by: Lauren

There are SO many newly engaged couples out there right now, and if that’s you, the thought of a wedding planner has probably crossed your mind. If you’re like most couples, you probably immediately disregarded the thought, because you think it will be too expensive, or because you feel like this:

“We don’t want to hire a wedding planner because we want to plan the wedding ourselves.”

I’ve actually heard this statement made many times, and it has made me realize that there is a huge misconception about wedding planners and what they do. Well friends, if you know anything about us at Every Last Detail, you know that we really don’t like misconceptions, so the truth is…

A wedding planner does not plan your wedding- YOU DO!

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I want to tell you today that having a wedding planner isn’t about having someone make all the decisions for you.

Because chances are pretty good that you’ve never planned a wedding before and you don’t quite know what to do. Weddings are a fun, exciting world, but they’re also tricky and a huge unknown. It’s okay to seek knowledge and help when entering upon this unknown world. Really, it is- it’s what you would do in any other new situation, right?! :)

So with that said, I wanted to elaborate a bit more about why a wedding planner doesn’t necessarily plan your wedding for you. I think many people still have that vision of the wedding planner seen in movies or on TV, handling every single detail of a wedding and taking over the whole entire wedding.

I’m going to ask you to throw that vision away- forget you ever saw it.

Gone are the days of wedding planners only being hired by brides with million dollar budgets, and gone are the days of the wedding planner who takes everything over. [Note: Yes there are some wedding planners that will plan the whole entire wedding but that is usually the bride’s preference, and comes a very high price tag.]

A wedding planner’s job is to help you plan your wedding.

You don’t have to be concerned about whether or not you’ll actually be able to plan your own wedding, because you will still be making all of the decisions and be a very active participant in planning your wedding. The only difference is that you will just have help doing it! For example- a planner may provide you with recommendations for vendors, but the decision is yours. You will still research the vendors, meet with the vendors, and hire the vendors, but it’s the guidance from your wedding planner that makes the difference.

There is of course way more a planner will do for you beyond recommending vendors, and to avoid going into a the big long list of what a wedding planner does, I highly recommend that you read this post. (I would have just listed everything for you, but there are just way too many things!)

Something important to remember about wedding planners is that they are all different. They will have different packages, different styles, and different personalities. This is an AWESOME thing though, because that means that there is absolutely going to be a planner who will be perfect for you, your fiancé, and your wedding! Choosing the right wedding planner to help you in your wedding planning process will be best decision you will ever make while planning. I promise!

So the bottom line is this…

The only difference is that you will be planning your wedding with knowledge, guidance, connections, and experience on your side! I don’t know about you, but that sounds a whole lot better than planning a wedding and being absolutely clueless and stressed out- don’t you agree?

I’d love to hear from you all about this- have you decided for or against a wedding planner? What are your reasons?


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by: Emily

Today’s gothic, jewel toned garden wedding is full of moody florals, pops of raspberry and fuchsia, lush greenery, and bold black and white stripes. Katherine and Marc-Andre spent a little over a year planning their celebration alongside their planner and designer, Adair of Dairing Events They incorporated so many personal details, like the groom’s French heritage throughout the table numbers and signage, and the couple’s love of Disney with little mouse heads.

They transformed the typically rustic Walker’s Landing venue in Amelia Island, FL into an elegant modern garden where the warmth of the wood adds a unique balance to the design. You can truly feel the emotion and love of these two pour through the images captured by Brooke Images. We can’t get enough of this style, and all of the details are leaving us truly inspired!

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

While my husband and I had a wonderful vision for our wedding day, bringing it to life was intimidating for us. (Ok, me. He wanted me to give him two options of everything and that was his involvement. Other than the tux, of course). When we first chatted with Adair from Dairing Events, we clicked with her so quickly that we knew she would be there to make all of our dreams a reality. She worked so closely with us and my parents, which gave us so many memorable moments throughout the planning process. I love magazines and online inspiration from real weddings. I loved that I could pull a bunch of random items together and Adair could bring it all together to make it our own. What was the most important thing to you when deciding who to work with for your wedding? Obviously loving the work of the vendors you select for your wedding is incredibly important, but Marc-Andre and I also wanted to feel very comfortable with our vendors so we could be ourselves on the day of the wedding. Researching reviews of vendors (or hearing recommendations from Adair, who had worked with almost all of our vendors in the past), helped our decisions and made us feel confident with our team. Our florist, Liz Stewart Floral Design, did an amazing job at my sister’s wedding in 2013, so having her was a no-brainer for our wedding. Overall, our vendors were so easy to communicate with and very flexible with bringing our vision to life. That made it all very stress-free!

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

Obviously loving the work of the vendors you select for your wedding is incredibly important, but Marc-Andre and I also wanted to feel very comfortable with our vendors so we could be ourselves on the day of the wedding. Researching reviews of vendors (or hearing recommendations from Adair, who had worked with almost all of our vendors in the past), helped our decisions and made us feel confident with our team. Our florist, Liz Stewart Floral Design, did an amazing job at my sister’s wedding in 2013, so having her was a no-brainer for our wedding. Overall, our vendors were so easy to communicate with and very flexible with bringing our vision to life. That made it all very stress-free!

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

Our venue meant a lot to me, as I grew up visiting Amelia Island Plantation with my family. The rustic, outdoor, marshy-Florida feel was one side to our personalities. The other side was glamorous with a luxe vibe to the natural surroundings. We wanted it to feel like a magical, fairytale (we love Disney and got engaged there!) wedding under the trees of Walker’s Landing. I always knew I wanted to use a classic black and white palette, but throw in vibrant, moody colors. Once we showed Adair all of our inspiration, like deep raspberry flowers, gold chargers, and chandeliers in the trees, we came up with the “gothic glam” description which fit this November wedding perfectly.

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What was your favorite thing about your wedding?

Marc-Andre and I cried so many happy tears all weekend long, and that was definitely because all of our loved ones were in one place. Having everyone join together to celebrate us was incredible and getting to say our vows to each other will forever be a highlight. And while it would be next to impossible to choose a favorite detail of our wedding, we would have to say our flowers just blew us away. They were everything. one of our most memorable parts of our wedding – our last dance. Everyone left the reception except for our parents (and of course the DJ). It was the most romantic and raw moment that we got together because we absolutely sobbed. It was a good, best-night-of-our-lives-sob, but getting those last few moments to soak in the entire day together before our send off was so wonderful. We also had a private sweetheart table outside, away from our wedding guests. It was so refreshing to steal a few minutes together and look in at the reception area to see all of our loved ones. I also think this is the only place I actually got to grab a bite to eat that night. 

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What is your best piece of advice for other brides?

My best piece of advice for brides is to enjoy the planning process! I think it’s easy to get wrapped up in the stress, the money, and the smallest details, but when you can genuinely enjoy planning the wedding, it makes it all seem like more than just one day. Adair made everything so fun for us throughout the year of planning with her and then on our wedding day, she and her team made everything flow seamlessly. Because we enjoyed planning with Adair so much, she became more than just a wedding planner to my family, she’s the sweetest friend to us. Being able to trust her made everything that much more enjoyable.

We can’t get over the incredible transformation that was created in this space. Those lantern centerpieces overflowing with flowers. Those acrylic geode-esque table numbers. We could go on and on. We love the moody feel of the design, and the raw emotion in these images, and it truly makes for the best celebration of love on this day after Valentine’s Day!

 

VENDORS WHO MADE IT ALL HAPPEN…

Photographer: Brooke Images // Event Designer: Dairing Events // Venue: Walkers Landing  // Flowers: Liz Stewart // Caterer: Omni Plantation // Cake: Omni Plantation // Ceremony Music: String Theory // Reception Music: DJ Jacob Towe // Officiant: Michelle Donovan // Makeup: Faces by Shannon and Makeup by Evelisse // Hair: Elena Gatzios // Transportation: Tommy Entenza // Paper Goods: Eleven Note // Hand lettered Art: LMS Creative Studio // Videographer: You and I Pictures // Photo Booth: Brooke Images

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by: Lauren

Inspired by the romance of Valentine’s Day, a team of Illinois wedding pros got together to create a dreamy and elegant bridal session, and we are just IN LOVE! Soft blush silk, calligraphed details, and pink and red roses are just a few of the love-inducing elements that Ever After Planning put together. Gorgeous gowns photographed among flickering pillar candles creates the an ambiance that would be absolute perfection for any bridal session. Plus, the imagery captured by Rachael Osborn Photography will have you head over heels!

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Vendors who made it all happen…

Photographer:  Rachael Osborn Photography // Floral Designer: Event Floral // Event Planner: Ever After Planning // Calligrapher: Prairie Letter Shop // Dress Store: Savy’s Chic Bridal Boutique // Beauty: Sydney Morgan //

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by: Lauren

Happy Valentine’s Day, friends! We are in the business of celebrating love, and what better day to focus on that love than today?! We have just the right pink and red wedding ideas today that is getting us excited to celebrate in bright bold ways.

Inspired by the lavish Historic Onesto Lofts in Canton, Ohio, Oak & Honey Events created a beautiful classically elegant style accented with a bright color palette of poppy red, blush, lush greenery, and blue tones. From the bright and modern color palette and striped patterns, to the elegant formality of the tablescape, the intentionality in the details and how they compliment the modern, elegant, and historic aspects of the setting were absolute perfection.

The bright style of Andrew Smith Photography really allowed the clean lines and bold details of this design to really shine in this space. We think you’ll love how this whole look came together, and get just as excited for this day of love as we are!

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We just love the vibrant design paired with delicate, modern details, and how they created a beautiful compliment to the space. And we can’t get enough of this bright poppy red that really made this whole look pop. Are you thinking about incorporating a bold pop of color in your wedding design?

 

VENDORS WHO MADE IT ALL HAPPEN…

Venue: The Historic Onesto //  Planning & Design: Oak & Honey Events  // Photography: Andrew Smith Photography // Floral: Molly Taylor & Co.  // Dress: The Dress Bridal Boutique  Bakery: A Cupcake A Day  // Hair & Make Up: Beauty Therapy  // China: China Cupboard  // Rentals: Lasting Impressions Event Rental // Stationery: The Paper Vow 

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