Destination Wedding Planning – It’s All In A Good Plan

As we look back on our Summer highlights, Brittany Kelly and Alex Teate are definitely a 2013 highlight!  We did almost all of Brittany’s planning remotely and worked to keep 100%  at ease as we pulled together details to make her day a success! 

Quote from Brittany:

“When I was planning my wedding, I lived out of state and actually booked the venue without seeing it in person! The Hazlehurst House is located in my hometown and after seeing the stunning pictures online of the garden wall, I knew that was where I was going to get married. Living out of state made it difficult to plan a wedding alone, so having a wedding planner included in the package made the planning process exciting and stress free!”

As you consider wedding venues, location isn’t an issue if the venue provides full-service planning and has an experienced execution team.  Make sure you do your research on venue services as it relates to these details.  They can make your day flawless or become a source of stress.  Budgeting for a good planning team is a very important allowance in your wedding budget planning process.

Photography provided by Jacquie Rives Photography.

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Vintage Wedding

Held here at The Hazlehurst House, a historic vintage venue just outside Atlanta, Sydney and Brett’s garden wedding came together beautifully!  Sidney was special to us at so many levels as she worked here as a part of our wedding execution team for a season.  She was our very first bridal attendant, a position we added to the wedding day experience years ago. The bridal attendant doubles as an extra maid of honor for each bride providing double coverage for the day of experience.  She stays in the background paying attention to every need of the entire bridal party and quietly steps in handles the need and fades away again. It is like a personal angle on the day of that no one anticipated being there.

Photographed by Jacquie Rives Photography, LLC, Sydney and Brett’s wedding was a perfect day!

 

Fall Wedding Sporting Lilac and Pewter

Amber Huynh and Johnathan Levitt created special memories on October 6th as they combined Jewish and Vietnamese traditions into their ceremony and reception celebration at The Hazlehurst House in our beautiful wedding gardens located in McDonough, Georgia.  They took full advantage of our full service wedding planning and maximized our full service wedding packages.  Our wedding vendors took great care of them as Atlanta Mobile Sound created a great celebration atmosphere and Jacquie Rives Photography captured all of the memories that this precious couple will have for a lifetime to come. Catering was provided by Tasteful Events, Inc. One of the wedding highlights was the release of hot air balloons at the end of the evening.

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Prioritizing Your Wedding Budget

We talk with so many brides about the dreaded “budget” of their wedding and most brides “wish list” looks very different that their “budget”.  It is crucial that brides face this dilemma on the front end of planning so they can prioritize their must haves from their splurges. Some items in the overall budget can be approached from a savvy shopper perspective and some fall into the category of “you get what you pay for”.  It is very important know where to put your priorities.   Know on the front end what the most important wedding details are to you.  Is it the “dress”?  Is it the “location”?  Is it the overall “look/decor”? Is it the “food”?  Is it the “cake”?  Is it the “party”?  Is it the “photography”?  Is it a “stress free day”?  These are great places to start.  By prioritizing these categories from most important to least important, that will tell you a lot about how to allocate your personal budget.  There are wonderful and educating tools available that will guide you on what each of the categories above will cost as compared to industry standards.  It is important to be an informed shopper before you overwhelm yourself with options.  Know what you can afford first and shop that way.

This simple process will save you so much stress and anxiety as you approach the planning of your special day!

Happy Planning!

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