wedding planning tips

Should you do a first look?  

Photo by:  Heather Waraksa

Photo by: Heather Waraksa

We are big proponents of first looks - Why, you ask?  

Photo by:  Elizabeth Irvin

Photo by: Elizabeth Irvin

  • The first look is a really special and intimate moment where you and your soon-to-be–hubby can spend some quality time together before the chaos ensues.

  • Seeing your love before the ceremony allows for you to enjoy cocktail hour fully and maximize the time you have to take meaningful portraits that you will enjoy for years to come.   

  • It sets the tone for a more relaxed wedding day schedule.  

  • Many couples prefer to share this moment in an intimate setting before stepping in front of the crowd - as can be one of the emotional parts of your day.

  • The first time you walk down the aisle will still feel special to you both, we promise. A first look actually helps get rid of some of those pre-ceremony jitters.

Photo by:  Jeremy Harwell

Wedding Registry - What To Register For And What You Don’t Actually Need

Yes, please!

  • Blender 

From soups, to smoothies, and dips, make sure to register for a one-size-fits all blender that has many functions.

  • Coffee machine

Because first, coffee.

  • Invest in a Dutch oven

It’s one of the most versatile kitchen appliances.

  • Napkins

Register for nice yet machine washable everyday napkins to replace your paper napkins and paper towels you are currently using.

Photo by:  Simply Sarah

Photo by: Simply Sarah

  • Flatware and china that coordinates and works well together from a utilitarian standpoint

There is nothing worse than forks and knives that constantly fall off your coupe china when clearing the table. Give your table settings a test run to make sure they gel together.

Photo by  Marni Rothschild
  • Extra wine glasses

They will break often!

Photo by:  Jeremy Harwell

Photo by: Jeremy Harwell

  • A cordless drill

Probably more useful than most kitchen pieces.

  • Luggage

A registry item you will never regret. Make sure to do extensive research, however, on the best brands available for you and your fiancé.

  • Picture frames

Select some nice picture frames to display your wedding photos in.

  • A carving set

A set of great and effective knives should definitely be on your wedding registry list. Knives are one of those things that you will not want to buy yourself but will use every day.

  • Basic cookware set 

Again, basic kitchen needs are always a yes.

Maybe we don’t need..

  • Skip the fine china

Pick out really unique yet practical china that you will actually use everyday.  We have heard from countless brides (including ourselves) that they wished the had asked for more everyday pieces than fancy china.

Photo by:  Heather Waraksa

Photo by: Heather Waraksa

  • Reconsider the juicer

Most take up a lot of space and are very cumbersome to clean.

  • Don’t get too excited by the fancy panini maker or crepe machine

While they seem fun, you won’t use them enough to warrant space in your cabinets.

  • Specialty glasses

Unless you’re constantly entertaining, how many margarita and specialty beer glasses do you actually need?

Photo by  Heather Waraksa

12 Questions You Should Be Ready For When Hiring a Tenting Company By Tenting Professional, Sarah Copeland

Photo by:  Verdi  

Photo by: Verdi 

1) Is the tent allowed to be installed at the reception site?  

2)Is there a preferred/exclusive vendor list?

3) Do you have a preference on the style of tenting--ie Sailcloth, Frame, Open Air with a Frame? A venue date will help to possibly drive the type of tent as you would not want to install a clear frame tent during the summer months due to the heat factor.

4) How many people do you wish to accommodate and in what configuration?  All seated at tables, partial seating, cocktail party setting?

Photo by:  Verdi  

Photo by: Verdi 

5) What other items would you like to have under the tent? Food tables, bar, cake table, dance floor, stage etc?

6) How much space do you have? What are the dimensions of the tent site?

7) What time of day will your event take place?  Will you need lights and/or heat or AC?

Photo by:  Iris Photography

Photo by: Iris Photography

8) Is there a power source at the site? 

9) Do you wish to enclose any portion of the tent with siding or doors?

10) Will you need accessory tents for caterers prep, band, vendors?

Photo by: Raquel Reis Photography

Photo by: Raquel Reis Photography

11) Will leveled flooring be needed?  

12) On what kind of surface will the tent be placed?  Grass, concrete, asphalt, wood deck?
**This is very important to confirm as this will be the driving force for costs.  Can our team stake the tent into grass for anchoring?  If not we would have to look into alternative anchoring options like water barrels, concrete anchors etc that could drive the costs up and not to mention alter the look of the tent.