Planning Tips

The Welcome Note

January 20, 2015

Your guests are first greeted by their personalized welcome bags waiting for them upon arrival. Full of yummy treats and fun surprises, it is also important to remember to include a welcome note with details about the wedding weekend. Today we bring you a few reminders of what to include in the welcome note.

1. A Welcome/Thank You note written by bride and groom expressing your excitement and gratitude for the weekend ahead.

2. All venue locations, times and addresses. From the rehearsal dinner to the wedding brunch, it is important to make sure your guests know when and where to be.

3. Transportation Schedule. Whether you are providing a shuttle, trolly or bus transportation to and from the weekend’s events, it is best to include all of that information in your welcome note with pick up times and locations, so your guests have no questions.

4. An overall itinerary. Be sure to let everyone in on all of the wedding activities.

5. If there will be down time throughout the weekend, include some of your “must try”  favorite restaurants and places to go. For out of town guests, it is great to have a locals perspective!

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Photography: Max Wanger


On A Bright Note!

January 5, 2015

The only way to start the new year off would be with some bright ideas for you during your planning process! Don’t you agree?



Send invitations on a Wednesday

Always avoid the weekend, especially over holidays! If you place your invitations in the mail on Tuesday or Wednesday, they will arrive just in time for the weekend when people have more time to look at their calendars and RSVP. Give yourself a 3-4 week window as an RSVP deadline. This way, you have plenty of time to call/text your stragglers and get a firm number turned into your venue, caterer and florist.

Set your priorities 

If you layout your priorities and set a to-do list, you will coast right through the planning process with [hopefully] minimal stress. I always recommend booking the top four vendors first: Venue, Entertainment, Photography and Hair + Makeup.

Be true to your style + taste 

Of course, we all love trends, but it is important for you to select what your comfortable with. Don’t select something just because Pinterest told you to!

Stay in season! 

Seriously, I know we all love peonies, but don’t force it. Don’t create a fall wedding in the summer. Select colors, flowers and food + beverage based on the season. Researching your wedding season will lead you in the right direction.

Schedule alone time

It is important during the planning process that you take care of  YOU and commit some time to yourself. It is also important for you to escape to have a snack, a bottle of water or just take some deep breaths during the big day!

PS: I think that, if you and your new beu can, escaping after the ceremony to spend cocktail hour together is the brightest idea of all!

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The Gift of all Gifts!

December 22, 2014

‘Tis true, the holiday season is right around the corner, and I can only imagine how many last minute stops everyone has until everything is perfectly wrapped under the tree! Not to worry. We are here to help today!

Here’s a gift that brides, bridesmaids and guests can wear all day and night. Meet Tieks, “the most versatile designer flats in the world. Made of the finest Italian leathers and designed to fold and fit in a purse. Wearable all day, every day.”

Tieks come in all types of colors, so you are bound to find your match (or matches).

 Stop by Tieks Online Boutiek and find yours today!


Photography Credit: Abby Jiu Photography


Winter Wonderland

December 16, 2014

There is lots to love about getting married in the winter, but definitely a few details you want to remember to ensure the day goes without a hitch! More couples are getting married in what used to be considered the “off-season” of weddings, December-February. What’s not to love about the snow covered landscape and environment while cozying up beside the fire? While the winter months create a romantic feel, be sure to consider these few tips while planning for your big day!

1. Dress Your Bridal Party Appropriately: There is style to be found in winter wedding attire. Faux fur shaws or cashmere wraps are perfect for your bridesmaids. We love the idea of dressing down your groomsmen with a sweater and bow tie.


2. Don’t Leave Your Guests Out In the Cold: You want to make sure your guests are warm and comfortable. Consider providing everyone with gloves as a wedding favor or keep them warm the old fashioned way – with a bottle of brandy!


3. Plan Your Honeymoon Wisely: While the winter is a perfect time to have fun in the sun in the Caribbean, be careful when booking dates. Price increases are extremely common over the Holidays, so you may opt to wait a few weeks before taking off on your jetsetting adventure!


Photography: Jeff Sampson Photography, Magnolia Photography, Deb Lindsey Photography, Live View Studios

What’s Hot and What’s Not When it Comes to Social Media?

November 10, 2014


1. Creating a wedding hashtag can allow family and friends, both near and far, to follow along on your wedding journey. If you start it right when you get engaged, you can use it the entire time you’re planning and, of course, on the day of! It is a fun, interactive way to get your guests involved!

2. Charging stations at weddings help keep the posting live + the buzz going

3. Letting the world of Facebook know that you recently got engaged

4. Having a phone check at your ceremony.

5. Using snap chat to capture quick moments that you can look back at tomorrow.

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1. Bridesmaids and close friends posting photos of you on their personal Instagram accounts. The groom + groomsmen or family members should never see you on their 4″x2″ screen before they are suppose to.

2. LED screens lite up all over the room. Guests focusing on their phones, when they should be dancing the night away

3. A friend congratulating you on your engagement prior to you posting anything (ruining it for everyone else to find out directly from you + your family.)

4. Someone misspelling your hashtag or creating their own on top of the wedding hashtag, for example: #drinkingthenightaway (now your personal wedding photo has appear in a long stream of photos under that hashtag)

5. Phones and iPads have taken over the aisles at weddings, which makes it difficult for your photographer to take photos.

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Photography Credit: 1, 2, 3 and 4 via Tate Tullier Photography


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