T stands for Transportation
As a planner and coordinator, I find that many couples overlook the importance of transportation on their wedding planning task list. It is actually a practical matter; you both don't want to drive to the ceremony and deal with two cars at evening's end. The fun part is deciding what kind of car best suits your style and the theme of your Big Day!
When considering transportation for your wedding party and out of town guests you can consider everything from a cable car to a luxury coach. One of my Bay Area group transportation favorites? Black Tie Transportation in Pleasanton. A great team of professionals--customer service agents who you'll work with to establish service and their drivers of course!
Whether ordering a limo or "coach" or a trolley car through Classic Cable Cars, either company will ask you for the estimated number of passengers you'll need to transport, as well as, the pick-up and drop-off locations. You'll want to ensure you know the minimum contract hours--most are 4 hours. When you get the contract you'll see a section titled PAX, that's transportation lingo for the number of passengers. Luxury vehicles, including vintage ones, can often be rented for a 2-hour minimum, SF Bay Area couples might consider utilizing DriveVinty, they have a good selection of chauffeur driven vintage car choices.
Have a favorite vehicle, but don't want to spend money to rent one? Be inspired by the photo below, certainly do-able for the DIY couple.
Yes, despite all the commercial and residential building that continues in the Bay Area, you can still get horse drawn carriages too. This one for a wedding I coordinated at the Mountain Winery in Saratoga.
Are you thinking of eloping during the summer or early Fall months? Then I'd highly recommend you consider a yacht charter through Passage Nautical. You can arrange embarkation points at either Jack London Square or Point Richmond.
I hope this post has left you feeling inspired.
My three favorite wedding related words that begin with the letter "S" are:
I love stationery; I could spend hours looking for just the right message, the feel of the card stock, not just the front of the card, but the back too. You could say I'm a stationery geek. Enough about me. You have lots of choices--a digital invitation sent by email, traditional 'send in the mail' invites both with an awesome array of designs from whimsical to opulent.
Minted.com has a "all-in-one" design; the RSVP detaches from the invite which makes for a less bulky invite and likely no extra postage needed. GoldenMomentDesign Co. an Etsy featured company, is the place to find acrylic invitations, perfect for family members as a keepsake from your special day.
Some couples think they need to stick to the traditional wedding procession songs to have a nice wedding by their guests standards. I caution against that kind of thinking; don't allow yourselves to be limited. Here in the Bay Area many couples take advantage of all the wonderful outdoor locations in which to be married. Whether it's Faith Hill's "Breathe" or Billy Joel's, "Just the Way You Are" or this Elvis classic, "Can't Help Falling in Love", by either Andrea Bocelli or Haley Reinhart. Love the melody of a particular song, but don't want the lyrics for your Big Day? You might enjoy the Piano Guys, this one a piano/cello cover, but Piano Guys has a great variety from which to choose. So many musical choices!! Don't forget you'll want a Recession song too! I highly recommend something up beat as you celebrate your union.
Every smart planner knows the importance of a seating template. If you are hosting a buffet-style or plated meal during your wedding reception you'll want to utilize a seating template in figuring out where your guests will be seated. To master that tedious task easily visit Etsy for a variety of choices in both design and of course printed size.
R = RSVP, répondez s'il vous plait; French for “respond if you please”.
In today’s world of tech, instead of receiving a printed invitation delivered to your residence, you may very well get an electronic invitation along with the RSVP request to reply in kind.
Thinking a digital invite might be a great solution for you? Following are two of my favorite sources: