10 Things You Must Do For Your Wedding

  • April 1, 2015

If you’re going to take pre-wedding advice from anyone, we think your day-of coordinator should be at the top of that list. Since the wedding coordinators at our events are so great, we want to share some of their wisdom with y’all! Today on the blog, we’re so excited to introduce our featured day-of coordinator for The Big Fake Wedding Charleston, Karen of Winey Blonde Events. There isn’t any kind of wedding or event Karen hasn’t coordinated, so we asked her to kick off our new blog series where we’ll be featuring our day-of coordinators for our upcoming events! Since you all know how much we love lists, Karen from Winey Blonde Events will be sharing a list of 10 must-do’s for your wedding day. We hope you enjoy!

Hello! I am Karen and I am the owner of Winey Blonde Events Company and yes it is pronounced “whiney” and not “Winnie.” My mother always said I was from the “Winey” side of the family which is partly why I named my company after my grandmother’s maiden name. I am passionate for all kinds of events and have coordinated over 200 weddings in Atlanta’s most prestigious wedding venues, as well as destination weddings in Hawaii.

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10 Things You Must Do For Your Wedding

1. Make sure you don’t binge on your big day.
Your wedding day nerves may lead you to have a few drinks or power down some burritos, but be careful, no one wants to spend their wedding day in the restroom or have to use their wedding DVD to remember how much you enjoyed your big day. In the industry, we typically see brides and grooms having a couple of drinks to loosen up before the ceremony and a few more after with friends and family, but always keep in mind your limits. You’re the main attraction – it is your wedding after all – and what’s the point of spending all the money on your wedding day if you can’t remember how it was?

2. Don’t overspend to show off.
You want to have a gorgeous wedding, but keep it within your means. Of course you’ve seen some ideas on Pinterest or a friend who had an over-the-top wedding, but that doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune to have a gorgeous wedding. Keep in mind your budget when planning and designing a theme. At the end of the day you want to make sure everyone had a good time, but in 50 years is it really going to matter how extravagant your wedding was?

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3. Hire or assign someone to be your day-of coordinator.
Of course I recommend hiring a professional, but if that is not within your budget I highly suggest having someone to keep the ceremony organized. In the industry we’ve all heard of horror stories involving the bridal party waiting for 15 minutes because they couldn’t hear the music to cue them to walk down the aisle and a guest having to get up to give them the cue. You don’t want your poor groom, who is already probably anxious, wondering where his future wife is or if she will be on the 7 o’clock news as the runaway bride.

4. Have a rain backup plan.
Outdoor ceremonies have become increasingly popular in the past decade which means you must have a backup plan. Make sure you ask the venue what their recommendations are and when is the last chance to make the rain call, as most venues will not reschedule your wedding day due to rain. Trust me, you would much rather have a tent with dry guests and a dry wedding dress than cold, wet guests who blame the venue and staff for being wet. It gives a bad reputation for the venue, even though you decided to have an outdoor wedding and chose not to have a rain contingency plan.

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5. Pick vendors wisely.
A bride should never book her venue or vendors online before at least seeing them or meeting them once. Even in the case of a destination wedding you still want to have at least one site visit or an opinion from a person you trust, such as a wedding planner. If a bride can’t make a trip to the venue or meet with the vendors in person, she should at the minimum do proper research and ask for referrals, see how often they do weddings, and what their response time is to questions you have. Talking to the vendors or scheduling a Skype/FaceTime call can also help when making decisions for the big day.

6. Invite your favorite people.
There is no need to invite every single person you know or that you work with. Be realistic when creating your guest list, and think of it this way: would you take them out to dinner? Because that is basically what you are doing – wining and dining your guests.

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7. Incorporate what matters most.
Too often have I seen a family member try to take control of the bride and groom’s wedding day. For some reason, parents especially, feel obligated to give their opinion on almost everything including wedding traditions, which have changed. If you don’t want to have toasts at your wedding or do the bouquet and garter toss, then say so! If you and your groom are big music buffs make sure you invest and pick a DJ or band that comes highly recommended or you have seen before. I tell brides to pick one category that means the most to them and splurge a little on having the best if possible.

8. Take pictures of everything.
This includes having the photographer take a picture of your centerpieces and the room before your guests enter. This is something I always ask photographers to do because the bride and groom may not necessarily get to see the big room reveal before they actually enter.

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9. Hug and thank your parents before you leave.
As a planner, I always make sure that mom and dad are the last ones the couple sees by the getaway car. You definitely do not want to leave your wedding without giving them a hug and saying goodbye at the end of the night.

10. Enjoy your wedding day.
Even if things don’t go exactly as you thought they would you need to remember to enjoy your day. Don’t let the little things get in the way of you having a good time and most of all, remember you are marrying your best friend and that in itself is a reason to celebrate.

Photo Credits:
Christy Parry Photography

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Tuesday’s 10: Invitations

  • March 31, 2015

If there’s one thing that totally sets the stage for how awesome your wedding is going to be, it’s your invitations. These little pieces of paper arrive on the doorstep of each and every person on your guest list, getting everyone excited for your big day and proving that big things really do come in small packages. Although there are many components to consider when choosing your invites, we think the best way to get a feel for what you want is by looking at photos for ideas. Since there’s no shortage of amazing stationery at our events, today we’re sharing a few inspiring and unique takes on wedding invitations from some of our fabulous vendors – enjoy!

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Anthologie Press | The 1st Denver NotWedding

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Magnolia Tree Paperie | The Big Fake Wedding Dallas

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Paisley Dog Press | The 3rd NYC NotWedding

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Ashley Bush Lettering & DesignThe Big Fake Wedding Charlotte

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Jenkins Rose – Modern Paper | The 8th Atlanta NotWedding

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Mia Maria Design | The 2nd New York NotWedding

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Dearest Olive Calligraphy | The 3rd Athens NotWedding

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WritefullyHis | The 9th Atlanta NotWedding

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Greatest Story Creative | The 1st Charlotte NotWedding

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Nesting Project | The 2nd Nashville NotWedding

Photo Credits:
Green Blossom Photography | Andrea Elizabeth Photography | Cassidy Parker Smith | Alexa’s Photography | Katey Penton Photography | Jessica Oh Photography | Chloe Giancola PhotographyJayne B Photography | Caroline Lima Photography | Cassidy Carson Photography

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 Need some inspiration to plan the rest of your wedding? You’ve come to the right place! Visit our event page to find out when The Big Fake Wedding is coming to your city – you’ll get a chance to see all your local wedding vendors in action, as well as get some ideas for your big day. See you there!

Vendor Highlight: Cherish Creations

  • March 30, 2015

“Our motto has always been ‘life is worth celebrating!’ and it is something I firmly believe in. From grand celebrations to intimate weddings to monthiversaries and everything in between, I truly feel that every life and each part of life is worth embracing and enjoying.” Noël of Cherish Creations tells us about the best part of her job, and we couldn’t agree with her more. Energetic, creative, and progressive, there isn’t much Noël won’t (and can’t!) do. If it’s any testament to how incredible she is, Noël spent her birthday working our first Dallas event – and instead of seeing it as a negative way to spend her special day, she saw it as more of a reason to celebrate. It was truly a pleasure working with Noël at The Big Fake Wedding Dallas, and we can’t wait to see what she comes up with next!

“Noël is a creative genius and an absolute joy to work with. She is talented, kind, and has an eye for making the accents and touches to your wedding perfect! Love her!”
The Big Fake Wedding Dallas Team

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Tell us a little bit about the story behind Cherish Creations.
I had been creating works of art in the form of invitations and announcements for over 5 years before we ever launched Cherish Creations. I got my start by designing for sorority sisters and family members, and then quickly added a law firm and a few other businesses around the south to the growing list of happy clients. We strive for southern charm personalized just for you. We are a stationary boutique and design studio, based deep in the heart of Texas, and we can’t wait to work with you!

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Who or what inspires you?
So many things. The Lord’s creation is for sure my biggest influence. I am constantly in awe of His power and stunning beauty.

Also, people around me that challenge and motivate me. I was raised by two of the most traditional, classy, and wonderful southerners there ever have been and some super fab big brothers. My parents introduced me to my loves of etiquette and correspondence – through the beloved hand-inked thank you note. My big brothers have always been there to encourage me to dream bigger and push father, and always reminded me that I can do anything, even when I couldn’t (like the time I tried to ice skate on our frozen pool). My husband, the better half of Cherish, motivates me far more than he knows. He is has the best work ethic, highest integrity, loads of wisdom, and so much patience. He is my home, my heart, my unshakable ground. My in-loves have enriched my life more than I realized was possible.

As an artist, one of the hardest things (and most fulfilling things) to do is to create what’s in someone else’s mind, but it’s fun when clients aren’t super sure what they want. There is nothing quite like making their imaginations come to life. Those closest to me know that I am solar powered, so a spot in the sun + laptop + some quality queso + a cold bev = my utopia.

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Describe Cherish Creations in five words or less.
Classic, Custom, Southern Chic, Passionate, Joyful

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What is the best part of your job?
Celebrating life and all the joy that this life brings. Our motto has always been “life is worth celebrating!” and it is something I firmly believe in. From grand celebrations to intimate weddings to monthiversaries and everything in between, I truly feel that every life and each part of life is worth embracing and enjoying. It is such a treasure to be able to spend my energy and time celebrating something that we feel so strongly about!

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What is your favorite part of The Big Fake Wedding experience?
I enjoyed every aspect. From the creative freedom during the preparation to the relationships that were strengthened in our local vendor community along with the super fun clients and The Big Fake Wedding Staff staff we were able to celebrate and dream with.

Photo Credits:
Tyler + Lindsay | The Tarnos (2 + 4) | Sacred Image Photography | Personal

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Vendor Highlight: SPiN DJ Entertainment

  • March 27, 2015

Dallas brides, if you’re looking for a DJ, we’re happy to tell you that your search is over. When you book Chase of SPiN DJ Entertainment you don’t just get a DJ, you have the option of also getting a photographer, videographer, right-hand man, and friend. Chase loves what he does and it shows; his passion for music brings with it an energy that is perfect for kicking off the party. Not only is Chase a fantastic DJ, but he’s also a great person as well – at The Big Fake Wedding Dallas, he was helpful, accommodating, and totally on top of his game. It was such an honor having him as a part of our first Dallas event, and we hope to work with him again!

“Chase is truly one of the greatest DJ’s I’ve had the pleasure of working with logistically and simply having fun with at the event. He was completely on top of things and eager to help at the drop of a hat! He kept our guests dancing all night long and everyone loved him!”
The Big Fake Wedding Dallas Team

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Tell us a little bit about the story of SPiN DJ Entertainment.
We are a group of DJ’s that specialize in wedding events and carry a reputation for having a very high level of customer service. I think this is due to the fact that a lot of us play multiple roles. We are not just DJ’s, but most of us are also photographers and videographers. Therefore, when we run events, we take into consideration those roles as well, and always make a point to incorporate them into the events that require those services. Most couples rely on planners or coordinators to fulfill this role, but we take on that role when we can and enjoy doing it.

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What is the best part of your job?
Meeting people! We have met so many unique couples and have grown personal relationships with a lot of them. We are honored and humbled that we get to be a part of their wedding day. A lot of brides have planned this day out for years, and it means so much to us that we get to be the company that kick starts the party!

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Describe a highlight or pivotal moment in your career.
This would definitely have to be when I transitioned from being a club/bar DJ to a private event DJ. The night life is great when you’re young and full of energy, but I’m glad I am in the wedding industry and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I love being off Sunday through Thursday! Haha.

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Who is your hero and why?
I don’t really have one person in my life that I would call a hero. Instead, I got a great group of family members and friends that mean the world to me. Heroes will come and go, but my family and friends are everything to me.

*Fun Fact* – I got engaged in Paris, France on May 5, 2014. Photo below!

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What is your favorite part of The Big Fake Wedding experience?
So many things! 1) I hosted the 1st Big Fake Wedding in D-town! Boo-yah! 2) I met a lot of great vendors 3) I had tons of fun being a part of this unique show.

Photo Credits:
Personal | David Bacher

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