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
My life is a constant pull between city life and country fantasies. Having lived nearly my entire adult life in large cities, I'm so comfortable strolling down city blocks and hustling through train turnstiles. And yet, every free day I get, I find myself in the car driving out to the country to just feel like I can breathe again. The constant grass is always greener situation.
Some of my clients know immediately which feeling they want for their wedding, and others are right there in the same struggle of city lights over country charm.
So which one is more your style? City or Country?
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
This morning's Room to Wedding edition is inspired my a children's room! Yes, you read that correctly. A deeply fabulous children's room for sure! From the home of Christine Dovey, originally seen on Style Me Pretty Living, I loved the mix of subtle patter and texture and the soft pops of color.
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
Today I celebrated my birthday with a funfetti cake and homemade pasta dinner.
Simple and beautiful, and the exact slow down I needed this month. With a bit of chaos swirling around in the middle of a busy season of life and business (which seems to just be always), my birthday has always felt like the personal equivalent of New Year’s Day. A blank page on a year that’s filled with possibilities. Except I’ve always liked it better than actual New Year’s Day because it comes without the hype of competing with everyone else’s resolutions. So I thought I’d share a little more about what I’m looking forward to in this upcoming year both personally and professionally:Read More
Registering for wedding china isn't everyone's cup of tea, but if you love setting a beautiful table and want a set of your own to pass down and add to your collection, it's a beautiful way to add an heirloom to your life. I was fortunate enough to inherit some beautiful floral patterns from my grandmothers. Here's a round up of some current pieces I love: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:
Fall is my most favorite season of the year, and I couldn't resist a little round up of the things I'm loving having around this year. I hope your fall is filled with football tailgates, weddings, pumpkin patches, and long walks in the leaves!Read More
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
A soft and romantic inspiration board for your Tuesday morning.
Touchable soft texture ties this look together with muted shades of blush and rose.
Cream, gold and wooden accents let the details shine through and keep everything cohesive.
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