You are engaged, let the planning begin! In our experience, most people have a great support system when it comes to planning their wedding. Friends and family give you advice, send you recommendations and even offer to help. Others might have no clue where to start! We are here to say that's ok, whether you fall in either group or somewhere in between, most wedding planners have packages geared toward the level of help and support you might need. We broke it down by various couple categories and matched with a typical planning package you'll need according to your level of involvement in the process.
The DIY Couple
You are designing, planning and creating a lot of elements yourself. You've already booked most of your vendors, but now you are wondering who is going to direct everyone and make sure my vision comes to life?
Recommendation - Day of /Month of Wedding Coordinator
Why? Because who else is going to take a final expert look at all your rental orders, vendors, and set up your perfect big day? Day of Coordinators typically run your rehearsal, help with timeline creation and set/break down of all the decor. Let yourself, your friends and family enjoy the day by not worrying about wedding day logistics! Hire someone who has the experience to bring it all together. Not only will you enjoy your day ten times more but if any issues arise an experienced planner is prepared to handle without you or your guests evening noticing!
The Almost There Couple
You've got the venue, some of your vendors and a general idea of how you want your big day to unfold. BUT, you need someone to help tie it all together. Take your vision and run with it, give you recommendations, negotiate and book your remaining vendors.
Recommendation - Partial planner or three-month planning service
All planners have different ways they work the partial or three-month service plan. We found bookending the three-month time frame by six-week increments worked best for our clients. At initial booking we work the first six weeks to secure your remaining vendors, answer any of your questions, concerns and help map out your big day. Then we come back in the six weeks before to finalize all your details.
You have NO idea where to start or have NO interest/time in planning a wedding. You need someone to walk you through the process from start to finish. You want someone to create a design and overall look and feel for your big day.
Recommendation - Full planning consultation
The planner is with you from day one. They help you find a venue, or if you have already chosen one, they will help with everything else. For example, they'll guide you on overall design, vendor selection, logistics, timeline and everything in between. They are there every step of the way.
One of the first things we do here at Tin and Twine is to schedule a call or in-person meeting. We ask you A LOT of questions from do you have a date and venue to what is the look and feel you want for your big day. Getting a sense for your style and wedding day needs helps us make a recommendation on what wedding package works best for you. Making sure you feel supported and guided through the process is our number one goal. It's a big year with lots of moving parts which can be overwhelming to most. Wedding planners can ease that stress and make your wedding experience more enjoyable.
Let us know if you have any questions or additional tips!
Until next time lovelies.
Tin & Twine
Choosing your venue can be a daunting task, it’s typically one of the higher priced items you'll book for your big day and also sets the tone for the rest of your wedding planning. Once you choose a venue, you now have a wedding date, yippee! You can start your vendor research and lock down the rest of the details. We put together our top 5 things to think about when choosing your wedding venue.
First and foremost set a budget and know what the max amount you can spend on your wedding. It’s important to know your max number, so you will be able to carve out certain portions of the budget to various vendors. Keep in mind each venue is different. You might choose a place that includes rentals and catering, or they may require you to secure all your vendors.
We find that many of our couples have a hard time deciding where to narrow their venue search. Some want their wedding to be a destination for all their guests, while others wish to have theirs locally. Don’t be afraid to have multiple locations in mind, and we recommend going on a few venue tours to see what area you like best. For example, we recently had a bride and groom looking for venues near both their hometowns for the convenience of their parents as well as checking out places locally near them. Ultimately they found a perfect fit locally which has made it easy for consultations, walkthroughs etc.
Are you dreaming of having a sparkler send off or to throw confetti in the air? Check with your venue about their limitations. Some event spaces don't allow outside vendors, open flame, sparklers, loud music passed 10:00 pm, hard alcohol etc. If you want an open bar but the venue only allows beer & wine that might be hard no for you and your sweetie. Ask the venue manager for a list of their restrictions or a copy of their contract; this will help you decide which venue is right for you.
We know your big day should be all about you and don’t worry it really will be! But, thinking about your guest count and the types of guests you are going to invite can make a significant impact on what venue you hold your big day. Think logistics through like is there handicap or wheelchair access for your older guests. Will people have to do a lot of walking or walking on uneven ground? Being aware of your guest experience is an essential aspect of choosing your venue. How do you want your guests to feel or remember your wedding?
When visiting the venue look at the surrounding area. Are there hotels located within a short distance? Are there activities for your guest to do? Do you feel comfortable having your closest friends and family stay in the surrounding area? Are there restaurants and shops nearby for quick pickups?
Our biggest advice is to sit down with your significant other and possibly your parents (who might be helping pay for the big day), put together a list of must-have items for a venue. What’s most important and then you’ll be able to make a better decision on your site.
Let us know if you have any questions or found anything helpful when doing your venue search!
Until next time lovelies!
Tin & Twine
Today we were featured on one of our favorite websites. To see all the details head on over to The Wandering Photographer.
We are so excited for all our events and shoots in 2018. We couldn't have asked for a better way to kick off the year. Collaborating with other creatives is one of our all time favorite things and we hope that this new year brings even more talented vendors and friends into our lives. Cheers to making this year count, setting even bigger goals and taking chances!
Photography by Vanessa Lynne Photography
Planning & Styling | Shannon McAlister of Tin & Twine Events
Florals | Sweet Lilacs Studio (red bouquet) + Bloom That (green bouquet)
Bridal Boutique | The Bridal Vault
Gown Designer | Lillian West
Rentals | Shannon McAlister of Ritual Rentals
Tie | "Blueberry Bliss" by Dazi
Cake & Confections | 81 Bakery
Looking forward to sharing even more with all you this year!
Tin & Twine
Say good bye to rose gold accents and hello copper! This wedding season is going to be all about this pretty metal. We have pulled a few of our favorite accents to give you some spring wedding inspiration.
Eleven Decor Shop on Esty is selling darling copper tea light holders. These can be place virtually anywhere during your wedding. How cute would these be on cocktail tables with some greenery?
Dress up your reception with these copper chargers from Wayfair. These can be paired with white dinner plates or pick a fun pattern!
Keep florals simple and bold by arranging them in these oversized copper dipped vases from Anthropologie.
How adorable is this cake stand by Amalfi Decor? This 12" stand is perfect for a small bride and groom cake.
The possibilities are endless! Tell us some of your ideas.
Until next time loves,
Tin & Twine
If you are newly engaged or planning a Fall 2017 wedding here's a few of our favorite looks for weddings right now. These amazing vendors and shop owners have created such beautiful items we just couldn't help but share!
Photo by Jessica Hill
Adding unique pieces such as this rustic fireplace mantel can define and dress up an indoor or outdoor space. This design team combined modern and floral pieces adding a touch of elegance to the vintage piece.
How gorgeous is this bouquet!? We can't stop admiring the big bold flower choices mixed with the greenery. It's absolutely stunning!
Photo by Lauren Scotti
We have been eyeing these ribbons from Tono Co for quit some time and we just know these rouge collection ribbons would embellish even the most beautiful bouquet!
Photo by Tono Co
These hexagon tiles from Etsy could be a place setting to let guests know where they are supposed to sit. You could also add their table number and use the tiles as escort cards. If you have good handwriting or know a friend that does this would make for an easy wedding DIY project. If not, pick them up from this adorable Etsy store.
Last but not least the tablescape for our whimsical fall inspired wedding mixes raw elements such as a wood table and feathers, with elegant chargers, dishes, and floral arrangements. You'll notice the same big flowers in the bouquet make an appearance on the table. The pops of burgundy with the greenery adds a balance of color to this tablescape.
Photo by Lila Wilson Weddings
We hope you love our Whimsical Fall Wedding Inspiration! Until next time loves!
I am constantly nesting! My husband thinks I have ADD when it comes to home decor and can't stand it if I come back with throw pillows. But hey! I love home decor, and I especially love a good DIY project. I'd say just about every month, season or holiday I am always trying to freshen up our home. We are currently renting a three bedroom home in Concord, CA. This picture is one of our guest rooms which we call "my room," basically, it's my closet! More recently I have turned it into my office, check out my next post to see how dramatically this space has changed!
As you may have noticed, there was no rhyme or reason with this room before I refreshed it. This room primarily had a hodgepodge of furniture and decor I have collected throughout college and post-college. Now that we are married and started adulting, we decided to give this room some much-needed TLC. It also gave me a chance to show off my personality and create a space that inspires me every day!
I tried to do this room on a budget! I didn't spend more than $200 to transform this room completely.
Here's a list of items and links to where I purchased them. (A few items are no longer available).
These curtains were purchased to hide the hideous blinds! To allow the natural light to shine through and make the room feel more open, I chose a lighter color for the curtains.
I love a good piece of furniture that has been refurbished. I transformed my drabby grey dresser into an antique looking piece.
A lot of TLC went into this project, as well as, a few sips of whiskey ;). There is something very cathartic about using power tools. I had such a great Saturday, sanding, painting and screwing on the handles. It is so rewarding to see the finished product (pictured below).
Come back and see the complete room transformation of our guest room! Until next time babes.
Tine & Twine
The Zumper team enjoyed their Cinco de Mayo fiesta, which included colorful decor, a taco bar, delicious churros, DIY photo booth and let's not forget the margarita machine!
Looking for amazing tacos in SF? Then look no further this taco bar was catered by Tacolicious. We had chicken, carnitas and veggie tacos and of course I added beans and rice.
Chalkboards are an easy way to dress up any buffet, especially using cheeky sayings such as "taco' bout a party!"
Yummmmm... enough said about these churros from Rosa Mexicano. Everyone LOVED these churros, especially dunking them in chocolatey goodness and sweet strawberry sauce.
Put the lime in the coconut and shake it all up! We enjoyed sipping on these tasty margaritas courtesy of Raff's Tropical beverages. The team was so excited and surprised that we brought a margarita machine into the office.
Who else is obsessed with the oversized gold balloon fade!? Well, this girl is, and I couldn't help but put together this colorful "Cinco" photo booth backdrop. The great thing about these is you don't need to use helium if you are sticking them on the wall like I did. We ended up running out of our helium and got resourceful with a bike pump!
Emojis are all the rave right now and who can resist these emoji masks?! We loved acting out emoji expressions in our DIY photo booth!
Thank you Zumper for letting me style and plan your Cinco de Mayo fiesta!
Tin & Twine
I had so much fun setting up this sweet yet simple table scape. Check out my previous post to find out more about the details! We had the best weather for enjoying breakfast in the backyard. I served the food buffet style in the kitchen and had a mimosa/drink bar set up outside. Everyone had such a great time and definitely left full!
Tin & Twine
This past Easter I threw a small brunch with our closest family and friends. I live for hosting and throwing events, so, of course, I went all out! This is one of three posts, in the first, I'll walk you through my design choices and where I found a few items. The second post will show off the final set up and the third I'll cover the menu.
I hand made the spring sign by using a few simple items.
First, decide what you want to write. I practiced on a sheet of paper first and then in pencil spelled out my desired word. Next, trace over the pencil in blue paint or stick on your letters.
Set aside the banner until the paint has dried. When ready measure and cut the lace to fit the bottom notches of the flag. Use your glue gun to fasten the lace. Next, measure out your ribbon and string through the banner loops at the top. Display where desired.
I am currently obsessed with creating my floral arrangements at home. I bought six spring arrangements at Trader Joe's and then combined them to create two large arrangements and several smaller ones.
My gold chargers were a gift from our wedding, but you can shop them online at Pottery Barn. The napkins were handmade by my mother-in-law, she included my favorite garland print and our initials.
Does anyone else check the dollar bins immediately when you enter a Target!? Well, this girl does! You can find some pretty sweet deals including those glass juice containers I used for mimosa mix. They are versatile, and they were only $3! Can't beat that. The white bunny was also in the seasonal section at Target.
The cutting board was a monogram gift from William Sonoma. I love to use this to display cheeses and appetizers. Dresses up any evening at home!
I wanted to add height to my table this year and went for two different sized flower vases and candlesticks. All of these, I found at Beverly's for a very reasonable price. I now use the vases all over the house whenever I have fresh flowers.
Stay tuned to see how I set up Brunch and check out my tasty menu.
Tin & Twine
Shannon McAlister | Educator, wifey and conscious mama who is practicing mindful living + appreciating the everyday magic!