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6 Tricks to Maximize Your Floral Budget

Whether you’re just beginning to plan your nuptials, or are only a few months out from finally saying “I Do,” chances are you’re already familiar with your floral budget — and are also wondering how you can stretch it further to get the most floral bang for your buck. Lucky for you, we got the scoop on how to make that happen with six awesome insider tips from Becca Olcott of Petal Floral Design.

Becca Olcott’s Top 6 Tricks to Maximize Your Floral Budget

Word-Numbers_15A lot of times, people often spend money on flowers that go unseen. Things like aisle decorations, bathrooms and accent tables are all places where you can save money, and your guests won’t even notice the difference!
Word-Numbers_12Only decorate half your tables with flowers, and then go crazy with candles on the others!
Word-Numbers_18If you have to have peonies and they aren’t in season, try garden roses: they’re just as beautiful, and have the same impact.
Word-Numbers_06Create a statement table that makes a big impact, so that your guests’ eyes will be drawn there.
Word-Numbers_04One of the biggest ways to save money is to use more greens than flowers in your table arrangements.
Word-Numbers_02Another money saver is to go for potted plants.

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Elegant Ann Arbor Michigan Backyard Wedding

If you can think of a better way to begin a marriage than with a sentimental celebration in your parent’s backyard (complete with anemonesSweet Heather Anne and rustic touches), I’d love to hear it. Because as far as I’m concerned this Ann Arbor fete is downright divine. Kelly Sweet captured at home elegance and with Hey Gorgeous Events behind the day, and it’s a gallery that gives meaning to home is where the heart is.


From the beautiful Bride… I have always held a special connection to my parents house. It’s not only where I grew up, but it symbolizes an innate sense of comfort and support. Holidays and events at home have always been so special to me. Knowing this, Matt proposed to me on Christmas Eve of 2013 at my parent’s, surrounded by my family. Matt and I had been together for 7 years prior, so after the excitement of taking this next step together had settled, it didn’t take long for us to decide that the wedding should be held at my parent’s home. Convincing my parents to host 200 people in their backyard took a bit more time… Enter Rhiannon.

Rhi entered our lives and immediately brought a sense of calm to the whole event. I had a vision of what I wanted the night to look like, but Rhi truly brought it all to life. We envisioned a unique, elegant affair that our guests would still feel perfectly comfortable at. A subtle color palette, rich textures, and a touch of rustic materials came together perfectly for the day of. We worked with our paper company to create a black and white floral motif for our invitations, which translated perfectly through the whole event. Rhi even had a custom linen created for our cake table with the pattern.

I asked my bridesmaids to pick a gown in a shade of cool gray, veering towards blue. I hadn’t seen all of the dresses together until the morning of the wedding (which is SO unlike my Type A self) but I couldn’t be more impressed with how they all came together. We kept the guys classic with black tuxes and bowties. Rhi was able to bring in a soft blue tone in our florals, and was even able to find black centered anemones for my bouquet, which had been previously unavailable.

Looking back at our amazing photos from the day, I am so pleased to see how Kelly captured everyone’s pure joy. Matt and I are grinning ear to ear in every photo, and it’s a true testament to how perfect the day turned out. We are so grateful for such a special memory that we will always cherish.

Photography: Kelly Sweet Photography | Event Planning: Hey Gorgeous Events | Floral Design: Hey Gorgeous Events | Cake: Sweet Heather Anne | Invitations: Smitten On Paper | Catering: Katherine's Catering | Band: Newsmaker | Men's Attire: Vera Wang | Bridal Shoes: Joie | Photography - Assistance: Amy Hartman | Wedding Dress Boutique: Mimi's Bridal | Wedding Gown Designer: Watters

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The 15 Things Every Bride Needs to Do Before Her Wedding

Even the most type-A bride-to-be can get caught up in the craziness, stress and last-minute tasks the week before her wedding. Sure, it’s easy to transform into a Bridezilla, but if you keep this check list in mind (and the 11 Things Not To Do the Week Before Your Wedding), your big day is guaranteed to go off without a hitch, and happily ever after will be a sure sight for you and your new hubby!

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Stylish Miami Art Deco Anniversary Session

I’m going to go out on a limb and say that this anni-sesh from Cody Hunter Photography has earned a spot at the tippy top of my favorites list. Bold statement, I know. But once you set your sights on this gallery, you’ll be ready to pin your heart out, too. From the striking black number ala Rent The Runway and happy stripes to palm tree heaven at The Raleigh with mojitos in hand, this magnetic duo sure kicked off year four in serious style.

From Cody Hunter PhotographyLauren & Tylor wanted something special for their 4 year anniversary. Not just a typical Florida beach session. Together with Elleson Events they created a completely out of the box anniversary session. Once they’d settled on spending their anniversary in Miami (they are from Sarasota, FL) – a fun art-deco, vintage vibe was created. Complete with a fun day roaming the streets of Miami with mojitos in hand and ending the night at The famous Raleigh Hotel on Miami Beach.

Photography: Cody Hunter Photography | Design: Hollie Raulerson / Elleson Events | Dress: Rent The Runway | Hair And Makeup: Salon Tease Naples | Tux: The Black Tux | Hotel: The Raleigh | Film Lab: PhotoVision Prints | Swimsuits: American Apparel