Making Up For A Long Sabbatical: Here's The Most AWESOME Thing You Can Do With Your Wedding Flowers!

Making Up For A Long Sabbatical: Here's The Most AWESOME Thing You Can Do With Your Wedding Flowers!

Holy Long Sabbatical, Batman!!

So, I kind of, accidentally, took a long (okay, mega long) break from updating this beautiful beast of a website. It definitely wasn't on purpose- I swear. It's just that- and this is good news- I've been SUPER BUSY with awesome clients (if you're reading this, chances are you're one of them...HEY THERE!!).

What exactly has been going on? Well, for one, wedding planning. And not just, full-planning (though I've done that, too). But even smaller, more personalized plans. Venue visits, vendor research and acquisition. I even attended a bridal show with a bride who was new in town- yay! And of coure, one of my favorites- I did my first pet- attendant wedding (aside from my own, that is). If you're wondering what that is, it's basically where I supervise and cuddle on your pet(s) during the day-of and make sure they're safe and ready to go for ceremony time! I also tuck them in for the night so that you can enjoy the evening with your guests for a few hours, without having to worry about getting home to them quickly! (If you want to learn more about that service because, duh, it's amazing and probably my favorite thing ever, click here.)

To make up for my long absence, I'm here to tell you about something super amazing. Well, actually, it's someone super amazing who can do something pretty spectacular with your WITH. YOUR. WEDDING. FLOWERS! And, honestly...what better time to make a comeback than on a day with a little bit of spook and full-moon magic on this glorious Friday the 13th?

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5 Easy Ways To Have A Mardi Gras Inspired Wedding

5 Easy Ways To Have A Mardi Gras Inspired Wedding

Holy post-Mardi Gras blues, Batman! I can't believe Carnival is over and that its already mid-February. Where is the year going?

We had a busy Mardi Gras week, not only because we went to a lot of awesome parades, but because we also relocated to the Old Metairie area (hence the delay in blog posts)- WOOT! It's been a busy last few weeks, but we finally got internet + cable hooked up at our new place! {But don't go spoiling The Walking Dead for me just yet.}

At any rate, in honor of NOLA's favorite holiday (let's be honest, we're all already having withdrawals) and since Mardi Gras-themed weddings are all the rage (especially in cities other than NOLA) I thought I'd 'tis the season and share 5 ways that you can totally pull off a Mardi Gras inspired wedding.

And no, it doesn't have to be over the top (even if that is the way we do it down here in NOLA).

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We Did It! (A Quick Recap On Our French Quarter Hallowedding)

We Did It! (A Quick Recap On Our French Quarter Hallowedding)

Whew!

What a whirlwind the past few months have been.  One day I was celebrating my bridal shower, I blinked, and just like that- our wedding day came and went!  And one bout of plague-like sickness later, it's Christmastime (my second favorite holiday)! 

I cannot tell you how fast the time goes in the 2 months before your wedding.  The best word to describe it is insanity.  It is a stressful, yet oddly blissful type of insanity, but it is insanity no less.

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The #1 Most Important Thing To Do Before Finding Your Wedding Venue + Venue Budget Breakdowns

The #1 Most Important Thing To Do Before Finding Your Wedding Venue + Venue Budget Breakdowns

Gosh, I cannot believe it is already the middle of May!  I mean, it's already been 1 month since French Quarter Fest and two weeks since Jazz Fest.  Where does the time go?!  Well, to keep up with our wedding planning, today, we're going to go over the single most important thing to do before you start venue shopping....

The guest list.

The guest list is the most crucial thing that effects staying within your budget and having your wedding vision come to life.  You absolutely must determine your list- or at least a rough draft of it- before going any further in the wedding planning process.

Why is this so important?  Well, simply put, the guest list effects EVERYTHING in your wedding...except for maybe your wedding dress.

Consider this: the more guests you have, the more you need for the wedding.  This may include, but is certainly not limited to, needing a larger cake, more centerpieces, more chairs/tables/other rentals, a larger food and drink budget, more favors, more invitations...the list is nearly endless!

So, right here, right now, I'm going to help you tackle this daunting to-do with a little exercise...

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Haydel Bakery's 2015 Mardi Gras Bead Dog Raffle

Haydel Bakery's 2015 Mardi Gras Bead Dog Raffle

The Mardi Gras Bead Dog

Hello, New Orleans lovers!  Today I want to talk to you about something super New Orleans.  Like a huge NOLA tradition- the Haydel's Bakery Mardi Gras Bead Dog!

Every year, Haydel's Bakery, which is an ah-mazingly delicious (and superior wedding cake vendor, IMHO), raffles off a life-sized Mardi Gras Bead Dog and donates the proceeds to a charity of their choice.  And the raffle is going on RIGHT NOW!  Tell me you don't want to win one of these babies for your own pad?

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How To Choose Your Wedding Colors: An Epic Guide For Finding Your Perfect Palette

How To Choose Your Wedding Colors: An Epic Guide For Finding Your Perfect Palette

You know what is kind of crazy about this whole wedding blog thing?  I was never really one of those girls that had endless day-dreams about her wedding day.  Don't get me wrong, I spent a ridiculous amount of time sketching wedding gowns as a kid, but that was mostly because I love to design and draw (though I'm not necessarily good at it).  So, its a little bit funny that I'm sitting here writing a blog about wedding planning.  I find myself just a little bit shocked at how much I've fallen in love with this whole process (though not necessarily this part of it);  especially the fun parts that most girls decide on in childhood- like picking your color palette.  I mean, I never really put much thought into what my wedding colors would be.  Actually, I didn't even know there was such a thing as a wedding color palette, nor that you can actually hire people to help you pick one.  Amazing!  Thankfully, I've had some time to delve into wedding palettes.  I know first hand that choosing your color palette, while fun, isn't always the effortless task they make it out to be (I'm looking at you, Pinterest). 

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9 Helpful Tips For Navigating Your Wedding Budget + Free Printable Checklists

9 Helpful Tips For Navigating Your Wedding Budget + Free Printable Checklists

Wedding budgets- you can't live with 'em, you can't plan without 'em.  Am I right?

Unfortunately, setting your budget and creating a financial game plan is likely the most important aspect of the wedding.  If you think about it, paying for a wedding is a lot like paying for a car or for college (yikes); its a huge financial investment, no matter what your budget size.  So before you dive head first in to wedding planning, take a step back, Eager McBeaver, and really hone-in on your budget.  After all, a fabulous wedding starts with thinking ahead, having a plan, and deciding what you're realistically able to spend.  It might not be the easiest or most glamorous part of the adventure, but doing the hard stuff now will only ensure a smoother experience down the road.

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Wedding Stress: 5 Tips For Conquering Your Wedding Woes

Wedding Stress: 5 Tips For Conquering Your Wedding Woes

Ladies, I'm about to level with you for a minute. 

I had a bridal breakdown.

Okay, it was a pretty minor event, in reality, but the stress of all this wedding planning really got to me the other day.  I had just found my dress (yay, finally!) and my mother was in town to help me plan.  It should have been a blissful weekend.  But, unfortunately, life had other plans- as usual.  In between an issue with my engagement ring and the photographer trying to reschedule our engagement photos less than a week before taking them (which took a lot of rearranging to schedule in the first place, mind you), I was burnt out.

Making decisions.  Creating decor.  Coordinating with my bridesmaids who all live in different states.  Trying to get an answer from my future MIL about rehearsal dinner shenanigans.  Finalizing invites.  All while living in a state where I have zero friends or family and my fiance is working almost everyday (or, more accurately, night).  It's a lot. 

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