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4 Biggest Regrets from Real Brides Who Have Planned Their Wedding

Posted by Carisa Lockery | August 07, 2018 (9:46 am)
I wanted to know what REAL brides these days regret about their wedding planning or wedding day. I posted this question on social media and watched the responses pour in. Future brides: don't make the same mistakes that these brides did. Get comfortable and read on!
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5 Tips for Staying Organized During Wedding Planning

Posted by Carisa Lockery | July 24, 2018 (8:05 am)

Preparing for your big day without organization of almost every aspect can lead to disaster. It may seem redundant at first, but writing every detail down (phone numbers, names, lists, etc.) will save you some hair pulling and unneeded stress throughout the planning process.

1. We're old school. Keeping a binder is a great, fool-proof way to keep everything in the same place for whenever you need it. It's best to keep the binder in your car/briefcase/purse so you always have it with you, because you never know when you'll need it. If you're a little more "today", there are lots of great apps to keep you organized digitally.

2. Make labels and tabs for EVERYTHING. This includes your invite list (names, addresses, and numbers of possible attendees), vendor options (photographer, caterer, DJ/band, venues, etc.), honeymoon possibilities, wedding shower details, invitations, thank you cards, bridesmaids and groomsmen information, etc. Excel will be your best friend. You might also want to check out Allseated.com for floor plans and guest lists!

3. Keep pictures of the venue, floral arrangements, invitation design, etc. Having pictures along with contact information (names, phone numbers, emails), this will help you remember who is who in the long run. It's also easier to toss designs or venues that don't appeal to you with visual representation. Or make a Pinterest board for each of these or put them in separated folders in your binder.

4. Create an email address specifically for all things wedding-related. This will reduce the clutter in your personal or work inbox and keep wedding plans in one place. Use this email address when you attend bridal shows as well. You will be getting lots of follow up emails from the vendors you spoke with!

5. Make sure to have a calendar. Whether this be your personal calendar or a specific one for your planning process, it's important to have. This will help you keep track of bookings, tastings, appointments and countdown to the big day. If you use a digital calendar, great. Old pen and paper work better for you? No problem! Just make sure you pick one or the other and stick with it. Things could get lost in the mix if you go back and forth.

***BONUS TIP*** Start planning EARLY. Not only will you get your first choice with your venue and vendors, but you won't feel stressed and on a time constraint to make decisions.

Happy planning! xo

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The 411 on RSVPs

Posted by Carisa Lockery | July 17, 2018 (1:34 pm)
There's so much information that needs to be relayed in a response card. Who's eating what? How many guest responses are included on that card? It can get confusing, but keep reading because here's the 411 on RSVPs!
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Dara & Jared's Hyatt Regency Wedding

Posted by Carisa Lockery | July 09, 2018 (8:26 am)
This wedding was so amazingly beautiful that I had to share. With 220 guests, this was one of the largest weddings I've coordinated in my 11 years in business. It was also one of the most involved in terms of number of vendors and moving parts, but my assistants and I totally pulled it together and the result was amazing!!
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Pros & Cons of Planning a Holiday Wedding

Posted by Carisa Lockery | July 02, 2018 (3:38 pm)
Think you had the greatest idea ever by planning your wedding on a holiday/holiday weekend? Consider these pros and cons before signing on the dotted line.
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Why Would I Work with a Travel Advisor for my Honeymoon?

Posted by Carisa Lockery | June 26, 2018 (11:28 am)
We have opened up our blog to our fellow vendors. We wanted to hear what they had to say and have their contributions to the industry displayed in our blog for all of you to see and read. First up is Landa Mauriello-Vernon from Largay Travel.
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5 Tips for Creating A Delicious Wedding Menu That Everyone Will Love

Posted by Carisa Lockery | June 25, 2018 (1:15 pm)
Although it sounds like a daunting task to build your menu from the ground up, here are 5 tips to help you through it.
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10 Tips for Creating Your Wedding Timeline

Posted by Carisa Lockery | June 24, 2018 (5:35 am)
You can be the chillest bride in all the land, but you (and your vendors) still need a wedding day timeline.
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What DOES a Wedding Planner Do?

Posted by Carisa Lockery | June 14, 2018 (12:28 pm)

There seems to be some misconceptions or confusion about what a wedding planner (coordinator, consultant) actually does. Yes, I plan weddings, but I do so much more than that. I can't even count the number of times I've heard "I don't need a planner, I'm doing it myself". That's great! Of course we don't want to take away the joys and excitement of planning your wedding. But everyone needs a little help now and then.

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3 Tips for Staying Cool During Your Wedding This Summer

Posted by Carisa Lockery | June 14, 2018 (8:00 am)

Wedding season is in full swing! But there is a lot to consider when planning your outdoor summer wedding. Here are 3 tips for staying cool at your wedding this summer!

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Do's & Don'ts of Giving a Wedding Toast

Posted by Carisa Lockery | June 14, 2018 (8:00 am)
Weddings are a very emotional and sentimental for everyone involved, not just the couple. Family and friends often take the opportunity to offer a toast to the happy couple at the wedding reception. Now, let me tell you, I've seen and heard my fair share of toasts all the way from a quick congratulations to a 30 minutes slideshow, so please listen up as I offer the do's and don'ts for a wedding toast.<
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