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Rebecca & Tim - September 23

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Rebecca & Tim - September 23

Rebeccca will always have a special place in my heart - not because she was my first "unknown" client (we didn't know each other before she hired me as her wedding planner) but because she couldn't be any sweeter or kinder if she tried. She reached out to me after buying some decor from my sister's wedding from my mom, who insisted that she at least reach out to me once she realized she needed a coordinator, and I'm so glad she did!

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Melissa & Bobby - July 31

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Melissa & Bobby - July 31

Melissa and I met one afternoon in March, after many emails back and forth to plan a time to get together. She was looking for someone she could trust to plan her wedding day, that would be able to execute her vision to her standards. As we talked, we connected over her story about her romance with her husband, and how her little boy changed everything for her! I knew immediately that I wanted to work with her and make sure her day was everything she had dreamed. I was so excited when we officially started planning everything! Enjoy some of my favorites from their beautiful, personalized wedding day!

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Inside the Industry: What a Wedding Planner Does on the Day of Your Wedding

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Inside the Industry: What a Wedding Planner Does on the Day of Your Wedding

It is my firm belief that every wedding should have a wedding planner (or coordinator, at the very least). This isn't just because I am a wedding planner and want you to spend more money on your day (I actually don't, I believe you should be stress free both emotionally AND financially), but because I truly believe that you should be relaxing and enjoying your day - not stressing about the details (or stressing out your bridal party or family)! And, a wedding planner typically pays for themselves by helping to negotiate better rates with other vendors, offering more cost-effective solutions, and saving you tons of time!

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Sam & Ward - July 9

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Sam & Ward - July 9

Sam and Ward met in the summer of 2010, as they were at orientation for their freshman year at college. While they connected those few days, it wasn't until their freshmen year actually started that they began to spend more time together. Their rooms were right down the hall from each other, and by the time the spring semester had started, they were officially together! And they've been together ever since! I was so proud to be a part of their wedding day, as these two were my residents when they were freshman - I got to see the beginning of their relationship and then the beginning of their marriage! It was an incredible feeling standing back on campus at CNU and reliving the beginning with them. 

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Stress Saving Tip: 3 Reasons to Rent Linens

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Stress Saving Tip: 3 Reasons to Rent Linens

When you're planning your dream day, you look for ways to have everything but not have to pay the cost for it. This is definitely something that all brides struggle with - no matter what their budget is! One of the things many people consider is buying their linens instead of renting them through a rental or catering company. While the price tag is more appealing (it's usually $5-10 less to buy than to rent) it doesn't exactly explain the work you'll have to do to get those linens looking the way you want at your ceremony.

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Savannah & Adam - May 7

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Savannah & Adam - May 7

I met Savannah exactly one month before her wedding day. We met in a Starbucks in a grocery store, and we talked. About everything she dreamed for her wedding, and how she just wanted everyone to be happy and relaxed on her wedding day. Her heart is so big, and the ways she wanted to honor her family in the little details of the wedding day were so perfect! Finalizing the logistics and making sure it all came together to match Savannah's dream was such an honor, enjoy some of my favorite moments from their day!

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Sherry & Tom - April 9

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Sherry & Tom - April 9

I first met Sherry and Tom a couple days before New Year's at our local Panera. They were 3 months away from their wedding and knew they needed someone to help with the final details. We talked about their vision, their plans, and what they were looking for, and I connected instantly to the way they just wanted their guests to have a good time and to not have to worry about anything the day of their wedding! I love when my couples want that, and think it helps make them focus on the big picture and not be too worried about the little details of the day. So I was thrilled when they decided to move forward with me!

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Heart to Heart Series: Every Wedding is Job Interview

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Heart to Heart Series: Every Wedding is Job Interview

As an entrepreneur requiring new clients, new projects, and new agreements on a consistent basis, being on top of my game is critical. Every meeting, every email, every phone call is a job interview. And the wedding itself is what will either gain you a great new fan base or result in "bad press."

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Flower Talk: Who Gets What

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Flower Talk: Who Gets What

I see it happen time and time again... the officiant has a flower, or doesn't. There's an extra flower for a hired vendor, but someone in the ceremony doesn't have one. Today I'm talking to the brides and those picking out the flowers for their wedding - make sure you don't leave anyone out!

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A Certified Wedding Planner

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A Certified Wedding Planner

The last 2 days have been a total whirlwind... I've barely had a chance to catch my breath! I've been networking, learning, and thinking constantly about this business and my goals for it. Saturday evening I left for DC to attend a 2 day crash course all about weddings - The Bridal Society's Certification Course. What is this?

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Jocelyn & Matt - March 14

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Jocelyn & Matt - March 14

If you’ve followed me for any length on facebook, instagram, or on my blog, you’ve certainly seen pictures from Jocelyn and Matt’s wedding last year! I realized that I never did a blog post highlighting their wedding specifically,  and wanted to take some time to introduce you to two of my favorite people!

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Why Do Weddings Cost So Much?

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Why Do Weddings Cost So Much?

As a recent bride and a relatively “new” to the industry wedding professional,  I’m often still surprised that the average cost of an American wedding is $30,000. I’m equally surprised at how easy it is to surpass that mark when planning a relatively simple and modest wedding. It’s got me paying close attention to why things cost as much as they do, and what you’re actually paying for when you hire someone for your wedding.

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My 5 Favorites from Our Wedding Reception

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My 5 Favorites from Our Wedding Reception

I'm getting close to wrapping up this series, and hope that you've been enjoying it! It's been fun to relive some of these moments and to share why they're so special to me. In keeping with my theme, today I'm going to share my 5 favorites from our wedding reception!

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A Twist on the Popular Unity Ceremony

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A Twist on the Popular Unity Ceremony

It's all over pinterest and probably in every wedding you've been to recently! A candle lighting, sand pouring, or knot tying ceremony as a symbolic part of the normal wedding ceremony. These are such great ways to personalize your wedding and show the uniting of two families, and I'm all for them!

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4 Wedding Favor Trends

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4 Wedding Favor Trends

Wedding favors are becoming more DIY, personalized - or absent, depending on the wedding! The idea behind wedding favors is to give your guests a memento of the occasion to keep, treasure, and recall the wonderful memories you just made together!

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5 Tips to Creating a Stress-free Wedding Registry

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5 Tips to Creating a Stress-free Wedding Registry

A couple weeks ago, I shared about how to communicate where you're registered with your wedding guests. But what about creating the registry? This is probably one of the least discussed parts of wedding planning, but it can easily become so stressful! I didn’t really think twice before we scheduled an appointment to set up our registry, I just knew it was something we needed to do. It wasn’t until we walked into the store that I felt overwhelmed and realized what it was going to take to make this registry happen!

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5 Tips to Being a Great Bridesmaid

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5 Tips to Being a Great Bridesmaid

I remember the first wedding I was asked to be in - I was still in college and really had no clue what a wedding entailed. I just knew that I cared about my friend and wanted to be there for her any way that I could! While every single wedding is different, bridesmaids have a huge role to play. Whether it's a laid-back wedding where the bride is carefree or a black-tie affair, all of these tips apply!

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6 Hidden Expenses of a Large Bridal Party

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6 Hidden Expenses of a Large Bridal Party

I remember getting a lot of questions from people after my wedding, wanting to know how we managed to do everything so “affordably.” And while my mom was a great negotiator and pulled some strings, I think the biggest reason we kept the cost low was because we had a small wedding – not in the number of guests (though we kept it to 100), but in the number of people participating in the wedding.

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My 5 Favorites from Our Wedding Ceremony

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My 5 Favorites from Our Wedding Ceremony

Oh, to be a bride. It is truly one of the most exciting times in your life! I never spent a whole lot of time dreaming about weddings until after my little sister got engaged, so I didn't have anything that I was set on when Kevin proposed (except wearing my mom's dress, which is a story for another day!). We planned our wedding in 4 months while working full-time and living out of town from where our wedding was taking place. It was a total whirlwind, and today I want to share with you some of our favorite moments. Though we didn't have a ton of time to plan everything, we made sure that every detail was intentional, that it represented us, and that we didn't let it distract from the purpose of our wedding day - the beginning of our marriage. 

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