by: Lauren

If you didn’t know already, I’m ALL about providing insight into the “wedding world” and educating brides- in addition to sharing pretty wedding inspiration of course. And even though some of the information I share might not always be what you want to hear, it’s still SO important to know… because no matter what, the more you know about weddings, the BETTER your wedding will be, and in turn, the happier you will be!

So with that said, today we’re talking about a few things your wedding vendors won’t tell you

 3 Things Wedding Vendors Wont Tell You via TheELD.com

Now, I’m not saying they won’t ever tell you these things, but they won’t tell you right off the bat. The thing is, knowing these few tidbits will make your experience of working with wedding vendors way better! I for one had no clue about any of these things when I was planning my wedding, but I certainly wish I had known!

1. Weekends don’t exist.

Okay, well weekends exist for you, but unfortunately, not for wedding vendors. Weddings happen Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, as you all know. If you are requesting a meeting during the weekend, chances are good that you probably won’t be able to get one. And if you’re emailing/calling during the weekend, just know that you might not get an immediate response.

Ask yourself this: Do you want your vendors answering emails and phone calls and taking meetings on your wedding day? I know I wouldn’t!

[Read more on this: 5 Things To Know About Wedding Vendors]

 

2. Since weekends don’t exist, days off (for vendors) happen during the week.

Vendors don’t have 2 free days during the weekend, because they’re most likely working those days. Because of this, “days off” usually occur during the week… even then, often times it’s only one day off. So when a wedding vendor doesn’t reply to your email in the normal speedy fashion on a Monday or Tuesday, it’s probably because it’s a “day off” for them- you know, trying to do laundry, buy food, clean- things that are necessary for a person to live. ;) Nowadays, most wedding pros will have an auto-responder turned on in their email, telling you this, but just in case, it’s helpful to be aware of this tidbit!

Ask yourself this: On your day off (or any other day really), do you like your boss calling and/or emailing when you don’t respond in less than 2 hours?

[Read more on this: Things To Keep In Mind When Communicating With Vendors]

 

3. A vendor’s product/service is their livelihood.

Sometimes vendors act like what they do is fabulous and fun (which it is of course), but they also make it seem like less work than it actually is. For some reason, a wedding vendor’s profession is immediately classified into a different “category” than say, an accountant or a realtor. Just because they’re providing you with a service or product related to your wedding, doesn’t mean that they’re any different than that accountant or realtor. I’ve said this before, but I’ll say it again- vendors charge what they charge, and they charge it for a reason. If you have to, ask, but don’t barter or try to talk them down. It’s truly how they’re putting food on the table, not just fun and games!

Ask yourself this: Do you want people who don’t do your job telling you what they think you should be paid?

[Read more on this: Working With Your Wedding Vendors]

 

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So now that you know these wondrous tidbits of knowledge, what can you do with them? Ask.

Ask your wedding vendors what their weeks are like, what days they take off when they have weddings all weekend, or if they prefer meetings on certain days of the week. Most vendors will usually ask you similar questions, because it helps them work with you smoothly and effectively. By asking them as well, you will be able to further establish an awesome relationship with your vendors. And when you have both have an awesome relationship, that will lead to an equally awesome wedding, and less stress for you! :)

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Editor’s note: These are my own opinions based on my experiences as a wedding professional and a bride. Vendors, please feel free to add in your own “tidbits” in the comments below!

 

A version of this post was originally published in December 2010.


by: Lauren

A mix of organic textures and a monochromatic luxe style created an absolutely beautiful design dripping with elegant florals. Created as inspiration as a part of Intrigue Designs’ two day workshop, this wedding style offered a luxury look utilizing shades of whites and ivories accented with a subtle touch of blush and grey tones.

We love the beautiful organic textures that were incorporated throughout this look. From the rough edges and watercolor of the stationery designed by Lady G Paperie, to the airiness of the bridal gown, we are immediately transported into an elegant and whimsical feel. The reception style that Claire Duran Weddings & Events created mirrored this with light wood accents mixed with pops of gold. The tall centerpieces by Intrigue Designs created a high-end feel to the overall look, and the dense arrangements dripping with glass orbs along with the floral wall completed the elegant style.

We love the gorgeous light and movement that Photos by Sarah Beth captured in these luxe wedding ideas, and we love how the details of this design created such a lovely mix of styles.

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We hope you didn’t miss the stunning cake designed by The Cake Courtesan. We love that it not only incorporated the white, gold, and blush color palette, but that it gave us both the organic and elegant feel in the design details.

So what are your thoughts? Would you go for a monochromatic look for your wedding day?

 

VENDORS WHO MADE IT ALL HAPPEN…

Photography: Photos by Sarah Beth // Florals/Workshop: Intrigue Designs // Planning / Styling: Claire Duran Weddings & Events // Hair and Makeup: Updo’s for I Dos // Ring/Earrings: Melissa Tyson Designs // Gown: Elizabeth Mackenzie Bridal // Rentals: White Glove Rentals // Stationery: Lady G Paperie // Cake: The Cake Courtesan



by: Lauren

Creating a colorful, overgrown garden aesthetic in an industrial space is quite the challenge, but Celebrate Dallas pulled it off flawlessly. Taylor and Collin’s Dallas wedding day was complete with lush florals, vintage details, and personalized touches that made every moment of the day a dream.

The beautiful design started at the moment that this couple’s guests received their invitations. The invitation suite, created by the bride’s company, Gypset Creative, perfectly conveyed the mix of floral and industrial styles. We also love the creative programs and coloring books that featured illustrations of the bride and groom. Definitely a fun personalized detail from the day. The incorporation of color in subtle ways made a big impact in the overall look. From the perfectly mismatched bridesmaids dresses and colorful blooms, to the table of beautiful cakes created by Eat My Cake, we love how color made such a fun statement throughout the day.

So many beautiful details and special moments made up the incredible celebration that was Taylor and Collin’s wedding day. We love how A Sea of Love brought every moment to life for us to relive with this beautiful couple. We hope you enjoy!

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Didn’t you just love the incredible details and moments that they shared throughout their day? Of course, it wasn’t just a beautiful wedding, it was an incredible celebration of love.

If we had to absolutely pick just one moment to be our favorite, we would have to choose the ceremony toast. Yes, toast (scroll back up if you missed it!). Instead of a unity candle, the couple chose to have champagne passed to each guest and to do a toast with all of their loved ones present and witnessing their vows. We love how unique this moment was, creating a more personalized celebration for everyone.

 

VENDORS WHO MADE IT ALL HAPPEN…

Florals + Planning: Celebrate Dallas // Photography: A Sea of Love // Venue + Catering: Lofty Spaces // Hair: Styling by Macey // Makeup: Erika Curry // Paper Goods: Gypset Creative // Cakes: Eat My Cake // Entertainment: Decades Band



by: Lauren

With a romantic feel and a bright pop of color, these urban wedding ideas created by Saving Grace Occasions are absolutely gorgeous! Using exposed brick under cracked plaster as a backdrop, we love how colors and textures were mixed to create a stylish design that really shines.

The bride wore a high-low gown with an illusion neckline and lace detailing, while the groom wore a velvet (!!) tux. The bold berry pink and emerald color palette was found beautifully all throughout the stationery, agate slices, and wildflower arrangements created by The Cottage Rose, and we are absolutely head over heels! We love how the details came together, and we’re excited to share how Dana Tate Photography captured this fun and playful style. Enjoy!

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We love the details that this team pulled together to create this look. The colors and textures played so well together, and we love how Kaked by Katie highlighted those elements through the design of the cake. The irregular colors and textures of the cake was the perfect mirror of the space, and brought in a mix of eclectic elegance that matched the details of the design.

What do you think about the mix of textures in this design? How do you plan to use your venue space to inspire your wedding day style?

 

VENDORS WHO MADE IT ALL HAPPEN…

Photographer: Dana Tate // Planner: Grace Freeman of Saving Grace Occasions// Hair and Makeup: White Carpet Bride // Florals: The Cottage Rose // Venue: The Gown Gallery/Affare // For Eva Eva sign: Cake’s Metal Whimsies // Cake: Kaked by Katie // Stationery: Feathered Heart Prints

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