EXPERT AD­VICE

Gather help­ful planning tips from ex­pe­ri­enced event pro­fes­sion­als.

Inside Weddings - - Contents -

MERILEE HENNINGS,

EVERAFTER EVENTS

WED­DING PLANNING NEW TRENDS I LOVE • pre-set food on ta­bles as guests ar­rive

• mak­ing fam­ily-style serv­ing more in­ter­ac­tive • chan­de­liers – and lots of them!

• open-air tents • un­con­ven­tional venues “Bud­get in an ex­tra 15 min­utes dur­ing your bridal prep for a mini boudoir session. There’s no bet­ter time to take some in­ti­mate pho­tos to sur­prise your spouse with later.” CALLISTA OSBORN,

CALLISTA & COM­PANY

WED­DING PLANNING Com­mis­sion cus­tom sig­nage show­cas­ing your menu or other wed­ding-day de­tails. Large, free­stand­ing signs are the most im­pact­ful. For a co­he­sive over­all look, be sure to tie in the same fonts, col­ors, and brand­ing used through­out your wed­ding sta­tionery.

“Em­brace lots of vi­brant color! A creative and bold color scheme is such a great way to put your own per­sonal stamp on your wed­ding.”

EMILY CLARKE,

EMILY CLARKE EVENTS

WED­DING PLANNING Be ready and willing to go the ex­tra mile when it comes to per­son­al­iz­ing your spe­cial day. Why send tra­di­tional save-the­date cards when you could design a “pass­port,” stamp them with cus­tom­ized wax seals, or hand-draw a cus­tom design mo­tif for the en­ve­lope? Tak­ing an idea to the next level adds eye-pop­ping al­lure and won­der that cou­ples to­day de­sire to give their guests in ev­ery de­tail of their cel­e­bra­tions. NDIDI AYOOLA,

ODA CREATIVE

IN­VI­TA­TION DESIGN Your in­vi­ta­tions should be a re­flec­tion of your per­sonal style. Don’t be afraid to have fun and give your guests a sense of your unique taste through the use of col­ors, tex­tures, and mix­ing a va­ri­ety of print meth­ods and cus­tom shapes.

AMY ANAIZ, AMY ANAIZ PHO­TOG­RA­PHY PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

LAU­RIE BAI­LEY, LAU­RIE BAI­LEY PHO­TOG­RA­PHY PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

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