Invitation Information

The next post on our series regarding invitations is just some basic information that you should keep in mind while planning. We also hope that you find some inspiration in the pretty invitations that are included from local vendors!

Lined Goods. Instagram: @linedgoods

Lined Goods. Instagram: @linedgoods

Adult only weddings
Weddings aren’t always the most “kid friendly” occasion and when couples start including children, the guest count (and budget) can increase drastically, which is why some couples opt to have an adult only wedding. When addressing the invitations (we will get into that on the next post in the series), make sure to address the invitations just to the parents. Only the names who are on the invitation should be invited. If you are finding that guests are RSVPing for their children, it is okay to contact them and let them know that while you still love their children, you have chosen to have a wedding that is adult only.

Plus-ones
If most of your guests are couples, it might be nice to extend a plus-one to some of your single guests to make them feel more comfortable. In addition, if you have a guest who might not know anybody many others in attendance, they too might feel more comfortably bringing a plus-one. If a guest has a serious significant other, you should also put their name on the envelope instead of “and guest.” If you do not extend a plus-one to someone who has RSVPd that they are bringing a date, it’s okay to let them know that while you would love to have their guest join; unfortunately there is no more room at the reception.

Reception start time
If you are planning on having your ceremony and reception at different locations, it is important to state on the invitation where the reception will be and what time it will start. This will help guests to manage their time between the ceremony and reception so that they don’t show up to the reception too early, especially if you’re planning on having quite a bit of time between the ceremony and reception. If you’re planning on having your ceremony and reception in the same place, it is acceptable just to write “reception to follow” or “dinner and dancing to follow” on the invitation.

Lined Goods. Instagram: @linedgoods

Lined Goods. Instagram: @linedgoods

Wedding Website
Wedding websites seem to be more popular as it is a great way for couples to let guests know where they are registered, hotel and travel accommodations and wedding weekend activities all in one place without having to put all of that information in with your invitation. You could opt to do a small enclosure card that just says “for more information, please see view our wedding website” along with your site address. This is also something that could be included on the save-the-dates.

As always, we hope that you have found this to be helpful! We have one more in this series on invitations which will cover how to properly address them. Keep your eyes out for that next month! 

Rain on Your Wedding Day Can Bring More Than Just Good Luck

Worried about rain on your wedding day? Don’t be! Not only is it said to be good luck, but in our experience, beautiful and unique pictures can often come of it too. Check out just a few of our favorite, captivating rainy day photographs below.

Photo by Grace Pulver.

Photo by Grace Pulver.

Photo by Ashley Dru and bouquet was by Camille's Floral.

Photo by Ashley Dru and bouquet was by Camille's Floral.

As you can see, this clear umbrella gets quite a bit of use! 

Photo by Bekah Taylor.

Photo by Bekah Taylor.

However, some of our brides opt for indoor photos when the weather refuses to cooperate. We think our friend Bekah of Bekah Taylor Photography said it right when she talked about having a well lit, beautiful indoor space that allows for great pictures even if you can’t go outside:

“The best part about Bread and Chocolate is their indoor space. It rained the whole day and it didn't even matter. There were so many beautiful places to shoot indoors that we didn't even need to go outside.”

Like Bekah said, it literally rained the entire day for this early June wedding. You can see one of the outdoor pictures that Tyler and Rachel took above but as you can see below in these other rainy day weddings, you really don't need to go outside to get great pictures, especially for portraits and wedding party shots. 

Photo by Bekah Taylor and florals by My Simple Soirée.

Photo by Bekah Taylor and florals by My Simple Soirée.

Photo by Ashley Dru.

Photo by Ashley Dru.

Photo by Grace Pulver.

Photo by Grace Pulver.

Another thing to keep in mind is that just because your wedding day starts out stormy, doesn’t mean the rain won’t let up. A post-storm setting can create the perfect lighting and background for a wide variety of breathtaking photos!

Photo by Sweet Lemon Drop.

Keep in mind that it is Indiana and the weather changes quite frequently; however, there is no need to stress for rain on your big day! 

Invitation Timeline

We are excited to be starting a series with what you need to know regarding invitations—timeline, etiquette, inspiration. For many of our couples, it’s about that time where you will need to start thinking about what you want to send to your guests. It’s especially important to think ahead if you want to send out save the dates as well as invitations.

Design by Maddie Laidig, owner at Lined Goods.

Design by Maddie Laidig, owner at Lined Goods.

Before you start worrying about the style and design of your stationery and what information you’d like to include on your invitations, it’s important to have a timeline in mind so things don’t sneak up on you.

Save the dates:
If you’re planning on sending out save the date cards to guests, you should plan to send them out about 6-8 months before the wedding. Save the dates are great if you have a lot of guests coming in from out of town as it gives them plenty of time to make arrangements for travel or if you have a longer engagement.

Designed by Brook Krabill, owner at Smitten with Bliss.

Designed by Brook Krabill, owner at Smitten with Bliss.

Invitations:
If you decide you are not sending out save the dates, we recommend sending out invitations approximately 3 to 4 months before the wedding. Again, this gives guests plenty of time to make arrangements for travel. If you are sending save-the-dates, we recommend sending the invitations out about 2-3 months before the wedding. Regardless of when you send out the invitation, the RSVP by date should be set for about 5-6 weeks before the wedding. This will give you plenty of time before the wedding to contact those guests who have not sent in their RSVP as well as give you plenty of time to create your seating chart.

Designed by Jordan Santos, owner of Jordan Santos Designs.

Designed by Jordan Santos, owner of Jordan Santos Designs.

We hope that you have found this to be helpful. We would also like to note that all of the invitations we will be featuring in this series are from local artists, we highly recommend checking them out! Now for some more invitation inspiration....

Lined Goods. Instagram: @linedgoods

Lined Goods. Instagram: @linedgoods

Fresh Florals For Spring

We seldom see weddings at Bread & Chocolate that do not incorporate flowers in some shape or form. We are no experts on florals; however,  we've been inspired by some past spring weddings and we’ve done our research. We have curated a selection of colorful, in season flowers for your spring time “I dos.”

Absolutely loved the florals from this May wedding. Florals done by Camille's Floral Shop. Photo take by Bekah Taylor and edited by Ruthie Eileen Photography.

Absolutely loved the florals from this May wedding. Florals done by Camille's Floral Shop. Photo take by Bekah Taylor and edited by Ruthie Eileen Photography.

Spring is the season for flowers! For your arrangements and bouquets think soft and natural, with an organic focus. However, be bold with your color choices take advantage of the variety of color options and nontraditional buds, they will add dimension and upbeat energy while also being different, flexible and unique. 

Photo from a shoot done by Sj2 Photography feature in Trendy Bride.

Photo from a shoot done by Sj2 Photography feature in Trendy Bride.

Tulips
A classic selection especially for a spring wedding. Tulips come in a variety of soft and bright colors to match any color scheme you wish. You can opt for an entire bouquet of these elegant flowers or incorporate them with other spring time blooms.
Meaning: declaration of love, honesty, happy years, memory

Succulent centerpieces from an early May captured by Grace Pulver Photography. Arrangements done by Camille's Floral.

Succulent centerpieces from an early May captured by Grace Pulver Photography. Arrangements done by Camille's Floral.

Succulent and Cactus Accents
Add these non traditional floral picks to your bouquet for a pop of soft green or purple. Succulents and cacti can complement a number of other botanicals, so it's easy to incorporate these blooms into any bouquet or centerpiece. Because these buds or stems are not as fragile as your regular wedding flower, they are extremely easy to ship, making them easily accessible for your spring time nuptials. 
Meaning: enduring harmony

This gorgeous wedding was captured by Bekah Taylor Photography and florals done by My Simple Soiree.

This gorgeous wedding was captured by Bekah Taylor Photography and florals done by My Simple Soiree.

Peonies
Unlike succulents or cacti, these fragrant blooms are a more traditional pick. These soft and delicate flowers are often imported year around and are most accessible from April to June. Peonies come in a variety of colors and look beautiful as full blooms or as unopened buds. 
Meaning: beauty, welcome, bashful

Photo from a perfect early April wedding captured by Vina Sananikone.

Photo from a perfect early April wedding captured by Vina Sananikone.

Hydrangeas
This fragrant and full flower that can stand on its own is at the height of it’s season in March. These flowers come in a range of colors from white to deep purple.
Meaning: devotion, remembrance, boastfulness

Captured by Bekah Taylor Photography and florals done by My Simple Soiree. Cake by Bread & Chocolate.

Captured by Bekah Taylor Photography and florals done by My Simple Soiree. Cake by Bread & Chocolate.

Anemone
These flowers have a striking jet black center, which creates an interesting contrast to their light petals. Their petals are very delicate and sometimes nearly translucent and come in a variety of cheerful colors. In season from October to May, making them a great selection for an early spring time wedding. These anemone’s look beautiful garnishing our naked cutting cake.
Meaning: expectation, protection

Photo from an April wedding. Florals by Camille's Floral.

Photo from an April wedding. Florals by Camille's Floral.

Greenery
Did you notice all of the beautiful greenery in each picture? Pantone's color of the year for 2017 is greenery so expect to see a lot of organic, vibrant greenery throughout the year! 

Photo from a fun early March wedding taken by Lexie Williams Photography. Boquet done by Camille's Floral.

Photo from a fun early March wedding taken by Lexie Williams Photography. Boquet done by Camille's Floral.

Whether or not you're planning on getting married in the spring, we hope that this post has inspired you! We encourage you to shop locally, to support other small businesses like ours! 

Holiday Cheer

Does anyone else absolutely love watching Hallmark movies around the holiday season, or is it just me? It’s pathetic, I always know within the first two minutes of the movie exactly what will happen because all Hallmark movies basically follow the same plot. So, why do I and so many others love watching them so much? I believe it’s the underlying themes that pull me in; each movie seems to highlight the spirit of the holidays, reminding me that there’s something magical about this time of year.

Reading through social media posts, watching the news, and listening to friends and families speak, it seems as though 2016 was a rough year for many. With a hard year behind folks and the anticipation of a new year, it is our hope that people aren’t skipping out on spreading that holiday cheer this season!

During this year, it’s especially important to show kindness and spread some much needed cheer by doing small (or large) acts of kindness. It could be as simple as holding the door open for a stranger or even just going out of your way to thank someone. Or you could try some of these other ideas: shovel someone’s driveway, pay for someone’s coffee, donate to a local organization, hand out flowers to employees at local businesses, volunteer your time or talents to nonprofits, or pass out treats to your neighbors – the possibilities are endless. Invite your friends, family and/or coworkers to do the same!

You could also pay for somebody's coffee! Photo by Alex Pletcher.

You could also pay for somebody's coffee! Photo by Alex Pletcher.

With the holidays coming up, we want to remind you that beginning on December 19th, our office will be open by appointment only. We will resume regular office hours at 9am on Tuesday, January 3rd. If you would like to set up a time to come in and see our space or talk with our staff, please make prior arrangements.

We hope that everyone has a wonderful holiday season and that it is truly merry and bright!

5 Ways To Relax & Unwind

 

Planning a wedding can definitely be stressful! During the process, it’s so important to make time for yourself. We hate the word “bridezilla,” but if you don’t focus on your own mental and physical health, it can definitely head in that direction. Whether your wedding is over a year away or two weeks away, make sure to find some time to relax and de-stress. 

Here are a few of our favorite ways to unwind:

 

Plan Ahead and Delegate

“It always seems impossible until it's done.” - Nelson Mandela

It’s so easy to get overwhelmed about planning your big day, but remember, planning ahead, staying organized and asking for help are great ways to share the burden of planning such an extravagant event.

 

Work out 

Not only is this a good way to tone up before your big day, but you end the workout feeling accomplished and strong. Frustrated that it’s past your RSVP date and there are still a bunch of guests who haven’t responded? Take out that frustration in a work out. Take a least 30 minutes a day to stop worrying about your invitations, your dress or your center pieces to take care of your body and your mind. We also suggest group classes or working out with a friend. Not only is this a great social activity but will also hold you accountable to go. If you’re in the Goshen area, we highly recommend LOL Health and Fitness and Spacious Heart Yoga.

 

Pamper yourself 

Who doesn’t feel so much better after a fresh manicure, nice long massage or a glowing facial? If your budget doesn't allow for the extra expense of the professional services, you could do most of the pampering yourself. A nice long bubble bath is so luxurious (and free!), doing your own nails can be a nice distraction from planning and there are plenty of DIY face masks out there that can be made with items from your kitchen. Treating yourself doesn't have to be expensive, but it's so important!

 

Do something creative 

We love a good crafternoon (afternoon of crafts)! You could DIY something that is totally unrelated to the wedding, such as a wreath for your new home together or filter through the thousands of crafts on Pinterest.

You could also invite a few friends over and knock out a wedding DIY that you’ve been meaning to cross off your list. We absolutely love these watercolor table numbers that Bread & Chocolate bride Megan had for her May wedding!

Photo by Bekah Taylor. Editing by Ruth Eileen Photography.

 

Focus on What's Important with Meditation

Take time for yourself. Meditation can mean different things for each person. Your form of meditation could be cleaning your home or going on a walk. Others like to sit in a quiet space and reflect or become mindless. There are some fantastic apps that you can download on your phone that can walk you through meditating.

The first one we recommend is Headspace. This app guides your meditation to help you with your focus, awareness, to relieve anxiety, and reduce stress. When you download you get ten, ten minute sessions and after those ten sessions are up you can subscribe ($12.99/month) and receive sessions in a number of topics such as stress relief, mental health, happiness, and appreciation.

The second app, a little cheaper in the long run, is Mindfulness Daily ($1.99 download). This app knows that you are busy (especially when planning your wedding), so it's created quick and effective ways to reduce your stress. The program includes 21 days of free mindfulness audio lessons and a “pause button” that helps you take a 15 second mindful pause whenever you are stressed or catch yourself on autopilot. 

 

When all else fails, grab a glass of wine and always remember the reason for the day!

Photo by Marah Grant

Photo by Marah Grant

 

Planning a wedding should be a fun and exciting part of your life! Make sure to take some time for yourself and relax. 

We're blogging!

Photo by Bekah Taylor 

Photo by Bekah Taylor 

Hi friends! Welcome to Bread & Chocolate’s blog! We are a beautiful event and catering venue located in the Historic Old Bag Factory in Goshen, Indiana. Bread and Chocolate is a small, family owned business founded in 1989 by Nadine Bechtel who focused on the concepts of simple food, fresh ingredients, elegant presentation, gracious service, and attention to detail. These concepts are still deeply embedded in the work we provide our clients.

We wanted to start a blog associated mainly with our most common type of event: weddings. Through the information provided in this blog, we will give you the resources to plan for your big day. We hope that the advice and information we offer you is helpful and that you are able to cherish the themes and values within our posts for inspiration on planning your wedding!

Photo by The Colagrossis

This blog will provide you with our professional advice and tips, etiquette, traditional and nontraditional ideas, trends and insight on vendors we love to work with. We will also be featuring past couples who have gotten married here in our space. It is our hope that by doing this, you can get ideas on how others have used our space and what advice they may have for both the wedding day and for marriage. If you are a past client and would like to contribute, please let us know!

If you are interested in hosting your wedding or any other intimate or corporate gathering at our venue on the third floor of the Historic Old Bag Factory, please check out the rest of our website. Feel free to give us a call or shoot us an email if you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment to see our gorgeous space.

Phone: 574-533-9876
Email: events@breadandchocolate.com