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Wedding Advice

5 Things to Know Before You Say "Yes to the Dress!"

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You’ve been picturing yourself in that perfect white gown ever since the first time you saw that fairy tale princess walk down her petal-dusted aisle. You’ve pinned 47,384 dresses on your secret Pinterest board, folded the corners of countless bridal magazines, and watched one too many episodes of that “Say Yes to the Dress” show (that makes us all way too emotional). Now…it’s your turn! Here are 5 things you need to know before you embark on that journey into the enchanted forest of bridal gowns and begin your “Happily Ever After.” 1) Make an appointment. You may not think that this is important, but we made this our number one point for a reason. Bridal salons appreciate the head’s up so they have the capability of pairing you with a consultant while you shop. Some salons even ask details about your wedding and style so that they can pair…

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4 Moments from "The Wedding Planner" that Actually Happen at Weddings

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  “So you’re like a real life J-Lo, right?!” Proudly we respond with, “Actually…YES!”   It’s one of those things you always wonder about. Is it really like that? Is being a wedding planner really as glamorous as it sounds? Do you really meet the love of your life while trying to save your precious Gucci shoes? Is it really better to just eat the brown M&M’s? And for the love of all things, how does her hair always look so darn perfect?!  We’ve always been inspired by Miss Lopez and her amazing ability to make wedding planning look effortless. What a woman! (We totally have a little mini “wedding-planner-crush” on her style, grace, and pizzazz!) So we wanted to dish. Here are 4 moments in “The Wedding Planner” that actually happen in weddings. 1 – “You are exquisite. You’re timeless. And you have the love of a man named…

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Three Ways to Simplify Your Wedding

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You’re engaged. You’ve finally met that special someone that you can’t live without. Now starts the implementation of all the ideas you’ve had since you were nine! The big white dress with the sparkle embroidered bodice, the gold rimmed chargers with navy blue napkins, the luscious green garden topped with a gorgeous floral archway. It’s all there….in your head at least. You start bouncing ideas off friends and family members, email some potential venues, look at some color schemes for real; and then, without warning, it starts to become cloudy. Your once clear vision becomes a foyer for everyone to place their ideas at your feet and suddenly you can’t find yours anymore! So let’s get back to the basics; to what YOU want. Here are 3 SIMPLE ways to bring back your day, the way you want it: simple. 1 – Stop asking for everyone’s input. I get it,…

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Do I Need A Month-of Coordinator?

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We get asked this question all the time. I mean, what do we do, anyway, right? Here’s a brief glimpse of what our job looks like… A month before your wedding date, when everything in your head gets cloudy, your mom’s anxiety becomes profoundly tangible, and your fiance has suggested for 378th time that you should just throw in the towel and elope already…we are here. We swoop in and start bringing all that chaos into order. We’ll get all your vendor info, your processional order, your decor details, and create your entire weekend itinerary. We’ll give our best advice, and walk through every piece of your wedding, minute by minute.  From there, we will confirm times and places with all your vendors, family members, and bridal party. We make sure everyone is on the same literal page before wedding weekend begins. On your big day, we run the show….

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Destination: Wedding

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     When it comes to planning your special wedding fiesta, party size matters. The length of your guest list will dictate to which category a large portion of your wedding budget will be applied, and this category is “venue.” If you’re already thinking of a small gathering for a small budget, but think a destination wedding is out of the question, think again. Thanks to women from all over the world compiling their inside tips and tricks, there are loads of resources available that aid in planning glamorous weddings for an affordable price, even for weddings across the sea. So if you’ve ever once wished for sand between your pedicured toes or a foreign breeze billowing your delicate veil, then put ‘Destination Wedding’ back in your dream bucket and listen up. There are actually some extremely affordable, want-to-cry-gorgeous venues out there ideal for a small number of invites and…

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Wedding Trends of 2015

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2015. Your wedding year. So many details to figure out, appointments to make, people to contact, themes to solidify. Take a deep breath. We are here to help! Take a moment, grab some chocolate, curl up under a thick blanket, and take a peek into what we at Grand Occasions think will be the biggest trends of 2015. Who knows, maybe your greatest wedding idea will be in the next few paragraphs… Snapshots of 2015 Cascading bouquets of permeable blooms seem to invite one’s senses into a flurry of activity. Naked towered and tiered cakes adorn the dessert tables of weddings across the country. Intricately detailed dresses made of aged lace and flowing tulle sweep across the floors of well-trafficked venues. Sparkling diamonds and shimmering metals flash on the hands of newlyweds and guests alike. What do all of these diverse details have in common? They are the hottest trends…

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