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White Friday Sales

Here in wedding world, we like to think of Black Friday as White Friday! We rounded up all the local deals, promos and sales this weekend so you can find your dream dress and vendors at dream prices!

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Bridal Extravaganza of Atlanta

We are offering $5 off tickets to the January show with coupon code WHITEFRIDAY 

Wedding Angels Bridal Boutique

15% off special order bridal gowns and free veil (restrictions apply; some designers excluded)

Anya Bridal

10% off Allure & Mori Lee styles, 20-40% off Anya Bridal Collection and over 250 bridal gowns at $249 and under

Nov. 27 10 am-7 pm (sale continues through Nov. 30)

EuroAndy Events

$250 off any event held Dec. 1 through March 31, 2016

George Street Photo & Video

It’s the biggest sale of the year! $500 off Photo & Video Suite Package OR $250 off Premier Package

Nov. 27-29

Grits Bits

5% off orders of $75 or more at for Black Friday and Cyber Monday with coupon code cyberdeal

MagnetStreet Weddings


Take 33% off your entire order of Wedding Stationery. This sale is valid for any products in Weddings department, from Save the Dates and Invitations to Programs and Thank You Cards. To receive your savings, enter code WONDERFUL33 in your shopping cart prior to checkout. Not valid with other offers or toward past orders.

Now through Nov. 30

Peerless Weddings

$200 off of any wedding film package booked ON black Friday OR Cyber Monday. Available both days to connect with brides and lock down your date for 2016 and 2017!

Perfect Wedding Cake

20% off the price of your wedding cake if you book with a 50% retainer by Dec 31. Must mention White Friday special. Offer only valid on cake (excludes tax, delivery, groom’s cake, plateau, etc.)

Unique2Chic Photography

$350 off Lux, $250 off Love or $150 off Lush packages (Book by Dec. 1)

Don’t miss out on these great deals and be sure to follow us on Facebook for updates on the latest promos! 


Wedding Video…A Must or a Maybe?

One of the top regrets brides have after their wedding is not hiring a professional videographer. Don’t let this happen to you! Trust us, your wedding day will fly by and you’ll be thankful someone caught it all on film so you can relive the best moments. In fact, we talked to Jonathan Nye from Evolution Video to get all the details on capturing your special day in video and what makes it a must-have keepsake: 


  1. Video captures not only the emotions and details of the day, but it also captures audio, which you cannot get from a photo.
  2. If you don’t have a video, then you will not be able to re-live those special moments, like hearing your vows said to one another, listening to the music during your father daughter dance or hearing a toast by one of your bridesmaids.
  3. Allowing enough money in your budget for a video should be a priority of yours. Think of it like this: would you want to go to a movie theater and sit back and watch still photos go by?Or would you want to see and hear moving video with audio that tells a story of your wedding day…


Kerri Stegherr of Toast Events explains, “Just like a song or photograph, cinematography can transport you back in time. We have never had a bride regret her decision on hiring a videographer.” 



Having a wedding video essentially allows you to make your own personal movie! This way you can relive the best moments in audio and visual form, share it with all your family and friends and pass it down for generations to come! 

At Evolution Video, Jonathan and his talented staff focus on documenting weddings in an organic, artful and cinematic way. Based right outside of Atlanta, Georgia, he has captured the true emotions of his brides and families on their wedding day since 2003. Jonathan’s attention to detail and cheerful personality makes him one of the most sought after cinematographers in the southeast.

Meet Jonathan of Evolution Video from Be A Bride on Vimeo.


Wedding Planning: Advice for Newly Engaged Couples

Our guest blogger, Janice Blackmon, of Janice Blackmon Events, offers up her expertise in wedding planning and your first steps as a newly engaged couple. 


The biggest piece of advice that I can give to newly engaged couples would be to hire a planner FIRST!  Many couples get so excited after becoming engaged that they start their “planning” in a scattered manner.  In most cases, they haven’t even discussed their budget – but just start contacting vendors and venues and make what can be considered a rash and often unfortunate decision.  Hiring a professional planner first can save the couple time, stress and in many cases money that they would not be able to save on their own. 

As a professional planner, I assist my clients with the logical order of planning that walks them through the process, making certain that all of the details are handled in a timely manner.  Establishing a realistic budget is extremely important so that attention can be given to aligning with vendors that will be able to fulfill the vision while maintaining the budget.  A planner has the knowledge of industry professionals that offer the products and services desired, potentially at a cost savings.  Couples may think that they can negotiate contracts themselves, but in reality, since they are planning ONE event, vendors may not be inclined to offer a discount, whereas, a planner has the ability to refer additional clients to the vendor which corresponds to their willingness to negotiate their rate. 


I often hear of couples that decide they want to hire a “day-of” or at most a “month-of” planner.  While it’s true that there are “planners” out there that offer those type of services, the truth is that in general, they are new, less experienced planners that are trying to get into the industry.  It is impossible to fully carry out the plans and vision of a couple without having a great deal of information – so to think that someone could step in on the day-of the wedding and effectively produce the wedding flawlessly is setting themselves up for a huge disappointment. Experienced, professional planners have resources to handle issues that might arise during the wedding that could otherwise ruin the couple’s day.


Every couple has many choices and decisions to make to plan their wedding.  We strive to assist our clients with unparalleled service providing innovative concepts, creative design and flawless production of the wedding.  We work in such a way that allows the couple to reduce their stress as well as ensuring that the appropriate vendors are aligned to fulfill the vision {and budget}, resulting in a one of a kind celebration that the couple and their guests will remember for years to come!

Janice Blackmon Events offers a variety of packages that allow clients to select the level of assistance that they desire, from a basic package to a complete full-service package. Click here for more information.

Atlanta's Best Engagement Shoot Locations

Favorite Engagement Photo Shoot Locations in Atlanta

Ready to take your engagement photos? We asked local photographers some of their favorite locations in Atlanta for creating unique engagement sessions. Get inspired by checking out these great ideas from Unique2Chic, Liz Erikson and Peter Togel Photography! 

Location: Atlantic Station

Photographer: Unique2Chic Photography 

Couple: Danielle & Anthony




Location: private fields/lakes

“I try not to use public places as often as possible because they seem to get overused and become way too recognizable.”

Photographer: Liz Erikson

Couple: Cayla & Ben


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Location: Georgian Terrace

Photographer: Peter Togel

Couple: Felycia & Mark



Location: Piedmont Park

Photographer: Peter Togel

Couple: Alicia & Mike


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Hiring Great Entertainment for Your Wedding Day


It’s more than just choosing the right music! So many factors are involved in the planning of your wedding, but you simply can’t overlook the importance of taking the time to find the proper entertainment fit for your reception. We talked to Dahlena Stapp from EuroAndy Events in Atlanta to get the lowdown on the significant role your wedding DJ plays in the success of your special day:

  1. Your DJ is the one person that can get everyone’s attention for anything that takes place, from the cake cutting to the first dance. A seamless transition from one part of the wedding to the next will keep the flow of the evening going just right.
  2. Several other wedding vendors have to count on the DJ for their product to turn out successful as well. Without great entertainment, you may miss out on great photos or video of your guests enjoying themselves at your wedding. Without great entertainment, guests may leave early and not get a chance to taste the delicious wedding cake or take the time to step into a photo booth.entertainment6
  3. The DJ keeps everything flowing to make the event perfect, such as informing guests when food is being served or when the bouquet and garter tosses are taking place.entertainment3

The role of a good DJ goes beyond just picking the right tunes! They help with transitions, announcements and ensuring everyone’s having a great time and staying on the dance floor. Click here to check out all the service offerings from EuroAndy Events!



Real Wedding Feature- Staci & Robert

Congratulations Staci and Robert! They were married on September 25, 2015 at Villa Christina in Atlanta.



How did he propose? Robert proposed to me in front of 50 of our closest family and friends in the backyard of our brand new home. What I thought was a house warming/ birthday party for me actually turned into our proposal night. I had no idea it was coming or that he was going to ask!


What was your wedding decor like? We kept with the Tuscany feel of the venue, using dark purple, grey and a touch of burnt orange for the fall time. I had dreamed about getting married at this venue since I was a little girl.


What was the hardest part of your wedding planning? I think the hardest part was having to decide on the guest list and not being able to invite everyone I wished could be there. Another hard part was just trying to stay on budget and making sure we did not go overboard.


Favorite memories from your wedding? Getting to celebrate with our family and friends. It was the first time in over 20 years that my South Georgia family got to be with my Canadian family, and that was extremely special. Walking down the aisle and seeing Robert for the first time took my breath away, and that is a moment I will never forget.


Your Vendors

Wedding Coordinator, DJ and Video: EEP Events

Wedding Photography: Simply Morgan Photography

Flowers: Brette Start Floral & Event Design

Wedding cupcakes: Villa Christina


Unique Cake Ideas

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Unique Cake Ideas

Looking for a unique wedding cake idea? Your cake should reflect your personal style and theme; it doesn’t have to be traditional! Ramona from Perfect Wedding Cake shows us some new trends and how your cake can stand out from the rest:

1. Lettering/quotes


Personalize your cake with your names or a favorite quote or song lyric that is meaningful to you and your spouse!

2. Petite


Everything’s cuter in mini form! For a smaller wedding, a petite cake is the perfect option for you and your guests.

3. Long and lean


They don’t say “go big or go home” for nothing. In contrast to the petite style, a towering cake certainly makes a statement at your reception.

4. Cupcakes


Cupcakes have been all the rage for awhile now, and there’s no sign of them slowing down. This way, you can have multiple flavors and guests can choose their favorites!

5. Variety of desserts


If cake isn’t your favorite dessert, don’t feel like you have to serve it! It’s your day; there are no rules! A dessert bar gives you the opportunity to have a variety of your favorite sweets- from cookies and candies to even donuts. 

6. Part of the decor


Make your cake a centerpiece with a unique cake stand or touches of decoration that match the rest of your floral arrangements and table designs.

7. Go naked


One of the most unique trends is the idea of a “naked” wedding cake. In other words, the cake layers are exposed with minimal frosting. This trend is great for brides who don’t like a lot of icing or who are looking for that something different!

Ramona Oskirka of Perfect Wedding Cake is one of Atlanta’s most talented Wedding cake artists. Her passion for her business and creativity is what makes Perfect Wedding Cake the perfect choice for your wedding! Learn how she started in the business and great tips for selecting your cake and staying on budget! 


Meet Our November Bride of the Month

Meet Taylor – our November Bride of the Month! She and her fiancé, Nick, are getting married in April 2016 at Flint Hill in Norcross, Georgia! 


How did he propose? In May, we traveled to San Francisco as a birthday gift for me. We went to the Castello de Amorosa, which means Castle of Love in Italian. Towards the end of our tour, an employee came in and asked for Nick. He said that Nick and his guest had won a VIP tour around the castle after the tasting! We got to go behind the scenes where “The Bachelor” was filmed. Lastly, we went in an underground dining room where we were told we’d watch a movie. But there were no TV screens to be seen, instead a romantic setting of candles everywhere. Within seconds, I figured out what was going on and Nick was on one knee proposing. The “surprise tour” wasn’t a surprise at all; it was part of Nick’s plan to propose!


What has been the most fun and the most difficult part of the wedding planning process? The most fun part has been bringing our vision to life after dreaming about it for over thirteen years. We have also enjoyed learning more about our expectations for marriage and our future through North Point Church’s iMarriage program. The most difficult part has been finding a middle ground for our ideas for the big day. Even though it is a good thing that Nick is involved, it can also be difficult when sometimes I just want to put my foot down and make a decision!

Congratulations Taylor and Nick! We can’t wait to see the wedding photos!


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Fall Wedding Décor Floral Trends

Thinking of a fall wedding? We’ve got you covered. We spoke with Antionette Smith Jones, owner of Designs by TTOC, to get the latest trends in colors, flowers and decor for this beautiful time of year!

Colors: Gold, Burnt orange, Burgundy, Yellow, Redfloral orange

In particular, gold is having a major comeback. It is starting to take over silver’s place as the main accent color, since it perfectly complements the darker hues of fall.


Flowers: Burgundy Hydrangea, Black Magic Rose, Amber

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Tablescapes: There are so many ways to make your fall wedding uniquely yours. Beyond flowers, you can bring in the warmth of the season by including candles and candelabras in your table designs. Another popular idea now is to put more than one floral arrangement per table, often three centerpieces to make a design set.

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Looking ahead to winter weddings? With the holidays approaching, we will start to see more reds and whites in flower arrangements. Just like the fashion world, wedding decor trends are constantly evolving! In fact, peacock and ostrich feathers are expected to make a resurgence in the upcoming season.


What are your favorite fall wedding decor trends? Share with us your ideas or photos from your wedding!

Designs by TTOC in Lilburn, Georgia has been in the decor and floral wedding industry for 22 years. Beyond floral, their decor service offerings include options such as chargers, napkins, linens and centerpieces. 

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Popping the Question: Will you see each other before the ceremony?

Our guest blogger, Janet Howard, of Janet Howard Studio, is popping the question of the week…Will you see each other before the ceremony?
As Shakespeare wrote, To See or not to See (each other), that is the question. Okay, I might have that slightly off, but it does seem to be one of weddings’ great debates.
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This is a very personal choice for your wedding, and I wouldn’t dream of forcing you to one side or the other. But since you asked …
There are a lot of benefits to seeing each other before the ceremony. 
Time. After the wedding ceremony, everyone wants to start the eating, drinking and dancing as soon as possible. Having all or most of the photos done before the ceremony means you, your family and wedding party can relax and enjoy your time together without feeling stressed that you’re holding up the party.
Looks. Doing photos before the ceremony means your makeup, flowers, and hair are as fresh as possible. After the ceremony, flowers may begin to wilt or droop, especially on a hot day.
Privacy. Seeing each other first means we can arrange a special private moment for you, when you can really soak in your first moments together on your wedding day.
Calm. A lot of couples are soothed by each other’s presence. It gives you a chance to get rid of any jitters, and be with the one person who calms you better than anyone else.
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Worried that seeing each other will detract from the moment you go down the aisle? Most couples say the rush of the excitement they feel when they see each other at the other end of the aisle is amazing even if they’ve spent time together earlier. After all, this is still the moment you get married, and nothing takes away from that! This image is of a groom watching his bride approach, after doing lots of photos earlier in the day.
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The bottom line is that the first time you see your beloved on your wedding day will be special no matter how you do it, and no one but the two of you should determine whether or not you see each other before the ceremony. 
Janet Howard is the photographer behind Janet Howard Studio. Click here for more information on her background and services.