A Guide to Choosing the Perfect Color Palette

Choosing the perfect color scheme for your wedding day is imperative. It’s not always the easiest task, especially for the indecisive weds-to-be. But in terms of decor, it should be one of the first decisions made in the planning process. There are many factors to consider before saying yes to a particular color palette though, like theme and season.

Below, are a few of my favorite, timeless color palettes:

  1. Blush Pink + Rose Gold    095582a1d657339a1ff84dc3d90ab3d7.jpgReason:  gold sequins + pink = elegant and romantic Season: Romantic February Wedding  Theme:  Love, Love, Love                                                                                                                                                                
  2. Black + Whiteblack-white-gold-wedding-colors.jpgReason: elegant + timeless = classic Season: Winter Theme: Audrey Hepburn
  3. Juniper + Cranberry 482f3dbe039b7c0847ac4215549fc8e3.jpgReason: Reds + Greens = Deep and stable  Season: Late fall Theme: Beauty and The Beast
  4. Turquoise + Purple

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Reason: Purples + blues = tranquil and fun Season: Spring Theme: Peacock

5. Mustard + Merlot

6b8201f216760706321cd2499d420a4a.jpg Reason: Magenta + yellow = bright and fun Season: Sweet, sweet summer time Theme: Lemonade stand

Stay tuned for more color palettes!

Discover the App Built to Plan Your Wedding

Planning for the big day is stressful. There is a great deal to keep up with – from the color palette to vendor contracts. In previous posts, we’ve covered online wedding tools to help prepare for tying The Knot.

In this post we have designed the perfect app for planning on-the-go. Let’s be honest, it’s not exactly easy to sit down and plan for a wedding. Nobody truly has it all together, but this app enables weds-to-be to have all of their wedding details readily accessible at the tip of their fingers.

Follow this step-by-step overview to coordinate the many details the app offers!

  1. Vendors 

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2. Basic Timeline 

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3. Bridal Party Form

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4. Design Color Palette

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I hope this app meets some of the many planning needs. Leave your feedback of what else you would like to see incorporated into this app.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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When Going Wrong Goes Right: My First Solo Coordination

 

On April, 7th 2017 at Canyonwood Ridge, I, Paris Brianna Lynch, learned all of the many details that go into planning a wedding.

As an intern, I had gotten used to showing up to weddings the day of, following a copy the timeline, assisting in set-up, ushering, and cleaning up afterwards.  I had no idea of all the many details that go into making the magic happen and marrying two people in a well-coordinated union of love.

A day of coordination is intense, especially when you are in the final stretch of your last semester of college, have a day job and are trying to maintain a social life.  A lot goes into a day-of-coordination – it’s not just a celebrity appearance that planners make on a couples big day.

My boss cut the cord when she promoted me to assistant planner and suggested that I coordinate a wedding on my own.

I was excited, but nervous.

And surely, everything that could possibly go wrong on my first solo coordination…did!

Don’t get me wrong, the wedding was beautiful and the couple was happy, but the stress was REAL for ya girl.

I showed up to the venue at 9 AM and didn’t rest my feet until after the send-off at Midnight.

Little details that were overlooked by myself, the bride and the venue came back at the thirty minutes before the reception to haunt us.

I had to make decisions and call shots that I had not been used to making, like how to prioritize my time when the ceremony starts in thirty minutes, but the alcohol that the couple ordered can’t be served during cocktail hour and all of the centerpieces in the ballroom were not set.

The timeline that we had spent a ton of time making up until the day of the wedding, changed entirely due to may factors. At that point, we just went with our best judgment in what we thought would be best, and all of the vendors had to do the same. This wedding consisted in a lot of running back and forth and sending messages to and from the bride to all of the vendors.

This wedding taught me a lot about the behind-the-scenes and actual coordination that goes into planning a wedding. I learned that in work and life, you have to be flexible, expect the unexpected, and roll with the punches. Every time that something wouldn’t go as planned, I would tell myself that the show must go on.

During our dinner break, the other planners and myself enjoyed watching the sun set on the archway that we had spent 2 hours and 2 attempts perfecting for the ceremony.  The stress of things not going as planned was gone in that moment of watching the sun set in the beautiful hill country.

 

Say Yes to ATX: Tie the Knot in the City of Surprises!

Weddings are like snowflakes, no two weddings have been the same.

In my experience as a wedding planner, I have learned that surprises and the unexpected are to be expected in the event industry, especially in the city of Austin, Texas.

One wedding in particular that our company, AWE Events, coordinated last spring was an actual surprise. No, really, the bride and groom didn’t tell any of the guests that they were planning to get married. I’m sure you are wondering how this went down. Don’t worry, when the bride proposed the idea to our company, we wondered the same, but were absolutely thrilled to take on this wedding. Not only was the wedding a surprise, but it was at Palm Door on Sixth.

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photo courtesy of Drophouse Design 

The bride and groom shared the same birthday, and were notorious for their outrageous sixth street birthday parties. The couple had two children and were unsure if the traditional wedding ceremony was for them. The couple had not been engaged and knew that none of their friends would catch on to the fact they were planning to get married on their birthday.

Despite the questionable stares from guests, our planning team of little ladies in black coordinated a successful surprise, Sixth Street wedding. No big deal.

In my opinion, this wedding defined what it means to have a wedding in Austin, Texas – unique, fun, and full of surprises.

Instead of a classic cake, the bride chose to have Moojo Gourmet Cookies cater to the venue. Even though the ceremony was on Sixth Street, little details, like cookie sandwiches, made the party kid-friendly.

Another unique detail the couple chose to implement in their Austin wedding was the bride wearing a tutu in place of a traditional wedding gown.

After dinner, which was catered by East Side King  (a Japanese food truck), the couple finally made their surprise entrance. The two walked to the front of the aisle and announced to the guests that they had a surprise for everyone. Our planners then gave their two children a banner to walk down the aisle that read “THIS IS HAPPENING!” The officiant walked out and BOOM! The friends and family of this awesome couple were witnessing a wedding ceremony that they had probably been waiting years to watch.

Basically, Austin is an amazing city to marry, but you are going to need planners – surprises of all sorts are inevitable. Stay tuned for more on planning shenanigans!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plan Your Own Wedding: The Best Wedding Websites

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In previous posts, I’ve offered expert advice in planning for those just starting out or interested in the event industry. My posts have also covered a great deal about the evolution of wedding traditions and planning.

Hopefully, you all have a fair understanding of what event planning entails.

We can all agree by now that wedding planning is overwhelming. Questions arise like, ‘where should I go to find the perfect vendors?’ ‘How do I stay organized throughout the process?’ ‘What about a budget?’

Hiring a professional planning service is one option, which as a planner, I do recommend considering. But, for brides who decide the option of planning for themselves, there are several helpful online websites to choose from. From finding the perfect venue to finding the right stationary, choose from this list for the website that best suits your planning and design needs.

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The Knot is the most well-known wedding website in the nation. Husband-and-wife pair Carley Roney and David Liu’s mission as owners is designing the site as an online planning tool for weds-to-be. On the site, couples can discover their signature style, get organized with a checklist and budget, get connected with local vendors (vendors, you can also join with a membership fee), ask any questions, and create a registry to share their story with guests. Pretty awesome site, right?

Wedding Wire, like the Knot, is a popularly known online planning site. The Website has a toolbar where you can find planning tools that cover details from a guest list to a hashtag generator, venue and vendor locators, and forums for planning advice. Wedding Wire is also available digitally on the app.

While the Knot and other sites primarily focus on planning needs, Minted takes care of all things design for every occasion. Get connected with the best independent artists to bring you one-of-a-kind designs: shower and celebration invitations,  day of essentials, and post-wedding thank you cards and gifts ! Similar to Wedding Wire and the Knot, Minted let’s members create their own website.

 

Sources:

https://www.weddingwire.com

https://www.theknot.com

https://www.minted.com

 

 

Top 5 Wedding Traditions Explained

Have you ever wondered why certain wedding traditions exist? Why do brides wear white wedding gowns? Why not purple? Why do brides toss their bouquet to their bridesmaids? Why do brides even have bridesmaids?

Before wedding planning, I, myself had never questioned the origins of modern wedding traditions. I’ll never forget working with this one vendor, in particular – middle school history teacher by day,  wedding photographer by night – the stories he shared changed the way I look at wedding ceremonies, forever. 

Warning: some traditions are very sweet, but others are quite disturbing. 

 

  1. Evolution of Bridesmaids                                                                                                                               Modern day bridesmaids are great for moral support, planning purposes, and throwing kick-a** bachelorette parties, right? Well, in olden days their list of duties were a bit more challenging. Traditionally, the bridesmaids dressed identical to the bride, in an effort to protect her from evil spirits. Talk about true friends.
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  2. Wedding Cakes                                                                                                                                         Does there really need to be a special occasion to have cake? I think not.  Thanks to Ancient Rome, eating cake at weddings is a modern day tradition. The tradition started with revelers breaking a loaf of bread over a bride’s head for fertility’s sake. Back then, eating cake was said to result in more than just a food baby.
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  3. White Wedding Gowns                                                                                                                          I’d never really given thought as to why bridal boutiques were stocked with pre-dominately white wedding gowns. Why not purple, or green? The bridesmaids get to wear colored gowns, why can’t the brides?  I learned that Queen Victoria is the trend setter for white wedding gowns – in the western world, at least. Apparently, the wedding gown is symbolic of a pure heart.
  4. wedding cake.gifGarter & Bouquet Toss                                                                                                                          Someone other than the newly announced husband tearing off the brides clothing –  creepy! In 14th century England, wedding guests disregarded the white gown and  ‘purity of the heart’ by stripping down the bride of her clothing for good luck. In an effort to distract guests, the strategy of tossing the bouquet and garter was implemented.                giphy.gif                                                                                                                                                                      5. Wedding Ring Placement                                                                                                                    Unlike the other traditions, that I had assumed were no-brainers, I was genuinely curious about wedding ring placement. How did this designated ring finger, indicative of marriage, originate?  Well, It was once thought that a vein in the fourth finger of the left hand led directly to the heart.  Deep, huh?850fb2fd-7f12-422c-8580-3e09b0cb3436.gif

Some still follow these traditions, others don’t. But, I’m certainly glad that these wedding traditions have modernized the way that they have.