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etiquette / article Jul 25 2018

Electronic Save-The-Dates

Recently, a friend asked if I thought that an electronic save-the-date was a bad idea. This friend is planning a wedding in three months due to timing with family from out of town. Given this situation, I said that an e-save-the-date was absolutely acceptable. But what about for everyone else?  

I was shocked when I signed onto Paperless Post to send my mom an e-card a few months back. Could it be, an electronic thank you note is elegant?! Well, it’s true. More and more companies are providing us with high-end alternatives to actual paper goods. While we love a beautiful save-the-date hanging on our fridge, we can definitely get behind the eco-friendly option of electronically sending them.  

As with all decisions around your wedding, there are a few things to consider…  

-Cost. E-save-the-dates are definitely much less expensive than their customized paper counterparts.  

-Efficiency. It would probably take about two or three hours to design and send out paperless save-the-dates, whereas traditional versions can take up to a month to create and even longer for the finished product to show up at your door. Then you have to go about addressing and sending via snail mail.  

-Aesthetic. If you are having a formal ceremony, you might opt for traditional, paper save-the-dates, as they are the first impression your guests receive.  

-Ease. Yes, e-save-the-dates seem as though they would save a lot of time, money and energy, but what about those guests who don’t have email? This means you will probably have to call your grandparents to tell them about the ceremony (unless they are way more tech savvy than mine and they actually use email!). Furthermore, many of the save-the-dates may end up in a spam folder, which means additional phone calls.  

As you plan and make your list of priorities with your spouse-to-be, consider all of your options and where you might like to save a bit of time and energy! Paperless correspondence is a perfect alternative for many couples!    

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etiquette / article Jun 20 2018

The Wedding Party

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A question came in last week about what to call a wedding party. It can get a little tricky if you're sticking to traditional wedding roles. These grooms-to-be aren't keen on calling their wedding party a "bridal party" because that doesn't make sense for them. So, what are these grooms to do?

Our suggestion is simple; make it your own! Your wedding day should feel unique, special, and completely your own. Calling them "Courtney's Crew" or "Ben's Brood" makes it fun and personal. If you are going for a more formal feel, calling the party "Honorary Attendants" or even just "The Wedding Party," keeps things neutral, but structured. You could also play with something like "Love Party Patrol" or "Love Party Posse." 

Ultimately, these are the people who want you to be happy and surrounded by love. They probably don't really care what you call them, as long as you are content with your wedding.

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etiquette / article Dec 29 2017

Best of 2017

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There are many things that I wish I could tell vendors before they start planning styled shoots, but I think the very first thing would be to find models with chemistry, whether or not they are a real couple. Nothing makes me more disappointed when the details and styling are beautiful, but the couple is obviously uncomfortable. Most models are professionals and know how to pose and act, but often times, vendors end up asking their friends to model, which can be hugely detrimental to the outcome of the finished product. 

All of that being said - these are three styled shoots that did not disappoint! 

First and foremost, the more variations of suiting we can find for female bodies, the better (in my opinion). I adore this Splash of Citrus Styled Shoot. It is bright and it has just the right amount of edge to peak my interest. There were so many incredible details (like a marble cake that is to-die-for). You should really do yourself a favor and check it out! Also, apparently plant jewelry is a thing now and I am completely obsessed. {Photo Credit: Sarah Mack Photography}

Mrs & Mrs balloons are actually always a good idea. Case-in-point? This gorgeous styled shoot that was planned for a real couple. There are massive floral headpieces, pineapples and monster bouquets, brimming with bright hues. It's everything you want out of a feminine, fun, summertime styled shoot! {Photo Credit: Taylor Bellais Photo}

Nothing could have prepared me for what I was about to experience with this gothic, elegant, tattoo-filled styled shoot. It's everything I never knew I needed with a side of huskies (which I obviously always knew I needed.) This shoot is equal parts classic - with gold calligraphy and blush details - and completely out of the box - with these ah-mazing models, live tattoos on set and floral necklaces for the pups that make their eyes pop. If you missed this one, you're going to want to set aside a good couple of hours to dig in and enjoy this beauty. {Photo Credit: Jess Palatucci Photography}

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etiquette / article Dec 28 2017

Best of 2017

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It's hard to get an engagement shoot just right. Often, couples are uneasy in front of the camera (at least on their wedding day, they have booze to calm their nerves!). And engagement sessions can be super corny. So, how do you avoid that? My advice? Comfy clothes and a heavy dose of you being you.  

I love when couples snuggle up at home for their engagement sessions. I know my home is where I am most comfortable and it always feels so genuine seeing a couple in their own space. When Meghan and Amanda's engagement shoot came my way, it was love at first sight. They are so loving and at ease. It felt like I got to spend a Sunday morning with them, which was so beautiful. {Photo Credit: Brina Debalinhard}

Jorie and Jaime's seaside e-sesh feels like the epitome of Pacific Northwestern beauty. It's romantic, it's moody, it's scenic. Also, can we please talk about that tee? {Photo Credit: Peter Amend}

One of the most important ingredients in a successful engagement shoot? SNUGGLING. Ally and Jac had this down to a science. They set up a picnic blanket, snuggled. They wandered their city, snuggled. They sat on ledges, snuggled. I love that it really gives you a sense of how much these two love each other. {Photo Credit: K. Willerick Photography}

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etiquette / article Dec 27 2017

Best of 2017

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A couple of years ago I did my first round up of the best weddings, engagements, styled shoots and such. It was kind of surreal, to be honest. As a blogger, my mind lives months in advance of today's date. You have to be prepared for upcoming holidays, you get posts ready to publish weeks in advance. That National Donut Day post that looks so nonchalantly featured? It's not. I essentially live my life in the future. That being said, it's nice to slow down, to look back and to relish at the joy and beauty of what I do on a regular basis.

I want to welcome you to 2017's round up! It is probably my favorite yet. It is diverse. It is inclusive. It represents the full breadth of what I always hoped H&H Weddings would be. It's fun. AND, the best part? It is brimming with inspiration for weddings and engagements. Which, frankly, is why you're here. 

So, let's start with Eleanor and Charlotte's moody London wedding! This beauty stopped us dead in our tracks. The attire, the floral crown, the pom poms thrown as the couple exited the ceremony. Pure magic. Check out more of this stunner here! {Photo Credit: Dale Weeks Photography}

You know when you have a secret so good you don't tell anyone for a while? You just keep it to yourself and revel in the joy it brings you? Yeah, that's exactly what I did when Erica & Cierra's Detroit wedding hit our inbox. I mean...LOOK AT THESE TWO! They are babes and their subtle art deco themed wedding really is beyond beautiful. You can see more of their wedding here! {Photo Credit: Meghan Melia Photography}

Kean and Corina were married in one of the best NYC locations I've found - The Metropolitan Building. This couple's love is palpable. They bring so much joy to each other and we were lucky to be able to share their story! {Photo Credit: Levi Stolove Photography}

Bobby & Caesar are one of those unfair couples. They are ridiculously good looking, their wedding was a dream (in Cabo!) and they are SO sweet together. It was incredible featuring their classic, elegant Mexican fête! {Photo Credit: Emma Hopp Photography}

I'd be lying if I said that I hadn't basically stalked this wedding before it was ever sent to me. I am a die-hard Cassie Rosch fan (how can you not be?!) and these brides were the epitome of really f*ing cool. Those ensembles? The way they look at each other? These are the brides I will forever wish I could be. Their wedding did not disappoint. The details were impeccable and it will go down as an all time fave, without question! {Photo Credit: Cassie Rosch Photography}

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