THIS EDGY PINK THEMED OUTDOOR WEDDING IS SERIOUS SUMMER VIBES
Before we jump into today’s real wedding, I have one question? Who else has a weekend of wedmin planned. I am so excited because we finally received our Save the Dates this week and I can’t wait to get them sent out our guests. We also have our notice of marriage appointment coming up next week so I really feel like we’re getting stuck into our planning.
Personally I am in love with the theme of today’s wedding, a bright pink color palette, pretty floral arrangements and the most amazing balloon display, that I think you’ll enjoy!
“We wanted to stay local to our friends and family and I knew I wanted the majority of the day outside so that was important and we wanted everything at one location – ceremony, dinner, reception, everything. We looked at 8 or 9 venues and The Highgrove Estate just felt right from the moment we stepped inside. It was the perfect mix of old and new, had enough space, and it just felt good. The staff was incredibly accommodating and let us create a day completely unique for us, instead of a typical package they offer.” Began Shannon.
“We wanted it to feel more like a giant awesome dinner party that happened to include a wedding, rather than a traditional ‘wedding wedding’. We wanted incredible food and lots of it, great drinks and music, lots of furniture/places to hang out and a cool dinner party vibe. Everything was served family style and we made sure it was all food we would serve at a party at our house – no typical chicken or salmon wedding entrees here! We wanted people to have to pass and share and talk with their table. Really we just wanted it to be comfortable and fun for everyone, not stuffy or formal and uptight at all.” She told us.
“My mother and I originally thought that we could handle the planning ourselves. We very quickly realized that between our jobs and the rest of our lives we did not have the time to devote to planning that the day we envisioned would require. Mark and I – and my mom – all agree that hiring Kelley Ann and A Southern Soiree was the best money we spent, hands down. It took me a good year to even start planning and begin looking at venues after we got engaged, and then we had a solid year to plan after we set the date. I would share ideas with KA and she would set appointments for us with vendors.The schedule was all in Kelley Ann’s hands after that!”
“I spent a lot of time researching planners through reviews, online searches, and mostly stalking other people’s weddings through Instagram. If I saw a vendor tagged that I liked I would search them, and time and time again A Southern Soiree kept being the planner so that’s why I reached out to them. Kelley Ann was amazing!!! She had incredible relationships with so many local vendors and had great recommendations – for stationary, the clear tent, the string and guitar music, and even a balloon vendor when I sprang that on her 2 weeks before the wedding!!” Shannon added.
“Pinterest is an incredible tool! We did a fun favor/seating chart with vintage hotel key tags we had made. I made the “seating chart” by assigning each table the name of a place Mark and I have visited, then made the board to display the tags. We also had a guest “book” of a wall of envelopes where our guests could write us a note and stick it in one of the envelopes. Reading all those notes at the airport waiting to leave on our honeymoon was super fun and we plan on framing some of them. We also made the streamers for the party room balloons. That took a lot of YouTube tutorials and thankfully we got a whole “hurricane day” at home together to do it!”
“I can honestly say just about everything we wanted (I wanted ?) we got – even the things I threw in at the end, like balloons, a photo booth, more flowers, extra video time – we made it all work and it was magical!!”
“I know everyone says it and we were certainly told a million times – but it really does go by SO FAST!!! Enjoy every minute of the day – and the days leading up to it! Especially the quiet moments. It can definitely be stressful and there will inevitably be a few disagreements along the way, just keep remembering that it is a day to celebrate your love. It isn’t a wedding contest, nobody will notice if something is ‘wrong’ because they don’t know what it was ‘supposed’ to be. So calm down, just have fun, and hire a planner!”