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Rebecca + Lewis’ Elegant, Industrial Terminus 330 Wedding

Rebecca and Lewis’ Terminus 330 wedding in mid-town Atlanta was a BLAST! These two are firecrackers and were a joy to work with.

The decor included tons of greenery, candlelight, and gold.  It was understated romance and perfect for Terminus’ industrial chic venue.

Guest favors were a collection of sweet treats- which is always a popular option to cap off the night (you really can’t go wrong with a consumable favor).

The night concluded with a visit from the Clemson Mascot and Terminus’ signature confetti cannon (which was one of the couple’s favorite parts of the night)!


Photo: Once Like A Spark

Venue: Terminus 330

Flowers: Stylish Stems

Entertainment: DJ Neezy

Cake: Cakes by Anna

Catering: Glorious Events

Makeup artist: Katie Wall

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Make IT Delicious: Dreamy Dessert Ideas

While you still might want a small wedding cake for cutting, more and more couples are featuring alternative desserts on their wedding day. We’ve put together a list of some of our favorite unique wedding dessert ideas to satisfy any sweet tooth!

CUPCAKES
Wedding Cupcake dessert table

Ah, cupcakes…a cute miniature alternative to traditional cake! Cupcakes are easier for your guests to grab and go, plus it looks way more adorable as a dessert display table, wouldn’t you agree?

DONUTS

Wedding donut display

Donuts are definitely a wedding trend lately! The crazier the toppings, the better! Offer an assortment of traditional and fun flavors so guests can enjoy choosing which one they want to try.

PIES
Wedding pie dessert table

Perfect for fall weddings, pies are a wonderful rustic dessert option. If you’re not a fan of whole pies, try mini pies or pie pops instead!

MINI SWEETS
Wedding mini dessert display

If you can’t decide because you love all desserts, then why not just have an assorted miniature dessert display?! You can offer sweet shooters, macarons, tartlets, cake pops and whatever else your heart desires!
What is your favorite wedding dessert? Share your thoughts in a comment below!

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Make IT Fun: Bachelorette Party Ideas for 2017

Dreaming of the perfect Bachelorette Party, but still a little foggy on the details?  But you know you don’t want the crazy trip to vegas or cruise to the Bahamas?  We’ve rounded up some of our favorite options to consider that cater to just about any kind of bridal party.

A DAY OF PAMPERING

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Treat yourself and your ladies to a spa day complete with facials, massages, mani/pedis and body wraps! Enjoy champagne and a light lunch between treatments for the ultimate relaxation experience. Take things up a notch by having a mobile spa come to you and hire out a caterer to provide a gourmet lunch and cocktails. Swoon!

OLD FASHIONED SLEEPOVER

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Take your ladies down memory lane with a good old girls night! Watch romantic comedies, munch on all of your favorite snacks (and wine, of course) and have a pillow fight! Conclude the slumber party with an elaborate brunch the next morning with mimosas and lots of pastries.

FOODIE (& BOOZY) EVENTS

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Everyone likes to eat, right? Indulge in a food-themed bachelorette party! Whether it’s a cooking class, a wine-paired dinner or a tasting event, you and your ladies will have so much fun trying delicious food and drinks.

CAMPING GETAWAY

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Explore nature by going camping for a night or two! Perfect for the outdoorsy bride, you and your girls can roast s’mores over a bonfire, go hiking on nearby trails and unwind with environment. Sounds relaxing!

EXPLORE YOUR INNER ARTSY

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Try getting crafty for your bachelorette party! Bring your ladies to an arts and crafts event like a painting class, a pottery class or even a floral design workshop.

 

 

 

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Journey to “I Do”- Will You?

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June 3rd Andrew & I were in Chattanooga riding bikes around the city, an activity I had been asking to do for quite a while. He wanted to take a trip to see his aunt and uncle close to the time we did the previous year, and I was just like “okay?”

We rode bikes, see the picture, I was so amused and excited I bought a selfie stick. Proceeded to eat lunch with Kevin and Debbie who suggested we go back to Point Park {A place we went on our first trip to Chattanooga and a special park to many members of Andrew’s family.} I quickly denied wanting to take the drive up there due to getting car sick very easily. After much contest on Andrews part, the boy who doesn’t like to argue, up we went.

willyou-jAfter a TWENTY minute walk through the park I was ready to go home, I was hot and had an ITE event to work that evening. Andrew insisted that we take a photo where we took a photo on our first trip, uh okay Andrew… He never likes taking pictures with me.

There we stood in the spot we previously had taken a picture, not even boyfriend and girlfriend at the time. We take the picture and I’m ready to walk away when BOOM Andrew starts to get down on one knee.

I personally remember saying “NO” to what was happening, but there it was. Andrew down on one knee, me crying at a moment I didn’t see coming. No one was around us, just Andrew’s aunt and uncle snapping photos. It was everything I wanted without realizing it.

Pinterest could have ruined June 3rd for me. I thought I wanted some long video proposal. It turns out I wanted just Andrew, telling me he loves me and will love and cherish me the rest of our lives.

Yes1-jLadies, guys are better at things than we give them credit for. Until next time, I leave you with a photo of our engagement.

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Follow Krystal White’s Journey to “I Do” weekly on our blog.  Every couple has a budget that should be respected.  We work with couples with a variety of budgets.  If you need assistance figuring your budget out schedule a complimentary consultation with an ITE Member today!

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Don’t forget the Moms!

Moms hold a special place in all of our hearts.  Some are sweet, some are quiet, and some are crazy (in a good way of course)…every mom is unique. One thing, however, is consistent across the board—they all love their children with a kind of love that only a mother can.  They have sacrificed a lot for us over the years and they never expect anything in return.  That’s why giving our moms gifts can be so fulfilling!  I know that at least in my family, my mom is always the hardest to buy for.  It’s not because she is picky or expensive, but because she only wants what she “needs.”  And she is very rarely “needing” anything around the time of major holidays.  This predicament often gives way to some of the most creative—and thoughtful—gift giving of all!

With Mother’s Day this past weekend, we are talking about wedding day gifts for Mom.  Here are some things to remember when picking out that perfect something:

Personalize it
You know your mother better than any website, store clerk, or even blog writer(!).  So get her something that she would like or use.

  • For the practical moms…Is she a huge coffee drinker? I don’t know many who aren’t.  Or maybe she prefers something a bit stronger?  These days you can say just about anything you want with a coffee mug or wine glass.  Wrap that together with a basket of her favorite goodies and you have a thoughtful gift that she can use over and over again!

    Photo Credit-Krista Photography
  • For the moms who love their jewelry…Personalized jewelry can contain more than just a name or birthstone, it can have the potential to incite memories for years to come.  Do you two share a favorite quote or song lyric?  Have it engraved on a necklace or locket.  If she is one of those women who wear a bracelet with a charm for everything, add one to her collection with your wedding date and an “I love you” or “thank you”….

Which leads me to my next point…

Say thank you
Ultimately this gift is a small way to thank your mom.  More than likely she sat through dozens of dress fittings, helped you with your search to find the exact shade of lavender for your invitations, and is contributing a large sum of money to make sure your day is perfect. Perhaps the best way for you to do that would be a spa day for just the two of you; no wedding talk, just relaxing and catching up.

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Lastly, don’t forget your mother-to-be
It is very important to also recognize your mother-in-law on this day.  She raised the man of your dreams after all! (Side note: you can get that put on a necklace!)  Same rules apply as above. If you do not know her interests as well as you would like, be sure to consult with your groom; that way you can still give her a personalized gift that she will love.

Happy Mother’s Day to all of you 
wonderful moms out there!

 

 

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Wedding Specialists: Cakes by Carissa

Have your cake & eat it too!
How to prepare for your cake design appointment… 

Do you have a sweet tooth?  Choosing your wedding cake will be the “sweetest” task on your wedding planning list. There’s nothing better than sampling slice after slice of cake, fillings & frosting.  However, there are many a things to consider, including the design, the flavor(s), portion size and, of course your budget.  

We are thrilled to welcome Wedding Specialist, North Georgia base cake designer Carissa Hobbs of Cakes by Carissa, who is sharing “Tips on what to bring to your wedding cake consultation”.  

1.  The Details 
Wedding date, time & venue.
Where will your cake be set-up on the venue (inside, outside, etc.)

Photo Credit: KellyAnne Photography  Venue: The Corner District
Photo Credit: KellyAnne Photography
Venue: The Corner District

2.  The Design
Your cake Inspiration, which can be anything from color swatches, to a design on your invitation to pictures of cakes that you like.

Photo Credit: KellyAnne Photography  Venue: Rosabelle Manor
Photo Credit: KellyAnne Photography
Venue: Rosabelle Manor

3.  The Logistics
Budget & number of guest you are expecting, this will help in selecting the size of your cake and determining the number of servings needed.  

Such great tips! All of these will help in designing the perfect wedding cake for your special day. 

I’ve had the pleasure of sampling some of Carissa’s cakes and will confirm that they not only look fabulous they taste incredible too.   

Thanks to Carissa for sharing her  tips, you can see more from Cakes by Carissa on their website.

Let’s talk cake! 
Carissa and I would love to hear your sweet thoughts and questions.

What kind of wedding cake are you having at your wedding? Flavors, designs, royal icing or buttercream? Have a question don’t be afraid to ask! 

Cakes by Carissa  specializes in custom cakes for your special occasion. Whether it be your wedding a birthday or celebration. We have a variety of different cake flavors along with our signature buttercream you are sure to love. We look forward to the opportunity to meet and hear about the unique details of your special day!
Cakes by Carissa
specializes in custom cakes for your special occasion. Whether it be your wedding a birthday or celebration. We have a variety of different cake flavors along with our signature buttercream you are sure to love. We look forward to the opportunity to meet and hear about the unique details of your special day!All of these will help in designing the perfect wedding cake for your special day.

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Real Bride Chat-Post Wedding Reflections

Sarah & William Winter Wonderland

On February 15, 214 William and Sarah said “I Do” at the magnificent Callanwolde Fine Arts at the end of the second snowstorm of 2014 surrounded by their family & friends.   When I met Sarah & William in August 2013 they shared their vision for a winter wedding.  With the help of an amazing design team their vision was executed perfectly. 

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How different was your original wedding vision from your actual wedding? My vision for the wedding actually was brought to life by amazing planning and a wonderful decorator!  Some things were actually much prettier.   I think it’s very important for a bride to know what she wants and know how to communicate that to her planner 🙂

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What surprised you most about the planning process?  Probably the length of time it takes to get it “right”, to research options, and the countless little details you don’t even think about.
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What surprised you the most about the wedding day?  Just how beautiful and emotional it was. Also how quickly the night flies by!  Enjoy it because it’s over too quickly!
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What was your favorite moment of the wedding day?  Seeing how happy William was all night.  Also seeing that smile on my mom and dad’s and granny’s faces.
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Finally, what is your best tip for future brides?  Let’s see-know what you want and hire a planner who you love to work with and who shares your vision too.  Know your budget, research options, try to stay calm, and enjoy every single moment.

Thank You to the Wedding Pros assisted with Sarah & William’s Vision 
Planner: Irene Tyndale Events
Designer/Decor: Donna Lipscomb of Confetti
Floral: A&K Affairs
Catering: Zest Catering
Photographer/Video: Chris Brock Photography & Decisive Moments Photography
Entertainment: Fonix Entertainment
Vintage Car: Special Day Limo
Cake: Buckhead Bakehouse
Bride’s Hair & Makeup: Dina Marie Makeup 
Photobooth: TapSnap
Rentals: S&K Rentals

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Real Bride Chat-Post Wedding Reflections

On March 23, 2013 Nicole Ash & Jason Faulkenberry said “I Do” at the Doubletree Roswell surrounded 90 guest.  A lover of champagne and everything it stands for the couple wanted their weekend to be a celebration of their love.  

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How different was your original wedding vision from your actual wedding?
Fortunately, Jason and I had a long engagement (about 17 months). This gave us the time to not only plan in detail the things we wanted for our wedding day, but also the time to execute them and of course save the money we needed to budget them. With this being said, our wedding day went out without a hitch and it was everything we had imagined and more 🙂
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What surprised you most about the planning process?
What surprised me most about wedding planning was basically ALL the stuff there is to plan for! From all the vendors, to the venue, to the dress, guest list.. the list in endless. It was pretty overwhelming especially because I live away from all of my family. There is NO way I could have done it without some assistance. I was surprised that I really needed an experienced professional to keep all the details straight for me, and to keep me on track with deadlines.

What surprised you the most about the wedding day?
What surprised me most about my wedding was how fast it flew by! It was a wonderful night and I enjoyed every minute of it, but it goes so fast! Luckily, I had a FANTASTIC wedding coordinator who kept track of all the wedding things that need to be done throughout the night (cake cutting, bouquet toss etc) so I was free to enjoy my time with my husband, family, and guests with the occasional interruption from my coordinator to get these tasks done.
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What was your favorite moment of the wedding day?
My most favorite moment of my wedding day was the ceremony! While I was super nervous to have all those eyes on my when I walked in, it was amazing to see all my loved ones in one room there to celebrate with me. Of course while I had all those eyes on me, my eyes were focused on one thing… my groom looking back at me up at the Alter. I will never forget the moment I first saw his reaction to me decked out in the wedding dress. I looked at him the entire walk up the aisle. When I finally got up there, he whispered to me “You look awesome” Haha.

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Finally, what is your best tip for future brides?
My tips for future brides would be to really take the time to decide on the things you want for your wedding day. Explore all your options because there are A LOT! Also, make sure you take some time to actually eat the food! With so many things going on, and so many people wanting your attention its easy to let dinner pass you by. But, its a long day and you need to eat, and you paid for it! Haha. Finally, I would definitely recommend having someone who KNOWS weddings on your side. There are so many behind the scenes details I wasnt even aware of let alone knew how to handle. Yes, you may have family who can help you plan, but on the actual wedding day it is so vital to have someone who isn’t a guest there to coordinate all of the many activities going on around you. As I said earlier, this leaves you free to enjoy your special day!
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I said “Yes”…Now What?

10 Tips to Kickstart your Wedding Plans 

1.  Announce your Engagement

We live in a socially connected world via media these days. So when major events in our lives happen our first impulse is to Facebook and Tweet.  Pick up the phone and call your close family then friends and tell them the great news.  They will be so excited to hear the story from you and not reading it online.

2.  Set a budget

Long are the days of tradition when the “Bride’s family paid for the wedding”.    It is common practice to see both sides paying for the big day.  Talking about money is never easy for either side, but get it out of the way early so that you can enjoy the Wedding Planning process.

3.  Create your guest list

Your guest list will be dictated by your budget and will assist you in choosing your venue and vendors.  When creating your guest list think about who in your lives you would want present on your Wedding Day.  Create a must invite list first with your closet family and friends.  These are the people that mean the most to you.  Cut guest that you haven’t spoken with in over a year, eliminate co-workers, second cousins, etc.  Everyone will want to be invited but not everyone is a VIP on this day.

4.  Choose your Bridal Party

Like your guest list choose your closet friends and family members to stand with you on your day.  Big isn’t always better, a small group will be easier to manage.  Find a fun creative way to invite everyone to be your wedding party.  Be open if someone declines your invitation due to finances or work schedules.  

5.  Choose 3 possible dates/time 

Choosing a wedding date is not easy there are so many factors to consider.   Ask yourselves the following:  what time of the year to you prefer, the weather, work/vacation schedules and holidays.  Then choose three dates in case your preferred dates are not available.

6.  What’s your wedding style?

Knowing your wedding style will help you plan and design the wedding details from start to finish.  There are so many styles to choose from classic, vintage, modern, rustic, etc. Once you figure out your style create a board on Pinterest to share with your wedding vendors.

7.  Consider a hiring a Wedding Planner

Hiring a Wedding & Event Planner, needn’t be a luxury-it can actually help you to save both time and money.  If nothing else, consider hiring one for the big day to organize vendors and other details while you get ready.  Wedding planners have other bonuses, such as getting you deals you wouldn’t get otherwise.

8.  Research & Interview {Ceremony, Reception Venues, Planners, Vendors}

Referrals are the best research you can do.  Talk to your friends who recently got married who they used. Read online reviews on Facebook, Yelp, local wedding planning sites and magazines.    Contact and make appointments with at least two vendors per  category to compare.

 

Plan on booking your vendors in the following order:

Ceremony Location

Reception Venue

Wedding Planner

Photographer

Catering if not provided by the venue

Entertainment

Stationary/Invitations

Florist

Rentals

 

9.  Say Yes to the Dress!!

You have been working hard thus far grab your Mom and Bridesmaids and head over to the Bridal Salon and play.  You will say “Yes” to the dress that makes you feel your best.

10.  Enjoy the Planning!! Remember to take some time out from planning to stay connected to your fiance.

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Why You Need A Wedding Planner

Do I really need a Wedding Planner?  Can’t my friend just coordinate my day?

A Professional Wedding Planner will have experience with the “What Ifs”.  She will get to know and blend your personalities into every aspect of your wedding.  

She is a source of information, a negotiator, mediator and expert on wedding etiquette.  She will have a list of professional vendors who she has worked with personally to refer to you.

Hiring a Wedding & Event Planner, needn’t be a luxury-it can actually help you to save both time and money.  

So yes, you need a Wedding Planner, and choose to be a guest on your Wedding Day!!

 

 

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