Intimate & Fun New York City Wedding | BOTTINO | Athullya & Mark

Intimate & Fun New York City Wedding | BOTTINO | Athullya & Mark

I helped Athullya & Mark plan their wedding before we even started working together! She read one of my articles for A Practical Wedding, realized that I'm in New York, and reached out for a little more help. I'm so, so glad that she did. She and Mark gathered their nearest and dearest, from all over the world, for an incredibly fun wedding at Bottino in Chelsea.

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Colorful & Sweet Brooklyn Wedding | The Green Building | Sabrina & Jeff

Colorful & Sweet Brooklyn Wedding | The Green Building | Sabrina & Jeff

In every conversation, every meeting, and every email, Sabrina and Jeff talked about how important it was for their guests to have a great time. They wanted a wedding that still felt like a wedding, but was also a really fun party at its core. That thoughtfulness and love showed through in their details and it was a joy to bring them all together!

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Pinterest Faves! April 2018

April gave us New York Bridal Fashion Week and Beychella, so it was pretty great. The Spring 2019 collections included some of my favorite gowns I've ever seen, including this Tadashi, this Keveza, and this Leanne Marshall. Also, I'm noticing a trend of black square grids in residential design, like windows, doors, and even showers, which I could see translating into event design in some cool and unexpected ways. For more, click above and pin with us!

Pinterest Faves! March 2018

Awards season yields pins galore. Along with award show red carpet looks, I also snuck in a few looks from the Black Panther premiere (including this iconic Ryan Coogler look). Plus, Pre-Fall and Fall/Winter fashion shows meant a ton of inspiring content -- I especially loved this suit with floral detail from Alice & Olivia. I'm seeing more and more bright and airy interior shots these days, too, like this one, because SPRING IS COMING! Click the image above to see what else was worth saving!

Wedding Planning, Step #1

 PHOTO BY MATHEUS FERRERO

PHOTO BY MATHEUS FERRERO

The internet doesn't need any more wedding planning checklists, I know. You've probably read a few. But I do want to add to the chorus of "DO THIS FIRST!" from wedding planners everywhere:

Decide how much you want to spend.

This means different things to different couples. Some know for sure that they cannot go over a certain dollar amount, no matter what. Others have a dollar amount that feels comfortable, but wouldn't lose any sleep if they went a little over the top. A few start out saying they'll spend whatever it takes to get what they want. I've known all of these couples, and the ones who have the hardest struggle are the ones with the "whatever!" budget. I know, I was surprised when I started noticing this, too!

You need to identify what some of us refer to as your "freakout number." If you spent x dollars on your wedding, would you freak out? Once you find that, you can scale back to something that doesn't scare you (don't forget to include a cushion, because so many clients go over what they thought they'd spend). It shouldn't scare you! Once you are comfortable with your target spend, you can start doing research to split it into categories and make decisions with much more confidence.

An important detail to add here is that your overall spend doesn't mean much until you've figured out an approximate guest count. But if you start with a number and an even a tiny bit of a vision, you can figure out what's attainable. $40,000 goes a long way with a guest count of 40, but not nearly as far with a guest count of 400 -- especially in a big city -- even if you're just thinking about food and beverage. If you can trim your guest list, your budget per guest will go up, and that could open up options like nicer tequila, more flowers, or a couple of extra pieces in your band.

That's your wedding planning homework...and one of the few things you really wouldn't want your planner to do without you (seating assignments are another). Pick your number first!

Pinterest Faves! February 2018

I've been pinning my heart out this month. Fashion week + coming change in seasons = Pinterest overload. Love these Lela Rose looks, especially the white. This wedding dress in particular has been blowing up. Once again, I pinned a whole pile of D&G menswear...this look may be my favorite. And here's a photo that I just really, really, love. Click the image above to see what else was worth saving!