Polka Dot is Now in Philly, Too!

The Polka Dot Events Team is very excited to announce that we are now coordinating weddings in Philadelphia (in addition to good ole' NYC)!

Allie, our Month-of Manager, is originally from the City of Brotherly Love, and after some planning and day trips, we've decided to start offering our coordination services to engaged couples in her hometown. Philadelphia has some incredibly unique venues like the Horticulture Center in Fairmount Park (a greenhouse available for weddings year round? Yes, please!) and the Cira Centre  (check out the view!), not to mention the beautiful parks and outdoor spaces that are perfect for getting amazing photos. 

So it's official - we are officially open for business for Philadelphia weddings in 2017!  Click here to email us for pricing and here to learn about our services. We can’t wait to work with all the amazing Philadelphia vendors and engaged couples! 

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Fairmont Park Horticulture Center

Philadelphia City Hall

Things We Like - Escort Cards and Boards

Nothing excites us more than coming across design ideas we've never seen before, and one of the areas we see the most creativity in is escort cards! This is one design element that literally everyone at your wedding is going to see (or else how will they know where to sit?), so make it pop with personality! Whether you're thinking about doing individual cards or a board with everyone listed alphabetically, take a look at some of the unique ideas we found for your inspiration! 

First up we found some ideas for individual cards. We love when couples use this opportunity to continue the theme of the wedding, whether that theme is rustic farmhouse, Latin dance party, or travel! Or if you really want to make sure people pick up those cards, place them on champagne flutes so everyone gets a drink too. 

Photo courtesy of HappyWedd.com

Photo courtesy of HappyWedd.com

Photo by Jessica Burke Photography 

Photo by Jessica Burke Photography 

Photo by Emily Clack Photography

Photo by Emily Clack Photography

Photo by Vue Photography

Photo by Vue Photography

If you're not sure how you feel about individual cards for everyone, a board with names will more than suffice! We love the gemstone and terrarium look, but any board will do, especially if you add some florals to the top. 

Photo by Rachel Zee

Photo by Rachel Zee

Photo by Michael M Waite

Photo by Michael M Waite

Lastly, if you're looking to kill two birds with one stone, have your escort cards do double duty as favors! You can make this work with almost anything, but we love the look of names sticking out of succulents, and sending guests to their table with little bottles of your favorite drink.

Photo by Jenna Bechtholt Photography

Photo by Jenna Bechtholt Photography

Photo by Amber Gress

Photo by Amber Gress

There are so many other great options out there for getting your guests to their seats, I honestly thought Pinterest might explode when I searched for escort cards. Take a look and let us know your favorites! 

What To Do, Post -"I Do"

We love giving advice on what to do before your wedding, but what happens after the big day is just as important! The IRS created this fun and helpful infographic to help newlyweds figure out where to start, whether they're worried about changing a last name, combining bank accounts, or even writing thank you cards. 

Newlywed checklist

Bathroom Baskets

There are always a few wedding guests that get just a bit messy. Whether it's dancing too hard they rip something or mess up their hair, or spilling red wine on themselves, bathroom baskets are here to help! These are a great way to say a little extra thank you to your guests for coming and a way for them to look their best in all your fabulous photos. Here's the list of what we suggest our clients put in them! 

Photo Courtesy of SomethingTurquoise.com

Photo Courtesy of SomethingTurquoise.com

For both bathrooms

  • Band Aids
  • Mints/Gum
  • Stain Remover
  • Floss Picks
  • Lotion
  • Combs
  • Lint Roller
  • Painkillers
  • Safety Pins
  • Sewing Kit
  • Scissors
  • Throat Drops
  • Tums/Pepto Bismol
  • Chapstick
  • Q-Tips
  • Spray Deodorant

For the Ladies: 

Photo Courtesy of J Ann Photography

Photo Courtesy of J Ann Photography

  • Tampons
  • Pantyliners
  • Hair Ties
  • Bobby Pins
  • Hairspray
  • Nail Polish Remover
  • Cotton Rounds
  • Fashion Tape
  • Super Glue
  • Emery Boards

For the Gents: 

Photo Courtesy of MarigoldGrey.com

Photo Courtesy of MarigoldGrey.com

  • Hair Gel
  • Shoe Polish
  • Polish Brush