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Fall Colors

We found this little love on Pinterest and couldn’t help but share. We love how the colors combos are definitely “fall” but not the traditional reds oranges and yellows that we see all the time! 

Loving the last two the most! Happy wedding planning ya’ll!

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Little Bridal Shop of Horrors

When we started this little beloved blog of ours, we promised you and ourselves one thing: to be completely and totally honest. We wanted to be real in the sense that we know wedding planning isn’t always roses and butterflies, despite what the pictures say. Today is one of those days! 

One of our lovely, recently engaged brides went home for a visit in Huntsville, Alabama two weeks ago. With all of the excitement of her engagement, the women in her family decided it would be fun to go dress purusing at their local bridal shop which happens to be one of the many many locations of a nationwide chain of stores that often tout a wedding dress for $99. Do you catch our drift? It isn’t our favorite place for our brides to shop, because we have had problems with them before, but what is the harm in looking?

The minute she walked through the doors, the sales team was rude and pushy. She described the dress she was looking for and her price range. They put her in her dream gown. She fell in love with it, only to look down and see that it was 3x more expensive than what she could afford. The sales team proceeded to pressure her into buying the dress, saying she would never be able to find a dress in her price range (not true), that it was far too low (not true) and that she either needed to buy the dress or settle for one she didn’t like as much (are you kidding me?).

So our bride finds another dress that is in her budget. She likes it, but isn’t in love with it. Keep in mind, she only went in the store to look. The sales team convince her to buy the dress, which she agrees to, because she can return it within a few days if she changes her mind. They checkout and after the card is swiped and the receipts are printed, the sales clerk says, “All sales final.”

Let’s just say that her heart was broken and when she told us, our blood pressure went through the roof. She tried to return the dress right then and there. No one told her that all sales were final! She didn’t want the dress. They wouldn’t budge. 

So, we came up with all kinds of solutions for the dress including alterations, selling it online, wraps, you name it.

In one last ditch effort, she called another location and asked about their return policy. They had never hear of an All Sales Final policy. Every location is required to have a five-day “change-your-mind” deal. If the bride decides she doesn’t like the dress, she gets to return it, no questions asked.   

As it turns out, the first store had lied to our bride to make a quick buck. Good luck with that. 

The good news: She was able to return the dress to the second location and is back on the hunt for her perfect dress. 

Moral of the story: never let yourself be pressured into a dress you don’t love. And in our opinion, stay away from stores that sell $99 wedding dresses if you catch our drift!

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Love Wins!

My heart is full today as we celebrate the Supreme Court’s landmark decision, which makes same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states. At long last, a victory for compassion, equality and love. I dedicate this post to all my same-sex couples, who can now enjoy the same rights as all other married couples in our great country: Steve and Jonathan (2008), Teresa and Tiffany (2009), Lauren and Anneliese (2012), Meghan and Beth (2013), Joe and Martin (2013), and Deena and Molly (2013). Today is a day for gratitude, and celebration. Love wins!

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Etsy Find: Summer Boutonnieres

We ran across these little loves and couldn’t get over how they seem to scream SUMMER. The are simple, and draw from the fresh elements that all summer weddings should! 

Aren’t they just sublime? You can find them here. Be sure to check out the rest of the shop for beautiful wedding ideas!

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Color You Pretty
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Look. At. This. Dress. It’s pink and we love it. Gone are the days where our great grandmothers roll over in their grave because you aren’t wearing white down the aisle. This year it is all about color, in the faintest sense of the word. This blush dress is to die for, but it doesn’t stop there. Pinks, purples blues and even florals are in! Here are a few of our favorites:

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For this last little teaser of wedding inspiration, we LOVE this dress. Imagine  it for a garden wedding, surrounded by oodles and oodles of flowers and your closest and family (who will be drooling over your dress)!

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A Trend that Will Stick

We see trends come and go all the time in the wedding industry. Some good, some bad. Like most things, iti’s a cycle. A trend we saw die ten years ago resurfaces as the new “it thing” you must have for your wedding to make a lasting impression. In 2014 we saw Live Event Painting become the new “it thing” and it is here to stay.

Live Event Painting captures weddings in a fine art piece, as it is happening. It is generally a multi-step process that includes that artist being present during set up to get a general scheme going on the canvas and it is all but complete by the end of the ceremony! We love this original keepsake. You can find some of our favorite live painters here, here and here.

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We Didn’t Start The Fire

You’ve seen all the beautiful wedding send-off pictures with sparklers right? So cute. And fun. And a little dangerous. But hey, all in the name of a good picture right?

What if we told you that you could have adorable pictures without a fire?

These are fiber optic wands from here. And aren’t they adorable? Not only can they be used in the send off, but out of the dance floor they look pretty incredible. AND no burn holes in the dress from sparks and no worried about burns for kids! 

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A Word on Vendors

As we work with our brides to hire their vendors, we hear lots of agonizing over how to pick the right one.

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It’s a simple test: if it’s the right vendor for you, you should not be able to imagine NOT having that person there to do your wedding. You should feel excited and relieved to have found them. If you’re trying to justify your decision any other way but it just doesn’t feel right, move on in your interviews! There are dozens, if not hundreds, of wonderful vendors in every category, and you owe it to yourself to be completely thrilled with your team!

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The Power of Paper

How many times have you heard it? “They are just invitations, they will get read and the everyone will throw them away.” FALSE. We believe with every ounce of magic wedding dust we have that a wedding should be well done from the save-the-dates all the way to the sendoffs! Having a unique invitation suite sets the tone for your wedding and shows off the style you have as a couple. Check this one out for example! 

Details we love the most: The recipe card in the original invitation suite is perfect and we absolutely adore the space for the guests to write on the RSVP. The booklet is for out-of-towners! It gives them things to do, a map and all sorts of fun stuff! Oh how we do love paper!

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New Year, New Name

For all of you lovebirds who have gotten married recently, and have no idea how this works. OR for all of you lovebirds who have put this off for weeks, months and heaven forbid years, NOT NEED TO FRET! It is quite simple really!

How To Change Your Name

The first thing to do is make sure you have received your original marriage certificate in the mail. (Your officiant will have sent the signed marriage license to the county courthouse for processing after the ceremony.) I also recommend ordering at least two certified copies of your marriage certificate. These are $10 for the first copy and $5 for each additional copy, and they can be ordered through the Georgia Department of Human Resources at http://dph.georgia.gov/marriage-records.

The most important documents to change are your social security card and your driver’s license.

Social Security Card

•           Complete form SS-5.

•           Collect the original or a certified copy of your marriage certificate and an identity document showing your old name, as well as other identifying information or a recent photo (e.g., your driver’s license). If you have your original Social Security card, take that as well.

•           Take your completed application and documents to your local Social Security office (this process may take up to two hours).

•           Visit www.socialsecurity.gov for more information.

Your marriage certificate will be returned to you, along with your new Social Security card. Once you complete this step, the Social Security Administration will notify the IRS of your name change. However, you will need to notify your employer of the change.

 Driver’s License

•           Your driver’s license must be changed in person at a Georgia Department of Driver Services Customer Service Center.

•           Per Georgia law, this must be done within 60 days of your marriage.

•           Present the original or a certified copy of your marriage certificate as well as your original driver’s license.

•           Visit www.dds.ga.gov for more information (or search online for your state’s requirements).

 Once you have these two items changed and have received your certified copies of your marriage certificate, you can begin to take care of the rest. Make a personalized list from the following categories, and check the procedure for each one (they will vary). Good luck and congratulations!

•           Passport (requires a certified copy of your marriage certificate)

•           Voter registration

•           Employer personnel records and health insurance

•           Bank and other financial records

•           All bills and creditors and other household records

•           Personal memberships and listings

•           E-mail address

If you need more help, check out http://www.hitchswitch.com for a name change assistance package.

 

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