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Love Tips: Wedding Day Timelines

Wedding TimelineWe’ve all heard the phrase “time is of the essence” right? Well when it comes to your wedding day that phrase is very true! Planning a wedding begins with sticking to a timeline, making sure you’ve booked various vendors, sent out invitations and created a table layout for the venue. But what about the timeline for the day of the wedding? A lot of couples forget this important detail (that’s why if you’re in Orlando (or Central Florida) you hire us!) and are stuck on their wedding day not knowing what is next or how much time they have for each activity.

Creating a timeline includes making it realistic and actually sticking to it because what good is it if you don’t follow it. With all of our packages we create a detailed timeline for our couples and the vendors. It is important for the couple and the vendors to know where they should be and what they should be doing. We are sticklers about sticking to the timeline (of course there are certain times when things are out of our control…that’s the part about being realistic!) because time is of the essence.

When you book a venue you usually choose a block time for your wedding, whether it;s 4 or 6 hours. As your planner or coordinator we have to make sure you get the full wedding experience in these hours. We have to account for the ceremony, bridal party/family pictures, cocktail hour, toasts and the final dance, to name a few. We also have to be mindful of events running over and being able to have wiggle room. As basic as it may sound timelines can be very time consuming to create and need to be created by someone who has experience in what should be included.

If you are unable to hire a planner or coordinator consider hiring them to create your timeline as an a la carte service! I promise you that you will not regret it and your vendors will be thankful for it!

Love Tips: How To Mix and Match Bridesmaid Dresses


So this week has been crazy busy (what week isn’t though?) and I’m just not able to send you guys a love tip from me. I did however pop on over to one of my favorite blogs (Every Last Detail) and found a post that is just what you want to read and see, mismatched bridesmaid dresses! Have you considered doing this? Way long ago when I got married I allowed my girls to choose their dresses as long as they kept them in the same color scheme. I personally believe it brings more personality to the wedding and a touch of fun!

xxx Nichole

Here’s the blog entry, tell me what you think! How to Mix and Match Bridesmaid Dresses


Love Tips: 5 Red Flags to Spot on Wedding-Vendor Contracts

Part of my morning ritual is reading through my favorite blogs. This morning I saw this article and decided to change up my post for love tips this week. This article lists key items that you should watch out for when you are signing contracts with wedding vendors. If you have a wedding planner you will most likely have someone that is on top of this. If you book a day of coordinator they will review your contracts and tell you if you’ve missed a red flag and how to fix it. I recently had something like this come up with one of my brides who booked me for day of coordination. After reviewing her contract it stated that all vendors would be setting up their items the day before, including draping, the florist…now this was just crazy! I really could not understand why the venue would have that on the contract to begin with but it was something my bride overlooked and it became a huge issue, thankfully we got it worked out and we were able to go in the day of for setup but it’s just a reminder to read those contracts!

5 Red Flags to Spot on Wedding-Vendor Contracts – published on
by Sandy Malone

“Wedding contracts can become a blur, especially if you’re signing a lot of them. If you don’t have a a professional planner reviewing everything for you, you might miss some things that are “red flags” to those who regularly work in the wedding business. Here are five really important things to watch for in every wedding-vendor contract:

1. Never sign a contract with a vendor who has a clause that prohibits you from reviewing them after the wedding.
As a client, you have a right to give your opinion on a vendor’s services on Wedding Wire or wherever else unless you sign something saying you won’t. Why would a vendor not want reviews? Probably because they’ve had a lot of bad ones in the past. Look for publicly-posted reviews on any vendor before you consider hiring them.

2. Pay careful attention to the minimum number of guests required in order for the vendor to honor the pricing offered in the contract.
If you’ve estimated 125 guests and the venue has listed 100 as your minimum, you’re in trouble if your acceptances come in at only 80 guests. That contract means they only have to honor the prices offered with 100 guests and in some cases it can require you to pay for the 20 that aren’t even there. Get the lowest minimum number on that contract that you possibly can.

3. Double and triple-check the dates and times on the contracts.
It’s easy to miss a small numerical error, but if the error happens to commit them to your wedding on Sunday instead of Saturday. Many vendors have multiple wedding clients in one day but some cannot. A florist or pastry chef can certainly deliver successfully to more than one venue. But you have to establish that delivery time early to make sure they’re actually blocked for when you need them on your wedding day. You don’t want the cake being set up in the middle of cocktails.

See more: All of the Financial Loose Ends You Need to Tie Up Before Your Wedding

4. Be wary of vendors with extreme cancellation policies.
It’s not uncommon for initial wedding deposits to be non-refundable, but some contracts require full payment if the wedding is cancelled less than 90 days prior to the wedding date. That’s a lot of money when they have three-month’s notice to book a new client. Sixty days is more appropriate and some are much more lenient.

5. Make sure the details of your order are perfect on the contract before you sign it.
If you told the florist yellow, and she wrote white, and you didn’t notice and signed the contract, you’re going to get white and it won’t be her fault. She’s not going to look at your flower order again until a couple weeks prior to the wedding date, and she’s not going to remember your conversation or notice her mistake at that point because you approved it the way it was written.

Owner of Weddings in Vieques, a destination-wedding planning company off the coast of Puerto Rico, Sandy Malone has helped countless couples plan their big day since 2007.”

Love Tips: First Look Photos

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Photo Credit: Fletch Power Films

Every now and then it’s fun to break away from tradition and first look photos are my favorite way to do that! Many couples do not even know what first look photos are and forget that the wedding is truly their own to customize. I love when couples want to be different and make their wedding day about them and intertwine their personality in it.

First look photos are exactly what it says, first look. Traditionally the couple does not see each other until the ceremony but first looks incorporate intimate time for the couple that they would not get until the reception is over. (First look photos can be used for mom/dad of the couple and the bridal party. I love dad reactions of seeing their daughter dressed in their gowns!) Here are 2 reasons to take first look photos…

  • Private time: Weddings are a day of go, go, go. In actuality couples do not get to spend a minute alone enjoying time with each other and just living in the moment of their big day. First look photos allow for these because they are private moments where it’s just you two and the photographer. You can gush and love on each in private without someone coming to say congratulations or take an “usie” for Instagram (not that we don’t love that!)
  • Saves time: One thing I don’t like is a picture wedding, this is a wedding that has a couple running around taking pictures all day. The couple gets no time to have fun with each other or their guests because they’re spending hours getting their picture taken. First look photos allows you to cut down the list of photos taken during the cocktail hour (because realistically everyone does not have a full hour) and doesn’t make you have to leave the reception to finish photos. Timelines are very important in weddings and I promise you your wedding planner will be thankful if you start your day earlier to get these photos in. Once you two have taken your first looks you can invite the bridal party and get all those shots done also.

Now after those 2 reasons please tell me why would you not want first look photos? Have you seen all the images that pop up on Pinterest for them? Here’s a few, they are totally full of love! And yes the picture up top is my husband and I on our wedding day, I love the images we got!

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Photo Credit: Andria Lindquist

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Photo Credit: XOXO, Tammy

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Photo Credit: Michelle Newell Photography

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Photo Credit: Simply Bloom Photography

Have a great weekend!
xxx Nichole

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