Non-traditional Wedding: At the Ballpark

September 28th, 2015
Nice backdrop for a wedding?

Nice backdrop for a wedding?

Who ever heard of a wedding at a ballpark?  And yet, people get married at Major League stadiums every year.  If you’re both baseball fans, yes, it can be done.

From the research I’ve done, it seems that most ballpark weddings take place when the stadium is not otherwise in use.  Many stadiums have party rooms, suites, or other facilities that are suitable for both wedding ceremonies and for receptions.  You probably have to use their caterer.  But since there’s a high probability that you’ll want to serve ballpark food, you know they can handle it.

Could you get married at the ballpark on game day?  That remains to be seen.  I’d love to work with a couple that wants to find out the answer to that question!

Wedding Stress

September 21st, 2015
Do you have your planning notebook handy? Courtesy of sprungphoto.com.

Do you have your planning notebook handy? Courtesy of sprungphoto.com.

Getting married is often stressful and time-consuming.  Unless you’re eloping or having a very small wedding, it’s a big, huge project.  Why do we do it this way?

Is it just because the wedding industry marketing is so good?  Is it because we follow tradition blindly? Is it because we want to feel rich and special? Those may all be part of it, but I don’t think that’s the whole story.

I think a big part of it is that if you’re inviting a lot of friends and family members, it seems the civilized thing to do to feed them a special meal and show them a good time, as long as they are making the effort to come to your wedding.  You have to have room enough to fit all your guests and enough food and plates and forks for everyone to have dinner (or breakfast, or whatever).  And you don’t want anyone to be bored.  Besides, if you like to dance, you want to celebrate on the dance floor with your friends and relations.  And then you might want to make the location look festive.

With just those few things in mind, all of a sudden you need to rent a venue, hire a caterer, find a good DJ or band, and get a florist.  And then you probably want a photographer to document all your hard work!  And maybe you need to hire transportation to get your wedding party and your guests around.  If you don’t already have a lot of these resources, suddenly you’re up to your elbows in work and stress–and that’s before you even have an officiant and something to wear.

Are there ways to make wedding planning less stressful?  Yes, of course.  For one thing, if there are traditional things you don’t want at your wedding, you can leave them off your to-do list.  You can aim for simplicity, even when it is out of fashion.

And, of course, you can hire a professional planner to help you.  With a planner, you have excellent resources at hand and a calm head to help you put all the pieces together.  If you want, you can hand off all the decision-making to your planner and just show up at your own wedding.  That’s what I call stress free!

 

Another Nice Review

September 14th, 2015
Photo by Magical Moments Photography.

Photo by Magical Moments Photography.

It’s toot-my-own-horn day again on the blog.  (If I don’t do it, who will?)  I love getting reviews from clients, and here’s a really nice one on The Knot:

“We absolutely love Lisa!! She was really easy to work with and it was so nice not to have to worry about dealing with all the details on our day of. She also is one of the only wedding coordinators in our area that can offer tangible tips about greening up your wedding.”

If we’ve worked together in the past, please take a moment to write me a review.  Good or bad, I love feedback!

And if you want to see more things people have to say about me, check out my reviews page.

Charitable Wedding Favors

September 7th, 2015
To have favors or not? Courtesy of sprungphoto.com.

To have favors or not? Courtesy of sprungphoto.com.

You may be considering how to handle favors at your wedding.  While lots of people like to give more traditional wedding favors, some people prefer not to give a tangible gift for fear it will end up in a landfill.  (And, let’s face it, a lot of wedding favors are destined for just that.)

One interesting alternative to the chocolate or knick-knack is to make a donation to one or more charities in honor of your guests.  This can take various forms.  You can spend the funds from your favor budget line by donating to a charity and then informing your guests that a donation has been made in lieu of favors via cards on the table.  Or you can let your guests choose among your favorite charities.  Offbeat Bride had an article about a cute way to do this earlier this year.  There are also organizations that will help you coordinate your donations and create the announcement for you.

Whether it’s because you prefer not to have physical favors or because you want to donate to causes near your hearts, charitable wedding favors are one option among the many you have.