Southern Hospitality

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014


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In addition to styling Janie Medley’s lovely feature in the latest Southern Weddings Magazine, the SW girls were kind enough to ask me to contribute to a story called “35 tips for a wedding full of southern hospitality.” Naturally, I wrote about something that’s near and dear to my heart — timing. No matter how beautiful the details, how sumptuous the linens, how striking the flowers, a thoughtfully crafted event day agenda is the foundation of your event; anticipating how your guests will experience each moment of your wedding day and crafting an experience with them in mind is one of the most generous expressions of hospitality!

 

word of the week: first look

Monday, June 20th, 2011

Classic Richmond Wedding The Jefferson

First look photographs happen before the ceremony. They’re called “first look” because it is the first time you will see each other as bride and groom in your gown and suit. First look photographs are wonderful if you’re tight on time following the ceremony, or if you’d rather spend your time cocktailing rather than photographing. But, they’re nearly crucial during fall or winter months when the sun sets earlier. First look photos allow you to take advantage of natural light outdoors, rather than having to rely on artificial lighting to light your portraits indoors.

above: Ashley and Paul seeing each other for the first time at The Jefferson before their ceremony at University of Richmond. Photography by Don Mears.

Three things that will make your party a success (and they have nothing to do with pretty details, although I’m a fan of those too)

Monday, March 21st, 2011

merriment events

1. Your guests and their experience are paramount. Keep your guests in the forefront of your mind as you plan. That means keeping cocktail hour to an hour; starting the ceremony on time; anticipating your guests’ needs — if it’s going to be hot during your outdoor ceremony, have cool drinks waiting for your guests.

2. Edit, edit, edit. Style does not come from adding on. It comes from editing and being true to your vision.

3. Don’t establish a vision for your event and a guest list before you know what things cost in your area. Do educate yourself on what things cost in your market and establish a budget and a guest list based on that information.

photo: Leo Patrone with styling by Merriment and flowers by JM Flora

tips for wedding gown shopping

Monday, January 18th, 2010

Yesterday I spent the afternoon at a private event at Bella Rosa Bridal in Richmond. Phylis, the resident Bella Rosa bridal expert, had some great tips for gown shopping.

Shop with a budget in mind. Your wedding gown budget should include alterations and accessories. To be safe, budget about $500 for alterations. The most common alterations are hems and bustles – most every gown needs both.

Allow 14-16 weeks for your gown to ship. You should also allow another four to six weeks for alterations. If you’re having your bridal portrait taken before your event, back your timing out from that date.

Create your own swatch with ribbon. If you can’t get a swatch of your gown’s fabric (not all designers provide swatches), Phylis recommends getting two or three colors of ribbon and bringing them along with you at your fitting. You can find a color match between your gown and one of the pieces ribbon, so you’ll have a “swatch” to take to design meetings.

Make sure someone else knows how to bustle. Once your gown has been altered, take a friend, your planner or your mom with you to learn how to bustle your gown and how to tie any bows or sashes.

{image via The Brides Guide}

D.I.Y. wedding programs by Hello Tenfold

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

Doesn’t it always feel like ceremony programs are The. Last. thing on the agenda with so many other things taking up your time in the weeks leading to your wedding day? Ellie (of Mint fame) offers the prettiest, modern D.I.Y. ceremony programs at her shop, Hello Tenfold, making this chore totally easy and something worth looking forward to! So, here’s the deal…just submit your text, color + pattern choices, and font preferences to Hello Tenfold, and they will deliver printed pages that are trimmed and hole punched. When the pages arrive, couples purchase the ribbon and gather some friends around to assemble. Simple, easy and pretty! If tying isn’t your thing, you can upgrade to the “full version” where your programs will come fully assembled and ready to go. Thanks for sharing Ellie!


{images courtesy Hello Tenfold}

Dessert Receptions

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

One of the questions I hear most from brides and grooms is how to cut the budget. Of course we all know the #1 way to cut you budget is by cutting your guest list. But there are other ways to get creative….one of them is a cocktail and dessert reception.

Cocktail and dessert receptions are really lovely in the early afternoon. Consider hiring a jazz quartet and serving a nice selection of white wine and prosecco. Dance the afternoon away and ask friends to meet you later in the evening for an after party.


{image #1 from Country Living; image #2 a desert bar by Amy Atlas}

Richmond Wedding Wednesdays #37, The Italian Garden at Maymont

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

I made today’s inspiration board with Maymont’s Italian Garden in mind. A ceremony under the shelter of the pergola and wisteria sounds so romantic.

powder room via elements of style; yellow gown by kate powers via frolic;
black and white bride with girls via Anna Maria Flowers photographed by
A Bryan Photo;bride via Ariella Chezar; postcard save the date
via iDIY by Ceci NY; bride and groom photographed by
Positive Light Photography; street scene via Sunset