Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Wedding Planning Tips: Let's Get Started!

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Check-out this great article from the The Knot, which gives 30 expert planning tips and tricks. This is a must read for newly engaged couples! Here are 5 of my favorite tips from the list.

1. Investigate Wedding Blackout Dates

Does your proposed wedding date fall on the day as a trade conference, charity walk, or other local event that could affect traffic and hotel room availability? Charlotte is a hot spot for conferences, so if you plan to marry in Uptown Charlotte, make sure to inquire about events around town.  

2. Lighten Your List

The easiest way to trim your wedding budget is to cut your guest list. 40-50% of your wedding budget goes toward winning and dinning your guests, so there is really no way around it. 

3. Take It One Step at a Time

Put together a wedding planning schedule and do things one by one, in a logical order, so you don't take on too much too fast. Wedding planning should be fun! Take your time. 

4. Pay It Forward

Let one vendor lead you to another. Your wedding photographer can tell you which florist's blooms really pop and your reception manager should know which DJ/band packs the dance floor. 

5. Don't Be Afraid to Ask

Your wedding vendors should be your go-to, most-trusted experts during the planning process. When working with them, you should feel free to really explore what it is you want. Their job will be to tell you what you can and can't make work given your wedding budget.

Read more: Wedding Planning: 30 Expert Tips and Tricks 
Source: The Knot 

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

What are Bridal Portraits?

A bridal portrait or "bridals" is a formal picture of the bride in her wedding dress, taken a few weeks before the wedding.  Originating in Europe, bridal portraits were historically oil paintings of royalty in their bridal regalia and were traditionally commissioned by the bride’s family to commemorate the special occasion.

Over the last century, bridal portraits have become a Southern staple.  They represented a rite of passage for Southern debutantes and belles and were displayed on an easel at the guest book table at the reception and then hung in the bride's parents home.

Bridal portraits have evolved over the years, as brides opt for a more personal and natural setting, instead of a studio session.  Many brides even choose to take bridal portraits, so they can use the day as a trial for hair and make-up and as a way to get comfortable in front of the camera before the wedding day.     

Here are a few modern day examples of bridal portraits featuring our beautiful Style Perfect Events brides!

Tara Mauldin Photography

Tara Mauldin Photography

Tara Mauldin Photography

The Beautiful Mess

The Beautiful Mess

The Beautiful Mess

Sources: Southern Bride and Groom and Southern Weddings Magazine