Fun + Easy Date Night Ideas

In our technology-heavy world, taking the time to disengage from our cell phones and laptops and connect with our significant other is happening less and less frequently. Couples need to be more proactive about scheduling and making time for one another. We have come up with a few ideas that are cost-effective and easy to plan so you and your loved one can enjoy time together without having to spend a fortune.

Grab some ice cream!

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Stroll on the beach (or local park!)

How to Add a Color of ‘Joyful Pursuits’ to Your Wedding Day Palette

Pantone has released their 2019 color of the year, and it is just what every wedding palette needs. “Living Coral” is perfect for your special day this Spring and Summer. 

Pantone described the new hue as “an animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energizes and enlivens with a softer edge. Sociable and spirited, the engaging nature of Living Coral welcomes and encourages lighthearted activity.”

 The hue symbolizes our innate need for optimism and joyful pursuits - Living Coral embodies our desire for playful expression. What a perfect color and symbolization to incorporate into the day of your dreams! We are adoring the warmth and joy this shade brings and have fashioned a few ways that any bride could practically embrace them!

 

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Making Your Florals POP

Add shades of citrus toned blooms to your flower choices, they are sure to stand out against your beautiful white dress.

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Include Your Best Girls

Color coordinate your bridesmaid dresses to stylishly embrace the golden orange and coral hues.

 

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It’s All In The Detail

It is subtle perfection to include the Pantone color of the year into your invitations, and we love it!

 

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Start The Morning Off Right

Begin your day with this warm color that is sure to brighten everyone’s day.

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Have A Cocktail Hour To Remember

Add a pop of color into your cocktail hour to give guest a fun drink to start the party!

Meet Maggie

H A P P Y N E W Y E A R!

We are so excited to kick off 2019 with so many great weddings ahead and some of our favorite designs to date! Last year, we added Maggie Sloan to the team as an Event Manager + Assistant Planner! We wanted to take a few minutes to properly introduce her so you get to know her before seeing her on-site on your big day!

Ever since she was a little girl, Maggie has loved everything about weddings - the dress, the flowers, the colors, the design! When she first came to Charleston for school, her eyes were quickly opened to how large and grand the wedding industry is here. Maggie is a go-getter and loves seeing the transformation of the reception - taking a blank space and turning it into our client’s wedding dream! Her current favorite wedding trend? “I am a sucker for greenery. It is a timeless look and makes a table look clean and classic” Maggie declares!

We are so excited to have Maggie a part of the team and hope you enjoy her positive attitude and energy on wedding day!

 
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What's new with Ashley Nicole Events?!

Happy December friends! As 2018 comes to a close, we wanted to take a minute to share some of the big life + company changes that have happened this year! From new team members to new families, this has been a big year for ANE as we celebrated 10 wonderful years of business and clients!

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2018 was a big year for our Lead Planner, Ashley V! Celebrating her one year wedding anniversary, Ashley and her husband also welcomed baby girl Miller Grace in September. After a short maternity leave, Ashley finished out her fall wedding season with several gorgeous weddings and is gearing up for a big spring season with some of her favorite clients to date.

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Another big ANE event this year - our team expanded this Fall with the addition of Maggie! With a true eye for design and hard work ethic, Maggie is a delight to have on-site for event day. A Communications major with Hospitality minor, Maggie has fallen in love with the Charleston wedding industry and who could blame her?! Whether helping design a tablescape or lining up the bridal party for introductions, Maggie brings such a positive energy to the team and we cannot wait for you to meet her!

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We look forward to serving you in 2019!

[Favorite] Books for Brides (and Grooms) -To-Be

Y’all! There are SO many great books out there for engaged, newlywed and married couples! I wish someone would have recommended some of these to me while I was single or engaged, even though I am loving reading them just as much now as well! I know a book is not going to fully prepare you for marriage, BUT many of these awesome reads do bring up so many relevant points + questions for couples to really think about and discuss before saying “I do!" I am going to share some of my favorite reads that I have read and plan to read that I think will help prepare your heart for marriage if you are single or engaged or if you are already married, they are great reads to dive into with your spouse so you can learn more about one another and the meaning of YOUR marriage! We are going to spend the next couple months sharing a few of our favorites with you!

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Even though marriage is one of the most signficant choices you will make in life, it’s the only one you’re given a license to do before you’ve actually learned how to do it!
— Choosing Marriage by Debra Fileta

Read the above quote and let it resinate with you for a moment. For every other major, licensed accomplishment, whether it be a degree, a medical or law title, or even driving a vehicle, you are provided weeks, months, even years of knowledge and education, along with countless hours of effort and training before you can earn a license. Yet, to get married, you just have to fill out the proper paperwork at the courthouse and can obtain a license within a few days. I am currently in the middle of reading Choosing Marriage and this quote, even though common knowledge, really stopped me in my tracks to think and is great reminder that marriage is a choice and you are not provided a ‘how-to handbook’ beforehand. When you choose to get married, you are choosing to love your spouse no matter what may come your way, the good and the bad.

Marriage is a journey marked by joy and adventure and has the potential of being the deepest and most fulfilling relationship you will ever experience on the face of this earth.

-Debra Fileta

Be sure to check back next month to see what book we are currently reading + recommending for couples!

The Most Popular Wedding Gifts in 2018

We are so excited to collaborate with Zola - the wedding company that has reinvented the planning + registry experience for engaged couples! Not only can you create your wedding registry from thousands of gifts, experiences, and cash funds, you can also use Zola to manage your save the dates, invites, guest list, and wedding website. Zola has partnered with thousands of top brands to create a wedding experience unlike any other.

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Zola has surveyed their buyers to see what gifts have been the most popular this year based on the state each couple lives in! It is interesting to see that different states in the Southeast, as well as in the Northeast, have the same ‘most popular gift’. For example, South Carolina and Georgia both love the iLUV Aud Shower Bluetooth Speaker [interesting choice, right?!] and Indiana, Ohio, and Pennsylvania all love the LODGE Cast Iron Cookware.

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We always suggest going with something practical, but something that you know the couple will love and enjoy! For some, that is money towards an excursion on their honeymoon, for others it may be monogrammed towels. Remember, couples register for items they want - make sure to check out their registry before buying something you think they MAY want.

Vendor Spotlight: EventWorks Rentals

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When it comes to the overall vision and design, your rentals play a H U G E role in bringing everything together. From linens, to tables and chairs, to flatware, china, glassware, lighting and more, many couples do not realize the importance of their rentals or the impact their rentals play in creating the design they are envisioning. While rentals may not be the first thing couples think about or allocate their budget towards, as soon as designing begins, we always educate our clients on the impact their rentals have on their big day.

With so many quality rental options available, we love working with EventWorks Rentals! From the sales team to the delivery crews, EventWorks Rentals always tries to ensure each couple’s vision and design goals are met through their inventory and service. Each wedding season, they introduce new items to their inventory and make sure to take planner’s and client’s opinions into their buying and building inventory decisions to keep up with local and national rental trends. They also have an in-house carpenter team that helps maintain the quality and look of their rentals, as well build new inventory items as needed and requested! We are so excited for some of their new concepts they are currently working on!

Some of our favorite products to use are their Amalfi china, Rose Gold flatware, Gold/Glass chargers, and Majestic linens.

We love taking clients to their hands-on showroom so we can build out their table design in person, rather than just viewing photos of their products online.

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As always, be sure to follow Ashley Nicole Events on Instagram and our blog for more tips, vendor spotlights and inspiration!

Fall [Wedding] Favorites

Even though the cool weather does not seem to arrive to Charleston, SC or Columbia, SC until at least the end of October or November, that does not mean you cannot incorporate those rich color palettes or jewel tones into your designs. See below for some fun, simple ways to incorporate the Fall season into your design.

Florals are the perfect place to add festive fall colors! Add in a mixture of berries or seasonal leaves for an instant cooler look + design. Look for deeper, richer color tones rather than bright pinks or large palm leaves.

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While a coffee station is a way to warm guests up for chillier temps, how about a hot chocolate bar?! Throw in some fun marshmallows, vanilla or cinnamon sticks and cute straws for a fun design display. Something that we LOVE incorporating into a fall dessert display - an interactive s’mores station! If your venue offers a fire pit or has an outdoor space to bring one in, what a better way to treat your guests to something other than cake!

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As seen on Green Wedding Shoes, this centerpiece, with lots of foliage and leaves, paired with gold taper candles and Rose Gold flatware is the perfect nod to the Fall season. After all, Copper and Rose Gold are metallics we tend to use more during the fall and winter seasons.

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Looking for a seasonal cocktail to serve your guests? How about a Spiced Rum Cider? Mix in apple slicers, cinnamon sticks, add in some nutmeg, or top with lemon bitters.

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Not looking to give out traditional ‘wedding favors’ at the end of the night? How about having customized koozies available at the bar for guests to keep their drinks cool throughout the evening and then they can keep as a wedding favor! Practical, purposeful, and cost effective to buy in bulk! Make sure to save a few for yourself :)

Be sure to follow Ashley Nicole Events on Instagram and Facebook, as well as our blog for more fun favorites + inspiration tips!

Featured: Ashley + Glenn | Wedding

We were thrilled to see our very own Lead Planner, Ashley, featured once again on the Wedding Row for her own wedding, which took place last year. With a love for the holidays and Christmas music, what better day to have a wedding than on the eve of Christmas Eve?!

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With an intimate ceremony at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, nestled in the quaint Ansonborough neighborhood in downtown Charleston, Ashley + Glenn said their vows in front of 125 of their closest friends and family, with Glenn’s father, the former Bishop of South Carolina, performing the ceremony.

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The reception followed at the beautiful plantation house and grounds of Lowndes Grove. Although December is considered off-season, we hope to see more December weddings in our future as the weather was incredibly mild reaching 75 degrees during the day and only dipping to 60 degrees that evening - two days before Christmas!

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Not wanting to be overly Christmas-themed, Ashley and Glenn opted for a mixture of blues and mixed metals for their color palette with touches of greenery and berries for a nod to the season. Classic Christmas tunes played in the background during dinner and the night ended with a fun rendition of Mariah Carey’s classic, All I Want For Christmas, song.

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Be sure to check out more photos by the talented Catherine Ann Photography on The Wedding Row feature to read more about Ashley + Glenn’s big day!

On Trend: Rose Gold

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While gold and silver have always been staple, classic wedding colors, we have L O V E D seeing rose gold make an appearance on the wedding scene within the past couple of wedding seasons! From candle votives, to chargers, flatware, and more, we get so excited when we have clients that allow us to throw in some extra glam with rose gold!

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Add a little rose gold (or copper) with a speciality drink like the Moscow Mule, which comes in a signature copper mug! 

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One of our grooms even got rose gold detailing on his ring as a nod to his wedding since rose gold was one of the main accent colors! Their Save the Dates also had rose gold foiling that we were simply obsessed with!

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We are also a huge fan of mixing metals! While this may have been a fashion no-go in the past, mixing metals is A-okay our design book and we believe you can get some of the prettiest and stylish combinations when you choose to mix it up!

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Be sure to follow along with our blog and on Instagram for more of our favorite designs!

 

Featured: Ashley + Glenn | Engagement Session

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Take a moment to check out our very own Lead Planner, Ashley, featured on The Wedding Row last week! Ashley and her husband's engagement session graced the southern blog, The Wedding Row, which is a great resource for brides + wedding lovers! Ashley and her (now) husband, Glenn, headed to their old stomping ground, the College of Charleston, to take photos in one of Charleston's most iconic locations: The Cistern, as well as many other sweet spots around campus. The historical buildings and large oak trees provided the perfect backdrop for these two lovebirds. Their blue and whites were a nod to their winter wedding colors!

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After spending some time on the grounds of the College of Charleston, the couple switched up their attire for a more formal look and headed to the Ansonborough neighborhood - the same neighborhood where their ceremony would be held in St. Stephens Episcopal Church!

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To read more about Ashley + Glenn's engagement story and see more images from their engagement shoot by the talented Catherine Ann Photography, be sure to head on over to: http://theweddingrow.com/ashley-glenn-engagement-session/

 

Importance of a Rain Plan

Imagine this! Your wedding day has finally arrived and everything is going according to plan. It is almost ceremony time and you look outside.....the white chairs.....the floral ceremony arbor....the aisle markers....all are dripping wet as the skies just opened up and rain is forecasted for the remainder of the evening. Now what?!

Implement the R A I N  P L A N!
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Even if historically, your wedding date has been rain-free for years, we ALWAYS equip our clients with a rain plan! Being prepared well in advance will save you from a stressful last minute [expensive] call that you do not want to make on your big day, Though not a popular conversation, we ALWAYS require our clients have a rain plan JUST IN CASE. 

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Nowadays, with so many tent options and accessories, many clients opt to have a tent regardless of the weather possibilities (or their venue may require one).  Many lighting options or hanging fixtures require a tent to properly secure and suspend heavier, hanging items. Also, tent fabric draping has become very popular and with so many colorful or light, airy options, draping can completely transform the space to make it feel very intimate. Tents can also be raised to 10 feet in height so the space never feels crowded or enclosed.

One positive point: Many [if not all] rental companies offer a Rain Reserve Program. This program allows you to pay a non-refundable deposit - typically 35% - to hold the tent size you would need for your date. The rain decision must be made 48-72 hours in advance depending on the company, but this allows you to have a more accurate weather forecast than you could months or even a year before the day. We ALWAYS have clients put tents on Rain Reserve as there are many weekends throughout the year that all companies end up selling out of tents when inclement weather is predicted and we do not want YOU to be the client without a tent.

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We want Y O U to enjoy one of the biggest days of your life so we do everything we can to help prepare you for all possible scenarios beforehand and ensure a plan is in place if needed!