Which Type of Dress is Right for You?

We understand that finding the perfect dress is likely high on your list of #weddinggoals, but isn’t the easiest task. Well, whether you think you have an idea of your ideal gown, that idea keeps changing, or you find yourself overwhelmed amidst dozens of wedding magazines and dress pins, we’re here to help revert this often-overwhelming decision into the meaningful and fun experience that you deserve as a bride. What can be most helpful during this process is deciding not only which elements you would like to incorporate but why; like how they factor into your overall vision for your wedding.
Sarah & Ben Photography

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Coordination: Much More Than a ‘Day-of’ Service!

When you think of day-of coordination for your wedding, what comes to mind?  Is it an image of someone organizing table numbers, talking with vendors, and greeting guests during your wedding? Maybe its J-Lo in The Wedding Planner, Bluetooth in ear, asserting a fierce yet calm control over the details of the day. While these assumptions about giving cues, setting up, and communicating to prevent issues during the wedding may be valid pieces of the puzzle that is day-of-coordination, they are not representative of the depth and breadth of this service because they do not consider all the work done by your day-of coordinator prior to the day itself; day-of-coordination is not just the presence and completion of various tasks by your coordinator(s) on your wedding day, but rather months of work leading up to the day spent crafting the many details of your dream wedding. In other words, before your coordinator can organize everything for you on your day-of, allowing you and your guests to simply relax and enjoy, they must work with you far beforehand to make sure that all the logistics align.
Sarah & Ben Photography

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How to Entertain Kids at Your Wedding

Cousins and nieces and nephews, oh my! While kids can be some of the most special and entertaining guests on your wedding day, we all know that these angels can transform into little devils if they aren’t kept occupied. To bypass all the meltdowns and melodrama, here are some foolproof options for keeping the kiddos happy, focused, and fidget-free.
Rising Lotus Photography

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Gathering Inspiration for Your Wedding

No matter how long you’ve dreamt of your wedding day, it can be surprisingly difficult to decide what exactly it is that you want to fill it with, never mind how to get all these components to come together and match the image in your mind. There’s choices about your color scheme, florals, venue, date, dress, menu, lighting and much more to make, and making these selections while achieving harmony across them can be frustrating, confusing, and nerve-wracking. This is why it is important to have a game plan, or a strategy for making these decisions that can serve as a backbone when you feel lost or overwhelmed. Because we want your personal inspiration-finding journey to be as smooth and fun as possible, we’ve broken down the process into a few simple steps to get you started on the right track.
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Alison Epps Photographer

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Choosing Your Wedding Florals

When it comes to the flowers for your wedding, you can rest assured that we’ll have your day coming up roses; we work with some of the most creative floral companies in Florida to bring your vision to life! We love working with you to figure out what you want to convey through fresh petals throughout your wedding, and so do our floral vendors. Before all this fun, however, there are many details you must decide upon to be able to get the most out of your initial floral consultation.
Sarah & Ben Photography

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Tips & Advice: Seating Charts vs. Escort Cards

Organizing the seating at your wedding may seem like one of the most stressful parts of your big day, but we’ve compiled a list of pros and cons to give you some insight on which methods to use. Depending on your style, skill, and level of involvement in the planning of your wedding, we’ve compared and contrasted two classic approaches to seating.

1. Seating Charts

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source: charming endeavours on etsy.com

The pros:

  • Traditional and organized
  • Well suited for a couple who seeks a simplistic arrangement
  • Eliminates confusion for guests as tables and seats are clearly listed
  • Guests may find it easier to spot their table or seat quicker/more efficiently
  • Less effort to make, easy to transport since it is usually a single piece
  • Newlyweds and bridal party may find it easier to spot specific guests at designated tables

The cons:

  • May be harder to make if you are not artistic (but can be ordered via a local vendor or via sources like Etsy)
  • A single chart is not something that guests can have as a souvenir

Things to remember:

  • List guests alphabetically by last name, rather than by table number assigned. Many times, couples make the mistake of listing the chart with groups of table 1, table 2, etc. But if you think about it, your guests won’t know what table to look under because the whole point of the seating chart is to advise where they’ve been assigned. Whoever is at the last table will have to sit and read through every table group before finding theirs, which is no fun. More on that from our friend Lauren of Every Last Detail, here.

2. Escort Cards

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source: Fat Orange Cat Studio

The pros:

  • They’re unique and easily customizable to your style
  • You can use basically anything as an escort card — i.e., shells, sentimental objects, flowers, etc.
  • They give the guest a feeling of inclusion, and a souvenir to take home
  • Can create discussion among guests, give a chance for them to meet and interact

The cons:

  • Depending on the size of the guest list, these could become tedious to make
  • Can be difficult for guests to spot their name and locate their card
  • Would mean more time for set up on the day of as opposed to the single seating chart

Things to remember:

  • Again, list guests alphabetically by last name! As Lauren points out“Think of it this way: your guests don’t already know what table they’re sitting at. That’s why you’re telling them. Keeping everything in alphabetical order makes guests’ names easy to find and in order! So do your guests- and your wedding timeline- a favor and don’t make them have to SEARCH for their names among an unorganized list of table numbers!”
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SOURCE: Fox & Fallow

We see the good and bad in both techniques and love any chance to encourage our couples to get creative! Now that you know the pros and cons of both options, which would you choose? Comment below and tell us what you think!