Choosing Your Bridesmaids

Choosing bridesmaids

You’re engaged!  Congratulations!  Now let’s get on that wedding party game.

Choosing your bridesmaids can feel overwhelming.  Maybe you have so many girlfriends that you can’t even wrap around your head around who you’ll bridesmaids will be! We’re here to give you a breakdown on how to effectively choose your top girls.  Choosing your bridesmaids is a monumental part for your big day!  After all, these are the girls that will be standing by your side from the beginning up until you’re marrying the love of your life.  They need to be relationship with meaning behind them.  You’re not just choosing someone to fill an empty spot!  So, first step- brainstorming your wishlist of attendants.  Do you have a sister?  Does your fiance have a sister?  It’s common courtesy to include your fiance’s sister, unless she tells you not to!  Now, let’s work down your list of friends.  Who is your oldest friend?  Are y’all still close?  Is she Maid Of Honor status?  If yes- great!  If no- add her on as a bridesmaid!  Any other close family members (cousins, aunts, etc.) Consider bringing them on to stand by you as you say your ‘I Do’s’.  Who was the first person you called when you got engaged?  Was it a newer best friend (co-worker, roommate, etc.) If yes- bridesmaid status!!

 

There really is no limit to how many bridesmaids you can have, but again, keep in mind that this is a huge day for you.  You want the very best and supportive people standing by your side!  Whether it’s two bridesmaids or 10 bridesmaids, make sure that each gal you pick has a meaningful relationship with you!  The girls you don’t choose as bridesmaids can always be readers, house party or ushers!  They all hold important roles as well and would still be considered ‘Wedding Party’ status!

 

Happy Planning!

 

xox Haley

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We were published in Rocky Mountain Bride!

We were published in Rocky Mountain Bride a few weeks ago!  Check out this awesome write up about our Piney River Ranch shoot!

Piney River Ranch is home to some of Colorado’s most beautiful mountain vistas, and in collaboration wonderful vendor team, we had the chance to really show off what a rustic and romantic autumn wedding could look like here! Haley Hyman with Platinum Weddings and Events designed and conducted the entire shoot. She had an idea of how she wanted it to look, but didn’t want to limit her vendors’ creativity. After all, the goal was to really showcase what each of these wedding professionals can do. The models, Mary and Trask, are an actual couple that are tying the knot next year! Their dog, Sadie decided to join in, and the pictures were just beautiful. We went with purple hues, creams and greenery for our color palette, and the result was almost magical!”

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Bridesmaid Dresses: Dora Grace Bridal // Dress Designer: Mori Lee // Event Planner: Platinum Weddings and Events // Floral Designer: Petal & Bean // Invitation Designer: Platypus Papers // Makeup Artist: Megan Cary Artistry // Photographer: Aldabella Photography // Reception Venue: Piney River Ranch LLC // Rentals: Alpine Party Rentals

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Wedding Planner Q & A!

Why hire a planner-

 

Hi there!

I was recently asked to give some insight on the importance of wedding planners for Aldabella Photography to blog about and to send to their current brides!  Of course, I jumped on it!

I wanted to share the questions and responses with y’all!  Enjoy!

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We are so excited to feature wedding planners and the importance of hiring a planner.  We’ve added questions that we felt are a good starting point, but please don’t hesitate to add a few more that we may have forgotten.  As soon as we have this information back, we’ll be featuring you on our blog!

 

Thank you for taking the time to give our clients and us a little more insight!  

  1.  So many locations have an onsite coordinator, what’s the big difference between an onsite coordinator and what you do as a wedding planner?

PWE:  This is a great question and is something that is constantly brought up.  As a wedding planner, we are with the bride from day one.  We act as the backbone of the whole wedding, where as the onsite coordinators are truly there to make sure the venue is taken care of, the food is coming out on time, to lock up once the event is over and make sure the venue is still standing, etc.!  The planners  are at every vendor meeting, we’re organizing transportation, organizing the guest list, etc.  We put out the fires before guest even smell the smoke!

 

    2.  What are the biggest misconceptions people have about wedding planners?

PWE:  We are worth what we charge.  Our time that we spend on each and every detail that goes towards every wedding is so valuable.

 

3.  With the number of weddings you’ve planned, what are some of the things you’ve handled “behind the scenes” that would’ve otherwise been dealt with by the mother of the bride or bride?

PWE:  Like I said earlier, we put out fires before guest even smell the smoke.  For instance, I had a shuttle bus scheduled to pick up 55 guests at the hotel to take to the ceremony.  When I got a call from the driver 5 minutes before the bus was suppose to arrive saying that they had broken down 20 minutes away in rush hour traffic, I handled it by calling my back up.  The back-up was there 5 minutes late…but he was there to take the happy guests (who had no clue what the dilemma was or that there even was a dilemma) to the ceremony!  If there had not been a planner there, the mother of the bride or the bride would have been dealing with this situation.  They would have been completely stressed out, wouldn’t know who to call, etc.  We are there to make sure every detail is executed seamlessly!

 

4.  When a bride hires you to help plan her wedding, how do you help keep them on budget while being able to add a planner to her wedding day?

PWE: When I first meet with a bride at our initial consultation, one of my first questions is about budget.  Once I know a number that they are absolutely 100% not willing to go over, I source out my vendors accordingly.  

 

5.  As a planner, you’re expected to bringing their day to life, how do you do accomplish this?

PWE:  When I first meet with my couples, I always ask how they want their guest to feel after they leave?  What is the lasting impression that you want your guest to leave with?  Once we have that open communication, I do everything I can to implement those answers into the wedding day.  By bringing the bride’s day to life, we’re bringing ideas and visions that the bride/parents/groom has been dreaming about for a long time.

 

6.  Why is it so important to hire a planner vs having a family member or close friend help plan the wedding or orchestrate the day of?

PWE:  Don’t you want your family members to enjoy the wedding?  If you have a planner, they can.  Your mother is not going to your wedding to work, they’re going to your wedding to watch their daughter marry the love of their life.   Family members and friends of the couple, shouldn’t have to lift a finger at any wedding.  They shouldn’t have to arrange for transportation or schedule all of your vendor meetings.  Weddings are a once in a lifetime experience that should be enjoyed!  

 

7.  Many people want to plan their own wedding and therefore don’t want a wedding planner.  How do you approach this topic?

PWE:  I can’t stress this enough, the bride shouldn’t be setting up tables and chairs.  She shouldn’t be queuing the DJ or band on when to play the first dance or when to play the processional music right before she’s about to walk down the aisle.  She should be relaxing, hanging out with her bridesmaids drinking mimosas and getting pampered and ready for her big day!  There are professionals to make sure your wedding goes according to plan.  We strive off of making every event look effortless.  Please hire a planner, even if it’s just day of coordination.  You don’t want to look back on your wedding day and remember it as a stressful experience.  You want to look back on the day and remember it as beautiful, magical, flawless and perfect.
Thank you so much for taking the time to answer just a few questions about wedding planners and the common misconceptions.  If you have additional pieces you’d like to add, please feel free to add them!

 

xoxo Haley!

 

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The Power of Calligraphy

Have you ever received a stunning wedding invitation in the mail and the first thing you see is hand written calligraphy?  It just sets the whole tone for the evening.  Here are some awesome and different options to check out!

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Piney River Ranch Styled Shoot

Styled shoots

Hi there!

Happy Friday!

We had the opportunity to do another beautiful styled shoot out at Piney River Ranch in Vail, CO.   I would be lying if I said it was ‘just pretty’!  Thanks to the beautiful scenery at Piney, it made our jobs pretty easy!

The collaboration between all of these incredible vendors was amazing!  Check out the photos and all the amazing and extremely talented professionals involved!

Vendors:

Venue | Piney River Ranch | http://www.pineyriverranch.com                                 @pineyriverranch

Planner | Platinum Weddings and Events | Denver  | http://www.myplatinumevent.com @platinumwed

Photographer | Aldabella Photography | http://www.aldabellaphotography.com                                @aldabellaphotography

Florist | Petal & Bean | http://www.petalandbean.com                                                                                 @petalandbean

Rentals | Alpine Party Rentals | http://www.alpinepartyrentals.com                                                       

Stationery | Platypus Papers | http://www.platypuspapers.com                                                                @platypuspapers

Hair + Make Up | Megan Cary Artistry- Tessa Capaldi | http://www.megancaryartistry.com            @megancaryartistry

Models | Mary, Trask + Sadie

Attire | Dora Grace Bridal | http://www.doragrace.com                                                                                @doragracebridal

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xox Haley

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