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Lessons from a Real Wedding

I like to consider myself an experienced wedding planner. After all, I've been doing this for eight years. I've seen a lot of things, learned a lot of lessons and experienced many snafus. But, even after the hundreds of weddings I've been a part of, there are still...

5 Reasons You Should Never Negotiate with Wedding Vendors

Price negotiation is somewhat common in our society. You negotiate when buying or selling a car, a house or even items you find on Craigslist. Heck, one time my husband even negotiated the price of ribs at Sam's Club. But, not everything should be negotiated. I read...

For the Bridesmaid: How to Throw the Best Bachelorette

Calling all bridesmaids and maids of honor - this one's for you! At IDL we’ve always focused our conversation on how to couples can plan their wedding with less stress. But, having supportive and overall amazing friends behind them is a key part to that. And, we...

Five Things To Consider When Searching for Wedding Venues

Finding your venue is the key first step in planning. Not only does your venue determine your date, but it can influence the vendors you book and it sets the stage for what you day will end up being. Your venue is also one of the largest line items in your budget and...

For the Guests: What Wedding Events Require Gifts

It’s that time of year where invitations for various wedding events are showing up in the mailbox daily. From an engagement party for your best friend that just said “yes!” to a wedding shower for partner’s college roomate, it seems like you have another wedding...

How to Plan a Wedding in 5 Simple Steps

The morning after. With the sun shining through your windows, you roll over and kiss your fiancé (!!!) good morning. You can hardly believe it. You’ve been anticipating this moment for a while and you can’t believe it finally happened. With a smile you can’t wipe off...

Why Every Couple Needs a Virtual Wedding Planner

Without a doubt, there’s incredible benefit to hiring a wedding planner. Amongst other things, a wedding planner helps manage tasks, reduces stress, saves you money and helps you make informed decisions that are right for you and your wedding. Even with all of these...

For the Guests: Questions to Avoid Asking Engaged Couples

It’s that time of year. Engagement announcements are filling your social media feeds. Everywhere you look someone new is getting engaged. Like any good friend does, you congratulate them immediately and take an interest in their big day. While I know your questions...

Featured: Martha Stewart Weddings

Life doesn’t stop when planning your wedding. In the midst of trying to find the perfect venue and trying on dresses, you’re also coordinating moves, navigating new jobs and adjusting to this new chapter in your lives. Life doesn’t stop and sometimes it can feel like...

How to Announce Your Engagement on Social Media

There’s no doubt we’re living in a digital world. Chances are someone captured your engagement on camera for the world to see. And, while you’re anxious to share the exciting news with the world, there are a few things you need to do first before posting that ring selfie on Facebook and Instagram.

Should You Elope?

The answer to that question is going to vary for each of you reading this post. Maybe you feel like you’re too busy to plan a wedding. Maybe you’ve got too much family drama to care. Or, maybe you’re just flat over it and ready to be married already. Whatever the...

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