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Oct 31 2016

Real Halloween Wedding on Jekyll Island at Villa Marianna

With my birthday being the day before Halloween, October has always been my favorite month.  Fall in the Golden Isles, especially on Jekyll Island, makes it the ideal wedding location  for destination weddings. We had the opportunity to work with Juan and Ingrid on their Halloween wedding at Villa Marianna and it was amazing.

This non-tranditional, unconventional wedding had everything– a fabulous bride with pink hair, a bull’s skull, a ringbear, and several custom elements for the guests (including, a Mario and Toadstool plush toss in lieu of the garter and bouquet).

 

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villa marianna jekyll island wedding planner coordinator_0536

villa marianna jekyll island wedding planner coordinator_0536

villa marianna jekyll island wedding planner coordinator_0536

villa marianna jekyll island wedding planner coordinator_0536

villa marianna jekyll island wedding planner coordinator_0536

villa marianna jekyll island wedding planner coordinator_0536

villa marianna jekyll island wedding planner coordinator_0536

villa marianna jekyll island wedding planner coordinator_0536

villa marianna jekyll island wedding planner coordinator_0536

villa marianna jekyll island wedding planner coordinator_0536

villa marianna jekyll island wedding planner coordinator_0536

villa marianna jekyll island wedding planner coordinator_0536

villa marianna jekyll island wedding planner coordinator_0536

villa marianna jekyll island wedding planner coordinator_0536

villa marianna jekyll island wedding planner coordinator_0536

villa marianna jekyll island wedding planner coordinator_0536

villa marianna jekyll island wedding planner coordinator_0536

villa marianna jekyll island wedding planner coordinator_0536

villa marianna jekyll island wedding planner coordinator_0536

villa marianna jekyll island wedding planner coordinator_0536

villa marianna jekyll island wedding planner coordinator_0536

villa marianna jekyll island wedding planner coordinator_0536

 

Planning & Event Management: Cocktails & Details®
Venue: Villa Marianna
Photographer: Izzy Hudgins
Caterer & Cake:
Tasteful Temptations
Calligraphy & Signage: 
Ingrid Pierre

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May 26 2016

Styled Shoot: Modern Wedding at Westin Jekyll Island

When the Westin Jekyll Island opened, I knew it was going to be an amazing wedding venue.  Their courtyard provides a gorgeous ocean backdrop for a wedding ceremony or cocktail hour. It is always fun to team up with your wedding squad and flex your creative muscles. So when it was time to come up with a concept for our editorial shoot, the Westin Jekyll Island was the perfect place to tell the tale of a modern, fashionable wedding by the sea (cue DNCE’s “Cake by the Ocean“).

We designed lush, ivory florals against a delicious palette of blush, gold and champagne. The balustrade lined platform is the perfect place for a Jekyll Island wedding ceremony.
To frame the ceremony area, we debuted our new Devyn wall– a floral backdrop inspired by Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s wedding in Florence.

The table was just divine!  I loved the play on texture with the metallic and soft blush linen for the dining table. It provided the perfect base for the tall trumpet arrangement at the center.  Dinner in the courtyard of the Westin Jekyll Island is sublime!  Guests will love the views!

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Event Team

LOCATION // Westin Jekyll Island

DESIGNER // Cocktails & Details®

PHOTOGRAPHY // Brooke Roberts Photography

FLORALS & FLATWARE // Straton Hall

FLORAL WALL // Cocktails & Details®

RENTALS // Beachview Event Rentals

LINENS // La Tavola & Cocktails and Details®

MENUS // Bella Figura

CHARGERS // BBJ Linen

HAIR & MAKE UP // Devyn Denae

WEDDING DRESS // Olia Zavozina

 

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May 13 2016

Give Your Wedding a Tech Upgrade

We are always on the go– having our wedding plans at our fingertips is a must!  There are several websites and apps to assist in you staying on budget and inspired.  Our guest contributor, Naomi Shaw, shares how you can give your wedding a tech upgrade.

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May 12 2016

Gatsby Inspired Jacksonville Yacht Club Wedding

We had the pleasure of designing and planning Shaen and Kingston’s beautiful Jacksonville wedding at the Florida Yacht Club.  Their touching ceremony was held at the historic First Baptist church that was filled with so much emotion and love. We combined their love of the Jacksonville Jaguars  by incorporating their colors into the Great Gatsby theme the bride had her heart set on.

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Event Team

WEDDING PLANNER AND DESIGNER //Cocktails & Details®

WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER  // Dana Goodson Photography

FLORALS //  A Happily Ever After Floral

WEDDING CEREMONY VENUE  // Riverside Baptist Church , Jacksonville, FL

WEDDING RECEPTION VENUE // Florida Yacht Club, Jacksonville, FL

Desintation Wedding Planning
May 11 2016

Tips and Trends for Destination Weddings

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While weddings in Saint Simons Island and Jekyll Island are our thing, we always adore the opportunity to plan destination weddings abroad for our clients.  Turning your wedding into a full vacation experience is quite the selling point for couples and their guests.

Paradisus Resorts – a popular destination for destination weddings has provided tips and trends for international destination weddings that will make your trip stress-free and memorable.  With properties in Mexico and the Dominican Republic, Paradisus Resorts feature romance offerings that are customizable to meet the needs of the most discerning couple. Paradisus Resort’s qualified Romance team is readily available to help guests create a romantic escape with an unsurpassed level of all-inclusive romantic luxury.

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Top Ten Expert Tips

  1. LocationWhile a destination wedding may be your lifelong dream, remember without your guests there is no event.  Consider travel costs and accessibility from where the majority of your guests will be traveling from when selecting a destination.
  1. Knowledge is Power:  Ask the hard hitting questions before making a commitment when shopping around for a destination wedding.
  1. Peaks and Valleys:  The best time of year to travel to the Caribbean and Mexico is the fall. Room rates are lower and some hotels reduce their wedding package pricing or offer added perks/concessions.
  1. Strength in NumbersMost hotels will offer reduced rates, incentives and concessions for wedding groups who commit to a minimum number of rooms under contract.
  1. Listen to the ExpertsHotels that are committed to destination weddings will have on-site wedding coordinators. Listen to their advice; who else knows the resort better than they do. They are your eyes and ears during the overseas, long distance planning phase. There’s no added cost to utilize the service and expertise of the resort’s coordinator.
  1. Keep it Local:  One of the easiest ways to cut costs is to keep it local. Instead of insisting on midnight blue orchids that have to be imported, use flowers grown locally. Don’t insist on bringing your own vendors. Ask the resort for a list of their trusted vendors and capitalize on the relationships built by the resort with these vendors.
  1. Time is on Your SideBook at least 9-months in advance for best date selection.  Last minute planning can result in unexpected costs. Plus, make sure the save-the-dates are in the mail well in advance to allow family and friends time to budget and plan.
  1. Legal is so “Yesteryear”There is no need to get legally married in the destination you’ve chosen. Take care of the legal paperwork in your home state to save hundreds of dollars on the cost of a legal ceremony in another country. You’ll avoid a variety of other ‘legalities’ such as needing to translate documents and blood tests.
  1. Arrive in StylePlan on arriving at your destination at least three days prior to the wedding day. Use the extra time at your destination and resort to scope out the place, get to know the staff, and meet with the resort coordinator and vendors.
  1. Don’t Go on Price AloneTrust in the hotels that are willing to show you their pricing upfront. Every ‘free wedding’ promotion has restrictions and requirements. Even better, work with a destination wedding planner to help guide you through the process without falling into common pitfalls.

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Top Destination Wedding Trends for 2016

  1. ExperienceCouples are incorporating local culture and traditions into their wedding weekend to create an overall experience. For example, if tying the knot in Mexico, organize an off-site tour or host a tequila tasting happy hour.
  1. Food:Exciting culinary options that pays homage to the location of your destination wedding has become an investment for most couples. Live action Sushi station at the cocktail hour or a food truck at the after-party are unique ways to create a memorable culinary experience.
  1. Multiple EventsCouples are turning their destination wedding into an action-packed getaway. A true destination wedding is a minimum three-day event. A prepared itinerary for weddings guests filled with exciting activities will turn a destination wedding into an experience.

 

Where in the world would you say “I Do”?

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May 10 2016

Your Wedding Planner is Not a Groupon

There is a very common misconception that your wedding planner’s main job is to get you amazing deals with wedding vendors.

That’s wrong.

Very wrong.

If you want discounts and deals, I suggest you head to Groupon or Thumbtack. If you want an expertly guided and planned wedding, where you are matched with the best vendors suited for your style and budget, I suggest you get a wedding planner. It may sound harsh, but I assure you– nothing is more frustrating and exhausting than sitting with couples who believe your sole goal is to get them discounts. It discredits your talent, skill and experience with one question– “What kind of discounts can you get us?”

Some ill-advised publications have led couples astray with the concept with wedding planners send so much business to a vendor, they in turn, discount their services for the wedding planner. I’m not saying it doesn’t happen. I am saying, don’t bank on it, and most certainly make that your sole reason for hiring a wedding planner. Any discounts that a vendor extends is done so at their sole discretion, not as an expectation.

So if your wedding planner can’t get you discounts, what can they do?

Glad you asked.

Your wedding planner will:

  • Help you establish and maintain a realistic budget
  • Assist in reconciling your vision with your budget
  • Match you with vendors that can help execute your vision within your budget

This can only be done through experience and good wedding planners have it.  With a wedding planner, their service and expertise is worth far more than a one time discount.  When managed correctly, your wedding planner can assist you in staying on budget and within vision, versus helping you afford vendors that may have  been out of your financial comfort zone.  And yes, your wedding planner may be privy to exclusives, price concessions and preferential treatment, but how they serve you is worth their weight in gold.

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May 09 2016

Rehearsal Dinner Fashion with Rent the Runway

In the hustle and bustle of wedding planning, the rehearsal dinner or welcome party can sometimes sneak up on you. Finding a dress can add to the stress of wedding planning and tasks when you are almost at the finish line. That’s when Rent The Runway comes in. Have your choice of the most delicious designer gowns to keep you looking fashion forward your entire wedding weekend.

 

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Garden Floral Dress by ERIN $65

 

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At First Sight Sheath by Monique Lhuillier $55

 

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Sugar Coat Dress by Allison Parris $70

 

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Ivory Zarita Dress by Diane von Furstenburg $45

 

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Cyrano Shift by Milly $70

 

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Chrysler Shift y Vie la V $65

 

Along with these stunning dresses, you can view more dresses for wedding rehearsal dinners  as cultivated by the stylists at Rent the Runway.  You’ll also have a great selection of wedding accessories, ranging from earrings, bracelets and necklaces. The process is quite simple– select your favorite item in your size, choose an alternate size at no additional charge (just in case!) and select your event date and you’re done!  To sweeten the deal, you can take 20% off First Order from Rent the Runway with code FIRSTRTR20P.

 

How do you plan to slay at your rehearsal dinner?

 

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Apr 19 2016

Stocking Your Bar for Your Wedding

Many couples ask, “How much alcohol do I need for my wedding?”  If you are providing alcohol for your own wedding, this questions plagues and scares you not knowing how much alcohol to purchase.  If your venue provides your alcohol, this guide will help you gauge how much alcohol you may use.

These are some great starting points for your bar. We are estimating one drink per person, per hour. Dependent upon your preferences, or that of your guests, you may have to increase or decrease some bottles.  This is especially the case if you are having a signature drink that uses one or more of the spirits listed. For each bottle of spirits, you need three containers of mixers — club soda, tonic, juice, etc. Warm weather outdoor weddings call for more clear liquors (for vodka gimlets and gin and tonics).  Martinis are popular for cocktail parties and wine makes a perfect accompaniment to multi-course plated meals.

Select the size of your guest list and the type of bar you would like to provide

 

Want a printable copy for your planning? Download the guide here.

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Apr 18 2016

Fashion Monday: Alyne by Rita Vineris

With bridal fashion week coming to an end recently, Some of the most alluring gowns have emerged for next season.  Never ever one to disappoint, Rita Vineris presented her Spring/Summer 2017 Alyne line that was full of modern silhouettes and flowing fabrics.  Intricate details on the bodice and skirts transform demure gowns into artful masterpieces.

 

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Photos by Dan Lecca

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Apr 12 2016

Accommodating Your Guests with Special Needs

With all the details you have to worry about for your wedding day, one thing can go overlooked:  your guests and their needs.  Even thought it is your day, it is also a joint celebration.  You want to make sure that everyone you have invited can celebrate with you safely and comfortably.

Physical Needs

Guests who have issues with walking need to be taken into consideration for transport and seating.  This is especially true for grandparents, who may have trouble navigating outdoor weddings with difficult terrain (e.g., parks, beaches, etc.). For the reason, some grandparents elect to be seated at the start of the ceremony, avoiding inclusion in the processional. For those grandparents who do wish to walk down the aisle, allow them to stand at the rear of the seating so their walk is not too strenuous or difficult.

Guests who need the assistance of walkers or wheelchairs need extra space accommodations with seating. This is crucial to know before the day get started, as when your guests arrive reconfiguring the layout may not be an option. Preferred seating areas with adequate space and prime views can be created during setup.
For the reception, these guests should be seated close to areas where they  will need access (exits, restrooms, etc.) as well as a sight line to  key events (dining, cake cutting, dancing, etc.) Avoid putting guests with limited mobility near high traffic/loud areas (bars, DJ, etc.).  This will be important in figuring out your seating plan.

 

Dietary Needs

Another biggie! As someone who has recently had to drastically change their diet, knowing what I could eat at a wedding is a big deal.  Most guests with food allergies and dietary needs know what they can and cannot eat, however, it is still vital to relay anyone with food related needs to your caterer. This will give them the opportunity change the way they prepare or serve/display food. Having plenty of alternatives will ensure your guests with dietary needs aren’t forced to eat a plate full of one item.

You may also want to consider having a smaller dessert for those guests who cannot eat gluten. With wedding cake being the pièce de résistance at weddings, it’s a shame to have any guest miss out on a sweet ending.

 

Outdoor Weddings

If you are having an outdoor wedding in Spring, Summer or early Fall, be sure to communicate this to your guests via your wedding website or an enclosure in your invitation suite.  As someone who oversees countless outdoor weddings, I cannot tell you how utterly miserable some guests are when they come ill-prepared to fight pollen or bugs at an outdoor wedding.  Those with seasonal allergies or have worse than normal reactions/attractions to bugs, often find their remedies too late.  Bug spray (Off Wipes and No Natz are the best we’ve seen) will help greatly, citronella candles don’t put off enough of a guard, so look for sticks and tiki torches if possible.

 

Nursing Moms and Kids with Special Needs

One thing brides think of when they visit venues are to inquire about changing rooms. These rooms may also be a great place for a nursing mom to privately feed her baby without sitting uncomfortably in a restroom.    Weddings with their flashing lights, loud music and crowds can be overwhelming to those with autism.  This quiet area may also be a  great respite for children on the Autism spectrum to decompress.

 

Some of these considerations can have a great impact on your wedding as well as your guests’ ability to enjoy it.  Contemplating them before you select a venue or menu can be easier than trying to find quick fixes on the day of the wedding.

 

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