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Should you hire a wedding planner?

Perfect man? Check. Ring? Check. Congratulations on this exciting time in your life! Now onto the business and necessary planning at hand—are you hiring a wedding planner for your big day?

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Your wedding is easily one of the most important events in your life and you have every right to hold it to the highest standards. In order to achieve the perfection you desire, hiring a wedding planner might just be one of your most vital decisions.

Wedding planners are there for a reason—they’re the experts and can help ensure everything runs smoothly (which means less stress for you)! There are so many aspects to putting together a wedding, and you don’t want to have to tackle it alone. Wedding planners know the ropes and can help guide you through the process.

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Have budget concerns? Wedding planners can help make sure you’re making monetary decisions within your price range. Not sure which companies to contact? Wedding planners know the industry and can recommend suppliers and vendors who they trust and know will be a great fit for your wedding theme.

Furthermore, have you researched wedding checklists? The pages and pages can be daunting. Save yourself the inevitable anxiety and let a wedding planner keep track of your deadlines and to-do lists. Best of all, it’s customized for you!

Bottom line, you’re busy. Manage the time and stress that accompanies wedding planning by hiring a professional to be by your side and help you keep track of every step. Share your vision with her and she’ll bring it to life.

Think of your wedding planner as your fairy godmother—she has the wisdom, the plan and the magic to turn your dreams into a reality. Click here to browse a list of some of the best wedding planners in Atlanta!

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Get to Know the Pros: Andre Brown

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How long have you been working in the wedding industry? 3 years

Where are you originally from? South Carolina

Married or single? Children? Pets? Single, No kids and a Dog

If you were not working in the wedding industry, you would be…? Working in the music business. I’ve worked in the music business for many years which is how I picked up photography.

What do you like to do when you’re not working? I spend a lot of time with my family. I also do a lot of reading and I enjoy movies

Favorite place in Atlanta for dinner? Pearl on Peters St

Biggest pet peeve? Being Late

Favorite Pandora station? Wedding songs and Kevin Hart

What song do you never want to hear again at a wedding? The Cha Cha Slide and Cupid Shuffle

Favorite wedding trend? The First Look

Favorite first dance song? Marry Me by Train

Favorite wedding cake flavor? Red Velvet

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Visit Andre Brown Photography’s online profile here.



Meet Our October Bride of the Month

Meet Karen – our October Bride of the Month! She and her fiancé, Isaac, are getting married in April 2016 at Waterfall Club in Clayton, GA!


How did he propose? My fiancé told me that his mom had arranged for us to take a helicopter ride around Atlanta for his July 23rd birthday….I thought it was a little suspicious, but he and the pilot played it off so well that I believed the story. We circled Stone Mountain and then the pilot told us that we would fly toward PDK and then into Buckhead. I told the pilot that my house was close to the airport. She said to look for landmarks and we will fly over your house. When we found the house there was a huge sign in the driveway that said “Karen Will You Marry Me?” Our parents and a few friends were standing by the sign waving up at us. Needless to say, I was floored and when I turned to look at Isaac, he had the ring out and proposed.

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Our plan was to get married in June, but when we visited the Waterfall Club in Clayton, GA we knew we had to get married there! We decided to move our date to April 30th, because it was the only spring date available.

What has been the most fun and the most difficult part of the wedding planning process? Planning has been a whirlwind but the best surprise is when my mom and I walked into the Bridal Extravaganza and the first stop we made was at the Pop-Up Bridal Shop. I picked up a dress from Grace Bridal Atelier, tried it on and bought it on the spot! Dress…..check! Fortunately, we got to meet Joel Rabe from Lethal Rhythms and have booked his company for the entertainment and video. WOW – what a day!

Now it’s on to finding the right invites….it is proving to be more challenging than I anticipated.

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Congratulations Karen & Isaac! We can’t wait to see the wedding photos! 



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3 Tips for Selecting Your Wedding Cake

Going to a wedding cake tasting is arguably the most fun you are going to have in the whole wedding planning process. But tastings aren’t just an excuse to gorge on moist, rich cake and buttercream confections, they serve a very important purpose… deciding both the flavor and look of your wedding cake.
We talked to Mark Brickman, owner of Baker’s Man Inc., for his tips on selecting your wedding cake and hot trends in cake designs. 
Tip #1 If having a large wedding, don’t hesitate to make part or all of your wedding cake for visual purposes using decorated Styrofoam. Then have your caterer cut and serve the cake from the back of the house. This will speed up service so all your guests can enjoy eating the cake at the same time. It will also enable you to have your wedding cake out on display longer.
Tip #2 If you like more then one flavor and they compliment one another, mix them together to create a unique slice of dessert. This way all your guests get the same slice.  Our wedding cake tiers consist of three layers of cake and two layers of filling. 
Tip #3 When meeting with your cake designer, bring pictures so you can show what you like. It makes it easier to create your custom wedding cake. 
So far the hottest trends we have discovered are height, metallic colors and textures. 
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What I call the mega tiers are becoming very popular for a way to achieve the WOW factor with height.  Standard tier heights are 4 inches. We have been creating many 6 and 8 inch thick tier designs. Also mixing the thickness of the tiers is very popular. 
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Textures are also huge from the hand punched out sequins to large grain sugar crystals, and layered ruffle patterns.  Using metallic colors on the cake tiers is also become very popular especially gold.
Bakers Man, Inc. is located at 1025 Nine N Dr, Alpharetta, GA 30004. (770) 664-9669
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Award Winners at the Bridal Extravaganza | August 2015

Atlanta’s best wedding professionals pulled out all the stops at the Bridal Extravaganza of Atlanta to show brides their talent and creativity. We asked our brides to pick their favorites from all of the decoration inspiration and creative designs. Here are the award winners from the August 2015 bridal show:

Best Design Gallery: Legendary Events, Collection Event Rentals, The Magnum Companies and Sheer Drapery by Geri Sims 

Best Booth: Legacy Restaurant Partners, EventScapes Atlanta, Glenn Hotel, Ventanas Atlanta and Hilton Garden Inn Atlanta Downtown

Bride’s Choice: Pretty Tulips Weddings & Events

Spirit Award: Grace Bridal AtelierGrace Bridal Collage

Congratulations to the award winners and all of the Bridal Extravaganza of Atlanta exhibitors for a fabulous show! See you in January 2016! 

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Meet our September Bride of the Month

Meet Angelle – our Bride of the Month! She and her fiancé, Jonathon, are getting married in July 2016 at Summerour Studio in Atlanta! 

Bride of the Month Angelle

How did he propose? In every relationship there is a balance and if  I am the goofy one, he is definitely the more serious, sweet and thoughtful one which is evident in our proposal. He proposed on August 1st  at my parents house with both of our families there.  In hindsight, I should have caught on to what was going on but he did a great job of tricking me into thinking this was just another family gathering to celebrate his mother being in town. Continue reading

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Vendor Spotlight: Magnum Companies

An award-winning industry leader for 35 years, MAGNUM serves both regional and national clients providing exceptional attention to detail, an experienced and educated team of professionals, and an unwavering dedication to customer care.

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Emphasizing the principles of integrity, passion and detail, we strive to exceed every client’s expectations. Each project is personal for us, which is why we stock top-of-the-line equipment and offer unmatched service. Our consistent focus on providing the best products and service for Atlanta events and production companies has allowed us to build a staff of experts and work with industry-leading manufacturers. Continue reading

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Vendor Spotlight: Lemiga Events

At Lemiga Events, our love for design and intricate details is what defines our signature event style. We sit down in our studio to discuss your wedding vision, you flip through our albums to look at our past weddings, and we answer all your questions about our services. Then you receive a custom proposal to fit your wedding needs.

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We accept a limited number of weddings so that our clients may receive personal attention as they are guided through the planning process. We create custom proposals to meet the needs of each client. Final pricing will be determined by the services you are interested in, level of involvement you would like from our team, as well as the size and complexity of your event. Continue reading

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Vendor Spotlight: Rooms in Bloom

Rooms in Bloom is a premier floral design company based in Atlanta. Our unique and dedicated approach to the art of decorating enables us to design with our clients an unforgettable event by selecting a theme, setting the mood and transforming any given space through the use of beautiful flowers, exquisite linens, dramatic lighting, and individualized table settings and more.

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Rooms in Bloom at the February 2014 Bridal Extravaganza of Atlanta

The final result is a singular environment derived from multiple inspirations and enthrall the senses, making for an unforgettable awe-inspiring event. Continue reading

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Vendor Spotlight: I Do Linens

I Do Linens is known for our unique fabrics and an astounding reputation for making sure our clients are pleased with our perfectly pressed linens and our attention to detail. We do offer full service installation, which includes a full steaming of each linen to ensure a flawless event. We offer nationwide and international shipping with full installation services in select areas.

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In addition, we also create event graphics which are perfect for adding color and your own personal touch to your special occasion. These can be applied to dance floors, windows, chair backs, and chargers. We look forward to working with you to create your own personal styled event. Continue reading