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I have to say- I adore my month-of wedding coordinator. Tabitha Roberts, aside from having one of my favorite names, is covering all the details on my big day that’ll drive me crazy. I opted to do day-of (really month-of) coordination which includes:

  • Orchestrating vendor walk through one month prior to wedding
  • Collaboration with vendors on floor plans, setup, and time lines
  • Being the point of contact for vendors and family on wedding day
  • Coordinating your rehearsal before the big day
  • Unlimited hours with our Coordinator and assistant on the wedding day

I didn’t really need a wedding planner, per say, but she’ll definitely been needed so I’m not running around like a chicken with my head cut off… at least more than I need to be.

Between being in two weddings without a coordinator start over and hour late and having one awesome coordinator actually sew myself and the other bridesmaids into our dresses when all of our zippers broke, I’ve seen how valuable the extra help can be. There is no getting away from the fact that an expert wedding planner can relieve some stress of planning your wedding. But let’s also not forget that the elimination of stress does cost some extra money. So as lovely as that might be, it isn’t always going to be a luxury that we can all afford. You may be on a budget that is pretty tight or like to plan an organize most things yourself. If so, then there are a few lessons we can learn from the professionals when it comes to planning a wedding.

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Give Yourself Plenty of Time

If you’re going to be doing it yourself, then you need to allow plenty of time to get things done. You’ll have your regular job to contend with, whereas planning your wedding would be the full-time job of a professional. Around eight months should be plenty, but a year can be the ideal time to get all of the plans in place.

Be Prepared To Negotiate

Your wedding is your wedding. But for wedding vendors, it is merely a transaction. So when it comes to planning, it can help to see things as a business transaction too. Which is why being savvy and negotiating can be a good way to get the best deal. If you don’t want certain elements that the photographer is offering, then ask for something else or just have the price reduced. Be prepared to negotiate so that you only end up with the things that you want.

Get Help When Needed

Some elements will need some professional help. So don’t be afraid to ask for it (just be prepared to negotiate when you do). Looking for a reception venue can often bring with it some wedding organizers to help plan things for the day. So work with them and make sure that they have a clear idea of how you want things to look and work on the day.

Spend Money Wisely

The cost of weddings can spiral out of control if you let it. So it is a good idea to plan carefully and spend wisely. It could be a good idea to get a specific wedding credit card that will allow you to earn cash back or air miles for your honeymoon, for example. You’re going to be spending the money anyway. So you may as well get some extras for your sending, right?

Read The Fine Print

A professional is going to be the person reading through the contracts all for you. Which is why you need to make sure that you are checking all of the fine print if you decide to go it alone. You might be signing away hidden costs or extras if you don’t check on this kind of thing. As has been said, your wedding is just a business transaction for vendors. So check the details of everything, including (even though it will be the last thing on your mind) things like cancellation policies.

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Happy late summer fall Friday! My friends seem pretty split on the team summer/ team fall situation, but I know I for one and thrilled that I got to bust out my boots yesterday when it was below 60 as I got dressed for work. Plans this weekend include lunch at the Cathedral and maybe a nap?

My thoughts are with Florida this week. I grew up going back and forth a few times a year and have family and close family friends in both south Florida and the Keys. Please be safe, everyone!

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Lately on The CaroLøve:

I found a really nifty app called Acorns for micro-investing that essentially lets you set it and forget it by investing spare change from purchases you’re already making. I honestly have no idea how to invest, but would like to learn (and save up for a down payment on a house), so this app seems just about right for me. I’ve read a ton of reviews, and it seems as though the one downside is a $12 annual fee for accounts under $5000. The best review I’ve seen about it is on Budgets are Sexy as it lays out all the pros and cons. Because of the nature of my new job, I’m waiting for approval to finish my signing up process, but I’d love to know if you’ve ever used it! If you’re interested in trying it out, you can use my link and get an automatic $5 with your first investment!

I’m all about shopping local and I’m so excited that Shop Made in DC is going to be a thing come October!

I really, really love trains, probably because my cool af grandfather collected models and took me on an overnight train trip when I was little. There’s a train trip in Canada I want to take with massive windows and NO WIFI so you can enjoy the sights of the country and the stars at night. SO DOWN.

As much as I sometimes get down on myself and my shape, I truly believe that fashion has no size.

There are really only so many ways you can arrange a one-bedroom apartment, but when I get that home, I’ll be taking note of these 14 Things Designers Notice the First Time They Enter Your Home.

Do you have this bootie (or one similar) in your shoe arsenal?

WOOHOO! New arrivals from Stella & Dot are here!

The boots from my Instagram story last night are still on sale at Macy’s for under $100! I’ve discovered that I need wide-calf boots and these could not fit/ feel better than they do!

Have a great weekend! Let me know what you’re getting up to!

 

 

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Your wedding day will be the most romantic wedding day of your life, and nothing whatsoever can get in the way of that. Getting together with the person you’ve chosen to spend the rest of your life with to declare your love in front of your friends and family is a wonderful experience that you’ll remember forever. It’s so pure of concept that it’s virtually impossible to get wrong. However, the average modern wedding is so logistically fraught it’s almost a military operation. With caterers, jewelers, florists, photographers and venue staff involved (to name but a few) and an average price tag of over £30,000 (or about $32,000) many couples court danger with the logistical complexity of their wedding planning.

Best Day Ever Wedding Cake Topper

That’s why we’ve compiled a list of helpful hints which will ensure that poor planning doesn’t send your wedding plans in a tailspin. Avoid these common planning pitfalls and you’ll ensure that confetti is the only thing that goes up in the air on the big day.

Failing to make a budget (and stick to it)

One of the most fundamentally important elements of wedding planning is nailing down your budget. You may want a wedding to rival Beyonce and Jay Z that your guests will be talking about for years to come, but it’s important to be realistic in terms of what you can accomplish and how much you can afford to spend. You should establish a budget for the wedding and divide it into subsections for the dress, catering, entertainment etc. If you can, put your wedding savings in a high-interest account to get the most out of your money throughout the planning phase.

Blowing half your budget on the dress

Of course your wedding dress is vitally important, but it needn’t come at the expense of the rest of the wedding. Keep your mind open to different styles and designers and let the dress pick you. I originally thought I wanted a Haley Paige or a dress custom made by designer Kelly (she does do custom wedding dresses) but I ended up finding a relatively inexpensive dress that I can now customize! Etsy also has some beautiful wedding dresses.

Not insuring the wedding

It’s a harsh truth, but there’s a lot that can go wrong with a wedding. Your band’s lead singer could get a throat infection, someone could drop the cake, your bridesmaids’ dresses could get incinerated in a warehouse fire. While none of these options is particularly likely, you owe it to yourself to check out www.wedinsure.co.uk to check out the policies and choose one that’s right for you. Whoever you choose for wedding insurance, with so many logistical ‘moving parts’ to a wedding, you court chaos by not protecting yourself.

Jumping the gun on ‘save the date’ cards

In their enthusiasm to get the ball rolling and share the joy of their engagement, many couples send out ‘save the date’ cards to virtually everyone they know. Then, when the budgetary implications are all worked out and the final guest list is established, there may be a pretty huge discrepancy between the guest list and those who’ve received ‘save the date’ cards. This could lead to some embarrassing confrontations. Make sure that you hang fire on those cards until the guest list has been established and finalized in accordance with your budget.

By avoiding these common pitfalls you’ll avert risks to your perfect big day and take a lot of the stress and anxiety out of your wedding planning.

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You could be happily ticking along in life and not know that the man you love is planning your engagement. It’s such an exciting time for him, as he’s planning to ask you to spend every minute of the rest of your life as his wife, and that alone is a huge decision to make. Alongside that one, though, is the pressure on him to choose the perfect proposal and the perfect ring to go with it!

8mm Heart Shape Morganite ring

There’s a great divide between women: those who want him to choose the ring and those who want to be there during the ring choice. If he understands what you want before he goes shopping, there’s a greater chance you will fall in love with the ring. However, the engagement shouldn’t just be about the ring – we all know that – but somehow having a beautiful Tacori ring that he has chosen, knowing the things you love the most can make you love him all the more! So, how can you help him to choose the ‘right’ ring for you, without actually having him ask you?

  1. Style. There are literally hundreds of different styles of engagement ring out there and engagement rings are made up of two parts: the setting of the ring and the diamond. The setting refers to the design, and you can read more in depth about the differing ring designs here. You can tell him about the style of the ring you would love if and when the big day comes, but if not, he will need to do some research as to what he prefers. Jewelry stores are often fantastic when it comes to helping with cuts and styles so he will have great advice.
  2. Cut. Diamonds, should he choose them, are cut in so many different ways. This chart here can tell you the different varieties of diamond cut. However, if you’re not the traditional type, you may have other stones or styles instead of the standard rock chosen for you. That’s where personality comes into it!
  3. Fit. Most men do the ‘cotton’ trick at nighttime to size up your finger so that they can buy the right sized ring. However, others take a guess and have a receipt ready to resize. It is always better for him to buy too big and size down than too small, remind him of that!
  4. Budget. Okay, so we’re aware an engagement is not just about the ring, but the budget is important. It doesn’t matter how much he spends as long as the ring is something beautiful and meaningful for you.
  5. Metal. Rings are also about the metals – some women are allergic to certain types and this is something he definitely has to be aware of before he buys you a ring!

Next, comes the proposal and that takes some planning on his part so you won’t be able to influence that too much. When you get that question and he’s on one knee, take a mental snapshot as it’s something you’ll want to remember forever.

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vintage cameo necklace

Most women want to appear classy and elegant, but we can’t all be Kate Middleton. And, that doesn’t just mean her style – it also means her budget! Unfortunately, the classical look can come at a cost. However, even though ‘elegance’ and ‘budget’ usually appear in the same sentence, here there are ways to make it happen. Everything linked here is $50 and under!

Black Is Your Best Friend

The color black is often underestimated because it makes people feel as if they are going to a funeral. And, death isn’t the vibe you want to give off at a classy dinner party! However, the fact that people wear black on all occasions just goes to prove its versatility. Quite simply, it is a neutral color that is very flexible in a variety of scenarios. It doesn’t matter whether you add more or give the outfit contrast with lighter colors as the effect is the same. So, if you don’t have many black pieces in your wardrobe, now is the time to go shopping.

So Are Blazers

Some items just have a general air of elegance, and a blazer is one such example. As soon as you throw one on, it transforms the entire look. You may be wearing a sweater with a pair of jeans, and the blazer will still add a sense of sharpness that is hard to replicate. Or, you may opt for a little black dress and use it as an accessory. Simply put, there is no better way to polish an outfit than to add this style of jacket. Of course, incorporating a black one will have the ultimate effect, but it doesn’t have to be plain. Plenty of women use colourful and stripy numbers which work just as well. All you have to do is make sure they match the rest of the outfit.

Pointed Shoes

Graceful women tend to wear pointed shoes. It doesn’t matter whether they are heels or flats because the style is the most important feature. Pointed boots, heels, flats etc. just look elegant, and that is a key asset.  If you need a break from heels, try and find flats that are stylish and comfortable. It isn’t easy, but these shoes do exist!

Good Hair Day

Let’s face it – lots of women battle with their hair on a daily basis. So, getting it to look great is going to be like fighting a war. That is, unless, you have a trick up your sleeve. The first one is to tie it back when you are not confident. By putting it in a bun, you can avoid the generic ponytail style. When it’s time to let it down, hair extensions are in order. The best hair extensions deal with issues such as thin hair to short hair and everything in between. In truth, there aren’t many problems for which the solution isn’t to extend your hair.


Moisturize

You probably don’t need telling this, but it’s vital to keep your skin glowing. When your skin looks fresh and moist, all of your clothes look and feel better. It’s like perfect skin transforms an outfit into something pretty special overnight.

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