Real Wedding: Randi and Michael Wedding Video

Remember Randi and Michael? They were the amazingly sweet couple we helped celebrate their wedding day in August. You may have been following them on twitter under #GreatOaksBride.  See their pictures by Altmix Photography. http://www.altmixphotography.com/2011/08/randi-michael-are-married/
Here’s a beautiful trailer from White Dress Media detailing Randi and Michael’s perfect day. 

Michael &; Randi Highlight from White Dress Media on Vimeo.
Thanks, y’all for letting A Big To Do Event be part of your first day of married lives! 
It was an honor and privilege to work with you.

Music Monday: First Dance

I’ll admit it. I’m literally a card-carrying fan of Bon Jovi. Literally. I’m in the fan club.
However, regardless of my love of all things Jon, one of my all time favorite songs is “Diamond Ring.”  
Doesn’t this sound like a perfect First Dance song?
What song will go down in history as your First Dance Song?

Shutterfly Guestbook

Guest books are an important part of a wedding. They show who came to celebrate your wedding day with you, as well as show who supports your choice to create a new life together.
Recently, I created a picture book on Shutterfly for A Big To Do Event, and thought this could be a great idea for a unique Guest Book!
This was such a fun project and easy to do!
 You can choose one of two options on how to create your photo book.
The Custom Path allows you to have between 1-25 pictures per page. You can add,
 move, and resize pictures and text anywhere on your pages. There are many backgrounds,
layouts, and embellishments you can choose from as well.
The Simple Path allows you to have between 1-4 pictures per page. The pictures are
arranged for you, with over 20 styles of preset backgrounds and layouts.
In both paths, you can choose your book size. Either 5 x 7, 7 x 9, 8 x 8, 8 x 11,
or 12 x 12. The books are all 20 pages, but you can add pages if necessary.

When creating the book, there is often much free space on the pages. This is where you
can have the guests sign. Use a Sharpie pen that will write nicely on the
thick, glossy pages of your book.
This is such a fun idea, and a great way to get creative with your fiance.
Add pictures of the two of you growing up, and some of you together
throughout your relationship.
Be Creative!!
I would love to see your books if you decide to make them!
Send me the links or share more ideas with me. Follow me on Twitter or shoot me and Email!


Fingerprint Guestbook Tree

I love the idea of having a unique guest book. I know it is traditional to have
everyone sign their names in a book, but this is so much more memorable and personal. 
Instead of the boring book, do a Fingerprint Tree instead! 
Get a picture of a barren tree (with no leaves), and let the guests put their fingerprints as the leaves.
Include your names and the wedding date on the picture as well.
Offer your guests many different colors, that go with your color scheme of course.
Provide a nice pen as well (Sharpies work well) so they can sign their name next to their fingerprint.
Before you know it you will have a tree full of all your favorite people’s prints.
After the wedding, you can frame it and hang it in your new home.
What better way to always remember who shared your special day with you?
What creative guest book ideas are you using for your weddings?
I would love to hear about them! Follow me on Twitter or
shoot me an Email.
Erica

Kudos Email

Absolutely love opening my inbox and seeing an email like this.  Tashawn and Jovanghn’s wedding was Saturday at Agnes Scott College.

Hey Erica:

In case it was not expressed in enough detail before, thank you immensely for all that you did for us leading up to and including the big day! We couldn’t have asked for a better day. You got nothing but incredible praise from all of our friends and family members for your overall professionalism and attentiveness to all details. I am very confident that I can speak for both the new misses and I when I say that the wedding day would not have been near as memorable without your magic touch! Bravo! :-)

In closing, we’d love to take you up on that offer to catch up over drinks and talk about all the details and exchange stories about the big day. We’re off for the honeymoon on Wednesday and will be back on Sunday. Then we’ll probably take the rest of the week to get settled into the natural disaster that is currently our home. So let us know what your availability is over the next couple of weeks so we can potentially get something on the calendar.

Again, thanks for everything that you’ve done for us, and we look forward to seeing you soon!

Sincerely,

Tashawn & Jovanghn Howell

StudioWed Inspired Bride Event September 11th

Remember that fantastic event we blogged about a few weeks ago?
Well it is almost here! This weekend on September 11, 2011
The Inspired Bride
at the Biltmore Ballrooms
It is going to be a fun, interactive day with lots of giveaways, and ideas for your day.
Here are some of the things you will experience:
Inspiring Wedding Design Tablescapes
Catering and Cake Tastings
Makeovers in the Beauty Suite
Bridal Attire Ideas
Mini Photo Sessions with our Photographers
Create Your Own Wedding Inspiration Board
Design a Tablescape with Linen, Floral, and Rental Options
Win Giveaways and Fill Your Swag Bag
Go online and register today!
http://studiowedinspired.eventbrite.com/
We hope to see you there!!

Our Perspective of Purple: We are Featured!

We are featured!
Last month, we were honored to be asked by Heather Vreeland, Publisher of Occasions Magazine, to create a Palette Perspective for the new issue. Check out page 46 (page 48 if you’re viewing virtually) for our perspective of purple…

Many thanks to the vendors who made this possible: 
–  Photography: David Christensen Photography
–  Linens: Chair Covers and Linens
–  Farm table and chairs: Something Borrowed Vintage Rental
–  Place cards, menu card, and table number: Foglio Press
–  Rentals: Event Rentals Unlimited
–  Gold Beaded Chargers: Classic Party Rentals
–  Florals: Aesthetic Floral Design
–  Tablescape Design: A Big To Do Event

Guest Blog: Registry Offering at The Chandlery in Historic Roswell

Today we have a guest blog from a company that specializes in personalizing your gift registry. Each couple wants to have something special that is unique to them, and The Chandlery is a great resources for these kinds of gifts. Sally from The Chandlery is our guest blogger today to share with you a little bit about what she loves and offers! 
Gifting and Giving – Personalize your Registry!
A Bridal registry is an important part to any wedding. I know, I know, that a registry is not part of the ceremony, the reception, the food, the drink, the dress fitting, the flowers, or the Honeymoon. However, your family and friends want to give you a gift celebrating your new lives together. A registry is very important to them.
Depending upon your age at the time of your wedding the needs are completely different. Keep that in mind and make sure that your registry best reflects what you want to receive. Remember, registering is not selfish. It is a gift that you give to your gift-givers.
Boutique Gift Store Registries are a new and up and coming trend. Typically these are stand-alone gift shops that provide gifts but also one on one personal service with your selections and will also offer you an entirely different selection of gifts from which to choose than the Big Box Retailers. Find your favorite local gift store and go from ‘must have’ to ‘really would love to have’…you will be so glad you did and so will your guests that feel more comfortable in a smaller setting with an associate readily available to offer assistance as needed.
Here are just a few examples of items that are offered for your registry at a Boutique Gift Store:
This gorgeous H. Shadron hand-painted bowl is made by a southern artist who now resides in St. Simons. You may select your bowl size and color. Heather will carve yours and your husband’s names and wedding date into this lovely bowl. It is food safe, decorative, and truly unique.

How much time did you spend finding the perfect wedding invitation? Have one to save forever by having it engraved into this special square plate. It can be hung on a wall, placed in a plate stand or put on a coffee table. Your invitation means a lot to family and friends. This invitation will mean more to you as the years go by.

This glass bowl is hand-blown by Simon Pearce in Vermont. The lovely etched-edged signature bowl is stunning. Again capturing your names and wedding date, this lovely bowl is a timeless piece to share in your new life with family and friends.

Do you love to entertain? Do you want something a little more sophisticated to show off your new abode after the honeymoon? Select from this gorgeous line of barware from Julia Knight. There are many colors and styles from which to choose. This unique designer serveware is one of a kind and will be a true conversation starter for years to come.

Your registry is really gifts to you and a gift to your gift-givers. They want to make sure that you receive what you really would like to have. A boutique store registry will make everyone happy.
Congratulations on your upcoming wedding!
Sally Johnson
The Chandlery