by: Michelle

This gorgeous Alabama wedding from j.woodbery photography has absolutely stolen my heart! This couple incorporated their sweet southern roots in a lovely outdoor celebration, and with a beautiful vintage style, this down home southern wedding hit all the marks. The lovely bride, Ashley, is here with us today to share her planning experience with us:

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

My mom (the Details Queen), and Alyse (my sister/Fashion Coordinator), were a huge help during the entire process; I couldn’t have pulled it off with such ease without them.  We also had lots of help from Katie at Engaged, A Wedding Library in Homewood, AL and from Stephanie and Tammy at Mathews Manor.

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

I wanted to enjoy the planning and have a relaxed and stress-free wedding day.  My main concern was being comfortable with everyone we worked with!

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

Natural beauty, with a little vintage romance.  We both love being outside and enjoying nature and I love all things vintage.

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What was your favorite thing about your wedding?

Mathew’s Manor was the perfect venue, and I loved all of the personal touches throughout the day.  Nathan designed and built the curtain aisle entrance, my mom handstitched my wedding date into the hem of my gown as my “something blue”, we used Nathan’s dad’s vintage truck to arrive and leave, and my dad played guitar and sang to kick off the reception.

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What is your best piece of advice for other brides?

Enjoy the planning process! When you find yourself getting bogged down in the details, take a deep breath (and maybe pour yourself a glass of wine) and remember that in the end you are marrying the man you love and that’s all that really matters!

One of my favorite little details are the colorful fans available for guests to use during the ceremony! What a fun, bright way to provide some relief from the hot sun. And how cute is the music paper underneath the centerpieces? I love that touch!

What kind of details are you planning on incorporating into your own wedding? I’d love to hear!

 

Vendors who made it all happen…

Photographer: j.woodbery photography / Reception Venue: Mathews Manor / Bride’s Dress: Watters W Too, Diane's Formal Wear / Bridesmaid Dresses: Watters W Too, Bridesmaids, Inc. / Groom’s Attire: Jos. A Bank Men's Wearhouse / Videography : Crooked Tree Productions / Ceremony Musicians: Susie the Wedding Fiddler / Band: Excalibur Band / Photo Booth: Paparazzi Pod

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by: Lauren

Fall is a pretty popular time for weddings, and along with that comes the pleasure of attending those weddings! And even though I normally post wedding planning advice for brides, today I thought I would share some insight for wedding guests… specifically, information that is crucial for every wedding guest to know!

In the past few years, I’ve learned that there can sometimes be a bit of confusion for guests about certain aspects of a wedding. The ceremony, cocktail hour, seating charts and food stations are just a few of the many things to take in at a wedding, and it’s a good idea for you to be a little in-the-know about everything beforehand. Having been a wedding planner in my former life, I can tell you that a large part of a wedding planner’s job is dealing with guests, and let me tell you- I’ve witnessed a few “unsavory” things from guests that could have easily been avoided if they had just known! And so I’ve put together a few tips for wedding guests from my own experiences, wedding professionals, and even brides…

What Every Wedding Guest Should Know

 

RSVP

- Do not bring a guest unless the couple has indicated that you can- RSVP for the people that are listed on the invitation’s envelope only.

- Make sure to double check that you wrote your name (and meal selection if applicable) on the RSVP card.

- Even if it is not mentioned, leave the kids at home unless they are a part of the wedding party.

- Oh, and let’s not forget to RSVP on time!

GENERAL ETIQUETTE

- Don’t text or call the bride the day of the wedding explaining your issues or asking questions.

- Be present for the day! Don’t stay behind a camera or your cell phone… celebrate with the bride and groom!

- The pretty, big, sparkly plates at your placesetting? Those are likely chargers. They are not to be used as dinner plates.

- Don’t come empty handed. Even the smallest gift is appreciated. If you are purchasing a gift, have it sent to the couples home instead of bringing it to the reception. Cards are always nice too.

- Show up on time! Which means… 20-25 mins before the ceremony start time that is on the invitation!

- Read all of the info on the accommodations card and wedding website so you don’t have to ask the bride or groom in the days before the wedding. It should all be there for you!

- Stay out of the aisle during the ceremony!

- And with that, please refrain from taking photos with your phones and cameras during the ceremony!

- Don’t just grab things that you see. This includes an umbrella covering the photographer’s equipment, candles and centerpieces on the table, and random jackets on chairs.

- Please don’t try to turn your friend’s wedding into your family photoshoot/reunion.

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ATTIRE

- Dress accordingly. Please remember to check the weather before you leave.

- Again, check the weather. You might want to bring a sweater or umbrella, just in case.

- Dress appropriately for the setting. Turn to the invitation to decipher the style and location of the wedding and recommended attire. If you can’t figure it out from that, ask around- just try not to ask the bride… she probably doesn’t need any more stress than she already has.

- This should be a given, but don’t wear white (unless instructed to by the bride).

RECEPTION

- Please remember that the bride and groom (and/or their parents) are paying for you to eat and drink. The best thing you can do is enjoy it!

- The couple *really* wants you to dance and use the photo booth! Again, if it’s there, it was paid for with the aim of your enjoyment.

- At the reception, don’t assume that “extra” favors, candies, bottles of champagne, etc. are yours for the taking! They could have plans for those things after the wedding!

- Please don’t leave with the centerpieces unless you’re told to. The vase is probably rented!

- Get to the cocktail hour when it starts, and stay the full time.

- Don’t try to push your way into the reception because you’re ready to sit down. The bride and groom have a cocktail hour for a reason, and there is most likely a plan in place- you should respect that.

- If there are stations or a buffet, you will be released by table- by someone in charge- to get your food.

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VENDORS

- Please be mindful of the couple’s wishes that are being carried out by wedding professionals. If the planner tells you that the reception space isn’t open until a certain time, it’s for a reason.

- Trust the photographer to get the shots that the couple wants. The couple hired them for a reason, and chances are good that they are going to be happier they picked the photographer’s image over yours.

- Don’t jump in front of the photographer with your own camera during family photos and critical events.

- Don’t try to talk to the photographer during the ceremony.

- Please refrain from taking your own photos over the wedding photographer’s shoulder.

- Remember that vendors involved with a wedding most likely know more about what should be going on than you do. If you have a question, ask someone in charge.

- The couple has hired a professional photographer for a reason- they don’t need their guests to take photos with their own cameras, phones, and iPads. Just sit back and enjoy the moment.

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I know that there is SO much more to all of this, and also that each wedding and couple and wedding guest is different. And yes, I could probably take each individual thing and write a full post about it. Perhaps I will one day- but for the time being, I just wanted to get these tips out there for wedding guests. Because when it comes down to it, the bride and groom want everyone to have a great time at their wedding, and these tips will only help you achieve that!

Have some other tips to add for wedding guests? Feel free to add your own in the comments! 

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Do you know someone who is attending a wedding soon?

Or perhaps you’ll have your own wedding guests soon?

Be sure to share this post with them! 

 

This post was originally published on December 13, 2012.


by: Lauren

We all know that wedding inspiration is one of the most important things when it comes to planning your wedding. Which is why I’m SO excited to share an amazing new tool for finding wedding inspiration, Style Unveiled’s Style Boards!

A New Tool For Finding Wedding Inspiration That You Need To Use!

Style Boards are fun and easy to use (similar to some of the other image sharing platforms out there). You can “style” images to boards that you create to keep track of your inspiration and develop your wedding style. It’s especially great to use to save your wedding inspiration, because one of the great things about the Style Boards platform is that all of the images are 100% wedding related. They’re even divided up into categories, so you can specifically search for what you’re wanting- like Bouquets, which is one of my favorite boards because I LOVE amazing bouquets! And not only that, but you can see ALL of the images on the homepage, so you can be sure that you’re not missing out on any gorgeous inspiration! I myself have been having a blast Styling from ELD and seeing what other people are styling!

A New Tool For Finding Wedding Inspiration That You Need To Use!

I spoke with Style Unveiled’s CEO Alexis Harsh and Editor Heather Sharpe, and they shared this insight about their Style Boards section:

“Our Style Boards interface is a ‘wedding haven’ for brides, vendors and inspiration seekers. Brides can collect images on their personal boards and then collaborate with their vendors using their Styles. Vendors can Style to boards to share their work from their own websites and blogs, driving traffic and eyes to the work they have created. We have taken out the task of filtering and searching because our Boards have wedding specific categories making collecting inspiration and ideas simple and efficient. The look is clean and uncluttered. Simply find, love, and click to view the original source of the image.”

A New Tool For Finding Wedding Inspiration That You Need To Use!

Two of my favorite boards to Style to are Bouquets and Cakes, because they’re of course two of my favorite wedding details! [You can see all of my own boards here.] Another board that I’m loving right now is The Dress board! Since bridal market recently took place, the Dress board is a great place to go to see all of the latest gorgeous wedding dresses, straight from the designers!  If you’re still searching for the wedding dress that is “the one”, I highly recommend taking a look at the Dress board for inspiration! Here’s little peek of the pretty:

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A New Tool For Finding Wedding Inspiration That You Need To Use!

So I know what you’re thinking… how do you start using this amazing wedding inspiration tool?! To get started using Style Boards, all you have to do is go to the sign up page, create your account, install your Style It button and get started! It’s really that simple. The Style It Button is a tool you can use when exploring the web. When you find something you want to save for your inspiration, click the Style It Button on your bookmarks bar and your browser will automatically pull up every image available to choose from. From there you can describe your style and select the Style Board you want it placed in! You can head on over to the FAQ page to find out more about using Style Boards.

I’m absolutely loving using Style Boards for finding wedding inspiration, and I know you will too! Head on over to Style Unveiled to try the Boards out for yourself and start Styling images that inspire you! And if you want, leave the link to your Style Boards profile in the comments below- I would love to see what’s inspiring you!

A New Tool For Finding Wedding Inspiration That You Need To Use!



by: Lauren

I love everything about this unique wedding captured by Ricky Stern Photography! Diana and Arun wanted a wedding that stood out from the crowd, so they combined their love for color, travel, and eclectic design to create a gorgeous wedding that was totally and completely unique to them. Diana is here with us today to explain more about how they designed their lovely wedding…

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

Because I was in New York City and the wedding was in Miami, I relied on my mom to be my eyes and ears during the venue scouting process. She visited countless places, sent me dozens of photos and asked relentless questions to narrow down the perfect location. Without her, the wedding would have been an ad hoc affair at the courthouse. The days before the wedding were stress-free thanks to my sister, Chelsea. She handled her maid-of-honor duties seamlessly — including texting my wedding planner when my hands were dripping with wet nail polish.

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

It was very important for me to work with people who were responsive and professional. In addition to a speedy e-mail response time, I relied heavily on: good reviews, recommendations and real-world examples of the vendors’ work.

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

There was no official theme. Instead, my husband and I chose eclectic elements that reminded us of our travels, our childhoods and our life together in Manhattan. The cake-toppers were elephants, a nod to Arun’s favorite animal and Indian heritage. The flowers were inspired by my family vacations in North Carolina and my dad’s Scottish ancestry. The hand-painted escort cards were inspired by the many, MANY art museums I have dragged Arun to see around the world. And the cake was a croquembouche, a French dessert that reminded us of Paris, where we got engaged.

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What was your favorite thing about your wedding?

The ceremony. It was so personal, loving and speedy. (We were done in less than 15 minutes.) My longtime friend Melinda presided, and our friends and family were sitting in a circle around us. You could feel the loving, happy energy reverberating in that room. I hate to sound corny, but — it was magical.

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What is your best piece of advice for other brides?

Keep your perspective: the wedding is just one day. It doesn’t matter if you can’t get the right place settings. The marriage is all that matters. (And if you feel like you’re about to snap, ask for help.)

That is some truly perfect advice, don’t you think? I really love how Diana and Arun made sure that their wedding details and design were unique to them and in a way, told the story of their life together. That’s always my favorite thing to see- a perfectly unique wedding is the best!

So tell me- do you have anything in particular that you’re planning on doing to tell the story of your life together? I’d love to hear!

 

Vendors who made it all happen…

Photographer: Ricky Stern Photography / Reception Venue: The M Building / Floral Design: Petal Productions / Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Chris Weinberg Events / Cinematography: DelightMedia Productions / Bride’s Dress: Claire Pettibone / Bridal Salon: Kleinfelds / Hair & Makeup: Susana Betancourt