We love to travel and explore + create at destination locations, and this year we had the pleasure of creating some inspiration for those coastal brides out there. Along with Amanda Olivia Photography and Wayfarer Film Co, as well as some pretty amazing vendors, we travelled to the stunning Cumberland Island off the coast of Georgia. Thanks to Coastal Brides for sharing some of their favorites, we now get to share them with you!Read More
Throwing back to a fun project with some of our favorite local vendors, Caty created a 20’s inspired wedding at the newly renovated Georgian Ballroom here in Athens, Georgia. Inspired by the architecture and lines of the space, Caty brought in textiles and details to really bring her vision to life. We love the darker tones and lush blooms, paired with this romantic gown and classic tux, and the pops of color are exactly what we are tuned into lately especially!
Gardenia Floral Design adorned the altar space perfectly with seasonal greenery, and we just love how it all tied in together! Elijana took Caty’s inspiration of the era and gave our sweet bride the perfect wave bob without being overdone.
Would you incorporate any of these details into your special day? We want to hear all about your winter inspiration!Read More
Happy Friday! We made it through the week!
As a wedding planner, I’ll be honest. I’ve met brides from all over the spectrum when it comes to planning for their special day. There’s the bride who says, “I have absolutely no clue what to do”, and the one who has spent hours, months, years cultivating their vision for their dream wedding.
Regardless of where you fall within these two extremes, one thing is for certain. Hiring a wedding planner is single handedly the best gift you could give yourself, your spouse-to-be, and your family.
Some of you might be thinking, “Is it really worth the investment?” or “What do wedding planners actually do?” I’m so thrilled you asked! From helping cultivate your dreams into realities while staying within your budget, to coordinating with vendors and keeping a tight schedule to make sure all runs well, wedding planners give you more time to sit back, relax, and enjoy your day.
Let’s take a look at some of the top five reasons Ashley and I believe hiring a wedding planner is the gift that keeps on giving for brides and grooms alike!
5 Reasons Why You Should Hire a Wedding Planner
1. Budget, Budget, Budget!
Chances are, if you walked into a store to buy a horse saddle (and had no experience with horses) and were asked your budget, you’d have no idea where to start. Many brides feel this overwhelming feeling too.
Money can be one of the hardest things to talk about- I get it! But when it comes to planning your ideal ceremony, sticking to a solid budget is important. Wedding planners have unique insight into where money is spent best and how to help your budget meet your vision! Speaking of vision:
2. They Bring Your Vision to Life
Wedding planners goal is to take your vision and turn it into a reality. You want your day to be one everyone will remember, right? Every fine detail matters. By hiring a wedding planner, you are trusting your vision to a professional, thus giving you more time to practice those vows or schedule those hair appointments!
Show us those pinterest boards and instagram saves- let’s see what we can do!
3. Planners & Vendors: The Dream Team.
Wedding planners have the distinct privilege of working with wedding vendors every single day. Because of this, we have special relationships and bonds with the people who will help to make your wedding an event to remember.
We know the questions to ask. We know where to go based on your budget, style, and expectations. And the good part? They trust us too.
4. They Coordinate Your Entire Day.
You should be ever-present on your wedding day! After all, this is the day you are professing to the world your love for your partner, soulmate, friend. No bride- or groom- should have to worry about the small details nor the preparation. Leave that to your new best friend: your wedding planner.
There’s nothing we enjoy more than getting to see a couple enjoy cocktails, cake, photographic moments, and loving conversation free of worry and stress!
5. We are the Professionals.
At the end of the day, with every decision we make, we yield to the professionals. We trust cooks to prepare our meals and our cosmetologists to be honest about our proposed new hairstyle. Why not trust a wedding professional experienced in planning to make your dream a reality?
I’d love to hear from you about your wedding planner experience! If you’re interested in learning more about how you could benefit from Whitewood’s wedding planning services, connect with me through email or social media today!
"One of the most wonderful things about getting married in 2018 is that there are so many wonderful inspirations for new ways to design your day. So be inspired and dream away! If you are looking for new, but love classic elements, this inspiration is the perfect place to begin." - Once Wed
We had the chance to travel to Maine with Britt Vasina last fall, and we were eager to create somethings while on our trip. You won't believe the beauty on Cape Elizabeth when the sun comes up over the water. We met up with Jaimee Morse, an amazingly talented photographer there in Portland, and we collaborated with Watershed Floral to put together the most seasonally perfect florals for this styled shoot with Sussy and Gavin. Check out the full feature here and on 100 Layer Cake!Read More