Author: Mallory Recor; Source: Style Me Pretty
He popped the question, now it's your turn. Asking your best girls to be your best 'maids is one of the most exciting parts of the planning process. If I could do it all again, I'd be taking notes from this sweet bride-to-be who rounded up her ladies in a special "Park Date" complete with cupcakes, macarons, and champers, brought along Laura Clarke Photography, and popped the question: "Will you be my bridesmaid?"
How To Ask Your Bridesmaids:
1. MAKE IT PERSONAL
Give your girls something that they will have forever - and will always remind them of the special day you asked them to be a part of your biggest day!
From the bride-to-be... "I wanted to give them something that they could have for years to come. Tie in that I'm a big fan of romantic, traditional keepsakes, I thought a handkerchief would be something sweet and would also be unique to our friendships."
2. MAKE IT SPECIAL
Throw a special little party! As if you need a reason to celebrate with your girls.
From the bride-to-be... "I'm also a big fan of parties and celebrations so I knew I had to ask them in a celebratory way with us all together. With the park across from my condo being our typical landmark, gathering and starting point to most of our events, I knew that it was the perfect location. So I asked the girls to all come to a little 'Park Date'."
3. MAKE IT YUMMY
Treats are a must, no matter what the event. And a gathering of all your favorite ladies definitely calls for a gathering of all your favorite treats.
From the bride-to-be... "Knowing how much we all love sweets, it was full of desserts and champagne. I ordered cupcakes, macaroons and meringues from a favorite shop of ours, Bobbette & Belle."
4. MAKE IT PRETTY
We're always advocates of blooms, and this is no exception!
From the bride-to-be... "Since no celebration is complete without flowers, I picked up some colourful stems from Florabunda also in pink tones."
5. MAKE IT BUBBLY
Celebrate this special occasion right, don't forget to bring the bubbly (and maybe a few pretty straws to sip from).
From the bride-to-be... The celebration kicked off with a champagne toast which lead into asking the girls to be my bridesmaids. Each girl unwrapped their handkerchief and they were a huge hit and surprise!"
6. MAKE IT FUN
Bring along your favorite photographer and practice your smize. You're all going to appreciate the camera warm up come wedding day - and what better way to remember the day!
From the bride-to-be... "After all the hugs we had some more bubbly and proceeded to our mini photoshoot. Not only was I able to spend more time with my friends but I was also able to show them how much they mean to me and now we have these wonderful photos to look back on for years to come!"
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When Erin from Bridal Bliss designs contacted me to see if I wold shoot her light blue wedding gown she had just designed the idea for our shoot around young love was born.
Shauna from Simply Loves and I incorporated paper Valentine bags like when we were kids, but brought a sophisticated modern twist to it with the help of stationary extraordinaire Paperista. Overall we were going for a muted, romantic palate, not just the typical red or pink. We loved the light blue wedding gown Morgan was wearing and highlighted it with the wedding invites and French ribbon on the table. Brent's suit brought in the colors and textures in the wedding invitations, flowers and ribbon.
We also wanted to bring in a bit of fun with the school theme by bringing in a chalkboard, desk, and globes. However, we played up the Valentine's theme by adding a lovely backdrop of ribbon and bunting to reminisce about the school yard pretend marriages we had during recess- again with a sophisticated, romantic twist.
Finally our table was just gorgeous and tied it all together with the chalkboard slate table top, valentines bags on each place setting, chalkboard designs and beautiful flowers by the very talented Ashley Fox Designs.
And to top it all off Cocoa & Fig provided us with a number of different yummy desserts including marcaroons, heart shaped pies, sugar cookies and a lovely icy white wedding cake to go with our winter in Minnesota. Oh my gosh, not only were they gorgeous, so so so yummy!
and Hooray! we were published in Style Me Pretty! You can see the post here.
and now without further adieu- my pictures! xx -Jody Savage
Author: Jody Savage; Images: Jody Savage Photography
Vintage elegance with a rustic twist was the theme desired for Kelley & Matt's wedding this past summer in downtown Minneapolis. The wedding took place at Aria, with Couture Fleur doing all wedding floral and design. Couture Fleur beautifully brought this theme to life by mixing the rustic look of burlap, barn & drift wood, with the elegance of mercury glass, crystals and lace. Kelley & Matt's wedding colors consisted of soft blush, champagne peaches and pinks with gold accents. Keeping with the theme and color palette, Couture Fleur used champagne peach spray roses, blush pink dahlias, soft pink astilbe, green hanging amaranthus, ivory garden roses, peach stock and ivy in all arrangements and bouquets. Kelley & Matt's wedding theme was beautifully portrayed through floral & design, as seen in these images taken by Vick Photography.
Author: Kelsey Knight; Photographer: Vick Photography
You said yes, and now you are engaged! You have the ring you have always dreamed of, but wait... what comes next?!
Family and friends are showering you with congratulations, and then the endless questions come flocking... Date, colors, venue, and the list goes on. Your mind becomes engulfed in thinking about your wedding dress, who to select as your wedding part attendants, outdoor or indoor, buffet or plated etc. This is where we take it back to the basics.
First things first-- you should not start planning a wedding without establishing a budget.
But I don't need a wedding budget you may say.
Think about it this way, would you go out and sign an apartment lease or buy a house without first checking over the monthly rent, utilities, parking fees, etc. to ensure your monthly income is sufficient to cover all your expenses? Your answer should be NO!
The same goes for a wedding budget. Without a well-defined plan, even with the largest most grandiose amount of money you will almost always overspend. Who wants to start their new life together as husband and wife with additional debt or added anxiety because of monetary complications? Not you I hope.
Ok, you say. You convinced me, but I have no idea where to start. I do not even know what an average wedding costs.
Let's start by going over wedding averages here in Minnesota.
AVERAGE WEDDING IN HENNEPIN COUNTY, MN
$20,732 to $34,553
Guest Count: 160 - 180
Price per Guest: $146 - $179
This might make you think twice before adding everyone you know to your guest list.
AVERAGE WEDDING IN THE UNITED STATES
NOTE: These averages do NOT include the honeymoon expenses.
Check out the COST OF WEDDING to see averages if you are outside of Hennipen County
Averages aside, do not focus on what everyone else is doing. Your wedding is about you and your relationship alone. The amount you are willing and able to spend is completely up to you. Just use this as a general guideline to understand how wedding expenses can truly add up.
Ok so now we know the averages, but how much am I suppose to allocate for each wedding expense?
Budget breakdown based on United States average of $25,656
Now these percentages are not hard or fast rules, use them more as guidelines. With that said, isn't it easy to see how fast everyting adds up?!
Then as the final step before finalizing the budget I always have couples use my budget prioritization tool.
My prioritization tool is fabulous because it accounts for specific areas of the wedding that may be especially important to you. The couple individually ranks their top 3-5 items when it comes to the wedding day. Together we compare lists, and use these priorities to modify wedding budget percentages.
For example, if wedding photography was extremely important to the couple, and their ideal photographer is over their allotted amount, we will move additional money into this category and take money away from another category of less significance.
Do remember that the MONEY ON RESERVE is not for these priorities. Money on reserve is solely meant for the additional expenses that come up throughout the planning process. And trust me, this happens to everyone! Check out my article on 13 Hidden Wedding Costs.
Once the overall budget is established and each category is allocated you are able to better select vendors that fit within your budget. As a wedding planner I have various vendors in each category to meet your style and price point. So once the wedding budget is established, I am able to give you the proper referrals.
Now you may be saying... why would I spend money on a planner? I could just use that extra money to put towards any other areas in my budget to stretch it further. Unfortunatly this is not always true. My main job as a wedding planner is to keep you on budget. Many couples need someone to be their guide and prevent them from starting to overspend.
Further, as a planner I have established relationships with fabulous vendors in the industry. Due to these relationships, I am actually able to get discounts for my clients on many of their wedding day services. Not to mention I have access to many amazing vendors you may have trouble finding on your own. The common truth is that with a planner you will not only save time and stress, but often the money you pay towards a planner is covered by the savings you recieve from the vendors they refer. Further, planners know tons of tricks to help you save money without your guests even noticing.
You may also be saying... Um I do NOT have $25,000 to put towards my wedding. And this is totally ok if you are in that place. Please keep in mind that this is the average and not a standard. Many couples plan fabulous weddings for far less. Stay true to who you are and your wedding will be amazing no matter what you spend!
My favorite thing about being a wedding planner is using my skills to help others through this exciting and important time in their life, and keeping it stress free!
Alexia and Nate had a "preppy chic" wedding celebration set in the perfect industrial wedding location. This wedding is extra special due to Alexia being of Whimsy Events & Design - one of Forever Bride's Minnesota VIB Providers! Of course, Whimsy did all the wedding floral, wedding design and wedding styling for Alexia's day. They made sure to infuse the event with the couples fun sense of humor and modern aesthetic. The whole event took place in the Day Block Building in downtown Minneapolis. The wedding ceremony was both humorous and heartfelt. Family was a big part of the ceremony, the Groom's cousin officiated the wedding while the Bride's father came up to do a reading of Dr. Suess' "Oh The Places You'll Go," love was in the air. Over a thousand cranes hung from the ceremony ceiling making the perfect backdrop for their city affair. The guests enjoyed cocktail hour with signature cocktails for the newlyweds. For the men, "The Giddy Groom" a Makers Mark manhattan and for the ladies, "The Bushing Bride" a pink passionfruit cocktail. The wedding guests enjoyed sweeping views of the beautiful downtown Minneapolis while taking in the slideshow of old wedding pictures from family members. After the champagne toast everyone danced the night away, but not before a surprise performance by the Bride, of Dust Springfield's "Wishin and Hopin." Overall, it was a night to remember.
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On October 10th, 2013, VIB Provider Noah's Ark Photography shot the fall wedding of Nikki & Mike. The Minnesota wedding ceremony and reception took place in Eagan at St. Thomas Beckett. Noah's Ark Photography captured the rustic elegant feel of the event, complete with sunflower wedding flowers and cowgirl wedding boots. The wedding took place on a gorgeous sunny day, creating beautiful images for this bride and groom.
Noah's Ark Photography; Author: Kelsey Knight
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Erin Ries Creativity is all about finding the perfect texture, color juxtaposition, and font to fit your individual personality. Whether your wedding is classical, sophisticated or trendy, Erin Ries Creativity will excite in picking the perfect font & design to represent the theme. Owner & designer, Erin, absolutely loves paper- and layers of it!
It all starts with the bride's vision, and personally getting to know her. Erin specifically personalizes wedding design for each individual, including hand drawn art, truly making each project one of a kind.
"It all starts with the bride's thoughts and visions. I am inspired by, and love getting to know her because it helps me create a really personalized design just for HER. It often involves meeting for coffee or even just emailing ideas back and forth. We look at paper samples, envelope colors, layout ideas...," states Erin.
Everything should coordinate! Bring it all together on the wedding day by applying the same fonts, design elements and colors from the wedding invitations, to the other printed day-of-items such as programs, menus, thank yous, table numbers, signs and escort cards. Erin Ries Creativity can help with these too!
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Photography provided by Erin Ries Creativity