Hiring a Wedding Coordinator Can Save You Money

I’ve always been involved in event planning. I love it: watching all the details come together, working with all the vendors to achieve something, tackling problems as they arrive, and oddly enough I love cleaning up and breaking everything down … Continue reading

Don’t Be Afraid of Flowers!

Not only have I seen a big debate on DJs or do-it-yourself music playlists, but I’ve seen a surge in brides asking where to find flowers cheap, or should they just use fake. If at all possible, avoid fake flowers! They don’t photograph as well as real. So what are some other ways to cut down on costs? After a great meeting with a bride and Melissa Timm Designs, I wanted to share a few tips with you.

First, it all starts with a great florist. Find someone in your area who 1) knows her flowers and 2) is good about working with a budget. Your florist should be knowledgeable about what flowers are in season at the time of your wedding, and what flowers can be used if you’re wanting to stay in a specific color range. They’ll be able to use this info to help keep you in budget, but also achieve a final look you’ll love.

Second, start big and work your way back. In your first meeting with your florist, go over your “perfect world” scenario. Start planning without the budget, and include the most expensive flowers to achieve the look you want. See how far off you are from the budget and scale back from there.

Third, don’t be afraid to mix and match! Not all the tables have to look the same and you don’t have to use large floral centerpieces at every table. Maybe pick two looks: one floral arrangement and one non. The non-floral arrangement could be lanterns, a stack of vintage books with rose petals scattered around, or something else. This will help the budget so much!

Lantern

You can use lanterns with LED candles as a great centerpiece alternative to a large floral arrangement. (Image from Wedding Stuff Ideas Blog)

Lastly, REUSE! Are you lining the aisle with floral arrangements? Have your wedding coordinator move them to reception tables after the ceremony. You can also use your bridesmaid’s bouquets as centerpieces or accent pieces on the gift or cake table.

Not So Basic Linens

So often when brides think of linens, they automatically plan on white tablecloths and colored napkins or a basic table runner in navy, gray, red, etc. They think the focal point needs to be a large floral arrangement in a range of vibrant hues. I’m here to tell you, though, there is another way!

Consider trading out the basic table runner for a fun, patterned number! Minted.com has hundreds of options you can choose from. They have adorable runners for bridal and baby showers. Complete the look with a simple floral arrangement (think all white or just greenery) and coordinating napkins. If your venue provides white linens or you like the clean look of them, think about adding a fun place mat for a more casual feel.

Diamonds in the Rough

Diamonds in the Rough table runner in Noir Photo from Minted.com

Deco

Deco table runner in Gold Photo from Minted.com

Interlock Table Runner

Interlock table runner in Wheat Photo from Minted.com

Let's Go Glamping

Let’s Go Glamping table runner in Raspberry Pink Photo from Minted.com

cadre placemat

Cadre placemat in Cobalt Photo from Minted.com

Shibori Squares

Shibori Squares placemat in Aquatic Teal Photo from Minted.com

As always, if you need help pulling a look together, send an email to info@zstudioevents.com. We would love to help!

Honey Creek Farms Open Dates

This is shaping up to be an incredible year for Z Studio. I’m so excited to work with all my brides and grooms! In case you’re wondering, we still have open dates and so does Honey Creek Farms! Some very desirable dates have opened up and I wanted to get the word out as soon as possible. I’ve listed all the dates below. Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom for a special offer!

May: 7, 14, 21

June: 18, 25

August, 13, 27

October: 29

November: 12, 19, 26

All of December

For anyone interested in the May dates but worried you can’t pull a wedding together by then, no worries. If you book a wedding at Honey Creek Farms for May we will give you a special discount on full service planning. Think 50% off!! Email info@zstudioevents.com for info!

Not getting married at Honey Creek Farms but in need of coordinating? Email us today to secure your date!

Rose Gold Wedding Trend

One of this year’s big wedding trends has me super excited. Rose gold makes me oh so happy, especially when paired with shades of blush and pink. One of our Z Studio Brides has decided to use it as a wedding color which has me browsing around for inspiration. If you’re wondering where you can add little touches of this gorgeous hue, I’ve rounded up some of my top picks. From save-the-dates and invitations, to attire and even food, there are so many ways to add some subtle glam touches.

We shared these gorgeous invites from Minted last week. There are three different options for this real foil design and you can complete the look with RSVP and thank you cards.

minted invite

Deco Chevron Foil-Pressed Wedding Invitation Photo from Minted.com

Check our Instagram and Facebook in the following weeks for more photos and inspiration!

Pinterest Comes to Life Open House

I had such a great time at the Pinterest Comes to Life open house at Hunter Valley Farm yesterday! Walking around to each table, you could definitely pick up on some themes for this year:

Textured table runners
Table runners are a great way to add some color and jazz up a table without having to go overboard on other design elements. We loved that sequined table runners and tablecloths are becoming big. Done just the right way, they can add a little character to an elegant affair.

This gold sequined table added a dose of sassiness to this elegant table.

This gold sequined table added a dose of sassiness to this elegant table.

Beautiful textured table runner that adds a little dimension.

Beautiful textured table runner that adds a little dimension.

Marsala
The Pantone color of the year could definitely be seen! One of our favorite tables had a patterned marsala tablecloth and a beautiful centerpiece that was big but not over the top. Small candles hung from the branches in the tall, cylinder vase. It was stunning.

The Pantone color of the year provided a lovely foundation for this beautiful centerpiece complete with small candles hanging from the branches sprouting from the middle of the vase.

The Pantone color of the year provided a lovely foundation for this beautiful centerpiece complete with small candles hanging from the branches sprouting from the middle of the vase.

Flower boxes
This was by far my favorite new design element! Rustic, wooden flower boxes were filled with beautiful, simple arrangements and a array of vases and floating candles. It’s not only perfect for a wedding, but I kind of want one on my dining room table now! Those flower boxes can be painted any color or can be left alone for a slightly more rustic look. My favorite was the antique gray box with a mixture of green, white, purple and coral flowers. I can’t wait to create this look!

One of my favorite centerpieces. A flower box in antique gray filled with flowers and floating candles was all that was needed on this simple table.

One of my favorite centerpieces. A flower box in antique gray filled with flowers and floating candles was all that was needed on this simple table.

A painted wooden box was also used on this elaborate table. The glass pieces was a great break away from the traditional tablecloth.

A painted wooden box was also used on this elaborate table. The glass pieces was a great break away from the traditional tablecloth.

Anything other than traditional flower vases.
Seriously, anything goes.

I loved the rustic feel of this table achieved with using a brightly colored table runner and exposing the wooden table. Again, wooden boxes were the vases for the floral centerpieces.

I loved the rustic feel of this table achieved with using a brightly colored table runner and exposing the wooden table. Again, wooden boxes were the vases for the floral centerpieces.

This was one of the most stunning tables. It had such a earthy feel with the green accents and wood chargers.

This was one of the most stunning tables. It had such a earthy feel with the green accents and wood chargers.

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Another one of my favorites, perfect for an outdoor or barn reception.

Another one of my favorites, perfect for an outdoor or barn reception.

If you're thinking about multiple, smaller cakes instead of one multi-tiered one, this was such a cute idea.

If you’re thinking about multiple, smaller cakes instead of one multi-tiered one, this was such a cute idea.

Stunning cake and display.

Stunning cake and display.

I was also able to try some wonderful food from a variety of different caterers. All Occasion had a delicious slider and potato salad that would be great for an outdoor, summer wedding if you are going for a more relaxed reception. I also tried (and loved) the mini ham biscuits topped with carrot cake jam from Karen’s Katering. It was the perfect balance of sweet and salty. Karen’s also impressed me with their blt pinwheels, cream cheese stuffed mushrooms, and cheesecake pops. I’m looking forward to speaking with them and all the other great vendors I met last night so I can offer my brides the very best.

Thank you for hosting such a wonderful event Hunter Valley! Pin away, brides!

2015 Goals

From Pinterest

I can’t believe 2015 is here! This is going to be a big year for Z Studio Weddings as this is the year we transition to full-time coordinating! I’ve never been big on making resolutions, so I will call these our goals for 2015.

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Book at least 5 brides for full coordinating services and many more for other services.

Continue to grow Honey Creek Farms and expand services offered to brides there.

Attend one to two bridal shows or networking events.

I’m very excited about the people I’ve been talking to and the plans we have in place. I can’t wait to start spreading the word about Z Studio and all we have to offer. Be looking for some special deals in the upcoming months! Happy New Year!

In a planning gap? What you can do!

So you’ve been engaged for a few months now. The date is set, you’ve picked the venue, decided on colors, and you know the overall look you’re going for. You’re moving right along! But what do you do if you’re still over 6 months away from the big day? Do you continue full steam ahead or take a little break? Here’s a couple suggestions for you:

1. Work on the dreaded but necessary guest list. Around 4-6 months from the wedding date you’ll probably want to send save-the-dates. And trust me, there is nothing more stressful than finalizing the guest list just a few weeks before invitations need to be sent. If you have the time, work on it!

2. Do some research and have some fun! If you haven’t found your dress yet, take the time to visit a few different shops and look up sample sales. Maybe even make a fun trip out of it and go to a fun city to visit larger shops. And we all know how fun taste-testing can be. Use this time to schedule a few different taste testings to figure out exactly what you’re wanting. You can also use this time to shop around for wedding décor! You can get some great ideas at bridal shows, many of which happen at the beginning of the year. A great one to attend is the Pink Bridal Show. These take place throughout the state in January and are a great place to get your creative juices flowing and make some connections. You can also score some wonderful deals on photography, wedding coordinators, and rentals.

The awesome thing about having time to plan is being able to take time to plan. You won’t have to be pressured into a decision just because you’re in a time crunch. Spread out the big to-dos so you aren’t as stressed the closer you get to the wedding. And as always, contact me if you need some guidance. Happy Holidays!

2015 SEC Football Schedules

I know people think we’re crazy, but in the SEC if you plan on getting married in the fall, you plan around football. So SEC brides get ready to call your favorite venue and put a deposit down because the 2015 schedules have been released! Some of you may be a little shocked/worried that there’s only one bye-week for each SEC team this year. That means venues will book very quickly so you might have to consider a Friday/Sunday wedding to get your favorite spot (plus side: it’s usually cheaper).

For a full list of schedules, click here. And of course, if you need any help during the planning process, contact us!