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Showing posts with label wedding planning. Show all posts
Showing posts with label wedding planning. Show all posts

Monday, October 31, 2016

Beginning Steps in Planning Your Wedding

You just got engaged and your wedding planning excitement is in full swing.  Your head is filled with colors, flowers, dresses, etc. You are trying to get a theme and color scheme in mind.  But that is not where you should begin your planning.  You don’t need a theme or color scheme.  As you plan your wedding, your colors and style will emerge naturally. 

First Step – Guest List:

After you have set your wedding budget, your first decision needs to be your guest list and the number of people you plan to invite.  You would hate to book a venue that is not large enough for the number of guests you are expecting.  So many of your decisions and costs are going depend on the number of guests you are going to invite.  Your guest list will consist of the collection of smaller lists; family members, relatives, friends, colleagues, attendants. The bride and groom list should be close in number. Each set of parents add who they wish to add to the list. 

Second Step – The Venue: 
Once you have finalized the guest list, you are ready to start your search for a venue.  There are two main ways to narrow your search; location and type. Save some time and do some research before you go to visit the venue.  Find out specifically what is included in the price; tables, linens, set up, take down, caterer on site or not, venue coordinator, etc.  It is not necessary for you to be totally in love with your venue.  You are not going to be living there…just getting married there.  If you can see yourself saying “I do” but the chairs or tiles in the bathroom are not exactly your style, it shouldn’t be a deal breaker.

Now the rest…

Now that you have your guest list and your venue booked, you can start thinking about colors, flowers, music, menu and all the other decisions.  But don’t let those decisions stress you out.  Keep it simple.  You do need to have some color at your wedding. It can be colors that you like or colors that would look good on your bridesmaids.  If you are not sure what kind of flowers you want, talk with a florist, look at flower galleries, read real wedding blogs to find something that you like.  If the flowers in the pictures are out of your price range, let the florist know that is the color and look you like and have them suggest flowers that are more in line with your budget.  

You have a dress you love, a centerpiece idea,  foods that you definitely want…then build your wedding out from there.  

Happy Planning!!

Monday, August 17, 2015

Spring Wedding on a Family Farm in South Carolina

Beck and I met Miranda and Blair at a coffee shop about 8 months prior to their wedding day. They went over the plans they had already made for their wedding day.   After talking with them for awhile, we knew that we could definitely assist them with their April wedding. Beck and I went over the services we could offer. After some more discussion we all decided we would be a good fit for their wedding planning needs...and that is when our planning and friendship began.

After several months of emails, texts, phone calls and meetings, we were able to pull everything together to make their wedding day the special day that they had envisioned. Everything turned out beautiful for this special couple and we thoroughly enjoyed working with them.
~ Jane White, It's Your Party! Events & Weddings

Please enjoy Red Apple Tree Photography's wonderful images of Miranda and Blair's wedding day along with all the details that Miranda shared about their special day.

Blair and I enjoy spending time at my grandparents' farm in Abbeville, SC.  It's a place that is special to my family as we have many family gatherings and spend Thanksgiving there every year.  We also enjoy hosting our friends at the farm.  We knew the beautiful farmhouse, with its green grass and huge, old pecan trees, would make the perfect backdrop for a spring Southern wedding reception.  I grew up in a Methodist church, so once we visited Main Street UMC in downtown Abbeville, we knew we had found the location for our special weekend!
We added many special touches to our wedding day. The location in itself is such a special place for us! My bouquet was wrapped with a handkerchief that my great grandmother gave me, which my mother monogrammed with my new initials.  
I wore my new mother-in-law's earrings.  My grandfather gave me an old foreign coin which I taped to the bottom of my shoe for good luck! 
One of the diamonds on my engagement ring belonged to Blair's great-grandmother.  I had Blair's band made out of a gold ring that my grandmother had given to my mother years ago, and my mother gave it to me.  

 Blair is very artistic and taught himself how to play the guitar.  We thought it would be nice to incorporate that into the day.  One of my uncles and one of my cousins were so kind to serenade our guests with their guitars as they arrived at the church!

 Blair also loves bagpipe music so we had a bagpiper accompany the organist for the bridal processional.  He lead my father and I down the aisle and also played outside as guests exited the church after the ceremony.
We used a traditional Methodist wedding ceremony and added a reading from the book of Ruth.  The Reverend also added a reading at the end by Dietrich Bonhoeffer that was really special.  

We used light pink, navy, and gold.  I wanted the reception to have an old Southern feel and less of a rustic/farm theme.  Our reception decor included huge crystal chandeliers in high peak tents, and silver and gold bowls, vases, and trays for the table arrangements.  My grandparents opened up the farmhouse for guests to mingle in and out.  There were also plenty of rocking chairs for guests to hang out on the wrap-around porch.  
 The part of our wedding we decided to splurge on was...THE BAND!!!  Our wedding was 4 months ago and people are still talking about the band.  They definitely brought the house down!  

The favorite part of our day was....EVERYTHING!!!! If we had to narrow it down to just one thing though, it was having all of our best friends and family in one place celebrating a very happy occasion with us.   

We wanted to keep everything for the whole weekend right there in Abbeville.  We had our rehearsal dinner and party at the Livery Stable.  Blair's parents surprised us with the decor, so we had no idea what to expect.  Of course, it turned out beautifully!  Our entire wedding party rented out The Belmont Inn on the square in downtown Abbeville.  It was really special having everyone stay there together all weekend.  

Of  course you can't have a wedding without a love story...and here is Miranda and Blair's!

Blair and I met at Lake Hartwell back in 2003 when he was living at his family's lake house and working at a lakeside restaurant.  We became friends and starting dating in 2006.  He proposed on June 8, 2014, at his family's lakehouse... where it all began!  He surprised me with a nice dinner, and when we got to the restaurant our families were there waiting to celebrate with us!
Photographer -  Red Apple Tree Photography
Florist  -  Aimee Cromer
Band  -   Mo'Sol
Rentals  -  Event Rentals
Wedding Coordinators  -  It's Your Party! Events & Weddings
Transportation  -  EastsideTransportation