Every Girl needs to SPARKLE

We couldn’t say good-bye to February without a little SPARKLE. It’s the perfect time of year to glitter everything up. The glitter madness starts in December for Christmas and New Years and rolls on over into February. BUT we think a wedding always warrants a little sparkle or maybe a lot. There are so many ways to add some sparkle to your day and how much is completely up to your individual style. You can wear your sparkle or use it as a decor element. Let’s show you some ideas….

GlitterHow elegant and sultry is this? Dress yourself or your bridesmaids in sequins from head to toe and your wedding is sure to turn heads. Glitter1You may want to add pops of SPARKLE throughout your day in various places. The cake table is always a great place to add a statement linen like this. How fun is this glitter arrow pointing  to the reception sight or leading your guests to the ceremony?

We suggest picking a glitter tone first. There are more than you think. Gold, rose gold, silver or gun metal are probably the most popular.

Wear your sparkleSilver is so pretty paired with a bright pop of color.

334059c86c42e01839902118d7339ff4What a pretty mix of rose gold paired with true gold.

04d06553c991da159ebaf60a3628f9c5This is a true, soft gold. We love how it’s paired with white flowers and the clear acrylic chairs.

8df25e12c158b4ae96a57cfb994e1117The last picture is a pretty gun metal; it’s a much darker silver tone.

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Glitter makes everything prettier so what girl doesn’t need a little sparkle on her wedding day? Consider adding glitter to your wedding, you won’t be disappointed 😉

Happy Tuesday!

Be sure to check back with us for an exciting announcement very soon and stay tuned for our March giveaway! Here’s what we gave away last month.

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The Bachelor Wedding- Sean and Catherine

It’s been a week since The Bachelor Wedding and we haven’t stopped dreaming over how beautiful it was. If you didn’t watch it, do it now here.

Aren't they gorgeous!?!

Aren’t they gorgeous!?!

Obviously, we can’t all have ABC pay for our wedding while having Mindy Weiss plan every detail with us and have the fabulous Mark’s Garden as our florist and have an unlimited budget in the process. So, this got us thinking. How can we get Sean and Catherine’s look for less?

From the gorgeous ceremony back drop…SCceremonySCceremony1…To the unique seating for guests….

Photo credit: Mindy Weiss on Instagram

Photo credit: Mindy Weiss on Instagram

…And even their trendy naked wedding cake.

photo credit: wedding guests on Instagram

photo credit: wedding guests on Instagram

When trying to re-create a look for less, think about what you liked most. Was it the dreamy, draping fabric? If so, you might like this

photo credit: unknown from Pinterest  We love this picture because it encompasses so many elements from Sean and Catherine's ceremony....chandeliers, roses and draping fabric.

photo credit: unknown from Pinterest

We love this picture because it encompasses so many elements from Sean and Catherine’s ceremony….chandeliers, roses and draping fabric.

Or, you might like this

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Or something a little more simple like this

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Maybe it was all those roses and flowers that caught your eye. If so, you might like this

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or this

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Photo credit: Pinterest – unkown

Now, onto that seating. IT. WAS. GORGEOUS! And so different. We loved the mix of the gold chiavaris with vintage love seats and even the touch of end tables scattered throughout. If you’re anything like us, our favorite was the vintage furniture. But let’s get real, we can’t all afford to have real furniture for all of our guests to sit in for only 30 minutes one day. So, what if you just designated that for your reserved rows- parents and grandparents. Then, do a mix of slip covers for your chiavaris and not all of them have to have a cover. Catherine had two or three covers on hers and some without anything. Look at all the unique cover options

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These are just a few. The ideas are endless.

Finally, that naked wedding cake. Does anyone else remember our local McDonough celebrities, Matt and Ginny? You can keep up with them here. Well, they had a naked cake before naked cakes were cool.

photo credit: Graceology Wedding at Hazlehurst House

photo credit: Graceology
Wedding at Hazlehurst House

Ladies, this is one part of Sean and Catherine’s day that you can re-create without cutting any corners. Yep, naked cakes are completely affordable.

Until the next bachelor wedding… we’ll all keep re-creating this one.

If you want a behind the scenes peak of their big day, check out Sean’s sisters blog here.





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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Rainy Nights in Georgia….

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!

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Calling All Bridesmaids! Be Prepared for Your Duties!!

Bridesmaid Fun and What That Means When You Say “YES”

View More: http://jacquierives.pass.us/brittany-alex-wedding-dayJRP_098 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

Get Organized and Plan a Wedding

1. Get Organized

This is the hardest and most important step for seamless wedding planning.

Set up a system to keep track all the details. A binder with tabs is an excellent way to organize your planning material.  Divide the binder into tabs for each major element of wedding.

  • Tab 1   Budget
  • Tab 2   Contacts and Vendors
  • Tab 3   Timeline
    • Detailed breakdown of what happens, when it happens, where it happens, and who needs to be there for both rehearsal day and wedding day.
    • Anyone involved in the wedding planning process – vendors, minister, wedding party, family, hotels, etc.  Make sure you have cell number, email and address for everyone involved.
  • Tab 4   Checklist
    • Detail planning checklist of everything that needs to be done in preparation or your wedding including a checklist for day of.  Assign anything you can!
  • Tab 5  Photographer Information
    • Package Purchased
    • Detailed Shot List
    • All names of family members and bridal party that you want photographed
    • Make sure your planner has a copy of names of those being photographed
  • Tab 6 Ceremony
    • Venue information
    • Schematics and Floor Plans
    • Seating Charts
    • Copy of your ceremony text
    • List of your processional/recessional order
    • Your marriage license, ready to be signed!
    • Anything else related to your ceremony
  • Tab 7 Reception
    • Venue information
    • Schematics and Floor Plans
    • Setup Instructions and Diagrams
    • Seating Charts and Instructions on How To Implement
    • Menu/Beverage List
    • DJ Contact as Well As DJ Planning Packet
      • All Special Songs Listed w/ Artist
    • List of who is giving toasts & list of people you want to remember to thank!
    • Anything else related to your reception
  • Tab 8   Guests
    • Guest list and all revisions
    • Gifts received & thank you notes sent
  • Tab 9   Décor/Floral
    • Contact Information for Designer
    • Detail Breakdown of  Floral Ordered
    • Detailed Instructions of Setup and Pictures if Possible
  • Tab 10   Vendor Contracts
    • All of them. Always have it in writing!!!

2. Make Backup Plans

Ok, now that you’ve got everything in one place, there are probably some things for which you should have backup plans. Examples are – outdoor events, which should have an indoor location secured in case of inclement weather, flower girls/ring bearers who may be suddenly shy and unwilling to walk the aisle in front of all those people and your iPod playlist which should be copied onto someone else’s iPod too!

3. Find the Missing Details

Read wedding grad posts, consult online checklists or friends who’ve gotten married, ask a planner – whatever. There is probably something you forgot, reserved signs for your family’s seats, someone to press play on the iPod, toasting glasses your grandmother sent you a month ago and if you take a little time now to check your list twice, you’ll figure it out before the big day arrives and thus avoid panic.

4. Make sure you have a planner or day of executer

On your wedding day, you do not want to be setting up chairs and centerpieces before you run back to the hotel to get ready, wearing a watch to keep things happening on time, or talking to the catering manager every twenty minutes about what food to bring out and which tables go where.

5. Practice

I know everyone’s schedules are crazy and it’s hard to get people in the same place at the same time, but even if it’s fifteen minutes the morning of the wedding, try to schedule at least a quick walk through of your ceremony.

6. Relax

Hand over your binder, your watch, and your cell phone to your planner and simply relax!   Soak up all the moments in the first day of the rest of your awesome married life.

Wedding Budgets

Congratulations on your engagement! Now your biggest question, “What is my wedding budget? How much does a wedding actually cost?” Let’s consider a budget planning process and maximize your family dollar. The chart below, The True Cost of a Wedding Knot, (<a href=”http://tiny99.com/865994“>Source</a>) provides the national average costs of a wedding. There are ways to have your day without killing your wallet. Let’s get started!

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As ideas flurry, let’s ask yourself a few questions…….

1. What should my budget be—realistically?
2. How do I establish a realistic wedding budget to meet my needs?
3. Priorities—what are the most important elements of vision?

As you think about these three things, make a list of everything you need for your day based on your current vision.  For example, dress, venue, ceremony site, food, flowers, cake, entertainment, etc.  As you list all of these categories, put a dollar amount based on what you can afford and then take that list and compare it to the national average for each category.  How does what you can afford compare to what an average bride spends based on all of her research.  This will tell you a lot.  It will tell you if you if you need to tweak your vision or if you can expound on it and make it bigger.  This first exercise is crucial as you establish a budget and start planning and shopping!  Being an informed shopper always translates into more value!!

As you shop, you always want to know what questions to ask.  For example when shopping a venue, you want to ask up front what is included in the shell of a venue.  What rentals will you need to add?  Rentals add up quick!  Ask if the venue includes service staff?  Staffing is another cost not often considered in a budget process.

When shopping for floral and décor, a good question to ask is if the company is a flower shop or an event design company?  For example, do they supply more than just flowers?  Do they have access to and experience in designing an overall “look” including the décor aside from just fresh floral arrangements.  A mom and pop flower shop isn’t always capable of overall event design.

When shopping for a baker, always request a tasting and talk to previous clients and not always a client from three months ago.  You want to establish that the baker has a long list of very happy brides.

These same principals apply to every category of planning a wedding.  At the end of the day, you want to ensure your day is in the hands of very skilled professionals that will take the stress out of planning a wedding so that you and your family can enjoy the process and look back on this time as enjoyable and pleasant.  Doing homework on the front end is never a bad idea!