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Jun 2016

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue

TRADITIONS

It’s an age-old tradition; something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. It’s not something to stress over too much, but most brides are a little superstitious and want to take part in the tradition. But how did it come to be? And what could you use to ensure good luck on your wedding day?

The saying comes from an Old English Rhyme: “Something Olde, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something New, A Sixpence in your Shoe.” Something old represents continuity, something new stands for an optimistic future, something borrowed is supposed to represent borrowed happiness, and finally, something blue exemplifies purity, love, and fidelity.

A lot of brides struggle with what to use to represent each of the four items. Here are some ideas:

Something old: a vintage accessory, such as a shawl or hairpiece, or if you’re having a wedding on a farm or in a barn, you could wear an old pair of cowboy boots

Something new: a new piece of jewelry, such as a necklace or earrings

Something borrowed: your mother’s veil from her wedding

Something blue: embroidering something into the lining of the wedding dress, a blue garter

Hopefully these ideas will ensure good luck on your big day!

Apr 2016

Three Wedding Planning Questions You Have To Ask

three wedding planning questions

Planning a wedding can be pretty hectic at times.  There are so many things to make and do that the checklist can get incredibly long.  Between the madness of narrowing your guest list, managing your budget, addressing invitations, etc. it is likely that there are a few things that may have slipped your mind when putting the finishing touches on everything.  Here are three wedding planning questions you should definitely be asking yourself, no matter where you are in the planning process.

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NUMBER 1: “Where Do We Park Downtown?”

three wedding planning questions

Map art by Natalie Kilgore

Finding a parking space in downtown Athens can be difficult for just one person, so when it comes to finding parking for an entire wedding party, it can quickly become a nightmare. With downtown parking at rates of $0.75 an hour, it can become rather expensive for even half day access.  If your venue cannot provide enough parking to accommodate all of your guests, make sure plan for their parking.  There are a few options when it comes to finding extra space. Start by contacting local businesses with lots near your venue to see if they would be willing to let guests use their space.  This may come at a price though, so make sure you plan for that in your budget.  Another option is to rent spaces through a downtown parking group. See if your community allows parking rentals in decks or lots.  If not, see if the venue has a shuttle for further parking or if renting one is an option.  No matter what, make sure you provide maps to your guests with venues, parking, etc. so they do not get lost and miss being a part of your special day.

 

NUMBER 2: “Do You Have a Wedding Website?”

The answer to this question should be YES!  Having a website for guests to access makes the whole event more accessible to people instantly.  Your website will be extremely important for communicating with guests, especially if they are far away.  It will allow you to update any new plans and reach all of your guests in one posting.  RSVPs can be handled through the site as well, which makes the process of determining the numbers a lot easier than having a paper mess in your living room.  Making a registry part of your online platform will make it simple for guests to purchase all of the items that you need for your new life as a couple.  Also, it helps prevent receiving duplicate gifts (so no more getting two different sets of non-matching plates).  A maps and venue directions should be posted on your website as well.

 

NUMBER 3: “What Happens If It Rains?” 

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Having a rain plan is extremely important for any wedding. You do not want to have your guests sitting in the rain, or damage your/wedding party/guests dress, shoes, etc. because of a poor rain plan.  It goes without saying that outdoor weddings MUST HAVE an alternative plan.  Do not wait until the last minute to try and find tents because that can become a disaster in itself. Make sure you contact local rental companies and find out when the last day to rent a tent would be based on your wedding date.  Make sure that a plan is in place so that nothing can ruin your special day, especially not the rain.

 

It is important to have all of these questions answered before your big day arrives.  Well informed guests are happy guests and that will contribute to a great wedding.   If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments below and I will be glad to answer them!

 

Happy Planning Everyone!

 

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Apr 2016

Spring Wedding Inspiration: Peaches and Cream


Spring Wedding: Peaches and Cream, Wedding Style and Event Design, Athens, Georgia, Wedding Inspiration, Southern

These beautiful colors are perfect for a spring wedding! Check out this Pinterest board to see how to add these colors and rustic touches to any wedding.

Photo Credit: Sara + Logan Wedding Photography http://www.saralogan.co/

Jan 2016

Twin Hearts Photography: Athens Botanical Gardens Wedding

twin hearts photography wedding botanical gardens athens ga
This Fall, I got the chance to work with a fantastic couple who held their ceremony at the Day Chapel in UGA’s Botanical Gardens. A beautiful venue, no matter what season, featuring a natural outdoor setting and an amazing interior space too. Big thanks to Twin Hearts Photography for sharing their stunning photos!

twin hearts botanical gardens wedding day chapel
With the Bride’s vision for lots of green and a love of succulents, I created her bouquet blending succulents, mixed varieties of ferns and powdery blue eucalyptus. The Groomsmen wore matching succulent and fern boutonnieres. Sneakers are the Bride’s Nike Dunk Sky Hi Wedges- (makes me want a pair!)

twin hearts photography athens botanical gardens wedding

Different shades of green bridesmaid’s dresses paired with the groomsman’s grey suits, looked stellar against a backdrop of yellow leaves. That’s it for now- more to come soon!!!
Pictures courtesy of Twin Hearts Photography,
Planning + Floral Design by Liz Messick Design

twin hearts photography | weddings athens | botanical gardens

Jan 2015

Wedding Inspiration- Place Settings

wedding place settings inspiration


From rustic lux to tailored charm, here are a few inspiring place settings for your big day!