Do You Really Want to DIY Your Wedding Flowers? (...Really?)

wedding planning Apr 06, 2018

Are you considering DIY Wedding flowers? If you have been tempted by the idea of DIYing your own flowers for your wedding day, this post is for you.

Sit tight. We’re going to help you answer the question: should you?

Before deciding on DIYing your own wedding day flowers, it’s good to know what a professional florist does. When you forgo professional services, you are taking on the responsibility of everything they would normally do. Read on to see what you should expect.

 

What Does a Professional Florist Do?

 When you purchase florals from a professional, they aren’t just invoicing you for the flowers, they are also including:

  • Labor to prep the florals when they arrive from the wholesaler

 

  • Supplies needed to create the arrangements (wet foam, ribbon, floral tape, etc.)

 

  • Vessels rented from them which the arrangements are held in (centerpieces) and vessels to keep the bride and bridesmaids bouquets hydrated in before they are taken to...
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How to Hire the Wedding Vendors That are Right for You

wedding planning Apr 04, 2018

The wedding industry is booming with talented wedding professionals, ready to help couples everywhere plan their dream day. Couples have so many choices which is good, for finding exactly what you want, and bad, because it’s hard to figure out who’s best for you.

 

So, how do you find these perfect people you ask?

Well, they will hopefully stand out to you in a, feel- it-in-your-gut-kind-of-way. There has to be something like their branding, or their mission statement, or their philosophy about their work that draws you to them. Their goal with the information that they present on their website is to let you know the essence of who they are and what they do.

When you are reaching out to potential vendors, follow your instincts.

If someone is slow to respond to your email, they aren’t detail oriented, or they seem casual when you’re looking for them to be more professional trust your feelings. 

These cues set the tone for your expectations about how...

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Color Inspiration: Earth Tones

inspiration Apr 01, 2018

 

We always like to be different, do the unexpected and create a little bit of magic in wedding design. This palette of earth tones and pinks is totally what we’re into right now. Grounded, balanced, feminine, soft, everything awesome.

 

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How to Craft a Timeline to Get Amazing Photos

wedding planning Mar 30, 2018

Creating an intentional and detailed timeline for your wedding day is a game changer. It allows you, your fiancé, family and friends involved in your wedding and your team of vendors to know exactly how your wedding day will flow. This helps to prepare everyone for their roles in your day and provides structure and calm to what could be a hectic mess.

I understand that your wedding is an investment. The one thing that you truly take away from your wedding, besides the marriage, are the photos!

Making sure that you and your fiancé have thoughtful opportunities in your timeline to capture precious moments is important. 

 

Set the Ceremony Time for The Best Wedding Photography

I suggest that you start with designating your ceremony time. If you already know this, then great! If you are unsure, no worries, I will help you figure that out!

I like to use the app Rise – The Sunrise and Sunset Calendar, (only compatible with iOS) to help me determine...

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The Good and the Bad About Buying Alcohol for Your Wedding

wedding planning Mar 25, 2018

Sometimes couples will have the opportunity to purchase the alcohol for their wedding themselves. This comes with its own set of positives and negatives.

Note: We always suggest that you have a professional serve your alcohol. Bartenders are the best people to make sure that your guests are taken care of when it comes to their drinks. They also maintain the amount of cold alcohol, handle the trash, plus so many other things.

Positives:

1.You get to control the cost of the alcohol and what type and brand it is. You get to pick your favorites and maybe tell the stories behind why you love that beer or wine so much. We always think it’s nice to share a little bit of what you love with who you love on your wedding day.

2. A lot of couples these days are becoming beer and wine connoisseurs in their own right and have a very clear idea of what they want to be served at their wedding. By you getting to pick everything out you get to show off your skills as a connoisseur.

3.  You...

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Don't Miss Out on Your Dream Wedding Date, How To Get It

wedding planning Mar 23, 2018
“Have you set a date?”


Everyone is asking, but have you? How do you go about it? In this post, we’ll explain precisely how you set your wedding date and what factors come into play in this important decision.

Let’s begin…

First, Choose a Wedding month.


Before you can narrow it down to a day, you’ll need to narrow down to a season, or better yet, a specific month. Keep the following in mind as you consider your options.

Do you want an outdoor wedding?


Where I live in Raleigh, North Carolina, it becomes unbearably hot and humid in July and August, creating a challenging situation for couples who want to have an outdoor wedding during those months.

Because of this, the high seasons for booking weddings are in April and May and then again in September and October. If you have an outdoor wedding in mind, check on factors like average temperature, the chance of rain, and other weather-related issues.

You’ll want to aim for a date with the least...

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These 8 Simple Wedding Apps Changed Our Life Completely

tools and tech Mar 21, 2018

Get ready for your world to be rocked. These 8 apps are going to turn you into a wedding planning superstar. Oh, did we mention that 7 of them are completely free. 

1. Pinterest – Free

You probably already know this but Pinterest is amazing for collecting your thoughts for the wedding in a very visual way. It will help you keep things organized and can be a constant source of inspiration for your big day. Don’t let the endless possibilities overwhelm you!

2. AppyCouple – starting at $39

This wedding website and app duo is just what you need to keep your guests updated about the wedding in real time. You can add widgets to your app that will help guests find the ceremony and reception location, tell them the weather, and help find a last minute gift from your registry. With templates from high end designers your family will think you spent a fortune having an app made just for you. 

3. TheKnot – Free

TheKnot.com is our go to place to find...

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3 Ways to Save Money by Picking the Right Wedding Venue

wedding planning Mar 18, 2018

 

The venue is typically the first contract you sign when you start wedding planning because that is how you officially get your wedding date. By being savvy and picking the right venue from the start you will be able to save thousands of dollars.

 

1.   Choose a Venue that doesn’t require you to use their In-House Catering


Venues that have in-house catering built into their facilities costs are sneaky for 2 reasons:

1. You have to use them so they can set the starting price at whatever they want. I have seen this typically start at $65 per person (here in the Raleigh area) or even up to $125 per person just to start!!

2. In house catering tacks on a higher service fee. The service fee, which can be as high as 25% of what you spend on food and beverages is almost an unforeseen expense that could really surprise you and end up costing thousands of dollars.

Avoid this if you can, although some venues require it and if you have to have a place then we...

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