{Wedding Highlight – Lindsay Moore & Brian}

23 Dec

Lindsay Moore and Brian celebrated their one-year anniversary last month– congrats you two! Their gorgeous fall wedding was held on November 12, 2011 at St. Stephen’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lexington, SC with a reception that followed at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Columbia, SC.

The florals for this wedding were absolutely STUNNING! Scott Jones with American Floral did an amazing job creating high and low centerpieces for this sit-down dinner as well as constructing a dramatic, hydrangea-filled arch as you entered the ballroom. Simply gorgeous!

My favorite parts of this wedding were the gorgeous colors, linens and attention to detail. We added an orchid to each place setting that was also accented with custom menu cards, lush lamour napkins and silky Shantung linens.

We were also honored to have this wedding featured in the Carolina Bride Winter/Spring 2012 issue. What a gorgeous, gorgeous bride! Much love to Lindsay Moore & Brian on their first year of marriage.

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Vendor Love:

{Band}: The Necessary Band 

{Cake}: Parkland Cakes

{Florist}: American Floral

{Linens, Furniture, Napkins & Chairs}: Palmetto Party Rental

{Makeup Artist}: Sabrina Trotti

{Photographer}: Kathy Moore | Moore Photographing

{Stationary & Calligraphy}: Jot Papers

{Venue}: Embassy Suites

{Votives, Chargers & Place Cards}: Meagan Warren Weddings

Happy Planning,

Meagan

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{Wedding Highlight ~ Catherine & Alex}

15 Oct

Catherine and Alex just celebrated their one-year anniversary – congrats you two! Their vibrant Fall wedding was held on October 1, 2011 at The Hall at Senate’s End in Columbia, SC.

Catherine chose a very jewel-toned color palette reminiscent of colorful gemstones… hot pink, bright orange and deep purple. So, we had a lot of fun playing around with different fabrics and textures. The oh-so-talented Vicki Walker, with Carolina Blossoms, created Catherine’s beautiful florals.

Catherine added a few, very personal touches and even made the favors {a sweet package of hot cocoa with marshmallows that had hearts cut out of the middle… with a tag that said ‘c + a… our warmest thanks… 10.1.11.’  We heart you Catherine & Alex… thanks for letting us be a part of your wedding day!

Click here to view more pictures of Catherine & Alex’s wedding!

Vendor Love:

{Caterer}: DuPre’s Catering & Events

{Cake}: Laura Nutt, Friend of the Bride

{DJ}: TJ McKay

{Lanterns & Signage}: Meagan Warren Weddings

{Limo}: CMI Limo

{Linens, Tables & Chairs}: Palmetto Party Rental

{Photographer}: Dianne Personett Photography

{Venue}: The Hall at Senate’s End

 

Happy Planning,

Meagan

:: Meagan Warren Weddings is Seeking Interns for 2013! ::

11 Oct

Meagan Warren Weddings is seeking interns for the 2013 Spring and Summer wedding seasons.  Interested candidates should send an email to Meagan@meaganwarren.com titled {Intern 2013} with a resume, cover letter and 3 references.  Please be sure to add why you are interested in working in the wedding industry.

Applications will be accepted between November 15 and November 20, 2012. No phone calls please. Chosen interns will be notified by December 1, 2012.

We are seeking interns for the upcoming Spring and Summer wedding seasons {February – May 2013} and {May-August 2013} respectively.  This is an unpaid internship. Ideal candidates are current college students or recent college graduates. Interns of Meagan Warren Weddings need to exude the following criteria:

  • The intern should possess the necessary computer and communication skills to succeed in the industry … Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.
  • The intern should act responsibly and present him or herself in a professional manner.
  • The intern should have a basic understanding of the wedding business.
  • Accountability: Interns will be required to complete weekly research assignments, make phone calls and assist with projects throughout the semester.
  • Interns must work Saturdays when there is a wedding scheduled … this includes setup in the AM and breakdown at the end of the night.
  • Intern must have reliable transportation, a computer/laptop and a cell phone
  • Intern must have enthusiasm and willing to put forth 110% to make the wedding a success.

We appreciate your time and interest in working with Meagan Warren Weddings.

{Happy Planning!}

Meagan

{Wedding Highlight ~ Caroline & David}

8 Oct

This couple has such a special story… the first day that I met with them to discuss their wedding… the mother of the groom and I realized that I had grown up with the groom. David and I actually went to kindergarten together. Small world!

The story of how Caroline and David met is even more interesting… while the mother of the groom was in the hospital – Caroline happened to be her nurse. The mother thought Caroline was so dear and gorgeous, and she decided to set her son up with the nurse! They went on a few dates, got engaged… and so the story goes!

We were honored to be a part of their beautiful, Fall wedding. Caroline is one, gorgeous bride – she is originally from Brazil. The colors consisted of burnt oranges, chocolate browns, rosy reds and touches of gold. And, to add in that touch of ‘home,’ the menu consisted of Brazilian traditions, such as Fresh Tilapia with a Mango Salsa, Polenta Cakes, Black Beans, and more. The couple even had a choreographed First Dance to the song ‘Time of My Life’ from the movie, Dirty Dancing. Omgeeeee…. we love. So, take a glimpse at these gorgeous photographs captured by the talented Amanda Zabrocki Photography. Enjoy!

Click here to view more pictures of Caroline & David‘s wedding.

Vendor Love:

{Band}: The Coastal Breeze Band

{Caterer}: DuPre’s Catering & Events

{Cupcakes}: Cupcake in the Vista

{Linens, Tables & Chairs}: Palmetto Party Rental

{Photographer}: Amanda Zabrocki Photography

And… {Happy Anniversary} to this sweet couple on October 8!

Happy Planning,

Meagan

Wedding Rehearsal Etiquette

10 Sep

Michaelis-Garrett Wedding at the SC Lace House, June 2011. Florals by American Floral. Photography courtesy of Dave Gilbert Photography and Katie Hart | Hart Photography.

As the old saying goes, “practice makes perfect!”  That is what your wedding rehearsal is for!  This is the time when a wedding coordinator/planner comes in very handy.  They are there to help prompt the wedding party on their duties during the ceremony and can be a big help in keeping everything organized.

The best place to conduct the rehearsal is where the ceremony will take place.  If this is unavailable, try to find a location that will allow you to “recreate” the setting.  The first thing you should do at your rehearsal is to make sure everyone knows where to stand during the ceremony.  (If someone is missing, don’t worry.  Just be sure you leave space for them when practicing.) Since everyone should be standing at the front, this is a good time to practice the recessional.

The recessional begins with the bride and groom leaving together followed by the Flower Girl, Ring Bearer, Maid/Matron of Honor and Best Man, and then the remaining Bridesmaids and Groomsmen coupled together.  Once the outer bridesmaid and groomsman take their leave, the parents of the Bride will follow and then the parents of the Groom followed by the grandparents of the Bride and Groom.

Next, practice the processional.  If you plan on using ushers {Rule is 1 per 50 Guests}, make sure you assign a certain usher to whom they will be ushering in to avoid confusion on the day of.  Typically, grandparents of the Groom are seated first followed by the grandparents of the Bride.  Next, the parents of the Groom are seated followed by the bride’s Mother.  The Officiant will then come out followed by the Groom and Best Man.

Once the Groom and Groomsmen are in their place, the processional music should begin and the bridal party will begin their march.  The outermost Bridesmaid enters first followed by the remaining Bridesmaids, Maid/Matron of Honor, Ring Bearer, and Flower Girl {of course, nowadays this rule is flexible… and they can enter from the inside out as well!}.  Once all are in their position, the Bride will then process in with her escort on their left arm.  Once close enough, the Groom may come towards the Bride.  The Officiant will ask who presents this Bride and the escort will respond.  Once done so, the escort may kiss the Bride, if they so desire, and then sit next to the Bride’s Mother.  The Bride then takes the arm of the Groom and both turn towards the Officiant.

Make sure you go through each of the ceremony steps including the handing off of the bouquet and rings and if any other props will be used.  It isn’t a bad idea to go through the recessional and processional a few times, especially if the wedding party is sizeable.

 

{Happy Planning!}

{FREE} Wedding Invitation Samples

31 Aug

 

It’s never too soon to begin thinking about the type of wedding invitations you would like to have.  Often, it can help you establish a theme or guide you in how formal you want your wedding to be.  The type of invitation you send to your guests can say quite a bit about your wedding, so be sure your invitations convey the right message.

With the rising number of wedding invitation companies providing beaucoups of styles, colors, themes, sizes, etc, it can be difficult to find the one that best fits you and your hubby-to-be.  So, do as we do and order FREE SAMPLES!  If you’re browsing the web for free wedding invitation samples, you’re bound to find roughly 10-15 companies who are willing to send you anywhere between 3-8 sample invitations of your choosing.  Some companies only send their sample kit, but this, nonetheless, gives you a great idea about the company and their products!

After receiving your samples in the mail, take a few things into consideration.  How did the company ship your samples?  The care in which they sent their samples can give you an idea of the type of company you’re dealing with.  Also consider their presentation – were the samples placed into a folder with additional information on colors and paper choices or were they simply placed into a mailing envelope.  Did the company take time to add additional information that may help you in choosing your wedding invitations and did they include a discount on a future order if you purchase your invitations from them?

Most companies will allow you to reorder samples if the ones you choose are not to your liking.  So, take advantage of this great opportunity to hold the sample invitations in your hand to see the color and feel the paper!

Below are various companies that provide {FREE} wedding invitation samples:

~    123Print

~    Ann’s Bridal Bargains

~    Bed, Bath & Beyond

~    David’s Bridal

~    Exclusively Weddings

~    Hello Lucky

~    Invitation Warehouse

~    Invitations by Dawn

~    InviteSite

~    Lovely Little Invitations

~    MagnetStreet

~    Minted

~    Shop at Brides

~    Vistaprint

~    Wedding Paper Divas

Becoming A Mrs.

21 Aug

Katie, One of MWW’s Fabulous Interns!

Hi, Everyone!  My name is Katie and I am Meagan’s summer intern!  I have had such a blast this summer and I can’t even begin to say how much I have enjoyed working with Meagan!  I’m here today to guest blog about something that seems like it should be self-explanatory but is actually quite complicated!  Changing your name once you are married!

I naively thought it was something like “Sign here to change your name” and everything magically happened after that, but it’s not that easy!  Here is a summary of what I have learned from a great resource on weddings, www.charlestonmag.com.

The first thing to remember is that there is some work to do before you are actually married.  When planning the honeymoon, make the reservations in your maiden name.  You may need to provide identification while checking in and whatnot and your new identification will not be ready yet!  Another pre-wedding task is changing your work contact information.  You may need to work with your HR representative to change your work e-mail, business cards, and any information on you that is found on a company website.

Next, is all of the official business.  You will first need to apply for a new Social Security card.  You can download the form at the social security website found here (http://www.ssa.gov/women/).  Once you fill out the form, just bring it to your local Social Security Administration Office. The closest one in downtown Columbia is located at 1835 Assembly Street, Columbia, SC.

After you have your new Social Security card, you can apply for a new license and vehicle registration.  Bring your marriage license, new Social Security card and your current driver’s license to the DMV with you.  There is a charge to change both your vehicle registration and license so have some form of payment on hand as well.

Next are some less-pressing issues but some that are still VERY important!

~ You are going to want to head back to HR and get your tax forms updated with your new Social Security card and driver’s license.  You will also want to fill out IRS form 8822, which pertains to changing your address and name on your tax return. Here is the link to find that form here (http://www.irs.gov/).

~ If you already have a passport (perhaps you went somewhere exotic for your honeymoon?!) you are going to have to contact the Department of State to get that updated as well.  There are lots of special cases that involve a passport change so to ensure that you choose the right route, here is a link that gets you on the right track. (http://travel.state.gov/passport/correcting/ChangeName/ChangeName_851.html)

~ Your voter registration card will need to be updated as well, this may vary state-to-state but for you South Carolina brides, here is your link: http://www.scvotes.org/

~ Lastly, you will need to inform all organizations that you are a part of that your identification has been updated.  This can be done with a letter stating your old information, new information and a copy of your marriage license.  Some organizations you may want to consider are creditors, doctors, insurance companies, lawyers, and any organizations that you hold membership in.

And with all of that information, you are now ready to be a new woman (or the same woman with a new name!)  I hope this helped!  I know I learned a lot for the day my wedding Pinterest board becomes a reality!  Happy planning!

Katie

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