Ashlyn and Steven had a vision. They knew from the start that they wanted a classic wedding with a modern vibe. Although they currently live in Tallahassee, they were willing to plan a wedding four hours south to get married at a venue they fell in love with years ago.
Located in the heart of downtown Tampa, the Tampa Museum of Art checks all the boxes for a modern wedding venue: large open spaces, high ceilings, modern architecture, contemporary art, glass walls, lots of daylight, and a chic city backdrop at night. A wedding designer’s dream, the venue is a blank canvas waiting to be dressed up.
Wedding planning is not easy, especially if you've never planned a wedding from start to finish. Wedding planners plan multiple weddings simultaneously which takes a lot of organization to keep track of many, many details. As the lead planner and owner of Dulce Events (and former educator), I wanted to create a visual that explains our unique process to our clients. I want our clients to understand the stages of wedding planning and how we work. Our goal is to make this a seamless process, from start to finish.
Our 5-step Method
1. Vision and Ideas
First, we'll talk about your ideas for your wedding: the setting (outdoor/indoor), the style (formal/informal), the size of your wedding (intimate/large), and the overall vision of what you want your wedding day to be like. Next, we'll get your planning portal set up and give you a behind-the-scenes look and access to all the tools we'll be using to organize your wedding.
2. Vendor Team Building
As soon as the wedding planning starts, you are bombarded with advice and the never-ending list of things to be done. Every well-meaning parent and friend will feel inclined to remind you of all the traditional wedding must-do or must-haves to put on your list. But, are they all really necessary? Today's couples say 'no'!
Just because your parents had a guest book and your best friend had 10 bridesmaids, doesn't mean you need to do the same. In fact, here's what I tell our couples all the time: It's your wedding! You do you! There is no set of rules stating you must do everything that's ever been done. Honestly, who wants to go to a cookie-cutter wedding again and again? Your guests certainly won't.
So, if you're looking to take some things off your list right away, here are a few things you can probably skip.
Skip: The Flower Girl and Ring Bearer
Yes, they are adorable! But, it is nerve wracking getting them to dress up and perform! The cuteness lasts only for about a minute walking down the aisle. That is, if they even make it down the aisle. The meltdown usually happens about a minute before ceremony time and the wrestling, begging, and bribing begins. So, unless you have someone's kids that absolutely have to be a part of the wedding party, there's no need to put yourself, the kids, and their parents through the stress. Instead, take some pictures with the kids later and everyone will have a much better day.
Hope and Chandler were married in March at the beautiful Goodwood Museum and Gardens. The location is a favorite among Tallahassee locals as a wedding venue. Its 180-year history provided a stunning background for Hope and Chandler's outdoor ceremony.
Congratulations! You're engaged! You might be asking yourself... now what?
Whether you were expecting it or not, there's a lot to think about now. But first, take a breath, enjoy the moment and take it all in. No need to rush into wedding planning if you're not ready. Being engaged needs to be acknowledged and savored, so don't skip over it. But if you are ready to jump in, here are a few things to do to get you started down the wedding path.
1. Celebrate! Tell your family and your closest friends. Be ready to tell the story of how your honey proposed, again and again. Make the rounds visiting with friends and family to show off your new bling and allow everyone to celebrate along with you and share in the excitement. It really is a special time! And when you can, be sure to celebrate privately with your fiance with some alone time. Your lives will only get busier from here.
2. Make it Social Post the news on social media and let everyone know that you're engaged! Take a fun picture of your ring or make a sign as an announcement. Get a fresh manicure so you're ready for all eyes on your hands.
What's new for weddings in 2020? Less formality and more fun!
We're seeing lots of fun trends for next year that couples, and their guests, are going to love! If you're planning a wedding in 2020 (what a great number!) think about incorporating some of the latest design elements or guest experiences into your special day.
Here are 11 Wedding trends for 2020
1. Intimate Weddings Guest lists of 50 people or less is the new way to celebrate and save money. Your budget will go a lot further with a shorter guest list which will allow you to give your family and friends a better experience. Bonus: your choice of venues opens up with a smaller event - think museums, galleries, outdoor areas... Plus, you'll have time to really enjoy everyone's company.
What in the world is a virtual wedding planner? Is that really a thing? Yes it is! Hiring a virtual wedding planner is becoming a very popular solution and acceptable practice that makes sense for today's busy couples.
Think of them as your personal "wedding consultant" and signing up with one is like having a pro in the family; expert advice just a phone call away!
Here are five reasons why you may want to hire a virtual wedding planner:
Congratulations on your engagement! Or maybe your daughter/son, sister/bestie just got engaged. Either way, you or someone you know may be getting married soon and you should probably know a few things about wedding planning before you (or they) dive in.
Everyone knows a little bit about weddings. You've attended weddings, helped someone out with their wedding or watched enough episodes of Say Yes to the Dress to know what's up.
The problem is, planning a wedding is a very long process and a lot can happen between the engagement and the honeymoon. Life gets complicated, family & friends get emotionally involved and stress levels start to rise.
Why wouldn't you want to hire some professional help? It's probably because you have some misconceptions about hiring a wedding planner.
Here are some of the most common myths about wedding planning.
Hi! I'm Dania, founder of Dulce Events. I've been planning events for over 20 years. Originally from Miami, I now live in North Florida with my husband and two children. I love weddings and themed events and have a non-stop passion for creating and organizing. Glad you're visiting our page!