2017 Floral Trends by Intern, Lauren W.

It’s that time of year again when all of the upcoming trends are being released and discovered. I asked Lauren to write on her favorite topic for me, because I knew she’d be eager. I hope you enjoy her take on the 2017 Floral trends, and maybe you will learn something too! 

Mrs. Christine gave me the fabulous opportunity to go on and on about one of my favorite things, FLOWERS!! I absolutely adore flowers and I hope that I can write more blogs about flowers in the future.  Now let me talk about the real subject at hand,

The 2017 Floral Trends:

Many different plants make up floral families that are not necessarily flowers.  All of these plants can be incorporated into any wedding, party theme, or bouquet.  Some of these might sound a little crazy or odd to y’all, such as fruits or vegetables, but trust me, they work just fine. First are the plants that are not necessarily known for flowering. These categories are Pods, Berries, Fruits, Vegetables, Succulents, and Greenery.  

  • The Pod for 2017 is super cute, it is a green Poppy pod and is the same color as Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year.
  • The Brunia berry is an extremely versatile plant. Since the berry is a nice neutral grey or silver, it can be paired with any color, season, or theme.
  • The fruit for 2017 might seem a little crazy (at least, that’s what I thought), but it is the pineapple. Obviously it is not a full size, they are miniature pineapples and they are also pink or yellow. The pink or yellow pineapple would be great in a spring or summer wedding and paired with other bright colors.  
  • The 2017 Vegetable is the artichoke. The artichoke pairs well with any colors because it is green. Also, it looks like a succulent and could be incorporated into a cute summer succulent bouquet.
  • The echeveria is 2017’s succulent. I think that it is a classic succulent and looks very rose-like in its appearance. It can be found green or a soft lavender.
    The Greenery family has chosen my favorite piece of greenery to represent it for 2017, Eucalyptus. I love eucalyptus, especially baby euc. ! It is so versatile and can be paired in any season and goes well with any color since Eucalyptus is a nice frosted green. Also, as an added bonus, it smells amazing.

Flowering Plants:

The 2017 Flowering plants are many different colors and different varieties. What I have noticed about the 2017 flowers is that they are the same family, but different colors. For instance, the Garden Rose is favored for 2017 in five different colors/variations. Also, the Peony and Dahlia is preferred for 2017 in a few different colors. The next flowers are mentioned in order by color from white to purple, respectively.

  • The white flower is the Alabaster Garden Rose.This variation of the Garden Rose is only found in white and is very full. It has many petals and they turn over on the ends causing them to look pointed.
  • The cream flower is the Caramel Antike Garden Rose. This Garden Rose is also very full and is a very light caramel color or ivory.
  • The Dahlia is liked in a very rich red.  The dahlia is also a very full flower with pointed petals. Actually, Christine and I worked a wedding last fall with rich red dahlias.

    Image by Kasaundra Felder Photography

     

  • Fuchsia is the beautiful Peony. This Peony is a deep pink and pairs marvelously in spring and summer weddings and with other bright colors.
  • Pink is the Prince Charles Garden Rose. This Garden Rose is very round and is similar to the Peony.
  • The David Austin Juliet rose.  This rose is unlike any rose I have ever seen. It is spherical and does not open very much and looks as if it has over 100 petals.
  • The Sunset Garden Rose is the Peach flower of 2017. It is an ombre mix of pink and orange.  
  • Yellow is the Pom Pom Garden Rose. The center of this Garden Rose contains so many petals that it looks as if it is ruffled.
  • The green “flower” is not really a flower but it is a variation of a flower, it is the trick Dianthus.
  • The Trick Dianthus is adorable. It is a little, fuzzy, green ball and is very whimsical looking.
  • The blue flower of 2017 is my favorite flower, the blue Hydrangea. It is a large sphere with of many small flowers. The Hydrangea is perfect in a spring wedding when paired with whites or pinks. 
  • The Lilac is the lavender flower for 2017.  It is a nice light purple and is wonderful in the spring.
  • Finally, the purple flower is Hydrangea.  Like the blue Hydrangea it goes well with white flowers, but could be incorporated in the late summer and fall weddings.

    Beautiful blue hydrangeas

These are just a handful of flowers that are trending in 2017. How are you planning on using these flowers this year? If you have any questions or are seeking advice on how to use these flowers, do not hesitate to contact the Get-Christine team.

Vendor Spotlight Post – Triple T Entertainment

The year of 2016 was a major year of growth for Get Christine. I joined societies, more than doubled my amount of bookings, brought on interns, and met a lot of new and talented event vendors. Meeting new vendors has been great for my business. I have had tons of opportunities to work with so many great new people this year, and for that I am extremely grateful. Now I also have a whole bunch of new vendors I can refer my brides to. Today I am covering a Photo Booth provider.

At a WeddingWire educational event earlier in the year, I met Bianca of Triple T Entertainment. If you follow my blog you may remember her from my Pamper Party back in July. I knew instantly as I met her that we would be working together for a long time. She had a great smile and was very friendly, and I immediately wanted to know more about her and her business.

Since she’s fairly new to the industry, I wanted to shine a light on her business. Please allow me to introduce to you, Bianca Taylor and her business partner Ben Sandefur of Triple T Entertainment:

Bianca and Ben show off their fun photo booth

Business Name: Triple T Entertainment

Vendor Name: Bianca Taylor & Ben Sandefur

Web Address: www.tripletentertainment.com

Business Category: Photo booth

How long have you been in business?: 7 months

What got you started in this business?: Spending time in a photo booth at my nephew’s wedding in Charleston, SC and having the best time ever! I couldn’t stop thinking or talking about the wonderful time we had. The fun, smiles, and laughter was so amazing and we want to provide that same experience to others.

A Group of friends at a Halloween party cram into the shot of the Triple T Photo Booth.

A Group of friends at a Halloween party cram into the shot of the Triple T Photo Booth.

What’s the best tip you have for a couple planning a wedding?: Although it has nothing to do with a photo booth, the best tip I can tell a couple planning their wedding is to hire a wedding planner. The stress of that day can be overwhelming and hiring a planner lets you enjoy the day instead of sweating all the small stuff. When my son got married last year, it went so smoothly because of the wedding planner. Top give a photo booth tip, hire a photo booth, even if it is just for an hour. The memories, fun, and laughter are priceless for both you and your guests. The budget seems to be the concern for most so it is one of the last items on the list, however, photo booths actually are one of the top highlights of most weddings!

What don’t couples know about your business category that they should know?: Most couples are looking for enclosed photo booths, however, in my opinion, an open air photo booth brings joy and laughter to ALL your guests, not just the ones in the photos. Guests love watching others taking their pics and most will then decide they want to join in the fun as well. Also, with our open air photo booth, we try to match the theme of your event so it blends in.

A newly married bride and groom have some fun in the Triple T Photo Booth.

Are there any questions your non-wedding clients should be asking that they don’t know to ask?: Since we cater to all clients, wedding and non-wedding, they all pretty much ask the same questions, however, they need to think about the length of time they want photo booth services as most booths are not utilized during the eating part of the event, If you are having a 4 hour event, yet an hour of it will be eating, ask the photo booth company if they have an idle hourly rate (most are much lower than the hourly rate) and you may get the photo booth cheaper than a full 4 hour request.

What’s the most unique/different wedding or event you ever did and why?: I cannot say just one was different because all of them are unique. Each wedding has been beautiful and unique, because each bride is beautiful and unique. They all bring their special twists.

Triple T Photo Booth customers having blast in the booth!

What was the most memorable wedding you ever worked, and why?: They all have been memorable, because we have been in business seven months, I have been in awe with each one of them.

I hope you will consider using Triple T Entertainment for your next party, wedding, or other event. Bianca has an incredible positive energy that anyone would want to have running a photo booth at their event.

Vendor Spotlight – All Around Raleigh DJ

A few weeks ago, I let my intern write a vendor spotlight post about The Chocolate Boutique. I have been meaning to write more of these types of blog posts, so this week here’s one from me! I have been working in this industry long enough to have worked with some really excellent vendors. Here’s a post about one of the best DJ vendors in Raleigh, or at least he’s one of my favorites.

All Around Raleigh DJ; Eric Hodgedenallaroundraleighdj-logo

I met Eric, the owner of All Around Raleigh DJ, at the Market Hall Spring Showcase. I arrived fairly early, while it was still mostly just vendors and Market Hall employees in attendance. Being punctual, as I always am, benefited me yet again. This time I benefited because I was able to walk around and introduce myself to a few local vendors I have never met. (Another benefit to being early, I was able to get a glass of wine without waiting in line. )

Eric was one of the first vendors I met that night, and he left a great impression on me. We ended up meeting for coffee at a later date and time, where I learned a little more about him and why he got into the events industry.  I really enjoyed his take on why he decided to be a DJ and I hope you do too!

Background Information

Joe Payne Photography

Joe Payne Photography

Eric stumbled on his love of being a DJ like many others do. He went to school and got a degree in Engineering and made the realization that his heart was somewhere else. During the same year Eric enrolled at NC State, he also formed his company All Around Raleigh DJ. When I asked him about his first event as a DJ, he said “I had a typical 19 year old guy’s stereo with huge ridiculous speakers“. This made me really chuckle because, we’ve all known people like that. The first event he worked was for a friend’s Mother. Her DJ had backed out last minute, leaving her with little time to find a replacement. Eric offered his services and quickly realized that he was pretty good and had a blast doing it. After that, Eric bought some professional DJ equipment and began working weddings and events as often as possible. He was eventually able to leave his full-time cubicle job to run All Around Raleigh DJ in 2011. Of course, he also told me it’s the most rewarding job he’s ever had.

 

Q&A

I asked Eric a few other questions and here are his responses:

What advice would you offer to couples looking for a DJ?:

“Whoever you hire must be someone you can trust – and someone you feel a connection with, they will be a guest at the wedding so they should fit what you have in mind.”  “You should also trust them to be organized and take care of things.”

How far out from the wedding should couples hire a DJ?:

In general terms somewhere between 4-8 months before the wedding. For popular months at least one year in advance. August tends to be more flexible. But, if you want a specific person, you should book at least one year prior.”

What is the coolest event you have ever worked?

“Very personalized events, people who incorporate their personalities into their events make them the most memorable. In particular one Wedding I worked at Shady Wagon Farm – barely had any dancing. This wedding’s bride was not able to stand for long periods of time, but she danced for at least one song. It was memorable because the people were really awesome.” There was a little less dancing then Eric was used to, but even still this wedding was not lacking in fun. There were a bunch of lawn games for the guests to enjoy, and Eric entertained the guests by playing the shoe game, and hosting table trivia for dinner. “The best part of the night was when the groom surprised his bride by singing to her during the reception while she sat on the dance floor.” 

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Caroline Lima Photography

Would you like to pass on your business to your children?

This question was clearly something Eric had not been asked before, but something I personally consider all the time. I of course want to pass on a legacy to my children, but I don’t know how frequently other people also have that desire and if so, how much thought they have really put into it. Eric’s response was “I only have a daughter and female DJs are definitely more rare, but if that was something she wanted to do then heck yes!”

Do you see yourself running the DJ business until you retire?

“Yes absolutely, in some form or fashion. I can’t see a reason to get stuck in a rut and stop, and there’s really nothing else I enjoy doing as much.”

I am very grateful Eric had time to grab coffee with me. I really enjoyed sharing fun industry stories, and getting to know him better. It’s not often that you get to hear about the vendor and their personal life.

I hope you enjoyed getting to know Eric and hearing about how he formed his company!! If you are in need of a DJ for your next wedding or event, consider reaching out to him for a quote, you won’t be disappointed. And, if you need more evidence of that, check out his reviews on Wedding Wire.

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