Friday, September 28, 2012

Real Savannah Wedding: Anna and Sean Part 3-Reception

Anna and Sean had their reception at Vics on the River. There was no shortage of  love, dancing and laughter at this reception. We have to say this could be one of our favorite wedding cakes to date! What do you think?

Anna and Sean--thank you for allowing us to be a part of this very special day. We loved getting to know you and your family and we wish you all the best in future endeavors. 

XO
Morgan and the MGE Team 












 








Thanks again HBB Photography for the images! 

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Real Savannah Wedding: Anna and Sean Part 2-Portraits









Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Real Savannah Wedding: Anna and Sean Part 1-Ceremony

Anna and Justin were married on June 16th in Savannah, Georgia on a warm sunny day. We just love these two and you know me--I'm a sucker for a fellow military wedding. Our favorite moment (and one that gets us tearing up each time) the Sabor Arch! Isn't Anna just beautiful?!?
 A special thanks to HBB Photography for sharing the images. 





















Thursday, September 20, 2012

HappyThankYouMorePlease



Your wedding day tends to be exactly that, your day, it’s all about the happy couple!! But it’s always a good idea to take a step back and thank all of the little people!! Not only have friends and family traveled from near and far to celebrate the happy occasion, they have shelled out lots-o-dough. Cash. Monies. You get it. On top of that, they’ve bought you presents!! PRESENTS, I say!! And here’s the thing, all you have to do is send a thank you card!! Now, writing 350 thank you cards might seem overwhelming, but alas, here is my easy guide to thank you card etiquette. 

Organization rocks. Organizing who got you what can be very taxing, but my suggestion is to keep a spreadsheet of all of your guests info on your computer and as gifts arrive fill in next to their name the gift received. If you’d rather have it written down, print out the sheets and keep them on the fridge and just jot down each gift as it arrives. 

Send a Handwritten Card. This means nothing electronic or printed out. Nod your head to show that you understand! I know it’s been a decade since you sent a handwritten letter, but trust me, the gift giver will be delightful upon receiving your note!! Side note. Please use your most legible handwriting, it doesn’t have to be perfect script just not undecipherable. 

Personalize Each Message. Since you are so organized you know exactly what you’ve received from whom and you can easily personalize each note. The best method is to keep the notes fairly similar in format, but take the extra time to add a sentence or two that really speaks to that specific person. 

Thanking for Cash. When thanking for cash, refer to the money as a generous gift and let them know exactly how you plan to use the money. They’ll appreciate hearing how they have contributed to your new life together. 

Don’t Forget to Thank EVERYONE. Don’t stop at the guests. I like sending thank you cards to your vendors, especially if they did an outstanding job!! I don’t know a single person who doesn’t love hearing that they did brilliant work!! I think it’s a nice gesture. 
Send in a Timely Fashion. Now there’s some debate amongst the etiquette world, but I say 3 months is the appropriate amount of time and most etiquette snobs agree. Sure, it would be best to get back from the honeymoon and get those puppies churned out in a matter of weeks, but let’s face it, we have crazy jobs, busy lives, and the transition to marriage is different for everybody. So I say 3 is best, but please don’t wait longer than 6 months because anything beyond that is just plain tacky. For reals. 

*Pretty Paper Bonus* I am absolutely obsessed with all the vintage and romantic thank you cards on wedding paper divas site. Colorful and quirky is very in!! They are sweet and chic and I think the perfect way to say thank you!! I know how happy I get when I receive a handwritten thank you card on beautiful stationary, so these are sure to please!!! And score, they offer beautiful coordinating invitations, save the dates, and more. So be sure to check out their ah-mazing site!!!! 

Lauren 

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Who’s Paying for This???



This is a serious one... Trying to figure out who is paying for this and that can be awkward and downright difficult, but here is an easy guide to who pays what... 

Traditional 
When it comes to the traditional wedding, the who pays for what is pretty simple. The bride’s father usually pays for just about the entire wedding. Sorry pops! 

*Wedding Planner 
*Engagement Party
*Invites & other paper goods 
*Brides & Bridesmaids bouquets
*Gown & accessories
*Travel & Lodging for Officiant (if needed)
*Ceremony & Reception venue
*Photographer
*Videographer
*DJ or Band
*All Reception Expenses (ie, floral arrangements, linens, chairs, dance floor, food, bar)



The groom’s parents generally take care of the entire rehearsal dinner and the honeymoon, while also taking care of the Officiant’s fees, the marriage license, family corsages and boutonnieres, and the groomsmen’s boutonnieres.

Modern
So you aren’t have a traditional wedding!?!? This is where it gets tricky. In modern weddings there aren’t any rules... and when it come to family and money no rules can equal mass destruction! When both parents offer to pay or when the couple wants to chip in it can be a little confusing! I think the best way to approach the budget is to keep open communication with all contributing parties and for all to be honest about how they want their funds to be used. It will be a lesson in patience and compromise, but I assure you, it can be done. I highly suggest writing up spreadsheets so that everyone can see exactly where and how much is being spent. Did I mention you’ll need a boatload of patience?? So do we all understand? Patience, honesty, and spreadsheets, oh my!!!

Lauren