Jessica & Justin // Palafox Wharf // Pensacola Wedding Planner

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Every wedding I do has a special place in my heart and Jessica and Justin’s Palafox Wharf wedding is no exception. I like to ask my clients to describe their wedding vision in three words and Jessica wanted her wedding to be fun, southern and organized- a perfect match for her personality! Five Angels Photography captured every special moment the coupled shared together. Their beautiful southern details included baby’s breathe bouquets, birch wood slabs, Mason jar centerpieces and the cutest wedding favors- s’more pops. Weather is always a concern when you plan an outdoor wedding in Florida and unfortunately we had to have the ceremony inside due to rain. Regardless of this, Jessica and Justin had a positive attitude- nothing could stop them from enjoying their day. Everything turned out perfect and eloquently southern. I love to share each couples proposal stories- they are always so sweet:

“We went to a nice dinner ocean side, came home and he joked that my Christmas present (a new kitchen aid mixer) didn’t make it, but he had something better. And I may have thrown a minor hissy because I was really excited for my mixer and he had told me he already bought it. At that point he went and got the ring and got down on one knee. I was crying, laughing, all sorts of emotions….even forgot to say YES for a few moments. It was in the privacy of his home, just the two of us. Which is exactly how I wanted it. Didn’t want random strangers peering at us!”

Thank you Jessica and Justin for letting me take part in your special day. Congratulations.

Vendors: Wedding Planner Fleur de Lis Event Consulting // Officiant, Photographer Five Angels Photography // Baker Watsons Party Supply // DJ A DJ To Go // Vintage Rentals It’s Personal..Wedding Staging and Design // Caterer Five Sisters Blues Café // Hair, Makeup The Vibe // Bar Richy’s East

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Pensacola Bridal Tour // Pensacola Wedding Planner

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Sunday, January 25, 2015

11:00am – 5:00pm.

 Not sure what the Pensacola Bridal Tour is? Let’s fix that!

The Tour is a trolley excursion dreamt up by Fleur de Lis Event Consulting and North Hill Chair Covers & Linens as a way for brides, grooms, and party planners, and the likes, to peruse a variety of venues, sample delicious food, enjoy cocktails, swag bags filled with goodies, chat with amazing and talented vendors, and gain infinite inspiration, all wrapped up in a super fabulous, deliciously indulging day!

 Where do you come in? Glad you asked!

If you’re a guest, your duties are minimal: Purchase a ticket (or two, or three). Park your car at the first stop on the tour. Catch the trolley. Wander venues and meet vendors at your leisure. Get inspired. Eat, drink and be merry!

Tickets can be purchased on EventBrite. Get an early bird ticket for a steal of a deal or purchase a VIP ticket for some extra goodies. Early bird ticket sales end December 1, 2014.

We can’t wait to see you at the 2015 Pensacola Bridal Venue Tour! Please email pensacolabridaltour@gmail.com if you have any additional questions. Are you an event vendor and want to know how to be a part of the Tour? Just email us at pensacolabridaltour@gmail.com!

Couture Linens on a Budget // Pensacola Wedding Planner

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Today this Pensacola wedding planner is going to talk about couture linens on a budget. Are you wishing you could have couture linens for your wedding but finding that it’s not in the budget? Don’t give up on the dream just yet. Consider another option. You can get that “wow” factor and stay in budget by simply dressing up your specialty tables. Specialty tables are considered your cake, escort card, sign in, gift, or sweet heart table. One or two couture linens and you can transform any space. Think about accenting these tables with sequins, texture or a stylish print to give your wedding a luxurious look. If the cost is still over your budget, perhaps think about adding a different color or printed napkin, a stylish overlay or table runner to these tables. Be mindful of your color scheme or theme when picking out linens and try to match your décor. A sequin table linen was chosen for this cake table to draw your eye to its stunning gems. It’s easy to transform your event into an unforgettable one- no matter what budget- by adding chic and trendy linens to your specialty tables. This article was featured on Occasions.

Pensacola wedding Planner: Fleur de Lis Event Consulting | Photographer: Meg Burke Photography | Couture Linens: North Hill Chair Covers and Linens | Cake: Yummy Yummie

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Halloween Tablescape // Pensacola Wedding Planner

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A Halloween tablescape doesn’t have to be spooky or even orange and black for that matter. Be festive but think beyond the pumpkin and spider web décor.  Color outside the lines, set your imagination free and have fun! This Halloween tablescape has a modern chic look with a color palette of deep purple and bright green. The chiavari chairs are wrapped with an organza chair sash and the bright green rosette table runner completes this fall feature. Napkins are a classic table accessory. A napkin’s placement can change the appearance of a table and can transform the tablescape into a whole new look.  Side note- we’re in love with these double sided napkins. The possibilities are endless!  Try playing with the napkins the next time you host a dinner party and see the many different results. This tablescape was featured on Pretty My Party.

Vendors: Wedding Planner & Designer: Fleur De Lis Event Consulting, Tablescape Design: Ooh La La Tablescapes, Rentals: North Hill Chair Covers & Linens, Photographer: Meg Burke Photography

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The menu card holder napkin

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The simple long fold and draped it off the edge of the table

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The flatware enhancer

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Teacher Proposal // Pensacola Wedding Planner

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I have had a few teacher clients in the mist of planning a wedding. So, naturally, this got the wheels turning. A teacher proposal is the inspiration behind this e-session and after a thorough search on Pinterest for a teacher proposal, we were excited to try something new a fresh. We decided to utilize a classroom to give the shoot an authentic atmosphere. Aqua, red, and white were chosen for the color palette which compliments the fun surroundings quite nicely. We added a “Goodie Table” of all kinds of things kid’s love. except maybe for the apples. The cupcakes, milk and cookies, and cake are things I remember having in school when it was someones birthday or special celebration. The apples were included to represent a teacher and her classroom. To correspond with the classroom setting, we took the session outside to a playground. Here the couple can enjoy swings and slide. This styled shoot was featured on Fab You Bliss.

Vendors:Photographer: The Veil Wedding Photography // Makeup Artist: Beautiful Faces By Erin // Event Planner: Fleur de Lis Event Consulting // Invitation Designer: Kristin’s Grace // Model: Lindsey Arthur // Floral Designer: S & A Weddings and Events // Model: Zach Sever

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Glass Insulator Centerpiece Tutorial // Pensacola Wedding Planner

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It’s amazing how inspiration can strike at a moment’s notice. It can happen as fast as lighting or with a flick of a switch. The best part of being creative is that you never know when such inspiration will strike.

A few years ago I was shopping at an antique store when I spotted a neat vintage glass box. As soon as I saw it the ideas flooded my mind with possibilities. The only problem was it was filled with old glass insulators. Insulators have a fascinating history, but their main purpose was to support wire that was strung between telephone poles during the 1920s-1940s. Unfortunately I didn’t have any use for 12 extras. But, since it was only $10, I purchased the box anyway.

Over the years I tried to put them to use but nothing stuck. Then as I was about to donate them to Good Will, inspiration struck. “How about a bud vase centerpiece?” I thought.

So with some handy power tools, a piece of wood, stain, and my glass insulators, I created this simple, yet elegant centerpiece. Taking something old and re purposing it in a new way is so fulfilling and a great way to add a something old, something new twist to one’s wedding or event.

You can read more about how to make this DIY project on Fab You Bliss, where it was featured.

Vendors: Fleur De Lis Event Consulting // Rentals: North Hill Chair Covers & Linens // Floral Design: Leelee’s Sassy Bloom // Photographer: Meg Burke Photography

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The Guide to Securing Your Florida Marriage License // Pensacola Wedding Planner

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Is your happily ever after happening in Florida? Wonderful choice!! Every year brides choose Florida as their wedding location. And why not- Florida can offer old city charm, beaches galore, a modern flavor, rustic timeless magic or even a southern experience. You name it- Florida has just the venue for you. However, whether you’re a resident bride or non-resident bride, to get married in Florida a license will be required. Article featured Occasions.

A License to Wed
To obtain a marriage license in the state of Florida a picture ID will be necessary: driver license, state ID or valid passport. A social security number will also be essential. There is a fee to get married of $93.50; however, if you take and complete a licensed premarital class you can receive a small discount up to $32.50, making the bottom line as low as $61.00.

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There’s a Time and a Place
Once you receive a marriage license you have 60 days until it expires. There is also a waiting period for resident brides and grooms of 3 days once you receive your license. But if you’re a destination bride and groom coming from another state, there is no waiting period at all. You can apply for your license at any County Clerks office.

If you have additional questions or would like more information about securing your Florida marriage license, please check out the Florida Marriage Guide.

Written by Fleur de Lis Event Consulting, Artwork by Fancy Girl Design Studio

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3 Easy DIY Beach Centerpieces // Pensacola Wedding Planner

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Having a beach wedding? On a budget? Are DIY beach centerpieces in your future? You can put the worrying aside because here are 3 classy beach centerpieces that you can easily create on your own all under $10. This article was featured on Occasions.

1.Beach Bottles. This beach bottle look is easy to construct and can even give you an excuse to invite a few girlfriends over for wedding talks and wine drinking. Bottles are pretty easy to come by-you can have a party, ask your local bar for their recyclables or shop thrift stores. Most of the bottles you see in this picture are from Michaels and cost about $1.40 a bottle. The tray came from the dollar store and was spray painted gold. Wedding centerpieces are much more interesting when there are different elements to theme, so having different sizes, textures and shapes are very appealing to the eye. Spend your weekends beach bumming and collect different types of sand to fill your bottles with.

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2. Candles. Candles add a great ambiance especially for a beach wedding. The total for this centerpiece was $9.75 but if you’re a thrift store shopper you can find many of the cylinders cheaper (most of these cylinders and candles were bought at the dollar store). Get a tray, add some sand and then place as many different heights and shapes of candles and cylinders that will fit on the tray. It will be a spectacular view when the sun has set and the candles are lit.

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3. Flowers. Here is a very simple yet elegant way to dress up your tables. These flowers came from Winn Dixie and the cylinders from the dollar store. If you are a minimalist and looking for a super easy centerpiece this is a great choice that anyone can create.

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Champagne Signature Cocktails // Pensacola FL Wedding Planner

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There’s no doubt that champagne and celebrations go hand in hand. In fact, a party just wouldn’t be the same without some bubbly. The combination of champagne’s rich flavor, refreshing bubbles and classic elegance will make any celebration a bit more memorable . However, the once famous tradition of toasting with a glass of champagne at dinner is almost becoming a thing of the past. If you’re looking into ways to cut costs on your wedding day, then lose the champagne toast at dinner. It is the most unnecessary thing in a wedding, especially with an open bar. Yet don’t completely forget about the pop top; put a twist on the ole’ tradition by offering a champagne signature drink during cocktail hour instead- make a statement by having it match your color scheme or theme. This article was featured in the Fall issue of DIY Weddings Magazine.

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Preston Bailey and a few other influential wedding professionals have predicted that radiant orchid is going to be the color of 2014.  And why not? It’s feminine, sophisticated and can be blended with the delicate hues of purple and pink to flatter any bride. For those looking for a purple signature cocktail try this.

Ingredients:
Add a touch of grape juice and a handful of blueberries to flutes of champagne.

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Makes about 9 cups
Ingredients
1 (12-oz.) can frozen pink lemonade concentrate, thawed
4 cups white cranberry juice cocktail
1 bottle extra-dry Champagne
Garnish: fresh mint sprigs

Preparation
Stir together lemonade concentrate and cranberry juice cocktail in a large pitcher. Cover and chill at least 1 hour or up to 24 hours. Stir in club soda just before serving. Garnish, if desired.

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A green signature drink might not be the most popular but they are out there. And it’s a great color for a green themed wedding or a St. Patrick’s Day wedding.

Ingredients:
Put one teaspoon of crème de menthe in a
champagne glass, then fill with champagne
or sparkling wine.

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Are you having a beach wedding? Add a tropical feel with a pineapple signature drink. This drink will go perfectly with salty air and warm sand.

Ingredients:
3 tablespoons chilled unsweetened pineapple juice
1/3 cup champagne
Garnish maraschino cherries

Photography by Meg Burke Photography

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Wedding Rehearsal Plan // Pensacola FL Wedding Planner

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Hello and welcome again!

We will go over this in more in detail; however, I wanted to give you an idea as to what to expect and order of things. I look forward to meeting you all in the following few weeks. If you have any questions please feel free to email me. Be sure to check out my Facebook Page and Instagram- I love to hashtag weddings.

General Pre-Rehearsal Instructions
• Introductions of people as necessary.
• Tell everyone when to arrive for wedding and where they should go
• Discuss when pictures will be taken.
• Advise that in case of mistakes, we will go ahead with wedding. Fake rings if necessary.
• No gum, please. Everyone relax and enjoy it. Be natural.
• Men hold their left hand over their right.
• Practice
• Go through once verbally.
• Go through once quickly.
• Go through as though it were real.

Suggested order for special guests
• Grandparents of the groom
• Grandparents of the bride
• Parents of the groom
• Mother of the bride

Line up the wedding party where they will be standing for the wedding ceremony.
• Groom and his attendants on Officiant’s left
• Bride and her attendants on Officiant’s right
• Sometimes at an outdoor venue the wind may be blowing in the back of the Bride causing her hair and or veil to blow across her face. If this is the case the Bride would be on the side with the wind in her face and the Groom opposite. The guests would be seated accordingly also.
• The Bride and Groom face each other
• The Ring Bearer in front of the Groom’s attendants
• Flower Girl(s) in front of the Bride’s attendants
After Officiant has declared the couple “husband and wife”, they kiss and are announced as Mr. and Mrs. Smith
• Couple exits
• Flower girl and ring bearer follow.
• Attendants from each side meet in the center and walk out as couples.
• Bride’s parents
• Groom’s parents
• Bride’s grandparents
• Groom’s grandparents
Or, each side of front row as an entire row, not person by person, since people are eager to congratulate the couple

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1. Officiant
2. Bride
3. Groom
4. Honor Attendant
5. Best Man
6. Flower Girl
7. Ring Bearer
8. Bridesmaids
9. Goomsmen

Suggested Seating for Parents, Grandparents and Family Members.

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Row 1. Bride’s Parents
Row 2. Groom’s Parents
Row 3. Bride’s Grandparents and Siblings
Row 4. Groom’s Grandparents and Siblings
Row 5. Bride’s Special Guests
Row 6. Groom’s Special Guests

If you missed it, please check out The 4 D’s to a Successful Rehearsal.