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3 Places to Start When Planning Your Wedding

This can be an overwhelming experience. Ideally everyone only has one wedding in their lifetime and it’s rare that you might plan more than one or two events of this magnitude in a lifetime. So where to start? This is a practical approach to getting the planning underway! Your Budget Starting with a budget can be hard just because it’s hard to know how much things cost before you really have the chance to dig in. That’s why these first three planning ideas really go hand in hand rather [...]

Bride Side Vs. Groom Side

I have a lot of couples ask me about traditional and non-traditional seating. They ask: does it really matter anymore about the bride’s or grooms side? To be honest, it really just depends on preference! We have some couples that choose the tradition, bride’s guests sit on the left, while the groom’s sit on the right. We have other couples that choose based on where the bride is located and the best way to hide her from her groom when she’s walking to the aisle and we have even [...]

Alternatives to the Traditional Wedding Cake

If cake isn’t your favorite thing, there’s no reason you have to have one at your wedding. Weddings are shifting towards a more personal approach, rather than having a specific item because it’s tradition. This means that alternatives to long-standing traditional must-haves are popping up all over the place. Here are a few of my favorites. Dessert Bar A dessert bar has something for all tastes. From cookies and candies to cake pops and so much more, anything goes on a dessert bar. They’re beautifully put together by professionals, [...]

3 Tips for Wedding Décor Without Flowers

I get a lot of questions about flowers and florists and even more about saving cash by creating wedding décor without flowers. When you’re a DIY bride, there’s a delicate balance of understanding where you need someone’s expertise and where you can save some cash by doing it yourself. One of the easiest ways to save money when planning a wedding is to cut the guest list, but if you’re looking for a few other options, I’ve compiled my favorite ways to save on your floral bill while achieving [...]

Top 3 Guest Book Ideas

Lots of couples are moving away from the traditional guest book. You know the one that has one line for each couple and gets shoved in a drawer a month or two after the wedding? Here are some of the cool ideas we've seen put together and we just wanted to share! 1. Puzzle Picture Photo courtesy of Memory Lane Puzzles One of my favorites (thanks to John + Shawna) is the puzzle photo guest book. They had a one-of-a-kind puzzle printed with a photo of the [...]

To Toast or Not To Toast

Toasts are a great way for your closest family and friends to share an intimate moment with you by sharing stories, laughter and tears at your wedding reception. How do you manage who has the special privilege of giving you a wedding toast? I like to follow three simple rules. 1. Pre-select your toasters. Yes, I just called them toasters. Moving on. There are a few reasons why I suggest pre-selecting the privileged who will toast you at your wedding. They all revolve around creating a great experience for [...]