Plan Your Own Wedding | Merrily Wed® Lake Tahoe Wedding Planning

Plan Your Own Wedding, DIY Wedding Planning, Merrily Wed Academy, Wedding Planning CoachOnce the novelty of being engaged subsides (or even if doesn’t!), you can’t ignore the growing reality that you need to begin to plan your wedding. If your life is already scheduled to the max, how do you make the time for this?

How to plan your own wedding, much less where to begin, can seem very daunting. From glossy wedding magazines to e-newsletters, from blog-sites to wedding website collectives, from social media to bridal fairs….

You get the idea, the amount of available information is staggering. Besides not knowing exactly where to start, how do you know which available information is actually useful rather than a gimmick?

Most couples begin planning their wedding with little or no experience, yet have the pressure to get it ‘right’ from the first to last important decisions. Not much else in life comes with these expectations! When planning your own wedding, you cannot afford to waste time, money or your peace of mind.

So, if you are a newly engaged bride and wondering how to plan your own wedding, your options might look something like this:

1) Depend on your best friend, second cousin or a friend of a friend from work who was just married for her experience or advice that she received from the catering manager at the hotel where she was married. Maybe the printed info is still legible since she can’t seem to find the originals on her computer. Let’s hope your plans for the weddings are identical!

2) Quit your job so you will have time to surf through the millions of posts on wedding advice online and determine which posts are the best and most useful (hopefully). Load the advice to your phone, tablet and whatever else you may have so you can have it whenever you need it (if you remember). But which blog advice post do you start with? Then don’t forget the time to interview and hire the vendors for your wedding and, finally, decide upon all the fun details of the wedding! But who has the energy or time now for these?!? Whew!

3) Or you can enroll in the Merrily Wed® Academy and be coached on how to plan your wedding! This one-of-a-kind wedding planning coaching program takes a modern approach to DIY wedding planning consisting of daily lessons, a wedding coach and useful wedding tools and strategies.

Whichever option is ultimately best for you, make sure it is one that sets you up for success from the start, is convenient for your schedule, taps into professional planning experience and can deliver the results you desire!

Happy Wedding Planning!

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Top 10 Bachelorette Party Destinations |Merrily Wed® Lake Tahoe Weddings

As the summer has sailed, surrender to the oh-so cherished tradition and let the bachelorette parties begin!  Whether your bridal party wants to relax in the sun or dance all night long, we just swooned over these hottest bachelorette party destinations. And we think you will too…

Las Vegas Bachelorette Party Destination, Destination Weddings, Lake Tahoe Weddings,

1. Las Vegas  Not surprised here at all!  This is definitely the number one destination for your ‘maids to soak up some sun from daytime swanky pool parties to fabulous dining and outrageous entertainment.

2. Miami   Think sun-soaked pool parties or white sandy beaches…a perfect place to sip a cocktail or two with your besties.

3. New York City  The Big Apple offers such a variety of sightseeing to incredible cuisine and nightlife.  Your luxurious ladies will definitely love this bach weekend.

4. New Orleans
  Have a bit of a rowdier experience in mind?  Then Bourbon Street is the place to be!  Jazz music, creole cuisine, and truly a party bar scene…this place will not disappoint!

5. Napa Valley
  Okay, so relaxing at world-class spas or drinking wine in style is more your idea of celebrating your upcoming nuptials, then Napa Valley it is.  Gorgeous wine country views coupled with some special girl time…priceless!

6. Austin
  Ahhh, the live music capital of the world, Austin is the perfect destination for the music loving ladies.  Party house boating on Lake Travis is sure to heat up the day!

7. Nashville
  Get your dancin’ boots on and get ready for some of the most iconic bar hopping you will ever experience.  And saddle up for all things country!

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8. Scottsdale
  Beautiful desert weather and transcendent spas provide an ideal setting for a relaxing girls’ getaway.  Lively bars and restaurants in Old Town Scottsdale make place this city on the top ten for sure.

9. Atlantic City   For all our East Coast brides…bask on the beach during the day then try out your lady luck while gambling and dancing at the casino clubs.

10. Chicago 
  This cosmopolitan city has a fantastic restaurant and bar scene.  Lots of alternative activities for your celebration including cooking and art classes, comedy and cabaret shows, burlesque classes and more.

Thanks to Glamour for the inspiration!

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Martis Camp Mayhem | Merrily Wed® Lake Tahoe Wedding Design

Nah, not really!  A beautiful, sun-kissed and fun-filled wedding at Martis Camp was exactly what transpired last June for Katie and Steve on their wedding day.  They traded vows (and shared a symbolic margarita!) on an overlook above a pine tree filled valley, then danced the night away in front of the red Family Barn.  Their 200 plus guests happily gave their blessings as this playful couple begin their new life together.

Katie & Steve Martis Camp 1

With whites, creams and ivories, the pale and deep mustard yellow made appearances throughout the summer day.  Navy blue Donna Morgan bridesmaid dresses provided the perfect backdrop to the sunny yellow burlap wrapped bouquets.

Katie & Steve Martis Camp 2

With a nod to the Tahoe surroundings, the dining tables sported texturally interesting elements such as birch logettes, twine balls, submerged vines and soft, full florals in wooden boxes.  The stationery suite consisted of kraft paper stamped with a tasteful tree or bear…

Katie & Steve Martis Camp 3

A beautiful three tiered ruffled cake reminiscent of her Judd Waddell gown tempted the guests as they danced nearby in the amphitheatre to the beats of the 11 piece band Hip Service.  The beautiful pale yellow floral linen overlay added the right bit of charm to the area.

Katie & Steve Martis Camp 4

Dusk descended quickly but with just enough time for them to share a laugh and ‘ham it up’ one more time…

Love these guys!

Katie & Steve Martis Camp 5

Thanks to an all star crew such as Damion Hamilton Photography who captured every moment of their big day and the stunning florals created by Bellissima Floral.

Congratulations to Katie and Steve!

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Crafty Reception Ideas | Merrily Wed® Lake Tahoe Wedding Design

Set your wedding table with your own personalized touch of style from customized hand-written chargers to hand-picked colorful mason jars.  Here at Merrily Wed® we couldn’t resist these 5 options which look like a million bucks but cost almost nothing to make.  Whether choosing three or picking just one idea, they are all an easy way to put your own stylish stamp on your wedding reception!

ruffled blog handwrittenplatesChargers

What a perfect way to share your cherished vows or maybe the words to your favorite wedding song on these sweetly inspired DIY porcelain plates courtesy of Ruffled Blog.  It is a keepsake that will last forever too!

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metallictablenumber ruffled blogTable Numbers

Natural rustic meets the oh-so trendy metallic chalkboard to greet your guests at their tables.  Either adorn a simple weathered wood box or hang from an object of your desire… Also courtesy of Ruffled Blog.

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oncewed rustic cake standWedding Cake Stand/Dessert Buffet Pedestals

A perfect pairing for a Tahoe treat (or two)!  We just loved this woodsy accent to any decadent dessert display.  Once Wed gives the simple step by step instructions on the how-tos!

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100layercake colored mason jarFestive Mason Jars

Put a little pizazz in your wedding decor and elevate the mason jar from cute to irresistible with just a spray of paint by 100LayerCake.  These beauties can be used everywhere!

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Style Me Pretty Ice Cream in a JarJackie Wonders PhotographerIce Cream Favors

To temper the summer heat, show your gratitude for your sweet guests with some ice cream in a jar.  Check out this recipe of thanks from City Cradle Design that had our mouths watering.  With a simple modification you can serve S’Mores in a Jar instead which is always a hit!

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Mastering Your Guest List | Merrily Wed Lake Tahoe Wedding Planner

In the initial stages of planning, one of the hardest decisions may be agreeing on the number of guests to invite to your wedding.  Whether your favorite venue or budget (or just personal preference!) is determining the number of guests which can attend, having the discussion with your parents, future in-laws and fiance from the start will save you big headaches later on.

Of course the number you invite will be higher than the number actually attending.  We recommend using about a 15% decline rate but this can vary on each individual situation – where the majority of guests are traveling from, time of year for your wedding and your guests’ own personal budgets.  We advise our clients individually on a percentage to use.

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Three Easy Steps to Master Your Guest List:

1)  A key point to address and not to tip-toe around is how you will divide up this total number of invited guests.  We have seen lots of scenarios – half for the bride side, half for the groom side – is the most common.  Or depending on who is paying.  Sometimes couples marry later on in their careers and find themselves contributing substantially to their wedding day so a three-way split is acceptable between both sides of parents and then the couple themselves.  Or perhaps four ways, both parents and then a list for each of you.

2)  However you split the master guest list, sit down and compare your personal lists as you may likely have a few overlaps and common invitees.  This will open up a couple of spots!  When making your list, start at the top with your family and friends that you cannot imagine not having there on your wedding day.  As you add to your list, widen the circle of must attends.  This will help if you have to cut (yes, it does happen) guests from your invite list if you are exceeding the total number of guests to invite.  You will have done your work and eliminate from the bottom up.

3)  Equally important is sticking to this guest list!  The master guest list is easily the biggest source of contention for everyone throughout the wedding planning.  Depending on the length of your engagement, you may hit it off with a new work colleague, your third cousin has returned from their world trip or you ran into your long lost childhood friend.  Each wedding is different and if in your situation it works, then the more the merrier, but if it doesn’t, then you need to stick to your guns.  If everyone added 4-6 guests, then you could suddenly be looking at an additional 20 guests and so the problems begin.

Spend a little time at the beginning to agree on a course of action and this will save you a lot of stress, contention and potential arguments later on.  After all your engagement is your first big test of ‘compromise’ with each other and your new family.  Make it a successful one!

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