There are so many details that we admire when it comes to the big day! We absolutely love walking into the energy of a bridal suite, where the mimosas are flowing and we can almost always find the bridal party wearing some type of trending motif. We have collected a series of photos from a select few of our favorite weddings showcasing the outfits bridesmaids have worn while getting ready, to their dresses on the day of, and how those color palettes fit into the overall look with the groomsmen!
Photography: A Sea of Love
Photography: Sarah KJ Photography
Ashley: Tell us the gist of your proposal!
Jeanna: "My husband Jason was active duty military during for our entire relationship. He was an Army Ranger stationed in Columbus, Georgia and we did long distance since I met him on leave in 2016. Jason would come visit me in Austin or I would meet him in Atlanta, but the weekend before Thanksgiving 2018 we decided to visit my mom in California to celebrate the holiday early. In my typical family fashion we spent it at a winery in Temecula and while taking photos at the highly sought after golden hour, Jason got down on one knee and proposed. He had flown to Texas the weekend before to ask my father’s permission (after the cute factor of this set in, I was so upset he was in Texas and didn’t even see me) and hadn’t even told my mom about it because he didn't think that she could keep a secret. It was perfect. She was actually videoing for some reason and got the whole thing on camera and once she realized what was going on she dropped the phone and the only thing we got was her freaking out in disbelief between cussing at her shock and crying happy tears! We popped champagne right then and there and now it gives us every excuse to go to the winery every time we visit!"
Before you spend countless hours on Google trying to read the between the lines of various blogs and websites about the industry's standard, we are breaking it down for you. We think any vendor can agree, a five star review on the vendor's preferred website is the best form of flattery and a wonderful way to show your appreciation. We will start by saying that the biggest misconception on the internet is that if the vendor owns the business, do not include gratuity. Whether the vendor is an employee of someone else or owns the business, you should determine whether or not to include gratuity based on their quality of service and not their employment status with the company. Most self-employed business owners pride themselves on not building gratuity into their price point. With that being said, we recommend checking your contract and invoice closely to see if gratuity has been added ahead of time.
"But I want the first time that he sees me to be when I am walking down the aisle..."
We get that, too! In our experience, even couples who choose to do a first look show just as emotion, if not more when the groom sees the bride walk down the aisle. When the groom sees the bride walking down the aisle for the first time, he is in front of his closest family and friends, he will experience a whole other level of emotion just by being surrounded everyone when he his bride makes her entrance. It is a completely different feeling and we have NEVER heard of any of our couples "regret" doing a first look before.
We know that there are way too many important decisions to make & tasks at hand when it comes to planning your big day! We recognize that it is way too easy to get off track when it comes to planning so we are creating a guide to help you find a starting point. We will start with some resources where you can find your vendors and when you have narrowed it down to the ones you have consultations with, we will give you specific questions to ask.
Where do I start to find them?
First of all, it's important that when you do find someone you are interested in, you follow up and find their reviews - whether it's on their website, The Knot, Wedding Wire, Facebook, etc.
There are SO many helpful sources out there for locating your vendors! Here are a few we recommend:
And remember there are the preliminary questions you can ask all vendors, like - are you or someone from your team available on that particular date? Do you charge a travel fee? How much is your deposit? When is your final balance due? Are there any other taxes, fees, or surcharges that I may not know about? Now let's talk specific questions tailored to each vendor you're shopping for!