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Friends and Family – What to Delegate When Your Loved Ones Offer to Help with Wedding Planning

July 27, 2016 | nicole

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These days, weddings are a labor of love that come together with the help of a whole community. In addition to your talented photographer and videographer, attentive coordinator and skillful florist, caterer, and makeup artist, there’s another team of people who make your dream wedding a reality. The people who’ve been by your side long before you said “yes” to the dress or even “yes” to the proposal. The same people who asked “when are you getting engaged?” and “when are you setting a date?” are now asking “how can I help?”

Answering that question can be as overwhelming as wedding planning itself. Where do you even start? We know that delegating tasks can be a doozy, so we’re here to break down what to assign your loved ones, and what to leave to the pros.

Your mother-in-law who loves baking

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She’s known for baking the most delectable cakes for each and every family member’s birthday, but you may not feel comfortable having her build your six-tier wedding cake. Instead, give her control of the dessert table. Allowing her to plan the array of treats accompanying your cake is a sweet substitute that takes one more thing off of your plate, while giving her a chance to shine. Homemade pies and cupcakes are most delicious when baked with love!

Your crafty & creative bridesmaid

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With so many DIY ideas on the Internet, Pinterest can be an endless rabbit hole of inspiration. Before you get sucked into the crafty madness, take your bridesmaid up on her offer to help. Having her make a shared Pinterest board for ideas allows you to simply scroll through a streamlined selection of projects to decide what’s right for your wedding. Once you’ve determined what to DIY and what to outsource to a professional, have your bridesmaid create a spreadsheet of each project, the materials needed, and a priority timeline. If you’ve got lots of idle hands to help, have her assign different crafts to trusted friends and family members.

Your mom’s friend who owns a really nice camera

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We can’t advocate enough for hiring a professional wedding photographer to capture your big day. It seems like everyone knows someone who’s tried their hand at photography — and may even be quite skilled — but that doesn’t mean they should be put in charge of documenting one of the most important days of your life. Instead of hiring your mom’s friend to take on your whole wedding or even your engagement photos, enlist their help for one of the smaller events leading up to the big day. Your engagement party, bridal shower, or rehearsal dinner are the perfect, low-pressure settings for a family friend to photograph.

Your handyman father

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We know your dad would build you the venue of your dreams if it would make you happy, but perhaps a handcrafted sweetheart table or ceremony arch would do the trick. Fathers can often feel left out of the wedding planning process, so letting him build you something with his own hands helps him feel needed and included in your special day. Some of our favorite farm tables and cake stands have been thoughtfully crafted by a bride’s father, and you’ll appreciate those one-of-a-kind pieces long after you’ve said “I do.”

Your detail-oriented aunt

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Unless your aunt is a professional wedding planner by trade, it may not be the best idea to give her free reign on coordinating your big day. However, that doesn’t mean her attention to detail and stellar organizational skills have to go unused! Making her the point of contact for your hired planner or day-of coordinator ensures that no questions will come to you as you prepare to say your vows or enjoy your first dance. Entrust her with a binder full of every vendor and wedding party member’s contact information, and maybe even cc her on your email communications throughout the planning process to keep her in the loop.

It’s true what they say: it really does take a village to pull a picture-perfect wedding together! Thinking of hiring a wedding planner? Read this first!

xoxoNicole

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This Industrial NYC Wedding at The Foundry Gets Modern Romance So Right

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Emma and David’s New York wedding at The Foundry totally nails modern romance! With the help of José Rolón Events, the couple decorated their industrial venue with tons of vibrant florals, romantic lace and watercolor details, and modern accents like ghost chairs and Edison bulbs. Between her tiered Lihi Hod gown and Swarovski crystal tiara that she made herself, we can’t get enough of Emma’s boho princess bridal look! Photographer Emily Delamater captured every detail of the couple’s wedding perfectly.

The Couple:

Emma and David

The Wedding:

The Foundry, Long Island City, New York

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I honestly was so torn about how I wanted to look – bohemian, but I also wanted some sparkle, and a little bit of princess thrown in, but also a little sexy. The dress I bought was the first one I ever pinned on Pinterest, and it wasn’t even carried in the US until I finally harassed Lihi Hod‘s rep about it! Fortunately they were able to send the sample from Israel to Gabriella in NYC, and as soon as I put it on I knew.

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I am a big fan of DIY and I really enjoy it, since I’ve always worked in the fashion industry. I hand-dyed all of my napkins, created our escort cards, made our guest book which was a cartoon of us and our dog. Most notably, I made my headpiece, which inspired me to start my own bridal accessory business, Emma Katzka Bridal. I decided to make my own headpiece because I had so much trouble finding something that fit all of those images I had in my mind. There are so many traditional tiaras, very bohemian-looking vines and floral pieces, and art deco-inspired options out there, but nothing that combined all of those things.

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Our photographer Emily was truly amazing. She is so effortless and that vibe rubs off on everyone around her. Her husband, Matt, who shoots with her, is also such a sweet and charismatic guy. My husband and I are not at all used to being photographed, and she made us feel so comfortable. All of my bridesmaids wanted to be friends with them because they are such cool people – there is no other to describe them!

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Our amazing wedding planner, Jóse, has a tradition of ushering his couples to a private area right after the ceremony to give them 15-20 minutes to just revel in the moment together. Our spectacular caterers brought us up a huge platter of all of our cocktail hour bites and we got to just stuff our faces and sip champagne and savor our first few minutes of being husband and wife, while also realizing that we were still the same couple we’ve always been!

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Most important was for us to feel like a team and make all of these fun decisions together! Dave was really great at giving his opinion on the things he really cared about (food, music, drinks) and taking a back seat (but a supportive one!) with the decorative elements that I really enjoy doing. Honestly, we never had any fights about the details of our wedding, and we felt really proud of ourselves at the end of the process for having stayed so sane and grown as a unit!

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Our advice: Prioritize the things your guests will actually remember – the food, the music, the venue. Don’t go crazy with the little things. I don’t even think anyone noticed all of the napkins I spent hours hand-dyeing! And of course, splurge on a good photographer – it is the most worthwhile investment!

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The Wedding Team:

Photography – Emily Delamater
Event Planning – José Rolón Events
Venue – The Foundry
Floral Design – Ivie Joy Flowers
Catering – Real Food Catering
Cake – Magnolia Bakery
Officiant – Ronald Broden
Live Music – Marcus Reid Band
Videography – Ambrose Eng
Invitations – Julie Song Ink
Makeup Artist – Stacie Ford
Hair Styling – Styles on B
Wedding Dress – Lihi Hod
Bridal Accessories – Emma Katzka
Groom’s Apparel – J. Crew
Rings – Jordan Klein

 

Congratulations to Emma and David, and a huge thanks to Emily Delamater for sharing this stunning wedding with us! Love this wedding’s unique take on modern? Then you’ve got to see this industrial downtown Arizona wedding at monOrchid!

xoxoGabby

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Sensual Island Couple Portraits in Portugal

July 26, 2016 | gabby

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These island couple portraits from Rafal Bojar Photography are so perfectly dreamy, we don’t know if we ever want to wake up! Crashing waves, lush forests, and the rocky shore on Portugal’s Terceira Island were the perfect settings to feel the couple’s love for each other in these sensual shots. Their neutral toned and textured outfits were effortlessly romantic – and they weren’t afraid to get them a little wet!

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A huge thanks to Rafal Bojar Photography for sharing this gorgeous session with Junebug! Want more adventurous couple portrait inspiration? Then you’ve got to see these mind-blowingly beautiful destination wedding portraits in Western Australia!

xoxoGabby

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