Decisions, Decisions, Decisions

Wedding Planning. Sometimes it gets a bad rep. The term “Bridezilla” comes to mind haha. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Wedding planning is essentially just a series of decisions that have to be made… when you look at the bare bones of it. So since this is a topic that comes up often with my clients, I thought I’d break down my best tips for making decisions for you guys to take that element out of the stress of wedding planning!

Tip #1: Make a Priority List

Before you do ANYTHING… sit down with your partner and come up with your top 3 priorities for your wedding day. Now, these can be literally anything. Anything that is important to you guys. There are some obvious ones that literally apply to everyone. “We want to have fun.” “We want everyone to have a good time.” Sure, sure. OBVIOUSLY. So those are a given and shouldn’t be on the list. The idea is – we’re creating your mission statement for your wedding with these priorities. So they should be clear, concise, and specific to you guys. A great example could be your Photography. You have a specific look and feel of photography style and it’s important to you that your photographer have ample time to get EVERYTHING. Great. That’s on the list. Now fast forward to when your photographer asks if you want to do a first look or not. “oh man.. we don’t know. there are so many pros for each options… what do we do… ??” Stop stressing. Let’s go to your priority list. Photography was #1 on that list. Doing a first look allows for more time to take portraits, details, family photos. “Yes. we’re doing a first look.” 

Done and done! Look at you?! You just crossed an item off your list and it took 5 min! Crisis averted. Now you have time to go have brunch with bottomless mimosas with your girlfriends. Your welcome.

Once you have your 3 priorities. Use that to help you navigate the tough decisions throughout planning. I promise it will help simplify things, and will make you feel confident about the choices you are making.

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Clear Wedding Invitations by Basic Invite

Trend alert! I have recently discovered clear invitations from Basic Invite and I am in LOVE!

I’ve seen on Pinterest countless acrylic invitations that are akin to the front of photo frames – beautiful… but thick and expensive. And expensive to ship no less! I’ve always loved the look of these and even guilty of repinning a few myself to inspo boards… but I couldn’t justify actually recommending the option to most of my clients. It just isn’t a practical/affordable option for most. UNTIL NOW.

We’ve been fans of Basic Invite for some time now. If you haven’t heard of them, Basic Invite is a rad site that allows you to make semi custom wedding invitations seamlessly through their site. They have tons and tons of templates (over 900!) to fit any wedding style and you can customize pretty much everything.  Each template comes in a full set – invite, rsvp, menus, programs, even thank you cards. Their ordering process is crazy simple and super affordable. You can order a sample before pulling the trigger – which is a great way to test the quality and just a good feel for your invites before ordering them all. And now, they offer clear invites – that are STUNNING!

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Dos and Don’ts for Addressing your Invites

How to address your wedding invitations is a question I get asked by literally every couple. Turns our people don’t really send snail mail anymore, so the art of addressing has since been forgotten by most. You may be thinking, “what’s the big deal? Just write their name and address.” And while you’re not entirely wrong, there are a few key details when addressing that can save you a bit of a headache down the line. Like did you know, that the way you address your invites implies how many people are actually invited? This is key when you start getting those RSVP’s that all of a sudden have a plus 1… that you were not expecting. Or better yet, those single guests you invited who just showed up with a plus 1 (and it was not indicated on the RSVP) .Those are my fav haha.

First things first, decide with your partner whether you want to address them formally or informally. This decision is made easier when you consider where you are getting married. If you’re getting married at a swanky hotel or winery in Napa… opt for the formal. If you’re getting married in a friends backyard in front of the barn, informal is the way to go for you. It’s the first clue to your guests what sort of wedding they are going to.

Secondly… BE CONSISTENT. If you address one formally, address the next formally. Or if you use Mr. as your prefix… use Mrs for the prefix as well. Don’t write Mr Barney and Robin Stinson. That just feels weird, right? Also, I love How I Met Your Mother. So, in general, these names just make me smile.

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Why you should hire a Wedding Planner

ten reasons to hire a 

WEDDING PLANNER

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Winter Wonderland Elopement

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I love winter. The holidays. The smell of evergreen. Candles that smell like apple cinnamon. Sweaters, scarves, and boots. Did I mention all the fabulous BOOTS! And don’t get my started on all the possibilities of a winter wedding. I love how the idea that “you have to get married in the summer has faded”. I mean, don’t get me wrong – summer/spring weddings are fab. And so gorgeous. I just love that people are breaking molds and making it actually cool to get married in the winter. Maybe you aren’t a summer person – maybe, just maybe you’re a winter person, and by golly, you should have the option to throw a fabulous wedding in the winter time. phew! Thanks, I just needed to get that out of the way. And you know what I may love more than winter weddings… winter elopements! There is something just so magical in the intimacy in the middle of the forest with your forever person. To learn more about the shoot + some awesome elopement tips be sure to see the full feature on Wedding Chicks!

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