Davis Row x A Practical Wedding: What Wedding Details Are Worth Your Time (And Money)

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I'll never not be thrilled that Meg Keene invited me to join A Practical Wedding as a contributing writer this year. My pieces range from personal opinion essays to logistical advice articles. I'll share them all here! - Allison

You know what’s making wedding planning so difficult these days? I mean, of course you do, because you’re planning a wedding right now. But in short, it’s Pinterest. It’s the portal to the never ending internet rabbit hole of all things wedding. Pinterest is just the beginning: from there you can easily fall down all kinds of black holes on Etsy, Facebook, Reddit, wedding blogs… and then you start Googling for wedding planning tips and ideas, and it’s rinse and repeat.

A lot of these photos and articles are about stuff. Specifically, all the stuff you can have at your wedding: things you can buy or make and maybe personalize that contribute to your guests’ overall experience. And when you’re deep down the wedding planning rabbit hole, all of this stuff can start to feel super important. It’s in all the photos! It looks so cute and meaningful! It’s clearly going to be key to how people experience your wedding. And let’s be real, it’s super easy to burn through a ton of your budget on details. All that cute stuff that looked so good on Pinterest. Continue reading at APW.

Davis Row x A Practical Wedding: Setting Up and Breaking Down Your Wedding

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I'll never not be thrilled that Meg Keene invited me to join A Practical Wedding as a contributing writer this year. My pieces range from personal opinion essays to logistical advice articles. I'll share them all here! - Allison

Here are the two fundamental rules of weddings: one, they involve money (often more money than you’d like to spend, TBH) and two, they involve a whole lot of stuff. Wedding programs, tea lights, bridesmaid shoes, your wedding vows, a copy of the ceremony script, the amplifier, place cards, the list goes on and on. (And often, it’s a list you don’t even think about till that panicked month before the wedding.) Not only are there a ton of individual items in the space, but each one of those items has to be handled by a human during setup and breakdown. Continue reading at APW.

Davis Row x A Practical Wedding: How To Make A Wedding Seating Chart With Minimal Tears

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I'll never not be thrilled that Meg Keene invited me to join A Practical Wedding as a contributing writer this year. My pieces range from personal opinion essays to logistical advice articles. I'll share them all here! - Allison

The wedding seating chart is one of those last-minute parts of planning that can surprise you with how hard (and time consuming) it is. So I’m here to give you all of the information you need to make creating your seating chart as easy (and tear-free) as possible.

The problem with the seating chart (other than juggling other people’s needs and emotions) is it comes just at the end of wedding planning, when you’re already handling a million things. Anyone who’s planned a wedding knows how those final weeks feel: it’s when you start to consider negative reactions you may receive as a result of the decisions you’ve made, while also trying to handle big-deal tasks that you couldn’t possibly have executed sooner. The seating chart is at the top of the list. I tell my clients, when they get desperate, although I could make your seating chart for you, you really don’t want me to. Context makes a great seating chart, and with my minimal context, I could just as well seat everyone in alphabetical order. And I for sure won’t know that your Aunt Sue has been mad at your Cousin Rob for years… only you know those details. Continue reading at APW.

Davis Row x A Practical Wedding: Please Don’t Get Married On A Plantation

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I'll never not be thrilled that Meg Keene invited me to join A Practical Wedding as a contributing writer this year. My pieces range from personal opinion essays to logistical advice articles. I'll share them all here! - Allison

One of the most fascinating aspects of wedding celebrations is just how different they can be based on the region of the United States. After you’ve seen enough magazines and pins, you can tell who’s in Los Angeles and who’s in Connecticut, without even reading the captions. And when it comes to the South, they like their weddings serene and lush, with Gone with the Wind sophistication and charm. And one of the quintessential wedding locations for a Southern couple is a plantation, right?

Actually, no. It’s absolutely not. Continue reading at APW.

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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