Master Wedding Planner!

Early this past November I had the opportunity to stand before a jury of my peers and explain to them (and show them) why I am a Master Wedding Planner.  After my presentation the jury deliberates and makes a decision.  This year…they agreed! I became 1 of 80 Master Wedding Planners in the WORLD!

Just so you know Master Wedding Planners include David Tutera, Colin Cowie, Sasha Souza, Dianne Valentine and now….ME!

I am blessed to be able to do what I love, to create memories not only for my couples but for their families and friends too!

Be on the look out for my next steps as this achievement was not my end game! 🙂

Happy Planning!

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What Rustic Weddings Mean To Me

If you open up any wedding magazine right now you’ll see mason jars and “rustic” type weddings.  I think my definition of rustic is a little different.

The Websters Dictionary of rustic is: adjective 1. of, relating to, or living in the country, as distinguished from towns orcities; rural.  2. simple, artless, or unsophisticated. 3. uncouth, rude, or boorish. 4. made of rough limbs or roots of trees, as garden seats. 5. (of stonework) having the surfaces rough or irregular and the joints sunken or beveled. OR noun 6. a country person. 7. an unsophisticated country person.

No where in here does it say that rustic means looking old and beat up and broken! 🙂 This would be my definition of a “rustic” styled wedding! Picked up some photos from pintrest!

Hope these photos help a little as you can see I am not a fan of pallet board signs or chunks of trees….

Happy Planning!

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Unique Lighting For Your Wedding

For weddings there are several different options that could add some WOW to your wedding day.  The most common are pin spotting and up lighting.

Pinspotting is a lighting technique used by Intelligent Lighting Design to bring attention and illumination to various areas of your event. An example would to be to highlight your beautiful centerpieces or wedding cake!

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Uplighting  are small lighting units that are placed on the floor around the perimeter of your venue. The lights will illuminate the walls from floor to ceiling with colored light.

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You should use a good mix of both of these during your wedding.  See above in the after photo how dark the tables are?  You want to make sure those florals that you spent money on are seen also!

Average lighting budget should be about $1500 for a 100 – 125 person wedding!

Happy Planning!

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Venue Review: Noah’s of High Point

I do like this venue!  Not just because we are a preferred professional, but because of the simplicity of the event space.  If you are looking for a high end venue with lots of different options this is a venue that you should visit.  Here are some photos that we’ve taken:

There are lots of decor options available and the location is PERFECT for guest count of around 100 – 110. I know they allow more, but it can get crowded and you want people to have room to move and dance and meet their new family members!

Ask us about our new full planning package created just for this venue!

Happy Planning!

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Ask Veronica

I need to know what is the best way to stay in my budget. What are reasonable things to look for?

I can’t stress enough how important it is to first create a budget!!!  If you know your target number ($$) then break that number down into categories of what you will need for your wedding day.  Then look for professionals that can work within that budget.

Sounds easy? It isn’t.  Another piece of advice is to face reality.  You can’t get a David Tutera wedding with  300 guests on $5,000 budget.  Think about it a Meal at McDonald’s is $5.49 plus tax right – includes a tea (not alcohol) if you buy 300 of these meals the cost is $1,647 before tax.  That is just a burger.

Think of other options.  If your budget is $5,000 do a destination wedding.  We’ve sent couples to Sandals Ochi for $3,000 for a week, honeymoon and wedding all inclusive!  If you think your family won’t travel – I’ll bet back some of them will!

Do a cake an punch reception, instead of a sit down dinner or have your ceremony early and do a bunch instead.  You have lots of options.

Doing a ton of DIY projects to stay in budget doesn’t always work and it doesn’t always turn out the way that you wanted it to.  Visit some of these wedding websites, speak to a planner, ask other couples and get ideas.  Then follow your heart!

Happy Planning!

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