Finding the Right Venue in 2015: Chapter 22

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“She loves the space. And I love her, so that’s that, then, right?” he said, quickly glancing over at me for approval.   “Right,” I nodded, waiting for the groom-to-be to continue.   “But it just seems so gloomy! Her logic is sound, as always. We met just across the street from the pub, the […]

Winter Wedding Ideas: Chapter 21

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“Elves.”   “Elves?” I asked.   “They were everywhere. I woke up screaming,” she explained, leaning forward across the table.   “I’m sorry. I’m confused,” I replied to one of my newest clients, a bride-to-be.   “I am determined to make this winter wedding happen,” she elaborated with a steely glint in her eye, “But […]

Children at Your Event: Chapter 14

“I love my Maid of Honor’s daughter and really want her involved in the wedding,” she said. I could see the ‘but’ coming a mile away.   “It’s perfectly normal to be hesitant in how to handle inviting children to a wedding. This is your day and if a black tie affair is the way […]

Planning Your Wedding in Two Months? Chapter 13

“We weren’t sure how much time to set aside,” says the bride. “We’d heard so many horror stories from friends and family about how quickly everything happens.”   I nod quickly, having seen some of those stories myself. “It’s easy to get overwhelmed by how much you want to do.”   The couple looks at […]

Family Issues Pertaining to Wedding Plans: Chapter 12

“Oh, absolutely. That baker comes highly recommended. I’ve worked with their service myself at least four or five times.” We’ve been discussing cake options with one couple. The groom looks up questioningly, wondering if he might keep the pamphlet of catered baked goods for further research. I laugh and nod.   The bride-to-be peers over […]

Have Your Wedding Cake and Eat it Too: Chapter 11

Grabbing the list of wedding plans already agreed upon, I peer down until I get to the next undecided item. Given that many decisions have already been made about the flowers, venue and more, it takes a few seconds to find.   “Alright, here we go: Have you given any thoughts to the kind of […]

Getting the Groom Involved With the Wedding Planning: Chapter 10

“And… there! The invitations are ordered,” I say, looking up from the laptop. We’ve just placed an order online for a beautiful set of wedding invitations, off-white with gold lining on thick, glossy card stock. It’s a traditional look for a couple going with a classic approach to their wedding.   The bride sighs, shakes […]

The Stress of Wedding Planning: Chapter 9

“It’s not that I’m worried,” the bride-to-be says hurriedly.   “She’s not worried,” the groom chimes in.   “But I feel like I’m worried? It’s just that, there’s so much to do.”   I lean forward to reassure her. “There’s almost a year before the day arrives. You have plenty of time to take care […]

The Importance of Creative Cohesion: Chapter 8

“So, let’s take a look at our portfolio so far,” I say, and I reach for the folder containing many of the important details the couple has been able to work out. It’s overflowing with notes on potential guest lists, catering options and other creative items.   The bride looks at her fiancé nervously, then […]

Traditions and First Impressions: Chapter 7

“I don’t want a theme wedding,” she said. I felt a “but” coming.   “But I did grow up in Louisiana and my family’s coming all the way to New Jersey. So, I’d like to show them that there’s still a bit of Southern hospitality in the Garden State,” her fiancé chimed in, a faint […]