How to Create Your Wedding Binder

One of the very first steps you should take in the wedding planning process is putting together a binder that will house all of your inspiration, brochures, plans, and receipts.  In just a few simple steps, you can be completely organized and set up for wedding planning success!

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Engagement Party 101

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Getting engaged is a cause for celebration, a time for two families to celebrate becoming one. To do so, many families are throwing engagement parties shortly after the groom pops the question. Contrary to popular belief, an engagement party is not actually a traditional event. As such, it is not considered a requirement — but why pass up a chance to celebrate and have fun with your family and friends? Continue reading

WAID Holiday Party Prep: Final Decor and Budget Overview

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To finish off the year and my slew of holiday-specific posts, I’d love to share my photos from the holiday gathering I had with my girls.  I put my own advice into practice and selected affordable decor pieces, budget-friendly food options, and made sure to repurpose holiday and event trinkets I already owned.  The end product was a festive event that set a calm, cozy mood and provided an endless amount of treats and season-inspired drinks for my guests to enjoy.  In terms of budget, I stuck to my goal and only spent $158.90 for the whole event– I splurged a bit for this amazing, gold velvet I used as an accent texture in my fabric backdrop (…only $8.90 over!). Continue reading

WAID Holiday Party Prep Part 2: Festive Food Selections

Holiday Party Pizzas

A party isn’t a party without a great food selection.  Whether you choose to throw a cocktail affair or a five course meal, variety is key.  To continue our holiday series, I am going to dig into the menu portion of my party planning process and show you how to have a wide variety of options, while still sticking to our overall $100 to $150 total party budget. Continue reading

WAID Holiday Party Prep Part 1: Festive Beverages

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The holidays are approaching quickly and if you’re anything like me, you’re already making plans for your annual event.  I love a good party — tons of food, striking decor, adorable gifts for the guests, and unforgettable memories with loved ones.  As I’m sure you’re aware, these items can add up and do so QUICKLY.  After stressing about party funds for a couple of years in a row, I’ve finally figured out how to throw a great holiday bash without breaking the bank. Continue reading

Why, and How, I Do What I Do

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Creating an event is like creating a piece of art.

Each one is unique. Each one has its own personality and vibe. They can be rigid and structured, or dynamic and ever evolving.

I was first attracted to event planning because I can incorporate all of my artistic hobbies into one single moment in time. They aren’t just tables and chairs and “I do’s” and gift giving. Events combine fashion, interior design, cosmetology, photography, music, the culinary arts—the possibilities for self-expression are endless. Continue reading