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Dec

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Champagne (or sparkling wine, if it’s made anywhere outside the French region) is synonymous with celebrating. From popping a bottle to celebrate an engagement to ringing in the new year, there’s never a shortage of reasons to toast during the holiday season! To help you find the perfect choice for each of your events, we’ve rounded up some of the best bubbly for every budget. Raise those glasses!

 

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Bubbly Buyer’s Guide:

1. Sofia Blanc de Blancs, Francis Ford Coppola Winery ($19)
2. ONEHOPE California Brut Sparkling Wine, ONEHOPE Winery ($18.99)
3. Cuvée Rosé, Laurent-Perrier
4. La Marca Prosecco, Wine-Searcher  ($13)
5. Brut Rosé, Mumm Napa ($24)
6. Korbel Natural ($13.99)
7. Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow Label ($54.99)
8. Brut Accolades, Segura Viudas

30
Nov

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Hi loves,

 

The holidays are here. The wreaths are going up, and the sales have begun. If this is no ordinary season for you and you’re planning your Thanksgiving wedding, Christmas wedding, or New Year’s Eve wedding, keep reading this post is for you.

 

Here are some of my best tips for scheduling a wedding around a holiday to avoid additional costs, extra guilt, and add in extra fun.

 

Give your guest plenty of time to plan. Send your save-the-date as soon as possible to give guests time to make travel arrangements in this busier and more expensive travel season. You will also want to give early notice before guests book their vacations and time off from work.

 

Prepare to lose a few invitees. Some are likely to decline your invite than your traditional summer wedding. Prior commitments, family obligations, and company events, are hard to cancel. Giving ample time to plan and not being too sensitive to declines should soften the blow.

 

Anticipate more plus-ones. How do you break the news to your friends that they cannot bring a guest?
Visitors will probably want to spend their holiday time with family, kids, and partners so expect an increase in demands for a plus-one. No matter what you decide, be sure to have your answer ready to avoid the drama.

 

Dare to go festive with your decor and take advantage of the holiday spirit. Whether it’s peace on earth for the winter holidays or glitz and glam for New Year’s Eve–go for it. Think cranberry signature cocktails for Christmas, and party blowers to bring in the new year. You don’t have to go overboard with a theme, but a few touches can make all the difference for holiday-lovers.

 

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Incorporate seasonal foliage and food. Anytime you can go seasonal for food and flowers you will save some cash. You can choose some festive, seasonal options and nobody will be the wiser that you did it for budget reasons.

 

Allow for higher costs from vendors. Holiday weddings can often equate to higher cost time for providers. Vendors, especially venue pay staff more to work on typical holidays. You can either allow for it in your budget or consider cost-saving options like morning/brunch weddings or cheaper days like Fridays or Sundays.

 

Plan for a late wedding on New Year’s Eve. If everything wraps up by 10 pm, guests may be tempted to leave for another party. You can avoid this dilemma by planning all the activities of your night leading up to the countdown to midnight. Carefully plan out your dances, speeches, and dinner courses so that guests are engaged the whole time.

 

We would love to plan your holiday wedding this season. Contact us here for your free consultation.
xoxo,
Ivori

09
Nov

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Hi friends! I had the pleasure of planning an amazing wedding at the Melady Plantation House in Alexandria, LA.

 

This wedding was executed in charming and classic fashion. As you know, a classic southern wedding never loses its charm.

 

“One of my favorite movies is Steel Magnolias, so I wanted that to be my theme,” said the bride. “My colors were blush and bashful, and the wedding took place in Alexandria, LA which is where Jackson’s aunt who made the armadillo cake was from. There were various other elements that not only could be attributed to the movie but also the southern culture.”

 

The color palette incorporated soft blush tones, subtle greens and gold. We know you will find plenty of inspiration in the theme, as well as décor, texture and color. Here are some of my favorite photos and details from the big day.

 

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12
Oct

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Hello loves,

 

So the wedding is over, the vows have been said, the cake is all gone, and your luggage is unpacked from your honeymoon. Before you go back to the ins and outs of everyday life, it’s important to know how to care for that gorgeous set of rings you’ll wear every day. These seven simple tips will help you keep your engagement ring as safe, sound and sparkly as possible.

 

Purchase insurance or add your ring to your property policy. Insurance is necessary to protect your investment if it gets lost, stolen or damaged.

 

Always handle diamonds rings by their metal band and avoid touching the gemstones. Fingers are covered in oils that can dull their sparkle.

 

Remove rings before applying lotions and creams. They will lose their brilliance and need professional cleanings more often.

 

Avoid wearing your rings while cleaning around the house. Harsh cleaning supplies have chemicals that could permanently damage your ring.

 

Drains are a ring’s greatest enemy. Never remove your rings before you wash your hands in a public restroom or place your rings on or near a sink.

 

Never wear your rings in the ocean. Cold water can shrink fingers. Your rings could slip off without your knowledge.

 

Have your rings inspected and cleaned by a professional jeweler every year.

 

xoxo,

 

Ivori

28
Sep

 

Hi loves,

 

It’s officially fall! The leaves are falling, colors are changing, Starbucks has rolled out the #PSL (that’s Pumpkin Spice Latte for us non-coffee drinkers).Some of the best things in life are happening including lots of beautiful autumn weddings. Whether you are planning a fall wedding for this year or next, we have a few key tips that you should surely heed!

 

Keep warm: Some days this season Mother Nature will send some warm weather our way, but chances are slim so prepare for cooler temps. Warn your guests about the event location so they can dress appropriately. For outdoor nuptials consider big cozy blankets for your guests or heaters.

 

Coffee or hot cocoa, anyone? Serving warm beverages is another way to keep everybody warm. Have fun with it and provide different flavors. You can even offer adult versions with alcohol. Bailey’s Irish Cream and hot cocoa would be amazing on a chilly day!

 

Consider a nature-inspired color palette. The best thing about fall is all of the amazing hues. There are so many great colors to consider besides the obvious browns and orange tones. We love the ideas of infusing blush, taupe- like lavender, or cranberry into these seasonal color palette. Blend any of these tones into your bridesmaid’s dresses, linens, or florals. The possibilities are endless.

 

Don’t forget the delicious fall foods. Wedding menus shouldn’t be left out of this fall love fest. Work with your caterer to incorporate ingredients like pumpkin, sweet potatoes, squash, cranberries and apples. Don’t forget the autumn desserts like hot apple pie. Yum!

 

Let us help you next fall wedding. We are booking dates for Fall 2017. Contact us here to schedule your free consultation today!

 

xoxo,

 

Ivori

21
Sep

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Happy Wednesday loves! Weddings are known as “the bride’s day,” but what about the groom? A wedding is a celebration of you both as a couple, after all! So how do you make sure your groom is represented on the Big Day…and get him involved with some of the planning action? Keep reading…

 

Weigh in on some decisions. Getting his opinion is an excellent way to help you when you’re stuck on which napkin color to order, and it helps him feel like he’s a part of the nuptials, too. If he doesn’t want to be looped in on every minor decision narrow down your choices before bringing you hubby-to-be in for the final weigh in.

 

Choose the menu. Does he have a favorite protein or side dish? Invite him into conversations with your caterer to ensure he’s represented in the menu choices. After all, they say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. Besides, you will have so much fun at tastings together.

 

Select a signature drink. Work with your fiancé to create a cocktail that suits both of your taste buds. Ask your bartender to help you mix and match your favorite liquors and mixers until you blend the perfect drink or two.

 

Register Together. Whether you’re going with a traditional registry or a honeymoon fund, get your groom involved. Keep in mind that he will be using the towels or enjoying the couple’s spa treatment, too!

 

In general, ask his opinion and be truly open to using his ideas. Be sure to involve him in some way with the planning process. The memories of you planning together will last a lifetime, and you’re going to appreciate all the help you can get!

 

xoxo,
Ivori

20
Jul

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Hello loves,

 

Summer is in full swing, and so are summer weddings. Sunny days, warm nights, minimal chance of rain, and pretty photo ops lend to the season’s popularity for I do’s. On the flip side, high temperatures and beaming rays can make outdoor ceremonies miserable for your wedding guests.

 

When it comes to your Big Day, I am a firm believer that you should have your wedding cake and eat it, too. Here are a few tips on how to have your dream outdoor nuptials, and beat the heat.

 

Create an oasis. Set up water stations at the ceremony. Go the extra mile with fancy glassware and infused water. You may need to increase your rental order, but your guests will appreciate the effort to make them comfortable.

 

Fans your family and friends. Provide fans that double as programs. Nothing beats the heats like a fan on a hot summer day. Contact your designer to create a fan that will continue your stationery story from your invitation design. Make sure the paper you choose has the weight to create a small breeze.

 

Throw them some shade. Give out sunglasses to your guests. Depending on the direction of the sun, the glare could hit your guests right in the eye and hinder them from witnessing your vows. Also, the sunglasses can double as your favor. Don’t forget to personalize them with your names and wedding date.

 

Pass out the pops. Boozy popsicles for your cocktail hour on the lawn is the perfect refresher after your ceremony in the sun. Serve up the refreshments without the liquor for children and non-drinkers.

 

Let us help you plan your summer wedding. We are booking dates for summer 2017. Contact us here to schedule your free consultation today.

 

xoxo,

 

Ivori

29
Jun

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Hi friends!

 

Wedding season is here which means you’re in the home in the home stretch of your planning. With the million things to do before the Big Day, two or three or even 12 tasks are bound to fall through the cracks.

 

So all you future brides and grooms, here are a few details that are typically overlooked that I want to be sure you keep in mind.

 

Decorations (beyond flowers) Tablecloths and centerpieces fit into your rental and florist budgets, respectively, but couples typically overlook small décor items, like candles, signage, and the ceremony backdrop.

 

Gifts for parents You may have budgeted for a gift for your wedding party to say “thanks,” but what about your parents? Along the wedding planning journey, you may want to pick up a few gifts for all of the wonderful people who went above and beyond to show their support and shower you with love.

 

Transportation Transportation faux pas can ruin your entire day. Plan to hire your car company six months before your wedding and consider things like your date, ceremony and reception sites, and the size of your wedding. If you’re getting married in April, May or June, near prom and graduation season, formal vehicles will be in high demand, so you’ll need to book your transportation even earlier. The same goes for special rides like vintage cars, which are in shorter supply than your typical limousine.

 

Additional and special diet meals Most vendors will request a vendor meal in their contract; however, as a rule of thumb, any vendor that is working over five hours and is present during the reception should be treated to a meal.

 

Also, be sure to make note of all the guests who have food allergies or are vegetarian or vegan. Provide a list for your caterer noting where each of these guests is sitting. Your caterer will love you!

 

Wedding Day meals You may be nervous and not feel like eating, but remember you’re in for a long day and night. A little protein will steady your nerves and provide stamina.

 

Gratuities Lastly, do not forget to tip your vendors. Tips are never obligatory. They are meant to be expressions of appreciation for especially good service. However, it is customary to show your gratitude by tipping the people involved in making your special day a success.

 

xoxo,

 

Ivori

13
Jun

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Hi loves,

 

So thrilled to be featured on one of our all-time favorite wedding magazines–a go-to source for weddings in Baltimore! Head on over to Baltimore Bride to see photographer Terri Baskin’s breath-taking photos from our anniversary shoot on Federal Hill and get my how-to tips for planning your special day. Check out all the goodness here.

 

xoxo,

 

Ivori

 

09
Jun

 

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Hi friends,

 

I meet brides all the time that want to DIY (Do It Yourself) some aspect of their wedding. No longer are the brides nudged to complete long nights filled with floral projects for their Big Day because of necessity or lack of funds. Modern day brides are inspired by Martha Stewart, YouTube, and Pinterest regardless of their budget.

 

So if a craft night with your girls, a bottle or two of wine, and lots of girl talk sounds like the perfect Saturday night, this blog post is for you. Keep reading to get my expert advice on what to DIY for your wedding and what to splurge on. Oh, you’ll thank me later!

 

Boutonnieres Leave the bouquets and centerpieces to the professionals, but if you want to get your hands on some flowers, try making the groom’s boutonniere.This is the perfect DIY project: it’s small, easy to assemble, and doesn’t command as much attention as some of the other florals.

 

Table number and escort cards This could be one of the most fun projects you can do for the wedding. There’s no limit to how simple or extravagant these two important items can be. If you want to up the fun factor, register your girls for a local calligraphy class.

 

Something Blue Tradition challenges the bride to wear something old, something new; something borrowed, and something blue. Here’s where you can get those creative juices flowing and luckily Pinterest is chocked full of “something blue” inspiration. From painting the soles of your wedding shoes in the sky hue or hand crafting a blue ribbon onto your garter, the options are endless.

 

Now that we’re given you a few DIY crafts that are safe for the wedding and fun, here are some things you should splurge on for your I do’s.

 

Photography Trust me when I tell you that you will never regret splurging on high-quality photography. Memories of the special day and all the little moments sometimes leave us, but the photos can last for generations to come.

 

Catering  Pulling off a hot, 4-course meal for 150 people is an amazing fete and should be left to the pros. The bride, the groom, any parents or relatives, should not attempt to take on this task. All of you, even Aunt Betty, should be enjoying this special day in a relaxed state.

 

Planning Now, this one should not be a surprise. The help of a planner is insurmountable if you want your wedding executed flawlessly. Enjoy the role of a bride (or groom), all of the celebrations and pampering and let us handle the budgets, timelines, and vendors. This investment is a game changer.

 

Looking a planner for your nuptials? Let us help. Schedule a FREE consultation today!

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