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Destination Wedding Celebration | Real Wedding Photos

As promised, pro pics from Stacy and Matt’s wedding: Here they are!

(c)Rhodes, A Flair for Affairs Stacy was thrilled with her bouquet and the attendants bouquets!
We loved the combination of roses and orchids – it was perfectly elegant.white roses white orchids green orchids

(c)Rhodes,  A Flair for AffairsBride Stacy had the most beautiful smile!
She was beaming with joy and excitement the entire day!

(c)Rhodes, A Flair for Affairs

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Allow plenty of extra time for photographs!
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(c)Rhodes, A Flair for Affairs

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(c)Rhodes, A Flair for Affairs

(c)Rhodes, A Flair for Affairs

Floral design by Raining Roses
Stylist/Make Up by Your Wedding Make Up
Video by Seth Cohen
Photography by Rhodes Studios
Entertainment by Horizon

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08 2011

Extreme Chic on a Shoestring – Are you saving or sacrificing?

“We’re on a tight budget.”

Yes, I know (but I don’t say it out loud). Times are tough, money is tight, and everyone is trying to save a buck. But lately, I’ve been hearing this way too much.
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And you wouldn’t believe the trends I’m starting to see! Flower-less centerpieces, DIY linen installations, sub-par vendors, and more! It sounds funny, but in the end, it’s really not.

Maybe you’d like to poll the guests from a recent wedding that I coordinated (notice I said coordinated, NOT planned). The bride contacted me to help her with the reception design and we put together a great look for her. However, she insisted that she wanted the reception to be ‘cocktail style’ – meaning that she wanted the guests to mingle – therefore she only ordered 100 chairs for 200 people…. Hmmmm…. I think you can see where I’m going with this.

“What’s your budget?” I ask. Rarely do I receive a truthful answer, that is, until I quote a price. It’s not a problem because I know my services are not inexpensive. I charge what I’m worth: I’m an educated, experienced, nationally recognized industry professional. I work with clients and couples who realize that what I bring to the event planning process is more than the ability to create a memorable day – I help them create amazing and memorable moments. I am a specialist; it’s like comparing stitches to brain surgery. Shopping Cart

Anyway, I do appreciate that many people are on a budget. Whenever possible I do the best I can to meet them where they’d like to be. After all, I love what I do, so for me there’s a lot more to it than the paycheck.

In a previous post, I wrote about how Brides and Grooms can protect themselves while shopping for vendors. Check it out – there is a lot of good advice there. This post centers on something different; it’s about being realistic. There seems to be a trend towards style over substance. Let’s go back to my story about the bride with the 200 guests. Do you think those guests cared how good the room looked when they realized they might have to stand for the rest of the evening? Nope – they bailed at their first opportunity. Do you think they felt valued and appreciated? Nope.

It’s my responsibility to tell my clients if something won’t work, or doesn’t work well. I educate them. What I’m seeing lately is so many people (future brides and grooms, potential clients) who are out of touch with what things cost being serviced by vendors who want to say yes (because they need the business) – this is not exactly a recipe for success.

My free advice for today is this: If you truly can’t afford the wedding of your dreams – put it off and save more money. If you want to save an extreme amount of money without cutting corners, scale back your guest list, move up your wedding date and consider a week-day event. Also, if you’re planning a wedding or special event be a good host! – that’s just good manners.

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How Not To Become Bridezilla – Part 2

As a follow up to my previous post, I wanted to share some thoughts and observations on dealing with the stress associated with planning a wedding.

Common stressors stem from personal expectations, important decisions that must be made by you and your fiance, the involvement or interference of family members, time constraints, financial circumstances and so on. Depending on your situation, you may experience some of these challenges or struggle with all of them. It’s inevitable. Planning a wedding is not only a major investment of time and money, it’s a process that’s fraught with difficult choices. And if you’re generally hard to please or have a demanding or controlling personality, you’ll likely experience an even greater level of stress.

The stress level that a Bride-to-Be (or engaged couple) feels radiates in a ripple effect and can negatively impact the planning and flow of the wedding. It’s important to keep your cool and not CREATE the chaos you’re trying to AVOID.

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A (Bakers) Dozen Tips to Calm your Inner Bridezilla

  • If you’re feeling uneasy, consider getting help from a trusted friend, family member or professional (TRUST YOUR GUT)
  • Remain flexible & keep an open mind
  • Brush up on the etiquette of being a good hostess/host
  • Establish a budget and be careful to mind it; when finances are strained, stress will increase proportionately
  • Keep your expectations in check: while your wedding is a high priority for you, resist the urge to boss and be discourteous to others (family, bridal party, vendors, etc.)
  • Pick your battles wisely
  • Keep the significance of the day in perspective  (Start your new life off on the right foot!)
  • Manage your time & energy – don’t allow the wedding planning process to take over your life
  • Don’t take on too much (DIY); spreading yourself too thin is a recipe for disaster
  • Pre-condition yourself to be accepting of the need to make compromises
  • Decide in advance that “whatever will be will be” – inevitably, things go wrong but proper planning should minimize this.  And some things are just beyond anyone’s control (weather, mechanical failure, illness, etc.)
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    by Sharon Naylor

  • Wedding Insurance may provide some additional piece of mind (Venue, Hurricanes, etc.)
  • Consult resources (such as blogs and books) designed to help lend support during the planning process
  • WIN THE BOOK!

    Would you like a FREE copy of Sharon Naylor’s book? Share your “Bridezilla moment” with us! We’re looking to hear from Brides, Grooms, Friends and Planners (just about anyone, really- lol!). Our staff will pick three favorite stories or comments and send the winners a copy of “The Bride’s Guide to Diplomacy”    Winners will be selected on February 15th, 2010.    {Spread the word!!}

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