by: Erica

Hi ELD Brides! In my experience, there are always a handful of things that get overlooked during planning- things that also have the potential to result in chaos on the wedding day. So today, I wanted to touch on a few of these things that you need to know for your wedding day!

6 Things You Need To Know For Your Wedding Day

Whenever couples and I are working hard to plan their weddings, these are topics and questions I pose to them to ensure that no detail is overlooked and the wedding day runs smoothly…

1) The Marriage License… Who’s responsible for it?

Picture this. You’ve just completed your ceremony, married the man of your dreams and have a grin that shines “I’m the happiest woman alive!” Yes, indeed. To seal the deal, your planner pulls you aside with your officiant and your photographer so that you can sign your marriage license. Once that’s complete, then what? Is the officiant responsible to turn it in? Do you and your honey want to mail it in together? Will your planner hold on to it for you? Whatever the solution, just have one and know what it is. (Same goes for who is responsible for having the license before the wedding.)

2) Don’t forget the “plus plus”! 

Costs can get larger when gratuities, service charges, and fees associated with food and beverage aren’t considered- just be aware that there are usually extra fees added onto your bill. Make sure you’re aware of them, what they are expected to be, and plan ahead for them. You can usually get an “estimate” of these extras, but it’s usually not set in stone until right before or right after the wedding.

3) Vendor Meals… Do you need them?

Many vendors have it written into their contracts if they require a meal. If in doubt, it’s nice to feed your vendors a meal if they’ll be working longer than 4 hours at your wedding. It doesn’t have to be the same meal you’re feeding your guests, and most times your caterer or venue will offer discounted vendor meals. When a vendor meal is not contracted, it’s not required, but it is certainly a nice gesture. After all, your vendors are working hard to make your day perfect and I’m sure they’ll be hungry!

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4) Picture time! Rally the troops! 

While your wedding planner will be there to assist your photographer get through your formal family portraits, your planner doesn’t know who Aunt Minnie and Grandpa Mort are. So, enlisting the help of trusted family members can be a huge help in moving the pictures along. You can create a photo list complete with who’s needed for what picture, and leave it to your “wrangler” to get everyone ready. You might also consider letting each side know when they’ll be “going” – is your family first and then his? Either way, more information is better when you’re dealing with a large number of people.

5) Presents… Where are they going ?

Along the same lines of the marriage license… who’s responsible for the gifts? Whatever your planning, I would highly suggest appointing one person to take all of your presents. Whether you’re planning on bringing them to your hotel room or having them loaded into your parents car, make sure you keep everything together- when you split the presents up, it’s likely some could get misplaced. Trust me, that has happened before and no one wants to be held liable for gifts that went in 5 different cars! Plus, you want your gifts, right?!

6) Transportation… How are you getting home after the reception?

This is applicable for transportation to the ceremony, the reception, and then after the reception. It stinks to plan everything down to the “t” but then forget about yourself! This HAS happened to me before, and it was resolved with a quick call to a cab company – but what a bummer for the bride and groom to be the last ones at their party waiting on the curb with their planner for a ride!

 

While unforeseen hiccups do arise despite the best of planning, these are a few things to know about and prepare for ahead of time. And of course if you have an experienced planner, they will also be posing questions like these along the way to make certain you’re on track for a fun and memorable wedding day!

Anyone else have anything to add? Brides, has anything come up in your planning that would affect your wedding day? 

Happy planning and have a happy wedding day too!



by: Lauren

WEDDING PLANNING ADVICE: TAKE YOUR TIME

TAKE YOUR TIME- AND ENJOY THE PROCESS. YOU WILL GO THROUGH SO MANY UPS AND DOWNS, IT CAN ALL BE OVERWHELMING SO REMEMBER TO ENHOY THE JOURNEY AS MUCH AS THE DESTINATION.

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by: Lauren

The eclectic combination of modern and romantic style in this purple and green wedding from Ricky Stern Photography has absolutely won my heart! The bride and groom, Samantha and Chad, wanted to be sure to combine their personalities for their wedding design, and their wedding planner, Robyn Bruck Events, did an amazing job doing just that! Handmade details combined with lush, gorgeous florals and impeccable style make for a wedding that is both unique and stunning- you’re going to fall in love with it all! 

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What (or who) helped you most in your planning process and/or on your wedding day?

Our wedding planner, Robyn, was indispensable in helping me to plan my dream wedding.  Chad and I were planning our wedding from Atlanta, where we currently live, but we wanted to have our wedding in Miami, Florida, where I grew up.  As an out of town bride (who was also studying for the bar exam) I couldn’t do all the leg work to vet vendors, so Robyn pointed us in the right direction on who to use to make our vision come to fruition.  I also have to mention my sister/maid-of-honor, Michelle.  In the weeks leading up to the wedding she had the programs printed and also managed to paint the most beautiful “Mrs. Lennon” Tom’s for me to wear during the reception.  

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What was the most important thing to you when deciding who to work with for your wedding?

The most important thing for me when choosing vendors was finding individuals who were detail oriented.  I had faith that all the fundamentals would be in place, but I wanted the details to reflect who Chad and I are as a couple.  For instance, a lot of thought was put into the menu to make sure it reflected each of our histories.  I wanted some Cuban style food to represent Miami and Chad wanted some Southern style food to represent Atlanta (where Chad was born and raised).  The caterer had a sweet plantain mash station for me and brisket sliders for Chad.  The food was amazing and was one of the many details that made me feel that our wedding was specially tailored with us in mind.

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What was your inspiration for your wedding details and/or design?

The inspiration for our wedding was the idea that a bunch of elements that shouldn’t work together can come together and be beautiful.  The wedding took place at my Aunt and Uncle’s house, which is incredibly modern.  I love their home because the design is very geometrical, but when you walk into the backyard it is a romantic oasis.  The tension between the two and their remarkable harmony inspired my wedding theme: modern meets romantic.  Chad is very modern and loves all things modern and I am a Jane Austen loving romantic, so in our wedding design we got to have our cake (and cupcakes, brownies, and bread pudding) and eat it too!  

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What was your favorite thing about your wedding?

 My favorite thing about our wedding were the things that we couldn’t plan for.  First, when Chad and I were saying our vows to each other we both spoke about the moment when we realized that we were with “our person.”  We have been together for over seven years so there could have been a lot of moments to choose from, but we both recounted the same exact night when I lost my most valuable possession: a necklace with a little diamond encrusted frog pendant.  I was devastated when I lost the necklace, but realized that the frog (who I referred to as “prince charming”) left because I had found my true prince charming (see, I’m such a helpless romantic).  Our vows wound up being a his/her version of the same event.  It made us laugh and cry because our vows wound up being an affirmation of how in sync we are as a couple.  Second, during the reception two of Chad’s groomsmen went on stage and started singing and playing the guitar with the wedding band.  One of the band members threw me a tambourine and Chad and I played the tambourine on stage with our friends and the band.  People went for the bubbles that we had intended for the ceremony and started blowing them into the air while we were on stage.  It was such a perfect memory and nothing that all my hours of planning could have orchestrated.  

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What is your best piece of advice for other brides?

My best piece of advice is to enjoy the wedding planning process.  Instead of it being a source of stress, it can be a way to create lasting memories.  For example, to make the bubbles my mom and I had to paint over a hundred baby food jars, affix labels on them, and create bubble wands out of pipe cleaners.  The project could have been painstaking, but now I look back at it as a fun way of bonding with my mother.  Another DIY project were the lanterns that we were supposed to have in the trees.  I invited my oldest childhood friend/bridesmaid, Lucy, over to my mom’s house while we were both home for Thanksgiving and we painted lanterns.  We were laughing and reminiscing the whole time and when we saw the finished product the lanterns were HIDEOUS.  There was no way I could use them in our wedding, but the process of painting the lanterns with such a dear friend contributed to the overall joy on our wedding day.

Wow, I love all of Samantha’s advice and insights! She has so many wonderful tidbits to share!

This whole wedding looks like it was absolutely fabulous! From the design and decor, to the reception and dancing! Most of all though, I love the combination of a modern style with a romantic style. It’s so perfect that it was a combination of what both Chad and Samantha liked- and it came out gorgeously!

So how about you- are you combining different styles for your wedding design? I would absolutely do it for my own wedding if I were planning again!

 

Vendors who made it all happen…

Photographer: Ricky Stern / Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Robyn Bruck Events / Flowers & Decor: Fleurish Designs / Catering: Michael's Catering / Rentals: Love in Vintage / Invitations & Stationery: April Ink / Dessert Table: Misha's Cupcakes / Band: Sekond Nature / Hair & Makeup: Josie Miller / Bride’s Dress: Jenny Packham / Bride's Shoes & Purse: Emmy Shoes / Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo


by: Lauren

A vintage style was the perfect option for Lindsey and David’s gorgeous pastel wedding that I have for you all today! Captured beautifully by The Collection, this couple met and fell in love in Nashville, so naturally they decided to have a destination wedding at one of the most amazing venues in Nashville, Cedarwood. Wanting something natural, sweet and simple, Lindsey chose a pastel color palette and paired it with vintage details, and the outcome was absolutely amazing…

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From the bride, Lindsey:

What (or who) helped you most in your planning process and/or on your wedding day?

Cedarwood has a wedding planner designated to you and they help plan the entire thing. All I had to do was show them a few pictures and answer a few questions and they took care of the rest! My Mom really helped me as well and made a few of the props that we used around the wedding.

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What was the most important thing to you when deciding who to work with for your wedding?

We knew we wanted to get married in Nashville, TN because that’s where we met in college and a lot of our family lives there or could make the drive there, but I lived in Texas at the time and my husband lived in Ohio so I really wanted someone who could do a lot of the planning for me. That’s what we found in Cedarwood because they do a lot of weddings and already have vendors so I didn’t have to spend a lot of time hunting down caterers or florists, etc. Plus I wanted an outdoor farm wedding that was fun and beautiful, and Cedarwood really lends itself to that because of the location and the resources the staff has in decorating and really pulling off a wedding that fit my tastes. 

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What was your inspiration for your wedding details and/or design?

I got a lot of ideas from Pinterest about flowers that I would want because I had never thought about that kind of thing before. I decided on something pastel and sweet with the pink and white and some light blues to contrast with the dark navy that I had my bridesmaids wear.  I didn’t want everything to be overly navy, so we kept the tablecloths white and just did navy napkins. We used some of these Spirit of Nashville postcards as a template for the table numbers because a lot of our friends came from out of town and the fact that it was in the city where we fell in love was really special to us.

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What was your favorite thing about your wedding?

The fact that we got to see a lot of people we hadn’t seen in a while and having all our family and friends surround us and really enjoy themselves at our wedding was my favorite thing. Our friends are quite the dancers.

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What is your best piece of advice for other brides?

Try to please everyone, but when every effort you’ve made can’t, just do what’s best for you. Also, find a great photographer. It will be worth it.

The pastel color palette is fabulous, don’t you think? Which do you prefer- subdued, pastel shades or bold, bright shades?

 

Vendors who made it all happen…

Photographer:  The Collection//Reception Venue: Cedarwood Weddings//Caterer: Chef Christopher’s Catering//Dress Store: David’s Bridal//Invitation Designer: designs in paper//Tuxedo and Mens Attire: J. Crew//DJ:Jace Aaron Entertainment //Jewelry: Macy’s//Cake Designer: Patty Cakes//Dress Designer:Vera Wang Creative Services//Jewelry: Zales Jewelry//