Vendor Spotlight: Jillian Joseph Photography

We love working with our vendors, especially photographers who are there to capture every memorable moment – even the small things that you and your partner will want to remember forever. JILLIAN JOSEPH PHOTOGRAPHY is a husband and wife duo that does just that! They have worked in Florida, Maui, Chicago, and Wisconsin. Open to destination weddings as well as Florida weddings, they are perfect for any couple on the lookout for an outstanding photographer!

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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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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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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!

 

Wordless Wednesday: Greenery

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What started off as a break in the mold, greenery has officially taken over weddings. No longer do you only see it in small forms, but large enough to make a statement. It doesn’t matter where your day takes place, greenery can be used indoors, outdoors, barns, or ballrooms, nothing can stop you from showing those green leaves! From brides bouquets to full centerpieces, it’s easy to incorporate this gorgeous trend into your day. Take a look below and get your green thumb ready because it’s time to take a peek!

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Wordless Wednesday: Pastels

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In our world, you have to be months, even years, ahead of the game.  we are always planning for the seasons ahead! That is why today, we are featuring the use of pastel colors for all currently planning spring couples! Though we will say, we can’t think of a season where pastels are not welcome…after all, it’s your wedding! We hope these pictures will give you some inspiration, so come and take a look!

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Our Love/Hate Relationship with Pinterest


What would we do without Pinterest? How would we decorate our home? Find recipes? Plan a wedding? It’s hard to imagine what we did before Pinterest was around, when recipes were in cook books, home decor ideas were from magazines and wedding ideas were cut and glued into binders. Nowadays, we have one website and one account that holds everything we could ever dream of. We can create that model home, learn how to crochet (that we swear we’ll get around to doing) and most importantly, the ultimate dream wedding. However, as much as we love Pinterest, there is a side of us that absolutely hates it. Now we know what you’re probably thinking, “how can a wedding planner hate Pinterest?!” And that’s a totally reasonable thought. Which is why we want to address this today and now…before Pinterest takes over your life and wedding without you even realizing it!

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R + E’s Pink and Grey Harbourside Wedding!

Photography by Luna Bella, Wedding Planning by Oh So Classy Events - Wedding Planner Tampa

We are so happy we finally get to share R + E’s wedding that took place at the Westin Tampa Harbour Island! Their romantic draping with candles at each table lit up the room in elegant lighting. The pink and grey colors complimented each other with class, with help from little cotton candy favor bags for each guest. Located in the Terrace room, the floor-to-ceiling windows made the room seem even bigger and gave a great view of the Harbour. However, the biggest jaw-dropping aspect of the night was the non-traditional pink dress that our bride went with! The gorgeous hue was perfect for her day and she looked absolutely stunning walking down the aisle.
Come and take a look at their day!

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