Blogger Bride: Meet Ashleigh

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Three-and-half years ago while celebrating my birthday, I was introduced to what I knew instantly was someone special. A friend of a friend of a friend brought my husband-to-be along for the celebration.  Charles and I instantly had a connection and were even holding hands by the end of the night. We had our first date at Bahama Breeze a few days later, and as we were getting to know each other I thought to myself, “this guy is definitely marriage material!” By the end of the summer we were officially “an item.”

The recent proposal took place in Savannah, Georgia.  Charles first told me we were going on a camping trip on those dates, but then plans had to change when he saw that it was going to rain that weekend… sneaky, sneaky.  He took me to a beautiful bed & breakfast that exuded old Savannah charm. After we got settled in, we took a bike taxi to find a place to eat for dinner. Charles mumbled the location to the taxi driver, and we arrived at a stunning square in front of The Old Pink House. Charles sat me down on a bench and recited a poem he’d written for me. I was crying so hard at the time I didn’t even hear it. Of course I said yes. The rest of the weekend, I was on cloud nine!

Over the years we’ve grown a lot as a couple. We’ve had our good times, our share of bad, gone through deaths, adopted a lab-mix together, and at the end of the day I can honestly say my fiancé has proven to be not only great marriage material but truly my best friend!

Watch for my posts about our wedding plans!

A Girls’ Guide To The Super Bowl

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I was raised in the South, where football isn’t just a sport, it’s a religion. But I know not every girl is as lucky as me. So if you are newly engaged and find yourself invited to join your fiancé for The Super Bowl Party, here are some tips.

  1. Don’t talk during the game. Unless it’s “that was an awesome play!” or “can you believe that call?” Listen to what everyone else is saying, and play along if you don’t know what context those phrases would be used in!
  2. If you must talk, leave the room. The kitchen is usually a safe haven for those that aren’t hardcore fans to take a break and chit chat. Just don’t hide for too long – pop back to the big screen every 10 minutes or so, and no one will miss you!
  3. Be helpful. If you are heading to the kitchen for a break, offer to bring back beers for everyone, or replenish the bowls of chips and pretzels.
  4. Pay attention. Don’t play on your phone or tablet. At least not the whole time. Besides, everyone knows that the Super Bowl commercials are just as important as the game! You won’t want to miss seeing what everyone will be talking about at the office on Monday.
  5. Don’t ask questions. This is not the time for Football 101. If you have a few minutes this weekend, and truly no nothing about the game, check out the Girls’ Guide To Football to get the basics.

The most important thing to remember is to blend in. Don’t pout, or whine about how long the game is lasting, or constantly remind the group that you don’t know what’s going on. Oh, and it doesn’t hurt to find a cute outfit in one of these color combos! (Ask your fiancé which team he’s rooting for if you don’t have a favorite yourself.)

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No More Wedding Cupcakes!

mini-piesWe very rarely see cupcakes at weddings. Our clients seem to love the drama of a large cake. But for 2014, cupcakes are definitely out – say hello to mini-pies!

 New twists on classic dishes are hot throughout wedding menus and mini-pies are on the top of the list. Old classics like rhubarb are making a comeback – pair it with strawberry for the perfect mix of sweet and tart. 

Other unique flavor combos include raspberry key lime, pumpkin pecan praline, or lemon blueberry. Or, ask your caterer to use Grandma’s prize-winning apple pie recipe! What a great way to incorporate family tradition into your wedding.

Of course, this idea is great for showers or rehearsal dinners too! A variety of mini-pies can be arranged on a table, as shown in the photo on the right. Or, if you plan to serve one flavor of pie, have them served to your guests at their table as shown in the photo below.

What type of pie would you serve at your wedding?

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Blogger Bride: Meet Kari

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The story goes that Disney is the most magical place on Earth, well I guess that story is true…

In October of 2012 I was enjoying food and wine around the world at Epcot with a friend of mine while adorning a cheesy Disney “Happy Birthday” pin. Throughout the day I heard plenty of well wishes from strangers, but only one of them will stay with me forever. A random guy in one of the pubs said “Happy Birthday, let me buy you a drink!” Clearly this single girl was not going to say no to a free beer on her birthday! I spent the rest of my day at Epcot saying “yes” to free drinks from this random guy.

I then spent the next six months flying back and forth from Florida to New Jersey saying “yes” I will pay for the next plane ticket. The following months turned into “yes” I think you should move to Florida and “yes” I think we should get a dog. Perhaps the most important “yes” came a year later… In November of 2013, that random guy asked me to marry him at Epcot and of course I said “yes!”

One would think that being a wedding planner makes planning your own wedding easier – urban myth. I started planning my wedding the day after the engagement. The search included all 50 states. We then narrowed it down to the East Coast… then to a few states… then a couple cities. (You get the idea!) Planning a wedding that is only a few states away sounds easy — urban myth. Finding the time to travel to different cities in search of the perfect venue is expensive and time consuming. We did not consider this when we started our search!

Over the next couple months I will be blogging about my adventures with the wedding planning process. Stay tuned for the juicy details!

Pinterest Is Not Your Wedding Planner

Pinterest Is Not Your Wedding Planner

We’ve been hearing a lot of comments lately along the lines of “I don’t need a wedding planner, I have Pinterest!” And while Pinterest can be a handy tool, it definitely should not replace any wedding professional – planner, florist, photographer, cake baker, or otherwise.

We wrote a blog post back in 2012 about the dangers of the Pinterest/DIY wedding movement. But we thought we’d point out a few things that we’ve noticed over the past year as Pinterest has gained popularity.

1. Don’t become pin-happy. You may have 10 different boards with 10 different themes. Which is great, if you are comparing the options. But don’t expect to merge those 10 themes into one wedding. Pick one, and stick with it. It’s easy to become overwhelmed with all the options. Plus, not every idea is feasible for your venue or time of year. Don’t just pin for the sake of pinning.

2. Don’t just copy everything. Make it your own. Everything on Pinterest has been done already, that’s why there are photos of it. Your wedding should be a unique reflection of you as a couple, not what it popular or trendy. Ask yourself if that pin is something you really need/want, and does it make sense?

3.  Keep your boards private. Now that Pinterest has this option, use it. Share only with those who really matter – otherwise, you’ll get input from so many people, you won’t know what you want anymore. (Plus, isn’t it fun for your guests to be surprised at your wedding?)

4. Photos can be unrealistic. As I mentioned in my previous blog post, styled or inspiration shoots are not real weddings. And in most cases, there is no way to actually recreate a majority of those looks for a wedding of 150 people. For a real-life look at Pinterest inspiration vs. reality, check out this great blog post called “Why Pinterest Gave Me Unrealistic Expections For Wedding Photos.”

5. A Pinterest board cannot be there on the day of your wedding. Makeup artist Paulina Perez recently shared a story about a bride who spent hours crying on her wedding day because her mom was missing out on all the special moments that happened while she was getting ready. Her mom was at the reception venue, setting up all those DIY projects, and all the other things a wedding planner might be doing. “It was heart breaking,” Paulina said. “You knew the mother was not there because she was too busy trying to make the venue look perfect for her daughter, but all the bride could think of is ‘how could my mom not be here?’ It was a lose-lose situation on both parts.”

Pinterest is great for showing your team of wedding professionals what you like. Just be sure to edit your ideas and hire pros to make them happen!