Wedding Advice

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.

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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!

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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.

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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

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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

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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!


Gift Guide For Your Newly Engaged Friends

Engagement season is once again upon us and with that comes engagement parties, bridal showers and bachelorette parties. If you are one to enjoy spoiling your friends and giving them a gift they will love, we want to make it easier for you. We're far past the days of towels, ironing boards and cutlery (though those are still great, too!) and into the age of "Wifey" shirts and custom glassware. 

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While some trends will never fade, because they are awesome, new ones have arrived and your engaged friends are going to thank you forever when they see the cutest gift from you. 

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1- Cute Phone Case. Because people change their phone cases every few months anyways, why not get them one that matches their season of life? We love this one from Love From Lucy  on Etsy.  

2- Getting Ready Outfit. I couldn't choose between these two options, a white sleek bridal robe  is a classic, it's comfy and you can wear it again. Sincerely Sofi Designs is great for bridal robes and for the entire bridal party! 

 shirts via Goats and Shirts on Etsy

shirts via Goats and Shirts on Etsy

On the other hand, I love these fun shirts. You can get them customized to say anything, I would pick "after this we are getting fries" or fried pickles ;)  

3- Wedding Planner. Every bride needs a fun paper wedding planner to take with her to meetings, and this Southern Weddings option is by far my favorite! 

4- Pretty Hanger. This is so important for the wedding day. I've mentioned it several times before, you spend so much money on your beautiful dress, why leave it on a plastic hanger? Give your bestie this beautiful gift so she doesn't have to worry about it! 

5- The Mrs Box. While these small velvet boxes are a bit expensive, they make detail shots! Once you know the colors of your friends wedding, this would make a beautiful gift! You can even have it monogrammed. 

Do you have any gift ideas to add? Hopefully this list helps! 

10 Things To Think About For An Outdoor Wedding

Fall brings a lot of things...pumpkin everything, boots and scarves, and of course, beautiful outdoor weddings with fall foliage and warm apple cider. Outdoor weddings are amazing, I even had one myself, but they do come with a mix of additional details that needed to be sorted out. When deciding on a venue or location for your wedding, it's those things can cause a bit of added stress when not completely thought out. 

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It's easy to go into a friends property, see all of the possibilities and move forward with that dream vision in mind...but what about the backup plan? It's hard to focus on the possible outcomes when you know you have the PERFECT property that would look amazing with a tent set-up and a ceremony spot no venue can match. How can you ensure your wedding will match up to everything you are hoping for? Hopefully this post will explain it! 

1. Weather. The one thing most couples don't want to think about but absolutely need to. Think about the various cases that could have an effect on your wedding day (even month or week!):
     - Is it in a flood zone?
     - Where will things be if it rains?
     - What will happen if it is windy?
     - Are there trees nearby that we should look out for?
     - What are the chances of the water/currant/waves being too high? 
All of these vary based on location but it is a great starting point. 

2. Permits. Another big one! Some neighborhoods, communities and states have special permits required for hosting large events. Check with your county and see if there is anything you should be aware of and the prices. This goes for a few variables besides the property itself, but we get into those details below. 

3. Electric. A standard outlet on the side of someones house is not going to work for a few reasons. 
     a. Distance. In most cases you won't have your tent or ceremony directly next to a home, which means the electrical source is going to be a good distance away from where it needs to be. Think about having an electrician come out and recommend a location for an additional source of electricity. 
     b.  Use. Do you have a DJ or band? How many electrical outlets will they need? Will you have a Photo Booth that needs to be plugged in? Will your caterer need their own tent with electric for grills? Each vendor may need their own source of electricity and a standard outlet will not have enough to suit these needs. 
If you don't plan on having other events on the property, a quick remedy for this situation is to rent a large generator. 

4. Restrooms. Did you know that residential plumbing is not made for high volume use? If you are having more than an intimate wedding with a small number of people you will need to rent a restroom trailer. There are inexpensive options and other options that are a little nicer, it all depends on what you are looking for. Again, referencing #3, make sure electricity is availible. 

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5. Bugs. I highly recommend having the property sprayed for bugs of all kinds. In order to ensure guests aren't being eaten alive by mosquitos and other bugs aren't attracted to the tulle in your bridesmaid dresses, a professional bug spray is highly recommended for the property. It's nice to have some bug spray on hand as well!

6. Catering & alcohol. Find out what a caterer will need before hand. A residential kitchen will likely not be enough space for a caterer to prepare a meal for all of your guests and have everything out on time. If they need a caterers tent, ensure there is space for this near where the reception will be. It's also recommended to ask your caterer if they are able to provide alcohol or have a license to serve alcohol that you have provided. You want to ensure all alcohol liability is covered. 

7. Noise. Almost all counties have a noise ordinance, whether you are nearby other neighbors or not, check into what this time is. The last thing you want is for guests (and your timeline) to think the party will go on to a certain time only to have the police show up and let you know the party needs to end ASAP. 

8. Setup & Cleanup. This is something to check with all of your vendors because you won't want to take time during your wedding day to have guests setting up and cleaning up. Your rentals may be delivered a few days early, but you can always make sure they know the general area of where things go. Many caterers will include it in their contract to setup tables and chairs, and they may be the ones providing linens and place settings, which typically means they set that up as well. If setup for these items is provided, what about clean up? Will you be left with tables and chairs to clean and stack the next day, or will the rental company do that when they come to pick everything up? Check your contracts and don't be afraid to ask these questions! 

9. Parking. Is there room for 100 cars on a field somewhere near the ceremony & reception? If yes, that is great, if not you will need to think of some alternative options. You could provide a shuttle service, inform guests that parking is limited and carpool if possible (keeping in mind, you may have guests that aren't able to do this) and or higher some sort of valet service (Keep in mind, weather may also play a role in the parking situation.)

10. Insurance. You may think you have all of your bases covered, but in the end something may be overlooked and insurance is the best way to handle that. Every participant in the wedding should be covered by their own insurance policy. The property owner, the couple, and every vendor should have liability insurance to cover anything that may come up. 

Some of these items will even be relevant for even a wedding venue with an outdoor location! Please pay attention to each item listed and keep in mind that a private property wedding can be absolutely stunning, but it does require a bit more attention to detail. 

If you are hoping to have your wedding on a private property and want additional guidance on how to ensure everything works out, we would love to chat! Send us an email and let's get the conversation started! 

photos by Kira Nicole Photography and Candace Nicole Photography