Wedding Protection from WedSafe

There are two different kinds of people in this world: those who like to take risks and put it all out there, and those who like to keep things a little more on the conservative side. For those of you who fall into the second category and like to have a little extra piece of mind, we’re happy to introduce you to our newest sponsor, WedSafe.

What IS WedSafe?

Simply put, WedSafe offers you insurance for your wedding. The company is backed by Nationwide, a trusted insurance provider since 1926, and brought to you by Aon, the world’s leading insurance brokerage firm. Why would you need wedding insurance? We’ll tell you why.

WedSafe provides two important policies that protect couples:  Liability and Cancellation protection.

Liability insurance is often required by venues in order to host your event at their facility. WedSafe provides instant quotes and coverage purchased online in minutes, with documents emailed to you and the venue immediately. Thousands of venues across the country accept and recommend Wedsafe to satisfy their requirements.

Cancellation coverage protects the large financial investment into your wedding day against covered losses that could be a result of cancellation, postponement, no-show vendors and a host of other issues.

Wedding budgets across the country average $30,000, making this day a significant investment–one that could be just as vulnerable to risks as something like your car! With so many moving parts that need to come together on your wedding day, wedding insurance can provide the peace of mind that comes with protecting your big day. Take a look at WedSafe and consider how valuable the peace of mind their protection can bring you.


First two images photographed by: Thierry Joubert | Second images photographed by: Erich McVey

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07.14.15 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Textured Modern Wedding Inspiration

We love to see couples choose unique decor and style choices for their weddings. Today’s inspiration shoot from the recent Erich McVey Workshop for wedding photographers was based on the concept of pattern, and we love how the various textures create a modern vibe for a wedding. From textured table elements to an amazing lace bridal gown, the detailed bouquet and boutonnieres to the bride’s chic earrings, we cannot get enough of this look.

More from the stylist, Ginny Au: 
“Our “Pattern” shoot was inspired by the color, life and energy of Granada, Spain. We chose mauves and burnt gold as a color palette shown in the table design. The lace of Emily Riggs gown was such a compliment to the theme as it created a wonderful textural element with its pattern. We paired the gown with bold dangling earrings and the movement of our beautiful model on the cliffs with her veil blowing in the wind was a tribute to the mood and energy found in Spanish dance.”

All images photographed at the Erich McVey Workshop in  Elk, California at Cuffey’s Cove Ranch  | Creative Direction & Styling: Ginny Au  assisted by Charlene Tea | Art Direction: Kaela Rawson for Ginny Au  | Floral Design: Soil & Stem  assisted by Tess Comrie | Hair & Makeup: Mimi & Taylor | Gown: Emily Riggs | Suit: JCrew | Ribbon: Froufrou Chic | Plates: The Commons  | Tablecloth: Alder & Co  | Napkins & Table Runner : Silk & Willow  |  Models:  Nata Sarafinchan & Braeden Eufemia for Option Model & Media  |  Paper Goods:  Mon Voir  | Sponsors: Neve Albums, PhotoVisionFuji FilmPixiesetMake & Stow

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07.13.15 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Win a Bridal Robe from Lunya!

All brides deserve to look and feel beautiful on their wedding day, but not all brides fit into the traditional bridal world of lace and frills. When selecting a get-ready robe or lingerie, limited options leave many brides feeling the need to modify their personal styles to the fit classic bridal mold. Lunya offers a contemporary option that feels unique, and is so comfortable you will love wearing it even after the wedding is over.

THE ROBE  is a modern and elevated version of the classic cozy robe, with a form-flattering design that was crafted with an unwavering attention to detail. Lunya carries this philosophy throughout their entire line, offering thoughtful and modern silhouettes for bedtime that feel much more sophisticated than your typical classic pajama set or your oversized tee and sweats. With sleep-friendly details, like sheer cooling panels and flat seams, Lunya sleepwear seeks to reinvent the way we dress between the sheets.

Lunya is giving Once Wed readers the chance to upgrade their sleepwear for their wedding night and every night! For a chance to win $250 in Lunya Bucks to shop, comment below telling us what you love about Lunya’s modern take on beautiful sleepwear.
Please note – since Lunya is only available to residents of the U.S. and Canada at this time, the contest is limited to customers from those countries. Contest ends August 1st. 

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07.11.15 / Contests, Featured, New Sponsor Blog

How to work with a calligrapher

In the past few years, the wedding industry has seen a rise in demand for bespoke stationery and calligraphy. Brides are no longer looking to create a wedding, but a memorable experience. And, it all begins from the time their guests open the invitation.

From the moment the invitation is unhinged, it’s a sensory adventure. Guests are immediately given a taste of what the wedding experience will be like, by color, texture, printing, style and feel of the paper. Calligraphy gives a couples’ paper that je ne sais quoi, that certain something…the form to the feel. It’s an art that can conjure an ambience in words.

But, let’s back up a minute.

Before a couple can dream of putting all the details together to create the entrance to their beginning of life ever after, a calligrapher must be chosen. Calligrapher and handmade paper artist Katie Hyatt of Signora e Mare has been kind enough to share her expertise with us on this popular topic.

How do you find and work with a calligrapher?

Start with your wedding planner. Most likely she or he will have a list of calligraphers they work with and can match you with an artist who’s in-tune with your style to ensure your suite has a cohesive look. If you don’t have a planner, check with wedding blogs. Often times, they will have a directory of different wedding artists and may even have them broken down by city. Or, ask friends who have recently been married! There may have been a wedding you attended where you just absolutely loved the calligraphy style and it had your name written all over it.

How do you choose your calligrapher? 

Once you’ve have found a few calligraphers that you feel fit your wedding style, email them to find out their process and work. Anytime you are spending a good amount of money on bespoke pieces, request samples. It provides a hard visual and you can decide if it really is a good fit for you as a couple. Samples are also helpful if you’re working with an artist who may be in another state or country.  Request a phone call or face time meeting. You’ll be working with this person for the duration of your wedding once you book, so it’s important you’re on the same page not only style wise, but personality wise.

When should you book your calligrapher? 

When you have found your calligrapher of choice, it’s time to book them! Depending on what services you’re interested in, you may need to begin booking anywhere from 5 to 8 months from your wedding date. In my experience, brides tend to underestimate the time it takes to create a wedding suite. We get just as busy as photographers do so if paper is a priority in your wedding, be sure to book as soon as you can! To request a quote from a calligrapher, email your wedding date, approximate guest count and a general description of your wedding style. Sometimes calligraphers will already have a form online with details regarding quotes and pricing. The more details you can provide the better! Once you have decided on the calligrapher and when you want to book, find out how to reserve your date. Do they require a contract? A retainer fee? Get the scoop!

Now what? 

You have chosen your calligrapher! Yay! Now, it’s time to get a schedule in place of when you will need to provide information to your calligrapher (such as addresses, text, inspirational imagery, etc) and when you should expect to see your paper in the mail. After a schedule is in place, you will work with your calligrapher to determine a design and layout to create a cohesive look with the rest of your wedding. Once you have received your invitations, you will need to review. We do our best to catch mistakes, but sometimes we miss a few. Give yourself time to go over everything carefully before posting to all of your guests. After you have sent, you’re ready to starting recording those RSVPs!

Photography: Exquisitrie by Kelly Sauer | Venue: River Oaks Charleston | Set & Prop Styling: Ginny Branch | Hair & Makeup: Claudia Mejerle | Hand Lettering, Handmade Paper, Leather Pouch: Signora e Mare | Dress: Elizabeth Suzann “Artist” Dress | Shoes: Bryr Studio

07.10.15 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog, Wedding Planning