by: Lauren

With a hint of vintage style and bright pops of color, this New Orleans garden wedding captured by Arte De Vie is so much fun! The bride and groom, Courtney and Rey, drew their inspiration from the city and culture of Havana, and their wedding details reflected this perfectly. From cigar boxes used in the centerpieces, to Cuban cuisine, this Havana-inspired wedding is absolutely gorgeous!

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I just love the array of bright colors used! And how gorgeous is this New Orleans wedding venue?!

Drawing inspiration from vintage Havana is such a great idea! Are any of you getting your inspiration from a favorite city of yours? Even if you’re not… do you have any suggestions for other cities that could inspire wedding decor? I think mine would be Verona… how about you?

 

Vendors who made it all happen…

Photographer:  Arte De Vie // Event Venue: R + R // Event Planner: Rock the Diamond Events // Caterer: cowbell/green tomato productions//Floral Designer: Kim Starr Wise Floral Events//Lighting: Luminous Events of New Orleans, LLC//Linens and Coverings: Perrier Party Rentals//Hair Stylist:Two Sisters//Dress Store: Wedding Belles// Shoes: Badgley Mischka



by: Lauren

Taking place at the beautiful Maitland Art Center, this garden wedding captured by Rachel V Photography is absolutely stunning! Rustic style, eclectic details, and a romantic atmosphere combine to create Sonya and Adam’s intimate, Anthropologie-esque wedding… you are going to LOVE it!

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From Sonya:

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

First off my husband was a huge help! I was really delighted by the fact that he was so eager to help plan the wedding. Secondly, our wedding planner Kristy Rapp from Kristy Rapp Events in Orlando was invaluable. She really made sure every detail was taken care of, which was especially important since we had a destination wedding. Finally Lisa from Wish Vintage Rental was an absolute gem. She helped make our vision come to life and it was such a pleasure working with her and having her style our wedding.

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

For me it was all about a great attitude. I wanted to work with vendors who were laid-back but still professional. Everyone that we worked with put my husband and I at total ease and took all of the stress out of planning.

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

For our details and design we were really inspired by our venue The Maitland Art Center. It’s such a natural beauty that we wanted to keep the decor simple, for example our tables were made from reclaimed wood. I also really love the whole vintage and rustic trends that are happening in bridal. We did a lot of “picking” and found great pieces such as vintage china, vases, and other decor to give it a personalized and warm vibe.

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What was your favorite thing about your wedding?

I really loved everything about our wedding but if I had to pick something it’s probably the ceremony location. It was in an old deconstructed chapel with beautifully engraved stone. There was moss hanging down from large trees and the whole mood was so romantic and special. It was a really one of a kind experience for my husband and I.

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What is your best piece of advice for other brides?

Honestly, there is always something that will probably go as unexpected. But it’s that unexpected thing that will make for the most memorable story after your wedding is over and most likely it will elicit a huge smile and some laughter. So try not to stress too much and enjoy the experience because it passes by in the blink of an eye.

Sonya’s advice is so true- if something does go wrong on your wedding day, try to just enjoy your experience and not dwell on it! And how amazing is Sonya’s dress?! Not your typical wedding dress, but it’s gorgeous nonetheless- I LOVE it!! Although I think my favorite part of this wedding might be the location paired with the eclectic style- isn’t it all just perfect?

So tell me- are any of you having a wedding with an eclectic style like Sonya’s? What kind of things will you be doing to convey the eclectic style?

 

Vendors who made it all happen…

Photographer: Rachel V Photography / Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Kristy Rapp Events / Reception Venue: Maitland Art Center / Catering: 4 Rivers Smokehouse / DJ, Lighting, Photobooth:: Our DJ Rocks / Cake Baker: Anna Cakes / Tables, Vintage Furniture, Styling:: Wish Vintage Rentals / Hair & Makeup: Makeover Maven / Ceremony Officiant: Jason McKinney

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by: Lauren

If you didn’t know already, I’m ALL about providing insight into the “wedding world” and educating brides- in addition to sharing pretty wedding inspiration of course. And even though some of the information I share might not always be what you want to hear, it’s still SO important to know… because no matter what, the more you know about weddings, the BETTER your wedding will be, and in turn, the happier you will be!

So with that said, today we’re talking about a few things your wedding vendors won’t tell you. I’m not saying they don’t ever tell you these things, but they won’t tell you right off the bat. The thing is, knowing these few tidbits will make your experience of working with wedding vendors way better! I for one had no clue about any of these things when I was planning my wedding, but I certainly wish I had known!

  3 Things Wedding Vendors Wont Tell You

1. Weekends don’t exist.

Okay, well weekends exist for you, but unfortunately, not for wedding vendors. Weddings happen Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, as you all know. If you are requesting a meeting during the weekend, chances are good that you probably won’t be able to get one. And if you’re emailing/calling during the weekend, just know that you might not get an immediate response.

Ask yourself this: Do you want your vendors answering emails and phone calls and taking meetings on your wedding day? I know I wouldn’t!

[Read more on this: 5 Things To Know About Wedding Vendors]

 

2. Since weekends don’t exist, days off (for vendors) happen during the week.

Vendors don’t have 2 free days during the weekend, because they’re most likely working those days. Because of this, “days off” usually occur during the week… even then, often times it’s only one day off. So when a wedding vendor doesn’t reply to your email in the normal speedy fashion on a Monday or Tuesday, it’s probably because it’s a “day off” for them- you know, trying to do laundry, buy food, clean- things that are necessary for a person to live. ;) Nowadays, most wedding pros will have an auto-responder turned on in their email, telling you this, but just in case, it’s helpful to be aware of this tidbit!

Ask yourself this: On your day off (or any other day really), do you like your boss calling and/or emailing when you don’t respond in less than 2 hours?

[Read more on this: Things To Keep In Mind When Communicating With Vendors]

 

3. A vendor’s product/service is their livelihood.

Sometimes vendors act like what they do is fabulous and fun (which it is of course), but they also make it seem like less work than it actually is. For some reason, a wedding vendor’s profession is immediately classified into a different “category” than say, an accountant or a realtor. Just because they’re providing you with a service or product related to your wedding, doesn’t mean that they’re any different than that accountant or realtor. I’ve said this before, but I’ll say it again- vendors charge what they charge, and they charge it for a reason. If you have to, ask, but don’t barter or try to talk them down. It’s truly how they’re putting food on the table, not just fun and games!

Ask yourself this: Do you want people who don’t do your job telling you what they think you should be paid?

[Read more on this: Working With Your Wedding Vendors]

 

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So now that you know these wondrous tidbits of knowledge, what can you do with them? Ask.

Ask your wedding vendors what their weeks are like, what days they take off when they have weddings all weekend, or if they prefer meetings on certain days of the week. Most vendors will usually ask you similar questions, because it helps them work with you smoothly and effectively. By asking them as well, you will be able to further establish an awesome relationship with your vendors. And when you have both have an awesome relationship, that will lead to an equally awesome wedding, and less stress for you! :)

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Editor’s note: These are my own opinions based on my experiences as a wedding professional and a bride. Vendors, please feel free to add in your own “tidbits” in the comments below!

 

A version of this post was originally published in December 2010.


by: Lauren

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