a champagne toast will make kind words about you and your spouse even more special and will give you the opportunity to have some beautiful pictures of champagne flutes!

5 | Make It an Open Bar

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Having your bar be an open bar instead of a cash bar is the ultimate way to show your guests that you care about them having fun and also a great way to say thank you to them for coming! No matter what package you order, keeping it an open bar definitely goes the extra step to making your event a special one.

Wedding Trends | First Look v. Traditional Aisle

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In recent years, couples have been forgoing the tradition of waiting until the bride walks down the aisle for a more modern first look in the hours before the ceremony. With these two options, we think you can’t go wrong with either and below we have the list to prove it!

Pros of a First Look

A first look can be very beneficial for couples when it comes to saving time. Not only will a first look allow you to get pictures of the complete bridal party with ample time to spare, but it also allows you and your future spouse to have more time together after your ceremony to take pictures with family or to spend time alone together. The first look is also good for couples:

  • Worried about nerves getting the best of you? A first look is a great way to get the nerves out of the way.
  • Intimate, private moment before the excitement of the day.
  • Opportunity to get most photos done = more time to celebrate! Doing a first look allows photos with your wedding party and family before the ceremony. Always note that if you want formal photos with extended family, you may have to consider how big your family is and how much space you have for photos.

Pros of Traditional Aisle First Look

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There’s beauty in tradition and we love how that translates in our couples’ photos. The tradition of waiting to see each other allows you both to spend the last moments before being wed with your family and friends. Not to mention the possibilities of sweet photos that can be taken beforehand! Other pros to the Traditional Aisle First Look:

  • It’s exciting! You can’t beat the feeling of seeing each other for the first time as you are about to pledge your life to each other in front of your family and friends.
  • Genuine emotion from the bride, groom and parents of the bride and groom as the bride walks down the aisle.
  • Traditional parents or guests? This is a great way to please them!
  • Opportunity to reflect and reminisce about your journeys that special day.
  • Extra time with your girls and guys in the moments leading up to your ceremony!

Here are some of our favorite photos of both the modern first look and traditional aisle first looks!

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Old Cigar Warehouse Wedding | Caroline + Cody

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Check back soon for more on first looks featuring parents, children and your wedding party!

 

Event Trends | Keeping It Local

A major trend taking over events for 2016 is keeping your event locally sourced. Not only is this trend great for the community, but it also allows your guests (both local and out of town) to appreciate what your wedding location has to offer. We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite ways to “keep it local” for your event!

1 | Local Food

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The Upstate offers a variety of different vendors who are not only unique to Greenville, but also provide locally sourced food. Wow your guests with tasty options from some of the great food service providers that that the area has to offer. From traditional caterers to local restaurants to food trucks, you can’t go wrong choosing a local business!

2 | Local Breweries

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Want to make a big impact on your guests? Show them the different wines, beers, and spirits that the Upstate produces! Liquid Catering offers two packages* that provide an excellent taste of what local breweries, wineries and distilleries have to offer! These drinks will leave your guests wanting more and provide a way to help your guests experience the greatness of the local community!

*Liquid Catering‘s Southern Spirits Package Coming soon!

3 | Local Musicians

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Up the wow factor at your event by featuring local musicians! A surefire way to impress your guests is with live performances that are unique to the Greenville area. Not only will your guests be able to listen to the talent that the Upstate has to offer, but a great band will also have an arsenal of songs ready to tailor their performances to your event.

Some other great ways to consider keeping your event #local?

  • DIY Favors: Have a favorite shop around town that is special to your wedding location? Ask them about doing a wedding favor! One of our favorite locally sourced favor has been little bags filled with Downtown Greenville’s favorite popcorn from Poppington’s Popcorn!
  • DIY Flowers: A little investigating can go along way! Research local flower farmers so you can handpick your wedding flowers. IMPORTANT: Using local flowers (like food) means you may only have access to certain flowers and colors due to the season that your wedding is taking place.

We know that there are many other ways to keep your events locally sourced. Share your favorite ways with us in the comments below or on social media!

2016 Summer Wedding Trends

Summer is just around the corner and we could not be more excited about the summer weddings this year! With a new season comes new trends, so we’ve compiled a list of some of the summer trends that we’re excited to see in our space this summer!

Laid Back Live Music

We love live music here at The Old Cigar Warehouse, so we’re thrilled to see the trend of having laid back, live music playing during the cocktail hour! Whether it’s a lone guitar playing classics or a string quartet giving your guests a taste of classical music, having live background music adds so much character to your cocktail hour!

Wildflowers

Nothing says summer like wildflowers! Completing your wedding décor with some of these wild blooms will really make your wedding stand out and add extra dimension and color to your wedding photos without seeming overdone. We definitely are loving these natural looking bouquets being held by our beautiful brides!

Bringing the Outside Inside

The beauty of nature inside of a beautiful venue? Sign us up! We love the trend of bring foliage inside of venues! Have the best of both worlds by bringing a wedding that looks like it’s outside, indoors!

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Emphasis on the Couple’s Story

Your guests are already at your wedding to celebrate your love and commitment to one another, but allowing them to see even more into your love story is a trend that we adore. Hanging pictures up as decoration during cocktail hour, producing a timeline of major events in your relationship, making table numbers that mean something to you, or even writing your vows as your wedding altar backdrop are just some of the ways to make your wedding day more personalized and unique to you!

Wow Factor Backdrops

You and your fiancé are already going to look stunning on your big day. You’ll be getting married in front of all your family and friends, so why not step up your altar a little more? Backdrops that bring a wow factor to your big day  will not only draw everyone’s eyes to you even more, but will help create whatever atmosphere you want. TIP: Note that some of these gorgeous backdrops are not all elaborate. Sometimes a simple backdrop (consider the written vows) brings the WOW just as much!

Hanging Lights

One of the best features at The Old Cigar Warehouse is our hanging lights…they’re in every space! So it’s no surprise that we love the trend of hanging lights at receptions and ceremonies! Whether dimmed or fully lit, hanging lights can change the atmosphere of your event and really wow your guests.

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Planning Tips | Including Others Outside of Your Wedding Party

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It can be difficult to add all of the people important to you to your wedding party, and once you’ve come to a decision there are always people left that hold a special place in your heart but not yet in your wedding. Here are some other ways you can ask those special people to be a part of your wedding day!*

1 | Give a Reading

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Is there a poem, song, or section of a book that means something special to you and your fiancé that you would like to have as part of your ceremony? Have one of your close friends or family members who aren’t part of your bridal party give the reading at your wedding! If they’re a talented writer, have them write something to read during the ceremony that could hold even more emotional meaning.

2 | Play a Song

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Some of your close friends or family may be gifted with musical capabilities. Have them sing or play a song during your wedding! Whether it’s when you walk down the aisle or during a portion of your ceremony that doesn’t necessarily involve speaking (unity candles, hand fasting, ring warming, etc.), having a friend give the gift of music during your ceremony can be extremely special.

3 | Give Advice during the Ceremony

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Do you have married friends who you want to be part of your ceremony? Or maybe you want to include your parents or other family members in a way more suited to them. Have them stand up during your ceremony and offer a small piece of advice to the two of you that you can carry with you as you begin your marriage.

4 | Match the Wedding Colors

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Many friends will try to avoid matching your wedding colors so as not to be confused with people in your wedding. To make sure that your friends know they hold a special place in your wedding day, ask them to match your wedding colors! If there’s an overall color scheme, ask them to match it or choose a specific color that you would like them to wear to show their importance to you!

5 | Wear a Symbol of Your Relationship

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Yes, it would be great to include all of your sorority sisters or fraternity brothers and other school friends in your wedding. But having a bridal party of 20 or more girls and guys could be a bit overwhelming for some couples. For these close friends who aren’t in your bridal party, ask them to wear a symbol of their relationship with you instead!

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For your school friends, have them wear their class rings! There are so many cute photo opportunities with them all showing off their class rings while you showcase your wedding ring that will make great photos for them to share after the wedding.

Sorority pins, colors, flowers, or jewels are simple, yet meaningful ways to have your sisters recognized for their special meaning to you! You can even ask some of your sisters if you can use their pins for your bouquet as your “something borrowed”! And don’t forget about the guys! Fraternity badges and songs are also a wonderful way to welcome the new bride into their “brotherhood”.

6 | Ring Warming

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A trend popping up in recent years is having a ring warming during your ceremony. While many couples prefer to have all of the guest take part in the ring warming ceremony, having a few close friends seated near the front who take part in “warming” the rings will make the moment meaningful as well as take up less time.

7 | Ushers

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Asking someone to be an usher and escort guests to their seat is a great way to include males (especially younger ones) in your wedding! This can also take some pressure off of the groomsmen so that they can stay by the grooms’ side for the pre-wedding moments. But ushers don’t have to only be male. Female ushers are great too!

8 | Program and Guestbook Attendants

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To ensure that everyone gets a program, have a couple of your more outgoing friends hand out programs to your guests as they arrive. You can also ask some friends to be in charge of the guest book, making sure that everyone signs so you can you look through your guestbook for years to come.

No matter which route you choose to go, any of these options are special ways to make sure that you include those closest to you in your perfect day.*

*Be considerate of your friends’ feelings if you’re thinking of asking them to take part in a way that could be seen as “working” your event. Being a guest at your wedding is an honor in itself.

Wedding Trends | Ways to Ask Someone to be in Your Wedding

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Now that your special someone has popped the question, it’s time for you both to ask your nearest and dearest to stand by you on your special day! Thankfully, there are some new trends popping up to help make your bridal party feel even more honored to be included in your big day!

1 | With a Meal

If you’re already known for your parties and events, invite your future bridesmaids over for a home cooked meal or find a local restaurant where all of you can meet. Asking all of your attendants at the same time can let them all get to know each other better and set the tone for the bridal showers and parties to come! Don’t forget the men! this is a great opportunity to invite your fiancé’s groomsmen along too.

2 | With a Bottle of Wine

What better way to ask your best friends to stand by your side than with a personalized bottle of their favorite drink? Just head over to an etsy shop or create something in photoshop and you’ll have a gift that is not only enjoyable, but also Instagram worthy! Is a bridesmaid or groomsmen not a big drinker? No problem! This can easily be done with their favorite non-alcoholic drink as well.

3 | With a Scavenger Hunt

Did your fiancé go all out on your proposal? Are you one to make things over the top? Send your girls on a scavenger hunt leading them to places that signify important places in your friendship!

4 | With a Survival Kit

Being a bridesmaid or groomsman can be a lot of work! Go ahead and give your people a box of useful and fun things to help prepare them for your big day or to start celebrating early!

BONUS: Ask your flower girl or ring bearer to be in your wedding by using one of these kid-friendly ideas! If they can read, we love the puzzle!!

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