4 Tips for Getting Ready on your Wedding Day {For Brides & Grooms!}

The first portion of your wedding day is something to be cherished. Spending quality time with some of the most important people in your life, sharing fun stories, and soaking in those last few hours becoming a wife or a husband. That time is likely the only time in your life that you will be in a room with those specific people all at once. Whether you have your best friend from elementary school, your college roomie, your sister or cousin, whoever is within that group, you love them hard.


In order to reflect back on those moments, you will likely have photos from this start of the wedding day. Oftentimes, once the photographer and videographer start shooting around this time, the rest of the day flies by. Make sure you have everything prepared before they arrive in order to keep things casual and fun, but also a perfect start to the theme and photos of the day.

Main Attire. First things first, what will you and your besties be wearing? A classic for the girls is a robe and guys almost always have coordinating socks. Our suggestion, mix it up a little! We love the idea of pajama sets for the girls and fun shirts for the guys. Anything that looks good together would work well, here are some additional ideas:

  • Matching t-shirts works for guys and girls (keep in mind they should have a wide-neck to keep the girls hair intact)

  • Button-up shirts. Don’t limit this to a white button up with a monogram (though my preppy-loving heart does love those as well) What about a flannel?

  • Rompers, I love these from Plum Pretty Sugar

  • Funny tank tops. The ones with “After this, we’re getting tacos” or something similar are great. Each person can have something related to their personality

Envision the whole picture. What should everyone have on their legs and feet? If you’re supplying something like a tank or robe, legs will be showing. Make sure everyone is informed of what pants they should wear (black leggings are always a great option for girls and black basketball shorts for the guys) as well as what they should have on their feet. Shoes, socks, bare feet? As long as everyone has some sort of direction, you are good to go!


The details. Depending on what everyone will be wearing, ensure they look presentable from the start by keeping everything ironed. Whatever the attire, whether provided by the couple or not, it should be something new and in good shape, aka no stains, huge wrinkles, etc.

The setting. Keep it clean! Think about the locations around the getting ready space that have the most light and ensure that area stays clear of clutter, food, drinks, etc. Your photographer will be grateful to have a clean area to work with. Keep in mind how many people you have getting ready with you as well, the space near the best light should have enough room to fit everyone.

Post photos by Anne Casey Photography and Chesapeake Charm Photography

Meet An Enchanting Couple: Cayla & Connor

We’re so excited for Connor & Cayla to tie the knot this weekend! When we had our first consultation in Panera, I knew they would be the perfect addition to the 2018 Enchanting Couple family. 1- They are getting married at Main Street Ballroom, where we happened to have weddings the two weekends leading up to their wedding and 2- They were all about having a great time with their friends and family to celebrate becoming HUSBAND AND WIFE!! You’ll notice how accurate #2 is by their answers below.


We can’t wait to send Cayla down the aisle this weekend at Patapsco Female Institute and hope you will keep up with our behind the scenes over on Instagram. We will be working with some great vendors:

Wedding Coordinator: Enchanting Events and Design | Photographer: Captured by Alyssa (also the photographer of the 2 engagement photos in this post! | Venue: Main Street Ballroom |

DJ: District Remix | Florist: Scentsational Florals | Catering: Absolutely Perfect Catering Transportation: Extraordinar Limo | Rentals: Something Vintage | Photo Booth: Pixilated


How did you meet and how did he pop the question?

Connor and I met at Towson our freshman year. We lived two doors away from each other in the dorms.

Connor surprised me with a night at a bed and breakfast called Inn at Horn Point in Annapolis. We walked back from dinner and went down to a private little beach and were talking when he pulled the ring out and asked.

What are you most looking forward to on your wedding day?

Marrying my best friend and celebrating our love with our friends and famil


Are you taking a honeymoon? Where will you be going?

Connor and I have never been outside the country except to the Bahamas. We are taking our first big adventure as a married couple and going to Italy for two weeks after the wedding

Do you have any advice for future brides & grooms?

It's very stressful planning a wedding so make sure you BREATHE! Take time away from wedding planning-don't let it consume you. Everything will totally be worth it though on your wedding day.

See more from their engagement session with Captured by Alyssa here on her blog!

The countdown is on!

Shannon & Stephen | Historic Waverly Mansion | Maryland Wedding Planner

Shannon and Stephen were the most fun couple! From our first phone call and meeting, until after their wedding, I was smiling and laughing through the entire planning process. It means so much to me when a client asks for your opinion or advice and then lets you know that they trust your vision as you run with it. Shannon is a designer herself, which puts on the pressure to really bring everything together, but on their big day each detail was perfect and stunning. 

The invitations were custom made by Shannon and a perfect representation of their marriage, I absolutely love the hand drawn details. Amy from Amy Lauren Floral Design brought to life every shade of purple I could imagine when creating the centerpieces, bouquets and the INCREDIBLE arch for the ceremony. We had the pleasure of working with Nichole from Nichole Meredith Photography and can't wait to work with her again, these photos are such a perfect representation of the day. Jenny Z kept everyone on the dance floor the entire night, and even the grandparents enjoyed sitting on the edge of the dance floor in beautiful furniture from White Glove Rentals. 


Thank you to every vendor that made this day come to life, and an extra thank you to Shannon, Stephen and their friends/family for such an amazing day. We wish you all a marriage full of reading and laughter :) 

Photography: Nichole Meredith Photography  |  Florist: Amy Lauren Floral Design  |  Venue: Historic Waverly Mansion  |  Catering: Catering by Uptown  |  Rentals: White Glove Rentals  | DJ: Dj Jenny Z  Mobile DJ

Samreen & Chaz | Coradetti Glassblowing Studio Wedding | Maryland Wedding Planner

When I first met with Samreen & Chaz I could tell how excited they were to plan a wedding reception to spend an evening with their closest family and friends. They had a beautiful traditional ceremony the week before, and wanted a night to celebrate that union. We were honored they had asked us to be a part of it! 

These two are off the charts adorable, their friends and family were so much fun, and the venue was incredible. I loved all of their ideas for decor and had a great time pulling everything together for the full design. With the help of Jes Smith Designs there were stunning paper goods and even agate place cards, then the flowers by Steelcut Flower Co were absolutely stunning and a perfect fit. 

We had the chance to work with Anna Schmidt Photography for the first time and had a blast. Thank you, Anna for these beautiful photos. 

PHOTOGRAPHY Anna Schmidt Photography  |  VENUE: Corradetti Glassblowing Studio  |  WEDDING PLANNER: Enchanting Events and Design  |  MAKEUP: Makeup by Iram  |  FLORIST: Steelcut Floral Co  |  CATERER: Zeffert and Gold  |  DJ: Notorious Entertainment- DJ Harvey  |  CALLIGRAPHY & STATIONERY: JesSmith Designs  |  DOUGHNUTS: Diablo Donuts  |  CUPCAKES: Midnite Confections Cupcakery