Our 2017 Best Nine Instagram Posts

 

As we approach the end of 2017, I can't help but feel unbelievably fortunate. I have met and connected with the most amazing people over the past year as well as played a part in the planning and designing of a number of beautiful love stories. Each connection that we made has left a footprint and special place in our hearts and our clients (now our friends) mean the world to me. This year has truly been a great one for A Beyoutiful Fête Events & Design (ABF) and it is amazing what we have been able to accomplish in just two years of business. I feel blessed and grateful to be alive, loved, and pursuing my dreams. Let's go down memory lane and review ABF's best (most liked) posts of 2017, generated  by 2017bestnine. To show some love and follow us on Instagram, click here! Thank you so much for your likes, love, and support. It means the world to me. Here's to growing as a person and doing bigger and better things in 2018! *cue imaginary champagne clink*

The 9 favs

 
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Happy New Year!

 

A Comprehensive Wedding Planning Checklist - Part One

 

Its holiday season and engagement season! So you know we are super psyched! This time of year means lots of joy, proposals, and wedding planning research. It's an exciting time in deed. However, the truth of the matter is, most couples out there have never planned a wedding before and this joyful process can become overwhelming, very quickly if you don't know what to do or where to start. But don't fret, we got you! We are here to help and get started on your wedding planning journey seamlessly. Whether you are planning your wedding yourself or hiring a professional (which we highly recommend), this wedding planning checklist (part-one) should help you kick off your wedding planning and keep you on track in an easy to manage pace. We have divided the full comprehensive checklist into 4 easily manageable parts. This is the first part of the checklist and it features wedding to-dos starting 8 to12 months plus before your wedding date. You can download the full checklist click here. Be sure to comment below if you are recently engaged or have any questions about wedding planning and how to get started!

  • Choose your an ideal wedding season and date for your fete

  • Compile your wedding guest list

  • Discuss and determine who will be contributing to the wedding budget

  • Set a wedding budget and create a budget spreadsheet

  • Determine your general wedding style (know your wedding style/vision before looking at venues)

  • Research & review wedding planner and/or coordinator options

  • Book your wedding planner and/or coordinator

  • Decide on an ideal location/area for your wedding

  • Create a preliminary color palette

  • Discuss and decide on general ceremony preferences

  • Set general schedule outline (ceremony time, reception start time)

  • Research & review ceremony and reception venue options within your ideal location/area

  • Review venue's approved vendor list to see if those vendors are within your budget

  • Book your ceremony and reception venue(s) based on your wedding style/vision

  • Research religious requirements for pre-marital counseling and other, as needed

  • Choose your bridesmaids, invite them to be in your bridal party

  • Choose your flower girl and ring bearer

  • Choose your groomsmen, invite them to be in your bridal party

  • Research and book your wedding officiant

  • Begin collecting inspirational design photos from Pinterest, Instagram, etc.

  • Collect guest list addresses

  • Research and reserve room block for out of town guests

  • Begin shopping for THE wedding dress     

  • Determine who will need wedding day styling services  

  • Start your wedding gift registry

  • Research and purchase wedding insurance

  • Review & note your stationery needs

  • Start looking at wedding invitations and order samples. If you're planning for custom, research stationery designer options

  • Begin premarital counseling, as needed

  • Confirm the wedding officiant

  • Research photographer & package options

  • Book your photographer

  • Discuss general catering, menu & service preferences, food allergies    

  • Research catering options and schedule tastings

  • Request preliminary menu proposals

  • Review bar menu supplier options (Caterer, Alcohol Service Provider, or Self Provided)

  • Book Caterer

  • Discuss ceremony & reception entertainment preferences

  • Discuss guest transportation preferences if needed, including pickup locations and schedule

  • Discuss bridal party transportation preferences as needed, including pickup locations and schedule

  • If separate transportation is required, discuss transportation for the bride to the ceremony

  • If separate transportation is required, discuss transportation for the groom to the ceremony

  • Discuss room layout, equipment needs and preferences

  • Research equipment rental options  

  • Discuss general floral needs and floral design preference

  • Research floral designer options

  • Meet with floral designers to discuss the options and your event, request preliminary floral quotes  

  • Book floral designer

  • Decide on your ideal honeymoon vacation & begin researching options

  • Research videographer & package options

  • Book your videographer

 

 

Photo Credit: Meredith Sledge Photography

Seven (7) Centerpieces That Made Our Heart Flutter

 

From a captivating indoor ceremony at the Andrew Mellon Auditorium to a refined outdoor ceremony at Stone Tower Winery, and everything in between, these seven (7) ceremony designs had us swooning! With 2017 being the year for Greenery (Pantone's 2017 Color of the Year) you will find the designs featured greenery in various capacities. Some designs were full on greenery, while others had just a touch of it. Each design was a perfect representation of our clients' wedding style and was a dream to execute. We are truly honored to have been a part of our clients' wedding story and to have had the opportunity to execute such beautiful and distinct ceremony designs. I'm so excited for what 2018 has in store us and can't wait to see what we dream up!

simply greenery

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Photo: Meredith Sledge Photography - Event Management: A Beyoutiful Fete Events & Design -  Venue: Birkby House - Florals: Creations in Bloom

copper wine love

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Photo: Katie Nesbitt Photography - Planning, Styling, and Design: A Beyoutiful Fete Events & Design -  Venue: Stone Tower Winery - Florals: Sarena Floral Designs

modern luxury

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Photo: Eli Turner Studios - Planning, Styling, and Design: A Beyoutiful Fete Events & Design -  Venue: Andrew Mellon Auditorium - Florals: Blue Vanda Designs

pops of whumsy

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Photo: Catherine Ann Photography - Planning, Styling, and Design: A Beyoutiful Fete Events & Design -  Venue: Meridian House - Florals: Love Blooms

charmingly rustic

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Photo: Joffoto - Planning, Styling, and Design: A Beyoutiful Fete Events & Design -  Venue: Shadow Creek Weddings - Florals: Event Studio

enchamting vines

Photo: Joffoto - Planning, Styling, and Design: A Beyoutiful Fete Events & Design -  Venue: Rust Manor House - Florals: Danielly's Boutique

moody perfection

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Photo: Amilia Photography - Planning, Styling, and Design: A Beyoutiful Fete Events & Design -  Venue: Goodstone Inn - Florals: Petals by the Shore

 

I can't decide which ceremony design I like more! Which one is your favorite and why?

 

Six (6) Must-Do Wedding Invitation Tips

 

You know what they say, "First impressions last forever!" Your wedding invitations set the tone for your wedding and are the first impression your guests will have of your beyoutiful fete. They are part of the story of your nuptials and their importance should not be overlooked. Whether you are getting your invitations from Minted, Wedding Paper Divas, Esty or going custom, picking out the design of your invites can be fun and exciting. The rest? Not so much! Here are six must-do things to remember before sending that beautiful paperie!

 
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design

The design of your invitations is the first glimpse into your wedding so make sure the story from beginning (invitations) to end (reception) is cohesive. Use your wedding style to guide you and help your pick invitations that are the perfect compliment to the wedding look and feel you are going for.

Photo: Brett Denfeld Photography - Design and Event Coordination: A Beyoutiful Fete Events & Design - Stationery: The Bride - Venue: Whitehall Estate

 

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proofread

Once you have decided on the design, proofread the proof from your graphic designer or stationer before they are sent for printing. The last thing you want is to have 150 beautiful printed letterpress or gold foil invites at home and notice that the ceremony time is wrong or your name is misspelled. And once you've proofread it, proofread the proof again and again. In fact, get as many eyes as possible to review the draft to make sure you didn't miss anything. I'm sure your fiancé, parents, and maid of honor won't mind!

Photo: Joffoto - Planning, Styling, and Design: A Beyoutiful Fete Events & Design - Stationery: Mommy In Pink - Venue: Rust Manor House

 

order extra

Now that everything is good to go, make sure you order extra invitations. We all know that mail sometimes gets lost and that someone adds more people on the guest list at the last minute. As a result, purchase and keep extra invites on hand that way you are covered should anything like that happen.

Photo: Amilia Photography - Planning, Styling, and Design: A Beyoutiful Fete Events & Design - Stationery: Olive Juice Press - Venue: Goodstone Inn

 

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HAND CANCELling

There is nothing more frustrating than working so hard on your invitations down to the perfect envelope only for them to be ruined by a ton of black smudges and stamps all over them. You can prevent that from happening to your pretty paperie by asking the post office to hand cancel them for you. Hand cancelling is a process of stamping the invitations by hand versus putting them through a machine. This service is free of charge; but, be sure to ask nicely! 

Photo: Katie Nesbitt Photography - Planning, Styling, and Design: A Beyoutiful Fete Events & Design - Stationery: Minted - Venue: Stone Tower Winery

 

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RSVP info

Your invitation suite provides guests with all the need-to-know details of your wedding day. They also serve a role of informing you how many guests will be attending your celebration via the RSVP card. In addition, if you are having different entrée choices, RSVP cards help you determine people's meal choices. Therefore, don't forget to send RSVP information to your guests. We know its an extra piece of paper that you have to pay for; but, trust us, it plays a crucial role. You can send an RSVP card or direct guests to your wedding website on your information card to save on paper and money. If you do send an RSVP card with your invitation suite, don't forget to include a pre-stamped envelope. Its proper etiquette to do so!

Photo: Joffoto - Planning, Styling, and Design: A Beyoutiful Fete Events & Design - Stationery: Dreamcatcher Stationery - Venue: Morven Park

 

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postage

Once you have assembled your invitations, or even just one, go to the post office and weigh your invitation before adding any stamps. The destination, shape, and size of your invitation envelope or package will affect the number of stamps that you will need. If your invitations go out with an insufficient amount of postage they will be sent back to you with all the post office markings all over them. This means you will have to put them in a new envelope and use new stamps (in the correct amount this time) to get them delivered to your intended recipients. It's crucial step and it doesn't take long to get this done so don't skip this step. 

Photo: Unique2Chic Photography - Planning, Styling, and Design: A Beyoutiful Fete Events & Design - Stationery: Leah Letters - Venue: Shadow Creek Weddings

 

T & R's Beautiful St. Timothy Catholic Church + Morais Vineyards Wedding

Congratulations to T and R! We are so honored to have been a part of their wedding day! :)

T and R decided to cut their engagement short when they visited Morais and fell in love with it, only to find out the venue was fully booked for a while. A few days after their tour, they received word that a day had suddenly opened up and it can be theirs if they wanted it. The catch? The date was about 4 months away. T and R jumped on this opportunity. How serendipitous! ♡

Although planning in a short amount of time can be challenging for many reasons, fate was on their side. A great vendor team was put together and every detail was beautifully planned and executed. Their wedding took place on a beautiful September day and was filled with lots of sunshine and wonderful moments, from a beautiful Catholic-Syriac ceremony to an elegant reception at Morais Vineyards. Guests dined to a fabulous plated meal and danced all night to a mix of crowd-pleasing Arabic and American tunes.

Thank you Joffoto for the lovely sneak peek photos. 

Check out their fabulous wedding below:

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I absolutely loved styling Tania's stationary and playing around with all her beautiful wedding details.

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All the pretty things...

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Sibling Love! Tania and Nadine have such a beautiful bond #sistergoals

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It is always very special to witness the union of two people in love. However, it is even more special when those two people are from different cultures, races, religions, etc. In honor and celebration of their diversity, T and R had a beautiful Catholic-Syriac fusion wedding ceremony at St. Timothy Catholic Church. 

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Their reception took place beautiful Morais Vineyards.

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Our dapper groom.

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Our gorgeous bride.

Tania's vision for her wedding in three words,"romantic, elegant, and warm". I absolutely loved helping Tania with her look and feel, from the floorplan to the tablescape. My favorite aspect to design was their sweetheart table!

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How stunning is this room, you guys?! Definitely "romantic, elegant, and warm", right?

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It's true what they say, planners wear many hats. Check out my floral cake decorating skills on this dreamy Fluffy Thoughts buttercream ruffle cake! I {heart} the opportunity to work with my hands on wedding days!

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P.S. When a client books you because of your personality, and your work and eye are the icing on top, you know you are doing something right! Thank you Tania for an amazing 4 months working together. I absolutely enjoyed our chats and laughs and know they will continue even after your Big Day. 

Vendor Team

Morais Vineyards

Joffoto

Main Event Caterers

Growing Wild Floral

Fluffy Thoughts Cakes

Majestic Limo Service

St. Timothy Catholic Church

NG Studio

Shereen Said

Michael Brazda Films

Dawn Newsome Makeup Artist