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What To Ask Your Wedding Planner, tips from Knots ‘N Such, Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist

Feature Image by Jamie Blow Photography. Knots ‘N Such is a Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist.

A couple of weeks ago, we shared a blog with you about the importance of hiring a wedding planner and the benefits that come from having that coordinator available to you in the wedding planning process.  If you are like me, then you were probably like “I need all the help can get!”  You might also be thinking, “I don’t even know where to begin?” At Knots ‘N Such, we always schedule an initial call to begin the process, and today we want to help you out by giving you the top 5 things you can ask a wedding planner at the beginning of the wedding planning process that will ease your mind and help you find the perfect fit in a wedding planner.

bride and groom kiss under ceremony arbor flowers

Little Fin Photography

  • Question 1: What sort of services do you offer (full day coordination, event styling, etc.)?

Every bride is different in what they need for their wedding.  You want to find out at the very beginning what services are offered by your wedding planner and whether those services meet your particular needs.  If you know going in you need both a full day of coordinator and event styler, you want to find out upfront if this is something that is offered from the planner or how they can meet your wedding day needs.

  • Question 2: Can you create a timeline that tells everyone involved in the planning process—other pros, members of the wedding party, to-be-weds and families—what to do and when to do it? 

Timelines are super important to ensure the smooth flow of your wedding day.  The more vendors you have, the more that timeline setup can become a bit complicated.  Talking through that with your wedding planner and seeing her role in that process will help ease your worries, and if offered, take that task off of your plate (especially if your day of timeline is tight due to travel or venue restrictions).

  • Question 3: Will you coordinate arrival and set up of vendors? If so, what does that look like?

Like with the timeline, seeing what your planner offers in terms of coordination with other vendors is important to know up front.  What role do they play in finding those vendors?  What role do they play in contacting those vendors before the wedding day?  This will ensure that communication is open and clear between all parties involved.

  • Question 4: What’s your secret for staying calm under pressure, and how do you handle day-of disasters?

Take it from me, many times weddings may seem easy breezy from the outside, but there are many blocks holding that image together.  Every person handles stress differently and asking this question upfront to your planner will give you insight into how they remain calm and handle the unexpected.  Their calmness hopefully will transfer to you in the wedding planning process and at the time of your big day.

  • Question 5: What will our communication timeline look like up until your wedding?

Finally, it is important to know when and how often you expect to hear from your wedding planner.  These expectations will help keep you on track and hopefully trust in your wedding planner’s process. This will also help you so that you can relax in the time leading up to your wedding and avoid micro-managing the person you have put faith in to create your vision.

Modern Wedding Ceremony at 21C Museum Hotel

Thirteenth Moon Photography

Hopefully talking through these questions will help you find the perfect fit in a wedding planner and make your planning process a bit easier.  Here at Knots ‘N Such, Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist, we would love to help you in both your wedding planning process.  Contact us today!

XOXO,

Amy

Erica and Josh’s Wedding Day, event planned with Knots ‘N Such, Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist

Feature Image by J.P. Lord Photography. Knots ‘N Such, Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist.

Erica and Josh are truly the most precious couple, and I have such wonderful memories of their wedding day! The weather was beautiful, the venue was picturesque, and the vintage touches were perfect. These two lovebirds tied the knot at the historic Merrimon-Wynne House in Downtown Raleigh.  The ceremony was held outdoors on the lawn, with the main house being the cocktail area, and finally guests were ushered into the carriage house for an evening of dining, dancing, and fun activities.  Knots ‘N Such, Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist, enjoyed so much providing both the floral decor, as well as, providing coordination for this joyful couple.  With touches of ivories and shades of blue, it truly was an evening to remember.  We want to thank the following vendors who worked so hard alongside of us to bring this vision to life:

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Merrimon-Wynne House

Catering & Dessert: Durham Catering Company

Photographer: J.P. Lord Photography

Lighting: Vivid Lighting NC

Games Rental: Cornhole Express

Rentals: Party Reflections

Vintage Rentals: Southern Vintage Table Rentals

Please visit our gallery to see more of our favorite images from this stunning wedding, but in the meantime, here is just a snippet of the glorious day!

Bride Wedding Prep

Photography by J.P. Lord Photography

Bridal Portrait

Photography by J.P. Lord Photography

Flower Girls

Photography by J.P. Lord Photography

Bridal Party Serious Pose

Photography by J.P. Lord Photography

Bridal Party Florals

Photography by J.P. Lord Photography

Groom Photo

Photography by J.P. Lord Photography

Groomsmen Serious Portrait

Photography by J.P. Lord Photography

guestbook-table-details

Photography by J.P. Lord Photography

Sweetheart Table Details

Photography by J.P. Lord Photography

Groomsmen Flowers

Photography by J.P. Lord Photography

Ceremony Arbor

Photography by J.P. Lord Photography

Ceremony Photography with Arbor

Photography by J.P. Lord Photography

Recessional At Ceremony

Photography by J.P. Lord Photography

Sweetheart Table Kiss

Photography by J.P. Lord Photography

Like I said, what a fantastic day it was, and so much fun with the wedding party and fun details.  Erica and Josh were an amazing couple to work with, and we are so glad we got to work alongside of them for their beautiful day!

We are happy we can see how happy we make our brides feel.  After the wedding, Erica shared the following review on WeddingWire, “I came to Amy almost in tears because of how overwhelmed I was with wedding planning. I booked her for coordinating and floral design and it was one of the best decisions I made. She immediately put me at ease with her calmness and comforting personality. Amy has a passion for what she does and helped me with so many decisions! She has a lot of experience and any bumps that arose she handled quickly and efficiently. She also did my florals for the decor and bouquets and they were beautiful! I told her the colors and pointed out a few pictures I liked and she created amazing pieces that I was more than happy with. Amy was so great to work with and I felt very taken care of and if you are considering either a coordinator or florist I HIGHLY recommend Amy!”

Congrats again to Erica and Josh; it was a day straight out of a storybook! If you are looking for a wedding planner and/or florist to help you pull off your big day, please do not hesitate to contact us at Knots ‘N Such!

XOXO,

Amy

Metal & Gold Inspired Shoot, an event with Knots ‘N Such, Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist

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

I am so excited to finally share this blog!  This past September I had the opportunity to provide florals for an amazing avant garde inspiration shoot.  I rarely do shoots anymore, but this concept from my friend Jessica was too hard to turn down!

It was really hard for me to choose just a few pictures today, so please take time to check out the full gallery for many more of my favorites from this high fashioned shoot!  Also many thanks to all the vendors that I had the opportunity to work with that day; you guys truly are amazing!

The cherry on top? We were all sooo excited when our targeted wedding blog, ISO:Alt published us! See it here!

Floral and tabletop design: Knots ‘N Such Event Planning & Design

Photography: Nieto Photography

Concept & Calligrapher: The Oblique Pen

Venue: 21c Museum Hotel

Tux: Bernard’s Formal Wear

Cake: Cakes by Chloe

Hair: Wedding Hair by Liz

Makeup: Wink Hair & Makeup

Rentals: American Party Rentals

metal and gold wedding inspiration bridal photo and details

Photography by Chris Nieto/Nieto Photography

metal and gold wedding inspiration bridal bouquet close up

Photography by Chris Nieto/Nieto Photography

metal and gold wedding inspiration bridal florals

Photography by Chris Nieto/Nieto Photography

metal and gold wedding inspiration bridal party widest

Photography by Chris Nieto/Nieto Photography

metal and gold wedding inspiration bridal party profile

Photography by Chris Nieto/Nieto Photography

metal and gold wedding inspiration arm corsage

Photography by Chris Nieto/Nieto Photography

metal and gold wedding inspiration bridal bouquet

Photography by Chris Nieto/Nieto Photography

metal and gold wedding inspiration couple photography

Photography by Chris Nieto/Nieto Photography

metal and gold wedding inspiration groom floral details

Photography by Chris Nieto/Nieto Photography

metal and gold wedding inspiration groom photo

Photography by Chris Nieto/Nieto Photography

metal and gold wedding inspiration groom boutonniere photo

Photography by Chris Nieto/Nieto Photography

metal and gold wedding inspiration tables cape

Photography by Chris Nieto/Nieto Photography

metal and gold wedding inspiration table florals

Photography by Chris Nieto/Nieto Photography

metal and gold wedding inspiration cake photography

Photography by Chris Nieto/Nieto Photography

I hope you enjoyed these photos as much as I do every time I see them.  These are going down in KNS history as a fave project!  If you’re looking for a wedding florist who is not afraid to take some risks, please don’t hesitate to contact me!

XOXO,

Amy

The Importance of Hiring a Wedding Planner, tips from Knots ‘N Such, Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist

Feature Image by Brian Mullins Photography. Knots ‘N Such is a Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist.

You have thought about your big day since you were a little girl.  You had that secret wedding board on Pinterest even before you met your fiancé. Then it comes time to plan and pull your vision together, and you are at a loss for words.  Enter a wedding planner, like Knots ‘N Such.

River Ridge Golf Club Ceremony

Photo by Azul Photography

  • Help Establish a Wedding Vision and Stay on Track

One thing that a wedding planner can do for you is to take your vision and realistically craft a wedding experience that is both fantastic and attainable.  They also are a wealth of creative ideas that maybe you have never thought about or even had on your vision board. They are your advocate for your vision and will stand in the gap to make your day’s dream come true.

  • Help Establish and Stay on a Budget

A few weeks ago on the blog, we talked about bride’s with a budget.  A wedding planner can be very helpful in establishing a realistic budget, broken down by categories.  Then being a voice of reason to stay within the confines of that budget.  Before even hiring a wedding planner, I strongly recommend setting aside the fee for a planner to be the voice of vision and the voice of boundaries.

  • Help Establish and Stay on a Schedule

I think back to my wedding day and the biggest thing that caused me stress was establishing a schedule.  Taking your personal schedule and matching that with the vendors you have hired.  A wedding planner will work with you to establish a schedule and be the coordinator on day-of to manage that schedule, so you do not have to be getting your hair done while trying to communicate with the DJ.

  • Help with Vendors, Contracts

Related to the previous point, a wedding planner will be the liaison between the bride and the vendors/contracts.  This will help in the preparation, day of, and post wedding planning.  A voice that is on your side will be able to pull together all the previous categories: your vision, your budget, your schedule, etc.  Trying to do this on your own can be a harrowing task and lead to being stressed on the day of your wedding. And your vendors will thank you for providing someone to keep the day on time and organized. Everyone works better when they know what to expect and have a plan in place.

  • Help Reduce Stress on Day of Wedding from Updos to Exits and Beyond

Speaking of the day of your wedding, a wedding planner will be able to help reduce that stress and anxiety.  This will allow you to get your hair and makeup done in peace while enjoying this time with your bridal party.  They can coordinate the ceremony and reception, so all you have to worry about is showing up, having a great time, and then exiting by the light of sparklers.  One more thing that a wedding planner can do for you is the post reception coordination (for example, making sure the gifts make it into your parent’s car or that the florist’s vases are saved so you don’t have an extra fee).

Reception Arbor Sweetheart Table

Photo By Photographs by Stephanie

In conclusion, today on the blog, we hope that we gave some helpful, practical tips of the benefits of making the first hire for your wedding day to be that of a wedding planner.  If you are looking for a wedding planner, who could also double as your florist, please contact us at Knots ‘N Such today.  We would love be your advocate that makes your dreams come true!

XOXO,

Amy

 

Jamie and Evan’s Wedding Day, an event with Knots ‘N Such, Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist

Feature Image by J. Parker Photography. Knots ‘N Such, Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist. 

This past year, I was honored to be asked by a fellow wedding vendor to provide her wedding day flowers! This truly is the highest honor a vendor can receive in this industry!  It was a beautiful outdoor ceremony with an indoor reception at The Glenwood Raleigh, one of my favorite venues. (I mean look at the surroundings – it looks like a national park!)  Then to put the cherry on top, the wedding was published in Weddings Magazine, the local go-to wedding resource for modern couples in the Triangle. To say it was a delight is an understatement!

You can see all of our favorite pictures in the gallery on our website, but here is just snippet from that gorgeous day! Hello lush blush yumminess! We used ranunculus, roses, silver dollar eucalyptus, dusty miller, and jasmine vine to name a few! But seriously, Jamie is so gorgeous, she could make anything look amazing!

Photography by J Parker Photography

Photography by J Parker Photography

Photography by J Parker Photography

Photography by J Parker Photography

Photography by J Parker Photography

Photography by J Parker Photography

Photography by J Parker Photography

What a privilege it was to provide the flowers for this amazing couple. We would love to help you with flowers for your wedding or upcoming event.  Please contact Knots ‘N Such, Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist, today, so we can begin planning your vision!

XOXO,

Amy

History of Marriage Ceremony, tips from Knots ‘N Such, Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist

Feature Image by Jamie Blow Photography. Knots ‘N Such is a Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist.

Ceremony Arbor Floral and Lace

Photo By Photographs by Stephanie

Today, we’re sharing a guest blog from our friends at Charleston Carriage Works. It’s full of fun facts that will make you smile!

THE WEIRD HISTORY OF THE MARRIAGE CEREMONY AND MAKING IT YOUR OWN

Strap in, this is going to get a little weird. Marriage. As old as the institution of marriage is, it hasn’t changed much in the millennia it’s been practiced. Especially in recent history, we’ve seen tired repetitions of the same handful of wedding motifs. What was once a cause for great celebration is planned, timed, and pragmatically coded to follow the same pattern.

As a matter of fact, weddings as we have them today are attached to some pretty strange, often unsavory historical practices. We’re going to sift through history, traditions, origins, and ways to break the mould and make your wedding something that’s better than routines based on ancient procedures. Marriage is so much more than doing things the same way, it’s about making your journey with your partner something uniquely about the two of you.

Get ready to step into the time machine as we look into the past to explore some of the historical origins of marriage that are still practiced today. Knowing a little history will take you a long way when you’re stumped thinking of ways to make your special day more than a mere cookie cutter duplicate of hundreds of thousands of other couples’ special days.

A LITTLE BIT OF CONTEXT

Marriage is such a broad topic, it’s not possible to cover every single aspect of it. It’s barely possible to trace its origins entirely at all, because cultures spanning the world have iterations of marriage or the union of two (or more) beings laced throughout their mythologies, legends, and folklore. The traditional wedding ceremony practiced in the United States has certain elements that do have a traceable past and many of them are repeated today, remixed to fit modern society. It’s helpful to know a little bit about where your ceremony comes from. Some of it is cute, some of it’s strange, and some aspects are particularly barbaric; any way you cut it, the history of marriage is littered with truth, embellishment, and some things that’ll leave you scratching your head wondering why human beings are so weird. Let’s dive in.

ONCE UPON A TIME, IT WASN’T REALLY HER DAY

We’ve seen television footage of, and probably some real life experiences with, bridezillas. Those monstrous wives-to-be who freak out and obsess over every detail no matter how minute, stereotypically shouting something along the lines of “it’s my day!” You know the ones. And grooms aren’t exempt from being monstrous, but this applies specifically to women as we look back, because men are monstrous in an entirely different way.

A long time ago, marriage was anything but the bride’s day. It began as a financial transaction solidified in a social exchange called marriage. Wedding guests bore witness to the exchange, making the contract legitimate. Suitors would first come to a young woman’s father and offer gifts to him in exchange for his daughter’s hand in marriage. They’d basically pay for a wife-to-be and if the father found the price is right, she’s now belongs to the suitor. It’s a little more complex than that, but that’s the basic gist of the marriage exchange.

Fathers of families in lower social standings would often do this to raise their own financial status, boost their social standing, and/or combine families with a wealthier house. The point is, the girls to be married generally had little or no say in the matter. Today, when you see a father walking his baby girl down the aisle to marry the dapper looking guy at the other end, it’ll be adorable to see as there isn’t a dry eye in the place. However, it began as a father literally selling her.

THE WEDDING PARTY WASN’T ALL SHOPPING AND SPEECHES

Wedding parties are incredibly important to brides and grooms alike. They’re close friends, family, and foundational support during the process of wedding planning. Matching dresses, flowers, bachelor/bachelorette parties, showers, gifts, ring holding, the list goes on. Originally, these parties held entirely different roles than being a supportive group that makes heartfelt speeches through misty eyes. It was once a much more dangerous task than enduring bride-and-groom-zillas.

GROOMSMEN:

Continuing the theme of a marriage not being about the will of the girl involved, there are a couple accounts of the purpose of groomsmen and both of them involve sword fighting:

  • The more barbaric account is of the groom and his squad of groomsmen kidnapping a girl from her village/family and the groomsmen would be responsible for fighting off her defenders whilst the groom-to-be would carry her off.
  • The less barbaric account is that when a girl was given to her husband-to-be, his groomsmen would be responsible for the bodily protection of the groom. You know, just in case angry fathers tried something heinous or jealous suitors who were turned down felt like hacking at the lucky groom. The groomsmen would stand in the way and fight for the groom if it was needed.

In both cases, the groomsmen were responsible for protecting the groom. The best man was generally the best swordsman, greatest warrior, or something of that ilk. Because who wants their best man to be a mediocre swordsman, right?

Speaking of swords, traditionally the standing arrangement of bride-on-the-left and groom-on-the-right was for sword wielding purposes. Now, it’s little more than a few words included in the marriage rite when the guests are asked if anyone objects to speak now or forever hold their peace. A long time ago, objections were common and a lot more violent. If someone were to object violently, the groom had to have their right hand free (because apparently no one was left handed) to sweep a sword in defense of their bride whilst pushing the distressed damsel away from danger with their left. Our only question is, where’s the best man in all of this? Isn’t this his job?

BRIDAL PARTIES:

Because ladies are inherently queens and marriage was stacked against them, bridal parties were selfless on an entirely different level. While groomsmen were busy defending the groom, the ladies stuck together. The bridal party dressed to match the bride for a couple reasons:

  • It was a common belief that evil spirits weren’t a fan of marriage and would try to attack bride and groom. If both bridesmaids and groomsmen were dressed as each other, they could more easily fool the malevolent spirits who would attack one of the decoys.
  • Much more realistically, those men who were turned away by the bride-to-be (or, more often than not, her father) would less often attack the groom–because of his band of sword wielding ruffian bros–and more often attempt to kidnap the bride. The same dressing came as a way to confuse the kidnapper, so one of the others would be taken and the bride would not be. Talk about sisterly love.

CROSSING THE THRESHOLD:

We’re going to hear a bunch about evil spirits when talking about archaic superstitions around marriage, but the groom carrying his bride across the threshold carries a few connotations:

  • The bride was supposed to display that she wasn’t excited to be leaving the safety of her father’s home, so she would be dragged across the threshold symbolically (though often this was anything but symbolic).
  • Those pesky evil spirits would still be trying to sabotage the married couple, so in a final attempt it was believed they would wait at the floor of the entrance to the home and attempt to get to the bride through her feet. Therefore, her husband would carry her in. What happened to the groom’s soul? We’re not sure.
  • Finally, in remembrance of those kidnapped brides and bridesmaids who were carried off against their will, this would be used as a nod in memory and honor of their sacrifices (recent or historic) for the safety of the new bride.

YOU CAN THANK THE QUEEN FOR THE WHITE DRESS…

The white dress wasn’t a thing until Queen Victoria. Before that, brides would try and boost their visible financial status by adorning themselves in the most expensive things they owned. They’d stack on layers upon layer of their highest valued clothing, jewels, furs, any potentially wearable valuables that made them appear wealthy. Remember that marriage was treated as a transaction, so brides (read: fathers of brides) would be made to seemwealthier than they might have actually been. Nothing like starting off marriage with a little deception, eh? Then in 1840, Queen Victoria got married and wore a spectacular white gown. People far and wide went nuts for it, and here we are now, having television dedicated specifically to saying yes to the dress.

…AND THE POPE FOR THE ENGAGEMENT RING

The engagement ring is an ancient Roman custom in which women wore rings with small keys attached that signified their betrothal. However, it’s unclear that this only applied to marriage because some cases inferred friendship or general caring. Think of it like a friendship ring or a best friends bauble that could bear romantic or platonic significance.

But in the 13th century, Pope Innocent III widely declared that there be a waiting period between betrothal and marriage. During this period, the betrothed couple would wear rings to signify their commitment to each other. Given the power of the Catholic church, this idea stuck, and shortly after that, so did the mandate that wedding ceremonies be conducted in a church by the appropriate religious figures. That engrained notion to judge certain engagements as “too brief” comes right from the Pope.

Why diamonds, now? They seriously don’t have to be diamonds, but we’re easily stuck in our ways and follow the example of old royalty, mimicking their moves. In 1477, Austrian Archduke Maximilian had a ring made for Mary of Burgundy, into which he had set small diamonds in the shape of an “M”. Diamond engagement rings and monogramming all hit the scene at the same time, thanks to Archduke Max. Less cute is the fact that the wealth needed to make this happen made diamond engagement rings something that was reserved for royalty and aristocracy for hundreds of years until, eventually, diamonds became more accessible.

DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT

What are some tweaks you can make to your wedding that’ll change things without jarring the foundations of the earth and scaring guests away? That depends on your level of attitude, but we’ve got some modern suggestions that are certainly different from what most people are used to.

GENDER ROLES, SCHMENDER ROLES:

Pulling apart the patriarchal construct that marriage used to be, wedding parties 100% don’t have to be gender separated. Bridesmaids and groomsmen can be easily switched to bridespeople and groomspeople. Play with punny names and display your friendship outside the ancient confines of gender restrictive social behavior, it’s 2018!

BE YOUR OWN QUEEN:

Ladies, now let’s get in formation. Queen Victoria might’ve made the white wedding dress a thing, but you’re not her, you’re your own queen. The guys have been wearing pretty much anything to their weddings for a long time now, it’s your turn and you have more style options. Rock something different than the white dress millions of people are looking at. Say yes to whatever makes you shine, that aisle is your runway.

Take a page from the Vikings. Neither bride or groom in ancient Viking weddings wore any clothing of particular importance, but the bride paid close attention to making their hair look magnificent, as well as having an elaborate crown. Similarly, the men didn’t focus on suiting up, but bore an ornamented sword, axe, or hammer to the ceremony to honor Thor. Look into your own family history and see if there are elements you can add as a gesture to your own heritage while reaching beyond traditional wedding practices.

OFFICIANT:

You don’t need a priest, judge, or any sort of legal or religious authority to perform a wedding. Legally, you’ll need to have the proper paperwork done (obviously), but this can be done in an office. The ceremony itself is about having someone speak to the couple being married, someone who knows them and can speak deeper than any officiant reading out of a book. Have a friend, family member, or anyone close to you both lead the ceremony. The signatures and legal formality can be dealt with either beforehand or afterward. Make your ceremony personally relevant.

DO IT BACKWARDS:

A newish version of eloping is coming into play as a clever move for couples who don’t want all the fanfare and expenses of the traditional wedding. Some have planned a “wedding” date as a time they are married legally in a very small ceremony, leaving immediately for a honeymoon. Upon their return, they celebrate a reception with an intimate group of people, keeping the whole thing as tightly knit as possible.

Those are small examples of how you can take a pre existing structure and add some personality. In reality, the amount and style in which you seek to make your ceremony unforgettable depends on the you, your spouse-to-be, and the guests attending your wedding; don’t be afraid to try new things as you embark toward your new life.

REMEMBER TRADITIONS, INFLUENCE MEANINGFUL CHANGE

Now that you know some of the weirdness surrounding a ceremony that’s been contrived for thousands of years, what can you do to change things up? You’ve likely been to numerous weddings that are a song-and-dance you can recite backwards and forwards. What makes people so apprehensive to break tradition and make their wedding day something that people won’t want to fall asleep to?

The answer in changing the wedding game such that it fits your desires and sprinkles in much needed originality lies within the hearts of the lovebirds tying the knot. This day is for both of you, don’t worry yourselves over what people think of your ceremonial decisions. In a way, the most evil spirits that attack brides, grooms, and wedding planning are those of people who forget that it’s not their place to control a marriage that isn’t their own.

Remembering traditions is important to tracing where we came from and how we do things. Most importantly, what to hold on to and what to let go. The idea of marriage is wonderful, the way humans go about it can be admittedly less than wonderful. While we’re not stealing brides and having sword fights in churches, is there much difference in the way weddings now are often more about spectacle and commercialization than the celebration of love between two people?

Making your wedding day special requires planning and a thorough understanding of the mutuality of love to make the day as long lasting as the love you’re both professing. How you make your wedding unique lies completely in this. When tempted to think it’s your day (either of you), remember that it’s not. There are two of you and you’re celebrating both of you. This shouldn’t detract from the details and what you’re aiming for in the celebration, because, face it, who doesn’t also love a well-thrown party? We know we sure do.

Now that you’ve shaken your head at the preposterous past of some of the ceremonial marriage practices perpetuated today, it’s time for you shake things up a bit. There might not be evil spirits attacking you as you’re preparing to get married, but there’s an undeniable funk that can surround wedding planning. Chase them away from your day and plan something that reflects the charisma, quality, and journey of the love between you and your spouse-to-be. One thing is certain: as old as marriage is, love is older and it’s stronger.

Egyptian Wedding Ceremony Flowers in NC

Photography by Brian Mullins Photography

I know today’s blog was a bit longer but I thought it was some great material when it comes to wedding planning.  If you are ready to plan your wedding your own, contact us today at Knots ‘N Such, Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist.

XOXO,

Amy

Allison and Andy’s Wedding Day, Event with Knots ‘N Such, Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist

Feature Image by Jaime Blow Photography. Knots ‘N Such, Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist.

Today, now that it is beginning to feel more spring like, I want to share with you a beautiful wedding that I got to be a part of last June. Allison and Andy had a beautiful day and the flowers are still some of my favorites.  Their venue was the industrial and charming The Rickhouse in Durham, NC.  Here’s the lineup for the vendor dream team:

Now enjoy some of my favorite pictures of their coral, blush, and mint wedding! We used coral charm peonies, mint foliage, freesia and quicksand roses, just to name a few. Love!

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Photography by Jaime Blow Photography

Photography by Jaime Blow Photography

Photography by Jaime Blow Photography

Photography by Jaime Blow Photography

Photography by Jaime Blow Photography

Photography by Jaime Blow Photography

Photography by Jaime Blow Photography

Photography by Jaime Blow Photography

Photography by Jaime Blow Photography

Photography by Jaime Blow Photography

Photography by Jaime Blow Photography

Photography by Jaime Blow Photography

Photography by Jaime Blow Photography

Photography by Jaime Blow Photography

Photography by Jaime Blow Photography

Photography by Jaime Blow Photography

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I know photos cannot capture the complete beauty of the day, but when I think back to this wedding, the flowers, the couple, the atmosphere: it just makes me swoon.  Thanks to Allison and Andy for letting Knots ‘N Such, a Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist, be a part of your special day. Contact us today if we can help you with planning and flowers at your wedding!

XOXO,

Amy

Team Flower Workshop, Knots ‘N Such, Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist

Feature Image by Heather Payne Photography.  Knots ‘N Such, Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist.

Last year, I had the opportunity to attend a Team Flower workshop in Boone, NC.  Kelley treated us to luxurious accommodation in a mountain-top cabin.  Designers from all over the southeast attended and what a pleasure it was to have such amazing support.  The first day we had an in-depth discussion of business practices, workflows, and pricing strategies.  The second and third day was spent doing hands-on design.  The beautiful blooms were provided by many local farms, including a fellow Chapel Designer and Team Flower member, Susan Wright of Shady Grove Gardens.  On the last day, Heather Payne Photography attended to take professional images of our work.  Shout out to Kelly from Team Flower who showered us with beautiful gifts, food, and education.  It was truly a delight, and I’m excited to share with you some of the images of my work done there.

Photography by Heather Payne Photo

Photography by Heather Payne Photo

Photography by Heather Payne Photo

Photography by Heather Payne Photo

Photography by Heather Payne Photo

Photography by Heather Payne Photo

Photography by Heather Payne Photo

Photography by Heather Payne Photo

 

I would love to share with you the awesome things I learned from this event.  If you are looking for floral design for your wedding, corporate event, or a weekly floral subscription, please contact Knots ‘N Such today! Thanks Team Flower for such a fantastic event and for reigniting my passion!

XOXO,

Amy

Alternative Wedding Bouquets, tips from Knots ‘N Such, Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist

Feature Image by Casey Rose Photography, Knots ‘N Such, Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist

I love bridal bouquets.  Not just because I am a florist.  I love them because I feel like as a wedding florist I have the opportunity to capture the bride and her personality in floral form.  It is a joy.  Lately, here at Knots ‘N Such, Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist, I have been studying and examining alternative wedding bouquets for those brides that want to try something a little bit different.  Here are my top 5 favorite alternatives that I love (click on the links in the title to go to a Pinterest search to get a picture of the options):

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  1. Hoops
    • Check out last week’s blog to see our love of this new trend the hoop.  This take on the bouquet can be beautiful, earthy, and easy to carry.  It can incorporate your favorite florals and greenery, as well as, being an eye catching element to your big day.
  2. Wrist Corsages
    • Corsages have been around for awhile.  Usually you might see them on your grandmother or mother.  However, a trend that allows brides and bridesmaids to have their hands free on the Wedding Day is incorporating the corsage as the bridal party bouquets.
  3. Lanterns
    • Another interesting take on the wedding bouquet is the use of lanterns.  I have personally used lanterns in wedding decor on many occasions.  But, a new twist is brides carrying lanterns with floral designs attached.  It is a whimsical look that is still elegant and beautiful.  It can also be versatile – repurposed as decoration for the reception.
  4. Natural Elements
    • Wheat, Pinecones, Succulents, Gumballs, Airplants.  The list can go on and on for a natural and earthy take on the bouquet.  You might look at what elements are in season and tailor your bouquet to match.  Or maybe you grew up on the plains of Texas and would love to weave cotton in to your bouquet.  Really the options are endless and can make for a unique take on the bouquet.
  5. Brooch Bouquets
    • The final bouquet I would like to highlight today has been around for awhile.  Taking beautiful brooches and incorporating them into the bouquet design can be a definite way to catch the guests’ eye but also display a bit of your vintage personality as well.  This bouquet can also show a bit of family history, maybe a nod to a grandmother who wasn’t there that day.
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Like I said, I love bouquets, and I love capturing the essence of the bride – something that will highlight her beauty and showcase her personality.  If you’re interested in talking about alternative bouquets and unique avenues to incorporate into your big day, Knots ‘N Such, Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist is here for you.  Contact us today!

XOXO,

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.

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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