by: Lauren

We are head over heels for this colorful California wedding! Wanting their wedding to reflect their own laid back personalities, Alli and Rob’s day ended up being a perfect blend of fun and relaxed. Taking place at the industrial event space of Smoky Hollow Studios, they subtly incorporated their shared love for beer into their details, including custom glasses at each placesetting for guests to take home. A boho style was the perfect choice for these two, and adding in floras by Floret Moon Designs in pops of pink, peach, and greenery created a perfect look! With the help of ‘Cause We Can Events, Alli and Rob’s dream wedding day was made a reality, and we are so glad that Chloe Moore Photography captured it so beautifully!

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

Our coordinator and month of planner Gabby helped tremendously!!! She kept her cool and made sure that everything on our day was completely perfect. We knew going into our day that there may be hiccups, but we honestly didn’t experience anything (to our knowledge) major to upset the day.

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What was the most important to the two of you while planning? Was there anything that you chose to splurge on or skip?

The most important thing for us was *hands down* for our guests to have fun. We made it a priority to make sure that we were having fun, and in turn our guests were having fun. Also, we are sensitive people, and we both wear our hearts on our sleeves. We wanted for WORDS to be important on our big day. We made a point to write our own vows, and tell our loved ones how much their words meant to us. We ended up with some incredible speeches, that we will remember forever.

One thing we chose to splurge on that we are SO grateful for is our video. Jes at Luna Bay Films did an incredible job documenting our day. We feel so lucky to have footage of our day in such a BEAUTIFUL video!

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Tell us a little a bit about your wedding.

We wanted our wedding to feel like a true representation of ourselves. We are both pretty relaxed and “go with the flow” people, and I think that naturally our wedding and vibe ended up that way also. We wanted our guests to have FUN…that was our biggest priority. We loved the industrial look of Smokey Hollow, and finding such an amazing venue in our hometown area just felt right. It was an interesting idea and a little bit of a challenge to bring such a relaxed vibe to such an industrial space, but somehow it WORKED! We both love beer, and that was an underlying theme of the event as well. Rob brewed over half of the beer for the day, and we had custom glasses made for our beloved guests. Being a spring wedding, bright colors just seemed so natural and right.

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What were your favorite parts of the day?

We can honestly both say that our entire day was our favorite. One moment that stood our to both of us was when we danced to Talyor Swift’s “Shake it Off”.  It was the moment after the stress of the getting ready, and the ceremony, and the speeches, where we finally relaxed. It was so much fun and it was our personal cue that it was time to start having fun.

Oh, and how AMAZING are those bridesmaid dresses?! We love how the mismatched look turned out… and those patterned dresses are FAB! Are you thinking about doing mismatched dresses at all for your own wedding? What color palette are you going with?

 

Vendors who made it all happen…

Photography: Chloe Moore Photography | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Smoky Hollow Studios | Event Planning: ‘Cause We Can Events | Floral: Floret Moon Designs | Videography: Luna Bay Films | Wedding Cake: Susie Cakes | Makeup: Makeup by Emerald M | Catering: Border Grill | DJ: Vox DJs | Wedding Dress: Dreamers & Lovers | Submitted via: Matchology



by: Lauren

These elegant earth toned wedding ideas are EVERYTHING. Drawing inspiration from the venue, vegetation, and the earth itself, Events by the Cea wanted to convey both warmth and intimacy with their design, and the result was gorgeous. Varying tones of orange and greenery combined with distressed wood elements, agate, and marble created a stunning wedding look, blending elegance with nature perfectly.  We can’t wait for you see all of the beauty that Harper & Grace Photography captured! 

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This design would be fitting for a wedding in any season, but would be especially perfect for a Fall wedding, don’t you think?

 

Vendors who made it all happen…

Planning & Design: Events by the Cea // Photographer: Rachel Matonis of Harper & Grace Photography // Dress Designer: Shop Blush Elegance // Hair + Makeup: Navany Macias // Calligrapher: Sam Allen Creates // Floral Designer: The Flower Story Co // Tuxedo & Men’s Attire: Friar Tux Shop // Equipment Rentals: Baker Party Rentals // Catering: Jays Catering // Venue: The Estate on Second



by: Carly

As your wedding day nears and your checklist (hopefully!) becomes shorter, there is still one topic that still needs some attention: whether or not you need to tip your wedding vendors.

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By and large, tipping is such a sensitive subject because there are so many differing views. As we attempt to offer insight on the topic, we thought we would add our top three ideas for you as well as poll the members of The V List for direct answers from wedding professionals!

1) Is it included?

Always take a look at your contracts. Sometimes venues and catering teams will include tax and gratuity in your contract. This is a great first step because there will not be any additional funds due post-wedding; however, sometimes this is not included. Tipping outstanding servers, bartenders, and venue managers directly is still at your discretion, but make sure to review your contract and talk to your point person at your venue to determine when tax and gratuity will be charged.

2) It’s not required or expected.

Outside of remitting tax and gratuity to a venue or catering team, it is important to note that tipping is not something you must do. It should always be your choice, especially because you have already paid the professional for his or her services. But, offering a gift or tip is always appreciated, especially when your team members have served you incredibly well.

3) Envelopes!

The best way to tip is via envelope! Before your wedding day begins, divide cash into envelopes for each wedding professional (or team!) you would like to tip. Having tips individually divided and ready to present to your vendors is such a time saver, plus the only person who will know the amount you have offered is the pro because they will open their envelope. Unless you would personally like to distribute the envelopes, think about asking your wedding planner to distribute each envelope for you as long as you and she feel comfortable.

And, there’s more! We asked V List members a series of questions for even more insight:

Do I really need to tip people who deliver decor/rentals to the venue? They’re already charging delivery fees.

I don’t always tell my clients to tip for deliveries, but I do encourage it if there are extreme weather situations or if they have a large delivery or setup. Though a delivery fee is charged, it’s important to remember that this is often kept by the rental company and is not passed along to the delivery personnel (outside of their regular hourly wage), so a little something ($5-10) can go a long way toward feeling appreciated! – Christina Sloan, Christina Sloan Events

I do not recommend my clients tip decor/rental companies. – Nicole Kaney, NK Productions

We have a 5-piece band, so how much should I tip each musician?

I typically recommend planning for $20-25 for each band member, in lieu of an “overall” band percentage. If the band was particularly amazing and kept the dance floor full all night, you might consider an additional amount at the end of the night, to be distributed evenly among the members. – Christina Sloan, Christina Sloan Events

Do I tip my photographer if she owns her own business? What about her second shooter?

As a business owner, I never expect a tip personally. But if I do receive one, I always make sure that it is shared across my team with my second shooter and assistant. Oftentimes, a couple will bring separate envelopes for each of the members on our wedding day team and it is always appreciated. For us, tipping is always a treat and we work hard to be sure that we are deserving, whether we receive one or not. Sometimes, along with photographer, we’ve also played the role of seamstress, hair-dresser, and more. Tips are a lovely way to show appreciation if you feel we’ve gone above your expectations throughout our (sometimes year or longer) relationship with you. – Ashley Gerrity, Ashley Gerrity Photography

As a husband and wife duo, we share tips amongst ourselves. It’s never expected but much appreciated when it does happen. – Rudy Montilla, Rudy + Marta Photography

Our catering contract includes gratuity, and our servers/bartenders are being provided under the same contract. Do I need to tip the servers/bartenders separately?

 Do you have to? Absolutely not. Is it a nice gesture, especially if staff members went over and beyond, YES! – Julie Painter, Events by Jules

What should I do for my wedding planner?

I always give my brides a tip guide during the last 8 weeks of the wedding planning process. In it, is customized information for their wedding vendors. I take into account the amount of hours the vendor is working, any discounts that were given as well as if the vendor went above and beyond for the couple. I put ranges for each of the vendors but for wedding planner I always put “at your discretion”. By putting it on the list, it lets them know that the wedding planner would appreciate a gratuity if they feel they deserve one and lets them make a decision on amount. I’ve had brides ask me how much they should tip me and I always tell them, “what your heart tells you”. I’ve had brides give me fun personalized gifts as well and those are just as much appreciated! – Carlisha Magnarella, Designer Weddings by Carly Rose 

For our clients in Full planning most are tipping 20%. We put so many hours into our clients that they know we go above and beyond for them. If the client prefers not to give cash we are often given gift certificates to spas or hotels. They also will include my team if i have 2-3 people working with them on the wedding day. I do think our business is customer service so tips are highly appreciated after we have done a great job. – Nicole Kaney, NK Productions

We are always appreciative but never expect a tip. When we receive do receive them, they are usually in the range of $250-500. We have also received fun, personalized gifts such as coffee mugs, Tervis tumblers, and yummy candles. The gifts are always great because they usually end up in my office where I can see them every day and reflect on the awesome friendship we developed over the planning process. At the end of the day, as long as we know that you are happy, we are happy. – Stefany Allongo, The Majestic Vision

 

Do you have any additional questions about tipping? Leave them below for us, and we will answer them for you!



by: Lauren

Christina and Joe’s Winter Park wedding at The Alfond Inn was the perfect blend of fun, color, and elegance. The bride’s color palette was inspired by pink bougainvillea, a lovely reminder of the spring season. Lee James Floral Designs created a stunning, lush floral circle, filled with greenery, to bring the outdoors in and add to the Spring feel of the day. The formality of a black-tie wedding was exactly what the couple wanted, and adding the entertainment of a live band, they provided their guests with a night to remember. The way Kristen Weaver Photography captured the day was of course gorgeous, and we can’t wait for you to be inspired by this pink, elegant wedding day!

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

Our wedding would not have happened without Brandee Gaar, of Blush by Brandee Gaar. She helped streamline the entire planning process, saving this very indecisive bride (and mother of the bride) from hours and hours of research by bringing us wonderful vendors and years of personal expertise and knowledge. Not only was she able to bring our vision to life on our wedding day, she helped Joe plan the perfect Welcome Reception at my parents’ home the night before, which set the tone for the entire weekend. In the days after the wedding, people asked me if there were any hiccups, and I realized that there weren’t (or none that I knew of)- a true testament to Brandee and her team.

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What was the most important to the two of you while planning? Was there anything that you chose to splurge on or skip?

We were really focused on the celebration and making the day enjoyable for everyone who was there with us. Because of that, music and food were really important elements of the day. C’Nergy was exactly the band we were looking for- super talented and energetic, with a great range of songs. The Alfond Inn’s food was elegant and delicious. In the months since our day, guests have repeatedly mentioned how good their meal and the music was, so those choices definitely paid off!

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What were your favorite parts of the day?

My favorite parts of the day were the unexpected elements. I had no idea what to expect from my father’s speech, or our brothers’ (our best men) speeches, but they were all so touching, funny, and heartfelt, and ended up being a real highlight of the day. Joe and I chose to share our father-daughter and mother-son dances and, unexpectedly, two of our guests joined in and everyone else followed to really get the dance party started. It was definitely a happy accident!

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Do you have any advice for couples planning their weddings now?

Hire a great planner! If you’re planning from afar, working full-time, and have indecisive tendencies, they will save you tons of headaches!

 

Vendors who made it all happen…

Photography: Kristen Weaver Photography | Ceremony Venue: The Alfond Inn | Reception Venue: The Alfond Inn | Event Planning: Blush by Brandee Gaar | Floral: Lee James Floral Designs | Stationery: Dogwood Blossom Stationery & Invitation Studio LLC | Furniture Rentals: A Chair Affair | Band: C’Nergy | Wedding Cake: Party Flavors Custom Cakes | String Musicians: Paint It Black Quartet | Hair: LeJeune Artistry | Makeup: LeJeune Artistry | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Groom’s Attire: The Black Tux | Bridesmaid Dresses: Watters Bridal | Veil: Sara Gabriel | Bridal Salon: Calvet Couture Bridal Boutique | Headpiece: Sara Gabriel | Submitted via: Matchology

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