Which Catering Option is Right For You?

Today’s guest post comes to us from Stephanie of EventSource. Stephanie uses her passion for photography, event design and wedding planning as a writer for EventSource. When she’s not exploring the world of events, she spends her time having adventures with her husband and baby boy.

Every catered wedding has different requirements based on needs, wants and desires. That’s why it’s important for you to first sit down with your spouse to be and families involved to discuss the specifics of your big day before you hire your wedding caterer. Knowing the specifics will not only help your caterer determine the cost to you for their services but will also help you budget for your big day. The best part is that it’s YOUR party. Throw it as you please!

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Mountain Top Winter Wedding Filled with Adventure

This stunning mountain top winter wedding comes to us from Heather Spear of Summit Soiree based in Truckee, CA! Here she is to tell us more:

Jaime and Scott wanted an adventurous winter wedding and that’s exactly what they got. Their wedding was held on the mountain top of Northstar Ski Resort. Guests took two gondolas to get there and on the morning of the wedding we got hit with the biggest snowstorm of the season. That didn’t stop Jaime and Scott though they still wanted to proceed as planned and didn’t skip a beat. We were prepared to keep the guests as comfortable and warm as possible. We offered hot cocoa, and white furry blankets during the standing outdoor mountain top ceremony.

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How to Write a Best Man Speech (1)Photo Credit: Flickr

Today’s helpful guest post about how to write a best man speech comes to us from David Leonhardt. David runs The Happy Guy Marketing, which is a team of ghostwriters who write books, blogs, press releases, screenplays, articles, reports…and of course, wedding speeches! Enjoy:

While the bride and her entourage are busy with dresses and flowers and food and venues, the Best Man is often left wondering what he is supposed to do. He knows he’s supposed to make a speech, but what should he say? No problem. Every year I rescue a few Best Men who need help with their speeches. Best man speeches are among my favorite writing projects, and I have a few tips to help you write yours.

First, make it personal. It should be heartfelt. It should speak to the groom and his bride. You should truly own your Best Man speech. One of the reasons so many nervous Best Men turn to us to ghostwrite their speeches is because they don’t want to just copy a canned speech full of one-liners they find floating around Cyberspace.

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Fake Wedding Cake or Nah? Friday Roundups!Photo credit: Your Lovely Wedding 

This perfect pretty pink wedding cake is 100% real, but apparently there’s a surprising new trend alert making waves in the wedding industry. Would you consider a fake wedding cake if it could save you $1000 or more? I guess it’s the bridal version of buying a knock off designer bag vs. the real thing. There are some of us gals who don’t mind and some that don’t feel quite right about it all. Where do you stand? Tell us in the comments below. :)

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Get to Know a Wedding Photographer in Knoxville, Tennessee: JoPhoto (11)

Get to Know a Wedding Photographer in Knoxville, Tennessee: JoPhoto (1)

Today’s wedding photographer interview is with Joe and Kathleen of JoPhoto based in Knoxville, TN! Enjoy:

Tell us a bit about yourself and your company

We are a husband and wife wedding photography team based in Knoxville, Tennessee. Joe and Kathleen have been photographing weddings for 7 years and shoot a mix of digital and film photography. We often travel throughout the southeastern United States for weddings, and we’ve even photographed a wedding in York, England.

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Real Wedding: Lena and Harnell's Wedding by Your Lovely Wedding (10)

This elegant real wedding comes to us from Anton of Your Lovely Wedding based in Canoga Park, California! Here’s Anton to tell us more:

Photographed at the Coyote Hills Golf Course, all of the three must-have ingredients for amazing wedding photos came together on this day: a beautiful couple, a beautiful venue and a gorgeous sunny day in Southern California. Lena and Harnell are amazing. They are a totally down to earth couple and wanted to keep their wedding personal and fun. These beautiful wedding pictures show their warm personalities and the love that they share for each other.

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Featured Wedding Invitation Collection: 2015 Spring Wedding Collection by e.m.papers (2)

Today’s spring 2015 wedding invitation collection comes to us from Eleanor of e.m.papers. Here’s Eleanor to tell us more about these great new designs! Enjoy:

The latest collection of printable wedding invitation stationery from e.m.papers features a return to old-timey glamour with the ‘Glamorous Gold’ set as well as vintage and tradition. The black and white ‘Calligraphy Monogram’ invitation series is a great choice for anyone looking for a simple but elegant design (which is easy on the ink cartridges too.)

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The ‘Vintage Rose’ design series is a stunning contrast of vintage rose imagery and modern, bold black typography; the design lends itself to both modern and more traditional weddings. The ‘Deco’ design is a nod to the Great Gatsby-revival of 1920s unapologetic ornamentalism.

 

Any item from the design series is available on its own or as part of a heavily discounted set. Perfect for champagne weddings on a beer budget. All designs are available for instant download but e.m.papers also offers customizations.

Just lovely, thank you Eleanor! See something you like in today’s featured spring 2015 wedding invitation suite? Please visit her WeddingLovely Vendor Guide profile or head straight to her website for order information.

What do you think of this invitation collection? Which design is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!

Real Wedding: Vanessa and Scott's Elopement by Darin Crofton Photography (8)

We love weddings of all shapes and sizes, and this elopement brought to us by Darin Crofton Photography is so sweet we just had to share it! Here’s Darin to tell us more:

This military couple and new parents of a beautiful baby girl made it official last August when they eloped at the Downtown Tampa courthouse followed by portraits in the park at The University of Tampa, H.B. Plant Park. So happy for what the future holds for this sweet family!

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Real Wedding: Vivian and Spencer's Wedding by A Blissful Soirée (14)

Real Wedding: Vivian and Spencer's Wedding by A Blissful Soirée (14)

This gorgeous neutral chic real wedding with pops of color comes to us from Chrystal of A Blissful Soirée based in Tustin, CA! Here’s Chrystal to tell us more:

Vivian and Spencer were married on November 15, 2014 in Southern California at Marbella Country Club. These two lovebirds grew up in two separate worlds. Vivian grew up in sunny SoCal while Spencer grew up in the South in Alabama. His hospitable charm was what won over Vivian’s heart.

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Meet a Wedding Calligrapher: Designs by Starla (6)

Get to Know a Wedding Calligrapher: Designs by Starla (10)

Today’s wedding calligrapher interview is with Starla Snead of Designs by Starla based in Bolingbrook, IL! Enjoy:

Tell us about your company and how you got started.

My journey into calligraphy began 14 years ago as a way for me to transition into my role as a stay-at-home mother. In my ‘previous life,’ I was an Environmental Trainer who regularly traveled the state of West Virginia. I was not used to staying at home, much less caring for children. This was as good a time as any for a new beginning!

Although I had always enjoyed painting and doodling, I didn’t consider myself creative. Then I saw an ad in the local paper for a watercolor flower class that was sponsored by the West Virginia Calligraphers Guild. It was extremely inspiring! I joined the Guild in 2002 and became a class junky – my creativity was finally being unleashed in a constructive manner! Through the Guild, I was able to study with some of the best calligraphers and artists in the world.

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