I have often heard my good friend, Mary Dann-McNamee (who also happens to be a wedding coordinator as well as an occasional contributor to Inside Weddings), use the phrase “perfectly imperfect” to describe life. I often think about this concept in my work with clients, and think that this phrase captures the essence of life very poetically. Not surprisingly, weddings and marriage are the perfect venue for embracing this concept. The more expectations we have about something, the more we set ourselves up for disappointment. But that doesn’t mean that I want you to have no expectations at all; it’s about having realistic expectations. Traditional events like weddings tend to be steeped with lots of “shoulds” (which can be interchanged with “have tos,” “supposed tos,” “musts,” “gottas,” or “ought tos”). These can come from your personal basket of expectations, those of family members and friends, or from society at large. ... Read More »
I can usually tell when a bride is grateful for her family, friends, and vendors... she has a certain glow about her and is relaxed enough to enjoy her day to the fullest. She has let go of the differences and disagreements she may have encountered with all those involved, and rejoices in the true meaning of the day: a commitment to her mate. A grateful bride sees the day as a gift and avoids thinking of what she would have had, could have had, or should have had. And while it is important to feel thankful internally, it is just as important to share your gratitude with those who made your day so special. Thanking Vendors Vendors are the backbone of a successful event. The wedding industry may be a billion dollar business, but it is spread out over millions of small business owners who do what they do ... Read More »
Fall décor offers so much more than cornucopias and pumpkins — the season is a bounty of colorful foliage and rich textures that combine to create an explosion of dramatic style. The range of unusual, natural elements and vibrant florals Mother Earth has to offer is surprisingly plentiful in autumn. Earth tones complement just about any color palette, creating a style that is modern and sophisticated. In fact, brown is the hottest accent color in wedding décor right now; its deep tone beautifully accents vibrant shades of persimmon and jewel tones such as purple and magenta. When you interweave the vivid colors of the season with branches, tree bark, fall leaves, and seasonal fruits and vegetables, your wedding décor provides a dramatic visual display your guests will be sure to remember. Here are some ideas to help tell your love story against a beautiful backdrop bursting with fall delights. First ... Read More »
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