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How to Plan a Luxurious and Romantic Vintage Wedding in an Urban Venue

Today I have some spectacular creative wedding inspiration from Wedding Business Club member Marianne Blackham Photography. She recently photographed the intimate vow renewal of Hayley from Fairytale Pursuits.

Marianne and Hayley combined the vow renewal with a styled shoot so Marianne could show how to plan a luxurious and romantic vintage winter wedding in an urban venue. She’s often asked how to make this happen so Marianne is here to share the details so you can successfully re-create this theme yourself.

To add a luxurious touch make sure the place settings reflect that goal.

Include a champagne flute, wine glasses, as well as a glass for water. Make sure there are the appropriate number of plates and utensils, as demonstrated below. 

If the venue is urban but a vintage or romantic feeling is desired then make sure to use decor to reflect that.

For example the DJ brought vintage equipment to add a vintage touch to a very urban venue.  Also look for vintage landmarks around the venue to get pictures at to add a vintage touch . . . as demonstrated below.

Vendor Credits:
Photographer: Marianne Blackham Photography — Event Venue: American Institute of Architects — Floral Designer: Bee Inspired Events — Bridesmaid Dresses:Bella Bridesmaids — Cinema and Video: Capital Films DC — Event Planner: Fairytale Pursuits — Officiant: Hitched 360 — Other: J and L Designs -- Wedding Cape — Makeup Artist: Liz Miller Beauty & Design — Linens and Coverings: Party Rental Ltd. — Second Shooter: Pedro Alicea — Caterer: Simon Cuisine — Cake Designer: Sorby Sweets LLC — DJ: The Dapper DJs — Heirlooms and extras: The Garter Girl by Julianne Smith — Invitation Designer: The Stationery Barn — Signage: Weddings By Joedi

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How to Plan a Let's Flamingo Bachelorette Party {even a Bridal Shower or Bridal Brunch}

I have the ultimate Flamingo Bachelorette Party Inspiration to share with you today. There's a Kate Spade vibe. A swanky Palm Springs vibe. And, an adorable flamingo theme. Alyssa of Just a Little Sparkle joins us today to share her Flamingo Bachelorette Party Inspiration.

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Top 7 Ways to plan a Let's Flamingo Bachelorette Party
{or a bridal shower or bridal brunch as the theme is super versatile}

1. Color: Pink, White + Black with some green and gold for a great pop of color

2. Cookie Presentation: Present cookies on something to give dimension + texture. For this particular party, Alyssa used crush up oreo cookies. You could also use graham crackers, candies or coconut - but Alyssa likes to at least use something edible in case something sticks to the backs of the cookies and is ingested.

3. Cupcake Presentation: Store bought cupcakes can be dressed up with cute little flamingos and placed into decorative baking cups for added color.

4. Favor Boxes: Dress up boxes with pink paper bows

5. Party Printables: Keep the look consistent throughout with the entire set of Flamingo Party Printables from Just a Little Sparkle

6. Feathers: Hot Pink feathers attached to the backs of the drinking glasses {which are painted gold} resemble flamingos

7. Decorations: Dress up the cake stand with a little bit of fun fringe and a color coordinated tassel garland is the perfect backdrop for the dessert table.

Now it's your turn to plan the ultimate Let's Flamingo Bachelorette Party {or bridal shower}. Your guests are going to love this fun flamingo party theme.

Vendor Credits:
Styling + Printables: Just a little Sparkle
Tassel Garland + Faux cake: Glamfete
Cookies: Creative little Cookie
Photography + Tulle Table Skirt: Five Whimsie Lane

How to Boost Your Instagram Engagement in Less Than 5 Minutes - Plus a Mini Instagram Challenge

Do you ever post on Instagram and wish there was an easy and quick way to boost your Instagram Engagement in less than 5 minutes?

Well, I have a little secret ... there is! And, it's being unveiled in my quick and easy 5 Day Mini Instagram Challenge for Increased Engagement {which then leads to reaching your target audience and gaining more followers}. Bonus: the challenge even includes a FREE Instagram Post Checklist for download. Simply print, laminate + use with each post.

PS: This Instagram Engagement secret does not involve joining any comment pods {you can continue implementing those to enhance your results even more}.

For 5 days, I'll have you doing just a few quick and easy little tasks to give your post{s} an extra boost in the Instagram Algorithm. Are you ready to log into your Instagram account so you could be seeing results like what I show below?

Here's when these results happened for me . . . My latest post went up late last night - I had already been back on Instagram several times this morning and then I went back on again at about 14 hours after the post originally went up. I had implemented my little Instagram boosting secret with this post :)


Do you want to work towards seeing results like this with your Instagram posts? Simply sign up below to join the 5 Day Instagram Challenge. It can be started at any time as you are the one doing the quick tasks to boost your Instagram Engagement.

How to Boost Your Instagram Engagement in less than 5 Minutes - with a FREE Instagram Post Checklist - as seen on
Custom Wedding Tapestries for Dessert Backdrops and Photo Booths

If you're looking for the perfect wedding tapestries to add a personalized touch to your wedding event, you will love these from 76th and Newberry. In less than 10 seconds you can be adding a personalized statement piece to your event. Simply hang the tapestry and you're done.

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These gorgeous woven wedding tapestries are ideal for your dessert table backdrop or even for photo booth backgrounds {just add some props and have fun posing for the camera}.

With each wedding tapestry, you can customize it with the newlyweds name, date and even your wedding colors or theme. Which tapesty design would you choose?

I'm so Excited . . . the Best is Yet to Come {for brides + wedding businesses}

When I saw The Best is Yet to Come gold foil print earlier in the week, I just couldn't help but smile.

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It's a perfect reminder for Wedding Couples as they plan their big day and get ready to have many "best" days together as a married couple.

It's perfect for Wedding Businesses as you continue making the dreams of your own career and those of your couples come true.

And, it's exactly how I'm feeling right now. I have some amazing plans getting ready to start coming together for a great way to help brides and grooms plan their wedding day - think "7 Days to an Organized Wedding Plan". Stay tuned because it's coming and if you're not already on my email list - you will certainly want to sign up so you don't miss the announcements. You will also receive FREE Exclusive Access to 25+ Color Palettes and Wedding Theme Ideas.

And, there's one more reason this quote is meaning so much to me right now. As this week comes to a close, I've realized more than ever that my dreams of helping Wedding Pros master the power of social media in a fun + easy way is truly happening and it's so rewarding. I aim to help wedding businesses overcome the struggles at building that ever important online presence. I'm here to personally guide you along the right path towards growth while reaching the brides that are looking for you ONLINE.

To hear and see for myself that the wedding businesses I've been working one on one with are already getting results from the plans I'm creating for them is everything. So, never forget . . .

the Best is Yet to Come!!!