Wedding Designer vs. Wedding Planner and all the rest…

Yay, you’re engaged! Now it’s time to start the planning, but where to start? With the many to-do lists, all the different choices of photographers, planners, designers, florists, bakeries, stationers, and venues, it can all be quite overwhelming for many brides!

Being a stylist, planner, and event designer myself (and recently taking on a bit of floral design), I can completely understand when brides come to me with questions about what each service entails! Many wedding stylists and event design companies overlap in many of these areas as well, but it’s good to know what you’re getting before you pay your deposit and sign any contracts.

So what is the difference between all of these different titles and how do you know who to hire for your wedding?

Wedding Designer/Stylist: From my experience, many brides think that wedding stylists and designers just assist with the table centrepieces, prop sourcing and details, but much of the design work is in the small details and working with your entire supplier team. These creative minds bring to life an inviting and aesthetically pleasing environment that reflects you and your partner. If you have many varying ideas and different design desires, wedding designers can help you narrow down your wedding style and assist you in the realization of what is really important to you and your fiancé for your wedding.

By taking inspiration from you and your partner, wedding stylists assist you in selecting your color palette and inspiration board, creating a mood or vibe for your wedding and how you want your guests to feel when they enter your wedding environment – to vendor curation and referrals, working with your floral and stationery designers, choosing linen selections and table centre pieces, prop and detail sourcing, right up to the installation on your wedding day and much more. Their main focus is to guide the whole look and feel of your event, ensuring that your supplier team is on the same page, working collaboratively to create a cohesive flow of your wedding aesthetic and style and bring all the design elements together on your wedding day.

Event Designer: Essentially the same as a wedding designer, except that they typically specialise in a variety of events : rehearsal dinners, birthdays, anniversaries, bridal showers, engagement parties and corporate events.

Creative Director: A creative director, sometimes referred to as an art director, oversees the creative presentation and style of a wedding, editorial shoot, or other project. Their job is to make things interesting and beautiful, sometimes by sourcing the right props, wardrobe, or other items. They ensure the work the design team is hired to do (florists, photography, stationery, lighting, etc.) is of a certain quality, implementing the client’s vision throughout the process.

Wedding Planner: A planner assists with all logistical management, development of wedding day timelines, handling vendor sourcing and referrals, telephone calls and emails to all contracted vendors, and handling bookings, negotiations and contracts. As well as making sure every supplier’s end goal is in relation to the client’s vision and design for their wedding.

Wedding Coordinator: Typically ‘day of’ or ‘month of’ coordinators for your wedding take on the time management of your entire wedding day, communicating with all other contracted vendors, working behind the scenes with the venue staff and overseeing that everything runs on schedule.

Keep in mind that when making your decision about who is right for you and your wedding dreams:  Connect with their style and don’t be afraid to ask questions and share your desires and opinions. It’s the only way they will really get to know who you are and achieve the style you’re wanting.

It takes a lot of trust to put your wedding dreams in the hands of someone else, especially when design is not tangible, but rather visionary and something that has to be seen to be experienced. However, if you have faith and trust that they will do the job that you’ve hired them for, they will make it magical.

Article by Alise Taggart

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09.25.14 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog, Wedding Planning

Win a Destination Wedding from Weddings by Funjet

Read below to find out how you could win a destination wedding in Jamaica from Weddings by Funjet

Destination weddings are a great way to throw a magnificent wedding while also giving your guests a chance to relax on vacation, but for you, the planning process may be a bit stressful. Planning a destination wedding involves a lot of moving parts, so having someone who specializes in travel coordination and wedding planning in your desired destination is essential. Weddings by Funjet provides you with a personal wedding concierge to work with you to create a relaxing, beautiful, and most of all, memorable, destination wedding!

Weddings by Funjet has worked with destinations and resorts all over the world, and they’ve recently started planning beautiful weddings at the Hotel Riu Palace Jamaica in Montego Bay! Riu Palace Jamaica is an adult-only resort featuring exquisite dining choices, outdoor activities for couples and their guests, and fun night-life attractions! Choose from multiple wedding packages to fit your needs, and no matter which package you and your fiancé choose, your Weddings by Funjet concierge will be there the entire way to make your planning effortless and fun!

To celebrate their new relationship with Riu Palace Jamaica, Weddings by Funjet is giving away a destination wedding package in Montego Bay to one lucky couple! Your prize includes a seven night stay for two – Riu Palace Jamaica, round trip airfare for two, transportation to and from the Jamaica airport, your own Weddings by Funjet concierge, and a Riu Wedding Services package!

Click here to enter and follow Weddings by Funjet on Pinterest (Contest ends at 11:59 PM ET on October 10, 2014). To increase your chance to win this amazing prize, create your own Weddings by Funjet inspired Pinterest board and submit the direct link to you board on the contest page.

Start planning your dream destination wedding today!

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09.25.14 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Moody Forest Wedding Inspiration

Simplicity and working with nature are two of our favorite things. Michael Radford and Amanda from Mandolin Flowers worked together to create this moody forest wedding inspiration by perfectly combining these two elements.

From Michael Radford:

Our shoot took place in a moody, enchanted forest hidden in the midst of San Francisco. I chose this inspiring location, because there is something timeless about a bride, her veil and beautiful florals, which contrast so well when surrounded by nature’s greens. Amanda from Mandolin Flowers was able to create a piece that popped plum, which also offered a contrasting touch to Alexandra Grecco’s enchanting and timeless handmade chiffon gown. The location and all of the elements, in combination with simplistic calligraphy by Tessa Shane, offers inspiration for the San Fransisco Bride and Groom who want a quick escape from the modern, city wedding.

From Amanda of Mandolin Flowers:

For floral inspiration we heavily relied on the beauty of our surroundings, incredibly enchanting and moody. After visiting the location and being surrounded by a never-ending variety of lush greens, I knew the soft plum hellebore would be just the flower to deepen the color palette. It feels like this setting and this collaboration captures the anticipation so many brides experience on their wedding day, an anticipation and feeling of joy that Michael Radford captures so effortlessly in his photography.

Photographer: Michael Radford | Florals / Styling: Amanda of Mandolin Flowers | Hair Styling: Ashley Smith | Makeup: Priscilla Francine | Paper goods / Calligraphy: Tessa Shane | Location: Mt. Davidson, San Francisco | Dress: Alexandra Grecco | Model: Courtney Paige Nelson of Scout Models

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09.24.14 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

DIY Gold Stitch Updo


We loved featuring some new wedding ideas from Lora and Eric Kelley, and we can’t get over this amazing updo that Lora Kelley styled. Today we’re excited to show you how you can recreate this unique wedding hairstyle for your own big day! Keep reading for the full tutorial.

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DIY Gold Stitched Updo by Lora Kelley from East West on Vimeo.


1. Curl the hair (spraying pieces with hot sets by redken) + clip into place
2. Take the hair down and tousle
3. Tease the hair at the root and ends, and clip up the top piece
4. Use clear fishing line + plastic needle to sew pieces up
5. Finish off by using a colored thread (gold pictured) I thought neon would be fun, too!
6. Loosen up by tugging on pieces to get the effect you want
7. Spray that hair! (using Redken Forceful)

Hair and make­up: Lora Kelley  | Photography: Eric Kelley  | Video: Caleb Jordan Lee with East West  | Shirt: Need Supply | Earrings: Net­a­porter | Necklace: Catbird NYC  | Fishing Thread/Sewing Needle/Gold thread: Michael’s

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09.23.14 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured