Tuesday, January 17, 2017

THE BEST WEDDING PHOTOBOOTH // B&B WEDDING SERIES

Everyone says that between Thanksgiving and New Years is "engagement season".  So that means a buuuunch of people are planning their weddings right now. If you're thinking about a photobooth, I wanted to share my experience in case it helps at all!
 Like I mentioned in my last post, we didn't have a professional photographer at our wedding reception. Instead we decided to put money towards a photobooth- which seriously paid off.

I found Meir Photography on Thumbtack, and after meeting Greg in person, I knew they were they company we had to go with. He had all the options and pricing so clearly laid out- no sneaky hidden fees or costs..plus we could personalize the strips with our wedding hashtag for free. We chose to have an "open air" photobooth (rather than enclosed) so that more people could fit in it, and others could enjoy watching people pose and be ridiculous!

The night of our party one of Greg's team members set up the booth insanely quickly- and had a TON of props for everyone to use- from hats to signs to glasses. One thing a heard from a bunch of people was that this was the best photobooth they'd ever been to at a wedding because EVERYONE in the photo got a copy of the photostrip! Even if there were 10 people, every single person got a copy.

The booth attendant also printed out an extra copy to be glued into a photobook where people could write down well wishes and notes to us. We were so busy the night of we didn't really realize how many people used it-so when we looked through it the next day we were completely floored.


We had endless pages of hilarious pictures and notes from our friends and family. As the night went on (and the beer went n) the comments got funnier and funnier. We've shared it with a bunch of people and have gone through it ourselves aboutttt 20 times.

Whether you're looking to capture photos from the night in a way that's more affordable that a full photographer- or are able to have a photobooth on top of a photographer, make sure you find someone you can trust and understands what you're looking  for in the night. If you're in the Madison/Sun Prairie area and are thinking about a photobooth- we seriously can't recommend Meir Photography enough.

Did you have a photobooth at your wedding- or are you planning to have one?
What was your favorite part about it?

xo, laura


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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

A BREWERY WEDDING RECEPTION // B&B WEDDING SERIES

If you've been following along, you know that we got married in Greece while on a 2 week trip (Q&A here), and then had our reception a few weeks later in Wisconsin.

We chose to have a late-night reception at a local brewery that we love to go to, Wisconsin Brewing Company. Our goal was to throw a PAR-TAY. We wanted people to feel relaxed and have a total blast!
Here's how it all went down:

Venue: 
We looooove beer, and we thought a party at a brewery would rock. Cool industrial vibes, good beer, and plenty of space for everyone. The brewery we chose has a taproom that had the photobooth & DJ in it- with lights down low and music up loud---as well as the actual brewery itself that had sitdown tables, lights on, and snacks out for those who wanted a quieter setting to chat. They allowed us to bring in our own food and decorations- and they took care of tables/chairs/setup. The staff was amazing- we couldn't have been happier!
(Image credit: WI Brewing Co Instagram)

Time:
We had our party be 7pm- Midnight on a Saturday. We wanted people to have plenty of time to get in town, and if they wanted, explore Madison for the day before having to get ready for the reception. Since it was in November, it was pitch black out at 7pm- so the huge windows in the venue to the dancefloor weren't an issue of letting light in!

Food:
We let our guests know the party would just be "sips & snacks", and suggested places to go for dinner beforehand. We offered up cheeses, meats, crackers, veggies, dips, chips, desserts, candy, and more - so those who didn't eat before actually had plenty to snack on! Now, I know some people feel it's TACKY to not serve dinner. That's totally their opinion! We chose to do this because often dinner takes up a good amount of time at a reception- and we wanted people to get RIGHT to dancing! Plus- a lot of wedding food sucks. There. I said it. We've been to some weddings with delicious food- but we've also had our fair share of not great meals that probably cost a fortune. 

Drinks:
Because we were at a brewery- the beer was obviously the highlight! We had kegs of 2 of our favorite beers that were free for guests, and then gave everyone 2 drink tickets to enjoy one of the other 12 beers on tap that were higher alcohol/fancier, or a hard lemonade/rootbeer. We were worried for a while because the brewery didn't have the license to offer wine- and we hoped our guests wouldn't be annoyed..but then we reminded ourselves that everyone is an adult. If they want wine they can drink a bunch beforehand or sneak it in ;-)
(Image Credit: Wisconsin Brewing Co)

Photos:
Because the entire event was dark due to it being November, we didn't hire a photographer. Instead, we found an AWESOME photobooth  (Meir Photography) on Thumbtack (separate post coming soon) which people completely loved. Plus, nowadays everyone has smart phones and took pictures of the party on their own. Since we got professional pictures taken in Greece, we didn't feel we missed out not having reception pictures.

Music:
We also found a DJ on Thumbtack- and they completely rocked. If you're in the Madison area and are looking for a DJ- we can't recommend Infinity Entertainment (ask for Amy!) enough! They were awesome and kept the party going all night long.
Decoration:
The space was so huge, doing much decorating would have been a lost cause! We really liked the industrial look, so all we did was add some photos from our trip, dried leaves, and floral bouquets to our tables, a few large photo posters, and signs with our wedding hashtag (#BestulBrewBash) around the space.

Lodging:
We booked a block of rooms at a hotel about 7 minutes from the venue and paid for a shuttle to take guests to and from the hotel. The shuttle was fairly expensive, but we knew if we were throwing a late night party full of beer we better provide transportation for our guests! We negotiated a slightly lower price on the shuttle assuming we filled the whole block of rooms (which we did!).

Favors:
Like I mentioned earlier, Michael figured since we were at a brewery we should totally do tacky koozies- and that's exactly what we did! I made a design and ordered them in 17 colors from 24HourWristbands for SUPER cheap. Word to the wise: you get what you pay for- some of the colors we got were WAY off from what the website showed. Obviously our guests didn't know/care- but I was a little bummed when the "neon" green/orange/pink came in dull/dark and not at all neon. 
I figured people might think they were lame and not take one- but knew some people would think they were awesome. We were shocked by how excited people got when they saw them! People were fighting over colors and asking to take more than one! To this day I still get snaps from people on Snapchat of them using them at home or at work - which makes me SO HAPPY.
Wedding Koozies

So there it is!
Our (perfect for us) brewery wedding reception! I know everyone has an opinion about what makes a reception great-and that this style of event might not be your jam- but I hoped you at least liked hearing about what we did :)

Our favorite part of the night, of course, was getting to celebrate with our families and friends. It's so rare and amazing to have all your favorite people all in one place.

What was your favorite part about your wedding reception- or a reception you've been to?
Someone please tell me tacky koozies ;-)

xo, lp



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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

WEDDING PHOTOS ARE HERE! // B&B WEDDING SERIES

Oh man. So many feels looking back at this day! It was so hard to just choose a few to share, but these are my favorites. I'll be sharing some on Instagram as well, so be sure to follow me : @lpodlich
Big thanks to George of Ventouris Photography for capturing us so well- we loved spending our special day with you!! If you pin/share- please give credit to Ventouris Photography!
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I could post about 20 pictures of just Michael because he looked SO. DANG. GOOD. GAH.
Wedding Inspiration- Oia, Santorini Greece wedding. Photo by Ventouris Photography
 Walking down the steps at our resort after our first look:
Wedding Inspiration- Oia, Santorini Greece wedding. Photo by Ventouris Photography
Saying some vows...I kept inching closer and closer to him- the picture series of it is pretty hilarious:
Wedding Inspiration- Oia, Santorini Greece wedding. Photo by Ventouris Photography
Trying not to cry!
Wedding Inspiration- Oia, Santorini Greece wedding. Photo by Ventouris Photography
 Better view of our ceremony site- gorgeous terrace that jutted out into the sea!
Wedding Inspiration- Oia, Santorini Greece wedding. Photo by Ventouris Photography
 GAH.
Wedding Inspiration- Oia, Santorini Greece wedding. Photo by Ventouris Photography
 Alright from here on out we have a lot of pictures of us looking at each other. 90% of the photos we have are of that. OOPS.
Wedding Inspiration- Oia, Santorini Greece wedding. Photo by Ventouris Photography
 Walking around streets of Oia
Wedding Inspiration- Oia, Santorini Greece wedding. Photo by Ventouris Photography
 EVERYTHING HERE IS GORGEOUS!
Wedding Inspiration- Oia, Santorini Greece wedding. Photo by Ventouris Photography
 Seriously perfect sunset:
Wedding Inspiration- Oia, Santorini Greece wedding. Photo by Ventouris Photography
 ...that just kept getting better!
Wedding Inspiration- Oia, Santorini Greece wedding. Photo by Ventouris Photography
 Inside the caves at Canaves Oia 
Wedding Inspiration- Oia, Santorini Greece wedding. Photo by Ventouris Photography

Wedding Inspiration- Oia, Santorini Greece wedding. Photo by Ventouris Photography

Wedding Inspiration- Oia, Santorini Greece wedding. Photo by Ventouris Photography
 Crazy amazing sunset. GAH. TAKE ME BACK.
Wedding Inspiration- Oia, Santorini Greece wedding. Photo by Ventouris Photography

Now excuse me while I go look at all the other amazing photos and pretend we are back in Greece! GAH.
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Which one is your favorite?
OBVIOUSLY mine is the one of just Michael ;-)

xo, laura

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