Dramatic Desert Wedding Inspiration

Sometimes simplicity and keeping details to a minimum makes a more dramatic statement than something overly styled. Kylie Swanson worked with Brett Heidebrecht to highlight this absolutely stunning Rue de Seine wedding gown and adorned it with dramatic florals from Bows and Arrows.

From Kylie:

The inspiration behind this shoot was the simple beauty found throughout the shores of Mexico’s breathtaking coast. The calm blue waters, the rich colors of Spanish culture, & the many textures you’d find hidden amongst the country’s beautiful architecture caused a stirring in my heart & influenced the design behind every detail of the day.

We’re excited to share more inspiration from Brett and Kylie tomorrow so be sure to come back!
Creative Direction + Styling: Kylie Swanson | Florals + Styling: Alicia Rico of Bows and Arrows | Photography: Brett Heidebrecht | Gown: Rue de Seine courtesy of The Dress Theory | Makeup and Hair: Tracy Melton Artistry | Calligraphy: Lauren Essl of Blue Eye Brown Eye | Cake: Cakewalk Bake Shop

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

Create Your Dream Wedding with WedSpring

Recently engaged and beginning to feel the stress of all the details? WedSpring has you covered. WedSpring is an exceptional resource, tailor-made to assist newly engaged couples plan their big day. Their luxury wedding design services involves everything from planning your day logistically, full event design, in-house florals, and helping curate your paper goods from their custom stationery shop.

Let’s start with their paperie. You can choose from their highly curated collection of special order stationery or work with a designer to create your own custom wedding stationery. WedSpring specializes in collaborating with clients to create stunning letterpress designs or digitally printed invitations, day-of stationery, thank you notes, and save-the-dates.

WedSpring Design House and Paperie is a necessary luxury for couples looking to create a memorable day for themselves and their guests. Their wedding planners and designers will work intimately with you in a relaxed but focused effort to plan your dream day. During your consultation with a WedSpring consultant, you will be privy to their knowledge of the best wedding vendors around. With their day-of coordination and full wedding design, WedSpring caters directly to you with in-house day-of planning services as well as specific wedding design packages. And they’ll even help you take care of floral design! Your florals will be created in-house to ensure a cohesive design. With WedSpring, you’re covered with planning, paper, and petals!

So remember, it’s never to early or too late to plan your wedding with our friends at WedSpring. If you’re in San Francisco, be sure to check out their beautiful brick and mortar shop.

Photography: First Two Photos, Julie Mikos | Wedding Table Photo, Gladys Jem | Stationery Shot, in-house

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10.13.14 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Top 5 Table Garlands

Flowers aren’t the only way to adorn the tables at your wedding reception. Table garlands are a great way to bring a little bit of nature to your tables, and these five garlands have knocked it out of the park! Keep reading to visit the original posts.

1. (Pictured above) Amy Osaba worked alongside Ginny Au to create this stunning olive branch and fig leaf garland for an Italy inspired wedding shoot, and we love it!

2. (Pictured below) Table garlands are the perfect way to decorate if you’re choosing to have one or a few longer tables at your reception. Visit the original post to see more inspiration from this elegant Tuscan wedding.
3. We love table garlands that combine natural greens and lush blooms. Check out this post from Eric Kelley to see more of this stunning garland by Mallory Joyce.
4. And for a very simple version of a table garland, find some beautiful greenery and simply lay it on the table. This creates lovely texture and brings a little life to your tables. Check out the original post hereelegant-talble-setting-idesa1
5. And sometimes, simple is best. Your garland can be as simple as a few vines trailing delicately along the table like this from the Erich McVey Workshop dinnerorganic-dinner-decor-ideas-1So, if you’re looking for a simple, affordable way to create an organic and elegant look for your tables, garlands are definitely the way to go!

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10.10.14 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

How Much Do I Tip Wedding Vendors

One of the most common questions we get asked as planners and coordinators is “How much am I supposed to tip my vendors?” Figuring out who to tip, how much, and when to give it can be confusing and frankly a little bit awkward.

While some vendors include a gratuity fee in their contract, many will leave that up to you to determine based on the level of service they provide. But for vendors who own their own businesses, as many of your wedding vendors do, tipping isn’t necessary. However, if you feel that the service you received from one of these vendors exceeded your expectations, a 10 percent tip is a nice gesture.

As for when, most tips should be handed out the day of the wedding, so plan on assigning the job of handing out gratuity to your coordinator, a friend, or a family member (a great job for Dad!).

Here are some basic tips on how much to tip your different vendors:

Caterers: Check the contract. Some caterers may already include a gratuity fee in their contract. If the gratuity isn’t included, plan on tipping all staff members, including the catering manager, waiters, bartenders, etc. $20-$30 each.

Floral Designer: A thank you card and a small gift will be perfect; if she is a designer company rather than the owner, you can tip her $30-$50.

Wedding Planner: A small gift or thank you card is perfect for your planner as well, however, if they really outdid themselves and you’d love to express your gratitude, then feel free to tip her 10% of her fee ($500 at most).

Band or DJ: Tip each member of the band $20 or $25, and a great DJs get at least $25.

Hair Stylist and Makeup Artists: Like when you get your hair cut, hair stylists and makeup artists generally receive 15-20% of their fee as a gratuity.

Photographer and Videographer: Most photographers and videographers won’t expect a tip, but if they don’t own the studio themselves, consider tipping each person from $50-$200.

Article by Brooke Kelly from Amy Osaba Events 

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10.09.14 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog, Wedding Planning