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What You Need to Know Before Shopping for Invites

We may work in digital, but there's still nothing we love more than beautiful paper goods. And when it comes to beautiful paper goods, wedding invitations and stationery suites are everything. From letterpress to engraving, embossing to debossing, the...

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#SMPWedding101 – Setting Up The Wedding Budget

Oh the joys of wedding planning! Picking out your bouquet, your dress, the food tastings and more! But oh, who's that Debbie Downer knocking on the door? The oh so unpleasant budget. But fret not my friends, because Marisa Nicole of Marisa Nicole Events is here to help us sort through that stress, so that you can focus on those flowers instead of the dreaded finances. Step 1: Determine Your Total Wedding Budget You’re engaged...

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#SMPWedding101 – 5 Times To Call In the Wedding Pro’s

I was thisssss close to calling in the big guns when planning my own Big Day. I'm not ashamed to admit there were a few close teary calls and while it all came together in the end, if I were to do it again, I probably would ask for some assistance... you see, there are just some situations where no matter how talented you are or how much time you may have, a pro's advice is priceless. Here's five situations when it's just plain smarter to put down the papers and pick up the phone! 1. Large...

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10 Ways to Tell If You’re Becoming a Bridezilla

Let's be real - the stress of wedding planning can turn even the most calm and grounded of people into a not-so-lovely version of themselves. Between budgeting and decision making and well, planning the biggest day of your life, emotions run high, but fear not. We're sharing 10 little ways to check yourself before you wreck yourself, and ditch the title of "bridezilla".   1. You find yourself snapping at the people you love most. Stress can bring out anyone's ugly side, but make...

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#SMPWedding101 – 2016 Wedding Music Trends

There were songs heard at every wedding I attended last summer (shout outs to T.Swift and Bruno) and I can't wait to see what tunes top the dance floors this year. But why wait? We have Downbeat LA here giving us an inside scoop on new trends for the upcoming season and the classics that we love, that will never, ever go out of style. Having performed at over 500 weddings and events across the country, their entertainment experience isn't to be...

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#SMPWedding101 – Bridesmaid Gifting Advice + Ideas

I always prided myself on my ability to find those really thoughtful gifts, but then along came Natalie Pinney and Moira Thompson of Whim Events, and well, these ladies know what they're doing. After seeing a shift in the approach to bridal party gifting, with more and more couples requesting them to source super sentimental gifts to ensure appreciation is felt, these ladies are pro's at picking the perfect presents. See their ideas...

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#SMPWedding101 – Custom vs. Semi-Custom Invitation Suites

Choosing my wedding invites was oh so fun - and oh so overwhelming. The amount of options is mindblowing - and a bit confusing. So you could say we're pretty happy to have Karla from Written Word Calligraphy here to explain the factors to consider when choosing semi-custom or custom invites. She recently launched a line of semi-custom invitations...

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First Anniversary Gifts Guaranteed to Rekindle the Wedding Day Love

It was brought to our attention that T. Swift recently celebrated one year with her bf Calvin Harris and in honor of their anniversary, he gifted her with a locket, personalized with their first date. This crazy thoughtful gift (way to go Cal!) got us thinking about other fabulous finds to give in honor of your one year, whether you be dating or married, and so, we rounded up some more sweet somethings...

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#SMPWedding101 – Ways to Personalize Your Wedding Cake

The sparkly cake topper at our wedding, proclaiming "You're My Greatest Adventure" may have been petite, but it holds a special place in my heart. I had such fun choosing just the right one and this little detail brought me much joy. But toppers are just one way to make your cake truly yours; Dilekerei is sharing plenty more ideas to make that cake personal and extra pretty - see below for all the tasty tips! 1. Cake Toppers...

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#SMPWedding101 – Tips For a Great Hair + Makeup Trial Run

I had a terrible hair and makeup trial before my wedding. We're talking tears as the updo literally fell apart and I wiped purple eyeshadow off my face. So you could say I know the importance of these run throughs all too well. And so does Megan Garmers, of MG Hair & Makeup. With her experience making brides look their best, she's a pro from the very start when they walk in with their inspiration pics. So print these tips and...

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#SMPWedding101 – How to Get – and Keep – Your Guests on the Dance Floor

I look forward to hitting the dance floor at every wedding I'm lucky enough to attend and there are certain songs and artists (I'm looking at you Bruno) that never disappoint. But when putting together your playlist, how do you ensure those tunes get your guests going and keep them entertained all night long? That's where Guy Avalon, director of SALUT, comes into play. With his tips and insight on how...

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The Importance of a Reception Reveal Playlist

While it's no surprise that music plays a huge part in your special day, from your walk down the aisle to the last dance, it's the times in between that can be easily forgotten - yet their potential impact is outstanding. Elevated Pulse Productions is here to share not only the value in selecting songs for when you open that gorgeous reception space to your lucky guests, but they're also giving us the goods with a playlist to get...

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How to Rock a Veil + Gorgeous Hair on Your Big Day

If ever there was a wedding fairy godmother, it would be Mar from TEAM Hair & Makeup and TEAM Bridal Extensions. From romantic waves and classic updos to...

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#SMPWedding101 – Save the Date Essentials

Looking back at the planning process, our Save the Dates stand out. They were so fun and sending those babies out amped up the excitement more than any other step beforehand. But when it came to the details, I'd be lying to say we weren't a little lost. When to send, what to include? Well, Dancing Pen & Press is here to help all you brides-to-be get those questions answered and get onto more fun festivities! Tip #1: Time It Right.

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What To Toss, What To Keep Post-Wedding

I'm not ashamed to admit I have a stack of boxes full of wedding items, from our table numbers to copies of our menus. While I do accept the fact that I'll need to sort through these items eventually, I'm hesitant, I'm a sentimental hoarder. But what to keep and what to toss? I checked in with some other recent married SMP ladies and we're sharing what we're keeping forever and what we're easily tossing aside!

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#SMPWedding101 – Importance of Working With Your Venue’s Preferred Vendors

Choosing your vendors is one of the most overwhelming tasks during the planning process - but it doesn't have to be. Michelle Durpetti is here to share the good news - working with your venue's recommended vendors can be a surefire way to success. With 15 years of producing events under her belt and her recent venture opening The Estate, a venue outside Chicago, she knows what...

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How to Include Everyone in Wedding Planning (Even Your In-Laws)

Whether you come from a big crew or a little pack, it's a given that your nearest and dearest will want to be a part of the wedding planning process. I have a large family so how did I involve all without going crazy or hurting any feelings? Divide and conquer is key - there are enough tasks to spread the love among all family members! Here's our ideas for who's best suited to assist with each planning project!

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Secrets Your Wedding Guests Wish You Knew

After almost two years of working at SMP I attended my first wedding a few weeks ago - I know, kind of crazy. And because it's my job to stare at gorgeous wedding photos every single day I can be a little judgmental; however, at this celebration I saw first-hand THE most important factors every...

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How to Save Your Bridesmaids Money (+ Be the Best Bride Ever!)

Part of the fun of planning a wedding is having your best friends at your side every step of the way from the engagement to the bridal shower to the bachelorette party to the wedding itself. But being a...

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#SMPWedding101 – Unexpected Elements Guests Love

We plan for every single essential and wedding must-do but what about when Mother Nature decides to arrive with a storm? Or how about the fear of dehydrated guests? Planning for these little details is what Katie Dunn of Events By La Fete does and she's gathered up some of her favorite unexpected elements that are guaranteed to make your guests fall even more in love with your wedding celebration. 1. Sweat Proof: Mother nature can...

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