Hosting a Bridal Shower

Beyond the Essentials Event Blog - Hosting a Bridal ShowerOf all the wedding celebrations, the bridal shower is the one you can get the most creative with. There are lingerie showers, Tupperware showers, honeymoon showers, Jack and Jill/Co-ed showers, brunch showers, slumber parties and of course the most popular, old fashioned, ladies only bridal shower.

1.  Check in with the Bride

Whether it’s a surprise or planned, you should do a check in with the bride to see if she has any strong wants or dislikes. You could have your plan all set for a lingerie party, but the bride has her heart set on a ladies brunch. Before you get too far with your planning, make sure you have a general idea of what the bride would be excited to see. A creativ way to achieve this is by asking impactful questions. One question that can give you a good idea of what the bride cares about is: “If I had an extra $200 to spend on your shower, what element would you like to see it go to? “. This allows you to find out what the bride is really looking for to. It could be an upgraded venue, food and drink, decorations or favors for the guest. You don’t have to invest actual money into that particular element, but it you can invest your effort, knowing the bride will appreciate it. Continue reading


Designing Your Event Around A Unique and Bold Color: Tiffany Blue

Every woman smiles at the sight of Tiffany Blue. I am sure any woman would get excited to attend or even plan a Tiffany Blue themed event. But let me tell you, it sure is a hard color to find, and even harder to match.

Tiffany Blue is just one of a few unique colors that are hard to match exactly. Sometimes you fall in love with a color, whether its from a paint swatch, bottle of nail polish or Pinterest that you just have to use! Maybe it’s that perfect shade of emerald green, or that mix between pink and raspberry that you can’t just seem to find all your decor items to match.

Don’t let that burst your bubble. You can still have the perfect color themed event, without the stress of hunting for the exact color. 

Here are a few ways to put together the perfect event with that perfectly unique color, whatever it may be.

Invest in Key Pieces 

Tiffany Blue Cake

When you decide to design your event around a unique and specific color such as Tiffany Blue, you don’t need to go overboard. Before you Google Renting Tiffany Blue linens, take a step back and think about different ways to bring the color in. Instead of Tiffany Blue linens, make the impact with white or black linens and pop it Tiffany Blue napkins, chair covers or chair sashes.

The key is to not overwhelm your guests with the color theme. You don’t have to purchase everything you can find in the color. Be selective and pick out the pieces that will bring the most impact. Impactful pieces include the cake, favor packaging, flowers, signature cocktails and additional decor. (Photo: Continue reading

Let Them Not Eat Cake

We can’t deny that wedding cake is a long standing tradition that isn’t going anywhere. Don’t get me wrong everyone loves a great piece of cake. But, that doesn’t mean we can’t alter the tradition a little bit. Some couples choose to follow tradition with the wedding cake but also offer guests other treat options. Some couples opt for fake cakes with one real layer to cut for symbolic measure.

If you’re willing to alter tradition just a little bit, here are a few ideas:

Marble Slab Ice Cream Station

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Wedding Wednesdays – Wedding Favor Alternatives

There are two main opinions on wedding favors. Some people find them to be essential, others find them pointless. My opinion lies somewhere in between the two. They are a traditional wedding must have, but they become pointless when they are just Jordan Almonds in a tulle sack.

I began to brainstorm great favors that weren’t your traditional take away souvenirs. Normally, a requirement of my brainstorming would be: must be budget friendly, but this time it is not. These are the top three ideas I thought of:

A Show! 

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Introducing Wedding Wednesdays…Welcome Bags Edition



I started Beyond the Essentials Event Consulting Blog with the purpose to provide event ideas, information and tips for all events. Birthdays, Baby Showers, Housewarmings, Holiday Parties and last on the list was Weddings. Everyone wants and deserves a celebration and my goal is to provide everything the celebration planner needs. And this includes more than just the wedding planners.

I have every intention to keep this blog focused on every event and celebration, not just weddings. However, there is no denying that I am engaged! Wedding planning will play a large part of my life for the next 18 months and it only seems fitting to share my ideas and plans on my blog.

I’ve decided that in addition to Inspiration Thursdays, I will now be presenting Wedding Wednesdays!

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If you’re going to do…Hosting a Co-ed Event Edition

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Bun in the Oven Baby Party
This theme creates the menu for you! Sandwiches and Burgers in Buns!

More and more you’re finding co-ed baby showers and wedding showers being hosted for expecting and engaged couples. Typically, baby showers and bridal showers are geared towards women guests of honor but every now and then you come across the couple that wants to celebrate together, which a great thing! Beginning parenthood or a marriage together with friends is certainly a great way to share your life milestone.

Whether your hosting a co-ed event for yourself or for friends here are a few tips on making sure everyone has a good time. Continue reading