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February 2018

How to Plan an Elopement Wedding

You need an elopement checklist. Here’s the thing with elopements – people usually elope and get married quick(ly)(er) specifically because they don’t want to deal with actually planning a WEDDING. So when you ‘plan’ your elopement – you generally want things to be as simple as possible.

Wait. No. You want things to be SIMPLER THAN POSSIBLE. (At least that sounds cool right?…)

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How to Plan an Elopement Wedding (with an elopement checklist)

Okay! So you don’t really want to PLAN plan your elopement – but you want a few things to actually happen and generally not have it be some kind of sh*tshow right? Yes. Right. Probably. I hope so.

SO first – what do you need for your elopement?

  • Rings! – it’s nice to still exchange wedding bands/rings – so have some and bring them to your ceremony
  • Vows – even if you’ve chosen a super simple courthouse wedding, it’s nice to be able to say a few words of your own to the person you’re promising all your love.
  • Photographer – Amazing photographers are super easy to find now – and there are millions of them. Literally, millions. And TBH you can always find one that will work with your budget and still do a great job. Especially if you’re eloping on a weekday. Seriously – email your favorite wedding photographer and see if they’d be interested in photographing your ceremony, some family formals, and a short portrait session of the two of you – and they’ll give you their fee – which should be considerably less than their full day wedding package. (So you’l want to ask for 3 hours of coverage tops, and during a weekday.)
  • Hair & Makeup – hey you still want to look GREAT
  • Outfit! – See above – you still want to look GREAT – and your photographer will appreciate it!
  • Travel Plans – now that you’re saving a ton by not paying to feed and entertain 150 people – you can spend that money on a great TRIP. So get that wedding ceremony out of the way and plan a great honeymoon – or just get married ON that trip.
  • Flowers! If you want flowers – just go buy flowers. Seriously. I know you were already going to do that anyway. Grocery store or actual florist shop – just go buy a bundle of flowers you like, wrap the stems in some ribbon and pins and DONE. (but don’t tell any florists I said this.)
  • A plan to party with everyone later… – oh yeah – so tell people that you’re eloping right now but you plan on having a BIG actual party with everyone later. That’ll make most people feel better (because you know, what they think about YOUR wedding is Soooooooo important…) and then you’re actually off the hook for the most part. I mean… you don’t actually need to have that big party 6 months down the line. You’ll have been married for 6+ months at that point and you’ll have other things to spend money on/do than feeding and getting 150 people drunk. Or not. Whatevs. It’s cool.

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And there you go! A perfectly sensible elopement checklist. How to plan-ish your elopement! Done. Now go do everything else.

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Georgian Terrace Wedding | Atlanta is Amazing

Ponce City Market Wedding | Georgian Terrace Wedding

How about a Georgian Terrace wedding? Sounds great right? Planning a wedding in Atlanta while you live in New York can be very challenging – ha – it’s probably closer to being difficult than challenging. BUT – it can be done! What’s great about Atlanta is that there are SO MANY wedding vendors (well, that’s good and bad for different reasons) – which means that you CAN find all of the people and help that you need; even if you don’t live here.

Georgian Terrace Wedding

Ponce City Market Wedding | Georgian Terrace Wedding

Ponce City Market Wedding | Georgian Terrace Wedding

That’s what Sadio and Siedric did – and wow did they plan a great wedding day. They started their day getting ready at the Georgian Terrace hotel – and then we did their first look/portrait session at Ponce City Market – AND THEN the ceremony took place at Agnes Scott College AND THEN back to the Georgian Terrace for the reception at the Livingston restaurant. SO yeah – we made a good trip around Atlanta and back that day.

Ponce City Market Wedding | Georgian Terrace Wedding

Among all the things that they did right was that they made PLENTY OF TIME for their photography and videography. I know – of course I’m going to stress making time for your photographer (since you know – I’m a wedding photographer) – but really – if you’re planning a big day, with several locations – AND you want it documented well along with your own portrait photos; definitely schedule enough time for the photography. I’m not talking about hours and hours (because come on) but enough time. That will vary depending on who you hire for your photography but also on what you’re planning for your photos. Georgian Terrace wedding.

Ponce City Market Atlanta Wedding

Ponce City Market Wedding | Georgian Terrace Wedding

For example – even if you’re not going to multiple locations across town – say you’re at a farm or country club with 50 acres of lush land and gardens and fields. If you don’t want all of your photos to take place 10 feet from your ceremony location, MAKE TIME to travel out to the fields, or hills, or rivers or whatever. If you have to walk – make sure you bring along some flats to walk in so that you’re not hiking in high heels the entire way. Your photographer can absolutely help you out with the logistics (and if they can’t – well, fire them.) Georgian Terrace wedding.

Ponce City Market Wedding | Georgian Terrace Wedding

But YES. This wedding was GRAND. And these two were great the entire day. I’m not even saying that through gritted teeth – they literally were GREAT the entire day. Putting up with me, with my crazy ideas, but also having their own ideas as well. Because you know – at this point, 8 years into this wedding photography thing – I’m totally open to any and all ideas for the photos as long as we have time for it (cause you know, time is the most valuable resource we have and it’s the only thing that’s limited and blah blah blah).

Agnes Scott College Julia Thompson Smith Chapel Wedding

Ponce City Market Wedding | Georgian Terrace Wedding

Now – small segue – I’ve noticed as a general rule – the smaller the wedding party (bridespersons/groomspersons/ wedding party persons) – the more flexibility or even open time you have for other things like photos, or relaxing. It’s just easier to have to hang out with 3 close people as your wedding party than 10. And you don’t have to split your time with as many people during the getting ready process. Having said that – sometimes I’m completely wrong and it’s absolutely AMAZING having a big wedding party getting ready with you and celebrating your morning. It just depends on the people, your schedule, and other things that I couldn’t even quantify that probably don’t matter in the end anyway. Georgian Terrace wedding.

Right? Right. Yes. 

Ponce City Market Wedding | Georgian Terrace Wedding

But these two? Seriously, considerably, absolutely, full of Awesome.

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Best Wedding Songs to Dance to | 2018

The amazing team at A Practical Wedding just published their list of the best wedding songs to dance to in 2018 – and it’s ridiculously good. Covering a range of speeds from slow to fast to party to chill and then back around again – you’re bound to find at least 1 or 10 good songs to play at your own wedding? Need a first dance song? Could you ever go wrong with Ed Sheeran and Beyonce singing a duet?!
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Best Wedding Songs to Dance to

Or what about a rocking, toe tapping party starter? Brian Fallon’s got you covered with his song If Your Prayers Don’t Get to Heaven. It’s GOOD. So Good.
There are of course a couple of wedding regulars in there  with Bruno Mars and his 24K magic, James Arthur with Say You Won’t Go, but the new stand outs include Rewrite the Stars from the Greatest Showman soundtrack, and There Are Many Ways to Say I Love by Sylvan Esso. SYLVAN ESSO GUYSSsssssssss.

The team at APW have been really putting together some impressive wedding song playlist lately – did you see this one for wedding exits? BRILLIANT. It’s like they know what people need for their wedding and they just GIVE IT TO US.

Check out the list of songs down below:

  1. Die With You – Beyoncé
  2. If Your Prayers Don’t Get to Heaven – Brian Fallon
  3. Perfect Duet – Ed Sheeran & Beyoncé
  4. You’re Gonna Live Forever in Me – John Mayer
  5. Sweet Creature – Harry Styles
  6. Chained to the Rhythm – Katy Perry
  7. There Are Many Ways to Say I Love You – Sylvan Esso
  8. Rewrite the Stars – Zac Efron, Zendaya
  9. So Good – Zara Larsson
  10. Feel It Still – Portugal. The Man
  11. Havana (remix) – Camila Cabello
  12. Unforgettable – French Montana
  13. I’m the One – DJ Khaled, Justin Beiber
  14. Despacito (remix) – Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee
  15. Anywhere – Rita Ora
  16. Him & I (with Halsey) – G-Easy
  17. Wild Thoughts – DJ Khaled, Rihanna, Bryson Tiller
  18. All Night – The Vamps, Matoma
  19. What Lovers Do (feat. SZA) – Maroon 5
  20. Feels Great – Cheat Codes, Fetty Wap, CVBZ

Check out the FULL List over at A Practical Wedding!
wedding songs and a couple exits
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