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Writing Thank You Notes, Tips from Knots ‘N Such, Raleigh Wedding Planner & Florist

Feature image by Amy Nadine Photography. Knots ‘N Such is a Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist

Even before you get married, it so important to go ahead and plan writing thank you notes. Every gift deserves a hand written note from the bride and groom to express gratitude for those people celebrating your nuptials.  Knots ‘N Such, a Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist, is here to provide you some helpful hints to make the thank you note process easier and doable.

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1. Know the Timeline
For gifts received prior to the wedding, it is customary that you have two weeks to write and send the thank you note. Gifts received on or after the wedding, the timeline lengthens a bit to three months.

2. Have all the “Write” Materials
Pardon the pun there, but before you even receive the first gift, it’s so important to have all the materials you are going to need to write your notes. Save your guest list from wedding invitations to have handy when addressing thank you notes. Also go ahead and order your personalized stationery or stock up in stationery from your favorite paper source store. You may even have pre-wedding stationery and take a personalized thank you photo at the wedding to use for post-wedding gifts. Bulk order stamps (the ones that are already sticky-take it from me, they are a lifesaver and will save your tongue).

3. Set a Routine
It may help to have a comfortable writing station somewhere in your home. Turn on your favorite TV show or music. Enlist your significant other to write a certain number of notes a night. Make it a routine and knock them out little by little, so you’re not stuck with a large number to write at one time.

4. Pen a Personalized Note
Each note should have a personal touch that references the couples gratitude, the specific gift they have received, and how the gift and/or the giver have/will impact your life. Be specific with the gift, and in the case of cash, maybe highlight that you are saving for your first home or it will be a great benefit for the honeymoon. Hav “writer’s block”? Search for thank you note samples online to help spur writing and go from there.

Rustic Gift Table and Guestbook

Photo by Casey Rose Photography

Take it from me, you are surrounded by many gracious people who will be glad to celebrate your wedding. Look at thank you note writing as a chance to thank the awesome people that have surrounded you with open arms. I promise you can do it, just make a plan ahead of time and follow through with your routine. Contact us today for help in the wedding planning process, and we would love to help you pen that perfect note of gratitude.  Happy thank you note writing!

XOXO,
Amy

Building a Wedding Day Timeline, Tips from Knots ‘N Such, Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist

Feature Image by Mikhail Glabets. Knots ‘N Such is a Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist.

A crucial component to a successful wedding day is building a Wedding Day Timeline. Knots ‘N Such, a Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist, is here to give you some advice for crafting a timeline that is efficient yet not rushed.

bride & bridesmaids in bridal suite

Photo by The Nixons Photography

  1. Ceremony & Exit Time: These are the first times to choose, because every other begin and end time will depend on these. Do you want an afternoon wedding? Do you want a twilight wedding?
  2. Photographer’s Schedule: How many hours do you want your photographer to cover? This may depend on your budget, since most photographers have set hours in their packages. Your photographer will talk with you about what and how many photos you’d like to do pre-ceremony versus during cocktail hour.
  3. Hair & Makeup Time: Who will be getting their hair done the morning of the wedding? Your beauty artists will create a schedule based on how many people they’ll be making over and what time your photos are scheduled to begin.
  4. Squad Schedule: Be sure to communicate the plans to your squad – wedding party and family need to know where to be and when to be there. Make sure they are waiting on the photographer rather than vice versa. Once the day gets behind schedule, it’s difficult to catch up, so stress this to your loved ones, so they are ready and waiting. It might be helpful for you to write this up and and email or print for them, so they don’t forget.
  5. Vendor Arrival Times: Each of your vendors will schedule their arrival time on your ceremony start time. They’ll let you know how much time they’ll need to setup and prepare, so ask for their guidance in this area.
  6. Cocktail HOUR: Going back to your photographer… Create a list of photos you want completed during cocktail hour. Make sure he/she can do all that you want in about 45 minutes. Keep your list to immediate family and wedding party only. Extended family guests should be reserved for candids during the reception. You want to keep your cocktail hour to an hour. If you go over, you may be considered a rude host. Guests get antsy, hungry, and tipsy, so be sure to join them ASAP, so the show can go on.
  7. End the night early:  This is a tip I give to a lot of brides.  It will be a long emotionally draining day, and believe me, you will be exhausted.  Confirm with your venue when you need to be out (including break down times), and this will help you set that key departure time. If you want the party to continue, plan an after party and invite key people to join you.
Bride and Groom Photo on Bridge

Photo by Danell Beede Photography

Planning your wedding day timeline does not need to be stressful.  The important thing is to communicate: communicate with photographer, vendors, bridal party, etc.  Make sure everyone is on the same page when it comes to arrival and departure times.  A great resource to have is a planner/coordinator for your wedding.  This is where Knots ‘N Such would love to help you.  Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you in your wedding planning adventures!

XO,

Amy

Being a Bride with a Budget, Tips from Knots ‘N Such, a Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist

Feature image by Casey Rose Photography. Knots ‘N Such is a Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist.

Happy 2018 everyone! Today we want to dive into that underlying “B” word of wedding planning: budgets.  Weddings do take money, and that number sometimes can be an overwhelming factor in the planning of their wedding.  First of all, let us tell you nearly every bride is on a budget.  Big or small, there’s always a limit.

Bride and Groom's First Look

Photo by Thirteenth Moon Photography

However, there are two types of brides when it comes to budget etiquette, and in an effort to help you plan and execute a wedding on your budget with grace and style, we want to help you understand the two categories.

The first is that “bride on a budget”.  This is the bride who understands that any budget has a limit, researches her options thoroughly, and is content with the options that are presented to her.  This bride will look back on the wedding planning experience and rejoice over the final product.  The second is a “budget bride”.  Like the first bride, this bride recognizes that she has a budget, yet struggles to be content with what money can buy for her budget.  This bride will look back on the wedding planning experience and be discontent with the final product. She doesn’t appreciate what her budget can buy, so is forlorn.

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When looking at the two types of bride, it’s easy to see that the bride on a budget is what we want for every bride, no matter the budget they have for their wedding.  Here are some tips to help you in your budgeting and planning for your wedding:

  1. Know and set your realistic budget from the very beginning (educate yourself on the cost of weddings in your area, determine what you can afford by setting priorities). If you determine a large wedding is nearly impossible, there’s no shame in having a small intimate affair or elopement. It’s actually quite trendy these days!
  2. Make a list of areas of the wedding and your budget for each category.  Here is a worksheet that can help you get started from the magazine Real Simple Budget Worksheet (do this before contacting any vendors)
  3. Research vendors that are in your budget area (staying within your budget area will help with disappointment later when you receive that estimate). Be realistic with your expectations.
  4. Visit open houses and bridal fairs to gather more information in your planning
  5. Contact vendors that meet your criteria to set up meetings
  6. Realize that vendors are there to educate and support you. Yes, we must be able to support ourselves so must price our products and services to do that. This is a career not a hobby for us.
  7. Before signing a contract, go back to that budget and make sure that you are focusing on those important details from Tip #1
  8. Finally, enjoy the process and look at the options you have and know that your day is going to be special
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Knots ‘N Such, a Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist, wants to share this information with you, not to scare you off from contacting vendors or dreaming big, but to help you know your budget and not look back at wedding planning as a daunting time.  Our hope is, no matter the budget, you are the bride who is satisfied with every option and gets to the day of their wedding a bride beaming with pride knowing this is the day for them.  Happy wedding planning friends!

XOXO,

Amy

Beyond the Centerpiece: Floral Trends and Tips from a Raleigh Wedding Planner

Feature photo by Vesic Photography. Knots ‘N Such is a Raleigh Wedding Planner & Florist

Close your eyes.  Imagine your big day.  The beautiful dress.  The perfect partner.  The flowers.  Floral designs have been a staple for a wedding for many years.  And designers have broadened to include flowers in more than just centerpieces and bouquets.  Let Knots ‘N Such, Raleigh Wedding Planner & Florist, help you make your flower dreams come true for your big day. Follow along to look at some unique floral trends that have popped up recently.

Flower Crown Pink and Burgundy

Photo By: Danell Beede Photography

-Creating Hanging Flower Displays: I, personally, am in love with the idea of elevating flowers even more than an elevated centerpiece can do.  This trend can include hanging chandeliers with florals as the focal piece, inverting floral displays to give the ceiling a “Secret Garden” motif, or dangling flowers from a potted plant, glass orb, or creating a shower of flowers from the top.  This could be a unique way to showcase your favorite color, signature flower, or just create that “oh wow” moment for your guests.

Reception Arbor Sweetheart Table

Photographs by Stephanie

-Integrating Hair Pieces: Spend some time on social media and you will quickly see that integrating the flowers into your hair design on your big day will create a uniquely fresh look.  From floral head pins to flower crowns, a bride will leave everyone breathless with an elegant hair design.  

Bridal Floral Headpiece

Photographs by Stephanie

-Elevating the Cake Design: There are many aspects of the wedding day in which to incorporate floral designs; one you may consider also involves the “sweet” part of the day: your cake.  Cake tasting is definitely a treat during the wedding planning process, so maybe consider bringing your florist along to help in the design of the confectionery delight.  Floral cake design can wrap around the cake (creating a cascading feel to the flowers that might match your bouquet) or possibly a topper that elevates the cake to the next level.   

Couple's Cake with Floral Accents

Photographs by Stephanie

 

-Highlighting the Ceremony Backdrop: When it comes to your ceremony backdrop, you might want to consider: what unique touches will add to the photographs of the important ceremony?  The ceremony backdrop is an awesome place to add a touch of flowers or make a whole floral showcase.  If you are using an arbor, consider using flowers to accent the arbor or as curtain ties for the drapery.  

First Kiss Under Wooden Arbor

Danell Beede Photography

There are many other ways to incorporate flowers into your wedding and reception design.  Look at your venues and think what could be accented with a beautiful floralscape: a fountain, pompadours, staircases, etc.  The list really does go on and on, from lighting accents to floating florals.  This is where having an awesome florist and/or wedding planner comes in handy to make your garden dreams come true. Knots ‘N Such, Raleigh Wedding Planner & Florist, would love to come alongside you to incorporate flowers in a variety of ways into your big day. 

XO,

Britney

KNS Coordinator

Bar Tips From A Raleigh Wedding Planner

Feature photo by McCardell Photography. Knots ‘N Such is a Raleigh Wedding Planner & Florist

 

Open bar, cash bar, no bar… Alcoholic beverages can quickly become one of the most expensive components of your wedding planning, sometimes even rounding out to be more per-person than your food! Knots ‘N Such, Raleigh Wedding Planner, is here with some approaches to the wedding bar that you may want to consider before you write that check:

 

Open Bar

On the more expensive end, the open bar is the most popular choice for weddings. Many couples will often say things like “my family doesn’t really drink”, and while that may be true, there’s just no telling how people may react to the word “free”. The best way to tackle this is by selecting exactly what you would like served at your bar, only go top shelf on the really important drinks (i.e. dad’s favorite bourbon), and set specific hours of operation for the bar so your guests don’t get out of hand. You may even think about coming up with your “signature” drink and then rounding out the bar with more traditional offerings of just beer & wine.

 

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Photo by Mabyn Ludke Photography

 

Cash Bar

Less popular but a more budget friendly option: the cash bar. It can save you a lot of money in your budget, however, fair warning: many guests often come to a wedding expecting to drink, so the cash bar can be an unfavorable surprise for some. However, when given an appropriate heads up, many guests are fine with the idea, fully understand, and come prepared. Another alternative is giving your guests drink tickets to ensure everyone gets enough. You can even get customized tickets from a calligrapher with your new name and wedding date! (Note: The option of having a cash bar depends wholly on your bartender/caterer/venue and whether they are allowed to sell directly to your guests. Investigate early!)

 

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Photo by Stephen Thrift Photography

 

Alcohol Free

Dry weddings, while rare, do occur more often than one would think. Besides the obvious financial reasons, it’s also a surefire way to know that all of your guests are getting home safely! However, a beverage list of only soft drinks can leave a party feeling a bit dull. Consider having specialty mocktails concocted and make a special drink list for your guests. You can personally design the names and have them passed around on trays for a fanciful feel! Side note: Adding edible blooms to your drinks is a personal fave of this florist. 😉

 

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Photo by Jocelyn & Ryan Photography

 

Always remember to serve some kind of food whenever you serve drinks, just to err on the side of caution. (Many bartenders require it.) Even if it’s just cocktail hour, have a tray of cheese and crackers available to get something in your guests stomach before they start to drink. That’s a start! Now, contact Knots ‘N Such, Raleigh wedding planner & florist, and we would love to help you out with planning and designing your drink options.

 

XO,

Britany

Wedding Celebrations: A Raleigh Wedding Planner’s Guide

Feature photo by  Stephen Thrift Photography. Knots ‘N Such is a Raleigh wedding planner & florist.

 

The wedding isn’t the only celebration that a bride needs to prepare for in the journey to marital bliss. There’s also the engagement party, bridal and/or household shower, bachelorette party, bridesmaids luncheon, and rehearsal dinner that need the same level of attention and planning to make them truly spectacular! Not everyone chooses to host these events for various reasons, sometimes only because they’re unsure of their purpose. So Knots ‘N Such, Raleigh Wedding Planner & florist, is here to help and explain a few of the more important ones…

 

Engagement Party

This is your opportunity to make a grand announcement to friends and family that something special is just around the corner! Engagement parties let your guests join in on the excitement for the coming nuptials and also allow your relatives time to consider how much they can assist with the wedding.

 

Photo by Krista Joy Photography

 

Bridal Shower

The bridal shower (not to be confused with a bachelorette party) is when all your ladies get together for light cocktails and gifts! This is the party that Grandma gets invited to, so it’s usually a bit classier.  By the time of the bridal shower,  you want to have your bridal party selected and ready, because they can help with things like sending invitations, sorting your gifts, and arranging for food and drinks. The bridal shower is your cue to sit back and relax, knowing that your wedding is just around the corner and and all your favorite ladies are there with you!

 

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Photo by Mabyn Ludke Photography

 

Rehearsal Dinner

The rehearsal is perhaps the most important pre-wedding event, since it prepares everyone involved in your wedding party and lets them know exactly where to be and when to be there! That aside, these are some of your closest friends and family that have perhaps traveled and taken time off work just for you, so it’s important that you treat them to a nice evening afterward to show them how much you appreciate their investment to making your wedding perfect.

 

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Photo by Riley Maclean Photography / Food by Durham Catering Company / China from American Party Rentals

 

I know preparing for your wedding can seem overwhelming at times, which is all the more reason to allow yourself these extra chances to relax with your loved ones (and open some presents!) before you say “I do”. A great point to remember in this journey is a great planner is happy to take care of every little detail, from your engagement party to your reception, to ensure that your entire wedding experience is nothing but joyful!

 

XO,

Britany

 

Proposals: Tips From a Raleigh Wedding Planner

Featured photo by Jocelyn & Ryan Photography. Knots ‘N Such is a Raleigh wedding planner and florist.

 

It’s the most important question that needs to be answered during the wedding planning process: “Will you marry me?” More and more people are proposing in grandiose ways! Here are a few of our favorite love stories that we’re hoping you can draw inspiration from!

 

Carrie & John

Being in politics, Carrie was distracted by the busy election season. So, John was easily able to plan a special evening for her that she would never forget. Under the guise of a combined birthday and anniversary dinner, John planned a romantic event. John took Carrie to dinner at The Fearrington house in Chapel Hill, where he insisted they explore the grounds before going into the restaurant. Carrie was confused since it was raining and they were already late for their reservation! But very quickly it made sense, the moment came, and John took her by the hands, got down on one knee, and asked “Will you be my wife?” After dinner, John recommended that they head into Raleigh to see his twin brother, who was hosting a fraternity reunion. Carrie happily obliged, and after arriving at the Capital Club, John led Carrie to a back room where all of their closest friends and family had gathered to celebrate the engagement. A lot of tears and hugs followed and truly made the night a special one for all involved.

 

KNS shares a picture of Ring Photo on Gold Geometric Decorations

Photo by Thirteenth Moon Photography

 

Colin & Marianne

Talented musicians and vocalist, Colin and Marianne, took a walk in Central Park one evening. Out of the blue, they turned a corner, and a huge group of their best friends were standing in a circle and started singing “Let’s Stay Together” in a-cappella harmony. Colin sang the solo, of course, and went down on one knee and showed Marianne the ring. It was magical! He had an engagement party planned for that evening with all the friends who had come into town for the engagement!

 

Photo by Krista Joy Photography

 

Amy & Taylor

On the way back from visiting their families on Christmas night, Taylor confessed he was having trouble finding the perfect vintage engagement ring. When they got home, he told her to wait in the car while he ran upstairs to their apartment. When she got inside, he was on one knee surrounded by sticky notes (an inside joke) in the shape of a heart on the floor. Each little note included a handwritten message telling her how much he loved her. The next day, they went shopping together to pick out a ring.

 

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Photo by Ginny Corbett

 

With so many perfect love stories out there, it can be easy to be intimidated about how to pop the question! Just remember to make your engagement as unique as your love and the answer is sure to be “yes”!

 

XO,

Ivana

KNS Coordinator

 

A Raleigh Wedding Planner Spotlight: The King’s Daughters Inn

Feature photo by McCardell Photography. Knots ‘N Such is a Raleigh wedding planner & florist.

 

There are a lot of fantastic wedding venues in the triangle, but The King’s Daughters Inn has captured our attention with its nuanced aesthetic and historic charm!

 

About

The King’s Daughters Inn makes a great first impression, being utterly stunning inside and out! However, this beautiful venue isn’t superficial; it has some wonderful philosophies that you can feel good about when you book! Since 2009, Colin and Deanna Crossman have run the Inn with the same core values:

  • Protect and restore the historic architecture for future generations
  • Respect the environment
  • Incorporate the most current technologies available

 

Reception Venue Shades of White and Light

Photo by Ginny Corbett Photography

 

The Difference

This historic location includes some uniquely beautiful features that won’t be found anywhere else! The rooms all differ, and from bed frames to wall color, each one possesses its own charm. Being conveniently located doesn’t hurt either! The King’s Daughters Inn is right near downtown Durham, which is home to the Durham Performing Arts Center as well as several wonderful restaurants, giving your friends and family plenty to do during their stay!

 

Gold Geometric Centerpiece

Photo by Thirteenth Moon Photography

 

Packages

The King’s Daughters Inn has 3 event rooms to choose from:

  • The Dining Room: perfect for a family breakfast, bridal luncheon, rehearsal dinner, or tea party
  • The Parlor: this is a great room to host an intimate wedding ceremony, cocktails, or afternoon tea
  • Brodie Duke Hall: the ideal space for a night of dancing, bridal party yoga sessions, or even a room for the groomsmen to hang out before the wedding!

 

If you decide to book the entire inn, there are definitely some perks involved!

  • Exclusive use of the inn – 20,000 square feet including 3 event spaces and 17 luxury rooms and suites
  • Overnight accommodations for 46
  • Gourmet breakfast for all overnight guests
  • Great vignettes for unique wedding photos
  • Complimentary use of tables, chairs, linens, glassware, and setup
  • Full commercial kitchen available to your choice of licensed caterer

 

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Photo by Ultimate Images

 

With so many wonderful amenities available to brides, it’s no wonder why The King’s Daughters Inn is the recipient of so many prestigious awards, including, the AAA Four Diamond, the Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Award for Sustainability, and the Golden Leaf Award! Definitely consider The King’s Daughters Inn for your wedding or events of any kind!

Need help finding the perfect venue in the Raleigh, Chapel Hill, or Durham area? Call us here at Knots ‘N Such for custom recommendations!

XO,

Ivana

KNS Coordinator

 

Winter Wedding Trends: Tips From a Raleigh Wedding Planner

Feature photo by Krista Joy Photography. Knots ‘N Such is a Raleigh wedding planner & florist.

 

There is finally a chill in the air, and winter is quickly approaching! These 2017 trends are sure to win any winter wedding!

 

  • Leather Jackets: edgier brides will enjoy the leather look this season, being both sensible and statement making!
  • Velvet: this material has been making a big comeback lately, but it’s especially popular with colder days ahead!
  • Two Groom Looks: this winter is the groom’s time to shine, with his own flashy wardrobe change from ceremony to reception!

 

Groom wearing boutonniere

Photo by JB Haygood Photography

 

  • Faux Fur: adorn your bridal party in fancy faux fur, or even offer guests their own blanket as a gift!
  • Neon Signs: this is always a cool statement piece, but especially for the trendy 2017 bride who wants a unique way to showcase her wedding hashtag or new name!
  • Dark Florals: bridesmaids have their own winter trend! Darker floral patterns on gowns is huge right now, especially in colors such as burgundy, purple and navy!

 

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  • Metallics: a clean look like this can pair with most other decor, making it a versatile choice!
  • Jewels: gems can be used in so many ways! Try bedazzling your bridesmaids’ arms or hair, or the handle of your bouquets!
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Photo by Cachet Weddings

 

Winter weddings are always beautiful, but these hot trends are sure to make for a cool wedding this season!

 

XO,

Ivana

KNS Coordinator

Memorable Moments: Tips From a Raleigh Wedding Planner

Feature photo by Ginny Corbett Photography. Knots ‘N Such is a Raleigh wedding planner & florist.

 

Your wedding reception is the event you’ve been dreaming of for as long as you can remember, and there are some special activities involved that require special attention! Your first dance is a memorable moment for you, the bouquet toss is a memorable moment for your girlfriends, and photo booths are a great way to make capturing moments memorable! Here are a few tips from a Raleigh wedding planner on how you can make these special moments flawless!

 

First Dances

Most often, the first dance will start with the bride and groom, then move to father of the bride with the bride, then mother of the groom and the groom. These are such special moments, and it’s important to pick out special songs for each. If you’re having a tough time picking a good one, some commonly used songs include “You and Me” by Lifehouse, “Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours” by Stevie Wonder, “Wild Horses” by The Rolling Stones, and “At Last” by Etta James.

Also remember, if you get everyone going dancing right after you’ve had your first dance, it can be tough to get them back out there! For this reason, we advise waiting to open the dance floor until after the cake is cut (which also allows your guests to get a quick sugar rush before they start dancing!)

 

Bridal Party Bubble Dance

Photo by Casey Rose Photography

 

Bouquet Toss

This is a super fun tradition that I’m hoping never goes out of style! All the single ladies get together to push and shove each other in a lively attempt to catch the highly coveted bouquet!

Song choice is also important here, with some of our favorites being “Ladies Night” by Kool and the Gang, “Where Dem Girls At” by Nikki Minaj, and of course, “All the Single Ladies” by Beyonce. Make sure you pick a fun song and a good time of night that will have your girls pumped up to jump for those flowers! We recommend closer to the end of the night when your guests need to clear the dance floor. We typically schedule it just before the last song of the night.

 

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Photo by Amir Luna Photography

 

Photo Booths

While photo booths may not necessarily be new to the wedding world, there are a lot of different ways to incorporate this activity into your wedding! Some brides have gotten very creative and set up a photo corner, complete with props and a backdrop! Guests take photos then share on social media using the wedding hashtag!

I’ve also seen photo-booth-style guest books, made by placing a Polaroid camera beside the book, along with some props and crafting tools. Guests are directed to take photos of themselves then tape the image into the book with their signature and some fun doodles!

There’s also a variety of professional photo booth vendors that can do amazing things for your wedding, like slo-mo videos, gifs, screen savers, and even custom mugs and other items that can be used as wedding favors!

 

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Remember to make your wedding memorable for its uniquely you qualities, and you and your guests will have a night you’ll never forget!

 

XO,

Ivana

KNS Coordinator