by: Lauren

Colorful, eclectic, and taking place at the coolest Florida outdoor venue, this pink and aqua wedding from Concept Photography is full of lots of fun, fabulous details, and tons of love! Having fallen in love in Florida, Megan and Brandon wanted their wedding to embody the tropical nature of Florida, and their venue, Paradise Cove, did just that! Megan is here with us today sharing more about her wedding:

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

We had a wedding coordinator the day of the wedding that was great!  She helped set up all the escort cards and programs and everything else. I don’t know what we would have done without her.  I was pretty much on my own when it came to the planning process. My husband basically told me from the beginning that whatever I wanted to do was fine with him, so he helped pick out the venue and the groomsmen attire, but that was about it. I spent a lot of time on weddingwire.com looking up reviews of different vendors, and tried to pick details that I knew I would love. I spent a lot of time on Pinterest initially. Most of the details didn’t come together until the very end.

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

I wanted to work with small businesses as much as possible.  The florist was a wonderful woman who worked out of her home near Daytona Beach. All the paper goods were customized and created by this amazing girl that lives in Chicago. I got silk robes for getting ready, the cake topper, the chair signs, the banners, and the beer koozies all on Etsy.

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

We had a lot of guests travel from out of town, so we wanted them to experience a tropical Florida wedding. But when you google “tropical wedding” to get ideas, it’s all oranges and purples and birds of paradise, I just didn’t like what I was coming across. So I tried to combine my tropical idea with pink, turquoise, aqua, yellow, and I wanted a rustic/vintage/tropical vibe. I don’t know if that’s actually the vibe I accomplished but I know I love how everything came together.

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What was your favorite thing about your wedding?

It’s hard to pick a favorite thing, because the day came together so perfectly! I loved how our wedding was fairly small with only about 40 guests. We took most of our photos before the ceremony, so we were able to mingle during cocktail hour and really interact with everyone. Everyone was so happy, the weather was gorgeous, the flowers were amazing. It was all just perfect. My husband and his groomsmen made their entrance in a speed boat with M83 – Midnight City playing in the background. We had a perfect view of them from the bridal suite, it was awesome. I loved how beautiful my bridesmaids looked! I have way too many favorite things I guess.

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What is your best piece of advice for other brides?

It can be very overwhelming to plan a wedding. It’s easy to get caught up in all the little details, like table numbers and programs. At some point you have to stop looking at Pinterest and start focusing on what you like and what will make the wedding represent you and your husband. Make sure to splurge on a great photographer! Oh, and the beer koozies were a big hit.

Megan’s advice is SO good- it’s what I tell brides all the time… at some point, you have to start focusing on what YOU want, not what you see everywhere else! And I love that you can tell that Megan’s details were true to her and Brandon- from the tropical location, to the unique florals!

How are you planning on making your own wedding represent you and your future spouse? I’d love to hear what you have planned!

 

Vendors who made it all happen…

Photographer: Concept Photography / Reception Venue: Paradise Cove Orlando / Floral Design: Flowers by Milk & Honey / Catering: Big City Catering / Cake Baker: SWEET! BY HOLLY / Ceremony Officiant: A Beautiful Ceremony, Inc. / DJ: Soundwave Entertainment Systems

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by: Lauren

A few weeks ago, we talked about how to know if you should have a destination wedding or not. I think destination weddings are awesome for the right people and the right destination, so I thought today would be the perfect time to tell you about one of my favorite destination wedding locations- Atlantis!

5 Reasons To Have An Atlantis Wedding

My husband and I were lucky enough to experience Atlantis over the summer as part of a wedding press trip, and my goodness, it was so perfect! I learned all about the destination wedding options that Atlantis offers, including their newest venue, Ocean’s Edge- which is literally right at the edge of the clear blue ocean. The beautiful setting of the Caribbean is just one of the many amazing reasons to have an Atlantis wedding, but I wanted to share a few more of those reasons with you…

1. Atlantis Is Easy To Get To!

Flights to Nassau are easy to find, it’s close to the US, and the Nassau airport is easy to get in and out of. Once you get to Nassau, Paradise Island (where Atlantis is located) is a quick 30 minute drive away. Bonus: Everyone in Nassau is super friendly!

2. Beautiful beaches and Caribbean ocean views

Oh yes, gorgeous beaches and views are most definitely a reason for getting married at Atlantis! The pure white sand and clear, aqua blue water is reason enough for me! But I’ll let some of my photos speak for themselves…

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3. The newest Atlantis venue, Ocean’s Edge

The newest wedding venue at Atlantis is Ocean’s Edge at The Cove, and it’s stunning! It is really and truly at the edge of the ocean, with the crystal clear aqua water of the Caribbean as the backdrop. Ocean’s Edge is the eighteenth wedding venue at Atlantis, and in my eyes, the most gorgeous. It’s private, and has everything you could possibly need for your destination wedding- an enormous oceanside beach deck, a beautifully landscaped event lawn, an indoor pavilion, and even an outdoor patio. This unique design enables you to have both your wedding ceremony and reception all in one seaside space at Ocean’s Edge.

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4. There is something for everyone

The awesome thing about the Atlantis resort is that there is something for everyone! If you have kids, they will love Aquaventure for some waterslide thrills before or after the wedding. The older people attending might spend some time at the casino, and if you want to pamper yourself, the spa is absolutely amazing. My favorite area of Atlantis is The Cove, which is also the resort building that is closest to the Ocean’s Edge wedding venue. It’s modern, chic, and gorgeous, and it even has an adults-only pool area! Oh, and did I mention that Bobby Flay has a restaurants at The Cove? It’s seriously a foodie’s dream! With all of these wonderful things, plus many more I didn’t even mention, having an Atlantis wedding could definitely double as a vacation getaway for all of your friends and family!

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5. It’s easy!

Getting married in the Bahamas is easier than you might think. There are no blood tests or long waiting periods, like some Caribbean locations have. LoveAtlantis.com states, “The Bahamas Law states that the couple must be a resident in The Bahamas for 48 hours prior to the date of the application. HOWEVER, couples can file for their paperwork the next day after their arrival i.e. if you arrive on Wednesday you can apply for your license on Thursday. You will be required to bring the copy of Bahamas Immigration form which you receive upon entering the Bahamas. This form will state the length of time you will be staying in the Bahamas.”

In addition to the legality of getting married in the Bahamas, Atlantis has several wedding packages available, so there is sure to be something that will fit with your budget and needs. Anything from eloping with just the two of you, to a totally custom wedding, the Love Atlantis team can make it happen! And PS- I highly recommend Ocean’s Edge! It’s seriously the most gorgeous location! [There is a great info page about getting married at Atlantis found here.]

So there you have it! 5 reasons to have an Atlantis wedding! Our experience there was awesome, and I know that a wedding experience at Atlantis would be even better! Are any of you considering a destination wedding? Have you thought of Atlantis as a potential location? 

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This post is sponsored by Love Atlantis of Atlantis Resorts. All opinions are the author’s own.


by: Michelle

Wildflowers, bright colors, burlap, and lace make this rustic chic wedding beautiful and just oh-so-charming. A stunning location creates the perfect rustic backdrop for Stephanie and Ross’s colorful wedding, and Woodland Fields Photography captured it all perfectly! The lovely bride Stephanie is here with us today sharing some her insights:

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

Aside from keeping the vendors within budget, the most important thing to me was making sure they’d be reliable and provide a good product. On deciding who I would work with, some vendors I decided on because of what I heard through friends; for others, I read their reviews online.

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

I really wanted a rustic chic look for the decor. I love the combination of wildflower bouquets with burlap and lace.

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What was your favorite thing about your wedding?

My favorite thing about our wedding was the location and the band. The venue we chose has a hotel attached, so a lot of the guests stayed onsite. It was fun getting to hang out with everyone for the weekend rather than just at the wedding. The venue also provided the catering and their food was amazing. The band is what kept the party going; they had everyone dancing! I’d hire them again in a heartbeat.

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What is your best piece of advice for other brides?

The best advice I can give to other brides is to start early. There will be a lot more to do than it seems at the beginning, but don’t get overwhelmed. It’s so fun!

How amazing is that exit? Talk about a last minute wow factor! Are you planning on doing an exit for your own wedding? What will you be doing?

 

Vendors who made it all happen…

Photographer:  Woodland Fields Photography // Floral Designer: At Last Florals // Cake Designer: Au Peche Mignon // Hair Stylist:Haute Headz // Event Planner: Jessica Guinta // Dress Store: Solutions Bridal // Other Location: Wakulla Lodge



by: Lauren

I may be a wedding blogger, but I do know a thing or two about weddings, since I used to plan and design weddings. I worked with brides, parents, and even grooms, and yes, it was trying and stressful at times… but it always ended up being more rewarding than anything else! And through it all, I definitely witnessed a few instances where things were a bit more stressful than they should have been, and it all came down to one single wedding planning mistake- not communicating!

The Biggest Wedding Planning Mistake You Can Make... and How To Avoid It!

The ability to communicate is one of our biggest gifts as humans, don’t you think? It enables us to share what we are thinking, what we want, and what our hopes and desires are. But when we don’t communicate, problems ensue. I’m pretty sure we’ve all experienced the repercussions of not communicating, and usually the results aren’t the best. Whether it’s a fight with a friend or loved one because you didn’t communicate, or choking down a bad meal at a restaurant because you don’t want to say anything, not communicating just never ends well. Just like communication is important for life, it will be good to remember to communicate when it comes to wedding planning too.

A wedding is a very visual thing. Most brides (and grooms too) have a vision of what their wedding should or will be like- whether they know it or not. There are expectations that you have when you’re planning a wedding, and it’s important to communicate those expectations to the team involved in making your wedding happen. After all… as much as I’m sure they wish they were, they aren’t mind-readers!

So with all of that said, here are a few tips (ones that I wish I had known) to help you avoid the mistake of not communicating:

Preferred method of communication…

Make sure you have provided your wedding vendors with how you prefer to be contacted. Some people are awful at email, and awesome at phone calls, while some are great with email and horrible with the phone. If you let them know what your preferred method of communication is right off the bat, then you won’t have to worry about not being able to effectively communicate!

 

Establish expectations…

Not all vendors are going to need the same level/amount of communication from you, but I know that sometimes it can feel weird if you don’t hear from them in a while. To avoid this, ask your vendors right off the bat what you should expect for a timeline of communication. Will you be working with them throughout your whole planning process? Or maybe you just need to make a few decisions early on or a few months before the wedding. Each professional can inform you as to what their typical process is so you can establish communication expectations.

 

The Biggest Wedding Planning Mistake You Can Make... and How To Avoid It!

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Share your vision…

Like I said before, you all have some kind of vision in your head for what you expect for your wedding day. It may be super specific, or it may be just one little thing you’re thinking of- whatever it is, share it, because it’s part of your vision that you need to communicate to your team.

 

Don’t hold back…

If you find yourself dreaming of something, thinking of an idea you think might be crazy, or even just wondering about something, don’t hold it back! Share it with who you’re working with, because you never know what could come from it! Besides- if you have something you want for your wedding that you hold captive in your head, it’s going to become an expectation, and you’re just going to be disappointed if you don’t have it!

 
And because I want to always provide you with plenty of information, I asked members of The V List for some of their tips and insight when it comes to communicating…

“Trust (both ways!) is the absolute most important thing to me as a planner. I cannot fix, change, or mediate a circumstance for a client unless I know there is an issue in the first place. I would much rather a client voice a concern with me quickly than to let a worry develop into something that is irreversible. I promise that voicing an honest concern will only help our relationship! I love my vendors, and I value authenticity with each of them. Having the same open lines of communication & trust with my clients only makes the planning process that much smoother.” – Laura of Ashton Events

“Keep in mind that fast response times are completely warranted during normal business hours and we try and return every phone call and email within the hour, but at the most within 24 hours. However, there are occasions (weekends and evenings) when we may be at another event or spending time with our family, and it is not possible to respond right away. Please have patience and know that we will respond as soon as time permits.” – Kelly of Just Save The Date

“If you DON’T go with a vendor, we always appreciate a “hey – we decided to go in another direction” because on the other side of it, it’s always in the back of our mind to follow up with you. Wedding pros put a lot of time into inquiries whether they book or not and we are always happy when someone gives us the courtesy of a follow up to say they want to proceed or went with someone else.” – Mikkel Paige

“Communicate your true budget! As a wedding planner, I will not be able to effectively help a couple that is not willing to be truly honest with me about their budget. I won’t know the right venues to show you or the best vendors to help you connect with to book.” – Emmanuela of Precious Occasions 

“As a photographer it is very important for me to be in constant contact with the bride, especially the closer we get to her wedding date. When the couple initially books me we set up a basic timeline/schedule for her day. This is to be her guide for when to have hair and makeup arrive, what time flowers need to be somewhere, groomsmen ready, etc. As we get closer to the brides wedding date I also like to chat with her more in detail about a family shot list as well as her favorite photos from the engagement session. This way, going into her wedding day we know exactly what needs to be done, the time frame, who is involved in the photos and the types of images she would like captured. It’s great to be organized and communicate all expectations for the day.” – Stephanie A. Smith Photography

“Read emails thoroughly!!! Everyone (including me!) is guilty of breezing through incoming emails on your phone. Make sure you set aside time to break out the trusty ol laptop and digest what your vendor is telling you via email (like appointment times that are available for a meeting we are trying to coordinate). Respect the time it took your vendor to write you a response to your questions and concerns by actually digesting and reading what they said.” – Leigh Pearce Weddings

“It is so important to have open lines of communication with all of your vendors, but especially your planner, and even more so if you have a full service planner. One big pet peeve is when clients don’t communicate to me what they have told another vendor, and then I get an angry call from the other vendor when my schedule gets sent and it doesn’t match what that particular vendor has. If you want to have an excellent vendor team that is going to work together and provide you with the best service, you need to keep everyone on the same page and communicate the same message.” - Kelly of Just Save The Date

“Clarity of responsibilities- written bullet points up front will address potential issues. This will ensure that you and your vendors are on the same page and eliminate possible misunderstandings.” – Angela of Rocking H Ranch

“Follow up with your vendors when you have agreed to. When a bride and I decide on a follow up date or time and I don’t hear back from them for months I start to get worried! As a planner I am communicating with vendors on the bride’s behalf but if the bride and I aren’t communicating, things can come to a stand still. I know everyone gets busy but we do have certain deadlines to meet so a quick text or email to let me know when is a good time to follow up, discuss, meet, etc is much better than just not getting back to us at all. Plus, I like to know everything is okay!” - Kelly Hancock Events

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 These are all such amazing tips… I hope y’all are armed and ready with plenty of insight to avoid the mistake of not communicating enough with your vendors!

I’d love to hear from you- what is your plan (or what have you been doing already) to ensure that you communicate with your wedding team? Do you have a preference for how you communicate with them? 

The Biggest Wedding Planning Mistake You Can Make... and How To Avoid It!