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Blogger Bride: Boxwood Avenue’s Tips on Translating Your Wedding Vision

Hi Style Me Pretty friends! It’s Chloe here visiting from Boxwood Avenue, and today I get to share one of my favorite parts of the wedding planning process with you (design!), plus some great tips to keep in mind during the wedding planning process. We’ll be talking planners – and why you need one! – plus a fun Q&A with the pros at A Savvy Event.

Immediately after getting engaged, I knew I needed to find someone I could trust with my vision, but after ‘shopping’ around, I was taken aback by how much a wedding planner cost. I couldn’t believe that they’d be worth it. Well, I couldn’t have been more wrong. If you’re on the fence about hiring a wedding planner, take my word for it: they will be one of the best investments you make in your wedding. With that said. Don’t hire any ol’ planner! I think it’s incredibly important to find someone who has experience designing and executing weddings that showcase the style you’re going for. If you’re not having a ballroom wedding, don’t hire someone whose portfolio showcases mostly ballroom weddings. Keep looking until you find someone who blends well with your tastes!

After interviewing and selecting your perfect planner, you can begin to share the vision you have for your wedding. This can get a little tricky if you’re not sure of the exact direction you want to go! Selecting a coherent design direction can be very nerve wracking in this day in age because Pinterest fills all of us brides with So. Many. Ideas. To narrow my vision down, I created a secret wedding board which I shared with my florist and planner, and stuck to 20 key inspiration images. Sticking to those key images helped me show my planner, Jamie of A Savvy Event, exactly what I had in mind.

Two months out from my wedding, I had the opportunity to meet with Jamie at the La Tavola Fine Linens showroom in Napa, where she was able to arrange to have a set of the flatware, chargers, and other tabletop rentals I had selected for our wedding delivered. We spent the afternoon talking about my wedding’s design plan, and fine tuning every little detail. While we played at La Tavola, I was also able to ask her a few questions about the design process. I am happy to be able to share the amazing advice she gave me with all of you!

CM: What is the biggest mistake you see brides make during the planning process?

A Savvy Event: Pinterest. There are so many things brides want, and either it doesn’t fit in the budget, or doesn’t match their overall look. All too often, I see brides forgo on important things because they start focusing too much on a single image they saw on Pinterest. It’s better for a couple to allocate their budget to achieve an overall look and feel, than to focus too much on a single aspect of the design. My best advice? Never skimp on a great DJ, lighting, or flowers just to get that Pinterest project done.

What do you think is the most helpful resource for brides during the planning process?

A Savvy EventTheir wedding planner, of course, (and I’m not just saying that because I am one)! A wedding planner has the background, the contacts, and the resources to help their clients get everything they need, and at the best price.

How do you work with brides to align your visions?

A Savvy EventWedding planners always want the couple to have what they envision for their wedding, but it’s our job to educate them on being realistic about their budget. I will typically ask about the overall look and feel they’re going for, and if needed, offer alternative solutions that will fit within their budget. Sometimes alternatives aren’t as grand as first envisioned, but they will still accomplish the overall look, and leave the couple feeling happy about the outcome of their special day.

Where do you think it’s worth it to splurge, and where is it okay to cut back?

A Savvy EventI often see couples cut back on lighting, but I don’t think that’s always the best option. In my opinion, lighting and entertainment brings the biggest bang for the buck! If a bride is looking to cut back, she can always scale back on rentals or repurpose florals to save a little money.

What makes for a happy and helpful bride?

A Savvy EventI think, it always goes back to the planner making sure the bride is on schedule, and informed of where she needs to be, and when she needs to be there. Also, it’s always nice when a bride can make quick decisions. One of the hardest things for a planner is indecisiveness; once a design plan is made up, it’s very hard to change, and takes a lot of time, plus it can cost a lot of money! 

What can brides do to translate their vision to you?

A Savvy EventPictures are always great, but there are so many pictures out there, so having a consistent Pinterest board with a cohesive look is probably the best way to communicate what she wants her wedding day to look like. I like it when a bride uses descriptive words or images such as art pieces or fabrics which can translate what they are passionate about as a couple; this helps put their personality into the wedding.

Isn’t that great advice!? Do you have any tips of your own to share? I can’t wait until the next time I see you guys, because I’ll be sharing my wedding!! See you then!

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Follow Chloe’s Journey:

Meet the Bride | DIY Favors | Dress Shopping Tips |
DIY Calligraphy | Bridal Shower | Bachelorette Party | Mistletoe Moment

Photography: Kayla F Photography | Event Design: A Savvy Event | Floral Design: Poppystone Floral Design | Concept + Design : Boxwood Avenue | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linens | Rentals: Frances Lane | Show Room: La Tavola

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Chloe MacKintosh

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Classic Wedding at The Berkeley City Club + A Giveaway!

When it comes to booking your vendor dream team, finding that perfect photographer is a pretty big deal. They capture the moments you’ll treasure forever, and that’s where Magnolia Weddings comes in. In the words of Erich of Magnolia, “I love bringing the couple’s story to life in their images,” and that’s exactly what he did for this sweet couple wed at the Berkeley City Club. Get lost in the gallery and don’t miss a major Magnolia Weddings giveaway below.

From Magnolia Weddings... This wedding took place at a California Historic Landmark, the Berkeley City Club. The historical society designation says that architect Julia Morgan’s “Moorish and Gothic elements created a landmark of California design.”

Not only was there distinctive architecture as the backdrop but the library, courtyard and pool all added to the elegance of the wedding. The courtyard provided a great romantic spot for the bride and groom’s first look. The library was perfect for the groom and groomsmen to hang out and drink scotch in while they waited for the ceremony.

The couple met at a crossfit class–in fact the groom was the instructor. I think the story of ‘law school student finds love at the crossfit gym’ is the perfect set up to a romantic comedy. At the wedding they enjoyed themselves throughout, making each other laugh and having a great time dancing with friends and family.


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To Enter: Simply visit Magnolia Weddings and leave a comment below telling us which style wedding (rustic, modern, classic, etc.) most closely matches your own style.

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Photography: Magnolia Weddings | Ceremony Venue: Berkeley City Club | Reception Venue: Berkeley City Club

Beautiful Wedding Gowns from Ieie’s Bridal Dress Boutique

We know you’ve been dreaming of your wedding gown since before you were even engaged, so now that it’s time to find “the one,” settling for less than perfect is NOT an option.  Enter Ieie’s Bridal Dress Boutique, a sweet little shop with a never-ending supply of vintage-inspired, beautifully modest gowns that are all sorts of pretty.  Perfect dress in one, two, three?  Absolutely.

From sophisticated lace fabrics to intricately crafted details to stunning silhouettes that are beyond flattering, Ieie’s Bridal Dress Boutique knows everything there is to know about creating a dress that will make your heart happy.  Think glamorous fit and flares, princess-style ballgowns and amazing a-line pretties… just to name a few.  Not to mention that Ieie’s Bridal Dress Boutique specializes in making customized wedding dresses for brides all over the world, which means that whether you are saying “I do” in London, New York or San Francisco, the knowledgeable staff at Ieie’s Bridal Dress Boutique will handle your every need.  We love that.

High-quality, truly affordable and beyond anything you’ve ever imagined… contact Ieie’s Bridal Dress Boutique to begin your journey towards that modest dress of your dreams.  And make sure to follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest for even more gorgeous inspiration.