Real Wedding: Ashley and Justin

This fun and beautiful rustic wedding had a Southern flair with accents like hashbrown casserole, a DIY wood pallet bar, and the quintessential drink of the South, sweet tea. I’m in love with their favor! Let’s just say it has something to do with the Groom’s passion for music. Our star couple today had an interesting start. With all the time people spend on Facebook, one might ask, can a Facebook friend request really lead to marriage? For Ashley and Justin the answer is a gigantic YES!

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All You Need to Know About Your Wedding Day Paper and Signage

Know the difference between an escort card and place card? Fear not; most brides don’t! In addition to your standard paper items (invitations, RSVP card, map with directions and any other inserts, and thank you cards), you’ll likely also need some paper items for the day of your wedding. I’ve gone through each type of day-of paper item and explain what it is, the pros/cons of the item, and variations or other ideas. In addition, I also include my personal pro tips for each type of paper & signage. Most of the paper items below can be purchased through your invitation person or online along with your invites so everything matches. Many of these can also be done by yourself if you have the time, patience and sense of adventure. Don’t be afraid to get creative!

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18 Tips to Get the Most from your Wedding Tasting

As a wedding planner, I attend food tastings for virtually every client and they are always a blast. You get this awesome meal with tons of options that you’d probably never order at a restaurant. But tastings aren’t just to have a good meal. The goal of a tasting should be to select your menu for the wedding and to have a very clear idea of what you’ll be getting the day of your event.

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Gorgeous Rainy Day Weddings

It’s actually raining in Southern California and for us, it’s kind of a big deal (if you are from Seattle, you’d probably be laughing right now). At this moment, I’m sure there are many panicked brides out there wondering what to do about their wedding photos this weekend. Well, assuming you have a weather back up plan for your guests, don’t forget to take some rainy day pictures! Check these out and get inspired. 

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Tips for Hiring a Day-Of Wedding Coordinator

Most of us don’t realize how much work planning a wedding is until we get engaged. In a recent survey done by Wedding Paper Divas, 40% of brides were spending 10-15 hours PER WEEK on her wedding. It’s practically a part time job. While most of us wish we could afford to hire a wedding planner to help with every little detail, the majority of us simply cannot afford it.

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Why an Outdoor Wedding May End Up Costing You MORE Than a Hotel Ballroom

 

The minute I walked through the Mediterranean house and on to the sprawling emerald green grass, I knew I was in trouble. On the edge of the lawn was a rocky cliff followed by the most gorgeous and expansive view of the Santa Barbara coastline. At that moment I said to myself, “I don’t care if I have to serve mac n’ cheese to my guests. I’m getting married here.”

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Will Your Marriage Last?

 

Relationship advice is always out there. Sometimes I click on the headlines, sometimes not. But for some reason, I did click on a recent Atlantic article and what it had to say about marriage stuck with me.

Of all the people who get married, only three in ten remain in healthy, happy marriages…”

3 in 10? That means that 7 of your currently married friends are miserable right now. Wow, that stat seriously sucks. Most people get so caught up planning for the wedding, that they totally forget about what comes after; marriage. So how do you make sure we end up in the “3 group” after you get married? 

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Wedsites I Love

Virtually every couple uses a wedding website or “wedsite” these days. It’s a great place to put all the information that wouldn’t fit on the invitation. Some choose to collect their RVSPs via their wedsite too. These personal sites are also perfect for the sensitive information that doesn’t go on the invitation such as whether children are permitted and what the dress code is for each event. As you start to look, you’ll find that there are a crazy amount of options out there. It can get really overwhelming to choose one. Here are some fabulous wedsites for every budget.

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Gorgeous Bridesmaid Dresses for Under $100

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Let’s face it. Being a bridesmaid can cost some serious dough. Here’s a little look at what your girls will be doing for you: attending the engagement party, sharing the cost of the bridal shower and buying a shower gift, joining the bachelorette shindig (which likely requires the purchase of many cocktails and pack of penis straws), buying the designated dress, any alterations, shoes, undergarments, and jewelry; getting nails, hair and makeup done; and finally, buying a wedding gift.

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5 Reasons To Do a First Look at Your Wedding

The first time a bride and groom see each other is always magical and emotional. Most associate this initial locking of eyes as something that occurs when the bride walks down the aisle. But with this new trend, couples are seeing each other well before the ceremony with a carefully planned “First Look.” A first look (herein referred to as “FS”) or “Reveal” is when the photographer brings the bride and groom to a private location for an intimate meeting before the ceremony. The groom is usually placed in the location with his back turned. Then, the bride enters and taps him on the shoulder or calls to him. The photographer is there to capture the initial reaction on film in an very non-intrusive way. The result is stunning. The FS is gaining in popularity and about 30-40% of my couples are opting to do a FS instead of waiting to see each other at the ceremony. Here are a few reasons why you should consider doing a FS at your wedding.

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