Event Planning + Coordination

Author: Chelsea

Current Obsession = Watercolor Themes!!

Current Obsession = Watercolor Themes!!

Spotlight on Watercolor Lately, I just can’t shake my obsession with watercolor design themes! Especially when combined with another fav: ombre! One of the reasons why I love these trends so much is it prevents issues with color shade matching when decorating! I’m a little […]

A Rustic Celebration for Amber + Fortino!

A Rustic Celebration for Amber + Fortino!

Congratulations Amber and Fortino! Did you know Events by Emerson works with events of all sizes? From 10 people to 300+, I put the same amount of heart and soul into them all! Last weekend I had the pleasure of assisting with an intimate family-dinner-style […]

First Steps to Planning Your Wedding!

First Steps to Planning Your Wedding!

Planning Your Wedding: Where to Start

Congratulations on your engagement! If you are like most brides you want to dive right in on your wedding plans! It is a day you have looked forward to for years…so where do you start? Right here! In this blog post I will lay out the first steps to planning your wedding, and exactly what order to complete them in.

The first steps to planning your weddingBudget and guest list are the first elements of wedding planning you need to tackle. Each of these elements affects the other, and will dictate many of the decisions you make throughout the wedding planning process. Budget is often the most difficult element to discuss, but it is without a doubt the most important. Getting a firm grasp on what you can realistically afford early on, including family contributions is very important. Setting a budget and sticking to it is difficult, but absolutely do-able if you start at the beginning! Discuss contributions with parents, potential donors, or perhaps just consult your own finances. Many couples these days carry the burden of wedding expenses completely on their own, and it is important to know early in the planning process whether this will be you and your fiance as well.

Guest List

Once you have a good idea of finances the next thing to tackle is the guest list. You and your fiance both need to sit down and make a list, separate or together, of people you would like to be invited. Keep in mind that this number will most likely increase over the span of planning the wedding. No matter how much time you spend on your initial guest list, there will be names forgotten, or even new friends made, that necessitate changes (usually increases) to the guest list.

Venue Search

Finally, armed with a good grasp of your budget and an idea of guest list size you are ready to start the venue search! I have found that completing initial planning elements, in this order: budget -> guest list -> venue, is the most conducive to stress free wedding planning! In my opinion one of the most heart-breaking situations is to fall in love with a venue you either can’t afford, or can’t fit in to. Space is a very important element in both your ceremony and reception; you do not want to crowd your guests. As you would expect, it negatively impacts their experience, as does a space that is too big for your size of wedding.

There you have it! You are now ready to dive into planning your wedding! Or you can go straight to the Contact page and bring me on board to dive in for you! Good luck!

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Karen & Dylan | Denison, TX Wedding

Karen & Dylan | Denison, TX Wedding

Last weekend Events by Emerson had the honor of executing Karen and Dylan’s wedding after about 10 months of planning together. Karen and Dylan are such kind people it was a breeze being involved in their big day! Here are a few pictures I grabbed […]

Patricia & Monte’s Wedding Photos Pt. 2

Patricia & Monte’s Wedding Photos Pt. 2

I wanted to share a few more photo of Patricia and Monte’s big day from photographer Samantha Morrow! These are some of my favorite photos and depict Patricia and Monte’s exit from the wedding reception. Don’t forget to check out the full blog post on […]

Patricia & Monte’s Wedding Photos Pt. 1

Patricia & Monte’s Wedding Photos Pt. 1

Wedding photos are in! I wanted to share a few of my favorite photos from Patricia and Monte’s wedding and reception taken by Elizabeth Photography. To read more about the event visit my previous blog post.

Ceremony program Ceremony entrance signBouquetsWedding reception tablesFloating candle centerpieceSeating arrangement displayReception decorFamily photos!Family photos!

Patricia & Monte | Sherman, TX Wedding

Patricia & Monte | Sherman, TX Wedding

Update: New blog posts are up that include photos from wedding photographers Elizabeth Photography and Samantha Morrow! Patricia & Monte’s Wedding Photos Pt. 1 Patricia & Monte’s Wedding Photos Pt. 2 ————————– A few weeks ago I had the honor of being a part of […]

Jade & Drew | Denison, TX Wedding

Jade & Drew | Denison, TX Wedding

Kerri O’Neal Photography did an amazing job for Jade & Drew! I wanted to share a few photos that highlighted the work we did for their event. Hope you enjoy! And consider Kerri O’Neal Photography for your next event!  

How to Transport Bouquets and Floral Arrangements

How to Transport Bouquets and Floral Arrangements

This blog post is for the DIY Brides and anyone who is making their own wedding bouquets or floral centerpieces, arrangements, etc. Good luck!

There is nothing worse than damaging your bouquets or centerpieces while transporting them from home or wherever you arranged them, to the venue. After spending hours slaving over them and arranging them just right, failing to make the proper arrangements can result in crushing blooms, breaking stems and potentially ruining your beautiful creations. In this blog post I’m going to show you how to create a box to transport bouquets and floral arrangements safely to your venue or wherever you need to go.

This method has worked successfully for me many times. It keeps the bouquets and/or centerpieces in water, and keeps them upright and prevents any blooms from getting crushed. Plus it makes them more stable and able to travel more easily in the car.

Step 1: Gather the supplies you need.
– X-acto knife
– vases
– long boxes
– duct tape

I use the shipping boxes my flowers come in from Sam’s Club, FiftyFlowers, etc. They are the perfect size for this project being long but not very tall.

I found that the small cylinder vases from Wal-Mart work the best for transporting bouquets. I talk about them in a previous blog post too:  A Rustic Wedding . They cost only .97 and usually end up being about half the size of the bouquet, so once they sit in the box it works out perfectly. If you are going to be transporting floral centerpieces or arrangements you use whatever vase you have for that arrangement.

Now, before you get started think about the size of your bouquets or centerpieces and how many you will have. Don’t forget the toss bouquet! The widths of the arrangement is what really dictates how many you can fit in each box. Consider the heights of them as well, especially when deciding on a box to use. Really tall bouquets in a shorter box will be less stable during transport. I like to reinforce the boxes with duct tape or packing tape like you see in the pictures. I tape long ways down the seam of the box and then several times around the box the opposite direction in different places. When I’m done the box is sealed and I cannot get in it.

Step 2: Trace the vases onto the box.

I take my vases and sit them on the box to examine the placement. I usually go in a zig zag pattern to maximize the width area around each bouquet or arrangement. Once I have the placement of the vases I trace around each vase on the box.

Step 3: Cut out the holes you traced with the X-acto knife.

I usually cut slightly larger than the circle so the vase comes in and out relatively easily. It doesn’t need to be a tight fit for this to work. If you end up with a hole slightly bigger than your vase it’s ok. If you have a vase that is larger at the bottom, or at the top, or is differently shaped in any way you just need to experiment and that may involve cutting your circle slightly bigger in different stages as you compare it to the vase.

Step 4: Test your vases in the holes, make any adjustments.

Once you have finished cutting all your holes, test them with the vases. If the fit is too tight, shave off a little more of the hole with the X-acto knife. Just keep going until you are satisfied with the fit. Then you are ready to add some water to the vases (for bouquets only use a little bit, arrangements use more) and begin to create your bouquets or arrangements! Once you are done, slide the vases back into the box and you are ready to transport your bouquets and floral arrangements! Make sure to carefully measure the amount of water to add to the bouquet vases. The stems will displace quite a bit a water when you put them in. Be particularly careful if you have wrapped or decorated the bouquet handle, you do not want to get that wet.

IMPORTANT: Make your transport boxes BEFORE you make the bouquets or arrangements.

The box makes it super easy to transport your bouquets, floral arrangements, centerpieces and more. You can even reuse the boxes!  With bouquets you can use the box to transport them to the ceremony location, use them at the ceremony, then put them back in the box and transport them to the reception venue. Once at the reception pop the vases out of the box and line them up on the head table or another table to create a beautiful display!

What do you think about this method of transporting bouquets and arrangements? What methods have you used to travel with flowers? Share your experiences in the comments below! Questions are welcome too 🙂

Jade & Drew | Denison, TX Wedding

Jade & Drew | Denison, TX Wedding

I wanted to share a few photos from Jade & Drew’s wedding this past weekend. I loved working with this couple, and I was honored to be able to help them create their special day! I can’t wait to show you the photographer’s photos, but […]

Venue Spotlight: Riverwood Barn & Amphitheater

Venue Spotlight: Riverwood Barn & Amphitheater

Our first Venue Spotlight! The Riverwood Barn and Amphitheater is located in Durant, Oklahoma. It’s actually East of Durant, more in the Blue area, right off Hwy. 70. There is a barn, house, and outdoor amphitheater area. Everything is brand new, as of the writing […]

Jamie & Brad

Jamie & Brad

I wanted to stop in and share a few photos from the Jamie and Brad’s wedding this past weekend! It was a beautiful rustic wedding held at the Riverwood Barn and Amphitheater in Durant, Oklahoma. It’s a brand new venue in the Southern Oklahoma area, there have only been  a few weddings held there so far and it is just beautiful! If you are looking for a rustic or barn venue, definitely check out Riverwood. I took quite a few photos on venue walkthrough’s so I’ll do a separate post on the venue! Back to Jamie & Brad, I assisted with the planning process, centerpieces, and flowers. The theme was rustic, and the colors were hot pink, purple, and blue. Here are a few photos I took that day. I’ll do another blog post when the professional photos arrive!

A combination of silk and fresh flowers for this wedding. All the guest table centerpieces and arrangements in the barn were made using silk flowers, which means they could be made weeks in advance. I love being able to do this, and it cuts down on the number of things that have to be done either the day before or the day of the wedding. Pop a plastic bag over the top (like a Wal-Mart sack) to protect the flowers from dust, and store them til you need them!

Fresh flowers were used for all ceremony flowers, including the bouquets, boutonnieres and wrist corsages, and altar and aisle arrangements. The flowers used in the bouquets were: white Carnations, blue Cornflowers, pink and purple Stock, and some Solidago, Queen Anne’s Lace, and Larkspur.

The bouquet transport box was made from an old box and several .97 vases from Wal-Mart. I outlined all the vases with pen on the box and then used a knife to cut the holes. This allows the bouquets to sit in water AND travel safely to the wedding venue.

 

Picking the Perfect Bridal Party Gifts

Picking the Perfect Bridal Party Gifts

One of my favorite projects during the wedding planning process is finding and creating the perfect bridal party gifts. There are a million different options and Pinterest, as always, is a great source of inspiration.There are several things to consider when it comes to choosing […]

Don’t Forget the Napkins!

Don’t Forget the Napkins!

Centerpieces get a lot of attention when it comes to designing the tablescape for your special event, but one element that doesn’t get as much attention is your napkins. Many people often forget about this element, but in my opinion it is  one of the […]

Welcome Baby Harper!

Welcome Baby Harper!

We were honored to assist a friend in decorating for a baby shower recently. The upcoming arrival of Miss Harper was celebrated in style at the Comfort Suites meeting room in Sherman. It was a colorful fairytale story theme that we loved working with! Here are a few photos from the event.

 

A Zebra Wedding!

A Zebra Wedding!

The Bride’s love of zebra definitely made this a wedding to remember! This event was held in the ballroom at the Quality Inn in Sherman, Texas. Congratulations to the Bride and Groom!

My Wedding :)

My Wedding :)

The first event I ever planned, my own wedding! This is what started it all. Amidst the worry and stress, and all the tiny little details, I fell in love with wedding planning. I hope you enjoy a few images from my day!

A Legendary Party for a Legendary Lady!

A Legendary Party for a Legendary Lady!

What a fun night for a special lady at the Municipal Ballroom in Sherman, Texas! The event colors were white, black, and red with a “queen” theme! Full buffet, dessert table, dance floor and more!

Update: Added a few more photos!

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