Thursday, December 13, 2012

Wedding Wednesday: S&L's Modern Elegance in the Garden

S&L's Modern Elegance in the Garden

We just adored working with Shelly and Lance on their October 7, 2012 wedding held at Franklin Park Conservatory.  Both bride and groom are in the creative biz (they actually met at work!) and had such a great vision for the details.  This intimate wedding was loaded with special touches and moving moments and we were SO thrilled to be a part of it!  Congrats Mr. and Mrs. Dooley!

Check out the WEDDING VIDEO shot by the talented Todd from Rouxby

 And here just a sampling of pictures from the lovely Lauryn Byrdy...



A few of our wonderful Wedding Partners:

Venue:  Franklin Park Conservatory
Photography:   Lauryn Byrdy
Makeup:  Cheek Makeup by Lindsay
Video:  Rouxby
Hair:  Celebrity Stylist, Daniel Lewis
Nannies:  Mobile Mommies
Cakes:  Kitties Cakes
Florals:  Steven Cox
Dress:  Luxe Redux 

And of course planning by AE's Adrianne and Brittany...xo

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Wedding Wednesday: The Importance of a Timeline


Your timeline is KEY to the smooth running of your wedding day.   If you hire a planner, he or she will create this for you and use it as their bible to ensure you stay on time, your vendors stay on time and the important details of your event happen.   If you aren't working with a planner, it is important that the bride create this as she knows most closely the nitty-gritty of the day.   Use as MUCH detail as possible.  This will tell people the story of your day and give them a full understanding of happenings.

Once your initial timeline is created, send to all of your wedding professionals for approval.  You want to ensure enough time for the catering staff to serve dinner, your photographer to capture family photos, your transportation company to make multiple trips, and so on (and on and on and on)!  It is imperative that your vendors sign off before finalizing.  You want to set them (and your day-of timing) up for success.

Once your timeline is finalized, be sure to send to all of the people involved with your wedding.  Bridal party, parents, and wedding professionals need to know what your expectations are and where they need to be when.  The final timeline should be sent 1-2 weeks prior to your BIG DAY, but starting to spread the word sooner is always good, too.

While your timeline is imperative and acts as a guide throughout the day for timing and details, also know that timelines should also have a bit flexibility, too.  Being off the timeline by 5-10 minutes often happens due to any unforeseen (and unplanned circumstances).  You may not cut the cake at exactly 9:15pm and that's OK!  But you do want to make sure certain events happen on time.  Your ceremony, your cocktail hour and your dinner service.

Pass your timeline on.  If you have not hired a planner, give the timeline to your Maid of Honor or MOB and ask them to keep an eye on it.  The last thing you want to do on your wedding day is worry about timing and whereabouts.  At that point, trust your timeline, trust your vendors and ENJOY your special day.  You deserve it and only happens once!

xx, AE