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Rainy Day Weddings

Rain, Rain, go away….

I used to love rainy days. I could put on some sweat pants, curl up with a big mug of coffee and work from my home. I used to love watching the rain make the tree leaves dance, and the sound it just calming. After kids, I found a love-hate relationship with rain. Rain means the front steps to the houseis going to flood, and Im going to have to hop with a toddler on my hip. It means complaints from my son about everything being wet outside, and heave forbid any of his clothes or shoes get wet. Rain means craziness in the house cause there is no dry playground. On the love side rain means great naps, and allergy substances are washed away.

Rain usually isn’t something that a bride wants to wake to either. I don’t think I’ve ever heard a bride wake up on their wedding day and exclaim “Yay, its raining, its raining on my wedding day. This is perfect!” A blue sky, sunshine day is what brides want. It makes you cheerful, enlightened almost. Of course mother nature always has to make sure there are some rainy wedding days. Here are a few ways you can turn your rainy wedding day into the best wedding day!

  1. Photographs- Rain can be a wonderful detail in your photographs. Plan ahead to have a great umbrella, just in case. A classic big golf black or charcoal grey umbrella is always classic. Keep any patterns monochromatic and simple. Also find a place where the rain is really pouring. A great photographer can capture the rain falling on you in such a romantic way.
  2. Move the outdoor garden ceremony indoors. Have your florist, and rental company set-up items in your reception room. Make your dance floor the ceremony stage, and have your guests find a seat at a table, and offer some cocktails before ceremony. If your reception is at a separate venue then delay your ceremony time half an hour. Most guests will make it!
  3. Change the venue-If you are planning an outside, in the grass under a tent kind of wedding, you might find your guests walking around in mud. Do the events you have to, offer a take home box of food & cake to everyone,and then ask your guests to join you at your nearest bar or restaurant. Say cheers with a favorite pint. Keeping miserable guests in a miserable situation never ends well.
  4. Function and Practicality before pinterest gorgeous! What makes a wedding great is the joy the guests share with the bride and groom. The more joy and happiness felt at a wedding the better it makes the wedding. Go with the flow and remember if you are married and happy in your marriage, all will be fantastic!

Happy Rainy April!

 

Imagine Pinterest

“Come with me, and you’ll be in a world of pure imagination. Take a look and you’ll see into your imagination.”

-Willy Wonka

I find myself staring at a wall or table, and wondering “There must be something I could do with that.” I reach for a tech device, click my Pinterest button, and get lost in a world where wooden pallets become chairs, chairs become night stands, and a night stand becomes  a kitchen. It is a world that can stretch, deepen, and enhance your imaginative mind; or it can be a world that consumes you and you lose your own imagination.

As a wedding designer it is my job to take a person’s style, interests, ideas and make them into an environment that reflects one of the most important days in their life, a wedding. When I started as a wedding designer there was no Pinterest. You flipped through magazines or watched reality TV to find the latest trends. Big trends beginning in NYC or LA didn’t reach little Knoxville til 2 years later. It always fun to design for bridal shows. You could make your booth/display completely out of your imagination, and get brides to think “huh! Thats different.” It could be purple, yellow, all black or all white. It was always exciting to see what people would dream up. Now we have pinterest to filter to us the latest trends, and we get them as quick as we can. The pantone color of the year” greenery, the latest dress style: grace kelley/lace;  the trend of weddings; copper. It is all at your fingertips, no imagination required. Weddings seem to be more about replicating a photo, and less about expressing personality.

Now don’t get me wrong. I who hold a Bachelor’s in Art find myself searching Pinterest many times a day for various projects. I too have lost a since of imagination. My goal now is to awaken my old imagination. I urge you to do the same. Find the latest trends and ideas, and apply them to your wedding. Just remember you are not like everyone else, you want your wedding to be special, set apart. Use Pinterest as a taking off point. So, copper is the latest trend, how you use it is key. Are you a bride who serves a cocktail  in a moscow mule mug, or are you a bride with a sweet tooth who will fill it with krispy kreme bread pudding? Are you a spreadsheet type person who will use copper geometric lanterns for centerpeices; or will you be adventurous and copper spray paint your grandmothers teapot as a memory to her.

I urge you to use Pinterest, and discover a world of imagination. I also urge you to deepen your imagination and go one step further than Pinterest. The world of weddings can be endless, it is important not to lose you and your imagination in such a giant world.

Pinterest Wedding Trends

Wedding Imagination

bright pops of yellow wedding

My Perfect Day; inspiration, design, build, invent, create

Create and Invent; it is the lesson I took away from today. Today Tara Geurard introduced me to her life as a wedding designer. I entered the room full of glee, butterflies, and amazement. I sat in my seat and thought “I finally get to hear and understand this woman who does these amazing, customized weddings. She will be incredible.” As I heard her speak,  I found myself engulfed in every word she spoke. She shops at Lowe’s; She spray paints; She hates round tables! Shes a lot like me. All this time I envisioned Tara as a rich designer, who travels, and has everything at her disposal to make these incredible wedding environments.  Within 10 minutes of her talking I found she is humble, tireless, inventing, and dedicated. Everything I strive to be in this business.

I launched my business at the January Pink Bride Show 2009. I wanted to conquer everything. I had 10,000 ideas to put into a wedding. I was constantly trying to invent new displays of place cards, or collaborate crazy colors and make them work. I had inspiration from my own imagination. I had a passion to invent, build, and create. I wanted to do it all.  Then one by one life piled up. I became “mom”; Pinterest infected every wedding; and white became the trendy theme. My inspiration was getting lost, and my ideas were random.

Today Tara brought  a spark back to me. She reminded why I started this business, why my whole heart and mind should be in every wedding I design. She inspired me to create trends. My favorite was ” Can’t find it? build it!” Early in my career I was on fire, and I’m on fire again. Color is coming, patterns will make a statement, personal style will be reinvented, and F-U-N is coming back to weddings.

Thank you Tara for reminding me of the joy of this job. We are creating an experience, an environment that should be intimate, joyous, and the least of all random. We create weddings.

Tara Guerard Signature. Weddings by Tara Guerard; Southern Weddings by Tara Guerard

 

Colors for 2017

Every year there is a bridesmaid dress trend every bride wants. Ten years ago it was tea length dresses ; Five years ago it was the high to low or fit n flare dress; 3 years ago is was the mix-match color palette. Last year the trend was sequins and evening gowns. This year I have heard nothing but the words “Jenny Yoo”. Every bride is after a convertible Jenny Yoo dress. It seems to be the golden ticket for bridesmaids.  Any color of this dress is popular, but if you want the most popular go for the shades of blue. They are subtle muted shades of common pastel colors.  Sky Blue + Grey= Mayan Blue; Sea Mist+ Grey=Ceil Blue. Of course you can always go for the classic navy. Other shades are blush, rosewater, and sweet pea.

If you are drooling over Jenny Yoo, and looking for a similar style that’s more affordable, don’t worry. Many mainstream designers get their inspiration from popular trends. You should see very similar styles being created from various designers. Davids Bridal is already manufacturing colors like Steel Blue, and Blush. I’m sure we will see more convertible dresses throughout the 2017 and 2018 seasons.

May Jenny Yoo be ever in your favor!

For Local Bridesmaid selections Check out:

White Lace and Promises

Davids Bridal 

Gilded Gown

 

everyone wants Jenny Yoo

PINK Bridal Show January 2017

Sunday started yet another year for me planning and designing weddings. I kicked off my 8th year at the PINK bridal show. It was exciting, yet calming. I enjoy talking to new brides. I love pitching ideas making people think outside the box and our booth design did just that. Samuel Franklin Florist and I partnered up for the show, and created a spectacular booth filled with gold flatware, and lots of white! We felt the brides and everyone loved every detail, and we didn’t skimp on those! Plates filled with stacked pancakes, a full dessert bar in the back with polished gold goblets. Some mothers of the bride even had eyes for the comfy white leather lounge seating. I love creating and displaying a booth of original design. I take into account some trends, but go with what I feel brides what to see, and what is realistic for most. Brides what to see what can be created within the resources available, but also see ideas of how to make their wedding theirs. I cooked every pancake in the booth, polished each gold goblet, and custom covered each pillow. I hope you enjoyed it. My favorite comment was from a lady who stood in front of our booth, pondered, then said “yep, you win!”

Chairs, tables, fabric backdrop, tableware. lounge furniture provided by All Occasion Party Rentals

navy and white cake by Heather Grubb of Knox Provisions

All flowers by Samuel Franklin Florist

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PINK bridal show Knoxville January 2017 Live Laugh Love Weddings  with Samuel Franklin Florist All Occasion Party Rentals Knox Provision Catering The Pink Bride

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brunch wedding ideas; a little but of everything

PINK bridal show Knoxville January 2017; Samuel Franklin Florist; Live Laugh Love Weddings

Cake and gold drinkware

 

 

 

Wedding Planner 101

Wedding coordinating is the number one service I am asked about. It is also the service most underestimated. The average cost of a wedding coordinator in Knoxville is $800-$1500.  It might seem expensive, but do you know what a wedding coordinator does?

Every wedding day I wake up, cook myself eggs benedict with homemade hollandaise, watch a few morning shows, fix my hair & make-up, put on a nice strapless dress and fabulous heels and arrive at 5pm for a 6pm wedding….Then I wake up from my dream!

Coordinating a wedding takes the most endurance, patience, thinking, and physical work I have ever done! An average wedding day for me is about 12-15 hours (yes, that is just the wedding day). These hours do not include the time I have taken to review contracts, follow up with vendors in finalizing orders, visit the venue, scheduling deliveries to make sure the rentals arrive before the flowers, the venue is open for the rentals to arrive, and the bride & groom aren’t being billed for any extra time to name a just a few items.

The responsibility of a wedding coordinator is huge. We must know what is happening at all times, what is about to happen, and what should happen in the next hour. We are constantly running schedules through our minds to ensure every detail will happen the way you, the client, wishes it to happen. We anticipate your requests before you ask, and rapidly make your wishes come true on the spot. We know every detail for every vendor every minute of the wedding day. On the wedding day most of us just do what needs to get done for the day to be fantastic. Some unexpected things I have done for weddings:

Escorted screaming flower girls down the aisle

Stuck my hands in a wedding cake as it was falling

Rearranged a bridal bouquet

Handled a guest getting bit by a copperhead snake

Directed a rehearsal with 31 people processing down the aisle

Worked one wedding day stretching 8am-3am (not including the 14 hours of set-up the day before)

Actual wedding crashers having to be escorted out 3 different times, once by police

A venue serving a full bar, and not the contracted just wine & beer (by me catching the mistake the bride & groom got a full bar free of charge).

A groom getting in a fender bender with the father of the bride’s vintage porsche

Having to find a taxi to pick-up a guest with a heart condition

This is only a glimpse into what I do for my brides.

The cost of a wedding coordinator may seem high at first, but the value is priceless. A mother of the bride said it best, “You spend $800 on a DJ, $2500 on flowers, $25 per guest on catering, $3000 on the wedding location, and another $2500 on photography, so why wouldn’t you invest top dollar for someone to oversee your investment for your wedding?”

Never underestimate a wedding coordinator!

New Beginnings

2014 seems to be just around the corner, and I can’t explain how excited I am for the new year and new weddings! 2012 and 2013 have been years that have done nothing but turned my life upside down. 2012 was a year that tested my family month after month. Every month we were given new challenges to the point where we were fearful for anyone close to us, as our bad luck started to spread to our closest friends. As my mom said on New Year’s Eve “I have never been a fan of the #13, but I have decided # 12 is the worst!” Our family gladly welcomed 2013, and with it I got the most adventurous year yet, pregnancy! I adore my son and do not regret one moment of my pregnancy, but what a challenge! In all categories of pregnancy I was in the minority in every way (the list is endless)! I gave birth at the height of wedding season to a adorable son. Becoming a mom is amazing, and an adventure each day. 

Because of the birth of my son I chose to take off the fall season. I want to enjoy these times with my son, and have some time to concentrate on getting Live Laugh Love Weddings better for the new year. I love my clients, but like many, some of the to dos I want to get done for my business keep getting pushed to the bottom of my list. Clients have always come first, as it should be. I truly enjoy my job and do not wish to give it up! I believe 2014 will be a fantastic year! All the new plans will be ready by fall for all to enjoy. You will recognize us, but hopefully just in a better light! 

I want to hear from you, please Like Live Laugh Love Weddings on Facebook, and tell us what you want us to create or what you want in your planner/coordinator!

 

Wedding Gift Controversy

Wedding Gift Controversy

Have you heard about the huffington post bride? Recently a bride went on social media complaining of a wedding guests’ gift of $100. The bride stated the gift was insignificant, and did not cover the $200 cost of dinner (per plate) the bride paid for the guest at her wedding. What are your thoughts? Nancy Barger and I went on WBIR to talk about the topic! Read the full story at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/02/wedding-gift_n_3535780.html

Changes in the year to come

It has been a long while since I posted on my blog. For the last 10 months I have been preparing for a new adventure, parenthood. I can now say I survived my unique pregnancy, and am loving every day on my son. I love being a mom, but also still adore my wedding work. I took a light load this year so I can properly readjust to being a mom, but also create some fantastic weddings. I will be improving my business to assist brides in creating their amazing wedding day. I look forward to the changes and improvements that will come to Live Laugh Love Weddings, but promise to still deliver the same (if not better) great service Live Laugh Love Weddings has always provided.  Thanks and I look forward to sharing all the goodies with you!

How-to be a Glowing Bride- a bridal beauty regimen from Southern Sirens

A bride’s skin is often one of her biggest worries on the big day. The way to help ensure that you have the best chance  of having clean and healthy skin on your wedding day is to follow these tips:

We recommend seeing an Esthetician several months before your big day; our team of makeup artists at Southern Sirens are all licensed Estheticians. An Esthetician is different from a cosmetologist in that they give advice on how to properly care for your skin. They can help you pick out products that are right for your skin type, and areas of concern. Here is a basic skin regimen that we recommend. First off, we love Dermologica products; they are great products that produce results.

How-to be a Glowing Bride:

1. Wash your face two times a day (once in the morning, once at night) with your chosen facial wash. Why twice? Once is to remove oil,dirt, and makeup. The second time is to actually clean your face. Rinse with warm water.

2. Use a facial scrub two to three times a week;  scrub your face gently with the pads of your fingers for one minute if you have normal to dry skin; if you have oily-type skin, scrub for an additional minute. Rinse with warm water.This step helps to remove dead skin cell.

3. Use a facial mask once a week. Leave on your skin for three to five minutes.  Using a mask helps rejuvenate your skin, adding any depleted vitamins and nutrients. Rinse with warm water.  Here is an easy facial mask that you can make at home:

Ingredients:

2 cups Old Fashioned Oats

1 Tbsp Olive Oil

1 Tbsp warm Water

Directions:

Grind Oatmeal in blender until powdery, it should make about 2 Tbsp

Mix Olive oil, warm water, and oatmeal powder Rub onto face, then rinse with warm water, Repeat.

4. Twice a day (once in the morning, once at night) spray your face with a toner to help even out the pH levels in your skin as well as to help your moisturizers go on better.

5. Twice a day (once in the morning, once at night) apply a pea size amount of moisturizer to your face and neck in an upward motion. You apply in an upward motion to help lift skin. Applying in a downward motion can pull your skin down and cause wrinkles over time. Ladies, if you want to look young in old age, treat your skin with respect: do not go outside with moisturizer, make sure it has at least an SPF of 15!

If you get on a good skin regimine, you should begin seeing results in two to four weeks. The earlier you start, the earlier your regimine can be adjusted if need be to help you have the best skin possible for your big day. The Dermologica products featured here can be bought from Dermologica’s website or you can visit the Tennessee School of Beauty’s Skin Care Center.

– Amanda McKnight, Southern Sirens

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