Wedding Day Details Checklist | Charleston, Philadelphia, Atlanta Wedding Planners & Event Design | Scarlet Plan & Design

It's all about the details. Wedding details, that is! We're talking about all those pretty little accessories and special flourishes that you've likely spent weeks, if not months, selecting. So of course you want to make sure those get documented!

The morning of the wedding is usually pretty bananas and the last thing on a bride's mind is gathering all the pretty little details for the photographer to shoot as she's getting ready. That's why we suggest gathering all of those details in one spot a few days before the wedding and either giving them right to your planner/mom/maid of honor or stashing everything in the hotel safe (if that's where you're getting ready). No matter the case, gather everything BEFORE the morning of the wedding.

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My Life as a Wedding Planner Told in GIFS | Scarlet Plan & Design

I'm gonna tell you what life is like to be a wedding planner, but I'm gonna do it using GIFs only.

Welcome to the highs, the lows, our pet peeves, the good, the bad, the ugly and everything in between in the life of a professional wedding planner. Wedding planners don't always have the sunshine and rainbows job that J Lo gave everyone the impression we did. Sometimes things are downright batshit crazy, other times we're on top of the world. But I'll let the GIFs show you what I'm talking about. Enjoy!

When your dream couple books you for full planning, design AND styling.

When your clients have realistic budget expectations.

When the couple gives you creative freedom to work your magic.

When a couple tries to pay me in "exposure".

When a couple picks the worst possible color palette and you have to somehow make it work.

When the wedding is outdoors in the summer in the deep South.

When they hire a club DJ and he acts like he's spinning at Burning Man.

When a bride sends you her Pinterest board and its full of your designs.

When everyone wants to give their input at the rehearsal. 

When a couple ignores your expert advice and does the dumb shit you told them not to do.

Your face when the dumb shit they done did blows up, like you said it would, and somehow you're expected to magically fix it. 

When you've assembled a #DreamTeam of vendors and you know this wedding is about to slay. Hope you're watching, Martha.

When the preacher just won't stop talking, and talking, and talking, and talking.

When the dance floor is #DEAD asf but a couple drunk bridesmaids stay live all night long.

When the bride says she's got 15+ bridesmaids.

When you turn into Wonder Woman in an emergency and pull off straight up magic. #JustCallMeMarthaMacGyver

What the couple thinks their choreographed dance with the wedding party is gonna look like:

What their dance actually looks like...every. single. time:

My greatest fear every single time they start doing the Hora.

When a new inquiry tries to hide her inner-psycho but you see right through her at the consultation and you're not about that life.

When a really promising couple tells you they hired a friend as the planner because you're just too expensive.

When the florist suggests Mason Jars, shepherd's hooks or burlap.

When the couple tries to cram 6 cake tastings in on one day.

When they booked that one caterer and you know the vendor meal is about to be worse than an episode of Kitchen Nightmares. #youknowwhoyouare

When an inquiry comes in for a BOMB destination wedding but you're already booked that weekend.

When you finally see the reception space fully set up and realize everything is absolutely perfect.

When the bride send you Pinterest pics from a six-figure wedding and wants you to recreate it on a four-figure budget.

What it's like to try to eat dinner during a wedding reception. 

When the kitchen throws your full plate of dinner out when you run out to check on the reception...and there's no more food left.

When a couple tells you half their "vendors" are actually random friends/family members with no experience.

When there's no such thing as a "sick day" because, its Wedding Season.

When the couple picks super inappropriate parent/child dance songs.

When the bride asks you to help her do something unmentionable in the bathroom because her gown is too big and she can't reach.

When the bride pulls up the day before the wedding with a U-Haul filled with half-done DIY shit she never told you about, but you now NEED to finish.

When someone asks how the wedding went last night.

When the DJ plays Shout for you during breakdown and the #ScarletSquad already know what it is. (shout out to David, Nick, Joel & Mike, y'all the real MVPs)

How we feel the day after a wedding. #WeddingHangover

When you see your favorite couple for the first time after the wedding is over. 

But let's keep it real, all we wedding planners ever really want is to be like Martha.

#amiright?

We don't do "gay" weddings | Charleston, Atlanta & destination nontraditional wedding planner & designer | LGBT wedding planner

I have a feeling this blog is going to ruffle a few feathers but I'm ok with that. This has been on my mind for quite some time and I feel like I need to just go ahead and get it out in the open. I'll likely lose a few friends and a few likes on our Facebook page, but, again, I'm ok with that.  

I've been working with this one wedding vendor for years and years and absolutely adored working with them. I recently inquired about a date for one of my couples and they were totally available...until they found out I had a same-sex couple. Then all of a sudden the convo got super awkward and they had to "check their schedule" and would have to get back to me. Ultimately they passed on the wedding without any real explanation.

Now, I'm not here to point any elbows or start any drama, but I do feel like I need to get something out there.

We don't do "gay" weddings. There, I said it. Now hold up a second, before you go and get all bajiggity about it, you should also know that we don't do "straight" weddings, "white" weddings, "black" weddings, "Chinese" weddings, "Jewish" weddings or any other wedding you're tempted to label.

You know what we do?  

We do weddings.  Period.  

We do big weddings. We do small weddings. We do medium sized weddings. We do weddings with two grooms. We do weddings with a bride & a groom and weddings with two brides, too. We do pop up weddings and elopements. We do incredible, authentic, unique, breathtaking, heartfelt, swoon-worthy weddings. We do weddings so filled with love and heartfelt joy that our entire team straight up Ugly Cries as the couple exchanges their handwritten vows.  We do super unique, weird, quirky weddings.  We do weddings steeped in tradition.  We do Muslim nikkahs.  We do fusion weddings combining time honored traditions with new traditions that our couple has created.  We do weddings where the clients want to hang cakes from the ceiling with circus performers swinging around it.  We do weddings with food trucks and ultra luxe weddings with seven course meals presented by white gloved servers in tuxedos.  We do weddings where instead of exchanging rings, they both get tattoos.  We do weddings where the bride is escorted down the aisle by her children and they have a "family ceremony" where they all pledge to love one another and to go forth as more than just a husband and a wife, they go forth as a family.  We do weddings where it's just the couple, their officiant, me and a killer photographer on a cliff overlooking the sea.  We do weddings where the couple has their best friend in the entire world get ordained so he can legally marry them using a ceremony script the three of them wrote together.  (That wedding hit us right in the feels.)

I guess my point is, yes, of course we do same-sex weddings (and straight ones and black ones and white ones and all the other ones too)! And for us it's really about everything but the orientation of our couples, cuz let's be honest, that's none of our damn business anyway. #amiright?! 

We don't care how you love, the only thing we care about is that you love.

We love loveWe love it in all its many forms. We love helping our couples celebrate their love for one another more than anything and there isn't a day that goes by that I don't thank the good Lord for allowing me to do what I love.

And speaking of Him, I believe with all my heart that the greatest commandment we were ever given was to love one another (Matthew 22:36-40) and that's exactly what I intend to do.  I'm confident that when I'm called to account for my life in front of my Creator, all He's really going to care about is that I did my best to love folks without judgement and helped them celebrate their love for one another.

Now how about we all enjoy some photos of a few weddings that just make us happy, happy, happy?! You can't tell me that seeing people this happy makes you do anything but smile!

mike allebach, the creative genius behind the lens for this photo, is available for travel to all 50 states and abroad

mike allebach, the creative genius behind the lens for this photo, is available for travel to all 50 states and abroad

the couple's best friend, Alan, officiated the nuptials in this photo

the couple's best friend, Alan, officiated the nuptials in this photo

mazel tov!

mazel tov!

a ceremony filled with love and the promise to go forth as a family was just perfect for this couple

a ceremony filled with love and the promise to go forth as a family was just perfect for this couple

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who says you can't wear a tuxedo with flip flops?

who says you can't wear a tuxedo with flip flops?

a traditional church wedding with 11 bridesmaids and 9 groomsmen at peachtree road united methodist church in atlanta

a traditional church wedding with 11 bridesmaids and 9 groomsmen at peachtree road united methodist church in atlanta

jumping for joy!

jumping for joy!

matching boat shoes?  i looooove!!

matching boat shoes?  i looooove!!

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