When Should I Start Planning My Wedding?

The moment has finally arrived! You are engaged! You are over the moon and can't wait to dive right into wedding plans and make that secret Pinterest board public. After all, there are venues to see, gowns to try on and about 2,673 other things to do! Now take a deep...

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8 Things Brides Wish They Never Spent Money On

Brides and Grooms are constantly being told what they MUST have and what they MUST buy for their wedding by well-meaning friends, family and our frenemy "the internet". It can be very easy to get carried away and listen to them.Do we need a wedding bell, guest book,...

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Surprising trends of 2016

Trends can be wholly unpredictable when it comes to weddings which is what makes planning a wedding so unique.Some of my favorite trends of the year thus far:•  The 2-in-1 wedding dress, which does double-duty, taking a bride from the ceremony to the...

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10 Things a Wedding Planner Is Not

What exactly do wedding planners do and what does day of/month of coordination mean? There is a lot of confusion regarding what wedding planners do and don't. Recently I came across a well=worded and to the point article in Huffington Post written by celebrity planner...

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How to Choose An Engagement Ring

Choosing an engagement ring can be a daunting task. The great folks at Bespoke Diamonds are here to help. They've created this wonderful infographic to help grooms and brides to be. How long did it take you and your significant other to select a ring?

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What Value Should You Put On the Creative Process?

There is so much conflicting information on the internet today regarding weddings. Some blogs encourage brides and grooms to be fierce negotiators; others say the opposite. As a wedding planner, it is often my job to negotiate price on behalf of clients but, as with...

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2016 Wedding Gown Trends for the Modern Bride

2016 is the year that anything goes for bridal fashion. Gone are the days where A-ine and ballroom gowns are your only go to option. Below are some beautiful designs from Brooklyn based wedding and bridesmaid gown designers. As you can see the styles that are all the...

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5 Ways To Save Money While Planning Your Wedding

There's no way around it, Weddings are expensive. The average wedding in the U.S. is just shy of $30,000 and if you live in a major metropolitan area such as NYC or DC then you can expect to pay anywhere from 45 to 80 thousand dollars on the average. Regardless of...

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Flower Trends for 2016

I am unabashedly in love with free-flowing floral arrangements. While I am a person who is a lover of symmetry, I find that looser and lush florals can be quite classic and romantic. The free flowing floral "movement" is growing stronger this year and I find that with...

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Alison Semmler is a NYC native who is obsessed with travel, interior design, foreign foods and French varietals. She is a professional wedding planner and the owner of Lifestyle Maven Events. Alison lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two chubby rescue cats. She is also an Emoji enthusiast.