by: Lauren

When the words fun and elegant are seen together, you KNOW it’s going to be amazing, and that’s definitely the case for this Pennsylvania wedding! Ashley Gerrity Photography captured Brittany and Jonathan’s beautiful day, and we love that it was filled with fun, personal details. From their two pups being a part of the wedding ceremony, to tables being named after meaningful places, this wedding is the epitome of showcasing exactly how your wedding details make your day unique to you. We can’t wait for you to see it all (oh, and the gold sequin bridesmaid dresses are amazing too)!

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From Ashley Gerrity Photography:

After their dogs Baxter and Dutch had made it down the aisle, they patiently waited with their dad for mom to come down the aisle. Brittany beamed as she walked with her grandfather towards Jon to exchange their wedding vows. It was a short and sweet service performed by Brittany’s uncle, punctuated with vows and an epic kiss.

They?d crafted the table numbers with hand drawn images of iconic Philadelphia landmarks and ARS Brewery made a special beer just for them. Lawn games and an early evening reception had everyone enjoying a Saturday among friends while looking their best.

There were no parent dances as both Brittany’s father and Jon’s mother are no longer with us in body. But they were there in spirit. Jon’s father carried a picture of his mom down the aisle so she could be there in spirit.

 

Vendors who made it all happen…

Photographer: Ashley Gerrity Photography // Venue: The Manor House at Prophecy Creek // Hair + Makeup: Alisha Nycole & Co. // Wedding Dress: Lazaro // Dress Boutique: The Sample Rack // Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka // Menswear: Indochino // Wedding Rings: Stuart Tanenbaum Jewelry Designs // Stationery: Minted // Entertainment: Silver Sound DJs // Cake: Bredenbecks // Specially Crafted Beer: ARS Brewery // Bridesmaids Dresses: Badgley Mischka

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by: Modern Vintage Events

There are ALWAYS last minute expenses when it comes to weddings. Various unexpected wedding costs come up throughout the process that may be unique to your event and couldn’t have been planned for within your budget. But then there are little things that are almost always present, yet somehow easily forgotten when it comes to budgeting out your wedding expenses. *Shameless plug for a wedding planner here.* Planners should know to anticipate these things and prepare you well in advance, rather than having you scramble to come up with more cash one week before the wedding day.

 

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Lighting

A lot of people don’t realize how important lighting is until it’s too late. We’ve definitely said this before, but good lighting can go far when it comes to setting the tone and providing ambiance for the reception.  It’s important to take note of the lighting situation in your venue early on. Will you need to bring in extra lighting for the reception? Oftentimes, the aesthetic lighting is a given, but more functional lighting is what gets forgotten. Do you need to light the caterer’s space? What about the parking lot if you are in a remote location? You don’t want those guests stumbling to their cars in the darkness! If the restrooms are separate area, you should definitely light the way to those!

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Restrooms

Speaking of restrooms, these can be another unplanned expense. If the venue does not have adequate restrooms for your guests, or you are perhaps in a tent, you want to make sure to budget for restrooms. These are more than just a port-o-potty (please don’t do that to your guests!) but a trailer with running water, granite counter tops and air/heat. Seriously guys, some of these are nicer than my bathroom at home. Just remember, they do come with a cost!

Paper Goods

Most people know to budget for invitations, but setting aside money for postage is often forgotten. The cost of a forever stamp is currently .55¢. So, you need to plan for at least that much per invitation. Add an RSVP card with stamped envelope for return at .35¢ and you are up to .90¢ per invitation. What about having an inner envelope as well as the outer envelope and an info card for hotels, direction and more? Doing that will likely put you over the weight limit for one stamp and over $1 each just to mail the invitation. If you’re mailing 200 invitations, the math is easy — you’ll have to budget at least a couple hundred extra dollars to mail your invites.

There are also the additional paper goods associated with a wedding and reception. Programs for ceremony, menu cards for place setting, escort cards or a seating chart, table numbers and more. These are detail items and not everyone will choose to have one or all of them, but they are the little details that help tie together the day beautifully and cohesively. However, they often get forgotten until the very end!

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Gratuities

This is a big one. As is customary with gratuities, they are never mandatory, but function as a thank you for stellar service. That being said, there are a few vendors where it is more customary to extend a tip. Hair and makeup artists, servers, kitchen staff and bartenders are a few of these. A good rule of thumb is that if the vendor is the owner of their business, it is not as common to tip them. If they are an employee of the vendor, then tipping is a good practice. Again, tipping is never mandatory (and should you choose to tip business owners or other vendors they will also be incredibly grateful) but planning for this in advance will ensure all these people don’t get forgotten!

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Enacting a Rain Plan

Let’s face it, guys. Rain is never fun on your wedding day. Unless maybe you identify with Oscar the Grouch. However, fun or not, it happens. The weather is the one thing we planners have not figured out how to control… yet! If you have planned ahead, you and your wedding planner will already have a rain plan in place as a backup. If this is the case, you need to make sure you’ve also thought through how the rain plan affects your budget! Some added expenses in putting a rain plan into place may be:

Tent Rental

If you are in a space where a tent could be crucial (say an open field), you should already have one on hold — which means you’ve paid a deposit. If you enact rain plan, you will have to pay that remaining balance in order for the tent company to set that up for you. Or perhaps you’ve already rented a tent but the original plan was to have open air sides. If driving rain is heading your way, you will be glad to add sides to the tent to keep your guests dry.

Adding a “Flip”

In event terms a flip is where you set up a space for one portion of the day, such as ceremony, then move guests out to another space for cocktail hour, and “flip” the first space for something else, — usually dinner or reception. If you are enacting a rain plan, you might be in a situation where your outdoor ceremony now needs to happen inside, in the reception space. You’ll now need to use the space for two different things. Your rental company can assist with making the flip quick and seamless while your guests enjoy cocktails or appetizers. This does come with a price tag since their staff will have to make a trip back to move the furniture for you. This fee is usually worth the price so that your family and friends do not have to schlep around tables and chairs in their best wedding garb.

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Transportation

Whether or not you are providing transportation for your guests, you may want to consider transportation for your wedding party. They will be spending the better part of a day (sometimes 12 hours or more) with you at your venue. It’s a long day for them and if they are drinking at the reception as well, a safe ride home for those who are tipsy and tired can be a welcome option. Wedding party transportation could be just a shuttle to take them home, or even a fun trolley that can take you and your friends around town for photos before the ceremony.

Don’t forget transportation for the two of you at the end of the reception as well! We have plenty of clients who opt to simply leave in an Uber Black, but if that’s not your jam, you may want to hire something more fun. If you’ve budgeted for it, the two of you can ride away in style.

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Hotels

If your guests are staying at hotels in town, you might want to provide them with a little welcome gift upon check in. This is not something you have to do, but a nice touch if budget allows. This could be as simple as an informational card outlining the events for the weekend, directions to venues etc or a bag full of local goodies for guests to enjoy. And while we’re on the subject of hotels — don’t forget to budget for your hotel room for the night! If you’ve chosen to book a night at a boutique hotel, remember to budget accordingly so that cost is not a surprise in the end.

 

When building out your budget, try to leave room for the little things and possible unexpected wedding costs. It’s up to you decide what is important to you when spending your hard earned money, but if you try to expect the sometimes unexpected, you might spare yourself some unwelcome surprises!

 

Check out more of our tips on Planning + Prosecco!

xoxo Jessie + Becca,  Modern Vintage Events

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by: Lauren

We are feeling all the crisp autumn vibes in this classic fall New York wedding captured by V List favorite Mikkel Paige Photography! From the Mr and Mrs carved pumpkins to the night ending with warm doughnuts, this wedding showcased everything we love about the season. The bride’s vision of a wedding inspired by her favorite show, Gilmore Girls, had her working with florist Monica Chimes to create the perfect Stars Hollow look. For her own look, the bride was the epitome of classic glamour with a Sareh Nouri gown complete with a low back and oversized bow. The reception at Crabtree’s Kittle House was light and airy, yet warm, with sunflowers and mini pumpkins lining the tables. It’s the absolute perfect autumn inspired wedding day, and we can’t wait for you to see it all!

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From Mikkel Paige Photography:

Katie envisioned a “Stars Hollow” wedding for her and Jason’s special day, inspired by her love of Gilmore Girls! Warm tones and colors, leaves changing colors with summer giving way to fall just 40 minutes outside of Manhattan, and lots of pumpkins! The season harvest made an appearance in decor at their reception as well as their ceremony decorations.

The bridesmaids carried bouquets with berries, amaryllis, and eucalyptus against navy blue bridesmaids gowns. The groomsmen wore orange ranunculus boutonnieres.

Katie’s classic elegant look for her wedding was one she wanted to recall glamour of the mid 20th century. Jason complimented the color the bridesmaids wore with a blue bow tie and pocket square. A very special bracelet was worn by the bride: it was created from pearls, one her grandmother had given her, which her mother had strung together for a wedding day bracelet.

 

Vendors who made it all happen…

Photographer: Mikkel Paige Photography // Venue: Crabtree’s Kittle House // Video: River Story Weddings // Flowers: Monica Chimes // DJ and Saxophone and Drum Musicians: Sound Active Events // Hair and makeup: J.Kinford Beauty Group // Officiant: Rabbi Roger Ross // Wedding dress shop: A Little Something White // Dress designer: Sareh Nouri // Bridesmaids dresses: Nordstrom // Bridesmaids dress designer: Alfred Sung // Suits: Men’s Warehouse // Pumpkin Carvings: Jessica Manfro // Calligraphy for table chalkboards & escort cards: Dorothy Harris (friend of the bride’s family) // Printed Dinner Menu: Zazzle

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by: Lauren

If you’re not into what your wedding looks like, then sure, your wedding details don’t have to matter. BUT, chances are, since you’re here on Every Last DETAIL, you do care about what your wedding is going to look like.

Recently there has been an article going around published by a large wedding website, talking about “7 Details Your Wedding Guests Won’t Care About”. Here’s a peek of it:

“We’re here to drop a truth bomb: There are some wedding details not worth agonizing or going into debt over—because your guests simply don’t care.”

Well, our “truth bomb” is…

your guests- and YOU- do indeed care about your wedding details!

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We obviously have a big focus on wedding details and wedding design here at Every Last Detail, so we of course wanted to write a response for our audience- because YOU care about your details right?!

(A little note: I write everything from my own perspective and experience as a former wedding planner and designer. Oh, and you won’t see any talk about budget or DIY weddings here on ELD.)

We want to start off with these wise words from Tampa wedding planner and designer Amber Veatch Designs shared: “Weddings are all about prioritizing what’s important to you as a couple. You aren’t less than or better because you did or didn’t have 14k gold stationery.”

Now, I hope that you don’t see this article that I’m speaking of, but it’s been making it’s rounds, so just in case you did see it, I want to shed some light on the things that were mentioned:

 

1. Invitations

Your invitations? They set the stage for what your wedding is going to be like. They play a part in indicating to your guests the styled and formality of your wedding day. And yes, they also provide your guests with important information. And your guests DO care- they just won’t be aware of it unless you happen to skimp on them. Do your invitations need to be “over the top” to make an impact? Of course not. But they can be impactful and beautiful while playing an important role in your overall wedding day.

Nilkki Golden Photography recently received an invitation to her cousin’s wedding, and you want to know what she said? “Wow! I bet they are going to have a nice wedding. This invitation is super beautiful and elegant. Looks like they are putting a lot of thought into their day. The invitation sets the tone before you even show up to a wedding.” 

 

2. Programs

Your wedding ceremony programs are a stationery detail that can indeed have an impact on your wedding day- and are noticed. They can give your guests information about what is next for the wedding (ie, where to go, where cocktail hour will be, etc). It is also a way that you can provide your loved ones with recognition or a little thank you. And let’s not forget that it clues people in to what’s going on and who is who- I know I’ve found them helpful when attending weddings.

Jordan of Jordan Keenan Photography said, “Wedding Stationery is so important. It sets the tone for everything about your wedding. Sure, 14-karat gold flakes might not be necessary but working with a thoughtful stationery designer and calligrapher is! A recent bride of mine had her entire invitation suite custom designed that gave guests a glimpse into their theme and love story — and it’s all they talked about!” I know that wedding that she’s speaking of, and I can confidently say that the wedding stationery all play a huge part in that entire wedding day!

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3. Aisle Decor

While aisle decor isn’t a necessity, it’s actually helpful to have some kind of decor on the front rows of your ceremony. This indicates to guests that the front rows- typically the first two rows – are “reserved” for family members. And true, this fact is typically is something that is “known” but nowadays, many traditions seem to be getting thrown out. So, if you want to ensure that your close family members get a seat up front during your ceremony, having aisle decor for those rows is going to be a big help.

 

4. Monogrammed Favors

Yeah, sure, monogrammed favors aren’t needed at all. In fact, they’re a bit old school, right? But favors themselves? They’re a nice gesture, and can also play a great role in your over wedding design- sometimes even being something functional, killing two birds with one stone! Not to mention that a favor can be just about anything now, so don’t immediately rule them out!

 

5. Expensive Linens

Linens as a whole can definitely make or break a wedding design. I’ve seen many weddings in my (nearly) 10 years in the wedding industry, and there might not be anything worse than a gorgeous tablescape on top of a stained, too-short linen provided by the venue. It’s safe to say that I’ve definitely seen a wedding design look completely subpar all because of the linens on the tables. Even a standard cotton colored linen (usually no more costly than a white linen) can have a better impact on how a wedding looks! Just going beyond the basics here will help elevate your wedding in all kinds of ways. And yes, sometimes linens can be expensive. My suggestion is to save the super expensive ones for the cake table and sweetheart table!

 

6. Elaborate Centerpieces

Yes it’s true- the bigger and more elaborate the centerpiece, the more expensive it’s going to be. BUT, there are ways to design your wedding so you can have a mix of centerpieces that will still add tons of beauty to your wedding design. My favorite method of doing this when I was designing weddings was to do 2-3 different types of centerpieces. So let’s say you have 9 tables… I would recommend doing 3 tall, elaborate centerpieces, 3 short floral-filled centerpieces, and then 3 centerpieces comprised of candles and single-stem bud vases. This is why it’s so great to work with a wedding designer, because they will be able to guide you towards something that is going to give you the best of both worlds, and of course still fit within your budget. And remember- with weddings, there is no hard-and-fast rule about anything (for the most part ha!), so I always remind couples that they can take the most “elaborate” concept, and edit it down.

 

7. Wedding Cake Details

I see wedding cakes as the entire focal point for a wedding reception’s design, with guests oohing and ahhing over it, so I think it’s pretty safe to say that it’s a detail that is noticed! Also, a beautiful wedding cake can again, be an excellent way to infuse more style and detail into your overall wedding. Sure, it’s going to be eaten, but you can be know that if a wedding cake is beautifully designed, it’s absolutely going to taste great too!

 


 

I think the interesting thing that has been uncovered when discussing all of these wedding details is that they can all have a big impact in the look of your overall wedding day. And the beauty is that some of these details, are smaller details, and can have that impact without draining your wedding budget- especially when you work with a professional.

And let’s not forget that your wedding design and details are what will make your wedding unique to YOU. We love what Dana Cubbage Photography shares about this, “Details are what make your wedding UNIQUE!! These are the details that infuse your personality into the wedding! Skipping out on them might save money, but it will also deduce your wedding to a ho-hum party with no personality!”

 

Did you know that we have a Wedding Detail Checklist you can download?! Go here!