by: Megan Acosta

Sweet and southern is the only way to describe this beautifully organic Amelia Island wedding planned by Dairing Events. Kristen & Harrison were married under a moss covered oak tree in the golden sunlight that is like something out of a dream. With a neutral color palette and lush greenery details, this couple kept to a natural vibe with a gorgeous touch of whimsy and romance. Lots of candlelight created an elegant mood, while still being fun and relaxed, and of course a cigar bar was the perfect late night activity for guests to enjoy! We can’t wait for you to enjoy all of the beauty captured by Finny Hill Photography!

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

Google spreadsheets! I have a very busy job so wedding planning on top of that was a lot. Google spreadsheets helped to keep me organized and maintain my sanity. You can share them with your wedding planner or whoever is helping you and you can edit them together from different locations which is great! Also, my mom! She is was a saint throughout the whole process and helped take a lot off of my plate. I couldn’t have done it without her.

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

I worked with Adair Currie from Dairing Events. I was planning my wedding from Dallas so I knew I needed someone that got my vision, was highly organized and a great communicator. When we had our first Skype meeting, I knew Adair was that person. She came to the first call with so many ideas and I loved them all. I love when people go the extra mile like that.

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

I made several versions of inspiration boards on Pinterest before I narrowed it down. I decided I wanted the whole wedding to have a very organic/natural feel while also being whimsical. My color palette was lots of white, wood, greenery and copper accents. We also had light gray throughout which was the color of my bridesmaid’s dresses.

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What was your favorite thing about your wedding?

My favorite thing was first and foremost, having everyone from different parts of Harrison and I’s lives together in one place. It is overwhelming how loved you feel on your wedding day. 
Also, the location – it was a dream! The hotel was on the beach and our wedding site was on the marsh under these beautiful Florida oak trees. The sunset was magical.

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What is your best piece of advice for other brides?

Just remember, the wedding is one day. Marriage is what it is really about. It will be the best day or your life but don’t sweat the small stuff. Be sure to stop and take it all in because it is over before you know it!

 

Vendors who made it all happen…

Photography: Finny Hill Photography // Venue: Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort // Wedding Planner:  Dairing Events // Florals: Ruby Reds Floral & Garden // Stationery: Heather O’Brien Design // Video: Collab Creation Films // Hair:  Studio Bride  // Make up: Studio Bride // DJ: DJ Jacob Towe // Rentals: Soulshine Rentals // Cake: Omni Amelia Island // Lighting: St. John Illuminations // Dress Designer:  Elizabeth Filmore // Shoes: Jimmy Choo

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by: Lauren

All too often, couples think that there are certain things that you have to have when it comes to a wedding. Well guess what? There actually are things that you really DON’T need for your wedding! Things that are just going to be a waste of your time and money, get thrown away or ignored, and even get in the way. So help you out, we asked our V List wedding experts to share a few of the things that they’ve noticed really aren’t needed at weddings…

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1. Non-consumable wedding favors.

“Non-consumable wedding favors. Most of that stuff gets thrown in the trash eventually. Keep your guests’ tummies happy with gourmet chocolate chip cookies or something similar. Guests love to snack on their way home while they talk about the wedding.”

Need favor ideas? Check out our favorites!

 

2. Printed Wedding Programs.

“Many couples think formal printed wedding programs are a must, but this is definitely an item you can do without, or at least, less of. Printed programs can be replaced with large signage noting the key players in the ceremony and order, and can add a fun detail to your ceremony set-up.

If you prefer to stick with printing programs, keep them simple. Your 30 minute ceremony does not need a 10 page booklet, and choose to print enough for 50-75% of guests. Many weddings have more than half of the programs untouched and tossed out. Keep your guests fully engaged in your ceremony rather than flipping to see what’s next.

Extra Tip: How do you know if you need programs? When you have group responses or readings where guests will need to know what’s going on.”

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3. Guest Books.

“Honestly I think traditional sign your name guest books are now a thing for the trash can. Because really what are you going to do with a bunch of your guests’ signatures?

The unique guest book alternatives where people make an art piece or wall decor out of them are so much more useful and meaningful.”

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4. A Full Bar.

“A full bar – doing just beer and wine or a signature drink is perfectly acceptable! Don’t go broke buying drinks.”

Want some signature drink ideas? Check out the options our friends at Swooned have!

 

5. Photographer Checklists.

“Photographer checklists. If you’re hiring a legit professional that you trust completely, let them do their jobs and capture what they know is best. It will only be a frustrating struggle for the photographer if they’re having to keep up with your list all day!”

Want a few more tips for working with your photographer? Read more here!

 

6. Unity Ceremony.

“Too many times we’ve had brides stressing about their unity ceremony. Debating between unity candles, sand, seed planting, etc., etc.. The wedding ceremony itself is two becoming one, being unified in front of family and friends. So unless your ceremony is in a church that requires a display of unity, you really don’t need to have one.”

Want some ceremony inspiration? Check out our ceremony Pinterest board!

 

7. Sweetheart Tables.

I know this sounds strange, but, sweetheart tables. I am encouraging my brides to have a private dinner with their husband in a separate space. This gives them a chance to eat in peace, get to talk to each other rather than guests keep coming up to talk or take pictures of/with them, and it saves money too! No need for another linen, chairs, or decor.

I normally suggest this when my couples opt out of doing a first look. It is so special to have them have this private 15-20 minutes before they go back into the reception to start going table to table. It’s such a nice break!”

Want some wedding design inspiration? Check out our Pinterest board!

 

8. Guests taking pictures.

“Guests taking pictures during the ceremony and first dances. It’s sad when we develop beautiful works of art for our clients and in their albums everyone is holding a phone up jockeying for position during timeless moments. As your guests to unplug, put it down, and enjoy the moment.”

Learn more about an Unplugged Wedding here.

 

9. Upgraded Linens.

“Upgraded linens. After you’ve added China, flatware, glassware, centerpieces and other decor items, the linen gets lost. Select a complimentary color to your scheme in a basic fabric and your guests won’t notice the difference.” 

Want some wedding design inspiration? Check our our Pinterest board!

 

10. Cake Cutting Set.

“Don’t feel like you need to go out and buy a fancy engraved cake cutting set. Most likely your venue or caterer already has these items- just ask! And if they don’t, use it as a way to have a fun “something borrowed” and use a friend or family member’s set.”

Need some wedding cake inspiration? Check out our favorites!

 

When it comes to things you really don’t need for your wedding, there are of course even more than just these 10 things. Have anything to add? Comment below with your addition!



by: Lauren

The information below is part of the “What Weddings Really Cost” post and is meant to provide knowledge about wedding costs. Please read this post to understand the below information!

 

Below is an estimation for what a very basic, “simple and pretty” 100 guest wedding would cost in Jacksonville, Florida.

Please note: This is JUST an estimation to show average price points for the various elements needed for a wedding, and does not include any “bells and whistles”. This should not be considered an exact representation of all Jacksonville weddings, as each wedding is unique to the couple and their preferences!

 

VENUE: $3000
FOOD AND BEVERAGE: $15000 ($150.00 PER GUEST)
FLORALS & DECOR: $4500
LINENS/RENTALS: $3500
PHOTOGRAPHER: $3800
CINEMATOGRAPHER: $2200
MONTH-OF PLANNER: $2500
PAPER GOODS: $1200 (WHICH INCLUDED DAY-OF PAPER GOODS)
ENTERTAINMENT/MUSIC: $1600 (TYPICALLY DJ ONLY, BAND IS $3000+)
HAIR & MAKEUP: $350
TRANSPORTATION: $1500
CAKE: $500
CEREMONY COSTS: $1100

Total: $40,750

 

This estimation is courtesy of Jacksonville wedding planner Adair Currie of Dairing Events, who is a member of The V List.

 

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by: Lauren

Typically when you hear “nautical wedding” you think of the usual- navy and white stripes and boats- but this gorgeously romantic wedding from Dairing Events is unlike any other I’ve seen. Inspired by their love for everything about the water and Florida, Whitney and Nicolai incorporated nautical details in unique ways that reflected them perfectly, and Brooke Images captured it all beautifully! Whitney is here with us today sharing more about her gorgeous day- I can’t wait for you to see it all!

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

Two people were instrumental in creating my dream wedding, my sister Cassidy and my wedding planner Adair Currie. Cassidy was my day-to-day decision maker. She was able to help me see the “big picture” of my wedding when I struggled to see it myself. Adair took care of helping me with the big pieces for the wedding. Having a wedding planner saved me from making my family set up everything and take it down. Adair knew my vision and was able to carry it out without batting an eyelash.

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

When Nicolai and I were deciding on vendors, we met with them and tried to get to know them a little more personally. We went with the vendors that felt like friends and family. It worked out well because we really loved our vendors and many of them are beginning to feel like just that -family.

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

Nicolai and I live our life on the water. We wanted something that was classy, clean, and nautical. Our venue was most important because we wanted to showcase the Florida aspects we love -the water, the oak trees, and the sun. After we picked out our venue I quickly picked out the bridesmaids dresses (Lilly Pulitzer) and our groomsmen suits (JCrew). Between the venue and the attire we narrowed down our ideal wedding design.

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What was your favorite thing about your wedding?

It is so hard to choose a favorite! I LOVE my broach bouquet! At every wedding and bridal shower I had, the attendees brought a gold broach. It was so special because it made me feel like I had so much love and support going down the aisle with me. I also loved doing a first touch with my husband. I remember being so nervous; I kept pacing and crying but as soon as he touched me I became overwhelmed with the sense of love he has for me. In this moment, Nicolai said a prayer, held my hand, and told me how he couldn’t wait to spend the rest of our lives together. This was such a precious moment for me. I will never forget that moment.

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What is your best piece of advice for other brides?

Make it personal. We tried to showcase little touches that really described our relationship. We used different species of Florida fish for our table numbers because we love to fish together. Unfortunately, our grandparents on both sides had passed away but what was so wonderful was that no one in our families have divorced. Instead of doing a memory table we did a Legacy of Love table that included photos from all of our grandparents and both sets of parents on their wedding days. Another thing we did to make it personal was picking out local craft beer to serve at the wedding. Both my husband and I enjoy the local Jacksonville breweries so we made sure to share our favorites with our guests.

I definitely love Whitney’s recommendations for making things personal! It’s my favorite thing about weddings- the fact that details can truly tell the story of your relationship if you let them! I think my favorite detail from this wedding might be the oars at the ceremony… although the fish as table names comes in a close second!

So how about you- what details are you incorporating that are personal to you and your future spouse? I’d love to hear!

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Vendors who made it all happen…

Photographer: Brooke Images / Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Dairing Events / Reception Venue: Oyster Bay Yacht Club / Flowers & Decor: Lori Parker Floral Studios / Tent & Linens: All About Events / Cake Baker: Sweet by Holly / DJ: DJ Jacob Towe / Cinematography: Adam Pressley Films / Hair & Makeup: Studio Bride / Bridesmaid Dresses: Lilly Pulitizer / Groomsmen Attire: J.Crew

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