I’m feeling blue

I’m not depressed but inspired! I’ve been seeing all shades of mixed and matched blue, with a splash of another highlight color, and it makes me happy.

I’ve been asked to do several winter weddings next year and these colors are motivating me to get uber creative. Let color palettes be your guide. Pick colors that spark emotions inside you. This photograph is actually my screensaver and every time I look at it, I get an overwhelming sense of calm and joy. Find your joy and let it drive the creativity in your wedding planning.

Planning a wedding during a pandemic

Planning a wedding can be frustrating enough but add a pandemic to the mix and you have a real headache.

I was just published in Simple Elegance’s bridal show magazine on this very subject. Please take a moment to read it. It may help ease some of your pain.

If you need a better copy, please e-mail me at Susan@weddingsbysusan.ORG.


Food Trucks

Thinking about a food truck for your catering? Sounds like a good idea in these times of COVID. You can have guests (socially-distanced) go up and get their food or you can have wedding planner assistants deliver the food to the tables. Food trucks tend to be yummy and less expansive than traditional caterers.

You need to be very specific in your questions before you sign a contract, however. How much of the food is pre-prepared? How quickly can they get it out?

Do they have to make anything on site? If yes, how many minutes do they need to get each order out? If it takes two minutes per order, times 60 guests, you’re talking two hours! Are you letting people customize their order? (Suggestion: Don’t!) How many people will be working the food inside the truck? So many questions! Please e-mail me if you would like my free Food Truck Questionnaire. Susan@WeddingsbySusan.ORG.

Giving back, in so many ways!

I did a beautiful wedding last night, for a couple who is concerned about our planet. They went out of their way to have biodegradable plates, cups and cutlery. Hurrah. I always feel terrible about throwing away plastic plates, cutlery and glasses so I try to recycle and reuse as much as I can. Yes, I am that person. The one who separates garbage and washes stuff for reuse later for family events.

This couple went even further, asking if there was some retirement or nursing home that would enjoy their table flowers. The answer was yes. My mom’s assisted living community embraced the thought of fresh flowers from a wedding filled with love.

As a wedding planner, I, too, try to go the extra mile. So, I spent part of my Sunday filling thrift store vases with roses, chrysanthemums, eucalyptus, ferns and other lovely stems. Let’s all do our part to try to preserve the Earth and to spread joy to others. Thanks, Kristi and Brynnan!

Three things that make me happy

There are a lot of things that make me happy but there are three things that, recently, made me smile even more.

The first is how much couples are doing to keep their guests safe from coronavirus at their events. They are aware and they are conscientious, Thank you.

Photo by Nathan Metcalf Photography

The second is that I am working with a couple that is super eco-friendly. All of their plates, cutlery and even glasses are compostable. What? Yes! I always feel bad when I throw away things that can’t be reused, repurposed or recycled. But in our defense, Tennessee is not known for its recycling capabilities. We do what we can.

Finally, when I see couples truly in love, it makes my heart want to burst. You can tell when they are “the one” for each other. You can see it at the first look. You can see it in the kiss after the officiant says, “You may kiss the bride.” You can see it in the joy in their faces and you can witness their strong connections. I did not have that in my first marriage but I do now. Don’t marry the one you can live with, marry the one you can’t live without. Thanks, Tony Metcalf. LOML

Celebrating decades-long marriages

When I’m not coordinating weddings, I like to volunteer at my mom’s assisted living facility. On Sunday, my mom and I hosted a wedding party for ladies from Johnson City, Bristol, Kingsport and Erwin. The residents brought photos of their loved ones and told their wedding/marriage/love stories. It was so much fun. Some brides have never worn a veil as they got married by a justice of the peace. ~~~ Side note: I also like to watching baking shows on TV. I finally put all my “TV knowledge” to work as I made a three-tier wedding cake for this event. It was red velvet, black walnut and carrot cake with cream cheese frosting. Super yummy but not kind to the hips! (Click on a photo to see the complete gallery.)

Tips and other random thoughts

The older you get, the more random thoughts enter your crazy, ole brain. They need to be shared, and thus, the blog. I hope you enjoy reading about all that I have learned (so far) about weddings, marriage, entertaining, love, and romance.