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How to Choose Your Perfect Wedding Garter Color

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Are you trying to decide on the color for your wedding garter? Maybe you want to go classic and choose a cream or ivory. But, if you really want to add a pop of color and infuse a bit of your personality under your dress - here's some inspiration to help you choose your perfect wedding garter color.

PS: These featured wedding garters are from Julianne of The Garter Girl

How to Choose Your Perfect Wedding Garter Color

When it comes to choosing the perfect color for your wedding garter - consider your personality and what the color says about you. This color may or may not be a color in your wedding. Since the garter is worn under the wedding dress, you can have lots of fun with it and infuse your own favorite color and style into the garter color of your choice.

Red is for those that are action oriented, outgoing and impulsive. Red stands for strength, health, passion and energy.

Orange is for those that live for being around others and you’re a bit adventurous - loving the outdoors and being full of life. Orange stands for strength, artistic, curious and restless.

Yellow is for those that have strong sense of humor with a vivid imagination. You often enjoy learning and sharing that knowledge with others. Yellow stands for happiness, energy, adventure and warmth.

Green is for those that can feel the need to belong, love and be loved. You’re loyal and down to earth. Green stands for balance, hope, renewal and peace.

Blue is for those that are compassionate, caring and faithful and you often have a need for inner peace and truth. Blue stands for soft, soothing, duty and conservatism.

Purple is for those that have high ambitions and pay attention to the smallest of details. Purple stands for royalty, romance, creativity and harmony.


Pink is for those that often take care of others before worrying about themselves. Others find you warm and approachable. Pink stands for kind, maternal, gentle and delicate.

Brown is for those that prefer a simple lifestyle and you’re hardworking and frugal. Brown stands for safety, comfort, steadiness and kindness.

Black is for those that are natural born leaders yet are careful with sharing details of their life. Black stands for power, mystery, control and being collected.

Grey is for those that prefer to not be the center of attention - rather they prefer to be independent. You like to be in control of your emotions and this results in being indecisive and lacking confidence at times. Grey stands for coolness, conservative, composure, sophisticated.

White is for those that desire simplicity and order - can often be called a perfectionist. You view the world in a positive and optimistic way. White stands for purity, innocence, freshness and youth.

The above color descriptions were created in part by an article shared by affiliate partner Beau-coup.

So, what color wedding garter will you choose?

The Biggest Difference Between Florists and Floral Designers

Did you know that florists and floral designers each have a different take on creating florals for events?

Maribel of EightTreeStreet Floral {a Wedding Business Club member} has been featured in the article entitled Behind the Blooms: 17 Florists & Flower Designers from New York to Sydney from Flowers Across Sydney. So, let's chat about the difference . . .

As explained in the article - each role - whether a florist or floral designer - they both provide flowers to customers. But, there is a difference between the two business roles. Floral designers are often based in a studio and focus on creating an aesthetic for weddings, events and corporate functions. While florists can provide flowers for events - they often work in a shopfront setting and create bouquets for special occasions like birthdays and anniversaries.

And, to expand further on this topic, here's an excerpt from the article:

Florists typically have a catalogue of bouquets they provide, while event designers are more flexible in what they offer. So we wanted to know, how much do people know before they come to you? Does it differ around the world? Do they usually have a Pinterest picture to show you with all the colours, flower types and sizes they want, or is there any creative wiggle room?

Here's what Maribel writes about her experience when meeting with brides:

Some of our clients have incredible Pinterest boards, others have just started the planning process, so we chat about their likes and dislikes and the emotion and theme behind their event. It helps to bring out ideas and learn about who they are and what they love.

If you're a floral designer, I'd love to hear your insight into this? How do your brides come to you when meeting for a consult?

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. 

Luxurious and romantic vintage wedding tablescape inspiration in an urban venue — photo by Marianne Blackham Photography — as seen on
Luxurious and romantic vintage wedding tablescape inspiration in an urban venue — photo by Marianne Blackham Photography — as seen on

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.

Use Vintage Music Equipment to bring a vintage vibe to your wedding reception — Luxurious and romantic vintage wedding inspiration in an urban venue — photo by Marianne Blackham Photography — as seen on
Vendor Credits: {several of these link to affiliates}
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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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!!!

5 Reasons Why Hiring Professional Wedding Photographers and Videographers is Necessary

Today I'm sharing with you 5 reasons why you don't want to leave your Wedding Day Photo and Video Taking to the Guests on your wedding day ~ the day that you only get one-shot at

With everyone taking snapshots all day long with their mobile devices these days - you may think "why not just let our guests take the photos at our wedding?". Well, I'm here with 5 reasons why you do not want your wedding guests taking the photos and videos of your wedding. And, I have to give a big thank you shout-out to Focus Productions for letting me showcase their photos {and the most amazing video} in this article. {Focus Productions is a VIP Wedding Member in my wedding directory}

1. Photo Memories

When you have a pro photographer capturing your wedding day, you don't have to think twice about the moments that are so special not being photographed. And, if you have particular photos you want taken - simply let your photographer know. Having the perfect moments captured at just the right time is what the professional photographer is there for. Having gorgeous photos of your special day, makes it easy to relive your wedding again and again.

Great Capture of Wedding Ceremony Exit with Rice Confetti Toss {from 5 Reasons Why Hiring Professional Wedding Photographers + Videographers is Necessary} / image credit: Focus Productions in Toronto Canada

2. Live Motion Memories

Having photos in an album is wonderful to look back on your day - but having a video is just as special. I mean, just look at this video below - it's absolutely outstanding and certainly not a video that can be put together by a wedding guest. This type of video creation takes professional skill to put together and is such a beautiful keepsake of all the wedding day highlights.

3. Equipment + Lighting

Whether your marrying in a church {where some don't even allow flash} or outside in the bright sun on a beach - the professionals will know the exact equipment and settings for the lighting current lighting situation. I'm almost certain you wouldn't want all dark photos from the church or all washed out photos because of the sun's glare if you let your guests take the photos. The professionals will always know the right equipment for the light that is happening at the current time of photo taking. And, as the lighting situations change as the wedding progresses - the pros are ready for anything and everything.

Stunning Wedding Cake Display with Crystals on Cake Stand {from 5 Reasons Why Hiring Professional Wedding Photographers + Videographers is Necessary} / image credit: Focus Productions in Toronto Canada
Great Wedding Party Pose Idea with Bride and Groom {from 5 Reasons Why Hiring Professional Wedding Photographers + Videographers is Necessary} / image credit: Focus Productions in Toronto Canada

4. Unobtrusive

You've seen those photos where the photographer is taking a photo and you see all the wedding guests with their iPhones {and iPads sometimes - yikes!} being held in the air to capture the moment too, right? Well, the professionals know the tricks and will be unobtrusive when photographing or videotaping your wedding moments.

Pretty Purple Wedding Bouquet with Crystals and Brooches {from 5 Reasons Why Hiring Professional Wedding Photographers + Videographers is Necessary} / image credit: Focus Productions in Toronto Canada

5. Unplugged

This last one goes along with number 4, as you don't want your own hired professionals being blocked by a wedding guest trying to jockey for the same photo, do you? The easiest was to avoid this happening is to have an unplugged wedding. Let your guests be want they were invited for - a guest at your wedding. And, of course you can give them access to the wedding gallery after so they can select their own photos that they love - the ones taken from a professionals point of view. Maybe you even gift your wedding guests with photo credit as the wedding favor so they can have the keepsake photos they love.

I'd love to hear from you - whether you're planning a wedding or you are a professional - are there any other reasons to share why you want to hire a professional wedding photographer and videographer?

Thank you again Focus Productions for providing the photos and video to include in this wedding article