Our inspiration this week is simple and powerful, love without limits.

Jul 21, 2014 by Jamie Chang

While some people are really into following celebrities, I’m not really one of those people.  Celebrity gossip isn’t my thing, but I do pay attention to weddings as sometimes there can be a nugget of inspiration or an interesting trend to discover.   One of the things that I think gets the most attention besides the ring is the wedding dress.  I recently came across Olivia Palermo’s very non-traditional take on a wedding dress which I thought was kind of awesome.  Instead of a dress, she opted for separates and wore a sweater, shorts and a sheer skirt.  Totally different, a bit more casual, probably very comfortable and still very chic.  Doesn’t she look great?  And you can do it too!  If you are shopping around and aren’t finding anything you like or you just want something different, consider stepping outside of the wedding dress world.  Separates can be a great way to wear something unique, be fashion forward and also potentially save you a good chunk of money.

Jul 19, 2014 by Jamie Chang

Congrats, you’ve made it to the halfway point of the week.  Know what will help you to get over the hump?  Our Wedding Wednesdays Q&A, which is awesome and always helpful.  And this week we’re talking about destination weddings:  I really want to have a wedding in France.  I love it there!  I love the food, the style and the romance.  And I think our guests would love it too.  But, I have no idea how to even start planning.  I don’t speak French, I don’t know anyone there and I have no idea how to find vendors.  So, I’m planning on hiring a wedding planner.  But the question is, do I hire someone in France or do I hire someone in the US?  What is the better choice?

Great question and it’s a question many couples who are planning a destination wedding face.  Whether you are planning an international wedding or just a wedding in another part of the country, the answer is really the same.  And the answer is that both options have their strengths, but who you go with depends on what matters to you and what you feel most comfortable with.  So, let’s talk through each option.  The great thing about hiring someone in France (or wherever you are planning on getting married) is that they know the area well.  It’s their backyard which can definitely come in handy.  They can also do meetings in person for you if needed.  They speak the language and will understand the people and customs best.  These are all great things and are also all the areas that a US based wedding planner will not be as good at.

Now, the great thing about hiring a local US based wedding planner is that you can meet with them in person.   And while you can do most things over the phone and email, it’s not the same especially if design is important to you.  Being able to talk through and look at things together makes a difference.  A local wedding planner will also understand your culture and what your are looking for, and the trends/styles that you are interested in.  If customization is important to you, a US wedding planner won’t come with set ideas about what the wedding should be like (and look like), so you’ll have much more options and customization.  And of course these are also all the downsides of going with a foreign wedding planner.

So, who to choose?  It comes down to what is important to you.  If you want to work with your planner in person or you are worried about having a cookie cutter wedding and the design is important to you, then choose the US wedding planner.  If you want someone onsite and able to physically do things for you or if you are concerned about the local customs and having difficulty in the area, then go with the foreign wedding planner.  You have to do what feels right to you, but either wedding planner will be able to help you and make your destination wedding planning so much easier and fun.

Got a wedding planning problem you are struggling with?  Send it our way and we’ll get you some solutions.

Jul 16, 2014 by Jamie Chang


Jamie Chang

Jamie Chang is the owner and lead event consultant at Mango Muse Events. Mango Muse Events is a boutique event planning and design firm specializing in customized destination weddings and social occasions. Mango Muse Events is based in the San Francisco Bay Area and orchestrates events in Northern California, Hawaii and beyond.




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