by: Michelle

I love everything about this gorgeous wedding captured by Severine Photography. A black, gold, and white color palette, while simple, creates a gorgeously elegant and romantic atmosphere. Incorporating modern details in with the classic style makes for an absolutely amazing wedding- you’re going to love it! And the lovely bride, Lindsey, is here with us today sharing all about her planning experience…

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

Believe it or not, my now Husband was the biggest help in this planning process. Little did I know that he was such a strong DIYer! Had it not been for his handy work and multiple runs to Home Depot, things would not been completed on time!

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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 to me was longevity. Longevity in the sense of I didn’t just want my photographer/videographer/etc just there on my Wedding Day, I wanted them for life and every stage of it. So when I went to look at different vendors, I didn’t just look at their ability to captureweddings, I looked deeper at the events in their client’s lives that they had been apart of. Doing this allowed me to get such extraordinary talent involved in our wedding day and our future!

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What was your favorite thing about your wedding?

My favorite thing about our wedding was my custom made Bridesmaid dresses. I found a picture (on pinterest, of course!) of these beautiful champagne with black lace overlay bridesmaid dresses. I was not able to track down the designer so I went to a local dress maker and together we were able to recreate the look with some twists to make them unique! These custom dresses turned out beautifully and allowed each of my bridesmaids to fit perfectly into their gowns.

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

My inspiration was truly the colors I dress in every day. I love strong blacks,modern patterns and accents of gold. So choosing a color scheme was simple, it mirrored my closet completely. From there, I took my colors and pulled together looks through Pinterest and various published weddings. At the end, we achieved a very chic and modern affair!

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What is your best piece of advice for other brides?

For my fellow Brides, don’t turn away help because you only want things done a certain way. Had I let help in sooner in my planning process, I would have had a much less stressful last few days before the wedding. Your friends and family have so many phenomenal talents, so put them to work! You will be glad you did once it is all said and done!

I told you this was a good one! Don’t you just love the old car? So classy! And those stripes- be still my stripe-loving heart!

I love how Lindsey’s inspiration was based on the colors she wears every day! Are any of you using a color palette that includes colors that you wear on a regular basis?

 

Vendors who made it all happen…

Photographer: Severine Photography / Bride’s Dress: bridals & more / Reception Venue: Conference Center @ the Main Library / Makeup Artist: Hair Graphics / DJ: McGee / Flowers & Decor: Turner Ace Florida / Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Missy Sterner / Cake Baker: Leah Kawczak

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by: Lauren

My-oh-my I have some excellent tips for you all today! One of the things that I had NO clue about when I was planning my own wedding was inquiring with vendors. To tell you the truth, I was actually afraid of it- which is probably why I ended up not quite having the best wedding I could have had.

As some of you know, after my wedding, I started working in the wedding industry, and during this time, I definitely saw my share of inquiries. I of course want you all to learn from my mistakes as well as my industry experience, so I thought I would share a few of my tips for you on inquiring with wedding vendors…

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1. Search & Don’t Be Afraid!

First and foremost, search in The V List for the most awesome vendors that I myself have extensively reviewed and approved. And then… DON’T BE AFRAID TO INQUIRE with them (like I was)! Along those same lines, also know that it’s okay to search outside of where your wedding is occurring. Vendors are always willing to travel, and who knows- your absolute favorite photographer could be in the next town over! 

2. Narrow Down Your Options

Don’t just send one big mass email to every single vendor in your area. Narrow down your list to your top choices and then send inquiries to them. 

3. Look

If you’re just searching for pricing and packages options, some vendors put that information right on their website, so be sure to look to see if it’s there before you ask. Most wedding professionals have lots of great info on their websites! 

4. Be Short, Kind, & Informative

Keep your email short, kind, and informative. Start off by telling the vendor why you are emailing them- what is it about them that made you decide to inquire? I know it’s corny, but it will establish a nice sense of relationship for both of you. :) Provide them with your wedding date, your venue, a little bit about the kind of wedding you’re wanting to have, what services of theirs you are interested in, and what your estimated budget is for those services.

5. Respond!

And the biggest thing of all- respond! Even if you’ve decided to go with someone else, please respond to them and let them know!

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Photo by Hunter Ryan Photo

I also asked a few of ELD’s approved vendors to give us some of their tips for inquiring with vendors…

“Remember when inquiring with vendors for services for your wedding, to be prompt in responding to their communication, both emails and phone calls. It takes a lot of time and energy to put professional and customized proposals and consults together in a timely manner, and it’s nice to get a response (good, bad or otherwise) in a timely manner. It goes a long way when you can return the courtesy they have extended you in responding promptly. Also, it is helpful to your potential vendors to be honest and upfront with your needs, wants and desires and, of course, your budget. It helps the vendor create a customized proposal that best fits your wedding. If you are honest in your inquiries, then you will have better results from your potential vendors.”  - Just Save The Date

“Personally I love when couples tell me a little bit about them, or their ideas or their excitement for the day. I love quickly getting a glimpse into who they are. We like to get a little extra info from them, like what the overall feel of the day is that they are going for, colors, and then of course the basics – DATE, venue, and approximate budget. Oh and your fiance’s name – we like to know that too!” - Hunter Ryan Photo

“Do your research on market averages for your area when contacting vendors so you know what to expect. Then, find the vendor that has the style and personality you like best! We love when brides tell us details about their weddings and how they are integrating their own personality into it. Your wedding is one day, so invest the most into the things that have the longest shelf life.” - Liveview Studios

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“Be friendly and be yourself (sarcastic, witty, silly, enthusiastic, dry, laid-back, etc)! I’m a huge believer that if you have a great personality match, no matter the vendor, it will only enhance your overall wedding experience!” – Carillon Weddings

“Be honest with your vendors. If you are just trying to price shop (which is totally reasonable), its best to be open about it. Its hard to receive an inquiry from a client who raves about your work and says you’re exactly what they’re looking for only to never hear back from them again. Its good to remember that the person you’re talking to is human and they put a lot of time and effort into their response and their business. And also, if you have a dialogue with a vendor, its polite to let them know that you’ve decided to go with someone else. There’s no hard feelings.” – Kappen Photography

“If you send an email inquiry and don’t receive a response in 48 hours, don’t assume the potential vendor is blowing you off. Technical challenges do happen, so try again or reach out via phone to be sure.”  - First Coast Weddings

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Photo by Kappen Photography


Wow, those are all GREAT tips, don’t you think? I also have a few more tips that you can see by clicking the button below:

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So brides, do you have any other tips of your own that you have found helpful?

Wedding pros, have anything else to add that might help out brides?


 

A version of this post was published in July 2012.


by: Lauren

Wedding Planning Advice: Get To Know & Trust Your Vendors

“Take the time to get to know your vendors. Only hire vendors that you trust and that understand your aesthetic and needs. After you have signed their contract, trust them to do their job. Your wedding will run smoother when you allow your vendors to do what they do best!”

- Amanda Ready of Atlanta Event Studio

 

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by: Lauren

This colorful wedding I have for you all today is one of my favorites ever! David and Alina wanted to make sure that their friends and family had fun at their wedding, and my goodness, they most certainly did! Ashton Events worked alongside David and Alina to design a wedding filled with personal, Cuban-inspired details, handmade paper flowers (created by the bride!), and colorful florals (by FH Weddings & Events)… all playing a beautiful part in creating the fun event they dreamed of. Lucky for us, the fabulous ladies of Papered Heart Photography were there to capture the day- pretty amazingly I might add! In fact, they captured everything SO perfectly that you will feel like you’re there… so sit back and experience this fun, colorful wedding with me while Alina and her planner Laura describe the details for us!

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From the bride, Alina:

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

Laura Helm of Ashton Events. If it hadn’t been for Laura I would have been a ball of stress come the day of the wedding and my vision would not have been executed so precisely.

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From Laura of Ashton Events: Alina and David did their first look on the Ybor trolley. Liz of Papered Heart Photography took the time to go out and time the trolley stops so they could execute it perfectly. Those pictures of some of my personal favorites, and I know Alina is so grateful for them! They even brought over Tobias, their dog, for some of the family portraits. How fitting!

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

Working with individuals that really care and have a passion for what they do was integral. I feel that that transfers over to the customization of the event.

From Laura of Ashton Events: We used chalkboards cohesively throughout the day to guide guests. I loved incorporating some of the elements of the invitations into the chalkboards, to keep everything consistent! I loved the mix of cigar boxes, some older and some more contemporary. Alina & I treasure hunted for so many items throughout the planning process, and it was so much fun to watch it all come together!

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

My theme was cheerful and colorful. The wedding was in Ybor City, Tampa and Laura had the brilliant idea to use old cigar boxes as part of the centerpieces. I also liked that it was an homage to my Cuban heritage. I’d had this thing with Mexico for years and had dreamt of marring there one day but alas it wasn’t in the cards. What I was able to do was integrate many of the handmade details I’d wanted such as crepe paper flowers. We wanted a rad party for our family, friends, and us.

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What was your favorite thing about your wedding?

How happy and relaxed we were. We truly were able to enjoy ourselves.

From Laura of Ashton Events: Did you see those two balls sitting in front of the cake table? They were actually fringed pinatas! Abe & Zeke (David’s sons) each got to break into them just after Alina & David cut into the cake. It was a fun way to get them involved in the day- and they loved it! David was so kind to send over artwork for custom tattoos. Customizing the back was a fun surprise for me to be able add for them! Who can resist a #hashtag opportunity. :) 

One of my favorite little details was the herringbone garland we strung across the reception area. It added another fun pop of color & personality, without detracting from the space. 

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From Laura of Ashton Events: The family dance! What a sweet moment. Alina & David wanted the boys to join them for their own family dance following the couple’s first dance. Everyone beamed around the group of four, as they laughed and twirled around the floor. 

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What is your best piece of advice for other brides?

Hire a wedding planner! No joke! Not only for your sanity but for an objective opinion. Sometimes you just need someone to tell you what is best.

Best advice ever Alina!! :) Oh, and I didn’t mention the parade exit? Yep- quite possibly the coolest reception exit I’ve ever seen! Everything about this wedding is loads of fun… and it helps that the couple just overflowing with love! I love the way they incorporated their personalities and backgrounds into their details- especially with the Cuban cigar boxes as a nod to Alina’s family’s culture, and custom temporary tattoos to celebrate David’s tattoo artist profession!

Alina and David’s wedding shows that you really can infuse your personalities and lives into your wedding however your heart desires. Tell me- how are you going to be making your wedding unique to YOU?

 

Vendors who made it all happen…

Photographer: Papered Heart Photography / Wedding Planner, Design & Decor:: Ashton Events / Florals: FH Weddings & Events / Reception Venue: Ybor City Museum / Catering: Bell's Catering / Cake Baker: Hands On Sweets / Hairstylist: Signature Salon / Makeup Artist: L.A.C. Makeup Art / Linens: Connie Duglin Linens / Lighting: Tampa Lights / Cake Table Linen: Kate Ryan Linens

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