Finding The Right Venue

Before you run out and find a venue please PLEASE consider finding a great wedding planner first, but if you don’t… here are some really great tips on finding the right venue for you.

  1. Create your budget. This is what you can afford to spend on your wedding. Once you have it broken down into segments move to step 2.

  2. Use the internet. Google venue’s in your area and start calling for prices (if they don’t have them listed). Don’t go and see the ones that don’t fit in your budget. If you have a small budget then look at city/government owned venues, they are much cheaper. Also think out of the box, empty store fronts could be awesome for a reception. Also look into the church that you attend for your ceremony.

  3. Once you have a list of venues that fit in your budget try to visit all of them in one day. This way it is easy to rule out the ones that you don’t like or the ones that added on cost vs. your call or their website.

  4. As you visit ASK Questions, what is included, how many tables and chairs do you have and in what sizes? Make sure you walk out of there with a copy of their contract (for details) and their package information.

  5. Once you’ve visited all of them sit down with your spouse to be and go through and list out the pros and cons of each one. Once you’ve decided - book it!

A disclaimer - wedding planners help you create your budget, they elimiate the #2 and hand you the list for #3. Most even have the answers that you need for #4. Having a wedding planner with you can not only save you time and energy they can save you money!

Happy Planning!

It's all in the details....

These are some of my favorite wedding detail photos!  Some are from our own weddings and some are from pintrest.  I like to post these every so often so if you are planning your own wedding....don't forget the details!  

Invitation Styling

Jewelry and Accessories

Wedding Day Hangers

The Groom 

Floral Details



Place setting



Table Numbers and Menus

Weddings Used To Be At High Noon!

I love a bride that loves tradition, with some twists!  

For instance did you know that weddings were NEVER on Saturdays!?  

More than a century ago, there was a rhyme that helped brides pick a wedding date. Mondays were for wealth and Tuesdays for health.  "Wednesday the best day of all, Thursdays for crosses, Fridays for losses, and Saturday for no luck at all." The 1903 White House Etiquette guide reminded young, society women of the rhyme and also noted that in addition to bringing terrible luck, Saturday weddings were terribly unfashionable.  In today's world most weddings are on Saturday, some on Friday & Sunday.  

Did you know that most weddings began at Noon!  "High noon," assured the White House Etiquette guide, was the most fashionable time to get married. Lunchtime weddings were modeled after English tradition, and demanded more effort than the late afternoon nuptial, which only required a reception.  In addition receptions were optional - this is why receiving lines were created.  You had your ceremony did the receiving line and you left.  Your guests could enjoy cake and punch, but more often they left right after!

These are all fantastic tradtions that can be altered to any couple.  The "high noon" tradition and receiving line with no recpetion are great options for couples on a budget!


Ask the Expert Events

Every month we post a schedule on our website and in our Facebook Groups about our Ask the Expert events.  It is an easy quick and very informative event.  You sign up for a 30 minute time slot.  Veronica will call you as requested and you ask questions.

These events benefit those that are planning their weddings on their own and need a little help, those that may be looking into hiring a planner, those that may have a "planner" but need more assistance.  We answer questions from creating your budget to the best places to find wedding decor.

We also answer questions on hosting your Destination wedding or honeymoon at a Sandals or Beaches Resort!

These events are free and they are scheduled for the rest of the year so if you need a little help sign up for your 30 minute time slot today!

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We are splitting up

Yes, that is right.  We are cracking our business in half!  We are splitting and now have two websites!

One for local weddings

One for destination weddings

We are also going to add more members to our team to make sure that we are servicing all of our cients in a timely manner and making sure that everyone has a top notch experience!  

Be sure to check them out!  We'll be doing some "renovations" over the next two weeks!

Triad Wedding Resale & Planning Group

If you live in the Triad Area and haven't joined the Facebook Group - Triad Wedding Resale & Planning Group you are missing out. 

Not only can you find some really great details and new and used wedding decor, but you can also attend classes - both online and in person to make sure that your wedding day is all that you've ever wanted it to be. 

This group is run by Behind The Scenes Inc and is open to all brides and their families!  We don't do ads so you won't be bombarded and of course we want you to ask questions!


All About The Royal Wedding - From Start to Ceremony

Now, I'm not going to quote anything here, nor am I going to give you the why's behind why the royals do what they do.  There are plenty of websites and blogs about that.  I did get the photos from Town & Country's Pintrest page so you may want to check that out too!

What I am going to do is take you on a ride of planning your own wedding with true meaning for you and your significant other.  To show you how to make sure that each moment is full of meaning, that the planning process means something and so that its not just about - "let me get that too" type of syndrome.

Engagement Ring

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I love the fact that the ring has significance.  Everything they've done including the proposal and engagment has some sort of meaning to both their past and it moves through to their future together.  For this Harry choose the middle diamond, but the two side diamonds are from his mother's engagement ring.

Wedding Rings

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Again, this ring design is significant to the both of them.  She chose gold bands but the gems are from Harry's moms wedding ring - Princess Diana. 

The Arrival


How happy her mother must have been for her! Also how nervous and out of place her mother may have felt being in a different country and with Royalty no less!  I am super proud of her mom for holding it togeher and being such a beautiful and classy woman herself!  


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I thought her ceremony was just beautiful!  They had the traditions of the old English Church with some traditions of Meghan's own.  My favorite part was Ben E. King singing "Stand by Me".  Another favorite part was when Prince Harry's Aunt (Princess Diana's Sister) stood up and did her reading.  Part of making your own wedding memorable is making sure that you add in your own traditions or start some new ones.

Carriage Ride Through Windsor

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Instead of running off for photos like we do here in America, I loved the fact that they went to have a carriage ride to allow the citizens and tourists of Windor celebrate their wedding day with them.  Yes, I get it, it was a quick ride through, but how thoughtful.  I would have LOVED to have been there!  Another fantastic part of Meghan is that she doesn't wear a lot of makeup.  She is a natural beauty and just allows that to shine through!  In your own wedding what about getting back to the Receiving Line!  I know they take a while, but it really helps to move guests along and allows the guests to congratulate you! 

The Dress

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Ok, I have a little information for you - but its the dress!  Ms. Meghan Markle’s wedding dress has been designed by the acclaimed British designer, Clare Waight Keller. Ms. Waight Keller last year became the first female Artistic Director at the historic French fashion house Givenchy.  I thought it was stunning and classy and sometimes you don't need a lot of "bling" to be shining! Her dress was perfect for her and perfect for the occasion and the location of her wedding.

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Bridesmaids & Page Boys

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What do you do when you can't choose a Bridesmaid?  You choose 10 little ones!  I thought this was fantastic and just so cute.  She choose family from both her side and Harry's.  Also in tradition the bride usually walks before the bridal party - because she is more important.  I also thought the page boys were cute and loved catching a glimpse of the wedding planning "shooing" them along!

Reception Dress

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As a nod of respect to Harry's mother Meghan's reception dress was made similar to the one Princess Diana wore to her own reception following her own wedding ceremony. I am eager to see how she does and what differences she can make in our own world.

I'll be following up with a couple of posts on the Royal Wedding Invitations and Receptions - yes two, very soon!

Happy Planning