by: Michelle

You are going to absolutely LOVE this eclectic beach wedding from Marissa Moss Photography! Bright colors, tropical details, and a stunning beach location all played a part in giving this DC couple a fun destination wedding that I’m sure their friends and family will be talking about for years to come. The lovely bride, Mallory, is here with us today sharing some of her wedding insight:

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

I love Excel so I used it to keep track of just about everything from vendor payments and RSVPs to wedding gift and thank you note tracking. I used it in Google documents so that family members could also update the files, which was helpful. 

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

Reviews. I made sure to use vendors that friends had good experiences with or that had great reviews on WeddingWire.  

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

I grew up in Florida so even though I live in Washington, DC now, I’ll always be a beach girl at heart. I wanted the wedding to celebrate that and also give our non-Floridian friends and family a taste of Tampa and beach living. I hoped to give everyone traveling, especially my husband’s family from Wisconsin, as much sunshine and water exposure as possible since I hoped the trip would be a nice getaway from winter weather for them. 

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What is your best piece of advice for other brides?

Everyone told me that you won’t have time to eat at the reception but I didn’t pay much attention to it because forgetting to eat is never a problem for me. But honestly, I was so overwhelmed that I really couldn’t sit down to eat and by the end of the night, I was feeling a little bit shaky. I wish I had eaten something before the reception started or had asked the venue to arrange some doggy bags for us because I feel like I totally missed out on the food. Other than that, I recommend just going with the flow. It seems complicated when its your wedding but if you choose good vendors, weddings are everyday things for them and it all comes together. 

I just love the coral and aqua together, don’t you? It’s so fun, and it might be my new favorite color palette! Not to mention that it’s perfect for a beach wedding!

So are any of you having a beach wedding? Or maybe just a destination wedding? What color palette will you be going with?

Vendors who made it all happen…

Photographer: Marissa Moss Photography / Event Designer & Florals: MMD Events / Catering: Carlouel Yacht Club / Transportation : Clearwater Jolly Trolley / Band: East Coast Entertainment / Bride’s Dress: Hannelore's / Makeup Artist: Beautiful You Makeup & Hair Services / Musicians: Joe Braccio Steel Drummer / Cinema and Video : Life's Highlights / Favors: Logo Lenses / Cake Baker: Publix Bakery / Portrait Station: The BlissBooth / Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas


by: Kelly

So you’re engaged? Congratulations! Once you’re done basking in the newly engaged glow, it’s time to get down to the nitty gritty of booking your vendors. If you are hiring a wedding planner (or even thinking about it), they might will be one of the first people you need to hire. Of course it’s always great to do your research and look into various professionals prior to choosing one, but it can be difficult to figure out who is ultimately right for you. So to help you choose who will be the best fit for you and your wedding, I’ve compiled a few questions that are helpful to ask a potential wedding planner:

 5 Questions To Ask A Potential Wedding Planner

1. What does a wedding planner actually do?

As a planner, I find that initially most brides don’t really know what I do. Brides know that they want some help (any help!) but they aren’t quite sure what they are signing up for. You might feel silly asking this question but I really think it’s the best place to start. Plus, no planner would think you’re silly-I promise! Chances are good that they are going to mention things you didn’t even think of- such as loading your gifts into the car at the end of the night, making sure a designated person has your marriage license, working their magic on that broken bustle/flash flood/missing boutonniere… and the list goes on and on. After asking this question, you’ll be SO excited about having an amazing planner in your corner, and be one step closer to choosing the right one for you!

Read more on this: What A Wedding Planner Really Does

2. What are your service options and which should I choose?

Once you know the basic ins and outs of having a planner (if you don’t, read the post mentioned above!), it’s time to talk specifics. Most planners offer several service levels, and it can be tough to know which the best option for you is. Some brides come to me thinking they need one level of service but after talking things through, realize they need a different level. Part of choosing the right planner is knowing what you need from him or her and whether or not they can provide that to you. So just ask the planner you’re meeting with for guidance, and you should be able to figure it all out!

Read more on this: 10 Signs You Might Need A Wedding Planner

3. Have you planned an event of my size/in my timeframe before?

When choosing the right planner it’s important to ask questions specific to your event- especially if they are things out of the “norm” such as an extra-large guest count or a tight time crunch. While these aren’t necessarily deal breakers per say (just because your planner hasn’t had to accommodate 400 guests before doesn’t mean she isn’t able to), I know from experience that these types of questions matter in putting couples at ease and aiding in finding the right match. The fact is, some planners do not have the “manpower” to handle weddings of certain sizes or time frames, so it is important to assess that early on if it is a concern of yours.

Read more on this: Seven Traits of a Great Wedding Planner

4. Can you refer me to other vendors?

Okay let me point out that I did not say “can you get me discounts”. That is not what I’m talking about here. I am talking about your planner’s vendor network and finding out if that is something that you will be offered access to. In my opinion, a great advantage to having a planner is access to trusted vendors (like those here on ELD, yay!). My couples ask me all the time to refer them to a photographer, florist, bridal shop, etc. that I trust and that will fit with their budget. If vendor referrals are something that appeals to you, ask the planner if they offer this and what sort of style, budget, and range they can provide.

Read more on this: 7 Things Wedding Planners Do (That Brides/Moms/Aunts/Friends Can’t)

5. Will you fit in my budget?

I’m sure you have all been waiting for this one! I purposefully saved it for last because while I know it is important (really, really important), I want to make sure it isn’t the only question you are asking. So much more than just affordability should go into choosing your vendors. Make sure you find a planner who you trust, who offers the services you’re looking for, who meshes well with your personality, who can accommodate your wedding needs, and who is within your buget. It may seem impossible but it definitely can be done! A lot of planners will talk with you about customization, smaller package options, payment plans, or may even have a different planner they can refer you to who is more in line with your budget. Remember- you will never know if you don’t ask!

Read more on this: Can’t Afford A Wedding Planner?

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Have any of you hired a planner already? If you have any other questions to add, please feel free to comment below! And any planners- feel free to add more insight in the comments below too! :)

5 Questions To Ask A Potential Wedding Planner



by: Lauren

Wedding Planning Advice: Follow Your Heart!

“Take a deep breath, relax, and remember that there are no rules. You can do whatever you want. Follow your heart, and how you want your celebration and union to be unique to who you are, together. Make the day yours and be creative. Think outside of the box, and about light, about outdoor, offbeat or boutique locations and bring in what’s sentimental and fun for you both. Welcome help from loved ones to contribute handmade elements of the day!”

- Erin & Liz of Papered Heart Photography

 

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by: Lauren

Yes friends, you read that right… you can WIN an Ecoura eco-friendly engagement ring from our sponsor REEDS Jewelers!

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More importantly, thanks to the amazing REEDS Jewelers and Ecoura co-sponsoring a giveaway, you all have the opportunity to enter to win a diamond Ecoura ring valued at over $2,000! All you have to do is click the image below and follow a few simple instructions to enter:

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This giveaway ends August 15th, so be sure to get your entry in right away! (Oh, and of course go see all of the gorgeous rings too- I know I’ve been drooling over them for months now!)

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This post and giveaway is sponsored by REEDS Jewelers and Ecoura. All opinions are the author’s own.