by: Lauren

I absolutely love this engagement session by Amanda Rae Photography. I stumbled across Amanda’s website a few days ago, and I was instantly drawn to the personality of her website and how she portrays herself and her style. You MUST go see her website! She has the CUTEST intro video! Amanda uses the light in her photographs in such an amazing way. It’s just pure gorgeousness! (On top of her awesome photography, I was officially in love when I read that she’s also married to her high school sweetheart!)

 

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I wish I could have gorgeous photos like these! They’re clean, simple, and absolutely beautiful! Thank you Amanda for sharing this engagement session with us! Can’t wait to see more of your work this year!!

 



by: Lauren

Wedding planners. So many people think that you can only have a wedding planner if you’re having a $50,000+ wedding. This is SO not true. Just about anyone can have a wedding planner.

“I don’t have the budget for a wedding planner. Don’t only platinum weddings have wedding planners?”

 

A common thought among brides is that you have to have a huge budget to have a wedding planner or coordinator. I thought the same exact thing. But think of it this way: what you spend on a wedding planner or coordinator, you could definitely make up for in what you will save by using one. (Note: There are definitely different levels of pricing and packages for wedding planners, and like photography, it’s something that you get what you pay for.)

Don’t get me wrong, a wedding planner can’t get you “discounts”, but often he or she will have connections with various vendors. These connections can possibly save you money. Some planners have various decor items that they own. If they don’t have everything, they can always rent them, and do the price shopping to get you a cheaper price than if you were renting them yourself. A planner can help you to create a budget, and throughout the planning of your wedding, he or she will listen to your budget priorities, and help you stick to the budget. If you talk about wanting something for your wedding that’s costly, your planner will tell you that it won’t work with your budget. A planner can even save you money just by recommending that you DON’T purchase certain things, like those “cake napkins” your mom wants you to get. A wedding planner can offer up great DIY ideas in place of typical “wedding purchases”, and sometimes will even be willing to help you with them, or do them for you (depending on the planner of course).

Thursday Tips: Do You Have A Wedding Planner? via TheELD.com
Gianna of Chic Celebrations conducting a venue walkthrough

 

“I’m having a DIY wedding. I’ve already booked my vendors- I don’t need someone to plan my wedding.”

 So no problem, you do the planning yourself, (which most brides do, especially with all of the awesome blogs and resources out there!) but I still highly recommend having a coordinator. Planners have different packages, from planning every detail of your wedding, to only executing the details on the day of (which is more of a week/month-of for most planners). You can even have a planner provide you with recommendations of vendors, and then you contact those recommended vendors yourself. It makes your search much easier. And like I said before, the price you pay to have a coordinator could definitely be made up by the amount that you’ll save, and of course the piece of mind you will have on your wedding day! Ask just about any bride- having a day-of coordinator saves you SO MUCH stressing and worrying. He or she knows what they’re doing, knows how things are supposed to be, and knows your vision. AND they can do things like fix a broken bustle (see photo below)! There’s really no better way to make sure you will enjoy your wedding!

Thursday Tips: Do You Have A Wedding Planner? via TheELD.com

Aleah of Good Life Event Specialists sewing a broken bustle

 

{Disclaimer: I am indeed a former bride and a wedding planner. However, I would be writing this post even if I wasn’t a wedding planner- because it’s the truth.}

 



by: Lauren

Changing your last name. This is a very common discussion among brides as they get closer to their weddings. You have to decide if you’re going to “take” your husband’s name. If you decide to change your name, there are many different ways to chang your name. You can hyphenate (which I’ve heard makes signing things pretty annoying), you can completely change your last name to your new husband’s, or you can change your maiden name to your middle name. I personally changed my maiden name to my middle name, and took my husband’s last name as my new last name. I wanted to keep some sort of link to my family, because I love them, but I also wanted to create our own “family” with my husband. So I totally changed my name. But let me tell you- it was a process. I still don’t even have some credit cards and meaningless accounts changed.

 

When I changed my name, it took me a while. First, I had to research where I had to go and what I had to do. Then I had to find the time to go to the Social Security office, which took about a month. Once I went there, it was pretty much a day-long excursion, so then the following week I had to take a trip to the DMV. It was crazy. I will tell you one thing though. If I had known about something like Name Change Express, I would have totally used it!

 

{Thursday Tips} After The Wedding: Changing Your Name? via TheELD.com
Screenshot of Name Change Express website

 

If you’ve read {ELD} for a a while, you know that I’m all about saving time. Name Change Express is exactly what you need to help you save time when it comes to changing your name. They give you instructions on what needs to be done to change your name. (And believe me- despite what you think, it’s not easy to find instructions online.) Name Change Express provides you with addresses and forms you need.  A cool thing about Name Change Express is that they are the only name change service that provides company-specific name change requirements for 100’s of companies across the U.S. (companies like Citibank, American Express, Geico, United Airlines, etc).  Brides who purchase the $30 service know exactly what these companies require to process their name, where they have to mail notification letters, and what documents must be included. Brilliant!

 

{Thursday Tips} After The Wedding: Changing Your Name? via TheELD.com

 

Trust me, you think changing your name will be a piece of cake, but there is a lot to it. You should definitely use Name Change Express to help you out with changing your name. And then you can use the time that you’ve saved to go have dinner with your new husband!

 



by: Lauren

This North Carolina wedding from Ashley Brockinton is awesome. First, I want to tell you about Ashley and Sam. They’re actually the first photographers that I met upon “diving” into the wedding industry. They are the sweetest, most genuine people, they have the cutest little girls, and their photography is amazing, which is definitely a plus. :) And, they have the coolest little intro video on their blog that you just HAVE to see!

 

So now, on to the wedding. After consulting with the handy {ELD} Wedding Style Dictionary, I’ve come to the conclusion that the style of this wedding is definitely dapper (spruce and stylish- I bet you didn’t know exactly what dapper meant!) garden (of, relating to, used in, or frequenting a garden). This wedding has some great DIY details… including some things that I’ve never seen before, like the way the escort cards/favors were set up. The color palette, yellow and navy, is an example of how the two colors can be used together in a “nonpreppy” way, which is beautiful. And so, here it is…

 

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A Dapper North Carolina Garden Wedding via TheELD.com

A Dapper North Carolina Garden Wedding via TheELD.com

A Dapper North Carolina Garden Wedding via TheELD.com

A Dapper North Carolina Garden Wedding via TheELD.com

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I love the simplicity of this wedding, how it’s still absolutely gorgeous, and the overall feeling and emotion that comes from the photos. I love that! Oh, and the mountains in the backgrounds of some of the photographs. Breathtaking! (Not something we see a lot of here in Florida!) Thanks for sharing your amazing work Ashley and Sam!!