by: Lauren

Boho, chic, and full of beauty, these beach inspired wedding ideas are going to have you head over heels… and possibly dreaming of mermaids too! Inspired by the beautiful, pristine beaches of Destin, Florida, Blu Event Design incorporated the use of natural materials in a simple, monochromatic color palette. Exposed wood, raw silk, and oyster shells set the stage for a gorgeous tablescape, while eucalyptus, dahlias, garden roses and lisianthus in ivory, blush and soft peach added just the right amount of romance and color. Captured by Pure7Studios, we can’t wait for you to be inspired by this beach inspired beauty!

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So tell me- don’t you feel like the model is a mermaid?! So much boho beauty- we hope you were as inspired by this shoot as we were!

 

Vendors who made it all happen…

Photographer:  pure7studios // Event Designer: BLU Event Design // Cake Designer: KaraBoo Bakery // Event Planner: Ocean Breeze Weddings and Events // Other: pure7studios // Equipment Rentals: the big day rentals // Invitation Designer: the little north sea studio // Dress Store: Gossamer Vintage Gowns // Hair Stylist: kaitlyn brown //

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by: Megan Acosta

If soft color palettes and sweet Southern details get you excited, you will fall head over heels for this romantic Florida wedding captured by KT Crabb Photography. Like a fairytale on a farm, Emily and Chris couple combined their love for Florida and elegant style into the event of their dreams. Inspired by their venue, Cross Creek Ranch, they created an intimate space filled with dreamy vintage details and lush garden roses. Their color palette is perfect for springtime, combining Pantone’s colors of the year, rose quartz and serenity, with a bright magenta for an extra pop. And we are sure that Cross Creek Ranch’s little chapel is one of the cutest we’ve seen!

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

I worked with Cross Creek Ranch in Dover, FL and they made wedding planning so simple and fun. My wedding day went so smoothly and effortless because of CCR’s incredible team. The Lead Planner, Nancy, was an absolute delight. My entire family loved her to pieces. 

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

I chose the all-inclusive route, because I got engaged while I was still in grad school. I simply didn’t have the time to shop for or make centerpieces, decorations, etc. CCR helped me with my vision and selecting vendors. They decorated and coordinated the entire event so me, my husband, and my family didn’t have to lift a finger. 

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

The location was my inspiration! I chose what I call “a big, Florida backyard” with the most adorable little chapel. I wanted my wedding to feel like an elegant garden event. I also got quite a bit of inspiration from BHLDN. I love that vintage, romantic style. 

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What was your favorite thing about your wedding?

I loved having my friends and family around me as we pronounced our love for each other. Everyone was so happy! Also, the toasts by our wedding party and my dad made everyone cry (in a good way).

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What is your best piece of advice for other brides?

Focus on the reason you’re getting married. Even if something goes wrong, at the end of the day, you’re still with the person you love. Also, don’t let anyone convince you you don’t have time to eat. You paid a lot for dinner; they can wait for you to finish eating!

 

Vendors who made it all happen…

Photographer:  Kt Crabb Photography // Reception Venue: Cross Creek Ranch, Inc // Cake Designer: alessi bakery // Floral Designer: Alta Fleura, LLC // Fashion Designer: BHLDN // Caterer: Catered By Vesh // DJ: Grant Hemond & Associates // Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo // Makeup Artist: Kristy’s Artistry Design Team // Invitation Designer: Minted //

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by: Carly

Stefanie and Remi welcomed friends and family to their Rosemary Beach wedding, which had the groom’s family traveling quite the distance – most guests were from France! The couple chose Rosemary Beach Weddings as their venue, and the space could not have been more perfect for the pair.

They spent the morning getting ready with their respective wedding parties, and I firmly believe every bride should begin her wedding day in a robe from Plum Pretty Sugar! As guests arrived to the wedding, signs welcomed them in both French and English – a lovely nod to the multicultural affair. Stefanie walked down the ombre petal lined aisle on the arm of her military father, and carnations hung in the background as a sweet floral backdrop while the couple recited their vows. Post ceremony, guests enjoyed cocktail hour by the pool, and I have the say the giant balloons are absolutely my favorite detail! Everyone retreated inside for the reception where Fishers Flowers lined tables with hydrangeas and also hung a floral chandelier overhead. Although you may opt to host your wedding in a seaside town, Stefanie and Remi’s day proves there are more options than the beach itself!

When Pure7 Studios is behind the lens, it’s safe to say we get even more excited to share a wedding day with you! That’s exactly the case for today’s soiree; enjoy, friends!

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Vendors who made it all happen…

Photographer:  pure7studios // Cake Designer: Confections on the Coast// Floral Designer: Fishers Flowers // Other: pure7studios // Reception Venue: Rosemary Beach Weddings // Caterer: WaterColor Inn & Resort // Dress Store: Christos by Amsale // Dress Store: Kleinfeld Bridal // Makeup Artist: Make Me Blush



by: Lauren

Here at Every Last Detail we talk a lot about how to FIND OUT pricing from vendors and wedding vendor pricing. Because let’s face it- in today’s world, with communication at our fingertips, there should never be unanswered questions. But while you can certainly get pricing from people, you also can’t JUST compare pricing. Which of course I totally agree with- there is way more to choosing a wedding vendors than just price. Truth be told, I didn’t even *think* of that when I was researching and meeting with vendors for my own wedding, and it resulted in me making some not-so-great decisions. So today, guess what we’re talking about?!

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When finding out pricing, the next step in your research would be to meet with your potential vendors. Well, I’ve found that when you’re researching and meeting with vendors, it’s really easy to want to compare them to each other. I mean, it’s what seems like the right thing to do, right? Well, unfortunately, it’s not!

So here’s how it goes. You usually meet with a few potential vendors in each “vendor category”, so naturally, you need something to help you make your decision. This is where we often turn to comparison, which is a total and complete disservice to yourself and your potential vendors. Take it from someone who DID compare vendors to each other and ended up with the short end of the stick.  You just can’t do it.  As the saying goes, it’s like comparing an apple to an orange. Sure, you can find a common thread, but overall, comparing the two is just not something you can do.

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Why can’t you compare vendors to each other? Well let’s think of a few “real life” examples…

Can you compare McDonald’s to Maggiano’s? Sure, they both serve food. But one you have to sit down to eat, and the other you can get your food in 3 minutes. One you’re getting burgers and fries, and the other you’re getting Italian food cooked to order. Or what about a dress from Target and a dress from Nordstrom. They could look similar, but what you’re saving on one dress, you’ll probably (hopefully) make for in quality with the other… and I don’t know about you, but I have definitely experienced that difference in quality! With both cases, the compared options are SO different… you just can’t fairly compare them to each other!

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In the wedding world, every vendor offers different things. Everyone has their own way of doing things. Some include special perks with their pricing, some charge extra for those same things. Some people just give you a flat price, some do pricing by the hour or item. Everyone has a different process, different costs, different services. It’s because every vendor is unique and different- you wouldn’t be having to choose if they were all the same!

I know when I was researching and meeting with photographers, I found myself comparing “packages” to each other. But what I also wasn’t considering was experience. Quality. What I was getting for the price. Thinking about it now, going for a bigger, more inclusive package with a lesser-quality photographer wasn’t the way to go- because even though I thought I was getting more bang for my buck, I definitely sacrificed in quality.

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Either way, you have to make a decision and you have to compare potential vendors in some way. So instead of directly comparing vendors, here are a few suggestions for the things you should look for:

*Experience*

I don’t care what type of vendor we’re talking about- experience is HUGE! It’s the difference between something going horribly wrong on your wedding and something being swiftly taken care of. Even though you do pay more for those who are more experienced, think of the magic words: you get what you pay for.

*Quality*

It’s crazy the difference of quality that I see in people’s work. To me, quality is not only the outcome, but also customer service. So it’s really based on your own perception of “quality”- which is great, because everyone views things differently. :) Again, you get what you pay for.

*What’s included*

This is a huge thing for everyone, right? It’s essentially most of what determines what you’re paying. While we’re trying to avoid strictly comparing vendors based on pricing, it’s still important to know what you’re getting. Florals- is setup and delivery included? Photography- are you getting an album for that package price? Catering- are rentals included? So yes, it’s important to know what’s included. It has a direct outcome on the price- but don’t let it dictate the outcome of your decision.

And then of course price just goes without saying, right? What I’m trying to convey is…

And don’t try to compare vendors directly to each other. Just keep in mind what each vendor offers and how they offer it. And most of all, don’t forget that you want vendors who you LIKE- you’re going to be spending lots of time with them! :)

I could go on and on and on with examples of how comparing wedding vendors is like comparing “apples to oranges”… but that would get repetitive, don’t you think?

So how about this- I know some of you have had to decide on your vendors already. What helped you make your decisions? Did you look solely at price, or did you keep several factors in mind? Share with all of us- you all can learn from each other! :)

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in April 2012 and and has been revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.