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Jennah & Sam - August 7

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Jennah & Sam - August 7

These two are such sweethearts. We met long before their wedding, and I immediately knew that they were a perfect Chickadee couple! Jennah's organized but laid back demeanor and Sam's caring and relaxed personality are an ideal match, and planning their wedding with them was such a joy. Their love for the family, friends, and God shone through on their wedding day, which was a gorgeous celebration of their marriage and commitment to each other! These are just a few of my favorites from their perfect day!

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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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3 Reasons to Skip the Faux Exit

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3 Reasons to Skip the Faux Exit

So you're planning your wedding day - the day you've dreamed of forever, and you're finding that it costs more than what you planned. Sound familiar? Well, one of the ways to "get the most bang for your buck" is to do a faux exit. What does this do? It limits the amount of time that you have to pay your photographer but still allows you to have the grand sparkler send-off you've always envisioned and not end the party earlier than you want. But here are 3 reasons why I don't recommend this:

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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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Ande & Jon - September 5

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Ande & Jon - September 5

When I started on this wedding planning adventure, Ande was one of my first supporters. We met back in college but our paths didn't really connect until our first jobs after college. We quickly bonded and ended up working together for a few years! She and Jon got engaged a week after Kevin and I did, and we had so much fun discussing the planning process and getting everything in order for our own weddings! Venues, photographers, stationary, dresses... we spent many days at work discussing these things and playing on pinterest (sorry, former bosses!)

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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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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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Alcohol at Your Wedding

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Alcohol at Your Wedding

This isn't normally something couples spend a whole lot of time discussing when planning the wedding. Usually it's decided quickly or handed off to someone else. But, I encourage you to spend some time considering what drinks you want to provide for your guests at your wedding! Not only for cost purposes, but for the style of wedding and the party you actually want to provide.

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How to Prevent Guests from Bringing More than Who's Invited

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How to Prevent Guests from Bringing More than Who's Invited

Inevitably, one of the most stressful things about your wedding is the guest list. Then, once you get past the stress and drama of developing the guest list and clearing it with both families, you send out the invitations. Even the invitations are properly addressed, clearly only to your aunt and uncle, and not their 4 children (your cousins). Or to your college roommate but not her boyfriend. Yet, when you open the RSVP card, they have said that "6" will "happily attend!" 

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The Save the Date Mistake Everyone Makes

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The Save the Date Mistake Everyone Makes

Save the Dates are a great way to get the word out to your guests about your wedding details before finalizing the plans! They allow guests to plan ahead and be prepared for traveling so that when the invitation comes, they can easily fill out that RSVP card and drop it in the mail! 

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My 5 Favorite Photographed Moments of our Wedding

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My 5 Favorite Photographed Moments of our Wedding

In continuing with our wedding moments series, today I bring to you my favorite photographed moments!! These are moments that mean something special to me and invoke the same feeling I had when it was taken everytime I look at them. They are more than just a photo, these have full stories behind them!

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3 Options for the Perfect Dinner Reception

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3 Options for the Perfect Dinner Reception

When planning a dinner reception, many different little decisions have to be made to figure out how the dinner will flow perfectly. But the first thing you have to decide on is how dinner will be served! We discussed each option at length for our reception, and today I want to share the pros and cons for each of 3 options when planning a dinner reception.

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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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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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