We loved being a part of Kayla and Justin’s big day! Kayla looked absolutely stunning and you could see it in Justin’s eyes. All the design came together perfectly at Noah’s Event Center creating a stunning and beautiful environment. We had a blast working with this kind, loving couple and being a part of their special day. Here are a few of the highlights!

The bridal party looked stunning!

Look at that sparkle!

 

The lovely bride and groom.

 

Anybody up for some dessert?

 

His face says it all.

Now that’s a cute sweetheart table!

 

Jaw dropping reception design.

 

Congrats to the beautiful couple!

Amazing Photography by the oh-so-talented Shelby Lea

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Once that darling ring is placed on your finger all you can probably think about is how happy and excited you are! You’ll have to go tell all your family and friends of this wonderful news. Once the pure excitement subsides, and reality sets in… whats next?! Here are our 10 to-do’s after engagement.

Set a Date

The average engagement lasts about 14 months. If you decide you want to bask in the light of being engaged for a year or two, there is nothing wrong with that! Or if you want to skip out on being engaged and just be married to your best friend immediately, do it! Whether or not you decide to wait a little or get planning the moment the ring is on your finger, your first step is; a date and a season you both love.

Set a Budget

This to-do is very important. Setting a budget will prepare you for success. The better you know your budget limitations, the easier planning will be. Even if your budget is small, there is always a way to make your dream wedding come to life.

Pick a Theme

When you close your eyes and picture your dream wedding, what does that look like? Do you want a elegant indoor ballroom wedding with lots of floral? Would you like to keep it casual and have an outdoor rustic wedding at a private estate? The options are endless, but you will need to narrow down what you like and do not like.
 

Draft a Guest List

This may seem like a to-do that can be put off until a later date, wrong! When it comes time to go hunting for the perfect venue, every venue will ask, “How many guests will you be having?”. It is important to know before seeing a venue your guest count because there is a possibility they cannot accommodate you. The guest list will not only help you with the venue but also the vendors you book. This step in the to-do’s is one you do not want to forget!

Pick Your Wedding Party

This to-do can help you out in the long-run, if it is done sooner. The sooner you have a set bridal party the sooner they are able to help you out! It is important to be cautious of your bridal party as well. They are taking time and money to be a part of your special day. Tell them your plans in advance so that they all know what to expect. Make sure they know they are appreciated!

Hire a Planner

We’ve got you covered! If you are feeling overwhelmed after your first to-do’s hire a planner. Planning a wedding on your own can be very stressful. We want you to have a stress free and enjoyable engagement while preparing for your marriage. Let a planner take the load off and help create your dream wedding for you. You have options too! You can hire a full-time planner that will take care of it all, you provide your vision and opinions and they’ll do the work. Or, you can hire a day-of planner. If you feel you can plan everything but on your wedding day you want someone there to setup, direct and make sure everything is running smoothly the day-of planner is perfect for you. Hiring a planner will give you a peace-of-mind and a sense of relief in this overwhelming time.

Book a Venue

Your venue will be in all of your pictures, where you’ll have your first dance as Mr. and Mrs., and where all your friends and family will gather to see you get married. This to-do is a special one. You need to explore all your options. There are hundreds to chose from so do not settle. You will know it’s the one if you get that happy feeling of butterflies in your stomach all over again.  

Go Dress Shopping

Before you go shopping come up with what you think you might want. Many women create Pinterest boards or bring in magazine pictures. Typically you only have an hour with your consultant, you want to make the most out of this time. If you have pictures of what up like and don’t like this will help with the search and maybe get you in your dream dress sooner than you thought.

Register

Before all your parties begin make sure you are registered! Your guests want to be helpful to the soon to be newlyweds and gifts are a perfect way to get them started with their new lives together. You need to take time to go to your favorite stores and register for all that you need and want. This needs to happen before your first wedding party begins. But, if you are having an engagement party, this is the one time you do not include your registry on the invite. If people feel the need to bring you a gift to your engagement party you can tell them where you are registered by word of mouth.

Insure That Ring

Engagement ring insurance will give you and your fiance a peace of mind. Engagement rings are not cheap and having it insured will give you a chance to replace it if it gets damaged or lost on your Caribbean Honeymoon. 

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John and Leah were one of favorite couples to work with, from their fun personalities, and the love they shared with each other, they really were a dream. They had a beautiful wedding day full of lots of beautiful moments, and design. We were so grateful to be a part of this wedding. Here are a few of our favorite parts of their special day.

The beautiful couple sharing a special moment together.

Leah’s bouquet was absolutely beautiful and perfectly complimented her.

Look at this creative and fun timeline card for all the guest!

A beautiful night under these dreamy lights, yes please!

Handsome, handsome!

Leah with her girls preparing to become a Mrs.!

We LOVED this trunk full of love!

These centerpieces were beautiful

Her dress was as beautiful as the bride herself

Drooling over this cake

Officially Mr. & Mrs. Pothier

 

Photos by: Malone Sinclair

Flowers by: Tabletops, Etc.

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Every year for the past 10 years our friends over at The Knot, have diligently surveyed and tracked the “National Average Cost of a Wedding”, giving brides and planners an idea of not only how much couples are spending, but also where that money is going. According to The Knot’s findings for the year 2016, the average cost of a wedding was $35,329. Increasing the average $2,688 from the year prior.

The Knot Real Weddings Study 2016 infographic

In the budget breakdown The Knot pegs three of the  largest investments as: the venue, the photographer, and the wedding planner. So let’s talk about what these three crucial roles are in the wedding, why they are so important, and how they all  work together.

When it comes to the venue of a wedding, there is so much to think about, ranging from: the landscape, services provided by the venue, resources such as chairs or tables, catering options, and times they allow events to go until. There’s a lot to think about in choosing the venue, so be picky and educated because it can make a huge difference in your big day.

Another item of business that requires a lot of attention is the photographer. When everything is said and done, and all the stress and craziness is over, the photos and memories will the only things left from that special day. The photos should capture every moment, every emotion, and every detail that you worked so hard on for months to perfect. The photographer should not only be someone well trusted to capture all of those, but also someone you like and get alongwith. They are going to be with you from your entire wedding day, so keep that in mind when deciding on who to work with.

Last, but definitely not least, is the wedding planner. A wedding planner can save couples thousands of dollars, making their fee well worth it. This is where all the loose ends get tied together, and all the messes are smoothed out. So far we have only scratched the surface on two items on a 21 item list. No couple wants to burn themselves out trying to figure all of these things out on their own, they should be preparing for the happiest day of their life and the process should be fun for them! A planner often becomes the couples best friend during this time because the planner negotiates and handles any chaos on the couples behalf. Most importantly, the planner helps save you money and knows the right questions to ask! Additionally, the planners make everyone else’s job easier because of their intimate involvement. One of the nice things about hiring a planner is that they will know your wedding details and can handle problems that arise with your best interest in mind. Wedding planners know the industry, they know how to talk to your vendors, and they know how to make your day a success because they love what they do.

In the end, money talks. We only went over three items, but there is so much more involved. Every wedding and every couple is different in what they want and thier budget. Spend money on the important things and do not feel like you have to splurge in every category!

Photo Credit: 1) Source: theknot.com 2) Molly McElenney 3) Molly McElenney 4) Robert Westerman

 

 

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We loved all the details of Josh and Leah’s Elegant Outdoor Wedding! Here are a few pictures of this beautiful Wedding.

Planned and Styled by: AZ Party of 2

Photographer: Malone Sinclaire

Floral design: Tabletops Etc.

Cake and cupcakes: Graceful Cakes

Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

DJ: Got you Covered

Bar: Pour Masters

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This couple is SO adorable and we loved working with them!

Check out the amazing photos by Molly McEllenney (click the photo!)

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Look at these amazing photos! This styled shoot was so fun and we are very happy with the photos! Presh!

Styled by: AZ Party of 2

Photography: Shelby Lea http://www.shelbyleaphotography.com

Floral Design: AZ Party of 2

Headpieces: Custom made by AZ Party of 2

Birthday Girl Dress: Free People

Furniture Rental: Dang Fine Rentals

Cake and Cupcakes: Fry’s Grocery Store

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