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Tips for The Perfect Wedding

By Alda Ellis with Alda’s Magnolia Hill | Photography by Lori Sparkman Photography

A picture-perfect day is the vision of every bride that walks through my door. Throughout the weeks or months of planning, we work toward that goal regardless of budget. I always encourage brides to consider a few important aspects of the big event before we begin.

A wedding day is one of the most important events of a lifetime. Budget and vision often determine the possible venues and available dates. A wedding is timeless, and the theme should represent the bride’s authentic personality + style.   Clean Contemporary, Elegant Vintage, Rosy Victorian, Laid Back Beach, Rhinestone Bling, Bohemian Whimsy or Traditional Southern… all are wonderful themes. Thank goodness for Pinterest – which supplies a plethora of pictures along with inspiration.

With ample planning, the bride can be relaxed and enjoy the day with family and friends. Reputable vendors pre-determine all the details – eliminating most problems, hazards or embarrassments.  Even with an experienced wedding planner, delegate duties to close confidants who are usually delighted when asked to help.

All vendors should have stellar reviews. Now is not the time to have a cousin’s husband take wedding pictures. Spending money on a wedding should include a professional photographer who will capture wedding photos with no regrets.

The invitation should reflect the personality of the day and theme. Include all the details for guests – what, who, when and where. It should give a clue for appropriate dress…is it an outdoor wedding and a wrap is needed with comfortable walking shoes, or a formal church wedding?   Let the guests know what to expect.

My goal in planning a wedding is to have at least one aspect that generates a “wow” comment.  A moss-covered cake table, a floral monogram wreath on the door, grandmother’s wedding dress on display, homemade jam favors, fireworks…what is a special detail that would be the “wow” factor?

Helen Keller once said, “The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.”  That is certainly true for a perfect wedding.

Inviting Arkansas
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