9 Tools to Keep Your Wedding Planning Organized

Uncategorized Jan 12, 2020

Are you starting to get buried under all the wedding research, details, and contracts? If you are feeling like all this info needs to be sorted and put in its place then we have some awesome tools to help. 

 

 

Binders & Calendars

 

These are not your Staples brand binders. These are beautiful keepers of the most important details for your big day, so of course, they will have to be stunning themselves!

 

Russel + Hazel - By far the most fashionable and functional binder on the market. Make it your own with 7 different inserts and keep your fancy pens close by with the cutest little pouch that straps right on top. "But I don't carry a big purse." Oohh, well girl they also have their signature binder in a mini so there is no reason you can't be organized as hell and keep your tiny purse. 

Bonus: Download their 57-page wedding planning template for FREE! 

 

Emily Ley's Simplified Planner - The most intentional and...

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7 Essential Questions to Ask During Vendor Interviews

wedding planning Nov 07, 2019

When you head off to meet vendors like Caterers, DJ’s, or Wedding Planners you might be unsure of what you should ask them during your interview, especially if this is your first time ever hiring that service.

We are here to help. Too many times we have seen vendors, who are at your wedding to work, slack off, be at the bar, or worse, end before their contracted time is over. The questions that we’ve compiled here will help you dive deeper and find the right people for your big day. 


 
1. What are your responsibilities on my wedding day? 

This question will allow that vendor to tell you, from their perspective, what their major duties and responsibilities are during your wedding. If they aren’t saying some of the basic things that you thought were a part of their responsibilities then talk to them about it.

Example: If a caterer isn’t telling you that they assist in setting up tables, chairs, and place settings, which is a responsibility that...

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The First 7 Things You Need to Do After Getting Engaged

wedding planning Nov 03, 2019
Getting engaged is one of those moments that takes your breath away and leaves you in a happiness bubble for weeks. It’s amazing and exciting and deepens the love you have for your partner in so many ways. 
 
When you’re ready to begin planning your epic wedding your feelings might change quickly because knowing where to start is confusing. It's totally normal to get overwhelmed by the MASSIVE to-do list and the literal thousands of decisions you now have to make. 
 
As a wedding planner who has guided hundreds of couples through the wedding planning process, I’ve pulled together my very best advice for the very first things you need to do after getting engaged. 
 
  1. Tell Your Family 
Tell your family about your engagement - you don't want your mother finding out that he's asked for your hand from your sister. It's also important how you tell them. We aren't talking text message here, a phone call or in person is the...
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How to Create A Realistic Wedding Budget

wedding planning Oct 25, 2019

 

Wedding planning the right way is all about smart decision making. Knowing what your budget is and how it's allocated (separated into categories) is a big part of planning smart from the start. But how can you make smart decisions about your wedding spending if you have no idea what your wedding budget should be?

 


 

 So.... how do you create a wedding budget when you haven't made any wedding decisions yet? Or maybe you feel like your budget is too tiny and have no idea how your going to host your family and friends, plus make it the beautiful, Pinterest worthy wedding you're dreaming about. 

I show you exactly how to create an estimated cost for your wedding day based on the size of your guest list, your geographic location in the US (or abroad) and your level of taste. 

From there your budget will be broken down into categories, each giving you a clear price point for where and how much you should be spending to keep the overall...

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5 Inspired Color Palettes for Your Modern, Romantic Wedding

Uncategorized Aug 01, 2019
Choosing your wedding colors is the base for all good wedding design. A beautiful color palette is woven throughout your wedding - from the flowers, to the linens to the bridesmaids dresses - your colors are front and center, so choosing the right colors is an important job. Here are some of our favorite colors palettes for Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The ideas for how to incorporate your wedding colors into your big day:
  • Flowers 
  • Table Linens - accent colors used on non-guest tables like the cake table, escort card table, head table, etc. 
  • Bridesmaids Dresses
  • Groomsmen Ties
  • Cocktail colors
  • Mother of the Bride/Groom Dresses
  • Tent Draping 
  • Tapered Candles
 
However you want to use your wedding colors in your big day make sure you’ve chosen exactly the ones you want before your start spending any money. It's hard to go back and order new colors...
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Everything You Need to Know About Save the Dates

wedding planning Mar 19, 2019
When it comes to wedding invitations I wanted to know the essentials from the best in the biz. So I asked Alison Hazinski, the amazingly talented artist, stationer and owner behind One Only Paper,  a bespoke paper and custom invitation company based in Raleigh, North Carolina, to help me breakdown only the need to know about Save the Dates to get you sharing your wedding details ASAP. 
 
Save the dates are cards you send out in advance of your wedding invitations, inviting guests to save your wedding date. Since wedding invitations are traditionally sent out 6-8 weeks before your wedding, save the dates are particularly helpful when you have a lot of out of town guests who will need to make travel arrangements, or if you have a lot of friends who will be getting married around the same time.
 
Image by Mikkel Paige 
 
Your save the date only needs three important pieces of information:
  1. Who you are
  2. Your wedding date
  3. What city you’re going...
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5 Truths About How Wedding Planners Can Save You Money

wedding planning Feb 28, 2019

Can a Wedding Planner really save you money? Well as a wedding planner, I really hope so, but it isn’t so easy to quantify in dollars and cents. 

 I think that when people ask this question they are hoping that the wedding planner will have a network of secret connections all over town and because they work with this one planner they will get 10% off here or 20% off there. Like an assumed discount everywhere they go because they are working with that specific planner. 

 I have never worked like this and honestly, don’t know anyone who has. There is nothing legit in my book about getting kickbacks for referring services to vendors. Because that’s what the discount would be. The client would get the discount and the vendor would give that discounted amount to the wedding planner for referring them the business. Would you want to work with someone who was padding their wallet double by working with you? No, I wouldn’t. It just doesn’t...

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Color Inspiration: Neutrals

inspiration Feb 07, 2019

 

 

Weddings don’t always have to have bursts of color. In fact we are currently loving monotone palettes and how they let the natural beauty of the venue and the couple shine on such a special day. 

 

 

 

Hugs & Best Wishes,

Emily

 

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My Makeover Experience at Sephora

just for fun Jan 24, 2019
It has been a long time since I really cared about how my makeup looked. That’s not to say I don’t care, but I’ve always been the kind of person who has a very strong sense of self and confidence with and without the primping so it’s not always necessary for me.  
 
Time is also a factor since I’d had my first baby, about 3 years ago the amount of free time that I’ve had and the priority of me doing my makeup well, has gone way down. It’s like, let’s figure out what my 5-minute makeup routine is and do that twice a week. 
 
I have made the decision to be in front of the camera more for my business and I truly want to put my best face forward. Well, putting my best face forward means that I needed to update what I do for my makeup routine. 
 
Sephora has always been my go-to place to find what I’m looking for in the makeup department because well, they have almost everything a girl could need....
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29 Best Garden Inspired Bouquets for Your Spring Wedding

inspiration Jan 17, 2019

Garden, loose, textured, organic, all of these words describe our favorite style of bouquet. Here we've rounded up the best of these floral garden inspired beauties and want to share them with you. 

P.S. - We intentionally tried to find bouquets that had in-season spring flowers. This makes it easy to share with your florist and have them say, "we can do that!" I will warn you that there are two pink beauties that have Dahlia's (a late summer/fall blooming flower) that we couldn't help but include. 

 

Florals: The Petlar Co. / Image: Jacqueline Dallimore

 

Florals: Sarah Winward / Image: Kychelle Photography

 

Florals: Unknown / Image: Lauren Fair Photography

 

Florals: Sarah Winward / Image: D'Arcy Benincosa Photography

 

Florals: Urban Petals / Image: Heather Payne Photography 

 

Florals: Nicolette Camille / Image: Jen Huang

 

 

Florals: Passion Flowers / Image: Amanda Dumouchelle Photography

 

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