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#SMPWedding101 – Vendor Etiquette

Any former bride would agree: it takes a village to put together a wedding. Every vendor plays a fundamental role in helping it all come together, so you, the bride-to-be, can do what you’re supposed to do: enjoy! To ensure everyone has a pleasant and productive experience, Marisa Nicole Events is sharing their insight on dealing with vendors and making the most of the planning process!

Getting Started

Three words… plan in advance! Before you even think about contacting vendors, be sure to know what your budget is, both overall and specifically for the service of the company you are meeting with. Once you do start connecting with potential vendors, let them know your price point and ask them what services they can include while staying true to that. Many brides worry that presenting a strict budget means vendors will shy away from giving her everything she wants for the wedding, but it is in fact the opposite! When vendors have an honest, clear budget to work with, and a straightforward idea of what you have in mind, each will do what they can to make it happen within your price range (and if they can’t, you’ll save a lot of time not communicating with vendors you can’t afford). As always, throughout the research process with potential vendors, kindness is key!

Booking + Negotiations

Hooray! You’ve decided on a vendor to book, now you just need to solidify details and make things official! Here is where the precedence is set for what your relationship with each vendor looks like moving forward. Through all the planning and design, remember that each vendor plays a massive part in making your day everything you want it to be, so treat your vendors with respect. When the potential vendors present you with their fees, understand that if you have been consistently specific and kind, it is their honest price. Trying to haggle a price point or talking them down can give off vibes that say you’re feeling as if the vendor isn’t worth what they think they are. Constant kindness from you means when it comes down to it, vendors will bend over backwards for you!

Wedding Logistics

As you approach the date of the event, don’t forget to continue to communicate with your vendors! Don’t assume they’re off doing their job and don’t need to hear from you anymore. Ask for each vendor’s collaboration by sending your contact the working day of timeline. See if what you have planned is setting their team up for success. When your contact gives you feedback, actually take it into consideration and try to work it into the day of plan. If what he or she is asking for just isn’t possible, be sure to communicate why, keeping the lines of communication open and allowing each vendor to feel as if his or her expert opinion is valued. If your vendors don’t feel heard, they are much less likely to give you their all on the big day. Be clear and interactive.


When the big day arrives, the most important thing to keep in mind with vendors is to never, ever treat them like they are just paid workers. Each one of your wedding team members has shown up to make your special day even more wonderful, and should be treated as kindly and with as much respect as one of your guests. The key is to remember that although your vendors are providing a professional service on your wedding day, they are still people too, just doing his or her best to make your celebration fabulous. Additionally – please feed your vendors in a timely manner! We suggest having the vendors eat at the same time that your guests do, as you wouldn’t want them to have to miss a minute of the action once speeches and dancing commence (the photographer can’t snag photos of your bestie’s Maid of Honor rap if the vendor meal is served at the same time and a hungry band won’t able to perform their best with tummies rumbling).

Post-Wedding Etiquette

In the same way that our mothers taught us to say “please” (see the ‘Booking + Negotiations’ section above), they also taught us to say “thank you.” We at Marisa Nicole Events truly believe that showing your hard working vendors how much you appreciate them is a must if you want your vendors to feel like you are happy with their work. This is where tips (and a kind note) come in. Which vendors should you tip, you ask? Our rule of thumb is that you tip the team members who are actually present during your wedding, pouring their blood, sweat and tears into making your day a success (whether or not the person on-site is an employee or the owner of the company)! If your vendor did a fantastic job and played a part in making your wedding as perfect as you had hoped, then we recommend a tip and a nice note to thank him or her for their service! If they’re not tipped, vendors will take it as a hint that they didn’t do a good job. Give them love if they did their job well.

In Sum

The bottom line is, always be as sweet as possible to your vendors! You will always catch more flies with honey. Kindness is the the key to having the most productive interactions, getting the best price, and having the best overall experience. Just remember that it’s your day, and your vendors are there to make it phenomenal! Happy booking!

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Not only is Mahay Tremblay of The White Legacy a French Canadian fashion blogger with endless style, but she’s the glowing bride in this rustic Quebec affair. She wed her love, Vincent with a barn wedding gone glam and made sure her English Bulldogs, Boris and Oscar we’re dressed for the occasion. Consider your day made and peek at all the moments from Photographs By Caileigh and Magnifilms.


From Photographs By CaileighI had the honur of photographing Mahay and Vincent’s wedding this past July in Austin, Quebec. It was one of the most special, detail-oriented weddings I’ve ever photographed, which is no surprise because the bride, Mahay, is a fashion and lifestyle blogger.

The day itself was full of unique details, stunning calligraphy everywhere you looked, and feminine florals to swoon over! Mahay and Vincent’s English bulldogs, Boris and Oscar, wore the most adorable suits and managed to behave during the whole ceremony! Mahay wore a jaw-dropping gown by Pnina Tornai. I will never forget the look Vincent gave her as she came down the aisle with her father. Their entire wedding was in French, which was a beautiful challenge to photograph. I was able to focus exclusively on body language and facial expressions to capture moments during their ceremony. I find French to be especially romantic, so their vows were an absolute treat to listen to.

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Photography: Photographs By Caileigh | Cinematography: Magnifilms | Event Planning: Hera Mariages | Floral Design: Prune Les Fleurs | Wedding Dress: Pnina Tornai | Cake: Sweet Couture | Invitations: BP Calligraphy | Rings: Bijouterie Dulac | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Catering: La Mangue Verte | Makeup: Justine Dionne + Roxanne Lachance | Hair: Charles-Antoine Bussières | DJ: Les Evenements Maestro | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss Red Label | Groomsmen's Attire: Simons | Venue: La Grange Manson | Beverage Services + Mixology: Brahm Mauer | Bridal Boutique: Kleinfeld Bridal | Bridemaids' Gifts: Ask Your Bridesmaids | Day of Calligraphy: Paula Lee Calligraphy | Getting Ready Venue: Manoir des Sables | Linen Rentals: Tenue de soirée | Rentals: Celebrations | Rentals: La Mariée Bohème | Rentals: Bravo

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Want to Win Holiday Gift Giving? DEANNART knows how.

‘Tis the season to shop ’til you drop and if you are anything like me, finding THE perfect present for your loved ones is some serious #holidaygoals. Enter Deann Hebert of Fine Art by Deann, a talented artist who just so happens to create masterpieces that will totally fit the bill. Think stunning layered paintings that are awesome for holiday AND wedding gifting, plus spicing up your newlywed abode. She’s our new obsession. Get to know her (and her amazing work) below.

“Learning to trust the process and the journey has made all the difference for me. To utilize artwork as the channel to inspire, bring hope, honor our past, and make a connection on a deeper level is my motivation and conviction.” – Deann Hebert

It was just a decade ago that Deann Hebert said goodbye to her corporate gig and opened up her art studio in a once-abandoned stove and mattress factory in Nashville.  Yes, she is THAT cool.  She’s also a mother, wife, farm owner, horse lover and artist that creates beautiful layered paintings (think tree bark or peeling barn paint) that feature soft, muted tones. From her awe-inspiring pieces on angels, churches and abstract trees to everything in between, Fine Art by Deann will inspire you with her talent and pretty up your home (and the homes of your loved ones!) in ways you never thought imaginable.  She’s just. that. good.

“I believe that true calling comes when passion meets purpose. From my old factory studio, I continue to add layer upon layer to my own story.” – Deann Hebert

Whether you’re looking to surprise every one you know with the gift of a lifetime this holiday or winter wedding season, or simply add a special piece to really complete your new home together as newlyweds, visit Fine Art by Deann online, on Instagram and on Facebook to check out her breathtaking work.


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Two Stylish Gents, One Incredible Italian Engagement

“Stylish” doesn’t even begin to describe the engagement session of Tom and Tim. In fact, these two gents took their impeccable sense of fashion and paired that with the backdrop of Tuscany for absurdly romantic photos captured by Rebecca Yale. Join us on their trek through Italy with lots more right over here.

From Rebecca Yale Photography My favorite thing about engagement sessions is they get to be a little slice of life so is there anything better than a destination engagement session which can perfectly capture the memories of an incredible trip exploring the Tuscan countryside? I spent a lovely Fall weekend photographing the incredibly sweet (and fashionable) Tom and Tim at Il Borro, a 1000-year-old castle estate, and medieval village in Tuscany owned by the Ferragamo family.

Tim, a former bronze medalist Olympic Ice Skater, was celebrating his master’s degree from NYU and of course their recent engagement. Tom popped the question at the historic Chanler in Newport, RI, where the couple will say their I Do’s next year. The trip was spent wine tasting, sightseeing in Cinque Terre, truffle hunting, shopping and eating way too much incredible Italian food. Minus a little rain in Cinque Terre we lucked out with a perfectly gorgeous Fall weekend, getting to enjoy the bright red leaves crawling up the wine caves and the perfect little breeze as we explored the medieval town.

The Proposal

From the Grooms… Planning an engagement proposal is very involved as there are many moving parts. For Tim and I, it started about 18 months before I actually proposed. In a non-traditional move, I mentioned to Tim that one day I could see us getting engaged. However, it would happen only after he went back to school to pursue a Masters in his field. With the proposal out there, I assumed it would be at least two to three years before we would potentially have serious conversation around being married; after all, at this time, marriage equality wasn’t even passed in New York yet and it was well before the Supreme Court decision made same-sex legal across all 50 states. But, Tim applied and was accepted into NYU Stern’s Masters program by that Fall 2015.

During the time that Tim was in school, I spent a great deal of time looking into unique options for a potential engagement. Ideas ranged from watches to cuff links, to bands, to an actual diamond, to just words. At the end, I worked with a jewelry designer in designing a unique diamond ring for Tim for our future engagement. This process took six months from start to finish. With the ring completed in late March 2016, I reached out to his parent’s to schedule a weekend together in early April while Tim was preparing for a series of exams with his programs. I arrived at his parents’ home in Arlington Heights, IL with a bottle of champagne and ring in box. His parents had a very strong idea of why I was there as their smiles were cheek to cheek upon walking in. Tim wasn’t aware that I flew to be with his parents for the weekend specifically; I mentioned that I was in the area for work and figured I’d stop by and spend time with them while he focused on his school work.

I asked Tim’s parents for their blessing to have the honor of asking Tim to marry me. His parents were beyond excited and we began celebrating from that point forward until that Sunday, which is when I headed back to New York to see Tim. Tim asked what exactly I was doing with his parents that weekend. I noted we were shopping for his graduation gift. So, upon returning home to New York on Sunday afternoon, Tim demanded that I share with him what I brought back for his graduation gift from his parents. The only thing I brought back was his ring.

Tim insisted on seeing the gift and went through all of my luggage. Fortunately, I had the ring in my pocket. I realized at this time that I was not safe in our home with the engagement ring – and with time, he was going to find it. So, we went for a long walk along the Hudson River. We ended up walking to where we first had cocktails together, Orient Express. We were the first guests of the day as they opened at 5:00pm. We ordered a cocktail and Tim inquired about his graduation gift from his parents. I started to laugh; I had no choice because of what I knew and he didn’t. Also because I was pretty sure that my perfectly planned proposal was about to be replaced by an impromptu proposal. Tim looked at me, grinned and asked what was so funny. I turned to him, took his hand, went into my pocket to pull out “nothing” and ask for his hand in marriage. Tim looked at me and sternly said, “this is not funny. You have repeatedly asked bent down on your knee before and proposed, you have repeatedly asked him in public for my hand, and you’re doing it again.” To which I replied, you’re right. Let me try one more time. So I went back in my pocket to search for the ring (mind you, I couldn’t find it in my pocket the first time as it was stuck in the crevice of the pocket) and presented Tim with a ring and a request for his hand in marriage. Tim was in shock and couldn’t believe it had actually happened. But it did. We toasted over another round of cocktails and made our way back to Perry Street to celebrate.

It wasn’t the proposal that I had spent the past few months planning in advance. However, I wouldn’t have changed it for the world as it brought us full circle from where we first fell love in one another to making our relationship “official” with a proposal.

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Photography: Rebecca Yale Photography | Rings: Custom by Anari Jewelry | Belt + Boots: Salvatore Ferragamo | Black Blazer: John Varvatos | Blazer (Cinque Terre): Hugo Boss | Boots (outfit 2): Gucci | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Grey Blazer: Ermeneglildo Zegna | Jackets: Salvatore Ferragamo | Jeans: AG Jeans | Location: Il Borro | Pocket Square: Hermes | Sneaker Boots (outfit 2): Salvatore Ferragamo | Sweater: Ermeneglildo Zegna | Vest: Ermeneglildo Zegna | Watch: Cartier | Watch: Rolex | White Shirts: Thomas Pink

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