Well Kept Chaos – Your Virtual Party Planner

Before I got my start in wedding planning, I threw over-the-top theme parties for birthdays, Halloween, New Year’s Eve, and sometimes just for the hell of it! I would find basically any excuse for a celebration. The thing is, these parties take time to conceptualize and plan. A well executed theme party, even for a small group of people can take a lot of research and preparation. So where do …

The 5 Most Common DIY Wedding Mistakes

Ever since the financial crisis in 2008, couples have increasingly turned to DIY wedding decor and planning, eschewing traditional wedding industry vendors in search of lower cost, more personalized weddings. We have seen a rise in quality resources and materials, affordable, stylish wedding gowns, and in general, an attitude that you don’t have to spend as extravagantly to have a cool, meaningful wedding. What started as a financial necessity for many …

Wedding Truths with Bridechilla Graduate Erica

Heyo! I recently recorded an episode of the Bridechilla Podcast with the lovely Aleisha McCormack! If you aren’t already listening to this podcast and you are planning a wedding, seriously get on it! It is a gold mine of ideas, support, and advice from a delightful Aussie who swears a bunch! I have been writing for the Bridechilla blog and have two articles posted over there as well. Definitely looking …

Host a Modern, Gothic Halloween Soiree

  Halloween is easily my favorite holiday. It combines my two true loves, costuming and party planning. This year I wanted to go a little more sophisticated with the decor than I have in the past. I will absolutely share photos of the party at the end of the month, but in the meantime, I wanted to share my inspiration and some tips on throwing your own Halloween Soiree! Join …

Have the Wedding You Want (and keep your guests happy)

All you need is a little planning & communication! Awhile back, my sister linked me to an article that made me cringe entitled 10 Things Wedding Guests Absolutely Hate. Honestly, all 10 of the items on the list are things that could be rectified with better planning, but instead of offering much in the way of solutions, they proceed to shame couples and trash their weddings. I take issue with how …

How to Host a Terrific Lady Brunch!

I freakin’ love brunch. Waffles, Bacon, Mimosas, nomnomnom…. So I decided to throw myself a birthday brunch last weekend, and invited all my Terrific Lady Friends! I had all these adorable ideas about doing it outdoors in my backyard with the flowering trees and bushes, and big clear balloons filled with confetti! Well, of course it rained and was miserably cold and windy, and then I found out it was …

Planning Your Actual Wedding

Yay! You’re Engaged! What now? There is a ton of pressure put on engaged couples to have this huge, perfect, storybook wedding regardless of what you can afford, or would even really enjoy. Hell, I actually like planning parties and the over the top production that is the “Traditional American Wedding” is just about the opposite of what I would want for my own wedding. But then what do you …