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Wedding Planning and Rescheduling during the Covid-19 Pandemic

Let’s face it… Covid-19 has left couples and wedding professionals in a real bad spot. It’s the beginning of July 2020 when I am writing this post and things change on the daily. But one thing is for sure, it feels like many Americans have simply given up the fight and are scrabbling to get […]

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The Unexpected Benefits of Hiring a Full-Service Wedding Planner

How do you know if you should hire a full-service wedding planner or just a coordinator? Coordination is all the rage these days but it still leaves most of the planning up to the couple. And while some couples are super into the idea of planning their wedding, others have about 800 other things they would rather be doing… and I don’t blame them.

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The Pros and Cons of Styled Shoots for Engaged Couples

Styled Shoots and Wedding Inspiration photoshoots are something you will come across a lot on Wedding Blogs, Pinterest and the websites of wedding designers like myself. You are probably wondering what they are all about… who are they for… why do we do them? Styled Shoots are as much wedding inspiration as they are a […]

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Day-of Coordination – It’s never just one day!

If you are newly engaged and starting to plan a wedding, you have most like heard the term Day-of Coordination. The idea that there is this magical unicorn of a person who will show up on the day of your wedding, make sure it all runs according to plan, make all your DIY projects look […]

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Why you need a Wedding Photographer

Because you definitely need a Wedding Photographer… As a wedding planner, I often meet with couples who are surprised and discouraged by the cost of a professional wedding photographer. The fact is that for most people, a wedding is the first time they have ever had a reason to hire a professional photographer at all! Having […]

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The Madness of Two | Folie à Deux Events on Avowed Wedding Podcast

Earlier this year, a new wedding podcast premiered, and I quickly fell head over heels in love with it… The Avowed Podcast, hosted by Jasmine R Lilly, features conversations that discuss the love, relationships, the wedding industry, art, politics, the pursuit of meaning and fulfillment… you name it, it’s all on the table. I listened to […]

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Modern Wedding Etiquette for Rebel Couples

From the very moment you get engaged, questions of wedding etiquette start popping up. Should you announce your engagement online or wait until after you see your families in person? Who are you supposed to invite? What is up with all the different pieces of invitation stationary? Why does it matter how I address the […]

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Taking back the Wedding Industry

The revolution begins with you. Being a wedding planner, I get so bummed out when I see people trashing the wedding industry online. But hear me out, because I also totally get it. The industry as a whole has a lot to answer for. Over the last 30 years, the expectations around weddings have skyrocketed, […]

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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 […]

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Body Image & Wedding Weight Loss

CW: Discussion of Disordered Eating, Exercise, & Dieting Wedding weight loss has gotten a bit out of hand. If I see one more “Sweatin’ for the Wedding” shirt on Pinterest or Instagram, I just might scream. There is entirely too much pressure on women already to look a certain way and be a certain size, and […]