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The Bride-to-Be Series: Part 3

Our friend, Julie DiGiovine of The Stylish One shares helpful hints throughout her real-life journey to “I do!”

Julie Bride Desk
This is it! Next week, I’ll be walking down the aisle. It’s been an incredible journey and given me such a sense of appreciation for the effort it takes for brides to balance life, work, and wedding planning. I can’t emphasize how much the support of family, friends, and an amazing team of vendors can really mean.

For my last post of the series, I wanted highlight a few things that you don’t want to forget to do before you say, “I do!” Here we go:

1. Insure your rings
Before you pack up for that honeymoon, make sure your new bling is protected. If you’ve been procrastinating and haven’t insured your engagement ring, do it! The last thing you want is to be snorkeling for your wedding rings.

2. Clean up
This one goes for both brides and grooms. Get those eyebrows waxed a week or two ahead of time so you don’t have any redness or chance of breakouts. Need a trim? Go 2-3 weeks prior so your hair can settle. If you’re planning on getting a spray tan, have your nails done first to avoid streaking.

Grooms, get a fresh cut early in the week and don’t forget to shave… or at least trim your beard. Clean and cut your nails and don’t forget to choose a nice, subtle cologne for the Big Day. Just be sure that whatever look you choose is one you’ll love years from now.

3. Get your marriage license
This may sound like an obvious one, but don’t forget to get your marriage license before the wedding. You can’t make it official without one. Keep in mind, it takes a bit of time for your local city hall to process the paperwork before you can pick it up, so give yourself some time. You also want to make sure that you know the expiration timeline. Most are valid between 30 and 90 days after the issue date.

Moira and Julie

4. Touch base with your team
I was fortunate enough to visit the flower market with my friend, Whim Co-founder and Aesthetics Director & Floral Designer, Moira Thompson, which is something she does with many of her floral clients. It was so inspiring and a perfect time to make sure we were ready to go on the Big Day.

Although not all of your vendors will require an in-person meeting, or offer special time like this, you should definitely be in communication with each of them so everyone is aware of the timeline. You’ll also want to take care of any remaining balances and confirm all of the details… that’s where having a planner comes in handy!

5. Pick an after-party meeting place
If you plan on partying into the wee hours, pick a place to meet and let people know. If you’re getting married at a hotel, chances are there may be a bar for you all to gather at. If not, consider a spot near the venue that’s open late. That will avoid any stress, confusion, or hurt feelings the night of the wedding. PS. Don’t forget to bring a change of clothes, unless you want to rock that dress all night, which you have every right to!

6. Power on
This may seem like a silly one, but don’t forget to bring chargers with you while getting ready for the Big Day. Although you shouldn’t be spending too much time on your phone, you will most likely want to snap a few selfies with your girls while you’re getting glam and you definitely want to have a way to call vendors and bridal party members if need be.

7. Write a love letter
There’s nothing better than reading a love letter from your sweetheart before walking down the aisle. Take the time to write something special that you can each read while getting ready. It will be a wonderful way to express your feelings on a more intimate level and to let your bride or groom know just how excited you are to be marrying one another.

Julie Mrs. Glass

As stressful as the last few days can be, take in all the special moments. Have a blast on your bachelorette party, go on a date night, hug and thank everyone who has been helping you along the way, and don’t forget to use the word “fiancé” as much as you can.

We’d love to hear some of your Big Day tips and tricks. Tweet me and be sure to follow @TheStylishOne_ and @WhimEvents on Instagram for inspiration and a look behind the scenes. I can’t wait to share Moira’s work and some special wedding photos with you all. Love and best wishes to the brides and grooms out there!

The Bride-to-Be Series: Part 2

Our friend, Julie DiGiovine of The Stylish One shares helpful hints throughout her real-life journey to “I do!”

Planner on Desk by Julie DiGiovine

Let the final countdown commence! With just two months until our wedding, we’re definitely feeling the pressure of final details and finishing touches. From the color of the bouquet wrap to deciding what the girls and I will wear while getting ready, it’s become clear that I need to tighten up my organizational skills. In this second installment of our series, I’m sharing more helpful hints you can use to simplify your planning process and navigate your fittings, too!

1. Stay organized
I’m the worst when it comes to using my iPhone calendar. I should make better use of it, but for some reason, I’ve always preferred an old-fashioned planner or calendar. I found a really pretty gold one from PaperSource.com that I use for everything. It’s the only thing that’s kept me focused these past few months. From fittings to vendor meetings and dinners with friends, it’s the best way to keep track of all we have going on.

2. Make lists and check them more than twice
I live by my checklist. From thank you cards to wedding jewelry it helps me to see everything written out in front of me. There are apps on your smartphone or you can use the notes section of your planner, too. I have a big blush notebook that I use, but again… that’s probably just the English major in me who prefers to write everything down. Check your list at least every other day to ensure you are staying ahead of the game and accomplishing everything on time.

3. Carve out time
I quickly realized that planning your own wedding is a second full-time job. As the days are winding down, I have to start carving out time during the week and on weekends to get wedding tasks done. After all, those DIY wedding signs aren’t going to design and print themselves! Try your best to make time for date nights and fun with friends so you enjoy each wedding planning moment that much more.

Bride Tote by Julie DiGiovine4. Don’t be afraid to ask
When it comes to finding a tailor for your gown, ask the team who sold you your dress who they recommend to do the alterations. If they don’t have someone in mind, call other boutiques, ask friends, and check online. As you’re contacting tailors, ask if they’ve worked with dresses made by your designer before and make sure you provide your wedding date to ensure they can get all the work done in time. Look at reviews and meet in advance so you are comfortable with the person who is doing this very important work. Before even one piece of fabric is cut, you’ll also want to get a quote for how much alterations are going to cost. It’s important that you understand each part of what will be done to the dress and how much it will be.

Quick tip: One thing I didn’t ask is if they will press and stuff my dress before the wedding. I made the mistake of assuming that every tailor does. There’s something about having the whole experience, and a fully prepared gown, that makes a difference. If your tailor does not offer this service, purchase a cardboard bust form like the one seen here, to ensure your dress is perfect for the Big Day.

5. Keep it together
As the wedding gets closer you’re going to be ordering items, receiving gifts, and trying to organize a lot of different pieces of the puzzle. I suggest getting a cute tote like the one above from Dream State to keep all of your items for your fittings in one place. Keep your shoes, accessories, and undergarments together to avoid last minute panic or losing key pieces. Designate a spot in your home for all of your décor items, thank you gifts, and additional wedding pieces. I have a closet in our back room that has officially become “the wedding closet.” It makes things much easier when you have a system and one place to keep everything.

6. Focus on what truly matters
People may miss the RSVP date, wear white to your wedding, or not show up for you in the way you hoped they would. All I can say is, you have to let it go. You can’t control other people’s actions, reactions, or behavior. The people who truly love you are going to be there for you and be excited for you. Try your best to ignore any negativity and focus on what’s important… you are marrying the love of your life. Nothing matters more than that.

The next time I write to all of you will be just one month before my wedding!  I’d love to hear how you are doing with your planning and if you have any questions. Tweet me and be sure to follow @TheStylishOne_ and @WhimEvents on Instagram for inspiration and a look behind the scenes. We can’t wait to hear from you.

The Bride-to-Be Series: Part 1

Our friend, Julie DiGiovine of The Stylish One shares helpful hints throughout her real-life journey to “I do!”

Sweet Lady Jane Photography

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In a world of Instagram glam and blogging beauty, brides are put under an intense amount of pressure to have a perfect wedding. We are made to feel like we need to stroll through the planning process effortlessly, all while balancing our personal and professional lives. Oh, and did I mention the strict exercise and diet routine we’re all supposed to be following? The truth is, planning your wedding is a juggling act that requires love and patience.

Years ago, I started working in the wedding industry for Vera Wang in Boston. After I had moved on from Vera Wang, I continued following my passion through my blog, TheStylishOne.com, contributing to BostonMagazine.com, and collaborating with the talented ladies of Whim Events.  Needless to say, I like weddings.  Then, on January 4, 2014, I became a fiancé! I was thrilled to be marrying the love of my life.

At first, I thought we had plenty of time, and since I was a wedding pro, I could handle it. We chose our date and our venue, put a team of vendors together, picked dresses, flowers… I thought we were good to go. However, I quickly realized that working and balancing a personal life during the last leg of the wedding tour is tricky. That’s why, for the next few months leading up to my wedding, I’m going to be sharing some “bride-to-bride” insight and tips with all of you!

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1. Hire a professional
There are many details you don’t think of initially. Some are big, like contract negotiations with your vendors, and some are small, such as what time you should cut your cake. If you work full-time or haven’t had much experience planning a wedding, I suggest getting help from the pros. Whether you opt for a full-on planner or a month-of coordinator, you won’t believe just how much time, stress, and money they can save you. Attending DIY and planning workshops, like Whim provides, is also helpful.

2. Say “yes” and “thank you”
I’m not very good when it comes to asking for help. I’m afraid people will feel burdened or bothered. What I’ve come to realize is that family and friends really do want to be a part of your journey. So, if your mom or Maid of Honor is asking if she can help with your favors, say “yes.” If it’s a DIY, provide her with the items she’ll need and print a photo of your ideal finished product. Or, do the first few together so you’re on the same page. Just be sure to accept the help and remember to say “thank you.”

3.  Go with your gut and then let it go
Being a perfectionist has its perks, but it can also drive you a little bit crazy. For example, I’ve spent the past month trying to decide what type of stamp I should choose for some of my paper items. This may sound silly, but typography and design are really important to me. You probably have certain things that are important to you and your fiancé, too. One thing I’ve learned is to go with your gut and then let it go. Whatever you choose will be beautiful, especially if it speaks to both of you.

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Our Engagement Party

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Choose local or try Etsy
From paper to accessories, there are a vast number of talented artists ready to help make your dream come true in a personalized, affordable way. Look for a local calligrapher to do your place cards, or search Etsy for custom gifts and decor. You won’t believe what you’ll find! You and your guests will treasure the personal details of your day and you’ll meet some great people along the way. Just be sure you’re keeping track of the small ticket items so you don’t go over budget.

5. Do you
Some people may be expecting you to get married in a church wearing a white gown as you toss your bouquet to the masses. That doesn’t mean you have to… especially, the bouquet part. Incorporate ideas and opinions from loved ones, but stay true to your vision. The great thing about weddings today is that anything goes. From towers of cupcakes to mismatched maids, there are plenty of ways to write your own love story.

6. Don’t forget to breathe
As our wedding approaches, I’ve realized that I only have a few months left as a fiancé and that this planning stage isn’t going to last forever. It’s time to embrace the chaos and soak in the love that surrounds us. So, whenever things get stressful, remember that this will be the day you marry your favorite person in the entire world. Then, you get to have a ton of fun with all the people you love!

Stay with me on my journey and check in next month to learn how I navigate my first fitting, make some final Big Day decisions, and more. Have a question? Tweet me and be sure to follow @TheStylishOne_ and @WhimEvents on Instagram. You can also leave comments below. We hope to hear from you!

Castle Hill Inn Wedding: Katie & Taylor

Katie + Taylor came to Whim for flowers for their vintage nautical themed wedding in Newport, how could we resist?! We loved their clear vision for a July 4th wedding weekend at Castle Hill Inn.  Katie + Taylor picked our Signature Floral package with our Mercury Glass vases with lush florals.  Moira used hydrangea, garden roses, greens, and dahlias to create the centerpieces, which we paired with a white lantern to complete the table scape.  The beautiful day was captured by Stop Go Love, take a peak!

Congrats Katie + Taylor!

 

Rockport Wedding: Alex & Christina

We had the pleasure of being part of Alex + Christina’s wedding day this past summer at the Windhover Center for Performing Arts.  Alex and Christina met in the restaurant business, and wanted to bring a sense of hospitality into their big day.  They incorporated both their backgrounds to create a perfect balance of New England + Southern cuisine!  We loved their relaxed vibe and their clear sense of vision for creating a simple day with friends and family.  Alex and Christina  chose our Magic Details package. Moira filled her bouquet with her favorites; billy balls, hydrangea, roses, ranunculus, dahlias, and greens.  The color palette was light yellow, pink, white, and green. Brianna Cox did an amazing job at capturing their special day. P.S., take a peak at her blush wedding dress, we love it!

Congratulations Alex + Christina!

xo Kelsey

 

Renaissance Hotel Wedding: Kate & Marc

Kate + Marc came to us with a clear vision of their Renaissance Hotel Wedding, featuring a lush setting surrounded by their family and friends.  We loved their sense of tradition and classic look, with pops of gold. Their wedding day took place at the gorgeous Marriott Renaissance in the beginning of August.   Kate + Marc went with our Custom Floral Package, with Mercury Glass centerpieces and our fantastic tall stemmed floating candles, to give it a romantic feel.  Their flower choices were dahlias, snap dragons, hydrangea, garden roses, and astilbe. A special thanks to Posh and Prep for their fantastic table numbers + calligraphy! Take a look at these gorgeous photos by Katie Noble Photography, they’re stunning!

 

Congratulations Kate + Marc, we loved being apart of your special day!

xo Kelsey

Beechwood Hotel Wedding: Audrena & Tim

When we first met Audrena, we absolutely adored how charismatic and excited she was!  Every design meeting we had with her, she cried tears of joy.  We love to see brides with such a sense of passion and love for creating such a sentimental wedding. She came to Whim with a vision of an intimate, romantic, film noir wedding. SWOON! She and her fiance Tim had an epic love story of their own, and we jumped at the opportunity to be a part of it. Audrena chose our Custom Floral Design as well as our Event Styling to bring their love story to life on the big day! The flowers are lush, textured, deep, and moody.  All of the flowers were in a deep pink, blush, maroon, cream, and green color scheme.  We used flowers like Astilbe, Roses, Hanging Amaranthus, Protea, Coxcomb, and Dahlias to create her dream lush floral arrangements.

This gorgeous wedding took place at the Beechwood Hotel, and the day was captured by the talented Nicole Baas. Audrena + Tim’s wedding day was also featured on Ruffled blog, take a peak here! Congrats Audrena + Tim! We heart you. We hope you enjoy the photos as much as we do! xo Kelsey

Essex Conference Center Wedding: Rina & Ian

Tucked away in Boston’s beautiful North Shore, you will find the The Essex Conference Center and Retreat and a retreat is exactly what it is! A tranquil garden and quaint lily covered pond with a trickling waterfall create the picture perfect place for two lovebirds to tie the knot. Luckily for me, I was able to experience this when I was the Day of Coordinator for Rina and Ian who said “I do” there in May.

After the vows were exchanged and sealed with a kiss, the fun really began! Rina swapped her beautiful lace gown for a shorter dress perfect for twirling and this adorable couple shared their first dance to the Beatles. Guests traveled from all over the world to share in this joyous occasion and it was all perfectly captured by the extremely talented Channing Johnson!

Congrats Rina & Ian!

xo xo, Mandi

Our 1950’s Wedding Inspiration Video by James Alteri’s Vintage Cinema!

So if it wasn’t enough that we were honored to have our 1950’s photo shoot featured on brides.com last week, we are also thrilled to see it come together so beautifully on video! Check out this amazing video from Jim Altieri’s Vintage Cinema. SWOOON!!!

Whim Events: Airstream Inspiration from Jim Altieri on Vimeo.

More pictures from Carla Ten Eyck photography coming soon! Including 1950s paper inspiration from Hartford Prints, fashion from White dress by the shore, flowers from Whim and more!