Vendor Spotlight: Tami Winn Events

        Tami Winn Events & Le Fleur Couture are two of my favorite companies to work with and they are both owned and operated by the fabulous Tami Winn.  Tami is just a doll to hang out with and an excellent designer to boot.  I got her and some of her staff together for a shoot and these girls had me laughing the entire time.  I had to ask Tami how she got any work done with such a fun crew and she said that she had a firm hand but they all knew how to laugh and get the job done.  I can attest to that as every event I have done with them both the clients and I loved her and each one of her team.  I asked Tami to share some wedding planning tips and she was sweet to oblige.

        Catching the perfect Frame

        Your dress will be put in storage, the cake will be eaten, and no one will remember what songs were played at your wedding.  But you will always have the pictures.  And in order to make sure you have the ones you want, you need to make sure you communicate with your photographer in advance.  Have a plan for what photos you want taken, and in what order.  Trust the advice that your photographer gives you- they are in this business for a reason.

        A common occurrence that many brides find is that their pictures are rushed or they don’t get all of the ones taken that they want.  Planning ahead for this will ensure that you have a permanent memory with everyone that you want.  It’s always a good idea to take at least some photos before the wedding.  If you are a traditional couple and do not want to see each other before the ceremony, then take separate photos with your wedding parties and respective families- then you can quickly do group shots afterwards.

        However, if you are not traditional, taking all your photos before hand is a huge time saver, and sometimes even gives you more opportunities for some really amazing shots.  You will not be rushing to get out of the church or to the reception.

        Let it Go

        You know those brides who over react and turn into a bridezilla- and you know how you felt watching them have a meltdown.  Make sure that you do not have a repeat performance.  It’s important to remember that on your wedding day, everything is planned for and thought of.  And if some mishap happens, or something goes wrong, there is normally not one thing you can do about it.

        Relaxing and letting go of the small things will actually lead to a more enjoyable day.  You will not be caught up in the negatives and will able to focus on the positives.  Like the fact that you are marrying the love of your life….

        Sometimes it’s easier to laugh when you’re feeling stressed, so make sure you surround yourself with those that love you and make you feel good.  If anything becomes more than you can handle- you can lean on them to take your mind off things.

        The Right Time

        We’ve talked about planning ahead and relaxing on your wedding day- one small thing that will accomplish both of these is to pay attention to your schedule throughout the day.  There is nothing worse than being rushed and not being able to enjoy your special day.  And it’s even worse if you are late!

        Make sure you give you and your ladies plenty of time for hair and make-up.  Tell your stylist to be generous when setting the appointments.  If you get ready at a salon, many of them have packages where you can order lunch directly through the salon.  If not, just have a small sandwich or wrap tray brought in.  This saves you from having to go get something and makes sure that you eat something during the day.

        Definitive Details

        Sure you have your dress, the food and the music, but have you done further thought into the details of your wedding?  Most brides don’t realize what a major impact the small details can make.  All these little details add up to create a more personal wedding atmosphere.  There are a lot of small things that you can do to help create this effect.

        Having your shoes one of your wedding colors gives you a bit of drama and flair- and makes you a more unique bride.

        Lighting is also another detail that most brides do not think about.  Lighting dramatically affects the mood of your guests.  It can create a calming atmosphere during dinner and transition into a younger, more hip feel when it is time for dancing.  Talk to a lighting company to hear their suggestions on where the areas of impact would be throughout your room.

        Your lighting company can also create a custom monogram for you.  This can be carried throughout your wedding as a common theme on your invitations, your programs, etc.  A lighting company can create a GOBO for you to have displayed on the dance floor or on a neutral wall during your reception.  Such a personal touch is the perfect way to begin your new life as a married couple.

        Tasteful Trends

        You see it all the time in magazines and on television.  Trends are a bride’s worst nightmare.  Yes, having current trends are important, but when too much emphasis is placed on them, your wedding loses its primary focus- you and your fiancé.

        Carefully examine what social media is telling you is in-style for weddings.  If it doesn’t fit the two of you as a couple, don’t do it.  It will seem awkward and out of place on your wedding day if it is not personal to you as a couple.

        Thanks Tami for sharing some tips on planning and prepping for the wedding day.  We definitely agree with those tips, especially the photography ones!  Here are some of my favorite photos from their session where we fused a very Sex in the City vibe with their naturally outgoing personalities.

        April 23, 2010