This month Mike and I celebrate our one year wedding anniversary! One year feels like both a lifetime and the blink of an eye all wrapped into one. From planning our wedding to buying our first home, expanding the business and introducing new planning resources, it has been a really full year in some hard and beautiful ways. Today I’m giving you an honest look back on my own wedding day one year later.Read More
Hello Friends! Today I’m kicking off a brand new series here on the blog.
The Wedding Planning Basics Series walks you through the five most crucial elements at the beginning of your wedding planning journey!
The heart of Heirloom is about creating an engagement, wedding celebration and LIFE that are right for you. This series is packed full of my philosophies, best tips and action steps on just how to do that. As an even better treat, each post in this series includes a totally free video from me walking you through each one of these tenets.Read More
One of the best compliments I received from our wedding was that our family and friends felt like they had great conversations over dinner and were able to meet new people they had a lot in common with. Carefully selecting the seating arrangements at your wedding can foster new bonds and relationships between the people in your life, allow your guests to have a fun and lively dinner together, and kick off a GREAT party.
Here’s my three-step formula for making the perfect seating chart:
Welcome bags are most certainly my love language! Creating a special welcome for your guests who have traveled for miles and carved a weekend out of their schedules is a lovely way to say thank you. But, it doesn't have to be complicated. A few creature comforts go a very long way. Today Molly from Flour & Fig is sharing some great tips on how to thoughtfully welcome your guests in a beautifully personalized way!Read More
So here’s the deal. Traditional wedding etiquette stipulates the only way for guests to RSVP to your wedding is through a paper response card. This will always be a very beautiful way to collect your guest responses and is the right choice for many people. However, electronic response collection is gaining popularity for ease of use and is no longer considered tacky when done well. As with many of your wedding decisions, the best choice will be based on individual factors and what’s most important to you. Here are some reasons paper vs. electronic may be YOUR best option:Read More
Bespoke wedding paper is a great way to incorporate some meaningful custom detail into your big day—uniquely highlighting your personalities and memories together. A beautiful invitation suite can also double as a frameable keepsake to adorn your walls long after the wedding.
If you're looking to create customized paper for your event, here are a few ideas for inspiration:
Weddings are a wonderful time to bring together family, friends and acquaintances to share in the experience of your marriage. They also are large scale events with a lot of moving pieces and a short time frame. The mentality that it’s “just one day” often leads people to choose items for their wedding that feel disposable.
“It all gets thrown away tomorrow, so it doesn’t really matter” - This statement makes my stomach turn.Read More
Today’s Hey Abby post is slightly different. No specific logistical question to answer or decor item to comment on. I wanted to talk about something else that seems especially relevant right now. When you’re engaged and in the thick of planning, you just want to shout from the roof about all.things.weddings! The beautiful silk ribbon you found, or the welcome cocktail you selected feel like the biggest victories of your week.
But what happens when there’s something bigger going on in your life? It might be things that are happening in the world in general, or in our political arena that you feel incredibly passionate about. Or it might be something much more personal, such as a family member struggling with illness, the death of someone close to you, or other loss.Read More
Are you looking to hire a videographer? This post is jammed packed with great insights from BOTH the client and vendor perspective!Read More
This week so many of us will be sitting down to holiday tables with friends, relatives, in-laws, friends of friends, and likely some people you’ve never met before, all who want to know the details about how your planning process is going! Here are some tips on how to navigate the questions gracefully without ruining your favorite side dish (#teammashedpototes!).Read More
I can’t decide if I should include a bouquet/garter toss in my reception. It feels like an antiquated tradition. I’m worried my single girlfriends won’t like being called out, and I always hate watching the garter toss as a guest. But I don’t want to miss out on anything or look back and regret not doing it.
When I’m determining my guest list, should I include a plus-one guest for the members of my wedding party?
Oh, the hotly debated plus-one guest conundrum. I’ve seen even the most aligned couples and friends become vastly divided on this topic.Read More
There are many factors that will go into your decision to have a first look or not. Consider your personal wishes, the wishes of your partner, the schedule for your day and how you’d like to spend the hours leading up to your wedding.
If you decide that a first look is right for you, here are some tips on how to pull off a great one:Read More
Should I mix metals tones in my wedding design, or should I stick with all one tone?
This is a question I get ALL the time! There’s a deeply rooted seed that we learned somewhere in our mother’s or grandmother’s closets that metals are not meant to be mixed and all of your jewelry must be either gold or silver. So when we’re faced with the bevy of options out there in metal tones for wedding decor, we panic. Can I have silver chargers and brass candlesticks?! What about brass serving trays and silver flatware? Why on earth are there so many metal options anyway??Read More
We just got engaged and I already feel behind. Everything I read says my engagement needs to be at least 12 months or more. Is this true?
Oh lady, I feel you on this one. Choosing a wedding date, and thus an engagement length, is likely one of the first hard decisions you and your partner will have to make. At risk of sounding like a broken-record, you really do have to make the choice that’s best for you and try as much as you can to ignore all the outside chatter happening around you right now.
Here are three really practical things to think about as you’re considering how long of an engagement is right for you:
As a follow up to last week's post on How to Organize Your Wedding Pinterest Boards, I thought I'd give you a deeper dive look into how I actually use Pinterest in my every day work and life. I still remember eagerly signing up to be on the beta test list for this site called Pinterest YEARS ago when I was still saving .jpegs of all my inspiration files on my computer (anyone else?!). That old hard drive had folders upon folders of jpegs saved with no search features, no visual way to see everything. Just one big digital black hole. It's a mystery how I had enough storage space to even save anything. Pinterest was the digital answer to so many challenges. And with any powerful tool, it's best used with boundaries to be efficient, effective and stay original. Here's how I do it:Read More
What should I do about a guest book? Do I need one and where should I put it? Should I have a guestbook attendant?
Think of your guest book more as a keepsake for you to cherish than any formal register or process that needs to be built into your wedding day. You by no means have to have one, but it is a nice momento that you may love reminiscing over one day. This is often one of the last details selected, when your brain is just on total decision fatigue. Keep it simple and fun and don’t stress about every single guest signing it.Read More
There is no disputing the fact that Pinterest has changed the game for weddings, along with a number of other areas of life. With access to so.much.inspiration the bar was raised all around and the soul-crushing, life derailing concept of “pinterest-perfect” entered our lives. I get questions on Pinterest A LOT from my clients. Here’s an easy step by step process to harness that inspiration, keep it all organized, and battle the scroll overwhelm.Read More
Welcome to week 3 and the final step in this Wedding Guide to Make The Pretty Mean Something! I’m so happy to have you back again. So far this month you’ve learned why this process is so important. Last week, you did the heart work and talked with your partner about the celebration you’re planning to start off your marriage and have a good set of 1-3 wedding values to work from that resonate with both of you. Now it’s time to LIVE them! Get excited- because this is where you really reap the rewards of not diving head first into Pinterest without a life vest.
Here’s how to Plan a Wedding Around Your Values:
Hi there, friends!
I’m glad to have you back in the second part of this guide to Make The Pretty Mean Something for your wedding celebration. Let’s recap, shall we!Read More