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Who do I need to hire to create my dream wedding?

There are so many different roles when it comes to wedding professionals, and as a newly engaged couple – chances are you’ve never heard of them before, let alone know enough to decide which professionals you’ll need to hire to help you prep for your wedding day. Never fear! In this blog post I’ll be giving a bit of a run down on wedding planners, stylists and coordinators; what they do, how they differ, and when you might want to consider hiring them.

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What’s Behind the Name?

Choosing a name can be deeply personal and not always the easiest of tasks! Here’s a little insight into how I chose my business name – “Emerald and Ebony”

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How to Choose Eco-Friendly Wedding Attire

It’s the suits, the shoes, the jewellery, the head piece, the ties, the coats you’ll wear later. It’s your day after outfit, or the clothes you’ll wear to the rehearsal. It’s the outfits you’re gifting your wedding crew and the suspenders you’ve had made for your dad. There are so many beautiful and meaningful aspects to your wedding attire. It makes sense that they align with your values so you can wear them and gift them totally guilt free.

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On Inviting Children (and Plus One’s)

The first choice is quite possibly the simplest – will you invite any at all? The second choice a little harder – if only some, then which? The third – how to communicate clearly who’s invited, is more of a logistics kind of question, and the fourth – how to gently let down those who are not is definitely the least fun of the bunch.

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Honouring VIPs in Your Wedding

Those little nods of thanks to the people closest to you would have to be one of my favourite parts of a wedding. It’s the little moments, often subtle, where you really connect with someone and thank them for everything they’ve done in your life so far, everything that’s brought you to this point of marrying your best friend, everything that’s meant the world to you and also, everything that you’re sure is yet to come.

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The History Behind Prenuptial Events

In order to truly create new traditions, I also think it’s important that we understand exactly where the old ones came from and exactly why we feel the need to break them. In this post I’ll be looking specifically at the traditions of some prenuptial events, ‘bridal showers’, ‘stag dos’, ‘hen’s parties’ – where they came from, what they represent and a few alternatives you may want to consider if they’re all starting to sound a little inappropriate, or a touch out-of-date…

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Hiring a Wedding Planner on a Tight Budget

Hiring a wedding planner doesn’t have to be some luxury item reserved only for the rich and famous. Actually, I’d like to throw myself out there and say that if you can afford to throw a wedding, you can afford to hire a wedding planner.

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Writing a Guest List

Gathering up a few of my best tips, tricks and inspiration for how to write that dreaded guest list. You’ve got this!

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The Ultimate Eco-Wedding

I was led to write this post in answer to the question on everyone’s lips, “Can I still hire you to plan my wedding if I’m not really all that eco-friendly?” And the answer is quite simple really – of course you can! But let me explain why, and in fact, let me explain how hiring me is even more perfect if being eco-friendly in every day life isn’t something that comes particularly naturally to you.

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10 Reasons to Hire a Wedding Planner

Here in New Zealand we have a uniquely stubborn “Do It Yourself” attitude. It’s what helps us to really get up and go, create unique and innovative thing, and it gives our little country way down the bottom of the earth it’s character. It’s in our blood, it’s something to be proud of and it’s an absolute blessing that I wouldn’t have any other way… but… it can also be a curse. Sometimes, it really is just best to bring in the professionals.

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