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.
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!
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!
Are you dreaming of an outside wedding in Georgia? This summer has caused us all to think about outdoor events! We never know what the weather is going to do. It seems as if it has rained the whole summer. With planning an outside wedding it is always nice to have a backup plan just in case a pop-up shower occurs right before your walk down the aisle. We’ve been lucky at The Hazlehurst House! The rain always seems to lighten up long enough to say “I do”.
Knock on wood, we hardly ever have to use our back up plan, but we do have one. Brides are allowed to make a call 48 hours before the day of her wedding to either keep her ceremony outside have it inside with our ballroom setup as a “chapel”. A bride doesn’t need to stress over the weather on her wedding day!
Bridesmaid Fun and What That Means When You Say “YES”
When a bride asks you to be a part of her big day, it is an honor! That means you have probably been a big part of her life along the way. Do your homework and know what you just said yes to. A bride wants her closest friends to be next to her as she says I do!
The bridesmaid is an integral part of any wedding, on hand to comfort, console, multitask, and party hearty at all bridal events. Whether it’s your first bridesmaid gig or your 50th, here’s a cheat sheet of your to-dos.
- Offer to help with pre-wedding tasks. Try to be specific when you volunteer. For example, say, “Would you like me to help you shop for bridesmaid dresses/stuff invitations/pack for the honeymoon?” instead of just, “What can I do?”
- Scout out bridesmaid dresses, shoes, jewelry, and other wedding accessories. Pay for the entire ensemble. (Break in your shoes before the wedding day — that will minimize slipping, blisters, and aching tootsies.)
- Help to plan, cohost, and pay for the bridal shower and bachelorette party with other bridesmaids.
- If the maid/matron of honor isn’t already handling this task, keep a record of all the gifts received at various parties and bridal showers (so that the bride/couple can write thank-you notes); maintain RSVP lists.
- Attend the ceremony rehearsal and rehearsal dinner. (Keep abreast of all pre-wedding parties, and go to as many as possible.)
- Run last-minute errands.
- Stand in the receiving line at the bride’s request.
- Serve as auxiliary hostess at the reception by introducing guests, making sure they know where the bar is located, and inviting them to sign the guest book.
- Hit the dance floor when the music kicks in. Dance with groomsmen during the formal first-dance sequence. Also, be on the lookout for toe-tapping guests who might need encouragement and/or a dance partner.
- Give the matron/maid of honor a break by helping to carry the bride’s wedding gown train whenever necessary. Bustle the train before dancing begins, and be ready to help fix it if it comes unhooked. Accompany the bride on visits to the restroom, if asked.
- Purchase a wedding present perhaps with one or several of the other bridesmaids. This provides more buying power, and two heads are better than one when it comes to wedding gift ideas. Sometimes the entire bridesmaid troupe pitches in for one knock-her-socks-off wedding gift.
- Be a trooper, no matter how stressful the ordeal becomes. Try not to complain about the bridesmaid dress — even if the color is horrendous. Be gracious and tactful.
- Provide plenty of emotional support during the planning and on the wedding day.
Great Tips provided by: The Knot
Surround yourself with luscious greenery, blooming flowers, lush landscape, soft evening lighting, candles, and twinkling lights. From the west coast to the east coast, garden weddings and receptions have become the must have for brides. The Hazlehurst House accommodates brides of all budgets in a lush outdoor setting with the comfort of inside options.
Elegant garden reception, at The Hazlehurst House
For the bride who wants to maximize a floral and décor budget, selecting a venue that has lush landscaping can save thousands!!! Pairing simple and natural centerpieces with lush outdoor gardens is a smart way to utilize a floral budget.
Under the arbor can be utilized as a ceremony location, at The Hazlehurst House.
Elegant garden reception in late April.
The Garden Wall in full bloom. Makes for the perfect ceremony location at The Hazlehurst House
Picture Perfect. Beautiful Bride surrounded by a lush garden!