by: Lauren

With the holidays coming up, it’s tradition for me (as well as my fellow blogger friends) to do a few “roundup” posts for 2014 during the last few weeks of the year. Admittedly, the end of the year has absolutely snuck up on me, as I’m sure it has for many of you- although I feel like I say that every year! Since today is Thursday, and I typically share some kind of wedding planning tips, our “Best of 2014″ roundup is starting off with 10 of the best wedding planning tips of 2014! Check them out, and make sure you didn’t miss out on some of the best tips of the year…

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3 THINGS WEDDING VENDORS WON’T TELL YOU

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7 THINGS WEDDING PLANNERS DO

(THAT BRIDES/MOMS/AUNTS/FRIENDS CAN’T)

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I HIRED A CHEAP WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

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WHAT A WEDDING COSTS (WHEN YOU USE PROFESSIONALS)

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CREATING A WEDDING DAY TIMELINE

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7 THINGS A WEDDING PLANNER MIGHT NOT TELL YOU

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WHAT WEDDINGS REALLY COST

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6 THINGS YOUR WEDDING GUESTS WILL HATE

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WHAT A WEDDING PLANNER REALLY DOES

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10 SIGNS YOU MIGHT NEED A WEDDING PLANNER

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So there you have it- 10 of the top wedding planning tips posts of 2014! Be sure to read all of them if you haven’t already! It’s SO important to educate yourself when it comes to planning your wedding- I promise you, your wedding will be better for it! :)

If you want to take a look at more of our wedding planning tips posts, just click here or on the button below to browse through them all!

The Best Wedding Planning Tips of 2014



by: Lauren

Taking place in beautiful Seaside, Florida, this chic navy and orange wedding is overflowing with personal details and tons of fun! A chic style and nature-inspired design elements were the perfect match for Megan and Rich’s gorgeous outdoor fete, and Holly Gardner Photography was there to capture it all. And as an added bonus, Megan is here with us today sharing insight into planning her amazing wedding- you’re going to love this one!

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

I loved searching the web for inspiration & ideas it was so fun (and helpful) to see blogs, magazines, and articles detailing beautiful weddings with personal touches. The inspiration was so helpful, and Arden and Jen at It’s A Shore Thing and Sally at Florals By The Sea helped execute all the details to perfection.

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

Ensuring you have someone you trust, it’s so reassuring to know you can step back and enjoy the day not having to worry about the details.

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

I wanted a mix of natural, classic and modern. Since we were at the beach and our wedding was a destination event…I wanted a casual fun affair.

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What is your best piece of advice for other brides?

Enjoy the details, we got married in four months – so I was limited in time – I loved making quick decisions, inspired by the things I loved. Pick what makes you happy.

Aw, I love that Megan recommends to enjoy the details- that’s a first I think! But it’s important, especially when you’re choosing to have details that are intentional and representative of you as a couple.

I don’t know about you, but I’m loving the orange and navy color palette! This wedding is a perfect example of using bold colors in a gorgeous way. Are any of you going to be using bold colors like this orange and navy? I’d love to hear what your colors are!

 

Vendors who made it all happen…

Photographer:  Holly Gardner Photography//Makeup Artist: CameraReady 850//Band: COOL RAYZ//Floral Designer: Florals By The Sea//Event Planner: It’s a Shore Thing Wedding & Event Planning//Officiant:Lough Tide Gulfside Weddings & Events//Reception Venue: The Seaside Lyceum Lawn//

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by: Lauren

This soft and romantic wedding inspiration is full of feminine style, eclectic details, and chic design. Featuring an ethereal gown and stunning headpieces by Heather Royal, this inspiration captured by Marissa DeCinque is full of so much beauty, so sit back and take it all in!

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The decor is lovely, don’t you think? With the holidays coming up, I could definitely see something like this working for a holiday tablescape too, although it’s plenty stunning as inspiration for a wedding design! My absolute favorite part of all of this has to be the layers and layers of tulle that makes up the dress.

How about you? Do you have a favorite aspect of this soft and romantic wedding inspiration?

 

Vendors who made it all happen…

Photographer: Marissa DeCinque / Venue: The Green Building / Flowers & Decor: The Rosewood Girl / Cake Baker: Betty Bakery / Invitations & Stationery: Sapling Press / Bride's Dress & Accessories: Heather Royal / Groom's Leather Bowtie: Marie-Louise Winther / Hair & Makeup: Keila Sone / Lighting: Stortz Lighting / Rentals: Starling on Bond


by: Lauren

Tons of color, an adorable dog, and an awesome Georgetown venue make this industrial chic wedding one that you won’t want to miss! An eclectic style was the perfect option for Anne and Ross’s wedding. Janice of Bellwether Events helped them incorporate their love for animals and a bit of whimsy into the chic Georgetown Ritz Carlton, and Jessica Schmitt Photography was there to capture it all!

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From the groom, Ross:

“Most of the wedding style came from Anne’s mind. She had an overall vision from the get-go and between her and Janice of Bellwether Events and Lauren of the Ritz-Carlton, we were able to achieve it. We really wanted something that looked summery and clean, with some individual touches of us to make everyone smile. We loved the look of the Ritz and how it is very upscale but still has an industrial look, and we wanted to use that to complement our style. Thus we had the strings of lights to add a little something extra fun, the silver card holder animals to reflect us, and the mercury glass table numbers and vases/mason jars to complement the industrial look of the room.”

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“We love Georgetown, and the Ritz, while in Georgetown, is tucked away just enough so that you aren’t bombarded with the busyness of M Street. We both fell in love with the look of the hotel and especially the Fahrenheit Ballroom. It has a very upscale and clean look, with an amazing industrial feel. We also needed a place that allowed dogs as Bridgett was going to be staying with us and be in the wedding. Finally, we wanted a place where we could do everything on site (rooms, ceremony, cocktail hours, and reception).”

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“My favorite moment from the day was watching Anne and Bridgett walk down the aisle. Bridgett is our little girl and Bridgett does what Bridgett wants, so we were very nervous about how she would perform. She was AMAZING, and knowing how important it was for Anne to walk with Bridgett was so special.”

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“We loved everything about our wedding! Everything we made and planned looked great and happened! The ombre poms on the aisles, the string quartet playing pop music at the cocktail hour, the arbor, the string lights, the linens we chose, the flowers, the DJ killing it, our clothes, the candy bar, the mercury glass table numbers, the Bridgett Piñata, the vegan cake and cookies, and the silver animal escort card holders all came out as planned and were unforgettable!”

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As a dog lover myself, I just love that they incorporated their dog into the wedding ceremony! That’s something that I definitely would do differently for my own wedding. In the same token, how fun were the animals at each table and with the escort cards?! LOVE that!

Are you going to be incorporating your pet into your own wedding at all? What’s your plan?

 

Vendors who made it all happen…

Photographer: Jessica Schmitt Photography / Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Bellwether Events / Flowers & Decor: Edge Floral Event Designers / Reception Venue: The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown / Cake Baker: Sticky Fingers Bakery / Lighting: Frost Lighting / Invitations & Stationery: Minted / Ceremony Musicians: Sage String Quartet / Ceremony Officiant: Jake Polasky / DJ: Bobby Jae, Marquee Artists / Bride’s Dress: Dentelle by Jenny Packham / Bride’s Shoes: Nordstrom, Menbur Peep Toe Pump / Bride's Rings: Treasure Trove Jewelers / Bridesmaid Dresses: Lilly Pulitzer / Groom's Ring: Custom Ring Designs / Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Banana Republic / Ties: Handsome and Lace / Groom's Shoes: Banana Republic / Groom's Tailoring: Do’s Custom Tailors / Groom's Cufflinks: Anna Siivonen Art Jewelry / Thumbprint Balloon Guest Book: Bleu de Toi / Escort Card Holders: Handmade by Bride & Groom / Mercury Glass Table Numbers: BHLDN