by: Lauren

This blush and gold wedding inspiration captured by Susie Linquist Photography is absolutely stunning! From a hand-sewn aisle runner and walls filled with candles, to a  personalized popcorn bar and chevron elements everywhere, it’s the perfect blend of elegant style and modern details.

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I love the mix of elegant design with modern elements- it’s so gorgeous! And how about that cake?! Amazing!

Are any of you doing something similar for your own wedding and mixing two different styles?

 

Vendors who made it all happen…

Photographer:  Susie Linquist Photography//Floral Designer: Design Perfection//DJ: Active DJ Entertainment//Other:AM Coffee Distributors//Linens and Coverings: CE Rental//Bakery:Culinary Cakes and Confections//Caterer: culinary creations//Design and Decor:DP etc//Lighting: High Performance Lighting//Cinema and Video:Light Cannon Films//Equipment Rentals:Party Suppliers & Rentals//Equipment Rentals:Pomp//Design and Decor:Port City Signs & Graphics//Equipment Rentals: Rent a tent//Reception Venue:Saint Thomas Preservation Hall //Cinema and Video:Susie Linquist Photography//Transportation:The British Taxi



by: Lauren

I am absolutely loving every stunning detail of this mint and peach wedding! From the beautiful garden setting, to pretty pastel macarons at each placesetting, love and romance is everywhere, and Hunter Ryan Photo captured it perfectly.  The lovely bride Kate is here with us today sharing insight about her wedding planning experience:

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

Pinterest for inspiration. Our amazing photographers (Hunter Ryan Photo – check them out!) for helping us be realistic about timeline, which kept the day stress free (and for amazing photos!) My mom and dad, who tireless assembled frames for table numbers, hotel gift bags, plastic boxes for favors, and a million other little last minute errands to make the weekend amazing. That said, all of our vendors were incredible and made for a smooth and fun planning process and wedding day. 

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

Not driving ourselves crazy!  We were determined not to go nuts and get stressed out over everything.  Otherwise, we picked people whose overall sensibilities seemed to match ours.  For instance, we knew we couldn’t judge a florist based on whether or not we liked all of the floral arrangements they had ever done – if a client wants a bizarre color scheme they have to do that for them whether that’s what they would have chosen or not, but we found a florist whose work we thought looked beautiful even when the client’s colors/themes weren’t ones we would have ever chosen.  We felt like the taste level was evident in how he interpreted their themes.  We also wanted vendors whom we didn’t feel would be pushy and try to lead us out of our comfort zone or guilt trip us into doing things “their way” or overspending.

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

Design-wise, we had a stunning venue that was the perfect stage for a spring garden wedding, and most of our guests were hitting sunny Florida after months in a crummy winter, so we tried to match the light, pretty feel of spring.  We found some pretty flowers on Pinterest as inspiration for a color theme, and then tried to keep the rest simple.  No need compete with the pretty setting.  Detail wise, we tried to keep it fun and light hearted, but without being too “silly” or “goofy” so that it still felt romantic.  We went for readings and activities that were sentimental but also fun.

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What was your favorite thing about your wedding?

It felt very “us” – we didn’t just try to pull every cute idea we saw on Pinterest and mishmash them all together.  We picked readings, “ceremonies”, guest activities, etc that felt like they matched our personality/relationship – quirky but sweet.  We had friends participate – an old family friend play the piano at the cocktail hour, a college roommate marry us, etc.  We had so many comments in our guest book, after the wedding, and throughout the weekend about how “you guys” the wedding was.  This made it feel really special and not like we had just signed up for an easy to replicate and impersonal event.  Also, pretty much the entire crowd danced the whole night long – our DJ (DJ Ceron) really knew how to read the crowd and make it a fun event for all ages.

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What is your best piece of advice for other brides?

Pick a budget and stick to it so you don’t have to stress or feel guilty about it later (and most importantly you can still splurge on the honeymoon!).  It’s only one day, after all – save some money for later :).  There are so many line items within a wedding and at the end of the day I usually only remember one or two things from each wedding we go to – really lovely flowers, or awesome passed appetizers, or a gorgeous venue, or funny readings.  It’s such sensory overload that your guests would never go home remembering how the table cloth, and the place cards, and the flowers looked, as well as what they ate and drank for each course, and how good to great the music was, and how perfect the fabric on the dress was, etc.  So pick a few things that are really important to you to allocate your budget to and don’t worry about having the “Best” of everything else.  No one will notice.  Promise.

Kate’s advice to pick what is really important to you when it comes to budget is so perfect! And I love how she and her husband had fun activities like madlibs for guests to do- such great keepsakes for after the wedding!

Are you planning on having any kind of activity for your guests to do during your reception? I’d love to hear what you have planned, or what you think of activities for guests!

 

Vendors who made it all happen…

Photographer: Hunter Ryan Photo / Flowers & Decor: Botanicals on the Gulf / Reception Venue: The Club at The Strand / Linens: Connie Duglin / DJ: DJ CERON / Makeup Artist: Hope Artistry / Cake Baker: Mikkelsen's Pastry Shop / Ceremony Musicians: The Vanderbilt Strings / Bride’s Dress: Vera Wang / Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo

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by: Michelle

There is definitely no shortage of fun in this confetti inspired wedding from Holly Gardner Photography! The beautiful bride Laurie’s love for sparkle, glitter, and confetti set the tone for a waterside Florida wedding that reflected her and her new husband perfectly! Laurie is here with us today to share some insight into planning her fun and colorful wedding…

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

Honestly, I handled almost all of the planning myself. I am an organized person and had a good idea of what I wanted my big day to encompass, so I made quick decisions and kept the plans very organized and simple. I used a binder to keep all the details (ideas, contracts, addresses, spreadsheets, etc) in order and easy to locate. My mother,  was my go-to if I needed help on a decision. The binder was most helpful and I highly recommend keeping one!

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

Our wedding was at Santa Rosa Beach. I needed to rely on researching websites, blogs and personal reviews to choose venues and vendors. Selecting a photographer was of utmost importance as photos are the lasting memories of all the details of your special day! After choosing Holly Gardner, she and I communicated regularly by phone and email compiling a list of essential photos. She expertly made certain to photograph each important moment. Our reception venue had an excellent coordinator who handled all of the wedding day specifics with our chosen vendors. Her attention to each detail afforded me a “stress-free” day to enjoy being a bride!

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

I am a bit of a glitter enthusiast, so I knew that I wanted my big day to include lots of sparkle. I used hints of metallic gold and glitter accents in my decor and favors. I also knew that I wanted our grand exit to include lots of confetti! 

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What was your favorite thing about your wedding?

Our glitter surprise!! Many of our guests made glitter signs with unique wedding wishes. Ray and I went outside to have pictures made at sunset. While we were out, our guests gathered at the door with their signs and surprised us as we came back inside. There was so much sparkle as we entered! Our family and friends were all cheering, waving their signs and throwing gold confetti. I was so stunned and just thrilled!!

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What is your best piece of advice for other brides?

Plan ahead and keep it simple!  There’s no need to be stressed on the most exciting day of your life.  For me, the day was about focusing on our vows and celebrating our marriage. I didn’t want to worry about pleasing each person there.  This was “our” day and it was JUST PERFECT!!

Oh I love Laurie’s advice! I love how she kept in mind that their wedding was about celebrating their love and marriage! And let’s talk about the glitter and confetti… how FUN is that?!

Are any of you inspired by something in particular -like confetti- for your own wedding? I’d love to hear!
 

Vendors who made it all happen…

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by: Lauren

DIY weddings are incredibly common for lots of reasons, including budget, style, preference, or just because you’re crafty and want to do everything yourself! A DIY wedding sounds like a good idea at first, but once you get into the specific aspects of planning a wedding,  you may start thinking twice about your decision to do everything yourself. The thing is, there are specific things about DIY weddings that you should know and be prepared for, and not many people actually talk about them. Well friends, that’s what I’m here for- to tell you what other people won’t!

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1. Some DIY weddings are not really DIY.

Many times, a DIY wedding is referred to as DIY because of the wedding details. You all know that I LOVE details, and I love DIY details even more- but the thing is, handmade does NOT equal DIY. A DIY wedding is actually when you are really and truly doing everything yourself- food, decor, entertainment, everything! Many of the “DIY” weddings that you see nowadays are not truly DIY. More times than not, they’re incorporating handmade DIY details, and because of that, are assigned the “DIY” designation. So if you’re basing your decision to have a DIY wedding on other weddings that you have seen, think twice and do a little more research on it, because how something is presented is not always what it seems.

Read more on this: WHAT IS A DIY WEDDING?

2. It’s difficult to truly do everything yourself.

It really is difficult to truly do everything yourself. Sure, you can DIY some of your wedding, but there are certain things that you should leave to the professionals, such as food, coordination, music, and photography.

Read more on this: HAVING A DIY WEDDING? 4 THINGS YOU SHOULD LEAVE TO PROS!

3. DIY always ends up taking WAY more time than you think.

I don’t know about you, but every time I sit down to do some kind of DIY/crafty project, it always takes me more time than I thought it would. If you’re DIYing your details, you should definitely give yourself plenty of time. If you’re DIYing any aspect of the wedding day itself, you should definitely allot way more time than you think you’ll need! When it comes down to it, make sure you have a plan and do lots of research so you’re prepared for anything and everything!

Read more on this: THE EXTENT OF DIY

4. You, your friends, and your family really do want to enjoy your wedding.

I always see recommendations for assigning a friend or family members to “be in charge” of everything on your wedding. Friends, this makes me SO sad, because if someone really is a friend or a family member, they really do want to enjoy your wedding! I myself have coordinated a few friends’ weddings- both close friends and acquaintances- and I ended up being in “work mode” the whole time, despite the brides encouraging me to join in on the fun. This may have been because being a planner was my profession, but what happens when you flip the situation around and have friends and/or family members who don’t do weddings as their profession. They may go to the opposite spectrum from where I was, and end up being in “party mode” the whole time. In fact, I’ve seen this happen, and it breaks my heart for the couple!

Read more on this: 5 REASONS TO HIRE A PROFESSIONAL FOR YOUR WEDDING, NOT A FRIEND!

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5. A DIY Wedding is NOT the way to go if you’re having more than 100 guests.

We’ve talked about it before- the more guests you have, the more money you have to spend. So when we’re talking in terms of DIY, the more guests you have, the more time it’s going to take you to do everything yourself!

Read more on this: THE PROS AND CONS OF DIY

6. You don’t have to buy everything!

Anything you think you need for your wedding, you can usually rent, unless it’s something that is consumed (food and alcohol) or something that is perishable (flowers). So before you buy linens, vases, table runners, or decor, check with your local professionals to see if you can rent it from them. It may seem cost effective to buy it, but when it comes to storage, cleaning, and having a ton of items that you’re never going to use again (and they’re really hard to sell too), you’ll thank me later! :)

Read more on this: YOU DON’T NEED TO BUY THAT

7. You need a creative team.

Most everyone that I have talked to who had awesome DIY weddings, said they couldn’t have done it without their planner or their creative friends/family. If you’re not hiring any professionals to help you in carrying out your wedding vision, the key is creativity… more specifically, creative friends! Sure, you can have that brilliant idea for a wall of ribbon garland behind your sweetheart table, but once you get started, you’ll realize that it’s going to take you forever. You will most definitely want to enlist the help of creative friends/family to help you carry out your ideas! (A little tip for enlisting their help: tell them precisely what you want them to help with. Often times people will say they’ll help, but then never actually help because they don’t have any guidance from you, and you might possibly be a little wary of asking them more than once. Communicate!)

Read more on this: HOW TO HAVE AN AWESOME DIY WEDDING

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So with all of this said, I encourage you think long and hard about whether or not you should have a DIY wedding. You can definitely do some things for your wedding yourself and still have professionals help you out, so don’t feel like you have to do one thing or the other!

Brides- have any of you found out other things about “DIY Weddings” that you would like to share? 

Wedding pros- I know you have more things you would like to share! Comment with your DIY wedding experiences!